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The Black Adder
Prince Edmund "The Black Adder" Plantagenet, Duke Of Edinburgh
"I wonder if it was the wine..."
Baldrick, Son Of Robin The Dung-Gatherer
- Accidental Misnaming: His father addresses him as Edwin, Edgar, Edward, Edith, Egbert, Osmond or Edna... at least, when he can be bothered to remember that Edmund exists.
- And of course: "THE BLACK... DAGGER!"
- Anti-Hero: Type V
- Anti-Villain: Sure, he's a slimy, contemptible, amoral schemer... but given that his father alternately despises him and forgets he exists, his peers treat him with pity at best and disgust at worst, and his only friends are sycophantic Yes Men... it's not hard to see why.
- Atrocious Alias: Before Baldrick suggested "the Black Adder", Edmund's first choice for his new sobriquet was "the Black... Vegetable."
- Big Bad Wannabe: He really doesn't belong in charge of a Legion of Doom.
- Butt Monkey
- Cain: To Harry's Abel.
- Cool Horse: "He rides a pitch-black steed..."
- Deadpan Snarker: Occasionaly shows signs of this.
- Dirty Coward: Gets second thoughts at the battle of Bosworth Field and has to go relieve himself immediately. He does challenge to Duke of Argyll to a duel, but blubbers for his life when MacAngus chops his sword in half.
- The Evil Prince: A pathetically spineless version.
- Evil Wears Black
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Sanguine.
- Harmless Villain: He's not quite as evil as he wants to be. Even in the last episode, when he's finally taking the glove off over his plot to usurp the throne, he's genuinely taken aback when his evil confederates recommend butchering the royal family rather than his suggestion of merely exiling them.
- Heroic Bastard /Bastard Bastard: Tried to uncover a love letter between the queen and McAngus written around Harry's birth to dethrone him. However, it turned out that the letter was written after Harry's birth.
Blackadder: As you can see, these letters are dated —
Harry: Nine months after I was born!
McAngus: Or nine months before you were born, Edmund.
Blackadder: You... bastard!
Harry: No, I think you'll find that you're the bastard, Edmund.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain
- Let's Get Dangerous: He takes the gloves off on his plot to seize the throne after being stripped of his titles except for Lord of the Privvies for no real reason. He comes pretty close as well.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: In "The Black Seal" he actualy comes close to gaining the throne... until his minions betray him, in a fit of cosmic irony.
- Only Sane Man: Not quite to the level of his descendants, but he is sceptical of witch hunts, St Leonard's Day, Morris dancing and some of Percy's more bizarre ramblings.
- Prince Charmless
- Rant Inducing Slight: He puts up with quite a lot over the series, but being stripped of all his titles apart from Lord of the Privvies in "The Black Seal" is what finally causes him to snap.
- Red Baron: At this stage, "The Black Adder" was a personal nickname, but his descendants adopted it as a surname.
- Shout-Out to Shakespeare: Possibly to another bastard called Edmund.
- Sinister Minister: Briefly becomes Archbishop of Canterbury.
- Smug Adder
- The Starscream: A particularly incompetent example.
- The Unfavorite
- Villain Protagonist
"Wouldn't something like "The Black Adder" sound better."
"I have a cunning plan that cannot fail..."Lord Percy Percy, Duke Of Northumberland
"But if you kill him in front of everybody, won't they suspect something?"
King Richard IV
Percy: Only this morning in the courtyard I saw a horse with two heads and two bodies!
Edmund: Two horses standing next to each other?
Percy: ...Yes, I suppose it could have been.
- The Ditz: Percy is incredibly dim-witted, something that carries over to his descendant.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: If his reaction to Mistress Scott's dead cat is anything to go by.
- Repetitive Name
- Sycophantic Servant
- Teeny Weenie: Blackadder mentions the rumour:
Blackadder: And the part of you that can't be mentioned, I am reliably informed by women around the court, wouldn't be worth mentioning even it could be!
- Upper-Class Twit
"As the Good Lord said, love thy neighbour as thyself! Unless he's Turkish, in which case, KILL THE BASTARD!!!"Harry, Prince Of Wales
"The verdict of this court is that the accused are found guilty of witchcraft. The maximum penalty that the law allows is that you be burned to death. However, in view of your previous good background, I am disposed to be lenient. Therefore, I sentence you to be burned alive."
