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->'''Played By:''' Omar Sharif

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->'''Played By:''' Omar Sharif Creator/OmarSharif


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* BloodKnight: Lawrence's taste for violence grows stronger after his ordeal in Deraa. When he and his men discover Turkish troops, he orders them to take no prisoners. After the battle, Lawrence is shown panting and splattered with blood.

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* BloodKnight: Lawrence's taste for His expressed aversion to violence grows stronger after is in fact an effort to suppress this part of his ordeal in Deraa. When he and his men discover Turkish troops, he orders them to take no prisoners. After the battle, personality. At a meeting with Allenby Lawrence is shown panting and splattered with blood.tells about having to execute a murderer in his army. Allenby expresses sympathy, but Lawrence explains the real problem.
--> "I enjoyed it."



%%* CelibateEccentricGenius



* GoingNative: He's the image for this trope page.



* GreyingMorality

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* GreyingMorality GoingNative: His superiors wonder if he's going native, and one of Lawrence's internal conflicts is that he ''wishes'' he could, but he knows he can never be truly accepted by the Arabs as one of them. His friends and colleagues in the Arab Revolt fluctuate between seeing him as an English adventurer GloryHound (Prince Faisal at first, Auda Abu Tayi later) and a genuine Arab sympathizer, who however cannot truly commit to the revolt because of his position and personal character.



* HeroicBSOD: Has one of these after leading Daud into the quicksand.

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* HeroicBSOD: Has one of these after leading he's unable to save Daud from quicksand. After his disastrous foray into Daraa, he crosses the quicksand.DespairEventHorizon.



* MachoMasochism: Or just straight up masochism.
-->'''Lawrence:''' The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts.

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* MachoMasochism: Or just straight up masochism.
-->'''Lawrence:''' The
A less flashy example when he pinches out a burning match. Notably, masochism seems to be the one aspect of Peter O'Toole's Lawrence that historians agree is pretty much dead-on.
-->"The
trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts."



* ManInWhite: Once he dawns the Arab robes.

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* ManInWhite: Once When he dawns starts GoingNative, he begins wearing a white robe and keffiyeh in the Arab robes.Bedouin style.



* MightyWhitey: Heavily [[DeconstructedCharacterArchetype Deconstructed.]]

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* MightyWhitey: Heavily [[DeconstructedCharacterArchetype Deconstructed.]]]] At first it's played straight; he impresses the Arabs and is made one of their leaders. However it gradually becomes apparent that Lawrence doesn't ''really'' understand their culture, their motivations, or their problems, nor does he fully want to. He vastly overrates his own abilities to inspire and unite them, often conducts actions that compromise and complicate the moderate elements within the Revolt (Sherif Ali) and in the end perhaps sabotaged their cause by unrealistic expectations and promises that, regardless of his sincerity, was beyond his minor position to deliver and uphold. Lawrence's attempts to play this trope straight are summed up in one scene:
-->'''Colonel Brighton:''' They think he's a kind of prophet.
-->'''General Allenby:''' They do, or ''he'' does?



* SuppressedRage: In spades. Only observant characters understand this.

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* SuppressedRage: In spades. Only observant characters understand this. When he finally lets it out, the results are [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge not pretty]].



* DarkIsNotEvil: Wears dark black robes to contrast Lawrence's khaki uniform and white robes. Deliberately played with in his introduction at the well.



* DarkIsNotEvil: Wears dark black robes to contrast Lawrence's khaki uniform and white robes. Deliberately played with in his introduction at the well.



* HeWillNotCrySoICryForHim

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* HeWillNotCrySoICryForHimHeWillNotCrySoICryForHim:



* AntiVillain: Allenby seems to have misgivings about the whole project, but he's a military man and his orders always come first.

