History WesternAnimation / Superfriends

19th Feb '17 1:24:29 PM VenomousSeal
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* UngratefulBastard: In one episode, Superman foils a robbery on a laboratory perpetrated by Mr. Mxyzptlk. But the scientist in charge decides to [[WhatTheHellHero| call him out for allowing the imp to escape]]. As one YouTube comment [[LampshadeHanging| points out]], "Where's the thank you for saving your ungrateful hide?"
27th Jan '17 8:17:44 PM themisterfree
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* CreatorProvincialism: Minor example- the design of the Hall of Justice was modeled after the old [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cincinnati_Museum_Center_at_Union_Terminal Union Terminal]] train station in Cincinnati; Cincy was where Taft Broadcasting, owners of Hanna-Barbera at the time, were headquartered.
24th Jan '17 12:57:48 AM DarkStorm
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** Dr. Cranum, villain of the 1978 episode "The Brain Machine" as well, after using a machine to [[HollywoodEvolution evolve human's brain]] on himself. Later, he does the same thing to Wonder Woman, and he wants to do the same to everyone in the world.

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** Dr. Cranum, villain of the 1978 episode "The Brain Machine" as well, after using a machine to [[HollywoodEvolution evolve a human's brain]] on himself. Later, he does the same thing to Wonder Woman, and he wants to do the same to everyone in the world.world (albeit [[WellIntentionedExtremist for a good cause]]).
24th Jan '17 12:56:24 AM DarkStorm
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* MindControlEyes/BlankWhiteEyes: Medulla's victims in "The Mind Maidens". Amusingly, when she finally gets hoist by her own petard, Medulla's own eyes turn from pure white (like her victims') to normal-looking.

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* MindControlEyes/BlankWhiteEyes: MindControlEyes / BlankWhiteEyes: Medulla's victims in "The Mind Maidens". Amusingly, when she finally gets hoist by her own petard, Medulla's own eyes turn from pure white (like her victims') to normal-looking.
23rd Jan '17 8:53:06 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.

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* AntiVillain: AntiVillain: Almost every villain in the original series had a good cause, but was just going about it the wrong way. 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.



** Par for the course where superheros are concerned. Besides Giganta, Batman and Wonder Woman had to deal with Dr. Amy Zahn in "The Fifty Foot Woman."

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** Par for the course where superheros superheroes are concerned. Besides Giganta, Batman and Wonder Woman had to deal with Dr. Amy Zahn in "The Fifty Foot Woman."



* BadassInDistress: Wonder Woman tended to be kidnapped, brainwashed etc. more frequently than the rest of the Super Friends.
** In the 1973/74 season episodes "The Baffles Puzzle" and "The Menace of the White Dwarf" she was neutralized by the villains and Superman had to rescue her.
** In later seasons she was subject to the Legion of Doom's machinations.
* BatmanGambit: The master of the Trope himself did it twice in the same episode, against the same villain. Said villain was using an amulet that could cause RapidAging or reverse aging. After using it to turn Superman, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman into kids, he threatened to turn Batman and Robin into "feeble old men". Batman's response was "just try it!" and he did, missing Batman and hitting the three de-aged heroes behind him returning them to adulthood. In response, the villain turned the amulet on a guy he had previously aged, turning the poor guy to dust in order to cover his escape. Batman - now realizing his dependence on the thing - put the dust in a canister, then put that inside a mannequin wearing a Batman costume. When the villain tried to the de-aging thing again, he zapped the victim's remains, restoring his body and true age. (And was easily disarmed of it by said former victim.)

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* BadassInDistress: BadassInDistress:
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Wonder Woman tended to be kidnapped, brainwashed etc. brainwashed, etc., more frequently than the rest of the Super Friends.
** *** In the 1973/74 season episodes "The Baffles Puzzle" and "The Menace of the White Dwarf" she was neutralized by the villains and Superman had to rescue her.
** *** In later seasons she was subject to the Legion of Doom's machinations.
** When it wasn't Wonder Woman, it was often Superman being subjected to this, so he couldn't just easily solve the problem of the day. In these cases, Wonder Woman often stepped up in his place, such as in the episodes "Dr. Fright" or "Will The Worlds Collide?"
* BatmanGambit: The master of the Trope himself did it twice in the same episode, against the same villain. Said villain was using an amulet that could cause RapidAging or reverse aging. After using it to turn Superman, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman into kids, he threatened to turn Batman and Robin into "feeble old men". Batman's response was "just try it!" and he did, missing Batman and hitting the three de-aged heroes behind him returning them to adulthood. In response, the villain turned the amulet on a guy he had previously aged, turning the poor guy to dust in order to cover his escape. Batman - now realizing his dependence on the thing - put the dust in a canister, then put that inside a mannequin wearing a Batman costume. When the villain tried to the de-aging thing again, he zapped the victim's remains, restoring his body and true age. (And was easily disarmed of it the amulet by said former victim.)



* ButWhatAboutTheAstronauts: A spell sending the Earth back to the Stone Age doesn't affect Skylab in space, and the astronauts help the Super Friends save the day.

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* ButWhatAboutTheAstronauts: A spell sending the Earth Changing Earth's history to regress culture and society back to the Stone Age somehow doesn't affect Skylab in space, and the astronauts scientists there help the Super Friends save the day.



* CallARabbitASmeerp: Done oddly in the 1981 episode "The Aircraft Terror", where a jet plane was transformed into what was clearly a dragon, 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 dragon, 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.



* CutLexLuthorACheck: The Legion of Doom invents [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleportation]], invisibility, TimeTravel, and ''casually'' constructs an entire planet inside a black hole... and they use these marvels to rob banks and attempt to foil one or two of their enemies.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The 1985 season. Cyborg joins the Super Powers Team, and the stories get more serious in that season compared to the previous seasons.

