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The Adventures of Sinbad is a Canadian action/fantasy series. It is roughly a retelling of the adventures of Sinbad the Sailor. It first aired in 1996, and was greenlit due to the popularity of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess, even having writers from them such as Craig Volk. It lasted for two seasons and a total of 44 episodes.

The story followed the adventures of Sinbad, his older brother Doubar, Firouz the alchemist, the mute Rongar, and Celtic sorceress Maeve.

Not to be confused with the 2012 Sky1/Syfy series, Sinbad.


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  • A Day in the Limelight: At least everyone on the team got one.
  • Anyone Can Die: Attempted. Mustapha, who featured prominently in the first episode only to die in the second. However, since he wasn't in the opening credits, it was obvious from the beginning he was only a Sacrificial Lamb.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Firouz. He's not fazed by sorcerers, magic, the devil, demons, or Olympian-style gods, but ghosts? They don't exist even when they're standing right in front of him.
  • Arc Villain: Turok in the opening two-parter. He also made a dismembered guest appearance in the Season 1 Finale.
  • Bald, Black Leader Guy: Rongar was a prince in his home realm. He remains both bald and black.
  • Big Bad: Rumina
  • Bond One-Liner: During the second season, Sinbad throws a mook into a pit of spikes, then quips "I think he got the point".
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  • Bound and Gagged: Maeve in one episode when she was captured by vikings (one of whom was Bret Hart. No seriously) as a sacrifice to free their ship from a bad special effect.
  • Character as Himself: Dermott
  • Dark Action Girl: Rumina, despite being a Vain Sorceress, has more in common with this than Dark Magical Girl.
  • Darker and Edgier: The entire selling point of the second (and last) season.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Maeve fell off the ship at the beginning of Season 2 and was pulled away in the tide. We later found out that A Wizard Did It to protect her from Rumina.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Turok and Rumina
  • Five-Man Band
    • The Hero: Sinbad, as the leader of the group
    • The Lancer: Doubar, as Sinbad's older and somewhat wiser and more level-headed brother.
    • The Smart Guy: Firouz, alchemist and tinkerer who couldn't fight worth a damn
    • The Big Guy: Rongar - though he wasn't as physically strong as Doubar he was the most skillful fighter in the group
    • The Chick: Maeve, later Bryn. Both were sorceresses, and Maeve was also a harmonizing aspect in the group.
  • Flat Character: Bryn, despite her gratuitous cleavage. Mostly because she didn't have much characterization beyond aforementioned cleavage.
  • Funny Background Event: Doubar, when he meets Sinbad in prison,is so excited that he rips a hole in the wall he was bound to. He and Sinbad have an entire conversation without noticing all of the other prisoners trying to escape out the hole, then a bunch of guards swarming to stop them.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Firouz. When Sinbad visits him in the premiere, Firouz is already working on a flying machine and giving thought to a doorbell.
  • Get on the Boat: The boat was pretty much the plot device to get the group from episode to episode.
  • Heroic Fantasy
  • Hotter and Sexier: The show tried to advertise Season 2 as this, mostly by lots of fanservice shots of Bryn in the commercials.
    • Sinbad himself also got a change in look to make him sexier. In season 1, he was a clean-shaven, short-haired pretty boy. In season 2, he looks more like a bad boy: his hair is shoulder-length, he has a five o'clock shadow and his sleeves are a lot shorter, exposing his biceps.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: "the Beast Within".
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Rongar. Sinbad initially opposes him joining the crew because knife throwing would be dangerous in close combat, but Rongar impresses him with his extremely precise aim.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Price Cassim in the opening two-parter. He's a royal pain at first, but he is willing to risk his life for his fiancée and becomes genuinely apologetic about past misdeeds.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Sinbad and Maeve are arguing, and Caipra tells them to "Stop acting like an old married couple."
  • The Main Characters Do Everything: A few extras are occasionally seen aboard the ship, but even then, it's always the Five-Man Band going ashore and getting into adventures.
  • Man Hug: In the pilot, Doubar greets Sinbad by walking across the room (despite being chained to the wall) and giving him a massive hug.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Rongar. The actor who portrayed him, Oris Erhuro, is pretty much a real life example of it.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Bryn.
  • Non-Action Guy: Firouz
  • Not Quite Dead: Sinbad himself was thought dead by everyone when his ship went down. He doesn't remember much of what happened, but he woke up on an island with a strange bracelet on his wrist. By the time he was rescued, two years had passed.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Rongar isn't literally mute. He can't talk because he doesn't have a tongue, but he can scream. If he does, the business at hand is most certainly serious - he screamed when Mustapha was killed, and when he ran into some of the men who'd run him out of his kingdom.
  • Put on a Bus: Maeve, Rumina and Turok were nixed in Season 2, but could have been brought back easily, had the show not been cancelled.
  • Race Lift: Sinbad and his brother Doubar, and really most people residing in Bagdhad are very, very caucasian people. Maeve gets a pass as she's a Celt.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Of course, Maeve couldn't return at all because Jacqueline Collen, the actress behind Maeve, had to deal with being a full-time mommy.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The Caliph in the first episode has nothing but respect for Sinbad and is quite displeased to learn what his obnoxious son has been up to.
  • Red Shirt: It's pretty usual to see a poor unnamed crewman falling off the ship during a storm scene. The only notable rescue attempt was for Maeve.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Mustapha, see above.
  • Satan: Old Scratch.
  • Scary Black Man: Rongar is tall, strong and an expert knife thrower.
  • Second Episode Introduction: Maeve and Dermott
  • Sexy Silhouette: Rumina pulled this once, deliberately, in an attempt to seduce Sinbad.
  • The Speechless: Rongar couldn't talk because his tongue was cut out, but on very rare occasions he would scream. Usually he communicated through facial expressions and pantomime.
  • Smurfette Principle: Maeve is the only girl in the group first season. Bryn is the only girl in the group in the second season.
  • Starter Villain: Eblus, a Djinn prince who manipulates kingdoms into outlawing magic and descending into decadence so he can rule. He also assisted Turok, who doesn't qualify due to returning in the season 1 finale, in his scheme to kidnap a princess and take over a kingdom. He's killed with a spear to the face soon after the reveal of his true nature.
  • Stout Strength: Doubar.
  • Stripperiffic: Maeve wasn't too bad - she wore a pseudo-traditional dress with a not entirely unreasonable amount of cleavage, and aside from the aforementioned midriff baring, Rumina usually wasn't unreasonable either. One episode had her showing off her cleavage, and in the season 1 finale she put on a black floor length gown. Bryn, however, ...yeah.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Bryn replaced Maeve.
  • The Trickster: The eponymous Trickster disguised as an old man named Raynard to trick Sinbad's crew and Rumina while they were powerlessly stranded in an island.
  • The Strength of Ten Men: Doubar.
  • Token Minority: Rongar
  • The Vamp: Rumina
  • Unscrupulous Hero: Sinbad was very deliberately changed (arguably derailed) into one of these for the second season to fit in with the darker and edgier aesthetic the producers were aiming at.
  • Walking the Earth: Sailing, of course. Sinbad is always eager to have an adventure or to explore.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: The series begins with Sinbad returning home after being lost at sea for two years. His home and possessions have been confiscated, while a series of new rules and laws have made life frustrating for many.
  • You Killed My Father: Rumina's definitely mad at Sinbad for killing her father Turok.


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