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''A.T.O.M.'' (an acronym of ''Alpha Teens On Machines'', 2005-2006) is a French animated television series based on a Creator/{{Hasbro}} action figure line, airing on Disney's [[Creator/ToonDisney Jetix]] action blocks/channels. 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 BigBad Alexander Paine.

There has been a second season aired in Europe, but never made it to the US. This season contains an interesting PlotTwist: Mr. Lee, the industrialist who was the team's mentor in the first season, turns out to have been EvilAllAlong. Even worse, he's created the Mu-Team, a group of mutated PsychoRangers with super powers, from the heroes' DNA through LegoGenetics.

!!Alpha Tropes on Machines:

%%* AcePilot: Hawk and his EvilCounterpart Bogey.
%%* ActionGirl: Lioness.
* AllJustADream: "Perchance to Dream" has the team sent into nightmares of [[WhatDoTheyFearEpisode their deepest fears]] by Dr. Recomobo for [[spoiler:Mr. Lee]].
** Axel experiences a world were the BigBad 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 [[FishPerson 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}}
* BaldOfAwesome: King is too badass to ''need'' hair.
* BalloonBelly: Ollie's stomach inflates before belching after eating King's breakfast. Lioness has gotten fat from being forced to eat pizza in her nightmare.
%%* BigBad: Alexander Payne.
* BrainsAndBrawn: ThoseTwoBadGuys Spydah and Flesh.
* BreakTheHaughty: 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. Even a little HumiliationConga at the end of "Blackout," when after another unflattering piece on TV, the others call in their IOU on Hawk having to act as team leader (King describes how his laundry is to be done after dumping it on Hawk, Shark and Axel ask for "a large stack of blueberry (pancakes), extra syrup," and Lioness reminds him, "One week").
* {{Catchphrase}}:
** Axel: "Gear it up!"
** King: "Outta my grill!"
** Lioness: "¡Vamanos!"
** Shark: "Shake the sand out of your shorts(, dude)."
** Hawk: "[[ThirdPersonPerson Hawk flies in, he saves the day]]" and "Oh yeah, who rocks?!"
* ChristmasEpisode: "The Mu-Toys" in season 2. Youtube clip [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXPfXW4e2o0 here.]]
* CityOfAdventure: Landmark City, where most of the series takes place.
%%* CloningBlues
* ColorCodedCharacters:
** Axel: Black
** King: White
** Lioness: Green
** Hawk: Blue
** Shark: Yellow
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: [[spoiler:In season 2, Mr. Lee turns out to have been one of these all along.]]
* [[DarkSkinnedBlond Dark-Skinned Blonde]]: Gator Girl
* DeadpanSnarker: As shown in one of his memories, Axel was this as a child. Lioness has her moments too, every now and then.
%%* DoesNotLikeShoes: Gator Girl
%%* DumbMuscle: Flesh and Mass.
* EnvironmentSpecificActionFigure: The toy line had several of them, including a range called "Night Ops" where the Alpha Teens wore black {{Palette Swap}}s of their regular outfits.
* EveryoneMeetsEveryone: in a reality show contest, no less.
%%* EvilMinions
* EvilutionaryBiologist: [[spoiler:Mr. Lee in season 2.]]
* ExecutiveSuiteFight: Once: the scuffle between [[spoiler: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.
%%* FinishingMove
* {{Flanderization}}: While Hawk is supposed to be egotistical, some episodes ignore his good points and turn him into a complete {{Jerkass}}.
%%* FunWithAcronyms
%%* GeniusBruiser: King.
* GeniusDitz: Shark, who pulls off the same sort of close calls and general dumb luck as Mihoshi from ''Anime/TenchiMuyo''.
%%* GogglesDoNothing
* GreenRocks: A meteorite that falls in desert close to the Landmark city even glows green. What's worse is [[AmplifierArtifact it boosts Paine's power]] enough to force Axel to separate the chunk around Paine's neck to even face him later on.
* HardLight: The tech that [[spoiler:Lee's armor]] in Season 2 is based on is actually called this.
* HypocriticalHumor: 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)''
* ItsPersonal: "Girls from Brazil" when Lioness' sister Liza gets kidnapped.
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Hawk, usually.
%%* LockAndLoadMontage
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Dragon]] is revealed to be Axel's father, [[spoiler:or so it seems. The truth is that he's a clone of Axel's father.]]
%%* MadScientist: Spydah, Recombo, [[spoiler:Mr. Lee]], Eel; there are no shortage of them in this show. Garrett is a heroic one.
* MaleGaze: The LockAndLoadMontage 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.
* MarketBasedTitle: In the UK, Australia, and Latin America, the line was a spinoff of Hasbro's earlier ''WesternAnimation/ActionMan'' line (Axel being the equivalent of Action Man here), so it was dubbed ''Action Man A.T.O.M.''.
%%* MerchandiseDriven
%%* MrFanservice: Isn't it obvious?!
* MundaneSolution: 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 Spydah[[note]]who shoots it, and gets thrown off balance by the candy raining down on him[[/note]]. 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 Franchise/ScoobyDoo style, but Spydah just uses his mechanical legs to elevate him over it, no shots, no clever dodging.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: In Season Two's "Secret Admirer" King is turned into a MeatPuppet through Mr. Lee's MindControl device and briefly fights alongside the Mu-Team ''against'' the Alpha Teens. Once Axel destroys the device controlling him, King uses this trope, before becoming TheJuggernaut against the Mu-Team screaming "WHAT DID YOU MAKE ME DO?!?" Cue the NoHoldsBarredBeatdown of King single-handedly wiping the floor with the Mu-Team in UnstoppableRage.]]
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: In "Omega Team", Icarus sounds like Creator/JohnTravolta.
%%* NotSoDifferent
* OnlySaneMan: 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.
%%* ParentalAbandonment
* ThePsychoRangers[=/=]FiveBadBand: The Mu-Team, evil, superpowered clones of the A.T.O.M. team, are major villians in the second season. They were created through [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetic engineering]] by [[spoiler: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.
%%* RhymesOnADime: Mass.
* ShoutOut: Spydah builds a massive robotic spider in one episode, it takes some visual cues from the Spider tanks from ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell''.
%%* SmallNameBigEgo: Hawk.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Lioness is the sole female member of the team.
%%* SpicyLatino: Lioness is Afro-Brazillian.
%%* SurferDude: Shark
%%* TheTeamBenefactor: Mr. Lee [[spoiler: in season one, then Garrett takes over in season two when Mr. Lee's stripped of his power]].
%%* ThickLineAnimation
* TheWorfEffect: 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.
%%* WorthyOpponent: Dragon.
* YouKilledMyFather: 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. [[spoiler: 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. Qwan later reveals that his father is still alive.]]