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Conan the Barbarian, Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones)

Site Rating: 80%
(ratings: 4)
Writeup Rating: 87%
(ratings: 3)
Film: Conan the Barbarian (1982)
Deceased Character: Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones)
Archetype: Baddy (Major)
Killed by: Conan (Arnold Schwarzenegger)
Killed with: Sword


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Written by Old Bluffer 2nd Jun 2005


Thulsa "Tree of Woe" Doom is more bemused than concerned when Conan interrupts him as he is addressing his worshippers. He uses his mesmerising snake powers to freeze the stolid barbarian and proceeds to charm him with a monologue filled with soothing prose and compelling justification for any harm he has caused in the past.

We should take a moment to applaud the sheer balls of Thulsa Doom here. Because of him, Conan's parents were slain before his eyes, the rightful birthright of his father's sword stolen, and he spent "almost twenty years of pitiless cumber" as a slave and homeless barbarian.  Yet Doom basically tries to make out that Conan should be grateful to him!

"My child, you have come to me my son. For who now is your father if it is not me? I am the well spring, from which you flow. When I am gone, you will have never been. What would your world be, without me? My son."

Sadly, Conan has no grasp of such subtle debating skills and musters enough willpower to take his father's broken sword and use it to brutally hack the head from the Snake God. It is quite a nice decapitation too, with Conan opting for the seldom seen "V" shaped chop combo, which has the advantage that the head doesn't get lost as it parts ways from Mr. Neck. In this case the barbarian deftfully keeps hold of the head, so he can hurl it down the temple steps towards the shocked congregation.

What follows is surely the largest conversion to Atheism in cinema, as they all solemnly throw the torches that symbolise their faith into the water. Again, this goes way over Conan's head, he is too busy burning the temple down to worry about metaphysics.




4 categories : Swordplay, Decapitation, Hacked, Revenge

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Last Updated: 20th May 2009
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This review has 12 comments. Reply to the comments
Comment 1 by 'brett' (reply to this comment)
hilarious summary.
Comment 2 by 'luke-jones' (reply to this comment)
He should also be in the revenge category.
Comment 3 by 'mr death' (reply to this comment)
Wait so is this movie all about a guy killing hippies and shagging robbers then?
Comment 4 by 'Kooshmeister' (reply to this comment)
Anonymous User Wrote:
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> Wait so is this movie all about a guy killing
> hippies and shagging robbers then?

No, just the evil cultists misleading the hippies and killing and eating them.
Comment 5 by 'old bluffer' (reply to this comment)
"Swordplay" removed, "Hacked" and "Revenge" added.
Also added the missing info about his father's sword and a rather good quote from James Earl Jones.
Comment 6 by 'Brian Rogan' (reply to this comment)
Revenge for killing his mother or his mom or his mum
Comment 7 by 'old bluffer' (reply to this comment)
Weird, "Revenge" should have been added, but you're right, it wasn't - thanks.
Comment 8 by 'Flashpenny' (reply to this comment)
Am I the only guy disappointed by this climax? Honestly this is Conan the freaking' Barbarian vs Thulsa friggin' Doom. Honestly when someone's last name is Doom you'd expect them to put up a fight. Instead he puts up a pitiful last stand.

Also should falling be inputted? I know he's dead by the time his body and head plummet from the balcony but honestly I can spot quite a few deaths on this site where the killed is already quite dead by the time they fall.
Comment 9 by 'old bluffer' (reply to this comment)
> Honestly when someone's last
> name is Doom you'd expect them to put up a fight.
> Instead he puts up a pitiful last stand.

I actually really like this. Doom is so arrogant in his power that he can't even conceive that a brutish barbarian is any threat to him. The feeling of despair he must experience when the broken blade first hacks into his neck would have been profound.

> Also should falling be inputted? I know he's dead
> by the time his body and head plummet from the
> balcony but honestly I can spot quite a few deaths
> on this site where the killed is already quite
> dead by the time they fall.

I think people are a bit too eager to assign this category too smiling smiley.
The argument I suppose is that even if you've been fatally shot, you might still experience the fall briefly before you die. You can't really say this is the case for Doom though - there's no way he could survive long enough to experience his head being thrown down the steps of the temple!

In highly related news, Mouseburger has just emailed me this : Djimon Hounsou to Star, and Produce Thulsa Doom Film :director: :happy:
Comment 10 by 'Flashpenny' (reply to this comment)
Let's take another example like say: Saruman from the Extended Edition of LotR:RotK. He is stabbed repeatedly in the back, falls downs 5,000 feet and gets skewered on a spiked wheel. To be quite frank the stabs alone would kill him. Why? Just one stab to the back of the chest will severly wound someone. Two will definately kill them. Three he's already dead. Same basic thing: stabbing the heart is just as fatal as hacking the neck, he would've died on the first blow.
Comment 11 by 'old bluffer' (reply to this comment)
Sorry, but I disagree. It can take quite a while to die with stab wounds, and there is at least ambiguity when it happens in film. Personally, I'm pretty sure there is at least a chance Saruman would have been aware he was falling - and I'm pretty sure Thulsa Doom wouldn't!
Comment 12 by 'Bruno Costa' (reply to this comment)
Of course not! How about Strangulation?