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A 1960 Italian SwordAndSandal film directed by Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia, one of four films to star Hollywood power couple Creator/JayneMansfield and Mickey Hargitay.

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A 1960 Italian SwordAndSandal film directed by Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia, one of four films to star Hollywood power couple Creator/JayneMansfield and Mickey Hargitay.
Creator/MickeyHargitay.


* DiabolusExNihilo: Licos is set up as the main villain throughout most of the movie: he personally kills Hercules' wife, and afterwards schemes to take over the kingdom from Deianera. But rather than face off against the protagonist, he gets killed by a random sasquatch while hiding in a cave from Hercules. The monster - Alcione, set up by a brief scene early in the film in which he's mentioned as a scourge of the countryside, but not otherwise seen or in any way important to the plot - winds up as Herc's final opponent.



* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Licos is set up as the main villain throughout most of the movie: he personally kills Hercules' wife, and afterwards schemes to take over the kingdom from Deianera. But rather than face off against the protagonist, he gets killed by a random sasquatch while hiding in a cave from Hercules. The monster - Alcione, set up by a brief scene early in the film in which he's mentioned as a scourge of the countryside, but not otherwise seen or in any way important to the plot - winds up as Herc's final opponent.



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* WhyDontYouJustShootHim?: The Queen of the Amazons, naturally, disposes of each of her flings. Rather than just having them killed though, she has them magically turned into dead trees for some reason.



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* TrialByOrdeal: Queen Deianera is subjected to the Trial of Themis: she's tied to a wall, and a champion must [[KnifeThrowingAct cut her free with throwing axes]], without injuring her. Licos, her treacherous General who set up the trial, fully expects Deianera to die, but Hercules volunteers to be the axe-thrower and successfully frees her.


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A 1960 Italian SwordAndSandal film, one of four films to star Hollywood power couple Creator/JayneMansfield and Mickey Hargitay.

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A 1960 Italian SwordAndSandal film, film directed by Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia, one of four films to star Hollywood power couple Creator/JayneMansfield and Mickey Hargitay.


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A 1960 Italian SwordAndSandal film, one of four films to star Hollywood power couple Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay.

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A 1960 Italian SwordAndSandal film, one of four films to star Hollywood power couple Jayne Mansfield Creator/JayneMansfield and Mickey Hargitay.


* BlackWidow: The Amazon Queen Hyppolita takes on male lovers, then when she grows bored with them, {{Baleful Polymorph}}s them into trees. She has a whole grove of unfortunate exes, dubbed the Forest of Death.



* TheDogBitesBack: The Amazon Queen takes on male lovers, then when she grows bored with them, {{Baleful Polymorph}}s them into trees. Eventually, one of her former victims captures her in his branch-arms, and crushes her.

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* TheDogBitesBack: The Amazon Queen takes on male lovers, then Hyppolita meets her end when she grows bored with them, {{Baleful Polymorph}}s them into trees. Eventually, one of her former victims lovers captures her in his branch-arms, and crushes her.


* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Licos is set up as the main villain throughout most of the movie: he personally kills Hercules' wife, and afterwards schemes to take over the kingdom from Deianera. But rather than face off against the protagonist, he gets killed by a random sasquatch while hiding in a cave from Hercules. The sasquatch--who was only foreshadowed in an easy-to-miss bit of dialogue about a "savage man"--winds up as Herc's final opponent.

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* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Licos is set up as the main villain throughout most of the movie: he personally kills Hercules' wife, and afterwards schemes to take over the kingdom from Deianera. But rather than face off against the protagonist, he gets killed by a random sasquatch while hiding in a cave from Hercules. The sasquatch--who was only foreshadowed monster - Alcione, set up by a brief scene early in an easy-to-miss bit the film in which he's mentioned as a scourge of dialogue about a "savage man"--winds the countryside, but not otherwise seen or in any way important to the plot - winds up as Herc's final opponent.


* AllAmazonsWantHercules: Hippolyta wants a piece of Hercules so badly she was willing to change her appearance to look like Deianera, despite that she apparently believes the loss of features to be the greatest price any woman can pay. But apparently "Hercules is worth it."

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* AllAmazonsWantHercules: Hippolyta wants a piece of Hercules so badly she was willing to change her appearance to look like Deianera, despite that she apparently believes that having to disguise herself rather than be loved for her own charms is the loss of features to be the greatest highest price any woman can could be asked to pay. But apparently "Hercules is worth it."



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** They make the standard mistake of giving Hercules his Roman name and all the other mythological figures the Greek ones. Amusingly, they seem to have realized this part way through; after a few scenes characters start referring to Jupiter instead of Zeus.


** While the script wasn't great about its female characters, a major contributor to Deianera's lack of being able to physically defend herself likely stemmed from the fact Jayne Mansfield was pregnant during filming.

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** While the script wasn't great about its female characters, a major contributor to Deianera's lack of being able to physically defend herself likely stemmed from the fact Jayne Mansfield was pregnant during filming.filming and couldn't perform anything too physically demanding (this is also likely why the scene with Hippolyta being killed by a tree looks like he just gently massages her to death.)

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** While the script wasn't great about its female characters, a major contributor to Deianera's lack of being able to physically defend herself likely stemmed from the fact Jayne Mansfield was pregnant during filming.


* DamselInDistress: Deianera is pretty much incapable of taking care of herself, constantly needing rescue and at least once relying on blind luck in Hercules not killing her during her TrialByOrdeal. By the end of the film, Licos is dragging her off just because he can, and even a ''sasquatch'' wants her.

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* DamselInDistress: Deianera is pretty much incapable of taking care of herself, constantly needing rescue and at least once relying on blind luck in Hercules not killing her during her TrialByOrdeal.trial by ordeal. By the end of the film, Licos is dragging her off just because he can, and even a ''sasquatch'' wants her.

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