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Captain Darling already fought in the front line.
The S3 episodes are aired out of order and Ink and Incapability is the real finale.As everyone knows, Blackadder's timeline/continuity leaves a lot to be desired. So there's no reason why they can't air the episodes out of order. In the beginning of the second episode of S3, George has just woken up from a nightmare involving being mistreated and then shot dead. At the end of the episode, Blackadder's novel has been destroyed and he's still just a butler who looks incredibly depressed. This makes his status both in the Christmas Carol and Blackadder goes Forth more plausible. It is also of note that Pitt the Younger becomes Prime Minister in episode one and Pitt the Elder is Prime Minister in some latter episodes, the wrong way round.
The Blackadder lineage is actually descended from the original Baldrick.In "The Queen of Spain's Beard", it is established that Blackadder is a virgin, and the episode in which he dies follows not long after. However, Baldrick sleeps with the Spanish Infanta while pretending to be Blackadder. If she had a child as a result of this encounter, it would be presumed to be Edmund's. Also note that the later Blackadders display much of the cunning that was missing from the original, and found in the original Baldrick.
Alternatively, the original Blackadder's son was raised by Baldrick.Essentially the same as the above theory, except that Blackadder did manage to father a child (presumably with the Spanish Infanta, given that the Blackadders remained part of the nobility until at least Blackadder II) and this child was just influenced and taught (possibly even raised) by the original Baldrick. This would also apparently have been to the detriment of his own children.
The Blackadder lineage is Scottish.Consider that Blackadder: Back & Forth shows us a Blackadder as a Roman centurion stationed at Hadrian's Wall. Presumably he is not killed by the Scots attacking the wall, but is taken prisoner and enslaved. Centuries later his descendant the Duke of Argyll has an affair with Queen Gertrude who ends up having Prince Edmund and introducing the line to England. Obviously part of the family (the MacAdders) stuck on in Scotland until at least the Regency...
The Blackadders after the original series are not descended from Prince Edmund but from his half brother.See Blackadder=Scottish. Only, as has been pointed out, Edmund can't have had children. Plus, he is a total ninny. However the Scotsman who is his half brother seems pretty clued in. He might have another brother who assumes the Blackadder name as a political move. Thus the Duke of Argyle would look like Edmund (and the Scotsman we see takes after his mum.)
Baldrick and Percy were trying to murder Prince Edmund.Why did they lay on an extra seventh goblet in 'The Black Seal'? They obviously didn't know that Edmund was a captive of the Black Seal.
The Baldricks hail from Nottingham.Baldrick is descended from the Sheriff of Nottingham. This explains not only the family resemblance in both appearance and klutziness, but also the fact that the series ends with him building a time machine that they use to kill Robin Hood; of course, his plan backfires and Maid Marian ends up Queen of England, but the fact that the plan backfires just makes it more plausible.
Blackadder ties into Red Dwarf.The revolutionary general Edmund and Baldrick were captured by was a ancestor of Arnold Rimmer (they're both played by Chris Barrie) and the tales of him palling around with Napoleon contributed to both his hero worship of Napoleon and his feelings of inferiority. Also Lister is part of a branch of the Baldrick family that exibits the general filthiness but initial intelligence of the clan.
Mad Prince Ludwig is an ancestor of Prince George.Historical fact: King George I and his descendants were German, of the House of Hanover, to be specific. Ludwig is implied to be German. It is possible that he or one of his descendants married into what would be known as the House of Hanover.
The current generation of Blackadder is Ned Bigby."Ned" can be short for "Edmund", the family name could have been changed by the ancestor who fled-,um,emigrated to America, Ned is good at playing the system, and his general lack of Jerk Ass -ness could be explained by anything from self-awareness and personal effort, to the laid-back California lifestyle, or simply the idealism of youth (every other Blackadder we've seen has been at least 30), and going from the WWI British officer class in 1918 to being an apparently middle class kid in the American public school system in 2005-07 is about average for the long, slow Blackadder decline. All of which means that somewhere in England there's a school with a Baldrick and a Percy who are missing their Blackadder...
