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'''''Barbarella''''' was originally a French erotic science fiction comic book series by Jean-Claude Forest, but the title is better known, at least outside France, for the 1968 film adaptation.

It was directed by Roger Vadim, and starred his wife at the time, Creator/JaneFonda. The film is set to the distant future, estimated to about the 40th century. Planet Earth has been united under a Republic, wars have been abolished and weapons exist only in museums. Sex has been replaced by a ritual involving pills. But Dr. Durand Durand (Milo O'Shea), a scientist, starts developing a new weapon. He and his spaceship vanish in the vicinity of uncharted planet Tau Ceti. Barbarella is sent to retrieve him. The local culture introduces her both to various horrors and to the joys of real sex. She has to face the evil Black Queen (Anita Pallenberg) of the city [=SoGo=], the so-called City of Night.

When first released, ''Barbarella'' was a critical and commercial failure. However, it later became a cult film (as a GuiltyPleasure). [[note]]Does the doctor sound [[Music/DuranDuran familiar]]?[[/note]]
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'''Contains examples of:'''

* {{Adorkable}}: Dildano. Of course, it ''was'' a very young, slim & very cute David Hemmings doing a more comedic role.
* AgonyBeam: Inverted. Villain Dr. Durand Durand tortures the heroine by hooking her into a device which plays her sexual responses like organ pipes, the goal being to orgasm her to death. As mentioned further down, it doesn't work.
* AllWomenAreLustful
* AnythingThatMoves
* BlackComedyRape: The Excessive Machine from Barbarella surely qualifies, at least until she proved TooKinkyToTorture to such a degree that it broke down.
* BoldlyComing: Barbarella, the pretty blonde envoy of an Earth that left behind such outdated concepts like violence or physical sex, gets used to both rather quickly after being introduced to them on a more... uhm, anarchic planet. She doesn't decline to try other things too. In one memorable scene, Durand-Durand tries to kill her with his orgasm machine, but she overloads it.
* BrokenAngel: Pygar. He has been blinded and has lost his will to fly.[[UnusualEuphemism Then Barbarella raises his morale...]]
* CallARabbitASmeerp: In the evil doll kid's hangout (the remains of Durand Durand's crashed space ship), there's a bunch of blue bunnies. Not seen in the film but in promotional photos are some blue goats & an anteater).
* ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction: Justified/played straight with the eponymous heroine of Barbarella. She doesn't only spend the movie going through an UnlimitedWardrobe, but gets put into dozens of situations that justify the wardrobe change.
* CharacterTitle
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: The Excessive Machine.
* ComicBookFantasyCasting: Barbarella as she appears in the comics was drawn with Creator/BrigitteBardot in mind.
* CreepyDoll: In a scene, razor-toothed killer dolls attack Barbarella. They belong to a group of feral children, led by...
* CreepyTwins: The first people she meets on Tau Ceti. They knock her out with a loaded snowball, tie her up and take her away on a sled pulled by a stingray.
** The whole gaggle of feral kids is made up of pairs of twins.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The Black Queen says to Barbarella: "You're very pretty, Pretty-Pretty."
* DilatingDoor: PlayedForLaughs. At some point Barbarella is wearing (little more than) an animal-skin suit with a long tail. The tail gets trapped in the closing iris.
* DiscoTech: Dr. Durand Durand's "Orgasmic Organ" resembles a real Organ and plays music.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: The Black Queen/Great Tyrant because [[spoiler: The real villan is the Concierge who is Durand Durand & he is also TheStarscream & thereby, TheBigBad. If anything, The Black Queen is the real heroine, or at least an AntiHero with a PyrrhicVictory due to letting loose the Mathmos, which destroys the evil city, Durand Durand & saves The Queen, Barbarella & Pygar. Apart from the big Black Guard air battle, Barbarella is the most useless space heroine in history]]
* DoYouWantToCopulate
* ElectricInstantGratification: The so-called "Excessive Machine", that can [[OutWithABang kill people]].
* EnfantTerrible: The weird kids & their killer death dolls.
* MrFanservice: John Phillip Law as the angel Pygar, a handsome, tall, blond, blue-eyed shirtless ornithanthrope.
* {{Fanservice}}: Most of the film, but the most famously the scene where Barbarella takes off her spacesuit in zero gravity.
** Vadim was quoted as explaining why he put this under the opening credits: "Lots of men will only watch the film to see Jane Fonda naked, so I put that at the start so they don't have to sit through a load of science fiction."
* FeatheredFiend: Vicious man-eating songbirds.
* FemmeFatale: The Black Queen.
* FetishFuelFuture
* FreeLoveFuture: Their salute is even "love," although they don't practice physical sex any more, considering it to be impractical. Barbarella changes her mind when she meets Mark the Hand on Tau Ceti
* FurBikini: One of Barbarella's outfits. Some humorous scenes reveal how impractical it is. She quickly discards it for another outfit.
* HighAltitudeBattle: Barbarella & Pygar's mid-air battle with the Black Guards air patrol. The only time Barbarella does anything heroic, she's a pretty good shot.
* {{Homage}}: The (in)famous opening scene was the base for the video of Music/KylieMinogue's song ''Put yourself in my place''.
