Series: Galavant

If you don't, the cast certainly will.

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

Galavant is a musical-comedy series airing on ABC during the midseason break during winter 2014/2015 (bridging the gap between season halves of Once Upon a Time). The series follows the exploits of the knight Galavant, who lost his true love to the evil King Richard. 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. Problem is, Galavant has spent the time since his ordeal drinking and sleeping. Along the way are laughs, epic battles, and songs.


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.
  • 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: Averted in Richard's case.
  • 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, with both "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.
  • 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.
  • Artistic License – Medicine: In the 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 finale, leaving her as the one, true Big Bad.
    • Gareth and Madalena may be this in Season Two, if it happens.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Galavant and Isabella finally kiss in the season finale.
    • Then there's Chef/Vincenzo and Gwynn, who actually get their kiss before the main characters.
  • 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!
  • 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 season finale 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.
  • 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.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Richard is pretty unabashedly sadistic evil, as made evident by his Villain Song She'll Be Mine.
  • 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?
  • 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 and yet both of their parents are white. 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
    Galavant: You know, when you break it down, "I love as much as someone like me can love anyone" isn't really that much.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Played with, however, since is clear Madalena is making a king in name only, and Gareth actually worked to save Richard and send him back to his kingdom.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: When Galavant is refreshing himself with water, Isabella takes some time to look at him and mutter, "Damn!"
  • 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.
  • 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 McGinnis. 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.
  • 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.
  • Expy: Madalena is pretty much Cersei. 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?
  • Fairy Tale: Described as a "musical comedy fairy tale" in the trailer.
  • 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 while 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 uttely (and hylariously) failing at being nice to them, he gets some sympathy from people who get to know him a little better.
  • Funny Background Event: During the crescendo of "Love is Strange", the Queen of Valencia can be seen giving the King a back rub.
  • 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.
  • Genre Savvy: With a potential war on the horizon, Gwynne is well aware that no matter what happens, they likely won't survive.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Heel Realization:
    • Richard slowly comes to terms with the fact he's a ruthless tyrant and 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.
    • Richard's 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.
  • 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.
  • Henpecked Husband: Despite being an Evil Overlord, King Richard is completely dwarfed by Madelena's authority whenever they speak face to face.
  • Homage:
    • Chef and Gwynne conspiring about murder and cooking with a joyful waltz puts one in the mind of "A Little Priest" from Sweeney Todd.
    • Gal and Richard's "Secret Mission" seems inspired by "With Catlike Tread" from Pirates of Penzance.
  • 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'.
  • Implausible Deniability: Sid telling Galavant that he never spit in his ale.
  • 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.
  • 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: When Rutger Hauer shows up, shit is about to get real.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Narrator All Along: It's revealed at the end of the pilot that the jester is narrating the series.
  • 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.
  • Noodle Incident: Xanax mentions several in his conversation with the chef and Richard.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Richard is a sissy fool, but his gambit involving using Isabella to lure Galavant to him is pretty damn clever.
  • "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 One Name: Galavant. As per usual, it's lampshaded.
  • Overly Long Name: Princess Isabella Maria Lucia Elizabetta of Valencia.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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) later the same sword is shown as very dull, but Rule of Funny applies.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out:
    • On the way to Valencia, the group comes across a road sign pointing towards their destination, as well as Winterfell in the opposite direction.
    • Galavant's jousting rival is named Jean Hamm.
    • During "She'll Be Mine", a bunch of knights jump on a table and dance briefly, like in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
    • Another Holy Grail reference in Episode 4 is the pirates shouting "Run away!" as they move their ship back to water.
    • In "Comedy Gold" (fourth episode), Sid comments they had quite a great battle, to which the likes of Castle Black can't compare.
    • In the fifth episode "Completely Mad...alena", characters often reference their world as "the Seven Realms", which is again strikingly close to "the Seven Kingdoms".
    • The episode title "Dungeon and Dragon Lady" is a Shout-Out to Dungeons & Dragons.
    • The monks of the Order of Our Father of Perpetual Refrain sing "Hey, hey, we're the monks!"
    • In "It's All In The Executions", Sid tells Galavant to just "kiss dee girl", and a bit of the song of the same name plays in the background.
    • One of Xanax's magic words is Petrificus Totalus
  • Sleeps with Everyone but You: See Really Gets Around above.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 his backstory, 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 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.

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