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Ejen Ali is a 3D Malaysian animated series produced by WAU Animation, focusing on the eponymous boy who accidentally became a Meta Advance Tactical Agency (M.A.T.A.) agent after using Infinity Retinal Intelligence System (I.R.I.S.), a device prototype created by the agency.

Ejen Ali provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Alicia.
  • Black-and-Grey Morality: The M.A.T.A. agents meant well and are presented as heroes, but they can also do some morally questionable actions whereas the villains are also presented as vile even if they meant well.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The M.A.T.A. agency implements this for the distinguishing of agents in each of the four roles of their Command Roster:
    • Neuro agents are the strategists and leaders, usually wearing yellow outfits with hints of green.
    • Tekno agents specialise in gadgetry and appear in mainly red and white.
    • Inviso agents are agile, cunning and masters of disguise and deception, usually wearing outfits of silver and off-white tones.
    • Kombat agents, are masters of combat, trained to be fighters, in primarily blue attire with yellow as a secondary color.
  • Darker and Edgier: Starting in the second half of Season 2.
  • Expy: Alicia seems to be similar to Cindy Vortex in terms of her role and personality.
    • Some fans speculated that Ejen Ali is literally Puella Magi Madoka Magica due to lots of similar dark, mature themes mixed with its kid-friendly nature, but with secret agents, hackers, terrorists and evil spies instead magical girls and witches.
  • Fan Disservice: Lot of fans love a cute and Nice Girl with glasses. If they take off their glasses, their beauty will increase and at some point become more badass. The episode Mission: Uno become dark and takes this Up to Eleven because Jenny reveals herself to be The Mole of Numeros by taking off her glasses. In season 2, she didn't take her glasses again, and her personality is even more sadistic than her revelation. Ouch...
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  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: I.R.I.S., which has X-ray vision, night vision, and AR display among its many abilities.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Ali attacks with his yoyo, while Alicia attacks with her slingshot.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every episode is titled "Misi: [subject of episode]" ("Mission: [subject of episode]").
  • Plain Name: Ali, Bakar, Comot, Rama, Iman and Munah are very common names in Malaysian culture.
    • Mr. Smith: Ali's name was deliberately chosen by the creators as a nod to common names used by spies in fiction.
  • Take a Third Option: M.A.T.A. is willing to do everything to protect Cyberaya from criminals, so in a critical situation, they must take a Sadistic Choice to finish their mission known as Protocol: Gegas. Protocol: Gegas means M.A.T.A. agents must willingly sacrifice their comrade if they are potentially unable to be saved by the team in a critical situation, for the sake of their mission in order to save Cyberaya. So far, there have been three moments when M.A.T.A. agents use this in some situation:
    • In the past, INVISIO pillar chief, Agent Djin, had been left behind after an injury due to Taking the Bullet to stop the terrorist. As a result, the chief had no choice but to leave Agent Djin and protect the Azurium for Cyberaya's safety. While M.A.T.A. remembers him as a Sacrificial Lion due to his heroic act, they didn't know in fact that Djin survived the explosion, and feels betrayed by them. He thinks they planned a murder for him, resulting in his Face–Heel Turn and becoming the Big Bad named Uno.
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    • In the episode Mission: PROTOCOL: GEGAS! where this option was introduced by Alicia and Bakar. After Dos successfully takes the Azurium and injures Alicia, Agent Rizwan orders him to carry out Protocol : Gegas. Which meant that Ali must sacrifice Alicia for the sake of reacquiring the Azurium and saving Cyberaya. Luckily, Ali didn't take this and he chose to save Alicia. However, this resulted in the Azurium falling into Numeros' hands. Alicia, while saved, suffers massive Heroic BSoD and is somewhat traumatized.
    • In the final episode of season 2, Mission: Legacy, after Uno decides to destroy the entire academy along with everyone inside, Agent Zain orders Protocol : Gegas to Alicia, by saving the other from an explosion, and leaving him alone with Uno in order to defeat him and save the other injured M.A.T.A. agents. As a result, Chief Zain is (supposedly) killed along with Uno.
  • Puppy Love: Mia, Alicia's Only Friend, is shown to have a huge crush on Victor, who is no other than Ali's Only Friend. Victor seems to have no problem with this, which is very ironic compare to both Ali and Alicia.
  • The Mole: M.A.T.A. grew suspicious of Agent Bakar, and believed him to be Numeros' leader named Uno. However, when Uno was finally introduced in episode Mission: Uno, this episode ended to reveal that the true mole from Numeros was Jenny with the codename Cinco.
  • Stumbled Into the Plot: As Alicia likes to mention, Ali is an agent of M.A.T.A. simply because he found I.R.I.S. due to being mistaken for a spy by accidentally saying a secret codeword.
  • Teen Superspy: Ali, Alicia and the M.A.T.A. Academy agents from season 2.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork:
    • Ali and Alicia really don't like to work alongside each other in earlier episodes. It's gone better after Ali successfully saved her from death, and upgraded into Vitriolic Best Buds.
    • In season 2, many young M.A.T.A. academy agents don't like Ali and consider him a weakling due to Beginner's Luck and it became worse after he made a huge mistake in the episode Mission: Return, resulting he being bullied by Rudy, Roza, Chris, Mika and Jet.


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