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

The Mummy Trilogy is a trilogy of movies that [[ExactlyWhatItSaysontheTin features mummies.]] (''The Mummy'' 1999, ''The Mummy Returns'' 2001, ''The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor'' 2008)

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.

Set circa early 1920s, the first film ''The Mummy'' featured proficient historian Evelyn Carnahan (RachelWeisz) and her older brother, lazy archaeologist Jonathan Carnahan (John Hannah) on a quest to find the lost city of Hamunaptra, City of the Dead, said to be the hiding place for the wealth of ancient Egypt. Enlisting the help of former legionnaire Rick O'Connell (Creator/BrendanFraser), they inevitably end up accidentally releasing- and then having to stop- a mummy named Imhotep, a former Egyptian priest who was condemned to a hellish immortality, and once awakened unleashes the ten Biblical plagues upon Egypt.

The sequel, ''The Mummy Returns'', featured Jonathan Carnahan, the now-married [[AdventureDuo Rick and Evelyn O'Connell]] and their inquisitive son, Alex. Imhotep returns and tries to steal the supernatural Army of Anubis from the Scorpion King (Wrestling/DwayneJohnson, give or take some {{Special Effects Failure}}s).

During the long wait for a third, we got the SpinOff[=/=]{{Prequel}} ''TheScorpionKing''. It had The Rock fight Egyptians and sorcerers and stuff like that. ''Film/TheScorpionKing'' itself got a direct-to-DVD pre-prequel, ''The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior''.

The third movie, ''The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor'', was not as well received. Stephen Sommers neither wrote nor directed it. Rachel Weisz was [[TheOtherDarrin replaced by]] Maria Bello. Imhotep was gone in favor of a new villain played by Jet Li. And there were yetis. [[IKnowMaddenKombat Who kicked field goals.]] On the other hand, it had a scene where the villain tore his own face off and threw it at someone. And [[LawyerFriendlyCameo King Ghidorah]].

''The Scorpion King'' got a second sequel released in early 2012 on video. This time, however, it's a sequel to the first ''Scorpion King'' film, making it a sequel to a prequel (to the original ''Scorpion King'') of the prologue of a sequel (''The Mummy Returns''). 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.

[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused]] with the aforementioned 1932 film featuring Creator/BorisKarloff as Imhotep, or the 1959 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.

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!!These films contain examples of:

* ActorAllusion: After a mostly-regenerated Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo) kisses a sleeping Evy, [[DarkmanIITheReturnOfDurant the lower half of his face rots away.]]
** ''The Mummy Returns'' features [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson the Rock]] and also has a very curious scene of two scantily clad women fighting for the audience's entertainment. [[Characters/WWEDivas Considering who The Rock's co-workers were at the time]]...
* AdrenalineMakeover
** Evy goes from stealth HotLibrarian to smouldering 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 Action Hero 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 British, it is more a case of real-life MeltingPotNomenclature.
* AlasPoorVillain - In ''The Mummy Returns'', Imhotep sees what True Love is really like. [[spoiler: He'd sacrificed everything, his position and his mortality for Ankh-su-namun, and she abandoned him when the chips were down. Then he got to watch Evy race to Rick's side in his moment of need. To top it off, while he was begging Ankh-su-namun to save him, his enemy was begging ''his'' beloved to save herself- and she refused, insisting on trying to help him. With this came the realization that his sacrifice and suffering had been pointless and empty, and he gave a bitter smile and let go of the ledge]].
* AllThereInTheManual: The novelization of the first movie gives some details that it probably would have been difficult to convey in the movie, such as some of the Carnahan's backstory and the cause and effect of their parent's deaths. Among other things, pouring the scarabs into Imhotep's sarcophagus wasn't just to torture him further... it's an essential part of the ritual that they would eat his flesh, and when he became desperate he would eat them, and this would continue for ''years''. This dark mockery of the cycle of life was an important aspect of making him immortal so that he would suffer forever.
** There was a lot more detail in the original script that was cut for pacing, including an expansion on Imhotep's backstory, the rest of the plagues, and titbit explanations on minor issues. [[http://www.imsdb.com/scripts/Mummy,-The.html The original script can be viewed here.]]
* AlmostKiss: Rick and Evy in the first film, when they both get drunk during the first night in Hamunaptra and he teaches her how to throw a punch. Since Rick clearly holds his liquor better than Evy, HilarityEnsues.
-->'''Evy:''' [''completely hammered by this point, but attempting to appear dignified''] I may not be an explorer- or, or an adventurer, or a treasure seeker, or a gunfighter- ''Mr O'Connell''...! But I am ''proud'' of what I am!
-->'''Rick:''' [''pretty much sober''] Oh? And that is...?
-->'''Evy:''' I... am a ''librarian''! [''proud smile''] And... and I am going to kiss you, Mr O'Connell.
-->'''Rick:''' [''amused''] You can call me Rick.
-->'''Evy:''' [''smiling''] Rick... [''leans in'']
-->'''Rick:''' [''stops smiling and leans in as well'']
-->'''Evy:''' [''passes out'']
-->'''Rick:''' [''exasperated/disappointed look'']
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The Japanese dub of ''The Dragon Emperor'' uses [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=se9G-gkdZY4 "Memories"]] by Manami Kurose as its image song.
* AncientEgypt: The source of the plots for two out of three of the films.
* AncientOrderOfProtectors: The Medjai, the descendants of Pharaoh's bodyguards who try to keep people away from Hamunaptra, and Imhotep.
* AndIMustScream: Imhotep's fate prior to his release by the main protagonists. His tongue was cut out, he was wrapped in bandages to the point of immobilization, and was then locked in a sarcophagus with a bunch of flesh-eating scarabs. To be eaten alive. ''[[FateWorseThanDeath Forever.]]''
* TheAnimatedSeries: Came after the second movie.
* AnnoyingArrows: A RainOfArrows is fired at the undead army in ''The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor''. They spend a couple minutes pulling them out then get back to the fighting.
