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Metal Family is a series of animated shorts about a Russian Family, consisting of Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy dad Sebastian "Glam", biker wife Victoria, and their children, the Deadpan Snarker "Dee", and Heavy. The series follows the family's creative ways of dealing with everyday problems in a slice-of-life manner.

The series is Russian, but gets English subtitles applied sometime after the episode's release on YouTube, under a channel of the same name. Its pilot episode/music video "The Story ain't Over" (sung by Avantasia) has been surfing around the web for a while.

An official English dub will be released here.

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  • Abusive Parents: Glam grew up with his father, who would beat him on the wrist with a ruler over the slightest mistakes his son did while his mother preferred to stay out of it to avoid her husband's rage, apparently caring more about avoiding trouble for herself than her son's well-being. His father's abuse eventually drove Glam to run away and his father did nothing but insult him as Glam walked away.
    • Glam briefly slipped into this in episode 7 when Dee was trying to play the guitar.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Glam is misnamed 'Glen', by one of Heavy's teachers in the first episode.
  • Amazonian Beauty: Vikki is a beautiful redhead who can pack a punch with her toned physique and Boobs of Steel.
  • Ambiguously Bi: When Vikki was asked if she has romantic interest in women, she implies she has fooled around women while drunk and doesn't sound sure herself if she does swing that way.
  • Babies Ever After: The end of the pilot song reveals that after dating and marrying, Glam and Vicky had Dee and Heavy.
  • Biker Babe: The mother, Vicky. It's part of why Glam is attracted to her.
  • Black Sheep: It's implied Glam might be this for his wealthy family due to him refusing to embrace his family's lifestyle and not caring about the riches unlike his sister.
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  • Book Dumb: Heavy and Vicky are shown to not be as smart as Glam or Dee, but can come up with their own way to solve problems. Che as well.
  • Bookends: Episode 1 features Twisted Sister's "We're not gonna take it", episode 9 ends with Glam playing the same song on a vinyl he got from Che making it the first metal song he ever heard.
  • Born Lucky: Che. If winning at cards without ever checking them wasn't enough proof, he managed to get the highest score at the entrance to music academy, while it's implied he had no formal training at all.
  • Childhood Friend: Glam's friend Che, who comes late to a family poker game. Episode 9 goes into more detail of how the two first met as children.
  • Couch Gag: The title card is done by a key-holder the family uses. The family members who are in the episode will already have put their keys on their hooks, with the focus character just hanging theirs up. Each does a good job of showing their personality:
    • Vicky slams her keys on the hook with force. Her keychain is her shining nameplate.
    • Glam gingerly sets his on the hook. His keychain is a pink Twisted Sister logo.
    • Dee cool spins his keys onto his hook. His keychain is a skull.
    • Heavy attempts to throw his on the hook as he excitedly speeds by. Only to have to turn around and pick them up. His keychain is some monster head.
  • Creepy Family: The family can come off as this to outsiders. One guy admitted Glam's stare freaked him out.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Subverted in the pilot with Glam and the waitress. Later played straight with Glam and Vicky.
  • Dub Name Change: Gopher is renamed Chipmunk in the English dub. Ches is also renamed "Chiv" for the tenth episode joke to work.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • While Glam is quick to go Papa Wolf if he believes the teachers have crossed a line, he'll stand down if he finds the reason his kids got in trouble is perfectly reasonable.
    • Victoria dislikes Groin Attacks, thinking it's too harsh, even for her.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: Glam's office the first episode is covered in the stuff from a glitter bomb, that he later uses at Heavy's school, as payback for them cutting the boys' hair.
  • Falling-in-Love Montage: After getting hospitalized together, which allowed Glam to return Vicky's biker keys, they start dating. Glam shows his artwork of Vicky to her, they go to concerts (heavy metal and ballet), Vicky teaching him to ride a motorcycle, and etc.
  • Fiery Redhead: Vicky and Heavy have orange hair and both have shown to be more Hot-Blooded than Dee and Glam.
  • Love at First Sight: Glam is clearly over the moon upon Vicky for the first time.
  • Happily Married: Glam and Vicky, of course. Glam clearly loves Vicky despite her volatile personality while Vicky, who rarely shows her softer side, doesn't hide that she loves her husband very much despite both of them being nearly opposites.
