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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })A tastefully vicious collection of British comedies, all centering around various generations of the Blackadder family as embodied in its sole visible member, Edmund — a cynical, snide, and outright caustic British nobleman (he'd be a Deadpan Snarker if he could just stop sneering) who never seems to succeed at most of his schemes, but never quite loses either (except usually at the end, where he dies horribly or wins spectacularly). Each Edmund in each generation is aided by a Bumbling Sidekick in the shape of his corresponding Baldrick, an ignorant and filthy manservant and dogsbody of unhealthy habits and preoccupations. His typical foil is a classic Upper-Class Twit of far higher social station than his own, whom he is forced to serve hand and foot.Series one, written by Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis, featured Blackadder as a hapless loser, Baldrick as his more cunning servant, and a series of Shakespearean in-jokes. Much of the humour was reliant on the sort of rubber-faced comic buffoonery Atkinson would later use in Mr. Bean. The show had lots of expensive location footage but was not a ratings success. Nonetheless it was recommissioned for a second series (albeit with a drastically reduced budget), which, after a change of direction, and writers, Growing the Beard (literally in the lead character's case) and became extremely well-loved. The show was a smash hit from its second season onwards. Seasons two to four saw Ben Elton replacing Atkinson on the writing team, the Blackadder character repurposed as the Deadpan Snarker, and a greater emphasis on clever dialogue, running gags, and historical subversion. The retooled show became a comedy institution, although it has resisted several attempts at revival.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })One of the most impressive aspects of the show was the subtle differences between the various incarnations of Blackadder: The ambitious but spineless Black Adder, the dashing but impulsive Lord Blackadder, the cool and ruthless E. Blackadder Esq and the weary, rather less evil, but more witty and intelligent Captain Blackadder all had much in common character-wise, but were recognisably different people. A similar variation can be seen in the Baldricks (for some reason, each incarnation was lower in social order than the previous).Besides the great writing, Blackadder's success rests on the shoulders of stars Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson, whose comic instincts combine to produce some of the most delightfully snarky wit that has ever been seen on television. A similarly skilled supporting cast, including BRIAN BLESSED, Peter Cook (in the first series), Miranda Richardson, Hugh Laurie, Tim McInnerny, Rik Mayall, and Stephen Fry just added to the pleasure and the outrage.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })The original four series of Blackadder are:
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Miles Gloriosus
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Miles Gloriosus: George is very gung-ho about the war and can't wait for the "big push" and the chance to give the Huns what for... until the end of the final episode, when he realizes he doesn't want to die.
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Faux Yay
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Faux Yay: Blackadder tries to dress like a homosexual to get out of a marriage with the pudgy Princess of Spain. It doesn't work.
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Charge-into-Combat Cut
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Charge-into-Combat Cut: One of the most famous examples of this trope, in which the scene fades from Blackadder and co. charging over the trench to a field full of poppies.
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Overranked Soldier
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Overranked Soldier: General Melchett, as an exaggeration of the "lions led by donkeys" stereotype of the British Army during the war. He's incompetent and frankly quite mad.
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Dirty Coward
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Dirty Coward: Edmund gets second thoughts at the battle of Bosworth Field and has to go relieve himself immediately. He does challenge the Duke of Argyll to a duel, but blubbers for his life when MacAngus chops his sword in half.
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Fictional Greetings and Farewells
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Fictional Greetings and Farewells: In the special "Blackadder's Christmas Carol", a series of fictional greetings are exchanged between Grand Admiral Blackadder and Queen Asphyxia's triple-husbandoid:
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Creator Cameo
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Creator Cameo: The anarchist who attempts to assassinate Prince George in "Sense and Senility" is played by series co-writer Ben Elton.
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No Celebrities Were Harmed
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No Celebrities Were Harmed: In The Cavalier Years, Stephen Fry's portrayal of Charles I is a thinly-veiled-if-at-all-veiled impression of Prince Charles.
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Heroic BSoD
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Heroic BSoD: George, after he bungles Blackadder's court martial and gets him sentenced to firing squad.
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Stars Are Souls
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Stars Are Souls: Baldrick seems to believe this when George dies. Of course, he also believes in a giant pink pixie in the sky.
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Evil vs. Evil
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Evil vs. Evil: Edmund v Prince Ludwig the Indestructible.
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Right Behind Me
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Right Behind Me: In "Sense and Senility", Blackadder has finally had enough of the Prince's stupidity and leaves (with, of course, a parting insult for Baldrick). After he walks out Baldrick mutters "Goodbye, you lazy, big-nosed, rubber-faced bastard." He slowly looks up just as Blackadder re-enters the room, having been in earshot the whole time.
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Not-So-Harmless Villain
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Not-So-Harmless Villain: In "The Black Seal" Edmund actually comes close to gaining the throne... until his minions betray him, in a fit of cosmic irony.
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All There in the Manual
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All There in the Manual: The dvd "Blackadder Remastered: The Ultimate Edition" comes with Baldrick's family tree. There is an insane amount simply called "Baldrick" that begs the question if the various Baldrick's are all related to each other via father to son.
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Title Drop
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Title Drop: Parodied in the first episode when Edmund decides to take the name of The Black... Vegetable! Fortunately Baldrick suggests a better title for the series / his Lord.
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Rant-Inducing Slight
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Rant-Inducing Slight: Doesn't usually take much of a slight. The most notable example is probably that following Edmund being stripped of his titles in the last episode of series one.
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And This Is for...
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And This Is for...: In Back and Forth, one of Blackadder's kicks to Shakespeare is for the Kenneth Branagh version of Hamlet.
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Mr. Fanservice
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Mr. Fanservice: Hugh Laurie in make-up and tights has been known to make a lot of straight women (and a few lesbians) perk up.
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The Cameo
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The Cameo: Vincent Hanna, a reporter known for his coverage of by-elections, appears as his own ancestor, covering a by-election.
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The Dandy
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Also the pervasiveness of powdered wigs; Pitt had actually instituted a tax on them in the 1780s that combined with a few other factors to kill the fashion. Portraits of George IV actually stand out for his clearly displayed short, brown curly hair (which was a main dandy fashion of the Era).
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The Ghost
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The Ghost: Mrs. Miggins the pie shop owner.
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Visual Pun
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The snake crawling across the table in the opening credits, apart from being a Visual Pun on "Blackadder", may also be a parody of I, Claudius's opening titles.
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Reluctant Warrior
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Reluctant Warrior: Blackadder does everything in his power to avoid going into battle. A closer look at the series shows that he rarely carries his sidearm unless he has to (such as when visiting HQ) and even then, doesn't appear to keep it loaded (we see him loading it before going over the top in the finale). He mentions that he did enjoy being a soldier once, but that was during the African colonial wars, when most of the tribes they fought didn't have guns. When 3 million heavily armed germans showed up, it took the shine off the job.
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The Movie
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The Movie: 'Back and Forth' originally played in the SkyScape cinema inside the Millennium Dome.
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The Rival
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The Rival: Lord Melchet is Blackadder's rival.
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I Owe You My Life
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I Owe You My Life: Apparently Blackadder had saved Field Marshal Haig's life at Mboto Gorge and was told to call if he ever needed a favour. Unfortunately, when he does so to try and get out of the Big Push in "Goodbyeee", the best Haig can do is to suggest he feign insanity... which Blackadder had already tried to no avail. It should also be pointed out that Blackadder "saved" him from a "pygmy woman with a sharp mango".
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Heh Heh, You Said
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Heh Heh, You Said "X": When sussing out a spy, General Melchett is dismayed to hear that Captain Darling had pooh-poohed Blackadder's abilities.
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"No. Just... No" Reaction
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"No. Just... No" Reaction: Not exactly, but it's the sentiment when George worries about being "radished" at the Naughty Hellfire Club for non-payment of debts. They take a large radish and shove it up—Blackadder interrupts at this point and mutters "there's no need to hammer it home."
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Punch-Clock Villain
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Punch-Clock Villain: At least once Edmund was forced into becoming the Lord High Executioner under pain of being himself executed. What made him this more than Forced into Evil is the fact that his only emotional problem with that job was that he was in constant danger from the Queenie's whims and treated it with cold indifference, even changing the dates so that he could get time some time off.
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Wrong Genre Savvy
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Wrong Genre Savvy: Edmund thinks he's a Shakespearean malcontent and Magnificent Bastard pulling off fantastic scheming, unaware he's a complete idiot who'd be dead if not for his Hypercompetent Sidekick.
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The Scottish Trope
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The Scottish Trope: "Sense and Senility": the two actors have to perform a silly, overly-long superstitious ritual to exorcise evil spirits whenever Blackadder says "Macbeth". Exactly how the ritual goes is a subject of hot debate in the fandom as Angrish makes the words unclear: one suggestion is "Aargh! Hot potato, orchestra scores, Puck will make amends (HONK!)" The DVD subtitles have it as "Hot potato, off his drawers, pluck will make amends!" (Pluck being the plucking of each other's noses to apparently exorcise the evil spirits). This is accompanied by a brief game of patty-cake, spinning their arms like wheels, and then honking each others' noses; as the episode progresses, Mossop starts whining and gingerly petting his nose.
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Framing the Guilty Party
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Framing the Guilty Party: The Bishop of Bath and Wells already has an appointment with Molly the Inexpensive Prostitute and freely admits that he is a colossal pervert who will do anything to anything, "animal, vegetable, or mineral," but his flock is none the wiser. So Blackadder drugs him and has him painted in a rather lewd position with poor, poor Percy, then uses it as blackmail to get out of his loan.
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Decapitation Presentation
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Decapitation Presentation: Cavalier Years: Baldrick's cunning plan to substitute a pumpkin instead of a head sort of fell apart when this moment came.
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Failed a Spot Check
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Failed a Spot Check: In "General Hospital", Edmund deduces that Nurse Fletcher is a German spy through clever deception and tests, such as asking a trick question about well known english universitiesnote Oxford and Cambridge are perhaps the most popular universities in the UK, while Hull didn't even have a university until 1927, and that George made him aware of the suspect's knowledge of the german language with how they help him translate his letters for his german uncle. Unfortunately, his deduction was incorrect, partially because he failed to question why a British soldier would need his letters containing important details on military operations translated into german in the first place.
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I'm a Humanitarian
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I'm a Humanitarian: Seems implied by the French revolutionary in "Nob and Nobility", who mentions that he murdered the previous ambassador and turned him into pâté. In "Sense and Senility", Edmund tells George that his subjects are so poor that they're forced to have kids to provide a cheaper alternative to Christmas turkey. (Doubles as a Shout-Out to A Modest Proposal.)
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Black Comedy
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Black Comedy / Gallows Humor: The firing squad could be said to be overly jovial about their job. The whole series is full of this... which is apropos, given the situation.
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Neologizer
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Neologizer: Blackadder becomes one for a short while in order to confuse Doctor Johnson, who is boasting about having written the first English dictionary and that he has taken care to include every English word.
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Chekhov's Gun
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Chekhov's Gun: Baldrick's Lethal Chef tendecies are mentioned early on in "Captain Cook", and when Baldrick mentions them again near the end, it gives Blackadder a Eureka Moment and he uses them to get himself, George and Baldrick out of the big push.
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Only Sane Man
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Only Sane Men: Captain Blackadder and Captain Darling. Also Nurse Mary.
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Dope Slap
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Dope Slap: The Duke of Wellington (Stephen Fry) does this incessantly to George (having switched roles with Blackadder to escape the Duke's wrath).
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Not-So-Fake Prop Weapon
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Not-So-Fake Prop Weapon
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Atomic F-Bomb
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Atomic D-Bomb: When Edmund finds out that Baldrick was made a Lord at the Prince Regent's request, after Edmund strongly suggested himself for that honour.
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Anachronism Stew
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Anachronism Stew : In "General Hospital" Blackadder refers to the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Hull. University College, Hull was not founded until 1927 and did not become the University of Hull until 1954. Then again, it was a trick statement of sorts... The name 'Kevin' would have been very unusual for an Englishman born presumably in the 1880s like Captain Darling. At the time, and until quite deep into the 20th century it was mostly confined to Ireland or Irish emigre communities.
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Captain Ersatz
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Blackadder's false account of his adventures in France includes breaking into Robespierre's bedroom to leave a box of chocolates and an insulting note. At the time of the original broadcast, a series of well-known TV advertisements for Cadbury's Milk Tray chocolates featured a James Bond Captain Ersatz going to enormous lengths to leave the product in his lady love's bedroom.
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Verbal Tic
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Verbal Tic: General Melchett's trademark "Baa!" has been variously attributed to madness, asthma and an ancestor's illicit relationship with Flossie the sheep. Stephen Fry has said it really originated from his imagining that Melchett had haemorrhoids and would yell out every time he sat down or got up.
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Literary Allusion Title
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Literary Allusion Title: To The Black Arrow, an adventure novel by Robert Louis Stevenson also set in the Wars of the Roses.
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Uncertain Doom
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Uncertain Doom: We never see the main cast die onscreen at the end, and all of them have descendants in Back and Forth. Did they survive? Who knows. Of course, the only one who mentions not having loved ones is Edmund himself, and we known he’s not above hiring prostitutes.
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Unexpectedly Dark Episode
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Unexpectedly Dark Episode: The final episode ends with Edmund, Baldrick, George, and Darling being sent over the trench, which was made clear over the series to be a death sentence that Edmund desperately wants to avoid. They are strongly implied to have been killed.
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Small Name, Big Ego
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Small Name, Big Ego: Edmund is cowardly, sniveling, conniving, incompetent and all-around unlikeable. He spends most of his time taking credit for his much more clever squire's ideas, usually only after he's tried his own dunder-headed plan and failed miserably.
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Wholesome Crossdresser
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Wholesome Crossdresser: Flashheart, depending on your definition of 'wholesome'.
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Analogy Backfire
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Analogy Backfire: For Darling, when trying to convince Blackadder that he is not a spy in "General Hospital":
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The Scrooge
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The Scrooge: Edmund is very reluctant to part with what little money he actually has. After giving ten pounds to his prospective father in-law as a "Begone" Bribe, he casually mentions to Kate he'll have Baldrick take it back later.
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Famous Last Words
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Famous Last Words: A couple. The Black Adder: "And now, at last, I shall be King of E—" Lord Topper, the Scarlet Pimpernel: "Let me just jump into this corner first." The Original Prince George: "I'm not dead! You see, I had a cigarillo box too! ...Oh damn, I must have left it on the dresser." The Red Baron: see Caught Monologuing Captain Blackadder: "Good luck, everyone." (Although it's almost "Baldrick, you're mincemeat!")
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Commedia dell'Arte
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Commedia dell'Arte: Edmund starts out as a Capitano character, but Series 2 Retools him as a Brighella. Baldrick is Arlecchino throughout, and Percy is a Pierrot.
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Ax-Crazy
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Ax-Crazy: Queenie enjoys beheading everyone and anyone for the slimmest of reasons. She just has other people do the beheading for her.
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Just Like Robin Hood
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Just Like Robin Hood: Parodied briefly.
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The Baby of the Bunch
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The Baby of the Bunch: Edmund is the younger son of King Richard IV, and is persistently annoyed by the fact that older brother Harry tends to get all the good jobs and titles while he is perpetually stuck with the task of managing the privies.
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The Bad Guy Wins
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The third series is also up for debate. See The Bad Guy Wins for details.
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Narrative Profanity Filter
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Averted in the same episode with a Narrative Profanity Filter:
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Butterfly of Doom
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Butterfly of Doom: Blackadder: Back & Forth is all about this. In a way, downplayed due to the directness and magnitude of the various "butterflies" — usually Blackadder accidentally killing a famous historical figure, leading to no one knowing who that person was in the present, and undoing any of their accomplishments (albeit it absurdly over-the-top fashion).
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Yet Another Christmas Carol
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Yet Another Christmas Carol: An inversion and parody. Indeed, when Ebenezer Blackadder, the only good and friendly member of the Blackadder bloodline (and also an Extreme Doormat), sees that his descendant would rule all of the universe if he became a spiteful miser like his ancestors (instead of being a slave to future Baldrick, which would happen if he were to remain kind and generous), he lampshades it gleefully:
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God Save Us from the Queen!
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God Save Us from the Queen!: Queen Elizabeth I is presented as a petulant schoolgirl — a petulant schoolgirl with power of life and death over the whole of the Kingdom of England. Oddly enough, this portrayal actually seems much more in line with her half-sister Mary I, who was rather free with ordering executions. Not for nothing was she nicknamed Bloody Mary. Then again, fobbing off her worst flaws on a hated relative sounds entirely in-character for Queenie...
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Flowery Insults
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Flowery Insults: Edmund proves to be creative at this. For instance: "Baldrick, if a hungry cannibal were to crack open your skull, I doubt there'd be enough brains in there to cover a small water biscuit."
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Strange Minds Think Alike
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Strange Minds Think Alike: Toward the end of "The Queen of Spain's Beard".
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It Will Never Catch On
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It Will Never Catch On: The abolition of slavery.
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Cut-and-Paste Environments
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Cut-and-Paste Environments: A French chateau is used as General Melchett's headquarters. We see a court room, a classroom for a flying school, the general's office and a dining hall. They all have the same large round painting above a wide fireplace, though oddly the fireplace frame itself appears to sometimes change colour. Furthermore, the whole set is probably a redress of the Prince Regent's bedroom from the third series.
