[[caption-width-right:250: Meet the cast: [[WeaselMascot Hector,]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Gwizdo,]] and [[GentleGiant Lian]]-Chu]].

A short (two seasons in UsefulNotes/{{France}}, [[BadExportForYou one and a half in]] UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates) 2004 French cartoon series that became a CGI film in 2008.

The story is set in a WorldInTheSky, originally intended to be our own, millennia into the future, but later RetConned as being a different universe entirely (with a mythological (?) dragon having caused the literal Big Bang). There's a ''lot'' of [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]] around, ranging from minor nuisances to sources of mortal danger, and the two protagonists [[LovableCoward Gwizdo]] and [[GentleGiant Lian-Chu]] are constantly searching for lucrative dragon-slaying jobs. It can be considered a [[WidgetSeries Weird Thing from France]], though it is notable in that they had gotten ''Music/TheCure'' to do the theme song.

The series was shown on ''Creator/CartoonNetwork'' on the weekends, but, as with a lot of their foreign-produced and acquired programming, received little to no promotion. This ensured that the series wouldn't last on the U.S airwaves. At the least, [[TheMovie the movie]] was dubbed and released in the U.S.


[[folder: Tropes the TV show provides examples of]]

* ActionGirl: Zoe/Zoria.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Episodes are generally centered on Gwizdo and Lian-Chu, but occasionally [[PluckyGirl Zaza]], [[BeleagueredAssistant Hector]] and [[ActionGirl Zoria]] are the protagonists.
* AerithAndBob: Inverted. In a world that has outlandish names like Gwizdo or Zoria and multiple cultures (mainly influenced by East Asian countries like China and Japan), Zaza's father's name is Roger.
* AllAnimalsAreDogs: Hector, the little blue dragon, often acts like a dog (he growls, sometimes barks, and cocks his leg to pee), but gets angry if someone mistakes him for one. He also wears a dog collar.
* AndIMustScream: In "Don't Look Now", Gwizdo and Lian-Chu return to the inn to find everybody petrified by a Petrovile dragon. Hector also gets petrified later in the episode.
* BeleagueredAssistant: Hector ends up doing the majority of the grunt work for Gwizdo and Lian-Chu: carrying heavy loads of equipment and supplies, pedalling the ''St. George'', sharpening weapons, and even (at one point) doing Gwizdo's laundry. While Lian-Chu seems appreciative of Hector's efforts and treats him with respect as a part of the team, Gwizdo often adds insult to injury by loading on the verbal abuse. Hector responds to Gwizdo by grumbling about the situation.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Lian-Chu is one of the kindest souls in this universe, but you don't want to make him angry.
* BigDamnHeroes: Subverted when, in "By the Book", Gwizdo is up to his chin in quicksand and Lian-Chu and Hector swoop in to save him... and are promptly caught in the net other hunters set up to catch a dragon (with Gwizdo as bait). Gwizdo has sunk completely by the time Lian-Chu does manage to drag him out.
* BigGuyLittleGuy: Gwizdo is a skinny runt, and Lian-Chu is ''very'' tall.
* CatchPhrase: Gwizdo has a collection of these ("Just sign here, here, and here." "Boyoboyoboyoboy!" "Run for your liiiiiiives!"), and Lian-Chu even gets in on the action once in a while ("It won't ''work'', Gwizdo").
* CallBack: TheMovie was out between Season 1 and 2. Season 2 episode "The Master of the Dragon" has Jennyline deliver exposition: Zoria's real name is Zoé, she's the little girl from TheMovie, and Jeannyline adopted her.
* ChekhovsSkill: Lian-Chu's knitting comes up in several episodes. He even enters a knitting tournament at some point.
* CoolBigSis: Zoria to Zaza, who wants to follow in her footsteps.
* DeathWorld: With all the Dragons around,and the constant Danger of falling from an Island you may very well call it one.
* DeadpanSnarker: Gwizdo; Hector also counts.
* DeathByIrony: Narrowly averted. Gwizdo nearly [[SuperDrowningSkills died]] in the FountainOfYouth. Hilariously, they rescued him right around potty-training age. [[OvernightAgeUp He got better]] by the next episode, though.
* DisabilityImmunity: In "Don't Look Now", the only person in the inn whom the Petrovile has not petrified is [[CloudCuckoolander Noble Kao]], whose eyesight is so bad he regularly mistakes Gwizdo for a little girl and talks to a coat and hat on a hanger.
* DisproportionateRetribution: After the main characters killed a dragon made out of fire, it exploded and covered a nearby village in a thin layer of ash. The people there apparently thought that was a good reason to try to kill them.
* FatAndProud: Jennyline again. After going on a hunt with the guys, she tells them that she's never doing that again because it's "bad for her waistline": she lost 20 pounds (not that she looks any different).
* FluffyTheTerrible: The eponymous Sweetypie from "The Sweetypie Clause", an enormous dragon with the mentality of a three-month puppy.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Gwizdo does this near the beginning of the episode "Isle of Mist" [[spoiler:after seeing how old all of the Brotherhood members are.]]
-->'''Gwizdo:''' Looks like rutabagas aren't quite the Elixir of Life.
* {{Fountain of Youth}}: This is the real reason why the Brotherhood of the Dogdalites [[spoiler: values the Island of Mist so much.]]
* GentleGiant: Lian-Chu.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Occasionally, since the French radar is generally more relaxed than its American counterpart. Particular mention goes to Gwizdo's MaleGaze on Dream!Jennyline, though.
* GoshDangItToHeck: An example from "The Family Fortune" springs to mind: "I am your son. I swear to [[GoshDangItToHeck gosh]] I am."
** Though, notably, Gwizdo says "hell" repeatedly in the episode "It's a Dragon's Life".
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Gwizdo and Lian-Chu. They've been best friends almost as long as they can remember (both were orphaned as kids and grew up together at the same orphanage). Lian-Chu is the only one who can make Gwizdo's conscience work, and without Gwizdo, Lian-Chu would always fight dragons for free and would probably have starved long ago.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Quite a few episode titles are plays on well-known catchphrases or allusions to other works ("Desperately Seeking Zoria", "Little Rumble on the Prairie", "A Fistful of Veggies"/"For a Few Veggies More", etc.)
* {{Koan}}: Lian-Chu always has one handy. Sometimes {{lampshaded}} by Gwizdo.
