Western Animation / Ronal the Barbarian

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Fucking barbarians!
Ronal

A raunchy Danish 3D animated fantasy parody from 2011, created by Thorbjørn Christoffersen, Kresten Vestbjerg Andersen and Philip Einstein Lipski.

Young Ronal is the feeblest and most pathetic of the Sons of Kron, a fearsome barbarian clan. Lacking both well oiled muscles and the balls to go on dangerous quests (not to even mention piercings and tacky tribal tattoos), he's picked on by almost everyone else except his uncle who tries to motivate him to be a real barbarian.However when Volcazar kidnaps the whole barbarian clan in order to carry out a blood ritual to enslave the whole world, Ronal has to go on definitely-not-a quest to find Kron's sword, the only weapon capable of wounding Volcazar and free the other barbarians.In his journey he meets Alibert the bard, Zandra the psychotic shield-maiden, Elric the elf, several instances of groin injury, lots of profanity and several jokes about sword and sorcery fantasy genre.

This movie provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Zandra and arguably all the female barbarians.
  • All Amazons Want Hercules: Subverted, the Amazons prefer weakly Ronal to Alibert, though Rule of Funny (since Alibert is a Butt-Monkey and was eager to have some action) may be in action.
  • All Women Are Lustful: The Amazons, the istant they recognize Ronal and Alibert as men and not ugly girls. Justified in that they have no men on their own and they have to make their tribe grow.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Elric.
  • Barbarian Hero: Lots of them!
  • Barbarian Tribe
  • Best Her to Bed Her: The shield-maidens' tradition demands that shield-maidens be defeated by their spouse to be. Unfortunately, Volcazar knows about this tradition.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Zandra and Ronal, in the end, after it's revealed that he survived killing Zaal.
  • Bigger Bad: Zaal.
  • Black Cloak: Lord Volcazar.
  • Black Comedy Rape: The Amazons' Mating ceremony, which they force on Ronal (who's seen returning in his hut holding his crotch and Covered in Kisses), while later the Queen tries to force herself on Alibert despite the latter's attempt to leave to help Ronal.
  • Blessed with Suck: Zandra is still without and husband because she's too strong for any pretender. Until she's beaten by Volcazar and forced to obey him.
  • Bondage Is Bad: The General could be the poster child of this trope. He even whips his own bare buttocks.
  • Boobs of Steel: The sign of Kron's blessing on female Barbarians, taken almost literally with a nameless extra who's seen crushing skulls with her breasts. Also implied with the Queen of the Amazons.
  • Butt-Monkey: Ronal, but even more so Alibert: when they're caught by the Amazons and chosen for the "Mating Ceremony", Ronal is chosen to go first, much to the latter's envy.
  • Camp Gay: The General, and also Elric.
  • Chainmail Bikini: This is Chainmail Bikini, The Movie. (Or would be if actual chainmail were involved.)
  • Chekhov's Gun: The very long song about Kron and his battle against Zaan is used to find his tomb. In the Climax, Alibert remembers the song enough to tell Ronal where to pierce Zaal to defeat him.
  • Cluster F-Bomb/Precision F-Strike: Lots of them. All over the movie.
  • Dark Is Evil: Lord Volcazar and his army are clad in black and look mostly demonic.
  • Demon Lords and Archdevils: Zaal.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Zandra is a shield-maiden from a tribe of shield-maidens.
  • Diagonal Cut: When wielding Kron's sword for the first time and confronting the General, Ronal accidentally swings the sword through the pillar behind himself.
  • Disaster Dominoes: Ronal tends to trigger these, and yes, domino-style.
  • Disney Villain Death: The General is thrown into a pool of lava. By his nipples, no less, which is quite un-Disney. Which is also a Karmic Death, given that he previously pulled the nipple piercings of that very same barbarian to torture him.
  • Dreadful Musician: Alibert.
  • Dungeon Bypass: Attempted by Ronal: rather than fail the trial of Elfenguard's Gates he tries to persuade the group to pass around the gates. It doesn't work and they nearly get killed.
  • Elfeminate: Played straight for Elric at least.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The General, the Oracle...
  • Evil Is Petty: Lord Volcazar certainly is. Even when transformed into Zaal, he blows a raspberry at a female barbarian who had just tried to throw and axe at him.
  • Evil Overlord: Lord Volcazar.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Gorak.
  • Expy: Being a spoof of fantasy stories and sword and sorcery, it bears some similarities to the The Lord of the Rings, expecially the bad guys (the mooks are orcs, the elite troops refers to themselves as Black Riders and halfway through switch their horses for winged mounts etc etc.)
  • Face–Heel Turn: Zandra tries to take on Lord Volcazar but she's defeated by him and thus, according to the laws of her tribe, forced to serve him. Fortunately Ronal talks her out of this.
  • Gainaxing: The Amazon Queen in particular, since she has the biggest pair of all the cast.
