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Even if they already have magical abilities, it's not a real superhero episode unless you're wearing spandex and a mask.

Fry: When you were a kid, what was your greatest fantasy?
Leela: To have parents.
Fry: Whatever. The correct answer is: To be a superhero! We have superpowers, and we're Americans. Now's our chance!
Futurama, "Less Than Hero"

An episode of a non-superhero show in which the characters temporarily gain superpowers and/or the urge to dress up in colored spandex and fight crime.

The characters in question may normally be non-powered, or they may have already had extraordinary abilities that they've never before referred to as superpowers.

Depending on the nature of the show's universe, this may occur "for real," as a dream or fantasy, or completely out-of-continuity, but in any case it involves familiar characters wearing capes, kicking ass, and going by (possibly parodic) Something Person names.

May include a stock parody fight scene referencing the '60s Batman (1966) series.

A subtrope of Something Completely Different. The fanfic equivalent of this trope is the Super Fic, which usually implies a more permanent change in the characters and their setting.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Dragon Ball Z's Great Saiyaman, which is Not-So-Ordinary High-School Student Gohan's superhero identity. Played for Laughs, as neither criminals nor cops find his outlandish getup and antics very impressive, and his Paper-Thin Disguise does not fool anyone for long.
  • Fairy Tail had one make where Erza buys an outfit said to belong to a hero of justice. Erza wears it and helping people with ordinary tasks, before learning that the costume had changed her face and voice to a traditional comic heroine.
  • One Piece has a few shorts and one numbered anime episode revolving around "Chopperman", a superhero version of Chopper completely out of continuity, where Chopper plays the eponymous hero, Usopp the Big Bad, Zoro, Sanji, and Robin form the Quirky Miniboss Squad, Nami is Chopper's secretary, and Luffy is a giant sombrero robot.
  • The Pokémon episode, The Superhero Secret has the gang meet an aging Batman Parody called Gilgarman.

    Asian Animation 
  • Lamput: "Super Docs" is about Fat Doc and Slim Doc discovering the latter inadvertently brought superhero clothes home from the laundromat by mistake and using their abilities to aid in their chase after Lamput.
  • The Motu Patlu episode "Super Duper Man" is about Motu and Patlu deciding to become superheroes to help the city of Furfuri Nagar. They call themselves Motu Man and Patlu Man and try to stop John the Don from robbing a bank.

    Comic Books 
  • One Alternate Continuity in Archie Comics features the characters as superheroes — Archie is a Superman Substitute named Pureheart the Powerful, Betty is his Distaff Counterpart Superteen, Jughead turns into Captain Hero when he recites an incantation similar to the Green Lantern oath, and Reggie serves as Pureheart's Evil Counterpart Evilheart. Later stories in the series would introduce Miss Vanity (Veronica) and Mighty Moose (Moose).
  • Strangers in Paradise had an out-of-continuity issue in which Francine and Katchoo were superheroes and Freddie a bumbling villain who accidentally destroys the world.
  • The Super Sidekick Sleepover Slaughter arc of Hack/Slash.
  • The "Cape Fear" storyline in Resurrection Man started with Mitch in a virtual world created by his subconscious, in which he was a Silver Age caped superhero, and all the people who had tried to kill him were costumed supervillains. He was still wearing the costume from this scenario when Superman invited him to join the Justice League. He eventually decided it wasn't for him.
  • Quite common in the comics based on The Simpsons. Either using Stretch Dude and Clobber Girl, having Bart be the Bartman character he dressed as in Three Men and A Comic Book or comic book within a show character, Radioactive Man. One story even had an Alliance of Alternates between Bartman, Stretch Dude and Cupcake Kid (Pie Man's sidekick from the last scene of "Simple Simpson"), and another had the characters parodying Watchmen.
  • In one issue of Bill & Ted's Excellent Comic Book, the duo get stranded on Hyper-World, an Another Dimension populated by constantly fighting superheroes and villains. They get drafted into the Bright, Upstanding Guys to find their stolen time machine from Dr. Braino
  • Bluntman and Chronic: Was a comic about Jay and Silent Bob as Batman and Robin style superheroes. It's meant to be the in-universe comic they get written about themselves in Chasing Amy.
  • In the Superteam arc of Fables, Ozma forms a groups of fable superheroes.
  • The Super Ace story in an issue of the Red Dwarf Smegazine had Ace Rimmer visit a universe where the Dwarfers were superheroes living in the city of Smegopolis. In addition to the Flying Brick Super Ace, other characters were Lister as Action Man (a Punisher pastiche with a smiley face instead of a skull), Cat and Kryten as Catman and Robbie, and the floating telepathic head of Professor H.
  • The Futurama story, Son of The Sun is another adventure for The New Justice Team from the Less Then Hero episode of the cartoon.
  • The third volume of the Teddy Scares comic by Ape Entertainment had a story titled "Super Cyrus", where Abnormal Cyrus was inspired to become a superhero after reading a Captain Stupendous comic book. His superheroics annoy the hell out of Edwin Morose, Hester Golem, Redmond Gore and Rita Mortis, who decide to get even with Cyrus by forming a supervillain team called the Scare-tastic Four.
  • The fourth volume of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen focuses on Mina's time on a Super Team called the Seven Stars and what the surviving Old Superheroes are doing in the modern day.

