Film / Kingsman: The Secret Service

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"We are an independent international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion. The Kingsmen agents are the new knights."
Harry Hart aka Galahad

Kingsman: The Secret Service is a 2015 spy action film based on the comic book The Secret Service by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons.

Gary "Eggsy" Unwin (Taron Egerton) is a young English crook recruited by Agent Harry Hart (Colin Firth) as a candidate to join Kingsman, a private intelligence service unhampered by the bureaucracy of government agencies. As he and other candidates undergo rigorous training, Harry uncovers evidence of a plot by Internet billionaire Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) to stop mankind from destroying Earth by triggering worldwide genocide.

The film is directed by Matthew Vaughn and also stars Sofia Boutella, Mark Strong, Mark Hamill and Michael Caine.

Kingsman exceeded all expectations and a sequel, called Kingsman: The Golden Circle, has been confirmed for June 2017, co-written and directed by Matthew Vaughn with returning stars Egerton, Firth, and Strong along with new cast members Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal, Channing Tatum and Julianne Moore.

Character tropes go on to the Characters Sheet.


This film contains examples of:

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: At the start of the movie, Gazelle slices a Kingsman completely in half (height-wise) with one slash of her leg-blades. She also proves capable of cutting through guns like warm butter.
  • Action Prologue: The opening scene set in 1997.
  • Actually Pretty Funny:
    • Seems to be Eggsy's reaction when he learns that he did, in fact, have a parachute.
    • Valentine's reaction when he hears Eggsy's one-liner after asking to be spared the treatment.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Eggsy's comics counterpart's upper-class, Oxbridge-educated fellow recruits do make some comments regarding his background, but they're mostly friendly and even fight alongside him in the finale. They're mostly all absolute dicks in the movie, though. One of them even turns up in Valentine's bunker party in the end and betrays Eggsy to Valentine.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Gary London becomes Gary "Eggsy" Unwin, his mother Sharon becomes Michelle. His uncle Jack is no longer his uncle, and is renamed Harry Hart.
    • Secret Agents become referred to by codenames derived from Arthurian legend, so they might retain their names if they aren't ever called by their real ones. Chester King's closest counterpart is a man called Sir Giles in the comic.
  • Adrenaline Time: Featured during the fight scenes.
  • Adult Fear: Michelle under the effects of Valentine's Hate Plague going at the bathroom door with a cleaver, trying to kill her daughter, whom she locked in the bathroom before the Hate Plague started.
  • Affectionate Parody: The movie is this and a Reconstruction of Roger Moore-era Bond films, as well as campy spy fiction in general.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Aside from Roxy and the other female candidate, all of the other Kingsman recruits make fun of Eggsy for his economic status.
  • All Up to You: Merlin, Roxy and Eggsy ultimately decide to go at stopping Valentine by themselves upon finding out that Arthur had sided with Valentine. Justified in that they don't know who else among the Kingsmen have been compromised and that there's too little time to risk finding out.
  • Angrish: The last thug left standing during the pub brawl can't get a coherent sentence out as he's trying to shoot Harry.
    Thug: You fucking dirty fucking dirty...
  • Apocalypse How: A mix of Class 2 and Class 3a, depending on how long Valentine was intending to leave his hand on the machine it could have been a Species-Extinction event, except for the few hundreds he selected and people living in remote areas without electronic devices. In any case a societal collapse was guaranteed. The movie leaves ambiguous how far it went. Presumably not very far, since Dean and his mates survived.
  • Apocalyptic Montage: We see the effects of the hate plague unfold in three different cities. Something of a subversion for the whole gentleman spy genre in and of itself as it actually shows the beginning of what is actually a terrifying way for the world to end, rather than it being stopped with seconds left on the countdown.
  • Armor Is Useless: Averted. The Kingsmen's specially-made suits are bulletproof and knife-resistant, as Harry mentions to Eggsy in the tailor shop. This comes in handy later on several occasions, particularly when Harry gets shot several times in the course of the church fight.
  • Armor-Piercing Attack: That Kingsman bullet shield umbrella holds up quite well under a withering barrage when Eggsy heads back into Valentine's compound... until one of the mooks brings an anti-materiel rifle into play.
  • Artificial Limbs: Gazelle's legs are what you get when combining a pair of normal prosthetic legs and Absurdly Sharp Blade.
  • Artistic License: While showing Eggsy around an armory, Harry describes an Oxford as being any type of formal shoe with open lacing. Oxfords actually have closed lacing (as seen on screen). Harry is actually describing a derby shoe.
  • Artistic License – Physics: Snippets of text on Valentine's computers indicate his Mind Control device uses ELF (Extremely Low Frequency) radio waves. While this has some credibility in that the precise effects of ELF waves on the human brain are the subject of ongoing research, transmitting such waves requires an extremely long antenna. In fact, Earth itself is used for that purpose. Handheld devices transmitting ELF waves is utterly impossible.
  • Aside Glance: Eggsy give one to the audience in the closing moments of the films right before heading into the Bar Brawl.
  • Asshole Victims:
    • The congregation of the church where Valentine tests the small scale version of his device to make sure it works are extremely anti-Semitic, racist, sexist and homophobic so it's hard to feel that sorry for them when they all go berserk and get slaughtered by each other and Harry (who's also affected by the device but retains his lethal skills and is the only one standing by the end of the brawl.). The world leaders who get their heads blown up after Merlin activates their implants also qualify, as having implicitly agreed to be willing participants in a genocide.
    • The Swedish Prime Minister's death by head explosion likewise garners little sympathy given he turns on his Princess and country to buy into Valentine's plan, handwaving it by claiming to be a republican anyway.
  • Audible Sharpness: Gazelle's legs, to the nth degree.
  • Autobots, Rock Out!: Two examples: Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing" in the intro, and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" (around two-three minutes of the guitar solos starting after the middle part) during the church massacre. KC and the Sunshine Band's "Give It Up" while Valentine's plan is executed could be a parody of this trope.
  • Beeping Computers: Noisy computers are all over the place.
  • The Big Board:
    • There is one next to the Kingsman table, which they use to display the previous Lancelot's investigation and some disappeared VIPs. They need their AR glasses to see anything on it, which means anyone looking in doesn't see anything strange on the mirror.
    • Valentine has one in his hideout, which he and Gazelle use to run their entire operation.
  • Big "NO!":
    • After Harry's death, it's no surprise that Eggsy lets out one of these.
    • Valentine also lets out one when he realizes his plan has failed.
  • Black Comedy: Mixed with Camp, the movie has this in spades, from every world leader cooperating with the Big Bad (including apparently the President of the United States and the Queen of Great Britain) having their heads blown up to Pomp and Circumstance to Galahad killing half of a church group... set to Free Bird.
  • Black-Tie Infiltration: Eggsy pulls this on Valentine's "V-day" party to access his network.
  • Bloodless Carnage: The film is not completely bloodless, but anything worse than a gunshot wound is remarkably clean. Most notably, when Lancelot is cleaved into two lengthwise, it does not result in a single drop of blood. Meanwhile, the head-exploding implants result in a burst of all sorts of goop, but little actual blood. And when the final scene with all of the headless people lying on the ground comes around, the blood from their bodies is not even spilled all over the floor.
  • Bloodstained Glass Windows: The fight in the church.
  • Bond One-Liner: Invoked and defied. As Valentine is dying from his wound, he expresses his disgust at having to listen to a lame death-related pun. But Eggsy spares him that.
