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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** When Freud is coming on to some girls, he tells them that they "seem to be suffering from a mild form of hysteria."[[note]]Prior to Freud's work, hysteria was the term used for when a woman was being overly emotional and considered a mental disease. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the prescribed treatment was [[ADateWithRosiePalms manual stimulation of the genitals]]. [[ArtisticLicenseHistory Freud himself]] actually believed hysteria could exist in men ''and'' women, admitting he had occasional bouts, but that it was more common in women because excess emotions were a feminine trait.[[/note]]
** Combined with TrustPassword: Invoked when Bill and Ted challenge their future selves:
--->'''Ted:''' If you guys are really us... What number are we thinking of?\\
'''Future Bill and Ted:''' 69, dudes!\\
'''Bill and Ted:''' Whoa...\\
''[quadruple air guitar]''

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%% * GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** When Freud is coming on
GettingCrapPastThe Radar: Due to some girls, he tells them that they "seem to be suffering from a mild form of hysteria."[[note]]Prior to Freud's work, hysteria was the term used for when a woman was being overly emotional overwhelming and considered a mental disease. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the prescribed treatment was [[ADateWithRosiePalms manual stimulation of the genitals]]. [[ArtisticLicenseHistory Freud himself]] actually believed hysteria could exist in men ''and'' women, admitting he had occasional bouts, but that it was more common in women because excess emotions were a feminine trait.[[/note]]
** Combined with TrustPassword: Invoked when Bill and Ted challenge their future selves:
--->'''Ted:'''
persistent misuse, GCPTR is on-page examples only until 01 June 2021. If you guys are really us... What number are we thinking of?\\
'''Future Bill and Ted:''' 69, dudes!\\
'''Bill and Ted:''' Whoa...\\
''[quadruple air guitar]''
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-->'''Mr. Ryan:''' As far as I can tell, all you've learned is that Caesar... was 'a salad dressing dude.'

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-->'''Mr.--->'''Mr. Ryan:''' As far as I can tell, all you've learned is that Caesar... was 'a salad dressing dude.'


* FrenchJerk: Napoleon Bonaparte. Aside from his acts of imperialism recorded in history, he's a {{manchild}} who cuts in line at the waterpark and treats Ted's family (and everyone else) disdainfully. When he throws a gutterball at the bowling rink, he throws a screaming, vulgar tantrum. During the final report, when Ted tells him that his Waterloo strategy won't work, he sweeps all his pieces off the map in a huff and declares himself the victor.

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* FrenchJerk: Napoleon Bonaparte. Aside from his acts of imperialism recorded in history, he's a {{manchild}} who cuts in line at the waterpark and treats Ted's Bill's family (and everyone else) disdainfully. When he throws a gutterball at the bowling rink, he throws a screaming, vulgar tantrum. During the final report, when Ted tells him that his Waterloo strategy won't work, he sweeps all his pieces off the map in a huff and declares himself the victor.


* BookDumb: Bill and Ted are ''idiots'' when it comes to studying. To Mr. Ryan's exasperation, the only thing they've learned in class all year is that Caesar was "a salad dressing dude." But when the chips are down, the boys are clever and resourceful. They repair the time machine's antennae with only pudding cans and chewed gum, kidnap or convince historical figures to get into a strange metal box with them, and learn how to manipulate time to their advantage and eventual success.

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* BookDumb: Bill and Ted are ''idiots'' when it comes to studying. To Mr. Ryan's exasperation, the only thing they've learned in class all year is that Caesar was "a salad dressing dude." But when the chips are down, the boys are clever and resourceful. They repair the time machine's antennae with only pudding cans and chewed gum, kidnap or convince historical figures to get into a strange metal box with them, and learn how to manipulate time to their advantage and eventual success.produce the solutions to obstacles that are right in front of them.



* CrystalSpiresAndTogas: Suggested in the Wyld Stallyns future.

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* CrystalSpiresAndTogas: Suggested in This is the future after the Wyld Stallyns future.have eradicated war and poverty with their music.



* DumbBlonde: Missy is a ditzy but attractive trophy wife who is only three years older than Bill.
* EpicFail: At the beginning of the movie, Bill and Ted aren't just ignorant of history - their heads are filled with ''incorrect'' history.

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* DumbBlonde: Missy Missy, Bill's stepmother, is a ditzy but attractive trophy wife who is only three years older than Bill.
Bill. She never questions what Bill is doing, even when he's teleporting into their backyard with several historical figure in tow.
* EpicFail: EpicFail:
**
At the beginning of the movie, Bill and Ted aren't just ignorant of history - their heads are filled with ''incorrect'' history.



