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Western Animation: Sabrina: The Animated Series

Not to be confused with Sabrina and The Groovie Goolies, this is the Animated Adaptation of the sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch, which itself was already adapted from a comic book by Archie Comics.

Being produced by DIC Entertainment during the time it was owned by Disney and having run on ABC's One Saturday Morning and its weekday afternoon counterpart One Too on UPN, it was oddly treated like it was as much of a show by Disney as the company's actual productions. The reruns on Toon Disney placed it in the same primetime block as Disney cartoons like House of Mouse and Aladdin, even though it was pretty obvious that this was not an actual Disney cartoon. In its original run, the show lasted from September, 1999 to February, 2000 for a total of 65 episodes.

For those out of the know, the cartoon was more like an Alternate Continuity than a prologue to the live action series as it contradicts many things. For example, in the main show Sabrina comes into her powers on her sixteenth birthday and learns that her family (save for her mother) are witches. In the animated show, Sabrina is a preteen and already has her powers as well as knows about the magical nature of her family. In this version, Sabrina goes to middle school in between learning to use her magic. Harvey goes to the same school along with her and of course the two develop a like for one another. Her rival on the school ground is Gem Stone (acting as a preteen Alpha Bitch for Libby) and her best friend is Chloe, the only human who knows of Sabrina's secret. Her aunts, Zelda and Hilda, are in this version as well but are stuck in teenage bodies for a never revealed punishment. Thus, they have to be looked on by their Uncle Quigley (another original character) till then. Salem still lives with the bunch as usual and, being an animated show, is given much more movement than his live action counterpart.

After DIC split up from Disney, they produced a Made-for-TV Movie titled Sabrina: Friends Forever, which served as the pilot to a new syndicated series titled Sabrina's Secret Life, which was basically a follow-up to the first series. Many of the original characters from the first series were Put on a Bus or brother chucked and, since by this point Disney had ended their contract with DIC, features none of the original voice actors either. In this version, Sabrina now going to high school (further contradicting the main series, but only two years younger) is now at the age where she can attend magic school as well. She quickly finds a new rival in Cassandra, who's a full witch—and will let Sabrina know it every chance she gets. Of course, Sabrina more than willing to prove being full blooded doesn't mean you're automatically better.

Ironically, reruns of Sabrina's Secret Life briefly popped up on Toon Disney for a while. After that, they were aired for a while on Saturday mornings on CBS's Cookie Jar TV block in 2010, with "Sabrina's Secret Life" joining it on September 18. On February 5, they were replaced by Trollz and Horseland.

Now has a character page.

Sabrina: The Animated Series contains examples of:

