!!Present Across the Series
* RealitySubtext: Creator/StephenFry's homosexuality is amusingly alluded (and PlayedForLaughs) to by some of his characters' actions:
** Lord Melchett (''Blackadder II'') had a very... close relationship with Flossie the sheep.
** General Melchett's "one true love" was Speckled Jim, his pet pigeon. In another episode he falls for George's drag act, and considers a woman's "drag act" a disaster.
* StarMakingRole: For Tony Robinson in the UK.
** One idea for a fifth series would have had Blackadder as a member of UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher's cabinet in the 1980s.
** Another idea was to do a UsefulNotes/WorldWarII prisoner escape story.
** Yet another was ''The Red Adder'', with Blackadder being a secret policeman in Russia during the Revolution. It would turn out that by the end of the series, he'd be doing the same job only in a different uniform.
** A fifth series or a movie set in the TheSixties about a rock band was on the cards at one point but nothing came of it. Blackadder would have been the bastard son of Queen Elizabeth and was in a band called The Blackadder Five, with Bald Rick on drums.
** There was also talk of a sixties TuxedoAndMartini spoof called either ''Blackadder MI5'' or ''Blackadder 005''.[[note]]Rowan Atkinson did end up playing hapless secret agent Johnny English in two movies, though that had more in common with Mr Bean[[/note]]
** Creator/StephenFry suggested a BoardingSchool series called ''Blackadder in the Fifth''.
** Richard Curtis had the idea of Blackadder as a corrupt Oxford don and Baldrick as his "scout" (housekeeper) "so essentially [[LikeAnOldMarriedCouple they would have been married for forty years]]".
* WordOfGod: Turnips are mentioned a lot, from the second series on. In series three, they become Baldrick's only ambition in life. The creators say this is because someone confused them with parsnips, which explains the joke about their shape in series two.
* YouLookFamiliar: Tim [=McInnerny=], Miranda Richardson, and Creator/StephenFry all made guest appearances in various episodes.
!!Present in ''The Black Adder''
* DawsonCasting: Robert East, who played Edmund's older brother Harry, Prince of Wales, was just seven years younger than Creator/BrianBlessed, who played his father, King Richard IV.[[note]] Some websites confuse him with a different Robert East who was actually nearly five years ''older'' than Blessed.[[/note]]
* FanNickname: The nameless King played by John Savident in the original, unaired pilot has been nicknamed King Frederick I by fans, in reference to Savident's [[Series/CoronationStreet most well-known role]].
* OldShame: Creator/RowanAtkinson and producer John Lloyd spend a significant amount of time badmouthing this series in the documentary included on the DVD boxset, calling it "pretty, but dreary to watch."
** Creator/BrianBlessed (Richard), Elspet Gray (Gertrude), Robert East (Henry) all qualify, as none of them would return for the later, more popular incarnations of the series (Blessed was asked back for one-off appearances in the third and fourth series, but was unavailable on both occasions).
** Going back a step further, John Savident (the King), Robert Bathurst (Henry), and Philip Fox (Baldrick) were replaced between the pilot and the series; only Rowan Atkinson, Tim [=McInnerny=], and Elspet Gray remained of the primary cast from the pilot.
* ShootTheMoney: The BBC gave this series an unusually large budget, which is why there was extensive location shooting at a real castle: they didn't necessarily need it but they certainly could afford it. For subsequent series, the budget was cut down to the bone and the show compensated with the clever scripts and storylines it is best known for.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The original pilot episode was much more similar to what the later ''Blackadder'' installments would be like (for example, Edmund was much more savvy and snarky in the pilot than he was in the series, except in "Born to Be King", of which the pilot was an early version), but ExecutiveMeddling resulted in the version of ''The Black Adder'' that we know and... well, treat as a valued and respected ''friend'', but not really love, per se. Most fans believe that had the finished series combined the pilot episode's characterisations with the cast that we ended up with, it would have been vastly superior.
* WrittenByCastMember: Co-written by Rowan Atkinson.
!!Present in ''Blackadder II''
* IronyAsSheIsCast: Creator/MiriamMargolyes, who played the authoritarian and crazily Puritanical Lady Whiteadder, is actually gay and Jewish.
* OldShame: Creator/TomBaker was so embarrassed by his guest role in "[[Recap/BlackadderS2E3Potato Potato]]" that he felt that his Equity card should have been revoked.
* OutOfOrder: "[[Recap/BlackadderS2E2Head Head]]" was originally intended to be the first episode, and was first to be filmed. This resulted in the small continuity error of Lord Percy still having a beard in "Head" which he shaves off in "[[Recap/BlackadderS2E1Bells Bells]]". In addition, during the early scenes of "Head", the principal characters are introduced to the audience with Baldrick's stupidity highlighted.
