: When you were a kid, what was your greatest fantasy? Leela
: To have parents. Fry
: Whatever. The correct
answer is: To be a superhero! We have
we're Americans. Now's our chance!
An episode of a non-superhero show in which the characters temporarily gain superpowers
and/or the urge to dress up in colored spandex and fight crime.
The characters in question may normally be non-powered, or they may have already had extraordinary abilities that they've never before referred to as superpowers
Depending on the nature of the show's universe
, this may occur "for real," as a dream or fantasy
, or completely out-of-continuity, but in any case it involves familiar characters wearing capes, kicking ass, and going by (possibly parodic) Something Person
May include a stock parody
fight scene referencing the '60s Batman
A subtrope of Something Completely Different
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Anime and Manga
- Dragon Ball Z's Great Saiyaman, which is Not-So-Ordinary High-School Student Gohan's superhero identity. Played for Laughs, as neither criminals nor cops find his outlandish getup and antics very impressive, and his Paper-Thin Disguise does not fool anyone for long.
- One Piece has a few shorts and one numbered anime episode revolving around "Chopperman", a superhero version of Chopper completely out of continuity, where Chopper plays the eponymous hero, Usopp the Big Bad, Zoro, Sanji, and Robin form the Quirky Miniboss Squad, Nami is Chopper's secretary, and Luffy is a giant sombrero robot.
- A relatively short lived Alternate Continuity of Archie features the characters as superheroes.
- Strangers in Paradise had an out-of-continuity issue in which Francine and Katchoo were superheroes and Freddie a bumbling villain who accidentally destroys the world.
- The Super Sidekick Sleepover Slaughter arc of Hack/Slash.
Live Action TV
- The Suite Life of Zack and Cody had one as part of a Disney "make a wish" event.
- Sabrina the Teenage Witch had Harvey become Ultra-Teen or somesuch as result of a spell, though this wasn't the focus of the episode.
- Charmed did an episode where a boy can bring his superhero drawings to life.
- Soap opera Guiding Light of all things. There was even a corresponding comic book tie-in!
- Superpowers broke out on an episode of Gilligan's Island thanks to a shipment of radioactive vegetables.
- Stargate SG-1 episode "Upgrades." SG-1 gets superpowers after being guinea pigs for a Tok'ra technology. Their newfound powers cause them to completely lack good judgment, including getting in a bar fight.
- Dexter had an episode in which Dexter imagined his life as a super hero (or super villain, he wasn't quite sure). As one would imagine, it was done in the same horrifyingly psychotic way as everything else in the show.
- Sanctuary did it twice, in Hero and Hero 2, with a living suit which gives people superpowers but makes them unstable.
- Warehouse 13 did it in the episode Mild Mannered; given the show's premise it was easy for an artifact to give someone super-powers.
- Bewitched had the episode Super Arthur in which Uncle Arthur turns into Superman after Dr. Bombay gives him a pill.
- The Monkees turn into "Monkeemen" in a few episodes. While they can fly, the rest of their powers consist of exchanging insults to bruise someone's ego.
- While Lois and Clark was a superhero series, Lois Lane was most definitely not a superhero — except for one episode where she got Superman's powers and became Ultra Woman.
- The puppet/animatronics sitcom Dinosaurs had an episode where Earl became Captain Impressive after exposure to toxic waste.
- Calvin and Hobbes has Stupendous Man strips from time to time. Some of these are Imagine Spots, while others have Calvin actually putting on a costume.