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  • Accidental Innuendo
    • In 'The Long Patrol': Arven to Pasque,
      "D'you see that sword? Did you know that it has the power to make pretty hare maidens happy?"
    • The very same book also had this comment, after Log-a-Log shot an arrow into Skaup's paw. There's nothing weird about it, except the comment was "ribald." Look up the word ribald. Now read this comment and you'll find it to be strange...
      "Be sure t'bring that arrow with ye, 'twas a good shaft!"
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    • Rinkul intended to "do that pair 'ard'n'slow afore dawnbreak" and there's a thoroughly disturbing passage about Gurgan Spearback using a spear to poke around in a hole in the side of the hill which is leaking water ... And the unintentional Minion Shipping archery thing in Salamandastron. And the Unfortunate Names. And the moles have been known to pronounce "came" as "cummed". And "quean" does not mean what Mr Jacques says it means. And by this point one really has to wonder if he's doing it deliberately.
    • Much less funny version during Mariel's capture scene; the searats grab her, call her "pretty", and then do something which she can't even describe because it causes a panic attack. Context suggests they were throwing her friends overboard since one makes a remark about "feeding the fishes", but certain readers have wondered if that line may be, excuse pun, a red herring.
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    • There's a line in Lord Brocktree where Doomeye claims that he can shoot any beast, be they male or shemale...
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy:
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • So, was Veil Evil All Along, or was he driven to evil as a result of a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy and the self-righteous prejudice of the Abbeydwellers, only to rise above his circumstances to make a Heroic Sacrifice?
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    • The Redwallers in Outcast of Redwall, especially Bella. Did they really care about Veil, but got tired of his naughty behavior, or were they all Bitches in Sheep's Clothing who pretended to like and accept Veil, but secretly treated him with indifference behind his back? None of this is helped by the fact that Bella intentionally named the ferret Veil because it was an anagram for "evil" and "vile."
    • Bryony. Did she really love Veil as though he were her own son, or was she so excited with taking care of him that pretending to be his mother was just a playful game to her—a game she became obsessed over, because she was determined to prove the Redwallers wrong and that Veil really was capable of being good? Also, her reaction to his death. Did she really believe that there wasn't a shred of kindness or good inside of him, or was she so traumatized by his death, and so tired of the Redwallers telling her "I told you so" that she forced herself to agree with them, despite know deep down in her heart that she was right all along and he did have good in him?
    • Is Martin the brave purehearted warrior that the Redwallers have immortalized in their history? Or is he simply a hardened traumatized veteran who had way too much bad luck in the past?
  • Angst? What Angst?: The death thing might be a case of Deliberate Values Dissonance: the death rate in Mossflower is much, much higher than in 21st-century Western Real Life societies, so they get used to it quickly, and while they don't seem to have a God as such they're a lot more certain of an afterlife than many people here are.
    • One season old babes get in fights and kill other beasts. Young teenagers watch close friends die, sometimes in very horrible ways. Salamandastron is a particularly fun case: Samkim stumbles upon a dead Brother Hal, then is accused of murdering him, and just days later sees several shrews and Spriggat partially eaten by a giant snake. On the Western Shore, a surly teenager is almost eaten alive by reptiles after seeing that her adoptive father is about to be attacked by a military force that vastly outmatches him. To the north, a young otter and a Dibbun are attacked by crows who'd quite like to eat them alive, and is so vastly outnumbered that the next charge will doom him. Back at the Abbey, everyone is dying of the plague. No angst!
    • One of the most jarring examples is in Taggerung when the Deyna/Tagg's mother and sister are helping to organize a feast and contest very soon after the murder and disappearance of their dearest loved ones. They try to get past their disappearance, but Deyna's mother ends up breaking down and crying, and Mhera wasn't doing much better.
    • Dauncey's death in Rakkety Tamm and Asio's death in Eulalia! segue immediately into what's for lunch that day. Asio's is especially jarring. Also, Sister Atrata's death. All but two characters seemed to forget she even existed after she died, and were relatively unscathed.
  • Anti-Climax Boss:
    • Many fights between the protagonist and the Big Bad are a Curb-Stomp Battle. It is far easier to list the major villains who weren't this and put up a good fight or managed to take someone with them in the final battle: Cluny the Scourge, Queen Tsarmina, Ferahgo the Assassin, Ungatt Trunn, Gulo the Savage, Zwilt the Shade, and a couple of vipers (although, to his credit, Damug Warfang probably would've made the list if he fought literally anyone other than Lady Cregga). Everyone else were only dangerous as army commanders at best, and many of them failed even at that.
    • Strangely averted with Badrang in the TV series. The battle between him and Martin was somewhat longer and more epic than in the book.
    • Intentionally subverted in Eulalia!. Because we all know if Gorath had been consumed with the Bloodwrath, he would've killed Vizka Longtooth in two, maybe three sentences.
  • Anvilicious:
    • The Veil Sixclaw subplot from Outcast of Redwall goes well out of its way to tell us over and over again that if you're "born" evil, there is little to no hope for redemption, and you don't have a shred of kindness in your heart. Even if you sacrifice your life to save someone you love. This is especially jarring, because The Bellmaker, the book that came out before this one, proved that you can be evil, realize how awful being evil is, have a Heel–Face Turn, and be forgiven for every bad thing you've done in your past.
    • High Rhulain constantly keeps reminding us with Tiria that you shouldn't discriminate against women, and that any female can do the same things a male can do. Clearly Brian Jacques forgot that he already tried to show that with the dozens and dozens of other female badass heroes (and villains, for that matter) this series has to offer.
  • Ass Pull:
    • Some of the Big Damn Heroes moments. One of the biggest ones occurs in Marlfox when Song and Mighty Megraw save Burble, Dann and Dippler from bloodthirsty reptiles. What makes it an ass pull is that somehow, Song found her long lost grandfather and her long lost aunt AND it turns out that her grandfather had raised a small group of hedgehog warriors who managed to kill all the reptiles. AND they all managed to find and practically patch up the Swallow, even though it almost split in two after plunging down the waterfall. This all happened in about a day by the way.
    • Veil's death in Outcast, which came out of nowhere. It seemed like that was thrown in there just... because. And it falls into Fridge Logic, since Veil Took the Spear for some beast he had no problem trapping inside of a cave and leaving to die just a few chapters earlier, and he definitely did not show a change in attitude between then and his Heroic Sacrifice.
    • In The Sable Quean, the appearance of Ambrevina the badgermaid in Althier - which once was a badger stronghold - is rather pat. Not only is she an expert slinger and warrior, but she's looking for Flandor - and goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge when Diggs informs her Vilaya murdered him that lasts nearly a third of the book. She's also dreamed of Salamandastron and Lord Brang. When she ultimately meets up with Brang after heroically defending Redwall from the Ravagers, he makes her next in line to the throne.
  • Awesome Music: The TV show's theme song.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Veil Sixclaw from Outcast. Some people sympathize with him because he's a Jerkass Woobie with a tragic backstory who always falls victim to Fantastic Racism by the Redwallers. Others don't give a shit, thought he had an unjustified Freudian Excuse, and considered his subplot to be an absolute waste. Some would even go as far as saying he ruined the entire book.
    • Felldoh. On one hand, he took the Leeroy Jenkins route and his actions resulted in the exact opposite of what he wanted to do. But on the other hand, he's badass, courageous, and had the balls to attack Badrang by himself and humiliate him in front of his entire army by whipping him like a slave. If Badrang wasn't a stinking coward, summoning his goons to protect him, Felldoh would have no doubt killed him. And unlike Martin, Felldoh didn't waste his time dealing with a bunch of Wacky Wayside Tribes. Killing Druwp certainly helped in his favors as well.
    • Horty is either a hilarious Butt-Monkey who has his occasional badass moments, or he's a whiny, annoying hare.
    • Martin from The Pearls of Lutra. He's either a kind, caring, Badass hero who is a splitting image of his ancestors Mattimeo and Matthias, or he's a very boring Invincible Hero surrounded by characters far more interesting and fleshed out than he is.
  • Cargo Ship: Gabool/Bell. No, really, he does the I Have You Now, My Pretty routine with it and licks it.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Things that are red (the Goreleech, Veil's paws) are evil. Things that're rosy-pink (Redwall, the Arfship) are good. Generally speaking- it's not always the case but it seems like a running trend.
  • Complete Monster: See here.
  • Crazy Awesome: Cuthbert Blanedale Frunk, a hare with Multiple Personality Disorder in High Rhulain. On the flipside, he's also a Sociopathic Hero with a pretty tragic backstory.
  • Creepy Awesome: Shadow from Redwall and Zwilt the Shade from The Sable Quean. Farran the Poisoner from Salamandastron could probably count, except the fact he had no actual dialogue or character development, he ended up "just creepy"
  • Heartwarming Moments: Everything involving Blaggut. Also any scene with Dibbuns doing something cute or mischievous, or name any romantic couple (That doesn't end in death) "Broggle and Fwirl" in particular, (Broggle being so completely shy and Adorkable, Fwirl being completely innocent to abbeylife) Gonff and Columbine, Tammo and Pasque. Even Dann and Song, or Dandin and Mariel. (Neither last two couples are confirmed to have fallen in love, but Word of God says it's the readers' decisions)
  • Designated Hero: This series has so many of these that it's not worth listing all of them down. Our heroes tend to shout psuedo-racist and/or bully-ish taunts at the villains and declare all rats and foxes villains before they even do anything remotely evil.
  • Designated Villain: Generally speaking, anything that hunts the Always Lawful Good characters is treated as a villain for that reason. Any sympathy or respect towards a creature's right to live tends to end at the "It eats us!" line, and there is no way a member of the typical victim species will perceive something like Asmodeus as anything short of pure evil. However, in the context of Redwall this comes as a bit of hypocrisy on the author's (and in a couple of cases even the characters') part, when similar unapologetic sapient-eaters (Stonehead, Aluco, etc) are treated as good friends, as long as they target vermin or reptiles. Granted when it comes to snake it's less predator and Omnicidal Maniac since they are hostile to everyone and unlike Captain Snow can't be reasoned with.
    • Zassaliss, Harssacss, and Sesstra, the adder triplets from Triss. Their mother was murdered right in front of them when they were young, a mace and chain cuts into their tails and binds them together, and they've still managed to survive by learning to hunt as a unit. They're treated as monsters and their death is mocked simply because...they eat woodlanders.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Veil gets a lot of this due to his more or less Taking the Bullet for Bryony. The various bad things he did (attempted murder, robbery, trapping Bryony and Togget in a cave earlier) tend to be forgotten.
    • Vermin species in general are depicted as Always Chaotic Evil with a very select few exceptions, but a good chunk of the fanbase loves to believe otherwise.
  • Ending Fatigue:
    • The Legend of Luke's climax came at the end of Part 2, making the five remaining chapters a bit hard to finish.
    • Taggerung could've ended in multiple areas, especially when Deyna returned to Redwall safe and sound. It doesn't.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • In the earlier books when the supporting villains (e.g. Redtooth and Cheesethief from Redwall) got character development, many of them ended up popular with fans.
    • Warbeak is one of the most colorful characters in the original book despite actually getting little focus (she's only there for a single story arc halfway through, then she comes back for the final battle). She gets enough love from fans that you'd think she was one of the main characters. She gets an expanded role in the TV series and comes back in Mattimeo, where she tragically dies saving everyone else.
    • After The Sable Quean, Zwilt the Shade may well fit in this trope.
    • Romsca is extremely popular for being a VERY rare case of a character who is part of an "evil" species to pull a Heel–Face Turn. She rises above the popularity of even that small group for suffering no Badass Decay whatsoever while doing it. She is a tough Pirate Girl captain assigned as Co-Dragons with Lask Frildur to bring the Abbott to Ublaz. However, due to forming a genuine bond with the Abbott and already having a major case of Teeth-Clenched Teamwork with Lask Frildur anyway, she ultimately turns on Lask (and by extension Ublaz) to protect her new friend, and pulls off a Mutual Kill while doing so. In her dying moments, she asks for the Abbott's blessing, which she is given, earning her forgiveness both by the readers and the characters in-universe (the latter of which almost NEVER happens, best seen by the Redwallers' reaction to Veil's Heroic Sacrifice). Overall, she's the perfect combination of Evil Is Cool, Action Girl, and for those with an appreciation for open-mindedness, a great example of why the Fantastic Racism of Redwall isn't always right.
    • Mariel is also extremely popular for being a Action Girl who fights with a unique weapon, her Gullwhacker (a knotted rope). It does help that she was the only female main protagonist before Triss, and unlike Triss, her stories were told long before the series' infamous Seasonal Rot kicked in. She was in fact so popular that she's been the only main character other than Matthias, the series' original hero, and Martin, the enduring Legacy Character, to be the star of more than one book.
    • Felldoh in Martin the Warrior is considered by many fans to be a more complex and better-written character than Martin himself. He gets the added bonus of being the character actually doing plot-relevant things for most of the book, and even gets to almost kill Badrang. It's not uncommon to find fans who consider him and Brome to be the real protagonists of the book.
    • Grath Longfletch and Clecky from The Pearls of Lutra, both of whom had more of a personality and interesting backstory compared to Martin. Let's just say there's a reason why Grath stands out the most on the U.K. cover of the book, and why Grath is the only character on the U.S. cover of the book.
    • Rasconza, simply for being a Magnificent Bastard who managed to outsmart Ublaz on multiple occasions.
    • Vallug Bowbeast and his team of vermin from Taggerung. This does not include Gruven.
