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Albert the Fifth Musketeer
"He's sharp, he's cool, he's nobody's fool, he's Albert the Fifth Musketeer!" Albert the Fifth Musketeer
French cartoon. It's essentially
The Three Musketeers meets MacGyver
It takes place in early 17th century under the reign of king Louis XIII and centers on the antics of Albert de Parmagnan,
a new member
of the Royal Musketeers. While the four other musketeers (Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D'Artagnan) are all
bumbling and incompetent
, Albert is
short but quick-witted and clever
, creating many inventions to get the others out of trouble and save the day by thwarting the Cardinal's
to take over the Kingdom of France.
Albert the Fifth Musketeer provides examples of the following tropes: Accordion Man: A variant. When D'Artagnan orders the other musketeers to stop while they're on a ride, they usually run into each other with their horses. Porthos usually runs the last and pushes the others forward like an accordion, with an actual accordion sound. Adaptational Comic Relief: Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D'Artagnan, from swashbuckling Badasses in Dumas' novels to Bumbling Sidekicks / Idiot Heroes / The Fools. Adjective Animal Alehouse: The Golden Pheasant tavern. Amusing Injuries Anachronism Stew: Bolognese sauce, modern frying pans and umbrellas were unheard of until late 19th century. English people wearing bowler hats and drinking tea in early 17th century England. Tea was introduced circa 1660, at least two decades after the end of Louis XIII's reign, and the custom of afternoon tea originated in England in the 1840s. Bowler hats appeared circa 1850. The Eiffel Tower tends to make appearances here and there, probably to remind viewers the series takes place in Paris. But, the Eiffel Tower is built over 200 years later. Beard of Evil: The Cardinal sports a grey goatee. Bedsheet Ghost: The episode "Ghost You Said". Berserk Button: Each time D'Artagnan sees a guard of the Cardinal, his face turns red and exhales steam. Big Bad: Cardinal de Richelieu. The Big Guy: Porthos, and his Evil Counterpart in the guards of the Cardinal. Big Good: Queen Anne. Brains and Brawn: Albert's plans usually work this way. Breaking the Fourth Wall: Albert, Cardinal Richelieu and Milady de Winter tend to do this; Richelieu and Milady concerning plots or telling the viewers off for laughing, Albert to wrap-up an episode. Catch Phrase: The musketeers' legendary motto "All for one and one for all!". " (D'Artagnan) CHAAAARGEEEEE!" Clock Punk: Some of Albert's inventions fall into this. By the way, he has always admired Leonardo da Vinci, and most of his inventions look accordingly. Cloudcuckoolander: Athos. Color-Coded for Your Convenience / Good Colors, Evil Colors: The musketeers and the king's guards dress in blue, the Cardinal's guards dress in red. Courtly Love: The Duke of Buckingham, to the Queen. Da Chief: Monsieur de Tréville, captain of the musketeers. Damsel in Distress: Queen Anne, sometimes. Dark Chick: Milady de Winter. The Ditz: Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D'Artagnan. Does Not Know His Own Strength: Porthos. The Dragon: Milady de Winter, to the Cardinal. Dumb Muscle: Porthos. Evil Chancellor: The Cardinal. Evil Counterpart: Each one of the five musketeers has a guard of the Cardinal with the exact same size and haircut. Evil Laugh: The Cardinal and Milady. Expository Theme Tune Failure Is the Only Option: The Cardinal's plans. Fat Idiot: Porthos. Fighting Dirty: The Cardinal's guards' favourite strategy against the musketeers. It always works, until Albert kicks in. Flynning: The swashbuckling moments. The Fools: D'Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis. Friend to All Living Things: Albert has made friends with a few animals. There's Gertrude the mouse who willingly tested his model of a flying machine and her partner who lives in the walls of the workshop, Little John's cow and of course, Albert's mule who seems to be more of a partner. He's also quite fond of nature. One of his favourite things to do following missions is relax in a field and sniff the flowers. Gadgeteer Genius: Albert. Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: The Queen. She's made of Incorruptible Pure Pureness. Hair-Trigger Temper: D'Artagnan. Hammerspace: Where did the small cannon and those blunderbusses that Albert uses come from? He appears to pull them out from behind his back! Historical Domain Characters: Louis XIII of France (the King), Anne of Austria (the Queen), Armand Jean du Plessis (aka Cardinal de Richelieu), George Villiers (1st Duke of Buckingham). Historical Villain Upgrade: The Cardinal is always plotting against Louis XIII. In Real Life, he was one of the French Crown's most loyal (and ruthless) servants. Hoist by His Own Petard: What usually happens to Milady de Winter, and sometimes to the Cardinal. Honor Before Reason: D'Artagnan. Hopeless Suitor: The Duke of Buckingham, to the Queen. Idiot Heroes: Arthos, Porthos, Aramis and D'Artagnan. It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY: Albert is pronounced "Al-bear" in English, just as it is in French. Kidnapped Scientist: When the musketeers are tasked to find someone who is able to device something for the Queen, Milady kidnaps him. Lean and Mean: Milady, the Cardinal. MacGyvering: Albert's specialty. Man Child: King Louis XIII of France. Mona Lisa Smile: When the Cardinal calls for Milady, he sometimes finds her camoflaged as a painting, imitating Mona Lisa's pose. Mrs./Mr. Exposition: The Queen or Monsieur de Tréville. Mr. Fixit: Albert. The Napoleon: Louis XIII. Nobody Calls Me Chicken: D'Artagnan. Nobody Here but Us Statues: One of Milady's camoflage techniques. Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Albert. Royal Brat: Louis XIII. Royals Who Actually Do Something: The Queen. Running Gag: Most episodes have their own running gags. Blackcross, the tortoise farmer. The town crier always getting splashed by a bucket of water whenever he calls out the time in the middle of the night, no matter if he's in the city or out in the countryside! Captain de Treville always being splatted by Albert's ammunition...even sometimes by his own fault. Save the Day, Turn Away: Albert is type 2. He doesn't like medals, he rather likes to enjoy his victories alone in a green and flowery meadow. Sinister Schnoz: The Cardinal. The Smart Guy: Albert. Smug Snake: The Cardinal. Spy Catsuit: Milady dons a Spy Mousesuit sometimes. Steampunk Gadgeteers: Albert, sometimes. Swashbuckler Too Important to Walk: The Queen uses a litter sometimes. Trap Door: The Cardinal often calls for Milady this way, and disposes of her this way once his orders are given. Totem Pole Trench: Albert and Little John use this to get past one of the Cardinal's Guards in 'The King's Complex'. Villainous Breakdown: The Cardinal is subject to these. Weak, but Skilled: Albert. Weapon of Choice: Albert's musket. He loads it with various sorts of projectiles, the most famous being spaghetti with Bolognese sauce. He can also use it as a Grappling-Hook Pistol. Wheel o' Feet: Happens regularly.