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The Secret Show (2006-2007) is either an incredibly silly cartoon or a ruthless parody of Martini Flavoured Spy Fiction. Probably both. Any trope that gets within a mile of this show tends to end up subverted or parodied. Like all good children's comedy shows it can raise a smile in adults too.

The show follows top U.Z.Z. agents Victor Volt and Anita Knight as they thwart the various threats to earth's security, supported by Da Chief whose name is Changed Daily, always to something embarrassing and/or silly, and U.Z.Z. chief scientist Professor Professor. The most common foe is Doctor Doctor's T.H.E.M. and its Expendaballs. Other foes are the Impostors, a race of (probably) worm-like aliens who have special suits that allow them to assume perfect disguises, The Reptogators who live 60 miles below the surface of the Earth, and are naturally stupid; they have terrible eye sight, so they track people down by the smell of dirty teeth. They only become intelligent by sucking out the brainwaves of other creatures (most are too stupid to know this however). The Floaty Heads, aliens with floating heads who, according to the website seem to want something different every time they show up.


The format of each 15 minute episode is fairly regular, start with Special Agent Ray clearing the time slot of The Fluffy Bunny show, run titles, have the briefing including Changed Daily's new name of the day, fight the often utterly ridiculous foe (with extra briefings as needed) and then a de-briefing.

Originally a British creation airing on The BBC, this is among Nicktoons' independently-funded acquisitions it made in the later part of the 2000s, along with Kappa Mikey, Sky Land, Shuriken School, Edgar & Ellen, Ricky Sprocket: Showbiz Boy, Three Delivery, Wayside, and Making Fiends.

Definitely not to be confused with ''The Great and Secret Show''.


Tropes used include:

