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[[caption-width-right:326:''[[Creator/TonyJay "These are the tales of]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3ZlpTp_dJA the Skeleton Warriors..."]]'']]

''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 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 UsefulNotes/PlayStation and UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn were released, as was [[TheMerch a toyline]]. The cast also appeared in the 1994 UsefulNotes/MacysThanksgivingDayParade, and [[https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/georgegaspar/skeleton-warriors-glyos-compatible-action-figures?ref=card a Kickstarter campaign]] for a revival of the toyline was successful.
* ActionFigureFileCard: The toys had them.
* AfterTheEnd: Luminicity depended on the Lightstar Crystal to provide limitless power. When the Crystal is shattered, the resulting power surge causes widespread destruction and leaves the kingdom vulnerable [[ZombieApocalypse to the rising threat of the Skeleton Warriors]]. By the time the Legion of Light is formed, Baron Dark already rules much of the world, and the ruins of highways and cities dot the landscape.
* AlphabeticalThemeNaming: Prince Justin and his siblings Joshua and Jennifer.
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: The fearful soldier Ferris, after being rescued at the start of ''"Heart and Soul"'', is skeletonized by Baron Dark during a battle shortly afterwords. He gets better, which leads to the discovery of a cure for the Skeleton Warrior transformation.
* AntagonistTitle: The eponymous Skeleton Warriors are the bad guys.
%%* AntiHero: Grimskull.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: The titular Skeleton Warriors, who can normally just reassemble themselves after any attack, have 'Heart Stones' inside their rib cages that if destroyed or removed would turn them back into human beings.
* TheAtoner: Grimskull intends to redeem himself after helping Baron Dark to steal half the Lightstar Crystal.
%%* BadassBeard: Ursak.
* BadassBiker: Skeletons riding bikes, [[RuleOfCool yeah]]. ''{{Flying|Car}}'' [[FlyingCar motorcycles]], no less.
* BadassFamily: The core group consists of two brothers, their sister and their uncle leading the resistance.
* BlackSheep: Prince Joshua/Grimskull, who originally sided with Baron Dark against Justin due to being jealous of his brother's inheritance of the throne. When the full extent of Dark's evil is revealed, however, he pulls a HeelFaceTurn and becomes TheAtoner.
* BloodlessCarnage: People get turned into skeletons rather then being killed. If the skeletons are knocked apart, the bones fly back into place.
* ButtMonkey: If something bad is about to happen to any one of the Skeleton Warriors, then it's probably going to happen to Dagger.
* CaptureTheFlag: By way of DismantledMacGuffin - Prince Justin owns one half of the Lightstar Crystal, while Baron Dark owns the other half. As a result, The Legion of Light and the Skeleton Warriors are both trying to capture the opposition's half of the Crystal, while simultaneously protecting their own.
* CatchPhrase: Baron Dark develops one, for when he skeletonizes somebody:
-->'''Baron Dark:''' "Blackest soul, evil's courier, ''serve me as a Skeleton Warrior!''"
* CoolPet: Baron Dark adopts a savage skeleton dog he names [[GiverOfLameNames Bad Dog]]. Grimskull, meanwhile, gains a wolf named Stalker as a companion.
* CrazyPrepared: Ursak seems like this at first, but then it is {{subverted}}. 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.
* DarkestHour: Episode 13. [[spoiler: Baron Dark joins both halves of the Lightstar Crystal, which grants him a slew of godlike powers and the ability to transform people into Skeleton Warriors regardless of their morality. He then leads a massive assault on Luminicity to convert all the remaining humans into skeletons, whether they're part of the Legion of Light or not.]]
* 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 by Baron Dark and Dr. Cyborn, after the Skeleton Warriors' WeaksauceWeakness is discovered. 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: The Skeleton Warriors themselves.
* {{Dracolich}}: Episode 12 features a skeletonized ''dragon'', which Dagger tries and fails to train as his own personal attack beast.
* EasilyForgiven: Subverted with Grimskull. While his family is willing to trust him, [[WelcomeBackTraitor the Legion of Light as a whole remains unconvinced]] for much of the series.