    Comic Strips 

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    Films — Live Action 

  • In the Skulduggery Pleasant novel, Last Stand Of Dead Men, recurring joke villains, Vaurian Scapegrace and Thrasher become The Dark and Stormy Knight and The Village Idiot. Learning martial arts and trying to protect the town of Roarhaven.
  • The Goosebumps novel, Attack of The Mutant is about a villain from a comic book trying to attack the real world. There would be later be other books in the series with a similar setup, including the Dr. Maniac books and The Wizard of Oooze.
  • Garfield had a series of books called Garfield's Pet Force where Garfield, along with his friends Odie, Nermal, Arlene, and Pooky, turn into superheroes whenever they enter an alternate universe.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Suite Life of Zack and Cody had one as part of a Disney "make a wish" event. Zack and Cody have a dream where they become superheroes, with Mr Moseby as the supervillain.
  • Harvey from Sabrina the Teenage Witch had this as a B-plot in one episode. He gets hit with a potion to relive his childhood dream - and transforms into the superhero Mighty Teen.
  • Charmed has "Witches in Tights" in the fifth season. A preteen witch is being hunted by a warlock - and uses his magic drawings to turn the sisters into superheroes.
  • Soap opera Guiding Light of all things. There was even a corresponding comic book tie-in to Marvel's Civil War!
  • Superpowers broke out on an episode of Gilligan's Island thanks to a shipment of radioactive vegetables.
  • Stargate SG-1 episode "Upgrades." SG-1 gets superpowers after being guinea pigs for a Tok'ra technology. Their newfound powers cause them to completely lack good judgment, including getting in a bar fight.
  • Dexter had an episode in which Dexter imagined his life as a super hero (or super villain, he wasn't quite sure). As one would imagine, it was done in the same horrifyingly psychotic way as everything else in the show.
  • Sanctuary did it twice, in "Hero" and "Hero 2", with a living suit which gives people superpowers but makes them unstable.
  • Warehouse 13 did it in the episode "Mild Mannered"; given the show's premise it was easy for an artifact to give someone super-powers.
  • Bewitched had the episode "Super Arthur" in which Uncle Arthur turns into Superman after Dr. Bombay gives him a pill.
  • The Monkees turn into "Monkeemen" in a few episodes. While they can fly, the rest of their powers consist of exchanging insults to bruise someone's ego.
  • While Lois & Clark was a superhero series, Lois Lane was most definitely not a superhero — except for one episode where she got Superman's powers and became Ultra Woman.
  • The puppet/animatronics sitcom Dinosaurs had an episode where Earl became Captain Impressive after exposure to toxic waste. Then his boss finds out and then shows him a clause in the contract that grants all superpowers an employee might get to the WESAYSO Corporation. Earl is forced to sell cheaply-made toys in infomercials.
  • One Tree Hill had an episode in season 8 where Haley, Brooke and Quinn pretend to be superheroes.
  • Doctor Who has a Christmas Special called "The Return of Doctor Mysterio", where a New York kid accidentally ingests an alien wish-granting artifact, which, coupled with his obsession with comic books, gives him Flying Brick powers. Year later, the Doctor returns to New York and discovers the existence of the Ghost, a masked superhero clearly based on Superman. The Doctor immediately recognizes him as Grant, the kid he met that night, who works as a mild-mannered nanny for his childhood crush, a reporter with an obsession for the Ghost. While Grant/Ghost isn't mentioned in later episodes, there is a comic book, where the Doctor works with him again.
    • The Second Doctor met a fictional comic book superhero called The Karkus in "The Mind Robber" while in The Land of Fiction, he was from a comic from Zoe's timeline.
  • In the Weird Science episode, "Rock Hard Chett," Chett uses his new invulnerability to become a superhero. When the wish wears off, he gets shot during a bank heist (though Lisa manages to bring him back to life just as quickly). Wyatt suggests just walking away, but Chett goes back in to save the day despite losing his powers. (He manages to talk the robbers down by convincing them their guns have already failed to stop him.)
  • In season 5 of Misfits, Rudy wants to set up a superhero team. In the final episode, Abbey gets stranded a year into the future where Rudy has succeeded but his team murder minor criminals over nothing. When she gets back to her own time, she talks Rudy out of the idea but the main cast discuss the idea of becoming superheroes themselves.
  • One of the possible ideas for a fifth season of Blackadder would have been called Batadder and would have had Blackadder and Baldrick as heroes based on Batman and Robin.
  • The Goosebumps episode Attack of The Mutant, which was based on the book of the same name mentioned above. It even had Adam West Adam Westing as a campy superhero.

