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->'''The Dwarf:''' So, is that the dungeon?\\
'''The Ranger:''' Indeed, it's the famous Dungeon of Naheulbeuk.\\
'''The Dwarf:''' It doesn't look that great.\\
'''The Ranger:''' Don't go by the look; nobody ever came back out of it.\\
'''The Dwarf:''' Really?\\
'''The Ranger:''' Well, as a matter of fact, nobody ever entered it.

'''''Le Donjon de Naheulbeuk''''' ("The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk") is a French audio series which started in 2001, available for free [[http://www.penofchaos.com/warham/donjon.htm on the Internet]], as well as various materials related to its universe. It was created by John Lang, under the nickname of Pen of Chaos (shortened to POC).

An AffectionateParody of tabletop [=RPGs=], it tells the "amazing" story of a group of [[AccidentalHero stereotypical roleplaying characters]], who are trying to storm the aforementioned dungeon in the search of a magic artifact. It turns out, however, that they're all less than competent. And that they hate each other. A lot.

Two seasons for a total of 30 episodes had been produced. The third, fourth and fifth seasons took the form of novels, ''La Couette de l'oubli'' ("The Quilt of Oblivion"), ''L'Orbe de Xaraz'' ("The Orb of Xaraz") and ''Le Conseil de Suak'' ("The Council of Suak"), while the first two got adapted into comics with Marion Poinsot at the drawings and the third one begins to. In june 2013, the first two seasons also take the form of a novel ''A l'aventure, compagnons!'' ("On an adventure, comrades!"). Apart from the main series, several productions added flesh to the Land of Fangh (the setting of the series), developing the sheer absurdity of the adventures, ranging from fake advertisements for such products as the Chiantos candies (which have the interesting property of increasing one's capacity to annoy everybody around; a spoof of "Mentos", the French name approximately would translate to English to something like "Annoytos") or the Durandil swords, to an online encyclopaedia about the history and the societies of the setting. Pen of Chaos, who is primarily a musician, also started to write humorous songs taking place in the Naheulbeuk world, before interpreting them on stage with his group, the Naheulband. Various [=CDs=] compiling those songs (as well as several bonuses) had been released.

The series' notoriety has grown in French-speaking countries over the years, and gave birth to a wide internet community.

An adaptation as an [[AllCGICartoon animated CGI]] serie is on its way.

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!!''Le Donjon de Naheulbeuk'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* ArentYouGoingToRavishMe: In the third novel, some cheerleaders are quite upset that males of the guild have no intention to rape them. They did not even [[CrashingThroughTheHarem entered in their changing room on purpose]].
* ArtifactOfDoom: [[spoiler:The 12 statues of Gladeulferah]], when "properly" used. Which means wrapped in ham and laid out around a dancing one-legged gnome....
* ArtifactTitle: The main characters leave the eponymous dungeon at the end of the first season, never to come back again. And it even gets seized by the administration because Zangdar the Dungeon Master is too broke to pay his taxes.
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: [[spoiler:The Elf gets crowned Queen of the Elves in season 5.]]
* [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther Aw, Look! He Really Does Like Her]]:
** [[spoiler:The Dwarf's reaction to the Elf's death]].
** In a more... physical approach, even though he constantly berates her, the Dwarf was still as horny as the other males when she decided to go bathing in the nude.
* BaguetteBeatdown: The Ranger accidentally attacks a weremole with a tuna sandwich, drawing it instead of his sword in the confusion. This ends as badly as you think it can.
* BarrierWarrior: Zangdar. The fourth season novel reveals that due to relying on his invulnerability sphere and never casting other spells, he lost the ability to control the latter.
* BigBrotherInstinct: The Ogre towards the Enchantress.
* BlindingBangs: In the comic book version, the Dwarf wears a helmet fully covering his eyes, and even without it he still has Blinding Bangs to hide them. Later albums reveals it is a [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame generic feature of the dwarf race]].
* BringNewsBack: After the attack in tome 5, the group is the first to reach civilization, and promptly send {{Instant Messenger Pigeon}}s to the cities of Glargh and Waldorg to warn the authorities of the threat.
* CerebusSyndrome: Even though it's still first and foremost an AffectionateParody and a very funny one, the seasons 4 and 5 are more serious than the previous ones.
* CombinatorialExplosion: At some point in season 2, the group is kind of lost on their way to Boulgourville, carrying lots of ordinary items (some rope, a bow) and unlikely ones (among which nautical skis, an inflatable sword, a magic cleaning wipe...). When they debate that maybe they can use the items to get out, the Dwarf sarcastically suggests one such use:
-->'''Dwarf:''' I see what kind of thing you mean: With the three-fingered mittens we use the bow to kill some birds, we roast them on the kebab skewers on a fire made in the sugar box with bits and pieces of the nautical skis, and we eat them with the octopus's forks! We wipe our spit-soaked mouths with the magic cleaning wipe, after which the Elf smears herself with the stupid ointment vial, and performs a dance around the fire while wearing the crazy slippers and the bear tooth necklace, and waving the inflatable sword around! And in the end we HANG ourselves with the rope, because we're STILL LOST and we're RIDICULOUS!
* ContinuityNod: The characters sometimes refer to the events depicted in some of the Naheulband's songs. That's why the Elf should never know why trolls want apples when they see her...
* CrashingThroughTheHarem: In ''L'Orbe de Xaraz'', the protagonists crash through the brute-ball cheerleaders' changing room while trying to escape their pursuers.
* DeadpanSnarker: Every member of the group tends to fall into this, but the Dwarf is clearly the champion in this domain.
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: Justified by Destiny Points, which allow a character's teammates to bring them back from the dead. Also subverted because if you run out of them, you get KilledOffForReal. Although you can be ressurected even if you're out of Destiny Points, via a magical ritual. But it's very expensive, and it can't work if the body and/or the mind of the dead one are too heavily damaged.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Happens frequently in the novel, as the Elf has a really high "charisma"...
* TheDitz: The Elf, and how!
* DumbassHasAPoint: While the Ogre isn't very smart and is clearly only in the group due to his strength, a good idea pops up in his head every once in a while. The most notable instance was when he offered to give a troll bits of goblin for food so they wouldn't have to give him the Elf.
* DumbBlonde: The Elf, even compared with everyone else.
* DumbMuscle: Played straight with the Ogre, but surprisingly averted with the Barbarian. He's not exactly a genius, but he found the right answers to most of the enigmas the group needed to solve and often shows elements of being the OnlySaneMan. Sort of justified when he reached level 2 and gained one intelligence point. Finally, the first book acknowledges his (relative) smartness by stating that he is seemingly more clever than most of his kin. See also GeniusBruiser below.
* ElvesVersusDwarves: Oh boy, where to start?
-->'''The Elf:''' (''who has fallen in a hole'') Help me, I'm stuck!\\
'''The Dwarf:''' She says we can leave her behind.\\
'''The Elf:''' Get me out of here, it's slimy!\\
'''The Dwarf:''' She says she wants us to drop rocks on her and put her out of her misery.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Basically what the group tries to prevent in the novel. [[spoiler:After all, they played a part in it...]]
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The main characters are only identified by their race or their class. More than 10 years after the start of the series, we still don't know their real names. Some moments in the season five imply (or outright state) that they ''don't'' want to give their real names. The Elf and the Barbarian receive the "fake" names of Selenia and Chef Taurogh (Chief Bullogh) respectively. Interestingly, everyone else has an actual name.
* FailedASpotCheck: As she enters Zangdar's lair, the Elf complains about how ugly the rug is. The Ranger then has to point out the iron golem that's barring their way to her...
* FiveManBand: Subverted as much as you can expect in a comedy, but the roles can still be attributed.
** TheHero -- The Ranger (although it's quite debatable if we can call him the leader...)
** TheLancer -- The Dwarf
** TheSmartGuy -- The Enchantress
** TheBigGuy -- Two, in fact; the Barbarian and the Ogre
** TheChick -- The Elf
* FalseFlagOperation: The first part of the tome 5 baddie's plan.
