Western Animation / Josie and the Pussycats

Left to right: Alexander, Valerie, Melody, Josie, Alan, Alexandra. Foreground: Sebastian.
Although based on an Archie Comics publication, this series was produced by Hanna-Barbera rather than Filmation. The all-female rock trio comprised guitarist Josie McCoy, tambourinist Valerie Brown and drummer Melody Valentine. Valerie is Black and Nerdy, Melody is a Dumb Blonde and Josie is of average intellect.

Supporting characters were Alan Mayberry, an ex-country singer who became the Pussycats' roadie and Josie's love interest; Alexander Cabot III, the Pussycats' manager; Alexandra Cabot, Alexander's twin who continually tried to steal Alan away from Josie and/or replace Josie as leader of the band; and Sebastian, Alexandra's snickering cat. In the successor series, Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space, a woolly creature named Bleep joined the cast.

Voice talent included Janet Waldo, Casey Kasem and Don Messick, enabling Josie and friends to cross over to The New Scooby-Doo Movies.

It was adapted into a live-action film in 2001. For information on that, click here.

This series provides examples of the following tropes:

  • The Load: Alexandra, who stoops to subversion to undermine Josie, and insists upon being the Designated Hero, which often sunders the effort to thwart the villain, though there were times when she actually managed to thwart the villain of the episode, mainly by accident.
  • Locking MacGyver in the Store Cupboard: If you're gonna kidnap Valerie, you'd better be damn sure she can't move or speak.
  • Lovable Coward: Alexander, who talks a big game, but has no spine to back up his boasting.
  • Loves Only Gold: The episode "The Midas Mix-Up" has Josie and the Pussycats encounter a reclusive Mad Scientist who would threaten, "Unless I am paid half the gold in the world, I shall destroy all the gold in the world!" Midas has perfected a microbe mist that can dissolve gold, and plans to export the stuff disguised as spray cologne.
  • Love Triangle: Josie, Alan, Alexandra. In the comics, Alexander (who was much less cowardly and much meaner) had a crush on Josie.
  • MacGyvering: Valerie was the champion of this, making solutions and springing traps with guitar strings, bubble gum and hairspray.
  • Mad Scientist: SEVERAL.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Alexander will gladly take credit for foiling the villain. However, in "Plateau of the Apes Plot", he has this to say at the end - this was after he had been transformed into a gorilla and had to be rescued from the pound:
    Alexander: "There never was any doubt that we could handle the situation. After all, under my skillful and fearless leadership, mmph ..."
  • Mind Control: Melody gets hypnotized, brainwashed and mind-controlled by the villains a lot. In every single instance they end up wishing they hadn't, because her ditzy nature is only exaggerated when she's hypnotized, and she will screw up the simplest of tasks.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Again, Melody gets them when under the influence of the villains.
  • Nearly Normal Animal/Speech-Impaired Animal: Sebastian falls in between.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Sebastian, and Bleep in outer space.
  • Pain to the Ass: As the Chew Toy of the group, Alexandra receives a lot of ass-based slapstick, including landing butt-first on a cactus, getting it hit by a door, pinched by a crab, and too many others to count. She really is the ButtMonkey of the group.
  • Plant Mooks: Mad Scientist Doctor Greenthumb sought to create an army of plant-creatures in the episode "A Greenthumb Is Not A Goldfinger." His Evil Plan never made it out of beta.
  • Pokémon Speak: Bleep
  • Power Trio: Josie, Melody, Valerie.
  • Prince and Pauper: Melody was more than once mistaken for somebody of elevated status, including one Outer Space episode where the residents of a planet mistook her for their goddess.
    • For that matter, a pair of shoes was accidentally mixed up for another pair of shoes that were intelligence-gathering devices.
    • Valerie turned out to be a dead ringer for a princess from India, and agreed to act as a decoy to catch a villain who was after her.
  • Recognizable by Sound: While sneaking around the mansion of Mad Scientist Doctor Greenthumb in the episode "A Greenthumb Is Not a Goldfinger," the three band members encounter a walking pile of leaves. They presume that this is one of the mad doctor's plant creatures, and attack it. While Josie and Valerie are pummeling the creature, it cries in pain from the blows. Melody recognizes the voice, and begins sobbing, "That sounds like Alexandra. The creature-plant must have eaten her!" Immediately, Josie and Valerie realize that Dumbass Has a Point, and it's revealed that the creature was Alexandra disguised as a creature plant.
  • Recycled In Space: Their outer space adventures are the Trope Codifier, possibly the Trope Namer.
  • Rich Bitch: Alexandra, the sarcastic and selfish twin sister of the Pussycats' manager, Alexander.
  • Rock Trio: A pop version that swapped the bass guitar with a tambourine.
  • "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: The plot of "The Jumpin' Jupiter Affair," subverted in that the villains were revealed to the audience in the middle of the episode.
  • Shout-Out: From the debut episode, "Greenthumb Is Not a Goldfinger", after the others find Alexandra, Alexander and Sebastian hiding in plants:
    Josie: Alexandra, it's you!
    Alexandra: Of course it's me! Who were you expecting? Scooby-Doo?
  • Shrunken Head: Having fled the mansion of the Mad Scientist, The Pussy Cats are soon captured by a tribe of Amazon natives. Alex wonders what the natives will do with their captives. Valerie shows him some shrunken heads, and replies, "Do these answer your question?" Fortunately, the Pussy Cats are able to use the natives' superstition to effect an escape.
  • Shrunk in the Wash: Subverted in the episode '"A Greenthumb Is Not a Goldfinger." All six protagonists have been captured by Amazon basin natives, who plan to shrink the Pussy Cats' heads in their potion cauldron. To prove that Pussy Cat magic is stronger than the natives' magic, Alexandra dunks her brother's shirt into the potion, which has no effect. Alexander's shirt was the only one guaranteed not to shrink.