History WesternAnimation / Superfriends

16th Jun '16 8:09:30 PM DarkStorm
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* {{Catchphrase}}

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* {{Catchphrase}}[[Catchphrase/WesternAnimation Catchphrase]]
16th Jun '16 8:07:55 PM DarkStorm
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** Analogues for Apache Chief/Longshadow, El Dorado and Samurai (gender-swapped in the latter's case) have also been seen in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. 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 also been seen in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. Static {{ComicBook/Static}} fills in for Black Vulcan.



* [[Catchphrase/WesternAnimation Catchphrase]]
** Batman would say, "Great Gotham!"
** In the 1973-74 season Wendy would often say "Let's go tell the Super Friends" when the kids found out something.

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* [[Catchphrase/WesternAnimation Catchphrase]]
{{Catchphrase}}
** Batman would say, All of them had a trademark exclamation: Superman's "Great Gotham!"
Scott!", Batman's "Great Gotham!", Wonder Woman's "Merciful Minerva!", Aquaman's "Great Neptune!", Black Vulcan's "Great lightning!", and so on.
** In the 1973-74 season Wendy would often say "Let's go tell the Super Friends" Friends!" when the kids found out something.



** Naturally, Batman, who could pull out any gadget to deal with a situation.

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** Naturally, Batman, who could pull out any gadget to deal with a situation. He even had a communicator in his tooth if he was otherwise immobilized.



* [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness/WesternAnimation Early Installment Weirdness]]: In "The Power Pirate", the first episode of the 1973-74 season.



* EverybodyLaughsEnding: 1973-74 episodes "The Balloon People", "The Fantastic Frerps", "The Mysterious Moles", "The Power Pirate", "Professor Goodfellow's G.E.E.C.", "The Shamon U", "The Watermen" and "The Weather Maker".

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* EverybodyLaughsEnding: 1973-74 episodes "The Balloon People", "The Fantastic Frerps", "The Mysterious Moles", "The Power Pirate", "Professor Goodfellow's G.E.E.C.", "The Shamon U", "The Watermen" and "The Weather Maker". In other seasons, often occurred at the end of any episode featuring the Wonder Twins or, more rarely, Robin.



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

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



* FiveManBand



* GiantWoman: Giganta, obviously.

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* GiantWoman: Giganta, obviously. Less obviously, one-shot villainess Dr. Amy Zahn.



* GoryDiscretionShot: Yes, believe it or not, in the episode "One Small Step For Superman", where a boy's beloved dog dies while protecting him from a bear just off-screen.

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* GoryDiscretionShot: Yes, believe it or not, in the episode "One Small Step For Superman", where a boy's beloved dog dies while protecting him from a bear just off-screen. (The boy's father claims that the dog "ran away", but his expression says otherwise)



* [[HeelFaceTurn/WesternAnimation Heel Face Turn]]: This happened at the end of almost all of the 1973/74 episodes after the Super Friends explained to the villains the errors of their ways. It usually involved the villain(s) sincerely apologizing and promising to change their behavior.

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* [[HeelFaceTurn/WesternAnimation Heel Face Turn]]: This happened at the end of almost all of the 1973/74 episodes after the Super Friends explained to the villains the errors of their ways. It usually involved the villain(s) sincerely apologizing and promising to change their behavior. Even some later episodes featured this (like the 1980 episode "Big Foot", which was resolved peacefully once Batman pulled out a translator).



* ImpossiblyCoolClothes



* LeotardOfPower



* NonHumanSidekick: Wonder Dog in first season, Gleek afterward.

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* NonHumanSidekick: Wonder Dog in the first season, Gleek afterward.



* PlotTailoredToTheParty

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* PlotTailoredToThePartyPlotTailoredToTheParty: Almost any episode featuring Aquaman.



