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Reflets d'Acide (sometimes nicknamed "RDA") is a French humor audio webseries parodying the fantasy genre and RP Gs. Its creator is only known through the nickname "JBX". Reflets d'Acide started in 2003, and now has one season of 16 episodes. A second season is apparently in the works. The series and some bonus stuff can be downloaded on the official website.

The adventure is based on an amateur fantasy RPG called Reflets d'Acier and the four main characters are inspired by the creator and his friends characters in Reflets d'Acier.


The story begins in a tavern with a warrior half-demon called Wrandrall trying to recruit companions for a quest. After hiring Zarakaï ("Dwarf Master", a kind of warrior), Enoriel (Elven bard), Zehirmahnn ("Zorlim", a kind of Fire Genasi with martial and magic fire-related skills) and Guertrude (female Human Barbarian), the group goes to an underground dungeon, following instructions of a mysterious map carried by Wrandrall...

The webserie is famous in the French-speaking world for itsjokes, puns, shout-outs, rhymes and verses, etc. that it contains. Recently, it has been adapted into a comic.


Reflets d'Acide provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Aerith and Bob: Zarakaï the Dwarf, Enoriel the Elf... and Roger the Bartender.
  • Affably Evil: Alia-Ænor's human form has a sweet, little girl-like voice, acts polite and courteous toward everyone (including thieves who attempt to attack her) and seems to have a liking for romance, to the point the Narrator was initially shocked he had to use her as a villain. Despite this, she's probably one of the most vicious and cruel characters in the whole serie.
  • Affectionate Parody: The whole point is to spoof the fantasy genre.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Mortis, once you find out about his origin.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Subverted; Enoriel tends to have slightly effeminate mannerism (which isn't exactly surprising for an Elf, however), but he hates being mistaken for a female, has no problem with using violence and is actually the only one in the group who is known to have had a relationship with a girl in the past.
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  • Artifact of Doom: Wrandrall's sword, which harbours a part of his demonic father soul.
  • Artificial Limbs: Zarakaï has an adamantium leg.
  • Ascended Extra
    • Roger (cf Chekhov's Gunman below).
    • Also, the animals of the forest (a chaffinch and a frog) were used early in the saga, and JBX decided to reintroduce them after some fans on a forum started to imagine in-universe jokes and stories with them. He even added the additional animals that the fans imagined in their stories (an otter and a duck).
  • Audible Sharpness: Justified as it is an audio serie; this is a way to show that characters unsheathed their weapons.
  • Author Avatar
    • Zehirmann is the character that the creator plays in the RPG which inspired the serie.
    • Kyo Shin Zammurato was the author's first attempt to play a samurai parody in the aforementioned RPG. He found it so hilarious he introduced him in the saga.
  • Ax-Crazy: Guertrude and Zarakaï, although the second is more "hammer-crazy".
  • Barbarian Hero: Subverted. Guertrude is a female one, but she died at the end of the first episode.
  • Battle Cry: "Tata Yoyo!" (Zarakaï)
  • Berserk Button: Zarakaï has several, including touching his beard, touching his mithril ring (see Grave Robbing below) and hearing some innocent words which phonetically sounds like "Nain-Insult" ("Nain" is the French for "Dwarf").
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Alia-Ænor's human form obviously looks NOTHING like a villain. She talks like a sweet girl, enjoys beautiful things, acts feminine, to the point the Narrator is initially shocked to have to use her as a villain... only to be relieved when she mercyless kills thieves attempting to rob her, such revealing how dangerous a cruel she is.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Season 1 ends with Belial defeated and Ret-Gone, his army defeated, Alia-Aenor reformed, and all the population of Maender-Alkoor resurrected, including Zarakai and Tricheulieu. However, Enoriel and Zehirmann have both been forcefully sent back to their respective native places, separating them from the rest of the group, and Wrandrall was dragged along by his father, leaving him Ret-Gone as well with none of the other characters even being able to remember his name.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Several times the characters answer or comment the Narrator's words. They also say their stats, skills, alignment.... Justified, as the story isn't really an actual fantasy adventures but people playing a RPG. These sequences are just players speaking to the Game Master.
    • There is a different and weird example in the beginning of the first episode, during which NPC patrons of the inn listen and react to the non RP discussion between Wrandall's player and the narrating Game Master.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Enoriel, Zarakaï and Zehirmann try to fight and stop Bélial. He kills them, but later they are resurrected by a divine intervention.
  • Broken Bridge: An ogre blocks the bridge and let cross anyone who pays him.
  • The Brute: Guertrude is a female exemple.
  • Character Alignment: According to the official website :
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Wrandrall carries a sword mentionned as cursed since the beginning. He is suddently possessed by his sword in the eleventh episode.
    • Alia-Ænor takes Zarakaï's ring of bartender summoning in the fourteenth episode. She uses it in the next episode to escape Hell, by summonning and immediately unsummoning Roger the Bartender.
  • Chekhov's Gunman
    • Roger the Bartender first shortly appears in the first episode. He isn't seen again until the sixth episode and becomes an important support character, even having his own subplot since the seventh episode.
    • In the sixth episode the characters visit a graveyard and read the names on tombstones. These dead are reanimated in a later episode.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Zehirmahnn owns so many magic items for so many different situations that he could make Batman jealous. For example, when he accidentally activates different traps at the same time, a regeneration ring allows him to heal his wounds and his armor turns out to be enchanted to be self-repairing.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The Narrator and Enoriel.
  • Dead Sidekick: Guertrude in the first episode.
  • Death Trap: Everywhere in the stairs down to the "Gouffre de... AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH" (see below).
  • Demonic Possession: Wrandrall, shortly, thanks to a bit of Bélial' soul in his sword.
  • Deus ex Machina: Several times.
    • Most of those moments are of the kind "I suddendly remember I can do this" or "I have the specific item which can help us now".
    • One of those is the sudden apparition of Trichelieu's Goddess after he prayed her, who cancels his metamorphosis and resurrect the dead characters.
    • Lampshaded and subverted in the end of the fifteen episode; it looks like there is gonna be one when Bélial is turned back into an Archangel at the end of episode 15, and Enoriel even complains about it; but Bélial quickly turns back into a demon.
  • Dirty Old Monk: Trichelieu the Cleric. Altough he is a former cultist of the Goddess of Carnal Pleasures.
  • Disc-One Nuke: Wrandrall has a cursed sword that allows him to slice even minotaurs in half in a single strike. He's also a level 1 character and supposed to be weakest, least experienced member of the group.
  • Double Entendre: About 9 out of 10 of Trichelieu's sentences are sexual ones, and they're always funny.
  • Elfeminate: Zarakaï's favourite insult to Enoriel is "faggot".
  • Evil Laugh
    • Mortis and Bélial, during several minutes.
    • The Narrator, too, from times to times.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: Alkor vs. Bélial in the backstory.
  • Fantastic Racism: Most of discussions between Enoriel and Zarakaï are insults.
  • Fantasy World Map: On the official website. The adventure occurs in the region of Maender Alkoor (in the West of the middle of the map).
  • Foreshadowing: There are multiple clue suggesting long before The Reveal that Enoriel and Alia-Aenor know each other, including Alia-Aenor singing the same song than Enoriel and Enoriel expressing shock when he learns the black dragon's identity.
  • Grave Robbing: Zarakaï suddenly goes looting a mausoleum after smelling mithril in it.
  • Grave Humor: « Ci-gît mon ami Sourdingue le nain ; moi qui fuyais au loin, lui qui chargea soudain, moi qui hurla "un dragon nain !", lui qui comprit "un ragondin". » ("Here lies my friend Clotheared the Dwarf; me who was fleeing, he who suddenly charged, me who screamed 'a midget dragon!', he who understood 'a coypu'."). There is several other examples.
  • Hellish Horse: Parodied with Bélial's demonical horse, who seems to fit this trope... except he's named Grandadin.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Wrandrall is born from a woman and a demon. It isn't a spoiler, the fact is revealed by the Narrator in the first minutes of the first episode.
  • I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: Wrandrall's map goes through "la Forêt des éventrés" ("the Forest of Disembowelled Ones"), "le Fleuve des Glaires tièdes" ("the River of Lukewarm Phlegm"), "la Grotte de l'Herpès écorché" ("the Cave of Flayed Herpes"), "la Colline des Mille Gangrènes" ("the Hill of Thousand Gangrenes"), "le Mont Mucus" ("the Mucus Mount") and eventually "le Gouffre de... AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH — appelé aussi le trou de la Mierdaille" ("the Chasm of... AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH — also known as the Hole of Shit"). Apparently such names are common in the Chaotic Lands.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Happens quite often, due to the phenomenal amount of (very good) puns in the saga.
  • Ice-Cream Koan: Kyo's proverbs don't often make any sense or/and are hidden jokes.
  • Inconsistent Episode Lengths: Episode 1 to 8 (inclusive) last between 10 and 17 minutes (respectively episode 4 and episode 3), though a length of about 12-13 is common. From episode 9 onward (21 minutes), the duration increases at each release, and eventually becomes longer than a hour (episode 14: 61 minutes, episode 15: 89 minutes, episode 16: 112 minutes).
  • Inconvenient Summons: Each time Zarakaï summons Roger. One of them almost kills him in the Gouffre de Aaah. Another time, it saves both Roger and his wife's life. Later, in the fifteenth episode, it saves Alia-Ænor's life.
  • Instant Messenger Pigeon: Roger is given this role one time. Discovering that an Undead army what marching to the city, the party summons Roger, tells him the message and immediately unsummons him.
  • Interactive Narrator: Justified, since he is also the game master.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Kyo Shin Zamurato. Justified, as he is a Samurai.
  • Live Item: Wrandrall's map speaks.
    « Vous êtes ici ! » ("You are here!")
  • Meaningful Name
    • Sacher-Masoch, one of the bad guys, is a priest of Shamrodia, Goddess of Torture and Physical Pain; he is rather masochist, too.
    • Mortis, the Necromancer king, has his name coming from a Latin word meaning "Death".
  • Metamorphosis: Trichelieu becomes a talking wild goose after the bartender's wife makes him drink one of his own potions. He was knocked out and she tried to reanimate him, believing it was an healing potion.
  • Mirror Match: The protagonists reflect in a mirror and have to fight and kill their exact opposites. Wrandrall the Half-Demon fights a half-angel, Zehirmann the Fire-Planar fights an ice-elemental, Enoriel the surface Elf fights a Drow, Zarakaï the lawful-good Dwarf fights a Chaos Dwarf and Trichelieu the perverted priest fights a young and pure virgin. Also qualifies as a Played With Trope, since, as you read it above, the protagonists' opposites literallycame out of a mirror.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: In the beginning of the adventure, the group travels through a forest and hear several animal noises. Most of them are birds, but one of them is refered as a "Hylobates agilis". What is this creature? An agile gibbon, which is a Malaysian monkey (the setting is supposed to be Medieval European Fantasy).
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Alia-Ænor to Enoriel.
  • Reincarnation: Trichelieu has been created by Guertrude's player after Guertrude's death.
  • Running Gag: The insults of Enoriel and Zarakaï, the bartender-summoning, the horny puns of Trichelieu, and a lot of others.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Bélial the Demon, father of Wrandrall, is trapped in a mirror.
  • Shout-Out: Tons of them. To put it in perspective: A website held by some fans went through the fourteen episodes of the saga, and compiled a lot of statistics about it. The number of "references" found? 1681.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: The characters discussed so long about "how to cross the river without paying and with the less risks" (see Broken Bridge above) that the ogre fell asleep.
  • Tap on the Head: Trichelieu receives several blows on the skull from his companions in order to make him shut up.
  • Teleportation Rescue: Zarakai summons Roger the Bartender and his wife after sensing they were in danger, threatened by Alia-Aenor, teleporting them out of trouble.
    • Happens a second time later, when Alia-Aenor uses Zarakai's ring to summon and immediatly unsummon Roger to escape Hell, where she was trapped by Belial.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: "Mort de masse" ("mass death") is the favourite spell of Alia-Ænor.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Guertrude. A level-1 Barbarian who decided to hunt, kill and flay a bear because she needed a blanket... Who had to flay who? That said, a barbarian may be usually a match for a bear in this world. A barbarian who rolls a "Critical Fumble" (which means a "Critical Critical Failure") twice (which can only be attributed to bad luck, not lack of skill) in the first turn of the battle, not so much.
  • The Undead: An army of them is sent to destroy the town in which the adventure began.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Wrandrall is the son of a powerful demon and, as all his siblings, he has a map which will guide him to the place his father lies in order to release him. His companion are some, too.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting
    • The Doppelganger in fairy form.
    • Alia-Ænor the female-Dragon transformed as a woman.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Zehirmann to Wrandrall, when the latter suggest to summon Roger the Bartender to throw him down the trapped stairs in order to trigger the traps.
  • You All Meet in an Inn: The beginning of the story. Wrandall even complains to the DM because how it is stereotyped.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Bélial attempt to kill Mortis and Alia-Ænor after having being freed, because they're the descendants of those who sealed him and as such have a piece of his soul. He succeeds with Mortis, but Alia-Ænor escapes.
  • Younger Than They Look: Zehirmann is the tallest member of the group and the wisest. He also says during his own presentation in the first episode that he isn't fully grown up yet.