History Tropers / Discontent

16th Jan '16 11:23:00 PM Discontent
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* VillainProtagonist: An unrepentant long-time criminal and a clear supporter of Hotel Moscow despite being [[TookALevelInJerkass even worse here than in the source material]], and also one out of three protagonists in the story. It is Black Lagoon, after all. EvilVersusEvil is still in full effect, and in a way so it's even worse than the source material because it doesn't have the benefit of someone as moral as Rock,

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* VillainProtagonist: An unrepentant long-time criminal and a clear supporter of Hotel Moscow despite being [[TookALevelInJerkass even worse here than in the source material]], and also one out of three protagonists in the story. It is Black Lagoon, after all. EvilVersusEvil is still in full effect, and in a way so it's even worse than the source material because it doesn't have the benefit of someone as moral as Rock,
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* WineIsClassy: Averted. The only alcoholic drink that Nora can stand is wine (she drinks a scotch to keep up appearances when forced to attend Bao's bar, but it's clear liquor disgusts her), but Nora is not particularly classy or sophisticated, business politeness aside.
15th Jan '16 3:44:42 AM Discontent
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* FauxAffablyEvil: Nora is fairly polite for the leader of a small mercenary/pirate group... until her patience wears thin and she shows that it's all skin deep. At most she is courteous at a professional level and to those who make her job as smooth as possible. Otherwise, Nora is casually threatening, if not cruel, and has a propensity for murder and violence as a sole problem solver.

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* FauxAffablyEvil: Nora is fairly polite for the leader of a small mercenary/pirate group... until her patience wears thin and she shows that it's all skin deep. At most she is courteous at a professional level and to those who make her job as smooth as possible. Otherwise, Nora is casually threatening, if not cruel, and has a propensity for murder and violence as a sole problem solver. At most, she does seem to treat her employees with a modicum of respect



* {{Jerkass}}: To say Nora lacks a sense of humour would be an understatement.

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* {{Jerkass}}: To say Nora lacks a doesn't exactly have the greatest sense of humour would be an understatement.humour. It's made clear that while never overt about it, Nora is not the nicest person, although this is often lightened up by her fairly decent treatment of her two employees.



* AffablyEvil: In a very different vein from Nora, in that Akim is a very jovial and laid-back man with a sense of humour. It is very easy to forget who he works for. An example is his introduction when he tries to convince Nora into rejoining Hotel Moscow by saying they'll get a big chocolate cake with 'Welcome back, Nora!' written on it. It'll even have a stripper burst out of it!

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* AffablyEvil: In a very different vein from Nora, in that Akim is a very jovial and laid-back man with a sense of humour. It is very easy to forget who he works for. for, [[AmbiguouslyEvil although his 'evil' actions are never really shown]]. An example of his affability is his introduction when he tries to convince Nora into rejoining Hotel Moscow by saying they'll get a big chocolate cake with 'Welcome back, Nora!' written on it. It'll even have a stripper burst out of it!


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* AmbiguouslyEvil: While he works for a group that are widely considered pretty horrible, his own 'evil' actions are never shown, or even really referenced to. In fact, his main goal seems to be to kill Balalaika due to her 'purge' of the Triads, which might indicate that he's one of the few ''decent'' people in Roanapur. All in all, his motives are not very clear.
15th Jan '16 3:12:45 AM Discontent
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* AffablyEvil: Nora is astonishingly polite for the leader of a small mercenary/pirate group. While that might merely be as a result of her near constant professionalism, she still treats the people who work for her well and never raises her voice or gets angry expect for the occasional irritation (which she rarely voices anyway). That being said, she's also heavily manipulative and ambitious, has zero compulsions against violence and murder as a primary problem solver (even when there may be other options), and is not particularly picky about what jobs she takes.
* BadassGay: She is revealed to have been in love with [[LadyOfWar Balalaika since Nora was 18]] (if Akim is to be trusted), and heavily implied to be attracted to Del. She is also a mercenary group leader and has extensive experience as a soldier.

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* AffablyEvil: Nora is astonishingly polite for the leader of a small mercenary/pirate group. While that might merely be as a result of her near constant professionalism, she still treats the people who work for her well and never raises her voice or gets angry expect for the occasional irritation (which she rarely voices anyway). That being said, she's also heavily manipulative and ambitious, has zero compulsions against violence and murder as a primary problem solver (even when there may be other options), and is not particularly picky about what jobs she takes.
* BadassGay: She is revealed to have been in love with [[LadyOfWar Balalaika since Nora was 18]] (if Akim is to be trusted), 18]], and heavily implied to be attracted to Del. She is also a mercenary group leader and has extensive experience as a soldier.



