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->''Oh, I ''hate'' mummies!''

'''''The Mummy Trilogy''''' is a trilogy of movies that [[ExactlyWhatItSaysontheTin features mummies]].

The first movie was a loose remake of the [[Film/TheMummy1932 original film]]. Instead of being straight horror, it was more of an action-adventure with a dash of comedy--not unlike the ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' or ''Film/TombRaider'' style of action movies. Despite being based on a straight-horror, ultimately the movies owe more to ''Indiana Jones'' than anything else, however they are very GenreSavvy and just run with it, making for effective light entertainment.

The films in this franchise are, in order:

* ''Film/{{The Mummy|1999}}'' (1999)
* ''Film/TheMummyReturns'' (2001)
* ''Film/TheMummyTombOfTheDragonEmperor'' (2008)

During the long wait for a third, we got the SpinOff[=/=]{{Prequel}} ''Film/TheScorpionKing''. It had Wrestling/TheRock fight Egyptians and sorcerers and stuff like that. It had pretty much nothing to do with the original two films, but had the same approach to humour and the action scenes in particular were considered awesome, if only for the fact that this is what happens to ''anything'' involving DwayneJohnson. ''Film/TheScorpionKing'' itself got a direct-to-DVD pre-prequel, ''The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior'', and two sequels, ''The Scorpion King 3: Battle For Redemption'' and ''The Scorpion King 4: Quest For Power''. The existence of a fourth movie means that Universal made a sequel to a sequel to a prequel (to the original ''Scorpion King'') of the prologue of a sequel (''The Mummy Returns'') of a remake (''The Mummy''). Is your head hurting yet?

[[WesternAnimation/TheMummyTheAnimatedSeries An animated series loosely based on the films]], set shortly after ''The Mummy Returns'', debuted in 2001 on [=KidsWB=] and ran for two seasons.

A spin-off ride, known as ''Ride/RevengeOfTheMummy'' can currently be found at the Ride/UniversalStudios parks.

[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused]] with the aforementioned 1932 film featuring Creator/BorisKarloff as Imhotep, or the 1959 Film/HammerHorror film featuring Creator/ChristopherLee and Creator/PeterCushing, or the 1969 Egyptian art film more usually called ''The Night of Counting the Years'' (which Creator/MartinScorsese once mentioned really liking).

[[http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118052291 The series will be rebooted]] by Universal, with new characters, a new story and a contemporary setting.

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!!These films contain examples of:

