Invisible Network of Kids is a French animated series that has, so far, flown under the radar in America, but has been dubbed into English for other countries.Welcome to Pinkerton Academy, a experimental boarding-school built in the middle of a park. It has only two teachers, 32 students, a computer-operated kitchen that prepares all your favorite foods and makes them nutritionally balanced, and a main classroom with glass-domed walls and a tree growing through it. Surely this would be a paradise, except for one minor problem.Meet your teacher, Miss Sadie McBeth, a rather psychotic 20-something witch who has made it her mission in life to control, enslave and basically torture kids any way she can... If Miss McBeth had her way, Pinkerton would have been transformed into a totalitarian hell-hole long ago.Fortunately, there's one thing that keeps getting in her way: the Invisible Network of Kids. These four Pinkerton students joined forces and formed a spy organization dedicated to blocking, subverting and basically just driving Miss McBeth even crazier than she already is. These for kids are the only thing standing in the way of McBeth and total domination of the school. And these intrepid heroes are...
Vin: The school pretty boy, with the ego to match. This orphan views himself as an action hero and will not hesitate to jump in to a mission. The only thing he values more than his friends is his unending quest to find out who his parents are and what happened to them.
Trixie: The unofficial leader of the team. She remains behind in the secret headquarters and guides the others through missions against McBeth. But she isn't afraid to get her hands dirty when she needs to. Trixie, by far, is the most practical and level-headed member of the group, which occasionally leads to her coming off as cold to the people around her, but she's just trying to find the best way to get the job done.
Newton: Pinkerton's resident Child Prodigy. This 7-year-old has an I.Q. of 165, attends school with kids who are 12 or 13 and keeps near-perfect grades. He has recently decided to pull back to 98% to give himself a break. But Newton is still a kid at heart, which is best shown by his affinity for practical jokes and anything gross. If it makes rude noise or blows up in people's face, he's all over it. Newton is the resident tech-head and is responsible for building all of I.N.K.'s gadgets.
Zero: The team bruiser. A goth girl loner with a mysterious past, she views herself as a kind-hearted rebel and joined I.N.K. to lend her muscle to the side of good. She is a trained fighter and is fully capable of flattening anyone else at Pinkerton. Zero seems fascinated by Asian culture. She is extensively trained in Kung-Fu, among other fighring styles and routinely enjoys sushi at meals. Zero places great value in strength, especially her own. She is terrified of being seen as a coward and the one time she lost a fight, to a cybernetically enhanced bully, she almost broke down in tears.
Actually Pretty Funny: In "Saving Agent Newton" when Mr. Soper lists a few pranks Newton pulled in the past, he says this about the last one.
Adults Are Useless: Subverted with Mr. Soper, who's actually very good teacher and cares about each of his students. Played absolutely straight with Miss McBeth. She's lousy at math, has trouble pronouncing big words, can't even spell her own goldfish's name right and, oh yeah, is utterly crazy.
Amnesiacs Are Innocent: In "Macbeth Feels the Sting" when Macbeth's invention backfires on her and turns her into a nitwit, she completely forgets how evil and strict she used to be. The kids waste no time in taking advantage of this.
Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Subverted in "Mission Forgotten?" when Macbeth stops Zero and Vin from showering until they break and confess. They're both filthy, though Zero doesn't have flies buzzing around her like Vin does.
Berserk Button: Go ahead, pick on someone smaller than you while Zero's around, I dare you.
A French animated series about a group of kids at a boarding school who lead a secret double life fighting the forces of evil? With a kid genius and a girl associated with Asian culture as two members of said group? Nope, can't say that sounds very familiar.
Distinguishing Mark: Zero's biggest embarrassment? The pink pony-shaped birthmark on her left shoulder.
Dumb Is Good: In "Macbeth Feels the Sting" Macbeth gets stung by her own invention; flies that turn people into idiots. In addition to making her dumb(er) it also makes her nicer. Later, she invents another type of fly to act as the opposite to the other one, turning people evil while keeping their intelligence the same.
Edited for Syndication: In Australia, the Science Club segments are left in and the credits are cut short... But in the UK, the full credits are shown and the Science Club segments are cut.
Eureka Moment: Often a lesson or speech Mr. Soper gives will inspire Macbeth's scheme of the day.
Even Evil Has Standards: In "Lovestruck Stinkbomb" when it looked like Zero and Vin were going to fall to their deaths, Miss McBeth looked genuinely concerned.
In "Burt the Brute" Burt started having second thoughts about his alliance with Macbeth when she revealed her plan to go from stuffing kids in garbage cans they can easily fit in to garbage cans the size of thimbles. Though he still goes along with it after some convincing.
Genius Ditz: Miss McBeth even fails at basic mathematics, but creating mind control devices and other complex things? Not a problem.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: This show was made in France and it shows. It's not shy about letting kids use swear words like "hell". The kids spend most of one episode in their underwear. One episode even featured a shot of three boys showering naked; conveniently placed steam was the only thing covering their crotches. In another episode, most of the kids at school are invited to what can only be described as a midnight rave. The rave even has a bar- though we never actually see anyone drink any alcohol.
The Runaway: Zero apparently ran away from her parents. The principal, Mr. Soper, allowed her to enroll herself at Pinkerton.
Running Gag: In every episode Miss McBeth discovers the identities of I.N.K., but something usually makes her forget. Zero's favorite fighting technique involves hanging kids from the coat rack by their undies.