Lanfeust de Troy
is a French heroic-fantasy comic series by Arleston and Tarquin, published by Soleil Productions. It features the eponymous hero Lanfeust in the world of Troy, and his efforts to save said world from total dominion by an evil army. The main feature of this series is that each inhabitant has a single magical power, be it useful or useless (melting metal, boiling/freezing water, teleporting, farting from the ears...) ; however, their power can only be used if a sage, a person who underwent a special rite to lose his/her power to become a magical conduit, is around and alive.
Sometimes, one person can have the ultimate power, that consists of every single power ever. This is the case for Lanfeust, a young blacksmith gifted with the power of melting metal by looking at it, who, while mending the sword of a passing aristocrat, discovers that touching the sword's pommel grants him the ultimate power. Accompanied by Nicomède (the village sage), C'ian (Nicmlède's older daughter and Lanfeust's fiancée, who can heal any wound after nightfall), Cixi (Nicomède's younger daughter, who can make water evaporate or freeze) and Hébus (a wild troll Nicomède enchanted), Lanfeust goes to Eckmül, Troy's capital, in order to study his power. But what he'll find there will be a tad
bigger than that...
The series has also been Recycled In Space
(Lanfeust des Étoiles
), rewritten as a manga (Lanfeust Quest
), and as Spinoff Babies
(Gnomes de Troy
). And given a sequel, in the form of Lanfeust Odyssey
... Annnnnnnd another series
has come out: Cixi de Troy
. This one focuses on Cixi from when she leaves the main band to when we meet with her again. There is also a prequel series of sorts, involving the adventures of Hebus's grandfather Tetram, his adoptive human daughter Waha, and her would-be boyfriend Profy (Trolls de Troy
Lanfeust provides examples of the following tropes:
- Affectionate Parody: Of Fantasy in Lanfeust de Troy and Space Opera in Lanfeust des Étoiles.
- Afraid of Needles: Hébus. He considers them to be vicious and underhanded.
- All Trolls Are Different: Huge, anthropophagist, fur-covered humanoids with Super Strength and a violent aversion to water. (It might make them clean and thus alienate their flies.) They can be enchanted by a sage, turning them into obedient servants, but DON'T let them get drunk. Trolls actually developed a highly advanced culture built around Heroic sociopathy: they can perfectly function in civilized human society, but unless they take a fancy to some of the locals, they may kill people at random to pass time. White trolls in Darshan, however, are Always Chaotic Evil.
- Angel Unaware: Sphax, Cixi's dragon, is actually the Darshanite god of ambassadors, sent by his fellow gods to bring Lanfeust in Darshan.
- Back from the Dead: Lanfeust, after inhaling the Magohamoth,'s breath.
- Badass Bookworm: Thanos is a pirate king and thus no slouch in battle, but he's also quite intelligent and versed in magic, due to his former training as a sage.
- Badass Normal: The Or-Azur baron mixes this and Took a Level in Badass. He starts as a vain and weak young noble, but after Thanos kills his father and falling in love with C'ian, he turns into a ballsy and cunning warrior. Without magic.
- Behemoth Battle: The climactic battle is fought between giant energy clones of Lanfeust and Thanos over a major city.
- Betty and Veronica: C'ian and Cixi.
- Big Bad: Baron Averroes, who then turns out to be Thanos.
- Big Eater: The trolls. Trolls will eat anything that moves and drink everything that doesn't. It's not that they're evil, they're just very hungry. At one point, it is said they can eat or drink anything except water (it might make them CLEAN!). When a troll tries to eat something and it doesn't get digested properly it's a major plot point.
- The Blacksmith: Lanfeust, whose power is to melt metal.
- Blessed with Suck: Some people have useless or ridiculous powers like making colorful farts.
- Bloody Hilarious: Whenever there's a carnage scene, or pretty much almost any death, expect to see liters of blood covering the place or gushing out of people's and creatures' bodies.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Trolls, every last one of them.
- Brainwashing for the Greater Good: Trolls are Always Chaotic Evil creatures but sages can "enchant" them to have a strong companion. Nicolède does this to Hebus in the first album.
- Catapult to Glory
- Charm Person: A common spell used to make trolls very strong servants. Problem is, it doesn't stand up to alcohol. There's a stronger enchantment that can hold even if the troll drowns himself in booze, but by strongly diminishing their savagery, which weakens them. Granted, considering what trolls are, most of the time, it's not a problem.
- The Chosen One: Lanfeust, as well as Thanos.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Both C'ian and Cixi when Lanfeust is next to another girl. The latter is rather Hypocrite because she's very flirting with other men. According to her for girls it's just sexual but boys are more romantic and it's cheating.
