Sushi Pack is a children's Saturday morning cartoon featuring a team of items from a sushi menu, jolted to life thanks to a bolt of lightning
. The Pack consists of Tako (octopus), Maguro (tuna), Kani (crab), Ikura (salmon roe) and Wasabi, who together battle evildoers and learn life lessons. They live in an organic donut shop with their human friend and mentor
Ben. Despite the superhero element of the story, violence is used only as a last resort. The show is produced by American Greetings, DiC Entertainment (notable for being the final cartoon they ever created), and Tom Ruegger.
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- Barrier Warrior: Maguro.
- Blush Sticker: Kani, Maguro, and Mochi Mochiato.
- Cardboard Prison: The only villain shown consistently in jail is The Collector.
- Care-Bear Stare: Maguro occasionally uses her mental powers in this way.
- Carnivore Confusion: Played rather disturbingly in that the Pack actually remembers their past lives as animals (save Wasabi, who was a plant instead). This means that not only should they remember dying, but somebody was actually cruel enough to slaughter intelligent, talking animals.
- City of Adventure: Wharf City.
- Collector of the Strange: One villain called, appropriately, The Collector.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: Titanium Chef punishes Mochi Mochiato by having her teammates ridicule her.
- Cute Bruiser: The entire Pack, particularly Kani.
- Easy Impersonation: In "The Wrong Sushi," Tako, Maguro, Kani, and Wasabi are convicted of a crime, despite presented video evidence showing what is obviously The Legion of Low Tide made up to look like the Pack.
- Edible Theme Naming: Each of the members of the Pack has a name relating to what food they were before the lightning strike.
- Enemy Mine: With Unagi in "Lights On, Lights Off" and "The Thing That Wasn't There".
- Enemy to All Living Things: Sir Darkly.
- Every Episode Ending: Every episode ends with the Pack jumping into the air and shouting "Sushi Pack!"
- Evil Counterpart: The Legion of Low Tide.
- The Napoleon: Kani.
- Noodle Implements: In "When Will Ben be Zen?," Wasabi's plan to help Ben involves him wearing mukluks for some reason.
- Not Me This Time: In "The Thing That Wasn't There," an electrical creature that only Maguro can see is causing havoc all over the city. Since the attacks all have to do with electricity, the rest of the Pack assume that Unagi, the electric eel member of The Legion of Low Tide is up to no good. When they confront him, he denies having anything to do with it.
- Out-of-Character Moment: When Maguro flips out at Tako in "But Is It Art?".
Maguro: "If I wasn't so in time with my inner tuna, I'd go barracuda in him!"
- Perky Female Minion: Mochi Mochiato.
- Personal Raincloud: Sir Darkly, on occasion.
- Psycho Electric Eel: Unagi.
- The Psycho Rangers: The Fried Food Fighting Force were created as this. They ended up turning on Oleander after discovering she planned to eat them later.
- The Rashomon: "So Says Who?"
- Remember the New Guy?: A few villains have "returned" in their debut episode (Oleander, Paradoxtor, Sir Darkly, to name a few).
- Repeating So the Audience Can Hear: Used occasionally by the Pack to translate Wasabi's "mustard speak" for the viewers.
- Rhymes on a Dime: This line from "Give Peas A Chance":
Chief Flume: It's a mess. Carrots, corn, green beans, and a clump of weird frozen peas!
- Shoe Shine, Mister?: In "Chemicals Made From Dirt," the Titanium Chef's evil plan involves shoeshine, even though his own minions point out that no one shines his shoes in this day and age. However, his plan also involves the power of peer pressure, and sure enough, everyone wants to get his shoes shined to be "cool". One boy even volunteers to help them shine shoes.
- Skunk Stripe: Oleander.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Tako and his art.
- Team Mom: Maguro.
- Team Title: The show is named after the superhero team it's about.
- Title Theme Tune: "Sushi, sushi, sushi, sushi, Sushi Pack!"
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Kani and Maguro, respectively.
- Tome of Eldritch Lore: Titanium Chef's "Book of Chum Chop".
- TV Never Lies: "Sweet Tooth"
- The Unintelligible: Wasabi.
- Villainous Glutton: Oleander doesn't care that the protagonists are sentient, they're still food to her.
- Villain Team-Up: "The Yam Yakkers" and "Fair Share For Sure"
- Voices Are Mental: Wasabi remains The Unintelligible when in Mayor Martin's body. Martin's secretary can still understand him because "All politicians speak gibberish."
- Walking Wasteland: Sir Darkly.
- We Want Our Jerk Back: "Chemicals Made From Dirt".
- You Just Ruined the Shot: "Starring Ikura".