Western Animation / Monster Buster Club

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Left to right: Cathy, Sam, Chris, and Danny.

"Hi! My name is Cathy. My grandpa and I came from planet Rhapsodia to power up an age-old secret society. With my new friends, our mission is to battle troublemaking aliens around Singletown. We are... the Monster Buster Club!"
Cathy Smith, the opening sequence

Monster Buster Club is a French-Canadian co-produced computer-animated series produced by Marathon, the animation company where Totally Spies! and Martin Mystery were created. It's about a foursome of twelve-year-olds (Sam, Chris, Danny, and Cathy) who, as members of an "age-old" secret society called the Monster Buster Club, protect the city of Singletown from troublemaking aliens.

The four kids are all surprisingly mature for their age; not only do they not seem to depend on their parents, they've been seen to hold part-time paying jobs in spite of being twelve years old. Their only adult supervision comes from Cathy's grandfather, a well-meaning alien disguised as an old man who oversees the Monster Buster Club's operations, although he's far from a reliable mentor, being much more interested in tending to his garden.

In each episode, the kids' everyday affairs are interrupted by one of the outrageous alien villains from their Rogues Gallery (often with a bizarre, harebrained scheme such as turning the entire planet Earth into an exclusive nightclub), whom the kid heroes must suit up and stop. Along the way, they must also deal with obnoxious millionaire Mark and their school principal, Ms. Rollins, who was an officer in the armed services and runs the school like a battleground.

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Tropes:

  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: The MBC network tunnels are large enough to park the MBC Pods. Those tunnels are said to be important tools for protecting humans and aliens on Earth.
  • Academy of Adventure: Singletown Middle School, at least for our heroes. Everyone else is unaware of the alien-battling that takes place there.
  • Agent Scully: Mr. Fusster. Subverted in that he's just putting on an act and he actually knows that aliens do exist. Unfortunately, Word of God says that he and the MBC will never know if Mr. Fusster is an alien.
  • Alien Invasion: The Spoilers destroying Singletown in "Famous Four (Part One)".
  • All Part of the Show: In the episode "Acting Out", Wedge attacks Cathy during the Romeo and Juliet school play, forcing the other busters to intervene in full view of their classmates. Thankfully, they manage to make the whole thing pass for a Sci-Fi retake of the play with John's help.
  • All There in the Manual: The show's website.
  • Artificial Human: Danny and Sam's clones, D34 and S2. Turns out those two robots want to destroy and replace Danny and Sam.
  • Art Shift: Two-dimensional art, such as posters and pictures, are rendered in Animesque style.
  • Baby Planet: Planet Nebulak, which looks like a bowling ball.
  • Badass Normal: Even without their weapons they can still kick alien butt. Except Chris.
  • Bad Santa: Dingle, but he's actually sharing joy in Christmas.
  • Batman Gambit: Danny pulls off one of these in "World's Toughest Kid", tricking Brian by switching the direction of the zapper he was holding, so when Brian took it from him, he ended up shooting himself.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Never disturb Sam while she's playing video games.
    • In "The End of Everything (Part Two)", Danny gets angry since Cathy is missing.
  • Big Eater:
    • Cathy, who has two stomachs, at least one of which is removable.
    • Baby alien Tina, as well as the rest of her species, fittingly called Eater Aliens.
  • Big Red Button: In "The-Forget-Me-Stone", some of the MBC supercomputer buttons can lead to pitfalls.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Cathy, her Grandpa, and all other aliens.
  • Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism: Grampa Smith, in his true form, looks like a sort of blue-skinned fish-fly thing with four limbs. Cathy's true form, on the other hand, has six tentacle-like limbs, white skin with pink spots, three crests on her head, and a squirrel-like tail. This is assuming that Grandpa Smith and Cathy belong to the same species; Cathy may well be adopted, seeing that we never hear anything about her birth parents.
  • Blatant Lies:
    • King Petalia XIII claims that he's the former ruler of seventeen planets, and twenty four moons, give or take an asteroid.
    • Glor Glenemore is a self-proclaimed thief in the galaxy, but he gets clumsy every time he's doing his mission.
  • Blob Monster: Addison's real form — the Morphering Glob.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy:
    • Danny, Wendy and Ralph in "Battle of the Bands".
    • The kids (except Danny, Chris and Cathy) in "Comic Book Heroes".
    • Mark, Ralph, and Roy in "Stupid Human Tricks".
  • Brought Down to Normal: In "Sticky Situation", Cathy ended up losing her powers but she gets them back later on thanks to her grandfather's antidote.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • Cathy: "Zeewa!", "Ginchy!", and other Rhapsodian slang that she only understands.
    • MBC, especially Sam: "Let's bust them!"
  • Cardboard Prison: Wedge, the red Reptilian Morpher, and Agar do that.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Proskar. Danny reveals that Proskar didn't follow one of the rules in Parchugal — a game can be declared over if everyone has played.
  • Chekhov's Skill: In "The Trouble with Troublemaking", Danny's able to solve Cathy's Rhapsodian Puzzle Stick but it took him around two days. Later on, Danny uses the puzzle stick to knock out Gluten.
  • Class Trip: "Pipe Dreams". Who wants to go on a field trip in the city sewers?
  • Cliffhanger: The last episode "Goodbye Earth" ends with the MBC returning to Earth after the virus is eliminated. Word of God states that Cathy and Mr. Smith will continue to stay on Earth as along as there are evil aliens in town, while the MBC continues to hunt alien criminals.
  • Closet Shuffle: The MBC does this in few episodes. They even use it to take a shortcut to the clubhouse once.
  • Collector of the Strange:
    • Gilbert and other Packrats.
    • Speedy's twin brother, Veedy kidnaps humans for his art gallery called "Galaxy's Strangest Creatures".
  • Color-Coded Characters: The MBC suits are color-coded according to the member's V-coms. Cathy wears pink, Danny wears red, Sam wears yellow, Chris wears blue and Elton wears green. Does this remind you of Power Rangers?
  • Cool Shades: The function of MBC's visors are similar to A-Scanner.
  • Death Trap: Chris, Sam and Cathy in "Battle Of The Bands".
  • Embarrassing First Name: Mr. Smith's first name is Hugo.
    Sam: She didn't seem so sensitive to me... Hugo.
    (Cathy chuckles)
