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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. The two-part Pilot got 1.6 million viewers, significantly less than The Daily Show and South Park that week. Its creator, developer, and writer Peter Knight said that its humor is influenced by The Simpsons, Get Smart, and Monty Python and The Holy Grail. It aired on Comedy Central and on BBC 2 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. Yet 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
- All Women Are Lustful: Aneka again!
- British Brevity
- Bury Your Gays: General Arcadius dies saving Kröd in the first episode not long after discovering his sexuality.
- Catch Phrase: "Daggers!"
- Comedic Sociopathy: Dongalor again.
- 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...
- Cowardly Sidekick: Zezelryk
- Depraved Bisexual: Cy The Biclops. He captures Kröd and co. with the specific intent of "sexing and eating" them. He also talks about how he's been such a manwhore since his breakup with Lisa.
- And Chad
- The Empire
- 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. The Other Wiki link is NSFW.
- Estrogen Brigade Bait: Kröd
- Ethnic Magician: Zezelry.
- Everyone Went to School Together: Kröd and Dongalor went to "the academy" together.
- Faux Affably Evil: Dongalor
- Five-Man Band: In order:
- Flaming Sword: Of Fire.
- 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.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck: "Daggers!"
- Heavy Metal Umlaut: Two of them.
- Idiot Hero: Kröd.
- 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: Zezelryk.
- 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
- 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 proved he can fight well when he has to.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Spoofed in the final episode of Season 1-As it is, Dongalor is Kröd's brother...in law. He isn't even married to Kröd's sister anymore!
- 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.
- Money, Dear Boy: Is there anything John Rhys Davies won't do for money?
- Ms. Fanservice: Aneka, which Kröd constantly hangs a lantern on.
- 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!
- Nineties Adventure Show: It's a parody of the fantasy versions of this.
- "No Respect" Guy: Kröd.
- 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.
- Only Sane Man: Kröd as noted above but also Barnabas in relation to Dongalor.
- Petting Zoo People: Loquasto, specifically Pig Man
- Precision F-Strike: Dongalor, when the foppish weapons inspector prances in.
- Really Gets Around: Aneka
- Red Herring Mole — Grimshank
- Refuge in Vulgarity: 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??
- Don't forget that Dongalor's Artifact of Doom looks like nothing so much as a gigantic anus.
- The power of which is weaponized hemmhorhoids, since it becomes a Flaming Eye of Death once you stick a certain object merely a giant gemstone into it.
- Secret Other Family: the bartender.
- Servile Snarker: Barnabas, to a point.
- Shaped Like Itself: The Flaming Sword of Fire!
- She Fu: Aneka does this a lot, while giving free Panty Shots (when she's wearing them) to everyone looking.
- Shirtless Scene: Kröd on the 1st episode!
- Sissy Villain: Dongalor, even if he is technically straight.
- 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.
- Stripperiffic: Aneka again, which Kröd hangs a lantern on.
- Suddenly Sexuality: The General, which Kröd also hangs a lantern on.
- 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.
- Too Soon: 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 with distraught, to which he responds "Too soon?"