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The Three Musketeers is a 1993 film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and very loosely based on the novel The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. It stars Chris O'Donnell as d'Artagnan, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlie Sheen and Oliver Platt as the three Musketeers, Michael Wincott as Rochefort, Tim Curry as the Cardinal Richelieu, and Rebecca De Mornay as Milady de Winter.

D'Artagnan is on his quest to becoming a Musketeer. During his quest he joins the three titular Musketeers in their own quest to stop a plot against the young King.

This film provides examples of:

  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: Does it have Athos in it? Are Aramis and Porthos absent? Then this is probably happening.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Despite how broody he is, even Athos isn't immune to Porthos's quips. During the carriage chase in particular, his quips about the choice of drinks even manages to squeeze a laugh out of Athos despite the tense situation.
  • Adaptation Deviation: This adaptation greatly simplifies and alters the story. For instance, the relationship between Athos and Anti-Villain Milady de Winter is altered to make the two characters more sympathetic.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Milady's real name is changed from Anne to Sabine. Though in the book "Anne" was probably also an alias. Also, the Queen of France is named Anne in the movie, so it saves on confusion.
  • Adaptational Heroism: The musketeers are more straightforwardly heroic than their book counterparts, their casually hedonistic antics being downplayed.
  • Adaptational Job Change: In the novel, Constance was a dressmaker for the Queen. In the film, she's a handmaiden.
  • Adaptational Sympathy: Milady is made to be far more sympathetic than her book counterpart. Her dialogue with Athosnote  implies that she was driven to villainy out of desperation to survive after Athos abandoned her, and one of her last deeds is to tell Athos of the Cardinal's plan to assassinate the king.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
  • Adapted Out:
    • Unlike the book, the Duke of Buckingham is mentioned, but doesn't appear in the film.
    • Monsieur de Tréville, the captain of the musketeers, was a major character in the book. No such equivalent appears in the film.
    • The musketeers don't have servants in the film, including d'Artagnan's trusty friend Planchet.
    • Constance isn't married in this version, so there's no issue of her committing adultery with d'Artagnan.
  • Adaptational Wimp: d'Artagnan is considerably less capable than his book counterpart, often getting beaten up and captured, requiring the Musketeers (and Constance in the climax) to bail him out.
  • Ancestral Weapon: d'Artagnan's sword belonged to his father. Part of his quest is getting it back from Rochefort.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: The death of Milady De Winter is presented rather tragically, as the character throws herself down a cliff rather than face an executioner.
  • Artistic License – History: The film is set long before any sort of wide-reaching means of communication. Information was conveyed by word of mouth, rider, or carrier pigeon, like we see Richelieu use. The logic Richelieu uses that the King's birthday party must be held to show England how powerful the King is makes no sense in a time when you didn't hear a lot of news from the outside world.
  • Attack on One Is an Attack on All: Girard ends up being chased by the entire musketeer force at the end of the film when he threatens d'Artagnan.
  • Award-Bait Song: "All For Love", sung by Rod Stewart, Sting and Bryan Adams, who co-wrote it.
  • Badass Creed: "All for one and one for all!"
    • Rochefort repeats it sarcastically when announcing the corp is being dissolved. The Cardinal accuses him later of trying to start a riot.
  • Band of Brothers: Their Badass Creed is more than just a creed. It's their very lives.
  • Benevolent Boss: King Louis. "These men are not just my personal guards, they are my friends!"
  • Berserk Button: Most of the characters have one:
    • d'Artagnan — His late father. Even Gerard, a Harmless Villain, nearly got himself killed when he called d'Artagnan's father a "disgrace." He also handles not getting his way pretty poorly and even something as simple as someone accidentally falling on him is enough to set him off.
    • Athos — If you value your life, do not question the Musketeers' loyalty to the King in front of him.
    • Aramis — Do not make light of a man's duty to God, or abuse your station as a Man of the Cloth.
