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A Creator/CartoonNetwork action/comedy original series created by Jay Stephens, an underground comic book artist whose work led to the Emmy-winning program ''{{Tutenstein}}'', as well as Annie-nominee ''[[WesternAnimation/KaBlam Jetcat]]''

''The Secret Saturdays'' is about a family of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptozoology cryptozoologists]] who are but one sector of a globe-spanning network of "Secret Scientists" that work to protect mankind from the hidden horrors of our world and beyond. Often traveling the world, not only must Doc, Drew and Zak Saturday deal with the problems caused by various [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptid cryptids]], but they must also deal with the threat of V.V. Argost. Under the guise of [[VillainWithGoodPublicity his popular series WeirdWorld]], Argost wishes to use the power of Kur to lead a large cryptid army to TakeOverTheWorld. Think ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' [[XMeetsY crossed with]] ''TheHerculoids''.

An under-appreciated animated series, ''The Secret Saturdays'' quickly became the NetworkRedHeadedStepchild in a matter of months. It wrapped up its second and final season on Creator/CartoonNetwork, then showed up on Boomerang at the end of 2011, pretty much putting the lid on whether the show was going to be continued. However, in 2013, they make an appearance in the ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' episode "T.G.I.S." (Thank Goodness It's Saturday).

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!!Tropes:
* AbandonedMine: Much of "Into the Mouth of Darkness" takes place in an abandoned silver mine.
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: Present in "Kur Part 2", when the Nagas attack New York through the sewers.
* AcePilot: Drew. She is frustrated when a plan relies upon her being shot down, as she has a reputation to uphold.
* ActionMom: Drew Saturday.
* AffectionateGestureToTheHead: Zak is the frequent victim of hair-tousling by Doyle and others.
* AgonyOfTheFeet: Zak, being a precocious kid star, gets to whack the villain in the shin with his weapon, and the villain hops around muttering.
* AllAnimalsAreDomesticated: The Saturdays have a pet ''komodo dragon''. Though in all fairness, it is not a garden variety breed; he's genetically engineered for AmplifiedAnimalAptitude; he's an ExtremeOmnivore, able to turn ''completely'' invisible at will, and at one point he's ''flying a jet.'' He's also quite big, but that part isn't unusual for an adult Komodo monitor lizard; [[http://www.honoluluzoo.org/komodo_dragon.htm 8 feet and 200 pounds]] are considered "average".
* AllThereInTheManual: Jay Stephens hangs around the [[http://toonzone.net/ Cartoon Network forms in Toonzone answering fans' questions as well as giving insights into the show.]]
* AmbiguouslyHuman: [[spoiler: V.V. Argost, who turns out to be a super-intelligent cryptid himself.]]
* AnAesop
* AnimalTalk: Komodo, Fiskerton and Zon seem able to understand each other. And the Saturdays, even without Zak's gift.
* AntiAntiChrist: [[spoiler:Zak, once it's revealed that he's the reincarnation of [[GodOfEvil Kur]]. He wants nothing to do with the civilization destroying thing. Could also apply with Zak Monday, who is the Anti-Kur and thus ''should'' be good but uses his powers for evil.]]
** Since [[spoiler:Zak Monday]] is [[spoiler:Zak Saturday]]'s MirrorUniverse counterpart, wouldn't that make him more of an ''[[AntiAntiChrist Anti]]'' AntiAntiChrist?
** [[spoiler: In ancient mythology, Kur was the pretty decent guardian of the underworld at first, so he sort of started out as an Anti-Anti Christ. Zak seems to fall more in the personality range of Kur at that time, which makes him an Anti-Anti Christ by default.]]
* ArbitrarySkepticism: In "Paris is Melting," the assembled Secret Scientists and Grey Men express disbelief that a MirrorUniverse and {{Evil Counterpart}}s could possibly exist - despite all the other fantastic things encountered and experienced. Doc and Drew know better from experience, but Doyle (who wasn't around for "Black Monday") not only doesn't question the possibility but finds the persistent disbelief ridiculous.
* ArtifactOfDoom: The Kur Stone.
* AssimilationBackfire: In the last episode, V.V. Argost has assimilated the Kur powers from Zak's EvilTwin from an anti-matter MirrorUniverse, and then does the same to Zak himself to become even more powerful. But what Argost didn't realize (but Zak did) was what happens when matter and anti-matter combine, and Argost obliterates himself instead.
* {{Atlantis}}: Not quite. Although one episode did mention the Atlantean civilization.
--> '''Zak:''' I thought Kumari Kandam was destroyed...that it sunk under the sea after a big earthquake?
--> '''Doc:''' What? Who's been feeding you ''that'' garbage?
* AutomaticCrossbows: Tsul 'Kalu wields a crossbow that fires three bolts at once.
* AvertedTrope: Several of the ones normally seen in animation:
** DiscretionShot: We get to actually see Argost's henchman Munya change from human to Man-Spider without the camera pulling away and showing us the horrified Saturdays.
** ExpressiveMask: Van Rook's mask does not show his emotions. Played straight with Argost.
** ParentalObliviousness: The team is the entire family so they're pretty much aware of Zak and his high-spirited hijinks.
