The '''''Mainzelmännchen''''' are WesternAnimation from Germany. They appear in the ZDF (see GermanTVStations) between commercial spots since 1963.

Their name is a punny contraction of the city of Mainz, location of the ZDF's headquarters, with ''Heinzelmännchen'', [[Literature/TheCobblerAndTheElves helpful gnomes]] or brownies from a popular Cologne folk legend.

Since 2003, they also have their own series with 5-minute episodes, called ''Die Mainzels''.
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!!Examples:

* CastFullOfPrettyBoys: Only in TheSeries, two girls of the same species appeared.
* {{Filler}}: About as much as one can expect of commercial cartoons. Most of the time, they are not even witty or even that interesting, yet obscure, colourful and bouncy, just to keep ''some'' sort of attention.
* FollowTheLeader: Bavaria's ''Bayerischer Rundfunk'' once produced its own commercial spot cartoons, obviously inspired by the ''Mainzelmännnchen'', though it featured cartoon lions (Bavaria's coat-of-arms) instead.
* GermanDialects: They speak Hessian dialect, since they come from Mainz. "Guunaaahmd![[note]]Good Evening![[/note]]"
* SuperDeformed: All the time.
* ThemeNaming: Anton, Berti, Conny, Det, Edi, Fritzchen.
* TheSeries: They were so popular that they got their own series, ''The Mainzels''.
* TheSmartGuy: Det. With glasses, of course.
* TheSpeechless: All of them, mostly. (Not in TheSeries.)
* TheUnintelligible: All of them, on the few occasions they say something.
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