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Left to right: Chuckie Chan, K.O. Joe and Chick P.

Chop Socky Chooks was a short-lived British-Canadian All-CGI Cartoon themed around martial arts and produced by Aardman Animations and Decode Entertainment. It aired on Teletoon and Cartoon Network from March to September of 2008, running for a total of 26 episodes. The name is from "chop socky", which is slang for the Asian martial arts film genre, and "chook", which is Australian and New Zealand slang for chicken.

The show focused on three martial artists named Chick P., K.O. Joe, and Chuckie Chan, who all live and work in a city-sized shopping mall called Wasabi World, which is owned by an evil little piranha named Dr. Wasabi. The trio protect the citizens of Wasabi World from Dr. Wasabi's various machinations, which usually involves have to use their kung fu skills to battle Dr. Wasabi's ninja chimps and his massive but dimwitted gorilla henchman Bubba.


...Oh, and did we mention our heroes are fighting chickens?

Tropes the show includes:

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: In "Snake in the Class" after the Chooks' cover is blown Chuckie is mobbed by a group of women once they know he's a wanted fugitive.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Chuckie Chan and several supporting characters.
  • Berserk Button: Do NOT mock Chick P's father, especially to her face. Dead-Eye learns the hard way. If she wasn't Chick P's childhood friend, Chick P might actually have killed her.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Kobura briefly took over in "Snake in the Class".
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Bubba bellows "QUIET!" in order to silence the cheering crowd in "Now You Coliseum, Now You Don't".
  • Blatant Lies: In "Snakes in the Class", Dr. Wasabi claimed he always knew who the Chop Socky Chooks really were.
  • Blinding Bangs: Oni/Deadeye. When she's Oni they cover her Mad Eye, but when she's Deadeye they cover her normal eye.
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  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: At one point, Doctor Wasabi tries to decide on which deadly trap to use.
    "Shark pit...secret catapult...secret shark catapult..."
  • By Wall That Is Holey: Happens to Chucky and Joe when they are trapped in Wasabi's Dream World and the giant mechanical duck Mr Quackers knocks a building over on top of them.
  • Comically Missing the Point: At the end of "The Mark of the Bantam" Bantam strongly implies that Joe is his son, but Joe remains oblivious and wonders who this son he referred to is.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Dead-Eye goes too far and mocks Chick P's father for signing his property over to Doctor Wasabi, and gloats that she herself is responsible, to Chick P's face. Chick P proceeds to angrily beat Dead-Eye in mere SECONDS!
  • Darker and Edgier: Bantam, after disappearing for a while.
  • Ice-Cream Koan: Chuckie Chan's specialty, except he exaggerates the trope to the point of Word Salad Philosophy, the point of this aspect of his character being to parody koans in general.
    Child, you must learn that the turtle does not backstroke in the cornfield.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Near the end of the series, the heroes finally have Wasabi right where they want him, they are just about to defeat him once and for all, until Chuckie enforces this trope on them. (Though this was more to preserve Status Quo, many may see this as a Cop Out)
  • Informed Species:
    • The main trio are chickens. Only Chuckie, with his weird hair thing, even slightly resembles one.
    • Similarly, Wasabi looks more like an actual dollop of wasabi than any sort of live, intact fish.
  • Ironic Echo: In "Snake in the Class", combined with Captain Obvious:
    Chick P: Looks like someone blew our cover.
    K.O. Joe: No, you think?

    K.O. Joe: I knew it! It was [Kobura] who blabbed our secret identities!
    Chick P: No, you think?
  • Kamehame Hadouken: For some unexplained reason, Chuckie Chan is able to produce a green Energy Ball version of this trope.
  • Lampshade Hanging: A young Kobi gets bitten by cobras in "Kobura Strikes!". When he gains snake-like properties because of it, we get this:
    Chuckie Chan: The cobra venom had...deadened [Kobi's] reflexes.
    Kobi: I hate you...I dessssspise you!
    Chuckie Chan: And given him a lisp. Apparently snake venom can do that.
  • Magic Skirt: There's a noticeable example in "Now You Coliseum, Now You Don't," when Chick P hangs upside-down for several minutes straight. Funnily enough, the episode repeatedly showed that she's wearing athletic shorts under the skirt, so the trope is unnecessary in this case but suits the quirky tone of the show.
  • Maniac Monkeys: Dr. Wasabi's ninja chimps.
  • Offstage Villainy: In the earlier episodes of the series, all of Wasabi's schemes revolve around trying to dispose of the heroes, who are not established as having actually done anything to earn his ire in the first place. It's only in later episodes where Wasabi starts concocting schemes whose end goal is something other than the removal of his pre-existing heroic nemeses.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: Siren Sung from "His Master's Choice" is stated to be a mermaid but is a full anthropomorphic fish.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: No one can tell who the Chooks are despite their disguises only consisting of a different set of clothes.
    • In "Snake in the Class" it's explained they're relative nobodies and hardly anyone knows them in their regular civilian lives.
  • A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: While Kobura's anger is directed entirely on Chucky, who was a fellow student, while Kobura is giving his big speech and walks away their sensei tells Chucky he's heard a few of these before.
  • Revenge: Kobura wants revenge on Chuckie Chan for making him look bad in front of their sensei, getting bitten by cobras, and banished forever.
  • Rule of Cool: Presumably why the protagonists use martial arts in particular to fight evil.
  • Same Language Dub: Chuckie's voice was replaced for American airings because his original voice was thought to be offensive.
  • Save the Villain: In "The Mark of the Bantam" the Chooks have to save Wasabi from Bantam because he has jumped off the slippery slope and is trying to kill him.
  • Secret Identity: Chick P (Chickadee Pao), K.O. Joe (J.J.), and Chuckie Chan (Sensei Chan)
  • Small, Secluded World: The show never ventures outside of the same specific city-sized mall. Occasionally the action might wander to the outer walls and immediate parking lot of the structure, but the world past that might as well not even exist.
  • Sue Donym: The Chooks' aliases are very similar to their real names.
  • Ungrateful Bastards: Some punks throwing vegetables at K.O. Joe in "Snake in the Class".
    Chuckie Chan: We cannot endanger innocent bystanders.
    K.O. Joe: (gotten hit by a vegetable) Yeah, well some of them ain't all that innocent.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Oni/Deadeye, before Wasabi led her down the dark path.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Despite his vicious personality, Wasabi cares about keeping the public's respect. A significant example of this occurs in "Now You Coliseum, Now You Don't," when Wasabi has an opportunity to kill the Chooks, but he spares their lives to avoid displeasing the public.
  • "Wanted!" Poster: The Chooks share one. Their pictures intentionally depict them with unflattering facial expressions.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Chick P and Oni were best friends until Oni became Deadeye. It was revealed in "If Looks Can Kill" that she used her hypnotic powers to get Chick P's dad to sell his property to Dr. Wasabi.
  • Whole Plot Reference: "Now You Coliseum, Now You Don't" is one to Rollerball.
  • Wrench Wench: Chick P is a janitor and can often be seen carrying a wrench in her civilian life.


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