* BlondesAreEvil: But damned polite, at least.

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* BlondesAreEvil: But damned polite, at least.A blond haired borderline-sociopath.



* HiddenDepths: Three things about her are revealed by Akim before she promptly shuts him up: that she is a virgin, has been in love with Balalaika since she was 18... and that she collects Yu-gi-oh cards. Granted, Nora does not claim this herself, but she never denies them.

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* FauxAffablyEvil: Nora is fairly polite for the leader of a small mercenary/pirate group... until her patience wears thin and she shows that it's all skin deep. At most she is courteous at a professional level and to those who make her job as smooth as possible. Otherwise, Nora is casually threatening, if not cruel, and has a propensity for murder and violence as a sole problem solver.
* HiddenDepths: Three things about her are revealed by Akim before she promptly shuts him up: that she is a virgin, has been in love with Balalaika since she was 18... and that she collects Yu-gi-oh cards. Granted, Later Nora does not claim this herself, indeed confirms that the bit about Balalaika is true, but she never denies them.says nothing about the other two.
* {{Jerkass}}: To say Nora lacks a sense of humour would be an understatement.



* ManipulativeBitch: Her modus operandi -- which she considers a necessity seeing the hive that is Roanapur.

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* ManipulativeBitch: Her modus operandi -- which she considers a necessity seeing considering the hive that is Roanapur.Roanapur and it's current power struggle.



* TheStoic: Very rarely, if ever, emotes. This is shown to be her just keeping up appearances rather than actually having dulled emotions. Sometimes verges on TheComicallySerious when she is unsure of how to respond to Del's constant flirting and her interactions with Akim's constast joking.
13th Jan '16 11:46:07 PM Discontent
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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Akim has no illusions about who he has worked for most of his life, and has had several implications of being much darker than he lets on, namely, his suggestion that he doesn't care if Nora kidnaps Balalaika and keeps her as a sex slave in a dungeon, just as long as she's gone. However, Akim's goal of ridding Roanapur of Balalaika actually does seem to be out of pure disgust of the woman's actions, rather than personal gain, something which can't be said for many people in the city. Her also seems genuinely fond of Nora and her well being, even if he does like [[{{Troll}} annoying her at every opportunity]].
10th Jan '16 3:25:56 AM Discontent
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* LovableTraitor: Akim is, overall, a pretty decent guy to have a few drinks and some laughs with. His main goal also seems to be to kill Balalaika, even though he's been with Hotel Moscow for most of his life.


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* StepfordSmiler: Akim smiles quite a lot, even when the narration makes it clear it is forced and fake.
10th Jan '16 2:58:11 AM Discontent
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* TattooedCrook: Nora notes that the amount of tattoos he has is ridiculous to the point where she has genuine difficulty seeing any bare skin. He even has a lightning tattoo on one of his eyes.
10th Jan '16 2:36:41 AM Discontent
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* MurderIsTheBestSolution: A non-comedic example. Nora recites to the group a time when she was sent as a bodyguard for a Hotel general in Malaysia, an operation which should have lasted a month, but somehow lasted an entire year. She notes that every single meeting they attended was filled with arguments and yelling, as if every single day it was on the very edge of a shootout, with Nora expecting to have to kill everyone at any second. A year passed and the job ended with no loss of life or even any injures. According to Nora, she should have just killed them all the very second the yelling began, that way an entire year would not have been wasted. She cites this as the main reason she started her group -- if she was in charge, then murder ''can'' be the best solution.
8th Jan '16 4:19:36 AM Discontent
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* BadassGay: She is revealed to have been in love with [[LadyOfWar Balalaika since Nora was 18]], and heavily implied to be attracted to Del. She is also a mercenary group leader and has extensive experience as a soldier.

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* BadassGay: She is revealed to have been in love with [[LadyOfWar Balalaika since Nora was 18]], 18]] (if Akim is to be trusted), and heavily implied to be attracted to Del. She is also a mercenary group leader and has extensive experience as a soldier.



* KickTheDog: Her killing of Genevieve. While she did not do it for the sake of being pointlessly cruel, it was the one moment that showed she was willing to resort to murder just to make sure her reputation is not in any way sullied, even with not particularly powerful factions.