    • Constance is rather popular in the TV series. Just look at all those comments on YouTube implying her as a Memetic Badass.
    • Plugg Firetail is one of the few characters from Triss that everyone agrees to like, due to his charismatic Affably Evil characterization and being a rare Benevolent Boss among villains.
    • The Adder Triplets from the same book are also very popular, most likely for their Hero Killer status, for being far less annoying and far more badass compared to Princess Kurda, and for being three adders tied together.
    • Notice how often Blaggut from The Bellmaker has been mentioned? He wormed his way into the hearts of readers for being one of the few vermin to do a full Heel–Face Turn and Earning His Happy Ending in doing do.
    • Dingeye and Thura from Salamandastron. Many of the fans love their Adorkable-ness.
    • Slagar the Cruel. Oh, Slagar the Cruel. He's one of the few characters in the TV series to match Constance in the Memetic Badass department, and he's voiced by Tim Curry to boot.
  • Evil Is Cool: Many of the villains in the series range from Hate Sink types to just plain old scrappies, but some do earn their stripes:
    • Cluny the Scourge, the OG Big Bad. Unlike most that came after, Cluny is both a cunning strategist and a vicious warrior who's not afraid to get his paws dirty, giving Matthias one heck of a climactic duel. He also remains a credible threat all the way through and remains the only one to have conquered Redwall in any way, shape or form, showing that his fearsome reputation is well-earned.
    • Plugg Firetail, often agreed to be one of the few redeemable characters from the widely-loathed Triss, stands apart from the ineffectual Big Bad Princess Kurda as a charismatic and cool-looking fox who also holds the unique distinction of being one of the very few Benevolent Boss-types in the series. Makes it doubly painful he's killed off in an anticlimactic manner, with even his own crew mourning him.
    • Ferahgo the Assassin, Big Bad of Salamandastron, is one of the most effective, brilliant, and stylish villains in the entire series, effortlessly evading his treacherous minions' attempts to kill him after he's been horribly burned alive and killing them without ever breaking his stride. His death counts, too; Ferahgo faces down a Bloodwrath-afflicted Badger Lord barrelling straight towards him and manages to slay him in a Mutual Kill in the story's climax.
    • Rasconza, the scene-stealing Starscream in Pearls of Lutra, especially when compared to the foppish and hilariously inept Ublaz Mad Eyes.
    • Zwilt the Shade from The Sable Quean, is one of the most fondly remembered villains of the series' later run for being a cool, cunning sable who also manages to put up a legitimate fight in comparison to the legion of villains in the series who serve as an Anti-Climax Boss (or suffer Death by Falling Overincluding the titular Sable Quean herself, who tries and falls on her own poisoned dagger.)
    • Slagar the Cruel qualifies more under Love to Hate in the book version of Mattimeo—he's one of the most cunning villains in the series, but that still leaves him a high-functioning Smug Snake at best—but the animated TV series has him voiced by Tim Curry, injecting the character with his natural charisma and making for one hell of a memorable villain for the second season.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The series has the repeated message that some people have no good in them. Anyone who thinks otherwise will only be harmed. It's most stark in Outcast of Redwall, where it is feared an infant is born bad... and they turn out to be right. To the point that it turns out they gave him a name which is an anagram for "evil" and "vile". Yet even after he dies saving someone, this attitude doesn't change. It's portrayed as the nature of certain species (with just a few exceptions).
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: Ublaz is a complete and utter fop who's obsessed with pink pearls, wears puffy robes and perfume, and paints his claws. This combined with his general ineptitude kill all of the menace Ublaz was ever intended to have.
  • First Installment Wins: Nearly every Redwall fan agrees that the first book is the best one in the entire series. The others are mixed.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The line near the start of Outcast about Skarlath leaving his nest "never to return" sure comes off harsher on a re-read.
  • He's Just Hiding!: A lot of people think Redtooth survived in the animated series despite apparently being killed by Cornflower, due to a rat who looks very similar to him being seen fleeing the siege.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The crows in Doomwyte make a lot of cawing and croaking noises when talking. One of them?
  • Ho Yay: So much that it has its own page.
