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* BreakTheHaughty: Okay, it's not like Riva was a dick or anything, but he was pretty overconfident in his abilities to diffuse a war (especially considering the warring factions in question had been at it for '''fifteen centuries'''). Either way, once his entire chorus gets wiped out right in front of him, his confidence and cool veneer is completely shattered.

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* BreakTheHaughty: Okay, it's not like Riva was a dick or anything, but he was pretty overconfident in his abilities to diffuse defuse a war (especially considering the warring factions in question had been at it for '''fifteen centuries'''). Either way, once his entire chorus gets wiped out right in front of him, his confidence and cool veneer is completely shattered.


* FeeFiFauxPas: When meeting Riva, Picard attempts to address the chorus instead of Riva, offending him. He later explains to Riker to treat the chorus as interpreters and thus address Rica directly.

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* FeeFiFauxPas: When meeting Riva, Picard attempts to address the chorus instead of Riva, offending him. He later explains to Riker to treat the chorus as interpreters and thus address Rica Riva directly.


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[[caption-width-right:350:Picard communicates with Riva in a manner best suited for the deaf, grabbing his head and screaming at him.]]

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* FeeFiFauxPas: When meeting Riva, Picard attempts to address the chorus instead of Riva, offending him. He later explains to Riker to treat the chorus as interpreters and this address Rica directly.

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* FeeFiFauxPas: When meeting Riva, Picard attempts to address the chorus instead of Riva, offending him. He later explains to Riker to treat the chorus as interpreters and this thus address Rica directly.

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* FeeFiFauxPas: When meeting Riva, Picard attempts to address the chorus instead of Riva, offending him. He later explains to Riker to treat the chorus as interpreters and this address Rica directly.


* DisabilitySuperpower: Riva, who's deaf, is also telepathic. This is apparently a trait of his family, and possibly linked to their deafness (both are hereditary among them).



* TheSpeechless: Riva's deafness is hereditary, and having grown up with his chorus, he doesn't speak.

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* TheSpeechless: Riva's deafness is hereditary, and having grown up with his chorus, he doesn't speak. In the script it's said he doesn't even know how to read or write either.


* HiveMind: Consisting of only four people. Riva's choir represent his [[PowerTrio Ego, Superego and Id]], with each speaking Riva's thoughts that most closely correspond to those aspects of his mind. It can also be turned off and on at will--Riva brings only the Id voice to his dinner date with Troi, then dismisses him to communicate alone.

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* HiveMind: Consisting of only four people. Riva's choir chorus represent his [[PowerTrio Ego, Superego and Id]], with each speaking Riva's thoughts that most closely correspond to those aspects of his mind. It can also be turned off and on at will--Riva brings only the Id voice to his dinner date with Troi, then dismisses him to communicate alone.



* TheSpeechless: Riva's deafness is hereditary, and having grown up with his choir, he doesn't speak.

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* TheSpeechless: Riva's deafness is hereditary, and having grown up with his choir, chorus, he doesn't speak.



* VoiceForTheVoiceless: Riva's "choir" telepathically conveys his thoughts. It's a hereditary position for them, corresponding to the equally hereditary condition of Riva's family.

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* VoiceForTheVoiceless: Riva's "choir" chorus telepathically conveys his thoughts. It's a hereditary position for them, corresponding to the equally hereditary condition of Riva's family.


* ArtisticLicenseMedicine: Riva is referred to throughout the episode as deaf. While correct, it's more accurate and far more relevant to the plot to say that he's deaf-''mute'', since this renders him unable to communicate and seriously jeopardizes the negotiations he's supposed to be conducting. Being deaf doesn't affect him as much since he can lip-read. It is worth noting that "Deaf-mute" is however, not the preferred terminology in the deaf community- so there is some reason not to use it for him.



* ItsPersonal: Riva tells the ''Enterprise'' crew not to even bother investigating the reasons for the war provided in the background they've been given. It'll say that it's about some piece of land, or wealth, or something, but it doesn't matter. After fifteen centuries of fighting, nobody really cares about the original reason anymore. It's just personal.

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* ItsPersonal: Riva tells the ''Enterprise'' crew not to even bother investigating the reasons for the war provided in the background they've been given. It'll say that it's about some piece of land, or wealth, or something, but it doesn't matter. After fifteen centuries of fighting, nobody really cares about the original reason anymore. It's just personal.personal now.



* TheSpeechless: Riva's deafness is hereditary, and having grown up with his choir, he is also mute.

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* TheSpeechless: Riva's deafness is hereditary, and having grown up with his choir, he is also mute.doesn't speak.


* ArtisticLicenseMedicine: Riva is referred to throughout the episode as deaf. While correct, it's more accurate and far more relevant to the plot to say that he's deaf-''mute'', since this renders him unable to communicate and seriously jeopardizes the negotiations he's supposed to be conducting. Being deaf doesn't affect him as much since he can lip-read.

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* ArtisticLicenseMedicine: Riva is referred to throughout the episode as deaf. While correct, it's more accurate and far more relevant to the plot to say that he's deaf-''mute'', since this renders him unable to communicate and seriously jeopardizes the negotiations he's supposed to be conducting. Being deaf doesn't affect him as much since he can lip-read. It is worth noting that "Deaf-mute" is however, not the preferred terminology in the deaf community- so there is some reason not to use it for him.

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* ItsPersonal: Riva tells the ''Enterprise'' crew not to even bother investigating the reasons for the war provided in the background they've been given. It'll say that it's about some piece of land, or wealth, or something, but it doesn't matter. After fifteen centuries of fighting, nobody really cares about the original reason anymore. It's just personal.

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* BilingualBonus: Riva's signing is all genuine ASL. This unfortunately causes some issues during the scenes of Data's translating, as the differences in sentence structure mean he occasionally says a word before Riva makes the sign for it.

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* MoodWhiplash: The episode takes a deliberately slow pace in the first half, in order to build up the mystique around Riva and his chorus. The result is that the tragedy that happens in the first negotiation attempt becomes that much more of a shock.


* BreakTheHaughty: Okay, it's not like Riva was a dick or anything, but he was pretty overconfident in his abilities to diffuse a war (especially considering the warring factions in question had been at it for '''fifteen centuries'''). Either way, once his entire chorus gets wiped out right in front of him, his confidence and cool veneer is completely shattered.



* GetAholdOfYourselfMan: Picard to Riva, by grabbing his head so Riva can read his lips and tell him he's not alone, after Riva's chorus is killed.
** With a bit of TranslationByVolume with Picard shouting "''LISTEN TO ME!!''" to a deaf guy.

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* DespairEventHorizon: Riva is ''horrified'' after his chorus gets killed, pacing around the briefing room like a madman. Troi and Picard try desperately to calm him, but of course, that's not happening.
* GetAholdOfYourselfMan: Picard to Riva, by grabbing his head so Riva can read his lips and tell him he's not alone, after Riva's chorus is killed.
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killed. With a bit of TranslationByVolume with Picard shouting "''LISTEN TO ME!!''" to a deaf guy.


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* ItsAllMyFault: Riva blames himself for his chorus' untimely deaths.


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* ReadingLips: Riva certainly has no problem with this.


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* SuperSpeedReading: Basically how Data learns all known sign language for Riva.

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* TheCharmer: Riva turns on the ol' charm immediately upon seeing Troi.


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* RayOfHopeEnding: Riva isn't the same after his chorus is gone, but he does decide to give the peace negotiations one more try - by teaching the two factions sign language. The theory is, while they learn to speak to him, they'll learn to speak to each other. It's clearly going to be a process, but that's fine with Riva.

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