** Then there's Napoleon's gutterball at the bowling rink. He didn't just miss the pins, he fell down and slid into the lane like an ass.



* FishOutOfTemporalWater: All of the historical figures whom Bill and Ted pick up. Surprisingly, they all seem pretty content to gallivant through the future for a few hours.

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* FishOutOfTemporalWater: All of the historical figures whom Bill and Ted pick up. Surprisingly, they all seem pretty content to gallivant through the future for a few hours. Yet more surprisingly, even the ones who the duo straight up ''abducted'' seem to forget about that and join in the fun.



* FrenchJerk: Napoleon Bonaparte. Aside his acts of imperialism recorded in history, he's a {{manchild}} who cuts in line and doesn't take losing well. When he throws a gutterball at the bowling rink, he throws a screaming, vulgar tantrum. When Ted tells him that his Waterloo strategy won't work, he sweeps all his pieces off the map in a huff.

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* FrenchJerk: Napoleon Bonaparte. Aside from his acts of imperialism recorded in history, he's a {{manchild}} who cuts in line at the waterpark and doesn't take losing well.treats Ted's family (and everyone else) disdainfully. When he throws a gutterball at the bowling rink, he throws a screaming, vulgar tantrum. When During the final report, when Ted tells him that his Waterloo strategy won't work, he sweeps all his pieces off the map in a huff.huff and declares himself the victor.



* GottaPassTheClass: The titular duo are on the verge of failing history, and Ted's father threatens to send him to millitary school if that happens, threatening to end their friendship and their band the Wyld Stallions. This kicks off the plot, as a time-traveler from the future shows up to prevent this by giving them access to time travel that will allow them to pass their final.

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* GottaPassTheClass: The titular duo are on the verge of failing history, and Ted's father threatens to send him to millitary military school if that happens, threatening to end their friendship and their band the Wyld Stallions. This kicks off the plot, as a time-traveler from the future shows up to prevent this by giving them access to time travel that will allow them to pass their final.



* HistoricalVillainDowngrade: Well, Napoleon is pretty rude, egotistical, and pompous, while Genghis Khan is pretty aggressive, but here those traits are all PlayedForLaughs.

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* HistoricalVillainDowngrade: Well, Napoleon is pretty rude, egotistical, and pompous, while Genghis Khan is pretty aggressive, but here those traits are all PlayedForLaughs.



* ImprobableWeaponUser: Genghis Khan is impressed by the military potential of modern sporting equipment. He dons some football armor, arms himself with an aluminum baseball bat, and charges off on a skateboard.

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* ImprobableWeaponUser: Genghis Khan is impressed by the military potential of modern sporting equipment. He dons some football armor, arms himself with an aluminum baseball bat, and charges off on a skateboard. And he proves adept enough with the bat and skateboard that the mall guards only manage to subdue him because he fell down in the ice rink.



** Most of the historical people adapt pretty quickly to the twentieth century, such as Beethoven mastering electronic synthesizers. This helps a lot at the end with the "Explain what historical people would think of modern San Dimas" part of the report.
** Billy the Kid picks up the intricacies of time travel (and late 20th century slang) pretty quickly, for which the boys praise him when they arrive in ancient Greece. As the story progresses, Billy becomes the duo's chief helper.

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** Most of the historical people adapt pretty quickly to the twentieth century, such as Beethoven mastering electronic synthesizers. This helps a lot at the end with the "Explain what historical people would think of modern San Dimas" part of the report.
** Billy the Kid picks up the intricacies of time travel (and late 20th century slang) pretty quickly, much immediately, for which the boys praise him when they arrive in ancient Greece. As the story progresses, Billy becomes the duo's chief helper.



** Socrates mistakes song lyrics for wisdom.

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** Socrates mistakes song lyrics for wisdom. Double points, given the lyrics were recited to him in a language that he doesn't (yet) understand.



* MoodWhiplash: When Bill believes that Ted has been killed by medieval knights, the scene is played for maximum drama and Bill acts extremely heartbroken. There are no jokes in this scene other than his BuffySpeak, but even then it's drenched in sorrow. Ted is revealed to be alive and the movie goes on to be the comdey-romp that it is, but the moment causes the laughs to come to a screeching halt.

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* MoodWhiplash: When Bill believes that Ted has been killed by medieval knights, the scene is played for maximum drama and Bill acts extremely heartbroken. heartbroken/vengeful. There are no jokes in this scene other than his BuffySpeak, but even then it's drenched in sorrow. anguish. Ted is revealed to be alive and the movie goes on returns to be being the comdey-romp comedy-romp that it is, but the moment causes for that moment, the laughs to come came to a screeching halt.



