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->''"King of Jesters, and Jester to the King."''

This 1956 musical-comedy {{Farce}}, written and directed by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank and starring Creator/DannyKaye, Glynis Johns, Creator/BasilRathbone, Creator/AngelaLansbury, Cecil Parker, Mildred Natwick, and Creator/JohnCarradine, has been a CultClassic on TV for years, mercilessly mocking the conventions of [[TheMiddleAges medieval]] {{Swashbuckler}} films of the 1930s through the '50s. A lot of it is thanks to the talent of Danny Kaye, who is about as unlikely an adventure hero as you could get, and the film makes sure to milk every drop of that.

The royal family of old [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} England]] has been wiped out. Roderick recently usurped the throne as king and now only an infant boy survives from the [[RoyalBlood true line]]. The Black Fox, and his band of outlaws, have sworn to protect the true king.

But fate conspires to put the child in greater danger than ever before. When two of the outlaws, Hubert Hawkins and Maid Jean, try to take the child to safety, they wind up within the walls of the usurper's castle. Now they must rely on their wits to keep the child from being found.

If this were a drama, the odds would be against them. But this is PlayedForLaughs.

The film flopped when it came out, but was later a hit on TV. Now it's on the American Film Institute's list of "100 Years... 100 Laughs," and preserved in the United States UsefulNotes/NationalFilmRegistry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

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!!Tropes from this film include:

* AbusiveParents: Roderick gets a moment of this when he tells Gwendolyn that [[ArrangedMarriage she will marry Griswold no matter what]], and that if she makes any false move, he will have her killed, regardless of the fact she is his daughter.
* ActionGirl: Maid Jean, especially for the standards of the time.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Gwendolyn has a moment of this when she refers to Griswold as "the grim and grisly gruesome Griswold", saying he's not called that for nothing.
** The whole bit about the Duke, the Duchess and the Doge is full of this.
* AlliterativeName: Hubert Hawkins.
* AnswerCut: Jean wonders how they could get somebody inside the castle close to the king with access to his chamber. Cue Giacomo entering the shack.
* ArrangedMarriage: Griselda [[DefiedTrope trying to get Gwendolyn out of being forced to marry Sir Griswold]] sets up a lot of the plot. Although it's hinted Gwendolyn may end up with the "Grim, Grisly, Gruesome" Griswold anyway.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Hawkins pretends to be a jester from Italy. When a guard asks him why he doesn't have an accent, he replies that he is fluent in many languages and demonstrates it by talking a lot of nonsensical gibberish that sounds very much like French, Italian, and German. (This skill was then known as "double-talk", and Kaye was a famous master of it.) The guard, who doesn't understand any of this, allows him to pass
* BadassFingersnap: Played for laughs, as a finger snap is Hawkins' TriggerPhrase in and out of hypnosis.
* BatheHerAndBringHerToMe: More or less happens to Maid Jean, but [[ExploitedTrope she uses it as a way to get the castle key needed for their plan]].
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Hubert Hawkins desperately craves action and adventure. He gets it and immediately finds he's totally unsuited for it, as everybody but he had already figured out.
* BigDamnKiss: Hawkins and Jean in the woodman's hut when Hawkins tells her he will not fail in the plan, as the future of England depends on it.
** Hawkins and Gwendolyn in Gwendolyn's chambers, while Hawkins is still under Griselda's spell to woo her.
* BigFancyHouse: The castle could count as a medieval version, even though it was usurped before the events of the film.
* BirthmarkOfDestiny: The Rightful Heir (still an infant) has a birthmark on his butt. There are a couple of scenes of Hawkins holding the infant in his arms, lowering the swaddling clothes just far enough to reveal the birthmark.
* BorrowedCatchphrase: Hawkins using Giacomo's "King of Jesters, and Jester to the King."
* ButtMonkey: Fergus. He sneaks into the castle before the film starts, but only gets duties as an hostler, so they have to send someone else o the castle after him. He's ignored by everybody, including Hawkins and Jean a few times, while listening to him could have ended the film in about five minutes, and saved many lives, including his own. He does manage to get through to Jean by telling her his plan to send the key to the secret passage to the Black Fox is better than hers, but he's caught in the act by Ravenhurst and his henchmen and tortured to death (thankfully offscreen).
