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''Babar'' is a series of popular French children's books first published in 1931, about a young elephant who leaves his jungle, visits a large city where he befriends an elderly lady and learns of human ways. After he returns to his jungle, Babar shares what he's learned about human ways with his fellow elephants, followed by the elephants deciding to construct a city they name Celesteville. Finally, Babar is made king of the elephants.

Seen by some as an allegory of French colonialism, with Babar a young native who goes to France for education and comes back to teach the ways of civilization (defined as "the way the French do things") to his fellow countrymen.

Babar's animated debut was ''Babar and Father Christmas'' in 1986, a 25-minute ChristmasEpisode by Creator/AtkinsonFilmArts. A few years later an AnimatedSeries was produced by Creator/{{Nelvana}}[[note]]who have since assumed distribution rights to the non-Nelvana Christmas special,
likely as a result of the bankruptcy that befell Atkinson Film-Arts[[/note]] that originally aired between 1989 and 1991 and in 2000, airing on the Creator/{{CBC}} and then Creator/{{Global}} in Canada, and on Creator/{{HBO}} and later Creator/{{qubo}} in the US. The series was broadcast in 30 languages in over 150 countries, making it one of the largest distributed animated shows up to that point. There have also been two movies, ''Babar: The Movie'' in 1989 and ''Babar: King of the Elephants'' in 1999, but both came and went at the box office with little fanfare.

A new AllCGICartoon version, ''WesternAnimation/BabarAndTheAdventuresOfBadou'', began airing on the Disney Junior block of Creator/DisneyChannel on Valentine's Day, 2011.

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!!Tropes featured in the original books include:

* AnthropomorphicShift: A central plot point in ''Babar the King''. Once Babar returns from the human civilization, he shares his experiences with the rest of the elephants (who are at that point {{Talking Animal}}s, who decide to adapt human customs such as houses, clothing and cars for themselves and become {{Civilized Animal}}s, including building the city of Celesteville.
* AscendedToCarnivorism: In ''Babar Comes To America'', Babar and his family were shown eating meat. Becomes AccidentallyCorrectWriting in that such behavior was observed in elephants in real life.
* ChristmasEpisode: The book ''Babar et le Père Noël'' (''Babar and Father Christmas''), made into an animated TV special in 1986 (three years before the TV series was launched, making it Babar's first animated appearance).
* FullyDressedCartoonAnimal: The citizens of Celesteville wear complete clothing, including shoes.
* TheGoodKing: Babar is a benevolent autocrat.
* HollywoodNatives: In the 1932 book, ''Babar's Travels'', Babar and Celeste crash their balloon on a tropical island where the natives attack them. The portrayal of natives is full of ValuesDissonance, and the book was removed from some libraries because of this. Several editions of the book simply cut out the scene, making the book a few pages shorter.
* KarmaHoudini: Unlike in the TV series, the hunter who kills Babar's mother receives no comeuppance (and only appears in the first book).
* KissingCousins: In the books, Babar and Celeste were cousins. This aspect was ignored/changed for the TV series' and film, which made them unrelated to one another.
* MoodWhiplash: ''The Story of Babar'' starts like this. First, we see a gentle moment between Babar and his loving mother; then on the next page, Babar's mother get shot and Babar runs off in panic; then Babar is in the city, curiously checking out the clothes in a department store.
* NoAntagonist:
** The book ''Babar the King'', which is about the construction of Celesteville, has no antagonist (and not much of a conflict) at all; neither the hunter nor the rhinos make an appearance. The closest it ever gets to an antagonist is Misfortune, the personification of Babar's own misfortunes who comes in for a metaphorical conflict in a two page NightmareSequence towards the very end.
** The book ''Babar and Father Christmas'' also lacks an antagonist, focusing on Babar's ordeals to find Father Christmas so that he can deliver toys to the elephant children. The AnimatedAdaptation adds Rataxes to the story, trying to foil Babar's plan so that he can get the toys for himself.
* NoNameGiven: Babar's human surrogate mother is only referred to as "The Old Lady" or "Madame".
* ProductPlacement: Several in ''Babar Comes To America''.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: At least [[OnceAnEpisode once a book.]]
* ScarecrowSolution: In the book ''Babar's Travel'', when Rataxes and his rhinos declare a war on the elephants, Babar disguises the elephants as monsters to scare away the rhino army.
* TokenHuman: The Old Lady is the only human in the Land of the Elephants, moving from the human city to Celesteville in one of the early books.

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!!Tropes featured in the ''Babar'' animated series include:

* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Rataxes, in various Rhinoland polls. Despite his tendencies, this often worries Rataxes.
* ActionMom: Celeste (and, to a lesser extent, Babar's mother) when the situation calls for it.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal
** Pompadour's numerous 'Pachyderm Public Opinion Polls'.
** In "My Dinner With Rataxes," after the children get lost in dark tunnel, Basil discovers a "document detailing the diverse detours within those dark, dank dungeon depths."
-->'''Lady Rataxes''': (''after Babar and Celeste stare at each other'') He's found the map.
* AdultFear: Babar is a king and a father with a lot of responsibilities and his family has been in real danger at times.
* AerithAndBob: Babar and Celeste. Rataxes and his wife, Lady Rataxes, AKA Louise.
* AnAesop: You bet. Pretty much used in every episode.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Arthur’s robots “Bob” and “Bob Jr.”
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The Japanese version uses [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dabKIf_jygc "Graduation"]] by Arisa Mizuki as its theme song.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Pompadour. Tuskless and very effeminate.
* AndThatsTerrible: In "The Coin," everyone gets upset when Rataxes suggests that he might take various things of theirs... but everyone stops their complaining to Babar at once to express outrage when Isabelle reveals that he threatened to take her dolly.
* AnimalGenderBender: Madmoiselle Soretoza from "The Show Must Go On" is a female ostrich with black-and-white male plumage.
* AnimalStampede: The rhinoceroses celebrate a holiday called "RhinoRampage Day", during which they collectively go on a stampede. The conflict arises from the fact that elephants' peanut patch is in their way. Zigzagged example in that this was the ''traditional'' form of the ritual, but by the time of the present, it's mostly an excuse for a huge drunken party -- until Lady Rataxes goads her husband into bringing back the traditional form.
* AnimalsNotToScale: At least following the AnthropomorphicShift when they start to walk bipedally, the elephants become much too small for their species, only a few heads taller than Madame, an elderly human lady, and about the same height as the rhinos, crocodiles, gorillas, lions or ostriches they interact with.
* AnthropomorphicShift: Willingly invoked by the characters themselves. After Babar returned from the city and shared his experiences there, the rest of the elephants (plus other jungle animals, all of them being {{Talking Animal}}s) found such human civilization aspects (houses, cars, books, clothes, walking upright, etc.) as highly appealing, and decided to adapt them for themselves and become {{Civilized Animal}}s, including building the city of Celesteville.
* AreWeThereYet: "My Dinner With Rataxes" opens with Babar and Celeste's kids whining this.
* ArtifactOfDoom: A MundaneFantastic example in "The Coin"; whoever possesses one of the three shards of the golden coin used as a token between Babar and the Pirate Captain Sanga can hand it in and receive '''anything''' that they want. [[ArcWords Without question. Without compromise]]. The first piece is handed in by Sanga's former first mate, who demands a ship for himself. The second piece turns up in Rataxes' hands, and he uses it to claim the throne of Celesteville for himself. [[spoiler:The final piece turns up in Cornelius' possession, who uses it to force Rataxes to hand Celesteville back to Babar.]]
* AscendedExtra: Rataxes appears only in one of the books, ''Babar's Travels'', engaging in a conflict with the elephants while Babar is away. In the animated series, he becomes a recurring antagonist.
* BearsAreBadNews: Ursa Major and his polar bear pack in "Land of Ice", who terrorize the neighboring penguins and refuse to negotiate when Babar and his family try to reason with them.
* BeleagueredBureaucrat: Pompadour, Cornelius and Basil occasionally suffer from this.
* BigNo: Babar when he discovers his mother's dead body.
* BoisterousBruiser: Rataxes.
* CanonForeigner: Pompadour and Troubadour on the elephants' side, Lady Rataxes, Victor and Basil on the rhinos'.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In ''Babar and Father Christmas'', Rataxes is the only rhino, and he is portrayed as a petty criminal and a ManChild who wants to get toys from Father Christmas. In the animated series he is portrayed as a dictator ruling over the land of rhinos.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Babar and Celeste.
* CivilizedAnimal: The citizens of Celesteville. Before then, they behaved as they do in nature.
