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''Buck Rogers'' is an adventure series about a modern man (mining engineer in the 1920s, astronaut in TheSeventies) who is put in suspended animation, wakes up in the 25th century, and then spends his time as a hero in space.

Has been seen in various media -- PulpMagazine, ComicBook and comic strips, film serials, role-playing games, video games, [[Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury radio, movie and TV series]] all stemming from the popular 1928 novel ''Armageddon 2419 A.D.'' about a time-travelling mining engineer named Anthony Rogers by Philip Francis Nowlan. John F. Dille, the head of National Newspaper Service, convinced Nowlan to turn his novel into a daily newspaper comic strip (changing the lead character's name to "Buck" in the process) and the rest, as they say, is history.

For the 1970s TV series, go to ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury''. Parodied by WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck in ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgersInTheTwentyFourthAndAHalfCentury'' and subsequent sequels.

Trope codifier for SpaceOpera and RaygunGothic, along with ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon''.

!!This comic-strip provides examples of the following:

* ActionGirl: Wilma Deering
* AlternateContinuity: Unlike his comic page contemporary ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'', who tends to stay visually recognizable in most incarnations, Buck and his world have undergone major overhauls in almost every updated version, starting with the Disco-era aesthetic in the 1970s TV series, through Creator/{{TSR}}'s hard s.f. "[=XXVc=]" role-playing game setting, to the TronLines outfits in the current comic book by Dynamite Entertainment. [=TSR=] averted this with the "Cliffhangers" version of the [=RPG=], which was very faithful to the original comic--perhaps to a fault, since it started at the [[CanonDiscontinuity mostly forgotten]], [[YellowPeril politically incorrect]] ''[[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness beginning]]'' of the comic's timeline, before the iconic space opera elements had even been introduced.
** The (unsuccessful) attempt to revive the novel series (publishing rights being held by Ace, which hired Creator/LarryNiven to work out a rational universe based on the original novel) was also as faithful to the original novel as they could be without letting it continue to have a lot of plainly stupid errors in it. (Most of the things that are obvious nonsense now were explained away as Rogers being an UnreliableNarrator due to his own limited scientific knowledge, and learning better by the time he was the old man the new novels began with.)
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: Even deadlier than Killer Kane is his MadScientist brother, Nova Kane, who greets Rogers under the guise of one Dr. Zero (complete with a false beard). When the beard comes off, Rogers instantly assumes that it's Killer Kane again, brewing yet more evil.
* {{Angst}}: Goes with being a FishOutOfTemporalWater. Everyone Buck ever knew or loved from his old life is dead.
* [[ArtificialGravity Anti Gravity]]: In the comic and novel, much of the technology is based around the other-dimensional substance called ''inertron,'' which reacts negatively to gravity. Strapping a weighted chunk of it to a vehicle makes it light enough to fly easily, and strapping some on your back (a "jumping belt") allows you to make giant leaps across the landscape or fly with a low-powered jet pack. Of course, if you let go of a piece, it will zip up into the sky and you'll never see it again. Similar to Creator/HGWells' [[Literature/FirstMenInTheMoon cavorite]] (or [[WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle upsydaisium,]] for that matter).
* BraidsBeadsAndBuckskins: the comic strip featured an enclave of Native Americans (identified as Navajo but depicted more as generic Indians common to the media at the time). The 'Navajo' fight as part of the resistance against the Han, resulting in such bizarre imagery in the strip as characters wearing buckskins and having feathers in their hair firing rayguns at the invading airships. FairForItsDay in that the Native American characters are considered full and equal partners in the resistance, have all the advanced technology of their white counterparts, and (at least at the beginning) are empowered to arrest Buck and Wilma when they go AWOL.
* CasanovaWannabe: In the short-lived 1970's revival of the newspaper comic, Kane came off kind of like an evil version of Larry from ''Series/ThreesCompany.'' And the funny thing is, [[SoBadItsGood it kinda worked.]]
* ChosenOne: Buck, obviously, though not much is made of it
%%* ColdSleepColdFuture
* CoolAirship: The comic's steel airships, supported by magnetic force beams.