    Eggsy: This ain't that kind of movie, bruv.
    Valentine: ... Perfect.
    • Still fits as a Pre-Mortem One-Liner, just like the original instance — said by Valentine himself!
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Played with. The Big Bad knows when to be practical. He simply shoots Harry in the head after a minimal exchange, lampshading his lack of this trait. That said, he does describe enough of his plan before killing Harry, which was broadcast via his glasses to the Kingsman, to allow them to figure out the rest of it.
  • Bookcase Passage: The Kingsmen have their secrets doors opened this way.
  • Bookends:
    • Near the beginning, Harry Hart beats up some of Eggsy's mother's boyfriend's Mooks in a pub. At the very end, the scene is repeated, with Eggsy emulating Hart's every action. The look on the Mook's faces when they hear "manners maketh man" again tells you exactly what happens after the credits roll.
    • The film opens and ends with a zoom out shot of a radio.
  • Boom, Headshot:
    • Harry Hart to a mook in an uncensored trailer, to Eggsy's disbelief.
    • Later to Harry himself, courtesy of Valentine.
  • Boring but Practical: Along with all their cool spy gadgets, the Kingsmen keep a supply of off-the-shelf smartphones and tablets, which are undeniably useful for communication, photography, etc.
    Harry: That technology’s caught up with the spy world.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Averted. Guns run out of bullets and need to be reloaded or replaced throughout the movie, especially in the church scene.
    • That being said, where do the trick umbrellas keep their ammo, particularly considering they're loaded with different types so the agent has the option to either stun or kill? Logically, they would only be able to hold one shot at a time.
      • It's possible the stun or kill settings are indicating the force with which the projectile will be ejected. Doesn't explain how a "stun" round will do so while knocking people head-over-heels. When fired from a weapon lacking a stock.
    • One of Dean's mooks somehow manages to fire eight shots from a six-shot revolver.
  • Break Out the Museum Piece: The big yellow missile pack suit is apparently a leftover from Reagan's 'Star Wars' program, and it looks it too.
  • Brick Joke: Early on, Valentine says that he hates the sight of blood, claiming that it makes him projectile vomit. When he's impaled and sees his own blood, out comes the vomit.
  • Bullet-Proof Fashion Plate: Seems to be a trait of Kingsman agents, the only one to look even slightly disheveled is Harry when a Hate Plague causes him to get into a brawl with upwards of 70 people. Even then, the result is his hair being a little mussed up.. Also a literal case as a Bulletproof Vest.
  • Bulletproof Human Shield: Harry employs one during the church battle and Eggsy does it to a mook in the final battle.
  • Bulletproof Vest: Kingsmen suits are bulletproof to small arms fire, as are their umbrellas.
  • Canine Companion: An Enforced Trope by the Agency. Each of the recruits is instructed to adopt a puppy, train it and take it with them everywhere, in order to learn about teamwork. Subverted when the final test comes. And then Double Subverted when it turned out they were shooting blanks.
  • Canon Foreigner: Big Bad Richmond Valentine is a completely new character, and does not appear in the comics.
  • Car Fu: When Valentine first sets off his Hate Plague, we see a London bus swerve and take out several fighters in the eponymous city.
  • Central Theme: As highlighted below in Slobs vs. Snobs, class conflict in many shades.
  • Chained to a Railway: At one point, Eggsy finds himself drugged and kidnapped, and a man subjects him to just such a predicament trying to get the secrets of Kingsman out of him. The fact that such a Dead Horse Trope is used is a subtle hint towards the fact that it's not actually real, but just a Secret Test of Character to make sure the candidate won't rat out the organization.
  • Chekhov's Armory: All of the Kingsman gadgets shown come in useful at various times including the bulletproof umbrella, the 50,000 volt signet ring, the cigarette lighter hand grenade, the poison pen, the shoe blade and the amnesia dart.
  • Chekhov's Gag: Eggsy's kindness to animals tends to have unintended consequences. His short-lived high-speed car chase ends because he swerves to avoid hitting a fox. He fails the final Kingsman test because he refuses to Shoot the Dog he raised.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Ironically enough it ends up being Valentine's own Neural Chips. They're implanted in all of his men and fellow elite, and rigged to explode if they reveal his plans. Merlin hacks into his systems and sets them off.
  • Chekhov's Skill:
    • Eggsy's superior Le Parkour skills are lampshaded early on when Harry mentions how Eggsy used to be an aspiring gymnastics as a kid. An on-screen demonstration is given when Eggsy escapes from his bullies.
    • Eggsy's light fingers — seen early on when he pickpockets the keys to a gangster's car — which he uses late in the movie to swap his poisoned brandy with Arthur's.
      • Harry sees through it when he tries to swipe a cigar lighter grenade, though.
  • Clean Cut: How Gazelle kills Lancelot.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Given Eggsy hails from a London crime scene not far from Matthew Vaughn's usual ilk, the characters swear like it's nobody's business.
  • Combat Stilettos: Gazelle has a very literal variation.
  • Composite Character/Decomposite Character:
    • Some character traits are transferred from Rupert Greaves, the chief training officer, to Sir Giles, head of the secret service, forming Merlin and Arthur, respectively.
    • Mark Hamill is combined with James Arnold to become... James Arnold as played by Mark Hamill. Much of James Arnold remains in the form of a new character, Richmond Valentine.
  • Conversational Troping: Valentine discusses various tropes of Tuxedo and Martini Spy Fiction with various characters over the course of the film, showing how he is a Genre Savvy Meta Guy on top of being a Diabolical Mastermind.
  • Cool Guns: The standard-issue pistol used by Kingsman agents has a second barrel mounted under the muzzle that can fire a shotgun shell.
  • Covert Group with Mundane Front: Played with. The Kingsmen's classic tailor front is justified by having started out as one, catering to the rich and powerful. It was only after World War I, when many of said wealthy and influential people’s heirs were dead, that the remaining clients and owners decided to use their wealth left behind to forge a new knightly order to ensure peace around the world. It may be the first case where the Covert Group grew out of the Mundane Front practically as a sideline.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Evidently, Kingsmen airplanes are loaded with lots of champagne for post-mission celebrations.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Harry versus a bunch of louts early in the film. He creams them all without so much as getting a hair out of place.
    • Lancelot vs several of Valentine's goons in the opening of the movie, trivially taking out half a dozen men.
  • Darkest Hour: Happens towards the end, when both Eggsy and Merlin are cornered by a large number of mooks with no way out, Eggsy has a last request for Merlin to call his mum.
  • Deadly Deferred Conversation: Harry tells Eggsy that they'll continue a conversation about duty when he gets back. He doesn't come back.
  • Death Trap: Discussed, then averted.
    Valentine: You know what this is like? It's like those old movies we both love. Now, I'm going to tell you my whole plan, and then I'm going to come up with some absurd and convoluted way to kill you, and you'll find an equally convoluted way to escape.
    Harry Hart: Sounds good to me.
    Valentine: Well, this ain't that kind of movie. *Shoots Harry in the head*
  • Decon-Recon Switch: Of the Tuxedo and Martini Spy Fiction of early James Bond films. It begins by deconstructing it, including the sheer amount of trauma that comes with becoming such an operative even in the training stages and having a truly Genre Savvy villain who refuses to abide by Death Trap creation and other Bond Villain Stupidity, but comes back to a Reconstruction when the team of Merlin, Roxy, and Eggsy work together and use the tactics of many of this type to fight back anyway.
