Legion of Super-Heroes (TV series)

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The Animated Adaptation of the Legion of Super-Heroes comic book series. Ran for two seasons, 2006-2008, abruptly ending with a hook for the third season that never came.

When the series opens, the 31st-century Legion is hopelessly outclassed by the famed Fatal Five. They resolve to recruit the near-mythical Superman from the past, but for undisclosed reasons, Brainiac 5 brings them to Smallville, not Metropolis. There they invite 18-year-old Clark Kent to help them in The Future, promising that with Time Travel, he can return the minute he left.

At Brainy's insistence, everyone studiously avoids telling Clark who he's supposed to become in the future. Regardless, Clark finds the Superman Museum, connects the dots, and takes the costume from the display case, and the name of Superman, for his own. Together they defeat the Five, and then Adventures Happen.

The show had a very Silver Age tone to it, but the most noticeable and controversial change from the source material was turning team genius Brainiac 5 from a Human Alien into an android. Word of God is that this was supposed to tie him more closely to his ancestor the original Brainiac, as well as avoiding having to explain how an an organic can be the 'descendant' of a robot, clearing away a fifty-year-old example of Writing Around Trademarks.

Season two saw everyone age about two years, even Brainy, and the show went Darker and Edgier after the very light and bouncy first season. The premiere visited a Bad Future where Superman's clone was bred to fight Galactic Conqueror Imperiex, who when cornered escapes back to the 31st century and proceeds to wreak havoc as the season's Big Bad.

The character sheet can be found here.

Tropes used in Legion of Super-Heroes (TV series) include:

Superman: Why are you doing this?
Drax: Because I'm evil. Always have been, always will be.

Brainiac 6: Evil does not die. It evolves.

Brainiac 5: Do not worry. Soon this agony shall pass, as it will pass from this entire universe. Once my work is complete, there will be no more pain, no more chaos. Only a perfect order imposed by me.

  • Wham! Episode: Dark Victory. Brainiac 5 ends up being controlled by Brainiac 1.0, Superman is defeated and apparently killed, and Imperiax Killed Off for Real.
  • What Do You Mean Its Not Symbolic: The crown of Kryptonite.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: at least twice, between Brainiac and Superman, with the latter calling Brainy out for hiding both Supes's weakness to a red sun in "Brain Drain" and the original Brainiac's involvement in the shrinking of Kandor in "Message in a Bottle". And also when Brainiac suggested risking the Kandorians lives with Imperiex.
    • With the former, Brainiac 5 told Superman he apparently failed to un-shrink Kandor.
  • White-Haired Pretty Girl: Triplicate Girl, one-third of the time -- white with colored streaks, in her combined form (it changed in season 2)
  • Whole-Episode Flashback: "In the Beginning"
  • With a Capital T: "Unnatural Alliances"

Duo Damsel: Terra-Man, word is you've been terrorizing this entire prairie in search of someone.
Star Boy: The only thing you're gonna find here is trouble.
Bouncing Boy: With a capital "L"!