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Short-lived but fantastic 1991-1993 HannaBarbera cartoon series which switched off between syndication and Creator/{{ABC}}. It began as a five-part miniseries which aired on FoxKids as simply "Dark Water".

Ren is the prince of a fallen kingdom, and he has to find the [[CosmicKeystone Thirteen Treasures of Rule]] to restore it to its once pristine glory. Rounding out his "[[RagtagBunchOfMisfits unlikely but loyal crew of misfits]]" are [[{{Whatevermancy}} ecomancer]] Tula, roguish Ioz, and the monkeybird Niddler.

However, Ren learns that his quest is far more urgent than simply personal career advancement; [[SealedEvilInACan the menacing substance called dark water]] that consumes everything it touches is spreading and it threatens to destroy the world. Only the thirteen treasures can stop it and Ren must find them before it is too late.

It was notable because it was one of the first children's series to have an in-depth, epic storyline. Alas, the production costs were too high, and the art quality suffered a noticeable drop on its second ChannelHop. Ultimately, it was canceled 21 episodes into its run (only eight of the thirteen treasures had been collected). All 21 episodes were released on DVD on August 31, 2010, listed as [[http://www.wbshop.com/Pirates-of-Dark-Water-The-Complete-Series/1000161863,default,pd.html?cgid The Complete Series]]. Additionally, in 1991 Creator/MarvelComics released a comic book series based on the show.

Notable for being created by David Kirschner, who was also the producer of the original ''Film/ChildsPlay'' movie. No relation to the Japanese horror film ''Film/DarkWater'' ([[ForeignRemake or its US remake]]). Also no relation to ''DarthWiki/CandleCove''. Also no relation to [[strike:[[SpiritualSuccessor Gothic 5]]]] ''VideoGame/{{Risen}} 2: Dark Water'' (which shares a pirate themed setting).

