History TheWheelOfTime / TropesSToZ

21st Jan '17 11:53:27 AM daveryan3
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* XMeetsY: The series (especially the early books) is often described as ''TheLordOfTheRings'' meets ''Franchise/{{Dune}}''. From ''TheLordOfTheRings'' we have: The Third Age, the Shire (the Two Rivers), Ents (the Ogier--they even have the same {{catchphrase}}!) and Aragorn (Lan, the ranger heir to a fallen kingdom in the north) among others. From ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' we have: the Bene Gesserit (the Aes Sedai), the Fremen (the Aiel) and the sandworms (the worms in the Blight).

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* XMeetsY: The series (especially the early books) is often described as ''TheLordOfTheRings'' meets ''Franchise/{{Dune}}''. From ''TheLordOfTheRings'' we have: The Third Age, the Shire (the Two Rivers), Ents (the Ogier--they even have the same {{catchphrase}}!) and Aragorn (Lan, the ranger heir to a fallen kingdom in the north) among others. From ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' we have: the Bene Gesserit (the Aes Sedai), the Fremen (the Aiel) Aiel), the rare male equivalent of a female-only sect (the Dragon), the post-technological society (though it's more lost in the Wheel of Time case rather than deliberately discarded like in Dune) and the sandworms (the worms in the Blight).
17th Jan '17 4:17:11 PM Vir
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** Egwene: during the fifth book, as she takes the Aiel code of honor to heart, thus setting up several MomentsOfAwesome in the 11th and 12th books. Interestingly, it's not really a combat-application level, but more of a moral-rectitude one, the kind Rosa Parks took when she sat down on a bus and said, "[[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica No: ''you'' move]]."

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** Egwene: during the fifth book, as she takes the Aiel code of honor to heart, thus setting up several MomentsOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Moments of Awesome]] in the 11th and 12th books. Interestingly, it's not really a combat-application level, but more of a moral-rectitude one, the kind Rosa Parks took when she sat down on a bus and said, "[[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica No: ''you'' move]]."
19th Dec '16 4:43:45 AM Morgenthaler
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** Trollocs, Myrddraal ''et al'' never got any ''less'' dangerous; you still see them slaughtering {{Muggles}} and various armies throughout the books. The protagonists, meanwhile, are all several orders of magnitude more {{Badass}} than they started out as, with Rand's PowerLevel in particular making him a literal OneManArmy.

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** Trollocs, Myrddraal ''et al'' never got any ''less'' dangerous; you still see them slaughtering {{Muggles}} and various armies throughout the books. The protagonists, meanwhile, are all several orders of magnitude more {{Badass}} badass than they started out as, with Rand's PowerLevel in particular making him a literal OneManArmy.
18th Nov '16 9:54:01 PM captainpat
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* WomanInBlack: Semirhage, purely out of spite for Lanfear. The fact that this is one of the least unflattering things we know about her still doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of what a monster she is.
4th Jul '16 9:49:40 AM Morgenthaler
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** The first three books makes a pretty good standalone trilogy as the ''origin'' of a ChosenOne, where he collects his main allies, beats a StarterVillain, and the most difficult and important part, [[BecauseDestinySaysSo finally accepts his destiny]]. Same for the first six, by the end of which [[spoiler:the ObiWan is gone and]] everyone has come into their power and made a mark on the world. One could read the first three or six novels, stop, and leave the actual Last Battle to the imagination or fanfic. Given the pace of the writing, though, getting from the Two Rivers to the Last Battle in six books would never have been remotely possible.

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** The first three books makes a pretty good standalone trilogy as the ''origin'' of a ChosenOne, where he collects his main allies, beats a StarterVillain, and the most difficult and important part, [[BecauseDestinySaysSo finally accepts his destiny]]. Same for the first six, by the end of which [[spoiler:the ObiWan mentor is gone and]] everyone has come into their power and made a mark on the world. One could read the first three or six novels, stop, and leave the actual Last Battle to the imagination or fanfic. Given the pace of the writing, though, getting from the Two Rivers to the Last Battle in six books would never have been remotely possible.
3rd Jul '16 2:26:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* TangledFamilyTree: Rand is in the middle of this. As of book 12: [[spoiler:Rand is the half-brother of Galad by the same mother, Tigraine Mantear, although Rand and Luc/Isam are the only characters who actually know this.]] Galad is the half-brother of Elayne and Gawyn by the same father, Taringail Damodred. (Probably.) Rand is in a relationship with Elayne [[spoiler:and at the end of the series she's pregnant, expecting twins]]. Gawyn wants to kill Rand in revenge because he believes Rand killed Gawyn's mother Morgase, although she isn't actually dead. Gawyn is in love with Egwene. Egwene is a friend of Elayne's and [[ChildhoodMarriagePromise used to be betrothed to Rand]]. Morgase is now working for Rand's childhood friend Perrin as a servant. Moiraine Damodred, Rand's [[TheObiWan Obi-Wan]], is Taringail's younger half-sister, and so Galad, Gawyn, and Elayne's aunt; her [[LoveInterests Love Interest]], Thom, is one of Morgase's ex-lovers, and another Morgase ex, Gareth Bryne, is, [[spoiler:engaged to Moiraine's [[SituationalSexuality former]] [[BiTheWay lover]] Siuan]]. Tigraine's brother, Luc Mantear, is also alive and merged some way or other with Isam Mandragoran, first cousin of Lan Mandragoran, another mentor figure of Rand's and Moiraine's Warder. No characters know anything at all about Luc/Isam being alive or connected except for himself.