** Zigzagged in the Old West bar, where Bill and Ted, who are obviously teenagers, are given beer at the Saloon, given a lampshade by Ted. At that time, pretty much anyone older than ten could drink, especially out in the outer regions like New Mexico Territory. However, a bartender most certainly would never give the beer to two strangers without getting his money first.

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** Zigzagged in the Old West bar, where Bill and Ted, who are obviously teenagers, are given beer at the Saloon, given a lampshade by Ted. At that time, pretty much anyone older than ten could drink, especially out in the outer regions like New Mexico Territory. However, a bartender most certainly would never give the beer to two strangers without getting his money first.


** Most of the historical people adapt pretty quickly to the twentieth century, such as Beethoven mastering electronic synthesizers.
** Billy the Kid picks up the intricacies of time travel (and late 20th century slang) pretty quickly, for which the boys praise him when they arrive in ancient Greece.

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** Most of the historical people adapt pretty quickly to the twentieth century, such as Beethoven mastering electronic synthesizers.
synthesizers. This helps a lot at the end with the "Explain what historical people would think of modern San Dimas" part of the report.
** Billy the Kid picks up the intricacies of time travel (and late 20th century slang) pretty quickly, for which the boys praise him when they arrive in ancient Greece. As the story progresses, Billy becomes the duo's chief helper.


* AirGuitar: Bill and Ted do this whenever something delights them.



-->'''Bill:''' Shut up Ted.

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-->'''Bill:''' Shut up up, Ted.



* CrystalSpiresAndTogas: Suggested in the Wyld Stallyns future, though not really shown.

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* CrystalSpiresAndTogas: Suggested in the Wyld Stallyns future, though not really shown.future.



** There's also seeing the princesses. The guys have a matter of hours to put together a report that will decide the course of their whole future. Bill even tries to keep Ted on-track reminding "It's a history report, not a ''babe'' report", but they still drop everything to try to meet those girls they saw, almost getting beheaded and the booth getting broken for it.
* DumbBlonde: Missy is a ditzy but attractive trophy wife who is only a few years older than Bill.

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** There's also seeing the princesses. The guys have a matter of hours to put together a report that will decide the course of their Earth's whole future. Bill even tries to keep Ted on-track reminding "It's a history report, not a ''babe'' report", but they still drop everything to try to meet those girls they saw, almost getting beheaded and the booth getting broken for it.
* DumbBlonde: Missy is a ditzy but attractive trophy wife who is only a few three years older than Bill.



* ExtyYearsFromNow: Rufus dates the future scenes to 2688, just about 700 years after the movie came out.

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* ExtyYearsFromNow: Rufus dates the future scenes to 2688, just about exactly 700 years after the movie came out.



* FrenchJerk: Napoleon Bonaparte. Aside his acts of imperialism recorded in history, he's a {{manchild}} who cuts in line and doesn't take losing well. When he throws a gutterball at the bowling rink, he throws a screaming tantrum. When Ted tells him that his Waterloo strategy won't work, he sweeps all his pieces off the map in a huff.

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* FrenchJerk: Napoleon Bonaparte. Aside his acts of imperialism recorded in history, he's a {{manchild}} who cuts in line and doesn't take losing well. When he throws a gutterball at the bowling rink, he throws a screaming screaming, vulgar tantrum. When Ted tells him that his Waterloo strategy won't work, he sweeps all his pieces off the map in a huff.



* HistoricalVillainDowngrade: Well, Napoleon is pretty rude, egotistical, and pompous, while Genghis Khan is pretty nasty, but here those traits are all PlayedForLaughs.

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* HistoricalVillainDowngrade: Well, Napoleon is pretty rude, egotistical, and pompous, while Genghis Khan is pretty nasty, aggressive, but here those traits are all PlayedForLaughs.



* InformedAbility: Played for laughs. Bill and Ted are supposed to be the greatest musicians of all time. They stink. Lampshaded by Rufus - Who pulls off a stunning solo and then assures us in a fourth-wall breaking moment that "they ''do'' get better," as Bill and Ted make horrific noise whilst their new girlfriends from the past awkwardly test their own instruments.

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* InformedAbility: Played for laughs. Bill and Ted are supposed to be the greatest musicians of all time. They stink. Lampshaded time, but they don't even know how to play their instruments. In the end, when Bill and Ted and their girlfriends make horrific noise trying to put on a show, this is lampshaded by Rufus - Who Rufus, who pulls off a stunning solo and then assures us (somewhat desperately) in a fourth-wall breaking moment that "they ''do'' get better," as Bill and Ted make horrific noise whilst their new girlfriends from the past awkwardly test their own instruments.better".