* BackFromTheDead [[spoiler: The aforementioned crossover with ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' sees Argost revived by Dr. Animo.]]
* BackStory:
** We know that Drew has some with Van Rook.
** We saw some with how Drew grew up to be an ActionGirl, and how her LongLostRelative became long lost.
* BadassAdorable:
** Zak - tiny and cute with that star shaped mop of hair, but he gets badass right as the first season comes to a close.
** Fiskerton - fluffy and cuddly and comical, but do ''not'' get between him and the family unless you ''want'' a world of hurt.
* BadassBookworm: Abby
* BadassFamily: the titular Saturdays, and even moreso after the LongLostRelative shows up and increases their number.
* BadFuture: In "The Return of Tsul 'Kalu", Tsun 'Kalu gives Zak visions of a future where he has completely embraced his Kur nature and uses his control of cryptids to wipe out humanity.
* BadPowersBadPeople: There are several signs in the second season that Zak's power is in and of itself ''evil'', such as [[spoiler: in the episode "Kur: Part 2", where it guided the Saturdays to the exact opposite end of the world from where they needed to go to stop the Nagas' attack on mankind, and how it briefly made the attacking cryptids act even MORE violent than they already were.]]
** He's certainly ''trying'' to make his powers a force for good, despite the entire cryptid world being scared to death of him.
* BatmanGambit: Argost's cryptid fighting ring. The Saturdays find out too late that [[spoiler: the building holding the ring was actually Kur's tomb, & Argost started these fights knowing that they would come and rescue all of the cryptids, including the guardian beast preventing him from venturing deeper into the tomb.]]
* BattleInTheRain: As seen in "The Return of Tsun 'Kalu", the showdown between Doc and Tsun 'Kalu that cost Doc his eye took place atop the Saturdays' CoolAirship during a downpour.
* BeastlyBloodsports: The Saturdays break up an underground cryptid fighting ring in "Cryptid vs. Cryptid".
* BerserkButton: DON'T. TAKE. WATER. FROM. THE. CURSED. LAKE!
* BewareMyStingerTail: Baron Finster, half-man/half-mechanical scorpion.
* BigApplesauce: [[spoiler:The nagas attack Manhattan when the Saturdays are expecting them to attack Hong Kong instead.]]
* BigNo: By the entire family.
* BitterSweetEnding: The Season Two finale. [[spoiler: Sure, Argost is finally defeated and the Cryptid War ends as quickly as it began, but Zak lost his powers in the process, forcing him to be a normal boy (not that he minds) and Van Rook performs a HeroicSacrifice to save Drew whom he loved. Heck, the episode ends with a funeral]].
* BodyCountCompetition: Reverse example. Done with a count of saved people.
* BodySwap
* ABoyAndHisX: Zak and Fiskerton appear to be an inseparable pair.
* BreatherEpisode: "Curse of the Stolen Tiger" is a lighthearted episode about Zak's powers interacting with a cryptid's ability and causing him bad luck. It falls between the action-heavy and emotionally charged "Once More the Nightmare Factory" and the dramatic revelations of "The Kur Guardian".
* BridgeLogic: Drew does this to provide an escape route in "Food of the Giants", although the trunk ultimately ends up sliding into the chasm.
* BrokenRecord: Doc Saturday's EvilTwin. "Bad copy bad copy bad copy bad copy bad copy!"
* BroughtDownToNormal: In the final episode, this happens to Zak. He's not choked up about it, though. [[spoiler:He regains his powers in the Ben 10: Omniverse crossover, T.G.I.S. Though they're weakened from their original form, since Kur has been destroyed. Unfortunately, this also means that the resurrected Argost still has ''his'' Anti Kur powers.]]
* BrownNote: The Flute of Gilgamesh, capable of playing a sound that kills anyone with Kur powers.
* BuildingSwing: Zak can and does do this with the Claw on multiple occasions.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: [[spoiler:When Drew and Doyle got V.V. Argost confront Argost about the murder of their parents, he, perhaps feigning ignorance given his expression, claims that he can't remember the screams of every family he's killed.]]
* CameBackStrong: [[spoiler:When Dr. Animo brings Argost back to life in the crossover, he's been turned into a Cryptid chimera capable of taking Zak, Ben, Rook, and an army of Plumbers in a fight.]]
* CatchPhrase:
** Drew: "My baby boy!"
** Doc: "Be smart."
** Argost: "Greetings and bienvenue."
* CatSuit: Drew Saturday's normal outfit.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Doc's strength and Drew's fencing abilities.
* CharmPerson: Zak can control cryptids, but only to do things that at least a small part of them already wanted to do.
* TheChosenOne: Zak was born, his parents theorize, to counter the Kur Stone, so he can save the world if need arises.
** It ends up subverted later when it turns out that [[spoiler: Zak is actually Kur.]].
*** Then again, [[spoiler:it is Kur's destiny to lead a cryptid army against the human race, overthrowing our civilization and installing a new world order.]] He is still the Chosen One...[[spoiler:just a possibly evil one.]]
* ClassyCatBurglar: Wadi.
* ClearMyName: Fiskerton is framed by [[spoiler:the Mondays]] for a bunch of attacks on the Secret Scientists. Though technically, he really was guilty, just [[spoiler:BrainwashedAndCrazy]].
