History Literature / TheLastUnicorn

19th Apr '17 11:31:19 PM Give1Take2
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* AllTakeAndNoGive: King Haggard. Beautifully demonstrated when the unicorn is first turned into a woman, and both Haggard and Lir look into her eyes. Lir's eyes reflect the light radiating from her eyes, while Haggard's reflect none of it back, as if hoarding it away somewhere.



* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: When the unicorn blows off the princess that tries to summon her because she thinks her time is more valuable than a mortal's, Molly wistfully remarks that she wishes unicorn could turn into something mortal that can't wait. The next chapter, this is exactly what happens.



* BerserkButton: For the unicorn, [[spoiler:the death of Prince Lír by the Red Bull]].

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* BerserkButton: For the unicorn, [[spoiler:the being confused for a horse, or compared to a mortal in any way. [[spoiler:The death of Prince Lír by the Red Bull]].Bull]].
** Captain Cully ''hates it'' when people unfavorably compare him to RobinHood.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: The unicorn warns Mommy Fortuna that the harpy will turn on her, and then there will be nothing left of her carnival but the sound of a spider weeping. The next chapter, that's exactly what happens.
** Molly remarks at one point that she wishes the unicorn could become a mortal creature, just for a little while, so she can learn to to appreciate what little time mortals have.



* HarpingOnAboutHarpies

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* HarpingOnAboutHarpiesHarpingOnAboutHarpies: Calaeno, the harpy held prisoner by Mommy Fortuna.



* IndifferentBeauty: The Lady Amalthea, who is aware of how ethereally beautiful King Haggard, Prince Lir, and the four guards find her, but couldn't care less and barely sends them a glance.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Molly Grue, all but stated to be this.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Molly Grue, Grue is all but stated to be this.



* TheLoad: Downplayed. After Haggard allows the trio to stay in his castle, Schmendrick and Molly are immediately put to work as Haggard's personal jester and scullery maid, while the Lady Amalthea is left free to roam the castle. However, the trio make no headway finding her people for ''months'' because Schmendrick and Molly are too busy working all hours to search the castle, while the Lady Amalthea can't be bothered to do anything but sulk about being human. [[spoiler:Once she forgets ever being a unicorn, Molly and Schmendrick then have to do all the work of finding her people for her, while dragging her unwilling self along.]]



* NotSoDifferent: Discussed. The Lady Amalthea initially has no interest in Lir because she sees that he wants her just as the Red Bull did, and it frightens her. [[spoiler:After she is restored to a unicorn]], Prince Lir demands to know where she is and states that he must have her, and for a moment he looks just as Haggard did.



* WildWilderness

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* WildWildernessWildWilderness: The wilderness outside the last unicorn's lilac wood, which causes her a lot of exhaustion and hardship.


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* YourMindMakesItReal: Maybe not "real," but the illusion of Arachne in Mommy Fortuna's Carnival is stronger than all the others, because the spider posing as Arachne ''believes'' it's real.


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* YoungerThanTheyLook: Molly Grue is implied to look older than she is because a hard life of {{barefoot poverty}} out in the woods made her pinched, cynical, and aged before her time. (This is in contrast to Schmendrick, who is OlderThanTheyLook.)
21st Feb '17 9:58:20 AM Bense
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* ByTheEyesOfTheBlind: The skull.

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* ByTheEyesOfTheBlind: The skull.skull obviously has no eyes, but sees just fine without them. The Red Bull is also blind, apparently working by other senses.



* JustLikeRobinHood: Captain Cully and his outlaw gang certainly aspire to be, but instead are quite the opposite. They rob the poor because they can't fight back, and pay off the rich to turn a blind eye.

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* JustLikeRobinHood: Captain Cully and his outlaw gang certainly aspire to be, but instead are quite the opposite. They rob the poor because they can't fight back, and pay off the rich to turn a blind eye. When Schmendrick creates an image of Robin Hood the gang quickly runs after him, desperate to join the Merry Men.



* LoadBearingBoss: King Haggard.

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* LoadBearingBoss: King Haggard.When the Red Bull is defeated, Haggard's castle collapses.



* NakedOnArrival: Due to an aversion of MagicPants, this is the unicorn's human form at first sight.

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* NakedOnArrival: Due to an aversion of MagicPants, this is the unicorn's human form at first sight. Interestingly, she is so unearthly in her beauty that nobody at Haggard's castle seems to notice that she's naked under the tatters of Schmendrick's cloak until it's pointed out to them.



* ThePardon: The king pardons the outlaws at the end.

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* ThePardon: The king pardons the Captain Cully and his outlaws at the end.



* QuestForTheRest

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* QuestForTheRestQuestForTheRest: The unicorn's search for the rest of her people. As per the normal trope, the quest ends up changing her so that she is still unique even when she succeeds in finding the others.



* VillainousBreakdown: King Haggard has one at the end.

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* VillainousBreakdown: King Haggard has one at the end.end, when he begins to doubt whether Amalthea is really a unicorn or not.



* WantingIsBetterThanHaving: This is King Haggard's FatalFlaw, and it even extends to Hagsgate, his town. Everything comes easily to him (and the town doesn't have to work to earn a living) but because everything comes so easily, nothing is satisfying (and the town is basically a prosperous craphole.) Probably one of the reasons why unicorns still interest him is that there's one last unicorn out there he's never captured.

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* WantingIsBetterThanHaving: WantingIsBetterThanHaving:
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This is King Haggard's FatalFlaw, and it even extends to Hagsgate, his town. Everything comes easily to him (and the town doesn't have to work to earn a living) but because everything comes so easily, nothing is satisfying (and the town is basically a prosperous craphole.) satisfying. Probably one of the reasons why unicorns still interest him is that there's one last unicorn out there he's never captured.captured.
** The village of Hagsgate values its prosperity so much that they haven't had any children in fifty years to try to thwart the witch's curse, and they are so worried about it that they take no joy from their prosperity at all. Any mention by visitors of how well they seem to be doing only reminds them of the curse.
26th Jan '17 3:46:45 PM margdean56
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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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* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler:Seeing Lír face down the Red Bull fills Shmendrick Schmendrick 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.]]
26th Jan '17 3:34:08 PM margdean56
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* 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.

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* CapturedSuperEntity: Mommy Fortuna, owner of a traveling circus-cum-freak-show, had has captured by magic the Harpy Celaeno. The monster had has sworn revenge and makes tries all possible things ways to escape, while the witch drains herself of power and ages herself quickly to still keep hold of her under magic tether.
23rd Jan '17 8:14:03 PM MercutioDreams
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** Schmendrick, until he learns to master his magic.
8th Oct '16 5:40:17 AM Bissek
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* OddlySmallOrganization: Since Haggard removed anything that didn't make him happy from his castle, his court consists of himself, Lír, a court magician, and four septuagenarian men at arms. And because they're so short-handed, every one of them, including the king and his heir, have to take turns guarding the castle, cooking meals, and cleaning the place.
15th Sep '16 8:18:04 AM thekeyofe
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* ShownTheirWork: Unicorns are not "horses with horns", and the book acknowledges that. The unicorn is a creature mashup like a griffin or hippocampus: she has deer legs, cloven hooves, a lion's tail... But she has an old, wild grace that makes all her contradictory parts work.

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* ShownTheirWork: Unicorns are not "horses with horns", and the book acknowledges that. The unicorn is a creature mashup like a griffin or hippocampus: hippogriff: she has deer legs, cloven hooves, a lion's tail... But she has an old, wild grace that makes all her contradictory parts work.
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.
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