[[caption-width-right:300:"The story of two men. One born to rule, the other destined to lead."]]

->''"Deliver us, hear our call,''\\
''Deliver us, Lord of all,''\\
''Remember us, here in this burning sand.''\\
''Deliver us, there's a land you promised us.''\\
''Deliver us to the promised land..."''

''The Prince of Egypt'' is a [[UsefulNotes/TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation 1998]] animated film based on the [[Literature/TheBible biblical book of Exodus]], as well as the very first 2D animated film made by Creator/DreamWorksAnimation. Until ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'' came out in 2007, it was the highest-grossing traditionally animated non-Disney film of all time.

The film covers part of the life of Moses, from his being found and adopted by Pharaoh's family to his young adulthood, where he discovers his Hebrew heritage, to his adult life, when God tells Moses to confront the current Pharaoh and persuade him to free the Hebrew slaves in Egypt.

''The Prince of Egypt'' admits up front in a disclaimer that it takes liberties with the original story, but is nonetheless one of the more accurate retellings in cinema. The film has an AllStarCast to voice its characters, including several of the smaller roles, and featured [[AnimatedMusical numerous musical numbers throughout]]. The film won considerable acclaim in its time, and even got an Oscar for one of those songs.

Has a [[Characters/ThePrinceOfEgypt character sheet]] currently in progress.

Compare with ''Film/TheTenCommandments'' and ''Film/ExodusGodsAndKings'', two live-action retellings of the story.
!!Provides Examples Of:


* AccidentalMurder: In Egypt, Moses tries to stop an Egyptian from beating a slave and accidentally throws the former off the scaffolding in the process.
* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: For Moses. As he was happily raised as a member of Pharaoh's household in this version, the plagues see him destroy the home and family he loved. He also never knew his real family, which adds to the angst.
* AdaptationalHeroism:
** Ramesses is a much more sympathetic and tragic character here than the Biblical Pharaoh of the Exodus.
** Moses also kills the Egyptian overseer accidentally rather than deliberately.
* AdaptationalVillainy: In Exodus the Egyptian magicians acknowledge in light of the evidence that Moses is genuinely backed by a god a few plagues in, that never happens here.
* AdaptationDistillation: Of the first half of the Book of Exodus.
* AdaptationDyeJob: The historical Ramesses II was red haired, a detail which can still be seen on his mummy. Here he is black haired - when he is haired at all, as his head is mostly shaved in traditional pharaonic fashion.
* AdaptationExpansion: In the Book of Exodus, everything from Moses' birth to his exile and marriage is covered in a single chapter, which in a printed book would take up less than two pages. These two pages are expanded into the first half of the movie.
* AdaptedOut: Moses and Tzipporah had two sons in the Bible, Gershom and Eliezer, but they don't exist here. Neither does Joshua, who plays a big part in the Book of Exodus and its actually the only person from the original group of Hebrew slaves to reach the Holy Land.
* AdultFear: The murder of the newborns in the prologue, which is the reason why Yocheved sends baby Moses away in the river. [[spoiler:Also, the final plague.]]
* AgeCut: Whilst Moses is in the desert several years are implied to have gone by, shown by his beard growth between shots, and the fact that Tzipporah's youngest sister eventually looks to be in her early teens, if not older.
* AlasPoorVillain: Rameses's downfall is portrayed with all the pathos of a family member suffering hardship.
* AlternateLandmarkHistory: Rameses and Moses race their chariots through the monument construction grounds, causing a worker to hack off the nose of Seti I statue.
* AmazonChaser: Both averted and played straight. While Ramses and Moses are both initially attracted to Tzipporah's beauty, once she tries to bite Ramses he quickly loses interest and foists her off on Moses. On the other hand, Moses is completely smitten after she ties up his guards and climbs out his window.
* AnachronismStew:
** Rameses is portrayed as having been a small child when his father Seti I ordered the execution of the firstborn Hebrew children. Historically Rameses was thirteen when Seti became Pharaoh. Rameses would have been a small child during the reign of Horemheb, his grandfather's predecessor.
** Similar to the above Rameses' firstborn son Amun-her-khepeshef is portrayed as having been a child when he died. Rameses' thirteenth son and ultimately his successor Merneptah was nineteen when Amun-her-khepeshef died.
** The term "Pharaoh" was not used contemporaneously for a ruler until 1200 BC, thirteen years after the death of Ramses II.
* AncientEgypt: The basic setting and circumstance. The film features references to the Egyptian pantheon and culture, and illustrates several of its buildings and landmarks.
* AngryMobSong: The slaves' part of "Deliver Us", though in the way that "Look Down" from ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' is an AngryMobSong; a desperate, bitter, pleading sort of anger.
* AnimatedMusical: The film won an Oscar for its songs.
* AnimationBump: The scenes which use CGI for the backgrounds.
* AntagonistInMourning: Inverted. Moses, the protagonist, breaks down in tears after the final plague. He is crying not only for the loss of his nephew, and by extension all the first born of Egypt, but the loss of his relationship with Rameses.
* AntiVillain: Rameses, to the point where the creators had to rewrite some scenes between him and Moses because he came off as ''too'' sympathetic and Moses as too cruel. He is forcing the Hebrews to work as slaves and refuses to let them go, just cracking down harder on them when Moses returns and demands their freedom. However, we are shown that he has been raised on the beliefs of his father, that a single weak king could cause the collapse of a long and proud dynasty, and Rameses refuses to let that be him.
* ArcWords: "All I ever wanted."
* ArtisticLicenseReligion:
** [[http://imgur.com/e4pqpdX The disclaimer at the opening of the film is open and straightforward about this]]. Some changes are made from the original Exodus story for the sake of drama.
** In the original story, Moses was most certainly ''not'' a Prince. He was raised in Pharaoh's court, so he would have been considered nobility, but not royalty.
** Moses probably always knew that he was a Hebrew in the original story, whereas in this film he does not figure it out until around his adult life.
** In Exodus, Moses and Aaron are 80 and 83 years old, respectively, at the time of the plagues. While Moses is shown to have spent at least several years as a shepherd, he is still very much a young man when he confronts Rameses here.[[note]]This change is probably due to the shorter lifespans on the Pharaohs' part--an 80-year old Moses would've been very unlikely to have confronted the same prince he grew up with. That said, the Pharaoh of the film is clearly meant to be Rameses the Great, who lived to be 90[[/note]]
** Moses had Aaron actually deal with Pharaoh in the original story and also perform most of the miracles, in this version he does it all himself.
** Moses deliberately murdered the Egyptian guard whipping the slave and went so far as to try and hide the body. Here, the guard's death was a complete accident.
** The Bible never mentions Pharaoh's name, only ever referring to him by title. Historians do not agree on which Pharaoh is most likely the one written of in Exodus. The film goes with Seti I as the Pharaoh who ordered the purge, and Rameses II as the Pharaoh at the time of the Plagues, which is one possibility, but not one considered very likely by most scholars.