* CloningBlues: [[spoiler:Francis is revealed to be one in a long of clones taken from a perfect spy years ago. As he gets older, he will eventually become Epsilon and have his own "Francis". This is a situation that he already knew and accepted, but it's clear he does not enjoy it. That is, until Zak tells him he has the choice to be an individual person.]]
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: Doc has a glove that has PowerGlows, and some combat use.
* ConspicuousCG: The {{CoolShip}}s tend to be animated thusly.
* CoolShip: Both sides have one.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Displayed throughout the episode "Twelve Hundred Degrees Fahrenheit". Taken to a ridiculous extent when both Argost and Drew ''swim through the volcano'' (wearing fireproof lizard-skin and a heatproof suit, respectively, but ''still!''). Particularly {{egregious}} in Argost's case, as the lava should have seeped in through the openings in the skin (eyes, mouth).
** Maybe there is a glass or plastic layering over his eyes (or even an organic transparent layer of skin over the Cherufe's eyes), but that still doesn't explain the mouth bit.
* CosmicKeystone: The eponymous pin in "The Atlas Pin", which was created by the Atlanteans to lock key tectonic plates. Tampering with it causes devastating worldwide earthquakes. Removing it will destroy the planet.
* TheCruella: In "The Return of Tsul 'Kalu", Doyle has to protect a black market cryptid dealer who eats panda dumplings.
* CunningLinguist: Drew can speak 37 different languages.
* [[CutLexLuthorACheck Cut Argost A Check]]: Argost was already fairly wealthy due to the fame from his show and the money brought in by the marketing of toys connected to ''Weird World''.
* DatingCatwoman: Zak and Wadi early on. Also [[spoiler: Doyle and Abby.]]
* DealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler:Zak's deal with Argost.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Doyle. Everyone usually has a turn, but he does it the most and to hilarious effect.
* DepravedKidsShowHost: Argost, though he's pretty much the same on-camera...
* DinerBrawl: Zak and Fisk cause one at the start of "Cryptid vs. Cryptid".
* ADogNamedDog: A Komodo dragon called Komodo.
* DramaticChaseOpening: "Guess Who's Going to be Dinner?" starts with Fiskerton running through a forest while being threatened by dangerous plants.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler: Van Rook was appalled when he discovered Argost killed Drew's family ForTheEvulz.]]
* EvenTheRatsWontTouchIt: Even Komodo spits out the hair sandwich Drew makes Doc in "The Vengeance of Hibagon".
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: The holograms studied by the Saturdays spin in one plane.
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: V.V. Argost's home, Weirdworld.
* EvilChef: Piecemeal (technically a criminally insane chef)
* EvilTwin: The team accidentally gets duplicated by a magic mirror, sorta. The duplicates were actually alternate reality versions of them.
* ExactWords
* ExtremeOmnivore: In addition to his other bits of AmplifiedAnimalAptitude, Komodo can (and frequently does) eat ''anything.'' Mostly PlayedForLaughs, but comes in very handy in "Van Rook's Apprentice" [[spoiler:when he leaps out of hiding to swallow an entire swarm of Argost's flesh-eating insects, saving Zak.]]
* ExoticEntree: Piecemeal only wants to eat cryptids.
** And in "The Return of Tsul 'Kalu", Doyle has to protect a black market cryptid dealer who eats panda dumplings.
* EyelessFace: The victims of Ahuizotl "The Thousand Eyes of Ahuizotl".
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Doyle's girlfriend (and Zak's former babysitter) Abbey Gray, now working as Van Rook's new apprentice. She later kicked Van Rook out, and took over his operations.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: V.V. Argost.
* FightClubbing: The cryptid fighting ring in "Cryptid. vs. Cryptid". Overlaps with BeastlyBloodsports.
* FishPeople: The people of Kumari Kandam.
* FlamingSword: Drew's sword is a solar powered fire sword.
* FlashBack: Flashbacks to some of Doc and Drew's earlier adventures.
* FlyingSeafoodSpecial: Flying ElectricJellyfish plague the family in one episode.
* FoeTossingCharge: In pursuit of a mere thrown ball, Komodo clears a hallway of dangerous airborne jellyfish cryptids when the family had been having a hard time just holding them at bay.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Argost tells Zak that he has "a weakness for the classic monster cliches." [[spoiler:Argost turns out to be a [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti Yeti]], meaning that he ''is'' a "classic monster".]]
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Subverted. Zak is an 11 year old boy, so he is a straight portrayal of the innocent bit, but the animals that all snuggle and cozy up to him are cryptids that would give ordinary virgin girls pause. [[spoiler:Darkly subverted when it turns out that this is because Zak is the ''reincarnation of their civilization-destroying god Kur''.]]
* FutureMeScaresMe: This is Zak's reaction to the visions of the BadFuture Tsul 'Kalu shows him in "The Return of Tsun 'Kalu".
* {{GASP}}
* GenreSavvy: Zak faithfully watches V.V. Argost's TV show, and thus knows a lot of the moves and weapons Argost uses in combat, to the surprise of his parents.
