History WesternAnimation / CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers

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.
4th Jun '16 6:01:05 AM morenohijazo
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* EverybodyHatesAres: There's Zarm, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of war and hatred. He was actually a former spirit of the Earth who left Gaia to other world in which he destroys them. The majority of his appearance has him trying to start some war by instigating the people until they destroy themselves. And while the other Eco villains cause harm to the Earth for some profit, Zarm does it because he hates it, Gaia, and humanity.
25th May '16 5:04:35 PM DesertDragon
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* WeaksauceWeakness: Captain Planet is weakened by not only the very thing he exists to fight (pollution) but also what he exists to protect (raw natural resources, mostly oil and even gasoline). This wouldn't be so bad, but he basically falls every time he's attacked with pollution, and the (human) Planeteers can resist pollution better than he can. The Planeteers' rings also don't work in heavily polluted environments.
** Though in a display of cunning, the Planeteers were able to invert this with [[EvilTwin Captain Pollution]] and were able to repulse his initial attack by... spraying him with water. Captain Pollution was also shown to be vulnerable to fresh air and concentrated sunlight.
** Also, volcanoes put out millions of tons of what can be termed as pollutants. Toxic gas, carbon dioxide, particulates... and yet lava heals him.
** Captain Planet is weak to pollution because not only the rings are, but Gaia herself is hurt by pollution, even being killed by it in a BadFuture.

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* WeaksauceWeakness: WeaksauceWeakness:
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Captain Planet is weakened by not only the very thing he exists to fight (pollution) but also what fight: pollution. If he exists to protect (raw natural resources, mostly oil and even gasoline). This wouldn't be so bad, but he basically falls every time he's attacked with pollution, and the (human) Planeteers can resist pollution better than he can. The Planeteers' rings also don't work in heavily polluted environments.
** Though in a display of cunning,
gets sludge or whatever on him, the Planeteers were able have to invert this with [[EvilTwin Captain Pollution]] and were able to repulse his initial attack by... spraying clean him with water. Captain Pollution was also shown off for him to be vulnerable to fresh air and concentrated sunlight.
** Also,
useful again. Not only that, but the definition of "pollution" is applied inconsistently throughout the show; he is harmed by crude oil despite the fact that it's produced in the earth as a natural biproduct of organic decay. However, he is healed by lava even though volcanoes put pump out millions of tons of what can be termed as pollutants. Toxic pollutants: toxic gas, carbon dioxide, particulates... and yet lava heals him.
** Captain Planet is weak to pollution because not only the rings are, but Gaia herself is hurt by pollution, even being killed by it in a BadFuture.
ash particles, etc.



** 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 weaker than the other rings, since it can be used as a flamethrower and that's about it 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 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 weaker more useless than the other rings, since it can only be used as a flamethrower to destroy and that's about it not much else, while wind earth wind, earth, and water had several diverse abilities and could ''also'' be used for direct attacks.
25th May '16 4:34:50 PM DesertDragon
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* AnalogyBackfire:
** One episode dealt with the ethics of putting animals in zoos to preserve their population by having an alien race arrive and put the Planeteers and the extras of the week into a zoo for their own preservation. The aliens made the exact same excuses, such as "it's for your own good," that humans had made for doing so earlier. The analogy falls apart due to the fact that keeping a sentient species capable of reasoning with you in captivity against its will is imprisonment. The show simply acts as if preserving an endangered condor in a safe environment and kidnapping people and stripping them of basic human rights is the exact same thing.
** Furthermore, there's another broken analogy in the premise: the humans, Dr. Blight and Hoggish Greedly respectively, earlier in the episode were putting animals in a zoo to make room for a golf course, while the aliens were attempting to save a population and were otherwise not interfering with the Earth itself. Again, there's a vast difference between attempting to rebuild a species on the brink of extinction and just bulldozing their habitat for your own personal gain while dropping them in a zoo to make you feel better about it.
** For that matter, "we have no right to protect species driven to the brink of extinction by human actions" is pretty strange for a GreenAesop show.
** Also, with a range covering almost every habitable inch of the planet and a population well into the billions, humans don't seem to be in much danger of going extinct any time soon, which further undermines the aliens' position.

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* AnalogyBackfire:
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AnalogyBackfire: One episode dealt with the ethics of putting animals in zoos to preserve their population by having an alien race arrive and put the Planeteers and the extras of the week into a zoo for their own preservation. The aliens made the exact same excuses, such as "it's for your own good," that humans had made for doing so earlier. The analogy falls apart due to the fact that This episode has ''multiple'' failed analogies:
** First,
keeping a sentient species sapient person capable of logic and reasoning with you in captivity against its their will is imprisonment. The show simply acts as if preserving an endangered condor in a safe environment and is the same as kidnapping people and stripping them of basic human rights is rights.
** Second,
the exact same thing.
** Furthermore, there's another broken analogy in
villains of the premise: the humans, Dr. episode--Dr. Blight and Hoggish Greedly respectively, earlier in the episode were Greedly--were putting animals in a zoo to make room for a golf course, while course. As misguided as the aliens were attempting to save a population and were otherwise not were, they at least weren't interfering with the Earth itself. Again, there's a vast difference between attempting to rebuild a species on the brink of extinction itself and just actually cared about preserving humans. Meanwhile, Blight and Greedly were bulldozing their habitat an ecosystem for your own personal monetary gain while dropping them in a and simply dropped the animals off at the zoo to make you feel better about it.
** For that matter, "we have no right to protect species driven to the brink of extinction by human actions" is pretty strange for a GreenAesop show.
** Also, with a range covering almost every habitable inch of the planet and a population well into the billions, humans don't seem to be in much danger of going extinct any time soon, which further undermines the aliens' position.
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15th May '16 10:06:12 PM ImpudentInfidel
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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.

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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 weaker than the other rings, since it can be used as a flamethrower and that's about it while wind earth and water had several diverse abilities and could ''also'' be used for direct attacks.
14th May '16 7:32:28 AM Doug86
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* ShoutOut: Captain Planet's designs look similar to [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Colossus]]. Mostly Colossus's older design.

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* ShoutOut: Captain Planet's designs look similar to [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} [[ComicBook/XMen Colossus]]. Mostly Colossus's older design.
12th May '16 2:17:38 AM Doug86
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* ArabIsraeliConflict: In "If It's Doomsday, This Must Be Belfast", Verminous Skumm plants a nuclear device in Jerusalem, and gives a detonator to an Arab and a Jew, hoping one side will set the other off.

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* ArabIsraeliConflict: UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict: In "If It's Doomsday, This Must Be Belfast", Verminous Skumm plants a nuclear device in Jerusalem, and gives a detonator to an Arab and a Jew, hoping one side will set the other off.
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