Series / Galavant

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Galavant, Richard, and Friend

Way back in days of old
There was a legend told
About a hero known as Galavant...

Galavant is a musical-comedy series which first aired on ABC during the 2014/2015 midseason winter break. (Bridging the gap between season halves of Once Upon a Time.) The series follows the exploits of the famous knight Galavant, whose true love Madalena was kidnapped by the evil King Richard, and then, when Galavant attempted to rescue her, Madalena chose to marry Richard for the fame and fortune instead of returning to Galavant. About a year later, a despondent Galavant is approached by Isabella, the princess of Valencia. Her kingdom has come under attack by Richard, and she wants Galavant to liberate it. There's just one problem; Galavant has spent the last year or so doing nothing but drinking and becoming a sour and depressed shut-in, so he's not really up for playing the hero. So it falls to Isabella and Galavant's squire Sidney to try and inspire him to take up the quest to save Valencia and once again become the hero he was meant to be. Along the way are laughs, epic battles, and songs. Lots and lots of songs.

Surprisingly - despite mediocre ratings and the show's own narrator thinking it unlikely - the show was picked up for a second season, which began airing January 3, 2016. The second season resolved many of the plot threads that had been Left Hanging at the end of the first, as well as a number of new conflicts that arose during the course of the season. That said it still ended with something of a Sequel Hook, as well as some more subtle hints at potential plot/character arcs that would be present in a third season.

But alas, the show's luck ran out and it wasn't renewed for a third season. Alan Menken says that he isn't done with the project, however, and hopes to be able to find another home for it, even hinting at a possible run on Broadway.


Tropes present include:

  • The Ace: Galavant, prior to the end of the opening. So much so that, even after becoming a Broken Ace, his former reputation is still strong enough to bring him some measure of respect. By the end of the first season, he's back to his old level of skill.
  • Affably Evil: King Richard. Not every day you meet a genocidal warlord who's so Adorkable.
    Richard: I need a hug!
  • Affectionate Parody: Of fairy tales and musicals, somewhat along the lines of Spamalot or Once Upon a Mattress.
  • Agent Peacock: Chester Wormwood is a wedding planner. The DEL in the finale is a fashion consultant.
  • The Alcoholic: Galavant after Madalena dropped him.
  • Alter Kocker: Everyone in Sid's home town. They even have a song about it.
  • A Man Is Not a Virgin: Played extremely straight for Richard's case. When he starts actually getting his act together, he loses his virginity shortly after.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Isabella lampshades this when she refers to herself as "ethnically hard to pin down".
  • Anachronism Stew: Mentions of genetics and Your Mom jokes pop up here and there. Gareth mentions that salty snacks are good for the king's electrolytes.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: King Richard kidnapped Madalena and forced her into marrying him, though by the time of the wedding she was okay with it.
  • Anti-Climax: The pirates say the reason they are stuck on land is a terrible, frightening tale, just to reveal their ship is stuck on some trees on a nearby hill. Bonus point for them not actually telling us how it got up there.
  • Anti-Love Song: Every love song on the show has elements of this.
    • "Maybe You're Not the Worst Thing Ever" and "Love Is Strange" mainly just listing off the love interests' flaws
    • "Share My Life with You" being about love in The Dung Ages, and "Happy Ending For Us" details a murder plot.
    • "World' Best Kiss" is about Galavant and Isabella reminiscing about their one and only kiss and how, in hindsight, it was actually pretty awful.
    • "Maybe You Won't Die Alone" is primarily Galavant trying to prevent Richard from royally screwing up his date with Roberta by tapping into Richard's fear of loneliness.
  • Anti-Villain: King Richard. Homicidal, genocidal, and more. Yet, he's extremely sympathetic, respects women's rights (to a certain point), and generally wants the people around him to be happy and to like him (unless they piss him off, then all bets are off). He's the deuteragonist by the end of the first season, but the Season 2 opening reminds viewers that his goal is to retake Valencia after having brutally conquered it in the first place.
  • Appliance Defenestration: When Gareth finds that Madalena has thrown his "Dogs Jousting" painting into the moat, he starts throwing stuff of hers out the window as well, leading to an Escalating War that ends with Sid (now their servant) being thrown out as well.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Nobody believes Sid when he says he walked into the Enchanted Forest without knowing what it was, even though Galavant and Richard did the same thing.
  • Army of the Dead: Galavant gets an army of undead soldiers for the climactic battle of the second season.
  • Artistic License – History: Being a parody there is a lot of this but two things really stand out.
    • The first would be how Squires are treated and used as little more than personal servants and given the ages of some we meet all they ever will be, when in reality a Squire was a knight in training similar to being an apprentice. While some of their duties would seem servant like this was in return of being trained.
    • The second is Gwynne and Cook constantly calling themselves poor peasants when given their jobs, Handmaiden to the Queen and Personal Chef of the King, they would both be very well off and Gwynne would have to be a Noble with a title of her own. The first season finale suggests why this was the case. If you count on people to prepare your food, keep all your secrets and watch over you while you sleep, it's probably a good idea to treat them well. This may be intentional, since when they get the same jobs in another kingdom for early season 2 they live like nobility.
    • In general there don't seem to be any feudal ranks between royalty and knights, and even knights are basically just soldiers with better equipment. Everyone with any kind of castle is royalty, and no kingdom seems to extend beyond one settlement.
  • Artistic License – Medicine: In the first season finale. Gwynne wants Chef to poison everyone, but he can only bring himself to serve each guest what they're allergic to. Not only are their reactions not characteristic of food allergies (Richard sneezes, which happens when you inhale an allergen, and Madalena acts like she has a food intolerance instead of an allergy), but this is portrayed as a merciful alternative, when, without modern medicine like Epi-Pens or Benedryl, everyone in that room is doomed to dying of anaphylaxis.
  • Aside Glance:
    • Xanax (a "spiritual guide"—he's not allowed to call himself a magician anymore) gives one in annoyance when King Richard decides to take the group to see his childhood bedroom.
    • The spokesman for a democratic village tells Galahad that his request for help attacking Holencia will be heard by the council, but he doesn't see why a free people would agree to an open-ended campaign hundreds of miles away that benefits only the few. That part is spoken directly into the camera, leading a confused Galavant to look behind his shoulder to figure out who he's talking too.
  • Babies Ever After: Galavant and Isabella both want to settle down to a quiet life and start a family. She wants seven while he's trying to talk her down to three.
  • Badass: Galavant is mentioned to have slain dragons, and during the opening is able to defeat several armed soldiers with his bare hands. Sadly, a year with a lot of drinking and very little exercise have left him somewhat out of shape. Garreth is also shown as tough-as-nails, ruthless, brutal, and a worthy match for Galavant.
  • Badass Decay: In-universe with Galavant, who has to return to top form.
  • Bad Boss: The Cook makes note that Richard's family has butchered the last five generations of cooks in his family for very petty reasons. Even Richard concedes the point with "I'm such a bully!"
