[[caption-width-right:330:[-Yes, it does look like a serious PeriodPiece until you hear the dialogues...[[note]]From left to right,\\
top: [[ManChild Yvain]], [[BigEater Karadoc]], [[IneptMage Merlin]], [[TheComicallySerious Father Blaise]], [[WellIntentionedExtremist Lancelot]], [[LovableCoward Bohort]];\\
center: [[GeniusDitz Perceval]], [[OnlySaneMan King Arthur]], [[BloodKnight Léodagan]];\\
bottom: [[TheMistress Démetra]], [[TheIngenue Guenièvre]], [[DeadpanSnarker Séli]].[[/note]]-] ]]

->''"Seigneur, je me vouerai tout entier à la noble quête dont Vous m'honorâtes. Mais avec l'équipe de romanos que je me promène, on n'est pas sorti des ronces."''[[labelnote:translation]]''"Lord, I will devote myself entirely to the noble quest which You honored me with. But with the team of dumbasses I'm lugging, we're not out of the brambles yet."''[[/labelnote]]
-->-- '''King Arthur'''

''Kaamelott'' is a French series that originally replaced another successful series, ''Series/CameraCafe'', but soon became even more popular. It was created and written by Creator/AlexandreAstier and broadcast on French channel M6 since 2004. The show's four first seasons (called "livres", French for "books") were composed of short episodes (about 3 and a half minutes each.) Early seasons consisted of humorous depictions of daily life at Myth/KingArthur's court and of the knights' ineffective quest for the Holy Grail; but as the author grew more self-confident, it got spiced by more and more continuity (including RetCon at some point), half-serious story arcs. The fifth season then had longer episodes (7 minutes) and a DarkerAndEdgier tone.

The sixth season aired in October 2009; it depicts Arthur's youth in Rome, partly filmed using the sets of ''Series/{{Rome}}'' in Cinecittà). Alexandre Astier also planned to make at least one [[TheFilmOfTheSeries theatrical movie]] to conclude the series, but the project is stuck in DevelopmentHell due to a lack of funds.

Has a [[Characters/{{Kaamelott}} character sheet]].

!![[http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belle_qui_tiens_ma_vie Belle qui tiens ma vie, Captive dans tes tropes]]:

* AchievementsInIgnorance: While messing around in Merlin's laboratory, Perceval and Karadoc come up with a potion that gives them silly high-pitched voices... and makes them invulnerable.
* AgonyOfTheFeet:
** At the end of "Séli et les Rongeurs", Séli, chasing a mouse with a heavy mallet, hits Karadoc right on the foot.
** In "L'Assemblée des rois, 2ème partie", Grüdü hits the weaponmaster's foot with the handle of his axe, making him hop away while ranting.
* AllJustADream: The whole episode "Dream On".
* AllMenArePerverts: ZigZagged: While Arthur certainly has no problem with keeping up to four official mistresses, he's the only one to seem interested in sex. Karadoc reluctantly agrees because kids need to be made somehow (but refuses to learn how to French- [well, Roman-] kiss), Lancelot is saving himself for Guenièvre (to the point that he doesn't know how to do the deed once with the woman he loves), and Perceval is completely innocent (or completely idiotic). Léodagan is apparently faithful, though Séli worries that with Arthur's philandering he might start acting differently.
* AltumVidetur:
** King Loth is very fond of meaningless Latin quotes, and {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it.
--->'''Loth:''' ''Tempora mori, tempora mundis recorda''. There. That, for example, doesn't mean anything, but it has an effect as if it did.
** Some episode titles are in Latin -- including every one of Livre VI (fittingly, as they mostly take place in AncientRome).
* AnachronismStew: Gleefully embraced.
** Romans and Huns and Vikings and Saxons and Burgonds and Moors and Picts and Byzantines... all trying to invade Great Britain.
** Venec knows an Egyptian architect who specializes in building pyramids.
** The Knights of the Round Table are often displayed in full plate armor, used in the 15th century, while the story takes place in the 5th century.
** Perceval throws away the Holy Shroud and the nails of the Holy Cross. Arthur and Father Blaise are stunned.
* AndThereWasMuchRejoicing: After Yvain accidentally causes people to believe Léodagan and Séli are dead (turns out there's a difference between "the Elephant of Cameliard" and "the Orphan of Cameliard"), Arthur gets a great deal of messages asking about their deaths, most of them quite gleeful.
* {{Angrish}}: The weaponmaster is once reduced to (the French version of) this during an argument with Grüdü.
* AnimalAssassin: Grüdü the bodyguard fears a [[ScaryScorpions scorpion]] attack on the king, given that a Roman Imperator [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident has been murdered like that]].
* ArentYouGoingToRavishMe: Aelis, the first time she meets Arthur. He instead suggests she'd become a mistress... but ''she'' almost threatens to rape ''him''.
-->'''Arthur:''' I'm warning you: if you touch me, I'll scream.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Arthur, to the Lady of the Lake (see the OurGodsAreDifferent entry below); also, in Livre VI, one that is never answered, about the arranged marriage between Arthur and Guenièvre. ("And if the chap doesn't manage to pull the sword out of the stone, is the marriage still happening?")
* ArrangedMarriage: Arthur and Guenièvre. Arthur makes it perfectly clear that he has married her for purely political reasons.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
** Almost literally in Livre II, episode "Le Terroriste":
--->'''Lancelot:''' And what are the grounds for your incarceration?\\
'''Fearmac:''' Terrorism and insects possession.\\
'''Lancelot:''' "Insects possession"?\\
'''Fearmac:''' Yeah, at the time I had lice...
** In Livre VI, during a war council, right after everyone acknowledges that Loth tried to betray them, he justifies himself with a philosophical speech. Léodagan slowly walks away, then comes back with a spiked hammer.
--->'''Léodagan:''' ''[calmly]'' I am willing to forgive you for your attempted coups, your crooked schemes, your bogus alliances and everything else... However, if you don't shut up right now, and ''for good,'' ''[points the hammer]'' [[TranquilFury I'll use this to flatten your balls]].
* AwesomeButImpractical: Léodagan's obsession with SiegeEngines is pointed out in several episodes:
** "La Baliste I&II": In the first episode, Léodagan gets a massive ballista built in the middle of the courtyard. So big, in fact, that it won't fit through the gate, and he hits on the idea of ''demolishing'' the gate so the ballista can go through (the alternative being to raise the gate by about 35 feet). Then he mentions he's getting an onager built, has a moment of realization and rushes off to find the engineer to tell him to build it ''outside''. In the second, he's ordered another, smaller ballista built that ''can'' be fired from inside the courtyard... [[BrickJoke except the first one's still in the way]], so they still can't fire them.
** "Le Mangonneau": Yes, a mangonel does hurl 200-pound rocks over 300 cubits away[[note]]and to make things worse, 300 cubits sounds impressive, but works out to less than 150 meters[[/note]], but you need thirteen people just to operate a single one, it shoots once every two hours, you need three or four test shots to get the range right (during which 8 hours the enemy doesn't stop moving), it's horribly expensive (Arthur thinks owning 8 is excessive, Léodagan reveals he's already put in an order for ''25'') and of course it's a ''siege'' engine, so using it for defense is tricky.
--->'''Calogrenant:''' We're not even besieging anybody!\\
'''Léodagan:''' Then maybe it's time we got to it!
* AwfulWeddedLife: A variation with Léodagan and Séli, in that they're just as horrible to each other as they are to others, and they often agree on certain subjects, like getting their children high positions in Arthur's court. They disagree on the rest, and Léodagan is actually more likely to side with his son-in-law than his wife on most of them.
* BadassBoast: Méléagant (essentially Chaos made human) has a nice one in the beginning of Livre V.
-->'''Méléagant:''' Me, when I have nothing to do here anymore, I retire... Not one drop of water, not one ray of sunshine. I dry up from head to toe into a small corpse under a heap of leaves... Seasons come and go and ignore me... And then, one day, the raven says it's heard in the distance someone who begins to cry again. "Guenièvre! Guenièvre!" So I open one eye, I crawl, eating snow, licking stagnant water... And my enemies shudder, for when they see me drink, they know I have come back.
* BadBadActing: Yvain and Gauvain, wearing absolutely ludicrous flower and bee costumes, rehearse a play for the spring festival. Bohort, of course, thinks it's great; Arthur looks like he's thinking maybe setting a guy on fire (Léodagan's suggestion for the entertainment) wasn't such a bad idea.
* BadLiar:
** Arthur seems to have this trait. He gets all flustered and stumbling on his words when he tries to lie. It still works on the most naïve characters, like Perceval and Karadoc, or Guenièvre -- though even she isn't always fooled.
** Léodagan too. Being so used to BrutalHonesty, his rare attempts at lying are very unconvincing (notably, once when trying to prevent Bohort from freaking out). Most of the time, he just gives up and bluntly speaks his mind.
* TheBartender: The innkeeper.
* BearTrap: Séli once tries to stop Karadoc's nightly raids on the kitchen with some of these. It doesn't work. Karadoc even ''adds a few'' so that no-one would bother him while he's stuffing himself in his room.
* {{Beat}}: Quite possibly the most used gag on the show, usually with [[OnlySaneMan Arthur]] unable to respond to whatever abysmally stupid comment was just made except by staring and sighing.
* BedTrick:
** As with the original Arthurian legends, this is how Arthur was conceived, Pendragon using Merlin's Polymorphic Potion to take the appearance of Gorlay since he lusted after his wife, Ygerne. Arthur is dubious about the story, however, since to his knowledge [[IneptMage Merlin]] is hardly able to cook anything, least a Polymorphic Potion.
** Lancelot is shown asking Merlin for one such potion, but backs down when asked who he wants to be.
* BeleagueredAssistant: Father Blaise is Kaamelott's priest, scribe and archivist. While he's good enough at the first two, the archives are a complete mess... and are apparently his main responsibility.
* BerserkButton:
** Don't get between Karadoc and food. Or let good food go to waste. Or try to sell him bad food.
** The weaponmaster is ''extremely'' touchy about his father having only one leg.
** {{Invoked|Trope}} when the weaponsmaster tells Bohort to find some kind of war cry (to help him fight and not be such a [[LovableCoward coward]]. Cue Bohort ''running at the enemy'' shouting "MISCREANTS!!" at the top of his lungs.
** Letting Guenièvre realize there isn't any marzipan left, after she ate it all, is NOT a good idea.
** The things you won't survive if you do/say them in front of Father Blaise: peeing on the Chapel's wall, being Perceval telling a story, singing/whistling/playing something that is not a fourth, a fifth or a unison.
** Call Arthur "The Cornwall Boar". Go ahead. We'll PassThePopcorn.
* BewareTheNiceOnes:
** Bohort is generally the most spineless and well-meaning of the knights, always willing to provide excuses for their behavior (and once actually trying to cover for them), but even he can sling mud on occasion.
*** In one case, when attempting to compose a song with Yvain (with a badly-tuned guitar), [[HollywoodToneDeaf he admits that the harmonies were a little off]], but doesn't think the instrument is to blame (his eyes darting at Yvain).
*** In another:
---->'''Arthur:''' You're telling me our only hope is ''Merlin''?\\
'''Bohort:''' WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE!!!
