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Fridge Brilliance

  • A "Baudrik" or "Baldric" was a term for a supporting strap in the Late Middle Ages, thus adding meaning to Baldrick's name.
  • Prince Ludwig permanently impersonating Queen Elizabeth nicely explains the whole virgin queen thing.
    • Also, Prince Ludwig is very likely an ancestor of Prince George (George IV) from Blackadder the Third. George IV's great grandfather was Georg Ludwig of Germany. Which explains the uncanny resemblance (both are played by Hugh Laurie)
  • Myriam Margoyles, a noted lesbian playing the puritanical Lady Whiteadder in the second series episode 'Beer' and in the final scene emerging from under Queenie's skirt... Does that count as a kind of Fridge Actor Allusion?
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  • In the episode "Dish and Dishonesty" in Blackadder the Third, Edmund says that he'll be back before the prince can say "antidisestablishmentarianism". It just seems like a long funny word, which the prince, who is an idiot, is unable to figure out how to pronounce before Edmund returns two days later. But, the word itself basically means "the movement of people against people who are against the establishment". Especially it refers to a 19th century political movement against the separation of the Church of England and the government. The prince is actually Prince Regent and thus effectively the head of the Church of England and the British sovereign, the whole series (sort of) takes place in the early 19th century, and Edmund is going out to recruit an MP to support the Prince and oppose those who are seeking to remove him from power—thus antidisestablishmentarianism is exactly what they are doing!
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  • In the Blackadder the Third episode "Nob and Nobility", Edmund goes to the pie shop to recruit a French aristocrat to easily win his bet. The Count leaps at the opportunity to attend a party and declares, "If only I'd brought my mongoose costume." At first it just seems a random ditzy statement, but when we find out he's actually Topper/ The Scarlet Pimpernel, and the fact that he wants to one up Edmund, it comes off as foreshadowing since mongoose are famous for killing snakes. Unfortunately for Topper, mongoose are only advantageous against cobras, and he's up against an Adder, so he ends up dead.
  • In Blackadder's Christmas Carol, it would have made no difference in status if Blackadder had been nicer and so gotten the money and a title from the queen—he was horrible so he didn't get it, but if he had been nice and gotten the rewards, he probably would have ended up giving it all up to the poor.
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  • Each significant member of the Blackadder line is slightly smarter and more competent, building on the mistakes of the past, until he finally wins. Now it makes sense that Edmund I was a complete idiot!
  • Clearly it's not above Mr. Blackadder to take the Prince's identity when the opportunity arises, but after all, George promised him "everything", and Blackadder himself fulfilled his promise to die on his friend's behalf. Technically, he's only taking what was promised. The rest was Fate being kind to him.
  • In "Goodbyeee", Baldrick comes up with a "cunning plan" involving a splinter on a ladder. At first this seems like comedic Noodle Implements, but pay attention to what he says—he says "that's a rather nasty splinter on that ladder, someone could get hurt". His plan was essentially to do something to the ladder so that when Edmund climbed out of the trenches, the ladder would break and he'd fall, possibly breaking a leg in the process and getting sent to the hospital (and thus avoiding the dreaded "Final Push").
  • In "Blackadder Back & Forth", Blackadder travels back in time and steals Robin Hood's girlfriend. In the second season Lord Flashheart, a descendant of Robin Hood, stole Blackadder's fiance.
    • The special features the modern descendants of the entire main cast from different periods of history, assembled with a time machine in their midst. This creates infinite possibilities, especially with Lady Elizabeth who looks like she would travel back in time and pull a Prince Ludwig on Queenie in a heartbeat.
  • The dying Blackadder in "The Black Seal" should logically be screaming in agony, after his genitals, ears and hands have been chopped off. He isn't. He does, however, seem to have no strength left and carries physical injuries. Now bear in mind that Gertrude was a witch, who had used her powers to save her son's life before and another layer is added to the story. Of course if she did manage to completely save his life she wouldn't have shown it at that time, so as to protect her own life. We will never know, as she and Blackadder both drink poison and die.
  • What if Samuel Johnson's ghost took revenge on the Blackadder family by corrupting Ebenezer Blackadder so that he wouldn't get the money from Queen Victoria?
    • Unfortunately, Samuel Johnson didn't have a Scottish accent, as the Ghost in Christmas Carol does (it's actor Robbie Coltrane's own accent.) Johnson didn't have the posh London accent that he has in "Ink & Incapability", either. He was from Lincolnshire, which has a very peculiar accent of its own, somewhere between English Midlands and Oop North.
  • In "Chains", Lord Melchett gets the line, "As private parts to the gods are we! They play with us for their sport." The joke here is not only a play on a famous line from King Lear ("As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods. They kill us for their sport."), it also plays on a thematically similar line from The Duchess of Malfi ("We are merely the stars' tennis balls, struck and banded which way please them.") Note that Stephen Fry, who plays Melchett, went on to write a retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo called The Stars Tennis Balls.
  • In the first season, Blackadder's first name is Edmund, and he's the manipulative power-hungry second son of the Duke of York. In King Lear, Edmund is the manipulative power-hungry second son of the Duke of Gloucester. Considering how often the first episode of the series references Richard III, it seems fitting that the writers would drop a subtle reference to a different Shakespearean play.
  • Queenie's court looks rather empty throughout the second season. When they made Blackadder Back and Forth they made it more inline with what one would expect. In universe though there's a perfectly reasonable explanation for this difference. Queenie says the modern Blackadder looks old which means he travels back to the start of her rein. By the time the series comes round her Queen of Hearts tendencies has made it so the majority of people have either lost their head already or are too terrified to even hang around and try to gain her favor.
  • Carrying on the Shakespeare references, it turns out Henry VII got to take the throne by default after the Yorkist royal family wiped themselves out in an internal dispute, via poison. Essentially, the same way Fortinbras in Hamlet did.
  • Tim Mc Innery didn't take a main character roll in Blackadder The Third, instead appearing in one episode as a friend of George's called "Topper". We later find out that Topper is the Scarlet Pimpernel. In the original novel, the Scarlet Pimpernel's real name is "Percy"!
  • In "General Hospital", George writes letters to his Uncle Hermie. How many names abbreviate to "Hermie" apart from "Hermann", which is a German name? An early hint that George's letters are the cause of the leak.]
  • Nurse Mary in "General Hospital" shares some strong personality traits with Amy from series 3 and they both start out presenting very differently from their real scheming selves. Amy never married before being executed so it's not clear as a woman how she could have left any descendants - could she have escaped using her powers of disguise?
  • The title of the episode "Head" potentially refers not only to the events of Blackadder's new role in the justice department, but also to what nearly happened in his visit from Lady Farrow.
  • Le Compte de Frou-Frou in Blackadder the Third claims to speak only a little English before immediately saying 'Don't ask me to take a physiology class or conduct a light opera'. It's delivered like a joke but should have given away to Blackadder that the Compte is not quite who he says he is.

