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->'''Grandson''': Has it got any sports in it?\\
'''Grandpa''': Are you kidding? [[{{Flynning}} Fencing]], [[FightScene fighting]], [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]], {{revenge}}, [[OurGiantsAreBigger giants]], [[OurMonstersAreDifferent monsters]], [[TheChase chases]], [[GreatEscape escapes]], [[ThePowerOfLove true love]], [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve miracles]]...\\
'''Grandson''': ''-sigh-'' It doesn't sound too bad. I'll try to stay awake.\\
'''Grandpa''': Oh thank you. [[DeadpanSnarker Your vote of confidence is overwhelming.]]

A 1987 [[TheFilmOfTheBook movie]] directed by Creator/RobReiner, adapted by WilliamGoldman from [[Literature/ThePrincessBride his 1973 book of the same name]], ''The Princess Bride'' is about the trials of true love in the Renaissance European nation of Florin. The story stars Buttercup (Robin Wright), a simple yet incredibly beautiful farmgirl, and Westley (Cary Elwes), the farmhand she enjoys ordering around. Although they realize that they share the incredibly rare thing called "true love", fate conspires to keep them apart, as Westley is lost at sea.

Five years later, Prince Humperdinck, who rules Florin in place of his elderly and doddering father, decides to celebrate the kingdom's 500th anniversary by marrying Buttercup, who is still the most beautiful woman in the kingdom. Buttercup, knowing that the Prince is well within his rights and believing she can never love again anyway, reluctantly agrees.

In a plot against the throne, Buttercup is kidnapped by the criminal trio of Vizzini ([[{{Chessmaster}} the mastermind]]), Fezzik ([[GentleGiant the above-mentioned giant]]) and Inigo Montoya ([[MasterSwordsman the world's greatest fencer]], [[YouKilledMyFather traveling to avenge his father]]) - but their steps are hampered by a mysterious man in black who seems determined to stop them at all costs. The subsequent adventures are madcap, iconic and brilliant.

The movie uses a FramingDevice of a grandfather ([[Series/{{Columbo}} Peter Falk]]) telling the story to his sick grandson ([[Series/TheWonderYears Fred Savage]]) with the boy complaining about the story at various points. ([[GenreSavvy "They're kissing again."]])
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!!''The Princess Bride'' contains examples of:

* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: [[spoiler:The Man in Black has been building up an immunity to iocane powder for several years.]]
* AdvantageBall: Goes with {{Flynning}} as always. Westley's ToThePain speech and its results also qualify.
* AffectionateParody: Pulls off the tricky balancing act between joyful appreciation and subtle (and not so subtle) parody.
* AnachronismStew: Quite deliberately. For instance, the story seems to be set in the late Renaissance, and yet there is talk of the penal colony UsefulNotes/{{Australia}}; Australia was only discovered in 1606, and only used as a penal colony from 1780 onward.
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: The ScarpiaUltimatum version.
* AndStarring: And Introducing Robin Wright as [[TitleDrop The Princess]] [[IAmNotShazam Bride]]
* ArrangedMarriage: Buttercup to Prince Humperdinck. Well… he arranged it himself, but it fits otherwise
* AristocratsAreEvil: Prince Humperdinck and Count Rugen; the King, however, is merely senile.
* AsYouKnow:
** Vizzini: Because iocane comes from Australia, as everyone knows, and Australia is entirely peopled with criminals, and criminals are used to having people not trust them, as you are not trusted by me, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you.
** [[spoiler:Humperdinck]]: ...when I hired Vizzini to [[spoiler:have her murdered on our engagement day,]] I thought that was clever.
** Rugen: As you know, the concept of the suction pump is centuries old.
** Subverted: Inigo: Let me explain. ({{Beat}}) No, there is too much. Let me sum up.
* TheBadGuyWins: He doesn't, but the grandson automatically assumes this trope when his grandfather tells him Humperdink will survive the end of the story.
%%* BaldOfEvil: Vizzini has one.
* BatmanGambit: "To the Pain!" [[spoiler: Wesley was in no condition to fight and was counting on Humperdinck's cowardice, by chiding him with horrible tales of disfigurement.]]
* BattleOfWits: Played straight (and for laughs) in one of the most classic moments of the movie: the one between Vizzini, the Man in Black, two cups of wine and a vial of iocaine powder. [[spoiler: Except the Man in Black has rigged the game in his favor by poisoning both glasses, as he has spent the last few years [[AcquiredPoisonImmunity building up an immunity to iocaine powder]].]]
%%* BeardOfEvil: Count Rugen has one.
* BerserkButton: How ill Miracle Max thinks of Prince Humperdinck firing him is clear given how he reacts when his wife Valerie brings it up when calling him a liar.
* BestServedCold: Inigo's quest for vengeance against six-fingered man Count Rugen.
* BigBad: Prince Humperdink.
* TheBigDamnKiss: "Since the invention of the kiss there have been five kisses that were rated the most passionate, the most pure. This one left them all behind. The End." Played for ironic CharacterDevelopment, since throughout the movie the kid has protested and insisted on skipping or editing all the kissy stuff, only to protest when Grampa complies for the final kiss.
* TheBigGuy: Fezzik. "It's not my fault I'm the biggest and the strongest. I don't even exercise."
* BigGuyRodeo: The Man in Black does this to Fezzik.
