[[caption-width-right:320: Left to right: Yankee Poodle, Rubberduck, Little Cheese, Alley-Kat-Abra, Pig Iron, Fastback, and Captain Carrot.]]

''Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!'' is a team of [[AnimalSuperheroes Superhero Funny Animal]] characters owned by Creator/DCComics. They were first published in their own comic book series in the early 1980's, though it didn't last very long. Created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Scott Shaw, this was the first team of FunnyAnimal characters to be specifically recognized as being part of the Franchise/DCUniverse.

In their origin story, it was explained that fragments from a strange meteor (which had been shattered by Franchise/{{Superman}} before it could hit Earth) were somehow transported to the AlternateUniverse called Earth-C, which was inhabited by HumanoidAnimals instead of humans (specifically, it's the setting of all the FunnyAnimal comics DC published back in {{UsefulNotes/the Golden Age|OfComicBooks}}). The fragments gave superpowers to various animals, who decided to join together and form their own superhero team, the Zoo Crew. They are:
* '''Captain Carrot''', who is in reality mild-mannered comic-book artist Rodney Rabbit. The fragment didn't give ''him'' powers- rather, it charged up the carrots he was growing in his windowsill, so that eating them turns him into a musclebound rabbit with {{superstrength}}--temporarily. (This is reminiscent of Super Goof's super peanuts power source but probably owes more to the WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoon ''Super Rabbit''.)
* '''Fastback''', actually a [[CountryMouse Country Turtle]] named Timmy Joe Terrapin who had gained {{superspeed}}.
* '''Rubberduck''', actually movie actor Byrd Rentals, who became elastic.
* '''Yankee Poodle''', secretly gossip columnist Rova Barkitt, who gained the ability to shoot "stars" that repelled objects out of one hand and "stripes" that attracted them out of the other.
* Martial artist Felina Furr gained magic-like powers and renamed herself '''Alley-Kat-Abra'''.
* Peter Porkchops, a pre-existing DC funny animal character, was transformed into a large, living metal being with SuperStrength and NighInvulnerability, and thus renamed himself '''Pig Iron'''.
* Later, the team was joined by '''Little Cheese''', actually a mouse named Chester Cheese, who had the power to shrink down to the size of... well, a mouse. A ''smaller'' mouse.
As you can see, despite supposedly being as "real" as the rest of the DC universe, Earth-C (and the series) was full of the kind of puns you see in cartoons. This is never explained beyond a "what seems funny to us make sense to them" attitude. ([[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when Changeling of the ComicBook/TeenTitans visits Earth-C and asks the Crew about why their cities have such "silly names") [[note]]It turns out they think our city names sound equally silly. "I'll bet in [[UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC Washington]] they've always got a ton of washing to do!").[[/note]]

The Zoo Crew battled both their own villains and ones from the main DC Universe (Starro, the Starfish Conqueror, an old Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}} alien enemy, in their first issue; Gorilla Grodd in their last.) They also met the "Just'a Lotta Animals" ("JLA") a team of heroes from the similar "Earth C-minus" whose heroes were {{Expies}} of DC's main heroes.

After the series was canceled, the characters reappeared in, of all places, "The [[Literature/LandOfOz Oz]] / [[Literature/AliceInWonderland Wonderland]] War" miniseries, which was ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Decades later in the 2000s, they reappeared in an issue of ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' (as part of a comic book one of the characters was reading) in a story that parodied the "[[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Dark Age]]" style of modern comics: The team had disbanded after Little Cheese's death, whose murderer (seemingly) turned out to be Alley-Kat-Abra! This was followed by a 2007 miniseries, ''Captain Carrot and the Final Ark'', where the team was reunited and Abra was cleared of the murder. They were joined by a new member, the non-powered crimefighter '''American Eagle''', secretly right-wing talk show host Johnny Jingo. However, Earth-C was flooded as a result of a war between aquatic and non-aquatic animals, and the heroes had to evacuate it on a "Space Ark." They ended up on the main Earth of TheMultiverse, but found themselves changed into normal animals while there. However, they were changed back to their true forms in the last issue of the ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' CrisisCrossover.