  • "Balls" Gag:
    • Everyone laughs when the eunuch mentions that "we used to have balls", meaning dances.
    • When Gareth gets a nut bowl for his birthday, he points out 'They'll never fit".
  • Bar Brawl: Gareth used to get into one on his birthday, so Madalena takes her to a bar as a present. Unfortunately, now that he's king no one is willing to fight him.
  • Batman Gambit: King Richard pulls a nice one on Galavant, using his love for Madalena to lure him out. Also, he tells Isabella to ask Galavant's help to free her kingdom, knowing he'll initially refuse, then stick around because he'll, out of curiosity, ask her story, and then she'll casually mention a girl crying every night for a mistake she made, to make Galavant believe it's Madalena regretting her choice. It works perfectly.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For/Jerkass Genie: Possibly the Forest of Coincidence. Sid gets a horse and direction to rejoin Galavant, and a sword to give him with which Sid ends up accidentally running Galavant through, while Wormwood gets the means for his revenge on Isabella, but that also puts him in the way of the only person in the world that could actually kill him.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Isabella lampshades the fact that Galavant's beard magically stays the same length.
  • Berserk Button: The eunuch makes the mistake of joking about Madelena's infidelity to Richard. All other jokes about him Richard took in stride, but this one makes the smile drop from his face and declare that the party's over.
    • Another one is being told that Tad Cooper is not a real dragon. It's Wormwood seemingly killing him that gets Richard enraged enough to fight Wormwood.
  • Better Than a Bare Bulb: Almost every single fantasy convention (in addition to a considerable deal of non-fantasy ones) gets lampshaded, parodied or outright explored in this series. Richard even calls out plot similarities to genres and tropes that wouldn't have existed during the show's setting.
  • Big Bad: Richard as per being the resident Evil Overlord.
  • Bigger Bad: It becomes pretty obvious early on that Madalena is far more evil and ruthless than Richard ever could be. She is callous and disloyal, but cannot yet claim the death toll of thousands that Richard can.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate:
    • After Kingsley shows up. And then Madalena kills him in the season finale, leaving her as the one, true Big Bad.
    • Gareth and Madalena become one in Season Two, but when Evil Sorcerer Wormwood joins them, Gareth has an Even Evil Has Standards reaction to using black magic, and Madelena betrays Gareth to learn Wormwood's magic.
  • Big Damn Kiss:
    • Galavant and Isabella finally kiss in the first season finale. Subverted when, in Season 2, it's revealed that neither enjoyed in much. They don't like their second kiss, either but agree to work on it.
    • Then there's Chef/Vincenzo and Gwynn, who actually get their kiss before the main characters.
    • Richard and Roberta almost get theirs at Neo of Sporin's, but Galavant couldn't stay dead for thirty more seconds. They have their kiss at the start of the next episode.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Madalena is introduced as a typical hero's love interest but reveals her true colors as a bitch par excellence after marrying King Richard.
    Madalena: No one wheels and double deals in killer heels like me!
  • Blade on a Stick: Madalena is drawn to a halberd when she goes to pick out a weapon. Unfortunately for her, she doesn't get to use it for long. Isabella grabs it first to attack her, She disarms Isabella with another spear and retrieves it, but Isabella very quickly manages to break it with the sword she's picked up.
    Madalena: Ooh! Queeny likey! [...] And that hooky thing is mine!
  • Bloodless Carnage: No blood is shown anywhere, ever. Especially notable when Sid puts a sword through Galavant's chest, there still isn't any blood visible even when the lyrics say there really should be.
    Neo of Sporin: We've done all that we could for him,
    but look how much he bled.
  • Book Ends: The first episode had its introduction song ended with Madelena staring out of a window in Richard's castle. One of the last scenes of the first season's final episode shows Isabella being confined to the room that her cousin made just for her while she stared out of a tiny heart-shaped aperture.
  • Boyband: The monks of Valencia, having taken a vow of singing, are one complete with close harmonies and dancing. The five monks even fall into the standard boyband archetypes, with "Weird Al" Yankovic as the lead.
  • British Accents: Queen's English for most of the main cast. Except Gareth, who speaks with Vinnie Jones's trademark Cockney and the Chef, who is Welsh. And Sid's entire village who speak Yiddish.
  • Broken Ace: Galavant used to put Lord Flashheart to shame, but by the time we meet him Madalena's betrayal has turned him into a pathetic drunk.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Another set of royals invite Madalena to a party and spend the whole time mocking her about being a brutal murdering sociopath. They do manage to hurt her feelings, but then Gareth cheers Madalena up by cutting their ears off.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: When King Richard tries to organize something to have a bit of fun in Valencia, he finds it hard due to the consequences of his actions during the war (such as burning all of their crops and reducing their most beloved tree to toothpicks), actions he forgot until they are reminded to him.
  • Camp Straight: Richard, The Dandy who also desperately lusts for Madelena.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: Every attempt of King Richard at humor is pretty much doomed to crash and burn.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Richard seemingly starts off as one, as made evident by his Villain Song She'll Be Mine. He quickly becomes first a Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain before being upgraded to deuteragonist in the second season.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: During the middle of a sword fight he started, Richard cheerfully reconnects with an old friend and talks to Galavant about how amazing it is to have met said friend while seemingly oblivious to the violence and death surrounding him. It's only when Galavant barely stops a knife from flying into his face that Richard decides it would be a good idea to get out of the way.
  • Cat Fight: Between Isabella and Madalena, although it's not so much fighting as Battle Rapping. It does consist largely of catty remarks.
    Gareth: Finally! I've been waiting two seasons for this.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Sword of Heroes, pulled from a stump by the bumbling King Richard. And possibly his new pet liza—err—dragon.
  • Characterization Marches On: In season 1, Richard is a cruel dictator who wants to start a genocidal war. At the start of season 2, he is a pathetic loser who nobody respects, and becomes a well-meaning underdog.
    Richard: I don't know how to do anything except be a king. And nobody wants me to be a king.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: In the sixth episode, a flashback shows us Kingsley, Richard's older brother, who refused kingship because he'd rather take what he wanted than have it handed to him. Guess who shows up by the end of the episode to take his kingdom back?
  • The Chosen One: King Richard of all people wields the sword of The One True King To Unite Them All and is the only person able to kill Wormwood.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Richard was right. Tad Cooper really is a dragon.
  • Cluster Bleep Bomb: Gareth drops one in the fourth episode as a knock-knock joke.
  • Color Blind Casting: Sid is black and Isabella is Indian/Chinese/Jewish, and yet their parents are pale. Not only that, but Sid's parents are also Jewish. However, Sid is explicitly adopted, and though the specifics in Isabella's family are not clear yet, her cousin is also Indian. There's also a gag that even she isn't quite clear on her ethnicity.
  • The Comically Serious:
    • Gareth, when he's not being a Straight Man for King Richard.
