History Film / TimeBandits

11th Dec '17 1:51:27 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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Kevin is an imaginative and inquisitive child whose interest in history is not shared by his shallow and materialistic parents. One night he is visited by a gang of time-traveling dwarves on the run from the "[[ThePowersThatBe Supreme Being]]" (implied to actually be God). Before Kevin can protest, he's kidnapped and forced to accompany them on their adventures through time. The bandits have stolen a map that reveals all the [[CoolGate gaps in creation]], which allows them to visit virtually any place or historic personality. How do they use this power? To steal all the treasure they can find, of course! Meanwhile, their journey is being covertly monitored by the so-called Evil Genius (likewise implied to be the Devil), who has his own big plans for the map, not to mention the rest of the universe...

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Kevin is an imaginative and inquisitive child whose interest in history is not shared by his shallow and materialistic parents. One night he is visited by a gang of time-traveling dwarves dwarfs on the run from the "[[ThePowersThatBe Supreme Being]]" (implied to actually be God). Before Kevin can protest, he's kidnapped and forced to accompany them on their adventures through time. The bandits have stolen a map that reveals all the [[CoolGate gaps in creation]], which allows them to visit virtually any place or historic personality. How do they use this power? To steal all the treasure they can find, of course! Meanwhile, their journey is being covertly monitored by the so-called Evil Genius (likewise implied to be the Devil), who has his own big plans for the map, not to mention the rest of the universe...
5th Nov '17 3:40:54 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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The story is very comical, while also being quite dark. With quirky characters, {{Indy Ploy}}s and nice historical backdrops, and ultimately a [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil Good versus Evil battle]], the film makes for a wacky, humorous yet still dramatic time travel adventure. This was the first part of the "Dreamer Trilogy": ''Time Bandits'' represents childhood, ''Film/{{Brazil}}'' represents adulthood, ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen'' represents old age.

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The story is very comical, while also being quite dark. With quirky characters, {{Indy Ploy}}s and nice historical backdrops, {{Indy Ploy}}s, BlackComedy galore, and ultimately a [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil Good versus Evil battle]], the film makes for a wacky, humorous yet still dramatic time travel adventure. This was the first part of the "Dreamer Trilogy": ''Time Bandits'' represents childhood, ''Film/{{Brazil}}'' represents adulthood, ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen'' represents old age.
10th Oct '17 8:41:57 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* AntiHero: The titular Time Bandits.

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* AntiHero: The titular eponymous Time Bandits.Bandits are out for personal enrichment, but it's ultimately up to them to keep the Map out of Evil's hands.



* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: The Supreme Being and the dwarves. Kevin has to stay "to carry on the fight."

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* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: The Supreme Being and the dwarves.Bandits. Kevin has to stay "to carry on the fight."



* BadBoss: The Evil Genius, by definition. And that's the way his minions like it.

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* BadBoss: BadBoss:
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The Evil Genius, by definition. And that's the way his minions like it.it.
** The Supreme Being claims that he ''gave'' the Map to the Bandits to test his creation, Evil, causing a lot of unnecessary suffering, then punishes them by docking their pay, all the while stating, "I'm the good one!" When he resurrects one of the Bandits, it's not out of benevolence, but because he wants the Bandit to get back to work.



* GodIsInept: Zig-zagged. The Time Bandits claim they stole the map from the Supreme Being, who spends many scenes ineffectually chasing them while nevertheless looking very impressive. Evil calls the Supreme Being a lunatic because of all of his pointless creations, like slugs and nipples for men. Ultimately the Supreme Being does resolve everything and state that it was all according to His plan, saying, "I'm not ''entirely'' dim." However, along the way he seems to be a little vague and distracted, and doesn't put much effort into explaining why suffering must occur, saying only, "Ah... I think it has something to do with free will."

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* GodIsInept: Zig-zagged. The Time Bandits claim they stole the map from the Supreme Being, who spends many scenes ineffectually chasing them while nevertheless looking very impressive. Evil calls the Supreme Being a lunatic because of all of his pointless creations, like slugs and nipples for men. Ultimately the Supreme Being does resolve everything and state that it was all according to His plan, saying, "I'm not ''entirely'' dim." However, along the way he seems to be a little vague and distracted, and doesn't put much effort into explaining why suffering must occur, saying only, "Ah... I think it has something to do with free will."and doesn't notice that the Bandits leave a chunk of Evil behind.



