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* TooDumbToLive: ''Seriously'', Klytus? You drop in uninvited into Prince Vultan's kingdom (the same guy who's young daughter you threatened like 24 hours ago), attempt to arrest an already hot-headed and hostile Prince Barin, and to top it off, you ''brag to his face'' about torturing his fiancee', joking about how she [[KickTheDog ''probably enjoyed it'']]. Should you really be all that shocked Barin and Flash bodyslammed you onto the Serta Posturepedic of Death?

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* TooDumbToLive: ''Seriously'', Klytus? You drop in uninvited into Prince Vultan's kingdom (the same guy who's young daughter you threatened like 24 hours ago), [[BullyingADragon attempt to arrest an already hot-headed and hostile Prince Barin, Barin]], and to top it off, you ''brag to his face'' about torturing his fiancee', joking about how she [[KickTheDog [[TooKinkyToTorture ''probably enjoyed it'']]. Should you really be all that shocked Barin and Flash bodyslammed you onto the Serta Posturepedic of Death?

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* TooDumbToLive: ''Seriously'', Klytus? You drop in uninvited into Prince Vultan's kingdom (the same guy who's young daughter you threatened like 24 hours ago), attempt to arrest an already hot-headed and hostile Prince Barin, and to top it off, you ''brag to his face'' about torturing his fiancee', joking about how she [[KickTheDog ''probably enjoyed it'']]. Should you really be all that shocked Barin and Flash bodyslammed you onto the Serta Posturepedic of Death?

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* LesYay: Dale and Aura. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaGlVyyFOl0 This scene speaks for itself.]]


* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Ming the Merciless]] is [[TheEmperor the tyrannical emperor]] of planet Mongo. Every thousand years, Ming tests the life forms of the universe, [[GalacticConqueror terrorizing any planet he comes across]] with natural disasters. If he is recognized as responsible for these catastrophes, he deems the planet and its inhabitants a threat to his rule and destroys it. Setting his sights on terrorizing, and ultimately annihilating, Earth, Ming plagues the planet with natural disasters, causing mass chaos and destruction. The inhabitants of Mongo fare little better under his rule, as Ming is quick to kill them and destroy their kingdoms should they displease him. When earthlings Flash Gordon, Dale Arden, and Dr. Hans Zarkov are brought before them, Ming lusts after Dale and attempts to [[BatheHerAndBringHerToMe force her to be his concubine]], ordering Flash executed when he stands against him. He later attempts to brainwash Zarkov, all the while gloating about his plans to destroy Earth. His cruelty extends even to [[AbusiveParents his own daughter]], Aura; when he discovers that Aura has helped Flash escape his kingdom, Ming has no qualms with allowing his men to [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]] her to extract a confession. Upon locating Flash at Sky City, Ming has the kingdom obliterated, before attempting to [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe force Dale to marry him]], mentioning his plans to cast her off once he's grown weary of her.

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* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Ming the Merciless]] is [[TheEmperor the tyrannical emperor]] of planet Mongo. Every thousand years, Ming tests the life forms of the universe, [[GalacticConqueror terrorizing any planet he comes across]] with natural disasters. If he is recognized as responsible for these catastrophes, he deems the planet and its inhabitants a threat to his rule and destroys it. Setting his sights on terrorizing, and ultimately annihilating, Earth, Ming plagues the planet with natural disasters, causing mass chaos and destruction. The inhabitants of Mongo fare little better under his rule, as Ming is quick to kill them and destroy their kingdoms should they displease him. When earthlings Earthlings Flash Gordon, Dale Arden, and Dr. Hans Zarkov are brought before them, Ming lusts after Dale and attempts to [[BatheHerAndBringHerToMe force her to be his concubine]], ordering Flash executed when he stands against him. He later attempts to brainwash Zarkov, all the while gloating about his plans to destroy Earth. His cruelty extends even to [[AbusiveParents his own daughter]], Aura; when he discovers that Aura has helped Flash escape his kingdom, Ming has no qualms with allowing his men to [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]] her to extract a confession. Upon locating Flash at Sky City, Ming has the kingdom obliterated, before attempting to [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe force Dale to marry him]], mentioning his plans to cast her off once he's grown weary of her.


* EarWorm: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0ppC3smQ7E AAAAAAAHHHHH-AAAAAAAHHHHHH! SAVIOR OF THE UNIVERSE!]]"


* SoBadItsGood: A film so deliberately cheesy, over-the-top, and bombastic [[NarmCharm that it loops all the way around to being genuinely enjoyable]]. Having a ''genuinely'' awesome soundtrack certainly works in the movie's favor.

