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  • Accidental Innuendo: Durand Durand - "You turned them into fagots!" note 
  • Adaptation Displacement: More people are familiar with the film than with the comic book.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: It's not unlikely that Barbarella refuses the Black Queen's advances not because they're both women, but because the Black Queen murdered two men in front of her. Barbarella's other rescuers used far less lethal ways of saving her.
  • Angel/Devil Shipping:
    • Barbarella (The Ingenue) with the Black Queen (The Caligula).
    • Pygar (he's as good as Barbarella, plus he's a literal angel) with the Black Queen.
  • Awesome Music: The OST is very memorable in general, but "Fight in Flight" stands out particularly in its awesomeness.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: The most remembered parts from the movie are Jane Fonda's striptease and the scene where she's put in the Excessive Machine.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: The Black Queen. Since the movie isn't supposed to be taken seriously, no one pays any attention to the fact that she's pretty awful, and we only see Anita Pallenberg in kinky see-through outfits. Many viewers end up preferring her to Barbarella.
  • Evil Is Cool: The Black Queen. She makes her debut by murdering two rapists that were about to assault our titular heroine, while wearing an Eyepatch of Power and showing phenomenal skill with two knives. She carries herself with flair and confidence even as her attempts to seduce Barbarella fail time and again. And it's her, not Barbarella, who puts a stop to the real Big Bad's plans, accepting that she will die in the process (due to sheer luck, she doesn't, happily enough).
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  • Evil Is Sexy: The Black Queen is a very attractive woman who wears a very tight outfit that leaves little to the imagination. Her obsession with sex only makes things better.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • It's common to hear the Excessive Machine referred to as the "Orgasmatron".
    • Due to the band naming themselves after him, Durand Durand is often accidentally called Duran Duran.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Talitha Pol, who played the woman who offers Barbarella her hookah, died of an overdose just three years after this movie.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Made in Italy and France, it was the second most profitable movie of its year in the United Kingdom (number one was The Jungle Book (1967), in case you're wondering).
  • Heartwarming Moments: Pygar saving his previous tormentor along with Barbarella. His quote "An angel has no memory" beautifully connotes that angels do not hold grudges.
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Anyone watching the movie after the 1980s might find a villain named Duran Duran a little hard to take seriously.
  • Memetic Mutation: People really like to repeat the line "De-crucify the angel (or I'll melt your face)!" and (probably sarcastically) champion it as one of the greatest lines in film history.
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • For the opening sequence, Jane Fonda was made to roll around on a pane of glass to give the illusion that she was floating in zero gravity. Unfortunately during some close-ups she is very obviously reflected on the glass.
    • The wires lifting Barbarella's spaceship are very easy to spot in the moments after Mark Hand repairs it.
    • The invisible wall separating the Chamber of Dreams from the outside world. Invisible wall? More like pane of glass, considering you can see Barbarella reflected on it.
  • Vindicated by History: The movie failed on its first American release in 1968. It was through a re-release in 1977 (to cash in on A New Hope) that it gained recognition there.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Well, it was The '60s. The story, the characters, their clothes, their names, the sets. First time you watch the movie, you'll be staring at the screen in disbelief. It could only have been made in the Drugs Decade. There is literally not a single scene, dialogue or set that could count as an exception.
    • The original Jean-Claude Forest comic book is even odder...
  • What The Hell, Costuming Department?: Many, many outfits, but the large horn on the Black Queen's head stands out as the stupidest costume design choice.