* EleventhHourSuperpower: [[spoiler: Prince Justin's sword is revealed to be made from a ''third'' piece of the Lightstar Crystal, and LikeCannotCutLike. This quickly evens the playing field between him and the Lightstar-empowered Baron Dark during the final battle.]]
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: Or, better yet, with the eponymous Skeleton Warriors.
* [[FiveBadBand Six-Bad Band]]: The named Skeleton Warriors form one:
** BigBad: Baron Dark - EvilOverlord and MonsterProgenitor of the Skeleton Warriors.
** TheDragon: Dagger - Despite his considerable incompetence and stupidity, he's sent on the most missions.
** TheBrute: Aracula - Cannot speak English, and is treated more like an attack animal than a teammate.
** The EvilGenius: Dr. Cyborn - In charge of all technological and scientific research, and doubles as a villainous MrExposition whenever Baron Dark needs something explained.
** DarkChick: Shriek - TheBaroness and [[SmurfettePrinciple token female skeleton]].
** SixthRanger: Klaw - Shows up in the third-to-last episode, and is significantly more competent than any of Dark's other minions.
* GemHeart: The Skeleton Warriors are revealed to have 'heart stones' inside their ribcages. If its ever removed or destroyed, the Skeleton Warrior immediately transforms back into a human.
* GoldenSuperMode: [[spoiler: Baron Dark acquires a set of golden armor after he joins the two halves of the Lightstar Crystal.]]
* 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, and who can convert nearly any living human into their service?
* ImplacableMan: While they aren't as strong or skilled as the heroes, Baron Dark and the Skeleton Warriors are totally immortal and simply reform a few seconds after being shattered, meaning they can win battles through raw attrition. The Skeleton Warriors are well aware of this, and are quick to gloat about it.
* IncongruouslyDressedZombie: When subjected to their ViralTransformation, newly-created Skeleton Warriors are clad in a tattered-up version of whatever outfit they were wearing at the time. Some, such as Baron Dark and his inner circle, acquire a slew of skeleton-themed decorations on what's left of their clothing [[EvilCostumeSwitch for no apparent reason]].
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Baron Dark cannot turn those who are essentially good into Skeleton Warriors, Though they don't have to literally be pure and saintly, [[DownplayedTrope just more good than bad]]. Marginal cases, however, need a good guy's assistance.
** Averted when he [[spoiler: gains the other half of the crystal, and the power to turn anyone regardless of morality into his warriors instantly]].
%%* InvincibleHero: Grimskull.
* LaResistance: The Legion of Light is this, in a world ruled by the undefeatable Skeleton Warriors.
* LightIsGood: Lightstar, who can shoot beams of light from his hands, and the Legion of Light.
* MeaningfulName: EVERYWHERE!!!
** Talyn can fly and has enhanced vision, like a hawk.
** Lightstar holds the resistance's half of the Lightstar Crystal and shoots lightbeams.
** Grimskull's face looks like a skull, 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
* MonsterProgenitor: Baron Dark becomes the first Skeleton Warrior, and gains the power to [[TheVirus spread the transformation to other humans]].
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: '''[[AristocratsAreEvil Baron]] [[DarkIsEvil Dark]].'''
* TheNecrocracy: The Skeleton Warriors, under Baron Dark's rule, control their civilization with an iron fist. Anyone too good-of-heart to be transformed into a Skeleton Warrior is instead used as slave labor to build weapons, munitions and skycyles.
* {{Nepotism}}: When Grimskull's betrayal is publicly revealed, his brother's refusal to have him executed is perceived as this by the people.
* NonHumanUndead: Aracula and Klaw - A spider-man and a wolf-man, respectively, turned into Skeleton Warriors.
%%* 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 [[MonsterProgenitor 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.
* PullingThemselvesTogether: The Skeleton Warriors will reassemble if broken apart in combat, [[GoodThingYouCanHeal which happens often]].
* RaisingTheSteaks: Any living creature can be skeletonized, which is demonstrated on a dog, a [[HellishHorse horse]], and even a ''[[{{Dracolich}} dragon]]''.
