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''The Super Hero Squad Show'' (2009-2011) is an animated television series by Marvel Animation based on the Marvel Super Hero Squad action figure line from Creator/{{Hasbro}}, and a humorous take on the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. The series' animation is produced by Film Roman. While at first coming off as a ridiculous {{Disneyfication}}, especially since it began airing about two weeks after Creator/{{Disney}} announced it would buy Marvel (though this was in production way before that and Disney had nothing to do with it), it turns out to be more of a series full of jokes only the older comicbook fans will get. Taken like this, it's surprisingly funny.

Prior to the beginning of the series, the villainous Doctor Doom, in pursuit of universal domination, attempts to acquire the limitless reality-bending power of the [[InfinityPlusOneSword "Infinity Sword"]]. He is stopped by ComicBook/IronMan, but as a consequence of their battle, the sword is shattered into numerous "fractals" that rain down on [[BigApplesauce Superhero]] [[CityOfAdventure City]].

As the series begins, Doctor Doom has forged alliances with just about every supervillain, forming the Lethal Legion [[GottaCatchThemAll in order to hunt down the scattered fractals]], each of which possesses dangerous and different powers of their own. Doom's forces, including his two primary henchmen ComicBook/{{MODOK}} and the Abomination, dwell in Villainville which is separated from Superhero City by a giant wall erected at the start of the series premiere. Once again opposing Doom's plan is Iron Man, now leading the elite team known as the Super Hero Squad, consisting of Comicbook/TheFalcon, the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk, ComicBook/SilverSurfer, ComicBook/TheMightyThor, and ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}. The Super Hero Squad are headquartered in the ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} helicarrier, and are frequently aided in their defence of Super Hero City by their superhero friends, including their boss ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, rookie "Squaddie" Reptil, S.H.I.E.L.D. leader Comicbook/MsMarvel, and many more.

The second season starts after the Infinity Sword is reforged; it's taken by the Silver Surfer when he rejoins ComicBook/{{Galactus}} as his herald. The plot focuses on ComicBook/{{Thanos}}, who wants to complete the all-powerful Infinity Gauntlet to become supreme ruler of the universe. The ComicBook/ScarletWitch takes the Silver Surfer's place as the Squad travels across the universe to foil Thanos' plan.

Originally aired on ''Creator/CartoonNetwork''. Later aired on ''Creator/TheHub''.

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!This series provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Ms. Marvel and ComicBook/TheWasp are both women who do well in a fight.
* ActuallyADoombot: Well, sure, you'd kind of expect robot double fakeouts to show up a lot in a show where Doom is the villain...
* AdamWesting: In "Whom Continuity Would Destroy", Creator/{{Adam|West}} [[TropeNamer West]] plays Nighthawk, who is treated as an {{Expy}} of Batman.
* AdaptationalHeroism:
** [[spoiler:While Songbird later did a FaceHeelTurn while as Songbird, in the comics, she started out a criminal; here, she's revealed to be TheMole for S.H.I.E.L.D. and is hence a heroine from the start]].
** The Space Phantoms in the comics were minions of the villain Immortus, while the ones that appear in the episode "Revenge of the Baby-Sat!" are good. While the Squaddies initially attack them under the belief that the Space Phantoms are evil, they do not hesitate to cooperate with the Space Phantoms after learning that they are not evil.
* AdaptationalModesty: Name a female character wearing a revealing costume and chances are it's been modified to cover them up more in the toyline, the show, or other related media.
* AdaptationalNiceGuy: The Hulk is portrayed as friendly and more laid back in contrast to the mindlessly destructive and perpetually angry brute he's usually portrayed as.
* AdaptedOut: Spider-Man and related characters never appeared on the show in spite of being featured in the toyline because of rights issues involving Creator/{{Sony}} that still needed to be worked out.
* AffectionateParody: The show serves as a lighthearted spoof of the entire Marvel universe.
* AlmightyJanitor: Beta Ray Bill, literally. Even before his toilet scrubber turns into the Stormbreaker.
* AnIcePerson: Iceman has power over ice.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: In "Election of Evil", the Mayor alludes to someone [[ComicBook/SpiderMan gaining powers from being bitten by a radioactive bug]]. In spite of witnessing such things as evil sorcerers and shape-shifting aliens, Wolverine assumes that the Mayor is making stuff up.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "You are under arrest for curfew violation, resisting a Sentinel, and carrying duct tape without a proper license."
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: {{Lampshaded}} in the ''ComicBook/{{Marvel 1602}}'' episode.
-->'''Scarlet Witch:''' I don't think pirates ever attacked the Pilgrims. In fact, I don't think the pilgrims even landed until--
-->'''1602!Mayor:''' What am I, a history major?