- Cruel And Unu Sual Death:
- Bascrean dies after his failed assassination attempt on Thanos by way of making the liquids in his body boil until only a charred skeleton remains.
- Murne (Thanos' lieutenant) dies after La Résistance uses enchanted flesh-laying eggs insects enchanted to assassinate Thanos and fail. The guy is actually eaten to the bone by larvae.
- Doing In the Wizard: In the sequel Lanfeust des Étoiles, the magic power of the inhabitants of Troy is retconned as Psychic Powers.
- Doomed by Canon: In her spin-off series, Cixi gets pregnant with Thanos' child never mentionned in the main series. You guess what happens next...
- The Dragon
- Thanos appears to be this to Averroes, until we learn that they're the same guy.
- Thanos become this to Prince Luhu in Lanfeust des Étoiles.
- Drop the Hammer: Most, if not all of the trolls use blunt weaponry.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Thanos doesn't appear at all in the first album. The only antagonists are random brigands. Also, Cixi was more immature.
- Even Evil Has Standards: When Venerable Fuquatou discovers that the courtesan blackmailing him is looking for the mutant siren "sisters" of Waha in order to use them in her brothels, he kicks her out of the dragon they're flying on.
- Everyone Is a Super: It's close to Xanth in comic form. Everyone on the world of Troy has the potential for magic power, enabled by people who train as sages at a Wizarding School. Sages learn some charms and spells at school and "turn off" their own powers to allow people within a certain range to use theirs. They are valuable resources; for example, when trolls attack caravans, they often focus on the sages. There are also a few nations with cultural differences in how magic manifests.
- Darshanites, rather than having individual powers, subconsciously pool their power to create gods that intercede in daily life on that continent.
- The Baronies are opposed to magic for cultural reasons and don't allow sages among them. It's unclear whether people from there would discover their individual talents if they spent enough time in foreign lands, or whether people born there can't have magic powers at all, or what.
- Everything Trying to Kill You: Troy's wildlife is incredibly diverse and inventive in the ways it tries to eat you. And let's not go into the trolls...
- Eye Scream: Thanos puts out Lanfeust's eyes (with an ivory blade, when he melts the metal one).
- Cixi. Among others, she appears nude in one scene, to C'ian's anger, Lanfeust's astonishment, and to our great delight.
- Cixi De Troy seems to run on this. The first volume gives us a Hot Amazon Brigade who are big believers in Girl-on-Girl Is Hot and Stripperiffic outfits.
- Five-Man Band
- Fortune Teller: The Haruspex can read the future in the entrails of creatures (and yes, that's a real thing) ; notable in the fact that he is always right. He can also do it with human entrails, and will gladly do it if said human was an asshole.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: In the second tome, a drawing of a Vitruvian Troll can be seen with text near it. Some of the text is upside-down. The normal text says "Don't you have anything better to do than read stuff that has nothing to do with the story ?" and the upside-down text says "If you can read this, it means: 1) you have good eyes or 2) you're holding the book upside-down."
- Full-Frontal Assault: Thanos, can't teleport his clothes.... yet he's still dangerous.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Shlikäh, Goddess of Pleasure. Confirmed by Word of God no less.
- A God Am I: How Thanos reacts to the ultimate power.
- Godiva Hair: Described as a "genetic trait" of mermaids in Trolls de Troy, and even applies if they're turned upside-down.
- Gods Need Prayer Badly: The Darshanide Gods need believers to exist. The first time the heroes visit the divine court, they witness the goddess Lynrenö fading into nothingness as her last believer dies.
- Happy Rain: "There it is, your ET shower!" (though the pun unfortunately doesn't work in English).
- Hates Baths: All trolls. They hate to take baths, but love to drink bathwater: as Hebus explains when he drinks C'ian and Cixi's bathwater, "It's like stew: when you're not allowed to eat the meat, you can still drink the broth."
- Identical Grandson: Or identical niece. Cian's daughter, Cixi, shares her aunt's name, appearance and personality.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Trolls consider human flesh a delicacy.
- I'm Standing Right Here: Lanfeust claim to be an atheist in front of the whole Darshanide pantheon. Cue massive Death Glare.
- Interspecies Romance
- Well, not exactly romance per se, but one of the manuals give this as an explanation for the perpetual presence of darshanide trolls around Shlikäh, the Goddess of Pleasure. Then comes the explanation of why she saved Hébus and perpetually "cured" him of his appetite for human flesh: she started finding the darshanide trolls boring and a bit small and wanted to try a regular troll. She was thoroughly satisfied, though she couldn't sit for three days afterwards.
- Another example, from the prequel series: Pröfy is actually half-troll. His mother, a full troll, once caught a human nobleman but felt more lusty than hungry at the time... Several days later, the man eventually escaped with his life. And several broken bones. And no clothes whatsoever.
