[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder:The Black Adder]]

'''Prince Edmund "The Black Adder" Plantagenet, Duke Of Edinburgh''' (Creator/RowanAtkinson)
[[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/PrinceEdmund_7858.jpg]]

->''"If we lose, I'll be chopped to pieces. My arms will end up at Essex, my torso in Norfolk, and my private parts stuck up a tree somewhere in Rutland."''

* AccidentalMisnaming: His father addresses him as Edwin, Edgar, Edward, Edith, Egbert, Osmond or Edna... at least, when he can be bothered to remember that Edmund ''exists''.
** And of course: "THE BLACK... ''DAGGER!''"
* AntiHero: Type V
* AntiVillain: Sure, he's a slimy, contemptible, amoral schemer... but given that his father alternately despises him and forgets he exists, his peers treat him with pity at best and disgust at worst, and his only friends are sycophantic [[YesMan Yes Men]]... it's not hard to see ''why''.
* AtrociousAlias: Before Baldrick suggested "the Black Adder", Edmund's first choice for his new sobriquet was "the Black... [[spoiler: Vegetable]]."
* BigBadWannabe: He really doesn't belong in charge of a LegionOfDoom.
* ButtMonkey
* [[CainAndAbel Cain]]: To Harry's Abel.
* CoolHorse: "''He rides a pitch-black steed...''"
* DeadpanSnarker: Occasionaly shows signs of this.
* DirtyCoward
* TheEvilPrince: A pathetically spineless version.
* EvilWearsBlack
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Sanguine.
* HarmlessVillain: He's not quite as evil as he wants to be. Even in the last episode, when he's finally taking the glove off over his plot to usurp the throne, he's genuinely taken aback when his evil confederates recommend butchering the royal family rather than his suggestion of merely exiling them.
* HeroicBastard /BastardBastard: Tried to uncover a love letter between the queen and [=McAngus=] written around Harry's birth to dethrone him. However, it turned out that the letter was [[HoistByHisOwnPetard written]] ''[[HoistByHisOwnPetard after]]'' [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Harry's birth]].
-->'''Blackadder''': As you can see, these letters are dated --\\
'''Harry''': Nine months ''after'' I was born!\\
'''[=McAngus=]''': Or nine months before ''you'' were born, Edmund.\\
'''Blackadder''': You... bastard!\\
'''Harry''': No, I think you'll find that ''you're'' the bastard, Edmund.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain
* LetsGetDangerous: He takes the gloves off on his plot to seize the throne after being stripped of his titles except for Lord of the Privvies for no real reason. He comes pretty close as well.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: In "The Black Seal" he actualy comes close to gaining the throne... until [[spoiler:his minions betray him]], in a fit of cosmic irony.
* PrinceCharmless
* RantInducingSlight: He puts up with quite a lot over the series, but being stripped of all his titles apart from Lord of the Privvies in "The Black Seal" is what finally causes him to snap.
* RedBaron: At this stage, "The Black Adder" was a personal nickname, but his descendants adopted it as a surname.
* ShoutOutToShakespeare: Possibly to another [[BastardBastard bastard]] [[Theatre/KingLear called Edmund]].
* SinisterMinister: Briefly becomes Archbishop of Canterbury.
* [[SmugSnake Smug Adder]]
* TheStarscream: A particularly incompetent example.
* TheUnfavorite
* VillainProtagonist

'''Baldrick, Son Of Robin The Dung-Gatherer''' (Tony Robinson)

[[quoteright:205:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/TheBaldrick_2746.png]]

->''"I have a cunning plan that cannot fail...''"

* [[ZanyScheme Cunning Plan]]: Hilariously, the first Cunning Plan a Baldrick comes up with is the only one that actually works. And it's stupidly simple: Get [=McAngus=] to stick his head inside a cannon and blow him up with it.
* TheDragon: With Percy.
* HypercompetentSidekick
* LegacyOfService: His descendants end up serving the Blackadders.
* OnlySaneMan: Both in terms of this series and the Baldrick family as a whole.
* ProfessionalButtKisser
* SmarterThanYouLook: His descendants are as dumb as they look, though.
* YesMan

'''Lord Percy Percy, Duke Of Northumberland''' (Tim [=McInnerny=])

->''"But if you kill him in front of everybody, won't they suspect something?"''

* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}:
-->'''Percy:''' Only this morning in the courtyard I saw a horse with two heads and two bodies!\\
'''Edmund:''' Two horses standing next to each other?\\
'''Percy:''' ...Yes, I suppose it could have been.
* TheDitz: Percy is incredibly dim-witted, something that carries over to his descendant.
* KindheartedCatLover: If his reaction to Mistress Scott's dead cat is anything to go by.
* RepetitiveName
* SycophanticServant
* TeenyWeenie: Blackadder mentions the rumour:
-->'''Blackadder:''' And the part of you that can't be mentioned, I am reliably informed by women around the court, wouldn't be worth mentioning even it could be!
* UpperClassTwit
* YesMan

'''King Richard IV''' ({{BRIAN BLESSED}})

[[quoteright:203:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/brianblessed_1811.jpg]]

->''"As the Good Lord said, love thy neighbour as thyself!'' ''[[DoubleStandard Unless he's Turkish,]]'' ''in which case, '''KILL THE BASTARD!!!'''"''

* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* BadassBeard
* BlingOfWar: Usually seen wearing golden armour.
* BloodKnight: ''SSSLLAAAAAAAYYY!!!!''
* BoisterousBruiser
* GagPenis: Supposedly not very big, if the Queen is to be trusted.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: He's one of the "Princes in the Tower" grown up (in this imagining, not only is Theatre/RichardIII being evil a slander by Henry VII, but Henry also erased the existence of a dynasty). Part of the joke is the contrast between the [[UsedToBeASweetKid sweet kid]] he used to be and how he is now.
* HotBlooded
* ImplacableMan: Having the Plague simply sends him into a berserker rage, believing everyone to be Turks. [[spoiler: Doesn't save him from the poison in the finale.]]
* LargeHam: {{BRIAN BLESSED}} AT HIS BOMBASTIC BEST!
* NoIndoorVoice
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: In his case, "something" tends to mean "slaughtering Turks".
* TranquilFury: For all his bellowing and bluster, his most genuinely terrifying and chilling moment is when, after manipulating Edmund into becoming Archbishop of Canterbury, he very calmly informs Edmund that if he crosses him at any point ever, he will "do unto you what God did unto the Sodomites."
* WithThisHerring: He manages to defeat ten thousand Turks armed with only a small knife used for peeling fruit.

'''Harry, Prince Of Wales''' (Robert East)

->"The verdict of this court is that the accused are found guilty of witchcraft. The maximum penalty that the law allows is that you be burned to death. However, in view of your previous good background, I am disposed to be lenient. Therefore, I sentence you to be burned ''alive''."

* [[CainAndAbel Abel]]: to Edmund's [[CainAndAbel Cain]].
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Has a habit of doing this. The most notable being in '"Witchsmeller Pursuivant", when the Witchsmeller is burning alive, he doesn't even notice and thinks the man is talking about the weather being too warm to wear a cloak.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: At no point does he cotton on to Edmund's various throne-usurping schemes.
* SkewedPriorities: When he thinks the castle is under attack, his first reaction is to worry about the drains.
* UpperClassTwit: Smarter than Edmund, but ''that's'' no great feat. Having said that, he's probably still the smartest and sanest member of his family.
** More pronounced in the original pilot episode, where he's depicted as having much the same personality as Percy.
* WarriorPrince: Seen riding into battle at Bosworth field.
* TheWisePrince

'''Queen Gertrude of Flanders''' (Elspet Gray)

->"Now, would I, Edmund... Do I tell people that your brother Harry is scared of spoons? Or that your father has [[TeenyWeenie very small private parts?]]"

* ArentYouGoingToRavishMe: [[SubvertedTrope "In a moment...!"]]
* HotWitch: Revealed to be one at the end of "Witchsmeller Pursuivant".
* MyGirlIsASlut
* WomenAreWiser: Compared to her husband at least.

'''King Richard III''' (Peter Cook)

-> "Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more. Consign their parts most private to a Rutland tree!"

* DeadpanSnarker: He sums up his experience at the Battle of Bosworth Field thusly:
--> "Someone cut my head off at one point, but apart from that it all went rather well."
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Henry VII rewrites history to portray him as being a tyrant who murdered Edward V and the young boy who would become Richard IV, when in fact he was a wise, noble king who loved his relations (except Edmund). Having said that, the series doesn't reveal what ''did'' happen to Edward V.
* ImStandingRightHere: Edmund is the only person who can see his ghost. As a result, when Richard III sits between Richard IV and Harry at the post-battle banquet, the two talk across him as if he weren't there (which, as far as they're concerned, he isn't).
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Leads his men in the Battle of Bosworth Field, and actually ''wins''. Then Edmund gets involved...

'''Dougal [=MacAngus=], Duke of Argyll''' (Alex Norton)

-> "Actually, I'm quite interested in the wigs."

* {{BFS}}: Uses one against Edmund, breaking his normal sized sword with a single swing.
* FieryRedhead: When he's not leading the King's armies against the Turks, he's out hunting or duelling.
* ViolentGlaswegian: When bringing tributes to the queen, he empties a bag of severed heads onto the table. He apologises, stating that it was his overnight bag.

'''Princess [[Franchise/StarWars Leia]] of Hungary''' (Natasha King)

-> "Hello Edmund. You look funny."

* MayDecemberRomance: Only about 11 when hastily married to Edmund.
* MoralityPet: Edmund is noticably nicer towards her than he is towards anyone else.

'''The Witchsmeller Pursuivant''' (Frank Finlay)

-> "BLOODY MILK! It was a mixture of milk and blood!"

* AmoralAttorney: Has no qualms using obviously ludicrous evidence and arguments to get the verdict he wants.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Overhears Edmund making some obviously empty threats against him, and so gets Edmund, Baldrick and Percy all sentenced to burn at the stake.
* LargeHam: Has a legitimate claim to being the largest ham in the entire ''Blackadder'' series, rivalling even the likes of Richard IV and General Melchett.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: In his first appearance, he is cloaked in a crowd of peasants with glowing red eyes the only part of his face visible.

'''The Black Seal''' [[note]]Sir Wilfred Death (John Hallam), Three-Fingered Pete (Roger Sloman), Guy de Glastonbury (Patrick Malahide), Sean the Irish Bastard (Ron Cook), Friar Bellows (Paul Brooke), Jack Large (Mick Walter).[[/note]]

-> '''Guy de Glastonbury''': "Good evening... and surrender. Your money or your life. Damn!! I'm always doing this. Did I say "Your money or your life? Sorry, slip of the tongue, your money and your life. Sorry."

* AffablyEvil: Guy de Glastonbury is perfectly polite and charming when holding up travellers for their money ''and'' their life.
* {{Badass}}: Sir Wilfred Death gets attacked by three knight. Defeats all three of them without getting a scratch.
* BlackKnight: Sir Wilfred Death, if his "sir" is a genuine Knight title.
* CarnivalOfKillers
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Edmund has a hard enough time keeping them in check, but [[spoiler:when they realise that The Hawk is the biggest bastard of them all, they turn on Edmund in an instant.]]
* DragonInChief: for Edmund.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Not exaclty standards, but the rest of the crew is scared when Sir Wilfred suggest taking Jack as the Sixth member.
* FiveBadBand
* GargleBlaster / MadeOfIron: Sean the Irish Bastard gets up after being poisoned, proclaiming the spiked wine to "have a bit of a sting" before [[TooDumbToLive drinking a second cup and dying.]]
* IronicNickname: Edmund tries call Jack Large "Large Jack" (a sort of reverse [[RobinHood Little John]]) but Jack doesn't get it.
* LegionOfDoom: The six most evil men in the land... [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Edmund.]]
* MisterBig: Jack Large.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Several of them, most notably Sir Wilfred Death.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Most of them murdered their own families, although the Friar killed Sean's ("Good on you, Father!")
* SinisterMinister: Friar Bellows (but he has nothing on the [[EatsBabies Baby Eating Bishop Of Bath And Wells]] from ''II''.)

'''Phillip "The Hawk" of Burgundy''' (Patrick Allen)

->"I return at last after fifteen years. Waiting, plotting, nurturing my hatred and planning my revenge. Yes, fifteen years of living in France teaches a man to hate. Fifteen years of wearing perfume, fifteen years of eating frogs, fifteen years of saying 'Par-don' and all because of you."

* BigBad
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Is very fond of dishing these out.
* EmbarrassingNickname: "The Thrush".
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Is never mentioned until about halfway through the last episode of the first series, when Edmund mentions him as being his greatest adversary. Seconds later he appears in person, and immediately takes over as the bad guy.
* LargeHam
* LatexPerfection: He somehow disguises himself as a tiny old morris dancer, but when he removes his disguise Edmund still doesn't recognise him until...
** PaperThinDisguise: ...he removes his fake bushy eyebrows.
* RedBaron: "The Hawk" (and in his youth, "The Thrush").
* SelfMadeOrphan: Murdered his entire family

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Blackadder II]]

!!Edmund Blackadder, The Lord Blackadder
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Blackadder_II_Edmund_3529.jpg]]
->'''Played By''': Creator/RowanAtkinson

->''"Well, it is said, Percy, that civilised man seeks out good and intelligent company, so that through learned discourse he may rise above the savage and closer to God... Personally, however, I like to start the day with a total dickhead to remind me I'm best."''

* AntiHero: Type V
* AristocratsAreEvil: A self-interested scheming bastard.
* BeardOfEvil
* ByronicHero: Honestly, his only possible excuse is that being in Queenie's inner circle is incredibly stressful.
* CantHoldHisLiquor: A drop of the stuff and he's flat on his face singing about goblins.
* DeadpanSnarker: Makes a full-time career out of this, unlike his predecessor.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Phlegmatic.
* IdenticalGrandson: Well, great-grandson.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: A good example of this trope in its early stages - he still has a title and a place at court, but no actual money or estates. Seemingly his father blew the family fortune on "wine, women and amateur dramatics." Alhough he's still better off than his descendants in this respect.
* {{Jerkass}}
* ManipulativeBastard: Neither as [[SmugSnake smug]] as his ancestor nor as [[MagnificentBastard magnificent]] as his descendants, he falls nicely in the middle.
* MockMillionaire: While he is from a wealthy family, the family fortune was long since squandered by his father.
** Though he does later manage to blackmail several thousand pounds out of the church, and at the end of "Beer" his wealthy aunt and uncle are quite well disposed to him and ready to discuss his inheritance.
* OnlySaneMan: Along with Melchett. Most of the time.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Then again, some of it is deliberate, as indicated by the quote up there.
* SweetOnPollyOliver: [[spoiler: with Kate/Bob.]]
* TalksLikeASimile: Constantly.
* TallDarkAndSnarky
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: He's a self-involved ruthless jerk, who constantly insults everyone around him. What makes him still somewhat likable is that he's genuinely witty, and the people around him are idiots, who pretty much deserve all of his put-downs.
* WouldHurtAChild: He shoots a child with a bow and arrow for singing an insulting rhyme.

!!Bondsman Baldrick
->'''Played By''': Tony Robinson
[[quoteright:205:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/TheBaldrickII_5032.png]]

-->"Not to worry my lord, the arrow didn't in fact enter my body... But by a thousand to one chance my willy got in the way.''

* AmbiguouslyGay: He gives a very long and passionate kiss to Percy when he doesn't recognize him in a dress and flirts with him, and is quick to agree to marry Blackadder in place of his runaway bride.
* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: "[[LiteralMinded ...You said 'get the door']]."
* BumblingSidekick: A well-loved example.
* [[ZanyScheme Cunning Plan]]: They're really not that cunning.
* GagPenis: Shaped like a turnip apparently.
* GeniusDitz: Considerably stupider than his great-grandfather, but retained some level of streetsmarts and cunning that his descendants never saw, and Blackadder did seem to have more faith in him to carry out schemes than he had in Percy.
-->'''Baldrick:''' What, have you got a plan, My Lord?\\
'''Blackadder:''' Yes I have, and it's so cunning you could brush your teeth with it! All I need is some feathers, a dress, some oil, an easel, some sleeping draught, lots of paper, a prostitute, and the best portrait painter in England.\\
'''Baldrick:''' I'll get them right away, My Lord! ''(rushes out)''\\
''(sure enough, in the next scene he returns with everything on Blackadder's hastily recited list. Well, except for the prostitute. [[spoiler: Fortunately, Percy is able to fill that role.]])''
* IdenticalGrandson: In looks if not brains.
* OldRetainer :
-->'''Baldrick:''' I've been in your service since I was two and a half, my lord.\\
'''Blackadder:''' Well, that must be why I'm so utterly sick of the sight of you.

!!Lord Percy Percy
->'''Played By''': Tim [=McInnerny=]
[[quoteright:150:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/1731410964514936109_jpeg___1_500_1_500_cb94de6a__5409.png]]

->"Oh, Edmund, could it be true? That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a lump of purest ''green''?"'

* ButtMonkey: Often gets the worst end of Blackadder's schemes. [[spoiler:The worst is probably when he has to sleep with the Bishop of Bath and Wells.]]
* GoodIsDumb: He's probably the nicest member of nobility we see in the series.
* IdenticalGrandson: To the original Percy.
* UpperClassTwit: Although he's not ill-natured.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Percy thinks that he and Edmund are best friends and would give his last coin to him, and regards Edmund's constant insults as nothing more than a sign of Edmund's "wit".

!!Queen Elizabeth "Queenie" I
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Elizabeth_I_1072.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"Sometimes I think about having you executed, just to see the expression on your face."'']]
->'''Played By''': Miranda Richardson

->''"I may have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach...of a concrete elephant!"''

* AlternateHistory: [[spoiler: Murdered by Evil Prince Ludwig, who spent the rest of his life pretending to be her.]]
* AxCrazy: She loves to order people to be executed.
* TheCaligula: One of her favorite pastimes is to threaten her courtiers with summary execution
* TheDitz
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Very fond of choppy-choppy.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter
** HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Taking all of Elizabeth's negative qualities and none of the positive ones.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Sometimes it seems she's not ''quite'' as dim as she acts.
* PimpedOutDress: Always in the costume seen in her portraits.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Never seen doing any actual governing. [[AXCrazy This may be for the best.]]
* [[PsychopathicManchild Psychopathic Womanchild]]: A naughty schoolgirl at heart... a naughy schoolgirl with the power of life and death over Britain.
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: "Who's queen?"
* UpperClassTwit: A very dangerous version.

!!Nursie/Bernard
->'''Played By''': Patsy Byrne
[[quoteright:180:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/blackadder_s2_nursie_8753.jpg]]

-> "Out you popped, out of your Mummy's tummy and everybody shouting : "It's a boy, it's a boy!". And somebody said "But it hasn't got a winkle!". And then I said [[ComicallyMissingThePoint "A boy without a winkle? God be praised, it is a miracle. A boy without a winkle!"]] And then Sir Thomas More pointed out that a boy without a winkle is a girl. And everyone was really disappointed."

* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
* DirtyOldWoman: Blackadder describes her as a "sad, insane old woman with an udder fixation."
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Bernard, as she reveals to the sailor she falls in love with. She doesn't seem that bothered by it.
* [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Everyone Calls Her Nursie]]: No wonder.
* {{Expy}}: Of the traditional portrayal of the Nurse from ''RomeoAndJuliet'' [[note]]who internal evidence shows was actually in her mid-thirties, but is generally depicted as a dotty old woman[[/note]].
* GenderBlenderName: Bernard, yeah... also had three sisters called Donald Eric and Basil.
* OldRetainer: She's been with Elizabeth since birth; perhaps that's why she's the only person the Queen never threatens to execute.

!!Lord Melchett
->'''Played By''': StephenFry
[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/250px-Blackadder_2_melchett_1356.jpg]]

->"As private parts to the gods are we! They play with us for their sport!"

* BestialityIsDepraved: His "relationship" with Flossie the sheep...
* FriendlyEnemy: He and Blackadder might be rivals, but still maintain a certain tolerance for each other, seeing as they only have each other to turn to for intelligent company.
* TheGoodChancellor: Often seen trying to keep the queen's more psychotic impulses in check.
* OnlySaneMan: At least, before the reveal...
* TheRival: To Blackadder.
* StephenFry

!!Lord Flashheart
->'''Played By''': Rik Mayall

-> ''I've got a plan! And it's as HOT as my PANTS!''

[[quoteright:160:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mayalllordflashheartblackadder1986160_4492.jpg]]

* TheAce: "The [[ImplausibleFencingPowers best sword]]... the [[ImprobableAimingSkills best shot]]... the best sailor... and the [[MemeticSexGod best kisser in the kingdom.]]"
* AnythingThatMoves: He hits on ''Baldrick''.
* {{Badass}}
* BadassMustache
* BlasphemousBoast: "Still worshipping God? Last I heard, He started worshipping ''me''!"
* TheCasanova
* TheCastShowoff: Rik Mayall's recollection of the role was that he asked to get more laughs in the last 3 minutes than anyone got all episode.
* DynamicEntry: Swings down from the celing, smashes Percy through a door, and steals Blackadder's fiance, all in about five minutes.
* GentlemanAdventurer
* HandsomeLech
* LargeHam
* MemeticBadass / MemeticSexGod: In universe example.
* ReallyGetsAround
* VerbalTic: WOOF!
* WholesomeCrossdresser

!!Kate/Bob
->'''Played By''': Gabrielle Glaister
[[quoteright:160:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/301110_bob_6615.gif]]

-> "Father, I must speak. I can be silent no longer. All day long you muttered to yourself, gibber, dribble, moan and bat your head against the wall, yelling "I want to die". Now you may say I'm leaping to conclusions but you're not ''completely'' happy, are you?"

* PaperThinDisguise: The only thing she did that even remotely resembles disguising as a man is calling herself "Bob". Still fooled Edmund though.
* ShoutOut: To Shakespeare's frequent use of crossdressing women as well as is frequent use of Kate as a name for [[PluckyGirl feisty young women]].
* SweetPollyOliver
** SweetOnPollyOliver

!!The Baby-Eating Bishop of Bath and Wells
->'''Played By''': Ronald Lacey

-> "I will have my money or....YOUR BOTTOM WILL WISH IT HAD NEVER BEEN BORN!"

