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* ChessmasterSidekick: The cat is often turned into one, likely by association with the other old RagsToRiches [[ABoyAndHisX Boy And His Cat]] story ''Literature/PussInBoots''

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* ChessmasterSidekick: The cat is often turned into one, likely by association with the other old RagsToRiches [[ABoyAndHisX Boy And His Cat]] story ''Literature/PussInBoots''

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* NoNameGiven: The cat's name is never mentioned, even though ''she'' is arguably the true hero of the story.


Some might be surprised to learn that there really was a Richard Whittington who was Lord Mayor of London. Few would be shocked to hear that that's about the extent of the truth in the story, but the popularity of the FolkHero-style OriginStory may be a result of the popularity of the man himself. He was elected four times, a feat nobody has ever equalled before or since. During his reign, he made many beneficial changes to the city, such as building a ward for unmarried mothers at St Thomas' Hospital and passing a law prohibiting the washing of animal skins by apprentices in the River Thames in cold, wet weather because many young boys had died through hypothermia or in the strong river currents. He was also London's sheriff, and a Member of Parliament. And no, he never owned a cat (one theory has it that a "cat" was a slang expression for a type of ship used in his merchant business).

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Some might be surprised to learn that there really was a Richard Whittington who was Lord Mayor of London. Few would be shocked to hear that that's about the extent of the truth in the story, but the popularity of the FolkHero-style OriginStory may be a result of the popularity of the man himself. He was elected four times, a feat nobody has ever equalled before or since. During his reign, he made many beneficial changes to the city, such as building a ward for unmarried mothers at St Thomas' Hospital and passing a law prohibiting the washing of animal skins by apprentices in the River Thames in cold, wet weather because many young boys had died through hypothermia or in the strong river currents. He was also London's sheriff, and a Member of Parliament. And no, he never owned a cat (one theory has it that a "cat" was a slang expression for a type of ship used in his merchant business). \n It's also fun to know that the name has been passed down and so the High Sheriff of Surrey until 2017 [[http://www.villagematters.co.uk/sunbury-matters/sunbury-matters-articles/2016/12/our-high-sheriff-dick-whittington was another Dick Whittington]].

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There are a large number of fairy tales that recount it, without any such historical connections.


* AdaptationDisplacement: The pantomime is more well-known than the original fairy tale to a certain extent.

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* AdaptationDisplacement: The pantomime is more well-known than the original fairy tale to a certain extent.


Some might be surprised to learn that there really was a Richard Whittington who was Lord Mayor of London. Few would be shocked to hear that that's about the extent of the truth in the story, but the popularity of the FolkHero-style OriginStory may be a result of the popularity of the man himself. He was elected four times, a feat nobody has ever equalled before or since. During his reign, he made many beneficial changes to the city, such as building a ward for unmarried mothers at St Thomas' Hospital and passing a law prohibiting the washing of animal skins by apprentices in the River Thames in cold, wet weather because many young boys had died through hypothermia or in the strong river currents. He was also London's sheriff, and a Member of Parliament. And no, he never owned a cat.

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Some might be surprised to learn that there really was a Richard Whittington who was Lord Mayor of London. Few would be shocked to hear that that's about the extent of the truth in the story, but the popularity of the FolkHero-style OriginStory may be a result of the popularity of the man himself. He was elected four times, a feat nobody has ever equalled before or since. During his reign, he made many beneficial changes to the city, such as building a ward for unmarried mothers at St Thomas' Hospital and passing a law prohibiting the washing of animal skins by apprentices in the River Thames in cold, wet weather because many young boys had died through hypothermia or in the strong river currents. He was also London's sheriff, and a Member of Parliament. And no, he never owned a cat.cat (one theory has it that a "cat" was a slang expression for a type of ship used in his merchant business).


Good old Dick Whittington! He went from his hometown of Gloucester with [[LoyalAnimalCompanion his cat]] to LondonTown to find his fortune, as he heard the [[BlatantLies streets were paved with gold!]] Of course, that quickly proved to be horseshit, and he was so disheartened [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere he was ready to leave]]. But suddenly, he heard the bells of London call out "Turn again, Whittington, Lord Mayor of London!". He decided to stick it through, and after some adventures in Tonga, where his cat [[OneManArmy killed all the rats in that country]], he was given three chests filled with gold, and became Lord Mayor of London!