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Kick the Son of a Bitch
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Kick the Son of a Bitch: Flashheart is hardly the nicest of men, but even he is disgusted by Darling's refusal to rescue Blackadder after he crashes his plane, so he headbutts Darling and knocks him out.
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Anything That Moves
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Anything That Moves: The baby-eating bishop of Bath and Wells will "do anything to anything": animal, vegetable, even mineral. Lord Flashheart isn't exactly selective.
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Kick the Dog
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Kick the Dog: In "Private Plane", we find out that on George's sixth birthday, Melchett set his dog on George's pet rabbit Flossie, then ran it over with his car, then shot it, then baked it into a rabbit pie, and finally served it to little George instead of birthday cake. And in the present day he doesn't just show a complete lack of remorse for his actions, but calls George a "weed" for crying about it.
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Burn the Witch!
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Burn the Witch!: "Witchsmeller Pursuivant" had fun with this trope. The titular "witch-hunter" convicts Edmund and his associates of witchcraft in an absurd Kangaroo Court, and they are sentenced to be burned alive. However, the Queen provides them a doll that resembles the Witchsmeller, who catches fire himself while they're unharmed. The episode implies that the Queen is the real witch.
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Lethal Chef
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Lethal Chef: Baldrick. Most of his recipes that don't involve rat, involve the bodily outputs of various animals. In his defence on one point, Blackadder's unit hasn't had coffee since 1915, forcing Baldrick to improvise with mud.
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Switch to English
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Switch to English: Inverted in Back and Forth. The Roman-era characters all speak in English...until Melchett compliments them for practising the language, and switches to Latin.
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Not an Act
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Not an Act: Blackadder has had a man executed prematurely without anyone knowing, but the man's wife begs the queen for one last meeting. Blackadder is forced to impersonate him lest he get the chop, and does so with a bag over his head, insisting on Baldrick only allowing them two minutes. Blackadder manages to impersonate the husband to the point where she starts to go down on him, which of course is the moment an unusually-competent Baldrick comes in to declare that their time's up. Blackadder's "No it isn't" is entirely heartfelt.
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Kill 'Em All
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What’s remarkable is that the same basic ending was played for laughs in series one and two. Reality Subtext is to blame for the Mood Whiplash. To put it into perspective, it aired 10 days before Remembrance Sunday with no complaints whatsoever. (Well, almost none — one woman wrote to the Radio Times to ask why a comedy would want to show people the terrible things that happened, reminding her of her own husband. Another woman wrote in to Points of View thanking them for such a beautiful tribute. Ben Elton's uncle, who was a refugee from Nazi Germany and deeply supportive of the British Armed Forces, also gave his nephew an earful, but changed his mind and apologized after he saw the second half of the episode, something he hadn't done when it first aired). Though the original ending planned, as seen here, wasn't nearly as dramatic or moving — general consensus is that it was a good thing they changed it.
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Human-Interest Story
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Human-Interest Story: Made fun of in "Dish and Dishonesty" as Blackadder reveals to Prince George of bad news he saw in the morning papers.
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The Chain of Harm
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The Chain of Harm: Discussed (and simultaneously played out) in Blackadder III:
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Psychopathic Manchild
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Psychopathic Womanchild: Queenie
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Character Development
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Character Development: While still not quite the quick-witted Deadpan Snarker of series 2 onward, Prince Edmund appears a bit more savvy and sarcastic in the latter episodes of the series.
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Hell-Bent for Leather
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Hell-Bent for Leather: Edmund's almost always dressed in black leather finery.note Word of God says that when Rowan Atkinson first turned up on set in full costume and make-up, all the women in the area were... most impressed.
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Noodle Incident
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Noodle Incident: Blackadder presents one at the end of "Captain Cook": namely, how did Baldrick get so much "custard" (vomit) out of such a small cat? We'll never know.
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Zany Scheme
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Zany Scheme: Blackadder tends to have one for every occasion. Baldrick also cooks all sorts of these up... problem is, with his intelligence, most of them border on the ridiculous (such as in series 3's "Nob and Nobility", where he suggests to Edmund that they wait until their heads have been cut off by French revolutionaries before they make an escape, in the manner of a headless chicken). His series 1 plans were perfectly feasible and at times even brilliant. That said though, Edmund does take him up on one plan in series 4. Percy also had his share of these in the first two series. Sometimes the situation is shown as being so desperate that Blackadder is forced to resort to one of Baldrick's plans due to the lack of any other alternative (for example, trying to rewrite in only two nights the dictionary which took Samuel Johnson ten years to write). Blackadder's main objective over the course of each series always relates very much to the time in which he lives. In the first series (medieval times) he wants to take over the throne. In the second (Elizabethan) he is trying to at best wed Queen Elizabeth or at least earn her favour. In the third (the Industrial Revolution) he wants to make more money and in the fourth (World War I) he just wants to get out of the trenches.
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Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon
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Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: "Baldrick, believe me. Eternity in the company of Beelzebub, and all his hellish instruments of death, will be a picnic compared to five minutes with me... and this pencil... if we cannot replace this dictionary."
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The Middle Ages
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The Middle Ages: The setting of the first series. This story has the Plantagenets lasting 13 years longer than in real life. The House of Tudor does not take the throne until 1498, at which point Henry VII rewrites history.
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Took a Level in Kindness
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Took a Level in Kindness: Blackadder becomes much nicer in comparison to other series, especially in the final episode when he realizes that he can’t escape the trenches alive. Not once does he insult his men and he even shows respect towards Captain Darling.
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The Fighting Narcissist
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The Fighting Narcissist — Lord Flashheart.
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Pun-Based Title
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Pun-Based Title: It is, after all, the fourth series. As well as the episode titles, which play on various military ranks (except "Goodbyeee").
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Rearing Horse
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Rearing Horse: During the credits of the first series, Edmund tries to pull off the pose, but falls off his saddle and the horse continues running forward without him.
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Manipulative Bastard
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Manipulative Bastard — Blackadder himself.
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Stylistic Suck
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Stylistic Suck: All the lines we hear from The Bloody Murder of the Foul Prince Romero and His Enormously-Bosomed Wife (and, presumably, the rest of the play as well) are implausible gorn dressed up in awful iambic pentameter.
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Malaproper
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Malaproper: Baldrick and George, on occasion.
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Downplayed Trope
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In a way, downplayed due to the directness and magnitude of the various "butterflies" — usually Blackadder accidentally killing a famous historical figure, leading to no one knowing who that person was in the present, and undoing any of their accomplishments (albeit it absurdly over-the-top fashion).
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Cue Card Pause
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Cue Card Pause: In "Corporal Punishment", George runs afoul of this with his summation.
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Funny Foreigner
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"Chains" features a lot of broad stereotyping of Edmund's German and Spanish captors and how they "inconweenience" him.
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Surrounded by Idiots
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Surrounded by Idiots: EDMUND.
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Attractive Bent-Gender
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Attractive Bent-Gender: When George disguises himself as Georgina, not only does Melchett fall in love with him, but he becomes quite a successful primadonna. Also, Homoerotic Subtext: George doesn't seem to mind much that Melchett fell in love with him.
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Tranquil Fury
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Tranquil Fury: For all Richard IV's bellowing and bluster, his most genuinely terrifying and chilling moment is when, after manipulating Edmund into becoming Archbishop of Canterbury, he very calmly informs Edmund that if he crosses him at any point ever, he will "do unto you what God did unto the Sodomites."
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Ask a Stupid Question...
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Ask a Stupid Question...: An early hint of the future Blackadder wit is seen when Prince Edmund trots out the castle gate on his horse.
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Balcony Wooing Scene
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Balcony Wooing Scene: In "Amy and Amiability", the Playing Cyrano variant is used, with Amy on the balcony and the Prince Regent below, with Blackadder to feed him lines.
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Smart Jerk and Nice Moron
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Smart Jerk and Nice Moron: In the first series of Blackadder, Edmund Blackadder and Baldrick were an inversion; Blackadder was an Aristocrats Are Evil Upper-Class Twit, while Baldrick was (relatively) more intelligent. Subsequent seasons had Blackadder as a snarky, scheming, Jerkass who heaps abuse on his dimwitted, good-natured servant sidekick Baldrick.
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Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies
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Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies: How each series ends. Except Series 3, which ends with only Prince George dead, and King George (who is as mad as a spoon) thinking Blackadder is Prince George (and several other prominent people also thinking this, or at least willing to play along since it means not having an idiot as regent and future king).
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Dynamic Akimbo
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Dynamic Akimbo: The title character mocks this trope when some actors teach the Prince Regent to stand thus while giving a Rousing Speech.
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Record Needle Scratch
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Record Needle Scratch: The end of "Duel and Duality".
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Worthy Opponent
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Worthy Opponent: The Red Baron thinks Flashheart is one. Flashheart does not agree.
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Historical Character's Fictional Relative
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Historical Character's Fictional Relative: The first Blackadder himself is a fictional son of the mostly-fictional King Richard IV, who in real life may have been killed in the Tower as a boy by his uncle Richard III and at the very least was never King. It follows that all other Blackadders are descended from him, though each descendant's lot degrades over time: from prince to lord to butler (to prince) to soldier. Edmund's "friend", Percy is a fictional member of the House of Percy, an English noble family that had great power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. In the first series, Percy is identified as the Duke of Northumberland and in the second series, he's Lord Percy Percy, the heir to this title. In what is possibly a deliberate error, although the Percy family were Earls of Northumberland for a long time, the title of Duke of Northumberland didn't exist until the 1550's and no one with the last name of Percy held it until 1766.
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Eats Babies
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Eats Babies: The Baby-Eating Bishop of Bath and Wells.
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Jerk with a Heart of Gold
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Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Blackadder, to a very slight extent. He's still not remotely a nice person, but he can bring himself to feel sympathy for Darling and wish the others good luck in the final episode. Despite being a soldier, he is the only Blackadder in the four seasons not to commit murder — unless you count Speckled Jim. Though it is mentioned that he has done in the past, at Mboto Gorge. According to Darling, they "massacred the peace-loving pygmies of the Upper Volta and stole all their fruit." He also seems genuinely horrified when he learns he's sent an innocent woman to the firing squad in "General Hospital"; hard to imagine his heartless Regency ancestor being so shaken. He is genuinely complimentary regarding George's painting ability too (though planning to use it for his own ends). Sincere compliments from a Blackadder are as rare as something very rare indeed. It's worth noting that this Blackadder, in contrast with his forebears, is uninterested in scheming his way to power or wealth. He's merely trying to save himself. Too bad Failure Is the Only Option.
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Bait the Dog
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Bait the Dog: Melchett has a habit of doing this. While he seems amusing and likable at first, he turns out to really be The Sociopath who is too wrapped up in his fantasy world that War Is Glorious to see that he is sending countless men to their deaths, including those of the main characters themselves, showing how little he really cares about any of them.
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And Now You Must Marry Me
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And Now You Must Marry Me: In Christmas Carol, Future!Blackadder pulls this on Queen Asphyxia in one of the two possible timelines. (She thought he'd never ask.)
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Characterization Marches On
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To those familiar with the later series The Black Adder may seem a little odd. This include the different characterisation, the larger ensemble of characters, differences in the writing (Ben Elton replaced Rowan Atkinson as writer from Blackadder II onwards), as well as the significantly larger budget which allowed large sets, crowd scenes and location shooting. The later seasons would focus more on dialogue and characterisation. Other, minor differences include each episode having a Cold Open, usage of supernatural elements, and the characters frequently speaking in a pseudo-Shakespearian manner instead of the modern English used elsewhere. Also, this one had more of an ensemble cast. It's a bit of a shock to fans of later series to see that Tony Robinson is not actually mentioned in the opening credits but Baldrick was more of a supporting character here and it was only really from Blackadder II onwards that he was promoted to second lead.
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Butt-Monkey
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Butt-Monkey: Three butt monkeys, actually. Capt. Darling is butt monkey to Capt. Blackadder and Gen. Melchett, Blackadder is butt monkey to Melchett, and Baldrick is butt monkey to Blackadder.
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The Stinger
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The Stinger: The final episode of the season reveals that Prince Ludwig had disguised himself as the Queen to Kill 'Em All and usurp her place.
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Creator In-Joke
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Creator In-Joke: In "General Hospital", Blackadder says that he tricked Nurse Mary by naming three great universities (Oxford, Cambridge and Hull), when in fact only two of them are great. Melchett responds "Quite — Oxford's a complete dump!" Rowan Atkinson attended Oxfordnote  As did Tim McInnerny (Darling) and series writer Richard Curtis, while Stephen Fry attended Cambridge note  As did Hugh Laurie (George) and series producer John Lloyd, the two universities having a centuries-long rivalry.
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I Want My Mommy!
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I Want My Mommy!: When Captain Blackadder and Baldrick are in the hands of the Germans:
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Everything Except Most Things
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Everything Except Most Things: The series like to play this trope for laughs in multiple different iterations and specials. For example, in Blackadder Goes Forth, when being advised how details to a secret operation must be kept very close, the question is posed who exactly will know these details, and we get this exchange:
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Leaning on the Fourth Wall
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Leaning on the Fourth Wall: During "Duel and Duality". And in "Amy and Amiability":
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Credits Gag
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Credits Gag: In Back in Forth, the dinosaur is played by "Tyrannosaurus Rex" and the Scottish Hordes are played by "Hordes of Scots."
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Rhetorical Request Blunder
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Rhetorical Request Blunder: Richard IV was telling the story of Henry II accidentally ordering the murder of Thomas Becket to his wife to contrast the situation there with how happy he is with the current Archbishop, and a couple of Mooks overheard and decided to "help". The two of them sitting at opposite ends of a very long table contributed to the misunderstanding. He initially said "Never again will I have to say 'Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?'" (he had in fact had several of the previous archbishops murdered), but had to repeat the last bit.
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Throw It In!
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Stephen Fry admitted in the 2008 documentary Blackadder: The Whole Rotten Saga that this line was a Throw It In! on his part.
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Downer Ending
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Downer Ending: The entire cast sans Melchett (the least sympathetic character in the series) are massacred, and they’re all so broken before they go over the top. Blackadder completely fails in his goal of escaping the trenches, Darling is sent to the front lines by Melchett under the insane belief that he wants to be with everyone else for the big push, and George has his optimism broken when he realises that all his friends are dead. The worst part is that the series ends in 1917 - there’s still another year of the war to go. What’s remarkable is that the same basic ending was played for laughs in series one and two. Reality Subtext is to blame for the Mood Whiplash. To put it into perspective, it aired 10 days before Remembrance Sunday with no complaints whatsoever. (Well, almost none — one woman wrote to the Radio Times to ask why a comedy would want to show people the terrible things that happened, reminding her of her own husband. Another woman wrote in to Points of View thanking them for such a beautiful tribute. Ben Elton's uncle, who was a refugee from Nazi Germany and deeply supportive of the British Armed Forces, also gave his nephew an earful, but changed his mind and apologized after he saw the second half of the episode, something he hadn't done when it first aired). Though the original ending planned, as seen here, wasn't nearly as dramatic or moving — general consensus is that it was a good thing they changed it.
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The Coroner Doth Protest Too Much
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The Coroner Doth Protest Too Much: The returning officer and lone voter in Dunny-on-the-Wold apparently died, respectively, from accidentally brutally cutting his head off while combing his hair, and accidentally brutally stabbing himself in the stomach while shaving.
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Your Brain Won't Be Much of a Meal
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Your Brain Won't Be Much of a Meal: Referenced in the Blackadder Goes Forth episode "Captain Cook", with cannibals this time.
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Wham Line
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Wham Line: At the very end: In the scene just prior: Indeed, the Mood Whiplash of the final episode can be pinpointed to Blackadder's exchange with Darling.
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InterClassRomance
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Inter-Class Romance: From the episode "Amy and Amiability":
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Early Installment Weirdness
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Early Installment Weirdness: To those familiar with the later series The Black Adder may seem a little odd. This include the different characterisation, the larger ensemble of characters, differences in the writing (Ben Elton replaced Rowan Atkinson as writer from Blackadder II onwards), as well as the significantly larger budget which allowed large sets, crowd scenes and location shooting. The later seasons would focus more on dialogue and characterisation. Other, minor differences include each episode having a Cold Open, usage of supernatural elements, and the characters frequently speaking in a pseudo-Shakespearian manner instead of the modern English used elsewhere. Also, this one had more of an ensemble cast. It's a bit of a shock to fans of later series to see that Tony Robinson is not actually mentioned in the opening credits but Baldrick was more of a supporting character here and it was only really from Blackadder II onwards that he was promoted to second lead. Subverted when the original pilot resurfaced. The original Edmund was the Deadpan Snarker we all know and love, and the original Baldrick (not portrayed by Tony Robinson) was a Bumbling Sidekick. Percy... is Percy.
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Smug Snake
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Smug Snake: Captain Darling.
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Series Goal
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It's worth noting that this Blackadder, in contrast with his forebears, is uninterested in scheming his way to power or wealth. He's merely trying to save himself. Too bad Failure Is the Only Option.
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Pre-Mortem One-Liner
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Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "Sniff my skids", said by Baldrick as he dispatches a Tyrannosaurus with his best/worst pair of pants.
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Disproportionate Retribution
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Disproportionate Retribution: While shooting pigeons is a court-martial offence, Melchett takes the issue Up to Eleven, labeling Edmund as "The Flanders Pigeon Murderer".