Fridge Horror

  • Near the end of "Goodbyeee", Edmund says, "The guns have stopped because we're about to attack. Not even our generals are mad enough to shell their own men. They think it's far more sporting to let the Germans do it." According to the Real Life section of Trial by Friendly Fire, the orders to walk slowly towards the enemy were intended to keep the troops behind the barrage of shells so they will have cover fire. By ceasing fire for the charge, the generals are just showing once and for all that they really are deliberately trying to get everyone killed.
  • Also, Darling's line in the final episode. "The Great War: 1914 to 1917". To think that this insanity will continue for yet another year is almost too awful to contemplate.
  • In Blackadder Goes Forth, Captain Darling's Twitchy Eye is a classic symptom of shell shock—or, in modern parlance, post-traumatic stress disorder. If he actually had been invalided out of active service already, just imagine how much each one of Blackadder's (years of) veiled insults must have hurt—not to mention General Melchett sending him back into the front lines to get pointlessly killed.
    • If it helps, there are some hints that he's actually just been extraordinarily lucky and/or managed to manipulate himself into a nice cushy admin job, and has never been on the front lines.
  • In "The Queen of Spain's Beard", Harry has to act as a translator to his various foreign fiancees, while the Infanta has Don Speekinglish to carry out that role. Yet Princess Leia, despite being Hungarian, speaks absolutely perfect English, and with an upper-class English accent as well. This, along with her young age, points to only one conclusion; that she was sent to England as soon as she was old enough to speak (if even that old), and raised there with the sole intention of marrying into the English royal family as soon as it became politically convenient.
  • In hindsight, it's probably a blessing is disguise that the first Blackadder drunk the poison when he did. Could you imagine living the rest of your life with his injuries in the 16th century?
  • Princess Leia is conspicuously missing from the final scenes of the first series, and so presumably managed to avoid death by poisoning. This would have likely left her as the new queen, simply because they woudn't have had anyone else to turn to after the king, both legitimate heirs and countless other noblemen were wiped out. Unfortunately, thanks to all of Richard IV's advisers likely being killed as well, this meant that a girl in her early-mid teenage years, a dung shoveller, and an idiot who had poisoned the previous royal family were all that stood between a vengeful Henry Tudor (who had spent 13 years licking his wounds in exile and doubtless rebuilt his forces) and the throne of England. Yeah, that situation wasn't going to work out well for anyone left alive after the poisoning.

Fridge Logic

  • In the very first episode, the canopy in Edmund's bedroom has a black snake design on it even before he chooses his name. (Of course, this might just be a lucky coincidence, or even the thing that inspired Baldrick to come up with "the Black Adder".)


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