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** That Mary's ladies in waiting literally rip her black dress off her to reveal her red shift, prior to her execution; one critic compared it more to a striptease than to the starkly dramatic moment it was meant to be.


* HilariousInHindsight: Creator/DavidTennant has already played [[Film/StTrinians2TheLegendOfFrittonsGold a sexist man]] unhappy about a female Queen.

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* HilariousInHindsight: Creator/DavidTennant has already played [[Film/StTrinians2TheLegendOfFrittonsGold a sexist man]] unhappy about a female Queen.monarch.



* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Mary is so [[PrideBeforeAFall arrogant]], [[HotBlooded hotheaded]] and [[PassionIsEvil ruled by her emotions]] it's hard for some viewers to really root for her at all, especially since she never seems to learn from her mistakes, going so far as to actively [[CantTakeCriticism rage against those who attempt to give her sound advice]] and [[ItsAllAboutMe not really think of anyone besides herself]], much less her divided country. [[spoiler: When she runs off to England to escape the revolt of her own lords she [[AintTooProudToBeg begs Elizabeth's protection and help to reclaim her throne]], [[UngratefulBastard only to then lash out when Elizabeth points out she can't due to risking outright war with Scotland]] and even [[WhatAnIdiot calls Elizabeth her inferior]] and claims ''[[EntitledBastard she]]'' [[EntitledBastard is Elizabeth's queen!]]]]

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* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Mary is so [[PrideBeforeAFall arrogant]], [[HotBlooded hotheaded]] and [[PassionIsEvil ruled by her emotions]] it's hard for some viewers to really root for her at all, especially since she never seems to learn from her mistakes, going so far as to actively [[CantTakeCriticism rage against those who attempt to give her sound advice]] and [[ItsAllAboutMe not really think of anyone besides herself]], much less her divided country. [[spoiler: When she runs off to England to escape the revolt of her own lords she [[AintTooProudToBeg begs Elizabeth's protection and help to reclaim her throne]], [[UngratefulBastard only to then lash out when Elizabeth points out she can't due to risking outright war with Scotland]] and even [[WhatAnIdiot calls Elizabeth her inferior]] and claims ''[[EntitledBastard she]]'' [[EntitledBastard is Elizabeth's queen!]]]]queen!]]]] There are also a few moments where Mary takes some rather petty potshots at Elizabeth, such as sending her a subtly mocking letter when she knows she's bedridden with smallpox and publicly calling her "barren" (Elizabeth wants children, but isn't in a position to have any).

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* HilariousInHindsight: Creator/DavidTennant has already played [[Film/StTrinians2TheLegendOfFrittonsGold a sexist man]] unhappy about a female Queen.

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* FridgeBrilliance: During her execution, Mary doesn't seem to have aged (in reality, she was 44 when she died). However, in the voiceover that plays over the scene, Elizabeth states that she imagines Mary as being just the same as the day she met her around two decades ago.

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* SignatureScene: The secret meeting of Elizabeth and Mary, which forms the film's climax, and is the first and only time they meet in person (which [[ArtisticLicenseHistory didn't actually happen]] in real life, although in the film itself Elizabeth does tell Mary never to speak of the meeting and that she will publicly deny it ever took place).


* JustHereForGodzilla: Some viewers wanted to watch the film just to see Margot Robbie as Queen Elizabeth I, as it's rather different from her usual roles and the promotional photos of her in full costume and make-up were quite visually striking.



** Elizabeth's [[Literature/AliceInWonderLand Queen of Hearts]] makeup, due to how garish it is.

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** Elizabeth's [[Literature/AliceInWonderLand Queen of Hearts]] makeup, due to how garish it is. A few people even compared the overall look to [[Literature/{{It}} Pennywise the Dancing Clown]].
* UncannyValley: Elizabeth I's increasingly heavy face make-up can evoke this.


* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Mary is so [[PrideBeforeAFall arrogant]], [[HotBlooded hotheaded]] and [[PassionIsEvil ruled by her emotions]] it's hard for some viewers to really root for her at all, especially since she never seems to learn from her mistakes, going so far as to actively [[CantTakeCriticism rage against those who attempt to give her sound advice]] and [[ItsAllAboutMe not really think of anyone besides herself]], much less her divided country. [[spoiler: When she runs off to England to escape the revolt of her own lords she [[AintTooProudToBeg begs Elizabeth's protection and help to reclaim her throne]], [[UngratefulBastard only to then lash out when Elizabeth points out she can't due to risking outright war with Scotland]] and even [[WhatAnIdiot calls Elizabeth her inferior]] and claims ''[[EntitledBastard she]]'' [[EntitledBastardis Elizabeth's queen!]]]]

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* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Mary is so [[PrideBeforeAFall arrogant]], [[HotBlooded hotheaded]] and [[PassionIsEvil ruled by her emotions]] it's hard for some viewers to really root for her at all, especially since she never seems to learn from her mistakes, going so far as to actively [[CantTakeCriticism rage against those who attempt to give her sound advice]] and [[ItsAllAboutMe not really think of anyone besides herself]], much less her divided country. [[spoiler: When she runs off to England to escape the revolt of her own lords she [[AintTooProudToBeg begs Elizabeth's protection and help to reclaim her throne]], [[UngratefulBastard only to then lash out when Elizabeth points out she can't due to risking outright war with Scotland]] and even [[WhatAnIdiot calls Elizabeth her inferior]] and claims ''[[EntitledBastard she]]'' [[EntitledBastardis [[EntitledBastard is Elizabeth's queen!]]]]


* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Mary is so [[PrideBeforeAFall arrogant]], [[HotBlooded hotheaded]] and [[PassionIsEvil ruled by her emotions]] it's hard for some viewers to really root for her at all, especially since she never seems to learn from her mistakes, going so far as to actively [[CantTakeCriticism rage against those who attempt to give her sound advice]] and [[ItsAllAboutMe not really think of anyone besides herself]], much less her divided country. [[spoiler: When she runs off to England to escape the revolt of her own lords she [[AintTooProudToBeg begs Elizabeth's protection and help to reclaim her throne]], [[UngratefulBastard only to then lash out when Elizabeth points out she can't due to risking outright war with Scotland]] and even [[WhatAnIdiot calls Elizabeth her inferior]] and claims [[EntitledBastard ''she'' is Elizabeth's queen!]]]]

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* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Mary is so [[PrideBeforeAFall arrogant]], [[HotBlooded hotheaded]] and [[PassionIsEvil ruled by her emotions]] it's hard for some viewers to really root for her at all, especially since she never seems to learn from her mistakes, going so far as to actively [[CantTakeCriticism rage against those who attempt to give her sound advice]] and [[ItsAllAboutMe not really think of anyone besides herself]], much less her divided country. [[spoiler: When she runs off to England to escape the revolt of her own lords she [[AintTooProudToBeg begs Elizabeth's protection and help to reclaim her throne]], [[UngratefulBastard only to then lash out when Elizabeth points out she can't due to risking outright war with Scotland]] and even [[WhatAnIdiot calls Elizabeth her inferior]] and claims [[EntitledBastard ''she'' is claims ''[[EntitledBastard she]]'' [[EntitledBastardis Elizabeth's queen!]]]]


* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Mary is so [[PrideBeforeAFall arrogant]] [[HotBlooded hotheaded]] and [[PassionIsEvil ruled by her emotions]] it's hard for some viewers to really root for her at all, especially since she never seems to learn from her mistakes going so far as to actively [[CantTakeCriticism rage against those who attempt to give her sound advice]] and [[ItsAllAboutMe not really think of anyone besides herself]] much less her divided country. [[spoiler: When she runs off to England to escape the revolt of her own lords she [[AintTooProudToBeg begs Elizabeth’s protection and help to reclaim her throne]] [[UngratefulBastard only to then lash out when Elizabeth points out she can’t due to risking outright war with Scotland]] and even [[WhatAnIdiot calls Elizabeth her inferior]] and claims [[EntitledBastard ‘’she’’ is Elizabeth’s queen!]]]]