Mr. Bean is part of the Blackadder Family.Despite lacking the intelligence of other Blackadders he still can be a very crafty individual. This is supported by the fact that in an episode of the animated series of Mr. Bean a portrait of Blackadder II hangs in Buckingham Palace.
Everyone survived going over the top in Blackadder goes ForthThe season end mentions that that episode is set in 1916, HOWEVER the Charlie Chaplin episode states at the end that the U.S. has just entered the war, an event that didn't happen untill 1917 therefore the Charlie Chaplin episode happened after and they all survived going over the top.
Baldrick survived going over the topHe had the bullet with his name on it, so all of the others missed.
Inspector Fowler is a member of the Blackadder familyOk so he is wet, but he is also reasonably crafty at times and has the Blackadder wit. Inspector Grim is decended from the Darling line, see his attitude to his superiors.
Edmund and Baldrick are constantly being reincarnated.Each season tells key incidents in each of their lives, as if told from a past life regression. Thus we see their souls continue their development from season to season, with Baldick becoming progressively dumber and Blackadder becoming progressively more cynical after each misfortune which befalls him.
The Blackadder from Back and Forth went back in time and helped the Blackadder from season 1 overthrow the king and claim the throne.And this is how he became king at the end of Back and Forth.
Ebeneezer Blackadder is Captain Blackadder's father.Blackadder Christmas Special must take place between 10/02/1840 and 14/12/1861, because Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are married. Blackadder Goes Forth ends in 1917, and cannot start any earlier than 28/07/1914. Captain Blackadder looks to be no more than 45, meaning he was probably not born any earlier than 1869. We know from the visions that Ebeneezer will have descendants, and if he becomes a big meanie in the aftermath of being visited by the spirit of Christmas, then he has at least eight years to amass a fortune and have a kid, and probably more. As for what sort of woman would be willing to marry him, money is a great aphrodisiac. Presumably, Ebeneezer named his son after his Elizabethan and Georgian ancestors. As for what Captain Edmund is more sympathetic than the others, it may be a side-effect of Ebeneezer not being used to being a meanie.
Gregory House is a descendant of Prince George.Fact: Before ascending to the throne, Prince George...well, he couldn't keep it in his pants. Only a few bastards were acknowledged, but there could have easily some not-acknowledged bastards out there, and they or a descendant of theirs could have emigrated to America. Eventually, one of the persons born to that illegitimate line was Gregory House, who happens to greatly resemble his ancestor, Prince George. The only reason no one picks up on this is because of Edmund taking George's place as Prince Regent.
Prince Edmund unknowingly fathered a child after the events of the first episodeThis is just a matter of numbers, and thinking about how Lord Edmund Blackadder's grandfather could have been born. If Blackadder II is set in the 1560s when Lord Blackadder is about thirty, and taking into account the apparent age of his uncle Lord Nathaniel Whiteadder, it seems apparent that his grandfather would probably have had to have been born in the 1480s. So, here's the theory: upon hearing the three witches who have mistaken him for Henry Tudor proclaim that he will one day be king, Prince Edmund rides away triumphantly and decides to celebrate: he gets incredibly drunk and has sex with a woman — possibly a prostitute, or a peasant, or a peasant prostitute — and only identifies himself by his new nom de guerre "The Black Adder". Nine months later this woman gives birth to a boy, and she gives him the surname "Blackadder". Twelve or thirteen years later when the royal family is wiped out and Henry Tudor re-emerges to take the throne, she realises that her son is the bastard son of the late Prince Edmund — perhaps she even meets the original Baldrick, who tells her about working for The Black Adder, and pieces it together from there. In order to keep the new claimant quiet, Henry VII gives the boy a lordship and has him raised in the court, and thus he becomes the first Lord Blackadder. He ends up marrying and having several children (at least three sons: Lord Edmund's father, Uncle Osric and Lord Whiteadder), and later grandchildren (including, of course, Lord Edmund).
