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->''"[[{{Pun}} Slug]] it out!"''
-->-- Series {{tagline}}

An animated action/adventure series set in more or less our world with one pretty big exception: the existence of a sprawling underworld called Slugterra. The series is set entirely in this subterranean land and follows Eli Shane and his new friends as they travel and act as protectors of the people. It is basically a {{Mons}} series with a [[AbnormalAmmo twist]].

For generations, the men of the Shane family have acted as protectors of Slugterra. When Will Shane mysteriously disappears, Slugterra is left without a Shane. However, in the last moments before his disappearance, he sent one of his slugs, Burpy, to his son on the surface. A few years later, honoring a deal he made with his father to wait until his fifteenth birthday, Eli Shane journeys down to Slugterra to follow in his father's footsteps and become protector of Slugterra.

Eli quickly makes friends to help him in protecting Slugterra: Pronto, the Molenoid (self proclaimed) master tracker; Trixie, the girl with the camera, ready to document the world; and Kord, the strong cave troll/team mechanic.

A refreshingly new spin on the Mons concept, this show is brought to you by Nerd Corps Entertainment, the creators of ''WesternAnimation/DragonBooster'', ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'', ''WesternAnimation/HotWheelsBattleForce5'', and ''WesternAnimation/LeagueOfSuperEvil''.

[[http://www.Slugterra.com/ Link to the official site]].

Now has [[Characters/{{Slugterra}} a character sheet]] which is currently under construction.

Two movies have been released. Tropes related to them should go to their place at the bottom of the page.

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!!Tropes appearing in the show:

* AbnormalAmmo: [[{{Mons}} Slug]]slinging.
* AbortedArc: [[spoiler:Twist]] was clearly shown to have misgivings about the things he was expected to do as Blakk's new apprentice, implying a possible redemption somewhere down the road. But this was not to be, as he fell OutOfFocus during season three, and his final appearance depicted him springing a trap on the Shane Gang with no remorse whatsoever.
* ActionBomb: Some slugs explode on impact, such as in a shower of sparks, or at least disappear. They're always fine when they show up again.
** Grenuker (supposedly a {{portmanteau}} of grenade and ''nuke'')
* ActionPrologue: The series opens in the middle of a battle between Will Shane and Dr. Blakk. This happens again in "Keys to the Kingdom".
* TheAlcatraz: Stalag-mite 17 in "Mission Improbable".
* AllTrollsAreDifferent: Will Shane once said, "You'll never find someone more loyal, honest, and brave than a cave troll" (though the website refers to "cave troll rage"). In addition, they're known as the best engineers, crafting many of the passageways used in Slugterra.
* AluminiumChristmasTrees: "Mario Bravado". Spitting and chewing gum really are against the law...in Singapore.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The Shadow Clan, though Eli believes they might be ChaoticNeutral. [[spoiler: As of ''Inheritance'', it looks like Eli is correct]].
** Played straight with the Dark Bane. [[spoiler:Though the finale implies that there's some kind of connection]].
* AndTheAdventureContinues: [[spoiler:The third season ends with Blakk, his minions, and the Dark Bane banished. Eli decides to stay in Slugterra and seals the Drop just before the Shane Gang faces against Blite riding a dinosaur. This is the series finale, at least until {{the movie}}.]]
* {{Animesque}}
* AntiMagic: Regular slugs can’t transform in the Dark Bane’s realm.
* ArtisticLicenseGeology: Slugterra is "over 100 miles" beneath the surface. The Earth's crust averages about half that thickness.
* ArtisticLicenseStatistics: Mario Bravado to Eli Shane: "Remember, 90% of trick shooting is half mental." Eli gives him a look.
* AuraVision: [[spoiler:Enigmo Slugs can grant this to the one they slugged. Eli uses this to find out slug combos.]]
* BadBadActing: When the gang have to set up an ambush in Shane's absence in "The Lightwell".
* BaitAndSwitch: "The Slug Run". The one mechabeast racer depicted as TheAce and having some Blakk tech seems the most likely to be working for Blakk; it's actually Pronto's UnknownRival, depicted as TheTedBaxter.