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* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Mary is so [[PrideBeforeAFall arrogant]] arrogant]], [[HotBlooded hotheaded]] and [[PassionIsEvil ruled by her emotions]] it's hard for some viewers to really root for her at all, especially since she never seems to learn from her mistakes mistakes, going so far as to actively [[CantTakeCriticism rage against those who attempt to give her sound advice]] and [[ItsAllAboutMe not really think of anyone besides herself]] herself]], much less her divided country. [[spoiler: When she runs off to England to escape the revolt of her own lords she [[AintTooProudToBeg begs Elizabeth’s Elizabeth's protection and help to reclaim her throne]] throne]], [[UngratefulBastard only to then lash out when Elizabeth points out she can’t can't due to risking outright war with Scotland]] and even [[WhatAnIdiot calls Elizabeth her inferior]] and claims [[EntitledBastard ‘’she’’ ''she'' is Elizabeth’s Elizabeth's queen!]]]]


* {{Narm}}: Mary giving a speech to the camera [[spoiler: during her execution]] raised a few chuckles in theatres.
** Elizabeth's [[Literature/AliceInWonderLand Queen of Hearts]] makeup.
* {{Tearjerker}}: David Rizzio's murder, combined with NightmareFuel. [[spoiler: One moment, he, Mary and her ladies are all happily playing cards together; the next, Darnley and a number of Mary's courtiers burst into the room and try to seize him. Mary and her ladies attempt to shield him, with a terrified Rizzio clinging to Mary and pleading with her to help him. However, the plotters simply stab him in the back before one of them holds a knife to Mary's pregnant belly, leaving her with little choice. She and her ladies can then only watch in horror as their friend is brutally stabbed over and over, still begging Mary to save him until he's too badly wounded to talk. Darnley's father forces him to strike the final blow despite his great reluctance and Mary's pleas, and she's then left sobbing over Rizzio's corpse and staring in disbelief at the assassins. Despite being Queen of Scotland, even she was left utterly powerless to protect her friend from being murdered by her subjects in ''her own bedroom'']]. And to make it worse, all of this actually happened [[TruthInTelevision in real life]].
* {{Unintentionally Unsympathetic}}: Mary is such an [[PrideBeforeAFall arrogant]] [[HotBlooded hotheaded]] and [[PassionIsEvil ruled by her emotions]] it’s hard to really root for her at all, especially since she never seems to learn from her mistakes going so far as to actively [[CantTakeCriticism rage against those who attempt to give her sound advice]] and [[ItsAllAboutMe not really think of anyone besides herself]] much less her divided country. [[spoiler: When she runs off to England to escape the revolt of her own lords she [[AintTooProudToBeg begs Elizabeth’s protection and help to reclaim her throne]] [[UngratefulBastard only to then lash out when Elizabeth points out she can’t due to risking outright war with Scotland]] and even [[WhatAnIdiot calls Elizabeth her inferior]] and claims [[EntitledBastard ‘’she’’ is Elizabeth’s queen!]]]]

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Mary giving a speech to the camera [[spoiler: during her execution]] raised a few chuckles in theatres.
** Elizabeth's [[Literature/AliceInWonderLand Queen of Hearts]] makeup.
* {{Tearjerker}}: David Rizzio's murder, combined with NightmareFuel. [[spoiler: One moment, he, Mary and her ladies are all happily playing cards together; the next, Darnley and a number of Mary's courtiers burst into the room and try
makeup, due to seize him. Mary and her ladies attempt to shield him, with a terrified Rizzio clinging to Mary and pleading with her to help him. However, the plotters simply stab him in the back before one of them holds a knife to Mary's pregnant belly, leaving her with little choice. She and her ladies can then only watch in horror as their friend is brutally stabbed over and over, still begging Mary to save him until he's too badly wounded to talk. Darnley's father forces him to strike the final blow despite his great reluctance and Mary's pleas, and she's then left sobbing over Rizzio's corpse and staring in disbelief at the assassins. Despite being Queen of Scotland, even she was left utterly powerless to protect her friend from being murdered by her subjects in ''her own bedroom'']]. And to make how garish it worse, all of this actually happened [[TruthInTelevision in real life]].
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* {{Unintentionally Unsympathetic}}: UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Mary is such an so [[PrideBeforeAFall arrogant]] [[HotBlooded hotheaded]] and [[PassionIsEvil ruled by her emotions]] it’s it's hard for some viewers to really root for her at all, especially since she never seems to learn from her mistakes going so far as to actively [[CantTakeCriticism rage against those who attempt to give her sound advice]] and [[ItsAllAboutMe not really think of anyone besides herself]] much less her divided country. [[spoiler: When she runs off to England to escape the revolt of her own lords she [[AintTooProudToBeg begs Elizabeth’s protection and help to reclaim her throne]] [[UngratefulBastard only to then lash out when Elizabeth points out she can’t due to risking outright war with Scotland]] and even [[WhatAnIdiot calls Elizabeth her inferior]] and claims [[EntitledBastard ‘’she’’ is Elizabeth’s queen!]]]]


