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Wakfu: Tropes M-O
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Wakfu provides examples of the following tropes:

  • MacGuffin Guardian:
    • The Golem in episode 23, guarding Grougaloragran's dofus.
    • Phaeris the Powerful is guarding Shinonome's dofus, thus forbidding any access to the Crimson Claws.
  • Mad Eye: Ig˘le. That's even its nickname given by Lotie.
  • Mad Scientist:
    • Nox, of the Magitek (and watchmaker) variant.
    • Qilby
  • Magically Regenerating Clothing: An Eniripsa's healing do this. We get a close-up with Ruel during the Bontarian Gobbowl's arc, with his cloth mending at the same time as the wound.
  • Magical Security Cam: Nox's use of these is justified as being integrated into his swarm of wakfu harvesters, the Noxines, in his first onscreen appearance.
  • Magic Antidote: The glowing sap from the legendary tree in episode 7.
  • Magic Map: The main characters come across a map possessed by a demon named Grufon (as in, the minor shuhsu is stuck inside the map). The map is very accurate and offers handy shortcuts to various places. However, it also has a mind of its own, and often tries to trick the party by offering false information based on half-truths. Frequently, Grufon is threatened (usually with fire) by characters into giving the right information. Though after Yugo agrees to be his Guardian, as only highly powerful Shuhsu are allowed a Guardian, he becomes a lot more compliant.
  • Magic Mirror: Igor the Shushu mirror allows communication with Rushu.
  • Magic Pants:
    • Sadlygrove's, when he's melding with Rubilax.
    • Phaeris'.
  • The Magnificent Seven Samurai: "The Magnificent Five"
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: The Bellaphones' main mode of attack.
  • Man-Eating Plant:
    • Two big ones in season 1 episode 7, following orders from Sybannak (the crazy old Sadida).
    • A huge one under Armand's control during the fight in season 1 episode 19.
  • Marked Change:
    • Qilby
    • Yugo
  • Martial Arts and Crafts:
    • Yugo's cooking and serving style.
    • Episode 8 treats baking like a difficult martial art. And it's Serious Business.
  • Mascot Mook: The Gobballs
  • Mating Dance: Sadlygrove's dream sequence in episode 22 of season 1. Provides the page image.
  • Mayor of a Ghost Town: Ruel
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Perhaps unintentionally, Evangelyne — or rather, Evangeline. Evangelyne was never sent away from her homeland and forcibly separated from her Love Interest, but the two Evas do share in common obsessively searching for said Love Interest, only to have him die in their arms soon after they are reunited by the end of the first season.
    • Also can be unintentional, but Yugo is Japanese for "bravery".
    • Nox is Latin for "night" (fitting his time-theme}, but it is also similar to "Noxa" (which means damage towards organisms), fitting with his plan on harvesting wakfu.
    • Chouquette, duh.
    • BrÔkmar is phonetically the same as a French slang word designing a... hu... part of the male anatomy when oversized. Fitting for a town that's a bastion of machismo.
    • Jactance the Gobbowl commentator. "Jactance" is slang for talking too much and conceitedly.
    • Slo-Mo the Xelor referee. He can slow down time to allow the spectators to better see the best Gobbowl actions.
  • Meanwhile Scene: In season 1 episode 12, which also doubles as Smite Me, O Mighty Smiter.
  • Meat Puppet:
    • It's hard to say if they're still alive, but Nox uses three "warrior mummy puppets" in episode 17, each one clearly using the powers of a different class (Sacrier, Feca and Cra). Information is lacking whether they were real people before. While their official profiles on the French Wakfu page are hardly informative and consist of scarcely anything but nonsensical jokes, at least one of them heavily implies that they were indeed born as regular people. In the Wakfu game, Xelors have the ability to revive recently dead allies as mummies. Considering that many of Nox's other abilities are Xelor spells turned Up to Eleven, they were almost certainly real people that Nox kept on hand in case he needed back-up.
    • Nox outdoes himself in episode 24 by controlling the Sadidas via their Synchronization with their Sadida dolls. Considering how violating that must be, it's more than certainly a Fate Worse Than Death for the puppets.
