Doraleous and Associates is a series of animations about a brave, noble warrior, Doraleous, and his less than totally competent associates – a kind-hearted, helium-voiced dwarf (Drak), a lascivious, drink-loving old wizard (Mirdon) and a mulleted, southern US-voiced and highly annoying elf archer (Neebs). There are also a couple of associate associates, the perpetually helmeted Sir Walken, and the taciturn, Stephen Frost lookalike barbarian, Broof. Doraleous is a veteran warrior, but the first episode sees him having just set up his mercenary company an beginning to look for noble causes to fight for.

Broof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stephen Frost

Much of the humour of the series comes from Doraleous’s being surrounded by idiots who don’t follow his orders (especially Neebs). For instance, when a village is threatened by the dastardly, Richard III-like King Calas (sounds like ‘callous’), Doraleous suggests a contest of champions, best warrior versus best warrior. Broof volunteers for the good guys, and is to fight Titanus (‘tight anus’) of the bad guys … at least until Neebs shoots Titanus in the head. The contest is reconfigured as second-best warrior versus second-best warrior. Doraleous puts himself forth as the good guys’ second best – except Neebs only hears second-best warrior (which he thinks means him) and, again, shoots the opponent dead. The two leaders then decide on a contest of the worst warriors. Two feeble, scrawny youngsters then fight it out, cry in terror as they bat their weapons at each other, until one finally wins.

Although clearly inspired by the idiocy and petty politics of roleplaying gamers and their characters and campaigns, there are no explicit RPG references (as there are in The Order of the Stick, for example). And, while there is much playing on fantasy tropes, the humour is accessible and likeable (although I’ve yet to put this to the ultimate test – my girlfriend).

Doraleous and Associates is one of the best fantasy comedies I’ve seen and I recommend it highly. It currently runs to 36 episodes – the first 24 comprising season one. It is created by Hank and Jed Movie Pictures and is hosted on The Escapist.

I can’t embed the video here so you’ll have to click here to take a look.

If you know of any other fantasy humour, please post a link below.

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