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Achilles is a 1995 British claymation short directed by Barry Purves. It is narrated by Derek Jacobi.

The short is basically a retelling of The Iliad (the central part of The Trojan War) in an abridged manner, and explicitly depicts Achilles and Patroclus as lovers.

It can be watched here.


Achiles provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Achilles' Heel: Literally, as usual. Achilles dies after an arrow is shot in his heel.
  • Adapted Out: There's not even a mention of Agamemnon.
  • Art Imitates Art: The short fully borrows its style to art from Ancient Greece, from statues to theatre masks and pottery.
  • The Faceless: All Trojan soldiers have a bull/minotaur head-shaped helmet, including Hector.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: After the death of Patroclus, Achilles goes to confront Hector naked, just carrying a spear.
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  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Patroclus is impaled on a spear by Hector and lifted, to Achilles' horror.
  • Manly Gay: Achilles is a strong, bearded, muscular and loud warrior here, while Patroclus is clean-shaven and a tad more effeminate.
  • Neck Snap: How Achilles kills Hector here.
  • No Name Given: Achilles' mother, the nymph Thetis, appears in the short, but she isn't named.
  • Show Within a Show: Achilles and Patroclus put masks on and reenact the abduction of Helen.

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