History Series / TheTenthKingdom

23rd Jan '17 4:46:12 PM MasamiPhoenix
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** Magic items in general are implied to be this, and the more useful they are to you, the more addictive they are.
8th Jan '17 11:52:46 AM SeptimusHeap
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* FantasticArousal: Wolf's tail. See the entry on "What Do You Mean, It's Not For Kids?", as well as FreudWasRight.

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* FantasticArousal: Wolf's tail. See the entry on "What Do You Mean, It's Not For Kids?", as well as FreudWasRight.Kids?".



* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Though admittedly we only meet a half-wolf, not a true werewolf. To judge from Wolf, Nine Kingdoms wolves do not seem to be vulnerable to silver, change only on the three nights of the full moon, and while changed have no control over their actions and no memory of what they have done. They also seem to be afflicted by the 'take on lupine mannerisms and characteristics' aspect of this trope, since Wolf is constantly scratching at his temple, whines and whimpers and growls, nuzzles Virginia, and scrapes the ground with his feet to cover his tracks—although this may merely be a product of actor Scott Cohen's enthusiastic character immersion. What makes the half-wolves interesting is the twists: they ''always'' possess tails, even in human form, [[FreudWasRight which change size with the time of the month]] and apparently act as [[FantasticArousal erogenous zones]], and explicit reference is made to the female cycle by how Wolf starts gaining PMS-like symptoms as the full moon approaches and, when fighting the change, ends up with...[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything cramps]]. Still more interestingly, it is never truly explained what the term 'half-wolf' actually means. Are they the literal product of [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction a coupling between a full wolf and a human]], and this is what grants them their ability to change forms? Or is it merely a euphemism for werewolf, which could be considered a half-wolf because they can also appear as humans? Or is it even possible, taking into account the [[FantasticRacism prejudice]] against them in the Kingdoms, that the term is meant to be parallel to mulattos, quadroons, and octaroons in the real world—so if a half-wolf had a child with a human, their offspring would be a quarter-wolf, and so on? Wolf's sole TransformationSequence during the miniseries is inconclusive, since all we see is him becoming a typical Lon Chaney WolfMan. According to [[WordOfGod Simon Moore]], however, Wolf was intended to become a Dire Wolf, but they didn't have the budget for such special effects. What this says about the nature of half-wolves isn't clear.

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* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Though admittedly we only meet a half-wolf, not a true werewolf. To judge from Wolf, Nine Kingdoms wolves do not seem to be vulnerable to silver, change only on the three nights of the full moon, and while changed have no control over their actions and no memory of what they have done. They also seem to be afflicted by the 'take on lupine mannerisms and characteristics' aspect of this trope, since Wolf is constantly scratching at his temple, whines and whimpers and growls, nuzzles Virginia, and scrapes the ground with his feet to cover his tracks—although this may merely be a product of actor Scott Cohen's enthusiastic character immersion. What makes the half-wolves interesting is the twists: they ''always'' possess tails, even in human form, [[FreudWasRight which change size with the time of the month]] month and apparently act as [[FantasticArousal erogenous zones]], and explicit reference is made to the female cycle by how Wolf starts gaining PMS-like symptoms as the full moon approaches and, when fighting the change, ends up with...[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything cramps]]. Still more interestingly, it is never truly explained what the term 'half-wolf' actually means. Are they the literal product of [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction a coupling between a full wolf and a human]], and this is what grants them their ability to change forms? Or is it merely a euphemism for werewolf, which could be considered a half-wolf because they can also appear as humans? Or is it even possible, taking into account the [[FantasticRacism prejudice]] against them in the Kingdoms, that the term is meant to be parallel to mulattos, quadroons, and octaroons in the real world—so if a half-wolf had a child with a human, their offspring would be a quarter-wolf, and so on? Wolf's sole TransformationSequence during the miniseries is inconclusive, since all we see is him becoming a typical Lon Chaney WolfMan. According to [[WordOfGod Simon Moore]], however, Wolf was intended to become a Dire Wolf, but they didn't have the budget for such special effects. What this says about the nature of half-wolves isn't clear.
21st Oct '16 10:08:29 PM Ingonyama
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* TheMirrorShowsYourTrueSelf: Inversion: the Queen uses a hypnotic mirror which shows her merely standing behind Virginia, when in fact she is strangling her. It isn't until Virginia glances to the side and sees the truth in another mirror that she is able to break free.
21st Oct '16 9:11:24 PM Ingonyama
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* BigApplesauce: The portal which opens between our world and the world where fairy tales are real is, of course, located in New York's Central Park. What makes this miniseries a particularly striking example of the trope is how the opening titles quite conspicuously, and jaw-droppingly, magically morph the New York City skyline into a fantasy land to suggest the crossing over of magic into the real world. The sequence, quite justifiably, won an Emmy. To watch the sequence, go [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzmw1MHWUvQ here.]]