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Royal Favorite
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Royal Favorite: The second Blackadder is a courtier to Elizabeth I, and spends most of his time trying to earn her favor, which can be difficult as she's more than a little crazy. Baldrick is also Blackadder's favorite, as his most trusted henchman.
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Book-Ends
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Book-Ends: Blackadder becomes king at the end of Blackadder: Back and Forth. The entire series began with this being his primary objective.
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Book Safe
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Book Safe: The title sequence has Blackadder perusing books in a library, finally retrieving a legal volume that turns out to contain a paperback Romance Novel within. (In each episode it's a different book bearing the title of that particular episode.)
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Mathematician's Answer
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Mathematician's Answer: From the opening of "Head," when Edmund is trying to teach Baldrick how to count:
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Rule of Perception
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And parodied again when shortly afterwards Prince George also gets shot, seems to die, wakes up shouting he also has one... then realizes he left his on the dresser. THEN he dies.
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Chased Off into the Sunset
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Chased Off into the Sunset: A Couch Gag during the Closing Credits shows the minstrel singing the theme song irritating Blackadder, Blackadder chasing him, and finally catching and drowning him.
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Royal Brat
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Royal Brat: Prince George
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Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe
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Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Averted for the most part; while this occasionally tends to be seen on signs and other bits of writing, most dialogue is in modern-day English. However, the characters do often speak in a cod-Shakespearian manner, especially Richard III in the first episode.
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Let's Get Dangerous!
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Let's Get Dangerous!: Edmund takes the gloves off on his plot to seize the throne after being stripped of his titles except for Lord of the Privvies for no real reason. He comes pretty close as well.
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Artistic License – History
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Artistic License – History: In "Head", Nursie mentions how she put ointment on Queenie's sister after her head was cut off. Except that would have been Mary I of England, who was not beheaded, but died of natural causes. The one who was beheaded was her cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots. However, it's very possible that Nursie just got the two mixed up, especially since Ludwig correctly says in "Chains" that it was Mary, Queen of Scots who lost her head.
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Operation: [Blank]
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Operation: [Blank]: Operation Certain Death.
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Smoking Hot Sex
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Smoking Hot Sex: Blackadder and Nurse Mary, in "General Hospital".
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Achievements in Ignorance
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Achievements in Ignorance: Baldrick, who is unable to read, managed to build a working time machine according to Leonardo da Vinci's exact specifications.
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Genius Ditz
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Genius Ditz: Back & Forth's Baldrick embodies this trope far more than any previous Baldrick. He's dumb as a post, but somehow manages to build a working time machine. It's worth mentioning that he was tasked with building a fake time machine.
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Eviler Than Thou
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Eviler Than Thou: Edmund accidentally points out that "The Hawk" is more evil than him, prompting his cohorts to switch sides due to his impressive resume.
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Friendly Enemy
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Friendly Enemy: Blackadder and Melchett might be rivals, but still maintain a certain tolerance for each other, seeing as they only have each other to turn to for intelligent company.
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Ain't Too Proud to Beg
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Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Edmund, finding himself on the losing end of a duel, tries to bribe his aggressor with all his possessions into sparing his life ("you can have my wigs! My wigs for formal occasions, my wigs for private occasions...").
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Eyepatch of Power
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Eyepatch of Power: The ruthless Grand Admiral Blackadder wears one in Christmas Carol.
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Alcohol Hic
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Alcohol Hic: Pretty much everyone ends up drunk in "Beer" — including the Balladeer, who hiccups during his song at the end.
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Audience Murmurs
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Audience Murmurs: Parodied in "Potato". Everyone on the ship is panicking / arguing except Tom Baker, who is clearly saying "Rhubarb!" over and over again.
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Kangaroo Court
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Kangaroo Court: Blackadder's court martial in "Corporal Punishment" was this. The judge and prosecutor both have clear conflicts of interest in the trial, to the point where the judge is actually called to testify for the prosecution, while Blackadder's defence attorney (George) gets fined £50 for turning up. Surprisingly, though, the Minister of War realizes that the whole trial was a farce, and reverses the decision.
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Ace Pilot
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In multiple senses, in that the Lord Flashheart of the Fourth installment of the series, or more properly, Squadron Commander the Lord Flashheart, is also an Ace Pilot.
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The Casanova
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The Casanova: Flashheart.
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Batman Can Breathe in Space
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Batman Can Breathe in Space: Standing in their wodden time machine (with a latched door), Blackadder and Baldrick have no trouble breathing and talking in space.
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CompletelyMissingThePoint
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"Went to one of the great universities, I suppose. Oxford...Cambridge...Hull." This turned out to be a test. I mean, Oxford's a complete dump!
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Time Skip
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Time Skip: In "The Black Seal", Edmund is trapped in a dungeon with an insane old man who laughs maniacally after Edmund asks if there's a way out. We are shown a cue card reading "Twelve Months Later". And the man is still laughing.
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Homoerotic Subtext
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Also, Homoerotic Subtext: George doesn't seem to mind much that Melchett fell in love with him.
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Bumbling Sidekick
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Bumbling Sidekick: Baldrick is a well-loved example of the trope (and indeed the former Trope Namer), appearing from the second and subsequent series.
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Names to Run Away From Really Fast
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Names to Run Away from Really Fast: France's most vicious woman, Madame Guillotine.
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Almost Dead Guy
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Almost Dead Guy: Played deliberately as part of Edmund's plan to travel back to the present in Blackadder: Back & Forth, almost drowning Baldrick just long enough for his life to flash before his eyes (along with the memories of the original configurations of the time machine).
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Dream Sequence
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Dream Sequence: In "Ink and Incapability"
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We Have Reserves
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Despite Blackadder's own contemptuous streak, he shows a fair degree more restraint than previous Blackadders, who would outright murder out of petty spite. In particular during "General Hospital", Nurse Mary is perfectly willing to frame his nemesis Darling as a spy. For all Edmund loathed Darling, and tormented him earlier concerning it, he debunks this in favour of convicting who he believes is the real spy. He's also disgusted of the whole We Have Reserves mindset of Melchett and Haig and based on the way he says it, it comes off as legitimate disgust rather than just him being in danger.
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One Dose Fits All
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One Dose Fits All: Parodied in the first series, where one of the seven plotters doesn't die of poisoned wine, has another, then dies.
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Death by Sex
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Death by Sex: Prince George in "Duel and Duality", despite Blackadder's best efforts to prevent it.
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Plot Hole
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Plot Hole: In "Head", after Farrow's execution, Percy describes him as a tall man with a loud, clear voice, which we later learn is a more-or-less accurate description of Lord Farrow. However, it's later revealed that the man who was executed wasn't Farrow, but Ponsonby, who is a small man with one leg and a speech impediment. Percy couldn't possibly have seen the man he described at the execution.
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Phlebotinum Killed the Dinosaurs
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Phlebotinum Killed the Dinosaurs: In 'Back and Forth', Blackadder jokes that Baldrick's pants, which just proved potent enough to down a T-rex, caused the extinction of the dinosaurs.
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Cowardly Lion
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Cowardly Lion: Though oddly Blackadder arguably isn't actually cowardly at all. He very definitely doesn't want to die, but it's hard to blame him, since his death would be entirely pointless. And when he's unavoidably placed in genuinely very dangerous situations (crawling across a minefield, captured by Germans, facing a court martial, going over the top), he keeps his cool.
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Four-Temperament Ensemble
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Four-Temperament Ensemble: The four Blackadders epitomise these types. The first is Sanguine (the snivelling, squeaking idiot), the second Phlegmatic (the suave, calm aristocrat), the third Choleric (the irritable, task-oriented worker, infuriated by the foolishness of those around him) and the fourth Melancholic (the most thoughtful and introspective member of the dynasty).
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Majored in Western Hypocrisy
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Majored in Western Hypocrisy: The Great Khan of Mongolia and the Duke of Wellington were at Eton together (much to the chagrin of the Prince Regent, who had intended to attempt to escape the Duke's wrath there. Mongolia, not Eton.)
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British Brevity
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British Brevity: Consists of four series of six episodes each, plus the occasional special.
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Gag Penis
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Gag Penis: Edmund's comically-oversized "Black Russian" codpiece, which he brings to the appointment of the next Archbishop of Canterbury. He comically puts a mitre over it as he is chosen as the next Archbishop.
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Fictional Political Party
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Fictional Political Party: Going hand-in-hand with the Election Day Episode trope (above), the episode "Dish and Dishonesty" uses these, too, in its parody of British election conventions. After the constituent of rotten borough Dunny-on-the-Wold (consisting of nothing more than a tiny plot of land, many farm animals and only one voter) suddenly died, Prince Regent and Blackadder decide to run Baldrick as their own candidate and tip Parliament in their favor. Baldrick runs on behalf of the "Adder Party", a name which becomes much more appropriate when it turns out that Blackadder was both the borough's Returning Officer and lone voter after both died in freak "accidents". Other fictitious parties on the ballot included "Keep Royalty White, Rat Catching and Safe Sewage Residents' Party" and the "Standing at the Back Dressed Stupidly and Looking Stupid Party" (whose party line stands for "the compulsory serving of asparagus at breakfast, free corsets for the under-fives (girls, obviously) and the abolition of slavery" — though the last one was just put in as a joke). The last two are a Shout-Out to two real minor perennial candidates at British elections at the time the show was broadcast — Bill Boaks, who usually stood as something like "Democratic Monarchist Road Safety White Resident", and Screaming Lord Sutch of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party (which, in their heyday of the 70s and 80s, proposed ludicrous policies. By the 2010s, a couple of them had actually been proposed and enacted by the government — much like the reference to the abolition of slavery was implied to be).
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The Pig-Pen
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The Pig-Pen: Baldrick
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Evil Laugh
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Evil Laugh: Nursie delivers one after Melchett gets his death warrant.
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Gilligan Cut
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Gilligan Cut: Well, Gilligan's Doorway, at least. In "Chains" Edmund remarks to the Queen how only an idiot would allow himself to get distracted by a foreigner asking a question, be knocked on the head, and abducted for ransom. Naturally, this exact sequence of events occurs when Edmund leaves her throne room.
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Amusingly Short List
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Amusingly Short List: After Blackadder comments that being Lord Executioner is itself a death sentence, Melchett says he has a list of candidates. He announces "Candidates for the position of Lord High Executioner", unrolls a scroll, says "Lord Blackadder", and then rolls the scroll up again. Lord Percy's guest list for Blackadder's party is coming along very well indeed. There’s his girlfriend Gwendoline, whom Blackadder immediately vetoes ("No chicks") ... and that’s as far as he’s gotten.
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Recursive Crossdressing
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Recursive Crossdressing: Bob, in "Major Star".
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Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!
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Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: a classic example.
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Took a Level in Dumbass
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Took a Level in Dumbass: Baldrick between series one and two.
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Caught Monologuing
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Caught Monologuing:
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Serious Business
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"Sense and Senility": the two actors have to perform a silly, overly-long superstitious ritual to exorcise evil spirits whenever Blackadder says "Macbeth". Exactly how the ritual goes is a subject of hot debate in the fandom as Angrish makes the words unclear: one suggestion is "Aargh! Hot potato, orchestra scores, Puck will make amends (HONK!)"
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Rich Idiot With No Day Job
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Rich Idiot With No Day Job: Lord Topper and Lord Smedley — The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel.
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Name's the Same
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Name's the Same: Referenced in-universe. Mr Ploppy and Mistress Ploppy are not married or related in any way, but have the same name by pure coincidence. Baldrick then offers to change his name to Ploppy "if it'll make things easier" on Edmund. For the rest of the episode, Mr. Ploppy refers to Baldrick as "Young Ploppy". And of course, Ploppy's father Daddy Ploppy, AKA "Ploppy the Slopper".
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Drama Bomb Finale
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Drama Bomb Finale: In a rare highly successful example at the very end of season four.
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Once Done, Never Forgotten
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Once Done, Never Forgotten: When Blackadder discovers Melchett slept with Prince Ludwig, who was disguised as a Sheep.
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Character Action Title
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Character Action Title: Goes Forth.
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Oddly Small Organization
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Oddly Small Organization: In Blackadder II, the Queen appears to have only three courtiers; in Blackadder the Third, the Prince Regent has an apparent staff of two; and in Blackadder Goes Forth, Captain Blackadder has only two men under his command. In the latter case, the full number of men under Captain Blackadder's command is revealed in the final episode, although even then it is rather small. These were mainly caused by the show lacking the budget to do the organisations justice so a suspension of disbelief is required. This is particularly evident in Back & Forth where they finally had the money to show Queenie's throne room and court in its entirety. The opening credits of "Goes Forth" at least shows Captain Blackadder at the head of a large platoon of soldiers as they're parading, and other soldiers in the trench are often referred to in conversation. It's almost a dead cert that, by the time they go over the top, the daily attrition of trench warfare had reduced his command to those unlucky few.
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Luvvies
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Luvvies: Actors Keanrick and Mossop act this way. Apart from calling each other 'dear' and 'love' they're also incredibly pompous and are more interested in patronage, self-promotion, and the rather hideous play they wrote.
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Phony Newscast
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Phony Newscast: Vincent Hanna (a BBC election correspondent at the time of filming) appears as "his own great-great-grandfather", reporting on the Dunny-on-the-Wold by-election for The Country Gentleman's Pig Fertilizer Gazette. This is treated exactly as a TV broadcast (although he is broadcasting out of the window to the crowd), even though it's set in the 18th century.
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Up to Eleven
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Turned Up to Eleven by Blackadder Back & Forth, which gives us two alternate histories; one after Blackadder's first trip through time, in which the French conquered the UK in the 19th century, and one after Blackadder knows that he can change the present, in which the Blackadder dynasty has been in power for centuries, and abolishes Parliament in the previous year.
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Laughing at Your Own Jokes
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Laughing at Your Own Jokes: In "Beer", one of Edmund's drinking buddies constantly cracks himself up by repeating things that "sound a bit rude." Sample:
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Mugging the Monster
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Mugging the Monster: For the actors in "Sense and Senility", it turns out that bullying and patronising the butler of the Prince Regent's household — who, as it turns out, is more than capable of convincing the incredibly credulous Prince Regent that they're anarchists and traitors seeking to murder him — was a spectacularly bad idea.
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Henpecked Husband
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Henpecked Husband: Lord Whiteadder appears to be this, considering that he has to sit on a spike instead of a chair — and Lady Whiteadder in turn sits on him — and seems to approve of things that his wife considers the work of Satan. One can imagine that he took his vow of silence just to give his wife fewer excuses to slap him around.
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Altar Diplomacy
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Altar Diplomacy: In "The Queen of Spain's Beard" Edmund is first betrothed to the Spanish Infanta and later is married off to a princess of Hungarynote who is only eight years old — and which, oddly, was Truth in Television because of his father King Richard's political machinations.
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Being Good Sucks
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Being Good Sucks: Oh boy! Everyone and their mother is exploiting Ebenezer in Christmas Carol.
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Grey-and-Gray Morality
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Grey-and-Gray Morality: Based on what we see from the Germans, they're not any worse than the Allies.
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Butlerspace
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Butlerspace: Baldrick does this occasionally in the first season (in which he's a Hypercompetent Sidekick instead of the bumbling slob of later episodes). At one point he emerges from a decorative suit of armour that Edmund happens to be walking past, just as he's needed.
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MagnificentSeven
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Magnificent Seven: Inverted in "The Black Seal" as Edmund gathers the six most evil men in England (plus himself) to take over the kingdom. And then they end up siding with Edmund's enemy, The Hawk / Philip of Burgundy.
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Played for Laughs
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Blackadder Goes Forth ends with all the main cast members falling victim to the madness of modern war, the real villain of this installment. And to Melchett's questionable strategies. In contrast to the second and the third series, the ending isn't Played for Laughs.
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Admiring the Abomination
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Admiring the Abomination: The Bishop of Bath and Wells, after learning the sordid details of Edmund's frame-up job.
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Curse Cut Short
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Curse Cut Short: In "Beer":
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Absurdly Dedicated Worker
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Absurdly Dedicated Worker: Parodied in the first episode when Blackadder fires Baldrick in favor of Bob.
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Doesn't Know Their Own Child
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Doesn't Know Their Own Child: King Richard IV never, ever gets his son Edmund's name right and makes no attempt to find out if his wishes for his son (marriage, Archbishopric) are in line with Edmund's.
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Duel to the Death
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Duel to the Death: "Duel and Duality" is a convoluted attempt to prevent the Prince from having to fight one with Wellington after he slept with Wellington's nieces.
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Bolivian Army Ending
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Bolivian Army Ending: The main cast are never actually seen being killed in the big push at the end, but the Dark Reprise of the theme song and the scene transitioning into a field of poppies (a symbol of remembrance) strongly imply that they didn’t survive.
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Pocket Protector
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Pocket Protector: Parodied in "Duel and Duality," in which a cigarillo case stops a cannonball. And parodied again when shortly afterwards Prince George also gets shot, seems to die, wakes up shouting he also has one... then realizes he left his on the dresser. THEN he dies.
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Impoverished Patrician
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Impoverished Patrician: A good example of this trope in its early stages — Edmund still has a title and a place at court, but no actual money or estates. Seemingly his father blew the family fortune on "wine, women and amateur dramatics." Alhough he's still better off than his descendants in this respect.
