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Originally a cute little character created by Korean company Vooz, plenty of merchandise goodies and WebAnimation series and later television series, Pucca is a young girl who lives with her uncles, a trio of Chinese chefs. Pucca is in MadLove with her [[ShesNotMyGirlfriend "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 [[AdventureTowns Adventure Town]] with plenty of EccentricTownsfolk, including off-season [[SantaClaus 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 ''PinkPanther'', the ''[[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes 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 Mime}}s, though they do laugh, sigh and make other sounds.
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!!This series provides examples of:
* AbhorrentAdmirer: Pucca, Pucca, Pucca. It's suggested that Garu ''does'' sort of like her, but is completely turned off by her clinginess.
* AccidentalProposal: 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.
* TheAce: Garu is considered this in universe. Part of the humor comes from how easily Pucca outdoes him in everything.
* ActionGirlfriend: 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.
* AllClothUnravels: In "Woolen Warrior" Pucca uses this on a sheep's wool, Muji's hair and [[SerialEscalation a test pattern on the TV]] to knit a sweater for Garu.
* AlmightyJanitor: 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.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Let's just say that Dada is not a very popular person in town.
** Neither is Tobe.
* AlphaBitch: Ring-Ring.
* AmazonChaser: A whole episode is dedicated to Ching trying several plans to get Abyo's attention, including [[DeliberatelyDistressedDamsel intentionally putting herself in danger so he'd rescue her]]. She only succeeds when [[DistressBall 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 ActionGirl skills make her "the coolest girl".
* AmericanRobot: Texas Lugie and Sloppy Sue have two impressive mechas, one of which transforms from their mobile home and the other from their SUV. [[spoiler: It is one of the fewest things that is stronger than Pucca herself.]]
* {{Animesque}}
* [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther Aww, Look! He Really Does Love Her]]: This seems to [[DependingOnTheWriter 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 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnjDaHxKYnY&playnext=1&list=PL1B93234B03F49EBC "The Ring"]]. There's also the episodes [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Jp1tJcjEaY "Flower Delivery"]] ,[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3CY17DhZCo "Dreaming"]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbT9L7FeN3M&feature=related "He Loves Me Not".]]
* BackToBackBadasses: Cowboy episode.
* BadassAdorable: [[KidHero Pucca, Garu, Ching, and Abyo]] pretty much have this covered.
* BalloonBelly: 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.
* BattleStrip: Abyo, though sometimes he does it ''after'' beating up the bad guys.
* BerserkButton: It's a [[BewareTheNiceOnes 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.
* BetaCouple: Abyo and Ching, on and off.
* BettyAndVeronica: Pucca (Betty) and Ring-Ring (Veronica) to Garu.
* {{Bishonen}}: Garu is allegedly one of these, though the art style makes it hard to tell.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Ching, Pucca's best friend. She's a sweet [[ThePollyanna Pollyanna]] who ''really'' knows how to use her swords.
* BoringInvincibleHero: A major complaint about the show is that Pucca is so ridiculously powerful that there's almost no tension due to how easily she can resolve a situation.
* BruceLeeClone: Abyo. He even wears the famous yellow and black jumpsuit at least twice. His dad is also named Bruce.
* ButtMonkey: Poor Garu never gets sympathy from anyone for being chased around by Pucca (except maybe Tobe).
** Tobe is maybe more of a ButtMonkey. He never gets back at Garu the way he wants and is often beaten to a pulp by [[StalkerWithACrush 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.
* CasanovaWannabe: Abyo, much to [[LoveInterest Ching's]] distaste.
* CassandraTruth: 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.
* CharacterExaggeration: The TV series takes Pucca and Garu's MadLove to ''really'' annoying extremes. Pucca went from a clingy but still cute girl to a self-absorbed ClingyJealousGirl, whereas Garu's "I like you, really, but please give me my space okay?" attitude became borderline loathing.
* ChasedOffIntoTheSunset: 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).
* TheChewToy: Poor Dada!
** Garu as well, to a lesser extent
* ChickMagnet: Garu attracts plenty of women (and a few men) over the course of the series. [[UnwantedHarem He doesn't want any of them]].
