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->''[[OpeningNarration "Once upon a time there was a beautiful Princess who was to be queen..."]]''
->Duke: Yeah, right!

'''''Gawayn''''' is a ZanyCartoon in which Princess Gwendolyn is about to be crowned queen before the villainous Duke decides to interrupt, placing a curse upon her which shrinks her down to size... Literally! In order to reverse this curse and regain her lost kingdom (now in the hands of the Duke), she must go on a quest to find the crystal of Gawayn. Accompanying her along the way is knight Sir Roderick, William the young knight-in-training, his sister and sorceress IneptMage Elspeth, and Xiao Long, skilful in the area of martial arts. Together they set off, experiencing all kinds of adventures, obstacles and setbacks on their journey, meanwhile the Duke and his snarky companion Rex frantically try to stop them using one [[ZanyScheme outrageous scheme]] after another.

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!!''Gawayn'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AbnormalLimbRotationRange: PlayedForLaughs with Sir Roderick in numerous instances.
* AmplifiedAnimalAptitude: Griselda the horse seems able to understand what the characters around her are saying most of the time, even seen at some points doing very unhorse-like things, such as ''reading a newspaper''.
* AmusingInjuries: Happens all the time, with Sir Roderick being the main victim, but with the Duke also giving him a good run for his money.
* AnimalFacialHair: Rex has this, and on occasion he is even shown with stubble.
* AppeaseTheVolcanoGod: A group of islanders plan to do this Sir Roderick after first feeding him 26 pizzas.
* AshFace: Elspeth's entire body is covered in ash and is light grey after suffering some HarmlessElectrocution
* AsianDrivers: Inverted. Sir Roderick is [[DrivesLikeCrazy driving recklessly]], and then ''Xiao Long'' disdainfully goes, "Ugh, ''Western drivers!''"
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: In the second Season, Gwendolyn's size [[SizeShifter varies with her mood]]. In some episodes, she grows to giant size when angered.
* BadassPrincess: Princess Gwendolyn is surprisingly kick-ass when she wants to be, despite being shrunk to about six inches tall.
* BigBadWannabe: The Duke.
* BondVillainStupidity: The Duke is prone to this.
* CardCarryingVillain: The Duke.
* CrystalBall: The Duke's Viewing Stone
* DisembodiedEyebrows: Rex sometimes gets this.
* DumbBlonde: Sir Roderick is a male example.
-->"You have my word as a knight, and a blonde!"
* DumbMuscle: Sir Roderick again. Really, just any trope with "dumb" on it.
* EvilLaugh: The Duke employs this often.
* EvilWearsBlack: The Duke.
* ExtendableArms: Practically all the characters have been shown to possess this at times. Notable with Rex, due to being so small, wouldn't be able to open doors or perform many of the other basic tasks he can be seen doing unless this trope is employed.
* FantasticVoyagePlot: In one episode, Gwendolyn and Roderick have to travel inside a dragon to kill the germ causing its acid reflux.
* FastTunnelling: Xiao Long manages to dig a very long tunnel in an attempt to help himself and the other questers (sans Roderick) escape jail in an episode with a ''fork''.
* FatteningTheVictim: In one episode, a group of natives feed Sir Roderick plan to sacrifice Sir Roderick to the volcano god. However, they first feed him 27 pizzas to fatten him up and make him a suitable sacrifice.
* FiveManBand: The Questers.
** TheLeader - William
** TheLancer - Xiao Long
** TheSmartGuy - Elspeth
** TheBigGuy - Sir Roderick
** TheChick - Gwendolyn
* FMinusMinus: When Elspeth has to go to magic school to get her diploma, the Duke sabotages her exams; causing her to get an F, then an F minus, then an F minus minus.
* ForTheEvulz: The Duke's words and actions often fall into this trope.
--> Duke: What do you expect? I'm evil.
--> Rex: When he's not being stupid.
* FunnyAnimal - Rex is caught somewhere between this and CivilisedAnimal thanks to the occassional FurryReminder and AnthropomorphicZigZag
* FurryConfusion: There are a lot of animals present, but they cover an entire spectrum in regards to where they stand anthropomorphically speaking. You have FunnyAnimal characters like Rex, and then characters which simply show AmplifiedAnimalAptitude, such as Griselda, and then all kinds in-between.
* GadgeteerGenius: William.
* TheGamblingAddict: Sir Roderick becomes one for an episode in ''Casino Quest''
* GoodTimesMontage: Gwendolyn and Kenneth the doll have one of these in ''Play Date''.
* GoshHornet: The whole main cast is stung by bees in "My Name Is Pond... Percy Pond."
* GreatBigBookOfEverything: Elspeth's spell book, the Great Book of Magic.
* Main/{{Hammerspace}}: Sir Roderick's armour. He can also completely retreat inside of it...
* HarmlessElectrocution
* HarmlessVillain: The Duke falls under this category in many instances.
* HeadsTailsEdge: Happens in the first episode when the coin that was flipped gets stuck in a small gap in the bridge.
