Western Animation / The Prince of Atlantis

The Prince of Atlantis was a short-lived BBC cartoon that mixed CGI and traditional animation. It told the story of an Atlantean prince named Akata who, along with his friends of both the sea creature and human variety, defended the oceans and his Atlantean secrets from the evil B.I.G. corporation.

It ran in 1997 and these days it's almost impossible to find anything about it online, bar a few limited episode guides and a stub article on The Other Wiki.


The Prince of Atlantis provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Acrofatic: Uncle Momo was pretty heavy-set but could move as well as any of the other characters.
  • Adult Fear: Being unable to save a young teenager after he's stung by a new species of sea creature that has no antidote to its poison.
  • Aerith and Bob: Dorothy, Eva, Orkov and Momo.
  • Atlantis: Obviously. This one being of the sunken variety.
  • Action Girl: Dorothy regularly charges into dangerous situations and has taken down plenty of baddies despite being a normal human.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Akata and the other Atlanteans come in all colours and are patterned like tropical fish.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Dorothy had a darker skintone than the other members of the Platon crew.
  • An Aesop: Aside from its obvious Green Aesop, the show dealt out a few more over its run:
    • Even if your blood relations are gone, your friends can care about you just as much and be another family for you.
    • Don't let yourself get carried away by Hero Worship. People aren't always what they seem and that includes your idols.
    • Let jealousy guide your actions at your peril. You might just end up hurting the one you wanted to keep for yourself.
    • What goes around, comes around. If you're kind to others, they're likely to be kind back. Same for if you're cruel to them.
    • If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: Oracalc was used for power sources and bombs and the pure energy of it was the power behind Akata's blue ray.
  • Artificial Limbs: Luke Bazooka is a cyborg with robotic arms.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: All the Atlanteans have this since they don't wear clothes. Which raises some, ahem, interesting questions about how they continue their species...
  • Bad Ass Normal: Dorothy. See Action Girl.
  • Bad Boss: Eva Medal to Alfred and Luke and the B.I.G. executives to all their employees. They'll leave their staff to go down with their subs more often than not if they screw up.
  • The Beast Master: Oya could communicate with animals and they were usually happy to help her with whatever she needed.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Akata saves Jaurice's life which lead to him doing a Heel–Face Turn and siding with him against B.I.G and, later on, Jaurice saves Alfred after he's caught by Dagon, which ends with Alfred saving Jaurice and Jim when Eva tries to blast their submarine.
  • The Bermuda Triangle: The series took place there.
  • Big Bad: Eva Medal, the Corrupt Corporate Executive/evil military leader of B.I.G.
  • Bigger Bad: The B.I.G board are the only ones worse than Eva and happen to be her direct superiors.
  • The Big Guy: Jaurice is by far the strongest member of Team Akata.
  • Black Best Friend: Djin is Akata's.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Most of the time. Subverted once when the B.I.G board members feed their sharks a very bloody dead fish.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Happened to Akata after Eva caught him in one of her traps and took control of his mind with one of B.I.G's gadgets.
  • British Brevity: The show only lasted one season.
  • The Brute: Luke Bazooka thanks to his cyborg enhancements.
  • Bullying a Dragon: B.I.G try to attack Dagon and destroy him after he gets too close to their mining operation. Dagon is a gigantic, underwater Kaiju. It goes about as well as you'd expect.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: Luke to Alfred and Eva.
  • The Bus Came Back: Captain Baha first appears in "The Leviathan" and was taken into space at the end of the episode. He returned later on he returned in, appropriately enough, "The Return of Captain Baha".
  • Butt Monkey: Luke, thanks mostly to being a Bumbling Sidekick and the dumber half of Those Two Bad Guys. If something's going to go wrong for their team, odds are it will happen to him.
  • CGI: Half of the show was done like this and the rest was traditionally animated.
  • The Chick: Oya. In her defence, she was about a quarter of the size of anyone else in the cast so physical heroics was a bit beyond her.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Oya to Akata when Dorothy's around.
  • Cool Big Sis: Dorothy tends to be this for Akata and Djin.
  • Cool Old Guy: Djin's Uncle Momo and Shum, Akata's holographic mentor. Momo was a total Bad Ass that could drive a jeep like an F1 race care and almost singlehandedly saved his island home from a murderous billionaire corporation that wanted to destroy it with a bomb test.
  • Cool Ship: There was the Poseidon, Akata's futuristic Atlantean sub, the Platon, a gigantic ocean liner-cum-state of the art laboratory and the Requiem, another futuristic sub belonging to B.I.G. this time, that took on an Eldritch Abomination and actually held its own for a while.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: After screwing up royally, Luke is demoted to...a hamburger cook. Something he finds beyond humiliating.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: The B.I.G board members cared about money and nothing else. In one episode they tried to sell a Fantastic Nuke to terrorists, in another they tried to use an inhabited island to test said nukes.
  • Creepy Monotone: When Akata is brainwashed and controlled by Eva he talks like this.
  • Cruella to Animals: From B.I.G. and a few other one shot villains. If there was money to be made under the sea, don't expect them to give two hoots about the sea life surrounding it.
  • Cute but Cacophonic: Oya had an extremely high-pitched voice that could get difficult to listen to after awhile.
  • Damsel in Distress: Oya. She got captured and held for ransom more than anyone over the course of the show.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Nathaniel's two mates, Ratface and Leadhead, don't fall for Akata's trickery for one second and even lampshade it. Too bad Nathaniel refuses to listen after Akata insults them.
  • Dark Action Girl: Eva Medal was an evil Bad Ass, both physically and mentally.
  • Disappeared Dad: King Oceanis is gone before the series begins. We do see him in flashback, though.
  • Distressed Dude: Most of the males held the Distress Ball at one point or another. Notable incidences were Akata being captured by B.I.G at least twice and Alfred Bazooka being caught by Dagon.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Alfred and Luke are shown to care about each other. Subverted with Eve and her brother Matt, who loathe each other and want the other to get the axe from B.I.G.
  • Evil Laugh: Eva had a classic, very creepy one.
  • Evil Redhead: Eva, the Big Bad military leader/Corrupt Corporate Executive had bright scarlet hair.
  • Evil Versus Evil: "Ghost Ship" briefly had B.I.G take on Nathaniel the Cruel and his crew.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: It was a show about the prince of Atlantis.
  • Fantastic Nuke: B.I.G want to dig up Oracalc to make incredibly destructive bombs.
  • Find the Cure: The episode "A Friend's Life" was about Akata trying to get a sample of poison from a giant stingray so Dorothy could make a cure for its poison.
  • Fish People: The Atlanteans could swim as fast as fish, were patterned like them and could breath underwater.
  • For the Evulz: Why does the sentry of the well want to trap Jaurice and Djin in the Mirror of Souls? Just because.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: The Atlanteans have them.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Oya in her role as Beast Master.
  • Gonk: The member of the board of B.I.G we saw most often was an old, obese man with greyish toned skin who looked like his face was starting to melt.
  • Green Aesop: Many of the episodes skewed towards one. A notable example was when Akata and co. had to deal with a ship full of toxic waste that had been dumped in the artic by its Jerk Ass captain.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Oya towards Dorothy when she felt the latter was taking Akata's attention.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Jaurice used to work for B.I.G but made the turn when Akata saved his life.
  • Heroic Build: Everyone was pretty ripped except Akata and Djin, which was justified since they were adolescents among a cast of adults.
  • Hidden Depths: In one episode, Alfred Bazooka, who up until then hadn't seemed much deeper than your standard one half of Those Two Bad Guys, stops Eva killing Jaurice and Djin because earlier they'd saved his life.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Dr. Droog ended up blasted with his own life draining laser, then later on he was sucked into his own machine.
  • Hollywood Cyborg: Luke Bazooka. He was an ordinary man who had been upgraded to have metal limbs that contained all sorts of weapons and gadgets.
  • Hot Scientist: Dorothy, Jaurice and Eva all qualify. Dorothy so much that it turned Oya into a Green-Eyed Monster when she was around Akata and Eva so much that a demonic ghost pirate took time out of his haunting to comment how hot she was!
  • Humans Are Bastards: Pleasantly averted for a show with such a prominent Green Aesop. Yes, B.I.G was made up of humans, but most of the heroes were human too and any non-B.I.G people that showed up tended to vary rather than all being greedy and evil. It just seemed to come down to personality. Even some of the B.I.G members got Pet the Dog moments sometimes.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Djin really wanted to be an Atlantean.
  • Informed Attribute: The rest of the cast keep commenting on how big and physically menacing Ogen is in his debut episode...except he looks no different from any of the other male characters since they lived in a world of Heroic Build.
  • Insult to Rocks: In "Ghost Ship" Momo has this to say about first mate Ratface:
    Momo: He was called "Ratface" but to say he looked like a rat is an insult to rats.
  • Ironic Name: Dr. Droog, which is "friend" is Russian. He's anything but.
  • Kaiju: Dagon, the Eldritch Abomination that attacked B.I.G HQ in "Dagon's Anger".
  • Karma Houdini: Dr. Droog is never arrested and doesn't suffer any real punishment save for being sucked into the sea with his own giant vacuum.
