Western Animation: Wild Kratts
Martin: "Hey Chris, what's the difference between one angry bee and a swarm?"
Chris: "About four thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine stingers."
Martin: *points*Wild Kratts
is an educational TV show produced for PBS Kids and TVO Kids which first aired in January 2011. It's an animated and live action-mixed cartoon starring Martin and Chris Kratt of Kratts' Creatures
, and Be the Creature
fame. They travel around the world in a turtle-shaped, go-wherever transport they call Tortuga HQ along with three techies: Aviva, the head techie who built the creature power suits, Koki, who does a lot of data monitoring and communications work, and Jimmy Z, whose jobs seem to be teleport master, pilot, and eater of pizza. With the creature power suits, Martin and Chris can become any animal in the world, in a rather mecha-like
way. Like its predecessors, the show's focus is on animal education and conservation, but because of the animated environment it's not limited by what the brothers happen to catch on tape. This means that they can show rare, ridiculously cool things like a bull sperm whale and a colossal squid battling it out
. This show should be noted for having an EXTREMELY CATCHY Theme Tune
- Accidental Misnaming: Chris and Martin to Zach, although Zach does it on purpose.
Zach: I'll get you, you Wild Ratts!
Bros: That's Wild Kratts!
- Acrofatic: Gourmand. It's almost a superpower.
- Aesop: Usually green. This is a Kratt brother's show, and a PBS show to boot.
- Ahem: The girls are subject to using these to attract the brothers from time to time, usually to indicate they're busted and caught.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Zach's bots often misunderstand his commands, taking his words literally.
Zach: I must be dreaming! Somebody pinch me! *A Zachbot pinches him* OW! I didn't mean literally!
- Alliterative Name: Chris Kratt, Donita Donata, and Gaston Gourmand. Justified with Chris since that's his real name. Also to the extent that Donita's henchman's name is Dabio.
- Always a Bigger Fish: First, mama sperm whale vs. giant squid. Mama is taken out by fishing net, leaving baby sperm whale Bumper at risk. Enter papa sperm whale, who eats the giant squid. Enter colossal squid.
- Ambiguously Brown: Chris (even though he is fairly dark skinned in real life). Donita would fit, if she weren't a fashionista (it could be argued that she tans).
- Amusing Injury: Staple of the Kratt Brothers. Also with Zach and Jimmy Z.
- And I Must Scream: Donita Donata specializes in "living jewelry" i.e. live animals frozen in suspended animation. Not all of them are rescued either. Sure she doesn't kill them (at least not intentionally), but this could arguably be worse.
- Animal House: Averted in "Elephant in the Room" and many other episodes. The plot is this: you invite a guest to stay with you, and the next thing you know they start messing with your things and taking over your house. Well, think of this trope as the minor embodiment of the episode. Consider the fact that Chris and Martin found Thornsley with a thorn in his foot (which was how he originally got the name), and they took him back to he Tortuga so he would have a temporary place to shelter. Well, look what happened when everyone was sleeping—he took over the Tortuga by driving, miniaturizing the crew and destroying the whole Tortuga! And look at what Koki had to say when she saw the main room:
Koki: Not as upset as us. At least he didn't knock over my station.
- Applied Phlebotinum
- Artistic License – Paleontology: Averted in "Raptor Round-Up", where dinosaurs are described as still existing today as birds.
- Art Shift: The animation and character designs are slightly different in the episode "Polar Bears Don't Dance", although this was fixed in "Snow Runners".
- As Himself: The Kratt Brothers, obviously. And adorably, some of their real-life kids.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: "Whale of a Squid" featured two giant sea monsters duking it out. Then there's an extreme example with Seven in "Octopus Wildkratticus".
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: And flashy, and yummy, AKA Martin-the-bass has a little problem with lure reactions. Also averted with a LOT of the episodes—okay, fine, every episode—because the Kratts always get distracted, and never stay on their ONE task assigned, although they come to their senses eventually.
- Backported Development: Octopus Wildkratticus showed two things at the same time: 1) Scenes that never happened, 2) In Creature Power Suits that do not exist either a- in the state they were shown or b- at all (such as Martin's Honey Badger suit- there was never a second disc. Chris was the Honey Badger that episode). The series in general creates Plot Holes because the episodes are out of order.
- Badass Baritone: Gourmand for the villain team.
- Badass Bookworm: Chris.
- Baleful Polymorph: There are a few of these when the creature power suits malfunction.
- Berserk Button: Chris has one whenever animals are directly threatened (to be technical they both do, but it could be argued Chris gets angrier than Martin does). Martin's is pressed in "Flight of the Draco". See Punctuated! For! Emphasis! Also in the same episode, don't tell Aviva she throws like a gi-
Aviva: "Don't you say it!"
