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Baahubali is a duology of Telugu/Tamil High Fantasy Epic Movies, consisting of 2015's Baahubali: The Beginning and 2017's Baahubali 2: The Conclusion.

Shiva Shivudu is a young man who was found as an infant by his adopted parents. He lives a carefree life until he's found by people who have found his destiny. You see, Shivudu is really Mahendra Baahubali, the son of the former king of Mahishmati, who was usurped by the tyrant who killed him. Mahindra then goes on a quest to both avenge his father and take his rightful throne. Interposed throughout the films are extended flashbacks to the tragedy of the king's fall.

Has nothing to do with the first tirthankara of Jainism.


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  • 100% Adoration Rating: Amarendra, and how.
  • The Ace: Both Baahubali Sr and Jr, Mahendra being a Generation Xerox of his father despite having never met him.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: The Kalakeyas are a race of warmongers who are depicted as so horrifying that they're Ambiguously Human.
  • All Amazons Want Hercules: The awed and smitten epression on Devasena's face when Amarendra shows just how much of a One-Man Army he is against the raid on her kingdom says it all.
  • Amazon Chaser: Amarendra falls for Devasena after seeing her kill some bandits.
  • Arranged Marriage: Amarendra's mother sends Devasena gifts to woo her into marrying Bhallaladeva. However, Devasena finds this insulting and rejects him. She eventually ends up marrying Amarendra.
  • Battle Amongst the Flames: Amarendra battles a bunch of assassins sent by Bhallaladeva while a forest fire rages around them. He holds his own against them until Kattappa is forced to stab him in the back.
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  • Big Bad: Emperor Bhallaladeva, The Usurper to Mahishmati's throne.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Bijjadeva, Bhalladeva's father, comes up with the idea to put him on the throne, but Bhalladeva actually implements the plan and is significantly more dangerous.
  • Blood Knight: Bhallaladeva loves fighting so much that he regularly fights wild bison unarmed and wins.
  • Cain and Abel: Bhallaladeva and Amarendra are brothers and rivals for the throne. Bhallaladeva is the Cain, as he does a coup and kills his brother.
  • Chaste Hero: Kattappa is so aromantic that he asks Amarendra what love is because he doesn't understand it, and when he uses a couple songbirds as a metaphor, Kattappa is immediately distracted by thoughts of roasted bird.
  • Conlang: Kilikili, the language spoken by the Kalakeyas, was developed to have at least 750 words and over 40 grammar rules.
  • Consolation Prize: While Bhallaladeva loses the throne due to being to willing to sacrifice his men's lives, he is made head of the military. However, this isn't enough for him, so he does The Coup.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Baahubali dresses as a guard to infiltrate Bhallaladeva's throne room so he can set it on fire to distract him while he rescues Devasena.
  • Epic Movie: The first part is 2 hours and 38 minutes. The second is 2 hours and 48.
  • Evil Cripple: Bijjadeva, Bhallaladeva's father, is a cruel man willing to do anything for the throne because he was passed up for it in his youth due to his arm being deformed. It's implied by Kattapa that the "passed over because of deformity" is Bijjadeva self-justification, and that in truth he was passed over because of his cruel personality.
  • Evil Overlord: Bhallaladeva is a cruel emperor who regularly has prisoners executed by public flogging and has slaves erect giant golden statues in his honor regardless of how many die in the process.
  • Evil Uncle: Bhallaladeva is Baahubali's half-uncle, but nothing is really made of it.
  • The Exile: Amarendra and Devasena are exiled due to Bhallaladeva's manipulations.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Queen Mother Sivagami starts off as a kindly queen protecting her people and her sons, but evolves into a cruel and capricious woman due to Bhallaladeva's manipulations and her hatred of Amarendra's wife Devasena. She does have a Heel Realization after having Amarendra killed, and sacrifices herself to save his son.
  • Final Solution: Bhallaladeva completely annihilates Devasena's kingdom in an attempt to break her. All that's left by the start of the film is the former queen and a small band of warriors.
  • Flaming Arrows: Amarendra's strategy for defeating the Kalakeyas is to have giant tarps launched on top of the armies, then set aflame by flaming arrows.
  • Forced into Evil: Kattappa, the personal slave of the Emperor, is forced into evil when Bhallaladeva takes the throne, up to and including killing Amarendra Baahubli himself. He pulls a Heel–Face Turn as soon as the rightful heir returns.
  • God in Human Form: It's heavily implied that Baahubali is an avatar of Shiva.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Non-fatal example; before going to war with the Kalakeyas, Bhalladeva and Amarendra's armies participate in a ritual to have Kali protect them, which involves an animal sacrifice. Amarendra dislikes this, and decides a better sacrifice would be his own blood, cut from his hand and flung onto the altar. Shivagami does a fatal one in the beginning, giving up her life to ensure Mahendra's survival because she gave the order to have his father killed.
  • Heroic Willpower: Queen Devasena spends the 25 years after Bhallaladeva's coup being locked in a cage and tortured until she agrees to marry him. She hasn't budged, and has been preparing his funeral pyre the whole time.
  • The Horde: Amarendra and Bhallaladeva battle an invading horde in their youth, right before the former becomes king.