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Token Evil Teammate
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Token Evil Teammate: The self-serving Blackadders are usually this. However, the one in Goes Fourth is more a Token Jerk Teammate as he's far less evil than his predecessors and the evil flag has been taken over by the sociopathic and incompetent General Melchett.
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Unishment
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Unishment: Baron von Richtoven's threat to force Blackadder out of the trenches and into a German girls' school for the rest of the war is designed to be unbearable for an honourable Brit. Of course, Blackadder isn't one of those. Unwanted Rescue: Unfortunately for Blackadder and Baldrick, George and Flashheart soon turn up to "save" them. Flashheart actually works out that they were trying to get away from the front and forces them both to come with him.
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ShoutOutToShakespeare
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Shout-Out to Shakespeare: One might be reminded of another story involving a Bastard Bastard named Edmund.
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Bait-and-Switch Comparison
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Bait-and-Switch Comparison: A variant in "The Queen of Spain's Beard."
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White Sheep
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White Sheep: Comparatively speaking, this is the most benevolent Blackadder in the family line, not counting Ebeneezer Blackadder from the christmas special. Unlike his predecessors, his scheming is almost entirerly centered around trying to avoid a brutal, pointless death in no-mans land, rather than aquiring wealth or power. We occasionally get glimpses of a past where he DID appear to be just as evil as his ancestors, being involved with the ugliest parts of British colonialism and all, but being involved in a war the isn’t just a Curb-Stomp Battle on either end seems to have given him a Heel Realisation as to the futility of horror of war in general, to the point where he’s merely a bit of a dick (something it’s hard to blame him for under the circumstances, only George and Baldrick don’t deserve it and worse, and he’s noticeably more friendly, albeit still snarky and insulting, with them - more friendly not being a high bar for an ‘Adder), but by no means actually EVIL. In fact, when he eventually realised this truly is the end for him and all his Vitriolic Best Buds as well, he even drops the ‘bit of a duck’ part. It’s tricky to imagine any other Blackadders giving genuine words of encouragement as their last words.
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Distinction Without a Difference
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Distinction Without a Difference: "No, George, it's not a good old service revolver, it's a brand-new service revolver, which I did not order."
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Tastes Like Diabetes
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Tastes Like Diabetes: Everything Amy Harwood says when doing her fluffy bunny act comes out like this. In-Universe, both Edmund and the Prince are suitably nauseated.
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THeUnfavorite
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The Unfavorite: Edmund in comparison to his (far more virtuous) brother Harry.
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Her Code Name Was
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Her Code Name Was "Mary Sue": Blackadder's novel Edmund: A Butler's Tale sounds like this, based on what he tells Baldrick about it. Baldrick's novel (or "Magnificent Octopus") also has elements of this: "Once upon a time there was a lovely little sausage called Baldrick, who lived happily ever after."
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Off with His Head!
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Off with His Head!: Standard procedure for traitors, heretics, and anyone who mildly annoys the Queen—she frequently threatens to behead her courtiers. The episode "Head" has Blackadder serving as Lord High Executioner, and he jams as many beheadings as he can at the start and the end of the week to have Wednesday off.
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Badass Mustache
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Badass Mustache: General Melchett is hardly a badass, but damn if his lip-cover isn't an impressive specimen!
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Lame Comeback
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Lame Comeback: "Better a 'lapdog to a slip of a girl' than a... git!" Ironically, the sailor is actually impressed by this.
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"YEAH!" Shot: "Born to be King" ends with Edmund making an ecstatic leap in the air.
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Bold Explorer
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Bold Explorer: In "Potato", the bold explorer Sir Walter Raleigh returns in triumph to England, which makes Blackadder jealous, so when Sir Walter says that even he wouldn't attempt to sail around the Cape of Good Hope, Blackadder tells the court that he's going to do just that. Of course, Blackadder isn't actually bold; his plan is to sail to France and hide out, then return and claim to have sailed around the Cape. Unfortunately, the ship captain he picked for his expedition isn't capable of making it even as far as France — they wind up in Australia, returning with a boomerang for the Queen.
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: A fatal example of this occurs in the last episode, when Prince George screws up Blackadder's plan to save his life by blabbing about the whole thing in front of the Duke of Wellington, who intended to kill him. Wellington doesn't actually believe him, but gets so pissed off at the fact that the Prince, who is disguised as Blackadder and vice-versa is acting disrespectfully to his "master" that he whips out his pistol and shoots him dead. Also in "Nob and Nobility", where Edmund accidentally fatally poisons the disguised Scarlet Pimpernel's colleague, who has come to rescue him and Baldrick.
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Actually Pretty Funny
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Actually Pretty Funny: In "Corporal Punishment": While it's not intentional, Blackadder is mighty amused when Melchett says his new girlfriend (actually George in drag) has "more spunk than most girls".
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Out-of-Context Eavesdropping
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Out-of-Context Eavesdropping: A couple of drunken templars overhear the king talking to his wife saying how satisfied he is with the current Archbishop, and won't ever again have to say "will no one rid me of this Turbulent Priest?" Unfortunately they only hear that last part where he's quoting himself, so they go off to slay the Archbishop to get in the king's good graces.
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Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking
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Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: "The blood, the noise, the endless poetry!" "Went to one of the great universities, I suppose. Oxford...Cambridge...Hull." This turned out to be a test. I mean, Oxford's a complete dump! Blackadder's description of Charlie Chaplin's films: "About as funny as getting an arrow through the neck and discovering there's a gas bill tied to it." Inverted in "Corporal Punishment" where Melchett opens the court-martial of Blackadder by ranting at length about how he shot Melchett's prized pigeon, Speckled Jim, and then lists the most serious charge (disobeying orders) as an afterthought.
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Breather Episode
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Breather Episode: "Major Star", with Edmund staging a relief show. The previous episode, "Corporal Punishment" had him facing a court-martial for shooting a pigeon (almost being executed) and the following, "Private Plane" revolved around Blackadder and Baldrick being captured by the Red Baron.
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Sudden Downer Ending
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Sudden Downer Ending: Blackadder Goes Forth is set in the trenches of WWI, and the writers didn't want to be accused of making light of one of the most tragic moments in British history, so the last episode becomes steadily more serious and sombre as all of the characters but General Melchett (and he's quite oblivious to sending Darling to his doom) are ordered over the top in what is assumed to be a suicide charge. While the cast are all shown to have died in The Black Adder and Blackadder II, this time it's not played for comedy at all.
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Dramatic Drop
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Dramatic Drop: Blackadder thinks he's been found out and drops a tray he's carrying. When it turns out he hasn't been discovered, the tray zips back up.
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Entertainingly Wrong
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Entertainingly Wrong: Blackadder deducing Nurse Mary is a German spy. His reasoning is perfectly sound and the suspect had already admitted to using Obfuscating Stupidity in front of others. Unfortunately for them both the true 'spy' was someone else altogether: Mary was completely innocent; it was George sending apparently not-properly-censored letters to his German uncle all along.
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Large Ham
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Large Ham: Robbie Coltrane as the Ghost in Christmas Carol, Stephen Fry, as usual, in The Cavalier Years. Rik Mayall as Lord Flashheart- er, Robin Hood in Back and Forth.
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Obscured Special Effects
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Obscured Special Effects: Although "Back and Forth" had more special effects than many of the earlier low-budget series, the encounter with the dinosaurs is an example: only the head (and briefly, a leg) of a dinosaur is visible, obscured by the door of the time machine.
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Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist
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Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Edmund's a self-involved ruthless jerk, who constantly insults everyone around him. What makes him still somewhat likeable is that he's genuinely witty, and the people around him are idiots, who pretty much deserve all of his put-downs.
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Sweet on Polly Oliver
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Sweet on Polly Oliver: Edmund towards "Bob".
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Inherently Funny Words
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In a lesser example, in Blackadder III the Earl of Sandwich (supposedly the inventor of the food) is called Gerald rather than his actual name, John Montagu. Presumably this is because Edmund asking for "a round of Geralds" is funnier than "a round of Johns".
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Second Face Smoke
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Second Face Smoke: Nurse Mary does this to Blackadder.
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Ambiguously Evil
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Ambiguously Evil: It's debatable whether this Blackadder is evil or not. He is a massive jerk, but clearly the least malicious Blackadder from the main series and he has his better moments, see Jerk with a Heart of Gold and the Heartwarming Entry for examples. Unless one counts his his trips to Africa... but even then, as a member of the regular British Army during the late colonial period, he would arguably qualify as a Punchclock Villain
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Puppy-Dog Eyes
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Puppy-Dog Eyes: Hugh Laurie seems to have a particular talent for looking like a beaten-down puppy. "Permission for lip to wobble, sir."
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World of Snark
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World of Snark: The shallowness, stupidity and downright arrogance of the world around him make Blackadder's hijinks as a Villain Protagonist particularly satisfying
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What Happened to the Mouse?
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What Happened to the Mouse?: It is later revealed that Baldrick has executed Ponsonby in place of Farrow, so Edmund must then impersonate Ponsonby with... a bag on his head. And a lisp. Hopping. So, when Edmund was impersonating the actually-alive Farrow, where was he if not in his cell? If they thought Farrow was Ponsonby and vice versa, presumably at the time, Farrow was in Ponsonby's cell.
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World of Ham
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World of Ham: The franchise is a good who's-who of great British scenery-chewers.
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World of Pun
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World of Pun: This season forward, really.
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Bait-and-Switch
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Bait-and-Switch: Repeatedly throughout "Bells," with Edmund implying he'd love for Percy to be his best man only to supply another name at the last minute; Queenie isn't having any of that, with her screeching at Edmund until he actually puts the offer on the table for Percy. Raleigh does one in "Potato":
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Naughty Nuns
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Naughty Nuns: When he becomes Archbishop of Canterbury, Edmund is surprised to learn from Baldrick that part of his duties include selling the sexual favours of nuns. When he questions who would pay for such a thing, Baldrick casually explains "Well, foreign businessmen, other nuns..."
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Parental Favoritism
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Parental Favoritism: Richard IV is so comically biased in favor of his oldest son Harry that he usually doesnt remember that Edmund exists. When he DOES remember, he treats him like something he scraped off his boot, and makes no secret about what he thinks of his sniveling toad of a son.
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Abhorrent Admirer
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Abhorrent Admirer: The Spanish Infanta in "The Queen of Spain's Beard".
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Talks Like a Simile
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Talks Like a Simile: Edmund often uses elaborate similes.
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Villain Protagonist
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Villain Protagonist: Mr E. Blackadder, who murders several people to fix an election, has two innocent actors executed for treason over petty insults, kills the Scarlet Pimpernel, who saved several lives, just to keep his own name clean, and violently abuses his good-natured dogsbody. Sure, one can perhaps manage some sympathy for him given that he's tied to a position as lowly butler to an idiot prince, but he's still willing to go out of his way to ensure that the prince (who he clearly knows is unfit to rule the country) keeps his position simply to ensure he doesn't lose his own job. In the Christmas special he robs an innocent old woman of the gifts that the Prince gave her.
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Naked Apron
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Naked Apron: Baldrick serves dinner in Blackadder Back & Forth while wearing an apron patterned like a maid uniform. And nothing under it.
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Video Inside, Film Outside
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Video Inside, Film Outside
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One-Note Cook
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One-Note Cook: Mrs Ploppy, in "Head".
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Out-of-Character Moment
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Out-of-Character Moment: Baldrick's poem about Prince George is unusually witty for the Baldrick of the third season. Also this snippet: One more:
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Didn't Think This Through
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Didn't Think This Through: Arguably Edmund's Fatal Flaw, as despite his wit he is very impulsive and tends to act on the moment which is more or less the reason for his many near-death experiences throughout the series and his more than-near death. In fact his recklessness is reflected by the mere fact that he chooses to spend every day of his life by trying to impress the Grim Reaper in human form, in Queenie form that is.
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Two-Timer Date
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Two-Timer Date: Blackadder's attempt to hold simultaneous parties in "Beer".
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Swapped Roles
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Swapped Roles: "Duel and Duality"
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Identical Grandson
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Identical Grandson: In addition to the previously mentioned usage, this series features Blackadder's Scottish cousin MacAdder, played by Atkinson in a curly red wig, a kilt and a deliberately bad accent and Vincent Hanna playing "his own great great great grandfather".
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Laser-Guided Karma
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Laser-Guided Karma: The Witchsmeller Pursuivant falsely accuses countless innocents of witchcraft and burns them alive. He ends up burned alive himself, thanks to actual witchcraft that he completely missed.
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Major Injury Underreaction
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Major Injury Underreaction: The most expensive curse Baldrick has for sale ends with "may your head fall off at an inopportune moment".
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Sinister Minister
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Sinister Minister: The Baby-Eating Bishop of Bath and Wells.
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Retraux
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Retraux: The closing credits, presented as an old newsreel film.
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Shaped Like Itself
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Shaped Like Itself: When Blackadder asks the Young Crone how to find the Wise Woman in "Bells": Again in "Money," when Percy attempts to use alchemy to create gold but ends up with a lump of green something. Quote the Blackadder: "I don't to be pedantic or anything, but the colour of gold... is gold. That's why it's called gold." In "Potato", Percy mentions Mrs. Miggins is baking a pie to honor Sir Walter in the shape of an enormous pie. Raeligh also tries, and fails to amuse Queenie with the tale of how he was nearly eaten by a hammerhead shark, describing it as a shark whose head was funnily shaped exactly like a hammer. And in "Beer," when Melchett calls out Blackadder on his not sitting down to drink at the drinking competition:
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Red-plica Baron
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Red-plica Baron: Captain Blackadder, Baldrick, and Lord Flashheart meet the Red Baron, who is portrayed by Adrian Edmondson as a closeted homosexual who is fascinated with "how the English find the toilet so amusing".
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Canis Latinicus
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Canis Latinicus: Melchett's Roman incarnation renders his usual "Beeeeh!" catchphrase as "Beeeeeh-us."
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Characterisation Click Moment
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Characterisation Click Moment: A conceptual case occurred for Darling. The writing team had trouble thinking up ideas for Blackadder's Sitcom Arch-Nemesis "Captain Cartwright", until Stephen Fry suggested renaming him to "Captain Darling", suddenly giving plenty ammo to his comically bitter and uptight persona stemming from years of being referred to as "darling" (with Blackadder, one who is most mockingly self-aware of it, earning the most hatred from him over it).
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Big Bad
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Melchett may be the Big Bad and The Neidermeyer, but he won't tolerate Blackadder being rude to a lady, as he puts it, when Blackadder accuses Nurse Mary of being a German spy. She isn't.
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I Will Fight Some More Forever
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I Will Fight Some More Forever
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I Hate Past Me
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I Hate Past Me: Averted in Blackadder's Christmas Carol; Ebenezer Blackadder is absolutely delighted to see the sort of underhanded behaviour in which his Elizabethan and Regency ancestors engaged to get ahead.
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Throw the Dog a Bone
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Throw the Dog a Bone: Things finally end happily for (one descendant of) Edmund and Baldrick in Blackadder: Back & Forth as they alter time and history for fame and fortune. In Christmas Carol, a more distant descendent conquers the universe.
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Speech Impediment
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Speech Impediment: Partial meta example — Rowan Atkinson has a stutter, especially having trouble with words that begin with hard consonants such as "Bob". This gives us his wonderful plosive pronunciation of "Bobb".
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Head Desk
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Head Desk: Blackadder's reaction to Baldrick's, quite literally, denying everything — including that his name was Baldrick.
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Poke the Poodle
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Poke the Poodle: The cheapest example of a curse sold by the Church in "The Archbishop" is "Dear enemy, I curse you, and I hope that something slightly unpleasant happens to you, like an onion falling on your head".
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Been There, Shaped History
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Been There, Shaped History: Captain Blackadder from Blackadder Goes Forth is the only incarnation who isn't a friend/relative of a government figure. However, he did save Field Marshall Haig from a mango-wielding pygmy at Mboto Gorge. The intro to Blackadder: Back & Forth lampshades this with a montage of various incarnations throughout history, including an archer (accidentally) slaying King Harold at the Battle of Hastings, one (Australian) Desert Rat giving the bird to Winston Churchill behind his back and another gagging behind Margaret Thatcher giving a speech.
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Atrocious Alias
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Atrocious Alias: Before Baldrick suggested "the Black Adder", Edmund's first choice for his new sobriquet was "the Black... Vegetable."
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Bandaged Face
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Bandaged Face
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Character Tics
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Character Tics: BEEEEEHHHHHHHHH! Captain Darling's eye-twitch was such a part of his character that Tim McInnerny had trouble getting rid of it when shooting was finished.
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Greater-Scope Villain
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Greater-Scope Villain : The Germany Military Alliance
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Springtime for Hitler
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Springtime for Hitler: Baldrick, tasked with building a fake time machine, somehow ends up building a real one.
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Evil Costume Switch
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Evil Costume Switch: Edmund adopts his trademark black outfit once he decides to become the Black Adder.
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Upper-Class Twit
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Upper-Class Twit: Prince George, who has more than a few similarities to Bertie Wooster. The fact that they're both played by Hugh Laurie helps. However, George is far less intelligent than Wooster, and far, far less likeable. Lord Topper and Lord Smedley in the episode "Nob and Nobility" subvert this by being the civilian identities of the Scarlet Pimpernel and his closest colleague.
