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Another Creator/{{Disney}} adventure cartoon from the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' era, this series transplants several characters from [[Disney/TheJungleBook Disney's adaptation of]] ''Literature/TheJungleBook'' into a show about the golden age of seaplane travel, featuring PettingZooPeople. Essentially an animated ''TalesOfTheGoldMonkey'' - especially as one of the key locations is Louie's, an island bar run by the titular orangutan. Also has elements of a LighterAndSofter, Disney version of ''TabletopGame/CrimsonSkies'' (particularly the Air Pirates; see below).

Baloo the bear is a seaplane cargo-for-hire operator from the port city of Cape Suzette in a time not unlike the 1930s. His twin-engine flying boat, the ''Sea Duck'', is his most prized possession, and he favors his freedom over all else, including paying his bills. When the bank forecloses on his debts, a young entrepreneur/lady bear/single mother named Rebecca Cunningham snaps up his business, his plane, and his home, and opens the "Higher-For-Hire" air cargo service. Rather than abandon his "baby" to her and whatever low-rent pilot she may hire, he stays on, working for the day when he can buy back the ''Sea Duck'' and be rid of her.

Early on, he picks up a young stowaway, Kit Cloudkicker, who eventually earns the post of Baloo's navigator and sidekick. A daring barnstormer and aspiring pilot, Kit uses a collapsible airfoil to glide behind the ''Sea Duck'' on a line, and is responsible for much of the derring-do of the series in contrast to his overweight chum.

[[ShipTease Outside the odd subtle occasion,]] there's not a lot of romance between Becky and Baloo: their relationship smacks more of SiblingRivalry. The two of them -- with Kit and Becky's [[CheerfulChild adorable daughter Molly]] -- form a definite sitcom family dynamic, with the practical, strait-laced Becky faced off against her lazy, easygoing, roguish pilot.

Allies of the crew include Louie (the orangutan monarch from ''Disney/TheJungleBook'') who operates a seaplane truckstop of sorts out in the ocean that is Baloo's favorite hangout; and Wildcat, a seemingly slow-witted mechanic with incredible skills.

There are three major antagonists: the Air Pirates, led by Don Karnage, who operate from a [[AirborneAircraftCarrier giant flying aircraft carrier]] called the ''Iron Vulture'' (and would have long ago plundered Cape Suzette, had it not been for all those big honkin' guns on the nearby cliffs); the country of Thembria, a pseudo-Soviet totalitarian state full of snow and blue warthogs, home to the [[TheNapoleon napoleonic]] Col. Spigot and his [[HogansHeroes Sergeant Schultz]]-like sidekick, Sgt. Dunder; and Shere Khan, the most feared predator of ''Disney/TheJungleBook'', transformed into a CorruptCorporateExecutive... though it could be argued that he's not actually ''corrupt'' - merely absolutely ruthless in the best senses of the phrase.

Refer to the [[Characters/TaleSpin Character Sheet]] for more details.

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon
* AbnormalAmmo:
** The Thembrian air defenses consist of catapults launching bathtubs, pianos, and other random objects, because the [[ObstructiveBureaucrat paperwork]] for getting actual ammo for their AA cannons is more of a nightmare than the [[TheGulag Thembrian prisons]].
** In part two of "Plunder and Lightning", Baloo escapes an attack by dumping a load of fruit on the air pirates.
** Similarly, in "Citizen Khan", Kit and Wildcat throw rotten fruit on the corrupt sheriff and his sidekick, causing them to crash.
* AbsentMindedProfessor: Baloo's friend Buzz from "Baloo Thunder" and "Bullethead Baloo" counts for this in spades.
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: The sewer in the episode, "Bringing Down Babyface" is (just barely) big enough for Baloo to fly the Sea Duck through.
* AbuseIsOkayWhenItIsFemaleOnMale: Rebecca's treatment of Baloo leans towards this on occasion (though granted Baloo can find lots of non-violent methods of dishing it back out).
* AccidentalMisnaming:
** Colonel ''Spigot''!
** Also "it's Rebecca, not Becky", though she grows attached to the nickname later on.
* TheAce: Whistlestop Jackson, hero to millions!
** BrokenAce: Whistlestop apparently has been struggling ever since aviation vehicles started evolving and becoming too complex for him to properly handle and briefly considers dissolving into obscurity until Baloo snaps him out of it.
** Inverted with the {{iron|y}}ically named character [[{{Jerkass}} Ace London]].
* AceCustom: The ''Sea Duck'', a hydroplane freighter that Baloo and Wildcat customized up the gazoo. Which includes, of course, the OverDrive system.
* {{Acrofatic}}: Baloo isn't a particularly skilled fighter, though can deal a mean punch, and is quite agile, considering his size.
* AdventurerArchaeologist: Three of them, all guest stars.
* AdventurerOutfit: Rebecca wears one in a few episodes, and it's Myra's standard apparel.
* AffablyEvil: Both Shere Khan and Don Karnage.
* AffectionateNickname: [[TheNicknamer Baloo]] dishes out a lot of these, but perhaps the most notable are "Lil' Britches" (for Kit) and "Becky" (for Rebecca). Rebecca's treatment of her nickname also mirrors the trope, only accepting it when she is on happy terms with Baloo. Kit calls Baloo Mowgli's nickname for the original, "Papa Bear".
* AirborneAircraftCarrier: The ''Iron Vulture''.
* AlienInvasion: Baloo and Kit fake one in "War of the Weirds".
* TheAllegedBoss: Rebecca Cunningham plays with this. She has ControlFreak issues and is perfectly willing to push Baloo and others around in her schemes; however, she is usually all bark and no bite, and usually acts more as a bossy childish friend than an authority figure, something Baloo takes advantage of time and time again.
* AllThereInTheManual: The short-lived comic series confirms Becky's [[spoiler:status as a widow]] and goes into some detail about Kit's life before linking up with Don Karnage.
* AllWomenAreLustful: Louie's aunt, Louise in "The Ransom of Red Chimp", who is attracted to men with accents and goes after Don Karnage, and later her flying rival, a French pilot named Jacques Toujour.
* AnimationBump: To an extent, due to the animation being exported from six different studios [[note]]The Creator/WaltDisneyAnimationUnits in Japan and France, Creator/SunwooEntertainment and Creator/WangFilmProductions. With help from Creator/PacificRimAnimation (France, uncredited); and TamaProductions, JadeAnimation & Creator/HanhoHeungUp (Japan)[[/note]], the style and quality varied to rather noticeable degrees on occasion. This was common with most Disney cartoons at this point.
** Some of the high points are in the four part pilot "Plunder And Lightning" and "Pizza Pie In The Sky", which were animated by Disney France.
* AntiVillain: Shere Khan. Sure, he engages in {{Evil Plan}}s from time to time and can be ruthless when he needs to, but he is genuinely fond of the heroes and certainly has a conscience, and generally doesn't cross any lines that there's no going back from. Think [[WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} David Xanatos]], but nicer.
* AnthropomorphicShift: From ''Disney/TheJungleBook''.
** Louie can be considered an inversion of sorts. He is given an anthropomorphic role and wears a human attire, though his design and proportions are actually more hunched over and simian-like than his original ''The Jungle Book'' counterpart.
*** [[FridgeBrilliance Because he's not trying to be a man any more.]]
* AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering: The vast majority of the scenes with Don Karnage and Gibber, and some dialogs between Baloo and Wildcat.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: In "Louie's Last Stand", Dougie Benson, a minor businessman in Shere Khan's company, attempts to evict Louie from his property by forging Khan's signature on documents that mobilize his company pilots into a makeshift mook-army. When Khan finds out, he dresses Dougie down for forgery, misuse of company property, and his now soot-stained coat not being up to company dress code.
** In the episode, "Bringing Down Babyface", after Baloo and Babyface Half-Nelson escape from the police, Officer Malarkey calls for backup, telling them, "Suspects are armed, dangerous, and wearing festive party hats."
* ATeamFiring: But at least they use real bullets, [[FamilyFriendlyFirearms unlike some cartoons]].
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Kit Cloudkicker, Ace London.
* BadassAdorable: Kit, and to a lesser extent Molly.
** Oscar from "Captain Outrageous" earns this status at the end of the episode when he TakesALevelInBadass and saves Baloo, Kit, and Wildcat from the pirates.
