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-->''"A little boy named Presley found a secret out this year. That he was once a pharaoh when Egyptians ruled the world. Now a sorcerer named Scarab tries to get him day and night. But Presley has four guardians to protect his very life."''

'''''Mummies Alive!''''' is an animated series from Creator/DICEntertainment that ran for one season with forty two episodes.

Presley Carnavon, a boy from UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, finds himself the reincarnation of Prince Rapses and as such inherits four mummy bodyguards who "With the Strength of Ra!" defend him from the evil sorcerer Scarab - who is constantly trying to use the boy's soul to become immortal, and failing, as his snake familiar [[NonHumanSidekick Heka]] is quick to point out.

The mummies also have to contend with many gods and spirits from Egyptian myth summoned to the modern world, including [[PettingZooPeople Anubis, Set, Apep, Bastet, Sekhmet, and many others]] usually as part of one of Scarab's schemes.

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* AbortedArc: Season one ended with the implication that Scarab and Heka were still on the loose and that something important would have to happen in the far future to defeat him for good, things that were never resolved due to the series cancellation.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Various gods, such as [[EverybodyHatesHades Anubis]] and [[CatsAreMean Bastet]], are portrayed as malicious, while they were benevolent figures in EgyptianMythology. Even Ammut was originally a neutral force who was harmless to people who were good in life.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Joe the police officer is the star of the series finale, which is actually a ClipShow.
* AffablyEvil: Anubis, Nuhn, Geb, Bes, the list goes on.
* AllAnimalsAreDogs: Ammut, ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Devourer Of Souls]]''! Lion + hippo + crocodile averages out to dog. Who knew?
** Considering Scarab emphasized the "mut" part of its name, it was probably JustforPun.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Presley.
* AndIMustScream: Before the start of the series. Scarab was sealed in a tomb for thousands of years, he was immortal at the time...
* AnimationBump: The {{transformation sequence}} is notably better animated than the rest of the series, probably because the creators knew you'd be seeing it ''at least'' once an episode.
* AnimalThemedSuperbeing: See AnimalMotifs below.
* AncientEgypt: Featured once in Presley's vision of the past, as well as some flashbacks.
* [[AliensSpeakingEnglish Ancient Egyptians Speaking English]]: It's amazing how four people from another country, who have been dead for thousands of years, manage to speak perfect English the moment they wake up in modern day America.
* AncientTomb: Mentioned in flashback.
* AnimalMotifs: The mummies' transformed forms. Ja-Kal the falcon, Armon the ram, Rath the snake and Nefer-Tina the cat. Also Scarab...the scarab.
* AnotherDimension: The Western Gate leads to one.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: In "The Face In The Mirror", Anubis gets possessed by the Eye of Darkness and gains immense knowledge, but he has other things concerning his mind...
-->'''Anubis:''' Hey, I know everything. Dead languages, subatomic things... The origin of mayonnaise.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: This show takes a few liberties with the history and mythology of Egypt.
* BackFromTheDead: There's quite a bit of this, understandably of course.
* BandageBabe: Nefertina
* BeastMan: Apep, though he's more snake than man. Bastet, the [[CatGirl Cat Lady]].
* BigBad: Scarab.
* BodySwap: Happens in the episode "Who's Who".
* BondVillainStupidity: Scarab proves himself a match for the Mummies in armed combat, yet on many occasions when confronted, he escapes, though he's not the only villain to fall into this habit.
* BoyMeetsGhoul: In "True Believer", Nefertina goes on a date with a living human.
* BroughtDownToNormal: If the mummies don't ''sleep'' in their sarcophagi regularly they become depowered; basically amounting to the power source for their amulets running dry.
* BuriedAlive: Scarab's punishment for [[spoiler:murdering the Pharaoh's son.]]
* ButtMonkey: Joe and Bob, the cops that often spot the Mummies driving over the speed limit usually end up being scared off.
* ByThePowerOfGrayskull: "With the Strength of Ra!"
* CatGirl: Bastet, Nefertina's patron goddess. Also Nefertina herself when Bastet transforms her into one.
* CatsAreMagic: Bastet
* CityOfAdventure: The city of San Francisco.
