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->''"Men are haunted by the vastness of eternity. And so we ask ourselves: will our actions echo across the centuries?"''
-->-- '''Odysseus'''

The 2004 movie version of the legend of the TrojanWar, starring Creator/BradPitt as [[NighInvulnerable Achilles]], Creator/EricBana as [[BadassNormal Hector]], Creator/OrlandoBloom as Paris, Creator/DianeKruger as Helen, Creator/BrianCox as Agamemnon, Creator/PeterOToole as Priam, and Creator/SeanBean as Odysseus in one of his rare not-dying role.

The film is not technically an adaptation of Creator/{{Homer}}'s ''Literature/{{Iliad}}'', despite common misconceptions, as it takes material from other sources as well: the movie covers the entire story of the Trojan War, from the abduction of Helen to the TrojanHorse and the [[WatchingTroyBurn Sack of Troy]], whereas the ''Iliad'' deals only with a single episode of the war, the wrath of Achilles and the deaths of Patroclus and Hector. While the ''Iliad'' covered only a few weeks of the war, in the process of adapting [[CompressedAdaptation ten years of war]] to the screen, the film deviates from the plot of the Literature/TrojanCycle in terms of [[DeathByAdaptation who dies when]] in the EnsembleCast, and focuses more on Hector (who many see as the HeroAntagonist of the story).

Other differences include the [[{{Demythtification}} downplay of supernatural elements]], and Achilles is made into a more honorable (and sometimes womanizing) character instead of a brooding {{jerkass}}. While it doesn't try to claim it is "[[BasedOnATrueStory The True Story]]" of the Trojan War, it is portrayed in a fairly realistic fashion as such that it may very well have happened in a similar way. Achilles is ShroudedInMyth as being demi-god but it is later clarified to not be the case, he is merely an [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower exceptionally powerful]] human.
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!!Tropes! Take them! They're yours :

* AchillesInHisTent: Achilles is extremely pissed off with this version's Agamemnon, refusing to fight until Briseis is returned to him. He spends his time sulking, in an actual tent.
* AchillesHeel: As a {{Handwave}} to the myth, though Achilles dies after being shot repeatedly in the chest by arrows, he pulls them all out before he dies...except the very first one, to his heel. It is also this very injury to his heel that slowed him down, allowing Paris to shoot Achilles repeatedly.
* AdaptationDistillation: Critics of the film often overlook the fact that [[BroadStrokes it's a mythos]] with a few basic elements (such as Achilles' death and the location of his [[ForMassiveDamage weak spot]]) and [[AlternateContinuity variant "sequels" exist]] that kill off different characters. Most of the events of the movie happen either before the ''Iliad'' begins or after it ends, not in the ''Iliad'' itself. The gods [[StatusQuoIsGod manipulate the outcome]] of various battles to keep most of the Greek warriors from dying before the end, and their fate is only politely foreshadowed.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Paris, of course! The evil-hearted coward of the original mythology has now been replaced by a good-hearted coward.
* AdaptationalVillainy: While not exactly a NiceGuy in the original poem, the film goes to great lengths to portray Agamemnon as little more than a pure evil, mustache twirling tyrant with no redeeming qualities beyond a genuine love for his brother Menelaus, who is not portrayed in the best light either.
* AfterActionVillainAnalysis: The Trojan priest says this when they find the beach abandoned. ([[TrojanHorse It's a Trap]].)
-->Plague! Don't get too close, my lord.
-->'''King Priam:''' What happened here?
-->'''Priest:''' They desecrated the temple of the gods, and Apollo desecrated their flesh.
-->'''Glaucus:''' They thought they could sack this city in a day. Now look at them... fleeing across the Aegean.
* AnachronismStew:
** As a movie adaptation of the stories was rather inaccurate, being a [[{{Demythtification}} "historical interpretation"]], but one particularly egregious point was that the filmmakers put a llama in the city of Troy. Llamas, of course, being native to the Americas and could not have been in Troy at any time in the past.
** The Trojan War takes place in the Bronze Age but there are several weapons in the film that didn't exist until the Iron Age or later.
