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Meet the cast: Hector, Gwizdo, and Lian-Chu.

A short (two seasons in France, one and a half in The United States) 2004 French cartoon series that became a CGI film in 2008.

The story is set in a World in the Sky, originally intended to be our own, millennia into the future, but later Ret-Conned as being a different universe entirely (with a mythological (?) dragon having caused the literal Big Bang). There's a lot of dragons around, ranging from minor nuisances to sources of mortal danger, and the two protagonists Gwizdo and Lian-Chu are constantly searching for lucrative dragon-slaying jobs. It can be considered a Weird Thing from France, though it is notable in that they had gotten The Cure to do the theme song.

The series was shown on Cartoon Network on the weekends, but, as with a lot of their foreign-produced and acquired programming, received little to no promotion. This ensured that the series wouldn't last on the U.S airwaves. At the least, the movie was dubbed and released in the U.S.


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     Tropes both the TV show and the movie provide examples of 

  • Achilles' Heel: As noted by Lian Chu, every single dragon, no matter how big or powerful, has a weakness that can be exploited. It can be anything from hitting a specific body part to using water, fire or sunlight to defeat it, bordering with Weaksauce Weakness.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Tubalard, who (you can probably tell from the name) is a bit portly.
    • There's also Sir Lensflair, whose extremely shiny armor causes lens flares in the camera.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: The dragons in the show can either look like cobras, sharks or giant spiders.
  • Scenery Porn: There's plenty of that in the TV show, but the movie has incredible amounts of it, especially at the End of the World.

     Tropes the TV show provides examples of 

  • Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: Dungeon Dragons can do this with both limbs and necks. It does help them to move better underground.
  • Action Girl: Zoe/Zoria.
  • Adorkable: Gwizdo is gangly and gap-toothed with unkempt hair and big blue eyes, and can be cute when the situation calls for it.
  • Aerith and Bob: Inverted. On one hand, you have Gwizdo, Zoria, Zaza and on the other hand you have Roger and Otis. Plus Zoria's real name is Zoe.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Hector, the little blue dragon, often acts like a dog (he growls, sometimes barks, and cocks his leg to pee), but gets angry if someone mistakes him for one. He also wears a dog collar.
  • Always Someone Better: In "The Kiwajel Thrust", Zoria keeps stealing Gwizdo and Lian-Chu's contracts. Eventually Gwizdo comes to respect her skill.
  • And I Must Scream: In "Don't Look Now", Gwizdo and Lian-Chu return to the inn to find everybody petrified by a Petrovile dragon. Hector also gets petrified later in the episode.
  • "Arabian Nights" Days: The kingdom in "The High Life" has this motif overall.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Hector ends up doing the majority of the grunt work for Gwizdo and Lian-Chu: carrying heavy loads of equipment and supplies, pedalling the St. George, sharpening weapons, and even (at one point) doing Gwizdo's laundry. While Lian-Chu seems appreciative of Hector's efforts and treats him with respect as a part of the team, Gwizdo often adds insult to injury by loading on the verbal abuse. Hector responds to Gwizdo by grumbling about the situation.
  • Back from the Dead: The Salamango dragon can revive even if beheaded if he's slain for a trivial or worthless reason. The Rain Dragon will revive from its ashes if the blood of its killer is spilt on them.
  • Berserk Button: Gwizdo is normally a fast-talking coward, but even he gets furious when he sees his former orphanage bully using the other children of the Orphan farm as slaves in his mine.
    • One of the two Forrestal Brothers goes berserk at the Dungeon Dragons when he thinks they have gobbled up his brother.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Lian-Chu is one of the kindest souls in this universe, but you don't want to make him angry.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Subverted when, in "By the Book", Gwizdo is up to his chin in quicksand and Lian-Chu and Hector swoop in to save him... and are promptly caught in the net other hunters set up to catch a dragon (with Gwizdo as bait). Gwizdo has sunk completely by the time Lian-Chu does manage to drag him out.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Gwizdo is a skinny runt, and Lian-Chu is very tall.
