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Film: Conan the Destroyer

Conan the Destroyer is the sequel to Conan the Barbarian, released in the year 1984. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mako return to reprise their respective roles.

Conan and his accomplice Malak are tasked by Queen Taramis to escort her niece Princess Jehnna to obtain an artifact needed to resurrect Dagoth, "The Dreaming God". Little does he know that the god in question will bring the age of darkness upon its resurrection, and the princess has to be sacrificed in order to do so.

Conan the Destroyer provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Bodyguard Crush: Jehna has one on Conan.
  • Broken Aesop: Zula shows that women can be as strong and independent as men, fighting beside them and "taking them" when they want to get laid. However, she's also pledged her life to Conan, a man. In the end, Jehna says that a woman can be just as effective a guard captain as a man, but Zula must get Conan's permission to accept.
  • But Now I Must Go: Conan, at the ending.
  • Cannibal Tribe
  • Cowardly Lion: Malak is one of the good guys, but he'd rather not be. He's constantly suggesting that he stay behind while the others go off into danger, but either circumstances or his own pride force him to follow along.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Jehna offers to marry Conan and rule her kingdom at his side. He declines. She kisses him, but he doesn't even kiss her back, then walks out without a backward glance. That's cold, Conan!
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: The climax has Conan besting the revived Dagoth in combat.
  • Five-Man Band
  • Gender Flip: The film turned Zula, a male warrior/wizard from the Marvel Comics line into the non-magical Action Girl played by Grace Jones as a Zulu Amazon of sorts.
  • Groin Attack: Zula pulls this on one of the villagers attacking her. With her staff. Ouch.
  • Humanoid Abomination / Eldritch Abomination: Dagoth
  • The Lad-ette: Zula
    Jehnna: How do you attract a man? What I mean is, suppose you set your heart on somebody. What would you do to get him?
    Zula: Grab him! And take him!
  • Lighter and Softer: The producers wanted to create a more family-friendly movie, and it shows. Destroyer is much more comedic and has almost none of the brooding atmosphere of the predecessor.
  • Live-Action Escort Mission
  • Living Statue: Dagoth's (failed) resurrection has him manifesting through the statue depicting him.
  • Locked Out of the Fight: Conan's companions can only watch helplessly from behind a mirror as he has to fight against the wizard Thoth-Amon.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Dagoth
  • Opening Narration: Mako provides it once again.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Malak, to the point that Jehna makes him her court jester in the end.
  • Red Right Hand: Thoth-Amon, the evil wizard, has a partially melted face to remind you that he's evil.
  • Releasing from the Promise: After Conan frees her, Zula asks to ride with him and serve him. At the end of the movie Princess Jehnna asks Zula to be the captain of her guard. Conan releases her from her oath to him (and grants her permission to take the post) with a nod.
  • Royal Brat: Princess Jehnna is na´ve, capricious, and obnoxious.
  • Screaming Warrior: Zula
  • Screaming Woman: Jehna, and how.
  • Simple Staff: Zula's Weapon of Choice.
  • The Sneaky Guy: Malak the cowardly thief.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill:
    • After Conan rips off Dagoth's horn and kills it, he impales its head with his sword, prompting the theme music to swell triumphantly.
    • Immediately after Conan delivers his coup-de-grace, Malak rushes up to stab Dagoth's corpse himself, prompting the triumphant music to swell all over again as he mugs shamelessly.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Conan tosses his sword at the sorcerer Thoth-Amon, without even seeing him
  • Token Evil Teammate: Bombaata, who is instructed to betray the rest of the gang once the objective has been completed. He doesn't make much of a secret of it toward the end.
  • Virgin Sacrifice: Princess Jehnna is meant to be one.
  • We Can Rule Together: A rare non-evil version of the trope. Jehnna offers Conan to share the throne of Shadizar with her, but he politely declines.
  • Wizard Duel: As the group tries to evade a bunch of bad guys, Akiro has to use his skills to close a door, with the opposing side's wizard trying to open it. The duel is portrayed almost entirely by chants, gestures, reactions and Basil Poledouris' score, "Dueling Wizards".

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