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'''Zig & Sharko''' is a French animated television series produced by animation studios Xilam, known for their animated series SpaceGoofs and OggyAndTheCockroaches. It is created and directed by Olivier Jean-Marie, who also worked as writer, storyboard artist and director of both series.

It revolves around Zig the Hyena trying to capture Marina the Mermaid, with the help of Bernie the Hermit Crab, so he can eat her. However, Sharko the Shark is there to protect her. HilarityEnsues.

78 shorts of 7-minute length were produced for the first season, which is available on {{Netflix}}. Also, selected episodes are free to watch on Rovio's streaming site {{ToonsTV}} by agreement with Xilam. According to [[http://www.xilam.com/portfolio/zig-sharko/ Xilam's website]], there will be a second season.

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!!Tropes:
* AbsurdlyBrightLight
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Sharko's dorsal fin. Its so sharp that it can cut through metal with ease.
* AmusingInjuries: '''And how!''' Did I said this comes from the same studio (and director) behind ''Oggy and the Cockroaches'', right?
* AntagonistInMourning: When Zig goes to Africa to start a new life, Sharko spends the entire episode sulking on how much he misses chasing and beating up Zig.
* AshFace
* AsideGlance: Marina does this in the opening credits.
* {{Badass}}: Sharko. He beat up an army of killer whales and threw an ''oil tanker'' at Zig.
* BambooTechnology: Literally in one episode.
* BananaPeel: One floating on the water [[RuleOfFunny somehow]] managed to trip up a ship.
* BattleDiscretionShot: Oh, for God's sake, to the point to be OnceAnEpisode. '''ALWAYS''' Zig is involved. The focus place may vary from a shot of the island, a character showing the CurbStompBattle, or a shot of the Earth. This is taken UpToEleven with a shot of the Milky Way on the show's pilot.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: In "The Tiny Tyrant" we see the effects of the muscle growth serum on the male characters, but when Marina uses it on herself we only see a bit of her right arm change before it cuts away.
** In "Space Fruits" Marina is only one who stays untouched by the fruits' mutating juices. Even when the juices pollute the ocean she's already safe in her house calling for a clean-up crew.
** The end of "The Were-yena" has Marina HulkingOut just like Zig has been doing the whole episode, but all we see is a shadow.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: "Fancy Footwork".
* BeTheBall: Zig gets used as such when Sharko squishes him in a round shape.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: You don't want to make Marina or Bernie mad...
* BirthdayEpisode: The episode "Birthday Party" with Marina's Birthday. Unfortunatedly for Marina, Sharko [[ForgottenBirthday forgot it]].
* BlowingARaspberry: Marina does this to the audience in the opening credits.
* BodyguardCrush: Sharko has one on Marina.
* BornLucky: Marina.
* BrickJoke: In "A Tale of Two Legs", Zig prepared a hole trap to capture Marina, who doesn't work on her. Later, Zig falls on the same hole.
* BuiltWithLEGO: "Silly Builders"
* ButtBiter: Sharko does this to Zig at the end of "Lighthouse".
* ButtMonkey: Zig can't last an episode without getting the crap beaten out of him. However, half the reason for his suffering is his fault.
** IronButtMonkey: Heck, no matter how hard it got injured, Zig will be better like it nothing happened!
* CameraAbuse: At least in one episode Zig hits the camera after failing to capture Marina.
** The episode "Toys Attack" shows a bouncing ball hitting the camera and cracking the lens.
* CampingEpisode
* CaptainCrash: The captain who wears glasses. It's a guarantee: It will always run aground his ship in the island Zig lives on, no matter what he tries to avoid it.
* CartoonyEyes: Sharko's eyes have yellow scleras.
* CatsHateWater: A cheetah in one episode is too scared to even touch water.
* [[CatUpATree Hermit Crab Up a Tree]]
* TheChewToy: Poor Zig!
* ChristmasEpisode: "Santa Zig".
* CloudCuckooLander: The Crazy Dolphin and The Astronaut.
* ColdSnap: In the episode of the same name and in "Frozen Island".
* CrazyJealousGuy: Sharko's fuse blows off whenever another guy hits on Marina.
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: Marina.
* DesertedIsland: The island Zig lives on is devoid of humans, though wildlife is present.
* {{Determinator}}: Zig. Nothing, I seriously mean, '''NOTHING''' will stop him to try to eat Marina.
