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->''Dave, Fang and Candy\\
Brave and Bold, they're not\\
They ain't the greatest heroes\\
[[ClosestThingWeGot But they're the only ones we've got]]''
-->-- '''ThemeSong'''

''Dave the Barbarian'' (2004-2005) is a Creator/{{Disney}} animated series, an AffectionateParody of the HeroicFantasy genre.

The series takes place in TheMiddleAges and centers on a powerful yet cowardly barbarian named Dave who lives in the [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield fictitious land of Udrogoth]] along with his older sister Candy and younger sister Fang. His parents, Throktar and Glimia, are the King and Queen, but are away "fighting evil" across the world (though they sometimes communicate via a magic crystal ball), and have left Candy in charge of the kingdom. Together the three siblings, along with their wizard uncle Oswidge, their pet Faffy and Dave's talking sword Lula, are left to run and protect the kingdom.

There is a Narrator, referred to either as "the Narrator" or "the Storyteller," voiced by Creator/JeffBennett. He plays a big part in the show, as he controls what happens in the story. He is able to talk to the characters of the show, and vice versa. In fact, he was once captured by ArchEnemy '''THE DARK LORD CHUCKLES, THE SILLY PIGGY!''', and was forced to read narration where Dave loses to him.

The show was created and written by Doug Langdale of ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders'' fame. It premiered on Creator/DisneyChannel on January 23, 2004; a year later, it began broadcasting on ToonDisney as well. In Latin America, the show is broadcast on Jetix. Sadly however, the show only lasted one season due to Disney punting the show around their schedule. The reruns now mostly show on Early Morning shifts on the weekend.

Much like its predecessors ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' and the short-lived ''WesternAnimation/TheRomanHolidays'', Dave the Barbarian juxtaposes the ancient and the modern. Candy, for example, shops in the local mall (the "Great Indoor Marketplace of Udragoth") and uses the crystal ball for online shopping sprees. Occasionally, the series even breaks the fourth wall with a character directly addressing the audience.

Critically acclaimed, but unfortunately it could not last since Disney just seemed to lose interest halfway into it's run, and thus cancelled after one season.
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!!Tropes:
* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: Queen Glimia, who looks ''barely'' older than her teenager daughter Candy.
* ActionGirl: Candy; sometimes parodied, sometimes played straight. Fang ''wants'' to be one, but can't quite manage.
* AllCavemenWereNeanderthals
* AlmostKiss: Between Candy and [[spoiler: The Zit.]]
* AmazonianBeauty: [[MeaningfulName Bicepia]]. After seeing Bicepia, Candy uses [[AppliedPhlebotinum Magic Broccoli]] to become buffer...but keeps using it and quickly goes from AmazonianBeauty to a unholy combination of {{Gonk}}, DumbMuscle and BrawnHilda (don't worry, there is a ResetButton).
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Ned Frischman.
* AmusingInjuries: Dave in particular is prone to getting burned into a pile of ash.
* AnachronismStew
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: Parodied.
* AnimalMotifs: Fang is regularly compared to a monkey, to her annoyance.
* AnimatedSeries
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Fang to Candy sometimes.
* AntiHero: Dave is a ClassicalAntiHero, Fang is more close to a UnscrupulousHero.
* AppleOfDiscord: In one episode, Chuckles sends Dave a pair of rose colored glasses that makes the wearer only see their ideal world around them, even though the real world is still there. All of Dave's family promptly begins fighting over them once they all see what they can do.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: Parodied with respect to superhero origin stories.
* ArgumentOfContradictions: An episode of the show has Dave and Fang arguing over how to deal with a band of monsters coming to Udrogoth. The argument eventually degenerates into chasing each other around a table while shouting "Yes!" and "No!"
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: A central part of the show's humor.
* BambooTechnology
* BarbarianHero: Spoofed
* BattleCouple: King Throktar and Queen Glimia.
* BatteriesNotIncluded: Used by a time traveler to enslave Dave's people by getting them addicted to a GameBoy expy.
* BerserkButton: Fang is NOT A MONKEY!
* BigBad: '''THE DARK LORD CHUCKLES, THE SILLY PIGGY!'''
* BigNo: Parodied.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Candy.
* CampStraight: Dave.
* CastingGag: The casting of Joan and Melissa Rivers.
* CatchPhrase: "Bajabbers!", "Don't mess with the Princess!", "I am not a monkey!" "We got that."
* ClothesMakeTheManiac: The evil lederhosen.
* CoolHorse: Spoofed in Twinkle the Marvel Horse.
* CouchGag: The collapsing castle wall in the opening credits.
* CowardlyLion: Dave.
* CrazyPrepared: Ned spent hours practicing his evil laugh before he became a villain.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Dave is a massive coward who enjoys, among other things, [[RealMenWearPink cleaning and knitting]]. He's also three hundred pounds of pure muscle who regularly fights evil wizards and angry gods and comes out on top.
* CuteBruiser: Subverted with Fang. She has the looks and the attitude of a CuteBruiser, but the only thing she can beat are bugs. Granted, this includes bugs about the size of a rhinoceros that could lay waste to the entire Kingdom of Udrogoth -- as she demonstrated when some of them didn't simply run in terror from her reputation.
* CuteButCacophonic: Fang's default voice is a yell.
* DatingCatwoman: Dave and Princess Irmaplotz
* DarkSecret: In one episode, when Dave was snooping around to see who stole his cookbook, he sees Oswidge watching a soap opera, Candy shaving her beard, Fang secretly playing with dolls, and Faffy playing Go Fish with some other dragons, talking about how the 'Big Chump' hasn't discovered he can talk yet. Dave wonders out loud who said Big Chump could possibly be...
* DeadpanSnarker: Lula.
* DependingOnTheWriter: If Candy is an ActionGirl or not, or if she is stronger than her brother or not. Also, Fang's strength changes from episode to episode.
* DidYouGetANewHaircut: Happens when Oswidge accidentally turns himself into a newt.
-->'''Candy:''' Did you change your hair?
* DodgeballIsHell: One of Fang's training regimens.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Fang is almost always barefoot.
* DumbBlonde: Argon the Ageless.
* TheEeyore: Twinkle the Marvel Horse.
* EmpathicWeapon: Subverted, Lula has very little empathy.
* EpicFail: Chuckles' first use of the Pretzel Men. Not even ''Dave'' is scared by them.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Candy is a parody of this trope. Strangely this is never brought up with Fang.
** Averted with Princess Irmaplotz, who is evil and one of the main antagonists of the series.
* EvilIsHammy: Possibly the most literal example out there, as well as a classic case.
* EvilKnockoff: Mecha-Dave.
* EvilLaugh: Several. Malsquando once mentions that Chuckles is widely considered to have the best in the business.
* EvilSorcerer: Malsquando, Princess Irmoplotz and Queen Zonthara.
* ExpositoryThemeTune: Quoted above.
* ExtremeOmnivore: Faffy
* FakeOutOpening: In one episode, we see what appears to be the King returning home, but after we see HowWeGotHere we know it's really Chuckles in disguise, and now "the King" suddenly has green glowing eyes and sounds like Chuckles.
* FangsAreEvil: Princess Irmoplotz and Queen Zonthara. But not Fang. Except in that one episode where she was posessed by the forces of Pure Evil In The Form Of Lederhosen.
* FieryRedhead: Fang and sometimes Candy.
* FMinusMinus: Dave seems to think that a "Z" grade is worse than an "F."
* FluffyTheTerrible: The Dark Lord Chuckles the Silly Piggy, sort of. He ''is'' a cute little piggy but is also a powerful dark lord of evil.
* GenderBlenderName: The Pillage Master has a very intimidating, "dark and shadowed guardian" voice. And yet...
-->'''Pillage Master:''' You may call me...Gloria.
-->'''Dave:''' That's a pretty name.
* GentleGiant: Dave
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: A Roman salute is made by one of the characters while proclaiming himself to be a dictator.
