History WesternAnimation / ActionMan

21st Sep '17 5:06:09 AM tropower
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In 1995, an animated series was released by Creator/DiC where Action Man was part of a Global Defense team called Action Force (including Knuck, Natalie, Jock, and their dog Raid) but has complete amnesia and only tends to have minor flashes of memory at various times. The Action Force is often called upon to deal with the threat of a paramilitary organization lead by Dr. X.

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In 1995, an animated series with live-action segments was released by Creator/DiC Creator/DiC[[note]]It wouldn't be the first time they've done [[Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow such a show]].[[/note]] where Action Man was part of a Global Defense team called Action Force (including Knuck, Natalie, Jock, and their dog Raid) but has complete amnesia and only tends to have minor flashes of memory at various times. The Action Force is often called upon to deal with the threat of a paramilitary organization lead by Dr. X.
12th Sep '17 5:07:40 PM themisterfree
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* CommLinks: Alex wears a specialized watch which can track his location (which proved useful on some occasions), check e-mail, give a rundown of that day's event (seen frequently at the beginning of the episode), and run data discs.
12th Sep '17 5:04:45 PM themisterfree
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In 2000, a CGI series (unrelated to the 1995 incarnation) was produced by MainframeEntertainment. It follows the adventures of Alex Mann, alias "Action Man," an extreme sports athlete who discovers he has something called the AMP Factor, which is an adrenaline triggered ability that lets him [[AwesomenessByAnalysis analyze any situation and mathematically determine the best course of action,]] represented by complex equations floating around in his head while time appears to stop. Alex maintains a friendly rivalry with fellow athlete Brandon Caine, who quietly resents always coming in second to Alex. The pair are approached by the mysterious [[EvilutionaryBiologist Dr. X]] who offers to improve upon the two with cybernetic implants. Alex refuses but Brandon accepts. Soon an altered Brandon comes after Alex and Dr. X makes it clear that he wants the secret behind Alex's ability for himself. With the help of his former high school football coach (who is far more than he seems) and the rest of Team Extreme (Alex plus his camerawoman, manager, and pilot), the Action Man must stop Dr. X's plans for "the future of humanity" and try to save his friend while still maintaining his career as an extreme sports star.

There [[Film/ActionMan also exists a trilogy of CGI Movies]]. As of 2012, [[http://www.slashfilm.com/hasbro-still-developing-movies-based-on-monopoly-hungry-hungry-hippos-and-action-man/ Hasbro is developing an Action Man film]] but nothing else is known so far. The French animated series ''WesternAnimation/AlphaTeensOnMachines'' is derived from an Action Man replacement line, retaining more or less what could be reasonably called a different interpretation of the protagonist himself, but with a completely different set of characters ([[MarketBasedTitle in some parts of the world]], it was even called ''Action Man A.T.O.M'').

2016 saw the launch of [[ComicBook/ActionMan a new ongoing monthly comic]] from frequent Hasbro partner Creator/IDWPublishing; this has the premise of Action Man being a title used by many different people (a similar concept had been used in Hasbro's failed ''Unit:E'' attempt in 2011) in the service of the UK; the Free Comic Book Day issue (as a dual title with ''ComicBook/RomIDW'') has the previous Action Man performing a HeroicSacrifice while stopping a plot by Dr. X, resulting in his sidekick, Ian Noble, taking up the mantle. It's a part of [[HasbroComicUniverse the new]] SharedUniverse IDW's created for their Hasbro titles, starting with the crossover event ''[[ComicBook/Revolution2016 Revolution]]''; the series ended after 4 issues (due to poor sales), and Ian then became a member of the ComicBook/{{Revolutionaries}}.