* TheDitz: Sharko's Hammerhead Cousin.
* DownTheRabbitHole: Sort of happened in "Bottom's Bottom", where the titular characters fell down into an abyss and encountering a city of weird-looking things.
* DudeMagnet: Marina.
* EatTheBomb: Sharko on "The Return of The Crazy Dolphin".
* EnemyMine: Zig and Sharko often have to team up when someone new gets too close to Marina.
* EnthrallingSiren: How Marina saves Sharko from some shark hunters.
** Marina does this to Zig and Bernie, too.
* EverybodyDies: The endings of "Waterski Hit" and "The Return of the Crazy Dolphin"
* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes: Marina has been seen playing one.
** The fisherman in "Fisherman's Catch" also has one.
* FluffyCloudHeaven
* FreakyFridayFlip: Happens to Zig and Sharko in "Me, Myself and I".
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Marina
* FurIsClothing: The Polar Bear's fur, which, after being unzipped, reveals his muscular human-like form equipped with a wrestling outfit.
* GagHaircut: In "Hair Story", Marina's hair was accidentaly cut, so Sharko and Marina's octopus hairdresser are trying to fix it.
* GenkiGirl: Marina.
* GhostPirate
* HairDecorations: Marina wears a living starfish in her hair.
* {{Hammerspace}}
* HartmanHips: Marina
* HawaiianShirtedTourist
* HiccupHijinks: In "Boo... who"
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Sharko and Marina, although it's more Huge Shark Tiny Mermaid.
* TheHyena: Zig. Obviously. Complete with AnnoyingLaugh.
** Marina will often let out a cute laugh when something amuses her.
* HyperCompetentSidekick: Bernie.
* IdeaBulb
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Zig
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: Zig spends an episode as one.
* InstantIceJustAddCold: In "Cold Snap", there are fish inside an ice cube swimming around the cold water.
* InterspeciesRomance: Between Marina and Sharko and on a side note, Marina's mother was a mermaid and her father was a human sailor.
* IrisOut
* JawDrop
* {{Jerkass}}: being a [[SadistShow Xilam]] cartoon, pretty much everyone, yes even [[GenkiGirl Marina]], has shown their douche side.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Sharko and Marina all things considered. In Marina's case, it's usually that she [[InnocentlyInsensitive doesn't realize when she's being mean]].
*** Even Zig at times can be this. He genuinely cares about Bernie as a friend.
* KillerGorilla: a particularly mean one lives on Zig's island and sometime beats him up.
* LighthousePoint: In "Lighthouse", of course.
* LightningCanDoAnything: Even give Zig [[EasyAmnesia amnesia.]]
* LookBehindYou
* LoveTriangle: Sort of an aversion. Marina and Sharko both love each other, though the former has a bit of a crush on Zig. Zig however, couldn't care less, since all he really wants is to eat her.
* MadBomber: The Crazy Dolphin.
* MagicWand: Zig finds a wand that causes anything it touches to disappear and then [[PullARabbitOutOfMyHat reappear inside a top hat.]]
* ManChild: Marina acts like a giddy little girl a lot of the time.
* MatchlightDangerRevelation: Zig and Bernie on "Digging Deep".
* MeaningfulName: Sharko, of course.
* [[MeatOVision Meat-O-Vision]]: Just try to count all the times Zig sees Marina as: a fish nugget, a tailfin with just a bone, or accompanied with half of a lemon.
* MimeAndMusicOnlyCartoon
* MusclesAreMeaningless: King Neptune, despite having a muscular physique, would run away or beg for mercy to avoid a fight from an opponent who could take him whenever his Orcas couldn't back him up or if his Trident is taken from him.
* NameAndName
* NoDialogueEpisode: The whole series.
* OcularGushers
* OrganicTechnology: Sharko and Marina are often seen using various sea life as household devices, such as using a sea urchin as a ping pong ball and a small octopus as a walkman.
* OrWasItADream: "Coral Reef Cowboys"
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent / TailfinWalking: Marina can walk on land using the tips of her tailfin.
* PainPoweredLeap
* PassThePopcorn
* PecFlex: Sharko and the various other muscle bound characters do this frequently.
* PinchMe: When Zig sees Marina next to him, he pinches himself with a nearby crab just to be sure.
* {{Pirate}}: Zig tried to join some pirates after they kidnap Marina.