* ArtShift: The wall-painting dream sequence, which is stylized as Egyptian hieroglyphs and wall paintings.
* AttackAttackRetreatRetreat: The soldiers that Rameses sends to arrest Moses charge across the river to reach him--until the river turns into blood, causing them to rush back to the boat.
* AutomatonHorses:
** In Moses' and Rameses' chariot race none of their horses panic or run out of control, despite their race leading atop construction scaffolding and collapsing buildings. Could be justified by a combination of the horses being very well-trained, as well as simply being ''used'' to this kind of thing - the race and the scene after it certainly seems to establish that this sort of behavior is nothing new for them.
** Averted during [[spoiler: the cavalry charge of the Egyptian army at the end of the film]]. Horses are seen panicking, throwing off their riders and running wild after they are startled.
* AwardBaitSong: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKaXY4IdZ40 When You Believe]]", which won the Best Song Oscar. Also qualifies as a BreakoutPopHit, as there are many fans of the song who only know it as "that Whitney/Mariah song". Especially combined with the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDqs73ExrbI "multi-lingual version"]]. Interestingly, the version within the film has aged much better, as it lacks the "here's the obligatory Disney-style pop ballad" qualities of the end-credits version.
** There's also I Will Get There by Boyz II Men, of which there are two versions: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kN4wswGT9Vg one is an acapella version featured in the ends credits and in the offical soundtrack]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IY5QgpgrJP0 another is a R&B/pop version featured in the Inspirational soundtrack]].
* BadassBeard: Jethro wins the prize for the movie's biggest, most awesome beard.
* BadassBoast: Rameses has this as Pharaoh. "I am the morning and the evening star" and "If I say night is day it will be written" are notable examples.
** God Himself also gets one during the Burning Bush scene.
* BarefootPoverty: Several characters.
* BatheHerAndBringHerToMe: A variant. Rameses finds Tzipporah to be too feisty for his taste and dumps her on Moses. Ironically, he has her ''dried'' instead of bathed before being brought to his brother, as she had already fallen in a pool of water.
* BearHug:
** Jethro, the largest character in the film, gives Moses a big hug when welcoming him to Midian. Not long after, he pulls both Moses and Tzipporah into a giant hug after they decide to get married.
** When Moses returns to Egypt, he and Rameses eye each other in surprise. Rameses, however, quickly gets over the shock and grabs Moses in a giant hug, lifting him off the floor and apparently even squeezing the air out of Moses.
%% * BibleTimes
* BigBrotherInstinct:
** Rameses's first reaction to his little brother killing a man in front of multiple witnesses is to declare him innocent. When Moses returns after years of being gone, he is ready to give his brother a high position and wipe away the crime.
** Aaron is frequently seen trying to protect Miriam from the consequences of her actions, as her forwardness places her in trouble with the Egyptian authorities.
* BigFun: Jethro.
* BigLittleBrother: Despite being the oldest of the three, Miriam is the shortest of her siblings[[note]]Since she's the only female of the three, makes sense, since women tend to be shorter than men[[/note]].
* BigNo: [[spoiler:Rameses, when God makes the Red Sea sweep him backwards.]]
* BigOlEyebrows: Almost everyone. Jethro is the most prominent though. Averted with Rameses and most of the Egyptian royalty and nobility, who have thin, drawn-on eyebrows; this is historically justified, since ancient Egyptian priests and upper classes shaved and plucked almost their entire bodies.
* BigWordShout: Rameses, when we see him after the Red Sea returns to normal, alone and defeated:
* BittersweetEnding: Moses successfully leads the Hebrews out of their lives as slaves, [[spoiler:but his brotherly relationship with Rameses is destroyed forever]]. And if you have read the Bible, you will know that things for the Hebrews will be going downhill.
* BlessedWithSuck: Moses comes to view being chosen by God as this, as he is forced to be the instrument of destruction, pain and death, and he has to go against the man he sees as a brother.
* BloodlessCarnage: The Egyptian soldiers' blades are remarkably ''clean'' after walking out of the house of a Hebrew woman whose son they just murdered.
* {{Bookends}}: The movie begins with Jocheved singing "Deliver Us", and ends with her singing the single line "Deliver Us" as Moses comes down from Mt Sinai.
* BoomerangBigot: Moses does not give much thought to the Hebrews or even notice their suffering until he then finds out he is one. [[CharacterDevelopment Over time he comes to accepts the fact and (with God's order) helps free them.]]
* BreakTheHaughty:
** Moses is thoroughly broken when he learns the truth of his heritage. It takes an inspirational "YouAreBetterThanYouThink" song from Jethro to rebuild him.
** What God does to Rameses for repeatedly refusing to let the Hebrews go. The final straw was [[spoiler: the death of Rameses's son.]]
* BringIt: "Playing With The Big Boys Now" is the priests giving one of these to Moses, and God by extension. [[LaserGuidedKarma God does.]]
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: The Pharaoh to Moses: "They were only slaves."
* CainAndAbel: Moses and Rameses are a deconstruction of this trope, as their history and affection lead to great turmoil and angst as they conflict with one another. Neither ''wants'' to kill the other (and it takes a spectacular VillainousBreakdown on Rameses' part before it gets to that point), but are thrust into their roles by a higher power.
* CallBack: Moses mocks Rameses after Tzipporah tries to bite him, saying he isn't much of a snake charmer. Rameses calls Moses a snake charmer later when Moses returns, having married Tzipporah and having just turned his staff into a snake.
* ChangelingFantasy: Inverted -- Moses does not take the news of his real heritage too well.
* CharacterExaggeration: Averted in most respects (especially the Pharaohs), which is one of the reasons the film is praised.
* ChekhovsGag:
** The defaced monument of the Pharaoh is seen in the background of several scenes after it occurs, even when the conversations are otherwise serious. By the time Moses returns, however, the defacement has been corrected.
** When Tzipporah is offered to Rameses by the priests she tries to bite his hand and Moses teases him: "Not much of a snake charmer, are you?" When Moses shows up at the palace for the first time and tells Rameses to "let his people go" and then transforms his staff into a snake, Rameses smirks and says "Hotep, Huy, show this snake charmer our answer". Moses had brought Tzipporah to the palace as his wife.
** When Moses and Tzipporah first meet, he humiliates her by letting go of the rope she's pulling on, causing her to fall backwards into a pool of water. When Moses is trapped in the well in Midian, Tzipporah lets go of the rope she was using to pull him out as soon as she realizes who he is. Unlike the other two examples, Tzipporah was very well aware of the callback.
