* AdaptationDisplacement: John Milius's film is likely what many think about when they hear the name Conan the Barbarian and not the Howard stories. And it's very likely that Conan = Arnold for many people. Anyone who plays Conan gets compared to him. Conan [[OlderThanTheyThink dates back to 1932]], older than {{Superman}}.
* {{Anvilicious}}: According to [[http://www.overthinkingit.com/2011/08/10/conan-the-liberal/ this Overthinking It article]] the 1980s Conan movies have strong feminist, anti-racist and atheistic themes. On the flip side of that coin, director and co-screenwriter John Milius self-identifies as conservative/libertarian in his personal views, Conan himself is a fiercely independent warrior who eventually becomes a king on his own steam, and the film explicitly shows that there is an afterlife when [[spoiler:Valeria briefly comes BackFromTheDead.]]
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Well it does have one of the best movie soundtracks ever made. In fact, there are some music critics who consider this score to be one of the greatest classical music compositions of the 20th century.
** To highlight some tracks, "Riders of Doom" is an epic anthem worthy of an army's final stand.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZY2mRG5mzg ''Anvil of Crom'']] or [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkMhRvEmG6s ''Riddle of Steel.'']] With so little dialogue, John Milius asked him to write a [[Creator/RichardWagner Wagnerian]] {{opera}}tic score that would carry the whole movie, including the nearly-wordless first ''half-hour''. "Riddle of Steel"'s later middle section was slightly reworked into no less than three trailers for ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', ''Ocarina of Time 3D'', and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'').
* CompleteMonster: The [[EvilSorcerer evil]] [[BigBad Thulsa]] [[NamesToRunAwayFrom Doom]] starts by slaughtering Conan's village, decapitating Conan's mom while he stands next to her and selling the children as slaves just so that he can obtain weapons of fine steel from the barbarians. Later in the film, he orders a young woman to jump to her death to illustrate how much control he has over his followers before ordering Conan to be crucified. Shortly after that, we find out that he and his followers practice cannibalism. He proceeds to kill [[spoiler: Valeria, probably Conan's greatest love in the movie-verse]], with a snake arrow. After Rexor and his army's defeat in the Battle of the Mounds, Thulsa coldly tries to do the same thing to the Princess after deeming her [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness no longer useful to him]]
* InkStainAdaptation: The movie visually builds upon the Marvel comics and [[FrankFrazetta Frank Frazetta]]'s art before it. Parodies like ''Film/{{UHF}}'''s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZHoHaAYHq8 ''Conan the Librarian'']] tend to mock Arnold's distinctive accent.
* MemeticMutation: Even people who haven't seen the movie can quote the "what is best in life?" scene (although the original is attributed to the real Ghengis Khan, an expy of which is in the scene).
* NarmCharm: Although many of the quieter scenes are actually well done, a good portion of the movie is {{narm}}. Awesome, glorious narm that fits both the setting and the story like a glove, somehow managing to be incredibly moving when in many other movies it would be just plain ol' {{Narm}} without any of the charm.
* OneSceneWonder:
** Max von Sudow's performance as King Osric is half pure glorious HamAndCheese, part [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously unusually heartfelt]], and is often singled out by critics.
** The camel who gets punched out (twice, even!) in both this movie and its sequel.
** Conan's father only gets one scene and one speech. It's all he needs.
* StrangledByTheRedString: Pay close attention to all of Conan and Valeria's scenes together after they first meet. He doesn't say ''one line'' to her!
* UnfortunateImplications:
** As [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19820101/REVIEWS/201010313/1023 Roger Ebert noted]] as early as the film's release: Conan becomes a Germanic superman with a black arch-enemy. (As hinted by his name, the original Conan was Celtic (or rather, his people were ancestors of the Celts) and in his original stories he had no arch-enemy at all. Also, the literary Thulsa Doom has blue eyes and straight hair and is swarthy rather than truly black; rather than seeming like an African, his race was intended to be that of a mysterious, mystical people that had vanished from the world long ago.)
** Thulsa Doom's snake cult members resemble hippies and/or followers of New Age or New Religious Movements.
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