The Super Globetrotters
is a 1979 spinoff of The Harlem Globetrotters
, produced by Hanna-Barbera
. It ran for 13 episodes. It's five semi-real-life basketball entertainers who gain super powers. Ludicrous
super powers. Nate Branch turns into water, Curly Neal retracts his limbs into his body and becomes a basketball, Twiggy Sanders can use his body as a rope, Sweet Lou Dunbar stores gadgets in his immense afro
, and Geese Ausbie can duplicate himself
. They fight villains, mostly by challenging them to basketball games.
Some of the powers and costumes were taken directly from Hanna-Barbera's The Impossibles
The whole show is parodied in a Futurama
Tropes used by the series:
- Animated Adaptation
- Animated Tattoo: This was the power of Tattoo Man.
- Archived Army: In one episode, the Time Lord assemebled "the greatest criminals in history" into a gang.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": F is for Fluid Man
- Celebrity Toons
- Egomaniac Hunter: Bwana Bob
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: The Fearless Fossils team of Museum Man is pretty good at basketball. By the end of the first half the score is "99-0" with the Globies being the goose egg.
- Film Felons: Movie Man, whose gang consisted of a master of disguise, a special effects man, a sound effects expert and a stuntwoman.
- Five-Man Band
- Funny Afro: Sweet Lou Dunbar has one.
- Hairy Hammerspace: Gizmo Man ("better than travelers' checks!").
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: "The Super Globetrotters vs. Bwana Bob"
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each episode title is basically "The Super Globetrotters versus the Villain of the Week."
- Making a Splash: Fluid Man.
- Me's a Crowd: Multi Man.
- Mirror Match: "Robo and the Globots." At least until the Transformation Sequence.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: Pretty much all the bad guys have one. Some are more fleshed out than others
- Movie Man actually has TWO! His earlier in the episode henchmen are movie staff themed, then his basketball team is a movie monster themed one.
- Transformation Sequence
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: One of the Villains of the Week was "Bull Moose", who evidently had all the powers of Theodore Roosevelt. Except for the whole Memetic Badass thing.
- His henchmen are farm-animal themed, and by that it varies. The pig guy is a humanoid pig, while the horse girl just has a super powered "pony"-tail. Joining them is a guy in a rooster mascot outfit, a woman with steel wool for hair, and a mountain guy with goat horns.