* CherubicChoir: When the Israelites are finally leaving Egypt, a song of praise to God is being sung by children in the background. In Hebrew, no less. The song in question, ''Mi Chamocha'', was supposedly composed by Miriam during the Exodus itself.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Played straight in this film, as both the Hebrew and Egyptian children killed are viewed as victims of situations outside of their control. There is also a scene when the Angel of Death arrives and a curious Hebrew child looks out the window at it until his mother pulls him away.
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: Moses and Ramses are associated with red and blue respectively.
** One interesting thing to notice is that all divine beings are represented by white, and the Pharaoh dresses in white. The Pharaoh is meant to be a god to Egyptians.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Moses just so happens to stumble upon, and help, Tzipporah's sisters after he gets lost in the desert.
* CoolBigSis: Tzipporah may be this for her younger sisters.
* ConspicuousCG: Moses's basket and the plague of frogs, among other things, have much more dimension than the rest of the animation. According to the commentary, [[TheyPlottedAPerfectlyGoodWaste this was intentional.]]
* ClimacticMusic: "The Plagues".
* DamselInDistress: Tzipporah is introduced this way, captured by Hotep and Huy and intended as a concubine of sorts for Rameses. [[DamselOutOfDistress She later escapes by herself.]] Later in the film this is also how Moses meets her three sisters, as they are being harassed by bandits trying to make off with their sheep.
* DamselOutOfDistress: Though Tzipporah is introduced as a prisoner in Egypt being offered as a gift to Rameses and Moses, Moses discovers that she had made her escape on her own when he thought that she was tied up in his room.
* DarkReprise:
** During the "The Plagues" sequence, we get a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oX-Kcx2BAc more bitter, anger-filled version]] of "All I Ever Wanted" from both Moses and Rameses.
-->'''Moses:''' This was my home.\\
''and later''\\
'''Rameses:''' Is this what you wanted?!
** Immediately following "The Plagues," the score mournfully reprises "All I Ever Wanted" as Moses walks through the now-damaged palace to once more attempt to reason with Rameses.
* DatedHistory: In 1994, Ramses was discovered to be a redhead and in 2016 he was discovered to be fair-skinned meaning the black-haired, brown-skinned depiction is actually in this film has actually become dated.
* DeadHandShot: Used with an Egyptian boy fetching water during the final plague.
* DeadlyDustStorm: After Moses leaves Egypt he wanders around the desert until he's engulfed in a sandstorm that leaves him nearly buried.
* DeadpanSnarker: Hotep and Huy, the Egyptian high priests, have their moments – often mumbled in the background:
-->'''Seti''' : Why do the gods torment me with such reckless, blasphemous sons? [to Moses and Rameses] Have I taught you nothing?
-->'''Huy:''' Your Majesty, you mustn’t be so hard on yourself. You’re an excellent teacher.
-->'''Hotep:''' It’s not your fault they learned nothing.
-->'''Huy:''' Well, they learned blasphemy.
-->'''Hotep:''' True.
* DeathGlare: After Moses leaves Rameses to mourn over his dead son, Rameses glares after him with deep hatred.
* DeathOfAChild: The Hebrew children are massacred as part of the Pharaoh's purge of the slaves right at the beginning; the Angel of Death pays Egypt back for it by taking their firsborn later on.
* DeconstructedTrope: The film deconstructed RedOniBlueOni through Moses and Rameses, respectively, by showing the qualities associated with them evolving in positive and negative ways as they mature.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Some of the Egyptians guards are seen joining and aiding the Hebrews on their journey to the Promise Land.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Moses confronting Rameses after [[spoiler:the latter's son has been killed]] in the final plague of Egypt.
* DemotedToExtra: Aaron, Moses's aide and spokesman in the Exodus, becomes less relevant to the story and does not personally support Moses until after the plagues have been unleashed; conversely, Tzipporah becomes an AscendedExtra. She instead of Aaron is with Moses in the staffs-to-snakes scene.
* DisappearedDad: Or at least we never see Amram, the father of Moses and his siblings.
* DisasterDominoes: Moses being an irresponsible chariot driver is what leads to the defacement of a monument and the destruction of the surrounding structures.
* DisneyAcidSequence:
** Used at the end of "All I Ever Wanted", when there is an ArtShift to a hieroglyphics style in Moses's dream.
** Justified in "Playing With the Big Boys Now", because the effects are being created within the film by the two characters performing the song.
* DisneyVillainDeath: While trying to stop an Egyptian guard [[ATasteOfTheLash cruelly whipping]] a Hebrew slave, Moses accidentally pushes the guard off the scaffolding of the temple and the guard falls to his death. This causes Moses to [[TheExile exile]] himself [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone out of guilt and shame]]. In the original, Moses deliberately killed the guard to save the slave.
* DistantPrologue: The "Deliver Us" number takes place decades before the actual film.
* DontMakeMeDestroyYou: In the scene immediately preceding the plague of the firstborn, Moses practically begs Rameses not to let things continue, all the while staring at Rameses' son. [[spoiler:Rameses refuses, which makes Moses extremely upset, as he already knows what will happen.]]
* DontSaySuchStupidThings: Moses refuses to lead the Israelites out of slavery because they would never trust or follow him, but God loses His temper and tells him to go anyway.
-->'''Moses''': You've chosen the wrong messenger! How can I even speak to these people?
-->'''God''': WHO MADE MAN'S MOUTH!? Who made the deaf, the mute, the seeing, or the blind? Did not I? Now, ''GO!''
* DontYouDarePityMe: Rameses [[spoiler:telling Moses to leave him after his son's death as a result of the final plague]].
* DreamMelody: Moses is seen casually whistling the lullaby his biological mother sang to him at the beginning. When he hears Miriam singing the song after she reveals his true heritage he recognizes the tune and realizes the truth.
* DreamingTheTruth: Moses realizes where he came from in a dream depicted in various Egyptian art images.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: If the chariot race sequence is to be believed, crazy teenage drivers have been a problem [[OlderThanTheyThink a lot longer than we currently believe]].
* DrowningMySorrows: Rameses appears to be trying to do this when Moses arrives to plead with him one last time before the final Plague.
* DyingCandle: As the Angel of Death is passing through the Egyptian city, one of the houses it enters has a lamp burning in the window, which goes out after it leaves with the spirit of the household's firstborn.
* EldritchAbomination: The Angel of Death, in keeping with how ''biblical'' angels are depicted.
* EpicMovie: From the point of conception, Jeffrey Katzenberg intended this to be his Big Damn Epic Movie and marketed it as such. It was his first film since ''Disney/TheLionKing'' and he wanted to show [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon his former studio]] what he was capable of.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: For Seti and later Rameses. Seti has his queen, as well as Rameses and Moses until Moses learns of his true heritage. Rameses has his son in the latter half of the film [[spoiler:until he's killed in the final plague]].
* EvilIsHammy: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7I-uN-IEiPk#t=3m23s Is it ever!]]
