History Series / HoratioHornblower

16th Dec '17 8:38:50 AM LtFedora
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* BrickJoke: In "The Fire Ships," when the crew arrives in Oran, they see a man stumbling about. Styles says the man must be drunk, which Hornblower says is impossible because Muslims don't drink. It's then shown that the man actually has the Black Death. Later, when the crew is serving its quarantine, Hornblower is alerted that one of the crew is succumbing to it, but he finds that he's actually drunk.
6th Dec '17 4:25:16 AM LtFedora
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* JustBetweenYouAndMe: In "Loyalty," Hornblower is betrayed and captured by the French. The traitor invites him to dine and reveals that hes neither the only nor most important traitor in the fleet. Hornblower remarks that it would be a shame to have him die without knowing who betrayed him. The traitor agrees...[[SubvertedTrope then orders him to be taken back to his cell]].
28th Nov '17 5:44:04 PM nombretomado
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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]].
18th Oct '17 1:00:34 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:''' ''(as Horatio tries, and fails, to mount a horse)'' [[GentlemanSnarker I can see why you joined chose the Navy.]]
12th Oct '17 12:02:22 PM LtFedora
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* ExplainExplainOhCrap: In The Frogs and the Lobsters, Pellew wonders why the campaign is going too easily, then realizes that of the four ships used to ferry the French monarchists, only one is remaining because its not expected for the French to return with any more than a quarter of their men. Mathematics of defeat, indeed.
7th Oct '17 10:26:07 PM eowynjedi
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* GallowsHumor: Frequently. One example from "The Duchess and the Devil" when Horatio's little prize ship has sailed into a fleet of Spanish warships, and he is sizing up their chances should it come to a fight:
-->'''Horatio''' ''(lightly)'': But I imagine it would be a damn close-run thing.\\

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* GallowsHumor: Frequently. One example from GallowsHumor:
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"The Duchess and the Devil" when Horatio's little prize ship has sailed into a fleet of Spanish warships, and he is sizing up their chances should it come to a fight:
-->'''Horatio''' --->'''Horatio''' ''(lightly)'': But I imagine it would be a damn close-run thing.\\


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** A rather literal example in "Retribution" when Horatio asks for a knotted rope for the cannon being hauled up a cliff. Styles presents him with a noose, and defends it as a good knot for the job when Horatio gives him an exasperated look.
19th Aug '17 2:58:29 AM XFllo
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** Simpson eats Horatio's mutton and drinks from his mug in his very first scene. He does it to every middie. What a jerk!
** Randall tries to take Styles' mug in "Mutiny" but Hobbs makes him put it back.

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** Simpson eats Horatio's mutton and drinks from his mug in his very first scene. He does it to That intimidating jerk steals food from every middie. What a jerk!
middie.
** A jerk of a sailor Randall tries to take Styles' mug in "Mutiny" from the table and drink from it, but Hobbs makes Styles manages to fight back and tells him to put it back.back. Randall does put it back, very reluctantly, also because gunner Hobbs has just entered the room.
28th May '17 1:06:23 AM BasementCatt
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**In this particular case Horatio was simply that nervous at his pending nuptials.
20th May '17 11:58:31 AM LtFedora
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* HomeByChristmas: General Charette and Admiral Hood are extremely optimistic that the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invasion_of_France_(1795) Quiberon expedition]] will be an easy campaign to retake Paris.
22nd Mar '17 4:59:42 PM eowynjedi
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* TheChainsOfCommanding: "The Examination for Lieutenant" is about this trope, as Hornblower witnesses or experiences the consequences of rash decisions, the deaths of men under his immediate command, exercising judgment in giving orders,

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* TheChainsOfCommanding: "The Examination for Lieutenant" is about this trope, as Hornblower witnesses or experiences the consequences of rash decisions, the deaths of men under his immediate command, exercising judgment in giving orders, and a sailor who remains insubordinate and self-destructive no matter what Hornblower tries. His experiences commanding fearful men and a tiny supply ship give him much more thorough lessons than the book he's studying from and by the time he rejoins the ship, he questions if he should even take the exam at all. Pellew, however, says that he's doing fine and that such difficulties are the price of leadership.



* ExactWords: In "The Duchess at the Devil" Hornblower holds Hunter from jumping the gun on the ambush of ''La Reve's'' crew. Hunter objects that they're supposed to fight them, but Hornblower replies that they're there to ''defeat'' them.


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* InsistentTerminology: In "The Duchess at the Devil" Hornblower holds Hunter from jumping the gun on the ambush of ''La Reve's'' crew. Hunter objects that they're supposed to fight them, but Hornblower replies that they're there to ''defeat'' them.
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