* BadassBookworm: Myra from "In Search of Ancient Blunders". She doesn't really fight, but she does [[PianoDrop drop a piano]] on Dumptruck's head--and then there's her BewareTheNiceOnes moment with the mummy.
* BadassPrincess: Princess Lotta Lamour from "The Road to Macadamia". She's not afraid to confront her kingdom's EvilChancellor ("Touch me and you're dust, buster!"), and during a fight she knocks out several of the chancellor's {{Mooks}} with a big mallet.
* BarefootCartoonAnimal: Many characters, including Rebecca, Molly, Wildcat and Shere Khan in the main cast.
* BearyFunny: Baloo, Rebecca, Molly and Kit.
* BeleagueredAssistant: Kit sometimes is this due to Baloo's occasional idiocies and {{Jerkass}} tendencies. Rebecca and Baloo himself often play this trope as well, depending on who is [[IdiotBall leading the madness]].
* BelligerentSexualTension: Baloo and Rebecca are all over this, being patterned after Sam and Diane from ''Series/{{Cheers}}''.
* BenevolentBoss[=/=]MeanBoss[=/=]PointyHairedBoss: Rebecca can be considered an unusual mix of all three tropes in one. While she mostly leaned towards the first due to her protagonist role and viewing her employees more as her friends, her occasional temperament, [[ControlFreak superiority complex]] and [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} outright quirkiness]] leads to her being less than pleasant to work with [[DependingOnTheWriter on occasion]], especially in early episodes.
** Shere Khan himself was a mix of the first two of those. He is deadly serious, hates having his time wasted and is extremely strict, but he values hard work and albeit he's quite demanding, he is also fair to his employees.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Myra from "In Search of Ancient Blunders".
** Also Wildcat, Rebecca, Kit, and even Molly fit this trope most of the time.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Don Karnage.
** The majority of villains for that matter. While they are nearly all bumbling wackos the majority of them do at least pose as a sort of plausible threat.
* BigDamnHeroes: Baloo is known for doing this in quite a few episodes with "Plunder And Lightning" and "Last Horizons" being some of the most famous examples.
** Also Oscar does this in the episode "Captains Outrageous" [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome when he blows the cell wall open in the Iron Vulture to save Baloo, Kit, and Wildcat from the pirates.]]
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Rebecca arguably leans inside the fine line between this and a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. She is a NiceGirl deep down, but too often tries to hide her bad temper and ego problems in a professional facade rather than her genuine positive traits.
* BlondesAreEvil: [[spoiler:Kitten Caboodle and Muffy Vanderschmeer.]]
** Inverted for [[spoiler:Muffy, since she is later revealed to be wearing a wig.]]
* BodySwap: "A Baloo Switcheroo".
* BookDumb: Baloo to a ridiculous extent.
* BoundAndGagged: Happens to both Baloo and Rebecca on a few odd occasions, as well as to Shere Khan of all people, in "Bullethead Baloo".
* BrainyBrunette: Rebecca, of course.
* BrattyHalfPint: Either Kit or Molly, DependingOnTheWriter.
* BreakingBadNewsGently: Parodied in "Bearly Alive".
--> '''Doctor''' ''(over the phone):'' You'd better sit down.
--> '''Rebecca:''' I am sitting down.
--> '''Doctor:''' Then stand up.
--> '''Rebecca''' ''(standing):'' Okay, now I'm standing up.
--> '''Doctor:''' ''Now'' you'd better sit down.
* BreakTheHaughty: Both Baloo and Rebecca fall victim to this, [[AcquiredSituationalNarcissism over and over and over...]]
* BrokenAesop: "War of the Weirds" focuses on Baloo and Kit lying to Rebecca in order to receive vacation time. Of course, this leads them all into considerable trouble, and the only thing to do is for all parties to continue the lie until the trouble blows over.
* BumblingDad: Baloo, of the surrogate variety.
* [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bunny Ears Mechanic]]: Wildcat. A cheerful {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and generally unaware of social niceties, true. But he was also a genius mechanic, a competent pilot ([[CaptainCrash albeit with few directional skills]]), and (on occasion, such as in "The Flight of the Snow Duck") surprisingly perceptive regarding matters of the heart.
** Baloo can be considered something of a "Bunny Ears Pilot" as well, slovenly, obnoxious and BookDumb, but is an ingenius and versatile flyer (including piloting prototype helicopters and a bare jet engine!). One could argue whether Rebecca's quirks make her a "Bunny Ears Businesswoman" as well.
* ButtMonkey: Colonel Spigot and Douglas Benson from "Louie's Last Stand". Baloo and Rebecca also have some moments.
* BuzzingTheDeck:
** Baloo is known to do this literally, using his propeller to trim hedges at times, as seen in the show's opening, upside-down, no less.
** Baloo got buzzed himself once in flight and was not happy about it, especially when he found out who he'd just been buzzed by, [[TheRival Ace London]].
* CastingGag: The decision to cast Ed Gilbert and R.J. Williams as Baloo and Kit, respectively. They had previously been cast as a father-and-son bear duo in the mid-1980s Creator/{{NBC}} cartoon ''{{Kissyfur}}''.
* CatFight: Rebecca had one with most female villains. Mainly [[spoiler:Kitten Kaboodle]] in "A Star Is Torn" and [[spoiler:Muffy Vanderschmeer]] in "A Touch Of Glass".
* ChainOfDeals: "Double or Nothing".
* ChainedHeat: "Stuck on You".
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Kit's history with Don Karnage and the Sky Pirates seems to be all but forgotten in episodes following the pilot, to the point the two seem rather inept about each other outside their connections with Baloo. Karnage rarely refers to Kit as anything outside the generic label of "Baloo's little friend".
** Ironically Col. Spigot's first appearance in "The Idol Rich" is about the one time he and Baloo instantly recognise each other.
* CheerfulChild: Molly Cunningham. She's rambunctious and not above a little blackmail to get what she wants. However, in the major incident she did that, she didn't hesitate afterward to bail out Baloo when her mother threatened to fire him.
* TheChessmaster: Shere Khan.
* ChickMagnet: Baloo has won affection and attention from Katie Dodd, Princess Lotta Lamour, Kitten Caboodle, Myra Foxworthy, Plane Jane, Sally the radio host, and even Rebecca herself, so he definitely deserves a spot here.
* ChristmasEpisode: "A Jolly Molly Christmas".
* CityOfAdventure: Cape Suzette.
* ClipItsWings: In "Flight of the Snow Duck", Baloo, Wildcat and Molly escape from a Thembrian prison by flying a plane made completely out of ice, while being pursued by military fighters. When one of the wings gets shot off, Wildcat scoops some water out of a lake and tosses over the wing's stub, instantly repairing it.
* {{Cloudcuckooland}}: Thembria.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Wildcat. Baloo and even Rebecca [[DependingOnTheWriter on occasion]] have lighter bouts of this too.
* ComicallySerious: Shere Khan (somewhat in contrast to the [[LargeHam hammier]] SmugSnake he was in ''Disney/TheJungleBook''). The odd occasions a smile does appear on his face [[OhCrap usually spells big trouble for someone]].
* CommissarCap: Baloo wears one of these.
** Also part of Spigot's military uniform - as with all the Thembrian military.
* ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike: Baloo and Kit get this a lot due to their occasionally haphazard manner of saving the day, though they're usually rather open about [[UngratefulBastard what they think of the situation]].
-->'''Kit:''' [[WellExcuseMePrincess Well excuse me]] for saving your tail.
* ContagiousCassandraTruth: In "It Came from Beneath the Sea Duck", Kit is chewed out by Rebecca for taking Molly outside the apartment while babysitting (in reality this was for a load of convoluted reasons). Baloo is GenreSavvy enough to suggest letting Kit explain what happened, however Rebecca just assumes that Kit learned his irresponsible behaviour from him and shushes him too.
* ContinuityCameo: A lot of supposed OneSceneWonder characters from specific episodes make background cameos in others (even previous villains such as Kitten Caboodle and Muffy and Buffy oddly enough). Sometimes counts as an EarlyBirdCameo.
* ControlFreak: Rebecca plays with this. While she has a rather shrill attitude and frequently manipulates or bullies Baloo and the others into following her schemes, she fails to have much intimidation over them or take much action against their own incompetent or obnoxious habits, leading her to come off more as a bossy friend than a domineering boss.
