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Society of Virtue (originally titled Sociedade da Virtude) is a Brazilian series of YouTube Videos that serve as Deconstructive Parody of superhero comics, cartoons and movies featuring expies of various DC and Marvel Heroes. They can be viewed here

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  • 0% Approval Rating: Tarantula Man's entire rogues gallery is composed of people who know him personally, that includes his teachers, former friends, ex-girlfriends and all his living relatives. Even one of his friends who wasn't his enemy decides that he 'has' to be Tarantula Man's enemy, because there has to be something seriously wrong with him if this many people close to him all end up becoming super villains with grudges against him.
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  • Addiction-Powered: Parodied in "Blue Crystalic"; the Green Lantern Expy is just a junkie hallucinating he's a superhero.
  • Aliens are Bastards: The Spock expy from "Star Trip" uses "Logic" as an excuse to weasel out of dangerous situations.
  • All Webbed Up: In "Two Men and a Spiderweb".
  • The Archer: Deconstructed in "The Archer", turns out a bow and arrow aren't all that great for crime fighting.
  • Badass Bystander: One episode has a hooker Flaring Roach was soliciting tagging along on a mission to save several heroes from Doctor Evil Congressman and kicking his ass. She and Roach's Body Double are now part of a superteam.
  • Bad Future: Parodied in "Undesired Days of Future Past". The future that Future Bear came from is actually much better than the present for most everyone else. He came back because it's bad for 'him' specifically.
    • Played straight in "Season Finale"
  • Black Vikings: Taranis is supposed to be a Welsh god but he's black. Justified since he's supposed to be a parody of both Storm and Thor
  • Bloody Hilarious: "Blood Rain" and "Marvelous Boy and Ms. Dorothy"
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  • Boring Invincible Hero: In "Faking Big", Big Bang pretends poorly to be injured in battle because he's afraid to lose his friends if they see him this way.
  • Boxed Crook: Defied in "Suicide Troop", where the Suicide Squad parodies (with the exception of the Harley Quinn parody, who responds to everything with "I'm in") refuse to join a group explicitly called the Suicide Troop until the Amanda Waller parody offers to change the name to imply a slightly higher chance of survival.
  • Butter Face: Tarantula Man.
  • Butt-Monkey: Volt was manhandled (and in one case implied to have been raped) by a giant tentacle monster twice, and punched for cultural appropriation because he's a white guy with dreadlocks, even though he is Jamaican and his hair is normally like that.
  • City of Adventure: Megalopolisville.
  • Civvie Spandex: Black Badness. He looks more or less like a trucker in a domino mask.
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  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Michael was appointed as one to Bernard by his mother, Subverted since Bernard has so many crazy ideas his mothers already Long List doesn't cover he simply allows him to do the things that will get them in the least amounts of trouble.
  • Comic Book Death: In "Resurrection", leading to a Zombie Apocalypse.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: The guy Captain Virtue was in the middle of saving in her premiere episode really didn't appreciate her non stop spouting of feminist speech, and would much rather have Majestic save him since she never preaches about any of that........except Captain Virtue barely spoke to him beyond telling him she was going to save him, while when Majestic shows up she admits that her 'entire thing' is talking about female empowerment, and it was painfully obvious to both heroines that what the guy really hated about being rescued by Captain Virtue was that she was dressed in a non-revealing or form-fitting flight suit and not a barely-there leotard like Majestic, who he was too busy staring at her under-cleavage to even know she was talking.
  • Continuity Nod: Several:
    • The third Bernard and Fredick video has a wanted poster for Those Two Bad Guys.
    • The Stinger of "Fox Fusion" shows Blur still has the rat dressed as Black Badness.
    • The commercial breaks for "First Class 1 & 2" are callbacks to several previous episodes.
    • The female monk from "Chosen One" takes part in Big Bangs origin episode.
  • Corporate-Sponsored Superhero: Mr. Platinums superhero group is like the Avengers if they tried to market their missions as movies.