** [[spoiler:Guenièvre]] of all people manages to take out two people by complete surprise wielding a ''broom''.
** The innkeeper's almost entirely blind to Perceval and Karadoc's faults, claiming the patronage of Knights of the Round Table gives his establishment a certain amount of class (by his own admission, he mostly serves bums). Then he sees their combined tab is worth more than the value of the entire inn (including the land it's built on).
* {{BFS}}: Father Blaise is seen waving one around when there are people outside pissing on the chapel.
* BigDamnHeroes: In Livre V, Anna tries to convince Arthur to intercede with Léodagan for Loth and her. When he refuses, she has Loth [[spoiler:[[ShockAndAwe zap him]] and puts a knife to his throat]]. Then [[spoiler:[[TheDitz Guenièvre]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome bashes the both of them on the head with a stick]]. Arthur can only ''stare'']].
* BigEater:
** Karadoc. Just to put it in perspective, for those who don't know the show: in an episode, Arthur asks Karadoc how many meals he eats in a day. The answer? If you count daytime meals and night snacks, Karadoc has eleven meals a day. ''Eleven''. He also keeps enough food in his bed to last a week (and on one occasion, a live pig).
** Although Karadoc is the obvious one, the other characters are no slouches. An ordinary three-hour lunch can involve two different meat dishes, poultry, cheeses... The weaponmaster, who keeps himself fit on dried fruits and water, pokes fun at their eating their own weight in meat three times a day or having the same diet as a bear and then being surprised that they don't feel up to the afternoon sword training.
** When chieftains have meetings at Kaamelott, two boars per person is considered a plausible average (there might be some who only eat one, so they can pass it to those who eat three).
** One episode sees Perceval and Karadoc at the tavern saying the don't want anything, having just eaten/feeling queasy. The innkeeper says they can't stay without ordering, so they shrug and order three roast chickens. Each.
** Inverted in the pilot, where the knights ([[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness including Karadoc]]) complain that there's ''too much'' meat on the menu (two legs of deer per person).
* BilingualBonus: The episode "Le Code de Chevalerie" ("The Code of Chivalry") shows Arthur fighting dissension among his knights, because of a translation of the Code; the episode ends on Perceval asking whether they have some rights, only to be answered with Père Blaise reading the untranslated "Gaelic" text. What he's reading ("Qui sor mon cors mete flaele,/ S'onques fors cil qui m'ot pucele/ Out m'amistié encor nul jor!") is actually ancient French; an extract from Béroul's ''Literature/{{Tristan|AndIseult}}''. So not only is Arthur keeping the Code obscure, [[RefugeInAudacity the text used as the new Code of Chivalry may actually not be a legislative text ''at all'']] (and would explain why there are articles like days off on the eve of a full moon or breaks during battles).
* BiologicalMashup: After discovering he has the title "the Boar of Cornwall" despite his name meaning "bear" ("sanglier" and "ours" respectively), Arthur orders Father Blaise to change it. He does not consider Arthur "half boar, half-bear" to be an improvement.
* BlatantLies: In "L'abstinent", Arthur goes to great lengths to [[ItMakesSenseInContext hide to his wife that he has sex with his mistresses]]. Even when she finds him and the twins naked and panting.
* {{Bookends}}: The unofficial {{pilot}} for the series was a ShortFilm titled ''Dies iræ''. The last episode of Livre VI, closing the TV series, is titled "Dies iræ".
* BrickJoke: Kadoc's introductory episode mentions he never sleeps. In season VI, Arthur shares a room with the rest of the Semi-Crunchy Clan, and we see Kadoc sitting at a table, still awake.
* BrutalHonesty:
** Léodagan. All the time. Case in point: Séli says he never learned to say "thank you" in Pict (her mother tongue), he counters that since he says "thank you" period, he's not about to learn it in a different language.
** Elias of Kelliwic'h isn't shy about the truth either, especially toward Merlin.
** Lancelot in the episode where he leaves, toward Arthur.
** No-one has any problem with calling people morons to their faces in-universe.
** In one episode, Arthur and Guenièvre drink a TruthSerum intended for Léodagan. For the rest of the afternoon, they talk to each other with deadpan honesty ("Do you love me?" "No." "Oh. I love you. I think..."), and while Guenièvre breaks down in the evening, Arthur gets around it by claiming it was a befuddlement potion.
** On that topic, Arthur and Guenièvre to each other, many times, when they argue.
* BuffySpeak: Perceval thinks dubbing could have a more appropriate name, like "knighterization".
* BullyingADragon: The Witch Hunter whom, because of his religious fanaticism and his hatred toward magic, throughout the show attacks and/or tries to coerce/intimidate both Arthur and Merlin. Granted, the first is the most tolerant and liberal king in the world, and the latter is a rather IneptMage. Yet, bullying someone in charge of a country, invested of a holy mission by the gods, or a man with ''freaking magic powers'' is still a spectacularly bad idea.
* BurnTheWitch: The Witch Hunter (le Répurgateur)'s shtick. To the point that ''everybody'' he accuses of witchcraft would end up at the stake if Arthur doesn't put a stop to it. In a pilot episode, he tries this ''on Arthur himself'' (after Arthur points out he uses a magic sword), naturally resulting in the Witch Hunter ending at the stake himself. (Too bad Arthur didn't follow up with actually burning him.)
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: King Loth is so used to backstabbing his allies, when accused of betrayal in a prequel episode, rather than denying he ''readily admits'' that he probably did, since it looks very much like his style -- even though he doesn't remember this particular instance.
* ByNoIMeanYes: Frequently done out of sarcasm, clumsiness, or plain stupidity. Also, King Loth is particularly proficient in it, [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder considering no sane person would trust his statements at face value]].
-->'''Loth:''' ''[fed up, having to explain something for the umpteenth time]'' I don't want to rush to the Stone in order to unsheath Excalibur; I fear people might see me as power-hungry.\\
'''Dagonet:''' ''[candid]'' You're not power-hungry?\\
'''Loth:''' ''[same tone]'' I am; I just have trouble living with it.
* CalvinBall:
** Perceval is fond of totally unplayable games like "Contre-sirop" (Counter-syrup), "Raitournelle" (Raitornello), The Pélican (which involves filing a hundred artichokes from the smoothest to roughest), and anything with lots of dice.
** There's one other characters play, called Owl's Ass. [[UsefulNotes/BatteriesNotIncluded Rules Not Included]].
** One episode feature a ball game with chaotic and obscure rules, (only Bohort seem to know them and is used as a judge, meaning he can't play) that look like Calvin Ball.
* CannotCrossRunningWater: Mocked in Livre V, where Gauvain and Yvain believe that ordinary wolves cannot cross a stream of running water. The druid Merlin is prompt to call them on their idiocy.
* CannotTellAJoke: Merlin. Arthur asks the wizard to show him how bad he is at telling jokes; it's more painful than expected.
-->'''Arthur:''' You told me you sucked, but this is distressing, there's nothing ''to'' laugh about.
* CardCarryingVillain:
** Oddly enough, ''Lancelot'' of all people is forever making references to the fact that he intends to sleep with the wife of a high-ranking man in Kaamelott. But seeing as everyone else thinks he's gay (and Guenièvre is oblivious to his attraction for her), they completely brush it off.
--> If you wanted to seduce other people's wives, you should have been a knight!
** Loth once admitted he is behind almost every schemes and low blows in Britain for the last decades.
* CatchPhrase:
** Early in the series, Karadoc teaches Perceval his very personal strategy to avoid looking like a idiot when he doesn't understand what he's told or a complicated word shows up: answering a non-committal "That ain't wrong..." and letting his interlocutor assume he understood just fine. Given Perceval's utter stupidity, he uses it quite often... Expect it at least once in any conversation he has with anyone smarter than him (i.e. basically everyone).
** It doesn't take much for Bohort to state, "''Nous allons tous mourir !''" ("We're all going to die!")
** "''C'est de la merde.''" ("This is shit."), can be heard from Karadoc several times, when he gets to taste some bad food.
** Léodagan's favorite method of dealing with problems is pointing three catapults at it.
* CerebusRetcon: Arthur refusing to sleep with his wife for the entire series [[spoiler:turns out to be because he swore to the love of his life, who he secretly married (she was already married to another man), that he wouldn't consummate it. She allowed him to take mistresses, though.]]
* CerebusSyndrome: When [[spoiler:Lancelot left Arthur because of the blatant incompetence of the Round Table]], the tone began to change, and at the end of the fourth season, everyone was warned that the fifth season would be DarkerAndEdgier. This trope is indeed called "Fr/EffetKaamelott" in the French section of the Wiki.
* ChekhovsGun: In Livre VI, when Arthur discovers a dagger under his tutor's pillow, and then when, during the preparation of a party at Villa Aconia, the urban militia is not allowed to search her room. At first, it only shows the viewer that Aconia may be [[BadassBookworm more than a tutor]]. It reappears later, [[spoiler:when Arthur has to kill an Ostrogoth chief during the party to be promoted Dux Bellorum, while Glausia forbade weapons in the villa.]] That dagger was first seen in the first season's episode "La Coccinelle de Madenn" (Madenn's Ladybug).
* TheChosenZero: In one episode, the kingdom runs into a problem that only Merlin can solve. So Arthur says, "Wait a minute, are you telling me our last hope is Merlin?" Cue concerned looks between all characters and Bohort saying it: "We're all gonna die!"
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder:
** King Loth. "I have just one question: When are we betraying?" Let's see; Season 3: [[spoiler:he explains during the end of said season to Sir Dagonet how he associated with Lancelot when he seceded, and how he is the one financing him, while trying to recruit Dagonet for a coup against Arthur]]. Season 4: [[spoiler:After openly backing Lancelot's rebellion up during the whole season, he betrays him in a ''dastardly'' way in the end (taking back his men; removing every evidence of his involvement) after Arthur rescued Guenièvre, when it is obvious that Lancelot will fail]]. Season 5: [[spoiler:Starts the season by coming all the way to Kaamelott to plead his cause to Arthur. Follows up by trying to unsheath Excalibur from the stone. Finishes the season by trying to ''zap Arthur with his magic lightning ring'']]. Even [[{{Prequel}} Season 6]], in addition to the quote, shows he started plotting against Arthur during the latter's wedding, and even goes as far as ''trying to backstab his fellow Briton kings while they are fighting the Romans''. No wonder he's hated by ''[[ZeroPercentApprovalRating everyone]]''.
** Léodagan himself is an opportunistic bastard, although he doesn't betray his allies out of principle like Loth. In one episode, it's discovered he one of the backers in a plot to assassinate Arthur, but it turns out it was years earlier and he'd entirely forgotten about it by then.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}:
** Karadoc
** Perceval, although it is suggested that he might be TheFool, and eventually MessianicArchetype.
** Pellinore (Perceval's [[spoiler:adoptive]] father) is another serious hardcase.
** In fact, in this show, {{Cloudcuckoolander}} works a bit like DeadpanSnarker: there are characters who are always like this (Perceval, Karadoc, Kadoc, Hervé de Rinel too), and the rest of the cast who get into that territory on some occasions (yes, even ''Arthur'', in an episode).
* ColorCodedCharacters: The Knights of the Round Table:
** Arthur -- brownish red;
** Léodagan -- navy blue;
** Lancelot -- white;
** Karadoc (plus his brother and his wife) -- red;
** Perceval -- light blue;
** Bohort -- green;
** Calogrenant -- dark green;
** Yvain and Gauvain -- brown.
* CombatCommentator: Yvain likes to indulge into commenting the fights during tourney, despite his own martial skills being rather lacking.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Happens quite often.
