[[quoteright:216:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/FlashGordon.jpg ''[[PunyEarthlings Pathetic earthlings]]... [[YouHaveNoChanceToSurvive who can save you now?]]'']]

->''FLASH! AAAaaaAAAHHH! HE'LL SAVE EVERY ONE OF US!''

''Flash Gordon'' is a 1980 film from Creator/UniversalStudios based on the ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'' comics and [[Film/FlashGordonSerial film serials]] from the 1930s, with a soundtrack by Music/{{Queen}}.

Unlike most science fiction or fantasy films of the time, it takes a high {{camp}} approach with tongue firmly in cheek, getting high quality theatre actors to deliver [[HamAndCheese large helpings]] [[LargeHam of ham]]. It is also one of the earliest science fiction or fantasy films to have a rock soundtrack, in this case by [[RunningGag Queen]].

Its actual financial success was pants. The only country where it really made it big was the UK, the same country that invented {{pantomime}}, wry humour and the band [[RuleOfThree Queen]], who did the soundtrack. But it was VindicatedByCable in TheEighties, and became a CultClassic (to the point that it figures into the plot of Creator/SethMacFarlane's ''Film/{{Ted}}'', along with the soundtrack by [[OverlyLongGag Queen]]).

Herewith a rundown of the plot, courtesy of the dialogue sampled for the title track of the soundtrack album (by [[OverlyLongGag Queen]]):

-->''"Seemingly there is no reason for these extraordinary intergalactic upsets. Only Dr Hans Zarkov, formerly at NASA, has provided any explanation... This morning's unprecedented solar eclipse is no cause for alarm."''\\
''"What's happening, Flash?"''\\
''"Strange object imaged in the Imperial Vortex."''\\
''"General Kala -- Flash Gordon approaching."''\\
''"What do you mean, 'Flash Gordon approaching'?! ...Open fire! All weapons! ...Dispatch War Rocket Ajax to bring back his body!"''\\
'''''"[[Creator/BrianBlessed GORDON'S ALIVE?!!]]"''' ... ive...ive''\\
''"Flash! Flash, I love you, but we only have fourteen hours to save the Earth!"''

However, merely ''reading'' the above cannot do it justice. Watch the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfmrHTdXgK4&feature=fvwrel music video]] and stand in awe.

Interesting side note: Creator/GeorgeLucas tried to purchase the film rights to ''Flash Gordon'', but Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis was sitting on them. Lucas instead went on to [[StartMyOwn create his own]] [[Franchise/StarWars space adventure flick]], whose success [[FollowTheLeader spurred this one into production]], complete with a soundtrack by [[OverlyLongGag Queen]].

[[OverlyLongGag Queen]]!
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!!The 1980 movie provides examples of:

* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: The scene in which Ming gives Flash a WeCanRuleTogether offer in Vultan's palace is quiet and understated, and practically the only time someone isn't ChewingTheScenery.
* AgonyBeam
* AlienBlood:
** Ming bleeds green, although his daughter Princess Aura doesn't.
** General Kala has black blood.
** After Ming stabs Prince Thun, bright blue blood can be seen on the sword.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Apparently Mongo is an English-speaking world group. The novelization explains that the Mongian language was beamed into our heroes' heads during their trip through the vortex.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Dr. Hans Zarkov is never stated outright to be Jewish, although his memories, seen when Ming's secret police attempts to erase them, and his reference to his study of the Talmud as the reason why that attempt failed, make it pretty clear. Plus, he's played by Chaim Topol. Interestingly, he is also HerrDoktor.
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: Emperor Ming to Dale Arden.
* AnythingButThat: "No! Not the ''bore worms!''"
* BackFromTheDead: Flash himself, after being executed by poison gas. He's saved by a doctor's injection he received beforehand, though Princess Aura pretends that she revived him with a kiss.
* BadassBeard: Prince Vultan.
