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!!!''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* CaffeineBulletTime: In "Berbils," the Thunderkittens [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this by deliberately eating [[FantasticDrug Candyfruit]] to achieve SuperSpeed, taunting and [[DeadlyDodging baiting]] a slow-moving [[OurGiantsAreBigger Giantor]] into a tripwire.
* CainAndAbel: In "Between Brothers" Mumm-Ra hopes to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this trope when Lion-O and Tygra travel to the Astral Plane, where they witness [[FightingDownMemoryLane a scene from their youth]] that drives them to SwordFight, Tygra using an astral copy of the Sword of Omens.
** If "Native Son" is any indication their relationship is actually closer to [[spoiler: Ishmael And Isaac]]
* CallARabbitASmeerp: Wilykat teases his sister for kissing an 8-legged amphibian he calls a "froog".
* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: Lion-O receives a vision in The Sword of Omens, but avoids telling anyone. He sees his Kingdom destroyed and his father assassinated by the very enemy whose face he saw in the sword.
* CamelCase[=/=]{{Portmantitle}}: A carryover from the original series, it's written on the TitleCard and in some media as ''[=ThunderCats=]''.
* TheCavalry: Kit and Kat call forth some help. See GondorCallsForAid for more.
* TheCameo: In the two-minute short "Snarf: Butterfly Blues" Larry Kenney's Claudus pops in to be TheFaceless pet owner in the manner of old Warner Brothers shorts.
* CannotSpitItOut:
** [[ZigzaggedTrope Zig-zagged]] in "Omens," when asked directly, Lion-O doesn't disclose that he saw something frightening in the Sword of Omens, both unaware of its significance, and all too aware of his father's disdain. When Jaga deliberately mentions "Sight Beyond Sight" exists, Lion-O tries to tell him, but receives a gentle NotNowKiddo. Too late, Lion-O realizes he saw Mumm-Ra.
** [[ZigzaggedTrope Zig-zagged]] with the SiblingTriangle subplot between Lion-O, Tygra and shared LoveInterest Cheetara. Rather than explicitly state that they both have feelings for her and asking if she reciprocates, they complicate matters by treating their interactions as ([[SiblingRivalry yet another]]) passive-aggressive competition, hoping she'll give an indication of "choosing" one of them eventually.
** In "Between Brothers" Cheetara finally understands the extent to which the pair have been feuding over her, and apologizes for [[PlayedStraight playing this trope straight.]] She admits that she's [[AllLoveIsUnrequited also harbored unrequieted feelings]], confessing her love and kissing [[spoiler:Tygra, which is of course the moment Lion-O enters the scene.]]
* CanonWelding: As of "Legacy", Mon*Star of ''WesternAnimation/SilverHawks'' appears in {{flashback}}, along with [[WesternAnimation/TheComicStrip TigerSharks]], a species designed to resemble series' character Mako's aquatic form, making ''[=SilverHawks=]'' and ''[=TigerSharks=]'' part of the ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' universe.
* CantArgueWithElves
** [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] in "Omens Part 1" with one grovelling Lizard prisoner, who fearfully cautions his compatriot that they'll be killed for their defiance when the latter begins to loudly ''[[DiscussedTrope discuss]]'' this trope with him in front of Lion-O, right before launching into a full-blown ScrewYouElves speech. [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-zagged]] in that Lion-O actually ''listens'', and later frees them.
** Seen again with the "What Lies Above, Pt. 1" when Vultaire and the [=ThunderCats=] see each other as the "Elves" as [[spoiler:the Cats need the Tech Stone to fight Mumm-Ra, not considering if the Avistains are using it for anything. And the Avistians rub in their own superiority over the Cats and the problems of those "beneath" them. It is subverted for the Cats in the end when they learn taking the Tech Stone would mean the city's destruction and Lion-O and the others, save for [[KnightTemplar Pumyra]], won't sacrifice one city for the sake of the world.]]
* CaptainMorganPose
** In "Omens Part 1" Grune uses it in his BigEntrance.
** In "The Duelist and the Drifter" The Duelist is introduced posed this way, watching Lion-O at a sword competition.
* CargoCult: Though its existence is both doubted and fabled, Claudus and Jaga place faith in the stories and prophecies of the Book of Omens, while Lion-O is fascinated by its tales of technology.
* CarnivoreConfusion: We see the Thunderian Cats eating meat, presumably a non-sentient species, but the {{Fishmen}} from "Ramlak Rising" have no qualms about eating other sentients. The Cats, unlike the real thing, are depicted not as obligate carnivores, but omnivores like humans.
** During Addicus' introduction in "New Alliance", he threatens to eat the Birdmen who are about to execute him. When he's rescued by Slithe, he seems to make good on the offer off-screen.
* CatFight: {{Averted}}. Despite being Lion-O's bodyguard, Cheetara is one of the few who ''doesn't'' [[spoiler: take a swing at Pumyra when it is revealed she has made a FaceHeelTurn in "What Lies Above, Part 2".]]
* CatFolk: All the Cats. They're even more cat-like than the original series.
* CatScare: [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] and [[DoubleSubversion Double Subverted]] in "The Forest of Magi Oar" when cat-creature Snarf nervously reacts to noises in a supposedly haunted forest, but its only his tricksy {{Catfolk}} friends the Thunderkittens who jump out and yell "Boo!" Later on, the menacing spirits show up for real.
* CatSmile:
** The Thunderkittens do this, [[http://youtu.be/jCEZ84YyvZw?t=56s as seen here]] and [[http://s3.amazonaws.com/kym-assets/photos/images/newsfeed/000/156/594/Kit%20cat%20face.png?1312145018 here]].
** Snarf does it while looking at himself in a reflective geode.
* CatchAFallingStar: Tygra catches a falling Cheetara [[InstantKnots with his whip]] after she loses a battle with a BigBadassBirdOfPrey in "The Forest of Magi Oar".
* CatsAreMagic: They have magic swords with magic jewels, and magic powers!
* CatsAreMean: The [=ThunderCats=] are a race of aggressive, abusive and racist ''dicks''. This is their FatalFlaw.
* CatsAreSuperior[=/=]MasterRace[=/=]SuperiorSpecies: Thundera's Cats genuinely believe themselves to be the rightful rulers of Third Earth, and its great civilizers, a delusion greatly enabled by their genuine aptitude as physical fighters and possession of powerful artifacts. In this series, they really ''are'' the [[OurElvesAreDifferent Elves]] of the Animal Kingdom.
* CattlePunk: In "The Duelist and the Drifter" the Swordsmans' Town is this, with a SteamPunk turbine whirring away alongside creaky wooden buildings with saloon doors, and a SamuraiCowboy SwordFight culture.
* TheCavalry: [[spoiler: Jaga and his Clerics, [[SuperSpeed superspeedily]] saving Claudus and Tygra from Grune, Lizards and {{Walking Tank}}s.]]
** In "What Lies Above: Part 2", the kits manage to bring this with them in their BagOfHolding--containing just about everyone Lion-O helped in their journey, come to repay the favor. BigDamnHeroes ensues.
* CavalryBetrayal: During TheSiege of Thundera, "trusted" General Grune shows up toting a FlareGun that seems to bring the Lizard's WalkingTank fleet to a halt, only to perform an InsigniaRipOffRitual and an EvilCostumeSwitch while debuting his nasty new [[LightningGun weapon]]. [[spoiler:Trusted General Panthro... ''isn't'']] and Claudus is literally stabbed InTheBack.
* CentralTheme: RightMakesMight. Being a proud badass doesn't make you a good leader. Seeing the big picture, having clarity, doing what's right, and showing kindness, selflessness and mercy towards all does make a good leader, and is the best way to combat the evil in the world that would exploit people's hatred and selfishness.
* CharacterFocus: Primarily Lion-O, though Panthro's introduction, "Old Friends," delves into his backstory.
* ChaseFight: The format of Thundera's GladiatorGames. At the climax of "Omens Part 1" Lion-O challenges Tygra to a match only to suffer a particularly humiliating RingOut.
* ChekhovsGun:
** In "Omens Part 1", [[spoiler:the StickyBomb]], a suspected piece of LostTechnology Lion-O gets from a FriendInTheBlackMarket, who is also in possession of at least one Ro-bear Berbil arm, hidden among his CowTools.
** In "Sight Beyond Sight", Wilykit's flute ends up a critical asset in [[spoiler: defeating the stone monster.]]
* ChestInsignia: The BlueBlood, RoyalBlood and soldiers of Thundera all sport large red cabochons on their clothing, either chest or belt-mounted, and their shields, meant to evoke their PowerCrystal, the Eye of Thundera. It's even present on a Thunderian Sphinx.
* ChewingTheScenery: Will Friedle is clearly getting ''very'' into it whenever he recites the famous, "Thunder! ''Thunder!'' '''[=ThunderCats=]!''' '''''HO!'''''" battlecry. In fact, it sounds like he's trying to ''roar'' the line more often than not.
* {{Chiaroscuro}}: Used in "The Duelist and the Drifter" while introducing the Duelist, and during the Drifter's NamelessNarrative. The figures are backlit, but their fronts (or their head and shoulders) are near-totally concealed in heavy shadow.
* ChurchMilitant: The Clerics, [[PraetorianGuard Guardians]] of the Crown.
* TheCityNarrows: Lion-O is introduced sneaking cloaked and hooded into the worst part of Thundera's slums, only to catch the eye of a gang of muggers.
* CityOfGold: Wilykat owns a TreasureMap to the City of El Dara, which he has promised his sister Wilykit they will find together. This quest is what leads them to [[TagalongKid tag along]] with the other [=ThunderCats=] when they leave Thundera.
* ClimbingClimax: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] In "Omens Part 1" the ChaseFight racing game ends with Lion-O knocked off the treetop and into the water, soundly trounced and publicly humiliated by Tygra as he rings a bell in triumph.
* CloseCallHaircut: Cheetara in "Journey To the Tower of Omens" when using her SuperSpeed to get by a DeathCourse.
* ConLang: Used in the OminousLatinChanting during Lion-O's RiteOfPassage and Mumm-Ra's reveals.
* ConstructedWorld: Which manages to be ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway
* ContinuityCameo:
** Fans will immediately recognize Lynx-O as the tower sentry who alerts Thundera of the Lizard invasion force.
** In "Legacy," [[WesternAnimation/SilverHawks Mon*Star]] and a race of ''[[WesternAnimation/TheComicStrip TigerSharks]]'' appear in {{flashback}}.
** One of the background figures in the town during "The Duelist and the Drifter" wears a samurai helmet, as a nod to Hachiman. Whether it ''is'' Hachiman is a coin toss.
** The hammer the white-furred blacksmith uses to forge the Sword of Omens in "Birth of the Blades" bears a strong resemblance to the Hammer of Thundera, which in the original series was wielded by white tiger Bengali, and used to reforge the Sword.
* ConspicuousCGI: Most vehicles, especially the lizards' HumongousMecha.
* ConvenientlyTimedAttackFromBehind: Cheetara's DynamicEntry, saving Lion-O from a headlock by rapping his mugger in the back of the head with her staff.
* CoolHelmet: The Clerics wear gold lioness helms with full hood and veil.
* CoolSword:
** The Sword of Omens
** "The Duelist and the Drifter" shows off a whole bunch of cool swords, most notably the sword of Hattanzo.
* CowTools: Jorma, Lion-O's FriendInTheBlackMarket, has a shopped stuffed full of these, all LostTechnology.
* CrapSaccharineWorld: Thundera is at first glance a ShiningCity, but it also has extensive slums, homeless street-kids who appear to be treated like crap by the population at large, and Gods help you if you're [[FantasticRacism not a Cat]].
* CreditsPushback: *Squint* Can't ''see'' credits. Must [[http://crewofomens.tumblr.com consult]] the [[AllThereInTheManual manual]] to learn proper spelling of characters' ''names''.
* [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Crouching Meditator, Hidden Badass]]: In "Between Brothers" the Elephants eventually rise to the occasion when Grune and the Lizard Army invade their village.
* CrucifiedHeroShot: One of the Clerics is chained to a pillar this way, with a stripe on the pillar extending from the feet, in case the viewer missed the symbolism.
* CrystalBall: The Sword of Omens is a hybrid of this and a MagicMirror. StaringThroughTheSword prompts the Eye of Thundera in its hilt to send a vision visible in the BladeReflection.
* CrystalPrison: [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]]. [[spoiler:The Lizard Army uses a giant geode as a TrojanHorse to enter Thundera, and has been stuck waiting in there for two days, not counting the trip ''to'' Thundera. One complains to his general about the smell after being freed.]]
* CueTheSun: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]. Storm clouds part just as The Duelist claims a sword from another unprepared victim, leaving him crushed and defeated as the sun blazes high above his head.
** [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in "Omens: Part 2": Mumm-Ra is [[SwordBeam blasted through a wall]]. He gets up and begins [[PreAsskickingOneLiner chanting]]. Viewers assume he's about to invoke his [[TransformationSequence Transformation Sequence]]. The sun rises epically behind him as his voice crescendos. [[spoiler:He gets as far as "Mumm-Ra . . . the EVER-ARRRGH!" And thus we learn that the new Mumm-Ra is [[AchillesHeel vulnerable to sunlight]].]]
* CulturalPosturing: King Claudus styles the [=ThunderCats=] as the great civilizers of Third Earth, who "brought law and order to a world of warring Animals."
* CurbStompBattle:
** Things do not go well for the Cats once the Lizards bring out their firepower. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] since technology was considered a fairy tale and the Cats had nothing beyond [[MedievalStasis medieval weaponry]].
** In "Song of the Petalars" we have, [[spoiler:the Thundertank taking down four Lizard-mechs]] without taking one hit, prompting a full-scare retreat of what remains of the Lizard Army.
* CuteLittleFangs: They're everywhere! [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with the hulking Grune, who has one massive saber fang (two, in {{flashback}}).
* CuteMachines: The Ro-Bear Berbils, a race of rainbow-hued robotic Toys/{{Teddy Bear}}s.
* CycleOfRevenge: Especially between the Cats and the Lizards. Implicitly General Slithe's motive.
* DarkIsNotEvil: In "Omens Part 1" [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]]. As a Lizard prisoner explains to Lion-O, he can hardly be expected to do anything but steal from Thundera's crops since they control the best territories, and habitually oppress and enslave his people.
* DarkerAndEdgier: [[WordOfGod Actively]] promoted [[http://tv.ign.com/articles/118/1181091p1.html as such]], particularly noticeable with the [=ThunderCats=]' enslavement of their Lizard enemies, and other themes of FantasticRacism. Moral ambiguity comes to Thundera.
* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler:The entirety of the Tiger Clan.]]
** [[spoiler:Possibly Pumyra. The episode hasn't specified whether Mumm-Ra brought her back to life or if she's a magically animated undead.]]
* DealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler:The Tiger Clan]] made one with [[spoiler:the Ancient Spirits of Evil]] to save them from a plague. [[spoiler:The Spirits demanded the life of the newborn Tygra. Tygra's father couldn't go through with it, and sent him away. The Ancient Spirits damned the entire Tiger clan to a terrible undead existence as punishment.]]
* DeathByChildbirth: Lion-O's mother.
* DeathCourse: Featured in the TempleOfDoom that blocks the way to the Tower of Omens.
* DeathGlare: In "Berbils" Panthro levels one at Wilykat and Kit when they tease him about hugging his new friend Ro-Bear Bill.
* DeathNotification: Grune delivers word of Panthro's loss to Claudus, while handing over his [[TragicKeepsake chucks]].
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Lion-O is banking on this and in "New Alliances" his campaigns have centered around convincing captured Lizard patrols to return home and encouraging mass desertions.
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with the "liberated" Lizard soldiers; several are seen back in action later. Not that they WANTED to, but they were conscripts to begin with and it's implied that when they were found they were pressed into combat once again.
* DefiantToTheEnd: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]. One Lizard in the stocks gives Lion-O an earful with a ScrewYouElves speech.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: It's pretty clear that the Cats are not as [[IncorruptiblePurePureness incredible and infallible]] as the Cats themselves believe. In "Omens" Claudus turns a blind eye to a lynch mob going after a stockaded pair of Lizards. When his son Lion-O tries to stop them, he not only actively supports the mob but considers Lion-O weak for showing pity. Lion-O manages to convince Claudus to release them, but later, when the Lizard army attacks, Claudus views it as an example of what comes from altruism. Races like the Lizards, Dogs and Rats similarly take a dim view of the Cats' presumed moral superiority.
* DescriptivelyNamedSpecies: In abundance. Cats, Dogs, Lizards, Petalars, Tigersharks, Monkeys, Vultures, Jackals, Ro-Bear Berbils, Trolleks, Giantors, Elephants.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: In "The Forest of Magi Oar." Lion-O recognizes and {{Lampshade| Hanging}}s this twice. When he uses his Gauntlet's {{Grappling Hook| Pistol}} to latch onto retreating GiantFlyer Viragor, Lion-O has just enough time to realize "[[OhCrap maybe this is a bad idea]]" before getting dragged along for the ride. Shortly thereafter, he faces down the charging Viragor after [[SheatheYourSword tossing his weapons aside]]. Again, he muses, "[[ThisIsGonnaSuck probably another bad idea]]," seconds before he's in Viragor's talons. The latter gamble does [[SubvertedTrope pay off]], since, on a hunch [[spoiler: Lion-O is betting that DarkIsNotEvil]].
* DiegeticSwitch[=/=]LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn:
** PlayedForDrama and often employed in tandem, with Wilykit revealed as a provider of previously atmospheric flute music, only for a more orchestral version of her piece to begin immediately after she finishes or the camera cuts away.
** "Song of the Petalars" EtherealChoir, by turns is background music, in-universe singing by the Petalars and a more expansive theme after they finish singing.
* DisguisedHostageGambit: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]: [[spoiler: Mumm-Ra disguises himself as a hostage Panthro to get close enough to Claudus to assassinate him.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: A stockaded Lizard, begging for mercy, tells Lion-O that he and his fellow prisoner were only scavenging Thundera's crops when captured and [[MadeASlave made slaves]] of the Cats. When Lion-O [[DiscussedTrope points this out]] to a PowderkegCrowd harassing them, he's misinterpreted and they quickly become an AngryMob calling for the Lizards' ''deaths.''
* DistractedByTheSexy:
** In "Omens Part One" the first time Lion-O meets Cheetara his voice cracks. Lion-O later feigns this, using the sight of two passing women to avoid mentioning the vision he saw in the Sword of Omens.
** In "Journey to the Tower of Omens," Lion-O, trying to master Sight Beyond Sight and failing, gets flustered when Cheetara tries a HandsOnApproach, taking him by the shoulders and telling him to relax.
** In the same episode, Tygra openly [[LongingLook gapes]] at the sight of Cheetara using her SuperSpeed, which Panthro [[LampshadedTrope lampshades]] with a smirk and a chiding "Close that mouth, you're drooling."
* DitchTheBodyguards: Claudus bolts ahead of his Clerics to rescue [[spoiler:his friend Panthro]] who's being held in a HostageForMacGuffin gambit. This proves ill-considered.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: When Lion-O is having trouble using his Sight Beyond Sight, Cheetara puts her hand on his shoulder and tells him to relax and let it come naturally. It's reminiscent of a woman comforting a man about a very different problem. The placement of Lion-O's sword in the shot is very... ''suggestive''.
** The master thief Tookit leaves his bag (the doorway to a PocketDimension where his thieves are lying in wait) inside a store, which goes unnoticed. This is one way that terrorists place bombs.
* {{Dogfaces}}: One hapless fellow is mugged by some Cats in the Thunderian slums.
* DominoRevelation: In quick succession, Lion-O learns that his people are bigots, and that {{Precognition}}, Technology, Mumm-Ra and the Book of Omens are all real.
* DoomedHometown: The Kingdom of Thundera, as of the end of "Omens Part 2."
* DoubleEdgedAnswer: In "Into the Astral Plane", the answer to the location of the MacGuffin generates one:
--> '''Panthro:''' Is it in the village or not?
--> '''Tygra:''' It is and it isn't.
* DoubleEntendre: In "Journey to the Tower of Omens," Cheetara is attempting to help Lion-O focus, to utilize "sight beyond sight" with the Sword of Omens, and [[HandsOnApproach holding him]] by the shoulders to prompt him, only to be interrupted by Wilykat and Wilykit.
--> '''Wilykit''': ''I'' know what they were doing. *smooching sounds*
--> '''Lion-O''': [[NotWhatItLooksLike No]]! We were just... trying to get my sword to work.
* DoubleSpeak: Lion-O politely claims that his friend Jorma sells "certain hard-to-find collectibles."
* DramaticIrony: Lion-O has no idea what his sudden vision of a pair of red eyes could mean, while the audience knows it's Mumm-Ra.
* DramaticThunder: An element of Mumm-Ra's infernal BigEntrance in "Omens Part 2"
* DramaticWind: Also part of Mumm-Ra's entrance, he's something of a showboat in this regard.
* DrivingQuestion:
** What and where is the source of LostTechnology? How did it become a myth?
** From whom and from where did Mumm-Ra get the Eye of Thundera? What does it really do? What is the 'bigger picture' that Mumm-Ra talks about with respect to the Book? How did he mass his respective armies, and where did they come from?
* DrowningPit: In "Journey to the Tower of Omens" The [=ThunderCats=] are trapped in one of these until Panthro manages to find a secret door and free the others [[spoiler: via his SuperDrowningSkills.]]
* DuetBonding: Wilykit and Wilykat with the Elephants in "Sight Beyond Sight." Their flute and the elephants' natural trumpets turn out to go very well together and before too long, they have the entire village joining in - until they hit a particular frequency and stone sculptures near by shatter. [[spoiler:This turns into a ChekhovsGun when they use the stone-shattering trumpeting against the Rock Biter attacking the village later on.]]
* DueToTheDead:
** Panthro is commemorated at a festival table with a ShrineToTheFallen made of his painted portrait and his nunchucks on an altar, while his friends feast alongside it, toast him, and dedicate some games in his memory.
** Claudus receives a quiet [[VikingFuneral funeral]] pyre as Lion-O carves his royal emblem into the base of his destroyed monument.
* DungeonBypass: You are in a room. There is a narrow platform that is suspended over a [[SpikesOfDoom pit of spikes]]. On the other side of the platform is a [[LockAndKeyPuzzle door with a keyhole]]. Hanging above are [[NeedleInAStackOfNeedles hundreds of keys]]. One will open the door, but choose wrongly and the platform retracts, spilling you into the pit. What do you do? According to the Thunderkittens: [[spoiler: ''Pick the lock.'']]
** You are in a maze. There is a key in the center. You have to find a way to get it before someone with SuperSpeed who already knows the way through the maze gets it [[spoiler:or you stay dead]]. What do you do? According to Lion-O: [[spoiler:''Fly over the maze.'']]
*** Played with; Lion-O was SUPPOSED to do this, as it was literally impossible to beat Cheetara in a footrace over such a relatively short distance, especially when she knew the correct path to start with. It was to [[AnAesop teach him]] that sometimes the direct, head-on approach isn't always the best one. It's only about [[AesopAmnesia the third or fourth time]] he learns it.
* DurableDeathtrap: The TempleOfDoom guarding the Tower of Omens is so old as to be legendary, and yet the thin strings holding hundreds of keys aloft are still unbroken. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]]. [[AWizardDidIt Some wizards did it]].
* DuringTheWar: The series is set against a backdrop of a generations-long war between the Cats and the Lizards, newly rekindled thanks to the intervention of Mumm-Ra and his [[TheDragon Dragon]], the {{turncoat}} Thunderian General Grune.
* DyingRace[=/=]EndangeredSpecies: The Cats, thanks to the carnage of TheSiege of Thundera. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by the Lizard General Slithe when he gloats at HowTheMightyHaveFallen.
* DynamicEntry:
** Cheetara gets one, saving Lion-O with a ConvenientlyTimedAttackFromBehind,
** Jaga's Clerics make their entrance with SuperSpeed SwirlingDust trails preceding a SpeedBlitz.
** A blazing GunshipRescue arrives courtesy of [[spoiler: Panthro and his Thundertank]].
* DysfunctionJunction:
** Cheetara: orphaned, probably a runaway, lost the only father she had.
** Tygra: orphaned and adopted, grew up in his little brother's shadow, lost his father.
** Lion-O: recently orphaned, also grew up in his brother's shadow.
** Panthro: betrayed by his best friend and left in the desert to die.
** Kit and Kat: lost their father, ran away from home so their mother would have two less mouths to feed, lived as pickpockets on the streets.
** Pumyra: Abused and mistreated as a slave, forced to fight to survive as a gladiatrix, and has personally seen more death and horror than any of the cats except maybe Panthro.
* EasilyConqueredWorld: Thundera. Uncharacteristically [[JustifiedTrope justified.]] All it takes is a sufficiently highly-placed {{Turncoat}} with [[spoiler:a Trojan horse]], a load of high tech weaponry and one terribly ancient OutsideContextVillain to utterly devastate a complacent magical kingdom.
* ElvesVersusDwarves: In this production, the Elves will be played by Cats and the Dwarves by Lizards.
* EmbarrassingRescue[=/=]GrudgingThankYou: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] and [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]]: When Lion-O is saved from a mugger's headlock by Cheetara, he responds with "Not that I needed it, but who can I thank for the assist?" Only on saying goodbye does he offer "Maybe next time I can bail ''you'' out of trouble."
