->''Action League NOW!''\\
''Starring The Flesh: He's super strong and super naked.''\\
''Thunder Girl: She flies like thunder.''\\
''Stinky Diver: A former naval commando with an attitude as bad as his odor.''\\
''And Meltman: With the power to... melt!''

Originally a segment on {{Creator/Nickelodeon}}'s live-action TV series ''Series/AllThat'' and then on its AnimatedAnthology ''WesternAnimation/{{KaBlam}}!'', ''Action League NOW!'' centered on the crudely stop-motion-animated adventures of four superhero toys, who were forever going off on missions that were either ill-defined or just plain weird, and nearly always involved trying to stop the corrupt "The Mayor" in some zany scheme of his. What made it distinct was that the toys were all shown in their "natural state" of being 6 inches tall in a human world, seldom even moving on their own (unless being thrown or the like, which is why the show was sometimes described as being filmed in "Chuck-imation").

Our heroes were The Flesh (a ''Series/ConanTheAdventurer'' doll modified to replace his hips/loincloth with a Ken type bulge who was described as "super-strong and super-naked"), Thunder Girl (a superheroine with a [[=Sindy=]] doll head who just flew around and complained about how stupid her teammates were, even though she could be just as clueless as the others), Stinky Diver (a loose cannon with a thick British accent and perpetual body odor, made from a GIJoe Shipwreck action figure) and Melt-Man (a not-too-bright melted {{GI Joe}}-like figurine "with the power to... ''melt!''"). They tended to suffer horrible injuries. They were accompanied by The Chief, who would often shout "BLAST IT!" and berate the team for their screw-ups; Justice the Dog, and Bill the Lab Guy, who spoke in monotone, and often made strange inventions and devices to help the League, though these would often be stolen or otherwise used to harm the League.

As an anthology segment, the series lasted from 1996 to 2000. Their spin-off show consisted of combinations of their old shorts into longer episodes.
!!This series provides examples of:

* ActionFigureSpeech: Justified since most of the cast are action figures.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: A part of the LemonyNarrator's speech.
* AintTooProudToBeg: This exchange in "Voice of Treason" as a garage door is about to crush the League.
-->'''Announcer:''' With a door closing on any hope, the league has one last card to play...\\
'''Thunder Girl:''' No please!
-->'''Stinky:''' Don't hurt us!
-->'''Meltman:''' We'll be your best friend!
-->'''Announcer:''' ..The wuss card.
* AndCallHimGeorge
* AnimationBump: ''Rock-a-Big Baby'' (the theatrical short that played in front of ''Film/GoodBurger'') had considerably more stop-motion animated scenes than the rest of the series.
** "Science Fiction Parody" and "Testimony of Terror" also have considerably more stop motion than other episodes.
* AntiVillain: Hodge Podge. Can't blame a guy for wanting to destroy the League (especially Bill the Lab Guy) when they basically ruined his life, even though, it was an accident.
* AttackAttackRetreatRetreat: From "Yurplastic Park", when the League tries to evade a hungry T-Rex:
-->'''Stinky Diver:''' Head for the chopper!\\
(''The T-Rex smashes the chopper with its foot.'')\\
'''Stinky:''' Head away from the chopper!
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Spotzilla, Mega Meltman, Big Baby, others
* BadassNormal: For a guy who's the leader of a League of Superheroes despite having ''no form of superpowers'', the Chief has to count.
** Stinky Diver as well, despite his claims that "firing [his] harpoon gun" counts as a superpower. ''Many'' episodes are revolved by Stinky simply [[CombatPragmatist harpooning]] whatever the MonsterOfTheWeek is.
*** He was also previously in the Navy, so that might have something to do with it.
* BalloonBelly: The Chief after being cursed to have a huge appetite by a fortune teller. Eventually, he looks like a bowling ball with a head and limbs. Remember, he's a plastic toy when this happens.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: The Flesh, being an action figure, doesn't have genitalia.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * BigBad: The Mayor and, to a lesser extent, Hodge Podge.
* BlackComedy: Much of the humor in this show came from the League getting dismembered, broken apart, or otherwise destroyed. Of course, since they were toys, [[BloodlessCarnage there was no blood]], but it's still pretty graphic.
