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* Shoutout: Given their similar names, nationality, character and general way of dealing with life, Jacques Berneaux could be an nod to Jacques Dernier from [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger]]'s Howling Commandos.

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* Shoutout: ShoutOut: Given their similar names, nationality, character and general way of dealing with life, Jacques Berneaux could be an nod to Jacques Dernier from [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger]]'s [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger Captain America]]'s Howling Commandos.

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* Shoutout: Given their similar names, nationality, character and general way of dealing with life, Jacques Berneaux could be an nod to Jacques Dernier from [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger]]'s Howling Commandos.


* GoryDiscretionShot: Averted hard after the Nautilus destroys a first ammunition ship, and we're treated with a graphic description of a corpse, partially burnt and dismembered by the explosion.

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* GoryDiscretionShot: Averted hard after GoryIndiscretionShot: After the Nautilus destroys a first ammunition ship, and we're treated with a graphic description of a corpse, partially burnt and dismembered by the explosion.

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* ExactWords: When Nemo is locked up in an remote cell far from any other inmate, the administrator of the camp orders his subordinates to write down they have ''no one'' in isolation. They [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] the fact, thinking it's quite funny.


The story was written and published by life-long fan Pat Regan, also a celebrated builder of submarine replicas.



* HilariousInHindsight: When he sneaks into San Francisco, Berneaux picks the name ''Aronnax'' as an alias from a book in the sub library and poses as a wealthy trader. The professor will certainly receive some weird looks when he gets into Frisco some months later.


* ObviousJudas: Since [[spoiler: Gallagher]] is the only member of the team to constantly disobey orders, disagree with the others and ridicule his colleagues and their achievements, it's rather obvious he is ready to betray them.



* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical: Whether the unnamed powers hunting the Nautilus are a metaphor for modern multinationals and/or the US WarOnTerror is up to the reader.

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* GuileHero: Since they are outnumbered and on the run, the escaped convicts use wits, acting skills and stealth each time they are forced to go on dry land. Some do it with more style than the others, though.


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* HilariousInHindsight: When he sneaks into San Francisco, Berneaux picks the name ''Aronnax'' as an alias from a book in the sub library and poses as a wealthy trader. The professor will certainly receive some weird looks when he gets into Frisco some months later.


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* InsufferableGenius: Averted; Nemo does not treat his associates as idiots because they cannot always follow his reasonings, and often takes time to explain what he is planning. If he begins to get a bit too sure of himself, you can rely on Boothby or Berneaux to chid him about it.


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* PapaWolf: Though they are not blood relations, don't threaten people under Manu's protection. Just don't.


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* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical: Whether the unnamed powers hunting the Nautilus are a metaphor for modern multinationals and/or the US WarOnTerror is up to the reader.

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* CoolShip: the Nautilus, of course; the frigate Koru, formerly the German battleship Dreizack, is also a beautiful thing, according to the convicts that stole her, so much that they really wish they did not have to cut her apart to build their sumbarine.


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* DoesNotLikeGuns: Nemo is really not fond of them, and if Berneaux has no troubles using a gun, it seems he prefers knives.


* DrivenToSuicide: The unnamed rulers who sent Nemo to Laukona certainly hope this trope will work for him, and that he will kill himself soon.

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* DrivenToSuicide: The Invoked twice:after his family's murder, Nemo tries to kill himself by jumping through a window, and fails. Then the unnamed rulers who sent Nemo to Laukona certainly hope this trope will work for him, and that he will kill finally hang himself soon.in his cell. This time, ''they'' fail.


In their midst is a reclusive scientist almost driven mad by torture and the loss of his family, who upon arriving in prison is only registered as ''Nemo''.

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In their midst is a reclusive scientist almost driven mad by torture and the loss of his family, who upon arriving in prison is only registered as ''Nemo''.



Amongst them, the Maori Manu, a fiercely protective warrior; Jonas Boothby, a former captain turned smuggler; Solomon Jones, an escaped slave; Jacques Berneaux and Leo Piette, a tandem of French con-artists, and Oliver Rushton, an artisan who accidentaly found himself on the wrong side of the law. All in all, twenty-four men who manage to escape and steal the island supply ship, heading for unknown territories. Along with three sailors stationned on the stolen ship, they discover a remote island and settle ther, until a landslide destroys their way out and forces them to dismantle their frigate and turn her into something entirely new: an autonomous, long-range submarine.

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Amongst them, the Maori Manu, a fiercely protective warrior; Jonas Boothby, a former captain turned smuggler; Solomon Jones, an escaped slave; Jacques Berneaux and Leo Piette, a tandem of French con-artists, and Oliver Rushton, an artisan who accidentaly found himself on the wrong side of the law. All in all, twenty-four men who manage to escape and steal the island supply ship, heading for unknown territories. Along with three sailors stationned on the stolen ship, they discover a remote island and settle ther, there, until a landslide destroys their way out and forces them to dismantle their frigate and turn her into something entirely new: an autonomous, long-range submarine.


