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-> ''"I AM A SOLDIER OF ROME! I WILL NOT YIELD!"''
--> - '''Centurion Quintus Dias'''

''Centurion'' is a 2010 film written and directed by Neil Marshall, he of ''Film/DogSoldiers'', ''Film/TheDescent'' and ''{{Doomsday}}'' fame and starring MichaelFassbender. The film explores the possible fate of the Legio IX Hispania - the legendary Ninth Legion that mysteriously disappeared from Roman records in the early second century AD, for no given reason.
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!!''Centurion'' contains examples of:

* AnimalMotifs: Etain wears plenty of animal furs, particularly wolf pelts to illustrate how like a wolf she is herself.
* AntiHero / AntiVillain: The Roman soliders are part of an invading army yet all they're trying to do is rescue their general and get back home. The Picts are trying to fight off an invasion and want revenge for the prince's murder but at the same time they're ruthless and don't exactly treat their own people any better.
* ArmorIsUseless: Despite the obvious advantage of having heavy armor, the Romans don't seem to be getting much benefit from it. There are numerous shots of Picts killing Roman Legionaires without even having to bother with trying to find a chink in their armor, this despite the fact that Roman armor was quite advanced for its time and a noticeable advantage.
* ArtisticLicense :
** Our heroes' swashbuckling fighting styles would not have been used by Roman soldiers. Dias has an excuse, he was trained by his father, a gladiator, who would have showy moves, but not the rest.
** The Picts speak Scots-Gaelic. No record of the Pictish language exists and the closest modern language to it is theorised to be Welsh but Neil Marshall thought it would be too confusing to have a Scottish tribe speaking Welsh.
* AxCrazy: Etain
* BiggerIsBetterInBed: Basically what General Virilus' names mean.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The 9th Legion is wiped out, and Quintus is ostracized from Roman society, but he retires with his hot new girlfriend to an idyllic little cottage.]]
* BritishAccents: The Romans sport TheQueensLatin.
* BookEnds / IronicEcho: "My name is Quintus Dias, and this is neither the beginning nor the end of my story."
* ChefOfIron: Tarak
* ChekhovsGun: Subverted. Tarak identifies death cap mushrooms early on and Brick sees them in the stew Arianne serves them, but it turns out he's wrong.
* ChekhovsSkill: Played with. Macros is a champion runner and so Quintus knows that Thax is lying when he says Macros wasn't able to outrun the wolves.
* CradlingYourKill: Done with [[spoiler: Etain]] after being stabbed in the stomach by [[spoiler: Quintus]].
* DarkActionGirl: Etain.
* DesignatedGirlFight: Seems like it could be heading this way as both sides appear to have one ActionGirl each but it turns out Etain is one of the Picts as well, giving them two.
* DirtyCoward: Macros.
* TheDragon: Etain.
* DwindlingParty
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Etain.
* EmptyShell: Etain, as pointed out by Arianne:
-->'''Arianne:''' Her soul is an empty vessel. Only Roman blood can fill it.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin : Doubles as a BilingualBonus. Virilus means manly in latin, and general Virilus is very manly.
* AFatherToHisMen: General Virilus.
* ForeignLookingFont: The opening titles and subtitles use Papyrus.
* FreudianExcuse: Etain has good reasons to hate the Romans.
* {{Gorn}}: There is plenty of it. As expected of Neil Marshall.
* GoodScarsEvilScars - Arianne's scar marking her as an outcast because she was accused of Necromancy. It's almost completely covered by her hair and doesn't detract from her beauty at all.
* GrayAndGrayMorality: The Romans are kind of dicks. But then, so are the Picts.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Arianne.
* HotWitch: Arianne was accused of witchcraft, and deliberately creates the impression that she is a necromancer to protect herself, but she doesn't really have any magical powers, although she is an expert on woodcraft and herblore. She's definitely hot.
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler: Everyone in the Ninth Legion dies. Everyone of the picts sent after Dias dies. Pretty much everyone except Dias and Arianne dies.]]
* KubrickStare: Seems to be Etain's only facial expression.
* LostRomanLegion
* MadeOfIron : Getting shot makes Ubriculius only more annoyed and by the end he only dies when running a spear through himself to get the man behind him.
* MadeOfPlasticine: Both the Romans and the Picts.
* MaleGaze: Interestingly inverted: when [[spoiler:Etain]] kills [[spoiler:Virilus]], he's stripped down and she's fully clothed. Her costumes aren't particularly revealing throughout.
* MaybeEverAfter: [[spoiler: Quintus and Arianne]].
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: Played with since one DarkActionGirl on the Picts side is killed fairly simply in the final battle with almost no fanfare at all.
* TheMole: Etain was raised to act as one to the Romans so the Picts could take their revenge.
* NotSoDifferent: The film examines that the Picts and the Romans are hardly that different from each other at all since it ends with [[spoiler: Ariane and Quintus ending up together, who were both branded outcasts by their people]].
* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness : who decides the ultimate fate of the Ninth Legion's legacy.
* OurLadyOfSoundtrackSorrow: And how.
* TheQueensLatin: The Romans have British/Irish accents.
* TheRomanEmpire
* SacrificialLion: General Virilus.
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: Etain
* SceneryPorn
* ShirtlessScene: Quintus spends the first 20 minutes of the film shirtless. Ditto for Virilus when he's tied up in the Picts' camp.
* ShootTheShaggyDog : [[spoiler:Things go badly on the return, just outside of the Roman gate.]]
* ShownTheirWork :
** The armour is accurate for that time in Roman history. So are the gladii, AKA short swords used in the film by the Romans. Except the spears; for some reason they are older thrusting spears (hastae), not period-accurate javelins (pila) which have telltale elongated spearheads.
** The clothing is on par with contemporary depictions of Picts, right down to the Celtic habit of putting white grease in their hair, which was discussed in the journals of Romans who battled the Celts and the Picts.
** Women's status is depicted appropriate elevation for what it was in Pict culture.
** The language choice for the Picts, which would have been an approximation of a Celt break-off language.
** The diversity of the Roman army, which was a amalgamation of various conquered peoples under the rule of the Roman Empire.
** The stones that carry Pictish designs.
** Depiction of Arianne's crannog, 100% accurate for the time period and the region.
** Inscription in the fort found near the end is written in paleographically correct II century roman characters.
* TheSpeechless: Etain [[spoiler:had her tongue cut out by Romans]]
* TranslationConvention: The Scots-Gaelic is meant to represent the Picts' language while naturally the English the Romans speak is supposed to be Latin.
* TokenRomance: Dias and Arianne, though it only ends with a MaybeEverAfter.
* TheUnfought: [[spoiler: Gorlacon, the leader of the Picts.]]
* UnkemptBeauty: Etain. She's played by Olga Kurylenko, after all.
* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Mother]]: [[spoiler: One of Etain's good reason to hate Romans.]]
** Well if you want to be accurate it's: you killed my father, raped and murdered my mother, raped ''me'' and cut my tongue out.
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