* AnnoyingArrows:
** Ajax, who simply snaps the arrows and keeps on.
** The first shot goes into the heel, but Achilles gets right back up. [[WhyWontYouDie It's the five arrows after that that do the trick]], but he pulls them out one after another before finally keeling over so when Greek soldiers find him, the only arrow in his body is the one just above his foot.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: In this adaptation, both Paris and Patroclus would qualify as this to their older brother and cousin respectively.
* ArmorIsUseless: Mocked by Achilles. A boy comes to his tent to tell him that Agamemnon is calling for him and starts gushing about how amazing Achilles is, saying "they say you can't be harmed in battle," to which Achilles responds "then I wouldn't be bothering with the shield, would I?"
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: The Troad is not nearly as desert-like (or smooth) as seen in the film.
* AwardBaitSong: "Remember" sung by Josh Groban and composed by James Horner, who pretty much deals in these.
* BadassArmy: The Myrmidons, Achilles elite fighters. Who spend much of their time doing nothing because Achilles is sulking.
* BadassBack: Achilles deflects an arrow to the back ''without looking''.
* BadassBeard: Glaucus
* BadassBoast: Achilles to Hector; see ToThePain, below.
* BerserkButton: The younger cousin of Achilles, Patroclus, is definitely this. After learning of the boy's relation, Hector's facial expression says enough about what his fate will be once Achilles learns of [[spoiler:his cousin's death at Hector's hands]]. He guesses right....
* TheBerserker: Ajax
* BigBadassBattleSequence: Several. First is when the Greek army takes the beach of Troy, second is the battle that occurs at the gates of Troy around halfway through the film, and lastly, the fall of Troy at the end of the film could possibly count.
* TheBigGuy: Ajax
* BoisterousBruiser: Menelaus
* BreakoutCharacter: Hector. While the film is often heavily criticized, one of its selling points is that it diverts from Hector's characterization in the original epic poems where he resorts to stealing, bragging about people he's murdered, and runs from Achilles at their final engagement to the point where the gods themselves have to convince him to fight. In this film, however, he is loyal, level headed, kind, noble, and remarkably down to earth. It is easy to see why everyone is so upset when [[spoiler: he dies fighting Achilles.]]
* BroadStrokes: The classic tale by Homer has Achilles and Paris die before the Greeks even penetrate Troy. However since the creators cast Brad Pitt as Achilles, the hero of the film, he doesn't die until the very end. This change allows no fewer than four characters who were supposed to die or be captured to escape.
** Technically this is true to the ''Iliad'''s portrayal, since the book is all about Achilles and Hector, and ''Literature/TheIliad'' ends with Hector's death.
** Also, many scenes in ''The Iliad'' were altered, such as the scene with Achilles chasing Hector around the city walls until Hector decided to stop running and fight Achilles. That scene probably wouldn't have fit the tone.
** Several of the characters changed: Agamemnon and Menelaus were not the stock villains they're portrayed as, and escaped the wrath of the gods or women at least until they got home in Agamemnon's case; Hector would have let Paris die, not saved him, because of his sense of honor; Ajax was a civil defensive fighter, not a barbaric berserker.
*** [[NamesTheSame One of the Ajaxes]] was a berserker at one point, but it's not the one who shows up in the movie. He did, however, go berserk at one point and [[ItMakesSenseInContext slaughter an entire flock of sheep]].
** Also: Achilles wasn't a [[NayTheist misotheist]], he honored the Gods; Patroclus was ''older'' and wiser than Achilles (''Iliad XI, 780-790''), not his whiny baby cousin, and the latter was famous for being among the youngest warriors in the war. And Hector actually tried at great lengths to desecrate Patroclus' corpse throughout the battle. (When Patroclus died the fight actually continued, and wasn't suddenly canceled like a football match).
*** Achilles' soldiers fought tooth and nail to defend Patroclus' body. They were driven off long enough for the body to be looted, but fought their way back to claim the actual corpse.
* TheBrute: CanonForeigner Boagrius
* ByronicHero: Achilles
* CaliforniaDoubling: Set in Greece and Turkey, shot in Malta and Mexico.
* CallThatAFormation: Averted. In the battle [[spoiler: following Menelaus' death, the disorganized Greeks basically lose because they can't break the Trojan ranks.]]
