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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.
  • Narm: Nielsen's dubious acting skills provide many unintentionally hilarious moments.
    WHERE ARE YOU!?!?!?!
  • So Bad, It's Good
  • Unfortunate Implications:
    • The film's sexual politics are all over the place. First of all, it begins with a Rape as Backstory, which is rarely a good thing, and then Sonja's strength is granted to her by a spirit, seemingly to allow her to get revenge on Gedren and suggesting that she didn't put much effort in herself. Later, the weird Mr Miyagi/Padme Amidala arena master telling Sonja she must learn to like men better, which, when you think about it, is basically him scolding a victim of gang rape for being a little wary of sex. How unreasonable of her.
    • The Big Bad is a lesbian who responds to rejection by having the rejecter's family murdered and the rejecter gang-raped.
    • 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.

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