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  • Adaptation Displacement: Most people are probably more familiar with the TV series than the comic book series it was was based on. The creators themselves admitted that there were more people who watched the first episode than who read all 45 issues of the original run.
  • Anvilicious: "Jimmy" and "Frozen Out" are looked back fondly, but later episodes really wanted to drive their morals home to the point where it distracts from the plot.
  • Awesome Music:
    • Batman's themes (both of them).
    • The Joker's theme as well (which is reused for Harley Quinn).
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Hotstreak and Ebon. They both have awesome powers and designs and they both frequently antagonize Static.
  • Ear Worm:
    • The 2nd version of the theme song. "Gotta be-be, gotta be a superhero!" There is also the 3rd version of the theme song. "Super Hero, Static Shock".
    • Nails's theme.
    • Nearly every notable Bang Baby and superhero had a distinct Leitmotif that played when they got the focus and nearly every single one of them would get stuck in your head.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Richie Foley is one for the larger DC fanbase. He was so popular with fans that he was promoted to a superhero in the third season; Dwayne McDuffie once said that Richie's popularity alone was what got them a fourth season of the show. Fans are dissapointed he didn't became a Canon Immigrant nor Rick Stone took from his influence like it happened with Mr.Freeze in the New 52 or Young Justice.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • In one episode, Adam Evans insists on using fireworks for his concert despite the warnings from his crew about using them on a small stage. When the fireworks goes off, they end up setting the place on fire. This became a whole lot harsher when the Rhode Island nightclub "The Station" got set on fire in February 2003 during a Great White concert, and killed at least 100 people, due to a combination of polyurethane insulation and the band's use of pyrotechnics on a smaller then normal stage.
    • Hawkgirl hitting John Stewart's head in "A League of Their Own". Especially when you know what happens in "Starcrossed".
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Static, in one episode early in the first season, does research on Replay from the "TV Trivia" website. Fast forward to today...
    • Also, at the time of that episode's airing, Neil Patrick Harris was a perfect choice for that role - a washed up child star who was only known for one role. Then, a few years later, How I Met Your Mother came along and shot him back into the spotlight.
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    • In an episode where Static worked with Batman, he noticed Robin was absent and asked where he was. Batman answers, "With the Titans. You might meet them someday". While the Teen Titans cartoon was never part of the DCAU continuity, they were at least right that Static would join them several years later in Young Justice.
  • I Am Not Shazam: He's just "Static", not "Static Shock". It's gotten so bad, even the comics have made this mistake.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Many of the show's more sympathetic antagonists are this to some degree.
  • Memetic Mutation: Behbehbehbehbehbehbeh... THIS CAN'T WAIT A MONTH!note 
  • Minority Show Ghetto: While it was one of the highest rated cartoons on Kids' WB! when it aired, it could not secure enough merchandising deals to keep it alive (though it did run a respectable four seasons, a standard run for a lot of cartoon shows). It comes into this because the show's contemporaries (X-Men: Evolution, Batman Beyond) didn't suffer the same problems.
  • Narm: In the episode with the bullied kid who brings a gun to school, it goes off at one point. It's angled up in the air at the time, yet somehow Richie ends up getting shot in the leg. Richie's reaction to getting shot is something like "It hurts! It really hurts! It's not like on TV!"
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Anvilicious as some of the later episodes turned out to be, episodes like "Frozen Out", "Sons of the Fathers", and "Jimmy" have messages of mental illness, homelessness, racism, bullying, school shootings and gun control - all messages that are still very relevant today.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: In "Linked", when showing the highlight reel of football star Dule Jones, they play a song that sounds very much like the theme for NFL on Fox.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Despite being Ebon's brother, nothing comes of the relationship between Rubberband Man and him except for a single episode. Instead, Ebon is Static's Archenemy, and the two brothers never even appear in the same episode together again. Particularly glaring because Adam expresses hope for Ebon's reform at the end of the episode, but never seems to consider it again.
    • Robert Hawkins learning that his son is Static (and Richie being Gear) happens in "Kidnapped", but since it happens at such a late stage in the series (just before the series finale, "Power Outage"), it sadly isn't explored that much aside from Robert letting Virgil continue to be Static, and comforting his son about the fact he might never be a superhero again.
  • Uncanny Valley: The villain Ferret. His misshapen nose is just creepy, although intentional (plus, his face returns to normal when he gets depowered in the finale).
  • Values Resonance: Word of God's assertion that they put a gay character in the show is rather progressive.
    • In light of current queer-baiting controversy it stands out that A) There was no way it could ever make it into a kid's show in the early aughts B) Richie was based off Rick Stone, a gay character from the old Static comics C) Richie's characterization does not contradict this statement at all.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • In one episode, Virgil's sister, Sharon, suspects that he is Static. The problem? She blurts out his identity at every given opportunity in public while cheering him on from the sidelines. Admittedly, people were running and screaming, trying to get away from the destruction of the fight, so they may not have noticed. Still a stupid thing to do, which is why Virgil managed to disprove her using a Bang Baby's help.
    • In a Very Special Episode about gun violence, when Jimmy decided to lower his gun, his bullies decided to tackle him on the ground, setting the gun off, and hitting Richie. Another Face Palm worthy moment is when Jimmy pulled a gun earlier, they asked what it is.

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