Roger: Hair colour? Johnny English: Um... (glances at a nearbybowl of fruit) ...orange. Pegasus: Orange? Johnny English: Mmm. And curly. Well, frizzy, actually. Frizzy sort of thing. Roger: Frizzy. Johnny English: An eye patch. Broken nose. Very few teeth. Two, I would say the most. And a scar on his cheek in the shape... (glances at the fruit again) ...of a banana. Roger: Which cheek? Johnny English:Both cheeks. They sort of met in the middle.
Spoofed The Ironic Film Seriously: The second film received some criticism for this. The films present themselves as parodies of Bond films — all of which (with the exception of the Timothy Dalton and Daniel Craig films) are so over-the-top and tongue-in-cheek that the entire genre of "James Bond parody" is completely superfluous.
Accidental Truth: Sort of. While Johnny is lying when he describes the assailant who stole the crown jewels, a man identical to his ridiculous description is shown to exist.
The Ace: Agent One. Unfortunately he is killed thanks to an oversight on Johnny's part.
The Aloner: Johnny after he is kicked off the investigation for awhile and spends time at home, moping about his failures and sinking into a pit of depression.
Almost Kiss: A hilarious one in the first movie when Johnny hits off his passenger seat ejector button just as he's about to kiss the girl sat in it.
The Apprentice: Johnny likes to try impressing Bough, his assistant, showing off tricks or techniques in an attempt to impress him and be a role model for him. Often ends with hilarity.
Artistic License - Law + Artistic License - History: With respect to the (albeit unwritten) Constitution and the power of the Crown. In Real Life, you could not get the Queen to abdicate with the stroke of a pen note it requires an Act of all Parliaments in nations where she is head of stat and whilst the bit where all land in the country is technically the possession of the Crown and can be confiscated at will needs clarificationnote and it would probably violate human rights law/treaties the monarch has very little personal power which is de facto exercised by their government. It also ignores historical precedent concerning what happens to monarchs who try to exercise too much personal power. Of course all of this is (thankfully?) ignored in favour of Rule of Funny and a good story (see below).
Awesome Moment of Crowning: Johnny gets accidentally crowned King of England after pushing Sauvage out of the way. He then orders Sauvage (who had gone mad with anger at the persistence of "this stupid little country" and its bumbling secret agents) to be arrested.
Beard of Sorrow: The stubble kicks in fast when Johnny is suspended from duty.
Bits of Me Keep Passing Out: The title character accidentally injects himself with muscle relaxant but quickly insists on carrying out his mission infiltrating a posh soiree despite not having fully regained muscle control.
Brick Joke: After the credits, there's a scene of Lorna falling into a pool after being ejected from Johnny's car, with a man sitting by the poolside reading a newspaper. The man drops the newspaper to reveal that he is the man Johnny "created" earlier in the movie as an assailant.
Commander Contrarian: Pegasus spends a good portion of the movie dismissing Johnny's insistent claims that Sauvage is behind the plot.
Coffin Contraband: Henchmen smuggle away the Crown Jewels in a coffin, and drive off in a hearse to complete the illusion. Of course, Johnny gives chase but gets lost and ends up following a real hearse, leading to him tactlessly interrupting a funeral to investigate the coffin.
Cool Car: The tricked out spy car that Johnny and Bough drive during the chase scene actually comes armed with a miniature Rocket Launcher... which would have gotten towed had Johnny and Bough not been able to commandeer the tow truck to chase down the mooks (see Chase Scene entry above). The rocket launcher comes in handy when a traffic camera takes a picture of the car (still suspended from the crane arm on the tow truck, incidentally) running a red light, and Johnny promptly blows up the camera.
The Evil Prince: Sauvage's family used to have a legitimate, if distant, claim to the British throne, which he views as taken from him unfairly.
Expy: Johnny is an Expy of a character Atkinson played in a series of Barclaycard adverts during the 1990s. The character of Bough was retained from the ads, but played by a different actor.
Failed a Spot Check: A lot of Johnny's incompetency is linked with this trope. Like not noticing the gaping hole in the middle of the crown jewel room and concluding that if there was one way the thieves couldn't have come from, it was the floor, just before nearly falling in.
Fake Action Prologue: English is right at the bottom of the secret agent ladder at first, but dreams of being a veritable James Bond in the beginning.
Johnny accidentally paralyzes a secretary, and talks to her unaware boss while she's being taken out of his office, and Johnny, of course, can see everything and does everything possible to make the guy not turn around. When next we see her, she's in a wheelchair, and pauses to glare at him.
The sequel uses this as well, except replace "tranquilizing your boss's secretary" with nearly killing your boss's cat.
Poor Bough embodies this trope, with a little smattering of Butt Monkey.
Idiot Ball: Johnny seems to be the exclusive carrier, though sometimes other characters take turns.
Johnny's boss is the absolute King of the Idiot Ball, simply disregarding every single legitimate suspicious indication that Suavage is the bad guy, even when everything that has happened so far just happened to lead to his coronation as King of England.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Johnny had made a fool of himself and didn't have the incriminating DVD. While Johnny's coronation is legitimately the result of his own fight to reveal the truth, the police would have been much less inclined to listen to his demand if Sauvage had just stayed calm instead of waving a gun around and screaming insults about the United Kingdom.
