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->''"He's sharp, he's cool, he's nobody's fool, he's Albert the Fifth Musketeer!"''

'''''Albert the Fifth Musketeer''''' is a [[TheNineties '90s]] French cartoon. It's essentially ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'' meets ''Series/MacGyver''.

It takes place in early 17th century under the reign of king Louis XIII and centers on the antics of Albert de Parmagnan, [[SixthRanger a new member]] of the Royal Musketeers. While the four other musketeers (Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D'Artagnan) are all [[BumblingSidekick bumbling and incompetent]], Albert is [[ShorterMeansSmarter short but quick-witted and clever]], creating many inventions to get the others out of trouble and save the day by thwarting the Cardinal's {{evil plan}}s to take over the Kingdom of France.
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!!''Albert the Fifth Musketeer'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AccordionMan: A variant. When D'Artagnan orders the other musketeers to stop while they're on a ride, they usually run into each other with their horses. Porthos usually runs the last and pushes the others forward like an accordion, with an actual accordion sound.
* TheAce: Albert is the newest and the smallest of the musketeers, but he still is the most competent one, not to mention the smartest one, out of the bunch.
* AdaptationalComicRelief: Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D'Artagnan, from swashbuckling {{Badass}}es in Dumas' novels to {{Bumbling Sidekick}}s / {{Idiot Hero}}es / {{The Fool}}s.
* AdjectiveAnimalAlehouse: The Golden Pheasant tavern.
* AnachronismStew:
** Bolognese sauce, modern frying pans and umbrellas were unheard of until late 19th century.
** English people wearing bowler hats and drinking tea in early 17th century England. Tea was introduced circa 1660, at least two decades after the end of Louis XIII's reign, and the custom of afternoon tea originated in England in the 1840s. Bowler hats appeared circa 1850.
** An Eiffel Tower made of wood tends to make appearances here and there, probably to remind viewers the series takes place in Paris. The Eiffel Tower was built over 250 years later.
* BeardOfEvil: The Cardinal sports a grey goatee.
* BedsheetGhost: Milady uses such a disguise to scare the hell out of the king in the episode "Ghost You Said".
* BerserkButton: Each time D'Artagnan sees a guard of the Cardinal, [[HighPressureEmotion his face turns red and exhales steam]].
* BigBad: The Cardinal de Richelieu, who always plots to overthrow King Louis XIII.
* TheBigGuy: Porthos, and his EvilCounterpart in the guards of the Cardinal.
* BrainsAndBrawn: Albert's plans usually work this way, with Porthos as the main muscle to help him.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Albert, Cardinal Richelieu and Milady de Winter tend to do this; Richelieu and Milady concerning plots or telling the viewers off for laughing, Albert to wrap-up an episode.
* ButtMonkey: Captain de Tréville always ends up with spaghetti in his face as he requires Albert's help.
* CatchPhrase:
** The musketeers' legendary motto ''"All for one and one for all!"''.
** ''"[[BattleCry CHAAAARGEEEEE!]]"'' (D'Artagnan)
* ClockPunk: Some of Albert's inventions fall into this. By the way, he has always admired Creator/LeonardoDaVinci, and most of his inventions look accordingly.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Athos' eyes are never seen and he seems to be the most "head in the clouds" musketeer.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience / GoodColorsEvilColors: The musketeers and the king's guards dress in blue, the [[{{Mooks}} Cardinal's guards]] dress in red.
* CourtlyLove: The Duke of Buckingham has a very deep crush on the Queen and always sends her letters and gifts.
* DaChief: Monsieur de Tréville, the captain of the musketeers. He berates the musketeers sometimes.
* DamselInDistress: Queen Anne ends up kidnapped sometimes.
* DarkChick: Milady de Winter. She is the EvilCounterpart to the Queen in size and role, and the trope applies even better when she's seen with the four guards of the Cardinal who have about the same size and haircuts as the musketeers.
* TheDitz: All four musketeers (Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D'Artagnan )are incurably clumsy and ditzy.
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: Porthos is so strong he can break stuff unintentionally.
* TheDragon: Milady de Winter is this to the Cardinal. She's the one to answer directly to him and his most trusted agent.
* DumbMuscle: Porthos is the strongest musketeer but he's not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
* EvilChancellor: The Cardinal de Richelieu is the king's advisor and a BigBad.
* EvilCounterpart: Each one of the five musketeers has a guard of the Cardinal with the exact same size and haircut.
* EvilLaugh: The Cardinal and Milady laugh evilly at least once per episode. The Cardinal also often rubs his hands when laughing.
* ExpositoryThemeTune: The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHLJDs9jAvk show's opening]] describes Albert.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: The Cardinal's plans are naturally thwarted once per episode.
* FatIdiot: Let's say Porthos is not the brightest of the musketeers...
* FightingDirty: The Cardinal's guards' favourite strategy against the musketeers. It always works, until Albert kicks in.
* {{Flynning}}: The swashbuckling fights pretty much always turn out like this.
* {{The Fool}}s: D'Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis sometimes don't seem to know what they're doing.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Albert has made friends with a few animals. There's Gertrude the mouse who willingly tested his model of a flying machine and her partner who lives in the walls of the workshop, Little John's cow and of course, Albert's mule who seems to be more of a partner.
