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* IntimateHairBrushing: Older sister Sarah brushes younger sister Katie's hair before bed; it's their gossip time.


* DevilInPlainSight: Lord Belasco. When a character is first introduced as the king's trusted and loyal adviser, and the ''very first shot'' of the movie that he's in shows him as a tall dark man with black robes, a black horse, black hair with white streaks, a sinister smile, and ominous background music, it's just insulting to our intelligence. He's like [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Jafar]], except he's not hypnotizing the king, so the king really has no freaking excuse for trusting him.



* EvilChancellor: Lord Belasco. When a character is first introduced as the king's trusted and loyal adviser, and the very first shot of the movie that he's in shows him as a tall dark man with black robes, a black horse, black hair with white streaks, a sinister smile, and ominous background music, it's just insulting to our intelligence. He's like [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Jafar]], except he's not hypnotizing the king, so the king really has no freaking excuse for trusting him.

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* EvilChancellor: Lord Belasco. When a character is first introduced as Belasco, who will stop at nothing to get the king's trusted and loyal adviser, and the very first shot throne of the movie that he's in shows him as a tall dark man with black robes, a black horse, black hair with white streaks, a sinister smile, and ominous background music, it's just insulting to our intelligence. He's like [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Jafar]], except he's not hypnotizing the king, so the king really has no freaking excuse for trusting him.Camelot.



** The film also subverts the trope, with Katy's older sister Princess Sarah. The viewer spends the entire movie believing that tomboyish Katy is the tough one of the pair, only to find out that [[spoiler:Sarah is the secret identity of the Black Knight, who has been fighting the enemy all along.]]

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** The film also subverts inverts the trope, with Katy's older sister Princess Sarah. The viewer spends the entire movie believing that tomboyish Katy is the tough one of the pair, only to find out that [[spoiler:Sarah is the secret identity of the Black Knight, who has been fighting the enemy all along.]]


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* GirlyBruiser: [[spoiler:Princess Sarah turns out to be this, since the Black Knight was actually her the whole time]].


* ShopClass: Referenced when Calvin is instructing the local blacksmith on how to make something for him.
--->'''Blacksmith:''' How does a boy know so much?\\
'''Calvin:''' Metal shop. Eighth grade.



* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The two princesses; Katy is the tomboy who enjoys sword fighting and archery while Sarah is more interested in courtly things. [[spoiler: In truth, Sarah has actually been riding around the country in black armor doing knightly things instead.]]
%%* TotallyRadical: Some of Calvin's dialogue.
* WarriorPrincess: [[spoiler: Princess Sarah is the true identity of the Black Knight.]]

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* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The two princesses; Katy is the tomboy who enjoys sword fighting and archery while Sarah is more interested in courtly things. [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In truth, Sarah has actually been riding around the country in black armor doing knightly things instead.]]
%%* %% Administrivia/ZeroContextExample * TotallyRadical: Some of Calvin's dialogue.
* WarriorPrincess: [[spoiler: Princess [[spoiler:Princess Sarah is the true identity of the Black Knight.]]

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* ActorAllusion: Merlin's actor, Creator/RonMoody, previously played a more antagonistic Merlin in 1979's ''Unidentified Flying Oddball'', also made by Disney.


* EvilChancellor: Lord Belasco. When a character is first introduced as the king's trusted and loyal adviser, and the very first shot of the movie that he's in shows him as a tall dark man with black robes, a black horse, black hair with white streaks, a sinister smile, and ominous background music, it's just insulting to our intelligence. He's like [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Jafar]], except he's not hypnotizing the king, so the king really has no freaking excuse for trusting him.



* ObviouslyEvil: Lord Belasco. When a character is first introduced as the king's trusted and loyal adviser, and the very first shot of the movie that he's in shows him as a tall dark man with black robes, a black horse, black hair with white streaks, a sinister smile, and ominous background music, it's just insulting to our intelligence. He's like [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Jafar]], except he's not hypnotizing the king, so the king really has no freaking excuse for trusting him.

