Mighty Magiswords is a Cartoon Network show by Kyle Carrozza, co-creator of Frog Raccoon Strawberry. It was also the first original Cartoon Network series to be available exclusively on the Internet, before it became a television series.
Fast-paced, hammy and very, very silly, the show follows Prohyas and Vambre, a Brother–Sister Team of "Warriors for Hire", who go on hilarious adventures and crazy quests to collect magical swords.
The series is available to watch on the Cartoon Network app, Cartoon Network Anything, and the Magimobile app.
The Great Luke Ski works on the show as a storyboard artist, writer, and voice actor. Ninja Sex Party (yes, THE Ninja Sex Party) sang the theme song.
While starting off with a strong showing, Cartoon Network bouncing the show around its schedule and delayed airings hurt its ratings. Ultimately the series was cancelled in 2018 after two seasons, with the remainder of the episodes kicked back onto the streaming service till the series ended in August of the same year with 92 episodes. Though the remaining episodes did eventually air on the network in a burn off fashion.
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- Absurdly Long Stairway: One appears in the suitably named ep "Stairways & Spiders". This became a problem as the Warriors found it difficult to fight on uneven ground, which the stairway spider uses to (and proclaims as) her Home Field Advantage.
- Another appears in the Season 1 penultimate episode, at the vault where the Legendary Knowledge Magisword is kept. Prohyas asks the Narrator to Jump Cut to them at the top, which he obliges. There also turned out to be an elevator, which Glori used to get there first and claim the sword.
- Action Mom: Kablammica Warrior, Prohyas and Vambre's mother, was apparently a famous warrior. The 5 minute episode "Flashback Farms" shows the daily lifestyle of their parents. Norman talks to Kablammica that it's clear that the kids got their adventure lust from her, and wishes there was something he could do to have them respect broccoli farming. Kablammica reassures Norman that she wanted to settle down and work with him on the farm, but there's not much they can do about their kids.
- Adventure-Friendly World: Lyvsheria, there are kingdoms like Rhyboflaven which has its own burger joint with broccoli as its own export.
- Aerith and Bob: There's odd names like Prohyas, Vambre, and Zange along with normal names like Phil and Steve. Lampshaded in "Stairways & Spiders", where a giant spider named Teri says that Prohyas and Vambre's names sound made up.
- All Webbed Up: The Spider Web Magisword is able to shoot spider webs.
- All Your Powers Combined: Parodied in "No Robots For Old Men" where Old Man Oldman unleashes his secret weapon: Robopiggeh (a mediocre monster the Warriors already beat) with Grup (the cutest, most harmless dragon ever) duct-taped to his side.
- Anachronism Stew: The setting is Medieval overall, but it has fast food joints, burgers, robots, smartphones, refrigerators made of wood, a couple of episodes involve vlogs, and the 5 minute short "Can I Keep It?" starts with the Warriors giving a pair of gold-tinted sunglasses to a living tree DJ for the WDDF radio station. Prohyas has no idea what a radio or what a bumper that a bumper sticker goes on is. Played for comedic effect in the case of the last one (which also mentions barbecues).Hooded Lady: I've gotta be ready in time for my drive-time show! I got traffic and weather on the 8, buddy!
Prohyas: I HAVE NO FRAME OF REFERENCE FOR ANY OF THIS!!
- According to Word of God, most of the technology shown comes from Galacton.
- Ancestral Weapon: In one Vlog, Vambre admits that the tomato magisword was given to her by her mother and in another, it's revealed that the dolphin magisword was also given to Prohyas by his mother.
- Art Shift: Though he'd used Adobe Flash in his earliest work, this is Kyle Carrozza's first project created for television to be fully digitally animated as opposed to traditionally with digital coloring.
- Ascended Meme: There is a running joke in the Magiswords fanbase that the series is a Western version of Slayers. The Japanese division of Cartoon Network seems to agree, and even aired a back to back marathon of both series one year. Creator Kyle Carrozza debunks this as the characters were created before the anime was released in America when he was in high school, and stated that video game characters (specifically: Final Fantasy 6 and Chrono Trigger) were the correct influences.
- Attack Backfire: When Prohyas used a magisword that forced a group of pirates to clap uncontrollably, the pirates retaliated by using their clapping hands to slap him.
- Audible Sharpness: All magiswords produce this noise when drawn or even moved quickly despite the fact that almost none of them even have bladed edges.
- Author Appeal: Accordion music shows up a lot. Kyle Carrozza himself plays the accordion.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Is Laser Pointer Magisword really more useful than a regular laser pointer? (The answer is yes, as it WILL distract any and all types of cats, including Gateaux and wild jungle cats. It also summons them).
- Bad-Guy Bar: The Wobblin' Goblin in Keel Haul Cove is an honest soft drink establishment. All the citizens of the town are pirates (even the well mannered and completely reasonable mayor), so the most that the pirates do inside the bar itself is cause a little bit of teasing of outside patrons. When Prohyas and Vambre actually start a fight, the bartender casually walks through the Big Ball of Violence and tosses them out without further issue.
- Bag of Holding: Prohyas and Vambre keep their magiswords in tiny pouches on their belts. The magiswords themselves are tiny until used, though.
- Bait-and-Switch: At the end of "Flonk Stakes", the Mt. Ma'all security guard pulls this on Flonk— who is bawling his eyes out after being bested by the Warriors— by offering him a lollipop to calm him down.Security: Now come on, sonny, you need to stop all this weepin'. I know what you need.
Flonk: Does this mean I get to go free?
Security: Hehe, son. Abso-NOPE. You're going to jail.
- Balloonacy: In "Suitable Armor" Vambre tries to float up a tree with a helium animal balloon in order to save a cat. Unfortunately, her balloon gets popped by one of the tree branches.
