Western Animation / Conan the Adventurer

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An Animated Series loosely based on Conan the Barbarian (hence the title), but so very much Lighter and Softer than the original it should be considered more a generic fantasy series that merely borrows inspiration from Conan. The cartoon ran from September, 1992 to November, 1993, for a total of 65 episodes.

Thousands of years ago, the demon-god Set ruled the earth as an immortal tyrant, served by legions of monstrous reptilian humanoids called "Serpentmen". However, a mighty warrior-wizard named Vathalos led the other White Wizards of the world in a rebellion against the demon-god and sealed him and most of his minions away in the Abyss. Unfortunately, some of Set's minions, human and Serpentman alike, escaped the purge and slunk into the shadows to prepare for the day when they could release Set and reclaim the world.

None of this is of any concern to Conan, who is a mere youth apprenticed to his father, a blacksmith, in a peaceful mountain village in Cimmeria. One day, a strange celestial event results in a great shower of shooting stars; while they hit all over the world, several of them land at Conan's mountain, whereupon Conan's father forges the "starmetal" they contain into weapons and makes a profitable business selling them, saving one piece, a mighty broadsword, for Conan. This sword is concealed in a stone sarcophagus, and Conan is told that he will be ready to wield it on the day that he can remove it from its resting place.

Unbeknownst to the Cimmerians, Wrath-amon, the High Wizard-Priest of Stygia and Lord of All Serpentmen, has been told by Set that starmetal holds the key to undoing the spell that keeps the demon-god sealed away, and he immediately sets to gathering the substance for his master. Several years after the starmetal shower, Conan's village is attacked by Wrath-amon's minions, led by the dark wizard himself. Conan runs to retrieve his sword, and finally manages to free it, but returns too late to help, forced to watch as his father, mother and grandfather are transformed into stone statues by Wrath-amon's evil magic. He vows to never rest until his family are restored, and while leaving the mountain, he stumbles across the tomb of the sage Epimitrias, still haunted by the ghost of this ancient wizard. The benevolent spirit tells Conan the reasons behind Wrath-amon's attack, and gives him a companion in the form of a fledgling phoenix named Needle.

And thus the journey begins... As Conan proceeds to wander the earth and battle Wrath-amon's evil, he makes numberous other allies, including the Vanirman Snagg, the shuriken-tossing acrobat Jezmine, the warrior-wizard prince of the Wasai Zula, the wind-magician Greywolf, and the winged whip-wielding warrior Falkenar.

Later the show was given a "sort of" sequel in Conan and the Young Warriors, where Conan acted as a mentor to a group of three chosen ones who are destined to rule over the realm of Hyboria.


Conan the Adventurer provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Jezmine.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Needle and Dregs get one episode where they are the focus. They have been captured by a creature collector and must escape him.
  • A Lady on Each Arm: Snagg has two girls in each of his arms in the Series Finale.
  • Amazon Chaser: Snagg likes Breda because she's a strong Vanir woman and sees her as his equal.
  • Animal Eyes: Wrath-Amon has reptilian-like eyes in his human form.
  • Animation Bump: The series has pretty average animation, but "The Sword of Destiny" stands out as the visually best episode. It has an anime feel to it, being animated by KKC&D Asia. The animation is very fluid and has many lightning effects. It also helps that the script contains many sword fights.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Set is a giant cobra with a rattle at the end of his tail. Justified since he's a snake god.
  • An Axe to Grind: Snagg's weapon of choice is a battleaxe. Made of starmetal, of course.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The Kari Dragon save Conan, not once but twice. This is because of all the humans he encountered, Conan was the only one who would risk his life to save him.
  • Back for the Finale: The three-parter Series Finale bring back many characters: the ghost of Epimetrius, Mesmira, the Wizards of Xanthus, Conan's parents, Conn, Jezmine's parents, Ram-Amon and the Kari Dragon. Oddly, Windfang is completely absent. Skullkar has a brief appearance early on, but isn't seen in the rest of the finale.
  • Badass Beard: Snagg has a large red beard and is a very fearsome warrior.
  • Bad Boss:
    • Averted with Queen Mesmira who, aside from the occasional queenly tantrum and berating, treats her servants well and is in turn highly regarded by them that they are unhesitatingly entrusted with her safety in various schemes. Even such powerful and vile minions obey her requests for seemingly no other reason than loyalty and respect.
    • Played very straight with Wrath-Amon. His promises mean little. Success doesn't guarantee security if sacrificing you would profit him in any way. Of course those who don't succeed in their task are forfeit.
    Wrath-Amon: Fail me and your life will be the least you will lose
    • Set is an interesting case; he is never seen or even implied to harm his serpent men in any way, and gives considerable leeway to the holder of the black ring, who is generally spoken to in a calm and guiding manner. However, the rare times he does issue a threat can be very unsettling, and once someone else usurps the ring, no thought is given to the previous owner no matter how loyal they are or how much they have achieved.
