YMMV / 300
These. Are. YMMV. Items!
crossed the line twice
- Adaptation Displacement: The comic was not very well known before the film came out.
- Americans Hate Tingle: The movie was condemned as "Western Propaganda" in Iran note due to the way Persians were portrayed. However, lots of people in the US and Canada had the same opinion, but they usually felt that it was so over-the-top it
. Frank Miller's opinions on the War on Terror contributed to this.
- Of course, since it is portrayed as a story being told to rouse an army against a hated enemy, it essentially is propaganda.
- Awesome Art: The comic book contains some of the best art Frank Miller ever drew. The coloring also falls under this.
- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: While the movie is not very historically accurate, most of the time you are able to nod and think, "Ok this didn't happen, but it's relatively realistic." Then suddenly a demonic, obese, executioner with claws for arms shows up to "discipline" Xerxes' generals. And it's never brought up again.
- Designated Heroes: Ordinarily, you wouldn't be rooting for a side that glorifies warfare, practices eugenics, is profoundly tribal/racist, kills diplomats and systematically kills wounded and those attempting to surrender. But ordinarily, the story isn't told by the admiring products of such a side. Luckily, they didn't even try to tackle the slavery issue. The fact that there really wasn't a side in this war that didn't practice these things also helps.
- Designated Villains: The Persian soldiers are even repeatedly mentioned to be nothing more than slaves forced by their fear of the king to fight.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- An in-story example: "We will fight in the shade."
- Also, the movie did that to The Man Who Saves the World due to Leonidas having a very similar appearance to the main villain in that film.
- Queen Gorgo◊
- It's hard to take many previous works with phrase "This is madness!" seriously anymore due to the 300 film.
- Leonidas isn't the only Spartan with an affinity for making gods bleed.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
- The movie was a massive hit in Greece and cultural neighbor Cyprus, probably because it depicted Greeks as total badasses.
- It's also extremely popular with the European Far-Right for less wholesome reasons.
- Gratuitous Special Effects: This movie makes heavy use of prosthetics, Green Screen and lots of CGI. The same battle was depicted in the movie The Three Hundred Spartans decades earlier with little more than fancy costumes and prop swords. The comic is comparatively more realistic with its visuals.
- Ho Yay: This movie might have been called Ho Yay: The Motion Picture. If you know your way around Spartan culture, it's not hard to see why.
- Holy Shit Quotient: Shoots through the roof during battle scenes.
- Memetic Badass: While the Spartans were already commonly regarded as the most badass civilization in all of history, this movie only helped spread the idea.
- Memetic Mutation:
- "This! Is! SPARTA!!" quickly became ingrained in popular culture, including the inevitable dance mix.
- Also, no one will ever take "This is madness!" seriously ever again.
- Tonight we dine in HELL!
- "It's not my lash they fear".
- Moral Event Horizon: If Theron didn't cross it by using Persian money to bribe the ephors into warning Leonidas against going to war against Persia during an imminent religious holiday, he definitely did so by raping Gorgo and attempting to out her as an adulteress at the Senate meeting the next day.
- Narm: We could also call this Narm: The Motion Picture, what with every single actor on a 100% scenery diet.
- One of Xerxes executioners looks like he came out directly from either Diablo or Warcraft.
- Nightmare Fuel:
- The wall of dead bodies. The gross up close ups of all the corpses don't help much.
- The Tree of the Dead, which goes on the same premise as the wall.
- Older Than They Think:
- A number of lines from the movie are actually from Herodotus, including "fight in the shade" and "Tonight, we dine in Hades" (Hades is short for "Hades's kingdom", the underworld, which was where all afterlives were, for Ancient Greeks). The Spartan epitaph planted by the side of the road is actually still visible as a marker from the Classical period:
Go tell the Spartans, passer by,
That here, by Spartan law, we lie.
- Queen Gorgo also apparently said "Only Spartan women give birth to real men." Though this is believed to have been said to another Greek, not to a Persian Messenger.