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->''"The ancient prophecy: that a girl of ancient name shall become queen, that she shall choose a king, and that together they shall rule our world, and that their son shall rule the galaxy."''

A [[DistressedDamsel princess has been kidnapped]] by an EvilOverlord, her father has been killed by evil minions, and it's up to TheHero to gather a RagtagBunchOfMisfits to save her and avenge his father's death.

Sounds [[StrictlyFormula sickeningly derivative]], doesn't it?

Well just because the plot is a ClicheStorm, [[TropesAreNotBad doesn't mean it's bad]].

Supposedly it was [[SerialNumbersFiledOff originally supposed to be]] the official ''DungeonsAndDragons'' movie (under the title ''The Dragons Of Krull''), but the license was somehow lost before the film was released. But this may simply be a [[BlatantLies persistent rumor]], given that it has been [[http://www.dragonsfoot.org/forums/viewtopic.php?p=506454&sid=2d1b9ed5266c5aa9b2863c456cf6a6b9#p506454 officially denied]] by Creator/GaryGygax himself. ''Krull'' has a similar reputation to ''HawkTheSlayer'', another D&D kind of film; both were made in Britain.

Has nothing to do with the protagonist of Thomas Mann's 1954 novel ''Confessions of Felix Krull''. Or the island state of Krull from ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. Or [[Literature/{{Kull}} Kull The Conqueror]].
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!!!This work provides examples of:

* AlasPoorVillain: Vella the seductress, who [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation depending on interpretation]], either could not kill or seduce Colwyn because she fell in love with him herself or because she could not [[ThePowerOfLove ruin his love with Lyssa]], let alone take the life of [[TheHero a man of such goodness and virtue]]. Either way, hearing her speak of the happiness and hope [[TragicDream she knows can never be hers]], and [[YouHaveFailedMe knowing what fate lies in store for her]], you can't help but feel pity for her.
* AllThatGlitters: Implied as a lesson of the Emerald Seer's when the thieves try and take emeralds from his cave, only to find that outside they're simply [[AllThatGlitters ordinary stones]]. In this case, presumably the real treasure of the seer's cave is knowledge. Unsurprisingly, [[TricksterMentor he seems to have a nice chuckle over this lesson]].
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe
* {{Backstory}}: Ynyr and the Widow's past.
* BigBad: The Beast is both big and bad.
* BinarySuns
* BlackEyesOfEvil: A form of GlamourFailure sported by both the Changeling that replaces the Seer and the seductress Vella.
* BlessedWithSuck: The Cyclopes traded with the Beast: one of their eyes (which is why they only have one now) for the ability to see into the future. The Beast ''did'' give them the ability to see into the future - but they can only see [[YourDaysAreNumbered the moment of their own deaths]]. Using the knowledge to avoid their death? [[YouCantFightFate That just brings a much more painful death.]]
* BlindSeer: The Emerald Seer.
* BreathWeapon: The Beast fires balls of energy from his mouth.
* ButtMonkey: Ergo most of the time, and [[ChewToy is it ever enjoyable watching it happen.]]
* CarpetOfVirility: Ken Marshall had one.
* TheCasanova: Kegan (Liam Neeson), who has a wife or lover in numerous towns ([[UrbanLegendLoveLife or so it is rumored]]). Two wives are known of for sure, and while he never falls prey to OopsIForgotIWasMarried, he does have to do some quick thinking and fancy maneuvering to keep them from finding out about each other.
* ClimbingTheCliffsOfInsanity
* CollapsingLair
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Played with. In the scene when Colwyn retrieves the Glaive from the lava pit, he clearly acts as if there is a great deal of heat rising from the pool, yet is still able to reach in and retrieve the weapon without burning himself or catching fire. However, this is justified by the fact he is [[TheChosenOne the prophesied hero]] who would carry the Glaive, so its magic is implied to protect him from all effects of the lava. So, AWizardDidIt.
* {{Cool Horse}}s: Fire mares.
* CuffsOffRubWrists
* {{Cyclops}}: Rell.
* DealWithTheDevil: The cyclopes, in their backstory. They were once normal humans living on a distant world. They made a deal with the Beast, exchanging one of their eyes for the ability to know the future. The Beast cheated them, however, only allowing them to know the times of their own deaths, and ensuring they will die horribly if they try to resist their deaths.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Ynyr leaves the Widow to go off on his mad adventures, not knowing he had left SomeoneToRememberHimBy. Furious and hurt, she kills their child after it is born. It is to the credit of Francesca Annis and Freddie Jones that the scene revealing this MoralEventHorizon, for which she was consigned to the web, is played with immense sympathy and tragedy thanks to the genuinely pity-inducing punishment she received and her clear regret for her crime.
* DivorcedInstallment: See the description.
* DwindlingParty: As the party nears the end of its quest, several characters start dying.
* EldritchAbomination: The Beast.
* FairytaleWeddingDress: Lyssa's dress, which she ends up wearing for most of the movie.
* {{Fanfare}}: By JamesHorner
* FuumaShuriken: The glaive is a Western example.
* GalacticConqueror: The Beast.
* GeniusLoci: While not strictly alive or even sentient, the Black Fortress does seem to obey the Beast with great alacrity as if it is just an extension of his will--witness how the dome forms around Lyssa, or how the floor just so happens to crack open under the heroes, then close as Colwyn is trying to climb through. [[spoiler: This would also explain why it [[LoadBearingBoss collapses after he is killed.]]]] If it ''is'' an outer manifestation of the Beast's mind, its MalevolentArchitecture would then be not only a typical EvilTowerOfOminousness, but a reflection of its master being an EldritchAbomination (or at least, not thinking or viewing the world at all the way humans do).
* GiantSpider: The crystalline spider guarding the Widow of the Web.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower[=/=]LethalHarmlessPowers: Ergo is able to turn only himself into animals, which is only used for comic relief until [[spoiler:he turns himself into a tiger.]]
* HeroesWantRedheads: Lyssa, TheHero's destined true love, is a redhead.
* HeroicSacrifice: The cyclops, the widow of the web, and the Old One.
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: Ergo changed to a puppy to grant the boy's wish. After changing back, he said it was a stupid wish, although [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold no one is fooled]].
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Very much how the Beast treats Lyssa during her captivity, whether [[ScarpiaUltimatum attempting to woo her]], offering her [[PimpedOutDress gorgeous gowns]] and [[RequisiteRoyalRegalia a floating crown]], or coming right out and telling her WeCanRuleTogether. His objective is to convince Lyssa to willingly betray her love for Colwyn, thus defeating [[ThePowerOfLove the power they share]], which is his only weakness.
