Western Animation / Secret Squirrel

The 1965 versions of Morocco Mole and Secret Squirrel.

Secret Squirrel is a series of Spy Fiction parody cartoon shorts made by Hanna-Barbera in 1965 as the lead segment of a Three Shorts series that also featured Squiddly Diddly and Winsome Witch. It was later revived in 1993 as Super Secret Secret Squirrel, in another Three Shorts format headlined by 2 Stupid Dogs.

In both versions, Secret Squirrel is a Funny Animal spy. Along with his sidekick, Morocco Mole, He Fights Crime.

Secret Squirrel contains examples of:

"Secret Squirrel?!" "In the flesh!" Specifically, the Super Secret version.

Super Secret Secret Squirrel adds:

  • Action Girl: "Agent Penny" shows that the Chief's PA is a capable Emma Peel-alike.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Greg's motivation for villainy is that he's a gingerbread man whose leg was bitten off by the girl who baked him.
  • Anti-Villain: Platypus only wanted to fire his body scrambler at himself. If only he'd hooked up his extension cord to somewhere other than the Secret Service Solar Energy Station.
  • Arch-Nemesis: Of all the villains, Dr. O seems to be this.
  • Artistic License Biology: Secret and Morocco use heat-sensor glasses to track down a chameleon villain. The problem? Lizards are ectothermic.
  • Berserk Button: Penny says it best herself; "Don't ever call me 'girlie.'"
  • The Cameo: Two Stupid Dogs are two of the anthropomorphic guard dogs for the museum in "Chameleon". They also appear as their usual selves in "Scirocco Mole", along with Yogi Bear and Boo Boo. "Agent Penny" has an "Undercover Pub" peppered with portraits of Hanna-Barbera crimefighters as well as a cameo by Snooper And Blabber.
    • Reversing the situation, Secret and Morocco star in a dog biscuit ad featured in a Two Stupid Dogs segment.
  • Cool Car
  • Crazy-Prepared: Secret, naturally. But in "Scirocco Mole," Morocco was shown to be as well, tossing a bomb at his evil twin. When Secret asks where he got it, Morocco responds, "I brought the whole box of them! See? I even lit them so they would be ready" Cue the Oh Crap! face from Secret Squirrel.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Penny certainly gets one of her own in "Agent Penny".
  • Deadly Dodging: Used against One Ton, a rampaging panda whom Secret must stop but isn't allowed to attack. He then puts him under protective custody for endangering an endangered species.
  • Disguised in Drag: Twice:
    • In "Goldflipper," Secret and Morocco dress up as "Squirrel Scouts" to infiltrate the bad guy's hideout by selling him cookies. Amazingly, the guy falls for it, probably because Secret is rather disturbingly convincing as a girl squirrel.
    • In "One Ton," Morocco suggests that what the villain needs is "a mate." One Gilligan Cut later and Secret is dressed as a sexy female panda. However, it fails miserably, considering he gets beaten up offscreen by said villain pretty much immediately.
  • The Easy Way or the Hard Way: Secret gives this choice to One Ton, the rogue panda.
  • Evil Twin: Morocco has one, named Scirocco.
  • Expy: Goldflipper is one of Yellow Pinky, with a similar voice, wardrobe, & the same obsession with gold. Since Yellow Pinky is an Expy of Goldfinger, this makes him an Expy of an Expy.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Greg the gingerbread man gets eaten alive (onscreen no less) by a horde of hungry ants.
    • The Chameleon it seems. During his breakdown, he's "trapped" in a canvas. It's either this or And I Must Scream.
  • Flash Back: Goes recursive in "Scirocco Mole". Secret stops it before we reach evil sperm.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Done in the episode "Platypus". Minds stay with heads, but heads get shuffled onto the wrong bodies.
  • Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: Penny is the only one in the series.
  • Funny Animal: The series is now set in a World of Funny Animals. This leads to...
  • Furry Confusion: ...played with. Nobody seems to have pets, but there is a Super Secret Zoo. The exhibits are in prison uniforms, making it more of a Super Secret Prison cunningly disguised as a Super Secret Zoo.
  • Furry Female Mane: Penny had this.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In "Scirocco Mole", when Morocco, dressed as Scirocco, is walking through a bazaar, he bumps into a guy selling walnuts, causing his stand to fall down in front of him, spiling the nuts everywhere. The seller has his hands together on the spot of the stand next to his crotch and says, "My nuts".
    • Not to mention to the mole twins' origin story which go far back into the womb. And judging from what fetis!Scirocco says, we would have gone all the way to their conception if Secret hadn't nipped it in the bud.
    • In "Platypus," a change ray switches the body parts of Secret Squirrel, Morocco and the Chief, with Secret getting Morocco's torso. In reaching in for what he thinks is one of his weapons, he instead takes out a magazine centerfold of a female mole.
    • "Chameleon" has the chief at an art museum exhibition heading up security (for what is presumed to be the last unstolen painting) and he asks a female patron if she'd be interested in "undercover work".
    • After being assaulted by One Ton with his own "Psychology in a can" spray, a dazed Secret Squirrel asks Morocco if his Freudian Slip is showing.
    • Then there was all the blatant seduction innuendo and the Cat Fight in Penny's Day in the Limelight episode.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: As in the original, but now hardly anybody wears pants, as Secret quite often demonstrates when pulling open his coat to deploy gadgetry. Being temporarily naked doesn't seem to be much of an issue, either.
    • Though Chief did seem to be quite embarrassed when it was revealed the bison wore bikini briefs.
    • And, oddly enough, Secret removes a pair of shorts when changing behind a screen in "Agent Penny".