- Battle Boomerang: The Boomerang Magisword is a giant boomerang on a sword hilt. It averts Precision-Guided Boomerang because the wielder has to manually reattach the boomerang to the hilt if it gets lodged in a wall or other obstruction.
- Beach Episode: "Pool Fools". After finding their new local pool to be lame the Warrior siblings go to the dinosaur swimming pool to swim and pick fights with dinosaurs. And they stay in their swimsuits the whole time.
- Bee-Bee Gun: The Beehive Magisword can summon bees along with honey and honeycombs.
- Bellisario's Maxim: Invoked by Prohyas in his vlog about the Dolphin magisword that he has to feed her twice a day. He says he doesn't want to think of the logic behind feeding a sword, and recommends that the audience doesn't think about the logic behind any of it either.
- Berserk Button: Don't call Witchy Simone "Squirt".
- Bewitched Amphibians:
- Helmut ends up turned into a frog at one point and remains that way for the rest of his appearances, not that he minds it.
- "Warts and All" has Vambre turned into a frog by mistake when Witchy Simone tries to brew medicine to help King Rexxtopher with his indigestion. The rest of the episode focuses on Prohyas and Witchy Simone trying to brew a potion that will return Vambre to normal while oblivious of Vambre's attempts at pointing out to them that the required ingredients are nearby (unlike Helmut, Vambre is unable to talk in frog form and can only ribbit).
- Bling-Bling-BANG!: The Bling Bling Magisword looks like it's made out of diamonds and shoots out gems big and small. Per Magimobile's description:This Magisword covers things with sparkly baubles to make them look more valuable. Now you can look rich without all the hassle of being rich!
- Blood Knight: The Warrior siblings love battle and adventuring. Mundane tasks like yardwork and unclogging sinks bore them so much that they're actually glad when monsters show up."AHHHHHHWWWESOME!"
- It should be noted that of the two, Vambre is more willing to go into fights than Prohyas.
- A Bloody Mess: Prohyas fools Penny Plasm by using the Tomato Magisword to fake his death and convince her to go upstairs to find his ghost.Prohyas: His ghost is upstairs. I am merely Exhibit A.
- Blow You Away: The Blow Dryer Magisword's main purpose is to produce a warm gust of wind that blows things away and melts ice.
- Bottle Episode: All of the Vlog shorts. It is usually Prohyas in front of the camera in his house. Cameos are usually only by people who share Prohyas's VA, and only takes about 3 minutes.
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Grup invents a Portmanteau this way in "Phil's in the House", and uses it again in "Cleanliness is Next to Grupliness":Grup: This is bad, and weird. This is beird!
You guys have been acting beird all day!
- Breaking the Fourth Wall:
Prohyas: You can hear him, too!?
- "Pool Fools" reveal that Prohyas and Vambre are aware of the announcer.
- In "The Tome of Morrow", Noville joins with Vambre to do a Super Teamwork Combo. The narrator calls out how his Swishblade Magisword has been out all episode.
- A few of the season two episodes like "The Lanolion Sleeps Tonight" and "Forever a Fishstick" has the Warrior siblings aware of the episode their in.Prohyas: (crying) Now I'm... FOREVER A FISHSTICK! Just like the episode's title!
- Brother–Sister Team: The two protagonists. Vambre is the eldest of the two.
- Buffy Speak: in "Elect to Decline" Lady Hiss narrates a flashback (and voices all of the involved characters) like this.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: As goofy and foolish the Warriors are, they get the job done.
- By the Eyes of the Blind: It's revealed that zombie pumpkin magisword (and anyone who has been given his eyes) can see ghostly apparitions. The newt is oddly okay with this.
- Calling Your Attacks:
- When a magisword is used, an announcer shouts its name. In "Working For Scales", the Warriors get dog-piled upon by dinosaurs, and you hear a muffled "MUSCLY ARM MAGISWORD" coming from underneath. This suggests the names are being called from the magiswords themselves.
- The Warriors themselves sometimes get in on this, especially when they use a Super Teamwork Combo.
- "Gut Feelings" has some fun with this, suggesting that the users can imprint onto the magiswords themselves.
STIRRING SPOON MAGISWORD, DONTCHAKNOW
- When Kablammica uses her Stirring Spoon magisword, it takes on her mannerisms.
Footprint magisword, don't wake the sleeping bunny!
- Vambre uses the Footprint magisword to seek out Hoppus' thief, it whispers.
HOPPUS RAGE COMBO: HAILSTORM CAESAR SALAD!
- Hoppus combines all his vegetable swords in a fit of rage.
- The Cameo:
- "Gotta Get Grup to Get Down" provides a cavalcade of cameos of pretty much every major character from previous episodes and the shorts. This is Lampshaded when Vambre mentions the "Veronica Victorious and the Gratuitous Cameo" book, immediately followed by Robopiggeh leaving the house with a sandwich.
- In "Keeper of the Mask", the eponymous Keeper himself grabs some popcorn seemingly out of nowhere while watching Vambre's desperate attempts at using the Mask Magisword. Vambre asks where he got it, and he says "Popcorn Store." In "Little Sword of Horrors", you can see the Keeper of the Mask eating popcorn outside of the Popcorn Store at Mt. Ma'all.
- Cartoon Bomb: The Little Blue Bomb Magisword shoots out little blue explosive bombs.
- Chainsaw Good: The Chainsaw Magisword, which is the closest thing to a traditional sword that the Warriors use.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: While the Warriors primarily rely on their magiswords, they are no slouch when it comes to athleticism. They are able to jump over buildings and are strong enough to punt trees.
