YMMV / Camelot

Camelot (musical)

  • Ensemble Darkhorse: For the 1967 film Vanessa Redgrave as Guinevere, Laurance Naismith as Merlyn and Anthony Rogers as Sir Dinadan.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Used in-story. Guinevere, in the beginning, seems flattered by the idea of her being the subject of a war. Later...
    • One can't help but wonder if the writers intended for "C'est Moi" to be Foreshadowing of what Lancelot ultimately does.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Nimue, singing "Follow Me."
  • Parody Sue: Sir Lancelot. Invincible in battle, incorruptibly pure, and completely insufferable. Exemplified in his signature song "C'est Moi", where he exalts the perfect knight as impossibly strong, brave and chaste, then "humbly" confesses that he happens to be this knight.
  • Wangst: Arthur during his monologues. Most likely intentional given the satirical nature of the play.

Camelot (series)

  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: "You are nothing! You will always be nothing but my father's bastard!"
  • Designated Hero: Arthur is a Spoiled Brat who is introduced to us while he's sleeping with his brother's girlfriend. He becomes king primarily because of Merlin's manipulation and plotting, rather than any merit on his own part. His character develops a little over the episodes but, as seen below, he ended the season pretty much as unpopular as he started.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Morgan is a rare female example of this trope, mainly due to her charisma and that she was played by the gorgeous Eva Green. It's no wonder that much of the audience was rooting for her, particularly since she was pitted against a rather gormless version of Arthur. (See The Scrappy entry below).
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Declarations of "Team Morgan!" are not uncommon. Merlin is also popular. Among the knights, Gawain for being the most badass. His actor Clive Standen later got more recognition as the also-badass Rollo in The History Channel's Vikings.
  • Evil Sorceress: Morgan.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Morgan, played by the sultry Eva Green.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With Merlin. Merlin fans couldn't accept new actors as their favorite characters,and Camelot fans said Merlin was aimed at kids and too loose with the legends.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: In keeping with the lukewarm response to Arthur, some fans were bewildered that Guinevere was so interested in him when she already had Leontes.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Joseph Fiennes is Merlin while his brother Ralph is Voldemort - and they're both bald for the role.
  • Magnificent Bitch: Morgan certainly knows how to swing a crowd. Mother Sybil is also a master manipulator and it's implied that she's even able to influence events from beyond the grave!
  • Mind Game Ship: Merlin and Morgan.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Morgan's dying scene. Man, one doesn't wish such an experience even for a villain.
  • Older Than They Think: Arthur and Morgan as paternal half-siblings instead of maternal originates with Knights of the Round Table.
  • Romantic Plot Tumour: Arthur/Guinevere and the consequent Love Triangle with Leontes was generally considered boring and shallow, particularly since Arthur/Guinevere's attraction was based almost solely on lust (occurring on the basis of one dream, two short conversations, and sex in a cave on her wedding day to another man).
  • Ron the Death Eater: Arthur is often at the receiving end of this. There was even a post on IMDb claiming that Arthur deserved everything Morgan did to him. While Arthur is not without his faults, he does show himself to be heroic, especially towards the end of the series.
  • Ho Yay: Arthur and Kay, Arthur and Merlin.
  • Les Yay: Morgan, Vivien and Sybil.
  • Foe Yay: Morgan and Merlin. Morgan and Arthur have some too.
  • The Scrappy: Four episodes in, and there's already an overwhelming number of viewers who consider Arthur himself to be this.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The reinterpretations of the Arthurian legends, especially regarding the main characters, didn't go over well with some viewers. Of course, the legends themselves have always been subject to some kind of reinterpretation... not often with characterization though.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The show is rife with this, but for Arthurian lore fans one bit sticks out: the legendary but probably part-historical siege of Mount Badon (Mons Badonicus) had an iconic place in early Arthurian lore as the battle where Arthur spectacularly halted invaders from troubling the British for a generation, supposedly slaying over 900 men himself. Here, it becomes the underwhelming siege of "Bardon Pass", fought with Suspiciously Small Armies - Arthur and a dozen knights defend not a fort, but what amounts to "a farm with two sentries", and the enemy force doesn't look that much larger despite outnumbering them.
  • What The Hell, Casting Agency?: Arthur. Also see above.

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