* AnythingThatMoves
--> "You see, I am a colossal pervert. No form of sexual depravity is too low for me. Animal, vegetable or mineral, I'll do anything ''to'' anything."
* ArsonMurderAndAdmiration
--> Bishop: "You fiend! Never have I encountered such corrupt and foul-minded perversity! Have you ever considered a career in the Church?"
--> Edmund: "No, I could never get used to the underwear."
* ChildEater: No children, Blackadder? In that case, I'll skip breakfast and get down to business..
* DirtyOldMonk
* EatsBabies: After drowning them during christenings.
* [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Everyone Calls Him Bishop]]
* FatBastard: But don't call him "Fatso" if you know what's good for you.
* LoanShark: Assistant manager of the Bank of the Black Monks of St. Herod ("Banking with a smile and a stab"). Their motto: "Repayment or revenge." He admits to Blackadder that he hates it when people pay up, as he rather enjoys what he gets to do to those who don't.
* SinisterMinister: PlayedForLaughs.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: In spite of the aforementioned baby-eating, he's apparently of good standing with the Queen and his parishioners. "As far as my flock is concerned, my one vice is a tipple before evensong." Blackadder gets the upper hand by endangering his reputation.

!!Prince Ludwig the Indestructible
->'''Played By''': Creator/HughLaurie

-> "We have met many times, although you knew me by another name. Do you recall a mysterious black marketeer and smuggler called Otto with whom you used to dine and plot and play the biscuit game at the Old Pizzle in Dover? Yes! I was the waitress."

* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:Succeeds in killing the entire court of Elizabeth I and, apparently, successfully impersonating her for the rest of "her" reign.]]
* BerserkButton: Don't make fun of his complexion.
* DisneyDeath: Seemingly killed by Blackadder, but obviously not successfully- [[MeaningfulName there's a reason he's called the "Indestructible"]].
* EmbarrassingNickname: Shorty-Greasy-Spot-Spot.
* EvilGloating: Prone to it, much to Blackadder's annoyance.
--> "Typical master criminal, loves the sound of his own voice."
--> "Gloating is a sign of insecurity, Ludwig. Stop it."
* TheEvilPrince
* FreudianExcuse:
-->"When I am King of England, no one will ever dare call me 'Shorty-Greasy-Spot-Spot' again!"
* FunetikAksent: He writes his ransom note in one.
* GoodHairEvilHair: Spots a classic villain hairdo, slicked-back hair.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: He has long diagonal scars all over his face.
* {{Kaiserreich}}: He's the stereotypical German megalomaniac.
* LargeHam
* MasterOfDisguise: Edmund actually uses this against him. [[spoiler:Not that it makes a difference.]]
* MadeOfIron: He's not called Prince Ludwig the Indestructible for nothing.
* NoDoubtTheYearsHaveChangedMe: Parodied, since characters past "interactions" with him involved him disguised in a different [[GenderBender gender]] and [[BestialityIsDepraved species]].
* SmugSnake
* SpottingTheThread: Blackadder recognizes him because his costume is too good. (He's impersonating Nursie as a cow and makes the fatal mistake of wearing a costume that looks like a cow, rather than some sort of ungulate with three udders.)
* VocalDissonance: In the tag to the "Chains" episode.
-->"Now this is a disguise I'm really going to enjoy...if I can just get the voice right."

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Blackadder The Third]]

'''Mr. Edmund Blackadder, Esq.''' (Creator/RowanAtkinson)
[[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Blackadder_the_Third_8621.jpg]]

->''"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 stack of French porn."''

* AlternateHistory: [[spoiler: Ended up replacing Prince George.]]
* {{Bad Boss}}: Frequently beats, insults, or coerces Baldrick into committing crimes.
* BadassLongcoat: In accordance with Regency fashions.
* [[spoiler: TheBadGuyWins]]
* BeleagueredAssistant: To the Prince, although he fleeces him handily in revenge.
* ByronicHero
* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: He has to try and get George to realize that, first of all, the play is fiction. Second, the bomb that an anarchist just threw at him is ''not''. (He fails in the latter.)
* DeadpanSnarker
* DragonInChief: To [[RoyalBrat Prince]] [[TheDitz George]]
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Choleric.
* HypercompetentSidekick: Can do anything from rigging elections to impersonating his master.
* IdenticalGrandson: We could've named it "The Blackadder".
* ImpoverishedPatrician: All the Blackadder land, titles and money are gone by this point.
* TheJeeves: Defied. While he's certainly much cleverer and more level-headed than his master, he only ever acts with his own interests in mind.
* ManipulativeBastard
* OnlySaneMan
** OnlySaneEmployee: Not that we ever see any palace staff apart from him and Baldrick.
* ServileSnarker
* TheSnarkKnight
* [[spoiler: TheStarscream: Although he tries to protect George from Wellington, he immediately decides to continue the charade and take the throne after the prince is shot.]]
* TallDarkAndSnarky
* VillainProtagonist: Arguably the most cold hearted member of the dynasty; he kills or has killed at least seven people in six episodes ([[spoiler: the voter and returning officer for Dunny-on-the-Wold; Lords Topper and Smedley; the actors Keanrick and Mossop; and Amy Hardwood, the Shadow.]])

'''Underscrogsman-Lord "Sod-off" Baldrick''' (Tony Robinson)

->"I ''am'' as stupid as I look, sir, but if I can help, I will."

[[quoteright:205:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/TheBaldrickIII_2223.png]]

* BumblingSidekick: Natch.
* ButtMonkey: He has to endure Blackadder's constant abuse and being dragged along in interactions with more dangerous people.
* [[ZanyScheme Cunning Plan]]: When awaiting execution by the French, his scheme is to ''wait until their heads have been cut off'' before they spring into action.
* TheDitz
* TheDragon: A particularly incompetent one to Blackadder.
* IdenticalGrandson
* {{Manchild}}
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Turnips.

