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Characters: Conan the Barbarian (1982)
Characters from the movie directed by John Milius.

Protagonists

Conan

Played by: Arnold Schwarzenegger (adult); Jorge Sanz (kid)

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Schwarzenegger has dark brown hair instead of the plain black that the original Conan had.
  • Amazon Chaser
  • An Axe to Grind: Mows down Thulsa Doom's cavalry troops with a big ass axe at the beginning of the Battle of the Mounds and kills two others with throwing axes.
  • Badass
    • Badass Normal: He has no magical aptitude whatsoever, but he fights sorcerers and supernatural creatures.
    • Cultured Badass: "Language and writing were made available to him; the poetry of Khitai, the philosophy of Sung..."
  • Barbarian Hero: A Cimmerian. The classic example.
  • Barbarian Longhair
  • Bash Brothers: With Subotai.
  • The Big Guy
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Character Title
  • Charles Atlas Superpower
  • Cool Crown: The crown of Aquilonia when he is sitting on a throne before the end credits.
  • Cool Helmet: Wears one during the Battle of the Mounds.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: Actually crucified, on the Tree of Woe.
  • Cultured Warrior: Has studied the poetry of Kitai and the philosophy of Sung.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Doomed Hometown
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Knocks out and steals a member of Doom's Cult robes and impersonates him so he could sneak in.
  • Gladiator Games: Becomes a successful gladiator once he is bought by "Red Hair".
  • Heartbroken Badass: Following Valeria's death.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Mostly averted during the Battle of the Mounds, except towards the very end, when he uses it to lure Thorgrim into a trap.
  • The Hero
  • Heroes Prefer Swords
  • Heroic Build
  • Horny Vikings: The Cimmerians are presented as warriors searching for Valhalla as heard in this exchange with Subotai:
    Crom is strong! When I die, I must go before him and he will ask me: what is the riddle of steel? If I cannot answer he cast me out of Valhalla and laugh at me! That is Crom! He who is strong in the mountains!
  • Hunk
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Played with. Yamakazi Kiyoshi, the sword-master for Conan The Barbarian, explicitly trained the cast in kenjutsu with Katanas; and in fact Conan does practice with a Shirazaya (wooden handled) Katana early in the film. However, due to the bulk of Schwarzenegger's arm muscles, he was unable to perform the more elegant moves that Gerry Lopez (Subotai) and Sandahl Bergman (Valeria) were able to use throughout the movie, making him look clumsy and uncoordinated in comparison in spite of Conan supposedly being the best swordsman of the trio.
  • Loveable Rogue
  • Made a Slave
  • Master Swordsman
  • Men Don't Cry
  • Misery Builds Character: The movie even opens with the Nietzsche quote "That which does not kill us only makes us stronger."
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • Multi-Melee Master: His experiences as a gladiator have made him this, especially once he goes to train with the weapon masters in the East. Some of the weapons he fights with early on are fairly rare and exotic.
  • Nemean Skinning: When Conan finally finds the Atlantean Sword inside the tomb, the wolves that had been hounding him wake up, waiting for him. Cut to Conan wearing their skins.
  • One-Man Army
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy
  • Rated M for Manly
  • The Stoic: At Valeria's funeral pyre, Subotai poignantly pointed out: "He is Conan, Cimmerian. He Will Not Cry, so I Cry for Him."
  • Warrior Poet: Conan is a literate warrior. And there are these pieces of dialogue from the director's cut:
    Conan: I remember days like this when my father took me to the forest and we ate wild blueberries. More than 20 years ago. I was just a boy of four or five. The leaves were so dark and green then. The grass smelled sweet with the spring wind. Almost 20 years of pitiless cumber! No rest, no sleep like other men. And yet the spring wind blows, Subotai. Have you ever felt such a wind?
    Subotai: They blow where I live too. In the north of every man's heart.
    Conan: It's never too late, Subotai.
    Subotai: No. It would only lead me back here another day. In even worse company.
    Conan: For us, there is no spring. Just the wind that smells fresh before the storm.
  • Weapon of Choice: The Atlantean sword.
  • You Killed My Father: And his mother, and his people. Not to mention taking his father's sword. And you better believe Conan will make you pay for it, Thulsa Doom.


Subotai

Played by: Gerry Lopez


Valeria

Played by: Sandahl Bergman


The Wizard (Akiro)

Played by: Mako


Antagonists

Thulsa Doom

Played by: James Earl Jones


Rexor

Played by: Ben Davidson


Thorgrim

Played by: Sven-Ole Thorsen

Other characters

Conan's father (Nial)

Played by: William Smith


Conan's mother (Maeve)

Played by: Nadiuska


"Red Hair"

Played by: Luis Barboo


King Osric

Played by: Max von Sydow


The Princess (Yasimina)

Played by: Valérie Quennessen


The Witch

Played by: Cassandra Gaviola


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