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: As a dinosaur-themed shapeshifter, Reptil is the major offender. To protect himself, he grows "Stegosaurus armor". Stegosaurus' plates were thin and covered barely anything. And that doesn't even consider the time he grows stegosaurus plates on the bottom on his feet SO HE CAN SKATE. To fly, he grows "Pterodactyl wings". Pterodactyls were not dinosaurs, and their wings didn't look like bat wings (with multiple bony "fingers" going through the middle). And then there's the time he morphed a hadrosaur's beak to use it as a shovel. Brilliantly, all of these examples occurred in ''the same episode''.
* AtrociousAlias: M.O.D.O.K. and Abomination waste no time in heckling new villain Paste Pot Pete's choice of villain name. Even when he decides to change his name to Trapster.
* {{Badbutt}}: Wolverine, and every other anti-hero who guest stars in the show (e.g. the Punisher) is dialed down a bit to be more kid-friendly.
* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: Happens to Wolverine of all people, in "Revenge of the Baby Sat!" where Iron Man, Falcon, and Scarlet Witch are transformed into toddlers because of a time mishap.
* BigBad: Dr. Doom in the first season, Thanos in the 2nd. The theme song even changes to reflect this between seasons. [[spoiler:Dark Surfer takes role for remainder of Season 2.]]
* [[BigFancyHouse Big Fancy]] HauntedHouse: Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum.
* BigRedButton: There's one in Iron Man's room that ignites a fusion reaction that [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt can end all life on earth as we know it]]. So, naturally, [[BrattyHalfPint Brynnie Bratton]] in Episode 6 [[SchmuckBait pushes it anyway]].
* BlackBestFriend: War Machine is a black best friend to Iron Man. Falcon to... anyone else on the team.
* BoisterousBruiser: Thor fills this role for the heroes.
* BookEnds: [[spoiler:Season 1's arc starts, as shown in the intro, with the Infinity Sword being shattered as a consequence of ComicBook/IronMan and Doctor Doom fighting over it. In the GrandFinale, Earth is returned to normal when the Infinity Sword (this time with the Infinity Jewels) is shattered as a consequence of Iron Man and Doctor Doom fighting over it.]]
* BrattyHalfPint: Episode 6 introduces us to Brynnie Bratton, who gives both sides a hard time over a fractal in a tiara she wears that her father gave her.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: Comes up in "Days, Nights, and Weekends of Future Past!"
-->'''Falcon''': I thought the future would be flying cars, not vacuum cleaners with death blades.
-->'''Magneto''': You should see the ''flying cars'' with death blades.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Happens at least once per episode in the 2nd season. The Mayor of Super Hero city does this frequently.
-->'''Stan Lee''': If I was writing this episode, we'd all be a lot funnier.
** Ms. Marvel berates Impossible Man for breaking the fourth wall for no good reason. He does it all throughout the episode that he shows up in, including revealing that he is ''the head writer of the show.''
** After one character makes a comment that breaks the fourth wall, other characters literally crash through a wall and Iron Man says "You know that's the fourth wall we've broken today."
** Taken UpToEleven in the beginning of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VC2fgfcBI0s mother of doom]] where doom not so much breaks the fourth wall but blasts it to pieces
* ButtMonkey: Being constantly subjected to humiliation seems to be M.O.D.O.K.'s role. On the good guys' side, we have the Falcon. And more so his pet, Redwing, who suffers AmusingInjuries constantly. (At one point, he's sucked into the Helicarrier's rotors!)
* CainAndAbel: Loki and Thor are brothers who don't get along well, seeing that the former is evil and the latter is good.
* CallingYourAttacks: Thanos and [[spoiler:Dark Surfer]] do this -- Thanos likes to call his Reality Stone attacks "do-overs".
* CaptainErsatz: Wolverine serves as this for [[ComicBook/AlphaFlight Guardian]] when he takes the moniker of Captain Canada.
* CaptainEthnic[=/=]CaptainGeographic: Ruthlessly parodied in the form of the All Captains Squad, which includes established heroes Captain America and Captain Britain... as well as Captain Australia, a boomerang slinging hero, Captain Brazil, a senorita who can dance a samba that causes sonic booms, and the diminutive but powerful (and economically prosperous!) Captain Lichtenstein. While Wolverine was a part of that squad, he became known as Captain Canada.
* CanonForeigner: The Mayor of Super Hero City, Captain Australia, Captain Brazil, Captain Lichtenstein and Brynnie Bratton were all created for this show and never appeared in official Marvel comics.
* CanonImmigrant: Reptil was created for the show, but was introduced in the original comics in a spinoff issue of ''ComicBook/AvengersTheInitiative'' months before the show even premiered.
* CardboardPrison: Subverted. Every time Doom tries to escape prison in season 2, he fails. He is finally freed by Molecule Man because he's a reality warper.
* CatchPhrase: "Hero up," and "[[ImOkay No problems]]... adamantium skeleton." (The latter is given by [[ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} you-know-who]] in a pained or dazed manner whenever he suffers AmusingInjuries... which is often. He also says "Don't call me 'Wolvie'" often. Doom will often be heard yelling "Nuts!" after an OffScreenCrash. {{Lampshaded}} by himself as his own catchphrase at the end of the final episode.
* ChewingTheScenery: Basically every scene with Dr. Doom in it. (Just goes to show that they understood the character.)
* CityOfAdventure: Superhero City, occasionally crossing over the segregatory wall into Villainville
* CloudCuckoolander[=/=]FunnySchizophrenia: Doctor Strange when under the effects of an Infinity Fractal. Not that he's [[BunnyEarsLawyer all that focused]] normally...
* CompanionCube: Mjölnir at times (it's an EmpathicWeapon, but Thor has drawn a face on it).
* CompositeCharacter: [[spoiler:Scorpio in the show is a disguise used by Nick Fury, which is kind of fitting as the two are brothers in the comics (and Nick has disguised himself as Scorpio in the past).]] Nick Fury himself could be deemed a composite of his Ultimate and Classic selves.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: In the intro for a second season episode, Dr Doom is seated on an electric chair, the camera zooms in as we hear:
-->Any last words, Doom?
-->Do your worst...
** [[spoiler:Then it's revealed that that "worst" is an psychotherapy session with Captain America.]]
* CouchGag: In the opening of every episode, Hulk is transformed into something else; including the original Jack Kirby drawing of Hulk, Joe Fixit, and... a baby. Sometimes doubles as a ShoutOut, such as [[Franchise/TheSimpsons Simpson-]]Hulk.
* CountingToPotato: Hulk demonstrates an odd way of counting in "The Final Battle! ('Nuff Said!)" while counting the Infinity Stones.
-->'''Hulk''': One, seven, fish, two thousand, negative three...
* CoveredInKisses: The montage of M.O.D.O.K. and Ms. Marvel being a couple in "Mental Organism Designed Only for Kisses" at one point has M.O.D.O.K. strolling happily with his face covered with lipstick markings.
* CoveredInMud: Abomination, in response to being compared unfavorably to a dog, digs a huge pile of dirt and covers Reptil, Wolverine, and Thor in dirt to the point only their eyes are showing.
* CreatorCameo: Creator/StanLee voices the mayor of Superhero City.
* CrossoverCosmology: [[Myth/GreekMythology Zeus]] and [[Myth/NorseMythology Odin]] are rivals.
* CurseCutShort: In "The Ballad of Beta Ray Bill!", the Stranger starts to call Thor a "piece of" something. When Thor starts to admonish him for using inappropriate language, the Stranger [[LastSecondWordSwap starts insisting that he was going to say "piece of work"]].
* DaChief: Ms. Marvel and Captain America. Both of whom answer only to Nick Fury.
* DeadpanSnarker: Bill (later Beta Ray Bill).
* DefeatByModesty: Fin Fang Foom flies away after losing his pants while fighting Galactus in "This Al Dente Earth".
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Something along the lines of "FEAR THE POWER OF[[{{beat}} ...]] MY POWER"
* DidNotSeeThatComing: Doctor Doom, word for word, in the ComicBook/BlackWidow episode when Comicbook/CaptainAmerica reveals his own double agent. [[spoiler:Screaming Mimi is really Songbird.]] Also Loki when Enchantress orders Odin to destroy both his sons.
* TheDitz: Let's just say Silver Surfer is now... well. [[SurferDude His name is rather appropriate.]]
-->'''Surfer:''' That is soooo cosmic.
** Thor tends to fill this role sometimes.
* DumbIsGood: Hulk chooses to invoke this trope when his Infinity Fractal-induced brilliance in "Hulk Talk Smack!" makes him an ineffective know it all who can't even fight properly.
* EmbarrassingOldPhoto: At the end of "Mother of Doom", Doctor Doom's mother gets back at her son by posting embarrassing pictures of him on Maskbook, which are not visible to the audience.
* EmbarrassingSlide: In "The Ballad of Beta Ray Bill", Bill uses a Viewmaster to show Thor the history of his people. However, one of the slides shows Bill on holiday, riding a surfboard in a Hawaiian shirt.
* EmpathyDollShot
* EnemyMine: Occasionally, the heroes would team up with the villains against a common threat.
** The Squad teams up with Chthon in "Mother of Doom" to help him get his powers back from Doctor Doom.
** All the heroes and villains join forces in "This Al Dente Earth" in order to stop Galactus.
* EvilerThanThou: This happens to Doom when Dormammu comes to town.
* ExpressiveMask: Iron Man and everyone with a mask.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:The Silver Surfer, after being corrupted by the Infinity Sword.]]
