Bad Days is an animated series created by Junaid Chundrigar and Davor Bujakovic. The cartoons feature different fictional heroes and villains...on one of the worse days of their lives.The series started with one short, Disassembled, depicting several little mishaps in the Marvel Universe. The short became a viral success, even appealing to former Marvel writer Stan Lee. He enlisted Junaid and Davor to make more cartoons for him to post on his World of HeroesYouTube channel. The show also extended out to starring characters not owned by Marvel, and even characters who originated in media other than comic books.As of season three, new cartoons appear every other Saturday on the YouTube channel CineFix, instead of World of Heroes. Junaid and Davor also release commentaries in between.
Book Ends: In the Fantastic Four episode, the first scene to follow the opening credits shows Silver Surfer gliding past the Baxter Building on a sunny day. After night falls, he glides past the building once again.
Namor The Sub-Mariner's episode has many, including Bruce Banner holding the goldfish that bit his foot in episode 10, Doctor Doom still trying to sneak in Baxter Building after his failed attempts in episode 2, Cyclops still happily with Jean Gray as seen in episode 5, and HYDRA Bob still stranded on the island from the end of episode 13.
In Disassembled, Cyclops' laser hits Silver Surfer and hurls him towards the sun. In Thanos' episode, Thanos turns Silver Surfer into a golf ball and hits him towards the sun.
The Chew Toy: Hellboy makes Abe enter an old lady's toilet alone, causing Abe to get constantly attacked by monsters while Hellboy simply keeps the old lady company.
Cigar Chomper: Wolverine constantly smokes a cigar while at the beach, ruining Professor X's and Magneto's chess game. Deadpool later uses the animator's stylus to torment Wolvie and turn the cigar into a stick of dynamite. Finally, once it starts raining, he refuses to spit out his cigar even though it becomes soggy.
A clip of Wolverine as a baby shows a cigar beside him, suggesting that his smoking habit began at a very early age.
Stan Lee appears in all the Marvel superhero shorts. And in the first Batman short, only to quickly realize he's not supposed to be here. Starting in the second season, these cameos increase to Once an Episode, regardless of the hero's original publisher.
Death World: Captain Kirk opts to to visit one of these, rather than the peaceful worlds the Enterprise could have visited.
Defeat by Modesty: In the Man of Steel episode, Green Lantern recognizes General Zod as the purloiner of Superman's Underwear of Power, so he pulls down Zod's pants to help Supes find it.
Delayed Ripple Effect: The Days of Future Past episode has an example. The 1973 incarnation of Magneto saves the True2Comics Costumes store by blowing up the Singing Fox Depressive Black Costumes store. This causes his 2014 counterpart, and the '14 X-Men, to lose all their clothes, except for their underwear. A few seconds later, '14 Magneto and his fellow X-Men reappear in costumes that more closely match those from the comics.
Deliberately Monochrome: Almost everything in the Walking Dead episode appears in black and white, like in the original comic.
Depth Deception: A planet the Enterprise looks like it's about to pass by actually turns out to be right in front of it, causing the ship to hit it and stop.
A shot in Superman's first episode shows General Zod trapped in the Phantom Zone, glancing at his wristwatch while waiting for something to free him. The Man of Steel episode later reveals that Zod escaped, then stole Superman's Underwear of Power.
Eiffel Tower Effect: The background during Wolverine's visit to Paris shows the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre Pyramid spaced one block at most from each other, plus the Eiffel Tower looming in the distance.
Episode Title Card: Featuring the name of the series parodied written over an item or emblem.
Everybody Laughs Ending: Captain America's short ends with Nick Fury and Cap laughing after realizing they almost forgot Thanksgiving, then Fury continuing to laugh up through everyone's dinner time. Cap's ice cream freezes him once again, but Fury doesn't notice.
Flipping the Bird: After Magneto ties Wolverine into a knot, Wolvie sticks out his middle claw at him.
For the Evulz: After Professor X teaches him how to be a dashing gentlemen, Thanos thanks him then puts a parking brake on his wheelchair just to be a jerk.
Freeze-Frame Bonus: As a continuation of the "Coulson Lives" running gag from season one, the Walking Dead cartoon has "Coulson in coma" written on a hospital room door.
For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: In a photo inside Baxter Building showing Reed Richards, Susan, and the Thing on Halloween, the Thing is the only one who is not costumed.
