History Characters / Thunderbirds

22nd Aug '16 7:04:34 AM Joe32
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* ExpansionPackPast: He is a graduate of the Denver School of Advanced Technology. It gave him the experience and knowledge to become the pilot of Thunderbird 2 and its many complex auxiliary rescue vehicles, such as the Mole, the Firefly [[MyFriendsAndZiodberg and the Monobrake]].

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* ExpansionPackPast: He is a graduate of the Denver School of Advanced Technology. It gave him the experience and knowledge to become the pilot of Thunderbird 2 and its many complex auxiliary rescue vehicles, such as the Mole, the Firefly [[MyFriendsAndZiodberg [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and the Monobrake]].
22nd Aug '16 7:03:40 AM Joe32
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%%* BadassCrew
%%* BadassFamily

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%%* BadassCrew
%%* BadassFamily
* BadassCrew/BadassFamily: Each one of the Tracys have a background specialising in the roles they play in a rescue.



%%* KnightInShiningArmour

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%%* KnightInShiningArmour* KnightInShiningArmour: The moment they show up, most problems will be solved.



%%* ScienceHero

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%%* ScienceHero
* ScienceHero: They are all equipped with gadgets provided by Brains.



%%* BigGood

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%%* BigGood* BigGood: The founder and head of International Rescue.
* BigShutUp: In "Brink of Disaster", Jeff does this to conman Warren Grafton when Grafton complains that the out-of-control monotrain is going too fast.
* BrokenAesop: "Atlantic Inferno". Jeff leaves confident son Scott in charge of International Rescue - cue 'bad decisions', Jeff's ire, and an apparent Aesop of "being in charge is more difficult than it looks". However, Scott makes sensible decisions based on expert advice. Jeff unreasonably censures Scott without listening to the evidence, leaving Scott unable to function. The Aesop sadly becomes "adults are always right, even when they are wrong".



%%* CoolOldGuy

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%%* CoolOldGuy* CoolOldGuy: He was in the USAF and was an astronaut before starting International Rescue.



%%* GentlemanSnarker: He has his moments.

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%%* * GentlemanSnarker: He has his moments.moments. The BigShutUp was pretty memorable.



%%* MissionControl
%%* NonActionGuy

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%%* MissionControl
%%* NonActionGuy
* MissionControl: He stays at HQ and commands the International Rescue teams.
* NonActionGuy: Due to being a RetiredBadass, he works MissionControl.



%%* RetiredBadass

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%%* RetiredBadass* RetiredBadass: Worked as a colonel in the USAF and then became an astronaut who landed on the moon.



%%* TheAce

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%%* TheAce* TheAce: He was an AcePilot in the USAF.



* BewareTheNiceOnes: In 'Move and you're Dead', Scott in Thunderbird 1 [[spoiler:shot at the villains who were responsible for putting Alan and Grandma Tracy on a bridge with a bomb on it.]]



%%* TheComicallySerious

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%%* TheComicallySerious* ColourCodedCharacters: He has a light blue sash.
* TheComicallySerious: Being in the USAF has helped him keep a cool head, even in the more comedic moments, such as the ending of "Cry Wolf".
* CoolShip/CoolPlane: ''Thunderbird 1'', piloted by Scott, is a hypersonic aircraft that is reminiscent of the X-15 and the MiG 19 and 21, designed for getting to the crisis scene as fast as possible for information.



* IsThisThingStillOn: in "Cry Wolf", while Alan gives the two boys a tour around Tracy Island, he greatly brags about his own role in piloting ''Thunderbird 3'', and describes Scott (who always comes along as co-astronaut) as being merely his subordinate. Unfortunately for him, the intercom on the cart they are in is still on and Scott hears everything Alan says. However, he plays the game along and promptly starts addressing Alan as "sir".