* ExactWords: "And there shall be a great cry in all of Egypt, such as never has been or ever will be again", said by Rameses when he decides that his father had the right idea of how to keep the Hebrews in line by killing their children and wants to finish the job. [[spoiler:There's a great cry in all of Egypt, all right, but it doesn't come from the Hebrews...]]
* TheFaceless: Tzipporah's youngest sister. We get a brief glimpse of her face when she excitedly asks Moses to sit with her at Jethro's banquet table, but otherwise her eyes are the only part of her face not concealed by her oversized [[NeverBareheaded headscarf]].
* FacialProfiling: The Hebrews are depicted with curly mops of unruly dark hair and many of them have larger noses. They also have lighter skin compared to the darker Egyptians. The Egyptians themselves have round, smooth faces with high cheekbones, narrow eyes and smooth black hair. This was intentional, as explained in the promotional materials. The Egyptians in general are composed of angular, symmetric, geometric lines in contrast to the Hebrews' rounded, more natural and varied forms. [[http://www.ancient-hebrew.org/33_semiticimages.html Authentic Egyptian art depicts Semites as bearded and lighter skinned in contrast to the clean-shaven, darker Egyptians.]]
** This is also historically justified; ancient Egyptian priests, nobility and upper classes in general shaved and plucked their entire bodies, which marks Moses out as an outsider from the very beginning: he has short hair under his wig, a small beard, and natural eyebrows.
* FakeWizardry: Pharaoh's priests rely on magic tricks to simulate magic powers. Obviously, Moses (via God) becomes able to do what they pretend to do and more.
* FallingInLoveMontage: "Through Heaven's Eyes" doubles somewhat as this for Moses and Tzipporah, culminating in their wedding.
* FamilyValuesVillain: Despite ordering the mass infanticide among the Hebrew slaves, Pharaoh Seti I gives every sign of being a family man who genuinely loves his wife and sons. However, this is a rare example that serves to make him creepier rather than sympathetic due to the cognitive dissonance involved; he [[SelectiveObliviousness ignores the obvious implication]] that he nearly murdered the babe who later became his favorite son (Moses) because he doesn't seem to consider him a Hebrew at all instead of a Prince of Egypt.
* FatAndSkinny: Hotep and Huy, respectively.
* FearlessInfant: Moses as he is going down the river.
* FireIceLightning: Symbolically in "The Plagues".
-->''I send the thunder from the sky, I send the fire raining down''
-->''I send a hail of burning ice on every field, on every town''
* FlippingTheTable: Rameses does this to the priests' table right before he jumps into his half of the emotionally-charged "Plagues" duet.
* FollowTheWhiteRabbit: Moses finds the burning bush when searching for a lost sheep.
** It's only moments later when you realize this was the same sheep that Moses helped deliver during the FallingInLoveMontage.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Several scenes at the beginning of the film obliquely refer to later events, particularly when the Pharaoh is scolding Rameses and Moses, and the conversation Moses and Rameses have afterwards. The scenes get numerous {{call back}}s later in the film. Also, during the scene when the Queen names Moses. From the angle of the "camera", Rameses (as a small toddler) is completely covered up by Moses in the Queen's arms.
** At the climax of "Playing With The Big Boys", the snake created from Moses' staff is swallowing the two brought out by Hotep and Huy ''whole'', practically screaming how well Rameses' refusal to let the Hebrews go will fare.
*** [[https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+7:11-12&version=NRSV This is actually how it goes in the Bible as well.]]
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Rameses is the responsible older brother, while Moses is the freewheeling younger brother. Both grow out of their roles as the movie goes along, but they each remember and refer back to their roles from when they were younger.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: God as the burning bush.
%%* FourPhilosophyEnsemble:
%%** The Cynic - Aaron
%%** The Optimist - Miriam
%%** The Realist - Moses
%%** The Apathetic One - Tzipporah
* FreudianExcuse: This version of Rameses' reasoning of his obstinacy against freeing the Hebrews.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: After they are both scolded by Seti, Moses goes to comfort Rameses. During the scene he can be seen idly sewing a piece of cloth without comment or focus. At the end of the scene, having sewn it into a sack, he fills it with liquid from a present dish and drops it on the passing priests as a water balloon.

* GetOut: After Rameses flips the priests' table he orders them to get out, though it is hard to hear over the music in the scene. [[ShooOutTheClowns The priests do not appear again afterwards]].
** Rameses later shouts this at Moses.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** "Ladies, please, you've cleaned every inch of me -- WHOA! I was wrong."
*** Adding to this, Jethro's daughters are watching and giggling.
** After Moses and Tzipporah marry, the next scene may or may not take place after their wedding day. Regardless, we see Tzipporah with her hair all over the place and she looks exhausted. An "after sex" scene. (Alternatively, just a normal case of bed head)
** It's pretty blatant why Tzipporah was given to Moses and Rameses. One: The priests make sure to highlight her beauty. Two: Rameses and Moses both seem fairly, um, excited. Three: Rameses somewhat suggestively grabs her by her chin. And four, the real cinch: Rameses has her sent to Moses' ''bedchambers.''
* GilliganCut: After the Chariot Race:
-->'''Rameses:''' You don't think we'll get in trouble for this, do you?\\
'''Moses:''' [[TemptingFate No, not a chance]].\\
[''Cue Moses and Rameses being scolded for the chaos the race caused.'']\\
'''Seti''': ''Why'' do the gods torment me with such reckless, destructive, ''blasphemous'' sons!?
* {{God}}: The one who commands Moses to free the Hebrews, and who uses his power to punish the Egyptians until they consent.
* AGodAmI: Rameses repeatedly refers to himself as "the morning and the evening star," pointing to the fact that as Pharaoh, he is supposed to be a god incarnate.
* GodIsGood: The all-knowing, all-powerful creator of the universe is here represented by a soft, beautiful white fire. The fire speaks to Moses in the most familiar, soothing voice it can must: Moses's. Not only that, but the fire surrounds Moses without hurting him and leaves him in a blissful state of awe.
* GoLookAtTheDistraction: Mozes helps Tzipporah escape from Egypt by quickly summoning two guards that otherwise would have caught her in the act to him, and send them to his room to investigate the man Tzipporah left tied up there.
* GoodIsNotNice: God is working to free His enslaved people as promised, but the film does not gloss over how thorough His vengeance on Egypt was, especially in the eye-for-eye smiting of the Firstborn even down to the young children.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Several times. In the opening massacre of the Hebrew sons, we follow an Egyptian soldier as he shoves his way into a woman's house and raises his blade above her child's crib, before a rather disturbing SmashCut to him calmly walking out of the house, past the sobbing mother.
* HappilyAdopted: Moses was this until he learned the truth.
* HappilyEverBefore: The film stops immediately after the Red Sea Crossing, with a brief subsequent image of Moses bringing down the Ten Commandments, leaving out all mention of the Golden Calf, the destruction of the original tablets, or subsequent hardships for the fleeing Hebrews.