Captain Carrot has now reappeared in the pages of ''ComicBook/TheMultiversity'', while both he and Fastback are significant characters in several tie-ins of ''Comicbook/{{Convergence}}''.

Not to be confused with [[Literature/{{Discworld}} that other Captain Carrot]].

!!Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Tropes!:

* AffectionateParody
* AnimalJingoism: Subverted, it doesn't really happen here except for Abra's murder of Little Cheese (which turned out to be the work of a magically created EvilTwin[=/=]{{Doppelganger}}).
* AnimalSuperheroes
* AscendedFanboy: Rodney Rabbit (who was already a PromotedFanboy as a comic artist.)
* BadassNormal: American Eagle, sort of; he didn't have any super powers, and only the abilities associated with being an anthropomorphic eagle.
* BarefootCartoonAnimal: A few of the characters.
** In an odd subversion, a good portion of the characters wear completely formfitting boots, complete with individual toes.
* BigApplesauce: Rodney hails from "Gnu York" (Earth-C's UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity).
* TheBigEasy: Alley-Kat-Abra hails from "Mew Orleans", Earth-C's version of UsefulNotes/NewOrleans.
* TheBigGuy: Pig-Iron.
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: The Crew's home base, the "Z-Building", which [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin is shaped like the letter "Z"]]. This is an AffectionateParody of the ComicBook/TeenTitans' H.Q., as their series was at the height of its popularity at the time.
* BoisterousBruiser: Pig-Iron.
* BrickJoke: The end of ''Final Ark'', which deliberately tossed the brick for Creator/GrantMorrison to drop in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis''.
* CanonImmigrant: ''WesternAnimation/TheFoxAndTheCrow'', which not only had its own theatrical cartoon series but ran as a DC comic for twenty years, is considered an official part of Earth-C.
* CarnivoreConfusion:
** Earth-C's animals [[{{Veganopia}} long ago stopped being carnivores]].
** Peter Porkchops used to be a regular funny animal which was reused in this series, and in the early Peter Porkchops strips, his wolf neighbour actually wanted to eat him. This is referenced in the comic with Wolfie seeking psychiatric treatment, because he is having cannibal fantasies and it worries him. It ends badly despite his good intentions--see OurWerewolvesAreDifferent below.
* CatsAreMagic: Alley-Kat-Abra.
* CityMouse: Yankee Poodle.
* CombatStilettos: Alley-Kat-Abra wears them.
* ContinuityNod: Several characters from DC's old FunnyAnimal comics make appearances, often turned into the MonsterOfTheWeek.
* CountryMouse: Fastback.
* CunningLikeAFox: One of the more popular secondary characters who showed up quite a few times was a blond vixen named Farah Foxette.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The revival [[ShowWithinAShow Comic Within A Comic]] from ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' #30 & #31. The team split apart, [[FantasticRacism Fantastic Speciesism]] running rampant, team members dead or missing, the SuperRegistrationAct, Rodney Rabbit in the middle of a HeroicBSOD (and a bottle)... and, of course, Alley-Kat-Abra (seemingly) turning evil.
** The ComicBook/{{New 52}} comic ''Threshold'' features "Captain K'Rot", described by writer Keith Giffen as "a borderline psychotic, booze-swilling, whore-mongering rabbit."
* DeepSouth: Fastback hails from a swamp in the rural American South, and has a hayseed personality.
* DistaffCounterpart: Carrie Carrot, for Captain Carrot. She was introduced as a PosthumousCharacter in the 2000's ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' story -- [[StuffedInAFridge her death mainly served to justify Rodney's Heroic BSOD, as well as someone whose name American Eagle could invoke to get Captain Carrot back in the game]].
* DownerEnding: See next entry.