* BitsOfMeKeepPassingOut: Inverted and PlayedForLaughs as it takes a while for Miracle Max's cure to fully take effect on Westley, and Inigo and Fezzik have to carry him around while StormingTheCastle as bits of him are "waking up" one at a time.
* TheBladeAlwaysLandsPointyEndIn: During his duel with Inigo Montoya, the Man in Black throws his sword. It spins end over end and impales itself in the ground point first.
* BlatantLies: "RodentsOfUnusualSize? I don't think they exist." Said as Westley is looking at about three of them over Buttercup's shoulder, and ''immediately'' before one of them tackles him.
** Also Miracle Max after [[spoiler: mostly dead Westley]] says that true love is his reason for living.
-->'''Max:''' But that's not what he said! He distinctly said, "to blave." And as we all know, "to blave" means "to bluff." So you were probably playing cards, and he cheated--\\
'''Valerie:''' Liar! Liar! Liaaar!
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: "Tyrone, you know how much I love watching you work, but I've got my country's 500th anniversary to plan, my wedding to arrange, [[spoiler:my wife to murder, and Guilder to frame for it.]] I'm swamped!"
* BreakTheCutie: Happens to Buttercup. Having your OneTrueLove killed [[spoiler:(mostly)]] and being forced into an arranged marriage will do that to ya.
* TheBrute: Subverted. Fezzik is really quite a nice guy.
-->'''Miracle Max:''' Beat it, or I'll call the Brute Squad!\\
'''Fezzik:''' I'm ''on'' the Brute Squad.\\
'''Miracle Max:''' ''({{double take}})'' You ''[[DeadpanSnarker are]]'' the Brute Squad.
%%* BuyThemOff
* CasualDangerDialogue: Westley and Fezzik have a friendly discussion while fighting to the death. Fezzik keeps talking right up to the second he passes out. Westley and Inigo talk throughout their fight as well, but that's more the [[YouFightLikeACow witty repartée]] you expect from a fencing duel.
--> '''Inigo:''' You seem a decent fellow. I hate to kill you.
--> '''Westley:''' ''You'' seem a decent fellow. I hate to die.
* CatapultNightmare: Buttercup dreams about her wedding the night before it is to occur. She wakes in terror after the "Old Booer" accosts her.
* CatchPhrase:
** "JustForFun/{{Hello}}, MyNameIsInigoMontoya. YouKilledMyFather. PrepareToDie."
** "AsYouWish"
** "Inconceivable!"
* ChokeHolds: The Man in Black knocks out Fezzik with a blood choke. It takes several minutes and they have a rather cordial conversation all the while.
* ClarkKenting: The Dread Pirate Roberts and [[spoiler:Westley]]. It's amazing [[spoiler:Buttercup]] takes so long to realize it.
* ClimbingTheCliffsOfInsanity: The cliffs in question are Vizzini's first method of discouraging pursuit, but the Man in Black proves to be a superb climber.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Which, unfortunately, leads to [[spoiler:Westley]]'s death. Don't worry! [[spoiler:He gets better!]]
* CollapsedMidSpeech: Vizzini says to the Man in Black, "Never go in against a Sicilian when DEATH is on the line! Ha-hahahhaha!" then the poison takes effect, causing him to freeze mid-laugh, grin frozen on his face, then topple sideways.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
-->'''Buttercup''': ''*kisses the king on the cheek*''\\
'''The King''': What was that for?\\
'''Buttercup''': Because you've always been so kind to me, and I won't be seeing you again, since I'm killing myself once we reach the honeymoon suite.\\
'''The King''': Won't that be nice? ''*calling up to the queen*'' She kissed me! Heeheehee!
* ConfessionDeferred: Inigo trying to convince Miracle Max to work cheap:
-->'''Inigo:''' This is noble, sir. His wife is... crippled. His children are on the brink of starvation.\\
'''Miracle Max:''' Are ''you'' a rotten liar.\\
'''Inigo:''' I need him to help avenge my father, murdered these twenty years.\\
'''Miracle Max:''' [[CassandraTruth Your first story was better.]]
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: {{Lampshaded}} and [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in-universe by Fezzik whilst going toe-to-toe with the Man In Black.
-->''"Well, I haven't fought just one person for so long... You see, you use different moves when you're fighting half a dozen people than when you only have to worry about one."''
* CoolMask: The Man in Black. It's just terribly comfortable!
* CreepyMonotone: Count Rugen, in terrifying contrast to the WorldOfHam around him.
* CruelMercy: The ToThePain sequence.
* CuffsOffRubWrists: Buttercup after being untied.
* CurbStompBattle:
** During the StormingTheCastle sequence, four palace guards charge our heroes. Inigo kills them in five seconds flat without ever taking his eyes off Count Rugen.
** The later duel against Rugen also counts as soon as Inigo gets his HeroicSecondWind. Not only is Inigo's defense invulnerable, he mirrors his own injuries on his opponent's body to maximize Rugen's terror and humiliation.
* DamselInDistress: Buttercup on two occasions at the beginning and end of the film. The same person is responsible both times.
* DashingHispanic: Inigo Montoya.
* DerailedForDetails: Inverted by the kid in the FramingDevice, occasionally. Sometimes asking to skip romance scenes or GetOnWithItAlready.
* {{Determinator}}: Inigo in his fight with Count Rugen. Stabbed repeatedly and still keeps coming. He '''will''' avenge his father's death.
