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About as serious as it looks.
Supermansion is a stop-motion animated series from the creators of Robot Chicken. It's about aging superhero Titanium Rex (Bryan Cranston), who is the leader of the League of Freedom. The league contains a wide variety of superheroes, most of which are expy's of other superheroes.
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The team consists of:

  • Titanium Rex (Bryan Cranston): A Flying Brick from Subtopia. The geriatric leader of the team who struggles to keep the team running. A parody of Superman.
  • Black Saturn (Tucker Gilmore): A spoiled rich kid who leaches off his parents, Black Saturn is immature, whiny and an all-around tool. A parody of Batman.
  • American Ranger (Keegan-Michael Key): Rex's best friend. A WWII-era eagle-themed hero who was recently released from a time tunnel, Ranger is still getting used to the values of the new world. A parody of Captain America
  • Cooch (Heidi Gardner): An evolved housecat, Cooch is like any typical cat: absolutely lacking in attention span and barely controllable. A parody of Tigra.
  • Brad (Tom Root): A junkie who was used as a test subject for an experimental Super Serum, Brad prefers to spend his time getting high rather than do anything useful. A parody of The Incredible Hulk
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  • Robobot (Zeb Wells): A robot who converted to Judaism after discovering his creator was Jewish, though later quit after discovering she just had a Jewish Surname, not an actual Jew Jewbot seeks to learn how to be a human in his own way. A parody of The Vision.

You can watch it on Crackle, and it is currently airing on Sunday nights on [adult swim].

Now with a Character Page very much in need of some love.

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Super Mansion provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Adaptation Expansion: The first episode is an expansion on the pitch pilot, even reusing the old character models to keep continuity.
  • Adorkable: Black Saturn uses this word to describe Lex, in that it's the current acceptable replacement for the word "retarded".
  • Affably Evil: The Groaner is actually a nice guy. This doesn't distract from the fact that he still set a house on fire to make a joke about 'Brush Fires' and assaulted a man with pie.
  • Art Evolution: The character models from the first episode were replaced with newer ones for the rest of the first season and those models were upgraded for Season 2.
  • Artistic License – Law: The Superheroes can incarcerate villains, without giving them a trial or even a call to their lawyer. Never mind that the mansion holds a prison on its lowest level.
  • Ass Shove:
    • Black Saturn swears upon his entire fortune that whoever ate his burrito is going to get a Saturn Ring up their ass. When he finds out it was himself sleep eating, he holds himself to it after the others call him on it.
    • Jewbot is forced to do this in order to give Rex a prostate exam. He looses a finger in there.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Cooch got diagnosed with ADD by Jewbot.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Lex as a female is an attractive red-haired young woman whom Black Saturn, Brad, AND American Ranger (her father's MARRIED BEST FRIEND from WWII) all want when they first meet her; Lex as a male is a pudgy, freckled ginger with a bowl cut.
  • Badass Normal: Black Saturn and American Ranger.
  • Badass Grandpa: While he's way past his prime and suffers the typical physical problems of men his age, Titanium Rex is still a Flying Brick who can totally kick ass, though he was temporarily Brought Down to Normal when his powers ran out. At the end of the episode, he proceeds to tell Blazarr that as he got older, he learned to make up his failing strength by being sneakier and fighting dirtier.
  • Bad Future: Season 2 has an episode dealing with one that is the result of Zenith and American Ranger having sex, with their resultant child bringing devastation to the world and a future Black Saturn being sent back in time to fix it. The ending of the episode has Modern Black Saturn suggesting that Ranger should run for President, which results in another Bad Future.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Brad starts a relationship with Cooch after she begs to find someone who can take care of her while she's in heat. This leads to a developing relationship that eventually gets discovered in the most appropriate response.
    Rex: ARE YOU FUCKING MY CAT!?
  • Bittersweet Ending: The first season ends with the League foiling Devizo's plan to cause WWIII, but not only does Brad sacrifice himself, all the villains they've captured escaped in the chaos and the mansion burned down. However, the mansion is rebuilt three months later and they're now recruiting for a replacement. They still haven't rebuilt Jewbot's body though.
  • Brain in a Jar: The Iron Brain is a giant robot controlled by two dome-enclosed brains who also function as its fists. When it tries to punch, it immediately kills one of them.
  • Brainless Beauty: Zenith's current slam-piece, Courtney. All looks, with all the brain power of a particularly dumb dog.
  • Captain Patriotic: American Ranger is a parody of such characters, Captain America to be specific.
  • Cat Girl: Cooch, who's an evolved feline who not only doesn't shut up about being a cat but still has animal-like habits such as a short attention span.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Jewbot accidentally loses a finger in Rex's ass during his medical examination. This ends up allowing the League to escape later when said finger and a head is all Jewbot has left after Dr. Devizo steals his body to create Powered Armor.
