History Literature / TheMagiciansNephew

6th Jan '16 2:21:56 PM VenomLancerHae
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* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Inverted and subverted when on Charn, Digory and Polly see an inscription on a bell written in another language. While the language does not change, the kids can understand it due to a magic in the air. Something similar may have happened when Jadis woke up and was able to communicate with them.

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* AliensSpeakingEnglish: AliensSpeakingEnglish:
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Inverted and subverted when on Charn, Digory and Polly see an inscription on a bell written in another language. While the language does not change, the kids can understand it due to a magic in the air. Something similar may have happened when Jadis woke up and was able to communicate with them.



* BeautifulVoid: The Wood between the worlds. It is a dense forest, with a grass floor and many shallow, still pools of water. Each pool is connected to a different world, and the only way to get to this place is through the use of special [[{{MacGuffin}} magic rings]], created by Andrew. The place has a very peaceful, blissful, soporific atmosphere. There are no creatures there, save for the ones that have used the rings to get there... and those that have have most likely entered an deep, indefinite, peaceful, dreamless sleep..

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* BeautifulVoid: BeautifulVoid:
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The Wood between the worlds. It is a dense forest, with a grass floor and many shallow, still pools of water. Each pool is connected to a different world, and the only way to get to this place is through the use of special [[{{MacGuffin}} magic rings]], created by Andrew. The place has a very peaceful, blissful, soporific atmosphere. There are no creatures there, save for the ones that have used the rings to get there... and those that have have most likely entered an deep, indefinite, peaceful, dreamless sleep..



* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Jadis is an aversion. Digory is at first smitten with her, but he and Polly soon find out that she is certainly ''not'' good.
** It's even lampshaded - he notes that really she's just as bad as Uncle Andrew, but it's tough to remember because Uncle Andrew isn't seven feet tall and stunningly beautiful.

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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Jadis is an aversion. Digory is at first smitten with her, but he and Polly soon find out that she is certainly ''not'' good. \n** It's even lampshaded - he notes that really she's just as bad as Uncle Andrew, but it's tough to remember because Uncle Andrew isn't seven feet tall and stunningly beautiful.



* BigBad: Jadis.
* BritishAccents: Frank the cab driver starts out with a cockney accent. It slowly disappears the longer he talks to Aslan.

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%% * BigBad: Jadis.
* BritishAccents: Frank the cab driver starts out with a cockney accent. It slowly disappears the longer he talks to Aslan.
Jadis.



* [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique Dangerous Forbidden Spell]]: The Deplorable Word.
* DepopulationBomb: The magical incantation by the white witch Jadis is this. After ruling her home planet of [[MeaningfulName Charn]] as a cruel and capricious tyrant with a ZeroPercentApprovalRating and on the eve of defeat by her own subjects, Jadis out of pure spite uttered the deplorable word, resulting in ''[[OmnicidalManiac the instant death of every living thing in that universe]]'' except herself.

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%% * [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique Dangerous Forbidden Spell]]: DangerousForbiddenTechnique: The Deplorable Word.
* DepopulationBomb: DepopulationBomb:
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The magical incantation by the white witch Jadis is this. After ruling her home planet of [[MeaningfulName Charn]] as a cruel and capricious tyrant with a ZeroPercentApprovalRating and on the eve of defeat by her own subjects, Jadis out of pure spite uttered the deplorable word, resulting in ''[[OmnicidalManiac the instant death of every living thing in that universe]]'' except herself.



* [[DontTouchItYouIdiot Don't Touch It, You Idiot!]]: Digory and Polly to each other, first when Polly takes one of Uncle Andrew's yellow rings, and then when Digory rings the bell.
* EinsteinHair: Uncle Andrew.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: How Jadis makes her mistake when tempting Digory in the climax.

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* [[DontTouchItYouIdiot Don't Touch It, You Idiot!]]: DontTouchItYouIdiot: Digory and Polly to each other, first when Polly takes one of Uncle Andrew's yellow rings, and then when Digory rings the bell.
%% * EinsteinHair: Uncle Andrew.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: EvilCannotComprehendGood:
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How Jadis makes her mistake when tempting Digory in the climax.