    • Porthos — He really doesn't like it when you make light of his fame. Granted, we only get the slightest hint that he actually is as famous as he claims, but he nonetheless becomes very dangerous the second you accuse him of lying about any of it.
    • Richelieu doesn't take kindly to people or events that go against his plans, or even say that they will — witness his enraged reaction when the Queen defies him in the last act.
  • Beta Couple: In an odd way, the king and queen act as this when compared to her lady-in-waiting Constance and d'Artagnan.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Milady throws herself off a cliff after giving the Musketeers the info they need to save the king. Had the character stayed around, she was about to get her head cut off.
  • Bifurcated Weapon: Porthos encounters a Ninja, who pulls out his katana, then pulls it apart into two swords, and proceeds to show off his sword shuffling skills before attacking. Porthos, of course, mocks his show and cuts a rope holding a grille in place, sending the Ninja below deck.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Two cases.
    • After punching Richelieu off the boat, King Louis, usually rather shy with his wife, plants one on Queen Anne, to her obvious approval.
    • d'Artagnan to Constance, just after he's been made a Musketeer. The other Musketeers applaud, and the King and Queen obviously approve. So does Constance.
  • Big Fun: Porthos is the life of any party and (he claims) quite successful with the ladies.
  • Blatant Lies: Porthos likes to claim that he's on "quite intimate terms" with such luminaries as the Queen of America and the Czarina of Tokyo. d'Artagnan calls him out on it, which is part of what results in the two agreeing to duel.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Despite countless sword slashes, stab wounds, and even a character kicked into the spikes of an iron maiden, there's not a single drop of blood.
  • Bond One-Liner: Villain example at the start of the movie: After Rochefort executes a thief under Cardinal Richelieu's orders (after promising forgiveness to him "in the name of God"), Richelieu chillingly says "One less mouth to feed."
  • Book Safe: Aramis (who trained to be a priest) at one point pulls a pistol out of a hollowed-out Bible and shoots one of the Cardinal's guards with it.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Porthos, "the Pirate" — dancing, fighting, partying, he gives it all he's got.
  • Brick Joke:
    • "The axe was a gift to me from the Czarina of Tokyo."
    • Also from Porthos: "Told you I was famous."
  • Burning the Flag: As the Musketeer corps is disbanded and the Cardinal's guards ask what to do with the Musketeer flag, Rochefort tells his men to burn it.
  • Camp Gay: Girard, who even Screams Like a Little Girl.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Cardinal Richelieu's men give chase after the Musketeers hijack the Cardinal's coach:
    Porthos (discovering a chest containing wine and gold coins in the back seat): Ah ha! The Cardinal's sacred snack chamber.
    Aramis: And what have we here? Is he a man of God or a man of gold?
    Porthos: Champagne?
    Athos: We're in the middle of a chase, Porthos.
    Porthos: You're right. Something red.
    Athos: (chuckles)
    Porthos: For a chase, the Cardinal recommends his excellent '24 Cabernet. (to d'Artagnan) You can't have any, you're too young.
    (after escaping the Cardinal's men)
    Porthos: The picnic was delicious, the champagne was excellent, remind me to send the Cardinal a note.
    (to Aramis after a particularly hard turn, spilling wine on his tunic)
    Porthos: That's it. Next time, you drive.
  • The Cavalry: The other Musketeers in the final act.
  • Chased Off into the Sunset: The film ends with d'Artagnan and all the Musketeers chasing off Girard and his men. This is also a Book Ends as d'Artagnan's introduction showed him being chased by Girard and his men.
  • Chastity Dagger: This is a favorite tactic of Milady de Winter.
  • Chekhov's Crucifix: Aramis wears a large, probably pewter, crucifix beneath his tunic. He first pulls it out when he and his theology pupil start to pray for their sins. He uses it again to give one of the Cardinal's guards the Last Rites. Both of these uses are in the first act of the film, and it's not mentioned or shown again... until the climax, when it saves Aramis' life by stopping the bullet when he's shot by Richelieu.
