History Literature / TheTripods

7th Oct '17 1:59:58 PM Vivisector9999
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* AchillesHeel: The Masters' sensitive spot between the respiratory and ingestive orifices. Also, they cannot detect [[spoiler:alcohol]], which is poisonous to them.

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* AchillesHeel: The Masters' sensitive spot between the respiratory and ingestive orifices. Also, [[spoiler:Also, they cannot detect [[spoiler:alcohol]], alcohol, which is poisonous to them.]]



** The aliens ''think'' of themselves this way. They consider turning the humans into uncreative, unambitious cattle to have been helping them by stopping wars, and they think taking humans as slaves (who they beat, abuse, and shorten the lifespans to a few years) and decorations (killing them and preserving the bodies for display) to be an honor... for the ''humans''.

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** The aliens ''think'' of themselves this way. They consider turning the humans into uncreative, unambitious cattle to have been helping them by stopping wars, and they think taking humans as slaves (who they beat, abuse, and shorten the lifespans to a few years) and decorations (killing them and preserving the bodies for display) to be an honor... for the ''humans''. [[HappinessInSlavery The Capped agree.]]



** During his enslavement, Will learns that using human slaves is a thorny political issue among the Masters and and that some of them disapprove of the practice. However, this is not because of a moral objection to slavery or any concern for the dignity of the enslaved (the Masters have neither). Instead it's merely an economic concern about over-dependence on cheap alien labor.

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** During his enslavement, Will learns that using human slaves is a thorny political issue among the Masters and and that some of them disapprove of the practice. However, this is not because of a moral objection to slavery or any concern for the dignity of the enslaved (the Masters have neither). Instead it's merely an economic concern about over-dependence on cheap alien labor.



* DeusExNukina : In ''The City of Gold and Lead'' we are told that a submarine launched an ICBM at one of the Masters' Cities long ago.

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* DeusExNukina : In ''The City of Gold and Lead'' we are told that a submarine launched an ICBM at one of the Masters' Cities cities long ago.



* DoomAsTestPrize: The girls who win a beauty prize are taken to the Masters' City where they are killed and preserved under glass like butterflies.

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** On the way to the games, Will is able to buy a beer, and no one questions his age because of his false Cap... not entirely unlike how his adolescent forefathers might have once obtained booze with a fake ID.
* DoomAsTestPrize: The girls who win a beauty prize are taken to the Masters' City city where they are killed and preserved under glass like butterflies.



* {{EMP}}: Implied to be used against the resistance aeroplanes attacking the Masters' city in Panama

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* {{EMP}}: Implied to be used against the resistance aeroplanes attacking the Masters' city in PanamaPanama.



** Will is exploring other VichyEarth states besides England. When he arrives in one he comments that English hang murderers because they can't think of what else to do and nobody likes it much. In one German state they have them [[BloodSport hunted]] by Tripods. In other words, English capped may be LesCollaborateurs but they are not sadistic.
** When the Masters in the newly-arrived terraforming ship realize the humans have won, they destroy their former cities and depart. This is likely due to their BlueAndOrangeMorality -- revenge is not as important to them.

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** Will is exploring other VichyEarth states besides England. When he arrives in one he comments that English hang murderers because they can't think of what else to do and nobody likes it much. In one German state they have them [[BloodSport hunted]] hunted by Tripods. Tripods]]. In other words, English capped may be LesCollaborateurs LesCollaborateurs, but they are not sadistic.
** When the Masters in the newly-arrived terraforming ship realize the humans have won, they destroy their former cities and depart. This is likely due to their BlueAndOrangeMorality -- revenge is not as important to them.



* GuiltFreeExterminationWar: No one particularly worries about whether or not the Masters in the city are civilians. The Masters meanwhile wish to KillAllHumans.

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* GuiltFreeExterminationWar: No one particularly worries about whether or not the Masters in the city cities are civilians. The Masters meanwhile wish to KillAllHumans.



* HowToInvadeAnAlienPlanet: Cleverer than some. They are able to avoid, or work around the hazards of some of the obvious mistakes, but they have a critical weakness to alcohol, fail to realize that Caps can be faked until too late, and keep humans around as slaves (rather than killing everyone immediately) long enough for them to develop a resistance. At least they KnowWhenToFoldEm, and destroy their Cities in the process, preventing humans from reverse-engineering their technology or deciphering starmaps.
* HumansAreWarriors : Subverted. The AlienInvasion comes off almost without a hitch. However it is explained that the planners of the invasion had feared that human military technology might make them difficult prey if the invaders were not unusually subtle about it.

