History Main / Blueblood

4th Feb '16 10:53:44 AM Theriocephalus
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Whether or not they have a [[RoyalBlood sovereign]] whom they are subordinate to, these characters definitely have commoners who are subordinate to them. Their position is hereditary, often legally enforced, although occasionally simply socially accepted to the same effect. Usually, the longer the family and its heritage has been known the better. In some periods and countries, it can carry the taint of being not quite noble yet if only ones parents were ennobled. Thus, they are often quite proud of the length of their lineage which makes them the natural {{foil}} of the SelfMadeMan. For the same reason young aristocrats are often quite powerless in the hands of ThePatriarch who rules the family, making the threat of PassedOverInheritance quite powerful.
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Whether or not they have a [[RoyalBlood sovereign]] whom they are subordinate to, these characters definitely have commoners who are subordinate to them. Their position is hereditary, often legally enforced, although occasionally simply socially accepted to the same effect. Usually, the longer the family and its heritage has have been known the better. In some periods and countries, it can carry the taint of being not quite noble yet if only ones one's parents were ennobled. Thus, they nobles are often quite proud of the length of their lineage lineage, which makes them the natural {{foil}} of the SelfMadeMan. For the same reason young aristocrats are often quite powerless in the hands of ThePatriarch who rules the family, making the threat of PassedOverInheritance quite powerful.
6th Jan '16 8:28:41 PM nombretomado
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* There are two prominent examples in the ''SoulSeries'' -- Lady Isabella "Ivy" Valentine is the daughter of the Earl and Countess Valentine, and her stages nearly always feature her enormous family house. The other example is Frenchman Raphael Sorel, whose title is not specified, but he is noted to be a noble.
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* There are two prominent examples in the ''SoulSeries'' ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'' -- Lady Isabella "Ivy" Valentine is the daughter of the Earl and Countess Valentine, and her stages nearly always feature her enormous family house. The other example is Frenchman Raphael Sorel, whose title is not specified, but he is noted to be a noble.

* If the lord in FireEmblem doesn't have RoyalBlood, they'll be nobility. Examples include Sigurd, Roy, Eliwood, Hector, Lyn, and eventually even Ike.
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* If the lord in FireEmblem ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' doesn't have RoyalBlood, they'll be nobility. Examples include Sigurd, Roy, Eliwood, Hector, Lyn, and eventually even Ike.
5th Jan '16 7:12:04 AM Derkhan
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* ''Literature/TheKharkanasTrilogy'': In contrast to the main series, ''Literature/TheMalazanBookOfTheFallen'', where there was much focus on the lower ranks of society and barely any nobility, the prequel deals mostly with the noble families of the Tiste, with most point of view characters being from one or another noble house.
19th Dec '15 1:31:48 PM narm00
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Since the duty of the nobility in the Middle Ages was [[KnightInShiningArmor warfare]], the sons of the nobility traditionally choose military career. ''Even today'' most military academies around the world are over-represented by sons of old noble families. The word ''cadet'' for an officer trainee stems from French, meaning "younger": the eldest son inherited the manor and estate, and the younger sons went to military academies. Tragically, since in the past the military education was begun at ''very'' early age (7 to 11 years old), the nobility has also produced a lot of KidSamurai, but also a lot of ChildSoldiers. Today the old noble families are ''very'' likely to produce an OfficerAndAGentleman.
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Since the duty of the nobility in the Middle Ages was [[KnightInShiningArmor warfare]], the sons of the nobility traditionally choose military career. ''Even today'' most military academies around the world are over-represented by sons of old noble families. The word ''cadet'' for an officer trainee stems from French, meaning "younger": the eldest son inherited the manor and estate, and the younger sons went to military academies. Tragically, since in the past the military education was begun at a ''very'' early age (7 to 11 years old), the nobility has also produced a lot of KidSamurai, but also a lot of ChildSoldiers. Today the old noble families are ''very'' likely to produce an OfficerAndAGentleman.

* {{Sharpe}} meets a few. Among the more notable, obviously, is the Duke of Wellington, Sharpe's commander.
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* {{Sharpe}} Literature/{{Sharpe}} meets a few. Among the more notable, obviously, is the Duke of Wellington, Sharpe's commander.

