Spy Groove is a satirical Canadian cartoon focusing on the lives and work of two spies, Agent #1 and Agent #2. They are sent by their boss, Helena Troy, to investigate strange and bizarre circumstances happening in the world.Aired for one season on Teletoon, and a few episodes aired on MTV. Known for its fast-paced dialogue and extremely bizarre characters. The animation was directed by Glen Hanson, and as such, was colorfully brilliant with dark borderlines.
Big Screwed-Up Family - The Blanco family. Their father, a bullfighter, died, and the family used the fame from the tragedy to start a family band. Before their first performance, the elder brothers decided to kill one of the lead singers, either Julio or Margarita, so that there could be another tragedy and the fame would continue. Margarita created a fake kidnapping and disappeared in order to save their lives. Afterwards, Julio fakes his own death and strings his family along with the scheme to make money off of fake miracles and donations.
Blondes are Evil - Several of the bad guys the agents face. The Contessa, Sierra Nevada, Windy/Connie Lola Andrea La Tete,
Blonde Guys Are Evil - Peck Roidass, Nick Nack; subverted with Jeffy Wilson, who's just a jerk, but helps the agents save the day.
Brick Joke - A number of them. "Greek Freaks" gives us a portable fog device that creates fog, which is demeaned by Agent #2 and the Xerxes brothers as useless. Traci uses it to save her life.
Career Resurrection - Champagne Du Jour attempts this with a scheme to put her in the spotlight posing as the descendant of Cleopatra, then inviting music's biggest stars to a party in order to drown them all.
Casual Danger Dialogue - The agents sometimes engage in this, often when they are being slowly lowered into something that will kill them.
Cloud Cuckoolander - Dandelion Splenderface, who only seems to properly function in her own mind, Doctor Skitsoplex, who randomly interjects television characters into his dialogue, and Madre Blanco, who gushes wildly about sexy men and cannot be composed for a single second.
Control Freak - One episode is titled this, in which Agent #2 accuses Agent #1 of being one. Sierra Nevada is revealed to be one.
Dating Catwoman - Agent #1's relationship with Sierra Nevada, although they never actually date.
Distaff Counterpart - One mission partners the agents with two B.I.A. (Beverage Intelligence Agency) operatives: A smart blonde named Sonya and an energetic brunette named Lovely Glamour.
Does This Remind You of Anything? - Sierra and Agent #1 discuss the internal machinations of her robots, with the banter almost perfectly reminiscient to that of condoms.
Dumb Blonde - Averted, for the most part with Agent #1, Sonya and Sierra Nevada, all blond and smart. There are other blondes, like Peck Roidass, Dandelion Splenderface, Madre Blanco, and Bunny van Schnickle, who play it straight to exaggerated levels.
Enemy Mine - Sierra Nevada attempts to pull this on Agent #1, but fails. Later in the same episode, they do team up to save the day.
Mr. Fish attempts to pull this on Agent #2. When sweet-talk doesn't work, he tries hypnotism.
Erudite Stoner - Nick Nack is like this, serving as font of wisdom to the technical and straight-laced Agent #1, who points out that, due to the agent's reliance on a flashlight, he didn't notice a cliff. It's subverted when Nick Nack reveals it's all an act.
Evil Genius: A number of evil characters are quite brilliant: Rock Debris, a mercenary geologist who could create earthquakes and make a volcano erupt. Also Dr. Nicholas Nackenheimer, a professor of hydraulics, also known as Nick Nack. Sierra Nevada is another, so is Dr. Ken. And finally, Mimi LaVerve
Go-Go Enslavement - Champagne Du Jour kidnaps the agents and forces them to wear thongs.
Gut Feeling - One episode revolves around Agent #2's gut feelings when the agents don't know who their contact is. When his gut is consistently wrong, Agent #1 suggests they do what his gut tells them is the last thing they should do. It works.
High Heel-Face Turn: Averted. Sierra clearly regrets hurting Agent #1 and regrets they can't be together, but she never gives up her life of crime for him.
Incredibly Lame Pun - The constant "fog" puns between the Xerxes brothers and Traci when she uses a fog machine to save her life.
Intrepid Reporter - Jo, who shoots for surfing magazines. She often rides out on the waves with her subjects.
