History Literature / TheMostDangerousGame

15th Sep '17 8:44:54 AM Kitchen90
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The story has been directly adapted for film at least eight times, though only twice under its original title: in 1932, with Joel [=McCrea=] as Rainsford and Leslie Banks as Zaroff, and in 2008, with Brian Spangler-Campbell and Mark Motyl, respectively. However, it has been imitated by a vastly greater number of works, and is the source and TropeNamer of the HuntingTheMostDangerousGame plot.

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The story has been directly adapted for film at least eight times, though only twice under its original title: in 1932, with Joel [=McCrea=] Creator/JoelMcCrea as Rainsford and Leslie Banks as Zaroff, and in 2008, with Brian Spangler-Campbell and Mark Motyl, respectively. However, it has been imitated by a vastly greater number of works, and is the source and TropeNamer of the HuntingTheMostDangerousGame plot.
8th Aug '17 2:00:40 PM xcountryguy
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%%* BloodKnight: Zaroff.
%%* UsefulNotes/{{Cossacks}}: Ivan and Zaroff, see HuskyRusskie below.
* CurtainCamouflage: [[spoiler: Rainsford]] hides himself this way at the very end.

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%%* * BloodKnight: Zaroff.
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Zaroff wants more dangerous hunts so he chooses to hunt humans to sate his bloodlust.
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UsefulNotes/{{Cossacks}}: Ivan and Zaroff, see HuskyRusskie below.
Zaroff are stated to be Cossacks by Zaroff himself. This is used to justify their need to hunt.
* CurtainCamouflage: [[spoiler: Rainsford]] [[spoiler:Rainsford]] hides himself this way at the very end.



%%* DerelictGraveyard: Ship-Trap Island.

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%%* * DerelictGraveyard: Ship-Trap Island.Island is set up to be hazardous to passing ships so Zaroff has more game to kill.



%%* TheDragon: A minor example in Ivan.
* DuelToTheDeath: Rainsford and Zaroff square off at the end of the story; the winner gets to sleep in Zaroff's opulent bed, while the loser's body will be fed to the hounds. [[spoiler: It's pretty clear that Rainsford wins]].
-->[[spoiler: "He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided."]]

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%%* * TheDragon: A minor example in Ivan.
Ivan is a mute brute that sticks to Zaroff's side [[spoiler:until his falls into one of Rainsford's traps.]]
* DuelToTheDeath: Rainsford and Zaroff square off at the end of the story; the winner gets to sleep in Zaroff's opulent bed, while the loser's body will be fed to the hounds. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's pretty clear that Rainsford wins]].
-->[[spoiler: "He -->[[spoiler:"He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided."]]



%%* EgomaniacHunter: General Zaroff.

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%%* * EgomaniacHunter: General Zaroff.Zaroff takes great pride that he has hunted everything and has even set up his base on an island that would attract more shipwreck survivors to hunt.



%%* GreatWhiteHunter: Rainsford.

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%%* * GreatWhiteHunter: Rainsford.Rainsford is a big game hunter and those skills are put to the test when he becomes the hunted.



* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: The climactic battle between Rainsford and Zaroff. Considering the general badassery of both characters, it can be assumed that it was quite a fight.]]

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* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The climactic battle between Rainsford and Zaroff. Considering the general badassery of both characters, it can be assumed that it was quite a fight.]]



* TheSociopath: Zaroff insists that what he does is not murder, it's just hunting...and seems to genuinely believe this.
%%* TheSpeechless: Ivan.

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* TheSociopath: Zaroff insists that what he does is not murder, it's just hunting... and seems to genuinely believe this.
%%* * TheSpeechless: Ivan.Ivan doesn't say anything but considering his position as Zaroff's brute he may just not have anything that needs saying.



%%* YoureInsane

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%%* YoureInsane
* YoureInsane: This is Rainsford's reaction to Zaroff's scheme. Zaroff is unaffected by this accusation.
27th Jul '17 9:40:05 PM Delphi
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* TheSociopath: Zaroff insists that what he does is not murder, it's just hunting...and seems to genuinely believe this.



