A French-Australian animated series following the adventures of Kid Detectives Sally Bollywood and Doowee McAdam, who together form the private detective agency SBI (Sally Bollywood Investigations).
Sally Bollywood provides examples of the following tropes:
Acquired Poison Immunity: In "The Delayed Action Chilli Pepper", everyone except Sally comes down with a stomach illness. It turns out the school lunch contained an extra strong pepper, and Mrs. Apu explains that Sally is immune due to being raised on it her whole life.
Adorkable: Doowee. Sally can also fall under this sometimes.
Adults Are Useless: Usually played straight. Averted with Harry Bollywood; his daughter has to get her talent from somewhere, after all.
Also, for their classmates; there are kids with normal names like Jeremy, Sam, Bob, Cassie, Albert, Betty, Ernest, etc. and then you have kids with names like Kevina, Darshi, Alma, Devendra, Achmed, Erna, Nirmala, Svetlana, Vanille...the list goes on.
Aesop Amnesia: No matter how many times the "never jump to conclusions" rule is brought up it never sinks in with Sally.
Affectionate Nickname: Mrs. Apu often addresses Sally with things like "my little mongoose" or "my little poppadom".
The B Grade: In "Cockcroach Capers" Harry bans Sally from doing more detective work just because she got a C+ in a test.
Bizarre Taste in Food: In "Caught Red Handed" Audrey offers to help Sally and Doowee get out of detention in exchange for a snack. Sally looks in Doowee's bag and finds a banana, curry, roast beef and maple syrup sandwich. Luckily that just happens to be Audrey's favourite.
Costume Copycat: In "Halloween Heist" one of the culprits stole Sally's costume and sari while she was changing in the girls' room to impersonate her and left her own costume so Sally would have no choice but to wear it.
Da Chief: Sally, Harry and Principal Shoebridge take turns at this role.
Depending on the Writer: While some traits are constant (i.e. Bob is a bully, Sam is into art, the nerds are into nerd stuff), the personalities, relationships and hobbies of the background kids can be radically different from episode to episode.note For example, Jasmine & Alma's attitude in "the Delayed Action Chili Pepper" runs counter to how they act in pretty much every other episode in which they appear.
Bob's reason for destroying the cakes (except for Sally's curry pepper cake) in "Call My Lawyer" was because he wanted to make sauerkraut for the competition and the planning committee wouldn't let him.
Brigette Brickhouse changes Nigel Neutron's grades to all F's (except in gym) in "the Killer Curry" because she hated that he did well in every subject (except gym, which she excelled at) and wanted him to get yelled at by his parents for once.
Fair Play Whodunnit: It's usually pretty easy to figure out who the culprit is before the unmasking.
Freudian Excuse: In "Liz's Secret Diary" Liz admits the reason she's mean to everyone is people have always been mean to her so she decided rather than risk getting hurt she would make the first move and push away any possible friends. Sally straightens her out and tells her that's not the right way to go about it.
Funny Background Event: Through most of the latter half of "Liz's Secret Diary," Jaya & Melvin can be seen chasing Bob around the school, to exact revenge for him stealing their things.
Gadgeteer Genius: Doowee. Also some of the regular nerd characters, like Albert or Nigel Neutron.
A determined looking Sally on a spinning circle surrounded by lotus flowers
A background of lotus flowers with Sally & Doowee appearing on it.
Blue elephants walking across the screen or sometimes coming in from opposite sides, like a curtain.
Sally dancing on the howdah of an elephant, then panning out to show multiple Sallys dancing on multiple elephants.
A multi-armed Vishnu clock note series 2 replaces this with ones of Sally and Doowee
A temple like thing appears, followed by Sally, in a kung-fu stance, appearing in it.
A split screen showing Doowee with a Dr. Octopus-like device on one side & Sally with a magnifying glass on the other.
I Never Said It Was Poison: In "The Party", Sally and Doowee are investigating who gatecrashed a party. Whilst interrogating a known-gatecrasher, the gatecrasher points that it couldn't have been him and his buddies, since they don't wear masks when they gatecrash. It's then pointed out that no-one had mentioned that the gatecrashers were wearing masks, and a Chase Scene ensues.
I Know Karate: Sally claims to be skilled in Khalariphattyu, an Indian martial art, though she rarely uses it.
It's Personal: Sally is particularly aggressive on cases that personally affect her or Doowee.
Just a Stupid Accent: In the English dub, characters are given random accents note For example, Sally, despite being Indian, speaks with a very pronounced British accent . This is most jarring in the case of Mr. Cubbings the janitor, who was given an Australian accent, but one episode revealed he's from Canada. His son Stefan has an appropriate Canadian accent.
Reverse Whodunnit: In "Call My Lawyer" the SBI (and the audience) know Bob is the culprit from the start, but the problem is proving it.
Sadist Teacher: The titular character of "The Formidable Miss Chicago" who replaces the normal maths teacher Miss Smith and makes the kids do maths exercises while balancing on one leg, or other things. Subverted in that Miss Chicago is Miss Smith in disguise, trying to teach her class a lesson for taking advantage of her kindness, while helping them learn their lessons better.
Smoke Out: Played with in "Caught Red Handed". Sally and Doowee fill the detention room with smoke in order for Sally to make a Clothing Switch with Audrey so Sally can get another hall pass.
Spanner in the Works: Sally's cousin Bouleh in "Cousin Bouleh" messes up the SBI's plans several times. It gets to the point where they wonder if he's intentionally sabotaging the investigation. He's not, in case you were wondering.
Too Clever by Half: Sally has a big ego and often puts her foot in her mouth by falsely accusing a suspect only to be proven wrong. note This happens quite frequently.
Turn in Your Badge: In "Cockroach Capers" Sally's father bans her from detective work, but she disobeys him to work on a case.
Ungrateful Bastard: Some of the people who hire the S.B.I (i.e. Kevina & Liz) are quite nasty towards the detectives they need to help them out. The latter was so bad in fact, Sally actually considered dropping her case.
Unprovoked Pervert Payback: In "Double Trouble" Sally sneaks into school disguised as Mr. Watson and accidentally gets him in trouble when she goes into the girls' room out of habit.
Where the Hell is Cosmopolis?: Quite likely in England; the characters often watch cricket, they're on the metric system, and tend to use British phrases like "maths," & "holiday."
Widow Woman: Mrs. Apu may be this. The "Mrs." in her name is the only indication given that she may have been married once.
You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Literally in the case of Darshi, Zoe, Jessica Beetle, Stan, Betty, Nirmala note technically blue green, but still counts & Alma. Also some characters have purple hair (Sally, Bob, Sam, Kevina), green (Jaya, Jasmine), and even pink (Cassy, Christina).