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 concept album, the franchise has spawned so far: [[CashCowFranchise 6 concept albums, 4 musicals based on them, a novel,]] the GameShow [[CashCowFranchise ''Tabaluga tivi'', an animated series with a spin-off movie, audio drama adaptations of this series, several smaller books,]] BoardGames, and an award for charitable work (the "Golden Tabaluga"). And to top it off, a new movie is being released in December 2018.

To make matters more complicated, the many concept albums and musicals have a rather different continuity than the cartoon, which is more well-known internationally, with the second musical (''Tabaluga und das verschenkte Glück'', "Tabaluga and the Fortune that was Given Away"), features both characters from the former and the latter.

Common connections between the continuities are Tabaluga, his father Tyrion (often as [[SpiritAdvisor a ghost]]), and the villain Arktos.

[[folder: Notable Works in the Franchise]]
* ''Tabaluga, oder die Reise zur Vernunft'' ("Tabaluga, or the Journey to Reason"), 1983; first concept album
* ''Tabaluga und das leuchtende Schweigen'' ("Tabaluga and the Shining Silence), 1986; second concept album
* ''Tabaluga and the Magic Jadestone'', 1988; Shortened English adaptation of Shining Silence, by Chris Thompson
* ''Tabaluga und Lilli'' ("Tabaluga and Lilli"), 1993; third concept album
* The ''Tabaluga und Lilli'' musical, 1994; an adaptation of the third concept album (also incorperates elements from the first)
* ''Tabaluga'', 1994, novelization of Tabaluga story by Helme Heine and Gisela von Radowitz
* The ''Tabaluga'' cartoon, 1997-2004; a cartoon based on the Tabaluga story, taking many inspirations from the novel and musical
* ''Tabaluga tivi'', 1997-2011; children's game show with Tabaluga characters as hosts
* ''Tabaluga und das verschenkte Glück'' ("Tabaluga and the Fortune that was Given Away"), 2002; fourth concept album
* The ''Tabaluga und das verschenkte Glück'' musical, 2004; an adaptation of the fourth concept album
* ''Tabaluga und die Zeichen der Zeit'' ("Tabaluga and the Signs of Time"), 2011; fifth concept album
* The ''Tabaluga und die Zeichen der Zeit'' musical, 2012; an adaptation of the fifth concept album
* ''Tabaluga - Es lebe die Freundschaft'' ("Tabaluga - Long live Friendship"), 2015; sixth concept album
* The ''Tabaluga - Es lebe die Freundschaft'' musical, 2016; an adaptation of the sixth concept album
* ''Tabaluga der Film'' ("Tabaluga The Movie"), 2018; upcoming move adaption of the Tabaluga story, taking inspiration of many previous adaptations, especially various incarnations of ''Tabaluga and Lilli''



!!This franchise provides examples of:


[[folder: General Tropes]]
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness
* EvilIsDeathlyCold: EvilOverlord Arktos lives in an IcePalace in [[GrimUpNorth Iceworld]] and is (naturally) very fond of the cold.
* SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism: Tabaluga is a [[PettingZooPeople Petting Zoo Person]]. The rest of the animals are {{Civilized Animal}}s or {{Partially Civilized Animal}}s.
* ShadowArchetype:
** Ice-themed Arktos to Fire-themed Tabaluga.
** And Sand-themed Humsin.
* {{Snowlems}}: Arktos
* SpiritAdvisor: Tabaluga can communicate with the ghost of his father in his dreams.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent

[[folder: Tabaluga und Lilli]]
A musical about Tabaluga's struggles to free Arktos' [[ArtificialHuman "daughter"]] Lilli, based on the concept album of the same name.
* AbsurdlyHighStakesGame: Tabaluga wagers his [[PlayingWithFire dragonfire]] to get Lilli's winder in a game of dice against Arktos. Unfortunately Arktos is not a good loser...
* AnIceperson/ ArtificialHuman/ ClockworkCreature: Lilli was made by Arktos out of ice and needs to be wound up like a clock. [[spoiler: Until the very end]]
* FinalLoveDuet: A reprise of "''Ich fühl wie du''".
* TheGambler: Arktos
* LightIsNotGood: Arktos brags about he's "the lord of light" and how his snow makes people's eyes blind.
* LoveAtFirstSight
* {{Keet}}: Tabaluga. [[BreakTheCutie At least in the beginning.]]
* ThePowerOfLove
* VillainSong: ''"Der Schüssel zur Macht"'' ("Key to Power")