* FollowTheLeader: Even setting aside ''Les Aventuriers du Survivaure'' (mentioned below in Intercontinuity Crossover), in which [=PoC=] himself took part, ''Le Donjon de Naheulbeuk'' caused a huge trend on the French-speaking Web for [=MP3=] audio series, with various levels of quality and originality compared to the model.
* FourFingeredHands: Orcs have them. When one character's arm gets orcish due to some weird Orc medicine, they notice two of their fingers have merged.
* FullFrontalAssault: The Elf during the boat ambush in season 3.
* GeniusBruiser: The Barbarian may like fighting above anything, but he has still solved some riddles that his companions couldn't answer. Of course, it may say more about the "intelligence" of the others...
* GentleGiant: Kinda. The Ogre is treated and acts like any other member of the group and is not evil, but he still has a very strong appetite. And he does have weird tastes sometimes...
* {{Gesundheit}}: The Dwarf takes offense at this happening:
-->'''The Enchantress:''' (''reading a location on the map'') Chnaffon!\\
'''The Ranger:''' tes souhaits.\\
'''The Barbarian:''' tes souhaits.\\
'''The Dwarf:''' Die!
* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: At the end of ''La Couette de l'oubli'', [[spoiler:the adventurers manage to kill the evil wizard who wanted to [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt awake the God of Slumber]], and thus manage to save the entire world. Except that it all happened in the wizard's secret lair, so absolutely nobody except them knows about it.]]
* GuysSmashGirlsShoot: The Enchantress and the Elf fight at range (though the Elf has trouble hitting the right target) while the rest of them clumsily plunder into melee.
* {{Homage}}: One song from the Naheulband is a Homage to ''Series/{{Kaamelott}}''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7M-_BEsjgE With the accompanying fan-art, it leans into Crossover.]]
* HowDareYouDieOnMe: [[spoiler:The Enchantress when the Elf dies...]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Enchantress:''']] Shit! Shit! Shit! How could you do that!
* HypercompetentSidekick: [[spoiler:Gluby]]
* IdiotBall: Happens a lot, and is sometimes lampshaded.
-->'''Enchantress:''' (''reading a chapter in a book, about Boulgourville, the Lost City, where they have to go'') In the past, it was impossible to find, but today it's signposted.\\
[...]\\
'''The Ranger:''' Show us the map; is it far from here?\\
'''The Enchantress:''' Well... It's not on the map.\\
'''The Ranger:''' Wait... What do you mean?\\
'''The Enchantress:''' They say it's meant to discourage those who want to find the Lost City.\\
'''The Ranger:''' (''in disbelief'') ... So, let me get this straight: they ''signpost'' the way to a lost city which is not on the map because they don't want it to be found?\\
'''The Enchantress:''' Exactly.\\
'''The Dwarf:''' That's utterly stupid!\\
'''The Enchantress:''' Indeed.
* TheIngenue / InnocentFanserviceGirl: The Elf knows absolutely nothing about sex and about how other races deal with nudity. Combined with her gorgeous looks, [[DistractedByTheSexy this can be devastating for the male members of the group.]]
* IntercontinuityCrossover: In an episode, the Dwarf disappears for a few minutes without any reason. Well... actually, there is one. The characters of another MP3 series, ''Les Aventuriers du Survivaure'' (this time a sci-fi parody), accidentally beamed him in their ship as they were trying their brand new teleporter. He even does appear in the corresponding episode of this other series.
* KilledOffForReal: Several characters got killed and resurrected. [[spoiler:But not the Thief or the Minstrel, who didn't have any Fate Points.]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: During the course of the second season, the "heroes" have to travel through charming places such as the Swamps of Eternal Agony or the Road of Oblivion. And they also stopped in an inn called the Pervert Sewer Rat.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: At the end of the second season, [[spoiler:the group learns that the wizard who hired them for getting the magical statue, and to who they sold it, wants to use it for allowing Dlul, the God of Slumber and Boredom, to cover the entire world in the Quilt of Oblivion and freeze it in an endless sleep. Whoops...]]
* NoFourthWall: The characters sometimes react to what the voiceover says.