* AntiVillain: The Dragon Emperor's living minions Yang and Choi. Their country has been locked in a vicious civil war for years, and it seems like the only man who can unite China is the one who did it in the first place. Made especially so by [[spoiler: their very heroic deaths: Choi trying to pull Yang out of machinery while he yells at her to save herself.]]
** Imhotep himself qualifies as well. All he 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.]]
* ArtisticLicenseGeography:
** In the first one, right at the beginning, during the opening shot of ''Thebes'', pyramids are visible, but there never were any pyramids built around Thebes. You can also see a small version of a Sphinx in front of the pyramids, making the whole set look like Giza, in Cairo. Apparently, somebody believed that AncientEgypt without pyramids would not be realistic.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: The Book of the Dead and the Book of Amun-Ra are both made to look like a bunch of black stone and gold (respectively) tablets put together in a form resembling a modern-day book. The Ancient Egyptians would have written their books on papyrus scrolls.
** Not to mention, even if they could make the books the way they're depicted, the Book of Amun-Ra would never have been made out of pure gold - it would have become obscenely heavy as a result.
** Hamunaptra is a real place and was really nicknamed 'City of the Dead', but it is the ruined city in India, a relic of unknown civilization destroyed several millennia ago.
** Imhotep decides not to kill Beni and instead have him work for him when Beni begins to pray with a Star of David in his hands. Imhotep recognizes Hebrew as the language of "the slaves", but despite the Bible account there is no historical evidence that the Hebrews ever suffered mass enslavement in Egypt.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: In the second film, when the jets on the sides of the dirigible are activated, there is no drag on the balloon itself. And the balloon somehow manages to ''rise'' immediately after being soaked with probably many hundreds of pounds of water.
** [[YouFailPhysicsForever They outrun the sunrise.]]
* 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.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Ardeth Bay appears to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTTVRpGoPVo say the same sentence three times]]. Granted, he changes intonations. In case you're interested, he says "The desert will kill him".
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Whomever slays the Scorpion King with the Scepter of Osiris automatically gains the authority to command the Army of Anubis.
* AudibleGleam: From the first movie, when Beni's bagging all that golden treasure from Hamunaptra (which winds up in Rick and Evy's hands after he bites it, and probably paid for their BigFancyHouse in the sequel).
* AuthorAppeal: ''Film/TheMummy1932'' is Stephen Sommers' favorite movie, and he worked for years to get a crack at making his own version of it. This is the result.
* 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.]]
* BackToBackBadasses: Evy and Rick in ''Dragon Emperor'', first with rifles, then pistols, then swiped swords, until eventually they're exhausted, leaning back to back to keep each other standing up.
* 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.
* BareHandedBladeBlock: Michelle Yeoh's character in ''Tomb of the Dragon Emperor'' manages to catch the Emperor's sword thrust. [[spoiler: She then lets go and sacrifices herself to grab the cursed dagger from the Emperor's belt.]]
* TheBaroness: Choi. The ressurrected Anck-su-namun in the second film too.
* BattleCouple: Rick and Evy as of the second movie.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: The Medjai tattoo on Rick's wrist in the second movie. [[ChekhovsGun The tattoo was there in the first movie as well, visible in a few scenes]]. Just no big deal was made about it.
* BeingEvilSucks: Beni serves Imhotep purely out of fear and greed, and he clearly loathes every minute of it, except the part where he taunts the eyeless Burns, perhaps because he blames them for unleashing Imhotep. By the end of the movie he finds out being the toadie for an undead dark wizard is ''really'' not all it's cracked up to be.
* 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.
* BigDamnHeroes: Jonathan arrives at the final battle in ''Tomb of the Dragon Emperor'' to take on the Emperor's terracotta army with a pair of WWII planes.
-->'''Evy:''' Jonathan certainly knows how to make an entrance.
* 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.
* BigNo: One particularly notable one happens at the end of "The Mummy Returns" where Imhotep runs into shot, poses, then [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfIlMeDsvrg screams]]. Rick and Evelyn both get more meaningful ones when they see each other in mortal danger, [[spoiler: or being fatally stabbed]].
** The Egyptologist when he hears the Mummy's resurrection: "NO! You must not read from the book!"
* BilingualBonus:
** In Universe in ''The Mummy'': Beni Gabor can apparently pray in several different languages, so any available gods passing can hear. Not to mention Evy's ability to read, write and speak Ancient Egyptian and possibly many other languages.
** In ''Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor'', when the title villain's Terracotta Warriors shoots a barrage of arrows into an opposing army of heroic skeletons. While this naturally had no effect on the already dead targets, one of the skeletons accidentally knocks another one's head off with his shovel. He then goes to say in perfect and ''completely unsubtitled'' Chinese to his comrade ''"Oh sorry! Sorry! Your head's over here."''
* 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.
* BluntYes:
-->'''Dr. Bey:''' We are part of an ancient secret society. For over three thousand years we have guarded the City of the Dead. We are sworn at manhood to do any and all in our power to stop the High Priest Imhotep from being reborn into this world.
-->'''Ardeth Bay:''' Now, because of you, we have failed.
-->'''Evelyn:''' And you think this justifies the killing of innocent people?
-->'''Dr. Bey:''' To stop this creature? Let me think...
-->'''Ardeth and Dr. Bey:''' YES!
** Or later in the film:
-->[''mummies rise from the floor'']
-->'''Rick:''' Who the hell're these guys?
-->'''Ardeth:''' Priests... Imhotep's priests!
-->'''Rick:''' ... Alright, then.
-->[''MoreDakka ensues'']
* BodyHorror: Imhotep.
* BondOneLiner
-->'''Rick:''' [''upon stabbing the Scorpion King''] Go to hell! ''And take your friends with you!''
** Amusingly, he actually ''meant'' what he was saying, as killing the King gave him control over the undead army, or in this case, the authority to banish it.
* 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.
* BratsWithSlingshots: Alex, in the second movie
* 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.
