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Heroes for Earth is a Captain Planet and the Planeteers fanfiction written by Stephensmat.

The Fanfic is essentially a reboot of the Captain Planet cartoon, meant to be more realistic, taking place in the modern day, and focuses more on the character development and their relationships with each other as well a more realistic approach to dealing with fighting pollution.

In the near future, a huge corporate conglomerate is created. It is only known as the Corporation. Its reach extends to all walks of life. Across the world, five young adults face the Corporation's actions, which led to the destruction of their homes. They get magic rings from Gaia, a mysterious entity that seeks to balance the Earth's problems caused by humans.


It has a sequel, Wanted: Dead or Alive, and a triquel, The Power Is Yours.

Heroes for Earth provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Villainy: While still a hero, Ma-Ti is much less innocent than in the original show, even showing an outright addiction to manipulating people's minds and having much fewer qualms about using the darker aspects of his powers.
  • Age Lift: Linka and Wheeler who are 18 in this story instead of the canon 16.
  • An Aesop: Like the cartoon, there is a stern message about doing what you can to make the world better, even in the face of overwhelming odds.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Between Linka and Wheeler. Because it wouldn't be Linka and Wheeler without it.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Wheeler towards Ma-Ti; he picks up on Ma-Ti's addiction to manipulating people's minds and is immediately worried, trying to coach the younger boy into controlling himself.
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  • Big Brother Mentor: What Wheeler tries to be to his biological younger brother and Ma-Ti; he does well with the former but has only mixed success with the latter.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Wheeler; he's constantly flirting with Linka (to her obvious annoyance) but has absolutely no intentions of doing anything that would make her uncomfortable and the idea that anyone would turns his stomach.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Averted with Wheeler who has a good chance of being right if he brings up complaints.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Pretty much the standard MO for everyone who works in the Corporation, as greasing the wheels of government officials, breaking government laws, and strong arming those who dare to protest.
  • Crapsack World: Earth is slowly becoming this, as no one cares to fight the Corporation's callous destruction of the ecosystem through their blatant corruption and waving of power over local governments.
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  • Darker and Grittier: Essentially, this fanfic is this for the original cartoon, but still remains hopeful and light.
  • Dawn of an Era: In Chapter 16, The Planeteers' creation of a brand new continent brings about a new era for environmentalism and world attention to the Planeteers.
  • Deal with the Devil: Strumm makes one with Zarm; in exchange for helping him kill Gaia and the world, Strumm gets vast power and the ability to survive the coming apocalypse.
  • Deconstruction Fic: Just how difficult would it be for five teenagers to fight a global problem, and how would the world really react to five teenagers with god-like powers?
  • Drunk with Power: Devorux acts like this, to the disgust of his colleagues and of the heroes.
    • On the heroes' side, Ma-Ti who gets a little too into using the mind-altering feature of his ring.
  • Eldritch Abomination:
    • When all five rings' powers are combined, instead of a blue skinned, green haired superhero spouting witty one liners, the result is a kaiju-sized rampaging monster that destroys everything in its path. Luckily, being in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, all it does is stop the already evacuated mobile oil platform and create Hope Island.
    • Zarm, essentially the spiritual antithesis of Gaia, who seeks to destroy her, and by extension all life on the planet.
  • Elemental Powers: As in the cartoon. The powers of the main cast are the four classical elements plus one referred to as heart.
  • Every Man Has His Price: How the Corporation deals with people making trouble for them, or their immediate superiors.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Devorux's Drunk with Power behavior disgusts even his fellow Corrupt Corporate Executive colleagues.
  • Femme Fatale: Bligh, as a more realistic version of Dr. Blight from the cartoon, fits into this as the Head of Security for The Corporation.
  • For the Evulz: Averted. Unlike the Captain Planet cartoon villains, the villains actually have motivations beyond petty profit and being evil. Instead, they are nuanced villains who want money and/or power, and are ruthless enough to do so.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: Averted. People quickly accept the supernatural powers of the main cast after seeing them.
  • Frame-Up:
  • Genius Loci: Gaia is one that encompasses the entire planet. As a result, the sections written from her perspective are rather... strange.
  • Green Aesop: Since it is a Captain Planet Fanfic, it heavily focuses on the modern problems that the environment is going through and the possible solutions anybody can do to combat it.
  • Hate Plague: Gauntlet Gold uses their powers on pretty much the whole of humanity, lowering their empathy and upping their apathy to the point that all the riots and suicides almost push the world past the brink of destruction.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Ma-Ti's power is quite impressive, and that's not even taking into account how the Planeteers need his ring to translate for them.
