Conan of Cimmeria, often known as Conan the Barbarian, is a hero from author Robert E. Howard's stories, first appearing in Weird Tales magazine in 1932; the Conan stories have been adapted into comic books (including a popular series published by Marvel Comics), video games, TV series, and films, including the two films Conan the Barbarian and Conan the Destroyer, where he was portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Born into a tribe of the Cimmerian people, the ancestors of the Celts, during the Hyborian Age, Conan's tribe was slaughtered by the followers of the warlord and sorcerer Thulsa Doom, who sold Conan and the tribe's other children into slavery. The only one of the children to survive into adulthood, Conan was raised as a gladiator, eventually earning his freedom. Living as a thief and mercenary, Conan followed the trail of Doom, eventually coming upon the city of Zamora, where Doom had become the head of a cult of snake-worshippers. Hired by King Osric to rescue Osric's daughter from the cult's clutches, Conan agreed in order to take his revenge on Doom.