History Franchise / TheGreenHornet

17th Nov '16 11:14:30 PM foxley
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* KneelPushTrip: In ''The Lone Ranger/Green Hornet'' #5, the Lone Ranger and Elliot Ness do this to defeat Black Bart (Ness does the kneeling, the Ranger does the pushing).
3rd Oct '16 11:28:50 AM nightkiller
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In 1966 producer William Dozier, wielding some clout owing to his smash hit series ''Series/{{Batman}}'', brought an adaption of ''The Green Hornet'' to the small screen as a DramaticHalfHour series. Van Williams starred as Britt Reid/The Green Hornet (who, in a modernization of the radio property, is not only publisher of the ''Daily Sentinel'', but is also owner/general manager of an associated television station; Gary Owens, the iconic "Announcer" on ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'', occasionally appeared as a news anchorman on Reid's station). The show is best known for introducing martial arts legend Creator/BruceLee, playing Kato, to Western audiences. Lee's portrayal became so popular in Hong Kong (his Chinese home town) that [[SpotlightStealingTitle the show was retitled]] ''[[SpotlightStealingTitle The Kato Show]]'' when broadcast there. Because Lee himself was a martial artist, his Kato demonstrated those skills in the show (although the radio series made isolated references to Kato's ju-jitsu expertise, martial arts skills had never been an important of Kato's characterization in either the radio series or film serials), and this development has had a huge influence on later Green Hornet adaptations: rumors of various proposed film adaptations have universally had a martial arts star being cast in the role of Kato, and it is now probably unthinkable for Kato ''not'' to be a martial arts master in any subsequent ''Green Hornet'' adaptation in any medium.

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In 1966 producer William Dozier, wielding some clout owing to his smash hit series ''Series/{{Batman}}'', brought an adaption of ''The Green Hornet'' to the small screen as a DramaticHalfHour series. Van Williams starred as Britt Reid/The Green Hornet (who, in a modernization of the radio property, is not only publisher of the ''Daily Sentinel'', but is also owner/general manager of an associated television station; Gary Owens, the iconic "Announcer" on ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'', occasionally appeared as a news anchorman on Reid's station). The show is best known for introducing martial arts legend Creator/BruceLee, playing Kato, to Western audiences. Lee's portrayal became so popular in Hong Kong (his Chinese home town) that [[SpotlightStealingTitle the show was retitled]] ''[[SpotlightStealingTitle The Kato Show]]'' when broadcast there. Because Lee himself was a martial artist, his Kato demonstrated those skills in the show (although the radio series made isolated references to Kato's ju-jitsu expertise, martial arts skills had never been an important part of Kato's characterization in either the radio series or film serials), and this development has had a huge influence on later Green Hornet adaptations: rumors of various proposed film adaptations have universally had a martial arts star being cast in the role of Kato, and it is now probably unthinkable for Kato ''not'' to be a martial arts master in any subsequent ''Green Hornet'' adaptation in any medium.
3rd Oct '16 11:19:41 AM nightkiller
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In 1966 producer William Dozier, wielding some clout owing to his smash hit series ''Series/{{Batman}}'', brought an adaption of ''The Green Hornet'' to the small screen as a DramaticHalfHour series. Van Williams starred as Britt Reid/The Green Hornet (who, in a modernization of the radio property, is not only publisher of the ''Daily Sentinel'', but is also owner/general manager of an associated television station; Gary Owens, the iconic "Announcer" on ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'', occasionally appeared as a news anchorman on Reid's station). The show is best known for introducing martial arts legend Creator/BruceLee, playing Kato, to Western audiences. Lee's portrayal became so popular in Hong Kong (his Chinese home town) that [[SpotlightStealingTitle the show was retitled]] ''[[SpotlightStealingTitle The Kato Show]]'' when broadcast there. Because Lee himself was a martial artist, his Kato demonstrated those skills in the show (martial arts skills had never been posited of Kato in either the radio series or film serials), and this development has had a huge influence on later Green Hornet adaptations: rumors of various proposed film adaptations have universally had a martial arts star being cast in the role of Kato, and it is now probably unthinkable for Kato ''not'' to be a martial arts master in any subsequent ''Green Hornet'' adaptation in any medium.

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In 1966 producer William Dozier, wielding some clout owing to his smash hit series ''Series/{{Batman}}'', brought an adaption of ''The Green Hornet'' to the small screen as a DramaticHalfHour series. Van Williams starred as Britt Reid/The Green Hornet (who, in a modernization of the radio property, is not only publisher of the ''Daily Sentinel'', but is also owner/general manager of an associated television station; Gary Owens, the iconic "Announcer" on ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'', occasionally appeared as a news anchorman on Reid's station). The show is best known for introducing martial arts legend Creator/BruceLee, playing Kato, to Western audiences. Lee's portrayal became so popular in Hong Kong (his Chinese home town) that [[SpotlightStealingTitle the show was retitled]] ''[[SpotlightStealingTitle The Kato Show]]'' when broadcast there. Because Lee himself was a martial artist, his Kato demonstrated those skills in the show (martial (although the radio series made isolated references to Kato's ju-jitsu expertise, martial arts skills had never been posited an important of Kato Kato's characterization in either the radio series or film serials), and this development has had a huge influence on later Green Hornet adaptations: rumors of various proposed film adaptations have universally had a martial arts star being cast in the role of Kato, and it is now probably unthinkable for Kato ''not'' to be a martial arts master in any subsequent ''Green Hornet'' adaptation in any medium.
21st Aug '16 8:42:39 PM theladyfromplanetx
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** Literally since in the original version Reid was the great grandson of Franchise/TheLoneRanger.

