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'''''Buzz Lightyear of Star Command''''' was a 2000-2001 [[WesternAnimation animated]] [[AnimatedAdaptation television show]] from [[Creator/{{Disney}} Disney television animation]], based on the character Buzz Lightyear from the movie ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''. The Buzz in this show is not a toy, but an actual Space Ranger - remember how ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' alluded to a ShowWithinAShow that pre-dated the toy line? ("The world's greatest superhero, now the world's greatest toy!") This show is [[{{Defictionalization}} what that show might have looked like.]]

The story chronicles the adventures of Buzz Lightyear (Creator/PatrickWarburton), an agent of the galactic peacekeeping force Star Command, who frequently battles the Evil Emperor Zurg ([[Series/{{Seinfeld}} Wayne Knight]]) and other threats to the galaxy. Buzz is accompanied in his missions by his partners on Team Lightyear: Mira Nova (Creator/NicoleSullivan), the butt-kicking princess of Tangea; Booster (Stephen Furst), the trademark big lovable lug, and XR (Larry Miller[=/=]Neil Flynn), the wisecracking fast-talking RobotBuddy.
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!!Tropes:
* AccidentalMisnaming: Despite his habit of transforming into one, Plasma Boy hates being called Plasma Monster.
* TheAce: Fop Doppler. When Mira is desperately trying to get out of their arranged marriage, she challenges him to complete Space Ranger training; guess who now holds the record for fastest completion of Space Ranger training ever? This guy can take out a room full of opponents handily, barely looking at them and never losing his cool or his style.
** Buzz too, but that goes without saying.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Professor Triffid and the [=LGM=]s.
* ActionGirl: Mira, Savy SL-2
* {{Adorkable}}: Buzz when he's in Sympathy Mode.
** Mira and Booster can frequently be this as well (but ''never'' XR.)
* AFatherToHisMen: Commander Nebula, even to XR and XL who decide he is dad based on approving their construction. Buzz is also this to his team.
* AffablyEvil: Every villain has moments of this, but Zurg most often.
* AirVentPassageway: Both lampshaded and subverted.
* AllThereInTheManual: Before the pilot was released, "Disney Adventures Magazine," had a comic that showed how Buzz Lightyear saved Mira's people, which led to her joining the Space Rangers, which she briefly references in the pilot. The story is also the subject of Mira's flashback in the flashback episode.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs / StormingTheCastle: NOS-4-A2 is really good at this, pulling it on both Star Command and Planet Z.
* AlternateUniverse: Buzz Lightyear is evil and has taken over all power, Zurg is a good guy, and all other characters are DarkerAndEdgier due to their traumatic experiences.
** He's not ineffectual, he makes great burgers
* AlwaysSecondBest: Ty Parsec.
* AmazingFreakingGrace: On bagpipes. Played by XR. No, seriously.
* AmazonBrigade: The Valkyran Raiders.
* AnAesop: In the GRatedDrug episode mentioned below, when she turns to her father for help, the conversation is a remarkably serious discussion of her problem, including the revelation that her father did much the same in his own youth.
--> "How did you stop wanting to phase through energy?"
--> "You don't."
* AnAssKickingChristmas: "Holiday Time". It's a generic "villain steals Christmas" plot with an ''awesome'' fight scene between Zurg and Buzz Lightyear featuring BulletTime and backed by a pounding techno track
* AnimationBump: The direct-to-video movie, as well as several episodes.
* ArchEnemy: Zurg is this for Team Lightyear, especially Buzz.
** More importantly[[note]] and this even mentioned in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''[[/note]], he's the "sworn enemy of the Galactic Alliance".
* ArmCannon: Warp's cybernetic arm can morph into this, and the hornets have cannons ''for'' arms.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Torque as described by a computer:
--> "Suspect: Torque, wanted in all 50 sectors for terrorism, smuggling, arson and unpaid parking tickets"
** In 'The Planet Destroyer,' Zurg cheerfully informs the council of the Galactic Alliance of what life will be like after they follow his only demand of complete surrender, the last of which causes the entire council to gasp in shock:
--> "As citizens of my empire, you will all be fitted with the latest in subservient fashion. Brain control modules will make you all mindless drones in the service of my evil. Your 167 hour work week will consist of grueling labor in lunchbox-sized cubicles that allow zero privacy. Oh! And no dental benefits.
** Zurg's Christmas Offensive: sabotage the fleet, bust out the prisoners of PC-7, and steal Buzz's newspaper. Lampshaded by XR.
* ArtShift: At least part of the intro is animated by Creator/{{Pixar}}, to drive home the ShowWithinAShow aspect of the series.
** Also prevalent in Creator/ToonCity's episodes due to their digital coloring.
* AscendedFanboy: Booster.
* AsteroidThicket: In three episodes - "Tag Team," "Downloaded," and "Super Nova".
* AsYouKnow: Lampshaded in the pilot movie; one of Zurg's not particularly bright scientists is called to tell Zurg how things are going. He then explains in some detail how they believe that [[spoiler: since the Unimind allows the [=LGMs=] to share a HiveMind, they should be able to alter it to give Zurg mental control over other people]]. Zurg replies "You're telling me my plan. I know what my plan is, I thought up the plan, [[OverlyLongGag it's MY plan]]. What I don't know is how close you are to [[ChewingTheScenery ACCOMPLISHING MY PLAN!"]]
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Even with a pegleg, Commander Nebula can still kick ass with the best of them (helps that said pegleg doubles as an ion cannon), and Evil Emperor Zurg can usually curbstomp anyone aside from Buzz himself.
* AwesomeMcCoolName: Mira Nova. Rocket Crocket. Warp Darkmatter.
** Utterly subverted with Booster's full name: Booster ''Sinclair MUNCHAPPER''.
* BadassBookworm: Professor Triffid is fairly competent fighter but only when augmented by his OrganicTechnology space suit.
* BadassBeard: The evil Buzz Lightyear.