      • Then came the bad future (described below); while Wrath-Amon is now second-in-command of the whole world, he has become rather uneasy and on edge. There was one moment when Set menacingly appears behind him, supposedly just to inquire the state of the local celebration; but judging from Wrath-Amon's startled reaction, he may have had worse in mind.
  • Bad Future: One of the late episodes has Conan get pulled into one resulting from him dying in the ambush he was just subjected to. Set has escaped and conquered the world, Falkenar has been killed, Snagg's eye has been gouged out, Zula's hand has been cut off, Jezmine has been transformed into a Serpentwoman and, worse, become a concubine of Set, Needle has been frozen into crystal, and Greywolf's siblings have been vaporized. In the course of preparing an antidote to dose Conan with so they can send him back, Snagg is eaten by Set, Jezmine changes into a serpent-beast to hold off Set and is killed and Zula and Greywolf are killed sending Conan back to his own time.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: The villains won a couple of times:
    • Wrath-Amon stage a war between Cimmeria and the Vanir. Both factions had secret stashes of starmetal and forged them into weapons. As the two armies clashed, Wrath-Amon staged his surprise attack and stole all the weapons, except for Conan's and Snagg's.
    • Mesmira tried to elude Greywolf. She gave him two rare flowers to cure his siblings in exchange for Greywolf abandoning his pursuit. The wizard agreed and realized he had been duped: the flowers were fake. Mesmira fled and kept the real flowers for her nefarious plans.
    • In "The Star Metal Monster", the titular creature is melted down by Wrath-Amon so he can forge one of his starmetal disk.
    • This deserve a mention:Wrath-Amon successfully set a trap for Conan and poisoned him with giant snakes. With Conan dead, this is the beginning of the end as Set makes his eventual return and conquer the world. Only decades later, through time travel, can Greywolf change history by saving Conan before he is bitten. It becomes a Near Villain Victory.
  • Bald of Evil: Wrath-Amon doesn't have any hair underneath his helm.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Greywolf's brother, Misha, and his sister, Sasha, are transformed into wolf-monsters. Greywolf manages to restore their human minds, but is unable to do more in the process than turn them into ordinary wolves. Restoring them to human form becomes his driving motivation for the series.
    • The final fate of Wrath-Amon, he is permanently turned into a mindless lizard-like creature.
  • Barbarian Hero: Conan, Zula, and Snagg are all different versions of this; Conan is the standard "brawny loincloth-wearing white guy" type, Zula is the "Darkest Africa savage" type (if only in look), and Snagg is the "Horny Vikings" type.
  • Barbarian Longhair: As everyone in-universe is constantly reminding us, Conan is "a big dumb barbarian". He also has thick and untamed shoulder-length hair.
  • Bare Your Midriff: While her original human form, Sasha's belly was exposed.
  • Bat Out of Hell: One of Mesmira's rides is a giant scary bat. It even creeps out her werewolf henchman.
  • Battle Boomerang: Zula's starmetal boomrang, forged from his starmetal bolas.
  • The Beastmaster:
    • Zula, technically, with his ability to request aid from animals.
    • Falkenar, with his loyal falcon Stormclaw, and technically Greywolf, with his lupine siblings, play it much straighter.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
  • Big "NO!": When Set fails to devour an escaping Conan in episode "Into the Abyss" and again in "A Serpent Coils the Earth" when the dimensional rift to the Abyss is closed, losing half his army.
  • Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism: The frost giants, much like in the original Conan story, have large but fairly human-looking womenfolk and far bigger and more monstrous menfolk.
  • Black Magic: Wrath-Amon throws this around like it's going out of style. But there's plenty more of it that pops up.
  • The Blacksmith: Conan's father is a very fine blacksmith, having crafted Conan's sword.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Wrath-Amon has two blades in his right-hand's gauntlet.
  • Blood Brothers: Conan and Zula become blood brothers in a ceremony, because of the former's actions that save them both. Should anything happen to Zula, Conan will succeed him as prince of Wasai.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Though this series actually has the characters hit their enemies, all they do is reveal them as Serpentmen (if their enemies are disguised) or cause them to disintegrate and be sucked out of their clothes into the Abyss (if their true form has been revealed). This is actually worked into the story on two occasions. In one episode, Conan and Jezmine are in the Abyss, and find their weapons near useless because you can't banish someone to a place they already are. And in the final arc, there's an open portal to the Abyss, so disintegrating the Serpentmen only sends them a few miles away, where they rush right back to the fight, giving Set an effectively inexhaustible army.
  • Body Surf: The Evil Sorcerer of the Burning Skull use a host to house his mind and soul. He changes host when his old one is about to expire.
  • Bragging Theme Tune: "Conan, the Adventurer, Conan, warrior without fear, he's more powerful than any man, his legend spreads across the land and sea..."
  • Butt-Monkey: Dregs is laughably incompetent and routinely humiliated. This is exaggerated for comedic effect in Dregs-Amon the Great, when even ruling Stygia can't get him out of being the butt of every joke.
