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->'''Grandson:''' Has it got any sports in it?\\
'''Grandpa:''' Are you kidding? Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles...\\
'''Grandson:''' ''[sighs]'' It doesn't sound too bad. I'll try to stay awake.\\
'''Grandpa:''' Oh thank you. Your vote of confidence is overwhelming.

A 1987 [[TheFilmOfTheBook movie]] directed by Creator/RobReiner, adapted by Creator/WilliamGoldman from [[Literature/ThePrincessBride his 1973 book of the same name]], ''The Princess Bride'' is about the trials of true love in the Renaissance European nation of Florin. The story stars Buttercup (Creator/RobinWright), a simple yet incredibly beautiful farmgirl, and Westley (Creator/CaryElwes), the farmhand she enjoys ordering around. Although they realize that they share the incredibly rare thing called "true love", fate conspires to keep them apart, as Westley is lost at sea.

Five years later, Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon), who rules Florin in place of his elderly and doddering father, decides to celebrate the kingdom's 500th anniversary by marrying Buttercup, who is still the most beautiful woman in the kingdom. Buttercup, knowing that the Prince is well within his rights and believing she can never love again anyway, reluctantly agrees.

In a plot against the throne, Buttercup is kidnapped by the criminal trio of Vizzini ([[{{The Chessmaster}} the mastermind]]), Fezzik ([[GentleGiant the giant]]), and Inigo Montoya ([[MasterSwordsman the world's greatest fencer]], [[YouKilledMyFather traveling to avenge his father]]), played by Creator/WallaceShawn, Wrestling/AndreTheGiant, and Creator/MandyPatinkin, respectively--but their steps are hampered by a mysterious man in black who seems determined to stop them at all costs. The subsequent adventures are madcap, iconic, and brilliant.

The movie uses a FramingDevice of a grandfather ([[Series/{{Columbo}} Peter Falk]]) reading the story to his sick grandson ([[Series/TheWonderYears Fred Savage]]) with the boy complaining about the story at various points. ([[GenreSavvy "They're kissing again."]])

An [[TheRoleplayingGame official roleplaying game]] was [[https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/toyvaultinc/the-princess-bride-roleplaying-game fully funded on Kickstarter in 2018.]]

!!''The Princess Bride'' contains examples of:
* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: [[spoiler:The Man in Black has been building up an immunity to iocane powder for several years.]]
* AdaptationalWimp: In the book, Prince Humperdinck is a hulking bruiser who kills apes with his bare hands. In the film, he's described as an outstanding tracker, but his physical abilities are never mentioned, and he has a normal build.
* AdaptationSpeciesChange: In the book, Buttercup gets attacked by sharks while trying to escape from Vizzini. Here, they're shrieking eels.
* AdvantageBall: Goes with {{Flynning}} as always--Inigo and the Man in Black trade the ball back and forth during their duel; most notably, they each grab it when [[IAmNotLeftHanded declaring their handedness]]. Westley's ToThePain speech and its results serve to swipe the ball from Humperdinck and return it to the good guys.
* AffectionateParody: Pulls off the tricky balancing act between joyful appreciation and subtle (and not so subtle) parody.
* AltarDiplomacy: Prince Humperdinck chooses beautiful peasant Buttercup to be his wife, knowing she will capture the hearts of the populace; he will get a popularity boost and she will get the stable life of royalty [[spoiler:at least, until he has her killed and has framed a rival kingdom for it]].
* AnachronismStew: The story seems to be set in the late Renaissance, and yet there is talk of the penal colony UsefulNotes/{{Australia}}; Australia was only discovered in 1606, and only used as a penal colony from 1780 onward. However, considering the framing device, it could be deliberate.
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: Buttercup is initially willing to marry Humperdinck because after Westley's death she has nothing else to live for. After Westley is revealed to be alive, she agrees to go through with the wedding [[ScarpiaUltimatum only to keep him alive and free]]--not that Humperdinck has any intention of honoring his word.
* AndStarring: And Introducing Robin Wright as [[TitleDrop The Princess]] [[IAmNotShazam Bride]].
* AristocratsAreEvil: Prince Humperdinck is an amoral warmonger, and his right-hand-man Count Rugen a sadistic torturer; the King, however, is merely senile.
* ArtisticLicencePharmacology: The Dread Pirate Roberts has this in his [[spoiler:immunity to iocane powder]]. The closest you can get in reality is arsenic, and according the information covered in this [[https://youtu.be/kWUJqwuwlh8 Because Science video]], the best you could do is build up a tolerance, not really an immunity.
* AsYouKnow:
** Vizzini: "Because iocane comes from Australia, as everyone knows, and Australia is entirely peopled with criminals, and criminals are used to having people not trust them, as you are not trusted by me, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you."
** Humperdinck: "...when I hired Vizzini to have her murdered on our engagement day, I thought that was clever."
** Rugen: "As you know, the concept of the suction pump is centuries old."
** Subverted by Inigo: "Let me explain. ''[{{beat}}]'' No, there is too much. Let me sum up."
* TheBadGuyWins: He doesn't, but the grandson automatically assumes this trope when his grandfather tells him Humperdinck will survive the end of the story.
* BaldOfEvil: Vizzini, arrogant criminal "mastermind," has a shiny dome that nicely accents his smug facial expressions.
* BatmanGambit: "To the Pain!" [[spoiler: Wesley is in no condition to fight and is counting on Humperdinck's cowardice, by chiding him with horrible tales of disfigurement.]]
* BattleCry: “Hello! My name is Inigo Montoya! You killed my father! Prepare to die!”
* BattleOfWits: Played straight (and for laughs) in one of the most classic moments of the movie: the one between Vizzini, the Man in Black, two cups of wine and a vial of iocane powder. [[spoiler: Except the Man in Black has rigged the game in his favor by poisoning both glasses, as he has spent the last few years [[AcquiredPoisonImmunity building up an immunity to iocane powder]].]]
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: Played with; the only reason that the Dread Pirate Roberts initially spared [[spoiler:Westley's]] life was because [[spoiler:Westley said "Please". That got his attention enough for Westley to sway him with a description of his and Buttercup's love.]]
* BeardOfEvil: Count Rugen, whose sadistic study of pain surpasses the other villains in sheer evilness, sports a natty salt-and-pepper mustache and goatee combo.
* BerserkButton: How ill Miracle Max thinks of Prince Humperdinck firing him is clear given how he reacts when his wife Valerie brings it up when calling him a liar. This is ultimately how Inigo is able to convince him to help out for what little money Inigo has, by promising him that if he [[spoiler:brings Westley back to life]], he'll stop Humperdinck's wedding and Humperdinck will suffer "humiliations galore."
* BestServedCold: Inigo's quest for vengeance against six-fingered man Count Rugen. He has taken twenty years to be sure he gets it right by mastering fencing before he tracks Rugen down.
* BigBad: Prince Humperdinck is the ''de facto'' ruler of Florin and the final obstacle for our heroes, though [[spoiler:he is taken out not in a climactic duel, but by his own cowardice and Westley's ToThePain speech--and left alive as a final humiliation]].
* TheBigDamnKiss: Played for ironic CharacterDevelopment, since throughout the movie the kid has protested and insisted on skipping or editing all the kissy stuff, only to protest when Grandpa complies for the final kiss.
-->'''Grandpa:''' Since the invention of the kiss there have been five kisses that were rated the most passionate, the most pure. This one left them all behind. The End.
* TheBigGuy: Fezzik stands head-and-shoulders over the rest of the cast and is strong enough to lift himself and three other people hand-over-hand up a rope while ClimbingTheCliffsOfInsanity.
-->'''Fezzik:''' It's not my fault I'm the biggest and the strongest. I don't even exercise.
* BigGuyRodeo: The Man in Black defeats Fezzik by leaping upon his back and administering a {{Choke Hold|s}}, while Fezzik tries to shake him off by repeatedly slamming him against a boulder--and they both carry on a friendly conversation about Fezzik's techniques.
* BitsOfMeKeepPassingOut: Inverted and PlayedForLaughs as it takes a while for Miracle Max's cure to fully take effect on Westley, and Inigo and Fezzik have to carry him around while StormingTheCastle as bits of him are "waking up" one at a time.
* TheBladeAlwaysLandsPointyEndIn: During his duel with Inigo Montoya, the Man in Black throws his sword. It spins end over end and impales itself in the ground point first.
* BlatantLies:
** Westley says "RodentsOfUnusualSize? I don't think they exist" to Buttercup in the Fire Swamp, as he's looking over her shoulder at two of the creatures. Shortly thereafter, one of them [[TemptingFate attacks him]].
** Also Miracle Max after [[spoiler: mostly dead Westley]] says that true love is his reason for living.
--->'''Max:''' But that's not what he said! He distinctly said, "to blave." And as we all know, "to blave" means "to bluff." So you were probably playing cards, and he cheated--\\
'''Valerie:''' Liar! Liar! Liaaar!