    Music Videos 
  • Eminem's video of Without Me has him as Rap Boy. In a costume identical to Robin's but with a backwards E instead of an R on it. He goes on a quest to stop a child from playing a Parental Advisory Eminem CD.

    Puppet Shows 
  • The Lynda Carter episode of The Muppet Show was a tribute to Lynda's role in the Wonder Woman TV show. Miss Piggy played the title role in a sketch called "Wonder Pig" ("Wonder Pig?" Lynda repeats, bemused) while some of the other Muppets try to become superheroes themselves by wearing gaudy costumes and reading from an instruction book, "Invincibility Made Easy". Hilariy Ensues as the 'apprentice superheroes' (As Kermit calls them) bungle about trying to emulate stock superpowers.
  • In the Dinosaurs episode, "Earl, Don't Be A Hero", Earl gets a promotion to toxic waste supervisor at the WeSaySo corporation. Exposure to toxic waste gives Earl the abilities to fly, have heat vision, and accurately guess peoples' weight. Earl becomes a superhero named Captain Impressive and earns the respect of Baby. When B.P. Richfield finds out about Earl's superpowers, he points out that Earl's employment contract he signed (which he was told he didn't have to read) states that if any employee obtains superpowers, the heroes will become the property of WeSaySo, and Earl is forced into putting promoting the company as Captain Impressive over saving the world. Richfield makes Earl the host of a home shopping show that sells dangerous products associated with Captain Impressive. When Baby calls in to order a dangerous product, Earl reveals his identity, gives up being a superhero and takes a shower. In the end, Earl explains to Baby that parents are real heroes, because even though they don't have super powers, they do a lot of hard work to care for their kids.

    Web Animation 
  • One episode of Let's Go! Tamagotchi is about Chamametchi being asked to watch over the house when her mother goes away. She opens her calculator and transforms Magical Girl-style into "Chama Girl" to save the town, and her brother Mametchi, from a giant Beartchi. This is All Just a Dream, though.

