The Captain Underpants is a fictional character in the popular children's book series Captain Underpants and the eponymous character. He is the alter ego of Benjamin Krupp created by George and Harold. He is the tritagonist of the Captain Underpants book series.
The Adventures of Captain Underpants
Captain Underpants is originally a superhero created by George and Harold in their comics. After the two hypnotize their principal, they decide to have a little fun and goof around with the Hypno-Ring. They hypnotize Mr. Krupp into thinking he is a chicken, then a monkey, then Captain Underpants. Unfortunately for them, Mr. Krupp thinks he truly is Captain Underpants and jumps out the window to fight crime. His first stop is at a bank. The two robbers are paralyzed with laughter upon seeing him and are promptly arrested. Captain Underpants also irritates a police officer who tries to arrest him, but is saved by George and Harold. The three also witness two robots stealing a large crystal. Captain Underpants tries to stop them, but his cape gets caught on their man. He is dragged to an old abandoned warehouse, with George and Harold clinging to his feet. There they meet Dr. Diaper, who has Captain Underpants tied up, but George and Harold escape. Dr. Diaper begins powering up his machine to take over the world. George and Harold destroy the robots and free Captain Underpants. Dr. Diaper attempts to stop them, but Captain Underpants covers his underwear over Dr. diaper's face, rendering him defenseless (he has to wear a barrel after that). All four escape the explosion of the Laser-Matic 2000, and Dr. Diaper is taped to the flagpole at the police station. George and Harold have Captain Underpants get dressed into Mr. Krupp's clothes and attempt to turn him back into Mr. Krupp, but they have lost the manual and are unsure how to do so. In desperation, George dumps water on the hero's head, turning him back into Mr. Krupp. However, as the result of that, the Captain Underpants personality remains and Mr. Krupp will turn back into Captain Underpants at a snap of a finger.
Depiction in the Film
Captain Underpants is portrayed much the same way as his book self, though he is less intelligent than his book counterpart as he believes that a mime is trapped in a box and he places an old lady in a tree along with her cat instead of helping the cat out of the tree like she wanted.
- In Book 3, it is revealed that he knows of his missions and heroics in the Treehouse Comix books George and Harold wrote of him. In the film he reminisces about his missions and heroics as well as he reads the comics about himself.
- In the film he remembers, the plunger he used to fight the toilets in book 2.
- Although he has no idea of who his alter ego, Mr. Krupp, is, he knows where his office in the school is, and where his house is located. But in the movie you will see him pretending to be Mr. Krupp but not in a mean kind of way, but nicer like Mr. Krupp in the alternate universe (who is Captain Blunderpants).
- He in the Treehouse Comix books, has no identity, so night and day he watches all over the city in case something happens and he will be there, ready to save the day.
- In the Treehouse Comix's version, it is revealed in Book 5 that he is from a planet called Underpanty World. Since the Planet was ending due to the Wedgie Warlords using the giant can of spray starch, his parents named Daddy Long Johns and Princess Pantyhose sent him to earth before the people on the planet perished by the spray starch.
- In the comic, he swallowed some kind of Amulet that was going to be used to protect his home planet from spray starch.
- In the comic books by Treehouse Comix, Inc, his underwear is not just regular underwear, but a special kind he uses, because he can click a button and a roll of toilet paper will come out and he will use is to swing on, or tie his villains up. Or a tiny toilet to squirt villains in the face.
- The metaphor he uses to help restore his powers is "I SUMMON THE POWER OF UNDERPANTY WORLD!"
- George and Harold only learn how to transform Captain Underpants in the end of the book when they splash him in the face with water, unaware at the time that snapping their fingers will turn Mr. Krupp back into Captain Underpants and that it wasn't a permanent solution to returning Mr. Krupp to normal. But in the movie, George and Harold catch on more quickly and even have fun transforming Mr. Krupp into Captain Underpants and vise versa.
- It's unknown how Mr Krupp is able to turn back into Captain Underpants right after he was splashed with water then hears the snap of a finger again, but in the book, if Mr. Krupp's face and/or head is still too wet he cannot change into Captain Underpants unless he's all dry. In the show, even if he is wet not on his head or face he cannot.
- In the last book as the end, Captain Underpants no longer exists in Mr. Krupp's body due to being wiped of his superpowers and the 3D Hypno-Ring effects as he lost the battle with Mr. Meaner aka Sir Stinks-a-lot.
- Dav Pilkey stated that Captain Underpants may return again in a Dog Man book, however its unknown if his alter ego Mr Krupp will be hypnotised into being him again, but it might be possible that it might just be in the Dog Man stories instead of the real world and possibly might team up with the titular hero.
- He is based on Superman from DC Comics.
- It is a play on how ' most superheroes look like they are flying around in their underwear'.
- In the movie and show, George and Harold drew Captain Underpants by basing his appearance more like Mr. Krupp's likeness in the comics. But in the books, Captain Underpants is based on another appearance nothing like Mr. Krupp's likeness.
- Captain Underpants sometimes uses anything as his red cape, in Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, he uses the school window curtain and restaurant tablecloth as his red cape with tiny black dots on it, in The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants, he sometimes uses someone's sweater as a cape, or his original cape that's fully red, or his red cape with light red spots on it.
- In the TV Show, Captain Underpants would sometimes or always say "Oooooooo" whenever he finds something so surprising or interesting.
- Captain Underpants and Mr. Krupp have 2 different types of accents in the series, Mr. Krupp's voice is high pitched and hoarse, Captain Underpants' voice is deeper and bolder.
- Captain Underpants looks like a giant baby, due to him bald, and his underwear resembles a diaper, only except he wears a red cape.
- He appears in all episodes in The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants, except for the first episode in Season 2, due to Krupp being fired.
- Superhuman Strength
- The power to overcome Spray Starch
- Wedgie Power
- 100% Cotton-Powered Vision
- Superhuman Durability.
- Unlimited Underpants (Film and TV series)
- Water to face (in 'real life')
- Spray Starch (Comic Book)