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* TheMessiah -- Ren
* ActionGirl -- Tula, during the FiveEpisodePilot miniseries
* TheEmpath -- Tula, after given girly 'ecomancer' powers (which happened in the first episode after the miniseries)
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold -- Ioz, who wouldn't even be that nice without Ren.
* PirateGirl -- Tula
* SmallAnnoyingCreature -- Niddler, the [[MixAndMatchCritters monkeybird]] (anyone else notice he's like a cross between [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Abu and Iago]]?). It should be noted that in the original broadcast version of the pilot mini-series, Niddler was a more serious character and there was actually a hint that the Monkeybirds would be used to explore themes of racism. This was dropped ''completely'' from the character and species after the {{Retool}}, along with recasting the voice actor from Roddy [=McDowall=] (who used his normal voice) to Frank Welker, who... [[HellIsThatNoise didn't]]. Moreover, when the miniseries became the first five episodes of the regular series, all of Niddler's lines were re-recorded by Frank Welker for continuity purposes.
** And most of Konk.
* BigBad -- Bloth.
** But even more so [[spoiler:The Dark Dweller]].
* TheDragon -- Mantus.
** Morpho serves [[spoiler: The Dark Dweller]] in this fashion. He later assists Bloth as a MadScientist [[spoiler: while still working for the Dark Dweller]].
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!!Other tropes this series provides examples of:
* AbnormalAmmo: Guns filled with Dark Water.
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: The tunnels inside the ''Maelstrom'' are literally large enough to hide a small civilization, ''and'' a giant sea monster.
* AdventureTowns: Adventure Islands, to be specific.
* AesopAmnesia: Of a sort. In "The Dark Disciples" Ren needs Jenna to tell explain very forcefully that by "the key" to the chamber where the treasures are meant to be placed she means his sword. Somewhat strange because he'd used his sword as a key to open the room where the treasure on Andorus was hidden without anyone telling him to.
* AmazonBrigade: "The Living Treasure"
* AmbiguouslyHuman: Many inhabitants of Mer who aren't HumanAliens, including several in Bloth's pirate crew.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Ioz has a younger sister Solia, depending on the interpretation she is either this or the follower of the RuleOfCool.
* BareYourMidriff: Tula's outfit. Rather, the slightly different outfit she gets after the first story arc.
* BigNo: Episode 3, Tula after Ren is knocked out. Also, episode 13 when Tula falls into the Dark Water.
* ChainedHeat: Ren and Bloth in one episode.
* CombatTentacles: Morpho's left arm is a tentacle, he uses it for fighting and strangling people.
* CoolBoat: The Maelstrom, Bloth's huge ship made of bones.
* TheCorruption: The titular dark water
* CallARabbitASmeerp: Bloth's crew ride around on dragon-like creatures called...dagrons.
* ChannelHop: The FiveEpisodePilot was a miniseries that aired on the Fox network (called simply "Dark Water", with Niddler originally voiced by [=Roddy McDowall=]), then that and eight new episodes showed on ABC, then the next (and final) season showed up as part of a syndicated block.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: Ren. Heck, most of the characters are pretty dark-skinned yet hair colors tend to run the gamut.
* DisneyDeath: Tula is devoured by the Dark Water. She does not die, however, as the Dark Dweller decides to use her as bait for Ren.
* DoomedHomeTown: Octopon.
** [[spoiler: It gets undoomed in the first season finale and shows signs of being a viable seaport again in the second season.]]
* DumbMuscle: Most of Bloth's crew, but especially the Lugg Brothers.
* EldritchAbomination: The source of the Dark Water.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Bloth, surprisingly enough, although it could double as TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou in some cases. Notable examples include:
** "A Drop Of Darkness"- Bloth won't kill Ren until after he's performed Ren's supposed wedding (albeit, the woman who arranged this promised Bloth the compass and treasures in exchange for this).
** "The Game"- Bloth helps Ren defeat the Korb monsters hunting them after they are no longer chained together as payback for Ren not abandoning him when he had the chance to earlier in the episode (and just after said chains had been broken).
** "The Dark Dweller"- Bloth captures Ren just after the latter has lost Tula to the dark water and is in the midst of a HeroicBSOD. Does he throw him to the Constrictus? [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim Heck no!]] [[spoiler: Instead he keeps Ren around as a ship slave because he "would rather watch Ren die a thousand deaths by guilt..."]]
*** Also in the same episode, when Bloth forces Ioz to battle one his pirates, he decides to "be a fair man" and tosses him a sword...all Ioz has to do is get past the pirate.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Niddler, a monkey-bird.
* EvilAlbino: Bloth is pretty pasty. The Pale/White Warriors from the second episode are a subversion, as they were aggressive but not evil. They were also much taller and more muscular than any of the other characters.
* FantasticRacism: Monkeybirds were used and the first miniarc even went so far as to show the slavemarkets. While it was swept under the rug later on Niddler does mention on occasion that he can't enter certain pubs because monkeybirds aren't allowed there and characters in general seem to consider Niddler a lesser being even before he has a chance to prove himself as the SmallAnnoyingCreature.
* FighterMageThief
** Ren = Fighter
** Tula = Mage
** Ioz = Thief
*** Unusual because Ren (despite being the fighter) is quick, agile and tricky rather than particularly strong, while Ioz seems to be the physical powerhouse (and is the MightyGlacier in the video game). Also Tula has her thief-ly moments as well, and was trained as a warrior (though this doesn't really come up much after the miniseries and in the AmazonLand episode).
* FiveEpisodePilot
* {{Flanderization}}: In the first episode, Niddler is concerned about getting something to eat because Bloth starves him. It doesn't come up in the rest of the miniseries after he is free from Bloth. After the network jump, Niddler possesses an all-consuming desire for food.
