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* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Defied. [[spoiler: Due to political infighting, Sam is forced to temporarily take power under a military coup until fresh elections can be held. Unfortunately this quickly results in others naming him emperor and giving the appropriate honorifics, something he is incenced and repulsed by.]]

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* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Defied. [[spoiler: Due to political infighting, Sam is forced to temporarily take power under a military coup until fresh elections can be held. Unfortunately this quickly results in others naming him emperor and giving the appropriate honorifics, something he is incenced incensed and repulsed by.]]



** Sam manages to turn a Viddasala of the Qun to his side because of this, giving him extremely valuable information and intel, as well as very powerful warrior.



* {{Cincinnatus}}: [[spoiler: What Sam aims for after being forced to take over due to infighting. Get the cabinet to finish drafting the constitution, hold fresh elections, and step down as soon as possible.]]



* CluelessChickMagnet: Sam, for several reasons. Some are attracted due to the way he treats others, some for the power and authority he has, some because Outlanders produce powerful mage children with other mages. Some even for the fact that having grown up in a modern society with good health and nutrition, his physical characteristics such as skin and teeth are better than the average population. He seems to struggle to understand why so many are interested in him.



* CultOfPersonality: Sam inadvertently manages to foster this, to the point where he notes the biggest threat to the fledgling democracy he helped create is ''himself''. The admiration he ends up receiving from his victories, as well as the way he treats others ends up in a situation where he could declare himself emperor and everyone would accept it, not out of fear or force, but because they would genuinely want him in such a role. This is of course completely antithetical to his values.



** After coverting the Viddasala to his cause, Sam names her Asala ("Soul") due to this being too much of a mouthful. The extremely positive connotations of the name, something Sam is initially unaware of, play a large part in cementing her loyalty towards him.



** Sam having a polygamous relationship is mentioned to be something more suitable of an emperor. [[spoiler: He's inadvertently forced into becoming one.]]



* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Sam at one point needs it explicitly pointed out to him that he's the real power behind the Free Orlais movement. His [[spoiler: Tevinter]] wife is fairly unamused by this.



* MilitaryCoup: [[spoiler: Sam is forced to do this due to political infighting causing a deadlock, while enemies surround Troy on all sides. Unfortunately this ends up playing into Velarana's agenda.]]



* NoSell / AntiMagic: Sam is highly resistant or almost immune to magic. Any energy drawn directly to or from the Fade dissipates immediately when near his body. Armen hypothesized that it may have something to do with Sam having traveled through the Fade. [[spoiler:This serves as a doubled edge sword for Sam, as he cannot be harmed by magic yet cannot be magically healed easily[[note]] Sam had his bruises healed with magic, but only with direct physical contact and it almost caused Armen to lose consciousness[[/note]]. It is later discovered that he is immune ''and'' anathema to anything involving the Fade, after Sam effortlessly smashed Sylvans into splinters.]] The full extent of it is later demonstrated when Sam [[spoiler:ordered the liberated mages to kill him with magic before a huge crowd of onlookers. They failed.]]

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* NoSell / AntiMagic: Sam is highly resistant or almost immune to magic. Any energy drawn directly to or from the Fade dissipates immediately when near his body. Armen hypothesized that it may have something to do with Sam having traveled travelled through the Fade. [[spoiler:This serves as a doubled edge sword for Sam, as he cannot be harmed by magic yet cannot be magically healed easily[[note]] Sam had his bruises healed with magic, but only with direct physical contact and it almost caused Armen to lose consciousness[[/note]]. It is later discovered that he is immune ''and'' anathema to anything involving the Fade, after Sam effortlessly smashed Sylvans into splinters.]] The full extent of it is later demonstrated when Sam [[spoiler:ordered the liberated mages to kill him with magic before a huge crowd of onlookers. They failed.]]



** Subverted with their opposition, who used radios to quickly adjust their lines and commit reserves to counter Allistair's tactics. While they still suffered heavy losses (relative to their small numbers), the outcome was never seriously in doubt.

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** Subverted with their opposition, who used radios to quickly adjust their lines and commit reserves to counter Allistair's Alistair's tactics. While they still suffered heavy losses (relative to their small numbers), the outcome was never seriously in doubt.



