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Argai: The Prophecy (Original title: Argaï: La Prophétie) is a 26-episode French animated series created in 2000, in which all characters are anthropomorphized.

Year 2075. The evil Dark Queen is ruling with an iron fist on what is a Crapsack World, from her levitating base located on top of New York City. She's immortal, as throughout time, she has stolen the youth of several maidens, and keeps them in eternal sleep to maintain the effects of her immortality. But back in 1250, she stole the youth of sweet and beautiful Angèle, who happens to be the fiancée of Prince Argaï, the protagonist.

This guy, who's one hell of a Determinator, goes then on a journey to save his beloved, and engulfed in a lightning flash, finds himself transported to New York City in 2075. He then meets private detective Oscar Lightbulb, his assistant Barnaby and their secretary Miss Moon. They decide to help Argaï, and discover that a book of prophecies details the antidote, as well as the 13 ingredients needed to create it, that would take out Angèle of her slumber, and thus at the same time save Angèle and destroy Queen Orial. They get a hand on the book and have the wise move of making a copy of it by scanning it, before Queen Orial steals the original from them. Now starts a quest throught time to gather the antidote's ingredients, with Queen Orial knowing their every next move.


Argaï: The Prophecy provides examples of:

  • Ancient Tomb: The second ingredient, the Pharaoh's Amulet, is in one.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Oscar Lightbulb tries this with the Dark Queen.
  • Arranged Marriage: Argai promises Angele that they'll get married after the war ends.
  • Back for the Finale: Almost all good characters from throughout the series.
  • Back from the Dead: Hugsley Barns. He drowns in 1250 and since people can only die in their own time, he comes back alive and well in 2075.
  • Bad Future: What is 2075 ruled by Queen Orial now known as the Dark Queen.
  • Becoming the Mask: Oscar's friend Hector, who the police thinks he studies dreams, but really does brain research and has a machine that can erase certain memories from one's head.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Argai was not very fond of learning his beloved Angele was enchanted. And he doesn't like when people make fun of him.
    • The Dark Queen after much failure, decides to destroy entire places.
  • Big Applesauce: A good portion of the series takes place in New York City.
  • Book-Ends: In the first and last episode, a lightning strikes inside the monastery. Prince Argai says that everything started in the monastery and there it will end.
  • Burn the Witch!: In Chapter XIII, while deciding punishments for Argai, the Dark Queen refuses to burn him since she says that this is punishment for witches, not for princes.
  • The Bus Came Back: Many of the characters the heroes met in previous episodes, appear in the last few episodes of the series.
  • Carnivore Confusion: In one episode, a pig person is cooking a normal pig.
  • Cave Mouth: In Chapter XIII, after running away from a crocodile, Oscar and Moony ended up going inside a skull-shaped tunnel.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The blind man stealing Barnaby's futuristic stuff, including his phone, which led to the Dark Queen taking it from him, which allowed our heroes to contact Queen Orial to offer her a deal she can't refuse.
    • Also the 3 items Kargal gave Oscar and Moony in Chapter XIII.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Master Wang's ability to transport anyone (even himself) into the place he or she is thinking of. This comes very handy in the last episode, in which he transports himself from Asia to TirLoch, and then transports Argai into the Dark Queen's spaceship so he can find Angele.
  • Did You Actually Believe...?: After all the adventures, The Dark Queen tells Geko to stop claiming that their enemies have finally died.
  • Dirt Forcefield: Argai and Barnaby jumped into a big tank full of fuel oil and ended up with just a few spots.
  • Disney Villain Death: In Chapter X, Oliban falls off a high balcony while trying to kill Argai, and is presumably dead.
  • Doppelgänger:
    • Geko is temporary replaced by a robot version of himself.
    • In Chapter XX, Queen Orial's Mad Scientist creates one of Oscar Lightbulb, and sends him to kill Argai and find out where the ingredients are hidden.
    • In the last episode, the Dark Queen brings a clone of Angele to the throne room and leaves the real Angele in her spaceship.
