History Comicbook / RedSonja

9th Aug '17 5:49:05 AM Daedalis
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* WorfHadTheFlu: Sonja defeats a people believed to be really strong almost [[OncePerEpisode once per issue]]. They use this excuse.
--> '''Sonja:''' Every spoor of a mud village ha an unbeatable local swordsman. They often say they "slipped" after I thrash them.

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* WorfHadTheFlu: Sonja defeats a people fighter believed to be really strong almost [[OncePerEpisode once per issue]]. They use this excuse.
--> '''Sonja:''' Every spoor of a mud village ha has an unbeatable local swordsman. They often say they "slipped" after I thrash them.
8th Aug '17 8:12:32 PM Daedalis
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* EvilCounterpart: Crimson Katherine from ''Giant-Size Red Sonja'' #2. Later, Dark Annisia in ''Queen of Plagues''.
* EvilOverlord: Many of Sonja's enemies.
* EvilSorcerer: Kulan Gath, amongst many others.

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* EvilCounterpart: EvilCounterpart:
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Crimson Katherine from ''Giant-Size Red Sonja'' #2. Later, #2.
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Dark Annisia in ''Queen of Plagues''.
* EvilOverlord: Many of Sonja's enemies.
enemies are warlords or dictators bent on military domination, such as the king of Zamora.
* EvilSorcerer: Kulan Gath, amongst the brothers Kalas-ra and Katharas-ra, and many others.
7th Aug '17 10:05:32 PM Daedalis
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* Curse: With his dying breath Kalas-ra curses Sonja to be incapable of forgiveness. His intent is that her inability to control her rage will see her killed by an angry mob or at least exiled.

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* Curse: {{Curse}}: With his dying breath Kalas-ra curses Sonja to be incapable of forgiveness. His intent is that her inability to control her rage will see her killed by an angry mob or at least exiled.



* Forgiveness: Obviously, a heavy theme in ''The Forgiving of Monsters'' arc.

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* Forgiveness: {{Forgiveness}}: Obviously, a heavy theme in ''The Forgiving of Monsters'' arc.
7th Aug '17 10:02:55 PM Daedalis
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* CombatPragmatist: Especially in Creator/GailSimone's run on the series. Sonja uses her ChainmailBikini to distract male opponents and in ''Legends of Red Sonja'' tells a former adventuring partner to spread lies about her cowardice and lack of prowess so a group of hunters tracking her will be caught off guard. When it comes to a straight-up fight, though, she's perfectly willing to put on a suit of full plate armor and pull out all the stops with her swordfighting skills.

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* CombatPragmatist: Especially in Creator/GailSimone's run on the series.
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Sonja uses her ChainmailBikini to distract male opponents and in opponents.
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''Legends of Red Sonja'' she tells a former adventuring partner to spread lies about her cowardice and lack of prowess so a group of hunters tracking her will be caught off guard. guard.
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When it comes to a straight-up fight, though, she's perfectly willing to put on a suit of full plate armor and pull out all the stops with her swordfighting skills.
7th Aug '17 10:00:48 PM Daedalis
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* ButtMonkey: Sonja is turning into this in the Gail Simone run. She's been thrown face first in the mud by bouncers, has a chef turn her down when she's practically begging him for sex, a swordsman spanks her in the butt before she falls face first in the mud. Finally a barbarian who saw her get humiliated, gives her the nickname Mud Sonja. Stuff like this would never happen in the previous Dynamite incarnations.

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* ButtMonkey: Sonja is turning into this in the Gail Simone run. She's been thrown face first in the mud by bouncers, has a chef turn her down when she's practically begging him for sex, and a swordsman spanks her in the butt before she falls face first in the mud. Finally a barbarian who saw her get humiliated, humiliated gives her the nickname Mud Sonja. Stuff like this would never happen in the previous Dynamite incarnations.
7th Aug '17 9:59:34 PM Daedalis
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* {{Bookends}}: Gail Simone writes them for her run on the character: the first page of ''Queen of Plagues'' shows Sonja sleeping in the woods about to be attacked by three men while the last page of ''The Forgiveness of Monsters'' shows Halayah recording the same encounter for posterity.