  • Corrupt Politician: Doctor Evil Congressman
  • The Chosen Zero: In "The Chosen One", said "Chosen One" destined to save the world turns out to be a Neo-Nazi redneck; Word of God says it's supposed to be a Take That! to Donald Trump.
  • Complexity Addiction: The Archer in "The Archer 2" with his trick arrows.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Parodied in "Majestic", turns out there are a lot of Too Kinky to Torture fanboys out there willing to be beaten up by a Stripperiffic superheroine. Also everyone in Tarantula Man's Rogues gallery are people who knew him in his civilian identity and somehow got turned into villains because of something he did to them.
  • Cute and Psycho: Ronald the Fox.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: A throwaway line by Bernard in "The Terrible Misunderstanding" implies that Fredick has masturbated on all of the pillows in their mansion.
  • Decon-Recon Switch: Ginger Panther starts out as a transvestite who uses his "superhero persona" as an excuse to cheat on his spouse. His later appearances have him as a more traditional Black Widow pastiche who actually does save the world, only to lampoon the super spy genre and the absurdity of a secret agent being part of a high-profile superhero team like the Society of Virtue.
  • Dirty Communists: Captain Space Rocket hates them to the point he will ignore any other criminal activity to stop them. Though Captain Space Rocket also tends to be selective towards the definition on "Communists" when one of the straw-villains' goals happened to include free trade—a concept typically assigned to capitalism—that made Captain Space Rocket ignore him on the ground of being a "center-left"..
  • Dirty Old Man: Professor R isn't exactly old but he's a colossal creep.
  • Disguised in Drag: The Ginger Panther is an actual Drag Queen, but the outfit is also his superhero costume so it fits. Also the Mooks from "Villains" have to do this to join a themed supervillain group.
  • Enfant Terrible: a cutaway in "Faking Big" has The Society letting a Littlest Cancer Patient who wanted to be a Supervillain beat them up as a last request.
  • Enlightenment Superpower: Big Bang's origin reveals that he gained his powers after using math to figure out the secrets of the universe.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: in "Faking Big" and "Mascot", coincidentally both involve Volt getting crushed by a tentacle monster.
  • Evil Cripple: Taken Up to Eleven in "Ginger Panther and the Aluminium Island".
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Inverted, Eyesight is a superhero who has no sense of humour, Mr. Platinum is frustrated at this as he's trying to market footage from the teams missions as movies and it looks bad for the cameras.
  • Evil Lawyer Joke: The Galactus Expy from "Birdman No More" turns out to be a cosmic lawyer, Big Bang tries to refute this by saying that being a Humanoid Abomination that eats worlds doesn't make the alien a lawyer only to realize the similarity.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: The Apocalypse expy from "R-Men Armageddon" is several thousand years old and has very out of date ideas how to conquer the world.
  • The Ghost: In "Juan Marine and the Whale " the narrator mentions a the trap the heroes are in was made by a villain called The Torquoise Mollusc, but he never shows up in person.
  • God Is Evil: Played for laughs in "Jonathan & Samantha" where the superheroes treat Jesus's Second Coming as a typical "Physical God trying to bring about The End of the World as We Know It" scenario. Though it turns out it wasn't the real Jesus so they were right.
  • Gratuitous Animal Sidekick: Invoked by Volt in "Mascot".
  • Horrifying Hero: Scary Hook would probably be more effective as a superhero if he didn't dress like a slasher movie villain. Also, if he wasn't an actual slasher movie villain pretending to be a superhero.
  • Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: Juan Marine's ex-girlfriend is a literal whale; he insists it's not bestiality since he's part fish.
  • Human Sacrifice: In "Taranis - The Real God of Thunder", how did you think a god recharges his powers.
  • Humongous Mecha: In "Mighty Morphing Applied Force Rangers"
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: The mugger from "Choices" may have wanted to rob the Wayne Expies but even he was kind of freaked out when the father's stupidity led to their deaths.
