History Series / Blackadder

12th Jun '17 3:51:27 PM ironballs16
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* AttackAttackAttack: Any time a plan for the war is discussed, it's [[WeHaveReserves invariably this]].

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* AttackAttackAttack: Any time [[https://youtu.be/rblfKREj50o a plan for the war is discussed, discussed]], it's [[WeHaveReserves invariably this]].this]].
-->'''Blackadder''': It's the same plan we used last time. And the ''seventeen times'' before that.\\
'''Melchett''': E-e-ex''actly''! And that is what is so brilliant about it! It'll catch the watchful Hun totally off-guard. Doing precisely what we've done eighteen times before is exactly the last thing they'll expect us to do this time.
12th Jun '17 3:44:10 PM ironballs16
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* AttractiveBentGender: When George disguises himself as Georgina, not only Melchett falls in love with him, but he becomes quite a successful primadonna.

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* AttackAttackAttack: Any time a plan for the war is discussed, it's [[WeHaveReserves invariably this]].
* AttractiveBentGender: When George disguises himself as Georgina, not only does Melchett falls fall in love with him, but he becomes quite a successful primadonna.
31st May '17 5:36:04 PM komodosp
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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: The abolition of slavery.
30th May '17 6:38:37 AM RossN
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** 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.
17th May '17 11:35:19 PM Az_Tech341
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A tastefully vicious collection of [[BritCom 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 DeadpanSnarker 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 BumblingSidekick 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 UpperClassTwit of far higher social station than his own, whom he is forced to serve hand and foot.

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A tastefully vicious collection of [[BritCom British comedies]], all centering around various generations of the Blackadder family as embodied in its sole visible member, Edmund -- a cynical, snide snide, and outright caustic British nobleman (he'd be a DeadpanSnarker 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 BumblingSidekick 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 UpperClassTwit of far higher social station than his own, whom he is forced to serve hand and foot.



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 ([[RuleOfFunny For some reason]], each incarnation was lower in social order than the previous).

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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 ([[RuleOfFunny For for some reason]], each incarnation was lower in social order than the previous).
14th May '17 8:06:22 AM nighttrainfm
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* CommediaDellArteTroupe
* TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch: various examples, especially in the first two series, such as the (latest) Archbishop of Canterbury dying because [[spoiler: a soldier bowed to him, "forgetting" that his helmet had a metre-long spike on it]], or Edmund's predecessor as Chief Executioner, [[spoiler: whose death was apparently a bureaucratic error, though Queenie seems to know more about it than she's letting on]]. Fantasised, though not acted out, by Edmund Blackadder III, when he asks "Baldrick, does it have to be this way? Our valued friendship ending with me cutting you up into strips and telling the prince that you walked over a very sharp cattle grid in an extremely heavy hat?"

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* CommediaDellArteTroupe
* TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch: various
TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch:
** Various
examples, especially in the first two series, such as the (latest) Archbishop of Canterbury dying because [[spoiler: a soldier bowed to him, "forgetting" that his helmet had a metre-long spike on it]], or Edmund's predecessor as Chief Executioner, [[spoiler: whose death was apparently a bureaucratic error, though Queenie seems to know more about it than she's letting on]]. Fantasised, though not acted out, by Edmund Blackadder III, when he asks "Baldrick, does it have to be this way? Our valued friendship ending with me cutting you up into strips and telling the prince that you walked over a very sharp cattle grid in an extremely heavy hat?"



* DeadpanSnarker: Blackadder in the second and subsequent seasons; also, Melchett in the second series and Darling in the fourth.

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* DeadpanSnarker: DeadpanSnarker:
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Blackadder in the second and subsequent seasons; also, Melchett in the second series and Darling in the fourth.



* DeliberateValuesDissonance: 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.

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: often DeliberateValuesDissonance:
** 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.



* DisproportionateRetribution: Often. Nearly all Blackadders have unpleasant reactions to people they find somewhat irritating. Queenie has ordered executions for celebrating Christmas (and then changing her mind and ordering them for those who don't give her impressive enough gifts). The first Edmund's scepticism of witchcraft also got him accused and tried (and almost burned) for it by a corrupt "witchsmeller".

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* DisproportionateRetribution: DisproportionateRetribution:
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Often. Nearly all Blackadders have unpleasant reactions to people they find somewhat irritating. Queenie has ordered executions for celebrating Christmas (and then changing her mind and ordering them for those who don't give her impressive enough gifts). The first Edmund's scepticism of witchcraft also got him accused and tried (and almost burned) for it by a corrupt "witchsmeller".
14th May '17 8:05:27 AM nighttrainfm
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* TookALevelInKindness: 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 and SpoiledSweet ManChild.

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* TookALevelInKindness: TookALevelInKindness:
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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 and SpoiledSweet ManChild.



* UniversalAdaptorCast

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* UniversalAdaptorCastUniversalAdaptorCast: Back & Forth makes it explicit that there are analogues of the main cast throughout all of history.
13th May '17 12:31:19 PM nombretomado
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* BeenThereShapedHistory: 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 UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill behind his back and another gagging behind MargaretThatcher giving a speech.

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* BeenThereShapedHistory: 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 UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill behind his back and another gagging behind MargaretThatcher UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher giving a speech.
9th May '17 6:05:36 PM 8088ben
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* LaserGuidedKarma: 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.
9th May '17 2:29:25 PM needsanewhobby
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* SpringtimeForHitler: Baldrick, tasked with building a fake time machine, somehow ends up building a real one.
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