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Foreshadowing
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Foreshadowing: In Blackadder Back And Forth, Lady Elizabeth and George remarking that "You can't see something that's already happened!" "Unless you're on the lavatory." foreshadows Baldrick's cunning plan to get himself and Blackadder back to 1999, where Blackadder almost drowns Baldrick in the toilet so his life will flash before his eyes, causing him to remember the position of the knobs and levers when they first set off, and enable him to get them home.
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Time Travel
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Time Travel: Blackadder Back & Forth Blackadder's Christmas Carol has no actual travel, but does show peeks into the past and future.
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Regency England
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Regency England: With some Artistic License taken (inaccuracies are detailed in the DVD extras).
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Unfortunate Item Swap
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Unfortunate Item Swap: In "Corporal Punishment", Blackadder writes two letters — one asking George for a sponge bag, another asking the brilliant lawyer Hugh Massingbird for legal aid. Of course, Baldrick gets the letters mixed up. A more fortunate version occurs later that episode, when Baldrick delivers George's letter to his mum to Blackadder instead; reading the letter tells Edmund that George's uncle has just been appointed Minister of War, which they try to use to get Edmund pardoned.
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Who's on First?
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Who's on First?: Captain Darling gets this a lot. In particular, "Major Star" has a scene where General Melchett is rehearsing what he's going to say to his current crush (who's actually George in a dress) in front of Captain Darling, repeatedly referring to "Georgina" as "darling".
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Too Incompetent to Operate a Blanket
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Too Incompetent to Operate a Blanket: Prince George, when trying to clothe himself.
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Generational Saga
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Generational Saga
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Samus Is a Girl
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Samus Is a Girl: And the Shadow is Amy Hardwood. Combined with Vocal Dissonance, as she does a very convincing deep masculine voice.
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My God, What Have I Done?
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My God, What Have I Done?: Blackadder is horrified when he realizes he has just sent an innocent woman to be killed by a firing squad under the mistaken assumption she was a German spy. Cue him and Darling rushing out to stop the execution. We never find out whether it was stopped in time.
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Hot Consort
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Hot Consort: Marian in Blackadder Back & Forth, to King Edmund III. To be expected, given she's Kate Moss.
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The Evil Prince
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The Evil Prince: Prince Edmund. Mr Blackadder went on to become this also, after his opportunistically usurping Prince George at the end of series three.
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Time for Plan B
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Time for Plan B: Every episode.
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In-Joke
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This was something of an In-Joke as Rowan Atkinson is a big Charlie Chaplin fan.
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AllDevouringBlackHoleLoanSharks
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All Devouring Black Hole Loan Sharks: The bank of the Black Monks of Saint Herod: "Banking with a smile and a stab".
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Election Day Episode
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Election Day Episode: "Dish and Dishonesty" is about a by-election in an obscure rotten borough that Blackadder and the Prince Regent have managed to gain control of, putting forward Baldrick as their candidate as someone who can be relied on to vote as the Prince desires. The sole voter in the borough is one E. Blackadder, following the unfortunate accidental beheading of the previous voter.
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Mood Whiplash
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Indeed, the Mood Whiplash of the final episode can be pinpointed to Blackadder's exchange with Darling.
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Gender-Blender Name
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Gender-Blender Name: Blackadder's cousin MacAdder named his daughter Angus.
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The Cavalier Years
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The Cavalier Years
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Cool Horse
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Cool Horse: "He rides a pitch-black steed..." Which considers itself too cool for him, since Black Satin overthrows him and goes to stand alone in the spotlight.
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As Himself
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As Himself: Vincent Hanna, who was at the time a political correspondent at the BBC, appears as a fictionalised version of himself, presenting the coverage of the Dunny-on-the-Wold by-election. He is credited "as his own great-great-great-grandfather".
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Not Hyperbole
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Not Hyperbole: The Call-Back in Back & Forth to Edmund's "Cunning Like a Fox" line from Goes Fourth implies that the original was not in fact a metaphor.
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Karma Houdini
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Karma Houdini: Prince Ludwig gets away with at least two counts of Rape By Deception, kidnapping Edumnd and Melchett for ransom, killing the entire main cast and overthrowing the British throne.
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Obfuscating Stupidity
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Obfuscating Stupidity: George might be an example of this, as in "Private Plane" he demonstrates a distressing combination of wooden-headed stupidity and remarkably keen insight. An example that further drives the point home is in the final episode, where George's bubbly nature shows the biggest cracks seen in the entire series when he realizes that he's the only one of his friends still alive after joining the army, and that he's genuinely terrified of going over the top. Nurse Mary, in "General Hospital", uses a mild version of this. ("My fluffy-bunny act", as she calls it.)
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Hanging Judge
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Hanging Judge: General Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmanay Melchett becomes one in a military court. He's completely ready to have Blackadder shot for shooting his prize pigeon.
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Sweet Polly Oliver
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Sweet Polly Oliver: Bob, in "Major Star". Subverted in that absolutely no-one but the General is remotely fooled, and in a later episode she is wearing a female uniform and openly sleeping with Flashheart despite still using the identity.
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Alternate History
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Alternate History: Most noticeably with The Black Adder, which depicts Henry Tudor as losing in the Battle of Bosworth Field, and Richard IV ruling for the next 13 years, before the eventual Henry VII rewrites the history books to scrub out Richard IV's reign. Downplayed with Blackadder II and Blackadder the Third, which does mostly follow the real path of history, albeit with a humorous spin on things. However, two major differences from real history are that Elizabeth I and the soon-to-be-George IV both got killed and replaced by Prince Ludwig and Mr. Blackadder respectively. Blackadder: The Cavalier Years for the most part follows the lead of the second and third series in putting a humorous spin on the English Civil War and the execution of Charles I, but ends by implying that the baby that in real-life became Charles II after the Restoration will end up being killed thanks to Blackadder's treachery, presumably meaning that Blackadder must have found a peasant baby to replace him. Averted by Blackadder Goes Forth which, with only two exceptions — Manfred von Richthofen and Field Marshall Haig — deals entirely with fictional characters and events within the larger setting of World War I. The sole difference between the events of the show and real-world history would be that von Richthofen got shot and apparently killed by Flashheart in 1917, rather than getting killed when his plane was shot down in 1918. Turned Up to Eleven by Blackadder Back & Forth, which gives us two alternate histories; one after Blackadder's first trip through time, in which the French conquered the UK in the 19th century, and one after Blackadder knows that he can change the present, in which the Blackadder dynasty has been in power for centuries, and abolishes Parliament in the previous year.
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Dead Star Walking
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Dead Star Walking: Peter Cook as Richard III in the first episode.
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Love at First Sight
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Love at First Sight: Blackadder and Bob are smitten with each other the instant she walks in the door.
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Warrior Poet
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Warrior Poet: Harry becomes a parody of one, as his battle speech is not likely to satisfy either the poetically-inclined or the plain bloodthirsty ones (unlike his father and uncle), as his tone of voice and his choice of words is more or less like a teacher's to the kindergarteners under his custody with the rather simplistic and half-assed argument about a certain amount of violence that is for a good purpose.
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Haughty Help
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Haughty Help: Blackadder makes his contempt for subordinates (such as Baldrick) and the lower orders of society (such as actors and the French) clear. He's not exactly above snarking at people of higher orders, for that matter.
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Deliberate Values Dissonance
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Deliberate Values Dissonance: Often the show observes differences in social attitudes during the period, relative to the modern day. For example, in "Bells" Blackadder perceives his suspected homosexuality as a disease and goes to great lengths to cure it. Meanwhile in "Dish and Dishonesty", the "Standing at the Back Dressed Stupidly and Looking Stupid Party" candidate (modelled on the real-life Monster Raving Loonies) has the "crazy" idea of abolishing slavery.
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Given Name Reveal
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Given Name Reveal: In their last scene together, Melchett addresses Darling as Kevin.
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No-Sell
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No-Sell: When Melchett doesn't fall for Blackadder's "insanity" ploy , it becomes clear that things are not going to end well.
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Alas, Poor Villain
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Alas, Poor Villain: Prince Edmund may be a sniveling schemer, but you can't help but feel bad for him after he gets his limbs chopped off and ultimately dies at the end of episode 6.
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Idiosyncratic Episode Naming
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As well as the episode titles, which play on various military ranks (except "Goodbyeee").
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Four-Star Badass
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Four-Star Badass: One future Blackadder is the ruthless and brilliant Admiral of a thinly-disguised version of the Empire. He seizes power.
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Oh, Crap!
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Oh, Crap!: Captain Darling's face when he realises Melchett is sending him to the Front, just in time for a major offensive. Melchett, of course, only thinks that Darling is reluctant to leave him, even when Darling gets down on his knees and just about begs. And then there's the scene where Blackadder is in court and he realises who the judge is...
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Deadpan Snarker
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Deadpan Snarker: Blackadder in the second and subsequent seasons; also, Melchett in the second series and Darling in the fourth. Prince Edmund did show signs of this in the first series.
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Accidental Misnaming
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Accidental Misnaming: The King has a habit of calling Edmund by different names (Occasionally (read: deliberately and Once an Episode) forgetting Edmund's his son at all). The King finally calls him Edmund in the last episode after he wakes from his torture-induced coma, leading to this exchange:
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StupidBoss
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Stupid Boss / Too Dumb to Live: Prince George actually seems dumber than Baldrick, who considers him "a clot". Also too dumb to live are Topper and Smedley; Blackadder even lampshades the stupidity of accepting wine from someone who thinks you are about to torture or disgrace him.
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Catchphrase
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Catch Phrase: King Richard IV's "CHISWICK!! FRESH HORSES!!"
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Ditzy Genius
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Ditzy Genius: A transitional Blackadder, having gained a lot of cunning and suave that would grow with each of his predecessors, but still having some blithering, pitiful shades of the previous Edmund. Very apparent by the number of times that he gets in over his head, in every single episode that is, because of not thinking things through, even if his plans are more founded on paper than most of his ancestor's.
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Extreme Doormat
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Extreme Doormat: Actually Blackadder himself in Christmas Carol, starting off as kindly generous soul (who is naturally endlessly exploited for charity). A visit from a Christmas Spirit inadvertently reveals his legacy will be destroyed due to his meekness, leading him to become an even crueller schemer than his ancestors.
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I Ate WHAT?!
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I Ate WHAT?!: In the last episode, Blackadder learns that the "coffee" he's been drinking for years was just hot mud sweetened with Baldrick's dandruff. His reaction is one of mild annoyance, at most.
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Omnicidal Maniac
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Omnicidal Maniac: MacAdder.
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Tap on the Head
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Tap on the Head: "Chains" begins with a rash of kidnappings that all have some German fellow saying "excuse me, meister" so that his partner can hit the victim over the head.
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Retcon
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Retcon: What Henry VII did once he took power: erased all record of Richard IV's reign.
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Retool
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Retool: The first series with the clever Blackadder and the stupid Baldrick. Percy remains just the same.
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Rearrange the Song
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Rearrange the Song: Each season uses a different arrangement of the same basic theme. The opening credits of the first season and the closing credits of the second season have lyrics, otherwise it's instrumental. (The closing credits of the third season have lyrics of a sort, even if it is just repetition of the word "Blackadder").
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Bottomless Magazines
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Bottomless Magazines: Amy's flintlock pistol never seems to need reloading in "Amy and Amiability".
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Horns of Barbarism
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Horns of Barbarism: Parodied with a mention of Olaf the Hairy, a high chief of the Vikings who accidentally ordered 80,000 battle helmets with the horns on the inside.
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Spoof Aesop
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Spoof Aesop: The closing ballads occasionally fall into this category with such valuable pieces of advice as 'Don't borrow money from a homicidal omnisexual bishop' and 'Don't try and take over the throne of England'.
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Playing Cyrano
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Playing Cyrano: Blackadder acts as this to Prince George in "Amy and Amiability", although he thinks she's disgustingly twee until he finds out she's the Shadow.
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Everyone Has Standards
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Everyone Has Standards: Even Flashheart is disgusted by Darling's refusal to rescue Blackadder in "Private Plane", so he headbutts him and knocks him out. Melchett may be the Big Bad and The Neidermeyer, but he won't tolerate Blackadder being rude to a lady, as he puts it, when Blackadder accuses Nurse Mary of being a German spy. She isn't. Despite Blackadder's own contemptuous streak, he shows a fair degree more restraint than previous Blackadders, who would outright murder out of petty spite. In particular during "General Hospital", Nurse Mary is perfectly willing to frame his nemesis Darling as a spy. For all Edmund loathed Darling, and tormented him earlier concerning it, he debunks this in favour of convicting who he believes is the real spy. He's also disgusted of the whole We Have Reserves mindset of Melchett and Haig and based on the way he says it, it comes off as legitimate disgust rather than just him being in danger.
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Smarter Than You Look
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Smarter Than You Look: Subverted with Baldrick in Christmas Carol. He can't write, read or count, but he's smart enough to question Ebenezer's Stupid Good behavor and points out that the freeloaders (especially the obese orphans) don't need what Ebenezer gives them.
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Obfuscating Insanity
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Obfuscating Insanity: Briefly attempted by Blackadder in "Goodbyeee", until he overhears Melchett tell the others that he had to shoot an entire platoon for pulling the same stunt. Of course, as he trenchantly observes at the end, it probably wouldn't have worked anyway. "I mean, who would have noticed another madman around here?"
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Take That!
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Take That!: Blackadder tells George that he finds Charlie Chaplin's films "about as funny as getting an arrow through the neck and discovering there's a gas bill tied to it". Which is even more Hilarious in Hindsight, given the obvious debt that Rowan Atkinson's subsequent series owed to Chaplin's brand of humour. Given that Chaplin gets his own back at the end of the episode (by agreeing to free distribution of his films among the British Army on the proviso that Blackadder is the projectionist), this may be more an affectionate homage than anything else — every other character loves Charlie Chaplin. It's also a running joke throughout all the series that Blackadder hates any character considered by modern day to be a genius; Shakespeare, Walter Raleigh, Samuel Johnson, etc.
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Too Dumb to Live
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In Series 1, even Blackadder is Too Dumb to Live. He recruits the most evil men in the entire kingdom to help him overthrow his father and seize the throne for himself, and then is entirely surprised when they turn on him to loot everything for themselves and try to brutally kill him. He actually survives that, and is the only one in the room who DOESN'T drink the poisoned wine in the toast to his survival, then when everyone else dies (and leaves him as King of England, which he has been scheming to become for the entire series) he decides to test the wine for poison by drinking it HIMSELF.
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Noodle Implements
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Noodle Implements: Averted with Blackadder's plan to get out of debt in "Money": Turns out he drugged the Bishop, put him in a compromising position, painted the scene, and used it to blackmail the Bishop.
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Amoral Attorney
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Amoral Attorney: Blackadder wants to hire a very good one for his court-martial.
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The Ace
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The Ace: Lord Flashheart In multiple senses, in that the Lord Flashheart of the Fourth installment of the series, or more properly, Squadron Commander the Lord Flashheart, is also an Ace Pilot.
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Hope Sprouts Eternal
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Hope Sprouts Eternal: The ending. Following the the deaths of most of the main cast, cut down mere feet into their (pointless) over-the-top advance on German lines, in near silence, the scene cross-fades into a shot of a field of poppies.
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Blood Knight
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Blood Knight: Flashheart
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Dry Crusader
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Dry Crusader: The Whiteadders are strictly opposed to alcohol — at least until the end of the episode.
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Sequential Symptom Syndrome
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Sequential Symptom Syndrome: In "Nob and Nobility", someone (Lord Smedley, of the The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel) takes a suicide pill and recites his own symptoms as he experiences them. Hilariously, he didn't realise that he had taken it, and was completely unaware of the symptoms, himself. It was probably the forgetfulness.
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Evil Overlord
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Evil Overlord: Queen Asphyxia in the future of Christmas Carol is a female example.
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Sadistic Choice
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Sadistic Choice: Prince Ludwig in "Chains" offers Queenie one of these, forcing her to pay a vast sum on the last ransom she'll ever make to free either Edmund or Melchett. She chooses a costume party.
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Fiery Redhead
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Fiery Redhead: Queenie.
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Charlie Chaplin Shout-Out
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Charlie Chaplin Shout-Out: In one episode of the fourth season Edmund is the only one who despises Chaplin, who is quite popular with all the other recruits. Near the end of the episode he is forced to project Chaplin movies for the other soldiers. This was something of an In-Joke as Rowan Atkinson is a big Charlie Chaplin fan.
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Hard Truth Aesop
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Hard Truth Aesop: It's played for laughs, but let's be honest. Blackadder Christmas Carol shows how easily altruists can get exploited by freeloaders.
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Precision F-Strike
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Precision F-Strike: In the final episode. Averted in the same episode with a Narrative Profanity Filter:
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Subverted
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Subverted when the original pilot resurfaced. The original Edmund was the Deadpan Snarker we all know and love, and the original Baldrick (not portrayed by Tony Robinson) was a Bumbling Sidekick. Percy... is Percy.
