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->'''Fry:''' When you were a kid, what was your greatest fantasy?\\
'''Leela:''' To have parents.\\
'''Fry:''' Whatever. The ''correct'' answer is: To be a superhero! We ''have'' superpowers, ''and'' we're Americans. Now's our chance!
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', "Less Than Hero"

An episode of a non-superhero show in which the characters temporarily gain [[StockSuperpowers superpowers]] and/or the urge to dress up in colored spandex and fight crime.

The characters in question may normally be non-powered, or they may have already had extraordinary abilities that they've [[NotUsingTheZWord never before referred to as superpowers]].

Depending on the nature of the show's [[TheVerse universe]], this may occur "for real," as a [[AllJustADream dream or fantasy]], or completely out-of-continuity, but in any case it involves familiar characters wearing capes, kicking ass, and going by (possibly parodic) SomethingPerson names.

May include a [[StockParodies stock parody]] fight scene referencing the '60s ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series.

A subtrope of SomethingCompletelyDifferent.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/DragonballZ'''s Great Saiyaman, which is Not-So-OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Gohan's superhero identity. PlayedForLaughs, as neither criminals nor cops find his outlandish getup and antics very impressive, and his PaperThinDisguise does not fool anyone for long.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has a few shorts and one numbered anime episode revolving around "Chopperman", a superhero version of Chopper completely out of continuity, where Chopper plays the eponymous hero, Usopp the BigBad, Zoro, Sanji, and Robin form the QuirkyMinibossSquad, Nami is Chopper's secretary, and Luffy is a giant sombrero robot.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* A relatively short lived AlternateContinuity of ''[[Franchise/ArchieComics Archie]]'' features the characters as superheroes.
* ''ComicBook/StrangersInParadise'' had an out-of-continuity issue in which Francine and Katchoo were superheroes and Freddie a bumbling villain who accidentally destroys the world.
* The ''Super Sidekick Sleepover Slaughter'' arc of ''ComicBook/HackSlash''.
* The "Cape Fear" storyline in ''Comicbook/ResurrectionMan'' started with Mitch in a virtual world created by his subconscious, in which he was a Silver Age caped superhero, and all the people who had tried to kill him were costumed supervillains. He was still wearing the costume from this scenario when Comicbook/{{Superman}} invited him to join the Comicbook/JusticeLeague. He eventually decided it wasn't for him.
* Quite common in the comics based on ComicBook/TheSimpsons. Either using [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E4TreehouseOfHorrorX Stretch Dude and Clobber Girl]], having Bart be the Bartman character he dressed as in [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E21ThreeMenAndAComicBook Three Men and A Comic Book]] or [[ShowWithinAShow comic book within a show]] character, ''Radioactive Man''.
* In one issue of ''ComicBook/BillAndTedsExcellentComicBook'', the duo get stranded on Hyper-World, an AnotherDimension populated by constantly fighting superheroes and villains. They get drafted into the ''Bright, Upstanding Guys'' to find their stolen time machine from Dr. Braino
* ''Bluntman and Chronic'': Was a comic about [[TheViewAskewniverse Jay and Silent Bob]] as [[ComicBook/{{Batman}} Batman and Robin]] style superheroes. It's meant to be the in-universe comic they get written about themselves in ''Film/ChasingAmy''.
* In the ''Superteam'' arc of ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'', Ozma forms a groups of fable superheroes.
* The ''Super Ace'' story in an issue of the ''Series/RedDwarf Smegazine'' had Ace Rimmer visit a universe where the dwarfers were superheroes living in the city of Smegopolis.
* The ''ComicBook/{{Futurama}}'' story, ''Son of The Sun'' is another adventure for The New Justice Team from the ''Less Then Hero'' episode of the cartoon.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' has Stupendous Man strips from time to time. Some of these are {{Imagine Spot}}s, while others have Calvin actually putting on a costume.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''[[TheViewAskewniverse Jay and Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie]]'' has the duo as the ''Bluntman and Chronic'' superheroes from the titular comic mentioned above.