* HeavenAbove: The song "Through Heaven's Eye" has a wise old man motion upwards to the clear, night sky when advising Moses to look at life as God would see it.
* HeelFaceTurn: Two Egyptian guards lay down their spears and join the Exodus at the end, and manages to cross the Red Sea with the Hebrews as part of them.
* HeldGaze: Moses and Tziporrah during the last part of the "Through Heaven's Eyes" musical sequence.
* HeroicBSOD: Moses has several: the first occurs when he discovers he is an adopted Hebrew, and the second comes after the 10th Plague, as does Rameses' VillainousBreakdown.
* HumblePie: Moses starts to lose his haughty prince attitude when he discovers his true heritage.
* IAmSong: Deconstructed in "All I Ever Wanted". Despite following the pattern of a traditional version of this trope and Moses explicitly declaring "I am a sovereign prince of Egypt/A son of the proud history that's shown," the song implies that he is beginning to doubt his identity and the life that he thought he knew.
* IAmTheNoun:
--> '''Rameses:''' I am Egypt, the morning and evening star.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Subverted. Seti expresses regret in regards to ordering his soldiers to slaughter the Hebrew newborns. However, his following remark makes his real feelings about the matter even clearer.
--> '''Seti:''' Sometimes for the greater good, sacrifices must be made...Oh my son. [[ButForMeItWasTuesday They were only slaves]].
* IronicEcho:
** The song "The Ten Plagues" is punctuated by the words "Thus saiyeth The Lord", demanding Rameses yield to God. The words are repeated when he refuses, implying that "The Lord" is himself.
** When Moses is fleeing Egypt after killing the Egyptian who was torturing a slave, Rameses sympathetically and lovingly tries to stop him. Moses says only "Goodbye, Brother" before running away. Rameses then yells out "Moses! Moses!!" in pleading despair. At the end of the movie, when Rameses [[spoiler:crashes onto the shore from the Red Sea closing in]], he once again screams out "Moses! Moses!!", but this time [[spoiler:it is out of fury at having lost not only his son, but his slaves and effectively his kingdom, all by Moses's hand]]. Once again, Moses only states "Goodbye, Brother."
* ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne: Moses touches upon this in ''The Plagues.''
-->"And even now, I wish that God had chose another,
-->Serving as your foe on His behalf
-->Is the last thing that I wanted."
* IWantSong: Inverted with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdRl8OQZYw4 "All I Ever Wanted"]]. Rather than singing about wanting more out of life, the song is about Moses trying to convince himself that he already ''has'' everything he could ever want and has no reason to be dissatisfied.
* KarmaHoudini: Moses gets away with accidentally killing a man because Rameses proclaims him innocent and clears him of all charges, despite Moses's guilt over the crime and Hotep and Huy reminding Rameses of this after Moses returns.
* KillThemAll: Rameses and his forces try to kill all the Hebrews as they cross the Red Sea. God, however, pulls this on the Egyptians.
* KubrickStare: Rameses gets one when Moses returns the ring and effectively ends their brotherly relationship.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Under Seti's order, Egypt slaughters all Hebrew newborn children to prevent any sort of future uprising. Karma strikes decades later [[spoiler:when God sends the Plagues upon Egypt, but especially the worst one of all: the Final Plague, which kill the firstborn children of Egypt, including Rameses son.]]
* LeaveNoSurvivors: In the climax, Rameses and his army pursue the Hebrew refugees, during which he orders his men to kill all the unarmed Hebrews. Utterly ironic as well; all his life Rameses [[WellDoneSonGuy tried to be a greater Pharaoh than his imposing father Seti I ever was]]. Without realizing it, he tried to outshine his father's legacy even in something as extreme as mass murder.
* LightIsNotGood: The 10th plague plays this trope when God, in the form of a white cloud, comes down for the firstborn Egyptian sons.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Implied by the look on Moses's face when he first sees Tzipporah.

* ManlyTears: Moses at the deaths of all the firstborn Egyptian sons. After Rameses finally grants the Hebrews permission to leave (while mourning over his own son's body), as Moses walks back to the Hebrew dwellings amid the echoing sound of bereaved mothers' cries, he is overcome with grief and collapses against a wall, sobbing.
* MassOhCrap: [[spoiler:The Egyptian soldiers, just before the Red Sea sweeps over them.]]
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Hotep and Huy's snake conjuration was done with such theatrics that it is hard to tell if they actually did magic or just managed some sleight of hand, although at some points in their song, the positions they're in could only be managed by {{Offscreen Teleportation}}, walking off in one direction and coming in from another, or disappearing in a puff of smoke (unless they had some ''very'' well-trained slaves acting as body doubles). They also do some unambiguous magic in the same song, summoning glowing sigils in the air and controlling flames; it makes the actual stick-to-snake trick seem kind of petty. Their attempt at turning water to blood and other "magic", however, is demonstrably accomplished through showmanship and artificial tools.[[note]]While the stick-to-snake trick had a lot of unnecessary flash, it's rather hard to believe two cowards like them would handle live snakes - that haven't even been defanged! - barehanded unless they had ''something'' controlling the critters.[[/note]]
* MeaningfulEcho:
** "Look at your family/people. They are free."
** Miriam's line to Moses, when she's trying to tell him about his true heritage, is later repeated by Moses when confronts Rameses before running away from home.
'''Miriam:''' Our mother set you adrift in a basket to save your life!\\
'''Moses:''' Save my life? From who?\\
'''Miriam:''' Go ask the man you call "father"!\\
'''Moses:''' No! All I've ever known to be true is a lie! I'm not who you think I am!\\
'''Rameses:''' What are you talking about?\\
'''Moses:''' Go ask the man I once called "father"!
** In "Deliver Us", the enslaved Hebrews wonder desolately if God can hear His people cry. Much later, when Moses finds the Burning Bush, God says that "I have seen the oppression of my people in Egypt, and heard their cry."
* MementoMacguffin: Ramses gives Moses a scarab ring to mark his promotion to chief architect. Later, as Moses starts his self-imposed exile, he discards all of the princely trappings from his wardrobe, but can't manage to throw away the ring. He keeps it until he returns to Egypt, then gives it back to Ramses as a symbol that he has returned as an enemy, not a brother.
* MidwordRhyme: In "Deliver Us":
-->Help us now,
-->in this dark hou-
* MinorCharacterMajorSong: Jethro with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oG0a9WFkgzU "Through Heaven's Eyes"]].
* AMinorKidroduction: In the beginning, we see Miriam, Aaron, Rameses, and Moses as children, the last one being a baby.
* MissingMom: Just who is the mother of Rameses's son?
* TheMockbuster: There were not [[http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/moses-egypts-great-prince/ one,]] but ''[[http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/moses-egypts-great-prince/ two]]'' direct-to-video cash-ins that were not only released the same year as ''Prince Of Egypt'', but made little to no attempt in changing their titles.
