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* CardboardPrison: Averted, since what kickstarts the plot is the ''lack'' of free-roaming supervillains for Captain Amazing to fight. A couple of AwesomeMcCoolname types are mentioned as being out of action for good... so he ''[[InvokedTrope invokes]]'' the trope and gets one released -- one potent enough to give him a fight worthy of publicizing... [[spoiler:one which kicks his ass, leaving the Mystery Men to save the day.]]

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* CardboardPrison: Averted, since what kickstarts the plot is the ''lack'' of free-roaming supervillains for Captain Amazing to fight. A couple of AwesomeMcCoolname types are mentioned as being out of action for good... so he ''[[InvokedTrope invokes]]'' the trope and gets one released -- one potent enough to give him a fight worthy of publicizing... [[spoiler:one which who kicks his ass, leaving the Mystery Men to save the day.]]


* TheCity: Champion City.



* CityOfWeirdos: The "superheroes" are ubiquitous and by-and-large [[DudeWheresMyRespect not taken seriously by the public]], but a geeky subculture of superhero wannabes exists.



* TheCity: Champion City.

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* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Casanova Frankenstein is a very serious and menacing villain in an otherwise comedic film.

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* VigilanteMilitia: The Mystery Men are composed of three Z-list superheroes: Mister Furious, Blue Raja and The Shoveler. When Captain Amazing gets taken out by TheVillain, these three recruit The Bowler, Invisible Boy and The Spleen to the cause of taking down Casanova Frankenstein.


The not-exactly-kinda-eponymous characters are left needing to recruit Champion City's other underdog supers, including The Bowler (Creator/JaneaneGarofalo), The Spleen (Creator/PaulReubens) and Invisible Boy (Creator/KelMitchell), train under the enigmatic tutelage of the Sphinx (Wes Studi), using weapons created by MadScientist[=/=]GadgeteerGenius Dr. Heller (Music/TomWaits) in order to save the day.

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The not-exactly-kinda-eponymous characters are left needing to recruit Champion City's other underdog supers, including The Bowler (Creator/JaneaneGarofalo), The Spleen (Creator/PaulReubens) and Invisible Boy (Creator/KelMitchell), train under the enigmatic tutelage of the Sphinx (Wes Studi), (Creator/WesStudi), using weapons created by MadScientist[=/=]GadgeteerGenius Dr. Heller (Music/TomWaits) in order to save the day.


* RummageSaleRejects: Not just the Mystery Men; all the wannabes wear mismatched or dirty equipment.

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* RummageSaleRejects: RummageSaleReject: Not just the Mystery Men; all the wannabes wear mismatched or dirty equipment.


* SeriesMinusSeriesCore: In the comics, the Mystery Men were a backup group to the ''ComicBook/FlamingCarrot''. The movie left him out as he was thought too bizarre to film.


** Invisible Boy can ''actually'' become transparent,...but only when nobody, including himself, is looking directly at him. So he's already technically "invisible" even if he doesn't become transparent. [[spoiler:It actually does have a use, though. Turns out electronic cameras and sensors ''don't'' count as anybody looking.]]

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** Invisible Boy actually can ''actually'' truly become transparent,...but only when nobody, including himself, is looking directly at him. So he's already technically "invisible" even if he doesn't become transparent. [[spoiler:It actually does have a use, though. Turns out electronic cameras and sensors ''don't'' count as anybody looking.]]

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* HateSink: [[SmugSuper Captain Amazing]], real name Lance Hunt, is the superhero of Champion City. Unlike the genuinely heroic Mystery Men, however, [[ItsAllAboutMe Amazing is only in it for the fame and the money]] and [[{{Jerkass}} has no respect for his fans or other superheroes]]. Amazing crosses the line when, in an attempt to keep [[CorporateSponsoredSuperhero his sponsors]] [[ItsAllAboutMe from pulling their endorsements due to his fights being boring without supervillains]], he tricks the insane asylum staff in releasing is nemesis [[AxCrazy Casanova]] [[FortheEvulz Frankenstein]], counting on Casanova to reek havoc. After Casanova blows up the asylum, Amazing arrives to apprehend him ([[TheSociopath showing no concern for all the inmates, guards, and asylum staff who are all dead because of him]]), but [[HoistbyHisOwnPetard is captured by Casanova instead]], and fails to convince Casanova to release him despite [[AintTooProudtoBeg promising to help with the evil plan]]. Considering he spends his final moments [[{{Jerkass}} yelling at and insulting the Mystery Men]], you will [[AssholeVictim probably cheer]] at his [[PoorCommunicationKills accidental death]] by [[BodyHorror psycho-fraculation]].

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* CoolButInefficient: Blue Raja can throw silverware with unerring accuracy, but only when he is trained to give up on theatrics that keep throwing off his aim. And even then, no knives, only forks or spoons. ''Maybe'' a pie server if he was really pressed.


* NinetiesAntiHero: Parodied -- Roy wants to be one of these so very, very much but the result is often quite lame.

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* NinetiesAntiHero: Parodied -- Roy Parodied. Roy[=/=]Mr. Furious wants to be one of these so very, very much much, but the result is often quite lame.lame because he's actually a meek, gentle guy [[IJustWantToBeBadass and not the formidable rage monster he wants to be]].


* VictoryIsBoring: After putting away every supervillain in the city, Captain Amazing is left with only incompetent gangs of thugs, which prompts him to get Casanova Frankenstein released.

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* VictoryIsBoring: And unprofitable. After putting away every supervillain in the city, Captain Amazing is left with only incompetent gangs of thugs, which prompts him to get Casanova Frankenstein released.


* TokenMinority: Invisible Boy and The Sphinx are the only people of color on the team.

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* TokenMinority: Invisible Boy and The Sphinx are the only people of color on the team. The Bowler is the only woman among them.


* TokenMinority: Invisible Boy is the only member of the team who isn't white.

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* TokenMinority: Invisible Boy is and The Sphinx are the only member people of color on the team who isn't white.team.


* StormingTheCastle: The attack on Casanova's mansion and driving straight through the gate.



* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Carol the Bowler is the only woman on the team. She's also the only woman in the film who's a main character, or has more than a few scenes or lines.



* StormingTheCastle: The attack on Casanova's mansion and driving straight through the gate.



*** The Blue Raja has vast array of specialized forks, a well-researched back story and is a rather knowledgable history buff.

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*** The Blue Raja has vast array of specialized forks, a well-researched back story and is a rather knowledgable knowledgeable history buff.



* TokenMinority: Carol the Bowler is the only woman on the team. Invisible Boy is the only who isn't white.

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* TokenMinority: Carol the Bowler is the only woman on the team. Invisible Boy is the only member of the team who isn't white.

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