Combo Niños (2008) is an adventure series created by the French animation company SIP Animation with heavy Latin America inspiration.
In the city of Nova Nizza ex-mayor Diadoro desperately searches for a way of regaining his power, with the help of his assistant Gomez they search for Divinos, powerful magical beings with a penchant for chaos, freeing them in exchange for their help.
Unfortunately the Divinos always decide the take their own course of action to take over the city. And this is when the Combo Niños enter, Azul, Serio, Paco and Pilar, four kids with the mission to protect the city and keep the Divinos sealed. Trained by old Mestre Grinto in the ancient art of Capoeira these kids have to balance the responsibilities of being the city's protectors and living their normal lives.
This would end up being the last show produced by SIP Animation (the successor to Saban International Paris) before the studio's closure in 2009.
This show provides examples of:
- Accidental Public Confession: Diadoro is an example of the Type 3 by accidentally revealing what he thinks of the voters.
- All Your Colors Combined: Combo Niños Big Blastico! Also their Little Blastico! Which the use on Divinos who do want to return to their world.
- Animal-Motif Team: The titular characters have the ability to transform into animal superheroes, who are Serio (Tigrillo), Pablo (Bull), Azul (Eagle), and Pilar (Iguana).
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Diadoro. While his main goal is regaining the title of Mayor of Nova Nizza, he's also a businessman who occasionally employs Divinos in order to improve his businesses.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: But Diadoro never gets it.
- Fastball Special
- A funny variation: they often use a palm tree as a catapult.
- A Fool and His New Money Are Soon Parted: Diadoro once won the lottery. When his limousine caught fire, it burned all the lottery money he didn't spend.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: Diadoro and the Mayor; Serio and Azul; Paco and Pilar; and several others.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Grinto and Old Head.
- Is This Thing Still On?: The reason of Diadoro's above mentioned Accidental Public Confession.
- Limited Wardrobe: There are some new clothes, but they last only for one episode.
- Mean Boss: Diadoro. He likes to order people around and this is hinted to be the reason he wasn't re-elected as Mayor.
- Metamorphosis: Old Head was a human and Grinto's mentor. He was transformed in a living statue head when he went in the Divino dimension to save Grinto.
- Never Win the Lottery: Before helping Diadoro to regain his title as Mayor by having an official recounting state that Diadoro had actually won the last election, a Divino with luck-based powers caused a gust of wind to give him a winning lottery ticket. When she was defeated, Diadoro's limousine (presumably bought with lottery money) caught fire, burning the reamining lottery money and he lost the title of Mayor when a new official recounting stated he had even less votes than stated at the original vote count.
- Not Me This Time: In one episode, Principal Bronka accidentally brought a family of snake Divinos to the world. The only time neither Diadoro nor Gomez had anything to do with the Divino attack.
- Arguably, the episode where Diadoro tried to improve his reputation with a movie and was smart enough to oppose having Divinos involved counts. Too bad Gomez decided to go behind his back on that matter. The only time Gomez brought Divinos against Diadoro's orders.
- Old Master: Mestre Grinto trained the Combo Niños in the art of capoeira.
- One-Winged Angel: Some Divinos have this kind of ability.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Old Head. One episode reveals his real name to be Bernie, but this name is never used in the other episodes.
- Pet the Dog: Diadoro treats Gomez like a slave, but can be nice to him sometimes.
You did this... (teary-eyed) for me?!
- In an episode where Gomez sacrificed all his economies to help his "boss", Diadoro's reaction was:
- Power Incontinence: In one episode, Diadoro and Gomez released a Divino who had the power to turn into anyone who touches him, regardless of the Divino wanting it to happen or not.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Gomez. When he's fired in the last episode, he befriends Pilar and helps the Niños.
- Retired Badass: In the episode "Attack of the Combo Divinos", Grinto gets back in action. And boy, does he kick ass!
- Unfortunately, he'll never show that again, and even becomes a James Bondage in some of the last episodes.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In the one episode where neither Diadoro nor Gomez had released any Divinos, Principal Bronka accidentally released a Family of snake-like Divinos.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Azul's enthomophobia.
- She's also afraid of snakes, fitting the trope to a T.