* ConjunctionInterruption[=/=]NotNowKiddo: Often the bane of Molly and Kit's lives, usually issued by Rebecca (the more GenreSavvy Baloo even notes a couple of occasions it might be worth listening to them).
* ConvectionShmonvection: Baloo has flown into a volcano several times before with the Sea Duck escaping with only mild burns on the plane.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Don Karnage is fond of these.
* CoolPlane: The ''Sea Duck'', natch: a rare case of a [[TheAllegedCar beat-up, unarmed cargo hauler]] getting the kind of love usually reserved for fighter planes. There are many, ''many'' other examples - stunt planes, crop-dusters, a multitude of flying boats - some pulled from genuine aviation history and others seeming to parody it.
** Curiously, the ''Sea Duck'' seems to be based in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grumman_G-21_Goose G-21 Goose]] (with the twin-boom layout of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairchild_C-82_Packet Fairchild C-82 Packet]] thrown in), an amphibious plane used during the 30s and 40s and still used today. Even more funnier that in the Mexican Spanish dub, the ''Sea Duck'' was renamed in Spanish as ''El Ganso'' (The Goose), as possibly [[ShownTheirWork the Mexican translator did know the correct name of the plane]].
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Semi-subverted by Shere Khan. Khan is ruthless and can be quite vicious and vindictive. However, he has a moral code and a sense of honor, and his rivals are usually much worse than he is. Many of his appearances have him as a protagonist, and his antagonist appearances frequently end with him saying something along the lines of "You are right and I will stop taking the action you are opposing. Now get out before I change my mind". Furthermore, if he hires you for a job and knows your moral principles, the job will likely be dangerous, but it will be doable, agree with your conscience, and he pays ''very'' well in the end.
** Whether or not it's subverted or not is completely up to the episode. In one episode he'll recruit the sky pirates to attack planes and create a fake fuel shortage. In another he'll swear a life debt. The most consistent thing about this show is its inconsistency.
* [[CoversAlwaysLie Title Cards Always Lie]]: The title card of the episode "The Ransom of Red Chimp" has Don Karnage in his signature air pirate uniform, while in the actual episode he's wearing a bathing costume all throughout the episode.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Baloo always manages to save the day.
* CuteBruiser: Rebecca earned this status at the end of the episode "A Touch Of Glass".
* CutSong: A scene in the TV movie "Plunder & Lightning" where Rebecca sings "Home Is Where The Heart Is", a lullaby to Molly as Kit listens in was cut for time when it was split into four episodes.
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster: Trader Moe and his lackeys.
* DashingHispanic: Don Karnage fancies himself as one of these, but invariably comes off as just buffoonish. (Interestingly, some fanfics based on this show not only have him play this trope straight, but also transform him into a psychologically tortured AntiVillain). Note, though, that, while he may not be {{Badass}} per se, he's ''still'' very dangerous.
* ADayInTheLimelight: "Flight School Confidential" is focused largely on Kit venturing to Thembria, with Baloo only having a brief role in the opening and closing moments. A couple of episodes also focus primarily on Rebecca and Molly's relationship.
* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler:"The Old Man and the Sea Duck" ends with Baloo discovering that the man that had taught him to fly again had been dead and gone for 20 years, and that the airfield he trained at was a broken down husk of its former self.]]
** [[spoiler:Also in "Her Chance To Dream", Rebecca's new love interest Captain William Stansbury is revealed to be the ghost of the captain who crashed his boat on Louie's island centuries ago.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Both Rebecca and Baloo to extremes.
** Also Shere Khan has his moments.
** ServileSnarker: Kit on occasion.
** LittleMissSnarker: Molly at times.
* DeathGlare: Despite Rebecca's appearance, she actually has given Baloo a pretty scary one from time to time.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Both Baloo and Rebecca's personalities occasionally come off as erratic due to constantly passing off the SanityBall (eg. one can be completely gullible or arrogant towards a situation identical to one they were totally wary of in a previous episode). Their NotSoDifferent tendencies also shift from episode to episode (sometimes Rebecca is Baloo's polar opposite, others they are borderline {{Distaff Counterpart}}s for each other).
* {{Determinator}}: In both a negative and positive sense, Baloo and Rebecca are very stubborn individuals, be it for {{Zany Scheme}}s or heroics. Rebecca is also shown to be very protective of Baloo, to the point of potential [[HeroicSacrifice self-sacrifice]]; Baloo, in turn, will go to great lengths to aid or protect her.
* DidNotDoTheBloodyResearch: In "Bygones", the English pilot Rick Sky actually says the word "Bloody".
* DieselPunk
* DirtyCommunists: Not explicitly said to be communist, but Thembria is obviously meant to be a stand in for the Soviet Union.
** In one episode, Baloo actually refers to the Thembrians as "commies."
* DisappearedDad: Molly's. Kit's missing ''both'' parents.
** In the comics it explains that Molly's father [[spoiler:is deceased and that Rebecca is unfortunately a widow.]]
*** The show itself leaves Rebecca's status up for the audience to guess. Gets confusing when a woman in the 30's can be a single mom [[EternalSexualFreedom and nobody cares]].
* DiscoTech: Tinabula.
* DistractedByTheSexy: The reason Baloo and Louie help Katie find the lost city of Tinabula, even though they didn't want to go treasure hunting in the episode "For Whom The Bell Klangs".
** This also happens to Baloo and Louie when they help Princess Lotta Lamour in "The Road to Macadamia".
** This is the main reason that Baloo won't listen to Rebecca [[spoiler:when she tells Baloo that Kitten Kaboodle is responsible for the "accidents" that have been happening on the movie set]] in the episode "A Star Is Torn".
** "Cool Hands" Luke is obviously smitten by "[[WholesomeCrossdresser Tan-Margaret]]" (aka Baloo) in "Feminine Air", even though they are competitors in an air race.
* DistressedDamsel: Happens to Rebecca and Molly on occasion. Baloo and Kit aren't immune to the trope either.
** Also Katie Dodd when she is kidnapped.
* DitzyGenius: Rebecca.
* DownerEnding: "Your Baloo's In The Mail", albeit PlayedForLaughs (though apparently a few fans insist otherwise).
* TheDragAlong: Rebecca on some occasions, who doesn't appreciate Baloo's tendency to turn a simple cargo mission into a dangerous adventure or ZanyScheme ([[NotSoAboveItAll not that she doesn't force Baloo into a few badly thought ones as well at times]]).
* EarAche: Rebecca frequently drags Baloo away by his ear in an argument.
* EarNotch: Don Karnage has one.
* EasyAmnesia: In "The Old Man and the Sea Duck", with a dose of LaserGuidedAmnesia too; it only affects Baloo's piloting skills, forcing him to re-learn them. However, the cliche of the second blow is avoided as Baloo's memory returns when he [[spoiler:re-experiences the joy of flying again.]]
* EasyComeEasyGo: Several episodes.
* ElmuhFuddSyndwome: Played with in "Waiders of the Wost Tweasure". [[spoiler:"Wuby Wings" wasn't a mispronunciation of "Ruby ''Rings''", rather, it was "Ruby ''Wings''".]]
* EnemyEatsYourLunch: In "Plunder and Lighting", Don Karnage intimidates the customers of Louie's through drinking someone's drink.
* EpisodeTitleCard: Done for only two episodes, "The Ransom of Red Chimp" and "Jolly Molly Christmas".
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Shere Khan has several moments of this. He is at the very least GenreSavvy enough to know the consequences of [[KickTheDog Kicking The Dog]] too many times.
** A particularly good example of this is in the end of the episode "Citizen Khan".
-->'''Clementine:''' So you never told the sheriff to mistreat the miners?\\
'''Shere Khan:''' My dear, I desire only money and power. Unpresentable employees provide me with neither.
** Don Karnage as well [[DependingOnTheWriter on occasion]].
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Baloo for Kitten Kaboodle in "A Star Is Torn" and Wildcat for Clementine Clevenger in "Citizen Khan".
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Princess Grace from "Waiders of the Wost Tweasure" and Princess Lotta Lamour in "The Road to Macadamia".
* EvilChancellor: Chancellor Trample from "The Road to Macadamia".
* EvilIsHammy: Don Karnage.
* ExactWords: "When I say 'FIRE', then you FIRE!"
