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  • Been There, Shaped History: Many of them have been involved in any (British) historical event that happens near them. According to the beginning of Back and Forth, one of them was the one who fired the famous shot at Hastings.
  • Black Sheep: Ebenezer Blackadder, the only member of the family to not be a jerk. At first, anyway. Then he's shown what'll happen if he keeps being a doormat.
  • Born Unlucky: As Lord Edmund puts it: "My path through life is strewn with cowpats straight from the Devil's own satanic herd!" That might be an understatement, all things considered.
  • Bullying a Dragon: They all have a bad habit of mouthing off at people they shouldn't. Witchsmellers, baby-eating bishops, Prime Ministers with grudges, Flashheart...
  • Catch Phrase: "Oh, God!"
  • Quickly Demoted Leader: With each generation of The Blackadder family line, it becomes quite noticeable of how each successive member loses at least one step in the British Noble Hierarchy. From Prince of England to Heir of the Duchy of Edinburgh; to Butler of Prince George to Trench Captain of the First World War. Which lasts until the 21st Century Lord Blackadder fiddles with a time machine to become King of England.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Someone named Blackadder should raise a lot of alarm. Well at least, they are all Laughably Evil.
  • Only Sane Man: From Lord Blackadder onward, Edmund tends to be the only person in the room with more than half a functioning brain.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: As comes of being played by Rowan Atkinson. Even the slimy Prince Edmund gets in a few solid burns here and there.
  • Tempting Fate: A common flaw among all of them, which the laws of comedy demand be repaid with the worst possible answer each time.

     Prince Edmund "The Black Adder" Plantagenet, The First 

Prince Edmund "The Black Adder" Plantagenet, Duke Of Edinburgh
"I wonder if it was the wine..."
Played by: Rowan Atkinson

"If we lose, I'll be chopped to pieces. My arms will end up at Essex, my torso in Norfolk, and my private parts stuck up a tree somewhere in Rutland."

The Blackadder lineage begins with the slimy Prince Edmund, who plots to take the throne from his father. Unfortunately for him, he's really, really stupid. Fortunately for him, one of his descendants is not and, using a time machine, makes sure that this Edmund never drinks the poison that killed him, thus assuring he - and, in turn, the descendant - would becoming King.