  • Adorkable: Pi and Harvey.
  • Affectionate Parody: The show really loved this one. Let's see...
    • "La Femme Sabrina" - spy films
    • "Xabrina Warrior Witch" - video games
    • "Wiccan of the Sea" - The Little Mermaid
    • "Hexcalibur" - King Arthur
    • "The Senses Shattering Adventures of Harvtastic" - comic books/superheroes
    • "When In Rome" - Gladiator
  • Alpha Bitch: Gem. She gains a witch counterpart in the Made-for-TV Movie "Sabrina: Friends Forever".
    • One episode revealed Gem was a Beta Bitch for the Head Cheerleader, Calista. Weirdly enough, Calista was shown to be Gem's lackey in later episodes.
  • As Himself: "Weird Al" Yankovic in "Witchy Grrrls".
  • Assumed Win: In the Made-for-TV Movie "Sabrina: Friends Forever", the movie's Alpha Bitch assumed she'd win an award but Sabrina won.
  • Bad Future: One that caused by stealing oddly enough.
  • Badass Adorable: Sabrina can be like this a few times.
  • Badass Normal: Tim The Witch Smeller is a villainous variation of this; using science to swore revenge on witches since he bullied as a kid for being a Muggle Born of Mages.
  • Balloon Belly: Sabrina in one episode... after chowing down a LOT of garlic in "The Bat Pack"
    • And Salem in another episode.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: A major theme in the first series as, since Sabrina wasn't powerful enough yet, had to rely on the "Spooky Jar" who would grant Sabrina's desire at the moment. Typical of course these would always backfire and Sabrina would have to find a way to fix the problem.
  • Between My Legs: During the episode "Nothin' Spells Lovin Like Somethin' From a Coven", while Sabrina and Gem are arguing, this shot is used with Gem's legs as framing.
  • Big Eater: Salem.
    • And Harvey if the episode calls for it.
  • Bishōnen: Pi has very feminine features, and on top of that he's also voiced by a woman.
  • Black Best Friend: Chloe.
  • Blond Brunette Redhead: Sabrina (blond), Zelda (redhead), and Hilda (brunette)
  • Break the Cutie: Harvey when he finds out his favorite cartoon got cancelled and when he was playing an arcade game at a very high level until an employee accidentally restarted it. Played for Laughs.
    • Pi in "Paranormal Pi" when Sabrina is forced to make his magic tracker go on the fritz so her secret won't be discovered, humiliating him in front of a crowd of people in the process.
  • Broke Episode: One episode featured Gem's family losing all their money, with Gem moving into Sabrina's house.
  • Broken Aesop: The moral of "Moldy Oldie" is basically that it's wrong to deny an elderly person a place in society just because they have so many years of experience, never mind the fact that said elderly person may be senile and/or a danger to himself or others.
  • By the Hair: Gem pulls Pi's (rather long) hair in "Straight Outta Paris" to prove (somehow) that he was a 'Cyborg From The Future!' Needless to say, he was NOT impressed.
  • Catch Phrase: Pi had two. "Mi Amigo" and "chyah"
  • Cats Are Magic: Salem, Scheherazade
  • Cats Are Snarkers: Salem
  • Christmas Episode ("Witchmas Carole")
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Pi. And depending on the episode, Harvey (The latter flanderized in Sabrina's Secret Life).
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: "Shrink to Fit" has magic used to fit into tight jeans backfire as it's victims shrink even further to doll size, the first indication of this is the pants becoming too big. Oddly both Chloe (green) and Sabrina (blue) are wearing boxers.
    • Also in "Send In The Clones" Sabrina casts a spell on Gem, causing her pants to rip, and we can see she's wearing panties.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Hilda and Zelda teenage forms are the result for "abusing magic" in the past (which is kinda weird, Hilda one can understand but Zelda?). Apparently being "young and beautiful" as Zelda quips is a dishonor in the witches world.
    • Could also be seen as Cursed with Awesome.
    • Enchantra punishes them for allowing her to flirt with a conjured up version of Romeo by making them go out in public dressed as Rock-Hopper Penguins for a week.
  • Cool Loser: Sabrina and Chloe appear to be in the unpopular crowd for no reason other than because the popular kids say so.
  • Crowd Song: "Goin' To The Beach" from the episode "Wiccan Of The Sea".
  • Cute Monster Girl: Sabrina in Harvey's comic book world where she appears to be half-girl, half-squid. She also appears to have been aged by a few years - judging by her chest area. The comic was drawn by a 13-year-old boy.
    • Also Grimadonna the Netherworld superstar. She's an attractive woman with blue skin, pointy ears and fangs.
  • Dark Horse Victory: In "Wag the Witch," Sabrina runs for class president and Gem tries to ruin her campaign by having a reporter for the school newspaper follow her and watch her every move. Sabrina conjures up a pair of glasses that make the reporter see Sabrina as a normal tween girl. The reporter ends up running an article about how boring Sabrina is and endorses the school's resident Strange Boy Pi, who wins the election.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Sabrina a good number of the times in the show. One example, she figures Gem's life is so easy since she's rich. So she uses a spell to switch lives with her. Not only does she find Gem's life not as glamorous as expected (she has tutors who constantly have Sabrina do "Proper Etiquette" exercises which run Sabrina ragged). But since Gem now has her life, she's a witch and well, you kinda guess how a Alpha Bitch would be if she has magical powers.
  • Disneyesque: While the show was part of One Saturday Morning, Disney didn't make it (though Buena Vista produced the first series)...though the art style is very similar to various Disney movies.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Tim the Witch Hunter's reason for hunting witches was because they made fun of him during his schools days.