* CaptainErsatz: The Black Fox is a swashbuckling thief and outlaw leading a group in resistance against an illegitimate king from a headquarters hidden in a forest. If he were the main character of this movie, he'd probably have outright been RobinHood explicitly.
* ChekhovsArmy: [[spoiler:Hawkins's dwarf friends, seen during the "Outfox The Fox" number at the start of the film. When Jean finally gets the key to the Black Fox, the tunnel collapses, rendering it unusable except for a small crawlspace, giving the Black Fox the [[EurekaMoment idea]] to use Hawkins's dwarf friends from the carnival to use the passage to enter the castle, while he leads the others to attack from the outside.]]
-->'''[[spoiler:Dwarf]]''': Well, if you ever need us, call us.\\
'''Black Fox''': Thank you. I shall.
* ChekhovsGun: The TotemPoleTrench. It's first done with Hawkins's dwarf friends a few times in the forest at the start of the film. [[spoiler:It's done again at the start of the climax to free Hawkins and Jean and let them know that Hawkins's dwarf friends are about to attack.]]
* ChekhovsSkill: Hawkins's entertaining skills from the carnival come in very hand when he has to pose as Giacomo, making his appearance as a jester pretty convincing.
* AChildShallLeadThem: The surviving true royal is an infant. No regent is named at the end of the film though.
* CleanCut: Hawkins slashes a set of candles, apparently to no effect, and Ravenhurst laughs at him. Then he ''blows'' on the candles, and they fall apart. This is another ActorAllusion, as well, as Tyrone Power had pulled a similar, if less exaggerated, bit of swordplay on Basil Rathbone's Captain Esteban in 1940's ''Film/TheMarkOfZorro.''
* CombatPragmatist: Hawkins isn't above biting and pinching in order to gain advantage in a swordfight.
* CourtlyLove: Parodied, not only with Hawkins only doing it because he has been {{Brainwashed}}, but by Danny Kaye making silly poses in rapid succession to spoof the almost implausible complexity of many romantic heroes.
* CreditsGag: Among other things, Basil Rathbone's name comes up in scary font any time Danny Kaye's song mentions evil or villainy. No points for guessing which side his character's on, although, since he's [[TypeCasting Basil Rathbone]], that was never really in question.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Hawkins is bumbling at rather a lot of things, but he is a competent faster father figure to the young king, his carnival skills make him rather adept at impersonating Giacomo, and it's an enforced trope when he gets to the castle and Griselda hypnotises him. [[spoiler:She does it first to make him court Gwendolyn, and again at the end to make him defeat Ravenhurst.]]
* DamselOutOfDistress: Maid Jean is caught and taken to the castle, and it almost makes her more dangerous to the antagonists than if she had gotten away.
* DeadlyDecadentCourt: Ravenhurst and his associates scheme murder to retain their influence with Roderick.
* DistinguishingMark: The Purple Pimpernel on the royal posterior.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Jean might be an example of this but it's hard to tell if she is or the bare feet are just part of her costume in the disguise and better than wearing heels in the final scene. She does wear boots as part of her regular "outlaw uniform."
* EpicFlail: Hawkins faces off against a knight who [[WeaponOfChoice selects a mace and chain as his weapon]].
* EurekaMoment: After the secret passage collapses, the Black Fox is informed there is barely enough of an opening for a child. [[spoiler:This gives him the idea to use Hawkins's dwarf friends from the carnival to use the passage and attack the castle while he and the others mount a second attack from the outside.]]
* EvilChancellor: Ravenhurst isn't quite outright planning to overthrow the kingdom, but he certain makes plans that help his position. Even Roderick knows Ravenhurst isn't fully to be trusted.
* ExcuseMeWhileIMultiTask: Spoofed in the climactic battle when Hawkins (under hypnosis) nonchalantly fights off Ravenhurst's attack while pouring a cup of wine to toast Ravenhurst's health! Ravenhurst is infuriated.
* FalseReassurance: Hawkins' toast to Roderick:
-->''"A toast! A toast! A toast to his most royal highness! To Roderick the first, for all that he has done for this great England of ours, may Providence provide a true and just reward! To the king!"''
* {{Farce}}: The entire plot is a spoof of tales such as ''Robin Hood'' and ''Ivanhoe''..
* FateWorseThanDeath: It's possible that Gwendolyn thinks being married to Griswold would be this, as she says she would rather die than be married to him.
* {{Flynning}}: Parodied in the climax. It should be noted that Danny Kaye was such a quick study at fencing (and incredibly skilled at mimicking others in general) that, in any shot where you don't see Basil Rathbone's face, Kaye is actually fighting a fencing master who was hired to be Rathbone's double. Rathbone had been an expert fencer since childhood, but he was twenty years Kaye's senior and couldn't keep up in a couple of the scenes. The fencing master himself, Ralph Faulkner, is said to have told Kaye to take it easy on him!
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Brockhurst mentions early on that Ravenhurst likely fears losing his position as the king's advisor because of the alliance he (Brockhurst), Finsdale and Pertwee want Roderick to make with Griswold. Ravenhurst yells at him that he will die for that, to which Brockhurst replies, "One of us will!", before engaging in a brief sword fight. Ravenhurst later conspires to have Brockhurst, Finsdale and Pertwee killed off to prevent the alliance from going ahead.
* FunWithSubtitles: The opening song.
* GambitPileup: Between the Black Fox and Ravenhurst and Griselda and Gwendolyn and others all pursuing their own ends, it's a wonder anybody can accomplish anything.
* GetOut: Before the knighting ceremony, Jean's message to Hawkins tells him to do this, as they only want to knight him so they can kill him off. The message reads: "They Knight you only to kill you. Run for your life!"
* GloveSlap: Milked for laughs in back-to-back scenes between Sir Griswold and Hawkins.
* GorgeousPeriodDress: The clothing in this movie is bright and colorful, even for those wearing subdued colors.
* GuileHero: Maid Jean uses a lot of trickery to get herself out of bad situations.
* HappyHarlequinHat: As per his role, though he spends just as much time without it.
* HaveAGayOldTime: He's the new Jester I've sent for, by reputation, the gayest and wittiest entertainer in Europe.
* HesDeadJim: Somebody quickly confirms the death of Brockhurst, Finsdale and Pertwee who were poisoned by Grizelda.
* HiddenBackupPrince: The rightful heir, who as a baby doubles as a LivingMacGuffin.
* HollywoodCostuming: Many of the dresses were based on fifties styles more than middle ages. The film even provides the trope image. Angela Lansbury looks almost like she should be posing next to an Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 at the 1955 GM Motorama.
* HollywoodHistory: But of the ArtisticLicense kind. Of course there has never been any Roderick on the throne of England, legitimately or illegitimately, and that any resemblance in this film to the real [[TheHighMiddleAges Middle Ages]] is a coincidence not intended. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the opening song:
-->We did research --\\
[[BlatantLies Authenticity was a must]].\\
[[AntiquatedLinguistics Zooks!]] Did we search --\\
And what did we find? ''(sneeze)'' A lot o' dust!
* HypnoFool: It seems to give Hawkins skills he never had, such as seduction and sword fighting.
* IJustWantToBeLoved: Gwendolyn. She doesn't want to be forced into an ArrangedMarriage to Griswold because she wants to marry for love.
* InfantImmortality: The last remaining rightful heir to the throne survived the massacre that wiped out the rest of the royal family and is being cared for by the Black Fox's group in the forest. Roderick attempts to avert it by ordering said heir to be capture and killed, and the rightful heir even spends a fair bit of time in the castle without detection [[spoiler:and ends up back on the throne at the end.]]
* InstantDeathBullet: In the opening scene a mook dies instantly from an arrow wound inflicted by the Black Fox.
* IntimateMarks: The Rightful Heir (still an infant) has a BirthmarkOfDestiny on his butt. In an early scene and in the ending, Hawkins holds the infant in his arms and lowers the swaddling clothes just far enough to reveal the birthmark, to a long line of nobles.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Roderick is this to some degree, as he intends to force Gwendolyn into an ArrangedMarriage to Griswold that Gwendolyn herself wants no part of, for reasons that benefit Roderick.
* {{Jerkass}}:
** Roderick, who had the entire royal family killed so he could usurp the throne for himself, wants to kill the last remaining heir to the throne, and intends to force Gwendolyn into an ArrangedMarriage she wants no part of for reasons that benefit himself, and even threatens her with death if she steps out of line.
** Ravenhurst, who plans to kill Brockhurst, Finsdale and Pertwee so he can avoid losing his position as the king's right-hand man.
* TheJester: Hawkins is forced to impersonate one to infiltrate the castle, hence the film's title.
* KissUpTheArm: Hawkins does this up and down Gwendolyn's arms while under hypnosis.
* KneelBeforeFrodo: In the final scene everybody is kneeling before the true baby king.
* {{Knighting}}: Spoofed in so many ways. When Gwendolyn says she wants Giacomo (really Hawkins) instead of Griswold, the knight is offended, and would challenge Giacomo to a duel if he weren't a lowly jester. Hawkins is rushed through knighting to avoid spoiling the marriage, being given fixed and easy challenges to complete, and even the final ceremony is done double time.
* LaResistance: The Black Fox's people seek to overthrow the usurper and put the rightful heir back on the throne.
* LargeHam: Roderick as well as the original Giacomo.
* LastNameBasis: Hawkins is always referred to by his surname, though Jean and the Black Fox refer to him by his first name, Hubert, one time each.
* LetMeGetThisStraight: Roderick provides this kind of exposition when summarising the plan how to get his daughter married to Sir Griswold.
-->'''Roderick''': Knight the Jester, Sir Griswold will challenge him, he dare not refuse, they meet at the tournament tomorrow, Sir Griswold's lance runs the Jester through, and the marriage and the alliance proceed.
* LightningCanDoAnything: At one point Hawkins' armor is hit by lightning. After Hawkins puts it on, anything made of metal [[SelectiveMagnetism sticks to him]] which lets him defeat Sir Griswold.
* LiteralAssKicking: Unfortunately for Hawkins, sitting at the foot of the royal throne to perform leaves his posterior in excellent position to be booted by the king and the princess.
* MacGuffin: Providing the key to the SecretPath into the castle is what drives the plot.
* MaidAndMaiden: The princess has Griselda, an older maid/companion who is a hypnotist.
* MenOfSherwood: The Black Fox's forces [[spoiler:and Hawkins's dwarf friends]] each become this in the climax. Kind of expected because the Black Fox is an expy of Robin Hood anyway.
* TheMiddleAges: Solidly in HollywoodHistory form, during the reign of King Roderick I of England.
* MissingMom: Gwendolyn's mother is not seen or mentioned.
* MistakenForBadass: Hawkins impersonates a jester, unaware that he is also an assassin. A series of well timed coincidences convince everyone he is the ruthless killer they believe he is.
* TheMole: Fergus is the confederate already in the castle working as an hostler before Hawkins and Jean join him. Unfortunately for him, he ends up getting killed just before the climax. It's revealed he was tortured offscreen and spilled the beans before his death.
* MuggedForDisguise: Giacomo's fate.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: The villains are surprised at how much of a doofus Giacomo is and wonder whether or not he is doing this to hide his true intentions. Helped by the secret self-serving actions of Griselda.
* OffingTheOffspring: After findign Gwendolyn with the key to the secret passage, Roderick warns her that if she steps out of line and does anything to prevent her arranged marriage to Griswold, he will sentence her to death.
* OhCrap: Mainly happens to Hawkins.
** Hawkins at the end of the scene in the woodman's hut. His dialogue goes: "Jester to the King. Jester to the King. To the King?!"
** Gwendolyn has one while Hawkins is in her chambers and Roderick is outside the door, as she knows if Roderick finds Hawkins in there, Roderick would kill him.
** Hawkins when he's holding the basket containing the infant king and he realizes this, just as Roderick summons him into the castle's great hall.
** Hawkins again when Griswold arrives at the castle and Gwendolyn proclaims her love for him (Hawkins). As Hawkins doesn't remember what happened and is just singing along to whatever's said, he has one in mid-sentence.
--->'''Hawkins:''' [[ExplainExplainOhCrap Light up the oil, this man must boil, this man named Giaco-MO?!]] Oh! No!
** During Hawkins's ceremony to become a knight and he's revealed to Roderick, we get this: "Yea, verily, yea! Yea?"
** Hawkins before the joust when he sees Griswold punch through a shield.
** Hawkins during the joust after his helmet is knocked off.
** Jean also gets one. [[spoiler:Before "The Maladjusted Jester", Hawkins subtly starts singing the tune of the lullaby he had earlier used to lure the infant king to sleep. ''While holding the basket containing the baby, right in front of Roderick, who wants to know what's inside it!'' The [[OhCrap Oh Crap]] comes when Jean realises this. Heck, she even mouths "Baby" as it happens.]]
** [[spoiler:Roderick when Hawkins's dwarf friend reveal themselves at the start of the climax.]]
* OnlyOneName: Subverted with Hawkins, Jean reveals his first name is Hubert. Played straight with every other named character.
* ParodiedTrope: Many tropes of these films are mocked, from swashbuckling, courtly love, knighting, dueling, outlaws, rebellion, etc.
* PerformerGuise: An assassin operating in the guide of a jester is then impersonated by a good guy.
* PimpedOutCape: Roderick wears an [[RequisiteRoyalRegalia ermine-trimmed cape]] most of the time. His daughter wears an ermine-trimmed cape in one scene.
* PimpedOutDress: Gwendolyn's dresses are light on decoration, but still fancy enough to fit a princess. This includes her [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/princess_gwendolyn.jpg blue velvet dress trimmed with jewels on the neckline]].
* PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo: One of the most famous plays on it, even if it's trying to remember which cup instead of trying to switch them.
-->"The pellet with the poison is in the vessel with the pestle; the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true!"
** And then the chalice from the palace is broken, so it got even more confusing as Griselda didn't put the poison back in the vessel with the pestle. So now it is ...
--->"The pellet with the poison's in the flagon with the dragon; the vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true."
* PrincessesPreferPink: Gwendolyn wears a pink dress in a few scenes, such as when Hawkins enters her chambers to woo her under Griselda's spell.
* {{Pun}}: Kaye's song "The Maladjusted Jester" exists to lead up to "A jester unemployed/Is nobody's fool!"
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: Not quite, but similar as Hawkins slaps Griswold in the face with a gauntlet repeatedly and Griswold doesn't even seem to notice that it's happening, but when Griswold slaps Hawkins in the face it nearly knocks him over.
* RecitationHandclasp: One of several postures taken (he can't seem to stand still) while Danny Kaye is singing.
* RepeatAfterMe: When Griselda uses her magic to hypnotize Hawkins, he takes her first instruction rather literally.
-->'''Griselda''': Repeat after me: I am craven and thou art my master!
-->'''Hawkins''': I am craven and thou art my master!
-->'''Griselda''': Stand there, fool.
-->'''Hawkins''': Stand there, fool.
-->'''Griselda''': Silence!
-->'''Hawkins''': Silence!
* RightfulKingReturns: The baby heir is restored to the throne at the end.
* RulingFamilyMassacre: How Roderick came to the throne.
* RunningGag:
** "Get it?" "Got it." "Good."
** Finger snapping breaking Hawkins in and out of his spell.
* SayMyName: Roderick does this three times in a row when Brockhurst, Finsdale and Pertwee respectively drop dead at the banquet after being poisoned by Griselda.
* SecretPath: There is a secret path into the castle but it needs a key to be opened.
* ShadowDiscretionShot: Hawkins is reluctant to knock out the real Giacomo with a login the woodman's hut, so Jean does this honors, and we see it happen [[ShadowDiscretionShot as shadows on the wall]].
* ShakeSomeoneObjectsFall: Roderick shakes Gwendolyn when Hawkins is hiding in her chambers, and suddenly the key to the secret passage, which Gwendolyn had taken from Hawkins earlier in the scene, drops to the floor.
* ShapedLikeItself: From the opening credits song "Life Could Not Better Be":
-->Knights full of chivalry,\\
Villains full of vi-illa-ainy!
* SheCleansUpNicely: Maid Jean wears masculine clothes so often that Hawkins is always stunned when she wears dresses.
* ShoutOut: [[{{Franchise/Zorro}} The Black Fox]], with a BilingualBonus and the candle scene parodying a scene from ''The Mark of Zorro'', in which Basil Rathbone played the heavy too.
* SiegeEngines: A small one was used to launch the villains over the battlements.
