Once, there was an island where it was always spring... An island somewhere in the South Seas, with green forests and wide lakes. And mountains, let us not forget the mountains. Tall mountains with deep roots, filled with one of mankind's most precious treasures: diamonds. The name of this island is Malynera, and its king is only a child.

Patalliro VIII, king of Malynera, is 10 years old. From the day he was born, everyone knew he was... unusual. He is a hyper boy, with flashes of genius, moments of thoughtless cruelty, and the ability to make a bad pun out of anything. Smart, but only a child and so he often does very stupid things.

''Patalliro!'' is his story.

He lives in a world very similar to our own, but where the bizarre is commonplace. He manages to get into all kinds of trouble, from international terrorists to space aliens to accidental time travel. His first challenge as king is to stay alive when a group called the International Diamond Syndicate decides that it wants control of the Malynera diamond mines. This is how he meets Major Jack Bancoran, who was assigned to be his bodyguard during a trip to Britain. It's also how they meet Maraich, who was one of the assassins sent by the IDS.

Patalliro is almost always accompanied by his army of Tamanegi ("Onions", so called because of their onion-shaped wigs). The Tamanegi all wear identical masks, wigs and glasses, and are known only by numbers. They are Patalliro's protectors, but protect the world from him just as much as they protect him from the world.

(Source: myanimelist.net)

* The manga started in 1979 and currently has 84 volumes.
* A 49 episodes anime series ran between April 8, 1982 and May 13, 1983 called "Boku Patalliro!"
* There is also an animated movie produced in 1983 called "Patalliro! Stardust Keikaku".
* A {{Spinoff}} anime series called "Patalliro Saiyuki!" with 26 episodes run between 2003 2005.
* Music/XJapan rhythm guitarist Music/TomoakiIshizuka's stage name "Pata" comes from the main character's name.

!!''Patalliro!'' provides examples of:

* AnythingThatMoves: A milder example in Patalliro, who has a bad habit of groping people no matter their gender (though he mostly goes for guys). He also makes numerous sexual innuendos, taking advantage of the fact that [[ChildrenAreInnocent he is only 10]].
* AristocratsAreEvil: Larken.
* AuthorAvatar: In both the anime and manga, a chibified Mineyo Maya pops up occasionally. His amusing little avatar even got a few mangas of its own, which were actually quite funny.
* BigEater: His Highness Patalliro, of course.
* {{Bishonen}}: Bancoran qualifies. He even wears [[RealMenWearPink blue eyeshadow]]. Several of Patalliro's enemies also qualify. Maraich is considered a bishonen in the story, but could also be considered a "[[AttractiveBentGender trap]]".
* BoysLove: One of the earliest and long-running satirical manga (1979 ? ongoing!) and a rare example of a shounen-ai series by a male mangaka. Also one of the first BL-flavored anime to be produced for television (in 1983-84). According to Wiki/TheOtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patalliro!]], the demographics adopted by the manga publishers is {{Shojo}}.
* BritainIsOnlyLondon: Most of the time. Occasionally averted, Bancoran is revealed to be from [[OopNorth Manchester]] and one chapter sees the cast visit [[UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} Edinburgh]].
* CastFullOfGay: Expected in a [[BoysLove BL]] story. Most prominently Bancoran and [[spoiler:the long list of his lovers]].
* CastFullOfPrettyBoys: '''DUH.'''
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Averted. His Highness is everything but innocent.
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: In episode 06, Bancoran is challenged to a SwordFight by the villain. Patalliro's comment: [[spoiler:"This is a man's romance!"]]
* CreativeClosingCredits: The credits for the first 21 episodes tells a small love story with a lovely song that fits the main plot. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1MhKmCyBSg It's worth a watch]]. The rest of the episodes features Patalliro leading everyone on his "Cock Robin" dance number.
* CultureChopSuey: It's hard to say ''where exactly'' Malynera is located, but we can tell that it mixes eastern and western cultural elements and a lot of SchizoTech.
* CuteKitten: The OP has dancing cats, flying cats... for no apparent reason.
* DerangedAnimation: The anime tried to follow the same "feeling" as the manga art. The result was quite... [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs unusual]].
* DrugsAreBad: Bancoran ''will not tolerate'' [[BerserkButton drugs or drug dealers]]. ([[MoralDissonance Chain smoking and drunk driving at 9 a.m., however, are perfectly fine]]).
* EverybodyDoTheEndlessLoop: Every time that Patalliro goes to "Who Killed Cock Robin" mode (usually followed by his "Onions").
* ExpressiveHair: His Highness's head occasionally sprouts flowers--usually when he's embarrassed.
* {{Expy}}: Bancoran is [[AffectionateParody rather unsubtly]] based on Film/JamesBond.
** It's been [[http://sdklr.tumblr.com/post/100046340588/sudakiwasy-sdklr-sudakiwasy-cripes-i suggested]] that ''Anime/SailorMoon'' has expies of Bancoran/Mariach in Kunzite/Zoisite.
* EyeCatch: Noteworthy because as the series progresses it goes from Patalliro goofing off with a Super Deformed Bancoran to [[spoiler: the two of them trying to kill each other with explosions]].
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: Episode 12]].
* FlowerMotifs: Roses everywhere, especially when Bancoran is present. Sometimes, [[SnowMeansLove Roses Mean Love]], sometimes [[SnowMeansDeath Roses Mean Death]].
* HurricaneOfPuns: All the time. Making the series notoriously difficult to translate.
* IdenticalGrandson: Patalliro the Eighth's... ''unusual'' appearance (bar slight variations such as hairstyle) seems to be shared by other members of the family who also share the name. There's also been appearances by an ancestor and a (presumable) descendant of Bancoran who share ''his'' distinctive looks as well, right down to the hair and eyeshadow.
%% * IllGirl: Koko.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: Part of Bancoran's BackStory.
* {{Jerkass}}: Patalliro, though he does have a small heart of gold and can, at times, be a comedic JerkassWoobie.
* KnifeNut: Maraich's WeaponOfChoice.
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: [[spoiler: Marion had to explain the whole plan to Patalliro.]]
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Too many to count.
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler: Somielle]].
* MasterOfDisguise: Maraich. [[WigDressAccent Sort of]]. Patalliro also thinks he is one.
* MayDecemberRomance: Maraich and Bancoran are a borderline case, at 18 and 35--ahem, 27--respectively.
* MisterSeahorse: Twice in the manga. Never explained.
* NewOldFlame: [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Damian.]]
* ParodyEpisode:
** Patalliro Saiyuki is an entire ''series'' based around the concept of a parody episode, recasting the characters in a theme of ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' or ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'', usually with hilarious results.
** Then there is the one episode called "[[Manga/RoseOfVersailles The Sunflower of Versailles]]"
* PeekABangs: Maraich's are frequently the subject of ridicule from Patalliro.
* PluckyComicRelief: The "Onions".
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Small red fur balls that [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment appear everywhere]].
* RoyalBrat: His Highness Patalliro.
* Running Gag: Patalliro will do his Cock Robin dance routine any chance he gets. He says it relieves stress, and as irritating as Bancoran and Maraich find it even they can't resist doing it at times.
* ScrewYourself: Patalliro has molested and been molested by nearly identical Patalliros of the distant past and future. Presumably they are both ancestors and descendants of the main Patalliro. [[{{Squick}} Let that sink in.]]
* SexFaceTurn: [[spoiler: With QuestionableConsent, this is how Maraich joins the party courtesy of Bancoran, as he himself says he "[[http://i53.tinypic.com/2i8wrjr.jpg successfully persuaded him]]" to leave The International Diamond Syndicate]].
* SmokingIsCool: Bancoran smokes, and uses this to increase his charming appearance.
* SpoilerOpening: [[spoiler: Considering that Maraich's first appearance is only in Episode 05...]]
* SpecialGuest: Rashanu, Prince of India, who has his own series, makes a quick appearance in episode 05.
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: Some of Patalliro's enemies seem to suffer from this condition.
* TheSyndicate: The International Diamond Syndicate.
* TechnoBabble: Since His Highness has diabetes, there's a lot of medical babbling about medicines and his health condition. [[spoiler: One of the villainous plots takes advantage of this.]]
* TimeTravel: [[spoiler: Episode 14]].
* TitleThemeTune: A real EarWorm with TitleDrop. (pa pa pa pa, pa pa pa pa, pa pa pa pa, po pe pu pi pa... ''patallilo!'')
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Between Bancoran and [[spoiler: Etrange]], [[IncompatibleOrientation weirdly]].
* WeWillNotUsePhotoshopInTheFuture: His Highness sends a photo of himself to Bancoran for identification purposes. The photo is highly altered so it doesn't resemble Patalliro at all. HilarityEnsues.
* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler: Episode 12, Episode 47]]. Because the series is so comedic, the few serious and heart-breaking moments it has really do hit hard.
* WhatBeautifulEyes: Madame Etrange.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: [[spoiler: Marion]].
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Maraich, who always wears high heels and is also voiced by [[Creator/ToshikoFujita a woman]].
** [[ProfessionalKiller Although the extent to which he can be called 'wholesome' is debatable.]]
* {{Wimpification}}:Maraich becomes decreasingly useful as the series goes on.]]
** He's still not someone you want to mess with though. Despite his growing effeminacy and occasional carelessness he still knows how to escape and then mop the floor with any thugs who cross him.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Despite the fact that Bancoran is often appointed as Patalliro's personal bodyguard and Patalliro has developed a very perverted crush on him, they are so hateful, spiteful, and violent towards one another that it actually comes as a surprise when Bancoran calls himself a friend of Patalliro's during a rant (Episode 12) or when Maraich points out how close they are despite the constant fighting (Episode 29).