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Legends of Chima is a franchise by LEGO. Previews of the TV show began in late 2012, and the show itself debuted in July 2013 on Cartoon Network.Chima is a pristine land filled with many sentient animal tribes. Once at peace and in a state of balance, now they are at war over the CHI, a mystical energy source which gives a boost of energy to the animals and powers to their vehicles. The tribes have formed into two factions who now fight over the CHI. The Lions, Eagles, and Gorillas to protect the CHI. While Ravens, Wolves, and Crocodiles for gain. For Laval, this now involves fighting against his former friend Cragger who has become a leader of the opposing army.A character sheet has been started. Needs Wiki Magic.It also has its own recap page, also in need of Wiki Magic.
Alliterative Family: Many of the characters have names that start with the letter of the species they are based on; Lion tribe has L names, Crocodile tribe has C names. Dom de la Woosh and the Phoenix tribes avert this (but the Phoenix's names start with the letter "f" which makes the same sound as "ph".
Always Chaotic Evil: Most of the Wolves are nasty jerkasses. Eventually, however, they redeem themselves (or are the lesser threat at most), with the "Dark Tribes" (Bats, Spiders and Scorpions) being the primary antagonist races, with no benevolent individuals seen so far. The Ice Tribes of Season 3 seem to be this as well. They're prehistoric and reanimated by CHI, and haven't been preserved in the ice well.
Animal Eyes: all the inhabitants of Chima, though it should be noted that some are more obvious than others.
Animal Stereotypes / Good Animals, Evil Animals: We have virtuous and noble lions and eagles, peace-loving gorillas, aggressive and villainous crocodiles, sinister thieving ravens, and savage, pack-oriented wolves. However, there are exceptions.
Cragger is prone to bad decisions, but isn't really evil; even when he becomes the main villain he's more Brainwashed and Crazy thanks to Crooler's Persuader Plants.
Cragger's parents seemed more interested in his safety and welfare than anything else. Crominius even helped out the wolves by unifying them together when they were in a state of civil war in an act of kindness.
Wonald is just a naive little Wolf kid.
Played with in season 2, as all the previous enemies (Croc, Wolves and Ravens) are now allied with the more noble tribes. We also now have new animals (Bats, Spiders, and Scorpions) that are living up to negative stereotypes.
The Beavers consider work fun and being given a break is a punishment..
It's revealed in "Ravens vs. Eagles" that that the Eagles have a "what's mine is yours and yours is mine" mentality. Razar and the others Ravens saw it as a chance to take everything. The Eagles realize that if the Ravens are manipulating their tribe's morality they should manipulate the Ravens (making them think they don't do shopping, using the Raven track for free etc.). All the Ravens except for Razar gave up quickly.
Blood Knight: The Rhino tribe equates fighting to happiness. This is also one of the effects of the Fog of Destiny.
Breather Episode: Episode 13, "Crocodile Tears". Taking place after the Crocs are captured by the Wolves, one would expect a suspenseful story of getting them out of the Wolves' camp. Instead, we get a pretty lighthearted story, with Laval thinking that Furtivo is ShadoWind, and the Crocs humorously treating the wolves like servants, to the point where the wolves willingly let the Crocs go, and then celebrate about it the next day. It's ultimately downplayed as Cragger ends up having a dream where his parents warn him about Crooler.
Brutal Honesty: Razar when he sees the Dark Tribes with the bear and the Eagle eggs. They can't move the bear or the eggs go smash, and if they move the eggs the bear falls to a bloody death. Right in front of Eris who is freaking out at the way he describes it.
Catch Phrase: Several are used for tribes and characters in the show
Lagravis's "Use it well. Use it wisely." when giving other tribes CHI.
The Gorillas say "Dude" a lot, and "Bummer" when anything major or minor goes wrong.
Razar, in keeping with his shifty, thrifty dealer personality usually addresses people reflexively as "my friend".
Skinnet the skunk says "Sor-ry" in a defeated tone whenever he lets his stink loose. When the Hundred Year moon makes him smell good, he says "You're welcome" whenever it happens, in the same tired tone.
Continuity Nod: G'Loona fully remembers it was Crooler that had a hand in leaving her outside during the hundred year moon.
Ewald: I just finished my favorite book! (Both scream despite seemingly not realizing an earthquake happening.
Companion Cube: While in exile, Laval befriends a rock that he names Chip.
The Corrupter: Crooler after she uses the root of the Persuader Plant to create the Fog of Destiny.
Disc One Final Boss: Cragger and Crooler, with Worriz and the Wolves taking their place in episode 11. Cragger pulls a Heel-Face Turn in 14 after Crooler runs out of Persuader Plants to control Cragger. After Episode 16 though, Cragger is once again corrupted by Crooler, though not under her control, resulting in her being locked up. After Episode 20 though, Cragger permanently shakes off the Fog of Destiny. Then we learn from Crunket, Cragger's mother, that the Outlands are filled with Dark Tribes that seek to gain the Chi, causing everyone to rally up in order to fight them.
Disney Death: Laval in episode 20. He's okay, though... it was faked.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: The plot is very reminiscent of the Core War from BIONICLE with an empowering energy source sought out by many tribes who are willing to fight a war over it. It remains to been seen if the planet will explode or not due to said energy.
Episode 10 ends with almost every tribe turned against each other due to Furtivo (A fox hired to spread misgivings among the tribes by Crooler), and a large portion of CHI is now with the Wolves and Crocs. Not only that, but the wolf pact that Crominius made with the Wolves is disposed of, meaning that the Wolves no longer have any need to assist the Crocs, and Crooler has effectively betrayed her brother (Who avoided an additional layer of Mind Control during the ordeal).
Episode 12 inverts this by ending with the Wolves' stolen chi being spent on a battle with the Crocs.
Dream Walker: Apparently the Bear tribe and even their Legend Beast are this.
In "Attack on Eagle Spire", while Ripnik is indifferent to the fact that hundreds of Lion, Eagle, and Wolf lives will be lost if the Crocs succeed in pulling Eagle Spire down, Razar is against it because those lives are potential customers.
In episode 10, Crooler feels some remorse for causing the above Downer Ending, hesitating to get rid of the Wolf Pact and thinking about her actions, while the entire Wolf tribe is celebrating their victory, though in silence.
When Sir Fangar reveals his plan to reawaken the Ice Bears to aid in the attack on the Lion City, the other Ice Tribe leaders are apprehensive about doing so, since they are completely berserk, which is the reason they weren't revived with the rest of the Ice Tribes by Sir Fangar, though Fangar goes ahead with it anyway.
Evil Former Friend: Cragger to Laval because of the incident with the former's parents. In Episode 14 they've finally made up. Then Episode 16 comes along and Cragger goes into a semi-premanent Blood Knight state. By Episode 20, Cragger returns to normal due to Power of Friendship.
Gone Horribly Right: In episode 16 Crooler uses the Fog of Destiny to make Cragger realize his destiny as conqueror of Chima, and one of his first acts is to imprison her.
The Phoenix Tribe tried to uplift the ground-dwelling tribes by creating institutions of knowledge and learning, only for Sir Fangar to use that knowledge to try and conquer Chima.
Groin Attack: According to Equila's commentary during the race in "Market Day", Laval takes "a log to the loins". One of the wolves gets one in "Attack on Eagle Spire" when he slides down a chain sitting on it.
Happily Adopted: Li'ella the lioness is the adoptive daughter of Tormak the tiger. Besides his over-protectiveness, it seems like a positive relationship.
History Repeats: The Dark Tribes were born when Laval threw Chi into the Gorge of Eternal Depth. After they're defeated, Scorm throws the last bit of Chi he has into a gorge in a fit of rage (blaming it for giving the Dark Tribes sapience in the first place). This ends up inadvertently awakening the Ice Tribe.
Hook Hand: Razar has this, as do some other Ravens.
Ironic Echo: Laval (While trying to get out of the Gorge of Eternal Depth) accidentally said the same words Cragger used on the day his own parents fell in.
In-Series Nickname: Ploval's fondness for the royal children, Craggy-waggy and Crool-laloo.
Lady Macbeth: Crooler goads her brother into taking revenge and taking over and uses Persuader Plants to further her influence.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Crooler invokes this trope in episode 3 when she and her brainwashed brother try to provoke Laval in the hope that Laval would accidentally say (in front of a crowd of angry Crocs) that they would never get any Chi. Unfortunately, she wasn't disappointed, and Laval throws the Crocs' chi down the Gorge of Eternal Depth, causing Gaia's Vengeance as stated above.
Then it's reveal that the lost CHI had a hand in creating three new tribes, who not only had captured the Legend Beasts but stole almost all the Chi from Chima.
Cragger had one as well, thinking if he could reveal who was the real creator of the Dark Tribes they would be in shock (since they thought they were created by either a spider or scorpion in the sky). Unfortunately, not only did the Dark Tribes dismiss this revelation as baloney, it made the others a tad angry that Laval kept such a important piece of info from them.
Laval gave an orb of Chi to Skorm, which led to him throwing the stolen Chi of the Dark Tribes into a chasm, reawakening the Ice Hunters.
The Phoenix Tribe tried to Uplift the "ground-born" tribes of ancient Chima, but ended up giving Sir Fangar the knowledge he needed to try and conquer Chima, and using "The Great Illumination" to defeat him and undo the damage the Hunters did is what gave him and the Hunters their ice powers after they were unfrozen.
As it turns out, Fluminox choosing to stay with his son instead of completing the Great Illumination is the reason that it failed.
Reegull's name rhymes with eagle, and his father was from the Eagle tribe.
