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"In the year of Our Lord 1123, King Louis VI Capet of France, known as 'The Fat', waged war against his cousin, Henry I Beauclerc, King of England and Duke of Normandy. Many brave knights fought alongside him. They believed in God and the forces of Evil."

Les Visiteurs (meaning "The Visitors" in French) is a classic French Time Travel comedy film directed by Jean-Marie Poiré and released in January 1993, starring Jean Reno, Christian Clavier, and Valérie Lemercier. It was also written by Clavier, and spawned two sequels and a remake. Era provided the soundtrack.

In the year 1123, Godefroy le Hardi ("the Bold"), a brave and proud French knight, saves the life of his king, Louis VI the Fat. He is rewarded with the title of Count of Montmirail and is given leave to marry Dame Frénégonde, his betrothed. On his way home, he finds and captures a witch to burn her alive. She slips a poison into his drink in retaliation, causing him to hallucinate, and when he sees his betrothed running towards him pursued by her father the Duke of Pouille, he thinks she's being chased by a bear, shooting the Duke dead with his crossbow. The wedding obviously called off, Godefroy consults a wizard to travel back in time a few days ago to prevent the accidental killing. Unfortunately, the wizard struggles with dementia and screws up with the formula, sending Godefroy and his squire Jacquouille several hundred years into the future instead. The two men wake up in 1992, and their medieval outlook on life quickly gets them into trouble...

In the 1998 sequel titled Les Visiteurs II: Les Couloirs du Temps (The Visitors II: The Corridors of Time), Godefroy and Jacquouille are returned to their rightful times just to find out that Jacquouille created a Temporal Paradox by stealing the Duke's jewels and retrieving them in the 20th century, including an important relic. Once again, Godefroy's marriage is at stake because of said relic, and they have to go "forward" to the 20th century again to fix the paradox.

A second sequel came out in 2016, Les Visiteurs: La Révolution (The Visitors: Bastille Day). It focuses on Godefroy's and Jacquouille's fate in 1793, during The French Revolution, the era they have been sent to by mistake at the end of The Corridors of Time.

An American-French co-production remake with no ties to the other films came out in 2001, Just Visiting (Les Visiteurs en Amérique), with the same main actors and director. Bastille Day ignores it.

Les Visiteurs provides examples of the following tropes:

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  • Accidental Time Travel:
    • It all started with Godefroy intending to go back a few days in time and prevent the death of his would-be father-in-law. The old wizard's potion instead sends him and Jacquouille much further into the future (in The '90s) due to the Wizard forgetting to add quail eggs.
    • In the first sequel, the addition of Grand Marnier alcohol to the potion by Béatrice sends Godefroy and Jacquouille to The French Revolution instead of The Middle Ages. Earlier, Jean-Pierre is sent by mistake to the Middle Ages after drinking the potion mixed with hot chocolate thinking it was just hot chocolate.
    • In the second sequel, Godefroy, Jacquouille and Eusèbe are sent to the middle of World War II because Eusèbe didn't add enough viper venom to the potion.
  • Artistic License – History: Has its own page.
  • Battle Cry: Godefroy has two of them:
    • "Que trépasse si je faiblis!" (which roughly translates as "Shall I die if I weaken!")
    • "Montjoie, Saint-Denis!", which was a real life battle cry for French knights.
  • Bears Are Bad News:
    • When Godefroy hallucinates, he thinks Frénégonde's father is a bear chasing her.
    • In the sequel, Jacquart bumps into a hostile bear as he's lost in the 12th century woods and countryside of Montmirail.
  • Brand X: The Dragonal sleeping pills. No such brand has ever existed.
  • Burn the Witch!
    • Godefroy is returning home when he hears of a witch living on his lands. He and his men then decide to raid her hideout, and he has this line once the witch is captured and put into a cage:
      Godefroy: One does not torture a woman on my lands. Burning her at the stake will be enough!
    • Jacquart is sentenced to be burnt for carrying "satanic artifacts" (a can of silly string and a moo box) by an inquisitor in the sequel.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Poor Jacquart. His prestige hotel is invaded by two smelly Medieval Morons while he's trying to impress important guests, his new Range Rover gets incinerated, several of his business suits are ruined, people keep thinking the moronic and smelly Jacquouille is his brother, and he eventually gets sent to a time period full of said smelly medieval people... Things go From Bad to Worse in the sequel, as he is chased by wolves and a bear, gets almost lynched and burnt alive, gets locked in a dark dungeon infested with rats, and gets tortured by an inquisitor who forces him to drink huge quantities of water, which makes him piss endlessly afterwards. And he caught scabies.