  • Call-Back: The show actually had a fairly decent continuity and several episodes referenced past ones.
    • Episode 16 has Jezmine and Conan note that this scenario is much like a previous one, referring to their near-disastrous adventure after the Star of Transmutation. The Evil Sorcerer even turns out to be the same one from that episode, and references it himself.
    • In episode 31, a callback is made to Conan slaying the Medusa in episode 6.
    • When future!Greywolf send Conan back in his timeline, the incantation is similar to the one used by Spellbinder.
    • Ram-Amon absently refers back to his first meeting with a time-traveling Conan in episode 24 when they meet him again in episode 60.
    • The very last bit of starmetal Wrath-Amon needed is the very same lost dagger in "The Last Dagger of Manir".
  • Captain Obvious: In one episode, Conan yells "It's a trap!" to his friends, when the Serpentmen have already begun their attack 10 seconds earlier and Conan has already made his counterattack.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Windfang usually fight with a mace. His other weapon is a flail.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Jezmine don't like when other women are too close to Conan.
  • Cool Airship: The Wizards of Xanthus have an airship as means of transportation. They even use it for the final battle against Set's army.
  • Cool Horse: Conan's horse named Thunder. He is loyal to his master and start kicking serpentmen around when he's outfitted with starmetal horseshoes.
  • Cool Old Guy: Conan's grandfather, Conn, was a pretty impressive adventurer himself in his younger days, and even in the present day thinks nothing of stealing the jewelery of a legendarily possessive and powerful lich-queen in order to trick her into destroying an enemy of his.
  • Continuity Snarl: Conan says that no one can follow him to the hidden tomb of Epimetrius as its location must remain secret. In the finale, Conan brings Conn to the tomb and Epimetrius doesn't seem upset about it (then again, Set has returned to Earth and "bending the rules a little" is the least of the ghost's concerns right now).
  • Cursed with Awesome: Skulkar was transformed from a human warrior into an undead skeleton by being exposed to the Black Magic of his treacherous former-friend Sadinar, after having already been empowered by the Black Magic of Wrath-amon. Skulkar actually likes this state, to the extent he goes berserk when Sadinar transforms him back into a human .
  • Darkest Hour: The Series Finale is very much this. Set has returned to Earth along with thousands of banished Serpentmen. With the portal to the Abyss permanently opened, the Serpentmen turned from a joke army of mooks to an unstoppable army of mooks. The very last episode also count. Conan is chained to a slab of stone and is to be devoured by Set while his imprisoned friends are helplessly watching from afar.
  • Damsel in Distress: The Princess of Vendhya is captured by an Evil Sorcerer and Conan goes to her rescue.
  • Defecting for Love: Astavis renounces loyalty to Wrath-Amon, and eventually his power-mad god Set, because they fail time and again to guarantee the safety of his beloved human wife and daughter.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen:
    • When they first meet, the Princess of Vendhya is cold and insulting to Conan who came to rescue her. She warms up to him after she's successfully rescued.
    • Breda refuses to accept Snagg as her lover, but has a change of heart when he finally show a bit of humility.
  • Dem Bones: Skulkar, and any of his minions.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Downplayed. The two major females characters of the series, Jezmine and Mesmira, rarely square off against one another.
  • The Determinator: Nothing will stop the undead queen from getting her jewelry back, as Mesmira found out the hard way.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: In the final episode ("A Serpent Coils the Earth Part 3") Conan and his friends fight Set, the Big Bad and a demon-god, and win.
  • Distaff Counterpart: The Medusa is male in this universe rather than female.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: In "The Treachery of Emperors", Conan rescues a princess whose father promised to make him king of the western province. Save for one short scene, the princess is barefoot throughout the episode.
  • The Dog Is an Alien: While not an alien, Needle, a baby phoenix, would occasionally pretend to be a parrot to avoid drawing attention.
  • Draconic Humanoid: Windfang is a Multi-Armed and Dangerous version of this who is a recurring opponent. Others include the dragonspawn, minor enemies who show up in several episodes.
  • The Dragon: Windfang, once a human general named Venturas who opposed Wrath-amon centuries ago, but was captured by him and forcibly transformed into a flying monster. Gets two episodes devoted to him; "Windfang's Eyrie" and "Earthbound".
  • Elemental Embodiment: In one late episode, a renegade Zanthus wizard is transformed by Mesmira into an elemental humanoid, capable of switching between a hulking earth form, a winged fire form, a tornado-like air form, and water form.
  • Eldritch Location:
    • In the episode "The Book of Skelos", Conan and his allies are transported to the City of Demons. A place where the physical laws of reality don't apply.
    • The Abyss is shown to be a barren and desolated place with red and black sky. Another episode show landmasses broken, scattered and floating in the air.
  • Elemental Powers: The White Wizards of Zanthus study magic that gives each of them control over one of the four elements. A Zanthus wizard is also allowed to only study one particular element — trying to wield power over multiple elements results in exile.