- On that matter, don't lose the creature power suits, disagree with her on whether or not it's more important to find said suits or a new species… just… just don't make her mad at all.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Aviva. Chris to Martin in "Raptor Roundup"- Martin was standing on top of the Tortuga, slipped and fell and slid down the clothesline, knocking off the sleeping bags Chris had just hung up, and covering his brother in feathers. Chris growls, Martin gives an "Oh, Crap" and starts running with Chris on his heels. What would Chris have done if he'd caught Martin? There's also Martin to Donita in "Flight of the Draco" when his Berserk Button was pressed.
- Koki is a very good fit for this trope as well, due to her bad temper.
- Big Brother Instinct: Very much in existence, though Chris has got quite the Little Brother Instinct of his own.
- Big Damn Heroes: Being a series about creature rescue, Chris and Martin pull this on a regular basis, occasionally even to each other (such as Martin saving Chris in "Raptor Roundup").
- Big "NO!": Many times, and often. Usually comes after Oh, Crap.
- Big Red Button: The ink defense button in "Octopus Wildkratticus", and pretty much every button on all of Zach's controls. Donita's buttons are more like big pink buttons. To note, the Octopod also had a big green button.
- Blondes Are Evil: Subverted and averted. Dabio is disputably evil (more like he's blindly following Donita's lead, and Donita is evil), but Martin's one of the good guys.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Martin, Chris/Aviva, and Jimmy. (Koki's hair is black, so she doesn't fit this trope.)
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Sometimes the characters will look into the camera, but they won't necessarily be talking to the audience. The only real time the fourth wall was genuinely broken was in the basilisk lizard episode- they were trying to catch a basilisk to activate their suits on. Chris assumes a funny pose and declares it the "dead tree pose". Martin then looks into the camera, tries to stifle his smile, and indicates Chris with his thumb in a way that suggested the audience was supposed to know about his actions, but Chris wasn't.
- Another example can be found in "Termites vs. Tongues", although Martin says he's talking to himself and not necessarily to the audience, but they could take it a different way.
Martin: You heard me talking to myself, didn't you? Yeah, thought so.
- Briar Patching: Used by Martin on Zach in "The Gecko Effect". Of course, Zach is an idiot when it comes to animals, so Martin has to go and explain what geckos "are," while still pretending he doesn't know Zach is listening.
- Cast Full of Writers: 3/4 of the writers have fairly regular roles on the show. See Written By Cast Member.
- Catch Phrase: "To the creature rescue!" and "Living free and in the wild!" spring to mind.
- "I'll get you, you Wild Ratts!" Zach, every time.
- Also, "Mission accomplished!" (Considering the Creature Missions throughout the episodes...)
- "This gives me a great idea for a video game."
- Cheated Angle: Aviva's hair, every single episode.
- Chekhov's Skill: Any mentioned creature power inevitably gets used to save the day.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome
- Circling Birdies: Takes the form of whatever animal featured in the episode.
- Color-Coded Characters: Martin wears blue, Chris wears green. Becomes one of the more obvious hints that something's up in "Let the Rhinos Roll!". Also happens to be how Zach identifies them, as "Blue Boy" and "Green Guy".
- Also, Aviva in "Octopus Wildkratticus" and "Birds of a Feather", seeing as how her scuba suit and her Bird of Paradise suit were purple.
- Koki is a recent addition to the trope. Throughout the episodes, we could tell that she favored orange, but it was made offical in The Amazing Creature Race, when she transformed into an orange cheetah.
- Comically Missing the Point: Jimmy. According to him, sharks give birth to puppies. As in "baby dogs". (Sharks babies are called "pups".) Seems to be mixed with Obfuscating Stupidity.
- In "Seahorse Rodeo", Dabio sees the diamonds are holograms projected from the Tortuga. Looking at the diamonds, then at the projector , apparently trying to put two-and-two together. Then he tries to take a bite of his club sandwich.
- Continuity Nod: The episode "Little Howler" has a flashback involving the episode where Chris used the Creature Power Suit to become a gazelle. Also in "Let the Rhinos Roll"- the reason Chris Bot was wearing red is because when in certain countries during Kratts' Creatures, Chris would wear a red shirt.
- Speaking of Kratts' Creatures, occasional episode titles get dropped (such as "Maximum Cheetah Velocity!" in both "Mimic" and "Cheetah Racer"), and both that series and Be the Creature get occasional moment nods.
- Other episodes can be littered with several nods to past ones. "Raptor Round Up" is a good example, cameoing the honeyguide (or at least a honeyguide) from "Honey Seekers", while Chris also references the dough balls incident from the same episode a little while later.
- Crazy-Prepared: Martin thinks he's this.
Chris: Snowshoes? In the rainforest?
Martin: Hey, you may be more organized, but I'm better prepared.
- Subverted however in "Koala Balloon" when Martin is rummaging for eucalyptus leaves to feed to Koala Balloon, but only finds various other kinds of leaves.
- Cruella to Animals: Surprisingly averted for the most part. Most of the villains' mistreatment of animals is out of apathy and indifference to the creatures' well-being than outright sadism. But Gourmand did once say that the thought of cooking endangered animals always picks up his mood. As for Zach, it's only when the Kratts try reasoning with him that Zach goes out of his way to harm animals just to spite them.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Zach can send out all the bots he wants. He's only making the Bros look more awesome.
- Darker and Edgier: Compared to other Kratt shows.
- Demoted to Extra: There have been episodes where either Jimmy or Koki (or, on rare occasions, both of them) have little to no dialogue spoken. This seems to be happening less and less as the show goes on.
- Doing It for the Art: In-universe example with Chef Gourmand. Besides the fact that food made from rare animals make for especially expensive - and therefore profitable - dishes, this is the reason he specializes in cooking with endangered animals. He even firmly insists that he never, ever makes the same dish twice.
- Do I Really Sound Like That?: Chris, after Martin imitates his growling, in "Tazzy Chris".
- Doppelgänger: Zach makes one of Chris. Martin nearly doesn't figure it out in time.
- Drives Like Crazy: Martin does a bit of this off-screen in "Let the Rhinos Roll!", in which he apparently drives their jeep flying over a ravine. Chris good-naturedly chews him out over it while he fixes the poor thing.
- There's some on-screen bad driving by Martin in the beginning of "Aardvark Town." It could be argued that Chris can't drive either, judging by his handling (or lack thereof) of the sub at the beginning of "Whale of a Squid", as well as the Butterflier XT.
- Dumb Blonde: Played straight and averted. Dabio is an idiot, but Martin is just goofy.
- Dumb Muscle: Davio, Donita's blond henchman.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The pilot episode, "Polar Bears Don't Dance," sports different animation, different rules for the power suits (which seem to be actual suits in this episode alone, rather than entire body transformations), a different director, and different designs for both the exterior and interior of the Tortuga.
- Edutainment Show
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Zach
- Eldritch Abomination: Seven in "Octopus Wildkratticus". Even though the Creature Power Suits are ultimately the reason, still…
- Elephant in the Living Room: If you've ever seen Elephant in the Room, this trope is self-explanatory.
- This could also apply to Nubs and the lion cub in Let the Rhinos Roll!, along with a few episodes in Season 2 and none in Season 3...yet.
- Everybody Laughs Ending: EVERY. DAMN. EPISODE. Not one of these goes by where no one laughs. The only exceptions to this are Snow Runners and Creature Power Challenge, among some others.
- Exit, Pursued by a Bear: Or rhino, or Tazmanian devil, or pigeon...
- Even Evil Has Standards: When Donita finds out that Zach stole the Arctic Pearl, she is less than impressed.
- Everyone Went to School Together: It's not enough that the Kratts and Zach grew up in the same neighborhood (and presumably went to the same school); Aviva spent a summer in science camp with him.
- Everything's Even Worse with Sharks: Attempted subversion in "Stuck on Sharks".
- Evil Poacher: All the main villains.
- Evil Tastes Good: "Poached, roasted or barbecued… rare, endangered animals make the best food!" Gourmand singing to himself in "Platypus Café".
- Expy: Martin is one of Pinkie Pie. In fact, it's so implied that some older fans call him Martin Pie.
- Famous Last Words: Well, sure, if you count this as the Wild Kratts version of this trope:
Martin: Well, I happen to be an ace Manta Rider, so there's nothing to worry about.
- Fanservice: Kratt brothers in wetsuits for female viewers (both animated and live segment), and Aviva in a wetsuit for males. Arguably, any time they butt-shot one of the characters (has happened to Chris in "Polar Bears Don't Dance", Aviva in another episode, and Martin in yet another). Weak, perhaps, but that's probably the closest we're getting to real fanservice with this one. Let's not forget some of the Creature suits…
- Fartillery: Averted with the warthogs- they just have warthog breath as opposed to Pumbaa, whose warthog breath came from the other end.
- The Fashionista: Donita. She's very successful with her animal based line, and when frustrated starts sketching out ideas on a sketchpad.
- Fatal Flaw: The villains all have Ambition Is Evil, but aside from that, display several others. Donita- Greed. Gourmand- Jerkass, Pride. Zach- Has all of them except for Delicious Distraction.
- Fiery Red Head: Inverted- Jimmy is the calmest member, and Aviva is the most temperamental.
- Finish Dialogue in Unison
Martin: This raccoon family needs a home, so we should show them-
- Five-Man Band:
- Foil: Zach and Donita. Zach is dark, brooding, pale, excessively cruel to animals (particularly the babies) and literally does not give two cents about learning anything about them and is surrounded by his robot servants/slaves. Donita, on the other hand, is tan, very successful with her fashion line, a bit genre savvy, actually shows interest in knowing about the animals that will be part of her fashion line, has only one henchman (Davio), and despite wanting to use live animals for a fashion show she has an utter dislike of stealing as seen with the Arctic Pearl incident.