** Floral Derangement gives us this gem:
-->'''Pinkeye the Sailor:''' Seagulls, seagulls everywhere
-->Leaving presents in my hair!
-->It gives my scalp a glossy feel
-->Who needs shampoo when you can have real?
* GivingRadioToTheRomans: Ned Frischman does this when he brings [[BlandNameProduct GameGuys]] to Udrogoth.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Queen Zonthara, Princess Irmaplotz's mother, although she is a very minor character and not relevant in the series. Her daughter is the real antagonist.
* GoldenSnitch: The penmanship portion of the Rite of Pillage counts for 75% of the total mark - a result of a pen company being the major sponsor.
* GodOfEvil: Parodied with Quosmir, the god of freshly laundered trousers and overused punctuation.
* HairTriggerTemper: Lula.
-->"You just sitting there is kinda ticking me off."
* HereWeGoAgain: Dave's parents, on their quest to "Destroy all the evil in the world" they apparently succeeded. [[note]] Despite Dark Lord Chuckles The Silly Piggy, and Malsquando and Irmaplotz were obviously missed [[/note]] Yet once they finished their quest, it turns out that a new evil appeared in the very first place they started their quest, meaning they have to do it all over again.
* HeroicFantasy: Relentlessly spoofed.
* HighCollarOfDoom: Fang deduces that Malsquando is evil because he has a "pointy collar", among other things.
* HostileShowTakeover: Chuckles, in "A Pig's Story."
* HotWitch: Princess Irmaplotz and Queen Zonthara.
* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: Ned Frischman and his EvilLaugh.
* IAmNotWeasel: Fang is continually mistaken for a monkey.
* [[IdeaBulb Idea Candles]]
* IneptMage: Uncle Oswidge.[[spoiler: He was actually just a cook in wizard school.]]
* InsistentTerminology: "Not a monkey!"
* KillerRabbit: The Dark Lord Chuckles the Silly Piggy.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Candy and Fang.
* JunglePrincess: Fang dresses like one and is a princess but doesn't have much to do with the jungle.
* LargeHam: Chuckles (literally, and figuratively; extra humorous because he's tiny), the Narrator, among several others.
* LateToThePunchline: The Pillage Master.
-->"Laying waste--I get it! Ha ha ha ha!"
* LaughablyEvil: All villains, especially Chuckles the Silly Piggy.
* LittleMissSnarker: Fang.
* LimitedWardrobe
* LemonyNarrator
* {{Magitek}}
* [[MasculineGirlFeminineBoy Masculine Girls, Feminine Boy]]: Fang and Candy's Masculine Girls to Dave's Feminine Boy.
* MediumAwareness
* MegaNeko: '''THE DARK LORD CHUCKLES, THE SILLY PIGGY!''' as titanic kitty-cat.
* MetronomicManMashing: Amoeba wrestling.
* MistakenForGranite: A version that doesn't activate unless you touch it.
* MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels: When Fang attempts to speak monkey while on an island of monkeys who look like her:
-->'''Fang:''' Which point me you to water in pants?
* {{Narrator}}
* NiceGuy: Dave.
* NightOfTheLivingMooks: Referenced.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Twinkle the Marvel Horse is a parody of ChristopherWalken, through his manner of speech.
* NoFourthWall: The characters interact with the narrator, occasionally pausing to check their scripts, etc.
** "The inside of this television set is filthy!"
** Chuckles even captured the Narrator at one point and forced him to read his own story, making him the new Narrator, so to speak. Whatever the Narrator said would become real. They held auditions for a new Narrator.
*** Though Chuckles still had to follow the show's rules. Such as he couldn't kill Dave because it's a family show.
* NonHumanSidekick: Faffy and Twinkle the Marvel Horse.
* NoodleImplements
** Hilariously inverted in ''Girlfriend''.
---> '''Narrator:''' Thinking quickly, Dave constructs a homemade megaphone using only a squirrel, some string and a megaphone. *Dave promptly holds up a megaphone with a squirrel tied to it.*
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Parodied in "The Maddening Sprite of the Stump". A giant muffin that had been attacking the castle is defeated offscreen, while the narrator explains that the show's budget is too cheap to actually show the battle, but assures the audience that it was exciting.
