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A series of 1-minute shorts created by [adult swim] parodying Superfriends. They star the Wonder Twins in various adventures; however, unlike in their source cartoon, the twins are presented as incompetent superheroes. Wendy Harris and Marvin White appear in supporting roles.


These shorts provide examples of the following tropes:

  • Art Shift: Although a lot of dubbed Superfriends footage is used in some shorts, and the newly done Harvey Birdman-like animation hews very close to the old style (albeit a little more fluid in movement), there's still a noticeable difference between the two.
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  • Black Comedy: Almost every short features this.
  • Cringe Comedy: "Be Kind, Rewind" lacks the usual dark comedy the other shorts have. Instead, it's about the Wonder Twins accidentally running into the now-adult Marvin and Wendy at a video store. The twins try to avoid them but they end up wandering into the adult section and meet Marvin in it. The short combines the awkwardness of being caught in that section with the awkwardness of meeting an old acquaintance you didn't get along with before.
  • Did Not Think This Through: In one episode, the Wonder Twins try to save some teenagers whose car is dangling on the edge of an excavation pit. To help, Zan transforms into an ice bridge. As in, a bridge made of slippery ice.
    Teenager: (holding onto the edge of the bridge) The bridge is made of ice! AND THERE'S NO GUARDRAILS!
    • It goes from bad to worse when Zan tries to reshape himself into an ice bridge with guardrails—said rails appear on the edge that one of the teenagers is clinging to, and their sudden presence makes him fall.
  • Downer Ending: Every episode besides "Be Kind, Rewind" ends with someone dying.
  • Formerly Fit: Marvin grew up into a rather chubby adult.
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  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Marvin doesn't even notice the Wonder Twins are in a disguise when he sees them in a video store. After all, an ice chair and a bear rug really stand out in such an environment.
  • Retraux: The shorts are in the style of the Superfriends cartoon.
  • Stylistic Suck: The animation is made to look like Superfriends, complete with all the animation oddities and errors.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Averted. While the twins are taking their free time saying their catchphrases, an airplane that is quickly crashing into the water crashes anyway.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Averted in "Joy Ride". Zan and Jayna try to save two teenagers who have taken a faulty plane for a ride. When they see Jayna as a talking eagle carrying a bucket of talking water, they freak out and cause their plane to fall into the ocean. Something similar happens in "Drag Race".
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  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Zan's power of being able to turn into water is barely useful, if at that.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: At her son's funeral, the grieving mother of a man who died due to Zan and Jayna using their powers incorrectly gives them a big speech before slapping them.
    Jayna: Well, I guess we all learned a valuable lesson: that initations are dangerous!
    Woman: I learned my lesson, too.
    Zan: What?
    Woman: I learned that a 1-inch-deep gopher moat won't contain a bear... Oh. I'm sorry, I already knew that. That's your lesson. You [Jayna] could have used your powers to turn into a dinosaur, or another bear to fight him off. Or you [Zan] an ice cage. But instead you dug a gopher moat. And now my son is dead.
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