    • Jean-Pierre Goulard (Béatrice's stomatologist husband) doesn't fare much better. First, he's forced to house the aforementioned smelly Medieval Morons into his home (and one of them bites his hand, for starters). Since the two medieval men are out of touch with the 20th century, they end up wasting his luxury products in one single bath, breaking dishes, scaring the shit out of his kids, causing a water flooding in his house, ruining his car's interior (and shoes) with vomit and overall annoy the shit out of him with their medieval manners (especially when Godefroy gets flirtatious with Béatrice). Once they get to Jacquart's château, he is bitten in the butt by an Angry Guard Dog, and ends up lying on a sofa with a woman jabbing his butt with syringes while everyone passes by. Comes the sequel, he's forced to house Jacquouille again, and things only get worse from there. Jacquouille gets scared by his TV and throws an object into it, which makes it implode and causes a house fire. Then, in his full moron mode, Jacquouille ruins the firemen's efforts and equipment by throwing alcohol at the fire and messing around with the firetruck's siren and, worst of all, the fire hose... If a water flooding in his house, his dentist office, and his car wasn't enough for poor Jean-Pierre, the woman whose teeth he was treating got caught in Jacquouille's Disaster Dominoes and vows to ruin his reputation. Then he gets sent to Middle Ages by mistake, in a sweatsuit and slippers... The man just never gets a break.
    • The Bernay brothers fare a little better than Jacquart and Jean-Pierre. First, Edgar is not well due to having to shower with cold water due to a heating breakdown at Jacquart's château and gets a very nasty dental abscess (unrelated to either Godefroy or Jacquouille). Then Jacquouille blasts his inner ear with his horn on the phone, which makes the abscess worse, then Jacquart sprays him with a fire extinguisher by mistake, then he fears for his car (which is only covered in ashes, compared to Jacquart's charred new Range Rover). Edouard gets the least amount of shit, merely being on the receiving end of an insult for thinking that Jacquart has a gay brother and a drunk father, and having a soup tureen thrown on his face by accident.
    • Jacqueline, Jacquart's hotel receptionist. Her boss can be quite verbally mean to her, which causes her to cry, and Godefroy and Jacquouille often rudely toss her out of their way.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The duke's jewels. Jacquouille steals them during his wake and hides them in a hollow statue, then recovers them in 1993, unknowingly starting the plot of the second movie.
  • Cliffhanger: The Corridors of Time ends with Godefroy and Jacquouille stranded in the middle of The French Revolution, with looming threats of torture and guillotine upon them. The sequel addressing it wouldn't come out until 18 years later.
    • And said sequel, Bastille Day, ends with a cliffhanger again, with Godefroy and Jacquouille being stranded in World War II, where Jacquouille's descendant collaborates with Those Wacky Nazis, while Godefroy's descendant is a resistant, and the 18th century descendant of Eusaebius is now prisoner of the Germans.
  • Comic-Book Time: In the second installment (produced in 1998), taking place immediately after the first film, Béatrice references The X-Files. The series didn't even exist at the time of the first movie (filmed and taking place in the fall of 1992).
  • Creator Cameo: Director Jean-Maris Poiré appeared at the end of the first film as one of the peasants who mock Jacquart as he has arrived in the Middle Ages.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Obviously, from the black postal worker being called a "Saracen" to Jacquouille's refusing to sit at the table like the high-born folks.
    • Revolutionary ideals are alien to Godefroy in Bastille Day.
  • The Dung Ages: Our heroes carry the "traditional" garb of their time (meaning they STINK, by 20th and 18th century standards), and the first thing Beatrice's dentist husband notices is the horrible state of Jacquouille's teeth.
    • Jacquouille is the living embodiment of this trope throughout the franchise. He even turns into a big pile of dung whenever he travels in time.
    • Jacquart bumps into smelly medieval villagers in the sequel.
    • We find out Jacquouille has a brother in The Corridors of Time. His name? Prosper le Purineur. It translates as "Prosper the Manure Gatherer".
  • Eternal French: Godefroy and Jacquouille don't have much problems communicating in the 20th century.
  • Eternally Pearly-White Teeth: Wholly averted. See The Dung Ages entry.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: The two main characters are scared and confused by modern concepts, such as cars, telephone, radio, planes, television (which Jacquouille calls "the troubadours box"), charging into churches bellowing "ASILE!" no longer being an appropriate response to the law... And reversed when two of the modern characters (Jacquart and Jean-Pierre) are sent back in time (and have a harder time there, since medieval times are way more hostile to them than The '90s are to medieval people).
    • They associate medieval concepts with modern things they encounter, such as black men being called "Saracens", cars being called "devil-carriages", television being called the "troubadours box", or German soldiers "hailing from Germania".
    • The trope is played with a bit of irony in Bastille Day. The medieval man Jacquouille was so accustomed to having cars, electrical light, and running water in The '90s that he's frustrated about their non-existence in 1793.
  • Flanderization: In the first installment, Jacquouille is a rustic and naive 12th-century peasant, but is quite crafty and adaptable at the end of the day. In the sequels, he turns into a moronic buffoon in eras other than his, even by medieval standards.
  • Get Back to the Future: Rather "Get back to the past", technically.
  • Have a Gay Old Time: Among other examples, baiser used to mean "kiss", while in modern French it means, well, "fuck". Also, to mean the act of washing Godefroy uses the word lavement, which means "enema".
    • One gag stems from the double meaning of "maîtresse", a transparent cognate of "mistress", both in its somewhat antiquated meaning of "female master" and that of "extra-marital lover". Jacquouille describes Béatrice, who he mistakes for Dame Frénégonde, as his "mistress" to "Dame" Ginette. The latter reacts by calling her a stuck-up "poufiasse" (an insult vaguely similar in register to "bitch" or "slag"). Unaware of the word's meaning, Jacquouille takes it for an honorific and proceeds to actually call Godefroy's descendant, "Dame Béatrice la Pouffiasse".