* FantasticNuke: The "Deplorable Word": a magic word that, if spoken, instantly [[KillEmAll kills all life forms in the world]] except [[OmnicidalManiac the speaker]]. Lewis makes the nuclear allegory pretty transparent, especially in the description of the burned-out remains of Charn and the {{Aesop}} that Aslan [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped delivers at the end]]:

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* FantasticNuke: FantasticNuke:
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The "Deplorable Word": a magic word that, if spoken, instantly [[KillEmAll kills all life forms in the world]] except [[OmnicidalManiac the speaker]]. Lewis makes the nuclear allegory pretty transparent, especially in the description of the burned-out remains of Charn and the {{Aesop}} that Aslan [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped delivers at the end]]:



* FridgeHorror: In-universe. Digory is about to run off exploring other worlds when Polly thinks to mark the pool they came from. The thought of what might have happened if she hadn't thought of it - trapped and unable to find their way home in an infinite wood full of infinite pools of water all of which look exactly alike - scares Digory so badly he can barely use his knife to make the mark.

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* FridgeHorror: FridgeHorror:
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In-universe. Digory is about to run off exploring other worlds when Polly thinks to mark the pool they came from. The thought of what might have happened if she hadn't thought of it - trapped and unable to find their way home in an infinite wood full of infinite pools of water all of which look exactly alike - scares Digory so badly he can barely use his knife to make the mark.



* GenreSavvy: Digory warns Uncle Andrew that, as he's obviously a villain, he better expect retribution for what he does. Uncle Andrew privately thinks, "OhCrap, he's right!" before trying to laugh it off as Digory [[YouWatchTooMuchX reading too many fairy tales]].

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* GenreSavvy: GenreSavvy:
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Digory warns Uncle Andrew that, as he's obviously a villain, he better expect retribution for what he does. Uncle Andrew privately thinks, "OhCrap, he's right!" before trying to laugh it off as Digory [[YouWatchTooMuchX reading too many fairy tales]].



* GentlemanWizard: Andrew
* GhostPlanet: The world of Charn.

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%% * GentlemanWizard: Andrew
%% * GhostPlanet: The world of Charn.



* ItsAllAboutMe

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%% * ItsAllAboutMe



* [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It, Hero]]: Digory's [[CuriosityIsACrapshoot curiosity]] gets the better of him and results in Jadis being awakened.

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* [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It, Hero]]: NiceJobBreakingItHero: Digory's [[CuriosityIsACrapshoot curiosity]] gets the better of him and results in Jadis being awakened.



* NothingIsScarier: The city of Charn; when Digory and Polly first arrive, both are creeped out by the sheer darkness and emptiness of the ruins around them. When they fear something may be stalking them, they stop and listen closely; all they hear are their own heartbeats.

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* NothingIsScarier: NothingIsScarier:
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The city of Charn; when Digory and Polly first arrive, both are creeped out by the sheer darkness and emptiness of the ruins around them. When they fear something may be stalking them, they stop and listen closely; all they hear are their own heartbeats.



* {{Panacea}}: The silver apples.
* PortalNetwork: The Wood Between the Worlds.
* PortalPool: Many in "The Wood Between the Worlds".

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%% * {{Panacea}}: The silver apples.
%% * PortalNetwork: The Wood Between the Worlds.
%% * PortalPool: Many in "The Wood Between the Worlds".



* SchmuckBait: In verse, no less:

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* SchmuckBait: SchmuckBait:
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In verse, no less:



* SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum: Jadis wiped out all the living things in Charn because her sister won the civil war.

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* SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum: SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum:
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Jadis wiped out all the living things in Charn because her sister won the civil war.



* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: Digory had to retrieve the apple himself. Had a Narnian taken it, it would have been for themselves and eventually caused Narnia to turn bad. However, if an outsider like Digory took it, it would have been taken for the sake of others.

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* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself:
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Digory had to retrieve the apple himself. Had a Narnian taken it, it would have been for themselves and eventually caused Narnia to turn bad. However, if an outsider like Digory took it, it would have been taken for the sake of others.