* FlightStrengthHeart: Comicbook/DoctorStrange's mystical abilities include "levitation, travel to other dimensions, transformation of matter, Bulgarian cow-tipping... and he's great at Sudoku."
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In "Mysterious Mayhem at Mutant High", Reptil laughs off the divining rod that Ringmaster was using to locate fractals and tosses it in the trash. [[spoiler:As he and Wolverine are flying away, the rod begins to shake and twitch violently and point towards Reptil in the sky, and the rock he wears around his neck begins to react as well in a subtle manner.]] There had been many subtler hints. [[spoiler:Reptil is the only one not depowered by Brynnie Bratton's fractal powered tiara]] and [[GoKartingWithBowser when he and Wolverine golf with M.O.D.O.K. and Abomination]] [[spoiler:he picks up a fractal and he is unaffected but Abomination is]]. And for some reason Wasp always goes for her opponent's ass when she attacks; her favorite target seems to be Screaming Mimi.
* FountainOfYouth: "Revenge of the Baby-Sat!" had Iron Man, Falcon, and Scarlet Witch turned into toddlers. By the end of the episode, this fate befalls Doctor Doom after Iron Man, Falcon, and Scarlet Witch are restored to their true ages.
* FourFingeredHands: Made more obvious by the fact that the Infinity Gauntlet has all six gems placed on the back of the hand when, traditionally, each gem is placed on the knuckle of each finger with one more on the back of the palm.
* FromBadToWorse: [[spoiler:It was bad enough that Thanos got the Infinity Gauntlet with all 6 Infinity Gems. But when FaceHeelTurn Silver Surfer defeats Thanos and takes the gauntlet, he seizes the moment by destroying the Helicarrier v.2 and banishing the Super Hero Squad to another dimension of Time, Space and Reality.]]
** [[spoiler:When the Mayor tried to reason with the Dark Surfer, he threw the Earth out of its orbit, nearly destroying its atmosphere from that alone, and slowly sending it further and further away from the sun.]]
* GeniusBruiser: Subverted hilariously in "Hulk Talk Smack."
* GoodIsOldFashioned: Taken to hilarious lengths with Captain America, who reminisces and asks everyone if they remember them building a dam... during ''the Depression''. Also, he's not accepting President Roosevelt's calls. And multiple stories about "The War"; "During the war..." is almost a catchphrase for him.
* GottaCatchEmAll: The first season seems to deal with gathering pieces of an all powerful sword. The Infinity Gems in the second season.
* GrandFinale: "The Final Battle! ('Nuff Said!)", where the Squaddies finally stop the Dark Surfer and undo all the damage he's caused to the universe using the Infinity Sword and the Infinity Gauntlet.
* GrandTheftMe: Baron Mordo possesses Iron Man's armor, anyway.
* HairTriggerTemper: They don't call Ms. Marvel "Ms. Crankypants" for nothing.
* HehHehYouSaidX:
-->'''Beta Ray Bill:''' I was genetically enhanced to be a janitor, in order to take care of the Spacestation [[InherentlyFunnyWords Scuttlebutt]].
-->'''Thor:''' Hehe, thou said [[BaitAndSwitch scuttle.]]
* HeroesWantRedheads: When Black Widow ([[spoiler:who is Mystique in disguise]]) briefly joins the team. Except Wolverine. He stays away from dating superheroes and villains alike [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking (and backup dancers)]], which is the exact opposite of his portrayal in the comics. Maybe he's gotten wise about their [[StuffedIntoTheFridge survival odds]].
* HypocriticalHumor:
** In "This Forest Green", the Abomination makes fun of Egghead for being bald, only for Doom to point out to him that he doesn't have hair either.
** Iron Man mocks Doom for wearing a metal suit in "The Ice Melt Cometh", but stops himself when he remembers that he wears PoweredArmor himself.
* ImpossibleShadowPuppets: In "The Ballad of Beta Ray Bill", Thor, stranded on the far side of the galaxy, decides to practice his shadow puppetry. He starts with a rabbit ("Fluffy"), a detailed wolf ("Fenrir") and concludes with an impossible dragon ("Fáfnir"). Having mastered shadow puppetry in seven seconds Thor then goes mad with boredom.
* ImStandingRightHere: Nearly said word for word in "Another Order of Evil". The ending of the two-part episode has M.O.D.O.K. insult Doom, who has become cellmates with M.O.D.O.K. and the Abomination by the end of the story and indignantly exclaims "I'm sitting right here!"
* IncrediblyLamePun: The show doesn't skimp on them.
-->'''M.O.D.O.K.:''' What are the Super Hero Squad doing at the water and power building?\\
'''Abomination:''' Paying their superpower bill?\\
'''M.O.D.O.K.:''' [''flailing uselessly''] Want to hit you... but arms... too short!
* InfinityPlusOneSword: The '''Infinity''' Sword.