  • Here We Go Again!: The two sequels end with Godefroy and Jacquouille stranded in other eras by mistake due to screwups in the Time Travel potion's formula.
  • Historical Domain Character:
    • King Louis VI of France (also known as Louis VI the Fat) in the first and third films.
    • King of England and Duke of Normandy Henry I Beauclerc in the first film.
    • Napoléon Bonaparte shows up at the end of The Corridors of Time.
    • Plenty of French Revolution figures appear in Bastille Day: Maximilien Robespierre, Louis Saint-Just, Georges Couthon, Charlotte de Robespierre (sister of Maximilien), Jean-Paul Marat, Joseph Fouché, Collot d'Herbois, Billaud-Varenne, and Catherine Théot (aka "The Mother of God").
  • Identical Grandson: Played by the same actors, obviously.
    • Godefroy's descendant Béatrice is the spitting image of his betrothed Frénégonde.
    • Jacquouille and Jacquart's uncanny resemblance is regularly commented on in the first two films (everyone thinks Jacquouille is Jacquart's incredibly embarrassing and socially ignorant brother or cousin, no matter how much he denies it).
    • Godefroy is at first thought to be the family's long-lost cousin Hubert, a racing driver who presumably died in a race in Borneo.
    • Eusaebius the wizard and his late 20th century descendant, Ferdinand Eusebe. The only difference is that Eusebe has no beard and is bedridden and requires an oxygen mask.
    • The Duke of Luigny and Nora's second husband in The Corridors of Time.
    • Jacquouillet, the Public Accuser and Jacquouille's 18th century descendant at the end of The Corridors of Time and in Bastille Day.
    • Prune, Ginette's 18th century ancestor in Bastille Day.
    • Edmond Jacquart (Jacquouille and Jacquouillet's descendant during World War II) looks like his ancestors (and his son) in Bastille Day.
  • Immediate Sequel: Both sequels start right where the previous film left off.
  • Jabba Table Manners: The Duke of Pouille (Frénégonde's father). Justified in that his daughter marrying a count (lower on the totem pole than a duke) causes him to have little to no respect for the wedding.
    The Duke: *burp!*
    Frénégonde: Father! You promised you wouldn't belch at the dinner!
    The Duke: *BURP!*
    • Jacquouille eats on the ground, because he isn't highborn. He also belches loudly in Bastille Day.
  • Lingerie Scene:
    • King Louis VI the Fat's English mistress lifts her dress to show him her knees, which is big enough a deal for him.
    • Also happens with Flore, Gonzague's mistress in Bastille Day.
  • Low Fantasy: The films are set in a world where French history has followed its course normally, and where witches, wizards and genuine seers once existed, though they presumably maintained enough secrecy, and their descendants know about their secrets and formulas.
  • Magic A Is Magic A: Where the potion takes you in time is defined by its ingredients, with one precise preparation corresponding to a precise time. Eusaebius forgetting quail eggs in the first movie, Béatrice adding Grand Marnier in the second and Eusèbe not adding enough viper venom in the third causes it to fail to take the drinkers where they want to go in time.
  • Magical Incantation: To send someone who drank the potion back or forward in time, the following words must be pronounced: "Per Horus et per Ra et per Solem Invictus duceres".
  • The Magnificent:
    • Godefroy's surname is "le Hardi" (the Daring/the Bold).
    • Jacquouille's surname is "la Fripouille" (the Scoundrel).
    • King Louis VI "le Gros" (the Fat).
    • In the third film, Jacquouille says the name of his mother was Gertrude "la Fessue" (the Fat-Bottomed).
  • Meanwhile, in the Future…:
    • In The Corridors of Time, there are cuts between Jacquart's scenes as he's stranded in the Middle Ages and Jacquouille's antics in the late 20th century.
    • Bastille Day starts in 1124, with the direct consequences of Godefroy's departure in time, then cuts to Godefroy and Jacquouille being stranded in 1793.
  • Medieval Morons: Granted a lot of it results from Fish out of Temporal Water.
    • In their first interaction with something from the 20th century, Godefroy and Jacquouille destroy a postal van, believing it to be sorcerous. In another scene, they drink from the toilets, not understanding how faucets work. They also waste all of Beatrice and Jean-Pierre's luxury bath oils and perfumes while taking their bath - fully clothed.
    • Jacquouille embodies this to the highest degree, to the point of Flanderization in the sequels.
    • The Burn the Witch! situation Jacquart goes through in the sequel. The inquisitor orders him to be burnt for carrying "sorcery" artifacts... because he's scared by a moo box.
    • In 1793, both the bourgeois and nobles think our two protagonists are peasants from very remote rural areas since nobody in Paris speaks (and smells) like them 670 years after their era.
  • Neat Freak: Jacquart, very much so. It shows in his mannerisms and disgusted reactions to Godefroy's and (especially) Jacquouille's smelly presence, and it gets even worse when he's sent to Middle Ages.
  • Nervous Wreck: Jacquart is thoroughly incapable of keeping his cool.