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Secret History
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Secret History: This series shows an Alternate History of the Wars of the Roses where the the Yorkists actually won the Battle of Bosworth Field, but King Richard III York was mistakenly killed by his great-nephew Prince Edmund "the Black Adder" shortly afterwards and Richard IV, one of the historical Princes in the Tower, was crowned his successor. The Opening Narration of the first episode states that King Henry VII Tudor, who historically won at Bosworth Field, rewrote the history books to ruin Richard III's reputation and erase Richard IV's entire reign after gaining the throne sometime after the finale.
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Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?
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Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Lampshaded after a wise decision by Lord Flashheart in response to Baron von Richtofen's near ruining of his Big Damn Heroes moment before he recognizes Flashheart:
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Negative Continuity
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Negative Continuity: Humour is much more important than continuity (particularly between episodes), especially when you've already more or less ignored any inconvenient history, but even then there are strange moments.
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Perfectly Cromulent Word
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Perfectly Cromulent Word: Contrafribularites, anispeptic, frasmotic, compunctuous and pericombobulation. Plus interphrastically, pendigestatery, interludicule, velocitous, and extramuralization. Sausage? SAUSAGE!. Oh, and aardvark.
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Anti-Hero
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Anti-Hero: Blackadder is a Type IV or V. Like the previous Blackadders, he's a self-serving Jerkass. Unlike them, however, he's not interested in attaining wealth or power. He only wants to escape the trenches.
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Cunning Like a Fox
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In Blackadder Back & Forth Baldrick references Blackadder's "Cunning Like a Fox" line from Goes Fourth, revealing that said fox has apparently since moved even further up in the world.
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Blonde, Brunette, Redhead
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Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Miranda Richardson's characters between season 2 and 4 Amy Hardwood (season 3, blonde) Mary Fletcher (season 4, brunette) Queenie (season 2, redhead)
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Sliding Scale of Continuity
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Sliding Scale of Continuity: The seasons in relation to each other are Level 0 (Non-Linear Installments), the only similarities being the basic premise of "Blackadder surrounded by idiots" (and not even that considering the first season). However, the episodes within a season can be from Levels 1-2.
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Covering for the Noise
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Covering for the Noise: Blackadder sets himself the task of impersonating Prince George so that he can woo a maiden out on her balcony in the night, but has to spend the entire time getting the real Prince George to shut up and stop saying idiotic things that will betray his presence to her.
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Unwanted Rescue
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Unwanted Rescue: Unfortunately for Blackadder and Baldrick, George and Flashheart soon turn up to "save" them. Flashheart actually works out that they were trying to get away from the front and forces them both to come with him.
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"The Villain Sucks" Song: You horrid little man!
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Revenge of the Sequel
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Revenge of the Sequel: Anachronistically suggested to tease Dr Johnson: Dictionary 2: The Return of the Killer Dictionaries.
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Big
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Big "NO!": In "Ink And Incapability", they didn't burn the dictionary as they thought. They burnt Blackadder's book, a novel that would have made him a millionaire. When Baldrick reveals this, Blackadder excuses himself and lets out one of these.
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True Companions
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True Companions: Even though Percy spent most of the series antagonising Baldrick for the role of the best sycophant, it seems that during the final episode he realised off-screen that he was the closest that he had to a friend, since they were working together after their dismissal, defeated the Black Seal together, mourned their Lord's demise together and awkwardly kept quiet and played dumb(er) about the accidental poisoning of the Royal Family together.
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Informed Attribute
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Informed Attribute: Done deliberately — Blackadder and Baldrick both reference Prince George's disgusting obesity — as the historical figure indeed was — even though he's played by the lanky Hugh Laurie.
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ZigZaggedTrope
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Zig-zagged, as the actual reason he was arrested was because shooting carrier pigeons was declared a court martial offence due to "communications problems" (actually Blackadder simply ignoring orders) — however, it becomes immediately clear at the trial that all Melchett cares about is the pigeon.
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Soldiers at the Rear
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Soldiers at the Rear: Darling is happy to be General Melchett's aide-de-camp because that way he doesn't have to be in the trenches. In the last episode he gets sent there anyway.
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Hope Spot
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Hope Spot: The final episode is one series of these after another. First, there's Blackadder's decision to feign madness by putting underpants on his head and sticking pencils up his nose: he's absolutely convinced that this will work. Then, when this is foiled by Melchett's overheard remark that he hopes Blackadder hasn't just decided to feign madness by putting underpants on his head and stuck pencils up his nose, Blackadder realises that he can call in a favour from General Haig, whose life he saved during the Boer War. This Hope Spot lasts until he actually calls Haig, and Haig agrees to save his life; he duly advises Blackadder to put underpants on his head and stick pencils up his nose. "They'll think you're mad and send you home. There, favour returned." In the last moments, just before being sent over the top, all the guns go quiet, and George, Baldrick and Darling all assume that the war must have ended:
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Bestiality Is Depraved
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Bestiality Is Depraved / Noodle Incident
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Needle in a Stack of Needles
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Needle in a Stack of Needles
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Life's Work Ruined
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Life's Work Ruined: Double Subverted in "Ink and Incapability" in a very odd way. It turns out that Dr Johnson's dictionary was never burned at all, despite what Blackadder and Baldrick spent most of the episode believing; the book that was burned was in fact Blackadder's novel, which both he and Johnson thought was a masterpiece. The dictionary then gets burned by Baldrick while he's making a fire.
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Ass Shove
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Ass Shove: Used as a threat a few times: In Blackadder II, the Baby-Eating Bishop of Bath and Wells threatens to put a red-hot poker up Edmund's arse if Edmund doesn't repay the £1,000 debt he owes him. In Blackadder the Third, among other threats from literary men, Samuel Taylor Coleridge says that he will see the person who loses the manuscript of Samuel Johnson's Dictionary hanged by his hair and with an Oriental disembowelling cutlass thrust up his behind. In the same series, Prince George worries that he'll be "debagged and radished" for non-payment of debts to a social club.
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Can't Hold His Liquor
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Can't Hold His Liquor: Edmund, in "Beer"
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Couch Gag
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Couch Gag: The book Edmund finds in the opening sequence differs each episode, with the cover having the episode's title and an illustration pertaining to it as well.
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Present Day
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The Present Day version of George has the surname "Tufton-Bufton", which is a reference to Private Eye's generic upper-class reactionary, Sir Bufton Tufton MP.
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Felony Misdemeanor
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Felony Misdemeanor: In "Head", Blackadder has accidentally had Lord Farrow executed (or so he thinks) before his wife is supposed to meet him one last time, so is forced to impersonate him by putting a bag over his head. In a meeting with Lady Farrow beforehand, he tries to prepare her for this by saying her husband has 'changed', which she takes to mean he's been tortured:
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Offscreen Moment of Awesome
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Offscreen Moment of Awesome: With the low budget for this series, sometimes what the characters see is left to the imagination of the audience. In "Potato": In "Money", the audience does not see the paintings which Blackadder shows to the bishop. However, they do see Percy in his outlandish outfit.
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Insane Troll Logic
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Insane Troll Logic: Anything Melchett says to justify his tactics. Blackadder does this when interrogating potential spy suspects.
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Fan Disservice
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Fan Disservice: Both Blackadder and Baldrick in Space Opera Go-Go Enslavement gear in the two alternate futures of Christmas Carol. And the modern day Baldrick in Back and Forth wearing his novelty plastic apron.
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Big Bad Wannabe
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Big Bad Wannabe: Edmund really doesn't belong in charge of a Legion of Doom because he is not quite as evil as he wants to be. Even when he's finally taking the glove off over his plot to usurp the throne, he's genuinely taken aback when his evil confederates recommend butchering the royal family rather than his suggestion of merely exiling them.
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Shout-Out
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Shout-Out: One of Queen Asphyxia's court in Christmas Carol looks like Nursie's head grafted onto a knock-off Dalek. Grand Admiral Blackadder’s costume in Christmas Carol is clearly inspired by Darth Vader’s. In Blackadder Back & Forth the brief space battle is between two Earth Defence Directorate starfighters and a Draconian fighter. The time machine in the movie is also roughly the size and shape of the TARDIS on the outside, anyway, if it were made in the Renaissance period. The Present Day version of George has the surname "Tufton-Bufton", which is a reference to Private Eye's generic upper-class reactionary, Sir Bufton Tufton MP.
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Universal-Adaptor Cast
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Universal-Adaptor Cast: Back & Forth makes it explicit that there are analogues of the main cast throughout all of history.
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Freudian Excuse
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Freudian Excuse: Prince Ludwig wants to Take Over the World because he was bullied at school.
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It's Not Porn, It's Art
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It's Not Porn, It's Art: Keanrick and Mossop's play—The Bloody Murder of the Foul Prince Romero and His Enormously-Bosomed Wife.
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Playing Gertrude
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Playing Gertrude: BRIAN BLESSED, of all people. Although 19 years older than Rowan Atkinson, Blessed was only 7 years older than Robert East who played his elder son Prince Harry. Elspet Gray playing the queen was a mere 14 years older than East.
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Freudian Slippery Slope
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Freudian Slippery Slope: Blackadder greeting his wealthy aunt and uncle in "Beer" (though it's likely he was doing it on purpose to less-than-subtly drop hints that he wanted to discuss his inheritance):
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Cloudcuckoolander
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Cloudcuckoolander: Nursie. Queenie, too, and also Percy to a certain extent.
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Lame Pun Reaction
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Lame Pun Reaction: Blackadder manages a look of unparalleled contempt while his own firing squad are providing such gems as assuring him that they aim to please.
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Something That Begins with
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Something That Begins with "Boring": Which ends rather unusually.
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 Blackadder / int_cdd676a3
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Hyper-Competent Sidekick
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Hypercompetent Sidekick: Baldrick manages to save Edmund's skin several times, including dropping the enchanted doll in a burning stake to burn The Witchsmeller Pursuivant, and tricking Phillip of Burgundy and his entourage into drinking poison. Too bad they also poison the entire court while they're at it.
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 Blackadder / int_ce6555f0
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Lighter and Softer
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Lighter and Softer: 'Christmas Carol' and 'Back and Forth' are both PG rated, compared to the 15 rating that each series received; the 'Back and Forth' DVD actually had its rating upped due to the inclusion of 'The Cavalier Years' note the VHS, omitting this, was sill PG.
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 Blackadder / int_ceabe589
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Incoming Ham
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Incoming Ham: The opening of "Money": Lord Flashheart's entrance to Blackadder's wedding, where he sets off a bomb, swings in, takes the bride, chucks another bomb and promptly leaves.
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All Part of the Show
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All Part of the Show: Prince George believes that an anarchist throwing a bomb at him is part of a play. Then again, he usually thinks the events on stage are real and regularly orders actors arrested for murder.
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 Blackadder / int_d001c42c
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Anti-Villain
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Anti-Villain: Sure, Edmund's a slimy, contemptible, amoral schemer... but given that his father alternately despises him and forgets he exists, his peers treat him with disgust, and his only friends are sycophantic Yes Men... it's not hard to see why.
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 Blackadder / int_d0a48e7
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Unaccustomed as I Am to Public Speaking...
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Unaccustomed as I Am to Public Speaking...: Parodied by George.
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 Blackadder / int_d0caee40
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Uncanny Family Resemblance
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Uncanny Family Resemblance: Edmund's Scottish cousin MacAdder, in "Duel and Duality".
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 Blackadder / int_d1ebedfb
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Armchair Military
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Armchair Military: Melchett, and also Darling — until the last episode, which also has the real, crowning example of Douglas Haig. It's notable that Darling enjoys his easy assignment and is trying to get an even easier one in the Royal Women's Auxiliary Balloon Corps.
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 Blackadder / int_d280a296
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Teen Genius
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Teen Genius: Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger, who is portrayed as a young teen who has to excuse himself from Parliamentary functions because he is sitting his exams. This is a bit of an exaggeration, but not much; the real William Pitt the Younger became Prime Minister at the ripe old age of 24.
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 Blackadder / int_d34cbda2
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Implausible Deniability
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Implausible Deniability: Spoofed in "Corporal Punishment". As his Bumbling Sidekick Baldrick is being called to the stand to testify in Captain Blackadder's trial, Blackadder tells him to "deny everything." First question:
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 Blackadder / int_d38a4a3
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Identically Named Group
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Identically Named Group: In "Head", Edmund becomes Lord High Executioner and meets his gaoler, man called Ploppy. Despite what many people think, he is not related to Mrs. Ploppy, the last meal cook, their last names being coincidental. To make things easier, they call Baldrick, the executioner, Young Ploppy.
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 Blackadder / int_d4bf11d1
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Dramatic Unmask
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Dramatic Unmask: Subverted in "The Black Seal", where an old and unkempt man Edmund has been travelling with transforms, apparently by magic, into a tall, striking nobleman with fine clothes and powerful-looking facial hair, asking if Edmund recognises him. Edmund does not. The man then reaches up and removes two fake-looking bushy eyebrows, revealing... two completely identical bushy eyebrows. Edmund immediately recognizes him as Philip of Burgundy... The HAWK!
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 Blackadder / int_d5c1bd82
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Shakespeare in Fiction
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Shakespeare in Fiction: Edmund meets him in the Elizabethan era in Blackadder: Back & Forth and proceeds to kick the crap out of him for all the boring literature classes in school.
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 Blackadder / int_d609b01a
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Carnival of Killers
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Carnival of Killers: Unusually used in "The Black Seal" where its the ''protagonist'' who assembles a team of the biggest bastards in all of England (including himself, naturally) to carry out a fiendish plan. They all turn on him in favor of an even BIGGER bastard by the end of the episode.
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 Blackadder / int_d6b5f05f
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Friendship Moment
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Friendship Moment: Hilariously subverted in "Money": Percy loyally offers his life savings to get Blackadder out of debt, only to have Blackadder casually reveal that he has long since stolen and spent the savings in question. And even BALDRICK was in on it.
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Everyone Calls Him
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Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Nursie. Since her real name is Bernard, it's understandable.
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 Blackadder / int_d848560f
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Unusual Euphemism
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Unusual Euphemism: Queen Asphyxia flirting with Admiral Blackadder in Christmas Carol: "You have most pleasantly wibbled my frusset-pouch."
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 Blackadder / int_d86210c
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Have You Come to Gloat?
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Have You Come to Gloat?: In "Head", the gang finds out that Lord Farrow (whom Edmund is trying to impersonate) was missing an arm. He sends Percy to speak with Lady Farrow and find out which arm, but the only idea Percy can come up with is a Something Only They Would Say test to prove that she's not just a "gloater" pretending to be a relative so she can mock the condemned man.
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 Blackadder / int_d8fad039
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Weird Currency
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Weird Currency: One opening scene in the first series claimed that "the egg replaced the worm as the lowest form of currency". While making plans to sell absolvments and curses, Baldrick mentions that the cheapest of each is "half an egg" and "a pebble" respectively.
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 Blackadder / int_d959a5f3
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Contempt Crossfire
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Contempt Crossfire: In the second series, Blackadder has nothing but contempt for Lord Melchett for his constant sucking up to the Queen. Melchett hates him right back, constantly scheming to get Blackadder in trouble with the Queen, but must take great care that the Psychopathic Womanchild not decapitate him on a whim either. Blackadder Goes Forth: Captain Blackadder finds himself with an antagonistic relationship with Captain Darling, who abuses his position under General Melchett to make Blackadder's life miserable (and is constantly belittled by Blackadder), but he's ignored and mistreated by the general in turn. It's a sign of just how badly they know they're screwed in the final episode when Darling is volunteered for the big push and neither of them snarks at the other.
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In My Language, That Sounds Like...
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In My Language, That Sounds Like...: Edmund falls prey to the English-Spanish "embarrassed is tener vergüenza but embarazada means pregnant" while under interrogation by the Spanish Inquisition torturer in "Chains".
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 Blackadder / int_d99a228f
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Unusually Uninteresting Sight
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Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Prince Harry somehow completely fails to notice that the Witchsmeller Pursuivant is on fire, until the flames cover about 100% of his body and his screaming has risen to a fairly loud volume.
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 Blackadder / int_d9cf40fa
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Screw This, I'm Outta Here!
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Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Blackadder tries and fails to do this several times. He tries to desert in "Major Star" after learning the Russians have pulled out of the war due to the Revolution, only to run straight into Melchett, who ironically asks for his help in shooting some deserters later.
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 Blackadder / int_dcb2305f
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Legion of Doom
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Legion of Doom: For the end of the first series, Blackadder gathers "the six most evil men in all England!" And then they promptly betray him when they learn from Edmund just how much of a big villain The Hawk / Philip of Burgundy is.
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 Blackadder / int_dce448d
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Reduced to Ratburgers
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Reduced to Ratburgers: Part of the reason that Baldrick is a Lethal Chef is down to the fact supplies of actual food are becoming more and more scarce. For example, they haven't had coffee for 18 months or sugar since 1915, so Baldrick makes do with mud and dandruff. Most of his actual dishes are really rat, with "sautéed rat" (the rat is shaved and drowned in a puddle, before being cooked under a lightbulb and strategically eaten near a latrine) or "fricasséed rat" (same as sautéeing, only with a bigger rat) being two of his signature dishes along with "rat-au-vin" (a rat that's been run over by a van).
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Unfortunate Names
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Unfortunate Names: Captain Darling. The creators said that as soon as they came up with the name for him, he went from a totally empty character to one who'd been steeped in a lifetime's worth of bitterness and resentment from being called "darling" by everyone. Blackadder takes great pleasure in doing this himself, except in the final episode when Darling has been sent to join them in the trenches and Edmund actually calls him "Captain" respectfully.