* LotusEaterMachine: in the episode ''[[spoiler: "The Stuff of Dreams"]]'', [[spoiler: Gwizdo breathes in spores from a dragon and falls into a coma; in his dream, he becomes a hero, everybody respects him, and Jennyline is a stunning red-haired beauty he falls in love with]].
* LovableCoward: Gwizdo. Borders sometimes on DirtyCoward when the Jerk side of his JerkWithAHeartOfGold personality gains the advantage.
* LovableRogue: Gwizdo again.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: Each episode features a battle against a different [[OurDragonsAreDifferent "dragon"]]; by the end of the episode, the creature has been vanquished, proved harmless or freed.
* MrViceGuy: Gwizdo usually haggles with desperate villagers over the price of the Hunters' services or actually tries to swindle them. However, his schemes either go wrong or his good nature prevails, effectively preventing the team from [[StatusQuoIsGod getting rich and settling down]].
** Crosses with FatalFlaw in that he's also a coward, although most of the time he's the [[LovableCoward lovable]] rather than the [[DirtyCoward dirty]] sort. PlayedForDrama in "Dragontagious", in which a dragon has knocked Lian-Chu's sword out of his hand and Lian-Chu is fighting for his life. Gwizdo is too terrified to even move (let alone give his friend his sword); he remains flat on the ground, hands on his ears, and cries.
* NeverLearnedToRead: It makes sense [[MedievalEuropeanFantasy for the setting]] and isn't really harped upon one way or the other, but few people actually know how to read in this society except those that can afford the schooling or have jobs that require it. For the most part being able to read or write [[TheSimpleLifeIsSimple isn't needed]] in order to function on a daily basis in this world. In fact most people that sign the contracts are literally just [[ShownTheirWork scratching an 'X' on the line]] because they can't write their own names.
** This is also why Gwizdo is invaluable as a teammate despite being [[NonActionGuy basically useless in battle]]. On the rare occasions he isn't there to do it finding someone that can read for them is a [[GuideDangIt mini-quest in and of itself]].
** It's also the only reason the guys were even included in the episode "Treasure Rock". Zoria had to swing by the Inn to pick up the guys for the adventure because she needed someone that would willingly read a book for her (though he did try to [[OnlyInItForTheMoney charge her by the page]]). Lian-Chu was just a bonus for that one; Zoria specifically went there to pick up Gwizdo.
* NeverSayDie: [[AvertedTrope averted.]] The RealSongThemeTune by Music/TheCure says it as much as it can, for one.
* NonActionGuy: Gwizdo.
* OffWithHisHead: In "Ghost Hunters", Gwizdo brings Jennyline the head of a dragon Lian-Chu has just killed as a trophy. The inn in promptly haunted by a headless ghost dragon in search of his missing head.
* OhCrap: In the show's intro, Gwizdo, Lian-Chu, and Hector get this expression once they realize that they're standing in a large dragon's ''mouth''.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Most of the time.
* OnlySixFaces: Mostly averted, although some of the villagers are clearly the same from one episode to another.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Oh yes. Gwizdo and Lian-Chu go after a number of different kinds of dragons over the course of the series, and no two are alike. With all the variety, it seems most likely that any creature that is threatening enough to make a village hire hunters to get rid of it is labeled a "dragon" for simplicity's sake.
* PluckyGirl: Zaza.
* RealityEnsues: In "Don't Look Now", Gwizdo and Lian-Chu have been paid in food, which they bring back to the inn, but they find it's been attacked by a dragon and everybody is petrified. When they come back with the cure, it's been a couple of days, the food has gone bad, and Jennyline adamantly refuses that the rent be paid in stinky, rotten food.
* RealMenWearPink: Lian-Chu is a ''very'' skilled swordfighter, a badass, something of a GeniusBruiser and a generally big muscular giant of a guy. He's also very fond of knitting.
* SamusIsAGirl: Zoria.
* ShorterMeansSmarter: Occasionally subverted, as Gwizdo clearly is the most skilled when it comes to getting jobs (and money - Lian-Chu and Hector usually don't really make a lot when he's not around), but Lian-Chu is often more [[TheStraightMan sensible]] than Gwizdo.
* ShoutOut: The flying machine that Gwizdo, Lian-Chu, and Hector use to travel from place to place is called the ''St. George''. Given the subject of the series, this a likely reference to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_George dragon-killing Catholic saint]] of the same name.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Sometimes the two hunters get to fly home with the reward money, but by the start of the next episode, they are invariably flat broke.
** Deconstructed in the episode "Hell around Town". After the duo makes enough money to settle down in the city, Gwizdo looses all the money he earned in a scam. Faced with huge debts, they are forced to flee and by the end of the episode they are again doing chores.
* ThoseMagnificentFlyingMachines: The ''St. George''.
* ThoseTwoGuys: The Forrestall brothers.
* TheDungAges: Given the time period implied there is no such thing as indoor plumbing (they use chamber pots)or refrigeration or anything close to modern hygiene standards for the general public; only the wealthy. The characters notably don't bathe often, and Gwizdo once handed Hector his laundry and said it should be done 'once a year' at least.
* TheUnintelligible: Hector.
* TickleTorture: Happens in the episode ''Desperately Seeking Zoria''.
* UnitConfusion: Apparently there was a decree 30 years ago that changed all units of measurement throughout the kingdom(s). Gwizdo and Lian-Chu once agreed to a contract for a dragon that was stated as being five feet high only to discover that the isolated people hadnít heard of that decree; thus the dragon was far larger than either of them expected it to be since they had been referring to the old feet and not the new feet.
* WeaselMascot: Hector. Also TheUnintelligible and a DeadpanSnarker.
* WorldInTheSky: The setting of the series.
* YouAreNotAlone: Gwizdo, of all people, says this in essence to Lian-Chu after his long-lost uncle turned out to be a {{Jerkass}} who deliberately let a dragon destroy Lian-Chu's village and his family because he was jealous.
-->'''Gwizdo''' (''when they're back at the inn with Zaza and Jennylin''): "You see, big guy? Your family's right here."