* ShadowWalker: Grimskull uses shadows to teleport wherever he wants.
* ShapeshifterWeapon: [[spoiler: The completed Lightstar Crystal shapeshifts into a golden sword, when Baron Dark fights Prince Justin for the climatic battle.]]
%%* ShouldersOfDoom: Baron Dark
* SicklyGreenGlow: The skycycle engines and weapon blasts of the skeleton warriors.
* SixthRanger: The Skeleton Warriors get one in the form of Klaw, a wolf-man mercenary who intentionally skeletonizes himself [[spoiler: using Baron Dark's collapsing skeletonization ray]]. He ends up being more competent than all of Dark's usual henchmen combined, and is [[MadeOfIron noticeably more shatter-resistant]] than the average Skeleton Warrior.
* TheSoCalledCoward: A Legion of Light warrior thinks himself a DirtyCoward because he ran from the skeleton warriors. However the flashback shows he only fled when his weapon ran out of power and he had no way of fighting them.
* SpareToTheThrone: When Grimskull's pre-HeelFaceTurn crime becomes publicly known, the people of Luminicity want him to be executed for this and the only way his brother can spare him without having to face a revolt is by being executed in his place. With Lightstar dead and Grimskull still being labeled a traitor, their sister will be the next in line to become the ruler of Luminicity regardless of the fact she never received any training for this. [[spoiler:Fortunately, Grimskull earned forgiveness on time to prevent any executions from happening]].
%%* TooDumbToLive: Dagger.
* TheVamp: [[TheBaroness Shriek]] ''wants'' to be this, but the problem is that she keeps making seductive banter towards Prince Justin ''[[{{Squick}} as a skeleton]].''
* ViralTransformation: The Skeleton Warriors undergo this by becoming... well, [[ShapedLikeItself skeletons]].
* TheVirus: The Skeleton Warrior transformation works like this, with Baron Dark as PatientZero and [[MonsterProgenitor the sole carrier]]. Anyone with enough evil in their hearts is susceptible to the ViralTransformation, and becomes instantly loyal to Baron Dark afterwords.
%%* WarriorPrince
* WeaksauceWeakness: Initially, the Skeleton Warriors seem nearly unstoppable - While they can be shattered easily, they reform themselves within seconds, and their leader can create new Skeleton Warriors simply by touching people. Everything changes after Episode 3, however, when the Skeleton Warriors are revealed to have [[GemHeart 'heart stones']] inside their ribcages. If these stones are ever destroyed or removed, the Skeleton Warrior instantly transforms back into a human being, which also breaks Baron Dark's control over their mind if they weren't a willing recruit.
* WeHaveReserves: Baron Dark, because of the skeleton warriors PullingThemselvesTogether.
* WelcomeBackTraitor: The Legion of Light toward Grimskull, due to the part he played in the rise of Baron Dark.
* WhamEpisode: Episode 12 ends with [[spoiler: Grimskull seemingly killed and Baron Dark finally in possession of the Lightstar Crystal's other half]].
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: At the end of the series, [[spoiler: Baron Dark and the Lightstar Crystal are destroyed, but Dark's huge Skeleton Warrior army - including his lieutenants and the several dozen innocent people he managed to skeletonize during the final battle - remains unaccounted for]].
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: 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.
* ZombieApocalypse: The Skeleton Warriors. [[PatientZero Baron Dark]] is able to inflict the transformation on humans, and quickly builds an army of near-unstoppable undead minions to conquer the world. By episode 12, the Skeleton Warriors are numerous enough to fill every seat in a huge stadium.
* ZombieInfectee: Grimskull is partially-transformed into a Skeleton Warrior when the Lightstar Crystal is shattered. He develops a psychic link with Baron Dark, a trait implied to be common to Skeleton Warriors, and faces constant distrust and suspicion from the Legion of Light. Baron Dark [[GenreSavvy is quick to take advantage of this]], and hatches several plots to cause infighting among the Legion by playing on their paranoia and making Grimskull look like TheCorruptible.