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Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire
Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire
(properly "Kröd Mändoon," not "Krod Mandoon."
) is exactly what you think it's about.
Yes, The Hero
is named Kröd Mändoon, and he has a flaming sword of fire.
Creator, developer, and writer Peter Knight said that its humour is influenced by The Simpsons
, Get Smart
, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail
. It aired in 2009.
The series is mostly a parody of Heroic Fantasy
. The basic plot is that Kröd is the leader of a band of good rebels
fighting against an evil dictator named Dongalor. Yet within that simple premise is a bunch of subplots and character-driven humor.
Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire provides examples of:
- Action Girl: Aneka
- British Brevity
- Bury Your Gays: General Arcadius dies saving Kröd in the first episode not long after discovering his sexuality.
- In one episode the heroes are seduced by four unholy succubi, three women plus one gay man for Bruce. Guess which one of them dies first.
- Catch Phrase: "Daggers!"
- Comedic Sociopathy: Dongalor again.
- The Chosen One: The Golden One, chosen to sound less cliched than "the chosen one."
- The Chosen Zero: Only the titular character and his True Companions can light the resistance's beacon...
- Cowardly Sidekick: Zezelryk
- Department of Redundancy Department: The Flaming Sword of Fire.
- Depraved Bisexual: Cy The Biclops. He captures Kröd and co. with the specific intent of "sexing and eating" them. He also talks about how he's been such a manwhore since his breakup with Lisa.
- The Empire
- Erotic Eating: Aneka, with an entire banana. And, as with everything in the series, kicked Up to Eleven in parody, ending with Longshaft "motorboating" a pair of cantaloupes and Aneka attempting to drink from a coconut two feet above her face and grinning.
- Ethnic Magician: Zezelry.
- Everyone Went to School Together: Kröd and Dongalor went to "the academy" together.
- Faux Affably Evil: Dongalor
- Flaming Sword: Of Fire.
- Achieved practically rather than with CGI.
- Gag Penis: Loquasto. When the three men bust out some protection for getting it on with the succubi, Loquasto's is way longer than the other two, prompting this comment from Bruce.
Bruce: I guess the saying is true. Once you go grobble, you hobble.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: "Daggers!"
- Heävy Mëtal Ümlaut: Two of them.
- Idiot Hero: Kröd.
- Incurable Cough of Death: Dongalor's love interest during the Bi-clops episode. Complete with Blood from the Mouth. Dongalor calls her (and her grave marker reads) the Pretty girl From The Village With the Big Cans and the "Hump-Me" Eyes. In the credits she's simply called Cute Girl, which is also on her grave marker.
- Inept Mage: Zezelryk.
- Interactive Narrator: Played with: At the end of the pilot, when Dongalor and Barnabus are discussing the prophecy, and the narrator comments that it is Kröd's destiny.
Dongalor: I see... (looks around) ...Was that you, Barnabus?
- Kick the Dog/Mood Whiplash: After a boy's (scripted) sad story doesn't make the pagan women cry, Dongalor orders that the boy to be thrown off a bridge, and for his dog to be used as a mop.
- La Résistance
- Lost Technology: In the form of Lost Magic: The Eye of Gulga Grymna.
- The Load: Bruce, Loquasto and Zezelryk all trade this one off because all do have moments of usefulness. Zezelryk is skilled with potions (and now has a nifty magic item), Loquasto is strong and has a superior sense of smell and in the last episode Bruce proved he can fight well when he has to.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Spoofed in the final episode of Season 1-As it is, Dongalor is Kröd's brother...in law. He isn't even married to Kröd's sister anymore!
- Meaningful Name: Kröd's name is meaningful if you spell it backwards.
- Horst Draper (Who lays with horses).
- Mr. Seahorse: Loquasto, Zezelryk and (noticeably) Bruce, during "Succubi: The Dawn's Early Light", with the spawn of the titular Succubi (and token Incubus, in Bruce's case).
- The Mole: Grimshank playing Double Agent. He planned to let Dongalor set off the Eye, but re-aim it at Dongalor's castle.
- Mr. Fanservice: Kröd
- Ms. Fanservice: Aneka, which Kröd constantly hangs a lantern on.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg:
These are my best friends in the world! And Bruce!
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Congrats, Kröd. You just gave the thing that'll power the Doomsday Device to The Mole!
- Nineties Adventure Show: It's a parody of the fantasy versions of this.
- No Respect Guy: Kröd.
- Not So Stoic: Even though pagan women aren't supposed to cry, Aneka does cry when The Mole tells her that Kröd and his gang are dead. This is particularly unfortunate as Dongalor needs a pagan woman's tears to fuel his weapon.
- Only Sane Man: Kröd as noted above but also Barnabas in relation to Dongalor.
- Petting Zoo People: Loquasto, specifically Pig Man
- Precision F-Strike: Dongalor, when the foppish weapons inspector prances in.
- Really Gets Around: Aneka
- Red Herring Mole: Grimshank
- Secret Other Family: The bartender.
- Servile Snarker: Barnabas, to a point.
- Shaped Like Itself: The Flaming Sword of Fire!
- She-Fu: Aneka does this a lot, while giving free Panty Shots (when she's wearing them) to everyone looking.
- Shirtless Scene: Kröd on the 1st episode!
- Sissy Villain: Dongalor, even if he is technically straight.
- The Stoic: Full-blooded pagan women (almost) never cry - torturing them, showing them a sad play, and even chopping onions in front of their faces has no effect.
- Stripperiffic: Aneka again, which Kröd hangs a lantern on.
- Suddenly Sexuality: The General, which Kröd also hangs a lantern on.
- Tempting Fate: "It'll take more than an arrow to kill the greatest general who ever lived!" Yep, it did. He was doing well up until the ballista.
- The throwing axe bouncing off his head didn't help much either.
- Too Soon: Dongalor has a village maiden's father killed in front of her and then makes a joke about how he won't have to ask for his permission to date her. She looks at him distraught, to which he responds "Too soon?"
- Vulgar Humor:
- The Festival of Three Hundred Moons. It's exactly what you think it's about.
- Kröd's rival for Aneka's affections is named Longshaft. Does This Remind You of Anything??
- Don't forget that Dongalor's Artifact of Doom looks like nothing so much as a gigantic anus.
- The power of which is weaponized hemmhorhoids, since it becomes a Flaming Eye of Death once you stick a certain object merely a giant gemstone into it.