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One of the heroes even wears the penis of a minotaur on a string around his neck. I hate it when that happens.

Your Highness is a 2011 adventure comedy film directed by David Gordon Green of Pineapple Express fame that could best be described as a tongue in cheek take on the sword and sorcery genre.

The film centers on Prince Fabious (James Franco) and Prince Thadeous (Danny McBride), who are of the bold/valiant and slovenly/slacker variety, respectively (and Courtney.) Fabious' bride to be, Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel), is spirited away by an evil wizard, and her fate rests in the hands of the two princes, who embark on the journey of journeys to rescue her. Joining their quest is Isabel (Natalie Portman), a warrior skilled in the art of deadly combat with her own personal agenda for stopping the wizard. Together, the trio faces a variety of deadly and at times hilarious dangers, from witches and knights to minotaurs and hydras.

This film contains examples of:

  • The Ace: Fabious.
  • Action Girl: Isabel, who's also an archer.
  • Affirmative Action Girl: Isabel, in order to allow Belladonna to be a Distressed Damsel.
  • And the Adventure Continues: The movie ends with Isabel coming to Thadeous with his next quest.
  • Acquired Poison Immunity: Since Thadeous smokes pot on a regular basis, the Wize Wizard's smoked herbs do not really affect him.
  • Armored Closet Gay: Given the large amount of Ho Yay in the film, Leezar certainly seems to give this sort of impression considering what he says when trying to complete the ritual with Belladonna.
    Leezar: I'm just not attracted to you!
    • Also Boremont, who confesses his love for Fabious just before he dies
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Julie. No explanation is given, though it's likely it's simply that he's a neuter homunculus.
  • Black Comedy Rape: The entire plot centers on the impending (less commonly played for laughs male-on-female) rape of Belladonna as part of casting a spell. The jokes mostly have to do with Leezar's reluctance to do the deed, either because he doesn't really want to or has some sort of severe performance anxiety. later this gets inverted when the early stages of the spell temporarily turn Belladonna into a sexually aggressive Succubus who, herself, won't take no for an answer. But also...
    • Courtney and the minotaur.
    • Fabious and the Wise Wizard.
  • Blood Knight: Isabel. It kind of creeps Thadeous and the others out.
  • Booby Trap: One of these quickly kills The Barbarian. Also a very literal instance when the characters first meet the White People.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Many examples, but one stands out: Thadeus' servant Courtney is skilled at pickpocketing because he grew up as a sex slave for gypsies. This helps them reclaim a MacGuffin and is never mentioned before or after explaining that.
  • Brick Joke: Not in the finished movie, unfortunately, but gets started in one of the Deleted Scenes on the DVD. After having escaped Marteetee's arena, Isabel threatens to cut off Thadeus' dick and wear it as a necklace. Now guess what happens with the Minotaur's "horn".
  • Butt Monkey: Courtney. Also, Thadeous to a lesser extent.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Isabel's chastity belt, first shown during the Outdoor Bath Peeping scene.
    • Also, Isabel's arm band.
  • The Chosen One: Leezar believes he is this.
  • Cluster F-Bomb
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Several jokes rely on it; mostly on the part of Thadeous and Leezar.
    Thadeous: Courtney, hold my dick.
    *Hands Courtney his "trophy" taken from the Minotaur.*
    • Also the line from Thadeous: "Isabel, I was just about to finish thinking about you."
    • Leezar knows his penis will work with Belladonna because he's "tested" it, and is sure there will be no trouble as long as her vagina is anything like his hand.
  • Death Trap: Julie hooks Fabious up to one of these.
  • Decapitation Presentation: Of a cyclops's head, no less.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Thadeous's attempt to explain his encounter with the Dwarf queen.
  • Dirty Old Man: The Wise Wizard, very much so.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Happens to Thadeous on Marteetee's land.
  • Distressed Damsel: Belladonna.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: Boremont to Fabious. fabious thinks he means "brotherly love", like between himself and Thaddeous. Nope. that kind of love.
  • Evil Overlord: Leezar fits this trope to a T.