  • Mechanical Monster: Razortime
  • MŕlÚe Ó Trois:
    • Evangelyne vs. Remington & Grany vs. Rubilax in Sadlygrove's body and his ghouls.
    • The finale of season 2 features a huge battle involving simultaneously the Sufokian Navy, Phaeris the Powerful, the Brotherhood of the Tofu, Rushu and his Shushu horde (including Anathar possessing Adama´), Goultard, and finally Qilby. It's hard to get more tangled than that.
  • The Merch: An in-universe example in episode 12, when everyone sells stuff with Yugo's face on it and in Real Boitar's colors.
  • Merchant City: Bonta
  • Messy Pig: About all of season 2 episode 5.
  • Metronomic Man Mashing: This happens to Sadlygrove during his fight against the Dragon-Pig.
  • Midair Bobbing: Vampyro
  • Mid-Battle Tea Break: When Adamai and Grougaloragran are fighting Qilby in Season 2 Episode 20. They stop in the middle of it to laugh at the reaction Qilby made when Grougal surprised him.
  • Milky White Eyes: Lots of monsters in the series seem to have white eyes with black borders.
    • This is a trait of Iops in the video games, and for a time in episode 22 this happens to Sadlygrove.
    • Also can be seen with Sacriers like Kriss Krass.
    • Grougaloragran in humanoid form. Close-ups show very pale pupils.
    • Vampyro's ghouls have those.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Rubilax in the first few episodes of season 2, who although fully possessing Sadlygrove's body, cannot bring it to hit Evangelyne despite all his efforts.
  • Mind Screw: The end of season 1 episode 20. It was even worse for English-speaking fans, eager for the next episode, watching it sans subs. It turned out to be All Just a Dream.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens:
    • Sybannak the old Sadida, from season 1 episode 7.
    • Ratafouine and his assistant Chouquette, from season 1 episodes 8-9.
    • Nanda, from season 2 episode 2.
    • Ruel's grandmother, from season 2 episode 7.
  • Mini-Mecha: Several of them used by the Sufokian Navy.
  • Minion Maracas: Amalia does this to Yugo in episode 13 of season 1.
  • A Minor Kidroduction: Yugo is already a Kid Hero, but the first episode introduces him as a baby.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Sadlygrove and "Evangelion" hugging during the BrÔkmarian Gobbowl arc.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Many creatures of the world of Wakfu are this.
    • A telling example with Ig˘le, the beast Nox sends after Yugo and Adama´. It looks like a mix of wolf or dog, hyena or panther, with the body shape of a lizard.
  • Modesty Towel: In episode 4, though not just to keep modesty but also to hide the "ugly princesses" disguises. Unfortunately, the only towel to fall is Ruel's.
  • Money Fetish: Ruel and his entire race/class/religion.
  • Monowheel Mayhem: Nox's Mooks ride such monowheeled vehicles to battle, looking like giant cogwheels.
  • Monster Clown: Qilby
  • Monster Is a Mommy: In the first episode of season 2.
  • Monster of the Week: The villain even shows up at the end of the opening credits throughout season 1, though as the season progresses and into season 2 the show begins to turn away from this format.
  • Mood Whiplash: So after season 1 episodes 25 and 26, which include a main character heartwrenchingly sacrificing himself and the mother of all Bittersweet Endings respectively, what was the viewer treated to? Why, a charming episode of Mini-Wakfu of course! Although originally episode 26 had a more fitting post-credits segment that shows Nox after the finale.
  • Mooks: Nox's Grouilleux (Crawlies). Also Faceless Goons due to their hoods and scarfs.
  • Morphic Resonance:
    • Grougaloragran retains his bushy eyebrows and beard, as well as a general dark color, when he transforms.
    • This is also true for Adama´, who can take many shapes but keeps his white-and-blue color scheme and peculiar eyes.
    • Same goes for anyone possessed by a Shushu, as they ressemble something that is half themselves and half evil monster. They tend to get much bigger, though.
