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Velocity: The Dark Human Slayer is an American children's/adult animated series created by Bryan Andrews with Rob Renzetti co-creating for Nickelodeon that aired from 1999 to 2003. The series also aired on Nicktoons and briefly TeenNick. Currently, the series airs on MTV. It serves as a spiritual predecessor to the Cartoon Network/Adult Swim series Samurai Jack.

Despite originally created for children, the show contained animated violence, and mild crude humor, because of this, the series at times is considered an adult animated series/T-rated series.

Tropes

Original

  • Absentee Actor: Velocity was absent for only one episode, which was Shunky's Stories, which all 3 stories focused on Shunky.
  • Awesome Art: The show itself.
  • Big Eater: Shunky
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Shunky usually breaks the fourth wall.
  • Catchphrase: "Fudge butter" - Shunky
  • Cerbius Knight: In every season there is a villain more powerful than Brimstone but they appear in only one episode.
  • Development Hell: (reserved for Green)
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: There are numerous hidden adult jokes in it.
  • Happy Ending: Almost each episode concludes in this.
  • Heel-Face Turn: 
    • Nancy does this when Velocity rescues her from her demise to the collapsing haunted house, making her the first Dark Human to have a change of heart. With a change of heart, Velocity and Nancy decide to return Willie to his mother.
  • Laughably Evil: Brimstone.
  • Vegetarian Carnivore: Velocity, despite being a velociraptor, is a vegetarian.

(W.I.P)

Revival

  • Back from the Dead: TBD
  • Bloodier and Gorier: While this season still has the color of the Dark Human blood purple, real blood is seen in this season almost every episode. This is the reason why the new season is rated TV-14-V (although some episodes never included blood).
  • Darker and Edgier: The whole revival is an example of this trope, while retaining its humor.
  • Flashback: There are a lot of flashbacks in this season, making them a recurring gag in this season. These flashbacks not only features a young Velocity (his appearance from the first four seasons) but also featured the Dark Humans (from the first four seasons, which Brimstone revealed that their tear marks turn to blood red when they reach 30 years).
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Like the original series, there are numerous hidden adult jokes.
  • Revival: This is the first season made since the last season, which ended in 2003, which was 15 years ago.
  • Shout-Out:
  • The Teaser: Velocity explaining the story how he lost his sword in the teaser promo.
  • Title Sequence: [similar to S5 SJ, but not to rip it off]
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not For Kids?: While the first four season was for kids, the fifth and final season is aimed for teenagers and adults who grew up watching the show and definitely not for kids.
  • Win Back the Crowd:

(W.I.P)

Trivia

  • Banned in China: Despite the fact that it was beloved by many people, the series ended up being banned in some states.
    • This show was banned in Phillipines due to [reserved for Green]
  • Channel Hop: The original series aired on Nickelodeon while the revival aired on MTV, with the whole show now airing on the said channel.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The series was supposed to premiere on 1998, but ended up being delayed to 1999 due to all of the files containing the episodes they produce being deleted and had to re-produce all of the episodes from scratch.
    • During earlier concepts, Velocity was planned to be called Hanuku, Taunaka, Hu'juson, and Abis.
      • During the 1996 video, however, Velocity was originally name Eekizel.
    • In the 1996 video, the Dark Humans' blood were originally going to be red. However, to make it more family friendly, the blood was changed to purple. However, normal blood were eventually added in the fifth season, but the Dark Human blood remained purple.

YMMV

  • Broken Base: Even a beloved Nicktoon has them... where the hell do we start?
    • Shunky's Stories is honored to be the only episode of Velocity that gained mixed reviews, due to the lack of Velocity and TBD. It is also considered to be most Velocity fans' least favorite episode.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Despite the show being created two years before Samurai Jack, half of the SJ fanbase called it a Samurai Jack rip-off due to the animation style... despite airing two years before that show.
    • While most fans on Velocity get along with SpongeBob fans and vice versa, some fans had some conflicts as well, with some fans even blaming SpongeBob for Velocity being cancelled in a cliffhanger.
    • [Luke: Dark Spirit Hunter]
    • [TFPWL and TFPG]
  • Friendly Fandoms: Despite the fact they compare it as a ripoff, half Samurai Jack fans admired Velocity, calling it Samurai Jack before Samurai Jack.
    • [SpongeBob]
    • Fans of Gatopardos the Cheetah loved Velocity, mainly since they were both created by the same guy.
    • [Mythical-related]
    • [MoTMK]
  • Memetic Mutation: [Velocity or Shunky-Moto Moto mashup]

Tear Jerker

  • Brimstone's heroic sacrifice in the series finale.
  • A tear of joy one involving Shunky's reunion with his family.

Funny

While action-packed, this series does contain humor.

  • Shunky, Malware and Ashton are the three comedic reliefs of the whole cartoon.
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