  • Iron Woobie:
    • Martin is The Woobie of all woobies. To start off, when he was only a babe, his mother, Sayna, was killed by Vilu Daskar for shits and giggles. A few years later, Luke left his son in the paws of Windred, Martin's grandmother, so Luke could go kill Daskar. Even though Martin wanted to go along, Luke told him to stay behind, promising he'd return (and we all know how that turned out). Later on, Martin and Windred get captured by Badrang and his tyrants (again, for shits and giggles) and during the trip to Fort Marshank, Windred dies. Martin spent several seasons as a slave to Badrang and his tyrants, until one day he managed to get free and slowly develop feelings towards a mouse named Rose. Eventually, the two gather up an army of their own and assault Fort Marshank, but just when Martin is about to kill Badrang, Badrang kills Rose, and he is quickly killed by Martin. Afterwards, Martin went through a Heroic BSoD and stayed silent for several days; the only time he even bothered walking was so he could head into the forest to go cry. And then, Martin decides to leave all his friends behind, and to never mention them, Rose, or her home Noonvale so he can keep their memories and happiness locked away in his heart. After that he roams the land, until one winter, he's captured by Tsarmina's forces, has his sword snapped in half, and is then promptly held prisoner for the entire season. And if it hadn't been for Gonff showing up, Martin would've died....Talk about Break the Cutie...
    • Urthstripe the Strong's life isn't happy. Unlike Martin, both of his parents were killed before he could even speak. He's abandoned during the winter, somehow gets separated from his brother, and is forced to grow up fending for himself. He ends up becoming ruler of Salamandastron, but he and his daughter Mara don't see eye to eye. Eventually, she leaves the mountain...just when Ferahgo and his army attacks. Towards the end of the novel, Urthstripe pulls one of the most epic Heroic Sacrifices of all time. Unfortunately, he dies right when he finds his long-lost brother...and just when Mara was about to reconcile with her father.
  • It Was His Sled:
    • Rose dies.
    • Veil Sixclaw dies.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Veil is a horrible child even before he starts on the attempted murder, but given the circumstances it's hard to blame him.
  • Magnificent Bastard:
    • Salamandastron: Ferahgo the Assassin, the charming, blue-eyed weasel warlord of the Corpsemakers, is one of the craftiest threats to ever attack Salamandastron. Known and feared for his disarming blue eyes and charming temperament, Ferahgo put these to good use to manipulate and slay the parents of future Badger Lords Urthwyte and Urthstripe, claiming the lands of the southwest for himself. Ferahgo attacks Salamandastron seasons later when Urthstripe rules, employing trickery and poison in his attempted assaults while remaining deftly ahead of his treacherous minions, tricking two who try and slay him while he's grievously wounded into taking out a decoy before he kills them. Unique among other Redwall villains for even having slightly more positive traits, Ferahgo genuinely loves his son Klitch and tolerates his ineffectual attempts at betrayal, and dies in a Mutual Kill with a Bloodwrath-consumed Urthstripe, fearlessly facing the badger to the end in comparison to countless other vermin who die running.
    • Marlfox: Mokkan, the last of the titular Marlfoxes standing, is the eldest and cleverest of his ruthless siblings. Masterminding their raids on Redwall abbey to steal the tapestry of Martin the Warrior, Mokkan promptly doublecrosses his siblings, stealing some of their boats and destroying the rest after sending them to fight redwall Abbey, as well as rooting out and murdering a spy his sister sends after him. Having realized that once their mother dies, infighting will begin, Mokkan intends on getting a head start in placing himself close to the throne. Mokkan arrives at Castle Marl to find his sister Lantur has murdered their mother and is crowning herself queen. Mokkan swiftly outwits and murders her, making himself king, where he even promises that he will promote any slave to his personal guard or demote a guard to a slave based solely on merit. Even among the clever Marlfoxes, Mokkan distinguishes himself as one of the cleverest villains to grace a Redwall novel.
    • Taggerung: Vallug Bowbeast and Eefera are members of the Juskarath sent with the new chieftain Gruven to hunt down the Taggerung, Tagg, after he is framed for their leader Sawney Rath's murder. Far smarter and deadlier then Gruven, the two humiliate him and abandon the rest to die so they may kill Tagg and claim the title of chief for themselves, each plotting to do away with the other when the time comes. The two proceed to hunt Tagg to Redwall abbey, blackmailing the abbey to give them the Taggerung while capturing Gruven and his team, making it appear as if the abbey is besieged by a horde while keeping minimal danger to themselves, with Vallug even mortally wounding the powerful Cregga Rose-Eyes, the badger matriarch of Redwall. Two of the most ruthless, yes effective vermin around, Eefera and Vallug demonstrate rare skill and resourcefulness for villains, putting Redwall under more threat as a duo than entire armies have achieved.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Slagar the Cruel aka Chickenhound crosses this when he loots Redwall of many of its valuables and kills Methuselah even after they nurse him back to health.
    • Cheesethief crosses it when he brutally murders Scragg the weasel for the "crime" of being more competent than he is. He lies about it afterwards, sneeringly telling Killconey, who was friends with Scragg, that it was his own fault he got killed.
