Western Animation: Patrol 03

Patrol 03 (Patrouille 03) is a French animated television series that aired in 1997 and was broadcast on Pop in the United Kingdom.

The show centers on a trio of animal police officers called Shorty, Wilfred and Carmen who solve crimes in the city of Los Diablos. The villains of the show are Police Chief Pamela Bondani and her mole assistant, Professor Molo, who are always trying to take over the city.

This show contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Action Girl: Carmen, see below.
    • Pamela as well, since in the pilot she destroyed one of Molo's monsters with her bare hands. However, her combat prowess varies from episode to episode.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Carmen is a green-gray arctic vixen (although the "blue is gray" principle could apply).
  • And I Must Scream: The fate of Diabolik, trapped in the conch shell that summons him and launched into space
  • Androcles' Lion: The monster that possesses vehicles (and Carmen's wheelchair) undergoes a Heel-Face Turn, after Snap tends to its lost tire while it possessed a tow truck.
  • Annoying Laugh: Lt. Rhino, as demonstrated in the first episode. To make matters worse, it actually wrecks Pamela's office in the process.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In addition to possessing people, Diabolik could also make his hosts grow to gargantuan size.
  • Australian Accent: Snap has one in the English dub.
  • Bad Boss: Pamela is fairly uncaring of her police force, and usually misleads and often victimizes them in the course of her schemes.
  • Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: The main trio are treated like this by the rest of their department, although they're actually the most competent and most effective. They use this to their advantage, so as to continue monitoring Bondani's schemes.
  • Butt Monkey: The elephantine store owner, whose china shop is constantly demolished. Makes you wonder how he manages to stay in business.
  • Cats Are Mean: Pamela is a cat and the main villain.
  • The Chew Toy: Let's just say that Hoist by His Own Petard, Humiliation Conga, and Laser-Guided Karma are common tropes for Pamela Bondani. Her office also tends to get trashed.
  • Cool Car: Patrol 03's squad car, which was formerly The Alleged Car, after Snap's modifications
  • Creator Provincialism: Despite Los Diablos ostensibly being in Eagleland, all the electric plugs seen in one episode are European style.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: A few of Molo's schemes have involved disguising himself as a woman.
  • Cunning Like a Fox: Carmen
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The pilot gives two examples, with Patrol 03's final exam/takedown of the heavyweight champion and Pamela's defeat of Molo's fly monster.
  • Dark and Troubled Past / Standard Cop Backstory: It's implied for Carmen, who mentions she used to be a dancer. Doesn't seem to affect her sunny disposition.
  • Demonic Possession: One episode featured Diabolik, a Satan-like entity that possessed people, after getting them to laugh. He manages to possess Lt. Rhino, Wilfred, and Pamela in the course of the episode.
  • Dirty Cop: Pamela Bondani
  • Dirty Harriet: A (barely) G-rated version involving Carmen.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Snap has a big crush on Carmen, and does everything in his power to get her to like him back. Unfortunately for him, it doesn't seem mutual.
    • Throw the Dog a Bone: That said, Carmen does sometimes thank Snap for what he does with pecks on the cheek (which, in true cartoon fashion, tend to floor him).
  • Edible Ammunition: One of Molo's non-monster schemes involved a robotic duplication of Mayor Walrus, which would fire cakes at a famous opera singer and ruin his reputation. Amusingly, it's tested twice on Pamela.
  • Enfante Terrible: Subverted with Molo's baby monster, who is pretty docile when not riled up.
    • Also subverted with Pamela's nephew, who shares her contempt for Mayor Walrus, but largely from him imitating her. Of course, he still unwittingly launches Pamela out the window after messing with her swivel chair's adjustment lever.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Molo and Pamela both take turns in this department. Sometimes, it escalates to Ham-to-Ham Combat.
  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear: Molo and Joe Bull's associates are chased off by the vehicle-possessing monster, after it undergoes a Heel-Face Turn. And two other episodes end with Molo being pursued by a royally PO'd Bondani, after his experiment of the episode left her disfigured and/or humiliated.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Molo, which makes sense for a mole like him
  • Fighting Your Friend: Happens on the occasions where one monster possessed Carmen's wheelchair, and another possessed Wilfred