- Chris and Martin could be considered foils to each other, with their varied heights and appearances, as well as their differences in personality- Chris is (generally) the calmer and more collected one, and has been pointed out to be more organized than his brother, who's the goofy, occasionally ditzy one. Aside from that, they often have opposites in favorite activity (Chris is the better climber, Martin is the better swimmer/flier) or in the suits they have when they both don't have the same one (such as squirrel and blue jay, or sperm whale and giant squid).
- Free-Range Children: The Wild Kratts Kids, especially in "The Blue and the Gray"- Ronan and his friend were just wandering in the woods with no previous adult supervision. At least in other episodes, the kids were close to home or being monitored by the Wild Kratts themselves. And of all things, there was a bear in those woods! Apparently, Social Services Does Not Exist.
- Actually, this trope could be proven wrong—Nina and Javier have been known to mention their grandparents in their starring episodes. But then, the other adults would be described as TheFaceless, right? Absolutely.
- Friend to All Living Things: Two rare male examples. To the consternation of their team mates, this is not limited to obviously nice animals.
- Freudian Excuse: Why is Zach so angry at these brothers? Well apparently they foiled his childhood plans of a security robot—powered by a frog—when they were kids!
- Freudian Trio: There are two- Chris/Martin/Aviva, and Aviva/Koki/Jimmy. In each trio, the roles shift from episode to episode.
- From Bad to Worse: "Whale of a Squid" is the embodiment of this. While Chris the sperm whale is fighting a losing battle against a colossal squid, and Martin the giant squid is trying to save the Animal of the Day's mother:
Chris: Martin, help!
Martin: Uh Chris, I was just gonna ask you the same thing!
Martin: Because we're sinking right towards underwater volcanoes! And they're active!
Chris: But the squid just chewed off one of my fins!
Martin: But I'm drifting straight into a pool of bubbling lava!
Chris: The spinning hooks are shredding my back!
Martin: The volcanoes are erupting!
Chris: Chewing through the glass!
Martin: Giant gas-filled rocks hurtling towards me!
Martin (while being snared by the colossal squid): I got no strength to fight back!
Chris (ditto): She's almost torn through my suit!
Koki: The sperm whale only has five minutes of air!
Aviva: It's too deep for us to help you!
- Gender Flip: "Termites Vs. Tongues", with Martin's and Chris's "girlish screams".
- Also, in "Octopus Wildkratticus", with Chris. He yelled and screamed for his life...and he was thisclose to sounding like a girl. Example? Right here.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: So far, we've heard talk of cannibalism, seen a Secretary bird kill a snake (complete with minor blood spillage), saw a coyote marking Martin-the-Tree as his territory (although we just saw the wet spot and not the genitals nor the stream), seen animals frozen alive with full consciousness still intact, saw T-Devils eating an ambiguous dead thing… are we sure this is on PBS?
- Girlish Pigtails: Young Aviva (as shown in "Bass Class"). They were in buns, but still.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Martin in "Polar Bears Don't Dance".
Martin: Darn camouflage…
- Gratuitous Spanish: Subverted, as Aviva will occasionally exclaim something, but has never really outright code switched. She does it less and less as the show goes on.
- Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: Especially to the Bros.
- Halloween Episode: "Masked Bandits" is one, although PBS Kids has just released a video of their "Weird Kratts Week", stating that other shows include The Gecko Effect, Secrets of the Spider's Web and A Bat in the Brownies, among other non-related Halloween episodes (like Seasquatch, Googly-Eye The Night Guru (although this is debatable) and Quillber's Birthday Present).
- Hartman Hips
- Head Pet: Not a pet, but an elf owl lands on Chris' head in "Desert Elves".
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: The titular Kratt bros, naturally.
- Hey, That's My Line!:
- Hilarity Ensues: Pretty much every episode, whether in the dictionary sense or the trope sense of the word.
- Humongous Mecha: All the airships can qualify (the Tortuga, Zach's jet, Donita's jet and Gourmand's plane). They all do so much more than fly.
- Idiosyncrazy: Donita's live-animal fashion line and Gourmand's endangered-only restaurant. Zach doesn't qualify since his motives and plans change based on the situation.
- Incredibly Lame Pun
- Incredible Shrinking Man: The brothers have a shrinking machine that they regularly use to get up close and personal to smaller creatures, though this isn't without its hazards.
- Including but not limited to Chris getting captured by Gourmand while miniaturized in "Platypus Cafe" and almost ending up as a side dish.
- Inevitable Waterfall: Played straight in "Build It Beaver" (where Chris sought it out), and subverted in "Platypus Café" (when Martin was blindfolded, there was one, but it was a little one).
- Ink-Suit Actor
- Intergenerational Friendship: The Wild Kratts and the Wild Kratts Kids.
- In Medias Res: The episode "Little Howler" begins with the Kratts returning to the Tortuga after an adventure, then covers the adventure itself to figure out how they picked up a wolf pup found in Martin's pack. The second half of the episode deals with taking the cub back.