* DastardlyWhiplash: Kane, in the comics.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Creator/{{TSR}}'s ''[=XXVc=]'' role-playing setting, a "Harder" Sci-Fi version of the story.
* DisintegratorRay: The TropeNamer.
* DomedHomeTown: In the comic strip, the germ-free "aeseptic cities" in Asia. The inhabitants all have enormous lifespans because of the lack of contagions.
* FaceHeelTurn: In the comics, Kane started out on the good guys' side, but he turned traitor very early on.
* FemmeFatale: Ardala Valmar
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: In the comics this disappeared fairly quickly, though it showed up in just about every episode of the TV series.
* FollowTheLeader: ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'' was conceived as a result of Buck popularizing SpaceOpera on the comics page. For that matter, Buck and Flash were George Lucas's primary inspiration for ''Franchise/StarWars'', right down to the iconic ScrollingText.
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%%* HumanAliens
* ICallItVera: Kane's pistol, "Baby."
* InASingleBound: Jumping belts.
%%* LastOfHisKind
* MadeOfPhlebotinum: One of the earliest examples.
* UsefulNotes/{{Mars}}: The Tiger Men of Mars.
* [[BeardOfEvil Moustache Of Evil]]: Killer Kane, originally.
* MythologyGag: The Creator/DynamiteComics version has several references to the TV series, along with other incarnations of the franchise.
** The TV series restores Anthony to Buck's real name by making it "William Anthony".
* NewspaperComics: one of the iconic examples defining the mid-twentieth century golden age.
* NoOneCouldHaveSurvivedThat: Killer Kane survived a few scrapes.
* OpeningScroll: the serials were early trope codifiers
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: depending upon continuity, "Buck" is either a legal name or a nickname.
* PrintLongRunners: The newspaper comic ran for many years, although it's long gone now.
* RayGun: Has probably the most instantly recognizable ray pistols in all space opera, because [[https://collectiblesfromthepast.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/1930s-buck-rogers-daisy-atomic-pistol-u-235-w-box-vintage.jpg tin versions]] were a popular toy back in the comic's heyday. The Creator/DynamiteComics version uses the same design for them.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: [[NiagaraFalls Niagara]], New York, was made the capital of Earth's government to thank/promote a paper in the area that ran the comic.
* RivalTurnedEvil: In the original stories, Killer Kane.
* ScrollingText: The film serials are the TropeCodifier.
* SleptThroughTheApocalypse: in a mine in the book and the comics, in orbit in the TV series
* SpaceOpera: perhaps the earliest example.
* SpacePirates: Black Barney
* StarKilling: Nova Kane planned to turn off the sun, destroying the solar system and turning Earth into a lifeless snowball, all while Rogers is imprisoned in orbit and helpless to do anything.
* {{Technobabble}} - ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has '''nothing''' on Buck Rogers in this department.
* TheVamp: Ardala-- yes, she does predate the TV show. Though she wasn't a princess in the comics.
* TronLines: The outfits in the comic book from Creator/DynamiteComics.
* YellowPeril: The first badguys Buck fights in the early novels are the Han Airlords, Chinese who invaded America with zeppelins and ruled it for a couple of centuries until Buck shows up and leads LaResistance against them.
** One of the novels does note that the Han Airlords were probably the result of a meteor or probe that crashed in Mongolia. The alien object apparently took possession of the inland Chinese and Mongolians and turned them toward conquest. ''The Airlords of Han'' specifically mentions (in a throwaway paragraph at the end) that the Japanese and coastal Chinese were unaffected, although the 'gangs' of North America approached them cautiously (it also notes that the 'blacks of Africa' are now 'one of the leading races of the world'). A massive case of FairForItsDay (the novels were written well before UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo.)
*** This is not, in fact, FairForItsDay, because all that stuff about HalfHumanHybrids and the other ethnic groups is a rewrite of the original novels dating to the 1970s.
** And it doesn't end there. Later comics took the Martians, who had usually been considered native to Mars, and changed them so they were the Japanese who had fled into space at the end of World War II. Then they did it again with the Monkeymen of Planet X.
* ZeeRust: the Buck Rogers comics originated, codified or popularized much of the RaygunGothic aesthetic and practically defines "retro future" to this day; The Planet Express spaceship from ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' is a prominent modern example of the classic Buck Rogers style.