** In ''The Mummy Returns'', the Scorpion King was as well, though the spinoff expanded him into a heroic role, making his actions in Returns seem rather out of character.
*** This was later rectified by WordOfGod, stating that the Scorpion King in ''The Mummy Returns'' was a [[IdenticalGrandson look-alike]] descendant of the one from the ''Scorpion King'' film.
**** The Scorpion King novelization confuses the issue even more, as the precognitive sorceress had a thought process at the very end that indicates she laments what is to come, suggesting the King would eventually end up corrupted and become the villain seen in returns. Then again, if she sees the future, she could just be mourning what's to come when she and her soon-to-be-husband are gone.
* 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.
* CatsAreMagic: At one point in ''The Mummy'', a normal cat is able to ward off [[BigBad Imhotep]] because "cats are the guardians of the underworld". This is exploited only the once, because Imhotep completes his regeneration soon after and becomes immune to whatever the cat would supposedly have done to him.
* ChekhovsGun: In ''The Mummy Returns'', Jonathan enters the movie carrying a scepter, and the scene plays out as though it's merely a random trinket he pilfered away like usual. Then Hafez draws attention to it by taking it with great respect and exclaiming "It can't be!" and it's forgotten for the rest of the movie until the end... [[spoiler: It turns out to be the ceremonial spear needed to slay the Scorpion King]].
** The tattoo on Rick's wrist marking him as a Medjai from the second film. Look closely in ''The Mummy'', and it's there.
* ChekhovsSkill:
** Jonathan and Alex are established early on as learning how to read hieroglyphics. [[spoiler: This eventually pops up after Evy dies and they need to resurrect her using the Book of the Dead... written in hieroglyphics.]]
** Jonathan picks the [[MacGuffin key]] that opens seemingly every locked Egyptian artifact in existence out of Rick's pocket before the start of the first movie, then swipes it again out of Imhotep's robes during a struggle near the end.
** Evelyn taught Jonathan to pronounce the symbol that is shaped like a stork near the end of The Mummy. In ''The Mummy Returns'', Alex was stuck at the same symbol, and Jonathan proudly proclaimed "Oh! I know that one!", and told him how to pronounce it. BonusPoints for both of the people who knew the symbol (Evy then Johnathan) fighting Anck-su-namun, and almost choking as they pronounce the symbol. [[UpToEleven Bonus Bonus Points]] for those trying to read the inscription (Johnathan then Alex) for making the same motion and comment whilst describing it.
----> "It's a bird-" [''flaps elbow like a wing''] A stork!"
** In the first film, Rick disarms an enemy when he is pressed against a pillar with a well-placed headbutt. In the second film, when the house is under attack, Evy uses the exact same move against a {{Mook}} and comments to Alex, "That I learned from your father!" She uses it again on Anck-su-namun during their late fight.
* CloseOnTitle: ''The Mummy Returns'' does this.
* ConvenientlyPreciseTranslation: A visual version in ''The Mummy Returns,'' where Rick encounters a set of pictograms illustrating ''precisely'' how to [[spoiler: kill the Scorpion King]].
* CoolPet: Ardeth's falcon.
* CoolVersusAwesome: In the third movie, terracotta warriors versus a skeleton army.
* 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
* CruelAndUnusualDeath:
** As part of his punishment for murdering Pharaoh Seti I, Imhotep is buried alive in a sarcophagus filled with flesh-eating scarab beetles.
** Beni Gabor, who has spent the movie betraying everyone, faces a slow death by dehydration and starvation after being trapped in Hamunaptra's treasure chamber. That's bad enough, especially given that the single torch he has is going out. Cue those self-same flesh-eating scarab beetles.
** Some hired locals were sprayed with acid when they pry open a pass in the tomb and trigger a booby trap.
** Everybody unlucky enough to be in the vicinity of the chest (that held the Book of the Dead and Anck-su-namun's canopic jars) when it is opened- they get their flesh sucked away by Imhotep.
** Some of Imhotep's mooks get drowned in tar.
** The priests who helped Imhotep in the prologue are mummified alive.
** Anck-su-namun in the second movie abandons Imhotep, unwilling to risk her own life to save him. As she is fleeing, she stumbles and falls into a swarm of scorpions (and possibly the flesh-eating scarab beetles). The scorpions/beetles crawl all over and inside her, choking her dying screams.
* CuriosityKilledTheCast: Evy reads from a book that sets off the events of the first movie, and that conveniently prevents the production company from having to pay more actors.
* CurseCutShort: When [[spoiler: the museum curator is going to burn Evy]].
--> '''Evy:''' You bas-
* CursedWithAwesome: Imhotep, whose punishment for having an affair with the Pharaoh's favorite wife, killing the Pharaoh, and trying to raise the dead is to be eaten alive by scarabs. Unfortunately for the rest of the world, once the scarabs are done and he comes back he has all the powers of the Ten Plagues of Egypt.
* CuteMonsterGirl: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] by Ankh-su-namun in her mummy form. She looks exactly as you'd expect a 3000-year-old mummified corpse to look, but she was gorgeous when she was alive.
* DeadpanSnarker: Rick, Evy, and Jonathan all have their moments.
* DeathByMaterialism: In the first film, [[spoiler:Beni. He just got a little too greedy with the gold he was thieving from Hamunaptra- the guy already had a huge saddlebag and simply had to go back for more]].
** Also the prison warden, who steals a wall decoration that's actually a live scarab beetle... which burrows into his foot, up his entire body, up his face, then ''starts eating his brain.''
** Jonathan nearly ends up this way with the giant diamond on the pyramid in ''The Mummy Returns.'' Rick tries to tell him it isn't worth his life, but Jonathan responds, "Yes, it is!" Rick eventually manages to pull both Jonathan and the diamond to safety.
* DeathAsComedy: A scene in the second movie where Jonathan leads a guy to be killed by pygmy mummies.
* DeathSeeker: Winston Havlock, a WWI pilot who survived when all his buddies died in glorious combat. [[spoiler: In fact, when the heroes recruit his assistance against Imhotep, and tell him point blank that he'll probably die as everyone else who got involved has died, he sounds downright giddy at the prospect]].
