Western Animation: The Amazing Spiez
Left to right: Marc, Lee, Megan, and Tony.
Another offering from Marathon Media
, the studio behind Totally Spies!
and Martin Mystery
, originally created for Disney Channel
Asia, later imported into the Cartoon Network
. The series, a sort of Spiritual Successor
to Totally Spies
featuring much younger protagonists
, is about the adventures of four young siblings (Tony, Marc, Megan, and Lee Clark) who must balance their lives in middle school with their secret lives as spies working for WOOHP, the World Organization of Human Protection. Though Jerry appears once more as a coordinator and parent figure for the young heroes, Sam, Alex, and Clover
are relegated to simple cameos.
While Totally Spies
drew inspiration from shoujo
manga, The Amazing Spiez
is also inspired by western Comic Books
Definitely not related to the little Swiss city.
- Action Girl: Megan has her moments.
- As did her mom during the mess with Alpha and Omega.
- Air-Vent Passageway: In "Operation Spy-Sitter".
- All There in the Manual: The fact that Marc and Megan are actually twins, the fact that the Clarks live in Toronto, Canada
- Alpha Bitch: Tami.
- Always Someone Better: In "Operation Yeti Bear", the spies' schoolmate Tara is shown to not only be capable of besting Lee's athletic records, but of building a better computer than Marc.
- Ambiguously Brown: Tony and Megan, given that both of their parents are Caucasian.
- Animated Series
- Animesque: It looks like a comic, but withholds some of the anime qualities of its predecessor.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: "Operation The 50 Ft. Hacker"
- Badass Bookworm: Marc, combined in a way with Gadgeteer Genius.
- Bound and Gagged: Less often than in the original but has happened on various occasions.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: It's a Totally Spies! spin-off. Of course this has happened multiple times to multiple people.
- Catboy: Tony briefly imagines himself with cat ears at the start of "Operation Grow Up".
- Crazy-Prepared: In the same manner as its predecessor, the team always has the right gadgets for the moment.
- Crossover: With its predecessor in at least two episodes
- Death Trap: Not as many as its predecessor, but they're there.
- Different as Night and Day: While Marc and Megan aren't as extreme as some examples of this trope, this trope is present. Here's how: 1. (and this is the most obvious one) Marc is a boy while Megan is a girl.; 2. their complexions are opposite with Marc having fairly light skin while Megan's is much darker; 3. Megan has Green Eyes which make her look slightly exotic while Marc has more mundane Brown Eyes; 4. Marc's hair is a light shade while Megan's is a fairly dark shade of black; 4. Marc's outfit in civilian attire is overall much lighter than Megan's; and finally 5. their personalities. Marc is a slightly feminine self-proclaimed geek who's the Smart Guy of his team as the resident Badass Bookworm and Gadgeteer Genius and a fairly good example of a Socially-Awkward Hero while Megan is a Tomboyish Fashionista who's the team's chick and well versed in social interactions.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Jerry's sister Sherry became a supervillain and vowed revenge for almost 50 years to destroy Jerry's life. Because he tattled on her for sneaking a cookie as kids, though to be more accurate, they both snuck cookies but he threw the blame on her while faking innocence.
- Distressed Dude / Distressed Damsel: Not nearly as often as in Totally Spies!, but as you can expect, all four Spiez have their fair share of these types of situations.
- Evil Brit: Jerry's sister Sherry.
- Fingertip Drug Analysis: Well, it was honey, but the trope applies, given the reactions of the rest of the team.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Lee (choleric), Marc (melancholic), Megan (leuquine), and Tony (sanguine).
- Furry Fandom: One villain is a massively obsessed animal activist who gives animals human intelligence and the ability to walk upright and speak to create a new species to overthrow the human race. At the end when defeated, as a last resort he splices himself with his pet wolf to try and fight back, but still loses. It never shows him change back after being arrested, though seeing the type of person he is, he's probably happier being this way.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Marc. In the first episode, he reprograms one of their gadgets in mid-mission in seconds.
- Good Parents: Cal and Karen Clark. Heck; they're so much this trope that when it appeared that their parents had attacked their sub with intent to kill, Marc honestly believed his seasickness was making him hallucinate and the other 3 were in just about complete agreement. And for the record, they were right about their parents not wanting to hurt them. It was a ploy by Davey Hacker to get rid of the Clark kids by brainwashing their parents into doing his dirty work. And it almost worked...
- Half-Identical Twins: Completely averted with Marc and Megan, who barely look related appearance-wise.
- Harmless Freezing: In "Operation Twins of Trouble" it happens to the Spiez' parents.
- Hartman Hips: Tami gains some in "Operation Terrible Thirteen" as part of the villain's plot to mutate kids.
- Horned Hairdo: Aunt Trudy
- Human Ladder: Used to reach a sprinkler control on a wall in "Operation Spy-Sitter".