  • The Chessmaster: Cardinal Richelieu, of course.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: The king is portrayed this way (as well as something of a Wide-Eyed Idealist), easily manipulated by Richelieu because of his piety and having to turn to his equally young though much more savvy queen for assistance in navigating the murky political waters of the court. There are indications he isn't quite as naive as he seems and is aware of the manipulations going on, but he still seems fairly helpless and uncertain how to escape them and become an assertive king until he is bolstered by the queen's advice (and inspired by the examples of the Musketeers and d'Artagnan).
  • Clean Cut: When Richelieu dispatches Rochefort to take care of the Three Musketeers, Rochefort slashes his sword across the top of a candelabra. The candles are undisturbed until, one by one, Rochefort nudges the cleanly-severed tops of the candles off, each accompanied by the names of his enemies.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Porthos has learned to make gravity his fighting ally. At various points he drops his opponents through floors, drops things onto his opponents, or even drops things into his opponents. He's also shown as skilled with a very unconventional (for a 1600's era French Musketeer) weapons set.
  • Crash-Into Hello: This is how d'Artagnan first meets Porthos and Aramis, resulting in him being challenged to two duels.
  • Criminally Attractive: The (double) crux of the backstory — Athos married the former Lady de Winter, only to turn her over to the authorities when realizing she'd been condemned for murder — then realizing she probably HAD been innocent — but was, by the time he met her again, guilty of far worse things. And right after they sorted things out, she DIED. On purpose. To avoid being executed.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Everyone has their snarky moments, but Charlie Sheen is the most deadpan of them all. When d'Artagnan notices Athos getting into some serious drinking:
    Aramis: Don't worry, he'll be his usual charming self in the morning.
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • Rochefort is killed in a climatic duel with d'Artagnan. In the original book he survives to be fought and killed in one of the sequels.
    • d'Artagnan's father is alive in the book.
    • Cardinal Richelieu, unlike both the book and Real Life, (apparently) drowns at the end.
  • Deathbed Confession: Milady tells Athos what she knows about the assassination plot against the King moments before her execution. While the information she shared was not about herself, it was symbolic in her bringing her soul clean and becoming the woman she was when married to Athos.
  • Delayed Causality: A form happens at the beginning when Rochefort slices through three candles with one stroke, and then calmly pushes the top halves off naming the Musketeers in turn.
  • Demoted to Extra: Constance has hardly any screentime, and basically only exists to throw d'Artagnan his sword at the end.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: In the novel, Milady is beheaded. In the film, she hurls herself off a cliff.
  • Disney Villain Death:
    • d'Artagnan fights one of the Cardinal's men on top of some ruins, and knocks him off to his death.
    • Lady De Winter, the femme fatale, chooses to fling herself off a cliff rather than suffer a beheading.
    • Later in the film d'Artagnan surprises the King's assassin on the palace roof, and the fight ends with the assassin getting a crossbow bolt to the heart and falling to the ground below.
    • Averted with Rochefort's death; he is clearly stabbed and dies in full view of the audience.
  • The Dragon: Rochefort to Richelieu.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • d'Artagnan comes to Paris to join the Musketeers...right as they are being disbanded by order of Richelieu.
    • d'Artagnan, after overhearing of the assassination plot with the Duke of Buckingham, rushes off to warn the other Musketeers and the King, only to collapse from exhaustion on the road and is rescued by Milady de Winter. He then tells her everything he overheard to obtain her help in stopping the horrible scheme...completely unaware, thanks to the hooded cloak the courier had worn when meeting with Richelieu, that she was the courier.
  • The Dreaded: Played for laughs when some Mooks run into Porthos.
    Mook: Porthos the Pirate!
    (A few Mooks scream and run for it)
    d'Artagnan: Pirate?
    Porthos: I told you I was famous.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: The Musketeers do this several times: as the executioners at d'Artagnan's execution, as the sailors planning to take Milady from Calais, and as the hooded guard on Richelieu's raft when kidnapping the king.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Athos does this.
