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The main cast as of the 2016 rebootnote 
Pocoyo (2005-10; 2016-present) is a Spanish-British children's Animated Series, narrated by José María del Río. (Stephen Fry or Adal Ramones, depending on the version you watch). Tells the adventures of a young boy named Pocoyo, the duck Pato, the elephant Elly, and since . Notable for its minimalist style- the characters lack any textures and all of the action takes place on a white background, and there is no backstory.

Also notable for being cute.

This show contains examples of:

  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Pato wears a hat.
  • Acrofatic: Elly is an elephant and has epic dancing skills and one episode shows her doing good martial arts moves.
  • Aerith and Bob: We have Pocoyo and Pato, then names like Elly and Fred.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Elly's a pink elephant.
  • Anti-Climax: The song, "The Great Race," has all of the racers neck and neck, close to the finish line...and then their cars run out of fuel. Then they decide to move the finish line to the back of their vehicles so they can win together.
    Narrator: Attention, just before reaching the finish line, the racers have run out of gas! How exciting, a race has never been this close!
  • Balloonacy: This happens to Pocoyo in "Umbrella Umbrella." Sure, it was with an umbrella, but the same basic idea applies.
  • Big "NO!": Pocoyo gives one after breaking Elly's favorite doll, Skyward Scream and all.
    • Also used a couple of times in "Pocoyo's Balloon," often accompanied by Rapid-Fire "No's".
  • Bilingual Bonus: Pato and Nina mean "duck" and "girl" in Spanish respectively.
    • Also, Pocoyo's convertible vehicle is called the "Vamoosh" which is a portmanteau of the onomatopaeia "Woosh" and "Vamos" ("Let's go" in Spanish)
    • Pocoyo's own name is a combination of the words "poco" (a little bit) and "yo" (me). Or in other words, "a little bit me".
    • In Spanish versions, Fred is called "Pulpo" (which also means "octopus" in Spanish).
  • Black Bead Eyes: Pocoyo, Elly, Loula, Baby Bird and Nina have these, probably to add cuteness to their appearances.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Pocoyo's clothes and hat are blue.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Pocoyo acts like this sometimes.
  • Catchphrase: Unsurprisingly (As he's the most intelligible character and the one who speaks the most) the narrator. "Hooray for X! And hooray for Pocoyo!"
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  • Camera Abuse: "Nice Shot!" ends with this trope. When the characters decide to clean up everything after their game, Elly kicks the ball forward...which then hits the camera, leaving a huge crack in it, prompting everybody to run away in horror. Even the narrator is horrified at what happened.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Fred the octopus, and how.
  • Dark Horse Victory: Sleepy Bird manages to win a race that was only supposed be between Pocoyo and Elly. Granted, the two managed to break their own vehicles and were so busy combining their broken parts to make one, that she slowly passed right by them without their notice.
  • A Day in the Limelight: If well every character has their own focus on various episodes, in the official YouTube account, there're compilations of every character called as "packs". Actually there're packs for Elly, Pato and Fred, as well one focused on Nina as "The Adventures of Pocoyo and Nina".
  • Demoted to Extra: A rare case with Loula the dog, she's still a main character but 3 recurring characters have more role than her. More noticed in Season 4 with Nina replacing Loula in the opening and getting very few appearances in that season.
  • "Double, Double" Title: The episode "Umbrella Umbrella".
  • Dub Name Change: Some characters has changed names in Spanish versions, like Pulpo (Fred) and Pajaroto (Sleepy Bird, Castellan Spanishnote ). An inverted case is Caterpillar, in which her original name in Spanish versions is "Valentina".
  • Edutainment Show:
    • You'd be surprised, but beyond the cute dancing and the adorableness of the show, there are actually morals throughout the show.
    • Let's Go Pocoyo goes into a more traditional education about words, shapes and colors with the other sections.
  • Expressive Accessory: The ear flaps on Pocoyo's hat go upwards when he's surprised. His hat also goes over his eyes somewhat when he's annoyed.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Spider: There're a few secondary spider characters with one eye who are despised even though they're actually nice. A good example is the episode "Pato's Egg" in which Pato finds an egg and raises it, only to find that it hatches a spider instead of a bird. Everyone finds it scary, including Pato, but later it is seen that this baby spider is very nice and is embraced by Pato as his father, and later is accepted by his friends Pocoyo and Elly. Also is seen later in other Pocoyo shorts, like "The Big Race!" having his own car.
  • Funny Octopus: Fred (Pulpo) is a friendly octopus that will make jokes along the main characters.
  • Gentle Giant: Elly, who sometimes scares new characters with her boisterous size and finicky personality, yet is actually extremely kind.
  • Girly Bruiser: Elly, nonetheless. Seen in the season 2 episode "Talent Show", in which Elly shows her skills in "ballet karate".
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: On the other hand, Pato gets angry somewhat easily - he's also the most serious and business-like character. Also taken Up to Eleven with the Angry Alien.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Sleepy Bird. She was literally just put on this show to be asleep all the time.
  • Heroic BSoD: After letting go of his balloon, Pocoyo just stands there pointing at the sky, staring dumbfounded in that position for a while.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Pato may be short-tempered, serious, and stubborn but his heart's still in the right place and still cares about his friends.
