Commission: Captain Planet and the Eco Kids
Concept by: NightmareShinigami89
Five young people stood in a crystal cave. Standing before them was a beautiful woman with brown hair and dressed in a flowing purple dress and a golden band around her head.
“I have gathered you from across the world to help protect our environment,” the woman explained, giving a motherly smile.
The cream skinned young woman with pink hair hid behind said hair. “Um...why us? Um...not that I'm questioning your judgment...um...sorry...”
The woman gave a smile. “Because this generation growing up now are the ones who will have to protect it, does that make sense?”
“It does to me! This is so cool! We're going to be superheroes!” shouted the cheerful, light yellow skinned girl with long, green hair, a gardening hat on her head. “...How are we going to do that?”
“With the rings that brought you here,” the woman explained, giving a smile. “For example, you Sweet Leaf control Wind, give it a try."
"Really?! Cool! Wind!" the yellow girl shouted, sending a cyclone around the room. "Wow...awesome…"
The only male in the group of five, a slightly tan skinned boy with green hair done up in dreadlocks started picking up some papers. "You did kind of make a mess though," he said, a little bluntly.
"Oh…" Sweet Leaf said, frowning a little. "Sorry...”
The woman turned to a white skinned girl with a flowing blue hair. "Paisley-”
“Please call me Flower Child,” the girl said, the first time she'd really spoken the entire time.
"Flower Child then, your power is Earth."
The girl walked over to the window. "Earth?"
With that, her ring glowed and the earth outside parted before her eyes.
"Wow...this would make planting new flowers really easy…I have a question though..."
She looked at her blue hair, the only blue hair in the group. "Why aren't I water?"
"Just roll with it dear, I didn't pick you. Uh...the rings picked you."
"What's mine do?" asked the green skinned girl with a purple mane tied in pigtails, looking at the red ring on her finger.
"Starlight, yours is-"
"What's mine do?!" asked the boy of the group.
"Green Cycle wait your-"
"Um...what's mine?" asked the pink haired girl, hiding behind her hair. "Um...if you don't mind…"
"Fluttershy, yours is-"
"Green Cycle, it was my turn!"
"Well this was taking too long!"
"Wee! I'm flying!" yelled Sweet Leaf, flying around in a whirlwind.
"Um...can we please calm down…Maybe…" Fluttershy whispered.
"No me next, Starlight!"
The woman, an average one wearing a purple shirt and blue jeans instead of a gown, looked at the six little kids standing around her, Sweet Leaf standing on top of a desk blowing at things to emulate wind instead of flying. Green Cycle had a water gun. Outside the window, a green skinned man with green hair hoeing the ground for a garden.
The sixth, blue skinned boy with short green hair who'd been standing aside watching and looking impatient, gave a sigh of relief. "Geeze, that took a long time…"
His mother gave him a small glare. "Captain Cornelius Planet, I was just following what you asked me to."
As any child would do in that situation, the young boy shrunk back and tried to make himself look small, "Sorry mom…"
Fluttershy looked up to her. "Um...Mrs. Planet...thank you for playing with us…"
The woman gave a smile. "You're quite welcome, Fluttershy." She then looked over at a clock. "Oh dear, we'll need to speed this up, I've got to hurry up. Starlight, yours is Fire, Green Cycle, yours is Water, and Fluttershy, yours is Heart."
"Oh...um...what's Heart do?"
Mrs. Planet looked at the clock then back to the meek little child. She then turned to her son, who gave a look making it clear that he hadn't thought that far ahead. "...Uh...It let's you...do things…" the boy said meekly.
Fluttershy gave a whimper and hid behind her hair even more.
Mrs. Planet gave her son a glare, then put a hand on Fluttershy's shoulder. "Heart is very important, Fluttershy. It let's you touch the hearts of everything around you and communicate with animals and your friends with your mind."
"She can read minds?! Why does she get such a cool power?!" Green Cycle asked.
"I think it's fair," Starlight stated, putting a hand on Fluttershy's shoulder. "I get to shoot fireballs, you get to flood things, she gets to talk with talk with mind."
"...Thanks Starlight…" Fluttershy said with a small smile.
"No problem...now can we actually start stopping some...uh...who are we fighting?"
"People who are destroying the environment!" Captain Planet announced triumphantly.
"Yeah!" the six environmentally conscious children cheered.
"Um...Why are they destroying it?" asked Fluttershy.
Mrs. Planet gave a sigh as they ran out. “Hope they don't get in too much trouble...”
"RAAW!" yelled the giant garbage monster towering over the five brave heroes. "Trash shall cover the earth!" it bellowed shooting globs of toxic waste at them.
"Fire!" Starlight called, sending a massive fireball at the creature, burning it's assault to ashes, then needing to jump out of the way of a tendril of trash.
