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Fireman Sam (Sam Tân in its original language) was a 1986 [[StopMotion toymation]] animation series, about the fire service in the fictional Welsh town of Pontypandy. The original series was first broadcast in the Welsh language, then in English as of 1988. Originally narrated by John Alderton. Said series ended by 1995. [=HiT=] Entertainment acquired the rights and produced a new series made with Clay-mation, lasting from 2003 to 2005. An ever newer CGI series debuted in 2008 and is currently broadcast on TV.

Pontypandy Fire Service consists of the title character, his friend and colleague Fireman Elvis Cridlington, their boss Station Officer Steele and the newest recruit, Firefighter Penny Morris. Outside of the fire service, the townspeople include Sam's niece and nephew, Sarah and James (and recently their parents Charlie and Bronwyn), shopkeeper Dilys Price and her prankster son Norman, cafe owner Bella Lasagne, bus driver and part time firefighter Trevor Evans, mountain rescue worker Tom Thomas, and the Flood family (nurse Helen, handyman Mike and their daughter Mandy).

Series 8 introduces Gareth Griffith, Bronwyn's father and Sarah and James's grandfather who's a retired Newtown train driver who now operates the Pontypandy Express to and from the Pontypandy Mountains, mountaineer Moose Roberts, a [[CanadaEh Canada born]] man who runs Pontypandy Mountain's Mountain Activity Center, and the kids' school teacher Mrs. Chen and her toddler daughter Lily. Series 9 brings in the Sparkes family, Mechanic and [[BunglingInventor inventor Joe]] and his wife Lizzie, along with their wheelchair-bound daughter Hannah, coastguard Ben Hooper who is the head of the newly opened Ocean Rescue Center, and in the second [[TheMovie movie special]] ''"Ultimate Heroes"'', [[SixthRanger Arnold [=McKinsley=] and Ellie Phillips]], 2 newly graduated firefighters that are brought to Pontypandy by Chief Fire Officer Boyce (himself introduced in Series 6 as an old friend and superior to Steele) to help round out the firefighters' newly built Fire Station.

There are, apparently, ''two'' sets of voice actors for most of the characters, one meant for the UK and one the US (the US version is actually dubbed in Canada by, of all studios, Ocean Group), with the strange exception of Tom and Moose who have the same voice actor in both sets, since they're supposed to be foreigners (Australian and Canadian, respectively). In addition, Station Officer Steele is addressed as Fire Captain Steele and Chief Fire Officer Boyce is referred to as Fire Department Chief Boyce instead. The biggest differences with the voices is the general lack of assorted "British" accents, and in a couple of cases, less "harsh" sounding characters, notably with Sarah, James, and Norman, though Gareth inverts the trend. The "in-house" vibe of it makes it come off as a bit different from an out-right re-dub, and it would explain Tom and Moose. Note that the US version is not very common, only appearing on the Fireman Sam US YouTube channel. Beyond that, there's little evidence to suggest the dub even exists at all. Also, the US dub has only been made recently, as PBS Kids Sprout aired the series as late as 2014 with the UK dub.

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! This show has the following tropes.

* TheAce: Sam.
** In TheMovie, Elvis gets his chance to shine, even [[spoiler: saving Sam's life!]] Same goes for the second movie special, ''"Ultimate Heroes"''. Sam is off in the old Pontypandy mines to retrieve Penny and the kids, so Elvis is left in charge with guiding the newcomers Arnold and Ellie with preparing for and dealing with the ongoing hurricane. Here, Elvis shows his stuff more than once, even making the correct call on a situation that [[LeeroyJenkins Arnold ignores]] before saving his and Mrs. Chen's lives. Elvis himself says he [[MeaningfulEcho learned from the best]], a.k.a. Sam, just as Arnold aspired to do earlier.
** Generally speaking, as far as competences goes, [[AwesomeAussie Tom]] is shown to have [[AcePilot Ace traits]], too. At least when it comes to his helicopter skills. Though he is shown to be NotSoAboveItAll when the right people are around him, namely, [[HeterosexualLifePartners Moose]].
** Moose Roberts is said to be a famous mountain climber and wilderness expert who even has a book out detailing his adventures. He's usually pretty successful when he's on his own, too. Though since he's not a trained rescue worker, Sam and others still have to be called from time to time, especially when Moose is with someone else.