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* HowToInvadeAnAlienPlanet: Cleverer than some. They are able to avoid, or work around the hazards of some of the obvious mistakes, but they have a critical weakness to alcohol, fail to realize that Caps can be faked until too late, and keep humans around as slaves (rather than killing everyone immediately) long enough for them to develop a resistance. At least they KnowWhenToFoldEm, and destroy their Cities cities in the process, preventing humans from reverse-engineering their technology or deciphering starmaps.
* HumansAreWarriors : Subverted. The AlienInvasion comes off almost without a hitch. However it is explained that the planners of the invasion had feared that human military technology might make them difficult prey if the invaders were not unusually subtle about it.to fight them directly.



** [[spoiler: Will's Master has discovered that Will is uncapped, and on a previous occasion revealed to Will the Masters' AchillesHeel. Caught in the Master's grip, Will says "Master, I can show you. Bring me closer"... and doing so is the last thing the Master ever does.]]



** Fritz' Master also qualifies, as the alien not only beats him constantly for fun, but deliberately gives him tasks that are beyond his strength.



* NotSoInvincibleAfterAll: Will becomes the first human to kill a Tripod. [[spoiler:And then the first to kill a Master up close and personal.]] Resistance leader Julius mentions these facts more than once in efforts to bolster morale.



* ObliviouslyEvil: Even Will's "good" Master sees nothing wrong with [[spoiler: preserving human girls as stuffed specimens.]]

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* ObliviouslyEvil: Even Will's "good" Master sees nothing wrong with [[spoiler: preserving human girls as stuffed specimens.specimens, or destroying all of Earth's native life except for a few humans who would be kept in the alien equivalent of a zoo.]]



* SubStory : Alluded to. Some of the last bits of the formal human military forces to be subdued were submarines. These had to be sunk rather then having their crew capped and one almost managed to destroy a tripod city.

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* SubStory : Alluded to. Some of the last bits of the formal human military forces to be subdued were submarines. These had to be sunk rather then having their crew capped and one almost managed to destroy a tripod city.one of the Masters' cities.



* {{The Master}}s



* TrackingDevice: The Tripods implant one in Will's skin, then hypnotise him to forget about it. Fortunately the others discover it in time, but it's removal causes the tripod to come down upon them.

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* TrackingDevice: The Tripods implant one in Will's skin, then hypnotise hypnotize him to forget about it. Fortunately the others discover it in time, but it's its removal causes the tripod Tripod to come down upon them.



* WeWillHaveEuthanasiaInTheFuture: At least, in the Masters' Cities.

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* WeWillHaveEuthanasiaInTheFuture: At least, in the Masters' Cities.cities.



* FrickinLaserBeams: Not in the novels, but in the TV series after the boys destroy the tripod with a grenade, red-painted military tripods are sent out to find them, and shoot up the countryside in an effort to flush them out. This happens again at the end of Season 2, after our heroes and the circus children flee into the woods to escape capping. Which leads to a FridgeLogic moment; if Season 3 had been made, [[spoiler: what was to stop the Tripods from simply shooting down the balloons?]]

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* FrickinLaserBeams: Not in the novels, but in the TV series after the boys destroy the tripod Tripod with a grenade, red-painted military tripods Tripods are sent out to find them, and shoot up the countryside in an effort to flush them out. This happens again at the end of Season 2, after our heroes and the circus children flee into the woods to escape capping. Which leads to a FridgeLogic moment; if Season 3 had been made, [[spoiler: what was to stop the Tripods from simply shooting down the balloons?]]
6th Oct '17 11:56:38 AM Vivisector9999
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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: In ''The Pool of Fire'', the resistance uses newly-recreated scuba gear to get inside the city, and they are described by Will as "bottles with the part of air that humans actually use isolated inside them". Scuba tanks ''never'' use pure oxygen, as it is harmful to humans under pressure. Scuba tanks use compressed air (78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, 1% Argon and other trace gases), never pure oxygen.