  • Heroic Blue Screen of Death: Ma-Ti has a bad one when the Planeteers are captured and lose their rings due to having gotten somewhat addicted to his ring's powers.
  • Hidden Depths: Wheeler is still a bit of a jerkish punk from New York, but does whatever he can to take care of his brother as well as become an expert gardener to honor his mother. Quite a difference from the original cartoon portrayal.
  • Jedi Mind Trick: Ma-Ti is able to use his power this way, though worryingly, (even to him), it only works on those who have some degree of empathy in them, whilst the especially stonehearted are completely immune.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: It's explained that Wheeler was kicked out of college due to his rich roomate framing him for growing weed. However, Wheeler was then able to take the thousand dollars worth of growing supplies and equipment (which the other guy couldn't claim without more or less admiting guilt) and used it to set up a garden.
  • Lovecraft Lite: The third story turns into this; two gods of immense power caught in an eons long game with the fate of all life on Earth at stake. The Lite part comes from the fact that a) of the afformentioned gods is wholly sympathetic to humanity, and b) the heroes are able to more or less thwart the other god's plan.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: After the Planeteers escape the villains, Wheeler is noticeably avoiding flirting with Linka, much to her worry. Turns out he doesn't want to remind her of one of the villains who made it quite clear that he wanted to have his way with her.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: This is why Bligh betrays Strumm and sides with the Planeteers; she might be a greedy bitch, but even she knows there's no profit in wiping out humanity.
  • Psycho Rangers: The main antagonists of "The Power Is Yours!" Chillingly each of said Psycho Rangers are close to their respective Planeteer, with Ma-Ti as the sole exception.
  • Reconstruction: As noted above, this is Captain Planet if it was done realistically, with the five teenagers feeling like failures, being real people and going against villains who are only out for their personal gain, and we see how tough it is for them. That said, they are still hopeful, likable teenagers who work as a team and care about the environment, doing real solutions for helping the world and considering all the angles of their decisions.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated:
    • Played With as while Wheeler wasn't killed in "The Power Is Yours!", only the readers know this and he's still not in any position or condition to help with the fight against Gauntlet. Ultimately Played Straight though.
    • In the second story, it's revealed that Devorux survived the events of the first story and has been secretly acting as The Mole for the Planeteers as revenge against the Corporation. Subverted at the end when Bligh has him Killed Off for Real.
  • She's Got Legs: Much attention is brought to Linka being “leggy.”
  • Shout-Out: Each gets one along with their ring; Wheeler's fortuneteller stepmother says "The Stars Are Right." Linka's grandmother says "Winter Is Coming."
    Wheeler's Boss: You know what your problem is, James?//
    Wheeler: (muttering to himself) No, but I can think of a few women who can tell you.
    • When our heroes first meet each other, Wheeler and Gi compare their situation to The Fifth Element.
    • When Wheeler initially tries to Refuse The Call, he references Lord of the Rings.
      • In the third story, Bligh referns to Strumm as Saruman, before realizing he's more like Gollum.
  • Shown Their Work: The author highlights the research he did in every chapter and how close it is to reality, making the aesops more poignant.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: When the Planeteers are captured, the villains are rather curious about how the rings work, and will try anything to acquire that knowledge.
  • Supervillain Lair: Originally a small mech vehicle in the first episode of the cartoon. This version of the mobile oil platform is equipped with a laboratory, opulent dining quarters, brig, galley and an army.
  • Surfer Dudette: Gi's personality is that of a genius who is all about surfing and enjoying the life of a beach bum after her finishing college, until she gets a magic ring from the spirit of the Earth that allows her to control water and changes her life forever.
  • Squishy Wizard: The main cast. While they wield great powers, they are still normal humans. Fortunately, Kwame's power is capable of generating cover quickly.
  • Translator Microbes: Ma-Ti's ring allows all the Planeteers to understand each other despite the fact that there's no language that all of them share. When they lose their rings, all of them (except a blue-screening Ma-Ti) are clearly distressed with the fact that only Gi and Wheeler are capable of properly speaking to each other and how difficult this makes escape.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Though they weren't a couple at the time, Gi flips when Bligh badly injures Kwame and nearly drowns the woman, who only survives because of a timely intervention of some of her allies.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Averted, Ma-Ti is the most necessary member of the team, as his power enables five people from across the world to communicate without learning each other's languages, as well as getting them by people with his ability to mind control.