    • The Valencian eunuch. When asked what they used to do for fun in Valencia, he says, quite innocently, "We used to have balls," much to King Richard's amusement. Then, after being sentenced to death for revealing the affair between Madalena and the Jester, he reacts simply by standing there and nodding, as if to say, "Okay, I see where I went wrong. My bad."
  • Comically Small Bribe: The price on Sid's head in season 2 is a mere 6 gold coins. Subverted when he points this out to a would-be bounty hunter and the peasant points out that it's actually the price of a farm.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Chef and Gwynne depart Hortensia and aren't present for the middle portion of Season 2 because their actors weren't available.
  • Contrived Coincidence: The writers needed to get some important information across without slowing down the show's pace. Cue several characters entering the Forest of Coincidence and about a dozen different problems being resolved in the space of five minutes.
  • Crowd Song: Today We Rise starts off as one about a peasant uprising, but gradually dwindles until it's just Sid singing about the likelihood of horrific injury.
  • Cultured Badass: Although Galavant comes across as an egotistical clod, he mentions that he dedicated his early life to educating himself.
  • The Dandy: King Richard is pretty effeminate, often starting the musical numbers in his castle and unable to accomplish any of the brutal acts he desires. He seems aware of his status as thus, given he spends the whole second episode asking for advice from Gareth on how to become more manly.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: Madalena says that she loves Galavant... As much as someone like her can love anyone.

    Madalena: I mean, I love how when we hit the hay,
    It's more than just okay.
    Galavant: Right?!
    Madalena: I'd absoutely say, more like middling to fair.
    Galavant: Wait, what?

  • Damsel in Distress: Isabella finds herself locked up by her cousin/fiance in exchange for the safety of her friends. She's seen trying to free herself but the guards are savvy to every trick in the book and all she can do is lament that while she's a feminist who doesn't need a man, she'd like for Galavant to hurry up and come rescue her.
  • Dark Comedy: Many of the songs mine humor by juxtaposing cheerful melodies with extremely dark lyrics. Notable is the love duet between Chef and Gwynne (Madalena's handmaiden).
    Chef: We would have a dozen kids.
    Gwynne: And maybe one won't die!
  • Dark Reprise: The song "Dark Season" of the Season 2 main theme.
  • Decapitation Presentation: When Isabella tells Richard she's feeling second thoughts about luring Galavant to his doom, he shows her her parents' heads on platters. Then it turns out they're just sticking their heads up through the table and aren't dead, he thought it would be funny.
  • Description Cut: Wormwood claims that only the Sword of Heroes can kill him, and no one knows where it is. Cut to Richard using the pommel of said sword to crack nuts.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Madelena vs. Isabella at the end of season 2. Played with in that it's a showdown between the characters in their roles as leaders of their respective factions, not just the women being paired off in a general melee.
  • Devil but No God: A signpost in the premiere episode has an arrow pointing down to Hell, but no opposite sign pointing to Heaven. Of course, this is just a pun on the fact it also points to Winterfell.
  • Disney Death: Richard's dragon, Tad Cooper
  • Dragon Ascendant: Played with. Gareth winds up becoming king once Madalena tries to get rid of Richard and Kingsley, but it's clear Madalena is making Gareth a king in name only, and Gareth actually worked to save Richard and send him back to his kingdom.
    • Played with differently in Season 2; Wormwood's assistant doesn't actually care about the evil plan, but he does take over the wedding planning business at the end.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: In the opening number of episode one, a man sings about Galavant having "cojones down to there" while holding two pumpkins.
  • Don't Go in the Woods: Richard's father warned him not to go into the Enchanted Forest... which turns out not to be an actual forest but the name of a Gay Bar.
  • Double Entendre: There is at least one in every dialogue concerning Madalena and the jester.
  • The Dragon: Gareth is King Richard's. He's the king's personal muscle and has been by Richard's side since they were ten years-old.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Galavant does this after Madalena leaves him, until Isabella drags him out of it.
  • Dual Wielding: Seems to be Isabella's preferred fighting style.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: In-Universe: King Richard has a horrible sense of humor.
    • Even the jester thinks Richard's bit mocking Valencia is inappropriate.
      King Richard: How many Valencians does it take to win a war? [Beat] More than you had.
    • He thought it would be funny to trick Isabella into thinking he killed her parents and put their heads on platters, and somehow convinced her parents it would be, as well.
  • The Dung Ages: Played for Dark Comedy laughs with the Chef and Gwynne's love duet and their relationship in general.
  • Ear Worm: In-Universe. Season 1's opening number is considered annoyingly catchy by most of the characters, acknowledging how audiences were annoyed by how the melody was used everywhere. The Pirate King threatens to throw Galavant and Richard off the ship if they sing it and a passerby humming the melody is summarily stabbed. Season 2 features a new song that the characters hope will catch on.
  • Eating the Eye Candy:
    • When Galavant is shirtless and pouring some water on himself after his workout, Isabella takes some time to look at him and mutter, "Damn!"
    • The song "Off With His Shirt!" in Season 2, once again targeted at Galavant.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • During She'll Be Mine, everyone joins Richard singing about his cruelties. When he mentions starting a genocidal war, however, they all stop and look at him in horror. And then they start singing again.
    • Richard will pillage, destroy, and kill indiscriminately, but he respects women and will only sleep with one if she's willing. This, of course, means that he's a virgin.
    • Zig-zagged when Wormword offers to introduce Madalena to the Dark Dark Evil Ways. She walks in on him holding a baby and a knife, and protests that child sacrifice is too evil even for her, then reconsiders and asks for the knife. Wormwood is horrified, and explains that he was just cutting fruit for the child (who he is babysitting for one of the women in camp), and he only expects Madalena to sell her soul.
    • Gareth has no problems leading an army to war for his own amusement, but draws the line at black magic. He also declares later that there is a difference between being horrible and being actually evil, and it's a line he doesn't cross.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Richard has a crippling issue with the fact he is trying to be a good King to Valencía but he's utterly clueless about how to please a Kingdom, since he's been a ruthless tyrant his entire life.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The court jester and the chef are only referred to as such. Justified, given that their employer is an Evil Overlord-type, but defied briefly in the case of the jester by King Richard, who points out to his wife that the jester's name is Steve McKenzie. Chef asks Gwynne to call him Vincenzo, but she refuses, saying she'll get attached if she calls him by his name.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Madalena dons a sinister purple dress with a black collar by episode 5. While she mostly sticks to dark dresses in Season 2, she evntually takes it a step further with Evil Queen armor when she and Gareth go to attack Hortensia.
  • Evil Overlord: King Richard is a parody of the archetype, being The Dandy, Man Child and Henpecked Husband who still butchers the innocent and oppresses the poor for a pastime.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The forest of coincidence. Eventually lampshaded.