* [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped A Bridge On Them]]: The Zoo Crew's fate at the end of ''The Final Ark'' seemed needlessly cruel and left a bad taste in a lot of long-time fans' mouths. Thankfully, this may have been a BrickJoke, resolved in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis''; fan speculation has it that Creator/GrantMorrison used ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' to undo what he saw as obnoxious ExecutiveMeddling. Morrison later used Captain Carrot as a character in ''ComicBook/TheMultiversity'', where he knocked out a CaptainErsatz of ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk--[[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments with one punch]].
* ExcitedShowTitle
* FantasticRacism: Introduced in the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' revival. A major plot element of ''The Final Ark'' was a species war brewing between land and water animals -- ducks and turtles were distrusted as {{Category Traitor}}s.
* FlintstoneTheming: Every possible pun you can think of that could be made involving animals was made in this series. The names of the cities were just the start.
* FranchiseZombie: An InUniverse example in a ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' parody story; Ezra Hound's "Bow-Zar the Barkbarian" series reached this point, and he's ready to finally end it. But he hires Pig-Iron as a bodyguard because of the nightmares he's been having of his anti-hero seeking vengeance. MeanwhileInThePast, a real Bow-Zar's visions of a magician (Hound) drive him to travel into future [[HollywoodCalifornia Follywood]] seeking vengeance.
* FullFrontalAssault: Effectively the result when Gorilla Grodd comes to Earth-C without putting on any pants.
* FurryReminder: A few fans were perplexed when American Eagle, after stating that he wasn't affected by a PowerNullifier because he doesn't have any superpowers, promptly turned out to be the only bird on Earth-C who can fly...
* GRatedDrug: In ''Oz[=/=]Wonderland War'', Alley-Kat-Abra actually gets a [[HighOnCatnip catnip high]], tells Captain Carrot that he is "really cute, but would be cuter if he was a cat", uses her magic powers to ''turn him into one'', and offers him some catnip. They're playing SickeninglySweethearts by the next scene until the catnip cloud's blown away. No, this wasn't from Creator/VertigoComics...
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal
* HilaritySues: At the beginning of ''Final Ark'', Rodney Rabbit tells a convention of comic fans that the Justa Lotta Animals put out an injunction preventing the Earth-C version of DC Comics from publishing their adventures. [[ChekhovsGag This actually becomes a plot point]]: [[spoiler:when the Zoo Crew is depowered and unable to call the JLA for assistance by normal means, Captain Carrot very quickly writes and draws a comic and sells it to Fastback for a nickel -- and a lawyer immediately emerges from a dimensional portal with a Cease and Desist notice. (He does agree to ask his clients for help -- after making Rodney go through a mountain of paperwork.)]]
* HollywoodCalifornia: the team's headquarters is in "Follywood, Califurnia", with two of its members being southern Califurnia natives (Rubberduck and Yankee Poodle).
* HumongousMecha
* IntercontinuityCrossover: ''The [[Literature/LandOfOz Oz]][=/=][[Literature/AliceInWonderland Wonderland]] War''.
** The second issue of that miniseries upped the ante when the Nome King accidentally summoned Wonder Wabbit, [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Hoppy the Marvel Bunny and his girlfriend Millie]], the March Hare, the Easter Bunny, Wonderland's White Rabbit, and Bo Bunny from one of DC's old FunnyAnimal comics, along with Captain Carrot. The plan was to trap them with a QuirkyMinibossSquad of Franchise/FantasticFour {{parodies}}, but it goes so wrong the Nome King has to literally wish he never thought of the plan to keep them from ending the miniseries early.
** As well as single-panel visits (during a trip from Earth-C to Earth-C-Minus) to the Creator/{{Disney}} universe, a WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry-like universe, the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica's Earth-2, and ''ComicStrip/{{Pogo}}'''s swamp ...
* ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans: In the team's origin story, several future Zoo Crew members visit "Mew Orleans" (Earth-C's UsefulNotes/NewOrleans) during its Mardi Gras celebration. This is when Alley-Kat-Abra, who lives in Mew Orleans, joins the group.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Pig-Iron, Yankee Poodle
