History WesternAnimation / DefendersOfTheEarth

26th Apr '17 5:07:42 PM MarkLungo
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* MagicalComputer: Powered by a magical crystal. With a dead woman's soul in it. [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Yup.]]

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* MagicalComputer: Powered Literally. Dynak X is powered by a magical crystal. With crystal with a dead woman's soul in it. [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Yup.]]
26th Apr '17 5:04:35 PM MarkLungo
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''Defenders of the Earth'' was a 1986 animated television show, jointly produced by [[Creator/DepatieFrelengEnterprises Marvel Productions]] and Creator/KingFeaturesSyndicate. Set in the year 2015, it starred characters from three [[TheThirties classic]] King Features series -- ComicStrip/FlashGordon, ComicStrip/ThePhantom, ComicStrip/MandrakeTheMagician, and Mandrake's long-time friend Lothar -- as they battled the evil machinations of Flash's alien ArchEnemy, Ming the Merciless.

Supporting characters included Rick Gordon (son of Flash), Jedda Walker (daughter of the Phantom), Kshin (adopted son of Mandrake), and L.J. (son of Lothar). The show ran for a single syndicated season of 65 episodes, and had a brief four-issue comic-book series published by Creator/MarvelComics under their "Star Comics" imprint.

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''Defenders of the Earth'' was a 1986 animated television show, jointly produced by [[Creator/DepatieFrelengEnterprises Marvel Productions]] and Creator/KingFeaturesSyndicate. Set in the year 2015, it starred characters from three [[TheThirties classic]] King Features series -- ComicStrip/FlashGordon, ComicStrip/ThePhantom, ComicStrip/MandrakeTheMagician, and Mandrake's long-time friend Lothar -- as they battled teamed up to battle the evil machinations of Flash's alien ArchEnemy, Ming the Merciless.

Supporting characters included
Merciless. The Defenders were helped by their teenage children: Rick Gordon (son of Flash), Jedda Walker (daughter of the Phantom), Kshin (adopted son of Mandrake), and L.J. (son of Lothar).

The show ran for a single syndicated season of 65 episodes, and had a brief four-issue comic-book series published by Creator/MarvelComics under their "Star Comics" imprint.


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* KidAppealCharacter: Presumably, this is what the Defenders' children were intended to be.
26th Apr '17 4:45:26 PM MarkLungo
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* MindControl: In "Ming's Household Helpers", Ming designs the titular robots to turn their users into his mental slaves with a HypnoRay.

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* MindControl: In "Ming's Household Helpers", Ming designs programs the titular robots to turn their users into his mental slaves with a HypnoRay.
21st Apr '17 2:14:15 PM MarkLungo
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* OffModel: Jedda's design was nowhere near consistent for several episodes. She would change outfits, hairstyles, hair colors, and even ''skintones'' from episode to episode. Sometimes you had no idea who the hell she was supposed to be until someone said her name.

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* OffModel: OffModel:
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Jedda's design was nowhere near consistent for several episodes. She would change outfits, hairstyles, hair colors, and even ''skintones'' from episode to episode. Sometimes you had no idea who the hell she was supposed to be until someone said her name.



* PowerTrio

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* PowerTrioPowerTrio: SubvertedTrope. Lothar is treated equally with Flash, the Phantom and Mandrake.



* SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay: Travelling from one planet to another in a few minutes? Yes...

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* SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay: Travelling Traveling from one planet to another in a few minutes? Yes...
21st Apr '17 2:11:49 PM MarkLungo
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* BraggingThemeTune[=/=]ThemeTuneRollCall: Each adult Defender gets a verse that touts his accomplishments. (For example, here's Lothar's verse: "His strength is a legend, his skills conquer all! Armed with his power, we never will fall!") The teen Defenders get a throwaway verse at the end: "With our new young heroes proving their worth/Four become eight, defending the earth!"