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: In ''The Pool of Fire'', the resistance uses newly-recreated scuba gear to get inside the city, City, and they are described by Will as "bottles with the part of air that humans actually use isolated inside them". Scuba tanks ''never'' use pure oxygen, as it is harmful to humans under pressure. Scuba tanks use compressed air (78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, 1% Argon and other trace gases), never pure oxygen.



* BlackAndGrayMorality: The Tripods are pretty bad, but the heroes can be downright Machiavellian at times.

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* BlackAndGrayMorality: The Tripods Masters are pretty bad, but the heroes can be downright Machiavellian at times.



** During his enslavement, Will learns that using human slaves is a thorny political issue among the Tripods and and that some of his master's friends disapprove. However, this is not because of a moral objection to slavery or any concern for the dignity of the enslaved (they have neither). Instead it's merely an economic concern about over-dependence on cheap alien labor.

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** During his enslavement, Will learns that using human slaves is a thorny political issue among the Tripods Masters and and that some of his master's friends disapprove. them disapprove of the practice. However, this is not because of a moral objection to slavery or any concern for the dignity of the enslaved (they (the Masters have neither). Instead it's merely an economic concern about over-dependence on cheap alien labor.



* DeusExNukina : In ''The City of Gold and Lead'' we are told that a submarine launched an ICBM at a tripod city long ago.

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* DeusExNukina : In ''The City of Gold and Lead'' we are told that a submarine launched an ICBM at a tripod city one of the Masters' Cities long ago.



* DomedHometown: The Masters' Cities.
* DoomAsTestPrize: The girls who win a beauty prize are taken to the Master's city where they are killed and preserved under glass like butterflies.

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* DomedHometown: The Masters' Cities.
* DoomAsTestPrize: The girls who win a beauty prize are taken to the Master's city Masters' City where they are killed and preserved under glass like butterflies.



** Will is exploring other VichyEarth states besides England. When he arrives in one he comments that English hang murderers because they can't think of what else to do and nobody likes it much. In one German state they have them [[BloodSport hunted]] by tripods. In other words English capped may be LesCollaborateurs but they are not sadistic.

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** Will is exploring other VichyEarth states besides England. When he arrives in one he comments that English hang murderers because they can't think of what else to do and nobody likes it much. In one German state they have them [[BloodSport hunted]] by tripods. Tripods. In other words words, English capped may be LesCollaborateurs but they are not sadistic.



* FantasticRacism: The Masters think of humans as livestock or at best, as pets. Uncapped humans are, not surprisingly, not exceedingly fond of the masters.

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* FantasticRacism: The Masters think of humans as livestock or or, at best, as pets. Uncapped humans are, not surprisingly, not exceedingly fond of the masters.Masters.



** [[spoiler: Also the Masters themselves. After so long of not knowing whether the Tripods were robots or merely vehicles, Will finally gets to ''see'' their operators... and he finds them so disgusting and ridiculous that his first urge is to laugh.]]



* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: The manner of speech affected by Ozymandias, as part of his disguise. Justified in that he ''is'' pretending to be brain damaged.

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* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: The manner of speech affected by Ozymandias, as part of his disguise. Justified in that he ''is'' pretending is ''pretending'' to be brain damaged.




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* YoungerThanTheyLook: A chilling example in ''The City of Gold And Lead''. Will mistakes the first slave he meets in the City for a decrepit old man, but soon learns that the slave is a teenage game champion like himself, ground down to his current state after only a couple of years' toil for the Masters!
5th Oct '17 12:03:30 PM hullflyer
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** When Will manages to destroy a Tripod with a grenade in ''The White Mountains'', dozens of Tripods flood the area, so many of them that it is most of a day before they can leave their hiding place for even a couple of minutes to stretch their legs, and a full two days before it is safe to travel again.
5th Oct '17 11:47:23 AM hullflyer
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* LookOnMyWorksYeMightyAndDespair: Will comes across the wreck of a giant ship on the beach. Lampshaded by Oxymandius use of Shelley's poem as a MadnessMantra.

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* LookOnMyWorksYeMightyAndDespair: Will comes across the wreck of a giant ship on the beach. Lampshaded by Oxymandius Ozymandias' use of Shelley's poem as a MadnessMantra.
5th Oct '17 11:38:24 AM hullflyer
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* AchillesHeel: The Masters' sensitive spot between the respiratory and ingestive orifices. Also, they cannot detect [[spoiler: alcohol]], which is poisonous to them.

