Created by Iginio Straffi, co-produced by Big Bocca Productions and Rainbow S.p.A. (producers of Winx Club) and debuting on the CW4Kids on January 3, 2009, Huntik is the story of Lok Lambert, a teenager who has a knack for puzzles but is otherwise ordinary. However, that changes when he and classmate Sophie Casterwill discover the journal of Lok's missing father, alongside a mysterious amulet. Within mere moments, they are attacked by "The Suits", henchmen under the employment of "The Organization".Lok and Sophie manage to drive away the suits with the help of Dante Vale, a private detective with extensive knowledge on amulets. Dante also informs Lok of his destiny as a Seeker, people who can use magic and bond with magical creatures called Titans, and recruits him into the Huntik Foundation, an alliance of Seekers with noble purposes who try to find and investigate historical and magical artifacts. Now Lok and his friends must use the knowledge of his father's journal to find other Titans and to keep them out of the world domination seeking hands of The Organization.Season two dwells more on the historical side of the Seekers, and expands on Sophie and the Casterwill family as a whole. The primary villains are a cult of sorts called The Bloodspiral Brotherhood led by none other than the previous season's Dragon, Rassimov. Teenage orphan Den Fears also joins Lok's group part ways in, primarily to replace Zhalia who's busy infiltrating said cult to learn of their secrets.
This series provides examples of:
The Ace: Dante Vale, widely considered to be the Huntik Foundation's number one Seeker.
Huntik Foundation Chairman Metz was this when he was younger. He was also Dante's Seeker mentor.
A Child Shall Lead Them: Sophie becoming the leader to the Casterwill elders. Though she isn't a child, it is viewed this way because of her youth.
All Myths Are True: So far, the series has shown that legends surrounding Gargoyles, Golems, and Thor, have all been based on reality, and that they have all been connected to Amulets and Titans.
Many of the famous legendary people of the past that accomplished massive feats like Jason and the Argonauts and the pirate Cortez are said to be ancient Seekers.
All There in the Manual: The official Huntik website has details of the story—including the backstories of several characters—which either don't appear at all, or do appear, but aren't made obvious.
Ancient Conspiracy: The Order of the Bloodspirals, harbingers of the Nullifiers, are first mentioned in season one. They appear in reality in season two.
Ancient Tradition: Seekers have existed throughout history, and have included people like Joan of Arc.
Arch-Enemy: The Casterwill family, descendants of the first Seeker Lord Casterwill himself, and the Bloodspirals, followers of Lord Casterwill's ex-friend know only as The Betrayer.
Art Shift: Although season one is done in traditional animation style (for the most part), over half the episodes of season two are done in flash. The two styles generally alternate between episodes, with flash sometimes getting two or three in a row; this takes some getting used to.
An honorable mention goes to Metagolem who is paired with Dante, thus providing an usually awesome paired badass scenario every once a in awhile, and Vigilante, who's Powerbonded form is one of those with a set of blades for someone to wield.
Big Bad: The Professor, leader of The Organization, in season one.
In season 2, Rassimov, leader of the Bloodspirals, with The Betrayer being the true Big Bad of season 2
Big Brother Instinct: Dante develops this toward Lok and Sophie. Den has this for Harrison even after he starts smacking him a bit later on. Lastly, Lok develops this for Den pretty quickly which Den appreciates.
Lok later becomes this to Den after he joins the group. Den likes it and would do pretty much whatever Lok told him to compared to his Huntik Foundation teachers. He tells Cherit this is because, at the orphanage, he was the one who always had to look after his brother who was constantly bullied, so it feels nice to have someone looking out for him.
Big Eater: Den, though nowhere near the usual levels of this trope, has more than once talked about getting food or getting seconds...or fourths. Maybe his orphanage was malnourishing their kids.
Bishōnen: Dante obviously, and Lok seems to be shaping up to be one.
Lucas Casterwill and maybe Den. Harrison would be this if his face wasn't so gaunt.
