History WesternAnimation / Underdog

14th Mar '17 11:06:27 PM KeiTheAverage
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* AbsenteeActor: Sweet Polly Purebread doesn't appear in the series pilot "Safe Waif" (see EarlyInstallmentWeirdness below).

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* AbsenteeActor: Sweet Polly Purebread Purebred doesn't appear in the series pilot "Safe Waif" (see EarlyInstallmentWeirdness below).
7th Mar '17 9:34:32 PM MisterBeeg
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* AbsenteeActor: Sweet Polly Purebread doesn't appear in the series pilot "Safe Waif" (see EarlyInstallmentWeirdness below).
26th Feb '17 10:33:28 AM nombretomado
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Underdog's alter ego was "humble, lovable Shoeshine Boy". When summoned by TV reporter Sweet Polly Purebred[[note]]"Oh where, oh where has my Underdog gone? Oh where, oh where can he be?"[[/note]], Shoeshine Boy dashed into the nearest phone booth and emerged in his heroic costume. For some unexplained reason, Underdog always [[RhymesOnADime spoke in rhyme]]. His foes included the mad scientist Dr. Simon BarSinister and his henchman, Cad Lackey (voice caricatures of [[Film/ItsAWonderfulLife Lionel Barrymore]] and HumphreyBogart), and the lupine crime boss Riff Raff (based on George Raft).

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Underdog's alter ego was "humble, lovable Shoeshine Boy". When summoned by TV reporter Sweet Polly Purebred[[note]]"Oh where, oh where has my Underdog gone? Oh where, oh where can he be?"[[/note]], Shoeshine Boy dashed into the nearest phone booth and emerged in his heroic costume. For some unexplained reason, Underdog always [[RhymesOnADime spoke in rhyme]]. His foes included the mad scientist Dr. Simon BarSinister and his henchman, Cad Lackey (voice caricatures of [[Film/ItsAWonderfulLife Lionel Barrymore]] and HumphreyBogart), Creator/HumphreyBogart), and the lupine crime boss Riff Raff (based on George Raft).
18th Feb '17 4:16:06 PM WileK209
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* AmnesiaEpisode: "The Forget-Me-Net" story arc, where Simon Bar Sinister's latest invention causes amnesia on people.
2nd Feb '17 10:43:55 PM MisterCPC
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* AndThenWhat: In one ''Klondike Cat'' cartoon, Klondike actually succeeds in capturing Savoir Faire at the beginning of the episode rather than the end. However, Savoir points out that catching him is the only job Klondike's ever had, and if he's in jail then there's nothing for him to do. Klondike then spends the rest of the episode trying and failing to break his nemesis out of jail.
2nd Feb '17 10:20:52 PM MisterCPC
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first cartoon has little in common with the others. There's no Sweet Polly (it remains the only cartoon she's not in), no villain, no CliffHanger, and Underdog is a completely moronic, bumbling idiot {{Jerkass}} who demolishes two banks to rescue a boy trapped in a bank vault (at first, Underdog goes to the wrong bank by mistake). The rest of the series portrays Underdog as much more competent.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
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The first cartoon has little in common with the others. There's no Sweet Polly (it remains the only cartoon she's not in), no villain, no CliffHanger, and Underdog is a completely moronic, bumbling idiot {{Jerkass}} who demolishes two banks to rescue a boy trapped in a bank vault (at first, Underdog goes to the wrong bank by mistake). The rest of the series portrays Underdog as much more competent.competent.
** Simon Bar Sinister's first appearance, like the first episode, is also a one-off with no cliffhanger. Simon notably does not have Cad with him, making it the only time Simon causes trouble without his henchman.
1st Feb '17 1:32:44 PM MisterCPC
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* EvilTwin: Tap-Tap the Chisler, a criminal who looks exactly like Underdog. Upon discovering the similarity, Riff Raff dresses him up like Underdog and has him go on a crime spree to frame the real Underdog, who is currently incapacitated under some rubble. When the real Underdog breaks out, he's now hated by everyone thanks to Riff Raff and Tap-Tap's plan. Underdog eventually proves his innocence, but Tap-Tap eventually breaks out of prison in a later episode and attempts to blow both himself and Sweet Polly up in revenge against Underdog.


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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Often Simon will end up on the receiving end of his own inventions, including in "The Big Shrink," "The Forget-Me-Net," "The Tickle Feather Machine," and "Simon Says Be My Valentine."


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* SequelEpisode: "Tricky Tap by Tap-Tap" serves as a sequel to "From Hopeless to Helpless." But since the former ended up airing first, it unintentionally inverted things and turned "From Hopeless to Helpless" into a Prequel Episode.


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* ThenLetMeBeEvil: Subverted. When Underdog is framed by Riff Raff and Tap-Tap and discovers the truth, he decides that he might as well join forces with Riff Raff for real since he's considered a criminal anyway. However, it turns out he was really faking teaming up with him to discover where Riff Raff hid the Hope Diamond.
7th Jan '17 9:01:54 PM Delibird
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** Go Go Gophers' Running Board (to Ruffled Feathers): "Ho-ho! You-um genius!"
** Klondike Kat had two: "Klondike Kat always gets his mouse," and "OH, I'LL MAKE MINCEMEAT OUTTA THAT MOUSE!"
*** Not to mention said mouse constantly reminding us that "Savoir Faire is everywhere!"