* MadeOfEvil: The Evil Genius. As in, literally, he's made of pure, pure evil, to the point where his alternate name is simply "Evil," and touching a burnt piece of him even after he's dead will turn you into a hermit crab (apparently) or make you blow up.

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* MadeOfEvil: The Evil Genius. As in, literally, he's made of pure, pure concentrated evil, to the point where his alternate name is simply "Evil," and touching a burnt piece of him even after he's dead will turn you into a hermit crab (apparently) or make you blow up.



-->'''Mook 2:''' But why, if that's the case, [Other minions edge away from him] are you unable to escape from this fortress?
-->'''Evil:''' [blasts Mook 2 out of existence] That's a good question.

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-->'''Mook 2:''' But why, But, if that's the case, [Other minions edge away from him] why are you unable to escape from this fortress?
-->'''Evil:''' [blasts Mook 2 out of existence] That's a good Good question.



* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Kevin admonishes Randall and the bandits several times for using the map to gain wealth and not anything else. [[{{God}} The Supreme Being]] also conspicuously does not revive all the soldiers who died ''because of his own'' ''[[TheChessMaster Chessmastering]]'', even though he casually revived Fidget earlier.

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* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Kevin admonishes Randall and the bandits several times for using the map to gain wealth and not anything else. [[{{God}} The Supreme Being]] also conspicuously does not revive all the soldiers who died ''because of his own'' ''[[TheChessMaster Chessmastering]]'', even though he casually revived Fidget earlier.



* RiddleOfTheAges: It's never explained why Robin Hood's savage merry men are humoring his charitable leadership.



* TemptingFate: Randall asks for champagne "with plenty of '''ice'''"... on the ''Titanic''.
** Randall's good at this. He also says "nothing can go wrong" about two seconds before a giant walks off with the boat they're all on as a hat.

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* TemptingFate: Randall asks for champagne "with plenty of '''ice'''"... ''ice''"... on the ''Titanic''.
** Randall's good at this.
''Titanic''. He also says "nothing can go wrong" wrong!" about two seconds before a giant walks off with the boat they're all on as a hat.



* [[TodayXTomorrowTheWorld Today The Map, And The Day After Tomorrow The World!]]
* TooDumbToLive: The Bandits' greed overrides common sense in almost every case. [[spoiler:Kevin's parents also ignore their son and touch a leftover piece of the burned Evil Genius, which promptly makes them explode. Considering his mother was going to risk her life to save the ''toaster''...]]
* TranslatorBuddy: One of Robin Hood's followers translates for his gibberish-spewing pal.

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* [[TodayXTomorrowTheWorld TodayXTomorrowTheWorld: Today The the Map, And The Day After Tomorrow The World!]]
and the day after tomorrow, the world!
* TooDumbToLive: TooDumbToLive:
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The Bandits' greed overrides common sense in almost every case. case.
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[[spoiler:Kevin's parents also ignore their son and touch a leftover piece of the burned Evil Genius, which promptly makes them explode. Considering his mother was going to risk her life to save the ''toaster''...]]
* TranslatorBuddy: One of Robin Hood's followers translates for his the gibberish-spewing pal.Redgrave.



* UpperClassTwit: Robin Hood.

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* UpperClassTwit: Robin Hood.Hood is a chipper gentleman prone to spouting "Jolly good!" and doesn't seem to understand the realities around him.
10th Oct '17 8:21:59 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* BenevolentBoss: The Supreme Being thinks of himself as one. He says he ''ought'' to kill the dwarfs in the most horrible way possible, but instead will demote them, with a pay cut backdating to the beginning of time.
10th Oct '17 8:21:15 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ArtificialHuman: The Evil Genius appears human, but seems to be more machine than organism. His fingertips are on hinges that he can bend back to expose nozzles that fire magic. In the final battle he turns himself into [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext an evil merry-go-round]].

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* ArtificialHuman: The Evil Genius appears human, but seems to be more machine than organism. His fingertips are on hinges that he can bend back to expose nozzles that fire magic. In the final battle he turns himself into [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext an evil merry-go-round]].merry-go-round.
8th Oct '17 1:06:39 PM Geoduck
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* CurbStompBattle: Sadly, Evil vs. all the forces that the dwarves recruit to battle him. But then the Supreme Being shows up..
2nd Oct '17 8:48:00 PM intastiel
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* ImprovisedLockpick: Wally uses Kevin's knife to pick the lock of the cage they are trapped in. It works, but the knife's blade is noticeably bent and mangled afterward.
26th Aug '17 7:55:08 PM Mullane
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* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:The bandits, doubly so. They hand-deliver the map to the Evil Genius in their quest for "The Most Fabulous Object in the World." Meanwhile, Supreme Being also ''intended'' for them to steal the map the whole time to he could test his creation, evil.]]