Queen Elizabeth had at least two illegitimate children with Lord EdmundThis explains why the Blackadder line continues after Edmund dies unmarried- he's already fathered a child, and presumably sent him away to be raised by other people. We know he had to have been Blackadder III's ancestor since Ebenezer Blackadder saw them both as his ancestor. The other child (possibly female) eventually led to Lady Elizabeth in Blackadder Back and Forth, who fits the crown perfectly. Elizabeth kept both children secret to preserve her supposed virginity. Queenie certainly doesn't seem the type to care about (or even remember) her offspring...
The Blackadder and Flasheart lines eventually mixed, the results being (in the far future...)...Ciaphas Cain, a man with Captian Blackadder's views of war and Flasheart's flair for capturing the hearts of the soldiers.
The real moral of Blackadders Christmas Carol......was neither "spiritual rewards are the best" nor "bad guys have all the fun". The moral was in fact one of being sensible- don't let people walk all over you, but also don't act rude to everyone for no reason. This would have produced the best reward at the end, though both Blackadder and the Spirit missed it.
The Blackadders have some kind of genetic memory.The first one was fairly dim and was taken advantage of by everybody as a result. The second learned from this, and is a lot cleverer and he is mean to Percy and Baldrick because both of their ancestors were a Spanner in the Works to his ancestor. Since the second one still failed, the third is much more ruthless and even evil. It's hard to explain what happened to create Ebeneezer, since 3 seemingly won, but I'd assume that somehow 3 failed and the family stayed poor, but reached the middle class. Ebenezer was horrified by 3's behavior, and so he tried to be really good instead, but it didn't work- he was taken advantage of like 1, but when he turned evil, wasn't smart about it either. Thus, the fourth is more balanced, having the snarkiness and cleverness of 2 and 3, but isn't nearly as nasty as either of them. We don't know whether 4 survived World War I or not, but the well-off and fairly likable time traveler Blackadder is likely his descendent, which shows some reward for 4's relative goodness.
Cardinal Wolsey and Henry VIII are a Blackadder and a George.Wolsey is the Blackadder prevnting Henry (George) from causing mayhem, causing the country to go bankrupt, or getting them killed (for example Henry's constant want to invade France, and the few times he actually DID invade France).
The Blackadder lineage will continue onwards towards the Grim Dark Future where there is only warBecause no man gets out of a cycle of progressively worse lives that easily. Incedently, there is already a fanfiction that has a sequel in the works that demonstrates this theory.
The end of Blackadder the Third used to be differentBlackadder was killed in the duel and the Blackadder line continued through an illigtimate son, hence Captain Blackadder's reduced fortunes. The ending we saw was the revised timeline created by the Back and Forth Blackadder, who saw to it that his ancestor survived and became king, setting the scene for his own place on the throne. Edmund-pretending-to-be-the-prince eventually sent for said illigitimate son, not trusting anyone but a Blackadder as his heir and passing the boy off as his son from the rose bush. Blackadder Goes Forth still happened as we saw, but Captain Blackadder got more respect for being related to the king.
Most of the main characters are immortal.Or at least extremely long-lived. Not only are Blackadder and Baldrick always present, but also George (and other Hugh Laurie characters), Percy/Darling, Melchett, Queen Elizabeth, and probably a couple others. They aren't Identical Grandchildren but are the same people. They just can't remember more than a few decades at a time with perhaps more vague memories of the distant past so they think they are the same as the rest of us. So Blackadder's reference to his father in II is really referring either to himself just decades prior, or to his real father but not remembering that he really lived hundreds or thousands of years in the past.
Blackadder's guests in "Back and Forth" used the time machine later that evening.They could have travelled back in time and become what we know as their ancestors.
The first Blackadder is relieved of all pain and healed by his mother's witchcraft.But died anyway from the poison.
The stinger in the last episode of Blackadder II, "Chains," is not realBut, instead, is all a Dying Dream of Prince Ludwig's after Edmund impales him with a dagger. It's basically his life long wish fulfillment. Not only does he accomplish his goal of murdering the Queen and those closest to her in the court, but he has also created one of his best, and favorite, disguises.
