History Literature / TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea

18th May '16 8:50:28 PM trixus
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* CanadaEh: Although the narration constantly reminds us that Ned Land is Canadian, he actually doesn't fit the modern stereotype in that he's loud, arrogant, and rather meatheaded (and whistles "''Yankee Doodle''"). It's entirely possible that he's a transplanted American who ended up living in Canada one way or another.

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* CanadaEh: Although the narration constantly reminds us that Ned Land is Canadian, he actually doesn't fit the modern stereotype in that he's loud, arrogant, and rather meatheaded (and whistles "''Yankee Doodle''"). It's entirely possible that he's a transplanted American who ended up living in Canada one way or another. Although for a Canadian harpoonist it fits, lumberjacks and fishermen aren't the shy ones even in Canada (even Yankee Doodle kind of make sense given how the culture between both countries were open even back then)
15th May '16 1:21:19 PM MobilisInmobile
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**Originally, the idea of Verne was to make Nemo a polish noble, exiled by the Russian Empire. But at that time Russia was an ally of France, so due to the censorship the editor (Hetzel) rejected the idea. Verne, aggravated by this decision, resorted to not mention Nemo origins.
11th Mar '16 9:55:00 AM Chabal2
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* AwesomeButImpractical: Discussed. When Nemo is telling Aronnax about his vast riches, extracting gold from seawater is mentioned, but it would cost so much as to turn little, if any, profit.
* BadAss: Pretty much everyone, considering the fact that they beat off a 50-foot ''giant squid'' armed only with axes and harpoons. Yes, that includes ''Arronax and Conseil.''

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* AwesomeButImpractical: Discussed. When Nemo is telling Aronnax about his vast riches, extracting gold from seawater is mentioned, but it would cost so much as to turn little, if any, profit.
profit. Especially when using advanced diving suits to get it from sunken wrecks is so much easier.
* BadAss: Pretty much everyone, considering the fact that they beat off a multiple 50-foot ''giant squid'' armed only with axes and harpoons. Yes, that includes ''Arronax and Conseil.''



* CanadaEh: Although the narration constantly reminds us that Ned Land is Canadian, he actually doesn't fit the stereotype in that he's loud, arrogant, and rather meatheaded (and whistles "''Yankee Doodle''"). It's entirely possible that he's a transplanted American who ended up living in Canada one way or another.

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* CanadaEh: Although the narration constantly reminds us that Ned Land is Canadian, he actually doesn't fit the modern stereotype in that he's loud, arrogant, and rather meatheaded (and whistles "''Yankee Doodle''"). It's entirely possible that he's a transplanted American who ended up living in Canada one way or another.



* CompletelyUnnecessaryTranslator: A variation occurs when [[TheProfessor Professor Aronnax]], [[BattleButler Conseil]] and [[IdiotHero Ned Land]] failing to understand the language used by their captors, try to talk to them in their respective native languages (French, German (Conseil is Dutch, but presumably uses German because Dutch is a very rare language outside of The Netherlands) and English, respectively). When their captors didn’t react, Aronnax atttempted to speak Latin without success. In a second interview, the man that later presented himself as Captain Nemo told them:

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* CompletelyUnnecessaryTranslator: A variation occurs when [[TheProfessor Professor Aronnax]], [[BattleButler Conseil]] and [[IdiotHero Ned Land]] failing to understand the language used by their captors, try to talk to them in their respective native languages (French, German (Conseil is Dutch, but presumably uses German because Dutch is a very rare language outside of The Netherlands) and English, respectively). When their captors didn’t react, Aronnax atttempted attempted to speak Latin without success. In a second interview, the man that later presented himself as Captain Nemo told them:



* CripplingOverspecialization: Conseil can rattle off any animal or plant's exact order, class, phylum, genus and species, but only once he's told their name, being unable to actually identify a single one.



* TheDividual: Arronax believes that Ned and Conseil together would have made a remarkable naturalist (the former can identify most of the sea creatures they see, the latter can classify them in seconds).



* FoodPorn: Arronax really enjoys the food served onboard.



* GiantSquid: The crew of ''Nautilus'' (and Ned Land) fight a giant squid that has wrapped itself around the submarine. It is the most recognisable point after Nemo and the ''Nautilus'' themselves and is a standard fixture in any adaptation.

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* GiantSquid: The crew of ''Nautilus'' (and Ned Land) fight half a dozen giant squid that has squid, one having wrapped itself around the submarine. It is the most recognisable point after Nemo and the ''Nautilus'' themselves and is a standard fixture in any adaptation.



* HandshakeRefusal: [[TheProfessor Professor Aronnax]] gets this treatment with Captain Nemo. Nemo doesn't distrust [[WideEyedIdealist Aronnax]], its' just to show how far Nemo has been subject to MaddenIntoMisanthropy:

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* HandshakeRefusal: [[TheProfessor Professor Aronnax]] gets this treatment with Captain Nemo. Nemo doesn't distrust [[WideEyedIdealist Aronnax]], its' it's just to show how far Nemo has been subject to MaddenIntoMisanthropy:



* InstantDeathBullet: Nemo's electric bullets kill anything in one hit except cephalopods, where it just goes right through.
* IOweYouMyLife: Ned Land saves Nemo from a shark early on, and later is saved in turn from a giant squid.
* IronicEcho: When the Nautilus is stranded, Nemo refers to it as an incident, not an accident. When [[spoiler:trapped beneath the ice in the South Pole]], Arronax asks again, only to be told this time it's an accident.
* IronicName: Conseil (Advice or counsel, in French) never gives advice, be he asked to or not.



* LightningCanDoAnything: The Nautilus runs entirely on electrical power, as do Nemo's guns, to Arronax's amazement. [[ScienceMarchesOn Modern readers, on the other hand...]]
* LongList: Arronax goes into long descriptions of the sealife he encounters.



