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->''"RUN AWAY!"''

After the success of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' in the UK and US, [[Creator/MontyPython the six Ambassadors of Anarchy]] got the right to make films. This 1975 effort was their second go-round (after 1971's ''And Now for Something Completely Different'', which featured redone versions of several sketches from ''Circus'') and one of their most famous and oft-quoted.

A complete skewering of [[KingArthur the Arthurian legend]], it tells the story of King Arthur and his attempt to build a court at Camelot (which is, of course, a silly place). Once he assembles his crew (off-screen, mostly), he has a vision of God (or a reasonable drawing of same by Creator/TerryGilliam based on a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._G._Grace famous cricket player]]), informing him that to cement his name in immortality, he must seek [[PublicDomainArtifact the Holy Grail]]--the cup used at the Last Supper of Christ, and which caught his blood after the crucifixion. After a long and roundabout search which leads them to the far corners of the Kingdom and past idiosyncratic knights, the world's oldest harem, and a [[KillerRabbit very nasty rabbit]], they discover the Grail is supposedly located in a very old castle, which has fallen into the hands of those heathen enemies--the French.

Those nasty taunting bastards.

Full of random quips, hilarious stand-alone scenes, and the type of comedic anarchy and anticlimax that practically ''defines'' British comedy even to this day, the movie was a low-budget success story and has become a CultClassic over time. It also reveals Creator/MichaelPalin's versatility, as he plays something like 10 roles over the course of the film. He's not alone, of course; the majority of people and about 80% of the lines are from the Pythonites, leading to some interesting blocking and directing decisions. (Watch Lancelot's helmet.)

Or, if you want to be "artsy" about it, see Creator/EricIdle's [[TheMusical Broadway]] adaptation, ''Theatre/{{Spamalot}}!''.

Just a side note--because Creator/TerryJones is, in fact, an Arthurian scholar, this happens to be not just the funniest but the [[ShownTheirWork most accurate film adaptation]] of Malory's ''Literature/LeMorteDArthur'' [[HilariousInHindsight ever made]]. Though it is not to be confused with the original myths or other tellings of Myth/KingArthurAndTheHolyGrail. Some of the humor, in fact, is derived from typical Pythonian spins on events and characterizations from the original tales. It also meant that Jones knew ''how'' to caricature a story already muddied by PopCultureOsmosis.

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* AbnormalAmmo:
** The cow and large wooden rabbit the French fling at the English knights. Catapulting real animals--which the French ''also'' do--was a legitimate strategy in sieges, but they were usually dead animals meant to spread disease, not ''living'' livestock. Oh, and it was an ''attack'' strategy--the animals flung into a besieged castle--as defenders had more trouble getting rid of the corpses without letting the attackers in.
--->"Fetchez la vache!"
** The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, ultimately used to defeat the KillerRabbit.
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: King Arthur can cut through the BlackKnight's armor and limbs with ease; for the arms in particular, his sword doesn't even seem to go ''through'', and a strike on the shoulder is enough to make the limb fall off. Justified, as he's using {{Excalibur}}.
* AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle: The Knights of the Round Table, whose shows are formidABLE, but many times are given rhymes that are [[PainfulRhyme quite unsingABLE]].
* AffectionateParody: Creator/TerryJones is an Arthurian scholar and knew a lot of the source material.
* AllPartOfTheShow: According to the DVD commentary, a screening at the Cannes Film Festival was interrupted by a bomb threat. Because it happened during the opening credits, the audience thought it was just another gag about the credits being interrupted.
* AllWomenAreLustful: Castle Anthrax, where the many vile temptresses threaten to take Galahad's purity, despite the fact that he doesn't mind.
* AlmostDeadGuy: Subverted constantly.
** The "plague victim" who protests that he is not dead. However, both his "caretaker" and the cart bearer eventually have had enough of his whining and kill him anyway.
** The RunningGag of people getting shot, stabbed, or otherwise injured, and people mourning over them as if they are giving a FinalSpeech, only for them to protest that they are "getting better".
* AluminumChristmasTrees:
** Launching/dropping dead animals and other nasty things was a real tactic in siege warfare.[[note]]There are some hints--though by no means conclusive evidence--that [[ThePlague The Black Death]] of the 1340s spread that way during a siege of the Crimean city of Caffa (now Feodosia) when besiegers threw cadavers at the besieged[[/note]] Terry Jones, who happens to be a historian, pointed this out when he was refused permission to film at castles owned by the National Trust because the events in the film were "inconsistent with the fabric of the building".
** Those guys in the monks robes who walk around chanting in Latin and hitting themselves in the face with boards? They were called flagellants. Compared to what some of the historical flagellant sects did to themselves, their behavior, odd as it is, is ''extremely mild''.
** There really were [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_conquest_of_England French (or, at least, French-speaking people) living in England]], though not at the time King Arthur lived.
** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anarcho-syndicalism Anarcho-syndicalism]] is a real political philosophy, and [[OlderThanTheyThink not an especially modern one either]]: actual ancient Germans lived in a society closely resembling Anarchist ideals. In fact, a lot of historical monarchies were [[ElectiveMonarchy elective]] to some degree, so people ''did'' vote for kings (although Arthur and the peasant woman arguing about it fits that historical tension anyway).
** The "Killer Rabbit" is inspired by real Medieval religious art, which often illustrated the sin of cowardice by depicting a knight fleeing from a rabbit.
** The Holy Hand Grenade: an anachronistic gag? According to the opening credits, the movie's set in 932 AD, at which point [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grenade#Early_grenades hand grenades had already existed for the better part of two centuries]], just in a different part of Europe (and of course the triggering pin hadn't been invented yet).
* AmusingInjuries: The Black Knight's limbs being lopped off in his duel with King Arthur.
-->"You yellow bastards! Come back here and take what's coming to you! I'll bite your legs off!"
* AnachronismStew: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]].
** The leader of the French soldiers hears chainsaw and buzzsaw noises coming from the forest when Arthur and his knights are building the Trojan rabbit.
** The [[spoiler:modern-day police officers coming to arrest Arthur and his mob]] at the end of the movie.
** A subtle one: everyone's teeth are yellowed, either slightly or grossly, to show how grimy the dark ages were. However, as Terry Jones pointed out, this would not be so common in an era before the sugar industry. This was one of Jones' deliberate appeals to PopCultureOsmosis (ie, what most people ''think'' the Dark Ages were like).
** Arthur notes that "[[KillerRabbit That rabbit's]] dynamite." Dynamite wouldn't be invented for another millennium.
* AnarchyIsChaos: Intentionally averted when King Arthur comes across an anarcho-syndicalist commune of literal mud farmers. They are decidedly non-violent, particularly when compared to Arthur himself.
* AndThereWasMuchRejoicing: The TropeNamer, after they were forced to eat Sir Robin's minstrels. [[FlatJoy Yaaay.]]
* ArbitraryMissionRestriction: The film [[{{Parody}} Parodies]] this trope when the Knights Who Say "Ni" demand that Arthur cut down the mightiest tree in the forest--with a ''herring''. Of course, it overlaps with WithAHerring, since the tool is not only arbitrarily specific, but also totally inadequate to the task.
* AscendedExtra: Sir Bedevere is a fairly minor character of Arthurian legend, but in this movie he's one of Arthur's three continuous companions.
* AuthorExistenceFailure: {{Invoked|Trope}} and played for laughs, as the characters are only saved from the Legendary Black Beast of AAAAAAARRRRGGGHH! when the animator suffers a fatal heart attack and [[NoOntologicalInertia the cartoon peril is no more]].
* AntiClimax:
** [[spoiler:The surprise ending to the British attack on the French castle]]. The reason why they didn't go through with the whole fight is because they ran out of money and time and couldn't film the whole thing. So they just [[spoiler:said "Everyone went to jail"]]. Some people consider it a [[{{Pun}} cop-out]]. It could also be a [[{{Pun}} bust]], too!
*** Including Creator/EricIdle's daughter. From the documentary ''Monty Python: Almost the Truth'':
-->'''Creator/EricIdle:''' I ended the ''Holy Grail'' because we didn't have an end for that either. I said, "Why don't we have the police arrest them, put their hand over the camera." My daughter ''hates'' me for that! She says, "It's the shittiest ending of a movie ever! I hate you, Dad!"
** The Death of the [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere Legendary Black Beast of Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh]] is another example. There is no fight, just a ChaseScene. The monster [[NoOntologicalInertia disappears]] when the animator has a heart attack.