* CoolOldGuy: Cornelius is a wise and supportive elderly elephant who is something of a father figure to Babar, often resolving the conflict in the episode.
* CryingWolf: The episode "Monkey Business" is very much centered on this where Zephyr keeps sounding the alert for if Rhinos come to the peanut patch. After doing it too many times, no one believes him, and Rhinos do come.
* DealWithTheDevil: In the sense of "dealing with somebody morally shady", this is integral to the backstory of "The Coin". Years ago, shortly after Celesteville's founding, the city was struck by an epidemic of sleeping sickness; with the only cure being found on a small island far across the sea, and Celesteville having no ships, Babar is forced to recruit the assistance of the dreaded pirate Captain Sanga. The pirate agrees, but as his price, he demands Babar agree to a vow; dividing a large golden coin into three pieces, he makes Babar pledge that whoever possess one of the pieces can expect a single favor of the king that Babar '''must''' automatically agree to.
* DoesNotLikeGuns: All animals, due to being hunted by humans. Even when going to war (and accusing the elephants of acquiring guns), the rhinos carry no weapons, instead using [[HornAttack their natural horns]] in combat.
* DownerBeginning: The very first episode, "Babar's First Steps", is also the darkest one, with Babar's mother getting killed by an EgomaniacHunter, and Babar getting left behind as the herd flees from the hunter. The later episodes are much LighterAndSofter in tone.
* DramaBomb: "The Coin". Babar is held to a promise by a pirate artifact, three shards of a gold medallion, and whoever hands him one of the pieces gets whatever they want from him, [[ArcWords without question, without compromise]]. [[spoiler: One of the shards is obtained by Rataxes, who uses his wish to [[TakeOverTheWorld take over Celesteville]]. It didn't last long thanks to Cornelius, but it was easily one of the darkest episodes in the series, not counting the premiere.]]
* EgomaniacHunter: The BigBad of the FiveEpisodePilot, who kills Babar's mother and attempts to do this to every other animal in the forest.
* {{Egopolis}}: In the VillainWorld created by Babar's wish in "A Charmed Life" where Rataxes rules over both the rhinos and the elephants, the city in the place of Celesteville is called "Rataxesville".
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Zephyr, Babar's best friend is the only prominent non-elephant protagonist beside the Old Lady. Other monkeys or apes appear from time to time, such as a gorilla princess Babar is supposed to escort at a palace ball in the episode ''Babar's Choice'', and a Film/KingKong-like giant ape in ''Conga the Terrible''.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: Freeo and the other penguins from "Land of Ice".
* EvilSoundsDeep: Rataxes has a rather deep voice.
* ExpospeakGag: After Rataxes refuses to allow the elephant to build a railroad through Rhinoland and Babar just cannot build it through Pleasant Valley (where he grew up).
-->'''Rataxes:''' Haha, so the elephant express will not go through! No chapter in the history books for good King Babar! You lose!\\
'''Babar:''' No, Rataxes. The whole jungle loses. And now ''you'll'' get that chapter in the history books!\\
'''Rataxes:''' (''exited'') I will?!\\
'''Pompadour:''' You're right, sire! "Rataxes, the rapscallion who deliberately expunged the amalgamation of the jungle!"\\
'''Rataxes:'''' What does that mean?\\
'''Basil:''' Loosely translated, it means: "You'll live forever in the memory of every creature in the jungle as the pigheaded barbarian who cheated them out of their railway!"
* {{Expy}}: Pompadour is a tall, [[AmbiguouslyGay effeminate]], KnowNothingKnowItAll elephant in a yellow/golden outfit, and his companion Troubadour is a [[ShorterMeansSmarter short, smart]], [[TheSpeechless mute]] elephant in a blue outfit. [[Franchise/StarWars Now replace "elephant" with "droid"...]] Although the similarity may be accidental, these two specific characters were created specifically for the TV show in 1989, a decade after the first ''Star Wars'' movie, and Nelvana animated the Boba Fett segment of ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'' and the ''Droids'' and ''Ewoks'' animated series to boot.
* FantasticRacism: Rataxes' contempt for all things elephantine is a running gag.
* FiveEpisodePilot: The first five episodes chronicle Babar's dealings with the Hunter and his attempts to bring civilization to the jungle. The status quo is achieved at the end of the fifth episode and remains for the rest of the series.