    • In Mattimeo, General Ironbeak crosses it when he massacres the Sparra civilians in Warbeak Loft, most of them very young or very old. Of course, this is assuming he wasn't over the line already.
    • Fenno was already a Jerkass to begin with, but it wasn't until he killed Log-a-Log by cowardly stabbing him in the back that he leaped over the MEH.
    • Vilaya from The Sable Quean leaps headlong over it when she murders Flandor, an otter child, for attacking her and actually getting a solid blow in. Would Hurt a Child is what defines Vilaya.
    • Korvus Skurr is mostly a typical Bad Boss from the series, but he gets a particularly distinctive jump over the MEH when he butchers one of his own minions for the heinous crime of taking up a safe space in the heat of battle—to mourn his slain mate.
  • Narm:
    • At the very end of Triss, the main characters set off in a ship named Freedom to free an island of slaves. Alright, fair enough. They arrive, charge into battle yelling "Freedom!" as their war cry, get the slaves shouting it out as well, and celebrate their victory by hoisting it up on a giant banner. Then, for no apparent reason, an orphaned baby mouse is discovered in the cells. They call him Freedom.
    • In Outcast, after Veil's attempted murder of Friar Bunfold, the Redwallers keep repeating, "Nothing like this has ever happened here before!" again and again, until it becomes funny. That phrase, or variations of it, is used three or four times in a span of ten pages.
  • Nausea Fuel: Slagar's hideously disfigured face in Mattimeo is enough to make the reader a little queasy.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Has its own page. Special mention goes to anything involving snakes, especially the hypnotic ones.
  • Paranoia Fuel: In Loamhedge, Martin's spirit tells Martha that Bragoon and Saro need to head to Loamhedge in order to find something that'll make her walk again. In Part 3 of the book, Martha learns to walk on her own and Bragoon and Saro end up sacrificing their lives, which implies that Martin had Bragoon and Saro sent on a suicide mission. Makes you wonder now, don't it?
  • Periphery Demographic: During the prime of the series, a significant percentage of its fans were high school and college age, where the intended demographic was much younger.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • See the Fleetscut section below to see how he saved himself.
    • Horty zigzagged this trope constantly. Everytime he got out the heap, he threw himself back in with his whining. But by the end of Loamhedge, he finally gets (and stays) out of the heap when he and Bragoon take on several of Kharanjul's horde back to back.
    • Tubgutt. He constantly picked on Mara and Pikkle and even tried to rebel against Log-a-Log. However, after Mara saved him from The Deepcoiler, Tubgutt Took a Level in Kindness and helped them on their quest.
    • Viola, who started out being a whiny tattle-tale, but later Took a Level in Badass and willingly joined Martin and his crew to save Abbot Durral.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Let's face it, we've all rooted for at least one villain to win somewhere in the series, whether it's because they're just plain cooler than the goodbeasts, have a lot more personality than the relatively vanilla protagonists, just to have a change from the norm, or if you're simply a fan of mustelids, vulpines, and/or felines. Or some combination thereof.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Mostly residing in Triss. It is far easier to say that the only characters who aren't Scrappies are Plugg Firetail, Drufo, Shogg, the adders, and all of the Mauve Shirt Freebooters like Grubbage and Slitfang. A breakdown of the Scrappies in this book and the flak directed at them: The Pure Ferrets (barring the late Sarengo) are Dirty Cowards that come off as pathetic even compared to other cowardly villains in the series, Triss is a boring excuse of a female protagonist that wasn't written nearly as well as the iconic Mariel, Scarum is a selfish, gluttonous jerk that never shuts up about food and is more of a hindrance than anything, and Sagax has no personality to speak of.
    • Veil Sixclaw was an in-universe example, for very good reasons. Even after he sacrificed himself to save Bryony, many Redwallers still believed that wasn't enough to make up for all his heinous crimes (although many readers would disagree).
    • Fleetscut was leaning towards becoming one with his constant whining about his hunger and being nothing but The Load to Jukka's tribe. He saved himself when he gave a well-deserved "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Jukka, and from that point on he only got better.
    • Gruntan Kurdly, who did nothing but laze around and devour hard-boiled eggs. Which is sad, considering he was the ruler of a tribe of Brownrats that wound up becoming more dangerous than Vizka Longtooth and his Sea Raiders.
    • Jeg. You know that annoying kid you've ran into that you just wanna spank really hard, but can't because he or she will go whining to his or her parents? Picture that same kid as a smelly rat who likes to whack animals with a stick, and you've got Jeg.
