Few occasions ring within the yuletide season just like the TV Christmas particular. And there’s nothing fairly like seeing our favourite costumed heroes let their hair down and get into some merry mutant mischief — or simply collect round a desk with some superfriends.
So, go on, seize a plate of cookies and a glass of milk and luxuriate in some seasonal cheer with the wombo combo of the superhero vacation TV particular.
Batman: The Animated Collection
“Christmas with the Joker” (S1 Ep 28)
There aren’t many locations the place you’ll be able to see the Joker using a rocket disguised as a Christmas tree, and that’s an actual crime. Fortunately, Batman: The Animated Collection solves that drawback in “Christmas with the Joker.” Batman and Robin aren’t resistant to the magic of Christmas Eve, not that the Darkish Knight would ever need anybody to know.
However when the Joker escapes from Arkham Asylum, cue the vacation hijinks! With no household to rejoice the season with, Joker abducts his personal “Terrible Lawful Household” of Gotham do-gooders — Commissioner Gordon, Summer season Gleeson, and Harvey Bullock. Festooned in child garments, gigantic vacation bows, and sweet cane pacifiers, the three hostages wait as Batman and Robin should make their method by the Joker’s twisted tackle the Nutcracker Suite.
The episode is reassuring, foolish, and the primary Batman: The Animated Collection appearances of each Robin and Joker. See? A bit one thing for everybody, identical to Santa meant.
Batman: The Animated Collection is obtainable to stream on HBO Max.
“Consolation and Pleasure” (S2 Ep 23)
Justice League’s “Consolation and Pleasure” is extensively considered among the best superhero vacation specials on the market, and it’s straightforward to see why. There’s a little bit of silliness, lots of enjoyable, and that unpredictable tear-jerker second. Having saved a planet from destruction, numerous members of the Justice League head house for the vacations. That’s the place the episode will get damaged into three smaller tales.
Inexperienced Lantern and Hawkgirl expertise the fun of snow angels and snowball fights earlier than ending up in an Intergalactic bar struggle (naturally). Flash does his finest to search out the most popular toy of the season (D.J. Rubber Ducky) for the children at Central Metropolis orphanage, solely to be interrupted by the antics of the big-brained villain the Extremely-Humanite.
Then there’s Superman, who loves Christmas a lot he nonetheless believes in Santa, and convinces the Martian Manhunter to spend the vacation with him in Smallville. J’onn remains to be mourning the lack of the complete Martian race, is aware of nothing about Christmas traditions, and isn’t precisely up for celebrating. Nonetheless, he reluctantly accepts Clark’s invite.
The actual magic of the episode is all in Smallville as J’onn learns in regards to the joys of the season. Attending to see what makes Christmas particular by contemporary eyes, nicely, it’s certain to soften even the Scroogiest of hearts.
Justice League is obtainable to stream on HBO Max.
“Frozen Out” (S2 Ep 5)
“Frozen Out” depicts the origin of Permafrost (Maureen Conner), a lady able to reaping havoc within the type of excessive chilly, blizzards, and harmful icicles. Static initially comes throughout the homeless Permafrost as she begs for cash on the road. Virgil is simply too busy working errands and brushes her apart. Just a few days later Static spots Maureen once more, this time getting kicked out of the mall after being accused of stealing jewellery. Virgil decides to see if he can discover out extra in regards to the woman from his native pastor. Reverend Anderson tellsVirgil extra about Maureen and the way she ended up with out a house after the dying of her mom and neglect of her father.
Permafrost appears bent on destruction and finally ends up combating Static with a robust blast of icy-cold frost. Virgil appeals to her by telling her how he misplaced his mom and asks Maureen about her life. She lets her guard down and tells Virgil her story and the way she merely needs to be seen, like everybody else.
Static Shock was by no means afraid to deal with social points and it’s good to see that hasn’t modified with their Christmas episode. It’s additionally one of many uncommon episodes to depict different vacation traditions like Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. General, “Frozen Out” is a good reminder of what the vacation season is all about.
Static Shock is obtainable to stream on HBO Max.
“Final Christmas!” (S2 Ep6)
DuckTales isn’t precisely a superhero present, however we’re letting it slide for the lasting contributions that Carl Barks has made to comics. “Final Christmas” pays homage to 1983’s iconic Mickey’s Christmas Carol, as a time-traveling tromp by Scrooge’s previous, full with emo teen songwriter Scrooge.
Dewey investigates a curious inexperienced mild emanating from Uncle Scrooge’s room solely to search out Scrooge hanging with the Ghosts of Christmas Previous, Current, and Future. It seems that Scrooge doesn’t truly hate Christmas, simply all of the tasks that associate with it. Every year Scrooge hangs out along with his ghost friends to let go for a bit. Dewey hitches a trip on the robes of Christmas Future within the hopes of seeing his long-lost mom Della as a younger duck. Sadly, Dewey falls off and will get misplaced in time.
The episode is a intelligent mixture of nostalgia and sentimentality as Scrooge and Dewey attempt to discover their method again to McDuck Manor and get in contact with what Christmas means to them. There’s additionally an absolute treasure trove of chaotic DuckTales weirdness thrown in for good measure. There are such a lot of hidden gems — from callouts to the Nineteen Eighties collection, to the video game — new and previous followers will discover trigger for celebration.
