Western Animation: Galactik Football

"On every planet in the galaxy you'll find the Flux, a powerful, magical energy. Here on Akillian we call it the Breath. The Flux is so strong that it had to be banned, except in Galactik Football, the most spectacular sport in the universe. But fifteen years ago a mysterious explosion rocked Akillian, swept the Breath away and destroyed our chances in the Galactik Football Cup. Fifteen years without a decent team and nothing but snow and ice. Now, hope lives again. Young, new players to revive the Breath of Akillian. Our fate is in their hands.
— Aarch, opening credits

Galactik (sic) Football, is a French produced animated series that mixes conventional 2D animation with 3D motion-capture. Think The Mighty Ducks in space, but not THAT The Mighty Ducks in space.

The story centres around a group of misfit teenagers recruited by veteran footballer Aarch, to play in the Galactik Football Cup. His new team, The Snow Kids, must face off against a host of magically endowed alien teams and more teen angst then you can shake a stick at if they are to have any hope of advancing in the competition.

Notable because while the team is often surrounded by intergalactic conspiracy, corporate evil and the occasional off-screen genocide, the the Snow Kids are usually mostly unaware of the grand space opera brewing around them and are more concerned with team squabbles and perfecting their dribbling then they are with the evil conspiracy out to get them.

A third season premiered in Summer 2010.

This Show Contains Examples Of:

  • The Ace: Warren and the Lightnings were this at the beginning of the series. Then season 2 gives us Luur, who is so good that he can go up against all the Snow Kids on his own and score a goal without breaking a sweat. The Snow Kids themselves are rapidly becoming this, seeing as they've won the Galactik Football Cup an unprecedented three times in a row.
  • Adorkable: Micro-Ice.
  • Aesop Amnesia: D'Jok's ego problems always get sorted by the end of the season and always return by the start of the next.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Mei and Sinedd in season 3.
  • Animation Bump: The animation becomes much more fluid during the actual football sequences, depsite the shift to 3D.
  • Anime Hair: D'Jok's red-pinkish spiky hair.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Thran.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: By the end of season 3, Addim is carrying Aarch's child, which firmly cements their relationship.
  • Bad Bad Acting: D'Jok, if his disastrous commercial in season 2 is anything to go by.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Mei and Tia tend to wear this way.
  • Beneath the Mask: After Sinedd learns he has a real family and something worth living for, he turns out to have a sensitive and innocent side.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: D'jok and Mei at the end of season 1.
  • Big "NO!": Multiple
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The trio of Tia, Mei and Yuki in season 2.
  • Body Double: This was how The Cyclops team tries to cheat in season 1. Since all members of their species look the same, they simply switched out the tired old players with new players during halftime.
  • Break the Haughty: Sinedd
  • Broken Aesop: Veteran player Warren stresses to Rocket that the Snow Kids have to win as a team... shortly before pulling off a performance that's like that Bugs Bunny cartoon where Bugs is in a game of baseball and playing all the positions.
  • The Bus Came Back: For Zoelin, Micro Ice's Satellite Love Interest in season 3.
  • Cardboard Prison: In season 2.
  • Catchphrase: Go Snow Go!
  • Cats Are Mean: A robotic cat is used as a spy by the bad guys in seasons 2 & 3.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Mice Delight, Micro Ice's drink range that is mentioned early on in season 3, is what finally destroys the Anti Multi-Flux.
  • Character Development: Most of the teenagers, especially D'jok, Sinedd, Rocket, Mei.
  • Chaste Hero: Rocket initially, despite Tia's best efforts. Of course there might be another reason.
  • Chest Insignia: Shouldn't that be "Aa" Aarch?
  • Cliffhanger: The finale of season 3 has Mei, Micro-Ice, the new recruits to Club Galactik and game show host Husky Sharky beamed into deep space thanks to a holo-trainer malfunction.
  • Cool Old Guy: Aarch has become the leader of the Snow Kids.
  • David Versus Goliath: Season 1. Not so much in season 2.
  • Determinator: Sinedd in season 2, because who cares about broken ankles and Smog poisoning?
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Season 3. Mei ends up with Sinedd, D'jok's biggest rival.
  • Disney Villain Death: The fate of Bleylock in season 1.
  • Distressed Dude: D'Jok in season 1. The trait seems to run in the family, as this happens to Sonny in seasons 2 and 3.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Addiction to the smog is portrayed like a drug addiction.
  • Down to the Last Play
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: For most of season 2 D'Jok has a recurring dream of falling through a hole in the Genesis Stadium pitch. This is, of course, exactly what happens in the season finale.
  • Dynamic Character D'jok, Mei, Sinedd, Rocket
  • Dysfunction Junction: The Snow Kids are pretty bad, but they can't compare with the previous Akillian team.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Looking at you, Sinedd.
  • Every Year They Fizzle Out: Oh for the days of the great Wambeezan dynasty Zoran old pal!!
  • Fast-Roping: How Callie Mystic makes her DynamicEntry in season 1.
  • Femme Fatale: Mei attempts to be this. Not that it will do her much good.
  • Fun Personified: Micro-Ice.
  • Fun T-Shirt: Artie is seen wearing a Micro-Ice t-shirt, as well as a Snow Kids cap.
  • First Girl Wins: Aarch and Addim.
  • Five-Token Band: Snow Kids
  • Foil: Sinedd is D'Jok's Evil Counterpart, although they are Not So Different.
  • Fortune Teller: Maya, armed with an obligatory Crystal Ball
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Thran
  • Groin Attack: With a ball, no less.
  • Group Hug: The finale of season 3, which is taken a bit to the extreme
  • Happily Adopted: D'Jok.
  • Happily Married: Norata and Keira, when they finally get back together.
  • Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist: Clamp and Artegor on Paradisia. Clamp also wears socks with sandals.
  • Headbutt of Love D'Jok and Mei have one before their Big Damn Kiss at the end of season one.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Artegor halfway season 2 and Sinedd at the end of season 3.
  • Heroic Wannabe: D'Jok apparently learns his lesson at the end of season 1 but is at it again in season 2
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Aarch wants Addim. Microice wants Yuki.
  • Hidden Depths: Sinedd and Artegor.
  • Hypocritical Humor: D'Jok telling Micro-Ice that his bad attitude is why he hasn't manifested the breath.
  • In a Single Bound: Flux allows players to jump to ridiculous heights.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Sinedd in season 2. In Season 1 he's mostly a Jerk Ass. Averted with Rocket, because he is a very effectual loner.
  • Infatuation At First Sight: Micro-Ice with Mei and Zoelin in season one, and Yuki in Season two. Justified by the fact he's very young and clueless.
  • The Ingenue: Keira.
  • Informed Ability: Mei's skills as a defender in the first season. She has less defensive presence than Tia. And despite this, we are supposed to think Micro-Ice is the weakest link on the team? Not buying that.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sinedd and D'Jok.
  • Jumped at the Call: D'Jok.
  • Law of Alien Names: Subverted. The aliens tend to have names like Warren and Nealy while the human characters are called Micro Ice, Aarch and D'Jok.
  • Lethal Chef: Though he doesn't make it himself, Micro Ice's soft drink range in season 3 is mentioned to be very bad tasting.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Partially averted with the Snow Kids, who tend to wear the same clothes day to day, but also are seen throughout the series in a wide arrange of other outfits. Played straight with almost everyone else, most glaringly with Aarch who wears his coat in the Akillian Blizzard and the tropical Wambas planet, Norata, who wears his gardener's gloves EVERYWHERE, and Warren, who is never seen without his trademark suit.
    • Finally averted in season 3 where the adults who make it to Paradisia get a costume change to account for the warmer weather.
  • Love at First Sight: Micro-Ice to Mei.
  • Love Redeems: Sinedd in season 3.
  • Love Triangle: D'Jok, Mei, Micro-Ice. D'Jok, Mei, Sinedd
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Pops up a lot. We have D'Jok and Sonny Blackbones and Rocket and his mother Kiera in season 1. Season 3 gives us Sinedd and his parents. Twice.
  • Married to the Job: In the past this pretty much decimated Aarch's relationships with Norata and Addim.
  • The Medic: Dame Simbai.
  • Meddling Parents: Mei's mother is extremely ambitious on her behalf, even going so far as to encourage her daughter to use her feminine wiles to create a rift in D'Jok and Micro-Ice's friendship.
  • Miracle Rally
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: When Sinedd reached the Despair Event Horizon in season 3, the Shadows told him to forget it and get back to work. Is it that big of a surprise that he joins The Snow Kids shortly after?
  • Model Couple: Season 2 shows D'Jok and Mei are being marketed off as one. Season 3 does the same with Mei and Sinedd.
  • Most Definitely Not a Villain: Bleylock from the past fits this pretty handily "Don't worry, we definetely won't use this potential weapon of mass destruction for military purposes..."
  • Mundane Utility: Flux gives super-strength, super-speed, super-agility, teleportation, hypnosis and possibly flight but is used only to play Soccer. A Jedi Council is in place to rigidly enforce this rule.)
    • Somewhat lampshaded, since in the backstory, Flux was used to fight savage wars, so the restrictions are seen as necessary.
  • My God, What Have I Done??: Rocket says this almost word for word in the season two's episode "The Fallen Star", after realizing his Netherball opponent is actually Tia.( He thought he was playing against various previous opponents. )
    • Mei using the Smog could be considered one from her expression. Her joining the Shadows deflates that idea.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In season 3, just as Clamp is putting the finishing touches on the Anti Multi-Flux, Sydney and Harvey drop a can of Mice Delight in it.
  • Nobody Thinks It Will Work: Sinedd and Mei.
  • No OSHA Compliance: The gardens in Genesis stadium, as shown when Tia nearly falls to her death there. The Genesis stadium pitch is a minor example, since if the glass field breaks there is nothing to stop the players from plummeting to their doom, as shown in the season 2 finale.
  • Nonhumans Lack Attributes: Warren is designed to look like down to the suit he wears for public appearances. However his appearance differs from Dr. Manhattan in regards to one large attribute.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: Averted with the Shadows. Played straight with pretty much everyone else.
  • Not So Different: D'jok and Sinedd are both Jerk Jocks, both are strikers, both grew up as orphans, both have the hots for Mei and both 'betrayed' their teams at one point or another.
  • Off Model: Season 3, especially episode 2.
  • Old Flame: Aarch and Addim.
  • Orphan's Plot Trinket: D'Jok and Sinedd.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Sinedd to D'Jok in The Duel.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Sonny, the most wanted man in the galaxy keeps high tech robots from seeing him with nothing more than a hood and a pair of goggles, the best thing is, he still wears the same clothes he wears on the wanted ads in tv.
  • Parental Abandonment
  • Perpetual Frowner: Sinedd in seasons 1 and 2. Not so much in season 3
  • Pet the Dog: In the final match of Paradisia Cup Sinedd saves D'Jok's life.
  • Phantasy Spelling
  • Pink Means Feminine: Mei rarely seen in anything that isn't pink.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Sinedd and Mei in episode 15 of season 3.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Micro-Ice attempts to be one, with no avail.
  • Power Glows: All non-evil fluxes.
  • The Professor: Clamp.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Luur and the Xenons
  • Real Villains Wear Pink: Right Harris?
  • Remember the New Guy: Apparently everyone knew Mark before he joined the team and at one point he was set to replace Micro-Ice.
    • Crosses over into Ass Pull. Supposedly, he was up for consideration when Micro-Ice had left with the pirates, but if that was the case, Aarch would have had him play instead of using a clone, as the clones at that point could have been beaten by a crippled 5-year old. They should just have had him be a friend of the players that had been away during the last cup.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Vega, one of the baddies from season 3, can transform into a massive red snake.
  • Punny Name: D'Jok is the jock. Sinedd performs the Face-Heel Turn. Who knows what Micro-Ice is a pun of.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The Snow Kids.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Mei.
  • Rebel Relaxation: Sinedd.
  • Rebellious Rich Kid: Tia.
  • Relationship Upgrade: For Aarch and Addim in season 3.
  • Rivals Team Up: The All-Stars match, especially in regards to Sinedd and D'Jok)
  • Romantic Runner-Up: Micro Ice, once D'Jok and Mei get together. D'jok, when Mei leaves him for Sinedd in season 3.
  • Second Love: Sinedd and Mei in season 3.
  • Serial Romeo: Micro Ice shows signs of this, since he seems to truly believe that whichever girl he's crushing on is the one.
  • Shirtless Scene: Several characters
  • Sixth Ranger: Sinedd in the last episodes of season 3, which also makes him an Eleventh Hour Ranger.
  • Sleepy Head: Ahito, a trait he seems to have inherited from his dad.
  • Slipknot Ponytail: Rocket, in season 2.
  • Slippery Swimsuit: Happens the Micro Ice in the early episodes of season 3.
  • Smug Snake: Sinedd.
  • Soap Opera Disease: Ahito gets struck down with one during season 2.
  • Space Pirates: The heroic kind, though Corso is the only one who says 'Aarrgh!'
  • Stage Mom: Mei's mother becomes this is season 1, as she is the one who drags Mei to the team tryouts then pushes her into a bunch of commercials to capitalize on her new found fame. She gets better once Mei grows a backbone and gives her a piece of her mind.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: A minor example with Aarch and Addim, who can't be together due to their respective positions in the league. This is solved once Aarch steps down from his coaching position to be with her.
  • The Starscream: Harris to Bleylock in season 2.
  • Stock Footage: Used a lot.
  • Sunglasses at Night: Not to mention in space, right Artegor?
  • Teacher's Pet: An early source of friction amoung the team is the fact that Rocket is Aarch's nephew, which makes some people think that he got a free pass into the team.
  • Team Spirit
  • Teens Are Short: Rocket, the tallest of his team, is still one head shorter than his dad.
    • This could be blamed on the height of the adults, since Rocket's confirmed height is 190 cm. Which would mean ( but there is no source for this info ) said adults would be 210 cm average tall. It would also make Aarch 230 cm and Tia 170 cm.
  • This Is Your Brain on Evil: The Smog for Aarch and Sinedd. Strangely it didn't seem to bother Artegor much until he came off it.
  • Those Two Guys: Zoran & Wotan, Sydney and Harvey.
  • Time Skip: There is supposedly a after between season 1 and 2, yet the characters don't age at all, not to mention change their clothes. Of course, they might be Older Than They Look.
  • Timm Style
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tia and Mei.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Sinedd.
  • Twin Banter: Ahito & Thran.
  • Underdogs Never Lose: Even after they become the overdogs.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Sinedd can inadvertently further someone's plot for Galactic domination just by sitting quietly in his room. Rocket and D'Jok aren't immune to this either.
  • Was It All a Lie?: Sinedd's fake parents
  • Welcome Back, Traitor: Despite defecting to Team Paradisia and the Shadows respectively, both D'Jok and Sinedd are welcomed back to the Snow Kids with open arms.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Aarch and Artegor.
  • We Interrupt This Program: Happens when Sonny hijacks the Big Kicks Tournament in season 2.
  • Worthy Opponent: Warren of the Lightnings.