History Series / Vikings

22nd Sep '16 9:37:09 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* AnyoneCanDie: By the end of Season 2, a few HistoricalDomainCharacters who, in the actual stories, would have survived far longer than they did have been killed. Entirely fictional yet beloved side characters also drop like flies.

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* AnyoneCanDie: By the end of Season 2, a few HistoricalDomainCharacters {{Historical Domain Character}}s who, in the actual stories, would have survived far longer than they did have been killed. Entirely fictional yet beloved side characters also drop like flies.
21st Sep '16 6:43:55 PM ecuvulle6267
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* TheLowMiddleAges
8th Sep '16 1:20:21 PM DemonDuckofDoom
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* AmbiguouslyBi: Floki, Athelstan, Ecbert, Aslaug, Lagertha and even Emperor Charles.

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* AmbiguouslyBi: Floki, Athelstan, Ecbert, Aslaug, Lagertha and even Emperor Charles.


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** Lagertha has married several men, has a threesome with a man and his wife and [[spoiler:will have a female lover in the latter half of season 4.]]
5th Sep '16 2:12:37 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* CliffHanger: Season 1 ends with [[spoiler: Aslaug being pregnant with Ubbe, Ragnar's second son and Rollo deciding to betray his brother and fight with jarl Borg]].

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* CliffHanger: CliffHanger:
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Season 1 ends with [[spoiler: Aslaug being pregnant with Ubbe, Ragnar's second son and Rollo deciding to betray his brother and fight with jarl Borg]].
4th Sep '16 4:30:40 PM AgentSniff
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** King Aelle returns in season 2 as an ally to king Ecbert.



* CliffHanger: The season 4 mid-season finale has [[spoiler:Ragnar sticking a sword in the ground and bellowing for someone, including his sons, to try to kill him]].

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* CliffHanger: Season 1 ends with [[spoiler: Aslaug being pregnant with Ubbe, Ragnar's second son and Rollo deciding to betray his brother and fight with jarl Borg]].
** Season 3 ends with [[spoiler: Ragnar revealing to Floki that he knows he killed Athelstan]].
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The season 4 mid-season finale has [[spoiler:Ragnar sticking a sword in the ground and bellowing for someone, including his sons, to try to kill him]].



* CynicismCatalyst: If you are in a position of leadership in viking Scandinavia, this is almost given. For earl Haraldson it was the murder of his sons. For jarl Borg it was his murder trying to poison him and his wife dying in the process.
** Ragnar suffers multiple minor one [[spoiler: losing Kauko, Erik, Leif, Arne and his daughter Gyda]] in the first season and lashes out on Björn in a cynical but poignant rant about happiness not being garantied anyone. When [[spoiler: Floki murders Athelstan]] he is finally pushed into an even deeper pit of cynicism. It did not help that it was partly his fault because [[spoiler: Athelstan suggested that he should leave, having alienated all Kattegat when he finally converted back to christianity and threw away his armring.]]



** [[spoiler: Rollo]] became one.



* {{Expy}}: Floki to Loki. This is lampshaded from the moment he is mentioned.
** Fittingly, Helga is becoming an expy of Sigyn, Loki's wife.



** More or less everytime any faction resorts to Hollywood tactics, they get their asses handed to them.



* MeaningfulName: It is noted by Bjorn that Floki has a name that sounds like Loki. He resembles the trickster god's role in many ways: a close ally to the hero on his travels, as Loki is to Thor (Ragnar, in this case); not a muscular warrior, but his intelligence is of great help (Floki is an engineer and imparts important advice to Ragnar); frequently causes mischief and trouble (needlessly burning down the monastery, causing a battle by ripping a crucifix off a soldier). In Season 2, he openly associates himself with Loki and names his daughter after Loki's first wife. [[spoiler: In Season 4 his punishment for killing Athelstan is pulled straight from what happened to Loki for killing Baldur - caught in a river, chained up in a cave to be tormented by dripping with only their loyal wives to avert their torment.]]

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** Micheal Hirt's TrollingCreator antics certainly does not help.
* MeaningfulName: It is noted by Bjorn that Floki has a name that sounds like Loki. He resembles the trickster god's role in many ways: a close ally to the hero on his travels, as Loki is to Thor (Ragnar, in this case); not a muscular warrior, but his intelligence is of great help (Floki is an engineer and imparts important advice to Ragnar); frequently causes mischief and trouble (needlessly burning down the monastery, causing a battle by ripping a crucifix off a soldier). In Season 2, he openly associates himself with Loki and names his daughter after Loki's first wife. [[spoiler: In Season 4 his punishment for killing Athelstan is pulled straight from what happened to Loki for killing Baldur - caught in a river, chained up in a cave to be tormented by dripping with only their loyal wives to avert their torment.]]]]