* BadassBoast: Fico (Richard O'Brien) gets in a good one.
-->'''Flash Gordon:''' Where are the weapons?
-->'''Fico:''' ''(knife in Flash's back)'' Feel one.
* BadassMustache: Barin.
* BaldOfEvil: Prince Ming.
* BatheHerAndBringHerToMe: Both male and female examples.
* BeardOfEvil: Ming, of course.
* BigDamnHeroes
* BigRedButton: Hans Zarkov's spaceship has a Big Red Launch Button.
* BigYes:
-->'''Monitor:''' Hail Flash Gordon. You saved your Earth. Have a nice day.
-->'''Flash:''' ''(tossing away his sword)'' '''YEAH!!!!!!!!'''
-->'''Queen soundtrack:''' ''(STAND FOR EVERY ONE OF US!)''
* BlatantLies: During Princess Aura's torture/interrogation, General Kala...who's basically a {{Dominatrix}}...is whipping Aura's back while the Dr. Doom-ish StalkerWithACrush, Klytus, is grabbing Aura's hair and yelling at her. Quoth Kala, "Tell us! And we won't hurt you any more! ''We don't like doing this at all!'' ". Suuuuuuurrrrrrreeeee.....
* BlackGuyDiesFirst: Prince Thun. The only black speaking character, whose only brief scene, early on, consists of getting skewered with his sword by Ming.
* BloodSport: Vultan's wobbly arena equipped with SpikesOfDoom.
* BMovie: Nothing more need be said than "Flash, I love you! But we only have fourteen hours to ''save the Earth!''". Still you've got to admire Dale's priorities.
* BoisterousBruiser: Vultan. Not surprising, since he's played by Creator/BrianBlessed.
* BondVillainStupidity: Ming personally meets with Flash after he kills [[spoiler:Klytus]] and, instead of dragging him off, makes him a WeCanRuleTogether offer if he will serve Ming or else -- death. Flash refuses and Ming proceeds to leave him on the [[OminousFloatingCastle floating castle]] and return to his ship to bomb the castle, giving Flash time to find one of the Hawkmen's flying vehicles.
* TheCameo: Richard O'Brien ([[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow Riff-Raff]]) shows up as one of the Arboreans. This is, presumably, how he knows about Flash Gordon being there in silver underwear.
* {{Camp}}: The film's scriptwriter was Lorenzo Semple, Jr., who wrote scripts for and was Executive Script Director of the 1960s ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV series.
* CatFight: Princess Aura (after her HeelFaceTurn) and Dale Arden, much to the amusement of everybody watching. Half of it is a pillow fight, too.
* ColdBloodedTorture: "No! Not the [[NoodleImplements Bore Worms]]!"
* CultSoundtrack: Pretty much the entire movie soundtrack by Music/{{Queen}}. Especially the theme song. It's Queen. What do you expect?
-->FLASH! AAAAAAAHHHHH-AAAAAAAHHHHHH! SAVIOR OF THE UNIVERSE!
* DaddysLittleVillain: Princess Aura, until redeemed by the love of a good man.
* DamselOutOfDistress: Dale graduates to ActionGirl territory in her escape from Ming.
* DarkChick: General Kala.
* DeadlyGas: Flash is apparently executed with poisonous gas.
* DeadpanSnarker: Klytus.
* DeathByAdaptation: Prince Thun. In the comics, he's a full-on character with a story arc and everything, but here, he's sadly reduced to a [[KickTheDog dog for Ming to kick]].
* DeathsHourglass: When Flash is in Ming's dungeon, Klytus shows him an hourglass and tells him that he has until the sands run... up.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Flash and Barin.
* DemotedToExtra: The Frigians. We don't have time for everybody from the comics.
* DisintegratorRay: The flying robot in Ming's palace uses one to destroy an escaping lizard man and the pistol in Dr. Zarkov's pocket.
