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''She'' is an adventure novel by Creator/HRiderHaggard, first published in serial form in 1886. Cambridge don Horace Holly and his handsome ward Leo Vincey are guided by a Vincey heirloom to a lost African kingdom ruled by the immortal queen Ayesha, whose subjects call her "She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed". Ayesha believes Vincey to be the reincarnation of a man she loved and lost centuries ago, and becomes vengeful when he becomes romantically attached to a local girl, Ustane.

''She'' was Haggard's second big success after ''Literature/KingSolomonsMines'', and was followed by a sequel and two prequels, one the story of Ayesha's early life and the other an InevitableCrossover in which the protagonist of ''King Solomon's Mines'' visits the hidden valley. It has been filmed multiple times, including a 1965 [[HammerHorror Hammer Film Productions]] movie starring Ursula Andress as Ayesha, Creator/PeterCushing as Holly, and Creator/ChristopherLee as Bilali (one of the tribesmen who worship She).

!!''She'' provides examples of:

* AdvancedAncientAcropolis: Ayesha's quarters are located within the catacombs of Kor, a sophisticated ancient civilization that had already been abandoned when she found it two thousand years ago, and had existed for at least four thousand years before that. Later she leads Leo, Holly, and Job through the ruins of the ancient city of Kor.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: The party investigating the story left behind by Leo's father consists of Leo, Holly, Holly's white Oxford servant Job, and their African servant Mahomed. Guess which one is killed in the fight with the cannibals?
* BloodFromTheMouth / IncurableCoughOfDeath: Leo's father is in the end stages of tuberculosis when he gets Holly to promise to be Leo's guardian.
* ChickMagnet: Leo is so damn handsome that "every young woman who came across him... would insist on falling in love with him." After they get to Africa, the women of the Amahagger tribe are similarly drawn to him.
--> '''Holly''': On the whole, he behaved fairly well.
* ClarkesThirdLaw: She seems to have magical powers, but she explains that it's just science and technology that the rest of the world doesn't understand.
* DarkestAfrica
* DeathByChildbirth: Leo's mother, which is why Leo's father didn't have anything to do with him.
* DirectLineToTheAuthor: The book is framed as a manuscript given to H. Rider Haggard by Horace Holly, the narrator.
* TheFaceless: She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed usually appears draped from head to foot in gauzy, mummy-like wrappings because, according to her, her beauty drives men mad.
* FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon: Holly's reaction when Ayesha unveils herself and he gazes on her face.
--> '''Holly''': ...this beauty, with all its loveliness and purity, was evil....
* GeniusBruiser: Horace Holly is a Cambridge don who can also crush two cannibals to death in his arms.
* GodivaHair: Ayesha's hair is long enough and thick enough to cover everything. When it comes time to walk into the fire of immortality, She strips out of her robe, fastens a belt around her hair and wears it like a dress.
* GoldDigger: Poor ugly Holly once had a girlfriend, but when an inheritance he was anticipating doesn't come through, she dumps him.
* GreedyJew: Holly gives She a little update of the last two thousand years or so of Western civilization, which includes an unpleasant passage blaming Jews for killing Jesus. She then describes Jews as "greedy of gain" and "greedy of aught that brought them wealth and power".
* GrievousHarmWithABody: After Leo kills one of the cannibals his party is brawling with, he picks the cannibal's body up and chucks it at the other cannibals.
* HeManWomanHater: Horace Holly is this, after being rejected by women for most of his life and having his heart broken once (see GoldDigger above).
--> '''Holly''': I, a fellow of my college, noted for what most of my acquaintances are pleased to call my misogyny...
* HypnotizeThePrincess: Gender-reversed. Ayesha's unworldly beauty has this effect on Leo (and Holly, but Leo is the one she cares about.)
--> '''Holly''': I saw him struggle... but her eyes drew him more strongly than iron bonds, and the magic of her beauty and concentrated will and passion entered into him and overpowered him....
* IdenticalGrandson: Leo Vincey bears a striking physical resemblance to the man he's supposed to be the reincarnation of.
* IfICantHaveYou: How Kallikrates died 2000 years ago. Ayesha killed him after he rejected her.
* ImAHumanitarian: Some of the Amahagger tribe try to eat Mahomed, Leo and Holly's African servant.
* ImpossibleHourglassFigure: Holly does not go into detail about how busty She is, beyond generally admiring her form, but She does demonstrate to Holly that he can encircle her waist with his hands.
* JungleOpera
* LockedIntoStrangeness: The shock of seeing She age 2000 years in a minute or two causes Leo's hair to instantly go white.
* LostWorld: The kingdom ruled by She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed. Haggard was one of the trope makers.
* LoveIsADrug: A non-musical example of this trope. Holly says that he and Leo "were like confirmed opium-eaters" after falling under the spell of Ayesha's beauty.
* LoveRedeems: In their last scene together Ayesha says that her love for Leo will lead her on the path to goodness, and She seems to mean it.
* MagicMirror: She has a basin of water that when you look in it, can show you anything in the past or present, but not the future.
* MightyWhitey: She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed, immortal ruler of a primitive African tribe, is white, and the book implies that white people made up the oldest civilizations. Ayesha has nothing but contempt for her subjects.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Poor Ustane.
* NationalGeographicNudity: The women of the Amahagger tribe.
--> "These women were... exceedingly good-looking... very few of them wore a yellowish linen garment... their appearance was not quite so terrifying as that of the men."
* NoImmortalInertia: Ayesha dies at the end, and shrivels as all her centuries catch up with her.
* ParentalSubstitute: Holly is surprised when Leo is foisted upon him, but he grows to love the boy.
* {{Reincarnation}} / ReincarnationRomance: Leo Vincey is apparently the reincarnation of Kallikrates, a man Ayesha loved and lost centuries ago. Ayesha for her part is determined to claim Leo as her lover after spending two thousand years hanging out with the corpse of Kallikrates.
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: Two thousand years of ruling as an absolute monarch has led She to reject all moral codes and the notion of right and wrong.
* SequelHook: The book ends with Holly anticipating that the queen for whom Kallikrates forsook Ayesha 2000 years ago will play some part in the story.
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: According to Ayesha, her beauty drives men mad. Like She cares.
* SoleSurvivor: Ayesha reveals to Holly a stone carving from the last survivor of Kor, which reveals how a great plague wiped out their civilization.
* TogetherInDeath: In the catacombs of Kor Holly finds the preserved bodies of a pair of young lovers, each with a stab wound through the heart, under the inscription "Wedded in Death". He then has a vision of the young man interrupting a forced wedding and getting stabbed to death by the guards, and the woman killing herself after.
* WeAreAsMayflies: Or everybody else is as mayflies, according to She, who is pretty enthusiastic about living forever.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Holly, reflecting on the legends that She is immortal, thinks that he has had enough "worries and disappointments" in his life that he wouldn't want to live forever, even though his life "has been, comparatively speaking, a happy one." Later, he rejects immortality when She explicitly offers it to him, but he admits it's because he would spend eternity in unrequited love for her. When the chance presents itself he eagerly accepts, but by this time he has been bewitched by Ayesha's beauty.

