->''"Be excellent to each other and... Party on, dudes!"''
-->--Credo of Bill and Ted, quoted even by UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln!

!!''Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure'' (1989)
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->''EXCELLENT!''

The first film features Bill S. Preston, Esq. (Alex Winter) and Ted "Theodore" Logan (Creator/KeanuReeves) as two air-headed rocker kids from San Dimas, California. They're so focused on their wannabe rock band Wyld Stallyns (and so dumb) that they're in danger of failing History class and being held back. To make matters worse, Ted's authoritarian police chief father says that if that happens, Ted will be shipped off to a military academy in Alaska, breaking up the band.

Things look bleak for the two until they meet Rufus (Creator/GeorgeCarlin), a time traveler from a utopian future built upon the teachings of Wyld Stallyns. Rufus offers them the use of his time machine -- [[ItsBeenDone disguised as an]] [[Series/DoctorWho ordinary phone booth]] -- so they can [[FieldTripToThePast do the research needed]] to pass their final assignment. When a brief trip to France causes Napoleon to follow them back to the present, Bill and Ted decide to stage the ultimate oral report by getting the historical figures themselves to present it. Over the course of the film they not only learn a lot about history from interacting with them but they even come to master the nuances and possibilities of time travel.

The movie ended up being an unexpected comedy classic, credited with launching Keanu Reeves' career (a more snarky troper might contend that the dopey Ted is his best role ever). Because of this, as well as the contrast between this and Keanu Reeves' later roles, ''Bill and Ted'' is frequently used to mock other movies: ''Film/TheMatrix'' is quite comedic when you redub Neo with dialogue that sounds like {{T|otallyRadical}}ed. It is also noteworthy for being one of the few [[BuddyPicture buddy comedies]] where the friends don't [[PlotMandatedFriendshipFailure get mad at one another and split up for some amount of time]]. Also for an unexpected level of internal consistency, despite the wacky attitude.

!!''Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey'' (1991)
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->''STATION!''

The popularity of the first film prompted Nelson and Orion to release a sequel two years later. Chuck De Nomolos (Joss Ackland), a rebel from Rufus' utopian future, wants to replace it with a militaristic CrapsackWorld. He plans to accomplish this by sending [[EvilTwin Evil Robot duplicates]] into the past, where they will kill the boys, then deliver a disparaging speech worldwide at a "Battle of the Bands" concert contest and destroy Wyld Stallyns' reputation forever.

With a minimum amount of effort, the robots succeed in killing off the two titular protagonists. However, their spirits refuse to go quietly into the good night and face off against the Grim Reaper (William Sadler). While the evil robots make time with the guys' princess babes, the ghosts of Bill and Ted need to find a way to resurrect themselves, defeat the evil robot "us-ess" and stop Chuck De Nomolos. To do so, they must go through Heaven and Hell (literally, plus KirksRock) to face their personal demons and gather allies to their cause.

As far as sequels go, "Bogus Journey" was reasonably well-received for the shift in plot and still delivering on the laughs. It references the plot of the first and even some of the gags while making its own story. Creator/RogerEbert even lamented that he didn't take the opportunity to see the first film, favorably comparing it to ''Film/WaynesWorld'' for how it at first seems like a generic stoner flick only to aim a bit higher.

!!Expanded Universe
The first film was followed by an AnimatedAdaptation by {{Creator/Hanna-Barbera}}, ''WesternAnimation/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventures,'' that was fairly faithful (and even had Alex Winter, Keanu Reeves, and George Carlin reprising their roles), while the second was followed by a forgettable live-action RecycledTheSeries that featured none of the original cast (this new cast voiced the characters when the animated edition moved to Fox and [=DiC=] took over production). There was also a surprisingly well-made ''Eisner-nominated'' ComicBookAdaptation, ''ComicBook/BillAndTedsExcellentComicBook,'' written and drawn by [[ComicBook/FunWithMilkAndCheese Evan Dorkin]] and published by Creator/MarvelComics; several video games; and even a little-known [[TheMusical stage musical]] which had a pretty short run but featured a couple of decent songs. There was also a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAM-MGJylmo cereal]] based on the [=TV=] show.

Since 1992, the Ride/UniversalStudios theme parks in Orlando and Hollywood have used Bill and Ted in their annual ''Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights'' event as ''Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure'', parodying that year's pop culture and entertainment. The 2009 event, for example, featured ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'', Creator/MeganFox (well, a male impersonator), ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'', ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', ''Film/StarTrek'', and ''GIJoe'', among many others.

!!''Bill & Ted 3'' (20--)
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->''Their most excellent adventure continues...''

In September 2010, [[http://io9.com/5646614/ news]] of work on a third movie was announced. Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves are signed on for it, as are the series' creators and writers, Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon.

According to Alex Winter, the movie will evoke the spirit of the originals without succumbing to "retro cynicism", and that they've found a way to continue the story beyond the apparent HappilyEverAfter at the end of ''Bogus Journey''. Early information suggests that the plot will revolve around the fact that Bill and Ted haven't changed the world yet and are trying to write the song that will create Rufus' utopian future.