Mind-Control Device: Crooler's Persuader Plants on her brother. She grows them in a secret garden away from the Crocs, though as it turns out they can be eaten as snacks, though whomever eats them breathes the spores for a short amount of time. Episode 12 reveals that the spores are more like Blood Knight spores, as revealed when Cragger accidentally inhales some Crooler left behind, and that they merely make one more susceptible to violent acts and suggestions. Episode 14 then reveals that they have become very rare, with the plants that Crooler was growing were the last ones left.
It's revealed that their father was the one who planted them.
Mistaken for Gay: A brief moment in Foxtrot possibly implies this. Rogon, Laval, and Eris are fighting, and Eris gets hurt. When Rogon says, "I'll save you, my love!" the baddies look confused. Laval answers, "He means Eris, not me." May be Getting Crap Past the Radar as well.
Morton's Fork: The Dark Tribe's trap with the Bear Legend Beast and the Eagle Beast's eggs.
Mr. Fixit/Workaholic: The Beaver tribe's main traits. To the point that they issue vacations as punishment.
Obfuscating Insanity: It hard to tell if the crazy lion is this or not, especially since he seem to have fun messing with Cragger with this trope.
Ominous Fog: The Fog of Destiny forces those who get sucked into it to see their true destiny (Whether they want to or not.)
Our Centaurs Are Different: Both the Spider and Scorpion tribes have shown this trope, with notably Spinlyn and Scutter having humanoid upper bodies, and six-legged lower bodies like the insects they represent. Supposedly Spinlyn's body style is because the CHI didn't make her fully humanoid.
Our Zombies Are Different: The Ice Hunters, who are partially decayed, with the odd glowing bone and ice powers. They are fully sentient, but cannot function without CHI. If their orb is removed, they fall back into a lifeless state until they get another.
Paper-Thin Disguise: The fake ShadoWind (Furtivo). With Eris pointing it out to Laval it can't be him due to too many obvious clues.
Parental Favoritism/The Unfavourite: Despite Cragger and Crooler being twins and Crooler hatching first, their parents prefer the former and made him prince of the Croc tribe even though the position is to be assigned to the firstborn child. Whenever Crooler achieved something in life their parents would be too impressed with something Cragger was also doing to notice and completely ignored her, which led to her taking advantage of Cragger after he became king to make up for years of neglect.
Parental Marriage Veto: Downplayed in season 3. Laval develops a fast crush on Li'ella, but her foster father Tormak notices and doesn't approve at all, to the point of knocking down Laval with his bow on the steps of the Phoenix temple. Neither lion thinks he's being fair.
Playing with Fire: The heroic tribes use Fire CHI and are allied with the mythical Phoenix Tribe in Season 3 to combat the Ice Tribes.
Power Glows: Chi is glowing blue power in solid form. When any citizen of Chima plugs in CHI, their body is encased in a blue or red Battle Aura (which are the LEGO "constraction" figures of the characters), and then glow red or blue around the edges.
Fire Chi has an orange/red glow.
Power of Love: Rogon will do anything to protect Eris (Especially since he thinks Eris has a crush on him which she does.)
Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The usual foes are the crocs but there are exceptions. Crominius kindly helped unify the wolf tribe, and was friends with Laval's father, Lagravis. Cragger is just Brainwashed and Crazy. In addition, Wonald of the Wolf tribe isn't really evil, he's just a young, innocent kid.
Sealed Evil in a Can: The Ice Hunters, who were frozen in ice a thousand years ago. Scorm throws a Chi orb into a gorge underground, accidentally reawakening them to be the season 3 villains.
Token Good Teammate: Wonald is this to the Wolf tribe because he mainly eats fruit and doesn't seem very interested in attacking the other tribes. Even during the Bad Moon Rising event, he mainly just eats more fruit than normal, not really attacking anyone else.
Episode 10, as stated above, and also episode 11 takes the cake; episode 10's Downer Ending has ended the Speedor Races for good, and that the wolves are going on a rampage across Chima, taking almost all of the available Chi, leaving Chima in a state of imbalance represented by an increasing number of earthquakes, and we see that Crooler is locked up for betraying Cragger, who has started to get over her mind control.
Just when you think everything will be solved, episode 16 happens, turning Cragger back into an antagonist, with episode 17 having Laval willingly enter exile for stealing an Orb of Golden Chi, then he's later allowed out of it due to necessity but episode 18 ends with the falls on Mount Cavora beginning to dry up (later revealed that they were actually blocked up with spider webs), which only Crug notices before he dismisses it.
Episode 26: The Dark Tribes are defeated and the chi is restored, but Scorm throws his last Chi orb into an abyss to be rid of it, accidentally unleashing something slumbering deep beneath the ground.
What the Hell, Hero?: Everyone except Cragger and Eris gives one to Laval in Episode 25, after Cragger accidentally reveals that Laval had dumped the Chi orbs into the Gorge of Eternal Depth and thus created the Dark Tribes.
Wild Card: The Ravens will work for whoever pays them; this includes working for two or more sides of a conflict simultaneously. They'll play all the tribes if it means more treasure for themselves.