[[folder: Tropes the movie provides examples of]]
* AdaptationalUgliness: In the animated series, Gwidzo is presented as charismatic and moderately attractive. The film portrays him as grimy and unpleasant, even having him describe himself as "mean and ugly" during a breakdown.
* AnimalisticAbomination: The World Gobbler, which causes great destruction every time it wakes up.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: Lian-Chu destroys the World Gobbler [[spoiler:by throwing his needles at the beast's eyes.]]
* BigBad: The World Gobbler
* CatchPhrase: Zoe finds Gwizdo and Lian-Chu's adventures to be consistently "Unreal!"
* {{Dracolich}}: The World Gobbler, again.
* HardCut: Several examples, but the most obvious is Zoe's CurseCutShort (at least in original French) at the end of the film. Gwizdo, Lian-Chu, and Zoe are singing, and the camera pans toward Zoe. When Zoe's face almost fills the screen, the film immediately cuts to the end credits before she can finish the verse on what is presumarbly [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar a very rude word]].
* MoodWhiplash:
** One occurs when Gwizdo, Lian-Chu, and Zoe [[spoiler:crash-land on the surface at the End of the World]], and Zoe [[spoiler:fakes a DisneyDeath]] to find out if Gwizdo really cared for her.
** Then there's the ending: [[spoiler:Lian-chu defeats the villain of the film, the World-Gobbler, while Gwizdo, Hector, and Zoe are terrified and trying to save their lives. The World-Gobbler explodes, FadeToWhite... And then there's ''floating bunnies'' everywhere, and Gwizdo, Lian-Chu, and Zoe planning their dream farm, all the while with bright green planetoids straight out of ''SuperMarioGalaxy'' float around.]]
* TheMovie: And it is The Prequel, too.
* OneToMillionToOne: The "Red Swarm". Constituted of many small red flying creatures (looking like a cross of toad and bat), it can assemble into a large, fire-breathing dragon/ogre. Once, the dragon reconstitutes while the swarm is separated in several places; its head ends up stuck inside a barn, the body outside and one leg farther away, but still mobile and aware of its other body parts.
* ThisIsNoTimeForKnitting: At the beginning of [[TheMovie The Movie]], Gwizdo berates Lian-Chu for knitting. Later, Zoe (thinking the needles she found were Gwizdo's) points out that it's not very knight-like to knit, yet in the end, Lian-Chu uses the knitting needles to [[spoiler:blind and destroy the [[EldritchAbomination world-eating monster]]]] they were after.

[[folder: Tropes both the TV show and the movie provide examples of]]

* {{Meaningful Name}}:
** Tubalard, who (you can probably tell from the name) is a bit portly.
** There's also Sir Lensflair, whose extremely shiny armor causes lens flares in the camera.
* SceneryPorn: There's plenty of that in the TV show, but the movie has incredible amounts of it, especially at the [[spoiler:End of the World]].