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Western Animation: Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!
A misunderstood and fun animated show on Toon Disney, for their Jetix block, about a teenager named Chiro who finds a Super Robot with a set of 5 robot monkeys locked inside. He is made the leader and together they fight Skeleton King, who wants to take over their home planet of Shuggazoom.

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This show provides examples of:

  • Almost Kiss:
    • Chiro and Jinmay in the first episode.
    • In Meet the Wigglenog, the Wigglenog takes a mermaid form and almost kisses Sprx. When he shows his true appearance, Sprx is clearly grossed out.
  • Animal Battle Aura: When Chiro uses the Power Primate at higher levels, it becomes a primate.
  • Anti-Hero: The Hyperforce has no compunction whatsoever against killing their enemies, and doing so brutually.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Nova can't stand the cold…
    • Sprx is usually pretty easy-going, but mess with his friends, and his personality can take a rather scary turn. Take what happened with Mobius Quint, for instance. Calling him Sparky isn't a good idea, either.
  • Beta Couple: An inversion. Chiro and Jinmay are the ones with the more simplified relationship as opposed to Sprx and Nova.
  • Big Bad: Skeleton King is behind every Evil Plan and the one in the opening theme.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Season 2's finale, with Antauri's death and Chiro becoming monkey-ish. It's made even more bittersweet in the Swedish dub where the series ended after that and was pulled off in such a way that it seemed like a Series Finale.
  • Bloodless Carnage: The Robot Monkeys are common victims of this, sometimes getting their robotic components mangled while their organic parts remain relatively intact.
  • Body Horror:
    • What happens to people who eat the food from Wonder Fun Meat World.
    • The victims of the Wraiths turning into Wraiths themselves.
    • The Alchemist's physical decay after the Dark Ones touched him.
  • Booby Trap: Often left for The Team, which they seem to always fall for.
  • Bragging Theme Tune: "Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! Fighting any evil, they are Shuggazoom's hope! Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! Defeating any foe!"
  • Brains and Brawn: Gibson and Sprx are brains and instinct. Demonstrated when they argue in The Savage Lands: Part 1.
  • Captain Ersatz: Caption Shuggazoom, aka playboy millionaire Clayton Carrington.
  • Catch Phrase: The team calls out the show's title before going into battle.
  • Cat Folk: The Cathurians in The Stranded Seven.
  • Characterization Marches On: Mandarin. First appearence, he's formidible and deviously cunning. Next couple of appearences...there's been a notable drop in his intelligence level... Though when his clone replaces him he returns to his original characterization a little bit more.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • In Flytor, the titular monster takes a genetic scan of Chiro with its eye. We know this is important because we see Skeleton King in possession of the eye with the scan at the end of the episode, but we're not exactly sure how it will come into play until later in Versus Chiro, when we learn that the eye is entrusted to Mandarin to build a factory to create Chiro clones.
    • The Pit of Doom turns out to be a prominent Chekhov's Boomerang. The first time it becomes important after its introduction is when it becomes the location of Mandarin's cloning factory. But in the Season Two finale, it's revealed that Skeleton King's real intention for building it all along was to reach the egg of the Dark One embedded inside Shuggazoom to awaken it, hatch it, and unleash it on the rest of the universe. And at the end of Season Four it becomes the place where Skeleton King is resurrected. Phew.
  • Collapsing Lair: The Citadel of Bone, with a twist: it puts itself back together.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: All over the place, but not consistently.
    • SPRX is red, for being Hot-Blooded. Nova is yellow, to represent The Chick (as the show doesn't seem to realize the difference between pink and red). Otto (Mechanic) is green, showing that he's more down to earth, compared to the more scientific minded Gibson (Blue). Antauri is black, as he's more mysterious than any of the rest of the team (switching, later, to silver, to represent that he's extra special compared to the rest). Chiro wears white, because he's The Leader/more important than anyone else (and, also, white light is composed of every color as Chiro has aspects of each monkey's personality), but his highlight color is orange. This is similar to Mandarin, the former leader before his Face-Heel Turn who is also orange, but also represents Chiro's hero worship of the Sun Riders, who have the same color motif.
    • Almost entirely averted with regard to the relatively few connections between color and elemental powers the team exhibits.
