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Left to right: Mamoo, Kimo, and Booma.
Super Duper Sumos is a cartoon produced by DIC Entertainment and Ameko Entertainment, and animated by Digital Emation. It stars three sumo wrestler brothers named Mamoo, Kimo, and Booma. Raised by their master Wisdom-san, they now live in Generic City with their cousin, Prima. They fight crime With their buttocks. The Sumos follow the "way of the P.H.A.T.": that is, Peace, Honor, And Truth. The villains of the show are the employees of Bad Inc.: Miss Mister, the CEO of the company; Dr. Stinger, a Mad Scientist who is madly in love with Miss Mister and generally creates the Monster of the Week; Billy "B.S." Swift, the British marketing coordinator; and Ghengis Fangis, a ghost who lives in Miss Mister's necklace and gives unhelpful advice to the corporation.

This cartoon provides examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Dr. Stinger is head-over-heels in love with Miss Mister. She wants nothing to do with him, as he annoys her and he's a ridiculous-looking old green man.
  • Acrofatic: The Sumos are both very fat and very agile.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Genghis Fangis takes center stage as a villain in "Honor Thy Phather".
  • Almost Kiss: Miss Mister always is about to kiss Stonger when the plan seems to be working. And then things go south.
  • Alter Kocker: Wisdom-san, the sumos' master, is an elderly blue man with a Yiddish accent.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Wisdom-san is blue and Dr. Stinger is green, neither for any known reason.
  • Animesque: The series' art style is half-anime, half Looney Tunes.
  • Anthropomorphic Food: Stinger creates a monster out of the dumpling in his lunchbox in the episode "Pinch Me I'm Steaming."
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
    • In "Eviction Conviction", the landlady reminds the Sumos of the pool rules: no running, no jumping, and no ancient poetry.
    • In "The Seven Sumorai", Miss Mister's list of evil duties for Bad Inc. to perform include invading Canada, overthrowing the presidency, and poisoning the world's supply of cream cheese.
  • Ass Kicks You: A preferred tactic of the trio, played for laughs. Booma in particular uses butt-based attacks; his signature move is "Gluteus Maximus".
  • Badass Santa: In "Santa's A Big Fat Sumo", Santa is revealed to be a sumo.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: According to B.S., it's a problem if there's not enough room to swing a cat in the boardroom, because it's one of Miss Mister's favorite activities.
  • Bad Santa: In "Santa's A Big Fat Sumo", Stinger disguises himself as Santa to terrorize Generic City.
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  • Big Fun: Booma, being a sumo, is very large, and he's also a party animal.
  • Black Comedy: In the first episode, it's revealed that there were originally four sumo babies, but Booma shoved one of them off the cliff, leaving the trio. Their teacher merely shrugged when this happened and moved on. This is later a Chekhov's Gun. Shemo, the fourth sumo, returns later in the series.
  • Blind Shoulder Toss: At the end of "Eviction Conviction", Booma tosses a crowbar over his shoulder...which causes the Sumos' apartment building to crumble to pieces after all the chaos it has endured in the episode.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Any time a flashback sequence pops up, the characters acknowledge it.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: The corporation the villains run is called Bad Inc.
  • Calling Your Attacks:
    • Whenever Booma is about to use his Ground Pound butt attack, he will yell "Gluteus Maximus!" Those are the butt muscles. Meanwhile, Mamoo yells "Sumo Squeeze!" before squeezing the enemy as hard as he can, and Kimo yells "Honorable Thunderball!" before using his Rolling Attack.
    • When Shemo appears, she uses the same attacks as her brothers, albeit with "yak" added to them. Near the end of the episode, she develops her own attack, the "Sumo Clap".
  • Camping Episode: "Rest Area 51" sees the Sumos and Prima go camping at the same campsite as Bad Inc.
  • Catchphrase: Whenever he's frustrated, Stinger tends to grumble "Wretchedness!"
  • Christmas Episode: "Santa's A Big Phat Sumo" is the show's Christmas episode, in which Stinger disguises himself as Santa Claus to plant Bad Inc. attack robots disguised as presents. The real Santa is kidnapped and forced to watch "It's A Wonderful World" on loop.
  • Chubby Chaser: The underwear saleswoman in "I'm Too Sexy For My Butt" is clearly attracted to Booma. Upon meeting him, she even remarks, "Big and dumb, just the way I like 'em!"
  • Cooking Duel: In "No Lie Pie", Mamoo and Dr. Stinger compete in one hosted by B.S.
  • Corrupt Politician: The mayor of Generic City is completely willing to let Bad Inc. do whatever they desire because they contribute massive amounts of money to her campaign.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mamoo, who represents truth has the catchphrase, "As if those weren't the truest words ever spoken." Leads to a funny moment in the episode "I'm Too Sexy For My Butt" when Booma's butt rebels against him, causing Booma to cry "My butt, IT'S REVOLTING!"
  • Dead Person Conversation: Ghengis Fangus is a ghost, yet is part of Bad Inc. and fills the role of Spirit Advisor. Sort of.
  • Disguised in Drag: Has happened multiple times on the show:
    • Kimo disguises himself as a high school cheerleader girl in "Back To School".
    • All three Sumos go undercover as ballerinas, wearing pink leotards, tutus, and makeup, in "Dance of the Sugar-Plum Sumos."
  • Distaff Counterpart: Shemo, the sumos' long-list sister, is also a powerful sumo wrestler.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The debut of episode 1’s monster is this for the members of Bad Inc.: Stinger is shown trying to assemble a new monster when his first creation fails, establishing his goal of trying to impress Miss Mister. And when the monster is unveiled, Genghis Fangus complains about how monsters in his day were better, Miss Mister notes that she should fire Stinger and B.S tries to find a way to merchandise the monster.
  • Evil, Inc.: Bad Inc. is a "cartoonishly evil" example of the trope. Their business seems to solely consist of making Kaiju to attack Generic City, defeat the sumos, and Take Over the World. The only employee focused on actual business practices is B.S.
  • Evil Knockoff: In "A Clockwork Sumo," Bad Inc. creates an evil robot clone of Kimo.
    Miss Mister: I don’t believe it. Stinger’s done it.
  • Fan Disservice:
    • They're sumos who run around in nothing but their mawashi almost all the time. Also, a recurring scene which is shown at least twice an episode consists of them slamming their butts together.
    • Not to mention the giant beam of light that bursts out whenever they do this. (It is their method of going back to normal size when being Sumo-Sized is no longer necessary.)
    • Booma talks about his butt all the time, often shoving it in the camera, and the camera often focuses on all three sumos' butts.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Stinger treats all of his creations as if they are his children, even the mechanical ones.
  • Funny Answering Machine: The first half of Prima's voicemail message is normal, but the second half is "If you're calling to complain about the Super Duper Sumos, then you've reached Ernest Hemingway, acclaimed author of To Have And Have Not, and...I have no idea what you're talking about."
  • Fun with Acronyms: The Sumos' philosophy is P.H.A.T., which stands for Peace, Honor, And Truth.
  • George Jetson Job Security: Stinger is fired at the end of every episode.
  • Girlish Pigtails: On the trio's friend Prima. Miss Mister also had pigtails as a young girl
  • The Grinch: Miss Mister hates Christmas because every year as a child, she got an identical doll as last year, when she really wanted tools to destroy Generic City.
  • Growing Muscles Sequence: The Sumos are already bulky, so the most noticeable change during their transformation sequence is muscle definition.
  • Horse of a Different Color: The Sumos ride yaks. There's an episode with a yak derby as well, in which all contestants ride yaks.
  • In-Series Nickname:
    • The Sumos call each other "big bottom bro(s)".
    • Miss Mister calls the Sumos "Stupid Dupid Sumos".
  • Joke of the Butt: The majority of the humor in this series comes in the form of the titular trio's backsides. Booma in particular treats his rear end as both an indispensable weapon and a treasured companion.
  • Kaiju: Stinger generally turns everyday things into Kaiju as part of Bad Inc.'s plans to terrorize the city. Some are mechanical creatures, while others are simply mutated animals.
  • Killer Teddy Bear: In the first episode, "Binky Did A Bad, Bad Thing," Stinger turns his teddy bear into a humongous monster to destroy Generic City.
  • The Last Straw: The Sumos' apartment building survives all kinds of chaos, including two massive cannonballs by Booma into the pool which send enormous tidal waves flowing across the building, but it's Booma's Blind Shoulder Toss of a crowbar which hits the roof which causes it to crumble into pieces.
  • Literal Metaphor: In "Eviction Conviction", the boardroom is crowded with Stinger's failed Kaiju. B.S. remarks that "There's not enough room in here to swing a cat, and you know that's one of Miss Mister's favorite hobbies."
  • Long-Lost Relative: In "Shemo The Fourth Sumoteer", the Sumos meet their long-lost sister Shemo, who fell off a cliff in a flashback in episode 1, and who was subsequently raised by yaks who taught her to be an incredibly strong sumo.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father:
  • Mad Libs Catchphrase:
    • For Kimo, it's "(X) is most honorable!" since he is the sumo of honor.
    • For Mamoo, it's "Truthfully..." or "In truth..." before he gives his opinion, since he is the sumo of truth.
  • Mad Scientist: Stinger is a mad scientist who typically builds the Monster of the Week.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Wisdom-san, the wise master of the sumos.
    • Prima is the Sumos' cousin; "prima" is the Spanish word for "female cousin".