  • Accidental Misnaming: His father addresses him as Edwin, Edgar, Edward, Edith, Egbert, Osmond or Edna... at least, when he can be bothered to remember that Edmund exists.
    • And of course: "THE BLACK... DAGGER!"
  • Anti-Villain: Sure, he's a slimy, contemptible, amoral schemer... but given that his father alternately despises him and forgets he exists, his peers treat him with disgust, and his only friends are sycophantic Yes Men... it's not hard to see why.
  • Atrocious Alias: Before Baldrick suggested "the Black Adder", Edmund's first choice for his new sobriquet was "the Black... Vegetable."
  • The Baby of the Bunch: He's the younger son of King Richard IV, and is persistently annoyed by the fact that older brother Harry tends to get all the good jobs and titles while he is perpetually stuck with the task of managing the privies.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He really doesn't belong in charge of a Legion of Doom because he is not quite as evil as he wants to be. Even when he's finally taking the glove off over his plot to usurp the throne, he's genuinely taken aback when his evil confederates recommend butchering the royal family rather than his suggestion of merely exiling them.
  • Butt-Monkey: His attempts to seize the throne only make things turn in his brother's favour.
  • Cain and Abel: The cretinous Cain to Harry's clueless Abel.
  • Cool Horse: "He rides a pitch-black steed..." Which considers itself too cool for him, since Black Satin overthrows him and goes to stand alone in the spotlight.
  • Deadpan Snarker: By no means to the extent of his descendants, but he has a sarcastic comment for every occasion.
  • Dirty Coward: Gets second thoughts at the battle of Bosworth Field and has to go relieve himself immediately. He does challenge the Duke of Argyll to a duel, but blubbers for his life when MacAngus chops his sword in half.
  • The Ditz: He is quite stupid, much unlike his successors — though he has enough moments of brilliance that he occasionally comes across as a Genius Ditz, he tends to get carried away and make stupid decisions at the crucial moment.
  • The Evil Prince: A pathetically spineless version, despite his claims that he is the real deal.
  • Evil Wears Black: Only after he becomes a prince does he start wearing black and begin his machinations towards the throne. And accordingly he chooses the black pudding basin and the black shoes.
  • Expy: Of Edmund, a scheming illegitimate son of a king who plots to take the crown for himself.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Sanguine — The snivelling, squeaking idiot.
  • Heroic Bastard / Bastard Bastard: Tried to uncover a love letter between the queen and McAngus written around Harry's birth to dethrone him. However, it turned out that the letter was written after Harry's birth.
    Blackadder: As you can see, these letters are dated —
    Harry: Nine months after I was born!
    McAngus: Or nine months before you were born, Edmund.
    Blackadder: You... bastard!
    Harry: No, I think you'll find that you're the bastard, Edmund.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: It is hard not to feel bad for the poor, snivelling schmuck. While he has his hand in a lot of scheming, he often ends up with his both his hands full thanks to his father and other villains dragging him around and victimising him because of their own villainous agendas.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: He takes the gloves off on his plot to seize the throne after being stripped of his titles except for Lord of the Privvies for no real reason. He comes pretty close as well.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: In "The Black Seal" he actually comes close to gaining the throne... until his minions betray him, in a fit of cosmic irony.
  • Oh, Crap!: Finds out the one who tried to borrow his horse was King Richard III too late.
  • Only Sane Man: Not quite to the level of his descendants or his Baldrick (he's pretty much a Cloud Cuckoo Lander at times), but he is sceptical of witch hunts, some of Percy's more bizarre ramblings, and Morris Dancing
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: To go incognito while the plague's about, he just puts a strip over his face. He can't even remember his supposed identity, and the villagers still see through it instantly.
  • Prince Charmless: Prince Edmund's idiocy makes him quite repulsive around the court.
  • Rant-Inducing Slight: He puts up with quite a lot over the series, but being stripped of all his titles apart from Lord of the Privvies in "The Black Seal" is what finally causes him to snap.
  • Red Baron: At this stage, "The Black Adder" was a personal nickname, but his descendants adopted it as a surname.
  • Shout-Out to Shakespeare: Possibly a parody to another bastard called Edmund.
  • Sexless Marriage: His Arranged Marriage with Princess Leia of Hungary ends up being one of these as it turns out Leia is still a child, and he ends up assuming a kind of quasi-paternal role to her instead (one of his very few Pet the Dog moments in the series).
  • Sinister Minister: Briefly becomes Archbishop of Canterbury. Played with in that he was forced into this position by his father and only considered it as an afterthought to use it to make money, by following other ministers' examples of selling fake holy objects which he even believed himself were real at first.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He's cowardly, sniveling, conniving, incompetent and all-around unlikeable. He spends most of his time taking credit for his much more clever squire's ideas, usually only after he's tried his own dunder-headed plan and failed miserably.
  • Smug Snake: The smug adder is an even more deluded example than the usual ones and things rarely go his way for long enough, for it to last.
  • The Starscream: A particularly incompetent example.
  • To the Pain: His fate at the hands of The Hawk is particularly gruesome. His ears and hands are chopped off, a spike sent through his nethers, followed by the Coddling Grinder and then... he's tickled with feathers.
  • The Unfavorite: So unfavorite that he is forgotten at the best of times.
  • Villain Protagonist: A caricature of a Shakespearean villain who lusts after the power that his father and brother possess and who will try his best (which admittedly is not much) at every treacherous trick to get it and often mistreat others through it.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: He thinks he's a Shakespearean malcontent and Magnificent Bastard pulling off fantastic scheming, unaware he's a complete idiot who'd be dead if not for his Hypercompetent Sidekick.

    Lord Edmund Blackadder, The Second 

Edmund Blackadder, The Lord Blackadder, Heir to the Duchy of Edinburgh
Played By: Rowan Atkinson

"Well, it is said, Percy, that civilised man seeks out good and intelligent company, so that through learned discourse he may rise above the savage and closer to God. Personally, however, I like to start the day with a total dickhead, to remind me I'm best."

A few generations later, the Blackadder dynasty has gotten some steps up the intelligence ladder, but also has fallen some steps from the social ladder. Now a courtier to Queen Elizabeth, he has to put up with her antics and avoid being beheaded.