!!The sequels and prequels provide examples of:

* InevitableCrossover: ''She and Allan''
* {{Reincarnation}}: Although Ayesha dies, she's reincarnated in time for the sequel.
* ReincarnationRomance: The original novel is ambiguous about whether there's really one going on between Leo and Ayesha, but the sequels and prequels embrace the idea.
* StartOfDarkness: ''Wisdom's Daughter: The Life and Love Story of She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed'' details the origins of Ayesha.

!!Various adaptations of the novel provide examples of:

* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Horace Holly is described as being hopelessly ugly, even ape-like in appearance. He's never that bad in the films (in which he's been played by Nigel Bruce and Creator/PeterCushing, among others).
* AdaptationalVillainy: Bilali, a leader of the Amahaggers who in the novel is a friend and helper to Holly and Leo, is evil in the 1965 film, kidnapping Leo on Ayesha's orders and trying to kill Leo in order to gain immortality in the fire.
* BarBrawl: Holly and Job get into one in the 1965 film, which prevents them from noticing that Leo has been lured off to meet She.
* BedlahBabe / FanserviceExtra: The opening scene of the 1965 film finds Leo, Holly, and Job in a Cairo bar taking in some belly dancers. One of the dancers apparently decided to up the {{Fanservice}} factor by going with pasties over her nipples rather than any kind of bra. (In 1965!)
* ContrivedCoincidence: Created in the 1965 film by the PragmaticAdaptation. In the novel, it was logical enough for Leo's father to leave the boy with his old friend who was a professor of antiquities. In the movie, the fact that Leo's army buddy Holly just happens to be a professor of antiquities comes in pretty handy when Leo gets an invite to find a lost world.
* CrossingTheDesert: The first part of Leo, Holly, and Job's trek to the lost city in the 1965 film. Made more difficult by tribesmen who steal their camels and water.
* DeathByAdaptation: Bilali, as a result of his AdaptationalVillainy.
* DownerEnding: The 1965 film. In this version, Leo goes into the flame along with She, unlike the novel where she enters first to show him it's safe. So he's left immortal while She shrivels up and dies. The film ends with Leo saying that he's going to wait for who knows how long (millenia?) for the blue flame to come again.
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Bilali wants to become immortal too.
* HoneyTrap/ LoveAtFirstSight / MinionWithAnFInEvil: In the 1965 film, Ustane leads Leo into a kidnapping--but she falls in love with him immediately and tries to warn him off at the last second.
* InTheBack: How Ayesha dispatches Bilali while he is struggling with Leo.
* MysteriousAntarctica: The 1935 film adaptation changes the setting from Africa to the Arctic.
* PragmaticAdaptation: The 1965 film dumps all of the first part of the novel--Leo's dying father turns five-year-old Leo over to Holly, Holly raises Leo to adulthood, Leo and Holly later examine the ring and potsherd left behind by Leo's father, Leo and Holly set off for Africa. In this version Leo and Holly are war buddies who find themselves in Cairo in 1918 after the Armistice. Bilali and Ustane kidnap Leo on behalf of She, who pops up fifteen minutes in, much earlier than her first appearance in the book. And then it's She who gives Leo the ring and the map and sends Leo off on his quest.
* SettingUpdate: In the 1935 film, the Arctic. The 1965 film keeps the Africa locale but moves the time frame up from latter-19th century to 1918.

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