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YMMV: Static Shock
  • Adaptation Displacement: Most people didn't know that Static was based on a Comic Book Series.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Inverted, Word of God confirmed he is gay, but his mannerisms implies otherwise.
  • Anvilicious: To the point where it distracts from the plot in some episodes.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Hotstreak and Ebon.
  • Ear Worm: The theme tune, plus Nails's theme.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Rubberband Man
    • Richie counts too. He was so popular with fans that he was promoted to a superhero in the third season; show creator Dwayne Mc Duffie once said that Richie's popularity alone was what got them a fourth season of the show.
  • Fridge Horror: In the episode "Now You See Him", Static is fighting Speedwarp, a villain who can accelerate time for himself and chosen targets. Towards the end, he kidnaps Daisy and accelerates her, and Static follows with his own time device a minute later. However, time is slowed down for Daisy and Speedwarp. Daisy must have been trapped in there for hours or days.
    • Wade was featured prominently in the first episode, but then was never seen or mentioned again after the Big Bang. While no fatalities are mentioned in show, we see a kid melting from the effects of the gas; it's likely Wade was one of the unlucky ones. This is most likely the case since in the comics it was explicitly stated that more people died from the effects of the gas than were mutated.
  • Fridge Logic: Or at least a head-scratcher. By episode 21, Sharon is dating Adam, aka Rubberbandman aka a superhero. We see them together on a few dates with no implications they broke up during the whole rest of the series. Yet she's in danger in quite a few episodes, including kidnapped with her cell phone in one, and he never showed up in them. Not even a "I'm sorry I wasn't there but I'm glad you're safe" cameo. What gives?
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In one episode, Adam insists on using fireworks for his concert despite the warnings of his crew on using them on a small stage, and when the fireworks go off, they end up setting the place on fire. That became a whole lot harsher when the Rhode Island nightclub "The Station" got set on fire in February 2003 during a Great White concert(and killed at least 100 people) due to a combination of polyurethane insulation and the band's use of pyrotechnics on a smaller then normal stage.
    • Hawkgirl hitting John's head in "A League of Their Own". Especially when you know wha happens in "Starcrossed".
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Static, in one episode early in the first season, does research on Replay from the 'TV Trivia' website. Fast forward to today...
    • Also, at the time of that episode's airing, Neil Patrick Harris was a perfect choice for that role - a washed up child star who was only known for one role. Then, a few years later, How I Met Your Mother came along and shot him back into the spotlight.
  • Ho Yay: Virgil/Richie. Need we mention the infamous ending to the "Wet N' Wild" episode?
    • Specs and Trapper, too.
    • Don't forget that episode that had Static and Hotstreak spent handcuffed to each other. Well, more like Foe Yay
  • I Am Not Shazam: He's just "Static", not "Static Shock". It's gotten so bad, even the comics have made that mistake!
  • Memetic Mutation: Behbehbehbehbehbehbeh... THIS CAN'T WAIT A MONTH!
  • Minority Show Ghetto: While it was one of the highest rated cartoons on Kids' WB! when it aired, it could not secure enough merchandising deals to keep it alive. It comes into this trope because the show's contemporaries (X-Men: Evolution, Batman Beyond) didn't suffer the same problems.
  • Narm: In the episode with the bullied kid who brings a gun to school, at one point the gun goes off. It's angled up in the air at the time, yet somehow Richie ends up getting shot in the leg.
    • Then Richie's reaction to getting shot is something like "It hurts! It really hurts! It's not like on TV!"
  • Narm Charm
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Of the NFL theme in "Linked".
  • Tear Jerker: when Static and Hotstreak are chained together, they learn they're in a medical facility. Hotstreak totally flips out, eventually revealing that at one point, he spent two years in a hospital. This reveals a somewhat poignant side to his usual thuggish portrayal.
  • Uncanny Valley: The villain Ferret.
  • What an Idiot: In one episode, Virgil's sister suspects that he is Static. The problem? She blurts out his identity at every given opportunity in public while cheering him on from the sidelines. Admittedly, people were running and screaming, trying to get away from the destruction of the fight, so they may not have noticed. Still a stupid thing to do, though.
    • In a Very Special Episode about gun violence, when Jimmy decided to lower his gun, his bullies decided to tackle him on the ground, setting the gun off, and hitting Richie. Another Face Palm worthy moment is when Jimmy pulled a gun earlier, they asked what it is.

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