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  • Accidental Innuendo: Some fans have taken great glee in pointing out that the gom jabbar scene could accurately be described as "young man sticks his hand into an older woman's box and feels an itchy burning sensation."
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Are the Fremen pragmatic survivors who have been forced to adopt harsh customs in order to survive on Arrakis? Or amoral barbarians who have allowed their culture to become engulfed by senseless violence (succession through killing, duels to the death, inheritance of vanquished foes' wives as spoils, brutal conquest of entire planets after Paul's rise to power, etc.)? Is the violence senseless or not, considering the value of a body's water?
  • Anvilicious:
    • Spice is essential to the functioning of The Empire's economy, including its transport system. It's found in a desert that's home to a tribal society with unfamiliar customs with whom it's necessary to do business to get the stuff, whose religion descends at least partially from Islam. Does This Remind You of Anything? Indeed, Word of God says the analogy is intentional.
    • And in Sisterhood of Dune, the authors just can't hammer it in enough that Religious Fanaticism is Very Very Bad. All strongly religious characters in the book are members of a fanatical and dangerous anti-technology movement, and other characters frequently drop their other business to discuss just how irrational these people are.
  • Badass Decay: By the time of the first Dune book, the Sardaukar, though still considered formidable, can't hold a candle to their glory days (considered to be on the tenth Ginaz level and matching the abilities of a Bene Gesserit adept), which might explain their comparatively poor performance against the Fremen. Farad'n's Sardaukar avert this, however.
  • Broken Base: While most fans agree about the quality of the non-Frank Herbert novels (even if some still accept them), there is significant friction between fans of the David Lynch movie and Sci-Fi Channel miniseries adaptations. Hell, evidence of it is available on these very pages! The casting, acting, and costumes have been criticized by both sides. Criticisms of each side:
    • The Lynch version suffered from Executive Meddling, extensive voiceover exposition, some changes from the novel, and often an overly "80s feel".
    • The SciFi version of the first novel had the budget you'd expect from a cable miniseries and is more of an attempt at a TV drama than an outright movie epic. The issue is complicated by the Sci-Fi Channel Children of Dune sequel (which includes the events of Dune Messiah), which is generally accepted as much higher quality, as well as being the only adaptation of the sequels on film. Since most actors reprised their roles, it's hard to "choose" the Lynch version of the original and still accept the sequel.
    • It even extends to the unmade Alejandro Jodorowsky version, opinions on which range anywhere from it being a lost masterpiece, to being an interesting story that wasn't really a good representation of Frank Herbert's novelsnote , to being just psychedelic crap.
  • Complete Monster: Baron Vladimir Harkonnen is a monstrous figure whose only concern is his own advancement and the glory of House Harkonnen. Initially lower than the Noble Atreides household, Harkonnen engineers its downfall, leading Duke Leto to a failed Heroic Sacrifice to try to kill the Baron. When his wife and children flee to the desert world of Arrakis AKA Dune, Harkonnen assists in trying to crush the Rebellion in an essential genocide of the Fremen people. Revealing his two nephews, brutish Rabban and intelligent, reserved Feyd-Rautha, Harkonnen plans to assign Rabban to brutalize the Fremen and then later have him removed by Feyd to cultivate the Fremen's goodwill with him. When Feyd tries to assassinate Harkonnen, Harkonnen, in amusement, forces him to kill every woman in the pleasure quarter, chiding him "there will always be more women, Feyd." At one point, a character comments Feyd might have become a great hero, if only someone who wasn’t such a monster had raised him.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: People who are only familiar with Dune's film or video game adaptations are very likely to suffer this when they start to read the novels, as, unlike the films and the video games, the novels have very few, if any, genuinely likeable characters, with the Atreides and the Fremen becoming more ruthless as the series goes on. Not to mention Leto II turning pretty much into a tyrannical and self-loathing Villain Protagonist in order to save mankind from stagnation.
  • Designated Monkey: Paul refers to Irulan with pointed disdain, and seems to hold her partly responsible for their sham marriage. The author lets this view speak for itself, even though it is hard to square with the princess's actual depiction as a character, or with her future writings.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse / Breakout Character: Duncan Idaho. And all his gholas.