* FoodAsBribe: Niddler loves minga melons and can be bribed into doing almost anything with the promise of them.
* FreakyFridayFlip: Bloth switches bodies with Ren (and Konk with Niddler) thanks to a powder by Morpho, it has to be noted however that their voices stay the same so the audience has Ren bellowing ''Curse my eyes!'' through the entire episode.
* FunctionalMagic
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Ioz smacks Tula on the rear in the first episode. Also see PardonMyKlingon below.
** Later in the series, he turns down a pirate ghost captain's amorous advances by bluntly stating that he prefers his women live.
* GoldMakesEverythingShiny: Several outfits have gold decorations.
* GottaCatchThemAll: The 13 treasures of Rule.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Morpho is half human, half sea creature.
* HighFantasy
* HumanAliens: Many of the inhabitants of Mer
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: The ghostpirate captain captures Ioz for this purpose, stressing her appreciation for his looks several times and going so far as to say that while being a ghost may be unpleasant [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar the sex will make it better.]]
* ImColdSoCold: Tula lowers Ren's body temperature to the point where he dies so he can [[OurGhostsAreDifferent fight a gang of ghosts.]] [[spoiler: [[UnexplainedRecovery He gets better.]] ]]
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: Most of them look like they were designed by Kit Rae.
* IslandBase: many.
* ItWasAGift: Ren's sword plays an important role in the show. It once belonged to his father and was given to Ren by Jenna, his caretaker.
* {{Jerkass}}/JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Ioz. More the first.
* KarmaHoudini: Because the show ended prematurely Bloth and his crew were never permanently beaten and as such got away with their countless crimes.
* LargeAndInCharge: Bloth, bigger than all.
* LighthousePoint: Ren lived in a lighthouse before he found out about his heritage.
* LongHairIsFeminine: Tula's hair goes to her waist.
* MadeOfEvil
* MagicCompass: Ren's amulet shoots a blue beam in the direction of nearby Treasures of Rule.
* {{Mordor}}: Any place contaminated by Dark Water.
* MurderWater: The titular Dark Water.
* MythArc: The quest to find the thirteen treasures stop the Dark Water from spreading across the world. Notable as one of the first kid shows to actually have an over-arching plot. Sadly the show was TooGoodToLast and it got cut short with only eight of the treasures found.
* NoEnding: The show ended with only 8 of the 13 treasures recovered.
* NoGuyWantsToBeChased: Ioz. So much so that one of the dislikes on his official character sheet is 'independent women'.
* OffModel: The fact that two companies on opposite sides of the spectrum worked on this (Creator/{{Madhouse}} and Creator/KennedyCartoons)[[note]] Fellow studios TamaProductions, WangFilmProductions, Creator/FilCartoons and Creator/BigStar also had a hand in this[[/note]] makes it it more jarring than it should have been.
* OpeningNarration
* OrphanedSeries
* OrganicTechnology: Making a submarine from a baby leviathan! ''Starfish as shuriken''. etc.
** The gun-like device containing a venomous cloud-spitting lizard is a particularly awesome example.
* OceanPunk
* [[TheOtherDarrin Other Darrin, The]]: In the pilot mini-series, Niddler was voiced by [=Roddy McDowall=] and spoke perfectly clear English. When the show switched to syndication however, Creator/FrankWelker took over the part and Niddler started to speak with [[SpeechImpairedAnimal a squawking voice with bird screech accents]].
* OurDragonsAreDifferent
* PardonMyKlingon: ''"Noy Jitat!"'' seems to be a version of "damn", and is often shortened to the adjective ''jitatin'' (probably "damned") as in "that jitatin monkey-bird".
** Also ''Chonga'' and ''Chongo-longo''.
** "Naja dog" seems to be the strongest as is said less frequently.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Tula's outfit is pink.
* PocketProtector: Ioz is saved from a crossbow bolt by a stolen golden goblet in the second episode.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Ren, and his father King Primus before him, both quite the adventurers.
* RubberForeheadAliens: A lot of background characters.
* SandWorm: The Golquin, though it is referred to, rather inaccurately, as a crab and a crustacean, definitely fits this trope, being a large, burrowing, aggressive worm-like animal.
* SayMyName: Often.
* SealedEvilInACan: [[spoiler: The Dark Dweller in the backstory. Unlike other sealed evils, he actually managed to ''free himself'' and the Dark Water]].
** [[spoiler: Kiroptus, one of the servants of the Dark Dweller]] was also sealed in the backstory. And like [[spoiler: The Dark Dweller]], he managed to free himself [[spoiler: with a little help from [[UnwittingPawn Ren]]]] - only to be sealed again by the end of the one episode he appeared.
* SecretLegacy: Ren discovering he is a prince.
* ShipTease: Ren and Tula had a few moments, but the series came to an end before anything could really go anywhere.
** Ioz and Tula had a fair amount of it, too, though with far more [[BelligerentSexualTension sniping]]. But, again, the series ended before anything could happen in that regard.
* TheStarscream: Yellow-wing, possibly Konk.
* TranslationConvention: The [[PardonMyKlingon odd-sounding swears]] and plant names and whatnot are meant to give the impression that the characters aren't actually speaking English, but we hear English for our own benefit.
* {{Unreveal}}: Cartoon Network aired a brief segment during commercial breaks in which they were asked about the ending of the show. It then cut to the opening sequence of the show until we finally see... that it has been taped over.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The Lugg Brothers just sort of disappear after leaving Zoolie's gamehouse with Konk in the miniseries. Konk is later delivered to Bloth in a barrel by some woman, and the Lugg Brothers are never seen or mentioned again.
* YouAllMeetInAnInn: The first time the entire cast meets, it's in an inn.
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