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* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:The bandits, Bandits, doubly so. They hand-deliver the map to the Evil Genius in their quest for "The Most Fabulous Object in the World." Meanwhile, The Supreme Being also ''intended'' for them to steal the map the whole time to he could test his creation, evil.Evil.]]
26th Aug '17 7:52:08 PM Mullane
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* DeadpanSnarker: All the bandits do this at one point or another.

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* DeadpanSnarker: All the bandits Bandits do this at one point or another.



* DontTouchItYouIdiot: "Mum! Dad! It's evil! ''Don't touch it!''"

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* DontTouchItYouIdiot: "Mum! Dad! It's evil! ''Don't touch it!''"it!''" [[StuffBlowingUp Boom!]]



* {{God}}: Presented here as a slightly peevish no-nonsense businessman.

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* {{God}}: Presented here as a slightly peevish no-nonsense elderly businessman.



* ImprovisedZipline: what the gang uses to escape the cage in Evil's citadel.

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* ImprovisedZipline: what What the gang uses to escape the cage in Evil's citadel.



* JerkassGods: The Supreme Being created Evil without being able to give a good reason ("I think it has something to do with free will"). Then locked him in the Fortress of Ultimate Darkness and manipulated the bandits into going there and fighting Evil to "test" him, getting several people killed in the process. He even proves Himself capable of reviving someone from the dead with no ill-effects, but noticeably does not do so to any of the innocent humans killed in the course of His "test". Then He takes away the nearest thing Kevin has to friends, and leaves the poor kid to fend for himself. Even an OmniscientMoralityLicense can surely only stretch so far.

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* JerkassGods: The Supreme Being created Evil without being able to give a good reason ("I think it has something to do with free will"). Then locked him in the Fortress of Ultimate Darkness and manipulated the bandits Bandits into going there and fighting Evil to "test" him, getting several people killed in the process. He even proves Himself capable of reviving someone from the dead with no ill-effects, but noticeably does not do so to any of the innocent humans killed in the course of His "test". Then He takes away the nearest thing Kevin has to friends, and leaves the poor kid to fend for himself. Even an OmniscientMoralityLicense can surely only stretch so far.



* LetsGetDangerous: [[spoiler:Kevin stays behind to distract the Evil Genius' pursuing {{Mooks}} while the other bandits get help from other parts of time.]]
* LetThePastBurn: The family home burns down at the end. Shortly after the parents pick up the rock of evil that was found in the wreckage and both disintegrate, leaving the boy an orphan.

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* LetsGetDangerous: [[spoiler:Kevin stays behind to distract the Evil Genius' pursuing {{Mooks}} while the other bandits Bandits get help from other parts of time.]]
* LetThePastBurn: The family home burns down at the end. Shortly after the parents pick up the rock of evil that was found in the wreckage and both disintegrate, explode, leaving the boy Kevin an orphan.



* MagiTek: The Evil Genius is all about technology, and he's fittingly as much machine as he is man. He can tilt up his finger joints to reveal the nozzles of magical cannons that can destroy or polymorph his targets. To fight the Bandits' legions of time, he turns himself into a clockwork merry-go-round and then an inflatable pincushion. His lair is filled with creepy looking machines that are maintained by his {{Mooks}} who wear rubber industrial gear. When staring into his black cauldron, he barks out, "Stand by for mind-control!" like a factory foreman.

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* MagiTek: The Evil Genius is all about technology, and he's fittingly as much machine as he is man. He can tilt up his finger joints to reveal the nozzles of magical cannons that can destroy or polymorph his targets. To fight the Bandits' legions of time, he turns himself into a clockwork merry-go-round and then an inflatable pincushion. His lair is filled with creepy looking machines that are maintained by his {{Mooks}} who wear rubber industrial gear. When staring into his black cauldron, he barks out, instructs his minions, "Stand by for mind-control!" like a factory foreman.



* MindControl: The Evil Genius does this to Og to lure the Bandits to the Fortress of Ultimate Darkness with the prospect of "The Most Fabulous Object in the World". True to his mechanical nature, he barks out, "Stand by for mind control!" before casting his spell.

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* MindControl: The Evil Genius does this to Og to lure the Bandits to the Fortress of Ultimate Darkness with the prospect of "The Most Fabulous Object in the World". True to his mechanical nature, he barks out, intones, "Stand by for mind control!" before casting his spell.



* MomentKiller: Vincent and Pansy are about to kiss when a time door opens above them and the dwarves (and Kevin) fall on them.

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* MomentKiller: Vincent and Pansy are about to kiss when a time door opens above them and the dwarves (and Kevin) fall on them. Repeatedly.



** The actual Napoleon is obsessed with height. It's almost all he'll talk about. He's overjoyed to discover the time bandits, who are all shorter than him, and promptly makes them all generals.

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** The actual Napoleon is obsessed with height. It's almost all he'll talk about. He's overjoyed to discover the time bandits, Time Bandits, who are all shorter than him, and promptly makes them all generals.



-->'''Minion 1:''' But He created you, Evil One.

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-->'''Minion -->'''Mook 1:''' But He created you, Evil One.



-->'''Minion 1:''' Well, He created you, so He can't be totally...

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-->'''Minion -->'''Mook 1:''' Well, He created you, so He can't be totally...



-->'''Minion 2:''' But why, if that's the case, [Other minions edge away from him] are you unable to escape from this fortress?

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-->'''Minion -->'''Mook 2:''' But why, if that's the case, [Other minions edge away from him] are you unable to escape from this fortress?



* OnlyInItForTheMoney: The bandits are traveling through time for no reason other than to steal. Kevin is offended.

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* OnlyInItForTheMoney: The bandits Bandits are traveling through time for no reason other than to steal. Kevin is offended.



* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Kevin admonishes Randall and the bandits several times for using the map to gain wealth and not anything else. [[{{God}} The Supreme Being]] also conspicuously does not revive all the soldiers who died ''because of his own'' ''[[TheChessMaster Chessmastering]]'', even though he casually revived Og earlier.

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* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Kevin admonishes Randall and the bandits several times for using the map to gain wealth and not anything else. [[{{God}} The Supreme Being]] also conspicuously does not revive all the soldiers who died ''because of his own'' ''[[TheChessMaster Chessmastering]]'', even though he casually revived Og Fidget earlier.
15th Jul '17 11:48:59 AM ClintEastwood
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* DemotedToExtra: Horseflesh had a big role in the script, but his lines were removed and he's just more of a background character.



* ExtremeOmnivore: Vermin.

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* ExtremeOmnivore: Vermin. So much so that Randall threatens to [[ImAHumanitarian feed Kevin to him.]]



* FallenAngel: Although Evil is the most obvious SatanicArchetype in the film, it is Horseflesh who was an angel and revolted. Though technically all the Time Bandits kinda revolted, but you get the idea.



* GenreBlind: The dwarves don't recognize RobinHood and don't appear to realize that the Titanic is going to hit an iceberg.
* GenreSavvy: Kevin ''does'' recognize RobinHood.

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* GenreBlind: The dwarves don't recognize RobinHood Mythology/RobinHood and don't appear to realize that the Titanic is going to hit an iceberg.
* GenreSavvy: Kevin ''does'' recognize RobinHood.Mythology/RobinHood.



* HistoricalHilarity: Kevin and the Dwarves run into Napoleon, RobinHood, and the Titanic. All of them are played for laughs, especially Robin Hood.

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* HistoricalHilarity: Kevin and the Dwarves run into Napoleon, RobinHood, Mythology/RobinHood, and the Titanic. All of them are played for laughs, especially Robin Hood.



* HollywoodCostuming: Parodied. After the bandits discover that the Merry Men are thoroughly disgusting dwellers of TheDungAges, Robin Hood emerges in a spotless lincoln green tunic and tights that are straight out of an Errol Flynn film.

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* HollywoodCostuming: Parodied. After the bandits discover that the Merry Men are thoroughly disgusting dwellers of TheDungAges, Robin Hood emerges in a spotless lincoln green tunic and tights that are straight out of an Errol Flynn Creator/ErrolFlynn film.



* JerkAss: Randall and Kevin's Parents.

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* JerkAss: {{Jerkass}}: Randall and Kevin's Parents.
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