  • Civilized Animal: Cooch is an artificially evolved cat, but still a cat. She goes into heat, wants to eat Omega Pet Bustanuts, a squirrel, and she's five years old. She also has the attention span of a cat - in human terms, "apocalyptic-level A.D.D." (according to Jewbot's brainscan).
    • Rex's Drill Car he used to get to the surface comes up again in the finale Brad uses it to destroy the mansion in a Heroic Sacrifice, stopping Devizo in the process.
  • Cherry Tapping: This is how The Groaner nearly defeats the League of Freedom through nonviolent, financial means. Sometime after he got kicked out of the Injustice Club, The Groaner stole Black Saturn's League credit card, making several small, incidental charges, gradually increasing the amounts spent over time. This led to the financial crisis in the pilot episode that nearly got the League shut down for going over budget.
  • The Chess Master: Dr. Devizo, who expertly manipulates his way out of the mansion and the League. The only reason he did not escape was because he didn't account for Lex to be there. And as it turns out that was staged as part of a bigger plan with Lex to destroy the earth with nuclear winter to start over. By the end of Season Two he manages to manipulate his way into becoming a Villain with Good Publicity in a position to oversee the League with government backing.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Cooch has a "Doomsday stash" of various snack foods that she's stockpiling for particularly bad scenarios. This lets her survive as a warlord in a Bad Future.
  • Crime Fighting With Cash: Parodied with Black Saturn, who gets the cash from his parents.
    Black Saturn:Mom, did you forget to put money on my account this month? Grrr now like a total knob job in front of my friends!
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The entire team can qualify as this, despite their many quirks they're more than capable of kicking ass.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Saturn vs Bugula in Season 3. End result is Saturn on the ground with a broken back and pride crying for Rex, while Bugula walks away without a scratch.
  • Dating Catwoman: Black Saturn once had a thing with Blood Moon. She isn't very happy about it. There was also Titanium Rex and Frau Mantis.
  • Driven to Suicide: Black Saturn after Blood Moon rejects him.
  • Do-Anything Robot: Aside from having various gadgets built into him, Jewbot also serves multiple purposes, being the team's physician, accountant and guard of their personal jail.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Bugula gets some major payback on Black Saturn in Season 3. Starting with a scathing ""The Reason You Suck" Speech" about how he is just a joke, and later a brutal No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, culminating in him actually breaking Saturn's back and leaving him crawling on the ground, crying. Considering how Saturn ruined his life and is directly responsible for his kid being taken away, he deserved it.
  • Domestic Abuse: The Omega Pets, Genki is the most obvious one but the others aren't that far behind.
  • Enemy Mine: The season two finale has the League joining forces with the Injustice Club to deal with the Subtopian invasion.
  • Enfant Terrible: Dudley, Black Saturns little brother, seems like a really sweet child. He's a gangster
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The Ironbrain may be evil, but even he is disgusted by domestic abuse
    • Rat-A-Pult draws the line at murdering kids.
    • Blazar's people are against euthanasia; he spares Titanium Rex when throws out his back fighting Blazar. He changes his mind when Rex later insults him on TV.
  • Evolving Credits: The intro has silhouettes of the villains for the reason that is filled in after that episode's villain is revealed.
  • Expy: Most of the main characters are one. But the most obvious is American Ranger, a walking reference to Captain America with his sidekick Kid Victory being Bucky Barnes.
    • For the other League Members: Titanium Rex is Superman, Lex Lighting is Supergirl, Cooch is Tigra, Brad is the Incredible Hulk and Black Saturn is Batman if he never lost his parents.
    • Sgt. Agony is Nick Fury. Interestingly he has the original Nick Fury's hairstyle and outfit with the movie/Ultimate Nick Fury's race.
      • He also has bionic arms like Jax.
    • Groaner is quite obviously an expy of the Joker, as a supervillain prop comic. Interestingly, he looks more like a clown than the Clown Prince of Crime himself.
  • Eye Scream:
    • In episode 11 Lex overloads one of Black Saturn's cans of energy drink in her hand and gets it in her eyes.
    • In the first season finale, Lex loses her eyesight after being blasted by Rex's Arm Cannon.
  • Five-Man Band: While the group has more than five members, they can easily be fit into the categories:
    • The Hero: Titanium Rex, who's the leader of the team and is constantly trying to keep the team in check.
    • The Lancer: American Ranger and Black Saturn. The former is Rex's best friend most trusted ally while the latter is second in command.
    • The Big Guy: Brad, a junkie with Super Strength who provides the heavy lifting.
    • The Smart Guy: Jewbot, who due to being a robot is the most intelligent of the team.
    • The Chick: Cooch, who's the only girl until Lightning Lex.
    • Sixth Ranger: Lex Lightning, who joins later on as an intern. Later proves to be a Sixth Ranger Traitor. Replaced by Zenith in season 2.
  • Foreshadowing: Cooch smelled that something was wrong with Lex right from the start. She also called her a dude. She even specifically questioned that Lex was an attractive "young woman" because she didn't feel threatened by her - that is, as a humanoid cat, her pheromones weren't reacting to a rival female over the men on the team.
    • When Brad gets wasted on psychotropic drugs to bring back Cooch's spirit when she goes feral in the forest, he sees Lex's male form when he first starts hallucinating. In the same episode, Lex even sarcastically quips that she's really a villain whose entire plan was to infiltrate the team and undermine it from within - which of course, she actually was.
  • Friendly Enemy: The Groaner and Black Saturn.
  • Gender Bender: Lex, thanks to her/his insect DNA.
  • The Ghost: Marjorie, who appears to be the help, buying groceries and cleaning.
  • Hauled Before A Senate Subcommittee: The whole League in the first episode and only Titanium Rex shows up.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Brad, in the first season finale.
  • Hidden Depths / I Just Want to Be Normal: Cooch usually doesn't care what other people think, but in some quiet moments she gets the bad feeling that she doesn't belong anywhere, and that her low intelligence and short attention span are a failure that lets down everyone around her including herself. She enjoys casual sex, but is actually afraid that someone might actually fall in love with her.
  • Hollow World: Where Titanium Rex came from.
  • Horrible Camping Trip: Episode 10. Cooch turns feral, being a housecat, Jewbot turns into a redneck because he is off the server, Black Saturn loses his clothes, and Rex finally tells Ranger about his affair with Gloria.
  • I'll Be in My Bunk: Upon learning that pornography is everywhere online, free and is not considered adultery, American Eagle tries to make up an excuse to leave before simply screaming "Get out of my way!" and running off.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Black Saturn has these, though subverted in that he often misses straight shots but when hitting things at near impossible angles he never misses.
  • Instant Turn-Off: Black Saturn has this reaction when he discovers that he has had a poster of his mom from her porn star days and has been jacking off to it since he was a teenager, (He never realized cause she always wore a mask in them), while working on a case of kidnapped retired supermodel porn stars. He reacts to this with disgust, and then keeps reacting with disgust whenever he heard about how others would masturbate to her or his Mom talking about her sex escapes from those days throughout the episode.
  • Interspecies Romance: Brad, a human, and Cooch, an evolved cat
    Titanium Rex: Are you f**ing my cat?!
  • The Mafiya: In episode 9, They abduct Dudley and Jewbot.
  • Manchild: Black Saturn is an adult and still begs his parents for money, as well as go on the occasional temper tantrums.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: American Ranger in episode 4. He wanted to find a replacement sidekick so he put out an ad online looking for young physically fit boys. After he gets a lot of responses, Rex quickly destroys the computer in horror and later the Feds show up to take him in after seeing it.
  • The Mole: Lex Lightning
  • Monster Clown: The Groaner. He has a bright red clown's nose and hair, and only a skull instead of a face. In actuality, he's more of an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain.
  • Moral Myopia: Most of the heroes suffer from it. But Black Saturn takes the cake, going so far as to get a reformed criminal, Bugula, back into their prison.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In the first episode the team wouldn't have been on thin ice with the government if Brad showed up on time and didn't bring down the Washington Monument.
  • Noble Bigot: American Ranger is from the 40's so his thinking and mentality is still in that time, meaning he says several things that are considered racist by today's standards. Nothing he says is meant with malice or actual racism however. (When in Washington DC, he mistakes President Obama and Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor for servants.) He would be considered progressive by his own time's standards. If one watches carefully he's probably the most morally upstanding member of the team.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Sgt. Agony; Military Grade Accountant, tries his hardest to obstruct the League of Freedom.
  • Oh, Crap!: Lex in the season one finale when her father reveals he never taught her how to fully use her powers and changes his titanium hand into an Arm Cannon!
  • Only Sane Man: Both Rex and Jewbot are probably the most stable and competent of the heroes, and even they often have their moments.
    • For the villains we have Groaner, who acts as the rational one on a fair number of the heroes missions and constantly points out the lunacy of other characters, especially Black Saturn.
  • Older Than They Look:
    • Rex and Ranger both fought in WWII, meaning both in are somewhere between late eighties and mid nineties. However, Ranger was frozen in a Time Tunnel for seventy years and Rex, while still old, has a slowed aging process due to being a subtopian.
    • If Lex was born before the Chernobyl disaster that would put her in her early to mid thirties. But she looks and acts like a woman in her early twenties. Her male form looks even younger, almost like a teenager.
