History Main / MagnumOpus

2nd Aug '17 8:46:00 AM TheBigBopper
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Such a work often represents the culmination of years of painstaking work and toil, and as such, its creation is rife with dramatic possibilities. Characters striving to produce such perfection may fall victim to obsession and neglect their families, social lives, more-lucrative but less-rewarding careers, or even their very health and well-being in their quest. Once their opus is completed, the artist may fall victim to MagnumOpusDissonance if the public doesn't give their work the accolades they feel it deserves.

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Such a work often represents the culmination of years of painstaking work and toil, and as such, its creation is rife with dramatic possibilities. Characters striving to produce such perfection may fall victim to obsession and neglect their families, social lives, more-lucrative but less-rewarding less-satisfying careers, or even their very health and well-being in their quest. Once their opus is completed, the artist may fall victim to MagnumOpusDissonance if the public doesn't give their work the accolades they feel it deserves.
2nd Aug '17 8:44:43 AM TheBigBopper
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* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', Griffith describes a dream as something that a man spends his whole life working on, whether it be world domination or the perfect tempering of one sword. The last one perfectly describes Godo, the old master weapon smith who ultimately arms Guts with his armor and the BFS called the Dragon Slayer. The creation of the Dragon Slayer certainly qualifies; as Godo told Rickert, he was a young man working for kings and nobles and had grown tired of making refined and elegant weapons. When the king announced a contest to create a sword that could slay a dragon, Godo created a monstrous tool too big to be called a sword, because he wanted to make a point that to kill an impossible creature you would need an equally impossible weapon. That insolence forced him to leave court and set up shop in the middle of nowhere, but he kept that slab of iron as a reminder of when he bit off more than he could chew. Years later, Guts comes to him and needs a weapon. Godo gives him a finely made sword sharp enough to cut another sword in half, but when a demon appears Guts finds that a sword made to kill humans is too fragile for the job. Instead he takes up the Dragon Slayer and butchers the creature, and it has been his trademark weapon ever since. Godo ultimately acknowledged that the Dragon Slayer was his greatest creation, and the last act of forging he ever did was to repair it so that Guts could go and rescue Casca from the Tower of Conviction.

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* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', Griffith describes a dream as something that a man spends his whole life working on, whether it be world domination or the perfect tempering of one sword. The last one perfectly describes Godo, the old master weapon smith who ultimately arms Guts with his armor and the BFS called the Dragon Slayer. The creation of the Dragon Slayer certainly qualifies; as Godo told Rickert, back then he was a young man working for kings and nobles and had grown tired of making refined and elegant weapons. When the king announced a contest to create a sword that could slay a dragon, Godo created a monstrous tool too big to be called a sword, because he wanted to make a point that to kill an impossible creature you would need an equally impossible weapon. That insolence forced him to leave court and set up shop in the middle of nowhere, but he kept that slab of iron as a reminder of when he bit off more than he could chew. Years later, Guts comes to him and needs a weapon. Godo gives him a finely made sword sharp enough to cut another sword in half, but when a demon appears Guts finds that a sword made to kill humans is too fragile for the job. Instead he takes up the Dragon Slayer and butchers the creature, and it has been his trademark weapon ever since. Godo ultimately acknowledged that the Dragon Slayer was his greatest creation, and the last act of forging he ever did was to repair it so that Guts could go and rescue Casca from the Tower of Conviction.
18th Jul '17 6:23:21 PM Elranzer
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** {{Final Fantasy VII}} has Professor Hojo referring to the game's BigBad, Sephiroth, as his greatest creation.

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** {{Final {{VideoGame/Final Fantasy VII}} has Professor Hojo referring to the game's BigBad, Sephiroth, as his greatest creation.



** {{Mega Man X}}: Dr. Light considers X to be his magnum opus, the first robot with true artificial intelligence. He admits that X is so advanced, he will not live to see him perfected.
*** {{Mega Man X5}} follows up with Dr. Wily somehow meeting with Sigma (the game never specifies if in some capsule form, like Dr. Light); Sigma and the mad doctor worked together to make Wily's post-Morten masterpiece, the Gamma Sigma body (modeled after the Gamma "Peacekeeping Robot" in {{Mega Man 3}}).