-->'''Enchantress:''' We'd better get out of here.\\
'''Ranger:''' But the voiceover said there'd be violent scenes.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Zangdar is played for laughs, but he is still a powerful wizard. In fact, one of his problems is that he has difficulties controlling his power: in one instance, he accidentally destroys a good portion of a forest and of a farm after having tried to cast a fairly low-level spell.
* OddJobGods: Lots of them, such as Bloutos (god of carpets), Braav (god of LawfulGood, which is definitely an odd job in this setting), Mankdebol (god of bad luck and fumbles; its name phonetically means "down on luck")... Then you've got gods who kind of overlap, such as sex goddess Lafoune (can translate as "the vagoo") and love god Malgar (needless to say, the former is ''much'' more popular) or Khornettoh, god of blood and violence, and Crom, god of brawling. Subverted by Dlul, god of Slumber and Boredom, who is probably THE strongest divinity due to every moment of sleep and boredom counting as a ritual prayer to him.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Back to the two first seasons, anytime the characters actually managed to perform well, the characters had to describe what happened later for somebody else (and for the sake of the audience). Examples: [[spoiler:how they defeated the Iron Golem, or the mutant weremole. In both cases, one of the characters got killed early in the fight and got resurrected afterwards.]]
* OhWaitThisIsMyGroceryList: The Ranger reads aloud the random encounter table to his teammates, telling them they could encounter the undead, orcs and goblins, trolls, giant spiders, sorcerers, cursed warriors, mutant rats, a bottle of oil, toilet paper, two sponges and ravioli. Naturally, the Dwarf quickly points out what's wrong with that list.
* OnSecondThought:
** [[DirtyCoward The Thief]] suggests ''someone'' should stay behind to guard the dungeon's exit, but changes his mind when the Ranger replies, "You mean someone who wouldn't get his share of the 8000 gold coins?"
** Also, in the first episode, the Dwarf is about to call it quits because of the freezing cold before they even enter the title dungeon. He stays after the Ranger notes that doing this would make the Elf happy.
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: The Dwarf is prone to fighting, loves beer and gold, comes from a mine and uses axes. However, it looks like his entire race just loves annoying the hell out of the other races. They're the ones producing the Chiantos candies, for a start.
* OurElvesAreBetter: Usually, in fantasy settings, elves are described as being highly intelligent beings. [[TheDitz "Naheulbeuk"'s Elf, however...]]
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Arkheim von Drekkenhoff. [[spoiler:Turns out he only feeds on coyotes and is hemophiliac.]]
* ParodyCommercial: Apart from the regular episodes, POC also produced "commercials" for in-universe products.
* PowerOfRock:
** How the group manages to defeat [[spoiler:Zangdar the dungeon master]]... Kinda.
** Also, the Minstrel once tried to calm down a berserk Hill Troll using his music. [[spoiler:Subverted, as it failed miserably. *SPROTCH*]])
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh:
** Quite possibly what happens when the Ranger tries to attack a weremole with a tuna sandwich.
** Later on, he drinks a potion of courage and attacks an heavily armored nogrok (ogre-orc hybrid). The result is very much this.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The whole party, very much.
* ResurrectionSickness: In the comic, [[spoiler:the Elf is resurrected after a lenghty and costly ritual. She is, however, left very weak from the experience, and shivering in cold. She gets better after a good night of sleep]].
* RunningGag: Several, from the Elf's ineptitude in using her bow to the Ranger's poor attempts at leadership.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere:
** Tried several times by the Dwarf until he's reminded that would please the Elf or that he wouldn't get any treasures.
** The Paladin also makes this as [[spoiler:he's fallen in love with an elven queen, and he realizes how incompetent the others are.]]
* ShoutOut: A lot, ranging from movies to literature without, of course, forgetting tabletop games.
** For example, the Land of Fangh contains cults dedicated to deities such as [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Slaanoush or Khornettoh]].
** The 20th episode was entirely devoted to shoutouts, using audio extracts of ''Film/{{Conan the Barbarian|1982}}'', ''Film/{{Willow}}'' and ''Film/BackToTheFuture''.
