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''Night at the Museum'' is a series of family comedy films produced by Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox and directed by Shawn Levy, starring Ben Stiller as Larry Daley, the night guard for the New York American Museum of Natural history who learns that the exhibits come to life at night. It is based on a 1993 children's book by Milan Trenc.

The first film was released on December 22, 2006, written by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon of Creator/ComedyCentral's ''Series/{{Reno 911}}'' and MTV's ''TheState'', and directed by Shawn Levy. A new novelization of the screenplay by Leslie Goldman was published as a film tie-in. Larry is a struggling inventor who is trying to bond with his son, so to make ends meet he takes a job as the night guard for the Museum of History. He learns from the retiring guards on how to deal with the various exhibits as they come to life because of a magical tablet displayed with Egyptian royalty Ahkmenrah. Recognizing the responsibility he has to keep order, he also has to fend off a nefarious plot to plunder the museum of its magic and riches.

The sequel, subtitled ''Battle of the Smithsonian'', was released in May 2009. Here, as the New York museum is being renovated many exhibits are stored in the Smithsonian. This brings with them a whole other genre of problems, as Ahkmenrah's brother Kahmenrah is animated at the Smithsonian and seeks to use the tablet's powers to open a portal and unleash his army. To stop him and protect the other exhibits Larry teams with Amelia Earhardt to unravel the mystery of the tablet and stop Kahmenrah.

The second sequel, ''Secret of the Tomb'', was released December 19, 2014. The final mystery of the origin of the tablet is revealed as they have to 'revive' its power since the magic is slowly wearing out, stopping in the middle of public showings. The London Museum holds the answers and with it massive hijinks abound. It was also one of the last film roles for Robin Williams after his suicide in August 2014, and for Mickey Rooney, who passed away in April of the same year.
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'''This film series contains examples of the following tropes:'''

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* ActionGirl:
** Sacagawea, who, despite not having as much screentime or dialogue as some of the other exhibits, is helpful to Larry in all three movies (as a tracker in the first and third, as a fighter in the final battle in the second, and in helping Larry plan an important event in the beginning of the third).
** Also, Amelia Earhart in the second movie, true to the feisty nature of her real life counterpart.
* AllThereInTheManual: If you don't know basic to mild World History, then you'll miss most of the jokes.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Octavius.
** In addition to several moments of HoYay with [[HeterosexualLifePartners Jedediah]], Octavius also comments on Lancelot's "beautiful blue eyes" in the third movie, leaving Jedediah to silently stare at him. It helps that the real life Octavius (AKA Augustus Caesar) was known as "every woman's husband and every man's wife."
--> What? They're very blue.
** [[spoiler: As the tablet further corrodes, Octavius and Jedediah attempt to die holding hands.]]
* AnimateInanimateObject: Everything in the museum that comes to life counts as one of these.
%%* ArmyOfTheAges
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Zig-zagged. They make a point of correcting some common misconceptions about history and historical figures, but also indulged in some of the same incidents. Napoleon, for example, is not portrayed as exceptionally short, but took umbrage at a remark that could be ''construed'' as a dig at his height. Larry does mention that regardless of accuracy we have "[[TheNapoleon Napoleon Complex]]" named after him.
* BetaCouple: Teddy and Sacagawea, especially in the first movie (their relationship isn't strongly emphasized in the sequels, but they are together), with the Alpha Couples being Larry and Rebecca in the first film, Larry and Amelia/Tess in the second, and Tilly and Laa in the third.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Dr. [=McPhee=] really seems like one at times.
* CoolVersusAwesome: Given the premise of the movie, this is bound to happen:
** In the first movie there's Roman army against Wild West cowboys.
** The third movie has Sir Lancelot vs a giant nine-headed bronze statue of a Chinese snake demon.
%%** The second movie take it {{up to eleven}}. Just...watch it.
* DancePartyEnding: The first and third movies play this completely straight. The second movie has a variation: the characters aren't actually dancing, but they are taking guests around the very crowded and successful museum, there's party music and flashing lights in the background, and the mood is quite festive.
* DeadpanSnarker: Larry gets quite a few lines of this in all the movies.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: After Larry brings down the [[BetaBaddie "bad guys"]] of the first movie, the three former security guards, there don't appear to be any hard feelings. When Larry goes to visit them at the retirement home in the third movie, they are quite friendly to him (save for a bit of Gus's usual snark), and Cecil actually helps Larry figure out what to do next to repair Ahkmenrah's tablet.
* EternalEnglish: In the first movie, Ahkmenrah speaks perfect English right out of the gate, which he explains as being from his time as an exhibit at Cambridge. In the second film, Kahmunrah first tries Egyptian, then French when he meets Larry before settling on English. In the third movie, Ahkmenrah's parents also speak perfect English.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Dexter may look like just an ordinary mischievous capuchin, but he's actually very smart.
