History WesternAnimation / SupermanTheatricalCartoons

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* BiggerOnTheInside: Close examination of the villain's underwater lair in "Electric Earthquake" shows that it's only a few times larger than the elevator used to reach it in exterior shots, but cavernous in interior shots.
* BirdPeople: The inhabitants of "The Underground World"


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* EarthquakeMachine: The plot of "Electric Earthquake", natch


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** In the backstory for "The Underground World", Prof. Henderson explains that his father disappeared years ago while exploring the titular caverns. Later, when Clark and Lois visit the caverns a large statue of Henderson Sr. can be seen towering over the its tribal (and visibly non-human) inhabitants.


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* UnderwaterBase: The villain in "Electric Earthquake" has one.
11th Oct '16 2:02:40 AM BrokenEye
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* UnnecessarilyLargeVessel: The aptly named Giant Bomber in "Japoteurs". Even considering the fact that it also serves as an AirbornAircraftCarrier for regular-sized bombers, the extreme difference in size shows that it's still considerably larger than it needs to be.

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* UnnecessarilyLargeVessel: The aptly named Giant Bomber in "Japoteurs". Even considering the fact that it also serves as an AirbornAircraftCarrier AirborneAircraftCarrier for regular-sized bombers, the extreme difference in size shows that it's still considerably larger than it needs to be.
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* CoolPlane: The aptly named Giant Bomber in "Japoteurs", which dwarfs its own air traffic control tower and [[AirborneAircraftCarrier has a rapid-fire runway for normal-sized bombers on its back]].

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* CoolPlane: The [[UnnecessarilyLargeVessel aptly named Giant Bomber Bomber]] in "Japoteurs", which dwarfs its own air traffic control tower and [[AirborneAircraftCarrier has a rapid-fire runway for normal-sized bombers on its back]].


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* UnnecessarilyLargeVessel: The aptly named Giant Bomber in "Japoteurs". Even considering the fact that it also serves as an AirbornAircraftCarrier for regular-sized bombers, the extreme difference in size shows that it's still considerably larger than it needs to be.
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* AirborneAircraftCarrier: The [[SuperPrototype prototype Giant Bomber]] in "Japoteurs" is shown to also be one of these.


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* CoolPlane: The aptly named Giant Bomber in "Japoteurs", which dwarfs its own air traffic control tower and [[AirborneAircraftCarrier has a rapid-fire runway for normal-sized bombers on its back]].


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* GratuitousAnimalSidekick: The titular scientist's crow... vulture... [[ViewerSpeciesConfusion thing]] in "The Mad Scientist"
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** Briefly and [[UncannyValley somewhat unsettlingly]] averted for an action closeup during the climax of "Terror on the Midway".
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* {{Hammerspace}}: Subtly subverted in "Showdown". Initially it's unclear where the spandax-clad impostor is carrying the stolen jewels (and [[ShootingSuperman the gun that he pulls on the real Superman]]), but after losing his cape, he can be clearly seen to be wearing a hip-satchel.



* KryptoniteFactor: While never named outright, Superman finds himself powerless against the comet in ''Magnetic Telescope'', which constantly emits a SicklyGreenGlow and hurls Superman back to earth unconscious every time he attempts to attack it directly, strongly implying that the comet is made of the trope-naming mineral.

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* KryptoniteFactor: While never named outright, Superman finds himself powerless against the comet in ''Magnetic Telescope'', ''"Magnetic Telescope", which constantly emits a SicklyGreenGlow and hurls Superman back to earth unconscious every time he attempts to attack it directly, strongly implying that the comet is made of the trope-naming mineral.


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** Also attempted by the impostor Superman in "Showdown"
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* EvilKnockoff: The villain of "Showdown", although he's just a non-powered thief using a Superman costume to catch people off guard.
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** Lois is actually the one who ends up using the titular machine to save the day in ''Magnetic Telescope'' after Superman finds himself powerless against the incoming luminous green comet (strongly implied but never outright stated to be made of [[KryptoniteFactor kryptonite]]), hurling the rock back into space.



* KryptoniteFactor: While never named outright, Superman finds himself powerless against the comet in ''Magnetic Telescope'', which constantly emits a SicklyGreenGlow and hurls Superman back to earth unconscious every time he attempts to attack it directly, strongly implying that the comet is made of kryptonite.

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* KryptoniteFactor: While never named outright, Superman finds himself powerless against the comet in ''Magnetic Telescope'', which constantly emits a SicklyGreenGlow and hurls Superman back to earth unconscious every time he attempts to attack it directly, strongly implying that the comet is made of kryptonite.the trope-naming mineral.
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* KryptoniteFactor: While never named outright, Superman finds himself powerless against the comet in ''Magnetic Telescope'', which constantly emits a SicklyGreenGlow and hurls Superman back to earth unconscious every time he attempts to attack it directly, strongly implying that the comet is made of kryptonite.
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* CatchPhrase: "This is a job for Superman!" and other variations of it.

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* CatchPhrase: CatchPhrase
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"This is a job for Superman!" and other variations of it.



* CircusEpisode: ''Terror on the Midway'', where Superman has to save spectators from a [[KillerGorilla ferocious gorilla]].
* ClarkKenting: This version seemed to favor the idea that Clark was the "real" personality and Superman was a "mask" over forty years before ''ComicBook/TheManOfSteel'' reboot nailed it in place. One way of maintaining this "mask" involved Clark Kent speaking in a higher-pitched voice than Superman. (The voice actor, Bud Collyer, also starred in ''Radio/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'', where this voice change became the only way for listeners to tell Clark and Supes apart.)
** In "The Magnetic Telescope", he even used Lois' confusion to steal a kiss as Clark.

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* CircusEpisode: ''Terror "Terror on the Midway'', Midway", where Superman has to save spectators from a [[KillerGorilla ferocious gorilla]].
* ClarkKenting: This version seemed to favor the idea that Clark was the "real" personality and Superman was a "mask" over forty years before ''ComicBook/TheManOfSteel'' reboot nailed it in place. One way of maintaining this "mask" involved Clark Kent speaking in a higher-pitched voice than Superman. (The voice actor, Bud Collyer, also starred in ''Radio/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'', where this voice change became the only way for listeners to tell Clark and Supes apart.)
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) In "The Magnetic Telescope", he Superman even used Lois' confusion to steal a kiss as Clark.



* CoolCar: The Flying car from "The Bulleteers."
* CutLexLuthorACheck: Most of the villains have non-monetary goals, or doesn't use all ''that'' impressive technology, but the inventor villain in ''The Mechanical Monsters'' invented and built remote-controlled giant mechanical machines... and used them to rob banks, jewelery stores, etc.

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* CoolCar: The Flying flying car from "The Bulleteers."
* CutLexLuthorACheck: Most of the villains have non-monetary goals, or doesn't use all ''that'' impressive technology, but the inventor villain in ''The "The Mechanical Monsters'' Monsters" invented and built remote-controlled giant mechanical machines... and used them to rob banks, jewelery stores, etc.



* DamselOutOfDistress: ...In ''Billion Dollar Limited'', at the first sight of robbery, she unhesitatingly picks up one of the fallen guards' tommy-guns and ''fires back''. She then makes her way to the engine and repeatedly sounds the whistle, which quickly alerts everyone (Including Supes) that the train is in trouble. She only has to be bailed out when the robbers lob a ''bomb'' at her. Other shorts, particularly the earlier ones, have her performing similar feats of competency and only really put her in "distress" when she would logically just be completely outclassed as a normal human being.
* DarkestAfrica: The setting of ''Jungle Drums.''

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* DamselOutOfDistress: ...In ''Billion "Billion Dollar Limited'', Limited", at the first sight of robbery, she unhesitatingly picks up one of the fallen guards' tommy-guns and ''fires back''. She then makes her way to the engine and repeatedly sounds the whistle, which quickly alerts everyone (Including Supes) that the train is in trouble. She only has to be bailed out when the robbers lob a ''bomb'' at her. Other shorts, particularly the earlier ones, have her performing similar feats of competency and only really put her in "distress" when she would logically just be completely outclassed as a normal human being.
* DarkestAfrica: The setting of ''Jungle Drums.'' "Jungle Drums".



* EyesAlwaysShut: Clark seems to have his eyes closed much of the time, like his [[http://www.supermanhomepage.com/multimedia/Wallpaper-Images/golden-age1.jpg golden age counterpart at the early days]].
** Much like [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]].

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* EyesAlwaysShut: Clark seems to have his eyes closed much of the time, like his [[http://www.supermanhomepage.com/multimedia/Wallpaper-Images/golden-age1.jpg golden age counterpart at the early days]].
** Much like
days]] and [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]].



* HeroicMime: Not as Clark Kent, but Superman doesn't seem to talk when he's on the job.
** Until "The Arctic Giant", that is.

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* HeroicMime: Not as Clark Kent, but Superman doesn't seem to talk when he's on the job.
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job. Until "The Arctic Giant", that is.



* ImmuneToBullets: Aside from Superman, ''The Mechanical Monsters'' has the introduction newspaper imply that significant measures to stop the mechanical monsters, but it only amounts to a large number of guards using a automatic rifles. The bullets simply bounce off the armor, and the robot simply walks into the building as if there's no opposition. These robots are still destructible (as demonstrated by Superman fighting them).

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* ImmuneToBullets: Aside from Superman, ''The "The Mechanical Monsters'' Monsters" has the introduction newspaper imply that significant measures to stop the mechanical monsters, but it only amounts to a large number of guards using a automatic rifles. The bullets simply bounce off the armor, and the robot simply walks into the building as if there's no opposition. These robots are still destructible (as demonstrated by Superman fighting them).



** There's another shout-out to the Fleischer Superman cartoons in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': The robots in the episode "Deep Freeze" are basically a cross between the robots from The Mechanical Monsters and the robots from Creator/HayaoMiyazaki's ''Anime/CastleInTheSky''.

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** There's another shout-out to the Fleischer Superman cartoons in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': The robots in the episode "Deep Freeze" are basically a cross between the robots from The "The Mechanical Monsters Monsters" and the robots from Creator/HayaoMiyazaki's ''Anime/CastleInTheSky''.



* TransformingMecha: The mechanical monsters from the eponymous cartoon.
** Creator/HayaoMiyazaki would use a robot very similar to the robots from "The Mechanical Monsters" in the second ''Lupin the Third'' TV series, as well as in ''Anime/CastleInTheSky''.

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* TransformingMecha: The mechanical monsters from the eponymous cartoon.
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cartoon. Creator/HayaoMiyazaki would use a robot very similar to the robots from "The Mechanical Monsters" in the second ''Lupin the Third'' TV series, as well as in ''Anime/CastleInTheSky''.
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