'''George Augustus Frederick, The Prince Regent''' (Creator/HughLaurie)

[[quoteright:188:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/three_ink_7285.jpg]]

->"Only the other day, Prime Minister Pitt called me an "idle scrounger," and it wasn't until ages later that I thought how clever it would've been to have said, "Oh, bugger off, you old fart!" I need to improve my mind, Blackadder. I want people to say, "That George, why, he's as clever as a stick in a bucket of pig swill.""

* TheDitz: The guy is outsmarted by Baldrick and can barely make it through a day without Blackadder's help.
* HistoricalBeautyUpdate
* InformedFlaw: Much is made of his supposed fatness, and while the historical Prince George was indeed quite the pig, the same can't be said for Creator/HughLaurie.
* LargeHam
* PrinceCharming / PrinceCharmless: Debatable. While he ''is'' a crass, dense, loudmouthed buffoon with; "all the intellect of a jugged walrus and all the social graces of a potty", he has been known to seduce bombshells on occasion.
* RoyalBrat
* ShelteredAristocrat: Incapable of [[TooIncompetentToOperateABlanket puting on his own trousers]] without Blackadder's help.
* UpperClassTwit: And has [[CaptainErsatz more than a few similarties]] to Bertie Wooster, (who was also played by Creator/HughLaurie).

'''Mrs. Miggins''' (Helen Atkinson-Wood)


'''The Duke of Wellington''' (StephenFry)

* {{Badass}}: Only a mad Scotsman with a claymore or a kilt could get the better of him.
* HonorBeforeReason
* HotBlooded
* GeneralRipper: His regimental crest is two crossed dead Frenchman emblazoned on a mound of dead Frenchmen.
* LargeHam: His general strategy: Shout, shout, and shout again!

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Blackadder Goes Forth]]

!!Capt. Edmund Blackadder DSO
[[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/blackaddergf_3825.jpg]]
->'''Played By''': Creator/RowanAtkinson

->''"For us, the Great War is finito, a war which would be a damn sight simpler if we just stayed in England and shot fifty thousand of our men a week."''

* AFatherToHisMen: Well, A Cruel Abusive Stepfather To His Men maybe...
* AmbiguouslyEvil: It's debatable wether he is evil or not. He is a massive jerk, but clearly the least malicious Blackadder from the main series and he has his better moments, see JerkWithAHeartOfGold and the Heartwarming Entry for examples.
* AntiHero: Type IV or V. The least evil Blackadder in the main series. See JerkWithAHeartOfGold below.
* ByronicHero
* TheCaptain: To a rather incompetent squad.
* CowardlyLion: Though oddly he arguably isn't actually cowardly at all. He very definitely doesn't want to ''die'', but it's hard to blame him, since his death would be entirely pointless. And when he's unavoidably placed in genuinely very dangerous situations (crawling across a minefield, captured by Germans, facing a court martial, going over the top) he keeps his cool.
* CulturedWarrior: His snarky remarks often border on poetic. His lines in the last episode in particular:
-->'''Blackadder''': [[spoiler:The guns have stopped because we're about to attack. Not even our generals are mad enough to shoot our own men. They think it's far more sporting to let the Germans do it.]]
* DeadpanSnarker
* [[spoiler: FaceDeathWithDignity: After all his efforts to avoid going over the top, you'd probably expect him to [[DespairEventHorizon freak out]] when learn there's no escape, but no, he handles it pretty well.]]
* FakeUltimateHero: To quote the man himself on his service in Africa (which made his reputation as a competent soldier), "[T]he prerequisite for any battle was that the enemy should under no circumstances carry guns". He became known as the 'Hero of Mboto Gorge' in 1892, where he had faced "ten thousand Watutsi warriors armed to the teeth with kiwi fruit and dry guava halves". Needless to say, none of this prepared him at all for fighting in the trenches.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Melancholic.
* GenreBlind: He should have known by Corporal Punishment that Baldric and George are incredibly LiteralMinded.
* IdenticalGrandson: Shouldn't even have to say it.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: To a very slight extent. He's still not remotely a nice person, but he can bring himself to feel sympathy for Darling and wish the others good luck in the final episode, and he does at one point compliment George's paintings. Also, despite being a soldier, he is the only Blackadder in the four seasons not to commit murder - unless you count Speckled Jim.
* LovableCoward: As mentioned in Cowardly Lion above. It's debatable wether he is cowardly or not. Even if he is, he is often viewed as sympathetic to the audience because he is placed in WWI. Who can blame him for trying to get away, especially when his superior is an AxCrazy GeneralFailure?
* ManipulativeBastard
* TheNeidermeyer: A relatively mild example. He regards the men under his command as incompetent fools... which in his defense, they mostly ''are''. They seem to admire ''him'', however.
* OnlySaneMan
* PetTheDog: In the final episode [[spoiler: Blackadder treats Darling very gently after Melchett sends him to the Front, respectfully addressing him as 'Captain Darling' when he shows up at the trench ([[BookEnds somewhat reminiscent]] of King Richard and Edmund in the finale of the original series), and a few moments later asking him how he felt about going over the top. Pretty moving stuff considering they have spent the last five episodes hating each other.]]
** It is possible that Blackadder's main reason for hating Darling was that Darling had succeeded in what Blackadder had been trying to do for the entire war; get the hell out of the trenches. When it became clear that [[spoiler:both he and Darling were not getting out of it,]] he didn't have any reason to hate Darling any more (although there's not much chance of Blackadder ''liking'' him any more because of it).
* ReluctantWarrior: He does everything in his power to avoid going into battle. A closer look at the series shows that he rarely carries his sidearm unless he has to (such as when visiting HQ) and even then, doesn't appear to keep it loaded (we see him loading it before going over the top in the finale).
* ShellShockedVeteran
* TallDarkAndSnarky
* TookALevelInKindness: He becomes much nicer in the final episode [[spoiler: when he realizes that he can’t escape the trenches alive. Not once does he insult his men and he even shows respect towards [[TheRival Captain Darling]].]]
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Although he's more sympathetic than his forebears. Nobody could blame him for wanting to escape the hellish insanity of the trenches.
* WarriorPoet: See CulturedWarrior.
* WrongGenreSavvy: He comes to the conclusion that [[spoiler: Nurse Mary]] is the spy in "General Hospital" and gives a perfectly coherent reason as to why. He's ultimately wrong though, [[spoiler: the real “spy” was an unwitting George]] who sent letters to relatives in Germany.

