Western Animation: The Secret Files of The Spy Dogs
The Secret Files of the Spy Dogs (1998-1999) was an animated television series, which lasted for 22 episodes. According to this series
, dogs are just as effective with their hands and are much smarter than humans are. All dogs are members of a spy agency that does good.
- All Hallows' Eve
- Animal Tropes
- Badass Adorable: All of the animals, possibly except for Skribble.
- But Not Too Evil: The worst thing that Catastrophe does is to reversibly turn dogs into cats.
- Comedy Series
- Cone of Shame: It is revealed that the device was designed by dogs themselves - it is used by the communication teams for voice amplification.
- Economic and supply tropes:
- Hero Insurance: See Stuff Blowing Up, below.
- Hidden Supplies: Everything in most homes with a dog is actually a hugely expensive piece of spy equipment.
- Infinite Supplies: The spydogs use and lose lots of weapons and vehicles, but never have to collect taxes, bribe politicians, or rob banks to get money. Even Skribble uses a howitzer to plow a backyard. The funding source and industrial base that such a level of destruction and technology needs is never explained.
- There was, however, an episode focused on the dogs' efforts to gather enough money to fund the building of (yet) another moon to replace the previous one after it was unknowingly punctured by an astronaut sticking a flag pole on it.
- The Masquerade: Humans are the master of being oblivious.
- Travel Cool, including lots and lots of cool planes. One transforms from a bunch of garbage into a rocket powered aircraft. Catastrophe's tail transforms into a pogo stick or a segway, depending on the situation.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Almost every episode. If there's a spydog vehicle in an episode, it will usually be destroyed, captured, or out of control by the end of the episode.
- Swiss Army Weapon: Mitzy's bow is her Tertiary Sexual Characteristic, is a double bladed boomerang, binoculars, and a circular saw. It must have Hammerspace and an advanced battery in it or something.
- Humans Are Bastards: Because they use waterbowl communicators as toilets.
- The Cavalry
- G-Rated Drug: catnip
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: Dog Zero, leader of the Spy Dogs. Even when he had to be in shot, he was pixelated.
- Naming Conventions
- Never Say "Die": No matter how much "enemies" risk the lives of spydogs, spydogs usually find a nonviolent solution.
- Rule of Cool
- Rule of Cute
- Rule of Empathy: the fun invincible heroes lose only by not stopping Catastrophe's escape, and the antagonists are sympathetic enough that the spydogs find a nonviolent solution. Catastrophe lost his tail as part of his origin story.
- Rule of Funny
- Rule of Perception
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Mitzy and Erin have bows, and Ayanna has earrings.
- Tuxedo and Martini, except for the BARK Squad.
- Waif-Fu: Agent Mitzy
Episodes of this series provide examples of: