-->''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, TheAquabatsSuperShow, which currently airs on TheHub.

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!''

* AnimatedAdaptation: As part of 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 the villains that went after the Aquabats after Space Monster M put a bounty on their heads as including "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
** As noted before, "Awesome Forces!".
* {{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 TheAquabatsSupershow and portrays Carl the Wizard, who is basically [[{{Expy}} a live-action version of Strong Bad]], in the season one episode "Cobraman!".
* CurseCutShort: In this bit from "Captain Hampton and the Midget Pirates!"
-->Now, seven weeks into the trip\\
And Jim was sick to death\\
Of being sick\\
Some kind of action he wanted\\
As he searched the seas\\
For everyday was the same old... stuff
* 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 slaughter his crew.]]
* 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.
* 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
* GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe: "Martian Girl!"
* HumongousMecha: "Giant Robot-Birdhead!" and "Mechanical Ape!"
* 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"
* 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.
* {{Keet}}: Much of their musical and lyrical themes invoke this trope.
* {{Lilliputians}}: "Tiny Pants!" tells the story of a man's encounter with a race of gibberish-spouting tiny people.
* {{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!]]" and "[[LyricalDissonance Chemical Bomb!]]" and the thoughtful and slow-tempoed "Hello, Good Night" definitely stand out from songs like "Lovers of Loving Love!" and "Tiny Pants!".
* MultipleHeadCase: "Cat With 2 Heads!"
* MusicalAssassin: Former member the Baron von Tito, the mysterious drumming mercenary.
* 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!"
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: "Attacked by Snakes!"
* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: Jimmy the Robot. His [[DeadpanSnarker snarky tendencies]] are considered a noteworthy breakthrough achievement in robotic technology.
* 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 stripey 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
* ShoutOut:
** "Idiot Box!" name-drops Casper the Friendly Ghost, Scooby Doo, Mr. Magoo, and 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}} "Don't cross the streams."]]
** 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!" features MC Bat Commander doing his best impression of [[Film/TheNeverendingStory 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.
* 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!"
-->Forever and ever, can't you see?\\
We were meant to be, but you tried to leave\\
Stuck together, it was easy to do\\
Always together, new and improved
** The narrator of "Hot Summer Nights (Won't Last Forever)!" comes across as a bit of this. It's no wonder his ex-girlfriend Elizabeth pretended to move to Alaska.
* 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!"
* 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 "Awesome Forces!" where, well, check the page quote.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: The narrator of "Magic Chicken!" is more than a little obsessed with chicken.
* 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!]]