    Web Comics 
  • Bronze Skin Inc : In chapter 4, One of the giantesses and one of the employees has a superhero identity, in addition to the Marvires having a super villain identity.
  • The Snowsong (a.k.a. Supergreg) arc in Dominic Deegan.
  • The superhero arc in Arthur, King of Time and Space. Arthur Pendragon is Kingman! Lancelot DuLac is White Night! Gawaine Orkney is Sun Man!
  • In El Goonish Shive, Tedd has an Imagine Spot that he and the other main characters are superheros when Elliot tells him the bank's being robbed in this Guest Comic strip. Much later Elliot does get a spell that makes him a superheroine but is nothing like how Tedd imagines him.
  • In a strip from The Petri Dish, Thaddeus accidentally gives himself superpowers, including super-strength and super farts}}. He gets given a superhero name (just an exclamation point) and a rubber suit, but his powers go away before he can become a superhero.

    Western Animation 
  • Hanna-Barbera's animated series of Abbott and Costello had a short titled "Super Lou", in which Lou's Fairy Godmother gives him a pass to the Masquerade Ball, which Bud is attending. She also gives Lou a superhero costume and Flying Brick powers, which he loses at midnight, just after thwarting a pair of thieves.
  • Cubby impersonates the "Crimson Avenger" in one episode of Adventures of the Gummi Bears turning himself into a Zorro-like hero for a few days.
  • The Angry Beavers pretty much played this trope to death with its "Muscular Beaver" episodes, which had Daggett cause trouble by pretending to be a superhero called Muscular Beaver and his brother, Norb, having to keep him in line by playing along as a villain called Baron Bad Beaver.
  • Babar's episode "The Scarlet Pachyderm" has Arthur and Babar impersonating the in-universe comic book superhero of the same name in order to defend people from two corrupt rhino border guards.
  • The Backyardigans episodes "Race to the Tower of Power", "Front Page News", "Flower Power", and "Super Team Awesome".
  • Beetlejuice tries to become a superhero (for the comic book sales, of course) but can't get into a superhero union. He tries to get some of his antagonists to be his arch-villain, to no avail. Lydia does get to be the token cub reporter.
  • Season 3 of Big Mouth has an episode where everyone wakes up to discover they have super powers, each getting their own costumes and names. It turns out this was just based on something Caleb made in his spare time, though the character's actions do play into events that really happen.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • In the Bugs Bunny cartoon "Super-Rabbit", Bugs acquires carrots which, when eaten, temporarily give him the abilities of super strength and speed, flight and invulnerability. Later, the two villains obtain the carrots and gain super powers of their own. Followed up immediately by a Shout-Out to, in the eyes of just about all back then and still many today, some real-life superheroes... the US Marine Corps.note 
      Bugs: [sees the villains in Super form] This looks like a job for a real superman! [dives into a phone booth, and emerges in Marine Corps dress blues]
    • "Super Rabbit" is also the title of the last episode of The Looney Tunes Show where the story is a Whole Plot Reference to Superman II with Bugs as Superman and Daffy as Zod.
    • The Daffy Duck short "Stuporduck" had Daffy as an incompetent Superman parody who, thanks to overhearing a radio serial, went around causing trouble and suffering Amusing Injuries while trying to thwart what he thought was the work of a mad bomber. Also the latter-day short "Superior Duck."
  • CatDog has two episodes: "Dog the Mighty" and its Sequel Episode "Dog the Not-So Mighty". In the first one, Dog gets the impression that he is a superhero after saving Rancid Rabbit's life and tries to fight crime with Cat as his sidekick Cat-Boy. In the Sequel Episode, Cat quits as Dog's sidekick so Dog gets a new Cat-Boy in Randolph the news reporter.
  • An episode of Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers has Dale obtaining a fragment of a meteor that gives him super-stretching powers (ironically similar to those of Mister Fantastic) and the becomes a superhero... at the same time that the Villain of the Week obtains another fragment that gives him the same powers.
  • In Dan Vs. "The Superhero," a Smug Super named Terrifi-Guy accidentally destroys Dan's car. After failing to get an apology, Dan and a reluctant Chris try to become better superheroes than him. When that fails, Dan instead decides to become a supervillain called "Dr. Jerk," which obviously suits him much better. He also tries to give the two of them superpowers with radioactive waste.
  • Danger Mouse had "Penfold B.F.," where Penfold takes an untested vitamin pill and turns into the Blue Flash, a rhyming superhero. His efforts to help DM corral a Patagonian pygmy pigeon is haphazard at best.
  • The Duck Dodgers episode "The Green Loontern", where Dodgers accidentally gets Green Lantern's uniform and ring from the dry cleaners.
  • A Magnificent Muttley installment had the snickering daydreamer imagine he's Super Muttley thwarting Dick "Light-Fingers" Dastardly from robbing a safe.
  • DuckTales (1987) notably had a superhero character added into the second season in Gizmo Duck, but one episode entitled "The Masked Mallard" notably featured Scrooge becoming a masked vigilante.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: "Robbin' Ed" has Johnny 2x4 and Plank as "Captain Melon-head and Splinter the Wonder Wood", who steal back the money Eddy conned off the other kids. This drives Eddy to plot revenge as the super-villain "Professor Scam". Melonhead and Splinter return in The Movie.
  • Endangered Species (2015) has "Just Us League of Superheroes", in which the trio dress up as superheroes.
  • The Fairly OddParents "Big Superhero Wish" episode turns everyone in the world into a superhero/villan.
    • The Fairly OddParents loves superhero episodes. Timmy is, after all, Cleft the Boy Chin Wonder. And the Masked Magician. And occasionally Crash Nebula. And his parents are Mighty Mom and Dyno Dad.
  • Family Guy had the family mutated by a crashed toxic waste truck. Most of their powers were "normal", but Meg's power was super amazing fingernail growth. Since they behave like villains, Mayor West tries to get superpowers the same way... and gets cancer instead. However, his illness is the family's wake-up call, and they vow to use their powers only for good.
  • An episode of Felix the Cat had this. Apparently, his "Magic Bag" wasn't super enough on its own to count as making him a superhero, but it could just give him tights, super-powers, and a big beefy physique.
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: "Challenge of the Super Friends" which Mac becomes the sidekick for the superhero imaginary friend Imaginary Man while Bloo became the evil sidekick of Imaginary Man's enemy Nemesister
  • The Futurama episode "Less Than Hero," in which Fry and Leela gain Super Strength, Super Speed, and Not Quite Flight Wall Jump as side effects of a medicated muscle rub. They are soon joined by Bender (despite his being "more on the supply side of crime"), who could do cool things already.
  • In Garfield and Friends, Orson's Farm occasionally featured Orson becoming "Power Pig" in both "reality" and dream sequences. In reality, his only powers seemed to be having a stupid costume (in his debut episode, he was used to distract the villain (a fox) with his appearance, which caused the fox to fall down laughing); in dream sequences, his powers consisted of something along the lines of Superman's (super strength and flying). In dream sequences, which usually consisted of a jazzed up version of the problem of the episode being solved, he was used as an inspiration for what Orson did in "real life".
  • The Garfield Show:
    • "Super Me" sees Garfield disguise himself as the hero Ultra Powerful Guy in order to get Nermal to give him food. He then inadvertently gets caught up in helping the real Ultra Powerful Guy thwart a bank robbery.
    • "The Caped Avenger Rides Again!" is about Garfield taking on the identity of the titular superhero (with Odie as his sidekick Slurp) in order to find a stolen comic book. This got a sequel episode, "The Superhero Apprentice", in which Garfield tries to find a new sidekick and Nermal decides to become a supervillain.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy had the episode "Super Zero" where Grim makes Billy a superhero with the power to squirt yogurt from his armpits. The boy then heads off to space to fight an evil space empire.
  • The Hey Arnold! episode, Monkeyman! has Arnold being saved by the titular vigilante, who then neglects his duties after becoming famous before returning to crime-fighting.