* ClingyJealousGirl: Pucca, sometimes Ching (but much less, since she tends to be ''as much'' a little passive-aggressive).
* ConservationOfNinjitsu
* CookingDuel: 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 [[AncientGreece Greece]] ("Gold Medal Garu"), [[AncientEgypt Egypt]] ("Puccapatra"), and the [[TheFifties 1950s]] ("Ching It On").
* CuteBruiser: Pucca, Ching and Ling-Ling. All of them are tiny, pre teen ActionGirl types.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Ching, Dada, Abyo, Tobe, and Ring-Ring all get oneshots. The three chefs get two.
* DependingOnTheWriter: 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 [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter stronger than him]] or [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain much, much weaker than him]].
* DeusExMachina: These happen all the time. Mostly with Pucca, to the point of making her a GodModeSue.
** 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.
* DiggingToChina: 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...
* DistressedDude: Interesting Garu takes this role the most often. He always either ends up in trouble, gets captured by someone who falls in love with him, or otherwise is caught in the crossfire of fights between Pucca and Ringring. Poor guys got it rough.
* TheDreaded: The first instinct of Garu and Tobe upon seeing Pucca is to ''run on sight''.
* DoubleStandard: [[StalkingIsFunnyIfItIsFemaleAfterMale If the genders of the two leads were switched]], this show would be ''much'' creepier.
** Naturally, this is played with in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HN6AVCf6HCY one episode.]] [[spoiler: 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}} / EverythingIsBigInTexas: 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.
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: 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.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Pucca, except for one episode in which a sock turns her evil and her eyes are opened for a few seconds.
* FacelessMasses: 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.
* FarEast: 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".
* FootPopping: Pucca sometimes does this, as seen on this page's image.
* FunWithFlushing: 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.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: 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.
* GrumpyBear: Garu is an angsty, ultra-serious ninja not unlike [[{{Manga/Naruto}} Sasuke Uchiha]], despite living in the world of a light hearted GagSeries.
* HairTriggerTemper: It takes very little for Pucca to kick your ass. Not even Garu is completely safe from it!
* HeadPet: Won, Ching's chicken. [[spoiler: And if it ever goes away, [[EmptyShell the effects on Ching are TERRIBLE]].]]
* HereWeGoAgain: "Feud Fight"
* HeroicMime: Pucca and Garu, though they do make some noises.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Garu and Abyo.
** Pucca and Ching, too.
* HypercompetentSidekick: Despite being the title character, it's Garu, not Pucca, who is treated as TheHero 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.
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: "Cat Toy"
* IneffectualLoner: 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.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: 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.
* InformedAttractiveness: Garu is supposedly a {{Bishonen}}, though he looks no different from anyone else.
** Pucca is also apparently the resident WorldsMostBeautifulWoman. While she's certainly cute, she doesn't particularly stand out compared to some of the other girls, and even dresses rather plainly.
* ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans: The episode set in Brazil took place during Carnaval.
* {{Jerkass}} <- -> JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Abyo, [[DependingOnTheWriter 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.
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: In "Stuck on Goo", Garu and Tobe share a bed due to their [[ItMakesSenseInContext 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.
* LittleMissBadass: Pucca. She's able to take out Tobe without effort (while Garu struggles to do so). Ching too, who uses swords and martial arts.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Garu's hair is almost always in pigtails, but the few times we see it out of them it reaches his waist.
* MadeOfIron: Pucca, although mostly for a RunningGag.
* MadLove: Pucca and Garu's constant cat-and-mouse chase for her to steal kisses.
* MakeMeWannaShout: Ring-Ring (again) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ke410gi9DU8 example here]] (begins at 5:42)
* MartialArtsAndCrafts: The prime example being the three chefs, martial arts masters who exclusively use their talents for cooking noodles.
* {{Mcninja}}: Regardless of the setting of the episode Garu will always be a ninja. Even when he's already a spaceman, an ancient Greek Olympian or a 1950's high school football quarterback.
* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: 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, [[AlphaBitch Ring Ring]] is one of the only characters to even come close to Pucca in terms of power.
* MotorMouth: 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."
* MilesGloriosus: 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.
* MistakenForGay: 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.