- Cobweb of Disuse: "Share and Share Dislike" starts with the Warriors sitting on their couch, completely bored out of their minds. There are cobwebs all over both of them, with the spider dangling from a thread off Prohyas' hair.
- Collector of the Strange: Omnibus' house is packed with antique wares and he frequently goes shopping for more.
- Combination Attack: The Warriors' Super Teamwork Combos Once per Episode, in which they combine two (or more) their magiswords' powers to create more powerful attacks. For example, using the Dolphin magisword with the Oinkus Oinkus magisword creates a pig-shaped tidal wave called Hogwash.
- Companion Cube: Characters that collect magiswords, like most hobbyists, tend to become emotionally attached to them. It helps that some of them can actually communicate, however limited it may be.
- Compelling Voice: Attractive Voice Magisword! It has the power to sooth and compel anyone it talks to.
- Cosmic Retcon: All of the original 3-minute shorts that seemingly have no continuity actually did happen. It's revealed that Nohyas used the Selective Memory magisword to erase the Warrior's memories of certain points in their life like when Vambre set their farm on fire with the Tomato magisword, when they got the Boulder magisword from a cave where they met Prug, and most of their time spent at the Adventurer Academy.
- Couch Gag: In every episode of the TV series, the intro ends with Grup doing something different (falling from the sky, launching himself in the air, pulling down the show's title, etc.).
- Crazy-Prepared: Thanks to their huge collection of magiswords, Prohyas and Vambre have a magisword for almost any situation.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Magiswords are usually only good for one specific function, and few can be used as, well, actual swords.
- Crossover: With OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes in it's final episode in which the Warriors abduct Rad from his universe to have an adventure with them. He even gains a Magisword at the end of the ep.
- Dance Party Ending: "Working Grup" ends with the Warriors and Grup's friends from the Cave of Stuff dancing like the Peanuts gang from the Christmas Special.
- Destructive Savior: Collateral damage is a common complaint from the Warriors' clients.
- Different in Every Episode: At the start of most episodes, the narrator starts by bombastically announcing the setting that the story begins with, followed by a random quip.At Warriors For Hire headquarters, OH YEAH!
At the Rhyboflavin Bazaar, BOOM SHAKALAKA!
At Ralphio's House of Swords, BLAM!
At Warriors For Hire headquarters, AND YOU DON'T STOP!
At Warriors For Hire headquarters, WHAT WHAAAAT!
At Old Man Oldman's old home, OLD!
Somewhere in Rhyboflaven, VAGUE!
OH, BY THE WAY! We're at Warriors For Hire headquarters, LIMBURGER!
- "Potion in the Ocean" has some fun with this one, by delaying the announcer after the episode starts with a scene involving Witchy Simone before going to the Warriors themselves.
- Difficulty Levels: Its reveal that dungeons work on this system. The Cave of Stuff is the admitted newbie cave for adventurers, where the employees practically hold your hand to lead you to the treasure. Level 2 dungeons present actual threats, albeit ones that aren't designed to pose an actual threat to your life, but can still hurt.
- Discontinuity Nod: In "Working Grup", Grup introduces the Warriors to his coworkers at the Cave of Stuff, including his older brother Prug. Prug mentions that he remembers meeting them in a cave once, but the two have no recollection of that ever happening. This is a reference to the original pilot short "To Boulderly Go", where the two find Prug inside a cave, guarding the Boulder magisword. While the original 3 minute shorts do explain how some magiswords came to be (like Oinkus-Oinkus), as well as Vambre's dislike of pants, they're generally considered not part of the continuity due to Early-Installment Weirdness.
- Discreet Dining Disposal: Prohyas and Vambre avoid eating their mother's cooking by discretely feeding it to Zombie Pumpkin Magisword.
- Dishing Out Dirt:
- The Boulder Magisword is able create large boulders.
- The aptly named Dirt Magisword is only able to summon dirt and earthworms. Prohyas actually finds it quite useful with a little bit of ingenuity.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Ironically from a magisword with the name 'Taunting Jester' in it.
- Dumbass DJ: A fairly tame and kid-friendly example exists in the form of "Tree-J and the Wolf", who run the WDDF radio station located in the Deepest Darkest Woods. Tree-J talks like an obnoxious Large Ham DJ but is otherwise harmless and generous with giving out prizes (and a prank Cartoon Bomb in Prohyas' case,) but "The Wolf" is the worst part of the two of them. The Wolf is prone to sneaking up behind characters and unleashing a barrage of air horns just to make things extra annoying. It's suggested that the Golden Spectacles that Tree-J wears is what gives him his personality, because when the Mysterious Hooded Woman puts them on in "Bark Attack", she starts acting like one herself.
- Early-Installment Weirdness:
- In the original three-minute shorts, Grup had a deadpan, monotone voice and was larger than a human. In the newer five-minute shorts, Grup has a happier, goofier voice and is much smaller than a human. "Cleanliness Next to Grupliness" reveals that these two are entirely different dragons, the larger one being named Prug.
- Some of the magiswords have been made a bit more powerful than they were in the three-minute shorts. For example, the Celery magisword can now shoot out celery of any size while it previously could only make things smell like celery. A vlog about it handwaves this by revealing that the warriors didn't know the Celery magisword could shoot out celery till Prohyas accidentally shot some up at the ceiling while doing the vlog.
- The narrator was generally slower to announce magiswords, and wasn't as bombastic as he's been in the 5 minute shorts and full episodes.
- Vambre's voice sounds odd in "The Land Before Slime". Whether it was Grey Delisle or a different actress, her voice just sounds... off compared to the shorts that happen before and after it.
- Earworm: Happens in "Play that Song Again", where Vambre can't get Prohyas' catchy song out of her head. Her brain is even infected with literal worms.
