[[caption-width-right:318:"Wings of silver, nerves of steel... Silverrrhawwwwks!"]]

'''''[=SilverHawks=]''''' is sort of a mashup of ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats1985'' (InSpace) and ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman''. It's a [[Creator/RankinBassProductions Rankin/Bass]] AnimatedSeries from [[TheEighties 1986]] that shares most of its producers, creative teams[[note]]including Pacific Animation Corporation and their [[Creator/HanhoHeungUp three]] [[Creator/AnimeR uncredited]] [[Creator/{{AIC}} subcontractors]][[/note]] and VoiceActors with its predecessor.

The [=SilverHawks=], the "partly metal, partly real" space law-enforcement for the Limbo Galaxy (which wasn't much bigger than a solar system) oppose The Mob, run by the evil Mon*Star. The show wasn't as bad as you might have thought (with a few exceptions), despite its total lack of astronomy, physics, or really any sort of science. However the character designs are interesting, the characters themselves are engaging, and most of the stories are fun.

Now has a [[Characters/SilverHawks character page]], currently under construction.

!!''[=SilverHawks=]'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* ActionHoggingOpening
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: A subversion. While it does occur at the end of each episode, it's neither a "[[AnAesop moral of the story]]", nor a "public service announcement". Instead, it's a short astronomy lesson, mostly about the solar system and its nine planets (the show was produced before Pluto's demotion to dwarf planet) presented within the context of Bluegrass training the Copper Kidd as a pilot.
* {{Animesque}}
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Where to begin!?
** Well, okay, for starters, in this show, space has air. And also a "down." A few harmless insectoid workers get thrown off a ship in one episode and this is as close to an on-screen death as we usually get.
*** Not only it has "down," but down apparently means Earth. One episode had the good guys in peril of falling all the way down to Earth and going splat (since people got cyborged so they could survive the long journey from there, it would probably take a while).
** There's a hero (Bluegrass) and a villain (Melodia) who both use sound-powered weapons.
* BadGuyBar: The Sinistar Saloon. [[FrothyMugsOfWater 100% alcohol-free]].
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Yeah, it's by the people who did ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats1985'', alright.
** Of course it says something that this was one of the ''least'' ridiculous things about the way the cartoon treated how space works.
* CardboardPrison: The Silverhawks are pretty good at getting the Mob sent to jail. Now if only the Mob was just as good as getting out of jail...
* CoolStarship: The Maraj. Aesthetically pleasing design, it also contains compartments to launch each of the [=SilverHawks=] from, and the main cockpit can detach into a fighter-like mode while the rest of the craft goes invisible.
* {{Environment Specific Action Figure}}s: The action figure line included Quicksilver, Steelwill and Bluegrass in "ultrasonic suits" as well as their regular outfits.
* EpisodeTitleCard
* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: Mon*Star's mode of transportation and battle mount is the Sky-Runner, a five-tentacled space squid clad in armor.
* ExpositoryThemeTune
* {{Expy}}:The BigBad is a gravelly voiced villain who has his own transformation phrase and can transform into a much more powerful form. [[WesternAnimation/ThunderCats1985 Hmm, on what show was there also a character like that?]]
* FilmNoir: Although the series was entirely in color there's trace elements of noir here and there, like Stargazer's old school office, or Mon*Star being basically a mob kingpin with his own gang. Later addition Condor was explicitly a detective in the film noir style, with somewhat obsolete tech and a [[TwoFistedTales two-fisted attitude]] to make up for it. (At least, as much of a two-fisted attitude that you could get away with in a 1980s cartoon.)
* FiveManBand
** TheHero: Quicksilver.
** TheLancer: Bluegrass.
** TheBigGuy: Steelwill.
** TheChick: Steelheart.
** TheSmartGuy: Copper Kid.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Seymour and Zeek.
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* HollywoodCyborg: The [=SilverHawks=].
* HumansAreWarriors: One episode featured a plan to move in and take over organized crime on earth. However, since "Those UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} boys are pretty tough", Mon*Star and his gang weren't willing to just try to land and take over. Instead, they attempted a ColonyDrop. Human gangsters are so terrifying that even Mon*star is terrified of trying to fight them face to face.