%%* FirstFatherWins
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy:
** This trope was averted in the first film: Larry was the only guard and it didn't take long for the news to notice when the exhibits started running through Central Park, especially the appearance of cave drawings at the subway station or dinosaur tracks on 81st Street. The second film has no such excuse. The entire National Mall is brought to life by the tablet. They fly the Wright Brothers plane outside. An octopus swims in the reflecting pool. The Lincoln Memorial goes for a stroll. '''No one notices.''' In real life, Washington D.C. is one of the most heavily policed and security conscious areas on earth with numerous security-sensitive buildings and areas. One of the exhibits would've tripped an alarm somewhere in the city to cause a massive security scare in the city.
** In the second movie, Larry and his son spend time at the beginning of the movie studying the vast security measures of the museums, and yet are somehow able to stroll through them and leave and enter at his leisure. Also, the real Smithsonian facilities are virtually ''never'' empty of people, as plenty of staff work through the night on maintenance, conservation, and research.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Jed and Octavius, once they stop fighting and become friends near the end of the first movie, are this for the rest of the series.
* InSeriesNickname: Several of the characters with long names have theirs shortened (at least occasionally) by Larry. He almost always uses "Jed" for Jedediah and "Teddy" for Theodore Roosevelt, and also sometimes uses "Dex" for Dexter, "Sac" for Sacagawea and "Ahk" for Ahkmenrah.
** Larry also gets several from various museum exhibits:
*** Jed calls him "Gigantor" exclusively in the first and second movies. Larry protests this at first but seemingly accepts it later. Jed does refer to him as "Larry" a couple of times in the third movie, though.
*** Ahkmenrah calls him "Guardian of Brooklyn". This came from Ahkmenrah introducing himself to Larry as a Pharoah of Egypt, to which Larry replied [[MundaneMadeAwesome "I'm Larry...I'm from Brooklyn."]]
*** Inverted by Teddy, who calls him by his full name, Lawrence.
** Nick is referred to and addressed as both Nick and Nicky in all of the movies.
* IronicEcho: Teddy Roosevelt asked Larry "[[ArmorPiercingQuestion What are you made of?]]" in the first movie; in the second movie Larry says this to Amelia.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY:
** Sacagawea's name many times. There's also a deleted scene where Sacagawea's name is pronounced "Saka-gah-way-a", while Ahkmenrah's name is pronounced "Akh-men-rah". The Sacagawea case is justified since no one knows how her name really was pronounced.
** The Smithsonian guard Brandon (as spelled on his nameplate) in the sequel argues to Larry that his name is "Brundon" "BUR-RUN-DON".
* TheLancer: Teddy Roosevelt, in the first and third movies.
* MundaneMadeAwesome:
** Octavius and Jedediah: [[spoiler:"You're going to ''live''!" (breaks hourglass with helmet)]]
** Also, when Ahkmenrah introduces himself to Larry as the "Great King of the Great Kings" of Egypt in the first movie, Larry replies, "I'm Larry...I'm from Brooklyn," which leads to Ahkmenrah calling him the [[InSeriesNickname "Guardian of Brooklyn" for the rest of the series]]. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the third movie when Larry notes that he's moved to Manhattan now, but Ahk replies that "Guardian of Brooklyn" just "sounds cooler."
* MuseumOfTheStrangeAndUnusual: Thanks to that magic tablet, the museums comes to life at night:
** The American Museum of Natural History in all three movies
** The entire Smithsonian Museum ([[CaptainObvious duh]]) in BOTS
** The British Museum in SOTT
* TheNapoleon:
** The portrayal of the very Napoleon is like this.
** Jedediah, moreso in the first movie.
* NiceGuy: Ahkmenrah, who is, throughout the whole series, unfailingly polite and nice to everyone.
* NotSoDifferent: Larry gives this talk twice in the series -- to Jedediah and Octavius in the first film and to Dexter and Able in ''Battle of the Smithsonian'' -- to get them to cooperate.
* OfficialCouple: The museum exhibit versions of Teddy Roosevelt and Sacagawea. It's a plot point in the first movie that Teddy admires Sacagawea from afar because he's too shy to admit his feelings to her. Once he saves her from being run down near the end of the movie, the two begin a relationship that lasts for the rest of the series.
* OncePerEpisode: Being miniatures, Jed and Octavius have extremely hilarious hijinks when they get separated from Larry's group.
** In the first movie, they battle the raging gale... of a decompressing tire. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] as the camera keeps cutting back to a wider view of the area... and the only indication of this "battle" is the ''very'' soft, almost inaudible hiss of air leaving the tire.
** In BOTS, Octavius gives a speech about how he's going to storm the White House to get help for Jedediah and runs toward the building on foot. Cue the camera cutting to a position where we can't even see or hear him. Eventually he gets tired, admits he misjudged the distance, and gets attacked by a squirrel.
** In SOTT, Jed and Octavius fall into an air vent and are sucked toward the vent's filters... and the camera pans out to show them stuck against the grate, with a very soft, mild breeze moving through the vents.
* OnlySaneMan: Larry to an extent, but over the course of all three movies, Sacagawea is honestly the most normal of the cast.