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Snap, who provides the trio with gadgets for battling Molo's monsters.
  • Genius Bruiser: Wilfred demonstrates shades of this, such as in the electric monster episode, where he immediately figured out that they needed to create a positively-charged monster to counter Molo's negatively charged one.
  • Gentle Giant: Wilfred, for the most part
  • The Ghost: Pamela's nephew. He does show up in the series finale though.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: The whole cast, barring Pamela (The One Who Wears Shoes) and Carmen (a Barefoot Cartoon Animal).
  • Handicapped Badass: Carmen is a paraplegic, but is by far the most effective member of the patrol when dealing with monsters.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Molo is ultimately defeated and reimprisoned when he accidentally hits himself with the babyfying chemical he used on the mayor. This allows Patrol 03 to bribe him for the antidote with a lollipop, and then easily transport him back to his cell.
  • Incredibly Obvious Bug: In the final episode, Pamela gives Mayor Walrus a bugged painting of an ear. Walrus lampshades just how suspicious it is.
  • Interspecies Romance: Snap tries to start one of these with Carmen, to no success.
  • The Jinx: Another of Molo's monsters is a tiny, pterodactyl-like creature that inflicts bad luck onto those it makes eye contact with. Molo weaponizes it through a camera, and even recorded footage of the monster carries the same effect.
  • Mad Scientist: Professor Molo.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: One of Molo's monsters is a babylike creature that emits loud noises when scared or angered, with enough force to bring down a building. Pamela found this out the hard way, when she ignored Molo's warnings and continued yelling at him.
  • Monster of the Week: Each episode, Molo creates a monster to try and get rid of the mayor or make him look bad.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Carmen exploited this on one ocassion, to get Molo away from his mobile lab. She's also this to Snap, in-verse.
  • Must Make Him Laugh: Shorty is really good at keeping his cool in humorous situations.
    • This became a plot point in the episode featuring Diabolik, where he would possess people after making them laugh. Rather fittingly, this is turned on Pamela, who can't resist laughing at his antics, making her look like an utter fool and ruining her campaign against the mayor.
  • Nightmare Face: This was the most obvious clue to the vehicle monster's possession. Some of Pamela's Slasher Smiles also amount to this.
  • Oh Crap!: Pamela exhibits amusing reactions to when she's in trouble, having a rather expressive face.
  • Pantsless Males, Fully-Dressed Females: Pamela and Carmen are fully dressed, although Carmen is barefoot.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Molo's disguises are often little more than trading his labcoat for another article of clothing.
    • Carmen also invokes this trope a couple of times, posing as a seductive lady and a talcum powder vendor. The former case was justified, due to wearing makeup and obscuring her wheelchair, and Molo sees through the latter case and makes off with the powder.
  • Pet the Dog: Pamela has a nephew (who is only seen in the final episode), and she seems to take good care of him.
  • Police Are Useless: Somewhat justified by the fact that their chief is villainous and makes sure they don't mess with her contacts. Although many of their scenes show them to be Jerkasses.
    • Played with in regards to Lt. Rhino. Despite also being a Jerkass, Rhino does try to do his job and generally takes Patrol 03's reports seriously. Problem is, his proximity and tendency to report everything to Pamela makes him very easy to manipulate and mislead.
  • Power Trio: Patrol 03, as the title indicates
  • Slasher Smile: One of Pamela's Obviously Evil habits
  • Slave to PR: The reason the Mayor can't just fire Pamela despite her Obviously Evil ways, as he has no firm proof. Also, presumably why she believes she can get his job just by embarrassing him.
  • The Starscream: Pamela acts as this to the mayor.
  • Super Wheelchair: Carmen's wheelchair is tricked out with all kinds of gadgets, usually suited for whatever the situation needs.
  • Super Cop: The trio are technically this, due to their Batman-esque gadgets and the fact that they fight off monsters.
  • Thememobile: Molo once kidnaps the Mayor using a flying machine bearing a motif of his face.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Pamela and Molo
    • The two gangsters, Joe Bull and Willy Hyena, too.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: To quote Molo, "And they say mad science is a worthless degree!"