[[caption-width-right:332:"[[ThemeTune And we're so very proud to be]][softreturn][[ThemeTune A super future family]][softreturn][[NameDrop BIONIC SIX]]!"]]

->''"A family, brought together by fate, and given superpowers through the miracle of modern science!"''

''Bionic Six'' was an animated television series from the 1980s produced by Creator/TMSEntertainment and distributed by MCA TV (a part of, and later renamed, {{Creator/Universal}} Television).

The main character, 'Bionic-1', was a vigilante who was enhanced with [[ArtificialLimbs bionic technology]], much like ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'', and used his abilities to fight the evil forces of MadScientist Dr. Scarab. One day, during a vacation in the Himalayas, Bionic-1 (in his civilian identity of Jack Bennett) and his (large and [[FiveTokenBand multi-ethnic]]) family were testing out some new ski equipment when they were suddenly attacked by aliens that had landed in the area (and Scarab's MechaMooks). During the battle, Jack revealed his abilities to his children for the first time.

Soon afterward, there was an avalanche and the Bennetts were all buried alive under radioactive snow. All of them were thrown into paralytic comas, except Jack (whose bionics made him immune to the radioactivity), Unsure how to save them, Bionic-1 brings the family to the lab of Professor Amadeus Sharp, his [[MentorArchetype mentor]] and MissionControl. Sharp deduces that [[EmergencyTransformation giving everyone the bionic treatment would cure them of the radioactivity, too]].

The treatment was a success: each family member received a unique bionic power in the process which they could [[SuperMode activate]] by saying [[ByThePowerOfGreyskull "Bionics, on!"]], and they all immediately agree to fight alongside Jack [[SuperFamilyTeam as a team]] -- the Bionic '''Six'''.

The members of the team and the Bennett family are:
* '''Jack Bennett (Bionic-1)''' was a test pilot who [[RealMenWearPink enjoyed cooking]]. His powers included [[SuperSenses super sight and enhanced hearing]], along with [[EyeBeams optic beams]]. Creator/JohnStephenson provided his voice.
* '''Helen Bennett (Mother-1)''' was Jack's wife, and the mother [[TeamMom of the rest of the team]]. She possessed PsychicPowers[[note]]one might even be tempted to say she had bionic mother's intuition[[/note]], and could also [[MasterOfIllusion create optical illusions]] using holograms. She was voiced by Carol Bilger.
* '''Eric Bennett (Sport-1)''' was Jack and Helen's blond, athletic natural son. His power was electromagnetics: He could attract or repel metallic objects with tremendous force, or even rip them apart. This force was directional and -- by varying the shape of his hands, or by using one or both arms -- Sport-1 could adjust the strength of attraction/repulsion. He frequently used a baseball bat to return attacks to their source. At local Albert Einstein High School, Eric was in the 11th grade and captain of the baseball team. Moreover, he often worked various baseball expressions into everyday conversation. He was voiced by Hal Rayle.
* '''Meg Bennett (Rock-1)''', Jack and Helen's natural daughter and youngest child, was an [[GenkiGirl excitable]] and [[TheDitz somewhat ditzy]] girl who loved music... and who said "So-LAR!" ([[FutureSlang another word for "awesome"]]) a lot. She also made [[VerbalTic frequent use of the prefixes]] "Mega-!" (as befitting her first name) and, less frequently, "Ultra-!" As her codename Rock-1 (as in "rock and roll") implied, she could shoot [[MakeMeWannaShout sonic beams]] from blaster units mounted on her shoulders. (The blaster units were visible only while she was in "[[SuperMode Bionic Mode]].") She could also [[SuperSpeed run at incredible speeds]] (even faster than the rest of the team). At AEHS, Meg was in the ninth grade. Meg was voiced by Bobbi Block.
* '''JD Bennett (IQ)''' was Jack and Helen's super-intelligent adopted African-American son. He enjoyed boxing. He had SuperStrength and [[TheSmartGuy super-intelligence]] -- a [[IncrediblyLamePun ''textbook'']] GeniusBruiser. (JD was the only member with a codename that didn't include the number 1.) At AEHS, JD was in the 12th grade. What his initials stood for was never clarified. He was voiced by Norman Bernard.
* '''Bunji (Karate-1)''' was the last Bennett on the team, Jack and Helen's foster son. He was placed under their guardianship after his own [[DisappearedDad father disappeared]]. Bunji (short for Bunjiro) was a cute, but troublemaking, Asian-American karate enthusiast. He had martial arts skills, made more formidable with his bionics (some sources claim his enhancement was even stronger legs). At AEHS, Bunji was in the 11th grade. He was voiced by Brian Tochi, of ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' and ''Space Academy'' fame.
* '''F.L.U.F.F.I.''', a [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys gorilla-like]] [[RobotBuddy robot]] made by Professor Sharp, who lived with the Bennetts. He looked and acted a little dumb, but was [[TeamPet quite helpful to the Bionic Six]]...whether he was helping the Bennett kids with their homework, or assisting the adults with a perilous scientific experiment. Unfortunately, FLUFFI had one serious weakness: a craving for aluminum. If he wasn't fed regularly, he'd think nothing of eating the Bennetts' pots and pans. As with JD, what FLUFFI's initials stood for was only speculated on, never revealed throughout the series, and the official merchandise included a comment that Professor Sharp couldn't remember what the acronym meant.

