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Western Animation: Dragon Hunters
Meet the cast: Hector, Gwizdo, and Lian-Chu.

A short (two seasons in France, one and a half in the US) 2004 French cartoon series that became a CGI film in 2008.

The story is set in a World in the Sky, originally intended to be our own, millennia into the future, but later Ret Conned as being a different universe entirely (with a mythological (?) dragon having caused the literal Big Bang). There's a lot of dragons around, ranging from being a nuisance to mortal danger, and the two protagonists Gwizdo and Lian-Chu are constantly searching for lucrative dragon-slaying jobs. Can be considered a Weird Thing from France. Though notable in that they had gotten The Cure to do the theme song.

Was shown on Cartoon Network on the weekends, but, as with a lot of their foreign-produced gotten shows, received little to no promotion ensuring that the series wouldn't last on the U.S airwaves. At the least, the movie was dubbed and released in the U.S.

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     Tropes the TV show provides examples of 

  • Action Girl: Zoe/Zoria.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Hector, the little blue dragon, often acts like a dog (he growls, sometimes barks, and cocks his leg to pee). He also wears a dog collar.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Hector ends up doing the majority of the grunt work for Gwizdo and Lian-Chu: carrying heavy loads of equipment and supplies, pedaling the St. George, sharpening weapons, and even (at one point) doing Gwizdo's laundry. While Lian-Chu seems appreciative of Hector's efforts and treats him with respect as a part of the team, Gwizdo often adds insult to injury by loading on the verbal abuse. Hector responds to Gwizdo by grumbling about the situation.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Gwizdo is a skinny runt, and Lian-Chu is very tall.
  • Catch Phrase: Gwizdo has a collection of these ("Just sign here, here, and here." "Boyoboyoboyoboy!" "Run for your liiiiiiives!"), and Lian-Chu even gets in on the action once in a while ("It won't work, Gwizdo").
  • Chekhov's Skill: Lian-Chu's knitting.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Gwizdo; Hector also counts.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: After the main characters killed a dragon made out of fire, it exploded and covered a nearby village in a thin layer of ash. The people there apparently thought that was a good reason to try to kill them.
  • Fat and Proud: Jennyline again. After going on a hunt with the guys, she tells them that she's never doing that again because it's "bad for her waistline": she lost 20 pounds (not that she looks any different).
  • Foreshadowing: Gwizdo does this near the beginning of the episode "Isle of Mist" after seeing how young all of the Brotherhood members are.
    Gwizdo: Looks like rutabagas are quite the Elixir of Life.
  • Fountain of Youth: This is the real reason why the Brotherhood of the Dogdalites values the Island of Mist so much.
  • Gentle Giant: Lian-Chu.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: A particular example from "The Family Fortune" springs to mind: "I am your son. I swear to gosh I am."
    • Though, notably, Gwizdo says "hell" repeatedly in the episode "It's a Dragon's Life".
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Gwizdo and Lian-Chu. They've been best friends almost as long as they can remember (both were orphaned as kids and grew up together at the same orphanage). Lian-Chu is the only one who can make Gwizdo's conscience work, and without Gwizdo, Lian-Chu would always fight dragons for free and would probably have starved long ago.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Quite a few episode titles are plays on well-known catchphrases or allusions to other works ("Desperately Seeking Zoria," "Little Rumble on the Prairie," "Dead Dragon Walking," etc.)
  • Koan: Lian-Chu always has one handy. Sometimes lampshaded by Gwizdo.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: in the episode "The Stuff of Dreams", Gwizdo breathes in spores from a dragon and falls into a coma; in his dream, he becomes a hero, everybody respects him, and Jennyline is a stunning red-haired beauty he falls in love with.
  • Lovable Coward: Gwizdo. Borders sometimes on Dirty Coward when the Jerk side of his Jerk with a Heart of Gold personality gains the advantage.
  • Lovable Rogue: Gwizdo again.
  • Monster of the Week: Each episode features a battle against a different "dragon"; by the end of the episode, the creature has been vanquished.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Gwizdo usually haggles with desperate villagers over the price of the Hunters' services or actually tries to swindle them. However, his schemes either go wrong or his good nature prevails, effectively preventing the team from getting rich and settling down.
  • Never Say "Die": averted. The Real Song Theme Tune by The Cure says it as much as it can.
  • Non-Action Guy: Gwizdo.
  • Oh Crap: In the show's intro, Gwizdo, Lian-Chu, and Hector get this expression once they realize that they're standing in a large dragon's mouth.
  • Only in It for the Money: Most of the time.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Oh yes. Gwizdo and Lian-Chu go after a number of different kinds of dragons over the course of the series, and no two are alike. With all the variety, it seems most likely that any creature that is threatening enough to make a village hire hunters to get rid of it is labeled a "dragon" for simplicity's sake.
  • Plucky Girl: Zaza.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Lian-Chu is a very skilled swordfighter, a Bad Ass, something of a Genius Bruiser and a generally big muscular giant of a guy. He's also very fond of knitting.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Zoria.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Occasionally subverted, as Gwizdo clearly is the most skilled when it comes to getting jobs (and money - Lian-Chu and Hector usually don't really make a lot when he's not around), but Lian-Chu is often more sensible than Gwizdo.
  • Shout-Out: The flying machine that Gwizdo, Lian-Chu, and Hector use to travel from place to place is called the St. George. Given the subject of the series, this a likely reference to the dragon-killing Catholic saint of the same name.
  • Status Quo Is God: Sometimes the two hunters get to fly home with the reward money, but by the start of the next episode, they are invariably flat broke.
  • Those Magnificent Flying Machines: The St. George.
  • The Unintelligible: Hector.
  • Tickle Torture: Happens in the episode Desperately Seeking Zoria.
  • Weasel Mascot: Hector. Also The Unintelligible and a Deadpan Snarker.
  • World in the Sky: The setting of the series.