  • Mentor: Wisdom-san raised the Sumos and taught them the way of the P.H.A.T.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: While Stinger is shown to have some minor victories, they're usually canceled out by either the sumos defeating his monsters, or through his or his co-workers' incompetence.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Booma does an enormous cannonball into the pool in "Eviction Conviction", which leads to him losing his mawashi.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Bad Inc. sets out to destroy the world with a monster of some sort each episode.
  • Once an Episode: At the end of every episode, Miss Mister fires Stinger.
  • Phrase Catcher: A lot of people will say, in reference to the sumos, "They've got guts!"
  • Power Trio: Booma, Kimo and Mamoo.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: The Sumos sometimes deliver these before Sumo Sizing or attacking. For example, when fighting an evil toilet, Booma shouts, "Let's teach this potty mouth some manners!" before going in for the kill.
  • President Evil: Miss Mister is in charge of an evil corporation, after all.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Unlike the others at Bad Inc., B.S. isn't fixated on the villainous part of his job and instead focuses on marketing, profits, and stocks.
  • Raised by Wolves: Shemo was raised by yaks, which are treated by the show as the patron animals of sumos.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In "No Lie Pie", after Billy Swift eats some of the delicious treat with the rest of Bad Inc., he finally grows a spine and manages to blurt out how he really feels about his boss. Any other day, he wouldn't roast her for fear of losing his job, but thanks to the honesty effect of No Lie Pie, Billy just lets his feelings out despite running the risk of being fired. It is actually a pretty awesome moment to see him grow some spine and tell off Miss Mister and insult Miss Mister's choice of color, as well as see him release his frustration considering he's probably been stockpiling it for years.
    Billy Swift: (Hesitates for a few seconds after Miss Mister asks what Mamoo's pie is called, then he replies to her question.) The man already said it was No Lie Pie! The truth is, Miss Mister, you never listen! You talk and talk and bark orders, but you NEVER LISTEN! ...And I... hate that color on you! (Closes his hand with his mouth for a few seconds, then continues.) I... I can't seem to stop telling the truth!
  • Robot Me: In "A Clockwork Sumo", Bad Inc. builds an evil robot double of Kimo.
  • Signature Move: The Sumos have signature moves, and always call their attacks.
    • Booma's is "Gluteus Maximus", where he ground-pounds the enemy with his butt.
    • Kimo's is "Honorable Thunderball", where he tucks himself into a ball and rolls towards the enemy.
    • Mamoo's is "Sumo Squeeze", where he gives the enemy an offensive Bear Hug.
  • Slapstick Knows no Gender: Prima, Miss Mister, and Shemo are subject to as much slapstick as the male characters.
  • Stock Footage: The transformation sequence, which occurs twice an episode.
  • Stout Strength: The Sumos, of course, are very fat and very strong.
  • Strictly Formula: Every episode involved fighting against one of Bad Inc.'s evil plans.
  • Super Mode: The sumo's sumo size, which is obtained in the twice-an-episode Transformation Sequence.
  • Surfer Dude: Booma talks like a surfer dude and has the laid-back attitude to go with. He also seems to enjoy the beach, though he prefers to tan his butt than go surfing.
  • Swiss-Army Appendage: Dr. Stinger's arms can apparently swap out for various items, such as a hose in "Eviction Conviction".
  • Teenage Mutant Samurai Wombats: The show is an odd variation on this trope with human heroes. The Sumos aren't aliens or monsters, but they have supernatural sumo powers and were raised apart from contemporary society. They must adjust to life in Generic City; their open-minded guide to modern life is Prima, their young cousin. The sumos don't have to hide like most examples, but people find them to be unusual.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: In "Honor Thy Phather", Mamoo gets covered in squid ink and says, out of the blue, "In truth, that makes me mad!"
  • Toilet Humor: Most of the jokes in the show are about butts, with many about gas as well.
  • Transformation Sequence: Twice an episode, the Sumos "sumo-size" in a sequence that primarily features their muscles growing.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: The three Sumos are almost always shirtless, and typically only wear their mawashi, making them Walking Pantsless Scenes as well.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: The sumos live in Generic City, the location of which could be anywhere.
  • Women Are Wiser: Present in both the heroic ensemble and the villainous ensemble.
    • Prima, despite being about ten years old, is smarter and more logical than the Sumos and generally serves as the voice of reason.
    • Miss Mister is the only competent villain of Bad Inc. Genghis Fangis is too caught up in how much better warlords of the past were and bragging about his accomplishments to think logically, B.S. is more focused on profit and merchandising than performing his evil duties, and Stinger only does his job in an attempt to woo Miss Mister (to no avail). In Miss Mister's absence, the men tend to goof off instead of carrying out her schemes.
  • Yiddish as a Second Language: Wisdom-san speaks with a Yiddish accent and uses Yiddish words and idioms on a regular basis.