%%* MrExposition

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%%* MrExposition
* MissionControl: The field agent variety, as he has TB1 scope out the Danger Zone.
* MrExposition: He is the first at the Danger Zone, and has to assess the danger and figure out which equipment is needed. S



%%* TheGenericGuy

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%%* TheGenericGuy* TheGenericGuy: He only serves as a space monitor and is pretty much a two-dimensional character, despite his ExpansionPackPast stating he is a professional astronomer who wrote textbooks and discovered a quasar.



* TheUnfavorite: Gerry Anderson hated this character with a vengance. To what extent? He was initially unimpressed with the design of Thunderbird 5, but he approved it anyway so that John would [[KickedUpstairs be stuck in space]] for most of the series.

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* TheUnfavorite: Gerry Anderson hated this character with a vengance.vengeance. To what extent? He was initially unimpressed with the design of Thunderbird 5, but he approved it anyway so that John would [[KickedUpstairs be stuck in space]] for most of the series.



%%* FriendToAllChildren

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%%* FriendToAllChildren* ColourCodedCharacters: His sash is a canary yellow.
* CoolShip/CoolPlane: ''Thunderbird 2'', piloted by Virgil, is a giant less-hypersonic-but-still-fast lifting-body transport for moving the gear that ''Thunderbird 1'' called for. (This one is unsurprisingly the most frequently seen of the lot, appearing in both (all right, all three) movies and all but one episode of the TV show.)
* ExpansionPackPast: He is a graduate of the Denver School of Advanced Technology. It gave him the experience and knowledge to become the pilot of Thunderbird 2 and its many complex auxiliary rescue vehicles, such as the Mole, the Firefly [[MyFriendsAndZiodberg and the Monobrake]].
* FriendToAllChildren: In "Cry Wolf" he takes part in rescuing two kids in a mine.
* HeroicAmbidexterity: He is shown painting with both his right and left hands.



* ImprobableAimingSkills: Second only to Gordon.




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* ThemeTuneCameo: Virgil plays the theme song on a piano at the end of the pilot episode.
* {{Troll}}: He has Alan stand with his racing trophy for ages so he can do a painting, [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/thunderbirds/images/b/bc/Move777.png/revision/latest?cb=20150428225422 This is the result.]]



* ColourCodedCharacters: His sash is orange.
* CoolBoat: Thunderbird 4 is a submarine that is decked out with multiple gadgets.



* ExpansionPackPast: Gordon used to be a Olympic champion at the butterfly stroke and served at this universe's version of the World Aquanaut Security Patrol (the main organisation from ''Series/{{Stingray|1964}}'' and commanded a deep sea self-propelled submersible and spent a year beneath the ocean investigating marine farming methods. On another note, he was in a near lethal hydrofoil speedboat crash at over 400 knots.



* ImprobableAimingSkills: Gordon was recognised as the best marksman on the team, though, and was often utilised when something needed aiming, eg. firing the cable from ''Thunderbird 2'' into the Zero X in the first movie.



* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: As the underwater craft and smallest Thunderbird, [=TB4=] was used only occasionally. He takes turns with Alan and Brains for backup on [=TB2=].

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* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: As the underwater craft and smallest Thunderbird, [=TB4=] was used only occasionally. He takes turns with Alan and Brains for backup on [=TB2=].
[=TB2=]. There was that time he fought a saboteur on board a supersonic airliner and had to make a quick fix with his bare hands.






* ColourCodedCharacters: His sash is off-white.
* CoolShip: Thunderbird 3 is a SSTO rocket used for space missions.



* ExpansionPackPast: He was involved in an experimental rocket project,during this, there was a near-catastrophic accident, resulting in an unexpected disaster. Despite this accident, he went on several lunar missions. He was once a champion racecar driver and for sport, Alan enjoys rock climbing and running, as reinforced in his enthusiasm in exploring Tracy Island's more inaccessible parts, which is his constant source of adrenaline-inducing activity.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In "The Perils of Penelope" Alan pouts that his brothers are "off to The Folies" without him, an establishment known in the past for its rather ''[[{{Fanservice}} risqué]]'' costumes.
* HowWeGotHere: The episode "Move - And You're Dead" begins with Alan and grandma stranded on a bridge with a bomb. While ''Thunderbirds 1'' and ''2'' are on their way to save them, Alan recalls how they got into this situation in the first place (which takes up most of the episodes time). [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] because Jeff is asking him how he got there in full detail to keep him concentrating, so he doesn't fall unconscious from heat exhaustion and fall to his death, if not triggering the bomb's motion sensor.