* ApocalypticLog: The message carved by Joseph of Aramathea giving the Grail's location.
* ArrangedMarriage: Prince Herbert's father wants him to marry a princess because her father owns the biggest tracts of open land in Britain, never mind Herbert's objections. Sir Lancelot comes to rescue Herbert because he thinks he's a DamselInDistress.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: A man announcing himself as the "King of the Britons" and "Defeater of the Saxons" would never have concluded with "Sovereign of all England". The reason a Briton would have been fighting the Saxons in the first place would be to prevent the establishment of "England", which means "Land of the Anglo-Saxons".
* AscendedToCarnivorism: The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog doesn't want to eat grass anymore.
* AsHimself: As part of one of the many fourth-wall-breaking jokes, Creator/TerryGilliam is briefly seen as "the animator of the movie"--himself--suffering a fatal heart attack.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: The "Swedish subtitles" during the opening credits are just English spelled with a FunetikAksent and a liberal use of the PunctuationShaker.
* AttackAttackRetreatRetreat
** Arthur's BattleCry quickly breaks down into a rather disorderly call for retreat: "Run Awaaay!", when the French counterattack by launching a farm animal at the attackers.
** The tactic used against the killer rabbit is initially to ZergRush it. When it effortlessly kills several of them, Arthur calls a retreat.
* BadassAdorable: The KillerRabbit of Caerbannog is an ordinary fluffy white rabbit that rips your throat out with ease.
* BaitAndSwitchCredits: The credits start with Swedish subtitles, turn into a pitch for Swedish tourism, then an anecdote about a woman being bit by a møøse. The credits people are fired, before one more møøse subtitle comes in, after which the new directors are fired. The credits continue with møøse positions added in, which results in the directors being fired again. Finally, the last few credits are shown with [[EpilepticFlashingLights bright flashing lights]], crediting llamas several times, all set to Mexican mariachi music. See them all [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071853/crazycredits here]].
* TheBard: Sir Robin's minstrels, one of whom sings "[[http://www.metrolyrics.com/brave-sir-robin-ran-away-lyrics-monty-python.html Brave Sir Robin Ran Away]]".
* BedsheetLadder: Prince Herbert's escape attempt involves one, but it doesn't turn out well when the sheet is unfastened and he falls from the tower.
* BetterThanItSoundsFilm: "King Arthur's tale is filmed on an extremely low budget and the plot goes off in random directions."
* BewitchedAmphibians: One of the peasants in the witch-burning scene claims that the accused turned him into a newt.
-->"She turned me into a newt!"\\
"A ''newt''?"\\
"I got better."
* BilingualBonus: Subverted when the French knights start to speak French, but have to repeat themselves in English because one of them ''doesn't understand French''.
-->"C'est un lapin!"
-->"It's a rabbit!"
-->"Ah, un lapin!"
-->"Let's go!"
-->"Ah, allons-y!"
* BlackKnight: King Arthur encounters one guarding a tiny bridge over a tiny river. He turns out to be far less fearsome than he makes himself out to be.
* BloodyHilarious: King Arthur's duel with the BlackKnight is absurdly gruesome, but, this being Monty Python, it's played for laughs as the man refuses to admit that Arthur is [[CurbStompBattle completely trashing him]].
* BlowingARaspberry: The French Knight, each time he confronts King Arthur and his knights, tends to end his insults with a loud, wet raspberry.
* {{Boomstick}}: Wielded by Tim the Enchanter in his first scene (right before the confrontation with the Rabbit of Caerbannog). He uses it to cue thunderstrikes and [[StuffBlowingUp Blow Stuff Up]] purely for dramatic effect.
* BreakingTheFourthWall
** In one scene, (cut from the original theatrical version, but reinstated for TV and video) Dingo turns and talks to the audience, before being admonished by various cast members who aren't involved in the scene.
*** "GET ON WITH IT!!"
** "Look! There's the old man from Scene 24!"
** Patsy: ''[referring to Camelot]'' "It's only a model"[[note]]SHHH!!!![[/note]].
* BrickJoke:
** The swallow joke ("African or European?") comes up at least twice after the initial scene. The narrator goes on about how many swallows'-flights away Arthur and Bedevere are from Galahad and Lancelot, and the counter-question that allows Arthur to pass the Bridge of Death is a clarification on which species of swallow. Bedevere is also introduced with a coconut tied to a bird, though it's a dove instead of a swallow.
** The above joke went even further in the script, but the final BrickJoke had to be cut because of the movie's low budget. The Pythons originally wanted the movie to end with an ''epic'' payoff for the "swallows with coconuts" joke, where Arthur's army would have [[StormingTheCastle stormed the Castle Aaaaargh]] and been aided at the last minute by [[TheCavalry a flock of swallows dropping coconuts on the French knights]]. Naturally, they didn't have enough cash to pull that off, and ended the movie with [[GainaxEnding the cops arresting everyone]] instead.
** After Lancelot "saves" him from Castle Anthrax, Galahad accuses Lancelot of being gay, which he denies. Subsequently, we see Lancelot rush to a castle to rescue a "damsel" who turns out to be the very effeminate Prince Herbert--who [[DeliberatelyDistressedDamsel already had an escape plan]]. So not-gay, [[RatedMForManly ostentatiously-hyper-masculine]] Lancelot ends up answering the personal ad of a young feminine guy who [[NotDistractedByTheSexy isn't at all interested]] in marrying a girl with ''huge''... [[UnusualEuphemism tracts of land]].
** The Book of Armaments, as read by Brother Maynard, expressly forbids counting 5. Unfortunately, Arthur keeps getting [[RunningGag 3 and 5 mixed up]], and technically ''does'' count 5.
** The murder of the historian, and the ending.
** Early in the film some peasants comment that Arthur must be a king as he passes them by, citing that he's the only one not covered in shit. At the end of the film, the French drop shit on Arthur.
** The credits is a subtle example: all of the credits guys were sacked at the beginning of the film, so there are no end credits.
* BrownNote: The Knights Who Say "Ni", a word that apparently drains the life out of whoever it is said to, or something. Later King Arthur uses the word himself. Then it's revealed that [[spoiler:the word "it"]] has a similar effect on the Knights themselves.
* BurnTheWitch: The villagers seek permission to burn an accused witch from Sir Bedevere, but he's not convinced she ''is'' a witch until they establish that she [[InsaneTrollLogic weighs the same as a duck, and therefore must be made of wood, which floats on water--just like witches]].
* CanonForeigner: Of all the named knights of the Round Table, only Sir Robin is created for the film. You'll also be hard-pressed to find any mention of Patsy, Castle Anthrax, killer rabbits, Tim the Enchanter, or Knights who say Ni in the original literature (though as for Sir-Not-Appearing-In-This-Film, who knows?)
* CatchPhrase: King Arthur's "Oh, shut up!", "'''''Jesus''''' Christ!", and "Run away!"
* CelibateHero: Sir Galahad, though he's just about to give up on it when Sir Lancelot shows up to "save" him.
-->'''Lancelot:''' We were in the nick of time! You were in great peril.
-->'''Galahad:''' I don't think I was.
-->'''Lancelot:''' Yes you were, you were in terrible peril!
-->'''Galahad:''' Look, let me go back in there and face the peril.
-->'''Lancelot:''' No, it's too perilous.
-->'''Galahad:''' It's my duty as a knight to sample as much peril as I can!
-->'''Lancelot:''' No, we've got to find the Holy Grail. Come on!
-->'''Galahad:''' Oh, let me have just a ''little bit'' of peril?
-->'''Lancelot:''' No. It's unhealthy.
-->'''Galahad:''' ...Bet you're gay.
-->'''Lancelot:''' Am not!
* ChandelierSwing: Parodied when Sir Lancelot attempts one, but gets stuck and has to ask for someone to give him a push.
* CharacterNameAndTheNounPhrase: Well, ''creator'' name, but the principle is the same.
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: Inverted. The French are constantly getting the drop on the English knights.
* ChekhovsGag: Several; the debate about swallows is foremost. It comes back for a blink-and-you'll-miss-it shot at the beginning of the witch-burning scene, when Sir Bedevere is apparently attempting to see if a bird can fly with a coconut tied to its legs, and again near the finale, when Arthur's experience with the subject gives him an edge over the Bridgekeeper.
* ChekhovsGun:
** Halfway through the film, a historian appears to summarize the next part of the plot and [[spoiler:is murdered]]. Later, Arthur, Sir Bedevere, and Sir Lancelot are stopped on their quest and [[spoiler:arrested for his murder]].