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* BigApplesauce: The portal which opens between our world and the world where fairy tales are real is, of course, located in New York's Central Park. What makes this miniseries a particularly striking example of the trope is how the opening titles quite conspicuously, and jaw-droppingly, magically morph the New York City skyline into a fantasy land to suggest the crossing over of magic into the real world. The sequence, quite justifiably, won an Emmy. To watch the sequence, go [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzmw1MHWUvQ com/watch?v=vOekyGlGhCY here.]]
21st Oct '16 8:55:56 PM Ingonyama
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** One [[FridgeBrilliance possible]] [[WildMassGuessing explanation]] as to how the mirror ended up in the basement of a prison is that the [[BigBad Evil]] [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen]] mentions to fake!Wendell that Snow White's EvilStepmother once had five castles, and one of the prison guards mentions that the stuff in the basement of the Snow White Memorial Prison is from when ''before'' the SWMP was a prison. It's possible that the prison was one of her castles, and that it was turned into a prison after her exile. Not only would that explain why a magic mirror just happened to be in the basement, it would also make for delicious irony that the Swamp Witch's apprentice was imprisoned in her mistress' former castle.

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** One [[FridgeBrilliance possible]] [[WildMassGuessing explanation]] as to how the mirror ended up in the basement of a prison is that the [[BigBad Evil]] [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen]] mentions to fake!Wendell that Snow White's EvilStepmother once had five castles, and one of the prison guards mentions that the stuff in the basement of the Snow White Memorial Prison is from when ''before'' the SWMP was a prison. It's possible that the prison was one of her castles, and that it was turned into a prison after her exile. Not only would that explain why a magic mirror just happened to be in the basement, it would also make for delicious irony that the Swamp Witch's apprentice was imprisoned in her mistress' former castle.


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* HouseOfBrokenMirrors: Interesting variation: the mirror in question was not smashed by the person looking into it, or in order to keep from seeing something terrible [[spoiler:(it was a simple accident)]], and because of this it is no longer magical. However, considering the point this happens in the narrative [[spoiler:(the smashing of the mirror itself keeps the characters from getting back to our world, their princely companion is losing his mind in the dog body he's been trapped in, and Virginia just learned (she thinks) that Wolf didn't love her and so she has left him)]], having the heroine see her shattered reflection in the pieces they've managed to gather is still extremely symbolic.
7th Oct '16 3:52:09 AM WoundedWolfgirl
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** One [[FridgeBrilliance possible]] [[WildMassGuessing explanation]] as to how the mirror ended up in the basement of a prison is that the [[BigBad Evil]] [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen]] mentions to fake!Wendell that Snow White's EvilStepmother once had five castles, and one of the prison guards mentions that the stuff in the basement of the Snow White Memorial Prison is from when ''before'' the SWMP was a prison. It's possible that the prison was one of her castles, and that it was turned into a prison after her exile. Not only would that explain why a magic mirror just happened to be in the basement, it would also make for delicious irony that the Swamp Witch's apprentice was imprisoned in her mistress' former castle.
25th Jun '16 4:02:35 PM nombretomado
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* AllTrollsAreDifferent: Trolls in the ''Series/TheTenthKingdom'' are human-sized, ugly, with overdone mullets, and an obsession with leather. Especially shoes. It isn't clear if the shoe fetish is a racial trait or not, all of the Trolls who exhibit it are immediate family. Despite their human size, they are incredibly strong. At one point one was hit by a car, leaving a deep indent in the front of the car but barely moving the Troll.