* NeverBringAKnifeToAFistFight: Pucca never fights armed, and though Tobe uses a katana, he's lucky if he can get a swing in edgewise.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: 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.
* [[NiceGuy 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.
* OcularGushers: 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''!
* OnceAnEpisode: 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.
* OneManArmy: Garu slaughters an entire ninja army in one short. Pucca easily tops him soon afterwards.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Tobe is Garu's sworn rival. In a sense Abyo also fits, though more in a friendly way.
* OnlySaneMan: Garu.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Everyone who isn't [[TheRival Tobe]] is much weaker than Garu, while Garu and Tobe are much weaker than Pucca.
* PartySchedulingGambit: 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 [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking 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.
* PersonalRainCloud: Pucca [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbT9L7FeN3M&feature=related gets one]] that turns into a '''hurricane'''.
* PintSizedPowerHouse: Pucca. She is able to carry a freaking house.
* PrettyBoy: Garu is described as one in the opening song.
* ThePowerOfLove: Allegedly the reason why Pucca is so damn powerful.
* RealityWarper: Pucca gets upped from simply an ActionGirl into this in the TV series. In one episode, she effortlessly opens up a rift in the time space continuum with a pair of chop sticks.
* RealMenWearPink: 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 SuperSentai expies, Abyo was the pink one. He didn't like it.
* RedShirtArmy: Tobe's Ninjas.
* TheRival: Tobe to Garu. Ring Ring to Pucca.
* RuleOfFunny: The whole show pretty much lives off of this trope.
* RunningGag: Various; the most frequent is Abyo randomly tearing off his shirt, which comes close to being a OnceAnEpisode event.
** Don't forget the misfortunes that befall either Santa or Dada OnceAnEpisode.
** Hungry Vagabonds.
* SceneryPorn: The web episode [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBxPRhYvMEE&feature=autoplay&list=PL1B93234B03F49EBC&index=31&playnext=3 "Fragrance of Spring".]]
* ScoutOut: The Dragon Girls.
* SerialEscalation: 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.
* SeriousBusiness: The three uncles' perseverance to be the best noodle cooks in Sooga.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Garu, for Pucca. However, there are a few instances in the web animations where he ''does'' [[DependingOnTheWriter seem to have feelings for her]] - an example is when he actually [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnjDaHxKYnY&playnext=1&list=PL1B93234B03F49EBC 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.
* ShoutOut: The TV series does this a lot. One episode even features a character who is a blatant reference to [[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]].
* SilentSnarker: Garu.
* SmugSmiler: The only times Garu ever smiles are when he's giving a cocky grin, generally [[BreakingTheFourthWall while looking at the camera]].
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: We've had Tarzan, Jacques Cousteau, Roman games, and more.
* SpaghettiKiss: Done with Pucca and Garu in "Noodle Round the World" with the world's longest noodle.
* StalkerWithACrush: Pucca, on occasion.
* StartMyOwn: 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.
* TheStoic: Garu, foiled because Pucca's schemes to steal a kiss succeed often.
* TerribleTrio: The Vagabond Clan; Chief, Shaman, and Clown. Not exactly evil since most of their schemes center around getting food.
* ThickLineAnimation: Oh yeah.
* ThrowTheDogABone: 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 ChewToy 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".
* TinyTyrannicalGirl: 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.
* UltimateJobSecurity: Dada screws up so much it's a miracle he hasn't been fired.
* UnholyMatrimony: Tobe almost had this with Chief in one episode, before the love potion wore off.
* UnknownRival: 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.
* UnwantedHarem: 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.
* VerbalTic: Officer Bruce. Over.
** Clown, eh!
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: 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.
* TheVoiceless: Pucca and Garu. It's explained that Garu never speaks to bring the honor back to his family of ninjas. Pucca...[[ShrugOfGod who knows.]]
* WeakButSkilled: 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.
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Santa Claus. No, really. He's had ADayInTheLimelight 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.
* WidgetSeries: 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 AnachronismStew and other absurdities.
* WorldOfBadass: Everyone is a martial artist.
* WorthyOpponent: Tobe and Garu have a grudging respect for each other, brought on by both their skill and their mutual understanding that [[{{Yandere}} Pucca]] is a much greater threat than either of them.
* {{Yandere}}: Pucca.
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