* SecretKeeper: Anyone non-museum-exhibit people who know about the Museum coming to life:
** Larry and Nick in all three films.
** The previous night guards (Cecil, Reginald, and Gus) as well, although they don't appear in the second movie.
** Rebecca, who only appears in the first movie.
** Tilly, Larry's British Museum counterpart, becomes one in the third movie.
** At the end of the third movie, [=McPhee=] finds out as well.
* ShoutOut:
** Octavius and Jedediah alone reference many movies and works:
*** The scene at the end of the first movie, to ''Film/IndependenceDay''. They do it again at the final battle of ''Smithsonian'', this time to ''Film/ThreeHundred''.
*** Early on in the movie Octavius orders a RainOfArrows to be thrown at Larry his order is ''Unleash Hell!'' in reference to ''Film/{{Gladiator}}''.
*** When Octavius sees the squirrel, he makes the "dinosaur vision" speech from ''Film/JurassicPark''.
*** They have one to ''Film/BrokebackMountain'' in the first movie. It helps that Jedediah's an actual cowboy.
** In BOTS, Kahmunrah gets into the pop-culture wing and claims [[AllInTheFamily Archie Bunker's]] [[TheCouch "throne"]] as his own. He's also seen trying on Muhammad Ali's robe at one point, as well as passing on wearing [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Dorothy Gale's]] ruby slippers.
** When Custer is knocked off the motorcycle early on, he tells Larry to keep going with, [[Film/LordOfTheRings "Fly, you fool!"]]
** During the finale of the third film, Tilly and La recreate one of the more famous ''DirtyDancing'' scenes, specifically the lift. Rexy and Trixy, the dinosaur skeletons are also shown doing this.
* SiblingYinYang: Between the Egyptian pharaoh brothers, [[NiceGuy Ahkmenrah]] and [[BigBad Kahmunrah]], in both personality and their appearances in the films:
** Ahkmenrah isn't met in person until the climax of the first film, but he very quickly establishes himself as one of the good guys, playing a vital role in helping Larry and Nick stop the bad guys and restoring order to the Museum. By contrast, Kahmunrah is met pretty early on in the second movie, ''he'' quickly shows himself to be evil, and he becomes the BigBad for the rest of the movie.
** This applies personality-wise, too: Ahkmenrah is a polite, composed, regal Pharaoh and serious-but-friendly NiceGuy who helps Larry throughout the series, while Kahmunrah is a [[LargeHam hammy]], power-hungry, [[FauxAffablyEvil cheerful-but-ruthless]] Pharaoh and LaughablyEvil [[BigBad bad guy]] who is the source the main conflict in the second movie.
* SidekickExMachina: Ahkmenrah owns the tablet which made the whole exhibits alive, but he doesn't gain a lot of screen-time, ''especially'' in the second movie.
* SlidingScaleOfLivingToys: The exhibits are either Level 4 or 5. Well, except the [[BackFromTheDead mummies]].
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: How is the tablet owner's name spelled? Ahkmenrah, Akhmenrah, or Akmenrah? Made more confusing as the ending credits of the first movie spell it as "Akhmenrah", but the third movie beginning and credits spell it "Ahkmenrah".
* TookALevelInBadass: ''Larry'' between the first and second films. And from a mental standpoint as well--if not between the first and second films, then ''definitely'' between the second and third. He comes up with several brilliant deductions and ideas in the third movie.
** The first film explained that the older janitors became {{Badass Grandpa}}s because of dealing with the museum exhibits (and the magic of the tablet). Between films Larry gained those same skills in a younger body.
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[[folder:Night at the Museum (Original)]]
* AllAnimalsAreDogs: Rexy, the tyrannosaurus skeleton.
* {{Angrish}}: When angry, the owner of the museum starts metaphors and can never finish them.
* AxCrazy: Attila the Hun.
* BadassGrandpa: Night guard Cecil is a badass. Justified in that the tablet also reinvigorated ''him''.
* BetaBaddie: Cecil, Reginald and Gus. They only wanted the tablet because it gave them virtual youth.
* BigShutUp: The Moai.
* CallingYourAttacks: Gus does this.
-->'''Gus''': "Sweet dreams, cupcake! PILEDRIVER!"
* EenieMeenieMinyMoai: One of the exhibits in the original museum is a Moai, who is very fond of bubble gum.
* FreudianTrio: Cecil (Ego), Reginald (Superego), and Gus (Id).
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
-->'''Jedediah''': ''(After trying to shoot Larry in the eye with his toy gun)'' "Now, you know my shame. Jedediah's impotent rage. His guns don't fire."
** [[ShanghaiNoon His salmon don't swim upstream...]]
* HamToHamCombat: The scene where Atilla and Larry are yelling at each other.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Cecil did this unintentionally when giving advice to Larry. Cecil advises Larry to research stuff on the museum exhibits to help him out [[spoiler: which is used against him when Larry shouts the secret code to stop the horse-drawn cart Cecil used to escape]].
* HotBlooded: Gus, one of the villainous night guards.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: [[strike:Mr.]] [[InsistentTerminology Doctor]] [=McPhee=] really comes across as just a {{Jerkass}}, but you can't help but feel for him in the second - and he does seem to be warming up to Larry by the end.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: After Teddy gets hit by the horse-drawn carriage, he gets cut cleanly in two down the middle, but just sort of comments "Oh, dear" in a "Well, that kind of sucks" way. Thankfully, Sacagawea fixes him.