It's Not You, It's Me - The reason why Agent #2 and Jo could never be, despite her hypercompetence on his mission with her. It still doesn't stop Jeffy from getting the wrong impression.
Just Add Water - Mr. Fish creates a robotic killer sea monkey by just adding water to a package. It so happened that he was in a bar known as the Aqua Lounge, where the whole place is covered knee-high in Evian water.
Lady Drunk - Madre Blanco, who downs an entire pitcher of sangria in under a minute.
Mission Control - Helena Troy, although she does show up to kick ass one time.
Ms. Fanservice - Mack, the voluptuous cocktail waitress who appears in every episode. Doesn't add to the plot; she just speaks to the Agents while wearing low cut clothes.
The Napoleon - Appropriately named, Napoleon Pushkin is one. While he never mentions that he's short, Agent #2 does.
Noodle Incident - An incident between Mimi LaVerve and Agent #2 he won't talk about one summer when Agent #1 had mono.
Obfuscating Stupidity - Nick Nack does this. His slow-witted normal attitude is a complete act, he's actually exceedingly intelligent and brilliant.
Older than They Look - Connie Lola Andrea La Tete. A plastic surgeon disguised her as a younger version of herself, and she posed as an imaginary daughter named Windy.
Only in It for the Money - Kyoko, the geisha servant of the Agents when they stay at the Neo-Nippon Palace. As long as they pay, she'll take them to Grandmama-san. Toshi, Grandmama-san's spoiled grandson, is also like this however, he's subverts it, as he's the evil mastermind and leads Agent #1 to his doom.
Overt Operative - The agents never seem to disguise the fact they are secret agents, and often are even known by their enemies to be spies. They went undercover only three times, Agent Number #1 only doing it once.
Paper-Thin Disguise - Agent #2 disguises himself as Trey Stone, a Hollywood movie director, to film Julio Blanco's funeral. The family is convinced, but the very much alive Julio is not fooled.
Product Placement - Both played straight and parodied. Coca-Cola and Skechers are named in some of the agent's gadgets, but proper names and companies are given to implausible things that don't exist
Punny Name - Nick Nack, Sierra Nevada, Lovely Glamour, Helena Troy. Just to name a few.
Red Herring - A deadly female insect is stolen by an incredibly acrobatic thief when the Marquis de Guy purchases the male half of the species. While investigating him, the agents meet Antionette, his incredibly acrobatic maid and quickly believed to be assisting him. Turns out the Marquis did have it stolen, but Antionette is innocent, Mimi is the culprit.
Ridiculously Human Robots: The creations of Sierra Nevada, who are very human-like, except for when they kiss. She overcomes that with mind-altering pheromones to control the world's wealthiest bachelors.
The Rival - The Xerxes brothers consider themselves these to the Agents, and that they are superior.
"Malibooboo" is chock full of them, including Ashley's line about how something "might look bad", and the response "You've heard of him/her?" followed by "Who hasn't?" whenever a celebrity's name is mentioned.
Marquis: I wish they used the heavier manacles. It is my birthday.
Helena: Shut up, before I stick a cork in it.
Upper-Class Twit: Dandelion, who can't get any of the actors' names she knows right except for Nick Nolte and her friend Connie Lola Andrea La Tete.
Also Mama Mamapapadopolis, who believes sweatshop labor was just arts and crafts on a cruise ship.
Vitriolic Best Buds - The Agents, at times, are this in times of crisis. This also seems to be the relationship between Sonya and Lovely Glamour.
Viva Las Vegas - The episode "Control Freaks" takes place in Vegas, almost entirely in one casino. No one has a gambling problem, but Wayne Newton shows up as a robot.
What the Hell, Hero? - The Marquis de Guy pulls this on the Agents, as the only reason he's pulling his scheme is because they blew off his celebration for the new Millenium. The agents are actually to blame, opting to go to the Bermuda Triangle instead.
World of Buxom - Perhaps the only girl with a small chest is Antionette. She's at least a D-cup.
World of Snark - The Agents are the worst offenders, but everyone mouths off at one point.
Wrap Around Background - This is lampshaded when the Agents are in Miami, when they repeatedly pass "a palm tree and a juice bar."
Zany Scheme - All of the schemes the villians plot, while pretty fiendish, are outlandish to boot. Involving building a new city of Miami to become popular (destroying the old one), controlling a fashion season, and becoming the god to a cult of surfers.