History Theatre / AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum

27th Jun '16 1:57:17 PM eowynjedi
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* AllPartOfTheShow: When Lycus (in disguise as one of the troupe) fails to catch an acrobat, Miles delightedly laughs that the man is ''very'' good.
--> "He really makes it look like he fell on his head!"



* DirtyOldMan: Senex. Domina even sings a song about him with that exact title.

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* DirtyOldMan: Senex.Senex, who's a little too interested in the brothel that's moved in next door. Domina even sings a song about him with that exact title.



* KarmicDeath: Gusto the body snatcher immediately has his own body snatched upon his death.

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* KarmicDeath: Gusto the body snatcher immediately has had his own body snatched upon his death.



* OrphansPlotTrinket: a ring with a gaggle of geese on it.

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* OrphansPlotTrinket: a A ring with a gaggle of geese on it.



* RedHerring: The sleeping potion.

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* RaceAgainstTheClock: Miles Gloriosus gives Psedolus (as Lycus) half an hour to fetch Philia before he and his men ransack the entire neighborhood in retribution.
* RedHerring: The sleeping potion. It does get drunk a couple of times, but always by accident and never in a way that seriously affects the plot.



* TheTrickster: Pseudolus
* TwinThreesomeFantasy: Lycus' house has twins. Draw your own conclusions.
** To quote Miles Gloriosus' line from the final song: "I get the twins, they get the best."

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* TheTrickster: Pseudolus
Pseudolus, so much so that when Lycus rails that he's been cheated by the "lyingist, cheatingist, sloppiest slave in Rome", his friend immediately replies:
--> "Ah. Pseudolus."
* TwinThreesomeFantasy: Lycus' house has twins. Draw your own conclusions.
** To quote
Miles Gloriosus' line from buys them at the final song: end... but as far as he's concerned, the fantasy should be ''theirs''.
-->
"I get the twins, they get the best."best!"
27th Jun '16 10:34:29 AM eowynjedi
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* AncientRome:

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* AncientRome:AncientRome: The story takes place in a "less fashionable suburb" of it. Actual dates or the Emperor in charge aren't relevant, though.



* BrainlessBeauty: Philia, being an AffectionateParody of TheIngenue and PurityPersonified.

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* BrainlessBeauty: BrainlessBeauty:
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Philia, being an AffectionateParody of TheIngenue and PurityPersonified.PurityPersonified. Her song "Lovely" has Hero reassuring her that her inability to read or tell the difference between 3 and 5 doesn't matter because she's so, well, lovely.



* BreakingTheFourthWall: Pseudolus does this a few times.

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* BreakingTheFourthWall: BreakingTheFourthWall:
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Pseudolus does this a few times. He addresses the audience directly in the stage version, and the camera in the movie.



* DeliberateValuesDissonance: When Pseudolus sings of the things he can do if he is free, they include having a slave of his own. Obviously, he has no problem with slavery when he is not in bondage.
** Also [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] in that he intends to buy a slave of his own ''[[PetTheDog just so he can free him.]]''

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: When Pseudolus sings of the things he can do if he is free, they include having a slave of his own. Obviously, he has no problem with slavery when he is not in bondage.
** Also [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] in that he intends to buy a slave of his own ''[[PetTheDog just so he can free him.]]''



* DeusExMachina: Not in the literal sense (sadly), but Erronius just shows up at the end and solves everyone's problems (including his own) completely by accident. Legendary comedian Creator/BusterKeaton played him in the movie so that they could have bits of physical comedy with him throughout.
** Legend has it that the director, concerned with Keaton's advanced age, refused to let him do any physical comedy moments. Keaton bribed the cameraman to film him doing some pratfalls anyway and they were worked into the film.

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* DeusExMachina: Not in the literal sense (sadly), but Erronius just shows up at the end and solves everyone's problems (including his own) completely by accident. Legendary comedian Creator/BusterKeaton played him in the movie so that they could have bits of physical comedy with him throughout.
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throughout. Legend has it that the director, concerned with Keaton's advanced age, refused to let him do any physical comedy moments. Keaton bribed the cameraman to film him doing some pratfalls anyway and they were worked into the film.



* EvilSoundsDeep: Miles Gloriosus has the lowest notes, as well as being the closest thing the show has to a bad guy. (Which is to say that he's as bumbling and well-intentioned as the rest of the cast, he just happens to lead a Roman legion.)
** In the movie, they even transposed his part down lower, presumably to accommodate the operatic bass (Australian actor Leon Greene) who was cast.

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* EvilSoundsDeep: Miles Gloriosus has the lowest notes, as well as being the closest thing the show has to a bad guy. (Which is to say that he's as bumbling and well-intentioned as the rest of the cast, he just happens to lead a Roman legion.)
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) In the movie, they even transposed his part down lower, presumably to accommodate the operatic bass (Australian actor Leon Greene) who was cast.