  • Elite Mook:
    • The Serpent Riders of Set. It take simultaneous starmetal blows to take them out. Fortunately for Conan, they only show up in one episode.
    • The mummies guarding Stygia. They hit so hard that they send the gang flying, are damage resistant to even starmetal weapons and have eye beams.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • Conan teams up with Ram-Amon against Wrath-Amon, not once but twice in the series. It naturally ends with Ram-Amon's betrayal in both accounts.
    • In the Series Finale, Mesmira helps our heroes invade Stygia when Set invade the world. This was part of her plan as she steals the remains of the black ring when everyone has completely forgotten about her.
  • Epic Flail: Windfang usually fight with a flail. His other weapon is a mace.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Set does not want to destroy the human race. He wants to rule over them as their supreme deity, and make them subservient to his Serpent Men.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Misha and Sasha are technically humans turned into wolves, but they fit the trope perfectly as they are capable of smelling evil, usually Mesmira. Too bad Conan and his crew are too slow to catch on until it's too late.
  • Evil Is Hammy: With Scott McNeil as Wrath-Amon, you bet it's gonna be hammy.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: The entire earth was once plunged into darkness by an elder demon so terrible, a mere gaze at its shadow would strike one with a crippling horror. Despite learning of the legend in all of its detail, a warlord still plans to unleash it to conquer a kingdom for him, fully believing that such a wicked being would even consider his request.
  • Evil Sorcerer: The series is full of them, but Wrath-Amon and Ram-Amon are the series' most recognizable ones.
  • Expository Theme Tune: It pretty much sums up what Conan is after. Some consider it Crowning Music of Awesome, too.
  • Eyepatch of Power: In the Bad Future, Snagg lost an eye and wears an eye patch.
  • Fate Worse Than Death:
  • Fight Unscene: Happened regularly. Someone would swing a weapon, and things would suddenly zoom into just the weapons as they clanged against each other, and then it would zoom back out again. This would also sometimes happen when the serpentmen would get struck by starmetal — the scene would zoom in on either them or their torsos while they got zapped back to the Abyss, then zoom back out again.
  • Find the Cure: Conan has been poisoned by Wrath-Amon's giant snakes and Conan has to find the cure. What makes it interesting is that Conan is already dead when he undergoes this quest. That's because he's being pulled into the future by Greywolf, just moments before he was bitten. The cure can only be found in the future and Conan will return to his timeline once this is done. Which makes you wonder why Greywolf couldn't just use Time Travel to prevent the poison attack in the first place.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Forgot About His Powers: In the Series Finale, Conan's friends have freed themselves, but they can't reach their weapons. Why Jezmine and Zula not summon their weapons back is quite puzzling.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Wrath-Amon started his life as a common and mindless giant gila monster. Then Ram-Amon turned him into a Lizardfolk. After getting rid of his master, Set made him his new servant and Wrath-Amon became the most feared and powerful sorcerer for the next two hundred years.
  • Galactic Conqueror: What Set is on the verge of becoming in a dark alternate timeline. Not content with simply ruling Earth, he aspires to invade and conquer other dimensions as well.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • Getting Conan to be her submissive lover is one of Mesmira's driving ambitions.
      Conan: When I get my hands on you, Mesmira, you'll wish you'd never heard of the purple lotus!
      Mesmira: Someday you will get your hands on me, Conan, but on my terms, not yours.
    • As mentioned above, it's implied Jezmine was made into Set's concubine in the Bad Future.
    • In episode 16, we have Nanok the Nasty cavorting with a woman, quite obviously a whore, in his lap.
    • An Evil Sorcerer enslaved Jezmine and magically changed her clothes. He then restrained her with a magical leash. And if that wasn't enough, he starts lusting after her.
  • Giant Mook: Among the commonly fought serpent-men is one in the episode "Seven Against Stygia" that is almost twice the size of Conan and sent him flying, shield and all, with one strike.
  • God of Evil: Set in a nutshell.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: An evil sorcerer enslaves Jezmine and magically changes her clothes.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Fed up with his servant's (Dregs in the past) incompetence, Ram-Amon spared no attribute when invoking the powers of darkness to create a replacement. Who would later become Wrath-Amon.
    Ram-Amon: Give him the strength of a hundred men, give him cleverness and cunning, give him the power of EVIL!
  • Grand Finale: "A Serpent Coils the Earth" three-parter.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: The Serpentmen aren't very competent. In the finale, they tied up our heroes, but forgot to remove Falkenar's cloak. Guess what he does when he is freed?
  • Half-Human Hybrid: The Serpentmen are half-snake, half human. Jezmine discovers she is half-human, half-Serpentman.
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: Often in normal dialogue and literally true in every fight scene. Every single voice actor is practically screaming themselves hoarse while Chewing the Scenery.
  • Harmless Freezing: Conan is frozen by the Frost Giant's daughter. It take several minutes for Snagg to find him. When he does, he remove the sheet of ice encasing him. Then, he place torches around him to warm him up and Needle gives a hand by flying overhead. Afterward, Conan is fine and capable of moving like nothing happened.