** Averted by the Trojans in general, but the Greeks tend to play it straight.
* CassandraTruth: Inverted (!) by the Trojan priests, who always give exactly the wrong advice and are always believed. [[FridgeBrilliance Interestingly]], their [[PrescienceIsPredictable prophecies are always]] [[LiteralGenie literally true]]! [[TheCassandra Cassandra]] herself does not appear ([[CompositeCharacter merged with]] Briseis.)
** Amusingly subverted in the actual myths, as the priests actually foretell that the TrojanHorse will be the doom of Troy. Poseidon, being on the side of the Greeks, "shuts up" the priest [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laoco%C3%B6n_and_His_Sons Laoco÷n]], and the Trojans swiftly take the horse inside to avoid being next to feel the god's wrath.
** Played straight with Hector.
* CastingGag: Sort of. Menelaus is played by Brendan Gleeson, a native of Dublin, Ireland. In the 1956 film Film/HelenOfTroy, Menelaus is played by Niall [=MacGinnis=] who is also a native of Dublin, Ireland. Both men are red haired, muscular and were in their forties when they portrayed the Spartan King. Gleeson does seem to bear quite the resemblance to [=MacGinnis=]. It seemed Wolfgang Petersen had been inspired by the Robert Wise film more than just a little.
* ChekhovsSkill: The movie shows that Paris is hopelessly outmatched in sword and shield combat, but he is an excellent archer.
* ChewingTheScenery:
** "I will '''smash''' their walls to the ground... if it costs me ''40,000'' Greeks! [[TemptingFate Hear Me, Zeus!]]"
** Cox's Agamemnon [[SlouchOfVillainy swans around]] in the kind of crazy-colored vestments favored by overweight middle-aged fiber artists, leaving half-chewed crumbs of scenery in his wake. At one point a character scolds, "You can't have the whole world, Agamemnon. It's too big -- even for you!" But Cox [[ChewingTheScenery gnaws so relentlessly]] at everything around him, you're sure he could [[PlanetEater nibble it down to size]] in no time. -- ''Stephanie Zacharek, Salon''
* CoitusEnsues: Achilles and Briseis.
* CombatByChampion: Achilles vs. Boagrius, Paris vs. Menelaus. The ''Iliad'' is TropeCodifier of this one.
** Subverted with Paris vs. Menelaus, as both Menelaus and Agamemnon make it clear they are going to sack Troy after the duel anyway. Hector is [[GenreSavvy well aware of this]] and lists it as reason to not have the duel.
* CompositeCharacter: Briseis. She's combined with Chryseis, Cassandra, and Clytemnestra. Paris gets Laoco÷n's lines at the end of the film, and most of the competing Greek heroes such as Diomedes are not seen.
** Hector with advice-giver Polydamas, which actually makes Hector even more tragic because while in the book, Hector dies as an indirect result of NOT taking Polydamas' advice, while in the movie he dies because everyone else doesn't take HIS advice.
* CompressedAdaptation: the entire ten years of war appear to take place in less than a fortnight.
** Which is a little more accurate to the source material in some ways. The ''Iliad'' itself only deals with four days near end of the war. For the first 9 years and a bit, the Greeks mostly attacked the surrounding cities that were allied with Troy, and dealing with the unfavorable winds and such.
* ContinuityCameo: Paris hands off the sword of Troy to an escaping [[Literature/TheAeneid Aeneas]], to the delight of Latin geeks in the audience... though Aeneas is a random teen civilian in the movie instead of a Trojan warrior. For bonus points, Aeneas is also guiding his aged father. His wife is nowhere to be seen, but maybe he already lost her.
* CoolOldGuy: Glaucus, second-in command for the Trojan armies.
* CostumePorn: The men have kickass armor and [[SheCleansUpNicely often clean up nicely]], but the women naturally get pounds of jewelry. Helen's circlet of golden laurel leaves is especially notable.
* CoupDeGrace: Achilles vs. Hector; [[ThwartedCoupDeGrace attempted]] by Menelaus.
* CurbStompBattle (Menelaus vs. Paris)
** Averted with Achilles vs. Hector. Hector is clearly outclassed and knows it, but is the only character in the entire film to even come close to wounding Achilles in hand to hand combat. At one point he manages to scratch Achilles' breastplate causing the Greek to look astonished, implying no one had ever managed that before.