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* YeGoodeOldeDays: The film had medieval England as a pretty nice place. It's moderately clean, and unless you stand under a window while walking down the street, you won't be covered in filth.[[note]]Watch out for the wives emptying the chamber pots![[/note]] TheProtagonist notes that his joust helmets smell something awful. Both the princesses are perfectly clean, but then again, ''they're princesses''.


Has a rather forgettable direct-to-video sequel entitled ''A Kid In Aladdin's Palace''.

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Has a rather forgettable obscure direct-to-video sequel entitled ''A Kid In Aladdin's Palace''.


* BadassGrandpa: Arthur can still handle himself in a sword fight, despite his age.


* AdiposeRex: King Arthur

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* AdiposeRex: King ArthurArthur has really let himself go in his old age.



* AnachronismStew: Attempted for laughs and failed miserably.
* ArrangedMarriage: What Arthur is attempting to put together for his elder daughter Sarah.
* BadassGrandpa: Arthur
* BadassPrincess: [[spoiler: Princess Sarah.]] Princess Katy starts out this way before suffering one of the most ridiculous cases of {{Chickification}} you'll ever see anywhere.

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* AnachronismStew: Attempted for laughs and failed miserably.
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* ArrangedMarriage: What Arthur is attempting to put together a marriage for his elder daughter Sarah.
Sarah, which distresses her because she already has a guy in mind. [[spoiler: When the Black Knight reveals himself ''as'' Sarah, Arthur gives his blessing to her choice.]]
* BadassGrandpa: Arthur
* BadassPrincess: [[spoiler: Princess Sarah.]] Princess Katy starts out this way before suffering one of the most ridiculous cases of {{Chickification}} you'll ever see anywhere.
Arthur can still handle himself in a sword fight, despite his age.



* BlackKnight: He's a master jouster and gives to the people.

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* BlackKnight: He's A subversion; someone of this description initially appears like an antagonist but is actually a master jouster and gives to the people.



* {{Chickification}}: See FauxActionGirl below.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Luckily, right before the earthquake swallows him whole, Calvin grabs his backpack. Even more luckily, said backpack just happens to contain a number of items he will need on his adventure, like a flashlight and a Swiss army knife. [[SarcasmMode You know, stuff that most kids bring to ball games.]]
* DeadAllAlong: Queen Guenivere. Katy says she died years ago.
* {{Disneyfication}}: Of Mark Twain's original novel. The book was a satire and GenreDeconstruction of Arthurian lore that ended on a pretty depressing note, with the protagonist having all his achievements undone, then losing his friends, family and mind before finally dying. In this film, almost the entire plot is thrown out in favor of a more conventional children's film with a hip, young protagonist, a Camelot that wouldn't be out of place in a theme park, and an unambiguously happy ending.

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* {{Chickification}}: See FauxActionGirl below.
Princess Katy has a sharp drop in physical competence in the final act and it leads to kidnapping from which she needs to be rescued.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Luckily, right before the earthquake swallows him whole, Calvin grabs his backpack. Even more luckily, said backpack just happens to contain a number of items he will need on his adventure, like a flashlight and a Swiss army knife. [[SarcasmMode You know, stuff that most kids Why would he bring those things to ball games.]]
* DeadAllAlong: Queen Guenivere. Katy says she died years ago.
a baseball game?
* {{Disneyfication}}: Of Mark Twain's original novel. The book was a satire and GenreDeconstruction of Arthurian lore that ended on a pretty depressing note, with the protagonist having all his achievements undone, then losing his friends, family and mind before finally dying. In this film, almost the entire plot is thrown out in favor of a more conventional children's film with a hip, young protagonist, a Camelot that wouldn't be out of place in a theme park, and an unambiguously happy ending.



* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses

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* EverythingsBetterWithPrincessesEverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Arthur has two daughters who are major characters.



* FauxActionGirl: The film provides us with a very ridiculous example of this trope with Princess Katy. In the training sequence she is shown to be an excellent swordswoman, archer, and horsewoman; thus she should be "of course, able to take care of herself". Except, then she gets kidnapped by some mooks, in broad daylight, and needs to be rescued by Calvin and King Arthur. A fight begins. Now on the good guys' side we have Arthur (a very old man), Calvin (a nerd who fails at baseball and has only trained in swordplay for a couple of days) and Katy (who is young, fast, and has trained in swordplay all her life). Arthur and Calvin fight and kill the mooks while Katy, who really should be "...able to take care of herself," gets kidnapped ''again''.
** The same film also subverts the trope, however, with Katy's older sister Princess Sarah. The viewer spends the entire movie believing that tomboyish Katy is the tough one of the pair, only to find out that [[spoiler:Sarah is the secret identity of the Black Knight, who has been fighting the enemy all along.]]

