This is Sparta.Why would Leonidas lie right before his Crowning Moment Of Awesome? Also, thousands of Poopers can't be wrong.
Xerxes is a Goa'uldHe wears a lot make up, he wears a lot of jewelry and thinks he's a god. Oh! and he also has a very deep raspy voice.
300 is Greek Myth or Spartan propaganda.This explains all seeming historical inaccuracies: This is really what the Battle of Thermopylae was like in a shadowy otherworld where the Spartans really were descended from Heracles and the Persian Army really did contain rocket-wizards and giant rhinos and immortal undead supersoldier ninjas and was lead by an actual god.
It was all just an incredibly lavish LARP campaign...... seen through the eyes of the geeks participating. Hot babes, lots of sex, lots of homoerotic fightin' men, and immense battles from which much EXP must have been reaped. Clearly this was all just a big LARP session, completely with cinematic slow-mo from the guys who always go "I decapitate that one dude in Bullet Time."
300 is real, what History tells you is wrong.Because real life can be awesome like that. Also, it would explain where ninjas came from. Or not...
300 is the past of Naruto.Well, it's ridiculous, but yet, bullet time and hyperspeed seem to be constants in both worlds. Not to mention flamboyant/overly pierced ninjaesque villains.
300 takes place inside The MatrixC'mon, who would believe that an army of Badasses killed over eight thousand Persians in bullet time is historical?
The vegetation in Persia is the natural ancestor of steroids.Which would explain where the Persian army got those seemingly absurd elephants and rhinos. If this theory is true, it could also be that the mutant wolf killed in the beginning was a tourist from Persia where steroid-infected herbivores are the local carnivore cuisine. Oh, and the slaughter of an innocent Persian tourist - it just wanted to say an affectionate hello, truly! - could be the real reason for the war between the Spartans and the Persians.
Spartacus takes place in the same world.Everyone I know has been complaining that Spartacus Bloodand Sand is 300 and Gladiator tossed in a blender. I contend that Spartacus actually takes place in the same universe as 300. Spartacus is perhaps, a distant descendant of a Spartan warrior who fought in the Persian Wars.
300 takes place in the Warhammer 40,000 settingThis might be a bit of a stretch but I've been thinking about it. The world where 300 takes place is a Space Marine recruitment world, probably designated a fuedal world rather than feral or death. The reason that no Astartes appear? It isn't their homeworld, so they don't have a permanent presence, just return every generation or so to oversee aspirant trials. They've set up the myths and legends to create a world with greek-inspired warriors, complete with entire other nations for them to pit themselves against. Unfortunately, during the absence of the SM the Persian king and followers have become corrupted by Chaos, probably Slaanesh as excess seems to play quite a part in their appearance in the film. After all, excess is more than just about sex, and Xerxes wants to have the biggest empire, the biggest army, he simply wants it all! It also explains the presence of purple goat/beastmen, strange rhinos, etc. And then there is the big fat executioner with blades for arms, that has to be either a chaos ogryn or a mutant of some sort.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann takes place in the same world.And this is even more screwed up than I thought. After all, how do you explain away all the Testosterone Poisoning?
Stelios is Azazeal from Hex.They share the same actor, and we know that Azazeal has been trying to father the antichrist since at least Ancient Egyptian times.
Ephialtes' father was a male, soldier equivalent of the Education Mama.Ephialtes told Leonidas that it was his mother's love that saved him from being killed as a baby, not his parents' love. The mother probably pressured her husband into escaping with them. Humiliated by the loss of his career and his deformed child, the father began obsessively training his son as a soldier. This causes Ephialtes' obsession with becoming a soldier.
The Persian messenger who gets kicked into the Spartan well by Leonidas is originally from Persian-occupied Egypt, and of Nubian descent."Okay", you may now say, "this would explain this one black Persian. But why is every other high-ranking Persian - including Xerxes himself - also black?" Because the Messenger is the only Persian whom all the Spartans who where not among the 300 have ever seen up close. This means that when the last survivor of the 300 tells his story, this is what his audience imagines all the Persians to look like.
The story takes place in an Alternate History where Persia is a Superpower that dwarfs the Roman Empire and has already conquered the Mongol and Chinese Empires, and is on to Take Over the WorldHence why they had Japanese ninjas.
300 takes place in the same universe as spartacusThe visuals just everything.
The entire story is Spartan propaganda in an Alternate HistoryIn this Alternate History, Persia is The Federation that encompasses Asia, hence why they had Japanese ninjas and weird science. Xerxes was just a figurehead, a symbol of Persia as a unified empire despite its de facto status as more of a federation. On the other hand, Sparta is a militaristic, totalitarian People's Republic of Tyranny that uses the Persian expansion to justify war, like how North Korea portrays the US as The Empire. The Persians first tried diplomacy, but it didn't work when Leonidas killed the messenger, starting the war.
The entire story is just a story by DalliosIn reality, Leonidas' 300 was aided by The Roman Empire during the battle. even if Sparta have the most elite warriors at the time, 300 against thousands is highly unlikely. The Persians was becoming a potential threat, so the most powerful empire at the time, Rome, has to acted ahead of their enemy, Leonidas has a defensive advantage on that valley, so Rome saw Spartan as a "uninvited" ally and aided them in battle.
If there's a third movie in the franchise, it will be called 10,000...and it will be a Perspective Flip focusing on the members of the Persian immortals. Double points if it uses Achaemenid propaganda as a Framing Device, and depicts the Spartans as inhuman monsters.