The Count of Monte Cristo (film)
- Actual Pacifist: The old priest apparently became this after leaving the army in shame. He refuses to even hold hate in his heart for his jailers... he's the only prisoner in Chateau d'If that thanks the guard who brings his food.
- Ascended Extra: Jacopo, who obeys the Count's instructions without question in the book, becomes The Watson.
- Beardness Protection Program: The Count trims his prison beard as part of his noble disguise.
- Chess Motifs: Edmond and Fernand have a chess king that they trade back and forth when the other has a victory, recognizing the other as "King of the Moment". Edmond explains this to Napoleon Bonaparte, who observes that "In life, we are all either Kings or Pawns."
- Dialogue Reversal: "Why are you doing this?" "It's complicated."
- Did You Actually Believe?: The Count's final words to Villefort.
"You didn't think I'd make it that easy for you, did you?"
- Engineered Public Confession: The Count engineers one for Villefort.
- Historical Domain Character: Cameo appearance by Napoleon Bonaparte.
- Hollywood Atheist: Dantes loses his faith on account of his unjust imprisonment (and then regains it at the end of the film). This is a contrast to the novel, in which Dantes is still religious as the Count -- he just worships a very vengeful God.
- Human Ladder: The priest asks to stand on Edmond's shoulders to see out a window for the first time in decades.
- I Never Told You My Name: "Edmond Dantes is dead." Mercedes never told "the Count" Edmond's last name. Whoops.
- In the Local Tongue:
Luigi: We shall call him... Zatarra.
Edmund: Sounds fearsome.
Luigi: It means "driftwood".
- Large Ham: A gleefully sneering Guy Pearce as Fernand.
- Leave Behind a Pistol: Subverted. Dantes leaves Villefort a pistol, but it isn't loaded.
- Luke, I Am Your Father
- Meaningful Echo: "I'm a count, not a saint."
- Modesty Bedsheet: Mercedes gets one.
- No Doubt the Years Have Changed Me: Edmond doesn't even start out trying to hide his identity, only to realize that he's changed so much from his time in prison and life at sea that his old friend and employer doesn't recognize him at all. Only Mercedes seems to instantly think he even might be Edmond Dantes.
- Number One Dime: A pair of chess pieces have sentimental value to Edmond and Fernand.
- Physical Scars, Psychological Scars: The scars on Edmond's back that he received from being repeatedly lashed in the Chateau D'If represent how his time in prison embittered him.
- Sarcastic Clapping: Abbe Faria does this when Dantes realizes the reason Villefort burned the incriminating letter and imprisoned him right after acquitting him of the charges.
- Sauna of Death: A scene with Villefort and the Count takes place in one of these.
- Servile Snarker: Jacopo may be The Watson in this, but he bears an equally striking resemblance to his spiritual descendant Alfred Pennyworth in how he will occasionally snidely backtalk his master.
- Stating the Simple Solution: Jacopo's response upon hearing Dantes' plans for revenge.
Jacopo: Why not just kill them? I'll do it! I'll run up to Paris -- bam, bam, bam, bam -- I'm back before week's end. We spend the treasure. How is this a bad plan?
- Teach Me How to Fight
- When You Snatch the Pebble: Edmond is challenged by the old priest to move his hand through dripping water without getting wet.