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Gonna get that super life!note 

"When super 'me' becomes super 'we'
Suddenly, magically, pretty automatically, crushing it side by side
Look out, world, we're super hero girls
Now that we're together, gonna get that super life!

DC Super Hero Girls is a 2019 television series produced by Warner Bros. Animation and based on the DC Super Hero Girls franchise. It premiered on Cartoon Network on March 8, 2019. The show is developed by Lauren Faust, known for her work on countless other animated series, including the Super Best Friends Forever shorts which effectively serve as this show's predecessor.

A separate continuity from the original web-series, this incarnation follows Barbara "Babs" Gordon, a Batman-fanatic whose father's new job, unfortunately, has them move across the river from Gotham City to Metropolis. Thankfully, the usual stress of moving to a new place is eased by her not only quickly finding a new group of friends to hang out with, but all of those friends also being fellow aspiring superheroes: Diana Prince, Kara Zor-El, Zatanna "Zee" Zatara, Jessica Cruz, and Karen Beecher (Bumblebee). With Diana as team leader, these girls now set out to hone their skills, fight crime, and hopefully pass next period's math test.


The series kicked off with a theatrical short, #TheLateBatsby, which was shown alongside Teen Titans Go! To the Movies. On January 10, 2019, said short was uploaded to the official YouTube page, with various other shorts and character trailers being uploaded in the following weeks leading to the show's premiere and beyond.

DC Super Hero Girls provides examples of:

  • Absentee Actor:
    • The short "#SpeedyDelivery" is centered about the Flash and does not feature any of the titular characters.
    • Likewise, the short "#EqualTights" is centered around Superman and Hal Jordan and doesn't have the titular characters (but it does feature Poison Ivy).
    • The short "#RemoteUncontrolled" focuses more on Harley and Ivy.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Inverted with Jessica Cruz, who has her PTSD skipped over in this adaptation, as it would be too dark for a comedy.
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  • Adaptational Intelligence: While Catwoman isn't dumb by any means, she's described as the brains of her villain group, preferring to avoid fighting herself.
  • Adaptational Modesty: Due to Revisiting the Roots, Harley's scraped her New 52-inspired outfit for her original one. Though, in a bit of clever compromise, her civilian wear is still based on the New 52 style.
  • Adaptational Skimpiness:
    • Wonder Woman, who is no longer wearing pants while in costume. She's back to something resembling her classic design, though the bottom is still a Greco-Roman skirt like the DCEU version rather than the usual Leotard of Power.
    • Poison Ivy dresses more like her typical comic book self, and not even like one of the more modest ones either.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
    • Batgirl's costume has changed from its contemporary dark blue design to classic purple.
    • Zatanna's black hair is now a sparkling, glowing purple that transitions from a normal shade to a lighter one.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Both in comparison to their main comic book portrayals and their previous portrayals in the last generation of the DCSHG franchise:
    • Supergirl is more rebellious, tomboyish, and brash than her usual Nice Girl persona. This personality, however, was also used in Lauren Faust's Super Best Friends Forever.
    • Batgirl is spunkier than before, which also comes from Super Best Friends Forever.
    • Bumblebee is shyer than in her previous portrayals.
    • Jessica Cruz is less of a former shut-in recovering from trauma than she is in the comics.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Technically speaking, those that were made into heroes in the previous series like Harley, Ivy, Frost, and so forth, are back to being villains in this series.
  • Adapted Out: Katana is not in the main lineup, and is replaced with Zatanna and Jessica Cruz. That said, the description of the show provided to news outlets suggests that Katana will appear, citing plots about Wonder Woman and Batgirl interacting with her.
  • Adorkable: Batgirl is this so much that it's no surprise some prefer to compare her to Twilight Sparkle instead of Pinkie Pie.
  • Age Lift: On top of possibly every DC superhero and villain being teenagers in this series, Lena Luthor is now a child.
  • The Alleged Car: Jessica's van in #TheSlowAndTheFurious. It's clearly meant to be a '60s hippy wagon, considering it's seen a few decades.
  • Alternate Continuity: This incarnation of the franchise has few ties to the preceding 2015 webseries or the LEGO projects beyond the basic "superheroes in high school" concept.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: While they're clearly meant as a foil to Kara, the Danvers are so outwardly nice and loving, they’d make even the most loving and proper daughter cringe.
  • Anachronic Order: How they are shown after the pilot.
  • Annoying Patient: Supergirl in "#KaraCare", after being exposed to Kryptonite during a fight with Metallo, quickly drives Diana batty by her exigent demands as she recovers.