    • Uggo Wiltud, although he was more of an in-universe example. At first he starts out as the protagonist in The Rogue Crew who starts to go through Character Development. And then halfway through he becomes the Deuteragonist. And then he stops developing entirely and becomes The Load; at some point his sole purpose in the story was to annoy everyone he ran into except Posybud. Which, inevitably, annoyed some of the readers.
    • Trimp from Legend of Luke is not well liked.
  • Sequelitis: Mattimeo, one of the few direct sequels in the series (in particular acting as a sequel to the original Redwall, often seen as a case of First Installment Wins), is often seen as one of the lesser books, due to an inconsistent narrative and a good deal of anti-climax.
    • It's commonly agreed that the books took a dip in quality somewhere along the line. Exactly where that happened is a contested point among fans.
  • Squick:
    • Along with Nightmare Fuel and Gorn, some (if not many) of the novels have rather disgusting deaths. Vermin being boiled alive, a ferret being sliced in half, a rat being crushed by a bell, a rat being mutilated by a cart's wheel, a shrew getting bitten by an adder and the grotesque body later being discovered, a rat getting thrown against a tree...and this is all only from the first novel.
    • The last two novels have a substantial amount of decapitations...most notably when Braggio gets his head chopped off and has it stuck onto the Greenshroud foremast. Also, The Sable Quean has a mole warrior getting a spearhead impaled into his footpaw, and then later having him force it back out. Have fun reading.
    • The emetic brewed up for Fleetscut in Lord Brocktree, which contains several highly toxic ingredients. Needless to say, it did its job.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Where to start...
    • Earlier in the series, good guys had real names (Constance, Ambrose, Jess, etc...), and bad guys had, er, descriptive names (Redtooth, Darkclaw). Now, they tend to have nonsensical cartoony cutesypoo names like Dimp, Laggle, Flim, Dawble, Nobbo...
    • Dibbuns in general. OK, Baby Rollo was funny. So were Bagg, Runn and Grubb. But as Jacques ran out of characters the dibbuns devolved into a sort of honey-sweetened sugarbowl hivemind. They've got them doing coordinated song and dance routines.
    • DAB (Dibbuns Against Bedtime) was a real internet fan club long before it showed up in the books, so don't blame BJ for that one.
    • Let 'em sing and dance, as long as they drop that horrible "awight den, me go bang" style of talking. And being given the prize in nearly every competition that's held, whether or not they actually won.
    • Poems and riddles got devolved into guess-the-letter games. "My fifth is in pop but not pip" indeed.
    • Redwall Abbey itself. The first book hinted that it was a religious order but its use has slowly expanded until the point where every good guy either lives there or comes to live there, and just about everything is always perfect.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Sawney Rath. He was a savvy Disc-One Final Boss who didn't seem like a Dirty Coward or even a Smug Snake. And he even showed that he cared deeply for Tagg (up until he refused to kill Felch). He's killed off very abruptly, and Gruven replaces him as the novel's Big Bad (even though he was a terrible one).
    • Antigra. She's the only Starscream (besides Greypatch) who succeeded in overthrowing the Big Bad. And then she's Put on a Bus. And then we find out that she was killed when trying to overthrow Ruggan Bor.
    • Veil Sixclaw. He had so many chances to redeem himself, but it wasn't until he saved Bryony from getting killed by sacrificing himself that he showed any signs of being good. Outcast of Redwall was supposed to be all about Veil either trying to redeem himself or joining his father's army, but in the end, none of the Redwallers cared that he saved Bryony; he was still branded as being a typical evil vermin, and his own father was the one who killed him. Even fans who hate Veil will agree that he should've gone through more Character Development.
    • Outcast of Redwall should've been called They Wasted a Perfectly Good Villain. Balefur, Zigu, and the Wraith are just a few of several interesting, badass villains who were all unique in their own special way and could've easily become an Ensemble Dark Horse. Not a single one of them lasted more than two or three chapters, and the ones that did, like Aggal, had only a few lines and no Character Development. The only exception was Nightshade.
    • Rinkul from The Long Patrol. He was a clever Mauve Shirt and the only Rapscallion smart enough to realize something was off about Midge Manycoats and Tammo. But everytime he tried to warn somebeast, the other Rapscallions would tell him to shut up, threaten to kill him, or they physically abused him. When the Rapscallions finally find out that they're both hares and give chase, he's abruptly killed by Tammo when he throws a spear at him. Had Rinkul lived until the end of the story, he and Tammo could've gotten into an epic one-on-one swordsfight.
    • Many fans are still pissed over Globby's tragic unnecessary death.