* {{Expy}}: Rebecca, according to WordOfGod is based on Rebecca Howe of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' in both aspects of personality and [[VitriolicBestBuds her chemistry with]] [[WillTheyOrWontThey the main protagonist]].
** The business situation is very similar to ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' as well: Entrepreneurial businesswoman takes over a failing business run by a laid-back owner and attempts to change his ways to make the business profitable, HilarityEnsues.
** Kit is also obviously meant to be an Expy for [[Disney/TheJungleBook Mowgli]] in places. While he has enough unique traits to differentiate the two, his relationship with [[ParentalSubstitute Baloo]] is very similar (right down to using the same [[TheNicknamer affectionate nicknames]] for each other).
** The three major Thembrians: Col. Spigot, Sgt. Dunder and the High Marshall are Expies (and parodies) of Col. Wilhelm Klink, Sgt. Hans Schultz, and General Albert Burkhalter from ''Series/HogansHeroes''.
*** Although the High Marshall is also a very obvious visual Expy of Leonid Brezhnev.
** And as mentioned above, the show is based loosely on ''TalesOfTheGoldMonkey'', making Baloo, Wildcat and Louie expies of Jake, Corky and, er, Louie.
*** Shere Khan as an AntiVillain and a NobleDemon who often as not helps out the heroes, serves a similar role as [[DragonLady Princess Koji]].
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Baloo's goal: to buy his plane back from Becky.
** He did buy it back once, though handed back the rights after realising the process was destroying Becky's business, implying he is pretty much set to work at Higher For Hire, willingly or not.
* FakeDefector: At one point in "Plunder & Lightning" Kit rejoins the pirates, regaining Karnage's trust by pretending he didn't really care about his new friends, so he can convince Karnage to let his friends go. This is PlayedForDrama, with Baloo convinced that Kit has betrayed him until later in the story.
* FakedRipVanWinkle: The plot of "The Time Bandit".
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: Interestingly enough, almost utterly averted. Don Karnage's men fire what appear to be real tracers out of their machine guns, the Cape Suzette anti-aircraft guns are firing real flak shells, and in one episode Baloo is chased by gangsters with very realistic-looking revolvers that fire real bullets. The few exceptions are justified, such as AA guns that shoot pies during an air race, since they are designed to hinder the racing pilots, not kill them.
* {{Fanfare}}: For the heroic moments.
* FanOfTheUnderdog: Baloo, for all his faults, is idolized greatly by Kit.
-->'''Kit:''' You're "somebody" to '''me'''.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Thembria is the Soviet Union with boars.
* FatBastard: The High Marshall, no question about it.
* FieryRedhead: Katie Dodd.
* FishOutOfWater: Rebecca to an extent. Though one could argue it's the one element preventing her from being Baloo's DistaffCounterpart.
* [[FiveEpisodePilot Four-Episode Pilot]]
* AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted:
** In "Save the Tiger", Baloo saves Shere Khan's life and Khan owes him a debt in return. At first, Baloo asks for a few simple things, but when he realizes that Shere Khan is one of the richest and most powerful men in the word, he buys back his plane, isolates most of his friends, and eventually becomes bored with his new wealth and gifts. His endless lists of demands end up irritating Khan, who secretly arranges for Baloo to be kidnapped and held for ransom that equals the amount of all the things Baloo asked from Khan [[spoiler:and Higher for Hire]]. Towards the end of the episode, Rebecca and Kit save Baloo, and Baloo's final request is to have everything back to the way it was before.
** In "The Balooest of the Blue Bloods", Baloo inherits a mansion [[spoiler:and the butler and maid try to kill him so they can inherit it for themselves]]. The mansion gets repossessed at the end of the episode.
* ForgedMessage: In one episode one of Shere Khan's executives, Benson, tried to force Louie out of his club by writing a letter that said, "Do whatever Mr. Benson says." and forging Khan's signature, thus making the Khan pilot force think they were on a sanctioned assignment.
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five-Temperament Ensemble]]: Rebecca (choleric), Kit (melancholic), Wildcat (leuquine), Baloo (sanguine), and Molly (phlegmatic).
* ForTheEvulz: Don Karnage and Shere Khan, though usually more ambitious villains, occasionally are guilty of this.
** Thembria seems to be an entire population enforced by "evil" standards and customs. Acts such as fun and laughter can land you a hefty jail sentence.
* FourFingeredHands: Almost all characters have them, but there are a (very) few exceptions, such as the five-fingered Princess Lotta Lamour and Kitten Kaboodle.
** Some inconsistencies have also occurred in this area, like Shere Khan having four fingers in one episode and five fingers in another episode.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: See Five-Temperament above.
* TheFreelanceShameSquad: In "A Jolly Molly Christmas" a rowdy group catch Louie posing as Santa for Molly, taking off his disguise and cackling insanely, completely ignorant of [[TearJerker the disillusioned six year old running out of the bar in tears]].
* FriendOrIdolDecision: Baloo has an almost unhealthy obsession with the Sea Duck and will scold anyone for laying a finger on it without permission. Nevertheless, it's established from the very first episode that he would sacrifice it in an instant to save his friends and surrogate family.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Wildcat proves that this description fits him in "Paradise Lost" and "The Sound And The Furry". Also Kit in "All's Whale That Ends Whale" and Molly in "Mommy For A Day".
* FunnyForeigner: Don Karnage. Colonel Spigot and Private Dunder, to an extent, too.
* FurryFemaleMane: Fairly standard for the female characters, with the exception of Muffy Vanderschmeer.
* FutileHandReach: Myra and Baloo do this during "In Search of Ancient Blunders".
* GainaxEnding: Arguable example with "Flying Dupes". Like most DisneyAfternoon shows, the series is left open ended, with the finale focusing near solely on Baloo attempting to give Col. Spigot flying lessons. It doesn't help that this episode was banned on certain networks.
* GeniusDitz: Wildcat, a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} of the highest order but neverless can fix a high number of mechanical issues in a matter of seconds (at least for what his provided apparatus allows).
** WordOfGod claims Baloo and Rebecca were meant to foil each other in this regard. Baloo is extremely BookDumb and slovenly, but also streetwise and resourceful due to his adventuring (as well as being a grade A AcePilot). In contrast Rebecca is well educated and has profound business ethics, but due to her pampered lifestyle is somewhat naive and inept to the outside world. Depending on what the scenario fit, either character would play TheDitz while another would act as TheStraightMan.
* GenreThrowback: This show is like watching a Republic Pictures serial film...except everyone is a FunnyAnimal or in some cases they appear as PettingZooPeople.
* GentleGiant: Baloo, at least when not in {{Jerkass}} mode. Sgt. Dunder, [[MinionWithAnFInEvil despite his occupation]], also seems to apply.
** Also Moby Dimple from "All's Whale That Ends Whale".
* GetItOverWith: In "The Time Bandit", Rebecca eventually finds [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment the long drawn execution ceremony]] more torturous than death itself.
-->'''Rebecca:''' ''[sobs]'' JUST GET IT OVER WITH! SHOOT ME!!!
* GirlOfTheWeek: This was a standard theme in the show, and many of them have pretty generous fan bases.
* GirlsWithMoustaches: Rebecca disguises herself with a moustache and beard in both "Plunder and Lightning" and "The Balooest of the Bluebloods".
* GlassesGirl: Katie Dodd and Myra Foxworthy.
* TheGrinch: In "Jolly Molly Christmas", Don Karnage decides the Sky Pirates will show the true spirit of giving; by making others give presents to them.
-->'''Don Karnage:''' I am not usually this generous, but Christmas comes only once a year.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Baloo, Kit and Louie, among others. Baloo calls Kit "Little Britches" (breeches) in spite of neither of them wearing pants at all, presumably as a ShoutOut to the ''[[Disney/TheJungleBook Jungle Book]]'' Baloo calling Mowgli by the same nickname.
** This even applies to the one episode where Baloo has to wear a tuxedo. Said tuxedo consists of a jacket, shirt, tie, and cummerbund...and that's it.
* HeelFaceTurn: Kit, who leaves the Air Pirates before the series begins.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Baloo and Louie spend most of the two part episode "For Whom The Bell Klangs" trying to win over Katie Dodd.
* HeroicBSOD: Baloo does this in "A Bad Reflection On You".
** Rebecca has a lighter variant in "I Only Have Ice For You".
* HeroicSacrifice: Baloo does this in the end of "Plunder And Lightning" where he [[spoiler:rams the Sea Duck into Don Karnage's lightning gun and destroys it along with his plane that he had just reclaimed ownership for.]]
** Rebecca also attempts this in "A Star Is Torn" by [[spoiler:driving an booby trapped plane that Baloo was intended to fly for a stunt. However, Baloo saves her in time]]. She also does so in "Save The Tiger" by [[spoiler:selling Higher For Hire to pay for ransom money after Baloo is supposedly kidnapped in Shere Khan's EvilPlan.]]
* HeroInsurance: Subverted, this is often the reason Baloo comes off just as penniless following his good deeds than beforehand, with him often being rewarded, ''and then charged'' for his rather hazardous acts of heroism. Depending on how neccessary his acts of destruction were, this can lead some of his clients to come off as {{Ungrateful Bastard}}s.
* HighClassGlass: Rich Baloo in "Save the Tiger" acquires a monocle along with his fancy suit.
* {{Homage}}: Thembria, the USSR {{Expy}}, is populated by warthogs. Anyone remember ''AnimalFarm?''
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Rebecca occasionally takes deals from rather shifty clients to say the least.
-->'''Rebecca:''' Jack is on a mission for the government, can't you understand?\\
'''Baloo:''' Oh I understand, I just don't believe. I don't think he's really a spy.\\
'''Rebecca:''' Oh? Then how do you explain the trenchcoat, huh? That's a spy's trenchcoat!
* [[HotScientist Hot Archeologist]]: Myra and Katie Dodd.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Considering Baloo's size, this is a given with most females on the show, but he and Rebecca are the most common example.
* HumanoidFemaleAnimal: Kitten Kaboodle and Clementine Clevenger.
* HurricaneOfPuns: Much like ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', everything original to the series has a name which has some level of punniness to it.
* IfICantHaveYou: Done rather ridiculously in "Feminine Air", an episode where Baloo [[WholesomeCrossDresser dresses as a woman]] in order to enter a females-only flying contest. One of his rivals is [[SweetOnPollyOliver so besotted with his female persona that he proposes]] and, when he's turned down, invokes this trope and starts trying to kill "her".
* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: In "Waiders of the Wost Tweasure":
-->'''Baloo:''' You're the one with the map. Which is the door to the treasure?\\
'''Plane Jane:''' That one.\\
'''Baloo:''' Hold it! You wouldn't tell me the right door. But you know that I know that you wouldn't tell me the right door, so this is the right door.
* ImprobablePilotingSkills: Baloo is so good a pilot he can pilot a plane even if he has to resort to directly manipulating the control cables to a craft's flaps and rudder when the yoke was broke. Furthermore, in one episode, he was able to quickly learn how to fly a prototype helicopter, despite the fact that operating that kind of vehicle is a completely different (not to mention ''revolutionary'' for the 1930s) concept in aviation. And don't forget, he was able to successfully "pilot" a prototype ''jet engine'' merely by hanging on to it and tugging on it real hard. No wings, no rudder, no ''plane''. Just the engine. He even broke the sound barrier while riding it.
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: Molly (and later Baloo and Rebecca) in "The Incredible Shrinking Molly".
* IncrediblyLamePun: The following exchange from "In Search of Ancient Blunders":
-->'''Don Karnage:''' Fire at will!\\
(Will runs away, screaming, as the other pirates try to shoot him)\\
'''Don Karnage:''' No, no, no, don't fire at Will, he is my second mate. ''Fire at the Sea Duck!''
** And of course, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crepe_suzette Cape Suzette]].
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: Rebecca is something of a [[SmallNameBigEgo pompous]] [[KnowNothingKnowItAll know-it-all]] who has nothing against [[BecauseISaidSo pushing her weight around]] to get Baloo to follow orders. Whenever Baloo is taken out of the picture, however, [[CantStandThemCantLiveWithoutThem things often fall apart]] due to Rebecca's physical and emotional dependance on him to help run the company. Some obvious dents left from being a single mother are also apparent.
* InferredSurvival: Due to the setting, airplanes crashing down happens quite often. Due to the fact that this is a Disney series aimed at kids, you can always see the pilots escaping just in time via parachute. [[FridgeLogic Even though they didn't wear a parachute-backpack before and didn't have time to put one on...]] (Granted, the slapstick tone means any exceptions to this merely lead to AmusingInjuries).
* InnocentProdigy: Kit has his moments of this.
* InsistentTerminology: Baloo prefers to call Rebecca "Becky;" early episodes show her arguing with him about it, wanting him to call her Rebecca, but when he finally does she says "It's Becky."
* InterspeciesRomance
** There are three or four episodes which cast Baloo and Louie as competing, bumbling suitors for the GirlOfTheWeek, who is neither a bear nor an orangutan.
** Implied by Princess Lotta Lamour's father, a rabbit. She is a fox, meaning that her mother must be a fox also.
*** Unless Lotta was adopted.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne:
-->'''Baloo:''' Because, [the pig is] messy, loud, obnoxious, ugly, and... ''*sniff*'' smelly.\\
'''Rebecca:''' Well, so are you. Besides, it's my plane.\\
'''Baloo:''' Who is she callin' messy?
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Mr. Weasel in "Vowel Play" demands people pronounce it wee-ZEL, not WEE-sel.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: At the end of "The Incredible Shrinking Molly", the episode's MadScientist mentions that he's working on a new medium called "television", and Baloo scoffs at the notion of "moving pictures". They may have stood more a chance of getting away with it, if Baloo wasn't shown watching a "moving picture" at the start of the ''exact same episode''.
* {{Jerkass}}: Ace London.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Both Baloo and Rebecca, though the extent of both the "{{Jerk|ass}}" and the [[HiddenHeartOfGold "heart of gold"]] element for both [[DependingOnTheWriter varies from episode to episode]].
* JobStealingRobot: Baloo deals with one in "From Here to Machinery".
* KangarooCourt: This is apparently the preferred "justice" system of the warthog-run Soviet Union expy Thembria. As Colonel Spigot explains to Rebecca Cunningham at one point (when she's just been arrested), the system is very simple and efficient: "First you will be given a [[BlatantLies fair]] trial. [[ShotAtDawn Then you will be shot.]]"
* KitchenSinkIncluded:
** In the episode, "Bringing Down Babyface", Baloo, Kit, and Rebecca are on the run from the law and are being chased through the sewers. The police try to stop them by stuffing items from stop signs and lights to a tree down the manholes. Baloo comments that the police used everything but the kitchen sink. They then dodge a kitchen sink, after which, Rebecca tells Baloo not to give them any more ideas. Baloo then comments that they didn't use a bathtub, and a bathtub falls on the Sea Duck. After which, Rebecca tells Baloo to be quiet.
** In the episode, "It Came From Beneath the Sea Duck", Don Karnage sends Mad Dog and Dump Truck into the city, telling them to steal everything, including the kitchen sink. Later, when the heroes have a confrontation with a giant squid, the squid accidentally rips the sink from Rebecca's kitchen and drops it into Mad Dog and Dump Truck's submarine. Don Karnage is not amused when they bring it to him.
* KnightInShiningArmor: An amusing literal example in "The Balooest of the Blue Bloods". Paranoid about inheriting a bad-luck curse, Baloo protects himself with medieval armor. This later becomes pivotal in saving Rebecca after [[YouKnowTooMuch she learns the truth behind]] [[MurderTheHypotenuse the supposed curse]].
* KnightInSourArmor: Baloo on occasion acts as this. In "My Fair Baloo", for example, he is chastised for acting like a "buffoon" at a high class ball in the [[IncrediblyLamePun Spruce Moose]]. Almost immediately following this, he saves the guests from ''two'' attempted hijackings, a plane crash and being stranded on an isolated island.
-->'''Baloo:''' Now give me one good reason why I should bail those snot nosed money-grubbers.\\
'''Rebecca:''' Because you're better than them?\\
'''Baloo:''' ...Hmm, good answer. Let's go.
** He and Rebecca often trade this role with each other. For all they suffer from each other, [[{{Determinator}} they will go to great lengths]] to keep the other safe.
* KnightOfCerebus: Shere Khan is far less bumbling compared to the rest of the RoguesGallery and can be pretty effective and dangerous if pushed hard enough. Of course the show did like to [[TheComicallySerious poke fun of his supposed "seriousness" at times]]. Interestingly this trope [[CanonForeigner made its way into]] ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' incarnation for the sequel (in contrast to his counterpart in the original film, who was fearsome but [[LaughablyEvil too hammy and whimsical to count]]).
