Recap / Superman The Animated Series S 1 E 4 Fun And Games

Superman faces his first direct supervillain threat, as Winslow Scott Jr. seeks to exact revenge as the DCAU's reinterpretation of Toyman. The Toyman first comes to Superman's attention when he attacks Bruno Mannheim, a local gangster, but the situation soon escalates when he kidnaps Lois.

This episode contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Actually a Doombot: Likely how Toyman escaped the explosion (as he returns in another episode), seeing as the police found what appeared to be part of his face.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Averted. Toyman tries to suffocate Superman with a toy that is actually a biochemical weapon. It doesn't work, but it's hinted that it is a real danger.
  • Creepy Monotone: Toyman.
  • Damsel in Distress: Lois, naturally. Of course, that doesn't mean she takes it lying down.
  • Freudian Excuse: The Toyman spent most of his childhood going from foster home to foster home after his father took the fall for Mannheim.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: Toyman kidnaps Lois using sleeping gas, and when she wakes up, she's dressed like an old cupie doll. (Which is rather disturbing; Toyman had no henchmen in this episode, male or female, so he likely changed her clothes himself.)
  • Hyper-Destructive Bouncing Ball: the Toyman creates one that can even damage steel.
  • In-Name-Only: There have been three villains named Toyman in the comics, and while the name of the one here is the same as the first one, he has almost no resemblance to the comic book Winslow Schott. (The one in the comics was a British toymaker who was fired due to LexCorp interference, and sought revenge, although he did build a robot resembling the one here in Action Comics #837.)
  • Karma Houdini: Mannheim, at least in this episode.
  • Offscreen Villain Dark Matter: Many of Toyman's weapons - like the huge duck - are at the level of military-grade munitions in terms of pure strength, making one wonder how he gets the funds to build them.
  • Psychopathic Man Child: Toyman.
  • Save the Villain: Mannheim, on whom Toyman sought to exact revenge.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Lois feels sorry for Toyman after hearing his backstory.
  • You Killed My Father: Toyman wants to avenge his father. His father was imprisoned, not killed, but he spent the rest of his life there.