* AdaptationSequence: Actual events > unreliable historical document by a man who was taking a break from writing about giant ants > Movie > Graphic Novel > Movie > Video Game
* BannedInChina: This film is banned in Iran because of the rather negative portrayal of Persians in this film (even though by an UnreliableNarrator).
* BeamMeUpScotty: Two minor examples:
** There's a good [[DramaticPause twenty-second pause]] between the ambassador saying "This is madness!" and Leonidas responding with his famous line. Understandably, people usually omit the long pause when they're quoting the film. In addition, Leonidas says "Madness? THIS. IS. SPARTA!" but is usually quoted as "No, THIS. IS. SPARTA!"
** Leonidas full quote is "Spartans! Ready your breakfast and eat hearty, for tonight we dine IN HELL!", but it's commonly shortened to "Spartans! Tonight we dine ''in hell''!" as it is in the trailer.
* DawsonCasting: An inversion. The actual Leonidas was sixty when he died. Creator/GerardButler was well under sixty when he played the Spartan king.
* DyeingForYourArt: The movie is a gigantic parade of special effects. The monsters, the blood, the surreal colors, none of it is real. But the ludicrously chiselled bodies of the Spartans? [[http://www.gymjones.com/knowledge.php?id=35 Quite authentic.]] The actors playing the Spartans, as well as the stunt crew, went through TrainingFromHell in order to earn those abs the hard way. For a sense of solidarity with his actors and to "feel like a Spartan" himself, director Creator/ZackSnyder did too. Unfortunately, the TrainingFromHell had long-term ramifications and Creator/GerardButler developed a painkiller addiction due to the toll it had on his body.
* FakeNationality: There is not a single Greek or Iranian actor in a film about a battle between Greeks and Iranians ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg And Syrians]]. [[OverlyLongGag And Assyrians]]. And [[LongList Chaldeans, Jews, Egyptians, Phoenicians and everyone else in the Achaemenid Empire]].)
** Mocked mercilessly by the Podcast/{{Rifftrax}} dub:
--->'''Leonidas:''' Och, give the Persian messenger some haggis and tell him I'll be right there!\\\
'''Leonidas:''' (''shouting'') LONG! LIVE! SCOOOOOOOOOOOOOTLAND...er...SPARTA!\\\
'''Leonidas:''' (''dying'') I can see whiskey... a great plate of steamin' haggis... a crappy, overgrown golf course....
** This is hardly without precedent, though. In British translations of classical Greek literature, it's traditional to render the Spartan's Doric Greek dialect into English with a heavy Scots accent, to give them the feeling of a more rough, "unrefined" culture compared to the Athenians, who usually speak RP. In American translations the Spartans are usually [[EverythingsBigInTexas Texans]].
* FollowTheLeader: Follows ''Film/SinCity'', also an heavily stylized adaptation of Creator/FrankMiller comics. Also follows the general SwordAndSandal trend revived by ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'', and more loosely, the action fantasy trend revived by ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy. In the costume drama/adventure film department it wound up making a path of its own by leading to other more hyper-stylized and fantastical Greco-Roman themed films that followed.
* RecursiveAdaptation: The film was based on a Creator/FrankMiller comic based on his view of the film ''[[Film/The300Spartans The 300 Spartans]]''... as in he loved it when he saw it as a child, later saw it as an adult and hated it, so he wrote a comic using his childhood memories as the basis - he used a NostalgiaFilter to ''enhance'' the work! The reason it hits the RatedMForManly button is because it's based around that integral process!
* StarMakingRole: For Creator/GerardButler. Subverted with Creator/LenaHeadey as her star making role is today remembered as ''Series/GameOfThrones''.
* ThrowItIn: The Oracle's words are actually just ad-libbed gibberish by the actress who played her. Creator/ZackSnyder was delighted that she worked the word "Carneia" into it.
** The '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis THIS! IS SPARTA!]]''' line as well. The original comic never gave emphasis as to how the line was delivered. Creator/GerardButler went ahead and hammed it, and the rest is history.
* The film had an UnreliableNarrator, and fans love it for what it is. If you're curious, though, [[http://payvand.com/news/07/mar/1246.html this]] article lists every inaccuracy regarding the film's portrayal of Persians.