  • Anti-Hero: Type V: He is an Opportunistic Bastard through and through but spends most of the time trying to earn the Queenie's favour (at least once by doing her evil bidding) and avoiding an appointment with Choppy.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: A self-interested scheming bastard.
  • Bastard Bastard: Though his own parents were married, his family line is likely the result of Prince Edmund having an illegitimate affair, as his only wife was still a child when he died.
  • Beard of Evil: He's more scheming than his ancestor and the first Blackadder to be depicted with facial hair.
  • Byronic Hero: Honestly, his only possible excuse is that being in Queenie's inner circle is incredibly stressful.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: A drop of the stuff and he's flat on his face singing about goblins.
  • Cornered Rattlesnake: Faced with horrible, impending, hot poker-related bottom agony, Edmund despairs at his lot in life. A remark by Baldrick that everyone already thinks he's a piece of shit spurns Blackadder into vengeful but determined action to save himself, and it works.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Makes a full-time career out of this, unlike his predecessor.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Arguably his Fatal Flaw, as despite his wit he is very impulsive and tends to act on the moment which is more or less the reason for his many near-death experiences throughout the series and his more than-near death. In fact his recklessness is reflected by the mere fact that he chooses to spend every day of his life by trying to impress the Grim Reaper in human form, in Queenie form that is.
  • Ditzy Genius: A transitional Blackadder, having gained a lot of cunning and suave that would grow with each of his predecessors, but still having some blithering, pitiful shades of the previous Edmund. Very apparent by the number of times that he gets in over his head, in every single episode that is, because of not thinking things through, even if his plans are more founded on paper than most of his ancestor's.
  • Dumbass No More: He's considerably smarter than Prince Edmund.
  • Easily Forgiven: No matter how much he abuses Baldrick and Percy, they'll stick by him always (much to his chagrin).
  • Evil Is Petty: His evilness is always small and petty as it is directed at the small and petty such as Baldrick, whom he beats and insults, Percy and whoever else is insignificant enough that he can get away with, while he himself reacts with Disproportionate Retribution whenever he is on the receiving end of any insult and all of this while never stopping to try making the most out of a short-term profit which explains his Con Man ways despite being an aristocrat.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Phlegmatic — The suave, calm aristocrat.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: He's almost always dressed in black leather finery.note 
  • Identical Grandson: Well, great-grandson. Started the tradition, as all Blackadders are played by Rowan Atkinson.
  • Impoverished Patrician: A good example of this trope in its early stages — he still has a title and a place at court, but no actual money or estates. Seemingly his father blew the family fortune on "wine, women and amateur dramatics." Alhough he's still better off than his descendants in this respect.
  • Jerkass: Towards everyone but the Queenie and his love interest of course.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Neither as smug as his ancestor nor as magnificent as his descendants, he falls nicely in the middle.
  • Mock Millionaire: While he is from a wealthy family, the family fortune was long since squandered by his father.
    • Though he does later manage to blackmail several thousand pounds out of the church, and at the end of "Beer" his wealthy aunt and uncle are quite well disposed to him and ready to discuss his inheritance.
  • Nerves of Steel: Much unlike his cowardly great-grandfather to the point of casual talk about his potential dismemberment. Subverted a few times against Queenie however, he spends the final half of "Head" on the verge of a breakdown.
  • Odd Friendship: He was schoolyard chums with Lord Flashheart. Genuine friends, even, given Flashheart shows up for his wedding... only to then steal the bride.
  • Only Sane Man: Along with Melchett. Most of the time.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: At least once he was forced into becoming the Lord High Executioner under pain of being himself executed. What made him this more than Forced into Evil is the fact that his only emotional problem with that job was that he was in constant danger from the Queenie's whims and treated it with cold indifference, even changing the dates so that he could get time some time off.
  • The Scrooge: He's very reluctant to part with what little money he actually has. After giving ten pounds to his prospective father in-law as a "Begone" Bribe, he casually mentions to Kate he'll have Baldrick take it back later.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: With Lord Melchett, the closest to an intellectual rival he has. They really despise one another.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Then again, some of it is deliberate, as indicated by the quote up there.
  • Sweet on Polly Oliver: with Kate/Bob, his manservant who is disguised poorly as a man.
  • Talks Like a Simile: Constantly. He talks almost like a similar Captain in the First World War who uses similes to point out similarities and conquer his fear over likely death.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: He would like to believe that he also has a deep booming voice but it was this far...
  • Tempting Fate: Remarks that anyone stupid enough to fall for someone asking "excuse me, meester" before hitting them over the head deserves what's coming to them. This promptly happens to him.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: He's a self-involved ruthless jerk, who constantly insults everyone around him. What makes him still somewhat likeable is that he's genuinely witty, and the people around him are idiots, who pretty much deserve all of his put-downs.
  • Villain Protagonist: Well when he isn't spending his wit to fawn over the despot that is the Queenie, he uses it to abuse Baldrick and Percy while also managing to make use of Baldrick as an enforcer to rob the people that he makes deals with off their money (through biological war one would presume).
  • Worthy Opponent: He and Melchett may not like each other, but they do at least treat each other like equals.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He shoots a child with a bow and arrow for singing an insulting rhyme.