** Series 9's recent addition, Ben Hooper, is shown to be this as Pontypandy's new coastguard and head of the Ocean Rescue Center, particularly when in his element at sea on [[CoolBoat the Titan]]. He also hasn't accumulated the "NotSoAboveItAll moments" that Tom has (excepting that one time when he makes a poor call and ends up stranding himself, Bronwyn, and Charlie on a capsized boat during a whale watching trip), and is essentially pre-new series Tom, but on water instead of in the air.
* ADayInTheLimelight: When Elvis breaks his leg, Station Officer Steele has to take over his duties [[spoiler: and makes such a hash of it, ''Elvis'' has to save ''him'', earning Steele's respect.]]
* AIIsACrapShoot: Trevor's satnav system sends his bus over a cliff in one episode.
** When Tom and Moose take the Pontypandy Pioneers to the top of Pontypandy Mountain, Tom's high-tech GPS ends up leading the group in circles. Not that Moose's natural tracking skills were any better.
** Both instances seem to be a TakeThat against GPS systems often leading users in the wrong direction, or over routes that are either closed or non-existent.
* AlliterativeName: James Jones, Gareth Griffiths, Tom Thomas (see also RepetitiveName).
* AnAesop: Manages not to be {{Anvilicious}} about it most of the time, and usually involves AnvilsThatNeededToBeDropped anyway.
* AesopAmnesia: Just how many times does Norman need rescuing by the fire service?
** Same goes for the Adults who really ''should'' know better, like Trevor and ''especially'' Mike.
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Dilys toward Norman, and by her own personally admission, Hannah feels her dad Joe is this to her.
* AntiHero[=/=]ByronicHero[=/=]VillainProtagonist: Norman (Type V).
* ArtEvolution: In stages with the different series. Sam and the other firefighters have remained similar in appearance along the way; the twins and Mandy rather less so (in the classic series, due to the crude nature of the models, the twins actually looked older than they should). Dilys has changed in appearance too, becoming much younger-looking.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Sam, Elvis, and Penny. Notable for actually being the opposite of their hair colour tropes (DumbBlonde, BrainyBrunette, FieryRedhead.) Sam (Redhead) is very even tempered, Penny (Blonde) is very brainy and competent, and Elvis (Brunette) is, well... [[IdiotHero not]].
* BraggingThemeTune: "So move aside make way for (Fireman Sam!) 'Cause he's gonna save the day, (Fireman Sam!)...". Overlaps with ExpositoryThemeTune and TitleThemeTune to an extent.
** The original version from the stop-motion series was rather less egregious about this.
* BrattyHalfPint: Norman Price. On occasion, the other kids will get like this, but it's not often nor does it last for long, especially when compared to Norman.
** AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Sarah and James can be this to each other from time to time, especially during the CGI series (compared to previous series, where they rarely, if ever, argued at all; the change likely came because their behavior could come off as unrealistic and creepily perfect). Though they ''are'' twins, so neither is really younger than each other.
* TheBully: Norman. At least when it comes to practical jokes. He has never done anything that could constitute actual bullying.
* BunglingInventor: Sam. Moreso earlier on. Recent addition Joe Sparkes pretty much adopts Sam's old trait and then some.
* [[ButtMonkey Butt Monkeys]]: Trevor Evans, Mike Flood, and Charlie Jones. Elvis, too, at times. And as of Series 9, [[BunglingInventor Joe Sparkes]] can be added to the list.
* CanadaEh: Moose Roberts originally hails from Canada and has the accent (or lack-thereof) to prove it. And yes, he does sometimes finish his sentences with [[VerbalTic "eh?"]].
* CaptainObvious: Sarah acted this way in some of the early CGI episodes.
* CardboardBoxes: The episode 'Floating Cart' has a stack of boxes randomly lying in the middle of the road solely so Norman can [[RuleOfCool crash though them]].
* CatchPhrase: "Great fires of London!", "Call Fireman Sam!" and others.
** And the ever popular "Oh Mam!"
* CharacterDevelopment: James Jones goes through a series of misadventures in the early CGI series, including being lost at sea and trapped by a rock slide. Later episodes show him being much more cautious and safety conscious (as he was in the stop-motion), often making him the voice of reason that tends to be largely ignored with regards to the problem of the day.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Bella and Rosa in the CGI series. Bella is essentially replaced by Bronwyn; she even runs a Cafe like Bella. Lion is pretty much a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute to Rosa, right on down to appearances. Bella's cafe can still even be seen in the same place across from Dilys's shop, but with no Bella in sight. Bella would eventually return in Series 10, having moved to Newtown and visiting her old friends in Pontypandy every now and then.