  • Fandom-Enraging Misconception: Calling the Bene Gesserit abilities "Psychic Powers" is sure to open a can of worms. In the series' universe, things like the Voice and the Weirding Way are meant to be simply forms of Charles Atlas Superpower, that is, natural human abilities like mentalism and hypnosis trained to an impossible degree; that's why many fans disapproved of the 1984 film giving the Bene Gesserit overt telepathy in an attempt to be gimmicky, because they claimed it just missed the point of the setting. The whole affair becomes blurred, however, because there are literal telepathy and psychic powers in the Dune universe, most notably the Reverend Mothers' forehead-to-forehead mind link, Alia's thought projection, and Paul's and Leto's prescience, and those powers are never completely differentiated in the text from the abilities that can be chalked up to mere enhancement of human gifts (on the opposite, it's implied they are something all humans have in little pieces, which only a selective breeding program can capitalize on to produce an usable seer like the Kwisatz Haderach).
  • Fandom Rivalry: Very old-school Dune fans (from the pre-movie or Lynch-movie eras) tend to have a pretty intense disdain for Star Wars (as a few other trope entries may illustrate); these fans tend to see SW as highly derivative of Dune, bordering almost on plagarism and changing just enough to qualify as legal.note  (It was Return of the Jedi that really did it - prior to Jedi the comparisons were more specious, but with the return to Tatooine, ol' George just couldn't keep the sandworm in his pants and the similarities became a lot more pronounced.) Younger fans from later eras tend not to care as much, though, having grown up with both works.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Many fans vehemently refuse to acknowledge any Dune books not written by Frank Herbert. Herbert's son Brian and Kevin J. Anderson wrote two prequel series as well as a sequel series of two novels. Both differences in writing style, as well as serious inconsistencies with the original material, contribute to this reaction.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • The "Duniverse".
    • There aren't any names applied to characters or concepts in-universe, but many have cropped up to describe Fandom opinion. Those that only consider the books written by Frank Herbert refer to themselves as "Orthodox Herbertarians", while fans of the prequels and sequels by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson are called "preeqs". Then the preeqs retalliated by calling the original fandom "Talifans".
    • Also, the Herbert Jr. and Anderson books are often nicknamed "Mc Dune", since they are often accused of having ridiculous amounts of Canon Discontinuity, Flanderization, Shrug of God and overall shoddy writing quality. What's worse is that a lot of these accusations aren't completely baseless.
  • First Installment Wins: Although most fans think all of the Frank Herbert-penned books are excellent, they generally seem to prefer the first one. Also, most casual readers only read the first book, as it was adapted for The Movie.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Considering that as of 2015, a ruthless and Machiavellian ruler named Vladimir is militarily intervening in favour of a brutal authoritarian regime in a desert environment to help suppress a rebellion driven at least partially by religious fanaticism and doing so at least partially to ensure the continuous supply and control of a vital resource necessary for transportation...
    • Even more obviously, the most successful parts of said rebellion are very brutal themselves (and at least as patriarchal as the Fremen) and they aren't just interested in freeing their home country from foreign rule anymore, but their most recent leader has proclaimed himself the rightful religious ruler of a large part of the world and is quite serious about conquering it through jihad... Thankfully the Rock Beats Laser aspect of the books doesn't translate to the real world, at least outside of local guerrilla warfare.
  • Ho Yay: Teg and Patrin, to the point that Teg's daughter and several other Bene Gesserit comment on it.
    The form Patrin's loyalty would take had been clear to Lucilla then. How could Teg have been so blind? Love! That long, trusting bond between the two men. Schwangyu would act swiftly and brutally. Patrin knew it. Teg had not examined his own certain knowledge.
    Teg [thinking]: Patrin! Damn you, Patrin! You knew and I didn't! What will I do without you?
  • Mainstream Obscurity: The books are certainly popular, but most people are more likely to only know of them through references and parodies involving the sandworms and the catch-phrases listed in Memetic Mutation below than to have an actual working knowledge of the plot, themes and characters.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "He who controls the (Spice/X) controls the universe!"
    • "I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer!"
    • "The spice must flow..."
  • Misapplied Phlebotinum: Since suspensor fields work inside shields (the Baron uses both), it would be reasonable to have Humongous Mecha (human piloted) or flying tanks in the setting.
  • Only the Creator Does It Right: A common reaction to the Brian Herbert/Anderson books.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Not in fanfiction, but the prequel books make Count Fenring (and his BFF the Emperor) way more evil and cowardly than he was originally presented.
  • Sequelitis: Brian Herbert's and Kevin J Anderson's books. So far they have written six prequels, two sequels, and three midquels. Two more midquels are planned, as well as up to three more prequels. This will mean a grand total of sixteen books compared to Frank's six. This comes across to many as milking the cow a bit roughly.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Many people that have watched any of the Star Wars original trilogy before reading the Dune series may lose some of the impact from the many themes, concepts, and twists that Star Wars cloned into pop culture more widely.
  • Too Cool to Live:
    • Duke Leto Atreides. He's a good father to Paul, a loving partner to Jessica and a Reasonable Authority Figure. Met his tragic end by trying to bring down the Baron Harkonnen with the poisoned capsule from Yueh.
    • Duncan Idaho in the first book. Then, he got better via his gholas.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Although most of Frank Herbert's books are considered great, none of them ever achieved the acclaim that the original Dune did.
  • Ugly Cute: Somewhat hunchbacked and with a scar on his jaw, Gurney is still a badass and friendly old mentor nonetheless.
  • Unfortunate Character Design: While it would be hard to avoid under the circumstances, the most iconic image of the Sand Worm isn't even pretending to not look phallic.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: The narration, especially Gurney's POV, portrays Raban as an absolute brute, and not without reason. But considering Rabban has to take his marching orders from the Baron, whom he is quite reasonably scared shitless of, one has to wonder just how much of his more despicable actions are his own doing, and what kind of a ruler would he be without dear ol' uncle Vlad looking over his shoulder; especially given that his one appearance in the original novel shows him to be way smarter than he's originally made out to be.
  • Values Dissonance: While Herbert did include a fair amount of Deliberate Values Dissonance for the time he himself was writing in so that the setting would feel different, and while the books have some pointedly sharp elements pressing against the culture of the time, there are still elements of the early books, in particular, that mark the books as products of their era and might feel strange to readers half a century or more later. For example:
    • Although Herbert's overall treatment of gender roles is complex and part of the point, there is one element that rather sticks out: whenever a man learns the secrets of the all-female Bene Gesserit order, or its offshoots, the men are shown as being comically superior in these arts without exception. Exploiting this in-universe is actually part of the Gesserit plan, but some token mention is made of the situation being reversed earlier in history and the whole thing goes a bit pear-shaped in later books, in practice the narrative consistently demonstrates an ideal of male superiority. Apparently the male psyche is too horrific to be looked at by a female consciousness. In the 21st century the worst and earliest examples of this in the series can seem almost comically childish, but in The '60s the idea of total male superiority was still omnipresent - it's the whole reason the women's liberation movement existed - and for an author born in 1920 and writing in the 60s, this approach and philosophy would've been largely mainstream and presupposed.
    • An exiled prince, originally from an idyllic garden territory, is thrust out into the desert with his mother, slowly but surely earns the trust of the sun-darkened inhabitants of the desert, eventually rising to become their leader and their prophet, and leads them to glory against their enemies with the actual mystic, foretold powers he possesses. While this is another trope that later books famously turn on its head a good deal (as Paul then needs to deal with the consequences of all this), readers half a century or more on may assume the original Dune is playing the Mighty Whitey card, just like Lawrence of Arabia. In the 60s, though, this was only just beginning to become a Discredited Trope and examples prior to and contemporary to Dune's release were ubiquitous, and indeed still part and parcel of Anglophone young adult adventure (which is the original book's genre, at least on its face, before getting more complicated). Also, this may in fact be a Subverted Trope: the Atreides complexion is said to be "olive" like the Fremen (with the Duke Leto in particular being "dark olive") and the very name Atreides, meaning "son of Atreus", hints that they have distant Greek ancestry (their direct descent from Agamemnon son of Atreus is confirmed in Children of Dune through ancestral memory), making it debatable if they are actually "white" (in the sense of being Mediterranean rather than fully Caucasian). This can't be debated for the actors cast as Paul, at least.