* DirtyCoward: Count Rugen pleads with [[spoiler: Inigo not to kill him]]. After running away from a fight with him.
* DistantReactionShot: During Westley's scream, they cut to several places throughout the kingdom, including Buttercup's room, then to Inigo and Fezzik, where Inigo immediately recognizes the cry of ultimate suffering.
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: Fezzik, at times. "I didn't mean to [[TapOnTheHead jog him that hard]]..."
* DoubleTake
* TheDreaded: The Dread Pirate Roberts. His reputation for taking no prisoners means that everyone immediately surrenders without a fight.
* DreamingTheTruth: Buttercup and the Ancient Booer.
* TheDragon: Count Rugen.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Buttercup after her wedding to Humperdinck, during which he revealed to her he'd had Westley murdered. Good thing Westley was only mostly dead and happened to be in the honeymoon suite waiting for her.]]
* DuelingScar: Inigo Montoya has two scars down his cheeks, which is understandable, given his career as a swordfighter. They are later revealed to be a humiliation inflicted upon him at the age of eleven after the first time he tried to avenge his father's murder by Count Rugen. [[spoiler:He returns the favour before killing Rugen.]]
* DumbBlonde: Buttercup doesn't come across as dumb so much as sheltered and naive, which makes sense, given she's almost instantly transported from a tiny farm into royalty. She also lampshades it with some SelfDeprecation while she's nailing Humperdinck with a pretty fair KirkSummation.
-->Yes, I ''am'' a silly girl.
* ElectricTorture: Vacuum, actually, but the trappings apply.
* ElmuhFuddSyndwome: The Impressive Clergyman. Fezzik also has a minor bit of this, but his is actor-induced.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Buttercup actually gets ''promoted'' to princess, because she was born a commoner but Humperdinck wants to marry her.
* EvilAlbino: Count Rugen's henchman, although he's played mostly as a PunchClockVillain.
* TheEvilPrince
* EvilSoundsRaspy: Parodied with the Albino. He starts off speaking with an extreme rasp. Then he coughs to clear his throat, and continues speaking in the actor's normal voice with a slight Cockney accent.
* EvilGloating: Rugen halts Inigo's chase by throwing a knife into his stomach... and if he'd taken the opportunity to keep running, he might have got away. Instead he stops to gloat, and Inigo gets a HeroicSecondWind.
* ExactWords: Westley's challenge in the Battle Of Wits is "Where is the poison?", not "Which glass is poisoned?".
* ExcuseMeComingThrough:
-->'''Inigo:''' Excuse me... Excuse me... Fezzik, please?\\
'''Fezzik:''' EVERYBODY ''MOVE''!\\
'''Crowd:''' ''*clears a path*''\\
'''Inigo:''' Thank you.
* ExploitedImmunity: Vizzini and the Man in Black are playing PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo; the Man in Black puts poison in both glasses, having spent years [[AcquiredPoisonImmunity developing a tolerance]] to the poison being used.
* FairytaleWeddingDress
* FakeoutOpening:
** The film begins with the boy playing a video game.
** Also used within the fairy tale itself. It starts off as an over-the-top love story, until the grandson stops his grandfather and accuses him of tricking him into hearing a "kissing book". The humor of the movie doesn't start until afterwards.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Prince Humperdinck and Count Rugen seem to be genuine friends. Their exchange in the forest establishes, for the first time, that Humperdinck is genuinely evil, but is also full of little moments of relateability for both of them, like Rugen struggling to find the secret door to the Pit of Despair ("It's impossible to find...") and encouraging Humperdinck to get some rest.
* FingertipDrugAnalysis: Parodied. ScarilyCompetentTracker Humperdinck correctly identifies the colorless, tasteless, and ''odorless'' poison iocaine after sniffing the vial it was in.
* FireForgedFriends: Westley becomes this with Inigo and Fezzik.
* ForegoneConclusion: The grandfather tells his grandson the ending of the story midway through the movie, although specific details have been left out.
* {{Flynning}}: The duel on the Cliffs of Insanity is an homage. The screenplay explicitly says that the ''characters'' are Flynning, as they have nothing personal driving their duel and are trying to have fun with someone who can fight as well as they can.
* FracturedFairyTale: Interruptions in between and the occasional RodentsOfUnusualSize.
* FramingDevice[=/=]SeparateSceneStorytelling: The kid and the grandpa, and the main scenes of the movie.
* GenreSavvy: When Rugen tells Westley that he will be returned to his ship after being captured by the Prince, Westley says, "We are men of action. Lies do not become us." Rugen doesn't bother contradicting him.
* GentleGiant: Fezzik.
* GetItOverWith: Inigo to the man in black.
-->Kill me quickly.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: One of the Brute Squad greets Inigo, who replies in the King's Spanish:
-->'''Brute:''' Ho there!\\
'''Inigo:''' I will not budge. Keep your ''[[PrecisionFStrike joder]]''.
* GiantMook: Fezzik was this before his {{HeelFaceTurn}}.
* GiveMeASign: While holding the sword his late father made, Inigo asks his father's spirit to guide his sword and lead him to Westley. Then he closes his eyes while holding the sword out in front of him, and ultimately [[spoiler:sticks it into a tree]]. Feeling let down and probably foolish, Inigo slumps down onto the tree. [[spoiler:And then it opens up...]]