George from Blackadder Goes Forth used to attend the school in Family of Blood"War is coming. In foreign fields, war of the whole wide world, with all your boys falling down in the mud. Do you think they will thank the man who taught them it was glorious?"
The time travelling Blackadder got his Elizebethan ancestor to marry the QueenThis explains why he became King Blackadder the Third- the first one still failed, the second one technically became a Prince, and the Regency and World War One incarnations became King.
Black Adder really IS the Scarlet PimpernelAfter all, only the REAL Scarlet Pimpernel would criticize himself so thoroughly to throw everyone off the trail!
The Inbetweeners are descendants of Blackadder charactersWill is descended from Edmund, though his more cunning qualities are diluted. Neil is a descendant of Baldrick. Jay has his roots in Lord Flashheart (though, obviously, Flash's qualities are absent). Simon is harder to pin down, but displays some of George's haplessness when it comes to women.
General Melchett is part sheepNow before you decide this is insane remember that each of the characters is descended directly from previous incarnations, Melchett in Blackadder 2 was a member of the clergy and presumably took vows of chastity. Also the only thing Melchett was ever sexually involved with was a sheep (although actually prince Ludwig in disguise)Presuming this was not a once in a life time event the only thing Melchett may have ever had sex with were sheep. Secondly General Melchett say's "Baaaah" quite often for no determinable reason.
Amy in Amy and Amiability and Nurse Mary are descended from Queen ElizabethAfter all, Amy seems to retain many of Queenie's cuckoolander traits, and her casual attitude towards violence and Nurse Mary retains the soppyness-hiding-deviousness of Amy. And of course, this would eventually lead to the Elizabeth of Back and Forth
After the events of Blackadder Goes Forth, (where they survive going over the top) Blackadder has a child, as does Baldrick. Those two children are Mr. Bean's parents.Mr. Bean inherits his Grandfathers' features but not his personality. While Blackadder was the dignified manager of imbeciles, crossing with the Baldrick bloodline caused Bean to have the mind of a child, he also comes up with a few cunning plans.
The Harry Potter movies are the Blackadder alumni associationJust take a look at how many actors/actresses from Blackadder moved on to the Harry Potter movies. Professor Slughorn, Professor Sprout, and Hagrid, to name a few were all previously in Blackadder.
Richard, Duke of York, had initially relinquished his claim to the throne.This is to address the oddity of Richard III having the throne despite his older brother's son still being alive. Richard had relinquished it at first so he could go off fighting in wars whenever he liked. He only took the claim back when it was clear Richard III would not have heirs, allowing Richard III to finish his reign before asserting his rights as the rightful heir. (Precedent: Queen Anne allowed her brother in law William III of William and Mary fame to finish his reign before claiming the throne, despite him being further down the line and Mary the one who rightfully inherited the throne, meaning the throne should have gone to Anne when Mary died, William be damned.)
The first series is based on a Take That written by Shakespeare.
Lord Flashheart's Ancestor Is Mad Gerald.
The events of "Blackadder Back And Forth" did irreversible damage to the timeline of the Blackadder universe.
Percy II's linage ended with him because...
Captain Blackadder is secretly a badass
Captain Blackadder and Captain Darling were once good friends
The Duke of Wellington knew he was shooting the real Prince George
At some point between II and Goes Forth, the Percy, Melchett and Tudor lineages all intersectedHence why Captain Darling looks like Percy but has a personality much closer to that of Lord Melchett, whereas General Melchett is implicitly Lord Melchett's Identical Grandson but resembles him little in personality, and has a few of Queenie's traits (mostly the madness and indifference to human life)
Bob Parkhurst never actually got revealed publicly as a woman.The only reason she appeared out of disguise in "Private Plane" was to bang Flash.
Dr. Forrestor and TV's Frank are the new Blackadder and Baldrick.Think about it. Evil master who fails at his goals and has a moustache? Check. Short bumbling sidekick who screws up every task and is constantl beat up as retribution.