  • Bond Creatures: The red dragon from "Treasure Rock" seems to have bond with Zoria, obeying her orders and going berserk when the handsome boy she was in love with smugly dumps her. She ultimately release him in the end of the episode.
  • Bound and Gagged: In "Prince Charming", a conspirator against Prince Charming does this to Gwizdo when he discovers the plot.
  • Breath Weapon: Obviously, but not always, Dragons usually spit fire, with some variation who can breath icy mist, lightning, sand or simply barf-like slime to imprison their prey.
  • The Brute: Osric, Lian-Chu's replacement from "Farewall, Lian-Chu", fits the bill: he's big, strong and able to beat Dragons with just a wooden club, but is also a gluttonous, arrogant oaf who costantly bad-mouths Gwizdo and Lian-Chu and eventually tries to kill the former.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Gwizdo has a collection of these ("Just sign here, here, and here." "Lordy, lordy." "Boyoboyoboyoboy!" "Run for your liiiiiiives!").
    • Lian-Chu even gets in on the action once in a while ("It won't work, Gwizdo").
    • Lord and Lady Richmond have some of the same catchphrases Gwizdo has, which leads him to suspect that they might be his parents.
  • The Cat Came Back: In "For a Few Veggies More", Gwizdo and Hector are forced to bring Chief Big Beard back to the Snoring Dragon with them. And for the rest of the night Gwizdo gets more and more angry and can't get rid of him.
  • Call-Back: The Movie was out between Season 1 and 2. Season 2 episode "The Master of the Dragon" has Jennyline deliver exposition: Zoria's real name is Zoé, she's the little girl from The Movie, and Jeannyline adopted her.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Lian-Chu's knitting comes up in several episodes. He even enters a knitting tournament at some point.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: The world-creating Dragons were composed of a pure white mother and three sons, one red, one blue and one yellow. Only the Red one is shown as immature, prideful and short-tempered.
  • Clip Show: "May I See your License Please?" shows again the battles against most of the previously-encountered Dragons, having only a few minutes of original story.
  • Cool Big Sis: Zoria to Zaza, who wants to follow in her footsteps.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Episodes are generally centered on Gwizdo and Lian-Chu, but occasionally Zaza, Hector and Zoria are the protagonists.
  • Death World: With all the Dragons around,and the constant Danger of falling from an Island you may very well call it one.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Gwizdo; Hector also counts.
  • Death by Irony: Narrowly averted. Gwizdo nearly died in the Fountain of Youth. Hilariously, they rescued him right around potty-training age. He got better by the next episode, though.
  • Demonic Possession: The Scarlet Slayer can possess people and animals to turn them into docile zombies. Subverted in "The Master of the Dragon", Yamatono's amulet simply allows to give orders to Orodi, nothing else.
  • Diagonal Cut: How Lian-Chu kills the Salamango for good while saving Zaza.
  • Disability Immunity: In "Don't Look Now", the only person in the inn whom the Petrovile has not petrified is Noble Kao, whose eyesight is so bad he regularly mistakes Gwizdo for a little girl and talks to a coat and hat on a hanger.
  • Disney Villain Death: Given the floating islands all over the place, it's inevitable that many dragons and villains meet their end in such a fashion. Human bad guys though are often seen landing on a small floating rock instead.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: After the main characters killed a dragon made out of fire, it exploded and covered a nearby village in a thin layer of ash. The people there apparently thought that was a good reason to try to kill them.
  • The Dung Ages: Given the time period implied there is no such thing as indoor plumbing (they use chamber pots)or refrigeration or anything close to modern hygiene standards for the general public; only the wealthy. The characters notably don't bathe often, and Gwizdo once handed Hector his laundry and said it should be done 'once a year' at least.
  • Everyone Has Standards: In "Collywoble Water", the greedy and selfish Gwizdo is genuinely shocked when Lord Aldo refuses to do something about the villagers being attacked by a feral Hector.
  • Evil Counterpart: The minstrel in "Prince Charming!" is one to Gwizdo. He's a Hammy Herald who follows Prince Charming around and proudly boasts about him, but profits from the prince's popularity and wants to keep it all from himself, whereas Gwizdo, despite being greedy and treacherous, shares the profits with Lian-Chu and supports him in any way he can.
  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear: Quite often, human villains who trick our heroes or try to kill them ends up face to face with the episode's dragon. Notable examples include "Little Rumble in the Praerie", "The Isle of Mists" and "The Shipwrecker". A small variation in "Farewell Lian-Chu" where Lian-Chu's Jerkass uncle and his assistant are stuck on the island with a furious Osric angry at them.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Hector's "Big Cousin" (a Dragon of the same species but larger) seems to prefer a rather unusual diet, like wood and cow dung. Hector is not amused.
  • Facial Dialogue: In "Gland of the Mimikar", when Gwizdo goes outside to sulk, he has an expression of "I want to help him but I don't know how. I can't do this on my own." He looks up at the moon with a desperate expression of "Is this a risk I'm willing to take?" Then when he hears Lian-Chu's voice coming from the inn, he has a look of "Oh, boy, he really needs help fast. I can't leave Lian-Chu like this." Again he has a sad and desperate look of "I'm not gonna like this", but then gets an expression of "I won't leave Lian-Chu like this."
  • Fat and Proud: Jennyline again. After going on a hunt with the guys, she tells them that she's never doing that again because it's "bad for her waistline": she lost 20 pounds (not that she looks any different).
  • Fartillery: The porcine dragon from "Isle of Mist" has a rather... unique method of flight. Which leaves a thick tray of black smoke behind.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: The eponymous Sweetypie from "The Sweetypie Clause", an enormous dragon with the mentality of a three-month puppy.
  • Foil: The merchant trio from "The Convoy" is one to the heroes themselves, consisting in a fast-talking, slimy merchant, a huge, stoic and gentle giant of foreign origins and a small, hairy dragon who speaks in gibberish.
  • Foreshadowing: Gwizdo does this near the beginning of the episode "Isle of Mist" after seeing how old all of the Brotherhood members are.
    Gwizdo: Looks like rutabagas aren't quite the Elixir of Life.
  • Fountain of Youth: This is the real reason why the Brotherhood of the Dogdalites values the Island of Mist so much.
  • Gaia's Vengeance: The Sun Dragon from "The Body Beautiful" only attacks people who are cruel against animal or nature. Lian-Chu even call him a "Dragon of Justice".
  • Gentle Giant: Lian-Chu.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Occasionally, since the French radar is generally more relaxed than its American counterpart. Particular mention goes to Gwizdo's Male Gaze on Dream! Jennyline, though (in "The Stuff of Dreams").
    • In "The High Life", Lian-Chu hears Gwizdo and the Princess giggling from a lit window, and soon enough the lights are off. However, for innocent minds it doesn't look too suspicious: those two even could shortly say goodbye in such a way.
    • Zoria's first love, pirate Malo, seems to be a real Casanova, as we can hear from their last talk. In the dark of the night before this she naively asked him to kiss her, and we can only wonder what followed after that.
    • In "Baby-Love, Oh Baby-Love!", after the revelation that Mina was keeping a dragon so she could hoard its golden egg for herself, Jeanneline tells Gwizdo that he's better off with a mature woman than "some young golddigger".
    • In "Desperately Seeking Zoria", Gwizdo is tortured by having his bare feet tickled.
  • Giant Equals Invincible: Averted, sometimes giant Dragons have weakspots that make them easy prey, while the tiny, unassuming Perfect Storm Dragon was one of the most dangerous dragons to deal with.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Most of the time when they actually have to kill a Dragon with a sword.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: An example from "The Family Fortune" springs to mind: "I am your son. I swear to gosh I am."
    • Though, notably, Gwizdo says "hell" repeatedly in the episode "It's a Dragon's Life".
  • Grey Rain of Depression: In "Gland of the Mimikar", when Lian-Chu collapses, paralysed, and Gwizdo runs to kneel beside him, it starts to rain.
