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- The Japanese Microman anime.
- This was actually the format for Sonic X, with Sonic and his Furry pals as the "monsters" (albeit cute ones) and the Thorndyke family as their human allies. This was ostensibly to give the audience a human identification character — Chris. They quickly dropped The Masquerade though, and Sonic became an instant celebrity.
- Implied with the theme song for Samurai Pizza Cats, although the actual show doesn't follow any of the trope's characteristics.
- Going way, way back, the original X-Men basically started off this way, minus the pet human.
- Conversational Troping in an early-90s issue of Green Lantern set at a toy expo: "Buddy, every ten minutes I've got someone trying to sell me 'the new Turtles'. I've a warehouse full of stupid dinosaurs named after dead presidents!"
- Many other anthropomorphic animal superhero comics which were "inspired" by the Turtles. They spawned a bunch of "adjective, adjective, adjective, noun" anthropomorphic imitations/parodies, but those were mostly dreamed up by fans and wannabe pros looking to cash in (TMNT #1 was VERY rare and up to $2-300 in demand). This didn't stop until it crashed the comic market (the famous "black and white implosion" which was a dry run for the Dork Age market collapse).
- Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters
- Preteen Dirty-Gene Kung-Fu Kangaroos
- Geriatric Gangrene Jujitsu Gerbils
- Cold-Blooded Chameleon Commandos
- Mildly Microwaved Pre-Pubescent Kung-Fu Gophers
- Dinosaurs For Hire
- Guerilla Groundhog. Slings & Arrows Comic Guide says that this is one of the better ones, as it was one of the few that Downplayed the satire.
- Naive Inter-Dimensional Commando Koalas is also a somewhat downplayed example.
- Even Marvel Comics got in on it with Power Pachyderms (parody) and Brute Force (played straight)
- Averted with Samurai Squirrel, a two-issue fling that was serious and more story-driven
- Jurassic Strike Force 5, while created long after TMNT became a franchise, pays homage to the various comics listed above, along with TV shows like Street Sharks and Extreme Dinosaurs.
- Mini-Comics Included is a series of mini-comics based on toylines that aren't real but could easily have been; Prime-8s, about a squad of 8 intelligent, superpowered apes and monkeys, is partially based on TMNT and this trope in general. This group was a little larger than most, and had two females.
- In a back-up story of a Count Duckula comic book (Marvel), Danger Mouse faces Enraged Mutant Ninja Poodles.
- In Super Sons, Superboy's jamas have a Turtles-like logo reading "Boxer Frogs".
- This Bites!: The authors clearly invoked this trope; not only are the Teenage Dugong Warrior Squad half-turtle already (hybrids between sea turtles and manatees, to be precise), their names are Mikey, Donny, Raphey, and Leo, who respectively wield nunchucks, a bo staff, sai, and katana, and have respective headband colors of orange, purple, pink, and blue. Oh, wait, I said pink? Yeah, Raphey is actually a girl.
- Often parodied on Late Night With Conan O'Brien, where Conan's mock fall previews often feature programs such as Embryonic Rockabilly Polka-Dotted Fighter Pilots or Country Cuckoo-Clock Codpiece Zulu Warriors.
- Non-cartoon example: Beauty and the Beast.
- The live-action show Dark Angel was similar in premise, with the exception that most of the Chimera could at least pass for human (with the notable exception of Joshua in season 2). Nevertheless, Logan acted as a Secret Keeper for Max and the rest.
- In-show commercials in the first episode of Roundhouse gave us these parody titles: "Adolescent Deformed Tai-Kwon-Do Tortoises", "Pre-teen Genetically-altered Martial Arts Iguanas", and "Kinda Young Really Screwed Up Karate Koalas".
- How Green Was My Cactus occasionally had episodes featuring the "Stone Age Mutant Whinging Liberals"
- The obscure action figure line The Snailiens was a case, featuring a quartet of anthropomorphic mollusc-like aliens who for some reason are named after famous U.S. Presidents.
- The Battletoads from the videogame of the same name. Unique in that it doesn't follow many of the sub-tropes, instead taking place in a world that looks like it came from a heavy metal record cover.
- Parodied in the old adventure game The Big Red Adventure. One TV showed the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Beetles", who were four cockroaches with the faces of the Fab Four!
- The Cheetahmen from Action 52.
- Paper Mario features the blatantly obvious Ninjakoopa Bros.
- The anime parody Japanoschlampen by Coldmirror features the NINJAMUTANTDUCKS!
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the Trope Codifier, of course — with April O'Neil, Casey Jones, and Irma Langenstein (and later on, Carter) as the human allies. Interestingly, the show only kept the idea of the Turtles trying to hide their existence from the world for a short time, with them wearing Conspicuous Trenchcoats and human masks in public but soon switching over to them being publicly known heroes. April's career as a news reporter probably helped in that regard.
- The original The Transformers — with the Witwicky family as the human allies.
- Although the Autobots never really hid from anyone in the original series. They were acknowledged by the world's leaders as early as the end of the three-part pilot.
- Transformers Animated is more in line with this trope, featuring Sari as the kid, a smaller Five 'Bot Band, and an abandoned Detroit car factory as their HQ. The Autobots still don't hide from anyone, though; in fact, they rather visibly help repair the damage their fights cause, which helps keep them in the city's good graces.
- Played straight with Transformers Prime. The Autobots have a secret base, three kid sidekicks and a government liaison, and both sides try to avoid too much human attention.
- Gargoyles — with Elisa Maza as their human ally. Gargoyles was one of the few shows to acknowledge that a situation like this simply can't last forever, and slowly had the Gargoyles transition from complete secret, to urban myth, to publicly known... and feared.