** Achilles vs. Boagrius. [[SingleStrokeBattle That's if you can even call it a battle]].
* DeadUnicornTrope: The Trojan Horse.
* DeadpanSnarker: In a movie with Odysseus in it, can anyone else possibly deserve the DeadpanSnarker label?!
** Hector (to a degree) is the only one to give sound military advice and point out the flaws in the plans of everyone else. When all of Priam's generals are standing up and saying how the gods favored them, Hector says something along the lines of: "We are really outnumbered, and considering Achilles cut off the statue of Apollo's head and he didn't react, I really don't think the gods are going to fight this one for us."
** Odysseus definitely earns it as well (and also gives sound military advice), he's just in the film less than Hector. Sean Bean manages to convey snark without speech, making silly faces at Achilles while people pay homage to Agamemnon.
** Odysseus has the most snarky line in the movie: 'The men believe we came here for Menelaus' wife. We won't be needing her any more.'
** Achilles is pretty snarky himself in this adaptation. Not as snarky as Odysseus, mind you, but he has his moments.
* DeathByAdaptation: Agamemnon, who in the original myths ends up going home with Cassandra as his slave, only to be killed by his wife.
** Menelaus' death is even more {{egregious}}, as all the myths make him survive the war and go back to Sparta with Helen, having a [[BabiesEverAfter daughter]] after their return. It's easy to see why they changed it, though.
** Ajax, too. In the poem, he actually kills himself out of shame for having slaughtered a flock of sheep (believing it to have been Odysseus, Agamemnon, and other leaders who had agreed to give Odysseys Achilles' armor).
* DeathByWomanScorned: Agamemnon; see Awesome/{{Troy}} for details.
* DemotedToExtra: Lysander. He has just enough dialogue with Hector to indicate that most of his scenes were left on the cutting-room floor.
* {{Demythtification}}: Portrayed as more of a "what inspired the legend" reenactment. Gods are kept on the down-low here, although Achilles claims to have [[NayTheist seen them]].
-->'''Messenger Boy:''' They say your mother was an immortal goddess. They say you can't be killed.
-->'''Achilles:''' I wouldn't be [[FridgeLogic bothering with the shield then,]] would I?
** In ''Literature/TheIliad'', Achilles's mother is a river goddess. In this film, she's a woman of questionable sanity who ''believes'' she's a river goddess. We're never quite sure [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane whether she really is a goddess or not]].
** Myths say Priam infiltrated the Greek camp because the god Hermes guided him. Here its because he knows the lay of the land better than the Greeks.
* DeusExitMachina: Achilles sulks in his tent for half of the story.
* DiamondsInTheBuff: Paris gives Helen a necklace while she is otherwise nude.
--> [[Creator/CleolindaJones *Your own joke about pearl necklaces: inserted here*]]
* DirtyCoward: Paris. He instigates a war, volunteers to fight as the [[CombatByChampion Champion]] to end said war quickly, and then runs away after losing the fight. His lust and cowardice ultimately cause his entire city to burn.
* DoomedByCanon: The fact that Paris ''[[CreatorsPet didn't die]]'' was what really hurt some fans of Hector. (He didn't even get mortally injured!) Of course, Hector kind of ''has'' to die before him....
* DropTheHammer: Ajax.
* DuelToTheDeath: Hector vs. Ajax, Hector vs. Patroclus dressed as Achilles, Hector vs. Achilles.
* ElCidPloy: As in the ''Iliad'', Patroclus pulls one by pretending to be Achilles.
* EnsembleCast
* EpicMovie: The poster art says it all.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: [[spoiler: Agamemnon is genuinely devastated by the death of his brother Menelaus]].
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Brad Pitt as Achilles, ''in-universe'' example.
* FamedInStory: Take a wild guess.
* {{Fanservice}}: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana and Orlando Bloom all get some glistening, well-muscled [[ShirtlessScene shirtless scenes]], and most of the male cast wear [[DangerouslyShortSkirt Dangerously Short Tunics]] during their fighting scenes. The guys get (an almost nude) Creator/DianeKruger, RoseByrne and Saffron Burrows.
