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Anyone want to make a Retrotoon setting? You know, like Thundarr, Thundercats, He-Man, all that shit?

Just saw that Cartoon Action Hour was getting a 3rd edition and I wanted to prepare. Who's with me?

1st Goal: Theme
2nd Goal: Tagline
3rd Goal: Synopsis
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>Theme: Pre-teens and one teenage know-it-all from the present day (1986) are embroiled in a battle to save the future of Earth

>Tagline: The Future is Now!

>Synopsis: Heroes and villains from the futuristic year of 2006 travel back in time to the present of 1986, bringing with them all manner of futuristic gadgets like robots, laser guns, and flying cars.
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>>26916009
Not bad at all.

It still needs a hook. We're trying to sell toys here, remember?
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>>26916035
Each of the big playsets comes with a piece of equipment that a human child can actually wear, like a plastic gauntlet, etc. If you convince your parents to buy all the sets, you can have a cool costume that sort of looks like you're a character from the cartoon!
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>>26916059
Amazing.

>Theme: A rag-tag band of wizards find themselves trapped in the infinite Maze of Doom.

>Tagline: Dare you Enter?

>Synopsis: A team of junior wizards must navigate the infinite Maze of Doom to find their lost mentor.

Hook: Collectible "Key Orbs" that fit into corresponding, themed staffs.
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>>26916059
Let's go with this. No one said we had to just make one setting.

In the futuristic year of 2006, a battle rages between the forces of...

>{your idea here}
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I try to stay away from toons as much as possible.

I work hard to keep a thick balance of adventure, horror and brutally savage deadly combat.

I don't need no stinking "X Army! Retreat! Until we meet again, Enemy X!"
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>>26916145
Cool. You go do that.

We're doing what you're trying to avoid here.
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>>26916155
Of course, on the other side of the Pacific, there's a nation that was doing everything right in the '80s and '90s.

Making some shit that doesn't feel like a 25 minute toy commercial.
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>>26916145
Actually, Enemy X sounds like a good name for the bad guy.

In the futuristic year of 2006, a battle rages between the forces of Enemy X and...
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>>26916179
I agree.

We are, however, attempting to create a 25 minute toy commercial here.
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>>26916204
>We are, however, attempting to create a 25 minute toy commercial here.
But they didn't have to be.
This here, it's some really fucking good shit! Seriously, check it out.
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Enemy X's leader
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>>26916265
I imagine this Enemy X is some kind of Cobra-ian villain who's actually a corrupt member of the government that supports the heroes.
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>>26916134

>In the futuristic year of 2006, a battle rages between the forces of
>an Evil AI that controls all the world computarized military (sentinent tanks and the like) vs a benevolent race of energy aliens that comes to earth and interact with the world by possesing animals. They can also grant their animal power to a chosen human with a kind heart
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>>26916251
>implying the monsters' designs weren't created with the toy line in mind
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>>26916405
But that writing nigga. That writing rivals the quality of many story-based cartoons.
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>>26916576
Sure. We're not here to argue over cartoons, though. That's /co/'s job.

So we've got an idea for an Evil AI that controls the robotic military of the future (I like it) and some star fairies who represent certain animals and give powers to people they like.
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>>26916576
>this thread
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>>26916624
Not feeling the star fairies idea, honestly.

We need to fit some environmentalist magic in here because Ted Turner.
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>>26916675
Compromise.

The aliens don't necessarily have to be energy beings. They don't even have to appear. They give their cool space magic to a few humans who can fight the evil robots. The space magic can correspond to fucking anything, think He-Man.
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>>26916782
Well since the setting talk's dying down a bit maybe we can post character ideas?
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>>26916782
OK, so hear me out.

The evil AI has discovered a way to create a wormhole to any point in time, and wants to use this to take over the universe at all points in time, starting with the year 1986 why not. It has its EVIL ARMY of cyborgs that it imbues with science fictiony red energy (so the bad guy toys have red translucent pieces here and there on their armor) and sends them through the wormhole.

Unbeknownst to the evil AI, a strange benevolent energy being lives within the wormhole, and imbues the heroic but obviously outnumbered and outgunned future good guys that follow the bad guys through the wormhole with science ficitony blue energy that means the good guy toys have blue transparent pieces on their armor. However, the AI gets wind of this and has the energy being killed.

A few pre-teens and their know-it-all teenage sibling are hanging out in a park when the wormhole opens up right in front of them. They are in danger of being killed in the crossfire, when the energy being uses its last ounce of strength to close the wormhole and possess the kids' pet dog.

Now that it has a corporeal body, it can imbue the kids with their own blue energy, but only at plot-important junctures.

