YMMV / The Scorpion King

  • Awesome Music: Godsmack's I Stand Alone and Mushroomhead's Along The Way
  • Narm: A lot.
    • The sequel gets a special prize for having a villain who turns into an invisible giant scorpion. No, not a regular giant scorpion, but one which is invisible as well. If you are thinking the concept of "Invisible Giant Scorpion" sounds like the name of a trope in the line of Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot, you aren't alone.
  • Narm Charm: Also a lot. Especially Billy Zane in the third film. Ham and Cheese galore.
  • Poor Man's Substitute: Of Conan the Barbarian, the first movie in particular. Bare-chested, manly, ripped hero? Check. Thief sidekick? Check. A villain that murdered the hero's people? Check. A hero who's dying of poison and must be saved by a dangerous magic ritual? Check.
    • In fact, the movie's costuming, style, and story is actually much closer to the look and feel of the Conan comic magazines (and thus the original stories) than pretty much any other Conan movie that's been made. The first Scorpion King movie did the Conan setting better than Conan did.
    • Funnily enough, the new Conan the Barbarian movie starring Jason Momoa has drawn some criticism for being a poor man's substitute for The Scorpion King.
  • Signature Song: I Stand Alone.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Oh good lord, is it ever. It's like somebody filmed the kind of classic heroic fantasy pulp novel you buy for a dollar at a bargain bin.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: As we are sure you've guessed from Poor Man's Substitute.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games / No Problem with Licensed Games: Two video game tie-ins were released; Rise of the Akkadian for the GameCube and PlayStation 2 (which acts as a prequel to the film) and Sword of Osiris for the Game Boy Advance (which acts as a sequel to it). While Rise of the Akkadian was panned for being a bland and repetitive beat 'em up, Sword of Osiris actually got some praise for being a pretty solid little side-scrolling action/platformer. Considering it was developed by WayForward Technologies, who are well known for putting serious effort into even their licensed output, this isn't too surprising.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • So Rise of a Warrior gets Randy Couture as the Big Bad for an entry in a series that is known for having some pretty awesome melee fight scenes. The final battle should be pretty cool, with him being a hell of a UFC fighter and all. So what do they do? Have his character transform into a horrendously animated giant invisible CG scorpion.
    • The third film has perennial badass Ron Perlman as the heroic king who has hired Mathyus to help him, but has a grand total of three scenes, only one of which shows him kicking any ass. Similarly, Mathyus and the film's Big Bad—who admittedly has been pretty non-action-y for most of the movie—have a climactic chariot race instead of any kind of sword fight.
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: More like In-Name-Only, really. Apparently the Scorpion King was, indeed a real person. However, it seems that the only thing the guy here has in common with him is the title.