** Count Rugen gets in on it too, but Westley calls him out immediately. Not that it changes anything.
--->'''Rugen:''' Come, sir. We must get you to your ship.\\
'''Westley:''' We are men of action. Lies do not become us.\\
'''Rugen:''' ''[smiles]'' Well spoken, sir.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick:
** The Dread Pirate Roberts' nightly farewell to his valet: "Good night, [[spoiler:Westley]]. Good work. Sleep well. I'll most likely kill you in the morning."
** The line that epitomizes Humperdinck and Rugen's VillainousFriendship: "Tyrone, you know how much I love watching you work, but I've got my country's 500th anniversary to plan, my wedding to arrange, [[spoiler:my wife to murder, and Guilder to frame for it]]. I'm swamped!"
* BreakTheCutie: Happens to Buttercup. Having your OneTrueLove killed [[spoiler:(mostly)]] and being forced into an arranged marriage will do that to ya.
* BrickJoke: A subtle one. The Man in Black explains iocane powder to Vizzini, noting that it is odorless, tasteless, and dissolves instantly in water. Later on, Buttercup tries to intimidate the Man in Black by sharing Humperdinck's (rather exaggerated) hunting abilities. A few scenes after that, along comes Prince Humperdinck and party, who find the small tube that the Man in Black had kept the powder in, and by smelling an odorless tube, Prince Humperdinck instantly discerns it's iocane.
* TheBrute: Subverted. Fezzik is really quite a nice guy.
-->'''Miracle Max:''' Beat it, or I'll call the Brute Squad!\\
'''Fezzik:''' I'm ''on'' the Brute Squad.\\
'''Miracle Max:''' ''[{{double take}}]'' You ''are'' the Brute Squad.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday:
** The Dread Pirate Roberts ''supposedly'' kills anyone who fights back (it's an InformedAttribute). When Buttercup realizes the Man in Black is the Dread Pirate Roberts, she accuses him of having killed her Westley, and he calmly replies, "It's possible. I kill a lot of people." (Ultimately averted, however, as it turns out the Man in Black knows exactly who she is and was just testing her reaction.)
** Inigo also seems to be prepared for this outcome, as the iconic line he has prepared for when he finally finds the Six-Fingered Man involves explaining [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya who he is]] and [[YouKilledMyFather how the Six-Fingered Man wronged him]]. [[spoiler:This turns out to be [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] however, as Count Rugen, after impaling Inigo with a dagger, recognizes him as "the Spanish brat [he] taught a lesson to" all those years ago.]]
* BuyThemOff: Inigo offers to spare Rugen in exchange for money and power. Rugen leaps at the opportunity, but Inigo only made the offer to toy with him, because there's only one thing he wanted, and [[YouKilledMyFather Rugen took it from him]].
* CantKillYouStillNeedYou: [[spoiler:Humperdinck]] after his first plan to [[spoiler:have his fiancée assassinated and Guilder framed for the crime]] realizes that he can't kill [[spoiler:Buttercup]] before the wedding because there would be no alibi for him with her safe at the castle with the guard doubled to protect her, and thus the people would revolt on realizing what had happened. This is also why he talks Buttercup out of [[spoiler:killing herself before the wedding]]. [[spoiler:He instead plans to kill her on their wedding night, when everyone's guard is down.]]
* CasualDangerDialogue: The Man in Black and Fezzik have a friendly discussion while fighting to the death. Fezzik keeps talking right up to the second he passes out. The Man in Black and Inigo talk throughout their fight as well, but that's more the [[YouFightLikeACow witty repartée]] you expect from a fencing duel.
-->'''Inigo:''' You seem a decent fellow. I hate to kill you.\\
'''The Man in Black:''' ''You'' seem a decent fellow. I hate to die.
* CatapultNightmare: Buttercup dreams about her wedding ten days before it is to occur. She wakes in terror after the "Old Booer" accosts her.
* CatchPhrase: Several, all of which have helped the film's status as a CultClassic and [[MemeticMutation entered the public mind in and of themselves]].
** Inigo has been practicing the perfect phrase to use when he finally meets the Six-Fingered Man and exacts his revenge. During their duel, he turns it into a SurvivalMantra as part of his HeroicSecondWind. "[[JustForFun/{{Hello}} Hello]]. {{My name is Inigo Montoya}}. {{You killed my father}}. {{Prepare to die}}."
** As a farmboy, Westley says nothing but "AsYouWish" to Buttercup. Eventually, she is astonished to discover that when he says, "as you wish," what he means is, "I love you."
** Vizzini's favorite word is "Inconceivable!" He uses it with growing alarm in response to several increasingly conceivable outcomes that threaten to foil his plans. Inigo eventually calls him out on it.
--->'''Inigo:''' You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
** Buttercup repeatedly insists that "My Westley will always come for me!"
* TheChase: A significant portion of the film consists of the Man in Black pursuing Vizzini's gang and their captive, and Prince Humperdinck with his soldiers pursuing both.
* ChekhovsSkill: Sort of. Miracle Max mishears Westley's statement, "true love", as "to blave", and as we all know, to blave means to bluff... [[spoiler:which is exactly what Westley does during the climax, summoning just enough strength to bluff Prince Humperdinck into submission, at a time when he's still recovering from an extremely intense exposure to a deadly torture device.]]
* ChokeHolds: The Man in Black knocks out Fezzik with a blood choke. It takes several minutes and they have a rather cordial conversation all the while.
* ClarkKenting: The Dread Pirate Roberts is Westley, with a mustache and a black mask over his eyes and hair. It's amazing Buttercup takes so long to realize it, but in the years since his supposed death Wesley has changed his mannerisms so completely from the shy farmboy Buttercup knew that it's almost plausible--not to mention that Buttercup thought he was ''dead.''
* ClimbingTheCliffsOfInsanity: The cliffs in question are Vizzini's first method of [[TryAndFollow discouraging pursuit]], but the Man in Black proves to be a superb climber.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Which, unfortunately, leads to [[spoiler:Westley]]'s death. Don't worry! [[spoiler:He gets better!]]
* CollapsedMidSpeech: Vizzini says to the Man in Black, "Never go in against a Sicilian when DEATH is on the line! Ha-hahahhaha!" then the poison takes effect, causing him to freeze mid-laugh, grin frozen on his face, then topple sideways.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: As a result of the king's senility.
-->''[Buttercup kisses the king on the cheek]''\\
'''The King:''' What was that for?\\
'''Buttercup:''' Because you've always been so kind to me, and I won't be seeing you again, since I'm killing myself once we reach the honeymoon suite.\\
'''The King:''' Won't that be nice? ''[calling up to the queen]'' She kissed me! Heeheehee!
* ConfessionDeferred: Inigo trying to convince Miracle Max to work cheap:
-->'''Inigo:''' This is noble, sir. His wife is... crippled. His children are on the brink of starvation.\\
'''Miracle Max:''' Are ''you'' a rotten liar.\\
'''Inigo:''' I need him to help avenge my father, murdered these twenty years.\\
'''Miracle Max:''' Your first story was better.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: {{Lampshaded}} and [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in-universe by Fezzik whilst going toe-to-toe with the Man in Black.
-->'''Fezzik:''' Well, I haven't fought just one person for so long... You see, you use different moves when you're fighting half a dozen people than when you only have to worry about one.
* CoolMask: The Man in Black. It's just terribly comfortable!
* CoolSword: Inigo's sword is a special one made by his father commissioned for Count Rugen, with a grip specifically designed for a six-fingered hand; the Man in Black admits he's "never seen its equal." As Inigo explains, when Rugen wouldn't pay his father the promised amount, he refused to give him the sword, and Rugen murdered him.
* CreepyMonotone: Count Rugen, in terrifying contrast to the WorldOfHam around him.
* CrazyPrepared: Sure was lucky The Man in Black was carrying that iocane powder with him. However, it's not too outlandish, given his line of work as a pirate, to be carrying around a deadly toxin. [[spoiler:And [[AcquiredPoisonImmunity to build up an immunity to it]].]]
* CruelMercy: The ToThePain sequence sees Westley threatening to leave Humperdinck alive, albeit maimed, so that all who see him would cry out in horror. He ends up leaving him [[spoiler:completely unscathed, believing that being cowardly enough to fall for Westley's bluff and losing Buttercup because of it is punishment enough]].
* CuffsOffRubWrists: Buttercup after being untied.
* CurbStompBattle:
** During the StormingTheCastle sequence, four palace guards charge our heroes. Inigo kills them in five seconds flat without ever taking his eyes off Count Rugen.
** The later duel against Rugen also counts as soon as Inigo gets his HeroicSecondWind. Not only is Inigo's defense invulnerable, he mirrors his own injuries on his opponent's body to maximize Rugen's terror and humiliation.
* DamselInDistress: Buttercup on two occasions at the beginning and end of the film. The same person is responsible both times.
* DamselOutOfDistress: Subverted; Buttercup, upon seeing another ship following Vizzini's boat, jumps into the water, in the hopes of going to the other ship and seeking sanctuary. A few carnivorous eels get in the way, and when Fezzik pulls her back aboard, Vizzini ties her hands so that she can't repeat the attempt.