** This also comes in handy when [[spoiler: The Saturdays break into Weird World to rescue Fiskerton. Since Zak actually has a model of it, he knows the general layout of the place.]]
* GeniusBruiser: Doc Saturday.
* GenreThrowback: Just look at [[JonnyQuest the]] [[TheHerculoids shows]] it's compared to above.
* GhostTown: In "Where Lies the Engulfer", Doyle takes Zak on training mission in an abandoned Canadian resort town. It turns out there was a very good reason why it had been abandoned.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Zak's eyes glow when he uses his powers.
** This is also true for Munya, Argost's henchman.
* GodOfEvil: Implied with Kur.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Doc has a scar over one eye. Argost's henchman has scars on his face.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:Van Rook.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Van Rook:''' Ah, Drew. You were the only thing I liked almost as much as money.]]
* GottaGetYourHeadTogether: Zak and [[spoiler: Argost]] reacting to the deadly music from the flute of Gilgamesh.
* GrapplingHookPistol: The Claw
* HairColors:
** Drew is white-haired. So is Argost, though that might be age. [[spoiler:Turns out that he's actually a ''fricking Yeti!'']]
** Doc and Zak both have a variation on SkunkStripe.
** Doyle is a FieryRedhead.
* AHandfulForAnEye: Zak flings a handful of mud into Munya's face during their fight in the Amazon in "The Kur Stone, Part 2".
* HappilyMarried: Drew and Doc, and for once the parents ''aren't'' dead or [[ParentalObliviousness oblivious!]]
* HatesBeingTouched: Francis, to the point that he has a forcefield that delivers an electric shock to anyone that invades his personal space.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Doyle the apprentice]] on realizing he has a LongLostRelative on the good guys' team.
** [[spoiler:Van Rook does this as well in the second season, as he can't earn a living if there is no one around to earn a living from.]]
* HeroicAlbino: Drew is this, with literally snow white skin and hair.
** And much more, [[{{Fanservice}} see: Most Common Superpower, and Hot Shounen Mom]].
* HeroicSacrifice: Of all people, [[spoiler:Leonidas Van Rook does this for Drew when Rani Naga attempts to attack her with her own sword blast.]]
* HighAltitudeInterrogation: Doyle and Van Rook do this to Finster in "Into the Mouth of Darkness".
* HijackingCthulhu: This is the entire point of the [[MacGuffin Kur Stone]]. Zak has this as a power.
* HotLibrarian: Abby.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Argost learns the hard way that matter and anti-matter DO NOT get along.]]
* HowDidYouKnowIDidnt: Happens in "Black Monday" when Drew attempts to shoot her MirrorUniverse counterpart in the face with the Claw, only to have her doppelganger parry it with her prehensile tongue.
-->'''Zak:''' How did you she could do that?
-->'''Drew:''' I didn't. I just wanted to hit in her in the face.
* HumanoidAbomination: The Owlman.
* HumiliationConga: [[spoiler:Argost suffers one of these in the second season finale; First he gets overpowered by Zak, beat up so bad his mask breaks, then dog piled by the cryptids living in the Antartic Cryptid, then his own [[TheDragon Dragon]] Munya webs him up and carries him off, if only to protect him from his own VillainousBreakdown.]]
* IAteWhat: In "The Vengeance of Hibagon", Drew attempts to snap Doc out of his distracted by feeding him a sandwich made from Fiskerton's hair. Doc doesn't notice.
* ImpairmentShot: The eye shaped "about to lose consciousness" variation.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Epsilon's agents could stand to spend a lot more time on the range, given the number of shots they fire without hitting anyone in "Paris is Melting". Maybe they've come to rely on their sonic screams a little too much.
* ImplausibleBoardingSkills: In "Twelve Hundred Degrees Fahrenheit", Drew cuts a shield-shaped slab of wood from a tree and uses it as a [[ShieldSurf makeshift snowboard]]. Doyle uses his jetpack for the same purpose.
* ImpossibleThief: Wadi. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYHXbZpF94E Watch her in action, and you'll understand (starts around 4:36).]]
* ImprovisedZipline: In "Curse of the Stolen Tiger", the entire family (plus Wadi) use their belts to slide down a hoist rope from the warlord's mountain fortress.
* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler:Both played straight and subverted in one of the most horrible ways imaginable.]] While Zak seems to live through every disaster that can possibly befall him, [[spoiler:Argost uses the Flute of Gilgamesh on Zak Monday, and it's over for the little guy. Sure, he may have been evil, ''but still...'' Zak proper ''almost'' shared the same fate, and did actually die, but got better thanks to quick medical care.]]
* IronicEcho: In the first episode, Van Rook chastises Doyle for using several concussion grenades on Doc, claiming that "two is plenty." In the last episode [[spoiler: at his funeral, Doyle places several roses on his grave]] then takes back almost all of them, saying "two is plenty."
* JerkAss: Depending on how you view him, Doc is a serious ass [[spoiler: especially to his wife's own BROTHER]].
** But then [[spoiler:said brother]] is no prize either.
*** And who really gets along with [[spoiler:the in-laws]]?
** Also Dr. Beeman, who seems to operate in perpetual SarcasmMode, and has no problem with the idea of ''killing an eleven year old boy'' in cold blood.