  • Hammy Herald: Gwizdo for Lian-Chu, who's too reserved (and arguably honest) to boast about his skills. Prince Charming has one too, who's actually a slimy, two-tongued coward who immediatly abandons him whe he's defeated by a dragon.
  • A Head at Each End: The serpentine dragon from "The Family Fortune" sports this, which actually ruins the plans of the heroes for taking him by surprise.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Gwizdo goes into a deep, introspective depression in "The Strange Taste of the Cocomak".
    • Lian-Chu becomes depressed in "The Conjunction of the Three Moons" after remembering the anniversary of his village's destruction.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Gwizdo and Lian-Chu. They've been best friends almost as long as they can remember (both were orphaned as kids and grew up together at the same orphanage). Lian-Chu is the only one who can make Gwizdo's conscience work, and without Gwizdo, Lian-Chu would always fight dragons for free and would probably have starved long ago.
  • Horn Attack: The only way to kill a Borback is to use a Borback's horn.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: More often than not, some episodes will have human antagonists who are actually worse and more ruthless than the dragons themselves. Great examples include Prince Takeru from "The Legend of the Rain Dragon" , Iago from "The Cure" and the whole Brotherhood of Dogdalites.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: The Dwarves in "For a Fistful of Veggies" normally eat beans and vegetables, but are willing to make a barbecue out of the heroes when they seemingly fail to defeat the dragon.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Quite a few episode titles are plays on well-known catchphrases or allusions to other works ("Desperately Seeking Zoria", "Little Rumble on the Prairie", "A Fistful of Veggies"/"For a Few Veggies More", etc.)
  • Inelegant Blubbering: In "The Strange Taste of Cocomak", after reading the contract Lian-Chu gave him, an ugly gurn forms on Gwizdo's face as he struggles not to cry over it, but he gives in and sobs loudly.
  • In the Blood: Subverted: Lord and Lady Richmond have the same accent Gwizdo does, have some of the same catchphrases, and have a love for business and contracts. However, he's not their son.
  • It's Personal: In "The Conjuction of the Three Moons", Lian-Chu visits his now-rebuilt village in order to face off against the very same dragon that destroyed his village years ago. And succeeds in driving him away.
  • Jaw Drop: Hector when he learns that Jeanneline wants to marry Gwizdo.
  • Joisey: Gwizdo either has this accent or a Brooklyn one. Lady Richmond also talks like this.
  • Kill It with Fire: How the heroes defeat the Rain Dragon. Luckily, he can revive from his ashes.
  • Kill It with Water: A number of Dragons are vulnerable to water, including obviously enough one that's made of fire and another who's electrically-charged. Also, two dragons who are capable of mind control (Scarlet Slayer and Drago Menta) are vulnerable to water/snow, which disrupts their hypnosis.
    • The Dogdalites could easily kill Gwizdo this way, just letting him drown in their Fountain of Youth without any help from his friends.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Prince "Charming" Granion. While at first he looks like a brainless, pompous fop, he's shown to be a decent person after all.
  • Koan: Lian-Chu always has one handy. Sometimes lampshaded by Gwizdo. Thanks to a single Koan, Lian-Chu's able to persuade the Red Dragon that he didn't need to gather actual treasure, but to become wise.
  • Last Ditch Move: In "The Stuff Of Dreams", Gwizdo sinks into a lake, but as he reaches the bottom, he sees Lian-Chu's sword, and just before he blacks out, he cuts it enough to knock the monster of the week out.
  • Living Shadow: The aptly named and nightmarish Shadow Dragon is one who feeds on the heat of people and locations, leaving a frozen wasteland wherever he goes.
  • Loony Fan: In "Prince Charming!", Gwizdo and Zaza get captured by a Prince Charming fanboy.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: in the episode "The Stuff of Dreams", Gwizdo breathes in spores from a dragon and falls into a coma; in his dream, he becomes a hero, everybody respects him, and Jennyline is a stunning red-haired beauty he falls in love with. The Dragon responsible does this to lure people in its tentacles.
