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''Ho-yo-yo!''

A classic gag manga and anime by Creator/AkiraToriyama, ''Dr. Slump'' chronicles the misadventures of Senbei Norimaki, a semi-competent inventor, and his latest invention, a robot girl named Arale who appears to be an ordinary human... aside from her superhuman strength and space cadet behavior.

Said misadventures usually involve another of Senbei's inventions going awry, Senbei trying to woo Arale's teacher, the lovely Midori Yamabuki, or Arale and her friend Gatchan (an androgynous baby with wings, antennae, and a tendency to eat cars who hatched from an egg) interacting with the other bizarre denizens of their hometown of Penguin Village. Said denizens include the town police force (which includes a guy in a ''Star Wars'' Stormtrooper helmet, a trigger-happy lady cop, and two officers who keep getting their car wrecked by Arale), Suppaman (a short, pudgy, dim-witted Superman wannabe who supposedly gets his superpowers from pickled plums), King Nikochan (a goofy, would-be [[{{pirate}} space pirate]] stranded on Earth) and Dr. Mashirito (Senbei's rival in mad science who happens to be a caricature of Kazuhiko Torishima, the editor for the ''Dr. Slump'' manga).

The original manga ran from 1980 to 1984 in ''Weekly Shōnen Jump'' magazine, comprising 236 chapters. It also spawned an animated adaptation, as well as several sequels and a remake. These include:
* ''Dr. Slump -- Arale-chan'': The animated adaptation of the original manga, running from 1981 to 1986 on Fuji TV, comprising 243 episodes. It generally follows the plot of the original manga, though it introduces much extra material. Like the manga, it gets a three-episode-long cameo in the ''Anime/DragonBall'' anime, which aired in the same time slot after it ended. The first five theatrical movies of the franchise (which premiered while the show was still airing) are based on it.
* ''The Brief Return of Dr. Slump'' (''Chotto Dake Kaette Kita Dr. Slump''): A full-color sequel/partial reboot to the original manga, written by Takao Koyama (series organizer and scriptwriter for ''Anime/DragonBallZ'') and illustrated by Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru (character designer for same). It ran from 1993 to 1996 in ''V-Jump'', and was collected into 4 volumes, which are now out of print. Set several years after the end of the original series (but with some differences, such as Dr. Mashirito being inexplicably alive), it has more wacky hijinks in Penguin Village and also introduces Nitro, the young daughter of Senbei and Midori first glimpsed in the manga's "future". The four movies released in 19931994 are based on this continuity.
* ''(New) Dr. Slump'': An animated remake of the original manga, airing from 1997 to 1999, taking the timeslot of ''Anime/DragonBallGT''. Character designs are updated to Creator/AkiraToriyama's mid-'90s design sensibilities (though he himself only designed the new version of the Norimaki family's house), the voices are all different from the first anime, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Arale has brown hair]]. A single movie based on this version was released in 1999. A manga adaptation (scripted by Takao Koyama & Yoshimi Narita and drawn by Tadayoshi Yamamuro) ran concurrently in ''V-Jump'', and actually included several plot lines not used in the anime.
* ''Dr. Mashirito Abale-chan'': A one-shot sequel to the original manga (and the only one written by Akira Toriyama himself) that ran in the April 2007 issue of ''Monthly Shōnen Jump''. It's set about a year after the events of the original series. Dr. Mashirito's son attempts to exact revenge by designing an Arale-lookalike with an "evil" personality, but she turns out merely to have a bad attitude. This was more-or-less immediately made into a 5-minute animated short that accompanied the ''Manga/OnePiece'' movie ''Episode of Alabasta: The Desert Princess and the Pirates'', released the same month.

The first animated adaptation in particular was spectacularly popular, and kicked off what's been called "Toriyama Time" on Fuji TV -- Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. were held by either a ''Dr. Slump'' or ''Franchise/DragonBall'' series from 1981 to 1999, a period of over 18 years. (And then ''that'' was succeeded by the first 63 episodes of ''Manga/OnePiece'', extending its status as a "''Shōnen Jump'' Anime Block" to nearly 20 years.) There have also been several novels, as well as a radio show starring the keyboardist from the band Southern All-Stars, but we'll leave things here for now.
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!!This series features examples of:
* AccidentalMarriage: Yes, this was how [[spoiler: Senbei finally got Midori to marry him. He practiced proposing outside the can while she was inside. She overheard, next thing you know, the two are hitched. Heh, lucky guy]].
* AccidentalPervert: Obotchaman had landed in a bathtub while Mrs. Tsun was still in it. Their reactions were both of shock.
