Characters / Conan the Destroyer


    Conan 
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The famous Cimmerian warrior. Queen Taramis hires him to lead a quest to find a powerful artifact to awaken a god, promising him to resurrect his beloved Valeria.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In keeping with the first film, Arnold Schwarzenegger still has dark brown hair instead of the plain black that the novels/comics Conan had.
  • Amazon Chaser: He tells Jehnna how he is attracted to female warriors and compares Valeria's force to Zula's.
  • Barbarian Longhair: He's a Cimmerian, and still keeps his hair long.
  • Barbarian Hero: Although he's still a Barbarian outlaw, he has a good enough reputation to be acclaimed by the people of Shadizar when arriving there, and ultimately saves Jehnna and the whole city selflessly.
  • The Big Guy: He's easily the strongest member of the party.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He is definitely less sullen and stoic here than he was in the first film.
  • Character Title: Conan the Destroyer.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: He's strong enough to lift a stone door no one would even budge.
  • Cool Crown: The Aquilonian crown at the end, once again.
  • Heartbroken Badass: In the opening, he is seen praying for Valeria, who died in the first film.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: He still wields the Atlantean Sword that he obtained in the first film.
  • Heroic Build: For this film, the producers asked Arnie if he could get even more muscular than he was in the first movie. Never one to turn down a challenge, Arnie happily accepted.
  • The Leader: He leads the party Queen Taramis sends to retrieve the Horn of Dagoth.
  • Loveable Rogue: He is implied to have stolen things with Malak before Taramis came to them. And while he is acclaimed by the population of Shadizar, a rich man hides his jewels out of sight.
  • Master Swordsman: His proficiency with a sword is still unmatched.
  • Men Don't Cry: He doesn't cry at all when praying for Valeria.
  • Mr. Fanservice: The fact that Conan spends most of the film clad in only a loincloth means that there's no shortage of beefcake for female fans.
  • Rated M for Manly: What with Arnold Schwarzenegger in his still-working-out-like-hell prime, kicking ass left and right and lifting heavy stuff, with plenty of shirtless scenes.
  • Talk to the Fist: "ENOUGH TALK!" Followed by...
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: When confronting Toth Amon, he throws his sword into a mirror, which happens to be the right one, and the thrown sword impales the magician.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Conan is seen shirtless for a large chunk of the movie this time.
  • Weapon of Choice: The Atlantean sword, naturally.

    Jehnna 
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Played by: Olivia D'Abo

The princess of the kingdom of Shadizar and niece of Queen Taramis.
  • Birthmark of Destiny
  • Bodyguard Crush: Has one on Conan.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: At the beginning of the film, Jehnna is spoiled, naive, and immature. By the end of the film, she's the dignified ruler of her late aunt's kingdom.
  • Distressed Damsel: She has to be rescued twice in the film.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Although she can definitely behave like an annoying brat, Jehnna does have a compassionate side; as seen when she convinces Conan to save Zula from the villagers who are tormenting her.
  • Hands-On Approach: A drunk Conan sees Zula giving Jehnna fighting lessons with a staff, and interrupts so that he can teach her to use a "real" weapon. Since Jehnna can't even lift his sword on her own, he stands behind her and helps her. It's clear that she was immensely turned on by this, but Conan didn't notice or care.
  • Hopeless Suitor: She becomes irreversibly smitten with Conan, but after learning that he loves another woman who is an Action Girl, she tries (and fails) to toughen up to gain his interest.
  • The Ingenue: She's innocent and doesn't know much about life beyond the palace she lived in, although she still has Royal Brat tendencies.
  • Innocently Insensitive: When asking Bombaata about Conan, Jehnna mentions that Bombaata is the only man she's ever known and she's never known a "real man." If you've only seen the movie you may be wondering what Jehnna meant by this remark. But the novelization mentions that Bombaata is a eunuch, making Jehnna's comment a lot more understandable - and mean.
  • Love at First Sight: It's more like a schoolgirl crush, but she wanted Conan the moment she saw him. After being repeatedly saved by him, though, she flat out offers for him to be her queen.
  • Odd Friendship: With Zula. She asks Zula for advice on how to woo a man, and isn't sure how to react when Zula encourages her to "grab him!". She later seems pleased that Zula feels welcome in the group and asks Zula to teach her how to wield a staff in combat.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: She's the only one who can touch the Heart of Ahriman.
  • Princesses Rule: Becomes the ruler of Shadizar at the end.
  • Royal Brat: Jehnna starts out as having a haughty and bossy attitude, believing that everybody should obey her because she's the princess. Although by the end of the film she does become more humble and fair in her treatment of others.
  • Save the Princess: What Conan, Malak, Akiro and Zula do in the climax, as she's about to be sacrificed to awaken Dagoth.
  • Screaming Woman: She screams quite a lot, and it doesn't help at all.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: Prior to the events of the film, she has never been outside of the royal palace. Her sheltered upbringing manifests itself in the fact that she's very naive about many things.
  • Stripperiffic: Many of Jehnna's outfits are quite revealing, especially considering that she's only in her early-to-mid teens.
  • Targeted Human Sacrifice: Dagoth's summoning ritual requires Jehnna to be sacrificed. Whether the virgin Jehnna herself must be sacrificed, or whether any virgin would do, is unclear.
  • Unexpected Successor: Jehnna was supposed to die as a human sacrifice to Dagoth. Instead, she assumes the throne after Queen Tamaris dies by Dagoth's hand.
  • Virgin Sacrifice: Taramis' plan depends on the fact that Jehnna is still a virgin. She actually tasks Bombaata with making sure that the princess retain her virginity.
  • Women Prefer Strong Men: She has a crush on Conan, who's basically the strongest man around.

    Malak 
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Played by: Tracey Walter

A thief who became Conan's companion at one point.
  • Amazon Chaser: In one scene, Malak attempts to seduce Zula and backs off when she threatens to split his head open.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Malak might be a shrimp and a coward, but don't turn your back on him. Opponents on the receiving end of his knives learned this the hard way.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: While his role as comic relief tends to undercut his abilities, there are hints that he's fairly competent at his job as a thief, and resourceful in a fight. Not only does he seem to know exactly where to backstab someone to cause a lot of damage, he also demonstrates a great degree of accuracy with thrown daggers. There's also the fact that Conan isn't known to suffer fools, so if he was Conan's traveling companion, he probably has skills that make him valuable.
  • In the Back: His favourite tactic when it comes to fight.
  • Knife Nut: His primary weapons are knives.
  • The Load: He's quite a useless goofball, except when he remembers someone close to someone from his family told him there's a cave behind the waterfalls of Shadizar with a Secret Underground Passage leading directly to the palace. Which proves to be true.
  • Lovable Coward: He cowers under a stone altar in the opening fight and tends to avoid fighting whenever he can, although
  • Loveable Rogue: He's an outlaw, but nothing makes him really hateful.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: So much so that, at the end of the film, Jehnna makes him her court jester.

    Zula 
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Played by: Grace Jones

  • Action Girl: She's a woman-warrior from a society of warriors.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She hurls her staff into the Grand Vizier's chest before he can sacrifice Jehnna. Not only does this save Jehnna's life, but it results in Dagoth materializing in a weak form, rather than a world-destroying form.
  • Gender Flip: The film turned Zula, a male warrior/wizard from the Marvel Comics line into a Zulu Amazon of sorts.
  • I Owe You My Life: Conan saves her from a mob of angry villagers on Jehnna's order. She wants to join the team afterwards.
  • Odd Friendship: With Jehnna. She admits to Jehnna that she feels welcome in Conan's group, agrees to teach Jehnna how to use a staff in combat, and gives Jehnna romantic advice (consisting of "grab him, and take him!"). In the climactic scene of the film, Zula saves Jehnna's life by killing the Grand Vizier.
  • Praetorian Guard: Jehnna appoints her chief of her personal guard at the end.
  • Proud Warrior Race Gal
  • Rape, Pillage, and Burn: She was the leader of a pillagers raid before the villagers captured her.
  • Scary Black Man: Gender Flip. It's Grace Jones, after all.
  • Screaming Warrior: She's quite vocal during combat.
  • Weapon of Choice: A Simple Staff.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She's afraid of mice. In one scene, Conan's team is navigating a cave, when Zula suddenly starts shrieking and jabbing her spear at something off-screen. When they see that's she's overreacting over a rodent, she looks sheepish.

     Akiro 
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Played by: Mako

  • Badass Grandpa: Enough to make a man die with just a chantation.
  • Badass Mustache: He's a powerful sorcerer with a moustache.
  • Bald of Awesome: He's a bald old man with considerable knowledge and magical power.
  • Cassandra Truth: Warns Conan about the prophecy and Virgin Sacrifice. Conan doesn't really care until Bombaata betrays them and brings Jehnna back to Taramis.
  • Chewing the Scenery: His epic narration, once again.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's so grateful to Conan for saving his life that he joins Jehnna's quest, assists Conan's team throughout the film, and grows alarmed when he learns what the cult of Dagoth plans to do with Jehnna.
  • I Owe You My Life: Conan saves him from a Cannibal Tribe. He joins the team immediately.
  • Mind over Matter: When he closes the mouth / door in the chamber of the Horn of Dagoth while struggling against the Leader's spell which opens the door. He wins.
  • Narrator: He serves as Conan's chronicler, as he did in Conan the Barbarian.
  • Playing with Fire: Summons fire on a torch.
  • Retrocognition: He can see what happened in a given place just by concentrating himself a few seconds (picture).
  • The Smart Guy: He's knowledgeable about magic and literate in the language of the ancient Dagoth worshipers.
  • Squishy Wizard: He's not much of a physical combatant, being old and small, but his magical abilities are top notch.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Didn't show his powers in Conan The Barbarian.

