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Lanfeust de Troy is a French heroic-fantasy comic series by Arleston and Tarquin, published by Soleil Productions. It features the eponymous hero Lanfeust in the world of Troy, and his efforts to save said world from total dominion by an evil army. The main feature of this series is that each inhabitant has a single magical power, be it useful or useless (melting metal, boiling/freezing water, teleporting, farting from their ears...); however, their power can only be used if a sage, a person who underwent a special rite to lose their power to become a magical conduit, is around and alive.

Sometimes, one person can have the ultimate power, that consists of every single power ever. This is the case for Lanfeust, a young blacksmith gifted with the power of melting metal by looking at it, who, while mending the sword of a passing aristocrat, discovers that touching the sword's pommel, made with the ivory of the Magohamoth, the source of all magic in the world, grants him the ultimate power. Accompanied by Nicolède (the village sage), C'ian (Nicolède's older daughter and Lanfeust's fiancée, who can heal any wound after nightfall), Cixi (Nicolède's younger daughter, who can make water evaporate or freeze) and Hébus (a wild troll Nicolède enchanted), Lanfeust goes to Eckmül, Troy's capital, in order to study his power. But what he'll find there will be a tad bigger than that...


The original series was followed by:

  • Trolls of Troy (Trolls de Troy) (1997-) A prequel series of sorts involving the adventures of Hebus's grandfather Tetram, his adoptive human daughter Waha, and her would-be boyfriend Profy.
  • Gnomes of Troy (Gnomes de Troy) (2000-2014) - A comedic Spinoff Babies.
  • Lanfeust of the Stars (Lanfeust des Étoiles) (2001-2008) - A sequel series about the adventures of Lanfeust, Cixi, Hébus, and Thanos beyond the world of Troy.
  • Conquerors of Troy (Les Conquérants de Troy) (2005-2014) - A distant prequel about the the colonisation of the world of Troy.
  • Lanfeust Quest (2007-2010) - A manga version of the original series.
  • Lanfeust Odyssey (2009-2018) - The sequel series after Lanfeust returns to Troy.
  • Cixi of Troy (Cixi de Troy) (2009-2011) - A series that focuses on Cixi from when she leaves the main band to when we meet with her again.
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  • Legends of Troy (Les Légendes de Troy) (2010-2014) - A series of stories set on Troy by different artists.

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Lanfeust and Trolls de Troy provide examples of:

  • Adopt the Food: Waha is a young human girl who was "accidentally" adopted by man-eating trolls who took her as a baby, planning to eat her but always pushing it for later (because she was too small a morsel), and finally starting to consider her a daughter. In the Animated Adaptation, the scatterbrained trolls don't even remember she was adopted to begin with and fully consider her a troll (albeit a hairless one).
  • Affectionate Parody: Of Fantasy in Lanfeust de Troy and Space Opera in Lanfeust des Étoiles.
  • Afraid of Needles: Hebus is a nine-foot-tall troll. He gets pierced by arrows, sliced by swords and axes and burned by magic nearly on a daily basis. Yet, he has such a fear of needles that his reaction when faced with a deadly illness is to take a butcher knife, cut his leg and say "It has to go in the blood, right? Then pour it there, that's better!"
  • All Trolls Are Different: Huge, anthropophagist, fur-covered humanoids with Super Strength and a violent aversion to water. (It might make them clean and thus alienate their flies.) They can be enchanted by a sage, turning them into obedient servants, but DON'T let them get drunk. Trolls actually developed a highly advanced culture built around Heroic sociopathy: they can perfectly function in civilized human society, but unless they take a fancy to some of the locals, they may kill people at random to pass time. White trolls in Darshan, however, are Always Chaotic Evil.
  • Angel Unaware: Sphax, Cixi's dragon, is actually the Darshanite god of ambassadors, sent by his fellow gods to bring Lanfeust in Darshan. He doesn't mind the ignorance.
