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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."''
-->-- '''Creator/RogerEbert's [[http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/your-highness-2011 review]]'''

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

The film centers on Prince Fabious (Creator/JamesFranco) and Prince Thadeous (Danny [=McBride=]), who are of the bold/valiant and slovenly/slacker variety, respectively ([[AndZoidberg and Courtney.]]) Fabious' bride to be, Belladonna (Creator/ZooeyDeschanel), 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 (Creator/NataliePortman), 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.
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!!This film contains examples of:

* TheAce: Fabious is basically a very-much intended pastiche of Prince Charming-types: A good-natured man but also a brave warrior, who captures the heart of a beautiful, young, virgin and also good-natured woman. A souce of conflict in the movie is that, despite he and his brother genuinely loving each other, his brother Thadeous feels that he can't measure up to him.
* ActionGirl: Isabel is an archer and is shown as the biggest warrior of the film, save Fabious.
* AffirmativeActionGirl: Isabel is an ActionGirl in order to allow Belladonna to be a DamselInDistress.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: The movie ends with Isabel coming ([[{{Pun}} ahem]]) to Thadeous with his next quest.
* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: Since Thadeous smokes pot on a regular basis, the Wize Wizard's smoked herbs do not really affect him.
* ArmoredClosetGay:
** Given the large amount of HoYay in the film, Leezar certainly seems to give this sort of impression considering what he says when [[spoiler: trying to complete the ritual with Belladonna]].
--->'''[[spoiler: Leezar:]]''' I'm just not attracted to you!
** Also [[spoiler: Boremont]], who confesses his love for Fabious [[spoiler: just before he dies]].
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Julie. No explanation is given, though it's likely it's simply that he's a neuter homunculus.
* BlackComedyRape:
** 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. [[spoiler: 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]].
** A minotaur in heat harrasses Courtney in the labyrinth.
** When Fabious and Thadeous go to meet Wize Wizard, Thadeous and the audience discover that the Wizard likes to greet his visitants with kisses. Flappy, open-mouthed kisses (Thadeous manages to get by with a quick pec on the lips). Fabious then reveals that he's been visiting the Wizard since he was a kid, and back then they used to do other things (though he and the Wizard claim that it was on the lines of jumpling shirtless on a bed and nothing more).
* BloodKnight: Isabel is a warrior of the "see her enemies wailing and covered in blood" type. It kind of creeps Thadeous and the others out.
* BoobyTrap: One of these quickly kills The Barbarian. Also a very literal instance when the characters first meet the White People.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: 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.
* BrickJoke: Not in the finished movie, unfortunately, but gets started in one of the Deleted Scenes on the DVD. [[spoiler:After having escaped Marteetee's arena, Isabel threatens to cut off Thadeous' dick and wear it as a necklace. Now guess what happens with the Minotaur's "horn".]]
* ButtMonkey: Courtney gets no respect, especially from Thadeous. To a lesser extent, Thadeous in turn gets a lot of misery for not living up to his brother.
* DyingDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler:Boremont]] to Fabious. Fabious thinks he means "brotherly love", like between himself and Thaddeous. Nope. ''That'' kind of love.
* EvilOverlord: Leezar fits this trope to a T.
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: The tower where Leezar lives might as well be the tower where Frankenstein's moster was created.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Boremont and his knights.]]
* FanserviceExtra: Most of the "White People" are played by topless glamour models.
* FetishRetardant: Invoked. The three witches cast a sex spell on Belladonna that winds up giving her an ''Film/TheExorcist''-possessed voice. It really creeps Leezar.
* {{Fingore}}: Marteetee loses fingers due to being {{synchroniz|ation}}ed with his hydra.
* GladiatorGames: Marteetee's arena, complete with champion that Fabious must defeat.
* GenderBlenderName: Courtney and Julie are both men.
* GroinAttack: 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.
* HaveAGayOldTime: 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.
* HereWeGoAgain: Gotta get rid of that [[spoiler: cursed chastity belt if you want to get it on with Isabel, Thadeous]].
* HighFantasy: The movie is set in a parody High Fantasy world.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Fabious when it comes to the Wize Wizard [[spoiler:and Julie]].
* HoneyTrap: The "White People" trap adventurers by sending out a lovely young woman to run around naked so [[DistractedByTheSexy they're too busy concentrating on other matters to defend themselves]].
* HypnotizeThePrincess: Apparently of the possession variety. It backfires.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: 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.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Thadeous 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.
* KarmicDeath: In the space of ten minutes, [[spoiler:Julie is thrown down a shaft and lands on the DeathTrap he put Fabious in, and Boremont's BladeBelowTheShoulder is sliced off (with his arm!) and shoved into him.]]
* KilledMidSentence: [[spoiler: Marteetee, with Isabel's spear through his guts.]]
* LargeAndInCharge: Marteetee.
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: A TV spot advertised the film as starring "UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Nominee James Franco, Academy Award Winner Natalie Portman and 5th Grade Class President Danny [=McBride=]."