Queen Gertrude of Flanders
- Abel: to Edmund's Cain.
- Comically Missing the Point: Has a habit of doing this. The most notable being in '"Witchsmeller Pursuivant", when the Witchsmeller is burning alive, he doesn't even notice and thinks the man is talking about the weather being too warm to wear a cloak.
- Horrible Judge of Character: At no point does he cotton on to Edmund's various throne-usurping schemes.
- Also completely oblivious to the fact that the ridiculously improbable deaths of successive Archbishops were actually obvious assassinations ordered by his own father.
- Skewed Priorities: When he thinks the castle is under attack, his first reaction is to worry about the drains.
- Upper-Class Twit: Smarter than Edmund, but that's no great feat. Having said that, he's probably still the smartest and sanest member of his family.
- More pronounced in the original pilot episode, where he's depicted as having much the same personality as Percy.
- Warrior Prince: Seen riding into battle at Bosworth field.
- The Wise Prince
King Richard III
"Now, would I, Edmund... Do I tell people that your brother Harry is scared of spoons? Or that your father has very small private parts?
"Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more. Consign their parts most private to a Rutland tree!"Dougal MacAngus, Duke of Argyll
"Actually, I'm quite interested in the wigs."
Princess Leia of Hungary
- BFS: Uses one against Edmund, breaking his normal sized sword with a single swing.
- Fiery Redhead: When he's not leading the King's armies against the Turks, he's out hunting or duelling.
- Too Dumb to Live: Baldrick's first "Cunning Plan" actually works on him. Edmund persuades him to put his head in a cannon before it's fired.
- Violent Glaswegian: When bringing tributes to the queen, he empties a bag of severed heads onto the table. He apologises, stating that it was his overnight bag.
"Hello Edmund. You look funny."The Witchsmeller Pursuivant
"BLOODY MILK! It was a mixture of milk and blood!"
The Black Seal note
- Amoral Attorney: Has no qualms using obviously ludicrous evidence and arguments to get the verdict he wants.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Overhears Edmund making some obviously empty threats against him, and so gets Edmund, Baldrick and Percy all sentenced to burn at the stake.
- Large Ham: Has a legitimate claim to being the largest ham in the entire Blackadder series, rivalling even the likes of Richard IV and General Melchett.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: In his first appearance, he is cloaked in a crowd of peasants with glowing red eyes the only part of his face visible.
Guy de Glastonbury: "Good evening... and surrender. Your money or your life. Damn!! I'm always doing this. Did I say "Your money or your life? Sorry, slip of the tongue, your money and your life. Sorry."
Phillip "The Hawk" of Burgundy
- Affably Evil: Guy de Glastonbury is perfectly polite and charming when holding up travellers for their money and their life.
- Badass: Sir Wilfred Death gets attacked by three knight. Defeats all three of them without getting a scratch.
- Black Knight: Sir Wilfred Death, if his "sir" is a genuine Knight title.
- Carnival of Killers
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Edmund has a hard enough time keeping them in check, but when they realise that The Hawk is the biggest bastard of them all, they turn on Edmund in an instant.
- Dragon-in-Chief: for Edmund.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Not exaclty standards, but the rest of the crew is scared when Sir Wilfred suggest taking Jack as the Sixth member.
- Five-Bad Band
- Big Bad: Prince Edmund, until Philip "The Hawk" of Burgundy supplants him.
- The Dragon: Arguable, but Sir Wilfred Death, the first of the Seal that is recruited, and the best fighter that we see.
- The Evil Geniuses: Three-Fingered Pete and Guy de Glastonbury.
- The Brute: Jack Large, a singularly vicious brawler.
- The Dark Chicks: Friar Bellows and Sean the Irish Bastard.
- Gargle Blaster / Made of Iron: Sean the Irish Bastard gets up after being poisoned, proclaiming the spiked wine to "have a bit of a sting" before drinking a second cup and dying.
- Ironic Nickname: Edmund tries call Jack Large "Large Jack" (a sort of reverse Little John) but Jack reacted with fury hating on how it was about his height(or lack that of.)
- Legion of Doom: The six most evil men in the land... and Edmund.
- Mister Big: Jack Large.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Several of them, most notably Sir Wilfred Death.
- Self-Made Orphan: Most of them murdered their own families, although the Friar killed Sean's ("Good on you, Father!")