With the wormhole closed (temporarily, because the AI is working to get it back open and can still communicate across time from 2006 with its minions in 1986) the cyborg bad guys and their red energy must fight the cyborg good guys and their blue energy, with the help of the pre-teens, their know-it-all teenage sibling, and their dog that is also an ancient energy being that can give them superpowers for brief periods when the plot demands it.
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>>26916979
That sounds fucking radical.
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>>26916979
For shit and giggles, make the strange benevolent energy being a child-friendly Cthulhu or something.

He doesn't really care about the evil guys being evil, he just wants them out of his wormhole.

It'll provide a nice dissonance between the "boss" and the "heroes" who obviously wish to protect Earth.
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>>26917530
Alright, we've got a synopsis.

We need names.

And a theme song.
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>>26917553
*drum solo**drum solo*

TIME WARRIORS

*drum solo*

FLUNG FROM AFAR AND INTO OUR WORLD
THEY FIGHT FOR FREEDOM AND PEACE

OPPOSING THEM ARE THE FORCES OF
THE EVIL CYBERZEEEEEEENNNSSS

TIME WARRIORS

THE POWER'S IN THEIR HEARTS AND SOULS
THE FIGHT IS IN YOUR HOME!!!!

TIME WARRRIORRRSS

JUST IN TIME

*drum solo*
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>>26917863
>fighting for peace
>just in time
>drum solos

Fuck
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>Somebody else on /tg/ likes Cartoon Action Hour
IT'S LIKE MY BIRTHDAY AND CHRISTMAS ALL ROLLED INTO ONE!

Coincidentally, I was talking to a fellow roleplayer pal of mine - he kind of liked the concept behind CAH, but he felt that the settings included in the books were either too similar to pre-existing shows (Transbots, Actioncats, Strikeforce Freedom - can you guess what's being homaged?) or far too specific for a group to quite gel with (Tommy K & The Star Kitties is an egregious example).

His suggestion was to do exactly what OP is trying to do - the group builds a setting from the ground up.
>>26917863
Not bad, but maybe swap a drum solo for something else... a keytar solo, maybe?
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>>26916009
>>26916059
>>26916979
here

>>26917863
This. No arguments, no changes. Just this.
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>>26918013
I didn't know anyone else played it. Not to sound like an ass but it's not exactly a mainstream game.

Any news on the new edition?
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Since we're getting into more of a groove here, I think we should start fleshing out the figures, I mean, characters.

We need some teenagers with attitude and appropriately styled 80's killer robots to oppose them.
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>>26917553
The "good" energy entity called Yog-Doggod.

Because he's a dog-god.
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>>26918164
Nah, that's a bit contrived. Something more reasonable.

The dog should talk with telepathy, and only with the teens.

Its name should have something to do with blue. Azure or Aqua or something.
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>>26918205
Found a pic that features more of that red/blue goodness.

These two have to be included somehow.
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>>26918144
Jake (pre-teen #1). Caucasian, 11 years old. Owns the dog (Rex) that's possessed by the energy being. He is the younger brother of

Billy (know-it-all teenager). Caucasian, 15 years old. Serves as an explanation for why a bunch of kids are out after hours ("I'm babysitting them and they were bugging me to go out for ice-cream, so... well, we got lost on the way to Askin' Robin and ended up in this spooky warehouse down by the docks...") and as a Reggie/ Eric foil to their childish ways.

Karen (pre-teen #2). Caucasian, 12 years old. Good with 1980s cartoon computers. Has glasses so we know she's smart.

Amanda (pre-teen #3). Caucasian, 12 years old. Blonde with ponytail.

I'm seeing three blue future guys, one captain, one soldier, and one tech guy who gets shown up by Karen all the time because he doesn't understand how to use the primitive machines of 1986.

The Cyberzines (Cyberzeens?) should probably just have one distinct leader and a bunch of faceless Cobra/ Foot Clan-style drones.
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>>26918144
Teenager 1: Time Beast - this kid can transform in creatures from past, present and future, perhaps transform in custom creatures.

Teenager 2: Time Warrior - this kid can combine warriors from different times, like a ninja with a cyperpunk hacker, or a knight and a space marine, or a commando with a bushman.

Teenager 3: Time Wizard - this kid can transport things and people from various times to help out his allies... not very powerful by itself, but oh so versatile if given preptime.

We need at least two more.
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>>26918283
Jake and Billy also have a 6-year-old sister named Molly that only occasionally appears in the show, usually when their mom insists that they take her with them wherever they're going, so she ends up right in the middle of a big laser battle a lot.

You have to send three UPCs in the mail to get her figure.
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>>26918283
Like the spelling of Cyberzines.

Don't know why the races are important. We can get more creative.

