History Creator / JohnCleese

18th Jan '18 1:43:12 PM LarryMullen
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Appeared as himself in the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath City of Death]].

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Appeared as himself an art gallery visitor in the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath City of Death]].
16th Nov '17 10:22:15 AM Kadorhal
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* ''VideoGame/EverythingOrNothing'': Q.




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* ''VideoGame/RAIDWorldWarII'': "Control".



* AcronymAndAbbreviationOverload: In ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' an MPFC LP played by Cleese had this as the basis for a sketch IIRC.

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* AcronymAndAbbreviationOverload: In ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' ''Monty Python's Flying Circus'' an MPFC LP played by Cleese had this as the basis for a sketch IIRC.



* TheComicallySerious: Basil Fawlty himself was designed with this trope in mind. Creator/JohnCleese has mentioned in interviews that the guiding principle he had when designing Fawlty was that someone having something embarrassing happen to them isn't funny; someone having something embarrassing happen to them and trying to press on as though everything is normal is hilarious.

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* TheComicallySerious: Basil Fawlty himself was designed with this trope in mind. Creator/JohnCleese John Cleese has mentioned in interviews that the guiding principle he had when designing Fawlty was that someone having something embarrassing happen to them isn't funny; someone having something embarrassing happen to them and trying to press on as though everything is normal is hilarious.



* DrillSergeantNasty: Due to his imposing length Cleese is often cast as a military officer, a teacher, a principal, a manager or any kind of person with power. It allows him to command orders and shout at people, with hilarious results. He played these kind of characters a lot in ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', for instance in the "Self Defense Against Fresh Fruit" sketch.
* TheFunInFuneral: Both InUniverse as well as in reality. The "Undertaker" sketch in ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' has Cleese going to an undertaker with his mother's corpse in a bag and being convinced to eat her. In an episode of ''Series/FawltyTowers'' a hotel guest dies and needs to be smuggled out of the hotel in all discretion, which naturally goes completely wrong. When Creator/GrahamChapman died in 1989 Cleese livened up the funeral by saying at the eulogy: "Good riddance, the free loading bastard. I hope he fries!", explaining that Chapman loved a little controversy and would have been saddened if it didn't happen at his funeral.

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* DrillSergeantNasty: Due to his imposing length height, Cleese is often cast as a military officer, a teacher, a principal, a manager or any kind of person with power. It allows him to command orders and shout at people, with hilarious results. He played these kind of characters a lot in ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', ''Monty Python's Flying Circus'', for instance in the "Self Defense Against Fresh Fruit" sketch.
* TheFunInFuneral: Both InUniverse as well as in reality. The "Undertaker" sketch in ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' ''Monty Python's Flying Circus'' has Cleese going to an undertaker with his mother's corpse in a bag and being convinced to eat her. In an episode of ''Series/FawltyTowers'' a hotel guest dies and needs to be smuggled out of the hotel in all discretion, which naturally goes completely wrong. When Creator/GrahamChapman died in 1989 Cleese livened up the funeral by saying at the eulogy: "Good riddance, the free loading bastard. I hope he fries!", explaining that Chapman loved a little controversy and would have been saddened if it didn't happen at his funeral.



* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: In ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' Cleese often portrays characters who use very out of the ordinary words in their every day speech.

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* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: In ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' ''Monty Python's Flying Circus'' Cleese often portrays characters who use very out of the ordinary words in their every day speech.
20th Aug '17 8:21:23 AM Folamh3
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* ''Film.TheGreatMuppetCaper'' (1981): Has a cameo as a stuffy British man.

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* ''Film.TheGreatMuppetCaper'' ''Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper'' (1981): Has a cameo as a stuffy British man.
20th Aug '17 8:18:29 AM Folamh3
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* TheBigGuy: His tall length is often used as a source for his comedy. He plays authoritarian characters or is pitched against smaller comedians. One can simply quote from the Archaeology Sketch: "Because I am six-foot-five, and I eat little twerps like you for breakfast!"