* AdultFear: One episode had Turbo build a robotic duplicate of himself that accidently wandered into town. Said robot caused panic among everyone wherever it goes as it would be very dangerous for a regular baby.
* AliensOfLondon: Nikochan speaks in Nagoya dialect, despite being from ''another planet''. Even more confusingly, his lackey ''doesn't''.
* AmusingInjuries: Like in any Creator/TexAvery short, nothing seems to be able to kill anyone, not even a direct shot to the forehead.
---> "It'll heal again"
* ArtEvolution: Arale was initially drawn like a proportional early teenager, but gets progresively rounder and shorter in the space of a few chapters. When one reader pointed it out in an "ask the author" section, Toriyama {{Handwave}}d it by showing Arale's original appearance as one of multiple bodies she can use.
* ArtShift: As a running gag, Senbei turns much taller, manlier and handsome whenever he's having a "cool" scene. Later, is revealed that he can ArtShift himself at will, but just for a moment.
* AuthorAppeal: At the end of the series there is a bike trophy story arc that lasts many chapters. Toriyama lampshades this by having his avatar character remark he got very interested in motorbikes and didn't have any other ideas for the story.)
* AuthorAvatar:
** Toriyama jokingly inserts himself as a robot with a gas mask. If not, expect to see a bird with glasses or a man with a surgical mask. At least once he inserted himself ''as a [[Franchise/{{Alien}} xenomorph]]''.
** He showed up in ''VideoGame/BlueDragon: Awakened Shadow'' as a CPU party member, and even gets a bit of metafictional backstory--the robot isn't really Toriyama, but a robot ''based'' on Toriyama, who died several years before the story took place, and stipulated in his will that a manga-drawing robot be created in his image as his successor.
** Toriyama's assistants Hisashi Tanaka ("Hiswashi") and Takashi Matsuyama also appear as straightforward caricatures of themselves.
* {{Badass}}: Arale, due to being an android, is virtually indestructible.
* BadassAdorable: Arale obviously, but also Gatchan, Obotchaman and later Turbo Norimaki.
* BellyButtonless: In an early chapter, Arale is worried because she lacks a navel and her classmates find that weird, so she wants one. Except Senbei thinks she wants something a bit lower, which he's never seen because of Japanese censorship. HilarityEnsues.
* BizarreAlienBiology: King Nikochan's species have ears for feet and butts on top of their heads.
* BrainyBaby: Turbo becomes this after being killed by aliens and then revived by them, gaining PsychicPowers and a genius-like intellect in the process.
* BreathWeapon: Arale's [[WaveMotionGun N'Cha Cannon]].
* {{Bowdlerize}}: The Harmony Gold dub of the first episode had some scenes altered. (Cutting out Senbei dressed as a school girl when shopping for Arale clothes, and Arale slipping a grenade in Senbei's mouth was changed to a "hot pepper in tabasco sauce.")
* BunglingInventor: There's a reason Senbei has the nickname "Dr. Slump".
* ButtMonkey: Senbei himself is the most obvious example, but other characters also fall into this from time to time, especially the two police officers who always get run over by Arale while driving their car.
* CatchPhrase: Arale has several: "N'cha!", used as a greeting; "Bye-cha", used as a farewell; "Ho-yo-yo!", used as an exclamation of surprise; and "KIIIIIIIIN!!!", said when she's running. She also uses "''cho''" instead of ''kudasai'' or ''chōdai'' when making requests.
* CallingYourAttacks: Arale's N'cha Cannon.
* {{Cameo}}: P-man, the main character of Toriyama's earlier manga ''Wonder Island'', appears in one panel, and later re-appears when Senbei and Arale go to said Wonder Island.
* {{Canon|Discontinuity}}[=/=]FanonDiscontinuity: As much as the series as a whole employs NegativeContinuity to clean up Arale's messes, the '90s anime in particular goes quietly ignored by both the fandom and the creators. All merchandise (and the lone new chapter) released afterwards is based on the original series and its iconic style. Possibly the only place you'll find the '90s characters is in the ''Dragon Ball Heroes'' manga, which is set in a far future (and potential AU) of ''DragonBall''.
* ClarkKenting: Suppaman dresses as reporter ''Kuraaku Kenta''. He doesn't even bother to act differently or to be less of a {{Jerkass}}.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Arale. Justified as she's a robot without social programing.
* {{Cloudcuckooland}}: Penguin Village is ''definitely'' this.
* CreatorCameo: So often that it's not exactly a cameo anymore.