Blackadder: Back and Forth is a prequel to Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death.The Blackadder in Back and Forth had a son with Queen Marian of Sherwood. That son later used his father's time machine to go on adventures, during which he met a Time Lady. He married the Time Lady, and they had a son, who looked like a long-haired Blackadder when he grew up. This Blackadder ended up with his own TARDIS. On one of his adventures, he encountered Cybermen who had recently encountered the Eighth Doctor. The Cybermen altered this Blackadder's memories with an infostamp and made him believe that he was The Doctor, just like what happened to Jackson Lake in "The Next Doctor." When he looked in a mirror, he noticed how different he looked from the Eighth Doctor and concluded that he had regenerated into his ninth incarnation. He met and fell in love with his companion Emma and encountered The Master, who had somehow gotten a new body since the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie. The Blackadder who believed that he was The Doctor ended up regenerating a few times until he was a woman. While he believed that this was his thirteenth incarnation (since he believed that he was The Doctor), it was actually his fifth incarnation. He went off with The Master but later discovered, possibly with the help of the real Doctor, that his memories had been altered. Blackadder regenerated into a man once again and returned to Emma to marry her, while The Master later went on to become Professor Yana after The Last Great Time War.
After assuming George's identity, Blackadder ended up Becoming the Mask.After assuming the role of the Prince of Wales, Blackadder began to indulge in everything he couldn't get as a lowly butler- fine wines, good food, opium, sexy girls, etc. Since he now had everything he wanted in his grasp, he became less and less inclined to use his cunning and wound up being functionally indistinguishable from the Brilliant, but Lazy Adipose Rex that history remembers King "George" IV as.
Darling is descended from Percy and knows this.He's making Lord Blackadder's descendant pay for every humiliation suffered by Lord Percy.
Blackadder isn't a Jerkass at all; the second one is friends with Baldrick.Now I haven't actually seen the first series, but in the second and fourth, it's purely context that makes Blackadder act in the way he does - starting with series 4, we see Blackadder in a trench during world war one - this situation would put anyone in a bad mood, and if you're stuck with the jarringly optimistic George and the total moron Baldrick, as well as a military leader as poor as Melchett commanding you, this isn't exactly going to fill you with love and respect for your fellow man. In series 2, Blackadder lives in total fear of Melchett winning Queenies favour permanently and getting him put to death; furthermore, he can't seem to shake off Percy. This means he acts horrible TO Melchett and Percy, but notice when he talks to other people - for example, Mr and Mrs Ploppy in the jail. Despite their inherent disgustingness, he is perfectly polite to them, because they don't irritate him. Furthermore, he seems to actually have some faith and respect for Baldrick in series 2. At least twice he gets Baldrick to beat people up for money, showing he believes Baldrick can carry out a simple task. Despite the fact that he still does some douchey things to Baldrick, I think this is more releasing anger from other people onto him - if you actually watch the series, you'll notice that he never actually DOES many bad things to Baldrick, other than insult his intelligence. He even tries to teach him maths in one episode, showing that he doesn't see him as a total lost cause. Compare this to the way the third and fourth Blackadders hit Baldrick on a regular basis for little or no reason - we can clearly see that Blackadder, in series 2, actually considers Baldrick a friend. Conclusion: Blackadder (of series 2 and 4) is a perfectly nice guy who only appears to be a Jerkass from his unfavourable surroundings.
The Third Blackadder was especially cruel to Baldrick because he blamed the Baldricks for his family's fall from graceAt some point between the second and third series, the Blackadder dynasty lost its noble status and had to go to work as domestic servants, although Blackadder III is aware of his family's former status. This fall was due to a Baldrick agreeing to become Charles I's executioner and then persuading his Blackadder that there was money in it, so that the previously Royalist Blackadder performed the execution himself. Come the Restoration, the Blackadders were attainted as regicides. But for Baldrick's intervention, they would probably have been rewarded for their loyalty with promotion to a higher noble status.