* DistressedDude: Flash in little leather shorts strapped to a chair....
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: At the start of the Arborian Male-Coming-Of-Age Ceremony (with the wood-beast), the men pound large staffs on the ground while one of them does panting noises. It goes at a faster pace into a ''climax''. [[EatingTheEyeCandy "I love initiations!"]] says Aura.
** Also, when Dale's captive in Ming's bedroom, she is served a drink that makes her "time with Ming more agreeable". It's also apparently alcoholic. As part of her escape plan, she talks a handmaiden into drinking the stuff until she passes out with, "C'mon, this is ''quality stuff!''".
* DoubleEdgedAnswer: Emperor Ming offers to give Earth to Flash to rule.
-->'''Flash''': You'd call off the attack? ... Everyone would be saved?
-->'''Ming''': Yes, and no. After the earthquakes and tidal waves, they won't be the same human beings. They'll be more tractable. Easier for you to rule, in the name of Ming.
* TheDragon: Klytus to Ming, General Kala to Klytus.
* DuelToTheDeath: Between Flash and Prince Barin.
* EarnYourHappyEnding
* {{Egopolis}}: Mingo City
* TheEighties
* EightiesHair: Ohh boy...
* TheEmperor: Ming the Merciless.
* TheEmpire: Mongo
* TheEndOrIsIt: The film ends with a close-up of Ming's ring, lying where it fell as he died -- then a gloved hand picks it up, Ming's laughter is heard, and the words THE END? appear. [-'''''HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!'''''-]
** As it turns out, they originally had three films planned, with a script for the second and a treatment for the third, but after the first bombed so badly at the box office, the others were never made.
* EnemyMine: Princes Barin and Vultan ''hate'' each other at first. Only Flash is able to convince them to team up and fight Ming.
** After the day is won, Vultan is quick to note that Barin is the rightful heir to Mongo, ending any leadership squabbles before they can arise.
* EvilGloating
* EvilLaugh
-->'''Klytus:''' Will you destroy [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet this... Earth?]]
-->'''Ming:''' [[ButForMeItWasTuesday Later!]] I like to play with things awhile... before annihilation. '''''HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!'''''
* EyeScream: Klytus' eyeballs bugging out of his mask when he dies. Yucko!
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Flash goes to his execution calmly.
* FallingIntoTheCockpit: Flash. (Stand for every one of us!)
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Klytus.
* {{Fanservice}}:
** Aura, Dale, Ming's handmaidens, and every other female in the film.
** Flash's ''very'' little leather shorts in the execution scene. There's something for everyone!
* FemmeFatale: Aura, though she does a HeelFaceTurn.
* FighterLaunchingSequence: Hawkmen vs. War Rocket ''Ajax''.
* FinishHim: Voltan to Flash, during Flash's DuelToTheDeath with Prince Barin. Flash is [[TakeMyHand too heroic to let Barin fall]] out of the sky.
-->'''You've won! Let him go.'''
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Flash
** TheLancer: Barin
** TheBigGuy: Vultan
** TheSmartGuy: Zarkov
** TheChick: Dale
** SixthRanger: Princess Aura
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Dale's brief moment of {{Badass}} is foreshadowed in the tribute scene: she must've been a cheerleader in high school and college.
** The brief superimposition we see of Ming charging right at Flash and Dale from the fireball of death as they are being transported via airplane to Dr. Zarkov.
* ForGreatJustice: Vultan
* ForTheEvulz: "I like to play with things awhile... before annihilation."
* FrickinLaserBeams: But of course. It's cheesy SciFi action, it's practically a law.
* FutureSpandex: Both General Kala and Princess Aura wear lycra/spandex costumes.
* GalacticConqueror: Ming the Merciless' reveal that he threatens whole star systems with destruction definitely places him on this level. He is also referred to as the Emperor of the Universe and the Galaxy.
* GasMaskMooks: The soldiers in Ming's palace.
