Recap / Superman The Animated Series S 2 E 9 Action Figures

Metallo emerges from the ocean with no memory of who he is. He is befriended by two children and saves a truck driver from a crash. As Lois and Superman arrive to see what's going on with the reports of a strange robot, two dangers gradually escalate: the local volcano builds up for an eruption and Metallo's memories begin to return.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Amnesiacs Are Innocent: Metallo is friendly and even heroic before he starts remembering who he is.
  • And I Must Scream: Metallo ends up stuck in solidified lava, unable to see, hear, or move.
  • Chekhov's Volcano: The children's father is a scientist monitoring a nearby volcano. Sure enough, it erupts before the episode ends.
  • Manipulative Bastard: After Metallo's memory returns, he takes advantage of the children's trust by spinning a story about being an alien robot whose mission to deliver an important message to Earth's leaders is threatened by enemy agents. The children help him disguise himself and keep his presence secret.