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Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion is a Platform Fighter and Mascot Fighter game featuring Cartoon Network characters, a la Super Smash Bros.. The Nintendo 3DS version (released a few months before the console version) features 18 playable characters, with 19 others acting as assists. The console versions have the 3DS version's roster, plus eight more for a total of twenty six (four of them were formerly assist characters, two were bosses) and added six new assists for a total of twenty one assist characters.

This game features content from the following Cartoon Network shows:


The official website no longer exists, but the Wiki for the game (which really, really, REALLY, needs Wiki Magic) can be found here.

Also has a character page which needs Wiki Magic.


This game features the following tropes:

  • The Ace: Samurai Jack, at least according to Bloo.
    If I had known there would have been a samurai here, then I would have came here first.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Major Glory's character bio features this:
    This patriotic protector of poor, pain-stricken people is praised by the public as he puts purity, positive principles and politeness as a perpetual priority in his purposeful pursuit for planetary peace.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The narrator never knew that the remote control he bought was corrupting the dimensions.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Trope Namer Captain Planet is summoned by Ben's Swampfire form, all of the heroes' hearts that got them that far, Mac and Bloo's experiences on the dimension most Earth-like, Captain K'nuckles' experiences on the waters of Stormalong Harbor, and Chowder breaking wind.
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  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: You can buy clothes from the shop, such as Samurai Jack's ninja attire, Teenage Ben's Plumber suit, Vilgax's original outfit (the version in the game is based off of Alien Force), and Him's exercise outfit. Bonus points go to the developers for including the Rowdyruff Boys and Captain Pollution.
  • Artificial Stupidity:
  • Ascended Extra: Aku, Him, Johnny Bravo, and Kevin Levin were all Assist Characters in the 3DS version. In the Console versions? Fully playable.
  • Ascended Meme:
  • Big Bad: The Narrator's remote control.
  • Big Boo's Haunt: Endsville.
  • Bigger on the Inside: The capsule the characters use to travel from dimension to dimension.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Many of the good Cartoon Network characters were mind controlled.
  • Camera Abuse: Occasionally, launching an opponent off the top of the screen will have them hit the screen similar to Super Smash Bros. Unlike Smash Bros., however, the animation for this is very abrupt and rough and even Jump Scare worthy.
  • Chainsaw Good: Hoss Delgado's PTE in the XL version has him shoot chainsaws all over the screen.
  • City of Adventure: Endsville, Stormalong Harbour, Marzipan, Townsville, and Bellwood.
  • Crossover: Between many of Cartoon Network's universes.
  • Crosshair Aware: The remote control shoots lightning bolts that have this effect. Scotsman and Hoss' Synergy attacks also have this.
  • Cutscene Boss: Sergeant Sensible from the first part of the KND stage.
  • Damage-Sponge Boss: Almost every boss requires you to just keep attacking them without stopping.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!: Anyone who's played Smash Bros. is bound to get frustrated by the controls. For example, something simplistic as jumping and grabbing items requires separate buttons.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mandy, and on occasion, the narrator (kinda a given since it's heavily implied to be Space Ghost).
  • Deus ex Machina: Captain Planet being summoned. Though, considering his primary role in his series, it's rather fitting that he'd appear to save the day out of the blue.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Aku can only be defeated by the sword Jack wields in the show he hails from. In this game, he can be harmed by any other playable character and a laser in Dexter's lab (which can defeat him in one hit).
  • 11th-Hour Ranger:
    • Captain Planet joins the party at the very end of the story mode, saving everyone from the final boss. This may or may not be a reference to the Subspace Emissary in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, where that game's Guest Fighter Sonic the Hedgehog saved everyone else from the final boss at the end.
    • Samurai Jack also joins the group very late, in the final chapter, and is treated in-universe as one of the stronger heroes. Bloo complains that they should have gone to recruit Jack first.
  • Enemy Mine: Averted, as the villains never join the heroes during the story mode.
  • Escort Mission: At multiple points, you'll be tasked with defeating a number of enemies while keeping an NPC alive. The first arrives very early, when you have to keep a horde of foes from attacking Mung in Chowder's world.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Monkey (obviously) and Mojo Jojo.
  • Evil vs. Evil: It plays out that way if the player redoes the final boss with a villain, as the villains never joined the heroes during the story mode.
  • Final Boss: In the story mode, the last boss faced is the Narrator's remote. In the Arcade Mode of the Updated Re Release, Him becomes the final opponent faced.
  • Final Boss, New Dimension
  • Flunky Boss: Stickybeard and the narrator's remote.
  • Game-Breaking Bug:
    • If you lose a life at the same time you fail a protection mission, the entire 3DS will freeze. The Wii version of XL is also prone to random crashes, which require a hard reset.
    • KOing an opponent in Arcade Mode on the Ben 10 city stage right when you're transported to the alien dimension will leave you unable to finish the level. You can jump off the platforms, but you'll fall forever. You'll have to quit out of the level.
  • Gangplank Galleon: Stormalong Harbor.
  • Gang Up on the Human: During the 1 Vs. 3 level of Arcade mode, the computer players will all team up against the player character.
  • Genre Shift: One minute you'll be fighting mooks, the next you'll be on a Minecart Madness segment or a FPS.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: The Narrator's Remote Control has little to no foreshadowing toward its status as the game's final boss.
  • Guest Fighter: Captain Planet is literally the only character who isn't a Cartoon Network original - his show having predated the network by two years - although the show did air as reruns on said channel.
  • Heart Beat-Down: Captain Planet's Punch Time Explosion attack has him use all of the elements and end it with an explosion of heart energy, proving that Heart Is an Awesome Power.
  • The Hero: Ben Tennyson seems to fill this role in the story mode.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: The Narrator's Remote Control is the true Big Bad of the story mode.
  • Reactor Boss: When you have to simultaneously have to keep Mojo Jojo at bay and destroy the core of Mojo's robot.
  • Required Party Member: Numbuh One is locked in as the first party member for the K.N.D. Treehouse in Story Mode, since his candy guns are necessary to activate the door switches scattered throughout the level.


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