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The Mighty Heroes was a lighthearted Superhero Parody cartoon that originally aired on CBS in 1966, reportedly created on-the-spot by animator Ralph Bakshi. The show featured a team of five misfit heroes -- Strong Man, Cuckoo Man, Diaper Man, Rope Man and Tornado Man -- protectors of the city of Good Haven. The show featured a fair amount of skewering of superhero tropes, and is seen by some as a precursor to Bakshi's work on Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures.
Dell Comics published a comic about the characters in 1967; decades later, one-shots with the characters were printed by Marvel Comics and Spotlight Comics.
Tropes for this work include:
- Blow You Away: Tornado Man, who can turn his body into a vortex to grab and throw villains.
- Brainy Baby: Diaper Man, the leader of the team.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Cuckoo Man, appropriately enough.
- Five-Man Band
- Flying Brick: Strong Man, the Superman Expy.
- Fully-Absorbed Finale: One episode of Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures (also produced by Terrytoons) had a cameo which revealed that the Heroes had retired from super-heroics and started the law firm of Man, Man, Man, Man and Man.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Any supervillain better pray their Death Trap works, because when the team breaks free and regroups in the episode's second half, nothing can stop them!
- Power-Up Food: Both Diaper Man and Strong Man can drink from Diaper Man's milk bottle when extra strength is needed.
- Rubber Man: Rope Man, whose body is an unending length of rope.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Rope Man.
- Something Person: All of the heroes, naturally.
- Stock Superhero Day Jobs: Averted, as the heroes' civilian jobs tend to be unglamorous positions pertaining to their powers.
- Strong Man is a mechanic.
- Rope Man is a sailor.
- Cuckoo Man runs a pet shop.
- Tornado Man is a weatherman.
- Diaper Man is a baby (natch).
- Super-Hero Speciation
- Superheroes Wear Capes
- Super Zeroes
- Team Spirit: Pretty much the only way the heroes achieve success.
- Up, Up, and Away: Averted with Cuckoo Man, who -- despite dressing up as a bird -- needs to repeatedly flap his arms to fly. Played straight with the rest of the team.