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Anime: Mon Colle Knights
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  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...

Look for these tropes in Mon Colle Knights:

  • A-Cup Angst: Bacchi doesn't like comments on her form.
  • Aerith and Bob: Ordinary names like Luke, LÚlÚ and Namiko coexist with names like Rokuna and Mondo.
  • Affectionate Parody
  • Against the Setting Sun: In the Show Within a Show, Sergeant Buncho and his newly acquired friend vow while the sun sets.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: In the English dub
  • Ambiguously Gay: Prince Eccentro in the dub. However his Japanese counterpart, Count Collection is openly identified as gay.
  • Anime Hair: every character in one way or another.
  • Anti-Hero: Zaha, post Heel-Face Turn. Before that, he was an...
  • Ascended Extra: Bacchi and Guuko seem to have become the official mascots of "Shopping Mall Japan."
  • Assimilation Plot: Reda's goal, with himself as the center of everything.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: A hamster, in this case.
  • A Twinkle in the Sky
  • Balance Between Good and Evil: The original version pretends this is going on at first, but eventually subverts it thoroughly. The dubbed version plays it straight all the way through.
  • Battle Couple: Mondo and Rokuna.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Mondo and Rokuna's teacher Namiko Gokumare, four episodes before the final episode. She's able to take down a group of evil monsters.
  • Big Bad: Reda.
  • 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.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Zaha and Shiru once Zaha redeems himself and they get back together.
  • Black Blood: especially in the penultimate episode, which has white and fleshy colored blood to lessen the impact of the violence.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Both of the blond guys initially appear villainous.
  • Butt Monkey: Namiko Gokumare
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "With us, you can do it!"
  • Calling Your Attacks: variation, they are spells. More advanced magicians like Reda and the Elemental Angels can perform them silently.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: All the villains, though Reda is the only one that fully embodies it.
  • Card Games: Is there a reason for the Magic: The Gathering-looking Mon-Cards? No? Didn't think so.
  • Cat Smile: Rokuna from time to time.
  • Cessation of Existence: Dub only, what Redda wants to do to existence.
  • The Chessmaster: Reda maneuvers just about every side in the final episode to either do nothing or somehow help him.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Guuko has no concept of bad things, likely since nothing bad ever happens to her.
    • Namiko Gokumare
  • Chest Burster: The birth of the Tyrant Terror Dragon goes this way.
  • Color-Coded Elements: Red for fire, dark blue for wind, cyan for water, green for earth, yellow for holy and purple for demon.
  • Combat Commentator: In the few cases of an arena battle, the narrator will manifest within the show.
  • Combined Energy Attack: The main four elements (save opposing ones) can be combined together, and holy and demon can mix with all.
  • Cool House: The Hiiragi's place has that gigantic underground lab that shifts the surrounding urban area every time for takeoff. Then there's Count Collection's Supervillain Lair, which is a Big Fancy Castle complete with hangar and pool.
  • Cosmic Horror: Oroboros after Reda gained control of it.
  • Council of Angels
  • 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.
  • Dojikko: Beginner.
  • Dub-Induced Plot Hole: most obvious with the conflicting motivations that various characters cite.
  • Dub Name Change: Some characters got a variation (Guuko became Gluko) while others got an entirely new name (Salamander became Scorch The Fire Monster).
  • Elemental Embodiment: The Water Elemental
  • Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: Wind, Water, Earth, Fire, Saint and Demon magic.
  • Element Number Five: The Time element.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The evil beings of the Six Gates world willingly helped the group and the good beings in defeating Reda.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: snarky penguins with an ego, to be precise.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Mondo acquires a pet monkey some time in the first season.
  • 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.
  • Fallen Angel: Both Zaha and Reda.
  • Fallen Hero: Zaha before his fall was an active guardian angel.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: the majority of female characters.
  • Fusion Dance: almost every episode, Mondo and Rokuna do this to merge with a monster.
  • Gag Dub: A la Samurai Pizza Cats
  • Golem
  • Genre Savvy: Several characters; including Mondo, Rokuna, Count Collection and Reda.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The dub.
  • Ghibli Hills: the Earth and Wind Realms almost entirely.
  • Ghost Lights: Rokuna's introduction in the Japanese version.
  • Green Aesop: more than once, the heroes are out to save the forest from wanton destruction.
  • Green Thumb: Hanazono No Utahime's power is to allow plantlife to flourish, without her her valley decays.
  • Harmless Villain: Prince Eccentro and his two lackeys, one being a flat-chested Fiery Redhead and the other being a busty Cheerful Girl full of Dissonant Serenity.
  • Healing Hands: the Wave Angel has this, and possibly Shiru as well.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Zaha
  • Hell Hound: Orthros
  • 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.
  • Hidden Elf Village
  • Holy Hand Grenade: some holy monsters have some attack that is both shiny and destructive.
