History Series / PrincessReturningPearl

10th Aug '17 1:22:41 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* [[{{YouHave48Hours}} You Have Three Months]]: Lao Fo Ye gives Yong Qi this long to turn Xiao Yan Zi into a proper princess.
13th Jul '17 12:56:51 PM xcountryguy
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[[caption-width-right:300:Huan Zhu Ge Ge: original series vs remake]] ''Princess Returning Pearl'' (original name: 还珠格格; also known by its pinyin title ''Huan Zhu Ge Ge'', or ''Princess Pearl'' or ''My Fair Princess'' or ''The Return of Princess Pearl'') is a Chinese series set in the [[{{ImperialChina}} Qing dynasty]] in the time of Emperor Qian Long. It tells the MistakenIdentity story of Xiao Yan Zi, an orphan living in Beijing and Zi Wei, the illegitimate daughter of the emperor.

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[[caption-width-right:300:Huan Zhu Ge Ge: original series vs and the remake]] ''Princess Returning Pearl'' (original name: 还珠格格; also known by its pinyin title ''Huan Zhu Ge Ge'', or ''Princess Pearl'' or ''My Fair Princess'' or ''The Return of Princess Pearl'') is a Chinese series set in the [[{{ImperialChina}} Qing dynasty]] in the time of Emperor Qian Long. It tells the MistakenIdentity story of Xiao Yan Zi, an orphan living in Beijing and Zi Wei, the illegitimate daughter of the emperor.



** Zi Wei gets slapped, beaten, tortured or hurt every other episode, it seems. Then in series 3, [[spoiler: her husband dies leaving her suffering HeroicBSOD.]]
** Xiao Yan Zi when she finds out about the truth about her family, to the point that in both the original series 3 and the remake she [[spoiler: attempted to kill Qian Long but ultimately failing. In addition to that, she suffers two miscarriages and then the love of her life is forced to marry another woman, who then gives him the heir everyone so demanded from him. ]]
* BreakTheHaughty: The Empress and Rong Mo Mo, twice! Also Zhi Hua when [[spoiler: Yong Qi leaves at the end of series 3.]]

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** Zi Wei gets slapped, beaten, tortured or hurt every other episode, it seems. Then in series 3, [[spoiler: her [[spoiler:her husband dies leaving her suffering HeroicBSOD.]]
** Xiao Yan Zi when she finds out about the truth about her family, to the point that in both the original series 3 and the remake she [[spoiler: attempted [[spoiler:attempted to kill Qian Long but ultimately failing. In addition to that, she suffers two miscarriages and then the love of her life is forced to marry another woman, who then gives him the heir everyone so demanded from him. ]]
* BreakTheHaughty: The Empress and Rong Mo Mo, twice! Also Zhi Hua when [[spoiler: Yong [[spoiler:Yong Qi leaves at the end of series 3.]]



** Then there is that fight after Zhi Hua [[spoiler: gives birth to Mian Yi, which ends in Xiao Yan Zi storming off, later telling Yong Qi she does not love him anymore. She realises that she [[{{AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther}} still loves him though, when her brother attempts to kill him]].]]

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** Then there is that fight after Zhi Hua [[spoiler: gives [[spoiler:gives birth to Mian Yi, which ends in Xiao Yan Zi storming off, later telling Yong Qi she does not love him anymore. She realises that she [[{{AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther}} still loves him though, when her brother attempts to kill him]].]]



* CockFight: Played with between Xiao Jian and Yong Qi for Xiao Yan Zi. It turns out Xiao Jian [[spoiler: is not interested in Xiao Yan Zi romantically at all because she is his sister.]]
* ColdBloodedTorture: Zi Wei suffers most from this, including the time when the Empress tortured her by pricking needles into her body to make her confess her true purpose in the palace (which was not the seduce the emperor), then there is the time where Lao Fo Ye crushed her fingers to make her confess that she was plotting the emperorís death (she wasnít). [[spoiler: The last ordeal nearly kills her]].