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* AchillesHeel: The Masters' sensitive spot between the respiratory and ingestive orifices. Also, they cannot detect [[spoiler: alcohol]], [[spoiler:alcohol]], which is poisonous to them.
8th Jul '17 1:44:05 PM nombretomado
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* SheIsTheKing: Straddles the line between Types 2 and 3. In ''When the Tripods Came'', during the stopover in Guernsey, the narrator comments that the islanders hail the Queen as the ''Duke'' of Normandy, which, according to TheOtherWiki, is her correct style despite her gender.

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* SheIsTheKing: Straddles the line between Types 2 and 3. In ''When the Tripods Came'', during the stopover in Guernsey, the narrator comments that the islanders hail the Queen as the ''Duke'' of Normandy, which, according to TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, is her correct style despite her gender.
5th Jun '17 3:32:08 AM JackG
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* DoomAsTestPrize: The girls who win a beauty prize are taken to the Master's city where they are killed and preserved under glass like butterflies.
30th May '17 5:55:36 AM JackG
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** During his enslavement, Will learns that using human slaves is a thorny political issue among the Tripods and and that some of his master's friends disapprove. However, this is not because of a moral objection to slavery or any concern for the dignity of the enslaved (they have neither). Instead it's merely an economic concern about over-dependence on cheap alien labor. EvilIsPetty.

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** During his enslavement, Will learns that using human slaves is a thorny political issue among the Tripods and and that some of his master's friends disapprove. However, this is not because of a moral objection to slavery or any concern for the dignity of the enslaved (they have neither). Instead it's merely an economic concern about over-dependence on cheap alien labor. EvilIsPetty.labor.
** The Masters do not understand why humans lie. When a captive Master wishes to withhold information, he simply refuses to answer.
** On discovering the humans have won, the Masters destroy their captured cities but take no further revenge on Earth. The concept is apparently unknown to them.
14th May '17 1:09:38 PM JackG
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* GiantFootOfStomping: Fortunately our heroes are in a cleft of rocks that protects them from being squashed. In the first episode of Season Two however, a freeman gets killed this way when he runs near the Tripod to divert its attention from his friends.

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* GiantFootOfStomping: Fortunately our heroes are in a cleft of rocks [[ByWallThatIsHoley that protects them from being squashed.squashed]]. In the first episode of Season Two however, a freeman gets killed this way when he runs near the Tripod to divert its attention from his friends.
17th Apr '17 5:28:05 PM Golondrina
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* [[spoiler: ActionBomb: Henry.]]

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* [[spoiler: ActionBomb: Henry.[[spoiler:Henry.]]



* LesCollaborateurs: The Capped, not that they really have a choice.



* LaResistance: The White Mountains group, along with some others.



* LesCollaborateurs: The Capped, not that they really have a choice.



* [[spoiler: NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering: The Conference of Man in the end, foreshadowed by Pierre in the beginning of ''The Pool of Fire''.]]

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* [[spoiler: NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering: The [[spoiler:The Conference of Man in the end, foreshadowed by Pierre in the beginning of ''The Pool of Fire''.]]



* [[spoiler: ReleasedToElsewhere: Eloise's ultimate fate.]]

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* [[spoiler: ReleasedToElsewhere: Eloise's [[spoiler:Eloise's ultimate fate.]]]]
* LaResistance: The White Mountains group, along with some others.



* [[spoiler: StuffedInTheFridge: Eloise.]]

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* [[spoiler: StuffedInTheFridge: Eloise.[[spoiler:Eloise.]]



* [[spoiler: SuicideAttack: How Henry manages to destroy the final City.]]

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* [[spoiler: SuicideAttack: How [[spoiler:How Henry manages to destroy the final City.]]



* [[spoiler: WonTheWarLostThePeace: The end result of the liberation of Earth; humanity rearms and returns to his divisive ways. The book ends with the protagonists teaming up again to work for peace.]]

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* [[spoiler: WonTheWarLostThePeace: The [[spoiler:The end result of the liberation of Earth; humanity rearms and returns to his divisive ways. The book ends with the protagonists teaming up again to work for peace.]]
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