Hong Kong Phooey immediately after a costume change, and Spot.
Hanna-Barbera produced this Animated Series for ABC in 1974 as a response to the martial arts fad of that time, especially the Adventure SeriesKung Fu.The Hero, Hong Kong Phooey "number one super guy" posed as mild-mannered police janitor Penrod Pooch, and listened in on dispatcher Rosemary's responses to crime reports. It wasn't until Sgt. Flint took off after the criminal that "Penry", as he was called, engaged his Transformation Sequence. As his super-hero alter ego, Hong Kong pursued crooks in his shape-shifting Phooeymobile, accompanied by Spot the cat.Despite HKP's impressive displays of martial arts, it was Spot who did most of the work and got none of the credit. Neither Sgt. Flint nor Rosemary ever suspected that Penry led a double life.Benjamin "Scatman" Crothers (no, not thatScatman) voiced the title character and performed the show's theme song. Later in the decade, Hong Kong Phooey joined Scooby-Doo's team on Laff-a-Lympics.
This series provides examples of:
The Ace: Spot, who is arguably the real hero of the show.
Fake Ultimate Hero: As mentioned, Spot always does the work, and Hong Kong Phooey takes all of the credit. It shows just how brainless he really is. He's not doing this maliciously, mind you; he actually believes he won all on his own and never notices Spot's help. Moreover, neither does anyone else watching the fight, including the criminals he defeats. Luckily, Spot doesn't seem to mind much that Phooey gets all the credit, which makes sense, given his established reputation as the city's "hero" and that he wouldn't want to ruin that.
The Fool: Hong Kong Phooey; his crazed attacks always get him in danger, during the time of which Spot effectively thwarts the Big Bad of the episode, which Hong Kong Phooey never notices, and when the enemy has his bum handed to him on a silver platter he replies with something like, "I moved so fast, I didn't even see myself catch him!"
Paper-Thin Disguise: Penry/Hong Kong Phooey appears to be the only anthropomorphic dog [or anthropomorphic animal in general] in the town where the show takes place, but this doesn't arouse any suspicion from anyone who knows both.
Poorly Disguised Pilot: The double-length last episode functioned as a pilot for several TV shows; only one, Posse Impossible, took off, as a segment of CB Bears.
That's right—the "hero" can't even change into his costume without help.
In one episode, the help was from a termite, who gnawed a tunnel and led Penry out of it, becoming HKP upon exit.
In another, the help was him bouncing the cabinet into a wall in an attempt to escape (after Spot was cat-napped).
In another, he got out without help by using the middle drawer. (The cabinet has three drawers: Penrod usually enters through the top one and HKP leaves through the low one) Then he somehow fell into it and Spot had to help him as usual.
He also got out without help when he crawled his way out under a carpet on which the cabinet was placed.
The Unchosen One: "The great" Hong Kong Phooey (unbeknownst to the entire world).