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1[[WMG: The Judges]]²* UnlikelyHero: A interesting characteristic common among the titular judges is how they go against the norm of expected hero tropes.²²[[WMG: Ehud]]²-> [[PreMortemOneLiner "I have a message from God for you".]]²* AntiHero: Assassination isn't exactly what a white hat would do.²* {{Ninja}}: Ehud is probably the first known ninja in history. ²* TheSouthpaw: A critical part of Ehud's assassination of King Eglon is accomplished by the fact he was left-handed. That let him sneak a sword into the palace, [[FailedASpotCheck since Ehud's guard felt only his left side for a sword]].²²[[WMG: King Eglon of Moab]]²----²* AdiposeRex²* FatBastard²* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Ehud's sword stuck to Eglon's fat belly.²* UndignifiedDeath: The servants thought he was relieving himself.²²[[WMG: Deborah]]²->''"And I rose a mother in Israel"''.²* ActionGirl: She got her job as judge/ruler by acting when the men would not.²* AnimalThemeNaming: Her name means bee.²* BrainsAndBrawn: Deborah is the brains to Barak's Brawn; Without her at his side guiding him every step of the way, he wouldn't have gone to war.²* IronLady: She was nearly unstoppable in battle²* LadyOfWar: Again, how she got her job.²* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Certainly not intentional, but she IS the only female Judge.²* TeamMom: See the quote. She's the team mom for the entire Jewish nation.²* TokenGirl: Deborah is the only female judge; she took the job when no men were willing or able. ²* WarriorPoet: Her and Barak celebrate the victory over Sisera and his army by breaking into song.²²[[WMG: Yael]]²->''"Come and I shall show you the man you are looking for"''²* AnimalThemeNaming: Her name means "ibex."²* {{Guile Hero}}ine: See below.²* HeroicSeductress: Some [[ interpretations of the Hebrew word for "cover" portray Yael as one]]; the more innocent interpretation assumes she "covered" [[GeneralRipper Siserah]] [[{{Bowdlerise}} with a blanket and tucked him in]] before assassinating him, but many scholars interpret the word to mean she covered him with her ''body''. Read: she had sex with him ''[[SexGod (no less than seven times!)]]'' until he was exhausted, then finished him off in his sleep.²* ImprobableWeaponUser: Tent pegs!²* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: Tricks Sisera into trusting her, lulls him to sleep with warm milk, and then brutally drives a tent stake through his temples.²* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Is it spelled Jael or Yael?[[note]]They are alternate transliterations and are pronounced the same.[[/note]]²²[[WMG: Barak]]²->''"If you will go with me, I also shall certainly go; but if you will not go with me, I shall not go."''²* AwesomeMcCoolName: His name means "lightning".²* BrainsAndBrawn²* CowardlyLion: Fears going to war without God's prophetess at his side²* TheAragorn: Takes second string to Deborah, but wins the battle.²* WarriorPoet: Sings with Deborah after the battle.²²[[WMG: Gideon]]²->''"You say that you have decided to use me to rescue Israel. Well, I am putting some wool on the ground where we thresh the wheat..."''²* OfferedTheCrown: After the big battle he won with only 300 men.²* ReallyGetsAround: This trope almost ''has'' to be accurate if you have 71 sons. And that's not counting any daughters. ²* ARealManIsAKiller: Is goaded by Zebah and Zalmunnah into him putting them to death himself when his son Jether refuses to do the honors since [[JustAKid he was still a youth]], with the two saying, "As the man is, so is his strength."²* RefusalOfTheCall: Initially was skeptical and wanted God to prove He is who He says he is by "putting out a fleece".²* ShamingTheMob: Gideon's father saved him when he destroyed an altar to Baal.²* ThinkNothingOfIt: Refuses to be king.²²[[WMG: Abimelech]]²* BastardBastard: The son of another woman, he kills almost all his other legitimate brothers and has himself be elevated to the position of king.²* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Tried to get his armor bearer to stab him so no one would know he was fatally wounded by a woman who dropped a rock on him.²* MassiveNumberedSiblings: Owing to his father Gideon's many [[{{Polyamory}} concubines]], he had '''''seventy''''' half-brothers. [[KillEmAll Or, in his mind, seventy pretenders to his throne. He gets rid of (very nearly) all of them.]]²* UndignifiedDeath: Is killed when a woman in Thebez drops a millstone on his head, and is also slain by one of his own soldiers to prevent anyone else from spreading the news that a woman killed him. Not that the latter helped.²* WrongGenreSavvy: See BetterToDieThanBeKilled and UndignifiedDeath above. Unfortunately for him, [[RealityEnsues people still say that]] [[IWasBeatenByAGirl he was beaten by a girl]].²* YoungConqueror: Fancied himself as Israel's first king, although God says otherwise. Ironic, given that his father, through whom he claimed his right to rule, was OfferedTheCrown and turned it down flat.²²[[WMG: Jephthah]]²* AntiHero²* BreakThemByTalking: While he is better known for his rash vow to God, he's also notably the only Judge who tries to talk down his enemies first. He contests their claims that Israel has stolen their land using legal justifications and appeals to their sense of religion to be happy with what their god has given them. It fails, but he remains the only Judge who even attempted diplomacy.²* DidntThinkThisThrough: He made a spur-of-the-moment oath to God that he'd sacrifice the first thing that exited his house if the Lord gave him a victory. He won, and the first thing that stepped out was his daughter.²* HotBlooded²* HumanSacrifice: Literalist interpretations of the scripture contend that this is what he did to his daughter.²** TakingTheVeil: The other prevailing interpretation is that the daughter was sent away to live as a virginal servant of God.²* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Led a band of outlaws.²* SonOfAWhore: He was kicked out of town for it.²* TheUnfavorite: Being the son of a prostitute, his step-mother didn't like him. ²²[[WMG: Samson]]²->''"From this day I shall be blameless in what I do against the Philistines: [[PayEvilUntoEvil For I will do you evils]].''²* AchillesHeel: Samson loses all of his strength upon the loss of his hair.²* AwesomeMcCoolname: His name means "sun." ²* BadassIsraeli: He is ''the'' strongman of Jewish myth.²* BondOneLiner: Upon killing one thousand men with a Donkey's jawbone, he made a pun on the fact that "donkey" and "heap" are homophones in Hebrew. Methods of translating this wordplay vary.²* BondVillainStupidity: The Philistines could've killed Samson easily after his hair was cut, but instead they blinded him, imprisoned him, and put him work grinding grain to humiliate him. They came to regret it.²* BreakoutCharacter - He is the only Judge to have a movie made for him, among other things.²* CherryTapping: 1,000 kill count.....with a jawbone of an donkey.²* DrivenToSuicide: And God helps him.²* DyingMomentOfAwesome: "And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead that he slew at his death were more than they that he slew in his life."²* EstablishingCharacterMoment - Telling his parents he will marry a Philistine woman.²* ExplainingYourPowerToTheEnemy: Got a haircut out of it.²* EyeScream: The Philistines stab out his eyes.²* FakeWeakness: He made up several of these to tell Delilah, after she asked the secret of his strength. Somehow he never figured out why, whenever he told her one, some Philistines would always try to use it on him...²* FatalFlaw:²** See LoveMakesYouDumb.²** And his drunkenness, which he God told him to avoid, gave Delilah the chance to cut his hair.²* GoodFlawsBadFlaws: Despite his faults, the letter to the Hebrews still cite him a great hero for his faith in God, largely due to how he repents.²* HandicappedBadass: He is blinded by his enemies after being depowered, but he later kills them all for it.²* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Gave this treatment to a random lion.²* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation One wonders]] if he was one, considering he ended up having ''two'' traitorous wives...²* HotBlooded: And HOW²* HumiliationConga: When the Philistines captured him, they blinded him, imprisoned him, and put him work grinding grain. They then brought him out to mock him, and have him perform for them. He gets the last laugh, though.²* ImprobableWeaponUser: Donkey jawbone. Enough said.²* LoveMakesYouDumb: Delilah, you manipulative bitch, we read your book!²* MacGuffin: His hair. If his head is ever shaved, he loses his strength. This is perhaps a case of divine irony since not getting a haircut is the only Nazirite vow Samson has kept, the other two being not drinking and not touching a dead thing. [[FridgeBrilliance He lost his strength not because he cut his hair but because he disobeyed God for the last time. He was also drunk when his hair was cut.]]²* MessianicArchetype: The subversion of the type. His birth is announced by an angel and raised a Nazirite (puritan Hebrew) yet broke its traditions simply because he was the ChosenOne, his battles are more like the antics of a super powered college prankster and his motivation to finally beat the Philistines was personal revenge.²* MrFanservice: Due to his strength, adaptations and art tend to portray him as well built.²* NinetiesAntiHero: Well, he sure wasn't TheCape.²* TheOathbreaker: As a Nazirite, he is not supposed to drink alcohol, touch a dead thing or cut his hair. By the end, none of these were kept.²* OneManArmy: In marked contrast to many of the other figures in Judges, who were military commanders. ²* PersonOfMassDestruction: Kinda. He did smash the two pillars of the Philistine temple, killing over 3000.²* ThePlan: God blessing Samson was all part of the plan.²* RedemptionEqualsDeath²* RedHerring: Delilah tries to find the reason for Samson's strength by asking him. He is less than helpful at first.²* StellarName: Means "Sun".²* SuperStrength: The Jewish Archetype²* TakingYouWithMe: How his RedemptionEqualsDeath happens.²* TooDumbToLive: He eventually gives in to Delilah and tells her the secret of his strength, leading to his capture by the Philistines.²* TragicHero: Met the worst fate among the Judges.²* TouchedByVorlons: The reason for Samson's strength.²* WeaksauceWeakness: Everyone knows about his hair.²²[[WMG: Delilah]]²* FemmeFatale: see above²* TheDarkChick: And she doesn't HeelFaceTurn later.²* {{Hypocrite}}: At one point, after Samson had lied to her three times, she accuses him of saying he loves her despite not trusting her. But it's pretty obvious by this point that she does not love ''him'', and that he had a good reason not to trust her. Otherwise she would not have betrayed him.²* TheVamp: This is how she is evil.²²[[WMG: The other Judges (Othniel, Shamgar, Tola, Jair, Ibzan, Elon and Abdon)]]²* TheCavalry: Jair and Abdon had sons and grandsons who rode donkeys, making them excellent cavalry in the hill country²* ChosenOne: God picked them personally.²* ImprobableWeaponUser: Shamgar's weapon was an ox goad. Or, basically, a sharpened stick designed to poke livestock and get them moving. Given that he killed ''600'' men with it, he must have been absurdly strong in his own right.²* MassiveNumberedSiblings: Not perhaps to Gideon levels, but Ibzan is said to have had thirty sons and thirty daughters. It's also mentioned he found wives for each of his thirty sons, so his number of eventual grandchildren may have been very large indeed.²²²----


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