* InsufferableGenius: Flatman, but more "insufferable" than "genius", as he believes not only that GlobalWarming [[IncrediblyLamePun flat-out]] doesn't exist, but also that ''the Earth is flat''.
* IWantGrandkids: In "Mother of Doom", Doctor Doom's mother at one point remarks that her son neglected to give her grandchildren.
* IWantMyMommy: In "The Ice Melt Cometh", Pyro comedically cries "Mommy" when he sees that he's about be struck by lightning from Thor.
* {{Kaiju}}: Mole Man uses giant monsters as part of his ''modus operandi''.
* LadyOfWar: Valkyrie
* LargeHam: Doom, naturally, is a scenery-chewing ham. And Thor. Ms. Marvel had her moments as well.
* LethalChef: Silver Surfer's cooking tends to be disgusting slop that the other Squaddies don't want to eat.
* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: Wolverine and Reptil face off again M.O.D.O.K and Abomination in a full game of ''golf'' to decide who gets control of a fractal. [[spoiler:The villains lose and then subvert the trope by trying to take it by force. However, they seem to be ashamed of themselves since they decided to lie about it]].
* LighterAndSofter: The series is definitely more lighthearted than most Marvel Comics adaptations.
* LimitedAnimation: Although the animation is generally of good quality, there are often times where a character [[EverybodyDoTheEndlessLoop conspicuously repeats an action]] (like firing an energy blast or pushing a button) repeatedly. There are also scenes of characters just staring at nothing, or even scenes being rewinded.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Quite a lot of Marvel characters, both well-known and obscure, show up in this series.
* MadeOfIron: Wolverine can recover from injuries easily because of his adamantium skeleton.
* MagicSkirt: Jean Grey
* MediumAwareness: One episode features Dr. Doom and Magneto joining forces to obtain fractals, and end up accusing each other of stealing the entire pot. They had Falcon supposedly imprisoned, but he suddenly appears out of nowhere and snatches the remaining fractal in front of them.
-->'''Magneto:''' I did not steal your fractals!
-->'''Falcon:''' Actually, it was me. Wish I could tell you about it, but... read the message boards.
** Again in "Days, Nights and Weekends of Future Past":
-->'''Scarlet Witch:''' What do they write about me on your message boards?
-->'''Falcon:''' Uhh... nothing but positive things.
-->'''Scarlet Witch:''' Liar! No one EVER writes positive things on message boards!
* MindControlEyes: Happens occasionally with Ringmaster's hypnotized victims.
* MonsterMash: "This Man-Thing, This Monster!" featured a team called the Supernatural Hero Squad, whose members included Werewolf By Night and the plant monster Man-Thing, and had Dracula as the episode's villain.
* MythologyGag:
** Thor being turned into '''[[ComicBook/PetAvengers Throg, Frog of Thunder]]''' in the episode introducing Dormammu.
** "Tales Of Suspense" as an episode title, with an A-Plot focusing on Iron Man.
** "So that is what happens when [[Film/XMen1 a toad is hit by lightning]]. What a letdown."
** The title cards are a homage to the Marvel covers of the 1960's and 70's. In particular, the first episode, featuring the Mole Man, has one that pays homage to the famous first cover to ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'', with the featured superheroes standing in for the members of the Fantastic Four.
** Captain America, talking on the phone about a reenactment of Gettysburg he's attending: "Relax, Brubaker! It's just a Comicbook/CivilWar, what could go wrong?" It's also a nod to Ed Brubaker, long-time writer of Captain America.
** A special one that doubles as a ShoutOut is during a trip to the Negative Zone when Iron Man sees a vision of himself as he looks on ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''. His response:
-->'''Iron Man:''' Such ''strange'' apparitions!
** Remember that photographer that snapped a shot of the Squad during the first season finale? That's Phil Sheldon, from ComicBook/{{Marvels}} making his first appearance outside the comics.
** Just as in the comics, Screaming Mimi turns out to be [[spoiler:Songbird, although in this case she's a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and mole in Doom's operation.]]
** Thanos punishing Nebula is straight out of ''Infinity Gauntlet'', except there, he withered her into a living corpse (which they couldn't do on a kids' show).
** [[invoked]] In "Oh, Brother!", Wolverine gets turned into an actual wolverine. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen The original idea in the comics was that Wolverine was an actual wolverine that was mutated into a human.]]
** In the Squad's fight with the Skrulls in "If This Be My Thanos!", in a seemingly absurd attempt to get past the heroes' defenses, three of those aliens disguise themselves as ''cows''. Definitely a gag at what happened to the Skrulls on their first appearance in the ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' when Mr. Fantastic hypnotized the four Skrulls into cows. And possibly a hint, [[spoiler:as done in the ''ComicBook/TheKreeSkrullWar'', that there is one particular Skrull missing and is disguised as someone, particularly a significant guest star, which in this case is "Thanos".]]
