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Both pilots can presently be viewed on Adult Swim's website.

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Both pilots can presently be viewed on Adult Swim's website.

!!Tropes!!Tropes found in these pilots include:

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* GradeSkipper: In ''Back in Action'', it is mentioned by Cyber Master that Cerebro skipped a few grades because of his advanced intelligence.


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* NoSocialSkills: In ''Back in Action'', Cerebro curtly says to Captain Sturdy "You're old". Cyber Master explains that the lack of social skills is because he skipped a few grades.

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* YouDontLookLikeYou: Ultra Boy's appearance is drastically different in ''The Originals'' when compared to how he appeared in ''Back in Action''. He's no longer balding, his face lacks stubble, and his face is redesigned to be more simplified and easier on the eyes.

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* FatIdiot: Captain Sturdy's sidekick Ultra Boy is obese and dumb as a pile of rocks.


* CaptainSuperhero: The title character is a superhero whose codename starts with "Captain".



* CaptainSuperhero: The title character is a superhero whose codename starts with "Captain".

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* CaptainSuperhero: The title character is a superhero whose codename starts with "Captain".


The first was titled ''Captain Sturdy: Back in Action'', aired in 2001 as part of the ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow'' and had Captain Sturdy having to come out of retirement because his pension has been cancelled due to the retirement age for superheroes being lifted to 70. To his dismay, he finds that today's heroes have lost sight of what being a hero truly means right when the city is being endangered by his old enemy Moid.

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The first was titled ''Captain Sturdy: Back in Action'', Action'' and aired in 2001 as part of the ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow'' and ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow''. The pilot had Captain Sturdy having to come out of retirement because his pension has been cancelled due to the retirement age for superheroes being lifted to 70. To his dismay, he finds that today's heroes have lost sight of what being a hero truly means right when the city is being endangered by his old enemy Moid.


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* FalseReassurance: In ''The Originals'', Dr. Destructo gets beat up by Captain Sturdy's sidekick Ultra Boy and his teammates the Originals because of a misunderstanding. When Dr. Destructo appears to take it in stride and say that the attack has made him realize how miserable retirement life has been for him, Captain Sturdy commends his old foe's positive outlook before the villain boasts that now he's returning to being evil and that he'll dedicate the remainder of his life to destroying Captain Sturdy and all other superheroes.


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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In ''The Originals'', the now retired Dr. Destructo gets assaulted by Ultra Boy, Velocity Man, Elastic Man, Brianna, and Chronos, Master of Time and Space because of a misunderstanding. This ends up causing Dr. Destructo to decide that he's done with retirement and will now focus his efforts on destroying Captain Sturdy and every other superhero.


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* NowWhichOneWasThatVoice: The end credits of both pilots list the voice actors' names, but don't specify which characters they play.


* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: The basis of the hero Politically Correct Person, whose obsession with things being politically correct prevent him from being an effectual crime-fighter. ''Back in Action'' begins with him failing to help two other heroes stop some criminals because he wastes time rambling on how the education system has failed the criminals. Later, he scolds a superhero during a training exercise for saying "Drop your weapon and put your hands up" without considering that he could be saying that to a bank robber who didn't have arms.

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* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: The basis of the hero Politically Correct Person, whose obsession with things being politically correct prevent prevents him from being an effectual crime-fighter. ''Back in Action'' begins with him failing to help two other heroes stop some criminals because he wastes time rambling on how the education system has failed the criminals. Later, he scolds a superhero during a training exercise for saying "Drop your weapon and put your hands up" without considering that he could be saying that to a bank robber who didn't have arms.


** The title character himself is a clear representation of Franchise/{{Superman}}. ''The Originals'' even shows that he keeps a shrunken city around, a nod to Superman holding onto the shrunken city of Kandor.

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** The title character himself is a clear representation of Franchise/{{Superman}}. ''The Originals'' even shows that he keeps a the shrunken city around, of Maldor in his refrigerator, a nod to Superman holding onto the shrunken city of Kandor.


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* {{Cyclops}}: The villain Moid has one eye.


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* NoodleIncident: In ''Back in Action'', it is mentioned that Captain Sturdy is deeply haunted by an incident where many lives were lost because of a pair of size super small underwear being mysteriously labeled size extra large.


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* PurpleIsPowerful: Dr. Destructo wore a purple costume during his heyday.


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* RedheadInGreen: Captain Sturdy's sidekick Ultra Boy has red hair and wears a green costume.

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* StevenUlyssesPerhero: Captain Sturdy's real name is Roy Sturdy.


* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: The basis of the hero Politically Correct Person, whose obsession with things being politically correct prevent him from being an effectual crime-fighter. ''Back in Action'' begins with him failing to help two other heroes stop some criminals because he wastes time rambling on how the education system has failed the criminals.

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* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: The basis of the hero Politically Correct Person, whose obsession with things being politically correct prevent him from being an effectual crime-fighter. ''Back in Action'' begins with him failing to help two other heroes stop some criminals because he wastes time rambling on how the education system has failed the criminals. Later, he scolds a superhero during a training exercise for saying "Drop your weapon and put your hands up" without considering that he could be saying that to a bank robber who didn't have arms.


* CaptainErsatz: Cyber Master is a blatant pastiche of Franchise/RoboCop.

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* CaptainErsatz: There are many superhero parodies.
** The title character himself is a clear representation of Franchise/{{Superman}}. ''The Originals'' even shows that he keeps a shrunken city around, a nod to Superman holding onto the shrunken city of Kandor.
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Cyber Master is a blatant pastiche of Franchise/RoboCop.Franchise/RoboCop.
** Velocity Man is an ersatz of Franchise/TheFlash, being a superhero with super speed who wears a red costume decorated in yellow lightning bolt-shaped elements.

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* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: The basis of the hero Politically Correct Person, whose obsession with things being politically correct prevent him from being an effectual crime-fighter. ''Back in Action'' begins with him failing to help two other heroes stop some criminals because he wastes time rambling on how the education system has failed the criminals.

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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: In ''The Originals'', the now retired Dr. Destructo states that he genuinely loves his daughter, son-in-law, and grandson.

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