** The Barbarian promising to a bladesmith that [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} he'll be back]].
** A young wizard student is named [[LawyerFriendlyCameo Gary Topper and looking for his giant friend Bargid]] (he ends up victimized by both the Dwarf (who breaks his wand) and the Enchantress who sells him the Rune Staff of Curse as "replacement")
** It's apparently [[TheCameo Cameo]] Village: in the comics, the background of that village is ''filled'' with various characters of other fantasy series, such as [[Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar Deedlit]] and [[LightNovel/{{Slayers}} Lina Inverse]], or others like [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos]], that were not mentioned in the original [=MP3=] and have no interaction with the group.
** Among the heroes, [[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian the Barbarian worships a god named Crom]], while at one point the Enchantress finds the "Robe of Archmage Tholsadum". And at a moment in the third book (season 5):
--->'''The Barbarian:''' Because Conan said so himself [...]
** Another little one: in the second novel (season 4), as the characters are walking on some docks, we're informed of an argument between a fishmonger and a blacksmith about the quality of the former's fishes. [[ComicBook/{{Asterix}} Now where have we seen a similar situation?]]
** When the Dwarf mentions that he could use a drink, Arkheim von Drekkenhoff replies [[{{Dracula}} "I never drink... wine".]]
* SirSwearsALot: The Dwarf
* SpannerInTheWorks: Poor Zangdar. The main characters just keep on interferring with his plans, without them even noticing.
* StandardizedLeader: Subverted. The Ranger is the leader by default, but nobody in the group really agrees with this, and he doesn't really have the required qualities. A running gag is the Dwarf telling him: "Hey! It's not you the leader!". The updated version of the second episode reveals that their employer designated the Ranger as the leader of the group.
* {{Stripperific}}: The Elf's clothes apparently don't hide a lot of skin. [[GagBoobs And it gets worse every time she gains a level.]]
* SummoningRitual: Parodied with a version that requires to wrap artifacts in ham.
* TakeThat: A ShoutOut to ''Literature/HarryPotter'' turns pretty bad for the Potter analogue...
* TooDumbToLive:
** The Elf, again.
** [[spoiler:More literally, the Minstrel.]]
* TooFastToStop: The Dwarf, after he gains a pair of boots of speed, has lots of trouble controlling his moves and crashes a lot against the scenery. And into a trigger-happy wizard.
* TookALevelInBadass: Not a textbook example because it's gradual, but the company ''does'' get more competent as the seasons pass. In the fifth season, they even get ''real'' [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments of Awesome]]!
* TwoGirlsToATeam: The Elf and the Enchantress.
* TheUnintelligible:
** No-one except the Enchantress understands what the Ogre says. Sometimes, it's for the best.
--->'''The Ranger:''' I'd really like to know why the Ogre keeps on singing when we walk!\\
'''The Enchantress:''' Wait, I'll ask him... Gravoz vrotapa bozoh?\\
'''The Ogre:''' Gnolo.\\
'''The Enchantress:''' He says you can go fuck yourself.
** Subverted with the Troll they meet in the dungeon. At first, he only speaks in his own language, but it turns out he can speak the heroes' language and the growls are just a tourist trap.
** After season 3, they recruit Gluby the Northern Forest Gnome.
* UpdatedRerelease: The first episodes are currently being remade by Pen of Chaos with a better sound, better mixing, and additionnal dialogues.
* VegetarianVampire: Baron von Drekkenhoff, the haemophiliac vampire. He only feed on coyotes's blood.
* WanderingMinstrel: The Minstrel
* WeaksauceWeakness: The Dark Katakak, a gigantic insectlike abomination from out of this world. It combines nigh invulnerability and terrifying power with an unsatiable appetite and [[spoiler:severe digestion problems. Leave it be for a while and it will probably kill itself from overeating.]]
* WheelOfPain: The Barbarian sets up one for training, calling it the "wheel of muscle". The Dwarf soon notices that it can be harnessed to mills, to get some gold out of the ordeal.
* TheXOfY: The series' title, and the novels.

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