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* BlackVikings: Subverted. The Persian emissary and a couple officers in their army are black, though this would not be terribly bizarre in real life given that the Persian empire reached Egypt, where black Nubian tribes were employed. The odd part comes later, when Xerxes reveals he also has some tribes from the DarkestAfrica in his army, despite his empire never reached those places.



* DarkestAfrica: Xerxes has at least one black emissary and some Sub-Saharian tribes in his army, though their war rhino sees more action than them. This is possibly a historical reference to Carthage, which it is speculated might have been in an alliance with the Persian empire against Greece at the time (the Persians were fighting the Greeks in the latter's homeland while the Carthaginians were facing them in their colonies in Sicily).


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* DarkestAfrica: Some misplaced Sub-Saharan tribes appear as fighters in the Persian army, handling a war rhino that actually sees more action than them. This is possibly a historical reference to Carthage, a city-state that did trade with sub-Saharan Africa, as it is speculated it was in an alliance with the Persian empire against Greece at the time (the Persians were fighting the Greeks in the latter's homeland while the Carthaginians were facing them in their colonies in Sicily).


%%** Stelios.



* LargeHam: 300 of them. The largest by far is, of course, Leonidas.

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* LargeHam: 300 of them. The largest by far is, of course, Leonidas. Most Persians envoys also qualify, and Xerxes is of the {{cold|ham}} variant.


A midquel/sequel film, ''Film/ThreeHundredRiseOfAnEmpire'', was released in March 2014, and Miller made a sequel comic called ''Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander'' in 2018.

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A midquel/sequel prequel/midquel/sequel film, ''Film/ThreeHundredRiseOfAnEmpire'', was released in March 2014, and Miller made a sequel comic called ''Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander'' in 2018.



* AdaptationExpansion: The entire Gorgo subplot was created for the movie as were a few fight scenes depicting more fantastic elements (the orc-like monster, the giant rhino, etc.) Also, the Captain's son is a side character in the movie but only had a brief mention in the comic.

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* AdaptationExpansion: The entire Gorgo subplot was created for the movie as were a few fight scenes depicting more fantastic elements (the orc-like monster, the giant rhino, the grenadiers, the uber-Immortal and the executioner, etc.) Also, the Captain's son is a side character in the movie but only had a brief mention in the comic.



* AdaptedOut: The comic book's narration states the Spartans and the Arcadians are joined by several other Greek tribes until reaching explicitly 7000 soldiers or so, just like they were in real life. The scene in which Ephialtes guides the Immortals also show some Thespians that are quickly massacred. The film doesn't mention or show any of this, the only extra reinforcements being a Phocian contingent that is virtually TheGhost (Astinos and Stelios make a joke about Thespians at one point, though.)



* DarkestAfrica: Xerxes has some Sub-Saharian tribes in his army, though their war rhino sees more action than them. Possibly a historical reference to Carthage, which it is speculated might have been in an alliance with the Persian empire against Greece at the time (the Persians were fighting the Greeks in the latter's homeland while the Carthaginians were facing them in their colonies in Sicily).

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* DarkestAfrica: Xerxes has at least one black emissary and some Sub-Saharian tribes in his army, though their war rhino sees more action than them. Possibly This is possibly a historical reference to Carthage, which it is speculated might have been in an alliance with the Persian empire against Greece at the time (the Persians were fighting the Greeks in the latter's homeland while the Carthaginians were facing them in their colonies in Sicily).

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* DarkestAfrica: Xerxes has some Sub-Saharian tribes in his army, though their war rhino sees more action than them. Possibly a historical reference to Carthage, which it is speculated might have been in an alliance with the Persian empire against Greece at the time (the Persians were fighting the Greeks in the latter's homeland while the Carthaginians were facing them in their colonies in Sicily).


* AggressiveNegotiations: What the "This is Sparta!!!" scene amounts to.

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* AggressiveNegotiations: What the The "This is Sparta!!!" scene amounts to.to the leader of Sparta punt kicking a messenger to death after negotiations failed.


When the Persian Empire brings its forces down upon the Hot Gates, the battle goes exactly according to Leonidas' plan: the fighting skill and perfect defensive position of the Spartans prove to be too much for even the monstrous Persian army to handle. The kill count becomes obscenely lopsided in favor of the Spartans, and the only real problem occurs when Ephialtes sells his information to Xerxes for women, wealth, and a (horrible) uniform.

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When the Persian Empire brings its forces down upon the Hot Gates, the battle goes exactly according to Leonidas' plan: the fighting skill and perfect defensive position of the Spartans prove to be too much for even the monstrous Persian army to handle. The kill count becomes obscenely lopsided in favor of the Spartans, and the only real problem occurs when Ephialtes sells his information to Xerxes for [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking women, wealth, and a (horrible) uniform.
uniform]].


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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: In exchange for his loyalty, Ephialtes asks Xerxes for wealth, women ... and a uniform. [[YouHaveGOTToBeKiddingMe Xerxes apparently smirks at this]].