!!Pvt. S. Baldrick
[[quoteright:205:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/TheBaldrickIIII_8750.png]]
->'''Played By''': Tony Robinson

->''"Why can't we just stop, sir? Why couldn't we just say "No more killing, let's all go 'ome?" Why would it be stupid just to pack it in, sir? Why?!"''

* AntiHero: Type I
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Despite his unprecedented idiocy, Baldrick also points out the utter insanity of World War One: at any point, the general soldiery on all sides could have simply banded together and refused to fight any more, and had shown such potential earlier in the war. He doesn't know why they don't do it, and nobody can tell him why, either.
* BumblingSidekick: The stupidest and foulest Baldrick of all, which is ''no'' small feat.
* [[ZanyScheme Cunning Plan]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Only when he's hungover.
* TheDitz
* IdenticalGrandson
* LethalChef: "How did you manage to extract so much 'custard' from such a small cat?"
* {{Manchild}}
* MythologyGag: His first initial is S, which is a CallBack to the Regency Era Baldrick, whose first name was Sod Off.
* SoleSurvivor: All of the Turnip Street Workhouse Pals Battalion are dead, save for him.
* TeamChef: A fairly [[LethalChef lethal]] one. Whenever his food tastes like something disgusting (for instance, dog turds in glue), that's because it's exactly that.

!!Lt. George C. St Barleigh
->'''Played By''': Creator/HughLaurie

-> ''"Permission for lip to wobble, sir?"''

* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Although Blackadder doesn't admit it aloud.
* BoisterousWeakling: His (apparent) fearlessness is as complete as his survival skills are non-existent.
* EnsignNewbie
* HiddenDepths: He's not as much of a PatrioticFervor filled twit as he initially seems- he's a gifted artist and ultimately admits to fear of dying in battle.
** Also despite said fear of dying in battle (and his near certainty that he will die in the oncoming charge) he imminently refuses to leave the trenches when Melchett offers to take him back to Britain for a boat race, showing just how seriously he takes the whole "King and Country" thing.
* KindheartedSimpleton: Compared to his more spoiled arrogant form in the third series, this George spends the majority of the series idealistic, selfless and undyingly loyal to Edmund, albeit just as brainless.
* SoleSurvivor: In the last episode, he mentions that he joined the Army with along with his friends from Cambridge, the "Trinity Tiddlers", and by then, he's the only one left alive of the group.
** Which was TruthInTelevision. The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pals_battalion pals battalions]] were a real thing, and the Great War was the last time friends joining en masse was allowed, as it led to whole villages, towns and communities being decimated.
* SpoiledSweet: He comes from a rich aristocratic family, but he's an idealistic nice guy. He also refused to use his connections to avoid the trenches.
* TokenGoodTeammate
* UpperClassTwit: Not as upper-class as the Prince, but has the personality down, pat.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Seems blissfully unaware of Captain Blackadder's contempt for him.
* WhamLine: In perhaps a first in television history, it actually occurs mid-line when George's bravado gives way to near panic. Any laughs from the audience for the remainder of the episode are nervous ones at best.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: For a drag act in a talent show. But General Melchett doesn't realize that's what it is and falls head-over-heels.
* WideEyedIdealist: He volunteered for the army as soon as the war began, and he whole-heartedly believes in the propaganda rag "King and Country."

!!Gen. Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmanay Melchett
->'''Played By''': StephenFry

->''"You know, over these last few years, I've come to think of you as a sort of son. Not a ''favourite'' son of course, Lord no, more a sort of illegitimate back-stair sort of sprog, y'know, the sort of spotty squid that nobody really likes."''

