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->''"I'm the one who will rule the world as the King of Pranks, who [[WalkingTheEarth travels day and night]], mastering his skills and tricks. Everyone calls me Zorori, the one with extraordinary talent!"''
-->--[[CaptainObvious Zorori]] in the first episode

''KaiketsuZorori'' is a series of Japanese children's books. It features a humanoid fox named Zorori and his two boar disciples Ishishi and Noshishi as they travel around the land and attempt to complete Zorori's [[RuleOfThree three]] life-long goals:\\
1) Become known as the [[ToBeAMaster Prankster King]];\\
2) Build (or find, buy, or steal) Zorori Castle; and\\
3) Find a beautiful bride to become Zorori's queen ([[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princesses preferred]], but not required).
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While these are his own goals, he's also doing these things to make his late mother proud.

Zorori sees himself as a VillainProtagonist and will constantly state that he has no interest in doing the right thing, but his love of family is so great that if another's family unity is threatened he will do his best to bring that family back together, even if he winds up getting the short end of the deal. Other times when playing a prank or getting the better of someone is the focus of the episode, the prank will either backfire or the scheme will benefit the target instead of Zorori. There was also a second, very well-made 2006 movie based on the then-recent TV series.

After a 1993 [[TheMovie movie]] that adapted two of Zorori's stories, a television series with a [[ArtShift different animation style]] was produced in 2004 and released as Kaiketsu Zorori. Two more series were released soon after the first under the title [[OddlyNamedSequel Majime ni Fumajime Kaiketsu Zorori]].

A FanSub of the television series can be found [[http://zorori-project.niceboard.org/ here]].

Not to be confused with [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Zorua or Zoroark.]]
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!!Episodes of ''KaiketsuZorori'' provide examples of:
* AbsenteeActor: Ishishi [[spoiler: falls off of a cliff]] in the second season and is not seen for several episodes. In the third season, [[TheOtherDarrin the role is recast]].
* AccidentalMarriage: Zorori accepted Inu Taku's proposal and almost ended up marrying him.
* AdventureTowns: The perfect place to look for a bride or play pranks.
* AIIsACrapshoot: The mechanical house that appears [[RuleOfThree thrice]] over the course of the first series. Its resident, Zorori, tells it to get rid of [[ExactWords anybody suspicious]]... and it kicks '''him''' out.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Or in this case, Japanese.
* AllGhoulsSchool: The Monster School that Youkai-sensei runs.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Zorori falls in love with several women, but none love him back. Also [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in an episode.
** Subverted with the two-part episode featuring the video game princess Myan (the one with the [[Heartwarming/KaiketsuZorori crowning moment of heartwarming]]). [[StatusQuoIsGod Unfortunately]], she had to return to the video game world and he couldn't go without being unable to return to his own world.
** Reversed where the alien princess is concerned. While she's in love with Zorori, [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute he most certainly does NOT return the favor]].
* AllTheWorldsAreAStage: [[spoiler:The Legendary Prank King's castle, as well as its elaborate entrance, has many traps referencing the King's handiwork that Zorori encountered throughout the third series, including a broken gag machine, a very familiar plank, and a plywood cut-out castle.]]
* ApocalypseHow: [[spoiler:threatened with Class X via giant meteorite at the end of the second series.]]
* ArtEvolution: Compare the characters from series 1 episode 1 to TheMovie.
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler:Dapon]]
* BarefootCartoonAnimals: Zorori and the boars don't wear shoes, although several other characters do.
* BecomingTheMask: Zorori disguises himself as a woman in order to fool the police. A police officer [[AttractiveBentGender falls in love with his female persona]] and keeps her at the police station in order to protect her from, ironically, Zorori. Since he can't get away without revealing who he is, Zorori eventually gives up and decides that the moment he's married to the police officer he will become 'her'.
* BerserkButton: Ishishi and Noshishi don't like it when you call one of them by the wrong name.
