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Super Robo Mecha Force Five! or SRMFF for short, is a fictional 1980s anime television series appearing in the 2012 TV series' second season. First appearing in the episode Mutagen Man Unleashed, Mikey had introduced the show to his turtle brothers after he found a bunch of old video tapes in a dumpster, including those of SRMFF. Unlike the first season's Space Heroes, which SRMFF acts as a spiritual successor to, the Turtles quickly all became obsessed with the show; Leo even remarked how his brothers complained about Space Heroes.

The series is mainly a parody of the animated series Voltron and includes elements of the anime Voltes V, Mazinger Z, and the tokusatu Super Sentai (which is adapted to make the American series, Power Rangers).

SRMFF kicked off the episode with some great anime satire, including (as Raph points out) poor lip-syncing (as was the case with early dubbed anime), and archetypal team characters - including the leader, the scientist, the princess, the brute - and an adorable animal sidekick named Squeakums.

SRMFF also presents a variant on the "captain slap" from Space Heroes.

Characters

The titular heroes of SRMFF

Main Characters

  • Mighty Super Robo Mecha - The super robot piloted by the Super Robo Mecha Force Five.
  • Captain Dash Coolstar (voiced by Brian Bloom) - The leader of the Super Robo Mecha Force Five who pilots Mighty Super Robo Mecha's torso. Reflecting the parallels to Voltron, he is a combination of Sven/Shiro and Keith.
  • Dr. Blip (voiced by Scott Menville) - The scientific member of the Super Robo Mecha Force Five and creator of Mighty Super Robo Mecha, whose right leg he pilots. He parodies Pidge and Lance (the latter especially reflected in his crush on the Princess, similar to Lance's crush on Allura)
  • Squeakums - The animal sidekick of the Super Robo Mecha Force Five who pilots Mighty Super Robo Mecha's right arm.
  • Lunk (voiced by Nolan North) - The strong and tall member of the Super Robo Mecha Force Five who has attitude and pilots Mighty Super Robo Mecha's left arm. Personality-wise, he parodies Keith, but his design partly resembles that of Hunk.
  • Princess (voiced by Mae Whitman) - The princess of an unnamed planet who is a member of the Super Robo Mecha Force Five and pilots Mighty Super Robo Mecha's left leg. She is a clear parody of Princess Allura.

NOTE: All of the characters are meant to represent the characters in the TMNT series based on their characteristics and behaviors. Captain Coolstar, Dr. Blip, Lunk, Squeakums and Princess being homages to Leo, Donnie, Raph, Mikey and April in this order (the connection between Princess and April is even reflected by the fact that they share the same voice actress).

Villains

  • Mind Master (voiced by Nolan North) - A villain whose brain is kept in a robotic body that has his face projected onto its screen.
  • General Unsura (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson) - A villain where half of his face is human and his horned head is floating inside a glass helmet with.
  • Kill Beast Bots - A race of killer robots.
  • Giant Space Squid - A giant alien squid that lives in outer space.
  • Cyberoid X (voiced by Brian Bloom) - A cybernetic villain.
  • Hydra Beast - A mechanical three-headed hydra creature with wings.
  • Skele-Lord (voiced by Josh Peck) - A horned skeleton villain who is the sworn enemy of the Super Robo Mecha Force Five.

Episodes featuring "SRMFF"