Full Body Disguise: The old lady in Hellboy's short becomes revealed as a tentacled creature.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: At 1:04 in the TMNT short, Raphael can be seen dancing next to a wrestling bag at an angle that makes him look like he's humping it. At 1:15, when the wrestling bag is seen again, there's a hole in it at about crotch level.
The loud roar McCoy heard out of the cave was an enormous alien's Immodest Orgasm.
Namor's episode has him watching the Invisible Woman take a shower. She was invisible at the time
Hulk flashes back to one when Loki orders him to smash Thor.
In the Winter Soldier video, Captain America has one after discovering that the Winter Soldier is Bucky Barnes. It shows Cap and Bucky fighting in World War II together, but ends with Cap accidentally knocking Bucky off the train.
The crook who shoots at Wonder Woman shoots up in the air, and this causes a ceiling light to fall on him.
How Do I Shot Web?: When Kitty Pride tries to phase Wolverine back to 1973, it takes her three tries to get him to the year he wants. Before that, she accidentally sends him to his baby days, and then back into episode #23 of Bad Days (the one where Wolverine went to Japan).
I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: Abin Sur, as in the Green Lantern canon, gives Hal Jordan his power ring, but upon seeing him try to summon ice cream with it, he immediately regrets it and tries to take his ring back as he dies.
The Load: Mariko Yashida to Wolverine, thanks to her loud conversations with Yukio, and because Silver Samurai is constantly hunting them to get her back. Logan gets so fed up with her that he gives her back at the end of the episode.
Look Behind You: Wonder Woman pulls this on a little girl to make a hasty exit from failing to save her cat.
Love Redeems: Bucky becomes good again after developing a crush on Black Widow.
Maniac Monkey: Hit Monkey, who guards the treasure Deadpool tries to collect.
Manly Tears: One of the scientists sheds these, while waving an American flag, after Steve Rogers is augmented to become Captain America.
Moment Killer: Bruce Banner's and Betty Ross's romantic dinner gets cut short after Bruce's Hair-Trigger Temper causes him to Hulk out after dropping a pea. Worse, Bruce would have proposed to Betty if he controlled himself that night.
Motor Mouth: Yukio in Episode 23, breaking the usual "No one talks but Stan Lee" rule. It's softened, though, by having her speak only in unsubtitled Japanese.
Mouth Cam: The Walking Dead episode begins by zooming out of Rick's mouth while he yawns.
Spider-Man tries to stop a bank robbery while also getting a piece of paper blown into his face. His blindness causes him rip open the bank vault for the crooks.
When Hellboy finally decides to help Abe fight the monsters in the old lady's toilet, he becomes so enraged at the sight of Abe dancing with the monsters instead of fighting them, he punches the ground with the Right Hand of Doom. This inadvertently destroys the old lady's house.
After Bruce Banner messes up throwing a bowling ball, Tony Stark tries to help him by throwing another ball to give his an extra kick. It just makes both balls completely miss the pins, making Bruce angry and turning him into the Hulk.
Green Arrow shoots an arrow filled with knockout gas, which ends up knocking out Wonder Woman. On the light side, though, the crook still gets caught.
No Indoor Voice: Rick Grimes does a lot of screaming and yelling. At one point, the viewer only sees him as a small silhouette on a rooftop, but can still hear him almost as well as in close ups. Then again, he doesn't spend a lot of time indoors in the short.
Nonindicative Name: Thor actually has a pretty good day in his short. It's Loki who has it bad.
Nonmalicious Monster: Godzilla doesn't have evil intentions behind destroying the city, desiring only to free Stan Lee and his fishing pole from getting caught on one of his teeth. His most destructive actions occur as a direct result of humans' attacks on him.
Not the Fall That Kills You: The Thing often tosses people out of the Baxter Building, but everyone he has tossed out as of episode 17 has survived the drop. Johnny quickly ignites and puts out his flame before hitting the ground, and Doom hits the pavement while wearing a metallic suit, but it doesn't seem clear how Namor makes it alive.
Oh Crap: All the Avengers drop what they're doing and stare in horror when seeing Bruce's bowling ball rolling too slowly and risking making him angry.
On the Next: The commentaries each end by showing a clip from a future episode.
Redshirt: The original Star Trek ones are parodied. All of them are aware of their fate, and die in various amusing ways.
Running Gag: Poor Cap can't seem to stop getting frozen.
