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->'''Lucky Day:''' [[DoubleMeaning Wherever there is injustice, you will find us.]]
->'''Ned Nederlander:''' [[DoubleMeaning Wherever there is suffering, we'll be there.]]
->'''Dusty Bottoms:''' [[DoubleMeaning Wherever liberty is threatened, you will find...]]
->'''Lucky, Ned, Dusty:''' [[TitleDrop The Three Amigos]]!

''íThree Amigos!'' is a 1986 comedy film directed by Creator/JohnLandis. Dusty Bottoms (Creator/ChevyChase), Lucky Day (Creator/SteveMartin), and Ned Nederlander (Creator/MartinShort) are a trio of actors who are hired to protect a small Mexican village from bandits, [[TheMagnificentSevenSamurai Magnificent Seven-style]] -- the villagers don't realize they're just actors, and the Amigos don't realize it's for real until it's too late. HilarityEnsues.

Not to be confused with the Disney film ''TheThreeCaballeros''. [[note]] ironically, this films working title was in fact "The Three Caballeros"[[/note]] Distinct from the trope called Main/ThreeAmigos.
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny / DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:El Guapo]] manages to get in a last shot (literally!), and giggles before dying, "That was a pretty good trick, too, no?"
* AffablyEvil: El Guapo may not be much to look at, but he treats his men as equals for the most part. He's actually a really likable, articulate guy, too, except for the whole pillaging thing.
* AlliterativeName: '''N'''ed '''N'''ederlander
* AndYouThoughtItWasAGame: The actors playing the Amigos completely misunderstand a desperate plea for help as an offer to make a personal appearance with one of the biggest actors to come out of Mexico.
* BadGuyBar: The {{bandito}}[=-filled=] Mexican bar where the protagonists perform the "My Little Buttercup" number.
* {{Bandito}}: The villains. Thick Mexican accents, sombreros, ponchos, bandoleers of ammunition. Thick mustaches and stubble.
* BatDeduction: The title characters are in the desert and have no idea where El Guapo's stronghold is. They see a plane fly overhead and Lucky Day says "I'll bet it's going to El Guapo's!" He has absolutely no reason to think this, but he turns out to be absolutely right (the plane is carrying rifles to El Guapo).
* BatmanGambit: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]]. Carmen knows a desperate plea to noble heroes will send them rushing to her aid immediately, and that they will refuse to accept any money for their heroics. So, she sends a brief telegram begging for their help and offering reward money she doesn't have. Unfortunately, [[WrongGenreSavvy she doesn't realize that the Amigos are actors]] who interpret her plea as an appearance request with a good payday.
* BecomingTheBoast: Ned brags about flying a biplane. When the other Amigos need him to fly them to safety, he admits that it was actually his stunt double who was a pilot. But he flies the plane anyway.
* BecomingTheMask: Three washed up actors must decide to live their lives in obscurity or become their characters for real. Guess which they pick?
* BenevolentBoss: El Guapo - he even loves the sweater that his men get him for his birthday. An example ''only'' to his underlings, though. Unless you're Paco...
* BigShutUp
-->'''Lucky Day''': Not so fast, El Guapo! Or I'll fill you so full of lead, you'll be using your dick for a pencil.\\
'''El Guapo''': What do you mean?\\
'''Lucky Day''': I don't know.\\
'''Jefe''': [[DontExplainTheJoke I think he means that if you]]...\\
'''El Guapo''': SHUT UP!
* BilingualBonus
** "El Guapo" means "The Handsome One," revealing El Guapo's vain, villainous personality. "Jefe" means "Boss," as he's apparently the overseer of the bandits and second only to El Guapo. The village's name, Santo Poco, means "Little Saint," a riff on the Mexican custom for naming locations after saints, and of course the village's size.
** There's also a scene where the Three Amigos are hiding from two of El Guapo's guards, who are discussing a recipe in Spanish.
* BlingBlingBang: The Amigos' movie costumes are sequin-encrusted mariachi outfits, despite the fact their characters are supposed to be heroes of the common man. In the characters' backstories, they're altruistic nobles.
* BrokenPedestal: The German quick draw artist idolized Ned's gun skills, but then learned about trick photography. Ned denies ever using it...and proves it.
* ButNowIMustGo: The Amigos pull this one at the end of the movie because their characters in their ShowWithinAShow always did it.
* ButtMonkey: Lucky is the only one of the Amigos who get shot. He gets shot twice: first by Jefe in the Amigos' first confrontation with El Guapo, and in the end by El Guapo himself [[spoiler:as he lays dying]].
* CaptainObvious: "My guess is that this is the Singing Bush." This statement does come after a few minutes of trying to ask a bush whether or not it was the Singing Bush. (It refused to answer because ''it was singing''.)
* ChekhovsSkill: Santo Poco is really good at sewing.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: After being dangerously incompetent for the first 80% or so of the movie, the amigos suddenly display not only ImprobableAimingSkills, but Improbable QuickDraw Skills and Improbable KnifeOutline skills, followed shortly thereafter by Improbable Biplane-Flying Skills. The buildup to the event emphasized their incompetence, making it that much more awesome (and funny).