* TheGoodKing: Unfortunately one so doddery that TheEvilPrince is reigning for him.
* GoodScarsEvilScars:
** Inigo has Good Scars.
** Count Rugen gets Evil Scars. [[spoiler:(Well, he would have if he'd lived long enough for those wounds to heal.)]]
* GrumpyOldMan: Miracle Max.
--->'''Inigo:''' "Are you the Miracle Max who worked for the king all those years?"\\
'''Max:''' "The king's stinking son fired me. [[SarcasmMode Thank you so much]] for bringing up such a painful subject. While you're at it, why don't you give me a nice paper cut and pour lemon juice on it? We're closed!" (slams window)
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Both Buttercup and Westley, almost too much sweetness and virtue for one film.
* HappilyEverAfter
* HesJustHiding: Invoked.
--> '''The Grandson:''' "Wait, what did Fezzik mean, 'He's dead?' I mean, he didn't mean ''dead''; Westley's only faking, right?"
* HeWillComeForMe:
** A variation while Buttercup is held prisoner by the Man in Black.
--->'''Buttercup:''' No matter where you take me, there's no greater hunter than Prince Humperdinck. [[ScarilyCompetentTracker He could track a falcon on a cloudy day.]] He can find you.\\
'''Man in Black:''' You think your dearest love will save you?\\
'''Buttercup:''' I never said he was my dearest love. And yes, he will save me. That I know.
** While Buttercup is waiting for Westley to come take her away.
--->'''Buttercup:''' Any word from Westley?\\
'''Humperdinck:''' Too soon, my angel. Patience.\\
'''Buttercup:''' He will come for me.
** Shortly before the wedding:
--->'''Buttercup:''' You never sent those ships. Don't bother lying. [beat] It doesn't matter; Westley will come for me anyway.
** A final variation, at the wedding.
--->'''Buttercup''', ''hearing the sounds of fighting'': Here comes my Westley now.\\
'''Humperdinck''': Your Westley is dead. I killed him myself.\\
'''Buttercup''': Then why is there fear behind your eyes?
* HeelFaceTurn: Inigo and Fezzik, technically.
* HellIsThatNoise: Westley's scream at being put through The Machine.
* HenpeckedHusband: Miracle Max, to an extent.
-->'''Valerie''': Liar! Liar! LIIIAAAAAR!
* HeroicSecondWind: Inigo isn't going down that easily.
* HomeSweetHome: Westley wants to settle down with Buttercup.
* HollywoodTorches: In the underground chamber where Count Rugen tortures Westley.
* HopeSpot: Westley and Buttercup are reunited and have just survived the Fire swamp. Things are really looking up! [[spoiler: Then Humperdink shows up...]]
* IAmNotLeftHanded: Inigo deliberately handicaps himself during his duel with the Man in Black, because he's used to fighting people who are no challenge. When he realises that the Man in Black is beating him, he reveals his true abilities, and is soon winning -- until the Man in Black reveals that he's ''also'' been holding back.
* IceQueen[=/=]DefrostingIceQueen: Buttercup goes from one to the other and back again throughout the story. She starts out cold, then defrosts when she realizes she's in love with Westley, then freezes up again after he's murdered by pirates, then defrosts ''again'' when he shows up.
* IDontPayYouToThink:
-->'''Fezzik:''' I just don't think it's right, killing an innocent girl.
-->'''Vizzini:''' Am I going MAD, or did the word "THINK" escape your lips?! You were not hired for your brains, you hippopotamic land mass!
-->'''Inigo Montoya:''' I agree with Fezzik.
-->'''Vizzini:''' Oh, the sot has spoken! What happens to her is not truly your concern! '''I''' will kill her! And remember this, NEVER FORGET THIS! When I found you, you were so slobbering drunk, you couldn't buy Brandy! ''[turning to Fezzik]'' And YOU: friendless, brainless, helpless, hopeless! Do you want me to send you back to where you were?! Unemployed, in Greenland?
* IgnoringBySinging: Miracle Max's response when his wife provokes his BerserkButton by reminding him of his treatment by Prince Humperdinck.
* TheIgor: The Albino, servant to the scientifically evil Rugen. He even speaks with the [[EvilSoundsRaspy typical raspy "Igor voice"]]... for one line, then he clears his throat and speaks in a normal deeper voice.
* IGaveMyWord: Played straight by Inigo as Westley is trying to climb the Cliffs of Insanity. Twisted around when Prince Humperdink promises not to hurt Westley if Buttercup goes quietly (planning to let Count Rugen do it), but ultimately subverted when Humperdink [[spoiler: mostly]] kills Westley himself.
* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: Subverted during the BattleOfWits. Vizzini makes increasingly complicated reasonings to deduce what goblet is poisoned ("...so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me! But you would have counted on my thinking that, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you!..."), but, as the Man in Blacks points out, he is just trying to get a tell from him. When his opponents calls him out on that, he gives up and goes for a second strategy : he distracts the Man in Black and swaps the cup instead, reasoning that if the Man looks confident drinking his cup, he should be too.
* IncendiaryExponent: Fezzik during the storming of the castle.
* IndecisiveMedium: The film is about reading a book.
* InterClassRomance
** Buttercup, a commoner, and Prince Humperdinck, prince, to the extent that it counts as a romance.
** Buttercup is more middle-class than Westley, who is after all her family's farm boy. She initially considers him to be beneath her notice and all he says to her is "as you wish", before she realizes they're in love.
