Toxic Crusaders is an animated series based on The Toxic Avenger films. It features Toxie, the lead character of the films leading a group of misfit superheroes who combat pollution. Toxic Crusaders is considerably tamer than the edgy films it was based on, although it nevertheless contain many adult-oriented jokes that would go over most children’s heads. Thirteen episodes were produced and aired between 1990-1991.
As mentioned, Toxie is a a lot cleaner in tone yet us still a grotesque mutant endowed with superhuman powers who has a good-hearted and is a law-abiding citizen.
Another change from the films was that the toxic waste also mutated his mop into a sentient being that would sometimes battle enemies by itself or motion to Toxie ideas on how to solve problems.
The villains were still polluters, albeit polluters from a different world. Hailing from the planet Smogula, Czar Zosta, Dr. Killemoff, and Psycho wreaked ecological havoc with the help of Tromaville’s corrupt Mayor Grody. Bonehead, a street punk who bullied Melvin, joins them in the first episode.
Dr. Killemoff and Czar Zosta were cockroach-like extraterrestrials from the planet Smogula, which is a world where pollution is natural as fresh air and water is natural to Earth. Natives of Smogula thrive on pollution and need it to survive.
For unexplained reasons, Czar Zosta and other Smogulans were able to withstand Earth’s atmosphere without problems while Dr. Killemoff wears an breathing apparatus to survive. Killemoff, like most bad guys, also had a seemingly endless army of identical poor marksmen called Radiation Rangers.
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