* EmpathicWeapon: The Sword of Omens chose Lion-O to wield it. It also refuses to harm a force of good. [[spoiler:This helps Lion-O realize that Viragor, the forest guardian, and the spirits in "The Forest of Magi Oar" aren't the bad guys. The sword working against Headmaster Zig, along with the his refusal to negotiate with Viragor, convinces Lion-O that the Wood Forgers are just as bad as the guardian claims.]]
* TheEmpire: Thundera. Just ask anyone who isn't a Cat. As it is, the Cats probably consider Thundera an Empire too, they just don't consider it a BAD Empire.
* EncyclopediaExposita: Jaga quotes from the Book of Omens in his OpeningMonologue.
* EndOfAnAge: On Third Earth, [[spoiler:the spaceships [[TheMagicGoesAway went away]] a long time ago.]]
* EpicHail: Lion-O's BattleCry[=/=]ByThePowerOfGreyskull ◦"Thunder... THUNDER... THUNDERCATS, HOOOOOOO!!!" also serves as a long-distance distress call or summons when paired with the Sword of Omens' ability to [[BatSignal project]] the [=ThunderCats=]' emblem into the sky.
* EpicTrackingShot: Though cheated with stills, this serves as the sweeping introduction to Thundera during Jaga's OpeningMonologue, from the lands surrounding the walled city to a close-up of a frieze on the wall of the palace courtyard, containing some [[{{Foreshadowing}} prophetic]] bas-relief.
* EpisodeTitleCard:
** Raised gold lettering on a black background, shown during the lion's roar that finishes the ThemeTune.
** In the two-minute short "Snarf: Butterfly Blues" the title card is illustrated in the fashion of Warner Brothers shorts, with an exasperated Snarf chasing baby Lion-O in silhouette.
* EstablishingSeriesMoment: "Omens Part One" pulls a neat bait-and-switch, lovingly displaying an EpicTrackingShot of Thundera over TheObiWan Jaga's OpeningMonologue speaking of the place as TheKingdom and a ShiningCity...after a brief EstablishingShot, the camera {{tilt}}s downward to reveal extensive slums, and a group of {{Catfolk}} muggers beating a hapless {{Dog|faces}}.
* EtTuBrute: Poor Claudus gets this ''twice''. First his most trusted general helps his enemies destroy his city. Then he's stabbed InTheBack, [[spoiler:after rescuing his other trusted general Panthro from capture. As soon as Lion-O asks "[[LampshadeHanging You, a traitor too]], Panthro?!" the second betrayal is subverted, and Panthro is revealed as Mumm-Ra in disguise.]]
** In "What Lies Above" part 2, Lion-O experiences this when [[spoiler:Pumyra hands over the Tech Stone to Mumm-Ra.]]
* EtherealChoir:
** Calls out the assonances in the theme tune.
** Employed heavily throughout "Song of the Petalars." In-story The Petalars become this when they sing their titular song, when one of their number is born, or dies.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep[=/=]NoNameGiven: The titular characters in "The Duelist and the Drifter". [[spoiler:That is, until it's revealed that the Drifter is actually Hattanzo, the UltimateBlacksmith.]]
* EvilAllAlong: [[spoiler:Pumyra never did forgive Lion-O, she just lied about it. She originally died during the fall of Thundera and was [[BackFromTheDead raised by Mumm-Ra]] to exact vengeance by [[SixthRangerTraitor joining]] the [=ThunderCats=] as a [[TheMole spy]] for him.]]
* EvilGloating:
--> '''Slithe:''' [[HowTheMightyHaveFallen How quickly things change for the Cats]]. From top predator to EndangeredSpecies, in a single day!
--> '''Mumm-Ra:''' Thundera has fallen!
--> '''The Duelist:''' The sword is lost, and victory is ''still'' mine!
* EvilKnockoff: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]: Lion-O's weapons, the Sword of Omens and the Claw Gauntlet, are ''good'' knockoffs [[spoiler:of Mumm-Ra's Sword of Plundarr and gauntlet]] that were forged from the same enchanted metal.
* EvilWeapon: The Sword of Plundarr definitely gives off this vibe. Cheetara immediately dismisses the idea of wielding it, saying it's not a weapon meant for Cats.
* ExplosiveLeash: The Lizard army uses explosive collars to control its slaves.
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