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''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, Hikita, 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 agreed to come with him. She goes to the school to train with five (six if Shonti is counted) 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, Jana, enraged that neither she nor her brother Jason was chosen as the new leader of the gems' guardians despite their grandfather being Hikita's predecessor, coerces Jason into stealing the gems. They get their hands on one apiece, but most of the rest is sent to the ends of the earth to keep them out of the twins' hands. Tenko and her friends are required to recover 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''
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!!Tropes used by the series:

* ActionFigureFileCard: The few toys released have a short description on the back of the box.
* 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 Jana 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.
* BrotherSisterTeam: Jana and Jason, an evil brother-sister team.
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull: "Starfire!"
* CelebrityToons: Princess Tenko is a real person, a famous Japanese illusionist, and was given her own animated series.
* CircusBrat: Tenko
* CoolHorse: Pearl Rider
* CoolOldGuy: Hikita
* EgomaniacHunter: In one episode, Jana's able to bribe a hunter for the Starfire gem he found by giving him the chance to hunt Tenko's pet snow leopard.
* EightiesHair: Jason's mullet, for one.
* 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
* EldritchAbomination: The demonic creature seen in the last episode who it's implied would've been the BigBad of a second season.
* EnemyMine: Jana and Tenko team up against Vell.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Jana dragged Jason into villainy with her, but she does truly care about his wellbeing. Jason likewise does not want to see Jana get hurt.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Kiddles
* FaceHeelTurn: Of the RivalTurnedEvil variety for Jana and a mix of RivalTurnedEvil with LoveMakesYouEvil for Jason.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Hawk, Shonti, and Tenko.
* FusionDance: Jana and Jason's fusion into their two-headed dragon form, achieved by placing their personal (Amber for Jana, Ruby for Jason) Starfire gems together.
* HeelFaceTurn: Two episodes make it clear that Jana and Jason have the potential to become Guardians again and that if so the others will welcome them back.
* HenshinHero
* HimeCut: Princess Tenko has one.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Princess Tenko is "always pure of heart and soul", making her a borderline PuritySue.
* JumpedAtTheCall
* LoyalAnimalCompanion: Ninjara, Kiddles, and Pearl Rider are shared between Tenko and Shonti. Three of the Starfire gems also give Tenko access to a Golden Lion, a Rose Eagle, and a Sapphire Dolphin as {{Familiar}}s.
* MagicalGirlWarrior: A Western example.
* MagicalNativeAmerican: Hawk, ''literally''. He also has the stereotypical connection to nature.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler:Hikita]]
* MineralMacGuffin: The Starfire Gems. There are at least sixteen of them.
* MultinationalTeam: All of the magicians. Tenko is Japanese, Bolt and Ali are white Americans, Hawk is Native American, Steel is African American, and Shonti is African. Jana and Jason are ambiguous. Jana's toy has a light brown skin tone, which between her, Tenko, Shonti, and Ali by convention suggests she's meant to be Latin American.
* MultipleHeadCase: Villains Jana and Jason can perform a FusionDance into a two-headed dragon, with each of them in control of one head.
* NoEnding: Type CutShort. The cartoon ended on a major cliffhanger regarding Jana's fate nor gave clarity on Vell's. Ali received her Starfire gem in the second-to-last episode and never got to use it. Shonti never got her Starfire gem at all. Kiddles is the only one of the three pets never to receive a gem-upgraded form.
* PluckyComicRelief: Bolt
* PowerCrystal: The Starfire Gems. There are at least sixteen of them.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Shonti makes her entrance in the third episode and is explicitly said to have been hired as animal trainer by Hikita, who "died" in the first episode. It doesn't help that there were no animals to train prior to Tenko getting her snow leopard after Hikita's departure. The other animals of the Guardians, a monkey and a horse, also qualify for the trope and thereby pull it right again.
* TheRival: Jana, being the grandchild of a previous master, is the PrivilegedRival to Tenko, who has no family connection to magic. Jana is also explicitly said to be the only one whose power matches Tenko's, despite Tenko being a harder worker.
* ScaledUp: Combining two Starfire crystals makes [[spoiler:Jana and Jason]] turn into a two-headed monster.
** They can do that because they're twins.
* SequelHook: The second-to-last 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.
* SmurfettePrinciple: Odd for a show aimed at an ostensibly female demographic, but Tenko's the only female Guardian out of four. There's three other women, but they all don't qualify for one reason or another. Ali only gets her own gem at the end of the second-to-last episode. Shonti did not get her gem in any of the episodes and the only reason we can even assume she was to get one at all is because of her toy. And Jana is evil and doesn't cooperate with Tenko ever but in the finale.
* TotallyRadical
* {{Tsundere}}: Ali
* ZombieGait: The mummy guards in "The Stone Of Destiny" do this.
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