History Series / MontyPythonsFlyingCircus

14th Aug '17 4:54:23 PM Mullon
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* HeroicLineage: ''Njorl's Saga'' was first [[DerailedForDetails derailed]] by the narrator getting caught up in this. When he mentions a name, he indicates how heroic it is by it's relation to another name, which relates to another heroic name, and so on. Then it gets repeated when Njorl is dragged into a British court.
--> "Erik Njorl, son of Frothgar, brother of Hangnor, son of Thorvald Nlodvisson, son of Gudleif, half brother of Thorgier, the priest of Ljosa water, who took to wife Thurunn, the mother of Thorkel Braggart, the slayer of Cudround the powerful, who knew Howal, son of Geernon, son of Erik from Valdalesc, son of Arval Gristlebeard, son of Harken, who killed Bjortguaard in Sochnadale in Norway over Cudreed, daughter of Thorkel Long, the son of Kettle-Trout, the half son of Harviyoun Half-troll, father of Ingbare the Brave, who with Isenbert of Gottenberg the daughter of Hangbard the Fierce..."
** Averted when the Crown Prosecutor begins questioning:
--> ''Crown Prosecutor'': Are you Erik Njorl, son of Frothgar-
--> ''Judge'': Get on with it!

* KangarooCourt: The court seen in the ''Njorl's Saga'' episode. When Njorl is brought to trial for promoting a London suburb during a BBC saga, there are several trumped up charges tacked on, the court only follows procedure because the press is watching, he's [[BandageMummy clearly the victim]] of PoliceBrutality, and the cop that testifies against him gets his stories mixed up and makes up a phony confession from Njorl.

* SubliminalAdvertising: Parodied in the Series 3 episode "Njorl's Saga". The title story receives emergency funding from the North Malden Icelandic Society, who proceed to derail it with advertising trying to persuade businesses to invest in Malden (a London suburb). At one point, during a fight scene in which the characters are carrying placards advertising the virtues of Malden for businesses, the words "INVEST IN MALDEN" flash on the screen repeatedly. At first, they only stay for a few frames, but each time they appear, they remain on screen for longer, until finally they flash on screen and stay there until a cut to the next sketch.
5th Aug '17 6:42:56 PM Mullon
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* BlackComedyCannibalism: The "Lifeboat" sketch and the "Undertaker/Cannibalism" sketch.

* DrillSergeantNasty: The first doctor from the "RSM Hospital" sketch.

* NoodleImplements: The "specimens" in "The Insurance Sketch".

* StudioAudience: In the "Undertakers' Sketch", they rush the stage in mock indignation. Apparently, letting the audience react this way was a condition of the BBC letting them use the skit. The BBC agreed to let them do the sketch only if they made it clear that the studio audience disapproved of it. The Pythons responded by taking it UpToEleven, having the audience loudly boo practically every joke and then rush the stage at the end. It was AllPartOfTheShow, of course.
31st Jul '17 12:18:24 PM WildeOscar
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** A sailor gets caught eating a human leg in the "Expedition to Lake Pahoe" sketch.
30th Jul '17 3:08:20 PM Mullon
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* ChewingTheScenery: The padre from the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI Ypres]] sketch, which lands him in a hospital that treats overacting.

* DoesNotLikeSpam: Mrs. Bun in the "Spam" sketch, though her husband and the singing vikings love it. The TropeNamer.

* DontLikeDontRead: In the "Spam" sketch, Mrs. Bun tries to order one of the spam-filled dishes with the spam removed, and argues with the waitress over it, despite there being two items on the menu with no spam in them, one of which was exactly what she was trying to order.

* FunWithForeignLanguages: The show contains the trope-naming sketch for MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels.

* IncessantChorus: The Spam vikings. "Lovely Spam, wonderful Spaaaaam..." "Bloody Vikings!"

* LanguageBarrier: Oh, the poor tobacconist and the poor Hungarian, trapped in malicious trickster translation of a Hungarian-English phrasebook.
* LargeHam: In-universe, John Cleese's padre in the First World War sketch... so much so that he is taken to a hospital for "Over-acting".

* LiteralAssKissing: ''The Dirty Hungarian Phrasebook'' is available at Her Majesty's Stationary Office for the price of a kiss on the bum.

* MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels: TropeNamer.

* PenultimateOutburst: "If there's any more StockFootage of women applauding, I shall be forced to clear the court!"

* RockPaperScissors: And one of the players has no arms.

* TrappedBehindEnemyLines: The "Ypres 1914" sketch.
22nd Jul '17 5:41:47 PM Mullon
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* BattleStrip: In "Scott of the Sahara", Ensign Oates stripped all his clothes off as he fights the giant electric penguin.

* CarpetOfVirility: Scott of the Antarctic. Ye ''gods''.

* ChairmanOfTheBrawl: The lion in "Scott of the Sahara".

* ClothingDamage: The "Scott in the Sahara" sketch includes a scene where Carol Cleveland's character is running away and keeps getting her clothing caught on and pulled off by cacti. The cacti are separated so far away from each other that it quickly becomes obvious that she's deliberately running from one cactus to the next so that this can happen.

* DavidVersusGoliath: Ensign Oates vs. the 20-foot-tall Electric Penguin in "Scott of the Antarctic".

* LeFilmArtistique: "Le Fromage Grand" (which is French for "the big cheese")

* GenderFlip: In "Scott of the Antarctic/Sahara", one of his men was changed to Miss Evans, for the blatant {{Fanservice}}.

* InNameOnly: Parodied in the "Scott of the Antarctic" sketch.

* [[IThoughtEveryoneCouldDoThat I Thought Everyone Had Big Teeth]]: Martin Curry is a film director who makes films where every character has enormous teeth, this is because he has overly large teeth himself; and when asked by a normal toothed person about the dental appendages, he doesn't understand what's so odd. This is followed by several people with different abnormalities (man with large ears, man with large nose, man in drag) also thinking the film was weird, except for another person with big teeth who thought it was just fine.

* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: Scott to the lion in "Scott of the Antarctic".

* MisplacedWildlife: Became a problem for "Scott of the Antarctic" as the film was going to have Scott fight a lion, until it is pointed out there are no lions in the Antarctic. Instead of losing the lion, [[ReadTheFinePrint which was in the contract]], they switch locations to the Sahara desert, where they have lions and giant electric penguins with green tentacles that sting people.

* OffTheChart: Mr. Frog's ('''[[InsistentTerminology S.]]''' Frog's [Shut up!]) sales campaign for Conquistador Coffee sends the sales graph plummeting through the horizontal axis and off the bottom of the page.

* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: In the "How Not to Be Seen" sketch, "When we called at their house, we found that they had gone away on two weeks' holiday... However, a neighbor told us where they were." (Blows them up.) "And here is the neighbor who told us where they were." (Blows him up.)

* SufferTheSlings: An impromptu one is made from underwear to fight a giant electric penguin.

* TastyGold: In the "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGkX-sY1W7U Crackpot Religions]]" sketch.

* TitleSequence: The episode "Scott of the Antarctic" featured its namesake sketch at the beginning -- 18 minutes long -- before ever showing the show's Title Sequence. This is probably the first ever example of a show delaying its title sequence to anywhere near or (in this case) beyond its halfway mark. It's only possible thanks to the BBC having no commercial breaks, and thus not having to identify the show upon returning from such a break.

* UnusualPetsForUnusualPeople: The "Fish License" sketch has John Cleese asking a license for his pet halibut. The man behind the counter (Michael Palin) finds this strange and unnecessary. Cleese then defends himself by referring to other historical people who had unusual pets, such as Marcel Proust. In the end it turns out Cleese's character also wants a license for his pet bee, who is called "Eric the Half-A-Bee", because ''he was dissected accidentally''.

* WhenPropsAttack: The deliberately-awful fight with the lion during the "Scott of the Sahara" sketch, which randomly switches between stock footage of a real lion, a man in a cheap lion costume, and "Scott" holding a small cuddly toy lion to his neck.
19th Jul '17 7:02:44 AM DarkStorm
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* ThereIsNoRuleSix: Once again, the TropeNamer. It's also the quote on that page.
8th Jul '17 11:54:10 PM IuraCivium
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* JudicialWig: All sketches taking place in a courtroom have the judge wearing one. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], since this ''is'' Britain.
8th Jul '17 10:43:45 PM ecuvulle6267
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* {{Oktoberfest}}: This trope was satirized to death (and then some) by the "Bavarian Restaurant" sketch.
** Ironically enough, made on location for ''[[SelfDeprecatingHumour German]]'' television.
18th Jun '17 4:54:20 PM Mullon
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* {{Corpsing}}: The very best example comes from the "Penguin On The Television" scene. Graham Chapman's exclamation of "Oh, intercourse the penguin!" is clearly an ad lib. How can you tell? Creator/JohnCleese obviously trying to stifle his laughter and get back in character...
** Graham also noticeably does this earlier in the same sketch right after saying "Burma!"

* LogicBomb: The Bruces' Rule 6 is "There is no rule 6".

* TheTelevisionTalksBack: The Exploding Penguin sketch.
-->'''Presenter:''' ''(on television)'' It's, er, just gone eight o'clock, and time for the penguin on top of your television set to explode. ''(and so it does, very noisily)''\\
'''Pepperpot:''' How did he know that was going to happen!?\\
'''Presenter:''' It was an inspired guess.

* ThereIsNoRuleSix: TropeNamer by way of the Bruces sketch.
10th Jun '17 8:27:32 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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''Monty Python's Flying Circus'' was a British sketch comedy television series featuring the comedy troupe Creator/MontyPython that originally aired on the BBC from 1969 to 1974. The success of its uniquely surreal lunacy has also generated four spinoff films to date, each featuring the same troupe in multiple roles before and behind the camera.


''Monty Python's Flying Circus'' was a British sketch comedy television series featuring the comedy troupe Creator/MontyPython that originally aired on the BBC Creator/TheBBC from 1969 to 1974. The success of its uniquely surreal lunacy has also generated four spinoff films to date, each featuring the same troupe in multiple roles before and behind the camera.
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