Western Animation: Totally Spies!
(2001-present) is an animated show produced by French company Marathon Media
. Three action girls
— Alex, Clover and Sam (two tomboyish names
out of three) — are (totally) spies (and also ordinary high school students
) working for WOOHP, the World Organization Of Human Protection. In each episode, the girls battle the plans of some variety of Mad Scientist
with an axe to grind while also dealing with their personal lives (including their collective high school rival Mandy). Like Kim Possible
, Totally Spies!
mines both spy and teen clichés, though Kim Possible
was the only show to end a season on a cliffhanger
is notable for being one of the first Western-made animated series to employ selected Japanese Visual Arts Tropes
, such as Cross-Popping Veins
and The Sweat Drop
, under the assumption viewers were already familiar with them (as opposed to employing them to evoke the anime style
, a la Teen Titans
). In fact, the shows creators have mentioned that The Dirty Pair
(which was massively popular in France in their youth) was a big influence
on the show.
In short: Charlie's Angels meets Sailor Moon
. Or perhaps more appropriately, The O.C. meets Dirty Pair
The show totally received a movie
, as well as a Spin-Off
(The Amazing Spiez
Totally Spies! provides examples of: