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Big Hero 6: The Series is an American animated series based on Big Hero 6, set after the events of the film. It is co-created by Mark McCorkle, Bob Schooley and Nick Filippi, who had previously worked on Disney animated series Kim Possible, the former two having also done several other Disney animated adaptations including Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Aladdin: The Series, Goof Troop, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast, and so forth.
The series, which picks up immediately following the events of the film, continues the adventures and friendship of 14-year-old Hiro Hamada and his compassionate, cutting-edge robot Baymax. Along with their friends Wasabi, Honey Lemon, Go-Go and Fred, they form the legendary superhero team Big Hero 6 and embark on high-tech adventures as they protect their city from an array of scientifically enhanced villains. In his normal day-to-day life, Hiro faces daunting academic challenges and social trials as the new prodigy at San Fransokyo Institute of Technology.
It is the second animation series adaptation of a Disney movie — the first being Tangled: The Series — after The Emperor's New School, which debuted over a decade before both Tangled and Big Hero 6.note
It is also notable for being greenlit for its second season before it aired, like Tangled: The Series, DuckTales (2017), and Star Wars Rebels, the latter having been revealed later on to have been greenlit as a show entirely rather than season by season, suggesting a similar case for the other shows.
The show regularly starts in the US on June 9, 2018, while the show has already aired new episodes in the UK and Australia, among others, since March 1, 2018.
This show provides examples of:
- Adaptation Expansion:
- The two part pilot is a more fleshed out version of the epilogue from the movie, detailing the team's decision to become superheroes, the new dean for SFIT, and revealing Obake, the next major villain the heroes will face in the series.
- The episode "Killer App" shows the runaway cable car incident from the newspaper article; it was part of a plot to use a predictable algorithm battlebot to defeat Big Hero 6.
- Ambiguous Ending: "Big Problem" ends with the Monster of the Week defeated, but it's never explained how Orson Knox was turned into the monster to begin with.
- Animesque: Courtesy of Jose Lopez, the same character designer behind Transformers Prime and Transformers: Robots in Disguise.
- Art Shifted Sequel: Instead of the CGI animation of the movie, the series is done with hand drawn animation.
- Ascended Extra: Yama, a very minor antagonist of the first movie who quickly becomes irrelevant when Hiro decides to attend SFIT, is The Heavy of the pilot and works with Obake, the Big Bad of the series.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In "Kentucky Kaiju," disappointed at the size of the Kentucky Kaiju figurine he ordered, which came in a shipping container, he modifies a crane in his father's shipping dock to be the internal skeletal frame of his Kentucky Kaiju robot, which is soon taken over by Noodle Burger Boy, and goes on a rampage in downtown San Fransokyo.
- Attention Whore:
- High Voltage wants attention just as much as money, if not more.
- Mr. Sparkles goes so far as to kidnap Mochi, set up a lethal obstacle course, and threaten to shoot the cat into space if no one completes it in time. All because the video Honey Lemon uploaded of Mochi slow-clapping outshined his show. He actually likes the notoriety he gains as a wanted criminal.
- Bat Signal: Fred bought a search signal to act as such which is supposed to read "help", however he received one that says 'Halp'. Since he didn’t keep the receipt, he decided to roll with it.
- Batman Cut: Invoked by Fred in "Issue 188" to transition from the campus cafe to his house.
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti:
- In a Funny Background Event, while Boss Awesome talks on the videophone with Fred, his companions run around chased by a huge yeti. When the yeti gets close to Boss Awesome, he knocks it out with a single punch.
- The "Hibagon" is a Sasquatch-like creature rumored to roam Muirahara Woods. It's actually the insane hermit Ned Ludd whom people mistake for the Hibagon.
- Blob Monster: Globby is a human transformed into one of these.
- Canon Foreigner:
- Professor Granville, Obake, Globby, Bluff Dunder, Fred's mom (seen only in a picture in the movie), Richardson Mole, Mel, and Karmi are new to the series.
- Virtually everyone outside of the Big Hero 6 are created specifically for the show, with no basis in the Marvel comics the movie was based on.
- Card-Carrying Villain: The mother-daughter duo, High Voltage. Obviously very, very keen on having an adoring, public audience to their crimes, and are very well received by the public.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: Fred wants to know if by "get rid of them", Yama means toss them out, or something more "permanent". Fred's tone is utterly conversational the whole time.
- Cooking Duel: The main premise of "Food Fight", where Aunt Cass gets caught up in an underground cooking competition circuit.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: It isn't until the second half of the pilot that Fred proposes the team name: Big Hero 6. The others think it's a lame name.
- Cool School: The San Fransokyo Institute of Technology (they have their own VR Lab and their food court has a machine that feeds you hot dogs and a super efficient squad of mini-roombas.)
