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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
* ApocalypticLog: The classic episode "The Energy Monster" features a posthumous recording by the scientist who created it.
* AsideComment
** "The Cyclopeds". At the end of the episode Cyclo runs into his own Maze of Terror.
-->'''Space Ghost''': He forgot his own creation, the Cyclo Terror, was in there. Things have a strange way of evening up, [looks at the camera] especially for poor misguided creatures like Cyclo.
** "Space Sargasso". After Blip retrieves Space Ghost's power bands and returns them to him, Jace says (while facing the camera) "Space Ghost has his power bands again!"
** The title character Zorgat does this in "Ruler of the Rock Robots".
-->Zorgat: They have seen the empty cruiser. Step two of my plan is working.
* AsideGlance
*** Blip the monkey gives the audience one at the end of the episodes "The Drone", "Glasstor" and "The Sorcerer".
*** In "The Lizard Slavers", while Jace is telling Jan about the title creatures one of them turns its head and smiles at the camera as if it were pleased that Jan was talking about it.
* AttackReflector: In a bumper (short piece of animation between episodes) a spaceship fires at Space Ghost and he uses an energy field around himself that reflects the beam back at the ship and destroys it.
* 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: Space Ghost, Jan, Jace and Blip can all breathe in space with no explanation. So can most of the alien opponents they encounter.
* {{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: The protagonists do this in "Ruler of the Rock Robots", "The Drone" and "The Energy Monster" and "Space Sargasso".
* 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.
* FungusHumongous: "Hi-Jackers". The planet where the title criminals make their base is covered with giant mushrooms several times larger than a human being.
* GiantRobot: "The Challenge". Zorak creates a giant robot that has powerful beam weapons and a force field and challenges Space Ghost to fight it.
* HammeredIntoTheGround: "The Challenge". Zorak's GiantRobot Titanor smashes Space Ghost into the ground with his fist.
* HandBlast: Space Ghost uses his power bands to fire stun rays, heat rays and so on.
* HarmlessFreezing: Happens to Space Ghost in "The Iceman".
* HumanHammerThrow: Episode "The Lizard Slavers". While fighting with the title opponents Space Ghost grabs one of them by the tail, swings him around several times and throws him at a group of them, knocking them down.
* 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}}: Invisibility is one of WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost's main powers. His {{sidekick}}s Jan, Jace and Blip can also use "Inviso Power" (as it's called InUniverse).
* 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: Jan, Jace and Blip each wear one and use it to fly around. In the episode "The Drone" Space Ghost called them "rocket packs".
* {{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
* LetsSplitUpGang: Episode "The Sandman". A number of people (including two French Foreign Legion members) have mysteriously disappeared in the same area. When Space Ghost, Jan, Jace and Blip arrive, Space Ghost tells the others to "spread out". This leads to Jan, Jace and Blip being captured by the enemy.
* 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
* NowDoItAgainBackwards: Space Ghost in "Clutches of the Creature King".
* OurGargoylesRock: "The Gargoyloids"
* PlantAliens: Episode "The Gargoyloids". The title monsters control ambulatory plant life, which they use to entwine and capture Space Ghost, Jan, Jace and Blip.
* PronounTrouble: Jan and Jace must have been allergic to the word "he" when referring to Space Ghost.
* ScienceFiction
* SelfDestructMechanism: At the end of the episode "The Drone", after the title robot was captured it blew itself up with (as Space Ghost put it) a "destruct mechanism".
* 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/WesternAnimation Tempting Fate]]: A boy in "Brago", a ship pilot in "The Looters" and the BigBad Tansit in "Hi-Jackers".
* 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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