- Street Sharks — with a Surfer Dude as their human ally. (The Sharks themselves used to be human surfers as well... it's complicated.)
- Mummies Alive! Centuries old Mummies able to summon Powered Armor, one of them a Sweet Polly ... Cleopatra?... Ride around in weird ancient Egyptian vehicles and got an Egyptian version of a boomerang whilst protecting a child reincarnation of an ancient Egyptian Pharaoh from an advisor of said Pharaoh.
- Biker Mice from Mars — allied with Charley, a Wrench Wench mechanic whose garage they live in. One of them has a crush on her, as she reminds him of a girl back home.
- Toxic Crusaders, the kid-friendly animated Spin-Off of The Toxic Avenger movies.
- Dinosaucers, in which good and evil teams of evolved dinosaurs engage in more-or-less comic battles on modern day Earth. The good guys have a bunch of human teenagers as their Secret Keepers.
- The Mighty Ducks cartoon, which may as well been called "Hockey-Playing Twentysomething Extraterrestrial Mallards". About a group of anthropomorphic ducks from a world surronded by puck-shaped asteroids where hockey is Serious Business (...you mean they're Canadian? *rimshot*) fighting space dragons and posing as a regular hockey team in modern-day California. No, really.
- To be fair, they 'pose' as a hockey team by actually playing hockey in a league. But they still fight space dragons and villains-of-the-week. They're pretty much outed as aliens in the first few episodes.
- Aqua Teen Hunger Force spoofs this. (Or at least the title does.)
- Parodied in Tiny Toon Adventures, in which Plucky is a fan of the "Immature Radioactive Samurai Slugs" franchise.
- The initial Five-Episode Pilot of Challenge of the GoBots was like this. Since the Gobots' cover has been completely blown by the end of that Story Arc (it's not as if Leader-1 didn't try to observe the Obstructive Code of Conduct at first), subsequent episodes show the Guardians interacting with Earth's people and governments completely out in the open.
- The Darkstalkers cartoon, with Felicia, Jon Talbain, Sasquatch, Rikuo, and later Hsien-Ko as the good guys, with a wizard named Harry and a butler named Klaus as human allies. Pyron, Demitri, Raptor, Anakaris, and even Morrigan were bad guys, and Bishamon, Donovan, and Hutzil showed up as neutrals.
- The 1993 series Stone Protectors attempted to market the troll doll craze to grade school boys. The heroes are an awful Fake Band from New York City who are transformed into troll-like super heroes by magical crystals, then have to protect the crystals from the Saurians, reptilian bad guys who would use their powers for evil. The problem of hiding the conflict from the public is averted because the heroes are quickly transported to the Magical Land where the crystals came from.
- Adventures of the Gummi Bears might count... only it's pseudo-medieval instead of modern day, and it averts The Smurfette Principle.
- Road Rovers is Warner Bros' equivalent, although in this case they were normal dogs owned by world leaders that were routinely summoned by their ally and then transformed into humanoid forms and garbed in battlesuits.
- SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron could count in a sense, but compared to their contemporaries, there were several major differences- for one, they were living in a world full of other anthropomorphic "Kats", and they became vigilantes because their former commander in the Megakat City Enforcers (essentially cops but with air and navy forces) caused them to crash into the Enforcer HQ while chasing a villain after trying to pull an Only I Can Kill Him (see the main article for more details). Also, it was produced by Hanna-Barbera, and was perhaps the darkest series they ever made- people actually got killed, for starters; it was an early, but failed, attempt, at breaking out of the Animation Age Ghetto.
- Kung Fu Dino Posse, a 40-episode cartoon series that aired on Starz in 2009, is an homage to several Secret Mutant Hero Teams before it, including the Street Sharks spinoff Extreme Dinosaurs and TMNT. In modern times, a quirky science geek accidentally thaws out four anthropomorphic dinosaurs, whereupon they inflict inexplicable Kung Fu upon evil raptor villains and their army of generic mutants. The series is well aware of its own cliches and often leverages them for comic effect.
- Butt-Ugly Martians was a 2000s show, unlike most of these, involving Martian commandos sent to conquer Earth... only to discover Earth has a lot more nice stuff than Mars, so they abandon their mission to camp out in an abandoned movie lot with their human Secret Keepers and stage fake battles to explain their delay in conquering the planet.
- Bucky O'Hare was this In Space, with the strange twist that the anthropomorphic animals are the norm, and it's the human character that has to be kept hidden from that reality's "muggles".
- Parodied in The Fairly Oddparents movie "Channel Chasers", where one of the TV shows Timmy travels through is "Adolescent Genetically-Altered Karate Cows".
- The 80s Marvista Entertainment animated movie Avenging Apes Of Africa, which featured six African gorillas orphaned by an Evil Poacher who gain super-powers and human-like intelligence after being exposed to an ancient healing potion, growing up to become defenders of Africa's wildlife, specifically seeking to defeat the poaching kingpin Harry B. Richbone. Yes. This existed.
- The Adventures of T-Rex (or just T-REX in Japan) takes this to Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot levels. It was a cartoon co-produced between USA and Japan, based on a Japanese property, featuring five T.Rex brothers with superpowers, matching colored armors, a Rexmobile... but this was only their secret identity they accessed by touching a crystal. Usually they were part of a vaudeville act, in a club that was part of a very Film Noir-like setting... In a World... where everyone was some kind of human-like dinosaur or reptile. So, this was a comical cartoon with anthro dinosaur comedians that were secretly superheroes, pitted against dinosaur gangsters and dinosaur mob bosses.
- Creepy Crawlers combined the Ninja Turtles format with the ever-popular "Creepy Crawlers" Thingmaker.
- Captain Simian and the Space Monkeys with monkeys and apes fighting crime IN SPACE!.