* MistakenForGranite: The giant statues of Anubis that guard the pharaoh.
* TheObiWan: [[TheodoreRoosevelt Teddy Roosevelt]] to Larry.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Ahkmenrah (one of the only exhibits in the museum who is a reanimated being besides Rexy), once the tablet activates.
* RomanticFalseLead: Larry and Rebecca appear to take a liking to each other, but nothing else happens between them. Rebecca does not appear in the sequel.
* AStormIsComing: Larry says this while vowing to Dexter that he will get even for the monkey's antics. Then repeats it after revealing how he's tricked the monkey with a set of toy keys.
* TakingTheBullet: Or rather, Taking the Carriage. When Cecil and his horse-drawn carriage are about to run Sacagawea down, Teddy (who has feelings for her) pushes her out of the way.
* TheVoiceless: Larry mistook Sacagawea for this since she was behind Plexiglas and couldn't be heard.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Was there any explanation where the protagonist's girlfriend went after the first movie?
* YouNoTakeCandle: Easter Island Head talk this way. Dum dum want lot of gum-gum.
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[[folder:Battle of The Smithsonian]]
* AccidentalMisnaming: His name is not Brandon, it's '''Brundon'''.
* ActionGirl: Creator/AmyAdams as UsefulNotes/AmeliaEarhart.
* AdrenalineTime: Invoked when Octavius and Jedediah storm through Napoleon's soldiers and Capone's mob
* AffablyEvil / FauxAffablyEvil: Kahmunrah. Between his lisp and over the top antics he becomes rather likable. That being said, he tries to kill Larry/have him killed numerous times, and has no qualms about threatening or killing Larry's friends.
* AgonyOfTheFeet: Jedediah and Octavius weaponize this towards the enemy soldiers. Given the large number of them that we see hopping and holding their feet, it's quite effective.
* AndroclesLion: The [[EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods Giant Octopus]]
* ArtisticLicensePhysics:
** The flight of the Wright Flyer (flying from a dead stop, and making maneuvers that would have been impossible for the flyer).
** Likewise, even on the winter solstice (when you'd get the biggest advantage from latitude) it is impossible to take off from Washington, DC an hour before sunrise and make it to New York City in a single engine propeller plane and land in New York City before dawn. The plane simply isn't fast enough.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Abraham Lincoln's statue.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: At the end of the film, [[spoiler:Amelia decides to take a plane and fly off into the wild blue yonder, and certain death, since she'll turn to dust once the sun rises. However, she wants to die doing what she loves, rather than spend the rest of her existence as an inanimate statue.]]
* BigBad: Kahmunrah
* BigDamnHeroes: It doesn't get much bigger than [[spoiler:''the Lincoln from the Lincoln Memorial'' saving you.]]
* BrickJoke: Daley's Devices seems to be built on Larry's experiences in the museum; in particular, the "unloseable keychain" stems from the kleptomaniac capuchin monkey.
** Larry loses his smartphone when he and Amelia Earhart are chased into the VJ Day In Times Square portrait, which is picked-up by a seaman from Brooklyn. A post-credits scene has this sailor tinkering with the device in his home. His name? Joey Motorola.
* CaptainObvious: That one Tuskegee airman may as well be named this.
* CastingGag: The trio of singing cherubs are played by the JonasBrothers.
* ChekhovsSkill: Larry's moves with his flashlight. First just a [[RuleOfcool cool move]], by the end of the movie, a life-saver.
** In a similar vein, the capuchin kept stealing Larry's keys, somehow teaching Larry enough to steal Brundon's keycard.
* CulturalTranslation: The Italian rendition of the movie is literally riddled with them, often bordering on the GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** While in the original dub Napoleon, upon meeting Amelia and Larry just gives them an AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther speech, in the Italian rendition Napoleon compares their sexual tension to the many romances he had in life, quipping that he may have sired lots of sons who never knew their ancestry. This apparently innocent exchange turns into blatant GettingCrapPastTheRadar (given the then currently Italy political situation) when Napoleon describes one of his latest descendants in detail: the potential descendant of an Italian lover, a jolly, funny fellow, short of stature but always overtly cheesy and cheery, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silvio_Berlusconi who "is really important in his Country", and "once used to be a cruise ship crooner"]].
** [[strike:Brandon]] Br'''u'''ndon gets turned on the stereotypical Neapolitan fellow, braggart, slang-spewing and with a deep-set veneration for Maradona.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Al Capone and his men, and also the artistic photograph of 1945 in ''Smithsonian''.
* DemotedToExtra: The exhibits who have to stay at the Museum of Natural History during the movie (except for Teddy Roosevelt, who was also a metal bust at the Smithsonian).
* DeusExitMachina: The [[spoiler:statue of Abraham Lincoln walks off after dispatching Kahmunrah's underworld army, since it would have been a CurbStompBattle had he stayed for the climax]].
