orangemike (orangemike) wrote,
  • Location: at a con
  • Mood: cynical
  • Music: Deutschland Uber Alles

Trope: small-time guy from the sticks makes good, becomes great leader

This came to me while attending a panel here at ICON with Glen Cook:

Small-town kid from repressed respectable but impoverished background in the sticks has a cold and controlling father, leaves home to serve his nation, fights bravely but suffers in The War against The Enemy, goes to the Big City, becomes a charismatic leader and unites his People in a new empire with himself as beloved, charismatic leader against the secret evil cabal which seeks to destroy his Nation.

Fantasy novel, or life of Adolph Hitler?
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