Western Animation: Tutenstein
is an Emmy-Award-winning animated television series, produced by Porchlight Entertainment
for Discovery Kids
. It also airs on Jetix
in Turkey. It began broadcasting on November 1, 2003. The half-hour series features young mummy Tutankhensetamun (based on real-life Tutankhamun and usually called "Tutenstein" as in the title) who is awakened about 3,000 years after his accidental death and now has to face the fact that his kingdom is gone.
- Aesop Amnesia: Most episodes involve Tut learning that he should treat his friends well and/or not use magic for selfish reasons. It never sticks.
- Ambiguously Gay: Luxor fits the bill, when you see the episode where he and Chloe have a Freaky Friday Moment. "Perhaps I could wear that powder blue mini with a matching nehru jacket. I think Jake would find me quite fetching in it!"
- Bad Boss: Set isn't just an evil god, he treats his minions rather horribly.
- Big Bad: Set.
- Black and Nerdy: Cleo, at least when it comes to Egyptology.
- Blessed with Suck: Arguably, Luxor. The scepter's magic made him intelligent and able to speak, but also forced him to become Tut's Extreme Doormat Beleaguered Assistant.
- Cats Are Mean: Averted with Luxor, who's one of the most good-natured characters in the series.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Did you just trap Apep with a fishing net?
- Disappeared Dad: Cleo's father. It's never clear exactly what happened to him.
- Disproportionate Retribution: It's hard to blame the gods for being annoyed with Tutenstein, but threatening a ten-year-old child with eternal damnation for crimes like vandalizing a wall or cheating at a board game seems a little harsh.
- Cleo even points this out, mentioning that in spite of his position, is just a kid.
- Downer Ending: "The Comeback Kid". Not only does Tut turn back into a mummy, he will never get the chance to become flesh and blood again. Fridge Logic makes the whole series kind of a downer from then on.
- Elvis Impersonator: The characters visited a convention of them in "The King of Memphis".
- Eternal English: Tutenstein and the Egyptian gods all speak modern English, though Tut has Just a Stupid Accent. Presumably the Scepter of Was did it.
- Five-Man Band: Sort of....
- For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: In "Day of the Undead," Tut walks among mortals on Halloween, impressing trick-or-treaters with how much his costume looks and smells like a long-dead Egyptian mummy.
- Large Ham: Tut
- Losing Your Head
- Magic Skirt: in this case it's Tut's kilt.
- Magic Wand: The Scepter of Was functions as one.
- Mean Boss: You probably wouldn't want to work for Horace Bedhety, but he's mostly just vain and petty.
- Meaningful Name: Cleo's full name is Cleopatra Carter. The first part is obvious, while "Carter" alludes to Howard Carter, the archaeologist who found the original Tutankhamun's tomb.
- Never Say "Die": Completely averted.
- Nice Hat: Tut's gigantic nemes headress. He only takes it off a few times in the entire series.
- Not Growing Up Sucks: An occasional source of angst for Tut. It comes to a head in "Old Man Tut", when he uses magic to grow into a teenager so he can cut off his sidelock of youth, but then has to deal with Rapid Aging.
- Power Trio:
- Id: Tut
- Ego: Chloe
- Superego: Luxor
- Rip Van Tinkle: Tut's first act after being brought back from the dead is to run to the bathroom.
- Royal Brat: Tut acts like a spoiled little Jerk Ass most of the time.
- Sassy Black Woman: Cleo has her moments.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Well, he is the Pharaoh...
- Servile Snarker: Luxor, so very much.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Cleo and Tutenstein's relationship is full of this. Enter Squick here.
- Status Quo Is God
- Talking Animal: Luxor.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: As with Aang and Katara, Cleo is taller because she's two years older.
- Undead Child
- Undeath Always Ends: Averted - by the end of the series, Tutenstein is still a living mummy.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Tut and Cleo.
- Walk Like an Egyptian: Naturally.