-->''”I admit that the nationality of the two strangers is hard to determine. Neither English, French, nor German, that is quite certain. However, I am inclined to think that the commander and his companion were born in low latitudes. There is southern blood in them. But I cannot decide by their appearance whether they are Spaniards, [[InterchangeableAsianCultures Turks, Arabians, or Indians]]"''

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-->''”I admit that the nationality of the two strangers is hard to determine. Neither English, French, nor German, that is quite certain. However, I am inclined to think that the commander and his companion were born in low latitudes. There is southern blood in them. But I cannot decide by their appearance whether they are Spaniards, [[InterchangeableAsianCultures Turks, Arabians, or Indians]]"''Indians]]"'' [[note]]In ''Literature/TheMysteriousIsland'', it's revealed Nemo was Indian.[[/note]]



* MoralEventHorizon: InUniverse, the event that finally causes Arronax to agree that they need to bail is when they witness the Nautilus ramming an unidentified nation's ship. Nemo seems aware of it too, [[spoiler:seeing as he sets sail for the Maelstrom soon after.]]



* NotThatKindOfDoctor: Arronax is asked to treat a crewman with a massive head wound, but all he can do is confirm that he'll be dead in the hour.

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* NotSoStoic: Conseil gets it twice: when shocked by an electric ray, and when a native slingshot destroys an extremely rare seashell. Conseil shoots him.
* NotThatKindOfDoctor: Subverted: Arronax used to practice medecine and is asked to treat a crewman with a massive head wound, but all he can do is confirm that he'll be dead in the hour.two hours.



* PetTheDog: Nemo has several such moments, including sending assistance to Cretan rebels, saving the life and giving some pearls to a poor fisherman and [[spoiler:weeping over the memory of his dead wife.]] See AntiVillain.

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* PetTheDog: Nemo has several such moments, including sending assistance to Cretan rebels, saving the life and giving some pearls to a poor fisherman and [[spoiler:weeping over the memory of his dead wife.wife and children.]] See AntiVillain.



* PsychoElectricEel: Done with an electric ray that shocks Conseil out of his ThirdPersonPerson and Stoic demeanor. In revenge, he eats it for dinner (but as noted by the professor, solely out of vengeance, because it wasn't even that good).



* WhamLine: [[spoiler: "But by this point observing, studying, and classifying were out of the question."]]

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[[spoiler: "But by this point observing, studying, and classifying were out of the question."]]"]]
** A lesser example is during the fight with the giant squid, when a crewman desperately calls for help in French, his native tongue.
29th Dec '15 3:32:07 PM corruptmalemenace
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* GreaterScopeVillain: TheEmpire that slaughtered Nemo's family, the hunting of whom is a large part of what drove Nemo to become the dangerous man he is. The prequel confirms them to be the British Empire, whom Verne's predominantly French audience would have largely thought of as a GreaterScopeVillain in much of RealLife, too.

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* GreaterScopeVillain: TheEmpire that slaughtered Nemo's family, the hunting of whom is a large part of what drove Nemo to become the dangerous man he is. [[Literature/TheMysteriousIsland The prequel sequel]] confirms them to be the British Empire, whom Verne's predominantly French audience would have largely thought of as a GreaterScopeVillain in much of RealLife, too.
29th Dec '15 3:26:44 PM corruptmalemenace
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* GreaterScopeVillain: TheEmpire that slaughtered Nemo's family, the hunting of whom is a large part of what drove Nemo to become the dangerous man he is. The prequel confirms them to be the British Empire, whom Verne's predominantly French audience would have largely thought of as a GreaterScopeVillain in much of RealLife, too.
27th Nov '15 12:05:19 AM nombretomado
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Fun fact that people sometimes forget: the title refers to the distance the ''Nautilus'' travels horizontally over the course of the book, not the depth it dives to. 20,000 leagues vertically would be impossible, being 80,000 kilometers[[note]]Verne used the metric league, which is 4 km[[/note]], or twice the circumference of the Earth. The [[BlindIdiotTranslation translation is partly to blame]]; a closer translation would be ''Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the ''''Seas',''''' which is sometimes used in more modern translations. A ''SaturdayNightLive'' sketch with guest host Kelsey Grammar as Nemo [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] this misconception.

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Fun fact that people sometimes forget: the title refers to the distance the ''Nautilus'' travels horizontally over the course of the book, not the depth it dives to. 20,000 leagues vertically would be impossible, being 80,000 kilometers[[note]]Verne used the metric league, which is 4 km[[/note]], or twice the circumference of the Earth. The [[BlindIdiotTranslation translation is partly to blame]]; a closer translation would be ''Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the ''''Seas',''''' which is sometimes used in more modern translations. A ''SaturdayNightLive'' ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch with guest host Kelsey Grammar as Nemo [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] this misconception.
26th Aug '15 12:54:48 PM Specialist290
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The book is now out of copyright and can be obtained from Project Gutenberg [[http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2488 here]]. This translation, done by Verne scholar Frederick Paul Walter, is a modern, highly accurate translation of the book, free of the errors that many other editions of the book have. Alternatively, check out the most common edition [[http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/164 here]]. This translation, done by the Reverend Lewis Page Mercier, is widely considered to be the worst translation of the book; it is riddled with errors and censorship, as well as incorrect numbers (for example, the density of steel is given as .7 to .8 times that of water, while Verne really wrote 7.8 times that of water, which is the correct value). Sadly, it is also the most common translation - check your bookshelves for this version!

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The book is now out of copyright copyright, and the original French text can be obtained from Project Gutenberg [[http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/5097 here]]. [[http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2488 here]]. This translation, English translation]], done by Verne scholar Frederick Paul Walter, is a modern, highly accurate translation of the book, free of the errors that many other editions of the book have. Alternatively, check out the most common edition [[http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/164 here]]. This translation, done by the Reverend Lewis Page Mercier, is widely considered to be the worst translation of the book; it is riddled with errors and censorship, as well as incorrect numbers (for example, the density of steel is given as .7 to .8 times that of water, while Verne really wrote 7.8 times that of water, which is the correct value). Sadly, it is also the most common translation - check your bookshelves for this version!
23rd Aug '15 8:28:16 PM nombretomado
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** At an early point in the book, the narration mentions a white whale named "MobyDick".

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** At an early point in the book, the narration mentions a white whale named "MobyDick"."Literature/MobyDick".



* ShownTheirWork: Holy crap, does Verne ever do this. The narrative reaches ''MobyDick'' levels of textbook-ness at times.

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* ShownTheirWork: Holy crap, does Verne ever do this. The narrative reaches ''MobyDick'' ''Literature/MobyDick'' levels of textbook-ness at times.
31st Jul '15 10:59:40 PM phoenix
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The novel has a sequel, ''TheMysteriousIsland'', which tells Nemo's BackStory.

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The novel has a sequel, ''TheMysteriousIsland'', ''Literature/TheMysteriousIsland'', which tells Nemo's BackStory.



** He had a beard before that as well, in the 1916 black and white silent adaptation (which merged it with the sequel, TheMysteriousIsland into one story, as if the events all took place simultaneously, though the sequel was supposed to be many years later), Nemo has a beard, as well as wearing {{Blackface}}.

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** He had a beard before that as well, in the 1916 black and white silent adaptation (which merged it with the sequel, TheMysteriousIsland ''Literature/TheMysteriousIsland'' into one story, as if the events all took place simultaneously, though the sequel was supposed to be many years later), Nemo has a beard, as well as wearing {{Blackface}}.



* SeriesContinuityError: Much of the information presented about Captain Nemo and his career in ''TheMysteriousIsland'' (at least the dates) doesn't make ''any sense at all'' when compared to the text of ''Twenty Thousand Leagues''.

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* SeriesContinuityError: Much of the information presented about Captain Nemo and his career in ''TheMysteriousIsland'' ''Literature/TheMysteriousIsland'' (at least the dates) doesn't make ''any sense at all'' when compared to the text of ''Twenty Thousand Leagues''.
21st Jun '15 12:28:50 PM Specialist290
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* AbnormalAmmo: The Nautilus crew's armament of choice is an air-rifle that fires a glass bullet containing a small capacitor. When the glass shatters, the capacitor unleashes its charge, instantly killing the target.

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* AbnormalAmmo: The Nautilus ''Nautilus'' crew's armament of choice is an air-rifle that fires a glass bullet containing a small capacitor. When the glass shatters, the capacitor unleashes its charge, instantly killing the target.



** TechnologyIsEvil because HumansAreBastards: JustThinkOfThePotential to do good a CoolBoat like the Nautilus! But before that, It will be used for SubmarinePirates as a WeaponOfMassDestruction.

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** TechnologyIsEvil because HumansAreBastards: JustThinkOfThePotential to do good a CoolBoat like the Nautilus! ''Nautilus''! But before that, It will be used for SubmarinePirates as a WeaponOfMassDestruction.



* AllLovingHero: [[TheProfessor Professor Aronnax]] is a humble WideEyedIdealist scientist that already had won the UndyingLoyalty of Counseil before he comes to the Nautilus, he also makes [[IdiotHero Ned Land]] do a MoreExpendableThanYou sacrifice when they are in the Pole, and he is ultimately the reason why Captain Nemo gets his VillainousBreakdown when Aronnax discovers the Nautilus is a WeaponOfMassDestruction.
* AlmostOutOfOxygen: When the Nautilus is trapped under the Antarctic ice. Verne, however, did his research. Oxygen is not a problem, due to the Nautilus having plenty of electricity and water around, but without caustic potash to bind the carbon dioxide the heroes are screwed anyway.

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* AllLovingHero: [[TheProfessor Professor Aronnax]] is a humble WideEyedIdealist scientist that already had won the UndyingLoyalty of Counseil before he comes to the Nautilus, ''Nautilus'', he also makes [[IdiotHero Ned Land]] do a MoreExpendableThanYou sacrifice when they are in the Pole, and he is ultimately the reason why Captain Nemo gets his VillainousBreakdown when Aronnax discovers the Nautilus ''Nautilus'' is a WeaponOfMassDestruction.
* AlmostOutOfOxygen: When the Nautilus ''Nautilus'' is trapped under the Antarctic ice. Verne, however, did his research. Oxygen is not a problem, due to the Nautilus ''Nautilus'' having plenty of electricity and water around, but without caustic potash to bind the carbon dioxide the heroes are screwed anyway.



* ArtifactOfDoom: The Nautilus is this for Captain Nemo: by using it as a WeaponOfMassDestruction, Nemo discovers that WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity

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* ArtifactOfDoom: The Nautilus ''Nautilus'' is this for Captain Nemo: by using it as a WeaponOfMassDestruction, Nemo discovers that WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanityWithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity.



* BerserkButton: Ned Land discovers that he must never surrender to TheEmpire while Nemo is TheCaptain at the Nautilus.

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* BerserkButton: Ned Land discovers that he must never surrender to TheEmpire while Nemo is TheCaptain at of the Nautilus.''Nautilus''.



* CanadaEh: Although the narration constantly reminds us that Ned Land is Canadian, he actually doesn't fit the stereotype in that he's loud, arrogant, and rather meatheaded (and whistles "''Yankee Doodle''").

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* CanadaEh: Although the narration constantly reminds us that Ned Land is Canadian, he actually doesn't fit the stereotype in that he's loud, arrogant, and rather meatheaded (and whistles "''Yankee Doodle''"). It's entirely possible that he's a transplanted American who ended up living in Canada one way or another.



* ClosedCircle: Even when the Nautilus travels around the whole world, [[TheProfessor Professor Aronnax]],[[BattleButler Conseil]] and [[IdiotHero Ned Land]] [[EnclosedSpace are confined to the submarine]]. They only talk with Captain Nemo (all the other crew talk a secret language).

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* ClosedCircle: Even when the Nautilus ''Nautilus'' travels around the whole world, [[TheProfessor Professor Aronnax]],[[BattleButler Conseil]] and [[IdiotHero Ned Land]] [[EnclosedSpace are confined to the submarine]]. They only talk with Captain Nemo (all the other crew talk a secret language).



* ConLang: Subverted because even when the Nautilus crew uses a language that [[TheProfessor Professor Aronnax]] cannot recognize, Verne didn’t bother himself making any words of it except ''"Nautron respoc lorni virch."'' that Aronnax thinks must mean: ''"There's nothing in sight."''. Aronnax describes the language like this:

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* ConLang: Subverted because even when the Nautilus ''Nautilus'' crew uses a language that [[TheProfessor Professor Aronnax]] cannot recognize, Verne didn’t bother himself making any words of it except ''"Nautron respoc lorni virch."'' that Aronnax thinks must mean: ''"There's nothing in sight."''. Aronnax describes the language like this:



** Given that the Nautilus crew is a NGOSuperpower, it makes sense this language is a ConLang '''Completely Original''', designed to substitute all the other “continental” languages that were original to each of the crew countries that the crew has abandoned. Aronnax observes that just moments before his death, one of the crew forgets to use that ConLang and ask for help in French. A hungry Ned Land also theorizes:

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** Given that the Nautilus ''Nautilus'' crew is a NGOSuperpower, it makes sense this language is a ConLang '''Completely Original''', designed to substitute all the other “continental” languages that were original to each of the crew countries that the crew has abandoned. Aronnax observes that just moments before his death, one of the crew forgets to use that ConLang and ask for help in French. A hungry Ned Land also theorizes:



* ConspiracyTheorist: PlayedForLaughs with Ned Land: As a professional fisher, he doesn’t believe in Sea monsters (giant narwhales or octopus), but he believes that his captors [[ImAHumanitarian could be cannibals]], that the language spoken in the Nautilus is a [[AncientConspiracy conspiracy to let him die of hunger]] (see ConLang) and in ArtificialHuman:

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* ConspiracyTheorist: PlayedForLaughs with Ned Land: As a professional fisher, he doesn’t believe in Sea monsters (giant narwhales or octopus), but he believes that his captors [[ImAHumanitarian could be cannibals]], that the language spoken in the Nautilus ''Nautilus'' is a [[AncientConspiracy conspiracy to let him die of hunger]] (see ConLang) and in ArtificialHuman:



* CoolShip: The Nautilus, which has a greater range than any existing non-nuclear submarine.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: A subtle example: Captain Nemo knows the PowerTrio will attempt a GreatEscape because he desn't want to impose ThePromise on them to keep the Nautilus safe. So he only allows the PowerTrio to explore islands without any connection to civilization, and navigates on the surfaces of the seas that are either not frequented by ships or are actually affected by a natural event that could cause the death of the escapees (like a submarine eruption or the Maelstrom).

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* CoolShip: The Nautilus, ''Nautilus'', which has a greater range than any existing non-nuclear submarine.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: A subtle example: Captain Nemo knows the PowerTrio will attempt a GreatEscape because he desn't want to impose ThePromise on them to keep the Nautilus ''Nautilus'' safe. So he only allows the PowerTrio to explore islands without any connection to civilization, and navigates on the surfaces of the seas that are either not frequented by ships or are actually affected by a natural event that could cause the death of the escapees (like a submarine eruption or the Maelstrom).



* DeliberateValuesDissonance: InUniverse: [[GreatWhiteHunter Ned Land]] asks Captain Nemo’s permission to hunt some whales. Nemo denies it and he accuses Ned of being an EgomaniacHunter. [[HypocriticalHumor Next they see some cachalots and Nemo]] [[KickTheDog destroys them using the Nautilus’ spur]]. When Ned accuses Nemo as being TheButcher, Nemo answers that [[WellIntentionedExtremist the cachalots were mischievous creatures]] and [[IDidWhatIHadToDo the Nautilus is his weapon]]. Verne shows us that no matter how much mistaken is the philosophy of GreatWhiteHunter, they will never do the damage that the Ubersmench can do using science.

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: InUniverse: [[GreatWhiteHunter Ned Land]] asks Captain Nemo’s permission to hunt some whales. Nemo denies it and he accuses Ned of being an EgomaniacHunter. [[HypocriticalHumor Next they see some cachalots and Nemo]] [[KickTheDog destroys them using the Nautilus’ ''Nautilus''’ spur]]. When Ned accuses Nemo as being TheButcher, Nemo answers that [[WellIntentionedExtremist the cachalots were mischievous creatures]] and and the ''Nautilus'' [[IDidWhatIHadToDo the Nautilus is his weapon]]. Verne shows us that no matter how much mistaken is the philosophy of GreatWhiteHunter, they will never do the damage that the Ubersmench can do using science.



* EnclosedSpace: Subverted because Nemo let the PowerTrio explore land where an escape would be more dangerous than Nemo's [[SubStory hospitality in the Nautilus]].

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* EnclosedSpace: Subverted because Nemo let the PowerTrio explore land where an escape would be more dangerous than Nemo's [[SubStory hospitality in the Nautilus]].the]] ''[[SubStory Nautilus]]''.



* {{Fiction 500}}: Captain Nemo brags to [[TheProfessor Professor Aronnax]] that he is so rich, he could pay France's entire national debt. Later Aronnax discovers this is the truth in Vigo Bay: [[CoolShip The superior tech of the Nautilus]] lets Nemo reclaim all the treasures lost to man in shipwrecks, before any other treasure hunter.

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* {{Fiction 500}}: Captain Nemo brags to [[TheProfessor Professor Aronnax]] that he is so rich, he could pay France's entire national debt. Later Aronnax discovers this is the truth in Vigo Bay: [[CoolShip The superior tech of the Nautilus]] ''[[CoolShip Nautilus]]'' lets Nemo reclaim all the treasures lost to man in shipwrecks, before any other treasure hunter.



** Looking at the marvels of the South Pole, Ned Land says that TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow… in just the next chapter, the Nautilus is AlmostOutOfOxygen.

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** Looking at the marvels of the South Pole, Ned Land says that TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow… in just the next chapter, the Nautilus ''Nautilus'' is AlmostOutOfOxygen.



* FromMyOwnPersonalGarden: Captain Nemo informs his prisoners that everything they are eating was taken from the ocean. Exaggerated because everything there is in the Nautilus is from the Ocean: the energy, the clothes, the cigars...
* GiantSquid: The crew of Nautilus (and Ned Land) fight a giant squid that has wrapped itself around the submarine. It is the most recognisable point after Nemo and the Nautilus themselves and is a standard fixture in any adaptation.

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* FromMyOwnPersonalGarden: Captain Nemo informs his prisoners that everything they are eating was taken from the ocean. Exaggerated because everything there is in the Nautilus ''Nautilus'' is from the Ocean: the energy, the clothes, the cigars...
* GiantSquid: The crew of Nautilus ''Nautilus'' (and Ned Land) fight a giant squid that has wrapped itself around the submarine. It is the most recognisable point after Nemo and the Nautilus ''Nautilus'' themselves and is a standard fixture in any adaptation.



* GreatEscape: Aronnax, Counseil and Ned Land are [[EnclosedSpace prisoners in the Nautilus]]. To regain their freedom, they must attempt a succesful GreatEscape because there will not be a second chance.

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* GreatEscape: Aronnax, Counseil and Ned Land are [[EnclosedSpace prisoners in the Nautilus]]. the]] ''[[EnclosedSpace Nautilus]]''. To regain their freedom, they must attempt a succesful successful GreatEscape because there will not be a second chance.



* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Captain Nemo MajoredInWesternHypocrisy and wants revenge against TheEmpire. He creates an NGOSuperpower with a OddlySmallOrganization with her own ConLang, [[EgoPolis he claims a continent in his name,]] creates the Nautilus to conquest TheFinalFrontier (the sea) and to use it as a WeaponOfMassDestruction, [[FromMyOwnPersonalGarden insists in only using sea related products]], and the prisoners he considers valuable are placed in a GildedCage but those who not are [[KickTheDog mercilessly destroyed]]. Trying to destroy TheEmpire, he ends [[StartMyOwn creating a society]] [[MilkmanConspiracy very much like it]].
* HeKnowsTooMuch: The reason Aronnax, Conseil and Ned Land will remain prisoners of the Nautilus and cannot come back to Civilization. Ever. (Captain Nemo lets them abandon the Nautilus and explore land, but it is always on uncivilized shores). Captain Nemo explains:

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* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Captain Nemo MajoredInWesternHypocrisy and wants revenge against TheEmpire. He creates an NGOSuperpower with a OddlySmallOrganization with her own ConLang, [[EgoPolis he claims a continent in his name,]] creates the Nautilus ''Nautilus'' to conquest conquer TheFinalFrontier (the sea) and to use it as a WeaponOfMassDestruction, [[FromMyOwnPersonalGarden insists in only using sea related products]], and the prisoners he considers valuable are placed in a GildedCage but those who not are [[KickTheDog mercilessly destroyed]]. Trying to destroy TheEmpire, he ends [[StartMyOwn creating a society]] [[MilkmanConspiracy very much like it]].
* HeKnowsTooMuch: The reason Aronnax, Conseil and Ned Land will remain prisoners of the Nautilus ''Nautilus'' and cannot come back to Civilization. Ever. (Captain Nemo lets them abandon the Nautilus ''Nautilus'' and explore land, but it is always on uncivilized shores). Captain Nemo explains:



-->''"[[TheHunter It is a massacre of mischievous creatures,"]] replied the Captain; "and the Nautilus is not a butcher's knife."''

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-->''"[[TheHunter It is a massacre of mischievous creatures,"]] replied the Captain; "and the Nautilus ''Nautilus'' is not a butcher's knife."''



* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: The Nautilus' primary weapon is a ramming spur. Nemo has no compunctions about using it against wildlife he doesn't like or against shipping that's flying the flags of nations he doesn't approve of.

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* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: The Nautilus' ''Nautilus'''s primary weapon is a ramming spur. Nemo has no compunctions about using it against wildlife he doesn't like or against shipping that's flying the flags of nations he doesn't approve of.



* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Subverted because Nemo never shares the evil part of his EvilPlan with Aronnax, [[AntiVillain just because he is ashamed of it]]. However, Nemo is constantly sharing all the information about the Nautilus and his scientific investigations about the Sea with [[TheProfessor Professor Aronnax]], not because he will kill him, but because Nemo pretends that [[GildedCage Aronnax will never abandon the Nautilus]].

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* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Subverted because Nemo never shares the evil part of his EvilPlan with Aronnax, [[AntiVillain just because he is ashamed of it]]. However, Nemo is constantly sharing all the information about the Nautilus ''Nautilus'' and his scientific investigations about the Sea with [[TheProfessor Professor Aronnax]], not because he will kill him, but because Nemo pretends that [[GildedCage Aronnax will never abandon the Nautilus]].the]] ''[[GildedCage Nautilus]]''.



* KickTheDog: Captain Nemo is implied to have destroyed ships with civilians and military crew, but the act of following up an attack with the Nautilus observing the horrible death of all the unnamed ship's crew ''on purpose, without losing any detail'', is when Nemo crosses the MoralEventHorizon.

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* KickTheDog: Captain Nemo is implied to have destroyed ships with civilians and military crew, but the act of following up an attack with the Nautilus ''Nautilus'' observing the horrible death of all the unnamed ship's crew ''on purpose, without losing any detail'', is when Nemo crosses the MoralEventHorizon.



-->''... The sea was covered with mutilated bodies. A formidable explosion could not have divided and torn this fleshy mass with more violence. We were floating amid gigantic bodies, bluish on the back and white underneath, covered with enormous protuberances. Some terrified cachalots were flying towards the horizon. The waves were dyed red for several miles, and the Nautilus floated in a sea of blood..''
* MaddenIntoMisanthropy: When Aronnax calls out Captain Nemo about the cruelty implied in never letting them go out of the Nautilus, Captain Nemo answers:

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-->''... The sea was covered with mutilated bodies. A formidable explosion could not have divided and torn this fleshy mass with more violence. We were floating amid gigantic bodies, bluish on the back and white underneath, covered with enormous protuberances. Some terrified cachalots were flying towards the horizon. The waves were dyed red for several miles, and the Nautilus ''Nautilus'' floated in a sea of blood..''
* MaddenIntoMisanthropy: When Aronnax calls out Captain Nemo about the cruelty implied in never letting them go out of the Nautilus, ''Nautilus'', Captain Nemo answers:



--> ''"Here, Professor Aronnax, is a manuscript written in several languages. It contains a summary of my research under the sea, and God willing, it won't perish with me. Signed with my name, complete with my life story, this manuscript will be enclosed in a small, unsinkable contrivance. The last surviving man on the Nautilus will throw this contrivance into the sea, and it will go wherever the waves carry it."''.
* MilkmanConspiracy: Deconstructed by the Nautilus crew, a [[StartMyOwn truly new society]] with NGOSuperpower status is composed of… [[OddlySmallOrganization less than sixty persons]]. Less than four years after its creation, their existence has been discovered by TheEmpire, [[TheWarOnTerror all the Western nations have organized against them and are chasing them implacably]], [[RealityEnsues their numbers dwindle because of this and because of normal accidents on the sea]], and their leader, [[TheCaptain charismatic Captain Nemo]], not only is bitterly conscious that their days are numbered (he plans to use a MessageInABottle so all his sea research could be found), [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity but is slowly breaking down due to using a]] WeaponOfMassDestruction to cross the MoralEventHorizon repeatedly.

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--> ''"Here, Professor Aronnax, is a manuscript written in several languages. It contains a summary of my research under the sea, and God willing, it won't perish with me. Signed with my name, complete with my life story, this manuscript will be enclosed in a small, unsinkable contrivance. The last surviving man on the Nautilus ''Nautilus'' will throw this contrivance into the sea, and it will go wherever the waves carry it."''.
* MilkmanConspiracy: Deconstructed by the Nautilus ''Nautilus'' crew, a [[StartMyOwn truly new society]] with NGOSuperpower status is composed of… [[OddlySmallOrganization less than sixty persons]]. Less than four years after its creation, their existence has been discovered by TheEmpire, [[TheWarOnTerror all the Western nations have organized against them and are chasing them implacably]], [[RealityEnsues their numbers dwindle because of this and because of normal accidents on the sea]], and their leader, [[TheCaptain charismatic Captain Nemo]], not only is bitterly conscious that their days are numbered (he plans to use a MessageInABottle so all his sea research could be found), [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity but is slowly breaking down due to using a]] WeaponOfMassDestruction to cross the MoralEventHorizon repeatedly.



* MobileMenace: The power of the Nautilus: In 1869, a submarine can arrive to any part of the seas and destroy any ship:

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* MobileMenace: The power of the Nautilus: ''Nautilus'': In 1869, a submarine can arrive journey to any part of the seas and destroy any ship:ship!



* NGOSuperpower: Captain Nemo's organization, the crew of the Nautilus: [[CoolShip The Nautilus]] lets him loot enough submarine treasures to put him in {{Fiction 500}}, [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters he can finance political insurrections like the Cretan rebellion]], [[{{Egopolis}} he claims the South Pole in his name]], he destroys the ships of an unnamed [[TheEmpire Imperialistic Nation]] with total impunity. His crew is composed of men who have no place in earth and [[ConLang they have invented their own language]].

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* NGOSuperpower: Captain Nemo's organization, the crew of the Nautilus: [[CoolShip ''Nautilus'': The Nautilus]] ''[[CoolShip Nautilus]]'' lets him loot enough submarine treasures to put him in {{Fiction 500}}, [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters he can finance political insurrections like the Cretan rebellion]], [[{{Egopolis}} he claims the South Pole in his name]], he destroys the ships of an unnamed [[TheEmpire Imperialistic Nation]] with total impunity. His crew is composed of men who have no place in earth and [[ConLang they have invented their own language]].



* OddlySmallOrganization: For an NGOSuperpower capable of helping the Cretan Insurrection, destroying [[TheEmpire The Empire's]] ships and with its own [[ConLang language]], the Nautilus crew is small: We only see Captain Nemo, his NumberTwo, and two unfortunate crewmen that die in the novel. And because they have severed all contact with inhabited continents, there will be no more crewmen. Aronnax made a calculation about less than sixty people:
--> ''"... Which is tantamount to saying that the air contained in the Nautilus would be exactly enough for 625 men over twenty–four hours."''

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* OddlySmallOrganization: For an NGOSuperpower capable of helping the Cretan Insurrection, destroying [[TheEmpire The Empire's]] ships and with its own [[ConLang language]], the Nautilus ''Nautilus'' crew is small: We only see Captain Nemo, his NumberTwo, and two unfortunate crewmen that die in the novel. And because they have severed all contact with inhabited continents, there will be no more crewmen. Aronnax made a calculation about less than sixty people:
--> ''"... Which is tantamount to saying that the air contained in the Nautilus ''Nautilus'' would be exactly enough for 625 men over twenty–four hours."''



* ProfessorGuineaPig: In a variation, [[TheProfessor Professor Aronnax]] is willing to sacrifice his own freedom for the rest of his life [[ForScience for the rare chance to discover all the sea’s secret in the Nautilus]].

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* ProfessorGuineaPig: In a variation, [[TheProfessor Professor Aronnax]] is willing to sacrifice his own freedom for the rest of his life [[ForScience for the rare chance to discover all the sea’s secret secrets]] in the Nautilus]].''Nautilus''.



* RammingAlwaysWorks: Why the Nautilus needs a custom-built prow.
* RealMenEatMeat: A problem for Ned Land, who is a most manly man, and the Nautilus rarely goes even remotely close to shore.
** He does eventually get some pork... and promptly stops wailing about not having meat when they almost are murdered by natives.

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* RammingAlwaysWorks: Why the Nautilus ''Nautilus'' needs a custom-built prow.
* RealMenEatMeat: A problem for Ned Land, who is a most manly man, and the Nautilus ''Nautilus'' rarely goes even remotely close to shore.
**
shore. He does eventually get some pork... and promptly stops wailing about not having meat when they almost are murdered by natives.



** The last part of the book shows us exactly what Captain Nemo [[KickTheDog was using the Nautilus for when he asked his passengers to be in their cells]].

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** The last part of the book shows us exactly what Captain Nemo [[KickTheDog was using the Nautilus the]] ''[[KickTheDog Nautilus]]'' [[KickTheDog for when he asked his passengers to be in their cells]].