* AdrenalineMakeover:
** Evy goes from stealth HotLibrarian to smoldering ActionGirl between ''The Mummy'' and ''The Mummy Returns''. She also gets a SheCleansUpNicely moment in the first film, going native after the majority of the group's supplies are lost when their boat is sunk on the Nile. By the climax, she has been prettied up quite a bit, [[TheGlassesGottaGo permenantly losing the glasses]] and [[LettingHerHairDown leaving her hair loose]].
** Rick goes from self-absorbed ne'er-do-well to proper, dashing ActionHero LoveInterest.
** Even Jonathan, the comic relief, manages to hold his own several times when challenged, including by [[DarkActionGirl Meela]].
* AdventurerArchaeologist: Eh, kind of. None of them were trained archaeologists; Evy was a librarian (although it is mentioned at the start of the first film that she has been desperately trying to get herself into the field), and they had the most experience dealing with Imhotep. Ironically, Evy's slacker/con-artist/PluckyComicRelief brother Jonathan is the only one with any kind of background in archaeology.
** By the beginning of the second movie, however, they are running their own full scale digs. The films also take place in the early days of archaeology when training wasn't as important as the personal funds to go tomb hunting.
** In her introductory scene, Evy reveals that she is very proficient historian and Egyptologist, possessing extensive knowledge of history and ancient Egyptian languages. Her brother, on the other hand, is unable to recognize Seti I, father of one of the most famous pharaohs.
* AdventurerOutfit
* AerithAndBob: The institution where Evelyn worked apparently employed a "Muhammad", an "Abdullah", and a "Bob".
** Given that said institution is located in the Arabic country colonized by the British, it is more a case of real-life MeltingPotNomenclature.
* AncientEgypt: The source of the plots for two out of three of the films.
* TheAnimatedSeries: Came after the second movie.
* AntiVillain: All Imhotep wanted was to be reunited with his former lover. At the climax of the second movie he [[spoiler:willingly falls into the Hell pit after realizing Ankh-su-namun had abandoned him. He gives a weak smile at Rick and Evelyn, showing he obviously envies their love]].
* AssholeVictim: The Pharaoh can come across as this, particularly if one finds Imhotep sympathetic. Flashbacks in the second film also reveal that despite loving his daughter deeply, the Pharaoh was perfectly content to ignore his daughter and wife's utter loathing of each other, to the point where they were ''clearly'' attempting to murder each other during their "friendly" sparring match.
* BackFromTheDead: There's quite a list.
** Imhotep twice. In fact, Rick [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this in ''Dragon Emperor'':
-->'''Rick:''' I've put down more mummies than you have!
-->'''Alex:''' Dad, you've only put down one mummy!
-->'''Rick:''' Yeah, same mummy: ''twice''! [emphatic two-fingered hand gestures]
** Ankh-su-namun, as Meela.
** The Scorpion King.
** The Dragon Emperor. Let's just say it's a prerequisite for the villains in these things, huh?
** [[spoiler: Evy, after she is killed by Meela (Ankh-su-namun's reincarnation) in the second film.]]
*** [[spoiler: Evy actually counts twice, since she's also the reincarnation of Nefertiri.]]
* BadAss: Ardeth and Rick.
** Ardeth gets bonus points for his long, flowing hair.
** Don't forget the [[BadassBeard beard]]. And his [[BadassMustache mustache]]. And his [[CoolSword sword]]. And his [[BadassBandolier bandolier]]. And his [[BadassCape cape]]. [[OverlyLongGag And his]] [[BadassNative origin]]. [[UpToEleven And what he]] [[WarriorPrince becomes later]]. In fact, [[RuleOfCool we could probably go on all day listing the reasons why]] [[MemeticBadass Ardeth is so badass]].
* BadassBookworm: Evelyn has this in spades.
* BaldOfEvil: Imhotep.
* TheBaroness: Choi. The ressurrected Anck-su-namun in the second film too.
* BerserkButton: In ''The Mummy'', Rick gets increasingly protective of Evy.
** Upped to his entire family in ''The Mummy Returns''. Not to mention his outrage when the mummies crush his beloved car.
* BigBad: Imhotep in the first and second movie.
** Emperor Han in the third movie.
* BigFancyHouse: Rick and Evy own one, as seen in the sequel.
* BiggerBad: Mathayus a.k.a. The Scorpion King, but the prequels kind of [[AvertedTrope averts]] this.
* BigOMG: O'Connel's reaction to the sandwall.
* BlackVikings: Some of the actors have, shall we say, improbable racial backgrounds for a tale set in AncientEgypt. The Rock is half Samoan, which is a bit hard to rationalize. Plus, Patricia Velasquez is part Amerind, which would seem to indicate that AncientEgypt was in contact with the New World thousands of years ago.
* BlindWithoutEm: Mr Burns.
* BodyHorror: Imhotep.
** The flesh burrowing scarabs, too.
* BookshelfDominoes: Evy's introduction scene from the first movie.
** Seems to run in the family, Alex does it with freaking giant stone pillars in the sequel. Although it makes you wonder what exactly those pillars were holding up.
* BottomlessMagazines: In the real-world 1930's, six shooters shot six times. In fact the Single-Action Army revolvers they were using had to be loaded and unloaded one shot at a time. In the film you get a full twelve shots with one of those bad boys.
** Weirdly enough it also contains a notable inversion in the opening shootout. Rick draws twin Colt M1911s, fires about four shots and they both run dry (slides locked back and all) he throws them aside and draws two more Colt .45s. A strange case of Limited Magazines, as the Colt M1911 typically carries 7 rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber.
* BrickJoke: Jonathan hides in a sarcophagus in the museum and makes one of the mummies pop out to scare Evy. Later on when they open Imhotep's sarcophagus his mummy pops out at them and Evy yells "I hate it when these things do that!"
* BritainIsOnlyLondon
* BrilliantButLazy: Jonathan. He's smart enough to be able to both read Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and speak the language, but spends most of his time drinking, gambling and chasing women.