  • Lovable Coward: Gwizdo. Borders sometimes on Dirty Coward when the Jerk side of his Jerk with a Heart of Gold personality gains the advantage. Also the fake Roger, who at first hides like a coward from the dragon but ultimately risks his life to save Zaza from him.
  • Lovable Rogue: Gwizdo again.
  • Man-Eating Plant: The dragon in "Combat spores". Highlights include Lian-Chu fighting it with a sickle and being ultimately defeated by Gwyzdo's salad dressing.
  • Messy Pig: Leopold, Zaza's cherished pet.
  • Mind Rape: The Drago Menta use his mental powers to do this to Lian-Chu, forcing him to fight all the previously encountered Dragons and then grotesque hybrids of said Dragons and his own friends.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: A few dragons. The Snow Dragon looks part snake, part shark, the one in "For a Fistful of Veggie" resembles a giant frog with elephantine legs and a whale-like throat, while the one in "Baby in the Family" looks like a hybrid of mosquito and crocodile.
  • Money Fetish: The town in "Collywoble Water" is even more money-grubbing than Gwizdo. So money-grubbing that its lord acts with indifference when Hector goes on a rampage.
    Gwizdo: Lord Aldo! It's a catastrophe! A terrifying, horrible, abominable dragon is in the midst of pillaging the inhabitants, and slaughtering the village! Uh, I mean pillaging the village and slaughtering the inhabitants.
    Lord Aldo: So I hear.
    Gwizdo: Eh... you gotta do something, old man! Here's an idea. I'm gonna do you a favor. I'm gonna sandwich you in between two contracts. Ten thousand klurks and we'll turn your dragon into a distant memory. That is an incredible price. Hunters like us usually cost twice this much. Just sign your name here, here and here.
    Lord Aldo: No. We love our money too much.
    Gwizdo: Huh? Come on. Hector- (He hastily covers his mouth) Mh-mh (He takes his hand away from his mouth) I mean, the monster's gonna eat your town.
    Lord Aldo: That's too bad.
    Gwizdo: No? You can't say that, it's, it- that's... immoral.
  • Monster of the Week: Each episode features a battle against a different "dragon"; by the end of the episode, the creature has been vanquished, proved harmless or freed. Sometimes said dragon makes a cameo in another episode (for example the Giant Spider from "Billy Thoughnut" reappears in "Farewell Lian-Chu" and "By the Book" as a minor antagonist.
  • Motor Mouth: Gwizdo is a fast-talking con man who has a tendency to ramble when he's nervous or scared.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Gwizdo usually haggles with desperate villagers over the price of the Hunters' services or actually tries to swindle them. However, his schemes either go wrong or his good nature prevails, effectively preventing the team from getting rich and settling down.
    • Crosses with Fatal Flaw in that he's also a coward, although most of the time he's the lovable rather than the dirty sort. Played for Drama in "Dragontagious", in which a dragon has knocked Lian-Chu's sword out of his hand and Lian-Chu is fighting for his life. Gwizdo is too terrified to even move (let alone give his friend his sword); he remains flat on the ground, hands on his ears, and cries.
  • Multi-Melee Master: Lian-Chu is mostly a swordsman, but can employ other weapons as staves, axes, clubs and sickles.
  • Mundane Utility: In "Hell around Town", Gwizdo uses the dragon captured in "City Bound" as a tourist attraction and to cook meat.
  • My Brain Is Big: Drago Menta has a seriously Body Horror one, bigger than the rest of his body and sporting a fanged mouth in the middle.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Lian-Chu often shows genuine remorse when he finds out he's just slain a harmless of innocent dragon.
  • Never Learned to Read: It makes sense for the setting and isn't really harped upon one way or the other, but few people actually know how to read in this society except those that can afford the schooling or have jobs that require it. For the most part being able to read or write isn't needed in order to function on a daily basis in this world. In fact most people that sign the contracts are literally just scratching an 'X' on the line because they can't write their own names.