* CityOfWeirdos: Living mummies an army of {{mooks}}, often walking among regular people whlie wearing pathetic disguises, and regularly appearing on the news doesn't warrant much comment or outrage from the locals. [[FridgeBrilliance ...Then again, this is California we're talking about.]]
** Lampshaded in the second episode "Sleepwalk Like An Egyptian" when the Guardians' [[HomeBase Sphinx hideout]] is about to be demolished and they start a protest as "people wearing mummy costumes".
** Or another episode where Nefer-Tina masquerades as a human and become famous as a fashion model for bringing back "The Egyptian Look."
* ClipShow: The SeriesFinale.
* CloudCuckoolander: Nuhn, to an insane degree.
* ConspicuousTrenchcoat: Rath once wore one in the episode "Dead Man Walking".
* CoolAirship: The Jetcycle and the Skycophagus.
* CoolBigSis: Nefertina to Presley.
* CoolCar: The Hot-Ra.
* Creator/CreeSummer: Nefer-Tina
* [[DatingCatwoman Catwoman Dating Snakeman]]: Nefertina and Apep.
* DeadpanSnarker: Mostly Rath, although everyone gets one in every other episode.
** On the villain side, Heka never stops snarking.
* DemonHead: The mummies when extremely angry.
* DuckSeasonRabbitSeason: Brains vs. Brawn.
* DumbMuscle: Armon is not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
* EverybodyHatesHades: Anubis is a rather stupid villain in the series, when he was a benevolent deity in charge of protecting the dead in Egyptian mythology. He is associated with Set, who disowned Anubis in the myths for choosing to side with Horus.
* EvilIsNotAToy: Practically a RunningGag in this series; at several occasions Scarab tries summoning to help him get Raspes' soul, only for that being to escape in control, forcing him to step back and let the mummies clean his mess.
* ExpositoryThemeTune: The page quote is part of it.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Ancient Egypt, San Francisco is not.
* FiveManBand
** Ja-Kal - TheHero
** Rath - TheSmartGuy.
** Armon - TheBigGuy.
** Nefertina - TheChick.
** Presley - TagalongKid.
** Kahti - TeamPet.
* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself: One episode actually had the mummies go to a Halloween party without costumes, though they managed to ruin the party for Presley anyway.
* FrothyMugsOfWater: Averted in episode 26 - the team are struggling to get back to base with their powers depleted, and spot someone trying to get into his car while clearly drunk. Ja'Kal uses his DemonHead to terrify him into running off. Best drunk-driving aesop on a kid's show ''ever''.
* HenshinHero
* HeyItsThatVoice: Besides Creator/CreeSummer and Creator/ScottMcNeil, Ja-Kal and Heka are the Ocean dub's [[DragonBall Cell and Freeza]] (Heka is also [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Airazor]]).
* HomeBase: The Sphinx.
* HypnoticEyes: One of the sorceress Chontra's abilities.
* IdiosyncraticWipe: Scene-changes were done by having a plate with the series logo... do... stuff.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Scarab's army of Shabti.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: The mummies, and Scarab's armor.
* {{Incredible Shrinking M|an}}ummies: In one episode.
* InterspeciesRomance: On a few occasions.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: With a twist. As the leader of the Mummies, Ja-Kal wears blue instead of the usual red.
* LivingStatue: Talos
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* MagiTek: One episode has Rath replace the radio aerial in Presley's science-project radio with an obelisk, which makes it powerful enough to communicate with the beings Beyond the Western Gate.
** Another LampShades the trope
--> ''"I am *trying* to teach you science. Now, do you want to learn how to turn a staff into a serpent or not?"''
* {{Mooks}}: Scarab has a never-ending supply of clay minions to send at the mummies. Perhaps the most useless ever, they shatter when hit by pretty much anything.
* MeaningfulName: Presley Carnavon - ElvisPresley was associated with Memphis, Tennessee (which was named after the ancient Egyptian capital), while [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Herbert,_5th_Earl_of_Carnarvon Lord Carnarvon]] financed the excavation of King Tut's tomb.
* MerlinAndNimue: Rath and his student Chantra.