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* CockFight: Played with between Xiao Jian and Yong Qi for Xiao Yan Zi. It turns out Xiao Jian [[spoiler: is [[spoiler:is not interested in Xiao Yan Zi romantically at all because she is his sister.]]
* ColdBloodedTorture: Zi Wei suffers most from this, including the time when the Empress tortured her by pricking needles into her body to make her confess her true purpose in the palace (which was not the seduce the emperor), then there is the time where Lao Fo Ye crushed her fingers to make her confess that she was plotting the emperorís death (she wasnít). [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The last ordeal nearly kills her]].



* ConflictingLoyalty: Xiao Yan Zi when she knows about the truth behind her familyís death: [[spoiler: her birth father was executed for treason, but then years later, she is adopted by the emperor, who essentially is the man who caused her father to be executed for treason. Oh, and she also fell in love with the emperorís son and married him, thus really ďcalling the enemy her fatherĒ as the Chinese saying goes.]]

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* ConflictingLoyalty: Xiao Yan Zi when she knows about the truth behind her familyís death: [[spoiler: her [[spoiler:her birth father was executed for treason, but then years later, she is adopted by the emperor, who essentially is the man who caused her father to be executed for treason. Oh, and she also fell in love with the emperorís son and married him, thus really ďcalling the enemy her fatherĒ as the Chinese saying goes.]]



* DramaBomb: Xiao Yan Zi basically has one dropped on her in series 3 when in the space of one day [[spoiler: she finds out that the reason her father and mother died is because of her adopted father, who is also the father of her husband, then she suffers a second miscarriage and then she is forced to allow her husband to marry another woman, to save her brotherís life.]] Also DisasterDominoes.

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* DramaBomb: Xiao Yan Zi basically has one dropped on her in series 3 when in the space of one day [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she finds out that the reason her father and mother died is because of her adopted father, who is also the father of her husband, then she suffers a second miscarriage and then she is forced to allow her husband to marry another woman, to save her brotherís life.]] Also DisasterDominoes.



* TheDutifulSon: Arguably Yong Qi [[spoiler: returning to the palace to have a child with Xin Rong]] in the remake is an example of this trope, though in a misguided and twisted way.

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* TheDutifulSon: Arguably Yong Qi [[spoiler: returning [[spoiler:returning to the palace to have a child with Xin Rong]] in the remake is an example of this trope, though in a misguided and twisted way.



* FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo: [[spoiler: Xiao Jian is actually Xiao Yan Ziís brother, and the person who basically caused their entire familyís death is Qian Long, who is not only Xiao Yan Ziís adoptive father but also the father of her sworn sister and best friend, and of her fiancé.]]

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* FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo: [[spoiler: Xiao [[spoiler:Xiao Jian is actually Xiao Yan Ziís brother, and the person who basically caused their entire familyís death is Qian Long, who is not only Xiao Yan Ziís adoptive father but also the father of her sworn sister and best friend, and of her fiancé.]]



** Xiao Jianís line about how his and Xiao Yan Ziís ďsurnamesĒ sound similar so they might be related. [[spoiler: It turns out they are.]]

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** Xiao Jianís line about how his and Xiao Yan Ziís ďsurnamesĒ sound similar so they might be related. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It turns out they are.]]



** Also when [[spoiler: Er Kang dies]].
** Xiao Yan Zi on Yong Qiís [[spoiler: wedding night to Zhi Hua]].
** Yong Qi in series 3 when Xiao Yan Zi says she [[spoiler: does not love him anymore ]](she doesnít mean it though).

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** Also when [[spoiler: Er [[spoiler:Er Kang dies]].
** Xiao Yan Zi on Yong Qiís [[spoiler: wedding [[spoiler:wedding night to Zhi Hua]].
** Yong Qi in series 3 when Xiao Yan Zi says she [[spoiler: does [[spoiler:does not love him anymore ]](she doesnít mean it though).



* TheLawOfConservationOfDetail: Xiao Jianís backstory of how he has a ďbrotherĒ and is out seeking to kill his familyís enemy. [[spoiler: It turns out the ďbrotherĒ is a sister Ė Xiao Yan Zi Ė and the enemy is Qian Long, suddenly making Xiao Yan Zi and Yong Qi StarCrossedLovers due to FeudingFamilies.]]

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* TheLawOfConservationOfDetail: Xiao Jianís backstory of how he has a ďbrotherĒ and is out seeking to kill his familyís enemy. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It turns out the ďbrotherĒ is a sister Ė Xiao Yan Zi Ė and the enemy is Qian Long, suddenly making Xiao Yan Zi and Yong Qi StarCrossedLovers due to FeudingFamilies.]]



