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''Static Shock'' is an animated series based on the Creator/MilestoneComics series ''ComicBook/{{Static}}''. Created by Creator/DwayneMcDuffie, it is one of the rare instances where a comic book's creator was also the main creative force behind the animated adaptation. The main character, Virgil Hawkins, is the son of a man who runs a youth center. When a bunch of [[SuperSerum experimental gas]] explodes, it [[MassSuperEmpoweringEvent grants him and some other teenagers a wide variety of offbeat superpowers]] (it also mutates various animals and at least one fungus). This event is later referred to as "the Big Bang" and the mutant [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual metahumans]] are known as "Bang Babies," as the Big Bang was the start of their new lives.

Virgil has been best friends with Richie Foley for years, although there is friction when Richie's father is revealed as a racist. In the cartoon, it is later revealed that Richie is a Bang Baby as well; he's become a [[GadgeteerGenius technical genius]] and adopts the superhero moniker Gear.

Adam Evans, a.k.a. Rubberband Man, a shapeshifter who initially appeared as a villain, is another major character. During the course of the series, he [[HeelFaceTurn reformed]] and became a good guy, even dating Virgil's sister at one point. There were other villains and supporting heroes, some more interesting than others.

In later seasons, the show began to slide away from its original characteristics. Many later episodes focused on celebrity guest-stars and featured real-life athletes in primary roles, occasionally as super-heroes themselves. The show became less about gangs as time went on, regularly featuring {{Anvilicious}} {{aesop}}s. At the same time, almost all traces of gang warfare and other urban issues were dropped, in favor of having Static go up against random metahumans or [[CrossOver teaming up with another superhero]] every week.

There were a few {{crossover}}s between ''Static Shock'' and other [[Franchise/{{DCAU}} DC Animated Universe]] series, despite the fact that the original Milestone comics weren't set in [[Franchise/TheDCU the DCU]]. Early episodes seemed to portray characters like Comicbook/{{Superman}} to be fictional; in the second season, however, they had the two-parter "The Big Leagues", a crossover with ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' where the Joker comes to Dakota, with the Dark Knight soon on his heels. Later episodes also featured [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Superman]], the WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague, a separate appearance by GreenLantern John Stewart, an episode based around a Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy team-up and even a trip to the future of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', where Static meets his future self (now considered one of the most powerful heroes on the planet). Going the other way, Static himself (his future self, anyway) makes an appearance in the ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' first season finale.
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!!Tropes:
* AcademyOfAdventure: The accident that created the metahuman surge occurred in the midst of a fight between teenaged gangs; most the victims of the Bang were students at the same school as Virgil, and villains arose from the student body throughout the series.
* ActionGirl: She-Bang.
* AdultFear: Virgil's father, after discovering Virgil and Richie's secret identities, and realizing that they've been fighting dangerous superpowered criminals since the Big Bang incident. He manages to get over it, if only slightly.
* AdaptationalVillainy: In the comics, Aquamaria was a member of the Blood Syndicate, a superhero team. Here, she's just one of Ebon's flunkies.
* {{Adorkable}}: If you don't believe Virgil and Richie are this, you haven't seen the show.
* AllUpToYou: [[spoiler: Richie]] in "Gear".
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: "Jimmy" and "Where the Rubber Meets the Road".
* AppliedPhlebotinum
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking
--> '''Static:''' Let's see, so far I have you ''[Ferret]'' down for robbery, vandalism and excessive cruelty to produce. Want to add anything else?
* ArtEvolution: The first two seasons featured almost-painfully bright, solid colors and fairly traditional character designs. Starting with the third season, the artwork became more angular and the colors were toned down. Of course, this was prevalent in all of the [=DCAU=] as the styles converged.
* ArtificialHuman: She-Bang, again.
* AssimilationBackfire: The metahuman {{power parasite}} Leech was defeated with water after he absorbed Static's [[ShockAndAwe powers]].
* AxCrazy: Shiv, he even told [[MonsterClown Joker]] that he is a big fan of his work; it does not help that he can literally turn his arms into axes.
* BadJobWorseUniform: The original BurgerFool, in which Virgil himself worked for an episode.