** If we have to quote one -- Arthur in "La Pâte d'Amandes" ("Marzipan"), answering Guenièvre's BerserkButton:
--->'''Guenièvre:''' ''[hysterical]'' But before that, my life was crap, you understand!!! Greeting the chief-of-this, the king-of-that; always polite, always pretty... Symbol of the Briton Nation... There must be some compensations to all those bullshit! Always got to care of something, especially you because you got "responsibilties", AND WHO TAKES CARE OF ME IN THAT TIME?? WELL YES, now that there's no marzipan anymore, I'm milling around, I AM ON EEEEEDGE!!! ''[sobbing]''... I've got no friends, no hobbies... Since you don't touch me, I can sit on the facts of love, figuratively speaking, so I buried myself in marzipan... And when I look at you, and I see the way you treat me, I think I better go from here to Rome by foot to get some marzipan because it's actually the best thing that ever happened to me...\\
'''Arthur:''' ''[thoughtful]'' I don't think that you're really the "Symbol of the Briton Nation"...
** From another episode, where there are more knights than there are seats around the Table:
--->'''Arthur:''' ''[having explained this to Perceval]'' And from this, you deduce...\\
'''Perceval:''' Uh... That not only we need to give him some space, but we also need to find him a chair.
** And later, when it turns out [[spoiler:Perceval is a chosen one]]:
--->'''Guenièvre:''' What is it ''this'' time?\\
'''Arthur:''' Do you think someone can be a complete dumbass and still have an exceptional destiny?\\
'''Guenièvre:''' ''[offended]'' You mean ''me''?
* TheComicallySerious:
** Father Blaise
** Sallustius in Livre VI.
* CoolGate:
** One appears in "Stargate". Unfortunately, instead of leading from the throne room to some hellish world populated by the fiercest creatures in Creation, it leads to outside, next to the chicken coop.
** In "Stargate II", it leads to [[Franchise/StarWars a desert planet]] with BinarySuns, with a LaserBlade sword.
** "The Transport Arch" has one that looks vaguely magical (they hauled Merlin along to check, but being Merlin...). Instead of leading to the demonic planes as they feared, it leads to somewhere in northwestern North America.
* CoolHelmet: {{Inverted|Trope}} and parodied -- the knights avoid putting on their helmets as much as possible, because it make them look stupid (even more than usual, as Perceval is called upon to demonstrate in "Spangelhelm").
-->'''Perceval:''' Why me?\\
'''Léodagan:''' Because on you it's even more obvious.
* CoolSword: Excalibur, a longsword that catches [[FlamingSword on fire]] when wielded by a person with an exceptional destiny. Only by such a person, mind.
-->'''The Weaponmaster:''' ''[holding a non-flaming Excalibur]'' You know, this is honestly kind of insulting.
* TheCorrupter: Méléagant. Who or what he is stays unclear, but it is hinted he's incredibly ancient. With a mix of guile and carefully used magic powers, he works at corrupting Lancelot even further than he already was, [[spoiler:and push a depressive King Arthur toward suicide]].
* CultureJustifiesAnything: A Carmélide custom consists of the victorious chieftain having his way with the defeated chieftain's eldest daughter. Léodagan forces Arthur into that position ([[{{Blackmail}} if the king can just throw away the bits of clan culture he doesn't like, there's no reason for the federated clans to listen to him]]), Arthur tries to negotiate his way out of it with the chieftain's daughter, who's not having any of it and threatens to jump Arthur herself.
* DaylightHorror: Méléagant's creepiest moment comes when he hijacks a seer from outside her tent, wearing a BlackCloak in broad daylight.
* DeadpanSnarker: Arthur; Léodagan; Loth; Séli; Galessin... To be honest, those five are just the most regular; almost every character of the series gets some snarky lines. Even Lancelot.
* DeathOfTheOldGods: The Lady of the Lake is both a servant of the Celtic pantheon and of "the one god", implying the former is in fact welcoming the rise of Christianity. Merlin, on the other hand, is less than thrilled.
* {{Dedication}}: The last episode of the series was dedicated to French actor Creator/LouisDeFunes. The final scene uses the music of one of his movies, ''Film/{{Jo}}''.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance:
** Even though Arthur is very ahead of his time, this trope is sometimes used to remind the viewers that no, despite the way they're talking, the protagonists are not modern people in fancy costumes, but really Fifth Century barbarians.
--->'''Loth:''' Kids, those days, they read, they read... end result: they're still virgins at ten.
** One episode has Arthur discussing various upcoming executions. Léodagan thinks burning them alive is still good, while the breaking wheel is a family event (everyone brings their staff and gets their turn beating the condemned to death), Lancelot supports drawing and quartering (it's more suspenseful, you don't know whether the arms or legs will come off first), as Arthur floats the idea of abolishing the death penalty. Everyone, including Lancelot, looks at him like he's crazy.
* DemotedToExtra:
** Morgane. She is normally the King's half-sister but is reduced to a {{Psychopomp}} in the series, who shows up only twice. Her usual role in Arthurian mythos (Arthur's sister and Mordred's mother) is taken by Anna (Arthur's other half-sister and Gawain's mother).
** Galahad (a knight who found the Grail in Arthurian mythos and is Lancelot's son) sole mention comes from a list of knights whose names start with G.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: A "Rock Stone" that turns sand into water (along with the PhilosophersStone, the Moonstone...).
* DisguisedInDrag: Grüdü is once disguised as "the most beautiful woman in Kaamelott" to trick Attila. Goes well beyond PaperThinDisguise, and yet the Hun is still fooled, to Grüdü's dismay.
* DissonantSerenity: Léodagan is at his worst when he isn't yelling. Case in point: Yvain and Gauvain (on watchtower duty) have lit the signal fire to warn of an approaching fleet of Viking drakkars. When Bohort and Léodagan arrive, Bohort screams that they're all going to die, Léodagan tells him to shut up and wants to know why the signal was sent so late: the catapults won't have time to arrive, meaning they're going to have to fight the Vikings hand-to-hand on the beach. Bohort screams that they're all going to die, Léodagan tells him to shut up, than asks for a pigeon to summon the army. The 'Vains inform him they let all the pigeons free so as not to have to clean up their crap. Bohort screams that they're all going to die, Léodagan... [[ThisIsGonnaSuck makes a "welp" face and nods emphatically]].
* TheDitz:
** Guenièvre, though she has some moments of brilliance.
** Most especially Kadoc, Hervé de Rinel, and the Burgundian King.
* DoubleStandard: Elias shows up to demand a sacrifice (Guenièvre) to appease a wolf spirit, Lancelot emphatically refuses. Arthur calls out Lancelot for it.
-->'''Arthur:''' You and your principles are starting to piss me off! What, a single woman is intolerable but we can bump off ten dudes a day?
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Léodagan claims Arthur needs to respect the Carmélide custom of victorious chieftains raping the eldest daughter of the loser. Arthur figures he can just tell the girl to pretend, but it turns out the girl took her older sister's place hoping to get herself a man a step above the usual DungAges warrior. Then when Arthur suggest he make her an official mistress and get on with it later and she pulls out a knife...
-->'''Arthur:''' I'm warning you: touch me and I'll scream.
* DramaticIrony:
** There are plenty of jokes and {{Traitor Shot}}s with Lancelot planning to elope with the queen, but everyone (including Arthur and Guenièvre) remain oblivious.
** "Aux Yeux de Tous II" has the Lady of the Lake appear to everyone ''but'' Arthur. Naturally, he acts with exactly the same "who's he talking to" incomprehension the others usually show him.
* DreamWithinADream: "Dream On", after showing several characters awakening from their nightmares, has Perceval find the Grail... and lose it. The dreamer is revealed to be Arthur, who notices that Guenièvre starts kissing her way down his arm, and wakes up for real.
* DrivenToSuicide:
** [[spoiler:Arthur]], when convinced by Méléagant's manipulations that he'll never have children.
** [[spoiler:Lancelot]] is about to do so, prompting Méléagant to teleport offscreen and interrupt him.
* DubNameChange: Subverted in that it's the original and not a dub, but of course, all the characters have the French version of their name. Guinevere/Guenièvre, Bors/Bohort, Leodagrance/Léodagan, Percival/Perceval, Gwaine/Gauvain, Ygraine/Ygerne... Karadoc is a dated translation of Galahad, however many doubt it'd be him, especially considering that [[AdaptationInducedPlothole Percival and he are the same age]]. Of course, the genealogy changes are fully embraced. Averted with some characters like Arthur, Lancelot, Merlin, Uther, the Lady of the Lake [[spoiler:(Vivian)]] or King Loth whose names are the same in both English and French, if pronounced differently.
* DumbassHasAPoint:
** Perceval; for all his foolishness, he can sometimes prove surprisingly insightful. Even Léodagan admits it once (about celebrating the birth of Alexander the Great):
--->'''Perceval:''' What do we care about a guy who's been dead for centuries?\\
'''Léodagan:''' [[ICantBelieveImSayingThis This is going to sound weird, but...]] I rather agree with him.
** Also, Merlin, while being a ''gigantic'' {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, can be this at times:
--->'''Arthur:''' Come on, hurry the hell up and heal me up, I told you we're getting trounced!\\
'''Merlin:''' ''[visibly in a massive daze]'' ''[[ItMakesSenseInContext You just inoculated me with half a bottle of sedative]]'', how am I supposed to hurry up??
** While eating with his parents and Arthur is off at the wifeswap ceremony, Yvain wonders what will become of his parents once they're no longer the king's in-laws. Léodagan and Séli both get OhCrap expressions and haul ass for the ceremony.
* TheDungAges: Arthur is one of the rare few in the series remotely concerned about personal hygiene. Some supporting characters have never taken a bath in their lives, and are in fact unacquainted with the very concept. "Saponides et détergents" has Arthur force Roparhz and Guethenoc to take a bath ("Why'd they put a watering trough inside?" "And upstairs too?") so they'll be presentable for a delegation to the Roman emperor. Roparhz reveals he's been wearing the same shirt for fifteen years (without removing it), and later we're told that after changing the bathwater ''three times'' it's still black with a layer of grease.
* DungeonCrawling: Several of the earlier episodes are typical underground explorations, with plenty spoofs of [=RPGs=]. [[OneOfUs The series' author is an avowed RPGer]] (notably, of ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasyRoleplay'').
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** The ''Dies iræ'' pilot movie has several notable differences: Yvain's actor is a servant, the cook is a more prominent character, the characters (Karadoc included) complain about having ''too much'' meat in their diet...
** In the following pilot episodes, Angharad was as stupid as Perceval, if not moreso.
** Yvain used to be able to use big words, a trait that disappeared over time.
* EarWorm: In-universe example with "À la volette". Just like Arthur, now every fan remembers this traditional French song. Because it stays.
* ElementalEmbodiment: In Livre VI, some of the celestial "Ladies" we see debating over the fate of Arthur and Britannia are such; besides the Lady of the Lake, who's obviously linked to water, there is the Lady of Stones, the Lady of Wood and the Lady of Flames.
* EmbarrassingSuperpower: An accident in Merlin's lab gives Arthur and Léodagan constant GlowingEyes (white for Arthur, pink for Léodagan) that don't do anything and stay on at night, excluding them from an upcoming stealth mission. Léodagan preemptively tells the other knights that [[PinkIsForSissies any comment concerning the color is strongly discouraged.]]