* FriendlyEnemy: Rataxes and Babar clash a ''lot'', but, at the same time, there's also a certain grudging respect and even friendship between each other. They've even fought together in the past, such as when they worked together to drive out The Hunter, or when they teamed up to take down the Rhinoland GeneralRipper BigBad of "Rhino War".
* FullBoarAction: One episode has a warthog acting like an AngryGuardDog. It also creates FurryConfusion, as most animals in the setting are anthropomorphic.
* FullyDressedCartoonAnimal: The majority of the cast.
* FunWithAcronyms: In "Rhino War," Rataxes's general convinces himself that a shipment of crates containing games is actually weapons because GAMES is acronym for "Gonna Attack My Enemies Soon."
* FurryReminder: This series makes it clear that despite being civilized, the animals still have their instincts. For example, each year the Rhinos run on all fours and embark on "Rhino Rampage", because it's in their blood.
* GeneralRipper: The villain of the episode "Rhino War" is one General Pameer, who gets Rhinoland into a war with Celesteville -- against King Rataxes' wishes! -- out of one part FantasticRacism and one part a sheer desire to wage war. He even asks rhetorically what the point is of ''having'' an army if you never ''use it''.
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: One of Zephyr's pranks in the episode ''Monkey Business'' is replacing the royal flag with Cornelius's underpants.
* TheGoodKing: Take a guess.
* GoodParents: Babar and Celeste are very loving and supportive towards their children.
* HappilyMarried: Babar and Celeste.
* HenpeckedHusband: Probably the only person Rataxes is scared of is Lady Rataxes.
-->'''Rataxes''': I could handle this job in my sleep.
-->'''Lady Rataxes''': You always have, dear.
* HighClassGlass: Pompadour, and Babar in "City Ways" when he tries to be someone he's not.
* HonorableElephant: The elephants live in TheKingdom, while the rhinoceroses seem to be a military dictatorship ruled by an InsaneAdmiral.
* HonorBeforeReason: The entire plot of "The Coin" is based on the fact that Babar insists on keeping his oath to Captain Sanga that he'll grant the wish of anybody who returns with a piece of the coin, even if it means handing over the kingdom to Rataxes.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: In "The Coin", having conquered Celesteville with the second shard of Sanga's Coin, Rataxes is summarily overthrown with the aid of the final piece, having been told that as the new King of Celesteville, he's inherited the responsibility of upholding that oath to Sanga.
* HumiliationConga: General Pameer loses the war against the elephants, gets fired from his position by Rataxes, and then gets to work at Babar's amusement park in a game where the elephants toss rings on his horns.
* HyperCompetentSidekick: Basil, who seems to put in more effort in running Rhinoland than his boss Rataxes.
--> '''Rataxes''': Only 4,444 forms to go. How does Basil do it? Wait a minute-- I'm just supposed to sign this stuff! Nobody said anything about reading it!
* HyperspaceHolmesHat: In the episode ''The Missing Crown Affair'', Zephyr produces a deerstalker by turning his usual hat inside-out.
* IAmTheNoun: Mademoiselle Soretoza in "The Show Must Go On." - "I am the show."
* IMissMom: Young Babar does this in some of the earlier episodes.
* InevitableWaterfall: Used in "The Land of the Underground" in the final season, when Babar jumps into the rushing river to save one of the mole brothers.
* InsecuritySystem: Rataxes has Basil design and install one of these in the Rhinoland royal pyramid in one episode.
* InstrumentalThemeTune: A gentle tune used throughout every season except the final one. Given the unique nature of this season, it used an entirely new opening complete with an opening theme that was a livelier remix of what had always been the show's closing credits theme.
* {{Irony}}:
** In "Rhino War", Babar's impatience with filling out the required forms and regulations to get the supplies he needs to complete an amusement park leads to him ordering the boat to just come down the river, which entails passing through Rhinoland territory. When Pompadour points this out, Babar shrugs it off, pointing out that, A)amusement park supplies are harmless, and B)Rataxes does stuff like this all the time; he'll understand. And, truth be told, Rataxes wouldn't have cared... but a warmongering general uses this boat and Rataxes' distracted state to get Rataxes to sign off on a declaration of war.
** In the same episode, ''Rataxes'' gets a scene of being the voice of reason, shooting down General Pameer's suspicions immediately.
-->'''General Pameer''': "They're shipping weapons through our territory, that's what! I think they're gearing up for a full-scale war!"
-->'''Rataxes''': "That's ridiculous. Babar may be an interfering pain-in-the-neck, but he's a '''peaceful''' interfering pain-in-the-neck.
* IsleOfGiantHorrors: As a ShoutOut to ''Film/KingKong'', Babar and his friends once end up on an island named Skull Island, home of Conga the Terrible, a giant KillerGorilla that dwarfs even the elephants. [[spoiler:In a subversion, the gorilla turns out to be quite friendly once they get on his good side, confessing he plays up the act because people automatically assume he's a "savage beast" because of his size]].
* ItsAWonderfulPlot: The episode "A Charmed Life" has the elephant king overwhelmed by work wishing never to be king while carrying a gypsy amulet. The result is a VillainWorld with Rataxes ruling Celesteville and having all elephants and rhinos living in misery.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Rataxes.
* {{Kaiju}}: The title creatures from "Conga the Terrible" and "The Unsalted Sea Serpent". One is a giant gorilla in the vein of ''Film/KingKong'', the other is a gigantic StockNessMonster. [[spoiler: Notably, both are revealed to be nicer than they look.]]
* KillerGorilla:
** Conga the Terrible is believed to be this. [[spoiler:He's actually a GentleGiant who scares people to be left alone.]]
** In "Babar's Choice", Babar is worried that the Gorilla King may go furious if he doesn't escort his daughter Midge to the ball. [[spoiler: Fortunately, it gets avoided when Midge takes a liking towards Zephyr instead.]]
* KillItWithFire: The Hunter attempts to do this to ''every animal in the forest.'' [[spoiler:He ends up getting [[KarmicDeath killed by]] [[HoistByHisOwnPetard his own fire]] in the end.]]
* TheKingdom: A kingdom of elephants, no less.
* LampshadeHanging: In "Rhino War", after finding out that he's accidentally declared war on Celesteville, Rataxes receives a suggestion from a rhino guard that they should just sit back and let Babar fix this whole mess. When Rataxes questions the notion of letting Babar solve all their problems, the guard comments that it's always worked before.
* LaserGuidedKarma: A variation in that good deeds done by the main characters tend to end up providing rewards. For example, in "The Coin", Celesteville is saved from Rataxes, who took over with the second piece of the titular artifact, by [[spoiler:Cornelius, who was given Sanga's own piece of the coin as a thank-you for secretly nursing Sanga back to health after he caught sleeping sickness]]. In "Witches Potion", whilst the old hermit is emphatically not a witch, she ''does'' turn out to have an unknown antidote for the bite of a [[TheDreaded Purple Nightshadow snake]], which she provides as a thank you for Alexander rescuing her cat.
* LaterInstallmentWeirdness: The final season was an unusual case, as it aired nine years after the previous season ended. It dropped the previous setting and instead focused on the cast travelling around the world in a balloon. It's a wonder that it was officially considered part of the same series rather than its own installment like the later ''WesternAnimation/BabarAndTheAdventuresOfBadou''.
* LimitedWardrobe: Most of the cast, though they can often be seen sporting situation-specific costumes in various episodes (raincoats, racing jumpsuits, party costumes, fishing clothes, swimwear). Lampshaded in one episode when Zephyr, temporarily acting as Babar's personal assistant, has ''all'' of Babar's trademark green suits sent to the cleaners, resulting in the King of Celesteville having to give a public address in his bathrobe.
* LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy: The Old Lady, Babar's surrogate mother is the [[TokenHuman only human]] in Celesteville, living among {{Civilized Animal}}s.
* MamaBear: Babar's mother, who fiercely defends her son from the hunter before she gets shot. Celeste also grows up to be this.
* MischiefMakingMonkey: Zephyr is often mischievous, especially in the episode "Monkey Business".
* MockCousteau: Babar's old friend [[ParodyNames Jacques-Yves Crouton]], a French-accented bird and famous underwater explorer called in to investigate "The Unsalted Sea Serpent".
* MonsterIsAMommy: The mother sea serpent from the episode "The Unsalted Sea Serpent" is [[MamaBear fiercely protective of her child]] but is otherwise a GentleGiant.
* MusicSoothesTheSavageBeast: The crocodile in "The Gift" lets Babar and Zephyr go when they sing him a song.
* TheNapoleon: General Pameer is a very short rhinoceros who even dresses like UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte.
* NervousWreck: Pompadour is constantly worried about something.
* NeverSayDie: ZigZagged. In early episodes, death is discussed and even shown, but after the construction of Celesteville, things have become so safe that the worst thing an assassin can be said to have planned for Babar is kidnapping.
* NeverSmileAtACrocodile:
** In "The Gift", Babar and Zephyr encounter an enormous crocodile who attempts to eat them, but is [[MusicSoothesTheSavageBeast calmed down with a song]]. Basil also attempts to sing to the crocodile, but Rataxes stops him, so they end up having to fight the crocodile with golf clubs instead.
** Zigzagged in "The Coin". Captain Sanga and his two Mates are all crocodiles, and in return for retrieving the sleeping sickness medicine that Celesteville so desperately needs, they make Babar vow that should anyone provide him with a piece of a gold coin they divide as a token of this event, he will grant a single favor they ask, no matter how extreme or unreasonable. [[spoiler:Subverted in that not only is Sanga's 1st Mate's favor cashed in for the reasonable request of a ship, but Cornelius reveals that Sanga secretly gave his piece of the coin to Cornelius as both a sign of his admiration for Babar's courage and to thank Cornelius for saving his life when he caught sleeping sickness himself, asking that Cornelius use this as a safeguard against someone making unreasonable demands with the other two pieces.]]
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Averted somewhat with Babar and Celeste's youngest daughter, Isabelle, who goes from baby to toddler over the course of the series.
** Pompadour, Cornelius, Rataxes, Basil, Lady Rataxes, and the old lady all look exactly the same age as they did when Babar, Celeste and Arthur were kids.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Pompadour and Basil can both throw literal mountains of paperwork at you on a moments' notice.
* OstrichHeadHiding: Mademoiselle Soretoza does this often in "The Show Must Go On".
* PapaWolf: Babar won't let anything bad happen to his family. And neither will [[MamaBear Celeste]].
* PermissionToSpeakFreely: Babar's subjects occasionally ask this of him. Though Babar is so cool-headed that they could probably just speak their minds without having to ask it.
* PolarBearsAndPenguins: "Land of Ice". Justified in that the titular land is fictional.
* ThePrimaDonna: Mademoiselle Soretoza, the ostrich ballet dancer, from "The Show Must Go On".
* PutOnABus: The Old Lady, Pompadour, Troubadour, Basil, Lady Rataxes, and Victor in the final season. Isabelle and Cornelius only appear in the first and last episodes, and Arthur appears in the last. Rataxes makes a cameo appearance in a story told by Babar.
* QuicksandSucks: In "The Gift", while chasing Rataxes and Basil to get back the feather the rhinos stole from them, Babar and Zephyr gets trapped in a sand trap. Rataxes initially wants to let them drown, but [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold his guilt gets the better of him and rescues them]].
* RaisedByHumans: Babar was raised by Madame.
* ReadTheFinePrint: In "Rhino War", a tired and bored Rataxes switches from reading and signing all the documents he confronted with to just mechanically stamping them all with his seal. This bites him in the butt when General Pameer stealthily presents him with "Plan 42/H" and gets Rataxes to stamp it. As Rataxes learns later, Form 42/H is the official Declaration of War, allowing General Pameer to launch an invasion of Celesteville
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Babar is a [[TheGoodKing selfless and responsible king]], who only makes mistakes due to his young age and inexperience, and his personal advisor Cornelius is wise and supportive.
* ReTool: The final season of the original series featured a major shift in direction, sending Babar and his family on a hot-air balloon through a number of {{Magical Land}}s including the Land of Toys and the Land of Mysterious Water, journeying for the great Land of Happiness. To signify this, the opening credits sequence was altered for the only time in the show's history and the opening and closing themes were changed to a remixed version of the theme that had previously been used for the closing credits. This version of the program is technically an {{Anime}} - it was made in part by Ellipse Anime and the episodes were written by Japanese writers.
* RhinoRampage: Happens several times in the earlier episodes.
** There's also a Rhinoland holiday of the same name.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Babar (and his family). Possibly also Lord Rataxes.
* SameSexTriplets: Averted: Pom and Alexander are boys, Flora is a girl.
* SelfServingMemory: Affects Celeste and Zephyr's accounts of the fender-bender that lands them in court in one episode.
* SherlockHomage: Zephyr in "The Missing Crown Affair" puts on a deerstalker hat and walks around with a magnifying glass when he helps Babar find his stolen crown.