** In a flashback that's obviously in this universe's equivalent of TheEighties in "Mental Organism Designed Only for Kisses", Thor has his own rock band, and his attire is reminiscent that of Dargo Ktor (the guy in the future who possessed the power of Thor introduced in TheEighties).
** In "Too Many Wolverines!", one of said clones is none other than X-23 in a Wolverine outfit, manicuring her claws. [[Comicbook/AllNewAllDifferentMarvel Which doubles as]] HilariousInHindsight.
*** Another one has an Australian accent, like the character did in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManAndHisAmazingFriends'' and the ''WesternAnimation/PrydeOfTheXMen'' animated pilot.
*** Another Aussie Wolverine is shown loving to sing and dance, presumably as a nod to Wolvie actor Creator/HughJackman and his musical background.
** In "The Ice Melt Cometh", Captain America finds the Hulk frozen in ice at one point and states that he's "been there", alluding to how Captain America ended up frozen in a block of ice during World War II and ended up thawed out in modern times.
* TheNapoleon: Captain Lichtenstein. Tiny, but economically prosperous!
* NeverSayDie: Parodied/played with:
-->'''Gray Hulk''': Ah, M.O.D.O.K. The Mental Organism Designed Only for Kick-ball.\\
'''M.O.D.O.K.''': Yes, it--''Hey''! That's not what it stands for!
** Played straight when he once says the "K" stands for "Kick-butt".
** In "Mental Organism Designed Only for Kisses!" when Ms. Marvel falls in love with M.O.D.O.K. (thanks to Amora of course) Hawkeye tells Iron Man that they cannot risk Ms. Marvel siding with the villains, since she knows all of the Squad's secrets. So he tells Iron Man that she must be... destroyed.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Flatman purposely calls Ben Stein to mind.
* NonSequiturThud: Thor gets one of these in episode 8:
-->'''Thor''': Of course, father Odin! What small child would ''not'' prefer a hammer to a new bicycle? ''Ooooooh'', rainbow...
* NotWearingPantsDream: In "Blind Rage Knows No Color", the Hulk's nightmare at one point has everyone laugh at him for being in his underwear.
* ObviouslyEvil: Chthon. Doom. Dormammu. Most of the villains, really.
* {{The Only One}}s: The Squaddies have to take care of everything. Even those who have some sense that a big event is going down, such as Doctor Strange, wait until our heroes have come to them before offering to help.
* PaperThinDisguise: In "Days, Nights, and Weekends of Future Past!", H.E.R.B.I.E. disguises himself as a Sentinel and manages to deceive other Sentinels in spite of the disguise only being a cardboard mask that's crudely drawn.
* RapidAging: In "Revenge of the Baby-Sat!", Doctor Doom causes Thor and Ms. Marvel to become elderly after becoming master of time.
* RecurringExtra: A bratty little girl [[MeaningfulName appropriately named]] Brynnie Bratton appears several times and is usually pouting because whatever she was doing is interrupted by the heroes and villains fighting. She eventually gets ADayInTheLimelight in the sixth episode, where her dad gives her a tiara (with a fractal in it) as a gift, and she causes problems for both sides.
* RightBehindMe: "A Brat Walks Among Us" has M.O.D.O.K. get in trouble when he makes fun of Doctor Doom and realizes too late that Doom had been listening to his mockery all along.
* RoleReprisal: A few actors who portrayed Marvel characters in past productions returned to voice their characters.
** To, no one's surprise, Creator/SteveBlum (starting with ''VideoGame/XMenLegends'') as Wolverine.
** Shawn Ashmore (The ''[[Film/XMenFilmSeries X-Men]]'' trilogy and ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'') as Iceman.
** Ray Stevenson (''Film/PunisherWarZone'') as the Punisher.
** Dave Boat (''WesternAnimation/UltimateAvengers'') as Thor.
** Creator/JimWard (''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'') as Professor Xavier.
** A.J. Buckley (''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'') as Toad.
** Creator/JessHarnell (The 90s ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFour'') as Impossible Man.
* ScoobyDoobyDoors: During the chase scene in "Deadly is the Black Widow's Bite!"
* SealedEvilInACan: Literally. Doctor Strange has Baron Mordo sealed in a can of soda.
* ShesAllGrownUp: Valkyrie. The last time Thor saw her was in high school.
-->'''Thor''': She's filled out nicely.
* ShapeshifterSwansong: Invoked when [[spoiler:Black Widow]] is revealed to be Mystique, and [[SlapstickKnowsNoGender a blow to the head from Mjölnir]] causes her to shift into mishmashes of several Marvel characters - in a manner reminiscent of the Hulk fractal CouchGag.