* {{Crossover}}: With ''Franchise/DragonBall''. The Red Ribbon Army story (particularly the latter half of the ''General Blue'' section) arc has Goku landing in Penguin Village and meeting the Dr. Slump cast. The two series are thus said to take place in the same universe, although this fact has virtually no effect on either of them aside from the one story arc. However, it ''does'' mean that Arale has appeared in several of the DB fighting games (since they count that arc).
* CuteBruiser: Arale, a tiny RobotGirl who's more than able to punch adults of all kinds without any efforts.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Well, Arale once hit ''God'' with a palm tree. To be fair, he was not "The" God, but a silly divinity who looked and acted exactly like old master Muten from DragonBall, minus the sunglasses.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: ''Penguin'' Village. Subverted because no penguin actually ever appears in the series (except in one of the latest chapters when we discover that the mayor ''is'' a penguin).
* EverythingTalks: Particularly, the TalkingPoo.
* EvilCounterpart: Obotchaman was built by Dr. Mashirito to be this, but he ends up being too well mannered and polite to be evil. Abale-chan from the movie special "Dr. Mashirito and Abale-chan" is a more straightforward example, who is essentially Arale in punk gear.
* ExtremeOmnivore: Gatchan, who likes to eat metal.
* FaceFault: In chapter 44, a zoo worker is annoyed that he keeps face-faulting at Arale and co.'s antics and makes various attempts at having them do one.
* TheFaceless:
** One of the contestants in the bike race at the end is a boy who never ever removes his helmet. He's also [[NoNameGiven nameless]].
** The policeman with a [[StarWars Stormtrooper]] helmet may also count, both for Faceless and Nameless.
* TheFaceOfTheSun: Here the sun is a living entity who smiles, talks and even sleeps. We even see it rising from the ocean horizon with a snorkel.
* TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily: One chapter of the manga has Arale and friends meeting a group of ''yakuza'' which acted like little kids, playing with cards and so on.
* {{Fanservice}}: Midori provides several moments.
** During a baseball game, one female character's pants fall down ''without any input at all''.
* {{Fartillery}} : Arale can fly by farting
* FieryRedhead: Akane in the 1997 remake.
* {{Flanderization}}: Arale starts out looking more like a normal 13 years old girl instead of the small chubby little kid everyone remembers (she even manages to pass herself off as Akane for a while). She's also less of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} in early stories.
* ForeignSoundingGibberish: In the bike trophy mentioned above, one of the contestants is a German biker called Kibalt Skurzen, which doesn't sound like any actual German name.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Some characters, like Suppaman, shows up as background characters before they're properly introduced.
* GagSeries
* GeniusBruiser: Arale. Strong enough to split the earth in two with one punch and smart enough to solve advanced math problems.
* GeniusDitz:
** While Arale is usually hopelessly naive and clueless about everything, she's by far the smartest student in her class and particularly a math prodigy (her math skills are a RunningGag). She also can remove a frog's appendix and build a sexy spare head all on her own.
** Senbei himself can be considered one. All his silliness aside, he can build androids, spaceships, a time machine and all the craziest inventions he can think of. Unfortunately he seems to create gadgets at random, with most of them being less useful than just using a more mundane item.
* GenkiGirl: Arale, with a dose of SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids and ''definitely'' Cloudcuckoolander. She's as energetic as she is powerful.
* HotTeacher: Arale's teacher Midori is the most desired woman in town, and Senbei falls for her immediately, remaining in love with her to the point of obsession.
* InvisibleStreaker: In an early chapter, Senbei turns himself invisible, then starts removing his clothes to complete the process . . . but then decides to leave his underwear on, just in case. This results in a pair of floating boxer shorts running around the town.
* InvoluntaryShapeshifting: Tsukutsun Tsun turns into a tiger whenever touched by a girl; he changes back if touched by a guy.
* TheKiddieRide: [[http://kimcafe.blogspot.my/2008/12/drslump-arare-chan-timemachine.html Arale-chan on a time machine]]. It appears to be a very early ride by Banpresto.
* LandingInSomeonesBathtub: In "Gatchan You're Great", Obotchaman falls in Tsuntsunodanoteiyugo's bath.
* LightningBruiser: Arale's powers include SuperStrength and SuperSpeed.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: While Arale is always the main focus, we see her interacting with all the crazy residents of Penguin Village. There are over 50 recurring characters, with most of them getting their spotlight episodes. This without even mentioning the countless {{Living Prop}}s, animals, talking objects, etc.
* LovableSexManiac: Senbei. Tsuruten Tsun was even ''worse'' than him.
