In any case, it can be a big affront to fans of comedies in
Alternatively, the characters may still appear in the story, but without making their usual jokes. In extreme cases, that’s the whole idea of the story. In less extreme cases, the characters may receive a “Dude, Not Funny!” rebuke, or simply stay cool because of the ongoing drama. In any case, it can be a big affront to fans of comedies in general. Part of a TV show’s attempt to follow the First Law of Tragicomedies. Compare Cerebus Syndrome, This Is Something He’s Got to Do Himself. Usage of this may lead to the show Jumping the Shark if the comedic element was more enjoyable, or Growing the Beard if the comedy was unfunny in the first place. If the characters in question are scrubbed out with no hope of return, it’s Kill the Cutie you want. If the henchmen or hero’s friends are funny and they both run off, this shades into Screw This, I’m Outta Here!. Contrast the Knight of Cerebus, whose arrival is foreboding.
Clark Kenting: Obviously. Follows the Christopher Reeve formula of making Clark Kent meek and bumbling. Composite Character: The Lex Luthor presented here is a hybrid of John Byrne’s cold and menacing corporate executive Lex Luthor and Gene Hackman’s more comedic fugitive criminal Lex Luthor. Corrupt Corporate Executive: Lex Luthor, following in the character’s depiction in The Man of Steel. Dark Mistress: Jessica Morganberry, in a manner reminiscent of Miss Tesmacher from the Superman films. Deadpan Snarker: Lex, especially when discussing either Superman (“Blue Boy”) or Jessica (“My little neanderthal”). The Ditz: Miss Morganberry. Drive In Theater: Featured briefly in “Bonechill”; the titular villain causes the monsters from a B Movie to come to life. Dumb Blonde: Again, Miss Morganberry. To the point that Luthor at one point quips that she’s “a waste of evolution”. Episode Title Card Expy: As mentioned before, Jessica Morganberry pretty much fills in Miss Tesmacher’s role here, only even ditzier. Also, as noted, the titular villain in “Cybron Strikes” is Brainiac in everything but name. Game of Nerds: As the Prankster’s episode reveals, Clark is a huge baseball fan. Humongous Mecha: In the first episode, Lex Luthor’s Defendroids can combine into one gigantic robot http://www.harryfrens.com/2013/04/15/no-one-demands-any-unpleasant-surprises-or-terms-linked-to-an/, with a prison cell tummy. Complete with a Batman Can Breathe in Space, where Jimmy and Lois are fine despite spending part of the fight in space and the robot entering the atmosphere with no apparent protective measures for anyone in the cage. Large Ham: Lex Luthor. Michael Bell really hammed it up, in a manner quite reminiscent of Gene Hackman’s portrayal of Luthor in the live action films. Mythology Gag: The series begins with Lois and Superman flying together in a manner reminiscent of their romantic flight in the 1978 Superman film, and the theme song is the theme by John Williams from that film. Also, the intro used an abbreviated version of the opening narration from the old The Adventures of Superman TV show from the 1950s, albeit re recorded by the Super Friends narrator William Woodson. The DVD’s cover art homages the cover of the first issue from Byrne’s Man of Steel mini series, using the series’ character design instead. Opening Narration: As noted, it’s a shortened version of the narration from The Adventures of Superman. Poorly Disguised Pilot: Superman and Wonder Woman vs. the Sorceress of Time. Sadistic Choice: Superman faces this situation a few times, usually having to choose between saving Lois and preventing some life threatening disaster. He always manages to Take a Third Option. Threatening Shark: In “Triple Play”, a shark attacks the Prankster. Superman saves him, but his ego is seriously injured.
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