Western Animation / Rupert

A 1990s adaptation of the children's comic strip Rupert Bear. The show lasted for 5 seasons and 65 episodes (1991-1995, 1997).

Tropes exclusively in the 90's cartoon series:

  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: In "Rupert and the Dragon Race", Bill and Toby have one of these moments when Bill starts scolding Toby for running off alone, and suddenly, just happy to be reunited, they hug.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Both straight and played with in Rupert in Timeland
  • Affably Evil: The Chameleon is friendly toward Rupert and Frances even after they find him out. When he discovers Rupert stowed away on his plane, he offers to drop him off on a nearby island and radio the police to pick him up (after he's made his getaway, of course). Even calling Rupert a clever boy for escaping with the ruby he stole.
  • All Myths Are True: Santa Claus, Father Time, King Neptune, The Sandman, Jack Frost all are real in this universe.
  • Art Shift: The intro (the original one, not the Nick Jr. version) starts with Rupert leaving his house, where the art style mimics the original comic's style having Rupert being fairly small; after a few seconds, it transitions into the art style used by the show with a taller, older looking Rupert.
  • Bald of Evil: Sir Humphrey, a recurring antagonist Rupert sometimes encounters.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Bill will immediately get worked up whenever Toby appears to be in danger.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In the 1990's cartoon, Rupert will occasionally make aside comments directed towards the audience.
  • Bumbling Dad: Both Rupert and Podgy's fathers seem to have a knack of causing accidents or trouble in a number of episodes.
  • Cassandra Truth: When Rupert and an off-duty Constable Growler try to explain that they borrowed a motorboat without permission to catch a band of river pirates, the officer who arrests them is skeptical. Even Growler admits it's a pretty far-fetched story.
  • Catch Phrase: The Professor's "Think of the possibilities!"
  • Chess Motifs: Rupert and Bill in Gameland
  • Cycle of Revenge: Rupert and the Leprechauns: "First they stole the amulet, then we stole it, then they stole it, then we stole it, then they stole it, then we stole it, then they stole it, then we stole it, then they stole it...''
  • Digging to China: Rupert's Chinese friend Pong Ping had a lift that took the occupants straight down to China. It turned over halfway so they wouldn't arrive standing on their heads.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: One episode had a race of birdman trying to hunt down and imprison Rupert for building a flying machine, claiming "only [the Birdmen] may use the skies".
  • Fisher King: Old King Cole in Rupert and the Fiddle. Since he became grouchy due to his daughter wanting to marry one of his fiddlers, the other nursery rhymes are affected. (Such as Humpty-Dumpty remaining in-tact after his fall or Bo-Beep can't lose her sheep.)
  • Fractured Fairy Tale: Happens to Storyland in Rupert and the Fiddle.
  • Furry Confusion: Due to the nature of Rupert's universe, it's bound to happen. Especially in Rupert and the Little Bear.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • When Rupert and Uncle Grizzly are cornered by Big Ma McSwine, she tells them "Only a jackass would try to save you now!" At which point Grizzly's donkey, Maybelle, charges at them.
    • In "Rupert and the Nile":
      Tugger: Begging your lordship's pardon, all that stuff about that Ramindas fella controlling the Nile is just a load of— Shades of the Sphinx!
  • Harmless Freezing: Tends to happen whenever Billy Blizzard is around.
  • Historical-Domain Character via Time Travel
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Bill is terrible at singing. Ironically, it always succeeds in putting babies to sleep.
  • It Runs on Nonsensoleum: The reason that Rupert and Podgy were not affected when time was frozen is because they were sitting in a tent, eating peppered pickles, and they sneezed at the exact same time.
  • Karma Houdini: The Chameleon in Rupert and the Tiger's Eye.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: Rupert appeared in two children's compilations for charity. First was Pirates in NSPCC Children's TV Favourites Volume 2 in 1993 and Knight in My Best Friends, also in 1993.
  • Message in a Bottle: Rupert receives an invitation this way from a pirate friend, courtesy of Seven Seas Postal Service. Complete with an eel postman!
    • Another time, Rupert is captured and folds a paper boat message and sends it downriver.
  • Nothing Exciting Ever Happens Here: Rupert and the Tiger's Eye: Rupert is on holiday at Sandy Cove, where nothing ever happens... except for the jewel thief has crash landed his plane.
  • Oh Dear: In Rupert Bear and Billy Blizzard, Billy's being a jerk in the North Pole, as per usual, but once they tell Father Christmas, he'll sort everything out! Except he's frozen too...
  • Reluctant Monster: Kledwin the Dragon in Rupert and the Knight.
  • Ruthless Modern Pirates: One of the cartoons featured river pirates, who show up in a later episode as members of a pirate retirement home, which had previously been inhabited solely by more traditional pirates.
  • Shaped Like Itself: "Edward's as strong as an elephant."
  • Short Cuts Make Long Delays: A recurring plot element and running joke in the cartoon series is that all of Bill's "short cuts" invariably lead to some sort of strange adventure, but never where they wanted to go in the first place. In one episode, the two decided to split up and make a race out of it. Naturally, this time it's Rupert taking the proper route who finds himself in a land of adventure, which implies that it's not the shortcuts that lead to adventure, it's Rupert.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Algy brags about being better at things than he really is; most everyone just ignores it, but once when Rupert and Bill played a prank to make him look as good as he says he is, he is mistaken for a great hero and drafted to fight a monster.
  • Swallowed Whole: Adverted, but played straight. In Rupert and the Missing Snow, Rupert, his uncle Polar and Will adrift on a small iceberg all end up inside a whale's mouth. She nearly swallowed them by accident as she was suffering from a terrible toothache for mistaking the North Pole as a piece of candy. She remarks it was fortunate to have met them all, though Polar informs her it was very nearly unfortunate. She sincerely apologies. Cue many lame whale puns from their new friend.
  • Time Skip: Due to an accident in Timeland, Rupert and Podgey skip through various stages of their future selves from teenagers to seniors; luckily, Father Time was able to restore their proper ages when he sent them back home.

Tropes appearing in the CGI cartoon:

  • Disneyfication: BIG TIME. It completely skewed the characters toward little kiddies.
  • Flying Car
  • Gender Flip: The cartoon flipped Pong Ping and Ferdy Fox into females. Pong Ping's name was flipped to Ping Pong and Ferdy was renamed "Frieda".