I do like this concept, though:
>>26918288
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>>26918365
>Don't know why the races are important
It was just a joke that most of the kids in these shows were white. Pay it no mind.
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>>26918283
>>26918288

Jake: Beast
Amanda: Warrior
Karen: Wizard
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>>26918393
Love it.
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>>26918365
Cyberzine Leader Bot

Designation: Infiltrator

Codename: ???
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>>26918283
>tech guy who gets shown up by Karen all the time because he doesn't understand how to use the primitive machines of 1986
I'm seeing him standing in front of a big 1980s cartoon microwave first ordering it to heat up his rations, then saying it louder, then getting really exasperated.
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We need an annoying talking robot/animal/ghost/whatever as comic relief. ALL shows had one, even if you hated it even as a child.
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>>26918398
Anti-Star

>because you know, the entity giving the kids power is a "good" star god
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>>26918437
The dog is sort of filling that role.
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>>26918437
>We need an annoying talking robot/animal/ghost/whatever as comic relief.
That's what little sister Molly is for. Also the dog, sort of.
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>>26918437
A little Cyberzine robot baby who hates violence.
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>>26918013
>no one ever makes homage remakes of Silverhawks or BraveStarr
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>>26918459
>baby Cyberzine
But S01E04, "Belly of the Beast", clearly shows the Cyberzines being stamped and manufactured at the CYBERZINE™ FACTORY PLAYSET.
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>>26918398
"I was sent to this primitive time to sow the seeds for Cyberzine supremacy in my own! The only thing stopping me are those troublesome human larvae and their pathetic dog!"
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>>26918393

TIME WARRIORS

BATTLE MODE ACTIVATE

FORMATION... TIME WARRIOR!

>>26918438
I think the Anti-Star would be the BBEG that keeps giving the Cyberzines their orders. A black shape over a comms screen that talks in a deep, vocodery voice. YOU HAVE FAILED ME FOR THE LAST TIME, NIGHT DEVIL.
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>>26918441
What if the entity inside the dog sort of doesn't have a clue what fighting evil is all about.

Like he'll come up with stuff that's great for a hero but also stuff that's horrible for a hero, for comedic purposes.

>what about a city bomb? or plantosaurs that can take over the entire planet in a week if it rains real hard?

That way it's not just about the kids going what they're told, it's about the kids making the plans with the tools they're given.

It can also add in extra drama, for when the Cyberzines break into the armory of the dog and make off with some weapon that was never meant for robotkind.
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Also, are the kids the only stars of the show? Or do we need more "empowered" time lost individuals to help them?

Maybe the Time Beast, Time Warrior, and Time Wizard are less characters and more designations? Kind of like Autobots and Decepticons.
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>>26918501
btw I was thinking that the reason the Cyberzine AI picked the year 1986 was because that was the year that the supercomputer that would eventually become the AI first went online, so the whole impetus for the two sides to fight is to make sure the supercomputer is used for good or evil respectively.
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>>26918506
I like this as well.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDdlUUHvHs0
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>>26918529

So part of the ongoing story is to find the proto-AI and teach it the meaning of friendship (team Time Warriors) or to hate and fear humans (team Cyberzine).
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>>26918525
>Also, are the kids the only stars of the show? Or do we need more "empowered" time lost individuals to help them?
I thought the kids would be the ones that viewing audiences could most relate to, but the three good cyborg guys from 2006 would be there as muscle to fight in the big scenes.
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>>26918518
>What if the entity inside the dog sort of doesn't have a clue what fighting evil is all about.
>Like he'll come up with stuff that's great for a hero but also stuff that's horrible for a hero, for comedic purposes.
Also loving this.

>That way it's not just about the kids going what they're told, it's about the kids making the plans with the tools they're given.
>It can also add in extra drama, for when the Cyberzines break into the armory of the dog and make off with some weapon that was never meant for robotkind.

Yesssssss
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>>26918506
Agreed.
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>>26918683
I never meant for >>26918398 to be like the big overlord guy.

Every villain needs a Starscream.
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>>26918695
Yeah, I figured he was the "leader" of the Cyberzine operatives in 1986, subordinate to the AI in 2006.
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Look out! Cyberdones!

So now that we've got our plucky teen protagonists decided, we need their three to four futuristic mentors.

Presumably they'll have powers that are similar or identical, but more expanded in scope.
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>>26918795
Forgot pic, derp
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>>26918738
Obviously trying to subvert the future AI and compound power for himself in the past.
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Yog-Azur in his natural form.

He kind of floats around the dog, and can only be seen by the kids, but sometimes he has to step in to save the day, and then he truly possesses the dog, and the dog gets a third eye that can do wikkid time-space psychic power eye magic.

His catchphrases mostly are about hating noise, and wanting to sleep for billions of years.
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>>26918808
Totally.

>>26918795
I dunno, my original idea was that the three blue guys were generally more powerful because they always had armor, superstrength, laser guns, etc, but could be overshadowed by the kids when they activated their powers because the future guys didn't have as much esoteric energy being magic, more just supercharged machinery.