* BaitAndSwitchCredits: Out of four seasons, the only one that's entirely accurate with the villains Static fights is Season 2 which has, in sequence, Kangor, Hotstreak, Puff and Ebon (all recurring, knowingly bad foes). The others are inconsistent in showing villains for different reasons:
** Season 1: Rubberband Man was only an antagonist for one episode, and even then, he just wanted credit for the beats that were stolen from him (he'd never resort to rob jewelry stores to get his way), while Dwayne attacks Static by himself instead of being persuaded by his {{jerkass}} stepbrother Aron.
** Seasons 3 and 4: One of the foes shown is legitimately evil, but he isn't a Static foe: that's Professor Menace, Soul Power's nemesis in "Blast from the Past", who [[spoiler:only used his technology to ''appear'' younger.]]
* BeamOWar
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Edwin Alva, Sr., completely disappointed with his son Edwin Jr, stated that he'd be better off with a statue due to what a failure Jr. is. Guess what he gets at the end of the episode.
* TheBGrade:
** A classmate of Richie and Virgil was upset (and later became violently angry) when he got a 99 percent on a test instead of the usual one hundred. The reason? He had a ''single contraction''.
** Richie gets one of these during the series finale. [[spoiler: It's the first hint he's losing his Bang Baby super smarts.]]
* BigBad: Ebon.
* BigEater: Richie, and his future self shows what happens when you continue your habits as your metabolism lowers.
* BlackBestFriend: Neatly inverted. Richie is the white best friend to a black protagonist, in a work where most of the major characters are black.
* BloodlessCarnage: Richie is accidentally shot in "Jimmy" and there is not even a single drop of blood.
** To the show's credit, it represented a gunshot wound as incredibly painful, and inflicting a wound that required surgery and significant recovery time. Unfortunately, the next episode negates that last point by showing a fully-recovered Richie.
* [[ZombieApocalypse Brain Puppet Apocalypse]]: Blame it on Madelyn Spaulding.
* BreakoutCharacter: Gear. Richie's popularity led to him getting promoted to hero in Season 3.
* BroughtDownToNormal: Temporarily in the series finale. Almost every other Bang Baby seemed to lose their powers for good, though.
* BurgerFool: [[TropeNamer Trope namer]].
* CainAndAbel: Ebon and Rubberband Man.
* CameraSpoofing
* CanonImmigrant: While Static did exist prior to the animated show, its popularity led his looks and uniform to change matching his TV appearance (at least for the first two seasons).
* CaptainErsatz: Soul Power, who was created because the show wasn't allowed to use Comicbook/BlackLightning. Sparky seems completely original, surprisingly.
* ChainedHeat: Static and Hotstreak in "No Man's an Island". [[IncrediblyLamePun The "heat" part]] [[CaptainObvious being literal.]]
* ChasedOffIntoTheSunset: The episode "The Usual Suspect" ends with Virgil's sister, Sharon, chasing after him after one too many wisecracks.
* ClarkKenting: Both Static and Gear have masks to cover their faces, though in Gear's case, his helmet's visor appears ''see through'' for the viewers since it covers his completely as opposed to Static's DominoMask.
** At one point, Ebon sees Virgil outside his costume. Talon points out that they have [[LampshadeHanging similar hairstyles]]. Ebon replies that [[HandWave lots of kids have that hairstyle]].
** One episode static faces off against somebody with x-ray vision. They needed to look through the mask to see it was Virgil behind the mask.
* ComicBooksAreReal
* CompositeCharacter: Richie is a combination of Rick Stone ([[{{Expy}} same appearance]]) and Frieda ({{secret keeper}}). Interestingly enough, Frieda appears here too, but as a {{Muggle}}, while the role of Virgil's {{love interest}} is passed over to Daisy.
* CompressedVice
* ContagiousPowers: It takes some time, but Richie has a delayed effect (that took two whole seasons) from the Bang Baby residue to become an inventing genius gadgeteer superhero, Gear.
* CoolLoser: Virtually every heroic character in the series.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Edwin Alva, Sr.
* CostumeCopycat: Static, [[spoiler: Rubberband Man, and Green Lantern]].
* {{Crossover}}
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: As revealed in the Superman crossover, [[spoiler:Toyman]] is very genre savvy by [[spoiler:giving Darcy's new biological body a kill gene in the event she back-stabs him again.]]
