-->''We are your average ordinary, SUPERHUMAN\\
Punishers of evil rock and roll band''
-->-- '''The Aquabats!''', "Awesome Forces!"

The Aquabats! (and yes, [[InsistentTerminology the exclamation mark is necessary]]) are an American comedy rock band formed in Orange County, California in 1994. The band started out as an eight-or-nine-piece {{ska}} band before shifting their sound towards a more New Wave-influenced style of rock and punk in the early 2000s.

The most distinctive - and most {{Troperiffic}} - aspect of The Aquabats! is their prominent superhero theme. The band bills themselves as a ragtag group of superhero rock musicians, traveling the world on a quest to fight evil and rock out in equal proportion. Many of The Aquabats' songs revolve around this theme, featuring lyrics detailing the band's adventures and battles with their RoguesGallery of villains, as well as their theatrical stage shows which include comic skits and fight scenes with costumed villains and monsters.

Accordingly, each member of the band has their own [[StageName superhero persona]]; as of 2006, The Aquabats consist of singer and FaceOfTheBand the MC Bat Commander, bassist Crash [=McLarson=], keyboardist Jimmy the Robot, drummer Ricky Fitness and guitarist [=EagleBones=] [=FalconHawk=].

After years in DevelopmentHell, The Aquabats succeeded in producing their own starring television series, ''Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow''.

Also notable is the fact that Christian Jacobs, the MC Bat Commander, is the co-creator, writer and voice actor of the children's show ''Series/YoGabbaGabba''.


[[folder: The Aquabats! Members: ]]

* The MC Bat Commander (Christian Jacobs) - lead vocals
* Crash [=McLarson=] (Chad Larson) - bass guitar, DJ
* Jimmy the Robot (James Briggs) - keyboards/saxophone
* Eaglebones Falconhawk (Ian Fowles) - guitar
* Ricky Fitness (Richard Falomir) - drums


[[folder: Former members: ]]

* Chainsaw, the Prince of Karate (Corey Pollock) - guitar
* Catboy (Boyd Terry) - trumpet
* Ultra Kyu (Charles Grey) - guitar/synth
* The Baron von Tito (Travis Barker) - drums
* Doctor Rock (Gabe Parkin) - drums
* Nacho (Chad Parkin) - keyboards
* Prince Adam (Adam Deibert) - trumpet/synth/guitar
* Ben the Brain (Ben Bergeson) - guitar
* Roddy B. (Rod Arellano) - drums


[[folder: Discography: ]]

* 1996 - ''The Return of the Aquabats!''
* 1997 - ''The Fury of the Aquabats!''
* 1999 - ''The Aquabats! vs. the Floating Eye of Death! and Other Amazing Adventures, Vol. 1''
* 2000 - ''Myths, Legends, and Other Amazing Adventures, Vol. 2''
* 2005 - ''Charge!!''
* 2011 - ''Hi-Five Soup!''

!!Myths, Legends, and Other Amazing Tropes, Vol. 2
* AlbumIntroTrack:
** "Robot Theme Song!" from ''Myths, Legends, and Other Amazing Adventures''
** "Now Stand Back, For Your Own Safety!" from ''Charge!!''
* AllJustADream: Implied with "Lotto Fever!"
-->When I woke up\\
I found the bottle was gone\\
Someone took it away
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: "The Story of Nothing!"
-->True love, the birds would sing\\
And trees would call her name as she walked by\\
Love was grand\\
Until the magic day she turned me into\\
* AnimatedAdaptation: As part of ''Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow'', featuring standalone shorts featuring their Lil' Bat mascot, Pablo and episodic shorts with the Aquabats animated like out of an oldschool anime (featuring character designs from long time fan, Pey)
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
** The liner notes for "Fury of the Aquabats!" lists some of the villains that went after the Aquabats after Space Monster M put a bounty on their heads: "Gas Face, the Powdered Milk Man, The Zorilla, El Demonico the Silver Skull, The Specter, Grungor, the Sandfleas, and even Grandma Peterson".
** "Captain Hampton and the Midget Pirates!" features the following list of torments visited upon the victims of the Midget Pirates: "Slashing at us with their swords, gutting our bellies, poking our bums, clipping our knees!"
* ArtifactTitle: Originally the band were supposedly humanoid, aquatic bat creatures from the island of Aquabania. That has since been almost completely fazed out of their mythos, leaving their name unique, but somewhat of a mystery.
* AscendedExtra: One of the monsters in their earlier videos shows up later as Muno in ''Series/YoGabbaGabba'', albeit bumpier.
* AutoTune: Used in "B.F.F.!" as a joke.
* BadassBoast: In the song "Look at Me, I'm a Winner!" Directed towards the Listener.
-->Four radios blastin' classic rock
-->And they're pointing at you
-->With your fist raised high
-->and a hitch in your step
-->You've got it all
-->I've got no reason to lie
* BeeAfraid: The villain of "Sandy Face!" kills the narrator's dog sidekick with his "beard of bees".
* BirdsOfAFeather: The narrator of "Magic Chicken!" ends up marrying a girl who's just as crazy about chicken as he is.
-->When I first met my baby\\
I was sipping chicken gravy\\
And I thought I'd have to close up shop\\
Now we're wedding in the chapel\\
Eating chicken, drinking Snapple\\
Our chicken love you just can't stop
* BodyHorror:
** "Amino Man!" is about a bodybuilder whose obsession with getting huge turns him into an overly-muscled monstrosity.
--->Where are his eyes, where are his eyes?!\\
Something's got to give!
** "Radiation Song!" features jolly lyrics about radiation poisoning and hideous mutations.
--->The toxic waste in synthetic place\\
Can add an eyeball to your face
* CallASmeerpARabbit: The narrator's NonHumanSidekick in "Sandy Face!" is referred to as a "dog", but the description is rather unusual:
-->There's a one-eyed dog with horns like a yak\\
Wax lips, and a broken back\\
His feet in front face the opposite\\
Of his hind legs in the back.
* CatsAreMean: "The Cat With Two Heads!" Of course, if you spent most of your life kept in a box while being bombarded with radiation until you turned into a two-headed mutant, you'd be pretty mad too.
* {{Crossover}}: Strong Bad and WebAnimation/HomestarRunner both make an appearance in "Pink Pants!" Christian Jacobs and H*R co-creator Matt Chapman both work on ''Series/YoGabbaGabba'' Matt is also one of the lead writers for ''Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow'' and portrays Carl the Wizard, who is basically [[{{Expy}} a live-action version of Strong Bad]], in the season one episode "Cobraman!".
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment:
** From the intro to "Pool Party!": "There's gonna be food, and girls, and more food..."
* DepravedDwarf: The eponymous Midget Pirates from "Captain Hampton and the Midget Pirates!"
* DirtyCoward: "Captain Hampton and the Midget Pirates!" ends with [[spoiler: Captain Hampton "triumphantly" running away while the Midget Pirates overwhelm his crew.]]
* EmotionBomb: "The Thing in the Bass Amp!" is about a town overcome with malaise and apathy thanks to the eponymous Thing.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: "I'm a shark fighter! I fight sharks!"
