History Series / HoratioHornblower

18th Dec '15 11:07:12 AM eowynjedi
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* TenPacesAndTurn: Zig-zagged in ''Even Chance''. In the duel with Clayton, they stand facing each other and there's a count of three. When Hornblower and Simpson duel at the end, however, they're given five paces, turn, and are then counted down. Simpson shoots early, but doesn't kill him, and he's informed that he now has to stand there and be shot at.



* SwordOverHead: Simpson fires early in the duel with Horatio and causes him only superficial injury before begging for his life, and Hornblower points his pistol up into the air and fires, deciding not to kill Simpson. Simpson tries to stab Hornblower in his back [[spoiler: but he gets killed by Captain Pellew, their commanding officer.]]

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* SwordOverHead: Simpson fires early Simspon grabs a knife from a witness and charges Horatio after Horatio delopes in the their duel with the declaration "you're not worth the powder." Horatio and causes him only superficial injury before begging for his life, and Hornblower points his pistol up into the air and fires, deciding not to kill Simpson. Simpson tries to stab Hornblower in has already turned his back at this point, [[spoiler: but he Simpson gets killed by Captain Pellew, their commanding officer.]]



* TookALevelInJerkass: Styles between series two and three. In "Loyalty" and "Duty", he is the main source of conflict on the lower deck and is bitterly jealous of Doughty taking over his job as steward [[spoiler:until they get into a fight and Doughty accidentally strikes Orrock, which would have condemned him if Hornblower didn't arrange his escape]].

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* TookALevelInJerkass: Styles between series two and three. In "Loyalty" and "Duty", he is the main source of conflict on the lower deck and deck, is bitterly jealous of Doughty taking over his job as steward steward, and provokes him [[spoiler:until they get into a fight and Doughty accidentally strikes Orrock, which would have condemned him if Hornblower didn't arrange his escape]].



** When Clayton and Simpson duel to the death with pistols, they both take off their uniforms and both wear white shirts. The place is also covered in snow. Both are wounded, one of them fatally.
** In "Retribution", [[spoiler:Archie Kennedy]] hides his wound under his uniform. Horatio rips it open and sees the blood all over his belly.

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** When Clayton and Simpson duel to the death with pistols, they both take off their uniforms and both wear white shirts. The place is also covered in snow. Both are wounded, one of them fatally.
fatally.[[note]]It was not uncommon for duelists to do this or go entirely shirtless so that there would be less cloth in a wound to cause infection.[[/note]]
** In "Retribution", [[spoiler:Archie Kennedy]] hides his wound under his uniform.blue uniform coat. Horatio rips it open and sees the blood all over his belly.



** Matthews, a reliable, dependable lower-deck sailor tries to assure Acting Lieutenant Hornblower who was in command that he did all he could to save Bunting who tried to desert several times and finally went with choosing an equivalent of SuicideByCop, forcing Hornblower to shoot him. Matthews says that Bunting was beyond saving, but Hornblower gets depressed and says that Captain Pellew would know what to do and that ''he'' would find a way.

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** Matthews, a reliable, dependable lower-deck sailor tries to assure Acting Lieutenant Hornblower who was in command that he did all he could to save Bunting Bunting, who tried to desert several times and finally went with choosing an equivalent of SuicideByCop, chose SuicideByCop by grabbing Hornblower's pistol and forcing him to pull the trigger. Despite Matthew's assurance that Hornblower to shoot him. Matthews says that Bunting was beyond saving, but did everything he could, Hornblower gets depressed and says still thinks that Captain Pellew would know what to do and that ''he'' would find have found a way. way.
3rd Dec '15 7:25:12 PM lelied
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** Horatio Hornblower. His friend the duchess likes to call him "Mr Aitch".

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** Horatio Hornblower. His friend the duchess likes to call him "Mr Aitch".Haitch". (Her pronunciation of the letter H.)
3rd Sep '15 2:54:45 PM LtFedora
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-->'''Major Edrington''' ''(as Horatio tries, and fails, to mount a horse)'': [[GentlemanSnarker I can see why you joined the Navy.]]

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-->'''Major Edrington''' Edrington:''' ''(as Horatio tries, and fails, to mount a horse)'': horse)'' [[GentlemanSnarker I can see why you joined the Navy.]]]]
** There's also quite a bit of contention between the British sailors and the French royalists.
10th Aug '15 7:58:26 PM PaulA
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''Hornblower'' is the umbrella title of [[MiniSeries a series of television drama programmes]] based on C. S. Forester's novels about the fictional character Horatio Hornblower, a Royal Naval officer during the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars. The miniseries stars Creator/IoanGruffudd in the title role and is produced by the British broadcaster Meridian Television, and shown on ITV in the UK and A&E Television Networks in the US.

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''Hornblower'' is the umbrella title of [[MiniSeries a series of television drama programmes]] based on [[Literature/HoratioHornblower C. S. Forester's novels about the fictional character Horatio Hornblower, Hornblower]], a Royal Naval officer during the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars. The miniseries stars Creator/IoanGruffudd in the title role and is produced by the British broadcaster Meridian Television, and shown on ITV in the UK and A&E Television Networks in the US.
US.



* AcceptableBreaksFromReality: The times when Horatio (and occasionally Pellew) ruminates to someone else about his perceived failings or questioning the wisdom of his orders are not in-line with Hornblower's clam-like reserve and British naval etiquette. [[note]]In one book he keeps a sarcastic remark to himself because it would contradict the Articles of War[[/note]]. But as "what Horatio is thinking" is an integral part of the story, and audiences aren't telepathic, he has to say it out loud.

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* AcceptableBreaksFromReality: The times when Horatio (and occasionally Pellew) ruminates to someone else about his perceived failings or questioning the wisdom of his orders are not in-line with Hornblower's clam-like reserve and British naval etiquette. [[note]]In one book he keeps a sarcastic remark to himself because it would contradict the Articles of War[[/note]]. But as "what Horatio is thinking" is an integral part of the story, and audiences aren't telepathic, he has to say it out loud.



* BreakoutCharacter: Archie Kennedy for the win. He was meant only to appear in "The Even Chance", but Creator/JamieBamber's portrayal made authors write him in subsequent parts as Horatio's {{Foil}}.

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* BreakoutCharacter: Archie Kennedy for the win. He was meant only to appear in "The Even Chance", but Creator/JamieBamber's portrayal made authors write him in subsequent parts as Horatio's {{Foil}}.



** Mr Wellard is a very likeable young midshipman, on friendly terms with Horatio the hero and his lancer Archie themselves. It's hart-breaking when Captain Sawyer starts picking on him and keeps having him severely beaten, completely unjustly.

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** Mr Wellard is a very likeable young midshipman, on friendly terms with Horatio the hero and his lancer Archie themselves. It's hart-breaking heart-breaking when Captain Sawyer starts picking on him and keeps having him severely beaten, completely unjustly.



* ChekhovsGun: In "The Duchess and the Devil," Kennedy speaks briefly of being put in a hole in the ground with no room to stand up or lie down as punishment for attempting to escape. Naturally, later on, Horatio spends some time in this hole when he takes the blame for a poorly-executed escape attempt by a subordinate.

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* ChekhovsGun: In "The Duchess and the Devil," Devil", Kennedy speaks briefly of being put in a hole in the ground with no room to stand up or lie down as punishment for attempting to escape. Naturally, later on, Horatio spends some time in this hole when he takes the blame for a poorly-executed escape attempt by a subordinate.



** When a Froggie, AKA a French royalist soldier aboard the ''Indefatigable'' tries to take an officers' chicken and cook it for himself and his buddies, our lower-deck seamen are infuriated. Horatio tries to settle the matter and tells them that nobody explained the rations issues to the French. Styles then inconspicuously attempts to take the chicken for his pals, and Horatio must reprimand him and orders him to put the chicken back. Cuts from this scene appear in {{Fan Vid}}s and Styles' apparent love for chickens gets mentioned in FanFic.

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** When a Froggie, AKA a French royalist soldier aboard the ''Indefatigable'' tries to take an officers' chicken and cook it for himself and his buddies, our the lower-deck seamen are infuriated. Horatio tries to settle the matter and tells them that nobody explained the rations issues to the French. Styles then inconspicuously attempts to take the chicken for his pals, and Horatio must reprimand him and orders him to put the chicken back. Cuts from this scene appear in {{Fan Vid}}s and Styles' apparent love for chickens gets mentioned in FanFic.



* CourtMartialed: The second series of ''Series/HoratioHornblower'' telefilms takes the court of inquiry from ''[[Literature/HoratioHornblower Lieutenant Hornblower]]'' and turns it into a full-blown court-martial, with one HangingJudge determined to bring down Hornblower. Testimony takes the form of flashbacks. It ends with [[spoiler:Kennedy, who is dying of a gut wound anyway, [[DeathbedConfession confessing]] that he pushed Captain Sawyer down the hold just as the judges are about to ask Hornblower if ''he'' did it]].

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* CourtMartialed: The second series of ''Series/HoratioHornblower'' telefilms takes the court of inquiry from ''[[Literature/HoratioHornblower Lieutenant Hornblower]]'' and turns it into a full-blown court-martial, with one HangingJudge determined to bring down Hornblower. Testimony takes the form of flashbacks. It ends with [[spoiler:Kennedy, who is dying of a gut wound anyway, [[DeathbedConfession confessing]] that he pushed Captain Sawyer down the hold just as the judges are about to ask Hornblower if ''he'' did it]].



--> [[spoiler:'''Horatio:''' You're not worth the powder.]]

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--> [[spoiler:'''Horatio:''' You're -->'''Horatio:''' [[spoiler:You're not worth the powder.]]



-->'''Horatio:''' I fell, sir.
-->'''Eccleston:''' On both sides of your face?

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-->'''Horatio:''' I fell, sir. \n-->'''Eccleston:''' \\
'''Eccleston:'''
On both sides of your face? face?



--->'''Keene:''' [''reviewing answers after the midshipmen have been set a navigational exercise'']: Mr Simpson? Ah! We must all rejoice! The sources of the Nile have been discovered at last, your ship, as far as I can tell from your illiterate scrawl, is in central Africa! Let us see what other ''[[GratuitousLatin terrae incognitiae]]'' has been discovered by the remaining intrepid explorers of this class. [''Keene reads their answers in turn''] Mr Heather? No. Mr Rawlings? No. Mr Kennedy? No. Mr Hornblower? Ah, you must be proud. To be alone successful, in this class of intellectual giants.

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--->'''Keene:''' [''reviewing --->'''Keene''' ''(reviewing answers after the midshipmen have been set a navigational exercise'']: exercise)'': Mr Simpson? Ah! We must all rejoice! The sources of the Nile have been discovered at last, your ship, as far as I can tell from your illiterate scrawl, is in central Africa! Let us see what other ''[[GratuitousLatin terrae incognitiae]]'' has been discovered by the remaining intrepid explorers of this class. [''Keene reads their answers in turn''] Mr Heather? No. Mr Rawlings? No. Mr Kennedy? No. Mr Hornblower? Ah, you must be proud. To be alone successful, in this class of intellectual giants.



* DeathOfTheHypotenuse: Depending on how invested you are in the Hornblower/Archie HoYay, you could see the fate of [[spoiler: Mariette]] as this.



* DoomedByCanon: In "The Wrong War," Horatio participates in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invasion_of_France_(1795) Quiberon expedition]], a real campaign by the British and French royalists that ended badly.

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* DoomedByCanon: In "The Wrong War," War", Horatio participates in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invasion_of_France_(1795) Quiberon expedition]], a real campaign by the British and French royalists that ended badly.



* FacialDialogue: In "Mutiny" and "Retribution", many characters exchange significant looks when they cannot talk freely.It heavily overlaps with Meaningful Look, but some of the conveyed messages were rather complex.

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* FacialDialogue: In "Mutiny" and "Retribution", many characters exchange significant looks when they cannot talk freely. It heavily overlaps with Meaningful Look, but some of the conveyed messages were rather complex.



-->'''Horatio:''' (lightly) But I imagine it would be a damn close-run thing.
-->'''Styles:''' Damn close, sir. It'd take them at least a minute to sink us.

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-->'''Horatio:''' (lightly) -->'''Horatio''' ''(lightly)'': But I imagine it would be a damn close-run thing.
-->'''Styles:'''
thing.\\
'''Styles:'''
Damn close, sir. It'd take them at least a minute to sink us.



-->'''Styles:''' Captain Pellew's coming aboard, sir. And, uh, a lady, sir. Nice dress, sir; good-looking.
-->'''Hornblower''': Don't froth at the mouth, Styles. You've seen a woman before, man.
-->'''Styles:''' Not in six bloody months, I haven't.

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-->'''Styles:''' Captain Pellew's coming aboard, sir. And, uh, a lady, sir. Nice dress, sir; good-looking.
-->'''Hornblower''':
good-looking.\\
'''Hornblower''':
Don't froth at the mouth, Styles. You've seen a woman before, man. \n-->'''Styles:''' \\
'''Styles:'''
Not in six bloody months, I haven't.



--->'''Matthews:''' ''(While Styles dangles precariously off the side of the ship)'' Why is it I can never find you when I need you?

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--->'''Matthews:''' ''(While --->'''Matthews''' ''(while Styles dangles precariously off the side of the ship)'' ship)'': Why is it I can never find you when I need you?



** Archie demonstrates incredible aiming skills in "Retribution", when he shoots a man off a tower at what looks like a few hundred metres with a flintlock pistol. We shouldn't be surprised though as he's a Badass Adorable after all.

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** Archie demonstrates incredible aiming skills in "Retribution", when he shoots a man off a tower at what looks like a few hundred metres with a flintlock pistol. We shouldn't be surprised though as he's a Badass Adorable after all.



* InterServiceRivalry: Prominently used in "The Wrong War," when Horatio has to work alongside a battalion of the British Army. However, during the fighting, he does earn the respect of the British commander, the Earl of Edrington.
-->'''Major Edrington:''' ''[as Horatio tries, and fails, to mount a horse]'' [[GentlemanSnarker I can see why you joined the Navy.]]

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* InterServiceRivalry: Prominently used in "The Wrong War," War", when Horatio has to work alongside a battalion of the British Army. However, during the fighting, he does earn the respect of the British commander, the Earl of Edrington.
-->'''Major Edrington:''' ''[as Edrington''' ''(as Horatio tries, and fails, to mount a horse]'' horse)'': [[GentlemanSnarker I can see why you joined the Navy.]]



** This is Hunter's chief characteristic in "The Duchess and the Devil," culminating in him making an unauthorized escape attempt that ends with him shot in the leg and Horatio in the [[PunishmentBox tiny pit]].

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** This is Hunter's chief characteristic in "The Duchess and the Devil," Devil", culminating in him making an unauthorized escape attempt that ends with him shot in the leg and Horatio in the [[PunishmentBox tiny pit]].



* MadeOfExplodium: Some ships, several forts and several barrels blow up in magnificently big explosions. It is a JustifiedTrope and a TruthInTelevision as Black Powder was very unstable. It could almost be this trope's Most Triumphant Example.

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* MadeOfExplodium: Some ships, several forts and several barrels blow up in magnificently big explosions. It is a JustifiedTrope and a TruthInTelevision as Black Powder was very unstable. It could almost be this trope's Most Triumphant Example.



** [[spoiler: An ordinary Irish seaman Woolfe. He pretended to be loyal to the British King but he'a an Irish rebel collaborating with the French.]]

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** [[spoiler: An ordinary Irish seaman Woolfe. He pretended to be loyal to the British King but he'a he's an Irish rebel collaborating with the French.]]



--->'''Matthews:''' [after speaking to the barely-conscious Styles] He says [[BlatantLies he was]] [[DeadpanSnarker winning]], sir.

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--->'''Matthews:''' [after speaking to --->'''Matthews''' ''(of the barely-conscious Styles] Styles)'' He says [[BlatantLies he was]] [[DeadpanSnarker winning]], was winning, sir.



--->'''Master Bowles:''' [enthusiastically] Exceptionally fine shot, sir! If I may say so.
--->'''Captain Pellew:''' You may, Mr Bowles. You may.

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--->'''Master Bowles:''' [enthusiastically] Bowles''' ''(enthusiastically)'': Exceptionally fine shot, sir! If I may say so.
--->'''Captain Pellew:'''
so.\\
'''Captain Pellew''':
You may, Mr Bowles. You may.



* PunishmentBox: "The Duchess and the Devil", a Punishment Box is Don Massaredo's favourite method of torture in the Spanish jail. The prisoner who is being punished is put in a small oubliette where he cannot lie or stand and where he is exposed to hot weather, cold air or rain.
** Archie {{discussed}} the effects it had on him with Hoaratio. After he got out, he couldn't walk for a month and it completely broke his spirits.
** Horatio is tortured the way Archie was. He suffers terribly, and in addition, he's freaked out by a rat that comes to give him company.

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* PunishmentBox: "The Duchess and the Devil", a Punishment Box is Don Massaredo's favourite method of torture in the Spanish jail. The prisoner who is being punished is put in a small oubliette where he cannot lie or stand and where he is exposed to hot weather, cold air or rain.
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rain. Archie {{discussed}} the effects it had on him with Hoaratio. After he got out, he couldn't walk for a month and it completely broke his spirits.
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spirits. Horatio is tortured the way Archie was. He suffers terribly, and in addition, he's freaked out by a rat that comes to give him company.



-->'''Horatio''' (about Sawyer): I believe he has paid the price for that bravery... and is paying for it right now.

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-->'''Horatio''' (about Sawyer): ''(about Sawyer)'': I believe he has paid the price for that bravery... and is paying for it right now.



** "The Even Chance": When [[spoiler: Mr. Midshipman Kennedy]] is suffering a seizure while they attempt to sneak up on a French warship, Mr. Midshipmen Hornblower gives him a TapOnTheHead with the tiller, before leaving the unconscious man in the boat while they board the ship[[note]]The book version has Hornblower quite sure he actually killed the non-Kennedy character he tapped.[[/note]]. Mr. Midshipman Simpson [[MoralEventHorizon casts the boat adrift during the ensuing battle]] and we don't see the man again until [[ChekhovMIA two movies later]].

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** "The Even Chance": When [[spoiler: Mr. Midshipman Kennedy]] is suffering a seizure while they attempt to sneak up on a French warship, Mr. Midshipmen Hornblower gives him a TapOnTheHead with the tiller, before leaving the unconscious man in the boat while they board the ship[[note]]The book version has Hornblower quite sure he actually killed the non-Kennedy character he tapped.[[/note]].ship. Mr. Midshipman Simpson [[MoralEventHorizon casts the boat adrift during the ensuing battle]] and we don't see the man again until [[ChekhovMIA two movies later]].



--> '''Archie:'''[[DramaticIrony What do you think they'll do with him?]] [[TemptingFate You can't kill a king!]]''

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--> '''Archie:'''[[DramaticIrony -->'''Archie:''' What do you think they'll do with him?]] [[TemptingFate him? You can't kill a king!]]''king!



* WithDueRespect: Sometimes it's really meant sincerely (when addressing Pellew or similar good figure), but at other times the implications are clear, especially in "Mutiny" and "Retribution" when the lieutenants had to deal with their crazy Captain and weak First Lieutenant.

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* WithDueRespect: WithDueRespect:
**
Sometimes it's really meant sincerely (when addressing Pellew or similar good figure), but at other times the implications are clear, especially in "Mutiny" and "Retribution" when the lieutenants had to deal with their crazy Captain and weak First Lieutenant.



--->'''Hornblower:''' With respect, Sir, I find...
--->'''Sawyer:''' Respect? What do you know of respect?

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--->'''Hornblower:''' With respect, Sir, I find...
--->'''Sawyer:'''
find...\\
'''Sawyer:'''
Respect? What do you know of respect?



--->'''Hornblower:''' With ''respect'', Sir, I think we're selling ourselves short.
--->'''Buckland:''' What do you have in mind? Make off with their women?
--->'''Hornblower:''' I suggest we demand unconditional surrender.

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--->'''Hornblower:''' With ''respect'', Sir, I think we're selling ourselves short.
--->'''Buckland:'''
short.\\
'''Buckland:'''
What do you have in mind? Make off with their women?
--->'''Hornblower:'''
women?\\
'''Hornblower:'''
I suggest we demand unconditional surrender.



* WouldNotShootACivilian: Bush is unable to shoot [[spoiler:an unarmed Woolfe]]. (This is one of the few direct contradictions to book characterization; Horatio wouldn't even have needed to open his mouth for Bush to kill a traitor to England and the ship.) He doesn't have a problem when the man tries to pull an ISurrenderSuckers, though.

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* WouldNotShootACivilian: Bush is unable to shoot [[spoiler:an unarmed Woolfe]]. (This is one of the few direct contradictions to book characterization; Horatio wouldn't even have needed to open his mouth for Bush to kill a traitor to England and the ship.) He doesn't have a problem when the man tries to pull an ISurrenderSuckers, though.



-->'''Horatio:''' You'd do the same for me if I were in your shoes.
-->'''Archie:''' But you're not. And you never would be.

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-->'''Horatio:''' You'd do the same for me if I were in your shoes.
-->'''Archie:'''
shoes.\\
'''Archie:'''
But you're not. And you never would be.
10th Aug '15 7:58:04 PM PaulA
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* TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar: Horatio and his boarding team capture a heavy French frigate in "The Even Chance", and use it to sail back to their mother ship, who is currently under attack by three French corvettes with only half of their crew on board to fight back (the other half being part of Hornblower's boarding team). They notice that, as they advance, they are not taken under fire by the corvettes. They wonder why, but then notice that they forgot to take down the French Colours after taking the ship. Horatio orders the flags to stay up, seeing what a great strategic advantage they have, although he knows what a blatant offence it is against the standard customs of fighting of the time. (That depends. Sailing under false colours was a [[http://bit.ly/OZg4Jl legitimate]] ''ruse de guerre'', but the correct colours had to be run up before ''opening fire''.) Yet his plan works, and they infiltrate the small French fleet unhindered. How the French sailors of the corvettes run onto the open decks to celebrate the arrival of an alleged heavily-armed ally to finish off the British flagship. A wink of an eye later the [[PunchClockVillain jubilant French]] are [[MoralDissonance blown apart by grapeshot]].



* TheReliableOne:
** Bush's job description in Series Three. As [[NumberOne the First Lieutenant]], he keeps the ship running smoothly so that Horatio only has to worry about the broader strategy.
** Matthews is the most reliable one of the lower deck characters. He's an experienced sailor and very caring to his fellow crewmen, and he actually has some naval and fatherly advice up his sleeve, even for young and competent officers. And he's never smug about it.



* TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar: Horatio and his boarding team capture a heavy French frigate in "The Even Chance", and use it to sail back to their mother ship, who is currently under attack by three French corvettes with only half of their crew on board to fight back (the other half being part of Hornblower's boarding team). They notice that, as they advance, they are not taken under fire by the corvettes. They wonder why, but then notice that they forgot to take down the French Colours after taking the ship. Horatio orders the flags to stay up, seeing what a great strategic advantage they have, although he knows what a blatant offence it is against the standard customs of fighting of the time (That depends. Sailing under false colours was a [[http://bit.ly/OZg4Jl legitimate]] ''ruse de guerre'' The correct colours had to be run up before ''opening fire''.). Yet his plan works, and they infiltrate the small French fleet unhindered. How the French sailors of the corvettes run onto the open decks to celebrate the arrival of an alleged heavily-armed ally to finish off the British flagship. A wink of an eye later the [[PunchClockVillain jubilant French]] are [[MoralDissonance blown apart by grapeshot]].



* TheReliableOne:
** Bush's job description in Series Three. As [[NumberOne the First Lieutenant]], he keeps the ship running smoothly so that Horatio only has to worry about the broader strategy.
** Matthews is the most reliable one of the lower deck characters. He's an experienced sailor and very caring to his fellow crewmen, and he actually has some naval and fatherly advice up his sleeve, even for young and competent officers. And he's never smug about it.



* UndyingLoyalty: Hobbs towards Captain Sawyer.