  • The Ditz: Harvey.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Harvey's comic book world has a thing called the Dreaded Dysphilia which takes the form of a giant ball of fungus that functions in the same way as The Nothing from The NeverEnding Story. Even more Eldritch, Harvey didn't create it so he has no idea how to destroy it and more importantly it feeds off his negative self-esteem. That's right, a monster that feeds off the negative self-esteem of a teenager.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: Occasionally used, as well as Everybody Laughs Credits at the end of every episode.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: "When in Rome" reveals that even Gem would never intentionally kill someone.
  • The Faceless: Salem in flashbacks to when he was a human warlock.
    • Although the comics based on the series showed him as a human in "Kitty Slickers" in which he was allowed to be a human for a day and was a cowboy. However, he looked nothing like his TV series counterpart, having sandy brown hair instead of black.
  • Familiar: Salem to the Spellmans, as part of his punishment.
  • Fantastic Racism: Against mortals and half-witches.
    • And in the case of Tim the Witch Smeller, against witches PERIOD.
    • According to the Witch's counsel, half-witches are inferior to full witches.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: In "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?" we see flashbacks of Harvey and Gem getting their hearts broken by trivial things.
  • Five-Man Band: Sabrina, her friends and Gem actually have one of these going, albeit lightly.
    • The Leader - Sabrina. It's her show after all.
    • The Lancer - Chloe. She's slightly more level headed than Sabrina at times and often provides the conscience for her (the halloween episode has a good example)
    • The Smart Guy - Pi. He's a genius. He's also physically weak (Harvey often protects him as in Paranormal Pi)
    • The Big Guy - Harvey. The only masculine boy in the group. The others are girls and Pi is a feminine boy. He's also not very smart at times.
    • The Chick - Gem. She's much girlier than Sabrina and Chloe and far more hung up on trends and beauty.
  • Follow the Leader: Deemed to be the worst example of the wave of comic book themed show imitating Batman: The Animated Series.
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Sabrina wore a witch costume.
  • Freudian Excuse: Tim the Witch-Smeller's hatred of witches comes from them tormenting him when he was a child.
  • Gasshole: See Balloon Belly above. After eating all of that garlic, Sabrina becomes victim to frequent garlic-scented burps which come in quite handy when fighting vampires.
  • Girl Group: Sabrina, Hilda, Zelda and Chloe form one for a talent contest. They cast a spell to become legit famous. The spell to do so reference The Bangles, The Go Gos, Spice Girls and The Supremes.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: Harvey isn't exactly the coolest guy around, yet Gem has an all too transparent crush on him.
  • Godiva Hair: Rainbow/ Frau Strudel at the end of "Has Anybody Seen My Quigley?" while running from the police.
  • Halloween Episode: "Nothin' Says Lovin' Like Somethin' from a Coven"
  • Hidden Eyes: Pi's eyes are always hidden under his hat.
    • You do see them for a second in "Paranormal Pi" when Slugloaf knocks him into a bush, but they're closed the whole time.
  • You can see them properly in "Hexcalibur" when Arthur and Merlin fall through the trap door (They're brown)
  • Hollywood Old: Sabrina's adult self just has glasses and is slightly taller than her teenage self. Yet she's referred to as an old lady by numerous other characters.
  • Humans Are Ugly: Hilda and Zelda are cursed to be human teenagers for undisclosed reasons. One episode has Zelda bemoan her lost haggard appearance. Hilda does not seem to mind, though, especially since she looks like Victoria Beckham. Weidly enough, Enchantra resembles an attractive, young woman, herself.
  • Humiliation Conga: In "Paranormal Pi" when Pi's paranormal activity tracker is homing in on Sabrina's house with a large mob of people following him, Sabrina has no choice but to make it look like the device didn't work, utterly humiliating him.
  • I Kiss Your Foot: In "Witch Switch", witch Gem made Harvey his hypnotic slave and forced him to kiss her feet.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: The episode "Shrink to Fit".
  • Involuntary Shapeshifting: Sabrina into a fish in the episode "Fish Schtick". A partial example as she said she wanted to swim like a fish, so the magic turned her into one. Sabrina, Chloe and Salem transforming into mermaids in "Wiccan of the Sea" also counts.
  • It Was All Just A Dream: see Crowd Song.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Salem, and Gem occasionally.
  • Karma Houdini: "Picture Perfect" ends with Sabrina winning the student of the year award, but then giving it up by admitting she cheated. Instead Gem wins, despite her having also cheated. The closest thing she gets to a punishment is everyone walking out on her victory speech.
  • "Strange New World" ends with Pi getting an even worse detention than he caused 'Tom' to get.
  • Large Ham: Alvin. Don't EVER laugh at him!
  • Limited Wardrobe: Everyone in the show....with the exception of Gem.
    • Gem actually lampshades this in one episode: "Great outfit, Spellman. I just never get tired of seeing you in it."
  • Magic Pants: In "Shrink to Fit" when Sabrina and Chloe are small enough to fit into doll clothing the clothes shrink with them to the point when they became practically microscopic. Which is very odd by the fact that their normal clothes did not shrink with them at all Empty Pilesof Clothing
  • Meaningful Name: Enchantra's servant Stabbenback. Sabrina and Enchantra learned the meaning the hard way.
  • Meganekko: Zelda.
  • Mini Dress Of Power: Aunt Hilda wears one.
  • Morality Pet: Alvin from the episode "Planet of the Dogs" starts off like this but after being neglected and gaining the ability to speak, becomes a Knight Templar and Noble Demon for the neglected and abused neighborhood dogs.
  • Muggle Best Friend: Chloe.