--> '''M.O.D.O.K.''': [[ITakeOffenceToThatLastOne "My head isn't THAT big!!"]][[note]]Note that he says this when Mystique becomes a M.O.D.O.K. with Hulk legs, which make the head look proportionally ''smaller''.[[/note]]
* ShoutOut:
** In "Mental Organism Designed Only for Kisses", WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants' iconic laughter can be heard when Hulk is channel surfing. Seeing as how Creator/TomKenny is the lead in the show, this isn't quite surprising. What is surprising though is that Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} is a rival channel to Creator/CartoonNetwork.
** In "Election of Evil", the Mayor references Spider-Man, the most major of missing Marvel characters, quite a lot. For starters, he tries to get superpowers by "getting bitten by a radioactive bug", and his campaign motto is "With great responsibility comes great power... and vice-versa."
** Reptil's favourite cheese is [[Creator/JoeQuesada Queso da Joe]] ("It's super-cheesy!")
** M.O.D.O.K: "Ever since Knuckles Quesada got out of prison, he just hasn't been the same."
** In "Tales of Suspense" Doctor Doom gets a friend request from Magneto and Titanium Man. This is the name of a Creator/PaulMcCartney song from the Wings era.
** The HuskyRusskie Crimson Dynamo says to Rhodey that he [[Film/RockyIV "am break you now."]]
** In "The Ballard of Beta Ray Bill", the Stranger calls Beta Ray Bill "[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic [his] little pony]]".
** In "Deadly is the Black Widow's Bite!", Iron Man asks Black Widow[[note]](Mystique)[[/note]] if she can say "[[WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle Moose and Squirrel]]". [[CrowningMomentOfFunny She refuses.]]
** In "The Final Battle, 'Nuff Said!", the Squaddies warp to the end of the Universe. Scarlet Witch was hoping there'd at least be [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy a restaurant]] there.
*** One scene shows Saturn in the Earth's sky like the ending of ''Film/TheQuietEarth''.
* ShownTheirWork: As evidenced by the huge amounts of in-jokes and {{Mythology Gag}}s the show uses. One example that stands out is in "Enter: Dormammu", in which the Hulk is the only squaddie to notice Dr. Strange's astral form, as a gag. It's not one of the Hulk's better known powers.
* {{Sizeshifter}}: The Wasp has the power to both shrink and grow.
* SpiritualSuccessor: The whole franchise is most likely to have been--at least partially--inspired by ''ComicBook/MiniMarvels''. With that said, how much of a "successor" the series may be is debatable since ''Mini Marvels'' is still ongoing. Plus, Chris Giarrusso's style and approach are different, in that he depicts the heroes and villains (most of them, anyway) as kids rather than just SuperDeformed grown-ups.
* TheStarscream: M.O.D.O.K., [[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated both of which]] have now been voiced by [[Creator/TomKenny the same man]].
** Granted, he only tries to overthrow Doom once. In every other episode, he's Doom's loyal ButtMonkey.
** [[spoiler:The FaceHeelTurn Silver Surfer towards Thanos. Not only does he trick Thanos into giving him the Infinity Gauntlet, but he even banishes him into the Soul Gem.]]
* StockFootage: If the hour-long pilot is a good indication, at least once per episode stock animation of the core characters posing ''with attitude'' while the theme song plays will be utilized. Ka-Zar manages to RUN AWAY during the footage.
-->'''Falcon:''' He moved fast in just ten seconds.
** "Mysterious Mayhem At Mutant High" does it with Reptil. '''Just''' Reptil.
* StrappedToABomb: There's an episode where the Scarlet Witch is sent back in time to UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, caught by the Red Skull and then tied to a rocket, but is then saved by Captain America and the Invaders (Bucky, the Jim Hammond Human Torch, and Toro).
* SuperDeformed: Basically, the art style of the show.
* SuperheroesWearTights: It's a general rule of the toyline, the show and the games: if a heroine's uniform exposes the midriff or the tights on the comics, those parts will be covered (Storm also wears leggings, and in the MMOG, Tigra wears a one-piece swimsuit rather than the comics' bikini). It's kids merchandise, after all.
* TakeThat:
** In "Tales of Suspense", Iron Man at one point makes a remark about his incredulity that ''ComicStrip/TheFamilyCircus'' is still in the newspaper.
** Flatman's resistance to global warming is likely a subtle one towards people's dismissal of said theories.
** Thor's theories explaining how Mjölnir could turn Beta Ray Bill's toilet scrubber into a mystical hammer in "The Ballard of Beta Ray Bill". "Or maybe it's sloppy continuity."