* JetPack: Doyle and Van Rook's preferred mode of travel in combat.
* JumpingOnAGrenade: In "Where Lies the Engulfer", Zak jumps on one of Doyle's grenade (presumably a stun grenade) and uses the resulting blast to propel him through a skylight.
* KidHero: Zak.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: The Owlman, Eterno, Van Rook, Zak Monday, and V.V. Argost himself.]]
* KillerYoyo: Wadi wields one she calls "The Thieves Yoyo" in later episodes.
* LargeHam: A few of the villains are like this, but Argost is the largest and hammiest of them all.
* LastOfHisKind: Fiskerton.
* LavaIsBoilingKoolAid: In "Twelve Hundred Degrees Fahrenheit", not only do Argost and Drew swim through lava, Drew actually dives into it.
* LittleBlackDress: Worn by Drew Saturday in "Guess Who's Going To Be Dinner" when she and Doc go on an anniversary date.
* LivingShadow: [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090320214702/secretsaturdays/images/f/fa/E_%2816%29.jpg The Owlman looks like one]].
* LongLostRelative: Drew discovers her long lost brother is working with the bad guys.
* MacGuffin: The opening episode's Kur Stone.
* MamaBear: Drew. Also an occasion of when this overlaps with ActionMom. So harming any of her "boys" will result in an epic beatdown.
* MeaningfulEcho: All the way from the start of the first season to the end of the second (and last): "two is plenty". In the pilot, Van Rook admonishes Doyle for using more than two grenades, as he's a cheapskate. [[spoiler:When Van Rook dies, Doyle puts three flowers on the grave then takes one back, echoing that line.]]
* MeaningfulName: Zak names the Monday family such because everyone hates Mondays.
* MindControl: There are cryptids whose properties cause this.
* MirrorUniverse: What the Smoke Mirror of Tezcatlipoca opens a portal to.
* MixAndMatchCritters: Fiskerton, the cat-gorilla.
** Also Argost's henchman Munya who has characteristics of spider and gorilla along with human attributes.
* MoodWhiplash: "Into The Mouth Of Darkness", when [[spoiler: a light-hearted filler episode does a 180 when Argost shows up and gives a NotSoDifferent speech.]]
* MostCommonSuperpower: Drew [[MsFanservice has this in spades]].
* MrFanservice: Doyle (and doesn't he know it?)
* MultipurposeTongue: Drew Monday has prehensile tongue she uses as a whip.
* MurderWater
* MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels: In "Into the Mouth of Darkness", Drew is less than impressed by Doc's grasp of Arabic:
-->'''Drew:''' "You do realise that you just promised to buy him new butter?"
* MythArc: The hunt for the Kur Stones which later develops into the ''true'' main story, [[spoiler: keeping Zak out of Argost's hands when it turns out that he's Kur.]]
* NeverSayDie / KilledOffForReal: Mostly adhered to, but Drew's BackStory makes it clear they don't shy away from it when it enriches the story to say so.
** This rule is still adhered to, but with Ulraj's dad, you can tell he's obviously been killed.
** [[spoiler: And, after a few seconds, you remember that the Flute of Gilgamesh kills the Kur it drains. Argost used it on Zak Monday. You do the math.]]
** Completely subverted with [[spoiler:Leonidas Van Rook, who actually died on screen, [[HesDeadJim showing us his hand falling lifelessly to the floor]] to drive the point home. Zak, too, but only for a few minutes. And just in case anybody's ''still'' not sure about Van Rook, the episode ends with his funeral.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Really, Zak, [[spoiler:you didn't see Argost's betrayal coming a mile away? Thanks to that now he has Kur powers and the means to take over the world.]]
** [[spoiler:As a matter of fact, he did. When they made their "deal", both Zak and Argost were entirely up-front about their intentions of betraying each other.]]
* TheNicknamer: Dr. Beeman.
* NonHumanSidekick: Fiskerton and Komodo. Zon is noticeably absent for most of the episodes, either off doing her own thing or with Doyle during the third season.
* NotEvenHuman: [[spoiler:V.V. Argost is actually a Yeti, and not just any one. He's the one that killed Doyle and Drew's parents. This was foreshadowed the entire series by his inhuman abilities.]]
* OhCrap: Doyle (even going so far as to utter "Oh crud!") as he notices the time has run out on his emergency air supply in "Where Lies the Engulfer".
* OldSchoolDogfighting: The airship, despite its size, is capable of this, but tends to be at a disadvantage against smaller, faster aircraft. They get a small fighter plane, the Griffin, to improve their odds.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Doc Saturday's real name is [[spoiler: Solomon.]]
* OpenSaysMe: How do you get to the cortex disruptors when your parents have the computer combination? Get your Fiskerton Phantom to smash the touchpad, et voila!
** Or put a door between your ActionMom MamaBear and a family member. That works too.
* OurCryptidsAreMoreMysterious: The whole point of the show.
* OverlyLongTongue: Drew Monday has a prehensile tongue.
* PapaWolf: Doc is dedicated to protecting his son Zak at all costs, so much that he [[spoiler: lost the use of an eye saving Zak.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: Although Zak's parents are alive and well, ''Drew's'' parents die in her BackStory.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: Van Rook's password is '$'.
* PepperSneeze: Fisk experiences one during the DinerBrawl in "Cryptid vs. Cryptid".
* PerfectlyCromulentWord: Zak claims 'beautifulous' is a word in British.
* PhlebotinumOverload: [[spoiler:Mixing Zak's powers with those of his antimatter double did ''not'' turn out well for Argost. Argost thought he'd end up with the power of two Kurs. He forgot what happens when matter and antimatter mix.]]
* PivotalWakeup: Argost does this in "The Thousand Eyes of Ahuizotl".
* PlayingWithFire: Drew and her sword.
* PoorPredictableRock: According to Drew, Doc always picks rock when playing rock-paper-scissors. After beating him, she proceeds to playfully mock him about it.
* PowerGlows: Lots and lots of this. Doc's eye and glove. Drew's sword. Zak's eyes and the Claw.
* ThePowerOfTheSun: Drew's FlamingSword runs on sunlight. Or moonlight, but that's just reflected sunlight anyway.
* PrecociousCrush: The 11-year old Zak has a crush on Abbey Grey who used to be his babysitter. This causes some serious jealousy issues when she starts dating his uncle Doyle.
* PublicSecretMessage: In the second season, Argost starts sending Zak secret messages regarding cryptids hidden in his ''Weird World'' TV show.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Francis's little speech to Zak about how great the Grey Men are in "The Swarm At The Edge Of Space". Subverted when Zak shows him up.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: The Saturdays encounter several reptilian nasties the Saturdays, while Minus the Mirror Komodo is the AffablyEvil leader of the Mondays. Komodo is mostly an exception.
* {{Revenge}}:
** Drew and Doyle both want it [[spoiler: from Argost, when they find out he killed their parents and separated them]].
** Also Prince Ulraj when he [[spoiler: attempts to strike down Argost for murdering his father.]]
* RightBehindMe: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in "Once More To the Nightmare Factory"
-->'''Doc:''' It's over. We won.
-->''[Drew, Doyle and Zak motion to warn Doc of the large seagoing cryptid behind him]''
-->'''Doc:''' ''No.'' We won. I'm not turning around and looking at it. We ''won''.
* RocketJump: In "Where Lies the Engulfer", Zak uses the blast from one of Doyle's grenades to propel himself through a skylight.
* RollercoasterMine: Zak and Drew chase Argost through a rollercoaster mine in "Into the Mouth of Darkness".
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Prince Ulraj.
* RuleOfCool: The Komodo Dragon can FLY A JET. Tell me that doesn't qualify.
* SealedEvilInACan: [[spoiler:Kur's soul was sealed inside the Kur Stone and unleashed when the stone was unearthed, reincarnating in the unborn Zak.]]
* SeldomSeenSpecies: Of the cryptid variety. A lot of the cryptids featured in the series don't even show up in other works about cryptozoology.
** Komodo and Zon also qualify. Especially the latter, who is an ''Ornithocheirus'' (a pterosaur that isn't a ''Pteranodon'').
* SendInTheClones: Played with: The Monday family.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Zak towards Wadi throughout "Curse of the Stolen Tiger".
* ShieldSurf: In "Twelve Hundred Degrees Fahrenheit", Drew cuts a shield-shaped slab from a tree and uses it as a makeshift snowboard. Doyle uses his jetpack for the same purpose.
* ShipperOnDeck:Zak's entire family seems to ship him with Wadi. Fisk also at one point shipped Zon with the Duah.
* ShoutOut: The show's animation style is a ShoutOut to 1960s and 1970s animation. It visually hearkens to ''JonnyQuest'', ''TheHerculoids'', and ''ThundarrTheBarbarian'', as well as a lot of the action shows that came out of the {{Hanna-Barbera}} stable. Argost's henchman is a visible ShoutOut to the Frankenstein monster.
** Anyone else get a ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]'' vibe near the end of "And Your Enemies Closer"?
** Van Rook's mask and jet pack make him look very similar to [[IronMan another famous character.]]
** Munya's transformation is very similar to [[TheHulk another famous character.]]
** Several to the ''WesternAnimation/Ben10'' Franchise. These include images of Animo, Enoch and Hex in the Saturday criminal database, Beeman referring to Galvan Prime in Episode 5, and of course, the Crossover between the two shows.
* ShowWithinAShow: V.V. Argost's ''Weird World''.
* ShutUpHannibal: Drew delivers a very nice one in the Season 2 finale to Argost when he attempts to call a truce.
* SicklyGreenGlow: The Fang wielded by [[spoiler:Zak Monday]] gives off evil green light and likewise any cryptid affected by it gets GlowingEyesOfDoom to match.
* SoulJar: [[spoiler: It turns out the Kur stone actually holds Kur. When that broke, it jumped to Zak.]]
* SpeechImpairedAnimal: Fiskerton, whose grunts are more-or-less recognizable as English.
* SpotTheImposter: Played with, when Zack immediately starts looking for any subtle differences between his mom and her EvilTwin. [[spoiler:And fails. The sword-toting Drew grabs the Claw and shoots it at the other Drew, only to have the second Drew deflect it with her really long tongue. The real Drew just wanted her to shut up.]]