    • This is also why Gwizdo is invaluable as a teammate despite being basically useless in battle. On the rare occasions he isn't there to do it finding someone that can read for them is a mini-quest in and of itself.
    • It's also the only reason the guys were even included in the episode "Treasure Rock". Zoria had to swing by the Inn to pick up the guys for the adventure because she needed someone that would willingly read a book for her (though he did try to charge her by the page). Lian-Chu was just a bonus for that one; Zoria specifically went there to pick up Gwizdo.
  • Never Say "Die": averted. The Real Song Theme Tune by The Cure says it as much as it can, for one.
  • No Accounting for Taste: The beautiful princess from "The High Life" seems to genuinely prefer the dorky, gap-toothed Gwizdo over Prince Granion. Gwizdo has no problem with this, until he learns that she's ready to renounce to her status to be with him. That said, he does have charm.
  • Non-Action Guy: Gwizdo. He's still willing to put his life on the line for Lian-Chu though, including facing dangerous dragons like the Mimikmar and the Drago Menta.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: A handful of Dragons are actually harmless or even benefical to human if left alone, like the Rain Dragon or the Sun Dragon.
  • Off with His Head!: In "Who's Lost his Head Now?", Gwizdo brings Jennyline the head of a dragon Lian-Chu has just killed as a trophy. The inn in promptly haunted by the dragon who's looking for his head and eventually re-attaches it.
  • Oh, Crap!: In the show's intro, Gwizdo, Lian-Chu, and Hector get this expression once they realize that they're standing in a large dragon's mouth.
  • Older Than They Look: Gwizdo is in his early 30's but looks like he's in his early to mid 20's. His emotional development that of a twelve year old boy (for example, his experience of falling in love is minimal), but he's a shrewd businessman.
  • Only in It for the Money: Most of the time. Subverted for an heartwarming moment in "The Orphan Farm", where Gwizdo not only helps the orphanage's children and Mother Hubbard for free, but also willingfully gives them the large bag of money they already had to rebuild the orphanage.
  • Only Six Faces: Mostly averted, although some of the villagers are clearly the same from one episode to another.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Oh yes. Gwizdo and Lian-Chu go after a number of different kinds of dragons over the course of the series, and no two are alike. With all the variety, it seems most likely that any creature that is threatening enough to make a village hire hunters to get rid of it is labeled a "dragon" for simplicity's sake. Noticeably, the Dragons who look more like traditional Oriental Dragons tend to be good and attack only when provoked. Meanwhile the Red Dragon looks like the standard western Dragon, including being intelligent, kidnapping princesses and stealing gold for his hoard.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Gwizdo and Lian-Chu's bounty hunter disguises only consist of a mustache and a wig, respectively. The only ones not fooled by the disguise are Jennyline and Zaza.
  • Person as Verb: "Pulling a Gwizdo" at Mother Hubbard's farm is their term for chickening out.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: The Perfect Storm Dragon from "The Shipwrecker" looks very small and lame... then you see ''why'' he's known as "The Perfect Storm Dragon".
  • Plucky Girl: Zaza.
  • Proverbial Wisdom: Lian-Chu is wise in spite of his naivety, and has a Koan for nearly every occasion.
  • Quicksand Sucks: Gwizdo gets caught in quicksand in "By the Book".
  • Reality Ensues: In "Don't Look Now", Gwizdo and Lian-Chu have been paid in food, which they bring back to the inn, but they find it's been attacked by a dragon and everybody is petrified. When they come back with the cure, it's been a couple of days, the food has gone bad, and Jennyline adamantly refuses that the rent be paid in stinky, rotten food.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Lian-Chu is a very skilled swordfighter, a badass, something of a Genius Bruiser and a generally big muscular giant of a guy. He's also very fond of knitting.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Agheegoo from the titular episode. Even a greedy jerk like Gwizdo ends up genuinely loving him.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Zoria in the episode The Kiwajel Thrust. Also the commander in "Treasure Rock".
