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 Girl: Amanda. She joins her father in his adventures.
  • Affably Evil: Welton Payne-Smythe affectionately calls Amanda "Sunshine".
  • Animesque: Well, it was animated by Madhouse and Tama Productions.
  • 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 episode 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.
  • Big Bad: Welton is the main antagonist of the pilot.
  • Big "NO!": Near the end when Amanda thinks her dad was killed in an explosion.
  • Cain and Abel: Dr. Payne and Welton. The former is trying the stop the latter, who is the Big Bad.
  • 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.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Averted; Dr. Payne, the hero, has a huge scar over his right eye, while Welton has none.
  • Mad Scientist: Welton has the classic appearance of one. He even states that he is a thinker, not a fighter.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Twenty Minutes into the Future: The pilot is set in the future.
  • Virtual Paper Doll: Amanda has one in her room that lets her try on various hairstyles and outfits.
  • Zeppelins from Another World: Which doubles as the Cool Car.