* SssssnakeTalk: Rani Nagi
* SternChase: The second season starts with this due to the TomatoInTheMirror reveal ([[spoiler:Zak Saturday is Kur, who is believed to be the ultimate evil]]) of the previous season.
* StockFootage: The TransformationSequence of Argost's henchman.
* StockSuperpowers:
** Doc has super strength.
** Drew has ImplausibleFencingPowers.
** Zak has GlowingEyesOfDoom and the ability to control cryptids to make them do his bidding. He seems also able to control their special abilities when they have one.
* StylishProtectionGear: The Saturdays have matching arctic survival outfits. What really makes it an example of this trope, however, is that this includes one for their pet Komodo dragon. With a furry bobble on the tail.
* TeamPet: Fiskerton, Komodo, and Zon.
* ThrowDownTheBomblet: Doyle's attack of choice is usually a shower of grenades.
* TitleIn: For every time the location changes.
* TimeSkip: Six months take place between seasons one and two. In that time: [[spoiler:the Saturdays have become fugitives, with the Secret Scientists wanting to freeze Zak for eternity and the world blaming them for Argost's disappearance.]]
** [[spoiler:Other things include Van Rook becoming broke and homeless, Zak's powers going haywire, and Doyle becoming a Film/JamesBond-like spy for the Saturday family.]]
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Drew with her fire sword in "The King of Kumari Kandam".
* TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse: [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] to the Saturday family's surprise when the Nagas [[BigApplesauce attack Manhattan]] instead.]]
* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler: Zak ''is'' Kur.]]
* TomatoSurprise: [[spoiler: Argost is actually a cryptid. And not just any cryptid, but the yeti that killed Drew's parents and separated her from her brother. Naturally, Zak learns this about 5 seconds after Argost becomes immune to his powers. A fact which Argost wastes no time taunting him about.]]
* TorchesAndPitchforks: "The Kur Guardian", a flashback showing how Fisk joined the Saturdays shows him being hunted by a mob wielding torches and pitchforks.
* TownWithADarkSecret: [[spoiler: Sanctuary 2, a seemingly Utopian scientist colony which is using a captured giant electric catfish as a power source]]. Also, the town from the Owl Man episode.
* TransformationSequence: But not of the MagicalGirl type. Argost's henchman turns into a [[HalfHumanHybrid ... er... man spider... gorilla... man]] who spits webbing out of his mouth.
* TrainStopping: Fiskerton has to stop a runaway train before it smashes into the end of an unfinished tunnel in "Target: Fiskerton". He grabs hold of the rear of the train and digs his feet in, snapping sleepers as he goes.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: According to the flashback in "Van Rook's Apprentice", Drew and Doyle look almost exactly the same as, respectively, their mother and father. Drew comments on Doyle's resemblance to her father the first time she sees his unmasked face.
* UnhandThemVillain: In "The Vengeance of Hibagon", Professor Mizuki is holding a crimelord over the edge of a building when Drew orders "Let him go, Mizuki!". Mizuki comments on the poor choice of words before dropping him.
* TheUnintelligible: Fiskerton. WordOfGod says that his voice actor does have a real script of what he would be saying in English, but he translates it to 'Fisk-speak'. Sometimes it's possible to make out a word or two of what Fisk is saying (usually an astonished "Say what!?"; this amounts to his CatchPhrase), but for the most part it's unintelligible.
* UnnecessaryCombatRoll: Zak does one in the first episode; entering a room after the combat had ended. Of course, he is only ''eleven''.
* VaporTrail: Happens to Doyle when his jet pack springs a leak in "Cryptid vs. Cryptid".
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Argost has his own TV show. Apparently it's [[AllPartOfTheShow intended for children]], and has a massive worldwide following. [[spoiler:Argost has disappeared, and almost ''everywhere'' has "Argost Lives!" painted on it, this is even in foreign languages.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: Argost had one of these in his fight against Zak in the first season finale.
* VisibleInvisibility: The family's pet komodo dragon can turn invisible. We get the all white line art with a shimmery blue-white transparent fill.
* WeHaveTheKeys: Argost does this to his own door in "Once More the Nightmare Factory" even as Munya is approaching with the keys and a long-suffering look on his face. Of course, this might just have been showmanship.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: After [[spoiler:Zak is revealed as Kur]], the Secret Scientists decide they need to cryogenically freeze [[spoiler:Zak]] until they can come up with a better solution. The Saturdays disagree, hence much of the conflict of season 2. Interestingly, one episode features another WellIntentionedExtremist who thinks ''killing'' [[spoiler:Zak]] is the only way to be sure the world is safe. When the Secret Scientists learn about this, they reassert that they never intended to ''kill'' [[spoiler:Zak]], and team up with the Saturdays to stop the guy.
* WhamEpisode: "And Your Enemies Closer". [[spoiler: Argost is revealed to be a Crytid himself, manages to kidnap Zak, summon his evil alternate counterpart Zak Monday, then steal his powers, effectively killing him.]] Not good.
