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The AnimatedAdaptation of the Franchise/CharlieChan series, this Creator/HannaBarbera series from 1972 on Creator/{{CBS}} marked the first time and still the only time in the Occident that the Chan character was played by an ethnically Chinese actor: Keye Luke, who had himself played Number One son, Lee Chan, in the Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox series of films back in the 1930s. It is notable that Hanna-Barbera did not emulate the iconic Genghis Khan moustache and beard, Panama hat and white linen suit of the Charlie Chan of the 1930s and 1940s; their Mr. Chan sported a pencil moustache, a short-brimmed pork-pie hat and a blue blazer.

More importantly, the cartoon featured not only the Chinese detective himself, but his numerous progeny (plus dog Chu-Chu), who would make more or sometimes very much less effective efforts to help "Pop" out in his cases. This motif, which had figured slightly in the old films, was brought to the fore in line with H-B's other "[[Franchise/ScoobyDoo meddling kids solving mysteries]]" series, and like many of them, featured the kids as a musical group, in this case called "[[TitleDrop The Chan Clan]]". Another added feature was the "Chan Van", which could disguise itself as another form of vehicle at the press of a button this idea would be reused for WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey's "Phooeymobile".
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!!''The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan'' contains examples of:
* AntiSneezeFinger: Alan does this for Anne in the episode "The Greek Caper" when they, Tom and Suzie are being chased by a masked stranger in a museum and disguise themselves as statues. It works...for about half a second.
* AsianAndNerdy: Tom and Alan
* AttractiveBentGender: Stanley in episode 3, so much that he even gets a ''marriage proposal''.
* BeachEpisode: "Will The Real Charlie Chan Please Stand Up?". Yes, [[{{Fanservice}} including Suzie and Anne in bikinis]].
** The comic book adaptation of the episode (Gold Key #3, Nov. 1973) puts Suzie, Nancy and Mimi in single-piece suits with attached skirts and provides as a result what could be construed as a PantyShot.
* BearsAreBadNews: Averted by the funny dancing bear in "The Gypsy Caper".
* BigEater: Nancy. Stanley may be one as well; we never see him eating as much as we see Nancy eating, but he does talk about food and being hungry quite a bit. In episode 3, Henry even says "This is no time to be thinking about food" when Stanley complains he just bit his tongue; the tone suggests Stanley has frequent cases of the munchies.
* BrainsAndBrawn: Anne and Tom work within the same group and have paired off together several times.
* BusmansHoliday: A lot of the episodes, but most notably episode 3.
* CaptainObvious: "Hey! Sing Ha is an elephant!" "''Brilliant''."
* CatScare: Happens to Henry and Stanley in episode 5.
* CatchPhrase: Stanley's "Wham bam, we're in a jam!", also the show's SignatureLine. Henry has "Will you take off that stupid disguise?".
** BorrowedCatchphrase: Anne and Scooter both say "Wham bam, we're in a jam" in episode 5, Flip says it in episode 8. Henry uses it in episode 7, constituting a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
* ChekhovsGun: The violin in episode 14
* ClosingCredits: Jamie Farr, Klinger of ''Series/{{Mash}}'' fame, was one of the lead writers on this series.
* ConflictBall: Anne ''and'' Tom catch this in episode 12. Tom explicitly refuses to believe Anne's claim that Ms. Scarlet Avondale is the crook simply because she is "of the female gender"-not because it's her ring, not because they have no reason to believe it could be her, it's because she's a girl. Anne, being a feminist, naturally gets pissed off by this, and to make matters worse Alan and Suzie just tease her when she insists "a woman crook can be just as good as a man crook" as if it were an accomplishment to be proud of. Fortunately, the ball isn't carried for the whole episode and in the end it turns out Anne was right.
* CoolBigSis: Suzie
* CoolCar / TransformingMecha: The Chan Van
* CoolShades: Alan's tinted sunglasses
* ComicBookAdaptation: GoldKeyComics did ones for episodes 1-3, 5 and 11 plus an adventure not shown in the TV series. They were all drawn by Warren Tufts.