* DistractedFromDeath: A non-lethal variant. Teddy Roosevelt is about to go back to being wax, and wants to give him one last bit of advice before he does so. However, unfortunately, just as he is about to give said advice, Larry has to take a phone call, and looks up to find that Teddy has already turned to wax by the time he finishes talking.
* DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest
* DramaticDrop: UsefulNotes/AlCapone, rather tellingly, drops the Einstein bobblehead when [[spoiler:Kahmunrah opens the portal to the netherworld.]]
* EnemyCivilWar: Larry starts one by first implying that Kahmunrah is the "master" of Ivan the Terrible, Napoleon, and Al Capone, who don't take it very well.
* FakeUltimateHero: General Custer.
* {{Fanservice}}: This being a family movie, there's something for everyone - Amelia Earhart's really, ''really'' tight pants for the boys (and dads); Ahkmenrah's BareYourMidriff costume for the girls (and moms).
* [[FooFu Flashlight Fu]]: Larry's skill with a flashlight in Battle for the Smithsonian, also brought as a ChekhovsSkill.
* FlyAtTheCameraEnding: With an old fashioned biplane.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Plenty of these in the art gallery and aerospace museum scenes.
* GeniusDitz: The Einstein bobbleheads. Admittedly, some versions tell that Einstein ''was'' quite goofy.
* GenkiGirl: Amelia Earhart
* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: Larry's the only one who knows about the Battle for the Smithsonian.
** The Smithsonian therefore has both the worst security and best maintenance staff of all time.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: We only see one security guard for the Smithsonian, and it seems to be the slowest night ever in Washington, DC - no one notices a thing amiss. Where's the DOD when you need them?
* HandsGoDown: Kahmunrah after being asked about his tunic thinking it's a dress by Al Capone and Ivan the Terrible.
-->'''Kahmunrah''': Are there any other questions?\\
''(Napoleon's hand goes up)''\\
'''Kahmunrah''': Any questions not about the dress... tunic.\\
''(Napeleon's hand goes down)''
* HiddenInPlainSight: [[spoiler:The movie ends with Larry selling his company and donating the money to the AMNH, under the guise of funding more "high-end" upgrades to the exhibits, allowing the exhibits to come alive at night without any fear of [[BrokenMasquerade breaking the Masquerade]].]]
* HistoricalInJoke: The WW2 sailor who nabs Larry's cellphone is named Joey Motorola. Wait, does this mean the TimeyWimeyBall could be in effect?
** If so, its a CriticalResearchFailure: Motorola already existed in 1945, and it wasn't named after the founder.
* HistoricalBeautyUpdate: Creator/AmyAdams plays UsefulNotes/AmeliaEarhart. Umm... SheCleansUpNicely, but in those pics she could stand to gain a few pounds.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Ivan the terr... er, the Awesome complains about this in the second movie, just before acting the part for the rest of it.
* HollywoodHistory: Subverted somewhat with Ivan the Terrible, who points out that a more accurate translation of his nickname would be "the Awesome", and that he was in fact a fairly good ruler.
* {{Homage}}: Larry scouting out the Smithsonian is accompanied by background music from ''NationalTreasure''. Note that both movies involve breaking into a national museum.
** Jedediah and Octavius use combat moves lifted intact from ''300'' when they're attacking the mooks' feet.
* HypocriticalHumor: Al Capone makes fun of Kahmunrah's tunic, calling it a "dress". Ivan the Terrible also makes fun of Kahmunrah's "dress", even though he himself is wearing a fairly long robe that itself might be easily mistaken for a dress.
** In a somewhat darker example, we have this line: "You'll never get lost following Amelia Earhart."
* IdenticalGrandson: Subverted with the girl at the end who looks like Amelia Earhart. Apparently they're not related. As far as she knows.
* IdiotBall: Larry seems to have forgotten that it was well established in the previous film that simply turning the middle piece of the tablet cancels the spell, meaning he could effectively solve the entire problem ''in seconds''.
** When Larry returns to the villains and is given the hourglass with his trapped friend, why doesn't he immediately free Jed, by opening the glass as quickly as Kahmunrah closed it? Or at the very least turn it upside down to let the sand flow away from him? Instead, he stands there for a huge part of the dialogue just holding it (at least having the sense to hold it horizontally so no more sand pours on Jed). Later on, the hourglass once again falls on the floor upright, putting the cowboy in mortal danger again.
* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Friend]]: When Kahmunrah discovers that the tablet's combination has changed, he traps Jedediah (whom his men captured earlier) in an hourglass (in the side that's filling up with sand) to force Larry to figure out the new combination for him.
* ILied: Kahmunrah says this word-for-word to Jed as he's trapping him in the hourglass:
-->'''Kahmunrah''': ''(holding a squirming, shouting Jedediah)'' Don't squirm, don't squirm, you'll only make it worse. Come now, I shan't hurt you. ''(drops Jed into the hourglass and shuts it)'' Oops, I lied. ''(flips hourglass over)''
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Larry and his flashlight.
* InsistentTerminology: Brandon/Brundon... oh, and Kahmunrah's dress sense:
-->'''Kahmunrah''': This is not a dress, it is a tunic!
* [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY It Is Pronounced "Brundon"]], despite being spelled the same as "Brandon".
