Western Animation: Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes
The Fantastic Four
won't rest until they find whoever tagged The Thing (Pssst: It was Johnny!)
A 2006 animated adaptation of Marvel's First Family: The Fantastic Four
, meant to market the team to a new audience who were coming off the 2005 movie and heading into its 2007 sequel (which probably ended up working against the show during its initial broadcast). Produced by French Animation Company "Moonscoop". The name "World's Greatest Heroes" refers to the comics' original tagline, "Worlds Greatest Comic Magazine".
The series as a whole was Lighter and Softer
, focusing much more on the Fantastic Four
as a sitcom family who happened to go on adventures rather than a team of superheroes who were also a family.
It was story edited by Christopher Yost.
for the recap page.
Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes provides examples of the following tropes:
- Adaptational Comic Relief: The Skrulls. The FF lampshade this by regularly referring to them as "dumb".
- Animated Adaptation
- All Your Powers Combined
- Iron Doom in "Shell Games". Johnny even lampshades it "Double armor, dude isn't that heavy?"
- Done also with Super Skrull who has all the powers of the FF.
- Anime Hair: Johnny suffers the most.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Giant monsters were many in this series.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!
- Reed has the For Science! variant of this. His teammates have to occasionally remind him to focus on the bad guys.
- Sue also suffers from this on occasion. Most notable was in "Shell Game", when she was distracted by Stark's chandelier.
- Badass Boast: Super-Skrull is full of them.
"You cannot win. It is as simple as that. I have mastered your powers. I have studied your patterns. There is nothing you can do that I am not prepared for!"
"I've been training for months, studying the four of you. I've fought this fight a thousand times in simulation. [I haven't already won] Because I want to savor this moment."
- Badass Longcoat: Doom's green longcoat.
- Barrier Warrior: Susan in this continuity is a frequent practitioner, even using the edge of her force-fields to cut on occasion.
- Big Sister Instinct: In "Trial by Fire" Johnny gets captured by the Kree and a very angry Susan demands that Reed find him. She refuses to listen to his reason and Techno Babble. She just wants to find her brother and kick the ass of whoever's responsible.
- Blue and Orange Morality: What the Impossible Man runs on.
- Bluff the Impostor: To a ludicrous extreme when Skrulls impersonate everyone in the Baxter Building; Reed asks questions like "How was it we first met? Five hundred years ago... it was on the moon, wasn't it?"
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Ronan the Accuser is disgraced and exiled thanks to Johnny in the first episode, 14 later when the Super Skull appears it turns out he allied with this Kree to become a Super Skull, Johnny's reaction even while he and the Kree fight, "You'd be surprised how many blue guys we fight." He NEVER recognizes him.
- Butt Monkey: HERBIE
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Johnny in "Johnny Storm And The Potion Of Fire"
- Bratty Half-Pint: A popular child star hangs out at the Baxter Building for an episode.
- Conspicuous CG: The holographic "4", The Fantasticar and other vehicles
- The Cameo
- Several in "The Cure"; Squirrel Girl even makes an appearance!
- In one episode, Johnny hires a photographer to improve the FF's image; he's never named, but it's obviously Peter Parker.
- Another episode features a very good-looking Tony Stark.
- And yet another one has Hank Pym.
- A subtle one is the girl Johnny accidentally traps in the Negative Zone who is named Frankie. Frankie Raye in the comics is also known as Nova, one of Galactus' heralds and a Flying Firepower in her own right.
- Chest Insignia: Ben is the only one who doesn't have one. So Johnny painted one on his chest.
- Cool Car: Johnny has many flame-decaled cars, plus the Fantasticar.
- Cool Old Lady: Mrs. Monet, a tenant in the Baxter Building who gets a kick of rocketing through space and takes on alien bugs with bug spray in an awesome manner.
- Competitive Balance: The Fantastic Four
- Cuteness Proximity: In "World's Tiniest Heroes", Sue's wrath is completely diffused by the timely appearance of a dog.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Certain supervillians, including Doom, Trapper and the Wizard could be making a lot of money with the technology they created, which includes antigravity, various glues and energy blasts.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead: Alicia
- Doomy Dooms of Doom: The frikkin Mole-Man, who did you think?
- The Dragon: Lucia von Bardas
- Dull Surprise: Reed's voice just sounds uninterested in anything going on.
- Dumb Blond: Johnny
- Flying Firepower: Johnny, what with the flying and the fire balling.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: Reed and Doom in "Doomed".
- Foreshadowing: While the show never got another season, the Impossible Man's hope about what would happen to Earth is an obvious allusion to a big part of the Fantastic Four's Rogues Gallery, what does he say?
- Gainaxing: In "Worlds Tiniest Heroes", when one of the monsters jump at Susan, if you look close enough, you can see a bit of a bounce.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Impossible Man briefly poses as a chair Sue is sitting in. Guess where his face was? Needless to say, she was less than pleased.
- Great Gazoo: Impossible Man.
- He's Big in Japan Quoted in-universe by the Human torch in Frightful.
Johnny: I'm moving to Japan, I'm big in Japan.
- Harmless Villain: Mole Man
- Hero Does Public Service: "Molehattan" finds Reed, Susan, and Johnny playfully using their powers for the amusement of a kid soccer team until Ben turns up to coach them.
- "Hey, You!" Haymaker: Thing to Namor the Sub-Mariner.
- Hulk Speak: The Trope Namer himself shows up to provide it.
- Hypocritical Heartwarming:
Mole Man: (to Reed) Must you prattle on?
Ben: Hey! Only we get to say stuff like that.
- I Am a Monster: Thing as usual considers himself this. In "Hard Knocks," Bruce Banner says otherwise — calling the Hulk "a force of nature," but the Thing a hero to be looked up to.
- Idiosyncratic Wipes: Variations of the "4" logo.
- Inconvenient Itch: Reed while being held captive by the Mole Man's Mooks. Also the other members of the team in "Strings".
- Instant A.I., Just Add Water: Bruiser in "Doom's Word Is Law". Reed insists that HERBIE isn't sentient, but it's hard to believe when HERBIE is doing things like going on strike because he feels insulted..
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Johnny Storm, of course.
- Killed Off for Real: Dr. Doom, apparently. The last time we see him he get's suicide-bombed by one of his former Doombots ("Bruiser") and vanishes in a great explosion.
- Large Ham: Dr. Doom, natch.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: In one episode Reed finds a way to turn Ben back to normal, but at the cost of erasing his memories of everything that happened since he became the Thing.
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Johnny hires a freelance photographer and cuts him off before he can introduce himself. he resembles a certain freelance photographer of superheroes Marvel was not allowed to use because of a contract with Sony at the time.
- Logic Bomb: Destroys Doom's Robots.
- Memorably subverted in one episode. Doom tells them not to obey any orders given to them by anyone, not even him. When Reed is Freaky Friday Flipped into Doom's body, he tells them to self-destruct. Aside from a minor protest (Doom had the foresight to order them not to obey his orders), they ultimately comply because "the word of Doom is law".
- Magic Versus Science: Reed vs. Diablo in "Johnny Storm and the Potion of Fire".
- Mama Bear: Susan takes attacks against the Four, especially Johnny, very personally.
- Most Common Superpower: Susan has a more modest version of the trope, but some of the female extras in the background have it to the point of Gag Boobs. May be a case of Getting Crap Past the Radar.
- Mythology Gag: The show's title, and a few other references.
- "Strings" has a beautiful one, with a brief gag involving several Skrulls masquerading as cows, homaging the Skrulls' very first appearance where Reed hypnotized them into believing they were cows.
- A lot of the episode plots are lifted wholesale from the very early Lee-Kirby run.
- Thing briefly threatens to pull off Annihilus's wings, like he did in Ultimate.
- Nerds Are Sexy: SEXIEST. REED RICHARDS. EVER.
- Nosy Neighbor: Many.
- No Indoor Voice: HERBIE!
- The Notable Numeral: Guess.
- Not Quite Flight: Susan uses her force-fields to make discs to fly around on.
- Not So Above It All: Reed at the end of "Frightful"
Reed: "Smartest man on earth." Please!
- Upon defeating the magician Diablo:
- Parental Substitute: Susan seems more like this to Johnny than a Cool Big Sis, in addition to being the Team Mom to the Four.
- Powers as Programs: In "Bait and Switch", the characters' powers all get swapped, with a mild dose of Personality Swap into the bargain.
- Pragmatic Adaptation: At best, it's more accurate than the movie.
- Precious Puppies
- Race Lift: Alicia (and by extension, the Puppet Master.)
- Robotic Reveal: Von Bardas
- Save the Villain: Mr Fantastic briefly considers leaving Mole Man to be eaten by the monsters he was trying to control, before concluding "I think they'd take away our superhero licenses".
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Johnny and HERBIE.
- Selfless Wish: By Ben in "Contest of Champions."
- Ship Tease
- One of the few FF adaptations where Reed and Sue aren't a couple... quite yet. (In the Grand Theft Me episode, one of the things that tips Sue off is that "Reed" is flirting with her.)
- Likewise Ben and Alicia haven't quite made the Relationship Upgrade, but she is his closest confidant.
- Johnny calls Reed "Dr. Evil" when he and Ben think Reed intentionally caused their transformations.
- When Johnny is brought to trial before the blue-skinned Kree:
Johnny: The Smurfs
got big... (when he meets Ronan The Accuser
) You must be Angry Smurf!
- Small Name, Big Ego: Puppet Master.
- Split Screen: Used frequently and cleverly.
- Tastes Like Chicken: In the first Skrull episode, one of the clues that something is wrong is that everything tastes like chicken. Even the soda.
- Terrible Interviewees Montage: In "The Cure", Johnny, Susan and Reed interview various Cameos of Marvel heroes to replace Thing. In the end they engage She-Hulk.
- There Was a Door: After Johnny burns through the window of Tony Stark's office:
Tony: You know, this is a very high-tech building. We have things called doors.
- Tsundere: Sue
- Timm Style: And not Animesque.
- True Companions: Ben spells it out in the very first episode.
Ben: If you attack one of us, Doom...you attack all of us.
- Unmoving Plaid: The Thing's rocky skin is created with this technique.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: When Dr. Doom wipes Reed from existence in "Out of Time", the devastated Susan goes berserk on him, forcing Ben to literally have to pick her up and carry her away.
- Wasn't That Fun?: In one episode, Dr. Doom sends the Baxter Building into space. Reed has to fly it like a spaceship, using Doombots as thrusters, before crashing it into the Latverian Embasssy. Most of the building's residents are terrified by all this, but one dotty old lady wants to do it again.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Johnny once lampshaded the fact that Susan used to only be able to turn invisible.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: "Bruiser" and HERBIE from "Doom's Word is Law."
- Worst Whatever Ever
Sue: I know, I know: we're the Worst. Neighbors. Ever. Right?
- Wrongly Accused: Reed, during "Doomsday".