* BlessedWithSuck: Meltman. He has the power to... melt. And that's about it. It doesn't help that he's treated as a ButtMonkey by the rest of the cast. In fact it's even worse because he never uses this ability in the show except in the intro where he's being melted by a magnifying glass, so it's entirely possible he can't even consciously ''start melting himself'', he has to have others do it for him.
* BloodlessCarnage: With so many instances of people being run over by cars, decapitated by fans, crushed by various objects and all other sorts of violence which would never be allowed on Nickelodeon if it was [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar a hand-drawn cartoon]], it's pretty much clear that this show's use of this trope is justified.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * BrainlessBeauty: The Flesh.
* BreakingTheFourthWall:
-->'''Announcer:''' Will his dishonor get away with his fine china chicanery?
-->'''The Mayor:''' I'd tell you, but they won't show me the script!
* ButtMonkey: Meltman.
** Considering the type of humor in the series, pretty much every member of the main cast probably counts as a Butt Monkey. Meltman just happens to take the brunt of the punishment.
* CatchPhrase:
** Bill the Lab Guy's "There is nothing I can do." The Chief {{lampshade|Hanging}}d it once.
---> '''The Chief:''' Let me guess; There's nothing you can do!
---> '''Bill the Lab Guy:''' Bingo.
*** He also had "Oh no! I was afraid of this!"
*** Which was ''also'' lampshaded by the Chief, in regard to the entire Action League accidentally being cloned.
----> '''Bill the Lab Guy:''' "Oh no! I was afraid of [[CloningBlues this]]!"
----> '''The Chief:''' "No you weren't, you pointy-headed geek! ''[[FateWorseThanDeath I]]'' [[FateWorseThanDeath was]]!"
** The Chief had "Blast it!" and "'''YOU MORONS!'''", the latter used whenever the League screwed up.
** The Flesh had "Ouchies!"
** Thunder Girl tended to sing her own theme, even when that wouldn't have been such a good idea.
** The League itself had "Action League, AWAY!"
** The Mayor had "I hate Mondays" almost every time he was crushed and "Uh oh, here's trouble..." whenever something bad [[ThisIsGonnaSuck was about to happen to him]]
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: The League started out as pretty effective heroes, but became more inept with each episode.
** The League also started out as being highly respected by the townspeople. Cue "Stink or Swim", where a person is actually ''unhappy'' that the League has come to save him from being flushed down the toilet.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: In one episode, Stinky Diver was feeling down. The Chief told the League how Stinky's mother betrayed him some years ago, resulting him getting his signature odor.
-->'''The Flesh:''' So that's why he smells so bad. ''(the League look at him)'' What?
* ContentWarnings: Main/PlayedForLaughs at the beginning of the episode, "In the Whine of Fire":
-->'''Narrator''': "Warning! The following very special ''Action League Now'' special contains scenes of Action Mayhem (AMH), Action Love (ALV), and Action Action (AA). It may be too intense for older viewers. Oh, and did we mention, somebody's naked (NKD) for the whole show?"
* CousinOliver: Quarky, Bill the Lab Guy's daughter.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * DaChief: The Chief.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Stinky Diver had two events that haunted him.
* TheDitz: The Flesh is by far the least intelligent character on the show, often being this.
* EarthShatteringKaboom: [[spoiler:The ending of "Science Fiction Parody", done with a globe actually being blown up.]]
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: Happens in almost every episode.
* EvilDetectingDog: Justice, in "Hey! Who Stole My Face!" Not very surprising, really, given it was just The Mayor with The Chief's face...
* EvilKnockoff: Robo-Flesh, to the Flesh. The same guy, except with giant metal bolts sticking out of his body. Somehow, the rest of the League can't tell them apart.
* ExplosiveBreeder: The chicks that The Mayor illegally imports.
* FacelessMasses: In the KISS episode, various toys were used to fill the crowd.
* FailedASpotCheck: Meltman in "Melty's Girl", when he's sent to scout out the villain's lair for booby traps. Made more humorous when the League just follows along with it anyways.
-->"Hmm, a large, heavy dangerous object, rigged to fall on anyone standing on that bullseye...At least there's no booby traps! All clear!"
* FailureMontage: In a ClipShow involving the Action League standing before council to see whether they should retain their hero status or be declared a danger to the public for their incompetence. Each of the Leaguers' flashback to their past exploits don't really help their case, but the icing on the cake is Flesh's recollections which are presented in such a montage of how his clumsiness or carelessness only did more harm than good to the people he was trying to help.
