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** The protagonist Abdel Adrian is initially more like the opposite, because instead of starting out as a novice just out of his childhood home like the PlayerCharacter, he's already an experienced mercenary. However, by ''Shadows of Amn'', he becomes an Adaptational Wimp, because he's still the same rather crude thug he always was, whereas the game has the characters advancing to pretty epic levels and fighting demons and dragons. If you think in terms of the game, it's like he started out at level 5[[note]]pretty high in the first game, barely starting level for the second[[/note]] and never advanced any higher in the second book. He gains vague super powers by the end of the book to compensate.

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** The protagonist Abdel Adrian is initially more like the opposite, because instead of starting out as a novice just out of his childhood home like the PlayerCharacter, he's already an experienced mercenary. However, by ''Shadows of Amn'', he becomes an Adaptational Wimp, because he's still the same rather crude thug he always was, whereas the game has the characters advancing to pretty epic levels and fighting demons and dragons. If you think in terms of the game, it's like he started out at level 5[[note]]pretty high in the first game, barely starting level for the second[[/note]] and never advanced any higher in the second book. He gains vague super powers by the end of the book to compensate.



* BroadStrokes[=/=]CanonDiscontinuity: With the release of D&D NEXT, novel protagonist Abdel Adrian makes an appearance during the module ''Murder in Baldur's Gate'' that introduces the ''Forgotten Realms'' to the new edition. Perhaps as [[ThrowTheDogABone a bone to the game's fandom]], he dies either as victim of the titular murder, or morphs into the slayer and is immediately killed by the [=PCs=]. Meanwhile the ''Legends of Baldur's Gate'' comics, as well as an off-hand description of a statue in the city of Baldur's Gate, seem to have utterly discarded the novels, portraying Minsc (at least physically) as he is in the game. All in all the conclusion seem to be that a warrior named Abdel Adrian was the canonical bhaalspawn and that otherwise the narrative followed the game and not the book.

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* BroadStrokes[=/=]CanonDiscontinuity: With the release of D&D NEXT, novel protagonist Abdel Adrian makes an appearance during the module ''Murder in Baldur's Gate'' that introduces the ''Forgotten Realms'' to the new edition. Perhaps as [[ThrowTheDogABone a bone to the game's fandom]], he He dies either as victim of the titular murder, or morphs into the slayer and is immediately killed by the [=PCs=]. Meanwhile the ''Legends of Baldur's Gate'' comics, as well as an off-hand description of a statue in the city of Baldur's Gate, seem to have utterly discarded the novels, portraying Minsc (at least physically) as he is in the game. All in all the conclusion seem to be that a warrior named Abdel Adrian was the canonical bhaalspawn and that otherwise the narrative followed the game and not the book.



* EverybodysDeadDave: No-one except for Gorion's ward makes it to the end of the trilogy alive. Causing readers to wail, "No! Why did he not die?!"
* FauxActionGirl: Jaheira. A particularly egregious case in that she doesn't even ''try'' to fight anyone almost ever.
* {{Gorn}}
* InformedAbility: Jaheira is a tough warrior. And a druid. And Abdel Adrian is ''smart''. [=*snrk*=]

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* EverybodysDeadDave: No-one except for Gorion's ward makes it to the end of the trilogy alive. Causing readers to wail, "No! Why did he not die?!"\n* FauxActionGirl: Jaheira. A particularly egregious case in that she doesn't even ''try'' to fight anyone almost ever.
* {{Gorn}}
* InformedAbility: Jaheira is a tough warrior. And a druid. And Abdel Adrian is ''smart''. [=*snrk*=]
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* ThudAndBlunder: Even the mysterious very positive reviews at Amazon.com tend to recognise this genre shift.
* TookALevelInJerkass: In the games Khalid is a NiceGuy, if a bit of a coward. In the books he's kind of competent, but he's also a jerk to his friends and downright abusive towards Jaheira. Wrong-o!