     Bombaata 
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Played by: Wilt Chamberlain

  • Badass Beard: He's a formidable warrior with a beard.
  • Beard of Evil: He's a bearded man who's loyalty to the cult of Dagoth shows him to be evil.
  • The Big Guy: He and Conan are the two physically largest members of the cast.
  • The Brute: At the end.
  • Cool Helmet: Wears one strangely similar to the Statue of Liberty's crown for the first quarter of the movie.
  • The Dragon: To Queen Taramis.
  • Evil All Along: He was tasked with protecting Jehnna not for her sake, but so that she could be a human sacrifice to Dagoth.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Conan, at the end.
  • Eunuchs Are Evil: Want to know why Bombaata was the only man trusted around Jehnna? The novelization of the film mentions that he is a eunuch, so he is incapable of taking her virginity. In the film, his eunuch status is implied when Jehnna teases him about not being a "real man".
  • Scary Black Man: In the climax especially.

    Queen Taramis 
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Played by: Sarah Douglas

  • Adaptational Villainy: Her book counterpart was far more sympathetic.
  • Affably Evil: Despite being an evil cultist who would sacrifice her own niece to an evil god, she's kind to Jehnna and pleasant with Conan.
  • Evil Matriarch: She treats her niece Jehnna very well, but it's only in the hope of sacrificing her to Dagoth.
  • Evil Overlord: Ruler of Shadizar.
  • Manipulative Bastard: She recruits Conan to protect Jehnna during her quest, but she fails to tell him that she'll sacrifice Jehnna to Dagoth.
  • Psychic Powers: Uses them to manipulate Conan to follow her at the beginning. She doesn't seem to have any power besides that for the rest of the movie.

    The Grand Vizier 
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Played by: Jeff Corey

    Togra 
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Played by: Sven-Ole Thorsen

    Toth-Amon 
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Played by: Pat Roach

  • Achilles' Heel: The key to defeat the Man Ape? Smashing the mirrors around him.
  • Adaptational Wimp: He is clearly a nod to the character Thoth-Amon from classic Conan literature. However, while the original Thoth-Amon was a genuine threat so great that Conan was terrified despite having an army at his back, the movie's version is a standard (albeit powerful by the movie series' standards) wizard and illusionist that Conan almost defeats by accident.
  • Ancient Keeper: Of the Heart of Ahriman.
  • Animorphism: Turns himself into a giant ethereal bird to kidnap Jehnna.
  • Antagonist Abilities: He himself is a Master of Illusion and Summon Magic, which means he doesn't even need to fight you directly. His beast minion has a number of "unfair" abilities as well, such as Intangibility, which makes swords and melee attacks worthless.
  • The Brute: His illusion nicknamed "Man Ape". It takes the form of a seemingly invincible and wrestling humanoid beast.
  • Death Seeker: Possibly. It seems like he always wanted to know why Jehnna was the only one allowed to touch the Heart of Ahriman. As Conan impaled him, he had nothing to lose and finally touched it, then vanished.

    The Leader of the Guardians of the Horn of Dagoth 
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Played by: Ferdy Mayne

    Dagoth 
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Played by: André the Giant

  • God of Evil: His resurrection will cause an Apocalypse How. It's unclear, but it ranges from Planetary to Universal, and is hinted at a Metaphysical Annihilation. However, the prophecy is so vague some assume that Dagoth will reward those who align with it.
  • Horned Humanoid: With the horn equipped, his statue depicts him as a horned man. In his physical form, he's a horned, vaguely human-shaped monster.
  • One-Winged Angel: Just look at the image above and compare it with the one bellow.
  • Mythology Gag / Homage: Dagoth sounds very similar to Dagon, a well-known deity featured in both Caananite mythology, and HP Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos as the god of the Deep Ones. Robert E. Howard was a correspondent of HP Lovecraft. Dagoth's monster form looks rather similar to a deformed Deep One or even Cthulhu himself. He even has the title of "The Dreaming God."
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: He resides in a statue depicting him as a handsome young man.
  • Worf Had the Flu: The sacrifice was botched, making it far easier to deal with.
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