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"In the immense map of the heavens, among the billions of stars and planets, there is only one globe expensive enough to show Bluffonia, homeworld of The Bluffers!"

Has absolutely nothing to do with cliff faces or people who are good at card games.

The Bluffers is a short-lived animated series from the mid-late 1980s that originated from the Netherlands. It received a wide distribution, and the English dub has surprisingly good lip synch.

It follows some Woodland Creatures who live in the only patch of forest left in a desolate land known as Bluffonia, which is ruled by the nasty dictator Clandestino. The Bluffers, as these critters are called, are obsessed with stealing Clandestino's "Secret to Getting It All," which they hope will save their forest.



  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Blossom is a pink mouse with a heart-shaped tail-tip, Zip the squirrel is blue, although he could be meant to be actually grey, and Honey Boy the bear has yellow stripes on his chest.
  • An Aesop: While certain episodes may have an Anvilicious message or two, this is mostly subverted in that the entire series had an Aesop about the danger of greed that was surprisingly subtle. Until you're told about it, that is.
  • Ax-Crazy: Prickly Pine, a hyperactive and grouchy porcupine who'd launch a volley of quills before even looking at you, can be considered a rare heroic version of this trope (scaled down for kids, of course).
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Clandestino's butler Sillycone, who is a robot. A cheerful British Robot.
  • Crapsaccharine World: Bluffonia is a whimsical Funny Animal world...that's been taken over and polluted by Clandestino, except fors a very small section of forest.
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  • Cunning Like a Fox: Sharpey.
  • Cut Short: The series was canceled before they could reveal what Clandestino's secret was.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sharpey the Fox, who tries to lie, cheat, and steal like a "real fox," but never seems to do it right.
  • Gold Tooth: A lot of the show's characters seem to be having at least one of these.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Glum, Clandestino's mistreated watchdog, though due to distrust on the part of the Bluffers and a desire for a warm bed he never gets to act on it aside from a few complaints.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: It is unclear how a petty buffoon like Clandestino managed to take over almost the entire of Bluffonia. No wonder the Bluffers are convinced that secret is the key to disarming him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sharpey, again. Also Prickly Pine, being a hero as well.
  • Legacy Seeker: One episode begins with the villain Clandestino having a dream where he dies and ascends to the Hall of Fame, where a godly voice declares that he has earned his place among history's greats. However, the voice points out that Clandestino neglected to leave behind a monument or edifice to his greatness on Earth, and thus he will eventually be forgotten. Clandestino awakes and vows that the dream will not come true, and begins building a memorial gallery to himself. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: That bouncy, friendly main theme song is calling you names. In the English version, at least.
    • Though the full version heard during the ending credits subverts this — about midway, it changes into a motivational song, telling you to toughen and never give up.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Both Sillycone and Glum to Clandestino. While Sillycone dotes over Clandestino and even helps think up schemes, he lacks much of a wrathful streak.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Clandestino. Subverted with shy Psycho the Snake whose name comes from his minor Psychic Powers.
  • The Narrator: Gene Deitch (of Tom and Jerry and Terrytoons fame) on the English dub.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: In the English dub, Blossom has a Southern drawl. When she feels like it.
  • The Owl-Knowing One: Zocrates is not only named after Socrates, he is even dressed like a stereotypical ancient Greek, complete with laurel wreath on his head. He also has a Greek column carved in the bark of his tree.
  • Riddle for the Ages: What exactly was "the Secret of Getting It All"? The audience never finds out.
  • She's Not My Girlfriend: As Zipper insists to the ever clingy Blossom.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Blossom the Mouse's sole purpose on the show seems to be "be a girl" and "flirt with obviously annoyed Zipper", though she is the only one who takes Glum's Heel–Face Turn as genuine.
  • Sssssnake Talk: Subverted with Psycho the snake in that his speech impediment is putting silent P's in front of words starting with S. He still has a slight lisp, though.
  • Status Quo Is God: The animals would always foil Clandestino's schemes, but never get any closer to stealing his secret.
  • Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: Clandestino is a greedy, polluting tyrant, and has a guard dog named Glum who is a Minion with an F in Evil and is frequently mistreated.
  • Villain Exclusivity Clause: Clandestino.