Western Animation: Dofus: The Treasures of Kerubim
"Each of these items has a story. Each of them was an adventure. And that's what makes them treasures."
Dofus: The Treasures of Kerubim, is an animated series set in the world of the Dofus MMORPG. Unlike its sister series, Wakfu, there is no great overarching adventure to be had, nor any powerful villain to thwart. In fact, the central premise of the series is that all of Kerubim's adventures are already over. Instead, most episodes are about the eponymous character regaling his adopted grandson with tales about his adventures when he was younger, usually based around a trophy of some sort that he gained from it.Each episode is roughly 12 minutes long, and with few exceptions, all focus on Kerubim telling a story to his adopted son Joris, live-in maid Simone, random friends and acquaintances, or any combination of the above. These stories are told via flashback, and revolve around an item that Kerubim had collected during his days as a young adventurer.
Dofus: The Treasures of Kerubim provides examples of the following tropes:
Break the Cutie: In the ''Ecaflip City" trilogy, Lou was invited by Kerub after his recent winnings in the titular city. She then notices him being too caught up in playing that she believes he stopped caring about her. As she leaves, Kerub stops her and proposes. But a moment later, he recieves an invitation to play against the city's champion. Lou expected her fiancee to not go through with the game as she went to find a wedding dress. Sometime later, she is shocked and angered that Kerubim is playing anyway. She then watched in horror as he bets on her wedding ring that represented his love for her. In the end, Kerub loses which somehow causes Lou to forget who her fiancee was, or where she was currently in, as she wanders aimlessly out of the city to parts unknown.
The flashbacks from earlier episodes of the season hint that this was not the end, as there are still questions if she regained her memories, or what led her to leave Kerub and their Shushu-possessed house, Luis.
Chronic Back Stabbing Disorder: Croc literally suffers from this. He's a perfectly congenial guy who loves his friends...he just suffers an irresistible tendency to betray or double-cross anyone, even lifelong friends.
Hope Spot: The ending suggests that the two might meet again. Kerubim is pretty sullen when he says that, though.
Foreshadowing: Not that there's a strong focus on continuity to begin with, but often earlier episodes will show things that are only fully explained in later ones.
In the first episode, Simone asks a few vendors how to get to Kerubim's shop. They all know him and where he lives, but one of them (Croc) tries to send her the wrong way for no reason. In episode 16, the vendors are revealed as former adventuring pals of Kerubim, and we learn that Croc has a psychological compulsion to betray people, whether he wants to or not.
Fatal Flaw: Being an Ecaflip, Kerubim relies on luck for his success. This tends to come back and bite him from time to time, but none more so than his time in Ecaflip City.
Panty Thief: Kerubim blatantly points out that after obtaining a pair of a giantess' "ploomers" saved him from a fall to his and his rival's deaths, he started a collection of sorts. Naturally, this fact sounded too embarrassing to Simone, and demanded the shopkeeper wash his own clothes from now on.
Paper-Thin Disguise / Master of Disguise: Croc, played as a hilarious combination. He is capable of disguising himself perfectly into anyone he pleases only by wearing a single piece of accessory, for example a hat or a necklace. To viewers, his appearance doesn't change at all, but to other characters in the show, his disguises are perfect, and it is impossible to tell him from anyone he is acting. For example, in Episode 48:
Croc: (simply puts on Kerubim's necklace in order to disguise himself) Ta-dah! Kerubim: (gasps) Unbelievable, it's just like me!
Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Kerubim and Indie kinda hate each other or so they say, but most episodes, especially when they're older, have them forced to work together.
Small Name, Big Ego: Bob from Bonta. He considers himself to be an exceptional adventurer and ladies man, but his supposed exploits and charm utterly fail to impress Kerubim and Simone, respectively. It's especially humorous to people who've played the game. All the deeds Bob brags about are low-level challenges.
Trash of the Titans: Enforced. Luis, the Shushu possessing Kerubim's house, had refused to allow Kerubim to clean up for years before the series started, though whether he was doing it out spite or genuinely preferred the filth is unclear.
Tragic Mistake: In the Ecaflip City trilogy, Kerub's past adventure in the titular city had him foolishly betting everything in a game of cards against Escaflip city's champion, The Baron, which included a wedding ring symbolizing his love for Lou, his fiancee. Contrary to his belief that he had a winning hand, the Baron defeated him, and so not only did he lose everything he had (or won) up to this point, he caused Lou to lose her memories. Kerub's desperation led to an unhealthy addiction to gambling, causing him to be sent to a mental institute that helps rid people of said addiction. By refusing to play against Baron again as a final test, he sets out to find Lou. At present time, he continues his yearly vow to never set foot in the city.
Unreliable Narrator: Episode 8 implies that Kerubim may not have been quite as awesome in his youth as he claims to be.
On the other hand, we often get to see first hand that some of his stories are true, such as when he watches a girl he knew flying from one planet to another, or the next episode where even Joris calls bull on his story, and then he proves it by summoning the mermaids he met in the story. So at least SOME of his stories have truth to them.
There are several times when what Kerubim is saying and what is being shown are different, but the difference is often him just embellishing the story so he looks better, which was what happened in episode 8, except someone was there to call him on it.
Very Special Episode: The Ecaflip City trilogy had Kerubim conquer his addiction of gambling after losing everything in a game of cards.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Kerubim and Indie, they may profess to be bitter enemies but many episodes show that they are probably the closest thing either one has to a best friend.
Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Though Kerub and his acquaintances are usually standard adventurerers, they have done everything from Art to Transportation of Goods to Racing to Law (though Kerub only became a defense lawyer to win Lou's affection from Indie, though Lou was already a judge and Indie a prosecutor.)
Really, this applies to both Indie and Lou as well. All 3 have gone through multiple professions over the course of the series.