  • Evil Tower of Ominousness
  • FaceĖHeel Turn: Boremont and his knights.
  • Fanservice Extra - Most of the "White People" are played by topless glamour models.
  • Fetish Retardant: Invoked. The three witches cast a sex spell on Belladonna that winds up giving her an The Exorcist-possessed voice.
  • Fingore: Marteetee loses fingers due to being synchronized with his hydra.
  • Gladiator Games: Marteetee's arena.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Courtney and Julie are both men.
  • Groin Attack: After killing the Minotaur and learning that he can't cut off the horns as trophies, Thadeous chooses to cut off the Minotaur's penis and wear it like a necklace.
  • Have a Gay Old Time: Fabious tells Thaddeous he wants him to "be gay" (meaning "be merry" in archaic English) with him and their father. Thaddeous prefers to fence shadows and brood.
  • Here We Go Again: Gotta get rid of that cursed chastity belt.
  • High Fantasy
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Fabious when it comes to the Wise Wizard and Julie.
  • Honey Trap: The "White People" trap adventurers by sending out a lovely young woman to run around naked so they're too busy concentrating on other matters to defend themselves.
  • Hypnotize the Princess: Apparently of the possession variety. It backfires.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Lazar's entire plan revolves around raping Belladonna to produce a dragon during the joining of the two moons. He also licks her cheek when he kidnaps her from the wedding.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Thaddeous is lazy, selfish, arrogant, humiliates Courtney and even plans to leave Fabious behind when he is captured. However, after his visit to the labyrinth, he decided to go and rescue his brother.
  • Karmic Death: In the space of ten minutes, Julie is thrown down a shaft and lands on the Death Trap he put Fabious in, and Boremont's Blade Below the Shoulder is sliced off (with his arm!) and shoved into him.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Marteetee, with Isabel's spear through his guts.
  • Large and in Charge: Marteetee.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: A TV spot advertised the film as starring "Academy Award Nominee James Franco, Academy Award Winner Natalie Portman and 5th Grade Class President Danny McBride."
  • Lecherous Licking: Lazar licks the face of Belladonna when he abducts her from her wedding to Fabious.
  • The Load: Thadeous.
  • The Loins Sleep Tonight: Poor Leezar has trouble concentrating with the battle going on around him
  • Lovable Coward: Also Thadeous.
  • Love at First Note: Fabious fell in love with Belladonna before he even saw her from hearing her sing.
  • Man Child: Thadeous is a lazy, petulant brat who always wonders why he's The Unfavorite compared to his brother.
  • Meaningful Name: Belladonna is Italian for "beautiful woman".
    • Of course it is. Incidentally, it's also Latin for Deadly Nightshade.
  • Male Frontal Nudity: The Minotaur.
  • Medieval European Fantasy: All of The Middle Ages are blended together, along with elements of indigenous tribal, Roman and Far Eastern cultures. Oh yes, and Simon, the sentient clockwork bird.
  • Mysterious Woman: Isabel, before she reveals her backstory to the heroes.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Apparently Isabel's arm band is able to repel magic lightning. Who knew?
    • It's vaguely hinted by observation. In the opening scene we have her knight ancestors blocking the magic with their armor and Isabel later claimed that her armband was made from her brothers' shields, assuming to be of the same make of the armor of their ancestors.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Leezar.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The Soul of the Maze that totally isn't Sean Connery.
  • No Ontological Inertia: The sex spell on Belladonna ends as soon as Leezar's mothers are killed.
  • No Social Skills: Being locked in a tower since she was a young girl, Belladonna has no real clue about many social conventions, such as forks and choreographed dancing. She also confuses "cervix" with "service".
  • Offhand Backhand: Leezar to Isabelle. With a fireball, no less.
  • Outdoor Bath Peeping: Shortly after the group meets Isabel.
  • Power Fist: Thaddeous dons a spiked gauntlet as an off-hand during the climax.
  • Precision F-Strike: Leezar
    Leezar: Magic...Motherfucker.
  • Psychopathic Man Child: Leezar and Marteetee.