I don't want to dominate this development, so I'll just put that out there as an idea.
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>>26918819
Yog-Azur (a.k.a "Yazz" to the kids)
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>>26918848
>Yog-Azur (a.k.a "Yazz" to the kids)
Nice.
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>>26918283
Dude, no. We need a black kid, a white kid, an asian kid, and an indian kid, and a russian, an american, and a mexican for the future dudes.
This is a 90's cartoon after all, it has to be diverse.
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>>26918892
>This is a 90's cartoon
1986 yo. Berlin Wall is still in full effect.
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>>26918920
Damn. I still say one of the 'borgs has to be a Russian, to show that it's THE FUTURE.
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>>26918525
And to fulfill the "Learning Quota" they'll ask Benjamin Franklin for help or Alexander the Great or Plato.
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>>26918464
BraveStarr was waaay better than He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Bitching theme song, too. STRENGTH OF THE BEAR!
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>>26918920
They still had a multiracial cast in a lot of 80s cartoons. Like Dungeons and Dragons.
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>>26918949
>>26919019
True. Like I said, I'm not opposed to a multiracial cast. Especially for the future dudes.
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So if I draw some kind of poster for this I just need to ask you guys one question....

How much chrome and rainbows should be in it?
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>>26919036
Toshi - Stereotypical Japanese hacker borg, baffled by primitive 1986 tech. Samurai themed, uses a beam-katana.
Yuri - Huge-ass Russian dude covered in armor plating. Uses a laser-sledgehammer.
Johnny Quick - Ranged-combat borg, he's cowboy-themed and uses laser revolvers.

They all have really horrible fake accents, Yuri refers to everyone as comrade, Toshi adds the -san suffix to everyone's names, and Johnny refers to everyone as Pardner.

>>26919109
Heroes are chrome and blue, villains are chrome and red.
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>>26919109
Chrome is good for the Cyberzines.

The kids and Yog-Azur might have some rainbows, but warped rainbows. Not regular cartoon rainbows, but some weird fractal/digital/timewibblywobbly/dimensional stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=fr5RzIqHMXQ#t=173

Here, that's some BADASS fucking rainbows.
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>>26916251
Holy fucking fuck Inhumanoids. I'd almost forgot about that shit.

Now I need to go see if a copy exists on the internet. Haven't watched it since I broke the double-digit age.
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>>26919142
>Toshi - Stereotypical Japanese hacker borg, baffled by primitive 1986 tech. Samurai themed, uses a beam-katana.
>Yuri - Huge-ass Russian dude covered in armor plating. Uses a laser-sledgehammer.
>Johnny Quick - Ranged-combat borg, he's cowboy-themed and uses laser revolvers.
Yes, yes...

>They all have really horrible fake accents, Yuri refers to everyone as comrade, Toshi adds the -san suffix to everyone's names, and Johnny refers to everyone as Pardner.
Oh god I'm cumming everywhere
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>>26919142
>>26919169

So like Requiem except replace Metal with 80's glam? Gotcha.
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>>26918464
Well, if you think about it, Bravestarr is technically min-max'd out the wazoo, as he's the one with all the cool powers.
>>26919109
I'm thinking rainbow portals should feature in somewhere, but that's just me.
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>>26919169
>Not regular cartoon rainbows, but some weird fractal/digital/timewibblywobbly/dimensional stuff.
The kind of thing you'd see on a Trapper Keeper.
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>>26919201
And kid friendly.

You know the kind.

In the '80s it would be for 6 years and older, and today it would be for 12 years and older.
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>>26919214
>reality... is changing! this is... illogical! my time computations... have become unstable! it comes from these unknown colours! curse you X Kids!

Do we even have a name for the group of these kids?
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>>26919277
Isn't "Time Warriors" the name of the group that includes both the kids and the blue cyborgs?
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>>26919207
>not being a hyper-accurate serving-tray-throwing bartender
>not being a sentient talking cyber-horse with a shotgun
>not being a hobbit from west virginia
Everyone on that show was cool. He got the most Deus Ex powers, yes, but it's not like the other characters or setting were bad. Not what we're going for here, I know, but still.
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>>26918096
Nah, you're not wrong - as indie games go, it's sailed under a lot of people's radars. I don't think it's even been discussed on SomethingAwful's "Fatal & Friends" thread (as I recall, a Goon was GOING to review Season 1 back in 2011, but they decided on something else... which aforesaid Goon abandoned after one post).
>>26919353
Fair enough, I haven't seen the show for at least a year. I'd buy the DVD but a) I'm flat broke and b) I already have a stupid amount of DVDs that I still haven't watched.
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>>26919325
Wow. This took off while I was gone.

It doesn't have to be Time Warriors. If anyone has any suggestions?
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>>26919629
No, it totally does. TIME WARRIORS is a suitably awesome-yet-cheesy title.
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Well this thread has potential. I can write some things up, track down a few pictures, and get a real setting going.

Thanks teeg. You're the best.
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>>26920442
God damn that's cool.