  • Affably Evil: One-shot villain Lucky Leo in the aptly named episode was born with a sort of Luck Gene that gives him incredible amounts of luck, of which he was to use to win every election and pageant in the world. Despite this he was genuinely very whimsical and charismatic to the point where even Anita was falling to his charms!
  • Alliterative Name: Among others:
    • Victor Volt
    • Professor Professor
    • Doctor Doctor
  • Alliterative Title: The Secret Show.
  • And I Must Scream: One episode ends with Doctor Doctor being tricked into sucking the entire universe into the Trousers of Doom! Since she happens to be wearing them at the time, she's forced to float through the void all alone where no one can hear her.
  • And This Is for...: Helsinki.
  • Bait-and-Switch: In The Secret Thing, U.Z.Z. Headquarters is put under Lockdown when Professor Professor finds out that someone is going to steal the Secret Thing. To get in, Victor has to show Ray, one of the agents, his pass. The joke is set up so that, because of his own incompetence, Victor doesn't have his pass and he has to trick Ray into letting him by (with one of the gags being convincing Ray that their (made up) children are best friends). Then the real Victor shows up with his pass, the first Victor being an Imposter, and calls Ray out on being so easily tricked.
  • Battle of the Bands: The "World Anthem", which has T.H.E.M. attempt to hypnotize the world through song.
  • Beneath the Earth: The Imposters and the Reptogators both live there; the Reptogators inhabit a lair 60 miles below, while the Imposters occupy a vast network of caverns 90 miles below.
  • Berserk Button: The early episode villain Robert Baron HATES to be deceived, a fact he is quick to angrily express.
  • Big Bad: Dr. Doctor
  • Big "NO!": Professor Professor at the start of 'The Thing That Goes Ping'.
  • Butt-Monkey: Victor seems to be a mild case of this until he gets that temporary lucky gene; it's cancelled out by the end of the episode when everyone gets it.
    • To a lesser extent, Changed Daily.
  • Catchphrase: Oh so many, from Professor Professor's "Totally untested und highly dangerous!" to The Impostor's "Ding Badoo!" (No one knows what it means, but they say it a lot.)
    • "Victor. Are you still alive?"
      • "Yes, I'm still alive!"
  • Chekhov's Skill: Vegetarianism.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The red button on the chairs in the pilot.
    • Also that little switch in the back of the briefing room: one episode has Victor wondering what it does; he flips it, and the entire base is sent careening underground (apparently it kept the UZZ base locked in place or something).
    • Also the spider occasionally seen crawling around in the briefing room. In the episode Secret Spider it is revealed that it is actually a robot piloted by tiny aliens with the purpose of spying on UZZ, though the aliens help foil the Impostor's plan of freezing the UZZ headquarters.
  • Constantly Changing Name: The chief has to have his name changed every day for security reasons. Being a comedy, his name is always something extremely silly and embarrassing.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: In “Secret Double Agent”, when Doctor Doctor is trying to learn the location of The Secret Thing, she tortures Changed Daily by slamming her mug on his mantelpiece, with him begging for her to stop it.
  • Couch Gag: Ray's method of evicting Granny from the opening slot.
    • Once, Granny has a 'very special episode' involving collecting carrots for the bunnies. The following dialogue ensues, after the screen zooming out to show some U.Z.Z agents...
    All Agents: BOR-ING!
    Agent in Red: Anything else on?
    Ray: Yeah. Let's watch... The Secret Show.
    • Subverted, BEAUTIFULLY, in an episode where Granny is sick, so her rarely-seen husband, Sweet Old Grandpa, runs the bunny show. When the agents show up to evict him, he...takes it poorly. Like, "headbutts an U.Z.Z. agent and holes up in a nearby house, shouting statements about freedom" poorly. It was maybe the funniest moment on the show.
    • Once, Granny was ejected while showing a replay of her debut episode. The replay featured her being evicted by a team of agents led by Changed Daily.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Victor can have his moments from time to time.
  • Cutting the Knot: Nearly every time a locked door & keypad appear, there is a request to enter a complicated and time-consuming code or input, to which the heroes usually respond by blowing up the keypad, which always inexplicably opens the door.
  • Different in Every Episode: The chief changes his name in each episode for security reasons.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In the first episode, when a security breach happens, UZZ issues a code red. Later episodes would establish UZZ uses the more comedic Code Custard.
  • Evil Is Petty: After Victor goes undercover to stop Dr. Doctor once and for all, he randomly starts shouting ideas out at how to defeat U.Z.Z at a rally, and Dr. Doctor thinks all of his ideas were amazing. Later on, Dr. Doctor reveals she knew Viktor hadn't turned turncoat, and went along with the ideas out of curiosity, and promptly restrains him. One of Viktors ideas had nanobots eat Changed Daily's moustache:
    Victor: He-ey you kept that bit!
    Dr. Doctor: Pointless, but amusing.
  • Evil vs. Evil: With both the Reptogators and the Imposters living underground (at distances of 60 and 90 miles, respectively), you knew they were gonna clash at some point; the moment comes when Victor sends the UZZ base crashing through both their lairs (see Chekhov's Gun above).
  • Fun with Acronyms: It's UZZ against THEM.
  • Fusion Dance: Combined with Cats Have Nine Lives when Victor and an evil cat are teleported back to U.Z.Z. base together; the cat gains a secret code from Victor's brain, but Victor gains eight lives... which he promptly loses, thanks to his aforementioned butt monkey status.