** Given that we see him speak several languages, the same could be said about Beni.
* BuffySpeak: The Spear of Osiris is referred to by the characters as the "Golden Stick Thing".
* BugBuzz: The sounds the scarabs make are seriously scary, especially when closing in on somebody.
** Also tends to overlap with HellIsThatNoise.
* ButtMonkey: Beni from the first movie, and Jonathan in general.
* CallBack: The hieroglyphic that Evy tells Jonathan about in the first film is the same one Jonathan tells Alex in the second. For an added bonus, the character that knows the hieroglyphic is [[spoiler: trying to fight off Ankh Su-Namun at the same time]].
** In the first film, Rick disarms an enemy when he is pressed against a pillar with a headbutt. In the second film, when the house is under attack, Evy uses the same move against a {{Mook}} and comments to Alex, "That I learned from your father!"
* CardCarryingVillain
** The Dragon Emperor.
* CatchPhrase: Rick has a number, such as "Here we go again" and "Goodbye, Benny".
* CatFight: Evelyn[[spoiler: a.k.a. Nefertiri]] vs. Meela a.k.a. Ankh-su-namun. Evy and Choi in the 3rd film.
* CoolPet: Ardeth's falcon.
* CollapsingLair: Every movie has one. ''The Mummy'' at least has a previously-established justification: Hamunaptra was designed to disappear beneath the sand with the flick of a switch at the pharaoh's order. Beni triggers said switch when he rests a saddlebag full of gold across it for a few moments whilst escaping.
* CrossoverCosmology
* CurseCutShort: When [[spoiler: the museum curator is going to burn Evy]].
--> '''Evy:''' You bas-
* DeadpanSnarker: Rick, Evy, and Jonathan all have their moments.
* DesignatedGirlFight: Evy and Anck-su-namun in the first two films. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in both. In the first Anck-su-namun needs to kill Evy to become immortal (and then the guards summoned by Jonathan have no qualms about attacking her). And in the second Evy has fought her before [[spoiler: in their past lives]] so she's the best qualified to take her out. Jonathan tries to fight her but backs off after one punch. In the third film Evy and Lin each fight Choi.
* DieselPunk: Like walking into a stylish 1930s pulp novel.
* DisasterDominoes: By Evy in the first, then Alex in the second - proving it runs InTheBlood.
* DisposablePilot: [[spoiler: This happens in the first movie, to the old ennui-ridden war pilot.]] [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in the second.
* EarnedStripes: The Medjai order have tattoos that denote their being part of the order and where they stand in it.
* EliteMooks/ SuperpoweredMooks: The four palace guards.
* MrFanservice: [[http://angelacameron.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/oded-fehr.jpg Ardeth Bay]]
** When Imhotep is first fully regenerated, he's wearing body-covering and very BadAss black robes. After his travel-via-dust devil, he spends the rest of the film wearing a translucent off-the-shoulder drape and what are effectively Egyptian bootyshorts. Ladies, you're welcome.
* MsFanservice: Anck-su-namun's first appearance is wearing nothing but gold and black body paint and a few strips of fabric. Her second appearance... [[{{Squick}} not so much]]. By her appearance in the second film, she is right back there again in a series of slinky black outfits.
** Evy was supposed to be this after the sinking of the boat in ''The Mummy''. According to both the novelisation and the original script, the dressing gown was so sheer that she was practically wearing nothing. In the final cut, the director had another gown edited in at the last minute to retain the rating.
** The sparring match, when both Anck-su-namun and Nefetiri are wearing scarcely more than the ancient Egyptian equivalent of gold bikinis.
* FanService: The likely reason for Arnold Voosloo spending the last half hour of the first part a WalkingShirtlessScene.
** Evy in her clingy nightgown, and in the flashback of [[spoiler: Evy's previous incarnation]] and Anck-su-namun having a girlfight in bikinis.
** Anck-su-namun's first appearance is in ''strategically placed cloth and body paint''. It's actually fairly accurate for the period and her position as the Pharaoh's mistress.
** [[AvertedTrope In the first film, when the boat sinks and everybody comes ashore, Evy's gown was allegedly so sheer that she appeared completely naked]]. To keep the film's rating around PG-13, Stephen Sommers ordered a full gown be edited in, much to the annoyance of some of the producers.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Being mummified and buried alive along with a bunch of flesh-eating scarabs that proceed to [[EatenAlive eat you from the inside out]]? And then cursed so that your soul will never rest? Seems to fit the bill.
* FingerWag: Imhotep does this to Alex O'Connell in ''The Mummy Returns''.
* FlashBack: See also AncientEgypt.
* GeniusDitz: Jonathan is a foolish, greedy, cowardly con-artist who functions mainly as comic relief, but he is also apparently literate in ancient Egyptian.
* GenreThrowback[=/=]{{Reconstruction}} : Of the classic 1930s Universal horror movies ([[TheRemake especially]] ''The Mummy'') and old LostWorld adventure flicks.
* GodivaHair: Anck-su-namun in Ancient Egypt. Since she's wearing a wig (all Egyptians cropped their hair and wore wigs) the effect was likely intentional.
* GunsAkimbo: The preferred method of combat in the O'Connell family.
* HappilyMarried: Rick and Evy as of the second movie.
* [[SheCleansUpNicely He Cleans Up Nicely]]: Evy has this reaction the first time she sees Rick clean-shaven and dressed tastefully after bailing him out of prison.
** Evy gets a nice little moment for herself after the passenger barge sinks, and she goes native at a Bedouin trading post, switching the HotLibrarian look for clingly black dresses and a sheer veil.
* HeroicBloodshed: The trilogy is basically a pastiche of Hong Kong Action cinema conventions attached to a 1930's Pulp-Novel, with this genre being the most obvious homage in the first two movies.

* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: The RealLife Imhotep was one of the most respected Egyptians who ever lived, the first engineer and architect, inventor of modern medicine (thousands of years before Hippocrates), a pretty unambiguously [[TheGoodChancellor good chancellor]], and ''deified'' after his death (something normally reserved only for the greatest pharaohs). He's the BigBad of the first two movies.
** Except that real Imhotep lived long before the reign of Seti I, so this would have been just some guy named after him.
* HeroStoleMyBike: More like "hero's brother-in-law stole my double-decker bus."
* HijackedByJesus: ''The Mummy Returns'' paints Anubis as a {{Satan}}ic figure who [[DealWithTheDevil buys souls]] in exchange for worldly power. The Anubis of actual Egyptian myth was one of the good guys.
* IdiotBall: As Rick lampshades, what the hell was Alex ''thinking'' when he decided to go and uncover the Emperor?! It's not like his family haven't had a long history dealing with curses and mummies... does it ''ever'' end well?!
** Beni goes back into the temple for more gold. The place that is now full of mummies, scarabs and a bunch of people with reason to kill him. He is so GenreBlind that he ignores Evy when she points out that people like him always get their comeuppance.
* IronicEcho: In ''The Mummy'', Jonathan needs Evy's help translating a hieroglyph in order to complete a spell; in ''The Mummy Returns'', Alex needs Jonathan's help translating the same hieroglyph in a different spell. And in both cases, the second party is in mortal peril whilst helping. Even better, both of them are under mortal peril from a one on one fight with Ankh-su-namun. In fact, the dialogue is almost ''identical'', barring Jonathan's triumphant "Oh! I know that one!"
* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis
* JungleOpera
* LeadTheTarget
* LetsGetDangerous: Jonathan may be a ridiculously greedy, swindling PluckyComicRelief, but he is also a crack shot with a rifle, a skilled pickpocket, and disturbingly competent with a book of ancient spells.
** In the first film when confronted by a group of {{Mook}} mummies, Jonathan immediately grabs the revolvers out of Rick's shoulder holsters without prompting and empties them into the horde.
* LoadBearingBoss: In ''The Mummy Returns'', the Scorpion King's pyramid sinks into the desert after the Scorpion King is defeated. In ''The Mummy'', Hamunaptra sinks into the desert right after Imhotep is defeated, but it's actually a coincidence: it happened because Beni unwittingly pulled the lever to [[CollapsingLair make it sink.]]
* MamaBear: Fuck with Alex at your own risk. Evelyn will '''''not''''' be happy. Not in the slightest.
** I will not list the things she will do to you... it would be bigger than the entirety of the trope page!
* MoreDakka: Ardeth prefers the Thompson.
* MoralityPet: Jonathan's a greedy bastard, but [[BigBrotherInstinct he does seem to care about his little sister.]]
* MrFanservice: Imhotep spends much of his screen time shirtless.
* {{Mummy}}: [[CaptainObvious Well duh.]]
* OohMeAccentsSlipping:
** It's not that noticeable at first, but once you know that the actor playing Jonathan is actually Scottish, you can't ''not'' hear his natural accent peeking through.
** Also, Anck-su-namun seems has a small problem with this in the first half of the second movie, that is, until the real Anck-su-namun gets resurrected, when she only speaks Ancient Egyptian. The creators consulted a historian to make the Egyptian an approximate representation of what Ancient Egyptian sounded like.
* TheOrder: The Medjai, whose job appears to be guarding all the potentially world-ending crap the ancient Egyptians left lying around. We mostly only see Ardeth Bey in the first movie (other members are present but they aren't really given lines), but they get upgraded to TheCavalry in the second, so they can HoldTheLine against [[LegionsOfHell Anubis' army]].
* ProperLady: Evelyn. Made into a SpiritedYoungLady in the sequels.
* RedShirt: In the first movie, anyone in the expedition that isn't one of the three leads, plus Ardeth Bay. Even more so in the second, where Imhotep's mooks actually wear red!
* RetCon: In the first movie, the Pharaoh is a largely unsympathetic AssholeVictim, with Ankh-su-namun implied to be driven to her actions by his obsession with her and his possessive, controlling nature. In the sequel the Pharaoh is reimagined as much more kindly and genial [[spoiler: (to fit with him being Evy's beloved father in her past life)]], and Ankh-su-namun is made much pettier and more of an aspiring AlphaBitch, with the "no one is allowed to even touch her" aspect highly downplayed.