"Wind!" Sweet Leaf called excitedly, blowing the creature back with a whirlwind, blowing some parts off of it. "There, maybe now you'll smell a bit better!"
"Water!" Green Cycle called, summoning a tidal wave, washing the behemoth backwards with a roar. “Looks like you're all washed up!”
"Earth…" said Flower Child quietly, sending a giant bolder flying into the creature's head and staggering it back in a daze.
"Um...go guys, woohoo…" Fluttershy cheered quietly, standing back out of reach of the rampaging mutant.
Captain Planet crossed his arms, watching Green Cycle shooting a trash bag sticking out of a can with a water gun while Flower Child threw rocks at it. Sweet Leaf blew in that direction and Starlight just made gestures as if she were throwing fireballs. "Do you need to call me yet?"
"...Do you need to call me yet?"
"Ugh...come on!" the boy pouted.
"Uh, dude, it was your idea," Green Cycle replied.
“Well...I thought you'd need me more...”
Fluttershy frowned, looking at Captain Planet, crossing his arms and mopping. She wrapped a piece of trash bag around herself.
"AHH! Help me!" Fluttershy screamed, being tossed around in the tendril of the giant trash monster. "I don't think our attacks are being very...um...effective and now it's got me!"
Green Cycle grumbled. "Ugh...serious!"
Starlight elbowed him lightly and gave a small smile. "Come on, there's not much time! Let's summon Captain Planet!"
Flower Child blinked when everybody looked at her. "Oh...Oh! Right, I start! Let our powers combine. Earth."
"AHH! Oh! I mean Heart!"
A beam of light shot high into the sky and formed a sphere of energy from the five colors. In a bright flash of light, a powerful figure emerged, first as a being of fire, then solidifying into earth, then water, then wind, before finally forming completely. "By your powers combined, I am Captain Planet!"
"...I'm not saying 'Go Planet,'" Green Cycle stated.
Seconds later, Captain Planet severed the trash creature's tendril with a blade of wind and rescued Fluttershy before lifting it into the air with sheer strength and plowing it through the ground into lava to finish it off, incinerating it to ash.
Captain Planet simply took the trash bag to put it in the correct can, nothing major. "My work here is done, the power is yours!"
With a whooshing noise, he jumped back out of the forefront. "...Uh...thanks Fluttershy…"
Fluttershy gave a kind smile. "...You're welcome, Captain Planet."
"Oh no, look at all this pollution in the lake!" cried out Starlight, standing on the edge of the lake in the park, pointing to a lair of gunk on the surface of the lake in the park.
"Oh my, the poor fish…" Fluttershy muttered, giving a genuinely concerned look.
"It must be some evil person trying to destroy the environment!" Sweet Leaf announced loudly.
"Come on, Eco Kids! Let's go stop us a bad guy!" Green Cycle called.
"...Aren't I leader?" Flower Child asked, not raising her voice.
"Uh...yeah, but you don't talk much so…"
"Fluttershy's the meek one, I'm just quiet…"
Fluttershy swung her leg shyly "...Sorry I'm the meek one…"
"You'll never get away with this, Filthy Rich!" Green Cycle announced, pointing his ring at the brown skinned man with a business suit and a well done black mane, a pin with a money bag on his jacket.
"Mwhaha!" cackled Filthy Rich, he'd twirl a mustache if he'd had one. "Oh really? And just who is going to stop me?"
"We are! Get him eco kids!"
"Fire!" Starlight yelled, forcing him to jump out of the way of a fireball.
"You'll have to do better than that!"
"How about this? Wind!" shouted Sweat Leaf with a grin, sending a surge of wind sent the man staggering.
"Okay, that was a very good attempt…"
"Earth," called Flower Child, causing the earth below his feet to shake and cause him to trip and fall on his butt.
"Water!" called Green Cycle, holding out his ring and sending a surge of water to force him back.
"AH! Cold! very very cold!"
"Um…" Fluttershy walked up to him, ring glow. "Mr. Rich...can you please stop polluting the lake? Lot's of fish are going to die and we won't be able to swim in it anymore...Please can you find it in your heart to stop?"
Filthy Rich looked her in the eyes and gasped. "I...had no idea! I will stop this very moment, Fluttershy!"
Captain Planet sighed. "I didn't even get to do anything…"
Filthy Rich stood up and dusted himself off, then taking a handkerchief and using it to clean off a little bit of water that Green Cycle had gotten on him. "Alright, kids, that was fun, but I really must be getting to work and I need to get Diamond Tiara home to her mother."
The small, pink toddler in a baby carriage giggled, watching the situation and hugging a doll of a black cat, a small headband on her head that seemed modeled after a tiara.
Filthy Rich let his little daughter grab his finger. “Did you like seeing daddyplay pretend Diamond?”
"Um...I...actually meant it, can you stop polluting the lake?" Fluttershy blinked.
