Characters / Red Sonja

Characters from the movie Red Sonja.

Protagonists

     Sonja 
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Played by: Brigitte Nielsen

  • Action Girl: She becomes a fierce badass very few people can hope to defeat after training with the best sword masters.
  • Badass Normal: Sorcery does exist in her world, but being a superbly trained warrior in said world is more than enough.
  • Character Title: Red Sonja.
  • Cool Sword: When comes the time to choose a sword, she's guided by the voice of the spirit that granted her the strength to seek revenge. The sword she chooses has quite elaborate hilt ornaments, a golden moon most notably.
  • Does Not Like Men: After her rape. Unless they're able to equal or defeat her in combat.
  • Doomed Hometown: Her family and farm are destroyed by Gedren's men at the beginning of the film.
  • Friendly Rivalry: She has one with Kalidor, as both are equally great sword fighters.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: She's the story's heroine, and she trained to wield swords.
  • Master Swordswoman: She becomes one after training with the best sword masters. Only Kalidor is her match.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: Being a woman, she can touch the Talisman safely.
  • Rape and Revenge: She has been raped by Gedren's men. Nothing should stand in her way to get revenge.
  • Rape as Backstory: See above.
  • Stripperiffic: Her outfit's sexiness is quite downplayed compared to her comics counterparts, but it's still very Wonder Woman-esque.
  • You Killed My Family: Gedren had her whole family slaughtered.

     Kalidor 
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  • Amazon Chaser: Being a great warrior himself, he's attracted by both Sonja's beauty and her prowess in combat.
  • Badass: The only person in the whole fantasy world of the film to be able to equal Sonja. It speaks volumes.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Just as Conan was in his two movies, Kalidor can lift weights way beyond possible for a normal human being, for a few seconds at least.
  • Cool Sword: Wields a pretty coold sword, with a golden shield ornament on the hilt.
  • Expy / Captain Ersatz: Of Conan, for legal reasons. It could actually be Conan, since he's used many aliases before.
  • Friendly Rivalry: He has one with Sonja, as both are equally great sword fighters.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Like Sonja, he's a Master Swordsman.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: He falls heads over heels for Sonja.
  • Heroic Build: Being played by Arnold Schwarzenegger helps, even though he has no Shirtless Scene to display it to the full, unlike the Conan movies.
  • Master Swordsman: The equal of Sonja in sword combat.
  • One-Man Army: He tears through Gedren's army without a scratch and takes on Brytag's army alone to allow Sonja a chance to flee the fortified gate.
  • Rated M for Manly: Arnold Schwarzenegger playing an expy of Conan. Period.

     Prince Tarn 
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Played by: Ernie Reyes Jr.

  • Defiant to the End: Still utters death threats to the bandits that are about to quarter him.
  • Fearless Fool: He doesn't hesitate to jump on Kalidor thinking he is a threat to Sonja. He isn't afraid to confront Ikol alone either.
  • Flynning: Subverted. Sonja shows him why this wouldn't really work in a real fight.
  • Royal Brat: He starts as purely this, but Sonja gives him several lessons that make him more humble over the course of the movie.

     Falkon 
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Played by: Paul Lawrence Smith

  • Big Eater: He can't resist eating a bit of Gedren's men's chicken as he has crashed straight onto their refectory table, even as the fight is about to begin.
  • Big Fun: He's fat, and quite a goofball at times.
  • The Big Guy: The big part is particularly relevant.
  • The Blade Always Lands Pointy End In: He is quite good at knife throwing.
  • Cool Helmet: Looks more like a metallic hat than a helmet actually.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He can look and act goofy in his dedication to protect Prince Tarn and do whatever Tarn orders him to do, but he's a force to be reckoned with.

Antagonists

     Queen Gedren 
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Played by: Sandahl Bergman

     Ikol 
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Played by: Ronald Lacey

  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When it becomes clear that the Talisman's power can't be contained, he decides to leave the castle before the Talisman destroys it.

     Brytag 

Played by: Pat Roach

  • Cool Key: The big key he uses to open his door.
  • Dirty Old Man: He won't let Sonja pass through his door unless she does him a "favor".

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