* NoNameGiven: Surprisingly averted with Nemo himself (Regan goes with Verne's version and names him Dakkar), the first mate of the Nautilus and several other members of the crew. Played straight with Chief (LampshadeHanging Lampshaded by Boothby when [[spoiler: Chief dies]] ) and Cook, who never give their real name.

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* NoNameGiven: Surprisingly averted with Nemo himself (Regan goes with Verne's version and names him Dakkar), the first mate of the Nautilus and several other members of the crew. Played straight with Chief (LampshadeHanging Lampshaded ([[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Boothby when [[spoiler: Chief dies]] ) and Cook, who never give their real name.


* InsistantTerminology: It's ''Monsieur'' Berneaux, if you please.
IronicEcho: after learning that the escaped convicts have sailed into a storm, an officer on Laukona remarks that they will be at the bottom of the sea before the end of the day. Cut to Nemo and his team, some days later, who are indeed at the bottom of the sea, but wearing diving suits and having the time of their life, thank you very much.

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* InsistantTerminology: InsistentTerminology: It's ''Monsieur'' Berneaux, if you please.
* IronicEcho: after learning that the escaped convicts have sailed into a storm, an officer on Laukona remarks that they will be at the bottom of the sea before the end of the day. Cut to Nemo and his team, some days later, who are indeed at the bottom of the sea, but wearing diving suits and having the time of their life, thank you very much.



* YouCannotGoHomeAgain: The fate of every man aboard the Nautilus, as once [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Berneaux, since they are all escaped convicts; particularly true for Nemo since all his family and friends are either dead or missing.

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* YouCannotGoHomeAgain: YouCantGoHomeAgain: The fate of every man aboard the Nautilus, as once [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Berneaux, since they are all escaped convicts; particularly true for Nemo since all his family and friends are either dead or missing.


* ArmyOfThievesAndWhores: Where to begin? Manu killed two sailors in a bar brawl, Boothby's criminal record (?) contains smuggling, street fighting, piracy and several (possibly accidental) deaths, Berneaux is a thief, con artist and murderer, his friend Piette is a former soldier of the Legion Etrangere turned crook...

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* ArmyOfThievesAndWhores: Where to begin? Manu killed two sailors in a bar brawl, Boothby's criminal record (?) contains smuggling, street fighting, piracy and several (possibly accidental) deaths, Berneaux is a thief, con artist and murderer, his friend Piette is a former soldier of the Legion Etrangere turned crook...



* BerserkButton: Do not, under any circumstances, threaten Nemo while Manu is nearby. It could cost you some teeths at best, and your life at worst.

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* BerserkButton: Do not, under any circumstances, threaten Nemo while Manu is nearby. It could cost you some teeths teeth at best, and your life at worst.



** The hooker hired by Berneaux when he sneaks in San Francisco for news and [matériel] is a lovely black-haired girl wearing bright red lipstick and a blue dress, a description that fits the appearance of one of Ned's girlfiends at the beginning of the movie.
** At the end of the book [[spoiler: Manu]] is killed when the /Abraham Lincoln/ attacks the submarine, so the funerals seen at the beginning of the movie are his.

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** The hooker hired by Berneaux when he sneaks in San Francisco for news and [matériel] equipment is a lovely black-haired girl wearing bright red lipstick and a blue dress, a description that fits the appearance of one of Ned's girlfiends at the beginning of the movie.
** At the end of the book [[spoiler: Manu]] is killed when the /Abraham Lincoln/ ''Abraham Lincoln'' attacks the submarine, so the funerals seen at the beginning of the movie are his.



* DoomedByCannon: Since the book is based on the Disney movie, and the crew there is entirely European, it is easy to say that [[spoiler: the Maori Manu and the African American Solomon Jones will not make it.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: The unnamed rulers who sent Nemo to Laukona certainly hope this trope will work for him, and that he will kill himself soon.