** The extended cut shows off more, particularly Diane Kruger.
* TheFatalist: Achilles, among others.
-->'''Achilles:''' The Gods you speak of -- I've met them. I'll tell you a secret: The Gods envy '''us'''. They envy us because [[WeAreAsMayflies we're mortal]] -- because any moment might be our last. Everything is more beautiful ''[[YouCannotChangeTheFuture because]]'' [[YouCannotChangeTheFuture we're doomed]]. You will never be lovelier than you are now -- ''and we shall never be here again.''
* AFatherToHisMen: Both Achilles and Hector.
* TheFilmOfTheBook
* FlauntingYourFleets: the scene of the allied Greek fleet.
* FoeTossingCharge: Ajax vs. horse. Any horse.
* GiantMook: Boagrius! Played by Nathan Jones, who seems to specialize in this.
* TheGoodChancellor: Nestor
* GreyAndGreyMorality: Neither side is particularly virtuous, with Agamemnon simply using Helen to justify the war and Menelaus clearly cared for her only as a trophy wife while Paris was a scrupulous womanizer who knew what the consequences would be for taking Helen. Much of the Trojan royal court and military is dismissive of the war and the fact of people dying just because they believe the Gods will allow them to win. Hector and Odysseus are the only people who come across as noble and respectful at all times, while Achilles is generally portrayed as better than most of the royal Greeks.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: It is repeatedly emphasized that Achilles and Patroclus have a close relationship because they are COUSINS. Which they were in the ''Iliad'', too. Whether or not the two were actually lovers in a sexual sense has been controversial for 2,400 years, in a debate that goes back at least as far as Classical Athens.[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achilles_and_Patroclus#Classical_and_post-Classical_views_in_antiquity]]
** Regardless of the intent of the source material, the movie's slightly awkward belaboring of the point that they're COUSINS DAMMIT falls squarely under this trope - since the goal seems to be to avert even the possibility that they could be less than 100% heterosexual.
** Technically, they were half-cousins.[[note]]Through the nymph Aegina, who was Achilles' great-grandmother as well as Patroclus' grandmother; and Patroclus was the older one.[[/note]] It just [[AnythingThatMoves didn't matter to the Greeks]]. Achilles' womanizing is also accurate to the original stories, where much of the plot is motivated by Achilles' [[MemeticSexGod desire for various women]] as well as men: he lusted after Penthesilea, Queen of the Amazon women from Ethiopia, in a subplot that shall sadly be missed.
* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: Averted, for the most part, then enforced when Achilles fights Hector, as the former knows the latter killed his cousin because said cousin was disguised as Achilles. As they're squaring off, Achilles removes his helmet with, "'''Now''' you know who you're fighting."
* HeroOfAnotherStory: [[Literature/TheOdyssey Odysseus]], [[CaptainObvious obviously]].
* HonorBeforeReason: Priam (and to a lesser extent Hector). This is really in the culture. On the flip side, Paris did Menelaus a ''massive'' dishonor by ''stealing his wife'' while a guest in his home.
* {{Hubris}}
* IdiotBall: The Trojan priests.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: "Perhaps I'll have her [[BatheHerAndBringHerToMe give me a bath]]."
* ImplacableMan: Ajax with a shield.
* InformedAttractiveness: Inevitable, since an actual, you know, ''human being'' got cast as [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman Helen of Troy]] (in this case, Creator/DianeKruger). Nobody thinks she's ''un''attractive, but opinions on her vary from "drop-dead gorgeous" to "lovely, but [[CaptainObvious she'll probably disappoint SOMEONE]]."
** Creator/DianeKruger is lovely but Helen of Troy was more than a face. She was a woman of considerable wit and charisma as well - at least in the Iliad.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: One of the more well done parts of the film is Achilles as this trope. He is arrogant, often rude, selfish, and impatient, but on the other hand, he genuinely seems to respect women (or at least Briseis), he values honor above all, and he cares about the men who serve alongside him and under his command. The character is actually much more sympathetic than in the source material it takes its inspiration from.
* TheJuggernaut: Achilles.
* KillMeNowOrForeverStayYourHand: Achilles to Briseis. More like "kill me or have sex with me, your choice." Seeing as it's Brad Pitt her choice was not surprisingly the latter.