** Arthur's overheard information about swallows and coconuts. [[ItMakesSenseInContext Used to launch someone off a bridge]].
* TheChosenOne: Subverted and discussed. When King Arthur gives his Lady Of the Lake speech, an anarcho-syndicalist peasant doesn't see what's so special about being chosen.
-->"Strange women layin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government!"
** RuleOfFunny applies here, since in the legends the Lady of the Lake gave Excalibur to Arthur when he was already king. He became king by [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield drawing a sword from a stone]] (sometimes Excalibur, sometimes a different one), which the film doesn't mention.
* CloudCuckooLander: Almost every character in the film counts as this, with the exception of the Historian, his Wife, and the Police, whose presence only reinforces the theory that the main characters are merely away with the fairies.
* TheCoconutEffect: Parodied with a literal use of CoconutSuperpowers; all of the knights mime riding horses, while their serfs follow behind them with two empty halves of coconuts, clapping them together.
* CoconutSuperpowers: A literal use, caused by the movie having NoBudget.
** The horses are just the serfs following their knight, clapping two halves of a coconut together.
** When the knights are hurled from the Bridge of Death, the actor is just crouched down, and then standing up real fast before the camera cuts to a shot of the "knight" flying through the air.
* CombatPragmatist: Despite how absurd the film is, the fight between the Green and Black Knights is actually very close to how a fight would have gone in the Middle Ages. The fighters use not only the blades of their swords, but also the pommel and cross guard. Kicks and punches are thrown and the knights attack the other while they are down.
* {{Commune}}: It's anarcho-syndicalist! What do they need a king for?
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment:
** The Knights of Ni and King Arthur using the BrownNote "Ni!" to hurt people.
** Apparently the punishment for lighting the "Grail-shaped" beacon at the Castle Anthrax is for the offender to be tied to a bed and spanked. And after the spanking, the oral sex!
* {{Corpsing}}: During the "Burn the Witch" scene, a scythe-wielding peasant (Creator/EricIdle) bites into his scythe to keep himself from cracking up.
* CreditsGag
** The opening credits are underscored by bogus "Swedish" subtitles, with liberal reference to møøse for CaptionHumor.
** Literally ''everything'' in the final segment of the opening credits is some sort of reference to [[EverythingsBetterWithLlamas llamas]].
** Mass firings, which [[spoiler:carries on into the end credits, or lack thereof]].
** The disclaimer that no characters are based on real people is signed by Richard M. Nixon.
* CrashingThroughTheHarem: Sir Galahad fights his way through a forest in a storm until he finds Castle Anthrax, which has a Grail-shaped beacon overhead. He bangs on the door, and when it opens he falls inside. He meets several young women, one of whom tells him that the castle contains eight score young blondes and brunettes, all between the ages of 16 and 19½. As Sir Galahad escapes from two naughty female doctors, he enters a room filled with the aforementioned eight score young women. Just as he decides to stay, some of the other knights "rescue" him and get him to continue the Grail quest. He then proceeds to [[UnwantedAssistance call them gay]].
* CrosscastRole: In a rarity for Monty Python, there's only one example of crossdressing in the whole film: the very minor character of Dennis' mother, who is played by Creator/TerryJones. Even the Pythons comment on this on the DVD commentary, and surmise that, since they could afford an actual cast for the first time, they just naturally hired real women to play the women in the film. Indeed Connie Booth (Cleese's then wife) is cast as the supposed witch, while Creator/CarolCleveland is the main woman in Castle Anthrax.
* CrypticConversation: Scene 24, wherein the old man [[ChekhovsGunman who later turns out to be the Bridgekeeper]] explains (but only with prophetic vagueness) how they are to find the Grail.
* DamselInDistress: The Prince in the swamp castle is (obviously) actually a DistressedDude, but it's worth mentioning as it is deliberately played as a {{Parody}} of a DamselInDistress. Lancelot, in fact, thinks it is the latter, and is distinctly nonplussed when he realizes the truth.
* DarkAgeEurope: It takes place in the Dark Ages in England... with Frenchmen present, for some reason. Common tropes for the setting are ''everywhere'', such as WorldShapes:
-->'''Bedevere:''' [[OrphanedPunchline And that, my liege, is how we know the Earth to be banana-shaped]].
** One can pretend it is just a [[AnachronismStew very early vanguard]] of William TheConqueror.
* DeathByLookingUp: The only person killed when the "Trojan Rabbit" is launched is one of the servants, who stands still, looking up at it.
* DeathOfAThousandCuts: Lancelot tries, without success, to take out the French castle using this technique. The marks in the castle's masonry from John Cleese's blade remain to this very day.
* DefiedTrope: The King of Swamp Castle is ''not'' having any musical numbers if he can help it. (Unfortunately for him, he can't stop a CrowdSong.)
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment:
-->'''Brother Maynard:''' Three is the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four thou shalt not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is ''right out''.
** This sounds exactly like an oral tradition (where repetition helped cement things in memory) that got transcribed exactly when it got written down. See above about Creator/TerryJones being a history geek.
** Parts of the Book of Armaments bear an uncanny resemblance to the Athanasian Creed, which affirms the Christian doctrine of the Trinity in agonizing detail [[note]]presumably written very carefully to avoid [[StartMyOwn schisms in the Church]] and to prevent [[WeAreStrugglingTogether People's Front of Judaea vs Judaean People's Front vs Popular Front]] situations[[/note]]. To quote just a tiny section:
--->"...and yet they are not three eternals; but one eternal. As also there are not three uncreated; nor three infinites, but one uncreated; and one infinite. So likewise the Father is Almighty; the Son Almighty; and the Holy Ghost Almighty. And yet they are not three Almighties; but one Almighty. So the Father is God; the Son is God; and the Holy Ghost is God. And yet they are not three Gods; but one God..."
* DerailedForDetails: In the opening scene, King Arthur's attempt to summon the Lord of the local castle derails into a discussion of how exactly King Arthur acquired a coconut shell in Medieval England, and ends with an argument over the migratory patterns of swallows. This even turns up later in a BrickJoke.
* DerangedAnimation: The various intercut scenes, like with the [[EldritchAbomination Black Beast of AAAAAAARRRRGGGHH!]], are animated in Creator/TerryGilliam's signature deranged style.
** The UsefulNotes/BluRay extras contain even more examples, newly restored, that didn't make it into the final film.
* {{Determinator}}: Deconstructed, figuratively and literally, by the Black Knight scene. [[WordOfGod Cleese even said]] he based it on a school lesson in never surrendering that Cleese found rather ridiculous (as it was about a Greco-Roman wrestler who died in the ring rather than lose the match). If all your limbs are cut off then, no matter how determined you are, you can't continue fighting.
* DeusExMachina: PlayedForLaughs when the Black Beast of Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh is stopped by [[Creator/TerryGilliam the animator]] having a heart attack.
* DiabolusExMachina: The ending where Arthur's army [[spoiler:is arrested by modern-day police]].
* DidntThinkThisThrough: The complete failure of the Trojan Rabbit plan: It's an obvious rehash of the classic Trojan Horse, except that Bedevere forgot to include the part where ''anybody is inside the rabbit''. He doesn't even realize the mistake until the rabbit is already inside the castle and Arthur asks him what the next step is.
-->'''Bedevere:''' Now, we wait until nightfall, and then, Lancelot, Galahad, and I leap out of the rabbit--\\
'''Arthur:''' ''Who'' leaps out of the rabbit?\\
'''Bedevere:''' Er, Lancelot... Galahad... and, oh...
* DispenseWithThePleasantries: God to King Arthur.
-->'''God:''' Arthur! Arthur, King of the Britons! Oh, don't grovel! If there's one thing I can't stand, it's people groveling.\\
'''Arthur:''' Sorry--\\
'''God:''' And don't apologize. Every time I try to talk to someone it's "sorry this" and "forgive me that" and "I'm not worthy". What are you doing now!?\\
'''Arthur:''' I'm averting my eyes, oh Lord.\\
'''God:''' Well, don't. It's like those miserable Psalms--they're so depressing. Now knock it off!
* DistressedDude: The Swamp Prince is in need of rescuing. Lancelot thinks he's a DamselInDistress, and the situation is deliberately played as a {{Parody}} of that trope.
* DopeSlap:
** After Sir Bedevere fails with the Giant Wooden Rabbit idea, he comes up with a Giant Wooden Badger idea and king Arthur slaps him on the side of his helmet.