Thanks!
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>>26920442
YES
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>>26920442
>CURSE YOU TIME WARRIORS, I'LL GET YOU NEXT TIME
>How do you know there's going to be a next time.
>FOOLS! HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN? TIME IS ON MY SIDE!
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>>26920703
What if this villain is more of a planner, instead of a Cobra Commander clone?

Gets boring after a while, an enemy who only retreats every episode.
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This better become an actual show, because I want to watch this
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>>26920849
Well we could also have a team or crazy resistance cell cyborgs who is trying to outright destroy the AI, so you get a third faction that are more like the Cobra dudes.
You could even get a fourth faction that worships a rival elder god and want to fuck up the kid's pet abomination.
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>>26920849
Well, Anti-Star seems to be the real planner, but I liked the idea of Night Devil scheming to subvert the supercomputer for his own ends and making a future where he rules.

What if he pulls a Doombot switch every couple of episodes?
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>>26920987
>Well we could also have a team or crazy resistance cell cyborgs who is trying to outright destroy the AI, so you get a third faction that are more like the Cobra dudes.
What if instead of this, they were 1986 dudes that were given cast-off tech from the Cyberzines in order to bolster their numbers, but then went rogue?

They could have purple or orange translucent pieces, and their cyborg armor would be really piecemeal (just a robot arm here or a half-robot torso there, one Terminator eye, etc).

I like the cult idea.
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>>26920998
Maybe he uploads his robot-brain to the mainframe and just gets a new body?
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>>26921053
I like the articulation of your action figure.
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>>26921037
>then went rogue?
Not just rogue, psychotic. The Cyberzines didn't realize what happens when you make someone into a cyborg without heavy conditioning. As such they are crazy and in near-constant pain from their implants because they weren't given nanotech treatments to accustom them to their new bodies.
Now they wish to destroy the super computer as revenge for ruining their lives, and they'll destroy anyone who gets in their way.
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>>26921238
Works for me!
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Dynamo - An energy vampire a la "The Stainless Steel Leech". He grabs other borgs and drains electricity out of them, which he can release in the form of laser blasts. Looks like a huge dude with a generator coming out of his back. Probably one of the ghetto-borgs.
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Anyone else have ideas for the villains?
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>>26921596
So do we want Anti-Star to be a Baskin-Robbins villain who brings in a new monster every week while the ghetto-borgs are closer to a traditional supervillain team?
Also, ghettoborgs need a name.

As for villains-
>Killamari
>Tin Tyrant and his Tin Templars
and for the Christmas special
>SANTRON
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>>26921596
The Prisoner.

This Cyberzine is almost always locked up in prison for some reason. Only occasionally he's allowed outside when the Cyberzines need extraordinary special robot soldiers for their missions.

It seems he's exceptionally skilled in military engineering.

He's also bound by something that controls him. Perhaps he was imprisoned for creating the crazy cyborgs in the future.
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>>26921238
Some are consumed with their hatred for anything cybernetic (heroes included), and others are just outcasts trying to get along in a world suspicious of cyborgs (maybe six-year-old Molly can help get them on the heroes' side, since she hasn't learned to fear or hate cyborgs yet).

Ooh, and to sell more toys, maybe one of the story-arcs can be the heroes trying to help the "ghettoborgs" (Scrappers? Metal-heads? "Ghettoborgs" seems a bit crude for a kids' cartoon) better integrated with their robot parts. After a training-and-upgrade montage, they've got sleeker, cleaner machine parts that don't hurt so much and work more efficiently and reliably. (Naturally, many of them are not enthusiastic about getting more robot parts, given that the first set didn't work out so well.)
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>>26921817
I like "Scrappers", personally, Ghetto-borgs was just meant as a shorthand.
Also that sounds awesome.
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You guys are seriously making me cry.

You're awesome.
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>>26921859
The Scrappers sound cool. There can be several "lines" of Cyberzines, of which the Scrappers comprise only a small part of. Like the Constructicons or Insecticons, it pays to have multiple villain teams with different themes.

>>26921691
>"Release...THE PRISONER!"

I love it.

>>26920998
Night Devil was the name of the guy's character on the art site I ripped that image from. I doubt he'd be too keen on it being used. I think we can do better, anyway.
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>>26920849
I agree.

Remember, Anti-Star (Love the name, by the by) isn't technically in 1986. He would have no choice but to plan.

He needs lieutenants.
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>>26921817
>Scrappers
Love it.
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I think I found the first of our future cyborgs.

Meet Commander Steel, leader of the Resistance.
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>>26922475
I thought we were going to have a cowboy, a samurai, and a soviet as our heroborgs?
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>>26922517
Sure. I'd like to keep it open, however. Think GI Joe. Even those characters that didn't really appear in the show or the comic got a spot.
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>>26922517
Also,

HeroBorgs (TM)
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>>26922616
>HeroBorgs (TM)
Oh God yes.

