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YMMV: Alfred J. Kwak
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • Some weird demon thing lifts Alfred up from the back of an elephant in the intro. It never appears again.
    • In one episode, Alfred is seen building some kind of cleaning robot while he's on the phone with Winnie. Why he's building it or how he suddenly became a robotics expert is never explained, nor does the thing ever appear again.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Only natural with a celebrated artist like Herman van Veen at the helm.
    • The opening and ending themes, "Spetter Spieter Spater" and "Zo Vrolijk" ("So Happy"), as mentioned below.
    • "Nog Nooit" ("Never Before"), Johan's (and later Alfred's) enchanting, heartfelt love theme.
    • "Kijk Niet Om" ("Don't Look Back"), the awesomely catchy and intense main action theme throughout most of the series. It even gets an even more awesome variation for the last two episodes.
    • The ominous theme that plays during the flashback to the Evil Genie of Darkness' reign of terror, and recurs during various scenes throughout the show. That saxophone and the eerie synth makes everything feel that much more sinister.
    • "De Sjeik" ("The Sheikh") is a wonderfully eerie, dreamy theme.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Dolf is oddly charming when he puts his mind to it, such as when he's flirting with the White Queen or joking with his campaign managers.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: About as egregious as you can get on a kids' show. If the witch and dream!Winnie were men and Alfred a woman, their behavior would be considered unforgivably heartless - especially Winnie, flying away with a cold "congratulations" as Alfred pleads with her to save him from the witch - but as it is, it's played for comedy.
  • Ear Worm:
    • Both the opening and end tune are still anchored in the collective memories of Dutch tv-watchers.
    • The tune Alfred plays on the magical violin to cure the people suffering from the Mozons virus, mostly due to repeating ad nauseum for several minutes.
  • Lawful Neutral: Inspector Holmes is dedicated to serving the law however he can, even if he doesn't always feel good about it. When he comes to arrest Winnie's family for being illegal immigrants, he expresses how disgusted he feels at how black ducks like them are treated, and that he would want nothing more than to release them.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Dolf starts out as a relatively harmless, slightly sympathetic school bully, and as an adult moves on to become a burglar, but it's not until he becomes the fascist ruler of all of Great Waterland and has Alfred and his friends arrested and locked up that he becomes truly irredeemable. His Evil Laugh as he watches Alfred get dragged off seals the deal that there's no turning back for him.
    • K. Rokodil arguably starts the series having already crossed it; first driving Alfred's family from their home just to build a theme park, and then shortly after accidentally running over his parents and siblings without looking back.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: It doesn't occur to Alfred that Winnie might want to travel with him, even at times where her own friends are in danger (Professor Ramses' illness) or her skills might be more useful than his (the golf episode). To be fair, she never asks to come along either; escaping Atrique with her family seems to have put her off traveling for good.
  • Unfortunate Implications: The "wild human" at the circus in episode 11 is a Scary Black Man.
    • In episodes 45 and 46, a neighboring country divided by a mountain range falls prey to an epidemic. Paljas declares that the reason why the poor southern half is more vulnerable to the disease than the wealthy northern half is because the poorer citizens are weak-willed and/or lazy, since the viruses are alien creatures that feed on negative emotions.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: A lot of viewers were unsure whether Ollie was male or female due to his feminine voice (and who was indeed voiced by a woman). Since he eventually gets a wife and a family, we can probably assume the former.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Alfred's Pied Piper stunt in episode 46. It was certainly wrong of the king and council to betray their promise and refuse to share resources with the poorer parts of their country, but Alfred didn't need to terrify a whole nation's worth of innocent parents to make his point. Kidnapping the councillors' children should have done the trick. Besides, those flying saucers looked terribly unsafe - what if a child had fallen off the edge?
    • In the last episode, Dolf wasn't the only one to come across as ruthless. Alfred had him at gunpoint, and what's more, he seemed to seriously consider pulling the trigger. For the moral and emotional heart of the show, that gesture was just a little bit alarming.


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