* SimpleYetOpulent: Many of the court outfits in this movie range from explicitly fancy to implicitly fancy.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Maid Jean seems indifferent toward Hawkins at first, and the fact that Hawkins comes off as a bumbling fool, especially compared to the RobinHood {{Expy}} The Black Fox, seems to justify her attitude. When they spend some time alone together, prior to his taking the role of Giacomo the Jester, she confesses her true feelings to Hawkins, saying that she was attracted to his kindness and sensitivity; she is seen glancing longingly at Hawkins as he sings a lullaby to the infant king. She only seems cold and distant because she is focused on the task of overthrowing the usurper Roderick.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Two befall Hawkins and Jean at the same time, while Hawkins is on his way to the castle impersonating Giacomo, and while Jean is on her way to the abbey in Dover to protect the infant king. A wheel of Hawkins's wagon breaks and Roderick's men make it to him just as he finishes repairing it. Luckily for him, they were there to escort him to the castle. As for Jean, Roderick's men are also rounding up the fairest wenches in the land and she ends up at the castle when they catch up to her, with the infant king still hidden in the wine cart.
* SupportingLeader: The Black Fox leads the rebellion, even though Hawkins is the focus of the film.
* {{Swashbuckler}}: The film is a combination of this and the {{Comedy}} genres.
* TakeThat: In-universe, Hawkins uses his role as Giacomo to make nasty jokes at Sir Griswold's expense in an effort to drive a wedge between him and the king.
-->“Rejoice, rejoice although his brain is brief,\\
for when the larder's empty she'll have a ton of beef!”
* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: Grizelda does this as several times.
* TapOnTheHead:
** Hawkins is reluctant to knock out the real Giacomo with a login the woodman's hut, so Jean does this honors.
** Jean does this again during the climax to knock out the gatekeeper and allow the second wave of reinforcements, led by the Black Fox, to enter the castle.
* ThereIsOnlyOneBed: Leads to romance in a shack between Hawkins and Jean.
* TitleDrop: Jean does this after first meeting the real Giacomo in the woodman's hut.
* {{Tomboy}}: Maid Jean. Her father taught her how to fight. She suspects he wanted a boy.
* TongueTwister:
** The instructions for the jester to avoid being poisoned are: the vessel with the pestle has the pellet with the poison, and the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true. Later (because the chalice from the palace is broken), the pellet with the poison is in the flagon with the dragon, and the vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true.
** "The Duchess dove at the Duke just when the Duke dove at the Doge. Now the Duke ducked, the Doge dodged, and the Duchess didn't. So the Duke got the Duchess, the Duchess got the Doge, and the Doge got the Duke!
* TongueTwister: "The pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle...." Hawkins of course becomes completely TongueTied.
* TotemPoleTrench: A cloak is used for this. During the "Never Outfox the Fox" number, some of the dwarfs do this as part of the song and dance routine.
** [[spoiler:It even forms a ChekhovsGun, as it's used again in the climax with two of them to undo Hawkins and Jean's restraints before the fight starts.]]
* TranslationYes: Jean pretends to be deaf and mute, Hawkins pretends to be her grandfather. When asked by a soldier if she has seen a group in the forest, she speaks at length in sign language. Hawkins translates this as "No."
-->'''Soldier''': What took her so long?!\\
'''Kaye''': Stutters.
* TriggerPhrase: A finger snap toggles the spell on Hawkins.
* TrueBlueFemininity: One of Gwendolyn's dresses is blue with [[EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry sapphires trimming the neckline]], and has a matching blue cape trimmed [[PrettyInMink with ermine]].
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Roderick did this some months before the events of the film due to the RulingFamilyMassacre that wiped out all but one of the royal family.
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Both Gwendolyn and Jean store the key in their secret compartments at different times during the movie.
* VillainousCrush: Roderick seems to have one for Jean, which seems to start the first time he sees her. He orders her to be jeweled and gowned and to have her sit next to him at the banquet that evening. After having to endure a bit of this, Jean manages to fend him off by pulling a YouDontWantToCatchThis, but not before exploiting the trope to steal the key to the secret passage.
* WeNeedADistraction: After "The Maladjusted Jester", Hawkins proposes a toast to the king as a way to distract everyone else so Jean can abscond with the baby.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We never find out what happened to the real Giacomo after Maid Jean knocked him out.
* WhosOnFirst: A couple. [[note]]
** When Hubert Hawkins tells King Roderick the narrative of the Duke, the Doge, and the Duchess.
-->'''King Roderick''': The Duke. What did the Duke do?
-->'''Hubert''': Eh... the Duke?
-->'''King Roderick''':Yes. And what about the Doge?
-->'''Hubert''': Oh, the Doge!