  • Expy: Madalena is pretty much Cersei from A Song of Ice and Fire & Game of Thrones. Her mannerisms are similar, the way she talks is similar and her hairstyle (but not color) is similar. And to drive a point home, she looks like a younger Cersei (this may be intentional, seeing as to how there are a couple of A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones references in a few episodes). And, though in a quite different manner, she also kills the king. And Really Gets Around.
  • Failed a Spot Check: The cell doors in King Richard's dungeon are unlocked. None of the prisoners ever thought to check.
    Galavant: Have these been open the whole time? No one thought to check? Really?
  • Fair for Its Day: A satirical In-Universe case. In the second season, Galavant and Richard find that while Richard has been away from his home kingdom the people have reinvented it as a democracy, demolishing Richard's castle to build a new, better village and distributing his wealth among the people to better their lives. Of course, it's hardly what could be called a fair democracy, since tons of people get excluded from voting, (women, gays, the poor, lepers, people of color, redheads, anyone accused of being a witch, etc.) but Galavant winkingly points how it's still very progressive for the Middle Ages. It's both a barb towards the tendency to whitewash the past with this trope (particularly, the democracy practiced by the American Founding Fathers) and how shades of the same practices are still reflected in more enlightened times.
  • Fairy Tale: Described as a "musical comedy fairy tale" in the trailer.
  • Fantastic Racism: The conflict between the Giants and the Dwarves, who are actually of equal heights. Indeed, during the fight both sides keep confusing each other.
  • Femme Fatale: Madalena.
  • Flynning: Surprisingly used only in a dream and in a training sequence. When Galavant is in actual combat he uses quick and dirty tactics (and his own reputation as a memetic badass) to take down his opponents.
  • Foil: Galavant and king Richard, to one other. Galavant has "every manly value", while Richard can hardly handle a sword, Galavant is loved by the people while Richard is hated, but Galavant is also a Idiot Hero who doesn't pay much attention to anything else, and people actually close to him don't seem to like him very much, while Richard is quite clever and sincerely caring for his subjects, and while utterly (and hilariously) failing at being nice to them, he gets some sympathy from people who get to know him a little better.
  • Friendless Background: When Galavant dies, Death doesn't have enough friends of his to say goodbye to, bringing in his hated ex girlfriend and some random guy to round out the numbers.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Madalena's life story is this trope. She went from being a penniless peasant to an apparent Damsel in Distress to ruthless all-out Evil Queen with a brutal and capable enforcer who is one of the best fighters in the world. The end of second season sees her becoming an Evil Sorcerer and briefly commanding an undead army. After her teacher Wormwood is defeated, she flees to learn more black magic.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • During the crescendo of "Love is Strange", the Queen of Valencia can be seen giving the King a back rub.
    • The song where Richard and Roberta talk about their first time.... together, Galavant and Sid stand way off in a corner during the big dance number sticking their fingers in their ears.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The Dark, Dark Evil Ways, or D'Dew, pronounced duh-dew. Lampshaded by Gareth, who asks why it isn't just called "dew". And as part of the season cliffhanger, we have the DEL, the dark evil lord.
  • Freudian Excuse:
    • Assuming Madalena's telling the truth about her childhood, growing up so poor and hungry that one bad winter her parents made her kill and eat her pet goat is a hell of a good explanation for both her desire for power and her ruthlessness in getting it.
    • Played with when it comes to Richard. He has one, being considered always the second choice (it's quite understandable that his older brother was supposed to be the king, being the eldest, but not even caring about Richard's presence at the crowning shows that her mother just didn't care about "Dicky"; it gets worse when Kingsley refuses to be king and her mother doesn't even consider giving it to Richard). However, it explains not his evil side but why he is unable to be firm with his underlings.
  • Gay Bar: The "Enchanted Forest".
  • Genre Savvy:
    • With a potential war on the horizon, Gwynne is well aware that no matter what happens, they likely won't survive.
    • The main characters know perfectly well they won't get killed in the war, especially with one more episode left to the season.
      Everyone: It's a good day to die...
      Queen of Valencia: Oh please, this isn't Game of Thrones.
    • King Richard can come out on the spot with a Batman Gambit to kill Galavant, foresees the nubile princess will fall in love with the fallen knight and uses her parents as hostages to prevent that, while lampshading the cliché. Even if Madalena's meddling eventually saves Galavant from hanging, Richard is also savvy enough to look under the hood just before the execution, saving the chef and finding out about Madalena's interference.
  • Genre Shift: The first season was a musical comedy set in a generic medieval location. The second season introduced more fantastical elements, including explicit uses of magic and a running gag involving a real unicorn.
  • Gilligan Cut: A villain mentions to be a master of Dark Arts, and that he can only be killed by the rightful wielder of the hero's sword... Cue to Richard, rightful wielder of said sword, using it to crack a nut.
  • Go Ye Heroes, Go and Die: Today We Rise, sung by Sid as he and the peasants of Valencia prepare to storm the castle. It's filled to the brim with lyrics about how the entire attack will be pointless and they will all die in vain. They all end up ditching him by the end of the song.
    • "Today is a Good Day To Die", sung during the battle that ends season two. Several characters point out how unlikely it is that any of the main characters will be killed off.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Madalena is a cold-hearted woman who wants power and fortune and cares nothing for the people of her kingdom. One episode title refers to her as a "dragon lady."
  • Gold Digger: Madalena uses both Galavant and King Richard to increase her standing in the world. She was originally with Galavant because of the status it gave her as the lover of a great hero. She dumped him for Richard in order to gain fame and fortune before plotting to overthrow the king in order to keep everything for herself while trying to manipulate Galavant to come back to her as arm candy.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Sid tries to make peace between Madalena and Gareth by asking them to think of an activity they both enjoy. After a musical number where they seem to be diametrically opposed in everything they like, they finally come up with something they both want to do: throw Sid out a window into the moat.
  • Groin Attack:
    • During She'll Be Mine
      King Richard: I want to skewer him with swords and slowly twist 'em / All around his reproductive system. / Wooon't thaaat beee diiiviiine?
    • When trying to entertain the Valencians in the castle, he goes for physical humor by kicking a eunuch in the groin. Being a eunuch, the man can't feel a thing down there anymore, so Richard has everyone form a line in front of the eunuch and take turns kicking him in the groin.
    • Galavant delivers one to Death in "Love and Death".
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: Galavant and Jean Hamm face off and it becomes a contest to see which actor can top the other in how much they can overdo the scene.
  • Heart Broken Badass: Galavant after Madalena's betrayal.
  • Heel–Face Turn: King Richard goes all the way from Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain to, arguably, the hero of season two.
  • Heel Realization: Richard slowly comes to terms with the fact he's a ruthless tyrant despite not really wanting to be. His first realization that his people don't like him is upon hearing that he's killed the last three generations of chefs in Chef's family.
    Richard: I am such a bully.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: When Galavant offers Richard a face concealing helmet he asks if it's because they're not doing their own stunts, and Galavant assures him it's just for the dramatic reveal. Obviously defense is not a consideration.