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* ThudAndBlunder: Even the mysterious very positive reviews at Amazon.com tend to recognise this genre shift.
* TookALevelInJerkass: In the games Khalid is a NiceGuy, if a bit of a coward. In the books he's kind of competent, but he's also a jerk to his friends and downright abusive towards Jaheira. Wrong-o!


The Franchise/BaldursGate video games received three {{Novelization}}s, corresponding to the three biggest entries in the series. They are:

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The Franchise/BaldursGate ''Franchise/BaldursGate'' video games received three {{Novelization}}s, corresponding to the three biggest entries in the series. They are:

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* TookALevelInJerkass: In the games Khalid is a NiceGuy, if a bit of a coward. In the books he's kind of competent, but he's also a jerk to his friends and downright abusive towards Jaheira. Wrong-o!


** The villains of ''Shadows of Amn'': [[TheDragon Bodhi]] turns from a menacing, superhumanly powerful vampire into someone who wants to seduce Adrian every time they meet and is torn apart by his SuperpoweredEvilSide. (Also, as revealed in the same scene, she can't regenerate like every standard vampire.) Meanwhile, [[BigBad Irenicus]] is still a vaguely powerful wizard, but this is nothing compared to his absolutely overwhelming power in the game. Besides, his personality goes from chilling CompleteMonster to, well, like the most generic villain stereotype but with less personality.

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** The villains of ''Shadows of Amn'': [[TheDragon Bodhi]] turns from a menacing, superhumanly powerful vampire into someone who wants to seduce Adrian every time they meet and is torn apart by his SuperpoweredEvilSide. (Also, as revealed in the same scene, she can't regenerate like every standard vampire.) Meanwhile, [[BigBad Irenicus]] is still a vaguely powerful wizard, but this is nothing compared to his absolutely overwhelming power in the game. Besides, his personality goes from chilling CompleteMonster monster to, well, like the most generic villain stereotype but with less personality.


* SuddenlySexuality: It turns out Imoen is into chicks. Imoen "realizes her sexuality" when Phaere orders her to sleep with her. In order to keep up their drow disguises and continue with their mission, Imoen couldn't refuse. She had no romantic or sexual inclinations in either direction in the game except swooning momentarily over Haer'Dalis' poetic skill. Of course, Phaere isn't interested in women in the game either, but don't let ''that'' stop you.

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* SuddenlySexuality: SuddenlySexuality
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It turns out Imoen is into chicks. Imoen "realizes her sexuality" when Phaere orders her to sleep with her. In order to keep up their drow disguises and continue with their mission, Imoen couldn't refuse. She had no romantic or sexual inclinations in either direction in the game except swooning momentarily over Haer'Dalis' poetic skill. Of course, Phaere isn't interested in women in the game either, but don't let ''that'' stop you.you.
** Ironically done with Bodhi. In the game, she didn't do anything overtly sexual with anyone, but [[{{stripperific}} dressed]] and sounded like someone who might like that kind of thing if it came up. In the book, she is mentioned to have been {{asexual}} (or at least not into men) for hundreds of years just so that she can change her mind when she sees Adrian running around naked. Subsequently, she's, um, very into him at every opportunity.


* SuddenlySexuality:
** It turns out Imoen is into chicks. Imoen "realizes her sexuality" when Phaere orders her to sleep with her. In order to keep up their drow disguises and continue with their mission, Imoen couldn't refuse. She had no romantic or sexual inclinations in either direction in the game except swooning momentarily over Haer'Dalis' poetic skill. Of course, Phaere isn't interested in women in the game either, but don't let ''that'' stop you.
** In the game there are implications that Irenicus' destructive sexuality and sensuality are his failed attempts to relive a love he's no longer capable of understanding and, by his own admission, can't even remember. In the novel, he's just a gross pervert.
** And Bodhi, who never showed signs of sexuality in the game, becomes a [[TheVamp Vamp]].

