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Music: The Aquabats!
We are your average ordinary, SUPERHUMAN
Punishers of evil rock and roll band
The Aquabats!, "Awesome Forces!"

The Aquabats! (and yes, the exclamation mark is necessary) are an American comedy rock band formed in Orange County, California in 1994. The band started out as an eight-or-nine-piece ska band before shifting their sound towards a more New Wave-influenced style of rock and punk in the early 2000s.

The most distinctive - and most Troperiffic - aspect of The Aquabats! is their prominent superhero theme. The band bills themselves as a ragtag group of superhero rock musicians, traveling the world on a quest to fight evil and rock out in equal proportion. Many of The Aquabats' songs revolve around this theme, featuring lyrics detailing the band's adventures and battles with their Rogues Gallery of villains, as well as their theatrical stage shows which include comic skits and fight scenes with costumed villains and monsters.

Accordingly, each member of the band has their own superhero persona; as of 2006, The Aquabats consist of singer and Face of the Band the MC Bat Commander, bassist Crash McLarson, keyboardist Jimmy the Robot, drummer Ricky Fitness and guitarist EagleBones FalconHawk.

After years in Development Hell, The Aquabats succeeded in producing their own starring television series, The Aquabats! Super Show!, which currently airs on The Hub.

Also notable is the fact that Christian Jacobs, the MC Bat Commander, is the co-creator, writer and voice actor of the children's show Yo Gabba Gabba.


The Aquabats! Members:
  • The MC Bat Commander (Christian Jacobs) - lead vocals
  • Crash McLarson (Chad Larson) - bass guitar, DJ
  • Jimmy the Robot (James Briggs) - keyboards/saxophone
  • Eaglebones Falconhawk (Ian Fowles) - guitar
  • Ricky Fitness (Richard Falomir) - drums

Former members:
  • Chainsaw, the Prince of Karate (Corey Pollock) - guitar
  • Catboy (Boyd Terry) - trumpet
  • Ultra Kyu (Charles Grey) - guitar/synth
  • The Baron von Tito (Travis Barker) - drums
  • Doctor Rock (Gabe Parkin) - drums
  • Nacho (Chad Parkin) - keyboards
  • Prince Adam (Adam Deibert) - trumpet/synth/guitar
  • Ben the Brain (Ben Bergeson) - guitar
  • Roddy B. (Rod Arellano) - drums

Discography:

  • 1996 - The Return of the Aquabats!
  • 1997 - The Fury of the Aquabats!
  • 1999 - The Aquabats vs. the Floating Eye of Death! and Other Amazing Adventures, Vol. 1
  • 2000 - Myths, Legends, and Other Amazing Adventures, Vol. 2
  • 2005 - Charge!!
  • 2011 - Hi-Five Soup!


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  • Animated Adaptation: As part of The Aquabats! Super Show!, featuring standalone shorts featuring their Lil' Bat mascot, Pablo and episodic shorts with the Aquabats animated like out of an oldschool anime (featuring character designs from long time fan, Pey)
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • The liner notes for "Fury of the Aquabats!" lists the villains that went after the Aquabats after Space Monster M put a bounty on their heads as including "Gas Face, the Powdered Milk Man, The Zorilla, El Demonico the Silver Skull, The Specter, Grungor, the Sandfleas, and even Grandma Peterson".
    • "Captain Hampton and the Midget Pirates!" features the following list of torments visited upon the victims of the Midget Pirates: "Slashing at us with their swords, gutting our bellies, poking our bums, clipping our knees!"
  • Artifact Title: Originally the band were supposedly humanoid, aquatic bat creatures from the island of Aquabania. That has since been almost completely fazed out of their mythos, leaving their name unique, but somewhat of a mystery.
  • Ascended Extra: One of the monsters in their earlier videos shows up later as Muno in Yo Gabba Gabba, albeit bumpier.
  • Auto-Tune: Used in "B.F.F.!" as a joke.
  • Badass Boast: In the song "Look at Me, I'm a Winner!" Directed towards the Listener.
    Four radios blastin' classic rock
    And they're pointing at you
    With your fist raised high
    and a hitch in your step
    You've got it all
    I've got no reason to lie
    • As noted before, "Awesome Forces!".
  • Crossover: Strong Bad and Homestar Runner both make an appearance in "Pink Pants!" Christian Jacobs and H*R co-creator Matt Chapman both work on Yo Gabba Gabba Matt is also one of the lead writers for The Aquabats Supershow and portrays Carl the Wizard, who is basically a live-action version of Strong Bad, in the season one episode "Cobraman!".
  • Curse Cut Short: In this bit from "Captain Hampton and the Midget Pirates!"
    Now, seven weeks into the trip
    And Jim was sick to death
    Of being sick
    Some kind of action he wanted
    As he searched the seas
    For everyday was the same old... stuff
  • Depraved Dwarf: The eponymous Midget Pirates from "Captain Hampton and the Midget Pirates!"
  • Dirty Coward: "Captain Hampton and the Midget Pirates!" ends with Captain Hampton "triumphantly" running away while the Midget Pirates slaughter his crew.
  • Excited Show Title!: The Aquabats! are always excited. Basically all of their song and album titles (not to mention the name of the band itself) end with an exclamation point.
  • Fan of Underdog: The narrator's girlfriend in "Look At Me (I'm a Winner)!"
    Someone once told me you can't lose 'em all
    And that someone was you
    But when I nail-gunned my hand to the wall
    I started to wonder if that could be true
  • Faceless Eye: The Floating Eye of Death.
  • Fat Best Friend: "B.F.F.!" mixes this trope with Big Fun and The Big Guy
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: "Martian Girl!"
  • Humongous Mecha: "Giant Robot-Birdhead!" and "Mechanical Ape!"
  • In Medias Res: The title of their first album "Return of the Aquabats!", as well as the first episode of their TV series that references events in the "prior episode".
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: "Luck Dragon Lady"
  • Instrument of Murder: Used to fend off attacking monsters during their live shows. On The Aquabats! Super Show, Eaglebones Falconhawk's guitar can shoot Frickin' Laser Beams.
  • It's All About Me: The narrator of "Pink Pants!"
    We can talk about me
    And then we'll talk about you
    And I will tune that part out
    As I know you will too
  • Kayfabe Music: They're not just a rock band, they're a team of superheroes.
  • Keet: Much of their musical and lyrical themes invoke this trope.
  • Laughing Mad: The narrator of "The Man With Glooey Hands!" ends the song with a bout of maniacal Cry Laughing.
  • Lilliputians: "Tiny Pants!" tells the story of a man's encounter with a race of gibberish-spouting tiny people.
  • Mascot: Pablo the Aquabat, who even gets his own solo cartoons on the Supershow! Despite being non-vocal, he's a Badass Adorable little guy who does stuff like kicking sharks in the face and using their heads as surfboards after they break his original one.
  • Mood Whiplash: The Aquabats vs. the Floating Eye of Death! is full of this. Dark and serious songs like "Sequence Erase!" and "Chemical Bomb!" and the thoughtful and slow-tempoed "Hello, Good Night" definitely stand out from songs like "Lovers of Loving Love!" and "Tiny Pants!".
  • Multiple Head Case: "Cat With 2 Heads!"
  • Musical Assassin: Former member the Baron von Tito, the mysterious drumming mercenary.
  • Piss Take Rap: Pretty much any rap performed during one of their songs, such as "Pool Party!", "I Fell Asleep on My Arm", and "Hey Homies!"
  • The Power of Rock: One of the band's powers, naturally.
  • Proud to Be a Geek: Touched on in a number of songs, but especially in "Nerd Alert!"
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: "Attacked by Snakes!"
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: Jimmy the Robot. His snarky tendencies are considered a noteworthy breakthrough achievement in robotic technology.
  • Rocket Punch: One of the features of Giant Robot-Birdhead.
  • Sanity Slippage Song: "Meltdown!"
  • Science Is Bad: Zig-zagged in "Cat With 2 Heads!"; the opening verse talks about how "Science brings gifts of convenience to the modern man", but the rest of the song talks about the horrors of the eponymous mutant feline.
  • Self-Titled Album: The Return of the Aquabats (which was actually their first album), The Fury of the Aquabats!, and The Aquabats! vs the Floating Eye of Death
  • Shock and Awe: In addition to his rapport with stripey big cats, Miklik the Tiger Rider from "Tiger Rider vs. the Time Sprinkler!" has powers of lightning control.
    Grab a hold of the lighting bolt
    And you pull down the lightning
  • Shout-Out:
    • "Idiot Box!" name-drops Casper the Friendly Ghost, Scooby Doo, Mr. Magoo, and Mickey Mouse.
    • The opening of "Powdered Milk Man!" is a reference to the opening of "Iron Man" by Black Sabbath.
    • "Giant Robot Birdhead!" features the line "Don't cross the streams."
    • The bridge from "Fashion Zombies!" is a parody of the spoken-word outro from Michael Jackson's "Thriller".
    • "Radio Down!" cribs some lyrics from Billy Idol's "Dancing With Myself".
    • "Luck Dragon Lady!" features MC Bat Commander doing his best impression of Falcor the Luck Dragon.
  • Silly Love Songs: Emphasis on the silly. "Lovers of Loving Love!" is probably the most blatant, but there's also songs like "Red Sweater!" and "The Legend Is True!"
  • Slobs Vs Snobs: "Anti-Matter!" has a definite "rich kids vs. poor kids" vibe to it.
    Hey you, with the hand-me-downs
    Ripped up shoes and the Buster Browns
    No tattoos, you don't stand out
    It's all about the Lincolns in your bank account.
  • Spoken Word In Music: Used a few times, notably in "Captain Hampton and the Midget Pirates!", which contains monologues regarding the eponymous group during breaks in the music.
  • Stage Name: As mentioned, each member of the band adopts a superhero "character" upon joining. It's part of their thing.
  • Stalker with a Crush:
    • "The Man With Glooey Hands!"
    Forever and ever, can't you see?
    We were meant to be, but you tried to leave
    Stuck together, it was easy to do
    Always together, new and improved
    • The narrator of "Hot Summer Nights (Won't Last Forever)!" comes across as a bit of this, with his persistent attempts to get in touch with his ex-girlfriend Elizabeth. It's no wonder she pretended to move to Alaska.
  • Take Over the World: Oddly enough, this was the band's original In-Universe goal! The band originally set out to gather a massive following through their fans (and hypnotic suggestion through their songs) to raise an army to defeat Space Monster M.
  • Take That, Audience!: Inverted in "Look at Me (I'm A Winner)", which seems to be mostly about how awesome the listener is.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: Discussed in "Lobster Bucket!"
  • Threatening Shark: The idea behind "Shark Fighter!"
  • Took a Level in Badass: The band seems to have done this, in song. Compare "The Aquabat March!," where apparently there aren't quite so bulletproof, and so beg any villains with guns not to shoot them, to "Awesome Forces!" where, well, check the page quote.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: The narrator of "Magic Chicken!" is more than a little obsessed with chicken.
  • The Villain Sucks Song: "Powdered Milk Man!"
  • A Wild Rapper Appears: Featured in a couple of their songs, including one by guest singer Biz Markie on "Radio Down!"
  • Wiki Rule: Check it, homies!

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