Not to be confused with "Let's Be Friends" or "the series.

"Let's Be Heroes" is the 1st episode of Season 1 of OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes, the 1st episode overall, and the season one & series premiere.


When K.O. tags along with his mom to work, he discovers the convenience store next door is his key to becoming a great hero.[2]


K.O. is looking over his hero card collection while he was waiting for his mom Carol to get in the car. Carol then explains that she is taking him to her dojo at Lakewood Plaza Turbo because his babysitter Punching Judy is fighting The Flu (a fighter rather than the disease). Outside of the car, Judy is shown fighting The Flu. The Flu is punched into the car window and windshield wipers wipe it off. K.O. becomes excited about the prospect of becoming a hero himself. The two arrive at the plaza and talk about how all heroes had to work to get to where they are. K.O. said that Mr. Gar was probably always level 11 to which Carol responded with, "Not when I first met him", hinting towards the fact that she and Mr. Gar were on P.O.I.N.T. together.

Mr. Gar flies in via his car. K.O. admires him while he calls over Radicles and Enid and gives them a work assignment. Radicles and Enid run off to do as told. Carol greets Mr. Gar, and he does the same, getting flustered. Carol and K.O. walk into Carol's fitness dojo. Carol greets her students, Gertie, Ginger, and Gladys. Carol's students become greatly distracted by her son prompting her to destroy a plank of wood to get their attention. Carol instructs K.O. to use her credit card to buy more planks and something for himself.

K.O. heads to Gar's Bodega. He sees the heroes Sparko, Shy Ninja, Nick Army, and Joff. He admires them before going into Gar's Bodega to buy equipment to help him become a hero. Upon going into the store, he picks up a laser sword, flame gauntlets, and a bottom towel (the latter of which he uses as a cape). K.O. trips and meets Radicles for the first time. They introduce themselves to each other and K.O. asks Radicles where the lightning nachos are. Radicles makes him some lightning nachos and gives them to him. He then begins bragging about himself, stating that he is level 2. K.O. is about to go check out but Radicles interrupts him and acting as if K.O. asked for photos of his heroism. Radicles shows him two images which supposedly prove his heroism, even though they are just his face pasted onto other pictures. However, K.O. believes the photos to be real. Radicles accidentally flips to an image of his cat to which K.O. responds with, "Aww, who's the kitty?" Radicles gets embarrassed and runs away but K.O. doesn't think any less of him, saying "What a cool guy" before getting in line to check out. When K.O. gets to the counter he introduces himself to Enid and they start a conversation while he pays for his stuff. He tells her about his dream of becoming a hero before exiting the store with his stuff.

K.O. heads outside where a siren goes off. Lord Boxman has sent a robot named Darrell to destroy Lakewood Plaza Turbo. K.O. is knocked out immediately, but has a hallucination about successfully fighting the robot. He wakes up to be informed of his humiliation by A Real Magic Skeleton who also shows him a video of the incident. While Enid and Radicles continue fighting, K.O. begins to realize he is nowhere near close to becoming the hero he wants to be. Mr. Gar appears and finishes off the robot, sending its head back to Boxman's factory across the street. Mr. Gar instructs Enid and Radicles to get back to work. K.O. decides that he will work at Lakewood Plaza Turbo to learn to become a hero one step at a time.




Buff ko comparison

Buff K.O. comparison. The top image is from the short, the bottom image is from the episode.

  • On the back cover of K.O.'s POW card book, a sticker of the Cartoon Network logo can be seen.
  • While K.O. was wondering how he could become a hero, a buff K.O. striking a heroic pose can be seen. This is a reference to the first OK K.O.! short, "KO."
  • Also during this scene K.O. wonders if he gets an epic transformation, This is a reference to 90's anime like "Dragon Ball Z", "Yu Yu Hakusho" and most importantly "Sailor Moon".
  • The red text that appears when the main characters appear for the first time is a homage to Kill la Kill which also used big red text to identify characters names and roles.
  • K.O. states at one point during the episode, "Everything's coming up K.O.!", a clear reference to Milhouse Van Houten's catchphrase from The Simpsons, "Everything's coming up Milhouse!".
  • The flame gauntlets K.O. uses look similar to Ruby's from Steven Universe, a show Ian had previously worked on.
  • The laser sword K.O. brandished could be a homage to Chōdenji Machine Voltes V's signature finishing weapon, Laser Sword.
  • This is currently the highest viewed episode.