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep:
** The weaponmaster ("le maître d'armes")
** The innkeeper ("le tavernier")
** The witch hunter ("le Répurgateur")
* EvilSoundsDeep: Méléagant. Ooh boy, Méléagant.
* ExcaliburInTheStone:
** Yes, in this version of the Arthurian myths, the sword Arthur pulled from the stone always was Excalibur. The exact details of this event are told in Livre VI, the prequel season. He can also put it back in the stone, letting anyone in the Realm to try pulling it out -- and by their failure, remind the people that he's TheChosenOne of the gods.
** Notably, Perceval is the only knight not to make the attempt, but tell off Karadoc for trying.
* EyeCatch: The early seasons, having the shortest episodes, had two broadcast side-by-side and separated by an eye catch (without commercial). Those were mostly short gags or scenes from the pilot episodes or ''Dies iræ''. One was original, though: Arthur pulling Excalibur from the stone and stumbling into a pond as a result. This scene ends up being {{retcon}}ned by the final season (where the sword is on a mountaintop), and thus non-canon.
* FacePalm: Often. Mostly when Perceval opens his mouth.
* {{Fainting}}:
** Arthur once faints when Perceval claims he has successfully carried out a mission. This is the case, although he forgot what the medallion he'd recovered actually did. [[spoiler:When kept in a locked room overnight, it turns everything else in the room into gas. Locked rooms like Kaamelott's treasury...]]
** Perceval once faints when Arthur gave him a compliment. Arthur has to bring him back to repeatedly slapping him while yelling [[PunctuatedPounding "Wake up! You are a disgrace!"]]
* FastForwardGag: Used at least twice, the first time being a clear ShoutOut to ''Series/TheBennyHillShow''.
* {{Flanderization}}:
** Hervé de Rinel. At first, he was the least talkative Knight of the Round Table. Then, in Livre III, he became quite an idiot. Then, in Livre IV and V, he became so idiotic that even the chief of the MedievalMorons came to see Arthur and tell him that "Life is too hard for someone like him..."
** Karadoc, even though he is [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} already]] [[SmallNameBigEgo quite]] [[{{Jerkass}} damaged]], still manages to get this.
** InUniverse with the weaponmaster. Since he eats very little meat, a lot of vegetables and water (see BigEater), other characters have started going on about how he lives on seeds. He doesn't take kindly to that accusation.
** Merlin's [[IneptMage incompetence]] grew with the series from a less-than-stellar magician who was (sometimes) able to conjure a spell (albeit not always at the best moment) to a guy unable to boil water.
** In season 6, we see Bohort call someone out for being a DirtyCoward. Bohort, the man who's afraid of pheasants and ''rabbits''.
* FlatWhat: A lot. ''REALLY'' a lot.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In season 5, after Arthur has put Excalibur back in the stone, he comes back to find Queen Guenièvre complaining that he is not the King anymore, since he doesn't have the magic sword, so he must sleep in another room and another bed, and she will appoint the new King, according to the law. This leads to Arthur replying that, yes, he is still the King, until either someone else pulls the sword out of the stone, or ''he cannot do it himself''. Not only this, but it also foreshadows the moment later in that season, when he refuses to pull it out, there's no King anymore, and everyone is wondering who shall rule. Guenièvre already gave the answer: she will be the one appointing the King (and she will choose her dad, without being influenced).
* FoodFight:
** Between Arthur, Karadoc and Perceval with spoiled cottage cheese.
** One of Perceval and Karadoc's "training methods" involves fighting with salami nunchucks, another the theoretical aspect of fighting with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Fenouil.jpg fennel]] (turns out you don't grab it by the stalk and bludgeon people with it, you grab the round part and stab with the stalk).
* FreudianTrio: The main leaders of the kingdom:
** Arthur -- Ego
** Lancelot -- Superego (sometimes replaced by Bohort)
** Léodagan -- Id
* FunetikAksent: Any transcription of the Burgundian king's lines ends up with this.
* FunWithHomophones:
** A bit of fun is to expect every time the Huns are discussed (since in French, it sounds like "un", i.e. "a/an" or "one").
** Angles are another barbarian tribe trying to invade Britannia... not the angles of the map. Surprisingly, Perceval is the one to point this out... which leads Arthur to point out that yes, they are, but in this case they aren't.
** A conversation with Karadoc goes in circles after it turns out he gets confused by [[SiegeEngines the use of rams and scorpions on the battlefield.]]
** Degrees, being used for both angles and temperatures, also confuse Perceval.
* {{Gasshole}}:
** The Burgundian king pretty much farts as punctuation.
** Karadoc is also often described as such.
* GeniusDitz: Perceval; unfortunately he is too much of a ditz to have his talent with numbers be put to any use.
* GenreSavvy: Father Blaise, and, to some extend, Arthur and the other knights.
-->'''Father Blaise:''' ''[after being asked why he notes everything]'' To fit you into the legend! May I point out to you that between your dead horses and your ill horses, ''I'' have a legend to write!
* GetOut:
** In ''Dies iræ'', the knights have a lengthy discussion on their Grail prototype before they start mass production, then ask the king for his opinion. After taking a deep breath, we get this.
--->'''Arthur:''' Piss off.\\
''[nothing happens]''\\
''[the knights run off]''\\
Get the hell out of here, you bunch of jackoffs! Run faster! And you'd better get to work, you hear? The next one to bring me a prototype, a flowerpot, or his nana's chamber pot, I'm sending him to guard sheeps in the Highlands, got it?!
** Guethenoc asks Roparzh over to discuss their latest grievances with the king. Roparzh arrives late, Guethenoc points this out, tempers heat up, and Guethenoc tells Roparzh to piss off. In the first 30 seconds of the episode.
* GirlfriendInCanada: Played with. [[CampStraight Bohort's]] wife is summoned to Kaamelott, but Bohort maintains that she arrived very late at night, after everyone went to bed, and has retired to her chambers with seasickness -- which is why nobody may see her. Turns out he's telling the truth.
* GiverOfLameNames:
** Gauvain especially. "Knight of the Pancreas", indeed.
--->'''Gauvain:''' First, we're joyful. Second, we travel by foot. Therefore, I suggest an appropriate nickname... The Gay Ramblers.
** As for Yvain, he once went around calling himself "The Orphan of Cameliard" (see AndThereWasMuchRejoicing), after the big grey animal with a really long nose.
** Perceval and Karadoc form their own independent clan. Karadoc wants to call it the Crunchy clan/clan of the crunchies, but Perceval thinks it is a bit too much, so they go with the Semi-Crunchy clan.
* GlobalIgnorance: A lot of characters besides Arthur.
** Hervé de Rinel, after a grand tour of Britannia, concludes that the island is round (and produces a map as proof). Worse than that is when he adds, to be more convincing, "I went around it twice to be sure!"
** Séli has basically no idea of geography: she doesn't know where Aquitaine, the Pyrénées, or Burdigala[[note]]Roman name for the city of Bordeaux[[/note]] are.
** And then there's Robyn:
--->'''Robyn:''' But wait, isn't there a common border between Britain and Byzantium?
** Perceval somehow manages to go around introducing himself as "Provençal le Gaulois" (Provençal the Gaul) instead of "Perceval le Gallois" (Percival of Wales).
--->'''Arthur:''' Doesn't even know his own name.
* GlowingEyes: Arthur and Léodagan are afflicted by this for a while after Merlin misfired a spell (to make plants grow...). Léodagan especially isn't happy about the pinkish glow of his eyes.
* GovernmentConspiracy: Parodied in the episode "Silbury Hill II", with Arthur and Co. trying to hide [[spoiler:an alien visitation (maybe)]].
* GrievousHarmWithABody: While complaining about the enormous appetites, drunken singing and lack of manners of the clan chieftains Kaamelott is hosting, Séli adds:
-->'''Séli:''' And then they fight with the servants.\\
''[[[{{Beat}} blank stare from Arthur]]]''\\
'''Séli:''' They fight ''with'' the servants.\\
''[[[{{Beat}} blank stare]]]''\\
'''Séli:''' They ''grab'' the servants, and they use them to--
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy:
** According to Arthur, all the guards in the Kaamelott castle are either stupid, drunk, sleeping at their posts, or all of the above. After having to fight to the death with an assassin that sneaked into the castle, he swears out loud that they have some serious drill training ahead in their future.
** Not that having some of the Knights of the Round Table commanding them is any better. Once, the guards were too busy playing games with Karadoc and Perceval at the tavern that they missed a band of brigands invading town. And Bohort tried (poorly) to cover for them!
** The Weaponmaster and Grüdü guarding the front door are so busy arguing with each other on who should be guarding the back door, they completely miss a bunch of rebels sneaking inside behind their backs.
* HangingJudge: Léodagan, Minister of Justice. He also burns people at the stake -- in his defense, that's considered entertainment.
* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: An entire episode ("Spangenhelm") is dedicated to this trope (along with an aversion of CoolHelmet). Knights look like idiots wearing it and refuse so.
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Léodagan
* HireTheCritic: At the end of Livre VI, Arthur [[spoiler:forgives Lancelot]], recognizing he's literally the only one with a chance of keeping the kingdom in working order, and gives him the authority to do so. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:Méléagant pops back up and possesses Lancelot right after]], so Arthur needs to flee for his life.
* HistoricalInJoke:
** Calogrenant, the king of Caledonia (Scotland), shows up with his butt wrapped in a quilted bedcover because his armor has rusted from a fall in a puddle. However the rules of the Round Table specify that every knight must show up properly dressed OR dressed in his country's traditional garb. Thus, the improper but convenient improvised quilted bedcover skirt retroactively becomes the official costume of Caledonia.
** Also, when Karadoc invents the croque-monsieur[[note]]A French toasted sandwich[[/note]].
* HonestJohnsDealership: Venec can provide you anything for really decent prices.
* HowWeGotHere: Two in one for Livre VI. Eight episodes out of nine are about how Arthur became king of Britain and recruited his knights, and the first begins InMediasRes with a fight at Villa Aconia and gradually explains what led to it.
* HypocriticalHumor:
** Perceval introducing his magically created clone: "Don't know why, but he's a real dumbass."
** When Bohort describes his brother Lionnel as a complete coward. The looks on the faces of the other knights say it all. [[spoiler:Turns out he's ''right'' -- compared to Lionnel, Bohort is downright badass.]]
* ImpliedAnswer: After a series of nighttime murders near the king's bedroom, Lancelot says he's glad he hired a bodyguard to protect the king for the peace conference. Arthur asks how far back that was (about four weeks ago) and when the murders started (about a month ago). Cue dawning realization on Lancelot's face.
* ImStandingRightHere: Subverted; while the characters are absolutely not averse to insulting each other to each other's faces, they never actually complain (goes hand-in-hand with the DysfunctionJunction and BrutalHonesty nature of the show).
* IneptMage: Merlin. He once tries to cast a spell to make plants grow, and ends up giving Arthur and Léodagan brightly glowing eyes. He tries to explain it via NotThatKindOfMage, as he's a druid: supposedly all his nature-aligned powers take a sharp dive when there's a roof over his head, i.e. in his laboratory. However, his talent as a druid is dubious as well: he can't even read the Druidic language, for starters.