* KangarooCourt
* LastOfHisKind: American Eagle; Alley-Kat-Abra([[AuthorsSavingThrow 's Evil Twin]]) funded the species-ist group that killed his parents.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: [[Franchise/IndianaJones "Oklahoma Bones"]], among others.
* MagicMeteor: How most of the Zoo Crew got their powers.
* MagicWand: Alley-Kat-Abra's "Magic Wanda".
* UsefulNotes/MillardFillmore: Parodied as ''Mallard'' Fillmore ([[ComicStrip/MallardFillmore No relation]]).
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: When [[Franchise/TheFlash Grodd the Super-Gorilla]] travels to Earth-C, his biggest immediate problem is everyone's reaction to his being ''naked.''
* NighInvulnerable: Captain Carrot is shown to have nowhere near Superman's level of invulnerability, but he's still plenty tough. Pig-Iron may be even more durable, though he's vulnerable to things that damage metal.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: [[Creator/FarrahFawcett Farrah Foxette]], [[Creator/BurtReynolds Byrd Rentals]], and bucketloads more.
* NowDoItAgainBackwards: Literally flying a spaceship ''backwards'' in one story--to escape an UnrealisticBlackHole. "[[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum It'll never notice the difference!]]"
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: One story had a "wuz-wolf"--a mild-mannered wolf who turned into a monstrous, cannibalistic human at night.
* PatrioticFervor: Averted with Yankee Poodle; the power effects dictated the gimmick. Played straight with American Eagle.
* UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}}: Pig-Iron hails from its Earth-C counterpart, "Piggsburgh."
* PowerUpFood: The cosmic carrots that transform Rodney Rabbit into Captain Carrot.
* PunnyName: The comic is full of them.
* PutOnABusToHell: The Zoo Crew itself at the end of "Final Ark", though that seems to have been fixed.
* RaidersOfTheLostParody: The Crew meet a FunnyAnimal version of Franchise/IndianaJones called Oklahoma Bones.
* RecursiveCanon: Earth-C is an alternate Earth-Prime. Earth-C-Minus is an alternate DC Universe. Rodney Rabbit draws ''[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justa Lotta Animals]]'', who are real superheroes on Earth-C-Minus who end up suing Wombat Communications (a take off on [[Creator/WarnerBros Warner]] Communications, DC's then-parent company) for trademark violation.
* RighteousRabbit: Captain Carrot, of course.
* RogerRabbitEffect: The second type.
** OneMarioLimit: On a vaguely related note, Roger Rodney Rabbit started using his middle name about halfway through the series for ''[[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit some reason]]''...
* RubberMan: Rubberduck.
* ShoutOut:
** The uniform of Stargirl of the ''ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' was partly inspired by Yankee Poodle.
** Christopher Kent in ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' had a Pig-Iron wristwatch. (The Zoo Crew is a popular cartoon in the main Franchise/DCUniverse.)
** Yankee Poodle is Stargirl's favorite character, which explains the costume.
* SitcomArchNemesis: Yankee Poodle and Alley-Kat-Abra occasionally engage in spats. Alley-Kat-Abra also tended to be this in the original series with anyone who is a possible love interest for Captain Carrot, due to UnresolvedSexualTension.
* SixthRanger: Little Cheese and American Eagle.
* {{Sizeshifter}}: Little Cheese's power.
* [[StarfishAliens Starfish Alien]]: Literally, with old [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]] foe Starro the Conqueror.
* TakeThat: The independent comic series ''AtomicMouse'' might include one about the way DC has handled the Zoo Crew.
* TurtlePower: Fastback and his uncle ([[LegacyCharacter also an old DC Animal Superhero]], The Terrific Whatzit.)
* TwoGirlsToATeam
* WolverinePublicity: Superman in the origin story. Also, Changeling from the then astronomically popular ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' in the last issue ({{lampshaded}}: "Alright, already! We admit it! We ''sold out!''").
* WorldOfFunnyAnimals