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''NoliMeTangere'' is a novel by Filipino author and national hero Jose Rizal, written in Spanish and published in 1887, which details the situation of the Philippines during the last part of Spanish rule.

Juan Crisostomo Ibarra, the son of a wealthy Creole landlord, has returned to the Spanish-controlled Philippines after seven years of studying in Europe. After realizing not much has changed thanks to TheGovernment and learning that his wealthy father died in jail for being labeled a heretic, he is understandably upset.

Nevertheless, revenge on the person who got his father that fate is not in Ibarra's plans, and all he wants to do is to settle down with his beautiful childhood fiancee Maria Clara and to finance a schoolhouse for the less fortunate with his father's money. Unfortunately, things most definitely do not work out as planned, and a RantInducingSlight at the opening luncheon for the aforementioned school sets in motion a chain of events that will change Ibarra, and subsequently the country, forever.

It has a sequel, ''Literature/ElFilibusterismo'', which is set thirteen years later.

Not to be confused with the BoysLove {{Eroge}} of the same name.
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!This novel contains the following tropes:

* AllegoricalCharacter: every character is an allegory of the status of the country.
* AuthorAvatar: Rizal is both Ibarra and Elias.
** San Diego, the town where the story is set, is very much inspired after Calamba, Laguna, the author's hometown.
* AuthorFilibuster: Philosopher Tacio often serves as the mouthpiece of Rizal's beliefs and ideals. Though it never goes into an AuthorTract or become outright {{Anvilicious}}.
* ArrangedMarriage: Maria Clara to [[spoiler: Linares]].
** Originally, Ibarra is Maria Clara's ''fiance'', but Father Damaso meddled with their arrangement and chose Linares instead for Maria Clara.
* BannedInChina: Being labeled as subversive, the book was banned in the colonial Philippines. The CorruptChurch at that time did everything in their power to suppress it's publication and distribution. [[StreisandEffect Naturally, the ban made more Filipinos much more interested about the book.]] [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Nice job fixing it, Clergymen!]]
** Subverted in the current times, as the book and its sequel are required reading for High School students, and a course about the Author's life and works is a prerequisite in College.
* BigDamnHeroes: Ibarra, during a fishing trip in the lake, saved the boatman from being devoured by a crocodile. The boatman turns out to be Elias, and he returns the favor by saving Ibarra's life many, many times.
* BilingualBonus: The title is Latin for "Touch me not."
* BreakTheCutie: Maria Clara. Sisa, and [[spoiler: Ibarra, who, in ''Literature/ElFilibusterismo'', has become quite the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynic]].]]
* ChekhovsGun: Ibarra's letter of farewell to Maria Clara just before he studied abroad 7 years ago is the same letter used to convict him.
* ChekhovsGunman: Various characters. An example would be the boatman Ibarra saves from a crocodile during the lake trip who turns out to be Elias, and the lady whose gown Lieutenant Guevarra steps on in the 1st chapter turns out to be Donya Victorina 42 chapters later.
* CorruptChurch: One of the issues raised by the book. Father Damaso is a bully, while Father Salvi is a CovertPervert secretly harboring lust for Maria Clara.
* CrapsackWorld: At least if you're Filipino.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler: Ibarra.]]
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Ibarra's on the run, Elias is dead, Maria Clara, who thinks Ibarra is dead, chooses to enter the convent and stay there for the rest of her life.]]
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Basilio has a dream that [[spoiler: Crispin]] is being beaten by the Sacristan Mayor and Father Salvi.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:An apparent FaceHeelTurn is done by Ibarra when he comes back as Simoun in ''Literature/ElFilibusterismo''.]]
* FallenHero: [[spoiler:Crisostomo Ibarra becomes Simoun in ''Literature/ElFilibusterismo''.]]
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: [[spoiler: Sisa, after learning about her son Crispin's fate.]]
* GreenEyedMonster: Ibarra after seeing Maria Clara with Linares. [[spoiler: Also, Padre Salvi towards Ibarra.]]
* TheHeretic: [[spoiler: According to Father Damaso, Don Rafael.]]
* HenpeckedHusband: Don Tiburcio.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Elias.]]
* InferredSurvival: [[spoiler: Ibarra.]]
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Elias is implied to also be in love with Maria Clara. Nevertheless, he lets her and Ibarra be together.
* JadeColoredGlasses
* KarmaHoudini: Everyone who isn't Ibarra, Maria Clara, Elias, Tacio, Sisa or Basilio.
* LawOfInverseFertility: Capitan Tiago and his wife Pia (Maria Clara's mother) badly wanted a child and attended all sorts of rituals and congregations to be able to conceivse, despite being unable to for many years. Subverted, since in the end they do get their daughter and end up with Maria Clara. [[spoiler: Double subverted as it turns out Maria Clara is a child born of rape, and that her real father is Father Damaso (Capitan Tiago was infertile)]].
* LimitedWardrobe: While well-off and can afford a variety of clothes, Captian Tiago's prefers to stick to his standard outfit of a frock coat, khaki trousers, a bowler hat and a cane.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: Father Damaso]] is Maria Clara's real father.
* MarketBasedTitle: The English translation was called ''The Social Cancer''.
* [[MissingEpisode Missing Chapter]]: Chapter 25 of the novel (entitled Elias and Salome) was discarded by Rizal for being deemed irrelevant to the story. The manuscript was later found and is now being included in more recent copies of the novel.
* NoNameGiven: The Governor-General.
** The "Yellow Man" who orchestrated Ibarra's assasination (by [[DroppedABridgeOnHim having the cornerstone of the schoolhouse buiding he was financing fall on him]]) under orders by Father Damaso no less.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler: Ibarra.]]
* ParentalMarriageVeto: [[spoiler: The reason why Father Damaso is so adamant against Ibarra and Maria Clara's {{Arranged Marriage}} is not because he is Maria Clara's godfather, rather, he's her actual ''father''.]]
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: An incredible subversion. Maria Clara and Ibarra are not betrothed at first, but after their parents saw how much they love each other, they decided to have them in an ArrangedMarriage.
* TheQuisling: Donya Victorina, who also doubles as a SmallNameBigEgo.
* RantInducingSlight: After taking all the insults, [[spoiler: Ibarra]] finally snapped at a luncheon resulting in a knife at [[spoiler: Father Damaso's]] throat when the latter began to bad-mouth [[spoiler: Ibarra's father.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler: Elias nearly kills Ibarra for being related to the Spaniard who ruined his entire clan.]] He snaps out of it, however.
* TheOphelia: Sisa, after [[spoiler: Crispin's death]].
* ParentalSubstitute: Since her mother died by DeathByChildbirth, Maria Clara was raised by her MaidenAunt Tia Isabel.
* ProperLady: Maria Clara is written and promoted as such.
* StarCrossedLovers: Ibarra and Maria Clara.
* SequelHook: [[spoiler: The uncertainty of Ibarra's fate.]] It did.
* TheUglyGuysHotDaughter: The beautiful Maria Clara is Capitan Tiago's daughter. [[spoiler: Subverted since it turns out she isn't really his daughter.]]
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: Ibarra and Maria Clara are[[spoiler: [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend /would have been]]]] this for each other.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: People are still puzzled by the symbols on the cover.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue
* WideEyedIdealist: Ibarra. [[spoiler: Until the next book, that is...]]

