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23rd Dec '16 1:17:46 PM john_e
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** Wodehouse's other most notably series, the ''Literature/BlandingsCastle'' stories, also apply ''zanni'' tropes to the aristocracy, with the doddering Clarence Threepwood, Earl of Emsworth, as a kindly ''Dottore'' figure, his domineering sister Lady Clarence Keeble as a ''Signora'', their disreputable brother Galahad as an elderly ''Arlecchino'', and Clarence's nemesis and neighbour Sir Gregory Parsloe-Parsloe as a sort of ''Brighella'' figure, and there are always a pair of ''innamorati'' on hand, one of whom will generally be a grandchild or distant in-law of Clarence. This time, however, the servants are a bit more in on the act, with the eternally put-upon butler Beach as a toned-down, non-romantic ''Pierrot'', and the truculent gardener Angus [=MacAllister=] as ''Pulcinella'' (without the violence or threats thereof), and the opportunistic pig-keeper George Cyril Wellbeloved as a more conventional Brighella.

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** Wodehouse's other most notably series, the ''Literature/BlandingsCastle'' stories, also apply ''zanni'' tropes to the aristocracy, with the doddering Clarence Threepwood, Earl of Emsworth, as a kindly ''Dottore'' figure, his domineering sister Lady Clarence Constance Keeble as a ''Signora'', their disreputable brother Galahad as an elderly ''Arlecchino'', and Clarence's nemesis and neighbour Sir Gregory Parsloe-Parsloe as a sort of ''Brighella'' figure, and there are always a pair of ''innamorati'' on hand, one of whom will generally be a grandchild or distant in-law of Clarence. This time, however, the servants are a bit more in on the act, with the eternally put-upon butler Beach as a toned-down, non-romantic ''Pierrot'', and the truculent gardener Angus [=MacAllister=] as ''Pulcinella'' (without the violence or threats thereof), and the opportunistic pig-keeper George Cyril Wellbeloved as a more conventional Brighella.
27th Nov '16 1:01:48 AM Morgenthaler
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21st Nov '16 7:14:34 PM WillBGood
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*** Whenever Flashheart shows up, he's a more straightforward Capitano, with all the bravado that implies.

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*** Whenever Flashheart shows up, he's a more straightforward Capitano, with all the bravado that implies. Unlike most versions of Il Capitano though, he's TheAce, especially in the second series.
19th Nov '16 2:57:28 PM mlsmithca
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** '''[[MilesGloriosus The Captain]]''' (''il Capitano''): Blowhard, [[CasanovaWannabe thinks he's God's gift to women]], will turn out to have FeetOfClay. Often serves as the RomanticFalseLead. If the ''innamorato'''s biggest rival for the ''innamorata'''s hand isn't his own father, it's this guy. Typically a disliked foreigner, often from Spain (as Spain, the superpower of the time, held political sway over Italy). Usually has an OverlyLongName (very common in Spanish nobility). A variant is Scaramuccia.

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** '''[[MilesGloriosus The Captain]]''' (''il Capitano''): Blowhard, [[CasanovaWannabe thinks he's God's gift to women]], will turn out to have FeetOfClay. Often serves as the RomanticFalseLead. If the ''innamorato'''s ''innamorato''[='=]s biggest rival for the ''innamorata'''s ''innamorata''[='=]s hand isn't his own father, it's this guy. Typically a disliked foreigner, often from Spain (as Spain, the superpower of the time, held political sway over Italy). Usually has an OverlyLongName (very common in Spanish nobility). A variant is Scaramuccia.
17th Nov '16 8:04:54 AM Prfnoff
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** '''The Doctor''' (''il Dottore''): No, ([[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy probably]]) not [[Series/DoctorWho that Doctor.]] Often an AbsentMindedProfessor type; often the father of one of the ''innamorati''. If he's the father of the ''innamorata'', then he will rarely have much plot relevance, and will just sort of hang around and be funny. A parody of the Bolognese laureate intellectual (Bologna has one of the world's oldest universities). Mostly portrayed as a doctor in law, usually intersperses his lines with [[CanisLatinicus dog Latin]] and mangled renditions of commonplace Latin sayings for comical effect. Sometimes a KnowNothingKnowItAll.

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** '''The Doctor''' (''il Dottore''): Dottore'', ''Graziano''): No, ([[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy probably]]) not [[Series/DoctorWho that Doctor.]] Often an AbsentMindedProfessor type; often the father of one of the ''innamorati''. If he's the father of the ''innamorata'', then he will rarely have much plot relevance, and will just sort of hang around and be funny. A parody of the Bolognese laureate intellectual (Bologna has one of the world's oldest universities). Mostly portrayed as a doctor in law, usually intersperses his lines with [[CanisLatinicus dog Latin]] and mangled renditions of commonplace Latin sayings for comical effect. Sometimes a KnowNothingKnowItAll.
23rd Sep '16 8:43:43 AM Furienna
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** ''Theatre/TwelthNight'' has Andrew Aguecheek as a Scaramouche, Malvolio the Pantalone, Feste the Arlecchino.