* DashingHispanic: Inigo Montoya is a noble, honorable swordsman who's only working for Vizzini [[PunchClockVillain to pay the bills]]. He also allows the Man in Black a few moments to catch his breath before dueling him. In the end, Inigo pulls a HeelFaceTurn (though [[AntiVillain he didn't have far to turn in the first place]]), and unites with Wesley to help rescue Buttercup.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Buttercup goes from one to the other and back again throughout the story. She starts out cold, then defrosts when she realizes she's in love with Westley, then freezes up again after he's murdered by pirates, then defrosts ''again'' when she learns he wasn't murdered after all.
* DerailedForDetails: Inverted by the kid in the FramingDevice, who occasionally asks to skip romance scenes or get on with it.
* {{Determinator}}: Inigo in his fight with Count Rugen. Stabbed repeatedly and still keeps coming. He '''will''' avenge his father's death.
* DieLaughing: Vizzini drinks poisoned wine and then laughs maniacally, [[PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo thinking he'd outsmarted Westley]]. [[KilledMidSentence He literally keels over mid-laugh]].
* DirtyCoward:
** Count Rugen pleads with [[spoiler: Inigo not to kill him]]. After running away from a fight with him.
** Humperdinck himself, so much that [[spoiler:Wesley decides letting him live the rest of his life as a coward is enough of a punishment]].
** The captain of the guard:
--->'''Inigo:''' Give us the gate key.\\
'''Captain:''' I have no gate key.\\
'''Inigo:''' Fezzik, tear his arms off.\\
'''Captain:''' Oh, you mean ''this'' gate key! ''[hands them the key]''
* DistantReactionShot: During Westley's scream, they cut to several places throughout the kingdom, including Buttercup's room, then to Inigo and Fezzik, where Inigo immediately recognizes the cry of ultimate suffering.
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: Fezzik, at times. "I didn't mean to [[TapOnTheHead jog him that hard]]..."
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* TheDreaded: The Dread Pirate Roberts. His reputation for taking no prisoners means that everyone immediately surrenders without a fight.[[note]] A bit of TruthInTelevision, as many real-life pirates, notably Blackbeard, cultivated an exaggerated reputation for savage cruelty to this very end.[[/note]]
* DreamingTheTruth: Buttercup and the Ancient Booer, who points out how easily she's given up on True Love. Buttercup wakes with new determination.
* TheDragon: Count Rugen to Prince Humperdinck. Inigo takes him on so that [[spoiler:Westley can reach Buttercup in time to save her from Humperdinck (and [[DrivenToSuicide herself]])]].
* DrivenToSuicide: Buttercup after her wedding to Humperdinck, during which he reveals to her he's had Westley murdered, and Westley doesn't show up in time to interrupt the wedding. Good thing [[spoiler:Westley was only mostly dead and happened to be in the honeymoon suite waiting for her]].
* DuelingScar: Inigo Montoya has two scars down his cheeks, which is understandable, given his career as a swordfighter. They are later revealed to be a humiliation inflicted upon him at the age of eleven after the first time he tried to avenge his father's murder by Count Rugen. [[spoiler:He returns the favor before killing Rugen.]]
* DumbBlonde: Buttercup doesn't come across as dumb so much as sheltered and naïve, which makes sense, given she's almost instantly transported from a tiny farm into royalty. (She's the one to notice the impending ambush as Roberts confronts Humperdinck, for example.) She also lampshades it with some SelfDeprecation while she's nailing Humperdinck with a pretty fair TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
-->'''Buttercup:''' Yes, I ''am'' a silly girl.
* ElectricTorture: Count Rugen's Machine is vacuum torture, actually, but the trappings apply.
* ElmuhFuddSyndwome: The Impressive Clergyman. Fezzik also has a minor bit of this, but his is actor-induced.
-->'''Impressive Clergyman:''' Mawwage. Mawwage is what bwings us togethah today.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Count Rugen is a smarmy bastard, yes, but on the other hand... "NOT TO FIFTY!!" However, his protest might be because he wants to draw out the torture (he ''is'' writing a book and needs the input), and doesn't want his prisoner killed outright.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Buttercup actually gets ''promoted'' to princess, because she was born a commoner but Humperdinck wants to marry her.
* EvilAlbino: Count Rugen's henchman, although he's played mostly as a PunchClockVillain--especially after his [[EvilSoundsRaspy stereotypically evil rasp]] turns out just to be a frog in his throat.
* EvilGloating: Rugen halts Inigo's chase by throwing a knife into his stomach... and if he'd taken the opportunity to keep running, he might have gotten away. Instead he stops to gloat, and Inigo gets a HeroicSecondWind.
* TheEvilPrince: Humperdinck is already ruling his kingdom ''de facto'' due to his father's senility, and can't wait to start a war of conquest with neighboring Guilder. He has no qualms about marrying and murdering his most beautiful subject to bring that about, either.
* EvilSoundsRaspy: Parodied with the Albino. He starts off speaking with an extreme rasp. Then he coughs to clear his throat, and continues speaking in the actor's normal voice with a slight Cockney accent.
-->'''Westley:''' Where am I?\\
'''Albino:''' ''[raspy voice]'' The Pit of Despair. Don't even-- ''[coughs; normal voice]'' Don't even think about trying to escape.
* ExactWords: Westley's challenge in the Battle Of Wits is "Where is the poison?", not "Which glass is poisoned?"
* ExcuseMeComingThrough: Having a giant as a pal helps when you need to get through a crowded marketplace quickly.
-->'''Inigo:''' Excuse me... Excuse me... Fezzik, please?\\
'''Fezzik:''' EVERYBODY ''MOVE''!\\
''[crowd clears a path]''\\
'''Inigo:''' Thank you.
* ExploitedImmunity: Vizzini and the Man in Black are playing PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo; the Man in Black puts poison in both glasses, having spent years [[AcquiredPoisonImmunity developing a tolerance]] to the poison being used.
* ExtraDigits: Count Rugen has six fingers on his right hand. This is the only clue Inigo has to his identity; fortunately, it's a [[RunningGag very]] [[MemeticMutation distinctive]] feature.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: After being disarmed at the end of the duel Inigo quietly falls to his knees in in front of the Man in Black and stoically requests to be killed quickly. Fortunately for Inigo the Man in Black holds artists in as high a regard as stained-glass windows.
* FairytaleWeddingDress: Buttercup wears a long, lacy white dress for her would-be wedding to Humperdinck.
* FakeoutOpening:
** The film begins with the boy playing a video game.
** Also used within the fairy tale itself. It starts off as an over-the-top love story, until the grandson stops his grandfather and accuses him of tricking him into hearing a "kissing book". The humor of the movie doesn't start until afterwards.
* FateWorseThanDeath: {{Conversed}}. Westley proposes he and Humperdinck fight "{{to the pain}}," which involves Humperdinck losing his feet, hands, nose, and eyes while leaving his ears perfect so he could hear the screams of anguish at his mutilated body.
* FauxAffablyEvil:
** Prince Humperdinck and Count Rugen seem to be genuine friends. Their exchange in the forest establishes, for the first time, that Humperdinck is genuinely evil, but is also full of little moments of relatability for both of them, like Rugen struggling to find the secret door to the Pit of Despair ("It's impossible to find...") and encouraging Humperdinck to get some rest.
** Notice how Humperdinck tells Buttercup, with all the sad puppy eyes he can muster, that he hopes she will at least consider him less bad than suicide, as if he really feels hurt that she considers marriage to him to be a FateWorseThanDeath.
* FingertipDrugAnalysis: Parodied. ScarilyCompetentTracker Humperdinck correctly identifies the colorless, tasteless, and ''odorless'' poison iocane after sniffing the vial it was in.
* FireForgedFriends: Westley becomes this with Inigo and Fezzik.
* {{Flynning}}: The duel on the Cliffs of Insanity is an homage. The screenplay explicitly says that the ''characters'' are Flynning, as they have nothing personal driving their duel and are trying to have fun with someone who can fight as well as they can.
* ForegoneConclusion: The grandfather tells his grandson the ending of the story midway through the movie, although specific details have been left out. Namely, [[spoiler: "No one kills Humperdinck. He goes on to live a long life" after Inigo and Fezzik find Westley's body.]]
* FormFittingWardrobe: Westley's mask looks like it was molded to his face, because it actually was made from a mold on Cary Elwes's face.
* ForScience: Rugen's attitude towards his pain-inflicting Machine.
* FracturedFairyTale: Interruptions in between and the occasional RodentsOfUnusualSize.
* FramingDevice: The film is framed as a book being read by a grandfather to his sick grandson. The grandfather's elisions and commentary mirror the editorializing done by "editor" William Goldman in the original book.
* FreudianTrio:
** Fezzik is the Id, Inigo is the Ego, and Westley is the Superego.
** In the original trio Vizzini was the Superego--a very ''bad'' one.
* GentleGiant: Fezzik.
* GetItOverWith: Inigo to the Man in Black, who [[SparingTheAces refuses to kill such an opponent]].
