History YMMV / BlackCompany

31st May '16 11:37:39 PM Overlord347
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* CompleteMonster: While we never get a true backstory, every single reference to the Dominator describes him as nothing short of evil to the extreme. Not once is there even a grudging admission of a redeeming quality.
1st Jan '16 10:26:47 AM MagBas
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* CanonSue - Raven comes across as one of these for the first couple of books, but eventually is revealed as a person who has a lot of deep flaws, just like everyone else.
** He suffers from a particularly nasty case of TheWorfEffect.
** Even in the first book, the attitude the rest of the Black Company has towards him is always more like wary suspicion than respect, precisely because of the attributes that would normally make him a hero. The way Croker writes about him makes it clear that he does ''not'' trust people like that.
** Tobo comes across this way in ''Soldiers Live.'' Now well in command of his magical talent, he is also shown to be uncommonly intelligent and incredibly graceful.
*** With that said, Tobo's power and lack of a true name all mean that he must be kept on the straight-and-narrow. It's been insinuated that any failure to exercise restraint would quickly turn him into a monster, as implied with the horrific death of Mogaba.
25th Nov '15 12:40:55 AM Alceister
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*** With that said, Tobo's power and lack of a true name all mean that he must be kept on the straight-and-narrow. It's been insinuated that any failure to exercise restraint would quickly turn him into a monster, as implied with the horrific death of Mogaba.
30th May '15 7:03:36 PM Scraggle
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* ScaryImpracticalArmor - Croaker consistently describes Lady's [[http://durkbricknell.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/glitteringstone.jpg?w=500&h=719 Lifetaker armour]] and his own [[http://durkbricknell.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/bookofthesouth.jpg?w=500&h=719 Widowmaker armour]] as being "ugly." Most people would probably describe it not as ugly, but badass.
* SchizoTech: Croaker's skills as a doctor (particularly in keeping the perennially wounded Otto and Hagop alive) point to his gear and training being more in line with the mid-19th century medical establishment than with the late medieval period the books are set in. Since his technique is never described in greater details than "patching," and his gear gets even less attention, YMMV on the presence of this trope.
** Generally averted elsewhere in the series.
** Could be hand waved by saying he has picked up bits and pieces of useful info as the Company moved around, while the bulk of the folk they meet are stationary, keeping in line with the late medieval period. A doctor who's tromped from Norway to India would learn more then the guys standing still in their villages.
30th May '15 7:02:46 PM Scraggle
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* HeroKiller: All of the Taken.
17th Feb '14 7:18:35 AM StarSword
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* ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs: Creator/StevenErikson, author of ''Literature/TheMalazanBookOfTheFallen'', wrote in a review that ''The Black Company'' was "like reading UsefulNotes/VietnamWar fiction on peyote."
1st Dec '13 9:10:47 AM Blenderhead
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** Could be hand waved by saying he has picked up bits and pieces of useful info as the Company moved around, while the bulk of the folk they meet are stationary, keeping in line with the late medieval period. A doctor who's tromped from Norway to India would learn more then the guys standing still in their villages.

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** Could be hand waved by saying he has picked up bits and pieces of useful info as the Company moved around, while the bulk of the folk they meet are stationary, keeping in line with the late medieval period. A doctor who's tromped from Norway to India would learn more then the guys standing still in their villages.villages.
* TrappedByMountainLions: Goblin spends most of ''She is the Darkness'' separated from the Company proper on a secret mission, which Murgen occasionally checks in on. It's revealed late in the novel that the mission's purpose was [[spoiler: to keep Goblin and One-Eye separated so that their feud couldn't complicate any critically important missions]].
26th Nov '13 12:29:48 PM Blenderhead
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* InferredHolocaust: We don't actually see what happens between when the killer shadows from the Plain of Glittering Stone are unleashed are unleashed on the Voroshk homelands ([[spoiler: which Croaker erroneously called "Khatovar."]]) and when the shadows are defeated, but what is shown before and after these events makes it very clear how much the victory cost the Voroshk.

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* InferredHolocaust: We don't actually see what happens between when the killer shadows from the Plain of Glittering Stone are unleashed are unleashed on the Voroshk homelands ([[spoiler: which Croaker erroneously called "Khatovar."]]) and when the shadows are defeated, but what is shown before and after these events makes it very clear how much the victory cost the Voroshk.
26th Nov '13 12:29:24 PM Blenderhead
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* InferredHolocaust: The fate of the world ruled by the Varoshk [[spoiler: which Croaker erroneously called "Khatovar."]].

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* InferredHolocaust: The fate of We don't actually see what happens between when the world ruled by killer shadows from the Varoshk [[spoiler: Plain of Glittering Stone are unleashed are unleashed on the Voroshk homelands ([[spoiler: which Croaker erroneously called "Khatovar."]]."]]) and when the shadows are defeated, but what is shown before and after these events makes it very clear how much the victory cost the Voroshk.
15th Nov '13 8:08:19 PM TVRulezAgain
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* CompleteMonster: Though all the Taken are considered to be paragons of evil by most characters, The Limper is nearly-universally regarded as the worst of the lot. Though he doesn't get a chance to do much on-page, everyone who talks about the Dominator consider him to be ''far'' worse than any of his ex-minions.
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