** Billy turns over the table and starts a fight rather quickly, just after the other guys suspect he's cheating. In the Old West, being accused of cheating was a very grave accusation. It could lead to a brutal beating, if not a bullet.

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** Billy turns over the table and starts a fight rather quickly, just after the other guys suspect he's cheating. In To modern eyes, this comes across as DisproportionateRetribution. But in the Old West, being accused of cheating at cards was a very grave accusation. It accusation, one that could lead to easily provoke a brutal beating, if not a bullet.an outright shooting.



** Ultimately avverted since [[RealityEnsues Bill's not nearly as good at fighting as an actual castle guard]], and a thankfully still-alive Ted saves him by coldcocking the guy.

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** Ultimately avverted averted since [[RealityEnsues Bill's not nearly as good at fighting as an actual castle guard]], and a thankfully still-alive Ted saves him by coldcocking the guy.


!!''Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure'' demonstrates these non-heinous tropes:

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!!''Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure'' demonstrates these non-heinous most triumphant tropes:

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* MoodWhiplash: When Bill believes that Ted has been killed by medieval knights, the scene is played for maximum drama and Bill acts extremely heartbroken. There are no jokes in this scene other than his BuffySpeak, but even then it's drenched in sorrow. Ted is revealed to be alive and the movie goes on to be the comdey-romp that it is, but the moment causes the laughs to come to a screeching halt.


* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Napoleon is depicted as being very short, which is a myth.

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Napoleon [[UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte Napoleon]] is depicted as being very short, which is a myth.

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Napoleon is depicted as being very short, which is a myth.


* NapoleonDelusion: Ted's dad clearly thinks the historic figures are suffering from this, even thought they are authentic. Curiously enough, Napoleon himself avoids being arrested.

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* NapoleonDelusion: Ted's dad clearly thinks the historic figures are suffering from this, even thought though they are authentic. Curiously enough, Napoleon himself avoids being arrested.


** Averted since [[RealityEnsues Bill's not nearly as good at fighting as an actual castle guard]], and a thankfully still-alive saves him.

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** Averted Ultimately avverted since [[RealityEnsues Bill's not nearly as good at fighting as an actual castle guard]], and a thankfully still-alive Ted saves him.him by coldcocking the guy.

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** Averted since [[RealityEnsues Bill's not nearly as good at fighting as an actual castle guard]], and a thankfully still-alive saves him.


* DistractedByTheSexy: Bill and Ted are in Bill's room studying. Bill's stepmom Missy brings them some snacks. Bill's dad sees them and comes in, asking how the studying is going. Bill straight up tells his dad that they're going to fail. Bill's dad, looking at Missy's butt, can only respond "Great." Then he pays Bill and Ted to leave the room so he and Missy can get it on.

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* DistractedByTheSexy: DistractedByTheSexy:
**
Bill and Ted are in Bill's room studying. Bill's stepmom Missy brings them some snacks. Bill's dad sees them and comes in, asking how the studying is going. Bill straight up tells his dad that they're going to fail. Bill's dad, looking at Missy's butt, can only respond "Great." Then he pays Bill and Ted to leave the room so he and Missy can get it on.on.
** There's also seeing the princesses. The guys have a matter of hours to put together a report that will decide the course of their whole future. Bill even tries to keep Ted on-track reminding "It's a history report, not a ''babe'' report", but they still drop everything to try to meet those girls they saw, almost getting beheaded and the booth getting broken for it.


-->'''BILL''': How's it going, royal ugly dudes?
-->'''KING''': Put them in the iron maiden.
-->'''BILL''' and '''TED''': Music/IronMaiden? (AirGuitar) EXCELLENT!
-->'''KING''': Execute them!
-->'''BILL''' and '''TED''': Bogus!

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-->'''BILL''': -->'''Bill''': How's it going, royal ugly dudes?
-->'''KING''':
dudes? (''{{beat}}'') I am the Earl of Preston.\\
'''Ted:''' And ''I'' am the Duke of Ted.\\
'''King''':
Put them in the iron maiden.
-->'''BILL'''
maiden.\\
'''Bill'''
and '''TED''': '''Ted''': Music/IronMaiden? (AirGuitar) EXCELLENT!
-->'''KING''':
Excellent! (''AirGuitar'')\\
'''King''': (''infuriated'')
Execute them!
-->'''BILL'''
them!\\
'''Bill'''
and '''TED''': '''Ted''': Bogus!

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