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Oft-used nickname of MC Hammer, also known as Stanley Kirk Burrell.

Hammerman was also a cartoon produced by DiC Entertainment where MC Hammer was a superhero. He used rap music, dancing, and a pair of magical shoes that he had inherited from another musical superhero who had just recently retired. Ah, the Celebrity Toons of the early 90s. This one debuted in 1991, lasting for 13 episodes.

Not to be confused with the animesque Korean animated film Hammerboy.


This here show contained the following tropes:

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The Monster of the Week for one show was a robot programmed to be The Perfectionist .
  • And Knowing Is Half the Battle: MC Hammer introduced every episode and called special attention to its lesson (don't make fun of short people; don't paint all over the wall unless an adult says it's okay; and so on). Seems the show was directed at very young children.
    • Space Whale Aesop: Did we mention that it would be more accurate to say, "Don't make fun of short people because they may shrink everyone so now they will be tallest" and "Don't paint all over the wall because someone might make a spray that makes graffiti come to life and Kill All Humans"?
    • For all that, Hammerman's one of the rare instances of children's entertainment that also includes the moral that too much work and studying isn't good either, and it's important to also make time for play and doing creative things.
  • Animation Bump: The animated sequences in the theme song are much more fluidly animated than the rest of the show. One wonders why the team who made the intro didn't help work on the rest of the series.
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  • Band Toon: Real Musical Person Toon, in any case.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Defacely Marmeister loves being a bad guy.
  • City in a Bottle: Rapoleon does this to Oaktown after he shrinks it.
  • Clark Kenting: Somehow, Jody doesn't realize Stanley is Hammerman despite not only knowing him in both identities, him wearing glasses in both identities, and her knowing all about the magic shoes and how her grandfather was the previous hero who used them.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Specifically, talking shoes.
  • Clueless Aesop: As The Mysterious Mr. Enter notes in his review of "Defeated Graffiti", the intended moral (don't deface other people's property with your art) was pointless because people in the show's target audience were generally too young to be graffiti artists; the ones above that age range weren't going to be swayed by the fact that Cartoon M.C. Hammer told them not to do it.
  • Cool Old Guy: Gramps, also an Expy of James Brown.
  • Expository Theme Tune: Filled with Painful Rhyme after painful, painful rhyme.
  • Expy: The graffiti fire elemental from "Defeated Graffiti", as seen in the page image, is nearly identical to Kremzeek.
  • Invincible Hero: As noted below, Hammerman could do basically anything. Accordingly, a lot of episodes weren't actually about Hammerman trying to defeat a villain so much as they were about Stanley trying to overcome the problem of being unable to transform into Hammerman. Once he did, all opposition folded up like a cheap card table.
  • Limited Animation: It goes past looking downright cheap to just looking spastic. Strangely enough, the animation in the intro is very fluid.
  • The Napoleon: Rapoleon. He tries to find a way to make himself larger, but settles on making everything else smaller.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: More accurately, the show didn't really bother to clarify what Hammerman's powers actually were. In general if he needed to do something and the writers could think of some way to work in music, dancing,, or musical imagery, he could do it. In at least one episode his pants act like a parachute.
  • Not Quite Starring: Especially odd, given how few episodes were made.
  • Off-Model: Painfully so; even DiC's Super Mario Bros. cartoons were better-animated in comparison, and those were animated by the same company who worked on this!note 
  • Parental Abandonment: In "Defeated Graffiti", Gramps states that Jody has no parents.
  • Passing the Torch: How Stanley becomes Hammerman in the first place.
  • The Power of Hammertime!
    • In one episode, Gramps dons the shoes again, and it becomes "The Power of Soul".
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Stanley speaks like this when he's Hammerman.
  • 13 Is Unlucky: The show lasted for thirteen episodes before being canceled.
  • Transformation Trinket / Live Item: The talking shoes that give Hammerman his powers.


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