A team of heroic Space Police who defend the Limbo Galaxy from Mon*Star and his mob.
Tropes associated with all the SilverHawks:
- Badass Crew: They most definitely are.
- Cyborg: What each team member is transformed into, although the series never uses the word.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Of the original Silverhawks crew, neither The Copper Kidd nor Bluegrass had their real names mentioned at any point of the show. The same happened to the new Silverhawks members.
- In the comics, it's stated Bluegrass' name is T. Boone Pickens and The Copper Kidd's name is unknown to the other characters because he can't pronounce it.
- Space Police: One of the prime examples.
The Original TeamThese are the Silverhawks who were introduced at the beginning of the series.
Commander Burt Stargazer
Voiced by: Bob McFadden (original), José Luis Castañeda (Latin-American Spanish dub)The man who issues the orders to the Silverhawks. He's also the cop who originally captured Mon*Star.
Tropes associated with Stargazer:
- Bald of Awesome: He does not have any hair but he is a very cool cop.
- Chicago: His hometown.
- Cool Old Guy
- Da Chief: Well, seeing as how this is basically a cop show IN SPACE!, he fits the role.
- Former Teen Rebel: Or so he says. Had the nickname "Barnstorming Burt".
- Mission Control: His usual role.
- Obsolete Mentor
Lieutenant Johnathan Quick, "Quicksilver".
Voiced by: Peter Newman (original), Eladio González Garza (Latin-American Spanish dub)The field leader of the Silverhawks.
Tropes associated with Quicksilver:
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Lieutenant Johnathan Quick.
- The Determinator: As the leader, he never gives up.
- The Hero: Of the original Five-Man Band.
- Humans Are Special: He believes this, and this is what makes him The Determinator, particularly during his battle against his Evil Counterpart Darkbird.It's our human qualities that give us courage, endurance and the power to tell right from wrong!
Voiced by: Larry Kenney (original), Braulio Zertuche (Latin-American Spanish dub)The Silverhawks' pilot, and the only one among them who doesn't have wing attachments or a built-in weapon, instead relying on his guitar to shoot musical beams.
Tropes associated with Bluegrass:
- Ace Pilot: Between the Bushwacker and Plugger varieties.
- Colonel Badass: Though very laid-back and genial normally, he could kick ass with the best of them. Also, "Colonel Bluegrass" and "Colonel Badass" rhyme, and that has to count for something, right?
- The Deep South: He talks like Lion-O with a Southern accent.
- I Call It "Vera": He calls his guitar Hot Licks.
- Instrument of Murder: Hot Licks is a heroic example.
- The Lancer: Laidback and easygoing compared to Quicksilver's by-the-book nature, though they rarely bicker.
- Nice Hat: He always wears a cowboy hat.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His real name is never revealed.
Sergeants Emily "Steelheart" Hart and Will "Steelwill" Hart
Voiced by: Maggie Wheeler (Steelheart) and Bob McFadden (Steelwill) (original); Yolanda Vidal (Steelheart) and Arturo Casanova (Steelwill) (Latin-American Spanish dub)A brother and sister team of heroes who join the Silverhawks.
Tropes associated with Steelheart and Steelwill:
- Amazonian Beauty: Of the two Smurfettes on the cast (the other being Melodia), Steelheart is easily the stronger-looking (of muscular design). We get a nice Male Gaze pan of her on the opening sequence to showcase this.
- Action Girl: Steelheart.
- The Big Guy: Steelwill.
- Brother–Sister Team: They're both Gadgeteer Geniuses who work together all the time...and then punch down walls together all the time. They even suffered heart failures at the same time, requiring them to get fitted with bionic replacements prior to the Silverhawk assignment.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Both of them, as stated above.
- Genius Bruiser: Super-strong football fans, and the team's tech specialists.
- Ms. Fanservice: Steelheart is an attractive female member of the Silverhawks who usually wears a very form-fitting armor and other outfits that highlight her very muscular yet voluptuous body, strong toned muscles, toned broad shoulders, large breasts, and long muscular legs.