• Elizabeth's [[Literature/AliceInWonderLand Queen of Hearts]] makeup.

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** Elizabeth's [[Literature/AliceInWonderLand Queen of Hearts]] makeup.

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• Elizabeth's [[Literature/AliceInWonderLand Queen of Hearts]] makeup.


* {{Unintentionally Unsympathetic}}: Mary is such an [[PrideBeforeAFall arrogant]] [[HotBlooded hotheaded]] and [[PassionIsEvil ruled by her emotions]] it’s hard to really root for her at all, especially since she never seems to learn from her mistakes going so far as to actively [[CantTakeCriticism rage against those who attempt to give her sound advice]] and [[ItsAllAboutMe not really think of anyone besides herself]] much less her divided country. [[spoiler: When she runs off to England to escape the revolt of her own lords she [[AintTooProudToBegbegs Elizabeth’s protection and help to reclaim her throne]] [[UngratefulBastard only to then lash out when Elizabeth points out she can’t due to risking outright war with Scotland]] and even [[WhatAnIdiot calls Elizabeth her inferior]] and claims [[EntitledBastard ‘’she’’ is Elizabeth’s queen!]]

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* {{Unintentionally Unsympathetic}}: Mary is such an [[PrideBeforeAFall arrogant]] [[HotBlooded hotheaded]] and [[PassionIsEvil ruled by her emotions]] it’s hard to really root for her at all, especially since she never seems to learn from her mistakes going so far as to actively [[CantTakeCriticism rage against those who attempt to give her sound advice]] and [[ItsAllAboutMe not really think of anyone besides herself]] much less her divided country. [[spoiler: When she runs off to England to escape the revolt of her own lords she [[AintTooProudToBegbegs [[AintTooProudToBeg begs Elizabeth’s protection and help to reclaim her throne]] [[UngratefulBastard only to then lash out when Elizabeth points out she can’t due to risking outright war with Scotland]] and even [[WhatAnIdiot calls Elizabeth her inferior]] and claims [[EntitledBastard ‘’she’’ is Elizabeth’s queen!]]queen!]]]]


* {{Unintentionally Unsympathetic}}: Mary is such an [[PrideBeforeAFall arrogant]] [[HotBlooded hotheaded]] and [[PassionIsEvil ruled by her emotions]] it’s hard to really root for her at all, especially since she never seems to learn from her mistakes going so far as to actively [[CantTakeCriticism rage against those who attempt to give her sound advice]] and [[ItsAllAboutMe not really think of anyone besides herself]] much less her divided country.

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* {{Unintentionally Unsympathetic}}: Mary is such an [[PrideBeforeAFall arrogant]] [[HotBlooded hotheaded]] and [[PassionIsEvil ruled by her emotions]] it’s hard to really root for her at all, especially since she never seems to learn from her mistakes going so far as to actively [[CantTakeCriticism rage against those who attempt to give her sound advice]] and [[ItsAllAboutMe not really think of anyone besides herself]] much less her divided country. [[spoiler: When she runs off to England to escape the revolt of her own lords she [[AintTooProudToBegbegs Elizabeth’s protection and help to reclaim her throne]] [[UngratefulBastard only to then lash out when Elizabeth points out she can’t due to risking outright war with Scotland]] and even [[WhatAnIdiot calls Elizabeth her inferior]] and claims [[EntitledBastard ‘’she’’ is Elizabeth’s queen!]]

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