''Wakfu'' is a 2008 French cartoon by [[Creator/{{Ankama}} Ankama Animation]] set within the world of an MMORPG of the same name, which is set 1,000 years after the production company's other MMO, ''VideoGame/{{Dofus}}''. The whole show is completely kid-friendly, since the target audience is [[AnimationAgeGhetto 8-10 years old]], but tons of jokes are aimed [[ParentalBonus directly at older audiences]] and [[PeripheryDemographic fans of the game]], is full of {{Fanservice}}, and the plot itself [[CerebusSyndrome matures]] [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids enormously]].

The first season follows a group of adventurers aiding TheHero, Yugo, in his search to [[DoorstopBaby find his true family]]. Together, [[SideQuest they battle their way]] [[WackyWaysideTribe through various dangers]], all the while being chased by [[BigBad Nox]], a [[TimeStandsStill time-manipulating]] [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity madman]] powered by the energy of all living creatures (the [[TitleDrop wakfu]]), which he harvests through swarms of parasitic, robotic bugs.

From a technical point of view, ''Wakfu'' is drawn with vectors using the UsefulNotes/AdobeFlash program, and follows a lot of [[{{Animesque}} anime clichés]], though the final work is quite unique (and tends to be pretty awesome). It is also notable that the series is animated almost entirely in France, which is rare considering the costs of such a production. Ankama's sister company in Japan is responsible for the animation not done by Ankama proper, the bonus episode "Noximilien" was animated by Creator/{{Madhouse}}, and a 52-minute feature on Ogrest was made in collaboration with Creator/StudioGhibli.[[note]]with assistance from Madhouse[[/note]]

''Wakfu'' is considered a [[SeriesFranchise "cross-media"]], consisting of the animation, the [=MMOG=], and a trading card game. However, the animation has generated four other [[SpinOff Spin-Offs]] by itself: a series of shorts called ''Mini-Wakfu'', which supplies some useful [[AllThereInTheManual background information]] on the two games (''VideoGame/{{Dofus}}'' and ''Wakfu''); a browser-based MMORPG, ''Wakfu: The Guardians'', which uses the same engine as ''VideoGame/{{Dofus}}'' and allows the player to "replay" the episodes of the series through small dungeons, with characters similar in appearance and powers to [[TheHero Yugo]]; a series of graphic novels titled ''Wakfu Heroes''; and a mix between a BeatEmUp and ShootEmUp called ''VideoGame/IslandsOfWakfu'' for the UsefulNotes/XboxLiveArcade that acts as a {{Prequel}} for the series.

Ankama released an English trailer and a [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1836563008/wakfu-the-animated-series?ref=live Kickstarter for a home video release (and English dub) in North America]] -- that raised over ''six times'' the required amount. As of January 19, 2015 both seasons of the English dub are available on Netflix. Netflix also co-produced the show's third season alongside France 4. The series currently consists of 65-episodes over the course of three seasons. The first season ended on June 5th, 2010, and included a bonus 27th episode (not included in the slated 52) exploring Nox's past. Season two began airing February of 2011, and a 3 part OVA was released in 2014. A third season premiered on France 4 on September 2nd, 2017, with the finale airing September 17th, 2017. Its Creator/{{Netflix}} premiere happened on October in France, and was released for the rest of the world on April 6th, 2018.

This series and ''The Guardians'' have a [[Characters/{{Wakfu}} Character Sheet]].

Not to be confused with [[Manga/AzumangaDaioh My Waifu]], WokFu or WaifFu.

!!''Wakfu'' provides examples of:
* Wakfu/TropesAToC
* Wakfu/TropesDToF
* Wakfu/TropesGToI
* Wakfu/TropesJToL
* Wakfu/TropesMToO
* Wakfu/TropesPToR
* Wakfu/TropesSToU
* Wakfu/TropesVToZ

!!''Wakfu'' specials:

[[folder:''The Legend of Ogrest'']]
* AdaptationDyeJob: Yugo has darker hair in this special than in the series.
* AlwaysABiggerFish: The GiantEnemyCrab gets eaten by a GiantSquid.
* ArtificialHuman: Dathura, one of the magic dolls created by the god Sadida.
* ArtShift: The animation of this special was done in collaboration with Creator/StudioGhibli. It shows.
* BagOfHolding: Otomaï has a Havresac where he carries his many alchemical concoctions, as well as Dathura and the Stones.
* BigEater: Ogrest
* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler: From the one line Dathura actually gets in the special, you'd think she was grateful to Ogrest for returning her to life. Then you play the game and read the tablets in Incarnam, to find out that Dathura took advantage of Ogrest's infatuation to get him to use his superior strength and durability to get her several Dofuses, which she used as some arcane power grab. Ogrest was forced to put her down himself, and all of the sudden it kind of makes sense why he's crying enough to cause a world-shattering cataclysm]].
* BlackHoleBelly: Ogrest, literally. He has an ''extra-dimensional stomach''.
* BlessedWithSuck: Ogrest is a being made from an Ogrine and is gifted with extraordinary strength, durability, and longevity. However, his tears are enchanted in such a way that if so much as a drop of them touch the ground, they can cause water levels to spontaneously rise.
* CollapsingLair: Taking the dofus from the boat starts a mechanism that causes the whole treasure island to sink.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: As can be expected, Otomaï's potions to create ice, fire or lightning are blue, red, and yellow, respectively.
* ColossusClimb: Ogrest has to fight a [[GiantEnemyCrab giant crustacean]] on the island by climbing it.
* DishDash: A variant with Otomaï frantically catching the toffees before they'd fall in his Ogrine preparation. However, he misses one... and the rest is history.
* DogPileOfDoom: Ogrest with the coral monsters.
* EarWings: Ogrest finds out by accident that his large ears allow him to fly by flapping very fast (hummingbird-like fast, in fact). It's quite instinctive at the start and he has a hard time controlling it, leading to a few crashes.
* EggMacGuffin: The dofus on the treasure boat.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Short-Tail is called "Kiki" by his brothers. He doesn't like it, but since he'd bet to stay silent for a year, he can't call them on it.
* FacialMarkings: Dathura
* FireIceLightning: Otomaï can use all three form of energy as attacks with his potions.
* FramingDevice: The "Legend of Ogrest" is told by Alibert to a bedridden Yugo.
* GiantEnemyCrab
* GiantSquid
* GoForTheEye: The giant crustacean being already blind in one eyestalk, Ogrest go for the valid one.
* GratuitousEnglish: Otomaï's animated gemstones helpers are called the "Stones" in the original French.
* HowDoIShotWeb: Ogrest trying to get the hang of his strength and flight.
* IndyEscape
* JumpingOnAGrenade: Ogrest does this to save Dathura. [[spoiler:Thankfully, he's tough enough to survive it.]]
* LookBehindYou: Otomaï, to distract the Ecaflips while he's shapechanging into Short-Tail.
* {{Loveable Rogue}}s: The three Ecaflip brothers.
* LoveMartyr: Despite knowing full well that his "son" was capable of doing such, Otomaï refused to believe that Ogrest was solely responsible for the Great Flood. A belief that is survived through his disciples.
* MacGuffinGuardian: The GiantSquid for the treasure.
* MeaningfulName
** Otomaï ([[spoiler:"Automail"]]) the [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Alchemist]].
** Dathura is the creation of Sadida, the god of PlantPeople. The ''Datura'' is a genus of plant. A hallucinogenic, poisonous plant. [[FemmeFatale Make of that what you will]].
* TheNoseKnows: The Ecaflips claim to have an acute sense of smell; it doesn't help them in the SpotTheImposter situation, however.
-->'''Medium-Tail:''' Ugh! They both smell equally bad.
* OurHomunculiAreDifferent
* PapaWolf: Otomaï to his "creation", Ogrest.
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: Otomaï's two animated Stones have very little features, but the blue one has a boy's voice, and the pink one a girl's voice.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Ogrest
* {{Pirates}}: The Ecaflips.
* ThePowerOfLove: How Ogrest manages [[spoiler:to reanimate Dathura at the end]].
* {{Prequel}}
* RockPaperScissors: The Ecaflip brothers have one such game before meeting Ogrest.
* SimpleStaff: Otomaï
* StuffBlowingUp
** Otomaï's initial experiment, leading to Ogrest's birth.
** Short-Tail is fond of using explosives.
* SpotTheImposter: Otomaï forces the Ecaflips into this by taking Short-Tail's appearance.
* SuperStrength: Ogrest
* SwissArmyTears: Ogrest's tears can create ungodly amount of water, but in the end [[spoiler:they also turn a sapphire into a pure Ogrine, allowing Dathura to animate]].
* ThirdPersonPerson: Ogrest
* TimeCompressionMontage: Ogrest growing up from a baby to a youngster is shown in a succession of still frames.
* TreasureIsBiggerInFiction
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Ogrest, oddly enough, was an adorable, well-meaning, if somewhat awkward little ogre in his youth.
* TheVoiceless: Short-Tail, a.k.a. Kiki. He made a bet with his brothers that he could stay silent for a full year.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Otomaï, by drinking potions.
* WatchOutForThatTree: Ogrest's first attempt at flying leads to a crash against a stone pillar, and then a boat.
* XRaySparks: Long-Tail when struck by Otomaï's lightning potion.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Otomaï