- Edible Ammunition: Almost every food-based magisword. Prohyas mentions that while the foodstuffs are delicious to eat, they contain no nutritional or caloric value because they're made of magic, although Prohyas can benefit from the caffeine buzz thanks to the Cuppa Joe Magisword.
Queen: What are you going to do, make a BLT? Where's your Lettuce Magisword?
- The Excaliburger Magisword creates burgers with helicopter blades on top that can be eaten.
- The Bacon Magisword shoots out bacon strips.
- The Carrot Magisword can shoot carrot chips.
- The Celery Magisword can make things smell like celery, as well as launch giant stalks of celery. The sheer size of the stalks are used for other purposes besides food.
- Cuppa Joe Magisword can make any kind of coffee you can think of, often supplying the mug or cup in the process.
- Dairy Product Magisword can make milk-based food. Milk, yogurt, butter, ice cream, etc.
- Giant Egg Magisword shoots out giant eggs, and the user can choose how to prepare them as they wish. It isn't limited to chicken eggs, either.
- The Pancake Magisword makes pancakes in any way you want them prepared.
- The Waffle Magisword, like the Pancake, can create waffles in any way you want them prepared. Extra ingredients like fruit included.
- The Tomato Magisword can launch tomatoes at enemies. The Queen of Loch Mess makes fun for them trying to attack her with bacon and tomatoes.
Prohyas: It's on back-order.
- Eldritch Location: Possibly Transylberia. It is home to many supernatural creatures, such as Snowmanpires and Long Underwerewolves. It's where the Warriors found the Zombie Pumpkin Magisword.
- Barren Faceland has a literal giant face, with the Warrior stating that if it were to awake it would cause disaster for Lyvsheria.
- Empathic Weapon: Some magiswords appear to be sentient, even the ones that can't talk. In the vlog showing off the Excaliburger magisword, Prohyas notes that the magisword is making more burgers than normal and assumes that it's showing off for the camera.
- End-of-Series Awareness: This lampshades in the final episode "Let's Team Up Because We Aren't Bad Friends" has the Warriors' friends suddenly losing interest in the adventuring life and the siblings trying to find someone who they can still work with. Ultimately, they accept the nature of things and head back home as the sun sets.Prohyas: Ah gee whiz, is that the sunset we're ridin' into?
Vambre: I am afraid so, dear brother.
Prohyas: Welp, we had a good run.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In "For the Love of Narwhal!" Pickle C. laughs at Vambre's attempts to attack him with the ineffective Darlin' Narwhal Magisword, but when Vambre yells at Narwhal for being useless and makes it cry he calls her out for it and gives her a pummeling.
- Evil Counterpart: Nohyas to Prohyas.
- Evil Is Petty: Witch Way, especially Morbidia, love to get petty revenge on the siblings.
- Evolving Weapon: The Warriors sometimes discover new abilities for their magiswords as they learn more about them, usually by accident.
- Expository Theme Tune: Warriors for hire are here, Mighty Magiswords! It's their name and career, Mighty Magiswords!
- Expy: Vambre and Prohyas resemble Lina Inverse (if she wore a leotard and no pants) and Gourry Gabriev.
- Eye of Newt: The last ingredient of Witchy Simone's potion, with her pointing out how cliché it is.
- The Faceless: The Mysterious Hooded Woman keeps herself hidden under a hooded robe. Not only that, her arms are covered in long sleeves and gloves so no inch of her skin is showing.
- Fanservice: Some episodes have the Warriors showing off their athletic bods in revealing swimsuits for various reasons.
- Fantasy Helmet Enforcement: Vambre and Princess Zange inexplicably get life jackets for a boat ride that lasts all of fifteen seconds.
- Failed a Spot Check: In the Season 1 penultimate episode, one of the returning students fails to notice an assembled monster underneath her until her colleagues point it out.
- Forced Sleep: The Sleeping Dragon Magisword can make targets fall asleep.
- Franken-X: There is a Dummystein Magisword, which has the appearance of a ventriloquist dummy Frankenstein monster.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: Lampshaded by the gag itself in "The Desolation of Grup." During the contest, Vambre uses the Snowball magisword to shoot some empty cans off a log. The cans are "Beeeanz", "Slug in a Can", "Diet H.P", "Mushroom Mush" and "Freeze Frame Gags For Nerds!"
- Fun with Subtitles: An offscreen man can say the subtitle when animals can't speak.
- Furry Reminder: Cat people, such as Gateaux, can be distracted by a laser pointer like any other cat.
- Garlic Is Abhorrent: The Cursed Garlic Magisword, which is sentient and cursed Hoppus with a ravenous hunger for vegetables that turned him into a monster. It also makes the wielder emit a foul garlic smell that is shown on multiple occasions to literally punch people in the face.
- Genius Ditz: When hired to destroy a giant Smashroom that was threatening their client's home, Prohyas tries to cheer up Zombie Pumpkin so he can destroy it. Vambre tries to slow it down by covering it with a giant wicker basket, and then stuffing its mouth with gum. The Smashroom eats both of them, since they're technically made from trees. Prohyas points this out, saying that Vambre didn't pay attention in Arboretum class. She responds that he didn't pay attention in anything else.
- Genius Loci: The Barren Faceland is alive. The Face itself is sleeping, and it's said that if it ever wakes up, it'll unleash doom upon all of Lyvsheria.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: In "Bad Bad Cop", the Warriors are deputized to patrol for crime, and take on the routine. Problems start up when they bicker between themselves over both wanting to be the bad cop.
- Gotta Catch 'Em All: The Warriors want to collect every magisword there is.
- Green Thumb: There are several plant-based magiswords that conjure the plant, fruit, or vegetable that they represent.
- Ground Pound: The aptly-named Ground Pound Magisword, which has a giant clenched fist for smashing the ground.