Filthy Rich blinked. "Pardon?"
"Yeah, someone's polluting the lake!" Starlight announced, stepping forwards. "We mean it!"
"I see...and you thought it was me?" asked the man, rubbing his head.
"Yes...um...sorry, Sir...but your name and...well...you have a business near it...so we...kind of...sorry…" Fluttershy stuttered.
"Well I'm sorry to disappoint you, but Rich's Barnyard Bargains is an all green enterprise," Filthy Rich explained.
Captain Planet's jaw dropped. "Wait...you're a businessman that actually cares about the environment?! Those are a thing?!"
"Yes, after all, our most profitable products all come from the local Apple Farm, even if I didn't care about the environment, it'd hurt my business to let something happen to it. Not to mention I get some nice, big tax breaks for being green," the businessman explained, rubbing his chin. "…But that also means if someone is polluting that lake, I need to be quite worried about that myself. If you kids see who did it, please tell me, alright?"
"Uh...right," Green Cycle said.
Flower Child nodded. "Yeah...we'll tell you…"
"Alright, good to hear. See you kids later. And enjoy your game."
"Thank you...um...Mr. Rich, your baby is really cute," Fluttershy replied, climbing up on the side of the carriage to peak at baby Diamond, who gave a cute giggle and grabbed her nose.
"Thank you...To be honest, I hope that lake stays clean, otherwise she won't be able to swim with some other kids and make friends there…"
"Admit it, Well-To-Do! You're the one that's polluting the lake!" Green Cycle yelled, looking up at the blue skinned, somewhat squat man wearing a blue business suit, his hair done up in a way that reminded the Eco Kids of a bull's horns. The Bearer of Water held his ring right on him, the others doing the same.
"Yeah, the lake's getting a little messed up thanks to my business," the man admitted, shrugging. "Can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs as they say. That's just progress!"
"Wait...you're serious?" the wielder of Water asked, blinking, his fellows doing the same.
Well-To-Do shrugged. "Yeah, I'm serious. Let me explain it to you this way. I've this big idea for a theme park, right? It's called Fun Fun Land! And people from all over the world are going to be flocking to it! You kids are gonna love it! Really gonna give Dizzy Land a run for it's money!"
"Uh...and why are you polluting a lake for that?" Starlight asked, looking shocked.
"Simple, my factory needs to produce all of those souvenirs and toys somehow, right?" asked the businessman, producing some cheaply made stuffed toys. "Now, some run off does go into the lake, no skin off my nose really, I mean who's going to even use it anymore when they've got a great big amusement park to play in! And more importantly, spending a lot of money! Who's gonna miss it? That's just progress! Out with the old, in with the new!"
The six kids looked up at the man in shock. "...Uh...Captain Planet?" Sweet Leaf asked, looking scared. "...Is this part of your game?"
"So we're actually talking with a big bad guy who's ruining the lake?"
"...Wow, I wish we were making it up…"
Well-To-Do gave a chuckle. "Now kids, I know that you probably like that lake, but think of the big picture! An entire park to play in! Here, take a stuffed doll (and the bill for your parents)," he said, giving each one one of the dolls and bill.
Captain Planet looked at it and gave a thoughtful look. “Well it is pretty cool,” he said...before getting a glare from the others. “But that doesn't mean it's worth the lake!”
"...Mr. Well-To-Do…" Fluttershy said, narrowing her eyes.
"Yes, little girl?"
"...Do you know you're going to kill a lot of fish in that lake?"
"Well yes, but I've got a solution for that. I'm going to have my men capture them all and sell them as snacks at Fun fun Land. Perfectly legal, I assure you."
Starlight blinked, watching Fluttershy clenched her fists, the young girl's arm shaking with anger. "Uh...is Fluttershy...mad?" she asked.
Sweet Leaf took a step back. "Fluttershy?"
"How DARE YOU!" yelled the little girl, head jolting up and mane flying clear from her eyes.
Well-To-Do prepared to respond, but his words caught in his throat and he began to sweat. He found he couldn't break eye contact.
“Heart!” Fluttershy's Heart Ring glow brightly and she fired a beam at Well-To-Do covering him in an orange field as she stared into his eyes.
"You big dumb, MEANIE!" she yelled, getting up to his face and staring him right in the eyes. "That lake is very important to all the animals who live there! Not just the fish, but the birds and the little furry creatures and the bears! And it's important to a lot of people who live here too! Me and my friends like to swim there and Mr. Rich wants that lake to be there so his cute little daughter can swim in it someday! How DARE YOU think you have the right to take that away from them for a few bucks!"
"Well...I…" Well-To-Do cowered before bearer of Heart.
"If you don't care about the animals! Can't you at least find it in your heart to care about someone other than yourself! You're nothing but a big. Greedy. BULLY!"