  • Mama Bear: Vicky, albeit she doesn't show it too often. The ending of episode 1 has Vicky coming to Heavy's school with a weapon and angry at what the teachers did to her son.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Vicky is a muscular Biker Babe who swears a lot; Glam is a thinner man who loves ballet along with metal rock, decorates his office with glitter, and wears bright clothing when exercising.
  • Mistaken Identity: Glam's sister looks so like him, Vicky mistakes her for Glam in drag. When realizing her mistake, the sister simply says, "I get it".
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Dee attempting to cut a deal with Chipmunk to save Heavy gets him punched in the face.
  • Origins Episode: The two part season finale reveals about Glam's past as it shows how he was raised by his rich strict family, how he first met Che, how he begins to get attracted to metal music, how they formed a band, how he decided to runaway from his family, and how he became who he is now and made his band a success before he met his future wife Victoria.
  • Papa Wolf: Glam was seething when he found out that Heavy's teachers cut off his hair against his will and set off a glitter bomb in response. He later programmed a security system to protect both Heavy and Dee from dangerous sites.
  • Parent-Child Team: Done during episode 6 in a escape room. Glam and Dee break the record time. Vicky and Heavy sledgehammer their way though a brick wall.
  • Posthumous Character: Glam's father is revealed to be dead in episode 5 but appears in the flashback of episode 9.
  • Radish Cure: Vicky admits that she gave Dee and Heavy beer so they'd get sick and stop asking about it.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Heavy is the Blue to Dee's Red.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Vicky looks great in the dress that Glam asks her to wear in episode 5.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Dee planned his first interaction with his crush, Lif, very carefully by spying on her for an unknown amount of time, even hacking through the school cameras and getting his brother in detention to make sure he and Lif could be alone and everything went perfect. Unfortunately, Heavy snuck out of detention and unintentionally ruined all of Dee's plans.
  • Strong Family Resemblance:
    • Dee and Heavy look remarkably like Glam and Vicky, respectively.
    • Glam and his sister look so much alike that Vicky mistook her for him in drag.
    • Episode 9 shows Glam got his looks from Gustav, his abusive father.
  • Spoiled Brat: Lydia fits this to a T. She looks down on her brother for being different than the rest of their family and doesn't bother to hide it and despite the fact that she inherited nearly all of Gustav's valuables she still throws a tantrum over not being able to get a yacht since apparently the keys are missing and threatens to sue Glam if their father left said yacht to him before storming off.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: Vicky is a muscular woman who can smash through a brick wall while Glam can deduce riddles easily and program software.
  • Technologically Blind Elders: Discussed. When a viewer notes people of Victora's generation have problems with tech, she's pissed.
  • Thrill Seeker: Part of the reason Glam loves metal and biker stuff is because they get his adrenaline pumping.
  • Tranquil Fury: What Glam can do with a calm smile on his face is scary.
  • The Unfavorite: Glam was one - his parents always treated him as second best to his sister, even when he got better results at music school entry exams. When Glam walked out on his family, nobody bothered to search for him. After his death, Gustav left pretty much everything to Lydia and her cousin and only left Glam a box that contained his old replica of the city he lives or lived in for unknown reasons.
  • Unrequited Love: A subversion. Glam gets constantly snubbed by Vicky, who thinks he's trying to give her something as a way of hitting on her. While he doesn't give up and is clearly in love with her, he was just trying to return her bike keys. She ends up returning his feelings and they both get married and have two sons.
    • Around the time Vicky and Glam met, Bug seemed to have a thing for Vicky but she apparently didn't feel the same way since she refused to kiss him and he slapped her in return, which doesn't end up well for him.
    • Dee's classmate Diana had a crush on him at least until he tricked her into embarrassing herself in front of the whole classroom.
  • Uptown Guy: Glam is shown to come from a more affluent family than Vicky.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Downplayed; when Vicky reacts violently to some people insulting her, Dee calmly watches from the side.
  • Would Hit a Girl:
    • In the pilot, it is revealed that Bug slapped Vicky across her face after she refused to kiss him, prompting Vicky to beat him up and knock him out, ending their "relationship".
    • Gustav has shown that he would slap Lydia if she ever upset him.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Lif wears shorts and knee-lenght socks.
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