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* AllTrollsAreDifferent: Trolls in the ''Series/TheTenthKingdom'' are human-sized, ugly, with overdone mullets, and an obsession with leather. Especially shoes. It isn't clear if the shoe fetish is a racial trait or not, all of the Trolls who exhibit it are immediate family. Despite their human size, they are incredibly strong. At one point one was hit by a car, leaving a deep indent in the front of the car but barely moving the Troll.



* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: Although never actually spoken, it is heavily implied (and even nearly subverted) during the scene at the Huntsman's treehouse in ''Series/TheTenthKingdom'', when Wolf is about to kill him with the magic axe and Virginia stops him.

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* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: Although never actually spoken, it is heavily implied (and even nearly subverted) during the scene at the Huntsman's treehouse in ''Series/TheTenthKingdom'', treehouse, when Wolf is about to kill him with the magic axe and Virginia stops him.



* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: NBC was notorious for doing this during most if not of all of their miniseries "events", but a particularly {{egregious}} example occurred twice for ''Series/TheTenthKingdom'': just after the suspenseful scenes in which Virginia and Tony were trying to buy the Traveling mirror at auction, the trailer revealed [[spoiler:that it gets broken]], and right as we're wondering if the heroes will get to the ball and stop the Evil Queen's plot in time, the trailer revealed [[spoiler:all of Wendell's guests collapsing from poison]]. Next commercial break then shows us both [[spoiler:the same guests awakening, revealing they weren't really dead]] and [[spoiler:Prince and Wendell switching back—though granted, this was something of TheUntwist by that late in the game]]. About the only major plot point not revealed by the trailers, thankfully, was that [[spoiler:the Evil Queen was Virginia's mother]]. Not to mention [[spoiler:Wolf stopping the Huntsman from killing Virginia at the end]].

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* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: NBC was notorious for doing this during most if not of all of their miniseries "events", but a particularly {{egregious}} example occurred twice for ''Series/TheTenthKingdom'': twice: just after the suspenseful scenes in which Virginia and Tony were trying to buy the Traveling mirror at auction, the trailer revealed [[spoiler:that it gets broken]], and right as we're wondering if the heroes will get to the ball and stop the Evil Queen's plot in time, the trailer revealed [[spoiler:all of Wendell's guests collapsing from poison]]. Next commercial break then shows us both [[spoiler:the same guests awakening, revealing they weren't really dead]] and [[spoiler:Prince and Wendell switching back—though granted, this was something of TheUntwist by that late in the game]]. About the only major plot point not revealed by the trailers, thankfully, was that [[spoiler:the Evil Queen was Virginia's mother]]. Not to mention [[spoiler:Wolf stopping the Huntsman from killing Virginia at the end]].
25th Jun '16 4:01:59 PM nombretomado
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* AllTrollsAreDifferent: Trolls in the TheTenthKingdom are human-sized, ugly, with overdone mullets, and an obsession with leather. Especially shoes. It isn't clear if the shoe fetish is a racial trait or not, all of the Trolls who exhibit it are immediate family. Despite their human size, they are incredibly strong. At one point one was hit by a car, leaving a deep indent in the front of the car but barely moving the Troll.

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* AllTrollsAreDifferent: Trolls in the TheTenthKingdom ''Series/TheTenthKingdom'' are human-sized, ugly, with overdone mullets, and an obsession with leather. Especially shoes. It isn't clear if the shoe fetish is a racial trait or not, all of the Trolls who exhibit it are immediate family. Despite their human size, they are incredibly strong. At one point one was hit by a car, leaving a deep indent in the front of the car but barely moving the Troll.



* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: Although never actually spoken, it is heavily implied (and even nearly subverted) during the scene at the Huntsman's treehouse in ''TheTenthKingdom'', when Wolf is about to kill him with the magic axe and Virginia stops him.

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* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: Although never actually spoken, it is heavily implied (and even nearly subverted) during the scene at the Huntsman's treehouse in ''TheTenthKingdom'', ''Series/TheTenthKingdom'', when Wolf is about to kill him with the magic axe and Virginia stops him.



* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: NBC was notorious for doing this during most if not of all of their miniseries "events", but a particularly {{egregious}} example occurred twice for TheTenthKingdom: just after the suspenseful scenes in which Virginia and Tony were trying to buy the Traveling mirror at auction, the trailer revealed [[spoiler:that it gets broken]], and right as we're wondering if the heroes will get to the ball and stop the Evil Queen's plot in time, the trailer revealed [[spoiler:all of Wendell's guests collapsing from poison]]. Next commercial break then shows us both [[spoiler:the same guests awakening, revealing they weren't really dead]] and [[spoiler:Prince and Wendell switching back—though granted, this was something of TheUntwist by that late in the game]]. About the only major plot point not revealed by the trailers, thankfully, was that [[spoiler:the Evil Queen was Virginia's mother]]. Not to mention [[spoiler:Wolf stopping the Huntsman from killing Virginia at the end]].

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* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: NBC was notorious for doing this during most if not of all of their miniseries "events", but a particularly {{egregious}} example occurred twice for TheTenthKingdom: ''Series/TheTenthKingdom'': just after the suspenseful scenes in which Virginia and Tony were trying to buy the Traveling mirror at auction, the trailer revealed [[spoiler:that it gets broken]], and right as we're wondering if the heroes will get to the ball and stop the Evil Queen's plot in time, the trailer revealed [[spoiler:all of Wendell's guests collapsing from poison]]. Next commercial break then shows us both [[spoiler:the same guests awakening, revealing they weren't really dead]] and [[spoiler:Prince and Wendell switching back—though granted, this was something of TheUntwist by that late in the game]]. About the only major plot point not revealed by the trailers, thankfully, was that [[spoiler:the Evil Queen was Virginia's mother]]. Not to mention [[spoiler:Wolf stopping the Huntsman from killing Virginia at the end]].
15th Jun '16 6:14:34 PM Ingonyama
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** Little Lamb village might have ridiculous show trials that are nothing more than a prelude to a lynching, but using SlutShaming on a murder victim for a "she was asking for it" defense ''really'' pisses them off.

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** Little Lamb village Village might have ridiculous show trials that are nothing more than a prelude to a lynching, but using SlutShaming on a murder victim for a "she was asking for it" defense ''really'' pisses them off.



** Happens ''again'' in Kissing Town, of all places, after Tony [[spoiler:breaks the magic mirror and everyone runs him, Prince, and Virginia out of town to keep his bad luck from causing them trouble]]. Especially notable because just a short time before, this same crowd had been celebrating the return of "Wendell" and death of the Troll King. Apparently is is very easy to stir one of these up in the Nine Kingdoms.

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** Happens ''again'' in Kissing Town, of all places, after Tony [[spoiler:breaks the magic mirror and everyone runs him, Prince, Wendell, and Virginia out of town to keep his bad luck from causing them trouble]]. Especially notable because just a short time before, this same crowd had been celebrating the return of "Wendell" and the death of the Troll King. Apparently is it is very easy to stir one of these up in the Nine Kingdoms.
15th Jun '16 6:07:25 PM Ingonyama
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* ShamingTheMob: Tony in Little Lamb Village, thanks to evidence provided by Wendell. And it's damn effective.


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* TorchesAndPitchforks:
** Obviously (and unsurprisingly) this happens in Little Lamb Village after Sally Peep's murder, first when the crowd captures Wolf and then after he is found guilty and about to be [[BurnTheWitch burned at the stake]]. Interestingly (and somewhat realistically, since once people's tempers are riled it's a lot easier to change their target by redirecting their rage) the crowd ends up turning on [[spoiler:Wilfred Peep]] after Tony proves his guilt.
** Happens ''again'' in Kissing Town, of all places, after Tony [[spoiler:breaks the magic mirror and everyone runs him, Prince, and Virginia out of town to keep his bad luck from causing them trouble]]. Especially notable because just a short time before, this same crowd had been celebrating the return of "Wendell" and death of the Troll King. Apparently is is very easy to stir one of these up in the Nine Kingdoms.
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