- The Smurfette Principle: Steelheart is the only female Silverhawk. This remains true even after they add more later in the series.
- She's Got Legs: Steelhart has very long muscular legs.
- Super Strength: The strongest members of the Silverhawks team, in physical terms.
- Twin Telepathy: This is why their hearts failed simultaneously during the mechanization sequence in the pilot. Used at least once afterwards, but not much more than that.
The Copper Kidd
Voiced by: Pete Cannarozzi (original)The Silverhawks' alien member. He communicates by taking high-pitched noises instead of speaking.
Tropes associated with The Copper Kidd:
- Cute Mute: Well, not mute exactly; his speech comes out as whistles, but they're intelligible enough to be understood in-universe (and by viewers with keen ears).
- Deadly Disc: In addition to the usual Silverhawk loadout, he has a pair of throwing discs which he keeps on his hips.
- Heroic Mime: Comes from a planet of them no less.
- The Unintelligible: Had a computerized voicebox installed during his cybernetic conversion, but it is still heavy synthesized
- Pointy Ears
- Precision-Guided Boomerang: He has two razor-edged discs implanted on his hips that he uses this way in battle.
- The Smart Guy
- Token Nonhuman: Hails from "The Planet of the Mimes", and is functionally human save for facial markings and skin coloration reminiscent of a clown, voicelessness, and a pronounced mischievous streak.
- The Trope Kid
The ReinforcementsThese are Sixth Ranger Silverhawks who were introduced midway through the series, after the original team had been established. None of them appear in the Title Sequence.
Voiced by: Adolph Caesar, Doug Preis (original), Raúl de la Fuente and Carlos Petrel (Latin-American Spanish dub)A professional magician and illusionist with a Power Crystal embedded in his forehead instead of lasers in his shoulders. He uses his abilities to confuse and misdirect Mon*Star's gang.
Tropes associated with Hotwing:
- Character Outlives Actor: Upon Adolph Caesar's death, Hotwing is just given another actor to voice him.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It's not always clear if Hotwing really has mystical (or telekinetic) powers or is just a very skilled illusionist.
- Mind over Matter: His primary trick is his ability to manipulate matter and energy through mind power.
- The Other Darrin: Adolph Caesar died during production, so Doug Preis was brought in to voice Hotwing's later appearances.
- Pointy Ears: Oddly, since he was human.
- Power Crystal: Located in his forehead, that his "magic" beams emanated from.
- Token Minority: He was the only African-American character in the show.
Voiced by: Peter Newman (possibly)A Silverhawk from (even farther in) The Future who occasionally travels back in time to save the main cast. In his first appearance, the other Silverhawks didn't recognize him, so they treated him as an enemy. In later appearances, he's joined the team with no explanation.
Tropes associated with Flashback:
- Always Someone Better: Since he's from the Silverhawks' future, he's even more powerful than they are—except for Steelwill, whose strength matches his.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: He does this at least twice.
- Time Travel: His shtick. He's able to manipulate time to his own advantage.
Voiced by: Bob McFaddenCondor is a retired Silverhawk who's working as a private eye when his old friend Stargazer calls him back to active duty. His tech is outmoded, but his experience makes up for it.
Tropes associated with Condor:
- Badass Grandpa
- Cool Old Guy
- Jetpack: He has one instead of the permanently attached wings most modern Silverhawks use.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His voice is an imitation of Humphrey Bogart.
- Private Detective: What he's doing since quitting the Silverhawks gig.
- Retired Badass: Retired, then unretired.
Voiced by: Larry Kenney (probably)Moonstryker is a cocky young Silverhawk whose technology is a little more advanced than his teammates'. He uses a spinning turbine attached to his waist to fly.
Tropes associated with Moonstryker:
- Deadpan Snarker
- Everything's Better with Spinning: His turbine.
- Friendly Sniper: He's a crack shot with his built-in lasers.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
- Surfer Dude: His personality.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: His deliberately misspelled name.
