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->''[[LargeHam SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE GHOOOOOOOOOOOST!]]''

This HannaBarbera series, produced in 1966 for Creator/{{CBS}}, started that studio's superhero adventure cycle. South Dakota's own Gary Owens performed the voice of the spacefaring crimefighter, whose belt and wristbands conferred various offensive and defensive powers. Space Ghost's most impressive (and consistent) power, however, was {{invisibility}}. His wards, Jan and Jace, and their pet monkey, Blip, also could fly, survive in space and become invisible at will, though they lacked the offensive punch of Space Ghost's power bands. Its companion series was ''Dinoboy In The Lost Valley'', which focused on the adventures of a young 20th century boy, his cave man protector Ugg and their pet dinosaur Bronty, as they tried to survive in a mysterious jungle area.

Space Ghost and his companions had all new adventures in the early 1980s on Creator/{{NBC}}'s AnimatedAnthology ''WesternAnimation/SpaceStars''. In 1994, Creator/CartoonNetwork gave Space Ghost a 15-minute evening talk show, ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast''; the creators of that show later helped launch Creator/AdultSwim. There was also a 2005 comic book limited series that gave him a very much DarkerAndEdgier backstory.

Moltar, one of the show's villains, was also the very first host of {{Toonami}}. In fact, Toonami can trace its roots back to Space Ghost, since it was a MorePopularSpinoff of SpaceGhostCoastToCoast, which itself was a spinoff of Space Ghost. This show was even a part of Toonami's very early lineup, via the Cartoon Roulette.
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!!Tropes:
* ActionSeries
* AirVentPassageway: Jan and Jace infiltrate an enemy base this way in "The Space Piranha".
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The Japanese version has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEFxejz3g18 this]].
* AnimatedSeries
* AsideGlance: Blip at the end of several episodes.
* AuctionOfEvil: In the episode "Space Sargasso", Lurker plans to auction Space Ghost off to his enemies.
* AudibleGleam: Happens plenty when Space Ghost does his trustworthy superhero smile. His teeth gleam. He even has a gleam-off competition with Donny Osmond.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace
* {{Brainwashed}}: Jan and Jace in "The Sandman" were ordered to capture Space Ghost.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Jace actually falls victim to this twice. He gets this in one of the 1980s episodes, "Devilship", as well as in the aforementioned "Sandman".
* {{Bumbling Sidekick}}s[=/=]TheLoad: Jan and Jace. Blip is more helpful than they are!
* CaptainSpaceDefenderOfEarth: Played completely straight.
* CatchYourDeathOfCold: Blip at the end of "The Iceman".
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman
* CoolShip: The Phantom Cruiser
* {{Crossover}}: With WesternAnimation/TheHerculoids, the Mighty Mightor,WesternAnimation/{{Shazzan}}, and Moby Dick, who appear in the five-part "The Council of Doom" arc. Also crosses over with Teen Force.
** Later, with ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''.
** There is some sort of connection between Space Ghost and WesternAnimation/DinoBoy; one of the bumpers for the latter show features Space Ghost, Jan, Jace and Blip using the Phantom Cruiser to save Dino Boy and Ugg from "vulture-dactyls". (The shows are connected to the same level of Frankenstein Junior and The Impossibles)
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Tarko the Viking in "The Time Machine".
* DeployableCover: Brak's Impregnashield in "The Looters".
* DistressedDamsel: Jan
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: Space Ghost, Jan and Jace at Blip in "Ruler of the Rock Robots"
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Blip
* EvilLaugh: Almost all of the villains had one.
* EvilTwin: Space Spectre
* ExPy: Space Ghost's costume has unintentional similarities to the appearance of {{Batman}}, but the two are day and night in personality and aptitude.
* FiveBadBand: The Council of Doom.
** BigBad: The Creature King
** TheDragon: Zorak
** TheEvilGenius: Brak
** {{The Brute}}s: Moltar and Metallus
** TheDarkChick: Spider Woman
* FreezeRay: Space Ghost could generate one from his Power Bands.
* HandBlast: Space Ghost uses his power bands to fire stun rays, heat rays and so on.
* HarmlessFreezing: Happens to Space Ghost in "The Iceman".
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: Used on Space Ghost and friends by "The Evil Collector" and in the 1980s short "Time of the Giants".
* InsectoidAliens: Zorak, Lokar.
* InstantSedation: Brak uses a sleep gas missile on a ship in "The Looters".
* {{Invisibility}}
* IrislessEyeMaskOfMystery: Space Ghost as well as Jan and Jace wear masks that have this effect. Though Space Ghost was never shown unmasked on-screen, artwork by Alex Toth [[http://blog.brendanmckillip.com/2007/01/space-ghost-unmasked.html shows what he looked like without his cowl]].
* JetPack
* {{Kid Sidekick}}s: Jan and Jace
* KnockoutGas: In the episode "The Looters", Brak uses a sleep gas missile on a ship.
* LegionOfDoom: The Council of Doom
* LuckilyMyPowersWillProtectMe
* MetamorphosisMonster: In one 1980s episode, Jan and Jace adopt a cute little creature called a starfly, unaware that it's the larval form of a giant glowing {{Kaiju}} called a star beast. It grows up fast and seems threatening, but in the end, it remembers Jan and Jace and refuses to hurt them.
* MonsterOfTheWeek
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Space Ghost tended to use a small set of powers to solve most problems, but sometimes he'd pull some completely new kind of ray out of his power bands just to deal with this week's menace.
* NonHumanSidekick: Blip
* NonIdenticalTwins: Jan has blond hair and blue eyes; her slightly older brother has brown hair and brown eyes.
* NowDoItAgainBackwards: Space Ghost in "Clutches of the Creature King".
* OurGargoylesRock: "The Gargoyloids"
* PronounTrouble: Jan and Jace must have been allergic to the word "he" when referring to Space Ghost.
* ScienceFiction
* ShoutOut: The comic book series had numerous shout-outs to ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast''; including Space Ghost's real name being [[spoiler:Thaddeus "Tad" Bach]].
* StrappedToABomb: The episode "Zorak". The title villain ties Jan and Jace to the seats of his Flying Time Bomb (a spaceship with a TimeBomb inside) and sends it away. Space Ghost rescues them JustInTime.
* SuperHero
* SuperStrength: Space Ghost demonstrates this in one episode, without benefit of his devices.
* SuperWristGadget: Space Ghost's power bands.
* TapOnTheHead: "The Space Piranhas", "Space Sargasso" and "The Time Machine".
* TemptingFate: A boy in "Brago" and a ship pilot in "The Looters".
* TimmyInAWell: Blip.
* TranslatorMicrobes: Not just the aliens, but several time travel episodes as well.
* AVillainNamedZrg: Space Ghost's arch-nemesis Zorak.