    • Zenith was a League member in "The Disco Era" according to the subtitle, which means she's at least in her 50's. She hasn't aged any if at all since then.
  • Old Superhero: Titanium Rex
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. There's another Titanium Rex, who's a talking dinosaur with metal arms who struggles with him over who gets to keep the name.
  • Origin Story: Defied. The Groaner tries to explain his origins of how his face is now little more than a skull, but Brad, Black Saturn, and Cooch are in a hurry to continue on the mission and, more importantly, get away from Titanium Rex and his "Game Night". The Groaner says he'll explain the rest in the car.
  • Prison Rape: The Groaner offers Johnny Rabdo something 'long hard and full of seamen', and he doesn't have a boat.
  • Product Placement: Very much so and very blatant. Characters will literally stop what they are doing to talk about how great Arbys is and will run a scene with every character holding Arby's bags. Video games are routinely advertised as well though the saving grace of those is that the characters are playing the game on an Xbox one on a Crackle ( Sony's streaming network) original show.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Being that he's a Fish out of Temporal Water from the 50's, American Ranger still has some bigoted values. The first episode has him be outraged that a black man is now president.
  • Power Fist: Titanium Rex and Lightning Lex have a metal right arm due to their Subtonian heritage. In the season finale, Rex shows that it can transform into an Arm Cannon.
  • Pungeon Master: Johnny Rabdo loves to use the word "ream" whenever possible to the point that Rex starts doing it as well.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: That's putting it mildly.
  • Religious Robot: Robobot, after an existential crisis and learning that his creator's name was Goldstein, turns towards judaism and became Jewbot. That's what he calls himself, to his rabbi's frustration. Season two however reveals that his creator wasn't Jewish, but a Scientologist, after learning that he later quits religion and becomes Robobot again.
  • Series Continuity Error: In Episode 8 Brad doesn't want Rex to know he's a drug addict but the thing is before this episode he made no attempt to hide this and everyone knew.
  • Sleeps with Everyone but You: Playing With, in episode 3 Cooch offers herself to Ranger and Saturn to help her while she's in heat but not Brad because she knows with his addictive personality he'll fall in love with her but she eventually sleeps with him after he promises not to fall in love.
  • Spiritual Successor: This series is a follow-up to Matthew Senreich's previous series, Titan Maximum, focusing on parodying superheroes rather than the Humongous Mecha genre.
  • Straight Gay: Kid Victory, which is something that American Ranger struggles with.
  • Suck E. Cheese's: In Season 2, the League attempt to promote their public image by opening a League-themed pizzeria complete with arcade games and singing robots. As expected, the robots and games become hostile due to being built from the same software as Jewbot, who accidentally reboots their military programming.
  • Super Serum: Brad gains his powers from drugs created by Opticorp and was initially a part of their tests due to his high drug tolerance.
  • Super Zeroes: Titanium Rex and Jewbot seem to be the only consistently competent heroes on the team.
  • True Companions: After going through World War II (and committing war crimes) together American Ranger and Kid Victory have this. Even though KV's lifestyle (being gay) made American Ranger very uncomfortable he worked past it and KV didn't hold American Ranger's previous behavior against him. The episode ended weith them on good terms.
  • Undying Loyalty: Kid Victory may not be American Ranger's sidekick anymore, but he still has his back. This is best illustrated by KV telling Rex he'll fund the heroes but only if Rex stop sleeping with Ranger's wife. Rex was noticeably nervous being told off by him.
    • American Ranger was deeply uncomfortable at finding out Kid Victory was homosexual but after some soul searching and a heart-to-heart talk with his former sidekick he overcame his misgivings and reconciled with his old friend. The parted ways on good terms.
    • The team has this for Rex, when his age starts showing they vote whether he should retire or not they all vote no.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Lex in the second season after being blinded by Rex in the first season finale she has her eyesight back with no explanation given.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Black Saturn goes these when he gets dumped and it takes Rex, Ranger and Brad to hold him down.
  • Villain Song: Mr.Skeebumpers gets one in the Christmas Special.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: The entire team, they may annoy one other a lot sometimes but they clearly care a lot about each other.
  • What Ever Happened To The Mouse?: We never find out what happens to the Ironbrain after one of the brains is killed.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Gloria, American Rangers wife, and Titanium Rex. To be fair, Gloria thought American Ranger was gone. They still kept up with it after he came back however.
    • He also slept with Dr. Devizo's wife. Furthermore, in the very first episode he mentions that he 'banged Dr. Gizmo's wife on the moon!'
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Rex making it to the surface from Subtopia was a one in a million chance, as no other Subtopian managed to survive the trip before or after him. Also, at the end Season 1, the drill pod he used to get to the surface was destroyed to stop Dr. Devizo's plan to start a nuclear war.
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