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The 1965 versions of Morocco Mole and Secret Squirrel.

Secret Squirrel is a series of Spy Fiction parody cartoon shorts made by Hanna-Barbera in 1965 as the lead segment of a Three Shorts series that also featured Squiddly Diddly and Winsome Witch. It was later revived in 1993 as Super Secret Secret Squirrel, in another Three Shorts format headlined by 2 Stupid Dogs.

In both versions, Secret Squirrel is a Funny Animal spy. Along with his sidekick, Morocco Mole, He Fights Crime.

A Hanna-Barbera Beyond version of Secret Squirrel was a back-up strip in Scooby Apocalypse.


Secret Squirrel contains examples of:

  • Alliterative Name:
    • Secret Squirrel
    • Morroco Mole
    • Dr. Dangit
    • Wily Wolf
    • Pasha Panchabaggie
  • Alliterative Title: Secret Squirrel.
  • Amusing Injuries: The villains and Morocco Mole constantly get subjected to comedic injuries, but Secret Squirrel also falls victim to them on occasion.
  • Badass Longcoat: Secret wears a pretty swank trenchcoat.
  • Bald of Evil: Nearly every villain on the show (Yellow Pinkie, Dr. Dangit, Double-Ex, Scuba Duba, and Hy Spy) was bald.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: Morocco Mole assists Secret Squirrel on his missions, but frequently messes up due to his stupidity.
  • Catchphrase: Heroes to the rescue!
  • Crazy-Prepared: Secret Squirrel has a gadget for nearly any occasion.
  • Da Chief: Secret Squirrel's superior is Double Q, a balding man who respects his competence, but is frequently annoyed by his tendency to enter his office in ways other than using the front door.
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  • Dogs Hate Squirrels: In the episode, "Catty Cornered", Secret and Morocco have to secure a cat who's swallowed an explosive capsule. However, the efforts to keep it safe are constantly thwarted by a mean dog who keeps attacking the cat. Eventually Secret is able to get rid of it with a bone and save the cat. However, this was not without Morocco taking quite a few Amusing Injuries and when the professor reveals that the cat had actually not eaten the capsule at all, Morocco snaps and begins acting like an angry dog. He then proceeds to chase Secret and the professor up a telephone pole.
  • Expressive Mask: The eyeholes of the hat Secret wears over his face are somehow able to register his emotions.
  • Expy: Yellow Pinkie is one of Bond baddie Auric Goldfinger. The name is even a synonym.
  • Eye-Obscuring Hat: Subverted by Secret Squirrel, whose hat brim almost touches his nose, but has two eye holes so that he can see.
  • Fake Defector: "Not So Idle Idol" had Secret attempt to gain Yellow Pinkie's trust by pretending to go renegade after Double Q agreed to pretend to fire him. Unfortunately, Morocco Mole was not in on it.
  • Fat Bastard: Yellow Pinkie has a huge girth.
  • Funny Animal: Both Secret Squirrel and Morocco Mole, as well as a few others.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Secret and Morocco don't wear pants.
  • The Igor: Dr. Dangit in "Five is a Crowd" has a dim-witted and ugly lab assistant.
  • Inexplicably Tailless: Morocco Mole.
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: In the original series, Secret and Morocco are generally the only funny animals. Occasionally another funny animal character may appear, but the majority of the other characters are still humans.
  • Loophole Abuse: One episode has Double Q threaten to fire Secret if he doesn't enter his office using a door. When Secret enters by making a door in the ceiling, Double Q fires him for not using the front door, only for Morocco Mole to point out that he said "a door" and that therefore Secret followed his instructions to the letter.
  • Loves Only Gold: Secret Squirrel's archenemy Yellow Pinkie specializes in stealing gold.
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Dangit in the episode "Five is a Crowd". He tries to discredit Secret Squirrel by creating five robot doubles and ordering them to commit crimes, but his creations turn on him when Secret uses a recording to reveal to the robots that Dangit intends to dispose of them once they've served their purpose.
  • Master of Disguise: Secret Squirrel will sometimes use a disguise to fool his enemies.
  • My Hero, Zero/Code Name: Agent Triple-Zero, another name Secret Squirrel uses.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: In conjunction with Crazy-Prepared. Secret has an allegiance-switching gun in "Scuba Duba Duba", which he uses to make Scuba Duba's shark turn on him. It's a parody, of course, so they can get away with it.
  • Shoe Phone: An obligatory trope for any spy parody; Secret always has the required disguised gadget to handle any situation.
  • Sweeping Ashes: Done in Yellow Pinkie's debut episode. After Secret was disintegrated by his own laser gun, Morocco swept up his ashes while retreating to think of a new strategy in capturing Yellow Pinkie.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: In the last three episodes, Yellow Pinkie is replaced by Hy Spy. Like Yellow Pinkie, Hy Spy is bald and is described as being Secret Squirrel's greatest foe.
  • There Was a Door: A Running Gag is Double Q being annoyed by Secret Squirrel entering his office in every method but using the front door, which surprises him on the one occasion where Secret actually does use the front door.
  • Trench Coat Warfare: Secret has something in his trench coat for everything, but he doesn't keep it organized—this makes him too slow to put up much of a fight most of the time.
  • Vocal Evolution: When the series began, Mel Blanc pretty much used his Sylvester the Cat voice for Secret Squirrel, before eventually sounding more like Bugs Bunny or Heathcliff, but still with a lisp. Occasionally, the voice would change in the middle of an episode.
  • Weaponized Headgear: Secret Squirrel's hat sometimes has weapons in it.
  • X-Ray Sparks: Episode "Scuba Duba Duba". Scuba Duba hands Secret Squirrel an electric eel. When the eel shocks him Secret's body momentarily disappears, leaving only his skeleton.
"Secret Squirrel?!" "In the flesh!" Specifically, the Super Secret version.

Super Secret Secret Squirrel adds:

  • Action Girl: "Agent Penny" shows that the Chief's PA is a capable Emma Peel-alike.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Greg's motivation for villainy is that he's a gingerbread man whose leg was bitten off by the girl who baked him.
  • And I Must Scream: The Chameleon ends up trapped inside a canvas. Secret Squirrel names the result "Still Life without Parole", indicating that the Chameleon is still alive even though he can't move.
  • Anti-Villain: Platypus only wanted to fire his body scrambler at himself. If only he'd hooked up his extension cord to somewhere other than the Secret Service Solar Energy Station, then he wouldn't have been confronted by Secret Squirrel, Morocco Mole, and the Chief.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Secret and Morocco use heat-sensor glasses to track down the Chameleon. The problem? Lizards are ectothermic, so they don't have body heat.
  • Asshole Victim: Hot Rodney endangered Morocco Mole to try and prevent Secret Squirrel from winning the race and incessantly gloated about how Secret's unwillingness to let Morocco die would make his victory a shoo-in. When Secret tricked him into putting on the dynamite belt after he won the race, he totally deserved it.
  • Berserk Button: Penny says it best herself in "Agent Penny"; "Don't ever call me 'girlie.'"
  • The Cameo:
    • 2 Stupid Dogs are two of the anthropomorphic guard dogs for the museum in "Chameleon". They also appear as their usual selves in "Scirocco Mole", along with Yogi Bear and Boo Boo. "Agent Penny" has an "Undercover Pub" peppered with portraits of Hanna-Barbera crimefighters as well as a cameo by Snooper and Blabber.
    • Reversing the situation, Secret and Morocco star in a dog biscuit ad featured in the 2 Stupid Dogs episode "Let's Make a Right Price".
  • Continuity Nod:
    • In "Agent Penny", when Morocco Mole goes through the files during his first day of replacing Penny as the Chief's secretary, he mentions villains from previous episodes such as Goldflipper and Queen Bea. He also mentions Dr. O even though his episode hadn't aired yet, though that may be because the episodes aired in a different order from when they were produced.
    • Secret and Morocco use a map of villains' lairs in "Dr. O". Two of the lairs seen on the map are those of Queen Bea and Goldflipper.