* ShorterMeansSmarter:
** Basil is often shown being more intelligent and more competent in running the country than Rataxes, and is a lot shorter than him.
** Troubadour is somewhat smarter than Pompadour, too.
* ShoutOut: Many, to everything from Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds to ThePhantomOfTheOpera to old [[Creator/AlfredHitchcock Hitchcock]] films.
* TheSpeechless: Troubadour.
* StockNessMonster: The titular creature of the episode "The Unsalted Sea Serpent".
* TalkingAnimal: Apparently, in this universe, all animals are like this. The humans aren't surprised at all that Babar can talk.
* TitleThemeDrop: The opening and closing themes are regularly featured as background music.
* TortureCellar: Rataxes' son Victor implies that the basement dungeon of the family pyramid was like this, until "Mom had it redecorated".
* {{Tsundere}}: Lady Rataxes.
* TheUnintelligible: The Gorilla King from "Babar's Choice". He speaks in a language consisting of grunts and gibberish words, and Pompadour has to use a dictionary to interpret what he says. [[spoiler: At least until the end of the episode, where he cheers for his daughter's dance in English.]]
* UnreliableVoiceover: Used for laughs in "The Coin", where Rataxes describes his winning the fragment held by Captain Sanga's 2nd Mate in a "quiet, intellectual retreat" after a fair contest of skill, whilst the flashback animation shows he was slumming it in a seedy dockside tavern and he won thanks to Basil helping him to cheat via a magnet.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: When young Babar arrives to the city, people don't bat an eye at a baby elephant walking around, and nobody is surprised that he can talk. They practically treat him as if he was a human child.
* VineSwing: In "The Gift", Zephyr, Basil and Babar swing on vines as they try to snatch the feather of the Weeping Wonderbird from each other. Babar ends up [[WatchOutForThatTree bumping into a tree]].
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: The episodes of the first and second seasons consist almost entirely of these, with each being introduced through the device of the adult Babar recalling some incident from his childhood to his children as a bedtime story. Later episodes take place entirely in the present, mostly focusing on the kids (Pom, Alexander and Flora}.
* WithDueRespect: Another phrase that crops up, given the setting.
* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Mother]]: What the hunter did to Babar's mother.
* YourSizeMayVary: Correlates with the AnthropomorphicShift. While walking on all fours, the elephants are as big as real elephants should be compared to humans, but after starting to walk on two legs and wear clothes, they become not much bigger than large humans.

!!Tropes featured in TheMovie include:
* AdaptationalVillainy: Rataxes is far more menacing than in previous incarnations.
* AlternateContinuity: May be the case, considering the ContinuitySnarl below.
* AwardBaitSong: "The Best We Both Can Be."
* ContinuitySnarl: Celesteville (which is not referred to as such in this movie and instead called Elephant Land) seems to already be built on Babar's first day as king here, unlike the books and original TV series. Granted, as the movie was actually made BEFORE the TV series went into production...
* EvilOverlord: Lord Rataxes captures elephants from villages, enslaves them, and ultimately tries to conquer their kingdom. (A last-minute ruse from Babar sends him and his rhinos fleeing—quite literally, from his property.) This is in contrast to the television series, where he is a much more complex character and a FriendlyEnemy of Babar.
* LargeHam: Rataxes may have gotten meaner, but he's now also sporting a huge appetite for scenery.
--> "Well, you'll have to excuse me, Your Majesty, BUT I'M OFF TO CRUSH YOUR PUNY KINGDOM TO A PULP!"
* TheMovie: Produced in parallel to the series, it's actually an AlternateContinuity, where the elephants are already civilized when Babar becomes a king, and Rataxes is far more evil.
* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: Croc appears to play this straight at first but turns out to be a subversion.
* ProtagonistTitle
* {{Rescue}}

!!Tropes featured in ''Babar: King of the Elephants'' include:
* AgeProgressionSong: "I Can Take Good Care of Me", which showcases Babar's life in the city from child to adult.
* ContinuityReboot: This movie is a retelling of the original books and ignores the TV series and previous movie.
* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: A crocodile attacks Alexander only to be hit by an anchor thrown by [[PapaWolf Babar]].
* NightmareSequence: The film actually climaxes in one of these.
* SeldomSeenSpecies: TheNarrator is a marabou stork.
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