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Animation: Pucca

Originally a cute little character created by Korean company Vooz, plenty of merchandise goodies and Web Animation series and later television series, Pucca is a young girl who lives with her uncles, a trio of Chinese chefs. Pucca is in Mad Love with her "boyfriend" Garu, a ninja who is none too keen on her outlandish displays of affection. The series takes place in the town of Sooga, an Adventure Town with plenty of Eccentric Townsfolk, including off-season Santa, who spends the 364 other days of the year in town relaxing.

Pucca became popular worldwide because it relies on visual and gag humor rather than language, much like the Pink Panther, the Road Runner and other pantomime cartoons. Though the series has since picked up dialog, translation has worked well enough and the series remains mostly silent. Both show leads, Garu and Pucca, are Heroic Mimes, though they do laugh, sigh and make other sounds.

This series provides examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Pucca, Pucca, Pucca. It's suggested that Garu does sort of like her, but is completely turned off by her clinginess.
  • Accidental Proposal: Garu does one on Pucca. In one episode, he's trying to save a ring case from being stolen by Tobe. When he finally has it, he does volts in the air, and when he lands, he's on one knee with the case flipped open...in front of Pucca. Pucca is thrilled at this, and the people around begins to prepare their wedding. But just as Pucca approaches him, Santa comes and takes the case away from him (because it was actually his), much to Garu's relief.
  • The Ace: Garu is considered this in universe. Part of the humor comes from how easily Pucca outdoes him in everything.
  • Action Girlfriend: While Garu is a ridiculously Badass ninja himself, he's got nothing on Pucca, who is more like a force of nature than a fighter.
  • All Cloth Unravels: In "Woolen Warrior" Pucca uses this on a sheep's wool, Muji's hair and a test pattern on the TV to knit a sweater for Garu.
  • Almighty Janitor: Pucca is much stronger than Garu and Tobe, both of whom are supposed to be highly trained elite ninja who can topple entire armies with ease. She's a waitress at a restaurant.
    • Her uncles trained her in martial arts, and while not quite as extreme as Pucca, are all some of the best fighters in the show.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Let's just say that Dada is not a very popular person in town.
    • Neither is Tobe.
  • Alpha Bitch: Ring-Ring.
  • Amazon Chaser: A whole episode is dedicated to Ching trying several plans to get Abyo's attention, including intentionally putting herself in danger so he'd rescue her. She only succeeds when he gets caught in her last "scheme" and she saves his life, which has Abyo stunned and almost stammering as he tells her how her Action Girl skills make her "the coolest girl".
  • American Robot: Texas Lugie and Sloppy Sue have two impressive mechas, one of which transforms from their mobile home and the other from their SUV.
  • Animesque
  • Aww, Look! He Really Does Love Her: This seems to depend on the writer, but at least a few of the web episodes show that Garu does love Pucca back - he just doesn't show it very often. Perhaps the most obvious example is the episode "The Ring". There's also the episodes "Flower Delivery" ,"Dreaming" and "He Loves Me Not".
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Cowboy episode.
  • Badass Adorable: Pucca, Garu, Ching, and Abyo pretty much have this covered.
  • Balloon Belly: Pucca in "Noodle Round the World" after sucking up the record-breaking noodle Garu was pulling in order to steal a kiss.
    • And again in "Four-Alarm Fire" after drinking a whole lake.
  • Battle Strip: Abyo, though sometimes he does it after beating up the bad guys.
  • Berserk Button: It's a bad idea to insult or harm Garu in any form in front of Pucca if you don't want your ass kicked.
    • Also, don't undo Pucca's twin odango. You're warned.
  • Beta Couple: Abyo and Ching, on and off.
  • Betty and Veronica: Pucca (Betty) and Ring-Ring (Veronica) to Garu.
  • Bishōnen: Garu is allegedly one of these, though the art style makes it hard to tell.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Ching, Pucca's best friend. She's a sweet Pollyanna who really knows how to use her swords.
  • Bruce Lee Clone: Abyo. He even wears the famous yellow and black jumpsuit at least twice. His dad is also named Bruce.