-->'''King Roderick''': Eh, well, what did the Doge do?
-->'''Hubert''': The Doge do?
-->'''King Roderick''': Yes, the Doge do.
-->'''Hubert''': Well, uh, the Doge did what the Doge does. Eh, uh, when the Doge does his duty to the Duke, that is.
-->'''King Roderick''': What? What's that?
-->'''Hubert''': Oh, it's very simple, sire: When the Doge did his duty and the Duke didn't, that's when the Duchess did the dirt to the Duke with the Doge.
-->'''King Roderick''': Who did what to what?
-->'''Hubert''': Oh, they all did, sire. There they were in the dark; the Duke with his dagger, the Doge with his dart, Duchess with her dirk.
-->'''King Roderick''': Duchess with her dirk?
-->'''Hubert''': Yes! The Duchess dove at the Duke just when the Duke dove at the Doge. Now the Duke ducked, the Doge dodged, and the Duchess didn't. So the Duke got the Duchess, the Duchess got the Doge, and the Doge got the Duke!
-->'''King Roderick''': Curious. I... I... hm? What? What's that? All I heard was that the Duchess had a siege of rheumatism. She's 83, you know.
** And HilarityEnsues when Hawkins is trying to sort out the vessel with the pestle, the chalice from the palace, and the flagon with the dragon.
-->'''Griselda''': Listen. I have put a pellet of poison in one of the vessels.
-->'''Hawkins''': Which one?
-->'''Griselda''': The one with the figure of a pestle.
-->'''Hawkins''': The vessel with the pestle?
-->'''Griselda''': Yes. But you don't want the vessel with the pestle, you want the chalice from the palace!
-->'''Hawkins''': I don't want the vessel with the pestle, I want the chalice from... the what?
-->'''Jean''': The chalice from the palace!
-->'''Hawkins''': Hmm?
-->'''Griselda''': It's a little crystal chalice with a figure of a palace.
-->'''Hawkins''': The chalice from the palace has the pellet with the poison?
-->'''Griselda''': No, the pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle.
-->'''Hawkins''': Oh, oh, the pestle with the vessel.
-->'''Jean''': The vessel with the pestle.
-->'''Hawkins''': What about the palace from the chalice?
-->'''Griselda''': Not the palace from the chalice! The chalice from the palace!
-->'''Hawkins''': Where's the pellet with the poison?
-->'''Griselda''': In the vessel with the pestle. The chalice from the palace has the brew that is true.
-->'''Jean''': Don't you see? The pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle.
-->'''Griselda''': The chalice from the palace has the brew that is true!
-->'''Jean''': It's so easy, I can say it.
-->'''Hawkins''': Well then you fight him!
-->'''Griselda''': Listen carefully: The pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle, the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true.
-->'''Hawkins''': The pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle, the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true.
** And later on:
-->'''Hawkins''': I've got it! I've got it! The pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle; the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true! Right?
-->'''Griselda''': Right. But there's been a change: they broke the chalice from the palace!
-->'''Hawkins''': They broke the chalice from the palace?
-->'''Griselda''': And replaced it with a flagon.
-->'''Hawkins''': A flagon?
-->'''Griselda''': With the figure of a dragon.
-->'''Hawkins''': Flagon with a dragon.
-->'''Griselda''': Right.
-->'''Hawkins''': But did you put the pellet with the poison in the vessel with the pestle?
-->'''Griselda''': No! The pellet with the poison's in the flagon with the dragon! The vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true!
-->'''Hawkins''': The pellet with the poison's in the flagon with the dragon; the vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true.
-->'''Griselda''': Just remember that.[[/note]]
* WhyDontYouMarryIt: This exchange between Roderick and Gwendolyn at the beginning:
-->'''Roderick''': I am the king. If it pleases me, you will marry Griswold.
-->'''Gwendolyn''': If it pleases you so much, ''you'' marry Griswold.
* WickedWitch: Well... "''amoral'' witch" describes Griselda. Her spells are in the form of very powerful hypnosis.
* WouldHurtAChild: Roderick, who plans to have the infant who is the rightful heir to the throne captured and killed.
* YouDontWantToCatchThis: Jean uses this tactic to fend off the king's advances.
* YouExclamation: Gwendolyn when Hawkins first enters her chambers and tosses her a rose.

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