  • Jackie Chan Adventures had an episode where Jade was inflicted with all the powers of the talismans. She then dons a cape and calls herself "T-Girl". She reprises this role in another episode although with fewer powers. In season five, Jade's friend Larry gets the power of the Earth demon and starts behaving like a superhero with disastrous results.
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius:
    • "N-Men", an homage to the Fantastic Four and the X-Men, the kids are on their way back to Earth in their space ship (won on a game show in a previous episode) and accidentally get superpowers while passing through the Van Allen belt, each powers coming from what they were doing at the point. Jimmy was drinking orange juice and arm-wrestling (becoming orange and going into a Hulk-like state whenever angry) with Cindy (becoming Wonder Woman, essentially), Libby was putting on vanishing cream (gaining invisibility and force field abilities), Sheen was on a massaging chair (becoming the Flash... his bladder suffered) and Carl belching while drinking soda (gaining supersonic belching abilities).
    • A later episode reveals that Jimmy recreated their N-Men powers and made them into packets of powder to be ingested. He has Carl distribute them to everyone, who mixes them up, resulting in himself and Libby swapping powers while Cindy swaps powers with Sheen (although at the end, after the powers wear off, Cindy takes a swig of her own packet and regains her old powers so that she can dispose of a bomb). Jimmy's got switched with a love potion from another episode, so he uses that to make two of the villains fall in love with each other.
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes had one in its first season and another in its second, though unlike the typical formula for this trope, the powers were incredibly unorthodox.
    • Season 1's was "Power Squid and Spaghetti Beezy", where after running afoul of the Rodeo Clowns, Jimmy uses a "squid-based muscle enhancer" to get his shoe and comic back from them, with Beezy joining him with his bad breath as his superpower. The pair soon use their powers to help Miseryville, which not only infuriates the humiliated clowns further, but is opposed by Lucius because their heroics make people happy.
    • Season 2 followed it up with "The Terrific Trio", where Lucius is constantly being attacked by a mysterious monster, leading Jimmy and Beezy to take their old mantles again, only this with Heloise joining them as Trouble Bubble Girl...and all three fighting over who gets to save Lucius. Also, Season 2 would occasionally have the characters become their superhero forms again if the need arose.
  • Kaeloo: "Let's Play Justice Masters", where Kaeloo is dressed as Zorro, Stumpy as Batman (1966) and Quack Quack as Robin.
  • In Kim Possible, Kim and Ron each have a Superhero Episode — in "Go Team Go", Kim temporarily gains Hego's Super Strength, and in "The Fearless Ferret", Ron temporarily becomes the sidekick of the TV-Batman expy hero (actually a delusional actor).
  • Men in Black: The Series:
    • One episode has K, J and L developing superpowers after they are exposed to an alien radiation. Their powers are essentially their biggest characteristic Up to Eleven (K is tough and his body becomes rock, L is smart and her brain develops telekinesis and other brain-related powers and J is pretty hyperactive and becomes flexible). Three alien criminals also developed superpowers.
    • Another has J becoming the Human Torch after eating alien food. This is, however, dangerous for him as the effects would eventually kill him if he uses his powers. Nevertheless he is forced to do it due to an alien enemy force attacking the MIB.
    • And another had an alien immigrant decide to become a superhero, so MIB HQ decides to make Agent J into a supervillain to stop him, and all the attention he's getting.
  • Monster Buster Club has an episode ("Comic Book Heroes") that features an alien nerd using the Earth as a place to store his billions of comic books. Cathy gets a hold of one series, "Liberty Lass", and pronounces herself a superheroine, Cathy Lass. She doesn't gain any new powers, but that doesn't matter because she usually has whatever wacky alien power she needs for any given situation anyway.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • "The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well" is an episode where Rainbow Dash goes on an ego trip after saving some ponies from accidents and being called a hero. Her thunder is stolen by the eponymous masked pony. Mare-Do-Well's costume is a homage to Darkwing Duck's, and some of her fans are seen carrying signs with a parody of the Batman: The Animated Series logo on them.