* OhCrap: Candy gives this impression after a climax in which Oswidge had turned himself, Dave, Fang and Faffy into toddlers (While Candy supervises) [[ItMakesSenseInContext to destroy Chuckles evil army of living stuffed animals.]]
---> Candy: Okay Uncle Oswidge, you can reverse the spell now.
---> Oswidge: [[TheMindIsThePlayThingOfTheBody Applejuice?]]
---> Candy: This be very bad now...

* OnlySaneMan: Uncle Oswidge.
* OpeningShoutOut: [[spoiler:When Chuckles takes over.]]
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Faffy, though there are plenty of standard issue dragons roaming around as well; Faffy (who is routinely mistaken for a flying potato) seems to have simply lost the genetic lottery, ''hard''.
* OurWerebeastsAreDifferent: Irmaplotz uses a werecow "to make Dave look like a dork." Afterwards, anytime Dave gets bitten by something else, he turns into that. This leads to Dave turning into a cat, Oswidge, a hamster, an egg beater, Lula and a gym teacher.
** Resolved when he is made to bite his own tongue, turning Dave into a Weredave, and everyone he bites into a weredave.
* PaperThinDisguise: The Dark Lord Chuckles the Silly Music Producer.
-->'''Candy:''' He does look vaguely familiar.
* PaperTiger: Dave. As the Theme Song states, he's "huge but a wimp."
* ParentalAbandonment: King Throktar and Queen Glimia, as noted in the summary.
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: Played straight with Candy, but averted with Dave in ''Civilization'' when Dave asks if Fang realises he's not a girl--while wearing blue.
* PokeThePoodle: Dave's attempts to be just a ''little'' evil in one episode (an attempt to make his relationship with Princess Irmoplotz work) really, ''really'' emphasize ''little''. As in taking two free nut log samples instead of just one then feeling so guilty he bought ten crates.
* PreviouslyOn: Parodied in one episode that opens with a montage of Dave screaming and enduring misfortune.
* PrincessesRule: Princess Candy is ruling Udrogoth until her parents come back from destroying all the evil in the world.
* PsychoExGirlfriend: Evil Princess Irmaplotz to Dave.
* PurelyAestheticEra
* PygmalionPlot: Non-romantic version, in the episode where the family tried to make Fang act more ladylike.
-->'''Dave:''' ''(completely sincere)'' Because what could be more wholesome than the entire family working together as one ... to crush Fang's spirit and force her to stifle her true self?
* RageAgainstTheAuthor: Chuckles capturing the narrator.
* RightOutOfMyClothes:
** In "Beauty and the Zit", Dave encounters the monster zit for the first time. Dave asks for the monster's hat before being roared at and landing in a large pile of hats. The clothes and Lula the sword float for a few seconds before falling to the ground.
** In another episode, "The Cow Goes Moon", Princess Irmaplotz disappears for the second time, leaving behind only her dress. She takes it back.
* RipVanTinkle: When Dave plays the gargle pipes loudly enough to wake the GodOfEvil Washmir, Washmir temporarily pauses in the middle of his declaration of destruction to say he needs to use the restroom because he's been holding it in for thousands of years.
* SapientSteed: Twinkle the Marvel Horse.
* ShoutOut: Fang seems to be a feral version of [[TheFlintstones Pebbles.]]
** "[[{{Casablanca}} We'll always have Paris.]]" "Paris? We never went to Paris!"
** [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo "Davey Dave!"]]
** The song (and dance routine set to) "Candy and the Zit" is an obvious parody of [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast the song "Beauty and the Beast"]] from the eponymous Disney movie.
** Dave's "Bejabbers!" quote comes from an incredibly obscure show. ''WesternAnimation/TheBrothersFlub''. (Ralph Soll wrote for both shows.)