  • Henpecked Husband: Despite being an Evil Overlord, King Richard is completely dwarfed by Madelena's authority whenever they speak face to face.
  • Homage:
  • Hidden Disdain Reveal: Despite how she openly tells it to his face, it takes a bit for Galavant to realize Madalena never truly loved him.
  • Hotter and Sexier: "Dungeons and Dragon Lady" does away with the playful winks and nudges towards sex and features a hot and heavy tango between Galavant and Madalena with blatant lyrics.
    Madalena: Can't you feel the frantic beat of our hearts as our various parts rub with such delicious friction.
  • The Hero's Journey: Called out by name in the second episode. The story does follow the typical pattern, parody aside.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Sid to Galavant in the first few episodes; Gareth to Richard.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Madalena talks Richard into a chastity agreement, but has an ongoing affair with the court jester. Everyone but Richard can tell what's going on.
  • Idiot Hero: Galavant may be a dashing man of action, but he's very slow on the uptake. It takes a lot longer than it really should have to for him to figure out Madalena was trying to tell him that she never really loved him.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Richard's kidnapping of Madelena, though he later regrets it. He also has a brief moment of this with Isabella. Harry locking Isabella in the large dollhouse 'forever'.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Galavant at the end of "About Last Knight", when Sid throws his sword at him and it accidentally gores him in the gut.
  • Implausible Deniability: Sid telling Galavant that he never spit in his ale.
  • Improvised Weapon: Prince Harry has filled the Hortensian armory with toys, so the army is forced to use pots and pans, spatulas, whisks, and a "pointy potato". The King and Queen between them have a pizza peel, a ladle, and a large wooden spoon.
    • Jester bops a zombie or two on the head with his puppet.
  • In and Out of Character: The recap songs include information the singer has no way of knowing and everyone who hears them very clearly retains none of the information. This is played most obviously in the ninth episode of the second season, where the Jester gives a full season recap in front of most of the cast, including the fact that Galavant and Richard are approaching with their own army, and when they arrive everyone acts completely surprised. The Jester then offers to repeat the song for these mysterious new arrivals.
  • In the Back: How Kingsley meets his fate at the hands of Madalena.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain:
    • Richard's a moron who's a Henpecked Husband and quite bumbling, enough to make him endearing. He is, however, fairly effective: he actually married Madalena, took over the kingdom of Valencia with minimal to no effort, and comes out with a quite clever plan to kill Galavant (closely predicting Galavant's reactions) seemingly on the spot, it's when he tries to be nice (making Madalena like him, giving some fun to Valencians, and so on) that he is ineffective.
    • The Pirate King tries very hard to come off as tough and intimidating, but there's just no getting around the fact that his crew is stranded and completely unable to work together.
  • Is This Thing On?: King Richard says it when no one laughs at his horrible jokes, and even taps his open mouth like a microphone.
  • It's All About Me: Madalena, especially in her song.
  • It Will Never Catch On:
    • Sid comes up with the idea of a series of interlocking metal teeth positioned around the groin of trousers that can be zipped open and shut to make going to the bathroom easier. Galavant and Isabella tell him to stop being ridiculous.
    • Gareth proposes developing a standardized system of telling time based on the rotation of the Earth in relation to its position to the Sun and the Moon. King Richard dismisses this, saying that Gareth is talking like a witch.
  • "I Want" Song: She'll Be Mine, both this and Villain Song.
  • Jerk Ass Has A Point: Madalena tells Galavant to his face that shutting away your feelings in order to be a hero, like his father taught him, is stupid and doesn't do him any good. He realises that she's right and even wonders for a moment if there might be some good in her after all... only for her to turn around and prove that no, she's still fundamentally a Jerk Ass.
  • Jerk Ass Realization: Galavant realizes he's an asshole and that being a squire is a terrible job (and thus he should respect Sidney more) in the third episode.
    Galavant: [horrified] Oh my God...that's me.
  • Kissing Cousins: Apparently Isabella's family tree goes 'straight up' with 'no branches' and her parents are keen to keep it that way. Turns out she is engaged to her cousin Harry (who's roughly fifteen years younger than her).
  • Knight of Cerebus: Played with. When Richard's brother Kingsley shows up, he seems like a very serious and competent villain and it appears that shit is about to get real. However, he winds up playing a relatively small part in things since Madalena soon tires of lack of regard for her and women in general, and betrays him for more power.
  • Lampshade Hanging:
    • The opening song describes Galavant as "a fairy-tale cliché".
    • When the chef reminds Richard that he had both his father and grandfather killed because he didn't like one dish they made, he mentions his is not really a great job.
    • Richard himself does it, admitting to the chef that he's quite a bully and that some of his ideas aren't that great (such as thinking that seeing food burning would make starving people feel better).
    • Gareth, telling Richard he won't keep his plan secret since he insists in the evil king's whisper, which everyone can hear.
  • Large Ham: Galavant is one in all his egotistical glory. So is King Richard. And then there is, of course, Sir Jean Hamm.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • When Sidney's parents believe he's getting married to a princess, they call for a celebration. The family's squire then remarks, "Oh, great, another musical number." This can merely refer to Sidney's parents having a tendency to sing musical numbers in their daily lives, or it can refer to Galavant's The Musical format.
    • In the second season finale, Sid recruits allies from all the various places Galavant, Richard, and Isabella visited over the course of the season, but notes that all the actors who led those various factions like the Pirate King, the Queen of the Enchanted Forest, or Jubilee would have all cost too much to have additional appearances, so he just recruited extras from those various areas.
  • Liar Revealed: In Completely Mad-elena, this finally comes out when Richard reveals to Galavant Isabella's lie on bringing him over due to Madelena's desperation.
  • Love Martyr: He gets over it eventually, but it takes a lot of abuse from Madalena for Galavant to give up on her.
    Isabella: You want to know what I think? I think you're in a dungeon wondering if the woman that put you there loves you. And the real question is, why do you still love her?
  • Lyrical Dissonance:
    • Most of the songs, but especially "She'll Be Mine," a cheery tune about maiming, beheading, and genocidal war.
    • The love duet between Galavant and Isabella is mostly made up of them pointing out the other's flaws.
    • The second love duet between Chef and Gwynne is about them poisoning the guests at the feast.
    • A Good Day to Die has a blood-pumping beat and is being sung as they charge into battle, but it's really about how nobody really wants to be there. It's a good day to die, but they'll happily reschedule for a great one.
  • Maintain the Lie: Sid told his folks that he was a knight and that Galavant was his squire. So, when they stop at Sid's home town, they have to play along, even when Isabella pretends to be Sid's bride.
  • Man Child: King Richard insists on having Chef feed him by hand and say things like "Open your drawbridge, here come the cannonballs!" as Richard coos like a baby.
    Madalena: Normally when I yell at you you "get tummy cramps and have to go poopy." Your words.
  • The Man in the Mirror Talks Back: Madalena's reflections sing to her during "Like Me".