  • Future Badass: Victor in "Victor of the Future," although the "terrible future" aspect of the trope doesn't seem to be present. He now has Changed Daily's role and his daily codenames are much less embarrassing.
  • Harmless Freezing: On more than one occasion members of UZZ or even the whole UZZ base get frozen (usually due to The Imposters).
  • Hypocritical Humor: Practically Once an Episode, Professor Professor asks Victor if he's still alive. In the episode where their roles were reversed, Professor Professor berated Victor for asking the question.
  • I Ate WHAT?!:
    • Anita eats an alien. Everyone else in the world (except vegetarians) ends up doing the same thing twice by the episode's end.
    • During an investigation, Victor and Anita find a weird white paste-like substance. While Anita analyses it with a handheld device, Victor looks at it, smells it and tastes it while saying it's peppermint toothpaste, he chokes as if he's swallowed a deadly poison after Anita's device's results come back and she's reading off a list of dangerous-sounding ingredients. Turns out it is peppermint toothpaste.
  • I Have Many Names: Changed Daily is known as such because his name is "changed daily". Each new name tends to make people laugh at him.
  • I Never Told You My Name: While in disguise, Victor bumps into Ray and accidentally calls him by name. He gets suspicious, so Victor claims he knew Ray's name because it's written on his suit. And it is - on the inside of his pants. Ray still buys it.
  • Interspecies Romance: Dabbled with between Victor and an alien princess, in the episode where the Floaty-Head Aliens steal the solar-system, and again with U.Z.Z. agent Lucy Woo and an animatronic hamster.
  • Jerkass:
    • You would think that Professor Professor would bother to test his experiments, rather than just wait for Victor to need them.
    • More than that. Professor Professor always seems intent on screwing around with people, even when it would really be inappropriate (like in the middle of a life or death situation).
      • And he's implied to be just as much of a jerkass in the future, if not moreso; the one that stows away to the present in 'Victor of the Future'; when asked by present Victor what defeated the Floatyheads back when this was happening for him, he plays a guessing game and leads Victor to throw potatoes at the thing.
  • Kent Brockman News: Stacy Stern.
  • Lampshade Hanging:
    • Victor Volt figures out Doctor Doctor's plot to hypnotize the world with a song. He is ridiculed by his fellow agents, who tell him that only happens in cartoons. Learning that Doctor Doctor had gotten the idea from an old cartoon prompts Victor to exclaim I Knew It!
    • "How did people escape before ventilation shafts?"
    • In the episode where Doctor Doctor took over Sweet Little Grandma's bunny show for one of her plans, SLG commented it happens to her once a week.
  • Left the Background Music On: Omnious music was mentioned every time somebody mentioned the Bermuda Trapezoid. A band was revealed to be doing it when Victor Volt asked them if they'd do that every time somebody said "Bermuda Trapezoid"? And yes, they did repeat it after Victor asked the question.
    • Also: The Abyss *Wooooo oooo ooooooo*
  • Lethal Chef: Victor's mother seems to be this by her lack of skill with cakes.
    • The Chef, literally.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: A later episode revealed Victor was the only person at U.Z.Z. who didn't know his parents were also agents, and that his father had been on a secret mission in another dimension for years.
  • Loophole Abuse: A clown became the World Leader by renaming himself after the ballot's instruction of where to put the "X" to get votes from confused voters.
  • MacGuffin: The aptly named Secret Thing.
  • Manchild: Changed Daily.
  • Meaningful Name: Professor Professor, Doctor Doctor and double agent Kent B. Trusted. Also the World Leader's name seems to be World Leader.
  • Mooks: The Expendables.
  • Mysterious Middle Initial: Kent B. Trusted
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Victor's full name is "Victor Thomas Jefferson Volt."
  • Negative Continuity: Many episodes end with a seemingly irreversible outcome, such as Changed Daily’s brain being stuck in a mannequin, or all of humanity being sent to live on the moon. These never stick, and everything is back to normal once the next episode starts.
  • Noodle Incident: At the beginning of the episode "Flick the Switch", we join at the conclusion of another mission involving U.Z.Z. having thwarted the "Wobble Men of Dimension 10", who had been stealing all sorts of stuff, including all of Earth's clouds, left-handed people, and The BBC.
  • No Respect Guy: Victor.
  • No-Sell: When humanity gets hooked on eating green visiting aliens due to them smelling and tasting like delicious dishes, Victor realises that he's unaffected by the smell due to being vegetarian. He then assembles a "Vegetarian Task Force" to go to the mother ship of the aliens... only to find out that most of his members are pescatarian after most of them eat the fish-tasting aliens.
  • Once an Episode: Evicting Sweet Little Granny from her time slot, Changed Daily's name and...
    Prof. Professor: Victor! Are you still alive?
    Victor (usually irritated): Yes, I'm still alive!
    • Although usually he's just barely still alive, or just about to "not be still alive anymore."
      • And when uttering the words "yes" and "no" turn U.Z.Z. agents into zombies, Victor just catches himself and angrily tells Professor Professor to never ask that again. (He obviously doesn't listen, though.)
    • Also, Changed Daily's exasperated sigh - "ohhhhhh," which occurs once an episode, usually to close it out or when he learns his new name.
