Follow TV Tropes


YMMV / Monstrous Regiment

Go To

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Jackrum a leader and father of men, or a dinosaur, stuck in the old ways of fighting a war?
    • The reason he retires is that he realizes it's BOTH.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Tonker and Lofty, our Girls' Love duo have quite of a fandom on their own. Mal is also absurdly popular with present-day audiences for perfectly understandable reasons: being described as slim and pretty, striking the perfect balance between suave and endearing, and being amazingly easy to ship with main character Polly, all while generally having absolutely no concept of the gender binary.
  • Advertisement:
  • Fanon: It's become common for people to think of Mal as non-binary and Jackrum as a trans man. It's helped by the way Mal is written uncomfortable with identifying strictly within male and female gender roles, to which Polly states "you're you."
  • Genius Bonus: In-universe, a few characters get Polly's references to the folk song "Sweet Polly Oliver" when creating her male alter-ego (although those that do are already smart enough to have figured her out anyway).
    • Anyone familiar with the quotation which the title refers to will probably figure out that all the recruits are women fairly early on.
  • Les Yay: Aside from Tonker with Lofty, Wazzer and Maladicta get very close with Polly.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Jackrum behaves like this sometimes.
    • Blouse's Ping-Pong Naïveté also puts him on this side once in a while, but, of course, he's out-bastarded by Jackrum.
    • Jackrum thinks Polly's becoming this. By the end of the book, she's definitely set in at Manipulative Bastard level at least.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Girls' Working School. We don't actually learn that much about what goes on in there, but from what the characters say and from the effect it's had on Tonker, Lofty and Wazzer, we learn that it is horrendously abusive.
  • Advertisement:
  • Stealth Pun: A very well hidden Stealth Pun that might be accidental. A mystery voice giving Polly some advice and a pair of socks says: "You don't bulge where you shouldn't bulge, but you don't bulge where you should bulge. People notice whats missing more than they notice what's there. Just one pair mind you. Don't get ambitious." Another way of putting that would be "Don't get cocky".

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: