History Literature / TheLastUnicorn

24th Jul '16 9:34:17 PM PaulA
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* AlasPoorVillain:
** InUniverse example. Schmendrick, in spite of his loathing of Mommy Fortuna, weeps after she is killed by the harpy.
** Lír is the only one to make even a single sound of mourning for [[spoiler:King Haggard's death]].
* AnachronismStew: Intentionally, in the same vein as ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing'', there are references to tacos, trains, magazines, [[Literature/ChildBallads Francis James Child's ballad collection]], etc. in a medieval-Renaissance-Arthurian-whatever age.



* AlasPoorVillain: InUniverse example. Schmendrick, in spite of his loathing of Mommy Fortuna, weeps after she is killed by the harpy.
** Lír is the only one to make even a single sound of mourning for [[spoiler:King Haggard's death]].
* AnachronismStew: Intentionally, in the same vein as ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing'', there are references to tacos, trains, magazines, [[Literature/ChildBallads Francis James Child's ballad collection]], etc. in a medieval-Renaissance-Arthurian-whatever age.



* FunctionalGenreSavvy: Several characters, particularly Lír, who makes a much-quoted speech about the proper order of things during the climax of the story.



* FunctionalGenreSavvy: Several characters, particularly Lír, who makes a much-quoted speech about the proper order of things during the climax of the story.



* HarpingOnAboutHarpies


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* HarpingOnAboutHarpies
24th Jul '16 9:28:30 PM PaulA
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* PainfulRhyme: Lír's love poetry to Amalthea uses this as a form of StylisticSuck (since his poetry is ''supposed'' to be terrible):

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\n* PainfulRhyme: [[invoked]] Lír's love poetry to Amalthea uses this as a form of StylisticSuck (since his poetry is ''supposed'' to be terrible):
24th Jul '16 9:26:45 PM PaulA
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* BabiesEverAfter: Schmendrick urges the people of Hagsgate to start families.

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* BabiesEverAfter: Schmendrick Hagsgate is afraid to have children because of the prophecy that their prosperity depends on Haggard, and one of their children will bring him down. At the end, when it has been fulfilled, Prince Lír urges the people of Hagsgate to start families.



* BeautifulAllAlong: Played with near the end of the book, the hard-luck, middle-aged Molly Grue puts her hair down, and the narrator says "she was more beautiful than [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman the Lady Amalthea]]" -- because the narrator is following the thoughts of [[spoiler:Schmendrick]], who has fallen in love with her.



* CapturedSuperEntity: Mommy Fortuna, owner of a traveling circus-cum-freak-show, had captured by magic the Harpy Celaeno. The monster had sworn revenge and makes all possible things to escape, while the witch drains herself of power and ages herself quickly to still hold her under magic tether.



* ChildlessDystopia: Hagsgate, due to a prophecy that a child from the town would bring down the king. [[spoiler:And it turns out to be true. Haggard adopted his son Lir as a baby, when he found the abandoned infant on a street in Hagsgate surrounded by a group of cats trying to keep him from freezing to death. Lir unwittingly causes Haggard's downfall by enabling the unicorn to defeat the Red Bull.]]

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* ChildlessDystopia: Hagsgate, due to a prophecy that a child from the town would bring down the king. [[spoiler:And it turns out to be true. Haggard adopted his son Lir Lír as a baby, when he found the abandoned infant on a street in Hagsgate surrounded by a group of cats trying to keep him from freezing to death. Lir Lír unwittingly causes Haggard's downfall by enabling the unicorn to defeat the Red Bull.]]



-->'''King Haggard:''' ''(to Amalthea)'' Your eyes! Your eyes have become empty as Lir's, as any eyes that... never saw unicorns.

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-->'''King Haggard:''' ''(to Amalthea)'' Your eyes! Your eyes have become empty as Lir's, Lír's, as any eyes that... never saw unicorns.



* FunctionalMagic: Wild magic, exclusively. Mostly because Schmendrick starts off with a talent he can't control.

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* FunctionalMagic: Rule Magic for wizards and witches and Inherent Gifts for magical beings such as the unicorn. Magic sometimes acts like Wild magic, exclusively. Mostly because Magic for Schmendrick starts off with a talent the Magician, but this is because he can't control.is incompetent; he has an intuitive grasp of magic that comes to him in moments of great emotion, but even then he speaks certain words in a certain way to use it.



** Lir displays this trait when warned by Schmendrick not to chase after the unicorn. He then realizes that ''that'' path is the one that leads to Haggard's dissatisfaction and tyranny.

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** Lir Lír displays this trait when warned by Schmendrick not to chase after the unicorn. He then realizes that ''that'' path is the one that leads to Haggard's dissatisfaction and tyranny.



* LegacyCharacter: When Lir declares he will find the Unicorn at any cost at the end, it's noted he looks like Haggard for the first time. Schmendrick advises against it.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: After the day has been saved, Lir decides to look for the Unicorn. Schmendrick tells him not to, and briefly Lir's rage turns him into Haggard Jr. He realizes before it's too late that it would be a fruitless, self-destructive search.
** Amalthea's love for Lir also counts, because in loving Lir she comes to completely forget her past and true self as a unicorn, though she recovers some of it before the end.

