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Supergirl, Batgirl, and Wonder Girl are SBFF!

Super Best Friends Forever is a series of animated superhero comedy shorts created by Lauren Faust for Cartoon Network's DC Nation block. The cartoons feature Supergirl (Kara Zor-El, voiced by Nicole Sullivan), Batgirl (Barbara Gordon, voiced by Tara Strong), and Wonder Girl (Donna Troy, voiced by Grey DeLisle) fighting crime and their adventures as SBFF!

Five episodes were made and aired throughout 2012, with these minute-long shorts including:

  • "Invisible Joy Ride": Wonder Girl is ready to help her sister Wonder Woman in the world of man, but her friends Batgirl and Supergirl are more interested in hijacking the fabled Invisible Jet.
  • "Time Waits for No Girl": Poison Ivy is attacking the city, and Batgirl has to race across Gotham to meet up with her friends to fight the menace.
  • "Grounded": Kara is grounded, but Batgirl and Wonder Girl convince her to sneak out to fight crime. She just has to get by her Cousin of Steel first.
  • "Name Game": While fighting Cheetah, the girls argue whether or not "The Super Best Friends Forever" is a good name for their little team or not.
  • "Don't Fight Girls": The team tries to get in a fight with Solomon Grundy, but "SOLOMON GRUNDY NO FIGHT GIRLS!"

Lauren Faust would go on to pitch the idea of expanding the shorts into a full-length series, but was turned down. Years later, Faust was able to recycle many of the concepts seen in SBFF when she became showrunner for the television series DC Super Hero Girls, based on the media franchise of the same name.

Has absolutely nothing to do with Two Best Friends Play, which was renamed Super Best Friends Play when Woolie and Liam joined.

These shorts have a jet-load of tropes!:

  • Action Girl: All three main characters are being written by Lauren Faust and are proteges of the DC Trinity (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman), this absolutely applies.
  • Almighty Mom: Ma Kent—she can bring Supergirl to heel just by wagging her finger angrily.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Wonder Girl initially forbids Supergirl and Batgirl from stealing her sister's invisible jet, claiming because such a selfish, juvenile act would greatly dishonor her title as an Amazon—that and Diana would get really mad if they borrowed it without asking.
  • Ascended Fangirl:
    • According to Lauren Faust, this version of Babs is a huge Batman and general superhero fangirl and wanted to be a superhero herself. Now she is!
    • In the second short we see her bedroom, which is filled to the brim with Batman merch. She even has a Bat-mite plushie.
  • Aside Glance: After scaring off Batgirl and Wonder Girl, Superman does this at the end of the third short.
  • Badass Adorable: Cheetah, in contrast to most DC animated adaptations, is both as cute as the animal she is based on and roughly as competent as the comic book villain she is adapted from. While the team is able to take her down rather easily when working together, Cheetah nearly chokes out Wonder Girl and Supergirl when each tries to subdue Cheetah individually.
  • Badass Boast:
    Supergirl: You can't tell me what to do! You're not my dad!
    (Superman grabs Supergirl's leg and flings her over his shoulder.)
    Superman: No, but I'm Superman. And you'll do as I say!
  • Badass Normal: Batgirl has no Superhuman ability, to the point the force of Supergirl's footsteps alone can topple Batgirl if Supergirl is being careless. None the less Batgirl's skill and gadgets let her contribute to the team's success.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: Batgirl, Wonder Girl and Supergirl, respectively.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Supergirl can't stand Clark acting like he's in any way better than she is.
    • Don't say that Solomon Grundy eat brains. He doesn't like it.
  • Big Ball of Violence: In the third short.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Supergirl, Wonder Girl and Batgirl, respectively.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Supergirl, Wonder Girl and Batgirl, respectively.
  • The Cameo: Barbara's father Commissioner Gordon and Poison Ivy make brief appearances in the second short.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Only Supergirl would follow up throwing a tractor at Superman with giving him a WEDGIE.
  • Comic Trio: Supergirl's the leader, Batgirl's the follower, and Wonder Girl's the helpless one.
  • The Comically Serious: Wonder Girl and Superman provide comedy by how serious and stern they are in the face of everything.
  • Composite Character:
    • Batgirl is Barbara Gordon in appearance but has a personality more comparable to Stephanie Brown.
    • Supergirl is the classic Kara Zor-El, but her more muscular build and rougher personality evokes Kara's Earth-2 counterpart, Power Girl.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Batgirl and her Air Mattress Grenade.
  • Denser and Wackier: Second only to Teen Titans Go! and its shorts in this regard.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Word of God says Supergirl suffers from this. She has all the powers of Superman, but not the same universal love and respect so its made her a bit of a hot head.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Played for laughs in the fifth short, where Solomon Grundy refuses to fight Batgirl, Supergirl, and Wonder Girl because "Solomon Grundy no fight girls". This results in the three young heroines trying to provoke Grundy into changing his mind by taunting him before they realize that just because Grundy refuses to fight them doesn't mean they can't kick his butt. After the resulting ass-whooping, Grundy starts reconsidering his stance on drawing the line at violence against females.
  • Evil Laugh: Supergirl chuckles very quietly with a sinister grin on her face as she boards the invisible jet with rolls of toilet paper in her hands. (Also see Superdickery.)
  • Freudian Trio: Supergirl is the Ego; Wonder Girl is the Superego; Batgirl is the Id.
  • Gag Series: Each short is based around one joke and consists as many following jokes that can be told in the run time.
  • Genki Girl: Batgirl cannot stand still.
  • Goshdang It To Heck: Batgirl flings out a fountain of family-friendly curses on her way to fight Poison Ivy.
  • Hartman Hips: All three of the girls have noticeable hips but Supergirl definitely takes the cake.
  • Hot-Blooded: Supergirl is hotheaded, impulsive and short-tempered.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Supergirl is hotheaded and a little snarky, but she cares about her friends.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Superman, as always, is a superhero with a huge chin.
  • Large Ham: Wonder Girl speechifies with great enthusiasm in the first short.
  • Legacy Character: The main characters are the proteges and heirs of the main heroes of The DCU.
  • Le Parkour: Batgirl resorts to a big of this after crashing her moped.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Played for Laughs with Supergirl and Superman, with the former trying to fight crime before someone else can stop it and get the credit and the latter trying to keep the former grounded.
  • Magic Skirt: Supergirl wears a short skirt that covers her pelvic region completely at all times.
  • Malicious Misnaming: In the fourth short, Supergirl calls Batgirl "Bratgirl". Batgirl responds in kind by calling Supergirl "Stupidgirl".
  • Mood Whiplash: The fourth short continues the series' silly vibe, until Supergirl accidentally throws her friends into a tree. Kara thinks she's severely injured them, gets down on her knees and tearfully apologizes for her Jerkass tendencies while dramatic music plays. Donna & Babs turn out to be alright and forgive her, and the short ends on a silly note...all in a minute & 15 seconds!
  • Most Common Superpower:
    • Averted with the main three girls, who are not extremely busty. Kara sort of has the MCS, but it fits her body type.
    • Poison Ivy plays this trope straight.
  • Mundane Utility: Supergirl, Last Daughter of Krypton who possesses all the powers of Superman, wants to use Wonder Woman's Invisible Jet... to cover Lex Luthor's base in toilet paper (She's never been invisible before!) Batgirl, on the other hand, just wants to use the jet to get some burritos.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Barbara Gordon is wearing a more stylized version of the 60's Batman TV series Batgirl costume.
    • In episode 2, Barbara has a Bat-Mite plushie on her bed.
    • In episode 4, Batgirl has windup Bat-bombs similar to the ones used by the Riddler.
    • Batgirl's ringtone somewhat resembles the 60's Batman theme.
    • Had the shorts continued or to made into a show, Batman would've taken after his Batman: The Dark Knight Returns incarnation in appearance.
  • Near-Villain Victory: The shorts don't really have enough time to build up such a story, but apparently, the SBFFs enjoy it enough that when Solomon Grundy "no fight girls," they're disappointed and offended, to the point where even Wonder Girl says they'll let Grundy "almost win." Especially in light of the fact that he was threatening innocent people with his rampage through the city, they finally just beat him up.
  • Noodle People: There are a few very skinny characters in the shorts, but Wonder Girl the most noticeable due to her regularly appearing, her height, and her bracelets being so wide.
  • Not So Above It All / Not So Stoic: Being an Amazon princess, Wonder Girl may try to act as an example, yet...
    • In the first short, she is tempted to hijack her sister's Invisible Jet by a promise of burritos.
    • She plays with this in the fifth short, by first scolding the other girls about irritating Solomon Grundy and then intentionally throwing in her own braaaaaains pun and laughing.
  • Politically Correct Villain: The fifth short has Solomon Grundy refuse to fight the three young heroines because he draws the line at fighting girls. This ends up backfiring on him when Supergirl, Batgirl, and Wonder Girl realize that they don't need to hold back just because he refuses to fight them and summarily kick his ass.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Supergirl and Batgirl use these on Wonder Girl when they want to take a ride in her older sister's invisible jet.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Donna Troy aspires to be this, she even goes on a rant in the first episode about uplifting the honor and integrity of an Amazon Warrior Princess.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Batgirl has green eyes, red hair and is a main character that forms a Blonde, Brunette, Redhead trio with the other two.
  • Stealth Pun: Wonder Girl is given a Brazilian accent...because she's one of the Amazons! Later on, the voice actress for Wonder Girl confirmed on Twitter that the accent is really a bit of Mediterranean but she chose to throw in a Mexican accent. However, it does make sense that it could be Brazilian since she is notorious for her puns.
  • The Stoic: Wonder Girl has the most subdued reactions of anyone in the shorts.
  • Straight Man: Also Wonder Girl, who the temperamental Supergirl and wacky Batgirl contrast.
  • Superdickery: Supergirl wants to use Wonder Woman's invisible jet to cover Lex Luthor's base in toilet paper. As she's boarding the jet she's giggling evilly with an armful of toilet paper rolls.
  • Rousing Speech: Wonder Girl seems fond of giving these, particularly in the first and third shorts.
  • Theme Mobile: Batgirl has a Batmoped.
  • Thick-Line Animation: Carrying over from Lauren's previous show, characters in these shorts have colored outlines as opposed to the traditional black, though a little differently this time. Characters have a single color outline (Supergirl for example has a blue outline). Superman actually has the traditional black/dark gray.
  • Title Drop: in the fourth short, Batgirl thinks they should officially call themselves the SBFFs. Supergirl thinks its a stupid idea while Wonder Girl is just confused.
    Wonder Girl: The Sebooofs?
    Supergirl: We are not calling ourselves the Super Best Friends Forever.
  • Toilet Paper Prank: Supergirl wants to use Wonder Woman's invisible jet to TP Lex Luthor's mansion.
  • Visible Invisibility: Averted with Wonder Woman's Invisible Jet unlike most adaptions. In fact it even makes the people inside the jet invisible. All three girls don't seem to have trouble operating it and walking or flying around it, like it is visible. Thanks to a Cheated Angle, we haven't seen the inside, so it's possible the inside is all perfectly visible to the pilots and passengers.
  • Wedgie: Supergirl delivers one to Superman during their fight.
  • Would Not Hit a Girl: "Grundy no fight girls!" He's reconsidering by the end of the story.
  • You're Not My Father: Supergirl shouts this out at Superman during their fight in the third short.