Western Animation / The Mighty Heroes

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Clockwise from top: Strong Man, Diaper Man, Tornado Man, Cuckoo Man, and Rope Man.

The Mighty Heroes is a lighthearted Super Hero Parody cartoon that originally aired on CBS in 1966, reportedly created on-the-spot by animator Ralph Bakshi. The show featured a team of five misfit heroes — Strong Man, Cuckoo Man, Diaper Man, Rope Man and Tornado Man — protectors of the city of Good Haven. The show featured a fair amount of skewering of superhero tropes, and is seen by some as a precursor to Bakshi's work on Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures.

Dell Comics published a comic about the characters in 1967; decades later, one-shots with the characters were printed by Marvel Comics and Spotlight Comics.


The Mighty Heroes provides examples of:

  • Atrocious Alias: Okay, "Strong Man" and "Tornado Man" might be passable, but there's no excuse for the rest.
  • Badass Normal: The Junker. He has no special powers other than his mechanical ingenuity, yet he briefly won a scuffle against Diaper Man, and is one of the few villains to achieve any sort of success against the heroes in the second half of the episode.
  • The Big Guy: Strong Man, as the name implies, is the biggest, strongest member of the team.
  • Blow You Away: Tornado Man, who can turn his body into a vortex to grab and throw villains.
  • Brainy Baby: Diaper Man, the team's leader, is the smartest of the lot despite being a baby.
  • Butt-Monkey: Each of the Heroes suffered from the ineptitude of each of their teammates at least once, but Cuckoo Man and Diaper Man in particular seemed to get the worst of it.
  • Catch-Phrase: During the opening AND ending of each episode, and sometimes during the episodes themselves.
    • Diaper Man: "Up, and AWAY!"
    • Strong Man: "Yeah HOOOOO!"
    • Cuckoo Man: "Cuckoo, eh, cuckoo!"
    • Tornado Man: "Wheeeeee!"
    • Rope Man: "Gung HO!"
  • Chained to a Railway: The Shrinker laid the tied up heroes on the rails in "The Dusters"
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Cuckoo Man, appropriately enough.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Given how ineffective the heroes are in the first half of each episode, you'd be forgiven for forgetting that they always save the day in the end.
  • Death Trap: The midway point of each episode, and right before the heroes began their comeback.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: The Time Keeper for using Cuckoo Man in his giant clock, and The Shocker for trying to take Diaper Man's bottle.
  • Flying Brick: Strong Man, the Superman expy, is big and strong and can fly ... and that's pretty much all there is to him.
  • Fully Absorbed Finale: One episode of Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures (produced by Bakshi Animation), "Heroes and Zeroes", is a "guest star" story revealing that the Heroes had retired from super-heroics because they "got tired of life in the fast lane" and started the chartered accounting firm of Man, Man, Man, Man and Man. Mighty Mouse convinces them to come out of retirement and beat the bad guys once more.
  • The Leader: Diaper Man, the smartest of the lot, leads the team into action and contrives their strategy, such as it is.
  • Hurricane of Puns: The heroes AND the villains spout multiple puns throughout several episodes, befitting the show's genre parody nature.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Any supervillain better pray his Death Trap works, because when the team breaks free and regroups in the episode's second half, nothing can stop them!
  • Monster Clown/Villainous Harlequin: The Toy Man
  • No Ontological Inertia: Destroying a villain's device would usually undo its effects.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Diaper Man is literally a baby, yet his physical strength is not far from Strong Man's.
  • Power-Up Food: Both Diaper Man and Strong Man can drink from Diaper Man's milk bottle when extra strength is needed.
  • Rubber Man:
    • Rope Man, whose body is an unending length of rope.
    • Even More so, the villain known as "The Stretcher"
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Rope Man.
  • Shock and Awe: The Shocker, unsurprisingly.
  • Something Person: All of the heroes, naturally.
  • Superhero Speciation: The team is mostly defined by its members having different powers, although both Strong Man and Diaper Man have super strength and all the Heroes can fly.
  • Superheroes Wear Capes: All the team wear blue capes as part of their superhero costumes, although Tornado Man's is nearly invisible because it's very short and the same color as the rest of his costume.
  • Super Zeroes: They don't seem all that impressive...
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Apparently, breathing in space is no problem for the Mighty Heroes .
  • Team Spirit: Pretty much the only way the heroes achieve success.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Strong Man has an exaggeratedly mesomorphic build with disproportionately small legs.
  • Tornado Move: Tornado Man could turn himself into a tornado. He would suck villains into his vortex and shoot them into the nearest wall.
  • Transformation Sequence: In the lengthynote  opening titles, the Heroes quickly shed their "day job" clothing for their superhero costumes.
  • Unwanted Assistance: The first half of each episode is just the heroes interfering in each other's efforts and falling prey to one another's bungling. Honestly, they'd be more effective if they didn't team up. Until the second half, that is.
  • Up, Up and Away!: Strong Man, Rope Man and Diaper Man fly in the classic pose, with no apparent effort. Averted with Cuckoo Man, who must continually flap his arms to fly, and Tornado Man, who flies in his tornado form.

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