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''Barbarella'' was originally a French erotic science fiction comic book series by Jean-Claude Forest, but the title is better known, at least outside France, for the 1968 film adaptation produced by Creator/DinoDeLaurentiis, directed by Roger Vadim, and starring his wife at the time, Creator/JaneFonda.

The film is set in the distant future, estimated to about the 40th century. Planet Earth has been united under a Republic, wars have been abolished, and weapons exist only in museums. Sex has been replaced by a ritual involving pills. But Dr. Durand Durand (Milo O'Shea), a scientist, starts developing a new weapon. He and his spaceship vanish in the vicinity of an uncharted planet in the Tau Ceti system. Barbarella is sent to retrieve him. The local culture introduces her both to various horrors and to the joys of real sex. She has to face the evil Black Queen (Anita Pallenberg) of the city [=SoGo=], the so-called City of Night.

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!!Contains examples of:

* AgonyBeam: Inverted. Villain Dr. Durand Durand tortures the heroine by hooking her into a device which plays her sexual responses like organ pipes, the goal being to orgasm her to death. As mentioned further down, it doesn't work.
* AllThereInTheManual: The planet the movie takes place in is only identified as Planet 16. The comics do give it a proper name, which is sometimes noted in summaries of the movie: Lythion.
%%* AllWomenAreLustful
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The Sogoites, who are led to do evil and all kinds of depravities by the Mathmos, which feeds on evil. There are good Sogoites as proven by Ping and Dildano, but those get expelled from the city and dealt horrible fates.
* AndThatsTerrible: Durand Durand explains that his positronic ray causes targets to be "deminimalized to the fourth dimension". Barbarella says "But that's monstrous!" This is a necessary use of the trope, because who knows what "deminimalized to the fourth dimension" entails.
* AnimatedArmor: The Black Guards of Sogo are empty suits of armor, as shown when Pygar shoots one into pieces.
* AnythingThatMoves: Barbarella is really not choosy about who she sleeps with.
* ApocalypseHow: The Black Queen causes one by sicking the Mathmos on Durand Durand, which results in the destruction of the city of Sogo and everyone living in it dying.
* BlackComedyRape: Durand Durand forces Barbarella into the Excessive Machine, which would count as rape given it's a sex machine. What's worse is that the machine is supposed to kill, so she was going to be raped to death. Lovely. However, Barbarella proves to be TooKinkyToTorture and exhausts the machine.
* BoldlyComing: Barbarella, the pretty blonde envoy of an Earth that left behind such outdated concepts like violence or physical sex, gets used to both rather quickly after being introduced to them on a more... uhm, barbaric planet. She doesn't decline to try other things too. In one memorable scene, Durand-Durand tries to kill her with his orgasm machine, but she overloads it.
* CallARabbitASmeerp: In the evil doll kid's hangout (the remains of Durand Durand's crashed space ship), there's a bunch of blue bunnies. Not seen in the film but in promotional photos are some blue goats & an anteater).
* ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction: Justified/played straight with Barbarella. She doesn't only spend the movie going through an UnlimitedWardrobe, but gets put into dozens of situations that justify the wardrobe change.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: The Excessive Machine is a subversion. While getting strapped to an orgasm-inducing machine sounds awesome, this machine's real purpose is to orgasm the person ''to death''.
* ComicBookFantasyCasting: Barbarella as she appears in the comics was drawn with Creator/BrigitteBardot in mind.
* CoversAlwaysLie: There are lots of things wrong with that poster up there. No moons are visible from Lythion in the movie, Barbarella never wears that particular outfit, that rocket-like spaceship is nowhere to be seen, ''Pygar is missing his wings'' and the Black Guards are '''black''', not that gold-ish color.
* CreepyDoll: In a scene, razor-toothed killer dolls attack Barbarella. They belong to a group of feral children, led by...
* CreepyTwins:
** The first people she meets on Tau Ceti. They knock her out with a loaded snowball, tie her up and take her away on a sled pulled by a stingray.
** The whole gaggle of feral kids is made up of pairs of twins.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The Black Queen says to Barbarella: "You're very pretty, Pretty-Pretty."
* DilatingDoor: PlayedForLaughs. At some point Barbarella is wearing (little more than) an animal-skin suit with a long tail. The tail gets trapped in the closing iris.
