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Western Animation: Zevo-3

A Nicktoons cartoon about three superheroes with the radical names of Z-Strap, Kewl Breeze, and Elastica, and who are based on Sketchers sneakers. While many think it was a 30-minute sneaker commercial, not only were shoes almost never mentioned, as it went on, it became a dark story, hinting at a vast conspiracy at work. Unfortunately, the show was cancelled before this could be fully explored.


Zevo-3 provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: "Beneath the City"
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Jason James and Matt Martin, a.k.a. Z-Strap and Kewl Breeze.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Metal power! Ice power! ... Hair power?
  • An Axe to Grind: Gram and plant monster.
  • Badass Grandma: Gram has this down in spades.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Stankfoot and Ronson, with both opposing each other while Zevo-3 is caught in the middle.
  • Brother-Sister Team: Matt and Ellie. Oddly, they often refer to each other by their superhero handles when in costume. Hell, Ellie calls him by name (middle included) while in costume in the middle of hostile territory.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: The second episode has this in spades.
  • Continuity Nod: A recycling flyer Ellie made is briefly shown tumbling through the streets a few episodes later.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Jason in particular fell susceptible to this in "Which Came First".
  • Dating Catwoman: Jason kind of ends up doing this, although he doesn't realize until the end.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The (first) talking mutant in "Sacrifice". Even when the group gets captured, his only reaction is "Ah, they beefed up security."
  • Extra Ore Dinary: Z-Strap
  • Freak Lab Accident: In addition to being the Zevo-3's origin, it was also what brought about many of their enemies.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • The gymnast boy who was such a sleaze. Just think about it...
    • At least twice in "Mutant Hotel"; during the latter fight, one of the Brutes' hands is in an unfortunate spot on Ellie's chest (these guys were coughing earlier when the first building was destroyed, so it's presumed they're at least partially organic); minutes later George Mengleson claims to be more lover and fighter, with his wife interjecting that even if he's only half that....
    • On the violence side, in several episodes you see buildings getting ripped up, punctured, torn down, exploded, and melted. While no death toll is explicitly stated, there's no way they were all vacated in time...Plus people with weak immune systems (if it was really a virus) probably died during the virus episode.
    • Blood in the Molocon episodes, plus Ellie's Hispanic friend.
    • Just before Jason cuts his finger on the Molocon action figure, he mimics a handsign from the story it's from; this handsign just happens to look like this.
    • A LOT in "Delirium".
  • Goth: Angel Jones, Voiced by Pamela Adlon.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: "Sacrifice", by name.
  • Helicopter Hair: Elastika can use her hair like propellers.
  • An Ice Person: Kewl Breeze
  • I Just Want to Be Special: To quote Matt/Kewl Breeze in the second episode:
    Matt: What's the point of having superpowers if you can't use 'em?!
  • Intoxication Ensues / Hilarity Ensues: "Delirium", Jason eats mind-altering fruit. He spends most of the episode totally soused.
  • Large Ham: Stankfoot. Not the first hammy supervillain Mark Hamil's voiced.
  • Made of Phlebotinum: According to the official website, Dr Stankfoot's head henchwoman Dark Materia is a sentient collective of Zevo Energy.
  • Mad Scientist: Stankfoot
  • McNinja: Z-Strap's design and and acrobatic, athletic fighting style are reminiscent of this.
  • Meaningful Name: Doctor Stanley K. Foot
  • Merchandise-Driven: It's a show based on characters in commercials. Due to FCC regulations, the merchandise part isn't really focused on.
  • The Millennium Age of Animation
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Matt is the reason that he and the others are superheroes: a crazed super villain with a penchant for super soldiers is on the loose, the mayor is trying to wipe said superheroes off the face of the Earth, and products of that scientist's mad dreams have destroyed a number of buildings and probably killed a lot of people. All because some boy genius fell for some Schmuck Bait.
  • Le Parkour: Z-Strap was able to do this on a skateboard before he even got his powers. He now doesn't need a board; particularly prevalent in "Sacrifice". Although they call it free running.
  • Phlebotinum: The Zevo Compound, source of all mutations in the show.
  • Power Trio / Token Trio: Jason, the light-skinned black dude, oldest, and leader; Matt, the youngest, the smart guy, and white boy; Ellie, middle age between the two and Matt's older sister, the "girl", and also white.
  • Prehensile Hair: Elastika
  • Product Placement: In spades, most notably in the main characters' superhero identities. Perhaps in a moment of Laser-Guided Karma, the FCC is now investigating the show, as it apparently violates the guidelines on distinctions between children's advertising and children's programming.
  • Psycho Rangers: Ronson "sinks" to hiring a team of Zevo mutants in "Career Week", one of which turns out to be Jason's crush, and another of which looks very much like the Skechers Luminators mascot-character.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter:
    • The curples in "Which Came First?". They're purple, furry, and roughly the size of a human fist. They're also mind-controlled minions of Dr. Stankfoot.
    • The mutant critters in a later episode borderline this and Ugly Cute.invoked
  • Sassy Black Woman: Jason's Grams is AWESOME. Half the baddies, should they make their way onto her barge, will be immediately attacked by her. With an axe.
  • Secret Keeper:
    • Z-Strap's grandma.
    • Florence the paramedic seems to know at least that Ellie is Elastica.
  • The Starscream: Dark Matteria has intentions of getting rid of Stankfoot and controlling all she sees and she's not very quiet about it.
  • Teen Genius: Kewl-Breeze is somehow able to build complex gadgets
  • íThree Amigos!: The pink-haired super hero Ellie Martin, Aka Elastika has 2 best friends, The gossip-girl Cotilla Vasquez and the goth-girl Angel Jones. All three of them are voiced by: Kari Wahlgren, Grey DeLisle and Pamela Adlon.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World
  • You Are What You Hate: Brett Ronson, despite all his anti-mutant hysteria, is yet another victim of the Zevo Compound.


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