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"It only happens to me..."
Martin Morning, at the end of the theme tune

Martin Morning (fr: Martin Matin) is a 2002 French cartoon series created by Denis Olivieri, Claude Prothée and Luc Vinciguerra and produced by Millimages.

The show stars Martin Morning, a perfectly normal nine-year old boy... expect for the fact that every morning, he wakes up to finds himself transformed into something different, and finds himself thrown into all sorts of adventures as a result of his transformations, on which he is accompanied by his friend Gromo and his girlfriend Roxanne.

In 2018, after sixteen years of no new episodes, the show was renewed for a fourth season, which also brought about an art shift to Flash animation.

Has an in-progress recap page.

Link to the official (French) website here.


Martin Morning contains examples of:

  • One-Shot Character: Most episodes have at least one.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Martin, Gromo and Roxanne.
  • Alien Animals: In "Planet of the Dogs", Martin, Roxanne, Gromo and an anthropomorphic dog named Ralph travel to a planet inhabited by other anthropomorphic dogs.
  • Aliens Are Bastards: Averted with the ones from "Martin's Space Odyssey". Although they abduct Martin, it is only because they mistake him for their lost captain due to his transformation for that day being an alien. However, it's definitely played straight with the alien from "Martin Meets A Moonatic".
  • Aliens Speaking English: Played straight.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: In the episode "The Talking Key"... Yeah.
  • Animorphism: Some of Martin's transformations are animals.
  • Arranged Marriage: In "Martin The Invisible", Martin is almost forced to marry a countess, and in "Upside Down And Backwards", Roxanne is almost forced to marry a prince.
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  • Art-Shifted Sequel: Starting from Season 4, the show is done in Flash animation.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Gromo is a Rare Male Example.
  • Bewitched Amphibians: "Martin's Magic Potion" features the classic frog that turns into a prince when kissed.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: In the episode "Did You Say Normal?", Martin himself has no transformation, but everyone else have been transformed into human-sized insects. However, at the end, it turns out that was All Just a Dream, and Martin has actually transformed into a bee. "Martin Busy Bee" also features bugs that are big enough for Martin, Roxanne and Gromo to talk to.
  • Big Red Devil: Martin's transformation of the day in "A Good Little Devil".
  • Black Bead Eyes: Everyone except the aliens, which makes sense because they are, well, aliens.
  • Blob Monster: Pannonos, the servant of the alien from "Martin Meets A Moonatic", is one of these.
  • The Bully: Romeo.
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  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Roxanne can sometimes act like this when other girls have Martin's attention.
  • Colony Drop: In "Martin Stops A Meteorite", Martin has to stop a meteorite before it collides with the Earth and causes The End of the World as We Know It.
  • Contemporary Caveman: Martin's transformation of the day in "Cro-Magnon Martin" is a caveman.
  • Cooking Duel: Martin participates in one in "Chef's Cook Off".
  • Cowboy: Martin wakes up as one in "The Lonesome Cowboy".
  • Damsel in Distress: Roxanne, sometimes. Often leads to Rescue Romance on Martin's part.
  • Deadly Doctor: Mortibus from "Doctor Martin, laugh therapist" is a doctor who attempts to poison a king, who is his client's brother, because his brother wants the throne for himself.
  • Deal with the Devil: Martin is almost tricked into signing a contract with the actual Devil himself in order to become a normal boy in "A Good Little Devil". Thankfully, Roxanne and Gromo are able to stop him from signing it in time.
  • Distressed Dude: There are some instances where Martin or Gromo have needed saving.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: In the episode "Martin's Prehistoric Pal", Martin has no transformation; Instead, he is accompanied by a baby dinosaur.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: Surprisingly, this is actually Averted, as some episodes feature actual guns.
  • Fanboy: Gromo is described in the theme tune as Martin's biggest fan.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: The show features all sorts of mythical and strange beings and places, including dragons, Alien, Wizard, gods, ghosts, Talking Animals, Genies, Robots, Witches, Horny Vikings, LivingStatues, SeaMonsters, elves, Santa Claus, Living Toys, mermaids, ogres, giants, fakirs, ManEatingPlants, a Minotaur, ninjas, and even demons, Hell and Satan!
  • Frankenstein's Monster: Martin transforms into this in "Martin Son Of Frankenstein".
  • Funny Animal: In "Planet Of The Dogs", Martin and co. travel to a planet where the inhabitants are all anthropomorphic dogs. There's also the yellow dog from "Martin's Dog Day", and Patapoff the lion from "Lion Tamer Martin".
  • Gender Bender: Martin transforms into a girl in episode 12 of the first season. And retains his voice. Also, Mr. Grindsel gets turned into a woman in "The Ogre of Castle Hill" after drinking a magic potion.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Roxanne.
  • Hellevator: How Martin, Gromo and Roxanne enter the Hell mentioned below.
  • Hell: Yes, the place does indeed appear in the episode "A Good Little Devil", complete with an appearance by Satan himself!
  • Horny Vikings: Martin transforms into one in the episode "Voyage To The Edge Of The World", and gets to go on the titular voyage with other vikings like this.
  • Improbable Age: Some of Martin's transformations lead him to do things that would normally be way beyond a kid his age.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: The episode Mini Martin has Martin transform into a version of himself that's the same size as his alarm clock.
  • Intangibility: Martin wakes up with this power in "The Joke's On Grindsel!".
  • Invisible to Normals: When Martin wakes up as a ghost in "Martin the Invisible", all the other human characters are unable to see him.
  • Just Woke Up That Way: The basic premise of the show is that Martin wakes up as something different each morning.
  • Kid Hero: Martin.
  • Living Statue: One appears in "Voyage To The Edge Of The World".
  • Living Toys: Martin transforms into a puppet in the episode "Trouble In Toy Paradise", and that episode also features other examples of this trope. He also transforms into a toy soldier in "Good Soldier Martin".
  • Love Potion: Martin makes one he planned to use on Roxanne in the episode "Martin's Magic Potion". Unfortunately, another boy ended up drinking it instead...
  • Meaningful Name: Martin Morning's surname refers to the fact that he wakes up as something different every morning.
  • Me's a Crowd: Martin's "transformation" in "Martin Multiplied"; he has to spend that whole day accompanied by two copies of himself, one of whom is aggressive and the other nice.
  • Morphic Resonance: Most of Martin's transformations, even the ones that completely change his body shape, usually retain his glasses.
  • Mummy: Martin wakes up as one in "Beware Of The Mummies".
  • The Musketeer: Guess what Martin wakes up as in "Martin Musketeer".
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: Played straight in "Oh The Crocodiles", what with the episode being a Shout-Out to Indiana Jones and all. Also featured in the episode "Ancient Egyptian Martin", where Roxanne almost falls into a Trap Door with hungry crocodiles waiting at the bottom.
  • No Hugging, No Kissing: Averted, there are many instances where Roxanne gives Martin a kiss on the cheek.
  • Only One Name: Everyone expect Martin Morning.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: Martin wakes up as the "tiny humanoid" variety in "Good Morning Fairy Martin".
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Martin's transformation in "Martin Is Missing".
  • Overnight Age-Up: Martin transforms into a middle-aged man in "Middle Aged Martin".
  • Pirate: Martin's transformation of the day in "Ahoy Matey Martin".
  • Playing Card Motifs: Martin wakes up as the Jack of Hearts in "Martin On his Game".
  • Prince Charming: In the episode "Charming Martin", Martin's transformation of the day is this.
  • Private Investigator: Martin's transformation of the day in "Martin Leads The Investigation".
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  • Puppy Love: Martin and Roxanne.
  • Refugee from TV Land: "Super Martin" features a villain from the Fictional Video Game "Super Monster" coming out into the real world. It is up to Martin, who is a Superhero that day, to force him back.
  • Robot Me: Martin wakes up as a robot in "Mechanical Martin", and it comes with all the quirks of being one (i.e he can have malfunctions and needs to recharge). He also wakes up as one in one episode of Season 4.
  • Saving Christmas: The premise of the episode "Martin Saves Santa".
  • Shout-Out: In some episodes, Martin wakes up as a character from popular culture, e.g. Sherlock Holmes in "Sherlock Martin", and Indiana Jones in "Oh The Crocodiles!".
  • Superhero: Martin's transformation of the day in "Super Martin".
  • Superpower Silly Putty: Though he doesn't always turn into something superpowered, this trope is the nature of Martin's condition.
  • Teleportation: In "The Amazing Mr. M", Martin wakes up with the ability to do this.
  • Third Wheel: Gromo is this to Martin and Roxanne.
  • Threatening Shark: In "Martin On The Lam", Martin and Gromo are tied up above a pool of sharks, and Roxanne has to save them.
  • Time Travel: In "It WAS A Dog's Life!", Martin has a skateboard that allows him to do this. Also, he wakes up in the future in "Martin Has A Future".
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Martin has both his transformation-related adventures and school on his table. In fact, he is often late for school because of them.
  • Weredragon: Martin transforms into a green dragon in "Mighty Dragon Martin". And that's the first episode!
  • Winged Humanoid: In "The Lucky Duckling", Martin wakes up with the wings, tail, and pinfeathers of a duck.
  • You Are Not Alone: Over the course of the series, Martin discovers the existence of other 'morning people', including an alien girl and, bizarrely, Horus.