* BadassLongcoat: Buzz in "Conspiracy" - he even wears a fedora briefly.
* BadassPrincess: Mira again.
* BeardOfEvil: Evil Buzz from the AlternateUniverse.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Buzz and Ozma.
* BetaTestBaddie: XL.
* BetweenMyLegs: In "42", two Valkyran Raiders between Mira's legs.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Booster.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Zurg come off as incredibly goofy at times, but the series does show that he's capable of causing immense destruction and cruelty.
* BigBad: Zurg
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: The climax of the direct-to-video movie]]
* BigNo: Booster's reaction to being told by Petra that they can be JustFriends.
* BizarreAlienBiology: Mira and Booster have some odd organic quirks sometimes.
** Booster manages to break out of MindControl by virtue of his brain not being entirely in his ''head''. [[AccidentalInnuendo Try not to think too hard about it]].
*** Though given his status as a BigEater, you might say he's always thinking with his stomach.
*** Though possibly justified by real life- there were dinosaurs that some scientists think had "Secondary Nerve Clusters," acting somewhat like second brains.
* TheBlindLeadingTheBlind: In the pilot, when the Uni-Mind is out of commission, the [[LittleGreenMen LGMs]] are next to useless; nonetheless, in spite of being disoriented and slightly retarded in this unfamiliar state of extreme individuality, they soldier on trying to repair XR, which results in his distinctive personality.
* BlondesAreEvil: Subverted with Fop Doppler; played straight with an android body.
* BlowingARaspberry: XR, once.
* BodyWipe:
** "Stress Test" Zurg's face fills the screen when he forces Dr. Animus to give him his pen
** "Opposites Attract" With Buzz, when he wakes up and walks out of his house not realizing his head grew.
* BoldlyComing: XR, on Mira, Sally, or whatever GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe is nearby.
* BrainInAJar: Zurg's brainpods.
* BrattyHalfPint: XR delves into this.
** The entire plot of an episode when Zurg clones the team, only to find out that clones take time to grow, thus he fields a team of evil adolescents.
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: And how!
** Averted on at least one occasion. XR accidentally mentions a poker game he's going to later, Buzz calls him out on illegal gambling, XR quickly backpedals and tries to make it out as a sting operation, Buzz rolls his eyes knowingly and lets it slide. Besides another one-off joke about it a little later, it's never mentioned again.
* CapeSnag: Entirely averted. Zurg's cape seems to be for purely dramatic and sometimes LargeHam purposes only.
* TheCaptain: Buzz.
* CaptainSpaceDefenderOfEarth: Buzz is a straightforward example.
* CardboardPrison: Lampshaded: One episode has XL and XR switching bodies, with XR ending up going to prison with XL's body. When he flips through XL's list of weapons to try and break out, he finds the following:
-->'''XR:''' Laser beam... acid spray... "Break out of prison"? No WONDER he keeps escaping!
* CardCarryingVillain: Zurg.
* CastingGag: Epoch & Era of the Chlorm are voiced by the late Jonathan Harris & Billy Mumy, who both previously worked together on LostInSpace.
* CasualDangerDialogue: So much so with so many characters that one must wonder if these people really do ever get scared. And then you remember Booster's and XR's various coward moments.
* CatchPhrase: Buzz's ever-popular "[[SerialEscalation To infinity, AND BEYOND!]]"
** Also, Zurg's [[SkywardScream "CURSE YOU, BUZZ LIGHTYEAR!"]]
* CelibateHero: Buzz, but only nominally.
* CharacterDevelopment: For a series so heavy on StatusQuoIsGod, the character development of King Nova is impressive. With each chronological appearance, his attitude towards off-worlders, Star Command, and Mira's career choice softens more and more. See ShoutOut.
* TheChewToy: XR.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Warp and Nos-4-A2.
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: In the pilot, Buzz & Warp are investigating an asteroid, and Buzz immediately makes a remark about how he "knows" Zurg is behind whatever they may find there.
--> '''Warp''': What plot? You think Zurg is behind every kitten stuck up a tree!
-->'''Buzz''': The fiend! Why can't he leave kitty-cats out of his nefarious schemes?
* CompressedHair: Mira, whenever she wears her space hood. We only ever see her tuck her hair in ''once'', and it really looks like the hair below her jawline just ''disappears''.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Lampshaded when Buzz and XR find themselves facing cleaning robots after they freeze Booster and Mira. XR reassures him that the robot cannot defeat the two robots alone...only for many other cleaning robots to appear.
* CoolOldGuy: Commander Nebula, especially that one time he rescues Team Lightyear.
* CrazyEnoughToWork: Buzz's and Mira's plans tend to be this.
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: In the episode "Stress Test" everybody thinks Buzz has gone off the deep end when he insists they've foiled Zurg's latest plan by stealing one of his pens from a transport bus. Said pen later turns out to be a key component of Zurg's '''''HYPER DEATH RAY!!!'''''. In this case, it was completely unintentional; Buzz had ''no way'' of knowing it when he picked the pen up.
* DaChief: Commander Nebula
* DatingCatwoman: Gravitina has a thing for Buzz.
** Unfortunately for Gravitina, it's not reciprocated, leading to a combo funny and heartwarming in ''Opposites Attract'':
-->'''Buzz''': Yes Gravitina, [[FantasticAesop you may conquer worlds, but you must learn that you cannot bend the will of men]]. Gravitina, you're a very, very [[{{beat}} ...]] [[CannotTellALie evil]] lady, but somewhere out there there's a guy who thinks being evil and having a great big head are just about the best two things a girl can have!
-->'''Gravitina''': Really?
-->'''Buzz''': Sure! And when they let him out of [[AxCrazy that tiny little room they've got him locked up in]], he'll move the heavens to find you, [[ThePowerOfLove because that's what love is]]. In the meantime, you keep that pretty little nose of yours clean.
