History TheWheelOfTime / TropesGToL

14th Feb '18 10:54:55 PM Sniper_Maxter
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* InventedLinguisticDistinction
** Several mainland nations have linguistic quirks common to their natives, like Illianers' liberal use of "do" and "do be" as auxiliary verbs and Taraboners' tendency to end sentences with a "...yes?"
** The Seanchan invaders have a highly distinctive slow, drawling accent, and several of them remark on how mainland accents are incomprehensibly fast and clipped by comparison.
** The Sharans speak in a CreepyMonotone when [[spoiler:their army shows up out of nowhere to fight for the Shadow in the FinalBattle]].
** The Aiel are on FullNameBasis with everyone: among themselves, they don't have surnames and consider it a very intimate gesture to use an abbreviated pet name.
14th Dec '17 5:11:57 PM GunarmDyne
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--Isam's [[http://www.ataricommunity.com/forums/showthread.php?t=386600 snarky summaries]]

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--Isam's [[http://www.ataricommunity.com/forums/showthread.php?t=386600 [[http://softandonly.com/jackie-isms/isams-wheel-of-time-summary-the-fires-of-heaven-book-5.html snarky summaries]]
11th Dec '17 2:57:30 PM DeLuman
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11th Dec '17 2:56:54 PM DeLuman
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** GenderRestrictedAbility: There are a great variety of differences between male and female channelers of the One Power, the first being that women draw from the female half ''saidar'', and men draw from its opposite ''saidin''. Women can weave more flows, but men can draw larger quantities of Power. Women create Gateways by making two areas 'similar', [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything whereas men 'forcefully' bore holes]] into the fabric of space. Female channelers who begin to manipulate the One Power can be seen to glow, but only by other female channelers; men instead feel a tingling feeling when a woman is channeling. In the case of men channeling, a man able to channel get a strong feeling of menace from another man channeling, but women cannot detect a man channeling at all, other than the effects. Even the ''way'' you channel is different: women must "surrender to" ''saidar'', while men must "grasp" ''saidin'', and if you try it the other gender's way, you get very dead very quickly. If ''saidar'' is tai chi, ''saidin'' is shaolin kung fu (or Krav Maga). Or more specifically, Yin and Yang.
*** Subverted in one case. Linking is a gender-restricted ability itself; only ''saidar'' channelers can link together "circles" of casters, whose power adds together, but the maximum number is determined by how many men are included, with a "hard cap" of 72 people total. (13 women can link alone, at least one man and 26 women, 6 men and up to 66 women... Since for groups of more than 2 men there must be more women than men, there could be up to 35 men [with 36 or 37 women] in one circle). However, only one person actually channels in a circle, and in dual-gender circles, that person has to know how to direct both ''saidar'' and ''saidin.''

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** GenderRestrictedAbility: There are a great variety of differences between male and female channelers of the One Power, the first being that women draw from the female half ''saidar'', and men draw from its opposite ''saidin''. Women can weave more flows, but men can draw larger quantities of Power. Women create Gateways by making two areas 'similar', [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything whereas men 'forcefully' bore holes]] into the fabric of space. Female channelers who begin to manipulate the One Power can be seen to glow, but only by other female channelers; men instead feel a tingling feeling when a woman is channeling. In the case of men channeling, a man able to channel get a strong feeling of menace from another man channeling, but women cannot detect a man channeling at all, other than the effects. Even the ''way'' you channel is different: women must "surrender to" ''saidar'', while men must "grasp" ''saidin'', and if you try it the other gender's way, you get very dead very quickly. If ''saidar'' is tai chi, ''saidin'' is shaolin kung fu (or Krav Maga). Or more specifically, Yin and Yang.
*** Subverted in one case. Linking is a gender-restricted ability itself; only ''saidar'' channelers can link together "circles" of casters, whose power adds together, but the maximum number is determined by how many men are included, with a "hard cap" of 72 people total. (13 women can link alone, at least one man and 26 women, 6 men and up to 66 women... Since for groups of more than 2 men there must be more women than men, there could be up to 35 men [with 36 or 37 women] in one circle). However, only one person actually channels in a circle, and in dual-gender circles, that person has to know how to direct both ''saidar'' and ''saidin.''



** GeometricMagic: All magic is pattern-based, involving the "weaving" of "threads," "strands" or "flows" of the various elements into intricate patterns. (This imagery is an extension of the idea that the Wheel of Time is a spinning wheel or loom.)
11th Dec '17 2:54:57 PM DeLuman
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** GenderRestrictedAbility: There are a great variety of differences between male and female channelers of the One Power, the first being that women draw from the female half ''saidar'', and men draw from its opposite ''saidin''. Women can weave more flows, but men can draw larger quantities of Power. Women create Gateways by making two areas 'similar', [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything whereas men 'forcefully' bore holes]] into the fabric of space. Female channelers who begin to manipulate the One Power can be seen to glow, but only by other female channelers; men instead feel a tingling feeling when a woman is channeling. In the case of men channeling, a man able to channel get a strong feeling of menace from another man channeling, but women cannot detect a man channeling at all, other than the effects. Even the ''way'' you channel is different: women must "surrender to" ''saidar'', while men must "grasp" ''saidin'', and if you try it the other gender's way, you get very dead very quickly. If ''saidar'' is tai chi, ''saidin'' is shaolin kung fu (or Krav Maga). Or more specifically, Yin and Yang.
*** Subverted in one case. Linking is a gender-restricted ability itself; only ''saidar'' channelers can link together "circles" of casters, whose power adds together, but the maximum number is determined by how many men are included, with a "hard cap" of 72 people total. (13 women can link alone, at least one man and 26 women, 6 men and up to 66 women... Since for groups of more than 2 men there must be more women than men, there could be up to 35 men [with 36 or 37 women] in one circle). However, only one person actually channels in a circle, and in dual-gender circles, that person has to know how to direct both ''saidar'' and ''saidin.''


