A.T.O.M. (an acronym of Alpha Teens On Machines, 2005-2006) is a French animated television series, which chronicles the adventures of five teenagers (the eponymous Alpha Teens), set in the fictional Landmark City. The Alpha Teens test prototype vehicles and weapons for Lee Industries, and use these prototypes to combat criminals, particularly the sadistic Big Bad Alexander Paine.There has been a second season aired in Europe, but it has not been aired in the US as yet. This season contains an interesting plot twist: Mr. Lee, the industrialist who was the team's mentor in the first season, turns out to have been Evil All Along. Even worse, he's created the Mu-Team, a group of mutated Psycho Rangers with super powers, from the heroes' DNA through LEGO Genetics.)
Luke, I Am Your Father: Dragon is revealed to be Axel's father, only to later be revealed to be a clone of Axel's father.
Mad Scientist: Spydah, Recombo, Mr. Lee, Eel; there are no shortage of them in this show.
Male Gaze: The Lock and Load Montage goes like this: The guys put on helmets and gloves and fasten their seatbelts. Lioness? The viewer gets to see her zip her suit over her boobs, and we get a worm's eye view from the rear of her sitting on her motorcycle.
Mundane Solution: Axel gets the drop on Paine and Spydah when they assault his house. He turns off the lights, and uses a stealth suit/night-vision goggles to sneak up on them in the dark. Among other things, he drops a pinata on top of Spydahnote who shoots it, and gets thrown off balance by the candy raining down on him. He starts taking down Paine fairly easily, right up to the point Spydah walks over to the switch and turns the lights back on. This causes the suit to short out, and the night-vision to blind him.
Spydah gets another one, when a Jet-Ski is flown from the water and hits the deck, heading right towards him and D-zel. D-Zel jumps into his arms Scooby-Doo style, but Spydah just uses his mechanical legs to elevate him over it, no shots, no clever dodging.
The Worf Effect: Flesh gets hit, hard. In his debut, he was strong, and easily got the upper hand, the team got good hits in, but King only defeated him by out smarting him. Later, he had become incredibly ineffective, Dragon and Mass could easily beat him. Spydah, though, displayed the same competency from his debut (Which wasn't a whole lot, but he could put up an okay fight), more or less, he always got ass handed to him, but he managed to stay in the fight longer than Flesh.
You Killed My Father: Axel reveals that Paine was a corrupt agent at a government agency. His father was about to out him, but Paine killed him with a bomb, but accidentally got caught in the explosion. On the anniversary of his father's death Paine reveals that it wasn't him, and they were both almost killed in the line of duty. Qwan seemingly killed his father, and Paine was injured trying to get him out. Qean later reveals that his father is still alive.