Literature / Vicky the Viking

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A Swedish book series created by author Runer Jonsson in 1963, with new installments coming out through the 1980's.

Vicky the Viking is about the adventures of the titular character, the only son of the Viking chief Halvar of Flake. Vicky accompanies his father and his crew on their voyages and pillaging sprees, and though he lacks in physical strength, he proves himself useful by using his brains instead of brawn in solving the problems the Vikings face.

An anime series (Chiisana Baikingu Bikke in Japan, and Wickie und die Starken Männer in Germany) was produced by Nippon Animation in 1974. It lasted for 78 episodes, which were dubbed and exported to various countries, particularly Germany.

It was adapted to animation once more as an All-CGI Cartoon in The New '10s by Belgian company Studio 100. This newer series ran for 78 quarter-hour episodes, and has also been broadcast in numerous countries and languages. However, neither show has come to the United States. note 

A Live-Action Adaptation was made in Germany in 2009.

The anime series in particular was an influence on Eiichiro Oda, the creator of One Piece


This work provides examples of:

  • All-CGI Cartoon: The reboot series.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Vic's hair is usually orange but is sometimes yellow mainly in the reboot.
  • Big Bad: Sven the Terrible in both series.
  • Big Eater: Faxe in both series, particularly the newer one. The fat lord as well, although he also a disgusting eater.
  • The Cameo: Maya and Willie make an appearance in one episode of the CGI reboot series. The new Maya series and the new Vicky series are produced by the same studio.
  • Character Development: At first, Halvar was disappointed that his son Vicky was a weak little boy. As the series goes on, he warms up to him considerably and even refuse to set sail without him.
  • Disguised in Drag: Vicky pretends to be a handmaid to save a prince in an older episode.
  • The Dragon: Pox, Sven's second-in-command.
  • Dreadful Musician: Ulme in the newer series.
  • Epic Flail: One of Sven's weapon is a chain and ball.
  • Eureka Moment: Once an Episode, Vicky will brainstorm and hatch an idea to solve the episode's dilemma. This is always accompanied by a triumphant piece of music and a shower of sparks.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Chief Halvar.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Halvar's Vikings will raid and plunder other civilizations, but not Native Americans because they have never known warfare and the battle will be greatly unfair. Especially since the Native Americans welcome them with open arms with no strings attached.
  • Fat Bastard: One antagonist our heroes come across is a morbid overweight obnoxious lord. The man is so fat that his butt is stuck on his chair and hasn't gotten up in years. Anyone who eat without his consent is harshly punished. After Vicky defeated him, the epilogue showed that he lost considerable weight and became a much nicer person.
  • Gentle Giant: Faxe may be slow, big and strong, but is one of the nicest character of Halvar's crew.
  • Girl Next Door: Ylvie live not far from Vicky's house and is always nice to him.
  • Guile Hero: Vicky.
  • Hidden Depths: Ulme is revealed to be a very good and enduring runner. He's chosen to compete in a marathon.
  • Horny Vikings: All of the major viking characters have horned helmets.
  • The Insomniac: When Snorre has a tooth ache, his pain cause him to scream and annoy everyone. It's so bad that everyone couldn't sleep all night. When they successfully remove his tooth, everyone let out a sight of relief. And then an enemy ship is heading their way. The worried crew, tired from its sleepless night, doesn't know how it will fare in battle.
  • Jabba Table Manners: The morbid overweight lord eat without any utensils, stain his clothes and swallow all manners of meat (bones included). He could easily be a human version of Jabba the Hutt.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Tjure can be this to everyone, but he does care for the village and will never betray his own people.
  • The Maze: Greeks have tricked Halvar and the crew in entering a labyrinth. It's up to Vicky to rescue them and find the hidden treasure.
  • Nice Girl: Ylvie is a kind girl and always defend Vicky from the other mean kids in the village.
  • Noodle Incident: How Halbar lost his eye. It apparently involved a fight for a fish.
  • Overprotective Dad: Halvar in the new series is much more concerned about Vicky's safety, and will outright forbid him from tagging along on more dangerous adventures. Not that this stops Vicky from helping from afar.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Ulme in the original's English dub had an Italian accent and spoke in sentences that rhymed.
  • The Resenter: Gilby dislike Vicky and is jealous of his success with Halvar's crew. He does warm up to him once however, when Vicky saved him from a forest fire.
  • The Rival: Gilby, a boy in Vicky's village who often quarrels with him over which of them is braver.
  • The Musical: Studio 100 created a musical based on the series in 2015 called "Wickie de Musical" shown in Belgium.
  • Taking the Bullet: Non-lethal version. In one of the CGI episodes Halvar takes a hit from some berries, in the Viking equivalent of a paintball challenge, to prevent his son from losing.
  • Thinking Tic: Vicky will rub the underside of his nose with his finger when trying to think of a plan. This always precedes his Eureka Moment.
  • The Movie: A few Live-Actions movies were made based on the series.
  • Those Two Guys: Tjure and Snorre are always paired together for some reason.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: In one episode, Vicky had enough of the wolves and set up a contest to know who will capture the most. Next episode, the villagers want to kill the wolves to skinned them, much to Vicky's dismay. Sven attack the village however. Vicky had the wolves released on the raiders, saving the wolves and the village at the same time. The last scene of the episode show a wolf chasing after Vicky who lament that he saved the wolf's life and didn't received any gratitude. Considering Vicky was responsible for the wolves' capture in the first place, it's pretty much justified.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Played so very straight in the newer series. The audience won't know anything about most of Vicky's plans until he's set them into motion.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Snorre and Tjure.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Vicky has almost zero physical strength, but can create amazing plans and inventions on the fly.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: In the original series, Vicky is terribly afraid of wolves. This is downplayed somewhat in the newer series.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Vicky.
  • Villain Song: Sven has one in the musical during the song "Storm Op Zee"
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Vicky thought himself worthless because he couldn't beat up a wolf. Gilby, of all people, said Vicky is much better than that. Vicky had saved the village from a fire and saved Gilby's life. Everyone in the village begin to cheer and applaud Vicky's heroism.
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