YMMV / Lanfeust

  • Complete Monster: Thanos was once the most brilliant student of the city of Eckmul, but succumbed to a hunger for power and cruelty. Becoming a pirate in service to the brutal Baron Averroes, his men would attack ships, slaughter and rob those aboard and rape the women they found. When he captured Lanfeust himself, Thanos tortured him by slicing him open and cutting his eyes out. It is soon revealed that Thanos is Baron Averroes and intends to sack the city of Or-Azur, with the threat that there will soon be no virgins left in the city. When he conquers Eckmul, Thanos kills those who he thinks can oppose his rule, and forces the heroine Cixi to kill Thanos's own brother by using her magic to boil his blood in his body. Forcing the sages to serve him, Thanos threatens their families should they resist, and when hunting a vigilante opposing him, Thanos allows his pet monsters to eat a random man in the crowd as a point. When he finally faces Lanfeust for the fate of Eckmul, Thanos brags the reason he will win is because he is simply the most evil. In the second series, after joining Prince Delhu in his conspiracy, he coldly murders the only woman who ever loved him, abducts Lanfeust and Cixi's son Glin, manipulates him and drugs him with a substance that causes him murderous urges before killing Prince Delhu to become the sole ruler of the Galaxy. In Cixi of Troy, we learn that during his tyranny on Troy, he threw a pirate crew into an arena to be fed to an Hydra, allowed Duke Kraniol to experiment on captives—one of them being a child—and planned to kill all the sages to become even more powerful. He also repeatedly abused his mistress Cixi and when she got pregnant with his child, he accelerated the development of the fetus, not caring that Cixi would die in the process.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: the final battle of the first series, which involves Godzilla-sized energy clones beating the everloving crap out of each other... while over a densely crowded capital city.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Too many to count, but let's cite:
    • Drunk Lanfeust abuses his newfound power to create a dragon out of thin air. The dragon is too fat to fly... and instantly goes splat on the ground, giving the resident Fortune Teller several years' worth of reading material.
    • Army charges forward. Army meets woman whose power is to give anyone severe explosive diarrhea. Army hastily retreats, taking several casualties on the way.
    • Thanos learns where Lanfeust and Co. are. He interrupts a party in his honor, declares that his enemies will be dead soon and teleports to the reported location... only to come back a few seconds later asking for clothes, lots of clothes. Nobody told him Lanfeust had gone into the polar regions.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Thanos, in universe too.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Many fans wishe the series stopped with Lanfeut of Troy.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Thanos asks Cixi to execute his own brother by boiling the man's blood inside his body. Doubles as Nightmare Fuel.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The death scenes are a lot grittier and more graphic than the art style would initially lead you to believe. Thanos's brother's death is especially creepy.
  • Seasonal Rot: Lanfeust Des Étoiles is generally viewed as much weaker than the original series. People complained about the very chaotic plot and that it was a vehicle for a hurricane of very oafish puns. Especially the puns.
    • Trolls de Troy features an entire page of two villains gloating about how they spread lies and misinformation to suit their goals and the great unwashed masses just eat it up. One (a short guy seeking reelection) is in no way related to ex-French President Sarkozy, the other obviously cannot be an erzatz of J Jonah Jameson since his name is Föxx Niouze. Yeah.
  • Theiss Titillation Theory: Cixi, again. At one point she shows up in what is essentially a bikini, cut into strips, and those strips arranged in spirals for maximum effect.
  • The Scrappy: Glin, Lanfeust's jerk son.