Western Animation: Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels
"Captaiiiinnnn... CAAAAAAAVEMAAAAAANNNNN!!!"Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels was introduced as part of Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics on ABC in 1977. When not competing on Scooby-Doo's team, Cavey and his trio of beauties solved mysteries in yet another variation of the Scooby format. Cavey, a caveman Super Hero frozen in a block of ice until thawed in the 20th century by the Teen Angels, kept many gadgets and live dinosaurs inside his fur. He also possessed superhuman strength, and (thanks to his club) could even fly; those powers were prone to giving out at unwelcome occasions. The Teen Angels are: smarty pants leader Dee-Dee Sykes, scardey baby Brenda Chance, and Cavey's girlfriend seductive Taffy Dare.Voice talent included Mel Blanc, Laurel Page, Marilyn Schreffler and Vernée Watson-Johnson.In later series, Captain Caveman was shown living alongside The Flintstones. The early 1980s The Flintstone Comedy Show starred Cavey in his own segment, as Bedrock's resident superhero, often accompanied on adventures by newspaper reporters Wilma Flintstone and Betty Rubble. On The Flintstone Kids, Captain Caveman and his son were the stars of a Show Within a Show.
Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels provides examples of:
- Bamboo Technology: Cavey's various Stone Age gadgets in his club, plus the spinoffs set in the Flintstones' era.
- Big Eater/Extreme Omnivore: He often eats large quantities of food and stuff that isn't supposed to be edible. The cartoon's intro shows him eating a safe box in a single bite.
- Black and Nerdy: Dee Dee Skyes
- Captain Superhero
- Cowardly Lion: Brenda. Pretty as she may be, she's scared of everything. Also counts as Lovable Coward.
- The Drag-Along: Brenda Chance
- Genki Girl: Taffy Dare
- Hartman Hips: All the Teen Angels. But Taffy is the biggest example.
- Hulk Speak: Need you ask?
- Ms. Fanservice: The Teen Angels. One episode, "The Old Caveman and the Sea", featured them all in bikinis. Turning the eyes of the show's male audience, Taffy wore the biggest shade of green. That is one lucky caveman.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Taffy Dare's design obviously was based on Farrah Fawcett.
- Reused Character Design: Captain Caveman looks just like the Slag Brothers in Wacky Races, with the same big nose, bare feet, and body covered entirely by his hair.
- Rummage Fail: Among other instances, Captain Caveman once stuffed Brenda into his fur and couldn't get her out.
- Say My Name: Captain's trademark yell of his own name before his heroics to a point of bordering on catching the culprit.
- She's Got Legs: Taffy sure takes the cake.
- Scooby-Doo Hoax: Used many times, but sometimes averted in favor of run of the mill crook.
- Scooby Stack
- Shout-Out: Captain Caveman's design is recycled from the Slag Brothers of Wacky Races.
- Time Travel: "Prehistoric Panic"
- Why Are We Whispering: This happens in at least one episode.
- Zany Scheme: "Not another daffy Taffy plan!"
The Captain Caveman segments on The Flintstone Comedy Show provide examples of:
- Monster Clown: Clownfoot, a bank-robbing circus clown who, at his circus hideout, rigs a high-wire's bicycle that Betty and Wilma are on to fall apart over a pit of man-eating saber-toothed tigers.
- Shout-Out: Mostly to the Superman mythos:
- Captain Caveman's secret identity of glasses-wearing Chester
- Wilma's and Betty's positions as reporters akin to Lois Lane.
- The Daily Granite, a spoof of The Daily Planet.
- "Lou Granite" is likely a reference to Lou Grant of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, as well as the Lou Grant spinoff series (Lou Grant and The Flintstone Comedy Show both aired in the early 1980s, on CBS and NBC, respectively). In that spinoff, Grant was also the editor of a newspaper.
- Time Travel for Fun and Profit: The 20th century villain Futuro's goal was robbing Bedrock of random stuff to sell in his own era as valuable "antiques."
- Transformation Sequence: Spoofed. It was so loud that literally everyone in the city could hear it, and visually it featured explosions, rockets and an array of rainbow stars, but all that actually happened was that Chester took off his glasses and unfolded his bowtie into a cape.
- Weather-Control Machine: "Stormfront and Weathergirl" on The Flintstone Comedy Show, and a different villain constructs such in an episode on The Flintstone Kids.
The Captain Caveman segments on The Flintstone Kids provide examples of:
- Forgot About His Powers: Usually not on Captain Caveman's side but on the villains', who at times forgot about his abilities. In one episode, a villain makes both Cavey and Junior to fall in trap doors, and a second later they fly out, with Captain Caveman even saying 'You forgot we fly'; Averted Trope in a later episode when the heroes fly to escape a villainous army and they get ambushed by two clever criminals in Bamboo Technology helicopters.
- Genius Ditz: Something he showed on earlier incarnations but became more noticeable in this show. Despite his usual dumbness, Captain Caveman was actually a competent superhero and many times found simple yet smart ways to defeat his enemies; other times, of course, he is more like an Accidental Hero.
- Legion of Doom: A team-up of the segments' various villains (spearheaded by Mr. Bad) is seen in one episode.
- Missing Mom: Captain Caveman must have married someone in order to produce Junior, but his wife is never seen.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: The duo once disguised themselves as villains by donning domino masks. Since this was in an Amnesia Episode, the amnesiac Captain Caveman decides that since he's wearing such a mask, he must be a villain, and then proceeds to steal so much stuff that there's nothing left for all the other criminals to rob.
- Super Hero Origin: For both Captain Caveman (in a flashback episode) and his son, Cavey Jr. (the pilot showing that he was allowed to join his father in crimefighting once he became old enough).