  • EMP: The episode "Pipe Dreams" has Mr. Smith using an EMP (though not called as such exactly, as it's alien technology) to disable the machines of the Invader of the Week before he'd unearth the MBC tunnels and absorb a good part of the town with his Tractor Beam. Unfortunately, it disables the kids' weapons and other gizmos as well, so they have to take out the menace hand-to-hand.
  • Freudian Excuse: Wedge wants to get revenge on his rival Stanley Caminski and his successful career. Stanley says to MBC that Wedge's clients usually eat their audiences in the middle of the show.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Cathy has a gadget G.P.U.D.F. or Great Powered Ultimate Direction Finder in "Camping Out".
  • The Game Come to Life: The MBC is forced to play Proskar's board game called "Parchugal". Parchugal is also a popular game in planet Gunyatto.
  • Gone to the Future: In one of the episodes, Danny accidentally goes to the future and sees alien invaders destroying Singletown. Whats worse is that the MBC's secret is revealed through Mark's website. Good thing that the MBC Set Right What Once Went Wrong by taking Mark's video camera.
  • Grand Theft Me: In "Lizard's Tails", the Reptilian Morpher switches bodies with Danny in order to steal the MBC's power supply — the Mobato flower.
  • Group Hug: In "The End of Everything (Part Two)", after capturing Nossida.
  • Grumpy Bear: Mr. Fusster, the Science teacher and Mr. Bitty, the store owner of "Happy Mart".
  • Hate Plague: In "Outcraker's Badland Galaxy Tour", the MBC argued with each other because of Outcraker's schemes. They don't realize that their teamwork is required in order to continue their authorization to the club.
  • Heel Realization:
    • Speedy learns that stealing is illegal on Earth, unlike on his home planet where it is allowed.
    • The MBC manage to solve Gilbert's problem by giving him a Vacuvator to keep his comic collections without any mess.
  • Horrible Camping Trip: In "Camping Out", Chris admits that he hates camping. Meanwhile, the rest of MBC members and Mr. Smith have trouble searching for a special flower and setting up camp.
  • Humongous Mecha:
    • Gilbert's clown-like robot in "Comic Book Heroes".
    • In "Beware of Frogs", Herptilius and his crew steal many electrical devices to built a giant robot.
    • His robot also appeared in "The End of Everything (Part Two)", but there's no operator inside.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: In the French dub, episodes are numbered "Rule" (not the actual MBC rule numbers that the main characters mentioned).
  • Kissing Cousins: Cathy's big secret is that she kissed her cousin Elton on a dare.
  • Last Name Basis: Kids in Singletown addresses the adults (except their parents) by their last names.
  • Madness Mantra: "We are not lollygagging! We are not lollygagging!"
  • Magic Dance: Cathy and Mr. Smith do this to activate their powers.
  • The Masquerade: Both aliens and MBC members keep their true identities secret.
  • May–December Romance: Mr. Smith is a thousand years older than Principal Rollins. Principal Rollins has had secret feelings for Mr. Smith ever since she found out that he's worked in the military before. (He has, just not the one she's thinking of.)
  • Meaningful Name: Mr. Smith's first name "Hugo" means "intelligent" in Spanish.
  • Messy Pig: The Dunderthunker eats the town's electrical devices.
  • Miles Gloriosus: The Galactic Commander. In "Famous Four (Part Two)", he reveals that he can't fight without his backup.
  • Mind-Control Device: Gilbert's Hypno-Orthodontics.
  • Mind over Matter: Cathy has displayed this power at times. She calls it an "old Rhapsodian energy trick".
  • Nonindicative Name: Monster Buster Club is about four kids hunting and busting alien enemies. However, aliens are not considered as monsters.
  • Noodle Incident
    • Cathy mentioned that the MBC was created centuries ago. She didn't explained about the history of the club, though. Unfortunately, Word of God says that he doesn't know the details about the origin of MBC. All he knows is that Addison Single is the founder of Singletown and he wanted to create a place where aliens and human will live peacefully together.
    • Not to mention Cathy and her wacky experiences back in Rhapsodia.
  • Noodle People: Human beings, excluding fat people.
  • No Social Skills: Cathy is clueless about Earth and its inhabitants.
  • Obviously Evil: In "The Trouble with Troublemaking", Gluten is supposed to be disguised as the detention monitor, but does nothing but look psychotic and shout things like "No talking!" repeatedly. After he drops the act and starts acting like his normal alien self he acts perfectly normal. He explains that he was under the impression that's how detention monitors normally act.
  • One-Winged Angel: Nosidda can turn into a giant.
  • Opening Narration: "Hi! My name is Cathy..."
  • Our Founder: Addison Single, with a side order of That's No Statue.
  • Palette Swap: Alien villains from "The End of Everything".
  • Parental Abandonment: The parents of MBC members are never revealed but they are mentioned in the show. So does other kids (except Ralph whose father appears in two episodes) in Singletown. Word of God says that the kids' parents might be featured in the third season, if it ever happens.