  • Cool Car: Secret's car can fly and can transform from a briefcase. It is even described as a "really cool car" by the racing announcer in "Hot Rodney".
  • Crazy-Prepared: Secret, naturally. But in "Scirocco Mole," Morocco was shown to be as well, tossing a bomb at his evil twin. When Secret asks where he got it, Morocco responds, "I brought the whole box of them! See? I even lit them so they would be ready!" Cue the Oh, Crap! face from Secret Squirrel.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Penny certainly gets one of her own in "Agent Penny".
  • Deadly Dodging: Used against One Ton, a rampaging panda whom Secret must stop but isn't allowed to attack. He then puts him under protective custody for endangering an endangered species.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Between Penny and Queen Bea in the latter's self-titled episode.
  • Disguised in Drag: Twice:
    • In "Goldflipper," Secret and Morocco dress up as "Squirrel Scouts" to infiltrate the bad guy's hideout by selling him cookies. Amazingly, the guy falls for it, probably because Secret is rather disturbingly convincing as a girl squirrel.
    • In "One-Ton," Morocco suggests that what the villain needs is "a mate." One Gilligan Cut later and Secret is dressed as a sexy female panda. However, it fails miserably, considering he gets beaten up offscreen by said villain pretty much immediately.
  • Disney Villain Death: The snake sorcerer that hatches from an egg at the end of "Egg" boasts about his reign of terror only to fall out the airplane's open door to his doom.
  • Dub Name Change: In the Brazilian-Portuguese dub, Secret was renamed "James" and his surname was translated.
  • Dumbass No More: Secret is less eccentric and more competent compared to his original version. All of the bungling has been relegated to Morocco Mole.
  • The Easy Way or the Hard Way: Secret gives this choice to One Ton, the rogue panda.
  • Evil Brit: The art thief the Chameleon has a British accent, being voiced by Roddy MacDowall
  • Evil Twin: Morocco has one, named Scirocco.
  • Expressive Mask: The reflections in Morocco's sunglasses sometimes change shape according to his mood (for example, turning into exclamation points when he's surprised).
  • Expy: Goldflipper is one of Yellow Pinky, with a similar voice, wardrobe, & the same obsession with gold. Since Yellow Pinky is an Expy of Goldfinger, this makes him an Expy of an Expy.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Greg the gingerbread man gets eaten alive (onscreen no less) by a horde of hungry ants. Likewise, Quark slowly poofs out of existence piece by piece, pleading all the while.
  • Flash Back: Goes recursive in "Scirocco Mole" when Morocco explains how his twin brother Scirocco has always bullied him. Secret stops it after we see Scirocco bullying Morocco when they were embryos.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Done in the episode "Platypus" between Secret, Morocco, and the Chief. Minds stay with heads, but heads get shuffled onto the wrong bodies.
  • Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: Penny is practically the only character in the series to be fully dressed.
  • Funny Animal: The series is now set in a World of Funny Animals. This leads to...
  • Furry Confusion: Played with. Nobody seems to have pets, but there is a Super Secret Zoo in "One-Ton". The exhibits are in prison uniforms, making it more of a Super Secret Prison cunningly disguised as a Super Secret Zoo.
  • Furry Female Mane: Penny had this.
  • Furry Reminder: There have been a few instances...
    • Goldflipper, a sea lion, swims and leaps through a gigantic room full of gold teeth while nude, making barking sounds while doing so. When the doorbell rings, he resumes his anthropomorphism and puts his shirt and jacket back on.
    • Hot Rodney, a rooster, is at one point distracted from the race when Secret shoots corn in his direction. Hot Rodney stops to eat the corn by bending over and pecking it like a real rooster would.
  • Going Commando: In "Voodoo Goat", it is established that voodoo dolls only work when used with a personal belonging of the person the doll represents. Secret manages to get his voodoo doll of the Voodoo Goat to work by stealing the villain's underwear. When this is revealed, the villain even remarks that he knew he felt a draft.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: As in the original, but now hardly anybody wears pants, as Secret quite often demonstrates when pulling open his coat to deploy gadgetry. Being temporarily naked doesn't seem to be much of an issue, either.
