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** There's mention at the beginning of the book of a superhero with two heads called Double Header. There actually ''is'' a superhero with that name who has two heads, a reject of the [[ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes]] who later joined the Legion of Substitute-Heroes.

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** There's mention at the beginning of the book of a superhero with two heads called Double Header. There actually ''is'' a superhero with that name who has two heads, a reject of the [[ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes]] ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes who later joined the Legion of Substitute-Heroes.


* ShoutOut: During one of Slappy's interruptions, he jokes Mason should start calling himself "Captain Underpants", then wonders [[Literature/CaptainUnderpants if that has been taken]].

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** There's mention at the beginning of the book of a superhero with two heads called Double Header. There actually ''is'' a superhero with that name who has two heads, a reject of the [[ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes]] who later joined the Legion of Substitute-Heroes.
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During one of Slappy's interruptions, he jokes Mason should start calling himself "Captain Underpants", then wonders [[Literature/CaptainUnderpants if that has been taken]].

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* LegacyCharacter: The Night Howler himself, who passes the role down to Mason. And in the end it turns out [[spoiler: Dr. Maniac is one too, offering Mason the role, who accepts.]]

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The ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}} [=SlappyWorld=]'' book where a kid becomes a superhero.

Mason Brady loves comics and comic book superheroes. One day, while visiting a comics museum, Mason meets one of his heroes, The Night Howler. He's tired of being a hero and wants to retire. He thinks Mason should take up the role of Night Howler, and eventually he accepts. But his new role comes with more dangers than he realized, as he must now fight crime and powerful supervillains to save his town.

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!!This book provides examples of:

* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Stella, who annoys Mason by trying to copy him all the time.
* CanonDiscontinuity: [[spoiler: Just like the previous Dr. Maniac appearance, the fact that he was created by Robby Schwartz is ignored.]]
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: The costume the protagonist gets works this way. An interesting spin is that the powers go away if he reveals his secret identity to anyone else.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Despite his name and his costume reflecting it, The Night Howler is a hero.
* FaceHeelTurn: At the end, [[spoiler: Mason accepts the role of Dr. Maniac after failing to be a good hero]].
* FoodBasedSuperpowers: The villain Blue Strawberry has the power to make it rain food.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: One of the Night Howler's powers is the ability to cloud someone's mind so that they forget whatever they just saw. It can also allow you to do general mind control and they'll forget they got the idea from you.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: While [[spoiler: Dr. Maniac]] is trying to mess with Mason, he suggests they may all just be characters in a novel, with no control over their actions.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: While previous comic book centric books at least attempted to have mild horror elements, due to still being about normal kids facing supervillains, this is closer to traditional superhero fare as a kid has super powers to deal with the villains.
* ShoutOut: During one of Slappy's interruptions, he jokes Mason should start calling himself "Captain Underpants", then wonders [[Literature/CaptainUnderpants if that has been taken]].
* SuperZeroes: Barton sees himself this way, as he isn't able to defeat [[spoiler: Dr. Maniac]] on his own, and kept failing. This is why he [[spoiler: becomes the new Dr. Maniac at the end.]]
* VillainTeamUp: [[spoiler: Dr. Maniac]] teams up with some other villains to hold Barton off, such as one called the Blue Strawberry.

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