* IronicEcho:
** "I swear it will be done" (Prince Humperdinck and Count Rugen).
** A visual example, once again with Count Rugen: Every [[spoiler: wound he takes during his duel with Inigo is somewhere that he previously inflicted. For those keeping score, that's both cheeks, right arm, left shoulder, and the stab to the belly]].
* JustAStupidAccent: The novel establishes that English is not the native language of Florin. But since Florin is a FictionalCountry (with a fictional language), there is no accent to imitate. Thus, most of the Florinese characters (played mostly by American actors), speak with UsefulNotes/BritishAccents. Frenchman Andre the Giant and American Wallace Shawn go into NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent territory with their characters, Fezzik and Vizzini, who are supposed to be Turkish and Sicilian respectively. However, the actors retain their native accents, and Vizzini's claim to be Sicilian is treated more like a joke than anything else. Miracle Max and his wife appear to be Yiddish speakers (but there's no reason why they couldn't be.) Only Mandy Pantinkin bothers to try to speak with his character's native Spanish accent, albeit not terribly well.
* KingOnHisDeathbed: Prince Humperdinck's father.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: When Buttercup tells Humperdinck that [[spoiler:Westley]] [[HeWillComeForMe will come for her]], [[AsideGlance he looks straight at the camera and smirks in response]].
* LegacyCharacter: The Dread Pirate Roberts. Westley reveals that he is the fourth person to use the mantle in order to uphold the legend, after the real Roberts, a guy named Cumberbund, and another man named Ryan. Fezzik even briefly takes up the identity to scare a few guards when StormingTheCastle, which also involves him being set on fire. [[spoiler:At the end of the movie, Inigo wonders what to do now that he got his revenge, and Westley suggests passing the name to him.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: Skillfully done with Fezzik's plodding slide trombone theme, "The Friends' Song." You can't help but smile when you hear it, especially in this scene:
-->'''Inigo:''' ''(drunk out of his mind)'' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis I. Am waiting. For. Vizzini.]]\\
''Cue leitmotif as huge hands pick Inigo up''\\
'''Fezzik:''' [[RhymesOnADime You surely are a meanie.]]
* LetsFightLikeGentlemen:
** Inigo and Westley have a most cordial conversation before they fight.
** And again with Fezzik:
-->'''Westley''': You mean, you'll put down your rock and I'll put down my sword, and we'll try and kill each other like civilized people?
* LifeIsntFair:
** In response to the grandson's protest at a certain (apparent) plot development, the grandfather simply says, "So who says life is fair? Where is that written?"
** A similar sentiment is the line in both book and movie (though in very different contexts):
-->"Life ''is'' pain, highness! Anyone who says differently is selling something."
* LipLockSunBlock
* LivingLegend: The Dread Pirate Roberts
* LookBehindYou:
** Vizzini does this in the "Battle of Wits" scene so he can swap goblets without the Man in Black knowing he'd done so.
** The ROUS attack in the fire swamp.
* MarryForLove
* MasterSwordsman: Westley and Inigo both qualify.
* MetafictionalDevice: Used, lampshaded and parodied ''everywhere.''
* MexicanStandoff: Between Vizzini and the Man in Black, leading up to the battle of wits.
* MickeyMousing: Used throughout the movie to varying degree and effect, but the most noteworthy instance has to be Inigo Montoya's fight against Count Rugen.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Inigo and Fezzik. "I just don't think it's right, killing an innocent girl." And Fezzik complaining that his way of getting rid of the Man in Black (throwing a rock at his head) is not very sportsmanlike.
* MistressAndServantBoy: Buttercup and Westley were originally this type of couple.
* MobstacleCourse: Inigo hears Westley's screaming. But he has a hard time getting through the crowd of peasants until Fezzik shouts [[ExcuseMeComingThrough "Everybody MOVE!"]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Playfully averted with all the successors to the Roberts legacy, who are given deliberately nonthreatening names.
* TheNapoleon: Vizzini.
* NeutralFemale: Buttercup never lifts a finger to help Westley's fight, not even when he's about to be eaten by a ROUS and his sword is lying right next to her.
** Averted, since she does hit the ROUS with a stick, dazing it long enough for Westley to gain the upper hand.
* NeverSayThatAgain:
** Humperdinck! Humperdinck! Humperdinck!
** Also, Count Rugen: "Stop ''saying'' that!"
* NoNameGiven: The boy and his grandfather are never named, not even in the ending credits. Also true of The Impressive Clergyman and The Albino.
* NoisyNature: ''Shrieking eels''.
* NoTimeToExplain: "Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up."
* NotWhatISignedOnFor: Inigo and Fezzik never planned to kill Buttercup when they helped kidnap her.
* OneTrueLove: The plot basically revolves around this trope.
* OnlyAFleshWound: In his final battle with Count Rugen, Inigo twice deflects sword thrusts into his shoulder and yet seems to show no visible effect from it. Not to mention, of course, the gaping dagger wound to the stomach.
* OnlyMostlyDead / OurHeroIsDead: After Humperdinck kills Westley, his friends take him to Miracle Max, who diagnoses him as "only mostly dead" and thus a candidate for revival. For the record, there's a big difference between 'mostly dead' and 'all dead', and that is the fact with 'all dead', there's only one thing you can do: go through his clothes and look for loose change.