* BigEater: Ishishi and Noshishi and Zorori to some extent.
* {{Bishounen}}: Gaon.
* BizarreAndImprobableGolfGame: Zorori enters a golf tournament in a third series episode. The first hole is [[PinballZone a giant pinball machine]], the last hole is [[LevelAte made of ice cream]], and the main rival of the episode has a cheating accomplice.
* BlandNameProduct: Domiso Pizza.
* BodyguardCrush: In series 3, Inu Taku states that he and his fiancé Cindy Clawhyord fell in love during his time as her bodyguard.
* BoringReturnJourney: In series 3, it takes 23 episodes to find the Minus Electric Eel. After they find it, the pond it was in has an underwater current tunnel that takes them right back to the Ghost Forest where they started.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Zorori talks to the audience sometimes.
* CallBack: In series 3 to the series 1 finale. [[spoiler:"But we've already gone to Hell."]]
* CanonForeigner: Gaon is in none of the original Zorori books and was created for the animated series.
* ChekhovsGun: Youkai-sensai gives Zorori a Duke Bururu card as a gift for helping some elderly monsters get their swing back. Six episodes later, it's discovered that there's only two such cards in the world and they're worth a fortune.
** ChekhovsBoomerang: The magic rod that appeared early in the first series returns as [[spoiler: the Grum Rod that Nelly seeks early in the second series, in the hands of recurring villain Tiger]].
** BrickJoke: Inu Taku, the police officer that [[AttractiveBentGender fell in love and tried to marry Zorori disguised as a woman]] in the first series returns in the third series to confirm "Zoroé's" fate before he brings Zorori to trial and marries Cindy Clawhyord, a model who appeared at the beginning of Taku's episode as a one-off joke.
* TheChewToy: Zorori and Arthur.
* TheChick: Nelly
* ChristmasEpisode: Zorori Claws has brought his Presents of Terror for you all!
** In the third series, aliens have stolen Santa's suit!
* ClipShow: The first episode of the second series sums up the entire first series for new watchers with the pretense of Ishishi and Noshishi trying to cheer Zorori up. They end up resorting to rapid-fire [[IncrediblyLamePun oyiji gags]].
** An interesting variation in the fourth closing of the first series, which played for the last six episodes. During the song, a representative image and several DeliberatelyMonochrome screencaps of previous episodes were shown, starting with the current episode and counting back every six episodes (although they were, of course, shown in episode order). After all six sequences, every episode appeared once (except for the first episode, which appeared three times).
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Duke Bururu, a candy mogul that holds contests with practically impossible win conditions to increase sales. When Zorori actually manages to [[LoopholeAbuse find the loophole]] and win the contest, leave it to Bururu to find another loophole to keep him from getting the prize he's expecting.
** The Bururu Bank ''charges customers, with interest,'' for the small services in the bank such as magazines and the water fountain that would be free in any other bank. And ''withdrawing'' money requires collecting stuff like the wrappers and cups from Bururu's assorted sweets.
** Admission to the Bururu Art Museum is free with a flyer... up to the front desk. You have to buy Bururu brand snack food to see the exhibits, and pay cash to ''leave.'' How is he getting away with all this?! At least he's never a KarmaHoudini...
** The Gyuugyuu Electronics company set up a weather control machine to superheat a town so they could sell them their expensive air conditioners.
* CripplingOverspecialization: [[spoiler:Dapon set up all his defenses against wizards. Which means once [[BadassNormal Zorori]] gets involved, his plans are ''screwed''.]]
* {{Crossdresser}}: In order to pull off a few pranks, Zorori and the boars pretend to be women sometimes.
* CuteWitch: Nelly.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: Since one of Zorori's goals is to buy a castle, one wonders why he doesn't his GadgeteerGenius smarts to invent something that would make him tons of cash.
* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: Zorori's father left when he was a boy to pursue his dream of flying the skies in a plane he made himself. [[spoiler:He does come back a few times to help out Zorori.]]