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Antidisestablishmentarianism
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Antidisestablishmentarianism: Blackadder tells the Prince Regent he'll be back before the Prince can say it. Naturally he's right.
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Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain
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Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Edmund. It is hard not to feel bad for the poor, snivelling schmuck. While he has his hand in a lot of scheming, he often ends up with his both his hands full thanks to his father and other villains dragging him around and victimising him because of their own villainous agendas.
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 Blackadder / int_dfc3e10a
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The Dung Ages
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The Dung Ages: The story takes place in the Middle Ages, and the peasants' life are portrayed as this. Baldrick once was a dung shoveler himself!
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 Blackadder / int_dfe57573
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Historical In-Joke
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Historical In-Joke: In "The Archbishop", at one point Baldrick mentions a high-level exemption of sin paper is signed by "both Popes" — which at first seems like an Up to Eleven joke, but around this point in history there really were two Popes (in Rome and in Avignon) due to the Great Schism. Then a true example of Up to Eleven appears in the epilogue, in which the abbess mentions that another document is signed by "all three Popes!" (There was a brief period in history where there were three Popes, but not at the point the series was set). In "The Black Seal" Philip of Burgundy locks Prince Edmund in a jail cell with a bunch of snails, and Edmund is absolutely terrified for some reason. There are actually a number of medieval manuscripts that have knights battling snails illustrated in them. It's something of a mystery because no scholar is sure about what it means, whether symbolic, or a joke ("look at the silly knight battling something as harmless as a snail"), or perhaps just a medieval meme with no central origin.
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Manchild
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In Blackadder the Third, Prince George is an obnoxious, piggish and over-sexed moron. In Blackadder Goes Forth, Lieutenant George is more of a naive Manchild.
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 Blackadder / int_e18a3c59
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Hilarious Outtakes
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Hilarious Outtakes: Averted. Rowan Atkinson has admitted that attempts to compile blooper reels for the show were stymied by the fact that he never, ever corpsed.
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The Ditz
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The Ditz: Edmund is quite stupid, much unlike his successors — though he has enough moments of brilliance that he occasionally comes across as a Genius Ditz, he tends to get carried away and make stupid decisions at the crucial moment. Percy is incredibly dim-witted, something that carries over to his descendant. For example, there was that time he was sold a finger bone, supposedly from the hand of Christ. Baldric sells them by boxes of ten.
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With Lyrics
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With Lyrics: 'Back and Forth' adds lyrics to the Blackadder theme, describing how great the new King of England is and how he will take over the world.
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 Blackadder / int_e303d198
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Whole Plot Reference
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"Corporal Punishment" strongly evokes the Joseph Losey film King and Country, almost to the point of being a Whole Plot Reference (though Tom Courtenay's character didn't murder a pigeon).
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Disguised in Drag
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Disguised in Drag: George, in "Major Star", leading to Attractive Bent-Gender when Melchett falls for "Georgina".
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Not Quite Dead
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Not Quite Dead: Turns out George has a cigarillo case just where he was shot. Unfortunately, he left it at the dresser.
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The Chew Toy
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The Chew Toy: Baldrick, obviously, but also Percy, which is a bit of a Woobie since he is sincerely a good friend of exceptional loyalty (but also exceptional stupidity). Everyone is this to Queenie, although Edmund appears to be her favourite target.
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Expy
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Expy: The greatest painter in London, bearded, self-described genius, Leonardo Acropolis. Blackadder hires him to paint some porn.
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PimpedOutDress
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Pimped-Out Dress: Queenie's.
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 Blackadder / int_e582b201
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Hello, Sailor!
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Hello, Sailor!: The episode "Potato" is full of jokes about gay sailors, because it revolves around explorers and sea voyages. In "Money," Baldrick winds up being pimped out to sailors down at the docks.
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Translator Buddy
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Translator Buddy: Don Speekingleesh is this to the Infanta, to the point where he translates the Infanta's pillow talk to "Edmund" (actually Baldrick), and her lover's agonized cries for help.
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 Blackadder / int_e624f0e8
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Suspiciously Specific Denial
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Suspiciously Specific Denial: "We haven't received any messages and Captain Blackadder definitely did not eat this delicious plump breasted pigeon."
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Jumping the Gender Barrier
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Jumping the Gender Barrier: Edmund with Bob.
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Telegraph Gag STOP
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Telegraph Gag STOP: In "Major Star", used as a joke by Blackadder to insult Charlie Chaplin, and in the same episode Chaplin takes revenge in the same format.
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Bad News in a Good Way
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Bad News in a Good Way
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The Mole
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The Mole: "General Hospital" involves the search for a German spy who's apparently leaking battle plans from a field hospital. It actually turns out that patient George is inadvertently doing this in letters to his Uncle Hermann in Munich.
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Despair Speech
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Despair Speech: A very short one, which is also a Shout-Out to Richard II:
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Evil Wears Black
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Evil Wears Black: Only after Edmund becomes a prince does he start wearing black and begin his machinations towards the throne. And accordingly he chooses the black pudding basin and the black shoes.
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Exact Words
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Exact Words: In "Captain Cook", Blackadder and his men are sent into No Man's Land to draw enemy troop dispositions. When George remarks that it's too dark to see, Blackadder realizes that they can just make anything up and get themselves out of danger. He encourages George to "use [his] imagination"...which results in a picture that's light on arms factories but has plenty of elephants.
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Bastard Bastard
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Bastard Bastard: Blackadder tried to uncover a love letter between the queen and McAngus written around Harry's birth to make him a Heroic Bastard dethrone him. However, it turned out that the letter was written after Harry's birth.
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Biting-the-Hand Humor
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Blackadder discovers Australia; no one cares. Even the minstrel singing during the end credits says he discovered "bugger all". (And after the first series was partly funded by Australians...)
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All Just a Dream
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All Just a Dream: Blackadder wakes up to find that Dr. Johnson is about to arrive and find out his dictionary has been burned. Then Dr. Johnson comes in an announces that he didn't like the dictionary after all and that he is glad to find out it has been destroyed. Things start getting surreal when Blackadder's aunt appears out of nowhere and Baldrick starts wearing a dog mask, until Blackadder realises that "It's all a bloody dream!" Cut to Blackadder waking up and finding out that Dr. Johnson is still arriving and the dictionary has still been burned.
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Rewind Gag
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Rewind Gag: Blackadder thinks he's been found out and drops a tray he's carrying. When it turns out he hasn't been discovered, the tray zips back up.
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Groin Attack
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Groin Attack: Blackadder tells Baldrick that if he doesn't tell him where the dictionary is, he will give him one of these, using Buffy Speak.
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Everyone Is Satan in Hell
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Everyone Is Satan in Hell: The Whiteadders are this trope, in its in-universe form. They may be getting better, now that Lord Whiteadder has broken his vow of silence and they've both discovered the joys of being drunk.
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Spotting the Thread
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Spotting the Thread: When Prince Ludwig, something of a master of disguise, tries to infiltrate Queen Elizabeth's dress party disguised as Nursie dressed as a cow. He is found out because his costume is too good; Nursie has some... interesting interpretations of how a cow should look. To quote: "Prince Ludwig is a master of disguise, while Nursie is an insane old woman with an udder fixation."
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Bomb-Throwing Anarchists
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Bomb-Throwing Anarchists: In "Sense and Senility".
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The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything
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The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: One plot in "Dish and Dishonesty" revolves around Edmund getting the Member of Parliament with the worst attendance record — Sir Talbot Buxomley, MP for Dunny-on-the-Wold — to turn up to work and vote in the Prince Regent's (read: Edmund's) favour. Edmund recalls that the one time Sir Talbot did manage to attend the House of Commons "He passed water in The Great Hall and passed out in the Speaker's chair." note It would have been better if he'd done it the other way round. Sleeping in Parliament, even in debates, was not uncommon right up until it was televised in the 1980s (and for a short time afterwards. The Speaker's chair, meanwhile is equipped with a chamber pot and curtains to accommodate exactly the need in which Sir Talbot found himself. Admittedly it's intended for the use of the Speaker, without whose presence Parliament can't sit but still.
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Servile Snarker
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Servile Snarker: Blackadder the Third embodies this.
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High Turnover Rate
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Archbishop of Canterbury in the first series, Lord High Executioner in the second. And you can probably guess who gets both those jobs, just after the High Turnover Rate is commented on in detail.
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Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like
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Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Blackadder is captured by the Germans, where they plan to take him away from the battlefield and force him to teach home economics to German schoolgirls. Needless to say he's not best pleased about Flashheart turning up and hauling him back to the trenches.
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Oddball in the Series
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Oddball in the Series: This is the only one of the four proper Blackadder shows not to have a Kill 'Em All ending, with Prince George being the only character who actually dies — albeit with his identity being taken over by Blackadder, who is recorded by history as being killed by the Duke of Wellington. The show also has an entirely different ending theme to all the other Blackadder incarnations, and is also the only one of the four main incarnations not to have a live-action closing credits sequence.
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No Indoor Voice
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No Indoor Voice: Flashheart.
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Insult Misfire
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Insult Misfire
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War Is Hell
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War Is Hell: Blackadder's main goal in this series, as opposed to the power grabbing his ancestors have attempted, is simply to survive the war by getting out of the trenches. The final episode really hammers the point home, especially with the Tear Jerker Downer Ending.
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Magnum Opus
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Magnum Opus: In "Ink and Incapability," Blackadder spends seven years writing Edmund: A Butler's Tale, "a giant rollercoaster of a novel in four hundred sizzling chapters, a searing indictment of domestic servitude in the eighteenth century, with some hot gypsies thrown in," and describes it as his magnum opus. (Followed immediately by a parody in which Baldrick produces his "magnificent octopus": "Once upon a time, there was a lovely little sausage called Baldrick, and he lived happily ever after." Baldrick doesn't like long books, y'see.) And Samuel Johnson agrees that Blackadder's book is a masterpiece, pronouncing it the only book superior to his dictionary. A pity he's the only person besides Blackadder who ever gets to read it before a misunderstanding leads Baldrick to throw it on the fire...
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Dude, Not Ironic
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Dude, Not Ironic:
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Innocent Innuendo
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While it's not intentional, Blackadder is mighty amused when Melchett says his new girlfriend (actually George in drag) has "more spunk than most girls".
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Expospeak Gag
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Expospeak Gag: In "Money", Blackadder is attempting to sell his house to a couple, with the wife repeatedly asking about the privy. Eventually he describes it as "the very latest in front-wall, fresh-air orifices, combined with a wide-capacity gutter installation below" — which the wife translates into plain English as "you crap out of the window". Despite what one might expect, she's actually happy about this and agrees to buy the place immediately; she hates having to deal with chamberpots.
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 Blackadder / int_f332d990
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Too Much Information
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Too Much Information: Blackadder has this reaction when Prince George tries to explain what "radishing" entails in "Amy and Amiability".
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Dumbass Has a Point
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Dumbass Has a Point: Baldrick asks why the war started in the first place, and then asks why everybody doesn't just pack up and go home, as they clearly aren't accomplishing anything in the trenches, other than a lot of people getting killed. Even Blackadder's wit fails him, and he is unable to give an answer.
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Legacy of Service
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Legacy of Service: The Baldricks to the Blackadders.
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Glad I Thought of It
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Glad I Thought of It: Done by Edmund a couple of times in "The Foretelling".
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Product Placement
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Product Placement: Downplayed, but present in Blackadder Back & Forth, which was partially funded by Tesco. Time-traveller Edmund tries to present Elizabeth I with a Tesco Clubcard, which, to no-one's surprise, turns out to be a ludicrously pointless gift in the Renaissance; The scene includes a description of a Clubcard and the logo is clearly visible on the card he shows Queenie, but his descrription is humorously underplayed ("half price baked beans" being his best sales pitch), and no one names Tesco itself outloud. He then wins her and her court's favour with "minty things" whose packaging/logo are covered by his hand note they're clearly Polo mints.
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Suspiciously Similar Substitute
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Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Even if they weren't played by the same actor, Robin Hood would still be noticeably Flashheart-esque.
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Verbal Backspace
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Verbal Backspace: In The Cavalier Years:
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Murder Is the Best Solution
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Murder Is the Best Solution: In "Bells", the Wise Woman's three solutions to Blackadder's problem are 1) Kill Bob, 2) Kill yourself, or 3) KILL EVERYONE ELSE IN THE WHOLE WORLD!
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Insult Backfire
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Insult Backfire: In "Beer", two incidents involving Lady Whiteadder:
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Historical Beauty Update
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Historical Beauty Update: Discussed on the trope page.
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The Fundamentalist
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The Fundamentalist: Lord and Lady Whiteadder, Edmund's Puritan relatives.
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Beleaguered Assistant
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Beleaguered Assistant: Blackadder, as the Prince Regent's butler.
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Go-Go Enslavement
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Go-Go Enslavement: In the far-future segment of Christmas Carol, Blackadder and Baldrick wear nothing but a leather speedo and a leash when they're slaves.
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Economy Cast
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Economy Cast: Verging on Minimalist Cast even; Blackadder and Baldrick are the main characters, the supporting character cast is small, and there is occasionally an addition to the cast for the episode.
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PsychopathicWomanchild
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In the second series, Blackadder has nothing but contempt for Lord Melchett for his constant sucking up to the Queen. Melchett hates him right back, constantly scheming to get Blackadder in trouble with the Queen, but must take great care that the Psychopathic Womanchild not decapitate him on a whim either.
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Immune to Drugs
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Immune to Drugs: Sean the Irish Bastard in "The Black Seal", it takes two shots of deadly poison to put him down.
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FacePalm
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Face Palm: Blackadder, when Lord Topper reveals his disguise.
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Running Gag
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Running Gag: The use of the word "Darling" in lines addressed to Captain Darling never seems to get old.
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Have a Gay Old Time
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Have a Gay Old Time: When Blackadder suggests the Prince marry to get more money, he objects, starting by saying he's "a gay bachelor". A slightly more subtle one: Prince George wishes to "patronize" Samuel Johnson's dictionary. Indeed, when he realises it's not a work of fiction, he isn't very impressed.
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Credits-Brand Products
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Credits-Brand Products: The opening titles appear on the spines and covers of books. The episode titles appear on the cover of a Romance Novel hidden within a Book Safe.
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Robotic Torture Device
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Robotic Torture Device: In the final episode, the Hawk straps Edmund into one of these, which ends up cutting off his ears, his hands, grinding into his crotch, trepanning his skull and tickling his armpits.
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Comically Missing the Point
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Comically Missing the Point: In the final episode, Darling begs Melchett not to send him to the front lines because he doesn't want to die; Melchett just thinks Darling is getting sentimental and saying "I'll miss you too much". Of course, considering what happens next, "comical" might not be the right word... On a brighter note, when Blackadder is looking for a female act for he show, he suddenly remembers and summons Bob (who had disguised herself, very poorly as a man). George chimes in "Of course, Bob! Can you think of anyone to be in Blackadder's show?"
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Pervy Patdown
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Pervy Patdown: Blackadder accuses Captain Darling of this when Darling frisks him during the Mole Hunt episode.
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With Friends Like These...
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With Friends Like These...: Blackadder to Percy in the first two series. Prince Edmund treated Percy-Percy more like his personal suck-up and sycophant rather than friend and went as far as trying to stab him once due to being driven nuts by his (greater) stupidity. Lord Edmund doesn't even require Lord Percy's toadying and would rather avoid him completely, but Percy's insistence to treat him as his best friend and hang out with him makes Edmund try to make the best out of the situation, by taking advantage of Percy in every way possible (primarily financially).
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Brick Joke
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Brick Joke: When trying to get out of his arranged marriage to the Infanta, Blackadder takes Baldrick's suggestion that he pretend to "prefer the company of men", as does the Earl of Doncaster. He does this by dressing up and acting Camp Gay. Later, his father sees him like this and greets him with "Morning, Doncaster!". Even the peasant whose wife he tries to marry tells his wife that Edmund isn't the Prince, he's the Earl of Doncaster. A bit of a meta-joke, as Brian Blessed is from Doncaster. At the start of the first episode, St. Ralph the Liar is mentioned as one of the greatest liars in history who are still outdone by Henry VII. Later in the same episode, it turns out that the battle takes place on Ralph the Liar's Day. Before the battle, Edmund murmurs that if Richard's side loses, his private parts will wind up in a tree "somewhere in Rutland". As part of Richard's speech, he tells his troops "consign their parts most private to a Rutland tree!"
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Bigger on the Inside
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The time machine in the movie is also roughly the size and shape of the TARDIS on the outside, anyway, if it were made in the Renaissance period.
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Evil Is Petty
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Evil Is Petty: Edmund's evilness is always small and petty as it is directed at the small and petty such as Baldrick, whom he beats and insults, Percy and whoever else is insignificant enough that he can get away with, while he himself reacts with Disproportionate Retribution whenever he is on the receiving end of any insult and all of this while never stopping to try making the most out of a short-term profit which explains his Con Man ways despite being an aristocrat.
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Nobility Marries Money
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Nobility Marries Money: The episode "Amy and Amiability" was headed in this direction. Prince George, who has been accumulating huge gambling debts, attempted to marry the daughter of a wealthy industrialist for her money.
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Buffy Speak: Blackadder: "Disease and depravation stalk our land like... two giant... stalking things." Also: "We're about as similar as two completely dis-similar things in a pod." In "Ink And Incapability", Baldrick describes the dictionary as "the big papery thing tied up with string" and Dr. Johnson as "the batey fellow in the black coat who just left". Blackadder follows up with saying that "the booted bony thing with five toes on the end of my leg will soon connect sharply with the soft dangly collection of objects in your trousers!"
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Princeling Rivalry
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Princeling Rivalry: A central theme in this series is Edmund constantly scheming to get out of the shadow of his more popular older brother, Harry, Prince of Wales, the heir to the throne of England, which is ridiculously one-sided since Harry doesn't get a single clue.
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Attack! Attack! Attack!
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Attack! Attack! Attack!: Any time a plan for the war is discussed, it's invariably this.
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Bawdy Song
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Bawdy Song: Melchett and George's version of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat".
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Bragging Theme Tune
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Bragging Theme Tune: The theme is a parody of this trope. Although it does say how wonderful Blackadder is, it does seem like the truth slips out.
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Pet the Dog
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Pet the Dog: In the final episode Blackadder treats Darling very gently after Melchett sends him to the Front, respectfully addressing him as 'Captain Darling' when he shows up at the trench (somewhat reminiscent of King Richard and Edmund in the finale of the original series), and a few moments later asking him how he felt about going over the top. Pretty moving stuff considering they have spent the last five episodes hating each other. It is possible that Blackadder's main reason for hating Darling was that Darling had succeeded in what Blackadder had been trying to do for the entire war; get the hell out of the trenches. When it became clear that both he and Darling were not getting out of it, he didn't have any reason to hate Darling any more (although there's not much chance of Blackadder liking him any more because of it).
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Aren't You Going to Ravish Me? / int_c35714d6
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Aristocrats Are Evil / int_c35714d6
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Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat! / int_c35714d6
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Attractive Bent-Gender / int_c19424b6
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Audience Murmurs / int_c35714d6
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Automaton Horses / int_c35714d6
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Avengers, Assemble! / int_c35714d6
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Awesome Ego / int_c35714d6
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Bad News in a Good Way / int_c35714d6
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Bad to the Last Drop / int_c35714d6
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Badass Mustache / int_c19424b6
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Bait the Dog / int_c35714d6
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Balcony Wooing Scene / int_c35714d6
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Bandaged Face / int_c35714d6
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Bathe Her and Bring Her to Me / int_c35714d6
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Bawdy Song / int_c35714d6
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Beard of Evil / int_c35714d6
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Been There, Shaped History / int_c35714d6
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Behind Every Great Man / int_c35714d6
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Behind the Black / int_c35714d6
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Best Woman / int_c35714d6
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Bestiality Is Depraved / int_c35714d6
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Blasphemous Boast / int_c35714d6
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Blood Knight / int_c35714d6
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Bluff the Impostor / int_c35714d6
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Blunt Metaphors Trauma / int_c35714d6
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Blunt / int_c35714d6
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Bold Explorer / int_c35714d6
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Bomb Whistle / int_c35714d6
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Book and Switch / int_c35714d6
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Book Safe / int_c35714d6
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Boomerang Comeback / int_c35714d6
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Bragging Theme Tune / int_c35714d6
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Brit Com / int_c35714d6
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British Brevity / int_c35714d6
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Broke Episode / int_c35714d6
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Bumbling Sidekick / int_c19424b6
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Bumbling Sidekick / int_c35714d6
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Bungling Inventor / int_c35714d6
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Burn the Witch! / int_c35714d6
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Butlerspace / int_c35714d6
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Butterfly of Doom / int_c35714d6
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Cannon Fodder / int_c35714d6
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Can't Hold His Liquor / int_c35714d6
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Captain Colorbeard / int_c35714d6
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Captain Morgan Pose / int_c35714d6
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Captain Oblivious / int_c35714d6
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Captured by Cannibals / int_c35714d6
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Character as Himself / int_c35714d6
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Character Tics / int_c35714d6
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Charge-into-Combat Cut / int_c35714d6
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Child Eater / int_c35714d6
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Color Character / int_c35714d6
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Come to Gawk / int_c35714d6
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Comeback Tomorrow / int_c35714d6
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Comedic Sociopathy / int_c35714d6
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Comic Trio / int_c35714d6
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Comically Inept Healing / int_c35714d6
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Common Nonsense Jury / int_c35714d6
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Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like / int_c35714d6
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Conservation of Competence / int_c35714d6
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Consummate Liar / int_c35714d6
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Contempt Crossfire / int_c35714d6
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Conveniently Common Kink / int_c35714d6
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Cool and Unusual Punishment / int_c35714d6
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Cool Horse / int_c35714d6
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Cornered Rattlesnake / int_c35714d6
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Corrupt Church / int_c35714d6
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Couldn't Find a Pen / int_c35714d6
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Courtroom Episode / int_c35714d6
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Covering for the Noise / int_c35714d6
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Crashing Dreams / int_c35714d6
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Crazy Enough to Work / int_c35714d6
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Creative Closing Credits / int_c35714d6
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Creator In-Joke / int_c35714d6
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Credits Gag / int_c19424b6
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Credits Gag / int_c35714d6
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Crew of One / int_c35714d6
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Crippling Castration / int_c35714d6
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Crystal Spires and Togas / int_c35714d6
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Cue Card Pause / int_c35714d6
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Cunning Like a Fox / int_c35714d6
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Curious Qualms of Conscience / int_c35714d6
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Cut Himself Shaving / int_c35714d6
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Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon / int_c35714d6
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Cyanide Pill / int_c19424b6
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Decapitation Presentation / int_c35714d6
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Delegation Relay / int_c35714d6
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Designated Bullet / int_c19424b6
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Desk Jockey / int_c35714d6
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Despair Speech / int_c35714d6
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Deteriorates Into Gibberish / int_c35714d6
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Devil in Plain Sight / int_c35714d6
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Did Not Die That Way / int_c35714d6
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Did Not Get the Girl / int_c35714d6
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Dirty Old Monk / int_c19424b6
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Dirty Old Monk / int_c35714d6
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Disney Death / int_c35714d6
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Ditzy Genius / int_c35714d6
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Do You Want to Copulate? / int_c35714d6
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Doesn't Know Their Own Child / int_c35714d6
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Don't Call Me / int_c35714d6
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Don't Make Me Take My Belt Off / int_c35714d6
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Dope Slap / int_c35714d6
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Double Subversion / int_c35714d6
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Double Take / int_c35714d6
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Drama Bomb Finale / int_c35714d6
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Dramatis Personae / int_c19424b6
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Dream Sequence / int_c35714d6
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Drinking Contest / int_c35714d6
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Drunken Song / int_c35714d6
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Dry Crusader / int_c35714d6
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Duck! / int_c35714d6
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Dude, Not Ironic / int_c35714d6
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Duel to the Death / int_c35714d6
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Dumbass Has a Point / int_c35714d6
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During the War / int_c35714d6
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Dynamic Akimbo / int_c35714d6
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Eat the Evidence / int_c35714d6
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Eats Babies / int_c35714d6
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Either/Or Title / int_c35714d6
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Election Day Episode / int_c35714d6
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Elective Mute / int_c35714d6
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Embarrassing Cover-Up / int_c19424b6
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Empty Chair Memorial / int_c35714d6
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Ending Theme / int_c35714d6
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Enraged by Idiocy / int_c35714d6
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Entertainingly Wrong / int_c35714d6
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Escapist Character / int_c35714d6
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Euphemism Buster / int_c35714d6
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Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas / int_c35714d6
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Even Better Sequel / int_c35714d6
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Every Scar Has a Story / int_c35714d6
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Everybody Knew Already / int_c35714d6
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Everyone Is Satan in Hell / int_c35714d6
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Everything Except Most Things / int_c35714d6
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Everything's Better with Penguins / int_c35714d6
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Evil Is Sexy / int_c35714d6
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Evil Uncle / int_c35714d6
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Evolving Music / int_c35714d6
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Exact Eavesdropping / int_c35714d6
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Expospeak Gag / int_c35714d6
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Expy Coexistence / int_c35714d6
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Extreme Doormat / int_c35714d6
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Extreme Omnisexual / int_c35714d6
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Failure Is the Only Option / int_c35714d6
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Fake Boobs / int_c35714d6
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Fake Static / int_c35714d6
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Fake Ultimate Hero / int_c19424b6
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Falling-in-Love Montage / int_c35714d6
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False Flag Operation / int_c35714d6
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False Reassurance / int_c35714d6
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Fatal Method Acting / int_c35714d6
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Father Neptune / int_c35714d6
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Faux Fluency / int_c35714d6
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Faux Yay / int_c35714d6
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Fictional Political Party / int_c35714d6
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Fictionalized Death Account / int_c35714d6
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Filth / int_c35714d6
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Finale Credits / int_c35714d6
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Five Stages of Grief / int_c35714d6
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Flipping the Bird / int_c35714d6
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Flowery Elizabethan English / int_c35714d6
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Flowery Insults / int_c35714d6
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Fluffy Cloud Heaven / int_c19424b6
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Follow the Bouncing Ball / int_c19424b6
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For Doom the Bell Tolls / int_c35714d6
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Foreign Queasine / int_c35714d6
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Friendship Moment / int_c35714d6
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Funetik Aksent / int_c35714d6
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G-Rated Mental Illness / int_c35714d6
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Gag Boobs / int_c35714d6
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Gag Penis / int_c35714d6
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Gallows Humor / int_c35714d6
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Gendered Insult / int_c35714d6
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General Failure / int_c35714d6
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General Ripper / int_c35714d6
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Generation Xerox / int_c35714d6
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Generational Saga / int_c35714d6
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Germanic Depressives / int_c35714d6
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Glad I Thought of It / int_c35714d6
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Go-Go Enslavement / int_c35714d6
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God Save Us from the Queen! / int_c35714d6
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Going Commando / int_c35714d6
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Good-Looking Privates / int_c35714d6
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Grave Humor / int_c35714d6
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Green Is Gross / int_c35714d6
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Hanging Judge / int_c35714d6
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Hat Damage / int_c35714d6
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Have You Come to Gloat? / int_c35714d6
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He Knows Too Much / int_c19424b6
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Head Desk / int_c35714d6
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Head-Tiltingly Kinky / int_c35714d6
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Heh Heh, You Said / int_c35714d6
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Hell-Bent for Leather / int_c35714d6
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Hell of a Heaven / int_c35714d6
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Hell Seeker / int_c35714d6
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Hello, Sailor! / int_c35714d6
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Her Code Name Was / int_c35714d6
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Hermit Guru / int_c35714d6
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Hero Antagonist / int_c35714d6
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He's Got a Weapon! / int_c35714d6
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Hesitant Sacrifice / int_c19424b6
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Hiding the Handicap / int_c35714d6
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High Turnover Rate / int_c35714d6
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Hint Dropping / int_c35714d6
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Historical Badass Upgrade / int_c35714d6
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Historical Beauty Update / int_c19424b6
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Historical Character's Fictional Relative / int_c35714d6
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Historical Downgrade / int_c35714d6
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Historical Fiction / int_c35714d6
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Historical Gender Flip / int_c35714d6
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Historical Hero Upgrade / int_c35714d6
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Historical In-Joke / int_c35714d6
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Historical Rap Sheet / int_c35714d6
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Hollywood Homely / int_c35714d6
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Hollywood Pudgy / int_c35714d6
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Home by Christmas / int_c35714d6
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Hope Sprouts Eternal / int_c19424b6
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Horns of Barbarism / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Horny Vikings / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Hot Consort / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Hot Gypsy Woman / int_c35714d6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Howl of Sorrow / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Human Doorstop / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Humble Goal / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
100% Adoration Rating / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
I Am Not Spock / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
I Call Him / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
I Can Explain / int_c19424b6
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hasFeature
I Like My X Like I Like My Y / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
I Made Copies / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
I Need to Go Iron My Dog / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
I Resemble That Remark! / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
I Want My Mommy! / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
I Will Fight Some More Forever / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Identical Grandson / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
If I Do Not Return / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
If We Get Through This... / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You! / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
I'm Thinking It Over! / int_c35714d6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Immune to Drugs / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Implausible Deniability / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Impoverished Patrician / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
In My Language, That Sounds Like... / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
In the Past, Everyone Will Be Famous / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Incredibly Obvious Bomb / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Informed Deformity / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Inherently Funny Words / int_c35714d6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Innocent Prodigy / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Insane Admiral / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Instant Messenger Pigeon / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Instant Soprano / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Insult to Rocks / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Involuntary Battle to the Death / int_c19424b6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Is That What They're Calling It Now? / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
It Has Been an Honor / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
It Will Never Catch On / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
It's Not Porn, It's Art / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
I've Heard of That — What Is It? / int_c35714d6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Jacob Marley Apparel / int_c19424b6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Jar Potty / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Jaw Drop / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Jerk with a Heart of Jerk / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
/ int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Joker Jury / int_c19424b6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Just Like Robin Hood / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Karmic Jackpot / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Kill and Replace / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
King Incognito / int_c35714d6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Klingon Promotion / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Knuckle Tattoos / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Lame Comeback / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Language Equals Thought / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Laughing at Your Own Jokes / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Laughing Mad / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Lawful Evil / int_c35714d6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Left Your Lifesaver Behind / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Legacy of Service / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Legion of Doom / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Life Isn't Fair / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Life's Work Ruined / int_c35714d6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Like a Son to Me / int_c35714d6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Literal-Minded / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Literary Allusion Title / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Loan Shark / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Locked Away in a Monastery / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Luck-Based Search Technique / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Maid and Maiden / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Majored in Western Hypocrisy / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Make Wrong What Once Went Right / int_c35714d6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Malaproper / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Malicious Misnaming / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Marked Bullet / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Marriage of Convenience / int_c35714d6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Married to the Job / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Master of Disguise / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Match Cut / int_c35714d6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Medieval Morons / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Mildly Military / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Miming the Cues / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Mock Meal / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Moment of Silence / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Most Definitely Not a Villain / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Moustache de Plume / int_c35714d6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Mr. Smith / int_c35714d6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Multiboobage / int_c19424b6
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hasFeature
Murder Is the Best Solution / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
My Country, Right or Wrong / int_c35714d6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
My Country Tis of Thee That I Sting / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
My Friends... and Zoidberg / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
My Girl Back Home / int_c35714d6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
My Life Flashed Before My Eyes / int_c19424b6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Name McAdjective / int_c35714d6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Namesake Gag / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Narrative Profanity Filter / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Naughty Nuns / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Neologism / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Neologizer / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Neutral Evil / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Never Heard That One Before / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Never Trust a Title / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
New Season, New Name / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Newer Than They Think / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Newscaster Cameo / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Nice to the Waiter / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Nightmare Sequence / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
No Doubt the Years Have Changed Me / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
"No. Just... No" Reaction / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
No One Else Is That Dumb / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
No Sense of Direction / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Nobility Marries Money / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Nobody Here but Us Statues / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Not Actually the Ultimate Question / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Not Big Enough for the Two of Us / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Not Quite Dead / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Not So Above It All / int_c35714d6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Not-So-Fake Prop Weapon / int_c19424b6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Nouveau Riche / int_c35714d6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Now You Tell Me / int_c35714d6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Numbered Sequels / int_c19424b6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Nun Too Holy / int_c19424b6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Obfuscating Insanity / int_c35714d6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Oblivious to Hatred / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Oblivious to His Own Description / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Odd Name Out / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Oddly Small Organization / int_c35714d6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Off with His Head! / int_c19424b6
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hasFeature
Offing the Annoyance / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Offstage Villainy / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Old Man Marrying a Child / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Old Retainer / int_c19424b6
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hasFeature
Once Upon a Time / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
One Dose Fits All / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
One I Prepared Earlier / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
One-Note Cook / int_c35714d6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Only Barely Renewed / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Only Six Faces / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Only Useful as Toilet Paper / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Operation: [Blank] / int_c35714d6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Opportunistic Bastard / int_c35714d6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Or Are You Just Happy to See Me? / int_c35714d6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Original Position Fallacy / int_c35714d6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Orphaned Punchline / int_c35714d6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Out-of-Context Eavesdropping / int_c19424b6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Outfit Decoy / int_c35714d6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Outscare the Enemy / int_c19424b6
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hasFeature
Overprotective Dad / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Overt Operative / int_c35714d6
 Oxbridge
seeAlso
Blackadder
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hasFeature
Parody Sue / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Parting-from-Consciousness Words / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Pepper Sneeze / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Perfectly Cromulent Word / int_c35714d6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Performer Guise / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Person as Verb / int_c19424b6
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hasFeature
Phlebotinum Killed the Dinosaurs / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Picture-Perfect Presentation / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Pinch Me / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Pirate Parrot / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Plain Palate / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Planet of Steves / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Platonic Prostitution / int_c19424b6
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hasFeature
Played for Laughs / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Playing a Tree / int_c19424b6
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hasFeature
Playing Cyrano / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Please Spare Him, My Liege! / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Pocket Protector / int_c35714d6
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hasFeature
Poirot Speak / int_c35714d6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Poor Man's Porn / int_c19424b6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Porky Pig Pronunciation / int_c35714d6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Pre-Battle Banter / int_c35714d6
 Blackadder
hasFeature
Precision-Guided Boomerang / int_c35714d6