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9th Jul '15 7:03:08 PM Bissek
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* HideousHangoverCure: In ''Freedom Flight'', Hunter spends an evening at a bar drinking large quantities of potent Firekkan liquor. When his leave gets cut short, the doctor on the Claw gives him a much-feared clinical treatment known to pilots as 'The Green Goop'.
16th May '15 3:02:37 AM TheUnsquished
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* SpaceshipSlingshotStunt: ''End Run'' features an escort carrier making a raid BehindEnemyLines in the [[CatFolk Kilrathi]] home system of Kilrah that uses a gravity slingshot around a gas giant in the system to make an escape after sustaining significant damage during the raid. However, the configuration of the system and the nature of [[PortalNetwork FTL travel]] in the ''Wing Commander'' universe means that the only escape path using that slingshot is a string of single-exit star systems before making it to a Confed-held system.

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* SpaceshipSlingshotStunt: ''End Run'' features an escort carrier making a raid BehindEnemyLines behind enemy lines in the [[CatFolk Kilrathi]] home system of Kilrah that uses a gravity slingshot around a gas giant in the system to make an escape after sustaining significant damage during the raid. However, the configuration of the system and the nature of [[PortalNetwork FTL travel]] in the ''Wing Commander'' universe means that the only escape path using that slingshot is a string of single-exit star systems before making it to a Confed-held system.
1st May '15 7:00:09 PM nombretomado
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** In a probable nod to ''Film/EnemyMine'', the Kilrathi think BugsBunny is some kind of important figure, and sometimes insult him in an attempt to taunt human pilots, much to the amusement of the humans. According to Bear, Hobbes was heartbroken when informed of the unintended humor.

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** In a probable nod to ''Film/EnemyMine'', the Kilrathi think BugsBunny WesternAnimation/BugsBunny is some kind of important figure, and sometimes insult him in an attempt to taunt human pilots, much to the amusement of the humans. According to Bear, Hobbes was heartbroken when informed of the unintended humor.
27th Oct '14 11:20:18 AM Nohbody
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* '''False Colors''': co-written by Andrew Keith, though the cover mistakenly says "William H. Keith". An "interquel" between ''Heart of the Tiger'' and ''Price of Freedom'', this book details the adventures of Jason Bondarevsky, serving with the Free Republic of the Landreich, and his ship, now renamed the FLRS ''Independence'', to stop separate conspiracies by both humans ''and'' Kilrathi to restart the war. It was meant to be the beinning of a trilogy, but Keith's AuthorExistenceFailure brought an end to that.

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* '''False Colors''': co-written by Andrew Keith, though the cover mistakenly says "William H. Keith". An "interquel" between ''Heart of the Tiger'' and ''Price of Freedom'', this book details the adventures of Jason Bondarevsky, serving with the Free Republic of the Landreich, and his ship, now renamed the FLRS ''Independence'', to stop separate conspiracies by both humans ''and'' Kilrathi to restart the war. It was meant to be the beinning beginning of a trilogy, but Keith's AuthorExistenceFailure death brought an end to that.



* AuthorExistenceFailure: A planned sequel to ''False Colors'', helping to fill in some of the gap between that novel's events and the start of ''Wing Commander IV'', was canceled due to the death of co-author Andrew Keith in 1999.


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* SpaceshipSlingshotStunt: ''End Run'' features an escort carrier making a raid BehindEnemyLines in the [[CatFolk Kilrathi]] home system of Kilrah that uses a gravity slingshot around a gas giant in the system to make an escape after sustaining significant damage during the raid. However, the configuration of the system and the nature of [[PortalNetwork FTL travel]] in the ''Wing Commander'' universe means that the only escape path using that slingshot is a string of single-exit star systems before making it to a Confed-held system.
19th Sep '14 9:00:59 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* '''End Run''' marked the beginning of WilliamRForstchen's dominance over the franchise's novels; ''every'' novel on this page is either authored or co-authored by him unless otherwise marked. It takes place in two parts. The first, "Milk Run," is written by Christopher Stasheff, detailing a recon mission to identify a Kilrathi cultural site. The second, "End Run," details a strike to destroy that site, causing the Kilrathi fleet to rush headlong into a trap. Jason "Bear" Bondarevsky, fresh from his introduction in "Secret Missions 1," is assigned to the TCS ''Tarawa'', which, while the Kilrathi are on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge over the desecrated site, travel to their home planet, Kilrah, and cause as much chaos as possible. The ''Tarawa'' will be "First To Kilrah," but since the ship is barely more than a heavy freighter with a flight deck stapled on, this is likely to be a OneWayTrip...