-->'''Inigo:''' Kill me quickly.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: One of the Brute Squad greets Inigo, who replies in the King's Spanish:
-->'''Brute:''' Ho there!\\
'''Inigo:''' I will not budge. Keep your ''joder''.
* GiantMook: Fezzik is this before his HeelFaceTurn.
* GiveMeASign: While holding the sword his late father made, Inigo asks his father's spirit to guide his sword and lead him to Westley. Then he closes his eyes while holding the sword out in front of him, and ultimately sticks it into a tree. Feeling let down and probably foolish, Inigo slumps down onto the tree. [[spoiler:And then it opens up...]]
* TheGoodKing: Unfortunately one so doddery that TheEvilPrince is [[PuppetKing reigning for him]].
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Inigo has Good Scars running across his cheeks, given to him by the man who killed his father, as if he didn't have enough reason for revenge without reminders on his own face.
* GrumpyOldMan: Miracle Max.
-->'''Inigo:''' Are you the Miracle Max who worked for the king all those years?\\
'''Max:''' The king's stinking son fired me. Thank you so much for bringing up such a painful subject. While you're at it, why don't you give me a nice paper cut and pour lemon juice on it? We're closed! ''[slams window]''
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Both Buttercup and Westley, almost too much sweetness and virtue for one film.
* HappilyEverAfter: [[spoiler: Buttercup gets rescued, she and Westley have TheBigDamnKiss, Inigo might make a good new Dread Pirate Roberts]], and they all ride off into the dawn. Grandpa might read the story again tomorrow.
* HesJustHiding: Discussed InUniverse
-->'''Grandson:''' Wait, what did Fezzik mean, "He's dead?" I mean, he didn't mean ''dead''; Westley's only faking, right?
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Fezzik and Inigo have shades of this. They are established to be friends in their first scene (and neither of them is friends with Vizzini, which is established instantly, as well). They express concern over one another being in danger multiple times. When they reunite, Fezzik nurses Inigo back to health... or rather, sobriety. Even the movie's soundtrack seems to think they are a couple - listen to the music when Fezzik finds the drunk Inigo. For a second, the music used sounds like it belongs in a "lovers reunited" scene.
* HeWillComeForMe:
** A variation while Buttercup is held prisoner by the Man in Black.
--->'''Buttercup:''' No matter where you take me, there's no greater hunter than Prince Humperdinck. He could track a falcon on a cloudy day. He can find you.\\
'''Man in Black:''' You think your dearest love will save you?\\
'''Buttercup:''' I never said he was my dearest love. And yes, he will save me. That I know.
** While Buttercup is waiting for Westley to come take her away.
--->'''Buttercup:''' Any word from Westley?\\
'''Humperdinck:''' Too soon, my angel. Patience.\\
'''Buttercup:''' He will come for me.
** Shortly before the wedding:
--->'''Buttercup:''' You never sent those ships. Don't bother lying. ''[beat]'' It doesn't matter; Westley will come for me anyway.
** A final variation, at the wedding.
--->''[sounds of fighting in the distance]''\\
'''Buttercup:''' Here comes my Westley now.\\
'''Humperdinck:''' Your Westley is dead. I killed him myself.\\
'''Buttercup:''' Then why is there fear behind your eyes?
* HeelFaceTurn: Inigo and Fezzik, technically. They were never more than [[PunchClockVillain Punch-Clock Villains]] in the first place, and after their boss dies, Inigo continues pursuing his revenge in the best way he knows how, and Fezzik helps him because they're friends. This leads them to ally with the heroes, without a change in their own motivations.
* HellIsThatNoise: Westley's scream at being put through The Machine.
* HenpeckedHusband: Miracle Max, at least at first.
-->'''Valerie:''' Liar! Liar! LIIIAAAAAR!
* HeroicSafeMode: Inigo during his final duel with Count Rugen. He shrugs off a thrown knife to the gut after only a minute or so.
* HomeSweetHome: Westley wants to settle down with Buttercup, after solving that whole UnableToSupportAWife problem. Becoming [[spoiler:the Dread Pirate Roberts]] for a few years earns him a fortune easily.
* HonorBeforeReason:
** Both Inigo and the Man in Black demonstrate this during their encounter at the top of the Cliffs of Insanity. The Man in Black accepts Inigo's assistance to reach the top, knowing that Inigo intends to kill him and could easily let him fall, after Inigo swears on his dead father's soul that the Man will reach the top alive. Inigo then lets him rest and ''hands over his sword'' for the Man in Black to admire; the Man in Black even gives him a YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe look as he's examining it. If either of them had been less honorable than the other, the other would have been in serious trouble.
** Fezzik also demonstrates this in his fight with the Man in Black. Rather than throw a rock at the Man in Black from his hidden position, Fezzik intentionally misses the shot, announces himself to the Man in Black, and insists they fight hand-to-hand.
--->'''The Man in Black:''' You mean you'll put down your rock and I'll put down my sword, and we'll try to kill each other like civilized people?
* HollywoodTorches: The Pit of Despair, where Count Rugen tortures Westley, is brightly lit with torches on the walls that ought not to illuminate the middle of the chamber.
* HopeSpot: Westley and Buttercup are reunited and have just survived the Fire Swamp. Things are really looking up! [[spoiler: Then Humperdinck shows up...]]
* IAmNotLeftHanded: Inigo deliberately handicaps himself during his duel with the Man in Black, because he's used to fighting people who are no challenge. When he realises that the Man in Black is beating him, he reveals his true abilities, and is soon winning--until the Man in Black reveals that he's ''also'' been holding back.
* IDontPayYouToThink: Vizzini hired Inigo for his swordsmanship skills, and Fezzik for his size and strength. He'd much prefer it if neither of them spoke at all, but they're both smarter than he thinks they are.
-->'''Fezzik:''' I just don't think it's right, killing an innocent girl.\\
'''Vizzini:''' Am I going ''mad'', or did the word ''"think"'' escape your lips?! You were not hired for your brains, you hippopotamic land mass!\\
'''Inigo:''' I agree with Fezzik.\\
'''Vizzini:''' Oh, the sot has spoken! What happens to her is not truly your concern! '''I''' will kill her! And remember this, NEVER FORGET THIS! When I found you, you were so slobbering drunk, you couldn't buy brandy! ''[turning to Fezzik]'' And YOU: friendless, brainless, helpless, hopeless! Do you want me to send you back to where you were?! Unemployed, in Greenland?
* IgnoringBySinging: Miracle Max's response when his wife provokes his BerserkButton by reminding him of his treatment by Prince Humperdinck.
* TheIgor: The Albino, servant to the scientifically evil Rugen. He even speaks with the [[EvilSoundsRaspy typical raspy "Igor voice"]]... for one line, then he clears his throat and speaks in a normal deeper voice.
* IGaveMyWord: Played straight by Inigo as Westley is trying to climb the Cliffs of Insanity. Twisted around when Prince Humperdinck promises not to hurt Westley if Buttercup goes quietly (planning to let Count Rugen do it), but ultimately subverted when Humperdinck [[spoiler: mostly]] kills Westley himself.
* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: Subverted during the BattleOfWits. Vizzini makes increasingly complicated reasonings to deduce which goblet is poisoned ("...so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me! But you would have counted on my thinking that, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you!"), but, as the Man in Black points out, he is just stalling for time and trying to break the Man in Black's poker face. When Vizzini gets called out on that, he gives up and goes for a second strategy: he distracts the Man in Black and swaps the cup instead, reasoning that if the Man looks confident drinking his cup, he should be too. The irony is that Vizzini's reasoning might be flawed, but his conclusion, that he can't trust either of the two glasses, is quite accurate. He just can't seem to get the final piece of the puzzle.
* IncendiaryExponent: Fezzik, shrouded in a cloak, gets lit on fire to intimidate the guards during the storming of the castle.
* IndecisiveMedium: The film is about reading a book.
* InformedAttractiveness: Much is made of Buttercup's beauty.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Some of Vizzini's analysis about which cup the Man in Black is more likely to have poisoned seems like this, although it's subverted in that he isn't really using this logic, he's just blabbing while observing the Man in Black for a telling reaction.
* InstantlyProvenWrong: Westley notices several RodentsOfUnusualSize sneaking up on him and Buttercup but denies their existence because he doesn't want her to panic. Almost immediately after he says that, a giant rat-monster attacks them.
* InterClassRomance:
** Buttercup, a commoner, and Prince Humperdinck, prince, to the extent that it counts as a romance. He has her ennobled as a princess before he marries her.
** Buttercup is more middle-class than Westley, who is after all her family's farm boy. She initially considers him to be beneath her notice and all he says to her is "as you wish," before she realizes they're in love.
* IronicEcho:
** "I swear it will be done" (Prince Humperdinck and Count Rugen).
** A visual example, once again with Count Rugen: Every [[spoiler: wound he takes during his duel with Inigo is somewhere that he previously inflicted. For those keeping score, that's both cheeks, right arm, left shoulder, and the stab to the belly]].
* ItSeemedTrivial: Inigo failing to mention to Westley that they have access to a wheelbarrow.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Prince Humperdinck claims he would let Buttercup marry Westley if she wants to and send out four ships to locate him. [[spoiler:Unsurprisingly, he's lying.]]