** In a later episode, she seems have gotten the best of both worlds by getting into a relationship with [[MirrorUniverse Evil Buzz Lightyear]], but he turns on her and the original Buzz saves her, with her deciding in the end that she prefers the original Buzz.
* DeathWorld: Welcome to the planet [[GardenOfEvil Karn]]! [[EverythingTryingToKillYou Watch your step]].
* DebutQueue
* DemotedToExtra: The rookies of Team Lightyear in "War and Peace and War," the ostensible finale for the series. Each rookie gets only a handful of lines - the story focuses on Buzz and his crusade to learn the truth.
* DeskJockey: Commander Nebula repeatedly and loudly states that he ''hates'' the fact that his rank forces him off the front lines and into paperwork. He's often shown fleeing his own semi-intelligent desk just to avoid more tedious form-filing.
* {{Determinator}}: Quite a few of these, but perhaps most notably in the pilot, "Nos-4-A2," and "Wirewolf":
** In the pilot, it takes Buzz's capture and the revelation of Warp's true nature to convince him that he needs a partner... "or two... or ''three''."
** In "Nos-4-A2," [[spoiler: XR overcomes his "brainwashing" when Booster shows him the work order signed by Commander Nebula that gave XR life.]]
** In "Wirewolf," [[spoiler: Buzz's apology to Ty Parsec gets past Ty's werewolf nature and reaches his heart - Ty soon returns to his human self.]]
* DetonationMoon: In "Wirewolf"
* DiabolicalMastermind[=/=]EvilGenius: Zurg purports to be this. To be fair, he's not always far from the mark.
* [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Did You Just Harness Natron?]]
* DisneyVillainDeath: Evil Buzz Lightyear. [[spoiler: However, the last seconds of the episode show him escaping, implying that he might have survived.]]
* DittoAliens: The Little Green Men. Lampshaded once where an [[LittleGreenMen LGM]] called Mira Booster, and when corrected, said "Whatever. You all look the same."
* DoAndroidsDream: XR ''does''. He even ''talks'' in his sleep.
* DoAnythingRobot: XR.
* DoTheyKnowItsChristmasTime
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: There were quite a few examples of this trope.
** One instance has XR looking down on top of a tall building in "The Return of XL". That's not so bad at first, but when you think about the angst he was feeling earlier, one might think he was getting ready to commit suicide.
* TheDragon: Warp to Zurg. A lot of the other villains answered to Zurg, but Warp did so the most frequently.
* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: Oh, Zurg just ''loves'' being evil!
* ElementalPunch: Plasma Boy uses an electrically charged punch on Booster after a really ugly argument with him.
* TheEmpire: Zurg Empire... which seems to consist entirely of Planet Z and the occasional MoonBase.
* EnemyMine: Buzz and Zurg team up in one episode to fight aliens who plan to conquer the entire galaxy including Zurg's home. This is even foreshadowed when it is shown that both of them are upset that their allies and henchmen are both abandoning their weapons.
** Buzz and Warp teamed up once to find out who planted tracking devices in them while they were still in the academy.
** Buzz and Warp later teamed up again in 'Ancient Evil'.
* EnfantTerrible: The Clone Rangers.
* EurekaMoment: The one time Zurg and Buzz speak in sync, complete with a sudden flash of lightning.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: "What? An Evil Emperor can't have a mother?!"
** Let's not forget the infamous Nana Zurg.
** Zurg's not the only villain who loves his mommy. XR finds this out about Varg the hard way.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Mira
* EvilCounterpart: XL and Warp Darkmatter to XR and Buzz, respectively.
* EvilIsHammy: Every. Single. Villain.
* EvilIsNotWellLit: Then again, what else do you expect when the walls are ''purple''?
* EvilOverlord: Zurg
** Who has read ''some'' of the EvilOverlordList but still could use a refresher from time to time.
* EvilPaysBetter: Warp Darkmatter's prime motivation.
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: Zurg's palace.
* EvilTwin: Both in the usual sense (ie. an alternate universe counterpart), and from a set of clones created by Zurg.
* FaceHeelTurn: Warp Darkmatter. In the pilot, he appears to make a HeroicSacrifice to save Buzz, then reveals this when he returns. However, it turns out he's been secretly working for Zurg as TheMole since the "academy days" (one episode shows it in a flashback), and faking his death was just his way of switching to "full-time".
* FacePalm: Buzz and XR.
** Mira, Ty, Warp, and Commander Nebula join in occasionally.
* FakedRipVanWinkle
* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: Nos-4-A2 in some scenes and Ty's transformation into Wirewolf.
* FantasticRacism: Most Tangeans openly show contempt and distaste for any other species, with Mira and Fop being exceptions.
** As well as the aliens with giant heads who seem to think every species aside from them is a moronic animal. Such as the episode they kidnapped high ranking officials to stick them in a zoo.
* FateWorseThanDeath: The '''''HYPER DEATH RAY!''''', which apparently provides something 20% worse than death.
** Also Zurg's intention for Buzz in ''The Adventure Begins'':
--->"I'm not going to kill you. Nooo. No, I have a much more delicious idea. I'm going to take the galaxy's greatest hero and [[{{Brainwashed}} turn him into me]]."
* FearlessFool: Buzz and Mira. Booster and XR are more on the wimpy side, much as they profess to be warriors.
* TheFederation: The Galactic Alliance
* [[FiveManBand Four Man Band]]:
** TheHero: Buzz Lightyear
** TheLancer[=/=]TheChick: Mira Nova
** TheBigGuy: Booster
** TheSmartGuy[=/=]KidAppealCharacter: XR
* FighterMageThief: The three rookies all fit this. Booster (fighter) is absurdly strong and tough, Mira (mage) has found many uses for her ghosting powers, and XR (thief) uses a wide variety of unpredictable tools.
* FlyingCar: A lot of these, most noticeably Buzz's car from his Academy days.
* ForTheEvulz: See DrunkOnTheDarkSide.