--> '''Winston:''' [as [[spoiler:Imhotep's sandwave is about to bring down the biplane]]] Here I come, laddies! [''laughs'']
* 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.
* DirtyCoward: Anck-su-namun in the second movie: First, she [[spoiler: stabs and kills Evelyn (she gets better, however) when her guard is down]], then draws sais on an unarmed Jonathan (who ''still' manages to hold her off well enough regardless), and ultimately, when both she and Evelyn see their loved ones in mortal danger, she blindly flees while Evelyn charges forward.
** Beni from the first movie counts as well. He ran away and left his so-called comrades to be killed by the Tuaregs; he locked himself in the tomb, even shutting out his "friend" Rick; and worst of all, he became Imhotep's servant in order to save his own miserable neck.
** The Foreign Legion commander at the beginning of the first film counts as well. He raises his sword to give the order to charge... and then drops it and gallops away, [[YouAreInCommandNow leaving Rick to give the order to attack]].
* DisasterDominoes: By Evy in the first, then Alex in the second - proving it runs InTheBlood.
* DisgustingPublicToilet: On the train in ''The Mummy Returns''.
* DisposablePilot: [[spoiler: This happens in the first movie, to the old ennui-ridden war pilot.]] [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in the second.
* DistressedDamsel: Evy a couple of times in the first film. One of the times is actually a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] since she goes with the villain willingly to save everyone else (though it's not explained how she ended up unconscious and chained to a slab; note that it is shown in the original uncut script). In the second film she becomes a BadassInDistress as she gets kidnapped while fighting off an army of [[{{Mook}} Mooks]].
* DontTouchItYouIdiot: The British Egyptologist tells Evy "You must not read from the book!" She does anyway. In the second film, she reads for herself that whoever disturbs the chest will drink from the Nile. Evy disturbs it anyway, because "that doesn't sound too bad." [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that both of these messages are delivered ''after'' she's already done what she wasn't supposed to. Though in fairness, she probably could have spotted the "drink from the Nile" thing sooner than she did.
* {{Eagleland}}: The Americans in the first film, oh so very much. It's [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] a bit, though.
--> [''the barge is burning, and the TriggerHappy Americans are gleefuly shooting up the Medjai'']
--> '''Johnathan:''' [''with disgust''] ''Americans''.
* ElementalPowers: The Emperor in the third film, and they make sure to establish that he uses the Chinese, rather than Western, elements.
* EliteMooks/ SuperpoweredMooks: The four palace guards.
* EverybodyHatesHades: Or rather, Anubis. He was actually one of the good guys in ancient Egyptian mythology.
* EvilIsNotAToy: If only Hafez knew that. He wants to unleash Imhotep in the hope that he can stop the Scorpion King, not taking into account that no matter who wins it will be an ''evil undead''. It works about as well as you'd expect. Well to be fair, the Scorpion King was going to ''destroy'' the world. Hafez probably figured Imhotep ruling it was better, and maybe that he might be spared.
** On the other hand, the Scorpion King was only going to wake up if someone put on the bracelet. He seemed to be loyal to Imhotep regardless, but with the mummy's BadBoss tendencies...
* EyeScream
** In the first movie, when Imhotep is [[SealedEvilInACan accidentally released]] he is a rotting corpse, without eyes. Guess how he gets them... not to mention the ''"My eyes! My eyes!"'' screams. Imhotep also takes his tongue and then his very life essence the next day.
** When the boat is attacked, Evy uses a candle to the eye as self-defense.
* 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.
* FakeNationality: Almost nothing ''but'' Fake Nationalities. RachelWeisz really is English, JetLi actually was born in China, and all the 'American cowboys' are played by Americans, but nobody who played an Egyptian character was actually Egyptian, or even Arab or African. Oded Fehr is Israeli, Arnold Vosloo is South African, Patricia Velasquez is Venezuelan, and Wrestling/DwayneJohnson is an American--of Samoan and African heritage, mind you. O'Connell's actor is Canadian American, Jonathan's is Scottish, Beni (who is supposed to be Hungarian) is played by an Irish-American guy from Chicago. From the third movie we have [[TheOtherDarrin Maria Bello]] (American), MichelleYeoh (Malaysian) and Russel Wong (American). Moreover, Evy and Jonathan's mother was supposedly Egyptian, but neither actor is of Egyptian, or even middle-eastern, descent.
* 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''. Its actually fairly accurate for the period and her position as 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''.
* FiveManBand: In the second film, the O'Connells have formed one:
** TheHero: Rick
** TheLancer: Evy
** TheBigGuy: Ardeth
** TheChick / TheSmartGuy: Jonathan (Evy and Alex are both quite intelligent too but Jonathan is the most resourceful)
** TagAlongKid: Alex
** TheSixthRanger: Izzy
* FlashBack: See also AncientEgypt.
* FluffyFashionFeathers: Anck-su-namun wears a feather boa when invading the O'Connell's home. As well as a FeatherBoaConstrictor.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The four Americans in the first film: O'Connell is choleric, while Henderson is sanguine, Daniels is melancholic, and Burns is phlegmatic.
* FullNameUltimatum: Rick to Alex in ''Tomb of the Dragon Emperor''.
--> '''Rick:''' Alexander Rupert O'Connell, you get on the back of this horse, ''this instant!''
* GeniusDitz: Jonathan is a foolish, greedy, cowardly con-artist who functions mainly as comic relief, but he is also apparently literate in ancient Egyptian.
* GenreBlindness: Jonathan shouldn't have ''openly stated'' he was moving to Peru because there were no mummies there.
* GenreSavvy
** Evelyn near the end of the first film.
-->'''Evelyn:''' You know, [[SycophanticServant sniveling little cowards]] like you always get their comeuppance.
-->'''Beni:''' ...They do?
-->'''Evelyn:''' Yes. Always.