* SpotlightStealingSquad: All movies, both the puppet ones and the live-action ones, focused on him.

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* MeaningfulName: Like John, it is more meaningful as he is actually an astronaut like his namesake. (Alan Shepherd)
* SpotlightStealingSquad: All movies, both the puppet ones and (particularly) the live-action ones, focused on him.



%%* MrExposition

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%%* MrExposition* MrExposition: As far as the scientific aspects of the series goes, Brains lends some context.



* SpeechImpediment: Ah, ah, speaks with ah, ah, a bit of ah, ah, a s-s-stammer

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* SpeechImpediment: Ah, ah, speaks with ah, ah, a bit of ah, ah, a s-s-stammers-s-stammer.



%%* TechnoWizard
%%* TheSmartGuy

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%%* TechnoWizard
%%* TheSmartGuy
* TechnoWizard: He designed the Thunderbirds craft and all of the gadgets.
* TheSmartGuy: He is an engineering genius.



* TheMole: The Hood is his half-brother, and has psychic influence over him.

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* TheMole: The Unwillingly, as Hood is his half-brother, and has psychic influence over him.



%%* BigFancyHouse
%%* BlueBlood

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%%* BigFancyHouse
%%* BlueBlood
* BigFancyHouse: Her mansion is impressive.
* BlueBlood: She comes from a line of Aristrocrats.



%%* UnlimitedWardrobe

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%%* UnlimitedWardrobe
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Now we have a justification in "Alias Mr.Hackenbacker."



%%* TheAtoner
%%* BattleButler

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%%* TheAtoner
%%* BattleButler
* TheAtoner: He was a master thief and a criminal in his past.
* BattleButler: He drives Fab 1, a pink future Rolls-Royce that will shoot you off the road.



%%* ExpansionPackPast

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%%* ExpansionPackPast* ExpansionPackPast: He was a master thief before joining International Rescue.



%%* BaldOfEvil

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%%* BaldOfEvilBaldOfEvil:



%%* BigOlEyebrows

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%%* BigOlEyebrowsBigOlEyebrows:



%%* LargeHam

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%%* LargeHam* LargeHam: On his own he is very dramatic.



%%* MasterOfDisguise

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%%* MasterOfDisguise* MasterOfDisguise: He can disguise himself perfectly, another reason why he is called "The Hood".



%%* PsychicLink: To Kyrano

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%%* * PsychicLink: To KyranoKyrano, who he uses to gain information.



* {{Vile Villain Saccharine Show}}: In a generally light and optimistic show aimed at kids, he habitually causes disasters that could potentially kill hundreds or thousands of people should International Rescue fail, just to give himself opportunities for industrial espionage.

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* {{Vile Villain Saccharine Show}}: Played with: In a generally light and optimistic show aimed at kids, full families, he habitually causes disasters that could potentially kill hundreds or thousands of people should International Rescue fail, just to give himself opportunities for industrial espionage.



%%* WouldHurtAChild

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%%* WouldHurtAChild* WouldHurtAChild: In Cry Wolf, he endangers children by luring them into a mine and causing its collapse.



** And if the tie-in comic books are canon, this trope is definately averted since in said comics The Hood directly confronts International Rescue multiple times.

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** And if the tie-in comic books are canon, this trope is definately definitely averted since in said comics The Hood directly confronts International Rescue multiple times.
14th Jul '16 5:28:33 AM Morgenthaler
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%%* RedHeadedHero
1st May '16 1:47:47 PM k410ren
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* FightMagnet: Gets into no less than three shootouts during the series.
5th Apr '16 6:54:16 AM RCFU200
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* CoolOldGuy: Despite his past, he is a faithful butler and a loyal agent of International Rescue. Not to mention the times where is vast underworld connections prove beneficial.

