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Web Video: Saint Seiya Abridged
An abridged series of Saint Seiya. But in French, therefore using the french name of the show: Les Chevaliers du Zodiaque : La Série Abrégée (Knights of the Zodiac: The Abridged Series). It is also the first French-made abridged series, and does a pretty good job at that, on top of everything being done by only one guy going by the alias of StateAlchemist. Coincidentally, the author had a few cross-overs with the Joueur du Grenier, who is pretty much a French Angry Video Game Nerd.

The series encompasses the Sanctuary saga, and spends one episode per house. All the jokes are based on Character Exaggeration, French wordplay and jabs towards the Macekre-esque French localization of the show.

Saint Seiya Abridged/Les Chevaliers Du Zodiaque : La Série Abrégée provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Milo of the Scorpio in his episode's Cold Open. Seiya confuses him with "Tristan (Satomi), of the BEE HIVE".
    Milo: I'm not Tristan of the BEE HIVE, I'm Milo of the Scorpion!
    Seiya: The German band?
    *Milo uses Scarlet Needle*
    *Opening credits*
  • A God Am I: Shaka of the Virgo:
    Seiya: If you're so strong, tell me, who is the strongest between Lemmy and God?
    Shaka: Oh, the answer is simple. *prepares attack* Me.
    • And later against Ikki:
    Ikki: Who are you anyway, some kind of Warrior Monk like in Tomb Raider 2?
    Shaka: No, just Buddha's reincarnation.
    *Beat*
  • Anyone Can Die:
    Shun: I can't believe Sirius literally left this earth. Do you realized what it means?
    Seiya: I'm taking his room!
    Hyoga: I'm taking his girlfriend!
    Shun: No, you vultures! It means that anyone of us can be killed even if we're the main characters.
  • Big "NO!": Twice in the first episode, with the same shot of Seiya running towards the screen in Slo Mo while crying. He also does the same thing when saying yes between the two no's.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The characters often comments on the bad localization of the show, the non-canonicity of the OVAs, or the author of the Abridged Series being late.
    Hyoga's gimmick was at first to do it the most often, until the author caught up with his background story.
  • Camp Gay: Shun. It was inevitable given his costuming.
    Hyoga: Come on, we even brought a girl!
    Shun: Oh, it's more complicated than that, you know... Even when I was a kid, when I watched Candy Candy, I...
    Hyoga: Shun, I was talking about Saori.
    Shun: ...I'm blushing right now, no?
  • Canada, Eh?: For some reason, Pisces Aphodite speaks with a Québec accent.
  • Catch Phrase: Seiya's "Plaît-il ?"note , which is a shoutout to the french dubbing of the original series, in which Seiya said it a lot.
  • Character Exaggeration: As with every Abridged Series. Seiya is Good Is Dumb to the point of being The Ditz, Shiryu acts like The Ace but each and every one of his failures is emphasized by a "wha wha" music, Shun is Camp Gay etc.
  • Continuity Nod: Apparently, if someone says that a Gold Saint is not worthy of his armor, the armor will just take itself off. Shiryu did it with Cancer Deathmask and in ends up saving his hide against Capricorn Shura.
  • Crooked Contractor: Mu of the Aries. He is even known in-universe for charging a lot for the repair of damaged cloths.
    Aldebaran: I know your pricings, it's going to cost me the right horn to repair the left one.
    • Even Hyoga lampshades it.
    Hyoga: This must be why he could afford a full cloth made of gold.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Seiyar and his pals spend at least ten seconds giggling around Saori... Watching the golden arrow firmly planted between her breasts.
    Saori: Stop peeping and move it! I'm dying, damnit!
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Mu. Played for laughs since he has a gravelly voice and regularly insists that he is a man. He lampshades it at his first appearance:
    Mu: Hi, I am Mu, the Aries saint. And despite my character design, I am a man.
    Tatsumi: Who is this charming young lady?
    Mu (with a gravely voice): Fuck off.
    Matsumi (seduced): Charming, really charming!
  • Mr. Fanservice: Hyoga.
    Shun: *as Hyoga is thrown in a parallel dimension by the Gemini Saint* No! Hyoga, if you're gone, we won't have any female viewers anymore! Not that it bothers me. BUT STILL!
  • Epic Fail: As a Running Gag from Shiryu, and often emphasized with "wha wha" horns.
    *Finds himself on the opposite side of a Bottomless Pit separating him from the rest of the team*
    *wha wha horn*
    • Against Shura of the Capricorn:
    Shiryu: Now that I have broken your left arm, you cannot use your attack anymore!
    *Shura rises his other arm*
    Shiryu: ... Unless you use your right arm. Fuck.
  • Even the Guys Want Him : Pisces Aphrodite.
    Seiya : Boy or girl ?
    Shun : Boy.
    Seiya : Oh well, looks like I switched sides.
  • Evil Gloating: The Gemini Saint and the Great Pope never zip it, making his gloating both evil and stupid. Great example after he trapped Hyoga and Shun in a parallel dimension :
