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** The brief moment in ''Flashman and the Redskins'' where Flashman has to give up on the only one of his children he seems genuinely fond of is also quite touching.

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* PlayingAgainstType: Rare conventionally comedic role for Creator/MalcolmMcDowell who is more noted for ironic BlackComedy.


* TearJerker: Flashman tends to weep for his completely undeserved miseries in nearly every book, but sometimes something awful enough happens to jolt even him. In ''Flashman and the Great Game'', Flashman actually weeps when he learns that [[spoiler:Scud East died a horrible death]], though he swiftly starts sobbing for himself again. He's also stunned senseless when he learns that poor loyal Ilderim Khan was killed by the Sepoys. In the same book he is sickened and grieved by the slaughter of the British household he's been serving as a native butler and their neighbors.

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* TearJerker: Flashman tends to weep for his completely undeserved deserved miseries in nearly every book, but sometimes something awful enough happens to jolt even him. In ''Flashman and the Great Game'', Flashman actually weeps when he learns that [[spoiler:Scud East died a horrible death]], though he swiftly starts sobbing for himself again. He's also stunned senseless when he learns that poor loyal Ilderim Khan was killed by the Sepoys. In the same book he is sickened and grieved by the slaughter of the British household he's been serving as a native butler and their neighbors.

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* WTHCastingAgency: Creator/OliverReed, who does resemble Flashman, was not cast in the lead role in the film, but Otto von Bismark. Instead, Creator/MalcolmMcDowell was cast.


** For the books: is ''Flashman and the Tiger'' (the 11th book, a collection of three short novellas) an enjoyable deviation from formula, or the series' JumpTheShark moment? The third story's Literature/SherlockHolmes cameo in particular is considered either brilliant or inexcusable, with little middle ground.

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** For the books: is ''Flashman and the Tiger'' (the 11th book, a collection of three short novellas) an enjoyable deviation from formula, or the series' JumpTheShark ruining moment? The third story's Literature/SherlockHolmes cameo in particular is considered either brilliant or inexcusable, with little middle ground.


%%* MagnificentBastard:
%%** If Flashman isn't one himself, then Abraham Lincoln definitely qualifies.
%%** Otto von Bismarck.
%%** Rudi Starnberg.
%%** Nicholas Ignatieff.


* TearJerker: Flashman tends to weep for his completely undeserved miseries in nearly every book, but sometimes something awful enough happens to jolt even him. In ''Flashman and the Great Game'', Flashman actually weeps when he learns that Scud East died a horrible death, though he swiftly starts sobbing for himself again. He's also stunned senseless when he learns that poor loyal Ilderim Khan was killed by the Sepoys. In the same book he is sickened and grieved by the slaughter of the British household he's been serving as a native butler and their neighbors.

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* TearJerker: Flashman tends to weep for his completely undeserved miseries in nearly every book, but sometimes something awful enough happens to jolt even him. In ''Flashman and the Great Game'', Flashman actually weeps when he learns that Scud [[spoiler:Scud East died a horrible death, death]], though he swiftly starts sobbing for himself again. He's also stunned senseless when he learns that poor loyal Ilderim Khan was killed by the Sepoys. In the same book he is sickened and grieved by the slaughter of the British household he's been serving as a native butler and their neighbors.


%%** As does Otto von Bismarck.

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%%** As does Otto von Bismarck.



%%** Nicholas Ignatieff also counts.
* TearJerker: Flashman tends to weep for his completely undeserved miseries in nearly every book, but sometimes something awful enough happens to jolt even him.
** In ''Flashman and the Great Game'', Flashman actually weeps when he learns that Scud East died a horrible death, though he swiftly starts sobbing for himself again. He's also stunned senseless when he learns that poor loyal Ilderim Khan was killed by the Sepoys. In the same book he is sickened and grieved by the slaughter of the British household he's been serving as a native butler and their neighbors.