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* {{Bookends}}: Gail Simone writes them for her run on the character: the first page of ''Queen of Plagues'' shows Sonja sleeping in the woods about to be attacked by three men while the last page of ''The Forgiveness Forgiving of Monsters'' shows Halayah recording the same encounter for posterity.



** Sonja uses Rudus' body to as a shield to close against archer Haron in the final issue of ''The Forgiveness Of Monsters''.

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** Sonja uses Rudus' body to as a shield to close against archer Haron in the final issue of ''The Forgiveness Forgiving Of Monsters''.



* ImportantHaircut: In the final few pages of ''The Forgiveness Of Monsters'' Sonja cuts her long red hair short, symbolizing her learned control of her rage.
* KangarooCourt: Sonja finds herself before one in the ''Red Sonja: Beserker'' one -shot after maiming two young hotheads who mistook her for a prostitute and then attacked. One of them was the son of the justicar who sat in judgement on her.

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* ImportantHaircut: In the final few pages of ''The Forgiveness Forgiving Of Monsters'' Sonja cuts her long red hair short, symbolizing her learned control of her rage.
* KangarooCourt: Sonja finds herself before one in the ''Red Sonja: Beserker'' Berserker'' one -shot after maiming two young hotheads who mistook her for a prostitute and then attacked. One of them was the son of the justicar who sat in judgement on her.
7th Aug '17 9:58:29 PM Daedalis
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** This facet of her has officially been abandoned in the Gail Simone run; she runs into a [[SpearCounterpart male swordmaster]] with the same vow and... Well...

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** This facet of her has officially been abandoned in the Gail Simone run; she runs into a [[SpearCounterpart male swordmaster]] with the same vow and... Well...well...



* Bookends: Gail Simone writes them for her run on the character: the first page of ''Queen of Plagues'' shows Sonja sleeping in the woods about to be attacked by three men while the last page of ''The Forgiveness of Monsters'' shows Halayah recording the same encounter for posterity.

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* Bookends: {{Bookends}}: Gail Simone writes them for her run on the character: the first page of ''Queen of Plagues'' shows Sonja sleeping in the woods about to be attacked by three men while the last page of ''The Forgiveness of Monsters'' shows Halayah recording the same encounter for posterity.
7th Aug '17 9:55:30 PM Daedalis
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* BackForTheFinale: Not quite the finale, but the penultimate plot has Sonja's friends show up to say goodbye as she lies on her deathbed. Ayla and Nias, Gribaldi and Avena, Plaitius, Rat, Rakaua, Osric, and even [[spoiler:Annisia]] in addition to a mob of nameless travelers claiming to represent whole villages that Sonja protected.

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* BackForTheFinale: Not quite the finale, but the penultimate plot has Sonja's friends show up to say goodbye as she lies on her deathbed. Ayla and Nias, Gribaldi and Avena, Plaitius, Rat, Rakaua, Osric, and even [[spoiler:Annisia]] all appear in addition to a mob of nameless travelers extras claiming to represent whole villages that Sonja protected.
7th Aug '17 9:52:12 PM Daedalis
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* ActionHero: Sonja rarely meets problems she can't bash, slash, or stab. Even when she does it's still her go-to strategy.



* AndTheAdventureContinues: Most individual arcs as well as the end of Simone's run ended on this note, with Sonja riding off into the sunset to find more battles to fight.



* ArcherArchetype:
** This is shown as the first weapon Sonja used when she avenged her family, having practiced hunting rabbits.
** Ayla and Nias are also expert archers due to their hunting backgrounds.



* AnArmAndALeg: At one point Sonja's hands are burned to the point of being permanently crippled to prevent her from ever holding a weapon again.



* AvengingTheVillain: After the death of Kalas-ra, his brother Katharas-ra comes hunting for his killer.
* BackForTheFinale: Not quite the finale, but the penultimate plot has Sonja's friends show up to say goodbye as she lies on her deathbed. Ayla and Nias, Gribaldi and Avena, Plaitius, Rat, Rakaua, Osric, and even [[spoiler:Annisia]] in addition to a mob of nameless travelers claiming to represent whole villages that Sonja protected.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Dark Annisia]] joins Sonja's friends for their BackForTheFinale mourning party.



