Conan the Adventurer
, originally titled Conan
, was a live-action TV series that ran for one season in 1997 to 1998. It was but one of many late 90's fantasy shows that followed in the wake
of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
, and a total of 22 episodes were produced.
The show was loosely based on the first Conan the Barbarian
movie (which in turn was loosely based on Robert E. Howard
's Conan the Barbarian
stories), and followed the adventures of the titular Conan and his friends as they attempted to free the land of the evil wizard Hissah Zul
.For the animated series that aired in the early 1990s, see here.
Provides examples of:
- Bastard Understudy: At least one of Hissah Zul's sorcerer allies/former apprentices touched on this trope.
- Bloodless Carnage: Conan and his friends regularly mow down large groups of faceless mooks, but blood was a rare sight.
- The Chosen One: Conan.
- Composite Character: Karella was inspired by Bêlit of the short stories and Valeria of the first movie.
- Evil Twin: One villain's plot to destroy Conan involved evil clones.
- Evil Overlord: Practically every sorcerer Conan's band encounters falls into this category, but above all Hissah Zul.
- Failure Is the Only Option: Conan gets more than one shot at Hissah Zul over the series, but always fails for one reason or another. Until the last episode.
- Fanservice: Scantily-clad models and hot actresses were common guest stars throughout the series. For the ladies, Conan himself went everywhere clad in little more than a furry loincloth.
- Follow the Leader: Attempts to imitate the style of Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
- Lighter and Softer: Than the original Conan the Barbarian.
- Lost in Imitation: The series got hit twice by this trope. First, Conan in Conan the Adventurer is based heavily on the character from the movies — which had already altered the characterization from the original stories — and adds further elements that water it down from the original stories, with Conan becoming Crom's Chosen One fighting the Evil Empire. On top of that, reviewers generally compared the series poorly to Hercules.
- Opening Narration: Explains Conan's backstory.
- Perpetually Shiny Bodies: Conan.
- Poor Man's Substitute: Thickly accented German bodybuilder Ralf Möller for thickly accented Austrian bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger.
- Virgin Power: One of Conan's many doomed love interests starts out a virgin warrior who can magically adorn herself with impenetrable armor and gain incredible strength and speed. She and Conan eventually fall in love and have sex. She later dies after being captured, because she couldn't do the armor thing anymore. At least he got laid that time?