* RomanceOnTheSet: Creator/RowanAtkinson met his second wife, makeup expert Sunetra Sastry, while working on this series. (They divorced in 2015.)
* SerendipityWritesThePlot: Blackadder's amusing and much-imitated pronunciation of "Bob" is a result of Rowan Atkinson's stutter. He has special difficulty with the letter "b". This led to a memorable ThrowItIn in season 4: see below.
* UnfinishedEpisode: There was a murder mystery episode that was abandoned when nobody could get it to work.
** Creator/BrianBlessed claims that the original plan was that he would have played Queenie. And been madly in love with Edmund. It's quite a terrifying idea.
** Creator/JimBroadbent was supposed to play Lord Whiteadder, again opposite Creator/MiriamMargoyles, but was unavailable.
* WagTheDirector: Creator/RikMayall only agreed to play Lord Flashheart under the proviso that every single line he had was funnier than Rowan Atkinson's.
* YouLookFamiliar: Creator/HughLaurie shows up in the final two episodes of the season, but in two unrelated roles: in "[[Recap/BlackadderS2E5Beer Beer]]", he's Simon Partridge, one of Blackadder's jolly drinking buddies; and in "[[Recap/BlackadderS2E6Chains Chains]]", he plays the villain, the wicked Prince Ludwig. Laurie evidently must have had a good time on set, since he went on to return in the following two seasons as a major cast member.
!!Present in ''Blackadder the Third''
* ActingForTwo: In the finale, Creator/RowanAtkinson also plays Edmund's Scottish cousin [=McAdder=].
!!Present in ''Blackadder Goes Forth''
* ActorInspiredElement: It was Creator/StephenFry who came up with the name Darling, as he went to school with a boy of that name and was tormented by it. The character was originally named Cartwright.
* ActorSharedBackground: Melchett and George are both implied to have gone to Cambridge, just like Creator/StephenFry and Creator/HughLaurie. (Averted with Blackadder, who didn't go to university, unlike Oxford graduate Creator/RowanAtkinson.)
** When Flashheart is carrying off Bob the driver and they keep saying "Woof!" to each other, Blackadder sourly remarks "God, it's like Crufts in here." This was an ad lib by producer John Lloyd: the line as originally written was "God, it's like Battersea Dog's Home in here" but Rowan Atkinson's stutter kicked in and he couldn't get around the "b" in "Battersea". After several failed takes, Lloyd instructed the floor manager to tell Atkinson to change the reference to Crufts, Britain's most famous dog show. The result got a huge laugh from the studio audience (partly out of relief). Stephen Fry remarked that it was an inspired bit of on-the-fly producing from Lloyd.
** The TearJerker ending to the final episode, in which the main characters charge into no-man's land but are then obscured by a huge explosion before the image fades to a field of poppies, had to be thrown together in post-production. There was limited filming time, and the director had no experience with action scenes, and there was no money for a stunt co-ordinator in the budget. The resulting footage of Blackadder, George, Baldrick and Darling charging through No Man's Land while shells blew up around them looked distinctly underwhelming (they just fell over and lay on the ground looking not very dead), but the explosion effects were also so terrifying for the actors that Rowan Atkinson refused point-blank to do any retakes. The footage was deemed unusable, but while the film editor was cycling through it and trying to figure out what to do, he realised that slowing it down made it far more effective. As a result, they re-edited the footage, slowed it down, dropped the audio out and replaced it with the theme music played as a LonelyPianoPiece, and then at the moment a large explosion obscured the actors from view, crossfaded to a still photograph of some poppies. The result was the most hard-earned DownerEnding to any situation comedy.
* TroubledProduction[=/=]WagTheDirector: According to Creator/StephenFry and Tony Robinson, there was a lot of friction between the cast and writers during the making of this series, with the actors frequently rewriting the script on the set, which the two have admitted doing themselves. The resulting atmosphere on-set -- together with producer John Lloyd leaving the BBC and the knowledge that any hypothetical ''Blackadder 5'' would be eviscerated by the critics if it was even slightly worse than the previous series -- made it certain that this would be the final ''Blackadder'' production until ''Back & Forth'' ten years later.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Originally, everyone was supposed to be dramatically gunned down, with Captain Blackadder being the only survivor and sneaking away, before being seen as an old man in an epilogue scene that never got filmed. This didn't happen due to [[SerendipityWritesThePlot Serendipity Writing The Plot]]: see above.
* WordOfGod: According to Stephen Fry, Melchett loudly grunts every time he sits down because has hemorrhoids.