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Western Animation: The Awesomes
The Awesomes, our bar is lower.

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.

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This show provides examples of:

  • The Ace: Perfect Man is an especially arrogant version of one.
  • Affectionate Parody: Of superhero stories and tropes.
  • 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.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Hotwire.
  • Awesome McCoolname: Jeremy and his father's surname actually is "Awesome." Frantic's real name is Zip Danger.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Muscleman and Perfect Man in the first season finale, after Muscleman talks the depowered hero into it.
  • Battle Couple: Dine and Dash, Sumo's parents met while trying to steal the same thing, and soon became really good at fighting as a team.
  • Becoming the Mask: Hotwire is implied to be developing genuine feelings for Prock.
  • Big Bad: Dr. Malocchio.
  • Blessed with Suck: Prock's only power is being able to stop time, but his doctor warns that using it too much will kill him eventually.
  • Boldly Coming: Muscleman has a fetish for alien women, caring little about what species; he'll do anything from human to starfish aliens
  • Brought Down to Normal: Dr. Malocchio's plan involves convincing Earth's superheroes to do this to themselves.
  • Butch Lesbian: Gadget Gal's archnemesis, Tomboy, was an Armored Closet Gay case of this, topped off with actually having a crush on Gadget Gal herself.
  • Carpet of Virility: Muscle Man possesses one.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Several characters, but Prock and Concierge are the ones to most frequently fill out this role.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Prock saves the world from the robotherapists with a Rousing Speech. Seconds later, he's back to being taunted for his emotional weakness and general uselessness.
    • 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.
  • Evil Former Friend: Doctor Malocchio to Mister Awesome.
  • Evil Counterpart: The Astoundings of Earth-4. The Hotwire of that Earth is a hero, so what does that make our Hotwire?
  • Expy: Seems inevitable in a superhero spoof, although most examples aren't too blatantly obvious:
    • Mr. Awesome and Perfect Man are both Superman expies.
    • Sumo is a Captain Ethnic version of The Incredible Hulk.
    • Super Speed is not an unusual superpower, but Frantic's similarity to The Flash is reinforced by the fact that he wears a yellow costume similar to one of the Flash's early ones.
    • Although his choice of costume is completely different, Impresario's power is basically the same as Green Lantern's (except that Impresario can't fly).
    • Gadget Gal is basically Sally Jupiter/Silk Specter.
    • Black Irish is Batman.
    • Concierge's appearance, voice, personality, and background are all uncannily similar to that of Alice Tompkins from The Critic.
  • Five-Man Band: So far, the team comprises of...
  • Flash Forward: The first episode starts with one of these, to the culmination of Dr. Malocchio's plan.
  • French People Hate Perfectman: In-Universe - We don't know exactly why, but Perfect Man is much less beloved in France than he is elsewhere.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Joyce Mandrake works to G.O.O.S.A (Government Office Of Superhero Affairs).
    • U.M.B.R.E.L.L.A., which stands for Ultimate Military But Really Extremely Low Level Acknowledgement. This name is promptly lampshaded by Prock's teammates:
    Hotwire: Sounds like they were trying really hard to make an acronym for "umbrella".
    Impresario: And umbrellas aren't even cool. Why not do "dragon"?
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Gadget Gal.
  • Great Detective: Black Irish. "You don't find him, he deduces that you need to talk to him and he finds you. "
  • Honor Before Reason: "Teleportation Larry always pays his debts." Even if it means teleporting back into a trap.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Prock, mostly when it comes to the women he dates.
  • 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.
  • Momma's Boy: Impresario. Tim has some shades of this, though he's much more independent and it stems from his parents placing a lot of emphasis on his academics.
  • My Beloved Smother: Impresario's mother, to the point that his conjured constructs will look like her in some way.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Malocchio ("evil eye") turns out to be Malocchio's real name, and foreshadowed his fate.
  • Noodle Incident: At some point, the Awesomes (or maybe just Muscleman) knocked the head off the Statue of Liberty.
  • No Name Given: Most of the heroes, as well as Concierge.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Joyce Mandrake subverts this - while she certainly won't be easy on Prock and the new Awesomes, she has started to appreciate them and gain a soft spot for them.
    • Though now that she's been put under Dr. Malocchio's mind control, she could end up (unwittingly) playing this straight.
  • Power at a Price: If Prock uses his time stopping abilities too much, it could kill him. He still uses them though.
  • Psychic Nosebleed: Both Prock and Dr. Malocchio get these if they overextend themselves.
  • Pride: Black Irish's self-described greatest weakness. It caused him to abandon the Awesomes when Prock became the leader, and later lured him into Dr. Malocchio's trap.
  • Product Placement: The endings will have the characters plugging Jack Link's Beef Jerky.
  • Racist Grandma: Gadget Gal has some outdated attitudes about race, and her looking like a twenty-five year old means she doesn't get as much of a pass.
  • Sexy Secretary: Concierge.
  • Smug Snake: Dr. Malocchio. Especially when he says "All is going according to plan".
  • Smug Super: Perfect Man.
  • 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.
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