* FourFingeredHands: XR's.
* FreezeFrameBonus: In the pilot/movie, while the [=LGM=]s are rebuilding XR, keep an eye on the items they carry past Buzz. One is the Genie's lamp from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''.
* FriendshipMoment: There's quite a number of moments where friendships between characters shine through, most notably with Team Lightyear, and with Ty and Buzz.
* FriendToAllChildren: Buzz somewhat. He tells stories of his adventures to them and looks out for them a lot.
* FurAgainstFang: [[RecycledINSPACE Recycled with ROBOTS!]]
* FutureSlang
* GalacticConqueror: Zurg's purpose in life. He actually did take over the galaxy a few times, but the protagonists make sure it never lasts.
* [[WorldOfHam Galaxy of Ham]]
* GRatedDrug: Mira can ghost through energy which, [[ILoveNuclearPower in true comic book fashion]], gives her extreme powers... but also leaves her craving the next "power-up".
* GentleGiant: Booster
* GenreSavvy[=/=]DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Zurg seems to have taken some notes from the EvilOverlordList and displays this more often than not. When building a new base, he insists on "no airducts big enough for hero-sized people to crawl through" and on constructing an incinerator as opposed to an escapable trash compactor. There are also times where he sensibly refuses to brag about the details of his evil plans to Buzz. (Not that Buzz still doesn't figure things out with the bare minimum of information.)
** Although he ''does'' have moments of severe GenreBlindness.
** Possibly ContractualGenreBlindness
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** In the pilot, XR is reading ''Victoria's Circuits'' and seems rather annoyed by the fact that Booster keeps distracting him; the magazine reappears multiple times throughout the series.
** When Mira jokingly suggests a bite mark left by NOS-4-A2 could actually be a "robot hicky". Heh.
** "But, as we say on Rhizome, bloom where the sun shines." "I got another idea, Triffid, why don't you stow it where the sun--" "BUZZ!"
** "Care to make it a threesome?"
*** Let's not forget when XR is woken up and says "I didn't know she was under warranty!"
** "Let's kick some asteroid.''
** Zurg, yelling at his minions while he's stuck in a power coupling: "Don't just stand there! Hoist! Hoist! ''Lift and separate!''"
** Booster helps XR prep for his psychiatric testing, with an InkBlotTest:
-->'''Booster:''' Ok, What do you see?
-->'''XR:''' I don't see- ooh, a very ''limber'' sirenian snake dancer.
-->''(Booster shows another sheet)''
-->'''XR:''' ''two'' very limber sirenian snake dancers!
-->''(last sheet)''
-->'''XR:''' MIRA! Where did ''you'' learn to snake dance?
** The episode "Gravitina" is MADE of this trope.
* [[GoodThingYouCanHeal Good Thing You Can Be Repaired]]: XR... though actually, the first time he got destroyed (in the movie) is when he got switched from a near-perfect Space Ranger (miniature copy of Buzz) to his annoying, lovable, nowhere-near-perfect self.
** This trope was XR's intended purpose, though; the [[LittleGreenMen LGMs]] say his name stands for "eXperimental Ranger" because all this stuff they do that's crazy dangerous to test on real people is no problem for XR, because if something goes wrong, he can be repaired. Commander Nebula expands the acronym as "eXpendable Ranger" because he doesn't much care for the notion of automated Space Rangering.
* GreenAesop: Just about any episode located on Rhizome or involving Doctor Triffid.
* GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe: Mira and Gravitina are both blue, but the idea is the same.
** In all fairness, Gravitina was always more of an aquamarine...
** Played straight with the college-age, hip Petra Hammerhold.
** Also played straight with three extras: a serving girl on Warp’s moon who pops up in two other places, Keno Kentrix’s girlfriend, and Buzz’s blind date in a flashback.
* HamToHamCombat: Whenever Buzz and Zurg go at it.
* HeadDesk: Romac hits his head against a stasis chamber; Ty hits his head against the inside of his helmet.
* HeelFaceTurn: XL after his team-up with NOS-4-A2.
* HijackedByGanon: Zurg is behind almost all other villains, and Buzz is [[ProperlyParanoid very much aware of this]].
* HiveMind: The [=LGMs=] are a rare heroic example.
** In the PilotMovie, Zurg uses the secret to their mind link to control the minds of everyone in the universe.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The way Zurg tends to get his due, especially in the climax of "Lost in Time".
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Buzz invokes this in the episode "Wirewolf" when [[spoiler:Ty Parsec in wirewolf form is about to kill him.]]
** Also invoked by Booster, when XR is under [[spoiler: NOS-4-A2's]] mind control
* ILikeThoseOdds: (Buzz) "Fast. Risky. I like it."
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler: NOS-4-A2]]"You could have at least used an adapter."
** Happens twice [[spoiler: the second time is permanent.]]
* InkblotTest: Used several times. Buzz thinks every blot looks like Zurg. Except for a picture of Mira. Who, he muses, helps him fight Zurg.
* InsistentTerminology:
** [[strike:Professor Lapton]] Professor Von Maaaaadmaaan!
** XL: It's a CENTRIFUGATOR!
** Zurgatronic VS Zurgariffic. Although Zurg ''does'' like the sound of "Zurgariffic"...
** And let's not forget the Hydro-Trandibulator. Making up words ''is'' a perk that comes with the Evil Emperor business, after all.
* IntangibleMan: Mira.
** The entirety of Tangean Overworlder race has this power. They don't even bother installing doors anywhere.
* InterspeciesRomance: Romac and Mira.
* IronButtmonkey: XR again.
* IronicEcho
* ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime
* JamesBondage: Ty Parsec, much to his annoyance.
* KarmaHoudini: Evil Buzz Lightyear apparently is quite the successful villain in his dimension.
* KickChick: Mira.
* KidnappedScientist: The [=LGM=] called "Independent Thinker."
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:NOS-4-A2 is put offline several times throughout the series, but his last appearance saw him ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice, [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath then screaming and exploding]].]]
* LanternJawOfJustice: Buzz Lightyear
* LargeHam: Zurg. A good example would be the fact the way he describes his [[strike:Hyper Death Ray]] '''''HYPER DEATH RAY!'''''
** The ''weapon itself'' is a LargeHam. Every time it's mentioned, there's evil music.
** The suave NOS-4-A2 also fits the bill. As Buzz puts it, "Leave it to Zurg to create a villain even more arrogant than himself!"
* LatexSpaceSuit: Especially on Mira Nova.
* LightIsGood: The climatic fight between Zurg and Buzz in the pilot. The enormous light in the backdrop is actually Zurg's emblem, but Buzz uses it to defend himself.
** Almost exaggerated in this scene, actually, as Zurg appears as a towering, menacing black silhouette, and Buzz, when he turns to face the light, becomes purely white, [[FridgeLogic despite the fact]] that the light is actually ''yellow''.
* LiteralCliffhanger: Buzz, twice in the series.
* LittleGreenMen: The [=LGMs=]. The people of the planet Rozwell are a play on this trope, as they look the part but act just like 1950's Americans.
* LivingLegend: Captain Buzz Lightyear, as legendary to his own universe as [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Captain Kirk]] and [[Franchise/StarWars Anakin Skywalker]] are to their universes.
* ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway
* LoveHurts: The look on Mira's face when she realizes that she can't be with Romac as long as he's working for Zurg.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Gravitina
* LukeIAmYourFather: Hilariously subverted, and an homage to ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory 2''.
* MachineMonotone: XR, until Agent Z blows him up and the [[LittleGreenMen LGMs]] put him back together without the aid of the Unimind.
* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: Bonnie Lapton, daughter of Professor Von Madman.
* MassHypnosis: Zurg's [[MindControlDevice mind control ray]] (from ''The Adventure Begins'') is, technically, an example of this.
* ManlyTears: A few times, most noticeably in "The Crawling Flesh."
* MarriedToTheJob: Buzz's first love is, and always will be, to Star Command and the battle against evil.
* MechaMooks: Hornets, Beetles, and other insect-themed members of Zurg's army.
* MeaningfulName: NOS-4-A2, energy sucking villain. If you don't get it, it's Leetspeak for [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Nosferatu]].
** Lampshaded with Warp Darkmatter, when he chews Buzz out for not realizing he was a mole. "My name's DARKMATTER. Who's surprised here?"
* MindControlEyes: Happens in quite a few episodes, like "The Adventure Begins", and "The Shape Stealer."
* MissingMom: Then again, Mira is ''techically'' a DisneyPrincess. What did you expect?
* MistakenForOwnMurderer: Buzz and Mira are exposed to Zurg's latest evil concoction that transforms and fuses them into a single amorphous blob creature unable to talk. When Booster and XR find the blob next to Buzz and Mira's empty uniforms they assume it ate them.
* ModestRoyalty: Mira Nova. She ''hates'' being singled out as royalty.
* MonsterMash: A robotic variant in one episode, which featured a team-up between NOS-4-A2, the Wirewolf, and XL (the Frankenstein's Monster equivalent).
* MrViceGuy: XR seems to go out of his way to find new applications of his various personality flaws.
* MsFanservice: Gravitina.
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: Tangean culture's tendency for [[BritishStuffiness stuffy]] [[CulturalPosturing arrogance]] and [[FantasticRacism contempt]] for off-worlders is a source of great frustration and embarrassment for the rebellious Mira.
* MythologyGag:
** In the pilot, the [=LGM=]s use "The Claw" to bring the Unimind.
** Also in the Christmas episode, there's a girl who resembles Jessie from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory 2''.
*** From the same episode:
----> '''Buzz:''' Okay, so you're the ''real'' Santa Claus?\\
'''Santa:''' You're mocking me, aren't you?
** One episode begins with the opening of a Pizza Planet.
*** In-Universe ProductPlacement?
** At Becky's tea party during the end of Stranger Invasion, Buzz is in a hat and apron that bears an unmistakable resemblance to Mrs. Nesbitt.
* NaiveNewcomer: The Rookies (Mira, Booster, and XR) all serve as this under Buzz.
* NeverMyFault: Many of the villains. XR also rarely takes responsibility for his mistakes.
* NeverSayDie: Strongly averted.
* NeverTheSelvesShallMeet: Lampshaded and averted.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Mira, after being repeatedly told to not interfere, drags the other rookies along to follow Buzz in "Shiv Katal". This ends up blowing Buzz's cover as [[TheInfiltration "Shiv"]], greatly endangering the team (they only escaped with outside help), and costing Star Command a very valuable set up for easily transporting defecting Zurg minions.
* NobleMaleRoguishMale: Booster and XR, respectively.
** Also Buzz and Warp at any given point in their relationship.
* NoSuchThingAsAlienPopCulture
* NotGoodWithPeople: Depends on the writers, but Buzz tends to have poor people skills.
* NotBrainwashed: Warp, in the pilot.
* OffModel: This series, like many by Creator/{{Disney}} before and after, utilizes multiple studios[[note]] Usual suspects SunwooEntertainment, Creator/ToonCity, Creator/WangFilmProductions, [[Creator/WaltDisneyAnimationUnits Walt Disney Animation Japan]] and TamaProductions were used. With Creator/{{Pixar}}, Creator/SunminAnimation, Sae Hahn & JadeAnimation (in their first solo outing). Hana Animation, a sub-contractor for several {{AIC}} projects, was also used by Disney for the first time[[/note]].
* OhTheHumanity: Parodied, XR says "Oh, the technology!" when face with [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman robotic carnage]].
* OminousLatinChanting: In "Devolutionaries", the opening and ending scenes have Gregorian-esque chanting as the background music.