* ExactWords: In "Poppin' A Wheelie!", MC Bat Commander asks "Who likes popping a wheelie?" and gets [[FlatJoy some half-hearted cheering]]. He gets [[BigYes a much more enthusiastic response]] when he asks "Who ''loves'' popping a wheelie?"
* ExcitedShowTitle: The Aquabats! are ''always'' excited. Basically all of their song and album titles (not to mention the name of the band itself) end with an exclamation point.
* ExpositoryThemeTune:
** "Theme Song!" explores the (then) backstory of the Aquabats, explaining how they were driven out of their homeland by Space Monster M.
** "The Wild Sea!" is written in the style of one.
--->Sailing on and on and on and on\\
Into the ocean, into the sun\\
Our boat, a Viking, my dad, and me\\
On the Wild Sea!
* FanOfUnderdog: The narrator's girlfriend in "Look At Me (I'm a Winner)!"
-->Someone once told me you can't lose 'em all\\
And that someone was you\\
But when I nail-gunned my hand to the wall\\
I started to wonder if that could be true
* FacelessEye: The Floating Eye of Death.
* FatBestFriend: "B.F.F.!" mixes this trope with BigFun and TheBigGuy
* GenieInABottle: "Lotto Fever!"
-->''In a bottle of noodles\\
I found a small green fish\\
Who told a fish story\\
He could grant me any wish\\
"Okay," I said, "That sounds great\\
I think I understand."\\
The fish rolled up his sleeves\\
And said "Your wish is my command!"''
* GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe: The alien from "Martian Girl!" has "big orange eyes and green skin".
* HeroesLoveDogs: "Canis Lupus!" is one long love-letter to dogs.
* HumongousMecha: "Giant Robot-Birdhead!" and "Mechanical Ape!"
* IAmGreatSong: "Awesome Forces!"
-->Well have you seen us?\\
We summon awesome forces\\
We are the ones that myths and legends talk about\\
We're so far beyond your definitions\\
We cannot die, we will not be broken!
* ILoveNuclearPower:
** "The Cat With 2 Heads!" was mutated by "the power of atomic energy".
** "Radiation Song!", a tongue-in-cheek ode to post-apocalyptic life.
* InMediasRes: The title of their first album "Return of the Aquabats!", as well as the first episode of their TV series that references events in the "prior episode".
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: "Luck Dragon Lady!" is a love song between a dragon and his girlfriend.
* InstrumentOfMurder: Used to fend off attacking monsters during their live shows. On ''The Aquabats! Super Show'', Eaglebones Falconhawk's guitar can shoot FrickinLaserBeams.
* ItsAllAboutMe: The narrator of "Pink Pants!"
-->We can talk about me\\
And then we'll talk about you\\
And I will tune that part out\\
As I know you will too
* KayfabeMusic: They're not just a rock band, they're a team of superheroes.
** RobotOrSpacemanAlterEgo: In the case of Jimmy the Robot.
* LaughingMad: The narrator of "The Man With Glooey Hands!" ends the song with a bout of maniacal CryLaughing.
* {{Lilliputians}}: "Tiny Pants!" tells the story of a man's encounter with a race of gibberish-spouting tiny people.
* LittleKnownFacts: "Worms Make Dirt!" claims, among other things, that geothermal radiation is caused by a chipmunk living in the center of the Earth baking desserts.
* LyricalDissonance:
** "The Story of Nothing!" is a bouncy ska tune about the sting of unrequited love.
** "Chemical Bomb!", a mellow and cheerful tune about the narrator fantasizing a rather violent apocalypse.
** "Hello, Goodnight" has a soothing and mellow tune, but the lyrics are about coping with disaster, misfortune, and the impending mortality of you and everyone you know and love.
** "Radiation Song!" is a jaunty show-tune about living in an irradiated, post-apocalyptic wasteland.
* MadeASlave: The fate of the title character of "Sandy Face!" is to be sold into "hippie slavery", serving grilled-cheese sandwiches at Grateful Dead concerts.
* {{Mascot}}: Pablo the Aquabat, who even gets his own solo cartoons on the Supershow! Despite being non-vocal, he's a BadassAdorable little guy who does stuff like kicking sharks in the face and using their heads as surfboards after they break his original one.
