Western Animation: The Super 6
From left to right: Super Scuba, Granite Man, Elevator Man, Magneto Man, Captain Zammo and Super Bwoing.The Super 6
was an animated comedy by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises
The title characters are super heroes who work at Super Service, Inc., where people can call in to request help from a superhero.
The lineup includes:
- Super Bwoing - A rather scrawny sort with laser vision who rides his guitar into action. He tends to be a bungler.
- Super Scuba - Much like Aquaman or Sub-Mariner, he deals with underwater cases, aided by Bubbles the Mermaid.
- Elevator Man - He wears a belt which enables him to grow or shrink when necessary.
- Magneto Man - His gloves give him magnetic powers. His sidekick is Cal, a boy with a brilliant computer-like brain.
- Granite Man - He is a stone statue that comes to life to fight evil. His sidekick is a pigeon named Percival.
- Captain Zammo - He travels to past eras. Often he has his assistant, Private Hammo, do the dirty work for him.
Also part of the show is an unrelated short called The Brothers Matzoriley who are basically three heads in one body
. Weft, the left head, is a Moe Howardesque
tough guy. Wight, the right head, is a wimpy coward. Wong, the middle head, is a Chinese stereotype.
Tropes pertaining to this series include:
- Asian Speekee Engrish: Wong of the Brothers Matzoriley speaks like this.
- Bragging Theme Tune: By Gary Lewis and the Playboys.
- Carpet of Virility: Elevator Man is drawn with some very prominent chest hair.
- Catchphrase: Wong's "Confusion say . . ."
- Super Bwoing's "Zip, Zam, Zowie and Swoosh!" also qualifies.
- Cool Shades: Part of Captain Zammo's uniform. Magneto Man, by the way, wears Cool Goggles.
- Continuity Nod: In the Granite Man short "Having a Ball", the Eel, a villain he'd busted in the episode "Right Train on the Wrong Track", escapes from jail to get revenge. It's the only time one short follows up on another in the show.
- Da Chief: Super Chief is the dispatcher. He has little tolerance for Super Bwoing's bungling.
- Darker and Edgier: Elevator Man's segments were decidedly less comedic than the others'.
- Depending on the Writer: In his own segments, Captain Zammo's usually more concerned with looking good than fighting evil, making Private Hammo do all the dirty work. In one of the Super Bwoing segments, he guest-stars and flies right into battle with a giant robot without once saying something about his outfit getting messed up or calling for help.
- Hero of Another Story: Contrary to the name and even the signs on the building, the six spotlighted heroes aren't the only ones the agency employs, just the only ones whose adventures we see.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Every superhero except for Super Bwoing.
- Lemony Narrator: Elevator Man in his segments.
- Miles Gloriosus: Captain Zammo, who acts like he's the greatest thing ever but makes his sidekick do all the work (and then berates him for getting messy doing it). Subverted with Super Scuba, who also acts like he's the bee's knees but is shown to be a competent crimefighter in his own right.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Percival the Pigeon brings Granite Man to life by saying "O Granite Man, O rock of power, awaken now to face this darkest hour". He then joins Granite Man on his mission.
- The Noseless: None of the Matzoriley Brothers is drawn with a nose.
- Not Quite Flight: Magneto Man gets around by attracting himself toward large metal objects with his powers.
- Our Mermaids Are Different: Bubbles is Super Scuba's Girl Friday. She joins him in his adventures.
- Size Shifter: Elevator Man presses a button on his belt to grow or shrink.
- Something Person: Magneto Man, Granite Man and Elevator Man.
- Three Shorts: First we have a Super Bwoing short, followed by a Brothers Matzoriley short. The final short features one of the remaining five heroes.
- Undying Loyalty: Private Hammo is so fiercely loyal to Captain Zammo that he would throw himself in harm's way at the Captain's bidding.