History YMMV / Blackadder

29th Mar '17 7:43:49 PM Ebrbfureh
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** This is despite the fact, that if you actually watch the season, it's more "anti war for stupid reasons and while in war don't do stupid things" than "anti war."

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** This is despite the fact, that if you actually watch the season, it's more "anti war "anti-war for stupid reasons and while in war don't do stupid things" than "anti war."anti-war."



* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: It's played for laughs, but let be honest. ''Blackadder Christmas Carol'' shows how easily altruists can get [[BeingGoodSucks exploited by freeloaders]].

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* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: It's played for laughs, but let let's be honest. ''Blackadder Christmas Carol'' shows how easily altruists can get [[BeingGoodSucks exploited by freeloaders]].
18th Feb '17 5:30:44 AM Psi001
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* BrokenBase: Fans tend to be divided whether ''Back and Forth'' serves as a satisfying BookEnds finale to the series, or is a watered down {{Edutainment}} short.
6th Jan '17 7:19:45 PM NWolfman
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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The scene in "[[Recap/BlackadderS2E1Bells Bells]]" where Blackadder falls in love with "Bob", which suddenly turns into a love song album commercial, for no discernible reason.
** Well, I can think of [[RuleOfFunny one.]]

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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The scene in "[[Recap/BlackadderS2E1Bells Bells]]" where Blackadder falls in love with "Bob", which suddenly turns into a love song album commercial, for no discernible reason.
** Well, I can think of
reason (well, okay, maybe [[RuleOfFunny one.]]one]]).
31st Dec '16 9:44:00 PM Thorion
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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.

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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.
31st Dec '16 9:36:11 PM Thorion
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* WhatAnIdiot: [[spoiler:Edmund, in the final episode, samples the wine ''even after seeing everyone else in court drop instantly dead from it''.]]


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* WhatAnIdiot: [[spoiler:Edmund, in the final episode, samples the wine ''even after seeing everyone else in court drop instantly dead from it''.]]


26th Dec '16 1:45:01 PM nombretomado
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* GrowingTheBeard: Many fans prefer the seasons after the ReTool. The first season has its laughs, but it's just not as much fun watching a screwball doofus and his two moron friends as it is watching a wicked snarker and his two moron friends. However, if nothing else, the first season would still be required watching purely on the strength of [[BrianBlessed BRIAN BLESSED]]'s ''definitively'' hammy performance (in fact, it's the source of the current image and caption on his page).

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* GrowingTheBeard: Many fans prefer the seasons after the ReTool. The first season has its laughs, but it's just not as much fun watching a screwball doofus and his two moron friends as it is watching a wicked snarker and his two moron friends. However, if nothing else, the first season would still be required watching purely on the strength of [[BrianBlessed BRIAN BLESSED]]'s Creator/{{BRIAN BLESSED}}'s ''definitively'' hammy performance (in fact, it's the source of the current image and caption on his page).



* EnsembleDarkhorse: [[BrianBlessed King Richard IV]], due to his [[LargeHam characteristically over the top performance]].

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* EnsembleDarkhorse: [[BrianBlessed [[Creator/BrianBlessed King Richard IV]], due to his [[LargeHam characteristically over the top performance]].
12th Dec '16 3:38:25 PM kensu
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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: There is really nothing wrong with the premise of the first season. In fact it can certainly be argued it had more potential than other seasons, since it's actually rather ingenious. The execution left much to be desired; plot elements with potential (the ghost of Richard III following Edmund around and taunting him) were thrown out, while others were sorely underdeveloped (Brian Bloody Blessed as king Richard IV!).
6th Dec '16 8:28:48 AM 06tele
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* JerkassWoobie: Captains Blackadder and Darling.

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* JerkassWoobie: Captains Captain Blackadder to a certain extent, but Captain Darling to a massive extent. He's a hilariously obnoxious Butt Monkey for the first five episodes, but as soon as he starts to realise that he's being sent to his death he becomes a real person, with a life at home, and Darling.even someone who loves him. His stoicism at the end is in sharp contrast to his desperate pleading to Melchett that he not be sent to the front.
-->'''Blackadder''': How are you feeling, Darling?
-->'''Darling''': Erm -- not all that good, Blackadder. Rather hoped I'd get through the whole show. Go back to work at Pratt & Sons. Keep wicket for the Croydon Gentlemen. Marry Doris. [''Beat''] Made a note in my diary on my way here. Simply says..."Bugger."



** The DownerEnding scene have become very memetic during Rememberance Day.

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** The DownerEnding scene have become very memetic during Rememberance Remembrance Day.
11th Nov '16 2:49:21 AM Hawaii_Knut
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* AwesomeEgo: Lord Flashheart could potentially be the poster boy of this trope.