    • In the season 4 episode "Power Ponies", Spike and the Mane Six are accidentally pulled into the world of one of Spike's favorite superhero comics, and must protect the city of Maretropolis from the Mane-iac. Each member of the Mane Six becomes a Captain Ersatz of a famous superhero; Rainbow Dash as The Mighty Thor or Storm, Pinkie Pie as The Flash, Rarity as Green Lantern, Applejack as Wonder Woman (with some Batman thrown in) and Fluttershy as The Incredible Hulk (yes really). Twilight Sparkle seems to be the odd one out, possibly being either Cyclops or Icemannote . Spike meanwhile regrettably gets forced into the role of the seemingly pointless Robin-like sidekick (but he ends up saving the team by the end of the episode).
  • In the first-season Pac-Man episode "Super Ghosts", Mezmaron's formula gives the Ghost Monsters super strength and other powers. Afterward, Pac-Man and his wife eat special power pellets that enable them to fly.
  • PAW Patrol has two of these episodes:
    • An episode where Apollo the Super-pup is need in help of the Paw Patrol to defeat the spider king.
    • A TV-movie where the Paw Patrol gained super-powers and facing a dangerous challenge from the villain who fights using a giant mech while damaging the city and have their Leader hostage. wooh! according to that wiki. It is the Special that everyone talked about: MIGHTY PUPS!
  • The Penguins of Madagascar had an episode where Kowalski, Rico, and Private find a bunch of comic books and decide to become costumed vigilantes around the zoo. When Julian finds the comics, he decides to become one as well, but confuses the superhero with the supervillain and needs to be stopped by the penguins.
  • A Famous Studios Popeye installment had Olive swooning over Superman, so Bluto impersonates Superman and has Olive fawning over him. Popeye tries to one-up him, but when Bluto exposes himself as a faux Man of Steel, Popeye eats his spinach and becomes a caped hero himself.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
  • The Pound Puppies (2010) episode "The Watchdogs" had Strudel bring hope to the dogs picked on by Stain by pretending to be a superhero named Electro-Noggin. Niblet joined the fun as another costumed hero named Mad Dog.
  • Interestingly, The Powerpuff Girls had one of these despite the main characters already being superheroes. After reading comic books, the girls decide to copy their favorite heroines in order to become better heroes, with Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles taking on new heroic identities as Liberty Belle (notably, the actual name of a Legacy Heroine in the Justice Society of America), Spore (a Spawn Expy), and an Animesque cute rabbit character along the lines of Hello Kitty. It doesn't go well. The monster itself complains about it.
  • The Proud Family had "A Hero for Halloween", which doubles as a Halloween Episode. Penny is imbued with superpowers after eating Proud Scary Snax, and uses them to save her friends' Halloween candy and her family from a vengeful ghost.
  • Quack Pack:
  • Rugrats:
  • The Real Ghostbusters: In one episode, a comic book superhero (similar in powers to Superman) literally comes out of the pages, alongside the supervillain (a Mad Scientist in a mechanical suit ala Lex Luthor). The hero at first thought the Ghostbusters were supervillains but when things get clear they team-up to fight the villain.
  • While not a superhero episode as a whole, the Coyote hopelessly and hilariously subverts this in the Road Runner cartoon "Fast And Furry-ous." He dons a superhero outfit thinking it will allow him to fly. Gravity says otherwise. (Chuck Jones described it as animator Ken Harris in a Batman costume.)
  • Sabrina: The Animated Series: "The Senses-Shattering Adventures of Captain Harvtastic" explores Sabrina, Harvey and Salem ending up getting sucked into a comic book that Harvey drew. In it, Harvey becomes Captain Harvtastic — who can create anything if he draws it with his pen gun. The rest of the supers have rather pathetic powers — such as Mega Girl (atomic tantrum power), Gazebo Boy (turns into a gazebo to trap enemies) and Calamari Queen (shoots squids out of her hands). The last one at least proves useful when Harvey's pen runs out of ink, and she remembers what squids are good for.