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''NoliMeTangere'' is a novel by Filipino author and national hero Jose Rizal, written in Spanish and published in 1887, which details the situation of the Philippines during the last part of Spanish rule.

Juan Crisostomo Ibarra, the son of a wealthy Creole landlord, has returned to the Spanish-controlled Philippines after seven years of studying in Europe. After realizing not much has changed thanks to TheGovernment and learning that his wealthy father died in jail for being labeled a heretic, he is understandably upset.

Nevertheless, revenge on the person who got his father that fate is not in Ibarra's plans, and all he wants to do is to settle down with his beautiful childhood fiancee Maria Clara and to finance a schoolhouse for the less fortunate with his father's money. Unfortunately, things most definitely do not work out as planned, and a RantInducingSlight at the opening luncheon for the aforementioned school sets in motion a chain of events that will change Ibarra, and subsequently the country, forever.

It has a sequel, ''Literature/ElFilibusterismo'', which is set thirteen years later.

Not to be confused with the BoysLove {{Eroge}} of the same name.
----
!This novel contains the following tropes:

* AllegoricalCharacter: every character is an allegory of the status of the country.
* AuthorAvatar: Rizal is both Ibarra and Elias.
** San Diego, the town where the story is set, is very much inspired after Calamba, Laguna, the author's hometown.
* AuthorFilibuster: Philosopher Tacio often serves as the mouthpiece of Rizal's beliefs and ideals. Though it never goes into an AuthorTract or become outright {{Anvilicious}}.
* ArrangedMarriage: Maria Clara to [[spoiler: Linares]].
** Originally, Ibarra is Maria Clara's ''fiance'', but Father Damaso meddled with their arrangement and chose Linares instead for Maria Clara.
* BannedInChina: Being labeled as subversive, the book was banned in the colonial Philippines. The CorruptChurch at that time did everything in their power to suppress it's publication and distribution. [[StreisandEffect Naturally, the ban made more Filipinos much more interested about the book.]] [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Nice job fixing it, Clergymen!]]
** Subverted in the current times, as the book and its sequel are required reading for High School students, and a course about the Author's life and works is a prerequisite in College.
* BigDamnHeroes: Ibarra, during a fishing trip in the lake, saved the boatman from being devoured by a crocodile. The boatman turns out to be Elias, and he returns the favor by saving Ibarra's life many, many times.
* BilingualBonus: The title is Latin for "Touch me not."
* BreakTheCutie: Maria Clara. Sisa, and [[spoiler: Ibarra, who, in ''Literature/ElFilibusterismo'', has become quite the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynic]].]]
* ChekhovsGun: Ibarra's letter of farewell to Maria Clara just before he studied abroad 7 years ago is the same letter used to convict him.
* ChekhovsGunman: Various characters. An example would be the boatman Ibarra saves from a crocodile during the lake trip who turns out to be Elias, and the lady whose gown Lieutenant Guevarra steps on in the 1st chapter turns out to be Donya Victorina 42 chapters later.
* CorruptChurch: One of the issues raised by the book. Father Damaso is a bully, while Father Salvi is a CovertPervert secretly harboring lust for Maria Clara.
* CrapsackWorld: At least if you're Filipino.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler: Ibarra.]]
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Ibarra's on the run, Elias is dead, Maria Clara, who thinks Ibarra is dead, chooses to enter the convent and stay there for the rest of her life.]]
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Basilio has a dream that [[spoiler: Crispin]] is being beaten by the Sacristan Mayor and Father Salvi.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:An apparent FaceHeelTurn is done by Ibarra when he comes back as Simoun in ''Literature/ElFilibusterismo''.]]
* FallenHero: [[spoiler:Crisostomo Ibarra becomes Simoun in ''Literature/ElFilibusterismo''.]]