    • Though Chief did seem to be quite embarrassed when it was revealed the bison wore bikini briefs in "Voodoo Goat".
    • And, oddly enough, Secret removes a pair of shorts when changing behind a screen in "Agent Penny".
    • One of the things Secret is made to say by the villain in "Quark" to make him seem as though he is insane was "I'll do a jig in my undies, Chief." Despite the fact he wears no "undies."
      Quark: Hey, Secret Squirrel! What's the big secret? You're not wearing pants?
  • High-Class Glass: The Chameleon sports a monocle to show how upper class and snobby he is.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • After Hot Rodney wins the race, Secret gives him the same dynamite belt he strapped to Morocco Mole while claiming that it is a victory belt. Hot Rodney proceeds to don it and ride off into the distance before the belt blows up.
    • Voodoo Goat takes control of Secret Squirrel using a bit of fur from Secret's own fan club. Secret gets back at him by stealing his underwear. Voodoo is ultimately defeated when Morocco Mole throws the doll of the Chief (which caused all of this to happen) at Voodoo's doll, causing the Chief to ram into him.
    • One-Ton's defeated by Secret taking advantage of One-Ton's protective status as a panda.
  • Hollywood Chameleons: The titular villain Chameleon blends himself in various historic paintings. His weakness is modern art.
  • Hollywood Darkness: Explained and lampshaded in "Dr. O," where the titular doctor cuts off all the lights in the world and blocks out the sun, leaving none of the characters able to see anything while the audience can still see them.
    Announcer: "For the benefit of the viewing audience, a special filter will be applied so our fans may see all the action... in total darkness. Thank you."
  • Hollywood Voodoo: Done in "Voodoo Goat" when the titular antagonist attempts to use voodoo dolls of the Chief and Secret Squirrel. In the end, Secret fights back using a voodoo doll of the Voodoo Goat.
  • Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: Queen Bea, a (wait for it) queen bee, is infatuated with Secret Squirrel, a squirrel. Even with anthropomorphism, the latter is several times the size of the former.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Dialed up to 11 with Secret, and not only in his coat, but in his hat, à la Inspector Gadget.
  • Idea Bulb: The method by which SS defeats Dr. O. (It Makes Sense in Context, okay?)
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each episode (except "Agent Penny") is named after its villain.
  • Inexplicably Tailless: Again, Morocco Mole.
    • Even the Chief and Scirocco Mole.
  • Inspector Oblivious: Averted. The Spy Fiction genre is instead parodied by making Secret highly competent with his sidekick Morocco Mole handling all the comic relief requirements.
  • Karmic Death: The gingerbread man Greg ends up eaten by the same ants he used to steal all the candy to create a giant candy monster.
  • "King Kong" Climb: One of the villains Penny faces does this in "Agent Penny". Fittingly enough, he is a giant ape.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: The giant gorilla in "Agent Penny" gives himself up and vows to reform after Penny beats him.
  • Look Behind You:
    • Done by Queen Bea to Penny, where she claims to see Fred Flintstone. Penny falls for it.
    • Hot Rodney does the same thing to Secret with the same claim of seeing Fred Flintstone during their race.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • In "One-Ton," Secret was forbidden to hurt the titular villain because he is a panda which is protected by law as an endangered species. He finds his way around this by tricking the panda into hurting himself. See Deadly Dodging for more details.
    • In "Egg", the Chief orders Morocco to hold a supposedly rare and cursed egg for three seconds because a new rule states that each agent must accomplish at least one mission.
  • Love Potion: Deployed by Queen Bea. Works slightly better than usual, although Secret falls for, amongst other things, his own tail, before countering the effects with The Power of Hate.
  • Loves Only Gold: Goldflipper is a gold-obsessed villain; similar to Yellow Pinkie in the original series.
  • Magic Countdown: The self-timer hooked up to Platypus's scrambling ray in his self-titled episode. At first it counts down around the 30-second mark at a normal pace, but then when our heroes realize they are right in front of the ray, when ten seconds are left the timer suddenly counts down the remaining seconds really fast.