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In 2000, a CGI series (unrelated to the 1995 incarnation) was produced by MainframeEntertainment. Creator/MainframeEntertainment for Creator/{{YTV}} and Creator/FoxKids. It follows the adventures of Alex Mann, alias "Action Man," an extreme sports athlete who discovers he has something called the AMP Factor, ''AMP Factor'', which is an adrenaline triggered ability that lets him [[AwesomenessByAnalysis analyze any situation and mathematically determine the best course of action,]] represented by complex equations floating around in his head while time appears to stop. Alex maintains a friendly rivalry with fellow athlete Brandon Caine, who quietly resents always coming in second to Alex. The pair are approached by the mysterious [[EvilutionaryBiologist Dr. X]] who offers to improve upon the two with cybernetic implants. Alex refuses but Brandon accepts. Soon an altered Brandon comes after Alex and Dr. X makes it clear that he wants the secret behind Alex's ability for himself. With the help of his former high school football coach Simon Grey (who is far more than he seems) and the rest of Team Extreme (Alex plus his camerawoman, manager, and pilot), the Action Man must stop Dr. X's plans for "the future of humanity" and try to save his friend while still maintaining his career as an extreme sports star.

There [[Film/ActionMan also exists a trilogy of CGI Movies]].movies]], which seem to follow a BroadStrokes version of the 1995 cartoon, but with visuals like that of the 2000 series (as they were all produced by Mainframe). As of 2012, [[http://www.slashfilm.com/hasbro-still-developing-movies-based-on-monopoly-hungry-hungry-hippos-and-action-man/ Hasbro is developing an Action Man film]] but nothing else is known so far. The French animated series ''WesternAnimation/AlphaTeensOnMachines'' is derived from an Action Man replacement line, retaining more or less what could be reasonably called a different interpretation of the protagonist himself, but with a completely different set of characters ([[MarketBasedTitle in some parts of the world]], it was even called ''Action Man A.T.O.M'').

2016 saw the launch of [[ComicBook/ActionMan a new ongoing monthly comic]] from frequent Hasbro partner Creator/IDWPublishing; this has the premise of Action Man being a title used by many different people (a similar concept had been used in Hasbro's failed ''Unit:E'' ''[[Trivia/Revolution2016 Unit: E]]'' attempt in 2011) in the service of the UK; the Free Comic Book Day issue (as a dual title with ''ComicBook/RomIDW'') has the previous Action Man performing a HeroicSacrifice while stopping a plot by Dr. X, resulting in his sidekick, Ian Noble, taking up the mantle. It's a part of [[HasbroComicUniverse the new]] SharedUniverse IDW's created for their Hasbro titles, starting with the crossover event ''[[ComicBook/Revolution2016 Revolution]]''; the series ended after 4 issues (due to poor sales), and Ian then became a member of the ComicBook/{{Revolutionaries}}.



** Eventually modified into [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Nanomachines Nano-Trilobites,]] with the ability to infect and control any electronic system. They could also cobble together the infected machines or just [[GreyGoo harvest the material for reproduction]].

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** Eventually modified into [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Nanomachines Nano-Trilobites,]] [[{{Nanomachines}} Nano-Trilobites]], with the ability to infect and control any electronic system. They could also cobble together the infected machines or just [[GreyGoo harvest the material for reproduction]].



* ButtMonkey: Rikki

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* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: Alex has his own badge-esque symbol (an "M" that has one side colored orange and differently shaped to suggest an "A", over a diagonally-divided black and white circle). It appears over or on pretty much everything associated with him, and Team Extreme has a variant with a blue "E" on the same circle. Dr. X, meanwhile, uses a brushstroke-style "X", typically in green or purple.
* ButtMonkey: RikkiRicky



* DuelingShows: Premiered at the same time as rival show/toyline ''MaxSteel''.
* EnemyMine: twice. In the "Swarm" two-parter, Action Man and Dr. X have to team up to stop a group of rogue trilobugs. In the grand finale [[spoiler: Asasi teams up with Action Man]]

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* DuelingShows: Premiered at the same time as rival show/toyline ''MaxSteel''.
* EnemyMine: twice. In the "Swarm" two-parter, Action Man and Dr. X have to team up to stop a group of rogue trilobugs. In the grand finale [[spoiler: Asasi teams up with Action Man]]Man]].



* ExtremeSportsExcusePlot: One of the more insane ones, given how extreme sports intersects with ColdWar-style SuperSoldier experiments, radical Trans-Humanism and BulletTime powered by super-advanced math.



