Hero: 108

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
Hero: 108 TV Poster Image
Strange action series centers on violence, lacks messages.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate. 

Positive Messages

The series makes no attempt at reflecting reality or incorporating positive messages. Violence in some form is the only means of conflict resolution (though some characters are able to coax people into submission through hypnosis or similar methods). On the positive side, the squad must rely on teamwork to defeat the villains.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The heroes often bicker amongst themselves and often make misguided decisions that get them into trouble. The lone female on the squad is known to be whiny and sometimes hangs back from dangerous situations.

Violence & Scariness

Lots of cartoon-style violence, including martial-arts fighting, explosions, grenade-like objects, and handheld weapons. Each character possesses a unique weapons-related skill like lashing people with an elastic tongue or breathing fire. No one is seriously injured in any of the exchanges.

Sexy Stuff

One female character wears a strapless dress that shows off her cleavage.

Language

Name-calling like “dork” and “stupid” is common.

Consumerism

The show is tied to a series of games that fans can play online.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there’s little substance to this cartoon series that values action over adventure and violence over positive content for kids. The characters and scenarios are far from realistic, and fighting is the most common means to deal with every dilemma. The main female character wears clothes that reveal her cleavage, and she sometimes falls back to let the guys do the fighting for her. In other words, if you're looking for something of substance for your kids to tune into ... keep looking.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byhgwqhge03 September 21, 2013

another idiotic show

this show has really bad animation, stupid characters, very simple episode plots and it isn't funny, also the characters have very stupid superpowers one c... Continue reading
Adult Written byteenreviews(17yrs) October 18, 2011

Fantasy violence with no plot,

This show is pretty boring, not for serious action fans. The violence isn't exacly BAD but it has no plot, it irritates me, HELLO EVERYTHING TV-Y7-FV TODAY... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byneverfour November 14, 2018

typical kids' show

as long as your kids arent stupid and dont try to come at each other with a club and a giant swiss army knife there should be no problem with the ""... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bylovzhisdad November 2, 2012

season 2 has positive messages for kids.

unlike the first season, the second season has great messages for kids about topics like trust. on the minus side, there's still a fair amount of fantasy v... Continue reading

What's the story?

Eons ago, humans and animals lived symbiotically as neighbors, but eventually the evil High Roller (voiced by Ian James Corlett) convinced the animals that people were really the enemy and divided the world’s population. Now a task force called Big Green seeks to set peace in motion again. Under the direction of Commander ApeTrully (Corlett again), Big Green members Lin Chung (Andrew Francis), Jumpy Ghostface (Brian Drummond), Mighty Ray (Corlett again), and Mystique Sonia (Kelly Sheridan) set out to win over all of the animal kingdoms. But if they’re to succeed, they must undo the work of High Roller, his minions, and a host of other troublemakers.

Is it any good?

HERO: 108’s unusual character names are nothing compared to the characters themselves. A typical day in this cartoon world sees battles forged with participants’ whip-like tongues, electrocuting eyes, and a bamboo-hurling staff -- and that’s just from the heroes. Sonia wears a hat whose long sides extend to prop her up and walk for her, and Mighty Ray must choke down bananas (his least favorite food) to charge up his zapping eyes. In other words, reality wasn’t on the drawing board when this show was conceived.

That fact alone wouldn’t be enough to turn parents off, but the show’s absence of positive themes and reinforcement of some stereotypes about females (at times Sonia hangs back and lets the guys do the dirty work for her, and her strapless dress shows off some cartoon cleavage) certainly won’t help. Although the violence rarely leads to significant injury, it's prevalent and is cast in a humorous light, which also sends iffy messages to kids. Bottom line? There are plenty of better options for kids than this misguided series.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence on TV. Kids: Were you affected by the fighting in this show? Does it seem more or less intense than what you see in other series? Do you think this kind of violence is OK for kids to see?

  • Kids: What do you make of the unusual characters in this show? Did their extreme nature make the show funnier or more entertaining to you?

  • What ideas do you have for a cartoon series? What would be the plot, the characters, the setting? What age group would the show be geared toward? What dilemmas would the characters face? How could you incorporate some positive messages in the story?

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