* BookDumb: Despite her mother's efforts, Sonja is only borderline literate. She may have a learning disability; she describes working very hard to develop only crude handwriting.
* Bookends: Gail Simone writes them for her run on the character: the first page of ''Queen of Plagues'' shows Sonja sleeping in the woods about to be attacked by three men while the last page of ''The Forgiveness of Monsters'' shows Halayah recording the same encounter for posterity.



* CrossOver: Red Sonja has crossed over with a number of others, from the obvious like ClawTheUnconquered, a BarbarianHero from a different publisher, to ComicBook/SpiderMan and ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}. She was also a major figure in the Dynamite ''Swords of Sorrow'' event, which included Dejah Thoris, Vampirella, and Snow White among others.

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* CrossOver: Red Sonja has crossed over with a number of others, others from the obvious like ClawTheUnconquered, a Claw The Unconquered (a BarbarianHero from a different publisher, publisher) to ComicBook/SpiderMan and ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}. She was also a major figure in the Dynamite ''Swords of Sorrow'' event, which included Dejah Thoris, Vampirella, and Snow White among others.others.
* Curse: With his dying breath Kalas-ra curses Sonja to be incapable of forgiveness. His intent is that her inability to control her rage will see her killed by an angry mob or at least exiled.



* DefiantToTheEnd: Plaitius the stargazer. He faces torture and execution for his observations defying the divine writ of the rector, but refuses to recant even to save his own life.

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* DefiantToTheEnd: DeathByIrony: Kalas-ra's vengeance against Sonja is for her to lose control of her rage, resulting in her attacking innocents and allies to turn them against her.
* DefiantToTheEnd:
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Plaitius the stargazer. He faces torture and execution for his observations defying the divine writ of the rector, but refuses to recant even to save his own life.life.
** Death offers Sonja a job as Death's personal enforcer, seeking glory in battle for eternity. Sonja refuses, mostly to prove that she can.



* DiscontinuityNod: Creator/GailSimone's relaunch dispenses with the "can't have sex unless the man defeats her in battle" aspect of her origin. Instead, a very horny Sonja meets a swords'''man''' who won't have sex with anyone unless they defeat '''him''' in battle. She declares it to be the stupidest thing she's ever heard.

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* DiscontinuityNod: Creator/GailSimone's Gail Simone's relaunch dispenses with the "can't have sex unless the man defeats her in battle" aspect of her origin. Instead, a very horny Sonja meets a swords'''man''' who won't have sex with anyone unless they defeat '''him''' in battle. She declares it to be the stupidest thing she's ever heard.



--> '''Text:''' Opponents are distracted by her boo-, uh, "confidence and personality".

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--> '''Text:''' Opponents are distracted by her boo-, uh, "confidence and personality".



* Forgiveness: Obviously, a heavy theme in ''The Forgiving of Monsters'' arc.
** Kalas-ra curses Sonja to be unable to forgive, intending that this will lead to her being cast out and/or murdered by the people she protects.
** A barkeep who suffers Sonja's rage as a result forgives her publicly, nullifying the curse's effect in that town.
** Sonja asks Death's forgiveness for opposing her in a literal DuelToTheDeath. Death, who understands Sonja's nature and is barely inconvenienced by the encounter, agrees.
** When Sonja catches up to Fellan, she tells him that he is forgiven since he is no longer the man who sinned against her.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: When Sonja meets Death in her fever dream, Death appears as Sonja-but-more-so: ten feet tall in a chainmail bikini with prominent skull motif. Death intends it as a compliment after all the people Sonja has delivered to her arms.



** In the Creator/GailSimone run, she and Dark Annisia used to be slaves fighting in an arena for the King of Zamora's amusement until they were rescued.

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** In the Creator/GailSimone Gail Simone run, she and Dark Annisia used to be slaves fighting in an arena for the King of Zamora's amusement until they were rescued.



* GoldDigger: Laranda-fa, the Empress Dowager, was a common peasant until she married the emperor. It's implied she murdered him to wield his power.



* GreatBigLibraryOfEverything: The nuns' Citadel of All Knowledge aspires to be this, but it's really quite small in that context. Considering the time period and the practical difficulties of travel, it may well be the largest collection of knowledge in the world.



%%* HeroicFantasy*

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%%* HeroicFantasy* * HealingPotion: The alchemist of ''Queen of Plagues'' develops one, but is killed shortly thereafter. The last few drops he manufactured are delivered to Sonja as she lies dying.



