->'''Fry''': 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'' superpowers, ''and'' we're Americans. Now's our chance!
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', "Less Than Hero"

An episode of a non-superhero show in which the characters temporarily gain [[StockSuperpowers 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 [[NotUsingTheZWord never before referred to as superpowers]].

Depending on the nature of the show's [[TheVerse universe]], this may occur "for real," as a [[AllJustADream 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) SomethingPerson names.

May include a [[StockParodies stock parody]] fight scene referencing the '60s ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series.

A subtrope of SomethingCompletelyDifferent.


[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* ''DragonballZ'''s Great Saiyaman, which is Not-So-OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Gohan's superhero identity. PlayedForLaughs, as neither criminals nor cops find his outlandish getup and antics very impressive, and his PaperThinDisguise does not fool anyone for long.
* ''OnePiece'' 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 BigBad, Zoro, Sanji, and Robin form the QuirkyMinibossSquad, Nami is Chopper's secretary, and Luffy is a giant sombrero robot.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* A relatively short lived AlternateContinuity of ''[[ArchieComics Archie]]'' features the characters as superheroes.
* ''StrangersInParadise'' 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 ''HackSlash''.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' had one as part of a Disney "make a wish" event.
* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' had Harvey become Ultra-Teen or somesuch as result of a spell, though this wasn't the focus of the episode.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' did an episode where a boy can bring his superhero drawings to life.
* Soap opera ''GuidingLight'' of all things. There was even a corresponding comic book tie-in!
* Superpowers broke out on an episode of ''GilligansIsland'' thanks to a shipment of [[ILoveNuclearPower radioactive vegetables]].
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "Upgrades." SG-1 gets superpowers after being guinea pigs for a Tok'ra technology. Their newfound powers cause them to [[PsychoSerum completely lack good judgment]], including getting in a [[BarBrawl bar fight]].
* ''Series/{{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.
* ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'' did it twice, in ''Hero'' and ''Hero 2'', with a living suit which gives people superpowers but makes them unstable.
* ''Series/{{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.
* ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' had the episode ''Super Arthur'' in which Uncle Arthur turns into {{Superman}} after Dr. Bombay gives him a pill.
* ''TheMonkees'' 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 ''LoisAndClark'' '''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 ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' had an episode where Earl became Captain Impressive after exposure to toxic waste.

[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
* ''CalvinAndHobbes'' has Stupendous Man strips from time to time. Some of these are {{Imagine Spot}}s, while others have Calvin actually putting on a costume.

* The Snowsong (a.k.a. [[DorkAge Supergreg]]) arc in ''DominicDeegan''.
* The superhero arc in ''ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace''. Arthur Pendragon is [[{{Superman}} Kingman]]! Lancelot [=DuLac=] is [[Franchise/{{Batman}} White Night]]! Gawaine Orkney is [[GreenLantern Sun Man]]!
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Tedd has an ImagineSpot that he and the other main characters are superheros when Elliot tells him the bank's being robbed in [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2004-07-21 this]] GuestComic strip.[[spoiler: Much later Elliot does get a spell that makes him a [[SuperGenderBender superheroine]] but is nothing like how Tedd imagines him.]]