* IKnowYourTrueName: Ynyr is able to reach the Widow of the Web by calling her true name, [[spoiler: Lyssa. It is a coincidence that she has the same name as the princess.]]
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: The Glaive, a giant, telekinetic ninja star, with retractable blades. And manually adjustable rotation rate; Colwyn uses it as a rotary saw at one point.
* IneptMage: Ergo. [[spoiler:Until he realizes he doesn't have to polymorph ''others''.]]
* InsignificantLittleBluePlanet: The Beast says that the planet Krull is this.
* IronicEcho: Lyssa's twisting of the Beast's words back to him might be {{Narm}} to some, a delicious CrowningMomentOfAwesome to others who truly believe in ThePowerOfLove.
-->'''Lyssa''': ''Power'' is fleeting. ''Love'' is eternal.
* KillAndReplace: [[spoiler:a shape-shifter kills the Emerald Seer and takes his form to get close to Colwyn and kill him.]]
* KillItWithFire: How the Beast is finally taken down.
* LargeHamTitle: Ergo the Magnificent, Short in Stature, Large in Power, Narrow of Purpose and Wide of Vision.
* LicensedGame: A pinball game, an {{Atari2600}} game, a really confusing arcade game, a [[http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/1626/krull board game containing an plastic-army-man-sized Colwyn and The Beast]], and [[http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/25901/krull-card-game a card game.]]
* LoadBearingBoss: The Beast.
* LoadBearingHero: Rell. [[TearJerker Damn it.]]
* MagicMisfire: Ergo's BalefulPolymorph spells always hit himself.
* MagneticHero: Colwyn made bandits about to rob him do a HeelFaceTurn and join him.
** He also seems to have so much appeal that a woman sent to seduce and trap him falls in love with him at first sight instead.
* TheMagnificent: Ergo, of course. (His "proper", full name is: Ergo, the Magnificent, Short In Stature, Large In Power, Narrow Of Purpose And Wide Of Vision. Though he will answer to just "Ergo" in a pinch.) [[spoiler: He proves he isn't just comic relief in TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon.]]
* MalevolentArchitecture: The Black Fortress.
* MarsNeedsWomen: The alien BigBad, the Beast, kidnaps the hero's fiance. Although it is less that he ''needs'' a woman and more that he wants to deprive Colwyn of his [[spoiler:to protect himself from [[ThePowerOfLove their]] [[KillItWithFire power]]]].
* MeaningfulEcho: "Only the king and his lord marshal carry those keys." The second time he says that, he realizes that Colwyn has made him his lord marshal.
* MenActWomenAre: Lyssa gets kidnapped and provides Colwyn with the drive (and power) to succeed; the Widow provides the information they need to find the Fortress but otherwise does nothing. All other roles are filled by active men (save the Seer).
* MoodWhiplash: From bad to good -- from [[spoiler: another of Torquil's men dying by walls with SpikesOfDoom closing in and the others in general peril]] to Lyssa and Colwyn happily meeting again. Also, a milder example in (paraphrased) dialogue:
-->'''Ergo:''' If I had my wish, I'd be out of this gloomy place...if I'd ''really'' have my wish, I'd be sitting on a gooseberry pie as [[BigEater big as a mountain.]] No, that's a bit greedy...I'll settle for one as big as a house. What'd you wish for, Titch?
-->'''Titch:''' ''(ponders)'' A puppy.
-->'''Ergo:''' Only one? Why not a hundred?
-->'''Titch:''' Only want one.
-->'''Ergo:''' Well, that's a foolish wish...what about you, Rell, what'd you wish for?
-->'''[[TheComicallySerious Rell]]''': ''(gloomily)'' [[YourDaysAreNumbered Ignorance]].
* {{Mooks}}: The Slayers.
** They are very powerful though, easily slaughtering the RedshirtArmy near the beginning of the movie, and even the heroes have a difficult time fighting them. Thus they could be considered SuperSoldiers.
* NothingIsScarier: Thanks to the SpecialEffectsFailure in how the Beast was portrayed, rather like the shark in ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' and the creature in ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' it is more frightening when unseen, only sensed or heard breathing. [[MalevolentArchitecture The unsettling, surreal interior of the Black Fortress]] doesn't help.
* TheObiWan: "The Old One"
** "Well, not as old as all ''that!''"
* ObviouslyEvil: The Beast and the Slayers.
* OffingTheOffspring: The Widow of the Web killed her child.
* OhWaitThisIsMyGroceryList: Ergo does this while trying to find a spell he has written down.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted. [[spoiler:The Widow of the Web shares her name with Lyssa.]]
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler: Near the end, Ergo decides "if my BalefulPolymorph spells always backfire, why not turn myself into a tiger?"]]
* PantheraAwesome: [[spoiler:Ergo turns himself into a tiger to dispatch the Slayers.]]
* PetTheDog: Literally, but inverted: the moment where it's first shown that Ergo has a heart and a more selfless side is when he turns ''himself'' into a dog for Titch to pet and hold.
* PlayingWithFire: [[spoiler:Colwyn does this in the climax with Lyssa's help.]]
* PluckyComicRelief: Ergo.
* PokeInTheThirdEye: The Beast pulls this on the Emerald Seer, shattering his scrying gem in the process. This necessitates the Seer having to travel to the Emerald Temple where he will have enough power to break through the Beast's barriers...[[GenreSavvy a trip during which the Seer just so happens to be very vulnerable]].
