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* {{Hypocrite}}: At one point, after Samson had lied to her three times, she accuses him of saying he loves her despite not trusting her. But it's pretty obvious by this point that she does not love ''him'', and that he had a good reason not to trust her. Otherwise she would not have betrayed him.


* BadassLonghair: Similar to Judas (Iscariot) and betrayal, even people not entirely familiar with Literature/TheBible associate Samson with strength and long hair.


* BreakThemByTalking: While he is better known for his rash vow to God, he's also notably the only Judge who tries to talk down his enemies first. He contests their claims that Israel has stolen their land using legal justifications and appeals to their sense of religion to be happy with what their god has given them. It fails, but he remains the only one Judge who tried diplomacy.

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* BreakThemByTalking: While he is better known for his rash vow to God, he's also notably the only Judge who tries to talk down his enemies first. He contests their claims that Israel has stolen their land using legal justifications and appeals to their sense of religion to be happy with what their god has given them. It fails, but he remains the only one Judge who tried even attempted diplomacy.

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* BreakThemByTalking: While he is better known for his rash vow to God, he's also notably the only Judge who tries to talk down his enemies first. He contests their claims that Israel has stolen their land using legal justifications and appeals to their sense of religion to be happy with what their god has given them. It fails, but he remains the only one Judge who tried diplomacy.

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* AnimalThemeNaming: Her name means "ibex."


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* AwesomeMcCoolname: His name means "sun."

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* HumanSacrifice: Literalist interpretations of the scripture contend that this is what he did to his daughter.
** TakingTheVeil: The other prevailing interpreation is that the daughter was sent away to live as a virginal servant of God.

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* BadassLonghair: Similar to Judas (Iscariot) and betrayal, even people not entirely familiar with Literature/TheBible associate Samson with strength and long hair.

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* BastardBastard: The son of another woman, he kills almost all his other legitimate brothers and has himself be elevated to the position of king.


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* UndignifiedDeath: Is killed when a woman in Thebez drops a millstone on his head, and is also slain by one of his own soldiers to prevent anyone else from spreading the news that a woman killed him. Not that the latter helped.

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* ARealManIsAKiller: Is goaded by Zebah and Zalmunnah into him putting them to death himself when his son Jether refuses to do the honors since [[JustAKid he was still a youth]], with the two saying, "As the man is, so is his strength."


* BadassLonghair: His two defining characteristics known to even people not entirely familiar with biblical narrative: his long hair and his superhuman strength.


* BadassLonghair: His two defining characteristics known to even people not entirely familiar with biblical narrative: his long hair and his superhuman strength.



* OneManArmy

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* OneManArmyOneManArmy: In marked contrast to many of the other figures in Judges, who were military commanders.



* ImprobableWeaponUser: Shamgar's weapon was an ox goad.


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* ImprobableWeaponUser: Shamgar's weapon was an ox goad.

goad. Or, basically, a sharpened stick designed to poke livestock and get them moving. Given that he killed ''600'' men with it, he must have been absurdly strong in his own right.
* MassiveNumberedSiblings: Not perhaps to Gideon levels, but Ibzan is said to have had thirty sons and thirty daughters. It's also mentioned he found wives for each of his thirty sons, so his number of eventual grandchildren may have been very large indeed.



* ReallyGetsAround: This trope almost ''has'' to be accurate if you have 71 sons. And that's not counting any daughters.



* YoungConqueror: Fancied himself as Israel's first king, although God says otherwise.

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* MassiveNumberedSiblings: Owing to his father Gideon's many [[{{Polyamory}} concubines]], he had '''''seventy''''' half-brothers. [[KillEmAll Or, in his mind, seventy pretenders to his throne. He gets rid of (very nearly) all of them.]]
* YoungConqueror: Fancied himself as Israel's first king, although God says otherwise.
otherwise. Ironic, given that his father, through whom he claimed his right to rule, was OfferedTheCrown and turned it down flat.


* AchillesHeel: His hair.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassIsraeli to be more specific. He is ''the'' strongman of Jewish myth.

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* AchillesHeel: His hair.
Samson loses all of his strength upon the loss of his hair.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassIsraeli to be more specific.
BadassIsraeli: He is ''the'' strongman of Jewish myth.



* {{Badass}}: It's a job requirement.


* MessianicArchetype: The subversion of the type. His birth is announced by an angel and raised a Nazarite (puritan Hebrew) yet broke its traditions simply because he was the ChosenOne, his battles are more like the antics of a super powered college prankster and his motivation to finally beat the Philistines was personal revenge.

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* MessianicArchetype: The subversion of the type. His birth is announced by an angel and raised a Nazarite Nazirite (puritan Hebrew) yet broke its traditions simply because he was the ChosenOne, his battles are more like the antics of a super powered college prankster and his motivation to finally beat the Philistines was personal revenge.



* TheOathbreaker: As a Nazarite, he is not supposed to drink alcohol, touch a dead thing or cut his hair. By the end, none of these were kept.

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* TheOathbreaker: As a Nazarite, Nazirite, he is not supposed to drink alcohol, touch a dead thing or cut his hair. By the end, none of these were kept.

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[[WMG: The Judges]]
* UnlikelyHero: A interesting characteristic common among the titular judges is how they go against the norm of expected hero tropes.

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