* BarBrawl: Early in "A Distant Shore".
* BasementDweller: Invoked with the Gamemaster in "Thrill of the Game".
* BeneathTheEarth: Slugterra. The Dark Bane world is even ‘‘further’’ underground.
* BigBallOfViolence: Episode 3, ''The Trade''. Eight slugs are fired against each other at once and the result is a big blue/red glowing ball suspended in the air.
* BigDamnHeroes: Done at the end of "The Journey Home" - with SLUGS! [[DynamicEntry In a mammoth-type mechabeast!]]
* BlessedWithSuck: The whole transformation at 100 mph ability is ''completely involuntary'', meaning that mere ''falling'' slugs become a huge problem in the ColdOpen [[IncrediblyLamePun (heh)]] of "The Slugout".
** The above mentioned AuraVision. You ''can't see anything else''.
* BloodlessCarnage[=/=]NonLethalWarfare: Some slugs have incredibly destructive powers, but no one ever gets hurt. Possibly justified by the FunctionalMagic based powers of the slugs.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: Pronto in the episode "Mario Bravado" explaining how his (nonexistent) crime organization will bust him out of jail.
-->"It's about ''fear'', and ''respect''. Kind of a... ''fearful respect''."
* BrickJoke: In "Slugball", the commentators' comments on dedicated ring technicians leads to a GilliganCut to the actual technicians discussing how to get rid of mustard stains. Later on, Kord's near impossible goal is described by one commentator as "my favorite day after the time I got that mustard stain out of my pants!"
* BulletTime: All over the place. Bear in mind that these 'bullets' take a little more animating than most.
* CallBack: In "The Journey Home", the slugs pass through the mall from "Dawn of the Slug", and even that mall cop puts in an appearance.
** In "The Gentleman And The Thief", a montage of Dana Por's victims shows Mario Bravado, the fishman-pirate, and yes, [[ButtMonkey the mall cop]].
** The miners from the HalloweenEpisode reappear in "No Exit".
** The King of Sling, the TedBaxter beaten by Trixie in episode 2, gets his own episode down the line.
** "Mission Improbable" has Mr Saturday from "Dawn of the Slug" in TheAlcatraz. The fact that he ''was'' last seen getting arrested even fits - thanks to his old mind control gimmick, he's literally RunningTheAsylum.
** The TedBaxter Molenoid from "The Slug Run" returns for "Keys to the Kingdom".
* CallToAgriculture: The titular Mario Bravado, trick shot celebrity who's now running a pizza place.
* CastingAShadow: The Shadow Clan.
* ChekhovsGun: Played with in "The Hard Part". A water stain on the map turns out to be a leaking pipe. It doesn't do anything, but Eli's slugs get the drop on Boss Ember by dislodging an identical pipe to create a landslide of junk.
* ChekhovsSkill: [[spoiler: The trick shot skills that Mario taught Eli become useful again in ''The New Kid, Part 2'']].
* TheChewToy: '''Pronto.'''
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Normal slug canisters (used by good and neutral slugslingers) are blue, while Ghouls come in red ones (signaling evil or an alignment with Dr. Blakk).
** Green is for Techno-slugs.
* ComMons: Floppers are the weakest slugs and Pronto even calls them useless. They're the only slugs that don't transform at speed, only exploding in a cloud of gas.
* ConcealmentEqualsCover: Played straight in the BarBrawl in "A Distant Shore". Kord even uses a table as a shield!
* ConvectionSchmonvection: The occasional underground lava field. Possibly justified due to the FunctionalMagic of the slugs and Slugterra itself.
* CoolBike: In the episode ''Upgrade'', Kord gives the Shane Gang's mechabeasts an upgrade that allows them to switch between their normal mode and this mode.
* TheCorruption: Dr. Blakk's nefarious schemes involve turning all slugs into vicious, evil versions of their species called "ghouls".
* CripplingOverspecialization: Eli's first real duel is with a guy who only uses Tazerlings. He's a one-trick pony, but it ''is'' a pretty nice trick. He loses because Tazerlings [[spoiler:tend to misfire if they get tired out from overuse, shocking himself.]]