- In That Order: The Redbeard knockoffs have trouble with Rape, Pillage, and Burn.
"We rob'em, burn'em and rape'em, right cap'n?"
"Noooo, that's what you did last time!"
"Oh yeah, that wasn't much fun, especially towards the end."
- Katanas Are Just Better: After he loses his sword, Lanfeust forges himself a new one and gives it the shape of a katana. Granted, at the time they're in the knockoff of China/Japan/Every Asian country related trope you can think of. Subverted when he sees the katanas forged by the personal smith of the emperor: he describes them as "cute toys", breaks in half one of the very obviously expensive swords in front of the shocked shop clerk, before forging an Eckmülian longsword for himself which only looks superficially like a Darshanide blade.
- MacGuffin: The fragment of the Magohamoth's horn. It gives Lanfeust and Thanos the ultimate power.
- Meaningful Name
- Thanos (from Thanatos, Death in Greek mythology).
- Also, Ci'an and Cixi are the names of the last two Dowager Empresses of China. And Cixi's name definitely sounds like her greatest attribute.
- Mundane Utility: Depending on the power you get, it pretty much determines your job. Lanfeust, who can melt metal, is a blacksmith, one girl whose power is to make people thirsty works in a tavern.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Used as mounts, they come in various shapes and forms, some being individual mounts and other being large enough to serve as airplanes.
- Panda-ing to the Audience: Darshanide trolls (white-furred, with black spots over the eyes), which are a subversion of how this trope usually works, because they're at least as savage and brutal as regular trolls, although they are smaller.
- Physical God: The Darshanide gods.
- Thanos's occupation when we first hear of him.
- As well as space pirates in Lanfeust des Étoiles.
- Cixi runs into (and joins) a band of man-hating female pirates.
- Pirate Girl: Cixi runs into (and joins) a band of man-hating female pirates.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Trolls dislike "subtlety". Given their Super Strength and Nigh-Invulnerability, they solve most problems by charging at it/swinging blunt objects at it/eating it. Human powers, given their unpredictability, are pretty much the only reason humans have survived, see Everything Trying to Kill You.
- Punny Name
- Every troll's name is such that, if you add "troll" to the front or end, you get a word or phrase; Hébus gives Trolleybus, Haïgwépa for Highway Patrol, Puitépée for "puits de pétrole" (oil rig), Gnondpom for "trognon de pomme" (apple core) and so. Some other characters, like the Darshanide ambassador, also count, but it's hard to figure out.
- The Big Bad of Lanfeust des Etoiles is named after the mascot of a cookie brand.
- Also, mentioned once in the book and another time in the manual, the Darshanide goddess of labyrinths is Larakröft
- Shout-Out: Waaaaaaaay too many to count: to previous works of the authors, TV series, video games, etc.
- Zorro characters show up once or twice. Cixi spends an episode as a black-clad masked vigilante riding a... flying... bat... thing... named Tornado. (actually referred to as a dragon at some point).
- Larakröft, Darshanide Goddess of Labyrinths, comes to mind.
- Recycled In Space: Lanfeust of the Stars
- Second Love
- Cixi to Lanfeust.
- Or-Azur to Ci'an.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: The series is pretty cynical, people die, messily, and yet remains quite funny. Which is notable because unlike many examples, it starts out that way. The first issue prominently features a Miles Gloriosus, speculation about the Power Perversion Potential of Lanfeust's abilities, Lanfeust's leg getting chewed off by a Horde of Alien Locusts, Lanfeust personally killing hundreds of bandit Mooks, and more, equally funny and horrific, sometimes on the same page.
- Stable Time Loop: In Lanfeust of the Stars we learned Lanfeust gave the absolute power to the Magohamoth in the past and the latter gave him back at the end of the first series.
- Suddenly Sexuality: In the main series, Cixi has no interest in anyone but men, but Cixi of Troy portates her as Bissexual.
- Tin Tyrant: Averroes never removes his armor or face-concealing helm, for a good reason: he's Thanos.
- Took a Level in Badass: Cixi
- Trapped in the Past: Fourth issue in Lanfeust of the Stars.
- Troperiffic: Uses, and occasionally deconstructs, a great many High Fantasy tropes.
- Villain Teleportation: Thanos' power : he can teleport instantly to any location he memorized... Minus his clothes.
- Wham Episode
- In Lanfeust Odyssey, a possessed Lanfeust kills Nicolede in full view of everyone in Eckmul.
- Before that, in Lanfeust of the stars, Lanfeust and Swiip end up eighteen years in the future. It is never fixed, meaning Lanfeust has now the same age as his son, leading Cixi to eventually break up with him since she's spent the years making a name for herself in the future.