History Series / MontyPythonsFlyingCircus

7th Jan '17 9:19:11 AM Mullon
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* AlwaysABiggerFish:
** "The Dentist Sketch" featured a man held at gunpoint by an evil dentist, who is then disarmed and both are held by another evil dentist with a gun, followed by another evil dentist with a sub-machine gun, and another evil dentist with a [[{{BFG}} bazooka]]. The whole lot of them are surprised by the appearance of "[[BigBad the Big Cheese]]", who intends to put them all "under the drill".
** A literal example occurs in one of the animations, when the victim of the Fish Slapping Dance is eaten by a German fish that apparently doubles as a submarine. That fish is then eaten by a larger British fish, and then ''that'' fish is eaten by an even larger Chinese fish.

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* AlwaysABiggerFish:
** "The Dentist Sketch" featured a man held at gunpoint by an evil dentist, who is then disarmed and both are held by another evil dentist with a gun, followed by another evil dentist with a sub-machine gun, and another evil dentist with a [[{{BFG}} bazooka]]. The whole lot of them are surprised by the appearance of "[[BigBad the Big Cheese]]", who intends to put them all "under the drill".
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AlwaysABiggerFish: A literal example occurs in one of the animations, when the victim of the Fish Slapping Dance is eaten by a German fish that apparently doubles as a submarine. That fish is then eaten by a larger British fish, and then ''that'' fish is eaten by an even larger Chinese fish.



** Several audible groans followed the punch-line for the Restaurant Sketch: [[spoiler: "Good thing we didn't complain about the dirty knife!"]]



* [[ArentYouGoingToRavishMe Aren't You Going to Arrest Me?]]: The incompetent smuggler gets frustrated when the customs official isn't going to arrest him, and he eventually gets taken away for causing a disturbance rather than smuggling.



* BadLiar: In the Customs sketch, a smuggler has a suitcase full of Swiss watches.



** Don't mention anything about dirty forks in one particular restaurant.



** The announcer of the "Bicycle Repairman" sketch seems to have an [[DirtyCommunists issue with Communism]].



* BillyElliotPlot: Inverted in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPSzPGrazPo one sketch]]; instead of a coal mining father with black lung disapproving of his son going into theater, it's a playwright father with writer's cramp disapproving of his son working in the coal mines.
-->'''Father:''' There's nowt wrong wi' gala luncheons, lad! '''AND DON'T YOU FORGET IT!'''.
-->'''Son:''' There's more to life than culture! There's smoke and dirt and good honest work!
-->'''Father:''' Get out! Get out, you '''labourer!'''



** The smuggler who is trying to sneak Swiss watches and clocks in his luggage [[BadLiar can't tell a convincing lie]] to save his life, his lies get more and more outrageous as the customs officer toys with him; then his [[ImplausibleDeniability "vest" goes off]].



** In one sketch, Eric Idle (as a children's television presenter) reads from a book of what seems to be children's fairy tales, but turns out to be barely-disguised pornography.
--->Rumple-Tweezer ran the Dinky-Tinky shop in the foot of the Magic Oak Tree, by the Wobbly Dum-Dum Bush, in the shade of the Magic Glade down in Dingly-Dell. There, he sold contraceptives and- ''(DoubleTake)''



* BrownNote: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsW9DO1k5-s The funniest joke in the world]].



* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: One cartoon parodied the original Charles Atlas, showing that in a fight, big muscles are no match against [[{{BFG}} big muzzles]].



* CheatingWithTheMilkman
** A milkman approaches the door and is greeted by a negligee wearing woman who invites him inside; instead of bringing him in for sex, she locks him in the bedroom as part of her collection.
** Played straight with Wombat Harness, the man who reads people's poets, and a woman who wants him to take her where "eternity knows no bounds".

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* CheatingWithTheMilkman
** A milkman approaches the door and is greeted by a negligee wearing woman who invites him inside; instead of bringing him in for sex, she locks him in the bedroom as part of her collection.
**
CheatingWithTheMilkman: Played straight with Wombat Harness, the man who reads people's poets, and a woman who wants him to take her where "eternity knows no bounds".



* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: Inverted in show 3 with a city populated by men dressed as Superman. Only one of them -- F.G. Superman -- is actually Bicycle Repair Man, who comes in to the rescue whenever a bicycle breaks down.



* ComedyAsAWeapon: The "World's Funniest Joke" sketch.
** The LondonGangster Doug Piranha would use sarcasm, bathos, puns, and other techniques to terrify his enemies.
* ComicSutra: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MstyFwhLy4 With a melon]]??"

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* ComedyAsAWeapon: The "World's Funniest Joke" sketch.
**
The LondonGangster Doug Piranha would use sarcasm, bathos, puns, and other techniques to terrify his enemies.
* ComicSutra: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MstyFwhLy4 With a melon]]??"
enemies.



* ConstantlyCurious: Arthur Lemming in the dentist sketch is a man who gets caught in the middle of an unraveling conspiracy of evil dentists, and he occasionally asks one of the evil dentists what is going on. The end of the sketch reveals that Lemming is a dentist from the British Dental Association who was spying on them.



* DidntWeUseThisJokeAlready: In episode 2 an announcer says, "And now for something completely the same: a man with three buttocks," and gets a phone call pointing out that they did that already. The gag is repeated in a different sketch later in the episode.
* DieLaughing: "The Funniest Joke in the World"
* DirtyCommies: The voiceover announcer for "Bicycle Repair Man" gets distracted at the end of the sketch by his [[{{Angrish}} rage at Communists]], only to [[MoodWhiplash calm down immediately]] when his wife calls him for tea.
** One Eric Idle monologue sketch is of an etiquette specialist discussing what to do if your dinner party is interrupted by a Communist insurrection.

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* DidntWeUseThisJokeAlready: In episode 2 an announcer says, "And now for something completely the same: a man with three buttocks," and gets a phone call pointing out that they did that already. The gag is repeated in a different sketch later in the episode.
* DieLaughing: "The Funniest Joke in the World"
* DirtyCommies: The voiceover announcer for "Bicycle Repair Man" gets distracted at the end of the sketch by his [[{{Angrish}} rage at Communists]], only to [[MoodWhiplash calm down immediately]] when his wife calls him for tea.
**
One Eric Idle monologue sketch is of an etiquette specialist discussing what to do if your dinner party is interrupted by a Communist insurrection.



* DisproportionateRetribution:
** The "Self-Defense against Fresh Fruit" sketch.
** One sketch briefly mentions a man being investigated by the police for two years, convicted of not having a license for his car radio, for which he was subsequently hanged, "despite the prohibition of capital punishment, and a huge public outcry".

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* DisproportionateRetribution:
** The "Self-Defense against Fresh Fruit" sketch.
**
DisproportionateRetribution: One sketch briefly mentions a man being investigated by the police for two years, convicted of not having a license for his car radio, for which he was subsequently hanged, "despite the prohibition of capital punishment, and a huge public outcry".



* DrillSergeantNasty
** Sgt. Major from the "Self-Defense against Fresh Fruit" sketch.
** Also the first doctor from the "RSM Hospital" sketch.

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* DrillSergeantNasty
** Sgt. Major from the "Self-Defense against Fresh Fruit" sketch.
** Also the
DrillSergeantNasty: The first doctor from the "RSM Hospital" sketch.



* EntendreFailure: The basis of the "Nudge Nudge" sketch.



* EverythingIsAnInstrument: The mouse organ, a set of mice trained to squeak at a selected pitch, arranged in a set of boxes from E# to G, that can squeak "the Bells of St. Mary's". They are played by striking them with mallets; not small felt covered mallets like you use for xylophones and such, large wooden meat tenderizers. The organist is dragged away with off-stage screams of "Oh my God! Stop him!"



* FruitOfTheLoon: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bCyIAsSid8 "Self-Defense Against Fresh Fruit."]]



* GardenHoseSquirtSurprise: In "The Wacky Queen", Queen Victoria does this to Gladstone.



* HeadTiltinglyKinky: In the Storytime sketch. "...with a ''[[NoodleImplements melon]]''?!"



