History Literature / TheRailwaySeries

6th Nov '15 4:51:16 PM 313Bluestreak
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* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: ** Edward often gets teased by the other engines (mainly Gordon, James, and Henry) for being old. ** Thomas initially gets this due to him being self-important and cheeky. ** Duck gets this from the other engines, though he really brought it on himself with his constant harping on about the inherent superiority of the Great Western Railway above all others. ** Peter Sam was subject of this due to his broken funnel. ** Sir Handel gets the for his wheels, although these make him egotistical.

* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: The Welsh-sounding name of Ffarquhar (The town where Thomas' branch line terminates) is in fact derived from "Far-away quarry".

* BrattyHalfPint: Thomas started out as one in his CharacterArc. The same goes with Percy. Bill and Ben are always this as [=BoCo=] points out how they can be maddening at times.

* ComicallyLopsidedRivalry: Common in the series. Smart, hardworking engines such as Edward, Toby and Duck always have the last laugh on arrogant, reckless ones such as Henry, Gordon and James.

* FantasticRacism: The steam and diesel engines began resembling this, but it died down after some friendly diesels joined the railway. Taken to its extreme in ''James and the Diesel Engines'', in which James is the only engine to still hold a grudge.
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* EnsembleCast: The series gave individual novels to many engines and even different railways, and while many appeared more so than others, there was never a definite lead character * FantasticRacism: The steam and diesel engines began resembling this, but it died down after some friendly diesels joined the railway. Taken to its extreme in ''James and the Diesel Engines'', in which James is the only engine to still hold a grudge.grudge until in the last story "Deep Freeze".

* FiveManBand: The engines on Thomas' branch line.
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* FiveManBand: The engines on Thomas' branch line.line: ([[TheLeader Thomas]], [[TheLancer Percy]], [[TheSmartGuy Toby]], [[TheBigGuy Mavis]], and [[TheChick Daisy]].

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* FiveManBand: TheFreelanceShameSquad: The engines on Thomas' branch line.are often shown laughing or smirking whenever another has an accident or other humiliating incident, no matter how dire.

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* FiveManBand: The MenActWomenAre: A common criticism of the books was that most of the female characters were coaches, while all of the male characters were engines on Thomas' branch line.(meaning that the females were incapable of doing anything unless they were being towed along by a male).
6th Nov '15 4:19:01 PM 313Bluestreak
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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Most of the troublesome trucks.

* BerserkButton: A few examples. ** Don't make Gordon pull trucks. The same applies with Sir Handel. ** Don't remind James any of his accidents (i.e., the bootlace incident). Also, don't threaten to paint him blue. ** Don't call Toby "electric". ** Don't compare Duck's MotorMouth to a quacking duck. ** Don't make fun of Donald and Douglas' whistles. ** Don't refer Daisy as "feeble". ** While the troublesome trucks play tricks on you unprovoked, don't order them around or bump them.

* TheGadfly: Most of the Fat Controller's engines have gadfly tendencies. Thomas during his BrattyHalfPint days was particularly so, with a hobby of quietly creeping up on dozing big engines, waking them up suddenly, and then running off laughing. And in general, they all love pushing other engines' buttons and winding them up.

* KickTheSonOfABitch: The troublesome trucks often play tricks on an engine who were being mean or arrogant to others (i.e., James in "Dirty Objects" and Diesel in "Pop Goes The Diesel".
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* KickTheSonOfABitch: The troublesome trucks often play tricks on an engine who were being mean or arrogant to others (i.e., James in "Dirty Objects" and Diesel in "Pop Goes The Diesel".)

* NeverMyFault: The Engines being blamed for ''Human'' error. A common example includes Thomas being blamed for crashing into the stationmaster's house even though it was a cleaner that carelessly fiddled with his controls.
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* NeverMyFault: The Engines are being blamed for ''Human'' error. A common example includes Thomas being blamed for crashing into the stationmaster's house even though it was a cleaner that carelessly fiddled with his controls.

* VitriolicBestBuds: All of the engines are good friends, but have a lot of moments of teasing each other.
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* VitriolicBestBuds: All of the engines are good friends, but have a lot ''lot'' of moments of teasing each other.
13th Oct '15 12:46:28 AM foxley
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* CircusEpisode: In "Henry and the Elephant", the circus comes to the Island of Sodor. The engines have a wonderful time pulling the train, until it is time for the circus to leave. It is later revealed that an elephant escaped from the circus and is hiding in Henry's Tunnel, and it's up to Henry, his crew, and the elephant's keeper to get the elephant back.
3rd Oct '15 12:28:18 PM pgj1997
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* RecycledPremise: "Edward and Gordon" is strikingly similar to ''Literature/TheLittleEngineThatCould''. Both engines are even blue.
25th Aug '15 4:40:00 PM moloch
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8th Jun '15 12:22:08 PM cartoonfan945
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* ArbitrarySkepticism: The big engines think the "wee engine" (Rex, Mike, and Bert) are some sort of magic, despite the fact they met small engines before (eg, the Skarloey engines).