* {{Mondegreen}}: A line from the otherwise dramatic song The Plagues (in particular, the second "I. SEND. MY. SCOURGE.") has not uncommonly been mistaken for "I. SEND. MY. SMURFS."
** The whispering chant of "Thus saith the Lord" can also be mistaken for the also-fitting "No longer safe".
* MonumentalDamage: The stone nose is knocked off of a giant monument to Seti I.
* MortonsFork: Rameses, in his desire to avoid being the "weak link" his father dismissed him as. On one hand, if he frees the Hebrews, he'll go down in time as the king who willingly gave away the main source of labor on which Egypt's power and overall magnificence greatly depends. On the other hand, if he fights to keep the Hebrews as slaves, Egypt is destroyed by God and the plagues. Either way, he, his legacy, and his dynasty's legacy, are completely fucked. Although, given that history remembers him as "the great" and his reign marks the absolute pinnacle of Egypt's power, authority and glory, maybe he doesn't do ''too'' badly, though he doesn't know this at the time.
* MosesInTheBulrushes: [[CaptainObvious But]] [[TropeNamer of course]].
* MoodWhiplash: "When You Believe" is an inspiring song about how the strength of faith can bring about miracles. Played right after the plagues, it's either [[TropesAreTools a glimmer of hope against the destruction]] or an iffy implication that the horrors counted as miracles.
* NamedByTheAdaptation: Pharaoh's magicians are not named in the Literature/BookOfExodus so the film calls them Hotep and Huy. Ancient tradition calls them Jannes and Jambres, which is reflected in the Christian scriptures.
* NephariousPharaoh: Like most works based off the Literature/BookOfExodus from Literature/TheBible, it has the Pharaoh Rameses as the BigBad. Unlike most examples, though, he's something of a victim of circumstance who has to stick with his culture
* NeverTrustATrailer: The original trailer made this look like a more action-packed, definitely more kid-friendly film.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** After Moses tells Rameses that God has sent him to free the Hebrews, Rameses was angry with this and informs him that, thanks to 'his' god, he will increase the workload for the slaves.
-->'''Rameses''': "...or is it thanks to ''you''?"
** In the next scene, when the slaves hear of this, they were displeased with Moses and one of them threw mud at him to show their frustration.
* NiceJobBreakingItHerod: The film shows this scenario through an Egyptian-hieroglyphic animation dream sequence, followed by a final confrontation between the Prince Moses and Seti I, his adoptive father: "Sometimes," Seti says, with a look approaching actual regret, "sacrifices must be made...." Then he tries to comfort his son with the worst words possible: ''"They were only slaves..."''
* NoodleIncident: When attempting to persuade Rameses to let the Hebrews go, Moses recalls the time they he and Rameses switched the heads of the idols in the Temple of Ra, and how much this has angered their father.
-->'''Rameses''': If I recall correctly, you were there switching heads right along with me.\\
'''Moses''': No, that was you, I didn't do that.\\
'''Rameses''': Oh yes you did. You put the hippo on the crocodile and the crocodile...\\
'''Moses''': ''[remembering more of their antic]'' ...on the falcon.\\
'''Rameses''': Yes! And the priests thought it was a horrible omen and FASTED FOR TWO MONTHS! FATHER WAS FURIOUS! YOU WERE ALWAYS GETTING ME INTO TROUBLE!
* OhCrap:
** Rameses had one when Moses tells him that they are late for the banquet.
** Aaron, in the background, when Miriam tells Moses “You’re our brother."
* OminousLatinChanting: Used to a degree in "Playing With the Big Boys", in which the names of several Egyptian gods are chanted at the beginning and later in the background.
** ''The Plagues'' includes a backing chorus of Ominous ''English'' Chanting.
* OmniscientMoralityLicense: {{God}}. A point made at several times in the Old Testament (especially referenced in the Literature/BookOfJob,) and referenced when Moses is speaking to the Burning Bush, is that God's knowledge is so much vaster than any mere humans that no one can fully comprehend his actions. When Moses questions why he is being selected to free the Israelites, God explicitly states that He has done so much more than Moses will ever even be able to conceive.
* OneWomanWail: A truly beautiful example provided by the [[AuthorExistenceFailure late]] Israeli singer Ofra Haza.
* OpeningChorus: "Deliver Us", with solos from Yocheved and Miriam.
* OrphanedEtymology: Rameses' father describes him as the "weak link" in a chain. Moses' time is from 1,400BC until 1,200BC, however, chains of metal construct in the sense that he's talking about weren't around until at least 255BC. So this is either taking liberties with history or linguistics. The figurative phrase "weakest link" wasn't even established ''until the 18th Century''. Could also be a rough translation of a then-current phrase that means essentially the same thing - especially since modern English itself wouldn't actually exist for almost 2,500 years.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: The angel of death looks like it came through a portal from outside of existence and is a giant glowing white cloud that pulls the breath of life from the first born children. No wings, no halo, no sword dripping with the blood of Egyptians.
* PantyShot: A rare GenderFlipped example during the chariot race. Why Moses says that looking up to Rameses is "not much of a view."
* PepTalkSong: "Through Heaven's Eyes", which Jethro sings to break Moses out of his HeroicBSOD and help him see himself in a new light.
* PetTheDog: Subverted. Seti clearly cares about his sons. When he finds Moses reeling at the fate of the Hebrew children, Seti hugs him, speaks in the soothing tones of Creator/PatrickStewart...and tells Moses it was justified because they were just slave children. The worst part of this is that Seti thought this would make Moses feel ''better''.
* PleaseDontLeaveMe: Rameses all but begs Moses not to do this as he attempts to flee Egypt after killing a man.
-->'''Rameses''': ''([[TakeMyHand desperately holding out his hand to Moses]])'' Moses... ''[[PleaseDontLeaveMe please.]]''
-->'''Moses''': ''[clearly heartbroken at the choice, but with no other option]'' [[TearJerker Goodbye, brother]].
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: The chorus of "The Plagues"
* ProdigalHero: Being an adaptation of [[Literature/TheBible the story of Moses]] the film tells this story, mixing both the accidental murder as well as disgust of the Egyptians' treatment towards the Hebrews.
* ProtagonistTitle: The Prince in question is Moses, who eventually rejects the title when he discovers his true heritage.
* QuarrelingSong: The song "The Plagues".
* TheQueensLatin: Most of the Egyptian characters (save for Hotep and Huy) speak with British accents, while the Hebrews speak with American accents.
* RealityHasNoSubtitles: Many of the songs contain individual lines or choruses in Hebrew, sung along with the predominantly English lyrics. No translations are offered [[note]]except in the booklet for the soundtrack CD[[/note]], but the tone and context of the songs at least hint at their meanings.