* MadeOfIron: Arale, literally, though Senbei was once woken up with a ''live grenade exploding in his mouth'', and only lost a couple of teeth.
* MadScientist: Senbei is a more benign version. Mashirito, on the other hand...
* {{Meganekko}}: Arale. In fact, her glasses became such a distinguishing feature that in Japan, she was the inspiration behind the phrase "Arare Megane" (Arale Glasses).
* NiceGuy: Obotchaman. His politeness is pretty much what makes his character going.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Kurikinton, the village barber and Taro and Pisuke's father, looks a lot like Clint Eastwood. Lampshaded when it is revealed that he once was a policeman.
* NoFourthWall:
** One chapter involves an invention that can make something on a page real. Arale and Akane fool around with it until Arale casually ''cuts out the page they're on'' and puts it inside the machine, creating a space paradox. If that's not enough, character refer to and sometimes interact with the author...
** In another chapter, the characters acquire a camera that takes pictures of the future, wherein the subject would be aged several decades in the picture. At the end of the chapter, Arale takes a picture of the reader, and the picture shows the skeletal remains of the reader holding the magazine that the manga was originally serialized in commenting on how dumb the manga is.
* NonIndicativeName: Penguin Village. Averted in the last story arc when we discover that the mayor is an actual penguin and the only one that appeared in the series.
* OffWithHisHead: A RunningGag is that Arale keeps pulling her head off, annoying Senbei.
* OfficialCouple: Senbei and Midori is one, hooking up midway in the series. Also Arale with Obotchaman, where it was shown in the future that Senbei had built a baby robot for the both of them.
* ObviousPregnancy: Midori gets so big so fast after it's revealed she's pregnant that Senbei actually gives her a medical examination to try and deduce a cause.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Pisuke is actually 13, even though he looks like he's around 7 or 8. It's even worse for him when they take a hold of the camera that views the future mentioned above: we discover that he will look like that even at 30 (complete with the same cat-ears hat!), but with a Hitler mustache!
* OnlySixFaces:
** Lampshaded in an early chapter where Akane is able to impersonate Midori. Toriyama curses his ability to draw only one female face.
** Suppaman, the fly-man from space and Parzan (''Tarzan'' parody) all look the same. This sometimes is commented upon.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: One night, Arale eats a cricket in her sleep. The next morning, she's become studious, calm, well-behaved, and much smarter. ''The entire village'' freaks out.
* PantyShot: Midori in different occasion. Subverted in a chapter where Senbei setting up a chain reaction involving many animals to end making a wind to blow her dress up to see her panties when passing by his house, but ended up [[EpicFail failing twice]] because the first time she wore pants and the second time a farmer got in the way (DoubleSubverted in the remake with the grandpa of Senbei to replace him).
* PeoplePuppets: Tsururin used her powers on Taro to beat up a thug at school at one point.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Arale is so strong, she can ''split the Earth into with one punch''. Same with Obotchaman.
* RelaxOVision: How the Malaysian dub of the show censors nudity.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: When Turd, Arale's dog, was hit by a fighter jet/car hybrid and subsequently kicked by the driver, [[spoiler: ''Senbei'']] lifts up the vehicle and destroys it.
* RobotGirl: Arale. One of the earliest (and youngest) examples.
* RobotKid: Arale and Obotchaman.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Meek and well-mannered RobotKid Obotchaman is the male counterpart to hyperactive and mischievous Arale.
* SdrawkcabName: Toriyama came up with the name of Dr. Mashirito, Senbei's MadScientist rival, by reverting the order of the syllables in his editor's surname, Torishima.
** There's also Makusa, who runs the takoyaki stand / sweets shop. He's a caricature of Akira Sakuma, who collaborated with Toriyama on his ''Crappy Manga Laboratory'' series.
* SelfDeprecation: The AuthorAvatar writer jokingly calls himself and the manga stupid quite often.
* ShoutOut: Quite a few.
** The show satirizes and pays homage to a lot of things, including ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'', ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'', ''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders'' and ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'', just to name a few.
** A pudgy, dumb, incompetent, violent, mean and revengeful version of Franchise/{{Superman}} named Suppaman lives in the village. He does not get along with [[Franchise/{{Tarzan}} Parzan]].
** One of the cops of Penguin Village is a [[Franchise/StarWars Stormtrooper]].
** In the first page of a chapter shows up a chibified, googly-eyed [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Gundam RX78-2]] flying after a butterfly with a bug-catcher. This is particularly interesting because Toriyama drew it before "''SD Gundam''" was even a ''thing''.