  • Hates Being Touched: Spellbinder hates to being touched as he hates the company of others.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • Astavis, a Serpentman with a human wife, falls in love with her and tries his hardest to keep her safe, even personally renouncing Set. When he is banished to the Abyss, his wife is accidentally pulled with him and he fights as hard as he can to keep her safe. When he finally returns to the world as part of Set's army, he deserts at the first chance he gets.
    • Same goes for his wife. When she reunited with her long-lost daughter Jezmine, she made a bargain with Wrath-Amon. Jezmine unharmed in exchange for Conan, Zula and all the starmetal weapons. When Wrath-Amon didn't fulfill his end of the bargain, she switched sides.
  • The Hermit: Spellbinder lives alone on top of a snowy mountain. He deliberately avoid people because he hates them. Falkenar and Zula take note of this and threaten to take him to civilization if he doesn't cooperate.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Conan always favor swords, even when he loses his.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • The Kari Dragon sacrifices himself to save the heroes from a recently unleashed Set.
    • Needle does that as well against Set, just moments later. He turn into bright and large burning phoenix and eventually falls into the ground in ashes. However, like the phoenixes of legends, Needle raise from its ashes, unharmed.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: Ninjas seen in Phenion wear green costumes. Conan himself trains as a ninja and wears a red and orange costume. This goes the same for Jezmine when she joins them and also wear a red and orange costume.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Ironically, Set's own dark magic and energies has often aided the forces of good. The Amulet of Vathelos was powered by his own sorcery, which enabled Epimetrius and the wizards to banish him to the Abyss in the first place. He inadvertently recharges the relic that has now passed to Conan, though the artifact does not grant the wearer immunity to his fangs or coils. Even his venom is necessary to spare Conan from a poisonous toxin that would otherwise surely kill him.
  • Hook Hand: In the Bad Future, Zula lost his right hand and replaced it with a hook.
  • Horny Vikings: The Vanir.
  • Hot Witch: Mesmira, who is frequently making use of mind-controlling and mind-altering spells to get what she can't get through simple flirting.
  • Humanity Ensues: Played straight with Skulkar in the episode "Bones of Damballa".
  • Identical Grandfather: In the episode "The Amulet of Vathalos", a man tells Conan a story about Conan's grandfather. During the flashback, Conan's grandfather looks like an older, less muscular version of him.
  • Invincible Villain:
    • The demon god Set. When an exasperated Conan demands to know what it'll take to destroy the evil serpent, Set angrily replies "More power than you shall ever possess!".
    • Set's own creations/minions the Serpent Men also seem to share his immortality, in that while they may be overwhelmed or incapacitated, they can never die, merely be banished to the Abyss.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • The unnamed woman who drugged Conan and sold him to the Serpentmen in episode 1. She's never seen again and never got punished for her misdeed.
    • Ram-Amon, original wielder of the Black Ring and creator of Wrath-Amon, escapes unscathed in the final episode. Ditto Mesmira. Presumably, this was a Sequel Hook for future episodes, had there been any.
    • Windfang and Skullkar are still unaccounted for.
    • While they made a Heel–Face Turn in the end, Jezmine's parents were accomplices to Wrath-Amon and who knows how many atrocities they committed while living in Tarantia.
  • Kids Are Cruel: A bunch of boys took a poor orphan girl's animated doll and taunt her. They then toss the doll in a bonfire and left her to cry.
  • Last of His Kind: The Kari Dragon says he is the last remaining dragon alive.
  • Leave No Survivors: Through deceit and exploitation of the Vanir and Cimmerians' prejudice and distrust of each other; Wrath-Amon successfully incites a war between them while his serpent army and Windfang's hordes lie in wait to steal their star metal weapons reserves finish off whoever's left.
  • Lethal Chef: Jezmine boards a ship disguised as a cook, much to the peril of the sailors.
  • Liquid Assets: Conan and Greywolf have their youth stolen and turned into a "youth perfume" in episode 23 by an evil old sorcerer. They manage to get it back from the villain.
  • Lizard Folk: Technically, Wrath-Amon isn't a serpentman, but a lizard folk. He was just a common giant gila monster when Ram-Amon used the black ring to turned him into his servant.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: One disguised serpentwoman became a king's new queen. With her new political power, she increase taxes and impose cruel punishments to any who oppose her. The king is said to be a good ruler, but has done nothing to stop her because of his blind love for her.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Conan's dislike using a shield, but he reluctantly carries it because it serves as Needle's resting place. It's also able to resist many attacks.
  • Manly Tears: In the Bad Future Zula shed tears when Snagg is eaten by Set.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": When Needle announce that the portal to the Abyss has opened and Set is coming to Earth, everyone jaws drop down.
  • Master Swordsman: Conan
  • Mentor Archetype: Like Obi-Wan, the ghost of Epimetrius serve as Conan's mentor, although he rarely appears himself.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Windfang has four arms.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Astavis is the only known Serpentman to have fallen in love with a human. The other Serpentmen think he is mad and Ram-Amon, who's been ruling over Serpentmen for a very long time, believed that such thing is unheard.