* RecurringRiff: Yocheved's lullaby, which she sings to Moses as she lays him in the basket of reeds. It plays a prominent part in the soundtrack - [[BookEnds it's even the first and last thing the audience hears during the film]]. But it also serves a purpose in the plot: Moses is later shown to remember the song even as an adult, and it's not until he hears Miriam singing it that he realises the truth of his origins as a Hebrew.
* RecycledInSpace: ''Film/TheTenCommandments''... AS AN [[AnimatedMusical ANIMATED MUSICAL!]] This is ''NOT'' a bad thing.
* RedOniBlueOni: Moses and Rameses, respectively. As young men, Moses is rambunctious and flippant while Rameses is more introspective and prone to angsting. When they grow up, they retain their oni roles, but in a different way. Moses is passionate and warm while Rameses is cold and ruthless. Even their clothing reflects this. Rameses wears blue and white while Moses wears red and earth tones. They're also represented by their respective colors in one shot during "The Plagues."
** Also Miriam and Aaron: Miriam wears red and is warm and kind, passionately faithful in her belies and very direct and straightfoward in her manner, while Aaron wears blue and is more sensible and cautious, often trying to shield her from the consequences of her behaviour or keeping her out of trouble when she tries to intervene.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Questioning of the call, at any rate. Upon being told that he's been chosen to return to Egypt and free the slaves, Moses argues that he was the son of the man who slaughtered Hebrew children and that God must have picked the wrong messenger. God gets snippy, then significantly less snippy, and that settles the matter.
* RiversOfBlood: The scene from Exodus is played out when Moses uses his staff to turn the river Nile into blood, sending Rameses' soldiers into a panic.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The climax, where Rameses, despite freeing the Hebrews earlier, [[VillainousBreakdown snaps]] and decides to lead his men in a chase to slaughter the Hebrews before they escape. Thanks to God's intervention, they fail miserably.
* RuleOfSymbolism: In the opening sequence the Hebrew slaves look upon with awe at the statue of Ra that they just put up, which symbolized [[TheEmpire the power of the Egyptians over them]]. Toward the end of the plagues sequence, the statue crumbles. Some scholars believe that the plagues were meant to rebuke the various Egyptian religions and their gods (Ra, god of the Sun falls on the onset of the plague of darkness).
** When Moses first returns to Rameses, he shows God's power by turning his staff into a snake; in an effort to rebuke him, the priests apparently turn their staves into snakes, too, but in this version of the story Egyptian polytheism is shown to be a sham with all of the "miracles" performed by the priests being stage magic. Not only does this emphasize that, from the perspective of millions or billions of people, the Ancient Egyptian religion ''is'' all lies and deceit whereas the Abrahamic religion[[note]]in this case Judaism, since Christianity, Islam, and other derivatives don't exist yet[[/note]] is the one true faith but also that the singular Hebrew God is more powerful than the false Egyptian ones. Hammering this home, by the end of the scene Moses' staff-snake has devoured the two fake ones, symbolizing the power that God is shown to have over the false gods of Egypt throughout the rest of the story.

* SarcasmMode: "Moses! Let me guess. You want me to...''let your people go."''
* SceneryPorn: The opening sequence showing the Hebrews raising Egyptian monuments, the Plagues, and the crossing of the Red Sea.
* SceneryGorn: After the plagues are done with Egypt.
* TheScourgeOfGod: ''The Plagues''
-->''I send the locusts on a wind\\
Such as the world has never seen\\
On ev'ry leaf, on ev'ry stalk\\
Until there's nothing left of green\\
I send my scourge, I send my sword\\
Thus saith the Lord!''
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: Rameses promises to absolve Moses from the crime of murder because he is "the morning and the evening star" and can change the laws however he deems fit. He goes far enough as to say [[AGodAmI he can make it “as though it never happened.”]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere:
** When the Hebrews leave Egypt after being freed, two Egyptian guards join them.
** When the Egyptians follow the Hebrews across the Red Sea, the horses decide that they'll have none of it, leaving their riders to pursue on foot.
* SettingUpdate: A minor example. Rabbinical Judaism tells us that Moses lifespan corresponds to 1391-1271 BC, telling us the Exodus happened in 1311 BC and thus that the Pharaoh of the Exodus would have been Horemheb, the predecessor of Ramesses I, the father of Seti. Jerome, on the other hand, gives Moses' year of birth as 1592 meaning the Exodus would have been in 1512 with Thutmose I as the Pharaoh and Ussher gives Moses' year of birth as 1571 meaning the Exodus would have been in 1491 with the Pharaoh being Thutmose II.
* SexySilhouette: Subverted. After Moses has Tziporrah sent to his chambers by Rameses, he sees a shadowy figure sitting on his bed behind a curtain, looking as if it is her sitting there with her arms crossed defiantly. He laughs awkwardly before pulling the curtain back to reveal that it is the servant who had escorted her there all tied up. He then realizes that his dogs are tied up as well and there is a BedsheetLadder going out his window.
* ShadowDiscretionShot: When Moses' snake eats the pair that Hotep and Huy conjured.
* ShootTheDog: God sending the Ten Plagues to wreck Egypt. A horrible punishment, particularly for the suffering innocent, but necessary to free the Hebrews.
* ShooOutTheClowns: During "The Plagues", Rameses enters a room with Hotep and Huy as they are applying ointment to their boils. Enraged at their inability to stop the plagues, Rameses orders them to "GetOut!" They are not seen again in the film. Things get ''very'' dark afterwards.
* ShownTheirWork: The silhouette of a whale shark is seen behind the watery walls of the Red Sea passage, which does connect to the habitat range of the species. Furthermore, Rameses specifically mentions "white limestone." One guess as to what color the buildings would be in those days (hint: it isn't yellow).
* {{Sidekick}}: Tzipporah functions as a rare wife version, as she accompanies the hero thoughout most of his epic journey.
* SilenceYouFool
* SingleTear:
** Yocheved when she sends baby Moses away on the river.
** Miriam sheds two tears when she repeats Yocheved's lullaby to Moses. Symbolically, one tear is hers and the other is from their mother.
** Moses after seeing God's wonders.
** Moses within the hieroglyph nightmare sheds one as he watches Yocheved set his basket in the river.
* SmiteMeOMightySmiter: A dramatic variant, depending on your interpretation; after breaking Egyptian law by accidentally killing one of the guards overseeing the slave labor, Moses exiles himself to the desert, even though Rameses is fully willing to pardon him. Eventually, a sandstorm hits; rather than try to find shelter, Moses drops to his knees as if to surrender to the wrath of the gods.
* {{Squick}}: InUniverse; the soldiers in the Nile have an epic FreakOut when they realize that they're wading through a river of blood.
* TheStinger: The credits end with quotes from the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament and the Qur'an stating how important Moses was as a prophet.
* TheSwarm: Several of the plagues, including frogs, locusts and pestilence.