- Jerkass With A Heart Of Gold: Aviva- Donita acts the exact same way Aviva does, yet everyone loves Aviva and hates Donita. She bullies the boys to the point she doesn't have to do anything but give them the Thousand-Yard Stare, thinks she's better than nature itself (and has even tried to beat it [Cheetah Racer]), and more often than not doesn't listen. However, at least she's saving animals instead of enslaving them, and she has been known to give out hugs (whether or not the recipient expects one). Because of the episodes being out of order, could be Took a Level in Jerkass.
- Kangaroos Represent Australia, bears, platypi, sharks, squirrels, butterflies, squid, otters, killer bees, large cats... ah hell, just go over to Garnishing the Story and scroll down to the animals list.
- Karma Houdini: None of the villains get hurt (except for Zach, but he does it to himself), none of the villains go to jail, and in fact, most of the time, they don't even get a tongue-lashing or an aesop. Most of the time, they're sent on their merry way, either flying away, floating away, driving away…
- Kick the Dog: Zach has taken baby animals captive a few times in order to get what he wants.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Zach. Very minorly, Aviva, at least in "Platypus Café". She assumed she knew enough to figure out the platypus' electrosensory power by herself. In the end, she couldn't do it without the platypus to help her.
- Lack of Empathy: The main thing that makes the villains the villains.
- Larynx Dissonance: Chris imitating a girl, with pure swagger no less, in "When Fish Fly". The purpose? To mock Koki and Aviva. About one minute later, the said girls reflect the same sentence Chris had spoken right back to the two brothers, resulting in a Collective Groan from both of them.
- The Last Straw: "Flight of the Draco" when Chris falls out of the tree, grabs a branch, and a Draco landing on it causes it to break off.
- Laughably Evil: Zach to the biggest degree, given his mostly cowardly nature. Gourmand is this when not creeping out the viewers. Donita's funny when her plans go awry, but other than that, she's pretty formidable.
- Lava Adds Awesome
- LEGO Genetics: Aviva found the "horn gene" for rhinos. If you know anything of genetics besides what they taught you in school, you know this isn't how genetics works.
- Leitmotif: There's several of them in the show. The transformations have their own theme, as well as most of the villains, plus the typical "DANGER APPROACHES" music.
- Limited Wardrobe: Given that this is PBS, and the viewers are usually young children.
- They change their outfits in winter though—think their sweatshirts, minus black, plus grey, minus khakis, plus pants...you get the point. They're the same colors too.
- Literal-Minded: The Zachbots.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: Averted. (There are only 9 truly main characters, and the rest/majority are the Wild Kratts Kids.)
- Magic A Is Magic A: Subverted with the Creature Power Suits. Most of the time, they need a disc, DNA, and a button press. On occasion, they've been activated without a disc ("Tazzy Chris", where the activation button was bitten), from the other brother's suit ("Mom of a Croc", where Chris activated his dragonfly suit off Martin's already activated dragonfly suit), with the wrong disc ("Mom of a Croc", where they activated their Gharial crocodile discs off an Austrailian alligator; it just didn't last as long), and even vocally ("Whale of a Squid").
- Zach once figures out how to use past activations to re-activate creature powers, giving the Kratts some trouble. Surprisingly, (to this viewer anyway), Aviva doesn't try to figure this out for herself so that the Kratts would be able to reactivate at their leisure.
- Loners Are Freaks: Zach.
- Mama Bear: Implied in "An Elephant in the Room", when the brothers mention their mom calling both of them that morning, and how she's regularly checking up on them. And of course there's all the literal examples.
- Man Child: Subverted with Martin- he can get serious when he needs to be, but other than that, he acts more like the target audience than the Periphery Demographic. Dabio, to a degree, when he's not being an out and out idiot.
- Meaningful Name: Corcovado (Aviva's last name) is a city in South America. Aviva is of Spanish or Hispanic descent. Also, the Tortuga (Spanish for "tortoise" or "turtle").
- Mecha: The creature power suits. While dormant they consist of a vest and gloves, but stick in a disc and press a button and they become mecha-like animal suits. The Tortuga itself could also qualify.
- Mind Control: Both Donita and Zach use this, but Donita's could arguably be considered more "body control" than "mind control". With Zach, it's Unwilling Roboticisation.
- Mind-Control Device: Zach specializes in them to force animals to do his bidding.
- Mind-Control Eyes: When Zach uses the mind control skull caps on his victims.
- The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: The creature power suits sometimes affect how Chris and Martin think, though this seems far more likely if it's malfunctioning.
- Not always, though. Food instincts seem to be a big problem with these two, as with the occasional territorial reaction (or random preening).
- Minor Injury Overreaction: "Mystery of the Weird Looking Walrus", when the pearl case snaps shut on Zach's finger: "I cut my finger in half!" When he pulls it off, his "finger cut in half" has what amounts to a paper cut. It didn't even bleed!
- Misplaced Wildlife: Returning the koala from the desert to the rainforest is the entire point of "Koala Balloon".
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Happens to a poor octopus in "Octopus Wildkratticus". He had walrus tusks, shark teeth and a whale body for crying out loud!