** All right, so she does [[spoiler: get pregnant twice, and miscarried both times in what must be the first trimester, but thatís two short pregnancies in the space of something like three to four years]]. Considering they are in love, clearly trying and this is the time of no contraception, this trope definitely applies.

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** All right, so she does [[spoiler: get [[spoiler:get pregnant twice, and miscarried both times in what must be the first trimester, but thatís two short pregnancies in the space of something like three to four years]]. Considering they are in love, clearly trying and this is the time of no contraception, this trope definitely applies.



** Subverted when Xiao Jian and Xiao Yan Zi turn out to be [[spoiler: actual brother and sister]].

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** Subverted when Xiao Jian and Xiao Yan Zi turn out to be [[spoiler: actual [[spoiler:actual brother and sister]].



* LoveMakesYouEvil: When we first meet Zhi Hua, she seems like an innocent enough girl (though anyone with GenreSavvy would see where we are heading). In the end, to gain Yong Qiís attention, [[spoiler: she slams herself against furniture while pregnant to induce a premature labour, then later rats out Xiao Yan Ziís secret to Qian Long]].

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* LoveMakesYouEvil: When we first meet Zhi Hua, she seems like an innocent enough girl (though anyone with GenreSavvy would see where we are heading). In the end, to gain Yong Qiís attention, [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she slams herself against furniture while pregnant to induce a premature labour, then later rats out Xiao Yan Ziís secret to Qian Long]].



* NowLetMeCarryYou: Zi Wei became Er Kangís support in series 3 when [[spoiler: the Burmese princess Mu Sha tricked him into getting addicted to cocaine and he must cure himself of the addiction.]]

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* NowLetMeCarryYou: Zi Wei became Er Kangís support in series 3 when [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Burmese princess Mu Sha tricked him into getting addicted to cocaine and he must cure himself of the addiction.]]



* ThePowerOfLove: The power of love both [[spoiler: woke Er Kang up from a fever when he was gravely injured and also cured Zi Wei of her blindness.]]

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* ThePowerOfLove: The power of love both [[spoiler: woke [[spoiler:woke Er Kang up from a fever when he was gravely injured and also cured Zi Wei of her blindness.]]



* PutOnABus: Er Tai after his marriage to Sai Ya at the end of series 1. This becomes a LongBusTrip when it is talked of him coming back for his brother and best friendís wedding but ultimately didnít, and didnít even come back for his brotherís [[spoiler: funeral in series 3.]]

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* PutOnABus: Er Tai after his marriage to Sai Ya at the end of series 1. This becomes a LongBusTrip when it is talked of him coming back for his brother and best friendís wedding but ultimately didnít, and didnít even come back for his brotherís [[spoiler: funeral [[spoiler:funeral in series 3.]]



* RainOfArrows: On Er Kang in the original series 3 on the battlefield where he was [[spoiler: presumed to have died.]]

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* RainOfArrows: On Er Kang in the original series 3 on the battlefield where he was [[spoiler: presumed [[spoiler:presumed to have died.]]



* RedHerring: Xiao Jian acts like heís in love with Xiao Yan Zi for a major part of series 2, bringing out the GreenEyedMonster in Yong Qi. In reality, heís [[spoiler: Xiao Yan Ziís brother.]]

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* RedHerring: Xiao Jian acts like heís in love with Xiao Yan Zi for a major part of series 2, bringing out the GreenEyedMonster in Yong Qi. In reality, heís [[spoiler: Xiao [[spoiler:Xiao Yan Ziís brother.]]



** One of the major sub-plots running through all series is both Er Kang and Yong Qiís struggle to MarryForLove, and not succumb to social pressures and expectations by having loads of concubines. [[spoiler: It doesnít work out so well for Yong Qi.]]

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** One of the major sub-plots running through all series is both Er Kang and Yong Qiís struggle to MarryForLove, and not succumb to social pressures and expectations by having loads of concubines. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It doesnít work out so well for Yong Qi.]]



** By series 3, Zi Wei has a son named Dong Er (which means East) and Xiao Yan Zi has her heart set on naming her first child Nan Er (meaning South). [[spoiler: Eventually she did.]]