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** Literally since in the original version Reid was the great grandson grandnephew of Franchise/TheLoneRanger.
21st Aug '16 7:05:52 PM theladyfromplanetx
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*** In the second season episode "The Impractical Joker", Bruce and Dick are watching the news to which Bruce Wayne checks his watch and says "It's about time for The Green Hornet" followed by a hornet sound and theme tune.

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*** ** In the second season episode "The Impractical Joker", Bruce and Dick are watching the news to which Bruce Wayne checks his watch and says "It's about time for The Green Hornet" followed by a hornet sound and theme tune.
21st Aug '16 7:04:30 PM theladyfromplanetx
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* CurbStompBattle: Lo Singand from "The Praying Mantis" suffers two brutal ones at the end of the episode. The first one is a verbal one by the Hornet, who calls him out as weak, when the guy Lo Singand is working for tells him he's nothing without him the Hornet bluntly tells him hes nothing ''with'' him, and tries to set up a fight between him and Kato to settle things "the traditional way", Britt's position makes it clear that he was sure Kato would win with Lo losing control of the gang for being weak. When he tries to weasel out of it Britt directly calls him out as a weak willed coward in front of his gang and the more he talks the more nervous Lo gets. He gets him to accept, playing him like a cheap fiddle. He clearly doesnt want to fight Kato but he accepts the fight and he lands one blow on Kato, that somehow makes his forehead bleed, as hes going down. He was no match for either of them.
** It's rare to be curb stompped twice in a row.

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* CurbStompBattle: Lo Singand from "The Praying Mantis" suffers two brutal ones at the end of the episode. The first one is a verbal one by the Hornet, who calls him out as weak, when the guy Lo Singand is working for tells him he's nothing without him the Hornet bluntly tells him hes he's nothing ''with'' him, and tries to set up a fight between him and Kato to settle things "the traditional way", Britt's position makes it clear that he was sure Kato would win with Lo losing control of the gang for being weak. When he tries to weasel out of it Britt directly calls him out as a weak willed coward in front of his gang and the more he talks the more nervous Lo gets. He gets him to accept, playing him like a cheap fiddle. He clearly doesnt doesn't want to fight Kato but he accepts the fight and he lands one blow on Kato, that somehow makes his forehead bleed, as hes he's going down. He was no match for either of them.
** It's rare to be curb stompped stomped twice in a row.



* HarmlessElectrocution. Aerted. When Kato is about to be exacuted Britt notices that the soliders are standing on a large puddle in the rain and throws a loose electrical wire to take out the soliders and then takes out the commander with a stick. It's never implied that they survived.

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* HarmlessElectrocution. Aerted. Averted. When Kato is about to be exacuted executed Britt notices that the soliders soldiers are standing on a large puddle in the rain and throws a loose electrical wire to take out the soliders soldiers and then takes out the commander with a stick. It's never implied that they survived.



* IOweYouMyLife: Kato swore to serve Britt when he saved him from japanese soliders before they executed him.
* ImprovisedWeapon: In Year One Britt is on the run from some soliders in Africa who just killed his friend and he stumbles across a nest of Hornets, they are green , and throws a rock through their nest. The hornets attack in a frenzy and kill the soliders.

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* IOweYouMyLife: Kato swore to serve Britt when he saved him from japanese soliders Japanese soldiers before they executed him.
* ImprovisedWeapon: In Year One Britt is on the run from some soliders soldiers in Africa who just killed his friend and he stumbles across a nest of Hornets, they are green , and throws a rock through their nest. The hornets attack in a frenzy and kill the soliders.soldiers.



** Also, of course,mthe most famour portrayal of Kato was by Hong Kong native Bruce Lee.

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** Also, of course,mthe course,the most famour famous portrayal of Kato was by Hong Kong native Bruce Lee.


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*** In the second season episode "The Impractical Joker", Bruce and Dick are watching the news to which Bruce Wayne checks his watch and says "It's about time for The Green Hornet" followed by a hornet sound and theme tune.
18th Aug '16 3:31:41 PM Tre
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The continuing conflict between Trendle and Dozier (a true case of "CreativeDifferences") added to the normal difficulties in making the series, and after it was clear that the series would not be renewed Dozier blamed Trendle's veto power over series scripts and his right to approve or disapprove Dozier's plans for the series for its ultimate failure. Owing to the popularity of Creator/BruceLee, however, the series has become a CultClassic, and has managed showings in syndication, notably on the [=FX=] and [=AmericanLife=] networks. A 13-hour [[MarathonRunning marathon]] of the series aired on the [[SciFiChannel SyFy Channel]] on January 11, 2011 to promote the Movie adaption opening that month.