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Inu Taku in the third series has studied Zorori and the boars' M.O. very thoroughly in order to ensure that Zorori gets prison for life this time. He sees straight through the boars' [[PaperThinDisguise Paper-Thin Disguises]] and manages to preemptively thwart Zorori's nightly escape by mecha.
* DeusExMachina: The red plane [[spoiler:made and piloted by Zorori's father]] generally serves this role when it appears.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Zorori and the boars are like the only characters in the whole series that don't normally wear shoes (with the exception of his Kaiketsu Zorori outfit).
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Zorori should not be allowed to eat ice cream. Ever. Ditto for cake.
* DungeonBypass: What do you do when you fall into an inescapable maze? Make your own exit... with your TeamPet's stone head!
* EasilyThwartedAlienInvasion: Zorori stops aliens from invading the Earth by agreeing to marry their princess who has fallen in love with him.
* EasterEgg[=/=]TheCameo: Yutaka Hara, the author of the Zorori books, appears at least once in every episode of the anime, some appearances more subtle than others.
* ElectricJellyfish: Arthur is shocked by ghost electric jellyfish in one episode and Ishishi in another.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Zorori. And how.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Zorori wants to marry a princess.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Zorori's Najou translator activates by spinning a wheel in a mock TransformationSequence.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in [[TheMovie the movie's]] beginning where he completes all of his goals in life and promptly tells the audience that there will be no more adventures.
* FakeCrossOver: The KeroroGunso cast appear in a crowd during TheMovie.
* FantasticFoxes: Zorori, obviously.
* {{Fartillery}}: Ishishi and Noshishi have strong gas and can use it for a quick attack. They can also produce mass quantities for [[StealthPun fuel]] when they eat sweet potatoes.
** [[spoiler: How does one avert a Class X ApocalypseHow? [[TwoWordsObviousTrope Three words:]] ''Giant fart cannon.'']]
* FlowerMotifs: Nelly wants to cover the world in flowers.
* FourFingeredHands: Zorori has three and the boars have two.
* ForgottenPhlebotinum: The [=NajouNajou=] Spinner, despite Najou making it being able to produce question-answering riddles even when he isn't present ''and'' still in Zorori's possession, is completely absent in the third series.
* FullyDressedCartoonAnimal: Zorori, in his Zorro-like Kaiketsu Zorori outfit; plus several supporting animal characters.
* FurryFandom: Big fans, obviously.
* GadgeteerGenius: Zorori can make anything from a pile of junk, including spacecraft.
** Gaon is no slouch either. He created his own Bukkura Koita just to see if he could.
* GenkiGirl: Princess Elise.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: A wedding cake in the shape of boobs. Complete with nipples.
** In the Zorori's Bukkura Koita Time at the end of episode 15 there's a [[ADateWithRosiePalms "sexy" picture of a female hippo hanging on the wall right next to Zorori's toilet]].
* GratuitousEnglish: Zorori disguises himself as a teacher and starts talking like a foreigner would by accenting his Japanese and throwing in English words.
** NAJOU NAJOU SUPER JOBU JOBU [[LargeHam SPIIIIIIIIIIIIN!!]]
* GreatEscape: In the first series, Zorori and the boars are imprisoned in an {{Alcatraz}}. It ends up taking two escape attempts to break out.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: [[spoiler: Roger is in no mood to listen to Dapon's [[TheAtoner claims of atonement]] when he goes to turn himself in. Thankfully, eventually subverted when it is Roger's testimony that keeps Dapon out of prison in his trial.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Dapon]] is ultimately defeated at the end of the Magical Forest arc by getting blasted with his own anti-wizard missiles.
* HostileShowTakeover: [[{{Ninja}} Gorimaru and Sarumaru]] when Zorori and the boars collapse from poisoning in the second series.
* HotSpringsEpisode: Complete with a golden lion and a whodunnit mystery.