** Rick, who not only [[LampshadedTrope lampshades]] the imminent danger and constant dramatic winds that pass through Hamunaptra, but outlines the {{Troperiffic}} plot of the entire film: "Rescue the [[DistressedDamsel damsel in distress]]. Kill the [[BigBad bad guy]]. SaveTheWorld." Also present in ''The Mummy Returns'':
-->'''Evelyn:''' He only awakens once every 5,000 years.
-->'''Rick:''' Right. And if someone doesn't kill him, then he's gonna wipe out the world.
-->'''Evelyn:''' How did you know?
-->'''Rick:''' I didn't, but that's always the story.
-->'''Evelyn:''' The last known expedition to actually reach Ahm Shere was sent by Ramses the Fourth over 3,000 years ago. He sent over a thousand men.
-->'''Rick:''' And none of them was ever seen again.
-->'''Evelyn:''' How did you know?
-->'''Rick:''' I didn't, but that's always the story.
** After winning the battle against the army of Anubis warriors, most of the Medjai cheer. Ardeth starts running to a higher vantage point, knowing that it was ''way'' too easy despite their losses. Then he sees the entire horizon turning black as hordes of Anubis warriors come screaming their way. That was just the ''[[OhCrap first phalanx]]''.
** [[InvokedTrope Invoked again in the third]], when leaving the museum, Rick mentions that the emperor will get stronger the longer it takes to put him down, chalking his logic up to, basically, that's how mummies work.
* GenreThrowback[=/=]{{Reconstruction}} : Of the classic 1930s Universal horror movies ([[TheRemake especially]] ''The Mummy'') and old LostWorld adventure flicks.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: During the chase sequence in Shanghai, Jonathan has this priceless reaction to his burning backside:
-->'''Jonathan:''' Ah! My ass is on fire! My ass is on fire! Spank my ass. Spank my ass!
* 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.
* GroinAttack:
** This is ultimately how Beni escapes from Rick shortly after being interrogated in the first film.
** When Anck-su-namun casts aside her daggers during Evy's flashback from the second film, they stick in the groins of a pair of statues nearby.
** Two in the same fight scene from within the second film. Evy groin-attacks a {{Mook}}, and Lock-Nah groin-attacks Ardeth. Ardeth recovers quickly. Aforementioned {{Mook}} doesn't, but that's more due to [[DisasterDominoes Alex knocking a bookcase onto him.]]
* GunsAkimbo: The preferred method of combat in the O'Connell family.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: A bisected soldier is briefly seen crawling after Rick in the third film's final fight. Also, the Imhotep's mummy preists in the first film.
* HandInTheHole: [[GenreBlindness Hafez does this]] in ''The Mummy Returns''. It does not go well for him.
* 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.
* HeroicSacrifice: In ''Tomb of the Dragon Emperor'', [[spoiler: Zi Yuan (who had already sacrificed her immortality to raise General Ming's army) allows the Emperor to mortally wound her with his sword in order to get back the dagger that can kill him.]]
* HeyItsThatVoice: The CG Scorpion King is voiced by Max Cavalera, former lead singer of {{Sepultura}}.
* 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?!
* 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 Johnathan's triumphant "Oh! I know that one!"
* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis
* IWarnedYou: Rick warned Evy not to mess with the Book of the Dead.
-->'''Evy:''' We released him and we are going to stop him!\\
'''Rick:''' "We"? ''We'' didn't release him, I told you not to read the book, didn't I tell you not to read the book?\\
'''Evy:''' ''(rolls eyes)'' Fine! Me, me, me, me, I, I, I woke him up and I intend to stop him!
* ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime: Rick says this about his first kiss with Evy, since he was about to be hanged. He seems surprised when she takes offense.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Rick O'Connell interrogates Beni for information about Imhotep's plan by shoving him just inches away from a ceiling fan.
** In ''The Mummy Returns'' he also grabs Ardeth and shoves him into a post to yell "What the hell are you doing here?" at him. Granted, Evy ''had'' just been kidnapped, but it seems a bit harsh of a way to treat your known ally.
* JungleOpera
* KarmicDeath:
** Anck-su-namun didn't last long after her "Heel Heel Turn".
** Beni Gabor's greed comes back to bite him, just as Evy warned. [[ArtMajorBiology In scarab form.]]
* KissOfDistraction: Evy kisses Imhotep in order to break his concentration so [[spoiler: the sandstorm he's creating to kill the heroes disperses]].
* LampshadeHanging:
** After yet another {{dramatic wind}}: "That happens a lot around here."
** The director Steven Sommers and editor Bob Duscay do a lot of lampshading in their commentaries.
** "Rescue the [[DistressedDamsel damsel in distress]]. Kill the [[BigBad bad guy]]. SaveTheWorld." {{Troperiffic}}, indeed.
* LargeHam: Almost ''everybody'' by the second movie. One notable instance is when Rick [[spoiler: fatally stabs the Scorpion King; there is a brief moment of both combatants realizing that the battle is over]]...[[HamAndCheese then Imhotep suddenly bursts in on the side, yelling]] [[BigNo "NOOOOOOOO!"]] [[HamAndCheese with his hands outstretched at the Scorpion King.]]
* LastRequest: Comes up humorously when Rick is about to be hung:
-->Executioner: Any last requests, pig?
-->[[DeadpanSnarker Rick]]: Yeah, loosen the knot and let me go.(''The executioner hesitates, and asks the warden in Arabic if they should honor the request.'')
-->Warden: [[CrowningMomentOFFunny Of course we don't let him go!]]
* LeadTheTarget
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In the third film, when we meet Maria Bello as Evy, she refers to a character in her novel based on her and Rick's adventures as being "a completely different person."
* LegionOfLostSouls: Rick and Beni are in one at the beginning of the first film.
* 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.
* LettingHerHairDown: Evy, increasingly throughout ''The Mummy''.
* LoadBearingBoss: [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in the first movie;]] when the heroes finally "kill" Imhotep, the whole place starts coming down on them. [[spoiler:It was actually Beni's fault, leading to his KarmicDeath]].