* The ''Music/SpiceGirls'' recently announced an animated superhero movie.

[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* ''Film/SuperheroMovie'' was originally conceived as ''Film/ScaryMovie5'' but became a DivorcedInstallment when the creators realise that it had no horror elements.

* In the ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'' novel, ''Last Stand Of Dead Men'', recurring [[HarmlessVillain joke villains]], Vaurian Scapegrace and Thrasher become ''The Dark and Stormy Knight'' and ''The Village Idiot''. Learning martial arts and trying to protect the town of Roarhaven.
[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' had one as part of a Disney "make a wish" event. Zack and Cody have a dream where they become superheroes, with Mr Moseby as the supervillain.
* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' had this as a B-plot in one episode. He gets hit with a potion to relive his childhood dream - and transforms into the superhero Mighty Teen.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' has "Witches in Tights" in the fifth season. A preteen witch is being hunted by a warlock - and uses his magic drawings to turn the sisters into superheroes.
* Soap opera ''Series/GuidingLight'' of all things. There was even a corresponding comic book tie-in!
* Superpowers broke out on an episode of ''Series/GilligansIsland'' thanks to a shipment of [[ILoveNuclearPower radioactive vegetables]].
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "Upgrades." SG-1 gets superpowers after being guinea pigs for a Tok'ra technology. Their newfound powers cause them to [[PsychoSerum completely lack good judgment]], including getting in a [[BarBrawl bar fight]].
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' had an episode in which Dexter imagined his life as a super hero (or super villain, he wasn't quite sure). As one would imagine, it was done in the same horrifyingly psychotic way as everything else in the show.
* ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'' did it twice, in "Hero" and "Hero 2", with a living suit which gives people superpowers but makes them unstable.
* ''Series/Warehouse13'' did it in the episode "Mild Mannered"; given the show's premise it was easy for an artifact to give someone super-powers.
* ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' had the episode "Super Arthur" in which Uncle Arthur turns into {{Superman}} after Dr. Bombay gives him a pill.
* ''Series/TheMonkees'' turn into "Monkeemen" in a few episodes. While they can fly, the rest of their powers consist of exchanging insults to bruise someone's ego.
* While ''Series/LoisAndClark'' '''was''' a superhero series, Lois Lane was most definitely not a superhero -- except for one episode where she got Superman's powers and became ''Ultra Woman''.
* The puppet/animatronics sitcom ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' had an episode where Earl became Captain Impressive after exposure to toxic waste. Then his boss finds out and then shows him a clause in the contract that [[CrazyPrepared grants all superpowers an employee might get to the WESAYSO Corporation]]. Earl is forced to sell cheaply-made toys in infomercials.
* ''Series/OneTreeHill'' had an episode in season 8 where Haley, Brooke and Quinn pretend to be superheroes.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has a ChristmasSpecial called "[[Recap/DoctorWho2016CSTheReturnOfDoctorMysterio The Return of Doctor Mysterio]]", where a [[BigApplesauce New York]] kid accidentally ingests an alien wish-granting artifact, which, coupled with his obsession with comic books, gives him FlyingBrick powers. Year later, the Doctor returns to New York and discovers the existence of the Ghost, a masked superhero clearly based on ComicBook/{{Superman}}. The Doctor immediately recognizes him as Grant, the kid he met that night, who works as a mild-mannered nanny for his childhood crush, a reporter with an obsession for the Ghost. While Grant/Ghost isn't mentioned in later episodes, there is a comic book, where the Doctor works with him again.
* In the ''Series/WeirdScience'' episode, "Rock Hard Chett," Chett uses his new invulnerability to become a superhero. When the wish wears off, he gets shot during a bank heist (though Lisa manages to bring him back to life just as quickly). Wyatt suggests just walking away, but Chett goes back in to save the day despite losing his powers. (He manages to talk the robbers down by convincing them their guns have already failed to stop him.)