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** GeometricMagic: All magic is pattern-based, involving the "weaving" of "threads," "strands" or "flows" of the various elements into intricate patterns. (This imagery is an extension of the idea that the Wheel of Time is a spinning wheel or loom.)


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** InherentGift: There are a variety of extremely rare abilities that people can be born with, such as naturally accessing the World of Dreams, talking to wolves, ways of seeing the future, and sensing ''ta'veren''-- but despite what some characters believe, these have no connection with the One Power. Many others ''do'' however: innate Talents that allow sometimes-subconscious use of the One Power in specific areas that others might find extremely difficult or outright impossible: Healing, predicting the weather, Foretelling, finding ores, comprehension/reconstruction of LostTechnology, etc. And there is a difference between people who can ''learn'' to channel and people who have TheGift, and will begin to do it whether they are trained or not.
1st Dec '17 2:09:55 PM RaineyH
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* GardenOfEvil: The Blight, a slowly-expanding disease on the land that spans the northern side of the main continent, where every plant and 'animal' is poisonous, extremely deadly, and out to get you. Thanks a lot, [[MadScientist Aginor]]. Its expansion ceases to become an issue after the first book. At its heart lies [[{{Mordor}} Shayol Ghul]], the physical point that is closest to the weakness in the Dark One's prison.

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* GardenOfEvil: The Blight, a slowly-expanding disease on the land that spans the northern side of the main continent, where every plant and 'animal' ''animal'' is poisonous, extremely deadly, and actively out to get you. Thanks a lot, [[MadScientist Aginor]]. Its expansion ceases to become an issue after the first book. At its heart lies [[{{Mordor}} Shayol Ghul]], the physical point that is closest to the weakness in the Dark One's prison.



* HenpeckedHusband: Just about every married man, to some degree. Ebou Dari wives wear knives to slice up or murder their husbands when they misbehave, and Saldaean couples tend to resolve their differences through shouting matches. The latter's a subversion, since it's supposed to prove that the husband ''isn't'' henpecked, and is also taking his wife seriously.

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* HenpeckedHusband: Just about every married man, to some degree. Ebou Dari wives wear knives to slice up or murder their husbands when they misbehave, misbehave (while women in Far Madding "only" keep a leather strap handy), and Saldaean couples tend to resolve their differences through shouting matches. The latter's a subversion, since it's supposed to prove that the husband ''isn't'' henpecked, and is also taking his wife seriously.



** Seanchan superstitiously follow vague and complicated omens while [[ArbitrarySkepticism arbitrarily refusing to believe in more apparent supernatural phenomena]] such as ''ta'veren'' or trollocs. However, some omens have been shown to be genuinely instructive, and Tuon's obedience to them was essential to her survival and ascendancy to the throne, so to a certain degree it boils down to cultural differences.

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** Seanchan superstitiously follow vague and complicated omens while [[ArbitrarySkepticism arbitrarily refusing to believe in more apparent supernatural phenomena]] such as ''ta'veren'' or trollocs.Trollocs. However, some omens have been shown to be genuinely instructive, and Tuon's obedience to them was essential to her survival and ascendancy to the throne, so to a certain degree it boils down to cultural differences. It's also one of Tuon's more humanizing qualities, [[WatsonianVersusDoylist making her a more palatable character]] despite her unsettling origins and views.



** Mat's reaction when he finds out Birgitte's true identity. Her agreeing with him is the start of their friendship.

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** Mat's reaction when he finds out Birgitte's true identity. Her agreeing with him is the start of their friendship.friendship (and the fact that Elayne gets drunk by proxy is icing on the cake).



** After Myrelle [[spoiler:takes custody of Lan upon Moiraine's "death," there are strong hints that she gives him a little of this to keep him distracted from the rage and grief that most Warders in his situation go through. The ethics of this treatment are left up to the reader to consider.]]



* JackassGenie - The Eelfinn.
* {{Jerkass}}: Egwene seems to be the only character never called out for it (and never to reflect on it, despite her bullying of Nynaeve from book 4 onward, her condescension towards Mat and Rand, and her judgmentalism towards Moiraine's tactics.

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* JackassGenie - JackassGenie: The Eelfinn.
* {{Jerkass}}: Egwene seems to be the only character never called out for it (and it--and never to reflect on it, despite her bullying of Nynaeve from book 4 onward, her condescension towards Mat and Rand, and her (rather hypocritical) judgmentalism towards Moiraine's tactics.