  • Nice Girl: She may be somewhat stuck-up, but Béatrice is pretty much a saint for putting up with everything her ancestor Godefroy and his squire throw at her with a smile, and actually calls out her contemporaries for being so rude towards them when as far as they're all concerned, they're deeply mentally ill and traumatized survivors.
  • Nouveau Riche:
    • Jacquart is a living embodiment of this trope, with his family having made a fortune quite recently and having bought off the castle of Montmirail to turn it into a prestige hotel/restautant.
    • Jacquouillet and Charlotte Robespierre are this to a lesser extent, in the 18th century. They made a good chunk of money confiscating nobility properties.
  • Off with His Head!:
    • The English knight who ambushes the French king and Godefroy at the beginning of the first film. The king's sword strike only beheads his armor, as he retracted his head inside the breastplate. He reveals his head, and then Godefroy's strike successfully beheads him. The headless corpse wanders for a few seconds then collapses.
    • The second sequel is set during The French Revolution. The infamous guillotine naturally shows up and separates plenty of heads from their bodies of aristocrats and suspects. Godefroy highlights how the victims don't suffer (the Real Life intent behind the invention of the device), whereas beheading people with an axe in his time (the 12th century) could definitely make them suffer.
  • Our Time Travel Is Different: Of the "Instantaneous" type, via a potion and Magical Incantation. Time travellers get turned into things that somewhat symbolize them when they disappear from an era: Godefroy turns into crystal (that symbolizes either his heart's pureness or his highborn status), Jacquouille turns into... a pile of dung (either because he's a scoundrel or because he's The Pig-Pen), and Jean-Pierre turns into golf balls (he loves golf). Jacquart on the other hand also turns into dung, but a small pile this time (probably because he's a self-important jerkass).
  • Period Piece: Whenever scenes happen in the past, be it Middle Ages, The French Revolution or World War II.
  • Product Placement:
    • The first film had some obvious ones (Pizza Hut, Juvamine, Ranger Rover, Polaroid).
    • The Corridors of Time is absolutely littered with product placement for Intermarché, KFC, several Nestlé products, Pizza Hut again, FedEx, Lustucru...
    • For Bastille Day, being set for the most part in 1793, the trope is mostly averted... save for a can of Franck Provost hairspray Jacquouille brought with him from the 20th century in his coat. Which is Anachronism Stew, since both protagonists departed in time in 1993, while the Franck Provost brand didn't exist until the 2000s.
  • Running Gag:
    • Jacquouille and Godefroy bump into the same black postman twice by accident, once in the first film and once in the sequel.
    • Jacquouille's antics with a telephone in the first two films.
    • Related to the above, Jacquouille calls a black man "Saracen" in every film.
  • Sequel Hook:
    • The first film ends with Jacquart stranded in Middle Ages and Jacquouille staying in the 20th century. It naturally prompted a sequel.
    • The Corridors of Time ends with Godefroy and Jacquouille stranded in the late 18th century.
    • Bastille Day ends with our two protagonists stranded in the moiddle of World War II.
  • Series Continuity Error:
    • The Corridors of Time:
      • Béatrice thinking that Ginette also comes from the Middle Ages comes completely out of nowhere, nothing in the first film even suggested this.
      • Besides the Present-Day Past cars mentioned above, the 1992 Renault Safrane from the original (the one with a hole in the roof from Godefroy's burning ring) inexplicably morphs into a 1997 Volkswagen Passat.
      • Jacquart turning into a small pile of dung when travelling in time. In the first film, he simply disappeared without a trace doing so.
      • Jacquouille still being clueless when having to use a phone. He perfectly knew its function and how to use one by the climax of the first film.
    • Bastille Day:
      • Godefroy has two trusted men-at-arms in his service in the first film, Ganelon and Enguerrand le Balafré. Somehow, in this film they're named Aymeric and Thibaut, and look different.
      • Jacquouille says his mother's name was Gertrude the Fat-Bottomed. Her name was Gwendoline in the first film.
      • The castle of Montmirail is still in a medieval state, fortified and all, when Godefroy and Jacquouille land in 1943. In 1992, it was filmed at the castle of Ermenonville, a Neo-Renaissance palace built in the 18th century, and it looked accordingly (in its backstory, the medieval fortress was demolished sometime before or during the 18th century). Even as it looked different in 1793 in the same film, it was still distinctly 18th century architecture.
      • The castle somehow belongs to the Jacquart family since Jacquouillet confiscated it during the French Revolution. In the first film, in 1992, Béatrice stated that Jacques-Henri Jacquart bought the castle (though he could have bought it from other people who might have acquired it after 1945, it's possible that it might have been confiscated by the state in 1945 or later since his father was a collaborationist).
      • The Duke of Pouille's jewels that Godefroy and Jacquouille had to retrieve in the second film are not even mentioned, despite Godefroy having to bring them back to the year 1123 (their unfinished quest from the second film) to ensure himself a descendance. The Republic's guards would have been very likely to confiscate them.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Godefroy wants to travel back in time to prevent the death of his would-be father-in-law. And to retrieve said father-in-law's jewelry in the future in The Corridors of Time, then to come back to his time in Bastille Day.
