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->''"The courage of an eagle, the strength of a panther and the power of a God. The epic adventure is back like never before!"''
-->-- '''{{Tagline}}'''

A 1982 fantasy movie from Don Coscarelli, starring Marc Singer in the title role, that became best known for its [[VindicatedByCable repeated late-night airings on cable, in particular]] Creator/{{TBS}} and {{HBO}} [[VindicatedByCable throughout the 80s and 90s]]. [[note]] Both channels respectively got the [[FanNickname Fan Nicknames]] of "The Beastmaster Station" and "Hey, Beastmaster's On.". [[/note]]

Maax is a twisted cult leader out to steal the throne of King Zed. Banished by Zed for his treachery, Maax sends one of his three witches to steal Zed's unborn son, ripping him right out of his mother's womb with magic and placing it a cow's womb. Before she can finish the job, a brave hunter killed the witch and rescues the young boy, naming him Dar. Dar and his adoptive father find out at a young age that Dar possess the [[FriendToAllLivingThings power to communicate with animals]]. When Maax sends his horde of thugs to wipe out Dar's peaceful village, Dar sets out to defeat Maax using his powers and avenge his people and foster father.

Marc Singer returned as Dar in two sequels, ''Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time'' (1991) and the DirectToVideo ''Beastmaster 3: The Eye of Braxus'' (1997). In addition, there is also a re-cast [[{{Series/Beastmaster}} television series]] that qualified as a somewhat [[VindicatedByReruns vindicated-by-reruns]] show.

!!''The Beastmaster'' has examples of:

* AnimalEyeSpy: Dar is able to see through his hawk's eyes.
%%* BarbarianHero: Dar
%%* BattleButler: Seth
%%* TheBeastmaster: Guess
* BigBad: Maax, the EvilSorcerer terrorizing the land.
* BigDamnHeroes: The Bat People, when they show up at the end in time to save the city.
* {{Butterface}}: The witches in the original movie have extremely sexy bodies and horrible melted faces.
* CelebrityParadox: The second movie shows just how ''silly'' it is to avert this trope. As Dar is in a car driving down the street, they pass a movie theater that is debuting ''Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time.'' Dar is as confused as the audience.
* CoversAlwaysLie: Creator/NoriyoshiOhrai got a bit carried away. [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/9120653@N06/4276445530/ This movie is not as awesome as it looks.]]
%%* {{Cult}}
* DarkIsNotEvil: The bat people (who get a BigDamnHeroes moment when they show up at the city just in time to make a difference)
* DecapitatedArmy: Inverted. [[spoiler: The evil barbarians Maax allied with come to attack the city after he dies]]
%%* DistressedDamsel: Kiri
%%* EliteMooks: Death Guards
%%* EvilIsHammy: The evil god Braxus in the third film.
%%* EvilLaugh
* FanDisservice: All over the place, but particularly with the grotesque witches.
* FishOutOfWater: The key premise of ''Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time''; ValleyGirl meets BarbarianHero in a fantasy world, and BarbarianHero teaming up with ValleyGirl in RealLife.
* FollowTheLeader: The film is clearly imitating the success of Arnie's run as ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982'', hence why it disposes of all of the plot Andre Norton's ''science-fiction'' novel, which involved a clash between settlers on a human colony world and the local natives, investigated by the Beastmaster (named Hosteen Storm, not Dar.) About the only thing that remains is a guy with a psionic link to a hawk, two ferrets (meerkats in the original book) and a large cat.
%%* FriendToAllLivingThings: Dar
%%* HeroesWantRedheads
%%* HeroicSacrifice: Dar's pet dog is hit with an arrow during the attack on his village and uses the last of his strength to drag him to safety. [[spoiler:Kodo]]
* TheHorde: The tribe who allies with Maax
* {{Jerkass}}: King Zed towards Dar, until he realized he's the son he lost.
* JobTitle
%%* KissingCousins
* LoinCloth: Dar's standard dress.
%%* MageInManhattan: Arklon in the second movie.
%%* MsFanservice: Kiri.
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: Sadly averted. Sultan, the tiger who played Ruh in the first movie, died two years later due to [[EpicFail being poisoned by the dye they used to make him appear black]]. As a result, the sequel featured a tiger without dye.
* NoisyNature: Kodo and Podo are ferrets. Ferrets don't make anything ''approaching'' the sounds that the animals in the film make.
* NonIndicativeName: The subtitle of the sequel is ''Through the Portal of Time'' despite the fact that Kyranna explicitly states that it's a dimensional portal and no time travel is involved.
%%* PantheraAwesome: Ruh.
* PowerPerversionPotential: Dar commands his ferrets to steal the clothing (if it can be called that) of a nubile bathing beauty, luring her into the woods so he can pretend to scare off his own panther in a not-so-elaborate plan to seduce her.
* TheRemnant: [[spoiler: The army that attacks at the end]]
%%* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Kodo and Podo, hands down.
* RightfulKingReturns: Subverted a bit, Dar hands the job to his younger half brother.
%%* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
%%* ScaryBlackMan: Seth in a thong
%%* SecretLegacy: Dar
%%* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: [[spoiler:Kodo and Podo's kids]]
* SureLetsGoWithThat: When Dar has his hawk companion rescue a young child from the evil priest's sacrificial fires and flies her away to safety. The priest, after a second of thought, cries out that this is indeed an omen that the deity wants child sacrifices.
* SurpriseIncest: The LoveInterest is the [[KissingCousins cousin]] of the the hero's younger brother. Whether the couple are actually blood relatives, and to what degree, is not made explicit; the implications are not explored in the film
%%* {{Team Pet}}s
* TheTheTitle
%%* {{Thud and Blunder}}
%%* TheTimeOfMyths
* TooDumbToLive: The heroes find out Maax knows of their surprise attack. Seth tries to talk King Zed out of leading the attack, but he wouldn't listen as he wants revenge for the loss of his son. The resulting CurbStompBattle happens between scenes.
* VillainousRescue: The bat people as mentioned under DarkIsNotEvil. Although they will eat random people, they rescue Dar in a BigDamnHeroes moment because he is a Beastmaster and therefore commands the hawk whom they worship.
* VillainsBlendInBetter: Played straight in the second movie, but justified; Arklon can MindRape locals on present-day Earth to gain knowledge of how society works. Dar is every bit the confused hero, prompting both the police and animal control to come after him.
* VirginSacrifice: Kiri is supposed to be one.
* WeaselMascot: Kodo and Podo. It certainly helps that they're ''adorable''.
* {{Wicked Witch}}es: Their faces aren't much to look at but they certainly have nice bodies.