Western Animation: Teamo Supremo
These kids have some funky fresh moves. Left to right: Skate Lad, Captain Crandall and Rope Girl.Teamo Supremo
(2002-2004) was a Disney
cartoon originally aired as part of Disney's One Saturday Morning right before its transition into ABC Kids, and was just as quickly shown in reruns on Toon Disney
(and for a short while, the regular Disney Channel
) when the channel was still showing Disney cartoons on a regular basis. It is a rather simple show about three ordinary schoolchildren named Crandall, Hector and Brenda (right), who take on the secret identities of the eponymous crime-fighting
trio to battle some stupid evildoers. As superheroes, they call themselves Captain Crandall, Skate Lad, and Rope Girl, respectively.
Perhaps because of the simplicity of that, the show was never one of Disney's popular franchises mostly due to coming at a time during Powerpuff Girls
popularity (some detractors even claiming it copied from it though the show had plenty of differences outside the three kid superheroes format) and only had 39 episodes (albeit each one following a Two Shorts
format). What the viewers missed out on, though, was a short Story Arc
in the third season regarding Crandall's superpowers (he thinks he is an alien) that was left unresolved
as a result of the series' cancellation.
This show contains examples of:
- Adam Westing: Gary Owens as the Dark Talon (Crandall's paternal grandpa).
- Beach Episode: "Sun, Surf, Sand...and Skull?"
- Berserk Button: Crandall when the Out of This World Cafe and Museum of the Unknown gets destroyed in "Science Friction!"
- Big Eater: Brenda.
- Blondes Are Evil: The Sinister Stylist.
- By the Power of Grayskull!: "Rope me, Brenda!"
- Catch Phrases: In addition to the main trio's battle cries...
- "Neither did I, but I guess I do!"
- "Y'ello, you got your guv."
- "...IN JAIL!!"
- "I have to know this stuff if I'm going to be a [insert occupation here] someday."
- "Crandall, Brenda, and Hector, the governor needs you in his office; you are excused."
- Captain Superhero
- Christmas Episode: "Happy Holidays, Mr. Gruff"
- Clark Kenting: Crandall's mom seemingly can't tell why she never sees her son and "that kid from Teamo Supremo" in the same place; however, in the last episode, we find out that she's been aware of it the whole time.
- Cephalothorax: Technor without his Humongous Mecha.
- Compressed Vice: Brenda's slovenliness.
- Continuity Nod: While up in the attic in one episode, Crandall finds what appears to be an old costume of his with a "C" emblem on it. A few episodes later, we see that "C" emblem again on a microchip of the Cloaked Skull's mask, with Crandall remarking that it looks familiar to him somehow.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Will 2 Wynn
- Crowd Chant: The episode "The Big Put Down" has a villain called the Put Down Artist insulting everyone. They end up destroying his morale by chanting "Poco loco en el coco" at him (see Gratuitous Spanish below for an explanation).
- Da Chief
- Disappeared Dad: Averted; the kids' respective fathers make a brief appearance in "Grounded!"
- Disney Death: The last episode has the villain throwing a statue on Teamo and seemingly crushing them, but Crandall's super-strength suddenly appears and he lifts the statue up.
- Do Not Call Me Paul: "Big Skull" does not like being addressed by that name.
- Eagleland: Flavor 1 definitely forms a part of the show's theme — highlighted when the show featured a villain based on the Red Scare.
- El Spanish O: The series title is a mild case of this.
- Engineered Public Confession
- Everybody Do the Endless Loop
- Evil Diva: Tiffany Javelins, the Sinister Songstress, in her first appearance.
- Evil Minions: Most of the villains have them.
- Evil Twin: Dr. 'Droid makes robot copies of everyone, including Teamo and even himself.
- Expy: The Governor may be a Bill Clinton expy, if The Nineties trend of having them in childrens' cartoons is anything to go by. (cf. Animaniacs, Dexter's Laboratory.)
- Gentleman Thief: Le Poodle
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: In the banned Valentine's Day episode, the
Birthday Valentine Bandit kidnaps Governor Kevin's girlfriend; he responds to this development by saying "That fiend stole my heart!" (Taking this line in the wrong context might be the reason the episode was banned.)
- Gratuitous Spanish: In "The Big Put Down", Skate Lad refers to the Put Down Artist as "poco loco en el coco" (which, as Brenda explains, means "a little crazy in the coconut"). It ends up being helpful later on.
- Heel-Face Turn: Tiffany Javelyns, alias the Songstress, helps Teamo after her first appearance.
- Halloween Episode: "The Haunted House on Horror Hill".
- Hook Hand: Laser Pirate has one.
- Human Alien: Crandall.
- Hypnotic Eyes: Hypnotheria's power.
- Incredible Shrinking Man: The plot of "Micro Supremo".
- Intrepid Reporter: Ollie Jimson, a Jimmy Olsen Expy.
- Kid Hero
- Large Ham: Crandall
- Laser Blade: Laser Pirate's laser hook
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Parodied when Skate Lad corners the CheapSkate. ("No you're not; my dad works down at the sporting goods store. I look just like him, loser!")
- Mad Artist: The Animating Anarchist.
- Mad Scientist
- Master of Illusion
- May-December Romance: In the last episode, Paulson has something he wants to admit to Samantha, but he gets cut off. And keep in mind, he's already got grey hair while Samantha looks below 40.
- Meganekko: Crandall's mom, Mrs. Woolingantz, and the blonde girl who whispers to Mrs. Woolingantz to excuse Teamo.
- Monster Clown: The Birthday Bandit.
- Motor Mouth: Dehydro. At times, his lines sound like they were written by Mojo Jojo.
- Mr. Exposition: Governor Kevin and the Chief.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Mr. Gruff in the Christmas Episode is a white version of Mr. T.
- No Name Given: Crandall and Brenda's surnames have never been revealed.
- Pirate: Laser Pirate, who ironically hates water.
- A Pirate 400 Years Too Late: Laser Pirate.
- Power Trio
- Scary Librarian: Libro Shushman
- Scooby-Doo Hoax: In fact, the episode itself was a Scooby-Doo parody entirely!
- Secret Keeper: Jean and Mrs. Woolingantz (since "The Sinister Substitute"). Not only does Crandall's mom know their secret, but she also seems to be hiding something about Crandall.
- Shape Shifter: Madam Snake
- Sky Pirate: Laser Pirate
- Speech Impediment: Captain Crandall has a slight lisp.
- Stern Teacher: Mrs. Woolingantz always excuses Teamo from class, but does not like it when their homework is left unfinished.
- Stock Footage: Teamo's transformation sequence is always the same (except in the wintertime episodes when they're dressed appropriately). Also, a sequence of Teamo traveling past a crowd of surprised citizens is often recycled throughout the show's run.
- Take Over the World: Baron Blitz aims to do this in his last appearance (OF COURSE!!).
- Team Pet: Crandall's dog, Action.
- Team Spirit
- The Cape
- Thememobile: In the first episode, Paulson is about to unveil a car that Teamo could supposedly use. But since Teamo's members are too young to drive, this becomes a subversion.
- They Fight Crime
- Those Two Bad Guys
- íThree Amigos!: The eponymous trio.
- Time Travel
- Totally Radical: Governor Kevin lived this trope, but it was probably intentional and he managed to come across as a pretty cool guy despite (and perhaps even thanks to) it.
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World
- We Can Rule Together: Laser Pirate offers to make Crandall his first mate, which he of course declines ("Why would I want to be a first mate when I'm already a captain!")
- Where the Hell Is Springfield?: The state's name is never mentioned.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Brenda's hair is purple.