* DiscoTech: Dr. Durand Durand's Excessive Machine resembles an organ and plays music.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: The Black Queen/Great Tyrant because [[spoiler:the real BigBad is the concierge who's Durand Durand and he is also TheStarscream. If anything, the Black Queen is the real heroine, or at least an AntiHero with a PyrrhicVictory due to letting loose the Mathmos, which destroys the evil city, Durand Durand and saves the Queen, Barbarella and Pygar. Apart from the air battle, Barbarella is the most useless space heroine in history.]]
* DisintegratorRay: The reason Barbarella is looking for Durand Durand is that he invented a positron ray, which could spell doom for the universe. Its effects are seen at the end of the movie, when he uses it to kill [[spoiler:Ping and Dildano]].
* DistractedByTheSexy: Barbarella objects to sex because "it was proven to be distracting!" among other reasons. After experiencing it, she admits that they were certainly right about that part.
* DownTheRabbitHole: ''Barbarella'' feels a lot like a sexy sci-fi version of ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' considering it involves a naive young woman going on an adventure in a nonsensical (to her) realm full of strange sights and people. One can also draw parallels between the Tweedle twins and Stomoxys and Glossina, the White Rabbit and Durand Durand, and more obviously the Queen of Hearts and the Black Queen.
%%* DoYouWantToCopulate
* EldritchAbomination: The Mathmos is a living, shapeless mass of energy inhabiting the lake below Sogo, and it demands that people commit evil deeds so it can feed on them.
* ElectricInstantGratification: The so-called "Excessive Machine", that can [[OutWithABang kill people]].
* EnemyMine: Barbarella and her nemesis the Black Queen team up to take down Durand Durand after he locks them in the Chamber of Dreams and usurps Sogo's throne from the Queen.
* EnfantTerrible: The weird kids with their killer dolls.
* ExtremelyShortTimespan: Although getting to Tau Ceti takes about one week, the meat of the movie is Barbarella's adventures in Lythion, and those take place in two days tops.
* {{Fanservice}}: Most of the film, but the most famously the scene where Barbarella takes off her spacesuit in zero gravity.
** Vadim was quoted as explaining why he put this under the opening credits: "Lots of men will only watch the film to see Jane Fonda naked, so I put that at the start so they don't have to sit through a load of science fiction."
** Essentially, the entire plot consists of a string of ridiculous situations contrived to provide thinly-veiled excuses for Jane Fonda to take all her clothes off (or have them forcibly removed). However, when you have a leading lady with a body like Jane Fonda, you really don't need much of a plot.
* FantasticDrug: Barbarella runs into a group of women smoking from a giant hookah containing a guy who's either drowning or boiling. The redheaded one offers Barbarella a whiff and tells her it's called essence of man. We don't see the effects, though the women look pretty out of it.
* FeatheredFiend: The Black Queen tries to kill Barbarella by trapping her in a cage filled with vicious man-eating songbirds.
%%* FetishFuelFuture
* FourPhilosophyEnsemble: As it happens, Barbarella's suitors are four. Mark Hand is the Apathetic, Pygar is the Realist, the Black Queen is the Cynic and Dildano is the Optimist.
* FreeLoveFuture: Their salute is even "love," although they don't practice physical sex any more, considering it to be impractical. Barbarella changes her mind when she meets Mark Hand.
* FreeRangeChildren: An extreme example. The custom of Sogo regarding raising kids is to dump them in an icy wasteland til they're of "a serviceable age", as Mark Hand explains to Barbarella after rescuing her from such children. Little wonder Sogoites are so messed up.
* GainaxEnding: [[spoiler:Durand Durand is defeated, good. So Barbarella, Pygar and the Black Queen fly away to... somewhere... with no real hint at what they are planning to do after everything that went down. And when Barbarella asks Pygar why he saved the Black Queen, he cryptically answers that angels have no memory. The end.]]
* GoodOldWays: Once Barbarella has experienced physical sex for the first time, she's quite enthusiastic for more, and is disappointed when Dildano insists on doing it the more advanced way.
* HeroicSeductress: Barbarella's tryst with Pygar has the effect of restoring his self-confidence and ability to fly.
* HighAltitudeBattle: Barbarella and Pygar's mid-air battle with the Black Guards air patrol. The only time Barbarella does anything heroic, she's a pretty good shot.
* {{Homage}}: The (in)famous opening scene was the basis for Music/KylieMinogue's music video for ''Put Yourself in My Place". It was also re-created in Music/ArianaGrande's music video for "Break Free".