* OneWheeledWonder: The series ends by introducing a love-interest for XR: a robotic personality named 42 living inside Star Cruiser 42. By the end of the episode, 42's personality is "surgically" removed from the cruiser and placed inside a short, humanoid, robotic body with a single wheel as its mode of locomotion.
* OnlyChildSyndrome: XR is the only member of Team Lightyear unaffected by this trope.
* OnlySaneMan: Mira in regards to her teammates. Commander Nebula could count too.
* OppositesAttract: The title of an episode!
** Buzz and Ozma; Mira and Romac.
* OtherMeAnnoysMe: Evil Buzz Lightyear to Buzz. The other counterparts bond with their templates, though XR might Squee over his more rougher combat ready counterpart:
--> So...what grade of oil DO they feed you in your neck of the woods?
* OurDoorsAreDifferent: Just about every type of high-tech door/hatch you could think of, plus the occasional doorknob.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: NOS-4-A2, a robotic "energy vampire" that can drain power from as well as control machinery.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Continuing the trend, the Wirewolf.
* OutOfCharacterAlert: How Buzz and Mira figure out that NOS-4-A2 is in control of Star Command.
* PainfulTransformation: [[spoiler: Ty Parsec]] turning into the Wirewolf is downright cringe-worthy.
* PerfectPacifistPeople: The Rhizomians.
* PlanetOfHats: Tangea. Rhizome. Capital Planet. Planet Z.
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] with Jo-Ad, an agricultural planet and the Alliance's biggest food producer; Bathyos, an ocean planet; and Tradeworld, a city-planet like [[Franchise/StarWars Coruscant]] and the galaxy's proclaimed WretchedHive of Scum and Villainy.
** Tangea is more of a "Planet of Two Hats," one for each race. The Overworlders (such as Mira and her father) are arrogent, beautiful, blue-skinned people with xenophobic tendencies and intangeability. The "Grounders" tend to wear the hat of being ugly, dumb primitives with mind-beam powers, and prefer form over function. There are exceptions- Mira is quite open with offworlders, and Romac (a Grounder) is shown to be quite intelligent.
* PluckyComicRelief: XR and Booster most of the time. Nearly always when they're together.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: (Zurg) "Innocent politicians?! Don't be oxymoronic!"
* ThePowerOfFriendship
* PrincessesPreferPink: Guess what color teen!Mira wore in flashbacks?
* PunchClockVillain: Some of Zurg's henchmen
--> '''Grub''':...But if I don't get my vacation request form in by 5pm, I'll miss my brother's bachelor party next week!
--> '''Zurg''': UGH! Which copy is mine, yellow or pink?
* PunctuatedForEmphasis:
** Varg's order to Crumford Lorak: "You! Bring. TAPE!!"
** Buzz to the LGM "commandoes": "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis This is]] ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis not]]'' - [[PunctuatedForEmphasis and I repeat]], ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis NOT]]'' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis - a REVENGE MISSION!]]"
* PunnyName
** NOS-4-A2. Spell it out phonetically, what do you get? Film/{{Nosferatu}} -- and considering NOS-4-A2 is designed to look like a certain blood-sucking Transylvanian pest...
** XL ("extra large") also fits, specially compared to his "brother".
* PunyHumans: Mira's father, the king of Tangea, holds humans in contempt, referring to them as monkeys and considers his species to be above them, much to Mira's disgust. It is ironic however that in one episode where Buzz's team, save for XR, were [[DevolutionDevice reverted back to a more primitive form]], Buzz morphed into a half ape, while Mira became a giant amoeba. Though that may have been because she was exposed to more of the gas.
** The Chlorm are even worse, calling all other sapient species "lesser beings", which Mira [[BerserkButton really hates]].
*** Not to mention they view all other sapient species as wild animals: keeping them in zoos, using them for product testing, etc.
* PuppyDogEyes: Mira, as rendered by one animation house.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: NOS-4-A2, along with anyone under his control, and Zurg.
** Also the side-effect of being blasted by the Zurgatronic Ray. The mind-controlled Rangers are particularly creepy.
* RedHerring: The A.F.D., the only piece of machinery that XR has but his evil "brother" XL doesn't. When XL rips it off inside XR, it leaves an empty hole where you usually would have a heart. Can you guess what the A.F.D. is? [[spoiler: It's an ''Air Freshening Device''.]]
* RefusingParadise: Buzz is the only good guy who refuses to go along with the Heed in "War and Peace and War." Needless to say, he was right to do so.
* {{Retcon}}: XR's first meeting with Buzz in "First Missions".
** Though it could happen in the pilot, after Buzz brought him back to be repaired and before the Ranger meeting.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Ty. He wasn't heard of until Buzz brought him up in a conversation and labeled him as an 'old buddy' from the Space Ranger Academy in "Wirewolf."
* RetroactiveWish: "Unless the clouds are going to open up and drop Buzz Lightyear run in our lap...why didn't I ask for money?"
* RichardNixonTheUsedCarSalesman: An alternate universe has Buzz as a supervillain, and Zurg a frycook in a diner.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: XR, in spirit, anyway. Even the [[LittleGreenMen LGMs]] recognize this: "You're almost ''human''. So many character flaws!"
* RightBehindMe: When Warp is complaining to Buzz that they looked everywhere and haven't found the Little Green Men, a Crater Viper appears behind his back. Noticing Buzz's horrified reaction, Warp points behind him and says "There's something really bad behind me, isn't there?"
* RivalTurnedEvil: Warp Darkmatter, Buzz's old academy chum. Of course, he was TheMole from day one, Buzz just didn't know that . . .
** Ty Parsec's introduction works a bit this way, too: Ty places a distress call, and then when Buzz shows up to help, Ty gets ''immensely'' annoyed. They used to be friends or classmates or something, but since the early days it's always been Buzz who takes the spotlight, and Ty is sick of it. When [[spoiler:Ty gets bitten by NOS-4-A2 and starts transforming into the Wirewolf]], you might expect it to come to a bad end... but it turns out Ty is a little more honorable than the tropes would lead you to believe, and even in later episodes he's still a hero, not a villain.
* RoguesGallery: Let's see, there's Zurg, Warp, NOS-4-A2, Gravitina, Torque, XL, Evil Buzz, the Chlorm, the Gargantians, the Raenoks and that Klerm guy... I'd say we have a pretty sizable gallery here.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Mira and Fop Doppler (eventually); the rest of the Tangean Royal Court makes it seem like they're the ''only'' ones.
* SapientCetaceans: The Bathyosians.
* SayMyName: Always humorously by Zurg.
-->'''''"LIGHTYEAR!"'''''
** Once in reverse when Buzz was ANGRY.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Norbert Q. Klerm, The CorruptCorporateExecutive of [=CompuKlerm=].
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: Subverted by Buzz. He's written half the rules in the official manual, but is also a stickler for the existing ones (especially the one about "backup", as seen in the pilot).
* ScullySyndrome: Buzz again. He often accuses Zurg of being behind every possible misdeed and/or theorizes overly complicated evil plots - sometimes making him look obsessed. Subverted, however, as Buzz is [[ProperlyParanoid almost always proven right when he does this]].
** One episode is built around this idea, with Buzz claiming what looks like a pen is a key part of Zurg's latest plan. He comes across as so obsessed and on edge, that the others force him to take some downtime. In actuality, the "pen" is the trigger for Zurg's '''''[[DeathRay HYPER DEATH RAY]]'''''.
** It also helps that Zurg is responsible for most of the recurring villains.
* SealedEvilInACan: Natron the First in "Ancient Evil".
* SesquipedalianSmith: Reccurring villain Rentwhistle Swack.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: Bonnie Lapton in "Eye of the Tempest", Buzz hadn't seen her since she "was this big".
* ShesGotLegs: Dr. Ozma Furbanna, making [[DistractedByTheSexy all three males in Team Lightyear gape at her]] when her armor comes off.
* ShoutOut:
** Becky, Booster's friend from Rozwell, appears to be an expy of of Webby from ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''. It helps that [[HeyItsThatVoice they have the same voice too]].
** In one episode, Zurg's attempt to clone the heroes results in kid-chibi duplicates with a bad attitude. Naming Buzz's duplicate Zzub, Zzub then sarcastically retorts that all he did was take the hero's name and [[BackwardsName spell it backwards]]. The episode in question was written by GregWeisman and was a reference to the Thailog storylines in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''.
** It’s a tentative connection, but, considering all the show’s throwback’s to Franchise/StarTrek, could there be another such throwback in King Nova, Mira, and the Tangean Royals? Consider:
*** King Nova ''had'' disapproved of the notion of Mira joining Star Command. In ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Journey to Babel," Ambassador Sarek makes it painfully clear that he disapproves of Spock's membership in Starfleet.
*** Just like Sarek, King Nova's attitude towards his child's career choice develops and softens over time, to the point where, in the last time Nova gets a speaking role in the series, the tone of the scene is not unlike Spock's brief conversation with his father at the end of ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome''.
*** Mira, like Spock, is different from the rest of her race (though emphatically ''not'' half-human, as Spock is), and she ''did'' join Star Command against her father's wishes, just like a certain half-Vulcan. Furthermore, she ''can'' sometimes play TheSpock to Buzz's [[TheKirk Kirk]], though she can just as often be TheMcCoy, as well.
*** The Tangean Royals as a race have pointed ears... and telepathic abilities...
** Again, pure conjecture, but is it just possible that the Grubs wear [[RedShirt red]] for a reason?
** Nos-4-A2 is a reference to the classic vampire film ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}''.
* SidekickGlassCeiling: If Mira, Booster or XR out-anything Buzz, you can be sure [[StatusQuoIsGod it won't last beyond the end of the episode]].
* SissyVillain: Um, Zurg. Just ''look'' at the man's reaction to ''bunzel bees''.
** Oh, yeah, and let's not forget Warp's shriek when Mira drops a hornet on him.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: ''Way'' on the idealistic side. *coughcough* ''Franchise/StarTrek'', anybody?
* SlobsVersusSnobs: Tangean Royals VS. Tangean Grounders.
* SmellyFeet: In "Bunzel Fever", Booster gets knocked out by Torque after he experiences symptoms of the Bunzel Fever, XR and Mira find him and try to wake him up, XR pulls out a sock and waves it in Booster's face, Booster wakes up instantly saying how much it stinks and XR says "this thing could raise the dead", Booster asks whose sock it is, Mira, embarrassed, blushes and snags her sock back.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Mira Nova as the only recurring female.
** In the main cast, yes. There is also the recurring Madam President of the Galactic Alliance.
** Also appearing semi-regularly is Dr. Ozma Furbanna, the scientist from Karn [[BlatantLies who Buzz does not have a crush on]].
** Same deal with Sally, the waitress at the diner Buzz and team often eat at.
** And Gravitina, who shares a voice actress with Sally.
* SneezeOfDoom: Inverted.
* SpaceCadetAcademy: The Space Ranger Academy.
* SpacePolice: Star Command.
* StarKilling: "Star Smasher".
* TheStarscream: NOS-4-A2 actually takes over Planet Z from his creator Zurg.
* StealthInSpace: Star Command's cloaking technology is so effective that a person inside a cloaked ship [[FridgeHorror can't see any bit of it]].
* SufficientlyAdvancedAliens: The Chlorm.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Zurg's general attitude towards his staff, even though he never says it in so many words... "That is, if the freak show known as ''my staff'' can do [[PunctuatedForEmphasis ONE. THING. RIIIGHT!]]"
* TakeAThirdOption: A big part of Buzz's ''modus operandi''.
* TallDarkAndSnarky: Warp. Hard.
--> '''Buzz:''' How do I safely remove this ''thing''... from my neck?
