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Black Scorpion is a made-for-TV movie that first aired on Showtime in 1995. It was followed by a sequel, Black Scorpion: Aftershock (1997), and a live-action series on the Sci-Fi channel. The latter lasted a single season, running from January to June, 2001. It was very campy, almost like a live-action Silver Age comic book, using deliberately exaggerated and unrealistic characters and events to comic effect. The television series in particular was heavily influenced by the 1960s Batman series. The character was revived for a short-lived 2009 comic book from Blue Water Productions.

After her father is murdered before her eyes, police detective Darcy Walker becomes the vigilante Black Scorpion to avenge him. She is assisted in this goal by a former car thief, Argyle Sims, who turns her car into the Scorpion Mobile and acts as her confident. Other important characters include Darcy's partner, Steve Rafferty, who is determined to capture Black Scorpion (and is more than a little smitten with the crimefighter), the corrupt Mayor Worth, her comically inept fellow officers Specs and Slugger, and their idiot boss Captain Strickland.

Not to be confused with the 1957 giant monster movie of the same name.

Tropes from the films and series include:

  • Action Girl: Black Scorpion, of course.
  • Adam Westing: Not only did Adam West take over the role of Breathtaker for the series, but Frank Gorshin of 60's Batman fame appeared as Clockwise.
  • The Alcoholic: Judge Cheetum in "Crime Time" really likes his martinis, to the point that he keeps preparing one while Black Scorpion and Clockwise battle in his office.
  • All Crimes Are Equal: The attitude of a Punisher-like vigilante fittingly called the Angel of Death.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing
  • Anti-Villain: Formerly heroic firefighter Inferno's desire to kill the Mayor seems pretty justified -- after slashing the fire department's budget, the Mayor hires an arsonist (his former cellmate!) to burn down numerous buildings in Angel City, which leads directly to Adam's transformation into a man with firestarting touch.
  • Bachelor Auction: The episode "No Stone Unturned" features one of these, complete with the guy who thinks he's hot stuff getting a lower than starting bid (Slugger), and a straight guy being won by a gay man (Specs), however while Darcy bids on Love Interest Steve, she loses out to the vengeance-seeking Minerva Stone/Medusa.
  • Badass Normal: Being a distaff Expy of Batman, Black Scorpion naturally has no superpowers. But she does have a lot of cool gadgets.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: While the villain of the week, a thrash band, are defeated by Black Scorpion, the mayor's plan to use them as a way to win his reelection succeeded.
  • Camp: The first film took itself a little more seriously, but the second started to take it Up to Eleven.
  • Clock King: Clockwise is one of these, complete with a time-stopping stopwatch.
  • Cool Car: The Scorpion Mobile, a bulletproof black Porsche kitted out with a lightning gun (the "Scorpion Sting"), gatling guns, oil slick, and can transform into Darcy's white Corvette.
    • Argyle has his own cool car, a classic Cadillac painted in his namesake pattern.
  • Cool Pet: Darcy keeps a emperor scorpion in her lair.
  • The Cowl: Black Scorpion

 Opening Narration: "In the light of day Darcy Walker is a cop, but in the dark of night she becomes Black Scorpion; doing with a mask what she can't do with a badge."

  • Create Your Own Villain: Inverted as the the villain of the first film creates the hero by killing her father. Played straight with the mayor in the second film as he ends up turning Dr. Undershaft into Aftershock when his men sabotage her invention. This repeats several times in the series with the mayor's crooked schemes creating several villains.
    • Flashpoint is a tabloid photographer obsessed with discovering Black Scorpion's secret identity who is blinded by her energy ring, but his eyesight was restored by advanced laser surgery, making him one of the heroine's most persistent archenemies.
  • Cyborg/DarkActionGirl: Aerobicide is a physical fitness themed supervillain enhanced by cybernetics. Unsurprisingly, she's one of the more physically competent villains Black Scorpion faces.

 Aerobicide: "I'm an exercise machine!"

 Darcy: "Doesn't matter what happens, he (Mayor Worth) always survives."

 Darcy: A fireman named Burns?

 Captain Strickland: "Now I know why the Mayor called us incompetent. Because we are!

 Darcy: It does seem to be a favorite pastime of the super villains in this city.

  • Sleazy Politician: Mayor Worth is a prime example. The series takes it even further with the comments of Darcy's coworkers:

 Steve: "Who would gain from Mayor Worth's death?"

Captain Strickland: "Mrs. Worth."

Specs: "His kids."

Slugger: "His employees."

Strickland: "The taxpayers."

Slugger: "Plants and animals."

Specs: "Basically future generations."

  • Special Guest: The episode "Love Burns" features Dave Mustaine (of Megadeth!) as an arsonist named Torchy Thompson.
  • Stock Footage: The TV series was produced by Roger Corman and nearly every episode features stock footage from various Corman films. The car chase sequences are also always the same footage.
  • Straw Feminist: Aerobicide is a man-hater with an axe to grind -- she and her minions rob men's clubs. Every male character in the series conveniently becomes a one-episode misogynist when she shows up.
  • Taken for Granite: Doing this to people is Medusa's schtick.
  • The City: Angel City
  • Those Two Guys: Slugger and Specs
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Averted with Darcy due to her being a cop she is willing to kill when necessary.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Many of Black Scorpion's enemies are these.
    • The cyborg Firearm seeks to punish the mayor for passing a bill that would make it easier for citizen's to get the sort of high powered guns that nearly killed - when he learns that the mayor was forced to pass the law by a gun craving public, he goes on a shooting spree to teach the citizens of Angel City that Guns Are Bad.
    • Hurricane is an (completely insane) environmental activist who is willing to destroy Angel City to prevent further polluting of Angel Bay.
    • Aerobicide destroyed her body trying to live up to chauvinistic beauty standards and now seeks to destroy patriarchy.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Recurring theme in the series. If any character gains a Power from an accident, then insane laughter is sure to follow.
  • Yellow Peril: Red Dragon and his goons.

 Black Scorpion: "The problem with fighting Chinese gangs is an hour later I wanna fight again."

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