* Franchise/{{DCAU}}
* Franchise/TheDCU
* DemotedToExtra: Frieda, especially in comparison to her role in the comic series. She starts the show as Virgil's primary love interest, and is actually the first "civilian" to speak to Static, but after Daisy is introduced, she quickly becomes superfluous to both the plot of the show and the relationships between the characters.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The show wasn't originally part of the [=DCAU=] despite being made by the same production team; some episodes in the first season refer to Superman and other DC heroes as fictional.
* ElectricJoybuzzer:
** In "The Big Leagues", Static uses it to beat Joker after [[HoistByHisOwnPetard the Joker's own joybuzzer did not work on him]].
** In the episode "Future Shock," with one of the Jokerz. It goes about as well as it did for the original.
* ElectricSlide: Soul Power uses this a lot.
* EmpathicWeapon: Gear's Backpack.
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Virgil '''Ovid''' Hawkins.
** "Sharon, my middle name is NEVER to be spoken aloud. You know that."
* EnemyMine: Seen in "Romeo in the Mix" (Static + Hotstreak + Ebon + Talon trying to escape Leech) and "No Man's an Island" (Static and Hotstreak work together).
* EvilRedheads: Hotstreak, who also has [[BlondGuysAreEvil blond highlights]] to keep with his fire motif.
* {{Expy}}: They have fun with it. ("Sooooooouuuul Power!")
** [[WesternAnimation/FatAlbertAndTheCosbyKids Slipstream]] is a less flattering example.
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: Frequently played straight, but [[AvertedTrope averted]] in both that Virgil's mother was killed by a regular gun, and in one episode about the dangers of gun violence.
* FatBastard: Slipstream. Even before finding out he was a Bang Baby, he was a prick.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Speedwarp, after stealing a belt Static was using to speed himself up to match the villain's technology, ends up using it and becomes stuck at super slow speed. The last scene in the episode shows him trying to run from Static in slow motion.
** After gaining the ability to absorb matter, Heavyman, a.k.a. Dr. Koenig, ends up with such a dense mass that, in the end of the episode, he is unable to move at all.
* FiveTokenBand: ''Any'' team is bound to be from different ethnicities or backgrounds. Pretty much the nature of the universe. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] since urban areas tend to be pretty diverse.
* FlightOfRomance: Static woos Frieda this way in the first episode. He later does the same thing with his later love interest, Daisy.
* FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome: Richie goes through this in the final episode, as he starts to lose his super intelligence [[spoiler: due to the Bang Baby cure. He gets better in the end.]]
* FlyingFirepower: Static can use {{shock and awe}} and use his [[LightningCanDoAnything electricity powers to fly]].
* FormerChildStar: Replay.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Richie develops an awful lot of technologically advanced tools for Virgil to use early in the series. [[spoiler: It's because he's slowly developing super intelligence.]]
** [[spoiler: Richie's blood looking the same as Virgil's through a microscope implies that he is a Bang Baby as well.]]
* FutureBadass: Static becomes one of the most powerful DC heroes in the future.
* GirlishPigtails: Sharon.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: A common side effect of the metahuman gas.
* GreenLanternRing: Both literally and as a trope for several characters.
* GreenRocks: Big Bang gas.
* [[GuessWhoImMarrying Guess Who I'm Dating]]: Rubberband Man and Sharon (though they seem to be in an on-again-off-again by "Bad Stretch").
* HallOfMirrors
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: [[http://forums.comicbookresources.com/showthread.php?t=226749&page=5 Word Of God (a little over halfway down the page)]] explains that this is how they hinted at Richie's sexuality, by having him repeatedly make suggestive comments in order to cover up his urges.
* HeelFaceTurn:
** Rubberband Man was initially a villain who reformed and became a recurring hero who worked with Static.
** Bang Babies Nightingale and Brick betray Ebon when he tries to block out the sun.
** [[spoiler: Talon in the series finale after she reverts back to her human form]].
** Edwin Alva, Sr., after his son turns into stone, turns his efforts towards bringing him back and completely forgoes his agenda concerning Static.
* HideYourGays: WordOfGod [[WordOfGay says that Richie is gay]], but the show never dealt with or revealed this fact.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Onyx and Puff, respectively.
* HulkSpeak: The monster in the episode "Tantrum". He's even an {{expy}} of Hulk, only purple instead of green.
* {{Humanshifting}}: Replikon a.k.a. Marvin does this best during "Duped".
* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Dad and Best Friend]]: Virgil's father in the episode "Kidnapped", and Richie/Gear several times, "Sons of the Fathers" and "Hoop Squad" being two episodes.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Briefly in the Justice League {{crossover}}, [[spoiler: Static does this to Gear possessed by Braniac]].