  • Drunk Driver: Defied (it is a Disney movie). When Athos takes a bottle of '24 Cabernet, he makes a point to hand the reins to d'Artagnan before he starts drinking.
  • Duel to the Death: Between d'Artagnan and Rochefort.
  • Establishing Character Moment: For each of the Musketeers.
  • Excuse Me, Coming Through!: Subverted when d'Artagnan throws the Cardinal's gold off his coach to the crowd so the crowd blocks the Cardinal's men that are chasing them.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Rochefort wears one, because he lost an eye fighting d'Artagnan's father.
  • Facial Horror: One of the mooks in the dungeon has a face so disfigured that he almost doesn't look human.
    Porthos: Whoa, Ugly!
  • Falling Chandelier of Doom: Done with Porthos riding the chandelier down:
    [after dropping a group of the Cardinal's guards with a chandelier]
    Porthos: Did I miss anyone?
    Aramis: Congratulations, Porthos. You brought down the house.
    Porthos: Oh, drat. I was trying to hit Rochefort.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: The huge, ugly guard in the dungeons. Porthos manages to simultaneously impale and crush the guy using some kind of twisted execution device similar to an iron maiden. This is a Disney film, right? We even see Blood from the Mouth dribble down his lips, for extra confirmation that he's finally dead.
  • Fanservice: The d'Artagnan/de Winter scene is shot with the emphasis on Chris O'Donnell's shirtless chest and Rebecca DeMornay's cleavage. To provide something for everyone in the audience.
  • Femme Fatale Spy: Milady, of course, made explicit (for a Disney film, that is) in her scene with d'Artagnan.
  • Flynning: Pretty much every fight, but Platt and Wincott above all others.
  • Following in Relative's Footsteps: In this adaptation, d'Artagnan states early on that he specifically wants to become a Musketeer because his late father was one.
  • Freudian Threat: When Cardinal Richelieu starts making advances on Milady de Winter she pulls a knife and holds it to his crotch. Richelieu warns that he can have her executed with "a snap of [his] fingers" to which she replies, "And with a flick of my wrist I could change your religion"; he laughs and backs off.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Portos uses a variety of tools in combat, which he implies he made by himself.
    Porthos: (after defeating his opponent with a triple-dagger and bolas) God I love my work!
  • Gallows Humor: In the dungeons of the Bastille, a chained and defenseless d'Artagnan is facing interrogation from Rochefort and eventually the Cardinal. Rochefort accuses him, accurately, of killing the Cardinal's guards.
    d'Artagnan: They interrupted a duel we were fighting.
    Rochefort: An offense also punishable by death.
    d'Artagnan: It's been a busy day.
    • This is followed on the actual gallows by a moment of Black Humor, as d'Artagnan faces the headsman:
    Gerard: d'Artagnan! Don't lose your head!
  • Giant Mook: The disfigured guard whom Porthos fights in the dungeons when pursuing the fleeing Richelieu.
  • Give Me a Sword: How d'Artagnan wins his fight against Rochefort, when Constance slides it to him.
  • Global Ignorance: Porthos claims certain items were gifts from non-existent royalty (sash from the "Queen of America", an axe from the "Czarina of Tokyo"....). It's implied that he knows they don't exist, but is just having fun b.s.-ing his (usually) credulous audiences.
  • Graceful Loser: Oddly enough, Rochefort accepts his death, admitting that he was wrong about d'Artagnan not being musketeer material.
  • Greed: Cardinal Richelieu.
    All for one... and more for me!
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: Louis XIII and Anne of Austria famously detested one another in real life, largely due to having stillborn children for twenty years before finally siring an heir and a spare. In fairness, their marriage did not turn ugly right away, so maybe the film takes place during the brief time their relationship was relatively stable.