    Gemini Saint: You'll never escape this parallel dimension created by the team who made TRON! All your hopes are flying away... Oh, and Hyoga too. He'll drift in this dimension forever... Unless he manages to land in another of the twelve Temples, but he's gotta be a lucky son-of-a-gun for that! And you're now going to join him, Shun, like a neon pink Sputnik. Oh, by the way, it takes a little while to start, so it would be great if you don't do anything for the next 20 minutes, thank you.
  • Extremely Short Timespan : Hyoga vs. Camus of the Aquarius, second round.
    Hyoga : I'm not the same as I once used to be... earlier this afternoon.
  • Fridge Logic : In-universe example.
    Shiryu (to Cancer Deathmask) : No, seriously, why did they give you a gold cloth ? Your name is Deathmask, you decorate your house with corpses and your attack is called the Hades Wave ! Are those who give armors stupid or something ?
    Cancer Deathmask : Indeed, that's a pertinent question...
  • Genre Savvy: Shiryu.
    Shiryu: *while Seiya tries to call the Sagittarius cloth, thinking it will allow him to wear it while it's really pointing its arrow at him* No, Seiya, the OVAs are non-canon!
    Hyoga and his speech about hope and friendship, lampshaded by Shiryu and Seiya as "the most terrifying attack of the Shounen Manga Hero"
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Shura peppers his sentences with some spanish words here and there, culminating in a magnificent "Pedazo de hijo de la gran puta!" note  when Shiryu uses the Ultimate Dragon, sending himself and Shura in outer space.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: The heroes -bar Shun- play it often, adding "in complete frienship" at the end of every sentence they find suspicious.
    Hyoganote  : Risking his life, he stuck to me, he craddled me, he petted me, he squeezed me tight on his heart... And all this in complete friendship.
  • Hypocritical Humor : Seyar during a flashback.
    Kid!Seyar : They keep on saying eastern people can't become knights and wear sacred armors ! I'm sick of those homosexual moussaka eaters and their prejudices !
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Shaka when Ikki is about to use his self-destruct move on him.
    Shaka: Do I at least have something to say about this? No, becau-
    *atomic explosion*
    • It is also the gimmick of Ban of the Lionet, a background character (because of this, his sign and even his name are never told within the abridged series).
    Jabu: Jabu, Saint of the Unicorn!
    Nachi: Nachi, Saint of the Wolf !
    Geki: Geki, Saint of the Serpent!
    Ban: And me, I am-
    Jabu: Yeah, and we'll beat you down!
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Invoked against Shaka of the Virgo. Shiryu and Shun try to just go around him silently while he's meditating, but Seiya just jumps him without a second thought while screaming the trope.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Shiryû, when a picture of him sleeping next to Kiki pops up at the end of the first episode.
    Shiryû: I Uh... This image is taken out of context!
  • Only Sane Man: Hyoga and Shiryû have shades of it. Shades.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: The Pope verges between this and For the Evulz. The reason why he killed Shun's master ? He refused to come to his birthday party.
  • Pun: Ripe with them. They're all in French, so they're pretty hard to translate correctly, but one of the easiest is:
    Shiryu: Knight of the Cancer, you make me sick!
  • Softspoken Sadist: Milo, when he isn't getting hammy with his Scarlet Needle.
    Milo: Yes, I let you live so you can face thousands of horrors, endure a thousand of pains, see your loved ones die in front of you one by one and finally, die a horrible and painful death. Isn't it... Exciting?
    *Beat*
    Hyoga: ...Sadist.
    Milo (with an amused voice): *chuckle* Yeah, I know.
  • Shout-Out: To Tomb Raider, Naruto, One Piece, Ai Shite Night, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and many, many more...
  • Spell My Name with an S: Seiya is called "Seiyar" like in the French dub of the series. The original dubbers probably felt a name ending in "a" was too girly.
    Shaka : Let's open the Six Realms of the Mepensi... Me... Er, wait- of the Metspems... Oh, screw it ! Let's open the Six Realms !
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Used by the Pope during the flashback about Aioros and Athena escape.
    Pope: Help! Gards! There's a traitor in the Sanctuary and I swear it's not me!
  • Taking You with Me: Ikki does that to Shaka:
    Shun: Don't do that, Ikki, you're gonna blow up!
    Shaka: Yeah, don't do that, Ikki, you're gonna blow up!
    Ikki: That's the purpose!
    Shaka: Oh, okay then. WHAT?!
  • Talk to the Fist : Camus to Hyoga, in his house, closing an Ennio Morricone montage.
  • Transparent Closet: Shun. He tries to act straight ut fools no one.
  • Unhand Them, Villain! : Seiya, when facing Aldebaran of the Taurus note 
    *Seiya is lying on the ground, while Aldebaran towers him*
    Seiya: Put the foot down!
    *Aldebaran tries to crush him under his foot*
    Seiya: You didn't have to take it litterally! :note 
  • Villains Out Drowning: During a violent storm, Mu looks at the Pope's temple and wonders "what evil schemes the Pope is planning". Cut to a shot of the Pope slowly submerging himself into his bathtub with the drowning music from Sonic.
    Pope *In a panicked tone*: Help, we're being flooded! I'm drowning, I'm blblblblbl-

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