Bionic Allies:
* '''Professor Amadeus Sharp''' was [[TheProfessor the genius scientist]] who infused the Bionic Six with bionics. All of his research was supported by the government. He lived alone in his private museum; which beneath held his secret laboratory, the hidden base of the Bionic Six. Amadeus is also Dr. Scarab's younger brother. He was voiced by Alan Oppenheimer.

Like any great superheroes, the Bionic Six had an archenemy in the form of '''Dr. Scarab''' (real name: Dr. Wilmer Sharp, [[CainAndAbel Amadeus Sharp's older brother]]), a large, evil and [[LargeHam occasionally comical]] man who yearned for [[ImmortalityImmorality the secret to eternal life.]] He was voiced by Jim [=MacGeorge=]. During the Himalayas incident, Scarab assembled a rag-tag team of ex-convicts and psychiatric patients and gave them bio-mechanical powers, turning them into his QuirkyMinibossSquad, described below:

* '''Glove''' - Named for his blaster glove. He always [[TheStarscream schemed to replace]] Dr. Scarab. He was voiced by Creator/FrankWelker.
* '''Madame-O''' - A blue-skinned FemmeFatale who wore a full face mask and used a "harp" weapon to fire sonic blasts. Often [[CatFight the rival to Meg aka Rock-1]], and preferred classical music to her rock. Not surprising, since she was a senior citizen before Dr. Scarab transformed her. In one episode, Madame O is seen without her mask, and though appearing elderly, is still [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave quite a looker]]. She was voiced by Jennifer Darling.
* '''Mechanic''' - A dimwitted, brutish PsychopathicManchild who used various mechanical tools as weapons. He was voiced by Creator/FrankWelker.
* '''Chopper''' - A [[AllBikersAreHellsAngels chain-wielding thug]] who [[VerbalTic always sounded as though he were revving up a motorcycle]]. He was voiced by Creator/FrankWelker.
* '''Klunk''' - An [[TheUnintelligible inarticulate]] [[TheBrute monstrosity]] that appeared to be made of living glue. He was voiced by Creator/JohnStephenson.

In addition, Scarab and his minions were capable of holographically disguising themselves. Whenever Scarab and his team felt ready to remove their disguises, they slammed their fists to their chest insignias, [[ByThePowerOfGreyskull exclaiming "Hail Scarab!"]] (Scarab, however, exclaimed, "Hail me!"). Doing so also served another purpose--the activation of a temporary strength enhancement.

In addition to his henchmen, Scarab also used [[MechaMooks Cyphrons]] in his fight against the Bionic Six.

!!''Bionic Six'' contains examples of the following tropes:

* ActionHoggingOpening
* ActionMom: Mother-1
* AnimationBump: In episode 65, the animation sometimes goes [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFm69DHls8A into what TMS did with Warner Bros later in the 1990s]], as the episode was done by Telecom Animation Film, the unit of TMS that headed the Creator/WarnerBros shows in the 1990s that TMS did.
** The opening, as expected from an [[ActionHoggingOpening action-filled opening]].
* BadassFamily: The Bionic Six.
* BatmanGambit: The villains pulled these fairly regularly.
* BigFancyHouse: The Bennetts' mansion is ''huge''. From a bird's eye, it looks like a shopping mall with a swimming pool.
* {{Brainwashed}}[=/=]BrainwashedAndCrazy: Happened on quite a few occasions, although ironically never to Rock-1, who tended to be the only one not brainwashed and would therefore be the heroine who saves them all.
** The biggest example is the two-part "I, Scarab" as Scarab uses a "modifier" blasting a signal across the globe that makes everyone on Earth accept Scarab as their absolute ruler.
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull: "Bionics, on!"
* CaptainErsatz: American martial artist [[Creator/ChuckNorris Chuck Forrest]].
* ClarkKenting: All of the Bennett family look exactly the same before and after they invoke their TransformationSequence.
* CommLinks: The "wristcomms" the team had hardwired into them, which also served as part of their TransformationTrinket.
* DisabilitySuperpower: The blind superhero The Perceptor.
** When Scarab takes over the world, he has the Bionic Six trapped in various ways. Mother-1 is inside a vat of water with lasers charging it to over 500 degrees and her barely able to use her powers to shield her. Perceptor breaks into the lab, senses the situation and then uses the visor of his helmet to deflect the lasers to blast off Mother-1's bonds with ease.
-->'''Perceptor''': Why is that people who can see think the world disappears when they close thier eyes?
* EpisodeTitleCard
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: "Back to the Past"
* ExpositoryThemeTune: And [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome a very catchy one]], at that. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_RdPawsqgo See it here.]]
* FakedRipVanWinkle: When Sport-1 is knocked unconscious, the villains trick him into thinking it took him 30 years to wake up. He was then tricked into think Dr. Scarab and his gang [[HeelFaceTurn reformed]] and went separate ways (each one was looking older) and that he and his family didn't look any older because they were bionic. He was also tricked into thinking the other Bionic Five [[FaceHeelTurn became villains]]. In the end, Eric told his real family [[spoiler:he had figured out because the baseball glove he had with him before being rendered unconscious looked just as new as before]].
* FashionableAsymmetry
* FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome: "Brain Food" featured a formula boosting the drinker's intelligence tenfold, also inexplicably granting them knowledge they should not possibly have (such as teaching a monkey to write). The effect only lasts a couple of minutes and provides a moment of FridgeLogic when Scarab's projects which he completed under the effect of the formula ''stops dead'' at the instant he loses his knowledge. You can't even blame this failure on forgetting how to operate complex maneuvers to keep it functioning because he's just ''staring at it'' when this happens.
* {{Gonk}}: Doctor Scarab, complete with ridiculously thick lips.
* GenkiGirl: Rock-1
* GoneHorriblyRight: Scarab decides to give a far better AI for two of his [[MechaMooks Cyphrons]], making them [[GeniusBruiser sentient and highly intelligent]]. [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters Guess what happens next]]?
* HiveMind: "The Hive"
* IdentityAmnesia: Scarab had his whole memory and identity wiped out because Glove's tempering with a device. Professor Sharp take advantage of this to reeducate his brother for goodness. Unfortunately, Scarab learned the Bionic Six secret identities and wants to become the leader of his old gang. [[StatusQuoIsGod This lead Professor Sharp to restore his brother's memory, who in turn forgot the heroes secret identities.]]
* LethalChef: Jack, since the family doesn't like his cooking.
* MyFutureSelfAndMe: Scarab teams up with himself as a senior citizen ''and'' a child in "Triple Cross".
* NearVillainVictory: Dr. Scarab has mind controlled everyone on the planet, captured the Bionic Six and killed Professor Sharp. If only [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim he had the Bionic Six executed immediately]] and [[NotQuiteDead checked for his brother's body]], [[GenreBlindness he]] would still be ruling the world.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Jim [=MacGeorge=]'s voice for Dr. Scarab is a letter-perfect imitation of Creator/GeorgeCScott.
* ThePowerOfRock: Meg, and also the bionic robot rock group The Bandroids.
* PsychicPowers: Mother-1
* ThePsychoRangers: Dr. Scarab's henchmen. Ironically he created his ''before'' the rest of the Bennett family was transformed.
* PygmalionSnapBack
* RecruitingTheCriminal: When Scarab uses a "modifer" to mentally take over the world, he quickly captures the Six. Sharp manages to recruit a small team to rescue them comprising of the Bandroids, Perceptor and Kaledisoscope, who hates Scarab himself and willing to work with Sharp to set the world back to rights.
** Bionic One is being held in Alcatraz when one of the guards drops his holographic disguise to reveal himself as Kaleidoscope.
-->'''Kaleidoscope''': Who better to break you out of prison then a criminal?
* RuleSixtyThree: Scarab accidentally does this when his plan to clone a mate results in a gender swapped version of himself called Scarabina. She later returns and uses one of Scarab's experiments to create gender swapped versions of his henchmen.
* SecretProjectRefugeeFamily: Double Subverted
* Literature/SherlockHolmes: "The Case of the Baker Street Bionics" is an episode-length ShoutOut.
* SecretIdentity: All of the Bennett family.
* ShowWithinAShow: There's two. One of them, a [[{{Toku}} Tokusatsu]]-based [[HumongousMecha mecha]] series, serves as part of the plot in one episode.
* SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon
* StableTimeLoop: Dr. Scarab sent henchmen to the past to find and steal the radiation that killed all dinosaurs. In the end, it's implied the radiation came from a weapon the villains left in the past.
* TakeOverTheWorld: One of Scarab's goal.
* TheStarscream: Glove
* SuperFamilyTeam
* SuperMode
* SupervillainLair: Scarab's lair is an UnderwaterBase.
* TeamTitle
* TimeTravel: "Back to the Past"
* TransformationSequence
* TransformationTrinket: A two-piece one, a ring with the Bionic Six emblem, which would be slammed into their "wristcomms" and would activate the team's technology.
* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: The kids of the Bennett family.
* WildTeenParty: The kids throw one in "House Rules". Things get out of control when uninvited teens crash in their BigFancyHouse. Then, [[FromBadToWorse things get a lot worse]] when Scarab show up and suspect some of the teens are Bionics.
** KarmaHoudini: The parents are about to ground the kids for their party when they're all summoned for another assignment.