* HotWitch: Milly.
* HurricaneOfPuns: The pun battle between Zorori and Gaon in episode 29 and [[spoiler:Oyaji Gag Hell in episode 50]].
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Several first-series episodes are titled "The Great (insert something related to the episode here) Plan."
** Also, "The (insert something here) of Terror."
* ImNotAHeroIm
--> "...but don't call me a hero. I'm not fit to be one. I'm just Zorori."
* IncrediblyLamePun: The Bukkura Koita gets its power from this. {{Incredibly Lame Pun}}s have the power to freeze people and objects in Zorori's World, a reference to how puns (''dajare'') often awkwardly silence an entire room due to its cringy-ness, causing the atmosphere to feel "cold".
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: See the [[Heartwarming/KaiketsuZorori heartwarming moment page]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Zorori through and through.
* JourneyToTheWest: Zorori and his follows join a group [[{{Homage}} homaging]] the novel to stop a weather control machine.
* {{Kaitou}}: Red Eye, [[spoiler:a.k.a. Ruby-chan,]] who poses as a fortune teller to "recruit" Zorori into helping her steal a highly secure treasure.
* TheKlutz: Zorori.
* LargeHam: Zorori. And how.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In the first episode of the second series, the boar brothers comment that they've been traveling with Zorori for a whole year now.
* LimitBreak: Basically, [[spoiler:Nelly frees the twelfth Najou with one of these, using the spell to turn weapons into flowers that she had been seeking the entire series. She forgets the spell afterwards.]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: New characters are introduced in practically every episode.
** For the sheer scope of just how many characters are in this show, look no further than the end of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SWwWG6ov-w the first series opening]], which notably contains damn near ''every'' character that appears in ''both'' series! (Admittingly the designs in the title don't match how they eventually appear in the show proper every time, such as Nelly, but they are undeniably the same characters.)
** Even more packed than that is the last shot of the second series opening, which completely fills the screen using just the character HEADS! You can even see all of Zorori's and the boars' different disguises in there!
* MacGuffin: [[LampshadeHanging The Magic Book You've Been Seeking]] (yes, that's the title) and the different-colored Najous during the Magical Forest StoryArc.
* ManlyTears: "I'm not crying! This is sweat. Sweat coming from my eyes."
* MasterOfDisguise: [[spoiler:Dapon]]
* MediumAwareness: At the end of episode 19, Zorori comments about his fans and then points at screen.
-->'''Zorori''': At this rate, fans of pranks from around the world, and Zorori fans are going to be disappointed. [''points at screen''] Keep watching, everyone! I'll [[spoiler:escape this prison]] and give everyone a big surprise! Please wait for it!
** At episode 20, while fighting the antagonist, he asks for a time out and turns to the screen:
-->'''Zorori''': ''Kaiketsu Zorori'' viewers. What will a hero like me do in such a pinch?
* MisfitMobilizationMoment: When [[spoiler:the world's about to end]], Zorori is quickly surrounded by several of his allies and [[EnemyMine a few of his enemies]] to assist in his plan for [[spoiler:saving Earth]]. Among the assembled: [[TheRival Gaon]], [[AllGhoulsSchool Youkai-sensei and every monster that's appeared thus far]], [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Duke Bururu]], [[FunctionalMagic Nelly, Milly, and Roger]], [[IdolSinger the Moo Moo Girls]], [[AndZoidberg and Tiger with his band of fake magicians]].
* MissingMom: Subverted. Even though she's dead, she still keeps watching over Zorori and is mentioned constantly. [[spoiler:Zorori meets her again in Heaven.]]
* ModestyTowel: Played around with and then completely destroyed.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Averted. Zorori suspected Roger of being this, but it turns out to be MasterOfDisguise Dapon.]]
* MorphicResonance: When Puppe possesses an object, his yellow kerchief appears around its "neck."
