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* OffingTheOffspring: That would've happened it William/Wilhelm weren't that good of a shot.

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* OffingTheOffspring: That likely would've happened it William/Wilhelm weren't if William resp. Wilhelm wouldn't have been that good of a shot.

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* PersonAsVerb: WilliamTelling, for shooting an apple or other small target off someone's head. (DontTryThisAtHome!)

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Gessler really should have considered that, if William Tell succeeded in the archery challenge, he would turn into a FolkHero on the spot.

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* ArcherArchetype: William Tell is of course most famous as a crossbow man, lending his name to WilliamTelling.

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* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Give Gessler some villain points for coming up with the idea of punishing Tell with a marksmanship challenge carrying the threat of maiming or killing his own son. Of course, he didn't count on Tell's ImprobableAimingSkills.


* AnimatedAdaptation: The WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}} short "Popeye Meets William Tell", although in this adaptation William's son (who was apparently a Middle Ages version of [[TheMarxBrothers Groucho Marx]]) was already killed, and Popeye has to stand in for him.

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* AnimatedAdaptation: The WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}} short "Popeye Meets William Tell", although in this adaptation William's son (who was apparently a Middle Ages version of [[TheMarxBrothers Groucho Marx]]) Creator/GrouchoMarx) was already killed, and Popeye has to stand in for him.


->''"The most pious man can't stay in peace / If it doesn't please his evil neighbor"'' [[labelnote:Click here for the original quote in German]]Es kann der Frömmste nicht im Frieden bleiben, Wenn es dem bösen Nachbar nicht gefällt.[[/labelnote]]

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->''"The most pious man can't stay in peace / If it doesn't please his evil neighbor"'' neighbor."'' [[labelnote:Click here for the original quote in German]]Es kann der Frömmste nicht im Frieden bleiben, Wenn es dem bösen Nachbar nicht gefällt.[[/labelnote]]


->''"The most pious man can't stay in peace / If it doesn't please his evil neighbor" [[labelnote:Click here for the original quote in German]]Es kann der Frömmste nicht im Frieden bleiben, Wenn es dem bösen Nachbar nicht gefällt.[[/labelnote]]

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->''"The most pious man can't stay in peace / If it doesn't please his evil neighbor" neighbor"'' [[labelnote:Click here for the original quote in German]]Es kann der Frömmste nicht im Frieden bleiben, Wenn es dem bösen Nachbar nicht gefällt.[[/labelnote]]


Wilhelm (or William) Tell is a legendary [[UsefulNotes/{{Switzerland}} Swiss]] folk hero (of questionable historicity), said to have lived in the late 13th and early 14th centuries. According to the story, his resistance to the Habsburg overlords of what is now central Switzerland served as the basis for a wider rebellion and the foundation of the Swiss Confederation.

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Wilhelm (or William) Tell is a legendary [[UsefulNotes/{{Switzerland}} Swiss]] folk hero (of questionable historicity), said to have lived in the late 13th and early 14th centuries. According to the story, his resistance to the Habsburg [[UsefulNotes/TheSoundOfMartialMusic Habsburg]] overlords of what is now central Switzerland served as the basis for a wider rebellion and the foundation of the Swiss Confederation.


Wilhelm (or William) Tell is a legendary [[UsefulNotes/Switzerland Swiss]] folk hero (of questionable historicity), said to have lived in the late 13th and early 14th centuries. According to the story, his resistance to the Habsburg overlords of what is now central Switzerland served as the basis for a wider rebellion and the foundation of the Swiss Confederation.

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Wilhelm (or William) Tell is a legendary [[UsefulNotes/Switzerland [[UsefulNotes/{{Switzerland}} Swiss]] folk hero (of questionable historicity), said to have lived in the late 13th and early 14th centuries. According to the story, his resistance to the Habsburg overlords of what is now central Switzerland served as the basis for a wider rebellion and the foundation of the Swiss Confederation.


Wilhelm (or William) Tell is a legendary Swiss folk hero (of questionable historicity), said to have lived in the late 13th and early 14th centuries. According to the story, his resistance to the Habsburg overlords of what is now central Switzerland served as the basis for a wider rebellion and the foundation of the Swiss Confederation.

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Wilhelm (or William) Tell is a legendary Swiss [[UsefulNotes/Switzerland Swiss]] folk hero (of questionable historicity), said to have lived in the late 13th and early 14th centuries. According to the story, his resistance to the Habsburg overlords of what is now central Switzerland served as the basis for a wider rebellion and the foundation of the Swiss Confederation.





[[UsefulNotes/DichterAndDenker Friedrich Schiller]] wrote a play about him, which is QuoteOverdosed (well, if you speak German, at least), and codified the version of the story best known to modern audiences. [[Music/GioachinoRossini]] made the legend into a four-act opera, drawing largely on Schiller's play; the most famous part of the opera is its overture.

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[[UsefulNotes/DichterAndDenker Friedrich Schiller]] wrote a play about him, which is QuoteOverdosed (well, if you speak German, at least), and codified the version of the story best known to modern audiences. [[Music/GioachinoRossini]] Music/GioachinoRossini made the legend into a four-act opera, drawing largely on Schiller's play; the most famous part of the opera is its overture.


[[UsefulNotes/DichterAndDenker Friedrich Schiller]] wrote a play about him, which is QuoteOverdosed (well, if you speak German, at least), and codified the version of the story best known to modern audiences.

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[[UsefulNotes/DichterAndDenker Friedrich Schiller]] wrote a play about him, which is QuoteOverdosed (well, if you speak German, at least), and codified the version of the story best known to modern audiences.
audiences. [[Music/GioachinoRossini]] made the legend into a four-act opera, drawing largely on Schiller's play; the most famous part of the opera is its overture.


[[DichterAndDenker Friedrich Schiller]] wrote a play about him, which is QuoteOverdosed (well, if you speak German, at least), and codified the version of the story best known to modern audiences.

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[[DichterAndDenker [[UsefulNotes/DichterAndDenker Friedrich Schiller]] wrote a play about him, which is QuoteOverdosed (well, if you speak German, at least), and codified the version of the story best known to modern audiences.

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* VillainsNeverLie: Gessler promised not to execute Tell for his defiance in refusing to bow to Gessler's hat if he was able to shoot the apple of his son's head. After Tell does so, Gessler keeps his word even after Tell bare-facedly admits he was planning to kill Gessler if he'd failed- but [[ExactWords he does try to imprison Tell to protect himself from his crossbow bolts.]]

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