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Played by: Brigitte NielsenA woman whose family was slain by Queen Gedren, and she was herself raped by Gedren's men. A spirit came to her, and gave her the strength to seek vengeance. She went on to train with the best sword masters and became a formidable warrior.
- 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 half-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, and she gets raped.
- 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.
- Red Baron: "Red" Sonja. Comes from the fact that she's a redhead.
- 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.
Played by: Arnold SchwarzeneggerA warrior who was sworn to protect the Order of the Talisman. After the Talisman is stolen by Queen Gedren, he teams up with Sonja in order to find and destroy it before it destroys the world.
- Amazon Chaser: Being a great warrior himself, he's attracted to Sonja's due to both her beauty and her prowess in combat.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Conan, for copyright reasons. It could actually be Conan, since he's used many aliases before.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Just as Conan was in his two movies, Kalidor can lift weights way beyond possible for a normal human being.
- Cool Sword: Wields a pretty coold sword, with a golden shield ornament on the hilt.
- 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: Mr. Olympia playing a Captain Ersatz of Conan. Period.
Played by: Ernie Reyes Jr.The young prince of the kingdom of Harblock, which was destroyed by Queen Gedren using the Talisman. He projects to raise a new army and joins Sonja in her crusade against Gedren.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He thinks he's much stronger than he is, and it's up to Sonja to teach him discipline, humbleness and better combat techniques.
- Cool Crown/Cool Helmet: He wears a helmet (or is it a crown?) decorated with red silk and a Pickelhaube-esque spike.
- 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.
- Pride: His character flaw, although he's young and eventually grows more humble after receiving a few lessons courtesy of Sonja.
- Royal Brat: He starts as purely this, bossing Falkon around and being quite arrogant, but Sonja gives him several lessons that make him more humble over the course of the movie.
- Stay in the Kitchen: He arrogantly invites Sonja to work for him as a cook the first time they meet.
Played by: Paul Lawrence SmithPrince Tarn's loyal bodyguard and last remaining manservant.
- Big Eater: He can't resist eating a bit of Gedren's men's chicken as he has landed straight onto their refectory table, even as the fight is about to begin.
- The Blade Always Lands Pointy End In: He is quite good at knife throwing.
- Cool Helmet: His headgear 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.
- Enemy Eats Your Lunch: A hilarious inversion of the trope.
- Fat Comic Relief: He's fat, and quite a goofball at times.
- Knife Nut: In addition to his bone club, he uses throwing knives.
- Undying Loyalty: He has sworn to protect Prince Tarn and obeys every one of his orders. He never bothers discussing Tarn's orders, no matter how stupid they can prove to be, and he never even thinks about giving the prince much-needed corrections for his bratty behaviour.
- Weapon of Choice: His favorite weapon is a bone he uses as a club.
Played by: Sandahl BergmanThe evil queen of the Kingdom of Eternal Night. She destroyed Sonja's family and seeks to use the Talisman to dominate the world.
- Ambition Is Evil: An ambitious queen who wants to rule over the world using an Artifact of Doom.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Gedren really doesn't shy away from combat and gives Sonja one hell of a fight in their final battle.
- Big Bad: The massacre of Sonja's family on her orders drives the plot.
- The Caligula: She's Ax-Crazy and ultimately leads her own kingdom to ruin by coveting the Talisman.
- Cool Crown: Her crown's design seems to be based on the Crown of the Holy Roman Empire.
- Dark Is Evil: She dresses mostly in black.
- Evil Counterpart: To Sonja.
- Evil Laugh: She lets out quite a few evil laughs towards the end of the film.
- Evil Overlord: She rules Berkubane, the Kingdom of Eternal Night, a Mordor-esque land.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: A mad queen who wants to dominate the world using the Talisman.
- Malevolent MaskedWoman: She wears a golden mask after Sonja scarred her face.
- Minor Injury Overreaction: When Sonja accuses Gedren of slaughtering her family, she dismisses the accusations as from her point of view, the victims' lives are nothing in comparison with the scar Sonja made on her cheek.
- Psycho Lesbian: She's a mad queen, and she's attracted to women.
- Red Right Hand: A scar on her cheek, courtesy of Sonja at the beginning of the film.
Played by: Ronald LaceyQueen Gedren's vizier.
- Dark Is Evil: He dresses all in black.
- The Dragon: He is Gedren's second in command.
- Karmic Death: He dies fighting Tarn when trying to flee with gold that was plundered in Tarn's destroyed kingdom.
- 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.
- You're Insane!: Says this to Gedren before attempting to leave the collapsing castle.
Played by: Pat RoachThe keeper of the gates leading to the Kingdom of Eternal Night.
- Beard of Barbarism: Brytag and his men are depicted no differently than barbarians in the Conan movies that came before Red Sonja, and he's bearded.
- Beard of Evil: He's bearded and won't hesitate to massacre those who won't pay him a tax.
- Bling of War: He wears a mail/plate armor that's adorned with gold.
- Cash Gate: One has to pay him a tax to enter the Kingdom of Eternal Night.
- Cool Key: He uses a big key to open his door and wears it on a necklace.
- Dirty Old Man: He won't let Sonja pass through his door unless she does him a "favor".
- Evil Gloating: Gloats about the sufferings he will inflict to Sonja while fighting her.
- Evil Redhead: He's a Dirty Old Man and a greedy bastard, and he's red-headed.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Sonja runs him through with her sword.
- Large and in Charge: He's much more heavily built than his men.
- Leave Him to Me: He decides to kill Sonja by himself when it becomes clear he won't have his way with her.