* {{Tsundere}}: Polly.

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%% * {{Tsundere}}: Polly.



* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: After our heroes accidentally bring Jadis back to Earth, the book keeps shifting between domestic and cosmic. Most notably is when Polly remembers she's mad at Digory, and tells him she's going home.

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* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld:
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After our heroes accidentally bring Jadis back to Earth, the book keeps shifting between domestic and cosmic. Most notably is when Polly remembers she's mad at Digory, and tells him she's going home.
9th Nov '15 1:08:15 PM kraas
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* BadassDecay: Uncle Andrew, in-universe, as soon as Jadis enters the story. Diggory compares it to how you wouldn't exactly be scared of an earthworm after having encountered an angry rattlesnake.

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* BadassDecay: Uncle Andrew, in-universe, as soon as Jadis enters the story. Diggory Digory compares it to how you wouldn't exactly be scared of an earthworm after having encountered an angry rattlesnake.



* TheFinalTemptation: Jadis confronts Digory in the garden, and attempts to convince him to take the silver apple for himself, but he sees through her deception.



** Narnian magic, on the other hand, is merely diminished rather than negated. Diggory brings a silver apple from Narnia to Earth. In Narnia, it can give immortality (or whatever else happens to be your "heart's desire"), on Earth it can "merely" heal fatal illness.

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** Narnian magic, on the other hand, is merely diminished rather than negated. Diggory Digory brings a silver apple from Narnia to Earth. In Narnia, it can give immortality (or whatever else happens to be your "heart's desire"), on Earth it can "merely" heal fatal illness.
3rd Nov '15 12:04:14 PM StFan
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* TheLastTemptation: Jadis confronts Digory in the garden with temptations.
9th Oct '15 3:28:23 PM Anorgil
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** Narnian magic, on the other hand, is merely diminished rather than negated. Diggory brings a silver apple from Narnia to Earth. In Narnia, it can give immortality, on Earth it can "merely" heal fatal illness.

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** Narnian magic, on the other hand, is merely diminished rather than negated. Diggory brings a silver apple from Narnia to Earth. In Narnia, it can give immortality, immortality (or whatever else happens to be your "heart's desire"), on Earth it can "merely" heal fatal illness.
7th Oct '15 11:10:48 AM LBHills
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* AllMythsAreTrue: {{Lampshaded}} by Digory towards Uncle Andrew. Since the Atlantean box with the magical dust from another world both exist, Digory takes it to mean that all the old fairytales are "more or less true". He uses this fact to warn his uncle that he is exactly like the type of selfish, cruel and foolish old magician who [[LaserGuidedKarma comes to a bad end]] in those kinds of stories.
* ApocalypseHow: The Deplorable Word. Class 4, planetary at the minimum and possibly universal.

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* AllMythsAreTrue: {{Lampshaded}} by Digory towards Uncle Andrew. Since the Atlantean box with the magical dust from another world both exist, Digory takes it to mean that all the old fairytales are "more or less true". He uses this fact to warn his uncle that he is exactly like the type of selfish, cruel and foolish old magician who [[LaserGuidedKarma comes to a bad end]] in those kinds of stories. \n (Sure enough, BreakTheHaughty awaits.)
* ApocalypseHow: The Deplorable Word. Class 4, planetary at the minimum and possibly universal. After Jadis has departed, that world is vacant - Aslan points out the dry hollow where its pool once stood in the Wood Between The Worlds and says that it's ''entirely'' gone now.


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* LookOnMyWorksYeMightyAndDespair: Through warfare and sorcery, the city of Charn conquered its entire world. Nothing now remains but wreckage and ruins.
7th Oct '15 11:05:38 AM LBHills
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** Likewise, Diggory brings a silver apple from Narnia to Earth. In Narnia, it can give immortality, on Earth it can "merely" heal fatal illness.

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** Likewise, Narnian magic, on the other hand, is merely diminished rather than negated. Diggory brings a silver apple from Narnia to Earth. In Narnia, it can give immortality, on Earth it can "merely" heal fatal illness.
7th Oct '15 11:03:43 AM LBHills
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* VillainDecay: Uncle Andrew ceases to be intimidating in the slightest once Jadis enters the story. Digory compares it to an earthworm not being very scary compared to a rattlesnake.