* OutGambitted: Never go in against a Sicilian when DEATH is on the line! Hahahahahaha! [[spoiler:Unless you are immune to a poison you are using.]]
* OverlyLongScream: Westley, when Humperdinck charges into the Pit of Despair and cranks Rugen's life-sucking machine to its maximum setting.
* PaperThinDisguise: It took [[spoiler:"As You Wish"]] to realize it?!
* PassingTheTorch: Suggested that Inigo will take Westley's place [[spoiler: as the Dread Pirate Roberts.]]
* PersonWithTheClothing: The Man in Black.
* PetRat: The Brute Squad hired by Prince Humperdinck whose job is to clear out the Thieves Quarter. Not to mention Vizzini and his crew.
* PhysicalScarsPsychologicalScars: Inigo Montoya has a scar on each cheek given to him by the man who killed his father which serves to strengthen his drive for revenge.
* {{Pirate}}: The Dread Pirate Roberts, to be precise.
* PistolWhipping: Sword whipping, actually.
* PlotPoweredStamina: Fezzik's arms never get tired.
* PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo: Part of Vizzini's BatmanGambit that revolves around the aforementioned IKnowYouKnowIKnow.
* PowerTrio:
** Fezzik is the Id, Inigo is the Ego, and Westley is the Super ego.
** In the original trio Vizzini was the Super ego.
* PragmaticAdaptation: Interesting case since the author himself adapted it to a screenplay. Many lines from cut characters are transplanted onto other characters. The stack of frame stories and unreliable narrations in the book, all focused on the reader-writer relationship is slimmed down to one simple frame story, removing most of the postmodernism and satire.
* PrecisionFStrike: Mild forms are used in exactly the right spot for emotional impact.
** A single instance of "You son of a bitch" is the closest the film gets to an actual swear word. And even that ends up {{Bowdleri|se}}zed when shown on TV, becoming "You son of a [[WitchWithACapitalB witch]]" or being cut out altogether.
** Fred Savage shouts, "Jesus, Grandpa!" in exasperation, showing that he's fully invested in the story by now.
* PrepositionalPhraseEqualsCoolness: The Cliffs of Insanity, the Man in Black, the Rodents of Unusual Size, and the Pit of Despair, just to name a few.
* PressurePoint: Fezzik uses a Vulcan neck pinch to knock Buttercup out at first.
* PretextForWar: The plot behind Buttercup's kidnapping.
* PreventTheWar: Vizzini thinks the man in black is trying to stop the prince's plot to start a war, but in reality he just wants to save Buttercup.
* PrinceCharmless: Humperdinck is the main villain and a real asshole.
* PsychoForHire: Count Rugen
* PunchClockVillain:
** Inigo and Fezzik. It's no big surprise they [[spoiler:go over to the hero's side]].
-->'''Inigo:''' [[LampshadeHanging I just work for Vizzini to pay the bills]]. There's not a lot of money in revenge.
** The Albino seems to be one of these, too. The actor's performance mostly suggests he's just doing his job.
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: The Man in Black versus Fezzik.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "Drop. Your. Sword."
* QuicksandSucks: In the fireswamp, lightning sand quickly sucks Buttercup in without warning.
* RamblingOldmanMonologue:
-->'''Miracle Max:''' Sonny, true love is the greatest thing in the world. ''({{Beat}})'' Except for a nice MLT: mutton, lettuce, and tomato sandwich, when the mutton is nice and lean, and the tomato's ripe. They're so perky, I love them.
* RatedMForManly
* RagsToRoyalty: Buttercup.
* ReadingIsCoolAesop
* ReassignedToAntarctica[=/=]PlaceWorseThanDeath: Vizzini threatens Fezzik with this. "Do you want me to send you back to '''where you were?!''' Unemployed? In ''Greenland?''"
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Buttercup to Humperdinck after she realizes [[spoiler: he never sent his four fastest ships to look for Westley]].
* RecruitedFromTheGutter: Vizzini recruited both Inigo and Fezzik this way, as he reminds them when they question his orders:
-->'''Vizzini''': ''(to Inigo)'' When I found you, you were so slobbering drunk, you couldn't buy Brandy! ''(to Fezzik)'' And you: friendless, brainless, helpless, hopeless! Do you want me to send you back to where you were?! Unemployed, in '''Greenland'''?
* RedRightHand: It has six fingers.
* ReminiscingAboutYourVictims: The Man in Black recalls meeting and then killing Westley with Buttercup. Obviously it's also a subversion, since the Man in Black ''is'' Westley.
* ResurrectionSickness: Westley spends the rest of the film mostly being an invalid.
* {{Revenge}}
* RhymesOnADime: Fezzik.
-->'''Inigo''': That Vizzini, he can ''fuss''.\\
'''Fezzik''': Fuss, fuss... I think he like to scream at '''us'''.\\
'''Inigo''': Probably he means no ''harm''.\\
'''Fezzik''': He's really very short on '''charm'''.\\
'''Inigo''': You have a great gift for ''rhyme''.\\
'''Fezzik''': Yes, yes, some of the '''time'''.\\
'''Vizzini''': Enough of that!\\
''[The boat sets sail]''\\
'''Inigo''': Fezzik, are there rocks ahead?\\
'''Fezzik''': If there are, we all be '''dead'''.\\
'''Vizzini''': No more rhymes now, I mean it!\\
'''Fezzik''': Anybody want a '''peanut'''?\\
'''Vizzini''': ''[screams in frustration]''
* RidiculouslyDifficultRoute[=/=]SwampsAreEvil: The Fire Swamp. Blasts of fire, [[QuicksandSucks lightning sand]] and RodentsOfUnusualSize. Though Westley and Buttercup seem to survive fairly easily all things considered.
