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Magic Mountain follows the adventures of four national but iconic creatures of China; Tortoise, Dragon, Lion and Panda - four friends having lots of fun with a little Dragon magic thrown in.

Magic Mountain contains examples of:

  • An Aesop: Certain episodes end with a character learning the hard way the consequences of their actions.
    • Three Wishes: Panda learns that she doesn't need to rely on magic to make her wishes come true and she can rely on the help of her friends.
    • The Switch: The moral of the story it that it's better to just be yourself, however, it ends with Dragon, Lion and Panda still Comically Missing the Point.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Dragon, Tortoise and Panda each have moments of these.
    • Tortoise im "Tortoise The Hero" when she saves Panda from falling off a bridge.
    • Panda in "Emergency Rescue" when she pulls Lion back from the same bridge (while Tortoise and Dragon also helped, she got the full credit at the end).
    • Dragon had two moments. Where he catches Lion just in time as he's about to fall of the bridge in "Emergency Rescue" and again in "Missing Friends" where he rescues Panda when she falls off a cliff.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In multiple episodes, Dragon uses his magic to make their wishes come true, but then they learn the hard way it is not as fun as they thought (Example: Tortoise wishing to be faster in "Very Fast Tortoise")
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    • This is also shown in the episodes Three Wisnes where Panda is quite careless when she receives a Wishing Wand from Dragon.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: Dragon and Tortoise are the Brains, Lion is the Brawn and Panda is the Beauty.
  • Birthday Episode: Dragon's Birthday
  • Blatant Lies: Lion and Panda often use these to try to cover up their mistakes. Their lies always manage to come back to them at the end.
  • Butt-Monkey: Lion usually serves this role when it comes to tricks or calamities, but Dragon and Panda are shown to have moments of their own also.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Dragon tends to say "Dragon Breath, Blow" whenever he uses his magic.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Dragon has several of them.
      • "Dragon's Breath, Blow" when he uses his magic.
      • "That didn't go quite as planned" anytime his magic backfires.
      • "Look out below!" when he's about to crash land
      • "I've come up with a brilliant idea" anytime he comes up with a plan.
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    • Lion also says "A game? i love games!" whenever games are mentioned
  • Circus Episode: Lion's Circus
  • A Dog Named "Dog": All four of the characters fill this role with their names.
  • Festival Episode: Lion's Night At The Fun Fair
  • Feud Episode: The story of Missing Friends involves Panda and Dragon having a fallout
    • "Territories " focuses on Panda breaking ties with the others after Lion accidentally knocks over her chair and then Dragon knocks over her bell trying to reason with her. She quickly forgives them and they become friends again after Lion, Dragon and Tortoise make a game out of the situation that she wants to play.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: Panda and Tortoise are females while Dragon and Lion are males.
  • Help, I'm Stuck!: Both Panda and Lion fall victim to this.
    • In "The Hollow Tree", Lion manages to get his head stuck in a tree. No one else is able to get him free, but he frees himself thanks to some backtracking.
    • In "A Sticky Situation", Panda gets a pot of jam stuck to her head and tries to find Lion to help her. However, everyone runs away from her, thinking she's a monster until she is knocked over and the pot breaks.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In "Dragon's Treasure", Panda, Lion and Tortoise bury their own treasures for Dragon to make sure they never have to dig for treasure again. However, it ends with Dragon taking their treasure away to his home for safekeeping.
  • Mundane Utility: Panda, Tortoise and Lion sometimes rely on Dragon's magic to get their jobs done for them
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Panda and Lion suffer these when they learn their tricks or excuses got someone else into serious touble.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. In "Dragon's Apprentice", a second lion appears who's also called Lion.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Panda and Lion serve as the Red Onis while Tortoise and Dragon are the Blue Onis.
  • Running Gag: There are several in the series.
    • Dragon's magic not always working out.
    • Dragon's crash landings while he flies.
    • Panda being called out for her laziness or having it bounce back on her.
    • Tortoise's slowness coming into play in some way.
  • Sick Episode: "Dragon Sneezes" has Dragon fall in the freezing water and catch a cold. Tortise, Panda and Lion have to take turns helping him to warm up and get better.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Panda and Tortoise aren't immune to unusual events ot calamities that happen during the group's games and times together.
  • Spot of Tea: Certain episodes involve having the characters go visit someone's place for tea. Mostly Panda or Dragon's place.
  • True Companions: throughout all the tricks and calamities they share through their journeys, they all remain very close friends who look out for each other.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
    • Panda is implied in several episodes to be scared of heights.
    • Lion is shown to be scared of thunderstorms.
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