* {{Satire}}: Very Juvenalian, the novel satirizes [[TheEmpire Imperialism]]: The Nautilus itself is a parody of TheEmpire - an OddlySmallOrganization that manages to be an NGOSuperpower, their members [[FromMyOwnPersonalGarden only consume sea products]] and [[ConLang speak only their own language]], but we never know any of them; they are nothing more than nameless masses. The only one who matters is Captain Nemo (the Emperor), who [[{{Egopolis}} claims an entire continent in his name]] and constantly crosses the MoralEventHorizon [[AboveGoodAndEvil for no other reason than because he can.]] The three prisoners personify a conquered nation's attitudes about TheEmpire: [[StockholmSyndrome Aronnax is the high class, who tries to get all the knowledge he can from the Empire]], [[TrueNeutral Conseil is the middle class, who passively accepts his loss of freedom as something inevitable and doesn’t want to make a decision without the approval of the high class,]] and [[ChronicBackStabbingDisorder Ned Land is the lower class who rebels constantly and uselessly]]. However, after seeing Nemo’s KickTheDog moment with his WeaponOfMassDestruction, the three classes agree that [[StartMyOwn Nemo’s empire]] [[HeWhoFightsMonsters is as bad as any other]].
* ScienceIsBad: Subverted because the book shows us all the good things the Nautilus can accomplish. Only after TheReveal, Aronnax’s HeelRealization lets him know that those good things can’t justify the terrible violence.
** The North Pole is placed in the Arctic Ocean. The South Pole is placed in Antartica, a sheet of ice thousands of feet thick, and most of it on a solid continent. The Nautilus could have reached the North Pole[[note]]and indeed, the USS Nautilus (America's first nuclear sub and namesake of the vessel in this book) did reach the Pole by travelling under the Arctic Ocean[[/note]], but not the South Pole.
** The other Wiki notices that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physiognomy#Modern_physiognomy Physiognomy]] (see BeautyEqualsGoodness) fell from favor in the 20th century, but is now being revived once more.
** Electricity being presented as an amazing source of energy, these days it's commonplace.

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* {{Satire}}: Very Juvenalian, the novel satirizes [[TheEmpire Imperialism]]: The Nautilus ''Nautilus'' itself is a parody of TheEmpire - an OddlySmallOrganization that manages to be an NGOSuperpower, their members [[FromMyOwnPersonalGarden only consume sea products]] and [[ConLang speak only their own language]], but we never know any of them; they are nothing more than nameless masses. The only one who matters is Captain Nemo (the Emperor), who [[{{Egopolis}} claims an entire continent in his name]] and constantly crosses the MoralEventHorizon [[AboveGoodAndEvil for no other reason than because he can.]] ]]\\
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The three prisoners personify a conquered nation's attitudes about TheEmpire: [[StockholmSyndrome Aronnax is the high class, who tries to get all the knowledge he can from the Empire]], [[TrueNeutral Conseil is the middle class, who passively accepts his loss of freedom as something inevitable and doesn’t want to make a decision without the approval of the high class,]] and [[ChronicBackStabbingDisorder Ned Land is the lower class who rebels constantly and uselessly]]. However, after seeing Nemo’s KickTheDog moment with his WeaponOfMassDestruction, the three classes agree that [[StartMyOwn Nemo’s empire]] [[HeWhoFightsMonsters is as bad as any other]].
* ScienceIsBad: Subverted because the book shows us all the good things the Nautilus ''Nautilus'' can accomplish. Only after TheReveal, Aronnax’s HeelRealization lets him know that those good things can’t justify the terrible violence.
** The North Pole is placed in the Arctic Ocean. The South Pole is placed in Antartica, a sheet of ice thousands of feet thick, and most of it on a solid continent. The Nautilus could have reached the North Pole[[note]]and indeed, the USS Nautilus (America's first nuclear sub and namesake of the vessel in this book) did reach the Pole by travelling under the Arctic Ocean[[/note]], but not the South Pole.
** The other Wiki notices that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physiognomy#Modern_physiognomy Physiognomy]] (see BeautyEqualsGoodness) fell from favor in the 20th century, but is now being revived once more.
** Electricity being presented as an amazing source of energy, these days it's commonplace.
violence.



* StartMyOwn: A lesser man would just [[MaddenIntoMisanthropy become jaded]] and cut all ties with society, but Captain Nemo [[StartMyOwn starts his own society]] recruiting [[MaddenIntoMisanthropy other jaded men]] who hate TheEmpire, training them to build and operate [[CoolShip the Nautilus]], [[ConLang speak their own language]], [[FromMyOwnPersonalGarden obtain all their resources from the sea]], [[EgoPolis claim the South Pole]], [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters finance the Cretan Rebellion and converting themselves]] into an NGOSuperpower.
-->''"if I can trust my hunches, if I truly understand the captain's way of life, his Nautilus isn't simply a ship. It's meant to be a refuge for people like its commander, people who have severed all ties with the shore."''

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* StartMyOwn: A lesser man would just [[MaddenIntoMisanthropy become jaded]] and cut all ties with society, but Captain Nemo [[StartMyOwn starts his own society]] recruiting [[MaddenIntoMisanthropy other jaded men]] who hate TheEmpire, training them to build and operate [[CoolShip the Nautilus]], ''[[CoolShip Nautilus]]'', [[ConLang speak their own language]], [[FromMyOwnPersonalGarden obtain all their resources from the sea]], [[EgoPolis claim the South Pole]], [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters finance the Cretan Rebellion and converting themselves]] into an NGOSuperpower.
-->''"if I can trust my hunches, if I truly understand the captain's way of life, his Nautilus ''Nautilus'' isn't simply a ship. It's meant to be a refuge for people like its commander, people who have severed all ties with the shore."''



* SympathyForTheDevil: [[TheProfessor Professor Aronnax]] is fascinated by WickedCultured Captain Nemo and his creation, [[CoolShip the Nautilus]], for seven months, and he certainly wants to delay the GreatEscape to see more submarine marvels… until he sees Nemo KickTheDog and cross the MoralEventHorizon.

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* SympathyForTheDevil: [[TheProfessor Professor Aronnax]] is fascinated by WickedCultured Captain Nemo and his creation, [[CoolShip the Nautilus]], ''[[CoolShip Nautilus]]'', for seven months, and he certainly wants to delay the GreatEscape to see more submarine marvels… until he sees Nemo KickTheDog and cross the MoralEventHorizon.



* TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow: Ned Land's opinion about the beauty of the South Pole’s icebergs (just before the Nautilus will be trapped by them).

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* TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow: Ned Land's opinion about the beauty of the South Pole’s icebergs (just before the Nautilus ''Nautilus'' will be trapped by them).



* TrueCompanions: Captain Nemo claims (and the few interactions Aronnax had with the Nautilus crew never shows us any different) that this is the relationship between the crew:
--> ''.."The Nautilus suffered a collision that cracked one of the engine levers, and it struck this man. My chief officer was standing beside him. This man leaped forward to intercept the blow. A brother lays down his life for his brother, a friend for his friend, what could be simpler? That's the law for everyone on board the Nautilus"''
* {{Ubermensch}} Captain Nemo is an UnbuiltTrope: A WickedCultured WellIntentionedExtremist who claims to be AboveGoodAndEvil because he has done with the society and is practically above any law of the civilized nations thanks to the power of [[CoolShip his submarine, the Nautilus.]] …However, he is a {{Deconstruction}} of the trope, because the contradiction between his unlimited power (that let him cross the MoralEventHorizon) and his compassionate nature causes him a VillainousBreakdown. This dialogue between him and Professor Aronnax lampshade it 14 years before ''Also Sprach Zarathustra'':

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* TrueCompanions: Captain Nemo claims (and the few interactions Aronnax had with the Nautilus ''Nautilus'' crew never shows us any different) that this is the relationship between the crew:
--> ''.."The Nautilus ''Nautilus'' suffered a collision that cracked one of the engine levers, and it struck this man. My chief officer was standing beside him. This man leaped forward to intercept the blow. A brother lays down his life for his brother, a friend for his friend, what could be simpler? That's the law for everyone on board the Nautilus"''
''Nautilus"''
* {{Ubermensch}} Captain Nemo is an UnbuiltTrope: A WickedCultured WellIntentionedExtremist who claims to be AboveGoodAndEvil because he has done with the society and is practically above any law of the civilized nations thanks to the power of [[CoolShip his submarine, the Nautilus.]] the]] ''[[CoolShip Nautilus]]''. …However, he is a {{Deconstruction}} of the trope, because the contradiction between his unlimited power (that let him cross the MoralEventHorizon) and his compassionate nature causes him a VillainousBreakdown. This dialogue between him and Professor Aronnax lampshade it 14 years before ''Also Sprach Zarathustra'':



** Aronnax faints after he hits his head against the Nautilus, and apparently he never asked Ned and Conseil how they escaped from the Maelstrom.

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** Aronnax faints after he hits his head against the Nautilus, ''Nautilus'', and apparently he never asked Ned and Conseil how they escaped from the Maelstrom.



* VillainousBreakdown: Inverted: after Captain Nemo crosses the MoralEventHorizon for the last time, he breaks down not because his plans aren't working but because he is ''not'' AboveGoodAndEvil. [[spoiler: He also could have voluntarily run the Nautilus into The Maelstrom (an enormous whirlpool)]].

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* VillainousBreakdown: Inverted: after Captain Nemo crosses the MoralEventHorizon for the last time, he breaks down not because his plans aren't working but because he is ''not'' AboveGoodAndEvil. [[spoiler: He also could have voluntarily run the Nautilus ''Nautilus'' into The Maelstrom (an enormous whirlpool)]].



* WeaponOfMassDestruction: At the state of technology in 1869, the Nautilus is this: a submarine could easily destroy any ship in the sea without possibility of being persecuted when submerged in the sea. Nemo’s KickTheDog moment shows how terrible its destructive power really is.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler: But by this point observing, studying, and classifying were out of the question.]]

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* WeaponOfMassDestruction: At the state of technology in 1869, the Nautilus ''Nautilus'' is this: a submarine could easily destroy any ship in the sea without possibility of being persecuted when submerged in the sea. Nemo’s KickTheDog moment shows how terrible its destructive power really is.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler: But "But by this point observing, studying, and classifying were out of the question.]]"]]



* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: Justified. Nautilus was designed by Nemo, all the components ordered from different companies in different countries and shipped by the Nautilus crew to a remote island, where all plans and traces of their shipyard were destroyed after the Nautilus was completed.
* WideEyedIdealist: [[TheProfessor Professor Aronnax]] must be constantly reminded that other people are not as good as himself. He really doesn’t want to believe that Nemo is doing something sinister, and Ned Land must remind him that the war ship that is shooting the Nautilus is doing it ''on purpose''.

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* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: Justified. Nautilus ''Nautilus'' was designed by Nemo, all the components ordered from different companies in different countries and shipped by the Nautilus ''Nautilus'' crew to a remote island, where all plans and traces of their shipyard were destroyed after the Nautilus ''Nautilus'' was completed.
* WideEyedIdealist: [[TheProfessor Professor Aronnax]] must be constantly reminded that other people are not as good as himself. He really doesn’t want to believe that Nemo is doing something sinister, and Ned Land must remind him that the war ship that is shooting the Nautilus ''Nautilus'' is doing it ''on purpose''.



* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: The book subtly shows how Captain Nemo is slowly but surely losing his sanity by using the Nautilus as a WeaponOfMassDestruction.
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: Captain Nemo is an early example: he adopts the Ocean as his new homeland and finances the Cretan Rebellion because he hates despots. However, [[CoolShip the Nautilus]] permits him to destroy any of TheEmpire's ships with total impunity (no nation could chase him to the bottom of the sea). His superior technology means that even the military is as helpless as ordinary civilians.

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* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: The book subtly shows how Captain Nemo is slowly but surely losing his sanity by using the Nautilus ''Nautilus'' as a WeaponOfMassDestruction.
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: Captain Nemo is an early example: he adopts the Ocean as his new homeland and finances the Cretan Rebellion because he hates despots. However, [[CoolShip the Nautilus]] ''[[CoolShip Nautilus]]'' permits him to destroy any of TheEmpire's ships with total impunity (no nation could chase him to the bottom of the sea). His superior technology means that even the military is as helpless as ordinary civilians. To the land-bound empires, Nemo is no better than a {{pirate}}, which had about the same stigma that "terrorist" has now.
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