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Western Animation: Skunk Fu!
Skunk Fu! is an Irish animated series featuring a young skunk (Skunk) who wants to learn martial arts. He is helped by his friends Rabbit, Fox, and Pig, who are — wait for it — a rabbit, a fox and a pig. Skunk also learns from a wise leader named Pandanote .

The series lasted from September, 2007 to September, 2008. A total of 26 episodes in a single season.


Tropes used:

  • Achievements in Ignorance: Skunk once managed to pull off a technique that Panda just made up in order to get some sleep.
  • Action Girl: Fox.
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  • Ambiguously Gay: Baboon; despite his sometimes effeminate actions, he obviously has a crush on Fox.
  • Anti-Villain: Surprisingly, Dragon could be seen as this if you look at the What the Hell, Hero? down below.
  • Badass Boast: Rabbit manages one when Baboon asks the classic "You and what army?" Rabbit's response? He flexes one arm, then the other, saying, "This army over here, and this army over here.
  • Because Destiny Says So: Skunk is destined to defeat Dragon.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Fox and Rabbit.
  • Big Bad: Dragon.
  • Big Brother Bully: Rabbit is mostly this to Skunk. There are times however when he titters on being a Big Brother Mentor. See Jerk with a Heart of Gold below.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Ox and Bird, respectively.
  • The Chosen One: Skunk was given to Panda when he asked for help defeating Dragon.
  • Cool Big Sister: Fox to Skunk. She was taken in by Panda when her father was killed, and seems to view Skunk as a little brother.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Pig becomes "Master Pig", thanks to Rabbit's "octopus arm" weapon (a plunger attached to a rope, which Pig excels in using).
    • Pig going nuts over truffles. It's amazing how much ass he can kick for the things.
  • A Dog Named Dog: Entire cast.
  • The Dragon: Baboon. Ironically, his Big Bad is a Dragon by the name of... you know darn well what.
  • Excited Show Title!
  • Expy: Skunk can be considered this in comparison to Po from Kung Fu Panda and Goku from Early Dragon Ball.
  • Fallen Hero: A rather tragic case of it. Dragon used to be a heroic guardian of the valley, but after falling a test from Heaven was punished. This caused him to turn into the monster he is today.
  • Fartillery: Skunk, natch.
  • Fiery Redhead: Fox (she has red fur).
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Rabbit has a poster of Fox in a Playboy-esque pose.
  • Gossipy Hen: Actually a Gossipy Crane.
  • Humanoid Female Animal bordering on Petting Zoo Person: Fox, again.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Praying Mantis.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every episode title begins with "The Art of..."
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Rabbit.
  • Just a Stupid Accent: Baboon's Australian accent.
  • Maniac Monkeys: Baboon and the monkey ninjas.
  • Mooks: Baboon's army of ninja monkeys.
  • Never My Fault: Dragon's reason for his scarring and him blaming it on the Valley Animals and wishing to destroy the Valley in general. However, given what his punishment was, it can be mildly justified.
  • Ninja: Ninja monkeys, of course!
  • No Ending: Although Skunk was built up to be destined to defeat Dragon someday, the series ended its run and no resolution became of Skunk's destiny. There have been rumors early after the series's completion that a movie was in the works to properly conclude the series, but after many years of no new info, it is most likely assumed that the idea was canned.
  • Pandaing To The Audience: Panda.
  • Paper Fan of Doom: Fox. Also, the other girls and Skunk, as part of the Art of the Fan-Fan.
  • "Rashomon"-Style: "The Art of Remembering" has Rabbit, Skunk, and Fox all telling Duck how Panda was kidnapped by Baboon, with Panda later telling Duck the truth. Each of the first three's tales have a unique visual style.
    • Rabbit's story is Deliberately Monochrome (Limited Palette, with the red sky) and tells how the three of them were escorting Panda to negotiate a truce with Baboon. It also has Rabbit with a huge straw hat and wielding a sword (a Shout-Out to Usagi Yojimbo perhaps?), and it's always raining.
    • Fox's story looks like oriental scroll drawings, having Fox a beautiful ninja and involving Panda and the Silver Sword, useable by Only the Pure of Heart, being stolen. Although they win the sword back from Baboon in basically a round of Dance Dance Revolution, Baboon escapes with Panda.
    • Skunk's story is an 8-bit video game where Panda is captured by a lure of food, along with each of the three of them after parodies of famous video games, including Pac-Man and Super Mario Bros..
    • Panda reveals the truth: they were on a nature hike when Panda starting talking enthusiastically about bamboo, causing the others to fall asleep and dream up their individual stories.
  • Shaped Like Itself: One episode was titled "The Art of Art".
  • Smelly Skunk: Duh.
  • Species Surname: Species Full Name, actually.
  • Tsundere: Rabbit.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Pig.
    • Unless you give him a plunger with a rope attached to it.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Yeah, he may have failed their test, but Heaven's punishment of Dragon was rather severe. Particularly given he was trying to use his powers to help others. Not only does this seem rather cruel, they ended up creating the series Big Bad.
    • It wasn't just failing a simple test. Dragon became so full of himself that he saw himself as being above all the other animals and was "punished for his arrogance." He was already on the road to being a Big Bad. Being severely burned all over actually minimizes his roll. If he hadn't been burned, he would have already killed off all of the valley creatures, himself.
      • Not quite, He ASKED the heavens if he could use his powers and they didn't respond, he didn't "defy" the heavens because they didn't respond.

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