  • Excalibur: Argai fights with it in Chapter IX.
  • The Faceless: The white lady and her husband in Chapter XXIV.
  • Fainting:
    • Moony, the first few times after hearing she'll be travelling to the Middle Ages.
    • The king's daughter in Chapter XVIII after seeing Geko.
  • Furry Confusion: Normal animals are shown to exist alongside the anthropomorphic animal cast.
  • Gladiator Games: In Chapter XVI, Argai battles a giant scorpion in an gladitor arena.
  • Honor Among Thieves: Argai runs into and befriends 3 noble thieves, who in a later episode assist our heroes.
  • In the Hood: Geko. And also Queen Orial so she can get close to Angele and enchant her.
  • I Want Them Alive: The Dark Queen demands for her troops to bring certain people to her alive.
  • Left for Dead: After getting the Sacret Pearl, Argai and Barnaby jump into the river below from a great height, just in time to avoid been blown to bits by one of the Queen's battleships, and survuve. The Dark Queen thinking she killed Argai and Barnaby is justified by her having put up wanted posters with only Oscar's and Angele's picture on them and no one else.
  • Life Drinker: Queen Orial has enchanted enough maidens to gain eternal life, but she can still be killed by a physical force and she's probably vulnerable to sickness and diseases.
  • Locked in a Freezer: In Chapter I, Barnaby hides prince Argai in the freezer so the police won't find him.
  • Love at First Sight: While waiting for Moony to get well, Jason tells her that's how he fell in love with her.
  • Love Redeems
    When two people love each other, they can't be separated. Queen Orial learned it the hard way.
  • MacGuffin: The 13 ingredients needed to make the antidote.
  • Living MacGuffin: In Chapter II called "The man in the mask", said man is the guy who first saw Argai. The Dark Queen tries to hunt him down for information, and our heroes hunt him to make sure the Dark Queen doesn't get him.
  • No Immortal Inertia: If even one of the enchanted girls awakes or dies then Queen Orial will be destroyed.
  • Obviously Evil: Pretty much every bad guy the heroes encountered.
  • Old Friend: Several of the characters have friends from their past.
  • Opening Narration: Before an episode begins, a brief explanation is given of what happened in the past episodes.
  • Planetville: The Turbulent Planet ruled by princess Lorelei.
  • Robot Me: Geko gets temporary replaced by a robot version of him.
  • Shoot the Fuel Tank: The Dark Queen's spaceship explodes thanks to fire in the ship's fuel tanks room.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Oscar and Barnaby. After a debate in the first episode whether it was check or checkmate, they decide to resume their game of chess at the end of the series.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Moony is the only female in the group. And there aren't many female characters in the show.
  • Snake Woman: Queen Orial/The Dark Queen.
  • Sneaky Departure: Argai in Chapter XVII.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: The Dark Queen often feels like it after her minions fail to get the job done.
  • Taken for Granite: In Chapter XIII, Queen Orial turns Barnaby's body from the neck down into stone.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Instead of pressing the Earth-destroying button right then and there, the Dark Queen takes her time to talk about how's she's gonna destroy everyone because only she decides her destiny. 50 seconds later, she's destroyed before pressing the button.
  • This Way to Certain Death: Argai falls through a trapdoor which leads him to a room filled with bones.
  • Time Bomb: By deactivating the prison, the alarm for self-destruction of F.107 is triggered and everyone has 30 minutes to escape.
  • Time Travel: This series plays with a lot of tropes in this category. And there's an added twist in time travel in this series, not seen in any other time travel fiction: When a character is killed in another time than his own, he does not die, he just comes back to his own time. This is why it's necessary for the heroes to defeat Queen Orial in 2075, and for Queen Orial to kill Argaï in 1250.
  • True Love's Kiss: After receiving the antidote, Angele needs to be kissed by Argai in order to wake up.
  • Water Wake-up: In Chapter XXII, Argai splashed Barnaby with water in order to wake him up.
  • You Monster!: The Dark Queen gets called a monster by the characters at some points.


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