History WesternAnimation / SuperFriends

14th Apr '18 2:19:32 PM ultimomant
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* AdaptationalWimp: Multiple characters on both sides in ''Challenge'', in part because of the "no-punching" rule at the time. This especially hit melee characters like Hawkman and Solomon Grundy. The Scarecrow, who is usually written as considerably more of a threat in the comics in part due to his use of fear-inducing chemical weaponry, is one of the weaker Legion members. This last case was corrected to a degree in ''The Super Powers Team''. ''Super Friends'' is also responsible in part for Aquaman's perception as useless, since it downplayed his non-aquatic powers in an attempt at CastSpeciation.

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Multiple characters on both sides in ''Challenge'', in part because of the "no-punching" rule at the time. This especially hit melee characters like Hawkman and Solomon Grundy. The Scarecrow, who is usually written as considerably more of a threat in the comics in part due to his use of fear-inducing chemical weaponry, is one of the weaker Legion members. This last case was corrected to a degree in ''The Super Powers Team''. ''Super Friends'' is also responsible in part for Aquaman's perception as useless, since it downplayed his non-aquatic powers in an attempt at CastSpeciation.CastSpeciation.
** Darkseid never physically fights, and he becomes exhausted whenever he uses his Omega Beam. Despite it keeping its HomingLasers aspect, the Omega Beam misses several times, and it gets toned down to an AgonyBeam instead of a DisintegratorRay when it is used on a living being. The first time Superman is hit by it, he is able to resist it with some struggle. The second time, he straight up {{No Sell}}s it.



** "The Superfriends Meet Frankenstein" had them face Dr. Frankenstein, who transfered the powers of Batman, WonderWoman and Superman into his Monster. To fight it, the remnants of their super powers were augmented and transferred to Robin. [[spoiler: When he confronts the Monster a second time, a lead-suited Robin exposes it to kryptonite, which weakens it enough to bring it back to Frankenstein's lab. Robin is able to reverse the transfer, though at the cost of his own newly-gained super powers, too.]]

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** "The Superfriends Meet Frankenstein" had them face Dr. Frankenstein, who transfered transferred the powers of Batman, WonderWoman and Superman into his Monster. To fight it, the remnants of their super powers were augmented and transferred to Robin. [[spoiler: When he confronts the Monster a second time, a lead-suited Robin exposes it to kryptonite, which weakens it enough to bring it back to Frankenstein's lab. Robin is able to reverse the transfer, though at the cost of his own newly-gained super powers, too.]]
29th Mar '18 9:07:44 AM DarkStorm
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* AntiVillain: Almost every villain in the original series had a good cause, but was just going about it the wrong way. Most of the villains in the first segment of each ''All-New Superfriends Hour'' episode were this way, too: Dr. Fright wanted to end war and crime; The Collector wanted to ensure that monuments were preserved for future generations; the Secret Four wanted to end pollution and conserve natural resources; the Shark wanted to end exploitation of sea life; Dr. Cranum wanted everyone to enjoy enhanced intelligence and mental powers; etc.

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* AntiVillain: Almost every villain in the original series had a good cause, but was just going about it the wrong way. Most of the villains in the first segment of each ''All-New Superfriends Hour'' episode were this way, too: too. For example, Dr. Fright wanted to end war and crime; The Collector wanted to ensure that monuments were preserved for future generations; the Secret Four wanted to end pollution and conserve natural resources; the Shark wanted to end exploitation of sea life; Dr. Cranum wanted everyone to enjoy enhanced intelligence and mental powers; Dr. Amy Zahn wanted to make women physically equal to men in hopes it would make women socially equal to men; Dr. Droid wanted to make a race of androids so that humans would never have to work again; etc.



** Inverted in the case of Apache Chief.

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** Inverted in the case of Apache Chief.Chief, the fifty-foot ''hero''.



*** In later seasons she was subject to the Legion of Doom's machinations.

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*** In later seasons she was subject to the Legion of Doom's machinations.machinations; still later she was frequently kidnapped by Darkseid.



* BigDamnHeroes: In the first episode of ''Super Powers Team'', Cyborg and Firestorm investigate a mysterious seed that Kalibak was planting, only to have it sprouting and envelope them. Firestorm is able to send a distress call and Superman instantly arrives on the scene to pull the plant menace off of them.

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* BigDamnHeroes: In the first episode of ''Super Powers Team'', Cyborg and Firestorm investigate a mysterious seed that Kalibak was planting, only to have it sprouting and envelope envelop them. Firestorm is able to send a distress call and Superman instantly arrives on the scene to pull the plant menace off of them.



* {{Bowdlerise}}: In the ''Super Powers'' era, Darkseid's Parademons were called "Para-drones" instead, presumably due to censorship issues- despite the fact that they didn't really look robotic.

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* {{Bowdlerise}}: In the ''Super Powers'' era, Darkseid's Parademons were called "Para-drones" instead, presumably due to censorship issues- despite issues--despite the fact that they didn't really look robotic.



* CallARabbitASmeerp: Done oddly in the 1981 episode "The Aircraft Terror", where a jet plane was transformed into what was clearly a white dragon (four legs, bat-like wings, long neck and tail, could breathe fire), but everyone kept calling it a "bird monster". They used the same term for the other aircraft that were transformed in turn, even though most of the others were giant insects, and none of them had anything resembling feathers or beaks.

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* CallARabbitASmeerp: Done oddly in the 1981 episode "The Aircraft Terror", where a jet plane was transformed into what was clearly a white dragon (four legs, bat-like wings, long neck and reptilian tail, could breathe fire), but everyone kept calling it a "bird monster". They used the same term for the other aircraft that were transformed in turn, even though most of the others were giant insects, and none of them had anything resembling feathers or beaks.



** Analogues for Apache Chief/Longshadow, El Dorado and Samurai (gender-swapped in the latter's case) have also been seen in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. {{ComicBook/Static}} fills in for Black Vulcan.

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** Analogues for Apache Chief/Longshadow, El Dorado and Samurai (gender-swapped in the latter's case) have were also been seen in part of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. {{ComicBook/Static}} fills in for Black Vulcan.



* DarkerAndEdgier: The 1985 season, which came complete with a name change. Cyborg joined the Super Powers Team, and the stories got more serious in that season compared to the previous seasons.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: The 1985 season, which came complete with a name change. Cyborg joined the Super Powers Team, and the stories got more serious in that season compared to the previous seasons.seasons, including the first-ever depiction of Batman's origin story on television.



* DeadpanSnarker: Jayna edged into this territory with some of her comments towards Zan.

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* DeadpanSnarker: Jayna edged into this territory with some of her comments towards Zan. Sometimes she regretted it.
-->'''Zan''' (looking for a secret passage, and holding a box that Gleek has just handed to him): "Hey, this looks different! It could be a secret switch!"\\
'''Jayna''' (standing on a ConspicuouslyLightPatch on the ground): "If you ever ''really'' figured out something right, big brother, ''that'' would be a switch."\\
(Zan pushes the button, Jayna screams as she falls into the trap door that opens beneath her)\\
'''Jayna''' (as Zan pulls her back onto solid ground): "Okay, it's a switch..."



* InflatingBodyGag: The alien visitors from planet Balloonia could inflate themselves to human size or deflate to the size of toys, at will.



* JunglePrincess: Rima

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* JunglePrincess: RimaRima, who showed up in a few show-ending segments of the ''All New Superfriends Hour'' season and once more in the 1980 season. Doubles as a PublicDomainCharacter (as she was originally from a 1904 novel).



* LostWorld: 1973-74 episode "The Mysterious Moles". Deep under the earth is the Bottomless Cave: a gigantic cavern filled with plants, lakes and dinosaurs.

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* LostWorld: LostWorld:
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1973-74 episode "The Mysterious Moles". Deep under the earth is the Bottomless Cave: a gigantic cavern filled with plants, lakes and dinosaurs.dinosaurs.
** Also, the 1983 episode "Day of the Dinosaurs" sees Wonder Woman and Samurai fall into a similar lost world, with ogre-like cavemen and rampaging dinosaurs... but also an advanced CrystalSpiresAndTogas civilization that was at war with the cavemen.



** "Gulliver's Gigantic Goof". A scientist named [[Literature/GulliversTravels Gulliver]] is determined to shrink the entire world population down to a tiny size.

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** "Gulliver's Gigantic Goof". A scientist named [[Literature/GulliversTravels Gulliver]] is determined to shrink the entire world population down to a tiny size.size (for their own good, of course).



* MonumentalTheft: In the 1973-74 episode "The Menace of the White Dwarf", Raven uses a fragment of a white dwarf star to steal the Washington Monument.

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* MonumentalTheft: MonumentalTheft:
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In the 1973-74 episode "The Menace of the White Dwarf", Raven uses a fragment of a white dwarf star to steal the Washington Monument.Monument.
** In the 1977 episode "The Collector", the title villain was stealing monuments all over the world by turning them into photographs, ostensibly to preserve them for future generations.



** In Alex Ross' ''Justice'', SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker is furious that the other supervillains have left him out of their Legion of Doom. The original plan was to have the Joker be part of the Legion of Doom, but with Creator/{{Filmation}} using him as part of ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfBatman'', he (and a few other Batman villains) were off-limits.

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** In Alex Ross' ''Justice'', SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker is furious that the other supervillains have left him out of their Legion of Doom. The original plan was to have the Joker be part of the Legion of Doom, but with Creator/{{Filmation}} using him as part of ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfBatman'', he (and and a few other Batman villains) villains, including Catwoman and Penguin, were off-limits.



