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Zig & Sharko
Zig & Sharko
is a French animated television series produced by animation studios Xilam, known for their animated series
Oggy and the Cockroaches
. It is created and directed by Olivier Jean-Marie, who also worked as writer, storyboard artist and director of both series.
It revolves around Zig the Hyena trying to capture Marina the Mermaid, with the help of Bernie the Hermit Crab, so he can eat her. However, Sharko the Shark is there to protect her.
78 shorts of 7-minute length were produced for the first season, which is available on
. Also, selected episodes are free to watch on Rovio's streaming site
by agreement with Xilam. According to
, there will be a second season.
Tropes: Absurdly Bright Light Absurdly Sharp Blade: Sharko's dorsal fin. Its so sharp that it can cut through metal with ease. Amusing Injuries: And how! Did I said this comes from the same studio (and director) behind Oggy and the Cockroaches, right? Antagonist in Mourning: When Zig goes to Africa to start a new life, Sharko spends the entire episode sulking on how much he misses chasing and beating up Zig. Ash Face Aside Glance: Marina does this in the opening credits. Badass: Sharko. He beat up an army of killer whales and threw an oil tanker at Zig. Bamboo Technology: Literally in one episode. Banana Peel: One floating on the water somehow managed to trip up a ship. Battle Discretion Shot: Oh, for God's sake, to the point to be Once an Episode. ALWAYS Zig is involved. The focus place may vary from a shot of the island, a character showing the Curb-Stomp Battle, or a shot of the Earth. This is taken Up to Eleven with a shot of the Milky Way on the show's pilot. Beauty Is Never Tarnished: In "The Tiny Tyrant" we see the effects of the muscle growth serum on the male characters, but when Marina uses it on herself we only see a bit of her right arm change before it cuts away. In "Space Fruits" Marina is only one who stays untouched by the fruits' mutating juices. Even when the juices pollute the ocean she's already safe in her house calling for a clean-up crew. The end of "The Were-yena" has Marina Hulking Out just like Zig has been doing the whole episode, but all we see is a shadow. Be Careful What You Wish For: "Fancy Footwork". Be The Ball: Zig gets used as such when Sharko squishes him in a round shape. Beware the Nice Ones: You don't want to make Marina or Bernie mad... Birthday Episode: The episode "Birthday Party" with Marina's Birthday. Unfortunatedly for Marina, Sharko forgot it. Blowing a Raspberry: Marina does this to the audience in the opening credits. Bodyguard Crush: Sharko has one on Marina. Born Lucky: Marina. Brick Joke: In "A Tale of Two Legs", Zig prepared a hole trap to capture Marina, who doesn't work on her. Later, Zig falls on the same hole. Built With LEGO: "Silly Builders" Butt Biter: Sharko does this to Zig at the end of "Lighthouse". Butt Monkey: Zig can't last an episode without getting the crap beaten out of him. However, half the reason for his suffering is his fault. Iron Butt Monkey: Heck, no matter how hard it got injured, Zig will be better like it nothing happened! Camera Abuse: At least in one episode Zig hits the camera after failing to capture Marina. The episode "Toys Attack" shows a bouncing ball hitting the camera and cracking the lens. Camping Episode Captain Crash: The captain who wears glasses. It's a guarantee: It will always run aground his ship in the island Zig lives on, no matter what he tries to avoid it. Cartoony Eyes: Sharko's eyes have yellow scleras. Cats Hate Water: A cheetah in one episode is too scared to even touch water. Hermit Crab Up a Tree The Chew Toy: Poor Zig! Christmas Episode: "Santa Zig". Cloud Cuckoo Lander: The Crazy Dolphin and The Astronaut. Cold Snap: In the episode of the same name and in "Frozen Island". Crazy Jealous Guy: Sharko's fuse blows off whenever another guy hits on Marina. Dark-Skinned Redhead: Marina. Deserted Island: The island Zig lives on is devoid of humans, though wildlife is present. Determinator: Zig. Nothing, I seriously mean, NOTHING will stop him to try to eat Marina. The Ditz: Sharko's Hammerhead Cousin. Down the Rabbit Hole: Sort of happened in "Bottom's Bottom", where the titular characters fell down into an abyss and encountering a city of weird-looking things. Dude Magnet: Marina. Eat the Bomb: Sharko on "The Return of The Crazy Dolphin". Enemy Mine: Zig and Sharko often have to team up when someone new gets too close to Marina. Enthralling Siren: How Marina saves Sharko from some shark hunters. Marina does this to Zig and Bernie, too. Everybody Dies: The endings of "Waterski Hit" and "The Return of the Crazy Dolphin" Everything's Louder With Bagpipes: Marina has been seen playing one. The fisherman in "Fisherman's Catch" also has one. Fluffy Cloud Heaven "Freaky Friday" Flip: Happens to Zig and Sharko in "Me, Myself and I". Friend to All Living Things: Marina Fur Is Clothing: The Polar Bear's fur, which, after being unzipped, reveals his muscular human-like form equipped with a wrestling outfit. Gag Haircut: In "Hair Story", Marina's hair was accidentaly cut, so Sharko and Marina's octopus hairdresser are trying to fix it. Genki Girl: Marina. Ghost Pirate Hair Decorations: Marina wears a living starfish in her hair. Hammerspace Hartman Hips: Marina Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist Hiccup Hijinks: In "Boo... who" Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Sharko and Marina, although it's more Huge Shark Tiny Mermaid. The Hyena: Zig. Obviously. Complete with Annoying Laugh. Marina will often let out a cute laugh when something amuses her. Hyper Competent Sidekick: Bernie. Idea