* GenderFlip: Kala, who in the comics was a ''male'' fishman, is here a female general who looks basically human.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: When Ming "tests" Dale with his ring (complete with ForcedPerspective), he's ''clearly'' forcing her to have an ImmodestOrgasm. If ''that'' weren't enough, you have ''this'' exchange:
-->'''Ming:''' ''(fascinated)'' Did you ever see such... ''response''?
-->'''Klytus:''' No. Truly. [[ParentalIncest She even rivals your daughter.]]
* GladiatorGames: Vultan forces Flash and Barin to fight it out in a spinning arena.
* GoGoEnslavement: Dale.
* GroinAttack: One of Ming's goon squad to Flash before the "football game" begins.
* HamToHamCombat: Every single scene with any dialogue. Period.
* HandInTheHole: In Arboria, with the woodbeast.
* HeelFaceTurn:
** Aura: Realizing that Ming allowed Klytus to torture her.
** Barin: Flash showed Barin ThePowerOfFriendship. Also, DefeatEqualsFriendship.
** Vultan: Vultan hates Ming, and Flash's open defiance of Ming shows him there's still a chance to overthrow him.
* HeroicSacrifice:
** Zarkov intends to kill Ming with his pistol ("One life for billions? A fair trade."), but Ming's security bot vaporizes it while in his pocket.
** Prince Thun intends one. He fails.
** Flash intends one, piloting War Rocket ''Ajax'' into Ming's ceremony. Even Vultan thinks Flash will be a martyr, pronouncing that today would forever be known as Flash Gordon's Day. Flash quotes Zarkov's earlier line about one life for billions.
* HerrDoktor: Hans Zarkov.
* HighHeelFaceTurn: Princess Aura
* HighlyConspicuousUniform
* HonorBeforeReason: Dale refuses Aura's offer of a poison she can give Ming on their wedding night, because [[IGaveMyWord she has promised to be a good wife]] to Ming in exchange for his sparing Prince Barin and Dr. Zarkoff.
-->'''Aura''': My father has never kept a vow in his life!
-->'''Dale''': I can't help that. Keeping our word is one of the things that make us better than you.
* HumanAliens: The people of Mongo, as well as the Arboreans. This is almost true of the Hawkmen, as well.
* HumansAreSpecial: Aside from Ming viewing them as a threat due to Zarkov attempting to stop the disasters with a single rocketship, the latter also tells Dale he never got brainwashed due to focusing on human songs and thoughts. Hence he was never really under Ming's control later in the film and simply acted as if he was..
* HypnoRay: Ming's ring.
* HypnotizeThePrincess. Ming does this to Dale Arden, and apparently his own daughter!
* HypnoTrinket: Ming's ring
* IconicOutfit:
** Ming's.
** The "FLASH" T-shirt, a copy of which was [[http://www.absoluteradio.co.uk/images/galleries2/20110804/1312471986_flash_freddie.jpg worn by]] [[Music/{{Queen}} Freddie Mercury]] himself in videos and concerts.
* IGaveMyWord
* IgnoredExpert: Hans Zarkov warning about an attack from space.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: "Prepare her for our '''pleasure!'''", also Ming's "wedding vows" on the trope page.
* IKnowMaddenKombat: Flash uses football tactics to beat up a bunch of imperial guardsmen.
* ImpairmentShot: Flash's vision ''clears'' from blurred as Zarkov tosses him a football, which allows him to mop the floor with Klytus' soldiers.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice:
** [[spoiler:Klytus]] on a bed of spikes.
** [[spoiler:Ming]] on the nosecone of a rocket.
* InsignificantLittleBluePlanet:
-->'''Ming:''' Klytus, I'm ''bored''. What plaything can you offer me today?
-->'''Klytus:''' An obscure body in the SK system, Your Majesty. The inhabitants refer to it as the planet... Earth.
