Western Animation: Totally Spies!
(2001-2008, 2013-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:
- Action Dress Rip: They do this a lot when wearing long skirts.
- Aliens Speaking English: But they're actually better at French.
- All Webbed Up: The girls are briefly cocooned by a giant robot spider in one episode.
- Alpha Bitch: Mandy. Her cousin Mindy as well, but it takes five seasons for her to show up.
- Alternative Foreign Theme Song: Japan uses a different anime-styled theme song titled "Sweet Dynamite" and "Summer Breeze" by Matsushita Moeko as the ending theme.
- While the original theme is already in English (and aired as such in most countries), Cartoon Network usually aired an instrumental version for the American broadcast. While unconfirmed, there is speculation that this might have to with the fact that it is an edited version of the somewhat risque "Here We Go" by Girls Aloud, and the network worried children would look up the original song.
- And Your Little Dog Too: Literally said by Geraldine when she attacked Jerry and a stray puppy Alex found.
- Angels Pose: The transformation sequence the Spies do in the theme song.
- Animated Series
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: When the culprit in "Matchmaker" is busted, a crowd of angry women scream, "Tear off his head!", "Rip out his heart!", then Mandy shouts "Cut up his credit card!"
- In "Space Much", when the girl's Nanny rescues them in her ship, this happens:
Myrna: I am very disappointed. Letting an inferior villain such as that get the better of you. All I can say is that I'm glad I will be the Nanny and not your WHOOP superior, and if I'm not mistaken, there are three spies in this van who forgot to floss today!
- Art Evolution: Very noticeable from about Season 3 onward (like how the girls — and everyone else — finally got belly buttons to go with their assortment of Bare Your Midriff outfits).
- Ash Face: Happens to Sam in the episode "Alex Quits" when she trips into an electric fence.
- Has happened to Clover twice; once in an Imagine Spot in the episode "A Thing For Musicians", and again when Alex blows open the door of a plane right next to her in "Shrinking".
- Attack of the 50-Foot Mandy
- Authority Equals Asskicking: In one episode, even the heroines are very surprised at how well Jerry can handle himself in a fight.
- Badass Adorable: The main trio.
- Bag of Kidnapping: In "Mandy Doll Mania" Sam, Clover, and Alex are captured with this method by Seth Toyman using remote control Mandy dolls.
- Baleful Polymorph: This tends to happen to the heroines a lot. In fact, if this weren't a kids' show, the Body Horror Trope would probably apply rather often.
- Bare Your Midriff: They're teenage girls from Beverly Hills. Do we really need to explain this one?
- The Baroness: Rosa Klebb type.
- Between My Legs: Shows up fairly often in the show, usually of the girls (or Jerry).
- Black Screen of Death: Used just about every time the girls are attacked.
- Blondes Are Evil: Mandy's cousin Mindy.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: The villains always have an ulterior backstory for their plans that they spend a lot of time mo logging about.
- Bound and Gagged: The girls and the victims many times.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Happens to Sam more often than not.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: At least once. In the beginning of the series finale, the girls ask the viewer to wish them luck in their coming adventure.
- Breast Expansion: In one episode, Alex takes a muscle-enhancement drug to defeat a villain, which also causes her breasts to visibly grow several times larger (Although at one point she did appear to have a completely masculine chest). Some also point out that the Art Evolution made the girls "powers" more obvious too (considering how fanservicey the show is… quite probable).
- Bring It: A fed-up Alex says this to a bully at the end of "Spy Gladiators", which is appropriate considering the spies just finished a really dangerous mission full of gladiators even tougher than said bully.
- Buffy Speak: The show takes place in California, what did you expect.
- Butt Monkey: Clover and Alex sometimes.
- Cain and Abel: Jerry and Terence.
- California University: Beverly Hills High School in the series and Mali-U in the spinoff show.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Hoo boy. Many of the guys the girls face off against demonstrate this. Especially Terence ("Evil leaders first!").
- Cat Girl: Clover got turned into one in one episode in season one. Alex likewise had this happen to her in season 6 due to the villain turning herself into a cat girl.
- Cheeky Mouth
- Chekhov's Gun: The entire series.
- Give the spies a hairdryer and they'll save the world with it. Sometimes because it shoots tornadoes.
- Occasionally subverted, because they don't always use every gadget they're given in an episode. Although sometimes, there's a Plot Tailored to the Party just to make sure they do.
- Also lampshaded in one episode, where Sam mentions they never needed the Laser Nail File, and right after that Clover breaks a nail.
- Chekhov's Armoury: Jerry and occasionally GLADIS will take time to inform the girls of ther gadgets at load out.
- Chekhov's Boomerang: sometimes old gadgets show up in later episodes (either Jerry, or the girls themselves have saved and stockpiled items for later use.)
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Mindy and Britney are completely absent from Season 6, and no explanation is given for either. Mindy's absence is especially jarring as she was in nearly every episode of the 5th season.
- Clip Show: "The Elevator", "So Totally Not Groove-y".
- Clothing Damage: Plenty. The first episode, for starters. And "Wild Style", where Clover got turned into a furry female Humanoid Animal.
- Color-Coded Characters: Sam = Green, Alex = Yellow, Clover = Red.
- Combat Stilettos
- Conspicuous Consumption: Clover when trying out the widespread cookie craze. She eventually can't help scarfing them down.
- Cool Old Guy: Jerry, and he can be surprisingly cooler when he has to be.
- Cool Plane: The monstrously large and luxurious Bling Jet plane from "Evil Airline Much?".
- Corrupt the Cutie: This happens to Clover's intern, Tara, due to Clover's influence. She's not seen recovering.
- Crazy-Prepared: Before most missions Jerry gives the spies a bunch of random gadgets that he could not have foreseen being useful, but somehow they all are.
- Credits Montage: Seasons 1 and 2 only. Season 3 featured a random character talking to the viewer (see The Tag).
- Crossover: With Martin Mystery, one of their other shows.
- Cross-Popping Veins
- Death Trap: "This machine will forcefeed you cookies until you explode!"
- Demon Head: Happens to Sam and Martin Mystery in episode "Totally Mystery Much?"
- Depending on the Writer: The intelligences and hormone levels of the main girls can range wildly from episode to episode. Sometimes Alex is a Cloud Cuckoo Lander, other times she's the Only Sane Woman between Clover and Sam. Sam can be just as persistent when it comes to getting boys like Clover, and Clover can sometimes be not so boy crazy at all. Speaking of Clover, is she a relatively Nice Girl, a Jerkass, or somewhere in-between? It varies.
- Jerry can range from a nice guy to a bit of a Jerkass depending on the scenario/episode.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Most of the villains fall under this; becoming evil because their girlfriend dumped them, not being accepted into a club or organization, or because things just don't go the way they want to in life. Seriously, just because a (mostly) minor inconvenience occurs isn't enough to actually make someone bad. It's Averted in Tim Scam's case, and possibly the Dude.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Used as a background gag as a couple of guys walk into each other due to being focused on Sam.
- Distressed Dude: Counting this show and The Amazing Spiez spin-off, Blaine and Dean both get their fair share of scenes where they end up bound and gagged.
- E = MC Hammer: The Movie has a lot of issues.
- The Eighties: A villain has a ray that turns people a few years younger, and their clothes into 80s fashions.
- Embarrassing Slide: In the episode "Shrinking", Jerry shows the Spies footage of various landmarks being shrunken and stolen around the world. In-between, however, is a clip of himself waterskiing and waving to the camera, to which Jerry reacts in the expected way.
- Enemy Mime: "Jazz Hands".
- Everybody Laughs Ending: How most of the episodes end.
- Evil Is Petty: A lot of the villains fall under this. The movie villain Fabu takes it up past eleven; he wants to destroy Earth because somebody pulled his pants down in public and humiliated him as a child.
- Marco Lumière is a (more) unhinged version of Tim Burton.
- This may also be a bit of the creators actually DOING the research, as the Lumière Brothers were the inventors of film over in France.
- And Jerry strongly, strongly resembles Batman's butler Alfred Pennyworth as he appears in many comics depictions, particularly during the 70's — present (despite being more in the Bunny-Ears Lawyer side at times).
- Fail O'Suckyname: League Aiming to Menace and Overthrow Spies (L.A.M.O.S.)
- "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: In "The Yuck Factor", the Spies fought a trio of villains who tried to take over WOOHP from inside Jerry's brain.
- Fiction 500: Sam,Alex,and Clover fit this due to their constant shopping sprees,and Mandy,whose mother in one episode, buys an international chain of high-class boutique shoe stores in order to gain the last instance of a limited edition pair of boots.
- Film Felons: At least once. Marco Lumière justifies this in being a batshit insane filmmaker.
- First Name Basis: We never get to know most of the characters' surnames.
- Five-Bad Band: In later episodes.
- Fluffy Fashion Feathers: Some outfits with feathers show up, such as Sam wearing a green feather boa with her evening dress in "A Spy is Born".
- Four Girl Ensemble: What happens when Britney joins the team.
- Fox-Chicken-Grain Puzzle: A variant appears in a training simulation the spies undergo in the TV movie.
- Future Spandex
- Genre Blindness: Sadly rampant.
- Gladiator Games: In "Planet of the Hunks", an evil spoiled rich girl puts a handsome boy into her personal area to fight (or be killed) should she ever gets bored with him.
- Grand Finale: The end of the 5th season was very much this, with WOOHP being bought out and then shut down, and all of the villains becoming good. 5 Years later Season 6 begins and doesn't even address how it's even possible for the show to still be going.
- Gratuitous French: Clover has a habit of doing this, if only for the style. One episode reveals that, at most, her knowledge of French is pretty basic: she and Alex find an uncannily handsome pool cleaner guy who only speaks French. Every time he speaks, the girls get lulled about him (after all, Everything Sounds Sexier in French), but it's only with Jerry translating for them at the end that they know: all that he was talking about was the quality of the water in the swimming pool, and all that stuff (therefore, too technical for just Gratuitous French). Luckily enough for them, he had already switched to work for Mandy, whose comprehension of the language was about in the same level.
- Green Aesop: Inverted in one episode where the spies have to stop an "evil" scientist from using the sun to power the earth in place of nuclear reactors. According to the Spies (paraphrased): "The sun isn't something to be captured and used up! It must be free!" Evidently nuclear power is fine by them.
- "Groundhog Day" Loop: The premise around Season 4's "Déjà Cruise".
- Growing Muscles Sequence: In "The Incredible Bulk", the villain's plot revolves around health snacks that bulk up rival bodybuilders to the point their bodies explode.
- Heart Symbol: Commonly seen floating around the girls (or in their eyes) when they locate the Boyfriend of the Week. And sometimes around each other too.
- Highly Visible Spies: On their missions, the girls wear neon bright jumpsuits (even if they don't actually need to) and rarely make any attempt to hide or disguise their identities. Actual sneaking around, while not uncommon, happens about as often as barging headfirst into any objective. They aren't really spies in the traditional sense; it's more of a case of Not Wearing Tights.
- Many episodes have them going undercover at whatever location they're investigating wearing clothes that fit the location and rarely, fake credentials if they can't get in by walking though the front door. They never actually hide their identity and often use their real first names as part of whatever fake identity they're using. It's only later once they break in to snoop around or after their cover is blown do they wear the highly visible suits.
- The Movie reveals it was Clover who designed the outfits, before actually getting the gist of spying. To her credit, that's the most stealthy she could come up with (she also thought of superhero and Sailor Senshi outfits).
- I Broke a Nail
- Identity Amnesia: In "Totally Dunzo", when Mandy goes into shock after breaking a nail, she has a different personality when she regains consciousness. She still knows who she is. The only difference is she's now a nice person.
- If You're So Evil, Step on That Rat
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Happens to Alex at least once, and to Clover way too many times to count.
- I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You: Thanks for tipping us on the L.A.M.O.S. latest evil plot, Boogie Gus. (In "Like, So Totally Not Spies", IIRC; granted, the girls had forgotten they were ace secret agents, but did he really need to nearly spell everything out?)
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: In both sides. Luckily it does not affect the protagonists...
- Instrumental Theme Tune: Certain episodes featured an instrumental version of Moonbaby's "Here We Go", with a different arrangement.
- Knows A Guy Who Knows A Guy: When asked how Clover was able to get tickets to an event, she says:
"Oh it was easy! The manager of the arena has a cousin who lives next door to a guy who's best friends with a man who's married to a childhood classmate of a mother of a guy I know from the football team. I just flirted with him and he got the tickets for me."
- Lampshade Hanging: "Is it me, or does the way we get Whooped sometimes defy the laws of physics?"
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Too many times to count.
- Latex Perfection
- Taken to ridiculous lengths at the end of the Season 3 finale, "Evil Promotion Much?" After Terence is incarcerated, he rips off a mask revealing Jerry's face underneath. He then tells the guard watching him to release him with a very convincing acting. So is done. "Jerry" then knocks out the guard and tears off yet another mask which reveals that it was indeed Terence all along. In short, he was technically wearing his own face over a mask of Jerry with no prejudice to the features of "his own" face.
- There's also the first half of "Escape from WOOHP Island" where Britney, while looking completely normal, was actually Willard in disguise. This was only found out when Clover's phony skin care products started melting "her" face. Granted, one of the girls notices that something's "different" about her, but you'd never have seen that coming.
- Leitmotif: Anytime there's a beach or vacation setting, the same piece of music plays.
- Life Drinker: The big bad uses some kind of magic stone to absorb youth from kids, resulting in this trope. As soon as aforementioned magic stone is destroyed, No Immortal Inertia is triggered.
- Limited Social Circle: The only person Sam, Clover and Alex regularly interact with at their school (outside the three of them), is Mandy. Any other classmate they were seen talking to would be gone by the next episode, never to be seen or mentioned again (except for maybe the occasional boyfriend that would last about 2 or 3 episodes). Possibly justified in that their lives as spies would realistically get in the way of them having normal social lives.
- Also the character of Arnold an example of Nerds Are Sexy (although he's rarely treated as much more than repulsive in-episode).
- Limited Wardrobe: Played straight with their spy jumpsuits, but averted with their civilian outfits.
- Longrunner: Been running for twelve years straight.
- Luminescent Blush
- Male Gaze: About half the camera shots are focused on the girl's breasts as they are about to speak or when they crash into each other the camera is often focused their butts as they are lying on the floor.
- Mama Bear:
- One episode involves Tim luring the girls and their moms to a resort where he brainwashes the moms into offing them. With Clover and Alex's moms spending most of the episode in their bathing suits. If memory serves it culminates in a Mama Bear moment where the moms actually beat the crap out of Tim for menacing their little girls.
- Also, in three-part episode "Totally Busted", it was revealed that the protagonists' crazy skills came from having a special set of "spy genes" which they inherited from their mothers. As the episode progressed the Spies were brainwashed and their mothers are recruited to save them. This result in Mama Bears in Catsuits
- The Men in Black: The WHOOP agents.
- Mind Control: Sam is put under mind control by villains so often in the series that near the end it was practically a running joke.
- Minor Flaw, Major Breakup: At the end of the episode where Alex gets muscular after ingesting a muscle growth formula, her boyfriend of the week dumps her because he doesn't date girls more buff than him. She doesn't take that too well.
- Mistaken for Badass: In "Evil Coffee Shop Much?", Jerry hires Mandy as a spy because he thinks she somehow snuck into WHOOP HQ when in actuality she was just accidentally WHOOP'd along with the main girls and fell behind the couch.
- The Movie: A prequel released in (at least) French theaters in 2009. The movie recently aired on Cartoon Network.
- Mummy Wrap: Given the show's pattern, it was inevitable the Egyptian themed villain in "I Want My Mummy" does this to the girls and their associate. A similar trick is done to them in "Evil Mascot".
- Negative Continuity: The show has a bit of a problem with this since it's been running for so long and circulating writers. The biggest of which involving the girls origins, in one one-hour special, it was stated that they were chosen from childhood to be spies later on in their lives. But The Movie showcased them becoming spies when they happened upon W.H.O.O.P by accident.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: This show was particularly bad with this. In fact, one episode centered around a number of knockoffs of Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Britney Spears, etc., and the villain was Milan Stilton.
- Season 6 adds Celine Dion, Vera Wang, Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber to the mix
- No Name Given
- Now Do It Again Backwards: "WOOHPersize Me!". Mind control music played backwards negates the control.
- On Three: In "A Spy is Born Part 2", Sam tells Clover and Jerry to open the door on three. Clover asks if they should wait for "Go". Sam is annoyed and clarifies: "Three! Who said anything about "go"?!"
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Wanted criminal Tim Scam was able to pretty much take over WOOHP by using an alias that was literally just his name backwards. And he had it clearly written on a name badge just in case there was a slight chance no-one would figure it out.
- Personality Swap: Done in the episode "Totally Switched". Clover's personality is swapped with Jerry's by use of a crazy psychologist's behavioral adjusting amulet.
- Revisited in "Totally Switched Again!" with the same villain
- Pink Means Feminine: Although none of the characters have that as their main color, it still shows up a lot.
- Plot Tailored to the Party: Occasionally, a completely improbable situation pops up, demanding the use of a gadget that would be unused otherwise, or an otherwise useless gadget gets a highly unusual use (such as the super-spicy gum used by Alex that allowed her to sweat enough to slip tightly-tied ropes off her, despite the fact that she was still wearing her spysuit).
- Power Trio:
- Beauty, Brains and Brawn: Clover, Sam and Alex.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Clover, Alex and Sam. And the picture even has them in order!
- Also, Pam, Alice, and Crimson.
- As well as Stella, Gabriella, and Carmen in "Mommies Dearest", later Stella, Carmen, and Gabriella in "Totally Busted".
- Freudian Trio:
- Town Girls:
- Neither - Sam
- Femme - Clover
- Butch - Alex
- The President's Daughter
- Pretty in Mink: Several outfits have fur trim, to the girls' parkas, to a cheerleading squad wearing fur-trimmed dresses.
- Punny Name: As is to be expected for a comicbook-y/superspy series, there were quite a few. Alien expert Sagan Hawking deserves a special mention.
- Put on a Bus: In season 5 Jerry had G.L.A.D.I.S. dismantled due to her attitude. (The real life reason for this was fans didn't like her.)
- This is the most frequent method that keeps Sixth Rangers from being mainstays in the cast. Britney in particular ends up on it three times.
- Putting a Hand over His Mouth: The spies do this to each other quite a bit.
- Rapunzel Hair: In one episode, Clover was captured and her hair was grown really long to be used as a wig. Unfortunately, it made her very weak. The other girls even used the hair Rapunzel-style.
- Real Song Theme Tune: Moonbaby's "Here We Go".
- Really Gets Around: A PG version with Clover as she constantly throws herself at any cute guy that crosses her field of vision.
- Rearrange the Song: When the first season aired on Cartoon Network, it used an instrumental version of Moonbaby's "Here We Go".
- Red Shirt Army: Or rather, Black Suit Army. The lower-ranking WOOHP agents certainly qualify.
- Retcon: Season 6 actively rewrites the continuity as it pleases. Aside from the elephant in the room of WOOHP even existing, just a few examples include:
- Alex's father looks completely different (and has a given surname to boot)
- Clover and Blaine are suddenly and inexplicably exes
- One villain has a grudge after "serving his time" even though when he was last seen he Heel Face Turned and didn't serve any time at all
- Ridiculously Human Robot: GLADIS, despite not having a human body.
