From the comedic minds of Seth Meyers (Saturday Night Live) and Mike Shoemaker (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon) comes The Awesomes, a new animated show for adults streaming on Hulu, about the greatest superhero team ever – after all the good members quit. Showcasing the voice talents of current and past SNL stars, The Awesomes introduces a group of not-so-super heroes who just might find a way to save the world. The show premiered in August 2013.After Mr. Awesome, the world's most beloved superhero, announces he's retiring, he reluctantly passes the mantle and leadership of the eponymous team off to his son, Jeremy (aka, "Prock"). Prock is incredibly intelligent, but he's not cut out for being a hero, being a rather nonathletic wimp with no leadership experience. After all the other members leave, save Prock's only friend on the team, Muscle Man, Prock is forced to build the team back up so as to keep the US Government to continue funding them. After filling out his roster with an eccentric group of superheroes who had been previously rejected for a litany of reasons, Prock and the new Awesomes have to learn to be a good team and prove themselves to the public.Now has a Recap page.
A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The robotherapists, who acknowledge this trope and claim that isn't going to happen. Subverted, they were deliberately created to be evil by Dr. Malocchio as part of his master plan.
The Alcoholic: Teleportation Larry can't stay off the sauce for more than a few minutes, which makes him a liabillity almost all the time.
All Love Is Unrequited: Prock has a crush on Hotwire, but she's already dating Perfect Man. Tomboy has pined for decades for Gadget Gal, who doesn't swing that way. And apparently Joyce Mandrake secretly is very attracted to Prock, which everyone, including herself, finds disturbing.
If her slight nervous breakdown in "Robotherapy" is of any indication, Concierge seems to have a slight crush on Prock as well.
After the final battle, the Awesomes are only awarded "participant" status, whereas everyone else wins golden medals of heroism.
Dumb Muscle: Muscle Man. This may be primarily intellectual laziness, as he figures out that Hotwire is The Mole before anyone else, correctly works out that the pageant is a trap (he's trying extra hard in that episode) and successfully fools Malocchio into believing he's made a Face-Heel Turn.
Hypercompetent Sidekick: Concierge is technically just the Awesomes' support staff—all of the support staff—but is one of the most reliable and useful members of the team.
Hypnotic Eyes: Dr. Malocchio can mind control everyone he looks at, but both Mr. Awesome and Prock are immune to this.
I Always Wanted to Say That: Muscleman. "Finally I get to say to someone else what everybody has been saying to me all these years. You're an idiot."
I Was Quite a Looker: Gadget Gal was a member of the original Awesomes who retired due to old age. After being hit with a rejuvenation ray, she's turned back into a sexy twenty-five year old.
Ignored Expert: Prock tries to tell everyone that trusting the robotherapists is a bad idea because of the whole "evil robot" thing. They don't listen.
Interchangeable Asian Cultures: Averted - Tim's mother is Korean, and his father is Japanese but raised in California. However, they posed as Japanese immigrants with heavy accents when they took on civilian identities.
Keet: Frantic, to the point of being more than just a little crazy.
Legacy Character: Muscleman appears to be this, with his father and grandfather before him being the previous Musclemans.
Love at First Sight: A couple of seconds after seeing Hotwire for the first time, Prock announces to himself: "Okay, this is the woman of your dreams, and you're going to marry her. That much is clear."
Mirror Universe: Earth-4, where the heroes are the bad guys and vice versa. Also worth nothing, Mirror Mr. Awesome supported his son's desire to follow in his footsteps, and Tomboy is a man.
The Mole: There's a traitor on the team. Confirmed to be Hotwire.
Spanner in the Works: Teleportation Larry's drunkeness renders him immune to Malocchio's mind control (because he can't focus his eyes well enough to make actual eye contact), and because he can still teleport despite being drunk, most of the team is able to escape thanks to him.
Stress Vomit: Muscleman reveals that he rarely freaks out due to long experience with the bizarre things that happen around superheroes, but when he does, he vomits. The episode then has him vomit repeatedly.
Super Hero Origin: Parodied in the third episode when the Awesomes share their stories campfire style.
Super Serum / Psycho Serum: Dr. Malocchio discovered a way to give himself and others superpowers, but it turns them evil.
Villain with Good Publicity: Dr. Malocchio has publicly pulled off a Heel-Face Turn (via mind-controling people into believing that), but it's clear to the audience and to Prock that he's still scheming to take over the world.
"Well Done, Son" Guy: Prock would really like his father to acknowledge him as a superhero. There are hints that Mr. Awesome would be proud of his son if Prock stuck to things he was actually good at, but that's not where Prock's heart is.
Wicked Cultured: In addition to his interest in destroying the superheroes, Dr. Malocchio is quite the gourmet and an excellent cook.