- Sinister Minister: Friar Bellows (but he has nothing on the Baby Eating Bishop Of Bath And Wells from II.)
"I return at last after fifteen years. Waiting, plotting, nurturing my hatred and planning my revenge. Yes, fifteen years of living in France teaches a man to hate. Fifteen years of wearing perfume, fifteen years of eating frogs, fifteen years of saying 'Par-don' and all because of you."
Edmund Blackadder, The Lord Blackadder
"It's called gold because its' colour is gold. That it's green"
"Well, it is said, Percy, that civilised man seeks out good and intelligent company, so that through learned discourse he may rise above the savage and closer to God... Personally, however, I like to start the day with a total dickhead to remind me I'm best."
- Anti-Hero: Type V
- Aristocrats Are Evil: A self-interested scheming bastard.
- Beard of Evil
- Byronic Hero: Honestly, his only possible excuse is that being in Queenie's inner circle is incredibly stressful.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: A drop of the stuff and he's flat on his face singing about goblins.
- Deadpan Snarker: Makes a full-time career out of this, unlike his predecessor.
- Dumbass No More: He's considerably smarter than Prince Edmund.
- Easily Forgiven: No matter how much he abuses Baldrick and Percy, they'll stick by him always (much to his chagrin).
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Phlegmatic.
- Identical Grandson: Well, great-grandson.
- Impoverished Patrician: A good example of this trope in its early stages - he still has a title and a place at court, but no actual money or estates. Seemingly his father blew the family fortune on "wine, women and amateur dramatics." Alhough he's still better off than his descendants in this respect.
- Manipulative Bastard: Neither as smug as his ancestor nor as magnificent as his descendants, he falls nicely in the middle.
- Mock Millionaire: While he is from a wealthy family, the family fortune was long since squandered by his father.
- Though he does later manage to blackmail several thousand pounds out of the church, and at the end of "Beer" his wealthy aunt and uncle are quite well disposed to him and ready to discuss his inheritance.
- Only Sane Man: Along with Melchett. Most of the time.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Then again, some of it is deliberate, as indicated by the quote up there.
- Sweet on Polly Oliver: with Kate/Bob.
- Talks Like a Simile: Constantly.
- Tall, Dark and Snarky
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: He's a self-involved ruthless jerk, who constantly insults everyone around him. What makes him still somewhat likable is that he's genuinely witty, and the people around him are idiots, who pretty much deserve all of his put-downs.
- Would Hurt a Child: He shoots a child with a bow and arrow for singing an insulting rhyme.
Played By: Tony Robinson
"Not to worry my lord, the arrow didn't in fact enter my body... But by a thousand to one chance my willy got in the way.''
- Ambiguously Gay: He gives a very long and passionate kiss to Percy when he doesn't recognize him in a dress and flirts with him, and is quick to agree to marry Blackadder in place of his runaway bride.
- Blunt Metaphors Trauma: "...You said 'get the door'."
- Bumbling Sidekick: A well-loved example.
- Cunning Plan: They're really not that cunning.
- Gag Penis: Shaped like a turnip apparently.
- Genius Ditz: Considerably stupider than his great-grandfather, but retained some level of streetsmarts and cunning that his descendants never saw, and Blackadder did seem to have more faith in him to carry out schemes than he had in Percy.
Baldrick: What, have you got a plan, My Lord?
Blackadder: Yes I have, and it's so cunning you could brush your teeth with it! All I need is some feathers, a dress, some oil, an easel, some sleeping draught, lots of paper, a prostitute, and the best portrait painter in England.
Baldrick: I'll get them right away, My Lord! (rushes out)
(sure enough, in the next scene he returns with everything on Blackadder's hastily recited list. Well, except for the prostitute. Fortunately, Percy is able to fill that role.)
- Identical Grandson: In looks if not brains.
- Old Retainer :
Baldrick: I've been in your service since I was two and a half, my lord.
Blackadder: Well, that must be why I'm so utterly sick of the sight of you.
- Took a Level in Dumbass
Lord Percy Percy
Played By: Tim McInnerny
"Oh, Edmund, could it be true? That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a lump of purest green?"'
- Butt Monkey: Often gets the worst end of Blackadder's schemes. The worst is probably when he has to sleep with the Bishop of Bath and Wells.
