Road Rovers

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"Let's hit the road, Rovers!"


Road Rovers was a short-lived animated series (1 season, 13 episodes), which told the story of "The Road Rovers". They were (stop us if you think that you've heard this one before) a group of ordinary animals who become anthropomorphic superheroes and use their special abilities and gadgets to fight crime.

Specifically, the Rovers were a group of stray dogs who are temporarily turned humanlike by a mysterious scientist known as "The Master" (No, not that Master, that one, or that one). They save the world from villains including General Parvo, who was trying to take over the world by turning dogs and other animals into monsters, while in their free time acting as the beloved pets of world leaders (such as Queen Elizabeth II and President Bill Clinton). The fact that the dogs were all pets of world dignitaries at least added an interesting twist, as they sometimes had to work in their 'civilian' identities to convince their owners not to go to war.

Tropes used in Road Rovers include:

Blitz: [insert statement involving his desire to bite the rumps of his enemies]
Exile: Don't be weird boy.

    • More running gags involve Shag pointing weapons backwards. Subverted when he has it right to begin with and someone tells him to turn it around, which he blithely does.
    • And when they release their Ax Crazy friend, Muzzle, on the bad guys with a shout of "Let's Muzzle 'em!" Cue Gory Discretion Shot.
    • Colleen pretending not to know Blitz's name and instead calling him other more amusing B names until the last episode.
    • "Yet Another Unexpected Twist!... Bummer."
      • Hunter had a ton of catch phrases, the above is just one of them. Other's include "I would not have predicted this!" and "[X], Cool."
    • The show pretty much runs on running gags. Some more include Colleen saying completely random and nonsensical things when doing her martial arts, Exile completely butchering several idioms at once, and the Russian Exile complaining about people always "rushin'" him.
    • And then there's General Parvo...

Parvo: [Coughing uncontrollably] Lozenge!

  • Cats Are Mean: The Groomer's uplifted cats are pretty nasty. General Parvo is also an uplifted cat.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Many characters qualify for this, but Hunter and Colleen specifically stand out in this area.
  • Competitive Balance
  • Dirty Coward: Blitz, for laughs.
  • Dog Bites Man: Blitz's speciality.
  • Dog Stereotype
  • Do-It-Yourself Theme Tune: The theme song is sung by the main cast.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Colleen.
  • Elaborate Underground Base
  • Expository Theme Tune: Tells us how the dogs all got here, tells us what all their names are, what their super powers are, where they are from, and their personality all at INCREDIBLY rapid speed. Seen here.
  • Fake Nationality: Everyone but Hunter though Colleen could easily be taken for Australian given where her accent drifts off to sometimes.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: Extremely obvious in the second episode, where two attack helicopters are fitted with rocket pods. Guess what they shoot? Lasers. Mildly subverted in episode 6 when three F/A-18/Su-25 lookalikes open fire on our heroes with regular machine guns. They're about as realistic as a potato in a root beer factory, but they're there.
  • Five-Man Band: Enforced
  • Gratuitous German: Averted with Blitz, who most of the time just talks like The Ahnold, but the chancellor of Germany in one episode ordered his men, over the phone, to "stop the Blitzkrieg!".
  • Genius Bruiser: Exile is quite muscular AND skilled with mechanics.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: It worked only once. While discussing Russian names they used the example of "Sonov". Add that to the patronymic suffix "-ovich" and you'll see why that song got cut for later airings. See the video here. To be fair, the dogs probably wouldn't see this as much of an insult, as they all are.
    • What about Colleen's passion for squeaky toys shaped like bananas?
    • Rumors state that the Sonov thing was one of the reasons the show was cancelled, though some claim the segment was done after getting word they would be canceled as a Take That to the studio execs.
    • Or how about the magazine that Exile and Shag are ogling at, only to turn out to be about trees?
    • Also when Colleen calls Blitz a random name that starts with the letter B, he says "I'm getting tired of this bit" although it really sounds like he's saying "I'm getting really tired of this bitch".
  • Hammerspace Hair: Shag.
  • Hand Wave
  • Hermit Guru
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Muzzle.
    • Also Hunter and Colleen in at least one episode.

Hunter: Let's Muzzle 'em!
Colleen: Why, that would be mean, sadistic, and cruel!
Hunter: Is that a problem?
Colleen: Nope. Works for me! (Hunter proceeds to release Muzzle on the enemy)


Exile: Please seek therapy.

  • The Mole: Sport, but only because his master was held hostage by Parvo.
  • Most Common Card Game
  • Multinational Team: The Rovers came from the US (Hunter), the UK (Colleen), Germany (Blitz), Switzerland (Shag), and Russia (Exile)
  • My Name Is Not Durwood: Colleen to Blitz.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Muzzle, sort of.
  • Oblivious to Love: Hunter, it is hinted at throughout the series, but in the last episode it is made quite obvious that Colleen has a crush on Hunter. She asks him if he would like to go for walk on beach to which he responds with an enthusiastic "You bet!" Cut to Hunter as a regular dog with Colleen holding his leash.

Colleen: Not exactly what I had in mind.


Hunter: Hey Blitz, you want a biscuit?
Blitz: Tanks.
Hunter: You're welcome.
Blitz: No, tanks.
Hunter: Are you sure? It's tasty. Try it.
Blitz: Tanks!
Hunter: You're welcome.
Blitz: No, tanks!
Hunter: What's with you? Do you want it or not?
Blitz: TANKS!
Hunter: You're welcome!
Blitz: NO, TANKS!
(The enemy tanks bust in at that moment)
Hunter: (Giggles) Oh, tanks. Now I get it. Funny.