* NeverLearnedToRead: All of the Vikings, which is TruthInTelevision since RealLife Vikings were illiterate and unable to record their own history, especially in the earlier years of paganism. The only main character who can read or write is the Anglo-Saxon monk Athelstan.

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* NeverLearnedToRead: All of the Vikings, Vikings (except Floki who knows runes), which is TruthInTelevision since RealLife Vikings were illiterate and unable to record their own history, especially in the earlier years of paganism. The only main character who can read or write is the Anglo-Saxon monk Athelstan.



* PromotionToOpeningTitles: John Kavanagh who plays the blind seer is promoted to the opening credits in season 4.



** The soliders of Earl Bjarni carries faithful replications of Coppergate helmet. Which is neighter the right place, period or culture.

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** The soliders of Earl Bjarni carries faithful replications of Coppergate helmet. Which is neighter the right place, period place or culture.



* RealMenWearPink: Floki and the shamans of Uppsala wears [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kohl_(cosmetics) Kohl]] eye makeup.

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* RealMenWearPink: Floki Floki, the Seer and the shamans of Uppsala wears [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kohl_(cosmetics) Kohl]] eye makeup.



** The smith in season 1 has a replica of a viking-age cooling stone bearing the image of Floki.



* TrollingCreator: Michael Hirst regarding the nature of the super natural elements of the show, saying stuff like: "If you show dramatisation of the crucifiction to a christian, would they say it's a fantasy?". Hirst has also all but confirmed by the fan theory that Floki is the god Loki.



* UndignifiedDeath: Earl Haraldson's sons are brutally murdered their heads cut off and set against their backside, and left in a shallow grave as a sign of disrespect for their father.

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* UndignifiedDeath: Earl Haraldson's sons are brutally murdered murdered, their heads cut off and set against their backside, and left in a shallow grave as a sign of disrespect for their father.


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*** It gets even worse in season 4 [[spoiler: when word of the massacre of the Norse settlers get out and that Ragnar knew about this and said nothing]].
29th Aug '16 3:06:30 PM AgentSniff
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** The soliders of Earl Bjarni carries faithful replications of Vendel age helmets found in Valsgärde, Sweden. Althrough somewhat anachronistic, it certainly fits with them being Swedes.

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** The soliders of Earl Bjarni carries faithful replications of Vendel age helmets found in Valsgärde, Sweden. Althrough somewhat anachronistic, it certainly fits with them being Swedes.Coppergate helmet. Which is neighter the right place, period or culture.
28th Aug '16 2:38:39 PM AgentSniff
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** The soliders of Earl Bjarni carries faithful replications of Vendel age helmets found in Valsgärde, Sweden. Althrough somewhat anachronistic, it certainly fits with them being Swedes.
25th Aug '16 4:44:50 PM AgentSniff
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** Few of the Vikings wear helmets into battle, and those that we see don't have [[HornyVikings horns]]. Most Vikings in real life were too poor to own a helmet, but Ragnar's elite group passes up many opportunities to loot helmets and armor from their many foes.

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** Few of the Vikings wear helmets into battle, and those that we see don't have [[HornyVikings horns]]. Most Vikings in real life were too poor to own a helmet, but Ragnar's elite group passes up many opportunities to loot helmets and armor from their many foes. The only norsemen to carry helmets on a regular basis are the Swedes briefly seen in season 1.
2nd Aug '16 7:11:03 AM Exigo
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** Thus, the Frankish king in the show is made up of Charles II the Bald (843-877), Charlemange's grandson, and Charles III the Fat (885-888), who was the Holy Roman Emperor. Ironically, the show's king is both Charlemange's grandson and the Emperor, but neither bald, nor fat.

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** Thus, the Frankish king in the show is made up of Charles II the Bald (843-877), Charlemange's Charlemagne's grandson, and Charles III the Fat (885-888), who was the Holy Roman Emperor. Ironically, the show's king is both Charlemange's Charlemagne's grandson and the Emperor, but neither bald, nor fat.
2nd Aug '16 7:08:11 AM Exigo
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** Thus, the Frankish king in the show is made up of Charles II the Bald (843-887), Charlemange's grandson, and Charles III the Fat (885-888), who was the Holy Roman Emperor. Ironically, the show's king is both Charlemange's grandson and the Emperor, but neither bald, nor fat.

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** Thus, the Frankish king in the show is made up of Charles II the Bald (843-887), (843-877), Charlemange's grandson, and Charles III the Fat (885-888), who was the Holy Roman Emperor. Ironically, the show's king is both Charlemange's grandson and the Emperor, but neither bald, nor fat.
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