* JerkAss: Humperdinck is a nasty piece of work, even for a storybook villain. He's arrogant, petty and cruel; he is only marrying Buttercup as a way to [[spoiler:foster outrage in Florin when she's murdered]], thus securing popular support for a war with Guilder; and not only is he planning to [[spoiler:murder Buttercup with his bare hands on their wedding night]], he actually confesses that he's ''looking forward'' to that! He lies to Buttercup constantly. He sets up a phony kidnapping for him to foil and make himself a hero. Finally, he turns Westley over to Rugen for his abominable torture experiments, and then [[spoiler:temporarily]] kills Westley in an unimaginably agonizing way--simply because he discovered how deeply Buttercup loves Westley.
* JustAStupidAccent: The novel establishes that English is not the native language of Florin. But since Florin is a FictionalCountry (with a fictional language), there is no accent to imitate. Thus, most of the Florinese characters (played mostly by American actors) speak with UsefulNotes/BritishAccents. Frenchman Wrestling/AndreTheGiant and American Creator/WallaceShawn go into NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent territory with their characters, Fezzik and Vizzini, who are supposed to be Turkish and Sicilian respectively. However, the actors retain their native accents, and Vizzini's claim to be Sicilian is treated more like a joke than anything else. Miracle Max and his wife appear to be Yiddish speakers (but there's no reason why they couldn't be.) Only Creator/MandyPatinkin bothers to try to speak with his character's native Spanish accent, albeit not terribly well.
* KansasCityShuffle: The Battle of Wits. There is poison in a chalice, and Vizzini is working to puzzle out which chalice is in. After a long while, he figures it must be in the goblet closest to him, so he pulls a PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo, and once not distracted, they both drink. But he was wrong. ''Both'' goblets were poisoned, and the Man in Black had AcquiredPoisonImmunity. Amusingly enough, he did stumble across the answer a couple of times, but passed over it because he was so sure the poison was only in one goblet.
* KingOnHisDeathbed: Prince Humperdinck's father is said to have ailing health. Humperdinck hasn't bothered to have him assassinated since he's already ruling ''de facto''.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: When Buttercup tells Humperdinck that [[spoiler:Westley]] [[HeWillComeForMe will come for her]], [[AsideGlance he looks straight at the camera and smirks in response]].
* LegacyCharacter: The "Dread Pirate Roberts" is actually a title that has been held by a number of individuals. Westley reveals that he is the fourth person to use the mantle in order to uphold the legend, after the real Roberts retired, followed by a guy named Cummerbund, and then a man named Ryan. Fezzik even briefly takes up the identity to scare a few guards when StormingTheCastle, which also involves him being [[IncendiaryExponent set on fire]]. [[spoiler:At the end of the movie, Inigo wonders what to do now that he got his revenge, and Westley suggests passing the name to him.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: Skillfully done with Fezzik's plodding slide trombone theme, "The Friends' Song." You can't help but smile when you hear it, especially in this scene:
-->'''Inigo:''' ''[drunk out of his mind]'' I. Am waiting. For. Vizzini.\\
''[cue leitmotif as huge hands pick Inigo up]''\\
'''Fezzik:''' You surely are a meanie.
* LetsFightLikeGentlemen:
** Inigo and the Man in Black have a most cordial conversation both before and ''during'' their fight.
** Fezzik could kill the Man in Black by surprise, but insists on fighting hand-to-hand, "as God intended."
--->'''Man in Black:''' You mean, you'll put down your rock and I'll put down my sword, and we'll try and kill each other like civilized people?
* LifeIsntFair:
** In response to the grandson's protest at a certain plot development, the grandfather simply says, "So who says life is fair? Where is that written?"
** A similar sentiment from the Man in Black: "Life ''is'' pain, highness! Anyone who says differently is selling something."
* LipLockSunBlock: The first kiss between Westley and Buttercup has the two blocking the sunset, which is quickly interrupted by the grandson:
-->'''Grandson:''' Is this a kissing book?
* LiquidAssets: Count Rugen's torture device, the Machine, treats LifeEnergy as water.
* LivingLegend: The Dread Pirate Roberts. Everyone knows he takes no prisoners, which is how he's so successful at convincing people to give up their valuables without a fight.
* LookBehindYou:
** Vizzini does this in the "Battle of Wits" scene so he can swap goblets without the Man in Black knowing he'd done so.
** The ROUS attack in the Fire Swamp.
* MarryForLove: Buttercup wanted to, but she thought Westley was dead.
* MasqueradingAsTheUnseen: The Dread Pirate Roberts is identified mainly by his black clothing and his Zorro mask. As a result, few know that the identity has been passed from person to person through the years. At the end, Fezzik dresses up and claims to be the "Dwead Piwate Woberts" to scare the castle guards.
* MasterSwordsman: Westley and Inigo both qualify. Inigo has studied the sword for twenty years straight to acquire the skills necessary to avenge his father. Westley has only had a few years of practice under his belt, but has even more natural talent.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Inigo and Fezzik are looking for Westley, their only lead is incapacitated and they're running out of time. In desperation Inigo invokes his father's spirit and attempts to use his sword as a dousing rod. When he runs into a tree, he slumps over in despair, but it just so happens the knot that the sword prodded was the hidden switch that opens the secret passageway leading to whom they're looking for. It may be dumb luck, but the tree is covered in knots and Count Rugen, who uses the passage on a regular basis, had some trouble in finding it.
* MeaningfulEcho: The grandfather's last line to his grandson is "As you wish," previously established as Westley's way of saying "I love you."
* MeaningfulName: Florin and Guilder, the names of the two warring countries, are both names of historic denominations of coins of Europe, thus they are clearly wealthy kingdoms.
%%* MetafictionalDevice: Used, lampshaded and parodied ''everywhere.'' -- ZCE
* MexicanStandoff: Between Vizzini and the Man in Black, leading up to the BattleOfWits. The standoff is in part theoretical--the Man in Black has no weapon trained on Vizzini, but the latter knows he'd never stand up to the Man physically, so his knife is at Buttercup's throat, effectively holding the Man in Black at bay.
* MickeyMousing: Used throughout the movie to varying degree and effect, but the most noteworthy instance has to be Inigo Montoya's fight against Count Rugen, in which a musical sting accompanies every stab that draws blood.
* MilesGloriosus: Humperdinck obviously fancies himself a mighty warrior, but he is rather cowardly--so much so that he surrenders to a man who could barely stand up, simply because he rattled him.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Inigo and Fezzik. "I just don't think it's right, killing an innocent girl." And Fezzik complaining that his way of getting rid of the Man in Black (throwing a rock at his head) is not very sportsmanlike.
* MistressAndServantBoy: Buttercup and Westley are originally this type of couple.
* MobstacleCourse: Inigo hears Westley's screaming. But he has a hard time getting through the crowd of peasants until Fezzik shouts [[ExcuseMeComingThrough "Everybody MOVE!"]]
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The wheelbarrow. A plan to [[spoiler: get past 60 men and into a locked gate hinges on having one as an asset. You have a giant, two master swordsmen, a cloak that can be set on fire and not have the person wearing it get hurt, but the whole plan hinges on having that one crucial element, a wheeled cart.]]
-->'''Westley''': [[spoiler: "If only we had a wheelbarrow!"]]
-->'''Inigo''': "We have one."
-->'''Westley''': "Then why didn't you list that under 'assets?'"
* MyNameIsInigoMontoya: This movie named the trope, with Inigo declaring his name to the man who killed his father, and that Inigo intends to take his life in return.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Playfully averted with all the successors to the Roberts legacy, who are given deliberately nonthreatening names.
-->'''Westley:''' ...he said, "My real name is Ryan. The man I inherited it from was not the real Dread Pirate Roberts either--his name was ''Cummerbund''."
* TheNapoleon: Vizzini hires the strongest giant and most deadly swordsman he can find, but feels no fear in constantly browbeating and threatening them.
* NeutralFemale: Buttercup spends 90% of Westley's fight with the ROUS standing there watching, even though his sword is lying right next to her.
* NeverSayThatAgain:
** Miracle Max is so sore over being fired by Humperdinck that he forbids the name in his house. His wife uses it to needle him.
--->'''Valerie:''' Humperdinck! Humperdinck! Humperdiiiinck!\\
'''Max:''' [[IgnoringBySinging La, la, la, I'm not listening!]]
** Also, Count Rugen, in response to the repetition of Inigo's greeting that accompanies his HeroicSecondWind: "Stop ''saying'' that!"
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** The Man in Black testing Buttercup's faithfulness [[spoiler: to Westley, instead of telling him who he is]], ends up with both of them rolling down a hill and having to navigate the Fire Swamp to get to his ship. [[spoiler: This gives Humperdinck enough time to catch up to them, and forces Buttercup to bargain for Westley's life.]]
** Buttercup giving a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Humperdinck enrages the latter enough to [[spoiler: kill Westley with the machine.]]