-->'''Buttercup''': We'll never survive!\\
'''Westley''': Nonsense! You're only saying that because nobody ever has.
* RightForTheWrongReasons: When Inigo hears a loud scream, he deduces it must be the Man in Black because of his broken heart. He was actually screaming [[spoiler: from being tortured to death]].
* RoboticTortureDevice: The Machine, a water suction pump
* RodentsOfUnusualSize: The Rodents of Unusual Size (about the size of a large dog) are one of the hazards of the Fire Swamp.
* RuleOfFunny: Inigo has to count on his fingers to figure out he would be left with 20 men after Fezzik says he can handle 10 of the 30 guarding the gate. It's [[MST3KMantra best not to think about that later]] when Inigo later ''instantly'' counts 60 men now guarding the gate.
* SailorsPonytail: The Dread Pirate Roberts sports a ponytail.
* SarcasticConfession: When Humperdinck's response to Westely's ToThePain speech is to call his bluff, he replies "It's possible, pig, I might be bluffing. It's conceivable, you miserable, vomitous mass, that I'm only lying here because I lack the strength to stand." (Subverted, though, as he then reveals that he's regained enough strength to stand up.)
* ScareChord
* ScarecrowSolution: The entire "Dread Pirate Roberts" rig that Fezzik wears for the castle storming, which even gets set on fire for further dramatic effect.
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: Prince Humperdinck is pointed out to be so, and demonstrates it. His skill is even more notable later [[spoiler: after the revelation that that the kidnapping had ''not'' gone as he planned it to go, so even he is being surprised by what he is discovering - but he still tracks them.]]
* ScheherezadeGambit: Westley's relationship with [[spoiler: the previous Dread Pirate Roberts.]]
* TheScream: Westley's torture. Poor bastard.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules:
-->'''Inigo:''' Offer me money.\\
'''Rugen:''' Yes!\\
'''Inigo:''' Power, too, promise me that.\\
'''Rugen:''' All that I have and more. Please...\\
'''Inigo:''' Offer me everything I ask for.\\
'''Rugen:''' Anything you want... \\
'''Inigo:''' [[PrecisionFStrike I want my father back, you son of a bitch!]]
* SecretTest: [[spoiler:When Westley rescues Buttercup, his True Love, from her kidnappers, he doesn't reveal his true identity, in the hope of finding out whether she still loves him or not.]]
* ShoutOut:
** Westley's "man in black" outfit is a dead ringer for the costume Douglas Fairbanks Sr. wore in the original ''Mark of Zorro''.
** Fezzik asks the Man in Black if he's wearing a mask because he was burned by acid, a reference to ''Film/PhantomOfTheOpera1943''.
* TheSlowWalk: Inigo during his final duel with Count Rugen. Justified because he was seriously injured at the time.
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: Buttercup. Her beauty's enough to get her promoted to future queen, except the Prince threatens to kill her if she refuses. [[spoiler: He's planning to kill her anyway]]. In fact, if she were slightly less beautiful, the whole conflict wouldn't have happened.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: Roberts saying "[[spoiler:As you wish]]", reveals himself to be [[spoiler:Westley]].
* SoWhatDoWeDoNow: [[spoiler: Inigo gets his revenge, but he spent all his adult life in pursuit of it. What should he do? Fortunately Westley passes on the mantle of The Dread Pirate Roberts to him.]]
* SparingTheAces: The Man in Black would no sooner kill such a magnificent swordsman than shatter a stained glass window.
* StopSayingThat: Count Rugen, verbatim, to Inigo Montoya.
* StormingTheCastle: "Think it'll work?" "It'll take a miracle."
* StunnedSilence: Buttercup to Westley after he praises the Fire Swamp.
* SurvivalMantra: '''''[[JustForFun HELLO!]] [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya MY NAME IS INIGO MONTOYA!]] [[YouKilledMyFather YOU KILLED MY FATHER]], [[PrepareToDie PREPARE TO DIE!]]'''''
* {{Swashbuckler}}: Not a completely pure example of the genre, but containing many, many of its elements.
* SwordFight: The "Chatty Duel". One of the best sword fights on film. (see IAmNotLeftHanded)
* SwordPointing: Westley does it to Prince Humperdinck at the climax to make him surrender.
-->'''Westley:''' Drop. Your. Sword.
* TakeAThirdOption: Vizzini attempts this during the battle of wits. Unfortunately for him, so did the Man in Black, and rather more successfully.
* TapOnTheHead: The Dread Pirate Roberts to Inigo (swordhilt) and Fezzik (stranglehold), Count Rugen to Westley (swordhilt), and Fezzik to the albino (fist) and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the shrieking eel]] (fist). During filming, Cary Elwes encouraged Creator/ChristopherGuest to hit him hard when Rugen knocks Westley out. As a result, production shut down for the day while Elwes was rushed to the hospital.
* TemptingFate: "RodentsOfUnusualSize? I don't think they exist."