* ThePowerOfLove: Which is considerably less metaphoric than in other examples. [[spoiler: Part of the marriage ceremony in this story involves the female taking a literal fire from a ceremonial pool and holding it in her immune-to-this-flame bare hand. Lyssa literally [[ChekhovsGun carries this flame for Colwyn through the entire film]] until the FinalBattle, where it proves to be more than the BigBad can handle.]]
* PreciousPuppies: When the boy mentions he always wanted one, Ergo transforms into a puppy for a few scenes.
* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang: The Glaive. Justified by its supernatural nature.
* PrincessClassic: Lyssa. Though in her opening scenes she shows courage, strength of heart, and more than a little independence (for one thing, it's made quite plain that the alliance by marriage was her idea and she bullied her father into it), and when she is captured it's clearly due to lack of fighting skills and training, not lack of desire to fight back.
* QuicksandSucks: In a surprisingly tense and desperate scene with one of the thieves. Considering this whole moment existed as one big distraction for the Beast to replace the Emerald Seer, the quicksand may well have been magically generated, thus explaining why it didn't act like the RealLife version.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Torquil and his thieves, plus Ergo, Rell, and Titch.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The Beast.
* RedRightHand: Combined with GlamourFailure, the Beast and his servants could take any shape, but their eyes always looked demonic and evil. At least, when they ''opened'' their eyes, or used their powers in any other way. [[spoiler: the one impersonating the Emerald Seer got away with it through the simple expedient of never opening his eyes when the heroes were looking at him, the one trying to seduce Colwyn only blew her cover when she manifested her claws.]]
* RedShirt: All but two of the brigands who join Colwyn, as well as the kingdom soldiers in the first part of the movie.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Colwyn and his father are knights fighting the invaders.
* RuleOfCool: The Glaive, the slayers' weapons, the Black Fortress, the Fire Mares, the twin suns, the cyclops, the translucent giant spider, and a marriage ceremony that gives the groom [[spoiler: temporary but powerful pyrokenesis]].
* RuleOfSymbolism: Colwyn and Lyssa's love [[spoiler:makes a literal flame that can destroy the Beast]]. The Black Fortress (evil) [[ParanoiaFuel can appear anywhere]]. The Widow of the Web's hourglass sands not only can briefly stop time, allowing someone past the spider, but they also [[spoiler:represent the span of her life--and thanks to MindlinkMates, Yynr's too, so that spilling them ends their lives]]. Torquil not wanting to have his manacles removed until the end of the quest (when he'd earned it), only to keep them even after he does remove them as a reminder of the past he'd atoned for.
* SaveThePrincess
* ScienceFantasy: It's basically a fantasy world invaded by high-tech aliens.
* ShapeshiftingSeducer: Or at least ''would-be'' lover, at two points. The Beast assumes Colwyn's form, and at least one of his minions can do so as well [[spoiler: by impersonating the Emerald Seer]]. Whether the Changling sent to "make [Colwyn] betray her; if not, kill him" had a similar ability or was somehow assigned the form is not revealed.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Ergo definitely has shades of this, considering his OverlyLongName is clearly CompensatingForSomething. It turns out by the end, though, that much of this is a pose.
* StreetSmart: Torquil, in spades.
-->'''Torquil''': ''Fame? It's an empty purse. Count it? Go broke. Eat it? Go hungry. Seek it and go mad!''
* SuperSpeed: Fire Mares can travel "a thousand leagues in a day." The definition of "league" differed according to era and location, but it refers to the distance a healthy horse can most efficiently travel in an hour - about five and a half kilometers. Fire Mares thus have a cruising speed of ''231 kph'' or '''143 mph!'''
* SwordOfPlotAdvancement: Colwyn's first task on his quest is to retrieve the Glaive.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: The Black Fortress vanishes from one location during a sunrise and appears in another (never the same place twice), to thwart enterprising young heroes. Figuring out where it will appear next so it can be intercepted is one of the major plot points.
* TooAwesomeToUse: The glaive. The hero is specifically told not to use it until he faces the Beast. Otherwise the movie would just be a long string of monsters getting hacked apart by a flying rotary saw.
* {{Troperiffic}}
* TheWallsAreClosingIn: Includes the [[SpikesOfDoom spiked walls]] version, and a gruesome death for one character who could have escaped but went back for his cherished knife.
* {{Wangst}}: InUniverse it's both justified and defied.
-->Colwyn: "You haven't lost a father, and a bride on the same day!"
-->Ynyr: "Nor have I become ''king'' on that day."
* WomanScorned: The Widow by Ynyr, in {{Backstory}}.
* XMeetsY: ''Star Wars'' meets ''Dungeons & Dragons''.
* YouCantFightFate: Not if you're a Cyclops. Well, you can (as in, [[DoNotGoGentle refuse to go off into self-imposed exile]] to await your foreseen death), but [[FateWorseThanDeath you'll regret it]]. [[HeroicSacrifice Rell doesn't]]--he may regret the pain, but not the reason for it.

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