"TIME WARRIORS" is the overarching name of the line, but the HeroBorgs and the Cyberzines are two opposing factions. Awesome.
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>>26922755
Perfect.

Now we need a cast of suitable size. GI Joe and Transformers have hundreds of characters, most of them in special groups of their own.

Since we've got our base team down (The teenagers and the first three HeroBorgs - I think we should call them the Emissaries) we need more fodder for the inevitable second season.
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>>26921859
Alright, I've done some more thinking on the Scrappers (and the Cyberzines).

The idea of upgrading 1986 humans is one that the Cyberzines try several times. Naturally, it never quite works out (1986 technology just doesn't support the kind of cybernetics that they have), but they're robots, and upgrading technology is basically all they know. "Surely, Anti-Star [Autonomous Networked Thinking Intelligence for ], it will work THIS time!"

They tried making infiltrators by lobotomizing humans and implanting them with control circuits in their brains, but doing so resulted in some very dumb infiltrators. As in, moving stiffly, speaking in a dull monotone, announcing what they are doing (including "sa-bo-ta-ging!"), and so on. Because the infiltrators are mostly human, the heroes are initially faced with a moral quandary of how to deal with them, but in the climax of the episode, as they are about to force the city's gas lines to explode (or whatever the plot-of-the-week is), Billy reminds them that they have families and friends in the city who will "get hurt" if they continue, or alternatively, one of the infiltrators sees someone precious to them is in danger, but either way, they refuse to carry out the Cyberzines' commands. After the Cyberzines retreat, Toshi tweaks the circuits to restore the lobotomized humans' minds. If the heroes need to work in secret, this coincidentally muddles their memories of their time under the Cyberzines' control. Alternatively, if they remember the events of the episode, they may become recurring characters who help out the heroes (e.g. a maintenance worker who tells the heroes about some secret passage into a building they need to infiltrate).

Okay, these guys are NOT the Scrappers, but I've been thinking this up as I try to think of the events that lead to the Scrappers' creation, and I've just hit the post size limit. Scrappers coming soon.
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>>26922840
>Kali - Indian lady with six arms and a hard-on for combat and uses laser-knives
>Gyro - A helicopter-man who talks like an air-force cadet and uses laser-missiles
>All-Star - Cybernetic baseball player who throws baseball grenades, uses a laser-bat
>Highlander - Angry scotsman stereotype, uses a laser-claymore
>Snowman - Inuit cyborg who uses a laser-harpoon
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>>26923027
>Kebab - Absurdly racist cyborg that uses a laser-Mosin Nagant
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>>26922840

The second season could take place in several timelines, as the TIME WARS heat up. The team will have to confront the Cyberzines in the prehistoric age (obligatory DinoBorgs with giant enemy laser-breathing T-Rex), the middle ages (where Merlin and King Arthur assist the Time Team, and Lancelot gets a cyber-upgrade to battle the wicked robot-witch Morgana, sent by Anti-Star to steal the power of Excalibur), and of course THE NEAR FUTURE, 2006. Where Anti-Star rules and pockets of resisting HeroBorgs fight a war of attrition. This timeline in particular allows for introducing a lot of action figure HeroBorg characters. And a base.
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>>26923071
Jesus that's awesome.

There's really room for anything at that point.
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>>26923027
>Magnor - Horseshoe magnet-themed saboteur.
>Thule - Classic fur-wearing barbarian decked out in cybernetics
>Merma - Dolphin tailed explorer of the depths
>Drivethru - Cyberized battering ram with one purpose in life.
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>>26923226
You forgot the weapons!
>Laser-magnet
>Laser-axe
>Laser-trident
>Laser-battering ram
After all, we need glowy bits.
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>>26922517
YURI, THE HAMMER

The strongest of the Emissaries, Yuri wields the mighty hammer HOARFROST against the forces of Cyberzine. His great power and skill are matched only by his loyalty and dedication to the cause of saving his future.
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>>26922948
(Sorry about only backronyming Anti- of Anti-Star, but I think it might be nice to give the evil AI an acronym name. I was thinking something like "...Strategy, Tactics, and Reconnaissance", but Recon doesn't quite fit with the other two.)

After the infiltrator plan failed, they decided to try willing collaborators. This involved recruiting mercenaries and promising upgrades (think The Pack, from Gargoyles), but mercs proved difficult to control and the cybernetics didn't work so well (maybe they run out of energy at a critical time), so their resident mad scientist decided that some R&D had to be done to develop better implants. At one point, the scientist (possible names: Brainwave, Thinker, Autonomous Logical Bionics Expert for Researching Technology [ALBERT] -- not too happy with any of these) refers to the resulting cyborgs as "scraps", and they keep the name for themselves.