* HowWouldYouLikeToDie: Barbarella wanders into a walk-in suicide booth, which offers world-weary beings a choice of ways to terminate their unendurable existence.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: When the city starts to sink into a pit of sentient, liquid evil at the end of the movie, said liquid evil specifically protects Barbarella because her purity and innocence would hurt it. This same woman who basically sexed her way across the planet and had an erotic threshold so high she ''broke'' a machine meant to make her die of orgasmic bliss.
* InformedAbility: Barbarella. She's hyped as one of Earth's greatest space explorers by the President of Earth but turns out to be a bit of TheDitz & TheIngenue & FauxActionGirl rolled into one....played by ''Jane Fonda'' of all people!
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Quoted practically verbatim.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:The Black Queen is saved by Pygar in the end, despite her actions as a tyrant and her repeated attempts to kill him and Barbarella. Because, as Pygar explains, "An angel has no memory." [[FridgeLogic What?]]]]
** And that's one of the few scenes quoted verbatim from the original comic.
* KillerRabbit: Early in the film, Barbarella is menaced by a group of dolls whose mouths show very pointy teeth. The scene ruins her clothes and leaves her bleeding. Later in the movie, she is nearly killed by vicious killer budgies [parakeets]. With similar bloody effects.
* {{Ladyella}}
* LampshadeHanging: "What's that screaming? (pensively) Dramatic situations often start with screaming." This lamp needed a shade, because what our heroine finds is some mooks tormenting Pygar the angel: they've got nothing to scream about, and Pygar is too angelically dignified to scream. So it looks like nobody screamed, it really was just a dramatic device.
** Given all of the other stuff that goes on in [=SoGo=], it would probably be more surprising if somebody in it ''wasn't'' screaming at any given time.
* MadScientist: Durand Durand turns out to be one.
* MentalAffair: The "Earth Way" of having sex. Demonstrated by Barbarella and Dildano, leader of the Resistance.
* MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness: Among the softest anyone could find. Other than the very airiest of explanations, expect nothing at all but bizarre fetishy goings-on in bizarre fetishy SpaceClothes. Never mind "creative" violation of special relativity and Heisenberg uncertainty, some technologies featured violate basic physics, [[such as a yacht with wheels that can move by sail-power when there's no wind because there's a fan on it: such a vehicle is possible (as recently [[Series/MythBusters demonstrated]]), but would be hideously inefficient. Point the fan astern and you'll get much better results.
* {{Mooks}}: The Black Guards, spooky, robot-like Stormtrooper figures that are nothing but leather AnimatedArmor. Also involves a bit of DoubleEntendre in that they are described as "Leathermen" & have whips for hands.
* MsFanservice: Barbarella again.
* NoSexAllowed: In Barbarella's world, physical sex has been replaced with a ritual involving so-called 'Exaltation Transference Pills'. When she tries the old style versions though, she's quite pleased.
* TheNudifier: The Excessive Machine removes the victim's clothes first.
* OminousPipeOrgan: The Excessive Machine, with Durand-Durand playing it.
* OnlyOneName: Everybody, except Durand Durand.
* OutWithABang: The Excessive Machine causes its victims to die of pleasure.
* ParrotExposition: Barbarella could give the '''entire''' ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series a run for its money.
* PinballProtagonist: Barbarella's primary role in the story is 1: Get into trouble through own stupidity. 2: Get rescued by some guy. 3: Have RescueSex with her savior. 4: Repeat. The only reason she manages to find Durand Durand is because he accidentally steps on the sensor designed to locate him, setting it off.
* PleasePutSomeClothesOn: Subverted. Barbarella takes a videophone call from the President of Earth while she's naked. She says that she'll "slip something on", but the President (of course) tells her not to bother.
* PluckyComicRelief: Dildano & his secret base of operations. His "Earth Hand/Pill-Sex" scene with Babs could be counted as CrowningMomentOfFunny.
* PunnyName: A character is called Dildano.
* RepetitiveName: Guess who.
* RescueSex: With three different people over the course of the movie. Dildano explicitly states that he rescued Barbarella just so he could get this.
* {{Robosexual}}: In the comic.
* RoleCalled: In the US, the film was marketed as ''Barbarella: Queen of the Galaxy''.
* SamusIsAGirl: No one knew who was in the spacesuit at the beginning of the movie until [[YouCanLeaveYourHatOn one of the greatest moments]] in FanService history began.
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: The Icen Forests of Weir.
* SpaceClothes: Taken to the point of absurdity.
* {{Stripperific}}: And how!
* TooKinkyToTorture: Barbarella overloads the Excessive Machine.
* TooSpicyForYogSothoth: The city is swallowed by a Big Evil Blob... except for Babs. The Black Queen (who gets saved by being nudge nudge close to her) explains that it can't stand the taste of her innocence.
* TortureTechnician: Dr. Durand Durand's profession in his new culture.
** More like a hobby, and one shared by the majority of Sogoites, it seems.
* TranslatorMicrobes: Barbarella's "Tongue Box" whose name can be seen as a DoubleEntendre.
* UnfamiliarCeiling: At some point Barbarella wakes up after getting knocked out and thinks she's dead. Not surprisingly, since the first person she sees is Pygar the angel (or ornithanthrope).
* UnlimitedWardrobe
* {{Yandere}}: The Black Queen, apparently. After Barbarella rejects her advances, she aims a knife at her. Though she didn't go through with it.
* YouCanLeaveYourHatOn: Barbarella stripping off constitutes the entire opening credits sequence.
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