  • Annoying Arrows: Averted with humans, arrows and crossbow bolts are quite lethal when used against them. Played straight with trolls; Hébus refers to arrows stuck in his hide as "toothpicks".
  • Ass Shove: The giant troll is deafeated when Or-Azur rams a pointy branch and his sword up his backside. According to Hébus, the hemorroids are the weakpoint of trolls.
  • Back from the Dead: Lanfeust, after inhaling the Magohamoth,'s breath.
  • Badass Boast: Thanos has some pretty nice ones while posing as Averroes
    "Tomorrow, the virgins of Or-Azur won't be anymore... And torrents of blood will flood the castle's moat."
  • Badass Bookworm: Thanos is a pirate king and thus no slouch in battle, but he's also quite intelligent and versed in magic, due to his former training as a sage.
  • Badass Normal: The Or-Azur baron mixes this and Took a Level in Badass. He starts as a vain and weak young noble, but after Thanos kills his father and falling in love with C'ian, he turns into a ballsy and cunning warrior and is one of the only human main character with no magic.
  • Behemoth Battle: The climactic battle is fought between giant energy clones of Lanfeust and Thanos over Eckmül.
  • Betty and Veronica: C'ian and Cixi.
  • Big Bad: Baron Averroes, who then turns out to be Thanos.
  • Big Eater: The trolls. Trolls will eat anything that moves and drink everything that doesn't. It's not that they're evil, they're just very hungry. At one point, it is said they can eat or drink anything except water (it might make them CLEAN!). When a troll tries to eat something and it doesn't get digested properly it's a major plot point.
  • The Blacksmith: Lanfeust starts the story as a blacksmith because his power is to melt metal.
  • Blessed with Suck: Some people have useless or ridiculous powers like making colorful farts.
  • Bloody Hilarious: Whenever there's a carnage scene, or pretty much almost any death, expect to see liters of blood covering the place or gushing out of people's and creatures' bodies.
    • After the Haruspex reads in the entrails of a still living guard, his men ask him what to do with him...
    "Since he's still alive, just sew him up. We ain't monsters."
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Trolls, every last one of them.
  • Brainwashing for the Greater Good: Trolls are Always Chaotic Evil creatures but sages can "enchant" them to have a strong companion. Nicolède does this to Hebus in the first album.
  • Cannot Cross Running Water: Parodied; Trolls from Troy avoid getting wet at all cost, but there is nothing supernatural about it: they are all The Pig-Pen and water could make them clean (thus alienating the flies they keep as pets). As such, water is often used to contain them, like by teleporting a tribe on a island or creating magical downpours around a building to keep a couple of young trolls in.
  • Charm Person: A common spell used to make trolls very strong servants. Problem is, it doesn't stand up to alcohol. There's a stronger enchantment that can hold even if the troll drowns himself in booze, but by strongly diminishing their savagery, which weakens them. Granted, considering what trolls are, most of the time, it's not a problem.
  • Childhood Friend: Technically both C'ian and Cixi for Lanfeust
  • The Chosen One: Lanfeust, as well as Thanos.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Both C'ian and Cixi get jealous when Lanfeust is next to another girl. The latter is rather Hypocrite because she's very flirting with other men. According to her, for girls it's just sexual but boys are more romantic and it's cheating.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death:
    • Bascrean dies after his failed assassination attempt on Thanos by way of making the liquids in his body boil until only a charred skeleton remains.
    • Murne (Thanos' lieutenant) dies after La Résistance uses enchanted flesh-laying eggs insects enchanted to assassinate Thanos and fail. The guy is actually eaten to the bone by larvae.
  • Death by Depower: In the Trolls de Troy spinoff, one of the sages has the power to become likeable to anyone in short range, including trolls. While he survives in the troll village and nearly succeeds in getting the Big Bad's plan to enslave them to succeed, the other sage relaying his magic power is moved out of range, leaving the first one surrounded by suddenly very angry trolls.