Voiced by: Earl Hammond (original), Luis de León and Alejandro Villeli (Latin-American Spanish dub)The leader of the mob, and arch-enemy of the Silverhawks and of Commander Stargazer in particular.
Tropes associated with Mon*Star:
- By the Power of Grayskull!: A villainous variant. "Moon Star of Limbo! Give me the might - the muscle - the menace - of MON*STAR!"
- The Dreaded
- Eyepatch of Power: Wears one over his left eye in his normal form. It has a six-pointed star emblem that becomes part of his facial markings in his transformed state.
- Eye Beam: In his transformed state, the star emblem on his left eye becomes capable of firing bolts of star-shaped energy that can either paralyze a target or transform his squid-mount, Skyrunner, into its armored form.
- Genre Savvy: He doesn't underestimate his foes. In "Switch", when all of the Silverhawks except Copper Kid are imprisoned, he tells his mob that as long as Kid is around, they can still lose. He's right.
- It's Personal: Between Mon*Star and Stargazer, who originally captured him.
- Lunacy: The light of the Moon Star of Limbo is what gives him his strength and ability to transform.
- One-Winged Angel
- Orcus on His Throne: In later episodes he stops getting actively involved in his own plots in any way. With very few exceptions, he just gives orders and doesn't actually do anything. Possibly done as a way to avoid further Villain Decay, because on the rare times when he did do something himself, he got beaten easily - e.g, episode 64, "Zeek's Power", where Condor defeats Mon*Star in a single hit.
- Powered Armor: Wears this in his transformed state. It gives him flight abilities and a degree of boosted strength and endurance, as well as the Eye Beam ability above.
- Red Baron: Mon*Star, the Planet-Master.
- Spikes of Villainy: He has a pair of small spikes on his shoulders in his normal form; in his armored form, he has them all over his head instead.
- Vocal Evolution: His voice started out very deep and growly, but over the course of the series slowly turned into a perfect imitation of Vultureman's screech, though it also partway reverted in the later episodes. (Earl Hammond voiced both characters). More jarring in that his transformation phrase always used the original deep-voiced clip.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: With the help of the Moonstar's light.
Voiced by: Bob McFadden (original), Francisco Reséndez (Latin-American Spanish dub)Mon*Star's personal assistant, who activates the machinery for his boss's transformations with the Moonstar of Limbo.
Tropes associated with Yes-Man:
- Beleaguered Assistant
- Conflicting Loyalty: Between his boss and his Uncle Rattler.
- Genre Savvy: When his Uncle Rattler shows up to challenge Mon*Star, he's sure the latter will win. He's right.
- The Renfield
- Snake People
- Took a Level in Badass: A temporary variant. In "No More Mr. Nice Guy", he stepped into the Transformation Chamber with Mon*Star, which caused no physical transformation, but boosted his intellect and confidence to such a degree that he was running roughshod over the Silverhawks and the rest of Mon*Star's mob. The boost wore off on its own, however, and he was never allowed to use it again (because he also started gunning for Mon*Star's position).
- Yes-Man: Well, if his very name didn't clue you in already...
Voiced by: Bob McFadden (original), Agustín Sauret (Latin-American Spanish dub)The Mob's weapons specialist. Shrewd and competent in addition to his skills at building - and using - weapons.
Tropes associated with Hardware:
- Bag of Holding: The over-sized knapsack on his back carries a wide assortment of weapons and tools.
- Barefoot Cartoon Alien: In fact, he looks a lot like the orcs from Return of the King, also from Rankin-Bass, many of whom also went barefoot.
- Gadgeteer Genius
- Gatling Good: One of his many weapons is a laser Gatling cannon for melee combat.
- Pointy Ears
Voiced by: Maggie WheelerThe only female member of the Mob, she uses her trademark keytar weapon to create devastating shockwaves.
Tropes associated with Melodia:
- Dark Action Girl
- Distaff Counterpart: To Bluegrass.