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: [[spoiler: Sisa, after learning about her son Crispin's fate.]]
* GreenEyedMonster: Ibarra after seeing Maria Clara with Linares. [[spoiler: Also, Padre Salvi towards Ibarra.]]
* TheHeretic: [[spoiler: According to Father Damaso, Don Rafael.]]
* HenpeckedHusband: Don Tiburcio.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Elias.]]
* InferredSurvival: [[spoiler: Ibarra.]]
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Elias is implied to also be in love with Maria Clara. Nevertheless, he lets her and Ibarra be together.
* JadeColoredGlasses
* KarmaHoudini: Everyone who isn't Ibarra, Maria Clara, Elias, Tacio, Sisa or Basilio.
* LawOfInverseFertility: Capitan Tiago and his wife Pia (Maria Clara's mother) badly wanted a child and attended all sorts of rituals and congregations to be able to conceivse, despite being unable to for many years. Subverted, since in the end they do get their daughter and end up with Maria Clara. [[spoiler: Double subverted as it turns out Maria Clara is a child born of rape, and that her real father is Father Damaso (Capitan Tiago was infertile)]].
* LimitedWardrobe: While well-off and can afford a variety of clothes, Captian Tiago's prefers to stick to his standard outfit of a frock coat, khaki trousers, a bowler hat and a cane.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: Father Damaso]] is Maria Clara's real father.
* MarketBasedTitle: The English translation was called ''The Social Cancer''.
* [[MissingEpisode Missing Chapter]]: Chapter 25 of the novel (entitled Elias and Salome) was discarded by Rizal for being deemed irrelevant to the story. The manuscript was later found and is now being included in more recent copies of the novel.
* NoNameGiven: The Governor-General.
** The "Yellow Man" who orchestrated Ibarra's assasination (by [[DroppedABridgeOnHim having the cornerstone of the schoolhouse buiding he was financing fall on him]]) under orders by Father Damaso no less.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler: Ibarra.]]
* ParentalMarriageVeto: [[spoiler: The reason why Father Damaso is so adamant against Ibarra and Maria Clara's {{Arranged Marriage}} is not because he is Maria Clara's godfather, rather, he's her actual ''father''.]]
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: An incredible subversion. Maria Clara and Ibarra are not betrothed at first, but after their parents saw how much they love each other, they decided to have them in an ArrangedMarriage.
* TheQuisling: Donya Victorina, who also doubles as a SmallNameBigEgo.
* RantInducingSlight: After taking all the insults, [[spoiler: Ibarra]] finally snapped at a luncheon resulting in a knife at [[spoiler: Father Damaso's]] throat when the latter began to bad-mouth [[spoiler: Ibarra's father.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler: Elias nearly kills Ibarra for being related to the Spaniard who ruined his entire clan.]] He snaps out of it, however.
* TheOphelia: Sisa, after [[spoiler: Crispin's death]].
* ParentalSubstitute: Since her mother died by DeathByChildbirth, Maria Clara was raised by her MaidenAunt Tia Isabel.
* ProperLady: Maria Clara is written and promoted as such.
* StarCrossedLovers: Ibarra and Maria Clara.
* SequelHook: [[spoiler: The uncertainty of Ibarra's fate.]] It did.
* TheUglyGuysHotDaughter: The beautiful Maria Clara is Capitan Tiago's daughter. [[spoiler: Subverted since it turns out she isn't really his daughter.]]
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: Ibarra and Maria Clara are[[spoiler: [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend /would have been]]]] this for each other.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: People are still puzzled by the symbols on the cover.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue
* WideEyedIdealist: Ibarra. [[spoiler: Until the next book, that is...]]
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28th Mar '13 2:10:03 PM Xtifr
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* BreakTheCutie: Maria Clara. Sisa, and [[spoiler: Ibarra, who, in ElFilibusterismo, has become quite the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynic]].]]

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* BreakTheCutie: Maria Clara. Sisa, and [[spoiler: Ibarra, who, in ElFilibusterismo, ''Literature/ElFilibusterismo'', has become quite the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynic]].]]



* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:An apparent FaceHeelTurn is done by Ibarra when he comes back as Simoun in ''ElFilibusterismo''.]]
* FallenHero: [[spoiler:Crisostomo Ibarra becomes Simoun in ''ElFilibusterismo''.]]

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* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:An apparent FaceHeelTurn is done by Ibarra when he comes back as Simoun in ''ElFilibusterismo''.''Literature/ElFilibusterismo''.]]
* FallenHero: [[spoiler:Crisostomo Ibarra becomes Simoun in ''ElFilibusterismo''.''Literature/ElFilibusterismo''.]]
28th Mar '13 2:09:05 PM Xtifr
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It has a sequel, ''ElFilibusterismo'', which is set thirteen years later.

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It has a sequel, ''ElFilibusterismo'', ''Literature/ElFilibusterismo'', which is set thirteen years later.
26th Mar '13 10:09:24 AM SumGai
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* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: Ibarra and Maria Clara.
4th Mar '13 2:00:56 PM MacronNotes
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* [[DeadLittleSister Dead Fraternal Twin]]: Elias has a female twin who died before the course of the novel.
19th Feb '13 11:11:25 PM sayaleviathan
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* BreakTheCutie: Maria Clara. Sisa, and [[spoiler: Ibarra in ElFilibusterismo has become quite the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynic]].]]

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* BreakTheCutie: Maria Clara. Sisa, and [[spoiler: Ibarra Ibarra, who, in ElFilibusterismo ElFilibusterismo, has become quite the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynic]].]]



* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Ibarra's on the run, Elias is dead, Maria Clara thinks Ibarra is dead, and so on.]]

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Ibarra's on the run, Elias is dead, Maria Clara Clara, who thinks Ibarra is dead, chooses to enter the convent and so on.stay there for the rest of her life.]]



* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue

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* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogueWhereAreTheyNowEpilogue
31st Jan '13 6:50:18 AM alnair20aug93
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* AllegoricalCharacter: every character is an allegory of the status of the country.



* HoYay: Ibarra and Elias. You know Elias is ''that'' devoted to Ibarra when he chooses to save him instead of avenging his family (which is basically his entire reason for living).



* MagnificentBastard: [[spoiler: [[GreenEyedMonster Father Salvi]] orchestrates the entire rebellion just to separate Ibarra and Maria Clara.]]
26th Aug '12 11:02:23 PM WillBGood
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* TheQuisling: Donya Victorina, who also doubles as a TedBaxter.

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* TheQuisling: Donya Victorina, who also doubles as a TedBaxter.SmallNameBigEgo.
30th Jul '12 7:56:30 PM Jumpingzombie
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* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: An incredible subversion. Maira Clara and Ibarra are not betrothed at first, but after their parents saw how much they love each other, they decided to have them in an ArrangedMarriage.

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* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: An incredible subversion. Maira Maria Clara and Ibarra are not betrothed at first, but after their parents saw how much they love each other, they decided to have them in an ArrangedMarriage.
23rd Jun '12 11:54:20 PM damus2300
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*CrapsackWorld: At least if you're Filipino.
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