* CurseCutShort: In ''The New Kid Part 2'', when he realized he was about to get defeated, Diablos said, "Oh..." before he got hit.
* {{Cyclops}}: Eli fought against one of these.
** Several slug species only have one eye.
* DangerousSixteenthBirthday: Subverted - it's actually his 15th, and it's entirely Eli's choice to accept the CallToAdventure that his father leaves for him.
* DarkIsEvil: The Dark Bane.
* DarkIsNotEvil: The Shadow Clan.
* DayInTheLimelight: ''The Journey Home'' for Eli's slugs.
* DeadManWriting: Will Shane sends Burpy to lead Eli to a prepared message.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Played with as slugs don't really get the concept of defeat as applies to their sluggers - but they can pick a better master.
* DefeatByModesty: One of the Thresher Slug's moves involves ripping apart your opponent's pants.
** In the episode "Keys to the Kingdom," Pronto and Sedo fight, and each use a Thresher on the other; both end up fighting in their blue briefs.
* DemotedToExtra: [[spoiler:Twist.]] Despite being made Blakk's apprentice early on, he only makes one appearance in season three.
* DiminishingVillainThreat: The Ghoul Slugs are depicted as nigh unbeatable in their first few appearances, but gradually start getting beaten more easily. ([[JustifiedTrope Justified]], perhaps, by the Shane gang's growing skill, and by the addition of [[TheMedic Doc]] to Eli's ranks, which makes it so Blakk has to conserve them more).
** Dr. Blakk’s forces seem to be averting this, becoming more dangerous as the story goes on, as he adds the [[MoreDakka Gatler]] (essentially a Ghoul-firing ‘’machine gun’’), the Titan tanks, and four Dark Bane to his group.
* DisappearedDad: Will Shane disappeared when Eli was young, though Eli knew all about Slugterra.
* DisembodiedEyebrows: Pronto, and most likely all Molenoids, since the UnknownRival also has them.
* TheDitz: Eli's Enigmo slug, Mo. In his first scene, he wandered around like he was [[TheStoner high]], and almost blundered into a trap.
-->'''Trixie''': This has to be the stupidest slug ever! No wonder there's only one left!
* DoNotTouchTheFunnelCloud: One slug has the effect of causing a tornado that only seems to affect the person it hits.
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: In the first sequel movie, "Ghoul From Beyond", a powerful slinger with a ghoul that rides on his shoulder appears. [[spoiler:This turns out to be Goon, who has actually possessed the protector of the Eastern Caverns and tries to take over Eli.]]
* TheDragon: Diablos Nacho, who works for Dr. Blakk [[spoiler: or so it seems at first. He actually works for Brimstone, High Commander of the Dark Bane]].
** [[spoiler:Twist]] seemed to take his place in season two [[spoiler:before he was DemotedToExtra in season three]].
* EarlyBirdCameo: Diablos Nacho and Twist have been in the intro since episode 1.
* ElementalPowers: Some slugs have powers like [[PlayingWithFire fire]], [[MakingASplash water]], and [[BlowYouAway tornadoes]]. Each slug has an elemental designation, though some are harder to guess.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: Averted. Though slugs are each aligned with an element, since they don't do direct battle, their elements don't seem to make much of a difference.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Beatrice Sting. She prefers to go by Trixie.
* {{EMP}}: Picking a ''bad'' match of slugs for a combined shot will have this effect ''with every slug in the area'' (With the exception of ghouls).
* EnemyOfMyEnemy: "Dark Water Deep Water" [[spoiler:invokes AND subverts this when the Shane gang must work with the [[FishPeople fishman-pirate Malvolio Drake]] to take down a Blakk mining facility, run by Drake's own brother. The pirate's misunderstanding with his brother is cleared up ''like that'', leaving the Shane gang alone against the both of them.]]
* EnemyToAllLivingThings: Invoked when Blakk's actions cause all regular slugs everywhere to turn against him. [[spoiler:Becomes an IronicEcho when Twist suffers the same.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Thresher slugs grow razors out of their backs and spin like a buzzsaw while flying through the air.
