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[[caption-width-right:320: Way before Fox.]]
Flint the Time Detective (originally known in Japan as ''Space-Time Detective Genshi'' [[note]]''Jikuu Tantei Genshi-kun''[[/note]]) was a children's anime which [[XMeetsY greatly combines elements]] from MonsSeries and ''Anime/TimeBokan''.

[[CuteBruiser Young caveman]] Flint Hammerhead (Genshi) and [[AllCavemenWereNeanderthals his father Rocky Hammerhead]] (Dad-tan) were [[TakenForGranite turned into fossils]] by the villainous time traveler Petra Fina (Time Pilfer). Luckily, they were found in the 25th century by Tony Goodman (Tokio Yamato) and his sister Sara Goodman (Sora Yamato) who brought them to their uncle Dr. Bernard Goodman (Professor Yamato). He managed to restore Flint but was unable to fully restore Rocky, so Rocky was fashioned into a hammer which Flint could use.

Flint, Rocky, Sara and Tony then join the Time Police with the purpose to [[GottaCatchEmAll travel to different historical eras to recover mechanical creatures]] called ''[[{{Mons}} Time Shifters]]'' while opposing [[TerribleTrio Petra Fina and her henchmen Dino and Mite]]. [[SixthRanger Joining our heroes]] was the mysterious Merlock Holmes (Kyoichiro Narugami), who was rather attracted to Sara.

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!'''Contains examples of:'''

