Comic Book: Monster Allergy
is an Italian comic book about a boy, Ezekiel Zick, who is allergic to monsters and lives in a house that is actually a 'taming oasis' for misbehaved monsters, who are invisible to normal people
. The monsters actualy live in a suspended city above the town of Bigburg, and they are sent to the taming oases for crimes such as being overly flatulent or playing the violin badly, both big crimes by monster standards. They are supposed to reform under the eye of Tamers, monsters who appear human, and Keepers, humans who can see monsters.
Zick's best friend is Elena Potato, a newcomer at the town, and she finds out about the monster world. As the series progresses, Elena gains the ability to see monsters from Zick's mom, a Keeper named Greta. The comic has an animated adaptation which Kids' WB!
picked up as one of their last shows in the U.S. It was also aired on Disney Channel
Asia.The recap page
Provides Examples Of:
- Action Girl - Lay
- Alpha Bitch - Patty and Mattie.
- And Show It to You - Patty and Mattie absolutely love showing anybody they can their extensive scrapbook of dead cat pictures in the comic. And describing the scenarios in morbid detail.
- Animesque - In the style of many Italian animated series lately.
- Anthropomorphic Personification - Tutors, Stellar Tutors, and Maximum Tutors.
- Attention Whore - Any member of the Gingi species, but particularly Chumba Bagingi, who was sent to an oasis for this.
- Bare Your Midriff - Lay Mamery outfit.
- Betty and Veronica - Zick has Elena as Betty and Lay as Veronica. Lay has Zick as Betty and Teddy as Veronica.
- Big Bad - Magnacat in season 1, Moog Magister and Hector Sinestro in season 2.
- Big Bad Duumvirate - Moog Magister and Hector Sinestro
- Big Eater - With a name like Bonz Eateverything, it's kind of a given for the species. Bombos are probably next in line, though.
- Bittersweet Ending - The comic book version (which started in 2003), and how. Do you remember Zick's desire to be normal just like everyone else? This backfires spectacularly in the ending. After he uses every single bit of his Dom power, and therefore loses it, in order to save Elena from Sinestro, when he's back in his house, he's kinda shocked to be now unable to see his monster friends as he used to. Elena calms him down by telling the monsters (as she can see them now, after Zick's mother gave her some of her own power) to make themselves visible. This may fool you into thinking it's a happy ending after all, right? Think again. As it turns out, when Zick asks why his dead grandparents don't show up, his mom tells him they just can't, because, ya know, they're ghosts and not monsters. Bonus points for it being heartwrenching as well, if you're sensitive enough. As far as I know, however, this was only for the comic book: the adaptation changed it. Then, Elena justifies this by telling the readers it's just the beginning of another adventure, and "who loves us know it is". Cue the sun.
- Beta Couple - David and Annie, at least in the comic book.
- Brought Down to Normal - Zick has ended up losing his powers in "The Devourer", but he gets them back in "The Last Tamer".
- Butt Monkey - Teddy really gets into this in season 2 which includes cleaning up Dom Boxes as punishment for his misdeeds.
- By the Eyes of the Blind
- Catch Phrase - Elena's "Holy spit!" In issue 18, Zick even comments when she frustratingly switches temporarily to "Damned whistle!" while trying to stop Bombolo's pooing.
- Clingy Jealous Girl - Elena is jealous of Lay Mamery, a girl tamer.
- Comedic Underwear Exposure - Zick loses his pants twice in the TV series; first in episode 1 (Skip to 5:36), and again near the end of episode 22 (Skip to 6:17).
- Corrupt Corporate Executive - Magnacat
- Denied Food as Punishment - Bombo getting on a diet.
- Dirty Coward - Zick calls Sinestro this because he's supposed to go after his father, not him.
- Disappeared Dad - Zob in early season 1.
- The Dragon - Omnised and Omniquad, replaced by Viziosed.
- Evil Overlord - Magnacat and Moog Magister
- Fallen Hero - Hector Sinestro
- Fantastic Racism - The Tamers, a race of humanoid monsters, were all exiled because some of them had abused their powers.
- Group Hug - Elena gets into this as her reaction of finally seeing monsters.
- Half-Human Hybrid - Zick is half-Tamer from his father.
- Halloween Episode - Twice in the series.
- Hypnotic Eyes - Gorkas and Androgorkas have these.
- I Just Want to Be Normal - Zick wishes to be normal sometimes.
- I Just Want to Be Special - "I wish I could see monsters" says Elena which she'll get it in "The Devourer".
- Incredible Shrinking Man - Zob and Terence.
- Interspecies Romance - Zick's parents.
- Invisible to Normals
- Jerk Jock - David. In the comic, he turns out to be a closet bookworm who eventually falls for the class' resident Meganekko.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold - Teddy
- Killed Off for Real - Emily and Moog in the Grand Finale. In the comics, it's Moog and Hector.
- Also Maximim Tutor Carnaby-croth in issue 17, to protect the suspended city.
- Limited Wardrobe
- Mana - The Dom.
- Master of Illusion - Moog puts Zick into an illusion where Magnacat rules Bigburg.
- Meganekko - Played straight with Annie, but subverted with Mattie O'Hare.
- Monster Allies
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling - The allergy in question.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Elena pulls this in "The Devourer" where she fooled Magnacat into thinking that she can't see him. Zick is also fooled by this.
- Our Ghosts Are Different - Greta's ghostly parents and the Dark Phantoms, the ghost versions of bad people.
- Our Monsters Are Different
- Our Vampires Are Different - shows in one episode about Bowleg who tries to cure himself.
- The Power of Friendship - Zick and Elena.
- Power Nullifier - Zick loses his powers after the Devourer absorbed it.
- Also, lavender actually will nullify a tamer's powers, as well as calm down monsters. Another way to subdue a monster is by kicking it in the head and following that with a kiss.
- President Evil - Magnacat.
- Rake Take - Bombo in the opening theme, but only in season 1.
- Sealed Evil in a Can
- Seers: Monsters can use astrology to see into the future, but only up to a half hour ahead.
- íThree Amigos! - Zick, Elena, and Teddy.
- Third-Person Person - Bombo, although he can say "me".
- Tomato in the Mirror - Zick is a monster, as with all tamers.
- Villain with Good Publicity - Magnacat
- Villainous Breakdown - Magnacat and Moog
- Voluntary Shapeshifting - Magnacat, Gorkas, and few others.
- Wacky Cravings - Bombo and Bombolo eating almost anything.
- Not to mention that Bonz Eateverythings DO eat everything.
- Weapons That Suck - the Dom Box.
- Wham Episode - "The Devourer"
- You Can See Me?
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness - Moog kills Emily.