** Prince Herbert and his father are standing next to an open window talking.
--->'''Father:''' One day, lad, all this will be yours. (''gestures toward the window'')\\
'''Herbert:''' What, the curtains?\\
'''Father:''' (''hits him on the back of the head'') No, not the curtain, lad!
* DoubleEntendre: "She's rich, she's beautiful, she's got huuuuge... ''[suggestive gesture]'' tracts of land."
* DoubleTake: The French soldier performs an exaggerated one when he sees the Trojan Rabbit in the distance.
* TheDulcineaEffect: Subverted by Lancelot's attempt to rescue the Prince.
-->'''Lancelot:''' O Fair One, behold your humble servant Sir Lancelot of Camelot. I have come in answer to your mess-(notices that he's talking to a man) oh, I'm terribly sorry!
* TheDungAges: PlayedForLaughs, of course:
** The corpse collector is able to identify Arthur as a king because "he hasn't got [[PrecisionFStrike shit]] all over him", never mind the crown on his head.
** Dennis and his mother are ''mud farmers''.
* DwindlingParty: Thanks in no small part to the Bridge of Death, where the knights get launched into a pit of despair for failing the questions of the bridgekeeper. By the end of the scene, only Arthur and Bedevere are left.
* DyingClue: With his dying breath, Joseph of Aramathea '''carves''' a message on a cave wall.
-->'''King Arthur:''' If he was ''dying'', he wouldn't bother to ''carve'' "Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh!", he'd just ''say'' it!\\
'''Sir Galahad:''' Perhaps he was dictating.\\
'''King Arthur:''' Oh, shut up.
** The whole gag is subverted when the Castle is revealed to be ''named'' "Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh!".
* DynamicEntry: Sir Lancelot does this in "The Tale Of Sir Lancelot". After running at the entrance of the castle (in various repeated clips) he storms the front door, kills pretty much everyone and then attempts a Dynamic Exit. Except he fails and needs a push.
* EarlyBirdCameo:
** Sir Bors appears much earlier than his famous death scene; he's one of the helmeted knights who help Lancelot "rescue" Galahad from Castle Anthrax. He's not named in that scene, but you can tell it's him since he has the same heraldry.
** Tim the Enchanter and [[spoiler: the army summoned to fight the french]] appear during the 4th-wall breaking scene in Castle Anthrax.
---> "Yes, get on with it!"
* EatDirtCheap: Parodied. The Constitutional Peasants are seen gathering dirt and filth in the same way one would harvest crops.
* EatTheDog: Robin's minstrels have to be eaten during a particularly desperate winter. AndThereWasMuchRejoicing. ([[FlatJoy Yaaaaay]].)
* EpisodeDiscussionScene: There's a scene that has a historian begin to deliver a short lecture explaining the historical context of the plot, until the trope was subverted when one of the story's knights killed the historian in the middle of a sentence.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The historian's name is given as 'A Famous Historian' [[spoiler:but when his wife calls out to him she says Frank]].
* EveryoneJoinTheParty: At the end, hundreds of soldiers show up literally out of nowhere.
* ExplainExplainOhCrap: Sir Bedevere discovers that while his plan was tactically sound, he has missed an important step in its preparation:
-->'''King Arthur:''' ''[after watching the French roll the Trojan Rabbit into their fortress]'' What happens next?\\
'''Bedevere:''' Well, now, uh, Lancelot, Galahad, and I wait until nightfall, and then leap out of the rabbit, taking the French by surprise--not only by surprise, but totally unarmed!\\
'''King Arthur:''' ''[glancing over at Lancelot and Galahad, still standing nearby]''... ''Who'' leaps out?\\
'''Bedevere:''' ''[hesitantly]'' Uh, Lancelot, Galahad, and I, uh, leap out of the rabbit, uh, and, uh... ''[looks at the other knights, who are facepalming]'' I--look, if we built this large wooden badger...
* EyeScream: The Green Knight gets the Black Knight's sword through the eye-slot of his helmet. Cue HighPressureBlood.
* FacePalm: Upon recognizing a glaring flaw in the Trojan Rabbit plan, most of the other knights do this in the background.
* FakeOutOpening: On the special edition DVD, the movie begins with the completely unrelated film ''Dentist on the Job''. Shortly into the movie, a projectionist is heard changing reels before finally beginning the real movie.
* FakeShemp: Used in many, many scenes, including an ''actual'' one-legged man (named Richard Burton, no less--despite not being [[Creator/RichardBurton that other guy]]) playing the Black Knight in part of his scene, the French taunter being played in long shots by (as per behind-the-scenes footage) a man whose thick ''Scottish'' accent was dubbed by Cleese, a stand-in with a black-and-white helmet playing Sir Lancelot while Cleese plays Tim the Enchanter, and Brother Maynard reading an inscription about the Castle of Aaaaaaaargh to Arthur's Knights, including a Sir Robin we don't recognise trying to hide behind his shield.
* FantasyForbiddingFather: In this case, Break-Into-Musical-Numbers-Forbidding Father.
* FearIsTheAppropriateResponse: Arthur and his remaining knights run away when the evil bunny kills some of them off.
* {{Feelies}}: At least one edition of the DVD has instructions on the back to use the DVD case to play along with the chanting monks. By holding it firmly in both hands and smashing it into your face...
* FeelsNoPain: The Black Knight is apparently completely immune, and even oblivious, to the pain and blood loss from his severed limbs.
* FetchQuest: The Knights who say "Ni" send the protagonists on a quest for a shrubbery for no apparent reason.
-->'''King Arthur:''' O Knights of Ni. We have brought you your shrubbery. May we go now?
* FilmTheHand: The last shot in the movie is a policeman blocking the camera.
* FindersRulers: Arthur's claim to royalty lies in him possessing {{Excalibur}}.
* FlatJoy: Whenever the narrator says "AndThereWasMuchRejoicing", it's followed by the characters giving out an unenthusiastic "Yaaaaaay" and some waving of flags.
* FocalLength: The shot of Lancelot running toward the swamp castle is extended into {{Parody}} by zooming in and out... and repeating footage.
* FrenchJerk: The French castle is full of them, particularly the one played by Creator/JohnCleese, who does ''nothing'' but spew insults at King Arthur.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Pay close attention to now-empty scales during the end of Bedevere's introduction scene after the 'witch' has been carried off. [[spoiler: The side that had the duck is hanging significantly lower than the side that had the 'witch'.]]
* FunnyForeigner: The French castle guard.
-->'''Frenchman:''' [[LampshadeHanging I'm French]]! Why do you zink I have [[JustAStupidAccent zis outrrrrageous accent]], you silly king-a?!
-->'''Frenchman:''' I fart in your general direction! [[YourMom Your mother]] was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!
* FunWithSubtitles: The opening credits start with an AsLongAsItSoundsForeign "Swedish" subtitle that merely uses the PunctuationShaker on all the letters, but then quickly turns into a bizarre story about møøses and toothbrushes.
* GagBoobs: Conversed by the King of the Swamp Castle. Herbert's bride-to-be has ''huge''... [[DoubleEntendre tracts of land]].
* GagSub: The opening credits have bogus "Swedish" subtitles, and the DVD release includes a complete set of bogus subtitles for the entire film. The latter is entirely composed of lines from Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/HenryIV Part 2''. It's labeled on the DVD as being "For People Who Did Not Like The Film".
* GainaxEnding: Also could qualify as a PlayedForLaughs DownerEnding, [[spoiler:as Arthur gets arrested by (modern-day) police officers in connection with a trans-temporal murder committed by an entirely different person earlier in the film. The climactic battle with the French never happens]].
* GenericistGovernment: Rather deliberately subverted, where KingArthur claims to be a king, and the peasant blithely demands to know what kind of government he offers, and how it is an improvement over the anarcho-syndicalist model already practiced by the local peasantry (which he insists on describing in detail). The conversation ends with the peasant complaining about "being repressed" when KingArthur attempts to shut him up in annoyance.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: The Dreaded Black Beast of Aaaaargh is never mentioned before or after its appearance and has nothing to do with anything (despite sharing its name with a few other set pieces), although it's ''probably'' not from space. [[Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian It wouldn't be the first Monty Python alien in a historical parody]].
* GirlInTheTower: Parodied. For one thing, it's a man, and it only gets worse from there.
* {{God}}: Shows up, crudely animated and cranky, to give the Knights a sacred quest. [[GodIsGood Turns out not to be a fan of grovelling or of depressing religious psalms]].