** He's also quite fond of nature. One of his favourite things to do following missions is relax in a field and sniff the flowers.
* GadgeteerGenius: Albert builds various sorts of gadgets, his bread-and-butter being his blunderbuss (he can charge it with anything).
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Queen Anne. She's blonde, a nice person overall and she's made of IncorruptiblePurePureness.
* HairTriggerTemper: D'Artagnan is ''very'' easy to taunt.
* {{Hammerspace}}: Where did the small cannon and those blunderbusses that Albert uses come from? He appears to pull them out from behind his back!
* HandRubbing: The Cardinal, when gloating about his evil plans or when things seem to go his way.
* {{Historical Domain Character}}s: The characters already appeared in Alexandre Dumas' work, and they are based on historical figures, InNameOnly most of the time.
** King Louis XIII of France.
** Queen Anne of Austria.
** Armand Jean du Plessis (Cardinal de Richelieu).
** George Villiers (1st Duke of Buckingham).
** Armand de Sillègue d'Athos d'Autevielle (Athos), Isaac de Portau (Porthos), Henri d'Aramitz (Aramis) and Charles de Batz-Castelmore d'Artagnan.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: The Cardinal is always plotting against Louis XIII in the show. In RealLife, he was one of the French Crown's most loyal servants, albeit quite a ruthless minister.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: What usually happens to Milady de Winter, and sometimes to the Cardinal.
* HonorBeforeReason: D'Artagnan can't stand provocations and always makes a point of answering to it in a direct, vengeful way.
* HopelessSuitor: The Duke of Buckingham will never manage to seduce Queen Anne, who remains faithful to the king.
* {{Idiot Hero}}es: Arthos, Porthos, Aramis and D'Artagnan can never succeed without Albert's help.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPay: Albert is pronounced "Al-bear" in English.
* KidnappedScientist: When the musketeers are tasked to find someone who is able to device something for the King or the Queen, Milady kidnaps him.
* LightFeminineDarkFeminine: Queen Anne is the sweet-natured and amiable Light Feminine, Milady De Winter is the seductive villainous Dark Feminine.
* LeanAndMean: The Cardinal is tall and lean.
* MacGyvering: Albert can device things in a hurry to save the day, such as a makeshift elevator with ropes, a basket and Porthos' help, or even a gadgetized coach out of scratch.
* ManChild: King Louis XIII. He's always throwing childish tantrums and he's very capricious.
* MonaLisaSmile: When the Cardinal calls for Milady, he sometimes finds her [[WallpaperCamouflage camoflaged as a painting]], imitating Mona Lisa's pose.
* MrExposition: The Queen or Monsieur de Tréville usually explain the situation to the musketeers. Albert gets more informations or understands the situation better than the others.
* MrFixit: De Tréville often requires Albert's services to fix things. And Albert always comes up with a plan B to save the day.
* TheNapoleon: King Louis XIII is short and prone to temper tantrums.
* NobodyCallsMeChicken: D'Artagnan is easy to taunt, and he reacts accordingly.
* NobodyHereButUsStatues: One of Milady's camoflage techniques.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Albert packs a punch with his blunderbuss.
* PopCulturalOsmosis: To many young viewers who saw this show this was the first (and sometimes only taste) of ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers''.
* RoyalBrat: Louis XIII is a ManChild king and behaves like a capricious brat.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: The Queen always involves herself whenever the king (or whatever the kings asked for) is in danger .
* RunningGag: Most episodes have their own running gags. There are quite a few series-wise:
** Blackcross, the tortoise farmer who is always travelling to Paris with his tortoises.
** The town crier always getting splashed by a bucket of water whenever he calls out the time in the middle of the night, no matter if he's in the city or out in the countryside!
** Captain de Treville always being splatted by Albert's ammunition... Even sometimes by his own fault.
* SaveTheDayTurnAway: Albert is type 2. He doesn't like medals, he rather likes to enjoy his victories alone in a green and flowery meadow.
* SinisterSchnoz: The Cardinal has a big pointy nose.
* TheSmartGuy: Albert is the most intelligent of the musketeers by far.
* SmugSnake: The Cardinal's ego doesn't help him the slightest.
* SpyCatsuit: Milady dons a Spy ''Mousesuit'' (with Mickey Mouse-like ears) sometimes.
* SteampunkGadgeteers: Albert's gadgets sometimes fall in this category.
* {{Swashbuckler}}: It's the 17th century so swashbuckling fights happen regularly. Albert doesn't fight much with his sword, resorting to his wits and gadgets instead.
* TooImportantToWalk: The Queen uses a litter sometimes.
* TrapDoor: The Cardinal often calls for Milady this way, and disposes of her this way once his orders are given.
* TotemPoleTrench: Albert and Little John use this to get past one of the Cardinal's Guards in 'The King's Complex'.
* VillainousBreakdown: The Cardinal is subject to these, often with his head turning red and exhaling steam.
* WeakButSkilled: Albert is not a physical threat at all due to his size, but he compensates with his brains and GadgeteerGenius talents.
* WeaponOfChoice: Albert's [[{{BFG}} musket]]. He loads it with various sorts of projectiles, the most famous being spaghetti with Bolognese sauce. He can also use it as a GrapplingHookPistol.
* WheelOFeet: Happens regularly when the characters run.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Milady is afraid of spiders.
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