->"I think this video is ultimately, in its own way, a tribute to [[TheEighties 1980s]] action films. There was this really cool era of films that came out after 1979, you know, after [[Creator/StevenSpielberg Spielberg]] had come out with ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' and ''[[Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind Close Encounters]]''. This is the story of the people who were [[FollowTheLeader trying to be]] Creator/GeorgeLucas and Creator/StevenSpielberg with a tenth of the budget, and came up with the craziest, weirdest ScienceFiction films. They were American movies like westerns and science fiction, but usually funded by some European arms dealer, and [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs directed by a crazy, completely coked-out director.]]"
-->-- The director, '''Joseph Kahn''', describes the video's influences

'''[[http://www.knightsofcydonia.com Knights of Cydonia]]''' is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knights_of_Cydonia#Music_video music video]] from the band Music/{{Muse}}. The video is a six minute CattlePunk film, complete with beginning and ending credits.
* Low quality: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3Yc3HhSl1Q YouTube]].
* Medium quality: [[http://www.knightsofcydonia.com official site]] (shortened, no credits).
* High quality: [[http://vimeo.com/26689532 director's uncut version]].

It features a BadassLongcoat in the Old West, kung-fu, laser guns, {{laser blade}}s, dirt-bikes, execution by hanging, androids & robots, birds of prey, seduction, a holographic rock band, Communist imagery, and a heroine in a ChainmailBikini on a unicorn. It ends with the hero using a CD to kill the corrupt sheriff, then riding into the sunset on a motorcycle.

It is apparently set in a gold-rush town named after the Martian region of CydonÓa--or possibly a gold-rush town ''in'' the Martian region of CydonÓa.

Not to be confused with Creator/TsutomuNihei's new ongoing series ''Manga/KnightsOfSidonia'', which has fewer cowboys and more HumongousMecha.

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!!This video provides examples of:

* AfterTheEnd: Implied by the Statue Of Liberty sticking up in the middle of a desert. Also, the BigBad is seemingly worshiped for having a car.
* AnachronismStew: The video mostly appears to be in the wild west but as stated, there are holograms, lasers, robots, and 1970's era cars and motorcycles.
* BadassLongcoat: The main character and villain sport long coats and are quite skilled at martial arts.
* BringIt: The hero makes this motion while fighting mooks.
* ChainmailBikini: The love interest appears in one during a hallucination.
* ChekhovsGun: The Muse CD [[spoiler: provides the hero with the tool needed to deflect his laser]].
* ConceptVideo: The video takes the form of a cheesy 70's B-movie.
* CrossingTheDesert: The hero is banished to the desert and has to make his return.
* EpicRocking: Muse's general style.
* GreatBallsOfFire: The hero strikes a fighting stance called "Flaming Energy Ball".
* HesBack: The hero makes a grand BigDamnHeroes moment at the end.
* HeroicBSOD: But he ends up seeing [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs his girlfriend in a metal bikini on a white unicorn]], so we're good.
* HolographicTerminal: The jukebox creates a hologram of Muse. The CD seems to be capable of doing this on a smaller scale.
* HollywoodMirage: The hero drinks what he believes is water... it isn't.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: The Evil Sheriff is killed by his own laser blast when it was reflected by a disc.]]
* LaserBlade
* LecherousLicking: The villain licks the love interest... a lot.
* LockAndLoadMontage: This is done at the beginning when the hero gears up and before the climax after being banished to the desert. In both instances, he is getting ready to fight the villain.
* TheManTheyCouldntHang: The love interest is almost hanged near the end.
* MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours: Unfortunately for the hero, this is invoked when he first goes up against the villain.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: The hero is a laser-dueling, martial arts mastering, cowboy on a motorcycle.
* PaintingTheMedium: A camera crew can be seen reflected in the mirror.
* [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny People's Republic Of Socialist Romanistan]] is credited as the location of filming.
* RefugeInAudacity: The video is so out there in StylisticSuck that it is really awesome.
* RuleOfCool: The purpose of the video.
* SchizoTech: We have lasers and robots amongst old cars and a Western setting.
* ShootTheRope: The way the love interest is saved from hanging.
* ShoutOut: See below
* SlapSlapKiss: A very literal invocation thereof.
* SpaceWestern: Emphasis on the Western.
* SpaghettiWestern: Obviously, there are strong elements of this throughout.
* SurrealMusicVideo: If you've read this far, you'll know why.
* StockPunishment: The hero is placed in the stocks as children ComeToGawk and throw feces at him.
* TrainingMontage: The hero receives one in the desert from a series of experts.
* {{Troperiffic}}: It seems to be on a mission to cram as many tropes into six minutes of music video as possible.
* {{Unicorn}}: One is seen in the desert.
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Works that the video references include:

* Franchise/StarWars: Weird sci-fi bar, robots in the desert, lasers, the hero becoming more powerful through mystic-mumbo jumbo... yeah, it's all there.
* Film/TheMatrix: The hero dodges laser blasts with moves akin to Neo.
* Film/{{Westworld}}
* Film/MadMax
* Franchise/TheLoneRanger: The hero's costume at the end is almost identical.
* Film/{{Batman}}
* Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic: The robot resembles a Cylon.
* ComicStrip/BuckRogers: Wilma Deering's white LatexSpaceSuit.
* Series/KungFu: The idea of martial arts in a standard Western setting.
* Franchise/{{Zorro}}: The mask that the hero wears resembles Zorro's mask.
* Manga/DragonBall Z: The hero briefly takes a stance similar to Goku's signature kame-meha wave attack.
** Franchise/StreetFighter: The attack is called [[KamehameHadoken "Flaming Energy Ball"]].
* Film/{{Legend}}: The unicorn is shot in a similar fashion.
* Film/{{Maverick}}: There is a brief poker scene. Apparently, the hero is very good.
* WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal: The love interest's metal bikini closely resembles one worn by a character in this film.
* Film/TheSearchers
* Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes: There is a half-submerged Statue of Liberty in the sand.
* Film/TheDayAfterTomorrow: Ditto.
* Film/BladeRunner: The unicorn imagery and jukebox tech resembles imagery form this movie.
* Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly: The hero staring down the villain just before their last shoot out.
* Theatre/RichardII: The lyrics borrow directly from Richard's act V soliloquy
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