* HoldUpYourScore: The Job Interview sketch, for example.



* ImprobableWeaponUser: The funniest joke in the world, which became used in warfare.
** And a hypothetical attacker wielding fresh fruit.



* KillThePoor: This John Cleese vox pop:
-->'''Conservative MP:''' Well, I think they should attack the lower classes, first with bombs and rockets destroying their homes and then when they run helpless into the streets, mowing them down with machine guns. And then, of course, releasing the vultures. ''(beat)'' I know these views aren't popular, but I have never courted popularity.
* LampshadedDoubleEntendre
** "Nudge nudge, wink wink, say no more, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrDFGa0juCM say no more]]"
** "A nod's as good as a wink to a blind bat!"

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* KillThePoor: This John Cleese vox pop:
-->'''Conservative MP:''' Well, I think they should attack the lower classes, first with bombs and rockets destroying their homes and then when they run helpless into the streets, mowing them down with machine guns. And then, of course, releasing the vultures. ''(beat)'' I know these views aren't popular, but I have never courted popularity.
* LampshadedDoubleEntendre
** "Nudge nudge, wink wink, say no more, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrDFGa0juCM say no more]]"
**
LampshadedDoubleEntendre: "A nod's as good as a wink to a blind bat!"



* MistakenForBadass: In the "Dentist Sketch", an evil dentist mistakes a tobacconist for an agent of the BDA, and pulls a gun on him; it's subverted at the end when said tobacconist reveals himself as Arthur Lemming, Special Investigator from the British Dental Association.



* MuscleBeachBum: One of the animations was a parody of the Charles Atlas ads. A weakling has sand kicked in his face by a beach bully, who then steals his girlfriend. He exercises and develops a massive physique. When he returns to the beach, the bully shoots him in the head with a cannon and steals the girlfriend again.



* NoodleImplements:
** The "specimens" in "The Insurance Sketch".
** "With a melon!?"

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* NoodleImplements:
**
NoodleImplements: The "specimens" in "The Insurance Sketch".
** "With a melon!?"
Sketch".



* OurProductSucks: Used in the "Dentist Sketch"; an evil dentist was using a bookstore as a front and is waiting for an associate, so when a customer shows up, the dentist tries to convince him to go to another bookstore across the street.
** Shows up for the Whizzo Butter advertisement, in which housewives can't tell between Whizzo and a dead crab.



* SchmuckBait: Attempting to translate the German version of the Funniest Joke in the World sounds like it would be this trope, but it's subverted in true Python fashion since [[spoiler: [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign the joke consists of mostly made-up words that merely SOUND German]].]]



* SecretIdentityChangeTrick: In "Bicycle Repairman".



* SomethingElseAlsoRises: Parodied. We see a couple go to bed and then clips of StockFootage consisting only of this, such as the train entering into a tunnel, a chimney being blown up playing in reverse (as if it were rising), champagne bottles blowing open and so on (even a clip featuring Richard Nixon). After the clips they are over, the man and the woman are shown sitting in the bed, the man with a projector and the girl asking "Oh Bevis, are you going to do anything or are you just going to show me films all evening?"



* StopTrick
** When Eric Idle gets fed up with the "Mary... Army Recruitment" sketch, Graham Chapman suggests a scene change; Eric stays the same when the recruitment office spontaneously changes to a bus.
** Also used a lot in the "Confuse-a-Cat" sketch, among others.

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* StopTrick
**
StopTrick: When Eric Idle gets fed up with the "Mary... Army Recruitment" sketch, Graham Chapman suggests a scene change; Eric stays the same when the recruitment office spontaneously changes to a bus.
** Also used a lot in the "Confuse-a-Cat" sketch, among others.
bus.



* SubvertedKidsShow: One called ''Storytime'' goes awry as the host (Eric Idle) realizes that all the cutesy stories in the book he's reading from are actually erotica, complete with illustrations (see ComicSutra above).



** The smuggler, as well as being a BadLiar: "Nothing to declare, no, nothing in my suitcase..." and "No, no watches at all. No precision watches, no."