  • Mutagen Man Unleashed - After Mikey shows the tapes of the show to his fellow Turtles, they watch an episode of it where the Super Robo Mecha Force Five face off against the Kill Beast Bots; Donnie himself initially remarks positively about the show's plot. Dr. Blip also tries to invite Princess out on a date, but she turns him down; Mikey jokingly tells Donnie how that reflects him and April, though Donnie denies it while also dismissing what he said about the show's plot earlier. Later, Princess ends up falling for Dr. Blip after he saves her from a Kill Beast Bot; this gives Donnie hope that April will withhold her grudge against the Turtles.
  • Target: April O'Neil - The Super Robo Mecha Force Five face off against a Giant Space Squid, but soon after it is destroyed, Princess quits the team due to the others having forgotten her birthday. She comes back by the end of the episode. While Donnie believes the initial scene reflects how April may never come back to the Turtles, Leo assures him she will, comparing it to how the Princess always comes back to the SRMFF each time she quits the team having done so nearly 30 times by then.
  • The Good, The Bad and Casey Jones - Cyberoid X infiltrates Super Robo Mecha Headquarters and captures the Super Robo Mecha Force Five in "force bubbles". When Leo wonders how one villain could singlehandedly infiltrate Super Robo Mecha HQ, Mikey explains to him that Cyberoid X used his "laser tentacle" to shut down the defense system.
  • Fungus Humungous - General Unsura hijacks the Mighty Super Robo Mecha and stomps on Captain Dash Coolstar. According to Mikey, Coolstar was apparently crushed for real in the original Japanese version (spoofing how Voltron censored the death of Sven/Shiro in the original Japanese version to simply writing him out of the main plot), though Donnie dismisses it as a cartoon myth.
  • Mazes & Mutants - Mind Master makes an attempt to take control of Captain Dash Coolstar's mind, but with encouragement from Princess, Coolstar manages to break free. Raph and Donnie wonder where Coolstar pulled out the bazooka he used to defeat Mind Master, Donnie saying that none of his own theories are pleasant.
  • Pizza Face - The Super Robo Mecha Force Five face off against the mechanical Hydra Beast, which makes an attempt at eating Princess' leg unit of Mighty Super Robo Mecha.
  • The Legend of the Kuro Kabuto - N/A
  • Plan 10 - Skele-Lord faces off against the Super Robo Mecha Force Five twice: once on his own (foiling their battle charge but then getting stomped on by Mighty Super Robo Mecha) and the second time in his own robot (again foiled by several power attacks from MSRM). With the initial scene, Casey wonders where the subtitles are.
  • Into Dimension X! - In the final episode, the Cyberoid fleet face off against the Super Robo Mecha Force Five with the latter being forced to retreat into a wormhole. Mikey inadvertantly wrecks the tape by trying to take the TV to Donnie.

Quotes

Princess - Oh no! Super bad times for all!

Captain Coolstar - Does great danger arrive? where?

Dr. Blip - Captain Coolstar what are we going to do?

Captain Coolstar (Slaps Dr. Blip in the face) - Get a hold of yourself, man!

Lunk - Don't worry Squeakums, we'll blast'em all with mighty Super Robot Mecha!

Captain Coolstar- Team, combine in teamwork mode!

Team - Super... Robo... Mecha... Force... Five... Team... Five... Go!

Raphael - What the heck is this nonsense? It's terrible!

Michelangelo - Terribly awesome, I found this old tapes in a dumpster.

Leonardo - Tapes?

Michelangelo - Check it out!

Leonardo - Dude, this is awful, and you guys complain about Space Heroes.

Raphael - Their lips don't even match what they're saying, I could never watch a show this bad.

Princess - There are too many of them, Captain!

Raphael - So, she is the princess of an entire planet? Cool!

Michelangelo - Yeah, and she also pilots the robot's left leg, she rules. But that scientist MADE the robot.

Donatello - The story has such an intricate plot Four stars!

Dr. Blip - P-p-p-princess, I'd like to invite you for space dinner, if you please. Yes, I...

Princess - What? I date a weakling like you? Not for 10,000 zarcon crystals.

Michelangelo - Donnie, that is so you and April, dude.

Donatello - It is not. Meh, this show is lame anyway, the plot makes zero sense. I'll be in the lab.

Princess - Oh, Dr. Blip! You saved me with all of your might and brave intelligence! How I adore this!

Trivia

  • This TV-Series is a clear parody to the real series Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! (short: SRMTHFG) created by Ciro Nieli, as well as tokusatsu anime such as Voltron and Science Ninja Team Gatchaman.
    • Coincidentally, Greg Cipes, voice actor of Michelangelo for the 2012 series, also provides the voice of Chiro, as of the fact that these series are both produced by Ciro Nieli.
  • A rather obvious homage to the pleathora of Japanese animated programs featuring Giant robots often dubbed "Mecha".
  • Some of the episodes actually parallel the Turtles themselves. The first two episodes in particular reflect the fact Donnie was struggling to cope with April's hatred of them for their (inadvertent) role in her father's mutation.

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