  • Jump Scare: Pocoyo, Elly, Pato, Baby Bird and Loula give one to the narrator (and by extension the viewer) at the end of "Boo!"
  • Keet: Baby Bird. Just look at that happy face. Also Fred and Caterpillar.
  • Large Ham: When they put on a play, Pato plays "THE CRAZY DUCK!" and does ham it up quite well (Which is impressive since he doesn't talk) until he starts resenting playing the villain, and everyone else gets bored and does their own thing.
  • Leitmotif: Pay attention! It's subtle, but most characters have one. The most obvious is Pato's.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Except with Elly. When she dances, she puts on a leotard and tutu.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: By virtue of there not being Characters Of The Day. If a character makes an appearance in one episode, he will reappear again, no exceptions.
  • Meaningful Name: See Bilingual Bonus above.
  • Never Bareheaded:
    • It's never revealed what Pocoyo looks like without that hat of his, if he has hair or not.
    • Nina has her hair covered, but she shows some of her red hair on her forehead.
  • Nice Guy: The narrator. He's always ready to intervene in all conflicts than arise, he is usually the one that administers the moral of the day, and the characters seem to like him quite a lot - for a disembodied voice he sure has a lot of personality. Granted that the English narrator is Stephen Fry, who is well known for having one of the most whimsically cheerful British voices of all time.
  • No Antagonist: An angry alien actually tried to be a villain, but he was too small to be harmful and had no more choice than doing a Heel–Face Turn, although he does act antagonistic in his later appearances, most notably in "Pocoyo and the Space Circus" and "Pocoyo and the League of Extraordinary Super Friends".
  • No Fourth Wall: The narrator, Stephen Fry, José María del Río, or Adal Ramones, depending on the version (English, Castilian Spanish, and Latin American Spanish, respectively) asks the viewer to various things from pepping up Pocoyo when he's feeling sad, to waking up Sleepy Bird.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Pocoyo's birthday is on October 14th, but when his "birthday" rolls around, he's still four!
  • Nice Hat: Pocoyo and Pato both have one.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: The entire cast. Pocoyo is the only human. Well, at least until Nina came along.
  • Ocular Gushers: Done by a cloud in "A Little Cloud" after Pocoyo told it to go away.
  • Parental Bonus: Pocoyo is surprisingly watchable by parents - and the creators probably know, as there are lots of small easter eggs that won't be noticed by kids. For example, in the episode "Boo", when Pocoyo scares Pato in the shower, it's very reminiscent of the famous shower scene in Psycho. And, in the episode "Dance off!" Pato and Pocoyo hold a dance competition - and at one point Pocoyo starts playing air-guitar. The song that plays is very reminiscent of Metallica, and Pocoyo has Octopus on his head, looking a bit like Kirk Hammett.
    • A jewel is seen in the Season 4 episode "Dance off! Part Two" in which Nina and Elly show their dance, but Pocoyo and Pato counter them with Michael Jackson dances (Pocoyo makes Billie Jean and Pato makes Thriller) and the dance competition starts again. Then, Roberto interrupts them with a robotic dance with Kraftwerk at the background.
    • "Fussy Duck" has Pato emulating Neo trying to dodge flying chunks of mud.
  • Pink Is Feminine: Elly, who's a pink elephant.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: In Pocoyo and the Space Circus, Pocoyo and his friends go into space.
  • Potty Failure: In one episode, when Caterpillar ate too much cake she wet herself on Pato, much to the amusement of Pocoyo and the chagrin of Pato.
  • Progressive Instrumentation: Pocoyo and friends try to make a music band by themselves, then usually one starts with an instrument and the other members added gradually until make the song complete.
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  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy:
    • Elly and Pocoyo respectively. Thanks to simplistic character design and a lack of Tertiary Sexual Characteristics, it's really the only way to determine their genders first glance.
    • Subverted by the parents of the "little alien friend". The narrator assumes this about his mother and father, causing the pink dad to correct him with a grumpy look.
  • Redhead In Green: Nina has red hair and wears a green-colored suit.
  • Running Gag: Pocoyo and his friends dance at the every end of practically every episode.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Pocoyo wears blue, Elly's pink...
  • The Unintelligible: Elly speaks in trumpet noises, Pato speaks with quacks, Fred the Octopus speaks in random gibberish and Nina speaks in a Spanish-like language. Thankfully, the narrator knows what they're talking about.
    • Although it must be said that as ducks go, Pato's got just about the most expressive face since Daffy.
  • Third-Person Person: Pocoyo, though it's understandable since he's a toddler.
  • Token Human: Pocoyo is the only human. That is until Nina came along in Season 4.
  • Unwanted Rescue: This is the basic premise of "Super Pocoyo," in which Pocoyo tries to "rescue" several of his friends even though they're only just doing stuff like napping. The story finally ends though with Pato getting his hat stuck on his head and Super Pocoyo actually being able to do a real rescue.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Pato is able to do this due to his detachable limbs.
  • White Void Room: All we know is that Pocoyo's World consists of a blank white space with random trees, houses, and other stuff. In some episodes, they go underwater and in space!


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