  • Butt Monkey: Poor Garu never gets sympathy from anyone for being chased around by Pucca (except maybe Tobe).
    • Tobe is maybe more of a Butt Monkey. He never gets back at Garu the way he wants and is often beaten to a pulp by Pucca whenever he goes after him.
    • Poor Dada. He is the town's laughingstock and also a loser, but unlike Tobe, he never did anything to deserve his status.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Abyo, much to Ching's distaste.
  • Cassandra Truth: Everyone seems to believe Pucca is a harmless and adorable girl who needs constant protection, despite her constantly performing mind-bending feats right in front of them on a daily basis. Only Garu and Tobe seem to realize just how ungodly powerful she is.
  • Character Exaggeration: The TV series takes Pucca and Garu's Mad Love to really annoying extremes. Pucca went from a clingy but still cute girl to a self-absorbed Clingy Jealous Girl, whereas Garu's "I like you, really, but please give me my space okay?" attitude became borderline loathing.
  • Chased Off into the Sunset: There are a couple of episodes that end with Garu being chased by the titular character as she wishes to kiss him (which Garu does not like).
  • The Chew Toy: Poor Dada!
    • Garu as well, to a lesser extent
  • Chick Magnet: Garu attracts plenty of women (and a few men) over the course of the series. He doesn't want any of them.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Pucca, sometimes Ching (but much less, since she tends to be as much a little passive-aggressive).
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu
  • Cooking Duel: Pucca's trio of adoptive chef parents often have to defend their culinary honor.
  • Costumer: Some episodes are set in different time periods, such as Greece ("Gold Medal Garu"), Egypt ("Puccapatra"), and the 1950s ("Ching It On").
  • Cute Bruiser: Pucca, Ching and Ling-Ling. All of them are tiny, pre teen Action Girl types.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Ching, Dada, Abyo, Tobe, and Ring-Ring all get oneshots. The three chefs get two.
  • Depending on the Writer: Tobe's skill at fighting depends on either what helps move the plot along or what's funniest. He's generally around equal to Garu in terms of skill, but is occasionally portrayed as stronger than him or much, much weaker than him.
  • Deus ex Machina: These happen all the time. Mostly with Pucca, to the point of making her a God-Mode Sue.
    • One episode has a virus going around turning people into chickens. When the virus tries to infect Pucca it bounces off her, showing she's immune for no reason other than plot convenience.
  • Deuteragonist: Garu is generally shown alongside Pucca in all advertisements and is generally the one who is actually trying to accomplish something in the episode. Pucca always ends up saving the day in the end, though.
  • Digging to China: Inverted; one episode has the characters winding up through a hole in a Western (in most every sense) counterpart of Sooga, whose version of Garu (who is a cowboy drifter here) takes a liking to Pucca; but then there's Pucca's own counterpart...
  • The Dreaded: The first instinct of Garu and Tobe upon seeing Pucca is to run on sight.
  • Double Standard: If the genders of the two leads were switched, this show would be much creepier.
    • Naturally, this is played with in one episode. Pucca figures out a way to use the moon to get Garu to fall head over heels in love with her, constantly chasing her down in her own style, and stealing kisses when possible. In the end, she turns things back to normal because she couldn't stand it.
  • Eagleland / Everything Is Big in Texas: Texas Lugie and Sloppy Sue are both type 2 Americans. They throw packs of dollars into the faces of the people of Sooga, pollute the environment with crude oil and smoke, make people unhealthy and fat with their greasy and unhealthy fast food, and generally just wreak havoc with their obnoxious personalities and their indifference to the people of Sooga.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: Australia's tendency for this is spoofed in one episode.
    Watch out for that electric fence. It's poisonous.
  • Eyedscreen: Happens regularly in episodes where Tobe is the main antagonists. In one episode, the bars appeared on the left and right sides of the screen instead of top and bottom as usual and it's revealed Tobe's minions were responsible for that mistake. Tobe was upset for that.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Pucca, except for one episode in which a sock turns her evil and her eyes are opened for a few seconds.
  • Faceless Masses: Rendered as blue and pink waist-high smiley faced gum-drop people. Averted because Sooga has a lot of extras and no real need for them.
  • Far East: Sooga village and its denizens have elements of Japanese, Chinese and Korean culture.
  • Flanderization: All of the characters become much bigger jerks in the TV series, and Pucca's fighting ability is upped from "Equal to a highly trained ninja with the addition of incredibly quick wits and outside the box thinking" to "An unstoppable force that can crush anything and everything in its' path".
  • Foot Popping: Pucca sometimes does this, as seen on this page's image.
  • Fun with Flushing: Pucca pulls a drain under the lake after saving Garu from a shark. They get stuck in the pipes and Dada inadvertently saves them while unclogging one of the toilets, freeing them both.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: All the time. Notably the birthday episode, where Garu glared at an animate statue - who made a farting noise and dropped a brick. And not five minutes later, the police station falls down to reveal Bruce sitting on the toilet.
  • Grumpy Bear: Garu is an angsty, ultra-serious ninja not unlike Sasuke Uchiha, despite living in the world of a light hearted Gag Series.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It takes very little for Pucca to kick your ass. Not even Garu is completely safe from it!
  • Head Pet: Won, Ching's chicken. And if it ever goes away, the effects on Ching are TERRIBLE.
  • Here We Go Again: "Feud Fight"
  • Heroic Mime: Pucca and Garu, though they do make some noises.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Garu and Abyo.
    • Pucca and Ching, too.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Despite being the title character, it's Garu, not Pucca, who is treated as The Hero in universe along with being the one who goes on all of the adventures. Pucca simply tags along to try and steal a kiss... and almost always ends up saving Garu's hide multiple times.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: "Cat Toy"
  • Ineffectual Loner: Garu prefers to do things on his own, but unfortunately for him, Pucca won't let him. It generally works out in his favor, as Pucca tends to be the one who saves the day in the end.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Tobe. Dear God, Tobe. It's very hard to hate the likes of him, especially when it's hinted that he's Garu's rival just for fun, and not actually malicious.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Garu is supposedly a Bishōnen, though he looks no different from anyone else.
    • Pucca is also apparently the resident World's Most Beautiful Woman. While she's certainly cute, she doesn't particularly stand out compared to some of the other girls, and even dresses rather plainly.
  • It's Always Mardi Gras in New Orleans: The episode set in Brazil took place during Carnaval.
  • Jerkass <- -> Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Abyo, from time to time.
    • Garu can sometimes veer into this territory too, generally when he acts like a jerk to Pucca for no real reason.
  • Kissgusting: How Garu reacts to Pucca's kissing sometimes. The show went further, when Garu had to lure Pucca to her surprise party. He thought about kissing her to get her attention... and vomited in his mouth.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: In "Stuck on Goo", Garu and Tobe share a bed due to their clothes being stuck to each other. In the morning, Tobe takes Garu's hand in their sleep, and then they both wake up, surprised and embarrassed. Tobe's response is what the trope says.
  • Little Miss Badass: Pucca. She's able to take out Tobe without effort (while Garu struggles to do so). Ching too, who uses swords and martial arts.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Garu's hair is almost always in pigtails, but the few times we see it out of them it reaches his waste.
  • Made of Iron: Pucca, although mostly for a Running Gag.
  • Mad Love: Pucca and Garu's constant cat-and-mouse chase for her to steal kisses.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Ring-Ring (again) example here (begins at 5:42)
  • Martial Arts and Crafts: The prime example being the three chefs, martial arts masters who exclusively use their talents for cooking noodles.
  • More Deadly Than The Male: Ching is much, much more skilled than Abyo at fighting. While Garu himself is a fantastic fighter, he's still got nothing on Pucca, who goes beyond superhuman all the way to godlike.
    • It goes for the villains too. While Tobe can be quite competent and even deadly, Ring Ring is one of the only characters to even come close to Pucca in terms of power.
  • Motor Mouth: This is one of the few examples of a trope whose aversion was subverted. In the episode "Trial By Fury," Garu is called to the witness stand. The scene cuts to Judge Soo telling him to step down, after which he whispers, "I thought he'd never shut up."