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Kingsley, Richard's older brother, whose parents explicitly gave him the name because he was expected to be king.
    • A lesser one, but you must admit "Dicky" quite fits Richard. Perhaps also ironic given the better known King Richard.
    • Not to mention the titular Galavant.
  • Medium Awareness: It becomes increasingly obvious that the characters are well aware that they're in a musical.
    • After Galavant holds the last note of a song for about 20 seconds, he leans over, panting, and exclaims, "Boy, that was a long song!"
    • Madalena rolls her eyes as she hears the music starting up for Galavant's love song.
    • By the first season finale, almost everyone is tired of hearing musical numbers. The episodes usually start with a voiceover song to recap recent developments, but this time it's revealed the ex-jester was singing when he only gets a couple lines in before the other prisoners tell him to shut up. He replies in his defense that he "was just trying to catch them up."
    • Season 2's opening number is essentially three minutes of the cast acknowledging that they're in a struggling TV show and would very much like it if the audience would stick around and watch it live.
    • All of Jester's recap songs, but special credit to the lines:
    Gosh, so much to dump upon your doormat / in a half-hour sitcom format.
  • Memetic Badass: In universe, it's mentioned that Galavant's exploits are so amazing people tell stories and sing songs about them. Also, a couple of Richard's guards are so awe-struck upon seeing him that they don't draw their swords before being knocked out and a third faints simply because Galavant told him to.
  • Merlin and Nimue: An all evil version shows up in season two once Evil Sorcerer Wormwood begins teaching Madalena dark magic and has her sign a contract to sell her soul for magical abilities. Madalena's last act of the season is to seek out another teacher after Wormwood is killed.
  • The Mole: Isabella, initially, is technically on King Richard's side considering her bringing Galavant to overthrow Richard is a trap.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • In the third episode, King Richard throws a party for the remaining Valencians. Upon seeing none of them are having fun, he invites everyone to roast him. Everyone starts slinging insults, having a grand time—until the eunuch reveals Madalena is sleeping with the jester. Cue Richard entering Tranquil Fury and ordering the eunuch killed, then storming off, becoming angry for the first time in the show.
    • The first season finale last episode has it twice in a row. After Richard and Galavant's escape, Madalena orders Gareth to kill whoever is in the dungeon. It becomes a funny scene with them trying to stage the escape, but no one being able to punch Gareth with enough strength to knock him out as a cover story for why Gareth didn't kill them all. After he throws them the keys, he keeps Sid as "insurance" and goes back to the royals, with Madalena disposing of Kingsley and making Gareth the new king.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: Madalena is a lot more cruel and domineering than Richard, Kingsley, or Gareth. Possibly even more so than Evil Sorcerer Wormwood, who on at least one occasion is shocked at the lines she's willing to cross.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Madalena.
    Narrator: Long legs and perfect skin, a body built for sin, and cleavage you could hold a whole parade in!
  • Mr. Fanservice: Galavant himself, both in- and out-of-universe. “A New Season aka Suck It, Cancellation Bear" even includes a number in which the Queen of the Enchanted Forest demands her patrons to rip off his shirt. The song is appropriately titled "Off With His Shirt".
  • Murderthe Hypotenuse: King Richard thinks he's doing that. Killing Galavant wouldn't have really changed anything between him and Madalena, however.
  • The Musical: Unusual for the TV format, every episode is essentially a mini-musical. By the end of the first season, everyone but Galavant is tired of it.
    Narrator: [in song] Our season ends right there, with questions everywhere. Like will the princess spend her whole life waiting? Will Gareth and the queen rule the entire scene? Will all the singing kill our Nielsen ratings?
  • Musical World Hypotheses:
    • Seems to be a case of the Alternate Universe one, with characters bursting out into song out of the nowhere and everybody following suit, sometimes even commenting on the performance.
    • Parodied in a few occasions, such as when Isabella accidentally reveals that she's a mole in the Hero's Journey song, and has to cover it up so Galavant doesn't realize what he just heard.
    • Enforced with the monks of the Order of Our Father of Perpetual Refrain, who have taken a vow of singing.
  • Musicalis Interruptus:
    • Constantly with Galavant's number "Moment in the Sun". He gets as far as 3 lines before someone cuts him off, including Kingsley chloroforming him just so he would shut up. When he finally gets to finish the song it turns out he was getting cut off just a word or two before the end every time.
    • The first episode of the Season 2 has the pirates stopping Galavant from singing his theme song because they're frankly sick of hearing it.
  • Narrator All Along: It's revealed at the end of the pilot that the jester is narrating the series.
  • Negated Moment of Awesome: Sid attempts to spark a peasant uprising, but his overly-blunt description of how things could go wrong scares everyone off.
  • No Fourth Wall: The opening number of the first episode of Season 2 is the single most self-referential moment of the entire show.
    • Season 2 in general. The finale makes multiple references to the fact that it will be highly unlikely that the show gets to be renewed for a third season as well as The Jester referencing season 1 ending on a cliffhanger and wondering if they will make the same for season 2 (they don't).
  • No Hero to His Valet:
    • Everyone loves Galavant, except Sid and Isabella (and King Richard, though for different reasons).
    • When Galavant is pretending to be Sid's squire, the other squires sing about how their masters are just "jackass(es) in a can".
    • People are generally terrified of King Richard but Gareth knows that Richard's actually a big softie and constantly urges his king to toughen up. Also, Madalena isn't impressed by Richard in the least.
  • No Name Given: Richard's original kingdom is never named.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Illustrated when Galavant is at Richard's mercy. Richard walks up to him and tries to knock him out cold, but is too weak to pack up a kick. He has to order Gareth to do it for him.
  • Non-Indicative Name: All the members of the Dwarves and the Giants are of average height. In fact, Galavant is a couple of inches taller than the Giants.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Xanax mentions several in his conversation with the chef and Richard.
    • The Pirate King and Galavant previously met at Lilith Fair on the Isle of Lesbos.
  • Not So Different: Taken to a ridiculous extreme with the Giants vs Dwarves feud. The "Giants" and "Dwarves" are all around 5'10" and look so similar that even they occasionally lose track of who's who.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Richard is a sissy fool, but his gambit involving using Isabella to lure Galavant to him is pretty damn clever, especially considering that he appears to come up with it on the spot.
  • "Not Wearing Pants" Dream: The second episode opens with Galavant having one.
  • Obliviously Evil: Whereas Richard is usually a Card-Carrying Villain, he is actually trying to be benevolent in the third episode but his morality system is so skewed he ends up being terribly offensive and horrifying by complete accident. He takes it Up to Eleven during his party: since he burned all the crop in Valencia, save a handcart for himself, he brings it in... and burns the vegetables, because he thought that since they had nothing to eat, he shouldn't have any either. Seeing the Valencians' reactions, he admits it was ill-conceived.
  • Only I Can Kill Him: Wormwood boasts that he can only be killed by the rightful wielder of the hero's sword. That said, Isabella does succeed in chasing him off by threatening to have his arms cut off.
  • Only One Name: Galavant. As per usual, it's lampshaded. His full name is revealed as Gary Galavant in the season two finale.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: The Sword of Heroes, which can only be removed by the true king to unite the Seven Realms. Richard absentmindedly removes it while shooing away a unicorn. In the season 2 finale, Wormwood knocks it out of his hands and it gets embedded in a rock. Wormwood tries to take it out but can't. Later, Richard shows off to Galavant by sticking it in and out of the stone with ease.
  • Overly Long Name: Princess Isabella Maria Lucia Elizabetta of Valencia.
  • Overwhelming Exception: The proto-democracy that gets started in Richard's kingdom has a long list of people not allowed to vote. By the end of the song the guy singing it is cheerfully lampshading the fact that only people very much like him are allowed a voice in the new system.
  • Patter Song: Time Is Of The Essence.
  • Perma-Stubble: Galavant actually has a full beard, but Isabella notes that it somehow magically stayed the exact same length during their journey to Valencia.
    • Averted in a way in season 2 when Galavant's beard is thcker and longer, but it doesn't grow much, if at all, between episodes.
  • Pet the Dog : Madalena looks guilty after insulting Richard in 1x02. It's right after her Freudian Excuse was revealed, but still somehow doesn't make up for what she said.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: The pirates in Episode 4. For one thing, their ship is stranded on a cliff, so they can't get out to sea. Also, the crew and the captain can't work as a team anymore.
  • Pie in the Face:
    • When Richard's comedy routine bombs, he resorts to doing this to Gareth to get a laugh out of Madalena. He starts to do it again, but a stoic Gareth, (who hasn't moved since getting the first pie) begins to draw his sword and Richard thinks better of the idea.
    • Also, when Madalena gets magical powers, one of the things she does to test them is make some poor guy hit himself with the pie he's holding.
  • Pinky Swear: Richard can't just return Tad Cooper to the people he bought him from, he "pinky swore and said no backsies".
    • Wormwood pinky swears to Madalena that Gareth won't be hurt in the final battle. A promise he immediately breaks.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Galavant finally gets to communicate with Isabella through her amulet, but the reception is poor, so his message is misinterpreted as him not being in love with her anymore. It would be cliche, except for the incredibly over-the-top way it's executed, including a cow showing up out of nowhere so Isabella will think Galavant called her a cow.
  • The Power of Love: In season 2, Galavant gains a zombie army, but has trouble controlling it until he realizes that he came back from the dead for love and they respond to love as well.
  • Previously On: Most episodes begin with a voiceover song recapping the most recent developments of the heroes' journey so far. In the first season finale it's subverted when the one singing only gets two or three lines in before his fellow prisoners all tell him to shut up.
    • The last episode of season 2, on the other hand, has a recap so epic that all the characters present burst into applause, including the two opposing armies.
  • Put on a Bus: Vicenzio (Chef) and Gwyndolin run away from the castle in season 2, episode 4, as Gwen can't stand living semi-well to do, and Chef won't leave her. They return briefly in the last episode, and are shown perfectly happy living in abject poverty.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Richard is a brutal tyrant who'll slaughter populations and order summary executions, but he's visibly appalled at the suggestion that he might "insist" his wife consummate their marriage.
    King Richard: I'm not an animal. I mean, sure, I'll kidnap a woman and force her to marry me, but after that I'm all about a woman’s rights. I'm a modern, 13th century man.
  • Real After All: It's revealed in the last few seconds of season 2 that Tad Cooper really is a baby dragon.
  • Really Gets Around: Madalena's taste in men is anyone but Richard. There's a line outside her door of men she's "auditioning" to be her new consort and as one comes out, adjusting his trousers, we hear her announce, in a rather bored voice, "Next!" Later, a shot of her in bed shows her with a man on either side. Madalena makes references to this in a song in Season 2, singing "I like getting randy with whoever's handy!"
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Played for laughs when, after undergoing a Training Montage to get back in shape for a joust, it turns out Galavant can hardly move when the joust actually happens because he trained too hard.
    • Also, when Galavant hands the pirate king his sword, holding it by the blade, and cutting his hand as a result when the pirate king pulls it out of his hand. Extremely funny, considering that a few minutes (both in and out-universe) earlier the same sword is shown as very dull, but Rule of Funny applies.
  • Rebellious Princess: Parodied with Princess Jubilee, whose rebelliousness extends to her being a lad-ette rocker chick.
  • Retcon: Isabella's amulet, which she has always worn everyday, is central to the plot of World's Best Kiss. Lampshaded when the chef and Gwynn keep pointing out that it has never been seen before, although Isabella and Galavant both insist that it's her established Iconic Item.
  • The Reveal: At the end of Episode 6, Richard's sinister older brother Kingsley shows up, having been contacted by Madalena.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Kinglsey, expecting Richard will try to kill him the night before the duel. Richard only ends up trying because he's drunk and Galavant persuaded him to.
  • The Rival: Jean Hamm to Galavant in Episode 2.
  • The Roast:
    • Richard encourages the citizens of Valencia to roast him. He actually has a good time, until the eunuch accidentally reveals that Madalena has been sleeping with the jester.
    • Madalena gets invited to a dinner roast by two princesses. Once she gets there, however, she finds out she's the one being roasted.
  • Royal Inbreeding: As Isabella's parents said concerning her engagement to her cousin, "Our family tree goes straight up, it doesn't branch out!"
  • Rule-Abiding Rebel: One of the monks claims to be a bad boy. But he's not so bad, 'cause he's a monk.
  • Rule of Funny: Not as much as you'd expect, but it gets a couple of instances. The pirate king's blade seems to be just as sharp as it's funniest for it to be. Also, it's very hard to think of any way a boat can end up stuck on some trees way up on a hill, but it works here.
  • Running Gag: Two in one episode. Firstly, one character gives an involved poetic description of a time of day and the other says, "So, nine o'clock." Secondly, a character has an epiphany about an invention of modern convenience (a zipper-fly for pants, the standard cycle of time) and whoever's around says it's a horrible idea.
  • Saying Too Much: Isabella, almost, during a song, but then she manages to cover it up.
  • Serious Business: Though he uses his position as a wedding planner as part of an evil scheme to take over the kingdom, Wormwood takes the job very seriously. After Richard stabs him, he uses his last breath to give Galavant and Isabella advice on wedding venues.
  • Sequel Hook: The second season does this explicitly just in case they get unexpectedly renewed again. The main plot is all wrapped up, but Madelina is getting evil magic training so Gareth teams up with Sid to save her from herself. Plus Tad Cooper is all grown up now, and Richard hasn't actually united the kings yet.
  • Sex Equals Love:
    • Apparently what Galavant and Madalena's relationship was when they were together.
    • Richard makes that assumption regarding Madalena and the jester: since they had an affair, he believes she liked him as a person. The end of the episode proves otherwise, hence the "had". See You Have Outlived Your Usefulness.