Production Notes

  • According to Mira Ong Chua's Twitter, Stephanie Nadolny voices K.O. in the storyboard scene with K.O. fighting Darrell as Courtenay Taylor would voice him in the finalized episode.[3]


  • Flashbacks from this episode are shown in "Action News".


  • In the beginning, K.O. is seen in the middle seat in the back of Carol's car, but in a couple of scenes later, he is seen in the left back seat.
  • When K.O. first enters Gar's Bodega, his mouth is missing for one frame.
  • In the scene where K.O. is waving at Darrell, K.O. is seen standing on the sidewalk, but in the next scene, he appears on the street.
  • Darrell is seen to blow up the corner of the letter "R" in the sign for Gar's Bodega. But in a few scenes later, the "R" is blown up even more than just the corner.
  • In one scene, Rad and Enid are standing in the doorway of Gar's Bodega. But in a few scenes later, they are standing out of it, and it is locked down.


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Reference Sources

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Pilot Lakewood Plaza Turbo
Shorts KOEnidRadCarolEnid's Bad DayBarrels and CratesRad CriesRad's VanCommercialPower-Up!!!DendyBoxmore InfomercialLet's Do It Together!
Season 1 Let's Be HeroesLet's Be FriendsYou're Everybody's SidekickWe Messed UpJethro's All YoursYou're Level 100!Sibling RivalryI Am DendyYou Get MeYou Are RadJust Be a PebblePresenting Joe CuppaDo You Have Any More in the Back?My Dad Can Beat Up Your DadWe've Got PestsLegends of Mr. GarKnow Your MomWe're CapturedFace Your FearsEverybody Likes Rad?You Have to CarePlaza PromSecond First DateOne Last ScoreT.K.O.Stop Attacking the PlazaWe've Got FleasNo More Pow CardsA Hero's FateLet's Have a StakeoutParents DayWe Got HackedRad Likes RobotsKO's Video ChannelThe Power Is Yours!Glory DaysPlazalympicsBack in Red ActionLet's Take a MomentVillains' Night OutVillains' Night InPlaza ShortsLet's Watch the PilotMystery Science Fair 201XLad & LogicOK Dendy! Let's Be K.O.!RMS & Brandon's First EpisodeLet's Not Be SkeletonsAction NewsThe Perfect MealHope This FliesYou're in Control
Season 2 Seasons ChangeLord Cowboy DarrellPlaza Film FestivalBe a TeamMy Fair CarolLet's Watch the Boxmore ShowYour World is an IllusionThe So-Bad-icalPoint to the PlazaTKO's HouseRed Action to the FutureDendy's PowerSpecial DeliveryWisdom, Strength, and CharismaBittersweet RivalsAre You Ready for Some Megafootball?!Mystery SleepoverFinal ExamsSoda GenieCarolQuestBoxman CrashesMonster PartyCrossover NexusSuper Black FridayPlaza AloneAll in the VillainySidekick ScoutsWhacky JaxxyzProject Ray WayI Am JethroGarQuestGar Trains Punching JudyBeach EpisodeOK A.U.!KO's Health WeekRad's Alien SicknessDark Plaza
Season 3 We Are HeroesKO, Rad, and Enid!TKO Rules!Chip's DamageK.O. vs. FinkThe K.O. TrapWhatever Happened to... Rippy Roo?Planet XDeep Space VacationBig RevealRadical RescueLet's Meet SonicLet's Get ShadowyYou're a Good Friend, KORed Action 3: Grudgement DayCarlDendy's Video ChannelLet's Fight to the EndThank You for Watching the Show
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