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** By series 3, Zi Wei has a son named Dong Er (which means East) and Xiao Yan Zi has her heart set on naming her first child Nan Er (meaning South). [[spoiler: Eventually [[spoiler:Eventually she did.]]
2nd Jan '17 5:57:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* BadAss: Pretty much all the protagonists have moments, but Xiao Yan Zi takes the cake most often.
** BadassAdorable: Xiao Yan Zi.
** BadassBoast: Xiao Yan Zi has many of these. Whether she lives up to it isÖup for debate.
** BadassPrincess: Xiao Yan Zi.
** CulturedBadass: All the educated men: Er Kang, Er Tai, Yong Qi, Xiao Jian. Also Zi Wei.

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* BadAss: Pretty much all the protagonists have moments, but Xiao Yan Zi takes the cake most often.
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%%* BadassAdorable: Xiao Yan Zi.
** %%* BadassBoast: Xiao Yan Zi has many of these. Whether she lives up to it isÖup for debate.
** %%* BadassPrincess: Xiao Yan Zi.
** CulturedBadass: All the educated men: Er Kang, Er Tai, Yong Qi, Xiao Jian. Also Zi Wei.
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%%* CulturedBadass: All the educated men: Er Kang, Er Tai, Yong Qi, Xiao Jian. Also Zi Wei.



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27th Jul '15 3:56:22 AM Morgenthaler
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The original show consisted of three series broadcast in China in 1998, 1999 and 2003 respectively. The series was extremely popular in Mainland China, Taiwan and South East Asia. The first two series helped three of its main actors, ZhaoWei, Ruby Lin and Alec Su, shoot to fame. Series 3 was [[{{FinalSeasonCasting}} significantly recast]] and thus suffered CriticalBacklash.

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The original show consisted of three series broadcast in China in 1998, 1999 and 2003 respectively. The series was extremely popular in Mainland China, Taiwan and South East Asia. The first two series helped three of its main actors, ZhaoWei, Creator/ZhaoWei, Ruby Lin and Alec Su, shoot to fame. Series 3 was [[{{FinalSeasonCasting}} significantly recast]] and thus suffered CriticalBacklash.



* InelegantBlubbering: ZhaoWei as Xiao Yan Zi does not cry prettily in this series. Contrast with Zi Wei's CryCute.

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* InelegantBlubbering: ZhaoWei Creator/ZhaoWei as Xiao Yan Zi does not cry prettily in this series. Contrast with Zi Wei's CryCute.



* StarMakingRole: For ZhaoWei and Ruby Lin Xin Ru. It also revived Alec Su You Pengís dwindling career.

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* StarMakingRole: For ZhaoWei Creator/ZhaoWei and Ruby Lin Xin Ru. It also revived Alec Su You Pengís dwindling career.
5th Mar '15 8:39:26 AM Dame-Amaryllis
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* PairTheSpare: Er Tai and Sai Ya, then Liu Qing and Jin Suo. To some extent, also Xiao Jian and Qing Er.

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* PairTheSpare: PairTheSpares: Er Tai and Sai Ya, then Liu Qing and Jin Suo. To some extent, also Xiao Jian and Qing Er.
5th Mar '15 8:19:11 AM Dame-Amaryllis
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* HonorBeforeReason: Yong Qi, who would rather be thrown into jail rather than abandon his friends, though if he had kept his mouth shut, it is likely that Qian Long would have honoured Lao Fo Yeís wishes and been guilted by Ling Fei into not imprisoning him. An IdiotBall moment that causes both Ling Fei and Er Kang to obviously mentally FacePalm.

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* HonorBeforeReason: Yong Qi, who would rather be thrown into jail rather than abandon his friends, though if he had kept his mouth shut, it is likely that Qian Long would have honoured Lao Fo Yeís wishes and been guilted by Ling Fei into not imprisoning him. An IdiotBall moment that causes both Ling Fei and Er Kang to obviously mentally FacePalm.
5th Mar '15 7:41:24 AM Dame-Amaryllis
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* DysfunctionalFamily: The imperial family this definitely this. UpToEleven in the remake.