* AdaptationDyeJob: A really noticeable change in character design is present between ''Wakfu'' and its "Noximilien" special. [[spoiler:The eldest (judging height-wise) child and Nox's wife have black hair in the series, while being blonde in the special -- in addition to the wife's massive character redesign.]]
* ArtShift: And how. It was animated by a completely different team and directed by Creator/MasaakiYuasa, and as such the animation is quite reminiscent of ''Anime/{{Kaiba}}''.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Noximilien slowly loses his grip on reality under the influence of the Eliacube.
* IgnoredEpiphany: Noximilien returns home to see that his family has left him. He reads a letter from his wife and realizes for a moment what is happening to him. He packs up to get ready to join them. Then the clock starts ticking...
* LimpAndLivid: Noximilien, as his sanity begins to slip.
* LockedIntoStrangeness: Noximilien's hair turning from blond to white.
* MadEye: Noximilien acquires one at the end of this bonus episode.
* MeaningfulRename:
-->'''Noximilien:''' [[spoiler:My children]] called me "[[spoiler:Daddy]]", [[spoiler:my wife]] called me "[[spoiler:Milien]]". From this instant, the world shall learn to call me "'''''Nox'''''"!
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Noximilien realizing that his family is dead because of his obsession with the Eliacube.
* {{Prequel}}
* RageAgainstTheHeavens:
-->[[spoiler:'''Noximilien:''' I'll fight time -- that great, deceiving fool! Soon I'll be as powerful as the god Xelor! Yes, even more powerful... [...] DO YOU HEAR ME, XELOR?! I'll surpass you and I'll bring back my family!]]
* SanitySlippage: The whole damn thing.
* SpecialEditionTitle: The whole usual sequence from the season 1 credits opening plays normally until the [[CouchGag aforementioned]] "Jump" moment, [[spoiler:where it does a time-reversing-effect like in episode 26 (complete with reversed music), ending with a close-up of the Eliacube]].
* StartOfDarkness: The whole bonus episode. Even the following ''Mini-Wakfu'' episode contributes, by showing the creation of the first Noxine.
* TwitchyEye: Noximilien at the end of the episode.
* TheWatchmaker: Noximilien's profession.

[[folder:''Goultard the Barbarian'']]
* BloodyMurder: Katar, the villain in the short, uses his Prehensile Blood to wrap around Goultard.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: This was more or less made just so Ankama could test out Flash animation so things that were done here are very different than they were in the show.
* IHaveYourWife: The villain kidnaps Goultard's wife and children in order to lure him into a fight. [[spoiler:He kills them before Goultard arrives, and taunts him about it in order to make Goultard angrier. This is actually all part of a plan to get a parasitic demon that feeds off of rage to see Goultard as a more appetizing host and jump from the villain into Goultard. The villain doesn't get to enjoy his newfound freedom for long, however, as Goultard kills him immediately afterward.]]
* {{Pilot}}: Before the actual show was made, a short called ''Goultard le Barbare'' was used to perfect animation techniques. It can be watched in French [[http://www.ankama.com/fr/203-video-inside-ankama/3698-inside-ankama-hors-serie-goultard here]] (starting at ~18:15).
* SuperStrength: Goultard is shown to have an insane level of strength even as a kid.

* LighterAndSofter
* SuperDeformed

[[folder:''Wakfu: The Guardians'']]
* AntiPoopsocking: In the MMORPG, you can only sell your wares through your haven bag while you are logged out.
* CrapsaccharineWorld: Everything is colorful and a bit of chibi-style, like the characters... until you get to know more of the background story.
* GreenAesop: Barring certain areas and certain materials, resources and monsters don't reappear of their own accord once you've collected or slain them. If you want to fight or craft anything else, you need to collect their seeds and replant them.
%% NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: '''N'''... just '''N'''. (For the non-francophones: in French, the letter "N" sounds like "''haine''", meaning "hate".)
* NiceHat: Each and every Eliatrope has a magnificent hat.
* SdrawkcabName: The "Island of Emrub", which is "Brume" ("Mist") backwards. Also fitting to the first ''Wakfu'' episode title, "Child of Mist".