--> '''Warp:''' If you're referring to your head, I completely understand your desire to exchange it for a new one.
* TechnoBabble: Most notably Mira in the climax of "Opposites Attract" - and XR, a robot, ''has no idea what she's saying''.
* TeleporterAccident: A big part of "Rookie of the Year," in which Mira, Booster, and XR get merged ''into a three-headed body''. At the end of the show, the [[LittleGreenMen LGMs]] are ''still'' trying to fix them.
* TheTriple: The [[spoiler:(supposed)]] fates of Buzz's comrades in the far future: Commander Booster, President Nova, XR... with a mustache.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: The '''''HYPER DEATH RAY''''' of course. Lampshaded by Commander Nebula.
--> '''Nebula:''' How's that different to a normal death ray?
--> '''LGM:''' More death.
** [[TwentyPercentMoreAwesome 20% more, to be precise!]]
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: The Grounder bounty hunter duo.
* ToiletHumor: A different take on the trope during a flashback showing how our heroes got ReassignedToAntarctica. They were tasked with watching over some alien emissaries that were reportedly "sensitive about their appearance", then Buzz says WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong and we finally see the aliens... who all resemble toilet bowls. [[HilarityEnsues After that, well...]]
* TokenHuman: Buzz... well, he's [[AmbiguouslyHuman probably human]], anyway.
* TooDumbToLive: Sooner or later, ''everybody'' fits this trope. Good thing [[EverybodyLives it's a kids show]].
* TooManyMouths: The president of the galaxy has two, one atop the other.
* ToylessToylineCharacter: Three of the four main characters were made as action figures. The missing one was, you guessed it, Mira Nova. Thanks (for nothing) again, SmurfettePrinciple!
** She did get a toy in a [=McDonald's=] Happy Meal series, though.
** A ''whole lot'' of villains were never toys, either.
* TrojanPrisoner
* TroubledFetalPosition: Poor Ty goes through this at one point in "Wirewolf".
* UnusualEuphemism: "Craters!"
** Booster has "Hot Rockets!", which might also cross into CatchPhrase, as he's the only one who ever says it.
** There's also "sweet mother of Venus." Golly.
* UnwinnableTrainingSimulation: Level 10 in the pilot. Mira beats Buzz's record, who can beat only Level 9.
** Well Buzz TRAINS on Level 9, doesn't mean he that can't beat Level 10...
* AVeryStarWarsParody: Subverted. An episode of the show had its plot [[WholePlotReference nearly completely taken]] from ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''.
* VillainessesWantHeroes: Gravitina to Buzz.
* AVillainNamedZrg: Obviously.
* VirtualRealityInterrogation: One episode uses the FakedRipVanWinkle varient; Buzz is convinced a NegativeSpaceWedgie transported him into the future and destroyed Zurg. In reality, the "museum pieces" are his actual armour, the kids he's telling stories (and weaknesses) to are robots and Zurg is alive, well and showing Buzz's captive crew the whole setup to taunt them.
* WaveMotionGun: The '''''[[OverlyLongGag HYPER DEATH RAY!]]''''' (insert evil music here)
* WellDoneSonGuy: XR and Commander Nebula.
* WeWillMeetAgain: (Buzz to Zurg) "But the next time we meet, I'm bringing you down and taking you in."
* WhamLine: "Lightyear, I've been on Zurg's payroll since the Academy."
** Buzz's reaction is the saddest HeroicBSOD in the entire series.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Right before Warp's little bombshell just above, Buzz offers several possible excuses for his partner's FaceHeelTurn:
-->'''Buzz:''' But how... of course! [[CriminalAmnesiac Amnesia!]]
-->'''Warp:''' No.
-->'''Buzz:''' [[CloningBlues Evil clone.]]
-->'''Warp:''' No...
-->'''Buzz:''' ''[[EvilKnockoff Android replica!]]''
-->'''Warp:''' ''No.''
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman
* WhatTheHellHero: Mira and Booster do this to Buzz when he shrugs off Bonnie Lapton's feelings for him as a stereotypical "damsel in distress" situation and doesn't even try to take her seriously. Bonnie runs off utterly crushed, as her feelings were quite genuine, and is hurt that once again someone she cares about refuses to take her seriously. It's only after Mira and Booster point out just what Buzz did that he fixes his mistake.
* WheresTheKaboom: "Where's my big universe-altering explosion?!"
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: The show has two of these. "Lone Wolf" shows Buzz in his early days as a Space Ranger, and "First Missions" shows how Buzz met Mira and Booster. And XR...to an extent.
* WholePlotReference: Professor von Madman's a big one to ''ForbiddenPlanet''.
* Creator/WilliamShatner: He speaks the song in the movie's credits.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Professor von Madman as a human/crystal cyborg.
* WorldHealingWave
* WorldOfSnark: Half of the cast gets a chance to snark, especially Mira, XR, Zurg, Warp and Ty. Even Buzz and Booster get their chances to snark once in a while.
* WorthyOpponent: Twice invoked (not quite in so many words) by Zurg regarding Buzz in the pilot.
* WretchedHive: Tradeworld, especially ''Killerville''.
* VillainDecay: Warp in "Ancient Evil". In no way does it constitute a BadassDecay.
* VillainousBreakdown: Zurg, possibly the most in the climax of "Lost in Time".
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: NOS-4-A2 and [=XL=] had a temporary VillainTeamUp but, being aware of what NOS-4-A2 likes to do with robots, [=XL=] eventually grew afraid of the trope.
* YouMeanXmas: The ChristmasEpisode, oddly, refers to Christmas only as "the holiday", despite the obvious appearance of Santa Claus.
** Maybe Zurg stole the word too!
* {{Zeerust}}: Intentionally invoked in the series' aesthetic, even including references to [[DisneyThemeParks Tomorrowland]] such as Buzz living in the House of the Future or Star Command's close resemblance to Space Mountain.
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