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* DoomedByCannon: DoomedByCanon: Since the book is based on the Disney movie, and the crew there is entirely European, it is easy to say that [[spoiler: the Maori Manu and the African American Solomon Jones will not make it.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: The unnamed rulers who sent Nemo to Laukona certainly hope this trope will work for him, and that he will kill himself soon.soon.
* DueToTheDead: After [[spoiler: Chief]] dies in his sleep, his fellow crewmen lay him on the deck of the Koru before they sink her, to make sure the old man will never leave his beloved ship.
* GoodIsNotNice: Compared to the military conglomerate set against them, the crew of the submarine are certainly the good guys, but that does not make them nice little angels.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Averted hard after the Nautilus destroys a first ammunition ship, and we're treated with a graphic description of a corpse, partially burnt and dismembered by the explosion.
* GratuitousFrench: Since two members of the crew are French, there are lot of French expressions thrown in the dialogue, not always translated by the author. Also, since Pat Regan lives in Hawaii, he could not resist adding a lot of gratuitous Polynesian as well.
* HeelFaceTurn: At first it looks like Jonas Boothby will be the most dangerous enemy Nemo and Manu will have to face on the prison island, but after some lenghty discussions - and being sucker-punched by Manu - the man becomes a very loyal and devoted ally.
* HypercompetentSidekick: Monsieur Berneaux can do almost everything from stealing a pocket watch to creating a new type of diving suit, and what he does not know, he learns very quickly.
* InsistantTerminology: It's ''Monsieur'' Berneaux, if you please.
IronicEcho: after learning that the escaped convicts have sailed into a storm, an officer on Laukona remarks that they will be at the bottom of the sea before the end of the day. Cut to Nemo and his team, some days later, who are indeed at the bottom of the sea, but wearing diving suits and having the time of their life, thank you very much.
* Jerkass: Gallagher is extremely rude to the other guys, ridicules the technology they're trying to build every chance he gets and bullies his team mate Ruddle into submission, so no one really [[spoiler: mourns him after Berneaux executes him.]]
** Boothby is a real bastard when we first meet him, ruling his dorm and his fellow inmates by violence and blackmail. He gets better, however.
* JoinOrDie: The three sailors guarding the Koru when Nemo and his men steal it are given this choice. They all join.
* KarmicDeath: When [[spoiler: Ruddle]], a former crewman of the Koru, tries to leave the Nautilus when the submarine is under attack, planning to betray his colleagues, he [[spoiler: is swept underwater and then hacked to pieces by the propeller]].
* LeaveNoWitnesses: No matter how much they dislike it, the crew and officers of the Nautilus agree that any man who survives their attacks will be left to his fate, or killed if he manages to catch a glimpse of the submarine.
* LoveableRogue: The crew of the Nautilus is a bunch of hardened bastards but they all have their redeeming features; for instance, Berneaux, for all his swindlings, proves to be a rather caring man, and his team mate Piette is the first to suggest they start an anti-war mission.
* MeaningfulName: The ship carrying the prisoners from Europe to Laukona is named Moira, ie ''Fate'' in Greek. Her owners are well aware of the irony.
* NoNameGiven: Surprisingly averted with Nemo himself (Regan goes with Verne's version and names him Dakkar), the first mate of the Nautilus and several other members of the crew. Played straight with Chief (LampshadeHanging Lampshaded by Boothby when [[spoiler: Chief dies]] ) and Cook, who never give their real name.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Said almost verbatim by the Security Officer of Laukona when he discovers that twenty-odd prisoners stole a ship and sailed right into a huge storm.
* ObviousJudas: Since [[spoiler: Gallagher]] is the only member of the team to constantly disobey orders, disagree with the others and ridicule his colleagues and their achievements, it's rather obvious he is ready to betray them.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: How the guards and administration staff feel about being sent to Laukona; it's very remote, there's nothing to do and the supply ship visits only once every two months.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: What Nemo answers to the people who want to buy his invention. It ends just as well as you can imagine...
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: In a rather benevolent way, the team decide to use the gold they have scavenged from shipwrecks to make themselves more powerful than the current leaders of the world, and put an end to war. Of course, when they are on dry land to gather intelligence, they are prompt to screw the rule of discretion and use their money to have some fun.
* SelfDestructMechanism: Such a device is added to the propulsion system of the Nautilus, allowing it to overload and explode in case the ship and its crew get caught.
* ShootTheDog: The industrial conglomerate that tried to obtain the secret of vulcanium from Nemo not only had him shipped to an dreadful prison and his close family killed, they also made sure that the rest of the Dakkar kin and associates either died or "disappeared". Even the family house was burnt down to the ground.
* ShownTheirWork: Pat Regan built a replica of the Nautilus and repaired the diving suits used in the 1954 movie to get them operational again. It shows in his writings. Also, this author can do maths.
* TechnoBabble: Avoided; the scientific explanations are rather lengthy, but make perfect sense and the maths are also right.
* TrueCompanions: No matter what they think of each other (or the fact that they don't really trust each other at first), the crewmen of the Nautilus are ready to do whatever it takes to protect their team mates.
* UnfortunateNames: Having "Jonas" as your first name when you are a sailor seems rather unlucky, tough, in a nice aversion of this trope, no one ever jokes at Boothby's expense because of this.
* Unobtainium: The vulcanium is a possibly radioactive element used under a plasma form, that even today has no real-life counterpart in Mendeleiev's classification.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Sure, the crew and specially the officers of the Nautilus are the best friends in the world, but they never lose an opportunity to joke and snark at each other's expense - particularly Boothby and Chief against their captain, or Manu against Boothby.
* WeaponOfMassDestruction: Vulcanium is treated as a world-changing artifact. Depending on who you ask, the change is either a huge improvement, or the complete destruction of life as we know it.
* YouCannotGoHomeAgain: The fate of every man aboard the Nautilus, as once [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Berneaux, since they are all escaped convicts; particularly true for Nemo since all his family and friends are either dead or missing.

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