* LargeHam: As is the case with most Disney Afternoon characters voiced by JimCummings, Don Karnage (Speaking to you now! In his own voice!) fits this to a tee.
** About half the cast fits this trope to an extent, even some of the more CloserToEarth characters can't help hamming it up at times.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: "The Old Man and the Sea Duck".
* LaughablyEvil: Don Karnage, who -- despite nearly every one of his scenes being hilarious in some way (mostly due to the [[FunnyForeigner funny accent]], eccentric antics, and [[ChewingTheScenery a marked tendency to eat sets]]) -- is one of the most legitimately dangerous bad guys on the show.
** The show's entire RoguesGallery counts to an extent, with the arguable exception of Shere Khan, (arguable due to the occasionally over-the-top extent his ComicallySerious role is taken, as well as [[Disney/TheJungleBook being based on a rather valid example]]).
* {{Leitmotif}}: Wildcat frequently has a quirky flute melody accompany many of his appearances. The ''DisneyAfternoon'' OST disk also includes numerous one shot tracks that signalled different characters and locations.
* LetThereBeSnow: Molly's wish in "Jolly Molly Christmas".
* LineOfSightName: While trying to come up with a name for the "deceased uncle" that left him $50,000, Baloo's eyes alight upon a vacuum cleaner and goes with "Hoover".
* LittleMissBadass: Molly in several episodes. Some of them being "Molly Coddled", "Mommy For A Day", and "The Incredible Shrinking Molly".
* LocalHangout: Louie's is this for pilots, except that it's not really local, being out in the middle of the ocean. This gets justified in one episode, where it turns out that Louie's is about one tankful of airplane fuel away from Cape Suzette (and presumably near a major air route.)
* LonelyRichKid: Oscar Vandershnoot in "Captains Outrageous".
* LukeNounVerber: Kit Cloudkicker.
** They poke a little fun at the naming convention when Kit gets a TheyJustDidntCare from the local newspaper:
--> '''Kit''' ''(reading):'' "Kit ''CLOWN-KICKER?!"''
* MacrossMissileMassacre: The pandas try this on Baloo. However, the missiles don't lock on the Sea Duck to perform a full-fledged Itano Circus because they're heat-seeking, and Baloo has loaded his plane with ice.
* MadScientist: At least three of them.
* {{Malaproper}}: Much of Don Karnage's dialogue fits the trope.
* MamaBear: Rebecca is a literal example to Molly.
* ManChild: Wildcat. There are also times when Baloo and Rebecca don't quite act their age.
** PsychopathicManChild: A few villains (given their LaughablyEvil tone) tend to lean into this vein.
* MeaningfulName:
** Kit Cloudkicker. "Kit" can mean both "kite" (as he is when SkySurfing and towed by the Sea Duck) and "small animal," which he is. "Cloudkicker" refers more overtly to his SkySurfing.
*** It also harkens to how he wants to kick the clouds of his troubled past away.
** Don Karnage, a pirate lord whose name evokes "carnage." Also overlaps with NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast.
* MegaMawManeuver: In the first episode, the air pirates are harassing a Khan cargo plane, which ducks into a cloud bank, only to be swallowed by the ''Iron Vulture''.
* TheMillstone: Played around with Baloo. Though genuinely heroic, he is often as much the [[IdiotBall cause of the show's problems]] as he is the savior of them.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Sgt. Dunder, though astoundingly loyal to Col. Spigot, has [[GentleGiant a meek, friendly disposition]] and [[GoKartingWithBowser is friendly towards Baloo and Kit when he's on his own time]]. Spigot himself (as a minion to [[InsistentTerminology the glorious Peoples' Republic of]] '''[[InsistentTerminology Thembria!)]]''' is more of a {{Jerkass}}, a WellIntentionedExtremist and/or a PunchClockVillain than outright evil.
* MirrorRoutine: Used in "A Bad Reflection on You".
* MissingMom: ''Both'' of Kit's parents are missing and Princess Lotta Lamour's mother also.
* MistakenForDying: Used in "Bearly Alive", ''twice over''.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Perry]] in "Baloo Thunder".
* MoodWhiplash: "Her Chance To Dream" is fairly light hearted and comical for the most part, with Rebecca obliviously becoming infatuated with a ghost that is tormenting Baloo and Louie. However, when Baloo finally convinces her who he is, [[TearJerker he realises the terrible decision she now has to make...]]
* MoralityPet: Molly to Rebecca. WordOfGod says that Molly was written essentially to offset Rebecca's [[ControlFreak nagging tendencies]] towards Baloo, and bring out her softer and [[MamaBear often more protective sides]]. Kit often brings out this element in Baloo as well.
* MoreDakka: Don Karnage's Tri-Wing Terror consists of little more than an engine, a small cockpit, and six stubby wings which seem to be little more than mounts for the six large-caliber machine guns.
* MotiveDecay: Somewhat. DependingOnTheWriter, Baloo could be insistent on working for Higher For Hire solely to get the Sea Duck back from Rebecca, or has grown accustomed to (if not outright enjoys) working for her. In "Save The Tiger", he basically {{retcon}}s his insured wealth and ownership of the plane just so she can have her business back.
* {{Mummy}}: "In Search of Ancient Blunders".
* TheMutiny: Karnage's men try to overthrow their captain on a couple odd occasions, though they admittedly aren't brilliant at it.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Don Karnage.
* TheNapoleon: Colonel Spigot.
** Also Trader Moe.
* NerdsAreSexy: Between [[BrainyBrunette Rebecca Cunningham]], Katie Dodd, and [[{{Meganekko}} Myra Foxworthy]], this was inevitable.
* NeverMyFault: The punishment for lot of offenses in Thembria, regardless of who is responsible for them, tend involve Spigot getting shot, who in turn blames a lot of his blunders on Dunder.
* NeverWinTheLottery: In "Your Baloo's in the Mail", Rebecca wins a big prize from a radio station, then trusts lazy Baloo to deliver her winning ticket--without telling him how important it is. HilarityEnsues.[[spoiler:..but as noted above, some fans don't appreciate that the DownerEnding, where Baloo delivers the ticket just ''a few seconds'' too late, is PlayedForLaughs.]]
* TheNicknamer: Baloo.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: The cartoon combines ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' characters, dogfighting, [[TheThirties 1930s]] FilmNoir, ''Franchise/IndianaJones''-styled adventures, the ColdWar, and ScrewballComedy in one cartoon. Can be equal parts comic, dramatic, action-filled or suspenseful, often just in one episode.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: In "A Star Is Torn", several celebrities from TheThirties (or at least their {{furry| fandom}} equivalents) make [[TheCameo cameos]].
* NoodleImplements: In the pilot Don Karnage plans to... somehow... use turnips and sandpaper to get Kit to talk. Naturally he is rescued before we can find out the details.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Rebecca in a rather extensive manner (though she is toned down slightly in later episodes).
** NotSoDifferent: Largely due to playing her against Baloo.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Similarly, the Thembrian military usually consisted largely of bumblers whose favored ammunition is stacks of bologna; however, when set on actually offing someone, they take it to [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment torturous]] [[NoKillLikeOverkill extremes]].
* OffModel: To an extent, due to aforementioned AnimationBump. Don Karnage for example, looked rather vicious and sinister in design in some cases, while in others he was almost as cuddly and docile looking as Baloo.
* OffscreenVillainy: During the pilot there are more than a few mentions of Don Karnage being famous for never letting anyone go, never taking anyone prisoner, and never leaving any evidence, the time he did let some pilots alive being due to him wanting to send a message. Of course, he never kills anyone over the course of the show (unless you count collateral damage from the LightningGun), mostly either due to his men's incompetence (or his own, occasionally), or Baloo and the gang being just that good.
* OhWaitThisIsMyGroceryList
* OnOneCondition: "The Balooest of the Bluebloods".
* TheOneWhoWearsShoes: Don Karnage and Gibber of the Air Pirates, as well as some guest star characters such as Katie Dodd ("For Whom the Bell Klangs") and Clementine Clevenger ("Citizen Khan").