* MoodWhiplash: ''The Aquabats vs. the Floating Eye of Death!'' is full of this. Dark and serious songs like "[[TimeCrash Sequence Erase!]]", "Monster Wedding!", and "[[LyricalDissonance Chemical Bomb!]]" and the thoughtful and slow-tempoed "Hello, Good Night" definitely stand out from songs like "Giant Robot-Birdhead!", "Lovers of Loving Love!", and "Tiny Pants!".
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The Aquabats seem to love writing epic songs about relatively mundane things.
** "CD Repo Man!" is about a ruthless mercenary who will stop at nothing... to get back the compact discs your friends borrowed but never returned.
** "Dear Spike!" is about the narrator writing an epic thank-you letter to the delivery guy who finally brought him his fan club package, based on a real letter written by an Aquacadet.
** "I Fell Asleep on My Arm!" is a nu-metal parody about a teenager freaking out after he falls asleep in class and his arm goes numb.
** "The Baker!" is a song that makes being a baker sound bad-ass.
--->''Up in the morning to start my work\\
I cannot help wanting to bake a dessert\\
Like a gladiator about to meet his fate\\
I enter the arena, bow my head, and start to bake''
** "Poppin a Wheelie!" is a song about a guy who is really enthusiastic about popping wheelies on his bicycle.
** "Food Fight on the Moon!" is a song about some bored astronauts having a FoodFight [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin on the Moon]].
* MusicalAssassin:
** Former member Baron von Tito, the mysterious drumming mercenary.
** "Danger Woman!" is also known as "the Songbird Avenger".
* NewSoundAlbum: Starting with their 1999 album ''The Aquabats! vs. the Floating Eye of Death!'', the band shifted away from ska-punk towards a New Wave-influenced pop-punk sound. They dropped their brass section entirely with their 2005 album ''Charge!!''
* NoodleIncident: The bridge to "The Wild Sea!" alludes to a number of crazy misadventures the captain and his crew have been on, including ones involving "the mysterious island of bigfoot women" and "the underwater bison family".
* NostalgiaFilter: "Playdough!" is a song about a guy waxing nostalgic about his favorite childhood toys and cartoons.
* OperationBlank: Mentioned in the final refrain of "Super Rad!"
-->Feel the wrath\\
Of Mission Codename: Applesauce, Applesauce, Applesauce!
* PissTakeRap: Pretty much any rap performed during one of their songs, such as "Pool Party!", "I Fell Asleep on My Arm!", and "Hey Homies!"
* ThePowerOfRock: One of the band's powers, naturally.
* ProudToBeAGeek: Touched on in a number of songs, but especially in "Nerd Alert!"
* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: Jimmy the Robot. His [[DeadpanSnarker snarky tendencies]] are considered a noteworthy breakthrough achievement in robotic technology.
* RocketPunch: One of the features of Giant Robot-Birdhead.
-->''This was the dream\\
Don't cross the streams\\
Jumbo machine\\
Can launch a rocket punch into the eye-yai-yai-yai!''
* SanitySlippageSong: "Meltdown!"
* ScienceIsBad: Zig-zagged in "Cat With 2 Heads!"; the opening verse talks about how "Science brings gifts of convenience to the modern man", but the rest of the song talks about the horrors of the eponymous mutant feline.
* SelfTitledAlbum: ''The Return of the Aquabats'' (which was actually their ''first'' album), ''The Fury of the Aquabats!'', and ''The Aquabats! vs the Floating Eye of Death''
* ShockAndAwe: In addition to his rapport with striped big cats, Miklik the Tiger Rider from "Tiger Rider vs. the Time Sprinkler!" has powers of lightning control.
-->Grab a hold of the lighting bolt\\
And you pull down the lightning (Ride the lightning!)
* ShoutOut:
** "Idiot Box!" name-drops Casper the Friendly Ghost, Scooby Doo, Mr. Magoo, and (in the version from ''Return of the Aquabats!'') Mickey Mouse.
** The opening of "Powdered Milk Man!" is a reference to the opening of "Iron Man" by Music/BlackSabbath.
** "Giant Robot-Birdhead!" features the line [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} "Don't cross the streams."]]
** "Hey Luno!" is a reference to the Terrytoons series ''Luno the White Stallion''.
** "Adventure Today!" is inspired by ''Film/TheGoonies'', and thus loaded with subtle and not-so subtle references to the movie (references to a wishing well and an underground water slide, and a fellow named Willie who "don't got an eye").