  • Gag Penis: Sorta. Ronal rather large scrotum is the butt of quite a few Share the Male Pain jokes, especially in the sequence where he uses an invisibly serum, only to discover that he doesn't have enough to render his scrotum invisible.
  • Giving the Sword to a Noob: Of all the hundred barbarians he could have broken free, of course Alibert chose Ronal.
  • Fan Disservice: Ronal himself, who wears the same leather thong as other barbarians (who arguably veer towards this too).
  • Faux Action Girl: Implied with the Amazons, funnily enough: when we see them training with bows and arrows, they barely hit a target about 5 feet away from the archer. Later, not only they're outrunned by the fat Alibert, but the only one who throws her spear hits the ground about 3 feet from her.
  • Fiery Redhead: Zandra
  • Handicapped Badass: Gundar has lost his legs in battle and is bound to a wheelchair, but that doesn't stop him from kicking ass left and right.
  • Heavy Metal: The "Barbarian Rhapsody" sounds like what the movie looks like.
  • Heroic Build: Every single of the barbarians aside Ronal have rippling muscles.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Lots of characters starting with Kron.
  • Implacable Man: Lord Volcazar. Only Kron's sword can even harm him.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: Kron's sword.
  • Insistent Terminology: It is not a quest! Turned into a darker Ironic Echo when Alibert argues with Ronal and spits his words back at him.
  • Irony: Alibert is always eager to hit on barbarian ladies or fantasizing about amazons rather than his quest, but he's mostly ignored. When he finally takes a serious decision to help his friend, the busty Amazon Queen literally throws herself at him.
  • Jerkass: The Amazon Queen: when Alibert kindly refuse to have sex with her because he has to help his friend, she and her warriors try to kill him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Gorak, who spends time tormenting Ronal, but also tells him to save himself.
  • Just a Flesh Wound: Deconstructed with Gundar.
  • Leather Man: The General.
  • Marshmallow Hell: When Alibert receive a visit from the Amazon Queen, pushing his face between her sizable breasts is one of the tamest things she does to him.
  • Most Common Superpower: What muscles are for barbarian men, boobs are for barbarian women. In fact, this applies to any female character.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Zendra and pretty much all the Amazons.
  • Multi Boobage: Mentioned en passant by a horny Alibert. Ronal pointed out that said women were Pig Women.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Alibert has a Jerkass Realization when he and Ronal argues about saving Zandra and looking for Kron's sword and decides to put aside his only chance to bed the hot amazons and help his friend.
  • Name's the Same: No, the Elric of this movie has nothing to do with Michael Moorcock's character.
  • Necromancer: Gorak summons Zaal from the dead so the latter can merge with Volcazar.
  • Nobody Poops: Averted by the Oracle.
  • Nubile Savage: The Amazons.
  • Oh, Crap!: Count them.
  • One-Winged Angel: In the climax, Volcazar turns into Zaal after drinking the blood of the Barbarians.
  • Our Liches Are Different: They have Hartman Hips and wear something that resembles red spandex in Gorak's case. Otherwise, he's of the half-rotten corpse sort.
  • Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: When Kron was Impaled with Extreme Prejudice after defeating Zaal, he bled for seven days and seven nights, enough for his entire barbarian clan (minus one, probably Ronal's ancestor) to drink his blood which made them stronger.
  • Overly Long Gag: The gates of Elvengard. As in more than a dozen.
  • Reality Ensues: Body acne is a problem for the barbarians. Probably comes from being constantly slathered in muscle oil and sweat.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Skeletal Musician: "Barbarian Rhapsody".
  • Squishy Wizard: Volcazar's lich is powerful, but he's taken out easily when Alibert, of all people, puts a Big Damn Heroes and whacks him with his lute.
  • Stocking Filler: The Amazon Queen when she comes to bang Aliberth.
  • Stripperiffic: Majority of the characters, Ronal included.
  • Thong of Shielding: Most male characters wear one. Well, not so much shielding in the masochistic General's case. Not in Ronal's case either, but that's Ronal after all.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: In the end, Alibert finally manages to hit on some barbarian ladies in Ronal's village.
  • Tin Tyrant: Lord Volcazar. It's actually a plot point, as the armor protects him from pretty much everything that's not Kron's Sword.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Ronal.
  • Twenty Percent Cooler: A keg in the bar reads "110% Alcohol".
  • Villainous Legacy: Zaal who has been killed by Kron before.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Then again, nope (Ronal at the pub).
  • The Woobie: Ronal at the beginning.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Volcazar pimpslaps Zandra in the climax.

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