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* AgeLift: In the graphic novel, boy Leonidas kills the wolf more than forty years prior to Thermopylae, implying that Leonidas is somewhere around his fifties. (Leonidas is indeed thought to have been born somewhere during the 540s-530s BC.) In the film, the wolf incident is instead stated to have happened more than thirty years before the events of the film, making Leonidas ten years younger than his comic (and real-life) counterpart. (Interestingly, Gerard Butler was 36-37 at the making of the film, making him ''younger'' than Leonidas both in the film and the comic.)


* OneLiner: Plenty. Stelios's "Then we shall fight in the shade," Leonidas's [[MemeticMutation "This is SPARTA!"]], "Tonight we dine in Hell!", and "Come and get them!" The narrator Delios receives a slightly more subtle joke: When asked about his one eye, he replies, "It's only an eye. The gods saw fit to grant me a spare." Probably the most obvious one is Leonidas's comment that "There's no reason we can't be civilized" as his men butcher their wounded enemies. Spartans were expected to be able to express themselves in a concise, forceful and witty manner, which is where we get "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laconic_humour Laconic humour]]."

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* OneLiner: Plenty. Stelios's "Then we shall fight in the shade," Leonidas's [[MemeticMutation "This is SPARTA!"]], "Tonight we dine in Hell!", and "Come and get them!" The narrator Delios receives a slightly more subtle joke: When asked about his one eye, he replies, "It's only an eye. The gods saw fit to grant grace me with a spare." Probably the most obvious one is Leonidas's comment that "There's no reason we can't be civilized" as his men butcher their wounded enemies. Spartans were expected to be able to express themselves in a concise, forceful and witty manner, which is where we get "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laconic_humour Laconic humour]]."

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* LowFantasy: ''Extremely'' low. There is zero magic, and the only "fantasy" elements in the film are the immortals (who are orc-like creatures, and even then there isn't really anything magic about them), an executioner character (who is also orc-like) and a half-man half-goat like creature briefly seen in the part where Ephialtes meets Xerxes.


A midquel/sequel film, ''Film/ThreeHundredRiseOfAnEmpire'', was released in March 2014, and Miller made a sequel comic called Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander in 2018.

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A midquel/sequel film, ''Film/ThreeHundredRiseOfAnEmpire'', was released in March 2014, and Miller made a sequel comic called Xerxes: ''Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander Alexander'' in 2018.


A midquel/sequel film, ''Film/ThreeHundredRiseOfAnEmpire'', was released in March 2014.

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A midquel/sequel film, ''Film/ThreeHundredRiseOfAnEmpire'', was released in March 2014.2014, and Miller made a sequel comic called Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander in 2018.


* ActuallyPrettyFunny: During one of the arrow bombardments, while the Spartans are under their shields, Antinos starts laughing hysterically. After the punchline, all the Spartans are laughing.

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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: During one of the arrow bombardments, while bombardments where the Spartans are under their shields, Antinos Astinos quickly remembers Stelios's BadassBoast towards the second Persian Emissary, and then starts laughing hysterically. After Cue every Spartan laughing save for the punchline, all Captain upon realizing the Spartans are laughing.punchline.


-->'''Leonidas''': [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIr8u0j08gU SPARTANS! What is your profession?]]
-->'''Spartans''': [raise their spears] ARROOH! ARROOH! ARROOH!
-->'''Leonidas''': You see, old friend? I've brought more soldiers than you did.

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-->'''Leonidas''': --->'''Leonidas''': [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIr8u0j08gU SPARTANS! What is your profession?]]
-->'''Spartans''':
profession?]]\\
'''Spartans''':
[raise their spears] ARROOH! ARROOH! ARROOH!
-->'''Leonidas''':
ARROOH!\\
'''Leonidas''':
You see, old friend? I've brought more soldiers than you did.


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* {{Gorn}}: A good example of this would be the end of the first wave, a slow-motion shot of one of the Spartans going through and slashing up several charging Persian soldiers.


* BadassCape: The Spartan army.
* BaldOfEvil: Xerxes again.

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* BadassCape: The Spartan army.
Spartans all wear capes and little else, and they are a force to be reckoned with.
* BaldOfEvil: Xerxes again.is notably bald and portrayed as quite evil.



* TheBerserker: The Uber-Immortal.
* BigBad: Xerxes of course.
* BigGood: Leonidas of course.

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* %%* TheBerserker: The Uber-Immortal.
* BigBad: Xerxes Xerxes, the ruler of course.
the Persian empire that wants to subjugate Sparta and the other Greek city-states.
* BigGood: Leonidas Leonidas, as the leader of course.the Spartans, is the highest ranking single character (as opposed to the Athenians in general).



* DiagonalCut: Horizontal, but the same effect.

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* DiagonalCut: Horizontal, but the same effect.%%* DiagonalCut



* DiesWideOpen: Leonidas himself.

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* DiesWideOpen: When Leonidas himself.is killed his eyes are still open.



* DoomedMoralVictor: A [[InsistentTerminology 300-man bodyguard]] of those.