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* AwesomeEgo: Lord Flashheart could potentially be is an egotistical braggart that views himself greater than God, while being so entertaining about it that he's one of the poster boy of this trope.most memorable and quotable characters in the series.



* MemeticMutation: An internet meme shows Creator/RowanAtkinson and Creator/HughLaurie, but not as [[Series/MrBean their respective]] [[Series/{{House}} signature characters]], but instead as Capt. Blackadder and Lt. George respectively.

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* MemeticMutation: MemeticMutation:
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An internet meme shows Creator/RowanAtkinson and Creator/HughLaurie, but not as [[Series/MrBean their respective]] [[Series/{{House}} signature characters]], but instead as Capt. Blackadder and Lt. George respectively.


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** The DownerEnding scene have become very memetic during Rememberance Day.
9th Nov '16 11:05:37 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* RetroactiveRecognition: Harry Potter fans may be shocked to find a young [[Film/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Horace]] [[Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Slugthorn]] as Don Speekingleesh, translator to the Infanta.

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* RetroactiveRecognition: Harry Potter Franchise/HarryPotter fans may be shocked to find a young [[Film/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Horace]] [[Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Slugthorn]] as Don Speekingleesh, translator to the Infanta.



* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The scene in "Bells" where Blackadder falls in love with "Bob", which suddenly turns into a love song album commercial, for no discernible reason.

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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The scene in "Bells" "[[Recap/BlackadderS2E1Bells Bells]]" where Blackadder falls in love with "Bob", which suddenly turns into a love song album commercial, for no discernible reason.



* FridgeBrilliance: Prince Ludwig permanently impersonating Queen Elizabeth nicely explains the whole virgin queen thing.
** Also, Prince Ludwig is very likely an ancestor of Prince George (George IV) from Blackadder the third. George IV's great grandfather was Georg Ludwig of Germany. Which explains the uncanny resemblance (both are played by Hugh Laurie)



* CantUnhearIt: If you've seen "Ink and Incapability", try reading any writings or quotes from Dr Samuel Johnson without doing it in Robbie Coltrane's voice.

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* CantUnhearIt: If you've seen "Ink "[[Recap/BlackadderS3E2InkAndIncapability Ink and Incapability", Incapability]]", try reading any writings or quotes from Dr Samuel Johnson without doing it in Robbie Coltrane's Creator/RobbieColtrane's voice.



* CrowningMomentOfFunny: Blackadder in "Dual and Duality": "A man may fight for many things: his country, his principles, his friends, the glistening tear on the cheek of a golden child... But personally, I'd mud-wrestle my own ''mother'' for a ton of cash, an amusing clock and a sack of French porn."
* HilariousInHindsight: The ending of "Nob and Nobility" has Baldrick elevated to being a lord over Blackadder, much to the latter's annoyance. In 2013, Baldrick's actor Tony Robinson was knighted, while Rowan Atkinson "only" got a CBE.

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* CrowningMomentOfFunny: Blackadder in "Dual and Duality": "A man may fight for many things: his country, his principles, his friends, the glistening tear on the cheek of a golden child... But personally, I'd mud-wrestle my own ''mother'' for a ton of cash, an amusing clock and a sack of French porn."
* HilariousInHindsight: The ending of "Nob "[[Recap/BlackadderS3E1DishAndDishonesty Dish and Nobility" Dishonesty]]" has Baldrick elevated to being a lord over Blackadder, much to the latter's annoyance. In 2013, Baldrick's actor Tony Robinson was knighted, while Rowan Atkinson Creator/RowanAtkinson "only" got a CBE.



* MemeticMutation: The "Theatre/MacBeth" scene from "Sense and Senility"

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* MemeticMutation: The "Theatre/MacBeth" scene from "Sense "[[Recap/BlackadderS3E4SenseAndSenility Sense and Senility"
Senility]]"



* TearJerker: Highly unusual for a comedy series, but the last episode of ''Blackadder Goes Forth'' cannot fail to bring tears to anyone's eyes. In fact, the TearJerker page on this show is nothing ''but'' moments from said episode.
** It aired on Remembrance Sunday with no complaints. Such is its power.
** It's made all the more heartrending in the audio only version, where, since you can't see them, you have to imagine them going over the top, and as the sad reprise of the main theme is happening, you can hear a line each uttered by a character earlier in the episode; George: "We've had some good times, we've had some damn lovely good laughs.", Baldrick: "I thought it was going to be such fun, too.", Darling: "But sir, I don't want to...", and Blackadder himself: "Good luck, everyone...".
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