  • It's All About Me: The human from "Guardians of 0.01% of the Galaxy" refuses to take any missions on planets he cannot survive on, regardless of how rich it would make them, if it means that 'he' can't play the hero on it.
    • Future Bear wants to prevent a peaceful human-mutant future because he's the only member of the R-Men who came out of the event worse with half of his body replaced with very heavy cybernetics.
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Carl seems to think so, judging by his reaction in "Chosen One"
  • Inventional Wisdom: The scientist in "Age of Hypertron", on one hand, he couldn't have done more to cause A.I. Is a Crapshoot if he tried, on the other Hypertron ends up more traumatized than evil and is easily beaten.
  • Last of His Kind: In "The Crystal Mansion in the Middle of Alaska", the alien from "Adopted Son" learns that he isn't and that his dad is a dick.
  • Lethal Chef: The woman from "Ghost Skater" managed to SUMMON A DEMON LORD with her terrible cooking.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Big Bang tries to avert this ahead of time in "Crossover" by setting up a meeting to make sure that the Society and the R-Men don't end up in a pointless brawl. He fails.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: In "Aluminum Island" when Ginger Panther knocks out the Big Bad Mission Control tells her that it disarmed the missle, Ginger Panther wonders how.
  • Mama Bear: Deconstructed in "Marvelous Boy and Ms. Dorothy", she can only use her superpowers when her son is in danger meaning in order to be a superhero she has to put him in danger.
  • Man of Kryptonite: The titular villain in "The Shrimp Man", see Weaksauce Weakness below.
  • A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: In "Mind Link" Professor R pulls the R-Men into his mind during a battle against a villain to come up with a battle strategy only to accidentally pull the villain in too. While the R-Men are used to the professors antics to merely be grossed out the villain ends up traumatised.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Doctor Evil Congressman again.
  • Moving the Goalposts: The monk lady from "Chosen One" tries to backpedal after having second thoughts about Carl, but he shoots down her attempts.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: The rat dressed like Black Badness in "Mascot" and Roland the Fox in "Fox Fusion".
  • Offing the Annoyance: in "Guardians of 0.01% of the Galaxy" the aliens kill the Token Human by "accidentally" opening the spaceship door on a planet where he can't survive.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: Taranis's Wagon Wheel in "Taranis 2" is supposed to work like this, from the context though it sounds like his dad lied to him to get him out of the house.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: The Clark Kent Expy from "Adopted Son" turns out not to be a Human Alien, also discussed in "Thousand Disguises in the Golden Mirage Casino".
  • Perverse Puppet: General Puppet.
  • Pretend to Be Brainwashed: In "MIND SLAVE", the minions of the Scarlet Man are simply pretending to be brainwashed by him since he's a rich and gullible idiot who gives them an amazingly comfortable lifestyle complete with trips to exotic locales with the little personal hassle. It's so good that even the Jessica Jones parody decides to get in on the action.
  • Police Brutality: In "Black Zebra" the police shoot Black Zebra on sight. Admittedly he did turn up out of nowhere wearing an intimidating costume. However, they continue to harass him after he establishes he is a hero. Cock their guns again when he says 'black', accuse him of stealing his E.M.P producing watch because it looked expensive, throw a gun at his feet so they can claim he was armed when they shoot him, and when he takes off his mask to be less intimidating. The police open fire on him again without provocation when they see he's black.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Taranis in "Fox Fusion" is trying to tell Monocle that they'll be sharing a room, but everything he says makes him sound like he wants to molest him.
  • Puny Earthlings: In "Guardians of 0.01% of the Galaxy" the team is limited in what missions they can go and because the Token Human can't survive on most planets.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: The Venom expy "Poison" takes control of his host Freddy and forces him to do terrible things that he would never do himself. However this trope is not applied maliciously as Freddy is a lazy, selfish, slacking jerkass, and the 'terrible things' Poison makes him do are clean his house, makeup with his family and girlfriend and re-enroll in college. The symbiote essentially forces him to act like a decent human being against his will.