  • Pun-Based Title: Your Highness features two members of royalty who in one scene get stoned together.
  • Rape as Comedy: Implied between Courtney and an undoubtedly sex-starved minotaur.
  • Red Shirt: The two nameless prisoners alongside our heroes in Marteetee's arena.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: Manious. Also a bit creepy/squick in that he tastes the blade of grass that he states has been urinated on, rather than just smelling it.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The barbarian the heroes meet in the bar is a clear shout-out to Conan the Barbarian. He's not quite as successful as Ahnold, however. Similarly, the practice moves Thadeous goes through after he obtains the Blade of the Unicorn mirrors a scene from that movie.
    • Simon, Fabious's mechanical bird, is a reference to Bubo from Clash of the Titans.
    • The Wise Wizard is Yoda crossed with the smoking caterpillar. Leezar and his mothers even have Force Lightning.
    • The chastity belt revelation is borrowed from Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
    • To just about every fantasy movie from the eighties on, really. Much of the design and special effects resemble Willow, not least of which is the multi-headed dragon. A scene in a montage references the Gates of Argonath from The Fellowship of the Ring. The set during the Labyrinth sequence is very similar to, well, Labyrinth.
    • Belladonna, having No Social Skills due to her backstory, uses a fork as a comb before being instructed on its proper use.
    • In the scene where Julie is chanting magic words to communicate with Leezar, you can clearly hear him say "Hufflepuff".
    • The carriage chase scene between the brothers and Boremont's men is a shot-for-shot remake of the carriage chase scene in Sleepy Hollow (1999) between Ichabod/Katrina and the headless horseman. Anyone's guess as to why?
    • Couple of shout-outs to Game of Thrones with the names Boremont (Mormont) and Thundarion (Dondarrion).
  • Sophisticated as Hell: The language of the realm, pretty much.
  • Strange Salute: "...Crossed swords and touched tips" sounds like yet another gay joke. However, Fabious and Thaddeous do this in the climax as a sign of mutual respect; it really does involve swords and the crossing thereof.
  • Suck Out the Poison: Lampshaded Double Entendre.
  • Sword of Plot Advancement: The Unicorn Sword is the only thing that can kill Leezar.
  • Synchronization: Marteetee has a cauldron of magic mustard that causes any body part he dips in it to manifest itself as a monster in the arena. Unfortunately for him, if the monster is harmed, so is he.
  • Tar and Feathers: Courtney is given this treatment by the dwarves for associating with Thadeous and shows little more than some annoyance.
    Courtney: Children, Iím allergic. Please - letís not.
  • This Cannot Be!: Leezar's reaction when he sees Fabious is wielding the Unicorn Sword.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: When Thadeous is first introduced, he's about to be hanged for sleeping with a dwarf queen and simply says, "Oh, fuck me."
  • Thong of Shielding: Isabel is shown to wear one while bathing in her small-clothes. It's actually her chastity belt.
  • Threshold Guardians: The Soul of the Maze.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Thadeous
  • Total Eclipse of the Plot: Leezar's ritual must be performed during "the joining of the two moons", which appears to be an eclipse of one moon by the other, and happens once every hundred years.
  • The Unfavorite: Thadeous feels like this.
  • Uptown Girl: Gender inversion - Thadeous is a prince and while his reputation isn't great, all indications are the kingdom is rich and important. Meanwhile Isabel is a commoner and a homeless adventuress.
  • Wacky Wayside Tribe: The Nubile Savages led by Fat Bastard Marteetee.
  • Virgin Power: Leezar's ritual will only work with a virgin.
  • Vulgar Humor: Gay jokes? Check. Sex jokes? Check. Characters unable to go a few sentences without at least one swear word? Oh so very check.
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Mostly averted, but randomly shows up a few times for no apparent reason. Usually for a low-brow joke that relies on archaic English to work.
  • You Killed My Father: What motivates Isabel to get revenge on Marteetee.
    • Also what motivates her to join up with Thadeous and Fabious: Leezar's "mothers" killed her six brothers.