* BigLippedAlligatorMoment:
** Some weird demon thing lifts Alfred up from the back of an elephant in the intro. It never appears again.
** In one episode, Alfred is seen building some kind of cleaning robot while he's on the phone with Winnie. Why he's building it or how he suddenly became a robotics expert is never explained, nor does the thing ever appear again.
* BreakoutVillain: Dolf. The four-episode StoryArc involving his rise to power as a fascist dictator is probably the best-remembered part of the show. The fact that he's given more backstory and complexity beyond simple CompleteMonster territory cements his status.
* CompleteMonster: [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Evil Spirit Of Darkness]] from the two-parter "The Strange Bottle" and "Flying Carpet" is an [[JackassGenie evil genie]] who terrorized the land long ago [[ForTheEvulz for fun]], causing droughts, floods, storms, plagues, and fires, destroying cities and killing many people. After [[GodOfGood The Almighty One]] sealed the spirit [[SealedEvilInACan inside a bottle]], the spirit vowed that when it was freed, it would [[UngratefulBastard kill whoever freed it]] to spite the god who punished it previously, before returning to its homeland to terrorize the people once more. When Dolf and Alfred free the spirit, it tries to eat Alfred.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Only natural with a celebrated artist like Herman van Veen at the helm.
** The opening and ending themes, "Spetter Spieter Spater" and "Zo Vrolijk" ("So Happy"), as mentioned below.
** "Nog Nooit" ("Never Before"), Johan's (and later Alfred's) enchanting, heartfelt love theme.
** "Kijk Niet Om" ("Don't Look Back"), the awesomely catchy and intense main action theme throughout most of the series. It even gets an even more awesome variation for the last two episodes.
** The ominous theme that plays during the flashback to the Evil Genie of Darkness' reign of terror, and recurs during various scenes throughout the show. That saxophone and the eerie synth makes everything feel that much more sinister.
** "De Sjeik" ("The Sheikh") is a wonderfully eerie, dreamy theme.
* {{Draco In Leather Pants}}: Dolf is oddly charming when he puts his mind to it, such as when he's flirting with the White Queen or joking with his campaign managers.
* {{Double Standard Rape Female On Male}}: About as egregious as you can get on a kids' show. If the witch and dream!Winnie were men and Alfred a woman, their behavior would be considered unforgivably heartless - especially Winnie, flying away with a cold "congratulations" as Alfred pleads with her to save him from the witch - but as it is, it's played for comedy.
* DesignatedHero: For all of his good qualities, Alfred does have a few moments of this:
** When K. Rokodil's advanced new fishing boat threatens to wipe out the herring population, Alfred and Henk are willing to sink it to save them regardless of the innocent sailors aboard possibly getting killed in the process. They only decide to back out at the last second when they find their friend Captain Stoppel would be on the boat, only for the sawfish they called in to sink the boat for them to go ahead with the plan anyway and blow the thing out of the water. Fortunately, the ship was still moored at the harbor and the single sailor aboard got out alive, but it's still a sketchy thing for Alfred and Henk to be involved in.
** During the Land of Two arc, Alfred obtains a magical violin which has the power to make things disappear and reappear, and intends to use it to rid the titular country of the Mozons virus. However, he first demands that the king ''immediately'' share the wealth of the north with the impoverished south, which is an unrealistic demand even if the greedy king were willing to cooperate. Then, in order to further persuade the king, Alfred uses the violin to make '''all the children in the entire country disappear'''. Every last innocent boy and girl, regardless whether their parents are part of the rich or the poor, vanishes overnight, creating widespread panic, all so the king will cave in to Alfred's demands, in one of the biggest cases of DisproportionateRetribution imaginable. Granted, Alfred does bring the children back no worse for wear when the king honors his half of the bargain, but ''damn''.
** During one of the last episodes, Alfred and Dolf engage in a car chase and wreak havoc all over town before Dolf gives Alfred the slip. Alfred, meanwhile, chases after another identical car thinking it's Dolf, runs it off the road, and proceeds to drag the dazed, innocent driver out of his vehicle before he realizes he's got the wrong guy. Naturally, Alfred gets off scot-free from this bit of recklessness.
* EarWorm:
** Both the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UKQVlOxgO4 opening]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFqRTo5yJBk&feature=related end tune]] are still anchored in the collective memories of Dutch tv-watchers.
** The tune Alfred plays on the magical violin to cure the people suffering from the Mozons virus, mostly due to repeating ad nauseum for several minutes.
* HarsherInHindsight: Henk’s Hebrew voice actor was Yuval Zamir, who was convicted of sodomising high school boys he taught acting. He also voiced the narrator in the ''WesternAnimation/SpotTheDog'' cartoons, but this role is extra-{{Squick}}y because he voices someone who ''raises a boy on his own''.
* LawfulNeutral: Inspector Holmes is dedicated to serving the law however he can, even if he doesn't always feel good about it. When he comes to arrest Winnie's family for being illegal immigrants, he expresses how disgusted he feels at how black ducks like them are treated, and that he would want nothing more than to release them.
* MoralEventHorizon:
** Dolf starts out as a relatively harmless, slightly sympathetic school bully, and as an adult moves on to become a burglar, but it's not until he becomes the fascist ruler of all of Great Waterland and has Alfred and his friends arrested and locked up that he becomes truly irredeemable. His EvilLaugh as he watches Alfred get dragged off seals the deal that there's no turning back for him.
** K. Rokodil arguably starts the series having already crossed it; first driving Alfred's family from their home just to build a theme park, and then shortly after accidentally running over his parents and siblings without looking back.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: While Dolf's campaign to take over the leadership of the Great Waterland is done out of his own ambitions rather than real concern for the country, leading Alfred and Henk to refuse trusting him, he makes several correct statements: King Ferdinand is not taking his political responsibility seriously enough and unemployment is just growing. Similar to how UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler gained power, Dolf wins the people's initial trust by offering employment. After Dolf has driven King Ferdinand away, the king acknowledges that Dolf has a better understanding of finances than he did. Dolf also states that the monarchy is out of date, and during the second season, King Ferdinand decides to change the Great Waterland from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy with a democratically elected president (which is ironically something Dolf predicted would happen long before his coup d'état).
* ViewerGenderConfusion: A lot of viewers were unsure whether Ollie was male or female due to his feminine voice (and who was indeed [[CrossdressingVoices voiced by a woman]]). Since he eventually gets a wife and a family, we could assume the former. However, over twenty years after the shows first run, WordOfGod confirmed Ollie as transgender, stating that "these things happen in the real world too".


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