Fluttershy finally let her ring stop and walked back to her friends.
"Um…" Fluttershy hid behind her hair as she got back to her friends. "Did I use my ring right?" asked the little girl.
Her friend's all stared at her in blank shock.
"Fluttershy...that was awesome!" Green Cycle exclaimed. "Where did THAT come from?"
"Um...I...really don't know...I got mad and...well…"
Starlight put a hand on her shoulder. "...You did good...Nice job, Fluttershy."
"Yeah! That was amazing!" Sweet Leaf said in excitement.
After a moment of cheering their friend, the six turned to the corrupt businessman. "...You're a jerk," Flower Child said simply, giving a glare.
"Yeah, Fluttershy was right, we're not going to just let you do that!" Green Cycle joined in. "We're the Eco Kids, we're not gonna stand for this!"
Sweet Leaf nodded, standing next to them. "Yeah, what do you say to that?!"
Well-To-Do wiped a little sweat off his forehead. "Well...I...I'm still going to keep up progress and there's nothing a bunch of little kids can do about it!"
"Maybe not, but I think I can."
"Mr Rich?" Fluttershy asked, the businessman standing behind Well-To-Do.
"That was very brave, Fluttershy, now please let an adult take things from here," he said, giving her a smile, then glaring at Well-To-Do. "...How can someone as oblivious as you have made it this far in the business world?"
"Well, I make money, lot's of money."
"I see that...And about half of it must go to your rather sizable PR department to deal with your personality if that's how you always behave around your target consumers."
“Ohh! Burn!” Captain Planet said. Green Cycle held up his water gun.
"And just who are you pal?"
"I'm Filthy Rich, owner of Rich's Barnyard Bargains and an outstanding member of this community."
"So, that means my word holds quite a bit of weight around here, enough to say, get a petition enough signatures to have your little factory closed down as a danger to the public good."
The larger businessman's eyes widened. "Now there will be no need for that…"
"You're willfully polluting the lake my good family friends the Apples, as well as many people in this town, swim in on a regular basis, and where I intend my daughter to socialize with other children in the future. I believe there is a large need for that."
The children did what children do and giggled at the sight of an adult getting in trouble.
"Or better yet, I call Mayor Mare and give her a run down of the potential net loss your factory will bring our fair town in the long run. What with decreased tourism from the polluted lake, potential illnesses, potential loss of crops from our primary income producers, the Apple Clan, and numerous other reasons the lake being polluted would be a very bad idea. Not to mention the school nearby. I'd wager Principle Celestia won't be too happy to hear about this either."
"N-Now there, Filthy Rich-"
"I'd prefer you call me MR. Rich."
"Mr. Rich,we're both businessmen here, I'm sure I can make it worth it to let this...little slip up on my part go, right?"
"So, you're wanting to bribe me to keep quiet about this?"
"Who said bribe?! Just some incentive to let bygones be bygones. How many zeroes would it take? Five? Six? Six is a nice even number, here you go."
Filthy took the check presented to him and looked it over. "You do realize I could easily just take this to the nearest police station and back up my report, right?"
"...You're not very smart, are you? Shrewd, yes, but definitely not smart."
"I believe that Fluttershy's assessment of you was correct: you're nothing but a sad, greedy excuse for a human being that will step on anyone to make a quick buck.”
“And you aren't?!”
“I like money, yes, but there's a little something called 'basic human decency,' and you might want to invest in some, customers tend to enjoy it. Come along, children, I have a few phone calls to make."
"Come on, everyone, let our powers combine! Earth!"
Captain Planet flew forwards and punched Well-To-Do out to leave him for the cops.
"Ouch!" yelled Well-To-Do, hopping up and down on one leg, holding his other shin from the little boy's kick. "I'll sue your parents for assault, kid!"
"Really? Where are your witnesses?" Dr. Rich asked.
"Me and my lawyers!"
"You mean the ones who are about to be quite busy dealing with a PR disaster?"
Fluttershy gave him a glare and the businessman quietly backed off to nurse his wounds.
Filthy looked to Captain Planet. "Seriously though, don't make a habit of doing that. He had it coming, but it's not something you should think is alright."
"...Yes Mr. Rich."
"That said, that was very brave of you kids, but I hope you learned something from all this."
Green Cycle nodded. "Yes Mr. Rich. That if you're concerned about pollution in your area, you should tell an adult and try to get a petition going instead of trying to shoot the person with water guns…"
"...And we should never judge a person by their job or name because sometimes they're just as focused on protecting the environment as you are."
"Okay, Green Cycle, I think that's good."
"...And also, we should never make Fluttershy mad...like ever…"
Fluttershy blushed and hid behind her hair.
"And everyone can help protect the environment! Remember, the power is yours!"
Captain Planet blinked, looking at everyone staring at him. "...What? That's my catchphrase..."