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* CoolOldGuy: Despite his past, he is a faithful butler and a loyal agent of International Rescue. Not to mention the times where is his vast underworld connections prove beneficial.
5th Apr '16 6:53:02 AM RCFU200
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* ButtMonkey: On the rare ocaasions the series needed one.
%%* CoolOldGuy

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* ButtMonkey: On He's occasionally a victim of slapstick, most notably in "The Cham-Cham".
* CoolOldGuy: Despite his past, he is a faithful butler and a loyal agent of International Rescue. Not to mention
the rare ocaasions the series needed one.
%%* CoolOldGuy
times where is vast underworld connections prove beneficial.



%%* TokenEvilTeammate: A mild example.
%%* WeaponizedCar
27th Dec '15 12:00:11 PM Morgenthaler
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* AntiHero: A few episodes establish that Parker's days as a burglar aren't ''quite'' behind him. Arguably the most prominent example is in "Vault Of Death". Upon hearing there was an problem at the bank, he believes it to be a robbery conducted by an old cellmate (when Parker was convict) nicknamed Light Fingered Fred. Parker is unwilling to foil the plans of whom he considers an old friend and attempts to divert Penelope and Lord Silton away from the bank. [[spoiler: The actual emergency was that a member of staff, Lambert, was trapped in the vault with the air was being pumped out and the bank needed the one key that could open the vault. Even though he didn't know it, Parker's diversions could very nearly have cost Lambert his life.]]



* PunchClockHero: See AntiHero.

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* PunchClockHero: See AntiHero.A few episodes establish that Parker's days as a burglar aren't ''quite'' behind him. Arguably the most prominent example is in "Vault Of Death". Upon hearing there was an problem at the bank, he believes it to be a robbery conducted by an old cellmate (when Parker was convict) nicknamed Light Fingered Fred. Parker is unwilling to foil the plans of whom he considers an old friend and attempts to divert Penelope and Lord Silton away from the bank. [[spoiler: The actual emergency was that a member of staff, Lambert, was trapped in the vault with the air was being pumped out and the bank needed the one key that could open the vault. Even though he didn't know it, Parker's diversions could very nearly have cost Lambert his life.]]
27th Dec '15 11:59:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* AntiHero: A few episodes establish that Parker's days as a burglar aren't ''quite'' behind him.
** Arguably the most prominent example is in "Vault Of Death". Upon hearing there was an problem at the bank, he believes it to be a robbery conducted by an old cellmate (when Parker was convict) nicknamed Light Fingered Fred. Parker is unwilling to foil the plans of whom he considers an old friend and attempts to divert Penelope and Lord Silton away from the bank. [[spoiler: The actual emergency was that a member of staff, Lambert, was trapped in the vault with the air was being pumped out and the bank needed the one key that could open the vault. Even though he didn't know it, Parker's diversions could very nearly have cost Lambert his life.]]

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* AntiHero: A few episodes establish that Parker's days as a burglar aren't ''quite'' behind him. \n** Arguably the most prominent example is in "Vault Of Death". Upon hearing there was an problem at the bank, he believes it to be a robbery conducted by an old cellmate (when Parker was convict) nicknamed Light Fingered Fred. Parker is unwilling to foil the plans of whom he considers an old friend and attempts to divert Penelope and Lord Silton away from the bank. [[spoiler: The actual emergency was that a member of staff, Lambert, was trapped in the vault with the air was being pumped out and the bank needed the one key that could open the vault. Even though he didn't know it, Parker's diversions could very nearly have cost Lambert his life.]]
27th Dec '15 11:58:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal]]: In ''Thunderbird 6''.
27th Dec '15 11:58:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[PunnyName Punny Nickname]]



* [[RealMenWearPink Real Men Drive Pink Cars]]



* [[LukeIAmYourFather Tin-Tin, I may be your uncle]]
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