The original literary series
- Cult Classic: To the point that there are even people in the world who try to model their life on the ideals presented in the series.
- Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Women are nasty, bitchy feminists when given any respect whatsoever. Only when raped and forced into slavery can they become loving, gentle and kind.
- There are several cases in the books where a woman is raped, bound, stripped, or otherwise undergoes some sort of sex-related humiliation. This invariably makes her more gentle, more feminine, and overall more pleasant to be around. To hammer the point home, she's often shown as being happier once she's been properly raped and put in her place.
- This may be based on the traditional portrayal of Black slaves vs. White upper class females in the Old South, given how the book series started in the politically-turbulent 1960s. The traditional view was Black women were either sexually promiscuous, or sexually exploited by owners and overseers, or both, while the White elite had to maintain proper standards in their personal life, avenging their frustrations and jealousy on helpless slaves.
- Considering that the lives of free women of Gor is EVEN WORSE then that of slave girls, as they have to wear uncomfortable clothing at all times, never go anywhere without a armed escort, if they show any kind of evidence of feeling desire they are told that they are "acting like slaves" and are subject to being enslaved at anytime should any man find them attractive, I would say that idea makes absolutely no sense. The lives of women in the South was not bad, and not all that restricted. they could and would have affairs( just not with slaves) read books, climb treees, teach school, and do all kinds of fun and intellectually rewarding things. Of course, it could still be true.
- Fridge Logic We are told that the majority of women are free, That on ly 3percent of women are slaves. Meaning that they would be about as rare as a left handed gay person with red hair. Meanikng most people would never have even MET ONE. Yet we run into huge cast of slavegirls. We are told that there are streets and streets of Paga Taverns, each equipped with dozens, to hundreds of slave girls. There are female slaves running on errands in every city. There are bazars full of slavegirls, and independent caravans of slavegirls. This is completely in compatible. The fact is that while we are TOLD that there are lots of free women on Gor, we are shown that at least half the women onGor are slaves. There would be no way that everyone would know aboput colars, and positions or anything else if slavegirls were as rare as 3 percent of the population. thjey would basically be non existant as far as most people knew.
- Ho Yay: Some readers find men embracing men automatically homosexual, so they get a lot out of the books.
- Internet Backdraft: In 90% of the internet, a mention of Gor is equivalent to trolling, unless followed up with scathing hatred and opening the floor to burn John Norman in effigy. It is a banned topic on the StarDestroyer.net forums.
- Mary Suetopia: The trope could be named "Lands of Gor" instead.
- Snark Bait: One of the main reactions by most to the ideals behind the series, followed closely by horror and/or hatred, and considering the premise of the series...
- If Houseplants of Gor is any indication, Gor is just begging for an Abridged Series.
- Gay, Bejeweled, Nazi Bikers of Gor.
- Somewhere out there is a fan novel called Transvestites of Gor with a followup called Female Men of Gor. Fans at conventions used to joke about Podkayne of Gor, but it's uncertain whether that one actually exists.
- Values Dissonance: Tarl expresses this himself throughout the first books, when he's still a Stranger in a Strange Land, less and less as he adapts. Then in the late series, he and a few other Masters clinging to their values refuse to see that the world is changing, and keep insisting that it's wrong.
- Then again the values dissonanace between the message in the novels, and human society, where we insist that all humans deserve human rights.
Outlaw (of Gor) and the Gor movie series
Queen: Get OUT of here, you DISgusting WORM!
- The Scrappy: WATNEY!
- Sequelitis: The first film at least gives the impression of being made by people who were trying to make something halfway decent. Outlaw, however, comes across as just a bunch of action sequences loosely tied together by a Random Events Plot, along with being generally cheap and poorly-made, even by comparison to the first film.
- Special Effect Failure:
- In the first film, the sequence where Cabot is sent to Gor cuts between studio shots of him driving through a thunderstorm at night, and location footage showing his car driving along on a bright, sunny day with only a day-for-night filter attempting to give the impression of a storm. Outlaw somehow manages to be vastly worse, just having Cabot's car being rocked by a couple of stagehands, after which we get a smash-cut to him and Watney being on Gor.
- The climax of Outlaw has the hunter throwing a spear at Queen Lara with some force... followed by a shot of someone off-screen very gently prodding the spear into Lara's abdomen.
- Take That, Scrappy!: Even Outlaw seems to have been aware of just how annoying Watney was, as evidenced by the ending where the ring ends up sending Watney back to Earth alone without Cabot, who finally gets to be with Talena, while Watney ends up having to explain to some cops why he's jaywalking in the middle of Los Angeles dressed in a ridiculous outfit.
- What an Idiot: Upon finding the King's dead body, Cabot pulls the knife out of his back and then runs out of the room with it in his hand for all to see.