  • Miles Gloriosus: Abyo thinks he's a badass on par with Garu. In reality, he's incredibly weak and doesn't actually know how to fight. Garu humors him with a few sparring matches sometimes, but they're always one-sided.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Abyo, by Garu. Pucca made herself invisible in a chain of events, and goes after Garu to harass him with kisses. Of course, Garu doesn't see her, and wonder what the heck is going on. When she stops for a moment, Garu turns around and sees Abyo, suggesting that they spar. The look on Garu's face certainly proves that he thought this.
  • Never Bring a Knife to a Fist Fight: Pucca never fights armed, and though Tobe uses a katana, he's lucky if he can get a swing in edgewise.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Pucca will sometimes have a new power out of nowhere when it suits the plot. Like when she used her hair buns as a beacon to contact aliens.
  • Nice Girl: Pucca is generally presented as this, though later animations, particularly the TV show, amp up her Yandere aspect.
    • Ching is a more consistent case.
  • Ninja: Garu, Tobe, and a dozen of other characters.
  • Ocular Gushers: Pucca creates a literal waterfall when she can't find any of her friends on her birthday. The blast get turned on Garu and knocks him away!
  • Once an Episode: Several running gags, like the misfortune of Santa and Dada, and Abyo ripping his shirts, could count. One of Tobe's ninjas screwing up is also a constant.
  • One-Man Army: Garu slaughters an entire ninja army in one short. Pucca easily tops him soon afterwards.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Tobe is Garu's sworn rival. In a sense Abyo also fits, though more in a friendly way.
  • Only Sane Man: Garu.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Everyone who isn't Tobe is much weaker than Garu, while Garu and Tobe are much weaker than Pucca.
  • Party Scheduling Gambit: Ring Ring held a party and invited everyone except for Pucca, who instead got a note stating she wasn't invited and that Ring Ring so wanted her not to show up she'd not even tell the day of the party. Ring Ring also told Pucca not to wear the same dress as her during the party. Pucca and the chefs then held a party at the Goh Rong. Pucca invited everyone. That included Ring Ring but she didn't open the letter, assuming it was fan mail. Both parties were held at the same day and nobody showed up at Ring Ring's (other than the vagabonds but they just ate and left). After several attempts to ruin Pucca's party, Ring Ring finally read her invitation and learned Pucca wanted Ring Ring to tell the day of her party to avoid helding hers the same day.
  • Personal Rain Cloud: Pucca gets one that turns into a hurricane.
  • Pint Sized Power House: Pucca. She is able to carry a freaking house.
  • Pretty Boy: Garu is described as one in the opening song.
  • The Power of Love: Allegedly the reason why Pucca is so damn powerful.
  • Reality Warper: Pucca gets upped from simply an Action Girl into this in the TV series.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Garu has a heart on his uniform and is apparently better at knitting than Pucca is in "Woolen Warrior". Also, when Garu, Pucca, Abyo and Ching became Super Sentai expies, Abyo was the pink one. He didn't like it.
  • Red Shirt Army: Tobe's Ninjas.
  • The Rival: Tobe to Garu. Ring Ring to Pucca.
  • Rule of Funny: The whole show pretty much lives off of this trope.
  • Running Gag: Various; the most frequent is Abyo randomly tearing off his shirt, which comes close to being a Once an Episode event.
    • Don't forget the misfortunes that befall either Santa or Dada Once an Episode.
    • Hungry Vagabonds.
  • Scenery Porn: The web episode "Fragrance of Spring".
  • Scout Out: The Dragon Girls.
  • Serial Escalation: The TV series seems to thrive on becoming as weird as possible, then topping it. Santa is secretly a ninja ex-thief? We got that. A jive-talking, lounge-singing dragon being added to the supporting cast partway through the series? We got that. An entire episode revolving around a sock that turns anyone who touches it evil? We got that. The web animations are a bit less bizarre.
  • Serious Business: The three uncles' perseverance to be the best noodle cooks in Sooga.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Garu, for Pucca. However, there are a few instances in the web animations where he does seem to have feelings for her - an example is when he actually melts down his beloved sword to make a ring for her, which he also uses as a holder for a long, rolled up note that he intends to give to her. He is later horrified when she completely fails to notice the ring, throwing it away and fawning over the letter instead.
