History Literature / WaterMargin

14th Aug '16 3:01:18 PM morenohijazo
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* SplitHair: Yang Zhi, one of the novel's heroes, is forced to sell his [[AncestralWeapon family heirloom of a sword]] in the street. When confronted by a drunken local bully who demnds a dirt cheap price, he tells the latter that the sword is capable of "cut metals like mud, slice through hair by the merest touch, and kill people with no blood on the blade". [[spoiler: It's all true, and Yang Zhi proved the third feature on the bully himself.]]
14th Oct '15 9:21:23 AM fruitstripegum
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* JustLikeRobinHood: The Liangshan Marsh bandits do occasionally steal from the rich and give to the poor, especially under Song Jiang's leadership. More often, though, their game-plan is either 'steal from the rich, ignore the poor' or 'steal from the rich, slaughter the poor'.



* JustLikeRobinHood: The Liangshan Marsh bandits do occasionally steal from the rich and give to the poor, especially under Song Jiang's leadership. More often, though, their game-plan is either 'steal from the rich, ignore the poor' or 'steal from the rich, slaughter the poor'.
29th Sep '15 9:52:57 AM biscuitlion
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* EveryoneMeetsEveryone: The grand assembly chapter functions as this trope, but because all 108 heroes need to be assembled at Liangshan Marsh first, the chapter doesn't take place until about seven-tenths into the novel.


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* YourCheatingHeart: Happens about five different times in the novel, though the two most famous ones are Yan Poxi with Zhang Wenyuan, and Pan Jinlian with Ximen Qing. In fact, the latter feature as the main characters in ''Literature/JinPingMei''.
23rd Sep '15 12:46:17 AM hello86
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* ImposterForgotOneDetail: When the heroes have to save Song Jiang from Jiangzhou prison, they recruit Xiao Rang and Jin Daijian to forge a letter from Cai Jing, the Prefect's father. Xiao Rang imitates Cai Jing's legendary handwriting flawlessly ... but Jin Daijian uses the wrong seal, which nearly gets Song Jiang, and the messenger, Dai Zong, executed. Fortunately, Wu Yong realized the error rather quickly and mounted the inevitable rescue mission.

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* ImposterForgotOneDetail: When the heroes have to save Song Jiang from Jiangzhou prison, they recruit calligrapher Xiao Rang and craftsman Jin Daijian to forge a letter from Cai Jing, the Prefect's father. Xiao Rang imitates Cai Jing's legendary handwriting flawlessly ... but Jin Daijian uses the wrong seal, which nearly gets Song Jiang, and the messenger, Dai Zong, executed. Fortunately, Wu Yong realized the error rather quickly and mounted the inevitable rescue mission.
22nd Sep '15 8:49:44 PM hello86
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* IAmAHumanitarian: Several bandits are cannibals, kidnapping innocent travellers for their pot. It's treated in an oddly blasé manner by the story and characters, even by the standards of the time, and Wu Song and Song Jiang both become sworn brothers with people who almost ate them before finding out who they were.
* KarmaHoudini: Gao Qiu and a his cadre of corrupt officials, who are never punished for any of their misdeeds, up to and including poisoning Song Jiang..

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* IAmAHumanitarian: Several bandits are cannibals, kidnapping innocent travellers travelers for their pot. It's treated in an oddly blasé manner by the story and characters, even by the standards of the time, and Wu Song and Song Jiang both become sworn brothers with people who almost ate them before finding out who they were.
* ImposterForgotOneDetail: When the heroes have to save Song Jiang from Jiangzhou prison, they recruit Xiao Rang and Jin Daijian to forge a letter from Cai Jing, the Prefect's father. Xiao Rang imitates Cai Jing's legendary handwriting flawlessly ... but Jin Daijian uses the wrong seal, which nearly gets Song Jiang, and the messenger, Dai Zong, executed. Fortunately, Wu Yong realized the error rather quickly and mounted the inevitable rescue mission.
* KarmaHoudini: Gao Qiu and a his cadre of corrupt officials, who are never punished for any of their misdeeds, up to and including poisoning Song Jiang..Jiang.
22nd Sep '15 10:26:57 AM hello86
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* BigGood: Chao Gai, the "Heavenly King" of Liangshan. After his death, the role goes to Song Jiang.



* HeroKiller: Shi Bao of Fang La's forces is personally responsible for killing five of the Liangshan heroes. Pang Wanchun and his men kill seven, one of which was Ou Peng, whose skill was ArrowCatch.

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* HeroKiller: Shi Bao Two of Fang La's forces men stand out. Shi Bao is personally responsible for killing five of the Liangshan heroes. heroes, while the archer Pang Wanchun and his men kill seven, one of which was including Ou Peng, whose skill was ArrowCatch.
22nd Sep '15 10:14:57 AM hello86
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* HeroKiller: Shi Bao of Fang La's forces is personally responsible for killing five of the Liangshan heroes. Pang Wanchun kills two, but one of them was Ou Peng, whose skill was ArrowCatch.

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* HeroKiller: Shi Bao of Fang La's forces is personally responsible for killing five of the Liangshan heroes. Pang Wanchun kills two, but and his men kill seven, one of them which was Ou Peng, whose skill was ArrowCatch.
22nd Sep '15 10:13:54 AM hello86
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* HeroKiller: Shi Bao of Fang La's forces is personally responsible for killing five of the Liangshan heroes. Pang Wanchun kills two, but one of them was Ou Peng, whose skill was ArrowCatch.


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** Fang La's astrologer Bao Daoyi summons a literal one to help his apprentice, Zheng Biao, in his duel with Guan Sheng. Fan Rui defeats it with one of his own.
20th Sep '15 4:34:34 AM biscuitlion
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* ClusterFBomb: Li Kui swears way more than the other heroes do.


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* MagicKnight: Several of the characters are skilled in Taoist magic as well as with weapons. Gongsun Sheng and Fan Rui are amongst the magicians in residence at Mount Liang.
16th Sep '15 6:59:13 AM biscuitlion
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* BringMyBrownPants: Ximen Qing has this reaction when he hears Wu Song's voice for the first time.


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* FemmeFatale: Pan Jinlian.
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