History WesternAnimation / CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers

25th Aug '16 2:15:02 PM maxwellsilver
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The eponymous Planeteers are a MultinationalTeam of teenagers imbued with ElementalPowers to stop pollution using the power of... {{A|nvilicious}}esops! When they are inevitably unable to deal with problems individually, they [[AllYourPowersCombined combine their powers]] into a single unstoppable entity: ''Captain Planet''.

''Captain Planet and the Planeteers'' (1990 to 1996) underwent several small revisions over the course of its run -- it was renamed ''The New Adventures of Captain Planet'' during its 1993 to 1996 run, which coincided with a change in production companies -- but the tone of the show always focused on the environment, often with AnAesop [[GreenAesop about the environment]] [[note]] though other topics like violence or AIDS received their Aesops as well[[/note]] near the close of each episode. Prevalent in the show's theme was the concept of personal responsibility: Captain Planet's {{Catchphrase}} was "The power is ''yours!''"

The villains -- who all had ObviouslyEvil {{names|ToRunAwayFromReallyFast}} like Duke Nukem ({{n|amesTheSame}}ot [[VideoGame/DukeNukem that one]]), Hoggish Greedly, and Looten Plunder -- were [[StrawCharacter strawmen]] who often seemed to want to destroy the planet [[ForTheEvulz just because it was the eeevil thing to do]] (though there was often a perfunctory profit-motive involved). This was a sincere, if ''exceptionally'' hamfisted, way of avoiding offense: if the villains had been given [[WhiteAndGreyMorality grayer morality]], then kids might have compared them to their parents or their parents' employers, who are only trying to do their jobs in an efficient manner. To avoid friction, the writers created villains who were intentionally exaggerated and made to represent the planet's environmental problems[[note]]Duke Nukem = irresponsible use of nuclear power and radiation; Hoggish Greedly = overconsumption; Looten Plunder = corporate greed; Dr. Blight = unethical scientific research; Verminous Skumm = disease and urban decay; Zarm = hatred and war[[/note]] rather than the actions of individuals.

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The eponymous Planeteers are a MultinationalTeam of teenagers imbued with ElementalPowers to stop pollution using the power of... {{A|nvilicious}}esops! Aesops! When they are inevitably unable to deal with problems individually, they [[AllYourPowersCombined combine their powers]] into a single unstoppable entity: ''Captain Planet''.

''Captain Planet and the Planeteers'' (1990 to 1996) underwent several small revisions over the course of its run -- it was renamed ''The New Adventures of Captain Planet'' during its 1993 to 1996 run, which coincided with a change in production companies -- but the tone of the show always focused on the environment, often with AnAesop [[GreenAesop about the environment]] environment [[note]] though other topics like violence or AIDS received their Aesops as well[[/note]] near the close of each episode. Prevalent in the show's theme was the concept of personal responsibility: Captain Planet's {{Catchphrase}} was "The power is ''yours!''"

The villains -- who all had ObviouslyEvil {{names|ToRunAwayFromReallyFast}} names like Duke Nukem ({{n|amesTheSame}}ot (not [[VideoGame/DukeNukem that one]]), Hoggish Greedly, and Looten Plunder -- were [[StrawCharacter strawmen]] strawmen who often seemed to want to destroy the planet [[ForTheEvulz just because it was the eeevil thing to do]] do (though there was often a perfunctory profit-motive involved). This was a sincere, if ''exceptionally'' hamfisted, way of avoiding offense: if the villains had been given [[WhiteAndGreyMorality grayer morality]], morality, then kids might have compared them to their parents or their parents' employers, who are only trying to do their jobs in an efficient manner. To avoid friction, the writers created villains who were intentionally exaggerated and made to represent the planet's environmental problems[[note]]Duke Nukem = irresponsible use of nuclear power and radiation; Hoggish Greedly = overconsumption; Looten Plunder = corporate greed; Dr. Blight = unethical scientific research; Verminous Skumm = disease and urban decay; Zarm = hatred and war[[/note]] rather than the actions of individuals.
25th Aug '16 2:12:59 PM maxwellsilver
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->"''Our world is in peril. Gaia, the spirit of the Earth, can no longer stand the terrible destruction plaguing our planet. She sends five magic rings to five special young people: Kwame, from Africa, with the power of Earth... From North America - Wheeler, with the power of Fire... From The Soviet Union[[note]]this was later changed to Eastern Europe[[/note]] - Linka, with the power of Wind. From Asia - Gi, with the power of Water... and from South America - Ma-Ti, with the power of [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway Heart]]. When the five powers combine, they summon Earth's greatest champion, Captain Planet.''"

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->"''Our world is in peril. Gaia, the spirit of the Earth, can no longer stand the terrible destruction plaguing our planet. She sends five magic rings to five special young people: Kwame, from Africa, with the power of Earth... From North America - Wheeler, with the power of Fire... From The Soviet Union[[note]]this was later changed to Eastern Europe[[/note]] - Linka, with the power of Wind. From Asia - Gi, with the power of Water... and from South America - Ma-Ti, with the power of [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway Heart]].Heart. When the five powers combine, they summon Earth's greatest champion, Captain Planet.''"
12th Aug '16 6:07:13 AM ANTMuddle
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!!This Series is the {{Trope Namer|s}} for:
* AllYourPowersCombined
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway

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* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: It is pointed out that Heart is the most useful power even more then fire. Really, if Ma-Ti wasn't such a NiceGuy he would brainwash everyone. (In an alternate timelime in which Wheeler [[RefusalOfTheCall Refused the Call]] and didn't take the Fire ring, he does just that.) He did use it to convince business men to give him money, which he gave to needy families to buy food for their children.

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* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: It is pointed out that Heart is the most useful power even more then fire. Really, if Ma-Ti wasn't such a NiceGuy he would brainwash everyone. (In an alternate timelime in which Wheeler [[RefusalOfTheCall Refused the Call]] and didn't take the Fire ring, he does just that.) He did use it to convince business men to give him money, which he gave to needy families to buy food for their children. The TropeNamer, too.
15th Jul '16 12:48:54 PM FlakyPorcupine
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Definitely not to be confused with Anime/CaptainEarth or CatPlanet.

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Definitely not to be confused with Anime/CaptainEarth or CatPlanet.
''VideoGame/CatPlanet''.
11th Jul '16 10:34:47 AM WillKeaton
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->"''Our world is in peril. Gaia, the spirit of the Earth, can no longer stand the terrible destruction plaguing our planet. She sends five magic rings to five special young people: Kwame, from Africa, with the power of Earth... From North America - Wheeler, with the power of Fire... From The Soviet Union[[note]]then just Eastern Europe[[/note]] - Linka, with the power of Wind. From Asia - Gi, with the power of Water... and from South America - Ma-Ti, with the power of [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway Heart]]. When the five powers combine, they summon Earth's greatest champion, Captain Planet.''"

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->"''Our world is in peril. Gaia, the spirit of the Earth, can no longer stand the terrible destruction plaguing our planet. She sends five magic rings to five special young people: Kwame, from Africa, with the power of Earth... From North America - Wheeler, with the power of Fire... From The Soviet Union[[note]]then just Union[[note]]this was later changed to Eastern Europe[[/note]] - Linka, with the power of Wind. From Asia - Gi, with the power of Water... and from South America - Ma-Ti, with the power of [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway Heart]]. When the five powers combine, they summon Earth's greatest champion, Captain Planet.''"


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* ThePowerOfTheSun: When Captain Planet got covered in "pollution" it was up to the Planeteers to clean him with pure water, then expose him to sunlight to restore his power.
11th Jul '16 9:39:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* RedHeadedHero: Wheeler.
22nd Jun '16 7:50:17 PM nombretomado
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** He's also clearly in love with the bad doctor, and is very loyal to her (at least when TimCurry took over for David Rappaport as the voice of MAL. David Rappaport's take on MAL was a typical computer program with no feelings).

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** He's also clearly in love with the bad doctor, and is very loyal to her (at least when TimCurry Creator/TimCurry took over for David Rappaport as the voice of MAL. David Rappaport's take on MAL was a typical computer program with no feelings).
13th Jun '16 1:40:06 PM rufusluciusivan
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* ThePowerOfHate: The hate of the UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler expy is so strong that it can affect and weaken Captain Planet.
8th Jun '16 8:43:00 AM DesertDragon
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** Wheeler's fire ring would be incredibly deadly and useful to fight evil in the real world... but in a saturday morning cartoon show, [[MoralGuardians broadcast standards and practice]] forbid him from ever actually setting anything on fire for destructive purposes, only occasionally getting an accidental comedic singe. Even without that it's much more useless than the other rings, since it can only be used to destroy and not much else, while wind, earth, and water had several diverse abilities and could ''also'' be used for direct attacks.

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** Wheeler's fire ring would be incredibly deadly and useful to fight evil in the real world... but in a saturday Saturday morning cartoon show, [[MoralGuardians broadcast standards and practice]] forbid him from ever actually setting anything on fire for destructive purposes, only occasionally getting an accidental comedic singe. Even without that that, it's much more useless than the other rings, since it can only be used to destroy and not much else, while wind, earth, and water had several diverse abilities and could ''also'' be used for direct attacks.offense.
8th Jun '16 8:40:30 AM DesertDragon
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* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: {{Trope Namer|s}}. Ironically, [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] pointed out in his review that Heart was actually [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower more useful than the other elements]], especially Fire, as it could allow [[{{Telepathy}} reading of minds]]. It also worked [[SpiderSense as a communicator]], and [[FriendToAllLivingThings could control wild animals]]. It also gave Ma-Ti the chance to see through the illusions cast by the MasterOfIllusion Zarm. Basically, if Ma-Ti were ''evil'' or [[AntiHero more ruthless]] in the use of his Ring, he could potentially {{brainwash|ed}} almost anybody he wanted by manipulating the good in their hearts and using that to his advantage. Good thing (for us!) that Gaia was smart and picked a more innocent, younger Planeteer.

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* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: {{Trope Namer|s}}. Ironically, [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] pointed out in his review that Heart was actually [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower more useful than the other elements]], especially Fire, as it could allow [[{{Telepathy}} reading of minds]]. It also worked [[SpiderSense as a communicator]], and [[FriendToAllLivingThings could control wild animals]]. It also gave Ma-Ti the chance to see through the illusions cast by the MasterOfIllusion Zarm. Basically, if Ma-Ti were ''evil'' or [[AntiHero more ruthless]] in the use of his Ring, he could potentially {{brainwash|ed}} almost anybody he wanted by manipulating the good in their hearts and using that to for his advantage.own agenda. Good thing (for us!) that Gaia was smart and picked a more innocent, younger Planeteer.
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