* LargeHam: Kahmunrah. Hank Azaria must have had a lot of fun....
-->"''I'' have come '''back''' to '''''LIFE!!!'''''"
* LeeroyJenkins: Custer.
* LegionOfDoom: Kahmunrah forms one to rule the Smithsonian. [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]] and [[Series/SesameStreet Oscar the Grouch]] try to join up, but are turned away for apparently not being evil or scary enough. Vader's having been a TragicVillain who redeems himself before his death is a big strike against him, and Oscar's just... Well, a grouch.
* {{Lzherusskie}}: Ivan the Terrible is played by Brit Creator/ChristopherGuest.
* MayflyDecemberRomance: Amelia Earheart and Larry. There's obvious sexual tension between them, but Larry deliberately chooses to spur her advances knowing how, upon taking the Tablet away, Amelia will return to her lifeless, mannequin status, dooming their romance to live and die in a single night, and vowing to spare the horrible truth to Amelia. Amelia [[spoiler: has different ideas though: she already knows, she just doesn't care that much]].
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Amelia Earhart.
* MissionPackSequel
* NoEndorHolocaust: The destruction or disappearance of some of the most valuable artifacts in human history and a large break-in into a government facility. All signs clearly point to Larry being the one responsible. [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy Are you telling me no-one's investigating this?]] When you realize his sole alibi is that he was protecting the world from an undead army and allied with waxworks brought to life by ''[[AWizardDidIt magic]]''. Yeah... Larry's likely going to be in prison for a ''long'' time.
* OhCrap: That's the exact translation of the Bird-warriors' screeches when Abraham Lincoln's statue enters the battle.
* OverlyLongGag: Often the plot stops dead to allow for various characters to have a back-and-forth argument, seemly just made up of snappy lines the writers came up with.
* PaintedOnPants: Amelia Earhart's pants. In fact, she's the page picture.
* ParentalFavoritism: Kahmunrah said that his "[[GodInHumanForm mother]] and father" gave Egypt to the more thoughtful Ahkmenrah.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: The tablet opens a portal to the underworld after punching in... [[spoiler:the value of Pi to the first eight decimal places.]]
* PortalPicture: Larry and Amelia escape into TheVJDayKiss in Times Square photo. Due to Larry accidentally leaving his cell phone there, it falls into the hands of a kid named [[HistoricalInJoke Joey Motorola]].
* PunctuatedForEmphasis:
** "I! Have come back! To life!"
** "Don't! Cross! This! Line! With your hand!"
* RealityIsUnrealistic: In-universe example: some kids complain about how Rexy's "animatronics" suck. Rexy, who's genuinely mobile and only ''acting'' like he's animatronic, roars to scare the pants off the doubters.
* RetiredBadass: Larry passes as this on his interaction with Brandon... I mean, [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY Brundun]].
* SadisticChoice: Kahmunrah forces Larry to choose between finding the new tablet combination (which will allow Kahmunrah to unleash an underworld army to kill him and wreak havoc) or letting his friend Jed die via drowning in sand in an hourglass.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: The short stay of the Bird-Warriors.
* SequelNonEntity: Rebecca doesn't appear or get mentioned in the sequel, despite starting a relationship with Larry at the end of the first film.
* SlapSlapKiss: Spoofed.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Custer at first.
* StockParody: Of ''[[ThreeHundred 300]]''.
* TakeThat: At one point Kahmunrah refuses to accept [[Series/SesameStreet Oscar the Grouch]] and [[StarWars Darth Vader]] as accomplices.
* VillainTeamUp: Kahmunrah, Ivan the Terrible, Napoleon, and Al Capone.
* WeaponizedLandmark: [[spoiler:The Lincoln Memorial]].
* WilhelmScream: In the Air and Space Museum.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** Amelia flies off into the sunset at the end. Unless the plane turned to dust with her, there's going to be [[FridgeHorror one hell of a crash]] in the morning. May be lampshading the real Amelia Earhart's fate where she disappeared while flying over the Pacific in 1937.
** How is Larry going to explain the destruction or disappearance of some of the most valuable artefacts in human history?
* WritersCannotDoMath: Played with. Some bobblehead {{Albert Einstein}}s tell Larry that the value of π (pi) is 3.14159265 "to be exact", however, they were specifically providing the exact code for the tablet, rather than saying that this is definitely where Pi stops.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Once Kahmunrah opens the gate to the underworld, he no longer needs Larry (whom he had had previously allowed to live so Larry could find the tablet's combination for him). Thus, his first command to the underworld soldiers is for them to kill Larry. [[spoiler: Luckily, [[BigDamnHeroes the arrival of Octavius and Abraham Lincoln distracts him]].]]
* YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo: Played with. It's clear in the OverlyLongGag between Larry and Kahmunrah with the hourglass, tablet, and combination that Larry is trying to avoid this situation. He is GenreSavvy enough to know that Kahmunrah probably won't release his friends and return Jed even if Larry does give him what he wants (and, in fact, the back-and-forth banter between the two implies that this is indeed the case), so he demands that Kahmunrah fulfill his end of the bargain before Larry holds up his. However, once Kahmunrah's henchmen show up with the combination, Kahmunrah snatches the tablet from Larry before carelessly tossing Jed's hourglass over his shoulder (which Larry then catches). He does not, however, say anything about releasing Larry's other friends, and it's implied that Kahmunrah doesn't care if Larry gets Jed back at that point because they'll both be killed by his Underworld Army anyway.
