History YMMV / TheThreeMusketeers

5th Apr '17 9:48:26 AM Chabal2
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* CompleteMonster: The mysterious, murderous [[FemmeFatale Milady de Winter]] is one of the top agents of the VisionaryVillain [[SinisterMinister Cardinal Richelieu]] in his campaign to strengthen France and free it of foreign influence, but shares none of her employer's lofty ideals. Instead, she uses her position, resources, and quasi-supernatural [[ScrewTheRulesImBeautiful beauty]] and [[CompellingVoice charisma]] to indulge her limitless appetites for money, power, and indiscriminate, disproportionate revenge on anyone who gets on her bad side. Ever since [[FromNobodyToNightmare her humble origins]] as a [[NunTooHoly larcenous nun]], she's targeted and seduced any sufficiently-useful man she comes across, [[WomanScorned destroying those who reject her]] and either killing or abandoning anyone unlucky enough to become her thrall as soon as [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness they're no longer valuable]]. Her steadily-escalating battle with [[TheHero d'Artagnan]] brings out all her worst excesses, as she first tries to enlist him to kill her brother-in-law for his inheritance and a young noble for apparently turning her advances down, then, after he humiliates her, repeatedly attempts to kill him with zero regard for collateral damage, endangering and killing several innocents along the way, and finally murders his LoveInterest as RevengeByProxy whilst pretending to be her dearest friend.

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The mysterious, murderous [[FemmeFatale Milady de Winter]] is one of the top agents of the VisionaryVillain [[SinisterMinister Cardinal Richelieu]] in his campaign to strengthen France and free it of foreign influence, but shares none of her employer's lofty ideals. Instead, she uses her position, resources, and quasi-supernatural [[ScrewTheRulesImBeautiful beauty]] and [[CompellingVoice charisma]] to indulge her limitless appetites for money, power, and indiscriminate, disproportionate revenge on anyone who gets on her bad side. Ever since [[FromNobodyToNightmare her humble origins]] as a [[NunTooHoly larcenous nun]], she's targeted and seduced any sufficiently-useful man she comes across, [[WomanScorned destroying those who reject her]] and either killing or abandoning anyone unlucky enough to become her thrall as soon as [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness they're no longer valuable]]. Her steadily-escalating battle with [[TheHero d'Artagnan]] brings out all her worst excesses, as she first tries to enlist him to kill her brother-in-law for his inheritance and a young noble for apparently turning her advances down, then, after he humiliates her, repeatedly attempts to kill him with zero regard for collateral damage, endangering and killing several innocents along the way, and finally murders his LoveInterest as RevengeByProxy whilst pretending to be her dearest friend.friend.
** She also manages to escape from an otherwise foolproof jail by presenting the Duke of Buckingham as one. English protestants already think of him as a degenerate heretic, she makes him out as a sadistic rapist who had her branded so as to discredit any of her accusations.


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* WhatAnIdiot: D'Artagnan, naked and in bed with Milady, thinks it's a good idea to inform her that the reason for de Wardes not answering her letters (the entire reason Milady wanted him dead and slept with d'Artagnan so he'd kill de Wardes) was because he'd intercepted her first letter, then passed himself off as de Wardes in the dark.
21st Mar '17 5:47:03 PM comicwriter
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** Aramis and some of the other female characters will sometimes cover their mouth with their hand while laughing. While this is a ubiquitous practice in Japan (as showing your open mouth is considered unladylike and lacking in class), it's far less common in Western nations like France.
30th Nov '16 11:37:06 PM Eagal
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* ValuesDissonance: Frequently Lampshaded by Dumas, as he often breaks the narrative to wryly note that his heroes' womanizing ways were just common practice in those days. Possibly actually meant to be a TakeThat against practices in his own time. This trope is notably averted when D'Artagnan seems just as troubled by [[spoiler: Athos' murder confession]] as the reader is. The fact that he later turned out to be mistaken only complicates the matter further.
** It's not always so deliberately Lampshaded; sometimes it's there in its regular form. Note how the narrator doesn't comment when [[spoiler: D'Artagnan pulls a BedTrick on Milady, which by modern standards is definitely rape.]] No wonder she was so pissed.
*** It seems the main reason for this is her being one hell of AssholeVictim.

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* ValuesDissonance: ValuesDissonance:
** D'Artagnan pulls a BedTrick on Milady, which by modern standards is definitely rape.
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Frequently Lampshaded lampshaded in other cases by Dumas, as he often breaks the narrative to wryly note that his heroes' womanizing ways were just common practice in those days. Possibly actually meant to be a TakeThat against practices in his own time. This trope is notably averted when D'Artagnan seems just as troubled by [[spoiler: Athos' murder confession]] as the reader is. The fact that he later turned out to be mistaken only complicates the matter further.
** It's not always so deliberately Lampshaded; sometimes it's there in its regular form. Note how the narrator doesn't comment when [[spoiler: D'Artagnan pulls a BedTrick on Milady, which by modern standards is definitely rape.]] No wonder she was so pissed.
*** It seems the main reason for this is her being one hell of AssholeVictim.
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10th Aug '16 8:08:18 AM Thorion
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* MartyStu: Raoul.
** Debatable: [[spoiler: His illegitimate birth haunts him in social scenes, he hardly gets into duels, he pines over Louise de la Valliere only to lose her to the King, and in the end commits suicide by charging against the enemy.]]
10th Feb '16 10:33:06 AM GothicProphet
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8th Jan '16 1:28:02 AM Thimblerig
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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Milady - diabolically inspired temptress, or canny, increasingly desperate woman trying to survive (with style) after being seduced as a teenager by a dodgy priest?
6th Aug '15 2:55:51 AM Zark
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*** It seems the main reason for this is her being one hell of an AssholeVictim.

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*** It seems the main reason for this is her being one hell of an AssholeVictim.
5th Aug '15 7:48:48 AM Zark
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*** It seems the main reason for this is her being one hell of an AssholeVictim.
4th Mar '15 3:27:09 PM Supercollider
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** It's not always so deliberately Lampshaded; sometimes it's there in its regular form. Note how the narrator doesn't comment when [[spoiler: D'Artagnan pulls a BedTrick on Milady, which by modern standards is definitely rape.]]

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** It's not always so deliberately Lampshaded; sometimes it's there in its regular form. Note how the narrator doesn't comment when [[spoiler: D'Artagnan pulls a BedTrick on Milady, which by modern standards is definitely rape.]]]] No wonder she was so pissed.
4th Mar '15 3:26:29 PM Supercollider
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**It's not always so deliberately Lampshaded; sometimes it's there in its regular form. Note how the narrator doesn't comment when [[spoiler: D'Artagnan pulls a BedTrick on Milady, which by modern standards is definitely rape.]]
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