Cain and Abel: Harrison grows apart from Den due to the power the Bloodspirals promise him being appealing. After Den joins Lok's team, this puts the brothers on opposite sides and at each other's throats, though they do reconcile by the end.
Calling Your Attacks: How the Seekers invoke Titans and cast spells. Strangely, Wind can do both even though he can't speak.
It becomes less strange when you notice that, periodically among the first and second seasons, a number of Seekers, including the main characters, have cast some spells without so much as mouthing the spell's name.
Chekhov's Gun: The goddamn Hammer of Thor: recovered in a first season episode, is strong enough to one-shot the biggest Titan ever seen on screen, but wasn't used anymore due the need for two Seekers to spin the thing before launching it at the victim and it's size (as tall as a man) making it difficult to transport where needed (like when you're fighting The Professor and his Legendary Titans). Then in the last episode of the second season, during the final battle between the whole Huntik Foundation and the Bloodspiral Order, the Bloodspiral summons an enormous flying Titan that can easily take down the Foundation's Cool Planes... And when Montehue reaches one of the planes to help, the pilot gets him to help with using the Hammer, even commenting it had been a good idea to bring it with them. Wind, the Seeker in control of the flying Titan, has barely the time for an Oh Crap face before said Titan is one-shotted.
Lok's Dad's Holotome, which he and Sophie find in The Professor's Castle at the end of season one. Turns out that it was planted there by Rassimov on his master The Betrayers's orders. All the clues the group gets from that Holotome, including any projections of Eathon Lambert that appeared from it, was actually The Betrayer himself guiding the team meticulously throughout the second season. Yes, that also includes the group getting the Legendary Titans they got (except Quetzalcoatl).
Com Mons: Certain Titans are very common: Freelancer for the Huntik Foundation, Icarus and Feyone for the Casterwills, Redcap and Mindrone and a few others for The Organization, and Marauder and especially Harlekin for the Bloodspirals.
Concept Art: Early concept art of the gang shows some differences from the final product. Most noticeable with Lok◊ who◊ went◊ through some◊ startling changes◊ in character design compared to Dante and Zhalia, who at most had different shades of hair but looked fundamentally the same, and Sophie, who's original design doesn't look far off from her finished look.
Continuity Nod: In the second season episode, "Boys Will Be Seekers", the gondola rower that gets knocked into the water is the same one that got knocked into the water in the first episode. Both times courtesy of Lok escaping from some Mooks.
Cool Big Sis: Character Development evolves Zhalia into this towards Lok and Sophie. She also instantly becomes this to orphans Den and Harrison Fears, even to the point of looking out for Harrison all the while she was infiltrating the Bloodspirals. Harrison even admits she is like a sister to him and that she is pretty much his only real friend, other than his brother.
The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: Harrison's joining of the Bloodspirals must have been hazy since he blames Zhalia for "taking his brother away" and stopping him from joining as well, even though Den made the final decision himself.
Deadpan Snarker: Zhalia most of the time. Also Sophie in relation to Lok. Even Dante himself is not immune to some deadpan delivery once in a while.
New team member Den as well, which seems to be a coping mechanism for him.
Defrosting Ice Queen: Zhalia in season one. Den, as a male example in season two, though to a much less extant that Zhalia.
Didn't See That Coming: The Professor has a dog named Eathon. Said dog is also a Seeker who gave Dante and Zhalia a desperate run for their money.
The Dog Was The Seeker: During the storming of the Organization's headquarters, Zhalia and Dante had to deal with two Undergolem Titans, with no Seeker around and the Professor's dog looking and barking. It's then revealed that the dog was the Seeker: the Professor, just in case, had used magic to give him the ability to summon those two Titans and trained him as a guard dog.
This Is Gonna Suck: Dante's face expressed this when he and his team returned there halfway in season 2 and the Organization sicced the dog on him. He's just that good at commanding those Undergolems...