- Hipster: In "Action Comedy", Prohyas admits he like Broccoli Punch before it was cool.
- His Name Really Is "Barkeep": Prohyas and Vambre, the Warriors for Hire, actually have "Warrior" as their surname.
- Honest John's Dealership: Ralphio has been hinted as this, with Vambre more than once saying that Ralphio possibly ripped them off. He also chased Zombie Pumpkin magisword with a net.
- Hooks and Crooks: The Hook Magisword extends a Vaudeville Hook to yank things away.
- Hot Blade: The Radiator Magisword, with more emphasis on the "Hot" than "Blade".
- Hover Board: The Hover Board Magisword does just this. It doesn't work over water, though.
- Human Pet: The queen of Loch Mess capture the messenger from the kingdom of Rhyboflavin and treats them as her pets. She lets them go when the warriors convinced her that the Loch Mess Nomster would make a much better pet.
- Humongous Mecha: The Legendary Swordmecha Magisword has the power to summon a mecha once a day that can incorporate the powers of other Magiswords used in it. It also gives the pilots matching uniforms with a toku-style Transformation Sequence.
- Hypocritical Heartwarming: In the second episode Vambre states that only she is allowed to hurt Prohyas.
- Hypocritical Humor: In "Bad Man Oldman", Morbidia calls out Gateaux for copying what other people say.
- An Ice Person: The Snowball Magisword is able to fire snowballs at targets. In a more literal sense, in the land of Transylberia exist Snowmanpires.
- Ignored Enemy: The Warrior siblings are so obsessed with the Super Shooting Star Magisword that they purchased by combining both of their gems together, on top of being focused on their quest to find a Nevermelting Ice Cube, that the lord of Transylberia, Frostveratu, can't even get their attention. He finally does make them notice him by stealing the Shooting Star Magisword. They retaliate by unleashing ALL THE MAGISWORDS on him.
- Inexplicably Preserved Dungeon Meat: Subverted in "Working Grup." Prohyas goes around smashing jars in the Cave of Stuff, and finds a "Jar Ham" inside one of them. He cringes after sniffing it, saying it's "nicely aged." He keeps thinking about jar ham all throughout the episode. Skullivan even knocks over a jar during the Dance Party Ending, and Prohyas claims it.Prohyas: I call dibs on that jar ham!
- Inspiration Nod: Vambre and Prohyas' designs were specifically inspired by Celes Chere from Final Fantasy VI and Crono.
- Instrumental Weapon: The Accordion Magisword, mainly used by Prohyas to play music.
- It Makes Sense in Context: Technically a few of the Magiswords.
- I Will Show You X!: In "Squideo Games", when Prohyas fears falling off Witchy Simone's broomstick:Prohyas: Witchy, could you fly a little safer?
Witchy Simone: Oh Prohyas, this isn't unsafe. This is what unsafe looks like!
- Joke Weapon: Plenty of magiswords have very situational powers and are not used much. Special mention goes to the Monobrow Magisword. All the other Magiswords, no matter how ridiculous they are, can be used for at least some sort of Mundane Utility. The Monobrow Magisword only covers the target with monobrow eyebrows. Vambre and Prohyas both agree that the sword should never be used again.
- Kitchen Sink Included: * In the episode "Get that Borfl!", while Vambre was trying to grab said critter in the kitchen (and both of them making quite the mess in the process), Reginald calls the authorities to come in and assist. And then this happens.Reginald: He's destroyed everything but the—(kitchen sink falls on top of him)
- Lady Looks Like a Dude: The giant spider the Warriors fought in "Stairways and Spiders" has an effeminate male voice, but was revealed to be a female.
- Lame Pun Reaction:
Prohyas: Wow, perfect! This should gum up the works.
- Grup attacks Prohyas' white wig at the end of "Case Clothed". He asks what has Grup so "wigged out". Vambre responds with a dejected "Boo" and blasts him in the face with the Tomato Magisword.
- In "Phil's in the Hous", Vambre tries to blast Prohyas with the Tomato Magisword after he makes a bad pun after Ralphio gives them the Wad of Gum Magisword, but the tomato bounces off the gum and hits her instead.
Vambre: Booo! ACK!
- Laser Blade: Prohyas is impressed when Vambre enhances the Flashlight Magisword to produce a deadly beam. He mulls over possible names for this new "Saber of Light".
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
- In "Grup Jam", a not-so-subtle parody of Space Jam, they have an Expy of Bill Murray appear to play in the basketball game, who promptly gets captured in what looks like a ghost trap. Vambre and Prohyas look confused, but assumes that the audience understands the joke. Cut to two members of the game audience, weakly insisting they get the joke.
- During "Witchy Simone Ruins Everything", Vambre pulls out the Ninjappearance Magisword in order to sneakily follow Witch Way. The narrator's voice is about to shout out the name of the sword, like it usually does, but Vambre shushes him and he continues in a stage whisper.
- Leotard of Power: Vambre, who doesn't like wearing pants. It's actually hilarious considering she originally was going to wear them.◊
- Lethal Joke Weapon: Some of the wackier Magiswords are surprisingly useful (like the Wad Of Gum Magisword being used to blind people).
- Living Statue: Quite possibly Jesto the Best-o. The reveal at the end of the episode implies that it really did come to life, but never actually confirms whether it was true or not.
- Living Weapon: A few of the Magiswords, especially Dolphin Magisword and Zombie Pumpkin Magisword.
- Magical Incantation: We have seen this with at least some spells.
- Magnetism Manipulation: The Magnet Magisword can attract metal magiswords, among other things. The Missing Sock Magisword magically attracts all the missing socks in the area to cling to your body.
- Making a Splash: The Dolphin Magisword is able to shoot water.