  • Muggle Born of Mages: Tim the Witch-Smeller. In this series he seems to be a unique case, which is why all his empowered peers made his life hell.
  • Naked People Are Funny: At the end of "Has Anyone Seen My Quigley?"
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The director in "Documagicary" is a Giant Spider named Quentin Tarantulino.
  • Noble Demon: As noted, Alvin from "Planet of the Dogs".
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: Sabrina, Chloe and Salem are unwillingly turned into mermaids by the Spooky Jar. They can breathe and communicate underwater just fine though there's a time limit on the spell and they have to return to the island they started out on when it runs out or else they'll be mermaids forever.
  • Parent Service: Hilda and Enchantra were probably designed with this in mind.
  • Present Company Excluded: When Quigley learned about Tim's Freudian Excuse, he made a comment about witches and then remembered he was talking to witches.
  • Poor Communication Kills
  • Punny Name: Gem Stone, anyone?
    • Also, the one shot character, Dorsala Finn (Who just so happens to be a swimmer).
  • Pi the kid genius who is a math lover.
  • Refrain from Assuming: There is no song called "Have You Seen Her?" The theme song is officially titled, "She'll Bewitch Ya".
  • Refugee from Once-Upon-a-Time Land: Sabrina accidentally brings Cinderella into the real world for a while. Due to her whiny nature and Annoying Laugh, Sabrina finds her more obnoxious than expected.
  • Reused Character Design: When Sabrina tries to help Harvey escape a world populated by fairy tale characters, she notices that Cinderella's stepsisters look and sound exactly like Gem, except for the fact one of them has a different hairstyle. She lampshades this by commenting, "Isn't it amazing how all pain in the neck girls kind of look alike?"
  • Sarcasm Failure: Harvey is prone to this.
  • Screw Politeness Im A Senior: Uncle Zamboni in "Paranormal Pi"
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Spooky Jar.
    • Though not all that evil as it at the least gave Sabrina a Reset Button for most of her wishes.
  • Secret Keeper: Chloe
  • Shaking Her Hair Loose: When the girls turn their strict nanny into a Granola Girl, she immediately unties her hair and shakes it free.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Lampshaded and discussed in "La Femme Sabrina" about how it always shows up in spy movies. She and Harvey are indeed in a gown and tux respectively. Subverted though when it turns out they're at a rodeo and therefore overdressed.
    Sabrina: Ever notice how there's always a big formal wear scene?
    Harvey: I know. It gets the hero into a tux.
  • Shout-Out: In "Fish Shtick", new student Dorsala Finn is said to have transferred from Riverdale High.
    • The girls' warlock great-grandfather is named Gandalf. Makes sense, given his profession.
    • Tim's Spell Scrambler looks similar to a [[Film/Ghostbusters Proton Pack]].
  • Sick Episode: Sabrina catches witchitis... Magic Misfire and Hilarity Ensues.
  • 65-Episode Cartoon
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: In Harvey's comic book world Sabrina's power to shoot squids out of her hands is as useless as you'd expect...until the hero whose power is to make anything he draws come to life runs out of ink and Sabrina remembers what squids are good for.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The usual reaction by mortals whenever a spell is cast right in front of their eyes.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: Subverted. When Sabrina unwittingly made a cake that reversed its eater's personality, Gem became a nice girl clever enough to figure out Sabrina's secret. Together, the two of them developed an antidote that turned everyone back to normal and made them forget everything. When Gem was the only one left, Sabrina tried to convince her NOT to drink it because she likes the new Gem better. The new Gem decided that bringing back the old one was the right thing to do and, as her parting words, told Sabrina she'll still be deep somewhere inside the original Gem.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?" Sabrina is told to search for one person who never had their heart broken. Eventually she gives up, saying she checked everyone she could. This would imply Pi was among the people she checked, but we never see his broken heart flashback and it's hard to imagine how someone as laid back as him could have his heart broken.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Harvey's superheroes in his comic book world don't like their powers which involve - turning into a gazebo to trap villains (Gazebo Boy), Atomic Tantrum Power (Mega Girl) and shooting a squid out of your hands (Calamari Queen).
    • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Mega Girl's power does subdue the villain. And when Harvey's 'draw it and it comes to life' pen runs out of ink, Calamari Queen remembers what squids are good for.
  • Weirdness Censor: Of They Just Didn't Care variety, Salem often talks in front of people without anyone reacting.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: Tim when he actually becomes a threat to the witches who once mocked him.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Or morever "Who Wants To Be Young And Beautiful Forever"?
  • Yet Another Christmas Carol: Bizarrely done twice! The first time, done as the show's Christmas special, featured Sabrina and her aunts trying to convince Gem to change her ways. Funnily enough, the episode also lampshaded how A Christmas Carol has been adapted to death, and even deconstructed it. The attempt (including showing her lonely grave) has no effect on Gem; she only begins to regret her ways Sabrina gives her a Christmas present.
    • The second time was more of a straight example. After Sabrina used some of the money she had earned for charity on a doll, it came to life and showed the horrible futures for her friends. Among other things, it ended with a showdown between Sabrina and a Wicked Witch Gem. Although this one had nothing to do with Christmas, it does parody the gravestone scene.