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* DysfunctionalFamily: The imperial family this is definitely this. UpToEleven in the remake.
21st Feb '15 3:15:13 AM SeptimusHeap
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** Understandable, because the series is set up to be a [[{{TheThemeParkVersion}} happy, bubbly show]] about love, family and friendship rather than to show the [[{{Main/TheLegendOfZhenHuan}} harsh realities of the imperial court]]. This shows in the way Xiao Yan Zi causes a lot of mayhem and troubles in the palace and gets off with barely any consequences. See also WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief.

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** Understandable, because the series is set up to be a [[{{TheThemeParkVersion}} happy, bubbly show]] about love, family and friendship rather than to show the [[{{Main/TheLegendOfZhenHuan}} [[Series/TheLegendOfZhenHuan harsh realities of the imperial court]]. This shows in the way Xiao Yan Zi causes a lot of mayhem and troubles in the palace and gets off with barely any consequences. See also WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief.
19th Dec '14 10:23:08 PM hmschocolate
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You can watch the entire first series with [[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIGCGRucmiHsESsbb3yY4Asst8qxNprmD English subtitles here]]. Fanfiction for this series [[http://www.fanfiction.net/tv/Princess-Returning-Pearl-%E9%82%84%E7%8F%A0%E6%A0%BC%E6%A0%BC/ can be found here]].



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You can watch the entire first series with [[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIGCGRucmiHsESsbb3yY4Asst8qxNprmD English subtitles here]]. Fanfiction for this series [[http://www.fanfiction.net/tv/Princess-Returning-Pearl-%E9%82%84%E7%8F%A0%E6%A0%BC%E6%A0%BC/ can be found here]].


19th Dec '14 10:22:52 PM hmschocolate
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* BreakTheHaughty: The Empress and Rong Mou Mou, twice! Also Zhi Hua when [[spoiler: Yong Qi leaves at the end of series 3.]]

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* BreakTheHaughty: The Empress and Rong Mou Mou, Mo Mo, twice! Also Zhi Hua when [[spoiler: Yong Qi leaves at the end of series 3.]]



* TheCorrupter: Rong Mou Mou to the Empress, who in turn is this to Lao Fo Ye. Rong Mou Mou could also be the Empressís LadyMacbeth.
** To a lesser extent, Gui Mou Mou to Lao Fo Ye. By series three, Gui Mou Mou is this full-fledged to Zhi Hua.

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* TheCorrupter: Rong Mou Mou Mo Mo to the Empress, who in turn is this to Lao Fo Ye. Rong Mou Mou Mo Mo could also be the Empressís LadyMacbeth.
** To a lesser extent, Gui Mou Mou Mo Mo to Lao Fo Ye. By series three, Gui Mou Mou Mo Mo is this full-fledged to Zhi Hua.



** Rong Mou Mou and Gui Mou Mou both play up the hammy a lot.

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** Rong Mou Mou Mo Mo and Gui Mou Mou Mo Mo both play up the hammy a lot.



* HeelFaceTurn: The Empress and Rong Mou Mou, though in their case, itís more like HeelFaceRevolvingDoor. Also Lao Fo Ye mellows out at the end of series 2.

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* HeelFaceTurn: The Empress and Rong Mou Mou, Mo Mo, though in their case, itís more like HeelFaceRevolvingDoor. Also Lao Fo Ye mellows out at the end of series 2.



** Sometimes also Zi Wei who is forgiving to a ridiculous degree, especially towards the Empress and Rong Mou Mou.

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** Sometimes also Zi Wei who is forgiving to a ridiculous degree, especially towards the Empress and Rong Mou Mou.Mo Mo.



* WellIntentionedExtremist: Lao Fo Ye is meant to be this. The Empress is too, sometimes, when not being egged on by [[{{TheCorrupter}} Rong Mou Mou]].

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: Lao Fo Ye is meant to be this. The Empress is too, sometimes, when not being egged on by [[{{TheCorrupter}} Rong Mou Mou]].Mo Mo]].



* YouNeverDidThatForMe: When Yong Yan was born, the Empress complained to Rong Mou Mou that Qian Long never acted that happy when she gave birth to Yong Ji.

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* YouNeverDidThatForMe: When Yong Yan was born, the Empress complained to Rong Mou Mou Mo Mo that Qian Long never acted that happy when she gave birth to Yong Ji.
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