History Radio / TheGoonShow

1st Feb '16 11:32:22 PM WillBGood
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* OnlySaneMan: Grytpype-Thynne was the only character who had some vague knowledge of how ridiculous the situations were and how crazy all of the others were. Of course, he tried to exploit this at every opportunity.
1st Feb '16 11:07:07 PM WillBGood
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** Minnie Bannister: "We'll all be murdered in our beds!" and referring to everyone as "buddy".
1st Feb '16 10:55:39 PM WillBGood
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** Henry Crun: "You can't get the wood, you know..."

** Major Bloodnok: "[[MadLibsCatchPhrase X my Ys and A my Bs]]!" as an UnusualEuphemism curse. *** "Nurse! The screens!" *** "I don't know who you are sir, or where you come from, but you've done me a power of good!" *** "It was hell in there!"

* DirtyCoward: Major Bloodnok ''is'' this trope. ** To wit, in ''The Stolen Battleship'', after a case of exchanged identity: -->'''Bloodnok''': Here! Give me that money order!\\ '''Eccles''': It's mine, I'm Major Bloodnok.\\ '''Bloodnok''': Nonsense! You give it to me, you thieving coward!\\ '''Eccles''': I'm not a thieving coward!\\ '''Bloodnok''': Then that proves it, you're ''not'' Major Bloodnok!

* GreatWhiteHunter: Major Bloodnok, sometimes. * ICanExplain: Major Bloodnok, when interrupted with a woman. In one episode, he quickly introduces the woman he is with as his sister; when rebuffed, he reintroduces her as his mother.

* {{Leitmotif}}: Bloodnok's theme.

* OverrankedSoldier: How self-proclaimed 'dirty coward' Major Denis Bloodnok ever obtained his rank is a mystery. More than one episode implies that blackmail had something to do with it.
1st Feb '16 10:43:31 PM WillBGood
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* AchievementsInIgnorance: Eccles was prone to them.

* BigBad: Grytpype.

* TheBrigadier: Grytpype-Thynne, of all people, in his first appearance on the show ("The Whistling Spy Enigma")

* CatchPhrase: Tons: ** Bluebottle: "You dirty rotten swine you! You have deaded me again!", "I don't like this game", "I heard you call, my Capitan!", "Waits for audience applause ... [pauses, waiting; then:] Not a sausage." ** Eccles: "Fine, fine, fine.", "I'm the famous Eccles!" ** Grytpype-Thynne and Moriarty: "April in Paris - we've found a Charlie!" Grytpype-Thynne also had "You silly, twisted boy" (referring to Neddie) in season 5. Moriarty has crooning "Owwwwww" from season 7 onwards. ** Moriarty had various faux-foreign outbursts, usually along the lines of "Sapristi bompets!"
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* CatchPhrase: Tons: ** Bluebottle: "You dirty rotten swine you! You have deaded me again!", "I don't like this game", "I heard you call, my Capitan!", "Waits for audience applause ... [pauses, waiting; then:] Not a sausage." ** Eccles: "Fine, fine, fine.", "I'm Tons (the main characters' are on the famous Eccles!" ** Grytpype-Thynne and Moriarty: "April in Paris - we've found a Charlie!" Grytpype-Thynne also had "You silly, twisted boy" (referring to Neddie) in season 5. Moriarty has crooning "Owwwwww" from season 7 onwards. ** Moriarty had various faux-foreign outbursts, usually along the lines of "Sapristi bompets!" character sheet):

* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Most characters veer into this. Eccles and Bluebottle seem to ''live'' in {{Cloudcuckooland}}.
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* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Most characters veer into this. this, Eccles and Bluebottle seem to ''live'' in {{Cloudcuckooland}}.especially.

* CordonBleughChef: Moriarty on several occasions. -->'''Grytpype-Thynne''': ''(sipping soup)'' Tell me, Moriarty...what is this foul but economical recipe?\\ '''Moriarty''': It's a family secret!\\ '''Grytpype-Thynne''': Why?\\ '''Moriarty''': They died after the first mouthful. It was terrible! I had to do all the washing up myself! ** And again... -->'''Moriarty''': ''*humming to himself while alchemical bubbling goes on in background*''\\ '''Grytpype-Thynne''': What is that excruciating brew you're sipping from that boot?\\ '''Moriarty''': Ohh, taste, taste!\\ '''Grytpype-Thynne''': ''*long, slurping sip* *pause* *spitting/splashing sound*'' Gad, what is it?\\ '''Moriarty''': Your laundry. ** And ''again'': -->'''Grytpype-Thynne''': What's for breakfast this morning?\\ '''Moriarty''': This steaming debris fracoule. Here, taste it!\\ ''[smacking of lips]''\\ '''Moriarty''': A dish fit for a king, yes?\\ '''Grytpype-Thynne''': Only if he's abdicated. ** And once more, in ''Who Is Pink Oboe'': -->'''Valentine Dyall''': By God, that smells good, Moriarty! What is it?\\ '''Moriarty''': Me!

* DeathIsCheap: Bluebottle, following his deading, would usually get in touch to say "[[CatchPhrase You rotten swine, you]]," and on one occasion encouraged Eccles to "be deaded, then you can go home for tea!" ** Possibly explained by the fact that they never erected a fourth wall, except on those occasions they planned on blowing it up. * DelayedReaction: Eccles in particular is the master of this.

* TheDitz: Eccles (although he's really more of a Cloudcuckoolander on his good days).

* TheDragon: Poor Moriarty goes from being a rough parody of his ''SherlockHolmes'' [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] counterpart to Thynne's groveling second-in-command.

** Milligan later admitted, when the show was over, that he had written Grytpype-Thynne as a closeted homosexual; this clarifies certain lines of dialogue, such as: -->'''Eccles''': If I close my eyes, I won't be able to see you!\\ '''Grytpype-Thynne''': ...Will you miss me?

* GenreSavvy: Bluebottle's recognition of his function in the show... getting blown up.

* HollywoodToneDeaf: Harry Secombe's signature character Neddie Seagoon -- a case of friendly mockery from Milligan, as Secombe was actually an excellent singer with a professional musical career. ** This becomes a small running gag of the episode entitled ''The Greenslade Story'', broadcast just after Secombe had released a new record - John Snagge, a prominent BBC announcer, threatened to ban it on popular broadcast programme "Housewives' Choice".

** All scotsmen, when speaking, are accompanied by bagpipes. And ''only'' when speaking. If they say just "Yes", there'll be a quick one-second burst on the bagpipes in the background.
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** All scotsmen, Scotsmen, when speaking, are accompanied by bagpipes. And ''only'' when speaking. If they say just "Yes", there'll be a quick one-second burst on the bagpipes in the background.

* OncePerEpisode: Bluebottle being "deaded", usually in an explosion.

* ReadingTheStageDirectionsOutLoud: Bluebottle's trademark.

* SimpletonVoice: Eccles. Possibly also Bluebottle.

* TheyKilledKennyAgain: Bluebottle's deadings.

* UnwittingPawn: Seagoon, ''always''. To take one example, in ''The Case of the Missing CD Plates'', Moriarty runs him (and his bagpipes; ItMakesSenseInContext) over with a steamroller but escapes prosecution due to the steamroller having ''Corps Diplomatique'', or diplomatic immunity plates - Moriarty later drops a piano on his head - and then cons Seagoon into ''breaking into an evidence warehouse to screw a CD plate to the wreckage of the piano'' so he can get off that one as well.

* WhoWouldBeStupidEnough: Used many times with Eccles.
1st Feb '16 10:11:34 PM WillBGood
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** Seagoon (while narrating): "And this is where the story really starts!" He would also frequently respond with "Whatwhatwhatwhatwhatwhat?". At times, would address the audience through a megaphone: "Hello folks! Calling folks" *** "I did not wish to know that."

* FatIdiot: There were a '''lot''' of jests about Secombe's weight. Even Secombe himself got in on it regularly. ** ---> '''Grytpype-Thynne''': I've heard of you; you're Neddie Seagoon, the famous size. ** --->'''Crun''': Neddie, did you hear they're [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luna_3 sending up a rocket to photograph the other side of you]]? ** --->'''Moriarty''': (holding Neddie up with a pistol) Right; turn around.\\ '''Seagoon''': I'm not strong enough.\\ '''Moriarty''': Very well, we'll walk around you.\\ '''Seagoon''': (narrating) Dear listeners; even though I had my back turned to them, I could still see them in a 16-foot mirror that I rushed out and bought... ** --->'''Moriarty''': This is going to be a long trip. Seagoon, how much ground can you cover in a day?\\ '''Seagoon''': I can cover ten square yards standing still.


* IdiotHero: Neddie Seagoon is the nominal hero of most episodes in which he appears, and he's definitely an idiot.

* MotorMouth: Seagoon, which is essentially just Harry Secombe AsHimself.

* PatrioticFervour: Seagoon, often claiming things "''For ENGLAAAAND!''" (despite Harry Secombe being Welsh).

* StraightMan: Insofar as there was one, it tended to be Neddie Seagoon/Harry Secombe - when it wasn't Wallace Greenslade instead.
1st Feb '16 10:03:01 PM WillBGood
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moving character-type tropes to a character-type sheet.
2nd Jan '16 10:59:15 AM nombretomado
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Not to be confused with ''ComicBook/TheGoon'', a comic series about a muscle-bound mob enforcer who fights monsters; nor should it be confused with any shows that happen to be made by [[SomethingAwful goons]], or ''Series/TheGongShow'', or ''Film/TheGoonies''.
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Not to be confused with ''ComicBook/TheGoon'', a comic series about a muscle-bound mob enforcer who fights monsters; nor should it be confused with any shows that happen to be made by [[SomethingAwful [[Website/SomethingAwful goons]], or ''Series/TheGongShow'', or ''Film/TheGoonies''.
27th Dec '15 10:05:23 AM WillBGood
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* ShoutOut: A few scripts have had someone see [[Literature/ColdComfortFarm "something nasty in the woodshed."]]
23rd Dec '15 4:17:03 PM WillBGood
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* SimpletonVoice: Eccles. Possibly also Bluebottle.
21st Dec '15 7:17:47 PM WillBGood
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** '''Greenslade:''' And now, part two, three weeks later. Or part three, two weeks later. Frankly, I couldn't care less.
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** '''Greenslade:''' -->'''Greenslade:''' And now, part two, three weeks later. Or part three, two weeks later. Frankly, I couldn't care less.
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