Dreaming of Things to Come: The Ring of Arc, home to the Legendary Titan of Fate - Arc, puts anyone unfortunate enough to come in contact with it into a dream-like trance where it shows visions of the future of its victim. And they're always scary, stressful, and just straight up bad. It happens to Sophie in season one and the gang willing put themselves through this in season two with the hope of freeing one of its other victims.
Easily Forgiven: Zhalia gets it after her position as the Organization's mole is out. Den also easily forgives Harrison in the final episode when he Heel Face Turns, though Den wanted nothing more than to be with his brother again, so it makes since.
Eldritch Abomination: The Nullifiers mentioned in season one are said to be this and bent to destroy all life. In season two we are shown one of their scouts, and the thing◊ even resembles Chtulhu.
Lok asks a newly met Sophie to help with his history homework. She says no since he just slept through history class, so Lok bets he can finish the crossword puzzle she is struggling with in 2:00 minutes in exchange for her help. Since he's good with puzzles, he completes it in under 90 seconds without scratching anything out, much to Sophie's surprise.
Dante's Establishing Character Moment happens right outside his house. Lok is looking for Dante's house while being pursued by Organization suits. He can't find it, and is quickly cornered, as fate would have it, at the front of Dante's house right when he returns with groceries. He immediately summons Caliban, then later Solwing, and single-handedlynote with a little help from Lok who uses a wooden stick to knock out a suit that would have Augerfrost-ed him in the back takes down the three suits and their two Redcaps and one Mindrone, with witty banter and everything. He thus cements himself as The Ace and a Badass, a characterization that follows him throughout all of both seasons.
Zhalia show up as a beautiful, yet mysterious young raven-haired woman seen walking down the street. Just then, suits attack our not-quite-team in their hotel in Prague. Zhalia breaks down the door (along with the surrounding wall) with her Titan Gareon. She then beams two enemies out the window and leaps toward said window summoning up Strix who gets rid of the lasts two Titans. When things calm down, she says she just walked by and ''overheard'' that some suits were attacking there room. Never mind she just took a receiver out of her ear and crushed it before bursting into their room. This establishes Zhalia right off the bat as a woman not to be messed with, and perhaps not to be trusted either...
Den and Harrison Fears also get their's in their first appearances in season two. Harrison's when we see two bullies playing keep away with himself, showing his resentment and setting up for his eager joining of the Bloodspirals when they recruit him. Den's when we see him positively owning the two bullies who were pushing his younger brother around, even using small manifested Seeker powers on his last punch. Even Zhalia, who's watching near by, seems impressed.
Heroic Sacrifice: In the battle at the Fortress of Iron Will, Lady Nimue Casterwill does this to inspire hope within Sophie. And of course Dante's at the end of the second season, though as the final episode title spoils, he comes back.
He Who Fights Monsters: During their final fight, den poitns out how Harrison went to being tormented by bullies, to being a bully himself (and to a much greater scale).
Hoist by His Own Petard: The Betrayer hates being "betrayed". Hmm, I wonder, what is a possible way to betray someone? Why, by stabbing 'em in the back of course! Doing so literally, Lok and his team are able to defeat The Betrayer once and for all.
Hypocrite:In the final episode of season two, The Betrayer calls Den and Harrison traitors...seriously! Did he forget his own epithet just that quickly? This blatant hypocrisy doesn't escape Harrison's notice either.
The Infiltration: Mr. Wilder's lackey Stak tries this on the Bloodspirals, but fails rather quickly; on the other hand, Zhalia is much more successful at this endeavor.
Jerkass: Lucas Casterwill is not helping Sophie, regardless of what he thinks. Focauld Casterwill the Elder of Knowledge, too; his untrustworthiness definitely doesn't win him many friends. Plus the Rune Guardians...and to a lesser extent, Sophie at first...it's not hard to see almost the entire Casterwill family as this sometimes.