  • Demoted to Extra: Professor James Arnold has a much smaller role here than in the comics, in which he served as the Big Bad. The film gives his Evil Plan and main villain status to Richmond Valentine.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Averted. There is one woman on the good guy's team, and one woman on the bad guy's team. They never even see each other, much less fight, and it's Eggsy who takes on Gazelle in the climax.
  • Diegetic Switch: Happens to the first song during the closing credits. For The Stinger is suddenly switched to an in-universe version coming from a radio at Eggsy's pub.
  • Disappointed In You: Said by Arthur to Charlie after the latter fails the test on keeping the existence of the Kingsmen a secret. Also done by Harry to Eggsy after he refuses to shoot his dog for the sake of the last test (though it also didn't help that Eggsy was willing to throw his life's ambitions away afterwards).
  • Domestic Abuse: Dean is quite abusive to both Eggsy and Michelle.
  • Door Closes Ending: The film proper ends with Merlin closing the monitor panels of his Mission Control computer console, so as to discreetly avoid watching Eggsy having Rescue Sex with Princess Tilde. But this is quickly followed up by The Stinger.
  • Down the Rabbit Hole: When Eggsy is chosen, he and Hart travel down a long elevator to the secret base. Suffice to say, everything's changed forever.
    Eggsy: How deep does this go?
  • The Dragon: Gazelle is the only one of Valentine's henchmen to be trusted completely with the plan, and is tasked with ensuring it succeeds.
  • Dramatic Necklace Removal: Eggsy, with the chain on which he keeps the Kingsman medallion Harry gave him as a child.
  • Drink Order: "Martini. Gin, not vodka, obviously. Stirred for 10 seconds while glancing at an unopened bottle of vermouth."
    • Every alcoholic beverage in the film is named down to its vintage. For instance, the Kingsmen toast with an 1815 Napoleonic brandy whenever they lose one of their own.
  • Drowning Pit: The first Kingsman test.
  • Dungeon Bypass: Eggsy manages to escape a locked room filled with water by destroying a mirror which he recognized was also a window.
  • Dying as Yourself: Arthur, who throughout the movie has been the epitomal snob, curses Eggsy in purest Cockney as he's dying from the poisoned brandy.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Harry's death has him, though not by his own control, slaughter through a bunch of a Westboro-like church goers with minimal injuries. He then walks outside, has a friendly chat with Valentine, and faces his death like a true gentleman.
  • Easy Amnesia: Harry sedates the barkeeper after the Bar Brawl with a Poison Arrow labeled "Amnesia".
  • Elaborate Underground Base: The third act is set in one built by Valentine.
  • Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: Richmond Valentine lisps. Funnily, he finds that the British "talk tho funny".
  • Engineered Public Confession: Arthur believes this could be in play after Valentine kills Harry. Unfortunately, Arthur also won't let it get that far, having been persuaded to join Valentine's cause.
  • Enhance Button: Used twice.
    • When the Kingsmen watch TV footage of Valentine announcing his free Sim card deal, they are able to zoom in from a wide angle shot to a crisp close-up on the scar on Gazelle's neck.
    • Later when they analyse footage taken with Harry's spy glasses at Valentine's place, they are able to zoom in on an envelop carried by one of Valentines's assistants which clues them in on the "South Glade Mission Church".
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: The good guys' team consists entirely of white people, and is mostly male with only one female in a relatively high profile position, while the bad guys' team includes a black Big Bad, some white male mooks, and an Ambiguously Brown female who is not only The Dragon but clearly the most dangerous of the lot.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Eggsy has a couple of these near the start of the film. One of his first on screen acts is to comfort his crying (half) sister. He also enables his two friends to escape from the stolen car they've just crashed (after he swerved to avoid killing a fox) by ramming the police car pursuing them so only he can be arrested and refuses to give their names to the police while being questioned.
  • Europeans Are Kinky: After Eggsy jokingly asks if the imprisoned Swedish princess will give him a kiss for breaking her out, she instantly says she'll give much more than that. When Eggsy has to head off to actually save the world, she says they can do it in the ass if he succeeds. It is made very clear she doesn't have any problem keeping her word.
  • Everybody Has Standards: Not all the celebrities, politicians and royalty approached by Valentine agree with his scheme for whatever reason. They end up locked up in his base for all their trouble. Though it also spares them from the chaos going on around the world as well as the explosive chips that were meant to save those who did buy into Valentine's plan.
  • Everything Is Online: Averted. For Merlin to get into Valentine's system, Eggsy has to infiltrate Valentine's base, gain access to a laptop already connected to his internal network, then plug in a device to give Merlin remote access to the laptop. And even once he has access to the system, he can't do anything to prevent Valentine's plan, as it relies on biometric security.
  • Exact Words:
    • Merlin waits until after the Kingsman candidates have jumped from a plane before telling them that part of the test is seeing how they work as a team if, for example, one of them does not have a parachute. He did not say that any of them really were missing a parachute.
    • Valentine loathes violence and insists that he doesn't kill people, rather it's people killing each other. He's technically right in that he never actually kills anyone by his own hand aside from Harry. His SIM cards on the other hand...
  • Explosive Leash: Those loyal to Valentine are fitted with a head-detonating implant. It also doubles as a counter-signal to the Hate Plague, which means all of his mooks have one.
  • Face Death with Dignity:
    • Galahad doesn't put up a struggle or protest when Valentine is poised to execute him. Later on, as Valentine's mortally wounded, all he calmly does is hope Eggsy won't give him a cheesy Bond One-Liner, and grins when Eggsy indulges him, anyway.
    • Eggsy gets two instances. The first is a subversion, as he's already switched the poisoned brandy and is being careful to not tip Arthur off. The second is when he's being faced by two columns of Valentine's henchmen and calmly awaits his fate until Merlin activates the implants.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Arthur and Charlie. One became The Mole for Valentine sometime prior to/during a suit fitting and Charlie rats out Eggsy in Valentine's base.
  • Fandom-Specific Plot: Easily a significant portion of Kingsman fanfic has this plot point: Valentine is a lousy shot and Galahad's still alive.
  • Fanservice:
    • The only explicable reason for the shot of the princess's butt at the end.
    • Eggsy and Charlie shirtless and wet.
    • In the non-sexual sense: the entire movie could be considered fanservice for fans of the older, less serious spy movies.
  • Fingore: In his One-Man Army action sequence, Lancelot shoots off a mook's finger with his gun.
  • Flipping the Bird: Eggsy does a lot of this, both the middle finger and the British two-finger bird.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • At the beginning of the film, Eggsy crashes into another car to avoid hitting an urban fox; if one remembers that scene when he's told to shoot JB, his dog, his reaction seems a bit more predictable.
    • In the next scene, Eggsy refuses to roll over on his two friends, who bailed when Eggsy crashed. When faced with a Secret Test of Character, he refuses to rat out the Kingsmen and passes. By contrast, Charlie folds during the same test and winds up at Valentine's party, where he blows Eggsy's cover.
    • At the beginning of the film, we see Eggsy lift a set of car keys from someone. And then, later on, he switches his and Arthur's glasses when he realizes his has likely been poisoned. Light-fingered indeed, Eggsy.
    • The previous Lancelot's investigation: the two events reported by Merlin to Arthur and Galahad were very likely Valentine's first experiments with ways to make people kill each other.
    • If you listen carefully when Charlie fails the loyalty test, you hear him say "I'm the fucking son of the...". Later, he shows up at Valentine's secret base because his family were all among Valentine's chosen people and have gathered to ride out the Hate Plague. It was already pretty obvious that he was rich from the beginning, but apparently Charlie's blood runs just a bit bluer than that.
  • Formally Named Pet: Eggsy named his dog J.B., after Jack Bauer. Harry, on the other hand, apparently named his training dog Mr. Pickle.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • In the scene where Arthur and Eggsy share the special brandy, watch the glasses after the camera pans back from the painting. The brandy is visibly sloshing more than it had been before the camera pan, because Eggsy switched the glasses.
    • When the recruit's room fills with water and Eggsy swims to the door to try and open it, you can briefly see him swim past Amelia, seemingly panicking.
  • Gaia's Vengeance: Valentine describes global warming in terms of a human body trying to fight off a disease. It's the fever meant to kill the virus (humans).
  • The Game Never Stopped: The first test ends with Amelia drowning. This convinces the other candidates that the tests they are undertaking really will kill them if they screw up. The second and third tests both initially seem potentially lethal but are immediately revealed not to have been; the final test is for Eggsy and Roxy to shoot their companion dogs, and it's only after Eggsy refuses and fails the test that it's revealed the gun was loaded with blanks. Not only that, Amelia was a Kingsman employee and merely faked her death so the candidates would think they were in real danger, when they were actually safe the whole time; the whole thing was just one Secret Test of Character after another.
  • Gender Flip: In the source "Secret Service" graphic comic, Gazelle is a young man with artificial legs. In the film, Gazelle is a female acrobatic double amputee dancer with artificial legs.
  • Gender Is No Object: Kingsman, evidently. Nobody bats an eye at Amelia and Roxy's efforts to get into the agency. This gets particular notice when all three remaining candidates, including Roxy, are tasked with seducing a young woman and nobody makes any indication of her task being harder or sexier.
  • Genre Throwback: To the old Tuxedo and Martini spy flicks, which this movie reconstructs.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: The glasses the agents wear are used to record and transmit audio and video feeds.
  • Gorn: Played With. There's actually a lot of blood and carnage shown, but often in unusual ways like heads exploding into fireworks.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: When they watch footage of Professor Arnold's head exploding (captured by Harry's spy glasses), the scene cuts away to show Eggsy's reaction instead.
  • Gun Fu: Mostly in single gun variants throughout. The outstanding moment is hot reloading in the church battle.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: The previous Lancelot gets sliced from head to toe by Gazelle, thus opening the position for a new candidate.
  • Hate Plague: Valentine's weaponized SIM cards are this, emitting a signal which drives up aggression while removing inhibition.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Eggsy's father performed one in the Action Prologue set in 1997, Jumping on a Grenade that would've taken out Harry, Merlin, and the previous Lancelot.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Eggsy at first glance appears to be a typical Lower-Class Lout, however his love for his family and (possibly misguided depending on your point of view) loyalty to his friends suggest a more upstanding person underneath the exterior. Before going off the rails he was also known for a high IQ, gymnastic ability and was on course to qualify as a Royal Marine (which takes someone truly exceptional).
    • When Hart tries to come up with an example of a lower-class person making a radical change, Eggsy claims to have never seen Trading Places, Nikita or Pretty Woman, but has seen My Fair Lady, to Hart's astonishment.
  • His Name Is...: Professor Arnold says this right before the chip activates and explodes.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • Harry's attempt to spy on Valentine leads to the latter planting a tracker on the former, leading to the discovery of the tailor base and Valentine speaking and flipping Arthur to his side. Which leads to Valentine buying a bugged top-hat, thus revealing his plan. Which leads to Harry investigating the church, which gets him killed. Which leads to the Kingsmen learning Valentine's plan.
    • Arthur's unsuccessful co-opting of Eggsy and also enables Eggsy and Merlin to interfere with the plan by infiltrating his base and stopping it themselves.
    • The explosive chip that Valentine uses to keep his army under control is used by Merlin to wipe them out.
    • In the end, Valentine is killed by the bladed prosthetic leg of Gazelle, his most trusted henchman.
  • Hollywood Hacking: It takes Merlin only a few seconds of frantic key-tapping to remote-activate all of Valentine's explosive loyalty-chip implants worldwide. A little odd, considering Valentine's other mass-murdering doom-machine uses its own private satellite network biologically keyed to Valentine's hand, which prompts Merlin to say that he can't hack something that complicated. Justified to a certain extent, as we're explicitly shown the biometric system's installation a long time after we're made aware that every member of the conspiracy is already implanted and those are (currently) on a separate, older system, and that it requires a gruesome constant connection to Valentine's hand. As well, while Merlin only taps a few keys, the computer shows lines upon lines of code streaming past, showing that Merlin isn't manually hacking the system, he merely triggered a program to do it.
  • Hollywood Tactics: Averted by Valentine's mooks. While Eggsy faces only a few at a time early on, they then use two columns to drive him into a corner and effectively use cover to advance as they pin him in place. In addition, they have a heavy caliber rifle that's able to penetrate Eggy's bulletproof umbrella.
    • Not to mention Valentine's mooks don't even TRY to storm the plane a single middle aged man is camped in, instead bringing out a rocket launcher platform.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • Valentine mentions he has a hard time understanding the way Harry and other distinctively British people like him talk. This coming from a man who speaks with a lisp.
    • Valentine, who is plotting to murder billions of people, is outraged when Merlin blows the implants of all the people involved in the scheme.
    Valentine: You killed all thothe innothent people!!
  • Idiosyncratic Wipes: People and objects going across the screen are used during the church brawl to disguise edits so that the main chunk of the action looks like a oner.
  • I Hit You, You Hit the Ground: Dean threatens this to Eggsy at one point.
  • Imminent Danger Clue: As Eggsy and Arthur are about to toast the fallen Harry, Eggsy notices a surgical scar beneath Arthur's ear and realizes that he's been implanted with Valentine's loyalty chip and, therefore, is in league with Valentine. Eggsy figures this out just in time to pull a Poisoned Chalice Switcheroo on Arthur.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Valentine gets this at the end of the movie, after Eggsy throws one of Gazelle's prostheses at him like a spear.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Valentine's mooks empty magazine after magazine at Eggsy, but they don't miss; his suit is bulletproof. A deleted clip shows him shrugging off a ton of flattened bullets. This doesn't, however, explain how they all manage to miss hitting his unprotected head.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: One of Eggsy’s first acts upon witnessing Harry’s death is to rush to the nearest source of liquor, pour himself a generous amount, and gulp down a swallow.
  • Infant Immortality: Adult deaths flow freely in this movie, but in all the scenes of mass violence, children are conspicuously absent. The only child to come under any threat is Eggsy’s little sister and she survives.
  • Instant Sedation: It takes one second for Eggsy to put the Swedish Prime Minister to sleep with his Poison Arrow.
  • I Owe You My Life: Hart tells Eggsy that his father saved his life, so he owes a debt to him by training his son.
  • Ironic Echo: After the church slaughter, Valentine suggests to Hart that he would find out about his plan. Hart concurs, but Valentine retorts by declaring "This ain't that kind of movie." and shoots him. Near the end of the movie, after Eggsy mortally wounds Valentine, Valentine suggests in his last breath that Eggsy would make a bad pun to him, but Eggsy repeats what Valentine told Harry in response, to Valentine's amusement.
  • It Works Better with Bullets: Eggsy pilfers a mook's SMG and tries to turn it on some other mooks, but the magazine is empty. Fortunately, Merlin's is loaded. When Eggsy does this again later with a larger rifle, he makes sure this one is loaded.
  • Jumping on a Grenade: How Eggsy's father performed the aforementioned heroic sacrifice.
  • Just Between You and Me: Subverted. The Big Bad realizes the danger of the trope, and decides to just execute Harry instead. However, since their conversation was recorded, Arthur notes to Eggsy that there was enough to help the authorities deal with Valentine properly. Unfortunately, Arthur has been turned, too.
  • Just in Time: Roxy's missile hits the target satellite exactly the moment Valentine's countdown reaches zero.
  • Keystone Army: Valentine's entire private army and his powerful co-conspirators are taken out in a single keystroke due to the implants that kept them safe also doubling as a miniature explosive and Merlin's hacking enabling him to activate them all at once.
  • Kink Meme: Didn't take long.
  • Knee-capping: In the Action Prologue, Harry shoots the terrorist in both kneecaps.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: About as literal as it gets without actually involving lasers. Valentine is able to fill an entire Elaborate Underground Base with world leaders and one-percenters who support his scheme, as well as similar ones throughout the world - and gives them all Explosive Leash implants that protect his secrets and protect them from the Hate Plague. Eggsy and Merlin set them off - all of them - during the Final Battle. As there were numerous similar individuals who didn't support him imprisoned on the base without implants and thus spared, global politics have taken a massive step forward - the only ones left are the ones who find attacking their citizens repulsive enough to be imprisoned rather than do it. Last time something like that happened, the Kingsmen were created.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • The line "This isn't that kind of movie" is actually a call-back to an earlier conversation between Galahad and Valentine, but given the context (Valentine's intentional Lampshade Hanging of Bond Villain Stupidity), it really does smack heavily of this.
    • Also done with the conversation at the party.
  • Left Hanging: The film ends abruptly without resolving what will happen to the Kingsman order after Arthur's death and the general status of the world as a result of Valentine's Hate Plague. All we know is that Valentine is dead, Eggsy got some Rescue Sex, and he later returned to beat up the hooligans that were bothering him earlier in the film.
  • Left the Background Music On: Played with. When a grenade goes off in the church massacre and Galahad is briefly stunned, the rockin' Free Bird solo is muted to the sound of ringing eardrums.
  • Le Parkour: Another of Eggsy's skills prior to joining the agency. He uses it to easily evade some local thugs.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Eggsy and Roxy are close and stick up for each other a lot, but surprisingly they do not enter a relationship.
  • Lighter and Softer: The Secret Service is much more graphically violent and candidates are seriously hurt and/or killed during training. Candidates are also required to kill in cold blood and agents are generally more sociopathic than the movie versions (doing things like immobilizing opponents before delivering no holds barred beatdowns).
  • List of Transgressions: Harry's comment to an attendant of a church that shows high levels of anti-Semitism, racism, and homophobia (as well as being pro-life) as he makes to leave:
    I'm a Catholic whore currently enjoying congress out of wedlock with my black Jewish boyfriend who works at the military abortion clinic. So hail Satan and have a lovely afternoon, madam.
  • Live-Action Adaptation: Of The Secret Service.
  • Lower-Class Lout: Eggsy looks and acts like one of these, but is actually a better person than he appears. Eggsy's stepfather and his gang however fit this trope to a T, being violent and crude thugs without any redeeming qualities. Eggsy's friends don't get enough screen time to judge whether they fit or not.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: The movie employs a variant, with more focus on "ludicrous" than "gibs". People have Amusing Injuries, but without the blood spatter seen in other movies adapting Millar comics — best example being heads exploding in fireworks.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Dean refers to Eggsy as "Mugsy". The snobbish Kingsman candidates call him "Eggy".
  • May Contain Evil: Valentine's sim cards, which double as receptors for a signal that drives up aggression while disconnecting the inhibitors.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • The codenames of the Kingsmen. Galahad was one of the most pure and devoted of the Knights of the Round Table, and never gave up his quest to find the Holy Grail. Merlin was not a knight, but used his powers to help out the Knights of the Round Table behind the scenes. And Arthur was a noble leader that sought to ensure the survival of the order but died by the hands of someone he trained.
    • The target of the Neuro-Linguistic programming test, Lady Montague-Herring, truly lives up to her name given the traditional colors for the House of Montague.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Eggsy's mentor, Harry, is executed by Valentine.
  • Mickey Mousing: The corrupt leaders of the world and Valentine's henchmen have their heads explode to the tune of Pomp and Circumstance/Land of Hope and Glory.
  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: The Kingsmen are led to the Big Bad's plot to wipe out most of the world's human population following the murder of Lancelot and his report of a "kidnapped" man who is later seen walking about quite freely.
  • A Minor Kidroduction: Eggsy is introduced as a young child, when Galahad comes to inform his mother about his father's decease.
  • Mission Control: Merlin throughout the film, observing the progress of the Kingsman recruits through video feeds. Exemplified during the climax when his hacking helps to impede Valentine's progress and save Eggsy (and himself) from enemy soldiers.
  • Mr. Muffykins: During training, Eggsy picks a pug (under the mistaken belief that it's a bulldog) and is seen struggling with it because it possesses a stubbornness that belies its size. Harry's revealed to have chosen a terrier he named "Mr. Pickles".
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • The over-the-top, manic nature of the church massacre is shockingly hilarious. Harry's muted horror at going on a murderous rampage against civilians, and Valentine's abrupt dispatch of him, is just plain shocking. And then it immediately jumps back into comedy with Valentine's squeamish reaction at having killed someone.
    • The shift back to Bond-style comedy shortly after the Adult Fear / Apocalypse How / Inferred Holocaust sequence is equally jarring.
  • Moral Dissonance: Valentine is perfectly okay with committing global genocide, as long as he's not directly witnessing it. He also genuinely feels awful about shooting Harry... and goes on to say that, while he's not fine with killing anyone personally, he's fine with making them kill each other.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: This is essentially Harry's reaction to his having slaughtered several dozen people while under the influence of Valentine's SIM cards.
  • My Greatest Failure: Harry failed to properly pat down a mook prisoner to see if he was carrying a grenade, so when the prisoner attempts to blow up himself and the rest of the Kingsmen in the room, Eggsy's father pushed Harry out of the way and jumped on the grenade himself, taking the blast. Made even worse given how he was Harry's protégé.
  • My Local: Eggsy's local is called The Black Prince. It's the setting of two Bar Brawls.
  • Near Villain Victory: To the point of Partial Villain Victory. Valentine managed to activate his system for at least five minutes.
  • New Era Speech: Valentine delivers one right before starting the countdown for the worldwide Hate Plague.
    "I just want to remind you all that today is a day of celebration. We must put aside all thoughts of death, and focus on birth. The birth of a new age. We mustn't mourn the ones who give their lives today. We should honor their sacrifice, and their role in saving the human race. We must put aside doubts and guilt. You are the chosen people."
  • Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: Dean's line in The Stinger to Eggsy "Why don't you ask that tailor friend of yours, and knock up a nice chicken costume." prompts the latter to prepare for an Ironic Echo Bar Brawl.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed:
    • Princess Tilde, as she is listed in the credits, is clearly a fictionalised version of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden (in status) and her younger sister Princess Madeleine (in looks and age). The unnamed American president strongly resembles Barack Obama in looks (at least from behind — we never see his face) and voice.
    • The church in Kentucky is modeled after the Westboro Baptist Church.
  • No Endor Holocaust: While little is shown, it seems almost every world leader getting their heads blown off, along with many government officials and corporate figures and millions of others killed across the globe as a result of Valentine's SIM cards driving everyone insane with rage, has done little to affect everyday life. Though that being said, the ones locked up by Valentine like the Swedish princess are likely to have taken the place of those whose heads were just blown off. The movie also ends mere minutes after Valentine is defeated, so there wasn't time to explore the possible long-term side effects of his partially implemented evil plan.
  • No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: Valentine shares a lovely dinner with whatever guests he sways to his side. This helps the Prime Minister to follow him, while the Swedish Princess says he's completely insane. Later, Valentine more directly invokes the trope by eating with an undercover Harry. Their main course is... McDonald's. This dinner also has a practical side, as the wine Harry ingested contains a special gel that allows him to track Harry's movements.
  • No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: Averted. Early on, Merlin summarizes Lancelot's mission by recounting terrorist groups which ended up killing each other, the first of which was done by feeding a chemical into the water supply, and the second involved no chemicals at all. We also see a short-ranged prototype of the Hate Plague tested at a church, and the main machine is encrypted to Valentine's biometrics, ensuring that no one else can operate it.
  • No Such Agency: The Kingsmen are an international independent espionage agency that makes sure everything is okay in the world. But no one knows of its existence. Also, Valentine comments on China's Secret Service as having no name beyond "Beijing", which impresses him.
  • Oddly Small Organization: From all available evidence, the Kingsmen only have a dozen field agents at most, replaced as necessary. It's indicated there's a fairly large support staff, however. Harry justifies this by explaining that the Kingsmen exist to influence world events behind the scenes rather than to try and enact sweeping change on their own.
  • Oh Crap!:
    • Merlin's response to seeing Valentine's small army of mercenaries advance towards him with a freaking anti-air missile turret.
    • The bar thugs in the mid-credit scene as they hear Eggsy repeat Harry's Pre Ass Kicking One Liner.
  • Ominous Pipe Organ: The church scene has the intro to "Free Bird" being used as this.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: Arthur invites Eggsy for a drink after Harry's death, and Eggsy asks a question about one of the paintings in the room, prompting Arthur to glance at over at and provide a short answer. Soon afterward a brief flash of the scene is shown again, but this time Eggsy is shown switching out their drinks while Arthur is distracted by the paintings.
  • One-Hit Kill: Gazelle does this to Lancelot, cutting him in half lengthwise.
  • One-Hit Polykill: During the church battle, Harry impales three opponents with one pole.
  • One-Man Army:
    • Each of the Kingsmen is implied to be capable of pulling this off, due to the combination of their intensive combat training and numerous handy weaponry and devices. During the movie, the ones who showed it best were Galahad and Eggsy.
    • Galahad killed many of the church-goers under the Hate Plague. A conservative estimate puts his body-count at over 40.
    • Eggsy wiped out most of the mooks he came across at Valentine's lair until most of the remaining reserves cornered him, and even then he figured out a way to kill them all at one fell swoop.
    • The previous Lancelot is a downplayed example given that he faced a fairly small number of opponents and he had the element of surprise in his favor.
  • The Oner: The church battle is designed to look like one, though there actually are several cuts hidden with whip pans (plus the inserts of the people watching). In an interview, Colin Firth claimed that the sequence was so carefully rehearsed and choreographed that they could have done it on stage in front of a live audience.
  • Parasol of Pain:
    • Harry Hart's umbrella is bulletproof and can launch both lethal and non-lethal projectiles; Harry also uses the umbrella itself as a martial arts weapon.
    • Eggsy uses one later during his one-man assault on Valentine's base.
  • Parental Substitute: Done rather subtly with Hart and Eggsy. Hart coaxes Eggsy into joining the Kingsman to follow in his father's footsteps, but over the course of the film it's shown that it's Hart to whom Eggsy looks for approval. The ending even implies that Eggsy ultimately inherits Hart's codename, Galahad, not his father's would-be codename of Lancelot (which was claimed by Roxy). After all, in the legends, Galahad was Lancelot's son...
  • Picture-Perfect Presentation: A black & white headshot of some girl that the three remaining candidates have to seduce transitions into a color live-action scene with said girl. Watch it here.
  • Pineapple Surprise: Happens in the opening scene when the terrorist presents the pin of a grenade in his mouth.
  • Pin-Pulling Teeth: Done by the terrorist in the Action Prologue as part of his Pineapple Surprise. Cue the Heroic Sacrifice by Eggsy's father.
  • Poisoned Chalice Switcheroo: Eggsy does this with the drink Arthur poisoned.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: A great many of the characters. Harry is apparently familiar with Trading Places, Nikita, and Pretty Woman, and discusses James Bond and spy film tropes with Valentine. Eggsy knows My Fair Lady, and names his dog after Jack Bauer. Arthur mentions James Bond and Jason Bourne in the same conversation with Eggsy.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: "Manners" (click) "Maketh" (click) "Man" (click).
  • Product Placement
    • Hart's Trophy Room is lined with front pages of newspapers, each one a headline on the day the Kingsmen anonymously saved the world. Note how they are all 'Sun' headlines. The Sun is owned by Rupert Murdock, who also owns Fox, who made Kingsman. It's a bit of Biting-the-Hand Humor, as The Sun headlines are all readbait sensationalism, and Hart derides them as such.
    • The scenes in the pub have several shots where the Guinness logo is clearly visible, and that's the only beer named in the movie. Harry loves his Guinness.
    • At a supposed black tie affair, Valentine serves a tray full of McDonald's food and talks about which items are his favorite. After dinner, Harry dryly thanks him for the "happy meal."
    • Eggsy is quite fond of Adidas.
    • In the climax, we're treated to a long close-up shot confirming that Eggsy uses Lenovo laptops to save the world with.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "Manners" (click) "Maketh" (click) "Man" (click).
  • Put Their Heads Together: Harry does this to two of the mooks during their pub fight.
  • Reaction Shot: A couple times during the church fight, the movie pulls away to show Eggsy and Valentine separately reacting in horror and disgust. Valentine can't even listen to it.
  • Reality Has No Subtitles: The conversation between the princess and the Swedish Prime Minister during the dinner at Valentine's is not translated.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: All of the Kingsmen whose names are given are named after figures from the legends of King Arthur. Harry is Galahad and his compatriots are Arthur (The Leader), Merlin (the Techno Wizard) and Lancelot (who dies early on). It can be presumed the rest of the organization sticks to this theme, as Roxy's sponsor is Percival.
  • Rescue Sex: Eggsy is rewarded with this by a captured Swedish princess after stopping Valentine. Amusingly, he only wanted a rescue kiss, it's the princess who suggested more.
  • Rule of Cool: Gazelle's prosthetic legs serve as her weapons of choice. Also features lots of cool gadgets James Bond style like an umbrella that serves as both a shield and a gun or a grenade in the shape of a lighter. Lots and lots of slow motion action, dynamic editing and impossible choreography too.
  • "Save the World" Climax: Most of the movie is about the next Lancelot's training and Galahad investigating Valentine. Then Eggsy, Roxy and Merlin have to prevent an apocalypse.
  • Secret Test of Character: All of the Kingsman tests are these — the very first one results in the faked death of a recruit. A second one is when the trainees are skydiving and Merlin informs them one of their parachutes have been sabotaged (which is a lie). The third one has the trainees captured by an "enemy" agent who interrogates them about the Kingsmen under the treat of death. Those that talk fail and those that don't pass. Charlie fails the penultimate one (safeguarding the Kingsmen's existence) and Eggsy the final one (see Shoot the Dog below).
  • Shave and a Haircut: Lancelot uses this knock.
  • Shoe Phone: Gadgets featured in the film include exploding silicon microchips, remote-activated poison pens, double-barrelled hand-pistols, a 50,000 volt electrified signet ring, augmented virtual reality spectacles used as a Spy Cam, super-spy smart watches which can fire sleep darts and magnetized bolas, and shoes with poisoned neurotoxin pop-out blades reminiscent of those seen in From Russia with Love. It is also mentioned that back in the old days, those shoes did use to feature a phone in the heel.
  • Shoot the Dog: A literal test utilized by the Kingsman service. Eggsy and Roxy are given the task to shoot their respective dogs with a pistol in order to test their wills. Roxy passes the test, while Eggsy fails. Subverted, in that the guns were filled with blanks.
    • Also counts as a meta-example. As far as Arthur is concerned, by refusing to shoot the dog, Eggsy failed the test. But Arthur is a traitor, complicit in planning genocide. As far as the audience is concerned, by refusing to let go of his humanity Eggsy has demonstrated that he deserves to triumph.
      • As said once in actual history, "His Majesty made you a Major because he expected you to know when not to follow orders."
  • Shout-Out: Here.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: The final battle between Eggsy and Gazelle concludes this way. Gazelle's first appearance has her effortlessly dispatching a Kingsman agent in this manner, as well.
  • Slipping a Mickey: While floundering on a test that involves seducing a specified target, a strange man suggests Rohypnol to the Kingsman candidates. Turns out it's already been done to their drinks.
  • Slobs vs. Snobs: On numerous levels.
    • Eggsy doesn't take to Harry at first; Harry believes Eggsy is Brilliant, but Lazy, but Eggsy shuts him down saying he walked away from some promising positions so he could take care of his mother, then goes on a brief rant decrying men like Harry as "ivory tower" snobs who use slobs like himself as "cannon fodder" - and about how the upper class owe their position to being born privileged and the working class people are just as capable if not more. Harry thus has a subtle undertone of pride when he details the birth of the Kingsmen; a lot of "snobs" lost their heirs in World War I, and decided to pool the resulting un-inherited wealth into creating a force to combat future conflicts without a national bias.
    • Eggsy's involvement in the Kingsman training program receives no small amount of prejudice as the organization traditionally garners its members from the upper crust of British society. Eggsy's father was also a Kingsman candidate but died during training, which Arthur takes as an indication that such people are not cut out for the job (despite the manner of his death).
    • The Kingsmen versus Valentine can also be viewed as thus. The Kingsmen are trained to be impeccable well-dressed quintessential British gentlemen (and -women too). In contrast, Valentine wears a baseball cap and a sweater in public appearances and offers hamburgers and fries on a formal dinner platter.
    • The actual endgame of the movie involves a lot of the rich and powerful readily agree to using a superweapon on the rest of humanity. Apparently Valentine's pitch that anybody who is not them is a virus is quite convincing if you're affluent.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: The language contains a nice contrast of Purple Prose, swears and street thug slang.
    • On a non-linguistic note, Harry and Valentine discuss which wines go best with which junk food (McDonald's and Twinkies).
    • Harry is this. A consummate English gentleman who's first line of dialogue in English is "Shit. Fucking missed it."
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: This film practically makes a game of pairing hilarious music to horrific events. Exploding heads to Pomp and Circumstancenote  is but one example.
    • The climactic fight alternates between dramatic orchestration and KC & the Sunshine Band's "Give it Up".
    • And the (involuntary, thanks to Valentine's rage-inducing SIM cards) massacre of the Westboro-style church congregation being set to the guitar solos of Lynyrd Skynyrd's Free Bird.
  • Spanner in the Works: Valentine's plan would have gone off without a hitch if Harry hadn't allowed Eggsy to sit in on his meeting with Merlin about the death of James Arnold. This tells Eggsy about the head-exploding implants. Later on, Harry calls Eggsy his place to yell at him, allowing Eggsy to watch the video transmission of the church events. This directly led to Eggsy realizing that Arthur was compromised and allowed him, Merlin and Roxy to take Valentine down before the evil plan was completed.
  • Specs of Awesome: Their glasses are one of the Kingsman gadgets, doubling as heads-up displays and transmitting live-streams to HQ or Merlin's plane. As such, they never take them off, even in combat.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Kick-Ass. Both have the same director and are Decon-Recon Switch of a specific genre (superheroes stories for Kick-Ass, early Roger Moore era James Bond movies for Kingsman), with generous amounts of Black Comedy.
  • Spy Cam: The Kingsmen wear augmented virtual reality spectacles which also function as hidden cameras.
  • Spy School: The stately manor that is Kingsman HQ is also a fully equipped training facility for new recruits.
  • Stealth Pun: The code (2625) to get into the princess' cell? On a numeric keypad (phone) it can alternately spell ANAL or COCK.
  • The Stinger: Eggsy going back to the bar to get his mother away from Dean, as well as to reenact Harry's beatdown of Dean's crooks.
  • Stylish Protection Gear: The Kingsmen's wickedly stylish suits are all bulletproof.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: The Rainmakers. They are bulletproof shields and can fire at least three different types of ammo.
  • Take a Third Option: Valentine's plot is this. Rather than let humanity be wiped out by global warming or allowing global warming to rise to such an extent that Earth's ecosystem is destroyed and humanity dies anyway, Valentine tries to wipe out most of the population so global warming will stop.
  • Take That:
    • Virtually every world leader and rich bastard buys into Valentine's plot and ultimately dies.
    • It's implied many world leaders are on board with Valentine's genocidal plan, but the fictional Swedish Prime Minister is the only one explicitly shown not only going along with, but seemingly enjoying the plan. He then gets a gruesome and graphic death at the end. Likewise their righteous Princess enjoys taking it up the arse.
    • Harry's home is plastered with copies of The Sun. All of the inane, worthless headlines are from days in which the Kingsmen saved the world or averted a major crisis - actions that never made the papers.
    • In that same scene, Harry reveals that his first mission was saving Margaret Thatcher from assassination. Eggsy replies by saying that most people wouldn't thank him for that.
  • Taxidermy Is Creepy: Eggsy sees a stuffed dog in Harry's home and thinks there's something very wrong with him for keeping it around after killing it as part of his training. Harry reveals that he did shoot at his dog, but it survived — the gun he'd been given was loaded with blanks — and he kept it as a pet until it died of natural causes 11 years later. He had the dog stuffed because he loved it so much, and also to serve as a reminder of the sacrifice Eggsy's father made to save Harry's life.
  • Team Title
  • Technology Marches On: Pointed out in-universe. When Harry is showing Eggsy all the cool spy gadgets hidden in mundane objects, Eggsy points to a wall of smartphones and asks what kind of gadget is hidden inside them. Harry admits they're just Boring but Practical off-the-shelf smartphones, as civilian technology has caught up with the spy world in that area.