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%%** Nicholas Ignatieff also counts.
Ignatieff.
* TearJerker: Flashman tends to weep for his completely undeserved miseries in nearly every book, but sometimes something awful enough happens to jolt even him.
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him. In ''Flashman and the Great Game'', Flashman actually weeps when he learns that Scud East died a horrible death, though he swiftly starts sobbing for himself again. He's also stunned senseless when he learns that poor loyal Ilderim Khan was killed by the Sepoys. In the same book he is sickened and grieved by the slaughter of the British household he's been serving as a native butler and their neighbors.



** Likewise, the subplot in the same novel, [[spoiler:where Flashman gropes Betty Parker and then for her to reject and shriek when Flashman tries to act on his advances, while calling out Flashy's attitude, does tend to lean into the "she was asking for it" since Betty was apparently raised with the notion that men groping women was acceptable social behaviour. The way the writer treats Betty Parker's consent differently from Nareeman does call into the DoubleStandard by which white characters and behaviour to them is treated differently than the same is done to non-white characters]].

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** Likewise, the The subplot in the same novel, [[spoiler:where Flashman where [[spoiler:Flashman gropes Betty Parker and then for her to reject and shriek when Flashman tries to act on his advances, while calling out Flashy's attitude, does tend to lean into the "she was asking for it" since Betty was apparently raised with the notion that men groping women was acceptable social behaviour. The way the writer treats Betty Parker's consent differently from Nareeman does call into the DoubleStandard by which white characters and behaviour to them is treated differently than the same is done to non-white characters]].






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** Despite claiming he didn't rape anyone after Nareeman, Flashman also rapes the SexSlave he's given in ''Flash for Freedom!'' - not only is she a slave and unable to consent due to the power differential, she's also explicitly not into it; Flashman mentions that he couldn't get her to respond either by sweet-talking her or with a whip.



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* ValuesDissonance: The first Flashman largely does play sexual violence for laughs.
** Nareeman's rape by Flashman [[spoiler:and her attempt to seek revenge is not given any pathos but the butt of a punch-line and Sergeant Hudson, the "good" English subordinate, calls out Flashman for his attempt to execute her in cold blood but not for raping her, which Flashman had confessed]].
** Likewise, the subplot in the same novel, [[spoiler:where Flashman gropes Betty Parker and then for her to reject and shriek when Flashman tries to act on his advances, while calling out Flashy's attitude, does tend to lean into the "she was asking for it" since Betty was apparently raised with the notion that men groping women was acceptable social behaviour. The way the writer treats Betty Parker's consent differently from Nareeman does call into the DoubleStandard by which white characters and behaviour to them is treated differently than the same is done to non-white characters]].


* AcceptableTargets: Subverted, as Flashman expresses negative opinions about pretty much every group.

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* AcceptableTargets: Subverted, The Russians, especially Count Ignatieff is shown as Flashman expresses negative opinions about pretty much every group.this.


** In ''Flashman and the Great Game'', Flashman actually weeps when he learns that Scud East died a horrible death, though he swiftly starts sobbing for himself again. He's also stunned senseless when he learns that poor loyal Ilderim Khan was killed by the Sepoys.

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** In ''Flashman and the Great Game'', Flashman actually weeps when he learns that Scud East died a horrible death, though he swiftly starts sobbing for himself again. He's also stunned senseless when he learns that poor loyal Ilderim Khan was killed by the Sepoys.
Sepoys. In the same book he is sickened and grieved by the slaughter of the British household he's been serving as a native butler and their neighbors.


* MagnificentBastard:
** If Flashman isn't one himself, then Abraham Lincoln definitely qualifies.
** As does Otto von Bismarck.
** Rudi Starnberg.
** Nicholas Ignatieff also counts.

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* %%* MagnificentBastard:
** %%** If Flashman isn't one himself, then Abraham Lincoln definitely qualifies.
** %%** As does Otto von Bismarck.
** %%** Rudi Starnberg.
** %%** Nicholas Ignatieff also counts.


