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View Poll Results: Is the fool male or female?
Male 43 57.33%
Female 13 17.33%
Can't decide 19 25.33%
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Old 14th December 2007, 01:44 PM   #46 (permalink)
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Re: The fool - man or woman?

your probably right. its been a while since i have properly read the book and i never reread it just flicked throu and looked up my favourite parts
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Old 15th December 2007, 02:11 AM   #47 (permalink)
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Re: The fool - man or woman?

I say male because of the contrast between the Pale Woman and the Fool. Not skin color, just body shape and all.
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Old 15th December 2007, 02:26 AM   #48 (permalink)
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Re: The fool - man or woman?

yea man that pale woman was ridiculously hot in my head. lol. even fitz marveled at her beauty. the fool was a dude, and for the last time fitz didnt like him like that.
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Old 15th December 2007, 02:48 AM   #49 (permalink)
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Re: The fool - man or woman?

I agree, Fitz didn't like the Fool like that. Though the fool did. They just had a very strangely close friendship. And yeah, the Pale Woman was hot. He should have had sex with her to distract her and then in the middle twist her neck and break it. Though doesn't matter, the why she died was better anyways. No hands and crazy. She couldn't even get up after she ran into Fitz and fell. I almost feel sorry for her. Or maybe it's pity. It annoyed me how close they were though. When the Fool said he was leaving, I thought good, Fitz needs to get back with Molly and take care of that anyways. Probably good he dissapeared for a month actually, well the good may balance the bad. Since everything went hectic with Nettle knowing the truth and Molly seeing him and he couldn't explain anything at the time. But atleast then he didn't have a chance to go back to the Fool and try and go with. I would have had to come out of a corner and stab Fitz then. Their relationship was a tad bit fruity for me.
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Old 22nd December 2007, 10:22 PM   #50 (permalink)
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Re: The fool - man or woman?

Why should it be male or female? ^^'
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Old 22nd December 2007, 10:37 PM   #51 (permalink)
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Re: The fool - man or woman?

If the Pale Woman was female, why shouldn't the Fool be male or female?(and he certainly isn't shapely or hot like the pale woman)
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Old 24th December 2007, 12:15 PM   #52 (permalink)
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Re: The fool - man or woman?

Just a note as I'm in the middle of "the Golden Fool" I have noticed some thing. The Fool has not left its chambers since its old friend who percives it to be female has come to Buck.

The answer perhaps (from admitedly limited knowledge so far) is that the Fool is neither male nor female.

Lets look at this from an Out islander point of view, who has power in an Outisland comunity? Female, so how does one of the fool's people (a Catalyast) appear? Usually they appear as whatever the expectation for power is, for buck male, Outisland female.
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Old 24th December 2007, 04:06 PM   #53 (permalink)
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Re: The fool - man or woman?

I just think he pretended to be a female in the Liveship Traders to hide himself or be weird or whatever. I havn't read that trilogy yet though. I needed a break from Hobb.
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Old 20th February 2008, 01:11 PM   #54 (permalink)
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Re: The fool - man or woman?

I think it has been explained more than enough just in the Farseer and Tawny Man books. He is most definately "male" or the male counterpart of his race. He is definitely not human or entirely human so it goes without being said that he would be different from a human male. He also explained that being a woman made his time in bingtown and those other areas easier and less noticable. Finally, the pale woman was opposite of the Fool and she was obviously a woman thus the Fool was a man.

I have not read the Liveship Traders but i dont think that even read about Amber could change my opinion of this. To me it just seems so obvious.


The homophobia in this forum is disgusting. Just wanted to put that out there. Beloved wanted Fitz's heart not his D---

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Old 20th February 2008, 10:19 PM   #55 (permalink)
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Re: The fool - man or woman?

Clownwalkin -- you might want to take a look at the Forum Rules. We don't allow personal attacks here, nor flamewars -- and your final line there seems very calculatedly geared to both....
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Old 2nd March 2008, 04:47 AM   #56 (permalink)
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Re: The fool - man or woman?

I think that The Fool is a man. A very sensitive man, who knows how he truly feels about Fitz and isn't ashamed to let Fitz know. He loves him without reservation and would do anything for that love. Fitz finally realized it, in Fool's Fate and realized it in himself. By the end of Fool's Fate, nooone could have stopped Fitz from looking for The Fool's body (I bet not even Molly) or hoping that he would find Fool alive. If Fool wouldn't have left with The Black Man, Fitz would have expected him to be a big part of his life (just as close as Molly, but no sex). Anyone else think so?
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Old 5th July 2008, 05:53 PM   #57 (permalink)
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Re: The fool - man or woman?

I chose Can't decide

I thought of the Fool as male and of Amber as female...
And since the Fool and Amber are the same I can't make up my mind.
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Old 7th July 2008, 07:52 AM   #58 (permalink)
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Re: The fool - man or woman?

Neither...which isn't a poll option, I'm afraid.

I incline to the theory that Whites change their orientation as they go through life, but always stay vaguely androgenous. Certainly there are clues scattered through the three trilogies, but I'm under the impression that they balance out without any definite proof either way.

Anyway, gtst's a wonderful character, and it really doesn't matter that much, does it?
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Old 7th July 2008, 08:24 AM   #59 (permalink)
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Re: The fool - man or woman?

I don't think so. And I agree, the Fool is a great character.
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Old 7th July 2008, 01:26 PM   #60 (permalink)
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Re: The fool - man or woman?

Well I still stand by the "Tawny MAN Trilogies" as proving that the fool is male. Along with the lack of evidence of the Pale Woman ever changing or hiding gender at any point.

However Pyan you raise an interesting idea - could it be that the Fool's race is like frogs(or was it toads) and can - at will or in response to certain outside factors - change genders? Might be that all the exposure to Fitz in the first trilogy caused the Fool to start changing (around the time for the journey to the place of resting for the dragons). But he know that Fitz would be uncomfortable with that as up till then the fool was a male - so he went away to Bingtown.
Not sure what prompted the change back to male (which he clearly is in the third trilogy) but it could be that male is his "dominant" gender and without a desirable male in Bingtown the Fool reverted back to he "default" gender.
The third trilogy sees him stay as a male - which hints that the process is probably controllable by the individual, but requires more maturity in them to be able to choose whether to change or not (mind over instinctive reactions).

This would balance out for the Pale Woman as she has her "lover" in the male leader in the Isles - even though her treatment and relationship to him is clearly different, there is a bond between Prophets and their catalysts - so she never had the driving force to change gender

actuall after all that writing and thinking - well I can't fully stand by my theory!
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