* DeadMansTriggerFinger: Parodied. When El Guapo's men desert him he calls out "Come back, you cowards! You traitors!" His second-in-command Jefe says "I'm still here, El Guapo!" and is shot off his horse. He ends up on his feet, fires one shot in the air, and falls on his face, dead.
* {{Dissimile}}: Lucky uses one in his RousingSpeech to the villagers of Santo Poco:
-->''"In a way, each of us has an El Guapo to face. For some, shyness might be their El Guapo. For others, a lack of education might be their El Guapo. For us, El Guapo is a big, dangerous guy who wants to kill us. But as sure as my name is Lucky Day, the people of Santo Poco can conquer their own personal El Guapo, who also happens to be the '''actual''' El Guapo!"''
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The Amigo Salute concludes with the heroes thrusting their pelvis forward, turning their heads to the side and coughing, like they're getting a hernia exam.
* TheDragon: Jefe, to El Guapo.
* ExcitedShowTitle
* FastestGunInTheWest: The German is obsessed with the art of the quickdraw, and demands a shootout with his childhood film idol Ned.
* FiringInTheAirALot: The Amigos do this while they think they're "putting on a show" with El Guapo.
* FormerChildStar: Ned used to be known as "Little Neddy Knickers".
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: In-universe. According to the German, The Three Amigos are very popular in Germany. The German particularly worshipped Ned when he was a kid and was his inspiration to learn the quick-draw. This led to FanDisillusionment after the German learned about Hollywood trickery and wrongly assumed Ned couldn't really shoot that fast.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: The villagers have no idea just how handy their sewing skills are going to be.
* HesDeadJim: When Dusty Bottoms [[spoiler: accidentally shoots the Invisible Swordsman]], Ned picks up his hand to check his pulse and pronounces him dead.
* HomemadeSweaterFromHell: Subverted. El Guapo's {{bandito}}s give him one as a birthday gift. He likes it so much, he wears it around his neck for the rest of the film.
* IdiotHero: Most definitely. Even they seem to be aware of it:
--> '''Lucky:''' ''Well, we're just gonna have to use our brains!''
-->'''*{{beat}}*'''
--> '''All Three Amigos:''' ''...Dammit.''
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: El Guapo kidnaps Carmen and it's made abundantly clear what he intends to do with her. However, he rejects Jefe's suggestion of simply forcing her and prefers to wait [[EvenEvilHasStandards until she's willing]]...[[SubvertedTrope or he'll kill her.]] And, yes, this is all played for laughs.
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: Dusty accidentally shoots [[spoiler:and kills the Invisible Swordsman while summoning him.]]
* IfYouDieICallYourStuff: The Amigos, feeling heroic, are brought back to earth when a young villager asks Dusty Bottoms if he can have Dusty's watch when he's dead. Played with at the end; Dusty, alive and well, gives the boy his watch anyway.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: El Guapo's men while fighting the Three Amigos in the climax. Justified in that they're confused and scared as the Amigos seem to be teleporting and multiplying, not knowing they're [[spoiler:the villagers in disguise]].
* IncrediblyLongNote: In the theme song.
* IndyPloy: The Amigos' plan to rescue Carmen.
* InelegantBlubbering: After the title characters realize that they aren't putting on a show but are facing a real bandit gang, they start crying and whining like babies.
* JugglingLoadedGuns: After crossing the LineInTheSand, the Amigos carry out their twirling-gun salutes from the movies to steel themselves up with HeroicResolve: but Dusty's gun goes off in its holster first.
* KeepTheReward: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in-universe. The Three Amigos always refuse their reward in the films. The villagers count on the trope being used, as they offer a reward they can't afford.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: The womanizing cowpoke who assaults Carmen and Rodrigo is the first to be gunned down when The German shows up at the saloon.
* KissOfDeath: A symbolic example when Jefe kisses Ned on both cheeks just before his duel with The German.
* KnownOnlyByTheirNickname: We never know Lucky, Ned and Dusty's actual actor names in-universe. Ned Nederlander seems to go by his real name, but his stage name evidently was "Little Neddy Knickers" as a child star.
* LastBreathBullet: El Guapo knows some pretty good tricks too.
* LineInTheSand: Drawn by Ned.
* LostInACrowd: The heroes use a trick from one of their movies to distract the bad guys once they learn the townspeople can sew. El Guapo & Co find themselves trying to keep track of dozens of Amigos.
* TheMagnificentSevenSamurai: The Amigos must train the villagers to defend their village against the dirty outlaws.
* MisfitMobilizationMoment: Done by Ned when he decides they should go rescue Carmen and stop El Guapo.
* MistakenForSpecialGuest: In the cantina, the German arms dealer warns everyone that some friends of his will be coming by (after he shoots a guy), and that everyone should treat them with respect. The amigos then arrive, and everyone mistakes them for the Germans, even during their song-and-dance routine to try to lighten the mood.