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* CutLexLuthorACheck: The Legion of Doom invents [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleportation]], invisibility, TimeTravel, and ''casually'' constructs an entire planet inside a black hole... and they usually use these marvels to rob banks and attempt to foil one or two of their enemies.
enemies. (And while they often had taking over the world as their main goal, money was usually a secondary one)
* DarkerAndEdgier: The 1985 season. season, which came complete with a name change. Cyborg joins joined the Super Powers Team, and the stories get got more serious in that season compared to the previous seasons.



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

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



* MindControlEyes: Medulla's victims in "The Mind Maidens". Amusingly, when she finally gets hoist on her own petard, Medulla's eyes turn from pure white to normal-looking.
* MindOverMatter: In the 1973-74 episode "The Balloon People", the title characters have modest telekinetic power. When acting together, they can move a doghouse.

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* MindControlEyes: MindControlEyes/BlankWhiteEyes: Medulla's victims in "The Mind Maidens". Amusingly, when she finally gets hoist on by her own petard, Medulla's own eyes turn from pure white (like her victims') to normal-looking.
* MindOverMatter: MindOverMatter:
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In the 1973-74 episode "The Balloon People", the title characters have modest telekinetic power. When acting together, they can move a doghouse.doghouse.
** Dr. Cranum in 1978's "The Brain Machine" has this power to a much greater degree, able to lift cars, transport heavy equipment, tear down brick walls, and paralyze people.



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* MyBrainIsBig: 1973/74 episode "The Menace of the White Dwarf". The brilliant scientist supervillain Raven has an enlarged bald skull.

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* MurderWater
* MyBrainIsBig:
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1973/74 episode "The Menace of the White Dwarf". The brilliant scientist supervillain Raven has an enlarged bald skull.skull.
** Dr. Cranum, villain of the 1978 episode "The Brain Machine" as well, after using a machine to [[HollywoodEvolution evolve human's brain]] on himself. Later, he does the same thing to Wonder Woman, and he wants to do the same to everyone in the world.



* TalkingAnimal: Jayna in animal form, and Gorilla Grodd. Also, "Circus of Horrors" features a group of them as the main villains.

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* TalkingAnimal: Jayna in animal form, and Gorilla Grodd.Grodd (and the other denizens of Gorilla City). Also, "Circus of Horrors" features a group of them as the main villains.



*** 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 a 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 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 a 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.
2nd Dec '16 10:33:45 PM Xtifr
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'''''Superfriends''''' is a long-running Creator/HannaBarbera series, which ran on ABC from 1973 to 1986, featuring superheroes from Creator/DCComics. The core heroes were Franchise/{{Superman}}, Franchise/WonderWoman, ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}, Franchise/{{Batman}} and ComicBook/{{Robin}}. Originally, they were joined by "Junior Super Friends" Wendy, Marvin and [[GratuitousAnimalSidekick Wonder Dog]]. The series' first season, in 1973-4, consisted of hour long stories, most of which concerned current issues such as energy conservation; the "criminal" was usually a WellIntentionedExtremist with benign motives, who is usually [[EasyEvangelism easily persuaded]] to a more reasonable stand at the end.

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'''''Superfriends''''' ''Superfriends'' is a long-running Creator/HannaBarbera series, which ran on ABC from 1973 to 1986, featuring superheroes from Creator/DCComics. The core heroes were Franchise/{{Superman}}, Franchise/WonderWoman, ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}, Franchise/{{Batman}} and ComicBook/{{Robin}}. Originally, they were joined by "Junior Super Friends" Wendy, Marvin and [[GratuitousAnimalSidekick Wonder Dog]]. The series' first season, in 1973-4, consisted of hour long stories, most of which concerned current issues such as energy conservation; the "criminal" was usually a WellIntentionedExtremist with benign motives, who is usually [[EasyEvangelism easily persuaded]] to a more reasonable stand at the end.
2nd Dec '16 1:53:47 PM Rippingtons60
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* AbhorrentAdmirer: Darkseid is as obsessed with making Wonder Woman his bride as he is taking over the universe, much to her chagrin. Although she has used his lust for her to her and the team's advantage on more than one occasion. He's also messed up his own schemes himself unwittingly because of his desire for her.
22nd Nov '16 10:04:27 AM Morgenthaler
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[[InkStainAdaptation The show that determined more of what you (used to) know (or think) about superheroes]] than even the Adam West ''Series/{{Batman}}''.

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[[InkStainAdaptation [[AudienceColoringAdaptation The show that determined more of what you (used to) know (or think) about superheroes]] than even the Adam West ''Series/{{Batman}}''.
16th Oct '16 3:43:09 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* BatmanGambit: The master of the Trope himself did it twice in the same episode, against the same villain. Said villain was using an amulet that could cause RapidAging or reverse aging. After using it to turn Superman, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman into kids, he threatened to turn Batman and Robin into "feeble old men". Batman's response was "just try it!" and he did, missing Batman and hitting the three de-aged heroes behind him returning them to adulthood. In response, the villain turned the amulet on a guy he had previously aged, turning the poor guy to dust in order to cover his escape. Batman - now realizing his dependence on the thing - put the dust in a canister, then put that inside a mannequin wearing a Batman costume. When the villain tried to the de-aging thing again, he zapped the victim's remains, restoring his body and true age. (And was easily disarmed of it by said former victim.)
3rd Oct '16 9:47:25 PM DustSnitch
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* UnexpectedlyDarkEpisode: "The Fear" deals with similar themes as ''The Brave and the Bold'''s "The Chill of the Night" the Scarecrow forces Batman to reenact the murder of his parents.
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