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Baloo insists to Becky he's only working at Higher For Hire until he's earned enough to buy back the Sea Duck. While he [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere holds up to that deal]] a couple of times he earns big, it's often implied to be [[TrueCompanions a bit more complex than that]].
* [[OrMyNameIsnt Or My Name's Not]]: "...[[PhraseCatcher Ace London]]!" "Ya got ''that'' right."
* OutOfFocus[=/=]SpotlightStealingSquad: Many of the later episodes stray from the goings on of Higher For Hire and focus more on Baloo adventuring outside Cape Suzette. While Rebecca, Molly and Kit feature less as a result, Wildcat and Louie gain more prominent roles in later episodes.
* OverDrive: Used in the first episode. Combines NitroBoost with ExplosiveOverclocking if left on too long.
* OverlyPolitePals: Baloo and Kit have one of these moments in one episode.
* PandaingToTheAudience: Subverted; while the pandas of Panda-La are [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass cute-looking and seem too intellectual and isolated]], they're actually an AffablyEvil [[HordesFromTheEast Eastern Horde]] with heat-seeking rockets.
* [[PapaWolf Papa Bear]]: Baloo, of the surrogate kind to Kit (and to a lesser extent Molly). Kit even calls him Papa Bear, as Mowgli did in ''The Jungle Book''.
* ParentalSubstitute: Baloo and to a much lesser extent Rebecca, to Kit. Baloo also has moments with Molly.
* PettingZooPeople: The entire cast.
* PingPongNaivete: Kit's view of Baloo [[DependingOnTheWriter varies from episode to episode]], in some episodes he is completely oblivious to Baloo's faults and idolizes him blindly; in others he is the OnlySaneMan and TheSmartGuy of the team; in others still he's easily manipulated by con men or "too good to be true" deals that even Baloo sees right through.
* PityTheKidnapper: "The Ransom of Red Chimp".
* PokeThePoodle: Both Don Karnage and the Thembrian Army have shown occasional tactics such as this. Subverted slightly as acts such as scratching your nails on a chalkboard and forcing you through a cheesy chat show ''are'' actually considered all manner of hell for their hostages.
* PollyWantsAMicrophone: Ignatz in "Polly Wants a Treasure".
* PoorCommunicationKills: The entire episode "Your Baloo's In The Mail" proves this.
* PositiveDiscrimination: Subverted. Despite being a female character of the strong independent business woman variety, Rebecca makes her fair share of mistakes, with her and Baloo getting roughly equal opportunities to play the StraightMan for each other.
* PunBasedTitle: In the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' tradition, ''Tale Spin'' is a pun on "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tailspin Tailspin]]".
* PunishmentBox: Baloo stays at a Thembrian penal colony which he has mistaken for a fitness camp. He is frequently sent to what he calls a "solar powered sauna."
* PunnyName: All over the place--area names like Cape Suzette (Crêpe Suzette), episode titles like "The Idol Rich" (The Idle Rich) and "The Sound and the Furry", and some major and minor characters' names.
* PuttingOnTheReich: The nation of Thembria resembles the Soviet Union.
* RammingAlwaysWorks: How the [[spoiler:Lightning Gun from "Plunder and Lightning"]] was destroyed.
** Averted a few minutes earlier when the Sky Pirates attempt to ram the door in order to prevent Kit from sending the message to Baloo about his efforts to sabotage the LightningGun.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: [[spoiler:Captain William Stansbury]] from "Her Chance To Dream".
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Klang, the KnightOfCerebus villain in the two-part episode "For Whom the Bell Klangs." Also Trader Moe.
* RequisiteRoyalRegalia
* ResetButton: Baloo managed to save up enough money to buy back his plane a few times, but events would always conspire to put him back to work for Becky. On the other hand, after an early episode where Rebecca has trouble learning how to pilot a plane, a later story shows that she's learned a lot from Baloo and is now a capable pilot on her own.
* TheRival: Plane Jane and Ace London to Baloo.
* RocketRide: In "Mach One for the Gipper", Baloo flies a newly invented jet engine. No, not a plane with a jet engine--literally ''just'' the engine.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Princess Lotta Lamour helps Baloo and Louie save her kingdom from [[EvilChancellor Chancellor Trample.]]
* RuleOfCool: A general staple of the show, but most evident with Kit's airfoil. To be clear, it assumes a 12 year-old boy can hang on to a rope behind an airplane (travelling at a minimum of 150 mph), while coordinating a piece of metal below his feet.
* {{Ruritania}}: Thembria.
* SanityBall: Thrown around frequently, usually between Baloo, Rebecca or Kit for a StraightManAndWiseGuy scenario.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Baloo is often shown to be rather overambitious with money, and is dead set on buying back the Sea Duck from Rebecca, however when he realises some immoral and harmful undertone in a scheme or investment, he turns it down immediately.
** A frequent scruple for Shere Khan, his moral code preventing him from doing anything truly irredeemable.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: This is the basis behind several of his more petty schemes however.
* TheShangriLa: Subverted in the TV episode "Last Horizons", used straight in the ''Magazine/DisneyAdventures'' comic "The Gates of Shambala".
* SheCleansUpNicely: Rebecca looks disturbingly good in a fancy dress.
** Also Katie Dodd when she is having dinner at the restaurant in "For Whom The Bell Klangs".
* ShoutOut:
** "Polly Wants A Treasure": Polly is called a "[[Creator/MontyPython rare Norwegian Blue]]".
** Also, in one episode a character warns that "no one dares to face ''[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan The Wrath of Khan]]''!"
** And who could forget the "This ''Was'' Your Life" execution ceremony in "The Time Bandit", complete with cheesy host and aquaintances from the guest's past.
** Very frequently in the episode titles. "Citizen Khan", "The Old Man and the Sea Duck", "Last Horizons", the list goes on for miles.
*** The episode "The Road To Macadamia" is a straight up homage to the "[[RoadTo Road]]" movies starring BobHope and BingCrosby but with Baloo and Louie.
** Baloo's gypsy costume in the episode "A Spy In The Ointment" is pretty much a complete copy of Little John's costume from an early scene in the Disney version of RobinHood. This is actually FridgeBrilliance when you consider that Phil Harris was both the original voice actor for Baloo and the voice actor for Little John in the movie where the costume originated from.
** Naturally the show features a good few {{Shout Out}}s to ''Disney/TheJungleBook''. Baloo's aforementioned tendency to disguise himself in drag is also likely a reference to a similar scene in the movie. "My Fair Baloo" also has Rebecca binded by a large (somewhat familiar looking) constrictor snake.
** Also in "Gruel And Unusual Punishment", when Baloo lands on Bedevilled Island, he floats on his back in a stream eating food off of his stomach, much like he did in ''Disney/TheJungleBook''.
** In "For Whom The Bell Klangs, Part 1", the restaurant Baloo and Louie visit bears a strong resemblance to [[Film/{{Casablanca}} Rick's Café Américain]].
** And a blink and you'll miss it moment in "It Came from Beneath the Sea Duck": Becky is unloading her groceries, including a bucket of Pep (from the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' episode "The Big Flub"). (Yes, "Pep" can also also be peppermint, but seeing that they're both Disney cartoons...)
*** The title of the episode is a reference to ''Film/ItCameFromBeneathTheSea''.
** Don Karnage's "[[CatchPhrase Let us]] [[{{Spoonerism}} not be the]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasty_Pudding_Club hasty puddings!!]]"
* ShowWithinAShow: ''Danger Woman'', Molly's favorite radio series.
* TheSkyIsAnOcean
* SkyPirates: Don Karnage and his crew.
* SkySurfing: Hence "[[MeaningfulName Cloudkicker]]".
* TheSlacker: As competent a pilot as he is, Baloo is not a devoted worker.
* SlapSlapKiss: Baloo and Rebecca have this going on big time in several episodes.
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: Rebecca gets it as bad as Baloo at times.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Rebecca [[DependingOnTheWriter a lot of times]]. Baloo also frequently fell victim to AcquiredSituationalNarcissism.
* SomethingWeForgot: A Main/RunningGag throughout the episode, "The Balooest of the Blue Bloods" is Wildcat looking for the bathroom in Baloo's inherited mansion. At the end of the episode, the mansion gets repossessed, and when Baloo and Rebecca have lunch, they realize they left Wildcat behind at the mansion (who is still looking for the bathroom at that point).
* SpecsOfAwesome: Myra wears them.
