[[caption-width-right:350:Cool [=McCool=]: [[CatchPhrase Danger is my business]].]]

''Cool [=McCool=]'' (1966-1969) was an AffectionateParody of [[SpyFiction Super Spy]] adventures. It was created by Al Brodax, the man responsible for both the animated [[WesternAnimation/TheBeatles Beatles series]] and ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'', and Bob Kane, co-creator of Franchise/{{Batman}}.

Cool was a secret agent working at Secret, Incorporated. His chief was called simply Number One, who would send him out against such evildoers as the Owl; Jack-in-the-Box; hat-themed MadScientist Dr. Madcap and his green-haired henchwoman, Greta Ghoul; the serpentine Rattler, and Hurricane Harry. Cool tended to defeat his foes through dumb luck (a la [[Series/GetSmart Maxwell Smart]]), but no matter how well he did against his RoguesGallery, afterward he'd mess things up with Number One, causing Number One to eject Cool from his office.

Each episode had two Cool [=McCool=] adventures sandwiching one adventure about his father, Harry [=McCool=]. Harry and his brothers, Dick and Tom, were a trio of Keystone Kops-style police officers.
!!''"Troping is my business":''
* AnimalMotifs: The Owl hoots when he laughs and can fly with the help of two real owls clutching his shoulders. The Rattler, despite having arms and legs, prefers to slither about on his belly, has a forked tongue and a weakness for snake-charming music.
* AnimateInanimateObject: The Rattler usually grew [[WhenTreesAttack grinning mobile plants]] for his flunkies, while Dr. Madcap often built [[OurHomunculiAreDifferent sentient flying]] [[ImprovisedGolems hats and other headgear]] to do his bidding.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: The title character's own name would seem to lampshade this trope.
* BadassMustache: It even doubles as a [[ShoePhone telephone]].
* BaldOfAwesome: Harry's brother Dick [=McCool=].
* BlowYouAway: Hurricane Harry.
* BorrowedCatchPhrase: The episode title "[[Series/ToTellTheTruth Will The Real]] Coolmobile [[Series/ToTellTheTruth Please Stand Up?]]"
* [[KnifeOutline Bullethole Outline]]: [=McCool=] is often fired at with machine guns that leave him unharmed but surrounded by a corona of bullet holes.
* CartoonBomb: One of the favorite weapons of the villains.
* ComicTrio: Harry [=McCool=] and his two brothers Dick and Tom.
* CatchPhrase: "Danger is my business," "That will never happen again, Number One," and "When you're right, Number One, you're right."
** After [[EjectionSeat ejecting]] Cool from his office (via the roof), [[LikeASonToMe Number One would often chuckle and say "Love that boy..."]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Dr. Madcap and Greta Ghoul and Jack-in-the-Box.
* CoolCar: The Coolmobile can fly and come to Cool 's bidding . . . with varying results.
* DaChief: Number One sends Cool out on his missions.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: A lot of jokes run like this: someone will say something in fancy or elaborate terms, then say the exact same thing in plain English.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: The Owl is constantly barefoot.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Greta Ghoul, Dr. Madcap's significant other.
* TheFaceless: Number One. Normally, all one would see of him was one or both arms sticking out from a large chair. One time Cool accidentally sets off a bomb that blasts Number one up to the ceiling, and we get to see the chief's rotund body and wildly-kicking legs in addition to his arms -- but his head is embedded in the ceiling and thus still unseen!
* FatBastard: Hurricane Harry. Especially when inflated.
* GirlFriday: Number One's secretary, who appropriately enough, is named Friday.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Tom's schtick is that (in his unintelligible, mumbled fashion) he correctly predicts that one day some fantastic thing (usually related to the torture the Villain of the Day is wreaking upon them) or device will be commonplace and everyone will love it. His brothers naturally scoff at this.
* MadScientist: Dr. Madcap alternated between this and EvilSorcerer.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The TitleSequence with Cool nonchalantly shrugging off multiple attempts by his enemies to kill him makes him seem more like your typical capable, unflappable secret agent than the parody thereof he really is.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Cool [=McCool=]'s voice was based off [[Radio/TheJackBennyProgram Jack Benny]], while The Owl's voice was based off Henry Potter (Creator/LionelBarrymore's evil banker from ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'') and The Owl's occasional [[{{Sidekick}} partner in crime]] [[CatGirl The Pussycat]] was based off Creator/MaeWest.
* OneSteveLimit: Both Cool's dad and one of his archenemies are named Harry. Since Cool and his dad's segments are totally separate, you don't really notice.
* OutlawCouple: Dr. Madcap and Greta Ghoul.
* PlantMooks: The Rattler's crimes usually revolved [[GreenThumb around his use of these]].
* ScaryJackInTheBox: The villain Jack-in-the-Box, of course.
* {{Sssssnaketalk}}: The Rattler spoke like this, though as a GreenAndMean villain he combined both [[SnakePeople serpentine]] qualities and [[PlantPeople botanical]] qualities.
* SpyFiction: [[AffectionateParody Parodied affectionately]].
* ThemeNaming: Harry and his two brothers.
* ThreeShorts: Basically this series followed the ABA format: A was Cool while B was Harry.
* TheUnintelligible: Tom, since only Harry could understand him.
-->'''Dick:''' [[CatchPhrase What did he say, Harry? What, what did he say?]]
* VerbalTic: Cool has a habit of speaking in spoonerisms.
** Jack-in-the-Box utters phrases with wobbly, drawn-out syllables and almost everything he says is accompanied by his signature laugh ("Arh-arh-arh!").
* VillainousHarlequin: Jack-in-the-Box.
* VillainTeamUp: Although the bridges between Cool [=McCool=]'s adventures and those of his dad have all the villains teaming up against our hero, "College Of Crooks," the second Cool [=McCool=] adventure in the show's final episode, is the only actual story to feature the entire rogues' gallery.
* WeaponizedHeadgear: Dr. Madcap's hats often contained weapons such as guns or anvils.
* WellDoneSonGuy: [=McCool=] is this both with his memories of his [[GoodParents father Harry McCool]] and with his current relationship with [[AFatherToHisMen his boss, Number One]].