History Characters / MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail

28th Sep '16 9:49:33 AM 06tele
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: In his appearance (brown suit, bow tie, glasses), earnest manner and high voice, he's strongly reminiscent of the distinguished English historian of 19th and 20th century diplomacy A.J.P. Taylor, who made a lot of TV documentaries consisting of himself explaining things to the camera. This is lampshaded in the published screenplay, where he is sometimes referred to as "Not A.J.P. Taylor".

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: In his appearance (brown suit, bow tie, glasses), earnest manner and high voice, he's strongly reminiscent of the distinguished English historian of 19th and 20th century diplomacy [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqT2kmKPqeM A.J.P. Taylor, Taylor]], who made a lot of TV documentaries consisting of himself explaining things to the camera. This is lampshaded in the published screenplay, where he is sometimes referred to as "Not A.J.P. Taylor".
28th Sep '16 9:44:21 AM 06tele
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: In his appearance (brown suit, bow tie, glasses), earnest manner and high voice, he's strongly reminiscent of the distinguished English historian of 19th and 20th century diplomacy A.J.P. Taylor, who made a lot of TV documentaries consisting of himself explaining things to the camera. This is lampshaded in the published screenplay, where he is sometimes referred to as "Not A.J.P. Taylor".
28th Sep '16 9:28:03 AM 06tele
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** This is only InsaneTrollLogic for the viewer: in-universe, the woman in question does indeed weigh the same as a duck, and turns out to be a witch after all.
--->'''Witch''': It's a fair cop.
13th Sep '16 1:06:11 AM Dark_Lord_
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--> '''Arthur:''' "Those who hear them seldom live to tell the tale."



* ImpossibleTask: They tell Arthur that in order to get past them, he must cut down the mightiest tree in the forest wiiiiith... a herring! [[spoiler: Luckily, Arthur discovers their weakness, so he doesn't actually have to go through with it.]]

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* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: They are knights and they say Ni!, so their name kind of fits them.
* ImpossibleTask: They tell Arthur that in order to get past them, he must cut down the mightiest tree in the forest wiiiiith... a herring! [[spoiler: Luckily, Arthur accidentally discovers their weakness, so he doesn't actually have to go through with it.]]



* VerbalWeakness: Despite being so powerful in that they can even force the great King Arthur to do as they command, the Knights of Ni can be defeated by [[spoiler:saying the word 'it'.]] even if they say [[spoiler: it themselves]][[note]]Aaaargh! I said it! Argh! I said it again![[/note]]

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* VerbalWeakness: Despite being so powerful in that they can even force the great King Arthur to do as they command, the Knights of Ni can be defeated by [[spoiler:saying the word 'it'.]] even if they say [[spoiler: it themselves]][[note]]Aaaargh! I said it! Argh! I said it again![[/note]]
again![[/note]] The fun thing is that King Arthur never realizes what this weakness is, but rather keeps using it accidentally.


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* DeadpanSnarker: When king Arthur 'rides' past the collector and his customer, the customer verbally wonders who king Athur was. The collector's answer:
--> "Must be a king. He hasn't got shit all over him"
9th Sep '16 10:44:46 AM Morgenthaler
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9th Sep '16 10:43:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* TotemPoleTrench: The leader was originally supposed to be portrayed this way, but MichaelPalin settled for a stepladder instead of JohnCleese's shoulders.

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* TotemPoleTrench: The leader was originally supposed to be portrayed this way, but MichaelPalin Creator/MichaelPalin settled for a stepladder instead of JohnCleese's shoulders.
3rd Sep '16 3:50:07 AM ChrisX
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* {{Jerkass}}: You might, at first, think that he's just your typical FantasyForbiddingFather, not approving of his son's flights of fancy but ultimately just looking out for him. But as it turns out he really only cares about his personal gain; as soon as he sees another way of making some sort of profit, he sends his son falling to his (apparent) death without a second thought.

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* {{Jerkass}}: You might, at first, think that he's just your typical FantasyForbiddingFather, not approving of his son's flights of fancy but ultimately just looking out for him. But as it turns out he really only cares about his personal gain; as soon as he sees another way of making some sort of profit, he sends his son falling to his (apparent) death without a second thought. Like everything else in the movie, this is PlayedForLaughs.
31st Aug '16 2:45:51 AM Dark_Lord_
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%%* CoolCrown
%%* CoolHelmet
* CoolSword: Excalibur, of course.

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%%* CoolCrown
%%* CoolHelmet
* CoolCrown and CoolHelmet: Wears a helmet that looks like a crown.
* CoolSword: Excalibur, of course.



%%* TheFool

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%%* TheFool* TheFool: Despite his inherent idiocy, he still manages to survive through the end.



%%* {{Jerkass}}

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%%* {{Jerkass}}* {{Jerkass}}: Their only reason to be in England seems to be to insult English knights in almost every way possible. [[spoiler: During the climax, they even occupy Castle Aaargh, where the Holy Grail itself is located, just to humiliate the English even further.]]



* ImpossibleTask: They tell Arthur that in order to get past them, he must cut down the mightiest tree in the forest wiiiiith... a herring! [[spoiler: Luckily, Arthur discovers their weakness, so he doesn't actually have to go through with it.]]



* EvilSoundsDeep: Inverted, as they all speak in high pitched voices.
* ImpossibleTask: They tell Arthur that in order to get past them, he must cut down the mightiest tree in the forest wiiiiith... a herring! [[spoiler: Luckily, Arthur discovers their weakness, so he doesn't actually have to go through with it.]]



* {{Jerkass}}: You might, at first, think that he's just your typical FantasyForbiddingFather, not approving of his son's flights of fancy but ultimately just looking out for him. But as it turns out he really only cares about his personal gain; as soon as he sees another way of making some sort of profit, he sends his son falling to his (apparent) death without a second thought.

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* {{Jerkass}}: You might, at first, think that he's just your typical FantasyForbiddingFather, not approving EvilSoundsDeep: Has a very deep guttural voice. This is actually a case of his son's flights of fancy but ultimately just looking out for him. But RealLifeWritesThePlot, as it turns out he really only cares about his personal gain; as soon as he sees another way of making some sort of profit, he sends his son falling to his (apparent) death without Michael Palin was suffering from a second thought. cold when they were filming this character.


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* FurAndLoathing: Wears a large fur cape.
* {{Jerkass}}: You might, at first, think that he's just your typical FantasyForbiddingFather, not approving of his son's flights of fancy but ultimately just looking out for him. But as it turns out he really only cares about his personal gain; as soon as he sees another way of making some sort of profit, he sends his son falling to his (apparent) death without a second thought.
31st Aug '16 1:17:11 AM Dark_Lord_
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* BlatantLies: Their leader ''tries'' to claim that [[spoiler: the word "it"]] isn't their WeaksauceWeakness by stating that one couldn't go through life without using said word, but it clearly is the case.
24th Aug '16 7:36:43 AM case
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* IgnoredExpert: A powerful enchanter who makes sound arguments to the knights regarding the ferocity of the killer rabbit, but they laugh him off anyway.
-->'''Tim''': Look at the bones!
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