History Manga / VinlandSaga

4th Dec '17 1:25:55 AM ImperiumAstarte
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* CurbStompBattle: Happens on occasion, usually as a result of the wrong {{mook}} picking a fight with a named character. An army-based one is the centrepiece [[spoiler:of the second arc, pitting farmhands against professional warriors.]]

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* CurbStompBattle: Happens on occasion, usually as a result of the wrong {{mook}} picking a fight with a named character. An army-based one is the centrepiece [[spoiler:of the second arc, pitting farmhands [[RedshirtArmy farmhands]] against [[BadassArmy professional warriors.warriors]].]]
16th Sep '17 3:28:15 PM Lyendith
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As we follow Thorfinn around, the story expands to the Danes' pacification of England of the early eleventh century and the rise to power of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canute_the_Great King Canute]]. [[ProlongedPrologue The first 8 volumes center on Thorfinn as a revenge-obsessed teenager]], before a TimeSkip into his life as a young adult.

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As we follow Thorfinn around, the story expands to the Danes' pacification of England of the early eleventh century and the rise to power of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canute_the_Great King Canute]]. [[ProlongedPrologue The first 8 volumes center on Thorfinn as a revenge-obsessed teenager]], before a TimeSkip into his life as a young adult.
adult facing a different kind of struggle.
16th Sep '17 3:26:33 PM Lyendith
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As we follow Thorfinn around, the story expands to the Danes' pacification of England of the early eleventh century and the rise to power of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canute_the_Great King Canute]].

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As we follow Thorfinn around, the story expands to the Danes' pacification of England of the early eleventh century and the rise to power of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canute_the_Great King Canute]].
Canute]]. [[ProlongedPrologue The first 8 volumes center on Thorfinn as a revenge-obsessed teenager]], before a TimeSkip into his life as a young adult.
28th Aug '17 6:05:59 PM AzureReality
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** Due to his character developement, Thorfinn becomes a much kinder and compassionate person who sheds [[TenderTears tears]] [[TearsOfRemorse for others]].
1st Aug '17 2:52:05 PM Grudgeal
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* ARealManIsAKiller: Ketil's housecarls eventually convince Orman into believing in this trope. It's deconstructed: Not only is his attempts to cut down slaves 'to become a man' a miserable failure he can't go through on, [[spoiler:but when he actually ends up killing a man in a fixed duel he becomes horrified.]]

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* ARealManIsAKiller: Ketil's housecarls 'guests' eventually convince Orman Olmar into believing in this trope. It's deconstructed: Not only is his attempts to cut down slaves 'to become a man' a miserable failure he can't go through on, [[spoiler:but when he actually ends up killing a man in a fixed duel he becomes horrified.horrified, beginning his CharacterDevelopment.]]



** Orman has the behavior of JapaneseDelinquents (tough-guy act, ridiculous hair which he spends a lot of time on...) in medieval Europe. Chalk it up to RuleOfFunny.

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** Orman has the behavior of Olmar and Garm act like JapaneseDelinquents (tough-guy act, (including ridiculous hair which he spends they must spend a lot of time on...) in medieval Europe. Chalk it up to RuleOfFunny.



* AntiHero: The only hero in the entire story is Thors, and he's been dead for over a decade when the plot starts.

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* AntiHero: The only hero in Thorfinn, the entire story is Thors, main character, who spends the first arc as bloodthirsty and he's been dead vengeance-driven and motivated by a personal vendetta. [[spoiler:Later chapters sees him grow out of the role into a genuinely heroic figure seeking to atone for over a decade when the plot starts.his violent past.]]



* AxeCrazy: Literally and in the trope sense with Thorkell, who dual-wields dane axes. It helps that he's seven feet tall.



* BastardBastard: Askeladd

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* BastardBastard: AskeladdAskeladd.



** Thorfinn later delivers a boast to a group of armed and armoured vikings who are trying to kill him while he's alone, surrounded and unarmed, telling them that all their fancy weapons and armour doesn't make them strong -- ''it just makes the vikings too slow to hit him''. He then goes on to prove it.



* BattleButler: Bjorn serves as Askeladd's right hand man.
* BeardOfSorrow: Thorfinn [[spoiler: after the death of Askelladd, his motivation in life has been taken from him, his usual cold composure and social detachment becomes even more pronounced, though he loses his battle ferocity and becomes (more) silent, docile, and generally bored of life, and he eventually becomes a slave. And the worst part is that he is not old enough to grow a full beard.]])

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* BattleButler: Bjorn serves as Askeladd's right hand man.
* BeardOfSorrow: Thorfinn [[spoiler: after obtains one in arc 2 [[spoiler:after the death of Askelladd, his motivation in life has been taken from him, his usual cold composure and social detachment becomes even more pronounced, though he loses his battle ferocity and becomes (more) silent, docile, and generally bored of life, and he eventually becomes a slave.Askeladd. And the worst part is that he is not old enough to grow a full beard.]])



* BoisterousWeakling: Orman, through and through. Though ironically he is much less boisterous since [[spoiler: he actually killed a man for the first time.]]

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* BoisterousWeakling: Orman, Olmar, through and through. Though ironically he is much less boisterous since [[spoiler: he actually killed a man for the first time.]]



* CurbStompBattle: Happens on occasion, usually as a result of the wrong {{mook}} picking a fight with a named character. An army-based one is the centrepiece [[spoiler:of the second arc, pitting farmhands against professional warriors.]]