  • The Simpsons:
  • The Smurfs's episode "Supersmurf" has Brainy becoming a Superman-like superhero defending the village from Bigmouth the ogre.
  • South Park originally had "The Coon", when Cartman tries to become a vigilante called the Coon, proves really bad at it, and gets pissed off when another Kid Hero named Mysterion shows up and proves far more popular. The episode ends with the audience unsure of which kid Mysterion is. Both characters later reappear in the "Coon and Friends" trilogy, where the other kids also have superhero identities and form a team, only for Cartman to get kicked out and team up with Cthulhu. The latter episodes are actually surprisingly dark after revealing that Mysterion, aka Kenny, is a Death Seeker because, unlike the others, his power—constantly dying—is both real and really unpleasant. There is also another kid with actual superpowers and Superman-like origins. He is the one who ends up defeating Cthulhu. South Park: The Fractured but Whole is this as an entire game, with the kids compete with one another trying to get their own cinematic universes.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • "Mermaidman and Barnacle Boy V" has SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy and Squidward all gain superpowers to fight Mermaid Man's enemies. Amusingly, this was made possible because powers come from wearing the ridiculous costumes. They all defeat themselves before doing anything useful with them—except for Mermaidman, who just spontaneously collapses.
    • A later episode was "Patrick-man!" where Patrick tries to be a superhero.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
    • Several episodes in the 1987 TMNT cartoon series including "Super Irma", "Raphael Vs. The Volcano," "Night of the Dark Turtle," and "Super Hero for a Day."
    • The 2003 series has several as well, as a Justice League type team actually exists in this world, and Michelangelo occasionally dips into his persona as "The Turtle Titan". Then there's the Alternate Reality Episode where he encounters the main cast in a world where they are ALL superheroes and Splinter is their archenemy.
  • In the Thomas the Tank Engine episode, "James the Super Engine", James fantasizes about being a superhero called the Rail Rocket after hearing about a comic book superhero called the Red Shadow. When a barrel of oil spills over James' eyes, it makes him look like he's wearing a superhero mask. James spends the rest of the day pretending to be the Rail Rocket, but has a hard time finding anyone who needs to be saved. He eventually saves Rebecca from being hit by a falling coal hopper when an accident with Percy's freight cars causes said coal hopper to fall over.
  • From Tiny Toon Adventures, the segment, "Just-Us League of Super Toons" (part of "New Class Day") where Plucky plays the role of Batduck (Batman) and Hamton plays the role of Decoy (Robin). Buster plays the role of Superbun (Superman) and introduces Plucky to the Just-Us League of Supertoons, consisting of himself, Wonder Babs (Babs as Wonder Woman), Little Dasher (Little Beeper as The Flash), Hawk Loon (Shirley as Hawgirl), Aquamutt (Byron Basset as Aquaman), Pink Canary (Sweetie as Black Canary), Keen Arrow (Calamity Coyote as Green Arrow), and Scentenna (Fifi as Zatanna).
  • Wander over Yonder: In "The Boy Wander", Wander dons a mask and cape (and an uncharacteristically serious demeanor) to take on Dr. Screwball Jones, a Mad Scientist whose twisted idea of bringing happiness and laughter to others is through Tickle Torture.
  • A variation for X-Men: Evolution, which is already about superheroes. It overlaps with Girls' Night Out Episode and "Walk on the Wild Side" Episode — where Jean, Kitty, Rogue, Amara and Tabitha decide to form a vigilante crime-fighting group known as the Bayville Sirens. Complete with black leather outfits, too.
  • Zeke's Pad: In "Drawing Conclusions", Ida loses her precious electronic organizer. The organizer is what keeps the house tidy and the chores assigned. To help her find the organizer, and in turn prove that he is logical, Zeke draws himself as a superhero detective, Zeke Streak, complete with tight spandex and a mask.


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