- Motionless Chin: Averted. It's hard to tell, but they move.
- Multi-Part Episode: "Back in Creature Time" 2-parter.
- Multinational Team: With Koki and Aviva- absolutely everyone else is Caucasian.
- Mundane Utility: Martin and Chris have been known to use the creature power suits to just goof off instead of saving animals.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Chris in "Build It Beaver", when he removed his kayak paddle from the beaver dam, causing the entire thing to break apart, drain the lake, and strand many animals (both water and land). It doesn't help that this happens nearly 3 other times before the episode's end. They fixed it, though.
- Never Say "Die": Averted in "Voyage of the Butterflier XT", which follows the life cycle of the monarch butterfly. Having a named animal die in the arms of one of the main characters? Not something you see every day in a kid's show.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Twice in a row! A beaver steals Chris's paddle and puts it in his dam. Chris's attempts to get it back somehow manage to destroy the entire dam. When they finally manage to fix it, Martin leans on a half-chewed-down tree, which manages to set off a domino chain of half-chewed-down trees, which of course breaks the dam again. And then the beavers steal the paddle again, but Chris decides enough is enough.
- The Nicknamer: Martin names all of their animal friends. All of them. This is justified as this was a staple in the previous shows of the Kratt brothers; it's to help children connect with the animal of the day.
- No Cartoon Fish: Most of the fish we see are drawn realistically, and also act that way.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Donita's henchman/male model Dabio.
- Noodle Incident: Due to the out-of-order airing by PBS. If they were showing it in order, there likely wouldn't be any.
- Non-Human Sidekick: All the animals that lend their DNA to the Creature Power Suits.
- Not a Date: Donita and Zach in "Mystery of the Weird Looking Walrus". Maybe Donita was there for just the pearl (and money making opportunity), but Zach was in a different emotional zone than she was.
- Odd Couple: Chris and Martin. Also slightly subverted as Red Oni, Blue Oni- with Martin being the Red Oni and Chris being the Blue Oni.
- Oh, Crap: Quite a lot. A notable one was when the brothers got stuck between a fighting squid and sperm whale.
- Only Sane Man: Koki.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: The Creature Power Suits were used as this at least once, in "Mystery of the Weird Looking Walrus".
Zach: "I'll get those Wild Ratts if it's the last thing I do!"
Donita: "Or the next thing you do."
Zach: "Yeah, or the next thing I- what?"
Donita: "They're the walruses that don't resemble walruses whatsoever!" *spins him around; the Kratts wave sheepishly*
- People Puppet: Donita uses a "Pose Beam" to physically manipulate Martin to act as her unwilling runway model in "Flight of the Draco". Needless to say the posing—and the ridiculous clothes—were great for a laugh from his brother.
- Phlebotinum Breakdown: A blue jay pecks Martin's suit while he's holding an acorn. Cue Martin-the-tree, which was definitely not supposed to happen. Also when a T-Devil bites Chris' suit in "Tazzy Chris".
- Plenty of Blondes: Ronan, Gavin and Aidan team-up to help the Kratts (Martin the blond one) in "Happy Turkey Day".
- Plot Hole: The out-of-order airing has caused these. This page is full of examples.
- Puffer Fish: "Blowfish Blowout".
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "You've GOT! To LET! Them GO!"- Martin, "Flight of the Draco" (upon finding out Donita's plans for the draco lizards).
- This also was the case for a previous trope, and one fan said it could even be passed off as a Sparta Remix request.
- Pungeon Master: Martin is usually the one making the Incredibly Lame Pun, but Chris has his share.
- Punny Name: Played straight with some episode titles. "To Touch a Hummingbird" was an obvious pun of To Kill a Mockingbird. Another notable example is A Bat in the Brownies, which someone pointed out was a play on the phrase "a bat in the belfry".
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: In "Rainforest Stew", Jimmy used this on Aviva to make a sloth suit.
- The Kratt Brothers in "Desert Elves" when they were begging Aviva.
- Might I mention that these are noticeable in every episode from all three seasons.
- Read the Fine Print: Notably in Race for the Hippo Disc. Apparently Chris wanted to create conflict in the first scene. (Chris claims that Martin's Bat Disc "is probably somewhere in your pile." The bat disc is visible if your eyes move quick enough.)
- Real Life Writes the Plot: The episode for the Tasmanian Devils was based on an incident in Australia that a bacteria was causing the T-Devils to drop dead.
- Later in "Stuck on Sharks". 3 words: Shark Fin Soup.
- In early 2014, Martin found a snowy owl outside...and was inspired to create a Season 4 (yes, 4) episode titled Snowy Owl Invasion.
- Retcon: Played straight and justified. Played straight in one episode where they showed scenes from "Honey Seekers" that supposedly happened in canon that the audience didn't see. Justified for the rest of the series because the episodes were initially aired out-of-order (for instance, we saw Donita dating Zach in one episode, then in a later episode, she had him confirm his identity).