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Less Than Hero," in which Fry and Leela gain SuperStrength, SuperSpeed, and NotQuiteFlight WallJump as side effects of a [[SuperSerum medicated muscle rub]]. They are soon joined by Bender (despite his being "more on the supply side of crime"), who could [[SuperpoweredRobotMeterMaids do cool things already]].
** They did not have [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway the power to command the loyalty of sea creatures]], though (one of the potential side effects of Miracle Cream).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' had Bart and Lisa (as Stretch Dude and Clobber Girl) attempting to foil the Villain Comic Book Guy (the Collector) during one of their {{Bizarro|Episode}} {{Halloween Episode}}s.
** In a canon episode, Homer becomes the vigilante Pie Man, who throws pies at people while wearing a pie-tin mask on his face. The episode was largely a parody of the ''Film/SpiderMan'' movies.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' had the family mutated by a crashed toxic waste truck. Most of their powers were "[[StockSuperpowers normal]]", but [[ButtMonkey Meg's]] power was [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway super amazing fingernail growth]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{The Fairly OddParents}}''' "Big Superhero Wish" episode turned ''everyone'' in the world into a superhero/villan.
** ''The Fairly [=OddParents=]'' loves superhero episodes. Timmy is, after all, Cleft the Boy Chin Wonder. And the Masked Magician. And occasionally Crash Nebula. And his parents are Mighty Mom and Dyno Dad.
* In the WesternAnimation/BugsBunny cartoon "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super-Rabbit Super-Rabbit]]", Bugs acquires carrots which, when eaten, temporarily give him the abilities of [[FlyingBrick super strength and speed, flight and invulnerability]]. Later, the two villains obtain the carrots and gain super powers of their own.
** Followed up immediately by a ShoutOut to, in the eyes of just about all back then and still many today, some real-life superheroes... the US Marine Corps.
*** ...leading the USMC to officially induct Bugs as an honorary private in the Marine Corps. He was regularly promoted until "retiring" at the end of the war as a Master Sergeant.
--> '''Bugs''': ''-Sees the villains in Super form-'' This looks like a job for a ''real'' superman! ''-Dives into a phone booth, and emerges in Marine Corps dress blues-''
** Also from ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', we have DaffyDuck as "Stuperduck".
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat'' had this. Apparently, his "Magic Bag" wasn't super enough on its own to count as making him a superhero, but it ''could'' just give him tights, super-powers, and a big beefy physique.
* In ''KimPossible'', Kim and Ron each have a SuperheroEpisode -- in "Go Team Go", Kim temporarily gains Hego's SuperStrength, and in "The Fearless Ferret", Ron temporarily becomes the {{sidekick}} of the [[Series/{{Batman}} TV-Batman]] {{expy}} hero [[spoiler:(actually [[LostInCharacter a delusional]] [[AdamWesting actor]])]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' episode "The Green Loontern", where Dodgers accidentally gets GreenLantern's uniform and ring from the dry cleaners.
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' had an episode where Jade was inflicted with all the powers of the talismans. She then dons a cape and calls herself "T-Girl." She reprises this role in another episode although with fewer powers. In season five, Jade's friend Larry gets the power of the Earth demon and starts behaving like a superhero with disastrous results.
* In the first-season ''WesternAnimation/PacMan'' episode "Super Ghosts", Mezmaron's formula gives the Ghost Monsters super strength and other powers. Afterward, Pac-Man and his wife eat special power pellets that enable them to fly.
* ''WesternAnimation/MonsterBusterClub'' has an episode ("Comic Book Heroes") that features an alien nerd using the Earth as a place to store his billions of comic books. Cathy gets a hold of one series, "Liberty Lass", and pronounces herself a superheroine, Cathy Lass. She doesn't gain any ''new'' powers, but that doesn't matter because [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands she usually has whatever wacky alien power she needs for any given situation anyway]].
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'': "Challenge of the Super Friends"
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': One episode has [=SpongeBob=], Patrick, Sandy and Squidward all gain superpowers to fight Mermaid Man's enemies. Amusingly, their powers come from wearing the [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman ridiculous costumes]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jimmy Two-Shoes}}'' featured an episode in the first season wherein the main characters became Power Squid and Spaghetti Beezy, though unlike the typical formula for this trope, the powers were [[StockSuperPowers incredibly]] [[AvertedTrope unorthodox]] and season 2 would [[ContinuityNod occasionally]] have the characters become their superhero forms again if the need arose.
* Interestingly, ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' had one of these despite the main characters already being superheroes. After reading comic books, the girls decide to copy their favorite heroines in order to become better heroes, with Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles taking on new heroic identities as Liberty Belle (notably, the actual name of a {{Legacy Hero}}ine in the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica), Spore (a ComicBook/{{Spawn}} {{Expy}}), and an {{Animesque}} cute rabbit character along the lines of Franchise/HelloKitty. It doesn't go well.
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles''
** Several episodes in the ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 1987 TMNT cartoon series]]'' including "Super Irma", "Raphael Vs. The Volcano," "Night of the Dark Turtle," and "Super Hero for a Day."
** The [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 2003 series]] has several as well, as a Justice League type team actually exists in this world, and Michelangelo occasionally dips into his persona as "The Turtle Titan". Then there's the AlternateRealityEpisode where he encounters the main cast in a world where they are ALL superheroes and [[spoiler:Splinter is their archenemy.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', Orson's Farm occasionally featured Orson becoming "Power Pig" in both "reality" and dream sequences. In reality, his only powers seemed to be having a stupid costume (in his debut episode, he was used to distract the villain (a fox) with his appearance, which caused the fox to fall down laughing); in dream sequences, his powers consisted of something along the lines of Superman's (super strength and flying). In dream sequences, which usually consisted of a jazzed up version of the problem of the episode being solved, he was used as an inspiration for what Orson did in "real life".
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': ''The Beak''.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'': "Robbin' Ed" has Johnny 2x4 and Plank as "Captain Melon-head and Splinter the Wonder Wood", who steal back the money Eddy conned off the other kids. This drives Eddy to plot revenge as the super-villain "Professor Scam".
** Melonhead and Splinter return in TheMovie.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack: The Series'' had an alien immigrant decide to become a superhero, so MIB HQ decides to make Agent J into a supervillain to stop him, and all the attention he's getting.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has "The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well", an episode where Rainbow Dash goes on an ego trip after saving some ponies from accidents and being called a hero. Her is thunder stolen by the eponymous masked pony. Mare-Do-Well's costume is a homage to WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck's, and some of her fans are seen carrying signs with a parody of the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' logo on them.
** In the season 4 episode "Power Ponies", Spike and the Mane Six are accidentally pulled into the world of one of Spike's favorite superhero comics, and must protect the city of Maretropolis from [[PrehensileHair the Mane-iac]].
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron'' had the N-Men episode, where in an homage to the ''Franchise/FantasticFour'' and the ''Franchise/{{X-Men}}'', the kids are on their way back to Earth in their space ship (won on a game show in a previous episode) and accidentally get superpowers while passing through the Van Allen belt, each powers coming from what they were doing at the point.
** Jimmy was armwrestling (becoming orange and going into a Hulk-like state whenever angry) with Cindy (becoming Wonder Woman, essentially), Libby was putting on vanishing cream (gaining invisibility and force field abilities), Sheen was on a massaging chair (becoming the Flash... his bladder suffered) and Carl belching while drinking soda (gaining super sonic belching abilities).
** A later episode reveals that Jimmy recreated their N-Men powers and made them into packets of powder to be ingested. He has Carl distribute them to everyone, who mixes them up, resulting in himself and Libby swapping powers while Cindy swaps powers with Sheen (although at the end, after the powers wear off, Cindy takes a swig of her own packet and regains her old powers so that she can dispose of a bomb).
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' notably had a superhero character added into the second season in Gizmo Duck, but one episode entitled "The Masked Mallard" notably featured Scrooge becoming a masked vigilante.
* ''WesternAnimation/QuackPack'' had "The Really Mighty Ducks", in which Professor von Drake has built a machine that grants superpowers. Our three protagonists use it, and emerge as... "Brain Boy!" "Captain Muscle!" "...and...[[BuffySpeak the Really-Incredibly-Fast Guy]]!"
** Also had a SequelEpisode where the boys become their superhero alter egos again in order to save Donald. Louie notes [[NiceJobBreakingItHero that they seem to do more harm than good]].