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Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire (properly "Kröd Mändoon," not "Krod Mandoon.") is exactly what you think it's about. Yes, The Hero is named Kröd Mändoon, and he has a flaming sword of fire. Creator, developer, and writer Peter Knight said that its humour is influenced by The Simpsons, Get Smart, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It aired in 2009.

The series is mostly a parody of Heroic Fantasy. The basic plot is that Kröd is the leader of a band of good rebels fighting against an evil dictator named Dongalor, but within that simple premise is a bunch of subplots and character-driven humor.

Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Aneka, who is a highly competent swordswoman and second only to Kröd himself, if that-he calls her their MVP at one point.
  • Affably Evil: Dongalor, who is largely polite, joking and cheerful, which seems largely genuine, though it never prevents him from doing evil nonetheless.
  • Affectionate Parody: The series is one of the heroic fantasy genre, with a bumbling hero who's cuckolded by his ostensible girlfriend (who often outfights him) with an otherwise fairly incompetent band following him to stop an evil overlord, who's far less intimidating and more camp than most.
  • Bad Boss: Dongalor kills people or has them killed frequently just for delivering bad news, telling him things he doesn't want to hear or the like.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: One of the prisoners whom Kröd frees is there for raping a horse, who's named Horst Draper. It's Played for Laughs.
  • British Brevity: The first season had only six episodes. It turned out to be only one season, since the show was canceled, and so that was all.
  • Bury Your Gays:
    • General Arcadius dies saving Kröd in the first episode not long after discovering his sexuality.
    • In one episode the heroes are seduced by four unholy succubi, three women plus one gay man for Bruce. Guess which one of them dies first.
  • Camp Gay: Bruce is a walking stereotype who hits every note, and was criticized by the LGBT community because of it.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Dongalor, parody dark lord. Given to murdering his minions then speculating on how long before he can hit on their wives.
  • The Chosen One: The Golden One, chosen to sound less cliched than "the chosen one."
  • The Chosen Zero: Only the titular character and his True Companions can light the Resistance's beacon...
  • Cliffhanger: Due to the series cancellation, it ends like this, with Dongalor and Barnabas stuck in a tree while the heroes set out to keep up the fight.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Dongalor has a village maiden's father killed in front of her and then makes a joke about how he won't have to ask for his permission to date her. She looks at him distraught, to which he responds "Too soon?"
  • The Empire: One of these controls the area where the series takes place, with the usual oppression, and Dongalor (its representative there) plans on using an ancient magical weapon for even worse.
  • Erotic Eating: Aneka, with an entire banana. And, as with everything in the series, kicked up to eleven in parody, ending with Longshaft "motorboating" a pair of cantaloupes and Aneka attempting to drink from a coconut two feet above her face and grinning.
  • Ethnic Magician: Zezelry, who's the only black character and the party's mage. Most of the time however he can't do any magic.
  • Everyone Went to School Together: Kröd and Dongalor went to "the academy" together.
  • Faceless Goons: The Myrmidons wear face-covering helmets at all times.
  • Fantasy Contraception: Aneka frequently has sex with men to get things the Resistance needs or in rituals, with no mention of pregnancy or STDs being a risk. However, later sheepskin condoms are shown to exist, as Zezelry, Bruce and Loquasto prepare to use them before having sex with the succubi (or incubus, in Bruce's case), so we can thus presume that she's got some too (or something else).
  • Flaming Sword: Of Fire — achieved practically rather than with CGI.
  • Gag Penis: Loquasto. When the three men bust out some protection for getting it on with the succubi, Loquasto's is way longer than the other two, prompting this comment from Bruce.
    Bruce: I guess the saying is true. Once you go grobble, you hobble.
  • Gilligan Cut: Dongalor says to his girlfriend (who has just contracted a serious illness) that he is not going to let her die. The next scene has him crying over her grave.
  • Going Commando: Aneka habitually wears nothing beneath her skirt, in spite of Kröd's pleas.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The Emperor, Chancellor Dongalor's boss, is mentioned though never seen.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Though not actually a slave (Kröd notes he's freed him multiple times) Loquasto acts like he's Kröd's, loyally serving him and following him while addressing him as master, despite Kröd not liking him to.
  • Heävy Mëtal Ümlaut: Two of them in Kröd's name.
  • I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: The Forest Of Death, with a Double Subversion; It's actually named after a unique form of mushroom...but there have also been a lot of strange deaths in the area.
    Grimshank I know that. I was just correcting a common misconception.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Aneka easily gets things from men (even enemy soldiers) by having sex with them, though much of this just seems like an excuse (since she does it a lot).
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Dongalor's love interest during the Bi-clops episode. Complete with Blood from the Mouth. Dongalor calls her (and her grave marker reads) the Pretty girl From The Village With the Big Cans and the "Hump-Me" Eyes. In the credits she's simply called Cute Girl, which is also on her grave marker.
  • Inept Mage: Zezelry is unable to do magic most of the time. It sorely disappoints Kröd, whom he'd promised very impressive spells.
