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A classic example of What Could Have Been, Korgoth of Barbaria was a pilot never made into a full series that falls somewhere between being a parody and deconstruction of the Barbarian Hero, (especially Conan the Barbarian) with a lot of Black Comedy thrown in. The result didn't just cross over the line, it continually played hopscotch going back and forth over it.

The story takes place long After the End, in a world where magic, demons and mutants are mixed with the remnants of technology and precious little civilization. Korgoth appears to be stereotypical dim, brutal and violent Dumb Muscle from the frozen north, (although there are hints that he's smarter than he looks, well, at least sometimes) whose direct and ruthless fighting style and extensive world experience makes him a perfect survivor in this Crapsack World.

Although the pilot was heavily hyped by Cartoon Network as part of its Adult Swim lineup and received a positive response from the fans, the network played an extended Will They or Won't They? game, complete with rumors flying about them picking the show up and starting a series before the project died a quiet death.

If you've never seen it, here's a short scene to get you started. You probably don't want it open it at work or school, however.

This pilot contains examples of:

 "YOU! You will regret what you have done this day! I will make you regret ever being born! You're going to regret you ever left you mother's womb, where it was warm, and safe, and wet! I'm going to show you pain you never knew existed, you're going to see a whole new spectrum of pain! Like a RAINBOW! But! THIS rainbow is not just like any other rainbow, it's--"

 Korgoth: I despise all weavers of the black arts. Speaking of which, could you pass the gravy?

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