History Series / BlackSails

1st Aug '16 6:54:36 PM Rethkir
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** In the book, Silver has lost his leg up to his hip, using a crutch to move around. In the show, he loses his foot in season two and is warned in season three that if he doesn't start using a crutch, he'll lose more of his leg.

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** In the book, Silver has lost his leg up to his hip, using a crutch to move around. In [[spoiler:In the show, he loses his foot in season two and is warned in season three that if he doesn't start using a crutch, he'll lose more of his leg.]]



* DeadGuyOnDisplay: Miranda's corpse is displayed during Flint's trial. The crowd pelts her with rotten fruit. The corpse of [[spoiler:Charles Vane]] remains hanging from the gallows in an iron cage for three days, as per the customs of the time.

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* DeadGuyOnDisplay: Miranda's [[spoiler:Miranda]]'s corpse is displayed during Flint's trial. The crowd pelts her with rotten fruit. The corpse of [[spoiler:Charles Vane]] remains hanging from the gallows in an iron cage for three days, as per the customs of the time.



** The entirety of season 2 is revealed as this for just about everybody concerned with the Urca gold plot, with John Silver manipulating events to make sure he wins out overall. However, losing his leg forced him to re-evaluate having the gold versus being the Quartermaster to a loyal crew. He even says as much to Flint when he owns up to his schemes in season 3.

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** The entirety of season 2 is revealed as this for just about everybody concerned with the Urca gold plot, with John Silver manipulating events to make sure he wins out overall. However, [[spoiler:However, losing his leg forced him to re-evaluate having the gold versus being the Quartermaster to a loyal crew. He even says as much to Flint when he owns up to his schemes in season 3.]]



** Also, [[spoiler:John Silver's leg.]]



* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: While the pirates are AntiHeroes at best, they're made a lot more sympathetic by portraying them as idealistic, freedom-loving rebels from a corrupt and authoritarian British regime.

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* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: While the pirates are AntiHeroes [[AntiHero Anti-Heroes]] at best, they're made a lot more sympathetic by portraying them as idealistic, freedom-loving rebels from a corrupt and authoritarian British regime.



* PlotArmor: As long as the series treats ''Literature/TreasureIsland'' as canon, any characters named in the book will have this until the book says otherwise.



* SeadogPegLeg: John Silver loses the lower part of his leg at the end of season 2. In season 3 he is using a metal peg leg to move about. He is warned that he should be using a crutch instead since the amputation is still too recent for him to use a peg leg. He risks reopening the wound and losing the rest of his leg.

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* SavedByCanon: As the series is a prequel to ''Literature/TreasureIsland'', any character from the novel is safe. [[spoiler: so anyone familiar with ''Literature/TreasureIsland'' won't be surprised to find that Billy Bones survived falling overboard in season 1.[[
* SeadogPegLeg: John [[spoiler:John Silver loses the lower part of his leg at the end of season 2. In season 3 he is using a metal peg leg to move about. He is warned that he should be using a crutch instead since the amputation is still too recent for him to use a peg leg. He risks reopening the wound and losing the rest of his leg.]]
19th Jun '16 7:29:45 AM Visp
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* CruelMercy: In the first season finale, Vane decides to let Rackham and Bonny live rather than have them killed for killing their own crew-mates. Instead, he'll tell everyone what they did, ensuring no one will ever sail with them again. They'll simply have to run a whorehouse, and never be pirates again.

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* CruelMercy: Claimed in-universe. In the first season finale, Vane decides not to let kill Rackham and Anne Bonny live rather than have them killed for killing their own crew-mates. Instead, he'll tell everyone what they did, ensuring no one will ever sail with them again.again, which he claims is worse than death. They'll simply have to run a whorehouse, and never be pirates again. Of course, since a safe, comfortable and lucrative career isn't quite so awful, there's a good chance he's just using it as an excuse to not kill what might be the closest thing he has to friends.



* FateWorseThanDeath: Referenced almost by name. When Captain Vane discovers that his former quartermaster's lover dragged him into a plot to kill the last remaining members of Vane's crew, he decides to let the quartermaster live. After all, everyone already knows he betrayed his sworn brothers because of a woman; the quartermaster will never sail beneath the black again, which Vane reckons will "sting worse than death."

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* FateWorseThanDeath: Referenced almost Claimed by name. When Captain Vane discovers that his former quartermaster's lover dragged him into a plot to explain why he doesn't kill Anne or Jack for killing the last remaining members of Vane's crew, he decides to let the quartermaster live. crew. After all, since everyone already knows he Jack betrayed his sworn brothers because of a woman; the quartermaster will never sail beneath the black again, which Vane reckons will "sting worse than death."" Possibly just an excuse, as Jack's the closest thing Vane has to a friend.



** Anne Bonny reportedly held her own in ship combat, but was not accounted as being otherwise special. In the show, however, she's upgraded to a badass, DualWielding killing machine.

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** Zig-Zagged with Anne Bonny Bonny. She reportedly held her own in ship combat, but was not accounted as being otherwise special. In the show, however, she's upgraded to a badass, DualWielding killing machine. On the other hand, she is rumored to have made her first kill at the age of 13, and definitely became a pirate because she wanted to, not because she was a battered child-bride rescued by Jack.
3rd Jun '16 4:54:41 PM ErikModi
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* NoHonorAmongThieves: This is a major problem for Flint and his allies in enacting their plan for Nassau. The pirate crews will cooperate only as long as it is in their best interests and will turn on Flint and each other as soon as the situation changes. In season 3, Flint's grand pirate alliance crumbles in a matter of minutes when the other pirates find out that [[spoiler:Woodes Rogers is offering a full pardon to any pirate who abandons Flint's cause]].