Obfuscating Insanity: Johnny briefly pretends (thanks to the quick thinking of Bough) to have escaped from a mental asylum after interrupting a funeral thinking that the crown jewels were in the coffin.
Right Behind Me: "Sorry, can I help?" "Pascal Sauvage, jumped-up Frenchman."
The sequel has a Right in Front of Me when Johnny fails to recognise the Prime Minister who's seated right next to him. When the PM politely points out his error, Johnny sarcastically comments, "Yeah, right. In your dreams!" A deleted scene has him mistaking Pegasus for his old friends' Sexy Secretary.
Rule of Funny: Both movies are essentially fueled by this. The plot of the first film, for instance, essentially relies on a pretty exaggerated version of the power of the monarchy.
Running Gag: Johnny's gun giving out on him in increasingly creative ways.
The Unintelligible: Johnny after he accidentally injects himself with muscle relaxant and his facial muscles slowly stop responding. The villain, similarly injected with the relaxant, manages to understand what he is saying. Hilarity Ensues.
Villainous Breakdown: Sauvage stays cool when Johnny interrupts his coronation, knowing that he has no evidence against him. When he swings down and gets the crown away from him, he pulls a gun.
The Ace: Simon Ambrose. He turns out to be a double agent.
Acting Unnatural: When Tucker confronts the mole Ambrose at gunpoint in front of Johnny in a washroom, when an unsuspecting old man walks right in. This basically leads to the mole drying his hands, Tucker washing his hands and Johnny taking the same whiz continuously until he leaves.
Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Johnny asks his guru what happens now he's completed his training. The guru replies that he has been communicating with a higher power — then reveals the phone he used to talk to Johnny's superiors in London.
Combat Pragmatist: Johnny vs. the Chinese assassin. When the assassin does an incredibly complex series of martial art moves, Johnny stomps on a board, which shoots up and hits him in the groin.
Cool Car: The Rolls-Royce Phantom that is given to Johnny upon his return to MI7. Even cooler — that car is owned by Rowan Atkinson in real life. (Sans rocket launcher, regrettably.)
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In a bit of an inversion, this movie shows Johnny as a very competent secret agent (aside from the occasional update that he missed while training in Tibet for five years, such as who the Prime Minister is or the fact that MI7 is now sponsored by a phone company) with just a few moments of Idiot Ball.
Dungeon Bypass: Johnny uses a series of these to pursue a Parkour assassin without breaking a sweat.
Evil Old Folks: The killer cleaner woman. She tries to kill Johnny English four times.
Failure-to-Save Murder: Johnny English is blamed for the murder of Mozambique's president. Of course, he was supposed to be guarding him at the time... But who could have predicted that his own bodyguard would be mind-controlled to assassinate him?
Five-Bad Band: The villains of the film appear to form one, even though we aren't told much about them.
Hero Stole My Bike: Johnny in the motorised wheelchair after getting set up by the actual traitor Ambrose, and shot in the leg by MI7, then forced to jack his crippled friend's ride.
Hidden Agenda Villain: The actual villains of the film have a very straightforward agenda — they accept money in return for killing people. What isn't very clear is why two of the erstwhile heads of said villainous group have changed their minds about it.
Hypercompetent Sidekick: Tucker follows Bough in this department, though not all the time. He displays in some scenes more competence then English, such as correctly pointing the right person to English, only for English to go to the wrong person; identifying the bulletproof umbrella as actually being a rocket launcher, and figuring out that Ambrose was the double agent. But in other scenes, he's even more incompetent than English. Talking on the phone to his mum, and not noticing that a sniper was meters away from him, about to kill their only lead, multiple times letting a enemy agent simply run past him before calling to English, rather then try and stop the agent himself.
Legacy Character: Pegasus. While this movie provides a Gender Flip for the character, both Pegasuses have the same function in both movies.
Mood Whiplash: Johnny starts dancing to Cameo's Word Up right in the middle of assassinating the Chinese PM.
My Greatest Failure: Johnny's face undergoes complex spasms every time the screw-up in Mozambique is mentioned.
Oh Crap: Johnny has one when he realizes he just drank a glass of alcohol laced with the mind-controlling drugs.
Only a Flesh Wound: Johnny is initially crippled when he gets shot by the MI7 agents in the church, forcing him to hijack Patch's wheelchair. One scene later, he's running around with no apparent disability.
Recurring Element: An old Chinese lady assassin who disguises herself as a cleaning lady kills the main members of the terrorist group Vortex. Aside from the attacks on Johnny and Vortex, she is also noticeable for one more little detail: Johnny ends up attacking other old women who he thinks is the assassin. This includes Pegasus' mother and the freaking Queen! And with a serving tray no less!
Rewind, Replay, Repeat: Kate checks CCTV footage recorded before an assassination, revealing an important clue.
Spoiler Title: This movie features Johnny cheating death after accidentally drinking the mind-control device that kills its victims. In the process, he is "reborn" by a kiss from Kate.