  • Apologises a Lot: Bumblebee is this way. In the pilot, Karen tries to angrily shut the door in Barbara's face but keeps on apologizing, leading Babs to just shut it herself.
  • Art Evolution: The designs are like a mix between Super Best Friends Forever and Teen Titans as opposed to the more mainstream, thick line look of the original series.
  • Artistic License – Sports: Diana doesn't tie her waist-length hair back or remove her earrings when practicing her vault for the school's gymnastics team. Long, untied hair and jewelry are both major safety hazards for a gymnast because of the risk that they could get caught or wrapped around some part of the apparatus while she's performing, which would at best be very painful, at worst result in a fall and/or serious permanent injury. Diana not doing this herself is somewhat understandable since she regularly does things that are far more dangerous without putting her hair up, but what's not excusable is that her coach and all her teammates are watching her, and not only do none of them object, but several of the other girls also have their hair down as well. Additionally, all the girls at tryouts are already wearing the same competition-style uniform, including Diana. The other girls may all just be returning veterans wearing last year's uniform, but it doesn't make much sense for Diana to already be wearing the team uniform if she's a newcomer and therefore is not yet actually on the team.
  • Art Shift: Bumblebee's appearance becomes much more cartoony when she shrinks down.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Supergirl and Zatanna has to fight a multistory monster made out of a swarm of rabbits after Zatanna misphrases one of her spells.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Zatanna's showboating has her do incredible light shows to do fairly minor things. (That frequently go wrong anyway.)
  • Badass in Distress: One episode has Batgirl encountering The Flash. Tied up by bank robbers with animal masks.
    Batgirl: Flash?! What happened?!
    Flash: Dude, I'm as surprised as you are.
  • Bait-and-Switch: In "#PictureDaze", when it becomes blatantly apparent to him that Carol is stalking him again, Hal desperately searches for a place to hide. It seems like Carol manages to catch him, only for him to turn around and find that the person who surprised is the relatively harmless Jessica Cruz.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: When Barbi Minerva and Diana Prince both perform equally impressive vaults in tryouts for the gymnastics team, their coach is impressed enough to suggest making the two of them be co-captains. Barbi protests...and then immediately regrets it.
    Barbi: (when the coach proposes making her be co-captains with Diana Prince) What? Absolutely not!
    Coach: Well, okay. (Barbi smirks) Congratulations, Prince! You're the new team captain!
  • Boyish Short Hair: The rebellious Supergirl has a messy bob haircut.
  • Broke the Rating Scale: Diana scores 102% on her calculus test. This is one of Diana's many triumphs that enrages (Pre-Cheetah) Barbi Minerva, who got a mere 100%.
  • Cat Girl: Wonder Woman fights this version of the Cheetah.
  • The Chosen Many: The Green Lantern Corps, as per usual. Jessica isn't the only Earth-based Green Lantern, as she pals around with a Green-Lantern-ring-sporting Hal Jordan.
  • Class Pet: In the short "#HamsterConQueso", it's Batgirl's turn to take care of Hammy the hamster, the school pet and mascot, while she works at the Burrito Bucket the same day the health inspector visits. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Composite Character:
    • Supergirl has some qualities of Power Girl, including a rougher personality and sporting short hair.
    • Batgirl is Barbara Gordon but has a more bubbly personality akin to Stephanie Brown.
  • Contralto of Danger: Wonder Woman's voice is noticeably deeper than the others.
  • Determinator: In "#TheLateBatsby", a determined Batgirl manages to reach Mr. Freeze before the others, despite them having a headstart and having flight powers.
  • Culture Chop Suey: Greek Amazons travel in a Viking Longboat.
  • Darker and Edgier: To a degree. While there's still plenty of comedy and lightheartedness like its predecessor, there's also more emphasis on character trauma, and with this show being rated PG as opposed to TV-Y7, the violence is more realistic.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Certain shorts like "#SpeedyDelivery" and "#GoFish" focus instead on the guys that aren't even the actual leads, like the Flash and Aqualad.
  • Deadline News: #LetThemEatPie has Lois Lane reporting on the local pie eating contest, where Diana comes in from behind due to developing a pie addiction during said contest. Then she spots the one remaining pie in Lois' hand... and charges at her and the camera.
  • Dumped Via Text Message: Hal Jordan dumped Carrol Ferris via a text. Bad enough? Turns out she's a love crazy violet lantern known as Star Sapphire and will not take no for an answer.
  • Ear Ache:
    • In the pilot, Diana's mother drags to the boat by her ear.
    • When the Amazons try to throw Diana's friends off the boat, they drag them by their ears. It backfires when Kara suddenly remembers she has super-strength.