* [[ILetGwenStacyDie I Let Daisy Watkins Get Sent to the Hospital]]: In "Consequences". Static at first tries going on a {{roaring rampage of revenge}} against Puff and Onyx for having done this to her, but Rubberband Man later reminds him that this only happened because he was showboating instead of worrying about her safety, adding to Static's [[ItsAllMyFault it's all my fault]].
* ImprovisedWeapon
* InkSuitActor: The cameos of real life celebrities (Shaquille O'Neal, [[Music/BackstreetBoys AJ McLean]], Karl Malone[[note]]the only member of the Hoop Squad who was voiced by himself; Steve Nash, Yao Ming and Tracy [=McGrady=] had other voice actors[[/note]], Li'l Romeo - who performed the show's theme from the third season onwards - and boy band [=B2K=]) plus Replikon, who was appropriately enough voiced by Coolio.
* InSpaceEveryoneCanSeeYourFace: Gear's helmet. It protects his identity, despite the fact that the viewer can see his face perfectly through it.
* InverseLawOfComplexityToPower: The average {{villain of the week}} has a narrower power, while Static himself has [[ShockAndAwe lightning powers]] with {{lightning can do anything}} in full force. Two recurring villains have [[CastingAShadow Darkness]] and [[PlayingWithFire Fire]] powers.
* [[IronicNickname Ironic Superhero Name]]: Static, ostensibly, refers to static electricity. It can also mean something fixed or stationary, lacking movement or vitality, or showing little change. Virgil is none of those things, in either the comics or TV series.
** Though when his powers first manifest he has a severe case of static cling with his bed sheets.
* JamesBondage: Richie, so, very, very much. That he escapes on his own is the only thing that maintains him being semi-badass.
* {{Jerkass}}: Primary mentions go to Specs and Trapper, who arrogantly believe that everybody is beneath them because "they're smarter". Also, Hotstreak.
* JumpedAtTheCall
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Static vs. [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond Terry McGinnis]] when he's flung forward in time.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Every character with powers, at least
* LighterAndSofter: In the original comics, the "Big Bang" was not an accident, but an attempt by the authorities to spray gang members with a radioactive marker to track them down; it gave them superpowers instead. To give credit where credit is due, the show ''did'' keep the circumstances as a [[MobWar gang war]] between rival thugs, and Virgil was given an actual gun instead of [[FamilyFriendlyFirearms a laser]].
* LightningCanDoAnything: [[TitleDrop Static]] electricity, actually.
* LimitedWardrobe: Static and Richie do change shirts from time to time, but Hotstreak and the other villains who wear casual clothes while terrorizing the public seem to be attached to their look.
* LIsForDyslexia: Rubberband Man in "When the Rubber Meets the Road".
* LongLostUncleAesop: Averted with She-Bang, played straight virtually every other time.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Eddie Felson, a.k.a. Speedwarp, who stole a time-manipulating device just so he could have all the time in the world with Daisy.
* LovecraftianSuperpower: Most of the members of Ebon's gang have these.
* MadScientist
* MasterOfDelusion: Almost every major character.
* MassSuperEmpoweringEvent: The Big Bang was responsible for most, but not all, metahumans in the series.
* MissingMom: Virgil's mother in the animated series, which also has quite a bit of emotional baggage on him.
* MundaneUtility: Static himself does it a lot, especially early on. He even uses his powers to grab his keys in the opening credits!
** After Rubberband Man [[spoiler:[[HeelFaceTurn helps Static defeat Aquamaria]], it's time to sign some autographs for the adoring crowd]] (with both hands). When his phone rings, [[FunnyMoments he holds it to his head with his foot]].
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Static is named after two Roman poets, Virgil and Ovid.
* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler:Ebon and Hotstreak, [[FusionDance combined]] or otherwise.]]
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Madelyn returns in Season 4 with her mind control powers replaced with telekinesis, as a result of Static frying her brain before.
* NotUsingTheZWord: "Attack of the Living Brain Puppets". Then again, it's not like anyone is dead there.
* OhCrap: When Hotstreak thinks in "A League of Their Own" that Static's with them he panics. (Batman's past experiences with Static are why the League need him and break up the fight he's in with the Meta-Breed).