  • Mythology Gag: This show has dozens of references to the novels, from major ones like Conan and his tribe being descendants of Atlantis to minor ones like the usage of character-names and place-names from the novels.
    • Conan and Snagg often bicker due to being a Cimmerian and a Vanirman; the Vanir are frequently enemies of the Cimmerians in the novels, though this hasn't stopped peace between them and Conan, indeed, befriended a Vanirman at one point in his travels.
    • A literal Mythology Gag is at the ending of episode 11, where the countess tells her son that as count, he should only bow to the King of Aquilonia, who Conan, as he cheerfully admits, is most certainly not. Fans of the novels will remember that Conan's tales eventually ended with him becoming King of Aquilonia.
    • The mystical Black and Purple Lotuses are reoccuring items in the series. Both are potent mystical plants/drugs from the original literature.
    • Needle being a phoenix on a shield might be a reference to The Phoenix on the Sword, one of the very first Conan stories.
    • The general look of Dregs and the other nagas might be considered to be based on the "Man-serpents" from certain Conan stories, first appearing in The God in the Bowl.
    • Zula's patron god, Jhebbal-Sag the Master of Beasts, is lifted from Beyond the Black River, though here he is a good-guy, whereas in the novel he was a demon/old god who was empowering the Pictish shaman.
    • "Star of Shadizar":
      • The plot is basically pretty much the same as The Tower of the Elephant, with Conan raiding a wizard's tower to steal a highly valuable gem.
      • The fight he has with an ape-beast in the same episode could be seen as a Shout-Out to Rogues in the House, which revolves around Conan having to deal with a monstrous man-ape that has taken over the house of its sorcerer ex-master. Especially because the ape-beast has the same name — Thak — as the man-ape from the story.
    • Episode four involves the "Cannibals of Darfar", a degenerate race who first appeared in Man-Eaters of Zamboula.
    • Episode 26's plot has a certain resemblance to The People of the Black Circle. An Evil Sorcerer named the Master of the Black Circle is the antagonist of episode 23.
  • Near Villain Victory: Wrath-Amon actually win by killing Conan. He then killed Mischa, Sasha, Falkenar and captured Jezmine. Greywolf, Zula and Snagg are the only ones left, but they can't stop Set from invading the world. Starmetal weapons become useless and mankind is enslaved. Decades later, only by saving Conan through time travel can they undo his victory.
  • Never Recycle Your Schemes: One group of Serpentmen ambushes Conan, Jezmine and Falkenar with spears, hooks and other gimmicks that incapacitate their starmetal weapons. The plan only fails because of Venturas' timely arrival. With a little improvement, this could have given the Serpentmen an easy victory, but they never bring that plan again.
  • Never Say "Die": Turned to living stone? Banishing to another dimension? Definitely not as bloody as the classic stories.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • In one episode, Conan travels back in time to steal the black ring and therefore, saving his family. Unfortunately, he fails and the black ring changes hands: from Ram-Amon to Wrath-Amon.
    • Zigzagged once Conan freed Ram-Amon and team up with him. At first, Conan end up replacing Wrath-Amon with Ram-Amon. The latter captured him and his friends and delivered them to Set. However, Conan would not have recharged the amulet without Ram-Amon's help, meaning his parents would still be trapped in stone. Jezmine's mother was also successfully rescued because of Ram-Amon (although she probably would have escaped on her own once the portal was wide opened).
  • The Nicknamer: Needle is king of this:
    • Conan: Big Dumb Barbarian
    • Jezmine: Stargirl
    • Snagg: Red Beard
    • Grey Wolf: Grey Wizard
  • Ninja Pirate Robot Zombie: Conan is a Barbarian Hero who ends up learning some of Zula's animal-magic (he's never very good at it, though, but he gets better when he discovers his Totem animal — a lion), becomes adopted into Zula's tribe as his blood-brother, discovers he's of Atlantean blood and becomes a trained Ninja.
  • No Indoor Voice:
    • Needle. OH SO VERY MUCH AWWWWWWWK AWWWWWWK AWWWWWWK!!!
    • Jezmine does not speak, ever. She screams every line.
  • No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: One Serpentman challenged Conan with a magical armor that protects him from the effects of starmetal weapons. He's defeated nonetheless and the Serpentmen never craft the armor ever again.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: Jezmine wear a pink corset that expose much of her skin.
  • Off-Model:
    • The animators can't decide either Jezmine has three, four or five shurikens.
    • Snagg's battleaxe was once portrayed was a doubleaxe and another time, as a poleaxe.
    • In "The Once and Future Conan", Set is shown yellow rather than his usual gray. The animators must have mistaken his golden statue for his real color.
    • Jezmine's mother is blonde, but is colored brown in the victory banquet.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Wrath-Amon sees Ram-Amon for the first time after nearly 200 years. He is visibly shaken.
