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:

  • Buffy Speak: In "The Art of the Crush":
    Rabbit: Dragon has a dangerous... kinda... weapon— thingy.
    Skunk: (gasp) A dangerous-kinda weapon thingy? Oh no!
  • The Chosen One: Skunk was given to Panda when he asked for help defeating Dragon.
  • Camp Straight: Baboon; despite his sometimes effeminate actions, he obviously has a crush on Fox.
  • 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": The entire cast.
  • The Dragon: Baboon. Ironically, his Big Bad is a Dragon by the name of... you know darn well what.
  • 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 failing a test from Heaven, he was punished. This caused him to turn into the monster he is today.
  • Fartillery: Skunk, natch. Though unlike many examples, he can only use it when scared or embarrassed and has no real control over it otherwise.
  • The Messiah: Skunk, being a gift from heaven to save the world, could be interpreted as that world's version of Jesus. If Jesus was an ordinary kid who wasn't wise, and preferred goofing off and having fun, and just being a kid.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: Skunks in real life live in burrows or dens, but this Skunk lives in a tree for some reason. Skunk does actually ask Panda if he can move into a burrow upon seeing Rabbit's, but Panda insists he's not ready for one.
  • 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 Celebrities Were Harmed: Mantis sounds like Christopher Walken.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Rabbit's love poem to Fox in "The Art of the Crush".
  • Say My Name: In "The Art of the Nose Blow", Baboon screams Skunk's name when he hears the rumor that Skunk beat him up.
  • Shaped Like Itself: One episode was titled "The Art of Art".
  • Species Surname: Species Full Name, actually.
  • Stylistic Suck: One episode had Skunk create statues of... dubious quality, but whenever he'd get into a fight with the Ninja Monkeys they'd be damaged and turned into masterpieces. Near the end, the Monkeys capture one statue and give it to Baboon, who invokes this trope and likes it because it looks abstract.
  • 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.

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