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* FauxActionGirl: The film provides us with a very ridiculous example of this trope FauxActionGirl:
**Played straight
with Princess Katy. Katy; In the training sequence she is shown to be an excellent swordswoman, archer, and horsewoman; thus she should be "of course, able to take care of herself". Except, then she gets kidnapped by some mooks, in broad daylight, and needs to be rescued by Calvin and King Arthur. A fight begins. Now on the good guys' side we have Arthur (a very old man), Calvin (a nerd who fails at baseball and has only trained in swordplay for a couple of days) and Katy (who is young, fast, and has trained in swordplay all her life). Arthur and Calvin fight and kill the mooks while Katy, who really should be "...able to take care of herself," gets kidnapped ''again''.
** The same film also subverts the trope, however, with Katy's older sister Princess Sarah. The viewer spends the entire movie believing that tomboyish Katy is the tough one of the pair, only to find out that [[spoiler:Sarah is the secret identity of the Black Knight, who has been fighting the enemy all along.]]



* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Sister]]: Katy is abducted on Lord Belasco's orders, so he can both make Arthur get rid of Calvin and force Sarah to agree to marry him. Of course, when Arthur and Calvin show up with the unharmed Katy, this doesn't work.
* IdiotBall: Once Arthur learns Belasco schemes to usurp the throne; rather than have Belasco thrown in the dungeon, Arthur lets Belasco go free until the tournament.
** Somewhat justified in that Belasco had become a major power in the kingdom whom many of the soldiers followed instead of the king. Throwing him in the dungeon was politically risky so he had to let Belasco disgrace himself.
* TheLadysFavour: Not quite played straight. Sarah and Calvin are initially the only ones who know that Katy has been kidnapped. Sarah urges him to go to Arthur and tell him what's happened and who is responsible, as she feels Arthur is Katy's only hope. She gives Calvin her handkerchief to give to her father, so that he will know Calvin was sent by her and is telling the truth.
* ALittleSomethingWeCallRockAndRoll: Played straight with Calvin's Discman.
** Then subverted later when he pulls it out again, only to use the lens inside to reflect light and blind a guard.
** What does he use when challenged to combat? "[[ThePowerOfRock I choose...]] [[Music/TheClash Combat Rock!]]" Cue guards holding their ears while Calvin rocks out.

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* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Sister]]: IHaveYourWife: Katy is abducted on Lord Belasco's orders, so he can both make Arthur get rid of Calvin and force Sarah to agree to marry him. Of course, when Arthur and Calvin show up with the unharmed Katy, this doesn't work.
* IdiotBall: Once Arthur learns Belasco schemes to usurp the throne; rather than have Belasco thrown in the dungeon, Arthur lets Belasco go free until the tournament.
** Somewhat
tournament. It is somewhat justified in that Belasco had become a major power in the kingdom whom many of the soldiers followed instead of the king. Throwing him in the dungeon was politically risky so he had to let Belasco disgrace himself.
* TheLadysFavour: Not quite played straight. It is not a conventional example; Sarah and Calvin are initially the only ones who know that Katy has been kidnapped. Sarah urges him to go to Arthur and tell him what's happened and who is responsible, as she feels Arthur is Katy's only hope. She gives Calvin her handkerchief to give to her father, so that he will know Calvin was sent by her and is telling the truth.
* ALittleSomethingWeCallRockAndRoll: Zigzagged. Played straight with Calvin's Discman.
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Discman. Then subverted later when he pulls it out again, only to use the lens inside to reflect light and blind a guard.
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guard. What does he use when challenged to combat? "[[ThePowerOfRock I choose...]] [[Music/TheClash Combat Rock!]]" Cue guards holding their ears while Calvin rocks out.