  • Doomed by Canon: In her spin-off series, Cixi gets pregnant with Thanos' child never mentioned in the main series. You guess what happens next...
  • Door Fu: Hebus the troll tries to break open a steel porticullis, and when that fails, to bend it. Cut to a guard leaning against the gears smugly mentioning he'll never get through, then back to Hebus simply grabbing and then lifting the grate, pulling the unfortunate guard's body into the gears as the mechanism is reversed.
  • The Dragon: Thanos appears to be this to Averroes, until we learn that they're the same guy.
  • Drop the Hammer: Most, if not all of the trolls use blunt weaponry.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Hebus had red eyes when not enchanted in the early albums. This was dropped later as none of the wild trolls have red eyes. Trolls in general were shown as savage, monstrous beasts when not enchanted in the early days, when later books (Trolls de Troy in particular, obviously) portrayed them as decently civil and good-natured, but also walking disasters with a certain disregard for the life of things more fragile than them (unless they take a liking to it).
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: After being absorbed by the Magohamoth, Lanfeust can use the ultimate power at will without a sage or the ivory pommel.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When Venerable Fuquatou discovers that the courtesan blackmailing him is looking for Waha (her daughter!) in order to use her in her brothels, he kicks her out of the dragon they're flying on.
  • Everyone is a Super:
    • It's close to Xanth in comic form. Almost everyone on the world of Troy has the potential for magic power, enabled by people who train as sages at a Wizarding School. Sages learn some charms and spells at school and "turn off" their own powers to allow people within a certain range to use theirs. They are valuable resources; for example, when trolls attack caravans, they often focus on the sages. There are also a few nations with cultural differences in how magic manifests.
    • Darshanites, rather than having individual powers, subconsciously pool their power to create gods that intercede in daily life on that continent.
    • The Baronies are opposed to magic for cultural reasons and don't allow sages among them. It's unclear whether people from there would discover their individual talents if they spent enough time in foreign lands, or whether people born there can't have magic powers at all, or what.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: Troy's wildlife is incredibly diverse and inventive in the ways it tries to eat you. And let's not go into the trolls...
  • Eye Scream: Thanos puts out Lanfeust's eyes (with an ivory blade, when he melts the metal one). Just one at first to torture him, then the other one because "I hate one-eyed people".
  • Fanservice: It's hard to find a page without at least one scantily clad and/or buxom woman.
    • Cixi. Among others, she appears nude in one scene, to C'ian's anger, Lanfeust's astonishment, and to our great delight.
    • Cixi de Troy seems to run on this. The first volume gives us a Hot Amazon Brigade who are big believers in Girl-on-Girl Is Hot and Stripperiffic outfits.
  • Female Groin Invincibility: Used in the Cixi of Troy spin-off. When the titular character has to fight a Pirate Girl, she has the reflex to kick her opponent between the legs, which has absolutely no effect. Another Pirate Girl points out that this technique doesn't work with women.
  • Fortune Teller: The Haruspex can read the future in the entrails of creatures (and yes, that's a real thing); notable in the fact that he is always right. He can also do it with human entrails, and will gladly do it if said human was an asshole.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: In the second tome, a drawing of a Vitruvian Troll can be seen with text near it. Some of the text is upside-down. The normal text says "Don't you have anything better to do than read stuff that has nothing to do with the story?" and the upside-down text says "If you can read this, it means: 1) you have good eyes or 2) you're holding the book upside-down."
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Thanos can't teleport his clothes... yet he's still dangerous.
  • Gainax Ending: Of the TV series. Lanfeust defeats his arch-enemy, Thanos, but for a price: all of his friends are dead, the land is devastated and the moon is sliced by half. Then, Lanfeust time-travels to the past, long before the fight, and defeats Thanos in a different way. His friends are alive, and the land is safe. When the heroes celebrate their victory, the camera shows us the moon... that is still sliced.
