''Tenko and the Guardians of the Magic'' was an ephemeral 1995 animated show by {{Saban}}. The story is about a young teenage girl who was discovered by an old magician while she was performing at a circus. He told her she could do more magic than just magic tricks if she got the proper training-- and she complied. She goes to the school to train with some other students, and soon becomes best in the class. Becoming the Tenko, she learns about the powerful Starfire Gems, each of which have their own magic power. However, another student, Janna, enraged that she wasn't chosen as the new leader of the gems' guardians despite her grandfather being a previous leader, coerces her brother Jason into stealing the gems. They get their hands on one apiece, but most of the rest sent to the ends of the earth to keep them out of Janna's hands. Tenko and her friends are required to reassemble them all.

At the end of each episode, her live action counterpart Princess Tenko (a real life magician [[CelebrityToons who inspired this show's creation]]) would either perform an amazing magic act while wearing flashy costumes, or teach a simple magic trick. The show was canceled after only one season due to poor ratings.

See also: ''PrincessGwenevereAndTheJewelRiders''
!!Tropes used by the series:

* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: The real Princess Tenko would always give instructions for a simple magic trick at the end of the episode, along with a message of "The Magic is in You!"
* {{Anticlimax}} [[spoiler: In "The Forest Emerald," things begin with Tenko having a dream about being chased by some powerful evildoer she's unable to protect herself against. At the end, the villain has found the emerald Starfire Gem and is proving almost unstoppable because of it. Then Tenko's mentor pops in and tells her all she needs to do is shoot the gem with her wand to win, which she had the option of doing at any time.]]
* BadassGrandpa: Averted with Hikita, who taught Tenko everything she knows, but when he tries to confront Janna and Jason even admits "I may be old, and I may be weak," and is immediately taken out by Jason.
* BigOlEyebrows: Hikita has them.
* BlackAndNerdy: Steel, a historian, but only a mild case of the nerdiness.
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull: "Starfire!"
* CelebrityToons: Princess Tenko is a real person, a famous Japanese illusionist, and was given her own animated series.
* CircusBrat: Tenko
* CoolOldGuy: Hikita
* EgomaniacHunter: In one episode, Janna's able to bribe a hunter for the Starfire gem he found by giving him the chance to hunt Tenko's pet snow leopard.
* ElementalPowers: This is actually used neatly in that the crystals didn't give you the basic cliche powers most of the time. There were some elemental powers though.
** BlowYouAway - Onyx Gem
** PlayingWithFire - The Amber Gem
* EightiesHair: Jason's mullet, for one.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Kiddles
* FaceHeelTurn: Jason and Janna.
* FollowTheLeader: An obvious attempt by Saban to have ''some'' form of ''Anime/SailorMoon''-killer on the market.
* FusionDance: Janna and Jason's fusion into their two-headed dragon form, achieved by placing their personal (Amber for Janna, Ruby for Jason) Starfire gems together.
* HenshinHero
* HimeCut: Princess Tenko has one.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Princess Tenko is "always pure of heart and soul", making her a borderline PuritySue.
* JumpedAtTheCall
* MagicalGirlWarrior: A Western example.
* MagicalNativeAmerican: Hawk, ''literally''. He also has the stereotypical connection to nature.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler:Hikita]]
* MineralMacGuffin: The sixteen Starfire Gems.
* MultipleHeadCase: Villains Janna and Jason can perform a FusionDance into a two-headed dragon, with each of them in control of one head.
* TheObiWan: Hikita.
* PluckyComicRelief: Bolt
* PowerCrystal: 16 of them, and each with a different power.
* ScaledUp: Combining two starfire crystals makes [[spoiler:Janna and Jason]] turn into a two-headed monster.
** They can do that because they're twins.
* SequelHook: The final episode shows Ali becoming a full fledged guardian, with a brief shot of her costume just before the episode ends. Unfortunately, we never got to see her show her stuff...
** She's not even suited up with the other Guardians when they meet at the end of the last episode. Then again maybe that's because they're meeting on a beach and her costume incorporates rollerblades. Yes, an ancient mystical gem incorporate rollerblades.
* SiblingTeam: Janna and Jason, an evil sibling team.
* SmurfettePrinciple: Odd for a show aimed at an ostensibly female demographic, but Tenko's the only female Guardian out of four. There's Ali, but she only gets her own powers at the end of the second-to-last episode and Tenko only gets help from ''Janna'' in the finale.
* TotallyRadical
* {{Tsundere}}: Ali
* ZombieGait: The mummy guards in "The Stone Of Destiny" do this.