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* '''End Run''' marked the beginning of WilliamRForstchen's Creator/WilliamRForstchen's dominance over the franchise's novels; ''every'' novel on this page is either authored or co-authored by him unless otherwise marked. It takes place in two parts. The first, "Milk Run," is written by Christopher Stasheff, detailing a recon mission to identify a Kilrathi cultural site. The second, "End Run," details a strike to destroy that site, causing the Kilrathi fleet to rush headlong into a trap. Jason "Bear" Bondarevsky, fresh from his introduction in "Secret Missions 1," is assigned to the TCS ''Tarawa'', which, while the Kilrathi are on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge over the desecrated site, travel to their home planet, Kilrah, and cause as much chaos as possible. The ''Tarawa'' will be "First To Kilrah," but since the ship is barely more than a heavy freighter with a flight deck stapled on, this is likely to be a OneWayTrip...
24th Nov '13 5:17:55 AM Nohbody
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* NomDeGuerre: As the series centers mostly on pilots, the examples are many. [[IronicNickname Maverick]], [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Maniac]], [[TheStoic Iceman]], [[TheEeyore Doomsday]], [[ShoutOut Hobbes]], etc. At one point, the narration pauses to reflect on whether or not it's a good thing for your callsign to describe your state of mind.

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* NomDeGuerre: As the series centers mostly on pilots, the examples are many. [[IronicNickname Maverick]], [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin [[MilitaryMaverick Maniac]], [[TheStoic Iceman]], [[TheEeyore Doomsday]], [[ShoutOut Hobbes]], etc. At one point, the narration pauses to reflect on whether or not it's a good thing for your callsign to describe your state of mind.
23rd Nov '13 10:43:03 PM AFP
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* ItsAllAboutMe: Kevin Tolwyn's biggest problem in ''End Run''. His uncle is none other than Admiral Sir Geoffrey Tolwyn, and his family is rather well-connected back on Earth. To make things worse, he really is as good a pilot as he thinks he is, but fails to fully understand the importance of being a team player in combat. He becomes much better grounded after [[WhatHaveIDone his actions get someone else killed]] and CharacterDevelopment ensues.


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* NomDeGuerre: As the series centers mostly on pilots, the examples are many. [[IronicNickname Maverick]], [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Maniac]], [[TheStoic Iceman]], [[TheEeyore Doomsday]], [[ShoutOut Hobbes]], etc. At one point, the narration pauses to reflect on whether or not it's a good thing for your callsign to describe your state of mind.
23rd Nov '13 10:26:13 PM AFP
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* HisNameReallyIsBarkeep: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in ''The Price Of Freedom'' when Blair is momentarily confused as to whether or not the ''Intrepid's'' chief mechanic is actually named "Pliers" (he's not).
22nd Nov '13 4:40:34 PM Nohbody
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A series of novels were authorized by Origin to fill in the blanks left by the games or otherwise [[ExpandedUniverse expand on the setting]]. Published by BaenBooks, some of them were novelizations ([=WC3, WC4=], and [[Film/WingCommander the movie]]), but a majority of them were original stories, though as part of the official universe the various works all reflect on one another. In publication order:

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A series of novels were authorized by Origin to fill in the blanks left by the games or otherwise [[ExpandedUniverse expand on the setting]]. Published Mostly published by BaenBooks, Creator/BaenBooks, some of them were novelizations ([=WC3, WC4=], and [[Film/WingCommander the movie]]), but a majority of them were original stories, though as part of the official universe the various works all reflect on one another. In publication order:



* '''Pilgrim Truth''' details the adventures of the PowerTrio as they attempt to prevent a genocide against the Pilgrims, as prompted by the events of the previous novel. In 2000 it was canceled before publication; in August 2011 it was finally made available through some bargaining by both ElectronicArts and the [[http://www.wcnews.com Wing Commander Combat Information Center]], the franchise's major fansite. It can be [[http://www.wcnews.com/news/2011/08/11/pilgrim-truth-released read there for free]].

