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Left to right: Marc, Lee, Megan, and Tony.

Another offering from Marathon Media, the studio behind Totally Spies! and Martin Mystery, originally created for Disney Channel Asia, later imported into Cartoon Network. The series, a sort of Spiritual Successor to Totally Spies featuring much younger protagonists, is about the adventures of four young siblings (Tony, Marc, Megan, and Lee Clark) who must balance their lives in middle school with their secret lives as spies working for WOOHP, the World Organization of Human Protection. Though Jerry appears once more as a coordinator and parent figure for the young heroes, Sam, Alex, and Clover are relegated to simple cameos.

While Totally Spies drew inspiration from shoujo manga, The Amazing Spiez is also inspired by western Comic Books.

Definitely not related to the little Swiss city.



  • Aborted Arc: In one episode, it's implied that Tami has a crush on Lee. However, this is never brought up again in any later episodes.
  • Action Girl: Megan has her moments. She's very acrobatic and hits harder than her slight frame would indicate.
  • All There in the Manual: The fact that Marc and Megan are actually twins, the fact that the Clarks live in Toronto, Canada is never mentioned in the show proper, but it is known from additional material.
  • Always Someone Better: In "Operation Yeti Bear", the spies' schoolmate Tara is shown to not only be capable of besting Lee's athletic records, but of building a better computer than Marc. That makes them feel insecure.
  • Animesque: It looks like a comic, but withholds some of the anime qualities of its predecessor.
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  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: 50 Ft. Hacker attacks in the episode "Operation The 50 Ft. Hacker".
  • Big Brother Bully: Lee does enjoy picking on his younger brothers Marc and Tony (and on Megan to a lesser extent). Downplayed as he's always got his younger brothers' backs when it's really important in the end.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Sibling Protective Instinct. The Clarks may fight like cats and dogs and give each other a hard time but if you mess with one, the other 3 will mess you UP!
  • Catgirl: Or Catboy rather. Tony briefly imagines himself with cat ears at the start of "Operation Grow Up".
  • Crazy-Prepared: The team always has the right gadgets prepared for the moment, no matter how unlikely it would appear.
  • Different as Night and Day: While Marc and Megan aren't as extreme as some examples of this trope, but it is present. 1. Marc is a boy while Megan is a girl.; 2. their complexions are opposite with Marc having fairly light skin while Megan's is much darker; 3. Megan has green eyes which make her look slightly exotic while Marc has more mundane brown eyes; 4. Marc's hair is a light shade while Megan's is a fairly dark shade of black; 4. Marc's outfit in civilian attire is overall much lighter than Megan's; and finally 5. their personalities. Marc is a slightly feminine self-proclaimed geek who's the Smart Guy of his team as the resident Badass Bookworm and Gadgeteer Genius and a fairly good example of a Socially Awkward Hero while Megan is a tomboyish Fashionista who's the team's chick and well versed in social interactions.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Jerry's sister Sherry became a supervillain and vowed revenge for almost 50 years to destroy Jerry's life. Because he tattled on her for sneaking a cookie as kids, though to be more accurate, they both snuck cookies but he threw the blame on her while faking innocence. She used Marc, who had no connection to the event other than being one of Jerry's agents (which is flimsy logic at best), as a test subject for the device she planned to use on her brother.
  • Fingertip Drug Analysis: The mysterious substance to be tested with fingers and licking was honey, but the trope applies, given the reactions of the rest of the team.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Marc. In the first episode, he reprograms one of their gadgets in mid-mission in seconds.
  • Good Parents: Cal and Karen Clark are caring, supportive parents who love their kids. When it appeared that their parents had attacked their sub with intent to kill, Marc honestly believed his seasickness was making him hallucinate and the other 3 were in just about complete agreement. And for the record, they were right about their parents not wanting to hurt them. It was a ploy by Davey Hacker to get rid of the Clark kids by brainwashing their parents into doing his dirty work. And it almost worked...
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Everything's an operation for these kids…
  • Incest Subtext: Marc and Megan are awfully close with one another, often seen with one arm or shoulder around the other in screenshots, and Megan is always there to advise Marc on social graces. The subtext is subtle but definitely visible.