* DisneyVillainDeath: Zaroff succumbs to his wounds by falling out the window, where his hunting dogs are waiting.

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* DisneyVillainDeath: Zaroff succumbs to his wounds by falling out the window, [[JustDesserts where his hunting dogs are waiting.]]
16th May '17 9:48:33 AM nombretomado
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* TsaristRussia: "Ivan once had the honor of serving as official [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knout knouter]] to the Great White Czar..."
28th Feb '17 3:16:16 AM Geoduck
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* GilliganCut: As noted above under Duel To The Death, the last line of the story.
26th Feb '17 7:05:08 PM Mhazard
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%%* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: TropeNamer.

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%%* * HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: TropeNamer.{{Trope Namer|s}}, General Zaroff has spent his life hunting every kind of animal imaginable and has grown bored of his hobby. To keep his interest in hunting, Zaroff resorts to hunting the most dangerous game of all - humans.
26th Dec '16 8:55:04 PM foxley
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* HumanHeadOnTheWall: Rainsford finds a human head mounted on Count Zaroff's wall as he searches the mansion.
22nd Oct '16 3:07:53 PM Xtifr
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->This page is about the short story. If a link for a trope about "humans hunting humans" brought you here, please change it to HuntingTheMostDangerousGame.
22nd Oct '16 2:08:21 PM Xtifr
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''The Most Dangerous Game'' (also known as ''The Hounds of Zaroff'') is a 1924 short story by Richard Connell.

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''The "The Most Dangerous Game'' Game" (also known as ''The "The Hounds of Zaroff'') Zaroff") is a 1924 short story by Richard Connell.
21st Oct '16 8:36:36 AM MarkLungo
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"The Most Dangerous Game" (also known as "The Hounds of Zaroff") is a 1924 short story by Richard Connell.

Rainsford, a hunter of big game from New York, finds himself shipwrecked on an island. He finds a big mansion with a bored old general there, who describes his one true passion: hunting. The general tells Rainsford that he only hunts [[TitleDrop the most dangerous game of all]]... humans. The full story can be found [[http://www.classicshorts.com/stories/danger.html here]].

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"The ''The Most Dangerous Game" Game'' (also known as "The ''The Hounds of Zaroff") Zaroff'') is a 1924 short story by Richard Connell.

Rainsford, a hunter of big game from New York, finds himself shipwrecked on an island. He finds a big mansion with occupied by Zaroff, a bored old general there, Russian general, who describes his one true passion: hunting. The general tells Rainsford that he only hunts [[TitleDrop the most dangerous game of all]]... humans. The full story can be found [[http://www.classicshorts.com/stories/danger.html here]].



!!This story provides examples of:

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!!This story provides examples of:
!!The Most Dangerous Tropes:



%%* {{Cossacks}}: Ivan and Zaroff, see HuskyRusskie below.

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%%* {{Cossacks}}: UsefulNotes/{{Cossacks}}: Ivan and Zaroff, see HuskyRusskie below.



-->[[spoiler: He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided]].
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Considering ''everything'' that happened to him, [[spoiler:Rainsford gladly deserves his victory]].

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-->[[spoiler: He "He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided]].
decided."]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Considering ''everything'' that happened to him, [[spoiler:Rainsford gladly greatly deserves his victory]].



%%* TheKillerBecomesTheKilled

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%%* TheKillerBecomesTheKilled* TheKillerBecomesTheKilled: The fate of [[spoiler:General Zaroff]]. Overlaps with HoistByHisOwnPetard and LaserGuidedKarma.



-->"He is a Cossack," said the general, and his smile showed red lips and pointed teeth. "So am I."

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-->"He is a Cossack," [[UsefulNotes/{{Cossacks}} Cossack]]," said the general, and his smile showed red lips and pointed teeth. "So am I."
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