Literature: Black Colossus
"Whence came Natohk?" rose the Shemite's vibrant whisper. "Out of the desert on a night when the world was blind and wild with mad clouds driven in frenzied flight across the shuddering stars, and the howling of the wind was mingled with the shrieking of the spirits of the wastes. Vampires were abroad that night, witches rode naked on the wind, and werewolves howled across the wilderness. On a black camel he came, riding like the wind, and an unholy fire played about him; the cloven tracks of the camel glowed in the darkness. When Natohk dismounted before Set's shrine by the oasis of Aphaka, the beast swept into the night and vanished. And I have talked with tribesmen who swore that it suddenly spread gigantic wings and rushed upwards into the clouds, leaving a trail of fire behind it. No man has seen that camel since that night, but a black brutish manlike shape shambles to Natohk's tent and gibbers to him in the blackness before dawn.""Black Colossus" is a Conan the Barbarian story by Robert E. Howard. First published in June, 1933.
- The Berserker: The horde acts as a mass of this
- Bling-Bling-BANG!: A jewel-hilted sword
- The Chains of Commanding
- The Chase: After Yasmela is abducted
- Cool Mask: The villain is even called the Veiled One
- Damsel in Distress: Yasmela
- Distracted by the Sexy: A gender-inverted example. Shortly after meeting Conan, Princess Yasmela is surprised to find herself feeling twinges of lust and desire towards the barbarian.
- Evil Sorcerer: Natohk, a.k.a. Thugra Khotan.
- Fog of Doom: The Evil Sorcerer uses it to block line-of-sight
- Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: Yasmela insists
- The Horde: Consisting of thirty tribes
- Kill It with Fire: A wall of fire, used on charging knights
- The Lady's Favour: Knights carry them
- Magic Wand
- Mars Needs Women: The Eldritch Abomination wants Yasmela
- Perpetual-Motion Monster: A snake in a 3000 year old tomb
- Rescue Sex: Yasmela throws herself at Conan and demands it immediately on being rescued
- Shrouded in Myth: Thugra Khotan
- A Storm Is Coming: Part of the warning
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: The comic adaptation is the page picture for this trope.
- Treasure Room
- Vagueness Is Coming: the prophecied coming
- Was Once a Man: the Eldritch Abomination
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Yasmela's brother is the chief subject matter of the opening discussion — and dropped right after.
- The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: Yasmela. Very hard to maintain her position, especially when this barbarian attracts her.
- Your Worst Nightmare: Yasmela denies this trope, knowing that her lady in waiting will assume it's true; she really was awake when the apparition — an Eldritch Abomination Stalker with a Crush — menaced her.