  • Interactive Narrator: Played with: at the end of the pilot, when Dongalor and Barnabus are discussing the prophecy, and the narrator comments that it is Kröd's destiny.
    Dongalor: I see... (looks around) ...Was that you, Barnabus?
  • Kick the Dog/Mood Whiplash: After a boy's (scripted) sad story doesn't make the pagan women cry, Dongalor orders that the boy to be thrown off a bridge, and for his dog to be used as a mop.
  • La Résistance: Our heroes are part of the Resistance against the Empire in the region where the story's set.
  • Lost Technology: In the form of Lost Magic: the Eye of Gulga Grymna.
  • The Load: Bruce, Loquasto and Zezelryk all trade this one off because all do have moments of usefulness. Zezelryk is skilled with potions (and now has a nifty magic item), Loquasto is strong and has a superior sense of smell and in the last episode Bruce proves he can fight well when he has to.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Spoofed in the final episode of Season 1; Dongalor is Kröd's brother... in law. He isn't even married to Kröd's sister anymore!
  • Manly Gay: Arcadius, the Resistance General who's nothing if not masculine, turns out to be involved with his Camp Gay cellmate Bruce.
  • Masculine–Feminine Gay Couple: Arcadius (Manly Gay) and Bruce (Camp Gay), before the former was killed.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Kröd's name is meaningful if you spell it backwards.
    • Horst Draper (who lays with horses).
  • Mister Seahorse: Loquasto, Zezelryk and (noticeably) Bruce, during "Succubi: The Dawn's Early Light", with the spawn of the titular Succubi (and token Incubus, in Bruce's case).
  • The Mole: Grimshank playing Double Agent. He planned to let Dongalor set off the Eye, but re-aim it at Dongalor's castle.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Kröd is a handsome man who frequently shows his muscular chest, either in shirtless scenes or with his vest-like garment opening.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Aneka, which Kröd constantly hangs a lantern on. She wears skimpy clothes habitually, often without underwear (and does flips which show this) while constantly using her charms to sleep with men, whether to get things or just for fun. Even when it's not actual sex, she does things such as mimic cunnilingus on a banana. Kröd, her supposed boyfriend, complains frequently about this (particularly her constant cheating). Aneka however cites her lack of his sexual hangup, so she won't stop.
  • Murder, Inc.: Dongalor hires one called the Stygian Corps which promises to murder Kröd and Aneka. They fail.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg:
    These are my best friends in the world! And Bruce!
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Congrats, Kröd. You just gave the thing that'll power the Doomsday Device to The Mole!
  • Not So Stoic: Even though pagan women aren't supposed to cry, Aneka does cry when The Mole tells her that Kröd and his gang are dead. This is particularly unfortunate as Dongalor needs a pagan woman's tears to fuel his weapon.
  • Offing the Offspring: Dongalor commands his illegitimate son be drowned on a boat ride since he's been a disappointment. His son survives, and starts to chop down the tree Donalor has gotten stuck in along with Barnabas.
  • Precision F-Strike: Dongalor, when the foppish weapons inspector prances in.
  • Professional Killer: Dongalor interviews many of them to murder Kröd and Aneka.
  • Punny Name: Horst Draper, horse raper.
  • Really Gets Around: Aneka, who frequently has casual sex with men, often to get items which the Resistance needs, information, or once simply for the time of day. What takes the cake is her part in a pagan ritual where she'd planned on doing it with three hundred guys on a single night (judging by the line, she had gotten through more than half). In one episode, when asked by a cyclops if she's ever been with one, the following exchange occurs:
    Aneka: Ummm...
    Krod: "Um"?! That's not an automatic "No"?!
  • Red Herring Mole: As it turns out Grimshank. He's actually a Fake Defector trying to use the Eye against Dongalor.
  • Secret Other Family: The bartender, who states the financial pressure from such is why he's handing in Kröd for the bounty.
  • The Starscream: Dongalor plans to take power from the Emperor with the Eye of Gulga Grymna, and kills a noble who objects at the idea.
  • The Stoic: Full-blooded pagan women (almost) never cry — torturing them, showing them a sad play, and even chopping onions in front of their faces has no effect.
  • Tempting Fate: "It'll take more than an arrow to kill the greatest general who ever lived!" Yep, it did. He was doing well up until the ballista (the throwing axe bouncing off his head didn't help much either).
  • The Time of Myths: The series' ostensible setting, as Atlantis is once mentioned as having been destroyed in the past and some of the characters are "pagans" (albeit based on popular cliches rather than actual ones).
  • Token Minority: Aneka, Bruce and Zelezry. They're the only people of color on the show, however at least they're in the main cast.
  • Vulgar Humor:
    • The Festival of Three Hundred Moons. It's exactly what you think it's about.
    • Kröd's rival for Aneka's affections is named Longshaft. Does This Remind You of Anything??
    • Dongalor's Artifact of Doom looks like nothing so much as a gigantic anus. The power of which is weaponized hemorrhoids, since it becomes a Flaming Eye of Death once you stick a certain object merely a giant gemstone into it.