  • Historical Relationship Overhaul: This version of the story is set in 1625, and portrays Louis XIII and Queen Anne like two awkward teenagers with a mutual crush. In real life, Louis and Anne were both 24 years old in 1625; Anne had already suffered two miscarriages by then and their marriage, which was mostly unhappy from the start, permanently soured following the second one in 1622.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: Cardinal Richelieu, even more so than his book counterpart; while the historical one would be certainly viewed as someone authoritarian and cutthroat for his actions, he most certainly never plotted to usurp the king (but then again, he probably didn't need to since the king was a figurehead anyways) and would have never worked against him. If anything, he is famous for having strengthened the monarchy instead.
  • Homage: d'Artagnan spotting the sniper about to assassinate the king and rushing to stop him was possibly inspired by The Manchurian Candidate.
  • I Like Those Odds: The Musketeers comment amongst themselves that five soldiers against the three of them is hardly fair. d'Artagnan, Comically Missing the Point, tries to point out that there's four of them.
    Porthos: Five of them, three of us. Hardly seems fair.
    Aramis: Maybe we should give them a chance to surrender.
  • In Name Only: Aside from the character names, the film has virtually nothing in common with the book, going so far as to have an entirely different plot.
  • Intimidation Demonstration: Porthos runs into a Japanese Master Swordsman who twirls his dual swords around while shouting a Kiai. Unimpressed, Porthos mockingly imitates him and then drops him down a Trap Door.
  • Ironic Echo: Richelieu, during one of his more smarmy scenes, echoes (but twists) the Musketeers' Badass Creed: "All for one...and more for me!" Used in many a trailer.
  • It's Personal with the Dragon: d'Artagnan has a personal vendetta against Rochefort, who killed d'Artagnan's father.
  • I Want Them Alive!: Averted with Cardinal Richelieu declaring a bounty on the titular Musketeers: "One thousand gold pieces on each of their heads, dead or alive!" (Steps away, then returns) "...I prefer dead!"
  • Jerkass: d'Artagnan to begin with is very short-tempered, arrogant and entitled, which is what gets him in trouble most of the time.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Averted as noted above, when Porthos confronts the above-noted Kenjutsu master who has, somehow, made his way to France ten years after the Sakoku policy closed Japan to the outside world.
  • Kick the Dog: The Cardinal, in the introduction, has a man arrested and tortured for theft (he was trying to feed his family), and after promising to let him go, he walks away while his men kill the prisoner anyway.
    Cardinal Richelieu: One less mouth to feed.
  • Lady-In-Waiting: Constance specifically refers to herself as a Lady in Waiting to the Queen of France.
  • Land in the Saddle: Done early in the film, as part of a chase scene. It also included the stock parody of one of the characters missing the horse.
  • Large Ham:
  • Leave Him to Me!: d'Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis kill several members of the Cardinal's Guard. After Athos, Porthos and Aramis leave, d'Artagnan is left behind. Rochefort and more Cardinal's Guard members arrive and d'Artagnan challenges them. Rochefort tells his troops "He's mine!" and the two charge toward each other.
  • Let Me Tell You a Story: "Love? Let me tell you about love."
  • Lost in Imitation: Several plot points, including the secret treaty with England and the manner of Milady De Winter's death, come from earlier film versions rather than from the novel.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Athos has a bit of a story about love. It doesn't end well.
  • Misplaced-Names Poster: Charlie Sheen over Tim Curry; Kiefer Sutherland over Chris O'Donnell; Chris O'Donnell over Kiefer Sutherland; Oliver Platt over Charlie Sheen; Tim Curry over Oliver Platt. (Rebecca DeMornay over Rebecca DeMornay)
  • Money to Throw Away: The heroes use this ploy to block pursuers, after discovering a great deal of money in the Cardinal's carriage (which they appropriated).
  • Multi-Ranged Master: Porthos, of all people, shows himself to be expert with the bolas and the pistol crossbow. Presumably he is also competent with the musket, as well, though this is never shown.
  • The Münchausen: Porthos does this constantly, his claims to fame including such arrant nonsense as his romance with "the Queen of America". However, during a battle on a ship, two of the Bad Guy's Goons recognize him as "Porthos the Pirate!", scream in terror, and jump into the ocean. Porthos's response: "I told you I was famous."