- Flat Character: Much to McInnerny's frustration. By the end of this series he felt the character's potential had been completely exhausted and declined to reprise the role in the third series (he only did a one-shot role), though he returned as a regular in the fourth thanks to getting a completely different one.
- Identical Grandson: To the original Percy.
- Upper-Class Twit: Although he's not ill-natured.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Percy thinks that he and Edmund are best friends and would give his last coin to him, and regards Edmund's constant insults as nothing more than a sign of Edmund's "wit".
Queen Elizabeth "Queenie" I
"Sometimes I think about having you executed, just to see the expression on your face."
: Miranda Richardson
"I may have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach...of a concrete elephant!"
Played By: Patsy Byrne
"As private parts to the gods are we! They play with us for their sport!"
I've got a plan! And it's as HOT as my PANTS!
Played By: Gabrielle Glaister
"Father, I must speak. I can be silent no longer. All day long you muttered to yourself, gibber, dribble, moan and bat your head against the wall, yelling "I want to die". Now you may say I'm leaping to conclusions but you're not completely happy, are you?"
The Baby-Eating Bishop of Bath and Wells
"I will have my money or....YOUR BOTTOM WILL WISH IT HAD NEVER BEEN BORN!"
- Anything That Moves
"You see, I am a colossal pervert. No form of sexual depravity is too low for me. Animal, vegetable or mineral, I'll do anything to anything."
- Arson, Murder, and Admiration
Bishop: "You fiend! Never have I encountered such corrupt and foul-minded perversity! Have you ever considered a career in the Church?"
Edmund: "No, I could never get used to the underwear."
- Child Eater: No children, Blackadder? In that case, I'll skip breakfast and get down to business..
- Dirty Old Monk
- Eats Babies: After drowning them during christenings.
- Everyone Calls Him Bishop
- Fat Bastard: But don't call him "Fatso" if you know what's good for you.
- Incoming Ham: "I AM THE BABY EATING BISHOP OF BATH AND WELLS!"
- Loan Shark: Assistant manager of the Bank of the Black Monks of St. Herod ("Banking with a smile and a stab"). Their motto: "Repayment or revenge." He admits to Blackadder that he hates it when people pay up, as he rather enjoys what he gets to do to those who don't.
- Sinister Minister: Played for Laughs.
- Villain with Good Publicity: In spite of the aforementioned baby-eating, he's apparently of good standing with the Queen and his parishioners. "As far as my flock is concerned, my one vice is a tipple before evensong." Blackadder gets the upper hand by endangering his reputation.
Prince Ludwig the Indestructible
"We have met many times, although you knew me by another name. Do you recall a mysterious black marketeer and smuggler called Otto with whom you used to dine and plot and play the biscuit game at the Old Pizzle in Dover? Yes! I was the waitress."
- The Bad Guy Wins: Succeeds in killing the entire court of Elizabeth I and, apparently, successfully impersonating her for the rest of "her" reign.
- Berserk Button: Don't make fun of his complexion.
- Disney Death: Seemingly killed by Blackadder, but obviously not successfully- there's a reason he's called the "Indestructible".
- Embarrassing Nickname: Shorty-Greasy-Spot-Spot.
- Evil Gloating: Prone to it, much to Blackadder's annoyance.
"Typical master criminal, loves the sound of his own voice."
"Gloating is a sign of insecurity, Ludwig. Stop it."
- The Evil Prince
- Freudian Excuse:
"When I am King of England, no one will ever dare call me 'Shorty-Greasy-Spot-Spot' again!"
- Funetik Aksent: He writes his ransom note in one.
- Good Hair, Evil Hair: Spots a classic villain hairdo, slicked-back hair.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has long diagonal scars all over his face.
- Kaiserreich: He's the stereotypical German megalomaniac.
- Large Ham
- Master of Disguise: Edmund actually uses this against him. Not that it makes a difference.
- Made of Iron: He's not called Prince Ludwig the Indestructible for nothing.
- No Doubt The Years Have Changed Me: Parodied, since characters past "interactions" with him involved him disguised in a different gender and species.
- Smug Snake
- Spotting the Thread: Blackadder recognizes him because his costume is too good. (He's impersonating Nursie as a cow and makes the fatal mistake of wearing a costume that looks like a cow, rather than some sort of ungulate with three udders.)
- Vocal Dissonance: In the tag to the "Chains" episode.
"Now this is a disguise I'm really going to enjoy...if I can just get the voice right."