** [[spoiler: Sam ends up as the victim of this twice, since pregnancies from Outlanders result in powerful mages or magically immune children. Firstly via coercion and drugs after being captured, to produce a child with Mariette and spare his captured troops from being raped and tortured themselves. Mariette for her part, who is already attracted to Sam, volunteers for this as being preferable to being gang raped by pirats. Sam is then later on forced by a pirate mage, who then gets killed when Sam is rescued.]]

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** [[spoiler: Sam ends up as the victim of this twice, since pregnancies from Outlanders result in powerful mages or magically immune children. Firstly via coercion and drugs after being captured, to produce a child with Mariette and spare his captured troops from being raped and tortured themselves. Mariette for her part, who is already attracted to Sam, volunteers for this as being preferable to being gang raped by pirats.pirates. Sam is then later on forced by a pirate mage, who then gets killed when Sam is rescued.]]



** Sam is later recruited by Liliana to rescue a group of pacifistic mages from the Templars. Armen argued against handing the mages over to the Chantry on the basis that they will be executed while Liliana argued that having them under the Chantry's watch will protect them. Sam decided that he doesn't want the mages turning over to the Rebellion or the Chantry, and instead bringing them to his home under his protection and supervision.

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** Sam is later recruited by Liliana Leliana to rescue a group of pacifistic mages from the Templars. Armen argued against handing the mages over to the Chantry on the basis that they will be executed while Liliana Leliana argued that having them under the Chantry's watch will protect them. Sam decided that he doesn't want the mages turning over to the Rebellion or the Chantry, and instead bringing them to his home under his protection and supervision.


* AltarDiplomacy: [[spoiler:This is Tiberius' reasons for approaching to Sam, an outlander and already a noble, in order to add his powers to his family by arranging a political marriage between him and his granddaughter Aurelia. Sam is unsurprisingly stunned and repulsed by the concept. Though Tiberius understands Sam's reactions, but he also points out this is beneficial as an alliance with Tevinter will protect Sam from future retaliations from threats that he and his friends had made such as Orlais and the Templars.]]

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* AltarDiplomacy: [[spoiler:This is Tiberius' reasons for approaching to Sam, an outlander and already a noble, in order to add his powers to his family by arranging a political marriage between him and his granddaughter Aurelia. Sam is unsurprisingly stunned and repulsed by the concept. Though Tiberius understands Sam's reactions, but he also points out this is beneficial as an alliance with Tevinter will protect Sam from future retaliations from threats that he and his friends had made such as Orlais and the Templars. He is later forced to take the marriage in return for aid.]]



-->[[spoiler: He is later forced to take the marriage in return for aid.]]


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* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Defied. [[spoiler: Due to political infighting, Sam is forced to temporarily take power under a military coup until fresh elections can be held. Unfortunately this quickly results in others naming him emperor and giving the appropriate honorifics, something he is incenced and repulsed by.]]


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** [[spoiler:Later on the Qunari suffer one of their worst ever defeats on the field of battle, resulting in the death of Sten as the current Arishok]]


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** [[spoiler: Any female who becomes pregnant by an outlander either gains incredible magical power if a mage, or becomes immune to magic if not. This apparently continues to apply even after the pregnancy ends.]]


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* RapeAsDrama: Unsurprisingly given the setting, this comes up either via threats, or more overtly.
** [[spoiler: Sam ends up as the victim of this twice, since pregnancies from Outlanders result in powerful mages or magically immune children. Firstly via coercion and drugs after being captured, to produce a child with Mariette and spare his captured troops from being raped and tortured themselves. Mariette for her part, who is already attracted to Sam, volunteers for this as being preferable to being gang raped by pirats. Sam is then later on forced by a pirate mage, who then gets killed when Sam is rescued.]]

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-->[[spoiler: He is later forced to take the marriage in return for aid.]]


* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Sam invoked the trope by comparing Thedas culture to Earth, particularly with the languages of Orlais.
** [[spoiler:There is justification for Ancient Tevinter's Roman-like culture is due to the first outlander, who was a Roman legionnaire that was largely responsible and influential for establishing the current Tevinter Imperium.]]
** [[spoiler:It is heavily implied that the Andrastean religion itself was also outlander-inspired as Andraste came from Early Christianity Europe.]]