* Bretonnian Knights in WarhammerFantasyBattle. * ''{{Wolsung}}'', steam-punk RPG assumes, that all player characters are BlueBlood. ** Also among [[FiveRaces Eight playable races]] there are [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]], whose blood is literally blue. * ''AnimaBeyondFantasy'' allows to choose as one advantage to be BlueBlood (and this in turn gives stuff such as money, gear, and the possibility of purchasing rare equipment.)
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* Bretonnian Knights in WarhammerFantasyBattle. TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}. * ''{{Wolsung}}'', steam-punk RPG assumes, ''TabletopGame/WolsungSteamPulpFantasy'' assumes that all player characters are BlueBlood. ** Also among [[FiveRaces Eight eight playable races]] there are [[OurElvesAreBetter elves]], whose blood is literally blue. * ''AnimaBeyondFantasy'' ''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy'' allows to choose as one advantage to be BlueBlood (and this in turn gives stuff such as money, gear, and the possibility of purchasing rare equipment.)) * The noble Houses of ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming''. There's a streak of heritage involved, but ultimately the Houses rule changeling society because they've established themselves as rulers, by fair means and foul (which is not to say they haven't been seriously challenged at various times). [=PCs=] can be nobles by buying dots in the Title background; however, it only grants social status, and actually holding land requires a separate background.
13th Dec '15 10:22:12 AM Vios
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* In ''Literature/TheShatteredKingdoms'', bloodline is highly important to Norlander culture. Being told that her family does not in fact have the (patrilineal) ancestry they thought, and that their posting to the Shadar was actually just the Emperor's way of exiling them while letting them save face, has a significant impact on Frea, the main villain of the first book. She was hoping her results would be sufficiently impressive that she would be summoned to the heart of the empire and given power, but due to her "impure" blood, that won't happen no matter how well she does. This motivates her to switch plans from a triumphant return to an invasion/coup.
12th Dec '15 1:41:07 PM morane
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Their effectiveness is frequently inversely related to their civilization. Dark Ages nobility often features AuthorityEqualsAsskicking, and the MiddleAges nobility ''will'' feature the KnightInShiningArmor, but a highly refined and civilized culture will feature an inordinate number of {{Upper Class Twit}}s and OfficerAndGentleman.
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Their effectiveness is frequently inversely related to their civilization. Dark Ages nobility often features AuthorityEqualsAsskicking, and the MiddleAges nobility ''will'' feature the KnightInShiningArmor, but a highly refined and civilized culture will feature an inordinate number of {{Upper Class Twit}}s and OfficerAndGentleman. OfficerAndAGentleman.
12th Dec '15 1:40:23 PM morane
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Their effectiveness is frequently inversely related to their civilization. Dark Ages nobility often features AuthorityEqualsAsskicking, and the MiddleAges nobility ''will'' feature the KnightInShiningArmor, but a highly refined and civilized culture will feature an inordinate number of {{Upper Class Twit}}s.
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Their effectiveness is frequently inversely related to their civilization. Dark Ages nobility often features AuthorityEqualsAsskicking, and the MiddleAges nobility ''will'' feature the KnightInShiningArmor, but a highly refined and civilized culture will feature an inordinate number of {{Upper Class Twit}}s. Twit}}s and OfficerAndGentleman.