  • Easter Egg:
    • In Supergirl's get to know video, there is a more traditional painting of Wonder Woman on a building in the background of one scene.
    • The hippie-trippie vision that briefly appears with Supergirl's picture day dress includes what looks like "The Mystery Machine", as WB Animation now produces Scooby-Doo.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: At the end of "#SweetJustice," Batgirl doctors the building plans to get one set up under the Sweet Justice ice cream shop while it's being rebuilt. It has specialized work/training areas for all six heroes, and the entrance can only be opened by sitting at a particular table and fiddling with its straw dispenser.
  • Establishing Character Moment: In the first few seconds of "#MeetTheCheetah", Barbi Minerva pulls of a near-perfect vault before insulting a teammate who complimented her.
    Girl: Nice work, Barbi! If you keep vaulting like that, we might actually win gold this year!
    Barbi: (snatching a towel from her) Well, it wasn't me who fell on the uneven bars.
  • Everyone Went to School Together: The whole point of the show. Along with our team, Metropolis High's student body includes Hal Jordan, Barry Allen, Catwoman, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, and Poison Ivy, among others.
  • Explosive Breeder: Bunny's (super)naturally, as bred magical creatures, owned by Zatanna in "#AdventuresInBunnysitting". They hug and produce a literal flood of baby bunnies that magically disappear when they're finally separated.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Karen originally built her Bumblebee suit to make herself grow, not shrink. No matter how many tweaks she makes, the power to get bigger eludes her.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: The bank robbers in "#BurritoBucket" use guns that are not only laser guns but visually not much different from toy guns - they even have priming handles!
  • Fan Disservice: When the girls take Wonder Woman out for her first pedicure there's a closeup of her hairy leg and her foot with giant calluses and craggy untrimmed nails.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: In "#BatAndSwitch", Zatanna attempts to make Barbara and her father switch bodies, but she ends up switching first with a black alley cat, then with a skater dude, and then a weather girl, a woman being proposed to, and many other random people. When she finally does the switch with her father, it's at a bad time, when he's getting his back hair removed.
  • Fur and Loathing: The Pre-Cheetah Barbi Minerva wears a golden fur coat (with white fur trim), a sign she's a Rich Bitch. Once she becomes the Cheetah, she is a Cat Girl who's also literally a Green-Eyed Monster (her jealousy of Diana caused Barbi to unleash the Cheetah's curse, not realizing it would envelop HER instead, giving her glowing green eyes instead of her original brown ones when she feels the curse.)
  • Genki Girl: Batgirl is described as an energetic fangirl for the Dark Knight, with even her civilian clothes and bedroom being covered in bat iconography.
  • Green-Eyed Monster:
    • "Barbi" Minerva finds herself becoming very jealous of Diana in "#MeetTheCheetah" to where she tries to unleash the Cheetah's curse on Diana. However, the curse then affects the jealous Barbi instead, and she turns into a green-eyed Cat Girl. When she turns back into Barbi, she briefly has her original brown eyes until she looks in the mirror, in which the curse asserts itself by having her eyes glow green while the power rush hits Barbi again.
    • Star Sapphire is romantically obsessed with getting back together with Hal Jordan and continues to act as though they're still boyfriend and girlfriend in "#HateTriangle" and "#PictureDaze". And when she sees Hal hanging out with Jessica Cruz in both episodes, she furiously views it as a romantic interlude between the two.
  • Growling Gut: In "#TacoTuesday", Karen's stomach growls 7 times.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • The thumbnail of "#WasabiWar".
    • In the episode "#ShockItToMe", one of Livewire's "Mean Memes" has a picture of Green Lantern being defeated, following it by a "greenhouse gases" joke while there's a quick shot of her butt (Green lantern blushes at this).
  • Hippie Parents: If the dress they foisted on her for picture day is any indication, Supergirl's foster parents/legal guardians, the Danvers, are these.
  • Hopeless with Tech: In "#Beeline", Bumblebee tries to call Diana about a bomb on the bridge, but Diana can't seem to handle her phone very well; the phone screen shows various close-ups as she moves the phone around before she accidentally hangs up.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The title of every short and episode is styled as a Twitter hashtag.
  • Impact Silhouette: In "#SheMightBeGiant", Giganta leaves her silhouette as she falls through the floor of the mall and several levels of the parking lot.
  • In Name Only: The Cartoon Network series isn't much like the original DC Super Hero Girls, being more like Super Best Friends Forever in both art style and story.
  • Innocent Innuendo: When Jessica tries to change Hal's look to make him dumpy and unappealing:
    Jessica: Garth! Take off your clothes!
