1 Days Left to Support a Troper-Created Project : Personal Space (discuss)

History Main / PluckyMiddie

31st Jan '16 8:59:58 AM Morgenthaler
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''MasterAndCommanderTheFarSideOfTheWorld'' featured plucky Midshipmen Blakeney and Calamy, who look to be about twelve and fourteen years old, respectively (and the former serving as the trope picture). During the climactic battle, Blakeney is actually in command of the ship at one point and leads a boarding party of adult sailors in a boarding action. Calamy is given the mission of freeing prisoners, gets a HeroicSacrifice moment, and is promoted to Lieutenant posthumously. (He died an acting third lieutenant, and his status at death would have been recorded as such on the ship's muster.) Subverted with Hollom, who is nearly thirty and has no hope of further advancement due to his incompetence and lack of leadership qualities.

to:

* ''MasterAndCommanderTheFarSideOfTheWorld'' ''Film/MasterAndCommanderTheFarSideOfTheWorld'' featured plucky Midshipmen Blakeney and Calamy, who look to be about twelve and fourteen years old, respectively (and the former serving as the trope picture). During the climactic battle, Blakeney is actually in command of the ship at one point and leads a boarding party of adult sailors in a boarding action. Calamy is given the mission of freeing prisoners, gets a HeroicSacrifice moment, and is promoted to Lieutenant posthumously. (He died an acting third lieutenant, and his status at death would have been recorded as such on the ship's muster.) Subverted with Hollom, who is nearly thirty and has no hope of further advancement due to his incompetence and lack of leadership qualities.
12th Oct '15 9:44:58 PM sgamer82
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The {{Safehold}} series takes place in a setting where Weber can use the original version of this trope. Midshipman Aplyn is eleven years old at the Battle of Darcos Sound.

to:

* The {{Safehold}} ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' series takes place in a setting where Weber can use the original version of this trope. Midshipman Aplyn is eleven years old at the Battle of Darcos Sound.
20th Sep '15 5:31:16 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Arguably the TropeMaker: "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casabianca_(poem) Casabianca]]", a.k.a. "The Boy Stood on the Burning Deck". SchoolStudyMedia for generations, to the point of becoming a StockParody. The poem is about the young (no older than 13)-year-old Giocante Casabianca, son of Louis de Casabianca, commander of the [[GaulsWithGrenades French ship]] ''Orient'', who refused to abandon his post without his father's orders even as the ''Orient'' burned in the [[NapoleonicWars Battle of the Nile]], and then died when the magazine exploded. This had [[WorthyOpponent such an effect on the enemy British]] that they didn't forget it for ''years''--the poem was written in 1826, an entire generation later.

to:

* Arguably the TropeMaker: "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casabianca_(poem) Casabianca]]", a.k.a. "The Boy Stood on the Burning Deck". SchoolStudyMedia for generations, to the point of becoming a StockParody. The poem is about the young (no older than 13)-year-old Giocante Casabianca, son of Louis de Casabianca, commander of the [[GaulsWithGrenades French ship]] ''Orient'', who refused to abandon his post without his father's orders even as the ''Orient'' burned in the [[NapoleonicWars [[UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars Battle of the Nile]], and then died when the magazine exploded. This had [[WorthyOpponent such an effect on the enemy British]] that they didn't forget it for ''years''--the poem was written in 1826, an entire generation later.
30th Jul '15 5:42:31 AM Jake
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* [[BritsWithBattleships The Royal Navy]] still has a midshipman rank, but most of their training takes place at the lower rank of "Officer Cadet" and is a bit less on-the-job; in practice, "middies" are more the EnsignNewbie. Literally, in fact; there's no longer an "ensign" rank between Midshipman and Sub-Lieutenant. The ''de facto'' minimum age of enlistment is also now 18 years of age, because all Officer Cadets are expected to have completed their A-Levels.
6th Apr '15 10:53:50 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''DoctorWho'' has "Midshipman Alonzo Frame" in "Voyage of the Damned."

to:

* ''DoctorWho'' ''Series/DoctorWho'' has "Midshipman Alonzo Frame" in "Voyage of the Damned."
19th Dec '14 4:21:34 PM Lullabee
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

They seem to be quite prone to dying tragically, often to provide CollateralAngst for other characters over their untimely deaths.
11th Dec '14 2:54:51 PM margdean56
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Arguably the TropeMaker: "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casabianca_(poem) Casabianca]]", a.k.a. "The Boy Stood on the Burning Deck". SchoolStudyMedia for generations, to the point of becoming a StockParody. The poem is about the young (no older than 13)-year-old Giocante Casabianca, son of Louis de Casabianca, commander of the [[GaulsWithGrenades French ship]] ''Orient'', who refused to abandon his post without his father's orders even as the ''Orient'' burned in the [[NapoleonicWars Battle of the Nile]], and then died when the magazine explodes. This had [[WorthyOpponent such an effect on the enemy British]] that they didn't forget it for ''years''--the poem was written in 1826, an entire generation later.

to:

* Arguably the TropeMaker: "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casabianca_(poem) Casabianca]]", a.k.a. "The Boy Stood on the Burning Deck". SchoolStudyMedia for generations, to the point of becoming a StockParody. The poem is about the young (no older than 13)-year-old Giocante Casabianca, son of Louis de Casabianca, commander of the [[GaulsWithGrenades French ship]] ''Orient'', who refused to abandon his post without his father's orders even as the ''Orient'' burned in the [[NapoleonicWars Battle of the Nile]], and then died when the magazine explodes.exploded. This had [[WorthyOpponent such an effect on the enemy British]] that they didn't forget it for ''years''--the poem was written in 1826, an entire generation later.
11th Dec '14 2:53:03 PM margdean56
Is there an issue? Send a Message


During the days of "WoodenShipsAndIronMen", midshipmen were apprentice officers. Most midshipmen started their naval careers at the age of 11 or 12, working on various ships while they learned seamanship, navigation, and the other skills an officer would need to lead a ship full of men. Most were the younger children of the landed gentry. In terms of authority, Midshipmen were considered the lowest ranking of all the officers on a ship, but regardless of age were treated ''as officers'' by the rest of the crew with all the responsibilities and authority that comes with it. (Ordinary seamen, on the other hand, might be as young as 7 or 9 depending on what sort of job they entered- although not necessarily, as a man could enter the service as a seaman at any age.)

to:

During the days of "WoodenShipsAndIronMen", midshipmen were apprentice officers. Most midshipmen started their naval careers at the age of 11 or 12, working on various ships while they learned seamanship, navigation, and the other skills an officer would need to lead a ship full of men. Most were the younger children of the landed gentry. In terms of authority, Midshipmen were considered the lowest ranking of all the officers on a ship, but regardless of age were treated ''as officers'' by the rest of the crew with all the responsibilities and authority that comes with it. (Ordinary seamen, on the other hand, might be as young as 7 or 9 depending on what sort of job they entered- although entered--although not necessarily, as a man could enter the service as a seaman at any age.)
28th Jun '14 9:30:13 PM Snow
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Several famous naval officers had once been this, naturally enough.

to:

* Several famous naval officers had once been this, naturally enough.enough, such as future admiral Horatio Nelson.
15th Jun '14 6:33:59 AM Nroque18
Is there an issue? Send a Message



to:

* There are a couple throughout out the {{Literature/Kydd}} series, including Bowden, who later goes on to be signal midshipman at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Trafalgar Trafalgar]], and [[spoiler:Luke Calloway]], who's promoted from before the mast.
This list shows the last 10 events of 85. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.PluckyMiddie