** The topic of CycleOfRevenge and RevengeBeforeReason is brought up multiple times and seen as natural: In the viking age, having family members killed ''required'' you to seek revenge by slaying the killer or their family back. Thors [[spoiler:and later, Thorfinn]]) are considered oddballs for their intent on breaking this mode of thinking.



* TheDragon: Bjorn serves as Askeladd's right hand man.



** Prince Canute cleaves very close to Griffith in [[VisionaryVillain character]], [[LongHairedPrettyBoy appearance]], and [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans ambition]]. This also makes him a CharClone.

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** Prince Canute Canute, [[spoiler:once he becomes king]], cleaves very close to Griffith in [[VisionaryVillain character]], [[LongHairedPrettyBoy appearance]], and [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans ambition]]. This also makes him a CharClone. [[spoiler:Again, the two end up diverging pretty rapidly.]]



* {{Fingore}}: Thorfinn cuts off two of Throkell's fingers, Askeladd clips off fingers of an English officer to make him talk and whenever there's a battle, there are severed hands and fingers flying in the background.

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* {{Fingore}}: Thorfinn cuts the first joints off two of Throkell's fingers, Thorkell's fingers. Askeladd clips off fingers of an English officer to make him talk and whenever there's a battle, there are severed hands and fingers flying in the background.



* GenreDeconstruction: To anyone who's actually read them, it's easy to see how ''Vinland Saga'' series deconstructs the classical [[Literature/TheIcelandicSagas Icelandic Sagas]] by looking at the values of the time through a modern lens. Things that would be described as laudable or commonplace in the sagas are here seen as moral evils, pacifism, humility, humanism and the ability to break a CycleOfRevenge are decried by the setting's society even though it's shown as the "right" thing to do, people aren't always [[GenerationXerox fated to follow in their parents' footsteps]] and that's a good thing, and people who act like the stereotypical saga hero are usually seen as villainous or highly destructive. Though given the [[KillEmAll fate of your average saga hero]], ''Vinland Saga'' isn't threading new ground on the latter part.

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* GenreDeconstruction: To anyone who's actually read them, it's easy to see how ''Vinland Saga'' series deconstructs the classical [[Literature/TheIcelandicSagas Icelandic Sagas]] by looking at the values of the time through a modern lens. Things that would be described as laudable or commonplace in the sagas are here seen as moral evils, pacifism, evils. Pacifism, humility, humanism and the ability to break a CycleOfRevenge are decried by the setting's society even though it's shown as the "right" thing to do, people aren't always [[GenerationXerox fated to follow in their parents' footsteps]] and that's a good thing, and people who act like the stereotypical saga hero are usually seen as villainous or highly destructive. Though given the [[KillEmAll fate of your average saga hero]], ''Vinland Saga'' isn't threading new ground on the latter part.



* GreyAndGrayMorality: This is the dark ages, the real dark ages. No one is a clear cut hero or villain.

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* GreyAndGrayMorality: This is the dark ages, the real dark ages. No one is a clear cut hero or villain.villain. [[spoiler:While Thorfinn is currently making his best effort to be good, he recognizes that he has already caused enough pain and suffering for three lifetimes and he still feels the urges to go back to violence and killing.]]
9th Jul '17 9:15:04 AM Grudgeal
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* SparedByTheAdaptation: The Jomsvikings are shown to still be a formidable force in the Baltics even though the manga is set fifteen years after the Battle of Hjorunga Bay, where the brotherhood was destroyed according to ''Literature/TheSagaOfTheJomsvikings''.
5th Jul '17 9:43:23 AM Grudgeal
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** And at the end of the [[spoiler:Prologue]] Act, [[spoiler:Askeladd and almost all of his army are dead]].
5th Jul '17 8:44:49 AM Grudgeal
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* KillingIntent: Very common when named characters get involved and it gets personal. Thorfinn practically ''radiates'' killing intent constantly while around Askeladd, and in one memorable example Thorkell's killing intent [[https://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/vsbattles/images/4/42/Thorkell.jpg gets visualized thusly]], causing his opponent to have a HeroicBSOD.



** Halfdan uses fear.



** Ketil uses love, [[spoiler: use fear to foil Canute's plan to forcibly take his farm.]]

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** Ketil uses love, [[spoiler: use [[spoiler:then fear to foil Canute's plan to forcibly take his farm.]]
16th Jun '17 1:26:50 PM r31ya
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** [[spoiler:Thorfinn is son of Helga, Daugther of Jomsviking leader and Thors, Jomsviking captain. He has the bloodline that qualify him to compete for Jomviking leadership and this fact later revisited when Thorkell try to promote him into the leadership.]]

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** [[spoiler:Thorfinn is son of Helga, Daugther of Jomsviking leader and Thors, Jomsviking captain. He has the bloodline that qualify him to compete for Jomviking leadership and leadership, he didn't think much of it until this fact later revisited when Thorkell try to promote him into the leadership.]]
16th Jun '17 10:32:43 AM r31ya
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** [[spoiler:Thorfinn is son of Helga, Daugther of Jomviking leader and Thors, Jomviking captain. He has the bloodline that qualify him to compete for Jomviking leadership and this fact later revisited when Thorkell try to promote him into the leadership.]]

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** [[spoiler:Thorfinn is son of Helga, Daugther of Jomviking Jomsviking leader and Thors, Jomviking Jomsviking captain. He has the bloodline that qualify him to compete for Jomviking leadership and this fact later revisited when Thorkell try to promote him into the leadership.]]
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