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler: Humperdinck turning up the power on the machine, causing Westley to cry out in agony, alerts Inigo and Fezzik to Westley's location.]]
* NightmareFetishist: Westley says the [[IncendiaryExponent Fire Swamp]] is more charming than [[SwampsAreEvil fearsome]]. [[CasualDangerDialogue Not that he's going to build a summer home there.]]
* NoNameGiven: The boy and his grandfather are never named, not even in the ending credits. Also true of The Impressive Clergyman and The Albino.
* NoisyNature: ''Shrieking eels.''
* NoTimeToExplain: "Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up."
* NotWhatISignedOnFor: Inigo and Fezzik agreed to help Vizzini abduct a girl. Revealing that he's going to ''kill'' her shakes them up.
* NowWhat: Inigo wonders what he will do after he defeated the six-fingered man. Westley suggests he take up the mantle of the Dread Pirate Roberts, since he just wants to live in peace with Buttercup now.
* OhCrap:
** Buttercup when a shrieking eel advances on her.
** Buttercup when she realizes that the Man in Black [[spoiler: is Westley]] and she just pushed him down a hill.
** Westley gets this multiple times in the Fire Swamp: on seeing Buttercup's dress catch on fire, quicksand swallowing her, an ROUS appearing just out of her line of vision, and finally encountering Humperdinck's army.
** Yellin the castle gate guard when he gets a good look at Fezzik.
* OminousAdversarialAmusement:
-->'''Inigo:''' I admit it: you are better than I am!\\
'''Man in Black:''' Then why are you smiling?\\
'''Inigo:''' Because I know something you don't know.
* OneTrueLove: The plot revolves around this trope.
* OnlyAFleshWound: In his final battle with Count Rugen, Inigo twice deflects sword thrusts into his shoulder and yet seems to show no visible effect from it. Not to mention, of course, the gaping dagger wound to the stomach (though he's having to hold it shut the whole time). He's even using all injured limbs normally without even wincing in pain after he kills Rugen, jumping out windows and riding horses without missing a beat.
* OnlyMostlyDead: After Humperdinck kills Westley, his friends take him to Miracle Max, who diagnoses him as "only mostly dead" and thus a candidate for revival. For the record, there's a big difference between 'mostly dead' and 'all dead', and that is the fact with 'all dead', there's only one thing you can do: go through his clothes and look for loose change.
* OutGambitted: Never go in against a Sicilian when DEATH is on the line! Hahahahahaha! [[spoiler:Unless you are immune to a poison you are using.]]
* OverlyLongScream: Westley, when Humperdinck charges into the Pit of Despair and cranks Rugen's life-sucking machine to its maximum setting.
* PaperThinDisguise: It took [[spoiler:"As You Wish"]] to realize it?! Then again, she hasn't seen him in years, and has no reason to even think he's ''alive''.
* ParodySue: Buttercup and Westley. The former of the PuritySue type, and the latter a [[MaryTzu Marty Tzu]] with a dash of GodModeSue seeing as he is able to both outfence Inigo and outwrestle Fezzik.
* PassingTheTorch: Westley suggests that Inigo take his place [[spoiler:as the Dread Pirate Roberts]].
* PersonWithTheClothing: The Man in Black.
* PetRat: The Brute Squad hired by Prince Humperdinck whose job is to clear out the Thieves' Quarter. Not to mention Vizzini and his crew.
* PhysicalScarsPsychologicalScars: Inigo Montoya has a scar on each cheek given to him by the man who killed his father, which serves to strengthen his drive for revenge.
* {{Pirate}}: The Dread Pirate Roberts, to be precise. Not that we see him do much pirating.
* PlatonicDeclarationOfLove: A roundabout example occurs in the FrameStory of the movie with the grandfather and grandson. Early in the story, Buttercup realizes that Westley's habitual answer "as you wish" means he loves her. As we return to the grandfather and grandson at the end, the grandson asks the grandfather to come back and reread the book to him tomorrow. The grandfather answers, "[[MeaningfulEcho As you wish]]."
* PlotHole: When Count Rugen first uses the machine on Westley, he moves the switch to "1", and we see a block of wood raise about an inch, and water trickle under it. If the block had been raised up all the way, the water would continue to trickle at the same rate, so setting it to 50, as the prince does later, would be no different. [[FanWank Though maybe the flow of water just turns the machine on and off and the "throttle" is controlled by some other unseen mechanism]].
* PlotPoweredStamina: Fezzik's arms never get tired, not even when hauling three people up the Cliffs of Insanity.
* PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo: Part of Vizzini's BatmanGambit that revolves around the aforementioned IKnowYouKnowIKnow.
* ThePowerOfLove: A major theme--Westley is driven by romantic love, and Inigo by filial love (...and by ThePowerOfHate).
* PragmaticAdaptation: Interesting case since the author himself adapted it to a screenplay. Many lines from cut characters are transplanted onto other characters. The stack of frame stories and unreliable narrations in the book, all focused on the reader-writer relationship, is slimmed down to one simple frame story, removing most of the postmodernism and satire.
* PrecisionFStrike:
** A single instance of "You son of a bitch" is the closest the film gets to an obscenity.
** The grandson shouts, "Jesus, Grandpa!" in exasperation, showing that he's fully invested in the story by now.
* PrepositionalPhraseEqualsCoolness: The Cliffs of Insanity, the Man in Black, the Rodents of Unusual Size, and the Pit of Despair, just to name a few.
* PressurePoint: Fezzik clasps her carotid artery for a moment to knock out Buttercup.
* PretextForWar: The plot behind Buttercup's kidnapping. Humperdinck wants to frame the kingdom of Guilder for it so he can conquer them.
* PreventTheWar: Vizzini thinks the Man in Black is trying to stop the prince's plot to start a war, but in reality he just wants to save Buttercup.
* PrinceCharmless: Humperdinck is the main villain and a real asshole.
* ProperlyParanoid: Discussed.
-->'''Humperdinck:''' You always think everything will be a trap... which is why I am still alive.
* PsychoForHire: Count Rugen just enjoys when people suffer, making him a great torture master for Humperdink.
* PunchClockVillain:
** Inigo and Fezzik are only on the bad guys' side because they're working for Vizzini. It's no big surprise they [[spoiler:go over to the hero's side]].
--->'''Inigo:''' I just work for Vizzini to pay the bills. There's not a lot of money in revenge.
** The Albino seems to be one of these, too. The actor's performance mostly suggests he's just doing his job, even if it ''is'' a pretty evil job.
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: The Man in Black versus Fezzik. Fezzik gives him a bright smile and tries to encourage him.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis:
** "Drop. Your. Sword."
** "I. Am waiting. For. Vizzini."
* QuicksandSucks: In the Fire Swamp, lightning sand quickly sucks Buttercup in without warning.
* RamblingOldManMonologue:
-->'''Miracle Max:''' Sonny, true love is the greatest thing in the world. ''[{{beat}}]'' Except for a nice MLT: mutton, lettuce, and tomato sandwich, when the mutton is nice and lean, and the tomato's ripe. They're so perky, I love them.
%%* RatedMForManly
* RagsToRoyalty: Buttercup, as a landholding farmer, may not wear rags, but she's a commoner whom Humperdinck ennobles so that he can marry her.
* ReadingIsCoolAesop: Given the grandfather is trying to convince the grandson that the story he's reading to him is actually worth hearing (by comparison to, say, videogames like he was playing before, or TV).
-->'''Grandfather:''' When I was your age, television was called books.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: Vizzini threatens Fezzik with this.
-->'''Vizzini:''' Do you want me to send you back to '''where you were?!''' Unemployed? In ''Greenland?''
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Buttercup to Humperdinck after she realizes [[spoiler: he never sent his four fastest ships to look for Westley]].
* RecruitedFromTheGutter: Vizzini recruited both Inigo and Fezzik this way, as he reminds them when they question his orders:
-->'''Vizzini:''' ''[to Inigo]'' When I found you, you were so slobbering drunk, you couldn't buy brandy! ''[to Fezzik]'' And ''you'': friendless, brainless, helpless, hopeless! Do you want me to send you back to where you were?! Unemployed, in '''Greenland'''?
* RedRightHand: Count Rugen's right hand has six fingers. It's Inigo's only real clue to his identity.
* ReminiscingAboutYourVictims: The Man in Black recalls meeting and then killing Westley with Buttercup. It's also a subversion, since the Man in Black [[spoiler:''is'' Westley]].
* ResurrectionSickness: After returning from being mostly dead, Westley spends the rest of the film as essentially an invalid.
* {{Revenge}}:
** Inigo Montoya has dedicated his life to taking vengeance on the six-fingered man who killed his father.
** Miracle Max is perfectly willing to help the good guys, when they promise to humiliate Humperdink, the man who fired him.
* RhymesOnADime: Fezzik.
