main index




Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
Kickstarter Message
TV Tropes Needs Your Help
Big things are happening on TV Tropes! New admins, new designs, fewer ads, mobile versions, beta testing opportunities, thematic discovery engine, fun trope tools and toys, and much more - Learn how to help here and discuss here.
View Kickstarter Project
Western Animation: The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin
Come dream with me tonight!
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.

This cartoon has examples of:

  • Absent-Minded Professor: Newton Gimmick
  • All That Glitters: Justified in that the Seven Crystals were far more valuable than the hoard of treasure.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: The Gutangs and the Mudblups.
  • And Knowing Is Half the Battle: Many stars of the era, such as Tiffany Brissette, Jason Bateman, Corey Feldman and Shannen Doherty, appeared on camera usually introduced by an animated Teddy Ruxpin (in one instance by the doll itself) to deliver a safety message in a segment titled "Protect Yourself" at the end of every episode.
  • Baseball Episode: "Win One for the Twipper". Also happens in "Teddy's Birthday".
  • Beach Episode: "The Surf Grunges" and "On the Beaches"
  • Benevolent Boss: L.B. during his brief run as the head of MAVO.
  • 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.
    • Also Wooly, whenever he gets angry.
  • Big Bad: Quellor, the Supreme Oppressor.
  • Big Eater: Grubby.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: Wooly.
  • British Accents: Prince Arin, King Nogburt, and Queen Lillibet all have British-inspired accents. Strangely, Princess Aruzia doesn't.
  • Brutal Honesty: Grubby, sometimes.
  • Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": Teddy Ruxpin is not a bear; he is an illiop. Similarly, Gimmick is a Perloon, and the monkey creatures in the masks with the planes are called Gutangs.
    • In Brazil, illiops were changed into bears anyway.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: L.B.'s Bounder henchmen look like the Three Stooges
  • Christmas Episode: "Winter Adventure"
  • Clip Show: "Uncle Grubby" has flashbacks of Tweeg's previous failures.
  • Cloning Blues:in "Double Grubby",a Grubby clone made by Gimmick's machine was constantly arguing with the original.
  • Cool Airship: The Airship, of course! And a Cool Boat came later in the form of the Subwater Boat, a submarine that was much cooler than it sounded.
  • Courtroom Episode: One of the plots of "Uncle Grubby" was Tweeg being taken to M.A.V.O. court to answer for his failures.
    • Kangaroo Court: A rule prohibited the defendant (Tweeg) from speaking.
  • Deadpan Snarker: L.B. definitely, and Grubby frequently has his moments.
  • 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.
  • Embarrassing First Name: To Tweeg, anyway; his first name is actually Jack. We never do find out what the "W" stands for, so it is possible he also has an Embarrassing Middle Name, particularly with his mother's personality...
  • Everybody Do the Endless Loop: Any song in "Octopede Sailors" is accompanied by a dance with this. "Just like the Hokey Pokey, it's bland" indeed...
  • Everything Is Better With Princesses: Princess Aruzia.
  • Evil Chancellor: The Understander of Knowledge
  • 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".
  • Evil Overlord: Quellor
  • 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.
  • Expy: Tweeg and L.B. are expies of Dick Dastardly and Muttley. L.B. occasionally laughs like Muttley and Tweeg not only has his Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat moment but he once said "Drat, drat and double drat".
  • Fiery Redhead: Prince Arin, as explained under Hot-Blooded below. Though it's not immediately obvious as he only removes his helmet a couple times in the series.
  • Five-Bad Band: The main members of MAVO:
  • Five-Man Band: Whenever the Trio's allies adventure with them.
  • Freudian Excuse: Tweeg sings about his in the song "Mommy". Though possibly subverted in that he seems proud of and happy about it.
  • Freudian Trio: Teddy = Ego, Grubby = Id, Gimmick = Super-Ego.
  • Friendly Enemy: L.B. and the Trio. He seldom is directly mean to them, and even helps them occasionally or is otherwise what passes for friendly from him.
  • Gentle Giant: The Wooly Whatsit
  • 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.
  • Have a Gay Old Time: One of the incorrect names the Bounders call Tweeg: Twink.
    • 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.
  • If My Calculations Are Correct: Newton Gimmick's Catch Phrase.
  • 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.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Tweeg
  • 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).
  • Meaningful Name: Grubby is called an Octopede, as he has eight feet.
  • Mineral MacGuffin: The Seven Crystals
  • Modest Royalty: Princess Aruzia while helping the kingdom's farms.
  • 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".
    • Musical Chores: "Two Hands Are Better Than One" in "The Faded Fobs".
    • Villain Song: The Gutangs get one in "In the Fortress of the Wizard", and MAVO has its own in-universe official anthem with a similar theme in "The New MAVO Member".
  • Nebulous Evil Organisation: MAVO (Monsters and Villains Organization)
  • 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.
  • Opposing Sports Team: The Mashers in the Grungeball Episode and Tweeg's team (composed of himself, his mother and the bounders) in the Wizard Week.
  • 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.
  • Power Crystal: The crystals from the Hard To Find City.
  • 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.
  • Protagonist Title
  • 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.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Drudge, Sludge, Trudge
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The Fobs, Wogglies, and Nothings/Anythings
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Prince Arin and Princess Aruzia. King Nogburt and the Queen occasionally join in the adventuring and other hands-on things, as well.
  • Self-Made Man: With his surfing skills, Tweeg's father earned enough gold to fill a bucket.
  • Shapeshifter: The Nothings/Anythings
  • Signature Team Transport: The Airship is this for the Trio.
  • Single-Episode Handicap: "Sign of a Friend"
  • Smug Snake: Tweeg
  • Snake Oil Salesman: Tweeg
  • Speech Impediment: Newton Gimmick has a stuttering problem. It's said that most of his race, the Perloons, have this issue.
  • The Starscream: Tweeg during one episode. It is fairly short lived.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: Do not feed Prince Arin vitamin Z... or any Illiper for that matter. It is not pretty.
    • 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.
  • Surfer Dude: The Surf Grunges.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Quellor felt like that at the end of "Winter Adventure".
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Grubby has his root stew.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Grubby and Gimmick.
  • 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).
  • Weaksauce Weakness: The terrifying Mudblups intensely dislike bright light.
  • Wedding Day: "L.B.'s Wedding"
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: After drowning during a terrible storm and saving his father from falling in the water, Grubby doesn't feel like swimming anymore.
    • LB is terrified of Fobs. You know, those cute little rainbow-hued fluffy guys? That's like being afraid of a declawed kitten.

Adventures of the Gummi BearsFantasy Western AnimationAmerican Dragon Jake Long
Adventures of Sonic the HedgehogCreator/Di C EntertainmentALF
Adventures of the Gummi BearsWestern Animation of the 1980sALF
The Beverly HillbilliesCreator/Mill Creek EntertainmentArchie's Weird Mysteries
Adventures of Sonic the HedgehogWestern AnimationAdventures of the Galaxy Rangers

alternative title(s): Teddy Ruxpin; The Adventures Of Teddy Ruxpin
TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from
Privacy Policy