  • Ironic Fear: Batgirl is scared of bats, with "#BatCatcher" revolving around her panicked reaction to one getting stuck in her room.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Supergirl in "#FightAtTheMuseum". When the team is fighting a series of giant monsters, she just flies in and punches them out of sight rather than listen to any strategic plan the team comes up with. This backfires when Catwoman tricks her into busting open a safe containing Kryptonite, knowing full well Supergirl would just barrel through without any forethought or strategy.
  • Malaproper: Often from Diana, since American-English — teenage American-English especially — is a new language for her.
  • Mexican Standoff: In "#BatAndSwitch", we briefly see the Terrible Trio all Guns Akimbo and pointing at each other.
  • Mistaken for Romance: Between Jessica and Hal, by Star Sapphire. Jessica goes from confusion to laughing and saying "No" in various paces and tones for nearly ten seconds. It happens again in "#PictureDaze".
  • Mr. Fanservice: Hal Jordan gets a Shower Scene in the short #PictureDaze".
  • Mundane Utility: Zee’s father uses his magic to “hand” Zee her backpack from fifty feet away.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: In "#Beeline", Harley wants to blow up the bridge just so her teacher won't come to school tomorrow.
  • Nonverbal Miscommunication: "#HashtagFrownyFace" has Diana and the others confuse Barbara's emoji texts where she's asking for help fighting Poison Ivy as her talking about a bad experience at a new vegan restaurant. Poison Ivy suffers this at the end as well as she grumbles at Harley doing this to her.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: We don't actually see Zatara teleport Zee's backpack. Babs sees him waving it in the air, she looks the other way, and when she looks back it's in Zee's hand.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: Jessica Cruz helps Hal Jordan to block someone annoying him on his phone in #PictureDaze, unaware that said person is his ex-girlfriend Carol Ferris who in their last encounter presumed Jessica to be romantically interested in Hal. When an enraged Carol shows up and sees the two together, she leaps to conclusions and attacks Jessica.
    Carol: Jessica Cruz. I should have known it was you! I'LL NEVER LET YOU HAVE HIM!
    Jessica: [groans] Oh no. Not again.
  • Only One Female Mold: Completely averted. Not only do all six main girls have completely distinct and unique silhouettes, body shapes, and physiques, but even the nameless background girls have totally different builds, as seen in this screenshot.
  • Parting-from-Consciousness Words: Delivered by Bumblebee, who has been racing to get to class on time, after Supergirl accidentally knocks her silly in "#PlightOfTheBumblebee":
    "Did the bell ring yet?" (passes out)
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Diana and Barbara Ann Minerva are both star members of the Metropolis High gymnastics team, which forms a significant part of their rivalry and Barbara's motivations for becoming the Cheetah, as while Barbara is an excellent gymnast, Diana is even better.
  • Picture Day: The plot of the short "#StreetStyle", which features Supergirl, revolves around this.
  • Pluto Is Expendable: During a game of cat and mouse with Supergirl, Catwoman cuts lose a huge model of the earth for Supergirl to catch. Once Supergirl does catch it, Catwoman proceeds to drop the entire solar system on her... until she gets to Pluto.
    Catwoman: Ah, Pluto, planet or no? Ah, who cares? (cuts it down too)
  • Race Lift:
    • Catwoman is black in this universe.
    • Giganta is biracial, with a white father and a black mother.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Despite their superpowers, most of the girls are rookies when it comes to battling and heroics in general, the only exception being Diana. Because of this, the team's performance is far from ideal, especially at first.
      • The girls, except for Barbara, weren't even willing to become superheroes at first, not wanting to use their powers to fight crime and being generally uninterested in heroics. Of course, when they fail to save Sweet Justice later, they disband.
      • During the first training session, the girls are supposed to protect and save practice dummies (representing civilians) from various dangers; again, except for Diana, all the girls do quite badly, with none of their dummies 'surviving', except for Jessica's, but, her attempts to be an Actual Pacifist, while great to save civilians, mean she doesn't help that much at fighting a monster or villain, so her teammates can't count on her for battling.
      • Five superhero teenage girls versus a crew of super strong Amazons with hundreds of years of experience? The five teenage girls lose, and are left ragged and barely standing by the end, only winning due to Diana standing up to her mother. And their attempt to sneak her out results in them getting caught almost immediately.
      • Jessica's pacifism likewise comes up again in "#HateTriangle" during her training with Kilowog who informs that her methods won't work all the time and she will have to fight directly sooner or later. Granted she managed to solve the problem against Star Sapphire without too much violence but only after Sapphire nearly wrecked the football field in her rampage due to Jessica's insistence to not combat her hand to hand and being on the defensive through much of it.
