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''Skeleton Warriors'' was a short-lived SaturdayMorningCartoon made by Landmark Entertainment Group and broadcast by Creator/{{CBS}} in 1994.

The story is set on the planet Lumimaire, with the [[MineralMacGuffin Lightstar Crystal]] as the center of the series. Baron Dark tried to steal it, but he could obtain only half of the Crystal, empowering him with the ability to turn people into [[strike:zombies]] the eponymous Skeleton Warriors, while Prince Lightstar, the one who was guarding the crystal, obtained the other half. Then, a battle ensued, in which [[CaptureTheFlag each side tried to obtain the other's half while guarding its own]]. Lightstar isn't alone, since his siblings, Joshua (who was closer with Baron Dark [[HeelFaceTurn until]] their KarmicTransformation) and Jennifer, and their uncle Ursak formed the Legion of Light. Their half of the crystal gave them many powers, such as energy channelizing (Lightstar), flight (Jennifer/Talyn) and shadow-travelling (Joshua/Grimskull).

Video games for Sony PlayStation and SegaSaturn were released, as was [[TheMerch a toyline]]. [[https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/georgegaspar/skeleton-warriors-glyos-compatible-action-figures?ref=card A Kickstarter campaign]] for a revival of the line was successful.
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!!Examples of tropes used in this series:
* AfterTheEnd
* AntagonistTitle: The eponymous Skeleton Warriors are the bad guys.
* AntiHero: Grimskull.
* TheAtoner: Grimskull, again.
* BadassBeard: Ursak.
* BadassBiker: Skeletons riding bikes, [[RuleOfCool yeah]].
** ''[[FlyingCar Flying]]'' [[FlyingCar motorcycles]], no less.
* BadassFamily: Two brothers, their sister and their uncle.
** TheHero: Justin "Prince Lightstar" Steele.
** TheLancer[=/=]TheChick: Jennifer "Talyn" Steele.
** TheBigGuy[=/=]TheSmartGuy: Joshua "Grimskull" Steele.
** TheObiWan[=/=]TeamDad: Ursak "Guardian", their uncle.
* BlackSheep: Grimskull.
* BloodlessCarnage: People get turned into skeletons rather then being killed. If the skeletons are knocked apart, the bones fly back into place.
* CaptureTheFlag
* CoolPet: Stalker, Grimskull's wolf
* CrazyPrepared: Especially true about Ursak's basement. Subverted: Ursak doesn't have the 'crazy' part at all. In one episode, it showed that he helped build a machine that let him see the future. After seeing the rise of the Skeleton Warriors, he starting preparing and waiting for the day that he knew would come, just not when exactly.
* DarkIsEvil:
** His name's Baron Dark, he turns people in evil skeletons, and all of them enjoy the night far more then the day.
** Averted with Grimskull. Dark clothing and a shadow walker, but he's loyal to his family.
* DecapitatedArmy: Discussed. When a Skeleton Warrior is changed back into a human, Baron Dark can just "reskeletonize" them, but what happens if Baron Dark himself gets changed back?
* DemBones: You can reverse the effect of being a Skeleton Warrior by removing the ruby in the back of the chest.
* DistressedDamsel: Talyn
* EasilyForgiven: The only thing that's between Grimskull and being an enemy of the Legion of Light is that... they're brothers.
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: Or, better yet, with the eponymous Skeleton Warriors.
* FiveBadBand:
** BigBad: Baron Dark.
** TheDragon: Dagger.
** TheBrute: Aracula.
** The EvilGenius: Dr. Cyborn.
** DarkChick: Shriek.
* GangOfHats: The Skeleton Warriors, of course!
* HeelFaceTurn: Grimskull was with Baron Dark before their KarmicTransformation.
* HopelessWar: Until the weakness of the Skeleton Warriors is discovered, the good guys are essentially fighting one. How do you win a war against an enemy that can't be killed?
* ImmortalLifeIsCheap
* InvincibleHero: Grimskull.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: As of early 2012, there is a DVD release of the complete series called, oddly enough, "Skeleton Warriors: The Complete Series"
* LaResistance: The Legion of Light.
* LightIsGood
* MeaningfulName: EVERYWHERE!!!
** Talyn can fly.
** Lightstar holds the resistance's half of the crystal and shoots lightbeams.
** Grimskull's face looks like a mummy's, and he is grim because his betrayal in the first episode led to the current situation.
** Uncle "Guardian", who looks out for his brother's children.
** Baron Dark -loves the literal dark, and symbolic of the darkness he's brought to the land.
* MerchandiseDriven
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Baron '''Dark'''.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: Played with - Baron Dark turns humans that defect to him into skeleton warriors, even if they would be more useful staying TheMole. It is perfectly in character for him, though: He's not only the sole infector of TheVirus (making everyone "joined in the darkness"), but the conversion is shown to make the victim far more loyal to him. A rabid dog becomes obedient, traitors and mercenaries who were OnlyInItForTheMoney instantly settle for doing his bidding only ForTheEvulz. Magically-enforced loyalty is probably the safest way to deal with someone who has a track record of betrayal.
* PrinceCharming: Lightstar.
* PullingThemselvesTogether: The Skeleton Warriors
* ShadowWalker: Grimskull uses shadows to teleport wherever he wants.
* ShouldersOfDoom: Baron Dark
* SicklyGreenGlow: The skycycle engines and weapon blasts of the skeleton warriors.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, more or less.
* TheNecrocracy: Type I, Led by Baron Dark.
* TheVirus: Though, you must have some bit of dark in your soul in order to become a Skeleton Warrior.
* Creator/TonyJay: "These are the tales of the Skeleton Warriors!"
* TooDumbToLive: Dagger
* WarriorPrince: Lightstar.
* WeHaveReserves: Baron Dark, because of the skeleton warriors PullingThemselvesTogether
* WelcomeBackTraitor: The Legion of Light toward Grimskull, no less.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman[=/=]WhatMeasureIsAMook: Skeletons are shot without hesitation. ImmortalLifeIsCheap though. And they'd just bring their victims to Baron Dark for recruitment.
* WhatMeasureIsANonSuper: The only use the skeletons see in those that are too good at heart to be converted is as expendable slaves.
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