  • A God Am I: How Thanos reacts to the ultimate power.
  • Godiva Hair: Described as a "genetic trait" of mermaids in Trolls de Troy, and even applies if they're turned upside-down.
  • Gods Need Prayer Badly: The Darshanide Gods need believers to exist. The first time the heroes visit the divine court, they witness the goddess Lynrenö fading into nothingness as her last believer dies.
  • Hates Baths: All trolls. They hate to take baths, but love to drink bathwater: as Hebus explains when he drinks C'ian and Cixi's bathwater, "It's like stew: when you're not allowed to eat the meat, you can still drink the broth."
  • Hellhound: Thanos' cheyreks. He likes to sic them on random innocent people to make an example.
  • Ice Magic Is Water: Cixi's power is to change the temperature of nearby water, so she can create ice, water or steam from, well, ice, water or steam.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten!: Thanos gives Cixi a nasty one when she joins him: no less than executing his own brother by boiling the blood inside his body.
  • I Have Your Wife: After Thanos takes over Eckmül and the local sages start a ritual to give up their sage powers (denying Thanos the way to concentrate more magic), Thanos threatens their families in case some of them consider suicide to escape his wrath.
  • Hideous Hangover Cure: In order to pay the nomads, Nicolede cooks a magical one to cure their massive hangover following a party. It's pretty bland, but then he adds animal droppings in it...
    Nicolede: The more the medicine is disgusting, the more the patient thinks it works.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Trolls consider human flesh a delicacy.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: Lanfeust claim to be an atheist in front of the whole Darshanide pantheon. Cue massive Death Glare.
  • Interspecies Romance
    • Well, not exactly romance per se, but one of the manuals give this as an explanation for the perpetual presence of darshanide trolls around Shlikäh, the Goddess of Pleasure. Then comes the explanation of why she saved Hébus and perpetually "cured" him of his appetite for human flesh: she started finding the darshanide trolls boring and a bit small and wanted to try a regular troll. She was thoroughly satisfied, though she couldn't sit for three days afterwards.
    • Another example, from the prequel series: Pröfy is actually half-troll. His mother, a full troll, once caught a human nobleman but felt more lusty than hungry at the time... Several days later, the man eventually escaped with his life. And several broken bones. And no clothes whatsoever.
  • ...In That Order: The Redbeard knockoffs have trouble with Rape, Pillage, and Burn.
    "We rob'em, burn'em and rape'em, right cap'n?"
    "Noooo, that's what you did last time!"
    "Oh yeah, that wasn't much fun, especially towards the end."
  • I Taste Delicious: After C'ian heals Lanfeust and Hebus after they've been partially eaten by mermaids, Hebus tastes a few remains. He thinks that Lanfeust tastes a bit bland but finds himself delicious.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: After he loses his sword, Lanfeust forges himself a new one and gives it the shape of a katana. Granted, at the time they're in the knockoff of China/Japan/Every Asian country related trope you can think of. Subverted when he sees the katanas forged by the personal smith of the emperor: he describes them as "cute toys", breaks in half one of the very obviously expensive swords in front of the shocked shop clerk, before forging an Eckmülian longsword for himself which only looks superficially like a Darshanide blade.
  • Lethal Harmless Powers: Cixi's power is turning water into ice or steam by changing the water's temperature. This doesn't seem too dangerous at first. Until Thanos tells Cixi that the human body is mainly composed of water. Then, Thanos orders Cixi to boil the blood of Thanos's own brother to prove her loyalty to him.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: The Magohamoth creates illusions to trap those who reach him into their greatest desires. The group falls prey to it (Or-Azur sees his father's castle, Ci'an and Hébus see their respective villages and Nicolède sees a legendary library). Lanfeust is immune due to him having the ultimate power.
  • MacGuffin: The fragment of the Magohamoth's horn. It gives Lanfeust and Thanos the ultimate power.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Thanos (from Thanatos, Death in Greek mythology).
