!!!''Thunderbirds'' the series

* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: In ''Thunderbirds are GO!'' the musical number sung by Cliff Richard (Jr.) seems out of place with the rest of the film. Even though it did happen in Alan's dream, it's out of place within that context too.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Fireflash's emergency landing.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome
** The theme tune, which has become a favourite for military bands (see the credits for ''Thunderbirds are GO!'' for a good example). Works really well when it kicks in during a particularly dangerous scene.
** Although a lot slower and quieter, "Dangerous Games" from "The Cham-Cham" isn't bad either.
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: "City of Fire": [[WomenDrivers Never put your wife behind the wheel]]! [[SpaceWhaleAesop Skyscrapers will explode]]. Also qualifies for DudeNotFunny and HarsherInHindsight.
* {{Fanon}}: The late Mrs. Tracy's first name; Lucille.
* HarsherInHindsight: "Terror in New York City" also "Operation Crash Dive" after flight MH370
* IdiotPlot: In the Nintendo ([[NintendoHard Hard]]) game based on the show Hood threatens to bombard Earth with meteors in two months unless International Rescue turns the secrets of the Thunderbirds over to him. Ignoring the overkill of this plan, Brains immediately figures out why Hood's deadline is so far away: he needs the intervening time to gather the resources to make good on his threat. And the Tracys immediately discover where he's doing it and work to cut him off. Oops.
* MemeticMutation: [[http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lkbhpfzcp91qj43juo1_250.gif This gif]]
* NightmareFuel
** The last ten minutes or so of "Danger at Ocean Deep". Scott and John are risking their lives on a ship that will blow up at any second, in the middle of ghastly, thick fog....and then the water around the vessel starts ''bubbling and heaving.''
** Some of the "laughing marionette heads" in the opening scene of ''Thunderbird 6'' could also count...
** The Hood's eyes glow yellow whenever he uses his psychic powers. It's more than just surreal, it's terrifying.
** The rock snakes of Mars will give you nightmares, especially thanks to the music playing. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mw_BEJQq1TY Just listen.]]
** A segment of the "Vault Of Death" score can pretty unsettling, going from quiet to loud and back again, before building up to a loud LastNoteNightmare. The contrast in volume especially dramatic when the score accompanies a scene where an explosive is about to blow open a bank door in said episode. This musical segment is also used in ''City Of Fire'', ''Brink Of Disaster'', ''Cry Wolf'', ''Danger At Ocean Deep'' and ''Path Of Destruction''. ''Give Or Take A Million'' edits out the dramatic parts at least.
* {{Padding}}: A positive example to a degree. When Lew Grade insisted that the episodes be hour long ones, the producers had to pad out the time of their first stories already scripted and in production. What they did was add in additional plot twists and character asides such the trope immediately below which gave the stories a great sophistication than what they thought was possible.
* RecycledInSpace: A lot of concepts were RippedFromTheHeadlines sixties tropes given a futuristic spin. For example, pirate radio ships being anchored outside national waters became pirate radio spaceships outside Earth orbit, and Concorde became Fireflash.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The vehicle effects were among the best of their time, and still hold up well against modern CG animation (also true for other Gerry Anderson projects). Save for anything involving water, where, much like most miniature work done in water, the scale issues were pretty obvious. ''Fire'', on the other hand, was a series specialty.

!!!''Thunderbirds'' the movie

* HamAndCheese: In the live-action film, Ben Kingsley clearly had fun playing The Hood.
* HilariousInHindsight: The song "Thunderbirds are Go", which is played during the end credits of the live-action movie, contains the lyrics "don't be mad please, stop the hating". And considering how universally hated the live action movie is by fans of the TV series...
* IAmNotShazam: Hardly ever is International Rescue ever referred to as "International Rescue." The rest of the time, they're the "Thunderbirds", despite that being the name of the ''craft'', not the organization itself. Could be justified when one considers how [[{{Defictionalization}} a real-life International Rescue]] actually began operations some time after the original series ended, [[RealLifeWritesThePlot which might've caused some]] InUniverse conflict.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Arguably the only worthwhile aspect of the 2004 movie, for adolescent males at least, was Tin-Tin being played by a pre-''HighSchoolMusical'' Vanessa Hudgens.

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