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Zig-Zagged, as Gwizdo clearly is the most skilled when it comes to getting jobs (and money - Lian-Chu and Hector usually don't really make a lot when he's not around), but Lian-Chu is often more sensible than Gwizdo.
  • Shark Fin of Doom: The Snow Dragon (resembling a hybrid of snake and shark) plays this trope straigth in snowfields.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The flying machine that Gwizdo, Lian-Chu, and Hector use to travel from place to place is called the St. George. Given the subject of the series, this a likely reference to the dragon-killing Catholic saint of the same name.
    • "The Master of the Dragon" is a nod to the legend of Yamata-no-Orochi, including having a vaguely Japanese village, a eight-headed Dragon named Orodi and a young boy named (Sus)Anowo.
  • Sky Pirate: In one episode, Zoria joins a crew of Sky Pirates, whose ship is powered by a massive red Dragon resembling a winged snake tied to the hull.
  • Sleep Cute: In one scene in The Kiwajel Thrust, Gwizdo is curled up asleep on the ground, with Hector collapsed on top of him.
  • Spanner in the Works: In "For a Few Veggies More", Gwizdo pretends he and Lian-Chu are bounty hunters hunting themselves. When they introduce themselves to the Zimbrenelle dwarves, who had tried to eat the duo when they last saw them, Chief Big Beard decides to go with them, which puts Gwizdo's plan in jeopardy and annoys him so much that he's stopped short of murdering him.
  • Standard Hero Reward: In The High Life, Gwizdo tricks Prince Charming and has the chance to marry a beautiful princess (who's actually head over heels for him) and inherit a kingdom, but has to defeat the terrible Blaster dragon. Even if the dragon is killed, his hoax is uncovered, and while the Princess is still willing to marry him she's also ready to renounce to all her money, which turns Gwizdo off.
  • Status Quo Is God:
    • Sometimes the two hunters get to fly home with the reward money, but by the start of the next episode, they are invariably flat broke, but then again it probably wasn't enough to pay the rent.
    • In the episode "Hell around Town", after the duo makes enough money to settle down in the city, Gwizdo loses all the money he earned in a scam. Faced with huge debts, they are forced to flee and by the end of the episode they are again doing chores.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Normally, Dragons don't talk, but the Salamango in "Who's Lost Their Head Now?" suddenly gloats to Lian-Chu in an ominous, deep voice, warning him that no matter how many times they kill him, he'll come back. It's unclear if Lian-Chu is hallucinating or if Salamango Dragons can actually talk. In the same episode, Gwizdo mentions offhand that dragons talk with their mouths full, but again it's unclear if Lian-Chu was just hearing things. The Red Dragon is also highly intelligent and capable of speech.
  • Taken for Granite: In a rather unusual case, Dungeon Dragons hunt by blocking their prey between their long limbs, neck and tail before turning to stone, trapping their victims in an unbreakable cage where they'll starve and dry to death. The Dragon then turns back to flesh and eat the remains.
  • Those Magnificent Flying Machines: The St. George.
  • Those Two Guys: The Forrestall brothers.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: From time to time the Dragon Hunters actually manage to sail home with some gold from their journey.
  • Tickle Torture: Happens to Gwizdo in the episode Desperately Seeking Zoria.
  • Tsundere: Jeanneline browbeats Gwizdo about his unpaid tab on a regular basis. She's also head over heels in love with him and wishes to marry him.
  • The Unfavorite: In "The Orphan Farm", Gwizdo was bullied by all the children while he was at the orphanage with name-calling, pranks and sometimes serious physical harm (the bully at the orphanage tried to seriously burn him by setting his bed on fire). Even Mother Hubbard told future generations what a scared little kid he was.
  • The Unintelligible: Hector mostly speaks in gibberish with a few comprehensible words thrown in here and there.
  • The Unishment: Played for laughs and subverted in "The Grand Tournament": the punishment for the heroes consist in being thrown from the highest cliff of the island... which is barely two feet tall. The subversion comes when it's revealed that they'll also be rolled over by a giant, spiked boulder at least five times in a row.
