Mon Colle Knights is low-budget anime comedy. It can be considered a parody of various things, itself included. Based on a Collectible Card Game, the show is gag-driven for the most partnote Even in the original Japanese version and deals with two "teams" traveling to an Alternate Universe to gather six magical items that will enable them to connect their world with the Six Gates world. The lead characters, a Mad Scientist (Ichirobei Hiiragi) who recruited his daughter (Rokuna Hiiragi) and her boyfriend (Mondo Ooya) as "Mon Colle Knights" compete with Count (Ludwig Presto Von Meinstein) Collection and his lackeys, who try to gather the items to rule the world.By the way, there are a few episodes less upbeat and silly, which begin to pop up a little more towards the end...
Big Eater: Beginner always eats, and faints when she does too long without something to munch.
Bishōnen: Count Collection, Reda and a number of other characters. Count Collection indulges in it a lot, being prone to posing and sparkly backgrounds.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: In the original version, each episode starts with a bit of exposition where the Narrator explains the audience about the world. He is frequently interrupted by the characters who want to take over his job, sometimes they succeed.
Cue the Sun: In the cases of the storm gods, Zaha and Oroboros, the sky darkens and then lights up exactly at their defeat.
Dance Battler: The Black Tango Cat, who can create massive fire whirlwinds by spinning.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Reda knows not to absorbed the power bigger than his head, so he puts it in something he can control without harm to himself, amongst other things.
Dark Is Not Evil: While dark magic may be handy for mind control, using the power is as easy or difficult as with any other element. Demonic monsters like Orthros, Tiamat and eventually Zaha also have no trouble being dark and good.
Defanged Horrors: plays with this in an episode where Count Collection gets possessed by a vampire with a matching castle; Mondo reacts with utter fear but Rokuna (the same age) isn't fazed at all.
Dissonant Serenity: Guuko, of course. Like, all the time, even when she and the other bad guys are always losing to the heroes.
Everything's Better with Princesses: despite being the absolute ruler of her kingdom, the Pearl Princess is a princess and not a queen. Likewise, Hanazono No Utahime doesn't really rule anything, yet the movie identifies her as a princess anyway.
Everything's Even Worse with Sharks: when trapped on an island, Mondo tries to swim to the island where his friends are. All of the sudden, an huge amount of sharks appears out of nowhere.
Evil Plan: Reda shows a rather nice one. He kidnaps Rokuna, forces Mondo to give him the Monmon items and deceives him with a rat disguised as a fake Rokuna, has the real Rokuna trapped inside Terror Dragon's neck, provides Mondo with the Sadistic Choice of destroying Terror Dragon and Rokuna with it or getting destroyed by it himself trying to save her, exiles all his allies to a void, then leaves just before Zaha arrives. Zaha and the knights confront the Terror Dragon, of which either outcome is something that helps Reda: Zaha dead, or the Terror Dragon dead and the enemy stalled long enough to start the ritual - all part of his brilliant plan to summon Oroboros to destroy everything so he can create in their place a world filled with formless souls, free of war and suffering.
Expy: Count Dragula, huh? Subtle. While the vampire's name is not mentioned in the original, it has it's own : Sylanprivania is the area's name. Either could double as Homage.
Hellish Pupils: played straight and subverted; good monsters can also have evil eyes.
Here We Go Again: In the end Reda and Oroboros are defeated, but all the collected Monmon Items are destroyed. New ones are then scattered once again, leaving the heroes and villains exactly where they started.
Merchandise-Driven: The card game featured in the animenote "Monster Collection", or "Mon Colle" for short, hence the show's name was aimed at an older audience, so a separate, more kid friendly card game was based on the anime.
Minion with an F in Evil: Guuko does not even understand she is a villain, being friendly with the heroes and even willing to offer help.
Parental Abandonment: In the original version, Rokuna's mother left cause she was bored, leaving Rokuna to tend to the household and a work obsessed dad, much of her early years were lonely. In the dub, she's still around offscreen.
Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: A lot of monsters are walking myths, and the characters directly involved in the fallen angel arc have hidden meanings. Zaha for example is named after the angel Zahariel.
First, he demands that Mondo give him the Monmon items unless he wants him to kill Rokuna with his sword (which eventually turns out to be a puppet with a rat inside in disguise, with the real Rokuna being held hostage by the Terror Dragon).
Next, he offers Mondo the even more sadistic choice of either destroying the Terror Dragon and Rokuna with it, or getting destroyed by it trying to save her. Luckily, Zaha arrives just in time to help save Rokuna and team up with the two heroes to destroy the dragon while Reda is away after Mondo's monster friends were sucked into a wormhole.
Sea Monster: the Leviathan, the Ogopogo, the Giant Squid and the Water Dragon.
Shoo Out the Clowns: Oddly averted. The Terrible Trio remains almost entirely out of sight of the heroes during all the drama of the finale, being deliberately shooed in the wrong direction. They end up carrying a vital plot coupon to the Big Bad and thereby more or less accidentally start the apocalypse.
Shout-Out: During a discussion over a good line to say while leaping out of a burning car, Mondo suggests "Rats! I left my Digimon: The Movie CD in there!". The English cast worked on Digimon.
World of Ham: In the dub, at least, and most of it is provided by Dr. Hiragi and Prince Eccentro. The original version is pretty heavy on it too, at one point Mondo and Hiiragi deliberately get loud and hammy to escape eating Rokuna's food.
World-Wrecking Wave: the Tyrant Terror Dragon's power causes reality to literary burst apart as it rewinds or pushes forward time in whatever it hits.
Worthless Yellow Rocks: Count Collection at one point dives in a pile of riches and is disappointed he doesn't find anything he wants (namely, a Mon Mon Item).
Yin-Yang Bomb: Reda is the first to do this by combing his power with Coatl, Zaha and Shiru do it the next episode, and in the finale the Mon Colle Knights through the Saint Star Dragon also pull it off.