    Mr Edmund Blackadder, Esq., The Third 

Mr. Edmund Blackadder, Esq.
Played By: Rowan Atkinson

"A man may fight for many things: his country, his principles, his friends, the glistening tear on the cheek of a golden child. But personally, I'd mud-wrestle my own mother for a ton of cash, an amusing clock and a stack of French porn."

Down the social ladder and up the intelligence rung again, the treacherous third Blackadder serves as the butler to the brainless Prince George.

  • Alternate History: Ended up replacing Prince George.
  • Bad Boss: Frequently beats, insults, or coerces Baldrick into committing crimes.
  • Badass Longcoat: In accordance with Regency fashions.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: In fairness, if George had had the sense to keep mum until Wellington actually left, Blackadder wouldn't have become king... but Blackadder certainly leaps at the opportunity.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: To the Prince, although he fleeces him handily in revenge.
  • Berserk Button: Don't treat him as though he's somehow stupid or incompetent for being "a mere butler". He quite happily sent two rude but otherwise innocent jerkass actors to violent deaths for doing so.
  • Byronic Hero: He is an utter bastard, but he does an ignominious job for a total moron knowing that his sires were nobility and kings.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He has no illusions about what kind of person he is. When Napoleon advertises for a "treacherous, malicious, unprincipled cad" to be King of Sardinia, Blackadder gives it serious consideration.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: He has to try and get George to realize that, first of all, the play is fiction. Second, the bomb that an anarchist just threw at him is not. (He fails in the latter.)
  • Deadpan Snarker: Like his predecessor, he is always snarking, especially at those who annoy him.
  • The Dog Bites Back: When he has to switch places with George, he is more than happy to mimic Wellington and punch the disguised Regent in the face. Multiple times.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: To Prince George.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Subverted. He doesn't really care for his mum at all and even admits that he's the type of man who would gladly mud-wrestle his own mother if it meant obtaining an exorbitant amount of wealth.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric — the irritable, task-oriented worker, infuriated by the foolishness of those around him.
  • Gold Digger: Wanted to marry Amy Hardwood so he could get her money and then escape to the West Indies.
  • Hidden Depths: He's obviously highly intelligent, but you wouldn't expect a man with so little romance in his soul to write one of the greatest novels in the history of the English language.
    • Also apparently writes some very romantic poetry, in order to woo a girl for George.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Most of the events of his first episode are entirely his own fault, starting with fleecing Prince George out of thousands of socks. Everything just sort of snowballs from there.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Can do anything from rigging elections to impersonating his master.
  • Identical Grandson: We could've named it "The Blackadder".
  • Impoverished Patrician: All the Blackadder land, titles and money are gone by this point.
  • The Jeeves: Defied. While he's certainly much cleverer and more level-headed than his master, he only ever acts with his own interests in mind.
  • Kick the Dog: When he walks into the kitchen after a bad day, he boots a cat across the room For the Evulz. He explains to Baldrick that this works down the evolutionary ladder, with the cat pouncing on a mouse and the mouse attacking Baldrick in the britches.
    Edmund: You are last in God's great chain, Baldrick. Unless there's an earwig somewhere you'd like to victimize.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He can pretty easily manipulate George into doing whatever Blackadder wants. Also surpasses the party of the Prime Minister at political manipulation.
  • Money, Dear Boy: By far the greediest Blackadder, which is saying something considering his ancestry, and is quite open about it too. He'll even walk into certain death for it, though in that case it requires a lot of incentive.
  • No Sense of Humor: He can't take a joke at his expense.
    "They say, Mrs. M., that verbal insults hurt more than physical pain. They are of course wrong, as you will soon discover when I stick this toasting fork in your head."
  • Not So Above It All: One of his defining traits is that he often ends up doing popular things that he arrogantly critisised and considered as beneath him. At times like with Johnson's dictionary, his rejection is more in response to the perceived disdain that Johnson showed for his magnum opus first and of course it disappeared once it turned out that he didn't discard it at all. Its telling that even Baldrick and George can get under his skin with a few insulting words.
  • Only Sane Employee: Not that we ever see any palace staff apart from him and Baldrick.
  • Servile Snarker: Being butler to the Prince Regent doesn't stop him from making snide remarks to everyone, his master included.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: He weaponises this, and uses it against Dr Johnson.
  • The Snark Knight
    "What a way to die. Shot by a transvestite on an unrealistic grassy knoll."
  • The Starscream: Although he tries to protect George from Wellington for pragmatic reasons, he immediately decides to continue the charade and take the throne after the prince is shot.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Triple check. Mr. Blackadder is the snarkiest one of the entire dynasty.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The family as a whole took two big levels actually as he is even less impulsive and prone to mistakes than Lord Blackadder.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: By far the most evil of all the Blackadders, he's a ruthless and unrepentant murderer.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Through virtue of being the most unrepentant and heartless of the Blackadders, yet still having his actions Played for Laughs.
  • Vetinari Job Security: The Prince wouldn't last five minutes without him.
    Blackadder: Four minutes and twenty-two seconds, Baldrick, you owe me a groatnote .
  • Villain Protagonist: Arguably the most cold-hearted member of the dynasty; he kills or has killed at least seven people in six episodes (the voter and returning officer for Dunny-on-the-Wold; Lords Topper and Smedley (though more justifiably the first one because he mistook Topper for an enemy); the actors Keanrick and Mossop; and Amy Hardwood, the Shadow (who did intend to kill him first, but his main motivation for capturing and killing her was the reward he would get.)

