YMMV: Red Sonja

The books:

The comics:

  • Foe Yay: With Dark Annisia in the Gail Simone series. Not so much subtext as text, since Annisia was undeniably in love with Sonja at one time and may still be.

The film:

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The random dancing topless girl in Gedren's scrying pool. In-universe it's treated like he forgot to re-tune it after his, er, "private entertainment".
  • Complete Monster: Queen Gedren is an evil tyrant who opens the film by vamping on to Sonja herself. When Sonja resists her advances, Gedren has her family butchered and has Sonja gang raped by Gedren's soldiers. She later massacres a temple of peaceful priestesses to get her hands on an Artifact of Doom that will allow her to Take Over the World and shows no hesitation exterminating any country that resists her. When Sonja herself confronts Gedren later, Gedren says the lives of Sonja's family mean nothing next to a scar Sonja dealt her.
  • Love It or Hate It: There are two schools of thought about the film, some love it and consider it a Cult Classic. Others... not so much.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Queen Gedren crossed it when she murdered Sonja's family and then had her gang-raped by her soldiers. Why? Because Sonja rejected her.
  • Narm: Nielsen's dubious acting skills provide many unintentionally hilarious moments.
    WHERE ARE YOU!?!?!?!
    • Dittos for the acting of the boy prince ("BOY? You call me BOY?!"). Though he's technically supposed to be a spoiled brat, still, he has a tendency to shout out his lines with a wierdly eager tone.
  • Special Effects Failure: The skeleton bridge over the lava is quite obviously a matte painting.

  • Unfortunate Implications: The Encyclopedia of Fantasy accused the movie of being homophobic and of purposely portraying homosexuality as a negative, evil trait. Gedren is portrayed as a lesbian whose rivalry with Sonja is based partly on the fact that Sonja once rejected her sexual advances.