- Denser and Wackier: For reasons most likely heading towards the obvious, as well as target demographics, the series lies heavily on the comedic side of the franchise rather than the grounded drama that made the original film an Oscar winner. But that doesn’t stop some scenes in the series, mostly those focusing on Obake and his cohorts, from going into a darker territory as well as fans finding a deeper context within the simplicity of the episodes.
- Disney Villain Death: Subverted in the fact that Yama is the one who attempts to use this in intimidation.
- Evil Knockoff: Yama creates an army of Baymax copies, sans vinyl "skin", in the pilot after briefly obtaining the rebuilt Baymax body and adding a Hand Blast. This works against him when Hiro takes one out and has Baymax impersonate it.
- Evil Luddite: One that is actually named "Ned Ludd". He used to be a real estate developer, but a meteorite strike gave him a revelation that all technology is evil and a threat to nature. Unfortunately, this also includes Baymax.
- Explosive Overclocking: Granville's paperweight is revealed to do this to any electrical device.
- Foil: Professor Callaghan to Professor Granville. Callaghan was more laidback and seemingly reasonable, but ended up being a Broken Pedestal and was ultimately consumed by his hatred, becoming a villain. Granville is slated to be strict, but presumably, as Callaghan's replacement, she won't fall like he did.
- Foreshadowing: During the two episode pilot, a still frame of Mr Sparkles and a billboard with his name are shown. Mr Sparkles is revealed to be a one off villain in a later episode.
- The Ghost: Tadashi, both literally and figuratively. It was stated by the creators during their panel at the 2018 San Diego Comic Con that he would always have a presence in the show.
- Gilligan Cut: The show cuts to Yama and Obake right after Gogo says that real supervillains don't exist.
- Hair Color Dissonance: Honey Lemon's blond hair is represented by shades of orange.
- Harmless Freezing: Courtesy of one Honey Lemon, done first to Yama. She later repeats this to her (former) roommate, destroying their shared apartment in the process.
- High-Altitude Interrogation: Yama does this to someone who owes him money and Hiro.
- Immediate Sequel: The beginning of the series takes place around the time everyone thought Baymax was dead. The two-part pilot even overlaps with the film's epilogue, expanding upon Hiro rebuilding Baymax and the team fully forming.
- I Never Said It Was Poison: At the end of "Small Hiro One", when Trevor Trengrove returns the flash drive to Wendy Wower and confesses that he stole it, Wendy mentions that she was just going to tell Trevor how nice it was to see him again.
- Knight of Cerebus: Unlike Yama, who has a plethora of fairly comical antics, Obake's shown to be a fairly dark villain, and threatens to kill Yama once he fails at trying to obtain the MacGuffin of the pilot.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: Due to its nature as a sequel to the movie.
- Logic Bomb: In "Mini-Max", Fred and Mini-Max use this tactic to overload the robotic spiders' circuits:Fred: Okay Fred, think: How do you defeat a security system that thinks everything is a threat? By threatening me, the security system is a threat to the school, because I'm there to protect the school. So, to defeat all threats to the school, the security system must fight itself.
Security computer: Threat detected.
Fred: But if it fights itself, then that's also a threat, so it must fight the part of itself that's threatening the part that's not a threat.
Security computer [computer smokes from overheating and lights flashing frantically]: Fatal logic error. Warning: fatal logic error!
Fred: But the threat in that is figuring out which is the non-threatening part.
Security computer [shuts down]: Logic circuit overload! Logic circuit overload!
- The Man Behind the Man: Obake is implied to be behind some of the more minor antagonists, like High Voltage, Globby is working for him in his second appearance onwards, and he reprogrammed Noodle Burger Boy.
- Meaningful Name: Ned Ludd is named after the iconic leader of the "luddites", and just like his namesake, he despises all forms of technology.
- Mood Whiplash: Whenever an episode ends on a cliffhanger or ominous note, it is then followed by the upbeat end credits.
- Most Fanfic Writers Are Girls: In "Fan Friction", Karmi writes a fanfiction where she's paired up with Hiro's superhero alias. As if it couldn't get more uncomfortable for poor Hiro, she calls his alias Captain Cutie!
- Mythology Gag:
- Fred comes up with the name Big Hero 6 just like in the manga adaptation of the film.
- The villain in "Food Fight", Momokase, is a skilled sushi chef and Knife Nut who uses infeasibly sharp sushi knives in combat. This is very similar to the original comic book version of Wasabi. Wasabi even spends much of the episode praising said knives, to Momokase's mild irritation.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Good Luck Alley, named as such cause it stands for "good luck getting out alive".