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* BraggingThemeTune[=/=]ThemeTuneRollCall: Each adult Defender gets a verse that touts his accomplishments. (For example, here's Lothar's verse: "His strength is a legend, his skills conquer all! Armed with his power, we never will fall!") The teen Defenders get a throwaway verse at the end: "With our new young heroes proving their worth/Four become eight, defending the earth!"end (see LegacyCharacter below).
21st Apr '17 2:10:03 PM MarkLungo
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* BraggingThemeTune[=/=]ThemeTuneRollCall: Each adult Defender gets a verse that touts his accomplishments. (For example, here's Lothar's verse: "His strength is a legend, his skills conquer all! Armed with his power, we never will fall!") The teen Defenders get a throwaway verse at the end. ("with our new young heroes proving their worth/Four become eight, defending the earth!")

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* BraggingThemeTune[=/=]ThemeTuneRollCall: Each adult Defender gets a verse that touts his accomplishments. (For example, here's Lothar's verse: "His strength is a legend, his skills conquer all! Armed with his power, we never will fall!") The teen Defenders get a throwaway verse at the end. ("with end: "With our new young heroes proving their worth/Four become eight, defending the earth!")earth!"
21st Apr '17 2:09:17 PM MarkLungo
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* BraggingThemeTune[=/=]ThemeTuneRollCall: Each adult Defender gets a verse that touts his accomplishments. (For example, here's Lothar's verse: "His strength is a legend, his skills conquer all! Armed with his power, we never will fall!") The teen Defenders get a throwaway verse at the end.

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* BraggingThemeTune[=/=]ThemeTuneRollCall: Each adult Defender gets a verse that touts his accomplishments. (For example, here's Lothar's verse: "His strength is a legend, his skills conquer all! Armed with his power, we never will fall!") The teen Defenders get a throwaway verse at the end. ("with our new young heroes proving their worth/Four become eight, defending the earth!")
4th Mar '17 1:25:39 PM nombretomado
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** The TV show never spells it out, but the short-lived MarvelComics adaptation specifies that Dynak is, in fact, [[ComicStrip/FlashGordon Dale Arden]].

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** The TV show never spells it out, but the short-lived MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics adaptation specifies that Dynak is, in fact, [[ComicStrip/FlashGordon Dale Arden]].
26th Jan '17 4:08:16 PM themisterfree
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''Defenders of the Earth'' was a 1986 animated television show, jointly produced by Marvel Productions and Creator/KingFeaturesSyndicate. Set in the year 2015, it starred characters from three [[TheThirties classic]] King Features series -- ComicStrip/FlashGordon, ComicStrip/ThePhantom, ComicStrip/MandrakeTheMagician, and Mandrake's long-time friend Lothar -- as they battled the evil machinations of Flash's alien ArchEnemy, Ming the Merciless.

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''Defenders of the Earth'' was a 1986 animated television show, jointly produced by [[Creator/DepatieFrelengEnterprises Marvel Productions Productions]] and Creator/KingFeaturesSyndicate. Set in the year 2015, it starred characters from three [[TheThirties classic]] King Features series -- ComicStrip/FlashGordon, ComicStrip/ThePhantom, ComicStrip/MandrakeTheMagician, and Mandrake's long-time friend Lothar -- as they battled the evil machinations of Flash's alien ArchEnemy, Ming the Merciless.
9th Dec '16 7:44:21 AM MarkLungo
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%%* SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon

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%%* SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon* SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon: The series didn't do well enough to rate more episodes.



%%* ActionFigureFileCard: The toys had them.

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%%* * ActionFigureFileCard: The toys figures had them.brief character bios on the packaging.



* BaldOfAwesome: Lothar, in keeping with his being a heroic ScaryBlackMan.



%%* BigBad: Ming.
%%* BraggingThemeTune

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%%* * BigBad: Ming.
%%* BraggingThemeTune
Ming, who's behind pretty much every bad thing that happens in the series.
* BraggingThemeTune[=/=]ThemeTuneRollCall: Each adult Defender gets a verse that touts his accomplishments. (For example, here's Lothar's verse: "His strength is a legend, his skills conquer all! Armed with his power, we never will fall!") The teen Defenders get a throwaway verse at the end.



%%* EpisodeTitleCard

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%%* EpisodeTitleCard* EpisodeTitleCard: Each episode had its own unique design.



%%* ThemeTuneRollCall



%%* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture

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%%* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The series was set in 2015, which means that it's now AlternateHistory.



%%* YellowPeril: Ming.

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%%* * YellowPeril: Ming.Ming, originally an example of this trope, is given green skin and a distinctly non-Asian accent to circumvent it.
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