* In season 5 of ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', Rudy wants to set up a superhero team. In the final episode, Abbey gets stranded a year into the future where Rudy has succeeded but his team murder minor criminals over nothing. When she gets back to her own time, she talks Rudy out of the idea but the main cast discuss the idea of becoming superheroes themselves.
* One of the possible ideas for a fifth season of ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' would have been called ''Batadder'' and would have had Blackadder and Baldrick as heroes based on [[ComicBook/{{Batman}} Batman and Robin]].
** The [[DivorcedInstallment concept was reused]] for the Comic Relief sketch, ''Spider-Plant Man''. Where Creator/RowanAtkinson played the titular hero and Baldrick's actor played Robin.

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* ''[[Creator/{{Eminem}} Eminem's]]'' video of ''Without Me'' has him as ''Rap Boy''. In a costume identical to ''[[ComicBook/{{Robin}} Robin's]]'' but with a backwards E instead of an R on it. He goes on a quest to stop a child from playing a Parental Advisory Eminem [=CD=].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The Snowsong (a.k.a. [[DorkAge Supergreg]]) arc in ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan''.
* The superhero arc in ''Webcomic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace''. Arthur Pendragon is [[{{Superman}} Kingman]]! Lancelot [=DuLac=] is [[Franchise/{{Batman}} White Night]]! Gawaine Orkney is [[GreenLantern Sun Man]]!
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Tedd has an ImagineSpot that he and the other main characters are superheros when Elliot tells him the bank's being robbed in [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2004-07-21 this]] GuestComic strip.[[spoiler: Much later Elliot does get a spell that makes him a [[SuperGenderBender superheroine]] but is nothing like how Tedd imagines him.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Cubby impersonates the "Crimson Avenger" in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' turning himself into a Zorro-like hero for a few days.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'' pretty much played this trope to death with its "Muscular Beaver" episodes.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Babar}}'''s episode "The Scarlet Pachyderm" has Arthur and [[spoiler:Babar]] impersonating the in-universe comicbook superhero of the same name in order to defend people from two corrupt rhino border guards.
* WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}} tries to become a superhero (for the comic book sales, of course) but can't get into a superhero union. He tries to get some of his antagonists to be his arch-villain, to no avail. Lydia does get to be the token cub reporter.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
** In the WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoon "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super-Rabbit Super-Rabbit]]", Bugs acquires carrots which, when eaten, temporarily give him the abilities of [[FlyingBrick super strength and speed, flight and invulnerability]]. Later, the two villains obtain the carrots and gain super powers of their own. Followed up immediately by a ShoutOut to, in the eyes of just about all back then and still many today, some real-life superheroes... the US Marine Corps.[[note]]Leading the USMC to officially induct Bugs as an honorary private in the Marine Corps. He was regularly promoted until "retiring" at the end of the war as a Master Sergeant.[[/note]]
--->'''Bugs:''' ''[sees the villains in Super form]'' This looks like a job for a ''real'' superman! ''[dives into a phone booth, and emerges in Marine Corps dress blues]''
** "Super Rabbit" is also the title of the last episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' where the story is a WholePlotReference to ''Film/SupermanII'' with Bugs as Superman and Daffy as Zod.
** The WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck short "Stuporduck" had Daffy as an incompetent Superman parody who, thanks to overhearing a radio serial, went around causing trouble and suffering AmusingInjuries while trying to thwart what he thought was the work of a mad bomber. Also the latter-day short "Superior Duck."
* ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'' has two episodes: "Dog the Mighty" and its SequelEpisode "Dog the Not-So Mighty". In the first one, Dog gets the impression that he is a superhero after saving Rancid Rabbit's life and ''tries'' to fight crime with Cat as his sidekick Cat-Boy. In the SequelEpisode, Cat quits as Dog's sidekick so Dog gets a new Cat-Boy in Randolph the news reporter.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/ChipAndDaleRescueRangers'' has Dale obtaining a fragment of a meteor that gives him super-stretching powers ([[HilariousInHindsight ironically similar]] to those of [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Mister Fantastic]]) and the becomes a superhero... at the same time that the VillainOfTheWeek obtains another fragment that gives him the same powers.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' "The Superhero," a SmugSuper named Terrifi-Guy accidentally destroys [[RevengeBeforeReason Dan]]'s car. After failing to get an apology, Dan and a reluctant [[ExtremeDoormat Chris]] try to become better superheroes than him. When that fails, Dan instead decides to become a super''villain'' called "Dr. Jerk," which obviously suits him much better. He also tries to give the two of them superpowers with radioactive waste.
* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' had "Penfold B.F.," where Penfold takes an untested vitamin pill and turns into the Blue Flash, a rhyming superhero. His efforts to help DM corral a Patagonian pygmy pigeon is haphazard at best.
* The ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' episode "The Green Loontern", where Dodgers accidentally gets Franchise/GreenLantern's uniform and ring from the dry cleaners.
* A ''[[WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines Magnificent Muttley]]'' installment had the snickering daydreamer imagine he's Super Muttley thwarting Dick "Light-Fingers" Dastardly from robbing a safe.
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' notably had a superhero character added into the second season in Gizmo Duck, but one episode entitled "The Masked Mallard" notably featured Scrooge becoming a masked vigilante.
** Before that, there was the episode "Superdoo," where Doofus becomes a FlyingBrick after he finds [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum a crystal]] that [[VillainOfAnotherStory two aliens lost, after they stole it]] in order to [[GalacticConqueror take over the galaxy.]] He ends up getting rid of the crystal after he realizes [[SmugSuper how self centered he had become,]] and that using his powers to win patches was akin to cheating.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'': "Robbin' Ed" has Johnny 2x4 and Plank as "Captain Melon-head and Splinter the Wonder Wood", who steal back the money Eddy conned off the other kids. This drives Eddy to plot revenge as the super-villain "Professor Scam". Melonhead and Splinter return in TheMovie.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' "Big Superhero Wish" episode turns ''everyone'' in the world into a superhero/villan.
** ''The Fairly [=OddParents=]'' loves superhero episodes. Timmy is, after all, Cleft the Boy Chin Wonder. And the Masked Magician. And occasionally Crash Nebula. And his parents are Mighty Mom and Dyno Dad.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' had the family mutated by a crashed toxic waste truck. Most of their powers were "[[StockSuperpowers normal]]", but [[ButtMonkey Meg's]] power was [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway super amazing fingernail growth]]. Since they behave like villains, Mayor West tries to get superpowers the same way... [[RealityEnsues and gets cancer instead]]. However, his illness is the family's wake-up call, and they vow to use their powers only for good.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat'' had this. Apparently, his "Magic Bag" wasn't super enough on its own to count as making him a superhero, but it ''could'' just give him tights, super-powers, and a big beefy physique.
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'': "Challenge of the Super Friends" which Mac becomes the sidekick for the superhero imaginary friend Imaginary Man while Bloo became the evil sidekick of Imaginary Man's enemy Nemesis[[spoiler:ter]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Less Than Hero," in which Fry and Leela gain SuperStrength, SuperSpeed, and NotQuiteFlight WallJump as side effects of a [[SuperSerum medicated muscle rub]]. They are soon joined by Bender (despite his being "more on the supply side of crime"), who could [[SuperpoweredRobotMeterMaids do cool things already]].
** They did not have [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway the power to command the loyalty of sea creatures]], though (one of the potential side effects of Miracle Cream).