* HumanlikeAnimalAging: Rex and the Duke have been shown to know each other since ''before they could talk.''
* HypercompetentSidekick: Xiao Long in some episodes. In fact, there was an episode devoted to the group over-reliance on him.
** Rex would also count in regards to the Duke.
* IdiotHero: Sir Roderick.
* ImpossibleHourglassFigure: Princess Gwen
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: Gwendolyn in the first season.
* IneptMage: Elspeth
* InterestingSituationDuel: PlayedForLaughs, Roderick is DrivenByEnvy from all the attention the newly brought-to-life toy Kenneth is receiving from Gwendolyn, and so challenges him to a duel. WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve however, the spell on the Kenneth doll is broken and he turns back into a normal, lifeless toy... [[HilarityEnsues which doesn't stop Sir Roderick from trying to fight it, as he doesn't seem to really notice.]] [[EpicFail And he loses.]]
* IronButtmonkey: Sir Roderick takes this trope UpToEleven, and literally, being encased in armor.
* Main/{{Kiai}}: Xiao Long.
* KnightInShiningArmour: Sir Roderick
* LadyAndKnight: Gwendolyn and Roderick
* LaughWithMe: In the first episode, the Duke pauses his his EvilLaugh and asks Rex in annoyance, "Why aren't you laughing?"
* Main/{{Leitmotif}}: The same ominous piece of music plays every time we get a shot of the Duke's castle, or when the scene simply changes to show what he's up to. The show also has several common tunes which serve as the background music at various points.
* LordErrorProne: Sir Roderick
** The Duke also.
* LostHimInACardGame: When Sir Roderick becomes TheGamblingAddict in "Casino Quest", he ends up losing William in a bet.
* MagicMisfire: Elspeth ''specialises'' in these.
* MineralMacGuffin: The Crystal of Gawayn
* NoExportForYou: It has only been aired in a mere handful of countries.
* ObviouslyEvil: The Duke, complete with RedEyesTakeWarning, VillainousCheekbones, BeardOfEvil and his [[EvilWearsBlack outfit]] is RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver for good measure, and a SinisterSchnoz to boot.
* OpeningNarration: ''"To restore her royal name, the Princess and her friends must find the crystal of... [[TitleDrop Gawayn.]]"''
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Xiao Long.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: Xiao Long's ''"Big... Mistake!"''
* PrincessesRule: Gwendolyn is portrayed as the rightful ruler of her kingdom. Her parents have never been seen or even mentioned, however this trope is probably justified in that Gwendolyn was shown as just about to be crowned queen before her kingdom was hijacked.
* RoadSignReversal: The Duke employs this in an episode in order to send the questers off into the wrong direction.
--> Rex: That is the lamest plan ever! You're gonna get them lost?! How ''[[SarcasmMode exciting]]''...
* SchizoTech: RuleOfFunny, the setting is a MedievalEuropeanFantasy land, with shopping malls, wooden motorcycles, NASCAR races...
* TheScream: Whenever the Duke gets hurt, or alternatively shouts a BigNo, almost inevitably the screen pans out to a shot of the castle, and then a view of Earth from space.
* SeriesGoal: Finding the Crystal of Gawayn.
** In the second season, finding the Great Book of Magic.
* ServileSnarker: Rex always points out the flaws of the Duke's plans and how they would fail, also serving as a SnarkyNonHumanSidekick
* ShoutOut:
** When Elspeth is casting [[MagicMisfire spells]] on a wooden doll, the first time it ends up looking like Elvis Presley, and ''then'' Gene Simmons of Music/{{KISS}}.
* SizeShifter: Gwendolyn in Season 2 changes size depending on her mood. According to the new intro, it was due to Roderick interrupting the spell that would restore her to normal size.
* SpiritAdvisor: Xiao Long's Grandfather.
* StockFootage: The show is particularly fold of this.
* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands: The Duke's [[CrystalBall Viewing Stone]] provides this.
* SweatDrop
* TakenForGranite: The beavers from the first episode do this to anyone who fails to ask them a question they can't answer.
* TemptingFate: "Don't worry Princess, we're safe ''now''!"
* TokenNonHuman: An all-human cast... And then Rex, a cockroach!
* TongueOnTheFlagpole: Having won a fake Crystal of Gawayn in a game show, Roderick tries to get it to work by licking it. At this point, he discovers it is actually made of ice as it sticks to his tongue.
* TrapDoor: All of the questers (except Xiao Long) fall victim to this in an episode.
* TrollBridge: Nevercross Bridge, except it's guarded by beavers instead of a troll(s). The typical set-up of the travellers needing to answer a question is also inverted; those wishing to pass must ask the ''beavers'' a question that they ''can't'' answer in order to be able to cross.
* VillainsOutShopping: Duke and Rex, in ''every'' episode.
* WheelOFeet: Happens on rare occasions.
* WingdingEyes: Characters are prone to this.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: The Duke's purple hair.
* ZanyCartoon
* ZanyScheme: Or, the Duke's ideas of what consitutes an "EvilPlan".
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