* HumanShield: Used tactically by Sonja whenever she's outnumbered. She'll maneuver around frontline fighters to keep a body between herself and arrows/bolts.

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* HumanShield: HumanShield:
** Sonja uses Rudus' body to as a shield to close against archer Haron in the final issue of ''The Forgiveness Of Monsters''.
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Used tactically by Sonja whenever she's outnumbered. She'll maneuver around frontline fighters to keep a body between herself and arrows/bolts.
--> '''Sonja:''' Basic combat. When surrounded, as the arrows start flying, it's not a matter of how you stand. It's where.



* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: The final page of Simone's last issue shows Halayah carefully chronicling Sonja's adventures (starting with Simone's first) for the Citadel of All Knowledge.
* ISurrenderSuckers: Rare heroic variant: when Rudus offers injured Sonja the chance to kiss his blade to earn a swift coup de grace, she uses it to get inside his reach and stab him.



* ImportantHaircut: In the final few pages of ''The Forgiveness Of Monsters'' Sonja cuts her long red hair short, symbolizing her learned control of her rage.



* KickTheDog: Kalayah the Beastmaster not only runs a savage arena pitting animals against each other, after he captures Sonja he puts her horses into the ring - hamstrung, so they can't run or fight back.

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* KickTheDog: KickTheDog:
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Kalayah the Beastmaster not only runs a savage arena pitting animals against each other, after he captures Sonja he puts her horses into the ring - hamstrung, so they can't run or fight back.back.
** Laranda-fa forces a slave to brush her hair, then has her executed when the brush shows the girl broke off too many hairs.



* LoadBearingBoss: Kalas-ra, who pulls his cavern sanctuary down on top of himself as he's dying of bloodloss. Sonja sprints to the exit.
--> '''Sonja:''' I'll say this about wizards. They are very poor losers.



* MagicFeather: Havan the Fire Maker loses his ability to summon fire. He sought out other magic users to find what he was missing. Sonja re-empowers him by claiming to be a witch princess and commanding him to restore his fire.



* OurDragonsAreDifferent: One dark wizard shows off by conjuring wyrms to devour his enemies.



* PlayingWithFire: Havan the Fire Maker can conjure and control flames.



** The poisoned daggers of Utro are treated as evil since they subject victims to excruciatingly painful death.
* PoisonedWeapons: Utro the Needle uses daggers covered in dung to cause lethal infection from a scratch.



* TheProblemWithFightingDeath: Referenced but handwaved. Sonja goes toe-to-toe and is unabashedly disrespectful when she fights Death herself. After the fight Death communicates that she's not displeased and there's no bad blood between them.



* RedemptionEarnsLife: Fellan the woodsman was the only survivor of the band that killed Sonja's family. He fled and escaped her wrath until she hunted him down decades later. [[spoiler:She forgave him since he gave up raiding and went into self-imposed exile.]]



* SavagePiercings: Katharas-ra wears facial jewelry: two nails driven through his right eyebrow and eyelid and spacer earrings in his nostrils.
* ScarecrowSolution: Played by Gravaha the Clever in her in-universe children's book when she dressed a field of cornstalks as an army to intimidate an enemy with terrible eyesight.



* SingleMindedTwins: Ayla and Nias, the two hunters sent to track Sonja. They're always in the frame together and complete each other's sentiments if not sentences.
* SleepingTheirWayToTheTop: Laranda-fa was a commoner girl until she caught the attention of the emperor with her beauty. Shortly thereafter they were married, and shortly after that he was dead.



* TilMurderDoUsPart: Implied to be how Laranda-fa took the throne as Empress Dowager.
* TorchesAndPitchforks: Used defensively by the town when evil wizard Katharas-ra comes hunting injured Sonja.




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* WorfHadTheFlu: Sonja defeats a people believed to be really strong almost [[OncePerEpisode once per issue]]. They use this excuse.
--> '''Sonja:''' Every spoor of a mud village ha an unbeatable local swordsman. They often say they "slipped" after I thrash them.
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* SupremeChef: Gribaldi, renowned as the greatest chef in the world. It's implied that his

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* SupremeChef: Gribaldi, renowned as the greatest chef in the world. It's implied that his skills were either the reason the bogmen allowed him to live as a slave or else why they captured him in the first place.
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