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A normal city with a small difference

A short-lived British comedy series, No Heroics was the first sitcom produced by ITV2 and ran from September to October 2008 for six 20-minute episodes.

The series is set in modern-day Britain, in what the opening describes as "a normal city with one small difference: there are superheroes". They're pretty much common-place, with powers ranging from super strength to controlling monkeys, and since the public knows about them, they just hang out in capes all day. Our main characters themselves are a group of "capes" who meet after work in The Fortress — the pub where superheroes go to unwind and where there are "No Masks, No Powers, No Heroics", hence the title.

Of course, the series parodies a good number of superhero tropes and there's a lot of Genre Savvy and shout outs going on.


No Heroics provides examples of:

  • Alliterative Name: Maggie Mayhem, Velvet Veil.
  • Atrocious Alias: Ladytrouble. People keep making fun of The Hotness, too.
  • Badass Cape: Excelsor tries to invoke this with his golden cape.
  • Badass Normal: Notable by their absence.
  • Bad-Guy Bar: The Stronghold.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: Lampshaded by Lightkiller.
    She-Force: You should use your powers for good.
    Lightkiller: Yeah, yeah, right. So being able to plunge the world into complete darkness is an ideal power for a good guy, right?
  • Cape Busters: Anti-cape leagues go around beating up low-powered capes.
  • Chest Insignia: They all have one.
  • Clark Kenting: No one recognizes She-Force when she's Jenny at work, even though she just put a pair of glasses on. Justified, as there are so many superheroes that you'd have a hard time figuring out who's who anyway.
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  • Comes Great Responsibility: Played straight for some capes, parodied for most as they fight crimes to be famous and get money from goodies.
  • Dating Catwoman: She-Force considers dating one of her former foes, Lightkiller.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Sarah asks Alex to pretend they're dating again because she knows her dad hates him.
  • Death of a Child: The mouthy, homophobic young prince.
  • Everything Sounds Sexier in French: The Hotness tries to invoke this during one of his date.
  • Eye Beams: Part of Excelsor's powers.
  • Fan Dumb: In-universe, when She-Force and Electroclash go meet the fanclub of their old superheroine team.
  • Fantastic Racism: Some normal people hate "capes" and create "anti-cape" hate leagues.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Almost all the capes wear tight spandex, including out of shape men.
  • Good Powers, Bad People: Invoked with Excelsor, who has all of Superman's powers but is a major Jerkass.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Parodied with the death of Thundermonkey:
    The Hotness: A terrible, terrible waste of human life.
    Timebomb: A terrible, perfectly avoidable waste of human life.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Pretty much everything in the pub is a pun on superhero series: Shazamstel, V for Vodka, Logan's Rhum, Gin City...
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: She-Force.
  • Insult Backfire: Alex's insults always end up like this one way or another.
  • Jerkass: Devlin/Excelsor.
  • Kick the Dog: Devlin, joking about Alex's dead mom.
  • Killed Off for Real: Thundermonkey in the last episode.
  • Local Hangout: The Fortress
  • Malevolent Masked Men: Doomball
  • Manly Gay: Timebomb
  • Maximum Fun Chamber: When Timebomb tortures Doomball.
  • Most Common Super Power: She-Force.
  • Mouthy Kid: The prince whom Timebomb is hired to protect.
  • Mundane Fantastic
  • Mundane Utility: All the time. In the opening, The Hotness uses his superpower to warm up a meal, She-Force uses hers to move a car and get a shopping trolley... Electroclash is fond of using her powers to get money and cigarettes for free.
  • Noodle Implements: Subverted when Timebomb tells Doomball he's going to torture Doomball with bite-size potatoes on toothpicks. Cut to the next scene where we're shown that Timebomb wasn't kidding.
  • '90s Anti-Hero: Parodied with Timebomb, who ends up going to group therapy to try to deal with his attitude.
    Timebomb: At least you got to break somebody's arm. I miss that.
    She-Force: Oh, Don, I know you do. That's why you're taking time off.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Excelsor has a whole speech dedicated to how his powers make it impossible for him not to please a woman.
  • Reckless Sidekick: Justified as heroes are assigned troubled sidekicks as part of community service.
  • Secret Identity: She-Force is the only member of the group who even tries to have one. She works as an accountant.
  • Sensual Spandex: Everyone, really.
  • Side Kick: Jackrabbit to Electroclash.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Norse Dave, the barman.
  • Shout-Out: Word of God says there are hundreds of Shout Outs worked into the short series.
  • Smug Super: Excelsor.
  • Soaperizing: Most of the show centers on what happens in The Fortress, with only a few minutes of actual hero action in the whole series.
  • Stripperiffic: Electroclash's costume is tame compared to what comic book heroines wear, but she still gets remarks.
    Electroclash: Have you seen my costume? It's fucking tiny.
    Thundermonkey: It's not my fault you dress like a slag.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Everyone thinks Alex's beard makes him look like a pedophile.
  • Superpower Lottery: Excelsor. While most heroes have a single specific power, he has a whole laundry list of them including (but perhaps not limited to) flight, force fields, heat vision and mind control among others. Not surprisingly he has a massive ego.
  • Super Strength: She-Force.
  • Super Villain: A lot, including Doomball and Lightkiller.
  • The Cape: The term is used to describe any super in the universe but the only one who'd seem to fit the trope is actually Electroclash's dad, Rampart.
  • The Hero: Subverted with Excelsor who's basically Superman but acts like a complete asshole to everyone in The Fortress.
  • Theme Tune: "Make way for Ladytrouble!"
  • The Stoic: Don/Timebomb.
  • Verbal Tic: Fusebox fuses words. "New friend. Nend."
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Avoided in most cases, since even capes with the power of photocopy are put to good use, but played straight a few times.
    • Lampshaded with Thundermonkey, who can summon monkeys:
      Electroclash: How long does it take for the monkeys to get there after you've summoned them?
      Thundermonkey: About two and a half hours.
    • Also lampshaded with Lightkiller's secondary glowing eyes power.