- Meaningful Name: As the theme song goes, the Warrior family name is also the siblings' career, as adventurers and mercenaries.
- Mirror Match: In "Identity Theft", the Warriors are having a hard time beating their doppelgangers who use the same type of magiswords to counter theirs. They manage to win when they realize that their doppelgangers wouldn't be able to counter their one-of-a-kind magiswords.
- Mirthless Laughter: Type 4 when the warriors realize they are doomed when Omnibus gets back.
- Mundane Utility:
- When they're not using their magiswords for fighting, the Warriors often use them for simple tasks.
- Whenever Old Man Oldman hires the Warriors, it's always for chores instead of adventures. The one time he called them for an actual threat so far, Nohyas beat them there.
- Kablammica Warrior has a Stirring Spoon magisword for that exact purpose.
- Nightmare Fuel: In-Universe in "Too Many Warriors", where Witch Way ends up bringing a bunch of vicious stuffed animal zombies to life. Prohyas is disturbed when he sees a bunny ripped in half but still moving around.Vambre: Are you alright?
Prohyas: Naw, it's all good. It's fine. Wasn't... wasn't planning on SLEEPING AGAIN! FOR THE REST! OF MY LIFE!
- No Fair Cheating: The Magimobile game for your smart phone can collect a level 3 magisword from each episode currently airing by using a microphone to identifying audio playing from the episode. If you have a recording device like a DVR or Tivo, you can collect swords in rapid succession (not counting the 10 minute cooldown) from each episode, but the game keeps track of both how how long ago you watched an individual episode and how many episodes you watched it.
- No, You: Prohyas (at least in the 5 minute shorts) seems prone to use this as an impulsive defense mechanism. He does it twice in "Stairways & Spiders". In "Book-ish", Vambre needs Prohyas' help with dealing with a problem, but he's been away from her the whole episode. He springs out of the nearby tree, responding to her call.Vambre: Why are you in a tree?
Prohyas: YOU'RE A TREE!
- Oddly Shaped Sword: Every magisword is one, with their shape implying what kind of power they have (i.e., the pencil magisword is shaped like a pencil and is used like one).
- Old-Timey Bathing Suit: Both Ralphio and King Rexxtopher wear them in the episode "Pool Fools".
- Organ Autonomy: Vambre often argues with her own brain, whether it's about her fear of squirrels or being forced to read her favorite book series all night even if she has work tomorrow. Prohyas also appear to have this in the form of his stomach, when it tells Vambre to back off when she chastises her brother for trying to eat the pizza they're supposed to deliver. Prohyas' stomach ends up being the culprit behind Hoppus' stolen vegetable magiswords in "Gut Feeling."
- Origins Episode:
- "Warriors for Hire" shows how Prohyas and Vambre became the go-to guys for quests in Rhyboflavin.
- A large amount of "Quest for Knowledge" is devoted to explaining details of Vambre and Prohyas' past, specificially how they first became interested in Magiswords and their first days attending Adventure Academy.
- Otaku: In "Felonious Prose", Vambre can't believe how bad the fake Veronica Victorious book that Gateaux wrote, that she asks for other people to listen to her read the story to get their opinion. When she reads to the Mysterious Hooded Woman, she says that she only reads spell books and manga.
- Pandaing to the Audience: One of Prohyas's sword gadgets has a parachute that looks like a panda.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: In "Walkies", the Warriors disguise a dinosaur as a dog by taping a pair of socks to his head and a rubber ball on his nose. They later do the same to Grup and nobody suspects a thing either time.
- Perpetual Poverty: The Warriors usually end up spending whatever money they earn nearly as fast as they get it, leaving them almost always back to desperately searching for a new job by the next episode.
- Pile Bunker: The Jack Hammer Magisword is a pile driver-like melee weapon.
- Play Every Day: The Magimobile app has a daily log-in bonus, including a trophy achievement for logging in 365 days of the year.
- Poor Communication Kills: Almost literally in "Cleanliness Is Next To Grupiness" from both sides: The Warriors not telling Grup why they were trying to get him wet and Grup for not explaining that exposure to water could kill a dragon.
- Portmanteau: Grup invents one in "Phil's in the House", and uses it again in "Cleanliness is Next to Grupliness".Grup: This is bad, and weird. This is beird!
You guys have been acting beird all day!
- Power of the Storm: The Raincloud Magisword produces rainclouds that shoot lightning and rain.
- Power Pincers: The Lobster Claw Magisword, for when the Warriors need better grip on something.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Literally. Grup and his monster friends work as the caretakers and encounters of the Cave of Stuff, a level one dungeon for rookie adventures to start their journeys passing through.
- Rapid-Fire Comedy: The pacing of the show is very fast. A common criticism of the show is that the pacing is sometimes too fast to follow.
- Rapid-Fire "No!": Prohyas is prone to do this whenever he's in trouble. He does it multiple times throughout "Flirty Phantom", but also does it in "The Desolation of Grup", and others.Prohyas: NopenopenopeNOPEnopenopenopeNOOOOPE NOPEnopenope nope!
- Random Effect Spell: The Confusing Alien Magisword. Does something weird and different every time it's used.
- Reality Warper: The Confusing Alien Magisword. While its Random Effect Spell is limited to a one-effect-per-use basis, the list of potential effects borders on The Omnipotent territory. When Nohyas uses it, first he summons a few ducks to sit on Prohyas' head, then he changes Prohyas' voice and the color and texture of his scarf. When he slashes with the sword though, he rips open a tear in the fabric of space and time itself.
- Retractable Weapon: Magiswords can shrink to pocket size, apparently to justify how the Warriors can keep so many in their pouches.
