Dave the Barbarian (2004-2005) is a Disney animated series, an Affectionate Parody of the Heroic Fantasy genre.The series takes place in The Middle Ages and centers on a powerful yet cowardly barbarian named Dave who lives in the 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 Jeff Bennett. 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 Arch-EnemyTHE 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 Earthworm Jim and The Weekenders fame. It premiered on Disney Channel on January 23, 2004; a year later, it began broadcasting on Toon Disney as well. In Latin America, the show is broadcast on Jetix. 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 The Flintstones and the short-lived The Roman Holidays, 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.
Apple of Discord: 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.
Argument of Contradictions: 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!"
Cute Bruiser: Subverted with Fang. She has the looks and the attitude of a Cute Bruiser, 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.
Dark Secret: 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...
Fake-Out Opening: In one episode, we see what appears to be the King returning home, but after we see How We Got Here we know it's really Chuckles in disguise, and now "the King" suddenly has green glowing eyes and sounds like Chuckles.
Fangs Are Evil: 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.
Here We Go Again: 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 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.
No Fourth Wall: 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.
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.*
Offscreen Moment of Awesome: 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.
Our Dragons Are Different: 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.
Our Werebeasts Are Different: 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.
Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Played straight with Candy, but averted with Dave in Civilization when Dave asks if Fang realises he's not a girl—while wearing blue.
Poke the Poodle: 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.
Previously On: Parodied in one episode that opens with a montage of Dave screaming and enduring misfortune.
Princesses Rule: Princess Candy is ruling Udrogoth until her parents come back from destroying all the evil in the world.
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.
Rip Van Tinkle: When Dave plays the gargle pipes loudly enough to wake the God of Evil 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.
Translation: Yes: In "Termites of Endearment", there's a brief bit with two stereotypically Scottish characters yelling in Scots-sounding gibberish while bagpipes play in the background. A one-syllable sound is subtitled as "What luck, Angus Macdougal Mackenzie Maclommond Machaggis Macteague!"
The Un Reveal: In one episode Dave quickly makes an improvised megaphone, using only a squirrel, some twine, and a megaphone. The Stinger features Dave looking at the camera and saying "Some of you may be wondering why I tied a squirrel to a megaphone. Well... Goodnight".
Villain Team-Up: In "Red Sweater Of Courage," Chuckles, Malsquando and Quosmir team-up after Dave harasses each of them without provocation.
What the Heck Is an Aglet?: 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?" "No, that gravity makes things fall."