* TheMovie: Shared with KeroroGunso
* MythologyGag: When Zorori is arrested and imprisoned, the warden says he intends to teach the bad out of Zorori and by the end of his sentence, he'd be an outstanding citizen writing children's books.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Zorori ends up naked for the camera a few times. Also, episode 3. 'Nuff said.
* NamesTheSame: Those who have read ''Roleplay/RubyQuest'' may find it amusing when the third series includes a white rabbit bit character named Ruby. This one, however, is a {{Kaitou}} as opposed to a mutated psychic.
* NeverSayDie: Averted when [[spoiler:all three of the main characters die in the first series's final multi-episode arc. [[UnexplainedRecovery They got better.]]]]
* NiceHat: Zorori, although Gaon and Arthur qualify too.
* {{Ninja}}: Gorimaru and Sarumaru, [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys monkey ninjas]] that pursue Zorori and the boars for paying up their debt to their ninja school.
* NoodleIncident: Zorori apparently had developed something of a trickster reputation before the start of the series, as he's recognized by Ishishi and Noshishi, and later Youkai-sensai, when they first meet.
* OddlyNamedSequel: As the description states, the second series has the inverted subtitle (supertitle?) "Majime ni Fumajime," which according to [[FanSub Zorori-Project]] translates to "Seriously Kidding," describing Zorori's chosen career as a prankster.
** Zorori-Project refers to the third series (which officially keeps the same title as the second) with the subtitle "Zekkouchou" after the season CatchPhrase, which roughly means "in perfect form." So the full title is [[OverlyLongTitle "The Seriously Kidding Kaiketsu Zorori in Perfect Form."]]
* OffscreenVillainDarkMatter: Although normally we [[AvertedTrope see]] the piles of junk Zorori builds mechas from, sometimes we don't.
* OminousFloatingCastle: The [[AIIsACrapshoot automated Zorori Castle]] in its last first series appearance is a Type 3, although the ominous part isn't obvious until halfway through the episode.
* ParentalAbandonment: Ishishi and Noshishi's parents are never mentioned. You'd think in a show all about loving your parents the main child characters would at least mention them.
* {{Pirate}}: Zorori tries to become one in one episode. Also, the recurring villain Tiger, who premiered in that episode.
* PokemonSpeak: Inverted with Najou. Zorori and others call him that because that's the only word he can say due to [[MacGuffin The Magic Book You've Been Seeking]]. [[spoiler:After Nelly manages to use the counterspell, he can speak normally again.]]
* PungeonMaster: Zorori
* PunnyName: A good handful or two of the bit characters.
* {{Recurring Character}}s: The first series includes Authur and Elise, [[AllGhoulsSchool Youkai-sensai]] (although not necessarily the students), Paru, [[TheRival Gaon]], [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Duke Bururu]], and [[AIIsACrapshoot the automated house]]; the second series has [[CuteWitch Nelly]], [[LawfulNeutral Roger]], and [[HotWitch Milly]], along with a few from the first series; the third series features [[ChekhovsGunman many characters from the first series]] [[BrickJoke that didn't show in the second series]] returning, including Princess Myan, the riddle-loving aliens, and the [[ChristmasEpisode Santa Police]]. Also Tiger, who only appeared once in the first series, but returned for the second and as the BigBad for TheMovie.
* RiddleMeThis: And they're pun riddles to boot.
** The alien civilization that tried to invade Earth apparently has riddles as an important part of their culture. One of Zorori's duties in the event he married their princess is thinking up a million new riddles every day.
** While cursed with PokemonSpeak, Najou's translator only results in riddles, requiring Zorori and his associates to solve the riddle in order to find out what to do next.
* TheRival: Gaon to Zorori. Zorori also sees Roger as a rival during the Magical Forest arc, both in looking for [[MacGuffin Najous]] and [[TriangRelations for Milly's affections]].
* RobotMaid: Meiko-san, who's too much of a cute drama queen for you to resist eating the ginormous piles of food she cooks. Zorori eventually manages to program moderation into her and sends her back to where she was built. [[spoiler:Turns out she was built by the scientists known as the Legendary Prank King, as they run into her again at their castle laboratory and she serves as the judge of Zorori and her creators' invention battle.]]
* RuleOfThree: Zorori has three life goals.
* SayMyName: Anytime they're unintentionally separated or reunited.
* ShowWithinAShow: Princess Myan's video game.
* SmugSnake: With his facilities focused on making their customers pay money and practically impossible win condition contest giveaways, you are not alone to want to punch Duke Bururu in the face.
* SomethingAboutARose: Gaon has plenty of these (especially to [[HoYay give to Zorori]]) pulled out of his NiceHat.
* TeamPet: Najou in series 2, Puppe in series 3.
* TerribleTrio: Zorori, Noishi and Ishishi.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: The first opening, "Hustle," plays occasionally to indicate [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome massive incoming awesome]]. This includes during TheMovie and [[spoiler: during the MisfitMobilizationMoment at the end of the second series]].
* [[spoiler:ToHellAndBack: The first series finale, excepting the third automated house episode.]]
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Zorori loves anpan, Ishishi loves melopan, and Noshishi loves onigiri.
* TheTreacheryOfImages: When Zorori wins "this sports car" from eating Duke Bururu Ice Cream Bars, [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Bururu]] gives him a tricycle with a towing flatbed, surrounding by four wooden walls (with seeing flaps in front), one wall of which is made from ''the portion of the billboard the car is pictured on''. The crowd watching turns on Bururu for LoopholeAbuse while Zorori, while disappointed, still blasts off happily in the tricycle using [[{{Fartillery}} Ishishi and Noshishi's farts]].
** The castle in the Children's Country amusement park in the third series is a very convincing plywood cut-out.
*** [[spoiler:So is the "floating" part of the Legendary Prank King's castle.]]
** Treachery of words also shows up. The prize for getting the celebrity that can't laugh to laugh is a mystery bag. By which they mean just the bag, with nothing in it.
* ToBeAMaster: One of Zorori's goals is to become known as the Prankster King. The overall StoryArc in the third series makes this a forefront point with the introduction of a mysterious antagonist calling himself the "Legendary Prank King." [[spoiler:Turns out he only exists as a rumor.]]
* TriangRelations: Type 5 in the second series with Zorori attracted to [[HotWitch Milly]], while Milly is (or seems to be) attracted to Roger. [[spoiler:By the end of the series, Milly and Roger have hooked up, leaving Zorori [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption once again]] out in the cold.]]
* {{Trickster}}: Zorori and his TrueCompanions. One of Zorori's goals is becoming known as the [[ToBeAMaster Prankster King]].
* TrueCompanions: Zorori, Ishishi, and Noshishi
* UnnamedParent: Zorori's father, and his mother for a while before [[spoiler:Zorori went to Heaven and it was revealed her name was Zororene]].
* UnsettlinggenderReveal: Inverted when Zorori thought that Tail was a boy. Let's just say he was rather happy to be proven wrong.
* VerbalTic: The boar brothers end most of their sentences with "da" and was lampshaded by the mecha boars by ending their sentences with "mecha".
* VillainProtagonist
* WalkingTheEarth: {{Deconstructed}}. A few episodes start with Zorori and the boars hungry and yenless, and often the episode's plot is kicked off by their attempts to get a meal.
* WallpaperCamouflage: Occasionally, through the use of {{ninja}} shrouds.
* WouldNotHitAGirl: Zorori, especially of the [[FetishFuel beautiful variety]]. Duke Bururu, knowing this, hired [[TerribleTrio Bururu's Angels]] to stop him (Zorori) from keeping him (Bururu) from tearing down the Ghost Forest.
* {{Youkai}}: Many all sorts appear throughout the series, often accompanied by the monster school teacher Youkai-sensai and asking Zorori for help.
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