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** ''Theatre/TwelthNight'' ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'' has Andrew Aguecheek as a Scaramouche, Malvolio the Pantalone, Feste the Arlecchino.
23rd Sep '16 8:41:03 AM Furienna
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** ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' is, if anything, a deconstruction. It has its eponymous Innamorati, Friar Lawrence as the Tartaglia (with the subversion that he's sort of right about everything), Lord and Lady Capulet as the pantalone and the signora), Tybalt as the Capitano, the nurse as the Columbine, Mercutio as the Arlecchino and Benvolio as the Pierrot. However, the ZanyScheme doesn't work out, the innamorati don't get a HappilyEverAfter, and a lot of people die.

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** ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' is, if anything, a deconstruction. It has its eponymous Innamorati, Friar Lawrence as the Tartaglia (with the subversion that he's sort of right about everything), Lord and Lady Capulet as the pantalone and the signora), signora, Tybalt as the Capitano, the nurse as the Columbine, Mercutio as the Arlecchino and Benvolio as the Pierrot. However, the ZanyScheme doesn't work out, the innamorati don't get a HappilyEverAfter, and a lot of people die.



** ''Theatre/TweflthNight'' has Andrew Aguecheek as a Scaramouche, Malvolio the Pantalone, Feste the Arlecchino. ** At least one version of ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew'', produced for television in the '70s by [[Creator/{{PBS}} WNET New York]], is explicitly Commedia, down to the costumes and presentation style.

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** ''Theatre/TweflthNight'' ''Theatre/TwelthNight'' has Andrew Aguecheek as a Scaramouche, Malvolio the Pantalone, Feste the Arlecchino. Arlecchino.
** At least one version of ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew'', produced for television in the '70s by [[Creator/{{PBS}} WNET New York]], is explicitly Commedia, down to the costumes and presentation style.
23rd Sep '16 8:34:58 AM Furienna
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** Baldrick, whether the HypercompetentSidekick of the first series or the cheerful dimwit he is the rest of the time, is always some kind of Arlecchino, consistently the lowest-status character present, and always with some kind of 'cunning plan' always on hand.

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** Baldrick, whether the HypercompetentSidekick of the first series or the cheerful dimwit he is the rest of the time, is always some kind of Arlecchino, consistently the lowest-status character present, and always with some kind of 'cunning plan' always on hand.
23rd Sep '16 3:22:17 AM Furienna
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* '''[[AdultsAreUseless The Old People]]''' (''vecchi'') [[ParentalMarriageVeto get in the way of the lovers' happiness]]; often, two of them (usually the Doctor and Pantalone) are the lovers' respective fathers. The ''innamorato'' 's father may want to marry the ''innamorata'' himself.
** '''[[MilesGloriosus The Captain]]''' (''il Capitano''): Blowhard, [[CasanovaWannabe thinks he's God's gift to women]], will turn out to have FeetOfClay. Often serves as the RomanticFalseLead. If the ''innamorato'' 's biggest rival for the ''innamorata'''s hand isn't his own father, it's this guy. Typically a disliked foreigner, often from Spain (as Spain, the superpower of the time, held political sway over Italy). Usually has an OverlyLongName (very common in Spanish nobility). A variant is Scaramuccia.

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* '''[[AdultsAreUseless The Old People]]''' (''vecchi'') [[ParentalMarriageVeto get in the way of the lovers' happiness]]; often, two of them (usually the Doctor and Pantalone) are the lovers' respective fathers. The ''innamorato'' 's ''innamorato'''s father may want to marry the ''innamorata'' himself.
** '''[[MilesGloriosus The Captain]]''' (''il Capitano''): Blowhard, [[CasanovaWannabe thinks he's God's gift to women]], will turn out to have FeetOfClay. Often serves as the RomanticFalseLead. If the ''innamorato'' 's ''innamorato'''s biggest rival for the ''innamorata'''s hand isn't his own father, it's this guy. Typically a disliked foreigner, often from Spain (as Spain, the superpower of the time, held political sway over Italy). Usually has an OverlyLongName (very common in Spanish nobility). A variant is Scaramuccia.
23rd Sep '16 3:21:00 AM Furienna
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** '''[[MilesGloriosus The Captain]]''' (''il Capitano''): Blowhard, [[CasanovaWannabe thinks he's God's gift to women]], will turn out to have FeetOfClay. Often serves as the RomanticFalseLead. If the ''innamorato'' 's biggest rival for the ''innamorata'' 's hand isn't his own father, it's this guy. Typically a disliked foreigner, often from Spain (as Spain, the superpower of the time, held political sway over Italy). Usually has an OverlyLongName (very common in Spanish nobility). A variant is Scaramuccia.

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** '''[[MilesGloriosus The Captain]]''' (''il Capitano''): Blowhard, [[CasanovaWannabe thinks he's God's gift to women]], will turn out to have FeetOfClay. Often serves as the RomanticFalseLead. If the ''innamorato'' 's biggest rival for the ''innamorata'' 's ''innamorata'''s hand isn't his own father, it's this guy. Typically a disliked foreigner, often from Spain (as Spain, the superpower of the time, held political sway over Italy). Usually has an OverlyLongName (very common in Spanish nobility). A variant is Scaramuccia.
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