** Played straight in the sequel.
* LondonEnglandSyndrome: Because apparently we can't figure out that yes, this is the Cairo in Egypt.
* MacGuffin
** ''The Mummy'': The golden Book of the Living, the black Book of the Dead, and the canopic jars containing Anck-su-namun's internal organs.
** ''The Mummy Returns'': The [[ClingyMacGuffin bracelet]] on Alex and [[spoiler: the Sceptre of Osiris, as the golden stick-think that actually opens into a spear that can defeat the Scorpion King.]]
* MayflyDecemberRomance: Alex and the 2,000-year-old Lin fall in love. She later [[spoiler:gives up her immortality to spend her life with him]].
* {{Meganekko}}: Evy, for not goddamn long enough in the first movie.
* MightyWhiteyAndMellowYellow: Alex O'Connell and Lin.
* MoreDakka: Ardeth prefers the Thompson.
* MoralityPet: Jonathan's a greedy bastard, but [[BigBrotherInstinct he does seem to care about his little sister.]]
* MortalityEnsues: It turns out that the companion book to the Book of the Dead doesn't kill the BigBad when read from. What it does is remove his immortality, allowing him to be killed like a mortal.
* MrExposition: For the first half of the sequel, Ardeth is made of this trope. If he's talking, odds are he's giving exposition.
* {{Mummy}}: [[CaptainObvious Well duh.]]
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: The [[BigBad villain's]] ArcWords of the first movie: ''Death is only the beginning.''
* MythologyGag: In the original 1932 film, "Ardeth Bey" was Imhotep's alias in modern times.
* NeckLift: Imhotep does two in the first film. One to Jonathan, and plenty more to O'Connell.
* NerdGlasses: Worn by Evy in the beginning of the first film, and shed for good not long after - which is odd because contacts didn't exist in the 1930's.
** Presumably they were either reading glasses or completely superfluous BrainySpecs. [[FridgeLogic Not to mention the she loses them when the barge sinks during the first film.]]
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: In ''The Mummy Returns'', Imhotep is no longer causing the plagues of Egypt, but he's seemed to pick up a few new tricks like {{Telekinesis}}.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Evy reading from the Book of the Dead. She at least resolves to fix it.
* NightOfTheLivingMooks:
** The Scorpion King's army.
** [[spoiler: The counter-undead raised to fight the Dragon Emperor.]]
* NoNameGiven: Ardeth Bay in the first film, to the point where it's surprising on repeat viewings to realise they never mention it ''once''.
* NothingPersonal: During the first film, both Evy and Jonathan take turns insulting the American members of rival expedition, pausing to add "no offence" to Rick each time.
* OhCrap: Plenty of instances. For example, [[spoiler:Ardeth and the Medjai have just defeated the Army of Anubis at great cost to their forces. They cheer. But that was only the first wave. Cue the ''entire horizon turning black'' as the unfathomable hordes of Anubis warriors blanket the sands. To be fair to poor Ardeth, though, he took it rather well, all things considered.]]
** Alex's expression when Imhotep [[BodyHorror takes off his mask.]]
** And an absolutely brilliant one from Izzy in the second film, when his dirigible has just run out of gas.
-->'''Izzy:''' ... Well that's not good.
* 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.
* OneHandedShotgunPump: Done by Rick in the first movie, stating, "I believe in being prepared."
* 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]].
* TheOtherDarrin: Rachel Weisz, replaced by Maria Bello in the third movie.
* PastLifeMemories: In the second film, Evy keeps having flashes of insights and memories that make her think she's hallucinating. It turns out, [[spoiler: they're memories of her past life in ancient Egypt as Nefetiri, Pharaoh Set I's daughter]].
* PickyPeopleEater: Imhotep is probably one of the pickiest people eaters around. He took body parts only from the people who had basically stolen his. [[JustifiedTrope Justified in that his curse requires him to consume the specific people who opened the container holding the book in order to regenerate]]. Then again, after being fully regenerated in ''The Mummy'', he decides to do this to Rick.
* PleaseWakeUp: [[spoiler:Rick to Evy in ''The Mummy Returns'', after Anck-su-namun fatally stabs her. Thanks to her son being able to read hieroglyphics and the ever present Book of the Dead, she eventually gets better.]]
* ThePunishment: Imhotep's being [[FateWorseThanDeath mummified alive in a sarcophagus full of man-eating scarabs]] for his blasphemous acts. On the up side, he gets CursedWithAwesome and can return from death with very little help from stupid people. Meanwhile, his punishers spend the rest of their lives (as do all of their descendants) keeping him cooped up. Clearly, the punishment was worth it!
* PreMortemOneLiner: Used by Rick dispatching the Scorpion King ("Go to hell, and take your friends with you!") and Emperor Han ("Now you can rule... in hell!").
* PresentCompanyExcluded:
-->'''Jonathan:''' And when those damn yanks go to sleep- no offense-
-->'''Rick:''' None taken.
-->'''Jon:''' - we'll dig our way up and steal that book right out from under them.
-->'''Rick:''' Are you sure you can find this secret compartment thing?
-->'''Evy:''' Oh, yes, if those beastly Americans haven't beaten us to it- no offense.
-->'''Rick:''' None taken.
* PrettyInMink: In the third movie, there were a few fox wraps, in addition to the winter coats in the mountains.
* ProperLady: Evelyn. Made into a SpiritedYoungLady in the sequels.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "IT OPENS! UP! INTO! A SPEAR!"
* PunctuatedPounding: Rick in ''Tomb of the Dragon Emperor'', when gunning down the Emperor's troops at the Great Wall.
--> '''Rick:''' I! [''bang!''] Really! [''bang!''] Hate! [''bang!''] ''Mummies''! [''bang!'']
* RearingHorse: Ardeth's horse at the end of ''The Mummy Returns''.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Lin from the third movie.
* RedShirt: In the first movie, anyone in the expedition that isn't one of the three leads. 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.
* RainOfArrows: Fittingly used by the terracotta army, but they abandoned the strategy when they remembered their opponents were undead.