* UndyingLoyalty: Hobbs towards Captain Sawyer.
10th Aug '15 7:52:17 PM PaulA
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* RiddleForTheAges: In "Mutiny" and "Retribution", it's never fully resolved what happened when Captain Sawyer fell down in the hatchway. It might have been an accident, or one of three characters might have pushed him. The candidates are Lieutenant Hornblower, Lieutenant Kennedy or Midshipman Wellard. Captain Sawyer was mentally unstable even before his fall and at first couldn't remember what had happened. He later concluded that someone had pushed him, but it's really not a reliable piece of evidence. [[spoiler:Wellard was drugged with laudanum and his memory was shaken, and he wasn't even sure about his own involvement. It's implied he later came to believe that one of the lieutenants had done it for the good of the ship. One of the lieutenants later confesses to the crime and he's legally pronounced guilty, but it's shown that other characters are surprised and don't actually believe him. He confessed to save the other officers from a Hanging Judge who was looking for a scapegoat to save Captain Sawyer's reputation. Lots of ambiguous flashbacks with ominous music suggest that the other lieutenant might have done it, however, it's by no means conclusive.]] This situation is also deliberately played ambiguously in the source material for this adaptation; ''Lieutenant Hornblower'' is narrated by Lieutenant Bush who simply doesn't know what happened as Hornblower never told anyone.

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* RiddleForTheAges: In "Mutiny" Much of the drama in the second series revolves around the question of how Captain Sawyer fell, and "Retribution", who pushed him if anyone did. There are a number of suspicions, accusations, and cryptic silhouettes, but it's never fully resolved what happened when Captain definitively answered. [[spoiler:All the audience ever knows for sure is that Sawyer fell down in the hatchway. It might have been an accident, or one of three characters might have pushed him. The candidates are Lieutenant remembered who did it and told Hobbs, and it wasn't Wellard. That leaves Hornblower, Lieutenant Kennedy or Midshipman Wellard. Captain Sawyer who was mentally unstable even before his fall accused by Buckland in court, and at first couldn't remember what had happened. He later concluded that someone had pushed him, but it's really not a reliable piece of evidence. [[spoiler:Wellard was drugged with laudanum and his memory was shaken, and he wasn't even sure about his own involvement. It's implied he later came to believe that one of the lieutenants had done it for the good of the ship. One of the lieutenants later confesses to the crime and he's legally pronounced guilty, but it's shown that other characters are surprised and don't actually believe him. He Kennedy, who confessed to save the other officers from a Hanging Judge who was looking for a scapegoat to save Captain Sawyer's reputation. Lots of ambiguous flashbacks with ominous music suggest that the other lieutenant might have done it, however, it's by no means conclusive.]] This situation is also deliberately played ambiguously in the source material for this adaptation; ''Lieutenant Hornblower'' is narrated by Lieutenant Bush who simply doesn't know what happened as before Hornblower never told anyone.could answer the charge.]]



* TheUnreveal: Much of the drama in the second series revolves around the question of how Captain Sawyer fell, and who pushed him if anyone did. There are a number of suspicions, accusations, and cryptic silhouettes, but [[spoiler:all the audience ever knows for sure is that Sawyer remembered who did it and told Hobbs, and it wasn't Wellard. That leaves Hornblower, who was accused by Buckland in court, and Kennedy, who confessed before Hornblower could answer the charge.]]
10th Aug '15 7:41:24 PM PaulA
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* AmbiguousSituation: In "Mutiny" and "Retribution", it's never fully resolved what happened when Captain Sawyer fell down in the hatchway. It might have been an accident, or one of three characters might have pushed him. The candidates are Lieutenant Hornblower, Lieutenant Kennedy or Midshipman Wellard. Captain Sawyer was mentally unstable even before his fall and at first couldn't remember what had happened. He later concluded that someone had pushed him, but it's really not a reliable piece of evidence. [[spoiler:Wellard was drugged with laudanum and his memory was shaken, and he wasn't even sure about his own involvement. It's implied he later came to believe that one of the lieutenants had done it for the good of the ship. One of the lieutenants later confesses to the crime and he's legally pronounced guilty, but it's shown that other characters are surprised and don't actually believe him. He confessed to save the other officers from a Hanging Judge who was looking for a scapegoat to save Captain Sawyer's reputation. Lots of ambiguous flashbacks with ominous music suggest that the other lieutenant might have done it, however, it's by no means conclusive.]] This situation is also deliberately played ambiguously in the source material for this adaptation. ''Lieutenant Hornblower'' is narrated by Lieutenant Bush who simply doesn't know what happened as Hornblower never told anyone.



* RiddleForTheAges: What happened in "Mutiny" when Captain Sawyer fell down the hatchway? Was it an accident? Or was he pushed? If he was pushed, who pushed him?