  • Sexless Marriage: Richard and Madalena. She's taken a vow of chastity and he respects that. Not that it stops her from boinking the jester.
  • She's Got Legs: Both Madalena and Isabella get opportunities to show off their legs thanks to high slits in their dresses.
  • Shock Party: Madalena throws Gareth a surprise birthday party. Gareth slays a couple of people before the mix-up is cleared up.
  • Silly Reason for War: The conflict between the Giants and the Dwarves came about because of a bridge being built between their two lands. Each group was supposed to build one half of the bridge and they ended up building it at different levels. Roberta solves the conflict by toppling the taller half so that it meets the shorter half.
  • Sleeps with Everyone but You: See Really Gets Around above.
  • Smash to Black: In the next to last episode of season 2, when the Jester asks if they'll "just stop once again, on a huge cliffhanger."
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: "She'll Be Mine" is a sweet little tune by King Richard about violently murdering Galavant in front of Madalena in order to seduce her.
    • The heroes fighting against and retreating from the undead army to the tune of the ridiculously bouncy instrumentals from "Do the D'Dew".
  • Stock Scream: Two Wilhelms:
    • One of the knights that Jean Hamm defeats in the joust.
    • Richard killing Wormwood.
  • Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: "She'll Be Mine" has this:
    No more "Galavant is just complete perfection!"
    Galavant would never lose his... temper!
  • Summon Bigger Fish: Just as Richard is starting to take control of the situation, Madalena calls in his more ruthless older brother.
  • Sword Plant: Galavant does this several times in the second episode.
  • Take That, Audience!: Season 2's opening number gently chides TV audiences for not tuning in and for recording the show rather than watching it live, since the ratings steadily fell while the Live+3 and Live+7 remained strong during Season 1.
  • Take That, Critics!: The season 2 premier is titled "A New Season aka Suck It Cancellation Bear", pointing a finger the ratings blog of the same name that predicted the show's cancellation.
  • Talking to Himself: In-universe. Madalena sings a number with her reflections in mirrors around her chambers ending with a chorus of reflections that could rival the companies of some theater productions.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: In the seventh episode, Gwynne and the Cook plot to poison the royals' feast. However, Cook can't go through with it and only laced the food with allergens so they'll only get slightly sick.
  • Tempting Fate: Sid says that, if the door is left open, they can still get free. And the door immediately shuts.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: Gareth. In episode two, he calls himself "a master in the art of manhood" and this dialogue takes place:
    Richard: [upon noticing a Wall of Weapons] Oh my God! Is this your bedroom? And what's that smell?
    Gareth: Testosterone.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Gareth and the Cook often serve as a funny duo of sorts for King Richard.
  • Those Two Guys: The King and Queen of Valencia pop up now and again to provide deadpan commentary about the show's proceedings.
  • Training Montage: In Episode 2, when Isabella decides to make Galavant return to top form. It's even complete with a pseudo-'70s-rock song called "Stand down!" Reality Ensues, though, and the montage makes Galavant's body so stiff he can't move the next day.
  • Traveling at the Speed of Plot: In the season 2 finale Sid is able to gather allies from everywhere the heroes had been in months of hard traveling in less than a day.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Gareth and Madalena, in season 2. Although Madalena is rather phobic about actually making a commitment and begins freaking out at the thought of officially marrying.
  • Values Dissonance: Played in-universe for laughs every now and then.
    • Chef and Gwynne nonchalantly sing about being dead by their 30s.
    • Galavant is genuinely surprised that Richard hasn't forced Maladena to sleep with him, which Richard finds horrifying.
    • The King and Queen of Valencia are big fans of marrying within the family.
    • Chef is praised by Gwynne for being into women's rights, noting examples such letting her keep their first (unborn) daughter instead of throwing her to white walkers.
    • The Kingdom that Richard left behind and forgot to contact proudly explain that their new rules mean everyone can vote... except for women, poor people, the disabled, non-whites, gay men, people they just don't like...
  • Villainous Friendship:
    • King Richard seems to honestly consider Gareth a friend, and to Gareth's credit, he seems to be utterly loyal to Richard despite being much more competent.
    • We also see Gareth give the king a hug after Madalena says some crushing things to him in Episode 2. This is after Gareth made a point of saying that he absolutely does not hug people.
    • It's eventually revealed that Gareth was first assigned to the job when they were both kids, so naturally they've become pretty close over the years.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Richard attempts to become this, but fails miserably due a case of Evil Cannot Comprehend Good.
  • Villain Song:
    • "She'll Be Mine" for King Richard, "No One But You" for Madalena]].
    • "Do the D'Dew" is a duet between Chester Wormwood and Madalena.
  • Virgin Power: Attracts unicorns (much to Richard's annoyance) and a key ingredient for a potion to revive the dead is a grey hair from the beard of a middle-aged man who's never known a woman.
  • Wimp Fight: The joust between Galavant and Jean Hamm. With the latter too drunk and the former too musclebound and/or stiff after training all of the previous day, neither is able to charge their horses, and as they slowly ride towards each other they end up knocking each other down simultaneously. The battle is then decided over who can get up, which is equally difficult for both.
  • With Catlike Tread: A drunken Galavant and Richard sing semi-loudly as they go to kill Kingsley in his sleep, although they stop briefly as they slink past a couple of guards in the throne room. The plot predictably fails.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Played with. Isabella is a princess whose kingdom was invaded, but she's stringing Galavant along in order to get him into Richard's clutches, in exchange for which Richard will let her family go.
  • World of Ham: It's a fairy tale parody musical. As expected, everything is over-the-top.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy:
    • In the pilot, Galavant was caught quite off guard when he did the standard heroic wedding interruption only to find his supposed true love would rather have the fame and fortune Richard offers her.
    • Kingsley acts like he is in a more classic medieval setting. He's convinced that Richard plans to kill him in the sleep. Since Galavant persuades Richard to, however, this one turns out well for him. But underestimating Madalena's ruthlessness and turning his back to her? Not so much.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness:
    • After finding about Madalena and the jester's affair, Richard ask the latter for tips about being funny, since that's something Richard couldn't offer her and he could. The jester then starts feeling guilty about said affair, and resolves to terminate it. Her only comment to that is that she doesn't need him anymore, and orders the guard to put him in the dungeon—the really scary one, with the mice.
    • Madalena does it once again, in the Season 1 finale, after Richard's gone and Kingsley decides to take a bit more of power into his own hands. Except, this time, she actually goes for the kill.
  • Your Mom:
    • Jean Hamme loves these jokes, for which Galavant chides him that they're getting old in 1256.
    • Isabella can't help but indulge in some of her own while in Jean Hamm's tent.
    • Gareth always celebrates his birthday by using them to start a bar fight. Unfortunately, he finds that after he's made king, the only result is the whole room rushing to agree that their mothers are indeed hussies.

It's lots of plot we know!
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