* OldSuperhero: Soul Power.
* OverclockingAttack: "A League of Their Own".
* OverprotectiveDad: Mr. Hawkins.
* PersonalityPowers: Hotstreak has anger issues; Boom is loud and obnoxious. Surprisingly rare in the series, though; most Bang Babies' powers don't mirror their personalities.
* PowerIncontinence: All Static's electricity is released in an EMP if he gets wet while charged up. There was also one time that his powers fluctuated wildly due to interference from a solar flare.
* PsychopathicManchild: Shiv. The only time we see him acting solo, he decides to rob a toy store, for every kind of obvious reasons.
* RealityWarper: One of the "villains", a kid who uses his powers to shapeshift rubbish into tasty junk food and makes a fountain spew cherry soda.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Hotstreak and, oddly, the Joker.
* RetiredBadass: Soul Power.
* RippleEffectProofMemory: [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in "Flashback".
* RoguesGallery
** AnIcePerson: Permafrost (only for the Christmas episode, and even then she was not evil).
** BlowYouAway: Slipstream.
** BreathWeapon: Puff.
** CombatTentacles: Chainlink (and Dule, who was his victim).
** ComboPlatterPowers: Omnifarious (this one was HoistByHisOwnPetard).
** LiquidAssets: Leech.
** LivingShadow: Ebon (much possibly Static's archenemy).
** MakeMeWannaShout: Talon, Boom.
** MakingASplash: Aquamaria.
** MesACrowd: Replay.
** MindOverMatter: Madelyn, [[RePower the second time]].
** PeoplePuppets: Madelyn, the first time.
** PlayingWithFire: Hotstreak.
** RubberMan: Rubberband Man (he had a HeelFaceTurn later).
** SuperStrength: Hyde, Onyx, Monster, and Tantrum.
** TheNoseKnows: Ferret.
** TerribleTrio: [[SuperSpeed Run]], [[TeleportersAndTransporters Jump]], and (very briefly) Richie as [[BarrierWarrior Push]].
* RollerbladeGood: Gear.
* RunningGag: The superpowered characters (usually Static and Gear) are frequently knocked/thrown into dumpsters during fights. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Gear.
--> '''Gear:''' Dumpster. Why is it always a dumpster?
* ScaryBlackMan: Ebon plays this astoundingly straight: deep voice, and his name means "black" (because [[JustifiedTrope he has control]] [[LivingShadow over shadows]]). He usually [[AstonishinglyAppropriateAppearance appears pitch-black]] (except for a grey vest, glowing eyes, and a light purple glow around the edges, as if facing away from a faint light).
* SecretKeeper: Richie, before becoming Gear. [[spoiler:Virgil's dad]] at the end of the series, [[SecretSecretKeeper though deep down he always knew]].
* SequelHook: Despite being the {{series finale}}, [[spoiler:it was left open how many Bang Babies may have been repowered by the end of the episode, or if Ebon and Hotstreak had really met their end or if [[NeverFoundTheBody they could still be a threat]].]]
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: "Flashback".
* ShapeshifterShowdown: "Bad Stretch".
* ShockAndAwe
* ShoutOut
** When brainstorming nicknames for Richie's tech-suit identity: "How 'bout Comicbook/{{Hardware}}?" "I think it's taken."
** In the Superman crossover episode, "Toys in the Hood", Static fights a bunch of clown robots created by Toyman, prompting him to quip "Man, this [[Music/InsaneClownPosse Clown Posse really IS Insane]]".
*** And, of course, there's the name [[BoyzNTheHood "Toys in the Hood."]]
** In the first episode, when Virgil is trying on potential outfits, one of them is that of [[WestenAnimation/{{Superfriends}} Black Vulcan]]. Richie dismisses it as looking like a battery commercial.
** In "Big Leagues", Static imitates ''Star Trek''[='s=] Captain Kirk when using the Bat Wing to locate Batman and Robin
--> '''Static:''' "Computer. Engage. Autopilot. Find Batman and. Robin."
* SidekickGlassCeiling: Richie, played straight and then subverted. When he first gained the GreenLanternRing style powers and lost them, and later when he gained super intelligence.
* StalkerWithACrush: Speedwarp on Daisy. He used his power to trap her in still-time so he can have her all to himself. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard It ends up backfiring on him.]]
* StealthHiBye: "Hard as Nails": Static pulls this on Nails...and ''Batman''. The former was even looking right into his face when he did it.