* KnightTemplarBigBrother: Both Achilles and Hector to their younger cousin and brother respectively.
** Achilles doesn't take his eventual failure of this trope very well at all.
* LargeHam: Brian Cox out-hams Brendan Gleeson. He taught an entire generation of filmgoers how to spell [[SayMyName AGAMEMNON!]] by helpfully shouting it at key points in the film. [-Not a [[RuleOfCool complaint]], mind you...-]
** In interviews, you can see him grinning [[ChewingTheScenery like a kid in a candy store]] throughout the shoot. Though some of his lines are straight from the ''Iliad'' itself.
** Don't forget the moment right after Menelaus dies. You can see Brian Cox's face almost literally turn about eight shades of red as he [[SkywardScream screams]] for his soldiers to fight.
* LastStand: Glaucus.
-->Soldiers of Troy! To LEAD you men has been my '''Honah!'''
-->[[TheGrimReaper The boatman]] waits for us! Let's make him wait... a little '''Longah!'''
* LeeroyJenkins: Technically, Achilles and the Myrmidons do this when the Greeks first reach Troy. They're awesome enough that, despite a copious helping of HollywoodTactics, they actually ''succeed.''
* LockAndLoadMontage: Achilles and Hector prepare to battle each other. Doubles as a ShirtlessScene.
* MercyKill: Hector vs. Patroclus after he discovers it's not Achilles. This is a bit of ValuesDissonance from the ''Iliad'', where Patroclus is older and Hector attempts to steal Achilles' armor!
* MickeyMousing: James Horner's score during the climactic duel; Gabriel Yared's rejected score during the first fight.
* MisplacedWildlife: In the scene where the Trojans first flee from the Greeks into the city, you can see one handling a pair of South American llamas. FridgeLogic sets in when you realize that the film was shot in Malta and Mexico, where llamas are not native, either - meaning that someone actually went deliberately looking for llamas for... [[EverythingsBetterWithLlamas some reason.]]
* MovieSuperheroesWearBlack: Technically an example since the Epic Hero is the ancestor of the Super Hero. In the myths, Achilles is stated to wear gold armour. Here it is black.
* MythologyGag: Toward the end of the movie, Odysseus realizes that the story of this war will be a story told and retold forever...and he wonders briefly if anyone will ever tell ''his'' story. [[Literature/TheOdyssey Well...]]
* NayTheist: Achilles (film only). See The Fatalist, above.
* NighInvulnerable: Achilles.
* NoBisexuals: Achilles was [[AmbiguouslyGay Ambiguously Bi]] in the original story, to the point of LampshadeHanging; a not-so-uncommon thing with Ancient Greek warriors. The film downplays his relationship with Patroclus and plays up his relationship with Briseis.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: As a review on IMDB put it, "Congratulations Sean Bean, for making me realize Odysseus was actually a native of Sheffield." But no one else in the cast seems to bother, either. Weirdly, it still kind of works - the most jarring voice is that of American Brad Pitt, compared to his [[TheQueensLatin mostly British]], Scottish, Irish, and Australian co-stars.
** It is not like the target audience (and probably not anyone else) actually has the slightest idea what Bronze Age Greeks sounded like, and American actors trying to sound like modern Greeks would have just been absurd.
** Achilles having the sole American accent actually works, as it helps mark him an outsider to the other Greeks.
* OffhandBackhand: Achilles' fighting style.
* OneManArmy: Achilles' [[DuelingMovies 300-esque]] assault on the beach. Of course, it's freaking ''Achilles''.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Sort of. "Go back to your woman and tomorrow we'll have our war... It's too early in the day for killing princes."
** Basically, he was averting an anticlimax.
* OnlySaneMan: Hector on one side, Odysseus on the other. They only meet for about fifteen seconds, but the respect is instant.
** Especially Hector, who seems to be the only Trojan with any idea of what ''real'' tactics in such a war would be. Any time his fellow Trojans decide to do something stupid because of 'favorable omens', he seems to be fighting the urge to {{Facepalm}}.
** Paris takes up his brother's mantle later, being the one who advises Priam to just burn the Trojan Horse. [[CassandraTruth Of]] [[ForegoneConclusion course...]]