-->'''Inigo:''' That Vizzini, he can ''fuss''.\\
'''Fezzik:''' Fuss, fuss... I think he like to scream at '''us'''.\\
'''Inigo:''' Probably he means no ''harm''.\\
'''Fezzik:''' He's really very short on '''charm'''.\\
'''Inigo:''' You have a great gift for ''rhyme''.\\
'''Fezzik:''' Yes, yes, some of the '''time'''.\\
'''Vizzini:''' Enough of that!\\
''[The boat sets sail]''\\
'''Inigo:''' Fezzik, are there rocks ahead?\\
'''Fezzik:''' If there are, we all be '''dead'''.\\
'''Vizzini:''' No more rhymes now, I mean it!\\
'''Fezzik:''' Anybody want a '''peanut'''?\\
''[Vizzini screams in frustration]''
* RidiculouslyDifficultRoute: The Fire Swamp. Blasts of fire, [[QuicksandSucks lightning sand]] and RodentsOfUnusualSize. Though Westley and Buttercup seem to survive fairly easily, all things considered.
-->'''Buttercup:''' We'll never survive!\\
'''Westley:''' Nonsense! You're only saying that because nobody ever has.
* RightForTheWrongReasons: Inigo hears a scream, which he identifies as the sound of "ultimate suffering", and concludes that it must be the Man in Black: "His true love is marrying another tonight, so who else has the cause for ultimate suffering?" He's right about it being the Man in Black, but he's actually being tortured by the Machine, which completely undermines Inigo's reasoning; it might just as well have been anybody else who'd happened to get on Humperdinck's bad side.
* RoarBeforeBeating: Vizzini explicitly says that the Shrieking Eels "always grow louder when they're about to feed on human flesh".
* RoboticTortureDevice: The Machine, a water suction pump. Made all the more horrifying with the eleven-fingered man politely asking for Westley to describe the sensation {{for science}}.
* RodentsOfUnusualSize: The Rodents of Unusual Size (about the size of a large dog) are one of the hazards of the Fire Swamp.
* RuleOfCool: Westley was supposed to jump feet first in the lightning sand pit, but Carey Elwes suggested that diving in headfirst would look far more heroic.
* RuleOfFunny: Inigo has to count on his fingers to figure out he would be left with 20 men after Fezzik says he can handle 10 of the 30 guarding the gate. It's [[MST3KMantra best not to think about that later]] when Inigo later ''instantly'' counts 60 men now guarding the gate.
* SailorsPonytail: The Dread Pirate Roberts sports a ponytail.
* SarcasticConfession: When Humperdinck's response to Westley's ToThePain speech is to call his bluff, he replies, "It's possible, pig, I might be bluffing. It's conceivable, you miserable, vomitous mass, that I'm only lying here because I lack the strength to stand." (Subverted, though, as he then reveals that he's regained enough strength to stand up. ''Just'' enough.)
* SeparateSceneStorytelling: As the grandfather reads to the child, the action shifts to the story.
* ScareChord: Immediately after the line, "RodentsOfUnusualSize? I don't think they exist," one of said [=ROUSs=] jumps Westley, and the music reacts appropriately.
* ScarecrowSolution: The entire "Dread Pirate Roberts" rig that Fezzik wears for the castle storming, which even gets set on fire for further dramatic effect.
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: Prince Humperdinck is pointed out to be so, and demonstrates it. His skill is even more notable later after the revelation that the kidnapping had ''not'' gone as he planned it to go, so even he is being surprised by what he is discovering--but he still tracks them.
* ScheherezadeGambit: Westley's relationship with [[spoiler:the previous Dread Pirate Roberts]]. Despite continual claims that he'll probably be killed the next morning, he serves as a valet until they become friends.
* TheScream: Westley's torture. Poor bastard.
-->'''Inigo:''' You hear that? That is the sound of ultimate suffering.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: When Inigo has finally gained the upper hand against Rugen, he asks for a bribe, but only because he wants to toy with the bastard.
-->'''Inigo:''' Offer me money.\\
'''Rugen:''' Yes!\\
'''Inigo:''' Power, too, promise me that.\\
'''Rugen:''' All that I have and more. Please...\\
'''Inigo:''' Offer me everything I ask for.\\
'''Rugen:''' Anything you want...\\
'''Inigo:''' ''[runs Rugen through]'' I want my father back, you son of a bitch!
* SecretTest: [[spoiler:When Westley rescues Buttercup, his OneTrueLove, from her kidnappers]], he doesn't reveal his true identity, in the hope of finding out whether she still loves him or not. She ends up pushing him down a cliff when he questions her faithfulness to the man that "Roberts" murdered.
* SelfPoisoningGambit: After Vizzini switches the cups, he carefully watches the Man in Black's reaction to his choice. When The Man in Black shows no hesitation to drink, Vizzini concludes that the Man in Black thought he was getting the "safe" cup, which Vizzini now has due to his earlier switch. Vizzini happily downs his wine, unaware that he had been fooled and was falling victim to this trope instead.
* ShoutOut:
** Westley's "man in black" outfit is a dead ringer for the costume Creator/DouglasFairbanks wore in ''Film/TheMarkOfZorro'' in 1920.
** Fezzik asks the Man in Black if he's wearing a mask because he was burned by acid, a reference to ''Film/PhantomOfTheOpera1943''.
* ShownTheirWork: The names dropped during the Chatty Duel:
** "Bonetti's defense" refers to 16th century fencing master Rocco Bonetti.
** "Capo Ferro" refers to 16th-17th century fencing master Ridolfo Capo Ferro, author of ''Gran Simulacro dell' Arte e dell' uso della Scherma''.
** "Thibault" refers to 17th century fencing master Girard Thibault, author of ''Academie de l'Espee''.
** "Agrippa" refers to 16th century fencing master Camillo Agrippa, author of ''Trattato di Scienza d'Arme''.
* SincerityMode: When Count Rugen invites Prince Humperdinck to his initial demonstration of his new torture device, Humperdinck respectfully declines on the grounds that he's got a lot of dirty work of his own.
-->'''Humperdinck''' Tyrone, you know how much I love watching you work. But I've got my country's 500th anniversary to plan, my wedding to arrange, my wife to murder, and Guilder to frame for it--I'm ''swamped''.\\
'''Count Rugen:''' Get some rest. If you haven't got your health, then you haven't got anything.
* ShutUpKirk: What Buttercup tells the Dread Pirate Roberts [[spoiler:(actually Westley)]]: she "died" the day that she heard her true love was gone, and he has no right to accuse her of being unfaithful when as far as she knows that Roberts murdered Westley. And to accentuate the point, she pushes Roberts down a hill.
* SlipperyAsAnEel: When she tries to escape from Vizzini, Buttercup is attacked by shrieking eels.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Vizzini thinks he's far more intelligent than he really is.
-->'''Vizzini:''' Ever hear of Plato? Aristotle? Socrates? ''...Morons.''
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: Buttercup. Her beauty's enough to get her promoted to future queen, except the Prince threatens to kill her if she refuses. [[spoiler:He's planning to kill her anyway.]] In fact, if she were slightly less beautiful, the whole conflict wouldn't have happened.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: Roberts saying [[spoiler:"As you wish"]], reveals himself to be [[spoiler:Westley]].
* SoWhatDoWeDoNow: [[spoiler:Inigo gets his revenge]], but he spent all his adult life in pursuit of it. What should he do? Fortunately [[spoiler:Westley passes on the mantle of The Dread Pirate Roberts to him]].
* SparingTheAces: The Man in Black declines to kill his WorthyOpponent Inigo Montoya because Inigo is an extremely gifted swordsman who has made swordfighting his life's study in order to be able to one day get revenge on the man who [[YouKilledMyFather killed his father]]. In addition, Inigo had plenty of chances to easily kill the Man in Black, but chose not to, out of a sense of honor.
-->'''The Man in Black:''' I would as soon destroy a stained glass window as an artist like yourself. However, since I can't have you following me either... ''[TapOnTheHead]'' Please understand, [[WorthyOpponent I hold you in the highest respect]].
* StayInTheKitchen: The Man in Black's attitude towards Buttercup seems to be this, seemingly setting him up as a PoliticallyIncorrectVillain, at least to modern audiences. However, when it's revealed [[spoiler:he is actually her true love, Westley, who loves her deeply]], one could conjecture [[spoiler:the cavalier chauvinism was just Westley venting his anger at her for giving up on him]].
* StopSayingThat: Count Rugen, verbatim, to Inigo Montoya.
* StormingTheCastle: Inigo and Fezzik invade Humperdinck's castle with only Westley, who's suffering ResurrectionSickness and can barely move himself, to help. Miracle Max and Valerie don't think much of their chances.
-->'''Valerie:''' Think it'll work?\\
'''Max:''' It'll take a miracle.
* StunnedSilence: Buttercup to Westley after he praises the Fire Swamp.
* SwampsAreEvil: The three primary dangers of the Fire Swamp are random spouts of fire (easily avoided by identifying a popping noise right before one erupts), the lightning sand (though once you've fallen into that one, it's easy to look out for), and the RodentsOfUnusualSize.
* {{Swashbuckler}}: Not a completely pure example of the genre, but containing many, many of its elements.
* SwordFight: The "Chatty Duel" (as the DVD chapter title names it) between Inigo Montoya and the Man in Black. One of the best sword fights on film.
