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A duology of Italian Spaghetti Western movies starring Terence Hill as the eponymous Trinity and Bud Spencer as his older brother Bambino. The movies were written and directed by Enzo Barboni and quickly became a runaway success, spawning the entire genre of Western comedy in The '70s. The films also played a major role in consolidating Hill and Spencer's fame as Those Two Actors, and they went on to co-star in over a dozen more movies.

The first movie was accidentally made public domain upon its release. There are other films published under the Trinity brand but only these two are true to canon. The rest are earlier, more serious and grim films also starring Hill and Spencer but in different roles.

The Trinity movies provides examples of:

  • As the Good Book Says...: In the first movie, it is actually a quote from the Book of Ecclesiastes that finally convinces the Mormons to fight for their rights.
  • Badass Family: We only see Trinity and Bambino's parents for a short time, but it quickly becomes apparent where they got it from.
  • Bad Boss: Mezcal beats and kicks everyone in arm's range, and his goons aren't spared for that.
  • Bandito: Mezcal and his gang, who harass the Mormons.
  • Bar Brawl
  • Big Eater: Trinity begins the first movie by inhaling an entire pan of beans. The second movie begins with Trinity and Bambino separately inhaling a pan of beans each, and later consuming huge quantities of food at a fancy French restaurant.
  • Bloodstained Glass Windows: There is no actual blood spilled, but the final fight scene in the second movie takes place inside a monastery. With the monks participating.
  • Chick Magnet: From the Mormon girls in the first movie to the Farmer's Daughter and a wealthy restaurant patron in the second, every young woman wants a piece of Trinity.
  • Church Militant:
    • In the first movie, Trinity and Bambino (both criminals themselves) assist some Mormon settlers in fighting off Mexican marauders who take advantage of their vow of nonviolence. By the end of the movie, Bambino and Trinity have taught the religious people how to defend themselves. The movie ends with the Mormon people making a stand for themselves and defeating the Mexicans.
    • In the second movie, Trinity and Bambino wind up in a monastery where several criminals are hiding and pretending to be monks. When Bambino asks the true monks to raise their hands, everyone raises their hands. Trinity responds by saying, "Every monk who is a monk, hit a monk that ain't a monk."
  • Cut a Slice, Take the Rest: In the beginning of the first movie, Trinity drifts into a bar to have a meal after a long journey. The bartender gives him two scoops of beans. However he eats from the pan and proceeds to empty it under the disgusted looks of the others.
  • Embarrassing First Name: "Shut up, and don't call me 'Bambino'."
  • Enemy Mine: The Mexicans and the Major's goons team up to drive the Mormons off their land.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • Trinity's confrontation with bounty hunters.
    • Bambino's confrontation with three men who want him to release their friend.
  • Evil Wears Black: The two hitmen hired by the Major in the later part of the first movie are dressed in all black outfits and are set up as major threats to the duo. They are dealt with in less than 10 minutes after their introduction.
  • Extremity Extremist: Shy from the first movie fights only using his legs and feet.
  • Fastest Gun in the West (see also Improbable Aiming Skills below):
    • Trinity is acknowledged as the one in the beginning of the first movie. And it shows.
    • Bambino is pretty fast too, though.
  • Faux Affably Evil: The Big Bad of the first movie, Major Harriman, is cruel enough to want to massacre a settlement of religious pacifists (women and children included) just to pasture his horses, but he is also a witty, sophisticated and very polite Southern Gentleman. He even tips his hat to the heroes as he rides off in defeat.
    Brother Tobias: You lost your battle Major, from the very moment you descended that hill.
    Major Harriman: The opinions of others no matter how idiotic should be respected. I certainly will not be the one to violate the rules of good manners. Jeff, tears the house down.
  • French Cuisine Is Haughty: In the second movie, the two borderline-illiterate outlaw brothers suddenly find themselves really rich, buy smart suits and go to an expensive French restaurant. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Gambling Brawl: In Trinity Is STILL My Name!, Trinity wins big in a poker game and is accused of cheating by a fellow cardsharp. Rather than accept his challenge, Trinity simply demonstrates his quick-draw skills by (repeatedly) slapping the man across the face and then pointing the gun at it with the same hand, forcing him to retreat.
  • Groin Attack: Trinity does this to one of the Major's goons. Through the floorboards, even.
  • The Gunslinger:
    • Trinity is known as "the Right Hand of the Devil".
    • Appropriately, Bambino is "the Left Hand". In case you haven't figured it out, he is left-handed. To the point that the German dub was given the title "Die rechte und die linke Hand des Teufels" (The Devil's right and left hand).
  • Gun Twirling: At one point in the second movie, Trinity manages to bitch-slap a guy fifteen times, twirling out a gun into his face with the same hand, to and from its holster. Before said guy even has a chance to reach out for his own! To give an idea of how fast he did it, when done at full speed each slap was timed at just under two seconds! And immediately after, while walking away, the guy tries to draw and shoot him, but Trinity shoots the gun out of his hand.
  • Heavy Sleeper: The movie opens with Trinity taking a nap on a hammock... That is being pulled by his horse. The bumpy terrain doesn't impede his sleep any, and neither does a shallow river they cross.
  • I Meant to Do That: The first movie features combat training with a group of Mormons. When one of the Mormons, during an actual battle, attempts to use Bud's trademark grapple, he keeps accidentally flipping the other guy 360 degrees — landing him right back on his feet. Repeat three times...
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: Done in the first movie where Trinity is explaining to Bambino (his brother) why they had to beat somebody up.
    Trinity: He called our mother an old... [whispers]
    Bambino: She is.
    Trinity: She's not that old.