* PlanetLooters: The Lion Men in their eponymous episode plan to do this to Earth.

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* PlanetLooters: The Lion Men in their eponymous episode plan to do this to Earth.Earth, by simply cutting the planet into four parts and selling the quadrants to four different alien species.



** Evil genius Medulla from "Mind Maidens" created a device to MindControl women (and of course Wondy and Jaina were among the victims) and enable them to cause men to vanish with a ''look''.

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** Evil genius Medulla from "Mind Maidens" created a device to MindControl women (and of course Wondy and Jaina Jayna were among the victims) and enable them to cause men to vanish with a ''look''.



* TheTeamNormal: Batman and Robin have no super powers at all. In the 1973-74 season Wendy, Marvin and Wonder Dog don't either (except in one EarlyInstallmentWeirdness example when Marvin somehow levitates himself).

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* TheTeamNormal: Batman and Robin have no super powers at all. In the 1973-74 season Wendy, Marvin and Wonder Dog don't either (except in one EarlyInstallmentWeirdness example when Marvin somehow levitates himself).TheTeamNormal:



** As Seanbaby put it, Black Manta's superpower is that he owns a boat. Of course, this is better than the Riddler- his power is ''giving away their plans''.

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** As Seanbaby put it, Black Manta's superpower is that he owns a boat. Of course, this is better than the Riddler- his Riddler--his power is ''giving away their plans''.



*** For the Wonder Twins, it was more that they were written to be inexperienced (and borderline-useless comic relief) rather than any flaws in their actual powers. When faced with an army of cavemen in "Planet of the Neanderthals", they quickly and easily took out the whole group by turning into a brontosaurus and a gigantic hand made of water, and in "Mxyzptlk's Flick", they easily defeated a T. Rex by turning into an enormous spider and an ice catapult (Jayna webbed it up, and then Zan catapulted it into the distance). But normally they turn into small, weak, and/or overly-specialized-to-the-point-of-ridiculousness shapes, which leads to their defeat and capture.

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*** For the Wonder Twins, it was more that they were written to be inexperienced (and borderline-useless comic relief) rather than any flaws in their actual powers. When faced with an army of cavemen in "Planet of the Neanderthals", they quickly and easily took out the whole group by turning into [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAr9flcmzCA a brontosaurus and a gigantic hand made of water, water]], and in "Mxyzptlk's Flick", they easily defeated a T. Rex by turning into an enormous spider and an ice catapult (Jayna webbed it up, and then Zan catapulted it into the distance). But normally they turn into small, weak, and/or overly-specialized-to-the-point-of-ridiculousness shapes, which leads to their defeat and capture.
29th Mar '18 8:16:38 AM DarkStorm
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* ''Challenge of the Super Friends'' in 1978 had the largest cast of the various series: 11 heroes and 13 villains (see HeroesUnlimited). Three of the more notable heroes ''not'' present were the Wonder Twins and Gleek. By this time, the stories began to resemble those found in the actual comic books, although some of the heroes and villains existed only in animation, including four new "[[CaptainEthnic Minority]]" heroes, Black Vulcan (Black), Apache Chief (Native American), El Dorado (Mexican), and Samurai (Asian). It also introduced the original LegionOfDoom, a group of the Super Friends' greatest enemies united to conquer the world with plans none of them could complete alone. The most fondly remembered series, it evolved as it went on. Most episodes focused on a MacGuffin, and early episodes ended with a VillainExitStageLeft, as if actually capturing the Legion would end their threat, despite the fact that's ''never'' how it works in comic books (see FailureIsTheOnlyOption, JokerImmunity, CardboardPrison). Once they got over that, later episodes raised the stakes and had the Legion introduce ever greater threats, with episode titles starting to take on names like "The Final Challenge" and "Doomsday." The penultimate episode involved the Super Friends being picked off one by one by a "[[AppliedPhlebotinum Noxium Crystal]]" but ultimately being revealed as robots; the final episode ''begins'' AfterTheEnd, as we follow a group of {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s as they encounter the scene and wonder what happened. It turns out the Legion fired a solar flare at Earth, and with Superman out of commission, the Super Friends activated their "global force field"; the mixture of the two bathed the Earth in deadly radiation. It ultimately ends with the aliens using TimeTravel to push the inevitable ResetButton, ''moving the moon'' in the path of the flare (seriously). Originally was still part of an hour-long show; the episodes they ran with, which included the core five and the Wonder Twins, are now very rare and almost entirely forgotten, and the last six were out-and-out {{Missing Episode}}s until a 2005 DVD release contained this entire group.

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* ''Challenge of the Super Friends'' in 1978 had the largest cast of the various series: 11 heroes and 13 villains (see HeroesUnlimited). Three of the more notable heroes ''not'' present were the Wonder Twins and Gleek. By this time, the stories began to resemble those found in the actual comic books, although some of the heroes and villains existed only in animation, including four new "[[CaptainEthnic Minority]]" heroes, Black Vulcan (Black), Apache Chief (Native American), El Dorado (Mexican), and Samurai (Asian). It also introduced the original LegionOfDoom, a group of the Super Friends' greatest enemies united to conquer the world with plans none of them could complete alone. The most fondly remembered series, it evolved as it went on. Most episodes focused on a MacGuffin, and early episodes ended with a VillainExitStageLeft, as if actually capturing the Legion would end their threat, despite the fact that's ''never'' how it works in comic books (see FailureIsTheOnlyOption, JokerImmunity, CardboardPrison). Once they got over that, later episodes raised the stakes and had the Legion introduce ever greater threats, with episode titles starting to take on names like "The Final Challenge" and "Doomsday." The penultimate episode involved the Super Friends being picked off one by one by a "[[AppliedPhlebotinum Noxium Crystal]]" but ultimately being revealed as robots; the final episode ''begins'' AfterTheEnd, as we follow a group of {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s as they encounter the scene and wonder what happened. It turns out the Legion fired a solar flare at Earth, and with Superman out of commission, the Super Friends activated their "global force field"; the mixture of the two bathed the Earth in deadly radiation. It ultimately ends with the aliens using TimeTravel to push the inevitable ResetButton, ''moving the moon'' in the path of the flare (seriously). Originally was still part of an hour-long show; the episodes they ran with, which included the core five and the Wonder Twins, are now very rare and almost entirely forgotten, and the last six were out-and-out {{Missing Episode}}s until a 2005 DVD release contained this entire group.
7th Feb '18 6:42:38 PM system
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** "The Wild Cards" had "Ace" [[spoiler: who was really TheJoker, backed by Darkseid]] give one, also done by Creator/FrankWelker.

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** "The Wild Cards" had "Ace" [[spoiler: who was really TheJoker, ComicBook/TheJoker, backed by Darkseid]] give one, also done by Creator/FrankWelker.



* TheManBehindTheMan: "Ace" for the Royal Flush Gang, four young criminals he's followed that he'd saved from Cyborg in "The Wild Cards." [[spoiler: Darkseid himself is "Ace's" backer--and TheReveal shows Batman deduced Ace was really TheJoker.]]

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* TheManBehindTheMan: "Ace" for the Royal Flush Gang, four young criminals he's followed that he'd saved from Cyborg in "The Wild Cards." [[spoiler: Darkseid himself is "Ace's" backer--and TheReveal shows Batman deduced Ace was really TheJoker.ComicBook/TheJoker.]]
22nd Jan '18 1:46:01 AM TitoMosquito
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* ''World's Greatest Super Friends'', 1979: Core five members and the Wonder Twins. Only eight episodes; one WholePlotReference after another. The only two exceptions are a MirrorUniverse and an {{Homage}} to ''Superman The Movie''. Mostly ran with reruns originally, which helps explain it.

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* ''World's Greatest Super Friends'', 1979: Core five members and the Wonder Twins. Only eight episodes; one WholePlotReference after another. The only two exceptions are a MirrorUniverse and an {{Homage}} to ''Superman ''Superman: The Movie''. Mostly ran with reruns originally, which helps explain it.


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* AllJustADream: One episode of ''World's Greatest Super Friends'' has Gleek dreamed he helped saved the Super Friends and a society of gnomes from an evil fiery monster, while he and the Wonder Twins are out camping. After waking up and telling the twins about his dream, Gleek noticed a gnome in the shadows sneaking through the woods, [[OrWasItADream leaving Gleek to wonder]].
11th Jan '18 8:26:37 AM Rubber_Lotus
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** Cheetah was something of one for Catwoman - particularly the Creator/EarthaKitt incarnation from the [[Series/{{Batman}} '66 show]] (the rasp is a dead giveaway).[[note]]Though there might be a bit of a chicken-and-egg situation going on here - the comics' version of Cheetah was ''also'' very similar to Catwoman in ''modus operandi'', save for being a ''lot'' less squeamish about cold-blooded murder.[[/note]]
16th Dec '17 8:22:41 PM HiddenWindshield
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* AdaptedOut: Despite Darkseid and and his forces appearing during the ''Super Powers'' era, New Genesis, Orion, Highfather, and their associates were never shown or reference, for some reason.

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* AdaptedOut: Despite Darkseid and and his forces appearing during the ''Super Powers'' era, New Genesis, Orion, Highfather, and their associates were never shown or reference, referenced, for some reason.
25th Nov '17 4:02:58 PM AnotherGuy
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* WhenThingsSpinScienceHappens: As Creator/SeanBaby noted, it seemed like every problem Superman dealt with was solved by him spinning very very fast.
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