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Awesome / The Prince and the Pauper

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Twain's Novel

  • Tom Canty, while acting as King, acquits a peasant woman accused of raising a storm through witchcraft in a way that only a small boy would stumble upon.
    Tom: Exert thy power! I would see a storm!... (protestations from the accused) Make a storm - it mattereth not how small a one - I require naught great or harmful, but indeed prefer the opposite - do this and thy life is spared - thou shalt go out free, with thy child, bearing the king's pardon... (further protestations) I think the woman hath said true. An my mother were in her place and gifted with the devil's functions, she had not stayed a moment to call her storms and lay the whole land in ruins, if the saving of my forfeit life were the price she got!
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  • Sir Hugh decides to have the Prince whipped and thrown into the stocks for disrespecting him. Miles begs to take these punishments onto himself, and the vindictive Sir Hugh is happy enough to do so.
    Prince Edward: Kings cannot ennoble thee, thou good, great soul, for One who is higher than kings hath done that for thee; but a king can confirm thy nobility to men.

Disney Film

  • The moment when the real prince barges into the coronation just as Mickey is about to be crowned, outing Pete as a treasonous would-be usurper in front of everyone. Pete seemingly surrenders, only to viciously attack the Prince once he lets his guard down. It proves to be a fatal mistake for Pete and his guardsmen, since they get their butts handed to them by Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto, all providing the Prince some much needed backup.
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  • Hearing about his father's death, the Prince accepts his destiny as king.
  • Seeing first-hand that Captain Pete and his guards are stealing food from the peasants, the Prince is spurred to bravely approach the guards and use his royal ring to command them to give back the food.
  • Goofy's rescue of the Prince and Donald, even if it was done in the classic Goofy style.
  • Heck, the very fact that we're watching TWO Mickey Mouses interacting and foiling Pete's evil scheme together is awesome enough in its own right.