Seems to be suffering in DevelopmentHell.
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[[folder:Series Wide]]
!!The following most triumphant tropes appear in multiple ''Bill and Ted'' works:

* AdaptationNameChange: In the script for TheMusical, Princess Joanna is renamed "Princess Mary," possibly to avoid confusion with Joan of Arc. On the cast album, she's "Sarah."
* {{Adorkable}}: Bill and Ted.
* AirGuitar: '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yx8FanC70S4 Every ten seconds]]''' whenever Bill and Ted think of something EXCELLENT!
** In the second film, the evil B&T develop a "stealth" version (twiddling their fingers as if strumming) after Chuck De Nomolos shoots them a DeathGlare for doing the real thing. They continue to use it throughout the movie.
* BaldOfEvil: Chuck De Nomolos.
* BareYourMidriff: Male version. Bill's customized sweatshirt.
* BerserkButton: Don't harm one in front of the other, or their girlfriends. Or they'll drop the nice guy attitude and do something smart before kicking your ass.
** And don't say anything YourMom-ish to Bill.
* BookDumb: Perhaps the ultimate example as the duo are in danger of failing high school yet their teachings are destined to create a Utopia.
* BuffySpeak: Bill and Ted have a rather unique vocabulary and speaking style.
* {{Catchphrase}}: "Excellent!" often followed by an AirGuitar duet.
** The two will gasp "Bogus!" when something bad happens.
** Also, Bill's "Shut up, Ted!" whenever Ted makes a comment about Missy's attractiveness.
** "I am Bill S. Preston, Esq.!" "And I am Ted 'Theodore' Logan!" "Together, we are ''Wyld Stallyns''!!" This is to the point of being OnceAnEpisode in the cartoon series.
* CrashingThroughTheHarem: In ''Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'', the duo get knocked through the wall of an Old West tavern... and into the back room, where the {{Soiled Dove}}s are prancing around in their lingerie. Billy the Kid yanks them away while they're still enjoying the view.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Ted's full name is Ted "Theodore" Logan. Ted is the shortened name of the name Theodore.
* TheDividual: Bill and Ted are of the Twindividual variation; even if they're not actually related and look completely different, they have almost the exact same personality (Bill seems to be slightly more practical-minded and Ted slightly more carefree, but the differences are minimal) and in the plots they're important as a duo, not as individuals.
** Joanna and Elizabeth are even more of an example; they're never seen apart and don't seem to have separate personalities at all. Given that they are sisters and seem to be the same age, they may even be actual (non-identical) twins -- though this is never confirmed or denied.
* DorkKnight: Bill and Ted again.
* TheEighties
* EitherOrTitle: The Hanna-Barbera animated episode "The Birth Of Rock And Roll, or: Too Hip For The Womb."
* TheFool: Bill and Ted... totally.
* FullNameBasis: Bill and Ted always introduce themselves as "Bill S. Preston Esquire and Ted 'Theodore' Logan".
* GarageBand: Wyld Stallyns.
* {{Garfunkel}}: Alex Winter, though this is largely because he retired from acting in 1993 to begin a directing career.
* GeniusDitz: Despite being uncomplicated slackers, Bill and Ted have a natural instinct for mastering the [[RetroactivePreparation causal]] and [[TrickedOutTime paradoxical]] [[SanDimasTime effects]] of time travel. Also, while their use of the English language is most unconventional and egregiously unorthodox, their vocabulary does seem to be more well developed than most teenagers, or for that matter most ''anyone''.
** Try reading that in their voices. IT FITS.
** Bill not only knows what an Oedipal Complex is, he can recognize he has a minor case.
* GranolaGirl: Missy.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Bill and Ted do everything together. Including proposing to their girlfriends.
* HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace: A fairly mild example, but the energy tendril/claws that emerge and drag the booth into the time circuits don't exactly come across as benevolent.
* {{Idiot Hero}}es: While they have an intuitive understanding of SanDimasTime, their basic response to everything is almost always (a) tell a dumb joke, (b) make a rock music reference, (c) going along with what someone smarter suggests, or (d) some combination of the above.
* InkSuitActor: In "The Birth Of Rock And Roll" animated episode, Little Richard voices himself.
* LighterAndSofter: Both movies are this for GeorgeCarlin, definitely. (He doesn't cuss even once in either movie.)
* MayDecemberRomance: Missy definitely seems to have a thing for men who are old enough to be her father; first marrying Bill's dad, and later Ted's dad. [[spoiler:A newspaper headline suggests she later marries Chuck [=DeNomolos=].]]
* MissingMom: Neither of the boys' mothers are ever so much as mentioned, let alone explaining where they went. Possibly because digging into that would take the funny out of the running gag with Missy.
* MyspeldRokband[=/=]XtremeKoolLetterz: WYLD STALLYNS! ''*air guitar*''
* {{Nice Guy}}s: Stupid as Bill and Ted may both be, it's hard to deny that they are both sincere, decent and kind-hearted kids when push comes to shove.
* ParodySue: The founders of a Utopian future are ''these'' guys.
* ReallyGetsAround: Missy, though she seems to stick solely to older men.
* RetroactivePreparation
* RidiculouslySuccessfulFutureSelf: In the present, Bill and Ted are just two dopey fools, but they're destined to create a global utopia.
* RuleOfFunny: Much of the films.
* SanDimasTime: TropeNamer.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: Joanna and Elizabeth, the Royal Princess Babes. While this was somewhat justified in the first movie due to their brief screen time, they remain featureless in the second movie, even with their more prominent role in the heroes' lives.
* SavingTheWorldWithArt: The future is apparently built on the rock and roll of Wyld Stallions. In this utopia, the air is clean, the water is clean, even the dirt is clean, bowling scores are way up, and minigolf scores are way down.
* ShoutOut: The poster for the upcoming sequel seems to finally {{lampshade|Hanging}} the unintentional similarities with [[Series/DoctorWho the TARDIS.]]
** Arguably the first film did this with the absurd number of people they cram into the thing, subtly drawing attention to the fact that it is most assuredly ''not'' BiggerOnTheInside. (Although you'd be surprised how many people you can fit into a phone booth. There's a ''reason'' why it was such a popular prank.)
* {{Surfer Dude}}s: Bill and Ted are from Southern California, so their speech includes a lot of So-Cal surfer slang even though they're not surfers and San Dimas is a fair distance inland.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Both are ''far'' on the Idealistic End, even if 2 is DarkerAndEdgier, in its belief that love and friendship and make the world a nicer place. Now we can only wait and see if "3" makes good on its promise that it will stay idealistic ''without'' succumbing to "retro-cynicism."
* StacysMom: Bill (and later Ted's) stepmom, Missy. It helps that she's only three years older than Bill and Ted. Ted even asked her to the prom. It's lampshaded in the first movie, when Freud offers to psychoanalyze Bill during the history report, and he responds, "Nah, just got a minor Oedipal complex."
* TakeThat: In the Hanna-Barbera cartoon, Bill and Ted run into Rufus at a record store, where a Take That to then-hot teenybopper group New Kids On The Block (who had a cartoon show then as well) is delivered:
-->'''Rufus:''' I was just checking out this new album by New Boys On The Corner.
-->'''Bill, Ted:''' And?
-->'''Rufus:''' They stink.
* TimeyWimeyBall: There's no consistency in how time travel works in the Bill And Ted universe. They have a limited time to prepare for their history report in ''Excellent Adventure'' despite having a ''time machine'' (out of universe, this explains why they don't screw around with the infinite possibilities of time travel; in-universe, no good explanation is given), yet in ''Bogus Journey'', they are able to undertake 16 months of intense guitar training in an unspecified time period and arrive back at the concert moments after they left.
** Actually, that one is pretty easy to explain. In the first movie, Rufus points out that they were off by one number when they meet themselves. This means that they can reach any allotment of time by dialing that number, and since time moves forward at a constant pace, all they had to do was wait until they could dial up the exact time they had taken off, which keeps the San Dimas Time rule solid.
** The "time game" is circular. 'After you win'', you'll grab what you need to win in the first place? It makes sense - relatively - that only the winners can play the game, but we're never told what Bill and Ted did to make them the winners, ie why Chuck De Nomolos couldn't say "no, I set up the key and the gag gun just to give you false hope before I vanquish you".
* TrophyWife: In ''Excellent Adventure'', Bill's dad has divorced his mother and gotten married to Missy, who is only three years older than his son. In ''Bogus Journey'', they have split up and now Ted's dad is the one married to Missy.
* {{Utopia}}: The duo use ThePowerOfRock to turn the world into one.
* WaxingLyrical: The duo says to Socrates "[[Music/{{Kansas}} All we are is dust... in the wind]], dude."
** In the sequel, they answer St. Peter's question of what is the meaning of life with the lyrics to [[Music/{{Poison}} "Every Rose Has Its Thorn"]].
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[[folder:''Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure'']]
!!The first movie demonstrates these non-heinous tropes:

* AccidentalHug
* AllPartOfTheShow
* AncientGreece: It looks like the cover of the Music/LedZeppelin album "Houses of the Holy". (Allegedly.)
** It was also "most tranquil."
** And you'll never guess where it got the "[[Series/DaysOfOurLives like sands from the hour glass]]" expression.
* BigDamnHeroes: When Bill and Ted are about to be executed in the medieval times, it turns out that Billy the Kid and Socrates switched places with the executioners, freeing the duo so they can make an escape.
* BigShutUp:
-->'''Ted''': Now your Dad's getting it on in your own room!\\
'''Bill''': Shut up, Ted.\\
'''Ted''': Your stepmom ''is'' cute, though.\\
'''Bill''': Shut up, Ted.\\
'''Ted''': Hey, remember when I asked her to the prom?\\
'''Bill''': SHUT UP, TED!
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Rufus addresses the audience directly at the start of the film to explain the situation, and again at the end to reassure us that Bill and Ted "do get better" vis-a-vis their terrible music skills.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Strangely inverted. The first movie is set in California, but was filmed primarily in Phoenix.
* ChekhovsGun: The keys that Ted's Dad lost at the beginning of the movie [[spoiler: turns out to have been stolen by Ted who came back from the future ''after'' the movie.]]
* ClusterFBomb: Napoleon when he flubs a shot in bowling: he goes [[ForeignCussWord "Merde, merde, merde, merde!"]] (lit. "Shit, shit, shit, shit...!") practically nonstop.
** Still true in the TV edit: "Zut, zut, zut, zut!" (lit. "Damn, damn, damn, damn...!")
* CreatorCameo: Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, who created the characters and wrote the script, appear as the annoying waiters serving ice cream to Napoleon.
* CriticalPsychoanalysisFailure: The police interrogator assigned to Sigmund Freud gets progressively more irritated as he talks to him. (One probably wouldn't go so far as to say he's going ''crazy,'' though.)
-->'''Policeman:''' What makes you think that you are Sigmund Freud?
-->'''Sigmund Freud:''' What makes you think I'm ''not'' Sigmund Freud?
-->'''Policeman''' ''[exasperated]'' Why do you keep ''asking'' me these questions?
-->'''Sigmund Freud:''' ''[leans in closer]'' Tell me about your mother.
* CrystalSpiresAndTogas: Suggested, though not really shown.
* EternalEnglish: Averted with Beethoven, Joan of Arc, Socrates, Napoleon, and Genghis Kahn being unable to speak a word of English.
** {{Justified}} in Socrates' case, since Bill & Ted would not have been able to understand Ancient Greek and the earliest form of the English language didn't exist until the 5th Century, some 8 centuries after Socrates' death.
** Invoked when they visit England 1501 and meet the Royal Princess Babes, however. While both sets of characters technically spoke English, you have sixteenth century Britons speaking to modern American valley-guys. While a handful of references and words were misunderstood on either side, in reality, they would sound like they were speaking in a bizarre Stage Irish accent -- see Shakespeare [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWe1b9mjjkM in original pronunciation.]]
** Also, Joan of Arc's lines are in standard modern French, when she actually spoke the Limousin dialect which is somewhat different.
* [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Everything's Better With Royal English Babes]]:
-->'''Bill:''' We gotta go. It's a history report, not a babe report.
-->'''Ted:''' But, Bill, those... are historical babes.
* ExtyYearsFromNow: Rufus dates the future scenes to 2688, just about 700 years after the movie came out.
* FreudianExcuse: In-universe, invoked by Freud himself, as an explanation as to why Ted's dad is so harsh with discipline.
* TheFullNameAdventures
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Billy the Kid left in charge of Bill and Ted's backpack while they sought out Socrates. When they were seeing the princesses, Billy and Socrates were debating on who should look after it, which degrades into a game of catch.
** In something of a Funny ''Foreground'' Event, Napoleon begins to sidle closer to Missy (likely intending to hit on her) in her car while Bill and Ted make their way back to it. Napoleon promptly pulls back when they appear beside the passenger's side window.
* GayMoment: Bill and Ted hug after Ted turns out to have not been killed by that medieval dickweed, then promptly let go and jokingly yell "Fag!" to one another.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** When Freud is coming on to some girls, he tells them that they "seem to be suffering from a mild form of hysteria."
** Combined with GodTest: Invoked when Bill and Ted challenge their future selves:
-->'''Ted:''' If we're you, and you're us... What number are we thinking of?
-->'''Future Bill and Ted:''' 69, dudes!
-->'''Bill and Ted:''' Whoa...
-->''[quadruple air guitar]''
* {{Hammerspace}}: It seems to be a common ability here. Where did Billy the Kid get the lariat he used on Freud? Kind of hard to say. Another example, Genghis Khan enters the booth carrying only a club, which he later discards; in an even later scene, he has a pole-axe weapon, and no explanation where it came from. Also, Joan of Arc is somehow able to change out of her armor before she and the others are arrested, and then change back ''into'' it after the duo spring them, with no explanation of where she put it. Hammerspace is really the only explanation.
** Of course, there's also the booth itself. Not exactly something that could fit nine (and later ''ten'') people easily, (although Ted did say they were "running out of room" when there were only nine.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Including UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln, Music/LudwigVanBeethoven, Billy the Kid, Genghis Khan, Joan of Arc, NapoleonBonaparte, Sigmund Freud, [[Creator/{{Socrates}} So-crates]]...
* HollywoodHistory: Consciously and unashamedly.
* HypocriticalHumor: When Bill and Ted get drafted into Billy the Kid's poker game, Bill gently admonishes Ted to "have a poker face, like me". Not ten seconds later he looks at his cards and exclaims "Woah, three Aces, dude!"
** Which is also HilariousInHindsight as this is being said to Ted, played by Creator/KeanuReeves before he got his reputation for being rather [[DullSurprise stone-faced and bland]] in his roles.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Genghis Khan is impressed by the military potential of modern sporting equipment. He dons some football armor, arms himself with an aluminum baseball bat, and charges off on a skateboard.
* InformedAbility: Played for laughs. Bill and Ted are supposed to be the greatest musicians of all time. They stink.
** Lampshaded by Rufus - Who pulls off a stunning solo and then assures us in a fourth-wall breaking moment that ''they '''do''' get better'' as Bill and Ted make horrific noise whilst their new girlfriends from the past awkwardly test their own instruments.
* IOweYouMyLife: Billy the Kid, who later returns the favor.
* ItMakesSenseInContext: It happens at least twice in the film. The first one is Rufus' claim that these two dumb kids will be important in the future that ends with, "Don't worry, it'll all make sense. I'm a professional." Second time is when Bill and Ted meet themselves in past after we already saw this encounter and Ted notes, "That conversation made more sense this time."
* ItsBeenDone: Amusingly DoubleSubverted in the film's production. The time machine was originally going to be a 1969 Chevrolet van, but when they realized the similarities to [[Film/BackToTheFuture another science fiction film]], they decided to change it... to a [[Series/DoctorWho phone booth]].
** [[InsistentTerminology It's a Police Box!]]
* ALittleSomethingWeCallRockAndRoll
* LogicBomb: Wyld Stallyns won't be a good band until they have Eddie Van Halen, and they won't have Eddie Van Halen until they have a triumphant music video, and they won't have a triumphant music video until they have good instruments, and they won't have good instruments until they know how to play, and they won't know how to play until they have Eddie Van Halen...
* ManHug: See GayMoment, above.
* MayDecemberRomance: Missy and Bill's father.
* MegaMealChallenge: Apparently an ice cream dish called the Ziggy Pig is one of these. After Napoleon Bonaparte finishes it, the garishly dressed employees make pig noises and give him a sticker.
* TheMiddleAges: Briefly.
* MistakenForProfound: Socrates mistakes song lyrics for wisdom.
** Justified In-Universe, what with the whole "Rock-n-Roll Utopia" theme.
* MyFutureSelfAndMe: As below, the future boys stop in the recent past to give themselves a pep talk, including the line from Future Ted, in response to Ted's, "No way!": "Yes way, Ted!"
* NeverTheSelvesShallMeet: Defied. Hell, them encountering their future selves near the start of the film is actually [[{{Foreshadowing}} a plot point in advance]].
* TheNotSoHarmlessPunishment: The guys enthusiastically embrace the King's order to "put them in the {{I|ThoughtItMeant}}ron [[Music/IronMaiden Maiden]]" with a positive "EXCELLENT!"
-->'''King:''' Execute them!
-->'''Bill and Ted:''' BOGUS!
* ThePowerOfRock: And how -- the music of Wyld Stallyns ushers in a worldwide golden age of peace, harmony, and awesomeness.
-->'''Rufus:''' San Dimas, California, 2688. And I'm telling you, it's great here. The air is clean, the water's clean... even the dirt, it's ''clean.'' Bowling averages are way up, mini-golf scores are way down. And we have more excellent water slides than any other planet we communicate with.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Bill lapses into one when he thinks a medieval dude killed Ted.
--> '''Bill:''' ''[[ItsPersonal You killed Ted, you medieval DICKWEED!!]]''
* [[AristocratsAreEvil Royal Ugly Dudes Are Bogus]]
* ShoutOut: Numerous references to 80s culture.
** Bill and Ted dress up in knightly armor and swordfight to mock [[Franchise/StarWars lightsaber noises]].
--> '''Ted:''' I'm Darth Ted!
--> '''Bill:''' Oh, yeah? Well, I'm Luke Bill, and you're not my father! You!
** After they tell Socrates that [[Music/{{Kansas}} "All we are is dust in the wind]], dude", he quotes the tagline for ''Series/DaysOfOurLives''.
** Bill also says, "Let's reach out and touch someone" before they use the booth for the first time, an old slogan for Bell System Phone Company.
* StableTimeLoop:
** If Wyld Stallyns would have broken up without Rufus' intervention, how did his timeline come into existence in the first place?
** Rufus ''never divulges his name''. Bill and Ted learn it from their future selves. Maybe it was in that phonebook?
* StockholmSyndrome: Seriously. None of the historic figures seem to mind being abducted by two nutty teenagers. (Freud objects at first, but he gets over it quickly. Long story short, it's a weird movie.)
* StylisticSuck: Bill and Ted's guitar skills.
-->'''Rufus (to viewers):''' They do get better...
* {{Tagline}}: "History is about to be rewritten by two guys who can't spell."
* TimeyWimeyBall: Parodied like everything else. Okay, the boys have to leave on their journey, but their time moves at the same pace as them so they can't just spend comparatively weeks worth of preparation using time travel when they have to accomplish their history report by the next day. And when they are in a jam trying to get that accomplished, they figured that they could use the time booth to manipulate things to their advantage '''now''', which they would have to recreate after they finished their history report... And it ''works''.
* TitleDrop: Abraham Lincoln refers to Bill and Ted bringing them on "a most excellent adventure."
** Earlier at the Circle K, Future!Ted tells Present!Ted that they're about to "embark on an excellent adventure through time."
* TotallyRadical: Tongue-in-cheek about it, and subverted in that it actually caught on.
* TheUnfrozenCavemanLawyer: Most of the historical people adapt pretty quickly to the twentieth century, such as Beethoven mastering electronic synthesizers.
** Billy the Kid picks up the intricacies of time travel pretty quickly, for which the boys praise him when they arrive in ancient Greece.
* VisualPun: When Sigmund Freud is trying to chat up the girls at the mall and being shot down in the process, you can see the corndog he's holding go from being 'erect' at the beginning of the conversation to being 'limp' at the end.
** GeniusBonus: It's frikkin' ''Freud'' using a penis standin.
* WeirdnessSearchAndRescue: Rufus gave Bill and Ted the time machine, showed them how to use it, and tended to turn up for advice when the boys found themselves in trouble. He was from the future of prosperity, peace, and excellence that they ushered in, and had a vested interest in helping them because without them his future would not exist.
* TheWildWest
* YeGoodeOldeDays: Our heroes travel to -- and pick up hitchhikers from -- ancient Greece, ancient Mongolia, and medieval Europe (among other eras), yet any and all unpleasant hygienic issues are ignored.
* YouAlreadyChangedThePast: One of the signs that Bill and Ted are clever if not book smart is their recognition of this trope; they realize that to solve a problem in the present, they can use their time machine to plant helpful items in the past, and then they'll be there for their present selves to discover - and they keep reminding each other "Once this is over, we have to go back and place all that stuff!"
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[[folder:''Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey'']]
!!The second movie features the following totally metal tropes:

* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, when Bill and Ted are in Hell, you can hear, "Sieg Heil".
* AllPartOfTheShow
* BaldOfEvil: De Nomolos
* BestOutOfInfinity: The Reaper is a poor loser, apparently.
* BurgerFool: Off-screen, Bill and Ted work for "Pretzels and Cheese" in order to support the band.
* ButtMonkey: Death of all people. He is repeatedly humiliated, first when Bill and Ted wedgie him to escape. Then he undergoes a series of embarrassing defeats at board games, is forced to appear before God in drag, suffers repeated comedic injuries on earth, and finally he can't even catch a break when he becomes part of the band that saves the world (ItMakesSenseInContext). His solo albums fail spectacularly.
* ChessWithDeath: Parodied.
* ConfusingMultipleNegatives
-->'''Bill:''' That was non-non-non-NON-heinous! [[note]]i.e. it was heinous[[/note]]
* CounterZany: "How do we defeat evil robot usses?" "By building ''good'' robot usses to fight them!"
* CoversAlwaysLie: Parodied when they complained that rock albums inaccurately portrayed hell.
-->"We got totally lied to by our album covers, man."
* CreationSequence: Station assembling the Good Robot Usses in the back of a moving van.
* CreativeClosingCredits: The end credits resolve the story, showing their rise to fame, and ending with [[spoiler:the band heading off to perform on Mars]].
* CreatorCameo: Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon appear as member's off the seance.
** Director Peter Hewitt appears as a smoker Death talks to. See FunnyBackgroundMoment.
* CrystalSpiresAndTogas: subverted in the sequel, where we learn that not everyone is happy to live in a future founded by a pair of hard rockers.
* CurbStompBattle: The "Good Robot Us'es" created by Station own the "Bad Robot Us'es" created by Chuck De Nomolos. They uppercut their heads off their bodies, and a follow-up punch to the torso causes them to explode.
-->'''Evil Bill:''' Evil Ted, I think we may have met our match.
-->'''Evil Ted:''' [[FriendlyEnemy Kudos to you, good human usses!]]
** In a less literal sense, their Battle of the Bands entry also counts. They had the most insane intro in the history of rock music, with robots and time travel, and their band has aliens, robot backup dancers, and ''Death himself''. Which was ''everyone'', as it had been specifically stated that Wyld Stallyns would be the last to perform that night. One could assume that the other bands would go on to either be BlessedWithSuck or CursedWithAwesome depending on how they looked at it, as they would forevermore be known as "the opening acts of the greatest band in the world".
* DarkerAndEdgier: Whilst ''Excellent Adventure'' is a feel-good romp, ''Bogus Journey'' has the title characters a) facing robot terrorists from the future and b) ''dying and going to hell'', even if it is still played for laughs and they get better eventually.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Bill & Ted in between the time they die and go to Hell.
** At times you can tell they're just wearing grey paint and greyscale versions of their clothing.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: "I can't believe we Melvined Death."
* DoNotAdjustYourSet
* DontFearTheReaper: Bad attitude? Yes! Evil? No!
** Combines with WaxingLyrical after the two beat Death and he has to lead them to Heaven.
--->'''Dead Bill:''' Hey, Ted -- [[Music/BlueOysterCult Don't Fear the Reaper]]!
--->'''Death:''' ''I heard that!''
* DrillSergeantNasty: Colonel Oats, the head and namesake of Oats Military Academy where Ted's dad is threatening to send him in the first movie. He's only mentioned in the first film. He first appears in the sequel and doesn't seem too bad initially. However, when the duo goes to hell, the first punishment they go through is being in military school with him where he's this trope in full force and demands that they "get down and [[UpToEleven give me infinity]]". Then again, they are in ''HELL...''
* EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse[=/=]HumansAreSpecial: Mocked when Bill and Ted ask God for help in protecting their girlfriends, and are sent to meet the smartest man in the universe... who turns out to be two squat, large-nosed Martians. [[spoiler: Or one big one, depending....]]
-->'''Death:''' Did you assume that the most brilliant scientist in the entire universe would be from [[InsignificantBluePlanet Earth]]?
* EvilKnockoff: The duo's robot duplicates.
* EvilMentor: Subverted with De Nomolos, although the viewers are meant to ''think'' he was this to Rufus for most of the film, as Rufus calls him "my old teacher" in the opening scene and the villain responds by calling him "my favorite pupil". As Rufus later explains at the ''end'' of the film, however, De Nomolos was actually his old gym teacher.
* ExposedExtraterrestrials: Station.
* FantasticTimeManagement: How Bill and Ted actually end up learning to play.
* FireAndBrimstoneHell: This is how hell appears when they first arrive: breaking rocks eternally under the watchful eye of {{Satan}}, as well as a chamber filled with ''many'' forms of IronicHell.
* FluffyCloudHeaven: Well, more "Plastic Fluorescent-Backlit Clouds" Heaven.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: De Nomolos apparently went from a gym teacher to a terrorist leader and would-be world-conqueror, who planned to alter history so that the future would match his own - likely dystopian - political structure. A pretty big jump.
* Creator/FrankWelker: Voices the Stations/Station and the Easter Bunny.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: At the Builder's Emporium, Death tells a smoker "See you real soon". After he passes by, you can see the smoker do a DoubleTake and quickly stub out his cigarette.
** HilariousInHindsight when you find out the smoker was played by the film's director Peter Hewitt. See CreatorCameo.
* FusionDance: The Stations can body-slam each other to form a larger, muscular STATION.
