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  • Canon Defilement: At this point, with so little to go on, and the series having so few characters, it's hard to avoid. Generally, as long you don't completely break all the rules of canon, you'll come out okay; for instance, Martin suddenly taking a level in jerkass for no reason (besides the author wanted it) will probably not be well received. However, if it's due to a Despair Event Horizon, that would be different. This is largely due to all the Canon Fodder lying about.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Aviva. Doesn't help that she's showcased about 75% more than any other character (including the villains).
    • Likewise, Koki and Jimmy.
  • Even Better Sequel: Technically, triquel - Be the Creature was followed by Be the Creature 2. Hardly anyone remembers these (unlike most other Kratt series, they aired during prime time and weren't aimed at kids), yet Wild Kratts is a more or less a remake of them.
  • Foe Yay: There has been fan speculation of Zach and Aviva having been in a relationship at one point, and let's just say that she remembers things about him that no one else would remember about someone they purport to dislike. Also, in "Mystery of the Weird-Looking Walrus", she knew the code to disable the skullcaps without being told - either Zach is that much of a moron/creature of habit that he'd use the same code, knowing his opponents knew it as well and could disable his systems before he knew anything, or else she knows him a lot better than she's putting on.
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  • Friendly Fandoms: The fandom of the show is pretty friendly with the fandoms of Odd Squad, Ready Jet Go!, and Nature Cat, especially on Tumblr, since they're all popular PBS Kids shows. It also helps that the Kratt Brothers actually made a cameo in an Odd Squad episode, and appeared as bats in an episode of Nature Cat.
  • Growing the Beard: If the episodes are in at least semi-correct order, the show does this in season 2 (started with "Ker-Honk"). If they're in some kind of reverse order, then the show has gotten worse (although by a negligible margin).
  • He Really Can Act: Though Chris and Martin are playing themselves, they demonstrate pretty good emotional range as voice actors.
  • Ho Yay: In "Honey Seekers", Koki calls Aviva "honey".
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The transformation sounds the Creature Power Suits make when activated (which has it's own Theme Music Power-Up).
  • Periphery Demographic:
    • The show has a small but thriving community of older fans who remember the Kratt Brothers' earlier shows fondly.
    • Quite a few professional biologists and science teachers watch it too, because it's a true pleasure to see a kids' educational program that's this fixated on the natural abilities which the biologists, themselves, always believed were superpower-caliber cool.
  • The Scrappy: Zach is seen as one of the most pathetic villains in cartoon history, for being an annoying, money-grubbing and immature little puke stain. He even sees himself as "the world's greatest mind" despite the fact that his inventions fail more than Aviva's.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The overall message is that all creatures are amazing and should be living free and in the wild.
  • Squick: The Kratts are a little too fascinated with worm slime in "Mystery of the Squirmy Wormy."
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The theme song is basically an altered version of the Zoboomafoo theme.
  • Tearjerker:
    • Maxilla's death in "Voyage of the Butterflier."
    • Aviva crying when her family heirloom - a badminton birdie - was stolen in "Caracal-Mitton".
    • Martin being unable to save the Dodos from extinction in "Back in Creature Time, Part 1."
    • In "Part 2," Martin tries to take a baby Tasmanian Tiger to the present, but realizes he'll be taking him away from his parents.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: In "Lemur Legs," (about sifaka lemurs) there wasn't even a reference to Zoboomafoo, whose titular lemur was a sikafa. Possibly intentional, as the latter wasn't depicted realistically, unlike how Wild Kratts portrays its creatures; also, reminding viewers of the silly Zoboomafoo may have detracted from this show's serious message about lemur conservation.
  • Uncanny Valley: The earlier designs of the characters seen in "Polar Bears Don't Dance" may creep out some.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Maybe the Kratts played Zach the way he is so we'd like him, or maybe they didn't, but Zach's Psychopathic Man Child nature has led some fans to feel like he doesn't really know what he's doing.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • In "Let the Rhinos Roll!" Chris goes off to find the mother of Nubs, a baby black rhino whom Martin is watching. Later "Chris" calls Martin, telling him that there's nothing to worry about and that he can keep Nubs as long as he wants.
      You'd Expect: Martin would realize that Chris would want to return Nubs to the wild as soon as possible.
      You'd also expect: Martin would notice that Chris is wearing red instead of his standard green.
      Instead: Martin misses both alerts and goes on as if nothing's wrong.
      Result: The Tortuga is nearly trampled by a herd of mind-controlled black rhinos.
    • In the season 3 two-part finale, "Back in Creature Time," Zach has infiltrated the Tortuga and captured Koki and Jimmy. After that, Zach uses the Time Trampoline to travel to the past where the other Wild Kratts are. Zach states that he can now go back to the present with the Trampoline piece, thus trapping the Wild Kratts in the past forever.
      You'd expect: Zach to do exactly what he said.
      Instead: Out of arrogance, Zach believes it'll be much more fun to find the heroes and tell them he's gonna trap them in the past, first.
      As a result: The Wild Kratts foil Zach's plan and safely return to the present with him.
    • In the beginning of "Cheeks the Hamster", Koki and Aviva are performing maintenance checks on the Tortuga and the Creature Power Suits. Upon Koki finishing up with Tortuga's engine, Martin suggest they test out the updated turbo boosters. Jimmy Z agrees to this.
      You'd Expect: Jimmy to alert Aviva and Chris about the test drive and then wait for them to put away any important equipment and safely buckle up.
      Instead: He immediately tests out the turbo boosters by performing various aerial displays.
      The Result: Not only does this end up causing Chris to crash repeatedly against the walls of Tortuga, but also the CPS's Micro XT Power Chips, that Aviva had been overhauling, end up flying out when he hits the door's button, thus setting up the episode's plot.
    • Paisley Paver's entire shtick revolves around the potentially extinction worthy action of paving over all natural areas.
      You'd expect: Her to realize this and find some way of balancing out her covering up of trees and other wild plants.
      Instead: She goes about her merry sadistic way without sparing this possibility a single thought.
  • The Woobie: The Kratt Brothers at times, whether it's because of a villain's doing or trouble from the natural elements.


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