    • In season 2 episode 5, Yugo, Amalia, and Evangelyne are turned into piglets, but retain some recognizeable traits, like Eva's green eyes and freckles, or dark skin and tufts of green hair for Amalia.
    • Also happens with the heroes changed into Thursters in season 2 episode 13. You can still recognize them, which make the scene where Evangelyne and Sadlygrove try to touch each other that more pathetic.
    • And again in season 2 episode 21, when the Bellaphones turns the male members of the party into apes or monkeys.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Ruel Stroud, who as an Enutrof pretty much has to be obsessed with wealth.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Evangelyne, especially in episode 4 or during the beginning of episode 22.
  • Muggle Foster Parent: Alibert, Yugo's adoptive father. Apparently, as of episode 6 of season 2, he's one for Chibi too.
  • Multiple Demographic Appeal
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The Gobbowl arc, both times.
  • Mundane Utility: A Xelor referee uses his time-manipulation abilities to display the actions in slow motion, during the BrÔkmarian Gobbowl arc.
  • Musical Assassin: The Voice Thief
  • The Musketeer: Remington Smisse
  • My Life Flashed Before My Eyes: Amalia during the Bontarian Gobbowl tournament, when there's a super-charged throw headed right at her.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: In season 2 episode 23, when a portal opens from Rushu's World and an army of Shushus swarms the Crimson Claws, Master Goultard immediately feels it although he's in another part of the world.
  • Mythology Gag: The female Iop carrying a basket in episode 3 uses the same (only recoloured) animation as Goultard's mother from a previous short film made by Ankama, Goultard the Barbarian.
  • The Name Is Bond, James Bond: Parodied by the pirate captain in episode 18. "My name is Monde... Smisse Monde."
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast:
    • Nox specifically intended for his name to have this effect.
    • Bourlof the Butcher ("Bourlof le DÚpeceur")
  • The Napoleon:
    • Riglesse, the leader of the air pirates, in season 2 episode 7.
    • Cassis, the dictator of Breta, in season 2 episode 22.
  • Nature Spirit: The Polters.
  • Near Villain Victory: At the end of season 1, Nox succeeds in draining the Sadidas' Tree of Life, wiping out their entire race, drains The Hero, Yugo, of his wakfu, and successfully becomes the first Xelor to travel backwards in time. However, the process drains all the wakfu he spent 200 years collecting and only sends him back 20 minutes.
  • Negated Moment of Awesome: In the first season's Gobbowl match, Sadlygrove scores a spectacular goal... only to find that he scored against his own team.
  • Nemean Skinning: In season 1 episode 17, Sadlygrove shears a pack of arctic dog-like beasts with one slash of his sword — without even killing them — to provide wool for his companions.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Don't mess with Ruel's grandmother. No, really, just don't.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: Ankama seems to enjoy taking all of the most epic scenes out of an episode and throwing them into a trailer without context. It's perhaps justified, since the erratic airing schedule means that they need as much hype as possible behind each new episode.
    • Episode 16 was especially bad for this, coming after a several month hiatus. The trailer showed Sadlygrove screaming and surrounded by flames, wielding Rubilax with dark tendrils growing up his arms, which led to a lot of speculation about him gaining some sort of demonic power or finally having Rubilax completely take him over. In the episode itself, it was nothing but a visual cue that Sadlygrove was at his limit and that Rubilax was working ''with'' him and not against him.
    • The trailer for the three-episode season 1 finale was met with skepticism for this very reason. The trailer made it suspiciously obvious that Evangelyne and Sadlygrove would die together, but as it turns out, the trailer was pretty trustworthy this time around. Sadlygrove does indeed die in Eva's arms, though Eva herself is saved by the timely arrival of Ruel and his Drill Tank.
  • New Super Power: Yugo's wakfu training and experimentation with his portal power in episode 21 result in gaining a friggin' laser beam, which certainly made battles easier afterward.
  • Nice Hat:
    • Yugo has a blue hat with ear-shaped protrusions, and has worn it since birth. Throughout the entire series Yugo takes off his hat only twice, and even his friends have never seen what's under it.
