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  • Awesome Music: Godsmack's I Stand Alone and Mushroomhead's Along The Way
  • Complete Monster:
    • Sargon, king of Akkad in Rise of a Warrior, uses black magic to kill Mathayus's father with scorpions, and then runs a horrific regime where people are killed just for speech he dislikes. When Mathayus infiltrates his guard to kill him, Sargon tries to force Mathayus to kill his own brother Noah to test his loyalty and uses black magic to kill Noah when Mathayus refuses. Seeking more dark power from the goddess Astarte, Sargon attempts to massacre all of Akkad by burning the people alive while he attempts to kill Mathayus personally.
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    • The Scorpion King: Rise of the Akkadian: Magus is an Evil Sorcerer who infiltrates Khemet, murdering its lord and an innocent concubine to draw in Mathayus so he may use the Akkadian to find the Sword of Osiris. Magus attempts to exterminate the Akkadian people with his armies, manipulating Mathayus the entire time until he reveals himself after kidnapping Mathayus's brothers for sacrifices. Upon summoning Set, Magus plans to annihilate the world of the living itself to reign over the land of the dead.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Balthazar and Cassandra from the first film.
    • Magus from Rise of the Akkadian, thanks to the fact that Billy West voiced him.
  • First Installment Wins: While no one would hold it up as a paragon of great cinema, the first movie is definitely the most well-known and well-regarded.
  • Fridge Brilliance: The reason why the barbarian chieftain said all these different nationalities of Mesopotamia and Mesopotamians is that he isn't bright.
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  • Narm: The sequel gets a special prize for having a villain who turns into an invisible giant scorpion. No, not a regular giant scorpion, but one which is invisible as well. If you are thinking the concept of "Invisible Giant Scorpion" sounds like the name of a trope in the line of Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot, you aren't alone.
  • Narm Charm: Also a lot. Especially Billy Zane in the third film. Ham and Cheese galore.
  • Poor Man's Substitute: Of Conan the Barbarian, the first movie in particular. Bare-chested, manly, ripped hero? Check. Thief sidekick? Check. A villain that murdered the hero's people? Check. A hero who's dying of poison and must be saved by a dangerous magic ritual? Check.
    • In fact, the movie's costuming, style, and story is actually much closer to the look and feel of the Conan comic magazines (and thus the original stories) than pretty much any other Conan movie that's been made. The first Scorpion King movie did the Conan setting better than Conan did.
    • Funnily enough, the new Conan the Barbarian movie starring Jason Momoa has drawn some criticism for being a poor man's substitute for The Scorpion King.
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    • The first movie could almost be considered a Stealth Parody; essentially the Sword & Sandal genre's equivalent to Commando.
  • Signature Song: I Stand Alone.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Oh good lord, is it ever. It's like somebody filmed the kind of classic heroic fantasy pulp novel you buy for a dollar at a bargain bin.
  • Special Effects Failure: In Rise of the Akkadian, Apep's mouth doesn't move when he talks.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: As we are sure you've guessed from Poor Man's Substitute.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games / No Problem with Licensed Games: Two video game tie-ins were released; Rise of the Akkadian for the GameCube and PlayStation 2 (which acts as a prequel to the film) and Sword of Osiris for the Game Boy Advance (which acts as a sequel to it). While Rise of the Akkadian was panned for being a bland and repetitive beat 'em up, Sword of Osiris actually got some praise for being a pretty solid little side-scrolling action/platformer. Considering it was developed by WayForward Technologies, who are well known for putting serious effort into even their licensed output, this isn't too surprising.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • So Rise of a Warrior gets Randy Couture as the Big Bad for an entry in a series that is known for having some pretty awesome melee fight scenes. The final battle should be pretty cool, with him being a hell of a UFC fighter and all. So what do they do? Have his character transform into a horrendously animated giant invisible CG scorpion.
    • The third film has perennial badass Ron Perlman as the heroic king who has hired Mathyus to help him, but has a grand total of three scenes, only one of which shows him kicking any ass. Similarly, Mathyus and the film's Big Bad—who admittedly has been pretty non-action-y for most of the movie—have a climactic chariot race instead of any kind of sword fight.
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: More like In Name Only, really. Apparently the Scorpion King was, indeed a real person. However, it seems that the only thing the guy here has in common with him is the title.


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