    • Also, Ci'an and Cixi are the names of the last two Dowager Empresses of China. And Cixi's name definitely sounds like her greatest attribute.
  • Meta Power: Every human has a randomly determined magic power, some more useful than others (heating metal by looking at it, teleporting, making people thirsty, farting from the ears...). These powers only work when in range of a sage, who ritually abandoned their own powers to become relays for magic. During Thanos' takeover of the world, the imprisoned sages attempted a mass reverse ritual to regain their individual powers and fight, but were interrupted.
  • Mundane Utility: Depending on the power you get, it pretty much determines your job. Lanfeust, who can melt metal, is a blacksmith, one girl whose power is to make people thirsty works in a tavern.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Used as mounts, they come in various shapes and forms, some being individual mounts and other being large enough to serve as airplanes.
  • Panda-ing to the Audience: Darshanide trolls (white-furred, with black spots over the eyes), which are a subversion of how this trope usually works, because they're at least as savage and brutal as regular trolls, although they are smaller.
  • Parents Walk In at the Worst Time: There's a moment where Nicolede catches his daughter Cixi and Lanfeust about to have sex. He's furious at Cixi, because Lanfeust is already in a relationship with Cixi's sister. He's also angry at Lanfeust for his inability to resist temptation.
  • Physical God: The Darshanide gods, in addition to be a Fantasy Pantheon.
  • Pirate:
    • Thanos's occupation when we first hear of him.
    • As well as space pirates in Lanfeust des Étoiles.
    • Cixi runs into (and joins) a band of man-hating female pirates.
  • Pirate Girl: Cixi runs into (and joins) a band of man-hating female pirates.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Trolls dislike "subtlety". Given their Super Strength and Nigh-Invulnerability, they solve most problems by charging at it/swinging blunt objects at it/eating it. Human powers, given their unpredictability, are pretty much the only reason humans have survived, see Everything Trying to Kill You.
  • Psychic Teleportation: Everyone on the planet is One Person, One Power, that's due to being psychic, but was first described as magic. The powers are as varited as healing at night, melting metal, boiling and freezing water, or causing Potty Failure. The Big Bad Thanos has the ability to teleport to any location he's seen previously, which he uses to good effect to impersonate that Tin Tyrant he's thought to be working for. This ability is later upgraded to teleporting to anywhere Lanfeust uses his Magohamoth powers, but he won't know where he's going (and once blindly teleported into the polar tundra, immediately coming back half-frozen demanding warm clothes).
  • Punny Name:
    • Every troll's name is such that, if you add "troll" to the front or end, you get a word or phrase; Hébus gives Trolleybus, Haïgwépa for Highway Patrol, Puitépée for "puits de pétrole" (oil rig), Gnondpom for "trognon de pomme" (apple core) and so. Some other characters, like the Darshanide ambassador, also count, but it's hard to figure out.
    • Also, mentioned once in the book and another time in the manual, the Darshanide goddess of labyrinths is Larakröft
  • Sea of Sand: In Lanfeust of the Stars, the desert in the planet Dezunge (also known as Abraxar) is a literal Sea of Sands, complete with sailing ships, whale-like creature, and islands.
  • Second Episode Introduction: Thanos is introduced in the second book.
  • Second Love:
    • Cixi is Lanfeust's second love interest.
    • Or-Azur becomes the second love of Ci'an, who was Lanfeust's first love.
  • Shout-Out: Waaaaaaaay too many to count: to previous works of the authors, TV series, video games, etc.
    • Zorro characters show up once or twice. Cixi spends an episode as a black-clad masked vigilante riding a bat-like dragon named Tornado.
    • Larakröft, Darshanide Goddess of Labyrinths, comes to mind.
