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* AccidentalAesop: (Taken from AccidentalAesop page) The film adaptation of 300 is often interpreted to glorify secular, westernized countries standing against the religious extremism and intolerance of the Middle East. However, some critics pointed out that in the film, Persia is a massive, wealthy and culturally diverse empire bent on expanding its influence throughout the world, while the Spartans are a small group of dedicated, zealous fighters who are willing to break the rules of war and martyr themselves to resist the invaders. Some viewers interpreted Persia as representing the United States and Spartans representing the terrorists.
* AdaptationDisplacement: The comic was not very well known before the film came out.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeArt: The comic book contains some of the best art Creator/FrankMiller ever drew. The coloring also falls under this.
* {{Big Lipped Alligator Moment}}: While the movie is not very historically accurate, most of the time you are able to nod and think, "Ok this didn't happen, but it's relatively realistic." Then suddenly a demonic, obese, executioner with claws for arms shows up to "discipline" Xerxes' generals. And it's never brought up again.
* {{Designated Hero}}es: Ordinarily, you wouldn't be rooting for a side that glorifies warfare, practices eugenics, is profoundly tribal/racist, kills diplomats and [[LeaveNoSurvivors systematically kills wounded and those attempting to surrender]]. But ordinarily, [[InvokedTrope the story isn't told by the admiring products of such a side.]] Luckily, they didn't even try to tackle the slavery issue. [[ValuesDissonance The fact that there really wasn't a side in this war that didn't practice these things also helps.]]
* {{Designated Villain}}s: The Persian soldiers are even repeatedly mentioned to be nothing more than [[PunchClockVillain slaves]] forced by their fear of the king to fight.
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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff:
** The movie was a ''massive'' hit in Greece and cultural neighbor Cyprus, probably because it depicted Greeks as total badasses.
** It's also extremely popular with the European Far-Right for less wholesome reasons.
* GratuitousSpecialEffects: This movie makes heavy use of prosthetics, GreenScreen and lots of CGI. The same battle was depicted in the movie ''The Three Hundred Spartans'' decades earlier with little more than fancy costumes and prop swords. The comic is comparatively more realistic with its visuals.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** An in-story example: "We will fight in the shade."
** Also, the movie did that to ''Film/TheManWhoSavesTheWorld'' due to Leonidas having a very similar appearance to the main villain in that film.
** Queen [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/d3/Gorgo_1961.jpg Gorgo]]
** It's hard to take many previous works with phrase [[YoureInsane "This is madness!"]] seriously anymore due to the ''300'' film.
** Leonidas isn't the only [[VideoGame/GodOfWarSeries Spartan]] with an affinity for making gods bleed.
* HoYay: This movie might have been called ''Ho Yay: The Motion Picture''. If you know your way around Spartan culture, it's not hard to see why.
* HolyShitQuotient: Shoots through the roof during battle scenes.
* MemeticBadass: While the Spartans were already commonly regarded as the most badass civilization in all of history, this movie only helped spread the idea.
* MemeticMutation:
** "This! Is! SPARTA!!" quickly became ingrained in popular culture, including [[StupidStatementDanceMix the inevitable dance mix]].
** Also, no one will ever take [[PhraseCatcher "This is madness!"]] seriously ever again.
** Tonight we dine in HELL!
** "It's not my lash they fear".
* MoralEventHorizon: If Theron didn't cross it by using Persian money to bribe the ephors into warning Leonidas against going to war against Persia during an imminent religious holiday, he definitely did so by [[spoiler:raping Gorgo]] and attempting to out her as an adulteress at the Senate meeting the next day.
* {{Narm}}: We could also call this ''Narm: The Motion Picture'', what with every single actor on a [[ChewingTheScenery 100% scenery diet]].
** One of Xerxes executioners looks like he came out directly from either Diablo or Warcraft.
* NightmareFuel:
** The wall of dead bodies. The {{gross up close up}}s of all the corpses don't help much.
** The Tree of the Dead, which goes on the same premise as the wall.
* OlderThanTheyThink:
** A number of lines from the movie are actually from Creator/{{Herodotus}}, including "fight in the shade" and "Tonight, we dine in Hades" (Hades is short for "Hades's kingdom", the underworld, which was where all afterlives were, for Ancient Greeks). The Spartan epitaph planted by the side of the road is actually still visible as a marker from the Classical period:
-->Go tell the Spartans, passer by,\\
That here, by Spartan law, we lie.
** Queen Gorgo also apparently said "Only Spartan women give birth to real men." Though this is believed to have been said to another Greek, not to a Persian Messenger.
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* RetroactiveRecognition: Creator/MichaelFassbender plays Stelios. This movie came out a few years before his first truly famous roles so many people never really registered that it was him in this one.
* RonTheDeathEater:
** The movie Spartans get hit by this heavily, with the actions of the real Spartans used to attack them due to ValuesDissonance (killing imperfect children is the work of a devil today, in ancient times it could have been the difference between food stores lasting the winter or running out partway through, among other things) and all of their actions painted in the worst light possible. They even get attacked for being ''all the same race'', while these critics point out that the Persians are composed of many different peoples and nationalities. Apparently it's okay to slaughter innocent villagers and conquer other lands as long as you do it utilizing diversity.
** In universe and from the other end, the Persians also get this for the inverse reasons.
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* StrawmanHasAPoint: When the Persian herald confronts the Greeks building a wall from dead bodies and screams that they are barbarians, it's hard to argue that he isn't ''somewhat'' justified in his horror and rage.
* {{Tearjerker}}: The ending. Each man knows that he faces death at the hands of Xerxes, but they absolutely refuse to give in or abandon their king. Moreso the ever-loyal BloodKnight Stelios.
--> '''Stelios:''' My king... it is an honour to have died at your side...
--> '''Leonidas:''' It was an honour to have lived at yours...
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical: Complicated again, as the film was made during The War On Terror, which Frank Miller supports, but the original comic was written a decade earlier. This has lead to such a bad MisaimedFandom that a March 2007 press conference saw director Zach Snyder asked by a reporter whether King Leonidas was meant to be George W Bush or Osama bin Laden. Original author Frank Miller claims that his comic to a large degree was inspired by the 1962 film ''The 300 Spartans'', which is often considered to be a metaphor for the Cold War. Whether such a message was intended or not is far from clear.
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