Lobo (web series)

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Lobo is a 2000 web animation series of 14 short episodes made by Noodle Soup Productions for Warner Brothers Animation and created by Boyd Kirkland. It stars Lobo from DC Comics and is filled with plenty of mature content such as profanity, graphic violence and sexual content. It had Greg Eagles and Kevin Michael Richardson voicing Lobo with Grey DeLisle, Tom Kenny and Dee Bradley Baker providing voices for the other characters. It was originally going to be a family-friendly cartoon on Kids' WB with Brad Garrett voicing Lobo but was retooled. It was the very first adult-oriented DC cartoon, predating Harley Quinn by 19 years. It got a mixed to positive reception for staying true to the comics but got criticism for the animation.

Tropes used in Lobo (web series) include:
  • Actor Allusion: Tom Kenny is no stranger to voicing yellow men.
  • Alien Blood: Averted. All the aliens bleed red.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Almost every alien including Lobo speaks English.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Lobo doesn't even wear a helmet when using a bike.
  • Big Eater: The Snake has eaten a lot of things including Mudboy and they get digested in six weeks.
  • Black and Gray Morality: Lobo likes to swear, have sex and kill people but he has a moral compass compared to his enemies.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: The cartoon is much more violent than the other DC Animated Universe entries.
  • Boom! Headshot!: Lobo does this to some of his enemies.
  • Bury Your Gays: Both Snake and Slaz die by the end of "Breakout".
  • Canon Foreigner: All the side characters except for Darlene Spritzer are made for this show.
  • Catch Phrase: “Fragging bastich!”
  • Cluster Bleep Bomb: Lobo does this in the end of "Lobo for President", making the cameraman's head explode.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: The profanity in the show is quite frequent.
  • Darker and Edgier: The show as a whole is more violent and profane than other DCAU content.
  • Death by Irony: Since Slaz and Sniff have spikes all over their body, they hugged which resulted in their deaths.
  • Denser and Wackier: With a show that features aliens resembling animals, it's more cartoony than the other DCAU shows.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Lobo paid his money to Fat Whutzat but didn't get anything. So, he put Whutzat on a series of explosives as he took a flying car and drove with the Nutcracker Sisters.
  • Explosive Cigar: Lobo puts one in Tubo's mouth.
  • Filler: The "Lobo for President" episode is sandwiched between the third and fourth episodes of the Oblivion story arc.
  • Flipping the Bird: Lobo and Darlene do this.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: A lot of male characters that aren't Lobo were voiced by Tom Kenny and all the female characters were voiced by Grey DeLisle.
  • Older Than They Look: It is implied by the end that the Nutcracker Sisters are older than they look.
  • Pardon My Klingon: Lobo says the phrases "frag", "bastich" and "Feetal's Gizz". He said "frag" 27 times in the course of the show.
  • Pig Man: Lobo's quarry in the final four episodes named Mudboy is a Porkan.
  • Pre-Ass-Kicking One-Liner: Lobo does these to his enemies.
  • Recap Episode: "Lobo's Fanboy Special Episode" is essentially a recap of the series premiere with Lobo doing commentary.
  • Refuge in Audacity: The adult humor is sure to make people giggle.
  • Refuge in Vulgarity: The sexual content is funny, too. Such as where Lobo says that the Snake looks like his johnson with herpes.
  • R-Rated Opening: The second scene in the first episode has Lobo come to an alien and shoot him in the head with graphic results.
  • Shout-Out: The Snake is seen throwing up the Ten Commandments.
  • Starter Villain: Sunny Jim is the main villain of the first five episodes.
  • Straw Misogynist: Sunny Jim said a lot of sexist things about Darlene.
  • Token Human: Darlene Spritzer is the only human in the show.
  • Truer to the Text: Compared to Lobo's appearance in Superman: The Animated Series, Lobo is hard-edged and filled with strong language, gore and raunchy content.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Major Snake and the Snake have these moments.