Western Animation: Alpha Teens on Machines

A.T.O.M. (an acronym of Alpha Teens On Machines, 2005-2006) is a French animated television series based on a Hasbro action figure line. It 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.)

Alpha Tropes on Machines:

  • Ace Pilot: Hawk and his Evil Counterpart Bogey.
  • Action Girl: Lioness.
  • All Just a Dream: "Perchance to Dream" has the team sent into nightmares of their deepest fears by Dr. Recomobo for Mr. Lee.
    • Axel experiences a world were the Big Bad won and now rules with an army of his mutants.
    • Hawk is dressed like a clown and being ridiculed by an audience.
    • Shark is a dolphin man flapping about helplessly in a stretch of dried up sea bed.
    • Lioness has become fat and is floating in a pool of pizza sauce on a giant slice being eaten by a giant version of herself.
  • Animesque
  • Bald of Awesome: King.
  • Balloon Belly: Ollie's stomach inflates before belching after eating King's breakfast. Lioness has gotten fat from being forced to eat pizza in her nightmare.
  • Big Bad: Alexander Payne.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Averted with Shark. Played straight with Mr. Lee.
  • Blondes Are Evil: Gator Girl in "Omega Team".
  • Brains and Brawn: Those Two Bad Guys Spydah and Flesh.
  • Break the Haughty: Hawk. Every episode the rest of the cast and the extras are dicks to him, but it's not like he doesn't deserve it, most of the time.
  • Capoeira: Lioness and her sister Eliza both know it.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Axel: "Gear it up!"
    • King: "Outta my grill!"
    • Lioness: "¡Vamanos!"
    • Shark: "Shake the sand out of your shorts(, dude)."
    • Hawk: "Hawk flies in, he saves the day" and "Oh yeah, who rocks?!"
  • City of Adventure: Landmark City, where most of the series takes place.
  • Cloning Blues
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: In season 2, Mr. Lee turns out to have been one of these all along.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Gator Girl
  • Dumb Muscle: Flesh and Mass.
  • Environment-Specific Action Figure: The toy line had several of them, including a range called "Night Ops" where the Alpha Teens wore black Palette Swaps of their regular outfits.
  • Everyone Meets Everyone: in a reality show contest, no less.
  • Evil Minions
  • Evilutionary Biologist: Mr. Lee in season 2.
  • Executive Suite Fight: Once: the scuffle between Dragon and Mr. Lee on the top floor of Lee Industries. Or three times, if you count the two fights in San Solomon as well.
  • Finishing Move
  • Flanderization: While Hawk is supposed to be egotistical, some episodes ignore his good points and turn him into a complete Jerkass.
  • Five Man Band
  • Five-Bad Band:
  • Fun with Acronyms
  • Genius Bruiser: King.
  • Genius Ditz: Shark, who pulls off the same sort of close calls and general dumb luck as Mihoshi from Tenchi Muyo!.
  • Goggles Do Nothing
  • Hard Light: The tech that Lee's armor in Season 2 is based on is actually called this.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Icarus in "Omega Team"
    Paine: Icarus, your target is Hawk. He's idiotic and vain.
    Icarus: Man, I swear, I hate those types. (sprays on hairspray)
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Hawk, usually.
  • Lock and Load Montage
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Dragon is revealed to be Axel's father, or so it seems. The truth is that he's 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.
  • Merchandise-Driven
  • Mr. Fanservice: Isn't it obvious?!
  • 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 . 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.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: In "Omega Team", Icarus sounds like John Travolta.
  • Not So Different
  • Only Sane Man: Axel mostly, Lioness and King trade the role sometimes. On the villains side: Spydah and Magness trade places with this, and Dragon is one for his own team.
  • Parental Abandonment
  • The Psycho Rangers/Five-Bad Band: The Mu-Team, evil, superpowered clones of the A.T.O.M. team, are major villians in the second season. They were created through genetic engineering by Mr. Lee.
    • Team Omega in the first season.
  • Retcon: In season 2, Mass's past was retconned from a hustler to a wrestler. Though, he was a hustler used in a wrestling match that led to his transformation.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Mass.
  • Shout-Out: Spydah builds a massive robotic spider in one episode, it takes some visual cues from the Spider tanks from Ghost in the Shell.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Hawk.
  • The Smurfette Principle
  • The Team Benefactor: Mr. Lee
  • Thick-Line Animation
  • 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.
  • Worthy Opponent: Dragon.
  • 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.

Alternative Title(s):

Alpha Teens On Machines