* KarmicRape: The fate of minor villain Galina.

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* KarmicRape: The fate of minor villain Galina. It couldn't have happened to a [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder nicer lady]], but [[spoiler:being taken back to the Waste, broken and helpless, as a toy for a particularly nasty Shaido Wise One]] was enough to make many readers feel sorry for her, StupidEvil or no.



* KlingonScientistsGetNoRespect - Inverted. The Aiel warrior culture deeply respects blacksmiths.

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* KlingonScientistsGetNoRespect - Inverted. The Aiel warrior culture deeply respects blacksmiths.blacksmiths, and they read voraciously when they can get ahold of new books.



* KnightInSourArmor - Gawyn, Perrin, Talmanes, for that matter almost every noble/general who isn't a darkfriend or [[JerkAss meglomaniac]].

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* KnightInSourArmor - Gawyn, Perrin, Talmanes, for that matter almost every noble/general who isn't a darkfriend Darkfriend or [[JerkAss meglomaniac]].



* LightIsNotGood: The [[KnightTemplar Children of the Light/"Whitecloaks,"]] although there are a few good ones among them (and their leader, Pedron Niall, shows a refreshing amount of PragmaticVillainy by the standards of this series).



** Cadsuane Melaidhrin gets this treatment from other Aes Sedai. When she first shows up, several of them greet her with "I thought you were dead," although it's soon clear that what they meant was [[IronLady "I hoped you were dead."]]



* LoopholeAbuse: Aes Sedai take this trope and not only run with it but they manage to take the family farm, get elected as Mayor and take over the Women's Circle. The main reason that people don't trust Aes Sedai is that they'll make a promise or statement they have no intention of keeping and just find ways around it, they are very good at this. [[spoiler:This bites the Black Ajah in the ass when Verin exploits a very obvious loophole in their secrecy clause by posioning herself to pass on the identites of all the Black Ajah she's been able to uncover.]]

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* LoopholeAbuse: Aes Sedai take this trope and not only run with it but they manage to take the family farm, get elected as Mayor and take over the Women's Circle. The main reason that people don't trust Aes Sedai is that they'll make a promise or statement they have no intention of keeping and just find ways around it, they are very good at this. [[spoiler:This bites the Black Ajah in the ass when Verin exploits a very obvious loophole in their secrecy clause by posioning poisoning herself to pass on the identites of all the Black Ajah she's been able to uncover.]]
27th Sep '17 6:55:39 PM Necronophtase
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* LastStand - When Manetheren was invaded by trollocs, their army spent itself to the last man in defense against an invading force that stretched to the horizon, and are implied to have traded themselves at a rate of at LEAST one human to ten trollocs. This is after they had marched for days on end with no rest to reach Manetheren in time. And when the army was finally slaughtered, the queen of Manetheren killed herself to burn every single magic-wielder in the enemy army to ash.
14th Sep '17 2:46:50 PM Ciara25
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* LaserGuidedKarma: See FateWorseThanDeath, many of the entries also apply here. Graendal spent the series mind-controlling people ? [[spoiler:She ends up locked in eternal compulsion to Aviendha.]] Mesaana, the evil scholar so proud of her intelligence, [[spoiler:gets turned into an EmptyShell, her mind utterly broken]]. Elaida, Lliandrin and Galina, all overproud, powerful and authoritarian women all end up locked in some form of slavery.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: See FateWorseThanDeath, many of the entries also apply here. Graendal spent the series mind-controlling people ? [[spoiler:She ends up locked in eternal compulsion to Aviendha.]] Mesaana, the evil scholar so proud of her intelligence, [[spoiler:gets turned into an EmptyShell, her mind utterly broken]]. Elaida, Lliandrin and Galina, all overproud, powerful and authoritarian women women, all end up locked in some form of slavery.slavery. The very Aes Sedai who created the a'dam, Deain, was collared at some point after she presented the idea to Luthair; apparently "her screams shook the Towers of Midnight."
2nd Aug '17 10:23:41 PM BURGINABC
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* HannibalLecture:
** Several of the Forsaken are very fond of this. Especially Ishamael.
** Nynaeve delivers one to the Aes Sedai [[spoiler: at the conclusion of her test in Book 13, when they were about to fail her for losing her calm and stopping to help children when she was supposed to let them die]].
3rd Feb '17 6:17:58 AM morenohijazo
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* GenerationalMagicDecline: The result of the systematic hunting down of males with magical ability, which female establishment is aware of and start to consider some fairly severe policies in the hope of stopping the decline.

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* GenerationalMagicDecline: The This has been happening throughout the main continent as a result of the systematic magical establishment systematically hunting down of males with magical ability, which is necessary due to a taint on the male half of the Source, which causes all male channelers to inevitably go mad. The female establishment is aware of this problem, and start partway through the series starts to consider some fairly severe policies in the hope of stopping the decline.decline. Ultimately, the problem is solved when [[spoiler: the taint is removed, allowing males to live without overt persecution]].
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