* {{Fanservice}}: Something for everyone, after all.

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* {{Fanservice}}: Something for everyone, after all. The movie includes a rather... drawn-out sequence of Lycus' "merchandise" showing themselves off for Pseudolus.



* GirlNextDoor: Hero loves Philia.
** Albeit, Philia is a courtesan, but she's a virginal one...

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* GirlNextDoor: Hero loves Philia.
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Philia. Albeit, Philia is a courtesan, but she's a virginal one...



* LargeHam:
** Miles Gloriosus, the bombastic, egotistical captian who never has a scene without shouting at least once.
** Pseudolus is quite a ham as well. Hilariously, one ''New York Times'' review said that Zero Mostel's film performance was ''subdued'' next to the stage version.



* {{Meido}}: Philia's cover story for being in the house when Senex gets home. Well "Everybody Ought to Have a Maid".

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* {{Meido}}: Philia's cover story for being in the house when Senex gets home. Well Well, "Everybody Ought to Have a Maid".



* PaperThinDisguise: In some productions, Hysterium's crossdressing disguise is far from convincing, which makes it even funnier when all the men are completely fooled by it.

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* PaperThinDisguise: PaperThinDisguise:
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In some productions, Hysterium's crossdressing disguise is far from convincing, which makes it even funnier when all the men are completely fooled by it.



* ScoobyDoobyDoors: the stage version can feature this.
* ServileSnarker: Pseudolus
* TheSoprano: Philia

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* ScoobyDoobyDoors: the The stage version can feature this.
* ServileSnarker: Pseudolus
Pseudolus is always using his wit subtly--or sometimes not subtly--on his masters.
* TheSoprano: PhiliaPhilia, as TheIngenue.



* SuicideAsComedy: When Hero first learns that Philia has been sold, he tries to stab himself, only to miss (he gets the part of the toga under his arm instead). He tries again a minute later, only for Pseudolus to snatch the dagger and tell him to knock it off.

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* SuicideAsComedy: When SuicideAsComedy:
**When
Hero first learns that Philia has been sold, he tries to stab himself, only to miss (he gets the part of the toga under his arm instead). He tries again a minute later, only for Pseudolus to snatch the dagger and tell him to knock it off.
28th May '16 8:51:22 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* VillainSong: "Bring Me My Bride" contains numerous lines where Miles brags about his atrocities.


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28th May '16 8:49:35 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AmazonChaser: In many productions, Gymnasia is a scary dominatrix with a whip who towers over the rest of the cast and that's exactly why Pseudolus wants her so bad.

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* AmazonChaser: In many productions, Gymnasia is a scary dominatrix {{dominatrix}} with a whip who [[StatuesqueStunner towers over the rest of the cast cast]] and that's exactly why Pseudolus wants her so bad.
27th Apr '16 3:33:15 PM Vox
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* MilesGloriosus: A character in the play has this name, but he's not exactly the stock character. Rather, he's borrowed from the play of the same name by Plautus, which is also the inspiration for the stock character's name.

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* MilesGloriosus: A character in the play has this name, but he's not exactly the stock character. Rather, he's borrowed from the play of the same name by Plautus, which is also the inspiration for the stock character's name. While fitting the "pompous, arrogant blowhard" part, it's implied he also walks the walk.
20th Apr '16 9:00:04 PM Vox
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** Miles Gloriosus describes himself as both "slaughterer of thousands" and "paragon of virtue" within thirty seconds of each other.
22nd Dec '15 10:57:14 AM Pren
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* NeverLearnedToRead: Pseudolus, naturally for a slave.
-->'''Soldier:''' Do you know what this is?
-->'''Pseudolus:''' Of course I know what this is. This is...writing!
-->'''Soldier:''' This is your contract with the captain.
-->'''Pseudolus:''' And a pretty piece of work.
22nd Dec '15 6:56:43 AM Pren
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* ContrivedCoincidence: Senex just happens to knock on his door three times after Pseudolus tells Phillia that will be her captain's signal. The movie then actually averts it when it expands the gag, with Pseudolus telling one of Miles' men and then Senex again to knock three times to fob them off on Fertila.
20th Dec '15 8:59:14 AM Pren
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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=935AK5KV66Q a 2011 production at Cal Tech]] had Pseudolus fighting off a soldier with spells from ''Harry Potter''.

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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=935AK5KV66Q a A 2011 production at Cal Tech]] had Pseudolus fighting off a soldier with spells from ''Harry Potter''.
20th Dec '15 8:58:53 AM Pren
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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=935AK5KV66Q a 2011 production at Cal Tech]] had Pseudolus fighting off a soldier with spells from ''Harry Potter''.
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