* FauxAffablyEvil: The Mayor. Half of the humor from him is because of him being this.
* FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome: The Flesh, in one episode. His hyperintelligence gets removed by a blow to the head from one of Smarty Pants's chess pieces [[spoiler:The Flesh wins the chess game anyway.]] Subverted in that the rest of the league is thankful to have the old Flesh back... and promptly reconsider that when he drops a pile of books on them again.
* ForTheEvulz: Lightning Lady is revealed to be the Mayor. Reason? Because he's evil.
-->'''The Flesh:''' Why did you do it, Mayor?
-->'''Mayor:''' Why? Because I'm evil!
* FourthWallMailSlot: The "Ask The League" segments. As said by the LemonyNarrator:
-->"And now it's time for Ask The League, where real children ask real questions to fake superheroes."
* FreakyFridayFlip: Kinda. The Chief and The Mayor end up switching ''faces'' thanks to a botched operation by Bill. Of course, everyone simply assumes Chief-With-Mayor's-Face is The Mayor and vice versa, so it works in the same way. Hilarious when you remember that The Chief is black and The Mayor is white, yet they still can't figure it out.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: The Action League accountant, due to The Flesh's idiocy, ended up being wrecked in a blender and subsequently "operated" on by Bill. The result? [[TwoBeingsOneBody Hodge]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Podge]].
* GallowsHumor: Obviously done by the Mayor, but the League can be just as bad with it, as seen in the scene after the ColdOpen[[note]]where a swimmer gets eaten by a trophy bass and the only remains found of him was his hand[[/note]] of "Incident at Chlorine Lake":
-->'''Narrator:''' We find our heroes in a somber mood, pondering a terrible tragedy.
-->'''Meltman:''' Hey Bill! [[{{Pun}} Don't bother reading his lifeline]]!
-->'''League:''' *laughs*
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "You should see me naked! I'm GLORIOUS!!!"
** The sheer violence of the show, but it's okay because they're just action figures!
** An example in "When Pigeons Dare":
-->'''Stinky:''' I don't know Thundergirl, what's the difference between Meltman and a sack of manure?
-->'''Thunder Girl:''' The sack!
* GreenEyedMonster: Thunder Girl becomes this for most of "Thunder and Lightning" because of the rest of the League ignoring her in favor of Lightning Lady. Her petty behavior is only made more hilarious when she admits it to Thunder Dad.
* HarpoonGun: Stinky Diver's weapon of choice.
* HostileShowTakeover: One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{KaBlam}}!'', "Tastes Like Paper", had The Mayor taking over as director of research to torment Henry & June. And he did it because he [[DisproportionateRetribution wanted to turn the page]]. When Henry & June bust in on him, he comments: "You were expecting, maybe, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Littlefield Warren Littlefield]]?" At the end of the episode, H&J get revenge by trampling him with a marching band he hired (which had trampled Henry & June earlier).
* HypocriticalHumor: As noted above, Thundergirl had her fair share of TooDumbToLive moments even though she always chastised her teammates for being idiots.
** The Mayor counts too. He's always quick to call the League idiots, despite half his {{Evil Plan}}s being ones that are clearly not well thought out.
** In the episode, "Tears of a Clone", The Chief tells Bill that science shouldn't meddle with nature, just before asking for a heart transplant he promised him.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Stinky Diver's mother betrayed him all those years ago for [[spoiler:the money, of course]]!
* IdiotHero: The Flesh. Stinky Diver even uses this to the team's advantage in one episode. As Flesh is fighting Robo-Flesh, Stinky yells out "Hey, stupid!" When Flesh responds with "What?" that's what finally convinces the League that he's the real Flesh.
* {{Incoming}}: Meltman yells this to warn the League of a flying cinder block... after it's already hit them.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * IncomingHam: The Mayor, almost always.
* {{Jerkass}}: All of the main characters, really. The Mayor is the biggest example, but there's a very good reason the Action League is bad at being superheroes - they're not only incredibly incompetent, they're lazy and much more willing to slack off and/or watch someone get hurt right in front of them than risk their necks. At least The Chief is only a jerk to the team.
* KidsAreCruel: In "Testimony of Terror", the League is tasked with protecting a young witness from The Mayor, who intends to off him. The kid does [[BadlyBatteredBabysitter everything horrible you could possibly imagine to his bodyguards]], and by the end the League is ''rooting'' for The Mayor to kill him. [[spoiler: Of course, The Mayor ends up becoming just another victim.]]