    • Some readers felt that Barranca's death was both cheap and unnecessary, especially since it nullified his already interesting subplot and he was replaced with another character (albeit, a character who was just as popular as Barranca) whose goal was exactly the same: trying to take down Ublaz's empire.
    • Verdauga Greeneyes stands out among the other antagonists for averting Always Chaotic Evil and Black and White Morality. Indeed, his Pragmatic Villainy and hints of being a Benevolent Boss and a Noble Demon make him a rather unique foe in this serie. However, he's quickly killed by his much more conventionally evil daughter Tsarmina, preventing us to see the heroes fight against an enemy that wasn't evil to the core for once.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Romsca just briefly tells Abbot Durral that her tale of becoming a corsair was long and hard, and then immediately drops the subject. Fans never got to find out about her backstory, since she was fatally wounded by Lask Frildur in the next scene she was in.
    • This was the reason why Outcast of Redwall and Taggerung got so much flak. Both novels introduced a new plot that involved making the main character different from the standard formula (Veil was intended to be an Anti-Hero, and Tagg an Anti-Villain, or vice versa), but after much anticipation of reading something new and creative, Tagg, an otter, ends up being good, and Veil, a ferret, ends up being bad, and no one cares about him even after he sacrifices his life to save somebeast.
    • Both an in-universe and out-of-universe example in the case of Taggerung. The titular character removing his tattoos, assuming his original name, and settling down to a life of pure and wholesome goodness strikes the dibbun audience (and much of the readership) as incredibly unsatisfactory and boring.
  • Too Cool to Live:
  • Toy Ship: Canon example - Word of God is that Matthias and Cornflower were about thirteen during the Redwall time period, and they married at the end of the book. And had a kid by sixteen, probably a season earlier.
  • Trapped by Mountain Lions: If a novel doesn't involve the Big Bad trying to take over Redwall, but there is still a Redwall subplot involved, it probably falls under this trope. Some examples include...
    • The Ironbeak subplot in Mattimeo, which has nothing to do with Matthias' journey to rescue Mattimeo and slay Slagar.
    • The Dryditch Fever subplot in Salamandastron.
    • The Slipp and Blaggut subplot in The Bellmaker doesn't contribute anything to the overall narrative, but since this subplot involves Blaggut, the first vermin who isn't truly evil or a Jerkass, you'll probably find yourself drawn into it.
    • Depending on how you feel about him, Veil Sixclaw's entire subplot from Outcast of Redwall can potentially be skimmed over. Considering he is the title character (It's called "Outcast of Redwall", not "Sunflash Kicks Ass") it's quite an achievement.
    • Inverted in The Legend of Luke. It is because of the Wacky Wayside Tribe subplots that the novel didn't become extremely short and/or boring.
  • Ugly Cute: Many fans prefer the vermin characters. It's somewhat inevitable when your ugly, wicked villains look like this.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Really, Malbun, you and Crikulus should've known better than to leave Redwall in the middle of the night without telling anybody and without taking any sort of weapon along with you.
    • Going along with a very old and nearly blind red kite to try and kill three adders was probably not one of Ovus' best ideas...
    • Rasconza. After he throws a knife at Sagitar's chest, he gets a little too close to her body and proceeds to mock her, as opposed to leaving her to bleed out. While she's still clutching her trident. It doesn't end well for him.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: A series about anthropomorphic mice, rats, etc., that are at war. It's not one that will be solved peacefully.
  • Win Back the Crowd: The Sable Quean certainly did this after the author published quite a few lackluster (or downright horrible) novels. The Sable Quean gave us interesting and badass protagonists who developed over time, no useless subplots (except for maybe one that was resolved quickly), a new plot, smarter villains, and Zwilt the Shade. Needless to say, many Redwall fans were pleased with this book. Unfortunately, just as the crowd came back the author left.
  • The Woobie:
    • Martin and Sunflash in particular- their lives weren't happy.
    • Brome makes it out okay, but he has to live with the deaths of both Felldoh and Rose, combined with being generally traumatized by everything he's been through.
    • Poor, poor Scragg. He's first horrendously injured, then brutally killed by Cheesethief just for being more competent than him. For a minor Punch-Clock Villain, his death is one of the hardest parts to read.
    • Gliv goes from garden-variety mook to this in just one line: "He was my mate. I loved him." The fact that she goes from serving Zwilt to plotting against him - even going as far as to nurse Vilaya back to health after Zwilt stabs her - shows just how hard she's taking the loss of her other half. It's made all the worse when Vilaya kills her for having served her purpose and the narration briefly switches to Gliv's perspective as she's dying.
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