-->'''Ming:''' How peaceful it looks... ''(activates button marked EARTH QUAKE)''
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: Prince Vultan to Flash before Flash's suicide run.
* ItsUpToYou: "Flash! I ''love'' you, but we only have fourteen hours to save the Earth!"
* JoinOrDie: Emperor Ming offers to let Flash join him and rule the Earth under Ming's control. If he refuses, he will be killed.
* JustInTime: To save the Earth -- down to the second! Apparently a little impalement did the trick.
* LabcoatOfScienceAndMedicine: Zarkov and Munson both have one of these. Given that the science they're engaged in mainly requires looking at radar screens and printouts -- except whenever they assembled that rather nifty rocket, which would have been better done wearing overalls -- there can be no other reason for their labcoats than to visually label them "scientists."
* LampshadeHanging: When Flash declares that he needs to save his friends and stop Ming, Princess Aura snarks about him saying that to Ming's daughter.
* LargeHam: Enough ham to end hunger in a medium sized third world nation. Special mention goes out to Creator/BrianBlessed's Prince Vultan.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Vultan's refusal to help Flash ends up with his city being destroyed and forcing him into exile in his hated enemy Barin's planet.
* LastRequest: Klytus asks if Flash has "any final requests" before his execution.
* LohengrinAndMendelssohn: Played with. A ''rock cover'' of the Lohengrin chorus plays in Ming's wedding scene.
* LoveDodecahedron: As in [[ComicStrip/FlashGordon the comics]], Barin loves Aura, who lusts after Flash, who loves Dale.
* MadScientist: Zarkov, who can't understand why NASA fired him or why Flash and Dale seemed frightened of him...
* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: Princess Aura, though Ming is a Mad Emperor rather than a MadScientist.
* MadeOfEvil
* MagicCountdown: The timer that shows how long is left before the Earth is destroyed.
* MaskPower: Klytus.
* MentalPictureProjector: The Mind Probe/Memory Eraser also functions as a way of projecting memories on a screen.
* MindProbe: "We're going to empty your mind as we might empty your pockets... ''doctor''."
* {{Mondegreen}}: Many people think Vultan is screaming, "DIEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!", not "DIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE!" Both work, though. Later in the battle he actually does yell "DIEEEE!!" in the same way while fighting.
* MoodDissonance: The wedding of Ming and Dale:
** Instead of the white dress she'd been put in earlier, she's now wearing a black empress getup covered in sequins.
** "Here Comes The Bride" as an electric guitar rock riff with dirge undertones. And the war rockets flying by in the background towing signs:
--> ''ALL CREATURES WILL MAKE MERRY...''\\
''...[[HappinessIsMandatory UNDER PAIN OF DEATH]]''
* MoralEventHorizon[[invoked]]: In-universe. Aura states that she never truly understood how evil her father was til he allowed Klytus to torture her, especially considering Klytus was Aura's StalkerWithACrush who was getting some petty revenge for her sleeping with ''everyone'' but ''him''.
** The real tipping point appears to be Ming allowing Klytus to use creatures called "Bore Worms" on her. Until that point, she was more angry than frightened about the whole incident.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Barin's reason for entrapping Flash into a deadly ritual. He realizes he underestimed Flash after he successfully passes the test twice, refuses to keep alternating with Flash - essentially forcing him to to the test over and over til he dies.
* MusicOfNote: With a soundtrack by Music/{{Queen}}.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailer makes it look like Ming faces off with Flash using his ring. [[spoiler: In the film he just turns it on himself and is vaporized]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Ming claims to only destroy planets that are advanced enough to realize his attacks aren't natural disasters. If his claim is true, and he's not just doing whatever he feels like, it's Zarkov's own attempt to contact whoever was launching the attacks that nearly dooms the Earth.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: General Kala orders Zarkov to be programmed with high-level information about Mongo's technology and security systems, thus equipping him with all the knowledge he'll need to assist the revolution. Downplayed in that he was getting information programmed into his mind ''anyway'', just not as much (the programming is literally numbered, and Kala was told to use a lower number rather than not programming Zarkov at all).