Sabrina's Secret Life contains examples of:

  • An Aesop: The writers clearly have an Anvilicious attitude towards anorexia.
  • Art Evolution: Subverted. Due to only DiC and Les Studios Tex working on the series (Disney split up with DiC at the time and Melissa Joan Hart didn't produce the show anymore), the animation and character design was pretty lazy, such as how Maritza was just a recolored version of Chloe, and Cassandra was a background student (once shown in Gem's posse originally unnamed!) in the 1999 series.
    • One example of actual evolution was the eyes of the characters. They became more "shiny"
    • It was mainly the clothes and hairstyles that changed (similar to Disney's Doug).
  • Bishōnen: Salem's human form.
  • Characterization Marches On: Weirdly enough, Salem has become Sabrina's mentor and voice of reason. Confusingly, his backstory of once being an evil warlock is still retained and brought up almost every other episode.
    • Sabrina was gone through this in every incarnation, but here she is a blithering idiot who nearly destroy Greendale by doing something stupid with her magic. This was due to the show becoming more educational than the previous show.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: While Gem and Chloe's departures were explained, we still don't know what happened to Pi, Quigley, or the Spooky Jar.
    • The original comics featured a story that wrapped up the Sabrina: The Animated Series versions of the characters being used in the book at the time, and shifted the comic back to its traditional setting. They explained that Quigley had taken a job outside of the country (in Europe?), and so moved away. Pi is unexplained but due to his grades he might have gotten into a high ranking high school/
boarding school.
  • Flanderization: Harvey started out as a sweet but kinda ditzy guy. He's a full-blown idiot in Sabrina's Secret Life.
  • Gag Haircut: Not a hair cut but Cassandra casts a spell to turn Maritza's hair into multi-coloured spikes. She then makes a hand dryer explode on her, singeing the rest of it.
  • G-Rated Drug: Dreamland in "Living Her Dreams".
  • Heel-Face Turn: Cassandra near the end of the show.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Cassandra, although she's Gem Stone's replacement.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Mr. Snipe's mortal disguise consists of just human clothes. His grotesque features should make him really stand out, but no-one seems to see anything weird about him.
  • Put on a Bus: Chloe and Gem
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Cassandra is Enchantra's niece and occasionally uses this to her advantage.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Maritza replacing Chloe, who reportedly moved away.
    • Actually Maritza used the same basic character design used for Chloe, only with slightly lighter skin color to indicate that Maritza was vaguely Hispanic.
    • Also, Cassandra uses a similar character design to one of Gem's lackeys. Her character design was also used for the Friends Forever movie with a different voice called Portia.
      • There is some speculation Portia and the unnamed lackey are the same character, since a character resembling Gem can be seen at graduation.
    • The designs of Portia's two lackeys were reused for Cassandra's two lackeys. It is a bit jarring since they are not witches.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Sabrina in between the two shows.

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