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* AdamWesting: Creator/HughJackman (Arthur) and Alice Eve (Guinevere), when Lancelot gatecrashes their Camelot play. [[spoiler:Doubles as ActorAllusion when Hugh Jackman tries threatening Lancelot as {{Wolverine}}. Understandingly, Lance doesn't get it.]]
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents / FantasticRacism: Ahkmenrah's parents have a moment of this when they first meet Larry and the rest of the group, as they proclaim that their Egyptian gods are the "true gods". When Larry patiently explains that several members of their group practice other religions, he concludes by saying that he is half-Jewish, at which point Ahk's parents happily proclaim, "We have thousands of Jews! Such nice people!" Poor Ahk actually ''hangs/ducks his head in embarrassment''. To be fair, his parents were simply being InnocentlyInsensitive (since those views were perfectly reasonable during their time), and didn't have any malicious intent in their comments. Larry seems to realize this, as he doesn't take offense to it and is perfectly polite throughout the conversation.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Larry is barely able to lift Lancelot's sword, mirroring a common belief that knightly swords were so heavy and unwieldy that only a strong, trained user could even lift them. In reality, the average one-handed sword rarely weighed more than two pounds.
* {{Badass}}: Lancelot has incredible [[MasterSwordsman sword skills]].
* BittersweetEnding: At the end of the movie, Ahkmenrah and the tablet have been saved and [[spoiler:although they stay at the British museum, they temporarily return to New York as part of a special exhibit, along with a couple of the British exhibits (Lancelot and Trixie)]]. [=McPhee=] finally realizes that the exhibits truly come to life, Tilly is reunited with her Neanderthal love Laa, and the movie ends with a DancePartyEnding. [[spoiler:The sad part about it comes from Larry not being there; though we see him outside the museum, noticing the dance party with a smile, we never get to see if he ever goes into the museum and/or sees his friends again. What's more, a line from [=McPhee=] plus some FridgeLogic seems to imply that he ''can't'' go back there to be a night guard again, since he allowed himself to get fired in order for [=McPhee=] to keep his job (see TakingTheHeat)]].
* BoisterousBruiser: Given Lancelot is basically a medieval novel come to life, he's full of himself - and the flowery English makes him even hammier.
* BookEnds: During Larry's first night in the first movie, Teddy pranks Larry just before turning to wax at sunrise. During Larry's final night in the third movie, Teddy does it again.
* TheCameo: Aside from the abovementioned AdamWesting, [[spoiler: Cecil, Gus and Reginald from the first movie are now in a nursing home. Cecil is relevant to the plot in the first act of the film.]]
* ChekhovsGun:
** The Website/YouTube video (of cats chasing a laser light) that Jed and Octavius watched in the beginning of the film gives Larry an idea to distract the giant lion statues in England later.
** The defibrillators. The first time, Laa is messing around with them. The second time? [[spoiler:Larry uses them to fry the bronze Xiangliu statue]].
* ContrivedCoincidence: The tablet, after briefly acting up right when the exhibits woke up at the British Museum, is then perfectly fine for the next 30+ minutes of the movie...until the group is trying to sneak through a room with a sleeping Chinese statue of a nine-headed dragon. ''Of course'' this is when the tablet acts up again and makes the group start acting weird, which wakes up the dragon so Larry, Nick, and Lancelot can have an awesome battle with it.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Ahkmenrah's parents proudly boast of owning thousands of Jews, much to the embarrassment of their son. Larry politely explains that the Jews were not in fact ok with it and kinda walked off one day.
* DiabolusExMachina: An interesting twist in that the exhibits do this to ''themselves'' near the end. [[spoiler:They decide that Ahkmenrah--and thus his tablet as well--should remain in the British Museum with his family, which means that they would not be able to come to life anymore, despite [[ShaggyDogStory spending most of the movie trying to restore the tablet so they could still live]]. This disregards the fact that Ahkmenrah actually ''belongs'' to the American Museum, and his absence would be noticed.]]
** Also, [[spoiler:the other exhibits are all Ahkmenrah's friends that he's known for years, and he knows what will happen to them if he and the tablet stay in Britain. The fact that he would be cool with it seems really out-of-character.]]
** The novelization does state that there were other mummies in the exhibits, who were also his friends and whom he hadn't seen for years.
* {{Expy}}: The American archaeologist at the beginning is pretty much one of Indiana Jones, except with a fancy waistcoat.
* FailedAttemptAtDrama: Lancelot is threatened by [[spoiler:Hugh Jackman doing his Wolverine pose. Lancelot of course doesn't get it, and Jackman's co-star admits it would probably have worked better if he were shirtless and had the claws]].