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* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Sam invoked the invokes this trope by comparing Thedas culture Thedas' cultures to Earth, Earth's, particularly with the languages of Orlais.
** [[spoiler:There is justification for Ancient Tevinter's Roman-like culture is due to the first outlander, who was a Roman legionnaire that was legionnaire, being largely responsible for and influential for in establishing the current Tevinter Imperium.]]
** [[spoiler:It is heavily implied that the Andrastean religion itself was also outlander-inspired as Andraste came from Early Christianity medieval Europe.]]


** GirlsWithGuns: Julie and her HandCannon (a Beretta 92). Leha temporarily in the Rebellion volume.


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* GirlsWithGuns: Julie and her HandCannon (a Beretta 92). Leha temporarily in the Rebellion volume.

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* ThePeterPrinciple: Sam is best as a foot soldier, commanding small tactical groups or acting as a drill sergeant. When placed as the commander of the full free army, he shows himself to be average or below average as a tactical and strategic commander. That said, he largely gets away with it due to the army's extreme advantages in technology, logistics, and discipline.

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* BadassArmy: The Free Army has no real equal in direct battle within the human nations of Thedas thanks to their superior firepower, communication, and discipline. Their, very few, losses are caused by superior strategic moves by their opposition to outmaneuver them.


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* BoringButPractical: Sam's ability as a general. He's not a strategic genius, or skilled at commanding a large army tactically, but he as excellent drill instructor, skilled with logistics, and has a good eye for talent.


* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: An... odd case. [[spoiler:When Julie loses the election to Velarana, she wastes little time in holding the new leader hostage by demanding she and Leha be repaid for all of the money they had loaned the government while they'd been running things.]]

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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: An... odd case. [[spoiler:When Julie loses the election to Velarana, she wastes little time in holding the new leader hostage by demanding she and Leha be repaid for all of the money they had loaned the government while they'd been running things.things. This allows her to dictate policy despite losing, forcing repayment with interest, the creation of a national bank, and the establishment of Leha as the economic minister. Toys with hypocrisy, as its clear that she would never have demanded her money back had she won.]]

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* Plunder: Where a good deal of the wealth comes from for all factions.


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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: An... odd case. [[spoiler:When Julie loses the election to Velarana, she wastes little time in holding the new leader hostage by demanding she and Leha be repaid for all of the money they had loaned the government while they'd been running things.]]

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* RapeAsBackstory: [[spoiler:While she wasn't actually raped, it was only last-second intervention that saved Julie from this during a squabble between nobles. Her perfect memory insures that she can always recall the event, and it is implied to be what drives her in her hatred of all things related to the monarchy.]]


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* WellIntentionedExtremist: Julie wants to throw down monarchies and replace them with Republican Democracies, regardless of the number of deaths and the amount of misery caused by the wars required to make it happen.

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* BerserkButton: Sam does not react well when Velarana asks if he will respect the vote if Julie loses.


* EveryoneIsBi: Almost all Orlesian characters at the very least, reflecting the culture of Orlais and the place of sex as a means of climbing the social ladder as part of [[DeadlyDecadentCourt The Grand Game]]. Largely averted with non-Orlesian characters, with Tam being the notable exception due to her Qunari upbringing.

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* EveryoneIsBi: Especially Julie. Almost all Orlesian characters at the very least, reflecting the culture of Orlais and the place of sex as a means of climbing the social ladder as part of [[DeadlyDecadentCourt The Grand Game]]. Largely averted with non-Orlesian characters, with Tam being the notable exception due to her Qunari upbringing.

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* PhotographicMemory: Julie, with positive and negative effects. It's the reason for her extreme ability in smithing, engineering and possibly politics too courtesy of her knowledge gained from Earth books, but she also implies that she cannot forget several traumatic events in her life.

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* EveryoneIsBi: Almost all Orlesian characters at the very least, reflecting the culture of Orlais and the place of sex as a means of climbing the social ladder as part of [[DeadlyDecadentCourt The Grand Game]]. Largely averted with non-Orlesian characters, with Tam being the notable exception due to her Qunari upbringing.

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* ClarkesThirdLaw: Sam is mistaken for a mage by many at first, due to his possession of long weapons that seem to spit fire and metal. He has to explain that his technology is not magical in nature.

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