* GroinAttack: The Black Knight does it to the Green Knight while fighting him, as Arthur and company look on.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: The Swamp Castle guards watch their prisoner blatantly write a request for help, grab a bow, and then shoot it out a window. They do nothing because their orders did not include stopping him from doing so.
* HairRaisingHare: The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog, who kills three of the Knights of the Round Table.
* HandSignals:
** Arthur uses some to direct his knights after arriving at the castle with the insulting French guards.
** The chief of the Knights Who Say Ni holds up a hand to stop his fellow Knights from saying Ni to King Arthur and his party.
** The enchanter Tim holds up a hand to stop King Arthur's party as they approach the Cave of Caerbannog.
** Brother Maynard points to his assistants to signal them to retrieve the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.
* HavingABlast: Tim the Enchanter randomly shoots off fireballs and uses elaborate hand gestures that cause massive explosions in his opening scene. We never see him do it again, but at least he made a good first impression.
* HeavenAbove: The movie crudely depicts God as a giant SkyFace who rips open a cloud to start a conversation with King Arthur, taking the association of the heavens with Heaven to a comical extreme.
* HighPressureBlood
** King Arthur's duel with the Black Knight; every time the knight loses a limb, he spurts absurd amounts of blood for a second or two.
** The scene with the Killer Rabbit, wherein the rabbit bites off a few heads, does the same thing.
* HistoricalInJoke:
** Alfred, King of the English, actually built a stronghold in a swamp, for his guerilla war against the Danish invaders.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** The bridge-keeper attempts to invoke three questions before letting them cross (which are either very easy--if you aren't indecisive--or awfully hard trick questions or trivia). If they fail (either by not knowing one of the answers or simply being indecisive), they are hurled down a fiery crevice. When Arthur gets his turn, specifically when he gets to the third question (about the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow), Arthur asks for clarification as to whether he meant an unladen ''African'' swallow or an unladen ''European'' swallow. The bridgekeeper then admits he doesn't know, with predictable results.
** The Knights of the Round Table, when the French taunters catapult their own Trojan Rabbit back at them.
* HolyHandGrenade: The TropeNamer. "Bless this oh Lord thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch." It's a holy weapon meant to smite evil.
* HollywoodApocrypha: Brother Maynard reads from the Book of Armaments.
* HollywoodTactics: Go, Sir Lancelot, you [[SociopathicHero psychotic berk]]! Chop that castle down with your sword! It's justified, in that this was how Lancelot is characterized in Malory and other early sources. "Mentally-unstable berserker prone to stress-induced fugue states" doesn't even ''begin'' to cover him. This scene in particular is a parody of the rescue of Guenevere near the end of ''Literature/LeMorteDArthur''.
%% * HollywoodTorches: Appear during the Camelot, Castle Anthrax, Swamp Castle, and Cave of Caerbannog sequences.
* HurricaneOfEuphemisms: The anarcho-syndicalist peasant uses different synonyms each time he argues against Arthur's Lady of the Lake speech.
* ImAHumanitarian: Robin's minstrels, in a pun on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galaxy_Minstrels Galaxy Minstrels]].
-->'''Narrator:''' And they were forced to eat Robin's minstrels... AndThereWasMuchRejoicing.
-->'''Knights:''' [[FlatJoy Yaaaaay]].
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: The three knights impaled to a tree with a lance by the three-headed knight.
* ImplausibleDeniability:
** When the Black Knight is getting his arse handed to him by King Arthur, he insists that "it's just a flesh wound".
** When Bedevere reacts with (understandable) disbelief to the peasant's claim that a witch turned him into a newt, [[BlatantLies despite him standing right there in full human form]], the peasant meekly adds, "...I got better."
* ImpossibleTask: "You must chop down the mightiest tree in the forest... [[WithThisHerring wiiiiiiiiith... a herring]]!"
* ImprobableAimingSkills:
** The Black Knight throwing his sword right through the eye-slot of the Green Knight's helmet.
** Prince Herbert fires an arrow with a message tied to it out of the window, and it travels a considerable distance before striking Lancelot's servant square in the chest.
* IncessantMusicMadness: Sir Robin eventually loses his temper with his minstrels, though it has more to do with their [[ServileSnarker derogatory lyrics]] than the quality of their singing.
* InformedAbility: The minstrels initially gush about Sir Robin's bravery, but after he flees from combat with the three-headed giant, it turns into [[ServileSnarker servile snarking]].
* InherentlyFunnyWords:
** Ni!
** Shrubbery.
** "A newt?" (As opposed to, say, a cat.)
** Møøse. Majestic perhaps, but very funny.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Bedevere's faultless chain of reasoning leading to the conviction of the witch: If a woman weights the same amount as a duck then she's made of wood because both ducks and wood float, and because both wood and witches burn, she must be a witch! In true Monty Python fashion, it works! Also, one of the tracks on the soundtrack album is an alleged philosophy professor analyzing the very thing. He concludes that sex is better than logic.
* InsistentTerminology: Overlapping with SarcasmMode, the repeated use of the word "brave" to describe Sir Robin during the minstrels' song veers into this territory.
* {{Intermission}}: Parodied. The "intermission" is ninety percent of the way through the movie and very brief.
* InvisibleBackupBand: Every time Herbert makes an (almost always abortive) attempt to start singing, a band begins to play, before it's all shut down by his father.
* IWantSong: {{Defied|Trope}}. The lord of Swamp Castle keeps stopping his son, Prince Herbert, from breaking out into at several points. It is first, in a later scene, where Herbert turns it into a CrowdSong that he is able to drown out his father's attempts to stop it.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Dennis is annoying as hell, but he's correct that 1) in real-world terms Arthur's claim to be ruler is InsaneTrollLogic, 2) Arthur has not been given legitimacy by the people he seeks to rule, and 3) Arthur immediately begins attacking and insulting him the instant he points out 1 and 2, thereby proving that "violence is inherent in the system".
* JustAStupidAccent: John Cleese's taunting Frenchman [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]]. It's further played with when one of the French knights ''does'' speak French (or uses commonly-known French words), and the other Frenchmen don't understand a word.
-->'''Frenchman #1:''' C'est un cadeau!\\
'''Frenchman #2:''' Huh?\\
'''Frenchman #1:''' It's a present!\\
'''Frenchman #2:''' Oh! Oui, un cadeau!\\
'''Frenchman #1:''' Oui! Oui! Allons-y!\\
'''Frenchman #2:''' What?\\
'''Frenchman #1:''' Let's go.\\
'''Frenchman #2:''' Oh!
* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: After Arthur cuts his arms off, the Black Knight kicks Arthur as he prays. When he won't let up, Arthur cuts off both of his legs, too.
* KilledMidSentence: "It's the legendary Black Beast of-- ''(gets eaten)'' ''AAAAARRRRRRGGGHHH!''"
* KillerRabbit: The TropeNamer, who the Knights run into in their quest for the HolyGrail, and rapidly lives up to its name.
* KingArthur: As the movie is a parody of the Arthurian mythos, King Arthur is, predictably, the main character.
%%* KingOfAllCosmos: God.
* KinkySpanking: The women in Castle Anthrax [[InvokedTrope try to get Sir Galahad to spank them]] for luring him in. Unfortunately for Galahad, Sir Lancelot thinks it's "too perilous".
* LadyLand: Castle Anthrax is populated entirely by "young blondes and brunettes, all between the ages of 16 and 19-and-a-half." They are doctors, you know, so you must obey them when they undress you.
* LeeroyJenkins: Sir Lancelot. He storms a castle to save what he thinks is a princess, killing a lot of innocent people as he does it, only to find he's gotten everything completely wrong. When the innocent people in the castle rightly want his head for it, Lancelot kills a few more of them before he's stopped.
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: Prince Herbert tries to start a musical number several times. His father interrupts him every time, except for the last one, when an assembled crowd starts it.
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand:
** Every time Herbert's father shuts down his attempts to start singing, the InvisibleBackupBand deflates.
** Each time the credits stop to inform the viewer that someone has been sacked, the background music deflates before starting up again.
* ALightInTheDistance: Castle Anthrax's [[spoiler:Grail-shaped]] beacon is what leads Galahad through the storm.
* LighterAndSofter: The Trojan Horse is {{adapt|ationDecay}}ed to the Trojan Rabbit. When that fails, it is suggested that they re-adapt it into the Trojan Badger.
* LiteralDisarming: King Arthur cuts off both of the Black Knight's arms and both of his legs, and the Black Knight still refuses to surrender.
-->'''Black Knight''': Let's call it a draw.
* LiteralMinded: Prince Herbert's guards are so literal in their interpretation of their orders that they allow Herbert to engineer his rescue because in the process he never does anything they were told to keep him from doing.
* LogicalFallacies: The ignorance of the people of the era is PlayedForLaughs in the witch scene, where they fall for a classic AssociationFallacy.
* LordErrorProne: Lancelot when he's StormingTheCastle. He thinks he's rescuing a DamselInDistress by slaying her captors, when he's really killing innocent wedding guests and saving a whiny young man from an arranged marriage.
* LovableCoward: Sir Robin, the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot, who had nearly fought the Dragon of Angnor, and who had nearly stood up against the Chicken of Bristol, and who had personally wet himself at the battle of Badon Hill:
-->''Brave Sir Robin ran away''\\
''Bravely ran away, away''\\
"I didn't!"\\
''When danger reared its ugly head, he bravely turned his tail and fled''\\
''Yes Brave Sir Robin turned about''\\
"I didn't!"\\
''And gallantly he chickened out. Bravely taking to his feet''\\
"I never did!"\\
''He beat a very brave retreat''\\
"All lies!"\\
''Bravest of the brave, Sir Robin!''\\
"I never!"
* TheLowMiddleAges: Note that in the DVD commentary, the Pythons admit that AnachronismStew is at work: It is said to be set in Dark Ages Britain, but the costumes are based on fashions from the 1300s, not to mention the castles.
* LyricalDissonance: The song "Brave Sir Robin Ran Away" is a jaunty tune about all of the BodyHorror that Sir Robin is allegedly not afraid of. Sir Robin finally stops it when the minstrels get too graphic.
-->'''Minstrels:''' ''He was not in the least bit scared\\
To be mashed into a pulp\\
Or to have his eyes gouged out\\
And his elbows broken\\
To have his kneecaps split\\
And his body burned away\\
And his limbs all hacked and mangled\\
Brave Sir Robin.\\
His head smashed in\\
And his heart cut out\\
And his liver removed\\
And his bowels unplugged\\
And his nostrils raped\\
And his bottom burnt off\\
And his [[GroinAttack pen]]--''\\
'''Sir Robin:''' That's--that's enough music for now, lads...
* MadeOfPlasticine: How easily King Arthur hacks off the Black Knight's limbs. With the arms in particular, it looks as though a mere ''tap'' on the shoulder is enough to detach a limb.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: The Black Knight each time Arthur removes a limb (''all four of them''), as well as Lancelot's faithful squire Concorde upon getting shot in the chest. ("Message for you, sir!")
* MacGuffinLocation: "Camelot! Camelot! Camelot! It's only a model. Shh!" "Well, on second thought, let's not go to Camelot. It is a silly place."
* MedievalMorons: Both used (the witch scene) and subverted (the anarcho-syndicalist commune).
* MediumAwareness: Prince Herbert's father when the prince is about to start singing. He's aware of the invisible back up band.
* MediumBlending: As with virtually all of their work, the movie frequently switches from live-action to Creator/TerryGilliam's DerangedAnimation, particularly for transitions between scenes, though it crops up elsewhere as well, such as with the Black Beast of Aaaaaaaarrrrrgh.
* MilesGloriosus: "Brave" Sir Robin, who has a troupe of troubadours to follow him about and sing his praises. Unfortunately, he runs away at the first sign of danger, and they incorporate his cowardice into their song.
* MinskyPickup: The Camelot song begins this way, naturally.
* MiscarriageOfJustice: FridgeLogic shows that [[spoiler:the police were in the wrong to cart off Arthur and his men as the murderers of A Famous Historian. The knight who killed him ''rode a real horse'']].
* MisplacedWildlife: [[MemeticMutation Infamously]], coconuts in medieval England. Extensively discussed, but never actually justified: Arthur claims that he and his men found them, but he doesn't especially ''care'' how they got to England, only exasperatedly suggesting that perhaps [[AWizardDidIt Swallows Did It]].
* MissionFromGod: The knights seek the Holy Grail because God told them to do so.
* MistakenForGay:
-->'''Galahad:''' Bet you're gay!\\
'''Lancelot:''' ...No, I'm not.
** In ''Theatre/{{Spamalot}}!'', Lancelot really ''is'' gay.
** In the screenplay on the DVD, the other knights look knowingly at Lancelot.
* MomentKiller: An epically funny one when Sir Lancelot shows up at Castle Anthrax to save Sir Galahad from almost certain temptation.
* MonsterMunch: Sirs Bors, Gawain, and Ector, three {{Red Shirt}}s who show up after the TimeSkip following the Knights of Ni scene, exist entirely to be killed by the KillerRabbit.
* MovingTheGoalposts: The Knights Who Say "Ni" do this to King Arthur and Sir Bedevere. After they get the Knights a shrubbery, the Knights demand another shrubbery, and to cut down the mightiest tree in the forest [[WithThisHerring with a herring]]. [[spoiler:Arthur and Bedevere are only saved thanks to Arthur accidentally exploiting the Knights' WeaksauceWeakness to the word "it"]].
* MultipleHeadCase: The three-headed giant whose heads bicker amongst themselves, which ultimately allows Robin to escape while they are distracted.
* MythologyGag:
** Sir Bedevere is the first knight to follow Arthur. The character of Bedevere (Welsh: ''Bedwyr'') appeared in Arthurian legend before Lancelot, Galahad and the rest (except Sir Robin who is new).
** Sir Bedevere is also the last of Arthur's knights to remain. In Malory's ''Literature/LeMorteDArthur'' he is the last knight alive after the [[KillEmAll final battle]] where Arthur is mortally wounded.
** Sir Robin was mentioned to have wet himself at the Battle of Badon Hill. This battle was apparently [[Literature/HistoriaBrittonum a real event]] [[Literature/HistoriaRegumBritanniae which Arthur became associated with.]] It frequently comes up in discussions about the historical basis for the Arthur legends.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Not Castle [=AAAAaaaaaargh=] (although it clearly was intended to evoke this trope), but Castle Anthrax. Maybe there really was more peril there for Lancelot to rescue Galahad from than just losing his chastity...
* NeverSayThatAgain: Ni!
** Turned around on the knights, later. [[spoiler:They are drained of their will by the word "it"]].
*** Oddly enough, the knight says it at the top of the scene with no harm done. He hits himself with it for damage during the fadeout.
* NoEnding: Due to a combination of writer's block, NoBudget and everyone getting fed up with the film's TroubledProduction. [[spoiler:Arthur and his knights prepare to storm the French castle, and are then promptly arrested by the police for the murder of a historian killed by a random knight halfway through the film]].
* NoodleImplements: Bedevere claims to have some theories on how sheep's bladders can be used to prevent earthquakes. Then again, he is quite the CloudCuckoolander.
* NoPartyLikeADonnerParty:
-->''In the frozen land of Nador, they were forced to eat Robin's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galaxy_Minstrels minstrels]]. And there was much rejoicing.''
* TheNounWhoVerbed: The Knights Who Say "Ni" use the word as their greatest weapon. They later change their name to something along the lines of "The Knights Who Say 'Ekke Ekke Ekke Ekke Ptangya Zoooooooom Boing Ni'", however, King Arthur, who can't pronounce this, proceeds to call them "The Knights Who 'Til Recently Said 'Ni'".
* OffWithHisHead: The knight Bors has his head bitten off by the Rabbit of Caerbannog.
* OhCrap: It seems as though all will be well when the King of Swamp Castle is walking with Lancelot to have a drink, when one of the guests recognizes Lancelot.
-->'''Guest:''' There he is!\\
'''King:''' Oh, bloody hell.
* OminousFog: The fellowship encounters heavy fog in the woods which creeps them out.
* OminousLatinChanting: The flagellant monks recite what are apparently Catholic prayers, while [[{{Bathos}} hitting themselves on the head with wooden planks]].
* OnlyAFleshWound: The {{Trope Namer|s}}--but subverted. King Arthur chops the Black Knight's sword arm off to end the fight quickly and thus avoid having to kill him. When the knight insists on fighting one-armed, he chops off the other one, then one leg, then the other. At this point, the knight is clearly bleeding out and will probably die, but he trash-talks Arthur as if nothing had happened at all.
* OnlySaneMan: Arthur. He's not necessarily ''brilliant'', but he's a capable and smart leader, a good sword fighter, confident, assertive, and the only one without a severe emotional problem of some sort. (And he hasn't got shit all over him)
* OnlySixFaces: The vast majority of roles are played by the Pythonites with appropriate costume changes.
* OnlySmartPeopleMayPass: Parodied in the Bridge of Death scene. The old man guarding it asks three questions; the first two are harmless, but the third one can be either another harmless one or a tricky piece of trivia nobody is assumed to know off-hand. Get any of them wrong or show hesitation and you're launched into the abyss below. [[spoiler:This goes for the bridge keeper as well]].
* OohMeAccentsSlipping:
** John Cleese's faux-French accent slips into his British one momentarily [[https://youtu.be/A8yjNbcKkNY?t=59s during the French Taunting scene]].
** Cleese inverts this during his scenes as Tim the Enchanter, whose accent suddenly becomes much thicker between his first meeting with the knights and the scenes at the Cave of Caerbannog.
* OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank: The Black Knight sequence; every limb lopped off results in a spray of HighPressureBlood.
* OverlyLongGag: It takes an inordinately long time and many patient [[RepeatToConfirm repetitions]] for the King of Swamp Castle to get his guards to understand that he wants them to stay in the room and not let Prince Herbert leave. And just when the King thinks they've got it, the guards start to follow him out of the room (i.e., the exact opposite of what the King told them to do), and he has to explain his orders yet ''again.''
* PainfulRhyme: [[invoked]]The "Camelot" song is built around these, and it's even lampshaded:
-->''We're Knights of the Round Table, our shows are for-mid-able\\
But many times, we're given rhymes that are quite un-sing-able...''
* PaintingTheMedium: Done literally with the title card in Sir Lancelot's segment as an animated cartoonist is painting the title card itself.
* ThePigPen: The villagers compared to Arthur, since "...he hasn't got shit all over him."
* PoirotSpeak: The whispering among the Frenchmen is full of this. When they are about to DropTheCow, the order is whispered in Franglais: "Fetchez la vache!". Later when they bring in the [[ItMakesSenseInContext Trojan Rabbit]], they cannot understand each other in French and have to switch to English: "C'est un lapin, lapin de bois. Quoi? Un cadeau. What? A present. Oh, un cadeau."
* PrayerOfMalice: Parodied; the heroes pray for God not only to defeat their enemies, but to "blow them to tiny bits, ''in Thy Mercy''".
%%* ProphetEyes: The old hag has eyes like these.
* PrecisionFStrike: [[ExecutiveMeddling Averted due to a censorship request]]; the script originally called for Sir Galahad to tell Tim the Enchanter to "fuck off" during the [[KillerRabbit Killer Rabbit scene]]. He instead says "Bugger off".
* PublicDomainArtifact: The Holy Grail is the object of the heroes' quest, given to them by God.
* RedShirt: Bors, Gawain and Ector. They appear suddenly and without barely any introduction before The Rabbit of Caerbannog and they are promptly dispatched. [[note]]It's worth noting that, in Malory and the Vulgate Cycle, these are three of Arthur's most prominent knights--likely an instance of Creator/TerryJones having a bit of fun with the traditions again.[[/note]]
* RememberTheNewGuy: Sirs Gawain, Ector and Bors show up with no explanation whatsoever, and nobody seems to notice. Though they do appear after a year-long TimeSkip.
* RepeatToConfirm: Parodied when the King of Swamp Castle gives commands to a guard, and the guard repeats them back ''wrong''. The two of them spend the next [[OverlyLongGag two minutes]] going back-and-forth with the king trying to get the guard to get the orders right.
* RewritingReality: The knights escape a cartoon monster when the animator dies of a heart attack.
* RiddleMeThis: Parodied by The Bridge Keeper:
-->'''Bridge Keeper:''' What is your name?\\
'''Lancelot:''' My name is Sir Lancelot of Camelot.\\
'''Bridge Keeper:''' What is your quest?\\
'''Lancelot:''' To seek the Holy Grail.\\
'''Bridge Keeper:''' What is your favourite colour?\\
'''Lancelot:''' Blue.\\
'''Bridge Keeper:''' Right, off you go.
** [[DirtyCoward Sir Robin]] wasn't so lucky. Same questions [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers until the third]].
-->'''Bridge Keeper:''' What is the capital of Assyria?
-->'''Robin:''' Wh- I don't know that! ''*Tossed into the chasm below*''
** Sir Galahad got the favourite colour question, but [[TooStupidToLive still managed to get it wrong]].
** King Arthur gets another atypical question, and yet he survives because...
-->'''Bridge Keeper:''' What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?
-->'''Arthur''': What do you mean, an African or European swallow?
-->'''Bridge Keeper:''' Huh, uh, I don't know that... ''*Tossed into the chasm below*''
* RopeBridge: Subverted, in that it doesn't break. Graham Chapman got so drunk, he was absolutely terrified this would happen, so a stunt double strutted across the bridge in his place. You might notice how strangely determined the guy looks when doing this.
* RuleOfFunny: The driving force behind all technology in the movie. Why else would the French have their catapults already aimed at the Britons, but unloaded? How else would one explain the existence of the HolyHandGrenade? The movie ''thrives'' on this trope.
* RuleOfThree
** The counting of the Holy Hand Grenade. "Five is right out."
** Subverted with the story about constructing the swamp castles. The third castle in the swamp fared even ''worse'' than the first two, but the fourth one '''stayed up'''.
** Arthur [[RunningGag constantly confuses]] "five" for "three".
---> "[We've lost] Gawain, Ector, and Bors, that's five..."
** At the Bridge of Death, adventurers must answer three questions in order to cross the bridge.
* RunningGag:
** Swallows and coconuts come up way too often in this movie, as do people not ''quite'' dying, and the number three.
** Every time Arthur prays, he gets hit with something.
** Arthur keeps getting 3 and 5 mixed up.
* ScalesOfJustice: In a scene a suspected witch is put on the scales to see if she weighs the same as a duck (and therefore floats, is made of wood, is flammable, and hence a witch).
* ScareChord: Like everything else by Creator/MontyPython, the Knights Who Say Ni scene plays this for laughs:
-->'''Knight Who Says Ni:''' We demand... a shrubbery!
--->(''Cue a very loud, screeching chord.'')
* ScoobyStack: The French knights stack up against the wall by the entrance to their castle before stepping out to investigate the Trojan Rabbit.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: When brave Sir Robin encounters a three-headed giant, he chickens out. His minstrel keeps singing about it, much to his annoyance. [[https://youtu.be/cFdgjYoBMIg Listen to the Tale of how Brave Sir Robin ran away]].
-->'''Sir Robin's minstrel:''' Brave Sir Robin ran away./Bravely ran away away./When danger reared its ugly head,/He bravely turned his tail and fled./Yes, brave Sir Robin turned about/And gallantly he chickened out./Bravely taking to his feet,/He beat a very brave retreat.
* SeinfeldianConversation: Lots of it, especially the argument about coconuts that defeats Arthur's attempt to enlist the master of the castle at the beginning of the film.
* ShaggyDogStory: The whole movie is this it turns out, since [[spoiler:it ends with everyone being arrested, so that the quest for the Grail is never fulfilled and the whole journey was for nothing]].
* ShoutOut:
** The Trojan Rabbit (Trojan Horse) and Lancelot's squire Concorde (the jet) (or possibly a reference to John Cleese's Dennis Moore character from the TV show), among others.
** Also, Lancelot thanks the Bridgekeeper as he passes theBridge of Death by saying "Thank you. Thankyouverymuch," in the same vein as Music/ElvisPresley.
** The flagellation, the witch burning scene, and the mock-Swedish subtitles are all shout-outs to ''Film/TheSeventhSeal''.
* ShownTheirWork: Terry Jones is an Arthurian scholar and added details not commonly seen in different King Arthur adaptations such as Lancelot being a total berserker in combat.
* SiegeEngines:
** The French knights presumably used some kind of catapult to fling the cow and giant rabbit.
** Several are seen amongst Arthur's army at the end of the movie, probably to be used against the Castle Argh.
* SkyFace: God's face appears in the sky to send King Arthur and his knights on a quest.
* SmokeOut: There's a Smoke ''In'' when Tim the Enchanter teleports from a distant mountaintop.
* SomedayThisWillComeInHandy: The conversation about swallows Arthur overhears at the beginning of the film comes in handy much, much later.
--> '''Bedevere:''' How do you know so much about swallows?
