The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin (1987), a 65-Episode Cartoon based on the popular toy, follows young Teddy Ruxpin as he leaves his home on the island of Rillonia with his best friend Grubby to follow an ancient map which leads him to find a collection of crystals on the mainland of Grundo. With the help of their new friend Newton Gimmick, Teddy and Grubby discover the magical powers of what turns out to be an ancestral treasure as well as an organization with ambitions to use it for evil. Along the way, Teddy learns the long-lost history of his species and clues to the location of his missing father.
Beware the Nice Ones: For nearly the entire series, Teddy is portrayed as patient, soft-spoken and calm. When his friends turn against him, however, Teddy is able to take on an entire room of bad guys alone and win, as seen in "MAVO Costume Ball". This could also double as Teddy's personal Crowning Moment of Awesome.
Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: After crossing a bridge during a race, he stopped to destroy it and even waited to see how the Wooly What's It would cross it. And he wasn't even on the lead.
Disappeared Dad: Teddy's missing father. Later it's revealed that the reason he hasn't returned is that Quellor erased his memory. Once his memory is restored, he returns to his family. Tweeg's father is this as well.
Disney Death: Happens to Wooly. Even Teddy gets one of these.
The Dragon: Several M.A.V.O. members can make this claim, most notably Bognostraclum and Mrs. Maggotheart. L.B. is Tweeg's Dragon.
Evil Counterpart: Not for one of the characters, but the Airship itself gets one. M.A.V.O. steals the plans to the ship from Gimmick's house while everyone is away, and create the suped-up war machine, "Eclipse".
Exact Words: In "Winter Adventure", when Quellor ordered his henchmen to capture Tweeg and bring the gold formula, he asked if they had "any questions", one asked why the sky was blue and another one asked why water was so wet.
Go Karting with Bowser: On several occasions, but especially "Win One For the Twipper" and the Wizardweek arc.
Hate Plague: The primary goal of MAVO is to spread a stormy darkness over Grundo that causes plants to start withering and bring out the worst in the population of the land. They succeed, at least for a while.
Literally; The Twink has become a homosexual slang term for a very promiscuous gay man.
Hot-Blooded: Prince Arin tends to be impulsive and impatient at times, and his default setting seems to be "enthusiastically energetic bravery", to the point where Teddy and the others have to rein him in occasionally.
Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Tweeg can't hit the broad side of a barn with his cannonballs. (And what's funny is that he seems to know it— why else would his cannonballs be stamped with the words "Return to Tweeg"?)
Gimmick: Oh, don't worry. Tweeg is, without a doubt, the world's worst shot. If he's firing at us, this is probably the safest place in the valley to be.
Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Apparently a trait of Illiops. When MAVO took all the crystals Teddy and The Hermit weren't affected by them.
Initialism Title: M.A.V.O. (Monsters and Villains Organization) and L.B. (Lead Bounder)
Insane Troll Logic: In "Beware the Mudblups", while eating the slop the Mudblups serve the heroes while they're held captive, Gimmick says that there's at least one consolation: "Anything that tastes this bad has to be good for you."
Insistent Terminology: Grubby is fond of reminding people that the appendages normally thought of as his hands are actually two of his eight feet.
Intrepid Reporter: While Louie works for a wizard instead of the press, he otherwise acts just like an old-fashioned news reporter, adventuring out and getting footage of any and every noteworthy event.
Inverse Law of Sharpness and Accuracy: Prince Arin's sword and the Gutangs' spears and arrows. Sometimes they'll be used to damage non-living things or knock people out, but naturally never get to be used to cut or stab anything living.
Kangaroo Court: One of the plots of "Uncle Grubby" was Tweeg being taken to M.A.V.O. court to answer for his failures. A rule prohibited the defendant (Tweeg) from speaking.
Knight in Shining Armor: While Prince Arin is technically not a knight, he otherwise fits the archetype beautifully.
Last Name Basis: Practically everyone calls (Newton) Gimmick, (Jack) Tweeg and (Ickly) Bognostraclum by their last names.
Lethal Chef: Grubby cooks food with roots in them. Given new meaning when his famous root stew is actually weaponized by King Nogbert's kingdom to fight the Gutangs.
What's really cute is that Teddy and Gimmick are far too polite to point out to Grubby that he's a horrible chef.
Except for root beer. Teddy and Gimmick liked Grubby's recipe.
Malicious Misnaming: LB and the other Bounders can never get Tweeg's name right, which annoys him greatly. (LB, however, seems to be doing it on purpose just to elicit this very reaction).
Musical Episode: Kinda of, in that almost all of the episodes will have at least one scene with the characters breaking out into a song related to the situation (and occasionally dance as well). A few specific examples:
Crowd Song: Several, but particularly King Nogburt's subjects singing a Welcoming Song for the trio in "King Nogburt's Castle".
Dark Reprise: In "Beware of the Mudblups", the trio sing cheerily about how singing makes mining coal for their airship feel like it goes faster. Later on, when they're captives of the Mudblups and forced to mine coal, they sing the same song again, but in an angry/sarcastic tone, and with Arin adding on a mournful verse worrying about being captive forever.
"I Am" Song: Wooly gets one sung about him in "Through Tweeg's Fingers", while Gimmick gets his own sung about him in "Gimmick's Gizmos and Gadgets".
Non-Human Humanoid Hybrid: It eventually turns out that Tweeg is one; half Surf Grunge on his father's side (from which he inherits his general look), half Troll on his mother's side (which is where he gets his personality and his skin color from). There's an episode where he tries to bond with his father, even.
Paper-Thin Disguise: Played headscratchingly straight on many, many occasions, usually with Tweeg in the disguise. Even amusingly Double Subverted at least once, when Gimmick recognized two Mudblups were really Teddy and Grubby in disguise as a prank... but not because of two Mudblups mysteriously having furry feet or eight legs, rather because Mudblups hate daylight and these two Mudblups were out in daylight without sunglasses.
The Power of Friendship: While it's played straight with the main cast for the vast majority of the series, it notably gets averted once. When MAVO succeeds in collecting all the crystals, the dark sides of all of Teddy's friends' personalities are brought to the fore, causing them to abandon him when he needs them most. This results in Teddy having to go on a mission alone (and also leads to a Crowning Moment Of Awesome for him as well).
Power-Up Food: The Grunges like to cook with VitaminZ, which makes most species slightly stronger, but is addictive. However, if an illiper eats it, they become an armored giant with super strength and go into a berserker rage until they come in contact with enough water.
Psycho Electro: Quellor attempts to gain this for an episode or two via a convoluted set of wires and a portable electricity generator. It doesn't end very well. Considering Quellor was seen using that sort of power during the intro, one'd expect it'd last more.
Punch Clock Villain: LB is arguably this. Despite being a member of MAVO, he's likable enough that half of Grundo showed up for his wedding.
Judging by the dialogue, this would happen to anyone who eats too much vitamin Z, not just Illipers. Notice how Grubby crushed a large spoon with ease after just a taste of the vitamin Z-saturated soup and the Grunge chief became concerned.
Wacky Racing: The subject of a five-part plot arc that happened later in the series. Whilst the trio used their Airship (modified to sail on the land), some of the other vehicles we get to see are a giant hamster wheel (Tweeg's mother), a toy car (Leota and Seymour), a motorbike (Prince Arin and Princess Aruzia), and a skateboard (Wooly and some of his fob friends).