* HowWouldYouLikeToDie: Barbarella wanders into a walk-in suicide booth, which offers world-weary beings a choice of ways to terminate their unendurable existence.
* HumanAliens: The aliens that Barbarella meets in the uncharted Planet 16 of Tau Ceti look remarkably human.
* {{Hunk}}: Pygar seems to be this and a PrettyBoy at the same time.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: When the city starts to sink into a pit of sentient, liquid evil at the end of the movie, said liquid evil specifically protects Barbarella because her purity and innocence would hurt it.
* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: In a subtle way, Sogo, because it's supposed to be a reference to '''So'''dom and '''Go'''morrah, biblical sin cities. The Chamber of Ultimate Solution, being a suicide booth, is also this, as lampshaded by Barbarella.
* InformedAbility: Barbarella. She's hyped as one of Earth's greatest space explorers by the President of Earth but turns out to be a bit of TheDitz & TheIngenue & FauxActionGirl rolled into one... played by ''Jane Fonda'' of all people!
* IntimatePsychotherapy: Pygar has lost his ability to fly, but after Barbarella spends a night with him, he's flying around the next day.
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler:After he comes to power, Durand Durand uses his positron ray to kill sympathetic characters like Ping and Dildano without much fanfare. Then the Black Queen unleashes the Mathmos to stop him; Sogo is destroyed and everyone in there dies. The only survivors are Barbarella, Pygar and the Black Queen herself.]]
* KillerRabbit: Early in the film, Barbarella is menaced by a group of dolls whose mouths show very pointy teeth. The scene ruins her clothes and leaves her bleeding. Later in the movie, she is nearly killed by vicious killer budgies (parakeets). With similar bloody effects.
* KissOfLife: The Black Queen (the perv) suggests that Barbarella reanimate Pygar with a mouth-to-mouth when they find him after being vomited by the Mathmos. It's subverted as Barbarella tries something completely different and much more platonic: move his wings up and down. It works.
* {{Ladyella}}: Barbarella herself.
* LampshadeHanging:
** "What's that screaming? (pensively) A good many dramatic situations begin with screaming." This leads to her finding Pygar being tormented by the Sogoites, who cheer and laugh at him in turn.
** Given all of the other stuff that goes on in [=SoGo=], it would probably be more surprising if somebody in it ''wasn't'' screaming at any given time.
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: Barbarella and the Black Queen, with Barbarella being naive, innocent and kind, and the Black Queen being evil to the core and debauched.
* LockedInARoom: Barbarella and the Black Queen get stuck in the latter's Chamber of Dreams by Durand Durand, resulting in their most positive interactions in the movie. They'd have [[FoeRomanceSubtext "bonded"]] even more if a certain deleted scene had been retained.
* MentalAffair: The "Earth Way" of having sex. Demonstrated by Barbarella and Dildano, leader of the Resistance.
* MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness: Among the softest anyone could find. Other than the very airiest of explanations, expect nothing at all but bizarre fetishy goings-on in bizarre fetishy SpaceClothes. Never mind "creative" violation of special relativity and Heisenberg uncertainty, some technologies featured violate basic physics, such as a yacht with wheels that can move by sail-power when there's no wind because there's a fan on it: such a vehicle is possible (as recently [[Series/MythBusters demonstrated]]), but would be hideously inefficient. Point the fan astern and you'll get much better results.
* {{Mooks}}: The Black Queen has the Black Guards, spooky, robot-like Stormtrooper figures that are nothing but leather AnimatedArmor. Also involves a bit of DoubleEntendre in that they are described as "Leathermen" and have whips for hands.
* MrFanservice: John Phillip Law as the angel Pygar, a handsome, tall, blond, blue-eyed shirtless ornithanthrope.
* MsFanservice: Barbarella. Also, the Black Queen and many extras.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailer shows Durand Durand playing "Ode to Joy" while torturing Barbarella in the Excessive Machine. In the movie, the music he plays is an original composition (and at the start of the scene you can hear the first bars of "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor").
* NoSexAllowed: In Barbarella's world, physical sex has been replaced with a ritual involving so-called 'Exaltation Transference Pills'. When she tries the old style though, she's quite pleased.
* NowOrNeverKiss: When Barbarella and Pygar are trapped in the Chamber of Ultimate Solution, Barbarella decides to try her luck with one of the three doors. Knowing they may die, she kisses Pygar. It's the only kiss in this entire sex-laden movie.