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler:The ending to "Science Fiction Parody" where aliens [[EarthShatteringKaboom blow up the Earth.]]]]
* KingKongClimb: In the episode, "Big Baby", a cranky Big Baby climbs to the top of a coat rack with Quarky in his hand.
* KirbyDots: Used in [[{{Wipe}} transition cards]].
* LastNoteNightmare: The music heard at the end of each short.
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Thunder Girl! Flying like thunder! How other people must wonder, what it's like to be me!"
** The Mayor has a cool-sounding theme whenever he appears.
* LemonyNarrator: Big time. Each episode he just says "THE END", in a deep voice. Other than that, while he doesn't interact with the characters, he makes fun of them and uses AddedAlliterativeAppeal quite often.
* LiterallyShatteredLives: A rare example of it not being a case of being frozen or turned into stone, the characters would quite often be reduced to little plastic pieces after being run over by a car or falling into a blender.
** In one instance, The Chief was power-sanded down to just a fine powder.
* MadeOfPlasticine: ''Everyone''. Justified by the fact that they're action figures.
* ManChild: The Flesh. The rest of the League sometimes have shades of this too, minus the Chief.
* MayorPain: If he's commonly called "his dishonor", then you have to wonder how he even got elected.
-->'''Stinky:''' Don't look at me, I didn't vote for him.
* MissedHimByThatMuch: [[spoiler:After arresting two criminals pretending to be The Flesh's parents, he wonders if he'll ever meet his real parent. Then, his real (naked) parents drive by wondering the same thing, and crushed the Action Mobile.]]
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * MostCommonSuperpower: Thunder Girl.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * MrExposition: Bill, the Lab Guy.
* MurderByRemoteControlVehicle: In "Tune-Up of Terror", Hodge Podge plants a remote control device in the Action Mobile to frame Meltman for bad driving and send the rest of the Action League into the road to get run over by a much bigger car.
* MyGreatestFailure: Years ago, Stinky Diver's brother fell into a flushing toilet. He was about to jump but was afraid his wallet would get wet. He was too late to save him. That event has haunted him since. He told the League about this after he failed to save someone from a flushing tiolet.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: The Flesh -- by way of BarbieDollAnatomy -- is a ''constantly''-naked (barring one episode) Conan toy, and it's always played for laughs.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * NiceJobBreakingItHero: The League mess up almost every assignment.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The voice of the Mayor originated on WDVE's morning show (see below) as a parody of Pittsburgh's then-mayor Tom Murphy.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * NoIndoorVoice: DaChief.
* OffTheShelfFX: The action figures used in the show are heavily modified from real ones.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * OnlySaneMan: The Chief.
* OpeningNarration: ''"Action League Now! Starring The Flesh: he's super-strong and super-naked! Thunder Girl: she flies like thunder! Stinky Diver: a former Navy Commando with an attitude as bad as his odor! And Meltman: with the power to...melt!"''
* PaperThinDisguise: The Mayor uses one in "A Star is Torn". Surprisingly, only Meltman saw through the disguise.
** Everyone gets completely fooled by Robo-Flesh, who is simply just Flesh with a robot voice and bolts sticking out everywhere. The narrator even [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on it.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * ParentalBonus: Remember that time when the Action League was saved by the dulcet tones of Lou Rawls?
* UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}}: The voices were all provided by Pittsburgh-based disc jockeys. The male characters were voiced by Jim Krenn and Scott Paulsen, who co-hosted the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_DVE_Morning_Show WDVE Morning Show]] for many years together. Cris Winter, the other main cast member, was the morning show's newsreader. Bill Cowher and Kordell Stewart also appeared.
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * PresidentEvil: The Mayor might count.
* PunchClockVillain: The Mayor isn't always evil; in one episode, he opens up a legitimate poolside resort (the League even shows up to enjoy it) and sells hot dogs. Granted, they're fifty dollars each, but he's just trying to make money. Though when the giant trophy bass attacked, afraid he'll lose his business the Mayor tried to convince everyone the water is safe, only to get chewed up and spit out.
** In an earlier episode, he was enjoying a soccer game when [[RentAZilla Spotzilla]] attacked. He panicked with the rest of the crowd.