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: With the exception of Oliver Platt as Porthos, nobody bothers to pronounce "d'Artagnan" the French way. As a result, it ends up sounding like an insouciant affectation on Porthos' part.
    • Despite being set in France, there are a lot of American and British accents, but no French ones.
  • Obviously Evil: The Cardinal is played by Tim Curry. Enough said really.
  • Off with Her Head!: What almost happened to Milady before Athos stopped it.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • At the very end of the "theology tutoring" scene:
      Aramis: YOU'RE MARRIED?!?
    • Two mooks realize they're facing Porthos the legendary pirate and instantly jump off the ship the fight is taking place on.
    • In the final scene, Girard again tries to demand satisfaction from d'Artagnan, only to realize he's made a de facto challenge to the entire musketeer corps. He promptly legs it.
  • Playing Cyrano: d'Artagnan tries to woo a bar wench using words Aramis had previous used. When he messes up twice in the first few lines, he abandons further attempts and favors Porthos's approach.
  • Pocket Protector: Aramis is shot, but his crucifix stops the bullet. From this he quips, "See? There is a God!"
  • Post-Climax Confrontation: After the heroes defeat Cardinal Richelieu and Rochefort and save the King and Queen, they're confronted by a group of thugs who started pursuing d'Artagnan at the beginning of the movie. It's been so long since the audience saw them that their appearance is a surprise.
  • Price on Their Head: The Cardinal offers a bounty for the each of the Musketeers after they free d'Artagnan.
    Cardinal Richelieu: One thousand gold pieces on each of their heads, dead or alive!
    Cardinal Richelieu: I prefer dead!
  • Puppet King: King Louis seems easily manipulated by Richelieu — as indeed he was in life — but in this adaptation, it is almost entirely because of Louis' youth and inexperience.
  • Quoting Myself: Aramis recites poetry to a tavern wench. d'Artagnan asks if it's Shakespeare and Aramis replies that it's Aramis.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Milady gives the Musketeers the information they need... and then throws herself off a cliff.
  • Red Herring Shirt: When d'Artagnan is led to the chopping block, two of the execution personnel turn out to be Porthos and Aramis in disguise, and they're there to rescue him with help from Athos (who takes care of the escape transportation by appropriating the Cardinal's carriage).
  • Red Shirt Army: One of the most literal examples of this trope with the Cardinal's guards.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Cardinal Richelieu tells his Evil Plan to usurp the throne directly to the king, then throws in a few more ludicrous (some of which are also true, or he wishes they were) claims:
    Ah, yes. That is usually the first. Let me see if I remember it correctly. While the English attack from without, the wicked Cardinal undermines from within, forging a secret alliance with Buckingham and placing himself on the throne. But really, Your Majesty, why stop there? I have heard much more festive variations. I make oaths with pagan gods, seduce the queen in her own chamber, teach pigs to dance and horses to fly, and keep the moon carefully hidden within the folds of my robe. Have I forgotten anything?
    • These lines are delivered in Tim Curry's delightful sneer, from which anyone should run like the wind.
  • Regent for Life: Cardinal Richelieu has elements of this. (Not so in the book, where he is an Evil Chancellor but Louis XIII is already grown up.)
  • Running Gag: Girard and his men, pursuing d'Artagnan to defend the honor of his sister. Turns into literal running when he finds out he's just challenged the entire Musketeer corps.
  • Sarcastic Confession: The Cardinal, when confronted by the King, proceeds to do this in regards to everything he's been accused of.
  • Scared of What's Behind You: When Gerard and his brothers, who have been looking to fight d'Artagnan throughout the movie, finally confront him at the end of the film, they suddenly scream and run away, because the entire Musketeer corps comes to back d'Artagnan and starts chasing them.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: Milady de Winter's vengeful brother-in-law has been hunting her for years and has a good idea where she is.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Two of Milady de Winter's thugs run for it when they realize they're facing Porthos the Pirate.
  • Second-Person Attack: After Rochefort knocks d'Artagnan off his horse, the guards surround him and he looks up. Cue a fist flying down at the camera. Pow!
  • Secret Snack Stash: "It's the Cardinal's sacred snack chamber", which also carries a large amount of money. The musketeers drink the wine and champagne and scatter the coins to the commoners.
  • See You in Hell: A variant appears as the group splits up:
    Aramis: See you in Calais!
    Athos: Or hell!
  • Shadow Discretion Shot: Used when Rochefort skewers a hapless thief in the Bastille's dungeons.
  • Shirtless Scene: After passing out while trying to reach Calais, d'Artagnan wakes up in Milady's bed in only his trousers.
  • Sinister Minister: The Cardinal, who aside from his nefarious plans against the King, makes a sleazy advance on his wife.
  • The Snack Is More Interesting: During the carriage chase, Porthos digs into a hidden compartment and starts offering drinks to Athos. They decide champagne is inappropriate and settle on a nice red.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Richelieu and d'Artagnan have a brief moment in the scene where Richelieu questions d'Artagnan when d'Artagnan mentions his desire to join the Musketeers.
    Richelieu: [in a tone that suggests "you haven't read the news much lately, have you?"] Bad timing.
    d'Artagnan: So I've heard.
  • Soft Water: Averted. Milady throws herself off a cliff rather than suffer a beheading. Given the rocks in the water below, the distance, and the obvious reactions of the witnesses, it was a real death.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Constance doesn't die.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: d'Artagnan plays it straight. Complete with open window.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: This version of Milady is portrayed this way, as it's implied she has some mental illness that drives her to kill, and she ends up helping the Musketeers at the end.
  • Take the Wheel: Athos orders d'Artagnan to take the reins of the carriage they're driving so that he can start drinking.
  • There Is a God!: Aramis says "See? There is a God," after The Reveal that his cross stopped the Cardinal's bullet and saved his life.
  • Those Two Guys: Porthos and Aramis are this to an extent in the movie. While Athos is dark and broody, they're much more snarky, and their roles are more comic-relief than plot-important, until the very climax of the film.
  • The Unreveal:
    • Athos makes a point of telling d'Artagnan that Aramis was one of the Cardinal's best students before joining the Musketeers and devoting himself to thwarting Richelieu. When Aramis confronts Richelieu (twice) in the climax, therefore, we expect some detail as to why... which is not forthcoming.
    • When the Musketeers are reunited after Aramis, Porthos and (especially) Athos having apparently sacrificed themselves to give d'Artagnan a chance to reach Calais, it's at least one that they never explain how they escaped, if not a full-blown Plot Hole.
  • Walking Armory: Besides the bolas and pistol crossbow noted above, and of course his sword, Porthos also carries a long dagger that splits into three blades.
  • Warrior Poet: d'Artagnan gets the Musketeers to like him by tossing out a one-liner.
    d'Artagnan: I may not wear the tunic, but I believe I have the heart of a Musketeer.
    Porthos: Warrior.
    Aramis: Poet.
  • The Worf Effect: Rochefort defeats Athos to prove how scary he is, only for d'Artagnan to beat him.
  • Would Rather Suffer: The queen declares that "I would rather die" than be Richelieu's wife when he takes the throne. He screams, "THAT CAN BE ARRANGED!"
  • Truth in Television: All the dueling. Duels were often planned out in advance and occurred because of very minor slights. It was also common enough that several hundred French nobles died every year in duels. And the Musketeers were all nobles.
  • You Killed My Father: d'Artagnan to Rochefort, after that the later taunts him with
    "How pathetic, killed by the same man that killed your father".
  • You Remind Me of X: "You, boy, are arrogant, hot-tempered, and entirely too bold. I like that, you remind me of me."
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Played With. When Athos and d'Artagnan are attacked by mercenaries and bounty hunters, Athos tells d'Artagnan that he will hold them off as long as he can so d'Artagnan can escape and continue their mission. Athos later turns up alive, having somehow survived the deadly attack.