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: [[ContinuityNod Aeneas]] is just a teen, which is why he flees with the [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement Sword of Troy]] rather than protect Troy to the end. In the Iliad, he was Troy's best warrior after Hector and [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse his fate is unknown]], leaving room for a SequelHook in ''Literature/TheAeneid''.
* PetTheDog: After demonstrating just how much of a JerkAss he can be at his worst (by showing the least possible respect to an opponent who fought honorably), Achillles lets King Priam take back Hector's body, give him a proper burial and promises that no Greek will attack Troy for the 12 day funeral rites to be properly performed. He also tells the King that Hector was the best warrior he had ever fought and frees Briseis to him.
* PrescienceIsPredictable: "One day I will look upon your corpse and smile!" Also, Achilles' mom, the sea-nymph Thetis. And the [[IdiotBall Trojan priests]], [[ExactWords oddly enough]].
* PreventTheWar: Paris and Helen try to defuse the conflict by personal duel and just giving herself up, respectively. Sadly the war is politically motivated rather than over honor.
* PunchClockVillain: Achilles
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "Immortality! Take it! It's YOURS!!!!"
** Then Every... Son of Troy... [[LargeHam Shall DIE]]!!
** But the GODS... Favor ONLY!! THE STRONG!!!
* TheQueensLatin: With the exception of Achilles, who has a peculiar mid-Atlantic accent, fully enforced. Eric Bana and Rose Byrne don't seem to be using their native accents either.
* RapePillageAndBurn: "BURN! BURN TROY!" Troy gets this treatment at the end.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: A brief one: after curb-stomping Paris in their one-on-one duel and watching him try to crawl away, Menelaus looks up at the walls of Troy where Helen is watching and shouts, "Is ''this'' what you left me for!?"
* RealityEnsues: Paris thinks that he can beat Menelaus in a duel because of the love he and Helen share (or something like that). The old but incredibly strong and experienced war veteran beats the shit out of the wimpy spoiled prince.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Achilles goes on one of these against Hector after learning of [[spoiler:Patroclus's death]].
* RousingSpeech: Each of the major characters gets at least one, even Glaucus. Well, except Paris.
* RuleOfCool: Historically inaccurate, but what the heck.
* SadlyMythtaken: Sort of. While the Greek gods don't appear directly as in the original, the statue of Apollo looks distinctly Mesopotamian.
** Probably referencing Greece's relative cultural dependence on Egypt at the time; Troy was a Hittite dependency, and we don't know if it was a "Mycenaean" kingdom or not. You'd think the Greek structures would look more like those of Knossos, though.
** The carved statues outside of the Temple of Apollo are Egyptian right down to the pastiche beards: interestingly, they're still done wrong, as their left feet are shown to be forward, signifying divine mortals instead of gods.
* SayMyName: "AGA-memnon!" "Ach-ILLES!"a
** "Hector! Hector! Hector!"... and on and on.
* SceneryPorn: The city of Troy before the war begins... just beautiful...
* SenselessSacrifice: Averted for that very reason. Helen is so overcome with grief and guilt at how many soldiers of Troy have died, that she attempts to give herself up while the Greeks are still on the beach. Hector points out to her if she did, the Greeks would still sack Troy anyway. So she should go back to Paris.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Achilles. He seems to have found a way to cope with it, but mentions that he sees his victims waiting for him in the Underworld in his dreams.
* ShiningCity: Troy, especially during Helen's arrival.
* ShirtlessScene: You could say there was... one or two.
** Wait, does a leather breastplate count as a shirt?
* ShoutOut: Now, it's kind of a given that the original Achilles was smitten with glory and fame and all that but Achilles' repeated declarations of immortality and posthumous recognition seemed to have been put there mostly for the savvy viewers' benefit.
* ShroudedInMyth: Most of Achilles' origins is fabricated.
* SillyReasonForWar: "I suppose [[ThePowerOfLove love]] is a better reason than all the rest."
* SingleStrokeBattle: Achilles vs. Boagrius (almost everyone he fights, really.) [[UnflinchingWalk Then he walks away]].
* SkywardScream: Agamemnon's Signal: To charge [[spoiler:after seeing his brother get killed]].