- Right-Hand Cat: Geraldine has one in the episode "Return of Geraldine".
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Though she was slightly inept, episode 12 has the queen of Lyrobia jumping into action along side Alex & Sam when Clover is kidnapped.
- Rule of Cool: All the gadgets Jerry gives the girls; the show would be nothing without it.
- Rule34: See the link in Abridged Series, above.
- Running Gag: The U.P.W.A.T.I. underwater breathing suit. Whenever it pops up in the gadget roster, one of the girls always responds with "Up-whatie?"
- Also this situation: "If we're all here... Who's piloting the plane?!"
- Every time Mandy sees the girls in their spy suits (which is a lot in season 6), she will make some sort of comment on them.
- Sauna of Death: The girls are locked in one by their brainwashed mothers.
- Series Fauxnale: Two of them! The third season finale "Evil Promotion Much", which was originally intended as the series finale. The fifth season finale (which actually provided closure for most of the main plotlines) becomes this when the show is brought back for a sixth season.
- Satellite Love Interest: A lot of the girls' Temporary Love Interests were this.
- Shoe Phone: Compact Phone, actually.
- Shout-Out: Multiple times.
- References to Sailor Moon are probably an inside joke, as at least one of the voice actors — namely Katie Griffin, who plays Alex — also voiced Raye in the early DiC-dubbed episodes of that show.
- Charlie's Angels, when a villain impersonating Jerry accidentally calls Alex "Farrah".
- WOOHP sounds suspiciously similar to WOOC(P), the employer of the protagonist of The Ipcress File and other Len Deighton novels.
- There is a Shout-Out to Tsukasa Hojo's Cat's Eye in EVERY SINGLE EPISODE. More precisely, the tomboyish brunette Action Girl with a yellow Spy Catsuit Alex is an Expy for Ai Kisugi, the youngest of the three sisters. It's much easier for the French viewers to figure it out, since Ai was named Alex (short for Alexia) in the French dub. It also helps that Cat's Eye was broadcast multiple times on French public channels in the '80s (and well beloved). And yes, it was displayed on kids programs. Which the creators of the show grew up watching. Explains a lot, doesn't it?
- In the episode "Spies Vs. Spies", the agents whom predate the girls, Pam, Alice, and Crimson, seemed to have been directly modeled after the girls from Cat's Eye.
- Crimson is a reference to the rock song "Crimson and Clover"
- Wait a minute, Spies Vs. Spies?
- Also, whenever the girls are shown playing soccer, the animation draws much inspiration from Captain Tsubasa, from the balls taking on an oval shape after being kicked, all the way the ball spinning in the goalkeeper's hands until his gloves are fizzled out. Especially if Alex (who is a professed soccer fan, as per "Spy Soccer") is involved.
- In the episode "Miss Spirit Fingers", Alex and Clover have a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment where they crash into a Pulp Fiction poster.
- Jerry's Matrix-style jump to the helicopter in the episode "A Spy Is Born (part II)".
- And there's another possible Matrix reference in the series 2 episode "It's How You Play the Game" with the wriggly silverfish robots used to infect people's minds by the Big Bad. They go in through the ear, though, not the belly button.
- Oooh! And the James Bond crotch-laser in the episode "Starstruck".
- Also when Jerry's mother, in a flashback, rises from the sea in an orange bikini with a white belt.
- King Kong, when the gorilla climbs up a skyscraper with Alex on its back in the episode "Animal World".
- Averted with GLADIS. Despite what many would think, this show's GLADIS actually came first.
- But GLADIS' main interface looks a lot like Shirka from Ulysses 31.
- Margie from "Brain Drain" shouts "NO WIRE HANGERS!"
- Shut Up, Hannibal!
- Sleep Cute: Between the three leads. Really.