* InfantImmortality: Averted offscreen. [[spoiler:One first season episode shows Arthur got a peasant girl pregnant, however it didn't survive long.]]
* InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike: The Burgundian king seems to find some Briton words inherently funny, notably "biography".
* InsistentTerminology:
** Livre V -- "Don't call me 'Sire'."
** Don't call either Arthur and Anna "brother" or "sister" without specifying "half-" before.
* InvisibilityCloak: Played with. Merlin is unable to turn people invisible, but got around it by designing invisibility ''panes'', which makes anyone hiding behind them invisible. Just make sure you remember where you put them.
* InvoluntaryShapeshifter: Merlin, as a druid, can turn into various animals. However, he doesn't control it much and follows whatever animal spirit governs the week.
* IronicEcho: At the beginning of the first episode of Livre VI, the Roman aide-de-camp tells his troops, "Hey, guys, guess what we're eating tonight? [[FlatJoy Hare]]." At the end, when [[spoiler:Léodagan]] is made chieftain, he roars, "Hey, guys, guess what we're eating tonight? [[BloodKnight ROMANS]]!"
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: Karadoc and Perceval once have a fight when Perceval tells Karadoc he's stupider than he is fat. Karadoc replies that he's just as much the one as the other.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn:
** The episode "L'Interprète" has the following discussion:
--->'''Father Blaise:''' Oh, I wanted to ask you: How did you get into the Burgundian culture?\\
'''Interpreter:''' ''[surprised]'' The Burgundian culture? I didn't even know there was one. No, I wanted to study Modern Greek, but it was all taken; the only languages left were Burgundian or English. '''English'''! But that's even less widespread.
** In another episode, when Merlin tries out "modern medicine" instead of magical healing, Arthur tells him it will never catch on. Though that's understandable, considering the best Merlin could come up with was throwing salt in an open wound....
* IWantGrandkids: Séli (and Léodagan, to a much lesser degree). Here, it's for a self-serving reason: If their daughter produces the heir to Britain, the family's position is guaranteed. Unfortunately, the biggest obstacle is that neither Arthur nor Guenièvre has any interest in the other, yet Séli keeps buying fertility potions.
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** For all Arthur's in-laws' (and others) annoying questions on when they can expect an heir, there being one would solve quite a few problems.
** Léodagan's obsession with building watchtowers all along the beaches (Arthur says he doesn't want to invest in construction at the moment) makes sense considering how often invaders from the continent end up landing on Britain. Of course, having the watchtowers isn't enough; Yvain and Gauvain demonstrate the need for ''competent'' guards as well, who don't sleep until noon with the shutters closed or let the messenger pigeons free so they don't have to clean up their crap...
** Elias of Kelliwic'h is one of the most shamelessly obnoxious, self-centered, unlawful and disruptive character ever written; yet in the many situation where he is confronting the ineptitude of Merlin, it's hard not to agree with him. Especially in cases where Arthur is forcing them to work together, willfully ignoring the (obvious) power and competence gap between them.
* KavorkaMan: Arthur. He has a wife, seven mistresses, and several other affairs along the series. Yet he is a [[TheStoic never-smiling]], impatient, rude, average-looking jerk. His success is often attributed to his status, but he even had affairs ''before'' being the king. However, he does treat ladies with respect, takes baths, and the fact that he is the OnlySaneMan in the show helps a lot.
* LargeHam:
** Élie Semoun as the Witch Hunter.
** The weaponmaster, whenever in training mode.
** The Burgundian king.
* LawfulStupid: Grüdü (yes, the Viking barbarian reared by polar bears) can follow orders to the exclusion of common sense. For example, when he and the weaponsmaster are guarding the front gate, no-one is guarding the back gate. If he goes to guard it, that's dereliction of duty. If the weaponsmaster goes, he's a deserter. While they argue semantics, the assassins slip in unimpeded (through the front gate).
* ALessonLearnedTooWell: After Mevanwi gets Karadoc named regent, she tells him he should start imitating Arthur (such as reforming the political system, notably on how much power the queen can wield). So he does just that... by taking baths with mistresses (he doesn't quite seem to get the concept of a mistress either).
* LethalChef: Séli
-->'''Séli:''' Well, I cooked something that's not too shabby: some kind of tart, with onions, cabbage, celery and spices.\\
''[they taste it]''\\
'''Séli:''' So?\\
'''Bohort:''' ''[embarassed]'' It's... interesting...\\
'''Arthur:''' The more interesting part being: how do you manage to cook something that foul with normal ingredients.\\
'''Séli:''' ''[shocked]'' Foul???\\
'''Bohort:''' Well, you can say it's... um, a ''peculiar'' taste...\\
'''Arthur:''' It's incredible, it's like eating dirt, and cow dung, and gravel, it smells like a henhouse, but it really is celery and onions. It's amazing.
* LogicBomb: Arthur once takes advantage of Grüdü's LawfulStupid nature, in an attempt to have the clingy bodyguard give him some space. Grüdü is sworn to brutally waste anybody threatening the king; when Arthur puts a knife under his own throat and asks Grüdü what he's gonna do, the bodyguard has a breakdown. Arthur relents, however, before he goes berserk.
* LoopholeAbuse:
** Arthur gets out of having to duel Karadoc (for having stolen his wife) by invoking an obscure tradition of "spousal exchange" from Vannes (where Karadoc comes from). Karadoc, who wasn't eager for the duel either (he believed the fight was too one-sided ''in his favor''), is thrilled by this.
** Séli and the Jurisconsult in Livre V; the latter tries to extort privileges (namely "bed and meals" at the expense of Kaamelott) from the former by pointing out that as a "magistrate", he is supposed to be legally considered a "distinguished guest". Séli's reaction? Ordering a full plate of stale crusts of bread for him ("We're supposed to give you "bed & meals", nowhere it is said that it should be ''good'' meals.") and removing the pillows and blankets of his bed. ("You got the bed, right? Then pillows and blankets aren't mandatory.")
** Arthur attempts this on his zealous Viking bodyguard by putting a dagger on his own throat. It fails since Grüdü is about to have a nervous breakdown and go berserk over it.
* LovableCoward: Everybody except Arthur, Lancelot, and Léodagan. Bohort stands out as the most acute case.
* LoveRuinsTheRealm:
** Does it ever. Despite ''multiple'' warnings (including a seer who goes into a trance to tell him not to do it) not to sleep with another knight's wife, Arthur still goes ahead with it.
** The sixth season reveals this was the case from the very beginning: Arthur's SexlessMarriage [[spoiler:was due to him swearing to the love of his life that he wouldn't touch his wife in an ArrangedMarriage.]]
* {{Malaproper}}:
** Perceval and Karadoc's dialogues are hilarious when they try to use big words.
--->'''Karadoc:''' ''[to Arthur, through the door of his bedroom]'' We are wily-nilly used by you to achieve on an end!\\
'''Arthur:''' What???\\
'''Karadoc:''' We are willy-nilly used by you to achieve on an end!\\
'''Arthur:''' ''[opening the door, thoughtful]'' You are ''unwillingly'' used by me to achieve ''my'' ends?\\
'''Karadoc:''' Oh yeah, that's better...\\
'''Perceval:''' The turn of phrase is more gradual...\\
'''Arthur:''' ... Clearer?\\
'''Perceval:''' Clearer, yeah.\\
'''Arthur:''' ''[half-proud, half-amused]'' Did you notice that I understand you better and better?\\
'''Perceval:''' Yes, that's what I was just thinking about right now.\\
'''Karadoc:''' Quicker and quicker, at least.\\
'''Perceval:''' It's more spindly!\\
'''Arthur:''' ... More fluent?\\
'''Perceval:''' Right.
** The Burgundian king has no idea of what he's saying, including such gems as "the flower in the bouquet withers... and is ''never'' reborn!", "I appreciate fruits in syrup", "Not change plate for the cheese!" and "strong in apples". He also starts sniggering at "biography".
* ManipulativeBastard:
** Méléagant
** Also, Mevanwi is a ManipulativeBitch.
* MasterOfNone: Merlin explains that most druids specialize in healing one type of animal, which is why he can't heal Perceval's horse. When asked what animal he specializes in, he answers that he's more of a generalist... just not with horses.
* MedievalMorons: From the peasants to the knights. It's even the reason [[spoiler:Lancelot left the Table.]]
* MidnightSnack: Karadoc often sneaks to the kitchen in the middle of the night, as do other characters. In one episode, Séli tries putting traps to prevent this, as there's a big feast coming up. [[spoiler:Too bad Karadoc already took the food to his room, and mined the way there with more bear traps...]]
* MistakenForGay:
** Bohort (Bors), who was thought [[AmbiguouslyGay to be gay]] by the audience until the writer [[{{Jossed}} showed him married]] in one episode, just because he was tired of this assumption. Of course, given the number of times this joke was used and the way the characters reacted to it, he has only himself to blame.
** Lancelot in-verse. First because he doesn't show any interest in women aside from the queen, and second because he once shared a bed with Bohort (the latter was scared by a storm.)
* MixAndMatchCritters: Grüdü has a nightmare about a creature that's half scorpion, half bear, [[TooManyHalves and half scorpion again]].
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Several bath scenes, [[FanDisservice including one with Karadoc]] (thankfully using HandOrObjectUnderwear).
* NinjaZombiePirateRobot: After the pope commands Arthur to build a cathedral, they turn to [[HonestJohn Venec]], who has an Egyptian architect whose previous work was in pyramids, a sweet deal for a large amount of pine, and leftover statues from a whorehouse. Sadly, Britain will not see the first pyramid-shaped pine cathedral/brothel, as they're out of funds.
* NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering:
** The Knights of the Round Table on an average day. Arthur once manages to steer a heated discussion from Léodagan refusing to pave the roads in his kingdom by making a RousingSpeech that leads to a MisfitMobilizationMoment as the Knights of the Round Table, finally united in their Quest for the Holy Grail, set off... only for one to point out that they can't really get anything done near Léodagan's kingdom, seeing as the roads aren't paved... Arthur just slumps back down in his seat as the exact same argument starts again.
** The assembly of the Kings of Logres, once every four years, is even worse.
--->'''Hoël:''' ''[slamming the table]'' You're the worst bunch of slackers of the whole Celtic World!\\
'''Loth:''' I won't ever come back, let it be said, I'll do it, I'll stay home, ''[[PrecisionFStrike shit]]'', I've had enough...\\
'''Léodagan:''' ''[pointing toward Arthur]'' We already have one governing like a woman, we aren't going to start a collection, right?\\
'''Arthur:''' I'll give you fifteen days of hard labor, you'll see if it feels womanly!
** In Livre VI, the council of the "Ladies", even though they are divine beings, is shown to be just as bad as the mortals.
* NotThatKindOfMage: Merlin often claims that the reason he's an IneptMage is that he's a ''druid'' -- stuff like having a roof over his head (for his laboratory) cuts his powers by half. However, it's also seen that he's not that great a druid either (he can't read Druidic, for starters).
* NotTheIntendedUse: Arthur points out the "crown" worn by Léodagan and Karadoc is, in fact, a fruit bowl.
* ObliviousMockery:
** Arthur calls the weaponmaster "son of a one-legged man", unaware that it's his personal BerserkButton (despite being told to insult him). He counters about the one time Arthur's father fell asleep in a barn and a goat took a shit on him. Mutual NoHoldsBarredBeatdown ensues.
** A later episode has him congratulate Arthur on his strength of character: the kingdom is going to the dogs, the Grail is no closer today than it was at the beginning, but he keeps going. This sends Arthur into the same depressive state as the weaponmaster.
** Karadoc has difficulty believing Arthur would want to sleep with Mevanwi, resulting in one of the best-deserved (accidental) put-downs on the show.
--->'''Karadoc:''' This duel is completely stupid.\\
'''Mevanwi:''' It's to defend my honor, you think I'm not worth it?\\
'''Karadoc:''' Worth it, worth it, you're not worth me killing the king, be serious!\\
'''Mevanwi:''' What?!\\
'''Karadoc:''' He's the king, he's got duties, and now he's going to get himself killed over some broad.\\
'''Mevanwi:''' Some broad?\\
'''Karadoc:''' [[LovingAShadow Yeah, he's fantasizing about you, he's imagining all kinds of things about you...]] If he knew you better he wouldn't be in such a state.
** Lancelot, alone with the queen, tells her about how some people don't take mistresses, instead choosing a one woman, marrying her, and loving only her until they are parted by death. Guenièvre laughs and says "Yes, but we're civilized over here! Can you imagine, a man with only one woman for life?"
* ObnoxiousInLaws:
** Arguments between Arthur and his family-in-law are common. Unusually, Léodagan often sides with Arthur against his wife.
** Averted, to Arthur's horror, when his [[MyBelovedSmother Beloved Smother]] and aunt get along just fine with his mother-in-law.
* OnlySaneMan: Arthur, and (in his own opinion) Lancelot. Only ''intelligent'' man, [[WhatAnIdiot on the other hand...]]
* OnlyTheChosenMayWield: Excalibur only lights up when held by someone with an exceptional destiny, and will always comes back to TheChosenOne. Unless stuck in the stone, in which case only the rightful King of Britain can pull it out.
* OurGoblinsAreDifferent: Well, hard to tell, since they're heard but not seen. Still, from Arthur and Léodagan's account, they're [[ZergRush quite numerous]], and they like gold.
* OurGodsAreDifferent: Played with. The series is creatively ambiguous about which gods, if any, exist. Arthur has formally converted to Christianity for the sake of convenience but isn't much of a believer (in fact, he prays to Mars at one point), and retains an overtly pagan druid on his payroll. It's even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Arthur when the Lady of the Lake tries to make Arthur feel guilty for praying to Mars.
-->'''Arthur:''' Praying to Mars?? ''[laughs]'' Praying to Mars...\\
'''Arthur:''' ... Yeah, Maybe. So What?\\
'''Lady of the Lake:''' Are you kidding me?? You're praying to a Roman god! May I remind you, for your information, that you're ''quite'' committed to a quest in the name of the One God...\\
'''Arthur:''' [[ArmorPiercingQuestion Because the One God is Celtic?]]\\
'''Lady of the Lake:''' ''[bewildered]'' Huh... Hmm... Well, he's the One.\\
'''Arthur:''' Yeah, right. And you, with your orange hair and your skin as white as a dairyman's crap, you're not Celtic?\\
'''Lady of the Lake:''' Yes, at first...\\
'''Arthur:''' ''[sharply]'' "At first"? What, you're working part-time with the ones, part-time with the others? ''Religion is a mess''. Admit it and let me pray to whoever I want. Doesn't prevent me from searching for your damn Grail, anyway.
* OurTrollsAreDifferent: One is killed offscreen by Lancelot, and we learn it has acid blood.
* OverzealousUnderling: Grüdü (Arthur's viking bodyguard) has a surefire method of ensuring no assassins can reach the king: murder anyone who passes near the king's bedroom (be it a servant who's just coming to light the candles or a knight of the Round Table) or gets near the king ([[InterruptedIntimacy such as, say, the king's current bedmate]]). Arthur tries to pull a LogicBomb on him by holding a dagger to his own throat, but quickly stops as he sees Grüdü about to go berserk.
* ParrotExposition: The Burgond king, once he "learns" to speak Briton, does this a lot. Arthur once manages to broker a peace treaty between Kaamelott, the Burgonds and their Viking allies by telling the Viking the Burgond agreed to give him his lands.
-->'''Sven:''' And... he agrees?\\
'''Burgond King:''' He agrees!
:: Also works as a HistoricalInJoke, as this probably refers to the creation of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duchy_of_Normandy Duchy of Normandy]]
* PerpSweating: Bohort is subjected to this from Blaise and Arthur in episode "Le Donneur" ("The Snitch"), as he's trying to cover up Perceval and Karadoc's latest blunder.
* ThePigPen:
** Most of the peasants, since it's TheDungAges. Arthur forces ThoseTwoGuys to take a bath at one point:
--->'''Arthur:''' So what's the water look like?\\
'''Guethenoc:''' Still black, and there's a layer of grease floating on it.
** Among the knights, Karadoc stands out. Mevanwi once threatens to break up with him if he doesn't start taking baths. Once he figures out that he can eat while in the water, he agrees that he can maybe take one or two baths a year.
* {{Pilot}}:
** The amateur short movie ''Dies iræ'', produced with most of the original cast before any TV series was considered.
** As well as ten standalone episodes, created to test the format; they are more or less part of the {{Canon}}, although there were a few casting changes before the series proper.
* PlatonicProstitution: Perceval in episode "L'Habitué". He has been seeing the same prostitute for a long time now, but only for talking. What we hear him tell the prostitute is one of the most heartwarming moments of the show.
* PokeThePoodle: Bohort's "insults".
* {{Prequel}}: Save for the last episode, all of Livre VI.
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: {{Invoked|Trope}} by Venec, who doesn't attack people he has done business with (and will likely do business with again); he ''will'' rob them on occasions, though.
* {{Psychopomp}}:
** The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ankou Ankou]].
** And Morgane for heroes like Arthur. Although she is a bit early...
* {{Public Domain Character}}s: Most of the cast, though with considerable differences with the originals.
* QuipToBlack: A rare [[InvertedTrope inversion]]. Most episodes end with a {{beat}}, a black screen and a one-liner (either [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] or [[TheDitz absurd]]). For example:
-->''[Karadoc and Perceval are drunk in the tavern, with Perceval passed out on the table]''\\
'''Karadoc:''' Sir Perceval?\\
''[Perceval suddenly rises up]''\\
''[beat and fade to black]''\\
'''Perceval:''' Fuck, there's a woodpecker in my head, is that normal?
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The Knights of the Round Table. God, where do we start? [[TheFool Perceval]], [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Karadoc]], [[LovableCoward Bohort, Gauvain, Yvain]], [[BloodKnight Léodagan]], [[TheDitz Hervé de Rinel]], [[WellIntentionedExtremist Lancelot]], [[{{Jerkass}} Galessin]]...
* TheRainman: Perceval
* RapidFireComedy: The first four seasons. The later two reduced the jokes per minute (and the total amount of comedy, for that matter).
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: There are a few during the series, but the scene of the Round Table in "The Return of the King" (in Livre V) is often considered a raging, liberating, howling-at-the-moon MomentOfAwesome by the fans, considering whom it is given to. Context: by some improbable twists of fate, Karadoc (who, in Livre V, is [[CloudCuckooLander that]] [[{{Jerkass}} kind]] [[TheDitz of]] [[UpToEleven character]]), has been crowned king by his wife [[ManipulativeBastard Mevanwi]]. Then, when Arthur came back from a quest, during the Round Table meeting, he and Perceval invite Arthur, and give a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to every knight in attendance, and to Arthur in particular (they don't know the purpose of Arthur's quest, i.e. find out if he's got children somewhere). A speech to which Arthur replies with one of his own, delivered in one of the calmest voice ever, with a bittersweet music in the background.
-->'''Karadoc:''' Sir Arthur is back from a quest; maybe he can say something about it?\\
'''Arthur:''' No.\\
'''Perceval:''' Come on, at least tell us if it was successful, don't be shy.\\
'''Arthur:''' ''[sighs]'' ... No, it wasn't.\\
'''Karadoc:''' Okay... No Comment...\\
'''Perceval:''' ''[sarcastic]'' I can see that there have been some major achievements, this week, again. What did you heroes do, apart from scratching your own feet?\\
'''Léodagan:''' You know what "we heroes" have to say to that?\\
'''Perceval:''' Yeah, right... When it comes to being unpleasant, you're proficient.\\
'''Karadoc:''' No, it's okay, do nothing. Finding the Grail will be a piece of cake...\\
'''Perceval:''' It's not that difficult to put some effort in it...\\
'''Karadoc:''' ''[getting angry]'' Sir Arthur, apparently you traveled across the whole country by foot; don't you think you could have taken a look? No no, me myself an me, always, always, always!!!\\
'''Perceval:''' ''[disappointed]'' You really didn't bring anything back? Not even a small clue?\\
''[Arthur shakes his head]''\\
'''Karadoc:''' ''[sarcastic]'' Well done, then. Everyone else? Any news?\\
'''Perceval:''' ''[thumps the table]'' I can't believe it! You think you can fool us?!\\
'''Karadoc:''' I'm warning you...\\
'''Arthur:''' ''[interrupts]'' I did build a stronghold, at least.\\
'''Perceval:''' ... What?\\
'''Arthur:''' ''[very calmly, with a put out look]'' For the Grail. I did build a stronghold. Kaamelott, they call it. I sought and hired knights in the whole kingdom; in Caledonia, in Carmelid, in Gaunes, in Vannes, in Wales; I ordered a big table, to have the knights sitting together; I ordered it round, to prevent having a knight sitting in a corner, or at the end of it; it was complicated, so I tried to explain what was the Grail, to make sure everyone understand; it was hard, so I tried to laugh, to make sure nobody got bored; I failed; ''[stares at Karadoc and Perceval]'' but I don't want anyone to say that I did nothing. Because it's not true.\\
'''Perceval:''' ''[embarrassed]'' Come on Sire, you know you must not take what we say seriously; you know that we are fools...\\
'''Arthur:''' ''[nods, depressed]'' Stop calling me Sire.
* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: Not quite a running gag, but it happens a few times.
** In one of the pilot episodes, "Les Funérailles d'Ulfin", Arthur is attending the funeral of an elderly noble... only to have the "dead guy" waking up (just as the pyre is being lighted) and asking what's going on. When he makes an unfortunate comment, Arthur is very tempted to put him ''back'' in the grave.
** In Livre I, "La Mort le Roy Artu", Father Blaise endeavors to have tourists visiting Kaamelott to bring some money to the coffers. The visit of the castle ends up with... the tomb of King Arthur. Because it's solemn. Arthur is rather bothered by this; Blaise thus changes it to... visiting the tomb of Queen Guenièvre.
--->'''Lancelot:''' Perceval, what are you doing here?\\
'''Perceval:''' I'm taking the tour.\\
'''Arthur:''' ''What'' tour? You ''live'' here, you complete moron!\\
'''Perceval:''' Yeah, but they take you places I've never seen! Apparently we can visit your tomb, that's got to be worth looking at.
** Episode "Always" of Livre II is all about the characters reacting (and getting all philosophical) over the report of Perceval's death. Turns out he just has been very sick, and shows up at the end.
--->'''Arthur:''' But you're not dead, you bastard?!
** [[TheBard A bard]] once announces the funeral of King Loth. As it happens, you [[UnreliableExpositor shouldn't listen to everything bards sing]].
** Léodagan and Séli are once believed to be dead by their kingdom of Carmélide, AndThereWasMuchRejoicing. When Léodagan learns that it was caused by Yvain's latest poor choice of a moniker (he was going for "the Elephant of Cameliard", but got it mixed up with "Orphan"), he is ''not'' amused.
** Lancelot makes his reappearance in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLk3XTTr_6A a rather sinister fashion]]:
--->'''Guenièvre:''' I thought you were dead?\\
'''Lancelot:''' Not yet, not quite.
* RetCon: Quite a few, since the first Livre was just a succession of funny episodes without any plot. Those are always minor details, though.
* RiddleMeThis: Attempted by Merlin against Elias, but backfires when Merlin chooses stupid riddles and/or makes mistakes.
-->'''Merlin:''' ''[to Elias, in a solemn tone]'' What is small... and chestnut brown?\\
'''Elias:''' ''[deadpan]'' A chestnut.\\
'''Merlin:''' ''[shocked, to Arthur and Lancelot]'' Damn, the bastard's good.
* RingOfPower:
** Arthur's ring of weapon control. [[spoiler:A gift from the Roman Emperor.]]
** Loth's power to throw lightning seems to come from a ring too.
* RunningGag:
** Léodagan ordering siege engines even when they are unnecessary/useless, or trying to set up a watchtower network against sea invasions. The latter pays off in the fourth season, where Yvain and Gauvain manning the tower is a recurring subplot.
** The Lady of the Lake offering pointless advice and being unable to be seen or heard by anyone except Arthur -- and Perceval being completely unable to grasp this.
** Perceval's stories always involving old people.
** Arthur being interrupted every time he sings the pavane "Belle qui tiens ma vie".
** [Character searching a word, asking to Arthur] > [Arthur suggesting the right word] > "Nah, [said word], that's [something that has nothing to do with the subject at hand], isn't it?"
* SarcasmBlind: Perceval and Karadoc
-->''[after Perceval tells him that he's going to relate his last adventure]''\\
'''Arthur:''' I imagine that this really will be ''[[SarcasmMode epic]]'', once more.\\
'''Perceval:''' Well, no, I guess that this will be quite lame.
* SayMyName: Can happen. Notably, that one time Arthur finds [[ItMakesSenseInContext a string of sausages in his bath...]]
-->'''Arthur:''' KARADOOOOOC!
* {{Seer|s}}: Prisca. She admits she's a fraud to Arthur, except the gods use her as a conduit for a prophecy (and she remains unaware anything happened)...
* SeinfeldianConversation: Prominent throughout the show. Most of the humor involves characters of the Arthurian legends involved in day-to-day routines, with dialogue to match.
* SeriousBusiness:
** Father Blaise is ''not'' happy with the introduction of the tritone (a.k.a. ''diabolus in musica'') in religious music.
--->'''Father Blaise:''' The next person I catch whistling a pagan interval, I'M REPORTING HIM TO THE POPE!!!
** Also, Venec once screws up and is left with an unsaleable shipment of unaged goat cheese that was left out in the sun. Karadoc asks to look at it, since he might have a use for it... and goes ballistic when he sees it. When Venec asks how much Karadoc will give for it, Karadoc just ''stares'', and Perceval tells Venec that he'd better leave, right now.
* ServileSnarker:
** Angharad, Arthur and Guenièvre's maid.
** Drusilla, Aconia's servant in the Rome prequel.
* SexIsCool: Usually completely averted.
** The main character, Arthur, cheats so many times on his wife with numerous mistresses or one-night stands that he would be considered a lecher nowadays. Everytime his relationships are evoked, it becomes a source of comical relief or even humiliation for him or his wife. Oh, and of course, the only woman he doesn't touch at all is his wife.
** When it comes to the rest of the knights, five of them are seen with a wife throughout the show: Léodagan, who seems to be quite faithful (emphasis on the ''quite''); Bohort, who live away from his wife and took a vow of chastity; Karadoc, who considers sex to be "something necessary to make children, and that's it"; Lancelot [[spoiler:(once he eloped with Guenièvre)]], who doesn't even know how to make love theoretically; and King Loth, who never mentions his wife without the word "bitch", or other synonyms.
** And, last but not least, the only time in the show that a sexual intercourse is not shown in a funny way (Arthur and Mevanwi) is the point where the show gets DarkerAndEdgier.
* SexlessMarriage: Arthur & Guenièvre; Bohort & Berlewen to a point (he claims to have children).
* ShakyPOVCam: The minotaur in a pilot episode.
* ShellGame: Perceval, thanks to his IdiotSavant status, ''never'' loses at this game.
* ShockAndAwe: King Loth can throw lightning.
* ShortLivedLeadership:
** Léodagan gets his daughter Guenièvre to name him as regent during Arthur's absence, removing the scheming Mevanwi from power. Unfortunately, she sleeps with the legislator to find the document approving Léodagan's position and destroys it, meaning the regent-naming decision reverts to the queen (which, technically, means Mevanwi). She puts her dumbass husband Karadoc in power the next day.
** The Roman Empire is flanderized into offing its emperors in increasingly sadistic ways, including putting a scorpion in his bed.
--->'''Arthur:''' They're in a ''coup d'etat'' dynamic right now.\\
'''Leodagan:''' Forget "dynamic", it's a national pastime.
** Caius (the commander of the last remaining Roman encampment) often gets invited for lunch and political discussions:
--->'''Arthur:''' Rome is finished, everyone can tell.\\
'''Léoodagan:''' What's your emperor's name again?\\
'''Caius:'''' Romulus Augustus.\\
'''Léodagan:''' Yeah, that's it, and how old is he?\\
'''Caius:''' Eleven and a half.\\
'''Léodagan:''' One hell of an international superpower right there!\\
'''Caius:''' Yeah, but he's really mature for his age.\\
'''Léodagan:''' But seriously, you don't think it's weird that you're led by a ten-year old?\\
'''Caius:''' Eh, we give him less than two months before he gets his throat cut. Right now there's two putsches a year in Rome.
* ShoutOut: A lot.
** Two episodes are named "Franchise/{{Stargate|Verse}}"...
*** In one of them, Perceval explains that the Earth is round and that, [[Film/SupermanTheMovie if someone spins around it backwards at the speed of light, he'll travel back in time]].
*** The other one features [[LaserBlade a lightsaber]] from [[Franchise/StarWars a desert planet with several moons]].
** Also, an episode called "Film/ThePhantomMenace".
** Another has Arthur visiting central Europe, gets bitten in the neck by a local, and gets [[OurVampiresAreDifferent all moody, grows long fangs and cellos start playing in the background whenever he talks]].
** A guy called [[Myth/RobinHood Robyn]], fighting for the poor...
** In Livre IV, there's an episode with a dialogue between Arthur and Lancelot copied on the one in ''Film/{{Heat}}''.
** Venec, slave trader (among other activities), explains in an episode that he owns [[Recap/AsterixAndCleopatra an Egyptian architect]]. He also mentions he had to give three gladiators to get him at Glastonbury fair. Glastonbury is a town which is heavily related to the Arthurian Myths: it is possibly the location of the Isle of Avalon, and King Arthur's grave was "found" in the Glastonbury Abbey (a story made-up by UsefulNotes/HenryTheSecond).
** Two for ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasyRoleplay'': The equivalent of the inquisitor is called the Witch Hunter ("Le Répurgateur"). And one episode even mentions a dungeon full of Skavens.
** In Livre V, the episode where Arthur comes back to Kaamelott is called [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings "The Return of the King"]]...
** Actually, there is a quite a lot of episodes with a "shouting" title. Without quoting those above, we can find: "Literature/AngelsAndDemons", "All the World's Mornings" (a french novel which inspired a movie with Creator/GerardDepardieu), "Franchise/AloneInTheDark", "VideoGame/DoubleDragon", "Film/LifeIsBeautiful", "[[Music/{{Aerosmith}} Dream On]]", "Film/{{GoodFellas}}", "[[Film/ShakespeareInLove Arthur in Love]]"... and many, ''many'' others.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Perceval and Karadoc. To the point that, in some occasions, they manage to ''brag about how they epically failed a mission as if it was a victory.''
* SmugSnake: King Loth; Léodagan. They are quite power-hungry and sure that they would do a better job than Arthur, even though everyone tells them they'll be no Britain left if they take the crown.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: In-universe examples:
** One example is the InNameOnly druid Merlin. He is supposed to set off a fireball, (which he couldn't if his life depended on it) and, well, fails to do so.
** Merlin also explains that he can summon lightningbolts... it's just a lot easier to do during a thunderstorm.
** Reversed (or maybe inverted) in an episode featuring Merlin's long-time rival Elias of Kelliwic'h. As Elias threatens Merlin and King Arthur, his magical staff begins to glow eerily, prompting everyone in the room to take cover. Elias is initially puzzled by their reaction, then explains that, "Oh no, no, it always does this when I lift my arm. It's just for show."
** Merlin once tries to cast a confusion spell during a battle, but he needs a shark tooth, which Perceval and Karadoc have been sent to get. Four hours later at the tavern, they get it into their heads that the tooth itself is cursed and throw it in the fire. Merlin casts the spell with a ferret's tooth instead, and the resulting missile is so pathetic the enemy army trips over itself with laughter, allowing Kaamelott to attack and claim victory.
* SitcomArchnemesis: Roparzh and Guethenoc are forever at each other's throats. Problem being, they appear to be the largest landowners in the kingdom, so every time they poison each other's herds or burn each other's fields, there's a famine.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Not in the show itself, but one series of ad breaks uses, of all things, the theme for ''Series/GameOfThrones''.
* SpinOff: The ComicBookAdaptation; seven albums thus far.
* SpiritAdvisor: The Lady of the Lake to Arthur. Though she's not very good at it....
* TheStarscream: More or less averted with Léodagan, who doesn't make any particular effort to overthrow Arthur. Though he does love to antagonize him in every way possible, such as suggesting a skaven-killing expedition in total darkness (Arthur's afraid of the dark) or forcing him to conform to misogynistic traditions he doesn't like. There were one or two assassination attempts he was in on, but that was a while ago. Once Arthur abdicates, however, he instantly sets himself up as king of Britain.
* StealthInsult: Although there usually is nothing "stealthy" about those, Arthur has a nice one in his face-off with Lancelot [[spoiler: when they talk about the latter's defection]]:
-->'''Lancelot:''' Someone once told me: "A true knight doesn't keep anything close to him if he couldn't abandon it within five minutes."\\
'''Arthur:''' ''[deadpan]'' [[DirtyCoward You never keep anything close to you, then]]?
* StoppedReadingTooSoon: Arthur goes to Merlin to ask for an energizing potion because he's feeling down lately. Merlin looks for the potion and tells him to drink it. Arthur asks if he's sure, Merlin replies that yes, it says "one" on the label for "in one go" -- except the label is in Druidic, which Merlin has trouble reading. Then as Arthur downs it, Merlin deciphers the word after that, which is "drop". Arthur spends the rest of the episode overexcited until the prospect of bedding his wife comes up, which cures him completely.
* StrategySchmategy: Arthur, when he is playing with the Burgundian King at a strategy game which he doesn't know any rules.
* SuddenlyShouting: PlayedForLaughs, with Attila and the Burgundian King, and also Perceval.
* SuperGullible: Arthur is repeatedly able to convince the chieftains of enemy tribes to go away thanks to this trope.
** In one case, he tells a Viking king allied with the Burgundian king that the latter is giving up all his lands to the former (the Burgundian doesn't speak their language and tends to repeat what he just heard because it sounds funny to him) with this exchange:
--->'''Arthur:''' I'll give you the entire Burgundy territory.\\
'''Sven:''' You wha...? And... he agrees with this?\\
'''Burgundian King:''' [[NoIndoorVoice HE AGREES WITH THIS!]]
** In another instance, the Burgundian king is attacking the castle of Kaamelott, when UsefulNotes/AttilaTheHun suddenly shows up. Arthur then tells the latter that the former is in fact here as his ''ally'', despite the latter screaming "Attila! Attila!" in a panic and Arthur yelling at him to shut up before he screws everything up. Attila seems to fall for it, though it remains unclear if he did attack.
** And in another where the Mongol horde of Attila shows up again (all two of them), and Arthur convinces Attila that the castle doesn't contain anything of value at all, to the point where Attila's demands kept going lower (at one point demanding the table linen, but [[CampStraight Bohort]] refuses). In the end he demands the queen, gets Arthur's AxCrazy bodyguard Grüdü in obvious drag, and accepts "her" as the real deal.
* SurroundedByIdiots: A great deal. One of the major problems is that everyone considers themselves smarter than the others, no matter their actual level of intelligence.
* TakeOurWordForIt:
** Live version. Almost every battle only shows the commanders of the Briton army crying about the total inefficiency of their troops.
** Also, the series not having a big special-effect budget, monsters (dragons, goblins, minotaur, giant snake...) are just described or heard (or already dead), but carefully stay off-screen. Averted in the comic books, which sometimes show the monsters the show only talked about.
* TheTeetotaler: The weaponmaster
* ThievesGuild: Downplayed: Venec just keeps a notebook of what his boys stole where and when so the owners can buy it back. When Excalibur goes missing, Arthur gets out of it by pointing out that Venec is messing with the gods and liable to be cursed over several generations.
* ThoseTwoGuys:
** Karadoc and Perceval.
** Roparzh and Guethenoc.
** Yvain and Gauvain.
* TooDumbToLive:
** Half of the Knights of the Round Table are just plain incompetent.
** The [[MedievalMorons peasants]] also qualify, since they tend to revolt just for the sake of it. Although they are aware of the idiocy of revolting without knowing why, and one episode even focuses on them trying to find a good reason.
** Also, the Witch Hunter, who, because of his fanaticism against magic, manages to [[BullyingADragon physically attack Arthur]] ''twice'': in one of the pilots, because Arthur's usage of Excalibur qualify as "magic usage" ("which is forbidden!"); and in Livre IV, when he ''demands'' Excalibur from Arthur because [[{{Hypocrite}} a magic sword given by Pagan Gods would be most useful to fight heretics]]. He ends up tied to his own stake.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Séli was originally at least somewhat supportive of her son's non-combative leanings. Nowadays she's just as supportive of him as her husband.
* TortureAlwaysWorks: Léodagan's deep belief.
* TortureTechnician: While Arthur doesn't employ one, Venec tries to sell him a variety of progressively more hideous mechanical torture devices, as every ruler needs them (Léodagan heartily agrees). Arthur, who is against torture, declines... but TheStinger shows him using one to freak out Guenièvre.
* TranquilFury: Léodagan is a mean, quick-tempered bastard at his best. When he starts speaking in a calm, matter-of-fact voice, it's a cue that you should start running.
* TranslationConvention:
** Occasionally averted. A summit with the Burgundian King required an interpreter (although it seems to be mostly gibberish). Also PlayedWith, since after that episode, we learn that the Burgundian King took some lessons in Arthur's language. [[TheDitz Though what he says still doesn't make any sense.]]
** Father Blaise occasionally speaks Latin (and "Gaelic" -- actually ancient French -- in one episode); neither the audience nor the other characters are meant to understand what he's saying.
* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: When two wizards are about to duel (in any way), they must announce the complete titles and honors of the other.
-->'''Merlin:''' Elias de Kelliwi'ch; Great Enchanter of the North, Caller of the Caledonian Wolves, Slayer of the Snow Dragon, Creator of the Potion of Omnipotence, Seer of...\\
'''Arthur:''' ''[interrupts]'' Enough! You don't need to spout off his entire resume, do you?\\
'''Merlin:''' It's a wizard thing; it's how we greet each other...\\
'''Elias:''' Merlin; Enchanter of Britain, Defeater of the Winchester Weasel, Creator of the Potion of Curing Ingrown Nails, Author of the scroll ''Druidism for Old Folks''...\\
'''Merlin:''' ''[interrupts]'' Yeah, alright, alright. ''[to Arthur]'' You were right, it's gonna take forever.
* TwinThreesomeFantasy: Played straight with Azilis and Tumet (but averted when Arthur can't stand to be kissed by Guenièvre and Démetra at once).
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: A very short-lived one by Léodagan, complete with NewEraSpeech, that only lasts long enough for Mévanwi to use a loophole to set up Karadoc as king.
* UselessUsefulSpell: Merlin manages to create the Moonstone, which turns goat's meat into water. He later comes up with a stone that turns lead into water. ''Fresh'' water, so there's that.
-->'''Arthur:''' What's with you and water? We're not in the Sahel...
* VetinariJobSecurity: When Arthur steps down from the throne of Britain, the knights find out handling the kingdom is more work that they can handle. It's noted he's actually done it once or twice before, reclaiming the sword every time and proving himself the rightful king.
* VillainDecay: Done in a single episode to UsefulNotes/AttilaTheHun. When he first shows up, Bohort is of course panicked, but after finding out there's only two of them, Attilla's demands get continually smaller, with the cast refusing them for ever-pettier reasons (''Bohort'' gets in on the action, refusing to give up finely made bedsheets).
* WakingNonSequitur: At the end of episode "L'Ivresse" ("Drunkenness"), Perceval, after passing out drunk on a tavern table, suddenly raises his head and shouts "Independent Wales!" at the top of his lungs. And then he complains there's a woodpecker in his skull.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Lancelot]] at the end of the sixth season.
* WhatTheFuAreYouDoing: Karadoc and Perceval's "fighting techniques", all the time.
-->'''Arthur:''' ''[to Perceval and Karadoc''] What you're doing is important, especially to someone like me, with a tendency towards depression. It's systematically stupid, but always unexpected.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: The kingdom of Carmélide could be anywhere in Britain (even Brittany in some works) in Arthurian legends; this one is somewhere near Hadrian's Wall.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes:
** Guenièvre has an irrational fear of birds.
** Arthur isn't fond of snakes, although he denies it.
** Yvain is very scared of wasps and bees.
* YouAllMeetInAnInn: Karadoc and Perceval recruit their whole new clan in an inn, which becomes their "headquarters". Not surprising, since they're working there to pay over their huge debt to the innkeeper.
* YouFightLikeACow: The weaponmaster's favorite schtick.
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: Perceval is forever using words with little to no relation to what he's trying to say, such as "psychological" for "agricultural".
* YouNeedToGetLaid: Arthur, about the (virgin) Lancelot. [[HilarityEnsues Without realizing he just escaped a death-by-Lancelot, who lusts after Arthur's wife.]]
* YourOtherLeft:
** A recurring problem for Perceval; he can't ever tell right from left. He once calls himself a "[[TheSouthpaw southpaw]]"... while drawing his sword with the right hand.
--->'''Perceval:''' So what are they called?\\
'''Arthur:''' Dunno.\\
'''Lancelot:''' Northpaw?\\
'''Perceval:''' Wait, northpaw doesn't mean anything, you want me to look like an idiot?
** Also a problem for Grüdü, as shown during a visit of a labyrinth.
* YouShallNotPass: Bohort, at the end of Livre V, pulls a GoThroughMe to stop Lancelot from killing Arthur. Lancelot just [[CurbStompBattle bashes his head against a wall]] and passes anyway.

!!The ComicBookAdaptation provides examples of:

* AdaptationExpansion: Several plots are expanded on from TV episodes (the Giant Snake from Shadow Lake, the Transport Seats...).
* AntiAdvice: In "The Basilisk's Lair", Perceval explains his system for determining which lever to pull: Since Karadoc systematically gives stupid suggestions, he'll go with the opposite of what Karadoc says.
* CrownOfHorns: The Necromancer in the first album has a skull with immense deer horns (probably from a ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megaloceros Megaloceros]]'') as a helmet. [[spoiler:In the end, Perceval seizes it and wears it at the Round Table.]]
* ExoticWeaponSupremacy: Averted; the Viking chieftain chooses a scythe over a pair of kutars to assassinate Arthur, but doesn't get to use it.
* FailedASpotCheck: Karadoc and Perceval are rather oblivious as a general rule, but in ''Le Serpent géant du lac de l'Ombre'' ("The Giant Snake from Shadow Lake"), they take it to a whole new level. While rowing on the title lake in search of the [[StockNessMonster eponymous giant snake]], a huge coil of said monster rises above the water behind them... and they don't notice. Then its tail strikes their boat, and they wonder if they hit a rock. Finally, a stronger tail lash capsizes their boat and sends both in the water. Their conclusion? There's no giant snake in this damn lake, they're just wasting their time.
* GiveChaseWithAngryNatives: In ''L'Armée du Nécromant'', Arthur and co. are climbing to the top of a mountain to defeat an evil Necromancer. Along the way, they come across a gigantic RodentOfUnusualSize, fortunately asleep. When things go wrong at the summit, they slide back down on improvised sleds, hurling stones at the rat as they pass. When the pursuing Necromancer arrives, the rat is awake and angry, and proceeds to eat him.
* HairTriggerAvalanche: In ''L'Armée du Nécromant'', the knights are caught in an avalanche while fighting a horde of zombies in the mountains. At first they think it was from Merlin casting a spell, but in fact it was because Karadoc and Perceval were yelling while charging into the fray.
* MouthCam: We get such a shot in the first album, when Karadoc and Perceval are pursued by a big, ''undead skeleton sabertooth tiger''.
* OurLichesAreDifferent: The Necromancer from the first album, ''L'Armée du Nécromant'' ("The Necromancer's Army").
* SeriesContinuityError: Séli is (in one episode) mentioned to be a Pict. Yet when an army of Picts show up and kidnap Guenièvre in the seventh album, she has no idea who they are.
* SinisterScythe: The Viking chieftain in the second album decides to wield one against Arthur.
* StockNessMonster: The Giant Snake from Shadow Lake. Alluded in one episode (where Perceval and Karadoc triumph over an eel), and seen in the fifth album.
* TurnUndead: Featured in ''L'Armée du Nécromant''. The knights going on a mission to investigate a surge of zombies, they bring Father Blaise with them, on the principle that priests are supposed to have powers against TheUndead. However, Blaise never tried this before, and all his attempts fail. Except at a critical moment toward the end, after hours of prayer, where he obliterates a group of giant zombies, almost accidentally (and fries his holy symbol in the process).
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Here, "Why Did It Have to Be Rats with Pigeon Wings?", in the sixth album. Guenièvre is already afraid of birds, but those things are much worse.
->''Bon, euh c'est bon, super, cassez-vous!''\\
''C'est pas faux.''