* TheNudifier: The Excessive Machine removes the victim's clothes first.
* OminousPipeOrgan: The Excessive Machine, with Durand-Durand playing it.
* OneWorldOrder: Dianthus is the President of Earth and the Rotating Premier of the Solar System (whatever that means).
* OnlyOneName: Everybody, except Durand Durand and the Black Queen who just plain has no name.
* {{Orgasmatron}}: The Excessive Machine is designed to cause orgasm after orgasm in the victim.
* OutWithABang: The Excessive Machine causes its victims to die of pleasure.
* OverlyLongName: A RunningGag [[OverlyLongGag involving]] a secret password in Dildano and Barbarella's rebellion operation, involving the name of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llanfairpwllgwyngyll a certain town in Wales.]]
* ParrotExposition: Barbarella could give the '''entire''' ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' series a run for its money.
* PerfectPacifistPeople: In Barbarella's time, the entire known universe will have been pacified for centuries and weapons are things seen only in museums. Barbarella and the president simply can't understand why anyone would want to invent a weapon.
* PleasePutSomeClothesOn: Subverted. Barbarella takes a videophone call from the President of Earth while she's naked. She says that she'll "slip something on", but the President (of course) tells her not to bother.
* PluckyComicRelief: Dildano and his secret base of operations. His "Earth Hand/Pill-Sex" scene with Babs could be counted as CrowningMomentOfFunny.
* ProtagonistTitle: Barbarella is the heroine.
* PunnyName: A character is called Dildano.
* LaResistance: Dildano leads one in Sogo that seeks to overthrow the Black Queen and presumably start a regime that's more similar to Earth's (i.e. more peaceful and less evil).
* RescueSex:
** With three different people over the course of the movie. Dildano explicitly states that he rescued Barbarella just so he could get this (though, to her disappointment, he means the mental connection practiced on Earth).
** Subverted with the Black Queen, who saves Barbarella and clearly wants this, but Barbarella isn't as generous with her.
* {{Robosexual}}: In the comic.
* RoleCalled:
** In the US, the film was marketed as ''Barbarella: Queen of the Galaxy''.
** In Spain it's ''Barbarella, the Space Venus'' and in Finland it's ''Barbarella, Planetary Queen''.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Just about everyone. Barbarella is always very polite and formal and spouts a lot of sci-fi babble, while Pygar and the Black Queen are flowery to the point of Shakespeareanism sometimes.
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: The Icen Forests of Weir.
* SpaceClothes: Taken to the point of absurdity.
* {{Stripperific}}: And how!
* ThemeTuneCameo: Barbarella hums her eponymous theme song after having sex with Mark Hand and Pygar.
* ThreesomeSubtext: Barbarella, Pygar and the Black Queen flying away together at the end, with the usually stoic Pygar having this huge smile on his face.
* TooKinkyToTorture: Barbarella overloads the Excessive Machine.
* TooSpicyForYogSothoth: The city is swallowed by the Mathmos... except for Babs. The Black Queen (who gets saved by being nudge nudge [[LesYay close to her]]) explains that it can't stand the taste of her innocence.
* TortureIsIneffective: Due to an inept torturer in this case. [[spoiler:Who knew women could actually ''survive'' multiple orgasms? Duran Duran sure didn't.]]
* TortureTechnician: Dr. Durand Durand's hobby, and one shared by the majority of Sogoites, it seems.
* TranslatorMicrobes: Barbarella's "Tongue Box" whose name can be seen as a DoubleEntendre.
* TriangRelations: If Barbarella/Pygar/Black Queen is taken as a love/lust triangle, then it's a type 6.
* UnfamiliarCeiling: At some point Barbarella wakes up after getting knocked out and thinks she's dead. Not surprisingly, since the first person she sees is Pygar the angel (or ornithanthrope).
* WhamShot: After the Excessive Machine scene, the camera focuses on Barbarella's Durand Durand-detector on the floor. The concierge accidentally steps on it, activating it and it starts flashing, revealing that the concierge is Durand Durand.
* {{Yandere}}: The Black Queen, apparently. After Barbarella rejects her advances, she aims a knife at her. Though she didn't go through with it.
* YouCanLeaveYourHatOn: Barbarella stripping off constitutes the entire opening credits sequence.
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