* NeckLift: El Guapo does this to Lucky Day after Lucky swings down into the yard of El Guapo's fortress.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The instructions for summoning the Invisible Swordsman specifically state to fire your gun ''in the air'' after saying the magic words. [[spoiler: Dusty fires his off to the side, accidentally killing the Invisible Swordsman]].
* NoNameGiven: The German.
* NobodyHereButUsBirds: "Lookuphere, lookuphere, lookuphere!"
* ObsessiveCompulsiveBarkeeping: When the German walks into the BadGuyBar, the bartender is polishing a glass.
* OnlyAFleshWound: Steve Martin's character gets shot in the arm which doesn't bother him any more after that.
* OverlyLongGag: "We are the Three A-aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa[[RuleOfFunny aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa....]][[GetOnWithItAlready ...aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa-MIGOS!"]]
* PaperThinDisguise: Dusty doesn't even bother to cover his face when infiltrating El Guapo's birthday party. It actually works for a while. (It helps El Guapo and his men were already drunk on tequila.)
-->'''El Guapo:''' Oh-ho, you...
-->'''Dusty:''' Jose!
-->'''El Guapo:''' Together, we...
-->'''Dusty:''' Burned the village!
-->'''El Guapo:''' Burned the village! And, uh...
-->'''Dusty:''' ''(trilling the "r")'' Rrrrrrrraped de horses!
-->'''El Guapo:''' And we...
-->'''Dusty:''' Rode off on the women!
-->'''El Guapo:''' Rode off on the women! ''(now a little confused)'' And uh...
-->'''Dusty:''' Plundered!
-->'''El Guapo:''' Plundered! And uh...
-->'''Dusty:''' Pruned!
-->'''El Guapo:''' ...pruned the, uh...
-->'''Dusty:''' Hedges!
-->'''El Guapo:''' ...hedges of...
-->'''Dusty:''' Many small villages!
-->'''El Guapo:''' Many... small... '''''WHO THE HELL ARE YOU?!?!?!'''''
* PistolWhipping: Carmen does it to a sleeping guard.
* PokeThePoodle: The "evil" deeds Dusty tries to tell El Guapo they did as described in PaperThinDisguise quickly dwindle down to pruning the hedges in villages they plundered.
* PunnyName: Lucky Day and Dusty Bottoms.
* PutDownYourGunAndStepAway: Dusty Bottoms to El Guapo's entire bandit army. ''And it works''.
* RidingIntoTheSunset: The title characters, at the end of the movie.
* RousingSpeech: Lucky Day's "El Guapo" speech.
* [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere Screw This, I'm Outta Here]]: When attacked by a horde of Amigos during the battle of Santo Poco, El Guapo's men desert him.
* ShowWithinAShow: The footage we see of an actual Three Amigos silent film.
* SoOnceAgainTheDayIsSaved: The Amigos themselves give the summation in their films, and feel the need to do it again when they become real life heroes.
* SouthOfTheBorder: The setting.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', with faded silent movie actors and Mexican villagers replaced by faded TV sci-fi actors and space aliens.
* TelegraphGagSTOP: The Amigos receive a telegram from Mexico. The telegraph operator charges by the letter so the villager had to trim the message to the absolute bare essentials, instead of saying "Put on a show of force" it became "Put on a show" and the message becomes very vague. The Amigos themselves confuse a "Stop" in the message for a STOP and think that "the infamous El Guapo" sent the message, as well as think "infamous" means "''extremely'' famous" instead of "famous for doing bad things."
-->'''Telegram:''' Three Amigos, Hollywood, California. You are very great. One hundred thousand pesos to come to Santo Poco. Put on show. Stop the infamous El Guapo.
* TestosteronePoisoning: MANLY banditos do not like [=CCs=] (i.e. sissies, but they pronounce it like "CC") and their CC guns. Never mind that a CC with a CC gun is still lethal -- look at what the Germans did at the cantina.
* TrainingThePeacefulVillagers: The Amigos parlay the villagers exceptional sewing skills into a humiliating defeat for El Guapo.
* TurnYourHeadAndCough: The final part of the Amigos' salute involves them turning their heads and coughing, simultaneous with a forward hip thrust.
* TwilightOfTheOldWest: Apparently, life in and around Santo Poco stopped sometime during the Wild West. Although the arrival of the Germans makes it clear that those days are coming to an end.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse
** What happened to Goldsmith Pictures and Flugleman after the Amigos were fired? The Three Amigos were apparently their main franchise.
** Near the end, Dusty Bottoms throws a knife and pins one of The German's two henchman to a pole by the sleeve of his coat. The last we see of him he's still pinned to the pole. We never find out what happened to him.
* WickedCultured: El Guapo loves using big words and following intellectual pursuits like photography.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Poor Carmen. She assumes the Amigos will refuse the promised (but fictitious) 100,000 peso reward because she believes they are noble heroes. The Amigos, being ''actors'', naturally plan on accepting what they think is an appearance fee. [[spoiler: Turns out, once the Amigos finish BecomingTheMask, she's right anyway.]]
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