** One of the door-to-door charity functions that Candy rejects is dedicated to save children from [[Literature/{{Pinocchio}} being turned into donkeys]].
* SomebodyElsesProblem:
-->'''Candy:''' Happy? They're going to destroy half a continent!
-->'''Fang:''' [[BystanderSyndrome Yeah, but not the part we ''live'' on]].
* SomedayThisWillComeInHandy: The TropeNamer.
* SpaceWhaleAesop: Deliberately.
* SpaceX: Mocked mercilessly for ''two solid minutes'' in "A Pig's Story".
--> The space lord pursues our heroically fleeing space heroes, and thus begins a pitched space battle, in space! Just look at that exciting space action!
--> But just as it seems noone can hit the side of a space barn, the space lord scores a direct space hit on our space heroes' space generator!
--> '''Space Captain Dave''': Can our space engines power the space lasers?
--> And with a tremendous space burst of space energy, the spaceship is space destroyed! Space!
* SpikesOfVillainy: Subverted and spoofed.
* SplittingTheArrow: One episode has Dave's girlfriend for the episode doing this during their FallingInLoveMontage, at which point they're doing ''[[ArtisticLicensePhysics underwater]]'' archery.
* SpringCleaningFever: An episode is devoted to Dave's obsessive spring cleaning of the castle.
* SuckinessIsPainful: The poetry of [=PedXing=] has this effect on everyone but Dave and Princess Irmaplotz.
* SuperheroOrigin: Spoofed in the creation of the Time Zipper, with everything from a strike from the Nordic Gods to a radioactive grasshopper bit in about 10 seconds.
--> '''Ned Frischman:''' Wow, that hardly ''ever'' happens!
* SurroundedByIdiots: Lula.
* TalkingAnimal: Twinkle the Marvel Horse; in one throwaway gag, Faffy is seen talking articulately to other dragons when he thinks no human is listening.
* TeamPet: Spoofed with Faffy.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Inverted in "Shrink Rap." Dave becomes a therapist to help people, but all he does is ask "How does that make you feel?" and generally irritates everyone.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Fang and Candy.
* TopHeavyGuy: Dave.
* TheUnintelligible: Faffy.
* TheUnReveal: In one episode Dave quickly makes an improvised megaphone, using only a squirrel, some twine, and a megaphone. TheStinger features Dave looking at the camera and saying "Some of you may be wondering why I tied a squirrel to a megaphone. Well... Goodnight".
* TwentyMinutesIntoThePast: Ned is originally from the year 1994.
* VillainTeamUp: In "Red Sweater Of Courage," Chuckles, Malsquando and Quosmir team-up after Dave harasses each of them without provocation.
* WhatTheHeckIsAnAglet: Dave and his friends and family are being held against the wall by magic. "Dave, do something!" "I am... I'm trying to remember what the thing on the end of a shoelace is called, an argle?" When they are let go, but still against the wall, he suddenly remembers something. "That the thing on the end of a shoelace is called an aglet?" "[[GravityIsAHarshMistress No, that gravity makes things fall."]]
* WomanScorned: Referenced.
* YouAreATreeCharlieBrown: Dave ends up casting almost everyone as a tree in the Udrogoth pageant because he's futilely trying to cast ''everyone'' in the Udrogoth pageant.
* YouDidntAsk: Used to an extent. After a battle with invisible warriors. ([[ItMakesSenseInContext which to fight the heroes had to become invisible]]), Uncle Oswidge makes everyone visible, including the enemy, causing Dave to say:
-->'''Dave:''' If you can make them visible, why didn't you do that before?!
-->'''Oswidge:''' Pick, pick, pick. Get off my back.
* YourHeadASplode: Queen Zonthara's advice to her daughter.
-->''Zonthara:''' If [Dave] loves you, he'll love you for who you are, honey...And if he doesn't, you can always use your powers to make his head explode!
* YouMeanXmas: Harvest Day, complete with its own version of Santa Claus, the Harvest Hog. Possibly a ShoutOut to Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', where our Christmas morphs into Hogswatch.
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