* MotiveDecay: Scarab, at first all he was trying to was take the immortal soul of Rapses. By the last episode, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking he's stolen the youth of homeless people, set Ja-Kal and his brother against each other... and tried to sell overpriced stolen water in a bottle.]]
* {{Mummy}}: Unlike Mummies that appear in many other works of fiction, Presley's four guardians act perfectly friendly towards most everyone.
* [[MyOtherCarIsAnX My Other Car is a Chariot]]
* NonLethalWarfare
* ObliviousToLove: Presley doesn't seem to take any notice of his classmate Elaine's feelings for him, especially when there's usually someone like Chantra posing as an attractive new student nearby.
* PastLifeMemories: In the second episode, Presley experiences the memories of Rapses just before he died. It turns out, they're being caused by one of Scarab's spells.
* PoweredArmor: The Mummies gain armor when they use the phrase "With the Strength of Ra!" to help them fight. Complete with [[TransformationSequence stock transformation sequences.]]
* PunnyName: When Armon transforms, he puts his ''[[IncrediblyLamePun arm on]]''.
* RecapEpisode: The only noteworthy one being the series finale, which featured a compilation of clips from the entire season.
* RightHandVersusLeftHand: Sometimes Presley and the Mummies survive only because of bickering and backstabbing on the villains side.
* SamusIsAGirl: The other three didn't actually know Nefertina was a girl at first. Her disguise, judging by her form during her first appearance, consisted of nothing but a hat, and did nothing for her narrow waist and noticeable ''chest''. Then again, she probably dressed differently back when she was, y'know, alive.
** It's kind of funny when her power armor includes...ahem...a noticable "breastplate". Given that Armon mentions his golden arm was a gift from the pharaoh, these were probably made and not due to magic. Somehow Nefertina managed to convince the entire royal court and her tailor that she was a man with assets.
*** It seems likely that Rapses (who knew the truth) more or less ordered the higher-ups to "not realize" what Nefer-Tina was trying to pull. Considering what people didn't wear in early Egypt...
*** It gets rectified in "Sleepwalk Like An Egyptian", where Presley dreams he's Rapses in ancient Egypt with his living guardians. Nefertina is shown to have an outfit that manages to cover much of her feminine physique as well as flatten her chest.
* Creator/ScottMcNeil: Rath.
* SubwaysSuck: On one occasion where the mummies take the subway, Rath takes one look at the subway map and thinks it's the first sign of actual intelligence in the modern world.
* SweetPollyOliver: Nefertina. In ancient Egypt, she pretended to be a boy so she could drive chariots.
* TeenageMutantSamuraiWombats: The Mummies run around San Francisco with all sorts of magic, monsters, cool cars and gods completely unnoticed.
** Well it IS San Francisco after all...
* TechnoWizard: Rath.
* {{Thememobile}}: All of the Mummies vehicles have an Egyptian theme going on. Especially the Hot-Ra.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Set and Anubis.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Joe and Bob, the cops that often spot the Mummies driving over the speed limit usually end up being scared off.
* TransformationSequence: Every time the Mummies suit up.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: One episode has Presley's science teacher trapped beyond the Western Gate by a MagiTek-enhanced radio.
* TreacherousAdvisor: Scarab.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Geb the earth spirit, and his wife Net the air spirit.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Scarab masquerades as a respectable businessman, but it doesn't particularly impede the Mummies. Then again, "Scarab" technically has no publicity whatsoever among civilians since the "respectable businessman" is an alter ego the Mummies have no clue to.
* VillainTeamUp: Happened fairly often.
* VillainousCrush: Strangely enough, the metal giant Talos once fell for a San Francisco's Statue of Victory.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Net, to a certain degree.
* WouldHurtAChild: Scarab was more than willing to kill a child to get him immortality.
* YoureNotMyFather: During the Father's Day episode "Reunion," Presley says this to Ja'Kal when he offers to take the boy fishing since his real father was in Memphis. It comes off particularly harsh when you take in the fact that Ja'Kal [[spoiler: never got to see his own son grow up. Not to mention he has a nephew who was also like a son to him, and his father is Ja'Kal's evil brother.]]
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