  • Combining Mecha: The Super Robot itself but it's an inversion in that instead of being separate vehicles that combine into the robot, it's a super robot that occasionally divides into vehicles.
  • Death Trap
    Sprx-77: You know what these strange beacons always turn out to be? Death traps! Always some death trap…
  • Disney Death: Nova is thrown into a wormhole, Gibson is frozen solid, Otto is eaten, and if Sprx's symbolic death of unwillingly turning evil counts, that makes every member of the Monkey Team guilty of this at one point or another.
  • Do-Anything Robot: The Robot Monkeys themselves have a wide range of handy gadgets built into them, from power tools to fans.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Nova usually hits and slaps Sprx.
  • Expendable Clone: The idea is played with a bit with Mandarin's. The characters don't treat the clone any differently than they would the original (They might not even be aware he is a clone), but the show itself sure does. The increasingly brutal treatment he undergoes over the course of the plot might have been played a little more sympathetically had he not been a clone.
  • Eye Beams: Among the Super Robot's abilities, it can shoot lazers from its eyes.
  • Face-Heel Turn:
    • Mandarin used to be The Leader of the Hyperforce but he turned evil before the series began.
    • The Alchemist's forced change into Skeleton King, unwittingly caused by Mandarin.
  • Genre Blind: The Hyperforce. Not only are they willing to accept their superficial victories without any suspicions about what the villain's true goal might be, they are gullible enough to believe even the most obviously suspicious characters. This is Lampshaded by a minor character in Prototype:
    Chiro: I know all about you! How you've managed to destroy nearly everything else on this planet! Dr. Takeuchi warned us!
    Slingshot: Oh, really? Let's see, were you talking to a human being with a face? Or a disgusting heap of brain on a plate?
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar
    • This subtle one…
      Nova: I'm gonna beat the scrap out of you!
    • The plot of the episode Girl Trouble revolves around Chiro riding around in a small star cruiser with two pretty (and probably older) sisters clad in tight outfits who speak to him in extremely suggestive tones. A "honking" sound effect is heard whenever they move close to him. In one scene, they start to talk to him in suggestive tones again while he is drinking a red-colored soda; he becomes flustered and a GIGANTIC red bubble forms from his nose and pops all over his face. Oh yeah, and Chiro is still in a relationship with Jinmay.
  • Hand Puppet: In the episode Incident on Ranger 7, Sprx mades a Nova puppet out of an old paper bag.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: A non-death related example is in Shadow Over Shuggazoom, when Antauri shielded Chiro and BT from the giant eye and got himself zombiefied as a result.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: Skeleton King. He attempts a lot of short-lived Evil Plans beforehand, but we don't find out what he's really after until the end of Season Two…
  • Human Aliens: Lots of them, though two of them are off-putting, to Chiro's dismay. Technically, the citizens of Shuggazoom also count.
  • Human Popsicle: The citizens of Shuggazoom are turned into these in Snowbound.
  • Humongous Mecha: The Hyperforce not only battles with one; they live in the Super Robot.
  • Infinite Supplies: Downplayed The team makes routine trips to Shuggazoom's moon in order to harvest rocks to convert into fuel for the Super Robot. They were also shown running low on fuel in one instance and had to stop to refuel at an intergalatic truck stop. Other than that, though, the trope is played straight.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Captain Shuggazoom was quite handsome in his days as a superhero.
  • Kid Hero: Chiro is a teenage leader of a Sentai team.
  • Killer Space Monkey: The Super Robot Monkeys. Although they're technically the good guys (for the most part), they're pretty relentless when it comes to doing away with their enemies.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: The Skeleton King was the creator and "father" of the Monkey Team.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: The Super Robot can shoot these from three different bodyparts - arms, fingers, and feet.
  • Mad Love: Hinted at very strongly for the Skeleton King/Valina ship. Most obviously on Valina's side, and it might explain why SK killed her so abruptly. He was either sick of dealing with her or was disgusted by her weakness or both.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: The Monkey Mind Scream, which Chiro, Antauri, and Mandarin are all capable of.
  • Meaningful Echo: "No monkey team member is ever alone."
  • Meaningful Name: Chiro translates to "hero" in Japanese, Sprx uses electrical attacks, Otto is a mechanic and Nova is an explosion caused by a dying star… guess what happens when Nova unleashes her Unstoppable Rage?
  • Milkman Conspiracy: An evil cult that worships Skeleton King turns out to be led by none other than the elderly owners of the local arcade.
  • Mind Rape:
    • "Incident On Ranger 7". Gryus Krinkle brings them into his mind with Applied Phlebotinum, and it's their only way to fight back, making it an example of Hoist by His Own Petard.
    • Valina does this to Mandarin to make him tell her where Skeleton King's skull is hidden. This is one of the more terrifying examples because we get to see what she's mind raping him with.
  • Mooks: The Formless Minions. There are many different kind of Formless, and some classify as Giant Mooks.
  • Never Say "Die": For example...
    Nova: "They tried to destroy us, remember?"
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • Sprx breaks himself with the Fire of Hate, despite Gibson already implying the danger of its power, and helping in the resurrection of the Skeleton King.
    • By allowing the Citadel of Bone to be destroyed in an asteroid belt, the Hyperforce inadvertently allows Skeleton King to finally separate himself from it, thus gaining the ability to travel and spread his evil around the cosmos more freely.
  • Self-Made Man: How Scrapperton describes himself. In this case, "remade" might be the more appropriate term.
  • Sentai: Let's see, multi-colored main cast? Check. Alien trying to destroy the planet? Check. Giant robots fighting giant monsters? Check.
  • Shout-Out:
    • If you look closely, i.e., Chiro's uniform is exactly the same one that Joe/009 wore in the first Cyborg 009 series, the black and white one.
    • The reborn Skeleton King bears a striking resemblance to Darth Vader.
    • The sound effects inside the Super Robot are straight from Star Trek.
    • The Black castle rising up, in the last episode, looks remarkably similar to the ending of Viewtiful Joe 2.
    • One of Chiro's powers is to transform into a Giant Green Rage Monster.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The show began with Nova as the sole female, adding Jinmay later. But this may have been intentional as the show was a partial Homage to super robot anime's Five-Man Band style, and Chiro's love interest couldn't very well be a monkey.
    • This led the fangirls of the four monkey males (especially Antauri) to pair themselves up with them by creating robot monkey Author Avatars. Which leads, on the other hand, to loads of Die for Our Ship (or pairing her up with the other male monkeys) towards Nova (if the fangirl pair herself up with Sparx), and a few Crossover Ships.
  • So Last Season: Black monkey Antauri is reborn as a much more powerful silver monkey during the start of season 3. Face it, he looks so much better in silver.
  • Space Is Noisy: The team is able to communicate with various things in space, such as Planetoid Q, who probably shouldn't be able to respond anyway.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Chiro was the only one to understand the monkeys at first.
  • Spell Book: Gibson gets one in Season of the Skull.
  • Spider Limbs: Antauri gets these as the Silver Monkey.
  • Spider-Sense: It's not an episode of Monkey Team unless Antauri starts at least one of his lines with, "I sense..."
  • Stalker Shrine: While exploring the Citadel of Bone, Gibson and Chiro come across a room filled with Chiro's childhood possessions, including his grade school uniform. The following exchange takes place in response:
    Gibson: Well, that's extremely disturbing.
    Chiro: Tell me about it.
  • Start of Darkness: When the Alchemist turned into the Skeleton King.
  • Status Quo Is God: In seasons 1 and 2 nothing changes despite the battles but after I, Chiro? there is a big change. now that Antauri is the silver monkey, we'll never forget it.
  • Stock Footage: The activation of the Super Robot is the same every time.
  • Take Over the World: Originally appears to be Skeleton King's plan until we learn what he's really after.
  • Tame His Anger: Snowbound is largely about Nova's temper issues.
  • The Team: The Hyperforce is Shuggazoom City's reponse team to threats like the Skeleton King. It has Chiro as The Leader and the robot monkies as his diversely talented subordinates.
  • Team Shot: At the end of the opening theme, as well as various end-of-episode stills.
  • Undercover as Lovers: In Pit of Doom, Sprx and Nova are forced to go undercover as a married couple in order to trick the Elevator Monster into taking them to the Pit of Doom on the outskirts of Shuggazoom.
    Sprx-77: Well sweetheart, looks like your dream has finally come true.
    Nova: Your dream... my nightmare!

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