      • The two sequel novels can run into a very different problem, upon extrapolating this: as Paul makes use of the Fremen as a conquering army to enforce his control over the Empire, the Fremen engage in deliberate, wanton destruction and rape which lies in stark contrast to the structured, "civilized" feudal violence the Houses had practiced earlier. While Herbert does not shy away from the psychological damage this inflicts on everyone involved, including the Fremen, especially in The New '10s and beyond it's very possible to read this depiction of the Fremen as a breathtaking anti-Muslim (and specifically anti-Arab) racist allegory. While this doesn't seem to have been Herbert's intent, "outsiders" invading and destroying "civilization" was another ubiquitous trope of fiction in the first half of the 20th century and it's little surprise he made use of it.
  • The Woobie:
    • Alia, as a 2-year-old. Later on, she becomes Darker and Edgier.
    • Leto II. Yes, seriously. Millenia of loneliness, of being the ultimate asshole by necessity, of having everyone hate his guts, all for the sake of preventing humanity's extinction. And did we mention that he never becomes free from basic human desires like finding love despite being a giant monster worm that has no penis? Yeah.
      • And as if that's not bad enough, Hwi dies.
    '"Between the superhuman and the inhuman," he said, "I have had little space in which to be human. I thank you, gentle and lovely Hwi, for this little space."'
    • Princess Irulan gets a really rotten deal, while having done little or nothing to deserve it. She failed to become a Bene Gesserit and then was separated from her father (who she was clearly close to) and forced, because of politics, to accept a celibate marriage with a husband who resents her. This despite the fact that he was the one who demanded their wedding in the first place, to cement his rule. She spends the next decade or so living a lonely existence bereft of emotional comfort, knowing all the while that she's Imperial Consort only in name and she'll never be allowed to bear an Imperial Heir. Oh, and she's also somewhat in love with Paul herself, while it's very clear he considers Chani his real wife in everything but name. It hurts. Even when she drugs Chani with contraceptives you can understand why she does it, considering the immense pressure she's under from all sides and the sheer resentment she must feel. Paul puts it best: she's been used as a pawn her whole life, from her father to the Bene Gesserit to Paul himself.
      • And then, in Children of Dune, she actually grows to love Leto and Ghanima as if they're her own children... and then her Stupid Evil sister ruins the relationship by trying to kill them.
      • This is worse in the miniseries, where Irulan has a greatly expanded role and becomes quite likable as she investigates her own father's conspiracy and does her part to bring it down. Then she gets the same ending from the book and we're still supposed to like it.
    • Yueh after he betrays Leto (the first), who he cared for and was grateful to, because the Harkonnen either had his wife captive or had already killed her, then taunted him with the fact that he would never be able to know if he gave her up for dead or not unless he broke his oath to Leto.
    • Farad'n gets a pretty shitty deal. All he wants is to be a historian, but his Stupid Evil mother decides to make a bid to kill the twins. It fails, and to smooth things over, Farad'n has to marry Ghanima, who's only 9, and gets to look forward to many decades of having to take orders from Leto, who's already on his way towards becoming a creepy little shit. Basically, he's a male version of Irulan, with all the attendant misery that implies.
      • Later books imply that it gets better for Farad'n, as he becomes a trusted ally and friend to Leto and he and Ghanima do grow to love each other. He is a historian married to a woman who incarnates all of human history, what's not to love?

     1984 Film 
  • Awesome Music:
    • Nothing beats the Toto score from the film, especially "Desert Theme", and one of the best orchestral pop songs, "Take My Hand". The climax of the score "Big Battle" is also played in many times when the film is referenced in reviews.
    • The memorable Prophecy Theme (the film's main theme) composed by Brian Eno.