** Dr. Amy Zahn, who decided to show the world that women were not the weaker sex by turning herself into a ShoutOut to Film/AttackOfThe50FootWoman. Subverted in that she almost tested the same formula on ''Batman'', especially since Wonder Woman was right there.
* StockFootage
* SuperHero

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** Dr. [[PunnyName Amy Zahn, Zahn]], who decided to show the world that women were not the weaker sex by turning herself into a ShoutOut to Film/AttackOfThe50FootWoman. Subverted in that she almost tested the same formula on ''Batman'', especially since Wonder Woman was right there.
* StockFootage
StockFootage: Not as much as you'd expect from Hanna-Barberra, but many of the shots of the Superfriends leaving the Hall of Justice are reused.
* SuperHeroSuperHero: One of the most well-known depictions of the main DC stable, for better or for worse.



* TalkingAnimal: Jayna in animal form, Gorilla Grodd.

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



* TemporalParadox - A Grandfather Paradox in the ''Challenge of the Super Friends'' episode "Secret Origins Of The Super Friends".

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* TemporalParadox - TemporalParadox: A Grandfather Paradox in the ''Challenge of the Super Friends'' episode "Secret Origins Of The Super Friends".



* UnderwearOfPower



*** 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 shape, 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 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 shape, shapes, which leads to their defeat and capture.
21st May '16 6:43:31 AM triton
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* GiantWoman: Giganta, obviously.
13th Feb '16 1:01:13 PM SteveMB
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* HumanitysWake

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* HumanitysWakeHumanitysWake: In "History of Doom", before alien visitors use time travel to hit the ResetButton.
25th Dec '15 7:50:39 PM nombretomado
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21st Oct '15 3:54:05 PM SuperLlama
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* AdultsAreUseless: Many times it was Wendy, Marvin and Wonder Dog that got in contact with the VillainOfTheWeek and manage to figure out their plans and sometimes even talk them down, leaving the actual superheroes with mop-up duty.

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* AdultsAreUseless: Many times in the original series it was Wendy, Marvin and Wonder Dog that got in contact with the VillainOfTheWeek and manage to figure out their plans and sometimes even talk them down, leaving the actual superheroes with mop-up duty.
21st Oct '15 3:53:37 PM SuperLlama
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* AdultsAreUseless: Many times it was Wendy, Marvin and Wonder Dog that got in contact with the VillainOfTheWeek and manage to figure out their plans and sometimes even talk them down, leaving the actual superheroes with mop-up duty.
18th Sep '15 3:47:27 PM nombretomado
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* The show was revived ''again'' in 1984 as the MerchandiseDriven '''''Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show,''''' intended to tie in with the ''Super Powers'' toy line from Creator/{{Kenner}}. The show consisted of two 15-minute shorts, except for some two-part half-hours. It introduced Firestorm, who was so heavily spotlighted as to be accused of being a MartyStu. This was also the series that introduced {{Darkseid}} and his fellow villainous ComicBook/NewGods of Apokolips to animation, a decade before ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', although many aspects of his personality were toned down from the original, and he was given a bizarre fixation on making Wonder Woman his bride.

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* The show was revived ''again'' in 1984 as the MerchandiseDriven '''''Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show,''''' intended to tie in with the ''Super Powers'' toy line from Creator/{{Kenner}}. The show consisted of two 15-minute shorts, except for some two-part half-hours. It introduced Firestorm, who was so heavily spotlighted as to be accused of being a MartyStu. This was also the series that introduced {{Darkseid}} {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} and his fellow villainous ComicBook/NewGods of Apokolips to animation, a decade before ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', although many aspects of his personality were toned down from the original, and he was given a bizarre fixation on making Wonder Woman his bride.



* NoHonorAmongThieves: Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show had one episode titled "No Honor Among Thieves". In that episode, ComicBook/LexLuthor created a device to steal powers from the heroes and asked for {{Darkseid}}'s help. Luthor tried to doublecross Darkseid but Darkseid was CrazyPrepared enough to cover Luthor in kryptonite dust since, with {{Superman}}'s powers, comes [[KryptoniteFactor his weakness]]. Luthor still managed to use El Dorado's powers to send the powerless heroes the means to escape death. He then got a TitleDrop.

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* NoHonorAmongThieves: Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show had one episode titled "No Honor Among Thieves". In that episode, ComicBook/LexLuthor created a device to steal powers from the heroes and asked for {{Darkseid}}'s {{ComicBook/Darkseid}}'s help. Luthor tried to doublecross Darkseid but Darkseid was CrazyPrepared enough to cover Luthor in kryptonite dust since, with {{Superman}}'s powers, comes [[KryptoniteFactor his weakness]]. Luthor still managed to use El Dorado's powers to send the powerless heroes the means to escape death. He then got a TitleDrop.
15th Sep '15 10:57:59 PM DarkStorm
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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, 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.



* ElementalShapeshifter: Zan could transform into various forms of water and ice.

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* ElementalShapeshifter: Zan could transform into various forms of water water, including ice and ice.steam.



* GoryDiscretionShot: Yes, believe it or not, in the episode "One Small Step For Superman", where a boy's beloved dog dies while protecting him from a bear just off-screen.



* IceMagicIsWater: Zan and Jayna's WonderTwinPowers are that Jayna can turn into animals and Zan can turn into water or ice or both.

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* IceMagicIsWater: Zan and Jayna's WonderTwinPowers are that Jayna can turn into animals and Zan can turn into water or (including ice or both.even steam).



** And don't forget Zan of the Wonder Twins. Jayna's power is kind of cool: she can turn into any sort of animal from any planet. Zan turns into ''water''. And ice. And unlikely ice constructions. That's it. Congratulations, Zan, you just made Aquaman look cool by comparison. Some old Creator/CartoonNetwork ads lampooned this ''without'' mercy. "I could be defeated by a sponge! And it wouldn't even have to be an ''evil'' sponge!" And he's another underutilization case. Just ask Marvel's Hydro-Man what you can do with that power. In fact, he could apparently do ANYTHING he could describe with water or ice. It's been over thirty years, but this troper clearly remembers him transforming into an ice jetpack which Jayna then wore in her eagle form to fly at supersonic speeds! How does Jayna get to an emergency? She turns into an eagle. How does Zan get there? He turns into water. Then he has to flow into a pail so Gleek can carry him while Jayna carries ''Gleek'' with her talons.

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** And don't forget Zan of the Wonder Twins. Jayna's power is kind of cool: she can turn into any sort of animal from any planet.planet (including mythical creatures - she's become a mermaid, a centaur, and a sphinx in the comic, and a winged serpent in the cartoon). Zan turns into ''water''. And ice. And unlikely ice constructions. That's it. Congratulations, Zan, you just made Aquaman look cool by comparison. Some old Creator/CartoonNetwork ads lampooned this ''without'' mercy. "I could be defeated by a sponge! And it wouldn't even have to be an ''evil'' sponge!" And he's another underutilization case. Just ask Marvel's Hydro-Man what you can do with that power. In fact, he could apparently do ANYTHING he could describe with water or ice. It's been over thirty years, but this troper clearly remembers him transforming into an ice jetpack which Jayna then wore in her eagle form to fly at supersonic speeds! How does Jayna get to an emergency? She turns into an eagle. How does Zan get there? He turns into water. Then he has to flow into a pail so Gleek can carry him while Jayna carries ''Gleek'' with her talons.



*** 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. But normally they turn into small, weak, and/or overly-specialized-to-the-point-of-ridiculousnesss shapes, which leads to their downfall.

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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. 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-ridiculousnesss shapes, overly-specialized-to-the-point-of-ridiculousness shape, which leads to their downfall.defeat and capture.
31st Aug '15 6:59:10 AM Arivne
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* TheDarknessGazesBack: Subverted in the opening title of the original (1973-74) show. When Wonder Dog looks into the darkness he sees a pair of eyes. However, they're quickly revealed to be a reflection of Wonder Dog's eyes in a mirror. Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANCjrzSJOsU#t=45s here]].

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* TheDarknessGazesBack: Subverted in the opening title of the original (1973-74) show. When Wonder Dog looks into the darkness he sees a pair of eyes. However, they're quickly revealed to be a reflection of Wonder Dog's eyes in a mirror. Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANCjrzSJOsU#t=45s here]].
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