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Krishna Aur Kans is a 2012 Hindi Flash-animated film released in India.

Brutal tyrant Kans rules the kingdom of Mathura with an iron fist after overthrowing his father. When Kans learns of a prophecy that his cousin Devaki's eighth child will kill him, he has her and her husband, Vasudev, imprisoned. The two are forced to hide their child, Krishna, in a nearby village to avoid him being killed by his uncle. Growing up as a naughty prankster, Krishna proves a hero in the eyes of his village as he defends them from the demons sent by Kans to kill him, culminating in a final standoff between Krishna and Kans to determine the fate of the kingdom.

The film includes the following tropes:

  • And This Is for...: Krishna utters these words to Kans during their final battle, dedicated to his siblings, parents, and everyone else harmed by Kans.
  • Arch-Enemy: Krishna has King Kans, his Evil Uncle who imprisoned his parents, killed his older siblings as infants, and has been sending demons after him to prevent their Final Battle which will doom the latter.
  • Big Bad: King Kans.
  • Black Magic: Putna claims to deal in the dark art.
  • Blow You Away: Trinavert can create powerful tornadoes.
  • The Caligula: Kans is already a horrible ruler, ordering mass slaughters and forced labor from his people, but he becomes increasingly unstable out of paranoia as Krishna continues to evade his attempts to kill him.
  • Cool Sword: Kans has one.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Krishna defeats Kans easily in their final confrontation.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Kans initially has affection for his cousin Devaki. Subverted when he later tries to kill her before imprisoning her to prevent the prophecy from coming true.
  • Evil Chancellor: Kans has a pair that often advise him towards more cruelty.
  • Evil Overlord: King Kans rules Mathura as an utter tyrant, working his slaves endlessly and having entire settlements razed to the ground. It is these actions that lead to Krishna being born to overthrow him.
  • The Evil Prince: Kans, prior to usurping his father and graduating to Evil Overlord.
  • Feathered Fiend: One of the demons Kans sends after Krishna is a giant, bird-like creature.
  • Gladiator Games: Kans hosts these. Krishna's final showdown with Kans also takes place in the middle of the arena.
  • Godhood Seeker: Kans has this mindset, openly proclaiming his ambitions to rule over "the heavens and earths".
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Herod: Kans has Putna slaughter all the kingdoms infant males in a desperate bid to kill Krishna. Naturally, this fails.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Krishna delivers a fatal one on Kans at the end.
  • Our Demons Are Different
  • Physical God: Krishna.
  • Rape, Pillage, and Burn: Kans orchestrates these on rival villages.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Kans' attempts to kill Krishna only result in Krishna confronting him in the arena and killing him.
  • The Sociopath: King Kans, who imprisons his cousin and murders dozens of her babies to keep himself in power, ultimately setting a demoness he knows will murder hundreds of kids when one of them escapes.
  • Super-Strong Child: Krishna, naturally.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Kans ends up overthrowing his father, Ugrasen, and takes over Mathura, ruling with an iron fist.
  • Wicked Witch: Putna the demon-witch.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • Kans has no qualms about murdering his nephews to prevent the prophecy of his death coming true. The demons, likewise, are gleeful about killing Krishna.
    • Putna is a demonic sorceress who's so powerful and sadistic that she's offended when tasked with killing only one kid, going on a rant as to how she's much better suited to killing kids in at least the triple digits.