* EvilIsOneBigHappyFamily: Played straight and averted. While Blakk’s men and the Dark Bane seem to work together OK, villainous factions have clashed with each other. [[spoiler:And as it turns out, the Dark Bane planned to betray Blakk]].
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: Showing kids pointing guns at people's heads is apparently okay when the ammunition is just so darn ''cute''!
* FantasyHelmetEnforcement: In "Upgrade". Eli and Trixie are going to need helmets to handle the mechabeasts in bike form, but apparently the headgear on Kord and Pronto work fine.
* {{Fartillery}}: [[{{Gasshole}} Flatulorincus]].
* FastballSpecial: In "The New Kid pt 2" - Molenoid Longbomb!
* FireIceLightning: Eli's primary slug is an [[PlayingWithFire Infurnus]], and the first slug he wins in a battle is a [[ShockAndAwe Tazerling]]. [[AnIcePerson Frostcrawler]] completes the trio.
* FiveManBand:
** Eli: TheHero
** Kord: TheBigGuy[=/=]TheSmartGuy
** Trixie: TheChick
** [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg ... and Pronto]].
* FlatCharacter: The main characters. Aside from generic traits (Eli being TheHero, for example), there isn't much else.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: In ''Endangered Species'' when Eli was still suffering from the effects of the Enigmo slug, one slug [[ImpairmentShot he was looking at]] seemed to stand out brighter than the surroundings.]]
** Slugs fired at each other at precise timing turn into a BigBallOfViolence. What happens if they're aimed at the same target instead of each other? ''Combo attacks.''
** ''All'' mechabeasts have knobbly tyres someplace on their bodies long before "Upgrade".
* FourFingeredHands: Cave trolls and molenoids, but not the humans.
* FunctionalMagic: The slugs are magic.
* FishPeople: They ran into a group that are pirates.
* FungusHumongous: Obligatory giant underground mushrooms abound.
* FunSize: The slugs, and even their larger destructive forms, are still rather small.
* GangstaStyle: Derided by Eli when he sees it in a movie. He points out that holding a blaster sideways interferes with the trajectory.
* {{Gasshole}}: Stinky. He is a [[{{Fartillery}} Flatulorincus]], after all.
** Also, whenever Pronto is surprised or scared, a fart sound can be heard.
* GoodOldFisticuffs: Bludgeon slugs have big ram's horns when transformed. What do they do? Punch you.
* GottaCatchEmAll: Not a goal per se, but in official slugslinging rules, the winner is allowed to take one slug from the loser. Also played straight, since catching slugs "in the wild" is also a thing.
* GRatedDrug: The slug accelerator from "Club Slug" has the effect of G-rated ''steroids'', down to the slugs needing a regular fix afterwards.
* GrenadeLauncher: Blasters act like this with exploding slugs.
* GunsAkimbo: There's Boss Ember for one, who takes it UpToEleven by ''[[MultiArmedAndDangerous quadruple-weilding blasters.]]''
* TheGunslinger: Everyone. It's even called "slug''slinging''".
* HalloweenEpisode: "Deadweed" turns out to be a subversion, as the Dark Water is revealed during the episode.
* HammerSpace: Not overt, but most slugslingers only have about three slug canisters visible on themselves (usually across the chest or on the hip), yet they carry and use far more than that.
* HeadDesk: ''[[SilentSnarker Burpy]]'' of all people, when Pronto tries to claim credit again at the end of "The Journey Home".
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower:
** The Enigmo slug is more useful than it first appears.
** [[TheMedic Doc]] was more useful than his previous user thought.
** In "The Journey Home", Eli manages to use only a few slugs with powers his opponent considered weak to last until his other slugs got there.
* [[spoiler: HiddenDepths: Who knew Pronto was the KING of the Molenoids? Even the rest of the Shane Gang were surprised]].
** [[spoiler: Locke and Lode let another Blakk minion attack his prison first, so they could analyze the defenses]].
* HorsebackHeroism: [[MechanicalHorse "Mechaback"]] dueling is an official form of slugslinging.