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* VillainDecay: Uncle Andrew ceases to be intimidating in the slightest once Jadis enters the story. Digory compares it See Badass Decay. Unlike most cases, events transform Uncle Andrew from TheChessmaster to an earthworm not being very scary compared to a rattlesnake.the IneffectualSympatheticVillain, and finally, into the CosmicPlaything.
7th Oct '15 10:59:16 AM LBHills
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* {{Backstory}}: For Professor Kirke, the Wardrobe, and Narnia itself. [[spoiler:Also for the White Witch]].

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* {{Backstory}}: For This book explains a lot about the world Lucy discovers in ''The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.'' Including Professor Kirke, the Wardrobe, and Narnia itself. [[spoiler:Also for the White Witch]].Witch... even the reason that a perpetually lit 19th-century lamppost is standing in a remote corner of a world that is otherwise in MedievalStasis.



* TheLastTemptation

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* TheLastTemptationTheLastTemptation: Jadis confronts Digory in the garden with temptations.



* NoSell: When the principles arrive in Narnia and Jadis sees Aslan approaching, she hurls the lamppost crossbar she had been holding at him and it strikes him squarely in the face. This would most certainly have killed a normal creature, but as it's [[CrystalDragonJesus Aslan]], the crossbar just bounces off and falls to the ground, where it eventually grows into a full lamppost.

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* NoSell: When the principles principal characters arrive in Narnia and Jadis sees Aslan approaching, she hurls the lamppost crossbar she had been holding at him and it strikes him squarely in the face. This would most certainly have killed a normal creature, but as it's [[CrystalDragonJesus Aslan]], the crossbar just bounces off and falls to the ground, where (due to the ambient magic) it eventually grows soon sprouts into a full lamppost.full-grown lamp post.



* SkewedPriorities: A hideous use of the trope, demonstrating Jadis' true nature. She was not the ruler of Charn's empire, so she tried to destroy her sister, the heir, and usurp it. She was utterly defeated, so she used her last and most terrible weapon: a single magical word which would kill everything except the speaker. (Not 'every person', not 'everything within a certain distance'... [[ApocalypseHow Everything.]]) The important part is, ''her sister didn't beat her.''

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* SkewedPriorities: A hideous use of the trope, demonstrating Jadis' true nature. She was not the ruler of Charn's empire, so she tried to destroy her sister, the heir, and usurp it. She was utterly defeated, so she used her last and most terrible weapon: a single magical word which would kill everything except the speaker. (Not 'every person', not 'everything within a certain distance'... [[ApocalypseHow Everything.]]) The But the important part is, ''her sister didn't beat her.''
6th Oct '15 3:53:48 PM LBHills
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* SkewedPriorities: A hideous use of the trope, demonstrating Jadis' true nature. She was not the ruler of Charn's empire, so she tried to destroy her sister, the heir, and usurp it. She was utterly defeated, so she used her last and most terrible weapon: a single magical word which would kill everything except the speaker. (Not 'every person', not 'everything within a certain distance'... [[ApocalypseHow Everything.]])

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* SkewedPriorities: A hideous use of the trope, demonstrating Jadis' true nature. She was not the ruler of Charn's empire, so she tried to destroy her sister, the heir, and usurp it. She was utterly defeated, so she used her last and most terrible weapon: a single magical word which would kill everything except the speaker. (Not 'every person', not 'everything within a certain distance'... [[ApocalypseHow Everything.]])]]) The important part is, ''her sister didn't beat her.''
6th Oct '15 3:51:00 PM LBHills
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Added DiffLines:

* SkewedPriorities: A hideous use of the trope, demonstrating Jadis' true nature. She was not the ruler of Charn's empire, so she tried to destroy her sister, the heir, and usurp it. She was utterly defeated, so she used her last and most terrible weapon: a single magical word which would kill everything except the speaker. (Not 'every person', not 'everything within a certain distance'... [[ApocalypseHow Everything.]])
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