  • Kick the Dog: In "Countdown to Doomsday" B.I.G stage a Fantastic Nuke test on an inhabited island. Why? Just because they can. No one even bothers to suggest trying to find an uninhabited island.
  • Last of His Kind: Akata is one since he's the last Atlantean left on Earth after the others went into space.
  • Lull Destruction: The dreaded "Uhh!" was used in force.
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Droog from "The Fountain of Life" was one.
  • Magic Mirror: One of the Lotus-Eater Machine variety. Akata had to rescue his friends after they went through it and were trapped in its dreamworlds.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • The B.I.G Corporation. It wasn't a very subtle show.
    • Eva Medal could refer to her being part of the military or to her "meddling" in the lives of the heroes.
  • Medium Blending: Half traditional animation, half CGI. Traditional for the characters, CG for the backgrounds and machines.
  • Mooks: B.I.G. had plenty. Notably, Jaurice used to be one before his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Names To Run Away From Very Fast:
    • Luke Bazooka.
    • Nathaniel the Cruel.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: The Blue Ray was this, so much. At least half the episodes involved Akata learning to use it in some new way which then proved essential to solving the problem of the day.
  • Oh Crap!: Many times by many characters throughout the series.
  • Pet the Dog: Alfred Bazooka once. See Hidden Depths.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning:
    • Alfred Bazooka had red eyes. Though they were behind a mask, so maybe they weren't natural.
    • Nathaniel the Cruel had glowing red eyes in his ghost form. He was even more murderous after he died, so this applied.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Oya's little pet fish was adorable.
  • Royal Brat: Akata in his worst moments could be pretty bratty. He usually got over it pretty quickly.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Akata is very hands-on in the defence of his kingdom.
  • Save the Villain: Jaurice and Djin rescue Alfred after he's caught by Dagon. Lampshaded by Jaurice:
    Jaurice: I can't believe I'm rescuing this thug...
  • Scenery Porn: Some of the oceanscapes are quite beautiful to look at.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Ogen was sealed away in a statue by Akata's father after he tried to overthrow him.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Between Eva and her brother Matt. Apparently, since they were kids, all her ever wanted was what Eva had and he was never happy til he got it.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Eva was the only regularly appearing female member of B.I.G. Her two sidekicks and the board of directors were all male.
  • Sunken City: The titular Atlantis. B.I.G is so huge it may count as well seeing as a lot of employees actually seem to live down there.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: On Atlantean prince Akata.
  • Swallowed Whole: Happens to Akata, Dorothy and Oya in "The Fountain of Life" when they are all sucked into a huge clam. Subverted in that it was just a giant vacuum built to look like a clam to harvest sea creatures and drain them of their life force.
  • Team Dad: Jaurice is definitely the dad figure in Akata's life, which is justified since his own is missing.
  • Team Mom: Dorothy. Just the same as Jaurice, she fills in a parental role for Akata since his own mom is gone.
  • The Smart Guy: Dorothy was a brilliant scientist who saved the day with her smarts on a regular basis.
  • Taken for Granite: Ogen was turned to stone for rebelling against his king.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: The Bazooka brothers; Alfred and Luke. They work for B.I.G and are Eva's two sidekicks.
  • Threatening Shark: Generally subverted: Akata and Oya got along with the sharks around at Atlantis just like any other sea creature. The only exceptions tended to be when the sharks weren't real (like in "Mirror of Dreams") or being controlled ("Heavy Metal").
  • Too Dumb to Live: Almost happens literally when Luke gives Alfred 0.5g instead of 0.05g of a highly dangerous substance when they were trying to make a bomb. It almost blows them both to kingdom come.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Dorothy and Oya for the heroes.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Eva Medal, several times. Most notably when Akata and co. save her and her team from Dagon and she immediately tries to blast them with her super sub.
    Eva: Gratitude is a luxury of the weak, my friend.
  • Unobtanium: Oracalc, a glowing, undersea crystal that can be used as an incredible source of power beyond anything on Earth. B.I.G spend most of their time trying to dig it up.
  • Villainous Valour: Eva was as nasty as they came but she was very brave and rarely backed down from a challenge unless it was completely hopeless.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Akata can barely survive any time at all out of water.
    • Given a perspective flip: because most of the series took place at the bottom of the sea, the humans tended to be the ones with the weakness. Damage their submarines or their diving suits and watch their Super Drowning Skills.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Eva and the rest of B.I.G. have no qualms going after Akata or Jim whenever they try to cross them.
  • You Gotta Have Neon Yellow Hair That Looks Like A Sea Sponge: Akata had an, um, interesting hairstyle.
    • Eva had bright scarlet hair that you'd never see on a real life redhead.
    • Oya had lavender hair.

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