Sometime in the mid-to-late 1980s, I checked out a hardback anthology from a library. (English language, in the USA, and I have an impression that this anthology was pretty new at the time.)
One short story in it was basically a parody of the "Conan the Barbarian" archetype. The main viewpoint character is a big strong barbarian who's very good at killing things. He's invading the stronghold of the powerful sorcerer Reh. The sorcerer seems quite intelligent, but somehow the barbarian manages to destroy him in the showdown.
The third significant character in the story is the beautiful princess whom the "hero" has come to rescue. As I recall, she ends up killing the barbarian just when he thought she was about to kiss him instead. I don't remember if she'd actually been in love with Reh, or just felt that being his female companion had all sorts of perks which she hadn't been getting back home, or what. But it was clear that she felt no gratitude whatsoever at the barbarian's blundering attempt to rearrange her life "for the better" when he didn't have a clue what she really wanted, and hadn't bothered to ask!
There was a note at the end of the story to the effect that it was no coincidence that the name "Reh" contains the initials of Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan. (Which is the only reason I can remember the sorcerer's name.)
Notes on stories which this wasn't: This story definitely was not the Conan parody titled "The Barbarian" which Poul Anderson included in his paperback anthology Fantasy. And I'm sure it wasn't a story about Terry Pratchett's character "Cohen the Barbarian." Nor was it Larry Niven's "Not Long Before the End," in which the barbarian with a magic sword is convinced that the Warlock's beautiful young wife must need to be rescued from him.