* NoExceptYes:
-->'''Vultan''': WHAT IS THIS?\\
'''Zarkov''': [[HumanityEnsues Humanity.]]\\
'''VULTAN''': MADNESS!
* NoIndoorVoice: Ming, Vultan, and Kala are the main offenders.
* NoodleImplements: Those gosh-darn bore worms!
* NotableOriginalMusic
* NotSoDifferent: When Klytus is probing Hans Zarkov's brain to learn more about humans, he sees images of Adolf Hitler and WorldWarTwo. He then comments that "now... ''he'' had potential" as he watches those scenes play out.
* OminousFloatingCastle
* OneWomanWail: The "Aura Revives Flash" song.
* OnlyMostlyDead: Flash. (King of the Impossible!)
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Aura crying because she was betrayed by her father, who allowed Klytus to torture her with TheDreaded NoodleImplements, is what convinces Dale she's being honest.
* ParentalIncest: Ming's fixation with his daughter - and with torturing her - edges into this territory.
** All but stated outright in the novelization when Aura pouts to Ming about 'missing their closeness.' They're into bondage too. ''Triple'' {{Squick}}
* PistolWhipping: Dale Arden takes out a couple of Ming's guards this way.
* PlanetaryRomance
* PleasurePlanet: Princess Aura had her personal pleasure moon, Cytherea.
* PopStarComposer: Just in case the movie ''itself'' wasn't campy enough for you, it's got a soundtrack by Music/{{Queen}}'s Brian May.
* PragmaticAdaptation: Some of the planets and creatures were cut out, but are at least mentioned, and ones that are featured get major focus. The main story beats are all hit.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Both the Hawkmen - a race of WingedHumanoid Vikings - and the Arborians - basically a race of RobinHood people.
* PstandardPsychicPstance: Dale does this during the telepathy sequence between Flash and Dale.
* PsychicStatic: Dr. Zarkov uses this tactic to resist memory draining.
-->'''Zarkov:''' As I was going under, I started to recite [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]], Literature/TheTalmud, the formulas of [[UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein Einstein]], anything I could remember, even a song from Music/TheBeatles. It armored me, girl. They couldn't wipe those things away. You can't beat the human spirit.
* PublicExecution: Flash's "death" by lethal gas by order of Emperor Ming.
* PunyEarthlings: Pathetic earthlings, who will save you now?
* RaceAgainstTheClock: Flash must stop Emperor Ming before the Moon crashes into the Earth.
* RaygunGothic: The [[ComicStrip/FlashGordon source material]] is one of the {{Trope Codifier}}s, along with ''ComicStrip/BuckRogers'' and the ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' series, so it's preserved here.
* ReallyGetsAround:
** Princess Aura.
** Ming is a male example.
* RedSkyTakeWarning
* RefusalOfTheCall: Zarkov's assistant, Munson, who balks at being shot into space. [[spoiler: He gets killed because he ran away.]]
* RemovableTurretGun: Prince Barin takes one away from one of Ming's {{mooks}} and uses it to {{Shoot Out the Lock}}s and go through doors.
* RetroRocket:
** Zarkov's ship
** War Rocket Ajax with its swept wings, pepper-shaker body, and nice pointy spike...
* SameLanguageDub: All of Sam J. Jones' lines were dubbed by an uncredited actor whose identity remains a mystery to this day.
* SceneryPorn: The swirling background colors that accompany Flash's entire voyage to Mars.
* SecretTest: Emperor Ming puts the entire human race through one of these, or so he claims. More likely, he's just bored and evil.
* SequelHook: ''Someone'' picks up Ming's ring.
* ShirtlessCaptives: After Flash is taken into custody, he is next shown in the dungeon, wrists shackled to the ceiling, shirtless.
