An Animated Show that was the brainchild of Monty Python's Terry Jones, it originated in Britain in the mid to late 90s. Running for 26 episodes in 2 seasons (1996-1998). Blazing Dragons centers around the Dragon kingdom of Camelhot, ruled by King Allfire, Queen Griddle, and Princess Flame. Allfire also leads the Knights of the Square Table, Sir Blaze, Sir Galahot, Sir Loungelot, Sir Hotbreath and Sir Burnevere. While King Allfire is a good (if foolish) king, the knights, especially Loungelot, are varying degrees of lazy, greedy and incompetent. Loungelot's Squire Flicker is a genius inventor, and is far more virtuous than the knights he idolizes. No one besides Princess Flame - including Flicker himself - seems to notice this however.The knights (more often than not with the help of Flicker) battle their mortal enemy, the human Count Geoffry and Evil Knights 1, 2 and 3. Count Geoffry rules the impoverished neighboring kingdom of humans from Castle Threadbare, and with his witch Merle and spy "Evil Spy", is constantly scheming to take over Camelhot and oust Allfire from power.Did we mention it had a Licensed Game? It was released for the PlayStation and Sega Saturn and featured entirely different character designs, although Terry Jones himself provided some voice work for it.
Tropes used in the cartoon:
Abnormal Ammo: Geoffry uses peasants for catapult ammo, among many other things.
Action Girl: Princess Flame. Among other instances of badassery, she enters a jousting tournament for her hand in marriage because she wants to be able to choose for herself, and she duels Count Geoffry with her father's sword, which happens to be the show's equivalent of Excalibur.
Acrophobic Bird: The dragons have wings that are shown in the opening to be more than usable, yet whenever they face a situation where the power of flight would be handy, they completely forget about it.
Disney Villain Death: POSSIBLY Count Geoffrey, in the second last episode when Sir Loungelot knocks him out the highest tower of Camelhot. Highly debatable, of course, as he has survived quite a bit of punishment throughout the series, but he exits the series with this fall all the same.
False Reassurance: Geoffry assures Princess Flame he doesn't make a habit of fighting unarmed women. It just so happens Flame is holding her father's sword: "En Garde!"
Fractured Fairytale: Several characters from famous fairy tales are featured. One example is that of Sleeping Beauty, who in the series is portrayed as a loud mouth who eats the denizens of Camelhot out of house and home. Things go to the point that several of the dragons wanted to Beauty to go back to sleep. The series overall can be considered this to the King Arthur mythos.
Gory Discretion Shot: Count Geoffrey, disguised as King Allfire, is water skiing and crashes into the drawbridge. For most of the crash, a CENSORED bar blocks most of him from view, including the impact, which seems to depict blood flying in all directions (the one time we see blood in the show).
On the other hand, this is reasonably consistent with how he treats everyone else, when he's not being a Professional Butt-Kisser, so using Flicker as a litmus test isn't all that revelatory.
Noodle Incident: Geoffry's threat to his Evil Knights to make them suffer the same fate as "Evil Knight #4."
Off Model: Princess Flame is a frequent victim of this. In two episodes, while disguised in some set of armor, her tail is missing. Which wouldn't be a big deal if it was all time time during armor scenes, but her tail is visible (even the tell-tale sign to Count Geoffrey) for a moment on the first instance before it disappears for the remainder of the scene. Also, her right wing is missing during a scene where she and Flicker are talking to Sir Loungelot in the dungeon.
Only Sane Man: Flicker is usually the one who figures out the solutions to problems, as the other Dragons have too much in the way of ego and not enough in the way of common sense.
And when that fails (Usually due to Flicker trying too hard to follow the code), Princess Flame must act the voice of reason.
Perspective Flip: Heroic dragons acting like Arthurian knights, while the knights are evil antagonists.
Punny Name: A lot of the names in the series are dragon-themed takes on names from Arthurian legend (King Allfire, Camelhot, Sir Burnevere). Loungealot isn't dragon-themed, but still counts.
Put on a Bus: the Wandering Minstrel closed and opened episodes in the first season with his songs. In the second season he vanished, but turned up in a single episode, now called "The Unemployed Wandering Minstrel", and made reference to Camelhot firing him from his job.
Remembered I Could Fly: While sneaking out of her tower bedroom, the rope Princess Flame has made by tying her bed sheets together unravels and she abruptly falls out of frame. The camera then pans down to her flapping her wings, hovering in place and smirking "Oh, dash it, I forgot I could fly."
Save the Villain: Flicker, who is bound to be Count Geoffrey's servant when Geoffrey accidentally saved his life, saves him from being burned by his pancake machine, which makes them even.
Tricking the Shapeshifter: An inversion occurs in "Newt For a Day" when the Hag of Gist transforms Flame into a toad. She comments that toad transformations are a tad cliched, and it would be more impressive for the hag to turn her into a "gigantic two-headed eagle with bat wings and the claws of a tiger". The hag, driven by ego, does just that...and is promptly carried away by Eagle-Flame.
Villainous Rescue: Accidentally done by Count Geoffrey to Flicker. This sets up the episode plot in which Flicker is indebted to become Geoffrey's servant until Flicker saves Geoffrey and makes them even.
Mundane Made Awesome - Several times. The juice bar run by a very enthusiastic human, the Test of Hand/Eye Coordination that has the player look into Flicker's eyes and clear them of nerve-induced tears as he has to pick which hat a healthy rabbit is under, the Test of Unspeakable Terror Something a Wee Bit Scary where Flicker washes his dirty laundry, and the tournament for Flame's hand in marriage consists of a log rolling event followed by thumb wrestling.