  • Pardon My Klingon: Cathy, in spades, but not swearing so much as speaking in Gratuitous Rhapsodian.
  • Plant Aliens: Mr. Smith's exotic plants. King Petalia XIII and other plants from his home planet are also included in this trope.
  • Portal Network: In "Clean Sweep", there's a hidden portal that leads to the garbage planet.
  • Reused Character Design: Character designs are recycled a lot. Disguised aliens that the MBC uncovered and caught sometimes reappear as normal human background characters.
  • Rule Number One: "MBC Rule number one — the Monster Buster Club must be kept secret." Breaking this rule will cause the MBC to disband and members will no longer access its technology.
  • Scars Are Forever: Danny has a little scar on his left eyebrow. It's not explained how he got it, though.
  • Secret Test of Character: The MBC qualifies this. According to the Word of God, the process in joining the club is very secret and the members will only ask you if you want to join once.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Nerdy Chris and brash jock Danny.
  • Sensual Spandex: They even glow in the dark, too.
  • Shout-Out
    • In the episode "The Trouble with Troublemaking", Cathy is sent to Room 101 for her detention.
    • In "Princess Sam", Danny mentions "E.T. phone home!"
    • There is a certain episode where Cathy says "Jinkies!"
    • In "Galaxy's Strangest Creatures", there's a Matrix reference inside the school and warehouse.
    • There's another one in "New Recruits", where an alien enemy does the Bullet Time thing.
    • In "The Battle of the Bands", at the gym you'll find a poster at the left which resembles the head of the three main characters from Totally Spies!
  • Sick Episode: Cathy comes down with a bad case of allergy in "Dog Daze" and cold in "It's Not Good to Be King". Not only she's sick, but those illnesses affect her powers as well.
  • Sneeze of Doom: Cathy catching an Earth cold causes her head to occasionally become huge, and then sneeze with enough strength to send everybody tumbling in a good radius. At first it's an inconvenience threatening to ruin her cover, but then she weaponizes it against an hostile alien.
  • Speech Impediment: Gilbert, but he speaks clearly in "Laugh Attack".
  • Sticky Situation: When Gluten appears, he traps the MBC and other victims by throwing his blue ooze at them. Also the title of the episode.
  • StockYuck.Anchovies: In "Frogs in Space", the MBC hates anchovy-flavored pizza but Cathy eats it. She finds out from her grandfather that she's allergic to anchovies.
  • Telepathic Spacemen: Elton, Cathy's cousin. He's considered as an annoying person to the MBC until they realize his ability can be useful in reading the enemy's next move.
  • Title Drop: The title of the show.
    • "World's Toughest Kid"
    • "Battle of the Bands"
    • "The End of Everything (Part Two)"
      Cathy: Grandpa!
      Sam: The flower!
      Danny: The rocket!
      Chris: The end of everything!
    • "Galaxy's Strangest Creatures"
  • Toilet Humour: In "Wrong Number", the Galactic Commander says "poopcorn" instead of popcorn.
  • Trade Snark: Herptilius' Amphimabot. Intergalactic patent pending.
  • Transformation Sequence: Changing from regular clothes to MBC suits.
  • Tron Lines: The kids' fluorescent costumes give off this effect in the dark.
  • Trust Me, I'm an X: In "It's Not Good to Be King", Principal Rollins attempts to cure Cathy's cold. What's worse is that the school doesn't have at least one nurse (Principal Rollins fired her for being "too soft").
  • Two Girls to a Team: Cathy and Sam. Then again, there are only four members of the team, so that's technically half.
  • The Virus: The alien virus in "Goodbye Earth". The episode doesn't tell us what kind of effects it has, aside from being contagious to humans.
  • Weaksauce Weakness
    • General Louse is afraid of bug sprays and swatters.
    • Addison has hated pigeon poop ever since he became a statue.
    • The Alcascythes are weak against flowers.
    • The Reptilian Morpher (from "Lizard Tails") and the Gumblian's main weakness is cold temperature.
  • Weapons That Suck: The kids trap aliens with Vacuvators.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Addison wants to create a place where humans and aliens will live peacefully together, but he uses his real form to scare humans and destroy the MBC.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Elton is never seen after his second appearance in first season, but he was mentioned by Cathy in "Famous Four (Part Two)".
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: Many fans notice that the location of Singletown is based somewhere on France or North America, but Word of God says Singletown is a setting where it can be anywhere.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: "The End of Everything" and "Famous Four".
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: The MBC members are twelve years old. Cathy's a lot older, but still physically (and mentally) a kid.


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