--> '''Batman:''' The kid's got style.
* SuperEmpowering
* SuperSerum / PsychoSerum
* TalkingToTheDead
* TakenForGranite: Omnifarious. And it's an ''extremely'' cruel irony; Omnifarius became said villain because his father, the Corrupt Corporate Executive, cared more about his company than his son. And how does he prove this?
-->'''Alva''': Edwin Alva Junior, my legacy. [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor I'd be better off with a statue.]]
* {{Technopath}}: Gear and possibly Tech.
* TeensAreMonsters
** Although there is the implication later that the Bang Baby juice causes some of the monster behavior. [[spoiler:Both Aqua Maria and Talon seemed much nicer after they were depowered.]]
* TheKnightsWhoSaySquee: Static meets [[Franchise/GreenLantern John Stewart]], his hero on multiple levels. However, the initial meeting has somewhat less squeeing than usual because [[spoiler:Stewart is arriving after Sinestro has been impersonating him to commit crimes]].
** ''Second'' meeting, actually. They first meet when John's with the Justice League, in "A League of Their Own". However, the whole fanboy part isn't played upon there (at least not on Static's part).
* ThickerThanWater
* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: Gear says this word-for-word in the episode "Wet and Wild." Static says in response that he has to get in line.
* ThisLoserIsYou: Quite well averted. Virgil and Richie are teenage comic book geeks, almost a personification of the intended target audience, but manage to make their quirks and foibles ''work''.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys:
** Specs and Trapper.
** Puff and Onyx.
* TokenWhite: Maybe, maybe not. Richie is by far the most prominent of all white characters in a very diverse cast, but he is not the only one present. Frieda, the original love interest of Virgil, was white, as were other characters who popped up throughout the series.
* TookALevelInBadass: Canonically, Static becomes one of the most powerful heroes in the [=DCU=] as a mature adult.
* [[TotallyRadical Totally Whack]]
* TrickBomb: Gear made a shock bomb that Static could use if he ran out of juice, and a net bomb that shot a net out when it hit something.
* VerySpecialEpisode: Several. The most prominent ones focused on racism, guns, dyslexia, drugs addiction, and poverty.
** The comics dealt with these issues a lot as well, partly because the publisher, Milestone Comics' main focus was adding more diversity to superhero comics, so it makes sense that the cartoon would have these.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Static and Rubberband Man's interactions are in this vein.
* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: Lampshaded by the opening, which ''actually shows'' Virgil waking up, going to school, fighting some villains... and barely making it on time for class.
* WalkIntoCameraObstruction:
** "The Usual Suspect", where Marcus attempts to beat up Virgil.
-->'''Marcus:''' "I'm gonna knock you into a whole new ZIP code."
** "Attack of the Living Brain Puppets" at the very end where Virgil and Richie pretend to be hypnotized and Virgil's yellow shirt fills the screen
* WalkThroughTheCamera:
** "Romeo in the Mix" has it close to the end, where the police take the Leech away. "We'll take him downtown with the others."
** "Bad Stretch" with Carmendillo screaming and saying, "Gotta hide, gotta hide!"
* WellDoneSonGuy: Edwin Alva, Jr.
** Specs and Trapper too, though they're not Alva's sons.
* WhamLine: "You can drop the act, [[spoiler: Virgil]]."
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: It was never revealed what happened to Wade from the first episode.
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: Richie felt this way when they first realized he was getting smarter.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: Both the [[{{Bookends}} first and last episodes]] of the first season, as well as the last episode of the second.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Implied to be the case with some Bang Babies, though only blatantly said in a few situations as many of the Bang Babies are either implied to have been the way they were even before the Big Bang, or are acting out of desperation.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Many of the kids who gained powers from the Big Bang gas had serious emotional problems. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that the majority of those exposed to the Big Bang were either gangbangers or any other people who you'd reasonably expect to be in such a crummy part of town.
* YesNoAnswerInterpretation: A sunspot is messing with Static's powers, but unfortunately, he has to deal with Hotstreak. He tries to trick Hotstreak into thinking that the sunspot has made him even more powerful, but the ruse falters. Static gives Hotstreak a chance to surrender, which he just laughs at. Static mutters that he'll take that as a no. Hotstreak responds "Wrong. '''This''' is a no!" and starts hurling fireballs at Static.
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