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* BeenThereShapedHistory: General Ivolgin, who is something of a ConsummateLiar who liked to tell self-aggrandizing stories, once launches into a multi-chapter-spanning epic in which he claims that as a young boy he knew Napoleon, it it was his influence that convinced him to give up his conquest of Russia.

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* BeenThereShapedHistory: General Ivolgin, who is something of a ConsummateLiar who liked pathological liar, likes to tell self-aggrandizing stories, once stories. At one point, he launches into a multi-chapter-spanning epic in which he claims that as a young boy he knew serves Napoleon, and it it was is his influence that convinced him convinces Napoleon to give up his conquest of Russia.

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* BreakThemByTalking: Aglaya attempts this on [[spoiler: Nastasya, her romantic rival]], when they met face to face in the end of the novel. [[spoiler: Aglaya succeeds, and it backfires horribly. Nastasya abandons her [[IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy noble intentions to let her beloved Myshkin be happy]] and demands he stays with her; he hesitates, and it's enough to break Aglaya's heart.]]


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* MummiesAtTheDinnerTable: Briefly in the end. [[spoiler: Rogozhin murders Nastasya and preserves her body, acts like he is afraid to wake her up, and hides from people not because he will be punished for the murder, but because they will take her away.]]

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* EasilyForgiven: [[spoiler: Rogozhin attempts to [[MurderTheHypotenuse murder Myshkin]], and the latter is only inadvertently saved by his ConvulsiveSeizures. Later, [[AllLovingHero Myshkin]] doesn't hold it against Rogozhin at all.]]


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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Thanks to multiple translations from Russian to English.

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* OddFriendship: Between Rogozhin and Myshkin. Myshkin is the {{nice|Guy}}, {{all loving|Hero}} MessianicArchetype, Rogozhin is rough and HotBlooded, they are romantic rivals, and yet, they respect and value each other and most of the time, get along surprisingly well.


* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: Nastassya Filippovna makes a comment about Rogozhin becoming consumed by his passions and ending up being exiled to Siberia. Much later on, Rogozhin murders her...and is sentenced to fifteen years' hard labour in Siberia.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:
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[[spoiler: Nastassya Filippovna makes a comment about Rogozhin becoming consumed by his passions and ending up being exiled to Siberia. Much later on, Rogozhin murders her...and is sentenced to fifteen years' hard labour in Siberia.]]
** Early in the novel, Myshkin flat-out predicts that [[spoiler: Rogozhin will murder Nastasya.]]
** The first time Myshkin and Nastasya meet in person, he is struck speechless. [[spoiler: He ends up DumbStruck after seeing her dead]] in the end of the novel.
** Early in the novel, Myshkin says that the climate of St. Petersburg might be harmful for him. Indeed, his ConvulsiveSeizures return, and in the end, [[spoiler: the moral climate of the city destroys his sanity.]]
** Aglaya recites [[Creator/AlexanderPushkin Pushkin]]'s poem about the poor knight, not too subtly comparing Myshkin to the knight. [[spoiler: The poem ends with the knight losing his sanity, and the same happens to Myshkin by the end of the novel.
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* DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler: Myshkin doesn't end up with Nastasya or Aglaya. The former is murdered by Rogozhin, the latter marries a Polish count. Oh, and Myshkin himself loses his sanity.]]



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* DownerEndingDownerEnding: [[spoiler: Rogozhin murders Nastasya. Upon finding out about it, Myshkin loses his sanity.]]

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* LoveAtFirstSight: Rogozhin saw Nastasya on the street and, by his own admission, was all of a blaze at once.


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* ThirdPersonPerson: Lebedev talks like this in the first scene.


* SpiritedYoungLady: A charitable interpretation of Aglaia's character.
* SpoiledSweet: The older Epanchin girls, Alexandra and Adelaida, are absolute sweethearts.