* LecherousLicking: Lazar licks the face of Belladonna when he abducts her from her wedding to Fabious.
* TheLoad: Thadeous does nothing of importance (and screws up things a few times)... ''except'' when he manages to [[LetsGetDangerous get dangerous]] enough to [[spoiler: find the SwordOfPlotAdvancement, rescue his brother, and give him the sword]].
* TheLoinsSleepTonight: Poor Leezar has trouble concentrating with the battle going on around him
* LovableCoward: Thadeous.
* LoveAtFirstNote: Fabious fell in love with Belladonna before he even saw her from hearing her sing.
* ManChild: Thadeous is a lazy, petulant brat who always wonders why he's TheUnfavorite compared to his brother.
* MeaningfulName: Belladonna is Italian for "beautiful woman". Incidentally, it's also Latin for Deadly Nightshade.
* MaleFrontalNudity: The Minotaur.
* MedievalEuropeanFantasy: All of TheMiddleAges are blended together, along with elements of indigenous tribal, Roman and Far Eastern cultures. Oh yes, and [[SchizoTech Simon, the sentient clockwork bird]].
* MysteriousWoman: Isabel, before she reveals her backstory to the heroes.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Apparently Isabel's arm band is able to repel magic lightning, though 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.
* NighInvulnerability: Leezar claims that only the [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement Sword of the Unicorn]] can kill him. [[spoiler:Sure enough, that's what does him in the climax.]] Then there's also the power-up he gets when the eclipse happens.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The Soul of the Maze that totally isn't Creator/SeanConnery.
* NoOntologicalInertia: The sex spell on Belladonna ends as soon as Leezar's mothers are killed.
* NoSocialSkills: 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".
* OffhandBackhand: Leezar to Isabelle. With a fireball, no less.
* OutdoorBathPeeping: Shortly after the group meets Isabel.
* PowerFist: Thadeous dons a spiked gauntlet as an off-hand during the climax.
* PrecisionFStrike: Leezar
-->'''Leezar:''' Magic...[[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch Motherfucker.]]
* PsychopathicManChild: Leezar and Marteetee.
* PunBasedTitle: ''Your Highness'' features two members of royalty who in one scene get stoned together.
* RapeAsComedy: Implied between Courtney and an undoubtedly sex-starved minotaur.
* RedShirt: The two nameless prisoners alongside our heroes in Marteetee's arena.
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: 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.
* ShoutOut:
** The barbarian the heroes meet in the bar is a clear shout-out to Conan the Barbarian. [[spoiler: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 ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|1981}}''.
** The Wize Wizard is [[Franchise/StarWars Yoda]] crossed with [[Literature/AliceInWonderland the smoking caterpillar]]. Leezar and his mothers even have Force Lightning.
** The chastity belt revelation is borrowed from ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights''.
** To just about every fantasy movie from the eighties on, really. Much of the design and special effects resemble ''Film/{{Willow}}'', not least of which is the multi-headed dragon. A scene in a montage references the Gates of Argonath from ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Fellowship of the Ring]]''. The set during the Labyrinth sequence is very similar to, well, ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}''.
** Belladonna, having NoSocialSkills due to her backstory, uses a [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid fork as a comb]] before being instructed on its proper use.
** In the scene where [[spoiler:Julie]] is chanting magic words to communicate with Leezar, you can clearly hear him say "[[Franchise/HarryPotter Hufflepuff]]".
** The carriage chase scene between the brothers and Boremont's men is a shot-for-shot remake of the carriage chase scene in ''Film/SleepyHollow1999'' between Ichabod/Katrina and the headless horseman. Anyone's guess as to why?
** Couple of shout-outs to ''Series/GameOfThrones'' with the names Boremont (Mormont) and Thundarion (Dondarrion).
* SophisticatedAsHell: The language of the realm, pretty much.
* StrangeSalute: "...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.
%%* SuckOutThePoison: LampshadedDoubleEntendre.
* SwordOfPlotAdvancement: The Sword of the Unicorn 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.
* TarAndFeathers: Courtney is given this treatment by the dwarves for associating with Thadeous and shows little more than some annoyance.
-->'''Courtney:''' Children, I'm allergic. Please - letís not.
* ThisCannotBe: Leezar's reaction when he sees Fabious is wielding the Sword of the Unicorn.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: When Thadeous is first introduced, he's about to be hanged for sleeping with a dwarf queen and simply says, "Oh, fuck me."
* ThongOfShielding: Isabel is shown to wear one while bathing in her small-clothes. [[spoiler:It's actually her chastity belt]].
* ThresholdGuardians: The Soul of the Maze.
* TookALevelInBadass: Thadeous
* TotalEclipseOfThePlot: 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.
* TheUnfavorite: Thadeous feels like this.
* UptownGirl: 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.
* WackyWaysideTribe: The {{Nubile Savage}}s led by FatBastard Marteetee.
* VirginPower: Leezar's ritual will only work with a virgin.
* VulgarHumor: Gay jokes? Check. Sex jokes? Check. Characters unable to go a few sentences without at least one swear word? [[ClusterFBomb Oh so very check.]]
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: Mostly averted, but randomly shows up a few times for no apparent reason. Usually for a low-brow joke that relies on [[HaveAGayOldTime archaic English to work]].
* YouKilledMyFather: What motivates Isabel to get revenge on Marteetee (he killed her father) and join up with Thadeous and Fabious (Leezar's "mothers" killed her six brothers).
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