      • Even Victor does this in his stead at the end of one episode, when everyone else is partying in the briefing room after the World Anthem.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: The U.Z.Z. emergency disguise kit consists of a pair of glasses with googly eyes, a huge nose and a moustache. Works perfectly every time.
  • Punny Name: Kent B. Trusted
  • Pyrrhic Villainy: In the episode "Monument Racers", Doctor Doctor succeeds in stealing all of the world's money by attaching stolen 'weird little motor thingies' to the world's banks, allowing them to fly. However, possibly as a fail-safe, after twenty minutes of use, the motors go thermal and become 'unshtoppable', sending all of the banks to crash land on the moon. By the end of the episode, she still has all of the Earth's money, but absolutely nothing to do with it.
  • Regional Redecoration: In one of the Imposters' plans, they dump the entire Atlantic Ocean into the Earth's core, extinguishing it and causing an ice age.
  • Repetitive Name:
    • Professor Professor
    • Doctor Doctor.
      • It's actually subverted with Doctor Doctor; according to the old website, her real name is Susan.
    • Maestro Maestro, Professor Professor's brother.
    • Frau Frau, Maestro Maestro and Professor Professor's mother.
    • Professor Professor also named a rocket "Professor Professor Professor".
  • Reverse the Polarity: Of the shrinky-shrinky ray to get biggy-biggy ray.
    • Also the moon magnet.
  • Riddle for the Ages: What's Changed Daily's original name and why did Lucy Woo believe it used to fit him?
  • Running Gag: Oh so many. Changed Daily takes the fireplace he leans against everywhere. Plus The Secret Thing, a tiny mechanical spider and Granny's fluffy bunnies can be seen in the background of every episode.
  • Samus Is a Girl: A villain called Dr. Hypno was eventually revealed to be a woman, which managed to shock even former rival and retired secret agent Zach Meadows. They then get married after that.
  • Skewed Priorities: After using one of Professor Professor's poorly-timed calls on his phone to prevent him and Anita from being killed by a giant hornet, he's later reprimanded for damaging company property.
  • Shout-Out: The way the toothbrush in "Return of the Killer Toothbrush" rips through Victor's clothing closely resembles the chestburster from Alien.
  • Starfish Aliens: The Impostors, which look like fly maggots with a red cycloptic eye, speak a Starfish Language, and have a specialized queen. Somehow, they're pretty advanced in technology too.
  • Stupid Statement Dance Mix: A pair of aliens spying on U.Z.Z. base made one of these using some of Changed Daily's names.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Anita Knight has purple eyes. It's also a case of Supernatural Is Purple since in "The Abyss," it's revealed that she's a mermaid.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: At the beginning of "The Secret Thing", Victor and Anita are singing the show's theme song (as they usually do during the title sequence). It ends up being a plot point later on when Victor is confronted with two Anitas (the real one and an Imposter) and he uses it to determine the real one.
    • In "The Thing That Goes Ping", at an island in the Bermuda Trapezoid, Anita and Doctor Doctor have a dance-off to win the trust of the island's leader. The band's choice of music is the theme tune.
  • Unfortunate Names: Changed Daily's several names.
  • The Unintelligible: The World Leader, according to the old website, spoke an ancient Aztec language, and her husband was the only one who could translate.
  • The Un-Reveal: What is the Secret Thing? Also what is Changed Daily's real name (4 times in the space of 30 seconds in one episode)?
  • Untranslated Catchphrase: The Imposters are constantly heard saying the phrase "Ding Ba-Doo!" though it's never revealed what these words mean.
    • Ultimately subverted when in 2017, co-creator Tony Collingwood revealed in the commentary for "Flick the Switch" that "Ding Ba-Doo!" means "Freeze the World!"
  • Voices Are Mental: In one episode, Professor Professor has to remove parts of Victor and Anita’s brains to remove the effects of a brainwashing device. When he replaces them, he puts the brain pieces into the wrong agents. In the flashback following this, the mix-up is represented by their voices being swapped.
  • Weak-Willed: Victor in "Dr. Hypno Returns Again".
  • Weaksauce Weakness: The Impostors thrive in the cold, but are allergic to penguins, which (as we all know) also thrive in the cold. Also, their helmets vibrate to a high C note, making them shatter and forcing the creepy crawly aliens that actually control the suits to retreat to their base 90 miles below the surface of the Earth.
    • Which would explain why they live underground and try to freeze places where penguins are not a native species.
  • Whole Plot Reference: "The Wobble Men from Dimension Ten" has some striking similarities to The Three Doctors
  • Women Are Wiser: Anita is a million times wiser than Victor, her male counterpart.
  • World of Weirdness: Where to start?
    • The agents encounter aliens, killer toothbrushes, living wigs that can steal information from the human brain, a mother and son granted superpowers by their capes, sentient food, a giant brain that feeds on fear, just to name a few.
    • Human beings don't own the Earth, but instead rent it from the planet's former occupants, the Ammonites. They need to pay rent once every 1,000 years or they'll be booted out.
    • A pair of clown's trousers is granted incredible power once the stars align every 30 million years. These trousers are responsible for the disappearances of the dinosaurs and Atlantis.
    • The Juseemee tribe is a race of creatures who exist alongside humanity. You can't see them due to the fact that they hide in your blind spot.
    • Mermaids also exist, and they look human until exposed to sea water. Anita is at least partially one herself.


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