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* NoHonorAmongThieves: This is a major problem for Flint and his allies in enacting their plan for Nassau. The pirate crews will cooperate only as long as it is in their best interests and will turn on Flint and each other as soon as the situation changes. In season 3, Flint's grand pirate alliance crumbles in a matter of minutes when the other pirates find out that [[spoiler:Woodes Rogers is offering a full pardon to any pirate who abandons Flint's cause]].cause. Flint not being present and presumed dead didn't help matters.]]
3rd Jun '16 4:36:43 PM ErikModi
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** Which is at least half of what makes him so feared. While the more rough-and-tumble pirates may not understand or even express scorn (though not to Flint's face) at his penchant for reading, there's no doubt that Flint's intellect, intelligence, knowledge, reasoning, cunning, and ingenuity are what makes him such an effective Captain. Even the members of his crew who outright hate his guts are generally convinced that the world would be a more dangerous place for them without Flint in it.
3rd Jun '16 4:23:33 PM ErikModi
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* BoomHeadshot: A pretty surprising one takes out Miranda.

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* BoomHeadshot: A pretty surprising one takes out [[spoiler: Miranda.]]
7th May '16 8:25:33 PM NOYB
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** The Walrus having a doctor on the crew is a downplayed example, as pirate crews generally didn't bother with a medical professional, and patched themselves up. Alarmingly, if a surgery was needed, the cook would be called for as they would have the most experience with delicate knife work. However, there were the occasional medical professionals, who were very valuable in the crews that were lucky to get a hold of one, so the ''Walrus'' having a surgeon is still within the realm of possibility.

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** The Walrus having a doctor on the crew is a downplayed example, as pirate crews generally didn't bother with a medical professional, and patched themselves up. Alarmingly, if a surgery was needed, the cook would be called for as they would have the most experience with delicate knife work. However, there were the occasional medical professionals, who were very valuable in the crews that were lucky to get a hold ahold of one, so the ''Walrus'' having a surgeon is still within the realm of possibility.



** Billy Bones reintroduces the old pirates' legend of the "black spot." An older Billy receives a black spot in the book.

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** Billy Bones reintroduces the old pirates' legend of the "black spot." spot". An older Billy receives a black spot in the book.
2nd May '16 12:40:52 PM Trilandian
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* DoomedByCanon: The fates of [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Historical Domain characters]] Charles Vane, "Calico" Jack Rackham, and Anne Bonny, assuming the show stays true to history. [[note]] Vane will be arrested in 1720, and then hanged in 1721 ([[spoiler:possibly making the last episode of season 3 1721]]). Rackham and Bonny will be captured in 1720; Rackham will be hanged, but Bonny will either be hanged after she gives birth or live to die of old age in 1782 (the record isn't clear which). If Mary Read appears, she will die during childbirth in 1720.[[/note]] Averted with Ned Low, who was last heard of in 1724 rather than decapitated by Vane in episode "XI."

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* DoomedByCanon: The fates of [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Historical Domain characters]] Charles [[spoiler:Charles Vane, "Calico" Jack Rackham, and Anne Bonny, Bonny]], assuming the show stays true to history. [[note]] Vane will be arrested in 1720, and then hanged in 1721 ([[spoiler:possibly making the last episode of season 3 1721]]). Rackham and Bonny will be captured in 1720; Rackham will be hanged, but Bonny will either be hanged after she gives birth or live to die of old age in 1782 (the record isn't clear which). If Mary Read appears, she will die during childbirth in 1720.[[/note]] Averted with Ned Low, who was last heard of in 1724 rather than decapitated by Vane in episode "XI."
27th Apr '16 5:14:27 PM ShugoChara
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* ApologeticAttacker: Flint kills Gates, whispering his apologies and looking genuinely distraught while he does it.

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* ApologeticAttacker: Flint kills Gates, [[spoiler:Gates]], whispering his apologies and looking genuinely distraught while he does it.
17th Apr '16 12:12:46 PM morenohijazo
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* SeadogPegLeg: John Silver loses the lower part of his leg at the end of season 2. In season 3 he is using a metal peg leg to move about. He is warned that he should be using a crutch instead since the amputation is still too recent for him to use a peg leg. He risks reopening the wound and losing the rest of his leg.
12th Apr '16 8:03:58 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* GeniusBruisers: Flint is this, as Thomas Hamilton points out, he's the son of a carpenter and yet is more literate than many of Hamilton's Eton contemporaries. It's remarked on that he often takes books as prizes for his piracy, and his cabin is full of them. It's also implied he taught himself Spanish, just so he could read a book gifted to him by the Hamiltons. The most feared pirate of Nassau, as it happens, is also a bit of a nerd.

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* GeniusBruisers: GeniusBruiser: Flint is this, as Thomas Hamilton points out, he's the son of a carpenter and yet is more literate than many of Hamilton's Eton contemporaries. It's remarked on that he often takes books as prizes for his piracy, and his cabin is full of them. It's also implied he taught himself Spanish, just so he could read a book gifted to him by the Hamiltons. The most feared pirate of Nassau, as it happens, is also a bit of a nerd.
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