* FutureMeScaresMe: Sort of; the duo quickly become afraid of what they ''think'' are their future selves, before it's revealed that they're actually evil robot doubles.
* FutureSlang: "Station" is used as both a greeting and a positive adjective (in the fashion of "awesome"). Though at the concert at the end of the film, Ted says it can mean anything.
* {{God}}: Appears as a bright light in a roughly anthropoid shape who says very little.
* GodTest: Double subverted; when the heroes' {{Evil Twin}}s arrive, Ted is suspicious, but Bill convinces him to trust them. Then Ted trusts his robot counterpart after it passes a HowManyFingers test.
* GracefulLoser: Evil Bill and Evil Ted of all people, when the Good Robot Usses charge them in the climactic concert.
-->'''Evil Bill:''' Evil Ted, looks like we've met our match.
-->'''Evil Ted:''' Yeah! ''(cheerful)'' Catch you later, Bill and Ted!!
-->'''Bill and Ted:''' Catch YOU later, Bill and Ted!!
-->''(Good Robot Usses punch heads off Evil Robot Usses)''
* TheGrimReaper: Starts off as a minor antagonist, but soon joins the guys. Later [[spoiler:wins the Indy 500 on foot and gets caught in a lip-syncing scandal]].
* GroinAttack: Variant: Bill and Ted use a Melvin, a front-side wedgie, on TheGrimReaper.
* HappilyEverAfter: The end credits of the film feature a montage of newspaper headlines chronicling Bill & Ted's rise to fame and their music bringing about world peace and a new scientific renaissance while playing the song "God Gave Rock And Roll To You" by Music/{{KISS}}. It's a ''very'' happy ending.
* {{Homage}}: The second movie parodies the Creator/IngmarBergman film ''Film/TheSeventhSeal'' where a Knight plays chess with the Grim Reaper for his soul. Bill and Ted play him with classic board games and Twister.
* HomemadeInventions: The Good Robot Usses.
* IFellForHours: Bill and Ted's long fall to Hell, which takes so long they begin playing "20 Questions" to pass the time. To be fair, it was a pretty short game:
---> '''Dead Bill:''' Hey, you wanna play Twenty Questions?
--->'''Dead Ted:''' Okay! I got one!
---> '''Dead Bill:''' Are you a mineral?
--->'''Dead Ted:''' Yeah!
---> '''Dead Bill:''' Are you a tank?
--->'''Dead Ted:''' ''Whoa!'' Yeah!
* IfYouDieICallYourStuff
-->'''Dead Bill:''' Ted.
-->'''Dead Ted:''' Yeah?
-->'''Dead Bill:''' If I die, you can have my Music/{{Megadeth}} collection.
-->'''Dead Ted:''' But, dude, we're already dead.
-->'''Dead Bill:''' Oh. Well then they're yours, dude!
* IronicEcho: "Catch ya later, Bill and Ted!" First by the Evil Robots to Bill and Ted, then by Bill and Ted to the Evil Robots. [[spoiler: Both times, the party spoken to is about to die.]]
* IronicHell: Both boys experience this after passing through FireAndBrimstoneHell for a bit.
* ItsBeenDone: The plot is a blend of ''Film/{{Terminator}}'' and, of all things, ''Music/{{KISS}} Meets the Phantom of the Park'' - which featured Kiss battling Evil Robot Kiss. Seriously.
* KickTheDog: Evil Bill and Ted repeatedly try to kill animals.
** The Evil Robots' groping of the heroes' (rather chaste) princess girlfriends also counts in various ways
* [[spoiler:KilledByTheAdaptation: De Nomolos is simply hauled to jail at the end of the movie version, but what happens to him at the end of the comic book adaptation is ''much'' worse. Not only doesn't he survive (the two protagonists use the heads of the robot imposters like bombs) but his own IronicHell is to spend it with the two robots, who are just as annoying - to him - as the originals.]]
* KirksRock: Lampshaded: Just before the boys meet the Evil Robots, they're watching that particular episode of ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' on TV. When the Robots drag the boys up to the rock to kill them, we even get a recreation of the dramatic zoom out from ''Trek''.
* LarynxDissonance: Evil Bill changes his voice to one of the medieval babes to give Bill and Ted a fake breakup call, in order to lead them into the trap where they will be killed.
* LosingYourHead: The Evil Us's version of basketball.
* MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight: Chuck De Nomolos' motive.
* MayDecemberRomance: Missy and Ted's father, who's even older than Bill's father from the first movie. And then she hooks up with [[spoiler: Chuck De Nomolos]] at the end of that movie. The girl ReallyGetsAround.
* MenCantKeepHouse: Bill and Ted's apartment in the second movie is a showcase of this trope.
* MirrorMatch: The Evil Robot Bill and Ted vs. the Good Robot Usses.
* MonochromeApparition: When B & T are dead, they're grayish-blue.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Ties in with the StableTimeLoop. Chuck De Nomolos decides to broadcast his defeat of Bill and Ted live to the world. After he's defeated, this only ensures that Bill and Ted broadcast their first performance live all over the world, hence beginning the cycle of their music creating the future {{Utopia}}.
* TheOneThingIDontHateAboutYou: Rufus mentions to the protagonists that De Nomolos was the sit-up champion of the 27th Century. (At least that ''seems'' to be a compliment.)
* OverlyLongGag: When they get sent to hell.
-->"Dude, this is a ''totally'' deep hole."
* OverlyLongScream: Bill and Ted fall down a pit to hell, screaming the whole way, but the pit is so deep that they eventually get tired of repeatedly screaming and start playing 20 questions.
* OurFounder: Bill and Ted, in The Future.
* OutGambitted: The climax of the film. Both sides' plans rely on the premise that they won the current battle in the present, which would allow them to manipulate time afterwards and rig the battle in the present to their favor. "The future belongs to the winner."
* PerfectPacifistPeople: Bill and Ted's future society appears to be one of these.
* PokemonSpeak: The Stations use the word "Station" for everything.
* ThePowerOfRock: Taken UpToEleven, as the effects of Wyld Stallyns' music are shown via a newspaper montage at the end of the film (set to Music/{{KISS}}'s "God Gave Rock 'n Roll To You"):