* HorseOfADifferentColor[=/=]MechanicalHorse: Mechabeasts, which come in several flavors.
** The gang ride around on a mechanized police dog, panther, warthog... [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers and a donkey.]]
** The Hooligang from "The Slugout" all get hyenas.
** "The Slug Run" is filled with these - there's a bull, an elephant, a mole, a chicken, even a giant snake! Vance Bolt may be the only one whose mechabeast actually resembles a horse.
* HumongousMecha: The villain of the episode in ''Roboslugs'' pulls one out that forces the Shane gang to make one of their own.
* IdenticalTwinIDTag: Brothers Locke and Lode. Locke has a thick beard, Lode has multiple shaving cuts on his face.
** There are also triplets who wear different-colored suits.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Eli performs a near impossible shot with an Armashell slug he just obtained, after being told it would take weeks or longer to build a bond strong enough to get a slug to do exactly what he wanted with that much precision. It just goes to show how quickly he builds a friendship with his slugs.
* JokeCharacter: [[{{Gasshole}} Flatulorincus]] slugs harness the power of [[{{Fartillery}} farts]].
* JustAKid: Everyone's reaction to Eli in the first episode -- and their disappointment when expecting "a Shane."
* KidHero: Eli heads down to Slugterra on the night of his fifteenth birthday.
* [[spoiler: LaserGuidedKarma: The corrupt judge in ''Mario Bravado'' was put away by his own draconian laws. It looked like his underlings really enjoyed taking him in when that occurred]].
* LaserHallway: In "Mission Improbable", of course.
* LegacyCharacter: They don't pretend to be the same man, but "The Shane" is a title each generation of Eli's family has accepted.
* LethalJokeCharacter: Flatulorincus slugs can be just as effective as other slugs if used properly.
* LoyalAnimalCompanion: Eli's slugs. After winning a duel, he even asks which one wants to join him on an adventure, rather than just picking the strongest, to ensure they'll be this.
* [[spoiler:LukeIAmYourFather]]: Of a sort. In the sequel movie "Return of the Elementals", Goon has returned with a new slinger, one of the Dark Bane. [[spoiler:This is revealed to be Will Shane, Eli's father.]]
* MadeOfEvil: Dark Water. It has ways of messing with people, and it is used by Blakk to turn Slugs into Ghouls.
* TheMasquerade: There is one on both sides. Slugterra is kept in the dark about the surface and vice-versa; the only known link between the two is the Shanes and the lift they use to travel between them.
* MasterOfIllusion: Twist's slug Loki is this. [[spoiler:It doesn't help that it's a Ghoul]].
* MeaningfulName: It's just a little ironic that the person responsible for the DeadManWriting is named ''Will''.
** Asian OldMaster Shinai is named for the Japanese training sword.
** Twist's slug Loki is a MasterOfIllusion [[spoiler:[[{{Film/Thor}} who even uses a glamour to hide its Ghouled appearance]]!]]
* MechanicalHorse: (See also: HorseOfADifferentColor) Mecha-beasts are a common mode of transportation in Slugterra. We even see carts being pulled by mechanical bulls.
* TheMedic: Healer slugs. They also have the ability to cure slugs that have been ghouled.
* MeetCute: Eli and Trixie. In their first encounter, she saves him from a bandit with one shot and then rides off because she's in a hurry. The next time they meet...
---> '''Trixie:''' "Excuse me, you're in my shot."
* {{Mentor}}: Subverted. Will Shane had hoped to be this for his son on his first trip to Slugterra.
** MentorOccupationalHazard: Ambiguous in Will's case, but played straight later with [[spoiler:Shinai.]]
* MetaphorIsMyMiddleName: In "The King of Sling":
--->'''Eli''': Okay, guys -- quick, slick and sly!
--->'''Pronto''': Ah, three of my many middle names!
* MoleMen: Pronto is a Molenoid. They are known for having great sense of direction due to a natural, built-in magnetic compass. However, [[SmallNameBigEgo this has gone to his head]].
* {{Mon}}: The slugs definitely come across this way, even if they don't do one-on-one battle.