- The Rival: Witch Way, consisting of the magic-users Morbidia and Gateaux, compete with the Warriors For Hire in the adventuring service.
- Rocket-Powered Weapon: The Rad Rocket Magisword is a rocket on a hilt, often used to travel quickly.
- Running Gag: Whenever the Warriors have a "Warrior Huddle", it starts with just Prohyas and Vambre in the huddle, but eventually, someone else will interrupt the huddle. Prohyas lampshades this in "Nedtime Fellows", where he can still remember when the Warrior Huddle used to just be between him and his sister.
- First used in Keeper of the Mask, then multiple times after. There is a reaction shot of a character randomly manifesting a bag of popcorn. When asked where they got it, they flatly respond with "popcorn store."
- Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: The Warriors failed to pass one class when they graduated from Adventure Academy. And it's the one where adventurers learned how to use swords as swords.
- Scary Stinging Swarm: The rather bee-themed episode "The Wrath of Neddy" ends with Vambre and Prohyas claiming the beehive magisword, and accidentally unleashing it's stingy ability on themselves.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Later in the series the Warriors get a Magisafe in their basement that they use to store any uncontrollable, dangerous or evil magiswords.
- Secret Handshake: The Warriors developed their own secret handshake 15 years ago when they were kids. It ends with them bashing their heads against each other, and they agree to remove that step for their own health. 15 years later, Prohyas wonders how they still haven't eliminated that step after bashing their heads again.
- Series Continuity Error: King Rexxtopher attempts to eat the Warrior siblings in "Warts and All" and relishes it, even though the earlier episode "Biggest Fan" establishes that he doesn't eat humans because he's allergic.
- Severely Specialized Store: The show features a Popcorn Store and an Evil Toupee Store.
- Shipper on Deck: Prohyas is this when he realizes Noville has a crush on his sister.
- Shoot the Messenger: In one episode, when delivery men were delivering Rhyvoflavian peace offerings to Loch Mess, the Queen disregarded the offerings and instead held the delivery men prisoners as pets, defeating the purpose of the peace offerings at the same time.
Fan: Black is white, down is up, cats and dogs living together!
- The announcer shouting out the name of a magisword is a direct reference to Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger and how their Transformation Trinkets shout out their changes when activated.
- The Hoversword Magisword doesn't work over water.
- The "Veronica Victorious" series of books allude to many youth novel series such as The Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew, but special note goes to Harry Potter. In "Felonious Prose", Gateaux describes the books as "transcending the age barrier", which is part of what made the Harry Potter books so famous.
- A common phrase shouted by people is "Annoyed Grunt!"note
- In The Tome of Morrow, a title card is seen with Biblia and Monkey Chunks and behind them it says "Biblia and Monkey Chunks book into battle!"
- Vambre's coach outfit◊ is the same as Mike Ditka's◊ when he coached the Chicago Bears.
- "Witchy Simone Ruins Everything" is a Shout-Out to Adam Ruins Everything
- "Action Comedy" has a shout out to Ghostbusters by quoting a famous scene when a hyper critical fan of the Broccoli Punch superhero says that the villains could never outright win in the story.
Gateaux: Mass hysteria!
Prohyas: I have no idea what that's referencing, but that looks cool!
- "Suitable Armor" has a sequence where Vambre attempts to battle in samurai armor... leading to a parody of Samurai Jack.
- In "Fixing-A-Flonk" Vambre tells Prohyas that he has 24 hours to reform Flonk before she calls the cops. Whenver she reminds him that he has 24 hours, she turns into an angry moon with a clock display underneath, in the style of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.
- When Vambre and Prohyas combine the Robo-tank and Shark magiswords in "Extreme Dreams", Vambre dresses up like Tank Girl.
- In "Team of Broccoli", Danelda declares she'll solve the case and tips her top hat while familiar music briefly plays.
- Shown Their Work:
- While all the dinosaurs and pterosaurs in the Dinosaur Kingdom are stylized and cartoony (though the quadrupedal dinosaurs have more realistic postures), their Tyrannosaurus rex king very clearly has feathers on his head, back and arms. He even confirms having feathers in "Biggest Fan".
- In one episode, Vambre correctly calls Hoppus (a rabbit) a lagomorph, as opposed to a rodent.
- Sibling Rivalry: When Prohyas and Vambre find a new magisword, they usually fight over who gets to keep it.
- Skewed Priorities: When a Loony Fan leaves a ton of voice mails in her attempt to goad the Warriors into rescuing her (which she set up herself,) Vambre has to remind Prohyas that there are bigger issues at hand.Prohyas: I am not looking forward to deleting those later.
- Sleep-Mode Size: All magiswords shrink down to keychain size when "sheathed." Zombie Pumpkin, one of the few talking magiswords, describes the state as akin to sleeping.
- Sliding Scale of Continuity: Level 3: Subtle Continuity. Everything that happens in each episode carries over into following episodes. Any magiswords obtained in one episode will be used in following episodes. For example: the Beehive Magisword in "The Wrath of Neddy" is pulled out again in "Thick as Thieves". In "Biggest Fan", Prohyas mentioned how the Warriors have only been in business for a year an a half, a reference to the episode airing in late 2016, but the show itself starting in early 2015. Finally, in "Gotta Get Grup To Get Down", Witch Way turns Helmet into a frog for laughing at them. Frog Helmet has a much larger presence in "Dungeons & Dayjobs".
- Spinoff Babies: A season of digital shorts released in 2017 revolves around flashbacks to Prohyas and Vambre's time at Adventure Academy. Younger versions of Witchy Simone, Neddy the Mallet, Morbidia and Gateaux are also featured.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: The Hooded Woman usually shows up and leaves this way. She can even leave her cloak behind so it appears she never left. Prohyas is always disturbed by this, always wondering how she does that.
