Congratulations Max and Phoebe Thunderman. You are both finalists for a slot on the Legendary Z-Force... as a team! Good luck.
The Z-Force is an elite team of superheroes on The Thundermans. It is run by the Hero League and comprises of the best superheroes in the league. These superheroes are called when other superheroes require help. The chances of joining the Z-Force are very low and getting into it is a big honor.
In Thundermans: Banished!, there is a new slot opening in the Z-Force for the first time in 9 years. The Z-Force sent out invitations to some of the best superheroes for a chance to fill the slot. Phoebe Thunderman is chosen as one of the finalists for defeating one of the most powerful villains, Dark Mayhem in Thundermans: Secret Revealed. They said would observe her over the coming months to determine if she's qualified for the slot.
Phoebe got so excited for being nominated to fill the spot that she didn't want to continue training Max anymore because she was afraid he would make a rookie mistake under her watch. So, Max made a fake Z-Force communication beam, saying that he is chosen for the same slot too. This increased competition among the Thunder Twins, leading to the destruction of Splatburger. Phoebe later figures out that Max programmed his watch to project the Z-Force hologram. President Kickbutt withdraws the twins' names for consideration for messing up and the Thundermans are banished from Hiddenville.
However, after Max and Phoebe risked losing everything, including their powers, to save Hiddenville from Candi Falconman, the Z-Force announces both Phoebe and Max Thunderman as finalists again to join the potential open slot, as a team.
The plot of this episode revolves around Phoebe and Max's Z-Force training. Max and Phoebe have been given money for Z-Force training equipment but Max uses the money to build a team headquarters for him and Phoebe. A Z-Force poster is also seen in Max's Lair.
The twins are submitting their special skills to the Z-Force. Phoebe has already submitted all of her skills. Max wants to enter gadgets development as his special skill and so he creates the Crimecaster which can predict future crimes. After doubting his skills, it turns out that the gadget actually works and therefore Phoebe agrees to enter Max's gadget development skills for the Z-Force application.
According to President Kickbutt, the Z-Force is fighting a giant, radioactive worm in the center of the Earth.
Z-Force sends a representative to interview Phoebe and Max as part of the Z-Force recruitment process. Unfortunately, Phoebe has injured her neck and legs while trying to help Cherry. So, the Thunder Twins enlist Cherry to pretend to be Phoebe for the interview. They dress Cherry in Phoebe's Thunder Suit, and teach her all the questions they expect to be asked by the Z-Force. The interviewer from Z-Force arrives and is easily fooled into believing that Cherry is Phoebe. He keeps complaining about how he didn't make it into the Z-Force. He later takes the "twins" on a mission, hoping to make a name for himself in the Z-Force. Max and Phoebe pass the Z-Force interview, advancing to the next stage.
Max and Phoebe get a special TV interview by Anderson Super, a popular Metroburg TV host, on their Z-Force progress. After learning about the upcoming Supe Awards, Max is concerned that a stink bomb he set as a prank back when he was evil could jeopardize their chances of getting into Z-Force. Both Phoebe and him are so concerned about losing their opportunity in joining the Z-Force that Phoebe ends up absorbing Dark Mayhem's powers from the power-sapping orb in order to be able to stop it. She successfully stops the stink bomb and secures the chance at the Z-Force. Unfortunately, the powers turn her evil.
Z-Force updates its rankings and unfortunately, Max and Phoebe are at the bottom of the list. They realize that it's because they're the only ones who didn't submit the "Lil Z Mentor Program" bonus assignment. The Lil Z Mentor Program is a special program where Z-Force hopefuls have to submit a video of themselves training a young superhero to take their powers to the next level. The Thunder Twins had missed the bonus assignment because when the Z-Force hologram announcement the assignment, Dr. Colosso was the only one at home and he refused to tell the twins. To complete the assignment, Phoebe and Max select Nora as their Lil Z. However, after seeing Billy's armnadoes skills, they secretly choose him over Billy. After learning what happened, Nora confronts the twins leading to a mega-disaster. Nora and Billy rescue the Phoebe and Max, after which the twins decide to work with both Billy and Nora as their Lil Zs.
Known Z-Force hopefuls
- Thunder Twins
- Shield Girl
- Sonic Boom
- The Hipster Twins
- The Gamer
- Chronic Heat
- Night Light
- Hank Thunderman was once rescued by the Z-Force after being stuck on the Statue of Liberty.
- The Z-Force is a recurring theme in Season 4.
- Max now has the Z-Force logo in his lair, starting from the episode Smells Like Team Spirit.