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The continuing conflict between Trendle and Dozier (a true case of "CreativeDifferences") added to the normal difficulties in making the series, and after it was clear that the series would not be renewed Dozier blamed Trendle's veto power over series scripts and his right to approve or disapprove Dozier's plans for the series for its ultimate failure. Owing to the popularity of Creator/BruceLee, however, the series has become a CultClassic, and has managed showings in syndication, notably on the [=FX=] and [=AmericanLife=] networks. A 13-hour [[MarathonRunning marathon]] of the series aired on the [[SciFiChannel SyFy Channel]] Creator/{{Syfy}} on January 11, 2011 to promote the Movie adaption opening that month.
11th Aug '16 5:05:22 PM ANTMuddle
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* Can'tLiveThemCan'tLiveWithoutThem: Averted. Despite the jokes of Kato's skill level directed towards him the Hornet has proven that he is more than capable of running his show without Kato and take him out in a fight.
* TheCastShowOff: Creator/BruceLee as Kato in the TV series. In prior versions of the property, Kato was merely Reid's valet and the Hornet's sidekick, and he did not demonstrate any notable fighting skills, much less martial arts mastery. [[AdaptationalBadass Owing to Lee's status as a martial arts master, his Kato was given every chance to show that mastery on the air. This has influenced subsequent adaptations of the property; it is probably now unthinkable for Kato ''not'' to be a martial arts master in any new adaptation of The Green Hornet in any medium]].

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* Can'tLiveThemCan'tLiveWithoutThem: CantLiveWithThemCantLiveWithoutThem: Averted. Despite the jokes of Kato's skill level directed towards him the Hornet has proven that he is more than capable of running his show without Kato and take him out in a fight.
* TheCastShowOff: Creator/BruceLee as Kato in the TV series. In prior versions of the property, Kato was merely Reid's valet and the Hornet's sidekick, and he did not demonstrate any notable fighting skills, much less martial arts mastery. [[AdaptationalBadass Owing to Lee's status as a martial arts master, his Kato was given every chance to show that mastery on the air. This has influenced subsequent adaptations of the property; it is now probably now unthinkable for Kato ''not'' to be a martial arts master in any new adaptation of The Green Hornet in any medium]].



* CoatHatMask: see above

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* CoatHatMask: see aboveabove.



* CurbStompBattle: Lo Singand from "The Praying Mantis" suffers two brutal ones at the end of the episode. The first one is a verbal one by the Hornet, who calls him out as weak, when the guy Lo Singand is working for tells him hes nothing without him the Hornet bluntly tells him hes nothing WITH him, and tries to set up a fight between him and Kato to settle things "the traditional way", Britt's position makes it clear that he was sure Kato would win with Lo losing control of the gang for being weak. When he tries to weasel out of it Britt directly calls him out as a weak willed coward in front of his gang and the more he talks the more nervous Lo gets. He gets him to accept, playing him like a cheap fiddle. He clearly doesnt want to fight Kato but he accepts the fight and he lands one blow on Kato, that somehow makes his forehead bleed, as hes going down. He was no match for either of them.

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* CurbStompBattle: Lo Singand from "The Praying Mantis" suffers two brutal ones at the end of the episode. The first one is a verbal one by the Hornet, who calls him out as weak, when the guy Lo Singand is working for tells him hes he's nothing without him the Hornet bluntly tells him hes nothing WITH ''with'' him, and tries to set up a fight between him and Kato to settle things "the traditional way", Britt's position makes it clear that he was sure Kato would win with Lo losing control of the gang for being weak. When he tries to weasel out of it Britt directly calls him out as a weak willed coward in front of his gang and the more he talks the more nervous Lo gets. He gets him to accept, playing him like a cheap fiddle. He clearly doesnt want to fight Kato but he accepts the fight and he lands one blow on Kato, that somehow makes his forehead bleed, as hes going down. He was no match for either of them.



* DramaticHalfHour: The TV adaptation

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* DramaticHalfHour: The TV adaptationadaptation.
6th Aug '16 3:27:43 PM nombretomado
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** Other possible Green Hornet {{Expy}}s include the first Sandman in the DCUniverse (costumed in fedora, overcoat and gas mask, and armed with a gas gun), and the Crimson Avenger (who had a valet assistant named Wing).

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** Other possible Green Hornet {{Expy}}s include the first Sandman in the DCUniverse Franchise/DCUniverse (costumed in fedora, overcoat and gas mask, and armed with a gas gun), and the Crimson Avenger (who had a valet assistant named Wing).
17th Jul '16 7:23:19 PM Discar
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* OutsideContextVillain: In most versions of the character, publicly the Hornet is, at least initially, the only costumed supervillian in a world of regular criminals.

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* OutsideContextVillain: OutsideContextProblem: In most versions of the character, publicly the Hornet is, at least initially, the only costumed supervillian in a world of regular criminals.
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