    Capt. Edmund Blackadder, The Fourth 

Capt. Edmund Blackadder DSO
Played By: Rowan Atkinson

"For us, the Great War is finito, a war which would be a damn sight simpler if we just stayed in England and shot fifty thousand of our men a week."

The Blackadder line ends with this man. A weary and annoyed Captain in the thick of WW1, trying to find his way away from the front line before going over.

  • A Father to His Men: Well, A Cruel Abusive Stepfather To His Men maybe...
  • Ambiguously Evil: It's debatable whether he is evil or not. He is a massive jerk, but clearly the least malicious Blackadder from the main series and he has his better moments, see Jerk with a Heart of Gold and the Heartwarming Entry for examples. Unless one counts his his trips to Africa... but even then, as a member of the regular British Army during the late colonial period, he would arguably qualify as a Punchclock Villain.
  • Anti-Hero: Type IV or V. Like the previous Blackadders, he's a self-serving Jerkass. Unlike them, however, he's not interested in attaining wealth or power. He only wants to escape the trenches.
  • Byronic Hero: As usual, a selfish cad, but wanting to get out of World War I is an easy motivation to understand.
  • The Captain: To a rather incompetent squad.
  • Cowardly Lion: Though oddly he arguably isn't actually cowardly at all. He very definitely doesn't want to die, but it's hard to blame him, since his death would be entirely pointless. And when he's unavoidably placed in genuinely very dangerous situations (crawling across a minefield, captured by Germans, facing a court martial, going over the top), he keeps his cool.
  • Cultured Warrior/ Warrior Poet: His snarky remarks often border on poetic. His lines in the last episode in particular:
    Blackadder: The guns have stopped because we're about to attack. Not even our generals are mad enough to shoot our own men. They think it's far more sporting to let the Germans do it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Much like his ancestors, he always has a quip ready.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: He comes to the conclusion that Nurse Mary is the spy in "General Hospital" and gives a perfectly coherent reason as to why. He's ultimately wrong though, the real "spy" was an unwitting George who sent letters to relatives in Germany.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Despite his own contemptuous streak, he shows a fair degree more restraint than previous Blackadders, who would outright murder out of petty spite. In particular during "General Hospital", Nurse Mary is perfectly willing to frame his nemesis Darling as a spy. For all Edmund loathed Darling, and tormented him earlier concerning it, he debunks this in favour of convicting who he believes is the real spy.
    • He's disgusted of the whole We Have Reserves mindset of Melchett and Haig and based on the way he says it, it comes off as legitimate disgust rather than just that he's one of said reserves.
    • He's happy to offer Darling "coffee" with milk and three sugars (having just learned has just been hot mud combined with Baldrick's dandruff and saliva as 'sugar' and 'milk' substitute) but stops Baldrick from trying to come up with a substitute for powdered nutmeg.
  • Face Death with Dignity: After all his efforts to avoid going over the top, you'd probably expect him to freak out when he learns there's no escape, but no, he handles it pretty well.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: To quote the man himself on his service in Africa (which made his reputation as a competent soldier), "[T]he prerequisite for any battle was that the enemy should under no circumstances carry guns". He became known as the 'Hero of Mboto Gorge' in 1892, where he had faced "ten thousand Watusi warriors armed to the teeth with kiwi fruit and dry guava halves". Needless to say, none of this prepared him at all for fighting in the trenches.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Melancholic — the most thoughtful and introspective member of the dynasty.
  • Genre Blind: He should have known by "Corporal Punishment" that Baldrick and George are incredibly Literal-Minded.