* TerribleTrio: Vizzini, Inigo, and Fezzik are initially this, before it becomes apparent that Inigo and Fezzik are actually good... and Vizzini meets with some iocane powder.
* ThemeNaming: Florin and Guilder are different names for the same medieval European coin. Currency with those names is still in use today.
* ThickerThanWater
* TomTheDarkLord: Westley's explanation to Buttercup while they are traveling through the fire swamp as to why he had to take on the Dread Pirate Roberts moniker:
-->'''Westley''': Well, Roberts had grown so rich, he wanted to retire. So he took me to his cabin and told me his secret: "I am not the Dread Pirate Roberts," he said. "My name is Ryan. I inherited this ship from the previous Dread Pirate Roberts, just as you will inherit it from me. The man I inherited it from was not the real Dread Pirate Roberts, either. His name was Cummerbund. The real Roberts has been retired fifteen years and living like a king in Patagonia." Then he explained the name was the important thing for inspiring the necessary fear. You see, no one would surrender to the 'Dread Pirate Westley'.
* TryAndFollow: The Fire Swamp ''and'' the Cliffs of Insanity.
* TwoFacedAside: When Buttercup asks Humperdinck to promise he'll return Westley to his ship:
-->'''Humperdinck:''' I swear it will be done. ''[aside to Count Rugen]'' Once we're out of sight, take him back to Florin and throw him in the Pit of Despair.\\
'''Count Rugen:''' I swear it will be done.
* UnableToSupportAWife: Why Westley went to seek his fortune.
* UnconsciousObjector: [[spoiler:Inigo's arm seems to block Count Rugen's coups de grace independently. At that moment, "conscious" wouldn't fairly describe Inigo, who seems ready to GoIntoTheLight. May be Justified. A few scenes earlier Inigo calls upon his father to "Guide my sword!", maybe Inigo was being protected by his father so that he could get revenge.]]
* UndeadAuthor: The Dread Pirate Roberts takes no prisoners. ([[AllThereInTheManual In the original novel, it's explained]] that this doesn't mean he kills everybody: he kills anybody who resists, but anybody who hands over their valuables without resistance gets to go free -- and spread the word, so that the next set of victims are less likely to resist.)
* UnreliableVoiceover: "Fezzik took great care in reviving Inigo," is said as Fezzik dunks Inigo's head into alternating basins of hot and cold water. Several times.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: All of one person other than the main characters seems to notice the eerie, overlapping scream that's loud enough to be heard all over Florin. And he just turns his head slightly before walking on, all of the other peasants blithely ignoring it. Of course, Inigo has to tell Fezzik to stop and listen before the giant acknowledges it, so it might simply not be as loud to the characters as it is to [[RuleOfPerception the viewers]].
* VengeanceFeelsEmpty: Once Inigo Montoya has killed his father's killer, Inigo's life is rather empty, although it's not really a lack of satisfaction but rather "That's everything on the to do list. [[SoWhatDoWeDoNow Now what?]]"
* VideoCredits
* VillainousBreakdown: As Inigo refuses to die, and slowly gains the upper hand on Rugen in their duel, Rugen first becomes shaken, then demands that Inigo "Stop saying that!"
* VillainousFriendship: A Type I; Humperdinck trusts the Count completely, the Count worries for the Prince's health, and they seem to genuinely enjoy each other's company.
* WallSlump: Inigo has a famous one after Rugen stabs him... several times.
* WhamLine:
** [[spoiler:"As you wish!"]] as Roberts[[spoiler:/Westley]] tumbles down the hillside.
** Humperdinck is presented as a JerkAss for claiming Buttercup as a trophy wife and later imprisoning Westley to get him out of the way. However, he seems sincerely concerned that Guilder kidnapped her and plans to kill her... Then he reveals that he was behind Buttercup's abduction all along, as a pretext for a war with Guilder.
* WhoAreYou:
-->'''Inigo:''' Who ''are'' you?\\
'''Man in Black:''' I am no one of consequence.\\
'''Inigo:''' I must know.\\
'''Man in Black:''' Get used to disappointment.\\
'''Inigo:''' ''(shrugs)'' Okay.
* WorthyOpponent: Inigo and Westley compliment each other's fighting style during their duel. Afterwards, Westley tells Inigo that "I hold you in the highest possible respect". After this scene they're best friends.
* XanatosGambit: The battle of wits. Vizzini was doomed from the start, though he never realized it. The man in black knew such an egotistical sod would never turn down that challenge. Drinking from either glass was fatal, and even if Vizzini had realized the ruse, he was still screwed. The man would cut him down if he tried to kill the princess, and his only remaining option was to run away which means he would have to leave the princess behind.
* YouFightLikeACow: The famous Inigo/Westley duel, but with compliments instead of insults. (In most DVD editions, that chapter is titled "The Chatty Duelists".)
* YouWereTryingTooHard:
** Inigo looking for the entrance to the Pit of Despair.
** Vizzini is so busy playing IKnowYouKnowIKnow with the Man in Black that he completely ignores the notion that ''both'' glasses could be poisoned, especially as one of his guesses -- that his opponent is immune -- happened to be correct.
--->'''Vizzini''': You've beaten my giant, which means you're exceptionally strong, so you could have put the poison in your own goblet, trusting on your strength to save you...
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->'''Grandson''': Grandpa...do you think you can read it for me again tomorrow?\\
'''Grandfather''': [[spoiler:As You Wish.]]