* CloudCuckoolander: Elvis, in his Rock and Roll moments.
* ColdOpen: In TheMovies ''"The Great Fire of Pontypandy"'' and ''"Ultimate Heroes"''.
* CompanionCube: Elvis is very protective of Dummy (later Dolly), the fire station training dummy.
** Trevor Evans and his ukulele Marjorie as well.
* ContinuityNod: A picture of the fire crew in their stop motion guise hangs on the fire station office's wall in the CGI episodes. It's even brought over to the newly built Fire Station in ''"Ultimate Heroes"''.
* CoolCar: Loads of 'em. Pretty much all the Fire Station vehicles, including Fire Engine Jupiter, Venus the rescue tender, Mercury the off road bike, and the most recent being Moose's donated amphibious vehicle, newly named Hydrus.
** CoolBoat: The CGI series brought with it Neptune, and Series 9 followed it up with Juno and Titan, all three are used for water related rescues.
** [[CoolPlane Cool Helicopter]]: Tom Thomas' helicopter, the Wallaby 1, certainly qualifies. Also something of a [[SwissArmyWeapon Swiss Army Helicopter]] as it's always carrying the right equipment, despite being a bit on the small side to be carrying ''everything'' all the time.
* CountryMouse: Inverted with Bronwyn. She was born and raised in the City but feels much more at home in Pontypandy.
* CrushFilter: Downplayed more so than most examples, but surprisingly happens to Penny when Ben Hooper is introduced, complete with bag slung over his shoulder as he makes a slow walk towards the group while removing his shades. Even ''[[HappilyMarried Bronwyn]]'' takes another breath in a quick 1-second scene.
* CutAndPasteEnvironments: From what little we see of the illustrious Newtown at the end of "One-Way Street", Newtown looks like a slightly differently arranged version of Pontypandy with even fewer people (read: none, other than our usually characters).
* CuteButCacophonic: Sarah Jones' voice can reach an incredibly shrill pitch, especially when her brother James is getting into trouble and she's trying to stop him. Her other voice actress tones this down.
* DaChief: Station Officer Steele.
* DemotedToExtra: Trevor Evans in the newer series, though he still gets a pretty healthy amount of screen time.
* DisappearedDad: Norman Price's father is never even mentioned (unless you count that time in the episode "Brass Band" mentioning about his old telescope). [[WildMassGuessing Some have noted]] that the only man in town [[HairColorSpoiler with ginger hair]] is, well...
* DistractedByTheSexy: Trevor Evans crashes his bus in "Dilys's Forgetful Day", when he drives past Penny, who, in the classic series, was a recurring character based at Newtown, and thus visited every now and then. Elvis even hits on her a little earlier in the episode.
** Though it only lasts for a couple of seconds, Penny is shown to be quite smitten with Ben Hooper when he's introduced, completed with a bit of CrushFilter. So is Bronwyn in a quick blink-and-you'll-miss-it shot.
* DropInCharacter: Chief Fire Officer Boyce after his introduction. In later series, his appearances become more frequent. This is despite the fact that he actually lives and is stationed in Newtown, where Penny was stationed in the classic series.
* DumbAndDrummer: Touched on with Mike Flood, who drums for a hobby. It's not that he's stupid - he's a competent handyman and builds a space rocket in his spare time! - it's just that he tends to drum on breakable things. With his ''hammers...''
* EasyAmnesia: Dilys had one in the aptly-named episode "Dilys' Forgetful Day". She had one after falling from a ladder (caused by Norman), and recovered after hitting her head on the bus. Also, Norman gave his mother FakeMemories just for the hell of it.
* EekAMouse: Bella does ''not'' like mice.
* FirstNameUltimatum: "NOR-MAN!"
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Bronwyn, although it comes back to bite her somewhat when she wishes at a well that Lion would stop hunting birds. Norman qualifies as well, especially where Wooly and Lambykins are concerned.
* GeographicFlexibility: In the CGI series, Pontypandy has somehow acquired a coastline. Most likely as a means of giving [[RememberTheNewGuy newly introduced Charlie Jones]] something to do, as he is a fisherman, and also to showcase sea-related rescues, emphasized with Series 9's head of the new Ocean Rescue Center and coastguard, Ben Hooper.
* GeniusDitz: Elvis, who's a very competent firefighter and who's shown to take the lead on the (very, very rare) occasions Sam's not around, but is often very clumsy when it comes to anything outside of an emergency.