The first generation of Scrappers were basically abducted by the Cyberzines, cut open, had some cyborg bits stuffed into them, got poked and prodded, and when they had no more data to offer, they were disposed of in an alley. They never met the heroes, and so they believe that all cyborgs are evil. Maybe some of them try to go home and get rejected. In their first episode, they fight the heroes unprovoked (they are partially human, so the HeroBorgs just drive them off with non-lethal shots), but in the climactic battle against the Cyberzines (who are upgraded, thanks to the data gathered from the experimentation on the Scrappers, and putting the heroes on the ropes), the Scrappers come back, recognize "the tin-cans who made [them] this way", and turn the tide, before leaving for the sewers. The heroes offer to help them, but their leader says "You can help us by stopping them from doing this to anyone else. We've had enough technology for now, thanks."
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>>26923332

I like your idea with the mercs and the scientist, but I'd take it in a slightly different direction and have a ruthless corporate CEO character try and reverse engineer Cyberzine technology to make an unstoppable army of mercenaries. He'd have a mad scientist sidekick doing the actual work. At some point he might approach Anti-Star with offers of collaboration. A rivalry between him and Night Devil develops over who can backstab A-S first.
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>>26923332
>>26923415
Glorious. I think the Scrappers might need their own story arc, though. Or at least a two-parter.

So does the Cult of Sirus or whatever the cultist guys are called use cybernetics as well, or are they powered by their star god?
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>>26923512
There should be a star god opposed to Yazz.

It should take the form of a cat.
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>>26923332
Cool stuff. Honest! The Scrappers form kind of a middle ground between the cybered out mercs and the HeroBorgs.
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>>26920442
Sorry for the long delay, went out to dinner.

Anyway, PROGRESS
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>>26923535
Let's say it's Bastet. It explains the shoggoths that hang out in Egyptian tombs and everything!
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>>26923608
Holy wow!
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>>26923608
>Dat Anti-Star
>Dose teens with attitude
>Dem poses
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>>26923614
I like the Bastet thing, but its real name should be appropriately similar to Yog-Azur's.

Like Bast-ur or something.
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>>26923415
Nifty idea. That would also provide more motivation for the Scrappers to stay isolated from human society -- given that one of their own was working with the machines, they may feel that they cannot trust anyone.

>>26923577
Thanks!

>>26923332
The Scrappers soon fragment: those who help the heroes (and others) from the shadows, those who just want to live, and the ones convinced that all technology is evil.

"Adam": cybernetic left arm, right leg, and right half-of-head. The head implant caused him to lose his memories, but since he was the first of the Scrappers, he took the name Adam to mock the Cyberzines' scientist ("You've made me in your image alright -- butt-ugly metal!"). He looks out for the other Scrappers, carving out a living space in a junkyard. Since he doesn't remember how he got abducted, he doesn't feel he can trust anyone outside of the Scrappers (and even then, he worries about the possibility of remote control -- that could be fuel for an episode, with the possible twist that nobody is being controlled, and it's all his own paranoia), so he would much rather that they avoid contact with outsiders.

Elena: Voice of the "heroic" Scrappers, she thinks that they should use their powers (such as they are -- not as flashy as the HeroBorgs' future gear, but a super-strong metal arm or leg can go a long way) to help people. She has a family left behind after her abduction, which is a major part of the reason that she doesn't want to entirely cut off contact with humanity. Initially, she lacks the courage to re-connect with them and explain that Mommy got kidnapped by some bad men who gave her a robot arm, but maybe an episode can start out with her watching over them from afar, then trying to protect them as they get caught up in a battle as bystanders, and by the end, they have been through so many coincidental escapes (possibly including her calling out to them, to lead them to an exit) that they wonder if she is truly gone.
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>>26923859

I see Elena as an archer type cyborg. With a laser-bow.
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I feel like one of the Scrappers should be named Screwloose, and have problems differentiating reality from the TV broadcasts that he inadvertently picks up from the machinery in his head.

Then later, he mysteriously isn't in the cast anymore after a call from the American Psychiatric Association.
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Heroes of Barbera!

1st: Between the past and the future, where Sci-Fi and Fantasy collide

2nd: Barbera Needs You!

3rd: Draskel, the Star Emperor, has invaded the primitive world of Barbera, where magic reigns, seeking out Princess Hannah, who sought safety there. The Barberians must fend off the evil Star Hordes, while dealing with the terrible machinations of Necrotok, the Undead sorcerer, who wants Princess Hannah to be his bride. Joining us are Hercliff the Barberian warrior, Hannah the princess with attitude, and her shapeshifting robot protector Eetheror.
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>>26923945
That's perfect.
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>>26923945

Screwloose would be voiced by (and basically be a copy of) Murdock from A-Team.
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>>26923945
"AS SEEN ON TV, CREEPS!"
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>>26923977
Digging these names.