  • Inflating Body Gag: In "Operation The 50 Ft. Hacker", the growth-inducing gadget malfunctions, making Megan inflate like a giant balloon. Marc manages to revert her back to normal size shortly after.
  • Insufferable Genius: Marc is very intelligent but can act like an ass on occasion though it's not always on purpose and he'll frequently back off if one of his older siblings chastises him.
  • Lovable Jock: Lee does have a couple moments of chauvinism or over-competitiveness but is generally a really nice kid.
  • Mama Bear: Karen Clark. Do not mess with this woman's kids, or she'll get medieval on your ass ...unfortunately she doesn't get to show this off much.
  • Meaningful Name: Technical example; Marc's name is spelled the same way as the MARC system for library online catalogs. Given his position as The Smart Guy, it's appropriate.
  • Men Don't Cry: Men don't showcase their emotional side; Marc is extremely emotionally sensitive but tries to keep it hidden because he finds it embarrassing, with Megan being the only person he really opens up to.
  • Noodle Incident: The time the Clarks left flesh-eating bacteria in Jerry's refrigerator. Viewers never get to hear what happened with it. There are also a few missions that we never see in detail such as the one that triggered Marc's fear of heights.
  • Series Continuity Error: In "The Spy Sitter", Marc asks for something that includes meat. However in "Pet Peeved", Tony stated that Marc is a vegetarian. Now that could have been a development between the episodes or Tony just trying to distract their attacker but clarity would have been nice.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Megan and Marc both share a tendency to put their hands in the pockets of their sweaters and share a knack for hacking, though Megan admits Marc had to teach her.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Done very subtly in "Operation Grow Up". The episode features a villain that can alter his age at will, becoming a child at some points, an adult at some others, but one of his distinguishing traits is that he has a small scar on his chin at all times. Earlier in the episode, Tony is upset because he's too young to see a movie his older siblings are all going to. It isn't mentioned by name, but the poster the children bring back features a very familiar silhouette of one Indiana Jones. Fans of the franchise need not hear more. Sneaky!
    • Marc's crush in "Operation Crabby Bob" is named Sheena Weston, after singer Sheena Easton who sang the title song in For Your Eyes Only.
    • Megan as Gravity Girl in "Operation Fun and Games" can easily remind one of Storm.
  • The Smurfette Principle: There is only one female among the four main heroes and she has most, if not all, "girl" tropes.
  • Super Villain: The villains in this show, while they do still have really stupid Freudian Excuses, they're costumed and have powers or gadgets related to their "Theme", the old show had some shades of it, but this show has more obvious Super Villain inspiration. Even the villains that do return from the original show have underwent a reworked design more befitting of a Super Villain.
  • Team Mom: Megan. While it's not constant, she does frequently go out of her way to help her brothers.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Marc and Megan's names start with the same letter, highlighted in the Missing Episode "M's Again" which features their birthday as a sub-plot.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Megan, at least according to her brothers. And they have a point since Megan is sassy and fully able to keep up with the boys but enjoys wearing pink and gushes over cute boys.
  • Transformation Sequence: If the way they put on their spy suits in every episode doesn't count (it's simpler than most examples, but still), then the time that Lee, Megan, and Marc turned into super heroes in "Operation Fun and Games" definitely does.
  • A Twinkle in the Sky: In "Operation: Twins of Trouble" a WOOHP jet does this as it flies off into the distance.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: Tami becomes the Clarks' friend in "Twins of Trouble" after they save her life, and she ends up causing them more trouble in helping them than she does antagonizing them. Realizing that they liked Tami better before, they eventually let her "save" them so that the debt is paid and she can go back to being the Alpha Bitch.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Clowns and Heights (for one episode) for Marc and he had to face his both fears in an episode.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Every adult villain to ever appear. While not all of them go out of their way to injure the Clarks, none of them pull any punches in doing things like destroying structures the kids are climbing, inducing other people to try to kill them or throwing them from great heights
  • X Treme Kool Letterz: The Amazing Spiez - the title has "Z" instead of "S" at the end of plural. Kewl, right?


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