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YMMV / The Robbers

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  • Harsher in Hindsight: "Set me at the head of an army of fellows like myself, and out of Germany shall spring a republic compared to which Rome and Sparta will be but as nunneries." Well, there was a later German republic like that.
  • Ho Yay: There is a very tender moment between Karl and his second in command Schweizer in the third act, after the robbers have battled an army of Bohemian soldiers. Karl, seeing the scars Schweizer carried away, gently strokes his forhead and tells him that his scars are beautiful. Of course, while this may seem homoerotic to modern readers, that degree of physical affection between young men was considered normal in Schiller's day.
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  • Misaimed Fandom: Some people like to cite The Robbers' "Death or freedom!" They rarely think of the many unjustified crimes committed by them.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Spiegelberg crosses it during the drama.