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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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.