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* AntiVillain: Allenby seems to have misgivings about He's somewhere between this and PunchClockVillain. He's clearly uncomfortable with some of the whole project, but actions he's a military man and forced to take, assuaging his orders always come first.conscience with protests that he's JustFollowingOrders. Though in fairness, as a general he's not in much position to protest. {{Lampshaded}} late in the film:
--> '''Dryden:''' Do you think it was worth it?
--> '''Allenby:''' Not my business. Thank God I'm a soldier.
--> '''Dryden:''' Yes, sir. So you keep saying.



-->'''Dryden:''' You give them artillery and you've made them independent.\\
'''Allenby:''' Then I can't give them artillery, can I?\\
'''Dryden:''' For you to say, sir.\\
'''Allenby:''' No, it's not. I've got orders to obey, thank God. Not like that poor devil. He's riding the whirlwind.\\
'''Dryden:''' Let's hope we're not.



* DepravedHomosexual: Practically a TropeCodifier.

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* DepravedHomosexual: Practically He immediately starts pawing Lawrence and remarking on his attractive face, skin and eyes. Lawrence realizes what's going on and kicks the general in the groin, after which Lawrence is brutally beaten as the Bey watches. This scene corresponds to a TropeCodifier.chapter of the real Lawrence's memoir ''Seven Pillars of Wisdom'', where he explicitly recounts being gang raped. Lawrence himself was gay and that's abundantly clear in the book, but this scene was the only one the filmmakers chose to include... so it definitely fits the trope.


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* ReassignedToAntarctica: "Two years I have been posted to Daraa. If I had been stationed on the dark side of the moon I could not have been more isolated."


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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: The real Allenby was fairly sympathetic to Faisal's cause, but like his film counterpart was a solider with his orders. There's really nothing to suggest that he manipulated Lawrence into continuing despite it being clear that he was seriously unbalanced the way he does here. In addition it portrays Allenby as believing the Arabs to be too savage to govern themselves.

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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: The real Allenby was fairly sympathetic to Faisal's cause, but like his film counterpart was a solider with his orders. There's really nothing to suggest that he manipulated Lawrence into continuing despite it being clear that he was seriously unbalanced the way he does here. In addition it portrays Allenby as believing the Arabs to be too savage to govern themselves.themselves, which grossly oversimplifies Allenby's beliefs and record (especially as High Commissioner of Egypt after the war, when he argued forcefully for Egypt's right to self-government against the wishes of his superiors).



* WhileRomeBurns: He has cocktails and practices casting while Damascus burns.

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* WhileRomeBurns: He has drinks cocktails and practices casting while Damascus burns.


* GenreSavvy: At first he seems like hes got a good idea of how to wage a guerilla campaign and handle different tribal factions.



* GenreSavvy: He knows better than to trust the British.



* GenreSavvy: Knows right off the bat that the British have imperial ambitions in Arabia and calls Lawrence's motives in to question right from the get go.


* AnOfficerAndAGentleman: Whatever his faults he's always keen on doing the "honorable" thing, which annoys and vexes his colleagues (especially Auda).

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* AnOfficerAndAGentleman: OfficerAndAGentleman: Whatever his faults he's always keen on doing the "honorable" thing, which annoys and vexes his colleagues (especially Auda).


* AmbiguouslyGay: Creator/DavidLean felt that Lawrence's homosexuality was central to his character development. So the film does as much hinting at it as TheHaysCode allowed.

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* AmbiguouslyGay: Creator/DavidLean felt that Lawrence's homosexuality was central to his character development. So the film does as much hinting at it as TheHaysCode UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode allowed.


[[[[caption-width-right:350:"You're an interesting man, there's no doubt about it. Who told you to take Aqaba?"]]

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[[[[caption-width-right:350:"You're [[caption-width-right:350:"You're an interesting man, there's no doubt about it. Who told you to take Aqaba?"]]


* HawaiianShirtedTourist: Aside from his practical dress, he fits this trope to a T. As the only American character in the film, he's depicted as rude, boorish and more interested in finding a story than what's actually going on around him (though even he has his limits, as shown in his reaction to the Tafas massacre). Lawrence treats him with undisguised contempt and other characters barely concealed theirs.

