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Western Animation: Hero 108
Hero: 108 is an animated television series on Cartoon Network and the Cartoon Network international cable network, and Kabillion OnDemand channel in the United States. The series was created by Phoenix Tarng of Gamania, co-produced by Gamania, Cartoon Network, and Taffy Entertainment.

The story is about humans and animals battling for peace in the Hidden Kingdom. The main characters, First Squad, are led by an organization called Big Green trying to mend fences between human society and the various animal kingdoms. The story was inspired by the 14th century Chinese novel, Water Margin, although in the style of a children's show.

This series has a character sheet.

Tropes associated with Hero108:

  • All Your Powers Combined: A lot of characters team up for more power; a notable example would be, after making Yaksha grow he turns into a Humongous Mecha and First Squad combine their powers .
    • The titular hero 108 is comprised of all 107 heroes of Big Green.
    • Also Lin Chung's combiner team with the Cheetah King and Queen.
  • Abnormal Ammo: From peas to paintbrushes to tops. Basically, if it's NOT a weapon, it's used as one in this series.
  • Always in Class One: Extremely evident. In spite of the title implying a very large cast, nearly all the action is centered around the five members of the "First Squad".
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife
  • Animal Gender Bender: Queen Peacock.
  • Animorphism: The Spirit Cave that turns all who enter into their spirit animal. Lin Chung is a Panther, Mighty Ray is a boar and Mystique Sonia is a swan.
  • Badass Boast: "I AM MIGHTY RAY!!! FEAR MY EYEBALLS!!!"
  • Bears Are Bad News: Bear King seems to be The Dragon.
  • Big Bad: High Roller.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: The insects of second season range from human-sized and up.
  • Bowdlerize: High Roller's original design had an arrow going through one of his ears and out the other. Hero 108
  • Bullet Seed: The Air Force does this with grape seeds.
  • Butt Monkey: Ape Trully most of the time but all the main characters got a chance to be one.
  • Calabash Technology: With shades of Schizo Tech.
  • Boss Subtitles: Season two gives us one for every new member of Big Green.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Yaksha is one.
    • The girl part is in question, since at least one Yaksha was a guy. It's creepy how no one seems to care that the guy got turned into one.
    • The spell seems to be partly voluntary. In "Peacock Castle", several people became Yakshas at once. When Sonia's looks were messed up, they all returned to normal, but Sonia's own Yaksha remained to comfort her.
  • The Collector: The Slug King with humans and animals alike.
  • Cooking Duel: The animals will always challenge the humans to one of these before agreeing to be allies.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Some of the 'torture' methods of the animals count as this, though others are actually pretty cruel.
  • Covered in Gunge: The Slug Army does this to people.
  • Department of Redundancy Department:
    "We don't steal useless things!"
    "Yes, we only steal useful things!"
  • Distressed Dude: Ape Trully's key role. To the point that even the characters know it; one episode has Ray complaining about how bored he is waiting for Ape Trully to get in trouble so they have to save him again.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: In one episode High Roller invents Darth Vader-esque helmet armor for his new chameleon army before putting them on parade to view his speech (or tries to, anyway). Not only is Queen Chameleon's helmet so big that the cannon on top makes it look like a spiked pickelhaube, but the enormous logo on the side is painted in a style that makes it look like a deformed (and six-armed) swastika.
  • Drop the Hammer: Deer King is skilled with a hammer, but mainly he uses it to get his subjects' horns vibrating.
  • Enemy Mine: A few with Big Green and High Roller against Twin Masters.
    • One is with First Squad and Bearstomp against the Minotaur.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys
  • Evil vs. Evil: The Zebra Brothers vs the Soldiers of Darkness in "Parrot Castle II". Mostly cause the Soldiers captured Parrot King and Rabbit King, whom the Zebra Brothers are trying to capture too.
  • Far East: Where the series takes place.
  • Five-Man Band: First Squad and Second Squad.
  • Four-Fingered Hands
  • Fusion Dance: One of Woo the Wise's inventions can merge 6 total subjects into a hybrid.
    • High Roller can combine with Bear King normally, gaining the ability to use Bear King's body as his own, and it's surprisingly effective, letting him single-handedly beat the stuffing out of all of First Squad with relative ease.
    • The tablets of Qi-Gong when broken allow the user to combine anyone into any composite they want. The end result will resemble a wooden puppet with a spinning head to switch between faces.
  • Genre Blindness: Ape Trully takes it to an art from.
  • Giant Spider: The Spider Army.
  • Grand Theft Me: High Roller steals Lin Chung's body in one episode.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Mystique Sonia's Yaksha has a tendency of becoming angrily jealous whenever she shows any affection to anyone else.
  • Hartman Hips: Mystique Sonia.
  • Henchmen Race
  • Heroes R Us: The eponymous 108 is an organization of heroes, with everyone having their own special schitck.
  • Huge Rider, Tiny Mount: Big Green ride on turtles with tank threads. Parrot King rides a snail for some reason.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Most animals believe this thanks to High Roller.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: ______ Castle, with _____ being the animal featured in that episode.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Lampshaded in Frog Castle. "Defeat First Squad, Frogs!" "Hop to it!" *Dope Slap* "What a stupid joke."
  • Informed Ability: Mr. No Hands is supposed to be team captain, but stays home in quite a lot of episodes.
  • Ironic Fear: The Commander of the Soldiers of Darkness is afraid of the dark.
  • Ki Attacks: Lin Chung gets the ability to channel purple Harmonic energy in the second season. It also serves as a shield for himself and those around him.
  • Kill and Replace: The Leeches' modus operandi with their ability to shape-shift into whoever they touch.
  • Killed Off for Real: The original Yaksha.
  • King Mook: The animal kings that serve High Roller.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Unlike High Roller, Twin Masters are not treated as comical villains.
  • Lampshade Hanging: ApeTrully gets captured by every animal faction he tries to make friends with. One episode even begins with Mighty Ray saying he's bored waiting around for ApeTrully to call them to save him.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: The animal leaders (examples: Elephant King is red, Deer King is red, Crocodile King is green, Snake King is blue, Bear King is brown, Eagle/Bald Eagle/Ostrich King has white chest feathers)
  • Leitmotif: Disco music is played whenever turtles are moving.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters
  • Made of Iron: Tigers, ligers and rhinos are the only animals invulnerable to Mighty Ray's Eye Beams.
  • Making a Splash: Seahorse Prince and his subjects by themselves serve as high-power water rifles. First Squad gets water added to their powers when using them for a period of time.
  • Meaningful Name: ApeTrully, High Roller, Jumpy Ghostface.
  • Meaningless Villain Victory: in "Pitched Battle of the Tank Army", summoning the Sealed Evil in a Can basically amounts to doing 100 lifts with the improvised dumbbell...and then they die in one hit each
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Zebra brothers when it is not the full moon. The only real boost they get with the full moon is some miscellaneous power, though.
  • Mooks
  • Morphic Resonance: When impersonating the leeches eyes are green and oozing black tears. Interestingly enough they have no eyes of their own in natural form.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: When the Zebras pretend to become good guys. Mr. Nohands: "First Squad and you Zebras...deploy".
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: The Soldiers... [dramatic music, zoom in] of Darkness.
  • Nice Hat: Yaksha.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Bet you didn't know Yaksha could become a Combining Mecha or Mystique Sonia's buns could give the team super strength until they happened, did you?
  • 108
  • Order Versus Chaos: The underlying motif of the conflict in season two between Twin Masters and Lin Chung.
  • Phlebotinum Overdose: In "Lion Castle" Mystque Sonia ate too many of her magic bean buns and ended up really fat and out of shape.
  • Power-Up Food: Mighty Ray and bananas.
  • Raised by Wolves: The Dog King.
  • Rubber Man: The leeches when transformed.
  • Rule of Three: "We love you, Mystique Sonia!"
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: The Commander of the Soldiers of Darkness.
  • Serious Business: Almost all the challenges are this, the most eponymous example being when they managed to recruit Jumpy Ghostface after defeating him in Jump Rope Battle
  • The So-Called Coward: Sammo, supposedly so cowardly that the other whales shun him, swims right into danger when the heroes ask him to transport them. He never even flinches.
  • Space Whale Aesop: Many times. High Roller could be considered one himself. Read nothing but comics and eat only candy and you will turn into an evil emperor. Be nice to butterflies and they will save you from magic zebras.
  • Spider Tank: The Arachno Tanks; they're even shaped like the Calabash tanks. Their cannonballs are balls of web and they have greater maneuverability with feet instead of treads.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Lin Chung is the strongest, smartest, and most creative member of Big Green. A majority of difficult obstacles are only overcome due to Lin Chung's expertise, and most episodes would not reach a conclusion if not for his skillful and/or creative solutions. In fact, most animal challenges are won solely by Lin Chung, by his direct intervention, or thanks to his advice. Often, the other members of First Squad aren't even needed once Lin Chung discovers how to achieve victory. It's no wonder that First Squad's de facto leader, Mr. No Hands, simply stays home most of the time. This would all be fine if Lin Chung was actually clearly defined as The Hero of the series, rather than focusing on the concept of there being a team of heroes.
  • Strictly Formula: ApeTrully goes to animal's castle to offer a golden present, he gets captured and calls First Squad. First Squad beats up the animals, animals refuse to surrender unless First Squad beats them in some random competition.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Camel King, Golden Eye Husky and a few other animal kings; justified since Parrot King is now teaching English.
  • Super Speed: The cheetahs naturally but also surprisingly the Sloth, for their heavy coats serve as weighted training.
  • Talking Animals: Justified. The Parrots learned to speak from the humans and as such, taught various other animals to speak the human language as well, when we first see a lot of the animal rulers they can only speak in animal, but since the Parrot King was recruited a lot of the previous recruits have learned to speak human, such as Jumpy Ghostface or Golden Eye Husky.
  • The Dog Bites Back: The Zebra brothers seem more willing to strike back at High Roller, since season 2.
    • And High Roller is willing to seize more power to overthrow Twin Masters.
  • The Emperor: High Roller.
  • The Rival: Second Squad.
  • Those Two Guys: Zebra Brothers.
  • Title Drop: In "The Bronze Giant". It's a Humongous Mecha.
  • Transformation Name Announcement: I am Mighty Ray! Fear my eyeballs!
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: ApeTrully thinks the answer to all problems is asking nicely.
    • Asking nicely and offering piles of gold.
      • It doesn't hurt to try, but it's never worked onscreen.
      • He used it to buy a ticket to a performance of the Panda and Giraffe King.
      • It actually DID work, sort of, in regards to winning over the bat and the hen forces in "Pitched Battle of the Airforce." They actually joined Big Green without trying to put First Squad through the standard challenge. But, to be fair, they HAD already just been beaten thoroughly in mass combat and their allies, the eagles, had just abandoned them to Big Green's forces, which severely shook their faith in High Roller.
    • In "Rabbit Castle", he also offers carrots to the rabbits.
  • The Klutz: The Zebras.
  • The Unintelligible: Jumpy Ghostface in the early episodes, and most of the time, Yaksha.
  • The Worm That Walks: Many bugs have been shown able to become a larger being by combining.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Sure the Zebra Brothers and High Roller do the most stupid stuff, but the Air Defense Troops of Big Green actually ate the bamboo shoots that Lin Chung was using as ammo, leaving him totally defenseless. In fact, throughout the whole fight they seemed to be incredibly focused on eating the heroes' ammo.
    • High Roller on one occasion is actually winning by a large margin, until he stops to mock his opponent, laugh, put on a puppet show, and then laugh some more. Then he gives up the key to Big Green after winning it to... conquer the moon.
  • Unexplained Recovery: In Peacock Castle, the Zebra brothers fell into a volcano. "Oh, but this is a kids' show, right? they'll crawl back out of it at the end of the episode, right?" No. The episode ended without even hinting that they could have survived. In the next episode they are fine, without even a Hand Wave to explain their resurrection.
  • Wardrobe Malfunction: a Running Gag with Woo the Wise.
  • A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Ape Trully. Although he looks kind of robotic, he's a monkey wearing his best attempt at a human disguise, because he believes his troops wouldn't take orders from a monkey -even though Big Green is all about human/animal alliances.
    • Though since this is based on a Chinese tale, it could be cause of the legend of "The Monkey Who Would be King." Or whatever it was called.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: An interesting example used by both the Bigger Bad and the The Hero, Twin Masters and Lin Chung respectively. Twin Masters uses chaos energy that is red and blue whereas Lin Chung utilizes harmonic energy that is purple.

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