History YMMV / Blackadder

12th Jun '18 4:33:15 AM WaterTiger
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* TheSoCalledCoward: Darling if his medal ribbons are taken at face value. The Other Wiki handily lists them as The Military Cross, The Queen's South Africa Medal, The 1914 Star and the French Croix de Guerre. While in real life they were probably just something that the costume department threw on in universe they show that he served in the Second Boer War prior to 1901, presumably as a teen soldier, rejoined the army at the outbreak of The Great War and managed to do something that got him not one but two medals for gallantry in the face of the enemy, (as the Croix de Guerre wasn't instituted until April 1915 he was serving somewhere where he could get shot at until at least the Summer of that year). It's notable that he's more highly decorated than Blackadder himself and it adds another layer of Fridge Horror to the idea that Darling's twitch is the result of PTSD.
21st May '18 10:52:06 PM Michael_McManus
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* SignatureScene: The DownerEnding of ''Blackadder Goes Forth'' is the most famous scene of the entire series.
21st May '18 8:23:15 PM Michael_McManus
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* HilariousInHindsight: "What is [[AScotsmanInEgypt a Scotsman doing in Egypt]]?" Also ended up foretelling Creator/SeanConnery's role as an Egyptian immortal in ''Film/Highlander''.

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* HilariousInHindsight: "What is [[AScotsmanInEgypt a Scotsman doing in Egypt]]?" Also ended up foretelling Creator/SeanConnery's role as an the Egyptian immortal Ramierz in ''Film/Highlander''.''Film/{{Highlander}}''.
21st May '18 8:22:21 PM Michael_McManus
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* HilariousInHindsight: "What is [[AScotsmanInEgypt a Scotsman doing in Egypt]]?"

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* HilariousInHindsight: "What is [[AScotsmanInEgypt a Scotsman doing in Egypt]]?"Egypt]]?" Also ended up foretelling Creator/SeanConnery's role as an Egyptian immortal in ''Film/Highlander''.


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* EnsembleDarkhorse: See OneSceneWonder. Lord Flashheart is in this series for ''two minutes.''
20th May '18 5:50:51 PM 43110
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* MagnificentBastard: This series's Blackadder is a prime example, certainly the most outright evil and manipulative of the dynasty. The only one who [[spoiler:not only [[KarmaHoudini doesn't die at the end of his series]], but actually achieves his goals.]] The one in ''Blackadder: Back & Forth'' does too, admittedly, but he had a time machine - ''Blackadder the Third'''s Blackadder did it with just his cunning and wit. However, this is all mitigated by the fact that the historical George IV, whom Blackadder impersonates, outlived his only child causing his brother William IV to succeed him. This means that for all of his magnificence, Blackadder still fails. His daughter dies and his "brother" succeeds him. At least he got to live past sixty.

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* MagnificentBastard: This series's The third Blackadder, Edmund Blackadder, is the butler to the idiotic Prince George of Regency England. A roguish cheat who constantly scams money out of his employer, Blackadder is a prime example, certainly also left with the most outright evil task of running the country, manipulating the election of his completely idiotic sidekick Baldrick to the House of Commons to vote down a measure harmful to the prince by setting up a Rotten Borough and manipulative of taking over the dynasty. The position as the only one who [[spoiler:not only [[KarmaHoudini doesn't die voter as well as the supervisor of elections by murdering his predecessors. When a bet is made for him to one-up the Scarlet Pimpernel, he simply opts to head down to a coffee house and find an aristocrat at the end of French embassy. When the real Scarlet Pimpernel is about to reveal his series]], but actually achieves his goals.]] The one in ''Blackadder: Back & Forth'' does too, admittedly, but he had a time machine - ''Blackadder the Third'''s treachery, Blackadder did it with just his cunning promptly murders him and wit. However, this is all mitigated by the fact that the historical wins a great award from Prince George IV, whom by claiming to be the true Scarlet Pimpernel. Even in the finale, Blackadder impersonates, outlived his only child causing his brother William IV to succeed him. This means that for all of his magnificence, Blackadder still fails. His daughter dies sees Prince George dead when they've switched identities and his "brother" succeeds him. At least he got takes the chance to live past sixty.claim to be the real prince to the insane King George III, gleefully ascending to the throne of England several years later.
24th Dec '17 9:35:56 AM nombretomado
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** After the credits, [[spoiler:we hear a [[ForDoomTheBellTolls tolling bell]] and eerie wind noises (from the intro to EltonJohn's "Funeral for a Friend") as the camera pans over the murdered, wide-eyed bodies of Edmund, Percy, Queenie, Nursie, Baldrick, and Melchett. We then see Queenie there, alive and well, before she turns to the camera, gives a chuckle in a strange voice and says, in the master of disguise Prince Ludwig's voice, "Now this is a disguise I'm really going to enjoy. If I could just get the voice right." A more ''creepy'' than funny end to the series.]]