     Tropes the movie provides examples of 

  • Catch Phrase: Zoe finds Gwizdo and Lian-Chu's adventures to consistently "Unreal!"
  • Hard Cut: Extremely jarring ones, too. There are several examples, but the most egregious is at the end of the film. Gwizdo, Lian-Chu, and Zoe are singing, and the camera pans toward Zoe. When Zoe's face almost fills the screen, the film immediately cuts to the end credits. Zoe doesn't even get to finish her last syllable!
  • Mood Whiplash: There are several jarring examples. One occurs when Gwizdo, Lian-Chu, and Zoe crash-land on the surface at the End of the World. Zoe feels like she is about to die from her injuries, and Gwizdo becomes very sad, despite his hatred of Zoe throughout most of the film. Then Zoe jumps up with glee at Gwizdo's heartfelt statements, revealing that the whole thing was a ruse to find out if Gwizdo really cared for her. Another one, a Twist Ending, occurs at the very end of the film. Lian-chu defeats the "villain" of the film, the World-Gobbler, and Gwizdo, Hector, and Zoe are cowering in fear. The World-Gobbler explodes with a blinding white light, and the screen blanks out with white. Then the white fades out, revealing floating bunnies and Gwizdo, Lian-Chu, and Zoe planning their dream farm, all the while with bright green planetoids straight out of Super Mario Galaxy float about.
  • The Movie: And it is The Prequel, too.
  • One to Million to One: The "Red Swarm". Constitued of many small red flying creatures (looking like a cross of toad and bat), it can assemble into a large, fire-breathing dragon/ogre. Once, the dragon reconstitutes while the swarm is separated in several places; its head ends up stuck inside a barn, the body outside and one leg farther away, but still mobile and aware of its other body parts.
  • This Is No Time for Knitting: At the beginning of The Movie, Gwizdo berates Lian-Chu for knitting. Later, Zoe (thinking the needles she found were Gwizdo's) points out that it's not very knight-like to knit, yet in the end, Lian-Chu uses the knitting needles to blind and destroy the world-eating monster they were after.

     Tropes both the TV show and the movie provide examples of 
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Tubalard, who (you can probably tell from the name) is a bit portly.
    • There's also Sir Lensflair, whose extremely shiny armor causes lens flares in the camera.
  • Scenery Porn: There's plenty of that in the TV show, but the movie has incredible amounts of it, especially at the End of the World.

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