** And a Secret Scientists example: Miranda Grey calls Beeman out for going beyond the Secret Scientists promise and [[spoiler: weaponizing the Flute of Gilgamesh and turning it UpToEleven, even knowing that it will kill Zak]]. She actually uses her own weapons on him to get him away from the controls.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: It wasn't revealed what happened to Dr. Beeman after Miranda betrayed him and knocked him out. Nor what became of Rani Nagi or what her reaction was if she learned Kur is gone.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Subverted. Cryptids are treated with respect and protecting them is the Secret Saturday's main mission.
* WhatTheHellHero: To Zak from [[spoiler:Argost, of all people]].
--> [[spoiler:'''Argost''': You've lied to your parents, betrayed your own mother, and you're about to let the villain walk out of here so that Mummy and Daddy don't learn the truth about our business relationship.]]
** Drew was so obsessed with revenge on Argost for killing her parents that she ignored her son's advice of not letting her emotions get in the way. This led to [[spoiler:[[ItsAllMyFault Van Rook's death]] and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone almost losing her son]].]]
* WickedCultured: Argost, who has impeccable manners, an appreciation of the French language, and even orders his henchman, Munya, to dogfight with restraint, on the grounds that "[They're] not savages!"
* WindowPain: Lots, starting with the first episode.
* WiperStart: In "The Atlas Pin", Fiskerton attempts to pilot the airship by randomly mashing buttons. He succeeds in turning on the seat massager and launching a missile.
* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: Van Rook is never called anything but Van Rook -- by anyone -- until he is [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice mortally wounded taking a shot meant for Drew.]]]] Drew then calls him by his first name: [[spoiler: Leonidas]].
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Epsilon's son Francis has green hair.
* YowiesAndBunyipsAndDropBearsOhMy: Bunyips feature in "Into the Mouth of Darkness".

!!Tropes in the crossover episode:
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Argost]]. Oh, don't act surprised.
* CurbStompBattle: Turns out Zak isn't much of a match for an intelligent, superpowered hybrid monster.
* {{Flanderization}}: In the show, Doc and Drew's disagreements about science and magic are generally civil. Doc is fully aware the existence and effectiveness of magic; he mostly takes issue with jumping to mystic conclusions before the scientific explanations have been ruled out. Here he scoffs as Drew for even trying a magical solution to a problem he hasn't been able to solve with science.
* GeniusBruiser: Fiskerton demonstrates an understanding of quantum physics and then trounces Munya in a fight, all in the span of one scene.
* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: Zak briefly laments that his world-saving goes unnoticed since cryptids must remain a secret, but recognizes that it's better they stay that way given how people like Dr. Animo would exploit them.
* IdiotBall: In the series proper, [[spoiler:Argost]] is [[CrazyPrepared highly cautious]], and spent six months recovering and preparing himself after being beaten the first time. Here, the first thing he does after [[spoiler:being revived]] is to randomly attack Undertown, immediately drawing attention to himself. Even ''Animo'' points out that was a bad idea.
* HandWave: Animo and [[spoiler:Argost's]] VillainTeamUp is said to have happened due to [[CrazyPrepared the latter being prepared for his death, and hiring the former to resurrect him]].
* HybridMonster: Dr. Animo blends a bunch of cryptids into dragon-esque cyborgs. [[spoiler:Argost]] is likewise given a few improvements.
* KilledOffForReal: Ben straight up ''kills'' [[spoiler:Argost]], which is odd for a kid's show that usually adheres to ThouShaltNotKill. Guess it's okay if they were dead at the beginning of the episode.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Hope you finished season 2, or you're in for some surprises.
* LatexPerfection: Averted ''hard''. [[spoiler:Argost's]] mask is so obviously fake, it's baffling that anyone could have ever thought that it was his actual face.
* MistakenIdentity: The Saturdays briefly confuse Shocksquatch for an actual sasquatch.
* MythologyGag: Ben's remarks about Zak's telepathy might be a reference to the fact that Ben has two aliens that have a natural capacity for telepathy (Ghostfreak and AMPhibian) that Ben hasn't bothered to learn how to use.
** [[spoiler: Argost]] says that [[spoiler:his resurrection]] was ''supposed'' to take six months, the same length of time as the time span between season one and two.
* PowerEchoes: Zak's telepathy.
* PunctuatedPounding: Fiskerton pounds Munya back and forth on one of his webs like a paddle-ball.
* RetCon[=/=]{{Revision}}: [[spoiler:Turns out Zak's powers weren't really gone in the series finale; thanks to "residual energy" they came back a few months later, although much weaker.]]
* RoleReprisal: The only actor to return is [[spoiler:Corey Burton, the VA for Argost]].
* TakenForGranite: The victims of the life-draining cyborg chupacabras are turned to stone, though it's only skin deep and they are alive beneath that.
* {{Technobabble}}: The explanation for how [[spoiler:Zak retained his powers]] and [[spoiler: Argost was susceptible to resurrection.]]
* TimeSkip: It's mentioned that three years have passed since the last episode, just like in real-life.
* YouDontLookLikeYou: The transition from this show to ''Ben 10 Omniverse'' came with a rather noticeable change in style, far too much to excuse it as being merely a timeskip.
** Special mention goes to Drew's fire sword. It looks and behaves like a piece of technology mimicking the effects of Doc's power glove, rather than a mystical Tibetan artifact that produces fire.
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