Tabaluga, a small green dragon, is the protagonist of a franchise of the same name.He was created in 1983 by German singers Peter Maffay, Rolf Zuckowski, and Maffay's songwriter Gregor Rottschalk. Originally only created for one conceptual album, the franchise has spawned so far: three conceptual albums, two musicals, the Game Show ''Tabaluga tivi'', an animated series with a spin-off movie, audio drama adaptations of this series, several books, Board Games, and an award for charitable work (the "Golden Tabaluga").To make matters more complicated, the concept albums and first musical (Tabaluga und Lilli) have a completely different continuity than the rest of the franchise, while the second musical (Tabaluga und das verschenkte Glück, "Tabaluga and the Shed Luck"), features both characters from the first musical and the series, in addition to a boatload of original characters never appearing in any part of the franchise again.The only connection between the continuities are Tabaluga, the ghost of his father Tyrion, and the villain Arktos.
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- Early Installment Weirdness
- Evil Is Deathly Cold: Evil Overlord Arktos lives in an Ice Palace in Iceworld and is (naturally) very fond of the cold.
- Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism: Tabaluga is a Petting Zoo Person. The rest of the animals are Civilized Animals or Partially Civilized Animals.
- Shadow Archetype: Ice-themed Arktos to Fire-themed Tabaluga.
- And Sand-themed Humsin.
- Snowlems: Arktos
- Spirit Advisor: Tabaluga can communicate with the ghost of his father in his dreams.
- Our Dragons Are Different
Tabaluga und Lilli
A musical about Tabaluga's struggles to free Arktos' "daughter" Lilli.
- Absurdly High-Stakes Game: Tabaluga wagers his dragonfire to get Lilli's winder in a game of dice against Arktos. Unfortunately Arktos is not a good loser...
- An Iceperson/ Artificial Human/ Clockwork Creature: Lilli was made by Arktos out of ice and needs to be wound up like a clock. Until the very end
- Final Love Duet: A reprise of "Ich fühl wie du".
- The Gambler: Arktos
- Light Is Not Good: Arktos brags about he's "the lord of light" and how his snow makes people's eyes blind.
- Love at First Sight
- Keet: Tabaluga. At least in the beginning.
- The Power of Love
- Villain Song: "Der Schüssel zur Macht" ("Key to Power")
The Game Show
Two teams of 4 to 6th graders participate in mostly action-oriented minigames (a quiz-round was introduced later). The team winning more games has to win the final round to win the Grand Prize. (Roller skates/a skateboard/a bike + the latest gaming console + a T-Shirt). Later they also played for money for benevolent institutions.
- Confetti Drop
- Consolation Prize: a T-Shirt, a basket full of merchandising and a board game
- Dueling Shows: Tabaluga tivi vs. Tigerenten-Club. Both gameshows for children about a popular franchise (Tabaluga and Janosch) interrupted twice for episodes of popular kids shows.
- Game Show Appearance: A variation. A Tabaluga-animatronic was one of the hosts.
- Soundproof Booth: Used for a while in the very first round: The kids had to answer questions about their teammate, who was in a Sound Proof Booth, then they swapped places. Replaced later with a "typical" quiz in the very last round.
The Animated Adaption
- And I Must Scream: Arktos' final fate in the cartoon after having own powers rebound upon him, freezing him solid in a block of ice. He can't be defrosted like his previous victims, melting the ice would melt him as well, which would be lethal. So he's just stuck there frozen forever.
- Big Bad: Arktos in Season 1 and 3, Humsin in Season 2.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Tabaluga shows shades of this. As does Happy. Also Happy's cousin, Bobby.
- Disney Villain Death: Humsin falls off the waterfall by the end of the second season. His death is very similar to that of an actual Disney villain, Percival McLeach from The Rescuers Down Under.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: In a movie adaptation "Tabaluga and Leo", it was revealed that one of Arktos' motivations for the conquest of Greenland was because his mother wanted to do it and he wants to do it all for her. He even sheds icy tears.
- Expository Theme Tune: The English version.
- Heel-Face Turn: Kayo, by the end of Season 3.
- Killed Off for Real: Humsin
- Minion with an F in Evil: Vulture, by far.
- Never Say "Die": Averted. E.g. the plot of a whole episode is driven by the fact, that Happy might die of fever.
- Panty Shot: Happy in Spades.
- Platonic Life Partners/ Not Love Interest: Tabaluga and Happy.
- Prophecy Twist: In one series 2 episode, Shouhou's crystal ball shows that a great stone thrown by Humsin will destroy a net protecting Greenland. Greenlanders try to fight destiny. At the end, the stone destroys the net and then Humsin's land, because Kayo had stolen the net.
- Punch Clock Villain: James and Vultur who have nothing personal against Tabaluga, and sometimes happen to work and cooperate with the Greenlanders.
- Seers: Shouhou is held captive by Arktos for his ability to see to faraway places using a crystal ball.
- Sliding Scale of Continuity: Level 4 (Arc-Based Episodic) in season 3. Earlier seasons had only some changes, mostly near the beginning and end of series.
- The Chick: Happy.
- The Mentor: Nessaja, Shouhou and Tyrion. If Tabaluga would listen to them...
- The Movie: A movie adaption titled "Tabaluga and Leo" was released in 2005. It served as the show's Christmas Episode.
- The Jeeves: James.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Chocolate ice cream for Arktos, carrots for Happy and sunflower seeds for Tabaluga.