* SwordPointing: Westley does it to Prince Humperdinck at the climax to make him surrender.
-->'''Westley:''' Drop. Your. Sword.
* TakeAThirdOption: Vizzini attempts this during the battle of wits. Unfortunately for him, so does the Man in Black, and rather more successfully.
* TapOnTheHead: The Man in Black to Inigo (swordhilt) and Fezzik (stranglehold), Count Rugen to Westley (swordhilt), and Fezzik to the albino (fist) and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the shrieking eel]] (fist).
* TemptingFate: "RodentsOfUnusualSize? I don't think they exist."
* TerribleTrio: Vizzini, Inigo, and Fezzik are initially this, before it becomes apparent that Inigo and Fezzik are actually good--and Vizzini meets with some iocane powder.
* ThatLiarLies: Max gets this reaction after trying his "to blave" comment.
-->'''Valerie:''' Liar! Liar! LIIIAAAAAR!
* ThemeNaming: Florin and Guilder are different names for the same medieval European coin. Currencies with those names are still in use today.
%%* ThickerThanWater
* ToThePain: When Westley confronts Humperdinck, he challenges him to a duel and describes in detail what he's going to do to him when he wins. [[spoiler:It's s a bluff; he can barely stand, much less carry it out.]]
* TomTheDarkLord: Westley's explanation to Buttercup while they are traveling through the Fire Swamp as to why he had to take on the Dread Pirate Roberts moniker:
-->'''Westley:''' Well, Roberts had grown so rich, he wanted to retire. So he took me to his cabin and told me his secret: "I am not the Dread Pirate Roberts," he said. "My name is Ryan. I inherited this ship from the previous Dread Pirate Roberts, just as you will inherit it from me. The man I inherited it from was not the real Dread Pirate Roberts, either. His name was Cummerbund. The real Roberts has been retired fifteen years and living like a king in Patagonia." Then he explained the name was the important thing for inspiring the necessary fear. You see, no one would surrender to the 'Dread Pirate Westley'.
* TryAndFollow:
** Vizzini thinks that ClimbingTheCliffsOfInsanity is enough to deter persuit, since only Fezzik is strong enough to haul himself (and the other three) all the way to the top. But the Man in Black gives chase anyway.
** Westley and Buttercup successfully lose Humperdinck's men by entering the Fire Swamp, which by reputation no one can survive traversing. However, Humperdinck merely uses his horses' superior speed to go around and beat them to the other side.
* TrueCompanions: Fezzik and Inigo. They rhyme together, encourage each other to be careful, and work as a team. Fezzik rescues a drunken Inigo from the Brute Squad, sobers him up, and helps him come up with a new plan to obtain his revenge.
* TwoFacedAside: When Buttercup asks Humperdinck to promise he'll return Westley to his ship:
-->'''Humperdinck:''' I swear it will be done. ''[aside to Count Rugen]'' Once we're out of sight, take him back to Florin and throw him in the Pit of Despair.\\
'''Count Rugen:''' I swear it will be done.
* UnableToSupportAWife: Why Westley, a poor farmboy, left Buttercup to seek his fortune.
* UnconsciousObjector: Inigo's arm seems to block Count Rugen's coup de grace independently. At that moment, "conscious" wouldn't fairly describe Inigo, who seems ready to GoIntoTheLight.
* UndeadAuthor: The Dread Pirate Roberts takes no prisoners. ([[AllThereInTheManual In the original novel, it's explained]] that this doesn't mean he kills everybody: he kills anybody who resists, but anybody who hands over their valuables without resistance gets to go free--and spread the word, so that the next set of victims are less likely to resist.)
* UnreliableVoiceover: The grandfather narrates, "Fezzik took great care in reviving Inigo," as Fezzik dunks Inigo's head into alternating basins of hot and cold water. Several times.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: All of one person other than the main characters seems to notice the eerie, overlapping scream that's loud enough to be heard all over Florin. And he just turns his head slightly before walking on, all of the other peasants blithely ignoring it. Of course, Inigo has to tell Fezzik to stop and listen before the giant acknowledges it, so it might simply not be as loud to the characters as it is to [[RuleOfPerception the viewers]].
* UpToEleven: The Machine has settings on a scale from one to fifty. Level One will drain one year of your lifespan away. Rugen says that he "might one day go as high as Five," but is not sure what that would do. After Buttercup gives Humperdinck her TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, he takes it out on Westley by turning the Machine all the way up to Fifty.
* VengeanceFeelsEmpty: Once Inigo Montoya has killed his father's killer, Inigo's life is rather empty, although it's not really a lack of satisfaction but rather, "That's everything on the to-do list. [[SoWhatDoWeDoNow Now what?]]"
* VideoCredits: At the end.
* VillainousBreakdown: As Inigo refuses to die, and slowly gains the upper hand on Rugen in their duel, Rugen first becomes shaken, then demands that Inigo "StopSayingThat"
* VillainousFriendship: Humperdinck trusts the Count completely, the Count worries for the Prince's health, and they seem to genuinely enjoy each other's company.
* VillainRespect: Count Rugen seems to genuinely admire Westley for his fortitude and prowess, as well as his direct manner. Unfortunately, this is the main reason Westley becomes a prime [[ForScience test subject]] for [[ColdBloodedTorture the Machine]].
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Prince Humperdinck seems to enjoy the support, or at least the apathy, of most of his subjects. The need to maintain his good publicity is why he plans to kill such a popular figure as Princess Buttercup in the first place--framing Guilder for the crime will give him the pretext he needs to go to war with the support of the populace.
* WallSlump: Inigo has a famous one after Rugen stabs him--several times.
* WhamLine:
** [[spoiler:"As you wish!"]] as Roberts[[spoiler:/Westley]] tumbles down the hillside.
** Humperdinck is presented as a JerkAss for claiming Buttercup as a trophy wife and later imprisoning Westley to get him out of the way. However, he seems sincerely concerned that Guilder kidnapped her and plans to kill her--then he reveals that he was behind Buttercup's abduction all along, as a pretext for a war with Guilder.
* WhatTheHellHero:
** [[spoiler: Westley]] tries to call out Buttercup for not marrying her promised love, even though as far as she knows Westley is ''dead'' and she got AnOfferYouCantRefuse from the prince of the land. Eventually subverted as Buttercup delivers a ShutUpKirk and reveals that she "died that day"--the day she got news of Westley's death.
** Interestingly enough, Buttercup's conscience does this to her, when she [[spoiler:surrenders to Humperdinck to save Westley's life]]. She starts having figures in her nightmares berating her.
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: The gloriously bad and [[LargeHam over-the-top]] "Spanish" accent Creator/MandyPatinkin affects as Inigo is a big part of the film's charm.
* WhoAreYou: Inigo seems rather confused that he's never even heard of this swordsman who's more than a match for him.
-->'''Inigo:''' Who ''are'' you?\\
'''The Man in Black:''' No one of consequence.\\
'''Inigo:''' I must know.\\
'''The Man in Black:''' Get used to disappointment.\\
'''Inigo:''' ''[shrugs]'' Okay.
* WorthyOpponent: Inigo and Westley compliment each other's fighting style during their duel. Afterwards, Westley tells Inigo that "I hold you in the highest possible respect." When they meet again they become fast friends.
* XanatosGambit: The Man in Black wins the battle of wits against against Vizzini before it even starts. Both of the chalices that Vizzini has to choose from are poisoned with iocane powder, and the Man in Black has [[AcquiredPoisonImmunity built up an immunity to it]] so he can drink from either. Even if Vizzini figures out what's going on, he has no way of beating the Man in a straight fight.
* YouKilledMyFather: Count Rugen killed Inigo's father, so at the climax of the movie while Westley is dealing with Humperdinck Inigo has his own showdown with Rugen.
* YouFightLikeACow: The famous Inigo/Westley duel, but with compliments instead of insults. (In most DVD editions, that chapter is titled "The Chatty Duelists".)
* YourSoulIsMine: Invoked as one of Fezzik's threats when impersonating the Dread Pirate Roberts.
-->'''Fezzik:''' I am the Dread Pirate Roberts! I am here, but soon you will not be here! There will be no survivor! The Dread Pirate Roberts takes no survivor! ''[bursts into flame]'' All your worst nightmares are about to come true! The Dread Pirate Roberts is here! FOR YOU SOOOUUUL!
* YouWereTryingTooHard:
** Inigo tries to call upon the spirit of his dead father to help him find the Pit of Despair. He stumbles across the entrance once he stops trying to receive help from beyond the grave.
** Vizzini is so busy playing IKnowYouKnowIKnow with the Man in Black that he completely ignores the notion that ''both'' glasses could be poisoned, especially as one of his guesses--that his opponent is immune--happens to be correct.
--->'''Vizzini:''' You've beaten my giant, which means you're exceptionally strong, so you could have put the poison in your own goblet, trusting on your strength to save you...
->'''Grandson:''' Grandpa... do you think you can read it for me again tomorrow?\\
'''Grandfather:''' [[MeaningfulEcho As you wish.]]