    • Alibert wears an enormous toque blanche.
    • The huge hat of Xav the baker may qualify too.
    • Qilby's.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain:
    • Kriss Krass during the Bontarian Gobbowl match. His team could have very easily beaten Ruel and Co., but he didn't want of a too-easy victory, since it wouldn't give a good enough show to the crowd. So, Kriss pretends to be hurt for a part of the match, and even at the end he takes his sweet time scoring the final goal, giving Sadlygrove the opportunity to best him.
    • Played with in the season 1 finale. Nox drains the Sadida's Tree of Life and Yugo of their wakfu. However, he then uses that wakfu to travel back in time, undoing both of those things. Interesting in that this was what he intended from the start, and in fact the main reason he was willing to do such horrible things was his belief that they would all be undone upon his success. Ultimately averted. Nox is unable to travel back in time far enough to undo anything more than Yugo's death and the destruction of the Tree of Life, meaning that everyone else that he's killed (stated to be entire countries worth of people) stays dead. His failure to invoke this trope is one of several factors contributing to the Downer Ending.
    • Once again in season 2 episode 4. In hindsight, being total dicks towards Rubilax, when he still was in control of the situation, wasn't the smartest thing Shadofang and Rushu could have done. As a result, Rubilax finally decided that playing a Card-Carrying Villain sucks.
  • No Body Left Behind:
    • From the season 1 finale, Sadlygrove, though his body does resurface in season 2 episode 2.
    • Also Nox, shown in the final season 1 credits, whose only remains are his old gear and some dust.
  • No Immortal Inertia: Nox
  • Nonchalant Dodge:
    • In season 1 episode 17, Grougaloragran in human form avoids some of the attacks of Nox's puppets this way, before resorting to Deflector Shields when they intensify the assault.
    • In the season 2 finale, Sadlygrove dodge Remington's first shot with a minimal twist of the head, and deflect the second with Rubilax before punching the Roublard.
  • Non-Human Sidekick:
    • Yugo has Az;
    • Sadlygrove has Rubilax;
    • Ruel has Junior;
    • Amalia has her Sadida doll.
  • The Noseless:
    • Sadlygrove and other Iops;
    • Kriss Krass and other Sacriers;
    • Remington Smisse (but only in the cartoon).
  • Not Quite Dead:
    • In episode 2, Alibert, the adoptive father of Yugo, is changed into a plant, but by the end of the episode he is cured.
    • Goultard, too, proves to be alive in episode 22. Though various other Ankama media claim that he is immortal.
  • Not-So-Innocent Whistle
  • Number of the Beast:
    • See Take a Number.
    • The "Rush" in Rushu's World consists of fighting 666 minor demons.
    • Close enough: the player number of the Masked Gobbowler is 665.
  • Ocular Gushers:
    • Tolot (Ruel's friend from his Gobbowl time) indulges in this in episode 10 of season 1.
    • Jay the Iop cries a river when he realizes his dream of marrying Evangelyne won't come true.
    • Also Lady Glagla in episode 14 of season 2.
  • Odango Hair: Princesses Lela and Erpel are prominent examples.
  • Offhand Backhand:
    • Sadlygrove does it to his imaginary, Fun-Sized "Conscience" in episode 22.
    • Nox does this towards Adama´ in episode 26.
  • Official Couple: Sadlygrove & Evangelyne
  • Oh, Crap:
    • Adama´ in season 1 episode 26 being greeted by Nox.
    • Remington and Grany witnessing Rubilaxia.
    • Rubilax in season 2 episode 23 when he feels the portal to Rushu's World opening. Even though he's just an eye, he's still very expressive.
  • Oh My Gods!:
    • The characters use quite often the name of their titular gods within common expressions.
      • "For the love of CrÔ..."
      • "Sadida help us!"
      • "Enutrof, give me strength!"
    • Ogrest's name is used with more negative connotations: "Chaos of Ogrest!", "Thunder of Ogrest!"