** "Radiation Song!" contains references to ''Film/MadMax2TheRoadWarrior'' (including Humongous as a vaudeville M.C.)
** "Danger Woman!" is a tribute to the WebOriginal/{{Feedbackverse}} character of the same name.
** The bridge from "Fashion Zombies!" is a parody of the spoken-word outro from Music/MichaelJackson's "Thriller".
** "Radio Down!" cribs some lyrics from Music/BillyIdol's "Dancing With Myself".
** "Luck Dragon Lady!" is loaded with references to ''Film/TheNeverendingStory'', including an impressive impression of Falcor the Luck Dragon.
* SillyLoveSongs: Emphasis on the ''silly''. "Lovers of Loving Love!" is probably the most blatant, but there's also songs like "Red Sweater!" and "The Legend Is True!"
* SlobsVsSnobs: "Anti-Matter!" has a definite "rich kids vs. poor kids" vibe to it.
--> Hey you, with the hand-me-downs\\
Ripped up shoes and the Buster Browns\\
No tattoos, you don't stand out\\
It's all about the Lincolns in your bank account
* SnakesAreSinister: "Attacked by Snakes!" is about a guy who is awakened in the middle of the night to find his front yard infested with thousands of snakes.
* TheSomethingSong: "Fight Song!" and "Theme Song!" from ''Fury of the Aquabats'', and "Radiation Song!" from ''Myths, Legends, and Other Amazing Adventures''
* SpaceWestern: "Sandy Face!" is described as "a tale of lost love in the Old West... on another planet."
* SpokenWordInMusic: Used a few times, notably in "Captain Hampton and the Midget Pirates!", which contains monologues regarding the eponymous group during breaks in the music.
* StageName: As mentioned, each member of the band adopts a superhero "character" upon joining. It's part of their thing.
* StalkerWithACrush:
** "The Man With Glooey Hands!", whose idea of dealing with rejection is to glue his hands to the face of the one he loves.
--->Stuck together, you and me\\
Always together, like honey and bees\\
Forever and ever, can't you see?\\
We were meant to be, but you tried to leave
** The narrator of "Hot Summer Nights (Won't Last Forever)!" comes across as a bit of this, with his persistent attempts to get in touch with his ex-girlfriend Elizabeth. It's no wonder she pretended to move to Alaska.
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: In the second verse from "Captain Hampton and the Midget Pirates!"
-->Now, seven weeks into the trip\\
And Jim was sick to the death\\
Of being sick\\
Some kind of action he wanted\\
As he searched the seas\\
For everyday was the same old... ''[[CurseCutShort stuff]]''\\
That night he felt like jumping ship\\
But then he heard a crash\\
Hit the starboard side of the ship\\
And bumped him out of his bunk\\
Onto his ''bottom''!
* TakeOverTheWorld: Oddly enough, this was the band's original In-Universe goal! The band originally set out to gather a massive following through their fans (and hypnotic suggestion through their songs) to raise an army to defeat Space Monster M.
* TakeThatAudience: Inverted in "Look at Me (I'm A Winner)", which seems to be mostly about how awesome the listener is.
* TallPoppySyndrome: Discussed in "Lobster Bucket!"
-->There are times when you find\\
Lobsters in a bucket can't climb out\\
Why won't they climb away?\\
Because other lobsters pull them down!
* ThreateningShark: The idea behind "Shark Fighter!"
* TookALevelInBadass: The band seems to have done this, in song. Compare "The Aquabat March!," where apparently there aren't quite so bulletproof, and so beg any villains with guns not to shoot them, to the rather more boastful "Awesome Forces!".
* ToServeMan: The eponymous "Martian Girl!" "came from space to eat people meat".
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: The narrator of "Magic Chicken!" is more than a little obsessed with chicken.
* TranslationYes: The name of the Tiger Rider from "Tiger Rider vs. the Time Sprinkler!"
-->His name is Miklik, which is translated\\
To mean "the champion of hope and glory"
* TheVillainSucksSong: "Powdered Milk Man!"
* AWildRapperAppears: Featured in a couple of their songs, including one by guest singer Biz Markie on "Radio Down!"
* WikiRule: [[http://theaquabats.wikia.com/wiki/The_Aquabats!_Wiki Check it, homies!]]
* YourCheatingHeart: "My Skateboard!"
-->I just wanted you to come over\\
Sit on the couch and hold me tight\\
But you went out with some dumb jock\\
And left me alone with my skateboard tonight!