Original books include:
- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Babar The King is filled with these, particularly the series of tragic accidents and Babar's resulting Nightmare Sequence towards the very end.
- Nightmare Fuel:
- Babar's mother gets shot by a hunter on the second page of the first book, The Story of Babar, The Little Elephant. Very dark beginning for a children's book.
- The first book also has an illustration showing the old King of the Elephants taking the poisonous mushroom that killed him and then writhing on the ground, his skin a livid green.
- There is a memorable Nightmare Sequence in Babar The King with the Beasts of Haste and Misfortune threatening Babar.
- Unfortunate Implications: Critics of the books have said that Babar journeying to France, discovering civilization, and bringing it back to his homeland (where everyone is quick to adopt it) has a Mighty Whitey feel to it, and acts as a justification for colonization.
Animated series include:
- Awesome Music / Ear Worm: The theme song is so relaxing...
- Ensemble Darkhorse: Pompadour.
- Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The moral of Time Flies is basically, "You should always help somebody in a dire situation, even if it means breaking your parents rules."
- Hilarious in Hindsight: The episode "Conga the Terrible" is a Shout-Out to King Kong, but the whole episode takes place on Skull Island, there is no Beast and Beauty plotline, the ape is big enough to grab an elephant and is hostile with the protagonists in the beginning but ends up helping them when he learns they mean no harm. All in all, it's much closer to Kong: Skull Island, a movie released 3 decades later, than to any other King Kong film.
- Moral Event Horizon: The unnamed hunter can be excused for killing Babar's mother, as he's... well, a hunter, but he irrevocably crosses the Horizon in his attempt to burn down Celesteville for the sole sake of continuing to hunt.
- Periphery Demographic: The show's primary target audience is children eight and under, but has surprisingly intelligent writing, dramatic and/or humorous stories, child-friendly but effectively funny gags, well-developed and likable characters, Tara Strong as the voice of Young Celeste, an Ambiguously Gay character, Shout Outs to more adult works of fiction, and a handful of Parental Bonuses, all of which make it quite enjoyable for older viewers as well. Babar and the Adventures of Badou on the other hand....not so much.
- Tear Jerker: When Babar discovers his dead mother, and when all the other elephants join in mourning for her. Even more heartbreaking when you realize how Truth in Television this is.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: So the hunter returns in Babar's Triumph, still wanting to hunt the animals in spite of his discovery that they are now civilized and intelligent and armed with more men and guns than ever. So how does he go about it? Does invade Celesteville with his fellow hunters in a similar manner to Rataxes in Babar: The Movie? No. Does he try to kidnap Madame as hostage in order to make the elephants surrender? No. Does he even try to capture them and sell them since circuses and zoos would probably pay through the nose for talking elephants? Not even. His attack merely consists of...starting a fire to burn the jungle down...kind of a let down, isn't it?
- Awesome Music:
- "The Best We Both Can Be."
- "The Committee Song" as well. It's probably the only song in existence that makes bureaucracy sound fun (well that, and the "Bureaucrat Song" from Futurama).
- "When You Find Your Way", the song for the opening of the 1999 reboot film.
Babar and the Adventures of Badou
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Jake, the messy little fox kit.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Hoot is a female hyena who is one of the good characters and friends with a lion, in contrast to the usual portrayal of hyenas in media and the animosity between lions and hyenas in real life. 4 years later, The Lion Guard introduced another such hyena.
- Sequelitis: Being aimed at much younger children, the series suffers heavily from this, lacking the Parental Bonuses and dramatic storytelling of the original series, with many adult viewers thinking it Tastes Like Diabetes.