    • One of the things Secret is made to say by the villain in "Quark" to make him seem as though he is insane was "I'll do a jig in my undies, Chief." Despite the fact he wears no "undies."
      Quark: Hey, Secret Squirrel! What's the big secret? You're not wearing pants?
  • High-Class Glass: The Chameleon sports a monocle to show how upper class and snobby he is.
  • Hollywood Darkness: Explained and lampshaded in "Dr. O," where the titular doctor cuts off all the lights in the world and blocks out the sun, leaving none of the characters able to see anything while the audience can still see them.
    Narrator: "For the benefit of the viewing audience, a special filter will be applied so our fans may see all the action... in total darkness. Thank you."
  • Hollywood Voodoo
  • Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: Queen Bea, a (wait for it) queen bee, is infatuated with Secret Squirrel, a squirrel. Even with anthropomorphism, the latter is several times the size of the former.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Dialed up to 11 with Secret, and not only in his coat, but in his hat, à la Inspector Gadget.
  • Idea Bulb: The method by which SS defeats Dr. O. (It Makes Sense in Context, okay?)
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each episode (except "Agent Penny") is named after its villain.
  • Inspector Oblivious: Averted. The Spy Fiction genre is instead parodied by making Secret competent and prepared to Marty Stu levels.
  • "King Kong" Climb: One of the villains Penny faces does this in "Agent Penny".
  • Look Behind You: "...it's Fred Flintstone!"
  • Loop Hole Abuse: In "One Ton," Secret was forbidden to hurt the titular villain because he is a panda which is protected by law as an endangered species. He finds his way around this by tricking the panda into hurting himself. See Deadly Dodging for more details.
  • Love Potion: Deployed by Queen Bea. Works slightly better than usual, although Secret falls for, amongst other things, his own tail, before countering the effects with The Power of Hate.
  • Mask Power / Nice Hat: Secret's hat fulfills this role, coming down below his eyes yet still showing them.
    • In the episode "Agent Penny", he trades it for a variety of likewise indigo low-slung headgear.
    • In "Doctor O", he actually discards a smashed and broken hat...to reveal an identical replacement underneath.
    • When Morocco ends up wearing it in "Platypus", it's his nose which pokes through.
    • Secret is seen maskless a few times though. In "Goldflipper," he does not wear it as part of his Squirrel Scout outfit, and is bare-faced. And in "Doctor O," the hat is partially sucked off by a vacuum cleaner, briefly showing us Secret's face in a Freeze-Frame Bonus.
  • Mismatched Eyes: Greg's gumdrop eyes. One is purple, the other is greenish blue.
  • Non Sequitur Thud: In "One Ton", after the villain of the same name drops a desk on Secret using his Psychology in a Can against him, Morocco opens one of the drawers and Secret comes out, all bent out of shape, and he says, "Is my Freudian Slip showing?"
  • The One Who Wears Shoes: Penny.
  • Portal Picture: The Chameleon loves to become one with great art. Secret causes him to have a breakdown by exposing him to modern, abstract works.
  • The Power of Hate: A rare heroic version—Secret counteracting Queen Bea's brainwashing Love Potion by channeling all his hate in order to save Penny from harm.
  • Puff of Logic: In Quark, Secret uses a dictionary to point out that quarks are a "hypothetical" subatomic particle, and makes the titular microscopic villain disappear.
    • A goof on Hanna-Barbera's part - by The '90s, quarks had already been shown to exist. However, Secret could still disprove Quark: quarks are never found alone.
  • Pungeon Master: Secret is a constant stream of puns, and he's not alone.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Greg.
  • Spot the Impostor: Played straight with Morocco and Scirocco Mole, each attempting to demonstrate that he's the bungling one.
  • Step into the Blinding Fight: In the episode with Dr. O where the lights are shut off, leaving Secret without the use of his sight to combat the Doctor's bat henchmen, who have no problems fighting in the dark. After taking some punches, Secret eventually focuses on using his other senses.
  • Thick-Line Animation
  • Too Dumb to Live: Morocco can be seen as this at times.
  • Vetinari Job Security: The plot of "Agent Penny". To save money, the Chief fires Secret, replaces him with Penny, and replaces Penny with Morocco. The result: Secret is bored out of his mind, Penny is a competent agent but gets tired of getting beaten up all the time, and Morocco destroys Penny's filing system by putting all the villains under "C" for criminal. Everyone is relieved when the Chief returns all the characters to their old jobs.
  • Villain of the Week: Aside from "Agent Penny", each episode had a different villain and was named after said villain.
    • And even "Agent Penny" wasn't a subversion of the trope.
  • Wacky Racing: "Hot Rodney", although with only two characters. Subverted: Secret cheats as much as the "bad guy" does, and ends up losing.
    • Then again, Secret only "cheated" in response to the bad guy's previous cheating and Hot Rodney crossed a line when he had a thug kidnap Morocco Mole just to force Secret to abandon a race.
  • We Meet Again: Though Dr. O appears in one episode, he and Secret Squirrel have meet many times before.
  • Wingding Eyes: The reflections on Morocco's shades often do this; the usual squiggle turning into an exclamation mark is a common one.
    • The standard squiggles are S-shaped. S.S. standing for Secret Squirrel, of course.
      • Or Super Secret.
  • World of Funny Animals: The revival is set in one. This is one of its biggest departures from the original series.
  • Would Hit a Girl: One Ton threw Secret Squirrel in drags. Though we're not sure if it's because he wasn't fooled one bit.