* SamusIsAGirl: See SelfProclaimedKnight.
* SaveThePrincess

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* SamusIsAGirl: See SelfProclaimedKnight.
* SaveThePrincess
[[spoiler: Because of the Black Knight's full body armor and helmet, everyone assumes that a man is underneath it all.]]



* SpiritAdvisor: Merlin, who appears only as a reflection in a well and only speaks to Calvin. It's not clear what happened to him or if he's dead; he's just said to have disappeared a long time ago.
* ThatPoorCat: When Calvin fires an arrow through a window by accident
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The two princesses.
* TotallyRadical: Some of Calvin's dialogue.

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* SpiritAdvisor: Merlin, who Merlin appears only as a reflection in a well and only speaks to Calvin. It's not clear what happened to him or if he's dead; he's just said to have disappeared a long time ago.
* ThatPoorCat: When Calvin fires an arrow through a window by accident
accident, it hits a cat.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The two princesses.
*
princesses; Katy is the tomboy who enjoys sword fighting and archery while Sarah is more interested in courtly things. [[spoiler: In truth, Sarah has actually been riding around the country in black armor doing knightly things instead.]]
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TotallyRadical: Some of Calvin's dialogue.dialogue.
* WarriorPrincess: [[spoiler: Princess Sarah is the true identity of the Black Knight.]]


* ALittleSomethingWeCallRockAndRoll: Played straight with Calvin's Discman.
** Then subverted later when he pulls it out again, only to use the lens inside to reflect light and blind a guard.
** What does he use when challenged to combat? "[[ThePowerOfRock I choose...]] [[Music/TheClash Combat Rock!]]" Cue guards holding their ears while Calvin rocks out.



* BadassPrincess: [[spoiler: Princess Sarah]]. Princess Katy starts out this way before suffering one of the most ridiculous cases of {{Chickification}} you'll ever see anywhere.

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* BadassPrincess: [[spoiler: Princess Sarah]]. Sarah.]] Princess Katy starts out this way before suffering one of the most ridiculous cases of {{Chickification}} you'll ever see anywhere.



* FauxActionGirl: The film provides us with a very ridiculous example of this trope with Princess Katy. In the training sequence she is shown to be an excellent swordswoman, archer and horse rider, thus she should be "of course, able to take care of herself". Except, then she gets kidnapped by some mooks, in broad daylight and needs to be rescued by Calvin and King Arthur. A fight begins. Now on the good guys' side we have Arthur (a very old man), Calvin (a nerd who fails at baseball and has only trained in swordplay for a couple of days) and Katy (who is young, fast and has trained in swordplay all her life). Arthur and Calvin fight and kill the mooks while Katy, who really should be "...able to take care of herself," gets kidnapped ''again''.

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* FauxActionGirl: The film provides us with a very ridiculous example of this trope with Princess Katy. In the training sequence she is shown to be an excellent swordswoman, archer archer, and horse rider, horsewoman; thus she should be "of course, able to take care of herself". Except, then she gets kidnapped by some mooks, in broad daylight daylight, and needs to be rescued by Calvin and King Arthur. A fight begins. Now on the good guys' side we have Arthur (a very old man), Calvin (a nerd who fails at baseball and has only trained in swordplay for a couple of days) and Katy (who is young, fast fast, and has trained in swordplay all her life). Arthur and Calvin fight and kill the mooks while Katy, who really should be "...able to take care of herself," gets kidnapped ''again''.



* IdiotBall: Once Arthur learns Belasco schemes to usurp the throne; rather than have Belasco thrown in the dungeon. Arthur lets Belasco go free until the tournament.
** Somewhat justified that by now Belasco was a major power in the kingdom whom many of the soldiers followed instead of the king. Throwing him in the dungeon was politcally risky so he had to let Belasco discrage himself.

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* IdiotBall: Once Arthur learns Belasco schemes to usurp the throne; rather than have Belasco thrown in the dungeon. dungeon, Arthur lets Belasco go free until the tournament.
** Somewhat justified in that by now Belasco was had become a major power in the kingdom whom many of the soldiers followed instead of the king. Throwing him in the dungeon was politcally politically risky so he had to let Belasco discrage disgrace himself.