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Good old Dick Whittington! He went from his hometown of Gloucester with [[LoyalAnimalCompanion his cat]] to LondonTown [[UsefulNotes/{{London}} London town]] to find his fortune, as he heard the [[BlatantLies streets were paved with gold!]] Of course, that quickly proved to be horseshit, and he was so disheartened [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere he was ready to leave]]. But suddenly, he heard the bells of London call out "Turn again, Whittington, Lord Mayor of London!". He decided to stick it through, and after some adventures in Tonga, where his cat [[OneManArmy killed all the rats in that country]], he was given three chests filled with gold, and became Lord Mayor of London!


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Good old Dick Whittington! He went from his hometown of Gloucester with [[LoyalAnimalCompanion his cat]] to LondonTown to find his fortune, as he heard the [[BlatantLies streets were paved with gold!]] Of course, that quickly proved to be horseshit, and he was so disheartened [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere he was ready to leave]]. But suddenly, he heard the bells of London call out "Turn again, Whittington, Lord Mayor of London!". He decided to stick it through, and after some adventures in Tonga, where his cat [[OneManArmy killed all the rats in that country]], he was given three chests filled with gold, and became Lord Mayor of London! All British people know the story of Dick Whittington!

... except they don't.

Richard Whittington was indeed Lord Mayor of London. In fact, he was elected four times, a feat nobody has ever equalled before or since. During his reign, he made many beneficial changes to the city, such as building a ward for unmarried mothers at St Thomas' Hospital and passing a law prohibiting the washing of animal skins by apprentices in the River Thames in cold, wet weather because many young boys had died through hypothermia or in the strong river currents. He was also London's sheriff, and a Member of Parliament. And no, he never owned a cat.

[[TheThemeParkVersion The version in the first paragraph]] i.e. the one everyone in Britain believes is true, started as a play ''The History of Richard Whittington, of his lowe byrth, his great fortune'', and eventually turned into a {{pantomime}}, where equal measures of AdaptationDecay, CriticalResearchFailure and MemeticBadass have set in quite thoroughly.

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Good old Dick Whittington! He went from his hometown of Gloucester with [[LoyalAnimalCompanion his cat]] to LondonTown to find his fortune, as he heard the [[BlatantLies streets were paved with gold!]] Of course, that quickly proved to be horseshit, and he was so disheartened [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere he was ready to leave]]. But suddenly, he heard the bells of London call out "Turn again, Whittington, Lord Mayor of London!". He decided to stick it through, and after some adventures in Tonga, where his cat [[OneManArmy killed all the rats in that country]], he was given three chests filled with gold, and became Lord Mayor of London! All British people know the story of Dick Whittington!

... except they don't.

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Some might be surprised to learn that there really was a
Richard Whittington who was indeed Lord Mayor of London. In fact, he Few would be shocked to hear that that's about the extent of the truth in the story, but the popularity of the FolkHero-style OriginStory may be a result of the popularity of the man himself. He was elected four times, a feat nobody has ever equalled before or since. During his reign, he made many beneficial changes to the city, such as building a ward for unmarried mothers at St Thomas' Hospital and passing a law prohibiting the washing of animal skins by apprentices in the River Thames in cold, wet weather because many young boys had died through hypothermia or in the strong river currents. He was also London's sheriff, and a Member of Parliament. And no, he never owned a cat.

[[TheThemeParkVersion The version in the first paragraph]] i.e. the one everyone in Britain believes is true,
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TheThemeParkVersion of Whittington's story
started as a play ''The History of Richard Whittington, of his lowe byrth, his great fortune'', and eventually turned into a {{pantomime}}, where equal measures of AdaptationDecay, CriticalResearchFailure and MemeticBadass have set in quite thoroughly.the RuleOfFunny dragged things even ''further'' from the truth.