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* KickTheDog: Her killing of Genevieve. While she did not do it for the sake of being pointlessly cruel, it was the one moment that showed she was willing to resort to murder just to make sure her reputation is not in any way sullied, even with not particularly powerful factions. Del even comments how cold it was, although makes no moral judgements about it (due to her own line of work).



* OnlySaneWoman: Subverted. She often views herself as this, due to her professionalism in the face of many people who ''aren't''. In actuality, Nora would probably benefit greatly from loosening up, at in terms of terms of keeping good relations with her contacts. One of the things that also contrasts Nora from other characters is often her lack of reaction towards the Hotel's purging of the Triads -- an event which many consider to have crossed a line. At most, she admits it was 'unusual', but otherwise doesn't say anything else and seems to not be particularly happy when someone questions the sanity behind the act.

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* OnlySaneWoman: Subverted. She often views herself as this, due to her professionalism in the face of many people who ''aren't''. In actuality, Nora would probably benefit greatly from loosening up, at in terms of terms up for the sake of keeping good relations with her contacts. One of the things that also contrasts Nora from other characters is often her lack of reaction towards the Hotel's purging of the Triads -- an event which many consider to have crossed a line.several lines. At most, she admits it was 'unusual', but otherwise doesn't say anything else and seems to not be particularly happy when someone questions the sanity behind the act.



* TheStoic: Very rarely, if ever, emotes. This is shown to be her just keeping up appearances rather than actually having dulled emotions. Sometimes verges on TheComicallySerious when she is unsure of how to respond to Del's constant flirting.

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* TheStoic: Very rarely, if ever, emotes. This is shown to be her just keeping up appearances rather than actually having dulled emotions. Sometimes verges on TheComicallySerious when she is unsure of how to respond to Del's constant flirting.flirting and her interactions with Akim's constast joking.




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* {{Troll}}: A hobby of his seems to be messing with Nora. For example, because she won't pick up her phone, he interrupts her while she's on a delivery by calling, Gen, the person she was dealing with, and has Gen list off all of Nora's (thankfully non-incriminating) secrets to everyone unless she picks up her own phone.
8th Jan '16 1:27:32 AM Discontent
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* AffablyEvil: In a very different vein from Nora, in that Akim is a very jovial and laid-back man with a sense of humour. It is very easy to forget who he works for. An example is his introduction when he tries to convince Nora into rejoining Hotel Moscow by saying they'll get a big chocolate cake with 'Welcome back, Nora!' written on it. It'll even have a stripper burst out of it!
* {{all lowercase letters}}: When texting to Nora he types in fragmented sentences and lower case letters. It makes Nora pause when he stops doing it.
* PetTheDog: He has a pet husky called Tara, and is very vocal in how adorable he finds her.

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** Akim, an old comrade of Nora from Hotel Moscow, tries to coerce Nora into rejoining Hotel Moscow, the cities largest criminal organization, by saying they'll get a big chocolate cake with 'Welcome back, Nora!' written in large letters. It'll even have a stripper burst out of it!
22nd Dec '15 8:03:33 PM Discontent
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* DeadpanSnarker: Far less than her two employees, but when sufficiently annoyed Nora can show that she can have a particularly deadpanned and cruel sense of humour.

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* DeadpanSnarker: Far less than her two employees, but when sufficiently annoyed Nora can show that she can have a particularly deadpanned and almost cruel sense of humour.



* OnlySaneWoman: Subverted. She often views herself as this, due to her professionalism in the face of many people who ''aren't''. In actuality, Nora would probably benefit greatly from loosening up, at in terms of terms of keeping good relations with her contacts. One of the things that also contrasts Nora from other characters is often her lack of reaction towards the Hotel's purging of the Triads -- an event which widely made many consider if Balalaika is sane anymore. She admits she thinks it was 'unusual', but otherwise doesn't say anything else and seems to not be particularly happy when someone questions the sanity behind the act.

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* OnlySaneWoman: Subverted. She often views herself as this, due to her professionalism in the face of many people who ''aren't''. In actuality, Nora would probably benefit greatly from loosening up, at in terms of terms of keeping good relations with her contacts. One of the things that also contrasts Nora from other characters is often her lack of reaction towards the Hotel's purging of the Triads -- an event which widely made many consider if Balalaika is sane anymore. She to have crossed a line. At most, she admits she thinks it was 'unusual', but otherwise doesn't say anything else and seems to not be particularly happy when someone questions the sanity behind the act.




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* MoralEventHorizon: Balalaika's ruthless purge of the Triads and numerous other factions is seen by many people as this.
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