*** At one point, all dialog references to Underdog's Super Energy Pill were re-recorded, calling it an Underdog Energy Vitamin Pill instead.



* TakeOverTheWorld: Simon bar Sinister's goal, most of the time.

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* TakeOverTheWorld: Simon bar Bar Sinister's goal, most of the time.



* ThanksgivingEpisode: Simon Barsinister tries to stop Thanksgiving from ever happening because the Thanksgiving Day Parade was preventing him from crossing the street, keeping him from reaching a device he had cached there. [[ComplexityAddiction Given that he had a time machine, it probably would have been easier for him to either go back a few hours and cross the street then, go back a couple days and tell his subordinates that the scheme will be postponed until a day when a parade isn't blocking the street, or go back a couple weeks and move the device to the other side of the street, but these notions never occur to him.]]

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* ThanksgivingEpisode: Simon Barsinister Bar Sinister tries to stop Thanksgiving from ever happening because the Thanksgiving Day Parade was preventing him from crossing the street, keeping him from reaching a device he had cached there. [[ComplexityAddiction Given that he had a time machine, it probably would have been easier for him to either go back a few hours and cross the street then, go back a couple days and tell his subordinates that the scheme will be postponed until a day when a parade isn't blocking the street, or go back a couple weeks and move the device to the other side of the street, but these notions never occur to him.]]
24th Nov '16 8:01:00 AM backpack
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* ElectionDayEpisode: Simon Bar Sinister disperses treated feathers across the entire United States, keeping every American rolling on the ground laughing on Election Day. Only Simon and his henchman, Cad Lackey, are coherent enough to cast votes, electing Simon as United States Dictator by a total of two votes.

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* ElectionDayEpisode: Simon Bar Sinister disperses treated feathers across the entire United States, keeping every American rolling on the ground laughing on Election Day. Only Simon and his henchman, Cad Lackey, are coherent enough to cast votes, electing Simon as United States Dictator by a total of two votes.votes (the issue of the Electoral College isn't raised).
7th Nov '16 8:56:57 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* BadassDamsel: Polly doesn't always just wait to be rescued, even though it's usually necessary.



* CardCarryingVillain: Riff Raff ''loves'' being Public Enemy Number One, and once devoted an entire plan simply to recover that title.



* CatsAreMean: EvilOverlord Overcat was not just ''mean'' he could match Underdog as far as personal might was concerned.



* DamselInDistress: Sweet Polly Purebred, in practically every episode.
** Subverted in [[spoiler:"The Phony Booths", where Polly takes it upon herself to stop the [[MassHypnosis Phony Booths]]. By that time, Simon Bar Sinister has gotten Underdog under his control, so he sends Underdog to stop Polly. However, LoveRedeems, and because of this, Polly saves Underdog for a change]].

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* DamselInDistress: Sweet Polly Purebred, in practically every episode.
** Subverted
episode. Subverted, however, in [[spoiler:"The Phony Booths", where Polly takes it upon herself to stop the [[MassHypnosis Phony Booths]]. By that time, Simon Bar Sinister has gotten Underdog under his control, so he sends Underdog to stop Polly. However, LoveRedeems, and because of this, Polly saves Underdog for a change]].



* TheDon: Riff Raff is a parody of the trope.



** Underdog often [[GRatedDrug pops pills]] to boost his powers, especially after having been beaten in a fight.
*** Nowadays, most reruns have the pills cut out, except when they're needed for the plot.

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** Underdog often [[GRatedDrug pops pills]] to boost his powers, especially after having been beaten in a fight.
*** Nowadays,
fight. (Nowadays, most reruns have the pills cut out, except when they're needed for the plot.)



* GrandFinale: Vacuum Gun. Simon brings several old villains, including Electric Eel and Batty Man, BackForTheFinale. The end of the episode apparently has [[spoiler: all the villains KilledOffForReal when, after Simon tries to use the Vacuum Gun for the last time on Underdog, Underdog uses his "[[SuperBreath Atomic Breath]]" and sucks all the villains and the Vacuum Gun towards him, uses the Vacuum Gun on the villains, then exhales into the Vacuum Gun, causing it to [[StuffBlowingUp explode]]]].

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* GrandFinale: "The Vacuum Gun. Gun". Simon brings several old villains, including Riff Raff, Electric Eel and Batty Man, BackForTheFinale. The end of the episode apparently has [[spoiler: all the villains KilledOffForReal when, after Simon tries to use the Vacuum Gun for the last time on Underdog, Underdog uses his "[[SuperBreath Atomic Breath]]" and sucks all the villains and the Vacuum Gun towards him, uses the Vacuum Gun on the villains, then exhales into the Vacuum Gun, causing it to [[StuffBlowingUp explode]]]].



* HeroicDog

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* HeroicDogHeroicDog: ''Super'' heroic dog.


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* RaceFaceTurn: Both the Saucer Men and the Cloud Men end their conflict with Earth peacefully, both times due to clever thinking by Polly.


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* TakeOverTheWorld: Simon bar Sinister's goal, most of the time.
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