- Never Say "Die": Remains true to the spirit of the film in some instances and aversions:
- When Fred asked if Yama meant 'get rid of him', as in Hiro and Fred get thrown out or if Yama meant the 'permanent' get rid of. Yama's smirk tipped Fred off that he meant the latter.
- Averted in “Issue 188” when Karmi blames Hiro for NS-4’s death, by saying “killed”.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
- If Hiro had decided to complete the testing first, Yama would not have been able to get Baymax's exo-skeleton and be able to make so many copies.
- Honey Lemon gives Globby an inspirational speech about how his powers are truly unique and how he should make use of them to better himself. This gives Globby the confidence boost he needs to decide to become a supervillian, gain perfect control of his superpowers and he begins his career by secretly stealing Krei's wallet, demonstrating he's also mastered the thieving skills he failed to before his transformation.
- Nobody Here but Us Statues: Dibs, before his transformation into Globby, manages to hide by pretending to be the criminal in a crime awareness ad, which was painted on a waiting shed.
- No-Sell: Burger Boy, a repurposed battlebot strikes Fred several times in the midsection, but inflicts no damage at all. He then realises even if he can predict all of their combat moves and fighting styles, he still lacks the ability to harm them.
- Offscreen Teleportation: Professor Granville gets to Hiro's class well ahead of him despite having been talking with him in the hall moments before. She claims that it's because of "shortcuts" that she can use and he can't.
- One Degree of Separation: "Mini-Max" reveals that both Callahan and Obake knew Granville the first time she was at SFIT.
- Panda-ing to the Audience: In "Bro-tillion", when Fred is about to join the ranks of high society, Cass, who gets a chance to cater the party, makes pastries that look like pandas.
- Real Men Ride Pink Glittery Motorcycles: Felony Carl agrees to Honey Lemon making his motorcycle pink and cover it in glitter because it shows how comfortable he is with his masculinity. He's even holding her purse while she's decorating it.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The evil Baymax copies have these.
- Refusal of the Call: Other than Fred, the rest of the team isn't initially that enthusiastic about continuing superhero work in the premiere, with GoGo saying that they aren't needed since there are no supervillains in real life, especially after a supposed car thief turns out to be a man trying to get his wife, who was in labor, to the hospital. Hiro was less reluctant, but wanted to focus on doing well at his new school like Tadashi would have wanted.
- Repetitive Name: Fred's full name is revealed to be Frederick Frederickson IV.
- The Reveal: Professor Granville started teaching at SFIT before 20 years ago, and Callaghan knew her too.
- Reverse the Polarity: Hiro does this to the paperweight to stop himself and Baymax from uncontrollably flying out of the atmosphere.
- Role Reprisal: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, Génesis Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Alan Tudyk, David Shaughnessy, and Stan Lee will return as Hiro, Baymax, GoGo, Honey Lemon, Cass, Krei, Heathcliff (Fred's butler), and Fred's Dad, respectively. We also have Paul Briggs returning as Yama.
- The official press release for the series also announced James Cromwell returning as Callaghan and Daniel Henney as Tadashi (albeit as recordings or other past things, due to him being dead in the present).
- Secret Public Identity: Everyone on the team refers to each other by their given names, even when suited up. Averted in "Fan Friction", when they use Karmi's codenames when in her presence.
- Series Continuity Error: A minor one. Hiro is shown in his coat when he tests Baymax in his new body, in spite of not wearing it in the epilogue of the movie.
- Shout-Out: The High Voltage duo references the 1980s cartoon Jem.
- Spiritual Successor: Of Kim Possible, with the premise of a student who has to balance between saving the world and academics, and even has the same creators.
- Suddenly Voiced: Krei's assistant gets speaking lines here.
- Tempting Fate: Gogo tells Fred that there aren't any supervillains in real life. Cue Obake calling Yama.
- Theme Naming: The villain of the movie was named Yokai, and one of the bad guys (possibly the Big Bad) is named Obake. An obake is a type of yokai.
- This Is Reality: Gogo tells Fred that in the real world, there aren't any supervillains. Too bad this is a superhero show.
- Unfazed Everyman: Felony Carl meets Globby for coffee after his transformation and isn't bothered in the slightest that he's talking to a humanoid goo man. He isn't even bothered by Mr Sparkles's over-the-top ego-derived antics in a later episode.
- Voice with an Internet Connection: Obake does this to tell Yama where to go and what to steal for him.
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: The Big Hero 6 have to balance between their heroic personas and their academics, though unlike Kim Possible, they still have secret identities to maintain, though a few characters — both allies and villains alike — seem to be aware of it anyway.
- Would Hurt a Child: Yama shows no qualms with attempting to harm Hiro or the rest of the team.
- You Have Failed Me: Obake almost does this to Yama before he shows his boss the Baymax knockoffs.