    • The television extended cut uses unused music takes and other sources for a catchy theme.
  • Angst? What Angst?: In the original book, Muad'Dib is fearful of the prospect of the inevitable jihads in his name, and takes displeasure when seeing one of the Fremen crying his name while killing a foe. In the 1984 adaptation, Muad'Dib practically embraces the jihads, and while he notices that his name has become a killing word thanks to the "weirding modules", he doesn't dwell on it at all. Not even for a second. Instead, he just acknowledges it and moves right along with his plan to ride a sandworm.
  • Audience-Coloring Adaptation:
    • Many "look and feel" elements original to the film went down in story as part of the Dune franchise, being often aped by the works that followed, to the point many people don't know they weren't in the original book. Sonic weapons were created for the film, yet they have turned up in subsequent works; it's very rare to see the Emperor depicted without a neat little beard these days; and Bene Gesserit are often depicted as bald and/or bizarrely dressed, just like they were here. Frank Herbert himself liked the concept of there being multiple stages of Guild Navigators (the one seen at the beginning of the film was said by the Emperor to be a Third Stage Guild Navigator).
    • The same happened with the Trope Codifier of Real-Time Strategy video games, Dune II, which was inspired by this film's visuals and some plot elements. The remake Dune 2000 went further and had Full Motion Video cutscenes with Expies of the Emperor, Thufir Hawat and Piter de Vries with different names but the same costumes and appearances as in the film (the actor playing De Vries channels Brad Dourif as hard as he can, and he recites the Mentat Mantra and refers to Harkonnen heart plugs, both of which are film-original), and even a bit of film footage. Even the cutscenes also have original Fremen and Bene Gesserit characters whose costumes are based on the film. Dune 2000 itself got a quasi-sequel/reboot Emperor: Battle for Dune which continued the trend, with renamed heads of Houses showing up in person and dressed like their film counterparts.
  • Base-Breaking Character: The film's interpretation of Baron Harkonnen is pretty divisive, with some loving him because of how hilariously over-the-top evil and disgusting he is, and others finding him too cartoonish to take seriously as a primary antagonist.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Sting in a speedo is... particularly well remembered.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Anything featuring the Harkonnens. Their introductory scene at least provides some characterization: Giedi Prime is polluted, the Baron is a sadistic killer and ephebophile, and he has a score to settle with Leto. The Beast Rabban is The Glutton. Later scenes are completely divorced from context and, perhaps, sanity itself.
  • Cant Unhear It: Patrick Stewart as Gurney Halleck and Max von Sydow as Dr. Kynes to name a few.
  • Cult Classic: Like most of his other films, the Lynch version does have its fans - even though Lynch himself was not happy with the final product.
  • Designated Villain: The Lynch film seems to make the story a bit more black and white than the original book, even going as far as to explicitly have Paul literally turn out to be The Chosen One. We're supposed to be cheering when he overthrows the evil emperor... except that, when you get down to it, the Emperor didn't really do much that could be seen as "evil" unless one has read the book. To one who hasn't, he could come across as someone reluctantly pressed by another extremely powerful group into killing someone, and who only actually leads an armed assault once Paul is doing things that could technically be considered terrorism. The introduction of the "Weirding Modules" also has a significant effect on the depiction of the Emperor, as in the novels, he fears Duke Leto mainly for his political popularity, but in the film, he seems to have a more justifiable concern about House Atreides developing a new weapons technology and posing a military threat (even more apparent to fans of the novels who would know that a sonic weapon would not suffer from the same problem as lasguns when used against shields). It doesn't help the Emperor's daughter gives the opening narration herself.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Sting as Feyd. Oh dear yes.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Memetic Mutation:
    "I WILL KILL HIM!!!"
    "Bring in that floating fat man."
    "We have wormsign the likes of which even God has never seen!"
    "And how can this be? For he IS the Kwisatz Haderach!" (Alternatively: "I AM THE KWISATZ HADERACH!")
    "Mood is a thing for cattle and loveplay, not fighting!"