- Rich Bastard/Spoiled Brat: Zach. Big time.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: The baby animals that the brothers find. Most notably we have Thornsly (an elephant), Spot Swat (a cheetah cub) and Little Howler (a wolf cub).
- Rogues Gallery: Zach Varmitech, Donita Donata, and Gourmand round this out.
- Rube Goldberg Device: In "Platypus Cafe", a miniaturized Chris comes up with one utilizing all the messiness of Gourmand's kitchen involving, among other things, shuriken waffles.
- Rule 63: Amusingly enough, an in-series example! Chris falls victim to this through Fridge Logic in "Kickin' It With the Roos", as only female kangaroos have pouches (and he had one). One YouTube user also pointed out that Martin is the "blue" brother, and female roos are also blue (but he didn't have a pouch, so YMMV on that one).
- This happens again in "Birds of a Feather." Not only is Aviva lent a power suit to use with male Bird-of-Paradise power, but Martin activates off of a female one later, which even becomes a plot point.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: All the villains to a minor extent, but Zach by far.
- Seldom Seen Species: Several, actually. Particularly, he colossal squid.
- Serious Business: Pairing the wrong brother with she-who-will-not-be-named will get you in more trouble than it's worth. That is all. There are more supporters than this, but the sad part is the Vocal Minority is up to 4. Potential Internet Backdraft.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Chris once descended into severe technobabble ("Mystery of the Squirmy Wormy", as they were setting up the miniturizer) and has spouted words like "monotremes" ("Platypus Café").
- Shout-Out: The Arctic Pearl belongs in the museum!
- Martin jumps over Chris in "Bass Class".
- Zach has Zachbots. They look pretty similar to Jack-Bots.
- "Creature Power Challenge" isn't the first time we've seen an elephant & rhino fight.
- The episode title "A Bat in the Brownies" is a play on the phrase "bat in the belfry".
- In "Attack of the Tree Eating Aliens", Chris turns into a woodpecker that's pecking is out of control, screaming "Stop this crazy thing!".
- In "Back in Creature Time - Part 2", Martin wanted to bring a baby Tasmanian Tiger "back to the future".
- "Road Runner" has various shout-outs to the classic ''Looney Tunes'' Road Runner cartoons:
- In the process of trying to catch a fast-moving lizard, Chris and Martin fall off a cliff, slam into the side of a cliff, and use a giant slingshot (which lands Chris into a cactus).
- At one point, Chris (with road runner powers) is chased by a coyote. Chris notes he thought he'd heard "from somewhere" that road runners could outrun coyotes, wondering if it was at the "Albuquerque Zoo." Unfortunately, Martin notes that coyotes can catch road runners (which Chris finds out the hard way).
- Sibling Team
- Skyward Scream: With Large Ham and Chewing the Scenery.
Martin: Don't dry on me, Pinky! DON'T DRYYYYYYYYY! "Mystery of the Squirmy Wormy"
He then does it again in the following live segment.
Martin: I'm dryyyyyyyiiiiiiing! *pretends to die*
- Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism: As plot dictates.
- Smelly Skunk: In the live segments, but it was too young to use its fartillery. During a Creature Quiz segment starring the young skunk, Martin fanned the air and asked Chris if he'd showered... whence came Chris' almost deadpan, "It's not me, it's the creature…"
- Somewhere, a Mammalogist Is Crying: When African bat-eared foxes are discussed in "The Food Chain Game", a red fox is shown.
- Another episode perpetuates the claim that honey badgers follow honeyguides to bee nests, which is extremely dubious at best.
- Southern-Fried Genius: Gourmand is extremely cunning. Even Chris underestimated him, and said so in "Raptor Round Up".
- Spot the Imposter: A Zachbot disguises itself as Chris in order to convince Martin that everything's okay, as opposed to, say, locked in a cell and glaring at his impostor from off-screen. Martin gets it in the end though.
- Stock Footage: Some of the animal clips are from Kratt's Creatures, Zoboomafoo, and Be The Creature.
- T-Devil Man: After a Tazmanian devil bites Chris's creature power suit, it starts to malfunction and he spends the rest of the episode flipping back and forth.
- Take That: In a live-action segment, Martin, holding an alligator, is quick to point out it's not Chris.
- Talking Is a Free Action: No matter how strenuous and life-threatening the situation is, Martin and Chris always have enough time to narrate at great length whatever creature power they're currently observing or using.
- Talking to Themself: Somewhat justified when a character has to expound so that the audience will understand, since the Kratts (or an alternative writer) don't seem to want to Break The Fourth Wall. However, Gourmand talks to himself just for the heck of it, and even sings little jingles he makes up about eating endangered animals to himself.
- Tech Marches On: The show seems to be set in present day, but they have access to technologies we don't have, rendering the time setting indecipherable.
- And then you have the "Back in Creature Time" Season 3 2-parter that comes into play.
- Technobabble: Aviva is often the culprit of this, though Martin and Chris have their own special biobabble.