** The "Killer Joke" sketch refers to it as being 'over 60,000 times as powerful as Britain's great pre-war joke', which is narrated over footage of UsefulNotes/NevilleChamberlain holding up the Munich Agreement.



* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: The chef in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdzqTGmEcZE "Dirty Fork" sketch]].
-->'''[[LargeHam John Cleese]]:''' ''[[YouBastard You bastards]]!'' You vicious, heartless bastards! Look what you've done to him! He's worked his fingers to the bone to make this place what it is, and you come in with your petty, feeble quibbling and you grind him into the dirt! This fine, honorable man whose boots you are but worthy to kiss! ''({{beat}})'' Oh, it makes me mad.

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* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: The chef in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdzqTGmEcZE "Dirty Fork" sketch]].
-->'''[[LargeHam John Cleese]]:''' ''[[YouBastard You bastards]]!'' You vicious, heartless bastards! Look what you've done to him! He's worked his fingers to the bone to make this place what it is, and you come in with your petty, feeble quibbling and you grind him into the dirt! This fine, honorable man whose boots you are but worthy to kiss! ''({{beat}})'' Oh, it makes me mad.
ThatMakesMeFeelAngry:



* TherapyBackfire: In the "Marriage Counselor" sketch, a man brings his wife to a marriage counselor; the counselor then [[InstantSeduction seduces her right in front of him]].



* ThisJustIn: Eric Idle plays a news anchor reporting on a jewel robbery and shows film of a possible witness, it's of him sitting at a news desk; the film then shows a cop appearing to arrest Film!Eric, while Real!Eric gets a news flash handed to him, saying that the person of interest has been taken in for questioning. Film!Eric comes back as Real!Eric gets another bulletin saying the first person was not the one they were looking for, but has given them another lead, the cop appears in studio and takes Real!Eric into custody. Film!Eric then says that they've received word that the man is now helping the police with their inquiries.



* UnfortunateItemSwap: In the "Police Raid" sketch, Graham Chapman plays the role of a policeman who intrudes on two guys having lunch, claiming he's got a warrant to search the premises. After a brief awkward silence, Graham produces a paper bag from his pocket, drops it on the table, and begins loudly declaring that he has discovered a bag which may indeed contain illicit substances. Eric Idle searches the bag to find... a sandwich. Dismayed, Graham looks at the camera and inquires, "Blimey! Whatever did I give the wife?"



* VoxPops: Ask the man on the street what he thinks?
-->'''Woman (Carol Cleveland):''' ''(seductively)'' I am not a man you silly billy!\\
'''Man on rooftop (Terry Jones):''' ''(pours himself some tea from a thermos, then notices the camera)'' I'm not on the street you fairy!\\
'''Man in street (John Cleese):''' Well, speaking as a man on the street... ''(gets knocked flying by speeding car)'' WAAGH!



* WeaponsGradeVocabulary: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gpjk_MaCGM People died by a JOKE.]]



* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: Subverted. Bicycle Repair Man's power (to mend bikes really quickly) is incredibly useful in a world where everyone else is Superman.
6th Jan '17 8:36:58 AM SeptimusHeap
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* FreudWasRight:[[invoked]] An actor playing Hamlet is depressed because he is bored with life and wants to become a private dick (detective), hoping to get fame, money, glamour, excitement, and sex; all the psychiatrists and other people around him jump on the "sex" part.

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* FreudWasRight:[[invoked]] FreudWasRight: An actor playing Hamlet is depressed because he is bored with life and wants to become a private dick (detective), hoping to get fame, money, glamour, excitement, and sex; all the psychiatrists and other people around him jump on the "sex" part.
17th Dec '16 11:32:11 AM timtom15
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* MuscleBeachBum: One of the animations was a parody of the Charles Atlas ads. A weakling has sand kicked in his face by a beach bully, who then steals his girlfriend. He exercises and develops a massive physique. When he returns to the beach, the bully shoots him in the head with a cannon and steals the girlfriend again.
9th Dec '16 10:26:48 AM dmcreif
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* TastyGold: In the "Crackpot Religion" sketch.

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* TastyGold: In the "Crackpot Religion" "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGkX-sY1W7U Crackpot Religions]]" sketch.
29th Nov '16 3:02:06 PM Outis
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** Generally assume that a character named "Maudling" is one of these against Reginald Maudling, an MP who was embroiled in financial scandals. The Pythons make frequent mockery of him, though one sketch used him as a springboard to make [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98oeOocy2yI&t=23m54s a tremendous slam]] against MargaretThatcher.

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** Generally assume that a character named "Maudling" is one of these against Reginald Maudling, an MP who was embroiled in financial scandals. The Pythons make frequent mockery of him, though one sketch used him as a springboard to make [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98oeOocy2yI&t=23m54s a tremendous slam]] against MargaretThatcher.MargaretThatcher (years before she became Prime Minister or even leader of her party).
28th Nov '16 4:39:00 PM Outis
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** Conversely there are episodes in which the opening credits aren't run until more than halfway through.
9th Nov '16 8:21:35 PM dmcreif
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* ArtisticLicenseAnimalCare: According to the "Fish Club" sketch, goldfish have a ravenous appetite and eat sausages, spring greens, gazpacho, bread and gravy.
-->'''Announcer:''' ''(with text on screen)'' "The RSPCA wishes it to be known that that man was not a bona-fide animal lover, and also that goldfish do not eat sausages."\\

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* ArtisticLicenseAnimalCare: According ArtisticLicenseAnimalCare:
**According
to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJlBYvkRiHk the "Fish Club" sketch, sketch]], goldfish have a ravenous appetite and eat sausages, spring greens, gazpacho, bread and gravy.
-->'''Announcer:''' ''(with --->'''Announcer:''' ''(reading text on screen)'' "The RSPCA wishes it to be known that that man was not a bona-fide animal lover, and also that goldfish do not eat sausages."\\


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** Then there's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npjOSLCR2hE the "Dead Parrot" sketch]], in which [[DeadAllAlong it's a bit late for proper animal care]]; though bad animal care on the part of the incompetent pet shop owner is almost certainly the reason the parrot is no more, has ceased to be, and is an ex-parrot.
9th Nov '16 2:23:56 PM nombretomado
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* [[ShesGotlegs He's Got Legs]]: Ministry of Silly Walks (possibly) unintentionally does a lot to emphasize JohnCleese's long slender dextrous legs.

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* [[ShesGotlegs He's Got Legs]]: Ministry of Silly Walks (possibly) unintentionally does a lot to emphasize JohnCleese's Creator/JohnCleese's long slender dextrous legs.
5th Nov '16 10:28:45 AM ErebusElysium
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* TheUnwittingComedian: Mr. Holden from the "Man Who Makes People Laugh" sketch. Mr. Holden is an average, middle-aged man who's words causes those that hear it to burst out in hysterical laughter, even though everything he says isn't humorous in the slightest. This eventually gets him fired by his boss, who is desperately holding in hysterical laughter as he speaks with him, because his laughter inducement is considered obstructive by his fellow employees.
19th Oct '16 1:55:12 PM Berrenta
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* FreudianSlipperySlope: "Good evening. I'd like to talk to you tonight about the place of the nude [[ThatCameOutWrong in my bed]]... um... in the ''history'' of my bed -- of ''art'', of art! I'm sorry. The place of the nude in the history of [[AccidentalInnuendo tart]] -- [[CrossesTheLineTwice call girl]] -- I'm sorry, I'll start again. ''(pauses, takes deep breath)'' [[TheyJustDidntCare Bum.]] Oh, what a giveaway, I'm sorry... the place of the nude in art..."

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* FreudianSlipperySlope: "Good evening. I'd like to talk to you tonight about the place of the nude [[ThatCameOutWrong in my bed]]... um... in the ''history'' of my bed -- of ''art'', of art! I'm sorry. The place of the nude in the history of [[AccidentalInnuendo tart]] -- [[CrossesTheLineTwice call girl]] -- I'm sorry, I'll start again. ''(pauses, takes deep breath)'' [[TheyJustDidntCare Bum.]] Bum. Oh, what a giveaway, I'm sorry... the place of the nude in art..."
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