* GranolaGirl: Bronwyn has hints of this, including giving Dilys a dream catcher for her birthday and believing in a lucky stone.
* HehHehYouSaidX: Elvis: "Elbow grease...?"
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Elvis and Mike Flood play music together and are paired up for a three-legged race, to their evident delight. It's clear that they get on really well - possibly because they're the only ones daft enough to put up with each other.
** Tom Thomas and Moose Roberts, starting from Series 8 onward. They are the self-proclaimed "Wild Men of Pontypandy" who tend to get into a lot of friendly debates and competitions with each other in regards to their wildlife skills. Notably, before Moose showed up, Tom generally didn't interact with the citizens of Pontypandy outside of a rescue operation.
* HoldingOutForAHero: Frequent examples.
* HollywoodFire: Almost inevitably. It's more realistic than a lot of portrayals, however, and the firefighters make a point of suiting up appropriately. There's generally a lot of smoke, too.
* InvisibleParents: Charlie and Bronwyn Jones, until the CGI series.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Norman Price. While keen on pranks and mischief, he is usually just trying to get a good laugh and feels genuine remorse when things went horribly wrong, though he doesn't often seem to learn from his mistakes. He has also had many heroic moments when he is the one to summon help from the Fire Brigade when others are in danger.
* JobTitle
* KarmaHoudini: Even though his CatchPhrase is "Oh Mam!", Norman Price rarely gets punished for the many, ''many'' problems he causes. Even starting the [[spoiler: ''Great Fire of Pontypandy'']], putting the lives of every main character in danger along the way, only results in a telling off from his mum. Presumably he serves his punishments during the one month TimeSkip afterwords[=/=]after the credits roll...
** There was actually ONE episode, Floating Cart, where Sam made Norman go around fixing everything that he'd broken.
* TheKiddieRide: Jupiter was made into one with a figure of Sam attached to it.
* TheKlutz: Mike Flood, the village handyman, whose main job seems to be mending things that he's previously broken.
* LeeroyJenkins: In due part because he didn't trust Elvis's judgement due to his tendency to bungle when not actively doing his job, Arnold goes right ahead in trying to rescue Mrs. Chen and Lily who are stranded on top of their car in the flooded streets of Pontypandy while ignoring Elvis's pleas to wait for Ellie to return with Venus so she could secure the Firefighters and the car with a line. Arnold does manage to save Lily and bring her to Elvis, but ends up losing his footing on his return trip for Mrs. Chen and would have been washed away were it not for her holding on to his hand at the last minute. Brave he may have been, but were it not for Elvis rescuing him (plus Mrs. Chen) after being secured by Venus' tow wench, he may well have been lost on his first big emergency in Pontypandy. To Arnold's credit, however, he does apologize to Elvis afterword.
-->'''Arnold:''' "I'm here to rescue people, Elvis, not wait around all day!"
* LethalChef: Elvis Cridlington.
** A bit of FridgeHorror comes up if you think about this one at length. Both Sam and Station Officer Steele constantly remark about how bad Elvis's cooking is, but we never see ''them'' even consider having either taking the job themselves. Steele might refuse to do the cooking out of pride (though he's probably very bad at it anyway), but given Sam devises elaborate machinery to cook in Elvis's place rather than try it himself, one can only imagine how much worse he is.
* LimitedSocialCircle[=/=]OmegaCast: No-one other than the main characters is ever seen during an ordinary episode, though one of the 1997 tie-in books featured a cameo from an unidentified police constable. Somewhat hammered home when the same character model was used for two unrelated guest characters in frequency. In TheMovie ''The Great Fire of Pontypandy'', the ''entire town'' is evacuated, and this ''still'' just seems to be the main characters. Particularly weird because you've got maybe a dozen people, loaded into a small school bus and a van, but they drive past ''dozens'' of houses and shops on the way.
** The town's population expands somewhat in later series - another 6 or 7 characters are introduced!
* LimitedWardrobe: Pretty much everyone only ever wears what they are always seen wearing, with very few exceptions. So seeing Sam wear more casual clothes like a flannel shirt and khakis like in "Turtle Hunt" is definitely a rare sight.
* {{Malaproper}}: Dilys.
* MakingASpectacleOfYourself: Dilys glammed up somewhat between the original and CGI series, including gaining a pair of outsize pink glasses.
* MeaningfulName: Bella Lasagne and Mandy Flood.
* TheMovie: ''"The Great Fire of Pontypandy"'', and later, ''"Ultimate Heroes"''.
* MyBelovedSmother: Dilys. May explain why [[DisappearedDad Mr. Price is mysteriously absent.]]
* {{Nephewism}}: Sarah and James are Sam's niece and nephew, and until recently, their parents were never seen.
* NoAntagonist: Unless you count fire... or Norman.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Elvis.
* NoNameGiven: Sam is nearly always referred to by his first name only. [[spoiler: His full name is Sammuel Peyton-Jones]]
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Especially the actors for the US version, though an occasional affected Jewish accent for the Flood Family not withstanding. Tom averts this trope, though; you'd never mistake him for ''not'' being from Australia.
* OfficeGolf: Station Officer Steele indulges in this in one episode, causing a minor disaster in the fire station.
* OnlyShopInTown: Dilys Price's shop is this to Pontypandy. Probably justified, given that in the original series Pontypandy is pretty small. Characters are also seen holding carrier bags from a BlandNameProduct version of Tesco[[note]]British equivalent of Wal-Mart[[/note]] on occasion.
* ParentalAbandonment: Sarah and James' parents (Sam's brother and sister-in-law) were never seen until the CGI series, when they became regular characters.
* {{Portmanteau}}: Pontypandy takes its name from the real South Wales towns of Pontypridd and Tonypandy.
* PrideBeforeAFall: Most of the problems that stem from Norman's arrogance.
* PyroManiac: There are an ''awful'' lot of fires for such a small town. Sam really enjoys being a Hero, doesn't he?
* RepetitiveName: Tom Thomas.
* {{Retcon}}: In the original series, Penny was actually stationed in Newtown. She came to Pontypandy to help conduct a series of drills, and later on [[DropInCharacter came by once in a while to visit or when an extra hand was needed (similar to Chief Fire Officer Boyce in the later episodes)]]. The later series change it so that she's a regular member of the Pontypandy Fire Service.
* RoleCalled: Happens within the show itself - the locals must have had it drummed into them that the correct response in any emergency is "Call Fireman Sam" to the extent that even his family and co-workers say it.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Newcomer Fireman Arnold is shown to have quite the technically-minded vocabulary. His verbose speaking tendencies has Elvis utterly baffled. Sam usually simplifies for him.
* ShipTease: Norman and Mandy in one episode, where they hold hands while lost in the smoke from a fire. Realising they're still holding hands several minutes after being rescued, Norman reacts with the appropriate disgust of an eight year old boy...
** Elvis and Penny in the original series, as well as Dilys and Trevor throughout.
*** In the CGI series, not only does Penny get some with Elvis when she thanks his selflessness in [[ItMakesSenseInContext trying to get himself fired so Penny wouldn't in a misunderstanding on his part]] with a kiss, but when Ben Hooper, the new coastguard, is introduced, she sees him for the first time in a toned-down but still noticeable CrushFilter, and a later episode has the two complimenting and conversing with each other, at the expense of forgetting their work with Sam salvaging buoys.
*** Dilys also has some with Sam, Station Officer Steele, ''and'' Chief Fire Officer Boyce.
* StrawMisogynist: Minor example, but Steele, being the old-fashioned fellow he is, was genuinely shocked by the presence of a woman working in the fire brigade upon meeting Penny, though he tried to be polite about it (he wasn't sure how to address her, since he couldn't call her "Fireman Morris" - he finally settles for addressing her as "Firefighter"). By the end of the episode she's won him over, though.
* SiblingRivalry: Sarah and James, frequently. When taken UpToEleven as they compete for Sam's attention, they're nearly killed in a forest fire. Averted with Sam and Charlie, who by their own accounts got on well as children.
* ShoutOut: The crew (or maybe lookalikes of them) along with additional firemen did appear in "It's Very Noisy for Mr. Quiet", a television exclusive ''Literature/MrMen'' story. Steele made TheCameo in the GBA version of LEGOIsland2.
** The show's own EmergencySquadScramble sequence is an almost shot-for-shot homage to the one from ''Series/LondonsBurning''.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Norman.
* SixthRanger: More new characters are added as the series pass, but the most prominent and obvious examples are Ben Hooper, a coastguard who is in charge of the Ocean Rescue Center (a parallel to Tom and the Mountain Rescue Center), and especially ''"[[TheMovie Ultimate Heroes]]"'''s two new firefighters to go with the newer, bigger Fire Station, Arnold [=McKinsley=] and Ellie Phillips, both of whom are fresh, top graduates from Newtown's Firefighter Academy.