* AGoodNameForARockBand: played with. In the episode "Ground Zero", when Fidgets journalist sister, Amanda asks Team Extreme who this 'Dr. X and the council of doom' are, Rikki answers they are a local rock band. Amanda doesn't buy it.
* HighHeelFaceTurn: Asazi, at the end of the series. Although it's questionable if she will really quit being evil, since her only motivation for helping Alex was that Dr. X plan to destroy all of humanity would be bad for her business.

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* AGoodNameForARockBand: played with. In the episode "Ground Zero", when Fidgets Fidget's journalist sister, Amanda asks Team Extreme who this 'Dr. X and the council of doom' are, Rikki Ricky answers they are a local rock band. Amanda doesn't buy it.
* HighHeelFaceTurn: Asazi, at the end of the series. Although it's questionable if she will really quit being evil, since her only motivation for helping Alex was that Dr. X X's plan to destroy all of humanity would be bad for her business.



* NotMeThisTime: the episode "Storm Front" stands out as the only episode in which Dr. X is neither seen nor mentioned. Instead Action Man gets to deal with a new villain, Tempest, who at the time had no connection with Dr. X yet.

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* NotMeThisTime: the The episode "Storm Front" stands out as the only episode in which Dr. X is neither seen nor mentioned. Instead Action Man gets to deal with a new villain, Tempest, who at the time had no connection with Dr. X yet.



* PoweredArmor: the quake suit, which eventually ends up in the hands of a fat janitor named Sydney, turning him into the supervillain Quake.

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* PoweredArmor: the quake suit, The Quake Suit, which eventually ends up in the hands of a fat janitor named Sydney, turning him into the supervillain Quake.



* SigilSpam: Justified for Action Man, as he's an extreme sports star and the symbol appears on pretty much everything associated him, likely for (in-universe and out-of-universe) marketing purposes. (Ricky even wears a shirt covered in the symbol like polka dots.) For Dr. X, it's a bit less explainable, aside from maybe his large ego.



* SuperUlyssesPerhero: Alex Mann- aka "the Action Man". Somewhat justified- in universe, the name was likely made up based around his name to provide a good extreme sports moniker, only for the plot to turn him into a hero.



* WeaponizedCar: In one episode, Grinder added explosive weapons to Team Xtreme's convertible, including missile launchers under the hood and explosives in the passenger's seat to act as a self-destruct. Did we mention the car was being remote-controlled on top of all this?

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* WeaponizedCar: In one episode, Grinder added explosive weapons to Team Xtreme's Extreme's convertible, including missile launchers under the hood and explosives in the passenger's seat to act as a self-destruct. Did we mention the car was being remote-controlled on top of all this?
28th Jul '17 4:53:24 AM longWriter
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* WeaponizedCar: In one episode, Grinder added explosive weapons to Team Xtreme's convertible, including missile launchers under the hood and explosives in the passenger's seat to act as a self-destruct. Did we mention the car was being remote-controlled on top of all this?



* XanatosGambit: Dr. X's plan in episode 25-26. He kidnaps Alex's friends, and puts them in deadly situations that will force him to use his AMP factor. If Alex succeeds in rescuing them by using his AMP abilities, then X will gain enough insight into it that he can replicate it on himself and become superhuman, and further his plans to create neo-humanity. If Alex fails in rescuing them, X will have killed Alex's friends. This doesn't help his body issue but it is personally gratifying.



* XanatosGambit: Dr. X's plan in episode 25-26. He kidnaps Alex's friends, and puts them in deadly situations that will force him to use his AMP factor. If Alex succeeds in rescuing them by using his AMP abilities, then X will gain enough insight into it that he can replicate it on himself and become superhuman, and further his plans to create neo-humanity. If Alex fails in rescuing them, X will have killed Alex's friends. This doesn't help his body issue but it is personally gratifying.