- Evil Counterpart: To Bluegrass, again. Like him, Melodia attacks using a musical instrument that shoots lasers shaped like music staves (plural of "staff"). In her case, she uses a keytar note , whereas Bluegrass uses a guitar.
- Instrument of Murder: Melodia's keytar.
- Sinister Shades: The frame is shaped like a musical note, even!
- The Smurfette Principle: She is the only female member of the mob.
- Wicked Witch: Well, she's not quite one per se. However, the way she talks is a cross between this and the Valley Girl accent. She also laughs like a Wicked Witch (and also acts like one...).
- You Gotta Have Green Hair: Two different shades of green, at that.
Voiced by: Doug Preis (original), Esteban Siller (Latin-American Spanish dub)A member of the Mob who uses a magical tuning fork to create devastating weather effects, usually lightning or tornadoes.
Tropes associated with Windhammer:
- Barefoot Cartoon Alien
- Blow You Away
- The Brute
- Pointy Ears
- Shock and Awe
- Weather-Control Machine: His tuning fork.
Voiced by: Doug Preis (original), Miguel Ángel Sanromán (Latin-American Spanish dub)The Mob's resident master of disguise and infiltration expert.
Tropes associated with Molec-U-Lar:
- Master of Disguise
- Robo Speak: The level of inflection varied from episode to episode, but in his true form he always spoke with robotic stiffness.
- The Shadow Knows: Molec-U-Lar's disguises have one flaw...
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: He can maintain a given form for as long as he needs, and can even transform into weapons.
A sentient robotic member of the Mob, outfitted with numerous saw-blades.
Tropes associated with Buzz-Saw:
Voiced by: Larry Kenney (original), Esteban Siller (Latin-American Spanish dub)The Mob's money-man, he runs the Starship Casino on their behalf.
Tropes associated with Poker-Face:
- Man of Wealth and Taste
- Sharp Dressed Man: He always wears a tuxedo.
- Sinister Shades
- Villainous Widow's Peak
- Wicked Cultured
Voiced by: Peter Newman (original), Francisco Reséndez (Latin-American Spanish dub)The Mob's resident strong-man with the head of a bull.
Tropes associated with Mumbo Jumbo:
- The Brute
- Dumb Muscle
- The Juggernaut: In terms of raw power, only the Steel-twins can take him on head-on.
- A Load of Bull
- The Unintelligible: He mostly talks in grunts and roars, but others can at least understand him.
Voiced by: Larry Kenney (original), Luis Alfonso Mendoza (Latin-American Spanish dub)The youngest member of the Mob at age 14, he has the ability to stop time for one Limbo-minute.
Tropes associated with Timestopper:
- Evil Redhead
- Explosive Overclocking: If Timestopper doesn't un-freeze time before the Limbo-minute limit is up, his time-piece will explode.
- Fingerless Gloves: Wears one on his right hand.
- Teen Genius
- Teens Are Monsters
- Time Stands Still: His keynote ability, activated through a time-piece worn on his chest. He's also able to determine whoever he wants to be able to move within the frozen time (so he can freeze the Silverhawks while the other members of the Mob remain unaffected).
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He's afraid of the dark. Yes, really. This is also his Weaksauce Weakness, since he can't use his powers in complete darkness.
Zero the Memory Thief
Voiced by: Peter Newman (original), Tito Reséndiz (Latin-American Spanish dub)An unsavory character who worked with the mob on occasion. Zero could drain memories of both living beings and computers which would be stored on tapes worn on his chest.
Tropes associated with Zero the Memory Thief:
- Easy Amnesia: Draining memories was easy; Zero would point his wand, pull out his target's memory and upload the memory data to his memory tapes. His victims couldn't remember anything afterwards.
- Meaningful Name
- Memory-Wiping Crew: A one-man example of this trope.
- The Sixth Ranger: Was not a regular member of Mon*Star's mob, only showing up sometimes.
- Transferable Memory: His entire gimmick, if you didn't guess already.