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Another week, another evil scheme for Beanie to foil.

My Goldfish is Evil is an extremely obscure Canadian animated series created by Nicolas J. Boisvert and produced by the Montreal-based animation studio Sardine Productions (later known for ToonMarty and the Chop Chop Ninja franchise) for CBC Television and Télévision de Radio-Canada. It ran for 2 seasons for a total of 26 episodes from 2006-2008.

11-year-old Beanie is just your average kid, except for one thing - his pet goldfish, Admiral Bubbles, is in fact a highly intelligent and utterly megalomaniacal criminal mastermind bent on spreading terror throughout the city and taking over the world! As absurd as this sounds to even Beanie's own mother, Beanie knows all too well that Admiral Bubbles is capable of building all manner of diabolical weaponry and gadgetry out of everyday devices in order to fulfill his dreams of power and conquest. Not content with remaining in his owner's fishbowl, Admiral Bubbles sneaks out every week with a new plan for global domination in mind. Knowing that he's the sole thing standing between Admiral Bubbles and his goals, Beanie is the only one able to face Admiral Bubbles and foil his plans - something that villainous little fishie knows all too well himself.


Will Admiral Bubbles succeed in his evil plans? Will young Beanie manage to stay one step ahead of him? The future of the planet depends on the answer!

This series provides examples of:

  • Achilles' Heel: Since he's a goldfish, Admiral Bubbles' need for water is a constant problem for him in his schemes.
  • Adults Are Useless: Because they never believe in Beanie's stories.
  • An Aesop: The show has some every now and then.
    • "Lights, Camera, Goldfish": It's one thing to play a hero and it's another to actually be a hero.
    • "Sweetheart's Dance": Make sure you have a good grasp of your lover's character, because they may not be who they seem.
    • "Icing on the Cake": The best birthdays are when you get to be with the people you love.
    • "Stinker": If you seriously screw up, apologizing and feeling bad won't automatically fix the damage you’ve caused.
  • Betty and Veronica: Nia is the Betty to Desmona's Veronica.
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  • Card-Carrying Villain: Admiral Bubbles proudly refers to himself as an evil genius.
  • Cassandra Truth: Beanie is the only person who knows Admiral Bubbles is an evil genius because all his friends and family find the idea too ludicrous to believe.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Scoop believes in many bizarre stories, which makes him the only adult Beanie can always count on to help him thwart Admiral Bubbles (even if he also doesn't believe the goldfish is behind any of the show's weird happenings).
  • Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: Admiral Bubbles has noticeable black rims around his eyes to emphasize his sinister nature.
  • Disappeared Dad: Apparently, Beanie's father was in a plane crash after he got Admiral Bubbles.
  • Endearingly Dorky: Beanie is the hero and the one who stops Admiral Bubbles in every episode, but that doesn't make him less of a lovable dork. Desmona and Nia frequently lampshade this.
  • Evil Genius: Admiral Bubbles can create all manner of doomsday weaponry from ordinary household appliances and everyday devices.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Admiral Bubbles speaks and behaves in a polite manner, but it's pretty clear he's also a very sinister little fish.
  • Fiendish Fish: Admiral Bubbles. A tiny goldfish with the mind of an evil genius who terrifies mundane animals with his mere presence.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Admiral Bubbles doesn't exactly sound like a menacing figure, but as Beanie knows all too well, that's not true at all.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Unfortunately for Beanie, Admiral Bubbles is this.
  • Glamorous Single Mother: Beanie's mom is very pretty and is sometimes shown trying to find dates.
  • Girl Next Door: Nia serves as the more approachable and friendly of Beanie's two potential love interests.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: 11-year-old Beanie is friends with local newsstand manager and Conspiracy Theorist Scoop.
  • Just Eat Gilligan: While one could argue that simply flushing Admiral Bubbles or feeding him to predators wouldn't work since he is an evil genius who could probably find his way back, and normal animals are shown to be terrified of him,note  it's hard enough keeping a goldfish alive deliberately, so you'd think Beanie could find a way to take Bubbles out somehow.
  • Killer Rabbit: Who would have thought that a goldfish was among the world's most deadly supervillains?
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Beanie and his mom are each other's best friend and wouldn't give each other up for the world. When they are separated from each other for a while, they both take a picture of the other so they won't forget.
  • Love Triangle: Beanie and his two love interests, the sweet-natured Girl Next Door Nia and his Loving Bully Desmona.
  • Loving Bully: Desmona is this for Beanie, with her rudeness towards him being frequently punctuated by slips of the tongue making it clear she has a crush on him.
  • Mama's Boy: Beanie and his mom are very close and are each other's rock.
  • Old Superhero: The star of Beanie's favorite show plays a big, strong superhero. When Beanie finally meets him in person, he finds out that the actor is getting on in years, as the show was made in the 1970s and nobody will hire him, due to his age.
  • Parental Obliviousness: Beanie's mom is totally unaware of the death-defying exploits Beanie must perform every week to save the world from Admiral Bubbles' mad schemes and never believes in her son's insistence that his pet goldfish is a supervillain hellbent on enslaving humankind.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Admiral Bubbles is shown to be very strong for a tiny goldfish, performing impressive acrobatic feats and managing to fight off much larger creatures.
  • Properly Paranoid: Beanie is dismissed as a paranoid conspiracy theorist by his mother and almost everyone else in the city, but only he stands between Admiral Bubbles' and his plans for world domination.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Admiral Bubbles has dark red pupils, underlining his evilness.
  • Redheaded Hero: Beanie has red hair and is the one thing standing between Admiral Bubbles and world domination.
  • Scare the Dog: Normal animals are terrified of Admiral Bubbles and flee or hide in his presence, even natural predators many hundreds of times his own size.
  • Sea Aping: One episode featured "Sea Dudes", which despite promises of being fun and educational were an absolute bore for Beanie. Admiral Bubbles later uses a transmogrifier on them to create an army of giant sapient shrimp to assist him in taking over the world, only for them to overthrow him.
  • Tailfin Walking: Admiral Bubbles engages in this when getting around on land.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Although easily capable of killing Admiral Bubbles by any number of simple methods, and though the former has tried to kill him a few times, Beanie chooses not to do so for moral reasons, in imitation of his favorite superhero and because Bubbles is the last thing he and his mom have of his father. Admiral Bubbles taunts him for this a few times.
  • Token Black Friend: Elwood is this for Beanie, being the only person who actually believes in Beanie's claims.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Admiral Bubbles has a deep sinister voice for a tiny goldfish.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Admiral Bubbles has no problem with trying to kill Beanie.