* MoreDakka: Standard blasters are comparable to the typical handgun. In ''The Unbeatable Master'', Dr. Blakk pulls out something comparable to a giant machine gun called a gattler. Kord says it's probably the first working model of such a weapon.
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: Kord's clan wanted him to go into the family business of engineering, but slugslinging was just way more fun. He still tinkers, though.
** Pronto realises his own people are far too apathetic for their own good... [[FridgeBrilliance except for the ones we've seen living away from them long enough.]]
* NeverMyFault: In "Thrill of the Game", the Gamemaster doesn't reveal all the rules of his game until it's too late, but still accuses the Shane Gang of ''cheating''.
* NeverSayDie: Will Shane is sucked into an uncontrollable vortex that leaves a blackened crater, but no one ever suggests he could be dead.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: When Will Shane managed to convince the slugs to abandon Blakk, it may have stopped him from forcing people to sign over their lands for the Slugterran Express, but it is what ultimately led Blakk down the path to creating Ghoul slugs.
** Both [[spoiler:Dana Por and Twist]] blame Will Shane for [[spoiler: causing their fathers to die]].
** In "The Return", Eli attempting a two-slug combined shot without any practice creates something akin to an {{EMP}} for ''slugs'', leaving them powerless as Blakk successfully destroys the mechabeast factory.
** In "Mission Improbable" Eli does pull off a combo shot - except this time the resulting bludgeon-tornado turns on our heroes as well.
* {{Omake}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/user/Slugterra/videos?view=46&shelf_id=3&tag_id=UCmUvq3hhUttgMM5Mq-Vk-nA.3.slugisode&sort=dd "Slugisodes"]], short clips hosted by Trixie that expand on TheVerse, in particular, slugslinging knowledge.
* OurGhoulsAreCreepier: Ghoul slugs are pure evil (being corrupted by Dr. Blakk), and [[SuperPoweredEvilSide more powerful versions of their original species]]. Their vicious appearance inspires Eli to coin the name after seeing one for the first time.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: There was a Ghoul-hypno slug that turned everyone into brainwashed zombies and stole stuff for the caster in the episode ''Dawn of the Slugs''. The fun thing is that it was set in a mall ''and'' the slug's master is a straight-up Voodoo witch doctor named Mr Saturday, covering ''both'' zombie archetypes in one go.
* ParrotPetPosition: Burpy often spends more time on Eli's shoulder than in his canister.
** The pirate captain's lizard does this as well.
* PinballProjectile: ''The World Beneath Our Feet, Part 2'': Eli intentionally causes multiple stalactites to fall with a single ricochet shot.
** The Speedstinger slug's power is to ricochet off surfaces before reaching a target.
** [[BountyHunter The Gentleman]] deliberately uses his Thresher slug (the spinning buzzsaw one) in this fashion.
* PowerCopying: The pirate captain's pet lizard is able to not only be used as ammo for a blaster, but can also mimic any of the slugs his opponent uses to blast at him.
* PowerIncontinence: Dr. Blakk's Ghoul slugs had this problem at first. He fixed it.
* PowerWalk: Leading up to the climax of "Dawn of the Slug".
* {{Pun}}: The word "slug" is used in three ways. The creatures look like upright cartoon slugs, they're used as ammunition (like shotgun slugs), and the phrase "Slug it out!" is used as a series motto ("slug" meaning a hard blow/hit, as in "slugfest" or "slugger").
* TheReveal:
** ''The New Kid Part 1'': [[spoiler: Twist is working for Dr. Blakk]].
** ''Inheritance'': [[spoiler: Will Shane had a device that allowed him to communicate with the Shadow Clan]].
** ''What Lies Beneath'': [[spoiler: Below Slugterra in the Deep Caverns is an entire evil race called the Dark Bane, and Diablos Nacho is one of them]].
** ''The Return'': [[spoiler: The Enigmo slug allows those hit with it to view a slug's aura, in order to see which are compatible for a Fusion Shot]].
