Tabaluga, a small green dragon, is the protagonist of a franchise of the same name.

He was created in 1983 by German singers Peter Maffay, Rolf Zuckowski, and Maffay's songwriter Gregor Rottschalk. Originally only created for one conceptual album, the franchise has spawned so far: [[CashCowFranchise three conceptual albums, two musicals, the]] GameShow [[CashCowFranchise ''Tabaluga tivi'', an animated series with a spin-off movie, audio drama adaptations of this series, several books,]] BoardGames, and an award for charitable work (the "Golden Tabaluga").

To make matters more complicated, [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness the concept albums and first musical (Tabaluga und Lilli) have a completely different continuity than the rest of the franchise]], while the second musical (''Tabaluga und das verschenkte Glück'', "Tabaluga and the Shed Luck"), features both characters from the first musical and the series, in addition to a boatload of original characters never appearing in any part of the franchise again.

The only connection between the continuities are Tabaluga, the [[SpiritAdvisor ghost of his father Tyrion]], and the villain Arktos.
!!This franchise provides examples of:


[[folder: General Tropes]]
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness
* EvilIsDeathlyCold: EvilOverlord Arktos lives in an [[IcePalace palace]] in [[GrimUpNorth Iceworld]] and is (naturally) very fond of the cold.
* SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism: Tabaluga is a [[PettingZooPeople Petting Zoo Person]]. The rest of the animals are {{Civilized Animal}}s or {{Partially Civilized Animal}}s.
* ShadowArchetype: Ice-themed Arktos to Fire-themed Tabaluga.
** And Sand-themed Humsin.
* {{Snowlems}}: Arktos
* SpiritAdvisor: Tabaluga can communicate with the ghost of his father in his dreams.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent

[[folder: Tabaluga und Lilli]]
Musical about Tabaluga`s struggles to free Arktos` [[ArtificialHuman "daughter"]] Lilli.
* AbsurdlyHighStakesGame: Tabaluga wagers his [[PlayingWithFire dragonfire]] to get Lilli`s winder in a game of dice against Arktos. Unfortunately Arktos is not a good loser...
* AnIceperson/ ArtificialHuman/ ClockworkCreature: Lilli was made by Arktos out of ice and needs to be wind up like a clock. [[spoiler: Until the very end]]
* FinalLoveDuet: A reprise of "''Ich fühl wie du''".
* TheGambler: Arktos
* LightIsNotGood: Arktos brags about he's "the lord of light" and how his snow makes people's eyes blind.
* LoveAtFirstSight
* {{Keet}}: Tabaluga. [[BreakTheCutie At least in the beginning.]]
* ThePowerOfLove
* VillainSong: ''"Der Schüssel zur Macht"'' ("Key to Power")

[[folder: The GameShow]]
Two teams of 4 to 6th graders participate in mostly action-oriented minigames (a quiz-round was introduced later). The team winning more games has to win the final round to win the GrandPrize. (Roller skates/a skateboard/ a bike + the latest gaming console + a T-Shirt). Later they also played for money for benevolent institutions.
* ConfettiDrop
* ConsolationPrize: a T-Shirt, a basket full of merchandising and a board game
* DuelingShows: Tabaluga tivi vs. Tigerenten-Club. Both gameshows for children about a popular franchise (Tabaluga and Creator/{{Janosch}}) interrupted twice for episodes of popular kids shows.
* GameShowAppearance: A variation. A Tabaluga-animatronic was one of the ''hosts''.
* SoundproofBooth: Used for a while in the very first round: The kids had to answer questions about their teammate, who was in a SoundProofBooth, then they swapped places. Replaced later with a [[WhoWantsToBeWhoWantsToBeAMillionaire "typical" quiz]] in the very last round.

[[folder: The AnimatedAdaption]]
* BigBad: Arktos in Season 1 and 3, Humsin in Season 2.
** BigBadWannabe: Arktos in Season 2.
** BigBadDuumvirate: Arktos and Humsin work together on multiple occasions.
* BrattyHalfPint: Tabaluga shows shades of this. As does Happpy. Also Happy's cousin, Bobby.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Humsin falls off the waterfall by the end of the second season.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: In a movie adaptation "Tabaluga and Leo", it was revealed that Arktos motivations for the conquest of Greenland were because his mother wanted to do it and he wants to do it all for her. He even sheds icy tears.
* ExpositoryThemeTune: The English version.
* HarmlessVillain: Arktos.
* HeelFaceTurn: Kayo, by the end of Season 3.
* KilledOffForReal: Humsin
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Vulture, by far.
* NeverSayDie: Averted. E.g. the plot of a whole episode is driven by the fact, that Happy might die of fever.
* PantyShot: Happy in Spades.
* PlatonicLifePartners/ NotLoveInterest: Tabaluga and Happy.
* PunchClockVillain: James and Vultur who have nothing personal against Tabaluga, and sometimes happen to work and cooperate with the Greenlanders.
* {{Seers}}: Shouhou is held captive by Arktos for his ability to see to faraway places using a crystal ball.
* TheChick: Happy.
* TheMentor: Nessaja, Shouhou ''and'' Tyrion. If Tabaluga would listen to them...
* TheMovie: a movie adaption titled "Tabaluga and Leo" was released in 2005. It served as the shows ChristmasEpisode.
* TheJeeves: James.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Chocolate ice cream for Arktos, [[StockAnimalDiet carrots for Happy]] and sunflower seeds for Tabaluga.