--> Wyld Stallyns Tour Midwest; Crop Growth Up 30%\\
Bill & Ted Tour Mideast; Peace Achieved\\
Stallyns Use World Nuclear Arsenal to Fuel Amplifiers\\
Air Guitar Found to Eliminate Smog\\
Bill & Ted Named Sportsmen of the Decade\\
Rumored W.S. Split; DOW Drops 600 Points\\
W.S. Split A Hoax - DOW To Record High\\
Bill and Ted: The Movie\\
Wyld Stallyns to Play Mars - "Station!"
* ReallyGetsAround: Missy was married to Bill's Dad in the first film, but has left him and married Ted's Dad by the sequel. She also flirts with Col. Oats, and the end credits reveal that she has left Ted's Dad for Chuck De Nomolos.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: The Evil Robot Bill and Ted, who can apparently get "full-on robot chubb[ies]" from looking at a picture of the guys' girlfriends.
* RoboticReveal: Bill punching his robotic evil twin.
-->"Oww! You're totally metal, dude!"
* RobotMe: There are Bill and Ted's [[EvilKnockoff evil robot copies]] from the future, and then Station improvises another robot Bill and Ted to counter them.
* SanDimasTime: Interestingly, the sequel seems to throw this out by allowing Bill and Ted to spend 16 months to get guitar lessons, then return to the present to win the concert. This could be explained by assuming that Bill and Ted have to jump 16 months into the future after they win the concert.
** Plausible explanation: Bill and Ted take the booth sixteen months into the future, get out, and allow Future Bill & Ted (who have been in intense training ever since the concert) to get in and take the same booth back to the Battle of the Bands, while Bill and Ted wait in the future. Once their set is over, Future Bill & Ted get back in the booth, go back to their own time, and let Bill and Ted have the booth back, whereupon Bill and Ted travel back to their present San Dimas and begin sixteen months of intense training.
** First movie they had to "dial one number higher" to get to the right day. So presumably, they jumped to some other point in time, and had to dial "16 months worth of numbers lower" to get back to the same point.
* SdrawkcabName: Chuck De Nomolos is this for writer Ed Solomon.
* ShoutOut: Death is a pretty direct parody of Death from ''Film/TheSeventhSeal''.
* SomethingThatBeginsWithBoring
* SoreLoser: The Grim Reaper when he initially loses. It take several losses to the boys for him to finally give into their demands.
-->'''Death''': You must play me again!
--> '''Bill''': [[BigWhat WHAT]]???
** (Later, after Bill & Ted have won three out of three...)
-->'''Bill''': Best of seven?
-->'''Death''': Damn right! [[spoiler:The boys best him at Battleship, Clue, Electronic Football (with magnetized players on a metal field) and finally Twister, after which Death finally gives up.]]
* SpinningPaper: Seen during the end credits.
* {{Squick}}: An in-universe example; Death gets jealous of all the praise Station is getting and starts fishing for compliments. When Ted says he has "an excellently huge Martian butt", Death asks "What about my butt? Reaping burns a lot of calories, you know." Bill and Ted visibly shudder at this.
* StableTimeLoop: Chuck De Nomolos is [[NiceJobFixingItVillain basically responsible]] for Wyld Stallyns' world fame, broadcasting their Battle of the Band appearance to the world by accident in his attempt to TakeOverTheWorld. Also used tactically in the fight.
** The ''language'' of the second movie even forms a StableTimeLoop. STATION!
* SufficientlyAdvancedAlien: Station, despite his (their?) goofy appearance. (See EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse above.)
* {{Tagline}}: "Once... They Made history. Now... They Are History."
* TechnologyPorn: Station's assembly of the Good Robot Usses is a HomemadeInventions version of this trope.
* ThatPoorCat: "Aim for the cat, dude! Aim for the cat!"
--> '''Evil Bill''': I'm trying, Evil Ted! I'm trying!
* ToHellAndBack
* TookALevelInBadass: At the end of the movie, Bill and Ted use the time machine to take 16 months of intensive guitar training, going from being bad on a horrendous level to astonishingly good.
* TreacherousAdvisor: Parodied. Early on, Chuck De Nomolos is recognized by Rufus and calls him his old teacher. [[spoiler: Turns out, he was a gym teacher.]]
* UnfoldingPlanMontage: The main characters face off against the BigBad, each telling their plans and how they enacted them, resulting in weirdness out-of-flashback as Bill, Ted, and [=DeNomolos=], all have time travel devices.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Nobody finds it odd that the princesses are celebrating their 527th birthday?
** It's California. People probably figure they're counting all their past lives or something.
** There's also Death and two aliens wandering a hardware store, rarely getting even a second glance.
* UranusIsShowing: Bill and Ted pull this when complimenting ''God''.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Even in a DarkerAndEdgier movie played for laughs, De Nomolos is far more evil than something you'd expect from it. (He has ''a little'' humor potential, but it's all BlackHumor.)
* VisualPun: Bill and Ted echo back "Catch ya later, Bill and Ted!" to the Evil Robot Usses... and a few seconds later, do in fact catch the robots' flying heads.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Averted in the comic and novel adaptation. Rather than the XanatosSpeedChess battle with [=DeNomolos=], the boys simply find the SelfDestructMechanism in Evil Robot B&T's heads and [[HeyCatch throw them to DeNomolos]], killing him.
* XanatosSpeedChess: The final confrontation between Bill and Ted and [=DeNomolos=].
* YouAlreadyChangedThePast: The entire climax is Bill, Ted, and Chuck De Nomolos performing dueling versions of this. [[spoiler:Except that, as Bill points out, only the winner can change history, so all the things the villain thought he planted were just decoys B&T placed to lull him into a false sense of security]].
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