* TheRemake: The first one, anyway, was a re-imagining of the original black and white horror classic.
* RemovableTurretGun: Ardeth plucks the mounted [[MoreDakka machinegun]] from the plane before it sinks into the quicksand. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] as the gun in case is a regular infantry light machine gun.
* RomanceInducingSmudge: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''The Mummy'', where Imhotep's romance with Anck-su-namun leads him to smear her body paint.
* 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.
** Also, there were two ancient Egyptian rulers who had each claimed the title of Scorpion King. One was named Osiris Scorpion; this troper forgets who the other one was.
** Also applies to the prologue of ''The Mummy Returns.'' Anubis is not an evil god, [[DarkIsNotEvil not by a long shot.]] The closest thing late Egyptian mythology had to an evil god would probably be Seth, the villain of the Osirian cult and formerly a benign god in his own right; before Set there was Apep, the Immortal Serpent who would battle Ra every night for all eternity, explaining the shift between day and night. Then again, RuleOfCool is in full effect, and Anubis is certainly one of the cooler gods: he essentially was a dying man's best friend, keeping carrion beasts away from your corpse, was present at the Opening of the Mouth ceremony marking a dead soul's entrance into the afterlife, and admitted the worthy into paradise. All around a pretty swell guy, and doesn't fall under EvilIsCool by any stretch of the imagination. Oh well, [[EverybodyHatesHades everybody hates Anubis]].
** In the prologue to the second movie, Scorpion King offers his soul to Anubis in exchange for glorious life. The idea of selling a soul to an evil power (which Anubis isn't) is a purely folk Christian concept (it's not even Christian proper as {{Satan}} does not rule the damned). To make it more ridiculous, the offer itself had no sense as all deceased were destined to meet Anubis. You had to cross the desert after death first, to reach Anubis and have your soul deemed worthy. Not all made it through the trip, since there was dangers to be met on the way.
** Imhotep is [[WeaksauceWeakness scared by cats in the movie]] due to the claim that cats are the guardians of the doors of the the Egyptian underworld. While there are a few cat deities in Egyptian mythology (one of them ([[BloodKnight Sekhmet]]) is actually pretty terrifying), they were associated with other aspects, to be specific, [[ArsonMurderAndLifeSaving war, disease, hunting, fertility, and motherly love]], it would have made much more sense to have him be afraid of snakes, since most of the deities assigned with duties like punishing the damned in the afterlife were horrific snakes, such as Khetti, or the servants of Seker, who's job was essentially to punish people like Imhotep. Plus, then Imhotep would have had an excuse to say "WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes" as a ShoutOut.
* SayYourPrayers: Beni's prayers are played humorously, as he prays to several gods in several different languages before praying in Hebrew actually winds up saving him, because its a language Imhotep understands.
* ScaryBlackMan: Lock-nah, who is also the first named villain [[TheBlackDudeDiesFirst to die]]. Averted with Izzy.
* SchmuckBait: In ''The Mummy Returns'', Meela Nais tricks a trio of mercenaries into entering Imhotep's train compartment. Imhotep scares them ForTheEvulz, and when they beg to be let out Meela tells them to open the chest that's in the compartment… as in the cursed chest that will let Imhotep steal their body parts.
* SequelGoesForeign: ''Tomb of the Dragon Emperor'' is set in China.
* SequelHook: The third movie ends with John resolving to move to Peru. As he drives off, ''Mummies were later discovered in Peru'' appears on the screen.
** Though considering the timing and that no further movies have been made, this may just have been reinforcing Johnathan's status as the ButtMonkey.
* 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.
* ShootingSuperman: People will not stop shooting Imhotep even though he is ImmuneToBullets. Even ''after'' Ardeth has told people that no mortal weapons can harm him, they shoot Imhotep. At least they slow him down. Probably also a case of WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer.
** It does seem to effectively stop or destroy the lesser mummies. Perhaps [[ShoutOut in a reference to the old]] Superman serials, when one of the Americans empties his gun into a mummy fruitlessly, he follows up by throwing his gun at it. Unlike Superman, though, the mummy doesn't duck and just lets the gun bounce off.
* ShootTheShaggyDogStory: In-universe example, Imhotep's life. In ''The Mummy Returns'', [[spoiler: Imhotep sees what [[TrueLoveIsExceptional True Love]] is really like. He'd sacrificed everything, his position, his mortality, and his ''soul'' for Anck-su-namun, and she abandoned him when the chips were down. Then he got to watch Evy race to Rick's side in his moment of need. To top it off, while he was begging Anck-su-namun to save him, his enemy was begging his beloved to save herself — and she refused, insisting on trying to help him. With this came the realization that his sacrifice and suffering had been pointless and empty, and he let go of the ledge with a bitter smile at the couple who had what he had wanted so badly.]]
* 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 ''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]]).
* {{Slimeball}}: Beni Gabor in the first movie.
* SoftWater: In the second movie. When they "drink the Nile" they aren't crushed into the wall behind them, and the airship is later pushed by the wall of water rather than harmed.
* SpannerInTheWorks: The people who sealed the Emperor away in the third film put his mummy in a statue, the idea being that anyone who tries to raise him would instead raise a eunuch, which was in the coffin as decoy. This plan almost works... till the mummy raising water is accidently splashed on the emperor's statue.
* 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...
* {{Stripperiffic}}: The "Ancient Egyptian bikinis" Anck-su-namun and Nefertiri wear in their fight scene flashback deserve a mention, since those outfits are highly impractical for an incredibly violent fight complete with acrobatics.
* TakenForGranite: Proably the most horrific origin story of the Terracotta Warriors ever conceived. Explains why every face is unique...
** Imhotep somehow became trapped in a block of amber after his defeat in the first movie.
* TemptingFate:
** "No harm ever came from reading a book."
** Done again in ''The Mummy Returns'' and summarily [[LampshadedTrope lampshaded.]]
--->'''Evy:''' It's just a chest. [[IronicEcho No harm ever came from opening a chest.]]