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%% * SpiritedYoungLady: A charitable interpretation of Aglaia's character.
%% * SpoiledSweet: The older Epanchin girls, Alexandra and Adelaida, are absolute sweethearts.

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* BeenThereShapedHistory: General Ivolgin, who is something of a ConsummateLiar who liked to tell self-aggrandizing stories, once launches into a multi-chapter-spanning epic in which he claims that as a young boy he knew Napoleon, it it was his influence that convinced him to give up his conquest of Russia.


Prince Lev [[{{UsefulNotes/Patronymic}} Nikolayevich]] Myshkin returns to UsefulNotes/StPetersburg after a several-year stay at a Swiss sanatorium. He had received treatment for epilepsy and supposed mental deficiencies, and now that his treatments are at an end, he’s eager to “be with people” again.

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Prince Lev [[{{UsefulNotes/Patronymic}} Nikolayevich]] Myshkin returns to UsefulNotes/StPetersburg [[UsefulNotes/TheCityFormerlyKnownAs St. Petersburg]] after a several-year stay at a Swiss sanatorium. He had received treatment for epilepsy and supposed mental deficiencies, and now that his treatments are at an end, he’s eager to “be with people” again.


In 2003, the novel was adapted into a rather well-received (Russian) miniseries directed by Vladimir Bortko.

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In 1951 it received a SettingUpdate to Japan, in [[Film/TheIdiot1951 a film]] directed by Creator/AkiraKurosawa. In 2003, the novel was adapted into a rather well-received (Russian) miniseries directed by Vladimir Bortko.


Prince Lev [[{{Patronymic}} Nikolayevich]] Myshkin returns to UsefulNotes/StPetersburg after a several-year stay at a Swiss sanatorium. He had received treatment for epilepsy and supposed mental deficiencies, and now that his treatments are at an end, he’s eager to “be with people” again.

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Prince Lev [[{{Patronymic}} [[{{UsefulNotes/Patronymic}} Nikolayevich]] Myshkin returns to UsefulNotes/StPetersburg after a several-year stay at a Swiss sanatorium. He had received treatment for epilepsy and supposed mental deficiencies, and now that his treatments are at an end, he’s eager to “be with people” again.

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* InsaneForgiveness: Myshkin readily and with no drama at all forgives [[spoiler:Rogozhin for trying to murder him.]]


* RunawayBride: Nastasya Filippovna, multiple times. She vascillates between Myshkin and Rogozhin, being intermittently overcome by her fear and her pride and self-loathing as each wedding approaches.

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* RunawayBride: Nastasya Filippovna, multiple times. She vascillates vacillates between Myshkin and Rogozhin, being intermittently overcome by her fear and her pride and self-loathing as each wedding approaches.



* ShipperOnDeck: Kolya ships Myshkin/Aglaia, and Nastasya's friend Darya (who initially advocated for DumpThemAll to Ganya and Rogozhin's offers) avidly ships Myshkin/Nastasya, seeing the gentle prince as Nastasya's best chance at happiness and healing. But the ultimate shipper is actually Nastasya herslef, who supports Myshkin/Aglaia and actively schemes to bring it about, despite being in love with Myshkin herself, in her ''very'' twisted version of IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy.

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* ShipperOnDeck: Kolya ships Myshkin/Aglaia, and Nastasya's friend Darya (who initially advocated for DumpThemAll to Ganya and Rogozhin's offers) avidly ships Myshkin/Nastasya, seeing the gentle prince as Nastasya's best chance at happiness and healing. But the ultimate shipper is actually Nastasya herslef, herself, who supports Myshkin/Aglaia and actively schemes to bring it about, despite being in love with Myshkin herself, in her ''very'' twisted version of IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy.



* WifeHusbandry: Totsky originally groomed Nastasya Filippovna as his own love interest. The plan backfired.

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* WifeHusbandry: Totsky originally groomed Nastasya Filippovna as his own love interest. The plan The plan backfired.

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