  • Implacable Man: Bambino is only once given trouble in a physical fight in both films, and that was when he was dogpiled by thirty men. Once a few were pulled off, he sent the rest flying. In another instance, a guy keeps finding bigger and bigger things to hit him with, and it's a No-Sell every time. Even Trinity's punch doesn't do much more than annoy him, and Trinity very quickly apologizes and gets away from Bambino immediately after.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills (see Fastest Gun in the West above):
    • Trinity has quite godlike powers with his revolver, hitting his targets without even looking.
    • As does Bambino. At one point, the Big Bad of the second movie is attempting to passively threaten the brothers. Trinity quick-draws, fires from the hip, and lights a cigarette one of the Mooks was about to smoke. Then Bambino pulls the same trick to extinguish it.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Trinity, unlike his brother, is as fast in a fistfight as he is with his gun, and when he accidentally punches Bambino in the face, it's the only time in two films that any attack actually affects Bambino. Granted, it only knocks Bambino's head back and he looks annoyed afterwards, but the guy who broke a table on him gets less reaction.
  • Martial Pacifist: The farmers in the first movie undergoes a transition from Actual Pacifists to this trope in the climax after being trained by the duo and hearing a quote from Book of Ecclesiastes that make them consider violence as a valuable option, and they end up making short work of the Big Bad's men.
  • Mighty Glacier: Contrasting his brother Trinity, who is fast, acrobatic, and uses the environnment to his advantage in conjunction to his strength and speed, Bambino is much slower and less agile but is even stronger than his brother and doesn't react to being hit (except when it's Trinity hitting him). See Implacable Man.
  • Mugging the Monster:
    • In the first film, bounty hunters examine and harass Trinity because they think he could be a fugitive. When he tells them that the people call him "Trinity", they are suddenly very scared. Doesn't stop them trying to shoot him when he leaves anyway. He just shoots them dead.
    • In the first film, three men threaten Bambino because he does not want to release their friend. They did not know he is such a quick draw. They end up shot dead.
    • Later on, the Major hires two guns to kill Trinity. They meet up in a general goods store, and Trinity demands to see their underwear. Cut to outside, and the sound of violence, before the two men run screaming from the building, sans pants.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Trinity is known as the Right Hand of the Devil, due to his quickdraw and godlike aim. His older brother, Bambino, is known as the Left Hand of the Devil for being left-handed and just as quick and deadly.
  • Non-Nude Bathing: In the first film, the Mormon girls have a bath in a river with clothes on.
  • No-Sell: Everytime someone tries to hit Bambino, he does not seem to feel anything.
  • Offhand Backhand: You did read the description of Trinity's gun skills, right?
  • Oh, Crap!: At the end of the first film, Trinity's looking ready to settle down with the Mormons and the two girls. Then he hears the preacher talking about how he'll have to labor all day every day, and suddenly he starts getting second thoughts.
  • Outdoor Bath Peeping: In the first film, the Mormon girls have a bath in a river and Trinity catches them. They are not uncomfortable with that.
  • Perfect Pacifist People: The Mormons in the first movie, until an appropriate quote is found in the Bible.
  • The Pigpen: The outlaws at the beginning of the second movie call Trinity "Stinkweed". He stinks so bad that his mother recognizes him by smell before she sees him.
  • The Promise: The major plot driving force in the second movie is Bambino's promise to look out for Trinity to his father, who was actually only faking his own death.
  • Red Baron: Trinity is known as "the right hand of the Devil" for his quick-draw and his aim. Bambino is known as "the left hand of the Devil" for the same reason (their names match their revolver hands, naturally).
  • Sibling Team: Trinity and Bambino. Though Bambino isn't particularly happy about having a brother like that, they make one hell of a team when they join forces.
  • Silent Antagonist: Mortimer, one of the two hitmen hired by the Major in the first movie receives this characterization, remaining completely silent while his nameless partner does all the talking. See Evil Wears Black.
  • Snooty Haute Cuisine: In Trinity Is STILL My Name!, after Trinity scores a big win at poker, he and Bambino first get themselves fancy suits, then go to the local haute cuisine restaurant to eat. Hilarity Ensues as the rustic, barely literate brothers are confronted with table manners, tiny meal sizes, and snobbish restaurant staff and patrons.
  • Son of a Whore: Trinity and Bambino are the sons of a prostitute from New Orleans. See I Take Offense to That Last One.
  • Teach Me How To Fight: This is the Mormons' request in the first movie.
  • Training the Peaceful Villagers: Half the plot of the first movie has the heroes teaching a community of pacifists to fight back against the villain who wants the land they've built on. The villagers are so peaceful that they have no idea how to fight, and the heroes end up repeatedly clobbering them during the training exercises.
  • We Do Not Know Each Other: In the second movie, Trinity and Bambino pretend not to know each other so that they can cheat at cards. The scheme falls apart when a professional gambler accuses Trinity of cheating, which Trinity was doing by giving everyone at the table increasingly good cards, but his brother ended up with the best hand.
  • The Wild West
  • Would Hit a Girl: Although he's never seen doing it, Trinity asks Bambino in the first movie if he would shoot "women and children", to which Bambino answers with this sentence, which implies this trope while using another:
    Bambino: Well, not kids anyway.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: Bambino winds up becoming sheriff of the unnamed town this way. He'd been heading to the border when he saw a man following him, and shot him, only realizing afterwards it was just coincidence they were going the same way. The man was a sheriff, so Bambino took his badge and pretended to be the sheriff until Trinity shows up.

Alternative Title(s): They Call Me Trinity, Trinity Is Still My Name