- Draco in Leather Pants: Paris come across as this in the film. He's gone from being the villain of the myth to the hero of the movie.
- Ensemble Dark Horse:
- Cedric Hardwicke as Priam, Stanley Baker as Achilles, Niall Mac Ginnis as Menelaus, Torin Thatcher as Ulysses, Robert Brown as Polydorus and Tonio Selwart as Alpheous in the 1956 film. The fact that so few of them are Trojans should be an indication of who is the more memorable side.
- For the 2003 miniseries it is Rufus Sewell as Agamemnon, John Rhys-Davies as Priam, Stellan Skarsgard as Theseus and Jim Carter as Pirithous. Again it shows the Greeks are more memorable even if only one of the ones listed took part in the Trojan War.
- Evil Is Cool:
- In the 1956 film Achilles, Menelaus and Ulysses are all portrayed as villains but that doesn't stop them from being more memorable than any of the heroes.
- In the 2003 miniseries Agamemnon is only equalled in memorability by his Trojan counterpart Priam.
- Magnificent Bastard: Both Agamemnon and Ulysses have shades of this.
- Ron the Death Eater: Menelaus come across as this in the film. He's gone from being the hero of the myth to the villain of the movie.
- Unintentionally Sympathetic: Menelaus comes across as being far more sympathetic than Helen.
YMMV / Helen of Troy