  • Malicious Misnaming: In his self-titled episode, the Quark repeatedly calls Secret Squirrel "Stupid Squirrel".
  • Mask Power / Nice Hat: Secret's hat fulfills this role, coming down below his eyes yet still showing them.
    • In the episode "Agent Penny", he trades it for a variety of likewise indigo low-slung headgear.
    • In "Doctor O", he actually discards a smashed and broken reveal an identical replacement underneath.
    • When Morocco ends up wearing it in "Platypus", it's his nose which pokes through.
    • Secret is seen maskless a few times though. In "Goldflipper," he does not wear it as part of his Squirrel Scout outfit, and is bare-faced. And in "Scirocco Mole", the hat is partially sucked off by a vacuum cleaner, briefly showing us Secret's face in a Freeze-Frame Bonus.
  • Mismatched Eyes: Greg's gumdrop eyes. One is purple, the other is greenish blue.
  • Monster of the Week: Aside from "Agent Penny", each episode had a different villain and was named after said villain. "Agent Penny" does feature Penny fighting some villains, but none of them serve as the central antagonist of the episode or appear in other episodes.
  • Mythology Gag: In "Goldflipper", Morocco Mole stars lisping after losing his gold tooth. Secret also affects a lisp to mock him, making him sound more like the original Secret Squirrel.
  • Near-Villain Victory: Happens in "Hot Rodney", where the titular villain attempts to prevent Secret from winning the race by kidnapping Morocco Mole and having a bomb strapped to him while he's bound somewhere far from the racing track. In spite of Secret's best efforts to stall Hot Rodney while he rescues Morocco, Hot Rodney still wins the race, but Secret tricks him into wearing the dynamite belt he strapped to Morocco before he drives away.
  • No-Harm Requirement: Played with in the episode "One-Ton". Secret is given orders to stop a criminal panda from destroying China Town. However, the Chief gives him orders to not harm the panda because panda's are Endangered Species which makes things rough as he's a Jerk with a Heart of Jerk. Eventually Secret stops him by getting him to beat himself up. Since he harmed a panda while being a panda, the fiend gets charged with endangering an endangered species (on top of his other crimes) and is put into protective custody.
  • Non Sequitur, *Thud*: In "One Ton", after the villain of the same name drops a desk on Secret using his Psychology in a Can against him, Morocco opens one of the drawers and Secret comes out, all bent out of shape, and he says, "Is my Freudian slip showing?"
  • Noodle Incident: In "Hot Rodney", the titular race car driver is given a ticket for attempting to run a red light and is given a second one for blowing a raspberry behind the cop's back. After a brief cut to Secret Squirrel and Morocco Mole returning to the race, Hot Rodney's car is flooded with tickets with no explanation for what he did to get them all.
  • Not So Above It All:
    • While usually portrayed as by-the-book and serious, Secret uses his shrunken state in the episode "Quark" to whisper into the Chief's ear in order to convince him to give Secret, Morocco, and Penny a raise as well as a three-week vacation at the French Riviera.
    • "Greg" begins with the normally serious Chief ordering a box of Krunchy Munchies at the candy store, expressing childlike joy while doing so.
  • The One Who Wears Shoes: Penny wears shoes while everyone else is barefoot.
  • Panda-ing to the Audience: Secret Squirrel has to stop One-Ton, a giant panda from destroying the city without harming it, since giant pandas are an endangered species.
  • Portal Picture: The Chameleon loves to become one with great art. Secret causes him to have a breakdown by exposing him to modern, abstract works.
  • Potty Emergency: The Chief needs to go to the bathroom in the episode "Dr. O", which causes him much distress when Dr. O uses a satellite to block out the sun so that the entire country is shrouded in darkness. Once the case is solved, the Chief still can't find the bathroom until Secret explains that it is now nighttime and he forgot to turn on the lights. Unfortunately, the Chief is again prevented from relieving himself when Morocco beats him to the restroom.
  • The Power of Hate: A rare heroic version—Secret counteracting Queen Bea's brainwashing Love Potion by channeling all his hate in order to save Penny from harm.