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** After the credits, [[spoiler:we hear a [[ForDoomTheBellTolls tolling bell]] and eerie wind noises (from the intro to EltonJohn's Music/EltonJohn's "Funeral for a Friend") as the camera pans over the murdered, wide-eyed bodies of Edmund, Percy, Queenie, Nursie, Baldrick, and Melchett. We then see Queenie there, alive and well, before she turns to the camera, gives a chuckle in a strange voice and says, in the master of disguise Prince Ludwig's voice, "Now this is a disguise I'm really going to enjoy. If I could just get the voice right." A more ''creepy'' than funny end to the series.]]
4th Dec '17 3:16:46 PM ClintEastwood
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* HilariousInHindsight: Blackadder's mocking of Prince Ludwig's mimicking various accents, given Ludwig's played by Hugh Laurie.

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* HilariousInHindsight: Blackadder's mocking of Prince Ludwig's mimicking various accents, given Ludwig's played by Hugh Laurie.Creator/HughLaurie.



* NightmareFuel: TheStinger to the "Chains" episode probably qualifies.

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* NightmareFuel: TheStinger to the "Chains" episode "[[Recap/BlackadderS2E6Chains Chains]]" probably qualifies.



* AwesomeEgo: Lord Flashheart is an egotistical braggart that views himself greater than God, while being so entertaining about it that he's one of the most memorable and quotable characters in the series.
* CrazyAwesome: Lord Flashheart, more so than his Elizabethan FakeUltimateHero incarnation.

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* AwesomeEgo: Lord Captain Flashheart is an egotistical braggart that views himself greater than God, while being so entertaining about it that he's one of the most memorable and quotable characters in the series.
* CrazyAwesome: Lord Captain Flashheart, more so than his Elizabethan FakeUltimateHero incarnation.



** The episode "Major Star" revolved around Edmund's dislike of Creator/CharlieChaplin

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** The episode "Major Star" "[[Recap/BlackadderS4E3MajorStar Major Star]]" revolved around Edmund's dislike of Creator/CharlieChaplin
29th Nov '17 7:32:48 PM PaulA
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** The line "Cancel the state funeral, tell the King to stop blubbing, Flash is NOT DEAD!" may be a bit more difficult to laugh at now that Creator/RikMayall, who played Lord Flashheart, has passed away.
29th Nov '17 7:30:52 PM PaulA
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* HilariousInHindsight: The episode "Major Star" revolved around Edmund's dislike of Creator/CharlieChaplin

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* HilariousInHindsight: HilariousInHindsight:
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The episode "Major Star" revolved around Edmund's dislike of Creator/CharlieChaplinCreator/CharlieChaplin
** In "[[Recap/BlackadderS4E1CaptainCook Captain Cook]]", Melchett (Stephen Fry) tells George (Hugh Laurie) that his Uncle Bertie sends his regards. Laurie went on to play Bertie Wooster in ''Series/JeevesAndWooster'', with Fry as Jeeves.
9th Sep '17 7:27:49 AM Rotide
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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: The first series' pilot opens with a darkly comic depiction of the Battle of Bosworth Field and even has a scene where Edmund takes one look at the fighting and decides to run away, all played for laughs. [[BookEnds The final episode also deals with war]] but plays it completely straight, and this time Blackadder doesn't get away.

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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: The first series' pilot first episode opens with a darkly comic depiction of the Battle of Bosworth Field and even has a scene where Edmund takes one look at the fighting and decides to run away, all played for laughs. [[BookEnds The final episode also deals with war]] but plays it completely straight, and this time Blackadder doesn't get away.
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