  • Radiation-Immune Mutants: Not featured in "The Nuclear Powered Man". Though "First Class part 2" reveals they Never Found the Body.
  • Rain of Blood: In "The Hyper Powerful Twins - The Blood Rain" of course, turns out the Zan Expy doesn't have the Required Secondary Powers that prevent him from evapourating while he's water.
  • Reality Ensues: Bear from the future complains that because only one of his arms is robotic, the weight imbalance has destroyed his back.
  • Reality Warper: "Purple Fannypack" is a deconstruction of how easy it would be for someone to suffer Power Incontinence when they are shaped by your thought. Purple Fannypack was going to easily save the town with his powers....right up until Majestic showed up and made it very hard for him not to think to think about what he ''should'' be thinking about.
    • In "Suicide Troop" the criminals refuse to do the mission because it's almost certain that they will die. When the Amanda Waller expy threatens to blow up the bombs in the heads, the criminals point out that they were almost certain to die on the mission regardless. so the threat is not effective.
  • The Slacker: Flaring Roach is seen as a deadbeat by most of the society due always being in the middle of something when they call him for help, in one episode he even went so far as to hire a Body Double to a meeting
  • Starfish Language: Played for Laughs in "Birdman No More"; the heroes initially can't understand what the giant alien is saying, then one of them, who was sued by his wife is able to recognize the words. The alien is just serving them in English in a really droning monotone.
  • Straw Feminist: Majestic constantly finds offense in her male teammates' words and deeds. To be fair, she is the only woman on the team and they are clueless enough that they think having a white Jamaican guy makes them "diverse".
  • Stripperiffic: Majestic's costume looks like the unholy lovechild of Bomb Queen's leotard and the Senketsu, and barely covers her naughty bits. Her male teammates all desperately want her to adopt a more modest costume. She stubbornly refuses for some time, but eventually shifts to something comparatively more modest - tight black pants and a very short top.
  • Super Hero Origin: "Choices" and "Adopted Son", "The Impressives" plays it for laughs by using the lamest origins imaginable.
  • Super Zeroes: most of the cast in some way or another but The Impressives stand out, and among them you have guys like Man-Man and The Steven. Also BORDAM.
  • Technologically Blind Elders: Lampirydae used to be into Zeerust technology back in the day, but due to repeated cases of It Will Never Catch On is out of touch with modern tech. Here's an example of some of his tech by the way
  • Those Two Bad Guys: In "Villains" and "Two Men and a Spiderweb".
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Bernard and Fredick manage to defeat Lord Roulette in "The Terrible Misunderstanding" but said victory causes them to go on a celebratory bender that kicks in the much weirder conflict of the episode.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Several examples:
    • The Thomas Wayne Expy from "Choices" manages to get himself and his wife killed due to his Blood Knight tendencies, his ideas on what his son should do with his life aren't that great, either.
    • The heroes in "The Stuff" try to save themselves by making the Hulk expy angry... by telling him how they screwed him over without him knowing about it with predictable results.
    • The woman in "Scary Hook", and the audience, as Lampshaded by Scary Hook himself.
    • The scientist in "Weapon Z", his entire plan to build a Super Soldier revolves around needlessly pissing off a Wolverine expy.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Lord Tamikatsu and a lot of Majestic's Rogues Gallery really want to get beat up.
  • The Un-Favourite: Aparently, Black Badnesses action figures aren't selling well.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Juan Marine is allergic to shrimp. Which becomes a problem when one of your enemies is a humanoid shrimp monster.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: The Hammer Man of The Impressives obviously.
  • Wonder Twin Powers: The Hyper Powerful Twins.
  • Working with the Ex: In "Juan Marine and the Whale", Juan Marine has to team up with his ex, the aforementioned whale.
  • Yellow Peril: Lord Tamikatsu.


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