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* LeaveYourQuestTest: Amalthea tries to back out just before the final battle. Her lover, Prince Lír, is an experienced hero and insists that it can't end this way -- even though if she stayed human they could marry and be happy together. The same event could also be considered a test for ''him''.
* LeftFieldDescription
* LegacyCharacter: When Lir Lír declares he will find the Unicorn at any cost at the end, it's noted he looks like Haggard for the first time. Schmendrick advises against it.
* LoadBearingBoss: King Haggard.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: After the day has been saved, Lir Lír decides to look for the Unicorn. Schmendrick tells him not to, and briefly Lir's Lír's rage turns him into Haggard Jr. He realizes before it's too late that it would be a fruitless, self-destructive search.
** Amalthea's love for Lir Lír also counts, because in loving Lir Lír she comes to completely forget her past and true self as a unicorn, though she recovers some of it before the end. end.




* PainfulRhyme: Lír's love poetry to Amalthea uses this as a form of StylisticSuck (since his poetry is ''supposed'' to be terrible):
-->''"It's certainly heartfelt", she said. "Can you really rhyme 'bloomed' with 'ruined?'"''



* VillainousBreakdown: King Haggard has one at the end.



* WildMagic: Schmendrick does not so much control the magic he uses, as acts as a conduit for it to do what is ''necessary'', which is not the same as doing what he ''wants''.
* WildWilderness



* TheWisePrince: Lír

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* WildMagic: Schmendrick does not so much control the magic he uses, as acts as a conduit for it to do what is ''necessary'', which is not the same as doing what he ''wants''.
* WildWilderness
* TheWisePrince: LírLír, after he's changed by having been in love with Amalthea.
24th Jul '16 8:58:01 PM PaulA
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* PunctuationShaker: Lír. Now would it have made any difference if he had been named just Lir? ([[RuleOfThree Lìr?]] [[HeavyMetalUmlaut Lïr?]] [[OverlyLongGag Lîr?]] OK, you're right, the books title is not "The Last Unicode".)
24th Jul '16 8:43:11 PM PaulA
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* [[CallingTheOldManOut Calling The Unicorn Out]]: "Where have you ''been?!''"



* [[IJustWantToBeNormal I Just Want To Stay Normal]]: Amalthea begs Schmendrick not to change her back into a unicorn.
13th Jul '16 8:45:39 AM KingZeal
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* VisibleToBelievers: Unicorns are visible as themselves only to those who believe they exist -- otherwise they look like horses.
12th Jul '16 1:40:37 PM vifetoile
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** Amalthea's love for Lir also counts, because in loving Lir she comes to completely forget her past and true self as a unicorn, though she recovers some of it before the end.
25th Jun '16 4:11:03 AM Arachnos
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* AnimalisticAbomination: The Red Bull is about as much a bull as the unicorn is a horse. Sure, it '''looks''' like a bull, but it is actually a mystical entity of such [[TimeAbyss age]] and [[TheJuggernaut power]] that it makes even unicorns tremble.


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* NighInvulnerable: The Red Bull is essentially indestructible... [[spoiler:but that's not to say it cannot back down.]]


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* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler:Seeing Lír face down the Red Bull fills Shmendrick with magic permanently, turning him from an IneptMage to TheArchmage. He is even able to turn a human being into a unicorn, a feat his master Nikos himself was unable to perform.]]


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* YourSizeMayVary: Sometimes the Red Bull is just large, but sometimes it is [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever ginormous]].
21st Jun '16 7:15:33 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* {{Deconstruction}}. ''And how''. All of the characters [[FunctionalGenreSavvy know they're in a fairy tale]], and the fairy tale itself mocks, parodies, subverts and plays straight FairyTale tropes.

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* {{Deconstruction}}. ''And how''. All of {{Deconstruction}}: The story is considered one for fairy tales in general, by having the characters [[FunctionalGenreSavvy know pointing out how they're in aware that they live inside a fairy tale]], tale. The story also deconstructs common cliches of the genre: the princess is cold and aloof (and not even human), the old woman believes in unicorns the most of them all and is close friends with the princess instead of being her enemy, the Prince Charming is originally a lazy bum and has to work to actually turn into a desirable Charming figure, by changing his habits and parts of his personality; the old wicked witch simply wants to be remembered, and the fairy tale itself mocks, parodies, subverts wizard is quite incompetent in his magic. Biggest thing of all, [[spoiler:the story doesn't end with the princess and plays straight FairyTale tropes.the prince marrying and living happily ever after]].


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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Amalthea's crisis and Haggard's motivation could be read as symptoms of depression.
25th Mar '16 10:20:33 PM AnotherGuy
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* DeadEyes:
-->'''King Haggard:''' ''(to Amalthea)'' Your eyes! Your eyes have become empty as Lir's, as any eyes that... never saw unicorns.


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* EmptyEyes:
-->'''King Haggard:''' ''(to Amalthea)'' Your eyes! Your eyes have become empty as Lir's, as any eyes that... never saw unicorns.
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