* RevolversAreJustBetter: Dana Por has a revolver slug blaster ''gauntlet''.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: The slugs, of course! (When below 100 mph, that is).
* SadisticChoice: The Gamemaster in "Thrill of the Game" is all about these.
* SealedEvilInACan: [[spoiler: There is a whole evil race called the Dark Bane trapped beneath Slugterra, with all of Slugterra acting like a cork and keeping them sealed in there]].
* {{Shapeshifting}}: The slugs transform from cute little creatures into more powerful versions of their species, but only when traveling at least 100 mph.
* ShoutOut:
** In "Deadweed", Eli [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings convinces an army of 'ghosts' to take up arms beside him.]]
** "The Slug Run" has a chicken-type mechabeast [[VideoGame/FinalFantasy which may look familiar for other reasons.]]
** The Shadow Clan are [[Franchise/XMen dark-skinned humanoids with tails and the ability to teleport.]]
** "[[Film/DawnOfTheDead Dawn of the Slug]]". It's even set in a mall. At least till TheReveal that OurZombiesAreDifferent.
** In "The New Kid pt 1", concerning a GreasySpoon diner:
--> '''Pronto''': "[[StarWars You will never find]] [[WretchedHive a more foul and wretched establishment...]] but the soup is good."
** TheReveal of TheMole [[spoiler:read: Twist]] involves him leveling his blaster behind Eli, [[Film/TheDeparted a pose that some may find familiar.]]
** In "Inheritance", we get [[TheLordOfTheRings a circular device that lets you see the Shadowclan coming when worn, but unfortunately it draws them like ants to sugar AND could drive you mad when worn for too long.]]
** In "A Distant Shore", Eli comes across a [[TheBookOfEli book]] that's really part of his legacy, an important Shane artifact with the secret of the surface world. [[SubvertedTrope Sadly, Eli chose to torch it rather than carry it with him on his adventures.]]
** "The Journey Home". [[HomewardBoundTheIncredibleJourney The title says it all.]]
** In "What Lies Beneath", the door to the Dark Bane world is [[{{Film/Stargate}} a ring-shaped structure with symbols along the edge.]].
** In "Mission Improbable", we get TheAlcatraz, which is actually named [[HogansHeroes Stalag-mite 17]]. And Pronto's response to an impending avalanche is... [[LooneyTunes whipping out a comically tiny umbrella.]]
** "Thrill of the Game" has the Gamemaster, [[{{Film/Saw}} who traps our heroes and forces them to play his game.]] They even set up the SadisticChoice.
* [[spoiler: SixthRangerTraitor: In ''The New Kid, Part 1'' and ''Part 2'', the Shane gang encounter a guy named Twist. He helps them out for a while, but by the end of ''Part 1'', he is revealed to be in league with Dr. Blakk]].
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* StickyBomb: There is a slug that sticks into walls with spines as its tail burns down like a fuse.
* StinkBomb: Flatulorincus/Stinkers.
* SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic: Although not completely explained, the Slugs' process of shapeshifting has been analyzed enough for [[AppliedPhlebotinum application as a power source]] for the mechabeasts and to be wholly replicated in Robo-Slugs. It's even been named Molecular Transference.
* SuperMode: Slugs can "Mega Morph" to an even more powerful form when they reach 200 mph.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: ''The World Beneath Our Feet, Part 2''. Eli wins his first match of the tournament and goes to find Pronto watching another match. Pronto says [[BlatantLies he's certainly not looking for another job in case Eli lost]].
* SwissArmyGun: Since each type of slug has its own effect, every blaster is this.
* TakenForGranite: "No Exit". The Neurotox slug (a ghouled-up version of a Neotox slug) uses its toxic gas to turn opponents to stone until our heroes figure out how to reverse that effect.
* TedBaxter: Molenoid Sedo and the King of Sling [[spoiler:are opposite versions - King is reformed eventually, but Sedo is working for Blakk.]]
* TemptingFate: Invoked and lampshaded in "The Undertow".
* TestosteronePoisoning: "The Slug Run". "Sunday Sunday SUNDAY!!!"
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: Sometimes done with the ED rather than the OP like most cases.
