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Bibi und Tina is the sequel series to Bibi Blocksberg, based on the audio drama. It centres around young witch Bibi Blocksberg (Susanne Bonasewicz) spending her summer in the county of Falkenstein riding horses with her new best friend Tina Martin (Dorette Hugo), whose mother (Arianne Borbach) owns the stables leased long-term by Count Falko von Falkenstein (Eberhard Prüter) himself. The Count's son, Alexander (Sven Hasper), is Tina's maybe-boyfriend.

The series is a tame, slice-of-life series, but with magic.

Spawned four movies.

This series provides examples of:

  • Alliterative Name: Not only Bibi Blocksberg, but Falko von Falkenstein as well.
  • Amicable Exes: Susanne and Falko eventually become this after many difficult years. Falko initially wanted to own Martin Stables and keep Tina and Alexander apart because he wasn't allowed to be with Susanne.
  • Benevolent Boss: Even in his meaner days, Falko would treat Dagobert well.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Bibi (Blond), Alexander (Brunet) and Tina (Redhead) whenever they work as a team.
  • Boarding School: Falko sends Alexander to one early in the series.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Mikosch and Bibi, respectively. Mikosch is a moody boy whose only friend is his horse, and Bibi is open and kind.
  • Bumbling Henchmen Duo: Rudi and Fred, two petty thieves who try to steal from Falkenstein Castle and, in their debut episode, hold Tina hostage.
  • Captive Audience: In "Der Sheriffstern des Grafens", Eberhard Prüter's last episode, Falko has to get an heirloom - a sheriff's star - back from a Western-mad princess who is using it for a play, and she makes him watch her recite her lines before she gives it back.
  • Cute Witch: Bibi, who is thirteen.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: In "Das Zottelige Trio", Bibi accidentally switches the bodies of Falko and his old friend Horatio Pimpernell.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Falko started out as being hostile to Bibi and the Martin family but gradually he became more friendly to them and eventually accepted Bibi as a friend.
  • High-Class Glass: Falko wears a monocle.
  • Inept Mage: Downplayed: Bibi is very good with magic but on occasion she bungles a spell or forgets the words.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Falko softens into this over time. He starts out as a mean aristocrat but becomes a friend and ally by the end of the series.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Everyone. Special mention goes to Falko who wears the same riding outfit every day.
  • One-Steve Limit: There's Fred, the thief, and Freddie, the biker boy.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: In one episode, a man wants to buy Martin Stables to turn it into a hotel and offers to pay him for it, but Falko turns it down, telling him that he leased the stables long-term.
  • Servile Snarker: Dagobert, Falko's butler, will occasionally crack wise to him.
  • Sweetie Graffiti: Tina and Alexander have their names carved into the rock of a hidden cave.
  • Two Girls and a Guy: Bibi, Tina and Alexander.
  • Uptown Boy: Alexander is the wealthy son of a Count while Tina is the daughter of a stable owner.
  • The Von Trope Family: The von Falkensteins. Used appropriately, as the "von" is used as a sign of nobility.
  • Youthful Freckles: Bibi has freckles.

The movies provide examples of:

  • Diegetic Soundtrack Usage: In the first movie, Bibi sings the refrain of their theme song to Tina after a falling out to remind her that they're friends. In the fourth movie, they sing it to Adae to introduce themselves.
  • False False Alarm: A possibly unintentional example in Bewildered and Bewitched, Falko von Falkenstein decides to install an alarm system in his castle after he is burgled. However, his utter incompetence in programming the alarms leads to constant false alarms. Finally, on the night the burglars return, the alarm is triggered by the simultaneous arrival of his date, leading him to assume it was another false alarm.
  • Girls vs. Boys Plot: The plot of the third movie, which is even called Bibi and Tina: Girls vs Boys.
  • I Am One of Those, Too: In the fourth movie, an Albanian girl who ran away from home pretends to be a Syrian refugee. It falls apart when she runs into a family of actual Syrian refugees.
  • Trumplica: The main villain of the fourth movie is a Trump-expy who cons Falko into wasting all his money to build a giant wall around his castle in order to keep immigrants out.