* BadassMustache: Wears a 'tache so magnificent, he covers it with a hairnet while he sleeps.
* BadBoss: When Darling said that he needed a convincing injury so that he could spy on a field hospital, Melchett shot his foot on spot. This is easily the least of his crimes.
* BaitTheDog: As noted, he initially seems a lot more amusing and likable than he actually is.
* ComedicSociopathy: Melchett's played as though he's having the time of his life, and thinks everyone else is, too, with Darling and Blackadder as straight men to his antics. [[spoiler: Subverted in the final episode when he sends Darling to his death with barely a thought.]]
* GeneralFailure: A parody of UsefulNotes/WW1 Generals, meaning that his particular brand of strategic incompetence wasn't very removed from real life...
* HotBlooded: A far cry from his soft-spoken ancestor.
* IdenticalGrandson: Obviously of the Melchett of the second season, but also an {{expy}} of the Duke of Wellington in the third season, who was also played by StephenFry. Wellington was likewise presented as a HotBlooded and crazy military man, but he was actually competent.
* {{Jerkass}}: Melchett isn't just incompetent, he's totally insensitive to the well-being of others and might even be a sociopath.
* KarmaHoudini: Despite senselessly, obliviously ordering countless men to their deaths on the Western Front, [[spoiler: including his own very-much-reluctant right hand man, Melchett is the only major character to survive the entire fourth series.]]
* LargeHam: '''BAAAAAH!!'''
* LoveAtFirstSight: With "Georgina." He proposes after a few days of knowing her.
* TheNeidermeyer: He is distraught by the death of his pigeon "Speckled Jim", yet blissfully uncaring about the fifty thousand men a week dying in the trenches. His bizarre tactics that help expedite the latter include "doing precisely what we've done eighteen times before" and "climbing out of [the] trenches and walking very slowly towards the enemy". Sadly, both are to some extent TruthInTelevision.
* PetTheDog: His love for his pet pigeon. However, any sympathy he'd get for that is subverted by his callousness toward [[KickTheDog running over George's rabbit]] when George was a child, and of course his apathy toward his troops' lives.
** In the last episode he casually offers George a ticket out of the trenches (and the imminent suicide attack he is about to order)
* StupidBoss
* TokenEvilTeammate
* VerbalTic: His "baahing", often interpreted as a call-back to his ancestor's "affection for sheep", but according to StephenFry who played him, he had in mind that Melchett had hemorrhoids.
* WarIsGlorious: Believes in this trope fanatically, which seems to be why he gets on rather well (Pigeon incident aside) with Blackadder due to him being a frontline soldier, and why he never even imagines he could want out of the insane nightmare. Unfortunately this is also why he is so utterly callous and blind to the carnage and suffering of the trenches, and why he "rewards" Darling's loyal service by sending him to die on the front lines.

!!Capt. Kevin Darling
->'''Played By''': Tim [=McInnerny=]

-> ''"Just doing my job, Blackadder. ''Obeying orders''...and, of course, having enormous *fun* into the bargain."''

* AntiHero: Type IV or V
* BeleagueredAssistant
* HypercompetentSidekick: Compared to Melchett.
* {{Jerkass}}
** JerkassWoobie: [[TearJerker He'll never marry Doris...]]
* TheRival: To Blackadder.
* SitcomArchNemesis: He and Blackadder have [[NotSoDifferent a lot in common]], but they never miss an opportunity to insult each other and get each other killed. [[spoiler: Until it's too late to bother.]]
* SmugSnake
* TwitchyEye: It took [=McInnerny=] a while to shake it after the show was completed.
* UnfortunateNames: WordOfGod is that the character only began to take shape after they changed his surname from Cartwright. He went from being a formless character to a person steeped in a lifetime's worth of bitterness from being called "Darling" all the time.
--> "What is the ''matter'' with you today, Darling?!"
--> "Darling you're hysterical."

!!Squadron Com. The Lord Flashheart
->'''Played By''': Rik Mayall

-> ''"Cancel the state funeral, tell the King to stop blubbing, Flash is NOT DEAD! I simply ran out of JUICE - and before all the girls start going "Oh, what's the point of living anymore?" I'm talkin' about PETROL! WOOF WOOF!"''

* TheAce
* AcePilot: In this incarnation, he's a parody of that UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne trope.
* AnswersToTheNameOfGod
* {{Badass}}
** BadassLongcoat
** BadassMustache
* TheCasanova
* FakeUltimateHero: This incarnation of Flashheart is this. Brave and dashing, handsome, bold, admired by all, adored by the ladies, and laughed in the face of danger. Also an arrogant prat who boasted constantly, lied, sucked up to his superiors, patronised his admirers, and treated women as sex objects. And the only reason he always won was because he was an underhanded bastard who cheated and played dirty.
* ForTheLulz: He risks his life to save Blackadder and Baldrick, who he doesn't even like. Why? Just for the hell of it.
* TheFightingNarcissist
* GagPenis
* GentlemanAdventurer
* HandsomeLech
* IdenticalGrandson
* IncomingHam: "HEY GIRLS, LOOK AT MY MACHINERY!"
* LargeHam
* MemeticBadass / MemeticSexGod: In universe example.
* ReallyGetsAround
* TalkToTheFist: "Eat knuckle, Fritz!"
* VerbalTic: WOOF!

!!Kate, AKA Bob Parkhurst
->'''Played By''': Gabrielle Glaister

->"Permission to slip into something more uncomfortable, sir."

* TheDriver
* IdenticalGrandson: Well, presumably...
* PaperThinDisguise: It doesn't fool Blackadder this time around. When [[RecursiveCrossdressing she actually dresses as a girl for a stage show]], Melchett and Darling think it is a poor attempt at a drag act.
* SweetPollyOliver

!!Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen
->'''Played By''': Adrian Edmondson

-> "How lucky you English are to find the toilet so amusing. For us, it is a mundane and functional item. For you, the basis of an entire culture.

* AcePilot
* CastingGag: He often worked with Rik Mayall, and generally was a tormentor to Mayall's characters. In this show, Mayall (playing Flasheart) [[KilledMidSentence kills him mid sentence]] and calls him a poof.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: His planned FateWorseThanDeath for Blackadder is to have him teaching at a German girl's school for the rest of his life, completely unaware that that would actually be paradise for Blackadder.
* [[{{Kaiserreich}} Dastardly Hun]]
* {{Expy}}: He's obviously supposed to be the equivalent of Ludwig from the second season, but IdenticalGrandson isn't in play because Laurie is playing a different, also German descended role in this series.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter
** HistoricalVillainUpgrade: He's portrayed as a stupid Bond villain.
* RedBaron: [[CaptainObvious The Original.]]
* SmugSnake
* StraightGay
* UnknownRival: Obsessed with defeating Lord Flasheart, who really doesn't give a shit.
* WickedCultured
* WorthyOpponent: How he sees Lord Flasheart. Flash, alas, just sees a poof who needs shooting.

[[/folder]]