Bulb Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Zig Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja: Zig spends an episode as one. Instant Ice, Just Add Cold: In "Cold Snap", there are fish inside an ice cube swimming around the cold water. Interspecies Romance: Between Marina and Sharko and on a side note, Marina's mother was a mermaid and her father was a human sailor. Iris Out Jaw Drop Jerkass: being a Xilam cartoon, pretty much everyone, yes even Marina, has shown their douche side. Killer Gorilla: a particularly mean one lives on Zig's island and sometime beats him up. Lighthouse Point: In "Lighthouse", of course. Lightning Can Do Anything: Even give Zig amnesia. Look Behind You Love Triangle: Sort of an aversion. Marina and Sharko both love each other, though the former has a bit of a crush on Zig. Zig however, couldn't care less, since all he really wants is to eat her. Mad Bomber: The Crazy Dolphin. Magic Wand: Zig finds a wand that causes anything it touches to disappear and then reappear inside a top hat. Man Child: Marina acts like a giddy little girl a lot of the time. Matchlight Danger Revelation: Zig and Bernie on "Digging Deep". Meaningful Name: Sharko, of course. Meat-O-Vision: Just try to count all the times Zig sees Marina as: a fish nugget, a tailfin with just a bone, or accompanied with half of a lemon. Mime and Music-Only Cartoon Muscles Are Meaningless: King Neptune, despite having a muscular physique, would run away or beg for mercy to avoid a fight from an opponent who could take him whenever his Orcas couldn't back him up or if his Trident is taken from him. Name and Name No Dialogue Episode: The whole series. Ocular Gushers Organic Technology: Sharko and Marina are often seen using various sea life as household devices, such as using a sea urchin as a ping pong ball and a small octopus as a walkman. Or Was It a Dream?: "Coral Reef Cowboys" Our Mermaids Are Different / Tailfin Walking: Marina can walk on land using the tips of her tailfin. Pain Powered Leap Pass the Popcorn Pec Flex: Sharko and the various other muscle bound characters do this frequently. Pinch Me: When Zig sees Marina next to him, he pinches himself with a nearby crab just to be sure. Pirate: Zig tried to join some pirates after they kidnap Marina. Polar Bears Are Bad News P.O.V. Cam Pressure Point: The shrimp does this to Marina. Prince Charmless: King Neptune. Pull a Rabbit out of My Hat: There was no rabbit, but pretty much every other animal ended up coming out of a top hat. Redhead In Green: Marina. Ridiculously Cute Critter: Bernie. Not helped by the fact that he has puppy dog eyes and the occasional squeaking sound he makes. Humorously, his non-threatening appearance was still enough to greatly frighten the Manta Ray, who previously had beaten Sharko, albeit through playing dirty, and was effortlessly beating the crap out of Zig, so much that said Manta climbed up a coconut tree in terror. In another episode, a Ghost Pirate was afraid of Bernie. Sharko uses this to his advantage. The Rival: Marina gets one in "The Manic Mermaid" Sharko and Bernie get ones in "The Challengers" and "Little Shrimp Buddy" As well Zig in "A Lovesick Survivor" Road Runner vs. Coyote Robot Me: Bernie makes an army of robot Zigs in "War of the Clones". Rule of Three: Zig was attacked by the Killer Gorilla on "A Tale of Two Legs" three times, the third one also double counts as a Brick Joke. Scooby-Dooby Doors Seahorse Steed She's Got Legs: Marina in "Fancy Footwork". Shout-Out: The whole episode " The Island Tour" was one to Mario Kart. Speaking Simlish: Marina, being the only main character capable of talk, talks this way in situations that require dialog. Keeping in mind this is a Mime and Music-Only Cartoon, it's justified. Squashed Flat Squee: Marina does this often. Most noticeable when she sees Zig disguised as Santa. Stockholm Syndrome: Marina has a crush on Zig, the hyena who is constantly kidnapping her because he wants to eat her. Suddenly Voiced: The Hindi version of the show dubs over the silence with voice actors for the characters. Super Villain Episode: "Super Zig" Super Not-Drowning Skills: Inverted. Marina and Sharko can both survive out of water. Super-Persistent Predator: Zig Super Serum: Made by Bernie in both "The Tiny Tyrant" and "The Were-Yena." Swallowed Whole: Zig spends an episode inside a whale's stomach. The Thing That Would Not Leave: A Pirate ghost overstays his welcome, to Sharko anyway. Threatening Shark: Averted with Sharko, who spends the entire series protecting Marina from Zig and other dangers. He generally leaves people alone unless provoked or if anyone attempts to do harm to Marina. Three-Dimensional Episode: In some episodes Marina will put on 3D glasses during 3D scenes. Throwing the Distraction Toothy Birds Uncomfortable Elevator Moment: "Marina's New Friend". Unknown Rival: Marina doesn't know that Zig wants to eat her. Unusually Uninteresting Sight: A lot of people who see Marina don't bat an eye at the fact that she's a mermaid. A Chinese sailor saw Marina and could not be any less interested. He and his crew were much more interested in catching Sharko so they could make shark fin soup. In "Fisherman's Catch" when a fisherman accidentally catches King Neptune along with a bunch of other fish he just dumps the whole batch because he was looking for oysters. Villain Protagonist: Zig. Voluntary Shapeshifting: "Magical Jellyfish". Wacky Racing: "The Island Tour" Walk on Water: Zig sometimes runs on water Water Is Air The Wild West: "Coral Reef Cowboys" Wingding Eyes: Keeping in the show's country of origin, Neptune's eyes turn into Euro signs. Excited about getting to be a nurse, Marina's eyes turn into first aid symbols. Wink Ding X-Ray Sparks