    "It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed, the hands acquire shakes, the shakes become a warning. It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion." — The Programmer's Mantra
    "Decaf is the mind killer. Decaf is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will caffeinate my blood. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the caffeine has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." — The Programmer's Mantra II
  • Misaimed Marketing: Coloring and puzzle books for the film, which features graphic violence and murders, lots of folks in latex and tubes up their noses, a pus-faced psychopath who kills his male sex slaves by uncorking their hearts, and of course a gigantic fish mutant (Guild Navigator) with a vagina-like mouth. The coloring book made sure to provide lines on Baron Harkonnen's face so children can choose different colors for his facial pustules.
    Duke Leto and Piter die.
  • Narm:
    • The "weirding modules". The Fremen fire lasers out of small boxes by making silly sounds with their mouths.
    • "Bring in that floating fat man! … the Baron!" Huh? Are there other floating fat men in the Castle we haven't seen yet?
  • Narm Charm:
  • Retroactive Recognition: Patrick Stewart was unknown in the States in 1984. Now, it's impossible not to wonder what the heck Captain Picard is doing running around the Dune-verse.
  • Special Effects Failure: The extended cut of David Lynch's film is made of footage that was cut before the final effects work was done so the Fremens' eyes will go from glowing blue to normal between scenes, and sometimes during the same scene.
  • Squick: The depiction of Baron Harkonnen and his heirs. Heartplugs, grease showers, and a dramatization of the whole cat-milking thing...
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Lynch wanted the music for the scenes on Caladan to be based on the first movement of Dmitri Shostakovich's 11th Symphony.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: The film features convincing performances from Kyle MacLachlan, Patrick Stewart, Max von Sydow, Dean Stockwell, and a few others. It's rather telling that in spite of the film's failure, Stockwell's career was revitalized by it and McLachlan, who had never appeared in a movie before, was not instantly banished from Hollywood forever, making enough of an impression that he would star in several later projects for the director. This is a big part of why the movie's cult fandom enjoy the film for the things it gets right, and not for the things it gets wrong. On the other hand, there's Sting's performance.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Film scholar Robin Wood called Dune "the most obscenely homophobic film I have ever seen", –referring to a scene in which Baron Harkonnen sexually assaults and kills a young man by bleeding him to death–charging it with "managing to associate with homosexuality in a single scene physical grossness, moral depravity, violence and disease." Gay writer Dennis Altman suggested that the film showed how "AIDS references began penetrating popular culture" in the 1980s, asking, "Was it just an accident that in the film Dune the homosexual villain had suppurating sores on his face?" While one may question whether there was actually meant to be anything sexual about that act—subtext or otherwise—the later scene where the same Baron looks longingly at a scantily clad man and calls said man "lovely" is unquestionably sexual in nature, and is even intended to frighten the audience. (Some would consider this as Values Dissonance if one reads Brian Herbert's biography about his father. Frank Herbert had a very obsessive hatred of homosexuals, especially to the point of disowning one of his sons after he came out of the closet.)
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Some of the scenes included that weren't in the book serve no purpose beyond being weird.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?:
    • The Lynch film does have the mid-20s Kyle Mclachlan playing a 15 year old Paul; and Feyd played by Sting - the singer Sting.
    • In the novels, Gurney is described as "an ugly lump of a man". So naturally in the film he was cast as... Patrick Stewart?
  • WTH, Costuming Department?:
    • The film has a lot of strange costume ideas. Bald bene gesserit who wear fishnets? Mentats with Einstein Hair and giant eyebrows? And while, at first glance, the stillsuits might not seem so bad, compare them to the stillsuits from the 2000 miniseries, which nearly covers the entire face. This makes sense, because the whole point of the stillsuits is to collect water that is evaporating from the skin or otherwise exhaled, so it's ideal to cover as much skin as possible and to cover the nose and mouth. Do you really think a mere tiny tube stuck up your nostrils is a better alternative? The books had both the nose tube and the hoods/masks.
    • The worst offender for the film has to be the Sardaukar outfits, which are little more than black painted Hazmat suits.

