Road Rovers (1996-1997) was a short-lived animated series (1 season, 13 episodes), which told the story of "The Road Rovers". They were (stop us if you think that you've heard this one before) a group of ordinary animals who become anthropomorphicsuperheroes and use their special abilities and gadgets to fight crime.Specifically, the Rovers were a group of stray dogs who are temporarily turned humanlike by a mysterious scientist known as "The Master". They save the world from villains including General Parvo, who was trying to take over the world by turning dogs and other animals into monsters, while in their free time acting as the beloved pets of world leaders (such as Queen Elizabeth II and President Bill Clinton). The fact that the dogs were all pets of world dignitaries at least added an interesting twist, as they sometimes had to work in their 'civilian' identities to convince their owners not to go to war.
Colleen pretending not to know Blitz's name and instead calling him other more amusing B names until the last episode.
B names were the least of his worries. "Lord Stuffington Fluffypants", anyone?
"Yet Another Unexpected Twist!... Bummer."
Hunter had a ton of catch phrases, the above is just one of them. Other's include "I would not have predicted this!" and "[X], Cool."
The show pretty much runs on running gags. Some more include Colleen saying completely random and nonsensical things when doing her martial arts, Exile completely butchering several idioms at once, and the Russian Exile complaining about people always "rushin'" him.
And then there's General Parvo...
Parvo:[Coughing uncontrollably] Lozenge!
Cats Are Mean: The Groomer's uplifted cats are pretty nasty. General Parvo is also an uplifted cat.
Cloud Cuckoolander: Many characters qualify for this, but Hunter and Colleen specifically stand out in this area.
Expository Theme Tune: Tells us how the dogs all got here, tells us what all their names are, what their super powers are, where they are from, and their personality all at INCREDIBLY rapid speed. Seen here.
Family-Friendly Firearms: Extremely obvious in the second episode, where two attack helicopters are fitted with rocket pods. Guess what they shoot? Lasers.Mildly subverted in episode 6 when three F/A-18/Su-25 lookalikes open fire on our heroes with regular machine guns. They're about as realistic as a potato in a root beer factory, but they're there.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: It worked only once (and is said to be one of the factors behind the show's cancellation). While discussing Russian names they used the example of "Sonov". Add that to the patronymic suffix "-ovich" and you'll see why that song got cut for later airings. See the video here. To be fair, the dogs probably wouldn't see this as much of an insult, as they all are.
Colleen is interrogated by the enemy at one point, in an attempt to learn The Master's secrets, and instead all they get from her is a personal history, including an offhand remark of how she "flunked paper training, so watch your step", which could be considered a literal attempt at getting "crap" past the radar.
Some of the more adult-oriented parts of the series' fandom have interpreted her comment during this same scene that she had a fondness for "squeaky-toys shaped like bananas" as being a radar-dodging moment as well.
Inside Joke: In "Where Rovers Dare," it's not obvious until the map is shown in full at the end of the episode that the three countries are named after three Disney bigwigs and the three countries together form Mickey Mouse's head.
Leaving Audience: "Still a Few Bugs in the System": The wacko of the week talks about how bugs have lived for millions of years, and people leave as he talks about humans becoming bugs to allow for longer life.
Multinational Team: The Rovers came from the US (Hunter), the UK (Colleen), Germany (Blitz), Switzerland (Shag), and Russia (Exile). The Space Rovers (who are Exactly What It Says on the Tin) had a member who may have been from Sweden. Fanfic writers saw characters added to the team from Egypt and Japan by various writers. The latter character is still occasionally featured in artwork on FurAffinity, an anthropomorphic website which showcases art rated G-XXX.
No Fourth Wall: Hunter especially, but everyone gets in on the act — most frequently to complain about a running gag.
Oblivious to Love: Hunter, it is hinted at throughout the series, but in the last episode it is made quite obvious that Colleen has a crush on Hunter. She asks him if he would like to go for walk on beach to which he responds with an enthusiastic "You bet!" Cut to Hunter as a regular dog with Colleen holding his leash.
Colleen: Not exactly what I had in mind.
In the episode The Dog That Knew Too Much, Hunter points out that flirting while on missions is against the rules. He reciprocates somewhat toward the end of the episode, when Colleen is riding on his hover bike with him.
He also invites her to chase/chew on tennis balls with him at the end of Hair of the Dog.
Our Werewolves Are Different: Well, for one, even humanoid canines can become werewolves (if that sounded like it didn't make any sense, don't think too much on it).
Considering that lycanthropy can typically act normally upon both humans and wolves, and that dogs are just mutant wolves, it's not much of a stretch that it could work normaly on mutant dogs.
The Rovers, themselves could also be considered a type of lycanthrope.
Should perhaps be more noted for the fact that it made Colleen a better pilot.
Relax-o-Vision: Thankfully used almost all the time. We say "thankfully" because it's heavily implied that most of the Road Rover's enemies are killed in the most grisly ways possible, usually involving explosives or animal attacks.