* LoserProtagonist: Calvin starts the film this way; at the baseball game just before the earthquake, he is so intimidated by the flying fastballs that he doesn't even swing, and strikes out without moving a muscle. It's implied that this is not unusual for his character. Naturally, during his time in Camelot, he [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]] and returns to his own time to lead his team to victory.
* ObviouslyEvil: Lord Belasco. When a character is first introduced as the king's trusted and loyal adviser, and the very first shot of the movie that he's in shows him as a tall dark man with black robes, a black horse, black hair with white streaks, a sinister smile, and ominous background music, it's just insulting to our intelligence. He's like Jafar, except he's not hypnotizing the king, so the king really has no freaking excuse for trusting him.

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* ALittleSomethingWeCallRockAndRoll: Played straight with Calvin's Discman.
** Then subverted later when he pulls it out again, only to use the lens inside to reflect light and blind a guard.
** What does he use when challenged to combat? "[[ThePowerOfRock I choose...]] [[Music/TheClash Combat Rock!]]" Cue guards holding their ears while Calvin rocks out.
* LoserProtagonist: Calvin starts the film this way; at the baseball game just before the earthquake, he is so intimidated by the flying fastballs that he doesn't even swing, and strikes out without moving a muscle. It's implied that this is not unusual for his character. Naturally, during his time in Camelot, he [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]] and returns to his own time to lead his team to victory.
victory - with a baseball bat from the "Excalibur" brand, no less!
* ObviouslyEvil: Lord Belasco. When a character is first introduced as the king's trusted and loyal adviser, and the very first shot of the movie that he's in shows him as a tall dark man with black robes, a black horse, black hair with white streaks, a sinister smile, and ominous background music, it's just insulting to our intelligence. He's like Jafar, [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Jafar]], except he's not hypnotizing the king, so the king really has no freaking excuse for trusting him.



* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler:Sarah]] is the Black Knight.

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* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler:Sarah]] is the Black Knight.See SelfProclaimedKnight.


* BlondGuysAreEvil: Inverted with Princess Sarah's two known suitors, as the nasty Lord Belasco is dark haired while the good Master Cain is blond.


* AluminumChristmasTrees: Calvin claims that he knows about Arthur's sword Excalibur because "I watch a lot of CNN." CNN did have little trivia tidbits back in the 80's and 90's before commercial breaks.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: Calvin claims that he knows about Arthur's sword Excalibur because "I watch a lot of CNN." CNN did have little trivia tidbits back in the 80's '80s and 90's '90s before commercial breaks.


A young kid, Calvin Fuller (Thomas Ian Nicholas) is playing a baseball game when an earthquake opens up a rift in the ground and transports him to the 6th century, where he meets up with KingArthur. He also encounters the spirit of Merlin, who confirms that it was his magic which pulled Calvin back to Camelot. There are a lot of problems afoot, and Merlin will only send Calvin home if he puts things back to rights. Along the way, he falls in love with one of King Arthur's daughters, tosses off a lot of anachronisms in failed attempts to be funny and ends up getting transported back to his baseball game.

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A young kid, Calvin Fuller (Thomas Ian Nicholas) is playing a baseball game when an earthquake opens up a rift in the ground and transports him to the 6th century, where he meets up with KingArthur.Myth/KingArthur. He also encounters the spirit of Merlin, who confirms that it was his magic which pulled Calvin back to Camelot. There are a lot of problems afoot, and Merlin will only send Calvin home if he puts things back to rights. Along the way, he falls in love with one of King Arthur's daughters, tosses off a lot of anachronisms in failed attempts to be funny and ends up getting transported back to his baseball game.

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** Somewhat justified that by now Belasco was a major power in the kingdom whom many of the soldiers followed instead of the king. Throwing him in the dungeon was politcally risky so he had to let Belasco discrage himself.


** What does he use when challenged to combat? "[[ThePowerOfRock I choose...]] [[TheClash Combat Rock!]]" Cue guards holding their ears while Calvin rocks out.

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** What does he use when challenged to combat? "[[ThePowerOfRock I choose...]] [[TheClash [[Music/TheClash Combat Rock!]]" Cue guards holding their ears while Calvin rocks out.

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