Western Animation: Exchange Student Zero

Exchange Student Zero is an Australian television film on Cartoon Network that premiered on 16 December 2012. It is the first animated Australian made production to be commissioned by the Cartoon Network.

John and Max are two school friends, obsessed with a fantasy card game called Battle Day Zero, who inadvertently bring one of the game’s characters, Hiro, to life. Hiro is passed off for an exchange student at school and so his peculiarities are somewhat overlooked while John and Max figure out how to get him home. That is until the game that brought Hiro pours even more exotic creatures into the sleepy little Perth town. Life will never be the same, but then as John and Max discover, it is far more exciting this way.

It's notoriously compared to the Shut Up Cartoons show, Oishi High School Battle but what with the unsubtle nature of this show (also worth noting that it seems to poke fun at Yu-Gi-Oh! or Bakugan), it's a Foregone Conclusion from here on out.

Somewhat an inversion of Kappa Mikey.

The following tropes include:

  • Alice and Bob: Hiro and Avere's parents. If you hear them about to engage in battle, saying each other's names, spitefully, you'll notice they're...oddly standard.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Seemed to be this way in the beginning but it's eventually averted for everyone's case (see Surprisingly Happy Ending). John manages to get his crush to finally like him in the end.
  • Always Save the Girl: Whenever Charity is about to get crushed or be somewhere in the middle of harm's way, Hiro would always save her. This happens several times which causes her constant denial to his advances start to fade more and more.
  • Animesque: Downplayed. Only the characters that originate from the cards are designed anime-like.
  • Beauty Mark: Lucinda, John's love interest, has one.
  • British Teeth: Despite having no Britons around, John's friend, Max has notably crooked incisors and buck teeth.
  • Captain Ersatz: Any anime savvy would know at first glance which anime character is based on which.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: Looking closely at some crowd shots, there are faces aplenty in the school.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Downplayed in the sense that he isn't given much focus in the movie, but Principal Rogerson's son, Leroy, arguably gets the shortest end of the stick out of everyone else, especially compared to the actual Japanese exchange student, Hiro Tanada. Leroy is probably the only one who doesn't get a piece of the Surprisingly Happy Ending.
  • Dance Party Ending: Courtesy of Totally Hot (a band, consisting of Happy Peach Flower's friends).
  • Dean Bitterman: Principal Rogerson.
  • Flash Animation/Thick-Line Animation
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: It's rated PG and all, so this is to be expected. Also, there's the liberal usage of such words. Specifically "hell". And there's this:
    Avere: AND I WANT MY CAKE, GODS DAMMIT!!
  • Japanese Visual Arts Tropes: Why of course! And these include:
  • Jerk/Dumb Jock: Denmead. And he's probably one of the most exaggerated examples ever, complete with a Simpleton Voice and Dumb Blond. He also defects more than once to Avere's side.
  • Kiss of Life: Denmead crashed in the waves after falling from his surfboard and when he's washed ashore, Max does this to him. After he wakes up, he's shown to be quite unappreciative.
  • Land Down Under: Averted. The setting (as the name of the school tells) is in the city of Perth. Justified, since this movie is made in Australia.
  • Love Hurts: Charity and Max fall in love with Hiro and Happy Peach Flower respectively, and once they leave, it had some pretty hard emotional repercussions for the both of them. Principal Rogerson as well with Avere.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Principal Rogerson who falls in love with Avere. He tries to bring her back by summoning various monsters from the cards until he can find her again.
  • Made-for-TV Movie
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Invoked.
  • Rival Turned Evil: Rival in a sense, but Denmead aligns himself with Avere twice, including going to her world in the end, on the grounds that "he's no brainiac and henchman is a pretty sweet gig". Oh, and because he thinks Avere's hot.
  • Stripperific: Avere's overall outfit. Even her wedding dress when she was about to marry Hiro.
  • Surprisingly Happy Ending: The battle now done, Hiro, Amonsun, and Happy Peach Flower must leave their world so everything will be at peace. But since Principal Rogerson and his son Leroy, along with Denmead, are also transported into the world of Battle Day Zero when everyone/everything else was going back, the number of cards with the characters in them are complete, and them as the remaining three are now allowed to stay.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Happy Peach Flower. Anyone who seems to be hanging around with or threatening Max would force her to beat up whoever person does so.
  • Weirdness Censor: From how the people simply just stood there in shock or pure confusion, probably none of them would be scarred for life.