- Something Completely Different: "Matchmaker" is one of the few episodes not to feature Jerry summoning the girls to WOOHP for a new mission. It's also one of the few where Clover solo has to save the day.
- Spin-Off: The Amazing Spiez, which is more like a continuation of TS with a younger cast. Sam, Clover and Alex make an appearance in one episode.
- Spoiled Sweet: Sam, Clover and Alex, the latter being a straight-up example.
- Spy Catsuit
- Status Quo Is God
- Sticky Situation: In a couple of episodes. "Creepy Crawly Much" in particular.
- Stock Footage: A pan of the crowd applauding and cheering in "Black Widows" is repeated quite a few times during the episode.
- Strictly Formula: Meet villain of the episode, girls having some problem in their personal lives, Jerry calls and explains the situation, go on mission, meet villain, one or all girls get captured, one or all of them gets mutated / brainwashed etc, break free, confront villains, beat them, change back to normal. End episode. Sometime the plots factor into the daily life problems, sometimes not.
- Stylish Protection Gear: If they need to wear something for extreme environments, it will still look fashionable.
- Super-Deformed: e.g. Martin Mystery (for which this is much more common) in "Totally Mystery Much?".
- Superstition Episode: In one episoe Alex breaks a mirror, complete with a My God, What Have I Done?, and is convinced she'll have seven years of bad luck.
- The Sweat Drop
- The Tag: Starting in Season 3, a character addressed the viewer during the closing credits, often talking about something related to the theme or events of the episode.
- Teen Superspy
- Temporary Love Interest: Practically every episode gives at least one of the girls one. And every time one of them actually gets with a guy they're right back to being single by the next episode due to one of the following reasons:
- He turned out to be a villain.
- He dumped her or she dumped him for some superficial reason (or not).
- Mandy steals them away (Clover is the usual victim of this one).
- Temporary Bulk Change: Clover along with a great number of others put on several hundred pounds over the course of a few days from eating Passion Patties.
- Scratch that. Clover and Jerry put on that much over the course of a day!
- Bittersweet put on that much in a few seconds after being forcefed her concentrated additive.
- Time Travel: By now about 3 different methods are readily available to the team.
- Timey-Wimey Ball: In one of the early episodes the girls are sent back in time to the dark ages. Clover is, at least for a little bit, able to hail Jerry on her communicator despite him not being born for hundreds of years.
- Title Drop: Happens occasionally in certain episodes, but one doesn't happen for the show's name itself until the 6th season
- Title Montage
- Title Please: Only during Season 1. Season 2+ featured the name of the episode superimposed over the Totally Spies! logo.
- Token Minority: Britney, Caitlin, and possibly Alex.
- Un-Cancelled: A sixth season started in 2013, five years after the fifth season's intended Grand Finale.
- Unwilling Suspension: Sometimes the girls are captured this way.
- Valley Girl: Like, duh.
- Villains Never Lie: The spies don't believe Terrance when he says Jerry is his twin brother (though he did have surgery to alter his appearance) and when he and Jerry got caught cheating on an exam Jerry lied and let Terrance take the fall. Jerry confirms both are true.
- We Can Rule Together: The Great Kandinsky to his grandson in episode "Do You Believe in Magic?". When it doesn't work he hypnotizes him.
- We've Got Company: Said more than once.
- Your Mime Makes It Real: Came up on an episode that featured Jazz Hands, a mime who turned evil after people mocked him for being a bad accordion player. He's fond of mime-themed Death Traps, like the time he tied up Clover and Alex in an "invisible mime rope" and started to slowly lower them into a vat of flesh-eating mime makeup. Alex tries cutting the invisible rope with a miniature buzz saw, but the saw gets deflected and ends up shearing off some of Alex's hair instead. Just when everything seems hopeless, the girls' assistant, Jerry, shows up in Jazz Hands's hideout and finally manages to untie the rope...by pretending to untie the rope. ("What better way to untie a mime rope than with mime?")
- Your Princess Is in Another Castle