A variety of commercial where the product, a {{Mascot}} or the product as a {{Mascot}} is presented as a superhero, fighting against or protecting you from something.

This can be played straight, where the product really is a superhero, in the context of the ad, or silly, where the product is acting like a superhero, but probably isn't.

Personal care products such as toothpaste and mouthwash tend to get this treatment a lot, but it is not limited to them. Toothpaste and mouthwash will often end up fighting "the gum disease known as ''gingivitis''" (in those exact words) in some fashion. What's surprising is that they don't refer to gingivitis by its old name: ''trench mouth'', as it would sound even more powerful. Or would be if trench mouth actually referred to gingivitis and not aggressive periodontitis.
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!!Examples:
* UFO Kamen Yakisoban, a tokusatsu hero who starred in commericals for the "UFO" brand noodles, and fought against the evil "Kettler". He even had his own video game!
* Listerine mouthwash (originally played straight, or somewhat so -- a computer-animated Listerine bottle boxing in the ring, fighting a shadowy monster, or swinging through the jungle to the tune of Baltimora's "Tarzan Boy" is hard to consider "played straight" -- but now uses a guy in an obviously homemade bottle costume with a toothbrush sidekick)
** There's also the trenchcoat-wearing "Agent Blue".
* Crest toothpaste, featuring heroes protecting Toothopolis, a city encircled by a wall of monstrous teeth, from the Cavity Creeps ("We make holes in teeth")
* In an episode of ''TheApprenticeMarthaStewart'', contestants charged with producing a live billboard for laundry stain remover Tide to Go won by depicting the product with a cape and boxing gloves to "knock out stains." (Incidentally, the boxing conceit was once used in a computer-animated spot for... Listerine. It all comes back to Listerine, folks.)
** And used disastrously in the UK version of ''Series/TheApprentice'', in which one team tried to sell a cereal using the superhero Pants Man. Whose superpower was [[spoiler:putting his underwear on the right way round]]. Amazingly, the idiot responsible wasn't sacked for another two weeks.
** Wait! He was channeling [[{{Yotsuba}} Koiwai]]! He should have won on that alone!
* In one stage of the game ''OsuTatakaeOuendan'', a violinist with indigestion takes a health drink, and its effect is represented by little superheroes doing battle with the germs attacking his stomach lining. The western remake, ''EliteBeatAgents'', used a troop of sexy nurses as a more general personification of an athlete's immune system.
* "Man from Glad! Man from Glad!"
* KOOL-AID SMASH! KOOL-AID IS THE STRONGEST ONE THERE IS! ...well, yeah. The Kool-Aid Man probably qualifies as a superhero insofar as TheIncredibleHulk does -- what with his tendency to [[ThereWasADoor smash through walls]] to bring you that much-needed refreshment! '''[[http://www.misterkitty.org/extras/stupidcovers/stupidcomics81.html OH, YEAH!]]''' The people over at [[http://www.applegeeks.com AppleGeeks]] seem to [[http://www.applegeeks.com/comics/viewcomic.php?issue=187 think he would be a good serial killer too.]]
** He even had [[SoBadItsGood a comic book]]. Naturally, [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] was appalled by the fact that it even existed.
** And if he should have to make a HeroicSacrifice, [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2000/7/21/ his death would not be in vain.]]
* Ajax had a white tornado.
** They used to have a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4trEWzghZM white knight]] who zapped clothes clean with beams from his magic lance.
* The Jolly Green Giant used to grow vegetables in a valley in the middle of who-knows-where. Though he seldom if ever did anything, a guy that size is still a force to be reckoned with.
* Mr Clean is able to make any place bright and shiny, even if it's a crack house in Detroit or Bin Laden's Cave in Afghanistan. For extra credit, where does Mr. Clean wear his earring?
** In his ear.
* TwoWords: Scrubbing Bubbles.
* Don't forget Erin Esurance.
** This one actually got a ProductPlacement cameo spot in ''WhoWantsToBeASuperhero?''
* This trope was parodied in a Creator/CartoonNetwork original animated short, "Fungus Among Us", featuring filth-fighting superheroes such as "Captain Americlean".
* Apparently, buying a Garmin gives one the ability to transform into [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KL3ccJDplzs an Ultraman-esque superhero to fight the evil Mapasaurus.]]
* Combined with DeliciousFruitPies in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0091.html this]] ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' strip.
* Trojan Man!
* [[RubiksCube Rubik the Amazing Cube]]. was a cartoon from the 80s about an ''anthropomorphic cube'' that could fly and stuff...but only once someone had solved it.
* This was parodied in ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' by a series of animated sketches in which each advert's content is the metaphor used in the previous one: for example, "American Capitalism" is sold as though it were a brand of toothpaste, with Chinese Communists causing decay to teeth ("imagine this tooth is a small Asian country").
* The mascot of Mr Muscle used to be a scrawny, weedy {{Nerd}} who was too weak to clean anything via elbow grease so needed powerful cleaning products to do the job for him. A recent ReTool turned him into a smug, chiselled ScienceHero with an American accent.
* [[RenAndStimpy POWDERED]] [[SayMyName TOOOOAST]] [[LargeHam MAAAAAAAAAAN!]]
* HEY! It's MAN-OF-POPSICLE!
* The superheroes and villains Skechers created based on their shoes... which then spawned a [[WesternAnimation/{{Zevo 3}} cartoon adaptation]], amazingly enough. The superhero is Z-Strap, whose power has to do with velcro straps on his sneakers, letting him get dressed really quickly. What a surprise that the villain's is "The Tangler."
* '''''"RAAAIIIID!"''''' the bugs shriek. And then the spray can with arms -- very muscular arms -- reaches up with one to tap the spray button, spewing poison vapors, and "Kills Bugs Dead." There was also an animated Orkin commercial that depicted the exterminator in a drawing style reminiscent of 60s superhero cartoons, wielding a deadly sprayer to kill cockroaches that often seemed bigger than he was. ''And'' a later, live-action/CGI ad portrayed a bug exterminator marching into a house in powered armor; a heads-up display and laser targeting pinpoint the roach, and then the man fires [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3nEM10awK4 jets of poison]] from an ArmCannon. "Target terminated."
* While not official (it started as an in-joke on the Japanese image board [=2chan=]), [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wz-mJed_bP0&NR=1 this one]], for Kikkoman soy sauce, simply must be seen to be believed. It cannot possibly be described adequately.
* During the period when Super Sugar Crisp was changing its name to Super Golden Crisp, the commercial mascot (Sugar Bear) gained the power to transform himself into ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhLbuuxr0cg Super Bear]]''. (Super Bear was less like a superhero than a really big mean scary grizzly, however, which probably didn't go over too well with the young kids that were the cereal's target demographic.)
* At one point, the TV ads for Mighty Dog™ brand canned dog food went with a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnAFoigXIpM flying dog wearing a cape]]. He was supposed to be Mighty Dog (like Mighty Mouse, [[DontExplainTheJoke geddit?]]).
* Bardahl advertised its engine-cleaners in the style of ''ComicStrip/DickTracy''--you had villains such as "Gummy Rings" causing problems until the Bardahl Detective showed up and set things right.

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