** Dr. Mashirito's first robot was a mix between Anime/MazingerZ, Manga/AstroBoy, and [[Anime/{{Gigantor}} Tetsujin-28go]].
** [[Franchise/StarTrek Spock]] is one of Arale's classmates. Replaced in the remake from a boy that resemble an human version of Freeza.
** Franchise/{{Godzilla}}, Franchise/{{Gamera}}, Franchise/KingKong and other kaijuu make regular appearances.
* SigilSpam:
** Any given thing is practically guaranteed to have its name spelled out in gigantic letters, made all the more ridiculous for the fact that they live in a small village where everybody knows each other and there's only one of each business to begin with.
** Car logos are ''everywhere'', on every''thing''. This has less to do with any particular meaning and more to do with the simple fact that the author ''loves cars''. You might think that the word "ABARTH" accompanied by a scorpion on a shield has some hidden, cryptic meaning... but nope, it's just the name of a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abarth company that makes and customizes cars]]. Toriyama even bought his own Autobianchi A112 Abarth during the series' run.
* StealthPun: Arale is riding a pig, and a bystander exclaims "Biker Gang!"
* SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids: Arale, a robot that can split the earth with a single punch, and was built just because Senbei could.
* TakeOverTheWorld: Dr. Mashirito.
* TakeThat: Whenever Toriyama shows his editor, Kazuhiko Torishima in the {{Omake}}, he just happens to look exactly like the MadScientist Dr. Mashirito.
* SmallNameBigEgo:
** Senbei, who claims to be the most brilliant scientist in the world and also considers himself ''handsome'', despite being short, fat, and unattractive.
** Suppaman, an AffectionateParody of Superman...well, maybe not so affectionate, given how he's portrayed as a JerkAss with no real superpowers.
* TheNineties: The 1997 remake is this writ large, which is perhaps why it feels more dated than the first series, despite being much newer. The original anime (and manga) just feels timelessly bizarre, even though it leans quite a bit on '70s and '80s pop culture.
* TimeTravel: Thanks to one of Senbei's inventions, the Time Slipper. This is actually how they found Gatchan.
* ToiletHumour: Four words: Poop on a Stick. This was later {{Lampshaded}} early on in DragonBall.
--> '''Mai''': ''(as Pilaf wonders where could be the seventh Dragon Ball)'' If it's between that hunk's ''[Yamcha]'' legs, I'll be pleased to get it.
--> ''(Pilaf and Shu stare blankly at her)''
--> '''Pilaf''': I told you before, I hate these dirty jokes.
--> '''Mai''': ''(suddenly holding said Poop on a Stick)'' Yes, I'm sorry.
--> '''Pilaf''': ''And I mean that filthy thing you're holding too!!!'' Can't you see that the author is trying hard to make a decent, high-standard manga?!
** King Nikochan and other members of his species have their butts on top of the head, so they have to avoid farting or else they'll end up suffocated by the smell.
** Let's not forget the fly-like alien who picks a nearby piece of dog crap up and ''eats it'' ! Needless to say, the other characters (Except [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Arale]]) were ''disgusted''.
* TournamentArc: A very brief and hilarious one near the end of the manga's run. It is even called "Sekaiichi Tournament", foreshadowing Dragon Ball's own Tenkaichi Tournament.
* TouchedByVorlons: [[spoiler: Turbo, Senbei and Midori's son. Accidentally killed, then resurrected by aliens. Ends up with PsychicPowers as a result]]
* TranquilFury : In one chapter, there is [[MoodDissonance a surprisingly serious moment]] where a bear that Arale and Senbei had freed from captivity and released into the wild was shot by two hunters. Arale, in one of the few times where she is genuinely angry, calmly picks the two assholes up and throws them ''far'' away.
** MemeticMutation: That image of a bear shedding a single tear that pops up often in {{Imageboards}} comes from this chapter.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Senbei ''does'' manage to win over Midori, and he's as surprised as the rest of the cast, given how he proposed pretty much by accident.
* TheUnintelligible: Gatchan.
* VillainSong: Dr. Mashiritio was given one in ''Hoyoyo Space Adventure''. It starts ominous at first, but it changes to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHlvb4GSSoo a very cheesy 80's rock song.]]
* VerbalTic: "No, yes!"
* WeaponsGradeVocabulary: Arale's boisterously loud "HOWDYA DO!" comes out as [[WrittenSoundEffect solid words]] and is capable of knocking people off their feet.
* WidgetSeries
* WrittenSoundEffect: Arale even unknowingly ''weaponizes'' it.
* YoungerThanTheyLook : Senbei, who is only 28 despite looking like he's in his mid-thirties.
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