  • Smelly Feet Gag:
    • Since the two protagonists come from The Dung Ages and Jacquouille is an egregious case of The Pig-Pen... The Goulards' babysitter and Batardet correctly guess there's a smelly feet odor when Godefroy and Jacquouille are around, and Jean-Pierre advises the two medieval men to "insist well on the feet" when they have to take a bath.
    • Then there's this exchange in Bastille Day.
      Godefroy: I never take foot baths.
      Adélaïde: What a pity. Sometimes, when you gotta go you gotta go...
    • Jacquouille's shoes are stinky enough to poison the air in a whole building in Bastille Day.
  • Standard Snippet:
    • Felix Mendelssohn's "Violin Concerto in E minor" has become this for the films' endings.
    • "Dies irae" from Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem is played when King Louis VI the Fat learns of Godefroy's disappearance in Bastille Day, and is used again in the 18th century segment with the fleeing Montmirails at the end.
  • Stink Snub: The stinkiness of Godefroy and Jacquouille (particularly Jacquouille's) very often triggers remarks and smell-related insults in the 20th and 18th centuries. Most famously, Jean-Pierre calls Jacquouille "putois" (skunk).
  • Time-Travel Romance: Jacquouille has one with Ginette the vagrant. The duo bumps into her as they steal food from an outdoors restaurant. Jacquouille flees with her as they are chased by the restaurant's owner with a rifle and bonds with her, and that bond carries over to the sequel.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: Because we can see Godefroy and Jacquouille's descendants in the present, a Genre Savvy viewer may believe the whole thing is a Stable Time Loop (granted the "timeline replacement" bit near the end of the movie, is only there to motivate Godefroy)... Except there's the whole infamous ring scene, where the two "Bague du Hardi" from the past and the present fuse together. It makes no logical sense and, even granted "A Wizard Did It", Makes Just as Much Sense in Context. Apparently, that only ring could be present in two samples at a time because of Time Travel was found a logical paradox by the writers, never mind that it only applies to the ring and to nothing else in the film. In short, it's pure Voodoo Shark.
  • Trapped in the Past:
    • "Trapped in the future", technically, for Jacquouille and Godefroy, since they come from 1123.
    • Jacquart and Jean-Pierre (who both come from the late 20th century) are trapped in Middle Ages in The Corridors of Time.
    • By the end of The Corridors of Time, Jacquouille and Godefroy are trapped in the late 18th century after coming from the 20th.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: At one point, Godefroy and Jacquouille get carsick. Jacquouille can't hold it for long and the camera cuts as he throws up. Godefroy gets carsick as well in The Corridors of Time.
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: The medieval characters' dialogues are full of butchered Old French, with expressions and words that didn't even exist in reality.
  • You Need a Breath Mint:
    • The stinkiness of Jacquouille's mouth is the stuff of nightmares for most 20th and 18th century people who come across it. He does get toothpaste to "not rot" in the climax of the first film, but doesn't follow through on its use in the sequel.
    • When Jacquart is stranded in 1123, he's exposed to the mouth smell of Boniface, one of the peasants in Montmirail, which makes him think of an "ebbing sewer".

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  • Arrow Cam: Godefroy's crossbow shots are filmed this way.
  • Art Imitates Art: The portrait of Godefroy is made in the same style as the Italian Renaissance portrait of Federico III da Montefeltro by Piero della Francesca, including him wearing red clothes and the river being the exact same.
  • Artistic License – Physics: It's as if Frénégonde can slow down her perception of time somehow when Godefroy shoots at her father. She has enough time to turn towards her father, scream and fall on her knees when the crossbow bolt is shot on her father, whereas in Real Life it would happen too fast for her to do so.
  • Ash Face: When Godefroy and Jacquouille lie about the fireplace in Godefroy's room at the château (which conceals a Secret Underground Passage), they pretend they were sweeping the chimney (which is reinforced by the fact that unlocking the secret door caused a massive fall of soot that dirtied the whole room). Jacquart doesn't believe it, goes under the chimney and pretends there's nothing... then another mass of soot falls on his face.
  • Bawdy Song:
    Et on lui pelera le jonc comme au bailli du Limousin
    And we'll peel his prick like we did with the bailiff of Limousin
  • Boom, Headshot!:
    • Godefroy kills the Duke of Pouille (Frénégonde's father) by shooting a bolt right into his forehead with a crossbow, as the witch's Mushroom Samba makes him think the duke is a hostile bear chasing Frénégonde.
    • As Godefroy comes back in time to that very moment at the end of the film, he still shoots at the duke, but his will stops the bolt's course, deviates its path and sends it right into the witch's forehead instead.
  • Cobweb Jungle: Eusebius' lab is covered in it in 1993... Save for the neat paper sheet written in marker giving him the coordinates of his descendant.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle / Single-Stroke Battle: Godefroy and the King are surrounded by an English knight and his soldiers. Godefroy simply beheads the knight and the soldiers run away.
  • Destination Defenestration: Godefroy tosses the doctor through a window of the priest's house.
  • Evil Laugh: The witch of Malcombe cackles evilly as Godefroy is hallucinating.
  • Extendable Arms: The witch can magically extend her arms. She does this to reach Godefroy's flask to put her hallucinating poison in it while she's locked in a cage.
  • Fountain of Youth: The witch gives an old woman a potion she prepared, causing her to turn into her younger (but ugly) self after a quite horrific transformation sequence.