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* XanatosGambit: Dr. X's plan in episode 25-26. He kidnaps Alex's friends, and puts them in deadly situations that will force him to use his AMP factor. If Alex succeeds in rescuing them by using his AMP abilities, then X will gain enough insight into it that he can replicate it on himself and become superhuman, and further his plans to create neo-humanity. If Alex fails in rescuing them, X will have killed Alex's friends. This doesn't help his body issue but it is personally gratifying.
11th Jul '17 6:42:29 PM WillKeaton
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In 2000, a CGI series (unrelated to the 1995 incarnation) was produced by MainframeEntertainment . It follows the adventures of Alex Mann, alias "Action Man," an extreme athlete who discovers he has something called the AMP Factor, which is an adrenaline triggered ability that lets him [[AwesomenessByAnalysis analyze any situation and mathematically determine the best course of action,]] represented by complex equations floating around in his head while time appears to stop. Alex maintains a friendly rivalry with fellow athlete Brandon Caine, who quietly resents always coming in second to Alex. The pair are approached by the mysterious [[EvilutionaryBiologist Dr. X]] who offers to improve upon the two with cybernetic implants. Alex refuses but Brandon accepts. Soon an altered Brandon comes after Alex and Dr. X makes it clear that he wants the secret behind Alex's ability for himself. With the help of his former high school football coach (who is far more than he seems) and the rest of Team Extreme (Alex plus his camerawoman, manager, and pilot), the Action Man must stop Dr. X's plans for "the future of humanity" and try to save his friend while still maintaining his career as an extreme sports star.

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In 2000, a CGI series (unrelated to the 1995 incarnation) was produced by MainframeEntertainment . MainframeEntertainment. It follows the adventures of Alex Mann, alias "Action Man," an extreme sports athlete who discovers he has something called the AMP Factor, which is an adrenaline triggered ability that lets him [[AwesomenessByAnalysis analyze any situation and mathematically determine the best course of action,]] represented by complex equations floating around in his head while time appears to stop. Alex maintains a friendly rivalry with fellow athlete Brandon Caine, who quietly resents always coming in second to Alex. The pair are approached by the mysterious [[EvilutionaryBiologist Dr. X]] who offers to improve upon the two with cybernetic implants. Alex refuses but Brandon accepts. Soon an altered Brandon comes after Alex and Dr. X makes it clear that he wants the secret behind Alex's ability for himself. With the help of his former high school football coach (who is far more than he seems) and the rest of Team Extreme (Alex plus his camerawoman, manager, and pilot), the Action Man must stop Dr. X's plans for "the future of humanity" and try to save his friend while still maintaining his career as an extreme sports star.
11th Jul '17 6:41:02 PM WillKeaton
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* HighHeelFaceTurn: Asazi, at the end of the series. Although it's questionable if she will really quit being evil, since her only motivation for helping Alex was that Dr. X plan to destroy all of humanity would be bad for her business).

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* HighHeelFaceTurn: Asazi, at the end of the series. Although it's questionable if she will really quit being evil, since her only motivation for helping Alex was that Dr. X plan to destroy all of humanity would be bad for her business).business.
11th Jul '17 6:40:43 PM WillKeaton
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** TheEvilGenius: Professor Gangrene (although Dr. X and to a lesser degree Tempest can both fill for this role as well)

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** TheEvilGenius: Professor Gangrene (although Dr. X and to a lesser degree Tempest can both fill for this role as well)well).
11th Jul '17 6:40:10 PM WillKeaton
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* BeamOWar: a brief one occurs between Tempest and Action Man (holding a power cable) during the last episode.

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* BeamOWar: a A brief one occurs between Tempest and Action Man (holding a power cable) during the last episode.
11th Jul '17 6:39:52 PM WillKeaton
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** Eventually modified into [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Nanomachines Nano-Trilobites]], with the ability to infect and control any electronic system. They could also cobble together the infected machines or just [[GreyGoo harvest the material for reproduction]].

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** Eventually modified into [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Nanomachines Nano-Trilobites]], Nano-Trilobites,]] with the ability to infect and control any electronic system. They could also cobble together the infected machines or just [[GreyGoo harvest the material for reproduction]].
11th Jul '17 6:39:25 PM WillKeaton
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* AllThereInTheManual: Action Man's lost past was detailed in the series bible. One page is available here: [[http://www.bloodforthebaron.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=1564&start=0]]

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* AllThereInTheManual: Action Man's lost past was detailed in the series bible. One page is available here: [[http://www.bloodforthebaron.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=1564&start=0]]php?f=40&t=1564&start=0 One page is available here.]]
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