Say My Name: The Walking Dead episode has more dialogue than usual. However, if you discount yawning, screaming, moaning, laughing, crying, and Stan Lee's cameo, the script only has four words, all of which are characters' names. Most of Rick Grimes' dialogue consists of calling out, "Lori! Carl!" Lee Everett's only line involves yelling, "Clementine!" Finally, after Rick discovers that Lori has cheated on him with Shane Walsh, Rick growls, "Shannnne!", then beats Shane up.
Screen Tap: Deadpool does this when asking the animator to draw an entrance on the temple he must explore.
Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Stan Lee sits on a bench outside the Baxter Building, reading a newspaper. He then witnesses two people get thrown out of a window, and one of them revealing himself to be Not Quite Dead. This sight causes him to drop his paper and walk away.
Stan Lee: That's it, I've had enough of this weirdness. I'm outta here.
Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Wolverine gets sent to stop an assassination that leads to the rise of the Sentinels, and also prevent the destruction of the True2Comics costume store.
Shell-Shocked Veteran: Master Splinter sees his old enemies everywhere, and even attacks a harmless lamp because he's thinks it's Shredder. This worsens after he's sent to a retirement home.
Shown Their Work: As but one example, Davor prepared an homage to Batman: The Animated Series by counting the number of frame it takes Batman to land on the rooftop in the opening, and drawing the exact same number of frames.
Stating the Simple Solution: Superman tries multiple unsuccessful attempts to get a kitten out of a tree, including shaking the tree and using his laser vision. The cat's owner tries to point out that he should just fly up and get the cat. He doesn't notice her tell him.
Stay in the Kitchen: When Wonder Woman stands by Da Chief, he assumes she's supposed to be his assistant and makes her hold a tray with coffee. When she gets angry from this and smashes it, he hands her a sponge and a pail of water to clean it up.
Stewed Alive: Deadpool's sidekick Bob freaks out at being cooked alive by natives. Stan Lee is also getting cooked, but really doesn't care.
The Stoic: Hellboy maintains a serious expression throughout his short. He becomes Not So Stoic when the sight of Abe dancing in lederhosen surprises him.
Stray Shots Strike Nothing: Subverted. After Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets, the bullets ricochet into the wall she's next to and nearly hit several policemen, as well as breaking one's coffee cup.
The JLA episode ends with a jab at their movie languishing in Development Hell: After the League fails to help the girl, Stan tells them, "Don't worry. You'll get it right someday." Then he visits a theater decorated with ads for upcoming movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Days of Future Past episode spends a lot of time criticizing how different the Sentinels and the mutants' costumes look in the movie compared to the comic.
A bomb that Dr. Serizawa tries to throw at Godzilla instead gets flung at Roland Emmerich, who becomes Stripped to the Bone as a result. Consider it Emmerich's just desserts for directing the panned Godzilla (1998).
Thanksgiving Episode: Captain America's episode becomes this after Nick Fury shows Cap a calendar dated 2012. The two of them notice the word "Thanksgiving" and a drawing of turkey on the current date, so Fury gathers Hawkeye and Black Widow to have dinner with them.
Unknown Rival: Sort of, Thor is camping out with Loki, but isn't even aware that Loki spends the whole day trying to kill him.
Unique Pilot Title Sequence: Disassembled begins with simply the text, "Disassembled By Junaid Chundrigar" displayed over heroes' weapons and emblems, and with different music than the following Bad Days episodes. Also, when Stan Lee re-posted the video on World of Heroes, he added a live-action introduction starring himself.
Unusual Chapter Numbers: Disassembled bears the number zero because it was originally just considered a self-contained short with the same premise and animators. It didn't officially become a Bad Days episode until some time during season two.
Villainy-Free Villain: Neither Venom, Vulture, nor Doc Ock do anything evil. Venom seems too dumb to be evil, Vulture too old, and Ock, when confronted with Spider-Man, merely glares at him menacingly and grabs some fruit with his claw to eat.
Visual Pun: Days of Future Past has Kitty Pryde phase out of a closet. At the time, Kitty's second movie actress, Ellen Page, had just recently revealed herself as a lesbian.
Vomit Discretion Shot: At the end of the Iron Man episode. Subverted immediately after. All over Nick Fury.
After Toad watches Cyclops help Jean Grey put on some sunscreen, he tries to copy him by throwing up on Mystique, then rubbing the barf on her back.
Tony does a lot of throwing up in his second short.
invokedWangst: Played for Laughs in Man of Steel. Superman gets so torn up about not having his red briefs that he grows a Beard of Sorrow, ignores disasters attacking Metropolis, and calls up Lois Lane while crying so hard he fills up the phone booth.