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YMMV: The Count of Monte Cristo

The original book offers the following tropes:

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Although he's presented as/intended as an Antihero, for a large part of the book, the Count is, arguably, a Villain Protagonist. He does manipulate a greedy wife into poisoning almost every single member of her family, including one Kick the Dog moment outside the count's immediate control where she poisons her nine-year-old son.
  • Funny Moments:
    • The meeting between Cavalcanti Jr. and Sr., where the narration really piles on the sarcasm, as the respectful son hugs his loving father, both secure in the knowledge that they're going to be rich.
    • Danglars' conversation with his wife, using a Hurricane of Euphemisms to inform her that while he doesn't care that she's cheating on him with the minister's undersecretary, he does care that it's costing him money.
  • Magnificent Bastard: The Count, one of the oldest and best.
  • Marty Stu: Arguably protected by Grandfather Clause, but think about it; the Count himself spends several years in prison, and in the meantime, obtains permanent night vision and manages to become a master of every common-for-the-day fighting style and several languages. Though to be fair, the latter two (mastery of multiple fighting styles and his fluency in languages) aren't impossible and in fact an educated man of the 19th century as Dantes became as the Count would be expected to speak multiple languages.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Readers are often left fascinated with the Count's overly-elaborate revenge plots, to the point that modern adaptations often just focus on the revenge and none of the moral nuances of the original novel. In fact, the author himself portrays the Count as morally questionable, and the final part of the book is spent on Dantes realizing he went too far and trying to make amends for it.
  • Older Than They Think: Among other things, the book is one of the first to introduce invisible ink and the treasure map as concepts, and the scheme employed to bankrupt Danglars is not only a version of the con known as "the wire", but is essentially the same trick done in the Eddie Murphy movie, Trading Places. Also, although invisible ink was used earlier by Edgar Allan Poe in his story "The Gold Bug", this novel is one of the earlier uses of the idea before it became a cliche.
  • Values Dissonance: As noted in Fan-Preferred Couple, the fact that the count ends up in love with his adopted daughter/slave is just plain wrong to modern audiences.
    • An in-universe one: several characters note that Albert apologizing for insulting the count, having learned of his father's behavior, comes off as dishonorable. One claims that "had my father committed ten Janinas, I would only have seen fit to fight ten times".

The various adaptations (radio, films, TV series, etc.) offer the following tropes:


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