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* SoBadItsGood: A film so deliberately cheesy, over-the-top, and bombastic [[NarmCharm that it loops all the way around to being genuinely enjoyable]].enjoyable in its own right]]. Having a ''genuinely'' awesome soundtrack certainly works in the movie's favor.


* SoBadItsGood: A film so deliberately cheesy, over-the-top, and bombastic [[NarmCharm that it loops all the way to being genuinely enjoyable]]. Having a ''genuinely'' awesome soundtrack certainly works in the movie's favor.

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* SoBadItsGood: A film so deliberately cheesy, over-the-top, and bombastic [[NarmCharm that it loops all the way around to being genuinely enjoyable]]. Having a ''genuinely'' awesome soundtrack certainly works in the movie's favor.

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** Topol and Creator/TimothyDalton would make their way into the Film/JamesBond franchise not long after this film. Topol would play Colombo in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', and Dalton would play Bond himself in ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'' and ''Film/LicenceToKill''. Hilariously, Dalton would've started playing Bond sooner in FYEO (the opening scene where Bond visits Tracy's grave was written as a way of introducing the new Bond) before Roger Moore changed his mind.


* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: WebVideo/SFDebris believes that Ming has fully read the EvilOverlordList, he just chooses not to follow them. He also knows he is a villain and enjoys the villain lifestyle.

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: WebVideo/SFDebris Website/SFDebris believes that Ming has fully read the EvilOverlordList, he just chooses not to follow them. He also knows he is a villain and enjoys the villain lifestyle.

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* CultClassic: One of the cheesiest movies of all time, and among those who have seen it, it is beloved for that very reason.


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* EvilIsCool: Only an actor of Max von Sydow's caliber could bring such gravitas to a character as goofy as Ming.


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* RootingForTheEmpire: The title character is fine and all, but he's a little bland. Contrast that with the ''wonderfully'' colorful and [[EvilIsHammy enthusiastic]] bad guys in some killer costumes, and you have to wonder how many people were actually hoping for Ming and company to win.

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* AccidentalInnuendo: Stop snickering at the "[[DoubleEntendre wood beast]]", guys. It doesn't help that Gordon has to brave it by [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything sticking his fist into a dark hole]]...


** Likewise Creator/BrianBlessed went on to star in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''.

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** Likewise Creator/BrianBlessed [[Creator/BrianBlessed BRIAN BLESSED]] went on to star in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''.


** Both of them must have realized that you have to work hard to be remembered in a movie with Creator/BrianBlessed.

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** Both of them must have realized that you have to work hard to be remembered in a movie with Creator/BrianBlessed.[[Creator/BrianBlessed BRIAN BLESSED]].



** ''"GORDON'S ALIVE!!"'' Brian Blessed said he can't go anywhere in Britain without people asking him to say it.

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** ''"GORDON'S ALIVE!!"'' Brian Blessed BRIAN BLESSED said he can't go anywhere in Britain without people asking him to say it.



** Creator/TimothyDalton, especially considering the film also starred Creator/BrianBlessed. Dalton's performance actually does work to the benefit of the film, though, since it's not so much a ''bad'' movie as a very silly one. [[WordOfGod According to Dalton himself]], he did this intentionally on advice from Creator/MaxVonSydow. It also notably makes him the only person someone could take seriously as the leader of Mongo.

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** Creator/TimothyDalton, especially considering the film also starred Creator/BrianBlessed.[[Creator/BrianBlessed BRIAN BLESSED]]. Dalton's performance actually does work to the benefit of the film, though, since it's not so much a ''bad'' movie as a very silly one. [[WordOfGod According to Dalton himself]], he did this intentionally on advice from Creator/MaxVonSydow. It also notably makes him the only person someone could take seriously as the leader of Mongo.


** Topol as Zarkov is, ironically, a Jewish ham.

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** Topol Creator/ChaimTopol as Zarkov is, ironically, a Jewish ham.


* BrokenBase: Fans of the wider franchise are divided over the campiness of the film. Some reason that it could have been more serious like ''[[FollowTheLeader Star Wars]]'' (which itself was inspired by the franchise) and the comic strips and serials. Others contend that the campiness made the film far more memorable than a serious take would have, so it wasn't completely overshadowed by ''Star Wars'' like many other space adventure movies made in the 1980s.

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* BrokenBase: Fans of the wider franchise are divided over the campiness of the film. Some reason that it could have been more serious like ''[[FollowTheLeader Star Wars]]'' (which itself was inspired by the franchise) and the comic strips and serials.serials, since it means the most famous version is almost a self-parody. Others contend that the campiness made the film far more memorable than a serious take would have, so it wasn't completely overshadowed by ''Star Wars'' like many other space adventure movies made in the 1980s.

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