  • Genre Shift: The film starts as a medieval epic before shifting to comedy once the protagonists are sent to the 20th century.
  • Go Among Mad People: Godefroy is sent to an asylum after being arrested at the priest's house.
  • Gonk: How Godefroy and Jacquouille see the medieval portrait of Godefroy in the modern castle (despite it being pretty accurate).
    Jacquouille: Pwah, my lord, they gave you a bloated and sickly face!
    Godefroy: What, this is ME?! But this is a senile old man!
  • Groin Attack: Godefroy grabs Dr. Bauvin by the groin and pins him against a wall.
  • Happy Ending: Godefroy manages to return in 1123 and change his destiny, killing the witch instead of the Duke of Pouille and finally being able to marry Frénégonde. For a stranded-in-1123 Jacquart however...
  • Hypocrisy: Godefroy condemns a witch to death by fire for making a woman young again, but visits a magician a few days later to revive a dead man. How is Eusaebius different from a witch? He just is, don't ask. He is, however, tortured and left to die when it looks like his time travel spell has failed. Godefroy doesn't learn at all from this hypocrisy and kills the witch in the end.
  • Idiot Ball: Eusaebius forgot one main of the ingredients (quail eggs) of the potion, sending Godefroy and Jacquouille to the late 20th century instead of sending them a few days back in time.
  • Inspector Javert: Maréchal des logis (Gendarmerie sergeant) Gibon, who is persuaded that Godefroy and Jacquouille are either dangerous madmen or thieves trying to rob the Montmirail castle and/or con the Goulard family. He ends up locked in a cage and drugged by Godefroy in the climax.
  • It Tastes Like Feet: According to Jacquouille, the time travel potion "tastes like pig dung". One can only wonders how does he know what pig dung tastes like, but Jacquouille being Jacquouille...
  • "Mister Sandman" Sequence: When Godefroy and Jacquouille flee in separate directions after the restaurant incident, Godefroy rides on horseback on a road and a truck almost runs over him. He then passes by a train and a jet airliner flies over him. He then shouts "MONTJOIE!" in confusion, before entering a church to Seeking Sanctuary. The sequence starts with a guitar riff before switching to "Enae Volare".
  • Moral Guardian / Sour Prude: Valérie Lemercier as Béatrice portrayed this so well that today, many French people's image of what's left of the nobility note  basically amounts to Dame Béatrice exasperatedly addressing Jacquouille as "Monsieur Ouille". "Couille" is slang for testicle — one sub translated Jacquouille's name as "Jackass" and had Béatrice calling him "Mr. Kaas", which achieves a similar effect.
    • Additionally, for the same reasons, Clavier as Jacquart pretty much embodies the "nouveau riche" archetypenote .
  • Mushroom Samba: The poison the witch of Malcombe puts in Godefroy's flask causes him to hallucinate. In his hallucinations, his castle inflates and wobbles, Jacquouille has a rodent head and the monk accompanying them has a pig head. Most tragically, he sees the Duke of Pouille as a bear chasing his betrothed...
  • Never the Selves Shall Meet: When first going to the castle, a large ring on Godfroy's finger begins smoking and shaking, as does its temporally stable version in a display case in the castle. As they get closer, the two rings burst free and fly off towards each other, colliding in midair and setting fire to Jacquart's Range Rover.
  • Nightmare Fuel: In-Universe, the appearance of the rot-toothed hobo-lookalike heroes sends the Goulard children screaming.
  • Old-Timey Ankle Taboo: In a medieval version of this trope, King Louis VI the Fat considers his mistress lifting her dress past her ankles to be incredibly risqué.
  • Opening Narration: One by Vincent Grass that makes it look like the film is going to be a historical epic rather than a Time Travel comedy.
    "In the year of Our Lord 1123, King Louis VI Capet of France, known as 'The Fat', waged war against his cousin, Henry I Beauclerc, King of England and Duke of Normandy. Many brave knights fought alongside him. They believed in God and the forces of Evil."
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: The first 20th-century person Jacquouille and Godefroy meet is a black postman who had to stop his postal van as Jacquouille was kneeling on the road to sniff it. Jacquouille runs back at Godefroy in fear as soon as he sees the postman, thinking the man is a Saracen in a "Devil-carriage", and they come back at him: the postman books it out of there when Godefroy hurls a mace at his car.
  • Seeking Sanctuary: At one point in the 20th century, Godefroy enters a church, kneels, and invokes his asile right to the priest.
  • Shout-Out: Numerous stylistic references to Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, right down to the music, which is essentially a blatant pastiche. Lampshaded by Dame Ginette rambling about "that tall good-looking guy who rides horses like Kewin Costère !"
  • Skull Cups: The old woman at the Malcombe witch's hideout drinks the youth potion in a cup that is made of a skull.
  • Tagline: The film has this one: "Ils ne sont pas nés d'hier!" ("They were not born from yesterday!").
  • Wicked Witch: The witch of Malcombe.
  • Would Hit a Girl:
    • English king Henry I Beauclerc, who backhands his treacherous niece while wearing steel gauntlets and shoots her chaperone at point-blank range with a crossbow.
    • Godefroy punches Ginette at one point.Ironically, earlier in the movie, he called out a restaurant cook on the latter trying to hit Ginette.