Blackadder The Third
Mr. Edmund Blackadder, Esq.
"A man may fight for many things: his country, his principles, his friends, the glistening tear on the cheek of a golden child. But personally, I'd mud-wrestle my own mother for a ton of cash, an amusing clock and a stack of French porn."Underscrogsman-Lord "Sod-off" Baldrick
"I am as stupid as I look, sir, but if I can help, I will."
George Augustus Frederick, The Prince Regent
- Bumbling Sidekick: Natch.
- Butt Monkey: He has to endure Blackadder's constant abuse and being dragged along in interactions with more dangerous people.
- Cunning Plan: When awaiting execution by the French, his scheme is to wait until their heads have been cut off before they spring into action.
- The Ditz: So much so that he considers becoming a professional Village Idiot.
- Unfortunately he attended the final interview, thus losing the job to the bloke who didn't come.
- The Dragon: A particularly incompetent one to Blackadder.
- Identical Grandson: Although he did lose the beard.
- Manchild: He's very childish, believes in fairies, and thinks that dead souls are freckles on the nose of the Giant Pixie.
- The Pigpen: He's so filthy that Blackadder describes his clothing as the Dung collection with matching hairball accessories, before comparing his trousers to Pandora's Box.
- Took a Level in Dumbass once again.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Turnips, to the point of spending L.400,000 (supposed to be spent on bribing the Lords) in a giant one, which Edmund promptly smashes on Balders' head .
"Only the other day, Prime Minister Pitt called me an "idle scrounger," and it wasn't until ages later that I thought how clever it would've been to have said, "Oh, bugger off, you old fart!" I need to improve my mind, Blackadder. I want people to say, "That George, why, he's as clever as a stick in a bucket of pig swill.""
- The Ditz: The guy is outsmarted by Baldrick and can barely make it through a day without Blackadder's help.
- Historical Beauty Update: Actually, paintings of young George aren't so bad◊ (keeping in mind that it's painted to a romantic ideal rather than a true representation of the idiosyncratic facial qualities of the person in question) but he certainly didn't look like Hugh Laurie.
- Informed Flaw: Much is made of his supposed fatness, and while the historical Prince George was indeed quite the pig, the same can't be said for Hugh Laurie.
- Large Ham: HURRAH!
- Prince Charming / Prince Charmless: Debatable. While he is a crass, dense, loudmouthed buffoon with "all the intellect of a jugged walrus and all the social graces of a potty", he has been known to seduce bombshells on occasion.
- Royal Brat: Even though he's a grown man, he often throws hissyfits and is totally self-absorbed.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: Incapable of puting on his own trousers without Blackadder's help.
- Too Dumb to Live: He nearly dies when he assumes that a bomb thrown at him by an anarchist is All Part of the Show, and has to be talked out of swanking around Revolutionary France in full princely regalia. And then he provokes the Duke of Wellington into killing him for saying that he's the real prince after Blackadder survives the duel. Wellington doesn't believe him, but he's so outraged at the "insult" to the "prince" that he shoots George on the spot.
- Upper-Class Twit: And has more than a few similarties to Bertie Wooster, (who was also played by Hugh Laurie).
The Duke of Wellington
- All Love Is Unrequited: At one point she confesses hoping that Blackadder would settle down with her and they would await the slither of tiny Adders.
- Different in Every Episode: Her costuming and coffeeshop usually reflect whatever subject the plot is centered on—in "Duel and Duality" she wears tartan, in "Nob and Nobility" the shop is infested with exiled Frenchman and she's changed the menu to reflect it, and "Sense and Senility" has her in heavy stage makeup.
- Lethal Chef: Blackadder calls her coffee "hot brown water with grit in it" and her "French" menu uses horse's willies as sausages, and her "Scarlet Pimpernel Sauce" is made of frogs.
- Badass: Only a mad Scotsman with a claymore or a kilt could get the better of him.
- BFG: He fights duels with cannons.
- Honor Before Reason: Even when finding that the "Prince" is smarter than rumor has it, Wellington still finds it necessary to kill him.
- General Failure: His first idea for crushing Napoleon is to send Nelson to Alaska in case Boney tries to come around the North Pole. It's Blackadder who suggests harrying him amidships at Trafalgar.
- General Ripper: His regimental crest is two crossed dead Frenchman emblazoned on a mound of dead Frenchmen.
- Large Ham: His general strategy: Shout, shout, and shout again!
- Overprotective Dad: Uncle, actually. Even though it was his nieces who approached George and took him home to Apsley House, Wellington's vowed to kill anyone who meddles with his family. (Of course, unmarried sex was a much bigger deal back then.)
Blackadder Goes Forth
Capt. Edmund Blackadder DSO
"For us, the Great War is finito, a war which would be a damn sight simpler if we just stayed in England and shot fifty thousand of our men a week."
Pvt. S. Baldrick
"Why can't we just stop, sir? Why couldn't we just say "No more killing, let's all go 'ome?" Why would it be stupid just to pack it in, sir? Why?!"
- Anti-Hero: Type I
- Armor-Piercing Question: Despite his unprecedented idiocy, Baldrick also points out the utter insanity of World War One: at any point, the general soldiery on all sides could have simply banded together and refused to fight any more, and had shown such potential earlier in the war. He doesn't know why they don't do it, and nobody can tell him why, either.
- Bumbling Sidekick: The stupidest and foulest Baldrick of all, which is no small feat.
- Cunning Plan
- Deadpan Snarker: Only when he's hungover.
- The Ditz
- Dumbass Has a Point: See Armor-Piercing Question above.
- Identical Grandson
- Lethal Chef: "How did you manage to extract so much 'custard' from such a small cat?"
- Man Child
- Mythology Gag: His first initial is S, which is a Call Back to the Regency Era Baldrick, whose first name was Sod Off.
- He worked at a factory on Turnip St. The Elizabethan and Regency Baldricks had some anecdotes with turnips.
- Sole Survivor: All of the Turnip Street Workhouse Pals Battalion are dead, save for him.
- Team Chef: A fairly lethal one. Whenever his food tastes like something disgusting (for instance, dog turds in glue), that's because it's exactly that.
- Took A Level In Dumbas: now to the point of "terminal stupidity".
- Warrior Poet: Well, he tries. His efforts at poetry are disastrous, especially The German Guns (which consists of him repeating the phrase "Boom boom boom!").
Lt. George C. St Barleigh
"Permission for lip to wobble, sir?"
- Actually Pretty Funny: Although Blackadder doesn't admit it aloud.
- Boisterous Weakling: His (apparent) fearlessness is as complete as his survival skills are non-existent.
- Ensign Newbie
- Hidden Depths: He's not as much of a Patriotic Fervor filled twit as he initially seems- he's a gifted artist and ultimately admits to fear of dying in battle.
- Also despite said fear of dying in battle (and his near certainty that he will die in the oncoming charge) he imminently refuses to leave the trenches when Melchett offers to take him back to Britain for a boat race, showing just how seriously he takes the whole "King and Country" thing.
- Kindhearted Simpleton: Compared to his more spoiled arrogant form in the third series, this George spends the majority of the series idealistic, selfless and undyingly loyal to Edmund, albeit just as brainless.
- Sole Survivor: In the last episode, he mentions that he joined the Army with along with his friends from Cambridge, the "Trinity Tiddlers", and by then, he's the only one left alive of the group. (Which was Truth in Television. The pals battalions were a real thing, and the Great War was the last time friends joining en masse was allowed, as it led to whole villages, towns and communities being decimated.)
- Token Good Teammate
- Upper-Class Twit: Not as upper-class as the Prince, but has the personality down, pat.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Seems blissfully unaware of Captain Blackadder's contempt for him.
- Wham Line: In perhaps a first in television history, it actually occurs mid-line when George's bravado gives way to near panic. Any laughs from the audience for the remainder of the episode are nervous ones at best.
"I'm... scared, sir."
- Wholesome Crossdresser: For a drag act in a talent show. But General Melchett doesn't realize that's what it is and falls head-over-heels.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: He volunteered for the army as soon as the war began, and he whole-heartedly believes in the propaganda rag "King and Country."
Gen. Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmanay Melchett
"You know, over these last few years, I've come to think of you as a sort of son. Not a favourite son of course, Lord no, more a sort of illegitimate back-stair sort of sprog, y'know, the sort of spotty squid that nobody really likes."
- Badass Mustache: Wears a 'stache so magnificent, he covers it with a hairnet while he sleeps.
- Bad Boss: When Darling said that he needed a convincing injury so that he could spy on a field hospital, Melchett shot his foot on spot. This is easily the least of his crimes.
- Bait the Dog: As noted, he initially seems a lot more amusing and likable than he actually is.
- Comedic Sociopathy: Melchett's played as though he's having the time of his life, and thinks everyone else is, too, with Darling and Blackadder as straight men to his antics. Subverted in the final episode when he sends Darling to his death with barely a thought.
- Expy: Of Field-marshal Haig
- General Failure: A parody of WW1 Generals, meaning that his particular brand of strategic incompetence wasn't very removed from real life...
- Hot-Blooded: A far cry from his soft-spoken ancestor.
- Identical Grandson: Obviously of the Melchett of the second season, but also an Expy of the Duke of Wellington in the third season, who was also played by Stephen Fry. Wellington was likewise presented as a Hot-Blooded and crazy military man, but he was actually competent.
- Jerkass: Melchett isn't just incompetent, he's totally insensitive to the well-being of others and might even be a sociopath.
- Karma Houdini: Despite senselessly, obliviously ordering countless men to their deaths on the Western Front, including his own very-much-reluctant right hand man, Melchett is the only major character to survive the entire fourth series.
- Large Ham: BAAAAA!!
- Love at First Sight: With "Georgina." He proposes after a few days of knowing her.
- The Neidermeyer: He is distraught by the death of his pigeon "Speckled Jim", yet blissfully uncaring about the fifty thousand men a week dying in the trenches. His bizarre tactics that help expedite the latter include "doing precisely what we've done eighteen times before" and "climbing out of [the] trenches and walking very slowly towards the enemy". Sadly, both are to some extent Truth in Television.
- Pet the Dog: His love for his pet pigeon. However, any sympathy he'd get for that is subverted by his callousness toward running over George's rabbit when George was a child, and of course his apathy toward his troops' lives.
- In the last episode he casually offers George a ticket out of the trenches (and the imminent suicide attack he is about to order)
- Stupid Boss
- Token Evil Teammate
- Took a Level in Jerkass
- Verbal Tic: His "baahing", often interpreted as a Call Back to his ancestor's "affection" for sheep, but according to Stephen Fry who played him, he had in mind that Melchett had hemorrhoids.
- War Is Glorious: Believes in this trope fanatically, which seems to be why he gets on rather well (Pigeon incident aside) with Blackadder due to him being a frontline soldier, and why he never even imagines he could want out of the insane nightmare. Unfortunately this is also why he is so utterly callous and blind to the carnage and suffering of the trenches, and why he "rewards" Darling's loyal service by sending him to die on the front lines.
Capt. Kevin Darling
"Just doing my job, Blackadder. Obeying orders...and, of course, having enormous fun into the bargain."
Squadron Com. The Lord Flashheart
"Cancel the state funeral, tell the King to stop blubbing, Flash is NOT DEAD! I simply ran out of JUICE - and before all the girls start going "Oh, what's the point of living anymore?" I'm talkin' about PETROL! WOOF WOOF!"
- The Ace
- Ace Pilot: In this incarnation, he's a parody of that World War One trope.
- Answers to the Name of God: "Yes, I suppose I am."
- The Casanova
- Expy: Of Captain Flashman, the protagonist of a series of mock-historical novels.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: This incarnation of Flashheart is this. Brave and dashing, handsome, bold, admired by all, adored by the ladies, and laughed in the face of danger. Also an arrogant prat who boasted constantly, lied, sucked up to his superiors, patronised his admirers, and treated women as sex objects. And the only reason he always won was because he was an underhanded bastard who cheated and played dirty.
- For the Lulz: He risks his life to save Blackadder and Baldrick, who he doesn't even like. Why? Just for the hell of it.
- The Fighting Narcissist
- Gag Penis
- Gentleman Adventurer
- Handsome Lech
- Identical Grandson
- Incoming Ham: "HEY GIRLS, LOOK AT MY MACHINERY!"
- Large Ham
- Memetic Badass / Memetic Sex God: In universe example.
- Really Gets Around
- Talk to the Fist: "Eat knuckle, Fritz!"
- Verbal Tic: WOOF!
Kate, AKA Bob Parkhurst
: Gabrielle Glaister
"Permission to slip into something more uncomfortable, sir."
Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen
: Adrian Edmondson
"How lucky you English are to find the toilet so amusing. For us, it is a mundane and functional item. For you, the basis of an entire culture.