!! Tropes in the fairy tale and the pantomime "Dick Whittington and His Cat":

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Good old Dick Whittington! He went from his hometown of Gloucester with [[LoyalAnimalCompanion his cat]] to LondonTown to find his fortune, as he heard the [[BlatantLies streets were paved with gold!]] Of course, that quickly proved to be horseshit, and he was so disheartened [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere he was ready to leave]]. Bbut suddenly, he heard the bells of London call out "Turn again, Whittington, Lord Mayor of London!". He decided to stick it through, and after some adventures in Tonga, where his cat [[OneManArmy killed all the rats in that country]], he was given three chests filled with gold, and became Lord Mayor of London! All British people know the story of Dick Whittington!

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Good old Dick Whittington! He went from his hometown of Gloucester with [[LoyalAnimalCompanion his cat]] to LondonTown to find his fortune, as he heard the [[BlatantLies streets were paved with gold!]] Of course, that quickly proved to be horseshit, and he was so disheartened [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere he was ready to leave]]. Bbut But suddenly, he heard the bells of London call out "Turn again, Whittington, Lord Mayor of London!". He decided to stick it through, and after some adventures in Tonga, where his cat [[OneManArmy killed all the rats in that country]], he was given three chests filled with gold, and became Lord Mayor of London! All British people know the story of Dick Whittington!


Richard Whittington was indeed Lord Mayor of London. In fact, he was elected four times, a feat nobody has ever equalled before or since. During his reign, he made many beneficial changes to the city, such building as a ward for unmarried mothers at St Thomas' Hospital and passing a law prohibiting the washing of animal skins by apprentices in the River Thames in cold, wet weather because many young boys had died through hypothermia or in the strong river currents.. He was also London's sheriff, and a Member of Parliament. And no, he never owned a cat.

[[TheThemeParkVersion The version in the first paragraph]] i.e. the one everyone in Britain believes is true, started as a play ''The History of Richard Whittington, of his lowe byrth, his great fortune'', and eventually turned into a {{pantomime}}, where equal measures of AdaptationDecay, CriticalResearchFailure and MemeticBadass has set in quite thoroughly.

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Richard Whittington was indeed Lord Mayor of London. In fact, he was elected four times, a feat nobody has ever equalled before or since. During his reign, he made many beneficial changes to the city, such as building as a ward for unmarried mothers at St Thomas' Hospital and passing a law prohibiting the washing of animal skins by apprentices in the River Thames in cold, wet weather because many young boys had died through hypothermia or in the strong river currents..currents. He was also London's sheriff, and a Member of Parliament. And no, he never owned a cat.

[[TheThemeParkVersion The version in the first paragraph]] i.e. the one everyone in Britain believes is true, started as a play ''The History of Richard Whittington, of his lowe byrth, his great fortune'', and eventually turned into a {{pantomime}}, where equal measures of AdaptationDecay, CriticalResearchFailure and MemeticBadass has have set in quite thoroughly.


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* ChessmasterSidekick: The cat is often turned into one, likely by association with the other old RagsToRiches [[ABoyAndHisX Boy And His Cat]] story ''Literature/PussInBoots''


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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: But who goes to the pantomime for a history lesson?


Good old Dick Whittington! He went from his hometown of Gloucester with [[LoyalAnimalCompanion his cat]] to LondonTown to find his fortune, as he heard the [[BlatantLies streets were paved with gold!]] Of course, that quickly proved to be horseshit, and he was so disheartened [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere he was ready to leave]]. but suddenly, he heard the bells of London call out "Turn again, Whittington, Lord Mayor of London!". He decided to stick it through, and after some adventures in Tonga, where his cat [[OneManArmy killed all the rats in that country]], he was given three chests filled with gold, and became Lord Mayor of London! All British people know the story of Dick Whittington!

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Good old Dick Whittington! He went from his hometown of Gloucester with [[LoyalAnimalCompanion his cat]] to LondonTown to find his fortune, as he heard the [[BlatantLies streets were paved with gold!]] Of course, that quickly proved to be horseshit, and he was so disheartened [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere he was ready to leave]]. but Bbut suddenly, he heard the bells of London call out "Turn again, Whittington, Lord Mayor of London!". He decided to stick it through, and after some adventures in Tonga, where his cat [[OneManArmy killed all the rats in that country]], he was given three chests filled with gold, and became Lord Mayor of London! All British people know the story of Dick Whittington!

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* CityOfGold: Supposedly, 'the streets of London are paved with gold' (except they aren't).


!! Tropes in the fairy tale "Dick Whittington and His Cat":

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