    Les Visiteurs II: The Corridors of Time

  • Accidental Incantation: When Béatrice tries everything to make Jacquouille and Ginette drink the Time Travel potion to send them to Middle Ages, she mixes it with hot chocolate to give it a better taste. Jacquouille drinks it... and so does Béatrice's husband Jean-Pierre who just happened to find the pan with the potion in it thinking it's hot chocolate. When Béatrice pronounces the incantation, she sends both Jacquouille and her husband to Middle Ages.
  • Agony of the Feet: Jacquouille lets the hot iron he used against Friar Ponce and his men fall on Friar Raoul's foot, with the expected result.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Jacquart being forced to drink gallons and gallons of water for hours. In the film he's just fine after his ordeal stops, he only gets a fat belly and a constant urge to urinate until his body returns to normal. In Real Life, he'd be at high risk of hyponatraemia (low sodium in the blood) and cerebral edema, witch much convulsions and deliriums and eventually death. That's not even mentioning that the water was "stagnant" (i.e. full of dirty stuff) according to him, which would mean plenty of nasty bacteria (which wouldn't be surprising by medieval standards), and he's just fine.
  • Corrupt Church: Friar Ponce, the inquisitor. He wants to incriminate Godefroy based on what he made up from the torture of Jacquart, presumably to confiscate his lands.
  • Flanderization: Jacquouille's Medieval Moron antics get more numerous this time, causing genuine Disaster Dominoes, and he shouts "OKAY!" more often.
  • Disaster Dominoes: Jacquouille at the Goulard home. Results in a house fire, floodings, poor Jean-Pierre's reputation at stake, and very pissed-off firemen.
  • Epic Flail: Godefroy uses a flail in this film. Most notably for an Outside Ride onto the roof of a moving car.
  • Flashback with the Other Darrin: The film starts with a Previously on…… sequence showing events of the first film, in which Valérie Lemercier played both Dame Frénégonde and Béatrice. Both are replaced by Muriel Robin in this sequence since she played both characters in the sequel.
  • Force Feeding: When he's stranded in 1123, Jacquart is tortured by being forced to drink gallons upon gallons of water by the inquisitor, Friar Ponce.
  • Gargle Blaster: Jacquouille carries one with him. It's "for warriors" according to him, and he can drink it with no notable effect. He generously offers a swig to a mechanic, who promptly runs outside to throw up after tasting it.
  • Golf Clubbing: Jean-Pierre uses his golf club to knock a Burgundian knight down.
  • Happy Ending Override: Godefroy's marriage to Frénégonde is once again prevented from happening after he managed to save his destiny and descendance at the end of the first film, since Frénégonde's father the Duke is cursed with his jewels and the relic of Saint Rolande being lost in time.
  • In-Universe Factoid Failure: When he's lost in 1123, Jean-Pierre wonders how he got lost "in the middle of the Hundred Years War". The Hundred Years War started 214 years later, in 1337.
  • Let No Crisis Go to Waste: While Burgundians are raiding Montmirail, Jacquouille uses the occasion to steal richly made clothes in the shop of Pétronille.
  • Lost Wedding Ring: Lost fertility relic actually. Godefroy has to go back to the 20th century to retrieve the relic of Sainte Rolande (a big tooth in a golden case) to ensure that his marriage will produce heirs. It's going to be a very bad omen if he marries Frénégonde without it.
  • Made of Explodium: The Goulards' TV. When Jacquouille throws an object into it, it implodes and causes a house fire.
  • Mondegreen Gag: Friar Ponce the inquisitor misinterprets what Jacquart tells him iunder torture. Jacquart tells him that Godefroy "made the Range Rover burn" (which happened because the car was under the two colliding rings of Godefroy from 1123 and 1992). Of course, not having cars around in 1123 and being all too happy to find something to frame Godefroy and confiscate his lands, the inquisitor thinks Godefroy had a man named "Range Robert" burned at the stake.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero / Hero Ball: Béatrice gets the time travel potion from Ferdinand Eusebe (the descendant of Eusaebius) to send Jacquouille and Godefroy back in time. Unfortunately, the potion tastes like shit and Jacquouille spits it as soon as he tastes it. To make it more drinkable for him, and since there is no milk chocolate around, Beatrice mixes it with alcohol. As a result, Godefroy and Jacquouille are sent back... to the late 18th century, during The French Revolution.
  • Pain to the Ass: When the Torture Technician in service of inquisitor Friar Ponce is ordered to torture Jacquart with a red iron, Jacquouille takes another and sticks it on his butt, providing the opening for Godefroy to free himself from the inquisitor's men and battle them.
  • Potty Emergency: Poor Jacquart is forced to drink gallons and gallons of water by Friar Ponce's Torture Technicians. As a result, his belly inflates with all the water, and he can't stop urinating for a good while afterwards.
  • Present-Day Past: Despite taking place right after the first film (which is set in 1992 as evidenced by a wall calendar at the church) it features plenty of mid and late 1990s cars.
  • Previously on…: The film starts with a recap of the events of the first film in Storybook Opening form. Muriel Robin replaces Valérie Lemercier as Dame Frénégonde and Béatrice in it.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Once Godefroy gets rid of Friar Ponce and his guards, Friar Ponce's scribe just runs away.