  • Puff of Logic: In Quark, Secret uses a dictionary to point out that quarks are a "hypothetical" subatomic particle, and makes the titular microscopic villain disappear. This is a bit of a goof on Hanna-Barbera's part - even by The '90s, quarks had already been proven to exist. With just a bit more research, Secret could have instead pointed out the impossibility of Quark existing alone.
  • Pungeon Master: Secret is a constant stream of puns, and he's not alone.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: "Greg" has a lot of the dialogue in rhymes.
  • Sadistic Choice: The villain Hot Rodney does this during his race against Secret Squirrel by having his mechanic kidnap Morocco and have him tied up somewhere far from the racing track with a bomb strapped to him, forcing Secret to decide between rescuing his friend or to let him die in order to beat Hot Rodney. Secret manages to save his friend in time, but ultimately loses the race, though he succeeds in giving Hot Rodney some last-minute comeuppance by tricking him into putting on the same dynamite belt that was strapped to Morocco.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: This ended up being the Chameleon's demise, as both Secret and Morocco trapped him in a empty canvas.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Hot Rodney's mechanic resembles Chim Chim.
    • The title card for "Agent Penny" resembles the main title card of Charlie's Angels.
    • Secret Squirrel introduces himself as 000 (Double-0 0 or Triple-0 depending on the dub). When the cartoon was redubbed for Brazilian audiences, Secret was renamed James.
  • Spot the Impostor: Played straight with Morocco and Scirocco Mole, each attempting to demonstrate that he's the real Morocco. Secret finds out who's who when he tosses a pair of vases at them, correctly making the gambit that the real Morocco would fail to catch the vase before it hit him.
  • Step into the Blinding Fight: In the episode with Dr. O where the lights are shut off, leaving Secret without the use of his sight to combat the Doctor's bat henchmen, who have no problems fighting in the dark. After taking some punches, Secret eventually focuses on using his other senses.
  • Thick-Line Animation: Everything has a thick outline.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Dr. O's minions are a pair of bats.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Morocco can be seen as this at times, most notably in "Scirocco Mole" when he lit a whole box of bombs to be ready for Scirocco without realizing that having all of the bombs lit at once would leave little time for him and Secret to avoid the resulting explosions.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: While the original Morocco Mole wasn't all that bright, this version manages to screw up even more.
  • Verbal Tic: Greg the gingerbread man frequently says the last word of his sentences three times.
  • Vetinari Job Security: The plot of "Agent Penny". To save money, the Chief fires Secret, replaces him with Penny, and replaces Penny with Morocco. The result: Secret is bored out of his mind, Penny is a competent agent but gets tired of getting beaten up all the time, and Morocco destroys Penny's filing system by putting all the villains under "C" for criminal. Everyone is relieved when the Chief returns all the characters to their old jobs.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Quark has a somewhat disturbing and tiny bit tragic one when he succumbs to the Puff of Logic trope.
    Quark: (paraphrased, upon discovering that he doesn't really exist) N-No! That's not true! I'm real! I c-can dance! (leg disappears) I can s-sing! (other leg disappears...)
  • Wacky Racing: "Hot Rodney" has a race, although only between Secret and the titular antagonist. In spite of his efforts of stalling Hot Rodney from making it to the finish line while he takes the time to rescue Morocco, Secret ends up losing, but at least sees to it that Hot Rodney gets his just deserts by tricking him into donning the dynamite belt he strapped to Morocco.
  • Wingding Eyes: The reflections on Morocco's shades often do this; the usual squiggle turning into an exclamation mark is a common one.
    • The standard squiggles are S-shaped. S.S. standing for Secret Squirrel, of course.
      • Or Super Secret.
  • World of Funny Animals: The revival is set in one. This is one of its biggest departures from the original series.
  • Would Hit a Girl:
    • One Ton threw Secret Squirrel in drags. Though we're not sure if it's because he wasn't fooled one bit.
    • As shown in "Agent Penny", none of the villains have any qualms with hurting Penny.


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