Western Animation / Constant Payne


Constant Payne is a pilot created in 2001 by Micah Wright that follows the adventures of Amanda and her scientist father, Dr. Payne. This would've been Nickelodeon's first action-adventure series. However, it was cancelled for various reasons, making it a One-Episode Wonder.

You can read more about it and watch it here.

This show provides examples of:

  • Action Dad: Dr. Payne who goes on adventures with his daughter.
  • Action Girl: Amanda. She joins her father in his adventures.
  • Action-Hogging Opening: The opening shows Dr. Payne and Amanda's adventurous nature.
  • Action Prologue: The pilot is this since the series was never picked up.
  • Affably Evil: Welton Payne-Smythe affectionately calls Amanda "Sunshine".
  • All There in the Manual: Welton's name is only revealed in the end credits.
  • Animesque: Well, it was animated by Madhouse and Tama Productions.
  • Amplifier Artifact: The one item Welton is after and manages to obtain.
  • Badass Adorable: Amanda again. While she's capable of taking care of herself, she tries to convicts her dad that she is old enough to drive an airship.
  • Badass Bookworm: Dr. Payne again, as well as Welton to a greater extent.
  • Badass Family: The three central characters are related after all.
  • Badass Normal: Both Dr. Payne and Amanda. They are very capable fighters who have no powers.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: The end of the pilot involves Welton getting away with the contents of the box.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Amanda's civilian clothes. She wears a outfit that exposes her midriff.
  • Beard of Evil: Welton. He has a multicolored one, mirroring the color of his hair.
  • Big Bad: Welton is the main antagonist of the pilot.
  • The Big Guy: Dr. Payne is a burly man.
  • Big "NO!": Near the end when Amanda thinks her dad was killed in an explosion.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Dr. Payne is this when he is around Amanda.
  • Cain and Abel: Dr. Payne and Welton. The former is trying the stop the latter, who is the Big Bad.
  • Classic Villain: Welton has the classic appearance of a Mad Scientist.
  • Deflector Shields: Walton uses them to counter his brother's physical attributes.
  • Dumb Muscle: Welton's minions aren't too sharp.
  • Evil Minions: Welton has several.
  • Evil Uncle: Ostensibly subverted, as Welton apparently has no animosity whatsoever towards his niece and even calls her "Sunshine", while she simply calls him a "weirdo", even when his homicidal tendencies are obvious.
  • Experienced Protagonist: Dr. Payne is shown to be a very experienced fighter and scientist.
  • Girliness Upgrade: The Virtual Paper Doll Amanda has at the beginning of the pilot shows that there is one that increases her femininity by giving her a bob cut and a more girlish attire.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Averted; Dr. Payne, the hero, has a huge scar over his right eye, while Welton has none.
  • Heroic Wannabe: Amanda really wants to be her father's sidekick.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: Amanda wants to be just like her father, much to his chargin.
  • It's Personal: The dispute between Welton and Dr. Payne. It's justified since they're brothers.
  • The Idealist: Dr. Payne research and studies in order to alleviate other people's troubles.
  • Lady and Knight: Pretty much the relationship between Amanda and Dr. Payne.
  • Mad Scientist: Welton has the classic appearance of one. He even states that he is a thinker, not a fighter.
  • Men Act, Women Are: A milder example, as Dr. Payne cares so much for her daughter that he forbids her from actively join him in his riskier adventures.
  • Missing Mom: According to Wright, she was killed by terrorists.
  • Multiple Demographic Appeal: Wright stated that his goal was to make a show that appealed to both boys and girls.
  • Never Say "Die": Averted when Amanda says this:
    I thought you were — I thought you were like, dead or something!
  • Outrun the Fireball: Dr. Payne successfully escapes an airship that his brother had self-destructed.
  • Real Women Don't Wear Dresses: Among the holographic attires Amanda tries out, there is a military uniform that propels her to impersonate a bold kung-fu aware soldier.
  • Rebellious Spirit: Amanda. Against her father's wishes, she prefers to join him in his adventures.
  • Skunk Stripe: Dr. Payne and Welton both a white streak in the middle of their hair. Welton also has one in his beard.
  • Steam Punk: Mixed in with a bit of Tesla Punk.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Amanda stuns a bad guy and has him teetering on the edge of her airship, about to fall off. After she saves him, he lunges at her, only for her to punch him off the ship. Unlike the first time, however, he's still aware enough to pull his parachute cord before he hits the ground. However, it is implied earlier by one of the Faceless Mooks that they threw out one of the crewmen of the zeppelin they hijacked without a parachute.
  • 20 Minutes into the Future: The pilot is set in the future.
  • Utility Belt: Both Dr. Payne and Welton wear one.
  • Virtual Paper Doll: Amanda has one in her room that lets her try on various hairstyles and outfits.
  • The Trickster: Welton outwits Dr. Payne by threatening Amanda, his niece, expecting that his brother would lower his guard.
  • Unique Pilot Title Sequence: The closing title sequence.
  • You Go, Girl!: Amanda personally deals with many hoodlums at Welton's service.
  • Zeppelins from Another World: Which doubles as the Cool Car.