  • Shown Their Work: At one point, Cixi must freeze seawater in order to form a bridge. She complains that's it's much harder than normal water because of the salt.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: The series is pretty cynical, people die, messily, and yet remains quite funny. Which is notable because unlike many examples, it starts out that way. The first issue prominently features a Miles Gloriosus, speculation about the Power Perversion Potential of Lanfeust's abilities, Lanfeust's leg getting chewed off by a Horde of Alien Locusts, Lanfeust personally killing hundreds of bandit Mooks, and more, equally funny and horrific, sometimes on the same page.
  • Spin-Off Babies: Gnomes of Troy.
  • Tin Tyrant: Averroes never removes his armor or face-concealing helm, for a good reason: he's Thanos.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Cixi
  • Troperiffic: Uses, and occasionally deconstructs, a great many High Fantasy tropes.
  • The Un-Favorite: Cixi views herself as this.
  • Verbal Tic:
    • Or-Azur's manservant has "Créfieu", a very distorted variant of the rural French swear "Sacré vingt dieux" (Holy twenty gods).
    • Hébus' "Hyuk hyuk hyuk"
    • The Haruspex likes to end his sentences with "Karaka-X", with X being a syllable riming with the last word of the sentence.
  • Villain Teleportation: Thanos's power is the ability to teleport to any place he has visited and memorized. It's notable that the teleportation only applies to his body; so he always loses his clothes when he uses his power.
  • Walk on Water: One of Thanos's men has the power to walk on water and tries to use it to escape the heroes while they're on a boat. He didn't take into account that getting far away from Nicolede would disable his power and leave him to drown, since people need to be close to a sage to use their power.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Thanos is a power-hungry sadist who has natural white hair despite being a young adult.

Lanfeust of the Stars provides examples of:

  • Antagonistic Offspring: Glin, Cixi and Lanfeust' son, is extremely hostile towards his father, resenting him for being absent for sixteen years of his life and being, generally speaking, akward to be around with. Takes a turn for the worse when Thanos kidnaps him and corrupts him into a violent drug addict who's ready to betray his own mother to get more drug.
  • The Artifact: The characters introduction doesnt update after the second issue. Quam doesnt appear despite joining the heroes and Glace still appears despite their death in the sixth issue and not being mentionned afterward.
  • Assimilation Backfire: Prince Dheluu, who already and unknowingly hosts the conscience of Ghoma inside his body, absorbs Thanos as a form of You Have Outlived Your Usefulness. Unfortunately for him, Thanos' conscience reaches the Ghoma's one and he regains all his magic, allowing him to turn the tables on Dheluu himself.
  • Big Bad: Prince Dheluu. Surprisingly hijacked by Big Bad Wannabe Thanos in the final issue.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Dheluu and Thanos are gone, the threat to galaxy is over and Lanfeust and Hebus get to return to Troy and have it removed from maps to keep her safe... but he has to leave his wife Cixi forever.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The masterminds behind Lanfeust's birth appears as a bunch of grotesquely rotten living corpses... until we learn that they need to possess bodies to survive, and since they think that possess living sentient beings is unethical they rely on corpses, even if they decompose fast and force them to rely on replacements.
  • Demoted to Dragon: Thanos become this to Prince Dheluu in Lanfeust des Étoiles.
  • Doing In the Wizard: In the sequel Lanfeust des Étoiles, the magic power of the inhabitants of Troy is retconned as Psychic Powers.
  • Expy: Prince Dheluu is inspired by and named after the mascot of a cookie brand. A strong case of Adaptational Villainy since every advertisement media portray such mascot as a heroic The Wise Prince.
  • Eye Scream: Thanos' missing eye is replaced with an organic prospethic by Prince Dheluu.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Acknowledged by Cixi and Lanfeust, while Glin's behaviour is far too immature and has disproportionate consequences in the long run, he's kinda right in the fact that after sixteen years full of events and changes, Lanfeust doesn't feel right alongside them, and it would be better if they separated.