      • Diana points out in "#FightAtTheMuseum" that Kara's method of battling isn't always going to work and she needs to anticipate her enemy's moves in order to win. She doesn't listen while going against Catwoman, who took advantage of this to trash the museum, incapacitate Kara with a bar of Kryptonite, and leave her at the crime scene.
    • Happens to the Flash in "#SpeedyDelivery." He races across town to deliver a cake in 10 minutes, but it gets slung around so much within its box (due to his Super Speed and assorted other mishaps) that it ends up a splattered mess.
  • Recycled Plot: #TheLateBatsby is an expanded version of Time Waits For No Girl, one of the Super Best Friends Forever shorts, swapping out Poison Ivy for Mr. Freeze.
  • Refusal of the Call: Diana loves Barbara's idea of them, Kara, Karen, Jessica and Zee teaming up, but the other four refuses at first, with their reasoning being that Kara breaks stuff, Jessica's a Pacifist, Zee's an "art-eest" and Karen's really timid. Thankfully, Diana's Call keeps ringing loud enough they finally give in.
  • Revisiting the Roots: Wonder Woman no longer wears pants, Harley Quinn is wearing her traditional jester outfit, and Batgirl is wearing something more similar to her pre-New 52 clothes.
  • Ring... Ring... CRUNCH: Supergirl does this to her alarm clock. It seems to be a common enough occurrence that she has spares.
  • Rule of Symbolism: Zatanna's magical bunnies hug each other and form the shape of a heart, which Kara has to pull in half.
  • Scenery Gorn: Somehow the fate of all of those poor mannequins in the Training Montage do the best job showing all of the things that COULD happen in the genre than any superhero cartoon yet.
  • School Newspaper News Hound: Metropolis High's Daily Planetoid. Justified, because the editor is Lois Lane, who is using the school paper as the first step to becoming a serious journalist.
  • Ship Tease: There are now two episodes (one episode and one short, actually) centering on a furious Star Sapphire mistakenly assuming Hal Jordan and Jessica Cruz are a couple.
  • Shout-Out
  • Skunk Stripe: Jessica has two neon green ones, Karen has a yellow ochre one.
  • Sneaky Departure: In #TheLateBatsby, Barbara can't leave the house to join the others as Batgirl til her dad falls asleep, so she can sneak out of the house through the window.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Lauren Faust's own Super Best Friends Forever, with the personalities of Batgirl, Supergirl, and Wonder Womannote  being recycled wholesale from that previous project.
  • Stalker with a Crush: The series has devoted at least one episode and another short to Star Sapphire's romantic obsession with Hal Jordan.
  • Stop Helping Me!: Hal's attempts to become Superman's partner are embarrassing at best, and painful/dangerous at worst.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: Babs catches herself saying she wants to find a team to her father, as she desperately tries to cover her slip, Commissioner Gordon assumes she meant clique.
  • Take a Third Option: Jessica Cruz is very good at coming up with non-violent solutions. She can be quite smug about it.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The roof selfie guy from "#FaultyPowers".
  • Transformation Sequence: Bumblebee has one in "#Beeline" and in one of the Super Shorts. Said short has different music but ultimately the same animation.
  • Truer to the Text:
    • Lauren Faust states that one of the goals was this, with the Silver Age incarnations being used as the foundation for applicable characters. Notably, the villainesses who were made into heroes in the previous series are back to being bad again this time around.
    • Averted with Jessica Cruz, a more modern character (debuting in 2014) who Faust admits, due to the character's depressing Origin Story, was changed drastically to better fit the lighthearted tone of the show.
  • Twinkle In The Sky: In "FightAtTheMuseum", Supergirl punches a robot and sends it flying in the sky, where it appears as a twinkle.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: It's heavily implied that Lex Luthor is villainous, but manages to project a positive public image.
  • Voices Are Mental: Taken Up to Eleven in "#BatAndSwitch", with Babs' voice coming out of everyone she gets soul-swapped with - even the cat!
  • X Meets Y: The show is like a combo between Faust's previous works, Super Best Friends Forever and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
  • Wham Episode: The second half of "#MeetTheCheetah". Someone destroys the fuse box while the girls are about to search the school, then something stalks the and picks them off one at a time in the darkened hallways, and only Zatanna accidentally taking out Supergirl with her magic is played for the slightest bit of humor.
  • With Friends Like These...: Hal tries to impress Superman by showing him a certain green rock he found, right when Superman is trying to throw a bomb into space. Superman's expression says it all.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Zatanna's hair, typically jet black, is sparkly purple here.

Alternative Title(s): DC Super Hero Girls 2019


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