* In ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', Orson's Farm occasionally featured Orson becoming "Power Pig" in both "reality" and dream sequences. In reality, his only powers seemed to be having a stupid costume (in his debut episode, he was used to distract the villain (a fox) with his appearance, which caused the fox to fall down laughing); in dream sequences, his powers consisted of something along the lines of Superman's (super strength and flying). In dream sequences, which usually consisted of a jazzed up version of the problem of the episode being solved, he was used as an inspiration for what Orson did in "real life".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' had the episode "Super Zero" where Grim makes Billy a superhero with the power to squirt yogurt from his armpits. The boy then [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace heads off to space]] to fight an evil space empire.
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' had an episode where Jade was inflicted with all the powers of the talismans. She then dons a cape and calls herself "T-Girl." She reprises this role in another episode although with fewer powers. In season five, Jade's friend Larry gets the power of the Earth demon and starts behaving like a superhero with disastrous results.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'':
** The "N-Men" episode, where in an homage to the ''Franchise/FantasticFour'' and the ''Franchise/XMen'', the kids are on their way back to Earth in their space ship (won on a game show in a previous episode) and accidentally get superpowers while passing through the Van Allen belt, each powers coming from what they were doing at the point. Jimmy was arm-wrestling (becoming orange and going into a Hulk-like state whenever angry) with Cindy (becoming Wonder Woman, essentially), Libby was putting on vanishing cream (gaining invisibility and force field abilities), Sheen was on a massaging chair (becoming the Flash... his bladder suffered) and Carl belching while drinking soda (gaining supersonic belching abilities).
** A later episode reveals that Jimmy recreated their N-Men powers and made them into packets of powder to be ingested. He has Carl distribute them to everyone, who mixes them up, resulting in himself and Libby swapping powers while Cindy swaps powers with Sheen (although at the end, after the powers wear off, Cindy takes a swig of her own packet and regains her old powers so that she can dispose of a bomb). Jimmy's got switched with a love potion from another episode, so he uses that to make two of the villains fall in love with each other.
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' featured an episode in the first season wherein Jimmy and Beezy became "[[EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods Power Squid]] and [[{{Gasshole}} Spaghetti Beezy]]", though unlike the typical formula for this trope, the powers were incredibly [[AvertedTrope unorthodox]]. Season 2 would [[ContinuityNod occasionally]] have the characters become their superhero forms again if the need arose but this time Heloise gained a superhero identity, [[MagicalGirl Trouble Bubble Girl]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': The episode "Let's Play Justice Masters", where Kaeloo is dressed as Franchise/{{Zorro}}, Stumpy as Series/{{Batman}} and Quack Quack as Robin.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', Kim and Ron each have a SuperheroEpisode -- in "Go Team Go", Kim temporarily gains Hego's SuperStrength, and in "The Fearless Ferret", Ron temporarily becomes the {{sidekick}} of the [[Series/{{Batman}} TV-Batman]] {{expy}} hero [[spoiler:(actually [[LostInCharacter a delusional]] [[AdamWesting actor]])]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack: The Series''
** One episode has K, J and L developing superpowers after they are exposed to an alien radiation. Their powers are essentially their biggest characteristic UpToEleven (K is tough and his body becomes rock, L is smart and her brain develops telekinesis and other brain-related powers and J is pretty hyperactive and becomes flexible). Three alien criminals also developed superpowers.
** Another has J becoming the Human Torch after eating alien food. This is, however, dangerous for him as the effects would eventually kill him if he uses his powers. Nevertheless he is forced to do it due to an alien enemy force attacking the MIB.
** And another had an alien immigrant decide to become a superhero, so MIB HQ decides to make Agent J into a supervillain to stop him, and all the attention he's getting.
* ''WesternAnimation/MonsterBusterClub'' has an episode ("Comic Book Heroes") that features an alien nerd using the Earth as a place to store his billions of comic books. Cathy gets a hold of one series, "Liberty Lass", and pronounces herself a superheroine, Cathy Lass. She doesn't gain any ''new'' powers, but that doesn't matter because [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands she usually has whatever wacky alien power she needs for any given situation anyway]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E8TheMysteriousMareDoWell The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well]]" is an episode where Rainbow Dash goes on an ego trip after saving some ponies from accidents and being called a hero. Her thunder is stolen by the eponymous masked pony. Mare-Do-Well's costume is a homage to WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck's, and some of her fans are seen carrying signs with a parody of the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' logo on them.
