* CompleteMonster: King Edward I "Longshanks" is portrayed as [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade far more evil than his real life counterpart ever was]]. Introduced as a "cruel pagan" who has annexed Scotland into England and just returned from a war with France, he authorizes mass rape in Scotland by restoring the ancient law of ''[[DroitDuSeigneur Ius Primae Noctis]]'', giving English lords in Scotland the right to claim "first night" of any peasant girl in their domain upon their marriage. He's doing this to win support from the English lords necessary to solidify his rule in Scotland and to gradually end the Scottish as a nation by outbreeding them. He sees his effeminate son Edward II simply as the continuation of his legacy, throws his son's homosexual lover out of a window for daring to speak to him as an advisor and beats his son's face in afterwards. After William Wallace stages a Scottish rebellion against him, Longshanks announces his intent to reduce the country to ashes just out of petty spite at Wallace. During an engagement with the Scots he orders his archers to [[UnfriendlyFire fire on his own troops]] while they're busy fighting the Scots, justifying it by stating that [[WeHaveReserves his men are expendable]]. After Wallace is captured by the English due to a conspiracy among the Scottish lords, Longshanks has him slowly and painfully tortured to death in a public execution while listening on from his own death bed.
* CrazyAwesome: Stephen.
--> '''Hamish''': Is your father a ghost or do you converse with the Almighty?
--> '''Stephen''': In order to find his equal an Irishman is ''forced'' to talk to God.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: The scene where Prince Edward's lover gets thrown out a window. According to the filmmakers, this was unintentional.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: JamesHorner [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUNSZEDfwu0 delivers]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWQhezXbi7A an]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tS7V5XoYCaQ absolutely]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXzGZ6GXnTw amazing]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNLfNezFqNk score]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxRik0jw5L8 for]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcxfrL4UjQ4 this]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkLrnI7SsVY film]].
** Bonus points for the main theme song, which was later remixed and became a respectable chart hit.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Stephen the Irishman
* HilariousInHindsight: Gibson of all people portraying Edward as a panto bad guy considering that in real life one of the most disgusting things about him was his mistreatment of the Jews.
* IAmNotShazam: Whenever Mel Gibson's portrayal of William Wallace is spoofed/referenced, people will call his character "Braveheart" instead of Wallace. In actuality, it refers to Robert the Bruce.
* LoveItOrHateIt: In Scotland. [[MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales Many posters for this movie can still be found all over Scotland]]. Ironically there are plenty of Scottish people who hate this film for its inaccuracies. A statue of Creator/MelGibson as Wallace was subject to vandalism for years before finally being removed.
* MagnificentBastard: King Edward. Sorry, but Patrick [=McGoohan=] is awesome.
** Note that this is actually an inversion of the HistoricalBadassUpgrade. Edward I's real life BadAss achievements would fill three or four movies as long as this one.
* MemeticMutation: The "HOLD!" bit became a meme on YTMND in the mid 2000's.
** "FREEEDOM!!" gets a lot of mileage too, especially for folks having to endure some lengthy torture (bonus points if said torture is something [[MundaneMadeAwesome entirely mundane]]).
* MoralEventHorizon: When the Magistrate responds to an attempted rape by one of his soldiers by publically executing the ''victim'' - Murron - and [[TemptingFate daring Wallace to come to him]]. The atrocities trigger off a peasant revolt, get his [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge entire garrison killed]] (special mention goes to the attempted rapist, who is ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice) and almost bring down the entire English kingdom. Talk about LaserGuidedKarma!
* {{Squick}}: An English soldier tells Murron how she reminds him of his own daughter back in England before ''he tries to molest her''.
* UnintentionallySympathetic: You really can't help but feel sorry for Edward II after his father throws his (possible) lover out a window to his death.


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