Killed Off for Real: Dafoe (via Grier), Klaus and various Suits (King Basilisk), Sabriel...though Klaus and Sabriel do come back later. King Basilisk's petrification is reversible and Sabriel was with Sophie the whole time.
In season two there's Stak, who's made an example of anyone who plays and/or betrays the Bloodspirals, Kiel, though it's implied; we don't know what happened, he just disappears, Tantras, also implied but more heavily so, Lindorm and Solwing via The Legendary Titan of War - Legionnote even though Legion's later destruction freed the energy of all previously absorbed Titans, we never learned whether or not Lindorm or Solwing would be able to return like Sabriel did, and Rassimov when his plan with the comet fails. Played with in regards to Dante's death. He really did die, he just used Copykind beforehand to mimic The Legendary Titan Phoenix's power to rise from the ashes.
Leitmotif: The music that plays when Seekers summon their Titans. The good and bad guys each have their set and certain characters and Titans have recurring jingles, though most are interchangeable in their respective sets. The "previously on" music also plays whenever a Holotome or its equivalents are being used, often accompanied by the group planning the details of the current mission.
Mark of the Beast: All members of the Bloodspiral Brotherhood are branded with a Bloodspiral brand including Den, his brother Harrison, and Fake Defector Zhalia. Den and Harrison seem to have a bond with their's that signal when one is hurt or when they're close to each other. They start becoming Achey Scars towards the end of the season when things start becoming really bad.
Mirror Match: Dante has to face this in his "test of prowess". He fights three Mermen who summon 3 Caliban Ocean Warriors against his Caliban and 3 Coralgolems against his Metagolem. He solves the problem by summoning Behemoth, which has no counterpart.
The Mole: Zhalia first infiltrates Lok and Dante's team before joining for real. She later infiltrates the Bloodspirals in order to locate the whereabouts of the Spiral Mark, which was right under the Bloodsprial base the whole time.
The Holotome Lok and the gang find later turns out to be The Betrayer's Legendary Titan of Betrayal, Demigorgan
Moment Killer: Both Official Couples to-be experience this at least twice each. Dante and Zhalia first by an Organization suit and then by Lok. Lok and Sophie both times by Tersly.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The second season is FILLED with these. In order: by defeating the Professor in the way they did in season one, Dante and co. took down the most powerful weapon to defend the world from the Bloodspiral Order; to prevent Mr. Wilder from taking the Willblade, Lok takes it from its hiding place, freeing the Red Comet that allows the summoning of the Nullifiers; right after the Red Comet is summoned, Lucas Casterwill finally appears to explain how The Organization had stolen from him the Titan Void, that with the Red Comet and at the right moment can be used to summon the Nullifiers, with the recovery attempt leading the Bloodspiral Order to take it away exactly to summon the Nullifiers; in one of the last episodes, Lok hits the Bloodspiral Mark with the Willblade to prevent it from being usable to summon the Nullifiers immediately, only to find out he had been duped and that he had just broken the seal put on it by Lord Casterwill.
Not So Stoic: In one bit of downtime, Dante and Lok exchange snarky wisecracks about how many trenchcoats Dante goes through...this causes Zhalia to burst out in girly-sounding laughter that visibly surprises the other three.
In another example for Zhalia that's more of a Tear Jerker: When The Betrayer proclaims that Dante "is no more", she immediately breaks down crying(despite being in her Bloodspiral disguise).
Parental Abandonment: Sophie, Zhalia, Den, and Harrison are all stated orphans, while Lok has a Disappeared Dad and lives alone (though he seems to have good relations with his mother, as a few episodes show). It was never out right stated, but it's implied that Dante is also an orphan, since Metz was taking care of him and teaching him how to be a Seeker since he was a young boy.
Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Sophie and Lok. Besides the color of their clothes, Sophie has the red background in the opening, while Lok has the blue one.
Power-Up: When a Seeker and his or her Titan form a strong bond, it's possible for the Titan to become Powerbonded, which comes with new golden armor, a new summon sequence, and more streams of light as well as a new symbol projection from the amulet. In addition, Seekers and Powerbonded Titans have a perfect Psychic Link. During season two, all the Main Characters plus the Anti-Villain get this, though how many and when differs.
Don't forget Zhalia in the end of episode 17. She eventually returns two episodes later.
Zhalia starts Commuting on a Bus a third of the way into season two. We see much less of her and her Titans from that point until the end of season two. She only shows up during Bloodspiral scenes and outings that include Harrison. She and Dante still communicate via their Logosbooks.
Pyro Maniac: Hot-Blooded Bloodspiral Kiel. He often declares gleefully "Burn everything!" when summoning his fire Titans, and he's fond of fire Seeker powers.
Refusal of the Call: Lok, for all of two minutes, after his initial encounter with Suits and Titans.
Reptiles Are Abhorrent: A number of Titans including Zhalia's chameleon Gareon (at first), Defoe's small floating cobra Kreutalk, and Ammit Heart-Eater, an alligator-like Titan preferred by Rassimov and the suits under his command.
Reverse Mole: In season two, Zhalia who infiltrates the Bloodspirals to learn of their secrets. She ends up looking after Harrison Fears while doing so.
Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Tantras makes an example out of Stak for this. The same fate would have befallen Zhalia had she not erased Tantras's short-term memory with her newly Powerbonded Gareon.
Shauna certainly believes Rassimov's death is this.
Sequel Hook: In the first season, we have Rassimov being thrown defeated into a magical vortex and winding up 'somewhere' to say to two unknown peoplenote Shauna and Wind that everything is going according to the plan. In the second, after the final battle, Montahue wonders if the Bloodspiral Mark is deactivated for good... Only for the Mark to flash for a moment. The viewers are then shown that the red comet heralding the Nullifiers is still there.
Solar and Lunar: Lok's mom, Sandra Lambert, has two twin Titans named as such.
Spanner in the Works: Eathon Lambert in season 2: during the season, he appeared to Lok a few times to advise him, but was revealed to have been The Betrayer all but twice. The first time (which is how The Betrayer knew to copy him) and the next to last, when Lok and Cherit were in a pocket dimension close to Huntik. That's when he told Lok how to neutralize The Betrayer's counter to Pendragon
Tempting Fate: A hilarious example in season 2, episode 14. Den distracts Harrison from the Buzzila's Hive Mother Titan he was guarding, and asks him why he left his post. Harrison replies declaring there are twenty Bloodspiral soldiers and that nobody can defeat them. The following scene shows Dante defeating the last five guards and keeping count.
During an adventure in The Castle of Tir Na Nog, Den and Sophie defeat one of a group of marauding Titans, and Den states "This is too easy.". He later laments his statement when three more are unleashed from stone, saying he really needs to stop saying things like that.
Tentacle Rope: Various Titan and Seeker powers manifest themselves as this, constricting the gang until they break free. For some reason, this seems to happen to Sophie the most.
Theme Music Power-Up: Accompanies the summoning of the Titans and the Bladecall for the Willblade. There's a set for the good guys' Titans as well as the bad guys'. Lok has a recurring one during the second season.
Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Dante's plans are regularly revealed after the fact. Also The Betrayer is only revealed to have been influencing events towards the end of the second series.
We Are Everywhere: The Organization is believed to be this at first, though we later learn this is an exaggeration. Though they did run deep enough to be a bit paranoid, this is no longer the case as of season two.
The Bloodspirals definitely feel like this at the battle at the Fortress of Iron Will and at the end of the season.
The Worf Effect: Wilder seems to exist only for this: after spending the first few episodes giving the heroes a hard time, the Bloodspiral Order makes its debut by trashing him and his mooks. In a mild subversion, he becomes even more dangerous after that before Grier asskicks him out of the show.