  • Fightning Your Friend: Halfway through, Thanos puts an enchantment on Hebus, forcing him to work as his ruthless lieutenent, known as The Butcher during this time period. Ice's death removes the enchantment.
  • Happy Rain: "There it is, your ET shower!" (though the pun unfortunately doesn't work in English).
  • One-Winged Angel: During the final battle, Thanos merges with his own organic ship (the fourth evolution of a particular lifeform) and proceeds to evolve into a colossal Slaying Mantis seemingly made of diamond, impervious to all damage. Turns into Clipped-Wing Angel when he evolves further... and goes back to larval state, leaving him as a tiny white worm easily crushed by Lanfeust.
  • Recycled IN SPACE!: Lanfeust of Troy in Space.
  • She Is the King: Out of the thirteen Merchant Princes, one of them is a woman, but insist on holding the title of "Prince", as much as she holds on her collection of fine pictures.
  • Stable Time Loop: In Lanfeust of the Stars we learned Lanfeust gave the absolute power to the Magohamoth in the past and the latter gave him back at the end of the first series.
  • Trapped in the Past: Fourth issue in Lanfeust of the Stars.
  • Wham Episode: Lanfeust and Swiip end up sixteen years in the future. It is never fixed, meaning Lanfeust has a son who's about his age, leading Cixi to eventually break up with him since she's spent the years making a name for herself in the future.

Lanfeust Odyssey provides examples of:

  • Big Bad: Lylth the Eternal, a female space demon who feeds on magic and life-force, who enslaves everyone on Troye and nearly causes The End of the World as We Know It. She was sent by Glin, still influenced by Thanos. She does remain by far the biggest and most pressing threat ever faced by Lanfeust.
  • The Big Bad Shuffle: In the first book, Sage Qynostre works for Sniyque who herself turns out to be working for the Banshee Queen. In the second book, both Sniyque and the Banshee Queen die. Qynostre seemingly becomes a Dragon Ascendant only to be killed by Lylth the Eternal who then remains the main antagonist for the rest of the series until the penultimate book reveals a mysterious armored figure who's behind Lylth.
  • The Bus Came Back: Cixi returns in the seventh book. Qam and Glin returns in the next one. Sphax returns in the ninth one making his big return since Lanfeust of Troy.
  • The Corrupter: Lylth's energy can make everyone submit to their darkest impulse. Up to Lanfeust himself, to his horror and shame as she made him kill his beloved mentor.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: A radical one with Cian's daughter Cixi who starts as a carbon copy of her aunt in both appearance and personality. After becoming the Magohamoth's guardian, she changes her name to Tseu-Hi, turns her hair red, dresses as a warrior and becomes wiser.
  • Fantasy Gun Control: When reunited with Cixi on Meirrion, Lanfeust insists not to bring technology to defeat Lylth because he doesn't want to expose Troy to the rest of the galaxy.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Thanos might have been Killed Off for Real, but his shadow still looms over Troye. Glin is still under his influence, and turns out to have sent the new Big Bad to Troye to avenge him, but he is quickly disposed off by side characters, making the whole ordeal a bit exagerated.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Lylth the Eternal looks like a blue-skinned, yellow-eyed little girl, whose Rapid Aging makes her first look like a sexy, evil Cute Monster Girl, then a monstrous, obese Gonk. But she is in fact an eldritch, soul-devouring, magic-eating horror, whose aspect is only skin-deep.
  • Mind Manipulation: Lylth's most terrifying power is her ability to make everyone who looks at her spheres her slaves. Within weeks, all of Eckmul's continent has fallen under her thrall.
  • Identical Grandson: Or identical niece. Cian's daughter, Cixi, shares her aunt's name, appearance and personality.
  • Wham Episode: A possessed Lanfeust kills Nicolede in full view of everyone in Eckmul.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Lylth feeds on the souls of the children. She builds a temple just to slaughter every child in Eckmul alone.

Alternative Title(s): Trolls De Troy