* ThemeTwinNaming: Brothers Locke and Lode.
* TitleDrop: In the episode ''Bandoleer of Brothers'', Eli says the episode title at the end of the episode.
** Also happens early on in "The World Beneath Our Feet".
** Combined with CallBack in "Keys to the Kingdom" when Pronto drops the title of the episode the TedBaxter Molenoid first appeared in ("The Slug Run").
* TooManyHalves: According to Pronto, the Lightwell is "50% legend, 50% lore, and 50% mystery."
* TournamentArc: Not really an arc, but the two-part series premiere follows Eli through a tournament as he gets a hang of slugslinging and gathers a variety of new slugs.
* TranslatorCollar: A mystical Shadow Clan device called the Shadowtalker allows the listener speak to the Shadow Clan. However, it causes great mental pain to do so. The head of the Clan even said that most can't handle it, though he hinted that Eli might someday.
** As the series continues, Eli seems to be getting better at handling it, he has used it several times since his first time and hasn't shown as much strain.
* TrickArrow: Having a variety of slugs in one's arsenal helps with strategy (punching, net launcher, bolas, taser, smoke cloud...).
* UnknownRival: Pronto is this to fellow Molenoid Sedo; Pronto has met him before, but Sedo doesn't even recognize him.
* UnorthodoxReload: Diablos Nacho simply slams his blaster on his own bandolier to load a cartridge. So does Boss Ember, except his shells are all on his back.
* VampiricDraining: One episode includes a Dark Bane monster that feeds off the energy of slugs and humans to stay in Slugterra.
* VictoryIsBoring: The villain in ''Roboslugs'' briefly complains about this after his HumongousMecha defeats Eli and friends.
--> What's the point of winning if there's nobody to lord it over?
* VillainTeamUp: Blakk and the Dark Bane have been working together all along.
** "Return of the Elementals" has the Dark Bane fighters [[spoiler:led by Goon]] teaming up with [[spoiler: a beefed up Dr. Blakk]].
* WaterIsAir: Averted with slug-slinging. Slug-slinging is still possible underwater, but unless you have a slug suited for water, you need a torpedo tube for them to gain enough speed to transform. Fire-type slugs like Burpy are ineffective in an underwater environment.
* WaxOnWaxOff: Played straight in "Mario Bravado" when Eli has to master the ultimate trick shot...by working in a pizza place.
** Granted it's a pizza place that involves slugslinging for ultra-fast preparation time.
* Wedgie: Pronto gets these constantly.
* WhamEpisode: “Back to Blakk”. In it we learn Blakk’s origins, how Burpy came to be with Eli’s dad, and what led Blakk to create the Ghouls.
** In the end, Blakk is rescued by Diablos Nacho, who used the Gattler to create a portal to the Deep Caverns and released four Dark Bane with him!
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Several loose ends are left after the series finale. For example:
** [[spoiler: What is the Gamemaster going to do?]]
** [[spoiler: What happened to Blakk's minions, like Twist, Locke, Lode, Cece and John Bull?]]
** [[spoiler: What is Dana going to do now now that she doesn't have to hide from Dr. Blakk?]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Many slingers seem to just treat slugs as animals or weapons, but Eli (and eventually his entire gang to some extent) treat them like friends and allies.
* WhenTreesAttack: Blight has special slugs that grow into vines to purify his own Neotox gas. They only start attacking when Ghouled.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: One episode had a villain who developed a chronic fear of slugs after falling into a pit of them and being trapped for days before being rescued.
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler:Twist]]’s motivation: He wants RevengeByProxy on Eli because his dad, a criminal, fell into a chasm fleeing from Eli’s dad.

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!!Tropes appearing in Ghoul From Beyond

* NoveltyDecay: Megamorphs become a lot more common after Blakk was defeated. The Shane Gang even lampshade it.
* SequelHook: The Goon declares that he will be back with an army during the ending, leading right to the next movie.

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!!Tropes appearing in Return Of The Elementals

* SequelHook: After the ShaneGang saves Slugterra, Eli declares that they're going to save [[spoiler: his dad]].