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* FaceYourFears: The climax of "Victory Over Fear," where Ernie is able to jump over a river to assist a troop of scouts.



** Sandy endears herself to most animals she comes across--especially baby lions.

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** Sandy endears herself to most animals she comes across--especially across -- especially baby lions.



* HonorBeforeReason: Ernie has a problem with this. For example, refusing to breach his contract after being injured--even though his boss was willing to let him--led him to having a public HeroicBSOD in "Victory Over Fear."

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* HonorBeforeReason: Ernie has a problem with this. For example, refusing to breach his contract after being injured--even injured -- even though his boss was willing to let him--led him -- led him to having a public HeroicBSOD in "Victory Over Fear."



* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: In the episode "Sandy's Idol," Hank engages a singer named Lucifer, who the description on the back of the DVD release describes as a "satanic idol." Downplayed somewhat, as there's no real evidence that the singer is a) {{Satan}} or b) consorting with him--he's just really obnoxious and totally self-absorbed. See the DarkerAndEdgier entry fr a longer explanation.

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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: In the episode "Sandy's Idol," Hank engages a singer named Lucifer, who the description on the back of the DVD release describes as a "satanic idol." Downplayed somewhat, as there's no real evidence that the singer is a) {{Satan}} or b) consorting with him--he's him -- he's just really obnoxious and totally self-absorbed. See the DarkerAndEdgier entry fr a longer explanation.


** Among the issues the show dealt with were PTSD, illegal immigration, satanism, and child runaways.

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** Among the issues the show dealt with were PTSD, illegal immigration, satanism, and child runaways.runaways, family separation, and a loose satanism metaphor [[note]]From a modern perspective "satanic idol" now conjures up stereotype images of death metal bands. But in the 70s Lucifer here was depicted as a more hedonistic and non-moralistic pop star. He also seemed to have an easy time attracting female attention in a Saturday Morning setting. You can see how the metaphor would have been written differently in the 1970s than today[[/note]].



* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: In the episode "Sandy's Idol," Hank engages a singer named Lucifer, who the description on the back of the DVD release describes as a "satanic idol." Downplayed somewhat, as there's no real evidence that the singer is a) {{Satan}} or b) consorting with him--he's just really obnoxious and totally self-absorbed.

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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: In the episode "Sandy's Idol," Hank engages a singer named Lucifer, who the description on the back of the DVD release describes as a "satanic idol." Downplayed somewhat, as there's no real evidence that the singer is a) {{Satan}} or b) consorting with him--he's just really obnoxious and totally self-absorbed. See the DarkerAndEdgier entry fr a longer explanation.


* HeroicBSOD: In "Victory Over Fear," Ernie has an accident that leaves him suffering from traumatic flashbacks. Things come to head when the flashbacks prevent him from completing a stunt during a show.

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* HeroicBSOD: In "Victory Over Fear," Ernie has an accident that leaves him suffering from traumatic flashbacks. Things come to a head when the flashbacks prevent him from completing a stunt during a show.


* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: In the episode "Sandy's Idol," Hank engages a singer named Lucifer, who the description on the back of the DVD release describes as a "satanic idol." Downplayed somewhat, as there's no real evidence that the singer is a) UsefulNotes/{{Satan}} or b) consorting with him--he's just really obnoxious and totally self-absorbed.

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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: In the episode "Sandy's Idol," Hank engages a singer named Lucifer, who the description on the back of the DVD release describes as a "satanic idol." Downplayed somewhat, as there's no real evidence that the singer is a) UsefulNotes/{{Satan}} {{Satan}} or b) consorting with him--he's just really obnoxious and totally self-absorbed.

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** Among the issues the show dealt with were PTSD, illegal immigration, satanism, and child runaways.

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* OutnumberedSibling: Sandy.

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* TheBabyOfTheBunch: Ernie and Tod definitely underestimate Sandy at times. A particularly glaring example is in "Dad's Friend."


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* MissingMom: Mr. Devlin is featured in a number of flashbacks, including one that reveals how he died. However, Mrs. Devlin is never shown, and it's not established what happened to her.


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* SiblingTeam: Although an argument could be made that includes all three Devlins, this dynamic is especially present in Ernie and Tod's relationship.


* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: In the episode "Sandy's Idol," Hank engages a singer named Lucifer, who the description on the back of the DVD release describes as a "satanic idol." Downplayed somewhat, as there's no real evidence that he's a) UsefulNotes/{{Satan}} or b) consorting with him--the singer is just really obnoxious and totally self-absorbed.

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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: In the episode "Sandy's Idol," Hank engages a singer named Lucifer, who the description on the back of the DVD release describes as a "satanic idol." Downplayed somewhat, as there's no real evidence that he's the singer is a) UsefulNotes/{{Satan}} or b) consorting with him--the singer is him--he's just really obnoxious and totally self-absorbed.

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* AnachronicOrder: Although Sandy doesn't get her mini bike until the fourteenth episode of the series, it is referenced as an established part of the act in the seventh episode.


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* GreaseMonkey: Tod is an expert mechanic who hopes to be an engineer.

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* BigBrotherInstinct: Tod especially has this towards Sandy.


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* SunglassesAtNight: Tod is never seen without his shades. The closest they ever come to leaving his face is when they slide down his nose after one of Jumbo's water attacks.


''Devlin'' was a 1974 Hanna-Barbera cartoon about Ernie Devlin, an Evel Knievel-inspired stunt motorcyclist who travels with a circus. He is accompanied by his younger siblings, Tod (his mechanic and stunt choreographer) and Sandy (his publicist). ''Devlin'' was one of Hanna-Barbera's few dramatic ventures and ran for a total of 16 episodes.

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''Devlin'' was a 1974 Hanna-Barbera cartoon about Ernie Devlin, an Evel Knievel-inspired stunt motorcyclist who travels with a circus. He is accompanied by his younger siblings, Tod (his mechanic and stunt choreographer) and Sandy (his publicist).assistant). ''Devlin'' was one of Hanna-Barbera's few dramatic ventures and ran for a total of 16 episodes.



* FriendToAllLivingThings:
** Sandy endears herself to most animals she comes across--especially baby lions.
** Every animal in the circus is gaga over Juan in "The Stowaway."



* LimitedWardrobe: Each of the Devlins has about three outfits: their performance costumes, their street clothes, and their winter garb, which is basically just their street clothes with a winter coat and, in Tod's case, a different hat.



* NonIronicClown: Jester



* ShouldntWeBeInSchoolRightNow: Averted. Ernie, Tod, and Sandy are all full-time students and only work the circus in the summer.

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** Also in the second half of the series, Jester was wont to make really terrible jokes that would rarely elicit more than glares.
* ShouldntWeBeInSchoolRightNow: Averted. Ernie, Tod, and Sandy are all full-time students and only work the circus in the summer. summer.
* SingleTear: A decent number of the times Sandy is shown crying, it is this trope.
* SuccessfulSiblingSyndrome: Tod gets a touch of this in "Tod's Triumph." When he is offered a high profile job with another circus, he considers taking it so he will be recognized in his own right instead of just as Ernie's brother.


* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: Uncle Jack's pipe]] in "Innocent or Guilty."



* FluffyTamer: Zebras and lions aren't exactly fluffy, but Juan does a masterful job of calming them down in "The Stowaway."



* OnceAnEpisode: Tod will come up with "the best stunt ''ever''," which Ernie handily deflates by pointing out a practical error.


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* RunningGag:
** Tod would come up with "the best stunt ''ever''," and Ernie would handily deflate it by pointing out a practical error.
** Throughout the second half of the series, Jumbo the elephant would harass Tod by squirting him with water at least [[OnceAnEpisode once per episode]] and [[OverusedRunningGag usually more]]. Even in "Like Father, Like Son," when the group was stranded on a mountain in the freezing cold, Jumbo was chucking ''snowballs'' at Tod using his trunk.


* TranquilizerGun: One is used to [[InstantSedation instantly sedate]] Prince in "Save That Lion."

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* TranquilizerGun: TranquillizerGun: One is used to [[InstantSedation instantly sedate]] Prince in "Save That Lion."

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* TranquilizerGun: One is used to [[InstantSedation instantly sedate]] Prince in "Save That Lion."

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