* StiffUpperLip: Averted constantly with Dilys, who's practically a stampede waiting to happen all on her own. However, in TheMovie [[spoiler: she plays this trope straight spectacularly as she [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome leads Trevor and all the kids, including her son and nephew, to safety in the midst of the biggest fire in the town's history.]]]]
** Station Officer Steele. Though clearly upset by his [[spoiler: notification of retirement]] in one episode, he remains composed throughout. He is, however, close to tears towards the end of The Great Fire of Pontypandy, when he believes he is leaving the fire station for the last time as the fire approaches.
* StockFootage: Largely averted, although a few pieces exist. Station Officer Steele ''always'' runs to the printer and reads out the emergency in the same way, for example. And while the animators went to the trouble of using different sequences for the crew preparing to leave the station (each character's helmet has a specific place on the rack, for example, and it's always the correct ones collected), it's always the ''same'' few seconds of footage used.
* SupremeChef: Penny in the original series, much to the joy of Sam and Steele since they are temporarily relieved of Elvis's cooking.
* [[{{TalkingtoHimself}} Talking to Himself]]: John Alderton voiced ''all'' the characters in the original series, [[CrossDressingVoices even the females]].
* TeachersPet: In the second movie special [[TheMovie Fireman Sam: Ultimate Heroes]], after enthusiastically stating how he's looking forward to "learning from the best" from Sam, fellow newcomer Ellie softly accuses Arnold of this, though of course, it doesn't go further than that.
* TeamChef: Mainly Elvis, though the original series had Penny take over the role from time to time.
* {{Tearjerker}}: The episode "Steele Under Par", when Station Officer Steele is forced to retire from his job. [[spoiler: He gets to stay in the end, however.]]
* TheDitz: Elvis, who finds mopping the floor difficult, and struggles to count past 'one'. But see also GeniusDitz above, as he's rarely lacking in an emergency.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Sarah & James.
** ThoseTwoBadGuys: Obviously not actual villains, but Norman and Mandy at times and Norman and his [[PaletteSwap English Palette-Swapped cousin Derek]] later on. Though even when they are together, it's always Norman coming up with the shenanigans. Mandy and Derek are constantly shown to have reservations to Norman's schemes.
* TitleDrop: Frequently, often more than once an episode. Whatever the emergency, "Call Fireman Sam!" is ''always'' the correct response. Note that this only applies to the CGI series, as in the older series, the more correct term "call the fire service" was used.
* TookALevelInDumbass: Norman in the CGI series. Whereas in the older seasons, his pranks and plans tended to be better-engineered, they were, for the most part, rather harmless, and he knew when things had gone too far, in the CGI series, his plans are made hastily and irrationally, often goes in over his head, and causes ''alot'' of consternation, especially in such episodes as "Runaway Cart".
** All the same, though, Norman, of all people, was the sensible one in "Stuck in the Mud", in which Trevor was blinded by pride and opened the bonnet of his bus to check the overheated engine, only to let in enough oxygen to set it alight.
* TrashTheSet: In ''"Ultimate Heroes"'', the old Fire Station is so old and run down (including destitute drain pipes and a leaky roof) that a new Fire Station is built and finished over the course of the first third of the movie. This makes way for a bigger, more high-tech Station for the Pontypandy Fire and Emergency Service to work out of. The team even gets 2 new firefighters fresh from Newtown's Firefighter Academy in Arnold [=McKinsley=] and Ellie Phillips on top of that.
* TricksterArchetype: Norman.
* {{Trope2000}}: Joe Sparkes tends to name his inventions like this.
* {{Tsundere}}: Penny Morris towards Norman in the 2003-2005 series.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Norman and Mandy are either thick as thieves, or at one another's throats.
* WeekendInventor: Sam in the original series. Mike Flood builds an impressive rocket in the CGI series. Mechanic Joe Sparkes takes this role up starting in Series 9.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Elvis can be this with Station Officer Steele and, to a lesser extent, Sam.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Mike Flood. Need to fix the lighthouse door? Or a broken pipe? Or a misfiring boiler? The solution always begins with a hammer... often at the expense of making the situation worse.
** Back in Series 1's "Telly Trouble", Elvis tries to fix a tap which won't turn by hitting it with a hammer.
* WorkingThroughTheCold: Series 6's "Poorly Penny" does this with, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Penny]].
* WrenchWench: Penny, more so in the earlier series.
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