    • Also, the Shushus frequently swear by Rushu.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!:
    • Season 2 episode 4:
      Evangelyne: Amalia and Ruel have gotten themselves turned into ghouls!
      Sadlygrove: Again? Ruel will end up getting a taste for it...
    • A much less comedic instance at the end of season 2 episode 8, when Eva watches Sadlygrove being dragged into Rushu's dimension by Anathar.
    • Sadlygrove says this when he sees the magic-nullifying device the second time.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Rushu wants to invade the human world. Why? Because there's nothing left to destroy in the Shushu world. Destroying things for Shushus seems to be like enjoying a fine wine or a particularly nice cake for rational people. In one Creative Closing Credits, a Shushu comes upon a single untouched flower and begins excitedly contemplating exactly how he plans to destroy it, or even if he should put off destroying it so he'll have something to destroy tomorrow. Another Shushu comes along and steps on it while he's planning.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Rubilax not saying a word for three episodes straight can get Sadlygrove really worried.
  • Opera Gloves:
    • Evangelyne wears white ones (with a princess gown) in episode 4, and red ones (with a translucent dress of the same color) in episode 22. Then black fingerless long gloves are part of her standard season 2 outfit.
    • Miranda wears them, too.
  • Opposing Sports Team:
    • The Red Gobballs in Bonta.
    • The Brak'n'Black in BrÔkmar.
  • Order Versus Chaos: Wakfu and Stasis. Creation versus destruction. Neither one is inherently bad or good, though.
  • Orphaned Punchline: Amalia tells such a joke at the beginning of season 2 episode 8.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: To be specific, Grougaloragran is a shape-changing, fire-breathing old brown dragon, while Adama´ is a shape-changing, energetic, rhyming young blue-and-white dragon. He's also Yugo's brother, hatched from the same Dofus, or egg.
  • Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Subverted a bit with the Enutrofs. Their body isn't exactly dwarvish, and in fact they look like normal humans. But they have a love for anything glittery, adept at digging tunnels, and season 2 episode 17 mentions "the Enutrof mines" as a potential refugee camp for the Eliatrope people.
  • Our Ghouls Are Different: They're humans whose shadow has been absorbed by Shadofang. As a result they have been turned into black-skinned humanoid monstrosities who have a skull for a head (though when a main character is turned into one, they retain their appearance, only with pale skin, yellow eyes and longer hair and nails).
  • Our Orcs Are Different: Bworks
  • Our Time Travel Is Different: "Videocassette Time Travel" in season 1 episode 26, but only for 20 miserable minutes. Nox realizes quickly that something is wrong because the travel time was "too short" to have been 200 years backward — whatever that could mean.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Vampyro. He doesn't suck blood, but can steal your shadow and make you one of his ghouls. He isn't a true vampire, though, just a guy possessed by a demon which he has fallen in love with.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: They are people turned into bamboo creatures called Thursters who constantly search to quench their thirst. They've changed into these creatures from drinking bamboo milk polluted by the salt water that got into the fields. Also, they are unable to physically touch anything that isn't made out of pure bamboo, and simply phase through anything or anyone else. However, when they phase through a person, they too become Thursters. Not to mention, if you know a Pandawa song, they can't help but dance to it when you sing.
  • Overly Long Gag: In episode 4 of season 1, Eva twisting her ankle and falling over when trying to walk in heels has already become a Running Gag, but then she does so while climbing the stairs of the tower. Predictably she goes over backwards and starts to roll down the stairs to a litany of pained shrieks, crashing sounds and distubed animals. Except it goes on... and on... and on... and on. It ends up taking her a full fifteen seconds to reach the bottom!
    Princess Erpel: Wow! That's not some cheap two-kama curse!
  • Overly Narrow Superlative:
    Sadlygrove: Eva, that's the nicest thing ever written about me!
    Evangelyne: That's the only thing ever written about you, big dummy.
  • Ow, My Body Part!: Eva falling down the stairs in season 1 episode 4.
    Evangelyne: Aaah! My head! AaahaaA! Aaah! My back!

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