Ducktales is obtainable to stream on Disney Plus.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
“Beebo the God of Conflict” (S3 Ep 9)
Positive, “Beebo the God of Conflict” performs up typical Christmas particular themes of time journey and hard-to-get vacation toys, but it surely does so within the finest attainable method. It’s a second of levity within the present’s third season after the dying of Professor Martin Stein, and the writers undoubtedly milk each ounce of pleasure from the vacation season with a descent into trippy-toy-inspired-chaos.
Because of a time mishap, the Legends uncover a gaggle of Vikings led by Leif Erikson in a spot referred to as New Valhalla. Not solely has the group of Vikings elevated the most popular toy of 1992 (Cuddle Me Beebo) to god standing, they’ve additionally captured a younger Martin Stein. If this seems like a Viking model of Again to the Future, nicely that’s as a result of it sort of is. The episode is chock-full of references to the favored Michael J. Fox film-franchise. General, the episode serves as a becoming tribute to Stein and provides the Legends some closure whereas nonetheless sustaining its Christmas attraction. Plus, did we point out the animatronic puppet worshipped as a god? What extra might anybody need from a vacation particular? All hail Beebo.
Legends of Tomorrow is obtainable to stream on The CW app and Netflix.
The New Batman Adventures
“Vacation Knights” (S1 Ep 1)
It wouldn’t be Christmas with out holly and ivy, even when it’s the poison variety. The very first episode of The New Batman Adventures — listed as season 3 of BTAS on HBO Max — is the three-part “Vacation Knights.” Depressed about their present monetary state of affairs, however Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy have gotten a plan to show their vacation humbugs round. The 2 abduct Bruce Wayne, and as soon as beneath one in every of Ivy’s mind-control kisses, he can’t resist taking the devious pair procuring. The spotlight of the episode comes within the type of an epic procuring montage. Finally, Bruce escapes their intelligent clutches and chases them across the division retailer.
The second vignette options Batgirl, Harvey Bullock, and Renee Montoya as they battle Clayface in an excellent foolish Santa-inspired caper. The ultimate vignette options Commissioner Gordon, Batman, and Robin who group as much as cease the Joker earlier than he can use his sonic system on a whole bunch of unsuspecting New 12 months’s Eve revelers at Gotham Sq. who’re all sporting complimentary Joker masks. “Vacation Knights” is a joyous episode and an important introduction to the prolonged Bat-family.
The New Batman Adventures is obtainable to stream on HBO Max.
“The Man within the Yellow Go well with” (S1 Ep9)
Everybody ought to have a speedster like Barry Allen (The Flash) round to assist them put up vacation decorations. In “The Man within the Yellow Go well with,” the Flash faces his nemesis and mom’s killer, the Reverse Flash. The episode isn’t maybe the conventional Christmas fodder, but it surely does tick a couple of containers on the record of Superhero Christmas Particular must-haves. There are confessions of affection, with Barry lastly admitting his emotions for Iris West, and surprises of every kind.
The payoff of the episode is available in lastly discovering out who has been haunting The Flash all this time, and it doesn’t disappoint. “The Man within the Yellow Go well with” makes the record as a result of seeing Barry confront his conflicted feelings in regards to the holidays with out these we love is fairly highly effective.
The Flash is obtainable to stream on The CW app and Netflix.
“The Tick Loves Santa” (S2 Ep10)
Saturday Morning cartoons anybody? Within the 90’s youngsters have been handled to a gentle weekend morning food regimen of cereal with extra sugar than two-dozen Christmas cookies and a few candy, candy cartoons. The Tick makes its mark on the Vacation record, full with its oddball humorousness.
The Tick actually loves Santa. So, when Santa goes on against the law spree and seems to get electrocuted by a neon signal, the Tick falls into despair. Fortunately his mates Arthur, American Maid, Sewer Urchin, Die Fledermaus, Feral Boy, and 4 Legged Man are there to cheer him up. A despondent Tick doesn’t really feel very similar to celebrating however by no means worry, the true Santa helps get Tick again into motion.
It seems Santa isn’t actually a legal or useless! As an alternative, the evil A number of Santa is behind the string of robberies and mayhem. The Tick will get again to his foolish hero self simply in time to save lots of town and rejoice Christmas in true Tick style.
The Tick is obtainable to stream on Hulu.
“Have Your self a Morlock Little X-Mas” (S4 Ep12)
This episode has all the pieces an X-Males fan might need. Grumpy Wolverine? Test. Rogue and Jubilee adorning a tree? Test. Relationship discord with Gambit and Jean Gray? Test.
Gambit and Jean Gray bickering within the kitchen is among the most iconic scenes of 90’s cartoons, and the complete episode is price awaiting that alone. If that doesn’t persuade you then maybe Storm’s vacation gown in an orange tiger stripe sample will. Many of the mutant gang decides to go ice skating for some inexplicable purpose — not that it issues as a result of seeing Wolverine on a pair of skates is as pleasant because it might probably be. The group has to face some disagreeable Morlocks within the sewer whereas in search of a blood transfusion for a critically injured Leech. All we will say about the remainder of the episode is the X-Males actually are fortunate Storm is on their aspect.
Does the episode make lots of sense? Probably not. Does it matter? Nope. That is pure, candy Christmas enjoyable.
X-Males: The Animated Collection is obtainable to stream on Disney Plus.