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Flipper and Lopaka is a children's show by Yoram Gross. It follows the adventures of Lopaka- a boy granted the ability to speak with marine animals- on his tribe's island home and the undersea city of Quetzo.


This series includes the following tropes:

  • Adults Are Useless: Illoka's people in general are well-meaning but not fighters. Even if they were, they couldn't reach Quetzo.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Kim, the Pirate Girl. In fact, all the island natives go barefoot and half-naked, but Kim is the only outsider not to wear shoes, strongly implying that it is by choice.
  • Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: The evil type. Dexter the octopus is proud of his attempts to take over Quetzo and bully its inhabitants.
  • Friendly, Playful Dolphin: Lopaka is Flipper's best friend and they go on many adventures together.
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  • Heroic Dolphin: Flipper, who defends Quetzo in his parents' absence. He met Lopaka while saving him from drowning. After her Heel–Face Turn, Ultra also qualifies.
  • Lustful Melt: Dexter the octopus did this once, after being seduced by a jellyfish posing as an octopus.
  • Pink Means Feminine: The female dolphin Ultra is pink, which visually distinguishes her from Flipper.
  • Pirate Girl: Kim, the 18 year old niece of Captain Barnibus Crab. Kim is quite an enthusiastic apprentice pirate and often seems far better at the actual business of piracy than her uncle.
  • Ruthless Modern Pirates: The PG-rated modern pirates Captain Barnibus Crab, Kim and Simon are the main bad guys in the third series.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Lopaka is an 11 year old Polynesian boy with the ability to converse with sea creatures.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: Lopaka possesses the ability to breathe (and talk) underwater.
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  • Underwater Ruins: The sunken island of Quetzo.


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