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Lancelot starts off being on the heroes' side, helping them defeat Trixie the triceratops and then the Xiangliu statue, but then [[spoiler: pulls a FaceHeelTurn once he believes that the tablet is the Holy Grail he seeks, stealing it and trying to flee to Camelot]]. However, once he discovers that he is a made-up character and Camelot isn't real, and after witnessing [[spoiler:the exhibits starting to die]], he pulls a HeelFaceTurn and gives Larry the tablet back, ultimately returning to being (and remaining) one of the good guys.
* HeelRealization: [[spoiler:When Larry desperately tries to keep Dexter alive as the tablet is about to lose its power completely, Lancelot realizes that Larry's quest was never about the tablet, but about saving his friends, and returns it on the spot.]]
* HeldGaze: Tilly and Laaa at the end after they find each other again when Tilly is taking the British Museum exhibits on a exhibition.
* HeroicBSOD / VillainousBSOD: Lancelot can be both or either, depending on your perspective. After stealing the tablet from Larry, when Lance realizes that he is not a real character and Camelot/Guinevere aren't real, he has one of these. Seeing [[spoiler:the New York exhibits dying]] snaps him out of it and [[spoiler:convinces him to pull a HeelFaceTurn]].
* HotBlooded: Lancelot, who's always eager for a fight.
-->''[The group sees the sleeping Xiangliu]''\\
'''Lancelot:''' All right, let's kill it.\\
'''Larry''': No, we're not gonna kill it! It's asleep.\\
'''Lancelot''': You're right, it wouldn't be sporting to kill it while it sleeps. ... All right, let's wake it up, ''then'' kill it.\\
''[Later, once the dragon wakes up]''\\
'''Lancelot''': Ah, good. ''Now'' we can kill it.
* HydraProblem: Averted. The Xiangliu is a Chinese Hydra, but since the statue is made of metal, the electric shock of a defibrillator takes all of the nine heads down.
* KnottyTentacles: Larry unwittingly does this to one of the Xiangliu's heads while trying to escape from it.
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: Jed and Octavius agree never to speak of their trip to Pompeii, from which they were saved by Dexter and his urine.
* LiteralMinded: Inverted. When Larry and Laa are locked in the break room by Tilly, Larry is trying to get the door open while also chatting with Laa about his son Nick. Laa points at the door and then at his head, and Larry interprets this as Laa saying that he should be more open-minded to Nick's point of view. Turns out, ''Laa'' was the one who was being literal-minded; he was actually signaling that he wanted to ram his head into the glass window on the door so they could break the glass and open it (which he then does).
* {{Lunacy}}: [[spoiler:Turns out that exposure to moonlight will recharge the tablet and undo the corrosion that was taking it over]].
* MayflyDecemberRomance: Tilly and Laa.
* PassingTheTorch: Larry to Tilly, now that Ahkmenrah's tablet will stay in the British Museum.
* ShaggyDogStory / ShootTheShaggyDog: The whole movie starts to feel like this near the end (for most of the characters, anyway). The ''entire reason'' for everybody going to the British Museum was to fix the tablet so all of the museum exhibits could keep coming to life. This is ''after'' the whole point of the second movie was to establish that Larry needs his museum friends in his life. Yet, after they succeed in doing so, [[spoiler:the other exhibits decide that Ahkmenrah and his tablet should stay at the British Museum with his family, meaning that everybody else, who will go back to New York, will stop coming to life ''anyway''. Needless to say, poor Larry is heartbroken about this.]] Thankfully, this is averted at the very end when [[spoiler:the tablet ''does'' come back to the museum, albeit three years later]].
* SceneryPorn: The Tomb of Akhmenrah, discovered in 1938 at the beginning, as well as the scenes in Ancient Egypt. Oh, and the bit where the team walks into the white room with all the assorted exhibits lumbering around.
* SequelGoesForeign: The gang heads to London this time.
* TakingTheHeat: Larry does this for [=McPhee=] near the end. As a result of a Hayden disaster at the beginning of the movie (caused by the tablet starting to rust and malfunction), [=McPhee=] is being forced to resign (essentially, being fired) as Museum Curator. However, at the end of the film, once it's determined that [[spoiler:the museum exhibits will no longer come to life]], it's implied that [[spoiler:Larry no longer wants to work at the museum (which is understandable, since it would likely be too painful for him), and as a result, he takes the blame for the incident and resigns in [=McPhee=]'s stead, allowing [=McPhee=] to keep his job]].
* TimeSkip: At the very end of the movie, the plot jumps ahead three years for the last scene.
* ToiletHumor: Dexter pees on Larry. He uses it again on Jed and Octavius, saving them from the Pompeii lava. Then once again just because he thought it was funny.
* TomatoInTheMirror: Lancelot spends most of the film ignorant of what he really is, [[spoiler:until he stumbles upon a stage play of Camelot. The revelation hits him so hard he'd rather let the tablet degrade completely than live a farce]].
* TragicVillain: [[spoiler:Lancelot. Though he ''does'' cause problems for the group...it's only because he sincerely doesn't know any better as a 'newborn' and the world he sincerely believed was true is just a legend.]]
* UseYourHead: Laa does this to a door window in order for him and Larry to escape the break room.
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