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** {{Mega {{VideoGame/Mega Man X}}: Dr. Light considers X to be his magnum opus, the first robot with true artificial intelligence. He admits that X is so advanced, he will not live to see him perfected.
*** {{Mega {{VideoGame/Mega Man X5}} follows up with Dr. Wily somehow meeting with Sigma (the game never specifies if in some capsule form, like Dr. Light); Sigma and the mad doctor worked together to make Wily's post-Morten masterpiece, the Gamma Sigma body (modeled after the Gamma "Peacekeeping Robot" in {{Mega {{VideoGame/Mega Man 3}}).
18th Jul '17 6:20:57 PM Elranzer
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* In ''Film/WalkHard'', Dewey Cox spends much of his musical career and, indeed, much of his life working on his magnum opus "Beautiful Ride," a song that encompasses an entire lifetime of ups and downs and which is so grand in scope that at various points in its creation it requires a veritable army of singers, musicians, and [[UpToEleven barnyard animals]] to perform it. Indeed, it is ''such'' a crowning achievement in Cox's life that, after its first and only live performance, [[ParodiedTrope he drops dead, his life's work complete]].'
* {{Hellraiser Bloodline}} shows toymaker Philip LeMarchand, the creator of the "Lament Configuration" (the puzzle box which summons the cenobites), calling it his masterpiece and life's work. His wife accuses it of "not doing much of anything all"... she was [[Franchise/{{Hellraiser}} wrong]].

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* In ''Film/WalkHard'', Dewey Cox spends much of his musical career and, indeed, much of his life working on his magnum opus "Beautiful Ride," a song that encompasses an entire lifetime of ups and downs and which is so grand in scope that at various points in its creation it requires a veritable army of singers, musicians, and [[UpToEleven barnyard animals]] to perform it. Indeed, it is ''such'' a crowning achievement in Cox's life that, after its first and only live performance, [[ParodiedTrope he drops dead, his life's work complete]].'
complete]].
* {{Hellraiser Bloodline}} shows toymaker Philip LeMarchand, Le Marchand, the creator of the "Lament Configuration" (the puzzle box which summons the cenobites), calling it his masterpiece and life's work. His wife accuses it of "not doing much of anything all"... she was [[Franchise/{{Hellraiser}} wrong]].wrong]].
* {{Birdman}} has Michael Keaton's Roggan Thompson character give the performance of his life... literally; he [[spoiler: attempts suicide for real during the act to make the performance his most convincing and dramatic]].



* Final Fantasy series
** {{Final Fantasy VII}} has Professor Hojo referring to the game's BigBad, Sephiroth, as his greatest creation.




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*** {{Mega Man X5}} follows up with Dr. Wily somehow meeting with Sigma (the game never specifies if in some capsule form, like Dr. Light); Sigma and the mad doctor worked together to make Wily's post-Morten masterpiece, the Gamma Sigma body (modeled after the Gamma "Peacekeeping Robot" in {{Mega Man 3}}).
*** In general, Zero could be considered Dr. Wily's real magnum opus, as he is a similar AI being as X, although Wily's version contained an AI-override "virus" which later merged with the AI of series villain Sigma, to create the Sigma Virus.
18th Jul '17 6:00:05 PM Elranzer
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* {{Hellraiser Bloodline}} shows toymaker Philip LeMarchand, the creator of the "Lament Configuration" (the puzzle box which summons the cenobites), calling it his masterpiece and life's work. His wife accuses it of "not doing much of anything all"... she was [[Franchise/{{Hellraiser}} wrong]].


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* Mega Man series
** {{Mega Man X}}: Dr. Light considers X to be his magnum opus, the first robot with true artificial intelligence. He admits that X is so advanced, he will not live to see him perfected.

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4th Jun '17 12:04:39 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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"Until that new guy ruined it..."
4th Jun '17 12:01:40 PM wrenchhammer
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"Until that new guy ruined it..."
28th Apr '17 7:53:24 PM Eievie
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->"Plaything? I should say not. It is my egg sac, my ''magnum opus''."\\
"I don't know what a 'magnum opus' is," said Wilbur.\\
"That's Latin," explained Charlotte. "It means 'great work.' This egg sac is my great work the finest thing I have ever made."

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->"Plaything? ->'''Charlotte''': Plaything? I should say not. It is my egg sac, my ''magnum opus''."\\
"I don't know what a 'magnum opus' is," said Wilbur.
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"That's Latin," explained Charlotte. "It '''Wilbur''': I don't know what a "magnum opus" is.\\
'''Charlotte''': That's Latin. It
means 'great "great work.' " This egg sac is my great work the work--the finest thing I have ever made."



The term "magnum opus" is Latin for "great work," and is usually used to refer to a work of particularly great ambition, scope, and scale and exceptional quality considered to be the creator's greatest and most renowned work. It is a pinnacle of creative achievement that every artist dreams of reaching and few ever do.

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The term "magnum opus" ''magnum opus'' is Latin for "great work," and is usually used to refer to a work of particularly great ambition, scope, and scale and exceptional quality considered to be the creator's greatest and most renowned work. It is a pinnacle of creative achievement that every artist dreams of reaching and few ever do.



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21st Jun '16 3:23:38 AM TheBuddy26
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21st Jun '16 3:23:25 AM TheBuddy26
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