* SomewhereAMammalogistIsCrying: Tim the Enchanter refers to the Killer Rabbit as a "bad-tempered rodent". Rabbits are ''not'' rodents!
* SophisticatedAsHell
** The Holy Hand Grenade instructions, as read by Brother Maynard:
-->'''Brother Maynard:''' ...who, being naughty in My sight, shall snuff it.
** Dennis the anarcho-syndicalist peasant defies Arthur's authority:
-->'''Dennis the Peasant:''' You can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you!
* StealthPun:
** The ending, where everyone gets arrested instead of finishing the story. [[spoiler:It's a cop-out.]]
** Describing a woman as having "large tracts of land" accompanied by hand gestures indicating she has a large chest. The potential bride is described as having property, which, given the era, she would not have owned outright, but would have made up her dowry, to go to her husband upon marriage. Thus she was literally "well-endowed." It today's language a woman is "well-endowed" if she has a large chest.
** On the Special Edition DVD, the film opens with a clip from the 1961 British film ''Dentist On the Job''; the off-screen projectionist realizes his mistake and switches over to the film proper. On the surface, this is just standard Python humor, but the joke comes from the film's American title: ''Get On With It''.
* TheStinger: An aversion--a black screen and two minutes and forty seconds of repetitive organ music. On the old CBS FOX Video VHS releases in the late 80s/early 90s, [[https://youtu.be/s0W6e9QiU1A the organ music was shortened and played out against the standard warning screens which bookended VHS tapes.]]
* StoneWall: Parodied with the Black Knight. He has all his limbs chopped off, yet still boasts that he's invincible, and that it's OnlyAFleshWound.
* StopWorshippingMe: God is visibly annoyed with Arthur's and the Knights' slavish reverence, and bluntly snaps at them to knock it off more than once.
* StormingTheCastle:
** The French castle is attacked [[RuleOfThree three times]]: Arthur's knights attempt to storm it early on, Lancelot later attacks the castle by himself, and finally, Arthur's army charges it again at the climax.
** Lancelot storms Castle Anthrax to save Galahad from "almost certain temptation", and Swamp Castle to save the distressed... prince.
* StuffBlowingUp: Tim the Enchanter interrupts the knights mid-sentence for no purpose but pyrotechnics.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: When Galahad arrives at Castle Anthrax and demands the Grail, Zoot acts as if she has no idea what he's talking about, but when he mentions seeing a vision of it in the sky, she suddenly exclaims, "Oh, I just remembered, our castle's beacon is [[spoiler:grail-shaped]]." Considering a) there's a punishment set in place specifically for turning on the beacon (because they keep having trouble like this over it) and b) the maidens in the castle clearly wanting to lure young men into their bedrooms, it's pretty obvious Zoot knew all along what Galahad was talking about, that the beacon was turned on to trick travelers, and Zoot's exclamation was both this trope and a bit of BlatantLies.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: When the BlackKnight refuses to join Arthur, he mildly states, "You make me sad," but doesn't appear to be particularly upset until the BlackKnight ''also'' refuses to [[YouShallNotPass let him pass]].
* ThatPoorCat: Exaggerated, in that the cat is occasionally ''deliberately abused'' (in one scene, it's being swung by its tail at a post). The cat is on-screen every time someone makes it complain. (No, it's not a real cat.)
* ThatWasTheLastEntry: Parodied when the group encounters a stone wall on which a victim of a monster attack has been carving entries onto. It ends, "He who is valiant, and might of spirit, may find the Holy Grail in the Castle of Arrrgh". The knights argue whether the castle is actually named Arrrgh or if the author died while writing it and wrote down his death rattle while doing so. Someone suggests he was dictating it. [[spoiler:It's the first one]].
* TheseQuestionsThree: Named for the TrollBridge scene, which didn't just parody this, it {{zig zagg|ingTrope}}ed it. The first two questions are constant: "What is your name?" and "What is your [[TheQuest quest]]?" After that, he'll often ask "What is your favourite colour?" but he's just as likely to throw curveballs like "[[UnexpectedlyObscureAnswer What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?]]", or "What is the capital of Assyria?"
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: The Black Knight kills the Green Knight by throwing his sword through his helm's ''eye slot''.
* TimePassesMontage: The seasons-passing segment. Subverted in that the seasons are deliberately mixed up by the end.
* TrojanHorse: It's a straight homage to the original, except that it's a Trojan ''Rabbit''... and they forget to put anyone inside of it.
* TrollBridge: The Bridge of Death, which nobody can cross without answering three questions asked by the Bridgekeeper. Get a question wrong or fail to answer confidently and immediately, and the unfortunate adventurer is cast into the chasm.
* TropeOverdosed: Yes and no. Given that this movie was the TropeNamer for many of the listed tropes on this page, ''Monty Python And The Holy Grail'' is only [[SeinfeldisUnfunny trope-overdosed in retrospect]]. Back when the movie premiered (in 1975), it was just 91 minutes of (often ground-breaking) weirdness.
* TrustMeImADoctor: Both Doctor Piglet and Doctor Winston try to assure Sir Galahad that they are doctors during his stay at Castle Anthrax. They've had "basic medical training".
* UnexplainedRecovery:
** The peasant's claim that he "got better" after being [[BewitchedAmphibians turned into a newt]] by the alleged witch comes across as pretty unconvincing, although it's just as likely that the peasant was lying about getting cursed in the first place.
** Despite an unpleasant "splat" sound effect after falling out of the tower, Prince Herbert shows up at his wedding none the worse for wear. He does intend to explain this recovery (in song, of course), but, sadly, we don't get to hear the best part.
* UnstoppableRage: Lancelot when he's StormingTheCastle. He later admits to the king of Swamp Castle that it's a bit of problem of his, as he never really knows when to stop, or when not to start.
* UnusualEuphemism: The Swamp King wants Herbert to marry a woman so he can inherit her father's property, but the son is unwilling. He tries to convince him with a couple of reasons, ending off with the fact that she has "huge... tracts of land," with a gesture that is less suggestive of real estate and more suggestive of womanly curves.
* UnwantedRescue: Sir Lancelot "rescues" Galahad from Castle Anthrax, where he is in "awful peril" from "eight score young blondes and brunettes, all between the ages of 16 and 19½." Naturally, Galahad protests.
* VagueAge: The girls of Castle Anthrax are "all between the ages of 16 and 19½".
* VerbalTic:
** The Knights Who Say "Ni" have a habit of spouting the word off like punctuation, even when they're ''not'' using its BrownNote capabilities.
** King Arthur has a tendency to say "five" when he actually means "three".
* VerbalWeakness: The Knights Who Say Ni "cannot hear" some words, but the only one shown in the movie is [[spoiler:the word "it"]].
* VowOfCelibacy: Sir Galahad is known as "Sir Galahad the Pure", but the many women at Castle Anthrax eventually convince him to forget it.
-->'''Galahad:''' I am sworn to chastity!\\
'''Woman:''' Back to your bed at once!
* WanderingMinstrel: Brave, brave Sir Robin's got a bunch of them following him around.
* WeaksauceWeakness: The Knights Who Say "Ni" are [[BrownNote weakened]] by hearing [[spoiler:the word "it", much the same as what "ni" does to ordinary humans]].
* WeaponsGradeVocabulary:
** The word "Ni", soon revealed to be usable by ordinary humans and not just The Knights Who Say "Ni".
** Turned around on the Knights, later. They are weakened by hearing [[spoiler:the word "it"]]. Oddly enough, the lead Knight says it near the beginning of the scene with no harm done, but then hits himself with it for damage during the fadeout.
%%* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog.
* WhenPropsAttack: In the frames where it attacks people, the Killer Rabbit is quite obviously a cuddly toy.
* WhiteBunny: The KillerRabbit of Caerbannog, which is definitely of the deceptively gentle-looking variety.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog is defeated with a hand grenade once it is established that the rabbit can [[CurbStompBattle kill the knights easily]] in close-quarters combat.
* WorldShapes: Bedevere delivers an OrphanedPunchLine that suggests there is proof that the world is banana-shaped.
* YourMom: This famous oft-quoted insult:
-->'''French Knight:''' I don't want to talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal-food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.
* YouLookFamiliar: Carol Cleveland plays Zoot when Lancelot enters the Castle Anthrax. Later he bumps in to her again, thinking she is Zoot, but she explains she is actually Dingo, Zoot's twin sister.
* YouShallNotPass: The sole purpose of the BlackKnight, who says nothing aside from "None shall pass!" and, when Arthur insists upon passing, "Then you shall die."

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