[[folder: The GameShow]]
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.
* ConfettiDrop
* ConsolationPrize: a T-Shirt, a basket full of merchandising and a board game
* DuelingShows: ''Tabaluga tivi'' vs. ''Tigerenten-Club''. Both gameshows for children about a popular franchise (Tabaluga and Creator/{{Janosch}}) interrupted twice for episodes of popular kids shows.
* GameShowAppearance: A variation. A Tabaluga-animatronic was one of the ''hosts''.
* SoundproofBooth: Used for a while in the very first round: The kids had to answer questions about their teammate, who was in a SoundProofBooth, then they swapped places. Replaced later with a [[WhoWantsToBeWhoWantsToBeAMillionaire "typical" quiz]] in the very last round.

[[folder: The AnimatedAdaption]]
* [[spoiler: AndIMustScream: 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.]]
* BigBad: Arktos in Season 1 and 3, Humsin in Season 2.
** BigBadWannabe: Arktos in Season 2.
** BigBadDuumvirate: Arktos and Humsin work together on multiple occasions.
* BrattyHalfPint: Tabaluga shows shades of this. As does Happy. Also Happy's cousin, Bobby.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Humsin falls off the waterfall by the end of the second season. His death is very similar to that of an actual Creator/{{Disney}} villain, Percival [=McLeach=] from ''Disney/TheRescuersDownUnder''.
* ExpositoryThemeTune: The English version.
* HeelFaceTurn: Kayo, by the end of Season 3.
* KilledOffForReal: Humsin
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Vulture, by far.
* NeverSayDie: Averted, e.g. the plot of one episode is driven by the fact, that Happy might die of fever.
* PantyShot: Happy in spades.
* PlatonicLifePartners/ NotLoveInterest: Tabaluga and Happy.
* ProphecyTwist: In a series 2 episode, Shouhou's crystal ball shows that a great stone thrown by Humsin will destroy a net protecting Greenland. Greenlanders try to [[ScrewDestiny fight destiny]]. At the end, the stone destroys the net and then Humsin's land, because Kayo had stolen the net.
* PunchClockVillain: 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.
* SlidingScaleOfContinuity: Level 4 (Arc-Based Episodic) in season 3. Earlier seasons had only some changes, mostly near the beginning and end of series.
* TheChick: Happy.
* TheMentor: Nessaja, Shouhou ''and'' Tyrion. If Tabaluga would listen to them...
* TheMovie: A movie adaption titled "Tabaluga and Leo" was released in 2005. It served as the show's ChristmasEpisode.
* TheJeeves: James.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Chocolate ice cream for Arktos, [[StockAnimalDiet carrots for Happy]] and sunflower seeds for Tabaluga.

[[folder: The movie "Tabaluga & Leo"]]
* ABoyAndHisX: A boy and his dragon friend.
* ChristmasEpisode: the movie serves as the Christmas special for the animated series.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: In this movie we find out that one of Arktos' motivations for the conquest of Greenland is because his mother wanted to do it and he wants to do it all for her. He even sheds icy tears.
* HappilyAdopted: Leo at the end of the movie; the foster family that took him home for Christmas decides to adopt him permanently.
* TheKlutz: Leo.
* LightningCanDoAnything: a lightning eventually powers up the giant toy dozer Arctos build (which previously wouldn’t start since it was modeled after a battery powered toy), allowing him to start his rampage. Justified since it needed electricity to work.
* MacGuffin: the green crystal that is essential to completing the Greenland Day ritual for another 1000 years of good luck. It gets broken, forcing Tabaluga and Leo to get a replacement.
* NoWaterproofingInTheFuture: Arctos’ giant version of Leo’s toy dozer is eventually taken out with water, which causes it to short out.
* RageBreakingPoint: During most of the movie Tabaluga remains calm and understanding with Leo even when the other Greenlanders turn on the boy, but after Leo’s clumsiness causes one accident too many even Tabaluga gets mad. He calms down again rather quickly when he finds out Leo is an orphan though.
* TokenHuman: Leo is the only main Human character from the movie and, in fact, the first human to ever show up in Tabaluga’s world. Hence why the Greenlanders are rather suspicious of him.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: Leo is threatened with this if he doesn’t go back to his own world before the Greenland star disappears, because then the portal will close for another thousand years.
* WalkingDisasterArea: Not as bad as most versions of this trope, but Leo is rather clumsy and accidentally causes a lot of trouble because of it.