Which super-heroes do you play?"I am always Captain Balding and Max is always Captain Underpants.", says Jake.Intriguing. What is Captain Balding's super-power?"We have different powers every time, but one power we always have is super-phones."
It all sounds marvelously imaginative, and they are fixated on these characters. But where do they come from? My best guess is that the Captain Balding character originated as a kind of a cross between me -- bald and apt to make my children address me as "Captain Daddy" -- and Groucho Marx's Captain Spaulding in Animal Crackers:
Song: Hooray for Captain Spaulding (not Balding)
Now, as for Captain Balding's great partner in crime-fighting, Captain Underpants, a little research reveals that he is a legit. super-hero after all:
Captain Underpants rap
With these two heroes to protect us, we simple townsfolk can again sleep safe at night ...
... I think.