* ABoyAndHisX: Some of the Time Shifters become friends with young boys: [[spoiler: In the first place Flint and Getalong. Other examples are a young Auguste Rodin and Artie, a young Babe Ruth and Batterball, the young Wright brothers and Wing, a young Jean Henri Fabre and Bugsy, and a young Creator/MarcoPolo and Dipper]].
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The English theme song is different from the Japanese version.
* AppeaseTheVolcanoGod: Subverted in the episode with Moah. [[spoiler: Virgins aren't used, but the citizens of Easter Island prayed that Moah reverts back to his normal self.]]
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: various times it's rather obvious the writers are not trying to be historically correct. One of the most blatant examples is "Musey", in which Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven are seen working together (though in this case, it is lampshaded by Old Timer at the end of the episode that in real life the two men never met).
* BadassAdorable: Flint
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Only when ''Sara'' uses Muscles does it just turn her giant instead of muscular,
* BigEater: Flint
* BigBad: The Dark Lord
* BigGood: Old Timer (Time-G), ruler of the Land of Time and ManBehindTheMan for the Time Police.
* [[BishonenLine Bishoujo Line]]: [[spoiler: Bindi when becoming Bindi-master]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: The vast majority of the Time Shifters at the hands of Petra, the Uglinator, and the Dark Lord.
* BrokenAesop: The Time Police work under very specific guidelines -- recover ''all'' the Time Shifters, no exceptions, and never disrupt the fabric of time. But reanimating two cavemen in the modern era? Allowing Bindi and Get-a-Long to roam free? No problems there. It should be noted, though, that with Petra on the loose they ''needed'' those cavemen to help with the first directive of recovering all the Time Shifters...although that still doesn't explain the Bindi and Get-a-Long part.
* CareBearStare: Getalong
* ChristmasEpisode: The very last episode of the series. However, it apparently takes place before the GrandFinale.
* [[CirclingBirdies Circling Bunnies]]: Happens to Dino and Mite, after taking a giant mallet to the head.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Bindi to Merlock.
* CosmicKeystone: The great clock in the Land of Time; if it stops, [[spoiler:the clock in the Land of Dread below starts up, and history is recreated into a world ruled by evil]].
* CreatorProvincialism: They visit a lot of important dates and important people. But the country they visited the most during the series was, of course, Japan.
* DancingTheme
* {{Dhampyr}}[=/=]OurVampiresAreDifferent: Merlock
* DreadfulMusician: Merlock's singing is ''awful''.
* DropTheHammer (Flint's {{weapon of choice}}/Father)
* DubInducedPlotHole: Early on, it's clearly shown that the cast lives in Japan. In the Columbus episode, though, Sara tells us they're from the US.
* EenieMeenieMinyMoai: Moah, the largest of the Time Shifters. [[spoiler: When possessed by Petra, he turns into a floating Moai head that can shoot magma and cause volcanic eruptions. As the golem-like Moah-master, he can call the giant stone Moai to summon a seawall to prevent a tidal wave from washing up the island. ]]
* EnemyMine: Used in the penultimate episode where Petra and her minions ally with Flint in fighting the Dark Lord. Only works once.
* EvilCounterpart: Three of the Great Four are basically evil Timeshifters created by the Dark Lord, complete with their own transformation to con-forms. Only Super Ninja is different.
* EvilDoppelganger: When fighting Flint, Ominito transforms four of his mushrooms into evil doubles of Flint's friends Sara, Tony, and Merlock, and Flint's father rocky. These doppelgangers are all a CallBack to episodes in which these characters really did temporarily turn on Flint (Sara is the Giant Sara from "Muscles", Tony the winged Tony from "Wing", Merlock the monstrous, Uglinator-controlled Merlock from "Uglinator" and Rocky the evil Rocky from "Rocky in Love").
* FourIsDeath / QuirkyMinibossSquad: Great Four, the Dark Lord's minions.
** InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: Super Ninja
** FeatheredFiend: Nascal
** FungusHumongous: Ominito
** TheImp: Uglinator
* FourTemperamentEnsemble
* GottaCatchEmAll: The Time Shifters
* TheGrimReaper: The Dark Lord is a close example.
** One of his minions, Uglinator, is a skull-like imp with pale yellowish teeth, dark blue horns, and [[RedEyestakeWarning bloody red eyes]], complete with SinisterScythe. His appearance is extremely menacing to the point of terror (especially his evolved form), and can also possess people just like what he did to Merlock.
** The Cardians' Con form also looks like one.
* HistoricalInJoke: Several historic figures and events were influenced or were caused by the Time Shifters.
* {{Irony}}: Merlock's only heroic moment that goes right is him defeating the evil Sara, but on pure accident. He's extremely overjoyed that he ''finally'' did something right.
* KidHero
* Myth/KingArthur: Flint and friends meet the young King in "Leavy".
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Done OnceAnEpisode to the various historical figures the group meets.
* MaskOfPower: The Dark Lord's mask is the source of his power [[spoiler: and his adult body, since his real form is that of a child]]
* MindControlDevice: The Petra-Stamp.
* {{Mons}}: The Time Shifters.
* MonumentalDamage: When Petra Fina goes back to Ancient Egypt, she takes over the local mon, and uses its influence to change the Sphinx's face to her own.
* NonLethalKO: Flint doesn't attack the Con forms of the Time Shifters with brute force. He just convinces them to return to becoming good mons.
* TheObiWan: In a way, the Old Timer, keeper of the Land of Time.
* ThePowerOfFriendship
* PluckyComicRelief
* PokemonSpeak: Played straight in the original Japanese version, where the Time Shifters speak this way.
** Subverted in the English dub, for they are capable of speaking like a normal human.
*** Coconaut was one exception, however, as all it could say was its own name and a buzzer-like sound (in case ChristopherColumbus was about to make a bad nautical decision).
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: It's stated time and time again that all the Time Shifters must be returned to the Land of Time, regardless of their wishes on the matter. Any meaningful relationships they form in the past are obliterated via memory wipes, ostensibly to protect the integrity of the timeline. If employing a pair of fossilized cavepeople is damaging to the timeline in any way, it's never brought up. Furthermore, no one seems to have a problem with allowing Flint to keep Getalong permanently.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Most of the Con forms of the Time Shifters have that.
** Petra Fina, who attempts to possess them, has natural red eyes herself.
* RememberTheNewGuy: The star-shaped Time Shifter Orbit, capable of encouraging people, just shows up at the start of the series finale.
** Elfin was this to those with the English dub, as his episode, the ChristmasEpisode, didn't air until ''after'' the series finale! This was even worse in the Dutch dub, where Fox Kids had a strict policy of not airing any Christmas themed episodes. This means he just appears without any explanation at all.
** The Korean dub of the show, called "4th Dimensional Detective Ttolbi"[[note]]4차원 탐정 똘비/Sa-chawon Tamjeong Ttolbi[[/note]], removed the episodes that took place in ancient Japan because of bumpy political and social relations between South Korea and Japan at the time [[note]]South Korea ''just'' got done partially lifting a long-standing ban on Japanese media at the time, and the show was even lucky it even got dubbed in Korean to begin with. Even today, there's still a lot of hate for the Japanese in Korea for various reasons.[[/note]]. So for Koreans, this trope applies to a few more time shifters as well.
* RiddleOfTheSphinx: The Time Shifter Lynx poses these.
* RunningGag: Merlock constantly screws up his heroic moments.
* RunTheGauntlet: The last two episodes. [[spoiler: Flint and company fight against the Con forms of all the Time Shifters (except for Getalong and Bindi), all possessed by the Dark Lord.]]
* SeriesContinuityError: the main characters live in the 25th century, so somewhere between 2400 and 2499. Yet, when they travel back to the year 2000 in "The Cardians", Flint, Sara and Tony meet a teenage version of Dr. Goodman.
* SiblingYinYang: Sara and Tony.
* SomethingAboutARose: Merlock.
** Dark Lord as well, who combines it with GreenThumb on at least one occasion.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To the ''Anime/TimeBokan'' Series.
* StalkerWithACrush: Merlock.
* SuperMode: Most of the Time Shifters' Master forms which they access on their own, usually with the help of Flint and company.
** Even Nascal, Ominito, and Uglinator also have their own evolved forms (though they're described as Con forms). Nascal's has three heads a la Cerberus, Ominito turns into a giant parasitic mushroom, and Uglinator into a demon skull.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: When possessed by the Dark Lord (through Petra Fina or Uglinator), the Time Shifters can turn into hideous monsters called Con forms.
* SuperSentai: The Cardians, one set of Time Shifters, are basically a parody of the genre, and of ''Series/JAKQDengekitai'' in particular (four members with playing card motifs). Their combined Master Form resembles a HumongousMecha, even!
* TeamPet: Pterry the robotic pterodactyl.
* TerribleTrio: Petra Fina, Dino, and Mite.
* ThreeAmigos: Flint, Sara, and Tony.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Pizza. Flint even asks for it in Ancient Japan.
* TrueCompanions
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: Flint, Sara, and Tony.
* VerbalTic: Uglinator ends his sentences with "-dasu" in the Japanese version.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Merlock and Sara. More or less on Merlock's side than Sara's.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Green hair for Ptera Fina, Sara's pink,Merlock's lavender, Dark Lord's blue, quite a few.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Based on the series art style, one would imagine that it was from the late '80s, or at least a contemporary of DragonBallZ. It was actually made in 1998.
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