- Adaptation Displacement: More people are familiar with the film than with the comic book.
- Best Known for the Fanservice: The most remembered parts from the movie are Jane Fonda's striptease and the scene where she's put in the Excessive Machine.
- Foe Romance Subtext/Les Yay: Barbarella and the Black Queen (as it happens, the Black Queen was played by Anita Pallenberg, a bisexual model and actress). Stills exists for a deleted scene, where they apparently ended up kissing.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Anyone watching the movie after the 80's might find a villain named Duran Duran a little hard to take seriously.
- Nightmare Fuel: The dolls tormenting Barbarella and tearing into her flesh.
- What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Well, it was The Sixties. The story, the characters, their clothes, their names, the sets. First time you watch the movie, you'll be staring at the screen in disbelief. It could only have been made in the Drugs Decade. There is literally not a single scene, dialog or set that could count as an exception.
- The original Jean-Claude Forest comic book is even odder...