  • One-Hit Kill: One blow from a starmetal weapon is all that is needed to defeat a Serpentman. However, it doesn't kill them, only banish them, which becomes a plot point in the series finale - with an open rift between the Abyss and Hyperborea, all banishing a Serpentman accomplishes is to take him out of the fight for a while until he can travel back to the portal and rejoin Set's army.
  • Our Dragons Are Different:
    • The Asiatic-looking Kari Dragon is at least nominally friendly towards Conan and co. once Conan earns his respect.
    • Episode 30 has Conan go after a "Fire Salamander", which can be best described as a frill-necked, fire-breathing Stegosaurus.
    • Wrathamon's chariot is pulled by two pink wyverns.
  • Our Giants Are Bigger: Frost giants are the primary adversaries in a Snagg centric episode.
  • The Phoenix:
    • Needle, a rather immature/weak version. He does get to become a fully grown adult for a few moments, though.
    • The episode "Crevasse of Winds" has an evil phoenix show up.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Jezmine wears a pink top all the time.
  • Polly Wants a Microphone: Needle is this at best, a Small, Annoying Creature at worst.
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: Zula's bolas (later forged into a boomerang) and Jezmine's shurikens. They were coated with a magic ointment that make them return to the thrower when yelled "Return!"
  • The Quest: Conan kick off his adventures to free his parents and grandfather from the curse of living stone.
  • The Quisling: Ram-Amon isn't a Serpentman, he is human. He serve as ruler of Stygia long before Wrath-Amon came to power. He knows full well that an invasion by Set will enslave mankind and doesn't seem to care.
  • Raise Him Right This Time: While fleeing the heroes, the old sorcerer mentioned in Liquid Assets accidentally knocks over some of his bottles, dousing himself in his perfume and regresses into a baby. Greywolf takes the baby when they leave his tower, stating that he now has a second chance and they should find someone to adopt him.
  • Rated M for Manly: The Title Sequence. Yes, Lighter and Softer it may be.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Ram-Amon is more than 200 years old. Sorcery is probably responsible for this.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: When Windfang return to his human self, he wants to turn a new leaf, but Falkenar refuses to accept him. This is because their animosity runs deep, as Windfang has been fighting Falkenar's clan for 200 years. Jezmine gives him the benefit of the doubt while Conan is suspicious at first, but warms up to him later.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Set is a demon-god that appears as a giant cobra, the Serpentmen are Set's main allies, Wrath-amon is a humanoid monster created from a carnivorous lizard... and that's not even getting into all of the other reptilian monsters that show up.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can:
    • The god Set and his serpentmen creations/worshipers in the Abyss.
    • The ancient evil that was sealed under a castle. Wrath-Amon unburied it to create the Serpent Riders of Set.
    • An evil demon that could strike fear to anyone who looked its gaze. It's being magically sealed beneath the earth by ancient wizards.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Twice. First Conan traveled through time to prevent his parents stone curse. He failed and returned to his timeline. Second, Greywolf pull Conan into the future and they must find a cure for the poison Conan will contract seconds before the pulling.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Already beautiful, but always in traveling gear with no time for the more feminine touch ups. Spending time with her aristocratic mother accentuated Jezmine's youthful complexion with her smooth and long hair let down, and having a lady's gown for attire. When she dresses up for a festival, even the familiar Conan is speechless.
  • Ship Tease: It's implied a few times that Conan and Jezmine are attracted to each other, but they never officially become a couple.
  • Slipping a Mickey: Conan fell victim of this on more than one occasion. He should really stay away from taverns.
  • Small, Annoying Creature: Needle; just hearing his voice is cringing as nails to a chalkboard.
  • Smooch of Victory: The Princess of Vendhya gives one to Conan when she's rescued, eventually that is.
  • Snub by Omission: The wizard Zulanti invite Conan and Jezmine to journey with him, but intentionally omit Greywolf.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Jezmine is the only woman among the seven heroes.
  • Spin-Off: Conan and the Young Warriors. And even then, its connection to this series was suspect. There were a few Continuity Nods, but the strongest link was them reusing the Conan character design.
  • Stable Time Loop: In one episode, Conan travels in the past to steal the black ring. He ends causing the rise of Wrath-Amon.
  • Stalker With a Crush: Windfang is infatuated with Jezmine because she reminds him of the woman he'd loved, back when he was a human.
  • The Starscream: Wrath-Amon wasn't the first ruler of Stygia. He stole the black ring from Ram-Amon and became Set's newest sorcerer.
  • Status Quo Is God: The Black Ring is separated from its master on several occasions, but since depowering The Heavy would end the series, Wrath-Amon always gets the ring back before the ending credits. At least until his final confrontation with the heroes in the penultimate episode.
  • Stripperiffic: Mesmira. She wore some sort of tabard that covers her upper body, but for her lower body just a belt and sash that hangs down between her legs, leaving almost all of them on display.