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* SuddenlySexuality:
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SuddenlySexuality: It turns out Imoen is into chicks. Imoen "realizes her sexuality" when Phaere orders her to sleep with her. In order to keep up their drow disguises and continue with their mission, Imoen couldn't refuse. She had no romantic or sexual inclinations in either direction in the game except swooning momentarily over Haer'Dalis' poetic skill. Of course, Phaere isn't interested in women in the game either, but don't let ''that'' stop you.
** In the game there are implications that Irenicus' destructive sexuality and sensuality are his failed attempts to relive a love he's no longer capable of understanding and, by his own admission, can't even remember. In the novel, he's just a gross pervert.
** And Bodhi, who never showed signs of sexuality in the game, becomes a [[TheVamp Vamp]].
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* SuddenlySexuality: It turns out Imoen is into chicks. Imoen "realizes her sexuality" when Phaere orders her to sleep with her. In order to keep up their drow disguises and continue with their mission, Imoen couldn't refuse. She had no romantic or sexual inclinations in either direction in the game except swooning momentarily over Haer'Dalis' poetic skill. Of course, Phaere isn't interested in women in the game either, but don't let ''that'' stop you.

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* SuddenlySexuality: SuddenlySexuality:
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It turns out Imoen is into chicks. Imoen "realizes her sexuality" when Phaere orders her to sleep with her. In order to keep up their drow disguises and continue with their mission, Imoen couldn't refuse. She had no romantic or sexual inclinations in either direction in the game except swooning momentarily over Haer'Dalis' poetic skill. Of course, Phaere isn't interested in women in the game either, but don't let ''that'' stop you.


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* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Kind of like in the game (Bhaalspawn turning into monsters), but here it's an InvokedTrope. In fact, it's basically Irenicus's whole plan: make them monsters and send them to attack his enemies.


** The villains of ''Shadows of Amn'': [[TheDragon Bodhi]] turns from a menacing, superhumanly powerful vampire into someone who wants to seduce Adrian every time they meet and is torn apart by his SuperpoweredEvilSide. Meanwhile, [[BigBad Irenicus]] is still a vaguely powerful wizard, but this is nothing compared to his absolutely overwhelming power in the game. Besides, his personality goes from chilling CompleteMonster to, well, like the most generic villain stereotype but with less personality.

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** The villains of ''Shadows of Amn'': [[TheDragon Bodhi]] turns from a menacing, superhumanly powerful vampire into someone who wants to seduce Adrian every time they meet and is torn apart by his SuperpoweredEvilSide. (Also, as revealed in the same scene, she can't regenerate like every standard vampire.) Meanwhile, [[BigBad Irenicus]] is still a vaguely powerful wizard, but this is nothing compared to his absolutely overwhelming power in the game. Besides, his personality goes from chilling CompleteMonster to, well, like the most generic villain stereotype but with less personality.


* AdapatationalWimp: Practically everyone, at least in the first two books.

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* AdapatationalWimp: AdaptationalWimp: Practically everyone, at least in the first two books.

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* AdapatationalWimp: Practically everyone, at least in the first two books.
** The protagonist Abdel Adrian is initially more like the opposite, because instead of starting out as a novice just out of his childhood home like the PlayerCharacter, he's already an experienced mercenary. However, by ''Shadows of Amn'', he becomes an Adaptational Wimp, because he's still the same rather crude thug he always was, whereas the game has the characters advancing to pretty epic levels and fighting demons and dragons. If you think in terms of the game, it's like he started out at level 5[[note]]pretty high in the first game, barely starting level for the second[[/note]] and never advanced any higher in the second book. He gains vague super powers by the end of the book to compensate.
** The protagonist's companions become pretty useless. The worst must be Jaheira, who's plummeted into FauxActionGirl status faster than you can say "Abdel saw a more delicate side of her behind her tough warrior outside."
** The villains of ''Shadows of Amn'': [[TheDragon Bodhi]] turns from a menacing, superhumanly powerful vampire into someone who wants to seduce Adrian every time they meet and is torn apart by his SuperpoweredEvilSide. Meanwhile, [[BigBad Irenicus]] is still a vaguely powerful wizard, but this is nothing compared to his absolutely overwhelming power in the game. Besides, his personality goes from chilling CompleteMonster to, well, like the most generic villain stereotype but with less personality.
** This applies even to minor characters (and scenes and plot elements, but that's not this trope) so that it seems almost like you're reading a parody. From ''Shadows of Amn'': Aran Linvail, head of the Shadow Thieves in Athkatla, becomes some random assassin who needs to be killed along the way for not much reason. Saemon Havarian, a flamboyant sea captain and repeatedly backstabbing KarmaHoudini, becomes a drunk with a boat.