* HaveAGayOldTime: In "Thomas and the Breakdown Train", the Breakdown Train contains "two queer things his Driver called cranes." In "Ballast", Duck passes under a chute, on top of which stand "some queer-looking trucks".
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* HaveAGayOldTime: HaveAGayOldTime: ** In "Thomas and the Breakdown Train", the Breakdown Train contains "two queer things his Driver called cranes." " ** The opening message for Toby's debut states that he is a "funny little engine with a queer shape". ** In "Ballast", Duck passes under a chute, on top of which stand "some queer-looking trucks".trucks".
14th Apr '15 2:46:52 PM 313Bluestreak
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* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: A number of engines such as Gordon, James, and Sir Handel qualify.
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* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: A number of engines such are arrogant and rude, and prone to getting some sort of HumiliationConga at the end of each story as a result of their delusions of grandeur. Gordon, James, James and Sir Handel qualify.are arguably the most notable (though occasional redeeming moments keep them in check).
23rd Feb '15 12:46:07 PM 313Bluestreak
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* RightlySelfRighteous: Some of the competent hard-working engines like Duck, Donald, Douglas, and Skarloey can often be smug and heckling to the other arrogant or badly-behaved engines. Usually, any attempts to ignore or belittle them only lead to a [[LaserGuidedKarma karmic accident]] or [[HumiliationConga humiliation]].
20th Feb '15 1:31:20 PM 313Bluestreak
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* VitriolicBestBuds: All of the engines are good friends, but have a lot of moments of teasing each other. Common examples include the trio of Gordon, James, and Henry and also Thomas and Percy.
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* VitriolicBestBuds: All of the engines are good friends, but have a lot of moments of teasing each other. Common examples include the other. ** The trio of Gordon, James, Henry, and Henry James run into this. Individually, James has this relationship with the other engines as well such as nice-hearted engines like Edward and also Toby. ** Similar to above, it's the trio of Rex, Mike, and Bert. ** Thomas and Percy.Percy have their moments of teasing each other on occasions.
19th Feb '15 8:15:43 PM 313Bluestreak
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* {{Barsetshire}}: The whole fictional setting of the Island of Sodor (which is supposed to be just west of the Cumbrian and Lancastrian coast and to the east of the Isle of Man).
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* {{Barsetshire}}: The whole fictional setting of the Island of Sodor (which is supposed to be just west of the Cumbrian and Lancastrian coast and to the east of the Isle of Man).

* {{Barsetshire}}: The whole fictional setting of the Island of Sodor (which is supposed to be just west of the Cumbrian BullyingTheDragon: Troublesome trucks will often find out that messing with engines like Duck, Donald, and Lancastrian coast and to the east of the Isle of Man). Douglas is a big mistake.

* FeudEpisode: The quarrel between Thomas and Percy in "More About Thomas The Tank Engine".
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* FeudEpisode: The quarrel between Thomas and Percy in "More About Thomas The Tank Engine". Also Skarloey and Rheneas in their younger years in "Stick-in-the-Mud".

* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Gordon; also Duncan after his CharacterDevelopment. Christopher Awdry wrote one stand-alone story where he brings Diesel back as one of these.
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* {{Jerkass}}: The troublesome trucks, especially the ballast trucks who are said to be the worst behaved trucks on the line. Also some of the diesels who are haughty and prejudiced against steam engines. Even engines like Sir Handel and Duncan are this at their worst. * JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Gordon; also A number of engines are this. Gordon, Henry, Thomas, and James. Also Duncan after his CharacterDevelopment. Christopher Awdry wrote one stand-alone story where he brings Diesel back as one of these.

* LegacyCharacter: The Fat Controller
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* LegacyCharacter: The Fat ControllerController.

* LegacyCharacter: The Fat ControllerUnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: A number of engines such as Gordon, James, and Sir Handel qualify.

* VitriolicBestBuds: All of the engines are good friends, but have a lot of moments of teasing each other. Common examples include the trio of Gordon, James, and Henry and both Thomas and Percy.
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* VitriolicBestBuds: All of the engines are good friends, but have a lot of moments of teasing each other. Common examples include the trio of Gordon, James, and Henry and both also Thomas and Percy.
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