Western Animation: Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!
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:
- Action Girl: Pint-Sized Powerhouse Nova, and Girly Bruiser Jinmay, The Gunslinger Aurora 6 and Badass Normal Olliana.
- Aerith and Bob: Alongside Hal, Otto, Nova, Aurora, and Johnny, we have Chiro, Antauri, Jinmay, and SPRX-77.
- Affectionate Parody: The whole series is one to the Super Robot and Sentai genres; sentai robotic monkeys!
- Alas, Poor Villain: Valina was an evil bitch, yes, but she seemed to genuinely love the Skeleton King. So watching him kill her without warning and for no obvious reason literally minutes after she had just successfully brought him Back from the Dead is something of a Tear Jerker.
- Krinkle was one in a way. Growing up in a lonely childhood, he just wanted to start a family and join the team, but was a bit unhinged and after his first defeat, even more so. A shame because he was a very gifted inventor and could have been a great ally.
- Aliens Speaking English: Everyone speaks the same language, regardless of species, unless they are incapable of speech.
- Almost Dead Guy: Jinmay at the end of Season One. She doesn't really die.
- Almost Kiss:
- 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 brutally.
- Artificial Limbs: Most notably the monkeys with their robotic arms, which are replaceable. For that reason, the writers have all sorts of fun having these arms torn, cut, or blown off. There's a Running Gag involving Gibson getting his hand cut off at the wrist.
- Back from the Dead:
- Skeleton King.
- Antauri in the start of Season Three, is reborn as the very powerful silver monkey.
- Nova in the Season Three finale.
- Badass Normal: Mobius Quint and Olliana, who do well with little more than their laser weapons (Quint has a harpoon and Olliana has a whip.) Olliana KO'ed two of her captors with just her hair!
- 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:
- The Alchemist's physical decay after the Dark Ones touched him.
- 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!"
- 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 appearance, he's formidable and deviously cunning. Next couple of appearances... There's been a notable drop in his intelligence level... (Though having been modified and mutated by Skeleton King might have been a result of that) 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.
- Colour-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.
- 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.
- 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 lasers 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.
- Master Zan after he was brainwashed.
- Sprx after he was brainwashed by the Fire of Hate. Thankfully, he gets better.
- Facial Markings: Chiro.
- 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:"
: I know all about you! How you've managed to destroy nearly everything else on this planet! Dr. Takeuchi
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
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 makes 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...
- 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 intergalactic 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- No One Could Survive That: Otto says this in one episode, and that's the least of it.
- Not Quite Dead: Skeleton King, Mandarin, and quite a few others.
- People Puppets: Jinmay gets this in the first episode after Chiro successfully frees her from Sakko's control.
- 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.
- She's a Man in Japan: Sakko was dubbed in some countries as female.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- Weapon of Choice
- Wham Episode: Several of them.
- Episode 14 "Skeleton King"- Show us the first true battle against the Skeleton King and his forces. Serves to help hint at whats to come.
- Episode 17 "In The Grip of Evil"- What starts as a nightmare turns into an exploration of memories with some bombshells: It's revealed the Skeleton King was once a good and noble man called the Alchemist. Combining magic and science, he created the Monkey Team to stop him from himself
- Episode 25-26 "Antauri's Masters" and "I, Chiro." Especially "I, Chiro." We see Skeleton King corrupt the Power Primate and enabling it from helping the heroes while the 'safest place in the galalxy' falls. Furthermore, in "I, Chiro" we see the Skeleton King's true goal: To resurrect a Dark One, calling back to the Pit of Doom. After an intense battle, the Skeleton King is merged with the worm, Antauri sacrifices himself to seal the egg, possibly unlocking the sentience of the Super Robot and restoring Chiro's Inner Primate, turning him into a monkey in the process, resulting in a  Bittersweet / Downer Ending.
- Episode 28 "The Savage Lands part 2"- The return of Antauri, the revealed fate of the Skeleton King and Dark One Worm and the Monkey Team's descent into space to end the two once and for all. Also, the reveal of Valina
- Episode 49 "Secret Society"- The reveal of two background characters as heads of a Skeleton King-worshipping society as well as being Valina's parents. Also, the Skeleton King's skull reveal into a Crystal Skull, commencing the start of Mandarin and Valina's attempt at reviving him.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: A lot of strands were left open by the cliffhanger.
- Why had Skeleton King collected Chiro's childhood items?
- The original Mandarin, what happened to him?
- Captain Shuggazoom's status.
- Whole Plot Reference: One episode is based on Mazinger Z spinoff Mazinger USA Version.
- The episode "Season of the Skull" is based on the film The Wicker Man (the original, not the remake), right down to The Reveal that the missing child(ren) were in on the whole conspiracy. However, the episode ends on a happy note, in contrast to the film it was inspired by.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
- Chiro's fear of water and clowns
- Gibson's disdain towards bugs.