  • Unit Confusion: Apparently there was a decree 30 years ago that changed all units of measurement throughout the kingdom(s). Gwizdo and Lian-Chu once agreed to a contract for a dragon that was stated as being five feet high only to discover that the isolated people hadn’t heard of that decree; thus the dragon was far larger than either of them expected it to be since they had been referring to the old feet and not the new feet.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Prince Charming. He gets better in later episodes, starting with "Prince Charming!"
  • Wacky Wayside Tribe: The one that worships the Mimikmar in "The Gland of Mimikmar". Hilariously enough, since the Dragon is so fat he cannot lower his head to breath fire at ground level, it's composed of people short enough to avoid the fire breath alltogether.
  • Weasel Mascot: Hector. Also The Unintelligible and a Deadpan Snarker.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Zaza is very intelligent and mature, and a good listener. Especially during times when Gwizdo is acting particularly immature.
  • World in the Sky: The setting of the series.
  • Wutai: There are a few villages with a heavy Chinese/Japanese atmosphere. The dragons living nearby tend to look like Oriental Dragons as well.
  • Youkai: "Billy Thoughnut" has a Dragon in the form of a shapeshifting Giant Spider who bears an overall striking resemblance to the youkai Jorogumo. Also, "The Master of the Dragon" has an oriental village under attack from a eight-headed, oriental-looking dragon called "Orodi".
  • You Are Not Alone: Gwizdo, of all people, says this in essence to Lian-Chu after his long-lost uncle turned out to be a Jerkass who deliberately let a dragon destroy Lian-Chu's village and his family because he was jealous.
    Gwizdo (when they're back at the inn with Zaza and Jennylin): "You see, big guy? Your family's right here."

     Tropes the movie provides examples of 
  • Adaptational Ugliness: In the animated series, Gwidzo is presented as charismatic and moderately attractive. The film portrays him as grimy and unpleasant, even having him describe himself as "mean and ugly" during a breakdown.
  • Animalistic Abomination: The World Gobbler, which causes great destruction every time it wakes up.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Lian-Chu destroys the World Gobbler by throwing his needles at the beast's eyes.
  • Big Bad: The World Gobbler
  • Big Damn Movie
  • Catchphrase: Zoe finds Gwizdo and Lian-Chu's adventures to be consistently "Unreal!"
  • Dracolich: The World Gobbler, again.
  • Hard Cut: Several examples, but the most obvious is Zoe's Curse Cut Short (at least in original French) at the end of the film. Gwizdo, Lian-Chu, and Zoe are singing, and the camera pans toward Zoe. When Zoe's face almost fills the screen, the film immediately cuts to the end credits before she can finish the verse on what is presumarbly a very rude word.
  • Mood Whiplash:
    • One occurs when Gwizdo, Lian-Chu, and Zoe crash-land on the surface at the End of the World, and Zoe fakes a Disney Death to find out if Gwizdo really cared for her.
    • Then there's the ending: Lian-chu defeats the villain of the film, the World-Gobbler, while Gwizdo, Hector, and Zoe are terrified and trying to save their lives. The World-Gobbler explodes, Fade to White... And then there's floating bunnies everywhere, and Gwizdo, Lian-Chu, and Zoe planning their dream farm, all the while with bright green planetoids straight out of Super Mario Galaxy float around.
  • The Movie: And it is The Prequel, too.
  • One to Million to One: The "Red Swarm". Constituted of many small red flying creatures (looking like a cross of toad and bat), it can assemble into a large, fire-breathing dragon/ogre. Once, the dragon reconstitutes while the swarm is separated in several places; its head ends up stuck inside a barn, the body outside and one leg farther away, but still mobile and aware of its other body parts.
  • This Is No Time for Knitting: At the beginning of The Movie, Gwizdo berates Lian-Chu for knitting. Later, Zoe (thinking the needles she found were Gwizdo's) points out that it's not very knight-like to knit, yet in the end, Lian-Chu uses the knitting needles to blind and destroy the world-eating monster they were after.


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