Western Animation: Wheel Squad
is a really
obscure cartoon series focused on a group of youngsters who race on wheels. Mostly roller skates, albeit one of them isn't quite good on them. Their regular enemies are a bunch of juvenile delinquents and a white-collar criminal.
Wheel Squad contains examples of the following tropes:
- Adults Are Useless: Averted in "Hands Off My Brother". When the wheels failed to discourage the Snakes from bullying small children into stealing stuff for them, the wheels called for adult help and the adults did make it stop.
- Alliterative Name: Samir Souab and George Grunt.
- Caught on Tape: Akim and Johnny. It was a doctored tape.
- Chinese Launderer: Mr. Shiba, albeit he doesn't show the typical stereotypes. He once taught martial arts on the sice.
- Cool Old Lady: Mrs. Rosaly
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Enzo
- Crying Wolf: The Wheel Squad made up a story about dinosaurs to stop the making of a tunnel because the works were threatening to destroy the neighborhood but were caught. Later on, they found out the remains of an Ancient Roman bath house and Enzo, who was behind the idea of making the tunnel, told them nobody would believe them. Fortunately, he was wrong.
- Disappeared Dad: Jessica's father, who appeared in only one episode. He's working in England, which explains his absence.
- Emilie's birth father, whose absence has never been explained. Fortunately, Mr. Rotter is happy to fill in.
- Five-Token Band
- Jessica: Female caucasian
- Akim: Arabic
- Bob: African
- Johnny: Male Caucasian
- Go Nagai Sideburns: Akim
- Grumpy Old Man: Mr. Grunt
- Happily Adopted: Emilie by her stepfather.
- Heel-Face Turn: Ruined with the Snakes when somebody accused them of a crime they didn't commit, prompting them to restore the status quo.
- Interclass Romance: Bob and Emilie. Bob's Dad gives private music lessons for a living and Emilie's stepfather is a wealthy businessman.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: Given just how very obscure this series is, no home video releases were made and barely exists under the radar.
- Little Old Lady Investigates: Elderly actress Rosaly did this in one episode.
- Long Hair Is Feminine: Inverted with Jessica and Emilie.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: Akim and his several siblings.
- Meaningful Name: Enzo's henchmen Hool and Igan.
- Nice Hat: Akim's red cap.
- Oblivious to Love: Akim to Jessica's feelings.
- One of the Boys: Jessica. And she wasn't aware of how boyish she was until she entered a figure skating contest and her adversaries said she had no chances because she wasn't feminine. When her friends wouldn't tell her she was feminine, she asked for the opinion of her mother, who delivered the killing blow by ranting that she can't be expected to be considered feminine given how she usally acts and dresses like a boy.
- Opposing Sports Team: The Snakes. The Wheel Squad and the Snakes entered a rollerball tournament.
- Parental Substitute: Mr. Rotter.
- Race Against the Clock/You Have 48 Hours: In "Souab's Deadline", Mr. Souab's business were slow and his supplier gave him one week to pay his debt. Meanwhile, Enzo, the manager of World Mart, was given one week to bring 100% of its potential customers like he promised his plan would.
- "Close Call": Mr. Rotter, the owner of World Mart, gave the beauty parlor's owner (Jessica's Mom) three days to do the needed repairs or he'd not renew the rental contract. Being friends with the owner's daughter, his stepdaughter persuaded him to extend the deadline.
- Redheaded Hero: Jessica. She also doubles as a Fiery Redhead.
- Spoiled Sweet: Emilie.
- Sunglasses at Night: Mr. Rotter and Enzo.
- Technology Marches On: Emilie Rotter is the only kid shown to have a cell phone (which she apparently didn't take with her when she ran away in "Nobody Loves Me" - Perhaps her stepfather gave her one after that) except when Jessica bought one unaware it was a cloned number.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Hool and Igan
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Jessica and Emilie
- Villain with Good Publicity: Enzo is an example of the trope. The most of what we get to see of the good publicity part was in "Water, Water, Everywhere". The heroes took photographs linking him to a scheme of illegal waste dumping that was contaminating the community's water supply and he managed to explain it away by claiming he was there to investigate and help. Fortunately, in order to give credence to these claims, he had to finance a project to de-pollute the water supply.
- Visit by Divorced Dad: Jessica's father once visited her. His absence is explained by the fact he works in England.
- When I Was Your Age: Jessica's mother berated her for her grades by claiming to have gotten better ones. Jessica then got her mother's old report cards to verify the claim.
- Wicked Stepmother: Subverted, despite the series having a "Cinderella" parody.