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* TheBigGuy: His tall length height is often used as a source for his comedy. He plays authoritarian characters or is pitched against smaller comedians. One can simply quote from the Archaeology Sketch: "Because I am six-foot-five, and I eat little twerps like you for breakfast!"
19th Jun '17 11:05:38 PM Saveelich
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek2}} (2004)'': King Harold (voice).

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek2}} (2004)'': ''WesternAnimation/Shrek2'' (2004): King Harold (voice).
19th Jun '17 11:04:50 PM Saveelich
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!!Partial list of roles:

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19th Jun '17 11:03:47 PM Saveelich
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* IAmVeryBritish: It may be difficult to find another British comedian who embodies all the stereotypical ideas about the QuintessentialBritishGentleman more than Cleese. Maybe Creator/PeterSellers could, but he's more famous as [[Franchise/ThePinkPanther a French detective]].

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* IAmVeryBritish: It may be difficult to find another British comedian who embodies all the stereotypical ideas about the QuintessentialBritishGentleman and StiffUpperLip more than Cleese. Maybe Creator/PeterSellers could, but he's more famous as [[Franchise/ThePinkPanther a French detective]].
19th Jun '17 11:02:01 PM Saveelich
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* PopCulturalOsmosis: In the USA he is best remembered for his roles in Creator/MontyPython, while in Europe probably more people recognize him as Basil Fawlty in ''Series/FawltyTowers''.

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* PopCulturalOsmosis: In the USA he is best remembered for his roles in Creator/MontyPython, while in Europe UK probably more people recognize him as Basil Fawlty in ''Series/FawltyTowers''.
19th Jun '17 11:00:28 PM Saveelich
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* SillyWalk: Not the TropeNamer, since other comedians before him have had silly walks, but he could be the TropeCodifier. A famous Monty Python sketch has him as the Minister of Silly Walks and he goosestepped another funny walk in the ''Series/FawltyTowers'' episode "The Germans". It's one of his trademarks, though he doesn't particularly like the fact that he is pigeonholed for "[[CreatorBacklash such a ordinary and simple joke]]."

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* SillyWalk: Not the TropeNamer, UrExample, since other comedians before him have had silly walks, but he could be the TropeNamer and TropeCodifier. A famous Monty Python sketch has him as the Minister of Silly Walks and he goosestepped another funny walk in the ''Series/FawltyTowers'' episode "The Germans". It's one of his trademarks, though he doesn't particularly like the fact that he is pigeonholed for "[[CreatorBacklash such a ordinary and simple joke]]."
7th May '17 5:10:50 PM LarryMullen
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* CreatorBacklash: Despite being the most famous member of Creator/MontyPython, he is the only one who grew dissatisfied with the format early, left the series after the third season because of SeasonalRot, and to this day still thinks most of what they did could've been a whole lot better if they had more time and money to perfect some stuff. He is also the only Python who once complained to the BBC about one of their sketches he deemed too vulgar and managed to have it cut.



* ProductionPosse: He enjoys working with Michael Palin and often goes out of his way to try and include Palin in his projects (which is why Monty Python was formed). He also enjoyed working with the cast of ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'' so much that he reunited them to work together on ''Film/FierceCreatures''.



* TypeCasting: He's pretty much the same in every movie. He often says "Jolly good", "Right!", "Marvelous", and "[sucks wind between teeth]...Still!". Since ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'', he is also often cast in films and TV series as somewhat of a ChickMagnet.



* WriteWhatYouKnow: He based Basil Fawlty on a very rude hotel manager called Donald Sinclair. The other Pythons left the hotel, but John chose to stay and study Donald's behavior.

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* WriteWhatYouKnow: He based Basil Fawlty on a very rude hotel manager called Donald Sinclair. The other Pythons left the hotel, but John chose to stay and study Donald's behavior.
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