- Sticky Situation: The Wad of Gum and Gummy Sticky Hand Magiswords.
- Strictly Formula: Neither the show as a whole nor all of the shorts, but the Adventure Academy shorts stick extremely closely to a specific plot outline:
- One of the Warriors is late to class and uses a random established Magisword to sneak in. Professor Cyrus notices and makes a wisecrack.
- Cyrus explains the lesson of the episode using a slideshow.
- The late Warrior and one other student (usually the most talkative one) are told to demonstrate. Cyrus reveals the "proscenium pirouette". One of the other students calls it a round wooden thing.
- The lesson goes awry.
- The Warrior chooses one of two Magiswords not previous seen on the show to solve it.
- Cyrus gets upset, tells them they didn't follow his instructions, and calls in Bunky the living cupboard to confiscate the Magisword.
- The episode ends with this exchange:Warrior: What did you do that for?Professor Cyrus: You gotta learn the rules before you break them, (son/girl)!Warrior: If a Magisword will get the same job done, why not use them? (Fuss/Och)!
- Stylistic Suck: The vlogs at the end of the five-minute shorts have low-quality audio, as if the characters are recording themselves with a cheap microphone.
- Super Strength: The Muscly Arm Magisword grants the user big muscles.
- Team Pet: Grup has been promoted to such, being the Warriors' housepet/roomate. Several of the more intelligent magiswords like Dolphin and Zombie Pumpkin hold this status as well.
- That Makes Me Feel Angry: Almost a Verbal Tic for the Warrior Siblings. Prohyas in particular will often mutter "Fuss!" when he's upset.
- Vocal Dissonance: Hoppus and Denelda, two small and cute bunny characters, have the most gravelly voices in the whole show.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: After Glori gets a scathing "The Reason You Suck" Speech from Prohyas about her taking her Loony Fan act too far and that the Warriors never want to see her again, she tearfully abandons her fandom over them and vows to become an even bigger adventurer than them to get revenge, complete with an Evil Laugh.
- This Explains So Much: In "Bewitched, Bothered and Bothered Some More", Flonk reveals to Vambre and Prohyas that Helmut is his older brother and that he taught him how to make it through in life. Since both Helmut and Flonk picked on the Warrior siblings when they were children, Vambre quips on how Helmut being Flonk's role model explains a lot about Flonk's behavior.
- This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Given the highly specialized nature of most magiswords, this is a common plot in the show. Zombie Pumpkin will eat plants if you let him. When a giant smashroom threatens a client's home, the warriors assume that ZP is the only one that can actually defeat it. He can't, since fungus aren't plants, but he has no problem eating it once he grows to the same giant size.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: The Warriors' parents, Norman and Kablammica, are a scrawny man and a huge, burly woman.
- Trademark Favorite Food:
- Slug burger appear to be this for Prohyas.
- The former King of Loch Mess liked broccoli. His daughter not so much.
- Trash of the Titans: The Warriors' accumulate a week's worth of trash in "Case Clothed" due to them trying to flip a coin to see who has to clean it, but they keep losing the coins in the trash. Luckily, Grup decided to step in and offer to clean it up.
- Unexplained Accent: Subverted. Vambre speaks with a British accent, while her brother Prohyas doesn't. Vambre even calls Zombie Pumpkin "Zed P" while Prohyas says "Zee P", and she calls it "to-mah-to" while he says "to-may-to". She also calls the Flashlight magisword a Torch. "The Curse of Dummystine" 5 minute short explains this is a result of her extreme dedication to the Veronica Victorious book series, which we also see in a flashback at their childhood in the Season 1 penultimate episode, which also inspires her and Prohyas to be Warriors for Hire.
- The Unreveal:
- At the end of "Quest for Knowledge!", the reason why Professor Cyrus gave his alumni map pieces to the Legendary Knowledge Magisword is never revealed, only that he wanted it to be rid of, and when Prohyas and Vambre scanned his mind using the Legendary Knowledge Magisword after he refused to tell them, they found his reasons unsatisfying without explaining what they were.
- A recurring gag has Man Fish the Fish Man offer to explain his "thrilling backstory", only to be denied or have it only discussed off-screen.
- Unusual Euphemism: Prohyas delivers one to the pirates in "Case Clothed" after he dons a new outfit.Prohyas: Ahoy there, lads. Stand back, or I'll pip-pip you right in the cheerios.
- Verbal Tic: Prohyas has "Hey!" He acknowledges this trope directly in "Can I Keep It?" when Vambre explains that "Hey" is the word in slime language for "split in two."Prohyas: Hey, I understand. I have a Verbal Tic, which means I can't be around the little guy, or I'll flood the kingdom with slimes.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Some magiswords come off as this, like the 3 minute short version of the celery magisword only had the power to make things smell like celery.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Vambre is seriously afraid of squirrels. She even says the line verbatim (and has an Art Shift to vaguely resemble Harrison Ford). She temporary overcomes her fear after the squirrels see her going Ax-Crazy with the Chainsaw Magisword though. At the end of the episode, she became afraid again, annoying her own brain.
- World of Weirdness: Between the Anachronism Stew, the zany tone, and the sheer imagination, this is born.
- X-Ray Sparks: Inflicted by the Electric Eel Magisword (though not every time).
- Yandere: Penny Plasm from the episode "Flirty Phantom". She's really into Prohyas and he reciprocates... until she tries to kill him so they can be together forever. She gives up when he convinces her that he would rather be alive. Lucky for Penny, she finds a new target when Phil the womanizing thief shows up on her doorstep.
- You Do NOT Want To Know: In "Bureaucrophobia", Vambre says that her least favorite insects are fig wasps. When Prohyas prods her about it, she tells him not to look it up.