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A trilogy of CGI movies based on the Action Man toy franchise that were all released direct-to-video.

In the first movie, Robot Atak, Doctor X's henchman No Face, disguised as Action Man, kidnaps scientist Professor Moran, so Doctor X can force him to develop a mind control gas. Action Man and Action Force (Flynt and Redwolf) must clear Action Man's name, defeat Doctor X's robot army and stop his mind control plans.

The second movie, X Missions, is a retelling of the G.I. Joe movie Valor versus Venom, but with the Action Man cast of characters. Doctor X kidnaps citizens and takes DNA samples from zoo creatures to create an army of man-beast hybrids.

Third and last, Código Gangrena (Code Gangrene), only available in Latin America, has Professor Gangrene freeing Doctor X and No Face from prison and later betraying them. Action Man and Action Force then have to stop Gangrene's plans.

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Tropes applying to these films:

  • All-CGI Cartoon: All three films are animated entirely in CGI.
  • Archer Archetype: Redwolf uses arrows.
  • Awesome Aussie: Flynt is an Australian member of Action Force. He even uses a boomerang.
  • Bandaged Face: No Face covers up his face (or lack thereof) with gauze.
  • Broad Strokes: Despite having a similar aesthetic to Action Man (2000), the movies seem to more or less follow the continuity of Action Man (1995).
  • Captain Ersatz: No Face's appearance and Modus Operandi make him an evil version of Darkman. And his role of being a Master of Disguise by wearing many different masks to impersonate other characters is a carbon copy of Chameleon (the Marvel Comics villain).
    • Rebel from X Missions is pretty much Scarlett with another name and an English accent. Rebel even uses the same character model Scarlett has in G.I. Joe: Valor vs. Venom.
  • Clear My Name: Action Man must do this in the Robot Atak movie, after No Face impersonated him to kidnap Professor Moran.
  • Evil Is Petty: Doctor X wants world domination because he wanted everyone to treat him like a hero but was instead treated like a madman.
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  • Flanderization: Doctor X suffers this in Robot Atak. While he was already a bit of a cheesy Generic Doomsday Villain in the 1995 cartoon series, he was at-least fleshed out in the 2000 CGI TV series into a more interesting and threatening villain. Robot Atak not only reverts X back into being the Generic Doomsday Villain he was in the 1995 cartoon series, but they also turn it Up to Eleven by dumbing him down into a borderline comedic parody of the trope, where he spouts unintentionally comedic dialogue that makes him come off as less threatening.
  • Fun Personified: Flynt cares more about having a good time than anything.
  • Giant Spider: Professor Gangrene has giant spiders assist him in Código Gangrena.
  • Hated by All: In X Missions, No-Face points out to Dr. X that everyone in the world hates him, something which Dr. X outright admits he takes pride in. Eventually, even No-Face and Gangrene grow to dislike him.
  • Licensed Game: Robot Atak had a tie-in game for the Game Boy Advance.
  • Losing Your Head: Dr. X is depicted as a disembodied head with a robotic body, with the first film having a scene where his head is removed from his body and is left comically helpless.
  • Mad Scientist: Doctor X, as usual. One of his main henchmen, Profesor Gangrene, is also this.
  • Master of Disguise: No Face's special technique, which he uses to try defame Action Man by commiting crime while disguised as him.
  • Mecha-Mooks: The X-Robots are mechanical minions of Dr. X who look like him.
  • Freudian Trio: Action Force.
    • Redwolf is the Superego (calm and collected, though with some sense of humor)
    • Action Man is the Ego (as the quintessential action hero, sometimes he makes good planning, but other times he takes impulsive actions to keep the world safe)
    • Flynt is the Id (impulsive and fun-loving)
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Near the end of X Missions: The Movie, No-Face realizes Dr. X isn't going to give him his new face and decides to quit working for him and disappear.
  • Shot-for-Shot Remake: X Missions is basically this to G.I. Joe: Valor vs. Venom. It even reuses assets and character models.
  • Sixth Ranger: Rebel is added to the team in the X Missions movie.
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