** Priam WatchingTroyBurn. "Have you no honor? [[HonorBeforeReason Have you no HONOR!!!"]] [[spoiler: and then dies by being stabbed in the back.]]
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Paris and Astyanax
* SpiritualSuccessor: This movie to the miniseries HelenOfTroy.
* SwordAndSandal: Wolfgang Peterson said he wanted it to be a throwback to classic sword-n-sandal films like ''Film/{{Spartacus}}''.
** And it was a success up to a point. LargeHam, Badass fights, stars in period clothing. Just needed some writing polish.
* SwordFight: Considered one of the best Sword Fights on film (Achilles vs. Hector) even by people who [[IReadItForTheArticles hate the film]].) And the spear duel that preceded the sword fight was pretty memorable too.
* SwordOfPlotAdvancement: The Sword of Troy.
* SticksToTheBack: Achilles' shield, most of the time. The movie may actually [[http://www.salimbeti.com/micenei/shields1.htm be right about that one]].
* TeethFlying: Paris manages to knock a tooth loose from Menelaus, the only good jab he gets in the fight.
* [[FinishingMove Trademark Finisher]]: Achilles' "Superman jump."
* TrojanHorse: Check. In this version it's made out of the charred remains of a trireme, so it has a DarkerAndEdgier look.
** Minus the charring, that's pretty much where the lumber is always said to come from. The empty ships that the diminished number of Greeks couldn't sail home.
* TemptingFate
* ThisLoserIsYou
-->'''[[NoNameGiven Boy:]]''' The Thessalonian you're fighting... he's the [[GiantMook biggest man]] I've ever seen. *I* wouldn't want to fight him....
-->'''Achilles: ''And that is why no one will remember your name.'''''
-->'''Boy:''' ''(looks teary-eyed at the camera [[OneSceneWonder for the last time]] as Achilles rides off)''
* ThwartedCoupDeGrace: Menelaus vs. Paris.
* TooDumbToLive: Achilles is warned that he shouldn't offend the Sun God known as Apollo. Seconds later, he decapitates the Statue of Apollo, which shows the god as an archer. If the viewers [[FridgeBrilliance imagine that the Gods are actually influencing the events of the movie]], then Achilles pretty much signed his death warrant, resulting in Apollo using Paris's arrows to kill Achilles. Sure took his time, though.
* ToThePain: Achilles' [[Awesome.{{Troy}} promise]] to Hector.
* UnflinchingWalk: Achilles after dispatching enemies; he doesn't look back. See SingleStrokeBattle.
** Prone to breaking out the walk in mid-battle during the lulls, too.
* WatchingTroyBurn: TropeNamer.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Achilles.
* WarWasBeginning: Opens over a map.
* WhatTheHellHero: Hector gives a scathing one to Paris for taking Helen with him without considering the consequences.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: [[OnlySaneMan Hector]] explicitly commands the archers not to fire on Achilles when he rides up to Troy's walls alone, a completely exposed target.
** {{Averted}} by Paris, [[ForegoneConclusion of course]].
* WideEyedIdealist: Paris.
* TheWorfEffect: ''Inverted'' with Boagrius, who shows up only to prove how badass Achilles is.
* WorldOfHam: Peter O'Toole, Brian Cox, Brendan Gleeson and even Brad Pitt all seem to be competing in a scenery-devouring contest.
* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman: Subverted in that Agamemnon is not so much interested in Helen as he is in Troy.
* WorthyOpponent: Hector considers Achilles to be this. [[UnknownRival Achilles does not agree]] until later. Also Hector vs. Ajax (in ''Literature/TheIliad'').
* YouCantFightFate: Lampshaded.
** [[ThereIsOnlyOnePossibleFuture There Is Only One Possible Outcome]] in a Greek story. Even if you have American actors, or conflicting source material, the narrator and characters in each version of the story will agree that ''their'' outcome could not have happened any other way, and the characters forsee it. See TheFatalist, above.
* ZenSurvivor: Achilles. "At night, I see the faces of all the men I've killed. [[GhostlyGoals They're waiting for me]] on the other side of the River Styx. They say, '[[WorthyOpponent Welcome, Brother]]'."
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