Can there be a prophesized Chosen One that may or may not be the comic relief 12-year-old boy added to the cast after a few episodes?
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>>26924043
It's Molly.
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>>26924065
I meant for Heroes of Barbera
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>>26923899
She could start out with a scrap bow (using her robot arm for superior draw strength), and when the time comes for the mid-season upgrade (and new toy wave), she gets a sleeker bow that is is integrated into her cybernetics.

She could get the super-strength with one robot arm, but to get superior aim, I think she'd need two robot arms (as the non-robot arm would have to be the front one [i.e. with a locked elbow, so it's not exerting muscle strength against the draw force], which is the aiming arm). This could give her an interesting dynamic of being tremendously powerful in a fight or while running (able to pull herself up and over any obstacle), but terrified of injuring people or breaking objects around her, reinforcing the tragedy of wanting to look out for her family (and humanity in general) but being unable to approach them.

This would also lead to an interesting kind of super-strength: as her spine and legs are still organic, she would have to plant one on the ground in order to lift a heavy weight.

>>26923859

And for the final "iconic" (i.e. first-wave toyline) Scrapper:

Ned (as in Ned Ludd, for those parents who watch the show): Leader of the "renegade" Scrappers. As often fighting against the HeroBorgs as the Cyberzines. He and his followers also will sometimes try to destroy human-made edifices of technology, like factories, power plants, and such, though they will attempt to evacuate (read: scare away) citizens first. Adam kicked him out of the scrapyard, fearing that he would draw retribution on the rest. Ironically, for all his romanticism and anti-industrial vigor, he has never lived outside of a city and is hopeless at living without technology (some fun can be had at his failed attempts at farming, home construction, and other disciplines that are vastly simplified with modern technology).
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>>26924323
Thread archived.

You guys are awesome.

http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/26915927/
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>>26924323
>some fun can be had at his failed attempts at farming, home construction, and other disciplines that are vastly simplified with modern technology
Delicious.
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I accidentally deleted the file, now I have to start all over again :(((
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>>26924447
Glad you like it. We've got to give the Scrappers some comedy to go with their tragedy.

>>26924323
All of my previous posts were generated when I tried to think of a logical progression that could lead to this next batch of Scrappers. The Cyberzines created them when they got the idea that having some teenagers-with-attitude of their own would help.

Marco (11). Suffers a severe injury to his leg as collateral damage in one of the fights-of-the-week, permanently scuttling his dream of becoming an athletic star. The Cyberzines offered him a replacement. Unfortunately, while his new leg is super-strong and super-fast, it grinds against his hip with every step, and the control link to his brain isn't very good, meaning he isn't much more mobile than he would be if he had stuck with crutches. Younger brother of...

Maria (15). Team mom. When Marco tells her about the nice doctors who promised to fix his leg, she is suspicious, but the Cyberzines win her over by promising the opportunity for vengeance against the cyborgs who caused her brother to be hurt. Gets a head implant (most of the left half of her head, including eye and ear).

For extra TWEEST, Marco and Maria may also be Elena's children.

Sam (12). Gadget-wizard, skilled with electromechanical systems as opposed to computers. Gets a robot arm with built-in tools (think Silver from Treasure Planet).

Madison (12). Gets "recuited" after the Cyberzines realize that Sam is not so skilled with computers. Gets robot hands for faster typing, possibly also a brain-computer interface plug in her neck or elbow. She is not quite friends with Karen, but as the Internet is still a small world, they know each others' names.

Not every one of the kids is a perfect analog to the main heroes (e.g. Maria is a girl, Sam is a boy, and has a slightly different skill-set than Karen) -- the Cyberzines' attention to and discussion of these details (overheard by Maria) is part of what makes them suspicious.
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>>26924778
Oh no!

>>26924963
And now, bump with some episode/story ideas for the Scrappers after some of them join up with the heroes (of course coming after their intro/creation episodes and the episode where Molly meets them and wins them over):

Romantic tension between Maria and Billy. Maria has some issues with the robot bits in her face, he assures her that she looks fine. Eventually, he kisses her on the robo-cheek (and after she gets her upgrade, which includes touch-sensors in the "skin", he does it again).

Toshi takes Marco under his wing to teach him martial arts, to help gain control of his body, and show him that there are career fields which use the mind rather than the body (of course, the advice rings a bit hollow when you realize that Toshi uses both his mind *and* his body in the course of being a hero, but these cartoons aren't always known for consistency in their morals-of-the-story, and maybe Karen and Madison can help).
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As the creator of Cartoon Action Hour, I approve of this thread. Seriously, gang, this is just FULL of awesomeness!
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Bump
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>>26930026
timestamp from corporate office or gtfo
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>>26930026
(Guy who wrote a bunch of posts about the Scrappers.)

Glad you like it! I only wish I could draw so I could put these character and scene ideas on paper.
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>>26930026
... Well, hot damn!
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>>26930026
Go ahead and steal this, 4chan has no copyright and we're all anonymous.


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