    2000- 2003 Miniseries / 2020 Film 
  • Author's Saving Throw: In the 1984 film, Paul was completely biasé about the effects of his jihad. In the miniseries, Muad'Dib appropriately sounds like he's on the verge of either bursting into tears or freaking the fuck out.
  • Awesome Music: The entire soundtrack from the Children of Dune miniseries by Brian Tyler. "Summon the Worms" and "Inama Nushif" stand out.
  • Narm:
    • In the third act of the series, when Paul angrily questions the Fremen custom of "calling out" someone to challenge their authority, the hundreds of Fremen in attendance begin chest-beating and chanting in unison like a group of soccer hooligans. Water then begins pouring out from the statue ledge upon which Paul is standing. The low camera angle when this happens, the Fremen suddenly stopping their chant in awe, and Paul exhaling, makes it look like he lost control of his bladder and is urinating hundreds of gallons of fluid onto his Fremen supporters. That they resume chanting makes the scene even funnier, as if they are rooting for him to pee on them.
    • “‘’Oh, I forgot to tell you...’’”
  • Special Effects Failure: The 2000 miniseries used painted backdrops with piles of sand in front of them for most of the desert scenes. Also, the elaborate and well-crafted backdrops were made at great expense in order to avoid using bluescreen for every exterior. The sand was carefully chosen to match... and then the wrong sand was purchased by mistake, and when it arrived, it wasn't the same color as the sand in the backdrop. Time and budget having both run out, they were forced to use what they had, with jarring results.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Children of Dune improved upon the original mini-series in every conceivable way, from the acting, tone, music, and flow of the plot, and especially the costuming and visual effects.
  • Tear Jerker: Chani's death in the Children of Dune miniseries
    Paul: There are problems in this universe for which there are no answers. Nothing. Nothing can be done.
    • Just a few minutes later when Scytal is tempting Paul with resurrecting Chani Paul completely breaks down and falls to the floor, sobbing and trembling.
    • Alia's final possession and death, particularly when she looks at her mother in tears: " me!"
  • WTH, Casting Agency?:
    • The 1984 adaptation was fairly good with the casting, with nothing being blatantly out-of-place, but the 2000 miniseries cast a wide variety of nationalities, from French, Swedish, Italian, and other Caucasians with blatantly white skin and light hair for a people living in a desert and based on Arabs.
    • For the role of Paul's love interest, Chani, the 2000 miniseries cast Barbora Kodetová, who is positively voluptuous. Chani is a Fremen, and as described in the books, Fremen have a very low percentage of body fat (and therefore for the women, small breasts and narrow hips). Not zero percent, though, but a percentage close to a modern Olympic athlete. Too little body fat, and a human being cannot produce the cholesterol-based hormones needed for reproduction. No reproduction means no new Fremen.
    • As if Patrick Stewart wasn't too handsome for the supposedly ugly Gurnley, the 2020 film cast... Josh Brolin?
  • WTH, Costuming Department?:
    • The 2000 Sci Fi Channel miniseries is infamous for this. The hats. Feyd's triangle. Butterfly dress. It is called "the funny hats version" for a reason.
      • To drive home the gender difference between the two groups, the all-female Bene Gesserit hats include a large pair of circular butterfly "wings" which form a "V" at the front, while the all-male Spacing Guild hats are long, conical, and phalic. Not-so-subtle sexual imagery, to say the least.

  • Genre-Busting:
    • The Cryo 1992 Dune video game was an Adventure/Turn-Based Strategy hybrid.
    • The Dune board game was the first major strategy boardgame with wildly different faction powers.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games:
  • Sequel Displacement: Dune II is more often remembered than the first video game adaptation.
  • Unwinnable by Insanity: It's perfectly possible to lose ALL your Fremen troops in the Cryo Dune game if you send them against Harkonnen fortresses unprepared, though it takes time and effort.
    • It's also perfectly possible to tell Stilgar to remain in a place which you can only enter with him (the windtrap with Water of Life), and then leave. Since he is a Required Party Member at some points of the game, you can't win anymore.
    • Also, good luck giving your own orni to any Fremen troop early in the game (when you don't have psychic powers and can't call a worm) and sending them away from the sietch.


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