* BadassDecay: Many ''Flashman'' fans felt the protagonist suffered from this in later entries, engaging (however reluctantly) in outright heroic actions, for instance saving the British army in ''Flashman and the Mountain of Light'', while downplaying his roguish side. Fraser told Creator/ChristopherHitchens that he [[AuthorsSavingThrow deliberately amped up]] [[UpToEleven Flashman's nastiness]] in ''Flashman on the March'' to assuage such criticisms.
* BrokenBase: Is [[TheFilmOfTheBook the movie version]] of ''Royal Flash'' a funny comedy that makes acceptable deviations from the source material? Or a wretched bastardization of Flashman's character, replacing his wit and sarcasm with overwrought slapstick? Both sides at least concur Creator/MalcolmMcDowell was less-than-ideal casting ([=McDowell=] himself agrees).
** For the books: is ''Flashman and the Tiger'' (the 11th book, a collection of three short novellas) an enjoyable deviation from formula, or the series's JumpTheShark moment? The third story's Literature/SherlockHolmes cameo in particular is considered either [[CrowningMomentofFunny brilliant]] or [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment inexcusable]], with little middle ground.

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* BadassDecay: Many ''Flashman'' fans felt the protagonist suffered from this in later entries, engaging (however reluctantly) in outright heroic actions, for instance saving the British army in ''Flashman and the Mountain of Light'', while downplaying his roguish side. Fraser told Creator/ChristopherHitchens that he [[AuthorsSavingThrow deliberately amped up]] [[UpToEleven up Flashman's nastiness]] nastiness in ''Flashman on the March'' to assuage such criticisms.
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Is [[TheFilmOfTheBook the movie version]] version of ''Royal Flash'' a funny comedy that makes acceptable deviations from the source material? Or a wretched bastardization of Flashman's character, replacing his wit and sarcasm with overwrought slapstick? Both sides at least concur Creator/MalcolmMcDowell was less-than-ideal casting ([=McDowell=] himself agrees).
** For the books: is ''Flashman and the Tiger'' (the 11th book, a collection of three short novellas) an enjoyable deviation from formula, or the series's series' JumpTheShark moment? The third story's Literature/SherlockHolmes cameo in particular is considered either [[CrowningMomentofFunny brilliant]] brilliant or [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment inexcusable]], inexcusable, with little middle ground.



** As does [[ChessMaster Otto]] [[AristocratsAreEvil von]] [[EvilChancellor Bismarck.]]
** [[{{Expy}} Rudi]] [[Literature/ThePrisonerOfZenda Starnberg.]]

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** As does [[ChessMaster Otto]] [[AristocratsAreEvil von]] [[EvilChancellor Bismarck.]]
does Otto von Bismarck.
** [[{{Expy}} Rudi]] [[Literature/ThePrisonerOfZenda Rudi Starnberg.]]



* TearJerker: Flashman tends to weep for his [[MoralMyopia completely undeserved miseries]] in nearly every book, but sometimes something awful enough happens to jolt even him.
** In ''Flashman and the Great Game'', Flashman actually weeps when he learns that Scud East died a horrible death, though he swiftly starts sobbing for himself again. He's also [[HeroicBSOD stunned senseless]] when he learns that poor loyal Ilderim Khan was killed by the Sepoys.

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* TearJerker: Flashman tends to weep for his [[MoralMyopia completely undeserved miseries]] miseries in nearly every book, but sometimes something awful enough happens to jolt even him.
** In ''Flashman and the Great Game'', Flashman actually weeps when he learns that Scud East died a horrible death, though he swiftly starts sobbing for himself again. He's also [[HeroicBSOD stunned senseless]] senseless when he learns that poor loyal Ilderim Khan was killed by the Sepoys.



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* TearJerker: Flashman tends to weep for his [[MoralMyopia completely undeserved miseries]] in nearly every book, but sometimes something awful enough happens to jolt even him.
** In ''Flashman and the Great Game'', Flashman actually weeps when he learns that Scud East died a horrible death, though he swiftly starts sobbing for himself again. He's also [[HeroicBSOD stunned senseless]] when he learns that poor loyal Ilderim Khan was killed by the Sepoys.

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