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9th Apr '16 4:30:34 PM bryancrain88
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* NonchalantDodge: When Odysseus returns home disguised as a beggar, one of the suitors, Ctesippus, throws an ox hoof at him. Odysseus dodges it with the slightest tilt of his head, then gives Ctesippus a grim smile in return.
31st Mar '16 10:26:32 PM CJCroen1393
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%%* BigBad: Poseidon. Granted [[PapaWolf he has a good reason for it]]. %% Zero Context

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%%* * BigBad: Poseidon. Granted [[PapaWolf he has a good reason for it]]. %% Zero Contextit, seeing as [[PapaWolf Odysseus had blinded one of his sons]]. Still, sending the guy through ''that much'' suffering seems like a bit much.



* TheDreaded: In the Underworld, Odysseus expresses genuine terror at the thought of meeting Persephone. Oddly enough, he doesn't extend as much fearful respect to her husband.



%%* EldritchAbomination: Charybdis. %% Zero Context

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%%* * EldritchAbomination: Charybdis. %% Zero ContextCharybdis; while Scylla has a strange but at least somewhat discernible form, Charybdis' description is ''always'' bizarre and terrifying, waffling between a massive bladder or stomach with flippers that's constantly swallowing and vomiting seawater or a giant, moving, [[ItCanThink sentient]] and ''[[VillainousGlutton hungry]]'' whirlpool.
26th Feb '16 1:23:16 AM JulianLapostat
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* EyeScream: Eat Odysseus's sailors and reap the consequences.

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* EyeScream: EyeScream:
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Eat Odysseus's sailors and reap the consequences.consequences.
** Also Odysseus and Telemachus torture and murder one of the servants at the end, by poking and gouging their eye.



* HomeSweetHome



* RapePillageAndBurn: When describing the adventures and hijinks of his crew after they set sail from Troy (and before arriving at the Cave of the Cyclops), Odysseus casually mentions that he and his crew sacked a town, raped the women and sold survivors into slavery. You know, typical [[SociopathicHero Greek Hero]] stuff.



* SecondHandStorytelling
* SmiteMeOhMightySmiter

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* SmiteMeOhMightySmiter
SociopathicHero: Odysseus, as Harold Bloom mentions, is a man you don't want to cross or be around too long. He's willing to do nearly anything to survive, including [[RapePillageAndBurn sack towns and villages]], sell people into slavery, lie and manipulate, and in the end, after retaking Ithaca, he brutally murders not only the suitors, but also the palace servant girls in highly brutal ways. Of course, the Greek idea of TheHero is entirely different from the Christian, chivalric and modern conception.
17th Feb '16 12:22:26 PM morenohijazo
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* OurGhostsAreDifferent: The shades of Hades, who seems to crave for fresh blood to drink, but are otherwise friendly to our hero.


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* OurAncestorsAreSuperheroes: Odysseus is actually an aversion; he has no special powers beyond being a really devious and clever man (and knowing how to string a recurve bow; which, again, relies on a trick and not on brute force).
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: The shades of Hades, who seems to crave for fresh blood to drink, but are otherwise friendly to our hero.
19th Jan '16 10:16:55 AM Edrobot
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* BadassNormal: Compared to some of the more well-known Greek heroes, Odessyus is a relatively normal guy. He doesn't have supernatural strength like Heracles, isn't invincible like Achilles, doesn't rely on magic items like Perseus, and isn't directly related to any of the Greek gods.[[note]]Though tradition claims that he's the great-grandson of Hermes.[[/note]] He's just a smart dude in good shape who's just happens to have Athena's favor.
16th Jan '16 9:16:59 AM fbiuzz
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** Actually the Ancient Greeks, prefer heroes that were both intelligent and strong. See Heracles, who was smart, strong, and a combat master and excellent bowman himself.
14th Jan '16 4:52:05 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* VitriolicBestBuds: Odysseus and Athena. The first thing they do after Athena throws off her disguise is argue.
30th Dec '15 9:58:28 AM Willbyr
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8th Nov '15 6:44:30 PM DeisTheAlcano
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3rd Nov '15 8:05:31 AM LordGro
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** It wasn't standard at the time it was written, which is why some scholars see the Odyssey as a more modern and sophisticated work than the Iliad.
* ForbiddenFruit: Aeolus's bag of winds.

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* ForbiddenFruit:
** It wasn't standard at the time it was written, which is why some scholars see the Odyssey as a more modern and sophisticated work than the Iliad.
* ForbiddenFruit:
Aeolus's bag of winds.
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