** "Whom Continuity Would Destroy" comes off as a not-so-subtle jab toward Creator/DCComics' superheroes, as it has Iron Man, the Hulk, and Scarlet Witch fight the Squadrom Supreme (Hyperion, Nighthawk, and Power Princess), who are treated as an AlternateCompanyEquivalent of the Justice League (with Hyperion as the Franchise/{{Superman}} equivalent, Nighthawk as a stand-in for Franchise/{{Batman}}, and Power Princess lampooning Franchise/WonderWoman's invisible jet by having an arsenal of invisible weapons and vehicles). The Super Hero Squad beat the Squadron Supreme effortlessly and continue dissing them after their victory.
* TeamDad: Iron Man
* ThatPoorCat: OncePerEpisode, nearly.
* TitleDrop: The episode "Mental Organism Designed Only for Kisses" at one point has M.O.D.O.K. refer to himself as the episode's title.
* ToiletHumor: At least in the pilot. Not even Doom is exempt.
-->'''Falcon:''' Redwing, take care of that jewel on his forehead!
-->'''*splat*'''
-->'''M.O.D.O.K.:''' THAT'S UNSANITARY!
** It also appeared in "From the Atom... It Rises", where the Mole Man grosses out the Squad with his farts and does the same with the other villains at the end of the episode.
** In "This Silver, This Surfer", Human Torch and Silver Surfer destroy part of the Baxter Building. Cue a shot of Thing sitting on the toilet reading a newspaper only to have the bathroom crumble around him.
** In "Fate of Destiny!", when Iron Man summons the squaddies it's likely Thor's on the... er... "throne of Asgard" when the alarm sounds. They don't show anything, but he is sitting down reading a magazine, and he lets out [[spoiler:a barely audible grunt]] before leaving.
* TrainingMontage: Doom gets one, including Rocky's sweater. His teddy bear (also with Doom armor) stands in for the trainer.
* TransformationIsAFreeAction: Averted for [[PlayedForLaughs comedy's sake]]. Dark Surfer interrupts the Hero Up sequence by [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall messing with reality and destroying the show's logo in the background.]] Ka-Zar manages to RUN AWAY during the Hero Up sequence.
* {{Trickster}}: Loki. Who else?
* TrojanPrisoner: In "Days, Nights, and Weekends of Future Past!", H.E.R.B.I.E. sneaks Falcon and Magneto into prison by pretending to be a Sentinel and marching them up to the doors of the prison.
* {{Tsundere}}: Ms. Marvel with... well, everybody.
* TheUnfavorite: Loki is rather aware of where he stands in his father's favor.
-->Oh sure! Father Odin always liked [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor you]] best!
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Between Iron Man and Ms. Marvel.
* UnusualEars: Galactus.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: While in general a LighterAndSofter version of the Marvel Universe, [[TheCaligula The Red King]] in the Planet Hulk episode is played as a surprisingly straight-up monster until his HumiliationConga.
* VisualPun: At one point in "Enter Dormammu", Doctor Strange's fractal-corrupted magic turns the heroes into various other things. Wasp becomes an insect, while Iron Man becomes a clothing iron and then a golfing iron.
* [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What Happened To The Wasp?]]: The first season starts off by indicating that the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier is the home of other members of the Avengers such as Hawkeye and Wasp. After getting a decent amount of focus for a couple episodes, they're never seen or heard from again.
* WickedStepmother: Enchantress cast a spell on Odin to make her marry him so she'd become Queen of Asgard. With this, she became Stepmother of Thor and Loki. Unfortunately for her, because of a rule Loki invoked in an attempt to take the throne for himself, since she's a "peasant", Odin technically abdicated by marrying her. Loki even went as far as casting a spell to prevent Enchantress from breaking hers. However, before Loki managed to dethrone Thor, Enchantress decided [[spoiler:she could use Odin to take over by force since he's the most powerful Asgardian. Fortunately Odin broke both spells]].
* WipeThatSmileOffYourFace: Nebula has her mouth removed from her face by Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet.
-->'''Nebula:''' MMMRNN!
-->'''Thanos:''' Ooh, that is a ''good'' look for you!
* WitchHunt: Scarlet ''Witch'' is subjected to one by the founding citizens of Super Hero City in the year 1602, despite the fact that she had only shown good intentions and helped defend the city against the dreaded pirate Captain Doom up until that point. The Mayor reasoned that even though everyone likes her on an individual level, she is still guilty of being a witch.
* WouldntHitAGirl: Doctor Doom's mother attacks Hulk with her "sonic nag", to which Hulk responds that he doesn't fight girls. When she pours it on, he gets pissed and responds with his own sonic roar, properly causing a building to fall on top of her.
* WritingAroundTrademarks: The series couldn't use Spider-Man because of rights issues with Creator/{{Sony}}, but they manage to get away with two vague references to the hero in "Election of Evil", where the Mayor of Superhero City at one point mentions knowing of a hero who gained powers from being bitten by a radioactive bug and at the end of the episode states "[[ComesGreatResponsibility With great responsibility comes great power....and, uh, vice versa]]."

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