--->'''Rick:''' Yeah, and "no harm ever came from reading a book". Remember how that one went?
** Also done in the ending of ''Tomb of the Dragon Emperor''. Jonathan states that he's moving to Peru after selling his bar to a Russian pilot, and states that at least that place doesn't have mummies. A narrative quote then appears stating that after his arrival, mummies were discovered in Peru.
** This little gem:
---> '''Rick:''' You're gonna get yours Beni! YOU'RE GONNA GET YOURS!
---> '''Beni:''' Oh like I never heard ''that'' before!
*** Then later on:
----> '''Evy:''' You know nasty little fellows like you always get their comeuppance.
----> '''Beni:''' Hehehe.....[[OhCrap They do?]]
----> '''Evy:''' Always.
* TentativeLight
* ThereWasADoor: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] when Evelyn tries to block a door to stall some mummy soldiers.
-->'''Rick:''' Honey... What are you doing? ''These guys don't use doors!''
* TheUndead: The mummies.
* ThisWayToCertainDeath
* ThrowAwayGuns
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: If you're Ardeth Bey, Throwing Your Sword From Horseback At Things With A Specific Weak Point Always Works.
** The Dragon Emperor throwing his sword at Rick. Although being able to make it fly around on a whim it probably helped.
* TomeOfEldritchLore: The Book of The Dead and the Book of the Living. The Book of the Living gives power over the living and can take life, the Book of the Dead gives power over the dead and can give it.
* TooDumbToLive: Alex in the second film. Given who his parents are, all of the ancient traps and cursed objects they've encountered and that the Temple they found the Bracelet in immediately ''self-destructed'' upon its removal... what made him think that putting the damn thing on his arm was at all was safe?!
* TranslationConvention: Imhotep starts a conversation in ancient Egyptian with Alex in the second film. By the time they're finished, they're speaking in English.
* ObservationOnOriginality: The third film merrily hits every action/adventure movie trope right on the mark. Nothing in the movie is a surprise, but it's not a bad film for it.
* TwoFistedTales
* WeaksauceWeakness: Imhotep's curse rendered him terrified of cats. ItMakesSenseInContext, though, given that cats are the guardians of the underworld, a place which he surely does not wish to return.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Yang and Choi. They resurrected the Dragon Emperor only so they could end China's civil war.
** The Medjai. When Evy, scandalized, asks if they're willing to kill innocents to stop Imhotep (who is fully capable of ''ending the world''), they snap out an emphatic "Yes!" This is downplayed in the second installment, to go with the LighterAndSofter treatment everyone [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality connected to the heroes]] gets.
* WeWillMeetAgain: In the first installment, Imhotep corners the heroes, and is taking Evy away to be sacrificed. Before the BigBad can leave, Rick O'Connell looks right into the BigBad's eyes and says, "''I'll be seeing you again''" with all the menace and hatred and promise the man can muster. Imhotep, who doesn't understand a word (the man's an ancient Egyptian who doesn't speak English) gets the message anyway, but he's so assured of his near invincibility that he only reacts with mild amusement. Turns out, underestimating O'Connell was a huge mistake.
* WhatsAnXLikeYouDoingInAYLikeThis:
-->'''Evelyn:''' [''completely drunk''] I know- you're wondering, what is a place like me doing in a girl like this?
-->'''Rick:''' ... Yeah, something like that.
* [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone What Have We Done?]]: Said by the Egyptologist during the locust swarm heralding [[spoiler: Imhotep's rebirth]] as the full weight of the situation dawns upon him.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Lin in the third movie, once she realizes that she's in love with Alex. Her mother took care of that problem.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: "Watch for bugs. I hate bugs." Guess what gets him.
** Also, Imhotep for cats due to the whole "guardians of the underworld" thing. Too bad this is only used in a rather throwaway manner.
* WolverinePublicity: ''The Mummy Returns'' heavily hyped up [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson]]'s role in the film. He ended up being a minor character at best.
** Especially funny with an ''Entertainment Weekly'' cover focused on The Rock, with Brendan Fraser OutOfFocus on the side and looking downright pissed about it.
* WouldHitAGirl: Jonathan in the second movie, who sucker punches Anck-su-namun at one point. He seemed just as shocked at what he did as she was, however.
** Probably more because they were surprised that he actually landed a hit, since they both knew he was completely outmatched.
* WritersCannotDoMath: Alex could not possibly be eight years old in 1933, because ''his parents didn't meet until 1926.'' Someone who was eight in 1933 would be born in ''1925''. And there's no indication he's an adopted child or a child one of them already had; it seems more like they ignored the Three Years Later card in the first movie and went with the whole thing happening in 1923. Possibly it is the year that was miscalculated. One of the Hafez's henchmen says that he heard about "one American who resurrected Imhotep nine years ago".
* YouExclamation:
** Imhotep to Rick in ''The Mummy Returns'', when the two meet just after Imhotep's re-awakening.
** In ''The Mummy'', Evelyn exclaims this to Ardeth when he turns up in the Cairo Museum.
* YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo: Without the stock phrase exchange, but in the first movie, Imhotep promises to spare the rest of the party if Evy comes with him so that he can perform the ritual. Naturally, once she's in hand, he orders his followers to kill the rest of them. Of course, the rest of the group had made it extremely clear they planned to follow and try to stop the ritual, so ''not'' attacking them would have been fairly silly.
** Another one occurs in the second movie, though technically, she actually didn't say it...
---> '''Jonathan:''' I told you what you wanted to know.
---> '''Anck-su-namun:''' Your point being...?
---> '''Jonathan:''' My point being I told you so you wouldn't kill me.
---> '''Anck-su-namun:''' I don't recall making that agreement.
* ZombieGait:
** Imhotep's enthralled in the first movie. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]], somewhat, by Jonathan, who shambled along with them to avoid their wrath.
** [[AvertedTrope Averted with the actual mummies]], though; they all move almost as quickly as people and Imhotep can move considerably faster.

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