* SpiritualSuccessor: The series is basically a [[FurryFandom Furry]] version of the old TV series ''TalesOfTheGoldMonkey''...
** [[FollowTheLeader ...which in itself was]] ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' with a CoolPlane.
** The ScrewballComedy elements of the Baloo/Rebecca relationship owe much to SpencerTracy and Creator/KatharineHepburn comedies of TheForties.
** Any episode in which Baloo and Louie are flying the Sea Duck... anywhere... is liable to closely resemble a Hope/Crosby buddy film.
* StickySituation: "Stuck on You", in which Baloo and Don Karnage are glued together. The trope name even appears in the dialogue.
* TheStoic: Shere Khan, to extremes. Even when abducted by a psychopathic robot, his reaction is to merely fold his arms and groan "unamused".
* SurroundedByIdiots: Don Karnage is pretty much the only competent Air Pirate ([[LaughablyEvil or the nearest to one]]). This tends to put a damper on his plans.
** There are of course occasions Karnage's [[NotSoAboveItAll own bumbling tendencies]] [[BeleagueredAssistant are noted by his minions]] as well however.
* TaxmanTakesTheWinnings: The ending of "The Balooest of the Blue Bloods". Baloo stands to inherit a ton of money from a distant relative, but he has to survive a night in a haunted, cursed house. After he survives the night, all the money is lost due to the "real family curse" - decades of unpaid land taxes.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: His specific way of announcing this is one of Don Carnage's [[CatchPhrase catch phrases]].
* ThemeTuneCameo: The show's {{BGM}} regularly made use of the instrumental version of the opening theme, along with several variants.
** "For a Fuel Dollars More" used it during the inaugural fuel run made by the ''Sea Duck''.
** "I Only Have Ice for You" used a tropical-sounding variant when Rebecca admits she needs Baloo's help.
* TheThirties
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Mad Dog and Dump Truck. Also Trader Moe's lackeys.
* ThoseWackyNazis: In one DisneyAdventures comic story, "The Dogs of War", Baloo and Kit were briefly held hostage by a zeppelin full of smug, militaristic, German-accented dogs who kept mixing up their "v's" and their "w's".
* TickleTorture: Don Karnage does it to Kit in "Polly Wants a Treasure".
* TookALevelInJerkass: Baloo is often shown to act more [[ItsAllAboutMe selfish]] and [[SmallNameBigEgo egotistical]] than his original ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' interpretation (albeit DependingOnTheWriter and balanced by [[TheAce his role]] [[KnightInShiningArmor in some]] [[PapaWolf other episodes]]).
* TotalEclipseOfThePlot: In "The Time Bandit".
* TribalCarry: Rebecca when captured by pygmies in "The Bigger They Are, the Louder They Oink".
* TVGenius: Rebecca, in contrast to BookDumb but streetwise Baloo, has an MBA and is refined in terms of social inequity, but is a borderline [[TheDitz Ditz]] in terms of the outside world.
* UnfortunateNames: Buffy and Muffy from a ''Touch of Glass''.
* TheUnintelligible: Gibber didn't speak out loud, he whispered into people's ears. All the viewer heard was a bit of, well, gibberish. Since his name is [[MeaningfulName Gibber]]... yeah.
** He said one intelligible word in the entire show, calling Karnage "crazy" in "Stuck On You". Needless to say, [[BerserkButton it was a poor choice]].
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Though the characters are generally loveable and redeemable, they have their moments of this, Baloo and occasionally Rebecca are perhaps the biggest players.
* {{UST}}: A number of fans saw this in Baloo and Becky's interaction, despite having nothing outright romantic in the series.
** Well, some episodes did show some obvious ShipTease (Baloo's PostKissCatatonia in "Your Baloo's In The Mail" may be a plausible canon example).
*** WordOfGod claims they intended to show infatuation between the two, though the creators admit it may have ultimately came out "lop-sided" in Rebecca's favor, who is occasionally shown to take bigger extremes in her devotion to Baloo.
* VillainSong: "Sky Pirates," performed by Don Karnage and his crew during the pilot.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Baloo and Louie's friendship is often shown to be this, particularly in "buddy" episodes like "For Whom the Bell Klangs" and "The Road to Macadamia". They even have a fairly catchy tune dedicated to their status as such in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFgg2sfmkf0 Friends for Life]]," but it never made it into the show, just the soundtrack.
-->'''Baloo:''' I got moves, son--\\
'''Louie:''' You learned from me, I got a song to sing--\\
'''Baloo:''' If you can find the key\\
'''Both:''' Whatever he's got, I've got more of\\
But there's one thing we both are sure of, we're\\
Friends for life [etc.]
* WaveMotionGun: The [[ShockAndAwe Lightning Gun]] from "Plunder and Lightning".
** Also the weapon from Tinabula in the episode "For Whom The Bell Klangs".
* WeaksauceWeakness: Louie is usually an active and healthy guy, until he's exposed to his one weakness, [[spoiler:anchovies]] in "Pizza Pie in the Sky" and instantly becomes sick and delusional.
* WellExcuseMePrincess: Arguably happens in multiple scenarios between Baloo and Rebecca. Kit and Molly actually have a brief similar moment in "Mommy For A Day".
* WhoWouldBeStupidEnough:
-->'''Don Karnage:''' Fools! Surely they would not be so stupid as to attack the ''Iron Vulture''! ''(Ship rocks with impact)'' ...They are more stupid than I thought!
** Also in "Polly Wants a Treasure"
-->'''Ignatz:''' We gotta get Kit outta there before one of those idiots [the pirates] sets off Captain [[PunnyName Juan Toomanie's]] ''big'' trap!\\
'''Baloo:''' ''(leaning backwards)'' Relax, that would take somebody ''really'' dumb.\\
''(the stalagmite he's leaning against falls back with a click)''\\
'''Ignatz:''' ''([[InsufferableGenius Long-suffering sigh]])'' Right again, Baloo.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Baloo as "[[PunnyName Tan-Margaret]]" in "Feminine Air".
* WhosLaughingNow: Dougie Benson, the diminutive CorruptCorporateExecutive in "Louie's Last Stand".
* WickedCultured: Shere Khan was the page picture for a reason.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Kit often comes off as the most sensible member of Higher For Hire. That said [[PingPongNaivete there are several points]] [[BrattyHalfPint his childishness]] [[NotSoAboveItAll does come into play]].
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Used a fair few times, usually with [[LoveableRogue Baloo]] or [[ControlFreak Rebecca]].
* WomenAreWiser: Becky, [[NotSoAboveItAll to an extent]] - especially since a lot of her chemistry with Baloo came from [[NotSoDifferent sharing the same character flaws]].
* WorldOfFunnyAnimals
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarI: Part of the Squadron of Seven's {{backstory}} in "Bygones".
* WronskiFeint[=/=]AerialCanyonChase: Baloo's main defense against attackers in the air since his cargo plane is unarmed.
* XanatosGambit: Shere Khan always finds some measure of victory even in defeat - even in plots ''that don't involve him''.
* YankTheDogsChain: Many of Baloo's Get Rich Quick Schemes are successful, but the prize is always taken away by some unfortunate stroke of luck. "Your Baloo's In The Mail" is a particularly cruel example.
* YellowPeril: In the banned episode "Last Horizons", Baloo ventures to discover a lost Shambhala-like civilization known as Panda-La, and, upon finding it, is treated as a welcome guest, but the inhabitants secretly plan to invade Cape Suzette upon hearing about it from Baloo, clearly jibing at Pearl Harbor.
* YouDidntAsk: Wildcat uses this exact phrase during "In Search of Ancient Blunders".
* YouGoGirl: "Feminine Air" may count as a mercifully non-{{Anvilicious}} example, with Baloo pulling his own male to-female-variation of a SweetPollyOliver.
* YouOweMe: "Save the Tiger" subverts this and plays it straight.
* YoureNotMyFather: Played ''very'' seriously in "Stormy Weather".
* ZanyScheme: Baloo was a big fan of the get-rich-quick scheme.
** Rebecca was no slouch herself. Remember "The Bigger They Are, The Louder They Oink", the Truffle-hunt episode?
* ZeroApprovalGambit: In the episode "Plunder And Lightning", [[spoiler:Kit]] pretends to betray Baloo, Rebecca, and Molly to gain Don Karnage's trust and allow them to escape the air pirates.

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