* RecycledSoundtrack: ''Dog Day Afterschool'' recycled the theme from, of all things, Britain's ''ITV News at Ten''; titled ''The Awakening'', its' been used since the program's debut in 1967; the version used in the episode was used from 1992 to 1999.
* RoguesGallery: A fairly small one -- there was The Mayor, Hodge-Podge, Big Baby, and a few one-offs (Spotzilla, Smarty Pants, Danger Society, the Red Ninja).
* RunningGag:
** If anyone ever goes out onto the street, expect them to get run over by a car. This has even resolved the plot a few times.
** Thunder Girl constantly forgets that she does ''not'' have super strength.
** Heavy objects keep falling on everyone.
* SeaMonster: The giant trophy bass, as a parody of Film/{{Jaws}}.
* ScantronPicture: In "The Naked and The Dumb", The Flesh gets kicked out of the League because he failed a first grade equivalency test after coloring the dots in the shape of a kitten. The episode ends with him retaking the test and passing, because he colored the dots in the shape of a dog instead.
* ShooOutTheNewGuy: Bill the Lab Guy's teenage daughter, Quarky. Introduced in ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam's'' second season premiere (if we're going by production order), and was in a bunch of episodes from that season. After "The Quarky Syndrome", she never appeared again.
* SomethingWeForgot: Happens in the episode, "Stink or Swim", when the League tries to rescue a pair of drowning victims.
* SpinOff: Of ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'', which itself is a spinoff of ''Series/AllThat''.
* SuperZeroes: Big time- these guys practically qualify ''as'' villains given their constant screw-ups and lack of concern for other people.
* ThanksgivingEpisode: In "Turkey of Terror", The Mayor invites the Action League to his mansion for Thanksgiving dinner to form a truce. Stinky doesn't believe The Mayor has gone good and quits the Action League, and decides to spend Thanksgiving with his own family, who argue with each other when they found out Stinky quit his job. [[spoiler:It later turns out that Stinky was right about The Mayor when Justice witnesses the event and brings him his badge, and Stinky decides to save the rest of the League from being cooked in The Mayor's turkey.]]
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * TheTeam:
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample ** The Flesh: [[TheBigGuy The Big]] [[TheHero Hero]]
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample ** Thunder Girl: TheChick
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample ** Stinky Diver: TheLancer
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample ** Meltman: TheHeart
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample ** Justice: TeamPet
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample ** Bill the Lab Guy: TheSmartGuy
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample ** The Chief: MentorArchetype
* TeamPet: Justice, the Chief's dog.
* TooDumbToLive: ''Every'' character on the show (save for special guests and a one-off villain whose whole schtick was being smart). Yes, even [[GeniusDitz Bill the Lab Guy]].
* TricksterMentor: Stinky's mentor Master Pu, who borders on being just sadistic. His "training" doesn't even help Stinky, and instead leaves him injured. He gets his comeuppance in the end, however.
* TwoBeingsOneBody: just take a guess at which of the two {{Big Bad}}s it is.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: At the end of "Thunder and Lightning, Lightning was unmasked to be [[spoiler: The Mayor]].
%% commented out as ZeroContextExample * WalkingShirtlessScene: The Flesh. Also, Walking ''Pantsless'' Scene.
* WeCanRuleTogether: The Mayor asks Thunder Girl to join him in ruling the world "as King and Queen". Thunder Girl declines...but not for any heroic reason.
-->'''Thunder Girl:''' It's taco night!
-->'''The Mayor:''' You pretty little fool! They'll only give you gas!
* WithCatlikeTread: What kicks off the conflict in "Caged Thunder". Thunder Girl is sent to spy on a secret missile site owned by the Mayor, and does so by taking pictures and [[WhatAnIdiot singing her song while doing so]]. You can guess what the Mayor decided to use as target practice.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Part of the reason why the League is so inept is that the fact that they're such {{Jerkass}}es to each other. Whenever one member gets captured, the rest of them will find any excuse to use to not rescue them.
* [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway What Kind of Lame Power Is Melting Anyway?]]
* YouGetMeCoffee: Of the four members of the Action League, The Flesh has SuperStrength, Thundergirl has the ability to fly, and Stinky Diver has the ability to shoot with his spear gun. Meltman, however, has [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway the utterly useless ability to melt]], and thus the League often assigns him to get them snacks, including sodas, pizza, and donuts.