  • Summon to Hand: Jezmine's shurikens are enchanted to return after throwing. She later teaches Zula how to enchant his bolas to do the same. When he has them reforged into a boomerang, they retain the magic.
  • Sycophantic Servant: Dregs, a naga who serve both Ram-Amon and Wrath-Amon.
  • Taken for Granite: The spell of living stone that curses Conan's parents and grandfather.
  • Third-Person Person: Needle always refer himself to 3rd person when speaking.
  • Throwing Your Shield Always Works: Conan tossed his shield like a frisbee and decapitated a mummy.
  • Thunderbolt Iron: Starmetal
  • Token Minority: Among the seven heroes, Zula is from Wasai and is black. Falkenar is from Kusan, an Eastern Asia-like country.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Subverted. Dregs decides to try for this when he steals the Black Ring while Wrath-amon is briefly transformed back into the lizard he once was. His attempts at spells tend to backfire — for example, when he tries to make a crevice appear under Windfang, Windfang just catches himself with his wings, and then Dregs falls into it. Wrath-amon's troops won't obey him, Dregs doesn't know how to use any of Wrath-amon's other artifacts and makes a mess, and he finally pisses Set off so badly that Set won't recharge the Black Ring for him.
  • Tragic Monster: Windfang
  • Tyrannosaurus rex: A skeletal tyrannosaurus rex, courtesy of Skullkar.
  • Ungrateful Bastard:
    • There are many instances where Dregs save or help his master Wrath-Amon. The evil sorcerer never thanked or acknowledged Dregs' actions, much to his frustration.
    • The Emperor of Vendya declares whoever will rescue his daughter from a ghastly cult will be made king of a province. Conan succeeds where no-one else even dared and is given a formal half-hearted thank you and a pouch of gold coins tossed to the ground near him.
  • Uniformity Exception: One of the main characters is the daughter of a human mother and one of Set's serpentmen mooks. (Apparently the only good one.) When old Dad returns to Earth with the rest of Set's horde, he's a slightly different color from the rest of the mooks, and thus stands out and is easily identifiable.
  • The Usurper: Zula's cousin, Gora, try many times to take the throne of Wasai for himself.
  • Villain Episode: Dregs is the focus of one episode where he takes over the leadership of Stygia from Wrath-Amon.
  • Villainous Crush:
    • Its implied that Set is sexually attracted to Jezmine, who is a half-breed of human and serpent man, two races he desires to rule over together supreme. In an alternate bad future it's plausible he forced her to become his concubine.
    • Mesmira in no way makes her desire for Conan a secret. Emphasized when she once disguises as Sasha the wolf; her animal instincts make her overtly affectionate towards him while initially unable to mask her aggression towards Jezmine.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left!: When things go south for Wrath-Amon or any villains, they run away to fight another day.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Conan and Snagg routinely exchange tribal insults.
  • Was Once a Man: Windfang used to be General Venturis of Koth, before being turned into a four armed dragon-man by Wrath-Amon's experiments
  • Weakened by the Light: Set hates the brilliant light of a Phoenix.
  • Wham Shot: In the Bad Future, the sight of Jezmine being a Serpentwoman came out of nowhere and was quite creepy as hell.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Two characters disappear before the end of the series with nothing to indicate their final fates:
    • Greywolf's subplot is the only one completely unresolved at the end of the series. The best he can accomplish is turning his brother and sister into reverse werewolves (human during a full moon, wolves otherwise).
    • Windfang's fate also remains unresolved by the end of the show.
    • Two characters turned to stone are not seen restored: a tribe's leader and Conn's adventuring buddy.
  • Whip It Good: Falkenar's weapon is a whip with a starmetal at the end of its tip.
  • Who Dares?: Set is outraged when the black ring is destroyed, momentarily disrupting his powers.
  • World of Ham: Second only to BRIAN BLESSED in terms of how much of any given episode a character is shouting. Even the intro is hammy.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Conan considers hitting women against his code of honor, to the point that he allowed himself to be recaptured by the Amazons rather than fight his way out of their camp. As Needle put it, "Big dumb barbarian need better code".
  • You Can't Thwart Stage One: Much of the series is spent trying to stop Wrath-Amon from building the pyramids he needs to create the portal to free Set or deny him the starmetal he needs to make the discs to put on top of the pyramids, but Wrath-Amon ultimately succeeds at the beginning of episode 63, setting up the three-episode Grand Finale in which Conan and Co fight Set.
    • Part of the reason for this is because Conan spend a good part of the series trying to free his family from the spell of living stone. This leave Wrath-Amon free to build his pyramids mostly undisturbed. Only at the very end Conan has no choice but to intervene.
  • You Fool!: This line from Wrath-Amon:
  • You Have Failed Me: When a Serpentman failed to retrieve the Claw of Heaven, Wrath-Amon fed him to an unseen beast.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: A servant girl brings Gora personal items covertly taken from Conan and Zula for his latest scheme to take over the Kingdom. She was under the impression that he would make her a queen. Instead, his two large baboons take her away.

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