* SheFu: Dale gives a startling display of this during her escape from the palace.
* ShootOutTheLock: Prince Barin does this several times with a RemovableTurretGun he took away from one of Ming's {{mooks}}.
* [[{{ShoutOut/Film}} Shout Out]]:
** Two from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' (1939).
*** While Flash was in Ming's dungeon.
---> '''Klytus''': You have until the sands...run up.\\
'''Dale:''' It won't turn over! It won't turn over!
*** After General Kala is killed, her body melts in much the same way as the Wicked Witch of the West did after Dorothy "liquidated" her.
** The execution, during which [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow Flash Gordon is there in silver underwear]]. Made all the more evidently deliberate by the casting of Richard O'Brien as one of the Arboreans.
** In the scene where Princess Aura first appears she tells her dwarf servant "Come along, Fellini", a reference to the famous Italian film director Creator/FedericoFellini.
* SingleBiomePlanet: At least two of the moons of Mongo fit this trope, and the clues are in their names. Arboria is a Jungle/Swamp Planet and Frigia is described as an Ice Planet.
* SleevesAreForWimps: Flash, of course! Also, Vultan.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Wonderfully idealistic.
* SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace: In probably the most kickass manner yet.
* TakeMyHand: Flash does this for Barin at the end of their duel.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Barin. You have to be handsome to play Film/JamesBond, after all.
* TapOnTheHead: Vultan to Ming's goon squad and Hans Zarkov to Flash.
* TechnicolorScience
* TheCakeIsALie: Ming promised Dale that if she married him, he would spare Barin & Zarkov (Flash was presumed to be killed when Ming blew up the Hawkmen's floating city). However, during the wedding, General Kala broadcasts to the people of Mongo that "all channels" will show "for your entertainment" the execution of Barin & Zarkov.
* TheyCalledMeMad: Dr. Zarkov is a rare heroic example.
* TitleDrop: All the damn time of course, but particularly notable is Flash's coffin after his execution, which bears the movie's logo.
* TitleThemeTune: By Music/{{Queen}}.
* TooKinkyToTorture: Princess Aura according to Klytus; obviously subverted in reality.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: Dale, Flash and Zarkov are brought to Mongo where they save the Earth. In the end, they are still in Mongo and Dale asks if they'll ever get home. "I don't know but we'll try," says Zarkov. Barin instead offers for them to stay.
* UniversalDriversLicence: Flash using the Hawkmen rocketcycle and piloting War Rocket Ajax.
* VillainousRescue: Barin saves Flash from being eaten by a swamp creature so ''he'' can off him.
* WatchingTheReflectionUndress: In the scene after Flash is revived, Princess Aura tells him to change into a noble's uniform and turns around. However, she uses a mirror to watch Flash while he undresses.
* WeAREStrugglingTogether: This is why Ming isn't overthrown; the races of Mongo are busy fighting amongst themselves.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Ming offers Flash rulership of the Earth in Ming's name at one point.
* WhipItGood: Flash and Barin duel with whips in one scene. Luckily, DefeatMeansFriendship.
** Aura's torture before the bore worms got in on the action.
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: Basic human emotions have been driven out of Mongo by Ming, where honor, justice, even ''crying'' have been forgotten and replaced by constant violent bickering and infighting, stirred up by Ming.
-->'''Aura:''' Look! Water is leaking from her eyes!
-->'''Ming:''' It's what they call "tears". It's a sign of their weakness.
* WorldOfBadass: Mongo.
* WorldOfHam: Mongo again. Creator/BrianBlessed is just ''one'' of its many hammy kings.
* YeahShot:
-->'''Monitor:''' Hail Flash Gordon. You saved your Earth. Have a nice day.
-->'''Flash:''' ''(tossing away his sword)'' '''YEAH!!!!!!!!'''

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[[TheStinger Queen.]] '''''FLASH!'''''