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* RiddleForTheAges: What happened in In "Mutiny" and "Retribution", it's never fully resolved what happened when Captain Sawyer fell down in the hatchway? Was it hatchway. It might have been an accident? Or was he pushed? If he was pushed, who accident, or one of three characters might have pushed him?him. The candidates are Lieutenant Hornblower, Lieutenant Kennedy or Midshipman Wellard. Captain Sawyer was mentally unstable even before his fall and at first couldn't remember what had happened. He later concluded that someone had pushed him, but it's really not a reliable piece of evidence. [[spoiler:Wellard was drugged with laudanum and his memory was shaken, and he wasn't even sure about his own involvement. It's implied he later came to believe that one of the lieutenants had done it for the good of the ship. One of the lieutenants later confesses to the crime and he's legally pronounced guilty, but it's shown that other characters are surprised and don't actually believe him. He confessed to save the other officers from a Hanging Judge who was looking for a scapegoat to save Captain Sawyer's reputation. Lots of ambiguous flashbacks with ominous music suggest that the other lieutenant might have done it, however, it's by no means conclusive.]] This situation is also deliberately played ambiguously in the source material for this adaptation; ''Lieutenant Hornblower'' is narrated by Lieutenant Bush who simply doesn't know what happened as Hornblower never told anyone.
10th Aug '15 7:39:43 PM PaulA
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* CharacterTitle: The show is known either as ''Hornblower'' or ''Horatio Hornblower''.



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* ProtagonistTitleProtagonistTitle: The show is known either as ''Hornblower'' or ''Horatio Hornblower''.
10th Aug '15 7:10:53 PM PaulA
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* CompositeCharacter: Archie Kennedy is a composite of various minor characters throughout the novels. He is notably given actions of a sailor named Hales in "The Even Chance" by [[spoiler: having a seizure during a raid, forcing Horatio to knock him out to keep him quiet,]] and Lt. Bracegirdle's lines in "The Wrong War", Bracegirdle being a fellow midshipman in the written version.

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Archie Kennedy is a composite of various minor characters throughout the novels. He is notably given actions of a sailor named Hales in "The Even Chance" by [[spoiler: having a seizure during a raid, forcing Horatio to knock him out to keep him quiet,]] and Lt. Bracegirdle's lines in "The Wrong War", Bracegirdle being a fellow midshipman in the written version.version.
** From "The Frogs and the Lobsters", Mariette the school teacher might double as a CompositeCharacter for Maria, the daughter of Horatio's landlady [[spoiler:and first wife]] and Marie Ladon, [[spoiler:daughter-in-law of the nobleman who sheltered Hornblower and his men when they escaped captivity, and with whom he had an affair]].



** From "The Frogs and the Lobsters", Mariette the school teacher. Her English (how the heck did a French peasant girl master it?) is tinged with French. Might also double as a CompositeCharacter for Maria, the daughter of Horatio's landlady [[spoiler: and first wife]] and Marie Ladon, [[spoiler: daughter-in-law of the nobleman who sheltered Hornblower and his men when they escaped captivity, and with whom he had an affair]].

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** From "The Frogs and the Lobsters", Mariette the school teacher. Her English (how the heck did a French peasant girl master it?) is tinged with French. Might also double as a CompositeCharacter for Maria, the daughter of Horatio's landlady [[spoiler: and first wife]] and Marie Ladon, [[spoiler: daughter-in-law of the nobleman who sheltered Hornblower and his men when they escaped captivity, and with whom he had an affair]].
25th May '15 6:21:14 PM maxwellsilver
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* CompositeCharacter: Archie Kennedy is a composite of various minor characters throughout the novels. He is notably given actions of an unnamed sailor in "The Even Chance" by [[spoiler: having a seizure during a raid, forcing Horatio to knock him out to keep him quiet,]] and Lt. Bracegirdle's lines in "The Wrong War", Bracegirdle being a fellow midshipman in the written version.

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* CompositeCharacter: Archie Kennedy is a composite of various minor characters throughout the novels. He is notably given actions of an unnamed a sailor named Hales in "The Even Chance" by [[spoiler: having a seizure during a raid, forcing Horatio to knock him out to keep him quiet,]] and Lt. Bracegirdle's lines in "The Wrong War", Bracegirdle being a fellow midshipman in the written version.
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