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"Legendaries united once, Legendaries united always!"
From left to right: Jadina, Shimy, Danael, Razzia and Gryfenfer

Les Légendaires is the animated adaptation of the comic book series of the same name produced by Technicolor Animation Productions. It currently airs on french channel Tfou.

Danael, Jadina, Shimy, Razzia and Gryf are a group of heroes known as the Legendaries who fight the forces of evil. When they accidentally broke the stone of Jovénia, it caused everyone in the world of Alysia to turn into children.


Les Légendaires provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Explanation Extrication: The series never explains why Skroa is still an adult and even fails to acknowledge the fact. In the comics, Skroa swallowed the stone of Crescia which restored his appearance.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • Prince Halan is still a jerk who's bitter about Jadina breaking off their engagement but he respects her decision and never collaborates with villains to win her back.
    • To a lesser extent, Darkhell is this combined with Adaptational Wimp; his villainy is significantly toned down from the Omnicidal Maniac from the comics who was infamous for burning villages before the Jovenia incident and attempted to destroy the world of elfes upon his return. Here his schemes usually just amounts to Take Over the World. He also has a few Pet the Dog like giving the Legendaries a Mercy Lead at Tenebris' request or releasing an Hostage for MacGuffin once he gets what he wanted.
  • Adaptational Modesty: The characters wear near identital clothes from their comic counterparts but there are a few modifications to make them more familly friendly.
    • Most blantantly, Shimy: her shirt now covers both her belly and her left shoulder while her short no longer lacks its left leg.
    • Jadina wears full pants while in the comics she just has long stocking and the slices of her dress reveals her bare hips.
    • Razzia's shirt covers his belly and he no longer displays his navel.
    • Tenebris' suits is a lot less revealing of her forms.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • Unlike the comics where she joines the heroes in her second appearance, Tenebris firmly remains on Darkhell's side thought she's not devoid of sympathetic moments.
    • In an odd way, Skroa the cunnning qualifies. While he wasn't more sympathetic in the comics, by having more appearances on the show he gets a bigger rapsheet. He outright attempts mass murders in his first two episodes and unlike Darkhell is played seriously ( first). His Freudian Excuse of spending 50 years as Darkhell's lab rat is also unmentioned.
  • Adapted Out:
    • Darkhell's good half Elysio has yet to appear.
    • While Jadina's mother Queen Adeyrid regularly appears in episodes taking place in Orchedia, her father King Kinder is conspicuously absent.
    • Skroa still has both arms in all his appearances which means that Shun day born from his left arm
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Shimy and Jadina are kinder and friendlier. Their Vitriolic Best Buds dynamic is toned down to sporadic bickerings.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Darkhell is more ineffectual than in the comic. An entire episode has him being victim of a spell that makes him acts like a 5 years old brat.
  • Alternate Continuity: The series is based on the Pre-Anathos cycle era of the comicbook but it takes many liberties. Darkhell and Skroa make more appearances, Tenebris isn't in prison, and Elysio is nowhere to be seen.
  • Amnesia Episode: "The Register of The Lotus" where Skroa trick the Legendaries into signing a magic book that erase their memories.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Danael and Jadina in the Triangle of the Cursed.
  • Comet of Doom: In "The Register of The Lotus", a black comet allows Skro to summon a Bufankor.
  • Convection Schmonvection: In the first episode, Danael notes that it's getting hot as they reach the volcano but no one has any problem to stand near the lava.
  • Dating Catwoman: Tenebris is still in love with Razzia and in the first episode, she offers him to rescue his friends if he returns to her.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Ombos in the Triangle of the Cursed two-parters appears to be the main antagonist but he's then defeated at the end of the first episode. His daughter Libélia then carrries his plan of domination.
  • Dub Name Change: Averted with Gryf in the english dub where he retains his original name unlike the english translation of the comics where he's renamed Claw.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • Tenebris still loves Razzia and never tries to harm him.
    • Darkhell genuinely cares about his daughter Tenebris. This is exploited by Razzia in "The Door of Manta- Luna": in order to free his friends from the Void Between Worlds he drags Tenebris along forcing the sorcerer to free them all.
    • Ombos from the Triangle of the Cursed two parters plots to release his daughter Libélia from a demon prison. The latter cries when she finds the remains of her father.
  • "Everybody Laughs" Ending: Regularly happens such as the first episode which ends with the band laughing at Shimy joking about saving a worm for dinner.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Just like the original comics, any attemp to break the Jovénia curse always fails
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Just like in the comic, the people of Alysia resent the Legendaries for breaking the stone of Jovénia.
  • Impact Silhouette: The Legendaries finds out Darkhell is causing the Volcano to erupt when they find his silhouette.
  • Lighter and Softer: It's far more light hearted and less violent than the source material. The occasional profanities are also absent, and it has been confirmed by Word of God the Anathos Cycle wouldn't be adapted.
  • Medium Blending: The characters and most elements are 3d models but the background is in 2d.
  • Scenery Porn: The show has many detailed backgrounds.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Professor Vangelis has been Killed And Replaced in the comics before his first appearance but here he's alive and well.
  • Status Quo Is God: Not only any attempt to reverse the Jovenia curse always fails but not a single episode affects the continuity in any fashion. Notably both Shimy and Jadina reconciliate with their respective mother only to be on bad terms again by their next appearance, despite sharing a kiss Danael and Jadina act like nothing happened, etc
  • Subverted Suspicion Aesop: In "The Princess of Orchidia", Jadina is warned by her ancestor about someone threatening her city. Jadina then gets suspicous and jealous about her seemingly flawless cousin Princess Adenia and other characters call her out. It turns out Adenia reallly is Skroa in disguise.
  • That Man Is Dead: Razzia repeatedly tells Tenebris to stop calling him Korbo.
  • Villain Decay: Skroa in his first episode plots to feed an entire village to a monster and in his second episode, attempts to nuke a city almost succeeding in both cases. In his later appearances, he has much lower schemes and at one point gets easily captured by Tenebris. Come "Un Sale Gamin" (A bad kid), he simpy tries to brainwashes everyone into acting like juvenile children and ends up comedically humiliated.
  • We Will Meet Again: Darkhell, Tenebris and Skroa (the only recuring villains) often swears revenge upon defeat.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Skroa in the second episode outright attempts to kill Abby (who is an actual child) after she destroys the register of the Lotus. In another episode, he drops rocks on a little boy (who survives).