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* '''Pilgrim Truth''' details the adventures of the PowerTrio as they attempt to prevent a genocide against the Pilgrims, as prompted by the events of the previous novel. In 2000 it was canceled before publication; in August 2011 it was finally made available through some bargaining by both ElectronicArts Creator/ElectronicArts and the [[http://www.wcnews.com Wing Commander Combat Information Center]], the franchise's major largest fansite. It can be [[http://www.wcnews.com/news/2011/08/11/pilgrim-truth-released read there for free]].free.]]
13th Sep '13 8:26:47 PM slvstrChung
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* TheMutiny: Heavily foreshadowed in ''End Run'', due to the ''Tarawa's'' commander being woefully incompetent, and many of the ship's officers quietly informing Colonel Bondarevsky that they expect him to take charge if they are to survive. Ultimately averted, due to the captain being abruptly killed in battle, resulting in YouAreInCommandNow instead.

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* TheMutiny: Heavily foreshadowed {{Shaggy Dog Story}}'d in ''End Run'', due to the Run''. The ''Tarawa's'' commander being is woefully incompetent, and many of the ship's officers quietly informing Colonel Main Character Jason Bondarevsky is informed, by people both above and below him in rank, that they expect him to take charge if they are to survive. Ultimately averted, due to survive. Then the captain being is abruptly killed in battle, resulting in YouAreInCommandNow instead.and Jason, who was the NumberTwo anyhow, gets the chair.



* {{Ramscoop}}: According to the novelizations, most capital ships and fighters refuel in flight by hydrogen ramscoops, except for the ''Excalibur'' and ''Dragon'' models, which use {{antimatter}} drives.

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* {{Ramscoop}}: According to the novelizations, most capital ships and fighters refuel in flight by hydrogen ramscoops, except for ramscoops. Because the ''Dragon'' and ''Excalibur'' and ''Dragon'' models, which superfighters use {{antimatter}} drives.powerplants, this gives them infinite fuel.



* SaltTheEarth: In ''Fleet Action'', the Kilrathi build a fleet of super carriers and begin a seemingly inexorable push into human space. Along the way they bombard any human planets with Strontium-90 clad thermonuclear weapons that ensure that the planets will be uninhabitable. Even if the Kilrathi had succeeded, they would have gained little because they would have had no use for the conquered territory. Of course, this was precisely the point, and was the cause of an EnemyCivilWar among the Kilrathi that ultimately prevented Earth from being obliterated.

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* SaltTheEarth: In ''Fleet Action'', the Kilrathi build a fleet of super carriers and begin a seemingly inexorable push into human space. Along the way they bombard any human planets with Strontium-90 clad thermonuclear weapons that ensure that the planets will be uninhabitable. Even if the Kilrathi had succeeded, they would have gained little because they would have had no been unable to use for the conquered territory. Of course, as far as [[OmnicidalManiac Thrakhath]] was concerned, this was precisely the point, and was the cause of an EnemyCivilWar among the Kilrathi that ultimately prevented Earth from being obliterated.



* YouAreInCommandNow: the captain of the ''Tarawa'' is a politically-appointed officer and quite clearly does not have the testicular fortitude to command the End Run. Subverted in that Bear is warned, by quite a few people, that he's going to ''have'' to take over if anyone intends to survive, but before Bear actually gets to the point where he is willing to [[TheMutiny relieve the Captain and take charge]], the Captain (and most of the bridge crew) are killed during a battle.

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* YouAreInCommandNow: the captain of the ''Tarawa'' is a politically-appointed officer and quite clearly does not have the testicular fortitude to command the End Run. Subverted in that Bear is warned, by quite a few people, that he's going to ''have'' to take over if anyone intends to survive, but before Bear actually gets survive... not to the point where he is willing mention that whole bit about TheMutiny never needing to [[TheMutiny relieve the Captain and take charge]], the Captain (and most of the bridge crew) are killed during a battle.occur.
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