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* HawaiianShirtedTourist: Aside from his practical dress, he fits this trope to a T. As the only American character in the film, he's depicted as rude, boorish and more interested in finding a story than what's actually going on around him (though even he has his limits, as shown in his reaction to the Tafas massacre). Lawrence treats him with undisguised contempt and other characters barely concealed theirs.conceal theirs. That said, his outsider status gives him a clearer-eyed view of Britain's political machinations, and he tries to warn Feisal in their first meeting not to trust Allenby.


* HawaiianShirtedTourist: Aside from his practical dress, he fits this trope to a T. As the only American character in the film, he's depicted as rude, boorish and more interested in finding a story than what's actually going on around him (though even he has his limits, as shown in his reaction to the Tafas massacre).

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* HawaiianShirtedTourist: Aside from his practical dress, he fits this trope to a T. As the only American character in the film, he's depicted as rude, boorish and more interested in finding a story than what's actually going on around him (though even he has his limits, as shown in his reaction to the Tafas massacre). Lawrence treats him with undisguised contempt and other characters barely concealed theirs.

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* HawaiianShirtedTourist: Aside from his practical dress, he fits this trope to a T. As the only American character in the film, he's depicted as rude, boorish and more interested in finding a story than what's actually going on around him (though even he has his limits, as shown in his reaction to the Tafas massacre).


* HiddenDepths: Despite his roguishness and indifference to politics, at times he shows a better grasp of Lawrence's motivations than any other character in the film.

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* HiddenDepths: Despite his roguishness and indifference to politics, at times he shows a better grasp of Lawrence's motivations than any other character in the film. He sees through Lawrence's posture as a messiah early on ("He lied, he is not perfect") and recognizes his inner conflict between British and Arab loyalties ("There is only the desert for you").



* PunchClockVillain: Arguably: he's doing his job which involves some unethical actions.

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* PunchClockVillain: Arguably: he's doing He does his job which as a military commander without particular relish or enjoyment, even though it involves some unethical actions.double-crossing the Arabs and mistreating Lawrence.



* NobleBigot: Makes little compunction about disliking Arab culture, calling them "savages" and treating both Feisal and Auda rudely. Ultimately though his heart's in the right place.

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* NobleBigot: Makes little compunction about disliking Arab culture, calling them "savages" and treating both Feisal and Auda rudely.rudely (he does show more respect for Ali, at times anyway). Ultimately though his heart's in the right place.



* AdaptationDistillation: Murray's role in appointing Lawrence to join the Arabs is exaggerated. Lawrence's appointment was actually approved by Sir Reginald Wingate, the Governor-General of the Sudan, who was then in charge of British forces supporting the Arab Revolt; Murray was merely the field commander of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force and had little direct involvement Later, Lawrence convinced Wingate to relinquish his role to General Allenby to ensure easier cooperation between Arab and British forces.

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* AdaptationDistillation: Murray's role in appointing Lawrence to join the Arabs is exaggerated. Lawrence's appointment was actually approved by Sir Reginald Wingate, the Governor-General of the Sudan, who was then in charge of British forces supporting the Arab Revolt; Murray was merely the field commander of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force and had little direct involvement involvement. Later, Lawrence convinced Wingate to relinquish his role to General Allenby to ensure easier cooperation between Arab and British forces.


* ArmchairMilitary: Never leaves his comfy headquarters.

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* AdaptationDistillation: Murray's role in appointing Lawrence to join the Arabs is exaggerated. Lawrence's appointment was actually approved by Sir Reginald Wingate, the Governor-General of the Sudan, who was then in charge of British forces supporting the Arab Revolt; Murray was merely the field commander of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force and had little direct involvement Later, Lawrence convinced Wingate to relinquish his role to General Allenby to ensure easier cooperation between Arab and British forces.
* ArmchairMilitary: Never leaves his comfy headquarters.headquarters in Cairo (unlike Allenby, who joins his troops at the front).

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[[caption-width-right:350:"This whole theater of operations is a sideshow!"]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:"Yes sir, that's my baby!"]]

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