* {{Cosplay}} / MasterOfDisguise: Stanley has an endless supply of costumes and masks and disguises for whatever occasion. He even ''[[WholesomeCrossdresser crossdresses]]'' on more than one occasion!
* CrossOver
** ''HarveyBirdman'': The kids appear in an episode, but not as the Chans.
* DeadpanSnarker: Anne and Suzie both have their moments. Henry falls into this every now and then as well, mostly in reaction to Stanley.
* DinosaurDoggieBone
* EditedForSyndication: The DVD release contains a lot of scenes that were missing from the TV version.
* EveryGirlIsCuterWithHairDecs: Mimi's and Suzie's headbands.
** And Nancy's hair ribbon.
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: Usually courtesy of Chu-Chu's antics.
* {{Expy}}: Suzie has often been compared to [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Daphne Blake]] in terms of appearance and temperament. The only difference is that Suzie is somewhat more savvy, so she isn't shoehorned into the DistressedDamsel role the way poor Daphne was.
* FacePalm: Henry in episode 9, Nancy in episode 13, Stanley twice in the comics.
* FashionDissonance: [[http://sarajaye.superbusnet.com/Pictures/fashiondissonance.JPG Alan's outfit.]]
* FemaleGaze: [[http://sarajaye.superbusnet.com/Pictures/gditstanley2.PNG Um, Henry?]]
* FiveManBand: Literally.
** TheHero: Henry
** TheLancer ''and'' TheBigGuy: Stanley
** {{The Smart Guy}}s: Tom and Alan
** TheChick / TheHeart: Suzie
** SixthRanger: Anne, who plays with the band once in a while.
* FlatCharacter / CharacterDevelopment: Skirts the line. Though the kids each had one major personality trait and the show didn't delve into them as a modern series would have, they were far from hopeless stereotypes and portrayed as realistic and likeable characters.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Two examples.
** The four youngest: Flip (choleric), Mimi (melancholic), Nancy (leuquine), and Scooter (sanguine).
** And the middle four: Anne (choleric), Tom (melancholic), Alan (sanguine), and Suzie (phlegmatic).
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Animals really seem to love Suzie. Nancy also has shades of this; in episode 10, Nancy's main concern is rescuing a missing dog, and in episode 15, a donkey refuses to stop licking her face, much to her chagrin.
* GadgeteerGenius: Alan. He's the one who invented the Chan Van.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The Mardi Gras episode opened with the kids playing a song that seemed to be about a [[StalkingIsLove creepy stalker]]. The lyrics go something like this: ''I've got you covered / Know every move you make/ when you walk down the street / know every step you take/ You can't escape me so why not surrender/ Honey, I 'll treat you so warm an tender/ I've got my eye on you, yes I do./ There's no place that you can hide/ So I won't be satisfied until you love me too.''
* [[GoodParents Good Father]]: Mr. Chan
* GoshHornet: The four mid-teens have such an encounter in "The Gypsy Caper".
* GreenAroundTheGills: Henry in "The Mardi Gras Caper" due to some [[DrivesLikeCrazy crazy driving]].
* HeartSymbol: In "The Great Illusion Caper" Chu-Chu gives off hearts from his eyes when he sees Fifi on stage.
* HeyItsThatVoice!: Stanley's American voice actor, Lennie Weinrib, also did the voice for the infamous [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Scrappy]], [[{{Voltron}} Hunk Garret and Prince Lotor]] and Timer in the "Time for Timer" ad series.
** Henry's voice actor, Robert Ito, would become best known for his role as Jack Klugman's assistant on ''Quincy, M.E.''
** [[BattleOfThePlanets Mr. Chan would later become the leader of the Red Rangers.]]
* IncestSubtext: When you have a cast made up solely of family members, and have them take on character roles similar to [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Fred and Daphne]], there's ''gonna'' be some amount of accidental UST. The most notable cases, oddly enough, are among Anne, Alan and Tom as opposed to the actual Fred and Daphne-alikes. (Though if you think a little ''too'' hard about Henry and Stanley...)
* IncrediblyLamePun: "It is unfortunate that Ona Bona is made of bronze and not stone." "Why's that, Pop?" "Because then he would ''really'' be a rock singer!" "Aww, Pop!"
* ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime: Tom, you may have meant well with your honey-stealing plan, but taking a couple sodas along for energy would be safer and result in less angry bees chasing you and your siblings.
* JodieFoster: She's the voice of Anne Chan (though not originally - see TheOtherDarrin below).
* JustAKid: Played for humor; Mimi treats Scooter like this a ''lot'' despite being a kid herself.
* KidDetective: While all the kids are eager to help solve mysteries, Flip is the one who ''really'' gets into this role.
* TheKlutz: Nancy. Stanley, to a lesser extent.
* LargeHam: Stanley, especially when in costume.
* LetsSplitUpGang: Usually in the following groups: Anne, Suzie, Tom and Alan; Henry and Stanley; Flip, Nancy, Mimi and Scooter. Sometimes the show mixes things up a little.
* LimitedWardrobe: Pretty much a given, this being a HannaBarbera show in TheSeventies.
** UnlimitedWardrobe: Except, of course, Stanley's endless supply of disguises.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The standard number of core cast members for a Hanna-Barbera show is five. This show had ''12''.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Chu-Chu goes gaga for the magician's dog, Fifi. Fortunately for him, she feels the same way and even ''kisses'' him at the end of the episode.
* TheMeddlingKidsAreUseless: Though they sure did give it their all.
* MassiveNumberedSiblings
* MissingMom: Though no mention is ever made of the trope in-series.
* NiceHat: Flip. Anne and Mr. Chan sport some rather cool hats, too.
* [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Breaking It, Heroes!]]: In episode 2, the kids successfully rescue Boo Blew from kidnappers... only to discover they've nabbed a lookalike who didn't ''want'' to be rescued ''and'' blown his cover as a double for Mr. Blew.
* NoHuggingNoKissing: The ''dog'' was the only character to ever have a romantic subplot.
* NoYou: In the comic book adaptation of episode 1:
-->'''Suzie:''' I thought you said you felt like a pizza!\\
'''Stanley:''' Yeah? Well you ''look'' like a pizza!
* NotNowKiddo: Chu-Chu is often mistaken for trying to mess around anytime he tries to "tell" the younger kids something important.
* OffModel: Happens quite a bit, but more often in the earlier eps. [[http://sarajaye.superbusnet.com/Pictures/oldband.PNG And this scene's animation looks downright primitive]].
** That's because after the first few episodes, Hanna-Barbera had the rest of the show farmed out to Eric Porter Studios in Australia. That studio was not known for quality animation even by TV standards, and their work the next year on ''Super Friends'' furthered that.
* TheOtherDarrin: For the first few episodes all the Chan Clan were voiced by Asian-American actors, but after complaints that the kids were hard to understand most of them (except for Brian Tochi and Robert Ito) were replaced by Occidentals.
* PantyShot: Suzie in "The White Elephant Caper."
* PluckyComicRelief: Stanley
* RaceLift: Averted with the lead, this is the ''only'' time Charlie Chan was portrayed by an actor of Chinese descent. Played straight with the kids except Henry and Alan, as the original voice actors' Chinese dialects were considered too heavy for American audiences to understand.
* RealMenWearPink: Alan, sort of. He's not exactly the "brawny badass who does ballet", but he's a [[MrFixIt mechanical genius]] who wears purple and is no less "manly" than his brothers.
* RecycledInSpace: Every crime-solving youth show by Hanna-Barbera ever made... ''but Asian!'' And with ''siblings''!
* SayMyName: Stanley is prone to calling for Henry when in trouble, Henry is prone to scolding "Stanley!" whenever his brother does or says something foolish.
* SecurityCling: Nancy and Mimi, quite often. Sometimes Stanley does this with Henry.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Tom, so much. To quote Suzie: "Who else sounds like he ate a dictionary for breakfast?"
* ScoobyStack
* SheCleansUpNicely: While not secretly a buxom beauty underneath her baggy T-shirt and jeans, Anne shows off quite a cute little figure in her bikini in episode 3.
* {{Shorttank}}: Anne
* ShortRunners: 16 episodes.
* SiblingRivalry: ''Shockingly'' averted, considering there were ''ten'' of them; the closest it ever came to this was Mimi being bossy and Scooter being annoyed by it.
* SiblingTeam: Obviously.
* SiblingYinYang: Tom and Anne.
** StraightManAndWiseGuy: Henry and Stanley
** TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Anne and Suzie, respectively. Amazingly, lacks TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry that comes with the territory.
** RedOniBlueOni: Henry and Stanley, Suzie and Anne
* SleepCute: Mimi and Scooter in episode 4, as a platonic example.
* SneezeOfDoom: Anne in "The Greek Caper".
* SnoopingLittleKid: Flip, Nancy, Mimi and Scooter.
* SoUnfunnyItsFunny: Stanley's jokes
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The "official" spelling of Suzie's name in the comics is "Susie", but other sources spell "Suzie".
* StalkerWithACrush: Most of the love songs, albeit in a cute harmless way. Given that none of the main characters aside from Chu-Chu are ever involved in romances, it seems more like they're just trying to fit in with the show's detective motif than anything.
* StayInTheKitchen: Played for laughs with Anne. Her brothers bust her chops with their [[JustAKid just a girl]] comments, but in the end it's clear they view her as their equal.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: In "White Elephant", Stanley jokes that one of the many-armed statues in a temple would be great at a check-out counter. Later in the episode, Flip makes the same comment; Nancy even lampshades this by saying it sounds "like one of Stanley's corny jokes".
* TeamDad: Mr. Chan, obviously. Sometimes Henry steps in, too, when Pop's not around.
* TeamMom: Suzie, every now and then.
* TeamPet: Chu-Chu
* TemptingFate: This is how some of the cases get started; usually Flip is the one to make a comment about how easy it'd be to steal something, but in "The Eye of the Idol", Henry's the one to ask whether Pop is sure the idol and its valuable jade eye are safe shortly before the eye is stolen.
* TheTheoremOfNarrowInterests: If it weren't for this show having its own ff.net section you wouldn't know there ''was'' any semblance of a fandom for it.
** Later More Apparent when the show dominated a poll by Warner Brothers for it's release. Prior to this the chances are high this show was seen much further down the ladder.
* TokenMiniMoe: Mimi, and to a smaller degree Nancy. Scooter is a Token Shota.
* TotemPoleTrench: Flip and Nancy do this in episode 3.
* TranslatorBuddy: Alan, for Tom.
* Wiki/{{Uncyclopedia}}: [[http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/The_Amazing_Chan_and_the_Chan_Clan No, really]]. It's a crossover substituting the more popular JackieChan for Charlie, but still, the fact that this little show was known enough to earn a place here is pretty surprising.
* VagueAge: Only Nancy, Mimi and Scooter are given concrete ages in canon. The others are listed as "in their teens" (or preteens, in Flip's case).
* VitriolicBestBuds: Mimi and Scooter argue quite a bit, mainly due to the former's bossiness. But they're shown as being quite close regardless.
* TheWallsHaveEyes: There are creepy eyes staring from the shadows at least OnceAnEpisode, though they're never mentioned or perhaps even noticed by anyone in-universe.
* WhatTheHellHero: Suzie and Flip react to Henry and Stanley this way when they inadvertently get their father in trouble with the police due to a misunderstanding and a case of mistaken identity. The whole Clan reacts this way in the comic adaptation.
* YouGoGirl: Anne had a few moments here and there, done ''quite'' well without her coming off as a StrawFeminist JerkSue.
* YouMeddlingKids: The crook in episode 4 calls the Chan Clan "pesty kid detectives" after he's been snared in a net by Anne and Flip.
* YoungestChildWins: In the comic-only adventure "The Phantom of Ophir", Scooter's the one to solve the mystery and catch the culprit. Henry even makes a comment about the trope.
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