  • Teeth Flying: One of the mooks in the first Bar Brawl gets a tooth punched out by Harry.
  • There Can Be Only One: The whole point of Kingsman training. The Kingsmen begin with eleven candidates and then put them through more and more rigourous training and tests until only one is left. This person is then inducted into the agency, because it’s now obvious that pretty much whatever is thrown at them, they can handle it.
  • This Is the Part Where...: Well-versed in Tuxedo and Martini Spy Fiction in the way of the older James Bond films, Harry and Valentine both note this about a few elements of the story. Unfortunately, Valentine has no intention of making a convoluted Death Trap, so his first example falls under Well, This Is Not That Trope. In the end, Valentine even lampshades the Bond One-Liner (really a Pre-Mortem One-Liner in context) and hopes he doesn't get one from Eggsy, but winds up pleased when he gets an Ironic Echo.
    • Valentine and Harry complain that older spy movies were better than the current serious spy movies.
  • Time Passage Beard: Harry grows one in his hospital bed. It helps conveying how long the Kingsman assessment actually took.
  • Trailers Always Lie:
    • Mildly. The trailer makes it seem like "He's as much Kingsman material as any of them" refer to Eggsy, but in the movie Harry is actually talking about Eggsy's deceased father. The trailers in general downplay just how balls-to-the-wall the film is and make it look more serious.
    • The trailer makes it look like the church melee occurs when Valentine activates the SIM cards around the rest of the world, when it actually occurs much earlier as a test run. It also seems to imply that Harry hasn't been affected by the signal and is just trying to fight off the crazed churchgoers, when in actuality he is affected and winds up causing most of the casualties in the entire brawl. Earlier trailers before the final one even gave the impression that the churchgoers were actually Valentine's minions rather than a crowd under the effect of a Hate Plague.
  • Training from Hell: As stated by Merlin, the recruits are about to embark in the most dangerous job interview in the world, which includes tests such as surviving in a flooding room or making a HALO jump without a parachute. Averted as there's always a safety measure in place and even when the training seems to have claimed a life, it later turns out the recruit was an undercover agent.
  • Tranquil Fury: Eggsy has a brief moment of this during the literal Shoot the Dog test, even going so far as to point the gun at Arthur for a second, leveling a very cold and unsettling glare at him before backing down.
  • Traveling at the Speed of Plot: Harry manages to get from his home in England to a church in the United States quickly enough that A. Eggsy is still hanging around and checking Harry's laptop, and B. Harry expects to be back soon to continue a conversation. Apparently the Kingsmen have a really quick way to get around.
  • Trophy Room: Done amusingly. Harry's office is covered with the front page of issues of the Sun from days when he completed some important mission. Because of the utter anonymity of the Kingsmen and their work, none of the headlines of those papers have anything to do with whatever crisis he averted. Most of the headlines are incredibly shallow celebrity news tidbits, like 'Brad Pitt Ate My Sandwich'.
    • "A gentleman's name should appear in the paper only three times: When he's born, when he marries, and when he dies."
  • True Companions: Eggsy and Roxy, the only two candidates who demonstrate loyalty and compassion, quickly bond and look out for one another. Unusually for a film of this type, their relationship is completely devoid of sexual tension.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: Most of the movie is divided between the training for the next Lancelot and Harry's investigation on Valentine.
  • Underestimating Badassery:
    • Some thugs with a beef with Eggsy make this mistake by insulting and threatening Harry Hart. He had had a very emotional day and needed to let off a little steam.
    • Arthur himself get this treatment when he underestimates Eggsy, who had switched out his poisoned drink.
    • Eggsy is underestimated by his stepdad and accompanying thugs, none of whom realise that Eggsy is fresh from Kingsman training and saving the world.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Played straight and averted. Harry points out that there are bad people at both ends of the spectrum, but that there are exceptions to each. By the end, Eggsy embraces both the philosophy and the trappings of being a Kingsman.
  • Villain Has a Point: Valentine made some extremely valid points regarding humanity, and the human overpopulation problem.
  • Villainous Valour: Gazelle protects Valentine during the final countdown and takes on Eggsy mano-a-mano, primarily to keep him safe.
  • Voice with an Internet Connection: Merlin during the climax, along with serving as Mission Control.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Earlier, Valentine says he pukes at the sight of blood. In the climax, he's shown doing just that when it's his own blood he sees, after being impaled by Eggsy.
  • Watching a Video Game: There is one scene during the Final Battle that we see through Eggsy's augmented glasses, giving off the feeling of an ego shooter game.
  • Water Wake-up: Eggsy is woken this way by his team mates.
  • We Can Rule Together: Arthur suggests Eggsy to join him on Valentine's side.
  • Well, This Is Not That Trope: Noted alongside This Is Reality when Valentine shoots Harry in the head.
  • Wham Shot: There's the closeup of Arthur's neck, revealing a scar across it that indicates he's had a chip implanted just like all the other politicians in the film. This reveals that Arthur has joined forces with Valentine and the Kingsmen have been compromised.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We don't find out about what happened to Eggsy's chav friends, who were shown hanging out in London shortly before Valentine activates his weapon. We also don't find out about what became of his pug. On a larger scale, the effect of the Hate Plague on the world is also not shown.
  • Whole Plot Reference: Kingsman being a riff on Roger Moore era James Bond, Valentine's plan is quite similar those from The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker: He intends to trigger a massive depopulation of humanity while he and a number of individuals deemed worthy hide out in a secure location.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Defied. Valentine knows about this trope, talks about it with Harry, and makes sure it doesn't get invoked when dealing with said person.
  • With Due Respect: Harry has apparently been trying to convince Arthur for years that the Kingsmen need to evolve with the times and not shut out good potential candidates just because they don’t hail from upper class families. When Arthur refuses to give him any ground, Harry gives Arthur a succinct, but polite piece of his mind.
    Harry: With respect, Arthur – you’re a snob.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • Gazelle briefly sees Galahad as this during the church massacre. She's clearly enjoying the show and believes in contrast of Valentine that Galahad won't go down easily. She even encourages Valentine to watch some of his Crazy Awesome kills.
    • Valentine also sees Eggsy as this moments just before his death, complimenting Eggsy for his Pre-Mortem One-Liner that also doubles as Ironic Echo.
  • Would Hit a Girl:
    • Eggsy has no problem fighting, hitting and ultimately killing Gazelle during the final showdown, but then she is trying to cut him to pieces with her leg blades. Unsurprising, considering he trained alongside two women and thus knows just how dangerous they are.
    • Harry also kills several women in the church melee but was not in control of his actions at the time.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Under the influence of the Hate Plague, Michelle tries to murder her infant daughter.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Eggsy's reaction when, having just fought his way out of Valentine's compound, is told by Merlin that he now has to fight his way back in.
    "Are you taking the fucking piss?!"
    • Also an Ironic Echo to Eggy's stepdad's thugs, when they found him and Galahad having a drink in the same pub they'd "run him out of" earlier.
  • You're Insane!: The Swedish princess says this to Valentine when he first reveals his plans to her.
    • And Michelle to Roxy when she's told to lock her daughter in the bathroom and throw away the key.
  • Your Head A-Splode: Done with Professor Arnold early on, and then later with all of Valentine's soldiers, party guests, and most of the heads of government due to the chips in their necks overheating and exploding after Merlin hacks them.

"Are we going to stand around here all day, or are we going to fight?"
Harry Hart/Gary "Eggsy" Unwin
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