- Identical Stranger: Megan looks just like Alex from Totally Spies! if she was younger and even fills the role of Tomboy.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Everything's an operation for these kids…
- Incest Subtext: Marc and Megan are awfully close with one another, often seen with one arm or shoulder around the other in screenshots, and Megan is always there to advise Marc on social graces. The subtext is subtle but definitely visible.
- Insufferable Genius: Marc on occasion though it's not always on purpose and he'll frequently back off if one of his older siblings chastises him.
- Keet: Tony.
- Kid Heroes
- Legacy Character: Boogie Gus' son Gus Jr.
- Lovable Jock: Lee does have a couple moments of chauvinism or over-competitiveness but is generally a really nice kid.
- Mama Bear: Karen Clark. Do not mess with this woman's kids...unfortunately she doesn't get to show this off much...
- Mr. Fanservice: Most of the same college-aged males who perved over Totally Spies! hate this show, but preteen girls are lapping it up. Their favorite is almost unanimously Marc.
- Never Say "Die": Or you'll be "eliminated"
- Noodle Incident: The time the Clarks left flesh-eating bacteria in Jerry's refrigerator.
- Papa Wolf: Both Jerry and the Clarks' biological father though the latter doesn't really get to showcase it much.
- Parents in Distress: In return for the protective natures of their boss, their dad and their mom anytime the parents/parental figure need/needs bailing out, the kids are there in a heartbeat.
- Precocious Crush: Tony gets one on Clover in "Operation Dude Ranch Disaster".
- Recruit Preteens With Attitude: Not confirmed yet in canon but implied to have happened with the Clarks since they seem to have been at the spying business a while in the first episode.
- Reverse Polarity: The Super Soaker Supersizer in "Operation The 50 Ft. Hacker".
- Secret Chaser: Aunt Trudi
- Shout-Out: Done very subtly in "Operation Grow Up". The episode features a villain that can alter his age at will, becoming a child at some points, an adult at some others, but one of his distinguishing traits is that he has a small scar on his chin at all times. Earlier in the episode, Tony is upset because he's too young to see a movie his older siblings are all going to. It isn't mentioned by name, but the poster the children bring back features a very familiar silhouette. Fans of the franchise need not hear more. Sneaky!
- Marc's crush in "Operation Crabby Bob" is named Sheena Weston. Remind you of anyone?
- Not to mention that Megan as Gravity Girl in "Operation Fun and Games" can easily remind one of Storm.
- Sibling Protective Instinct: The Clarks may fight like cats and dogs and give each other a hard time but if you mess with one, the other 3 will mess you UP!
- The Smurfette Principle
- Spell My Name with an "S": Tami. There was a time on this very wiki when her name was spelled "Tammy" every time.
- Spin-Off Babies: They're not really related to the original spies, but Megan looks like an Expy of Alex appearance-wise, while Marc is pretty much a gender flipped, much younger Sam.
- Split-Screen Reaction
- Super Mode: Happens to Lee, Marc, and Megan in "Operation Fun and Games"
- Super Villain: The villains in this show, while they do still have really stupid Freudian Excuses, they're costumed and have powers or gadgets related to their "Theme", the old show had some shades of it, but this show has more obvious Super Villain inspiration. Even the villains that do return from the original show have underwent a reworked design more befitting of a Super Villain.
- Surprise Vehicle: The WOOHP helicopter in "Operation Spy-Sitter".
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Tami for Mandy.
- Team Dad: Jerry naturally by virtue of being the only adult in on the spy gig but Lee will play this role to some degree when the kids are on their own.
- Team Mom: Megan. While it's not constant, she does frequently go out of her way to help her little brothers.
- Teen Superspy: Just Lee, technically. He's thirteen; his three siblings are a year younger (or two, in Tony's case).
- In the second season he ups it up to fourteen while Marc and Megan become thirteen, thus counting as examples as well.
- Theme Twin Naming: Marc and Megan's names start with the same letter, highlighted in the Missing Episode "M's Again" which features their birthday as a sub-plot.
- Tomboy: Megan, at least according to her brothers.
- Transformation Sequence: If the way they put on their spy suits in every episode doesn't count (it's simpler than most examples, but still), then the time that Lee, Megan, and Marc turned into super heroes in "Operation Fun and Games" definitely does.
- A Twinkle in the Sky: In "Operation: Twins of Trouble" a WOOHP jet does this as it flies off into the distance.
- Unsound Effect: The opening sequence is full of them. It's used periodically within the episodes.
- We Want Our Jerk Back: Tami becomes the Clarks' friend in "Twins of Trouble" after they save her life, and she ends up causing them more trouble in helping them than she does antagonizing them. Realizing that they liked Tami better before, they eventually let her "save" them so that the debt is paid and she can go back to being the Alpha Bitch.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Clowns and Heights (for one episode) for Marc. Lee is claustrophobic.
- Wilhem Scream: Heard at several episodes such as "Operation Fun and Games" and "Operation Dyno-mite".
- Would Hurt a Child: Every adult villain to ever appear.
- X Treme Kool Letterz