  • Storybook Opening: During the Opening Narration, which sums up the previous film, a medieval book opens.
  • Torture Cellar: When he's stranded in 1123, Jacquart is brought to a torture cellar in the Montmirail castle and tortured by being forced to drink gallons and gallons of water on Fiar Ponce's orders.

    Les Visiteurs: Bastille Day

  • Brick Joke:
    • Jacquouille is never heard shouting his trademark "OKAY" until the end in 1943, when he hears a resistant pronouncing it inside the truck.
    • In Les Visiteurs, in 1992, Godefroy asks Jacques-Henri Jacquart why he changed his family name from "Jacquouille" to "Jacquart", which is left unanswered (probably because it happened too long ago). In Bastille Day, at one point in 1793, Jacquouillet wants to change his name because it would sound too ridiculous at the Convention. Godefroy is present when this happens, and suggests the name "Jacquart", which is adopted, thus causing himself the change he was puzzled at in the first film.
    • In Les Visiteurs, Godefroy commented how the lack of defenses on the castle (which has been demolished and rebuilt in the 18th century) will make it easy to invade for the Wisigoths. At the end of Bastille Day, the castle is occupied by Germans during World War II.
  • Call-Back: In the first film, Béatrice mentions Gonzague de Montmirail, a descendant of Godefroy who lived during the French Revolution and embraced its ideals. We meet him in Bastille Day. Godefroy, before leaving this period, even warns Gonzague that he is going to be beheaded on Robespierre's orders in a few days/hours, which Béatrice told him, and orders him to ensure the Montmirail bloodline doesn't go extinct with him.
  • Cliffhanger: Godefroy and Jacquouille end up stranded in the middle of World War II at the end.
  • Darker and Edgier: While still comedic, Bastille Day is set during quite dark times of French history, namely the Reign of Terror (with the expected number of heads rolling) and the German Occupation during World War II. And there's the slow Body Horror afflicting Godefroy and Jacquouille due to too much travels in time.
  • Daydream Surprise: The film's opening sequence, with Godefroy and Jacquouille leaving a castle and being ambushed by bandits in the woods, is revealed to have been dreamt by one of Godefroy's men-at-arms in 1124, one year after Godefroy has disappeared.
  • Later-Installment Weirdness:
    • The film starts with a Star Wars-like Opening Scroll that recaps the previous films. The Corridors of Time had a recap too, but in the form of a book with excerpts of the first film instead. This was probably due to the success of The Force Awakens.
    • Jacquouille only pronounces his trademark "OH-KAY!" once, at the end.
    • Ganelon and Enguerrand le Balafré are not seen in the 1124 segment, while they were introduced in Les Visiteurs as Godefroy's most trusted men of arms, and thus would have been the most likely to dream the film's opening sequence and seek for Godefroy.
    • Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto is not heard at the end unlike the previous two films. Giuseppe Verdi's "Die Irae" is used instead for the last time we see Godefroy and Jacquouille, and the final scene with the 18th century Montmirails fleeing directly cuts on the remix of Era's "Enae Volare".
  • Made of Plasticine: Godefroy cuts off the foot of The Leader of a gang of highwaymen attacking him and his men-at-arms a little too easily. Granted, the whole thing is dreamt by one of said men-at-arms anyway.
  • No Ontological Inertia: The tumors growing on Godefroy and Jacquouille disappear once they travel in time again.
  • Race Against the Clock: Godefroy and Jacquouille must return to their time as fast as possible, otherwise they will die from the tumors that grow on them and old age.
  • Rapid Aging: One of the unfortunate effects of too much travels in time. Godefroy and Jacquouille age "ten weeks per day" according to Eusaebius' daughter Norah, and tumors grow in Jacquouille's throat and Godefroy's nose. Bastille Day came out 18 years after The Corridors of Time and the actors have aged visibly, hence why this trope is used.
  • Reign of Terror: Our protagonists are caught in the anti-nobles turmoils of that time.
  • Rightful King Returns: Godefroy initially has the idea to reestablish the Dauphin of France on the throne after King Louis XVI's beheading, before giving up in order to seek a way to return to his era.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Godefroy saves his bloodline by convincing his descendant to have children before he is executed.
  • Time Travel Escape: In the climax, Godefroy and Jacquouille end up with both soldiers of the Republic on their trail and tumors growing rapidly in their face. They seek out the apothecary named Eusèbe (Eusaebius' 18th-century descendant) and travel in time with him seconds before the soldiers reach Eusèbe's hut.
  • Un-Reboot: The film was made 15 years after the 2001 remake, Just Visiting, and ignores it. It instead picks up where The Corridors of Time left off.
  • Vorpal Pillow: With no intention to kill. At one point, Jacquouille finds himself unable to sleep because someone is snoring loudly. He finds out it's Adélaïde, and tries to silence her with a pillow. He ends up waking her up and causing much drama, as everyone thinks he was trying to suffocate her.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Save for a mere mention of Frénégonde (not even by name) at the end when Godefroy drinks the Time Travel potion, nothing is said or shown about either her or her cursed father in the 1123 scenes (Muriel Robin didn't come back to play her).