  • Shout-Out: The TV series does this a lot. One episode even features a character who is a blatant reference to Lara Croft.
  • Shown Their Work: Occasionally things get a bit Off Model, but the animation is generally very good.
  • Silent Snarker: Garu.
  • Smug Smiler: The only times Garu ever smiles are when he's giving a cocky grin, generally while looking at the camera.
  • Something Completely Different: We've had Tarzan, Jacques Cousteau, Roman games, and more.
  • Spaghetti Kiss: Done with Pucca and Garu in "Noodle Round the World" with the world's longest noodle.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Pucca, on occasion.
  • Start My Own: Pucca and Ching wanted to visit Abyo and Garu's treehouse but Abyo wouldn't allow girls in. They built their own treehouse (which was better as expected of something built by Pucca) and wouldn't allow Garu and Abyo in.
    • When Ling-Ling wouldn't allow Pucca and Ching to join the cheerleading squad, they started their own.
    • Also, because Texas Lugie and Sloppy Sue didn't like the food served at the Goh Rong, they started a rival restaurant.
  • The Stoic: Garu, foiled because Pucca's schemes to steal a kiss succeed often.
  • Terrible Trio: The Vagabond Clan; Chief, Shaman, and Clown. Not exactly evil since most of their schemes center around getting food.
  • Thick-Line Animation: Oh yeah.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: One episode is all about Garu trying to perfect a move and Pucca's interference constantly both impeding and progressing the progress. He perfects the technique, making him intangible. Pucca attempts to glomp him, but fails, giving Garu a much needed happy ending.
    • Another episode gave the Chew Toy Dada a temporary level in badass, using his janitorial skills to fight in a tournament.
      • There's a food drive for the Vagabonds in "Jingle Cans".
  • Tiny Tyrannical Girl: Pucca and Ring-Ring.
  • Tsundere: Despite his constant annoyance at her, Garu does seem to possess some feelings for Pucca, although whether or not they're romantic is ambiguous.
    • Pucca herself is a type B. She's almost too sweet and affectionate when dealing with Garu, but isn't afraid to beat the crap out of him when he's being a jerk.
  • Ultimate Job Security: Dada screws up so much it's a miracle he hasn't been fired.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Tobe almost had this with Chief in one episode, before the love potion wore off.
  • Unknown Rival: Abyo considers Garu his rival, when there's really no comparison. Interestingly, Garu does appeaar to consider Abyo to be his best friend, as the two are frequently shown hanging out.
  • Unwanted Harem: Almost every girl in the show has a thing for Garu, who isn't interested in romance at all. None of them have a chance at competing with Pucca for him though.
  • Verbal Tic: Officer Bruce. Over.
    • Clown, eh!
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Pucca, when Garu is in trouble. Despite being very peaceful and child-like, she can be roused into the most powerful martial artist in Sooga.
  • The Voiceless: Pucca and Garu. It's explained that Garu never speaks to bring the honor back to his family of ninjas. Pucca...who knows.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Garu is nothing compared to Pucca when it comes to fighting, but he comes closer than every other character by being an incredibly skilled ninja with moves Pucca doesn't know how to use. It should be noted that he's only weak in comparison to Pucca, as he also appears to have some level of superhuman ability.
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Santa Claus. No, really. He's had A Day in the Limelight episode or two, but he's mostly there to be whatever strange job is needed, from ticket taker, to "guy in a frog costume." Since he only works his well-known job one day a year, he seems to have a lot of hobbies and side jobs.
  • Widget Series: The TV series, mostly. The web animations tend to remain in their pseudo feudal Japan/China hybrid location while the TV series is loaded with Anachronism Stew and other absurdities.
  • World of Badass: Everyone is a martial artist.
  • Worthy Opponent: Tobe and Garu have a grudging respect for each other, brought on by both their skill and their mutual understanding that Pucca is a much greater threat than either of them.
  • Yandere: Pucca.

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