** In the season 4 episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E6PowerPonies Power Ponies]]", Spike and the Mane Six are accidentally pulled into the world of one of Spike's favorite superhero comics, and must protect the city of Maretropolis from [[PrehensileHair the Mane-iac]]. Each member of the Mane Six becomes a CaptainErsatz of a famous superhero; Rainbow Dash of ComicBook/TheMightyThor or ComicBook/{{Storm}}, Pinkie Pie of ComicBook/TheFlash, Rarity of ComicBook/GreenLantern, Applejack of ComicBook/WonderWoman (with some ComicBook/{{Batman}} thrown in) and Fluttershy of ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk (yes really). Twilight Sparkle seems to be the odd one out, possibly being either [[ComicBook/XMen Cyclops or Iceman]][[note]]She can shoot a freeze ray from her horn[[/note]]. Spike meanwhile regrettably gets forced into the role of the apparently useless ComicBook/{{Robin}}-like sidekick (but he ends up saving the team by the end of the episode).
* In the first-season ''WesternAnimation/PacMan'' episode "Super Ghosts", Mezmaron's formula gives the Ghost Monsters super strength and other powers. Afterward, Pac-Man and his wife eat special power pellets that enable them to fly.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': ''The Beak''.
* Interestingly, ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' had one of these despite the main characters already being superheroes. After reading comic books, the girls decide to copy their favorite heroines in order to become better heroes, with Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles taking on new heroic identities as Liberty Belle (notably, the actual name of a {{Legacy Hero}}ine in the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica), Spore (a ComicBook/{{Spawn}} {{Expy}}), and an {{Animesque}} cute rabbit character along the lines of Franchise/HelloKitty. It doesn't go well. The monster itself complains about it.
* ''WesternAnimation/QuackPack'':
** "The Really Mighty Ducks", in which Professor von Drake has built a machine that grants superpowers. Our three protagonists use it, and emerge as... "Brain Boy!" "Captain Muscle!" "...and...[[BuffySpeak the Really-Incredibly-Fast Guy]]!"
** Also haq a SequelEpisode where the boys become their superhero alter egos again in order to save Donald. Louie notes [[NiceJobBreakingItHero that they seem to do more harm than good]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'': In one episode a comic book superhero (similar in powers to Superman) literally comes out of the pages, alongside the supervillain (a MadScientist in a mechanical suit ala ComicBook/LexLuthor). The hero at first thought the Ghostbusters were supervillains but when things get clear they team-up to fight the villain.
* While not a superhero episode as a whole, the Coyote hopelessly and hilariously subverts this in the ''[[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Road Runner]]'' cartoon "Fast And Furry-ous." He dons a superhero outfit thinking it will allow him to fly. [[GravityIsAHarshMistress Gravity says otherwise.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'' has one where Sabrina, Harvey and Salem end up getting sucked into a comic book that Harvey drew. In it, Harvey becomes Captain Harvtastic -- who can create anything if he draws it with his pen gun. The rest of the supers have rather [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway useless powers]] -- such as Mega Girl (atomic tantrum power), Gazebo Boy (turns into a gazebo to trap enemies) and Calamari Queen (shoots squids out of her hands). The last one at least proves useful when Harvey's pen runs out of ink, and she remembers what squids are good for.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E4TreehouseOfHorrorX Treehouse of Horror X]]", Bart and Lisa (as Stretch Dude and Clobber Girl) are attempting to foil the Villain Comic Book Guy (the Collector) during one of their {{Bizarro|Episode}} {{Halloween Episode}}s.
** In a canon episode, "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS15E19SimpleSimpson Simple Simpson]]", Homer becomes the vigilante Pie Man, who throws pies at people while wearing a pie-tin mask on his face. The episode was largely a parody of the ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy''.
** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS18E11RevengeIsADishBestServedThreeTimes Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Three Times]]", one of the segments is called ''[[Film/BatmanBegins Bartman Begins]]'' and shows Bart becoming a superhero similar to Franchise/{{Batman}}.
** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS24E16DarkKnightCourt Dark Knight Court]]" has Mr Burns becoming ''Fruit Bat Man''. Smithers pays Homer, Lenny and Carl to pretend to be supervillains and lose fights on purpose in order to spare Burns' feelings.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'''s episode "Supersmurf" has Brainy becoming a Superman-like superhero defending the village from Bigmouth the ogre.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' originally had "The Coon", when [[TokenEvilTeammate Cartman]] tries to become a vigilante called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the Coon]], proves really bad at it, and gets pissed off when another KidHero named [[TheCowl Mysterion]] shows up and proves far more popular. The episode ends with [[TheUnreveal the audience unsure of which kid Mysterion is]]. Both characters later reappear in the "Coon and Friends" trilogy, where the other kids also have superhero identities and form a team, only for Cartman to [[HeroicTeamRevolt get kicked out]] and [[ItMakesSenseInContext team up with Cthulhu]]. The latter episodes are actually [[CerebusRetcon surprisingly dark]] after revealing that Mysterion, aka [[spoiler:[[LovableSexManiac Kenny]]]], is a DeathSeeker because, unlike the others, his power--[[spoiler:[[TheyKilledKenny constantly dying]]]]--is both real and [[BlessedWithSuck really unpleasant]]. There is also another kid with actual superpowers and Superman-like origins. He is the one who ends up defeating Cthulhu. ''Videogame/SouthParkTheFracturedButWhole'' is this as an entire game, with the kids compete with one another trying to get their own cinematic universes.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': One episode has [=SpongeBob=], Patrick, Sandy and Squidward all gain superpowers to fight Mermaid Man's enemies. Amusingly, their powers come from wearing the [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman ridiculous costumes]]. A later episode was "Patrick-man!" where Patrick tries to be a superhero.
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'':
** Several episodes in the ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 1987 TMNT cartoon series]]'' including "Super Irma", "Raphael Vs. The Volcano," "Night of the Dark Turtle," and "Super Hero for a Day."
** The [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 2003 series]] has several as well, as a Justice League type team actually exists in this world, and Michelangelo occasionally dips into his persona as "The Turtle Titan". Then there's the AlternateRealityEpisode where he encounters the main cast in a world where they are ALL superheroes and [[spoiler:Splinter is their archenemy.]]
* From ''WesternAnimation/TinyToons'' the segment "Just-Us League of Super Toons" where Pluck play the role of ComicBook/{{Batman}} and Hamton the role of Robin. Buster play the role of ComicBook/{{Superman}} and introduces Plucky to the Just-Us League of Supertoons, consisting of himself, Wonder Babs (Babs as ComicBook/WonderWoman), Little Dasher (Little Beeper as ComicBook/TheFlash), Hawk Loon (Shirley as Hawgirl), Aquamutt (Byron Basset as ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}), Pink Canary (Sweetie as ComicBook/BlackCanary), Keen Arrow (Calamity Coyote as ComicBook/GreenArrow), and Scentenna (Fifi as ComicBook/{{Zatanna}}).
* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'': In "The Boy Wander", Wander dons a mask and cape (and [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness an uncharacteristically serious demeanor]]) to take on Dr. Screwball Jones, a MadScientist whose twisted idea of bringing happiness and laughter to others is through TickleTorture.
* A variation for ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', which is already about superheroes. It overlaps with GirlsNightOutEpisode and WalkOnTheWildSideEpisode -- where Jean, Kitty, Rogue, Amara and Tabitha decide to form a vigilante crime-fighting group known as the Bayville Sirens. Complete with black leather outfits, too.