Since the duty of the nobility in the Middle Ages was [[KnightInShiningArmor warfare]], the sons of the nobility traditionally choose military career. ''Even today'' most military academies around the world are over-represented by sons of old noble families. The word ''cadet'' for an officer trainee stems from French, meaning "younger": the eldest son inherited the manor and estate, and the younger sons went to military academies. Tragically, since in the past the military education was begun at ''very'' early age (7 to 11 years old), the nobility has also produced a lot of KidSamurai, but also a lot of ChildSoldiers. Today the old noble families are ''very'' likely to produce AnOfficerAndAGentleman.
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Since the duty of the nobility in the Middle Ages was [[KnightInShiningArmor warfare]], the sons of the nobility traditionally choose military career. ''Even today'' most military academies around the world are over-represented by sons of old noble families. The word ''cadet'' for an officer trainee stems from French, meaning "younger": the eldest son inherited the manor and estate, and the younger sons went to military academies. Tragically, since in the past the military education was begun at ''very'' early age (7 to 11 years old), the nobility has also produced a lot of KidSamurai, but also a lot of ChildSoldiers. Today the old noble families are ''very'' likely to produce AnOfficerAndAGentleman. an OfficerAndAGentleman.
12th Dec '15 1:36:07 PM morane
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Since the duty of the nobility in the Middle Ages was [[KnightInShiningArmor warfare]], the sons of the nobility traditionally choose military career. ''Even today'' most military academies around the world are over-represented by sons of old noble families. The word ''cadet'' for an officer trainee stems from French, meaning "younger": the eldest son inherited the manor and estate, and the younger sons went to military academies. Tragically, since in the past the military education was begun at ''very'' early age (7 to 11 years old), the nobility has also produced a lot of KidSamurai, but also a lot of ChildSoldiers.
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Since the duty of the nobility in the Middle Ages was [[KnightInShiningArmor warfare]], the sons of the nobility traditionally choose military career. ''Even today'' most military academies around the world are over-represented by sons of old noble families. The word ''cadet'' for an officer trainee stems from French, meaning "younger": the eldest son inherited the manor and estate, and the younger sons went to military academies. Tragically, since in the past the military education was begun at ''very'' early age (7 to 11 years old), the nobility has also produced a lot of KidSamurai, but also a lot of ChildSoldiers. ChildSoldiers. Today the old noble families are ''very'' likely to produce AnOfficerAndAGentleman.
11th Nov '15 9:45:14 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* The central protagonists and antagonists of ''HyakujitsuNoBara'' are all aristocrats from varying countries. Taki is the shinka of the Emperor and from the first of the Eight Branch Families, Katsuragi is from the second of the Eight Branch Families, Theodora is a Eurotean princess, and Klaus' family is nobility before the Western Alliance conquers their country.
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* The central protagonists and antagonists of ''HyakujitsuNoBara'' ''Manga/MaidenRose'' are all aristocrats from varying countries. Taki is the shinka of the Emperor and from the first of the Eight Branch Families, Katsuragi is from the second of the Eight Branch Families, Theodora is a Eurotean princess, and Klaus' family is nobility before the Western Alliance conquers their country.
4th Nov '15 5:42:32 PM Twerty
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The phrase ("blue blood") is a literal translation of the Spanish ''sangre azul''. The idea, originating in medieval times, was that common folk would have to work outside all day, and would thus develop tans. The wealthy, on the other hand, could spend all day inside, which would keep their skin pale (as they were fair-skinned Europeans). This would make their wrist veins with 'blue' blood easily visible, hence the term. It's also been [[http://www.wisegeek.com/what-does-it-mean-to-have-blue-blood.htm suggested]] that the term is race-based, since the pale-skinned European Spanish wanted to distinguish themselves from the darker-skinned "Moors". Yet another idea on the term's origin are crutaceans, such as lobster, which literally have blue blood and have always been very, very expensive. So being able to afford these blue-blooded creatures would require you to be very rich and that almost always means nobility.
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The phrase ("blue blood") is a literal translation of the Spanish ''sangre azul''. The idea, originating in medieval times, was that common folk would have to work outside all day, and would thus develop tans. The wealthy, on the other hand, could spend all day inside, which would keep their skin pale (as they were fair-skinned Europeans). This would make their wrist veins with 'blue' blood easily visible, hence the term. It's also been [[http://www.wisegeek.com/what-does-it-mean-to-have-blue-blood.htm suggested]] that the term is race-based, since the pale-skinned European Spanish wanted to distinguish themselves from the darker-skinned "Moors". Yet another idea on the term's origin are crutaceans, crustaceans, such as lobster, which literally have blue blood and have always been very, very expensive. So being able to afford these blue-blooded creatures would require you to be very rich and that almost always means nobility.
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