* TakeBackYourGift: Non-romantic example: Moses giving Rameses back his ring after returning to Egypt is presented as symbolic of Moses (reluctantly) cutting his brotherly ties with the Pharaoh in order to carry out the mission God gave him.
* TearfulSmile:
** Moses has one right after meeting with the Lord for the first time.
** Miriam gives a horrified Moses one when she sings their mother's lullaby and he recognizes it, fully realizing he is a Hebrew and he runs away in shock and confusion.
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: The Moses vs. Hotep and Huy "snake duel" has shades of this. When summoning their snakes, the priests use a big theatrical musical number complete with a ''lot'' of smoke and mirrors; Moses, by contrast, just trusts in God, puts down his staff, and ''voila''! Instant snake. Moses ends up winning.
* TemptingFate:
** At the beginning, Moses and Rameses have caused chaos during their chariot race.
-->'''Rameses:''' You don't think we'll get in trouble for this, do you?\\
'''Moses:''' [[TemptingFate No, not a chance]].\\
[''[[GilliganCut Cue Moses and Rameses being scolded for the chaos the race caused.]]'']\\
'''Seti''': ''Why'' do the gods torment me with such reckless, destructive, ''blasphemous'' sons!?
** Later at when they're late for the banquet
-->'''Rameses''': I'm done for! Father will kill me!\\
'''Moses''': Don't worry. Nobody will even notice us coming in!\\
(They walk in; ''the entire crowd'' sees them and cheers loudly)\\
'''Rameses''': "Nobody will even notice..."\\
'''Moses''': Heh-heh-heh...
** "Playing With The Big Boys Now" can be seen as a challenge to God. As the next song ("The Plagues") shows, this was not wise.
** Rameses says that "there will be a great cry in the land of Egypt", threatening to kill off the Hebrew population. The "great cry" that comes about is not the one he expected.
* ThenLetMeBeEvil: Rameses invokes this during "The Plagues".
-->''You who I called brother, how could you have come to hate me so?''
-->''Is this what you wanted?''
-->''Then let my heart be hardened, and never mind how high the cost may grow''
-->''This will still be so: I will never let your people go!''"
* ThinkNothingOfIt: Of the HeroicSelfDeprecation variety--when Jethro honors Moses for helping Tzipporah escape Egypt and defending the other girls from brigands, Moses (in HeroicBSOD mode) says that he's done nothing worth honoring.
* ThisMeansWar: ''"This will still be so: I will never let your people go..."''
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Hotep and Huy. They even get their own VillainSong.
* ThreeMonthOldNewborn: Shown with an ewe's lambing.
* TimeSkip: There are two timeskips. After "Deliver Us" the film jumps forward approximately twenty years to when Moses is a young man, and during "Through Heaven's Eyes" the film quickly progresses through several more years.
* TitleDrop: At several times in the movie, Moses is referred to as "a/the Prince of Egypt". The term is solely used to refer to him and not to Rameses, who is instead viewed as the future Pharaoh.
* TomatoInTheMirror: When Moses slowly realizes that he is a Hebrew, during the sequence preceding "All I Ever Wanted".
* ToppledStatue: The same statue shown being raised in the opening [[spoiler:is destroyed during the Plagues]].
* TragicVillain: Rameses, unlike his counterparts from ''Film/TheTenCommandments'' and ''Literature/TheBible''.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: The Egyptian priests and, especially, Rameses have absolutely no idea what they're dealing with in the God of the Hebrews, and at first treat this new deity with sneering contempt. Then the Plagues hit...
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: People were so distracted by the priests' theatrics that they don't seem to notice Moses' snake eating the two that they produced.
* VillainousBreakdown: In a very tragic example, Rameses ''snaps'' after the death of his son, riding after Moses and the Hebrews and, when they try to escape him through the Red Sea, he shouts to his men "Kill them! KILL THEM ALL!" The last of him seen in the film is him screaming in rage and agony, cursing Moses.
* VillainSong: Rameses' DarkReprise of "All I Ever Wanted" might count, and while they are more inept evil sidekicks than true villains, Hotep and Huy's "Playing With The Big Boys Now" counts.
** "The Plagues" can be interpreted as God's VillainSong, if you're opting to go that route. The lines sung by the choir are quite boastful, all taking place over the suffering of Egyptian peasants and families.
* VillainsOutShopping: When Moses confronts Rameses at the Nile. Not only is Rameses just lounging in his boat, Huy and Hotep seem to be entertaining his son with magic tricks.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Moses (until he goes back to the Hebrews) and Rameses.
* WalkLikeAnEgyptian: Seen in a few dream sequences. Also, Hotep shortly during his song with Huy.
* WasTooHardOnHim: Moses asks Seti if he was too harsh on Rameses by calling him a weak link who will bring shame to Egypt just after Moses took the blame for goading Rameses on their wild chariot race.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Hotep and Huy make an offer something like to Moses during their VillainSong.
-->''"Just to show we feel no spite/you can be our acolyte!"''
** This is also what Seti did by naming Rameses prince regent. He was essentially declared co-pharaoh with his father.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Even after the death of his father, Rameses is still struggling with the man's immense shadow and wants to be the kind of Pharaoh his father was. This leads to tragedy for the Egyptians. TruthInTelevision for this one, at least for the first half of that statement. Rameses II is by all accounts one of Egypt's greatest Pharaoh, and many speculate that his achievements were motivated by a desire to live up to his distant father's legacy.
-->'''Moses''': ''All he cares about is your approval. I know he will live up to your expectations. He only needs the opportunity.''
* WeUsedToBeFriends: The major driving force of the movie, which sets it apart from ''Film/TheTenCommandments'' LoveTriangle.
* WhamLine: While the audience already knows this, her telling Moses his true heritage is this for him.
-->'''Miriam:''' I know who you are, and you are '''not''' a prince of Egypt!\\
'''Moses:''' What did you say?!
* WhatTheHellHero: Aaron calls out Moses for not caring about Hebrews until he found out he was one himself. Moses completely agrees with him.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark:
** Moses is given the chance to arrest Tzipporah when he sees her about to escape. Instead, he lets himself be a diversion so she can leave.
** When he meets Tzipporah's younger sisters, he is tired and hungry, and saw the girls being harassed by water thieves. He could've just not butted in, but uses his strength to get the harassers away.
* WidescreenShot: The three scenes set in the Pharaoh's throne room are occasionally shot side-on, showing the characters in profile and looking out over the city. These shots are in a widescreen format much wider than the rest of the movie to illustrate the backdrop the characters are up against. The background is different in each scene due to the progressing time, showing the status of Egypt at that moment; Egypt during the reign of Seti I, Egypt prosperous under Rameses II before the return of Moses, and Egypt in ruins after the Plagues.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Rameses.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Jethro singing "Through Heaven's Eyes" could be this.
* YouExclamation: Tzipporah, when she sees Moses being pulled out of the well and recognizes him from Egypt. His response is a nonverbal OhCrap.