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* TangledFamilyTree: Rand is in the middle of this. As of book 12: [[spoiler:Rand is the half-brother of Galad by the same mother, Tigraine Mantear, although Rand and Luc/Isam are the only characters who actually know this.]] Galad is the half-brother of Elayne and Gawyn by the same father, Taringail Damodred. (Probably.) Rand is in a relationship with Elayne [[spoiler:and at the end of the series she's pregnant, expecting twins]]. Gawyn wants to kill Rand in revenge because he believes Rand killed Gawyn's mother Morgase, although she isn't actually dead. Gawyn is in love with Egwene. Egwene is a friend of Elayne's and [[ChildhoodMarriagePromise used to be betrothed to Rand]]. Morgase is now working for Rand's childhood friend Perrin as a servant. Moiraine Damodred, Rand's [[TheObiWan Obi-Wan]], Obi-Wan, is Taringail's younger half-sister, and so Galad, Gawyn, and Elayne's aunt; her [[LoveInterests Love Interest]], Thom, is one of Morgase's ex-lovers, and another Morgase ex, Gareth Bryne, is, [[spoiler:engaged to Moiraine's [[SituationalSexuality former]] [[BiTheWay lover]] Siuan]]. Tigraine's brother, Luc Mantear, is also alive and merged some way or other with Isam Mandragoran, first cousin of Lan Mandragoran, another mentor figure of Rand's and Moiraine's Warder. No characters know anything at all about Luc/Isam being alive or connected except for himself.
6th Mar '16 10:16:39 AM nombretomado
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** Egwene: during the fifth book, as she takes the Aiel code of honor to heart, thus setting up several MomentsOfAwesome in the 11th and 12th books. Interestingly, it's not really a combat-application level, but more of a moral-rectitude one, the kind Rosa Parks took when she sat down on a bus and said, "[[CaptainAmerica No: ''you'' move]]."

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** Egwene: during the fifth book, as she takes the Aiel code of honor to heart, thus setting up several MomentsOfAwesome in the 11th and 12th books. Interestingly, it's not really a combat-application level, but more of a moral-rectitude one, the kind Rosa Parks took when she sat down on a bus and said, "[[CaptainAmerica "[[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica No: ''you'' move]]."
20th Dec '15 4:43:12 PM nombretomado
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*** In connection to the Tyr reference (Tolkien was a fan and scholar of Norse Mythology), one handed, red haired, conflicted AntiHero who has to fight the supreme evil of the world because of an oath/prophecy and is of a disinherited noble family? Hello [[TheSilmarillion Maedhros Feanorion!]]

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*** In connection to the Tyr reference (Tolkien was a fan and scholar of Norse Mythology), one handed, red haired, conflicted AntiHero who has to fight the supreme evil of the world because of an oath/prophecy and is of a disinherited noble family? Hello [[TheSilmarillion [[Literature/TheSilmarillion Maedhros Feanorion!]]
10th Oct '15 8:33:58 PM MikeW
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* WrongGenreSavvy: Generals and nobles who meet with Perrin assume they're engaging in political games of double-speak, unaware that Perrin always means what he says and never plays politics.
23rd Sep '15 3:47:23 PM nombretomado
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** There's a lot of references to NorseMythology, which are most noticeable near the end of the series as the characters near the peaks of their power. The most obvious is perhaps Rand al'''Thor'', a tall, red-haired man with a tendency to drop lightning bolts on people and a magic weapon only he can pick up. And the one closest to the Norse origins is Mat, who, with his wide-brimmed black hat, a spear rumoured to never miss its target, and [[spoiler:only one eye]], is the spitting image of a young Odin. Although his personality is a lot more like Loki. And most recently, from ''Towers of Midnight'', [[spoiler: Perrin forges the Power-wrought hammer Mah'alleinir, a clear reference to Mjollnir, though it doesn't share any of that weapon's mythical traits]].

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** There's a lot of references to NorseMythology, Myth/NorseMythology, which are most noticeable near the end of the series as the characters near the peaks of their power. The most obvious is perhaps Rand al'''Thor'', a tall, red-haired man with a tendency to drop lightning bolts on people and a magic weapon only he can pick up. And the one closest to the Norse origins is Mat, who, with his wide-brimmed black hat, a spear rumoured to never miss its target, and [[spoiler:only one eye]], is the spitting image of a young Odin. Although his personality is a lot more like Loki. And most recently, from ''Towers of Midnight'', [[spoiler: Perrin forges the Power-wrought hammer Mah'alleinir, a clear reference to Mjollnir, though it doesn't share any of that weapon's mythical traits]].



* SummonToHand: Perrin does this on occasion with his special hammer, ''Mahalleinir'', while in the World of Dreams, tying into the series' connection with NorseMythology. He tries it in the waking world before he remembers it doesn't work there.

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* SummonToHand: Perrin does this on occasion with his special hammer, ''Mahalleinir'', while in the World of Dreams, tying into the series' connection with NorseMythology.Myth/NorseMythology. He tries it in the waking world before he remembers it doesn't work there.
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