!! Mini-series (DC Comics)
* DarkerAndEdgier
* DeathByOriginStory: Thaddeus's wife and unborn child were killed by corrupt peacekeepers.
* DirtyCop: The "Phantom" special ops team Thaddeus joins has odd quirks like killing informants and looting their figurative corpses. Not to mention what they did when Tad was about to inform on them.
* TheDreaded: During the first few issues, rumors about "the Bugs" destroying colonies are laughed off as soon as they're mentioned; of course, it turns out that Zorak is all too real.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: For all the seriousness of the story at the beginning, Tad is the one and only Space Ghost by the end, complete with [[KidSidekick devoted sidekicks]] and [[TheCape the traditional behavior]] one would expect from an iconic superhero of TheSixties.
* HiveMind: Zorak and his kind, the Zorathians. Also a reason why Zorak keeps coming back from the dead; if "Zorak" is killed, another bug then becomes "Zorak". Another nod to ''Coast to Coast'', where SG frequently blasts him to no permanent effect.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Tad; a nod to ''Space Ghost Coast to Coast''.
* TheMentor: The alien living on Ghost Planet who gave Space Ghost his powers.
* MythologyGag: To ''Space Ghost: Coast to Coast''. Including SG's true name to be Thaddeus Bach (''ā la'' Thaddeus "Tad" Ghostal); Thaddeus' wife resembled Björk (whom SG interviewed and on whom he married).
* OriginStory
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Space Ghost originally tried hunting down the members of the squad that killed his family. He eventually becomes more idealistic.
* SpacePolice: Thaddeus was an interplanetary peacekeeper who was promoted to their Special Ops division.
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