* ''Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal'' (2001) by Drew Karpyshyn

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* ''Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal'' (2001) by Drew Karpyshyn
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The Franchise/BaldursGate video games received three {{Novelization}}s, corresponding to the three biggest entries in the series. They are:
* ''Baldur's Gate'' (1999) by Philip Athans
* ''Baldur's Gate II'' (2000) by Philip Athans
* ''Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal'' (2001) by Drew Karpyshyn

The books establish a "canon" version (later downplayed a bit) of the player character: a man named Abdel Adrian.

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!!The ''Baldur's Gate'' novels provide examples of:

* BroadStrokes[=/=]CanonDiscontinuity: With the release of D&D NEXT, novel protagonist Abdel Adrian makes an appearance during the module ''Murder in Baldur's Gate'' that introduces the ''Forgotten Realms'' to the new edition. Perhaps as [[ThrowTheDogABone a bone to the game's fandom]], he dies either as victim of the titular murder, or morphs into the slayer and is immediately killed by the [=PCs=]. Meanwhile the ''Legends of Baldur's Gate'' comics, as well as an off-hand description of a statue in the city of Baldur's Gate, seem to have utterly discarded the novels, portraying Minsc (at least physically) as he is in the game. All in all the conclusion seem to be that a warrior named Abdel Adrian was the canonical bhaalspawn and that otherwise the narrative followed the game and not the book.
* CassandraTruth: Xzar tells the others {{All There Is To Know About The Crying Game}} pretty much at the start. No-one believes him because he's insane. Of course, he also doesn't care, because he's insane.
* EverybodysDeadDave: No-one except for Gorion's ward makes it to the end of the trilogy alive. Causing readers to wail, "No! Why did he not die?!"
* FauxActionGirl: Jaheira. A particularly egregious case in that she doesn't even ''try'' to fight anyone almost ever.
* {{Gorn}}
* InformedAbility: Jaheira is a tough warrior. And a druid. And Abdel Adrian is ''smart''. [=*snrk*=]
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Adrian's thuggish fighting skills don't improve from the first novel to the second like they would in the games, so when he has to fight a giant monster, he just becomes super-powerful all of a sudden. Of course, he is [[spoiler:carrying around the essence of a dead god inside him all the time]], but still, way to make it a [[DeusExMachina Deus Ex Idiot]].
* {{Novelization}}: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Well, obviously]].
* SuddenlySexuality: It turns out Imoen is into chicks. Imoen "realizes her sexuality" when Phaere orders her to sleep with her. In order to keep up their drow disguises and continue with their mission, Imoen couldn't refuse. She had no romantic or sexual inclinations in either direction in the game except swooning momentarily over Haer'Dalis' poetic skill. Of course, Phaere isn't interested in women in the game either, but don't let ''that'' stop you.
** In the game there are implications that Irenicus' destructive sexuality and sensuality are his failed attempts to relive a love he's no longer capable of understanding and, by his own admission, can't even remember. In the novel, he's just a gross pervert.
** And Bodhi, who never showed signs of sexuality in the game, becomes a [[TheVamp Vamp]].
* ThudAndBlunder: Even the mysterious very positive reviews at Amazon.com tend to recognise this genre shift.
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