History Literature / TheTripods

8th May '16 8:13:07 PM JackG
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* CutShort: Season Three was never made, so the series ends on the above CliffHanger.
1st May '16 7:11:51 PM Ulkomaalainen
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1st May '16 7:04:43 PM Ulkomaalainen
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* YouFailLinguisticsForever: In early editions of ''When the Tripods Came'', the phrase "Hail the Tripod!" is translated as "''Heilen dem Dreibeiner!'', which, not conjugated, simply means "To hail the Tripod". Averted in subsequent editions. A bit curious, since "Heil" is a rather famous German word.

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* YouFailLinguisticsForever: In early editions of ''When the Tripods Came'', the phrase "Hail the Tripod!" is translated as "''Heilen dem Dreibeiner!'', which, not conjugated, simply means "To hail heal the Tripod". Averted in subsequent editions. A bit curious, since "Heil" is a rather famous German word.
1st May '16 7:03:35 PM Ulkomaalainen
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* ApocalypseHow: Ultimately proves to be a Class 1. In ''The Pool of Fire'', the resistance tries to avert a Class 5.
1st May '16 7:02:06 PM Ulkomaalainen
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* AntiHero: Straddling the line Will is mostly type II, but they all go into type III.
1st May '16 6:49:08 PM Ulkomaalainen
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* AlienInvasion: Type 2.

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* AlienInvasion: Type 2.AlienInvasion
10th Mar '16 10:36:50 PM esq263
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* NewEraSpeech: The Trippies are fond of these in the prequel. After Switzerland falls, there is an indirect quotation of one, saying that "everlasting peace had come to Switzerland as it had already to the rest of the world".
17th Feb '16 3:32:36 PM Geoduck
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* AlienAbduction: Inverted. The humans abduct an alien and experiment on him.

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* AlienAbduction: Inverted. The humans abduct an alien and experiment on him. Also played straight in the prequel, when an exploring Tripod takes a human farmer inside itself for examination.



* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The Masters do not understand why humans feel the need to lie.

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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The Masters do not understand why humans feel the need unsurprisingly are revealed to lie.have an alien way of thinking about things; some examples appear below.



** On the other hand, after the destruction of the tank, the military hit the Tripod with a volley of missiles from a wing of jet fighters and it's easily annihilated. In ''The City of Gold and Lead'' Will's master explains to him that the Masters had a healthy respect for humanity's military, well aware that if they tried to take mankind head-on ''they'd lose.''

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** On the other hand, after the destruction of the tank, the military hit hits the Tripod with a volley of missiles from a wing of jet fighters and it's it is easily annihilated. In ''The City of Gold and Lead'' Will's master explains to him that the Masters had a healthy respect for humanity's military, well aware that if they tried to take mankind head-on ''they'd lose.''



** The Masters destroy their former cities when they realise the humans have won, but make no other retaliation against Earth. This is likely due to their BlueAndOrangeMorality -- revenge is not as important to them.

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** The Masters in the newly-arrived terraforming ship destroy their former cities when they realise realize the humans have won, but make no other retaliation against Earth.won and depart. This is likely due to their BlueAndOrangeMorality -- revenge is not as important to them.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: Henry's concerns toward the end of ''The Pool of Fire'' are awfully prescient, considering the BittersweetEnding.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Henry's concerns toward the end of ''The Pool of Fire'' are awfully prescient, considering the BittersweetEnding. In the prequel, one of the things the first exploring Tripod plucks from the smashed farmhouse to study is a television set.



* InsertGrenadeHere: The protagonists are being hauled up into the alien Tripod by its CombatTentacles when one of them throws an AncientArtifact they found in an abandoned cache through the opening hatch. The damage causes the alien atmosphere to vent into the outside world. In the TV miniseries, the boys find themselves underneath the Tripod which is standing on loose slate. They use the grenade to cause a small avalanche that unbalances it, popping the hatch open so they can throw a second grenade inside.

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* InsertGrenadeHere: The protagonists are Will is being hauled up into the alien Tripod by its CombatTentacles when one of them throws he is able to toss an AncientArtifact they found in an abandoned cache through the opening hatch. The damage causes the alien atmosphere to vent into the outside world. In the TV miniseries, the boys find themselves underneath the Tripod which is standing on loose slate. They use the grenade to cause a small avalanche that unbalances it, popping the hatch open so they can throw a second grenade inside.



* JerkAss: Will can be this way, at times. So can Henry, in the beginning, but he quickly grows out of it.

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* JerkAss: Will can be this way, at times. (Flawed protagonists were something of a Christopher specialty.) So can Henry, in the beginning, but he quickly grows out of it.
17th Jan '16 11:53:15 AM hullflyer
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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.
17th Jan '16 11:42:59 AM hullflyer
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* RiddleForTheAges: The meaning of the Sphere Chase. Just an alien game, or something else?

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* RiddleForTheAges: The meaning of the Sphere Chase. Just an alien game, or something else?else? The description sounds like a weird form of basketball, but when a captive Master is questioned about it, he refuses to say anything about it, suggesting it's important in some way.
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