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* DoomedMoralVictor: A [[InsistentTerminology 300-man bodyguard]] of those.The Spartans fight to defend their homes, knowing full well that they can't possibly win and are just biding time so that everyone else can get their act together enough to form a real defense against Xerxes.



* EvilLaugh:
** The Persian emissary who bribed Theron and the Ephors to betray Sparta in exchange for Persian riches laughs diabolically.
** Stelios.

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* EvilLaugh:
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EvilLaugh: The Persian emissary who bribed Theron and the Ephors to betray Sparta in exchange for Persian riches laughs diabolically.
** %%** Stelios.



* NeverWasThisUniverse: While Dilios' tale could be counted as pure exaggeration for the sake of drama, the last shot show's that Spartan's ''do'' dress like that for battle and ''fight'' as he describe it, instead of the barely straining explanations [[StopHavingFunGuys more serious historical experts keep giving about how the movie should really be done]].

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* NeverWasThisUniverse: While Dilios' tale could be counted as pure exaggeration for the sake of drama, the last shot show's shows that Spartan's Spartans ''do'' dress like that for battle and ''fight'' as he describe described it, instead of the barely straining explanations [[StopHavingFunGuys more serious historical experts keep giving about how the movie should really be done]].



* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler:Astinos]] and the Uber-Immortal.

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* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler:Astinos]] and the Uber-Immortal.Uber-Immortal are both beheaded.



* RatedMForManly: To the extreme. Warning: this film will impregnate any non-protected viewers, be they men or women.

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* RatedMForManly: To the extreme. Warning: this film will impregnate any non-protected viewers, be they A bunch of well-muscled bearded men or women.in hardly more than their underwear tear through an invading army like it's nothing.



** While their garb fell more towards RainbowPimpGear and BlingOfWar than toward ninja-like garb, and the facemask they wore(which not all accounts mention) is described as more akin to a bandana or ski mask, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immortals_%28Persian_Empire%29 the Immortals]][[note]]The name is believed to be a mistranslation by Herodotus confusing the Persian name for the force, the Anûšiya ('companions'), with Anauša ('Immortals')[[/note]] were in fact the backbone of the Persian infantry. According to several accounts, when one of this units 10,000 soldiers was injured, killed, or fell ill he was immediately replaced. It should be obvious why [[EliteArmy 10,000 disciplined soldiers]] with [[WeHaveReserves deep reserves]] equipped with [[FragileSpeedster light armor and skilled in close combat]] specializing in [[ZergRush mass formation assaults]] was one of the most feared military units in the ancient world.

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** While their garb fell more towards RainbowPimpGear and BlingOfWar than toward ninja-like garb, and the facemask they wore(which wore (which not all accounts mention) is described as more akin to a bandana or ski mask, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immortals_%28Persian_Empire%29 the Immortals]][[note]]The name is believed to be a mistranslation by Herodotus confusing the Persian name for the force, the Anûšiya ('companions'), with Anauša ('Immortals')[[/note]] were in fact the backbone of the Persian infantry. According to several accounts, when one of this units unit's 10,000 soldiers was injured, killed, or fell ill he was immediately replaced. It should be obvious why [[EliteArmy 10,000 disciplined soldiers]] with [[WeHaveReserves deep reserves]] equipped with [[FragileSpeedster light armor and skilled in close combat]] specializing in [[ZergRush mass formation assaults]] was one of the most feared military units in the ancient world.



* ShutUpHannibal: "This! IS! SPARTA!" is the most famous. Leondias gives plenty more.

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* ShutUpHannibal: When the first messenger claims it's madness to oppose Xerxes, Leonidas responds with "This! IS! SPARTA!" is the most famous. Leondias gives plenty more.before kicking him down a well.



* WorldOfHam: THIS! IS! THAT! KIND OF! '''''MOVIE!!!'''''

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* WorldOfHam: THIS! IS! THAT! KIND OF! '''''MOVIE!!!'''''Everyone is extremely larger than life, between Leonidas' tendency to shout and Xerxes' claims of godhood.



* YouShallNotPass: TheMovie, basically. It's the purpose of the whole battle.

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* YouShallNotPass: TheMovie, basically. It's the The purpose of the whole battle.battle was the prevent the Persian army from reaching the rest of Greece through the narrow pass, at least long enough for them to mount a proper defense.


* AdaptationalVillainy: The comic features a scene depicting Ephialtes post-betrayal in a somewhat sympathetic light: [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone he reacts in horror]] as the Immortals ambush and [[KillEmAll mercilessly slaughter]] the Thespians who stayed behind with the Spartans, when he had only instructed the Immortals [[WeaponForIntimidation to intimidate them with their spears]]. The scene was cut out of the movie, making his plea to Leonidas to surrender come across as being much less sympathetic.



* FaceHeelTurn: Ephialtes wanted to join the spartans but was turned down so he joined Xerxes instead.

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* FaceHeelTurn: Ephialtes wanted to join the spartans Spartans but was turned down so he joined Xerxes instead.

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