Western Animation: Stripperella

Stripper by night. Superhero later at night.
"Look out crime! I'm gonna take a bite out of you. But... not in a way you're gonna find... pleasurable."
— Stripperella

Stripperella (2003-2004) was an adult-oriented, animated television series created by Stan Lee as a parody of the superhero and Spy Fiction genres. It aired on the newly-created Spike TV network in a short-lived [adult swim]-style line-up that included Gary the Rat, and The Ren & Stimpy Show.

The main character (voiced by and based on Pamela Anderson) is a stripper named Erotica Jones, who secretly works as crimefighting superheroine/secret agent Stripperella. The series lasted 13 episodes before being cancelled due to Creative Differences, and a lawsuit filed by a stripper who said it was all her idea.

Tropes in this series include:

  • Action Girl
  • Alpha Bitch: Kat
  • Art Shift: After episode 6, Stripperella and a few other characters look different. Her Batman-esque blank-eye mask was replaced by one that showed her eyes. And her assets were made even more...exceptional.
  • All Men Are Perverts: The series seemed to delight in situations that would lampshade this. One example was in the episode "The Wrath of Klinko", where the villian was hypnotizing people to commit crimes with an enhanced copy machine. When the first victim is in jail, Agent 69 orders him to grab her tits, which can act as lie detectors. She learns that he's telling the truth, but has some difficulty making him release her boobs.
  • Bat Signal: The vibrating belly-button ring.
  • The Big Board / Rule of Cool: Spoofed when the wall behind the Chief retracts to reveal a small cheap TV set. He then admits they spent all their money on that fancy moving wall.
  • Beehive Hairdo: Pushy Galore
  • Blondes Are Evil: Pushy Galore
  • Bond Villain Stupidity/Death Trap
  • Breast Expansion
  • Butt Monkey: Kevin tends to get hurt... a lot. Or sent to jail. Or lose all of his money. Or be robbed of the money he just won. Or being threatened by a rival strip club owner. Poor guy has it rough.
  • Catch Phrase: The Chief; "Thank God I'm not [noun, verb or adjective relative to situation here]!"
    • Stripperella saying that she is impervious to all temperatures and weather conditions.
  • Celebrity Toons
  • Cleavage Window
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Spoofed with El Cheapo, who plans elaborate crimes designed to get him the world's largest fake diamond, or a stash of copper bars worth $16.
  • Double Entendre: Loads of 'em. What? Does this come as a SHOCK?
  • Easy Amnesia: In one episode, rival stripper Kat repeatedly discovers Erotica's Secret Identity, but constantly loses her memory of the event because she [Kat] keeps getting hit in the head.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: In one episode, Stripperella was a guest in a talk show, where the hostess, Sally Rose, talks about how hot Stripperella is and hints on wanting girl-on-girl sex. The camera gets a closer shot of this, hoping it would happen.
    • Later in the episode, a woman is at the strip club, fighting amongst the men when Erotica throws a piece of her clothes.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Erotica/Stripperella herself.
  • Evil Laugh: Mad Doctor Cesarean gives one of these, but stops when he realizes he's in a waiting room full of gaping onlookers.
  • Fanservice: Though full frontal nudity shots were blurred out on Spike TV. They are on the DVD, though.
  • Fan Disservice: Queen Clitoris is rather, well, unattractive. Not that you would know that from her name and silhouette.
    • Chief Stroganoff isn't good looking either. Once Stripperella is visibly squicked when he briefs her in a bathrobe, and does the Basic Instinct thing while complaining about El Cheapo and "those two hairy nuts of his".
  • Fun with Acronyms: Stripperella's favourite charity Animals Need Universal Support, which she plugs at every opportunity. And the secret agency F.U.G.G.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Small Fry is annoyed by the mere suggestion of a short joke, whether it's intended or not.
  • Hero of Another Story: Stripperella's brother, fellow superhero Chipperella.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Kevin doesn't realize Kat isn't a nice girl.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Happens whenever Stripperella battles anyone with a suggestive name, such as Queen Clitoris or a giant beaver.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: Vertically-challenged villain Small Fry intends to shrink everyone else so he'll be the biggest person on Earth.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Erotica/Stripperella looks exactly like Pamela Anderson, even possessing her tattoos.
    • Lampshaded a few times. Most notably when Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson get a cameo in one episode, when Erotica asks Kid Rock if he thinks she looks like Pamela Anderson. He says he doesn't see a resemblance, then states that Pamela looks like Stripperella, and that if they make a Stripperella TV show that Pamela should play the part.
  • It's Been Done: A Mad Scientist has spent years in the basement of headquarters inventing devices like the cordless phone, but no-one is willing to tell him they're already widespread.
  • Ladyella
  • Clark Kenting: Lampshaded many times, such as she isn't around when Stripperella appear.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: The series did this more than few times.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: Agent 69 occasionally used this to come up with aliases.
    Stripperella: "My last name? (sees lamp) Lamp... (sees chair) chair... (sees apartment wall) wall... ner... stien."
  • Multiarmed And Dangerous: In "Everybody Loves Pushy", it's revealed that model turned supervillainess Pushy Galore has grafted two extra sets of arms onto her sides. Stripperella even jokingly calls her "Octo-Pushy" at this revelation.
  • Nerds Are Virgins: At least the members of her tech crew not voiced by Stan Lee are suspected to be this, because they are ridiculously geeky and always trying to find ways of making prosthetics of 69's butt.
    • Special Agent 14 could be considered a subversion of this trope, because he has a hot wife and a picture of them having sex was accidentally inserted into the slide projector that was being used to give Stripperella mission intel. He could be, but he's more developmentally disabled than nerdy.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The series was full of this.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon/My Girl Is Not a Slut: Stripperella can't get a boyfriend because men either won't accept her as a stripper, or won't accept her as a secret crimefighting superheroine.
    • One episode has her going out with a musician and trying to hide she's a stripper. The episode ends with him turning out to be a terrible singer, and she tells him she's a stripper.
  • No Preggers Sex: Zigzagged in "Everybody Loves Pushy"; one of the auditioners for the vacant stripper position is heavily pregnant. She's not bothered in the slightest by dancing erotically in her condition, but it's blatant that her pregnancy is why she gets turned down.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Varies according to the situation.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Persephone tends to adopt a new accent from episode to episode.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: "Curse of the Were-Beaver"
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: While Striperella's costume can be considered to reasonably hide her identity, her utter carelessness in preserving her double identity and switching between both certainly counts. An extreme case is her asking people to turn around, then changing into her Stripperella outfit, while all of them are locked inside a very tight space. Usually lampshaded by character wondering where Erotica went.
  • Pet Homosexual: The gay bartender at the Tender Loins, Erotica's workplace.
  • Plot Tailored to the Party: Lampshaded and subverted. When given a Penny Disintegrator, Stripperella comments how all the gadgets end up strangely useful. Later, while being drowned in a glass bottle filled with pennies, she tries the disintegrater, only to find out that it can only disintegrate one penny every ten minutes. The thing that does save her life? The 15-pound "cordless phone" that the elderly scientist spent the last 15 years perfecting.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "Look out crime. I'm gonna to take a bite out of you. But...not in a way you're gonna find...pleasurable."
    • "Evil-Doers, prepare to become Evil-Don'ters!"
    • Said inside a museum of the worlds biggest objects:
    "Time to deliver the world's biggest ass kicking."
    • Said to a villain looking at a fashion award ceremony on TV:
    Stripperella: "And the award for best dressed kick goes to... ME"
    Villain: "Best dressed kick?"
    Stripperella: "Well, I wanted to say something really clever and relevant to the whole fashion awards thing, and that's all I could think of on such short notice."
  • Punny Name: The series is full of this, such as when Stripperella is working undercover as an Ordinary High-School Student ("Kathy Teria"), a criminal ("Robin Stuff"), Intrepid Reporter ("April Mayjune") and a nun ("Sister Mary Hadalamb"). Not to mention her boss, Chief Stroganoff.
  • Revenge: Dr. Cesarean's motive for making supermodels fat is because beautiful women have spurned him all his life. And because his mother was a model who ran off when he was 5. And because his promising career as a model was ruined when he became horribly disfigured in a modelling accident. Oh, and his grandparents were killed by models. He hates heights too, but you can't harm heights.
    • Subverted with Professor Cranium, who wants to build the giant model volcano that will destroy the city because hey, it's just something he's always wanted to do.
  • Rock Me, Asmodeus!: The first episode featured a stereotypical satanic heavy metal band.
  • Running Gag: Erotica constantly blurts out blatant clues that she is Stripperella and then covers by making it seem like a slip of the tongue.
    • The Chief usually ends up in extremely weird scenarios where, after explaining the reason to Stripperella, ends up having her correct him on his information which leads to exchanges like this;
    The Chief is posing for nude pictures for his wife on Valentine's Day.
    Stripperella: "Uh, Chief. Valentine's Day was two months ago."
    Chief: "Ah right. Thank God I'm not married."
    • Throughout the entire series Persephone never holds a constant accent. She switches it every episode she's in, and sometimes twice in the same episode. It's even lampshaded a couple of times.
  • Shoe Phone: Stripperella's extravagant blond hair can serve as a parachute. She also has laser lipstick, a tongue-stud camera, nipples that can cut glass and pumps that enable her to climb up walls. In a parody of Q gadgets, Stripperella is inevitably given a device that turns out to be just what she needs to get herself out of a trap, but turns out to be not quite so useful in practice. An example is when the tech group gives Stripperella a Penny Disintegrator, and she is later trapped in a jar being filled with pennies. Unfortunately, it takes a full minute to disintegrate a single penny, so she ends up having to just break the jar.
  • She-Fu: Stripperella's martial arts technique uses moves from her erotic dance routine.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: Is it any wonder she'll end up a stripper when her birth name is Erotica?
  • Stock Superpowers/Super Senses: Stripperella is impervious to all temperatures and weather conditions, has extraordinary strength and reflexes, as well as above-average intelligence (e.g., she notices incredibly obvious things to which everyone else is oblivious).
  • Stocking Filler: Pushy Galore wears garters.
  • Stripperiffic: Obviously.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: "I'm Stripperella, and I'm here! Not... that... I was here already... because I wasn't."
  • Technical Pacifist: Parodied in "Curse of the Were-Beaver". Stripperella has no problem with beating up people, but loves furry animals. This causes problems when she has to stop a man who keeps mutating into a giant rampaging beaver.
  • Terrible Interviewees Montage: A brief one in episode 2, when the club is hiring new strippers.
  • Terrible Trio: El Cheapo and his two hoods who, due to the stinginess of their boss, have to share the same gun. Which has only five bullets.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Two kids because their bikes were destroyed despised the fact Stripperella save them.
  • "Well Done, Daughter" Gal: Giselle's relationship with her father.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In "Curse of the Were-Beaver", Stripperella jostles Shaw the beaver hunter to stop him from killing the were-beaver, and he falls off the roller-coaster scaffolding, landing (off-camera) with a splat and several disgusted-looking onlookers. And... we never see what happened to him, so either he landed in something, or the heroine killed a man for doing his job.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: Probably intentional: while Stripperella regularly mentions animal rights and refuses to harm them, she does not hesitate to stomp a giant crab and freeze another (implied to be the mother) into little ice cubes.
    Stripperella: I hate crabs.
  • Why Am I Ticking?: In "Beauty of the Obese, Part 2", Stripperella has to save Enorma Ray, a supermodel that has been booby-trapped. Literally. As in, her breasts are ticking time bombs.