- Telescoping Robot: Most of the phlebotinum is guilty of this, including the creature power suits, the shrink ray, and the Tortuga's feet.
- Tempting Fate: This is pretty much Chris's shtick.
Chris: "No worries Bro! I'm getting this roo kickboxing thing down better than I thought-" *WHAMTHUD* "...Scratch that."
- Tenor Boy: By trope definition, Zach. By musical definition, both Zach and Jimmy.
- Title Drop: You can tell the earlier episodes from the later ones because some of the earlier ones do this.
- Token Minority: Koki and Aviva. Everyone else is Caucasian, with the exception of some Wild Kratts' Kids.
- Top-Heavy Guy: Dabio and Gourmand.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Pizza for Jimmy Z and chocolate for Martin. Moderately subverted with Jimmy, as he has been shown eating other foods like bananas.
- Truth in Television: Donita's fashion line is a subversion of this, but Gourmand in Stuck on Sharks played this trope painfully (and squickily) straight- Shark Fin Soup is a real (and real expensive) thing.
- Turtle Power: Tortuga HQ is shaped like a large, flying blue turtle. Even its name is significant. note
- Two Girls to a Team: Koki and Aviva. Averted with the villains because Donita is the only female out of 4 (counting Dabio).
- Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: The bull sperm whale vs. colossal squid battle, something never actually seen because of the deep depths the battles take place at.
- Unable to Cry & Men Don't Cry: In a way. Chris in both Flight of the Draco and Flight of the Pollinators. He says no actual words about being upset, but you can tell by his actions and facial expressions that he's feeling down.
- However, in Koala Balloon and The Hermit Crab Shell Exchange, both brothers did shed a few tears (Koala Balloon in exhaustion, The Hermit Crab Shell Exchange in exposure, exclusion and sadness) once in each episode. Compare Puppy-Dog Eyes above.
- Unholy Matrimony: Some older fans sense a bit of Belligerent Sexual Tension between Zach and Donita; they even go out on a date once in canon. Although, if there is any actual attraction between them, it seems one-sided on Zach's part.
- Unusual Euphemism: Gummed up gears, Koki uses these a lot!
- Vague Age: Everyone, really, but especially the Kratt brothers. In real life, they're 47 (Martin) and 43 (Chris). They have stated in an interview only that they're in the best shape of their lives, but did not explicitly say their cartoon counterparts are younger, although one website reveals that Martin and Chris are in their late 20s. Given Gourmand and Donita's aged look, you can sort of assume there's an age discrepancy regarding the brothers, but we don't know for sure.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: The entire point of the creature power suits. See above for a signficant one.
- Watch Out for That Tree!: If there's a tree around, there's a good chance one of the boys will smack into it; heck, one on the part of Chris even made it into the opening. Note this isn't limited to trees either (Martin running down a lion twice in the same episode, also in the opening, is a noteworthy example).
- Water Is Dry: Varies from episode to episode.
- What Does This Button Do?: Martin's exact words in "When Fish Fly".
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In the episode "Rattlesnake Crystal," Chris and Martin disembark from the Tortuga on horses. (They don't mention where they got the horses or if they routinely store horses in the Tortuga.) Later, in separate incidents, each of the horses runs off, leaving the Kratt brothers on foot. Not only do the brothers make no remark about the horses when they run away, but they also make no effort to find them; and at the end of the episode, the horses are still missing and are apparently not at all missed by any of the Tortuga crew.
- What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: "Mom of a Croc" and "Bat in the Brownies" played this trope straight before trying to subvert it to teach the target audience that sometimes humans get animals all wrong.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Played straight with the Zachbots, but slightly subverted with the animals Donita and Zach capture, since no true harm ever comes of them. But that's debatable.
- Who Will Bell the Cat?: Martin will bell the cat. Actually, make that raccoon.
Koki: We need a way to get her into the Miniaturizer.
Chris: Well, she may just need a little bait.
(everyone looks at Martin)
- Who Would Want to Watch Us?: In "Polar Bears Don't Dance".
Jimmy: If Chris and Martin made a comedy show, I'd watch it!
Koki: *laughing* I think we just did!
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Chris, literally, in The Food Chain Game. Martin pulled a Wounded Pigeon Gambit in Falcon City.
- Wrench Wench: Aviva, the original inventor of the Creature Power Suits, as well as several other gadgets.
- It could be argued that she built the Tortuga as well, though between her inventing and Koki's knowledge and repair skills, it's debatable.
- Koki also counts since she's the repairwoman of the Tortuga.
- Chris in "Let the Rhinos Roll!" But they only got so far.
- You, Get Me Coffee: Essentially, Gourmand is the only character who has to get his own coffee- Dabio to Donita; the rest of the crew (Chris, Martin, Koki, and Jimmy) play minor roles of this to Aviva; and the Zachbots to Zach.
- You Say Tomato: This storyboard from an upcoming episode hints this to Aviva, though Chris and Martin don't comment on it so much as they correct her and use a bit of Facial Dialogue.