  • If I Can't Have You...: Bhallaladeva kidnaps Baahubali's mom and has her chained until she'll submit to marrying him. She hasn't given in in 25 years.
  • Kangaroo Court: Bhallaladeva institutes this as the default policy of Mahishmati, as he declares all brought to trial to be guilty until proven innocent.
  • Like a Son to Me: Shivagami is actually Amarendra's aunt, that too by marriage, but they are closer than she is with Bhallaladeva, her own son until the latter's machinations take effect. She has been a model mother while he's very much a devoted Momma's Boy. Applies to Katappa's relationship with Amarendra as well, since the latter treats him as a Honorary Uncle
  • Loophole Abuse: When Baahubali's dad was young, he wanted Katappa to share some of his lunch with him. When Katappa protested due to his lower caste, the young prince simply made it a royal order to resolve the issue.
  • Made of Iron: Baahubali can fall hundreds of feet down a waterfall and come out unharmed.
  • Magnetic Hero: As a charmer, Nice Guy, Wise Prince and Warrior Prince par excellence, Amarendra has no difficulty making allies and friends and enjoys massive popularity in the kingdom.
  • Man on Fire: Devasena spends her 25 years in captivity collecting sticks so that when her son comes back, he'll burn Bhallaladeva alive. He obliges.
  • Moses in the Bulrushes: Baahubali was rescued by some villagers after his grandmother held him above the water while she was drowning and the soldiers sent to kill him were killed in what is heavily implied to be divine intervention.
  • The Musical: Like most Indian films, this has several musical numbers throughout.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Shivagami's horrified and remorseful reaction when Katappa informs her of Bhallaladeva's manipulations that made her demand Amarendra's death. Leads to her whisking away Mahendra at the cost of her own life.
  • National Anthem: The Mahishmati national anthem is sung by a choir during Bhallaladeva's coronation ceremony.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Amarendra pretends to be a moron kicked out of his home for being unable to work so he can enter Devasena's court and get her to fall for him.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted; Both Mahendra and Amarendra are referred to primarily by their last name Baahubali.
  • Parental Marriage Veto: Amarendra's mother arranged for his brother Bhallaladeva to marry Devasena, but she falls for Amarendra instead. Amarendra likes her back and wants to marry her, but has to give up the throne to do so.
  • Precursor Hero: Both films have extended flashback sequences depicting the heroism of the main character's father Amarendra, who saved his and Devasena's kingdoms from invasion prior to Bhallaladeva's coup.
  • Predecessor Villain: Baahubali's father battled the Kalakeya Empire before Bhallaladeva's coup.
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  • The Revolution Will Not Be Vilified: Baahubali avenges his father's murder by starting a peasant revolt against the usurper who killed him.
  • Rightful King Returns: Baahubali was the crown prince of Mahishmati before Bhallaladeva killed his father and took the throne. Thought dead for the next 25 years while being raised in an isolated village, he has come to take back the crown from the cruel Emperor.
  • Rival Turned Evil: Bhallaladeva and Amarendra were initially brothers and friends competing for the throne. However, Bhallaladeva's ruthlessness leads to him killing Amarendra and taking over as a cruel emperor.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: A deposed prince goes after the tyrant who overthrew his parents.
  • Salt the Earth: The Kalakeya Empire's default war strategy is to take a city, rape its women, slaughter its entire population, take what they can and burn the rest.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: When Baahubali and Avanthika first meet, they end up getting in a sword fight, which ends with them having sex.
  • The Stoic: The Kunthala warrior oath states that "There is no time for tears or laughter; there is no time for affection or pain," and they wear emotionless wooden masks to symbolize this.
  • Super Strength: Baahubali can lift 100-foot statues of solid gold without breaking a sweat.
  • The Time of Myths: The duology is in the Hindu Mythology canon and set in the ancient city of Mahishmati and features the Kalakeyas, a cruel and warlike tribe descended from a demigod. Krishna exists, and it's strongly implied that The Hero is an avatar of Shiva.
  • Troubled Backstory Flashback: A good chunk of both films' runtime is spent narrated by Kattappa and recounting the fall of the Baahubali dynasty and Bhallaladeva's rise to power.
  • Undying Loyalty: Kattappa is eternally loyal to the throne of Mahishmati, despite the fact that he's only a slave to them by the oaths of long-dead ancestors. However, he's loyal to the throne, not necessarily the man who sits it, and tries to mitigate Bhallaladeva's cruelties whenever he can and eventually joining Baahubali when it's proven that he's a good man and the rightful heir.
  • The Usurper: The main antagonists are a conspiracy to usurp the government of Mahishmati for the sake of one of the rival princes. They succeed and become the acting government.
  • We Have Reserves: While Amarendra deliberately avoids sacrificing his men unnecessarily, Bhallaladeva will kill them himself if it helps him win. This ends up being what decides their rivalry for the throne in the former's favour.
  • Wretched Hive: Bhallaladeva and Amarendra are sent to one of these to pursue a spy who went there to sell secrets he stole.

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