* InstrumentOfMurder: Bluegrass's guitar and Melodia's keytar.
* LeitMotif: All over the place (a big-band "sleazy" number for the casino and bar, a noir-esque piano piece for Stargazer and scenes within his office, ThemeMusicPowerUp for when the Silverhawks move into action, etc).
* MaleGaze: Steelheart gets quite the pan up on her body in the opening credits.
* MerchandiseDriven
* MethuselahSyndrome: People apparently measure their lifespans in the ''millennia''.
** Considering that their civilization has FasterThanLightTravel and {{cyborg}}s that breathe in space, [[FridgeLogic it actually makes sense]] to have that kind of longevity. With that kind of biotech, a century's lifespan would be ridiculously small.
* MirrorMoralityMachine
* NeverRecycleYourSchemes: Played with in the episode "Magnetic Attraction"; when Commander Stargazer gives Steel Will a [[ReversePolarity polarity reverser]] to deal with the bad guys' gimmick of the episode, Will asks how he had one handy. Stargazer replies it's not the first time they've tried it, it's just the first time since the [=SilverHawks=] were around.
* NiceHat: Bluegrass' cowboy hat. The gold armor plating that covers half of Stargazer's head (complete with telescopic left-eye implant) also qualifies.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Condor's voice is an imitation of Creator/HumphreyBogart.
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* RoguesGallery: Mon*Star and his mob fill this role for the [=SilverHawks=], fittingly enough. The specific members of Mon*Star's mob are Yes-Man, Hardware, Melodia, Windhammer, Molec-U-lar, Mumbo Jumbo, Poker-Face, Buzz-Saw and Timestopper. Other villains include Zero the Memory-thief (who worked occasionally with Mon*Star's mob), the Rhino, the Cyclops, the Space Bandit and the Bounty Hunter.
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: Again, ''where to begin''?!
* ShoutOut:
** In ''Film/{{Big}}'', Creator/TomHanks is seen wearing ''[=SilverHawks=]'' underoos.
** ''Anime/{{Megazone 23}} Part II'' features a ''[=SilverHawks=]'' pinball game. This is also a MythologyGag since Creator/{{AIC}} worked on both series.
* SixthRanger: The original [=SilverHawks=] got four new teammates (Hotwing, Flashback, Condor and Moonstryker) midway through the series.
* SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Occurs on both sides with Steelheart (good guys) and Melodia (bad guys).
* SomewhereAnOrnithologistIsCrying: Very weirdly averted. Tallyhawk not only ''looks'' like a classic Red-tailed Hawk, he ''calls'' like one and often ''acts'' like one, too, albeit one with a wired-in controller.
* SpacePolice: The premise of the show.
* SuperheroesInSpace: They were a team of cyborg superheroes protecting the Limbo Galaxy from the villainous Mon*Star.
* SurferDude: Moon Stryker.
* TeamPet:
** Tallyhawk, Quicksilver's cyborg hawk. The rest of the team got their own Fighting Hawks later on: Sideman (Bluegrass), Rayzor (Steelheart), Stronghold (Steelwill) and Mayday (the Copper Kid).
** Sky Shadow, for Mon*Star and the mob.
** The first wave of the toy line had a robotic bird sidekick for every member of both the Silverhawks and Mon*Star's Mob, but only a few of them made it into the show. In addition to the ones mentioned above, Flashback had Backlash, Hotwing had Gyro, Stargazer had Sly-Bird, Condor had Jet Stream, Moonstryker had Tail-Spin, Buzz-Saw had Shredator, Mumbo-Jumbo had Airshock, and Mo-Lec-U-Lar had Volt-ure.
* TeamTitle
* TheTeaser: Each episode opened with clips from that day's story, accompanied by a {{narrator}} giving a brief plot synopsis.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Seymour and Zeek.
* TransformationSequence: Combined with ByThePowerOfGreyskull and AddedAlliterativeAppeal. Different in that the bad guy does it.
-->"Moonstar of Limbo... give me the might... the muscle... the menace... of ''MON*STAR!!''"
** Subverted in the episode "No More Mr. Nice Guy", where Yes-Man entered the transformation chamber with Mon*Star. Visually, he got all the same camera angles and dramatic poses that Mon*Star got, but he didn't actually physically change. Then double-subverted when it was shown that he underwent a ''mental'' change.
* WeirdSun: The Artificial Sun, a titanic flashlight at the edge of the sector.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Implied in the pilot, where Mon*Star begs the guards to release him. They state they remember what happened to the last guy who fell for that.