* SycophanticServant
** Beni, in the first movie.
** Imhotep, after a fashion, in the second.
* RuleOfScary: Sure, scarabs don't ''really'' dig under people's skin and eat them from the inside out... but it's just so ''scary''.
* SadlyMythtaken: Imhotep was an actual historical figure.
** It's ''possible'' the Imhotep of the movies was named after this man (in-universe). Both were highly-regarded priests.\\
\\
The historical Imhotep was also an architect. He was the designer of the Step Pyramid at Saqqara, the tomb of the Pharaoh Djoser, and thus the inventor of the Egyptian pyramid.
*** Some theories contend that Imhotep was the Biblical Joseph.
* SelfDestructMechanism: There is a lever in Hamunaptra that will collapse the entire city if it is pulled. It is located in the middle of a hallway and can be activated by hanging a bag on it.
* SequelGoesForeign:
** ''Tomb of the Dragon Emperor'' is set in China.
** ''The Mummy Returns'' is a case of [[InvertedTrope Sequel Goes Domestic]], taking place partly in the main characters' native England in contrast to the first film's entirely Egyptian setting.
* SequelEscalation:
** The first film was mostly an adventure film in the spirit of ''IndianaJones'' but works on the same level as a comedy. The sequels were still tongue-in-cheek but had more chase scenes and action scenes with entire supernatural armies being raised.
** Rick's portable arsenal gradually increases with each film: in the first one, it's just a foldable leather wrap with a shotgun, three pistols, some dynamite, and knives, almost all of which is easily carried and used by him. In the second film, his car trunk adds a submachine gun, another pistol, and another shotgun to that. Finally, the third film has him and Alex each set up an ''entire foldout trunk'' filled with guns; the Internet Movie Firearms Database counted 16 guns, 6 hand grenades, a knife, a kukri, and a ''sword'' between the two.
* ShadowArchetype: In the first film, Jonathan serves as one for Beni. He's just as lecherous, capable with languages and greedy, but unlike Beni, after teaming up with Rick he immediately apologises for having picked his pocket and clarifies that he makes a point never to betray a business partner.
* ShoutOut:
** The scores to the first two films reference the ''LawrenceOfArabia'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdFwhhH2x7I theme]] heavily.
** When they first meet and Rick is in prison, Jonathan claims to Rick that he's a man preaching Christianity in Egypt and introduces Evy as his sister (although she actually is). Given StephenSommers' reported love of old adventure movies, this is almost certainly a reference to ''The African Queen''.
** The first film features a location called "Fort Brydon" where Rick and Evy are staying. This is a shoutout to the character of Colonel Brydon played by Sam Neill, who appeared in Sommers' earlier movie ''The Jungle Book''.
** Dialogue between Ardeth and Rick in the second film references ''TheManWhoWouldBeKing'', where a similar exchange is used by Freemasons to identify each other. Here, Ardeth identifies Rick as a fellow Medjai in spirit.
** When Rick blows up the fallen log that the pygmy mummies are using to cross a ravine, one of them is seen [[DrStrangelove riding half of the log down.]]
** And in the third film, the Dragon Emperor turns into a three-headed gold dragon that looks just like Ghidorah.
** The "following the shadow of the rock at sunrise to find the secret location of the treasure" scene, the "escaping the collapsing lair" scene and the [[spoiler: heroes riding off with a saddlebag full of treasure that one of the villains filled for them]] scene are lifted straight out of ''Film/MackennasGold''.
* {{Sidekick}}: Jonathan. Similarly, Izzy in the second film, who is a cowardly sidekick who is black (and not, mercifully, a [[EthnicScrappy Black Cowardly Sidekick]]).
* SpinningOutOfHere: In both ''The Mummy'' and ''The Mummy Returns'', Imhotep starts spinning and then turns into a whirlwind to travel.
* SpinOff: ''TheScorpionKing''.
* TheSwarm: Scarabs, locusts, flies...
* TentativeLight
* TheUndead: The mummies.
* ThisWayToCertainDeath
* ThrowAwayGuns
* TwoFistedTales

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