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->'''Sonja:''' No man may have me, unless he's [[BestHerToBedHer beaten me in a fair fight]].
->'''Kalidor:''' So, the only man that can have you, is one who's trying to kill you. That's logic.

'''''Red Sonja''''' is a 1985 film based on [[Comicbook/RedSonja the Marvel comic book series]], starring Brigitte Nielsen and Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger.

After her family is slaughtered by the evil Queen Gedren, woman named Sonja is empowered by a mysterious being so that she can seek revenge. She gets her chance when the Queen steals a powerful object named the Talisman, and she is tasked to destroy it. She is joined in her journey by Lord Kalidor and Prince Tarn and his aide Falkon, the remnants of a fallen kingdom.

!!This film has the examples of:

* AsYouKnow: The movie starts out with the title character laying barely conscious in a field as a mysterious spirit grants her the power to get her revenge, but first it explains Sonja's own backstory to her in great detail. It's especially awkward because it presumably all happened to her moments before the movie started, and involves her [[RapeAsBackstory being raped]] and having her family killed off, which are things you'd think she wouldn't need (or want) to be reminded about.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Queen Gedren doesn't shy away from combat.
* BadWithTheBone: Falkon's weapon of choice.
* BadassBoast:
-->'''Brytag:''' I will tell the future in your entrails, Red Woman!
-->'''Sonja:''' I know my future. You have none.
* BestHerToBedHer: The character is the former TropeNamer. The film provides the page quote.
* BigBad: Queen Gedren.
* BillingDisplacement: Arnold is featured more prominently in the posters and the like, despite playing a secondary character.
* CaptainErsatz: Kalidor to [[Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982 Conan]], to the point where he's played by the same actor as Conan.
* CaptainObvious: Sonja is weeping over her sister, who's just died. Kalidor leans down, touches her lightly on the shoulder and says, "She's dead."
* DisneyVillainDeath: Gedren falls into a river of lava after she is stabbed by Sonja.
* EnigmaticEmpoweringEntity: The spirit that grants Sonja's strength in the opening.
* {{Flynning}}: Subverted; Sonja shows the prince why this wouldn't really work in a real fight.
* GiantMook: Brytag, one of the many men who falls by Sonja's sword.
** KingMook: Except, he's not a mook, he's their king.
* HandsOnApproach: Sonja with young prince Tarn.
* HarmfulToTouch: The Talisman can only be touched by women. If a man touches it, he will instantly disintegrate.
* InventionalWisdom: The TrapDoor through which Falkon falls leads to the Gedren's mooks' mess hall, for some reason.
* MechanicalMonster: Sonja and co. fight one on their journey to Gedren's castle.
* MinorInjuryOverreaction: When Sonja accuses Gedren of slaughtering her family, she dismisses the accusations as from her point of view, the victims' lives are nothing in comparison with a minor scar Sonja made on her cheek.
* MookLieutenant: Ikol.
* OffWithHisHead: Sonja decapitates Gedren's court wizard after he tries to kill her.
* ProtagonistTitle
* PsychoLesbian: Gedren doesn't take rejection too well, as Sonja's dead family can attest to.
* RapeAndRevenge: Half of Sonja's motivation. The other half is her dead family.
* RedHeadedHero: Make that heroine.
* RibcageRidge: Used as a bridge over a river of lava.
* ShootTheMageFirst: In the climax of the film, Sonja is fighting Queen Gedren. Every time she gets close enough to attack, a {{Mook}} teleports Gedren away and Sonja has to chase her down again, while the mage uses Voodoo-like magic to cut Sonja with a dagger. After this happens two or three times, Sonja has enough and chops the guy's head off.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To Arnold's ''Conan'' films. More exactly, it is a spiritual successor to ''Film/ConanTheDestroyer''.
* StatuesqueStunner: Brigitte Nielsen, aside from being a looker, is 6'1 and it shows.
* TakeOverTheWorld: What Gedren plans to do with the Talisman.
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