* [[BearsAreBadNews Polar Bears Are Bad News]]
* POVCam
* PressurePoint: The shrimp does this to Marina.
* PrinceCharmless: King Neptune.
* PullARabbitOutOfMyHat: There was no rabbit, but pretty much every other animal ended up coming out of a top hat.
* RedheadInGreen: Marina.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Bernie. Not helped by the fact that he has puppy dog eyes and the occasional squeaking sound he makes.
** Humorously, his non-threatening appearance was still enough to greatly frighten the Manta Ray, who previously had beaten Sharko, albeit through playing dirty, and was effortlessly beating the crap out of Zig, so much that said Manta climbed up a coconut tree in terror.
** In another episode, a GhostPirate was afraid of Bernie. Sharko uses this to his advantage.
* TheRival: Marina gets one in "The Manic Mermaid"
** Sharko and Bernie get ones in "The Challengers" and "Little Shrimp Buddy"
** As well Zig in "A Lovesick Survivor"
* RoadRunnerVsCoyote
* RobotMe: Bernie makes an army of robot Zigs in "War of the Clones".
* RuleOfThree: Zig was attacked by the KillerGorilla on "A Tale of Two Legs" three times, the third one also double counts as a BrickJoke.
* ScoobyDoobyDoors
* SeahorseSteed
* ShesGotLegs: Marina in "Fancy Footwork".
* ShoutOut: The whole episode "[[WackyRacing The Island Tour]]" was one to MarioKart.
** As well as SuperMarioBros in general. They've also done Video Game shout outs to VideoGame/{{Pitfall}} and {{Pacman}}
** The scream that Zig makes on the episode ''"Nurse Marina"'' is the scream Queen Grimhilde, from [[{{Disney}} Disney's]] [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarves Snow White,]] makes as she falls to her death.
** In "Goin' Home" Zig runs into a pair of elephants who closely resemble [[{{Literature/Babar}} King Babar and Queen Celeste]].
* SpeakingSimlish: Marina, being the only main character capable of talk, talks this way in situations that require dialog. Keeping in mind this is a [[MimeandMusicOnlyCartoon Mime and Music-Only Cartoon]], it's justified.
* SquashedFlat
* {{Squee}}: Marina does this often. Most noticeable when she sees Zig disguised as Santa.
* StockholmSyndrome: Marina has a crush on Zig, the hyena who is constantly kidnapping her because he wants to ''eat'' her.
* SuddenlyVoiced: The Hindi version of the show dubs over the silence with voice actors for the characters.
* [[SuperheroEpisode Super Villain Episode:]] "Super Zig"
* SuperNotDrowningSkills: Inverted. Marina and Sharko can both survive out of water.
* SuperPersistentPredator: Zig
* SuperSerum: Made by Bernie in both "The Tiny Tyrant" and [[InvoluntaryShapeshifter "The Were-Yena."]]
* SwallowedWhole: Zig spends an episode inside a whale's stomach.
* TheThingThatWouldNotLeave: A {{Pirate}} [[OurGhostsAreDifferent ghost]] overstays his welcome, to Sharko anyway.
* ThreateningShark: Averted with Sharko, who spends the entire series protecting Marina from Zig and other dangers. He generally leaves people alone unless provoked or if anyone attempts to do harm to Marina.
* ThreeDimensionalEpisode: In some episodes Marina will put on 3D glasses during 3D scenes.
* ThrowingTheDistraction
* [[ToothyBird Toothy Birds]]
* UncomfortableElevatorMoment: "Marina's New Friend".
* UnknownRival: Marina doesn't know that Zig wants to eat her.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: A lot of people who see Marina don't bat an eye at the fact that she's a mermaid.
** A Chinese sailor saw Marina and could not be any less interested. He and his crew were much more interested in catching Sharko so they could make shark fin soup.
** In "Fisherman's Catch" when a fisherman accidentally catches King Neptune along with a bunch of other fish he just dumps the whole batch because he was looking for oysters.
* VillainProtagonist: Zig.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: "Magical Jellyfish".
* WackyRacing: "The Island Tour"
* WalkOnWater: [[RuleOfFunny Zig sometimes runs on water]]
* WaterIsAir
* TheWildWest: "Coral Reef Cowboys"
* WingdingEyes: Keeping in the show's country of origin, Neptune's eyes turn into Euro signs.
** Excited about getting to be a nurse, Marina's eyes turn into first aid symbols.
* WinkDing
* XRaySparks
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