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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.