  • Identical Grandson: Shouldn't even have to say it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Or at least, his heart contains trace amounts of gold. He's still not remotely a nice person, but on a few occasions he shows a surprising (for a Blackadder) degree of sympathy for Baldrick and George, incorporating them into his plans to escape at least twice when he didn't have to, and shows explicit concern for Baldrick during a bombing raid. In the final episode, the prospect of impending certain death makes him sober up and dial down the snarkiness; he evidently feels sympathy for Darling after the latter's been posted to the front line. He sincerely compliments George's paintings. Also, despite being a soldier, he is the only Blackadder in the four seasons not to commit murder, unless you count Speckled Jim.
    • Finally, there's his final line in the series, which in context is both heartwarming and a Tear Jerker:
      Blackadder: Good luck, everyone.
  • Lovable Coward: As mentioned in Cowardly Lion above. It's debatable whether he is cowardly or not. Even if he is, he is often viewed as sympathetic to the audience because he is placed in WWI. Who can blame him for trying to get away, especially when his superior is an Ax-Crazy General Failure?
  • Offscreen Villainy: Blackadder as seen can come across as vaguely sympathetic, but he shows absolutely no remorse at being deeply involved in the ugliest aspects of British colonialism in Africa, including off-handedly mentioning massacring the pygmies of Upper Volta.
  • Only Sane Man:
    • He notes that Melchett's strategy will get everyone killed and is looking for ways out of going over the top.
    • He's the only character unimpressed of Flashheart's narcissim. Sure, Flashheart may be a case of Awesome Ego to the audience, but he isn't someone you should hang out with.
  • Pet the Dog: In the final episode Blackadder treats Darling very gently after Melchett sends him to the Front, respectfully addressing him as 'Captain Darling' when he shows up at the trench (somewhat reminiscent of King Richard and Edmund in the finale of the original series), and a few moments later asking him how he felt about going over the top. Pretty moving stuff considering they have spent the last five episodes hating each other. It is possible that Blackadder's main reason for hating Darling was that Darling had succeeded in what Blackadder had been trying to do for the entire war; get the hell out of the trenches. When it became clear that both he and Darling were not getting out of it, he didn't have any reason to hate Darling any more (although there's not much chance of Blackadder liking him any more because of it).
  • Reluctant Warrior: He does everything in his power to avoid going into battle. A closer look at the series shows that he rarely carries his sidearm unless he has to (such as when visiting HQ) and even then, doesn't appear to keep it loaded (we see him loading it before going over the top in the finale). He mentions that he did enjoy being a soldier once, but that was during the African colonial wars, when most of the tribes they fought didn't have guns. When 3 million heavily armed germans showed up, it took the shine off the job.
  • Rules Lawyer: Combined with Loophole Abuse, Blackadder manages to get out of going over the top in "Corporal Punishment" by ignoring an order on the ground that it was addressed to "Catpain Blackudder".
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: More well adjusted than most though.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Which gives him little satisfaction.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He becomes much nicer in comparison to other series, especially in the final episode when he realizes that he can’t escape the trenches alive. Not once does he insult his men and he even shows respect towards Captain Darling.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Although he's more sympathetic than his forebears. Nobody could blame him for wanting to escape the hellish insanity of the trenches.
  • White Sheep: Comparatively speaking, he's the most benevolent Blackadder in the family line, not counting Ebeneezer Blackadder from the christmas special. Unlike his predecessors, his scheming is almost entirerly centered around trying to avoid a brutal, pointless death in no-mans land, rather than aquiring wealth or power.


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