  • Hope Spot: During the final four episodes, Reda seems to suffer a loss every episode only for him to pull out bigger guns.
  • Hostage For Macguffin: Reda abducts Rokuna.
  • Hot Blooded Sideburns: Professor Hiiragi.
  • Hot Springs Episode
  • Idiot Hair: Beginner is clumsiness incarnate, Rokuna on the other hand is intelligent and agile.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: The Saint Star Dragon (a.k.a. the Golden Dragon), who appears in the finale. It is prophesied to appear when the six elements join in peace, and draws its power from all of the monsters .
  • In Harmony with Nature: Almost every monsters is linked to its environment. Those that aren't tend to need sealing.
  • In the Name of the Moon
  • Inverse Law of Sharpness and Accuracy: Played straight for most of the series, but ignored in the finale.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Zaha and Reda, especially Reda.
  • Laughably Evil: Count Collection and his minions, who only can gain anything if nobody pays attention to them. That doesn't happen often.
  • Lethal Chef: Rokuna's food is treated this way, though the effects aren't always as bad as other seem to think. Though, that one dish was moving ...
  • Lighter and Softer: The anime to everything else in the Six Gates franchise.
  • Looming Silhouette of Rage: When Rokuna catches Mondo thinking of Beginner.
  • Love Bubbles: Mondo and Rokuna do this together a lot, often to the chagrin of the surrounding characters.
  • Lull Destruction: the dub fills in a lot of silent lengths.
  • Magical Land
  • Magic Feather: Luke's bravery axe.
  • Magic Music: Both the merboy choir and Hanazono No Utahime have this, which allows them to control water and plants.
  • Magic Skirt: Rokuna, Bacchi and Guuko. In the first episode, Rokuna pulls her skirt down when she realize her uniform has such a short skirt.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Reda uses everybody.
  • Medium Awareness
  • Meganekko: Guuko
  • Merchandise-Driven: The card game featured in the animenote  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.
  • Mons
  • Monochromatic Eyes; Half of the angels.
  • Mordor; Karon, a white desert.
  • Mood Whiplash: whenever any fallen angels show up, this happens instantly.
  • Narrator
  • Nature Spirit
  • No Cartoon Fish: Arguably irrelevant, since most monsters are drawn realistically.
  • Not So Different: Dr Hiiragi and Count Collection, as shown in the first episode.
  • Official Couple: Rokuna and Mondo in both versions. Zaha and Shiru only in the original, Luke and Beginner only in the dub.
  • Off Model
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Reda
  • Our Elves Are Better: Mocked, our elves are deadly afraid of mud and sweat.
  • Our Gods Are Greater: In the original version, the Sea Giant is the god of the ocean and Coatl is the god of snakes.
  • Ouroboros
  • 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.
  • Perky Female Minion: Bacchi and Guuko
  • Perpetual Frowner: Zaha
  • Perpetual Molt: Zaha, Reda and Shiru probably have very fast growing feathers.
  • Pillar of Light: this occurs when Luke and Beginner use the Night Before Armageddon spell.
  • Prophetic Names: Rokuna and Mondo : Roku + Mon = Rokumon, the Sixgate.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: The Ogres. Their strength contests are awarded by a blessing and the right to fight a monster.
  • Puni Plush: Mainly with the child characters. Slightly less so with certain others such as Namiko, Bacchi, and Guuko. Not present at all with most other characters.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Utahime, the Wave Angel, the Forest Angel, Lark and the Green Wind King all have hair down to their feet.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Chuzaemon and his cat grooming and pink tutu.
  • 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.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Jaane and Punch Punch
  • Running Gag: both the versions have a few of their own.
  • Sadistic Choice: Reda provides two as part of his Evil Plan:
    • 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.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The gremlins, Pazuzu and Bahamut (two creatures one one seal) and Coatl.
  • 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.
  • Sissy Villain: Count Collection
  • Something about a Rose: Count Collection has a massive rose fetish. Never poses without one, and he poses a lot. He's so involved with roses that he even fails in roses, as the mushroom cloud after his ship crashes always assumes the shape of a wilting rose.
  • Split-Screen Reaction: happens rarely.
  • Spiritual Successor: to Time Bokan ("Yatterman", to be specific), according to a staff interview.note 
  • Stock Footage: lots of it.
  • Terrible Trio: Count Collection, Bacchi and Guuko, who else?
  • Team Spirit: subverted in the final episodes; Team Spirit got everyone sucked into a void and the loner saved the day.
  • The Beastmaster: Any summoner.
  • The Good King: The Green Wind King
  • The Imp: Rut/Lucca
  • Thigh-High Boots: Rokuna and Guuko. Bacchi wears one boot, while her other is ankle high.
  • To The Bat Noun
  • Tree Top Town: The elf town.
  • Tsundere: Bacchi, and Rokuna mixes it with Yandere.
  • Up the Real Rabbit Hole: Guilty as charged for both teams; monsters usually call the other world "human world".
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: most of the episodes are cheerful, but when Reda shows up, cartoon physics switch off and the violence gets real.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Count Collection and company.
  • Winged Humanoid: the angels, the Garuda and the Birdmen.
  • Word Salad Title: the full title is six gates far away mon colle knight.
  • 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.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Rokuna.

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