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    Captain Koinelius Tunar

Captain Koinelius Tunar is the commanding officer of a sand ship manned by Fishmen. He holds an intense grudge against a creature called the Ramlak, which took one of his legs and ruined his people's homeland.

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    Emrick the Petalar

Emrick is a member of the Petalars, a small race of Plant Aliens who've been separated from their homeland for generations. They live for about a day! Despite this trait, he's a highly optimistic Petalar who possess an upbeat and adventurous attitude.

Tropes associated with Emrick:

  • Ascended Fanboy: He becomes a warrior because he idolizes Lion-O and ultimately succeeds in becoming not only a warrior but a warrior leader.
  • Badass Adorable: Capable of going toe-to-toe with opponents many times his size. Not that 'many times his size' is particularly big, but it's still impressive.
  • Badass Mustache: In adulthood, he gets a dashing Errol Flynn 'stache.
  • Cheerful Child: An enthusiastic young Pollyanna, quite convinced that, despite being trapped in the Briar Woods for generations, Lion-O and his ThunderCats will help them find a way back home.
  • Constantly Curious: He's full of questions for the ThunderCats. Lion-O says he reminds him of himself at that age, implying that he was one as well.
  • Final Speech: Assures Lion-O that It's the Journey That Counts
  • Garden Garment: Wears green leaves that look like they may be in fact be part of his body.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Makes one out of a twig to better model himself after Lion-O
  • Hot-Blooded: His one constant trait, mirroring Lion-O.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: An interesting variation. Lion-O is the elder, with Emrick as his much younger friend, but thanks to the Petalars one-day lifespans, Lion-O sees Emrick become the elder.
  • The Leader: In adulthood, look to this one to give the Rousing Speech.
  • Motor Mouth: During his youth. Luckily his mouth's small enough to be stopped with a little finger.
  • Plant Person: All of the Petalars.
  • Retirony: Dies before he can ascend the Cliff of Winds, (an uncoiled fern) and ride an updraft to his ancestral home.
  • Tag Along Kid: He's like the little kid brother Lion-O never had. For about ten minutes, anyway.

Voiced by: Will Friedle (episode 7) and Jason Marsden (episode 21)

Leo is Lion-O's ancestor, Commander Mumm-Ra's second-in-command and leader of the Animal rebellion.

Tropes associated with Leo:

    Captain Tygus
Voiced by: Corey Burton

Captain Tygus is Commander Mumm-Ra's leader in the field, whose operations obtained the War Stone. Like other Tigers, he fought against Leo's Mutiny against Mumm-Ra. His clan was banished for this reason.

Tropes associated with Captain Tygus:

Voiced by: Cree Summer

Leo's beloved and coordinator of the rebellion.

Tropes associated with Panthera:

  • Action Girl: Brings it in a staged prison break in "Legacy." Motive force behind the rebellion in "Birth of the Blades."
  • Big Damn Kiss: Shares one with Leo as Mumm-Ra's spaceship/pyramid goes plummeting towards Third Earth.
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine: Cree, of course, voiced Max on Batman Beyond, so has played the faithful partner to a Will Friedle character before.
  • Lady of War
  • Morality Pet: In "Birth of the Blades" she was the one who openly questioned Mumm-Ra's brutal orders and caused the initially blindly loyal Leo to start questioning them as well.
  • One Head Taller: Inverted. Leo only comes up to her shoulders if you count his hair.
  • Reverse Mole
  • Replacement Love Interest: Following Leo's story, she functions parallel to Cheetara as a lion's undyingly loyal confidant, counselor, and Love Interest.
    • In "Birth of the Blades," we see more to this relationship. Her initial doubt that Leo can make up for his mistake in believing in Mumm-Ra, leading to the destruction of a star system, not to mention calling him out on it, is rather reminiscent of Pumyra's initial doubt in Lion-O. As is the way she softens after Leo proves that he's thought this through, and is willing to follow through to the bitter end.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Panthera towers over Leo and he definitely isn't complaining.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl
  • Undying Loyalty: Her faith in Leo is absolute, even when Leo is unsure of the outcome himself.

Voiced by: Rob Paulsen

Leader of the Jackals who joined Leo in his rebellion against Mumm-Ra.

Tropes assocaiated with Shen:

Voiced by: Rob Paulsen

Leader of the Lizards who joined Leo in his rebellion against Mumm-Ra.

Tropes associated with Rezard:

    The Drifter/Hattanzo the Swordmaker
Voiced by: Stephen Root

A mysterious, eccentric rabbit man who offers Lion-O some much needed advice in the Swordsmans' Town.

Tropes associated with The Drifter

  • Despair Event Horizon: When he lost his best sword to The Duelist.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Swinging a sword at his head won't faze him enough to open his eyes, or wipe the smile off his face.
  • Distressed Dude: Downplayed. Tends to snag himself on fences and need Lion-O's help getting down, which begs the question as to why he always manages to appear wherever Lion-O is, just when the boy could use some advice...
  • The Ditherer: Constantly qualifies his statements. You should take his advice...or don't...he doesn't care.
  • Dramatic Wind: Accompanies him, ruffling only his hair and clothes in a given scene, to give an impression of his lightness. In a nod to his Empathic Environment, he frequently uses wind metaphor in his speech.
  • The Drifter: Inverted. He poses as someone who quite literally blows into town, and claims to go "wherever the wind takes him" but that translates to floating around the fringes of the Swordsmans' Town, waiting for someone like himself to come along so he can deliver an Adventure Rebuff. By the time he's done with Lion-O, he's come to fully embody his archetype, walking into the sunset.
  • Ears as Hair: A rabbit, his ears are as straw-filled, floppy and lank as his hair In youth, they were expressive and sat high on his head, beginning to droop in defeat.
  • Eccentric Mentor: "Take my advice and blow on out of here, or don't. I don't care."
  • Enlightenment Superpowers: Not that he cares, but the Drifter has essentially perfected his Not Quite Flight and Nonchalant Dodge through suffering an ongoing major depressive episode. The languid movements that came with his feelings of despair and apathy after his defeat by the Duelist allowed him to become aware of all his flaws as a young combatant.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: The Drifter's hair is long and ungroomed, but as a young man, he wears his hair in a neat, shorter ponytail.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Seems to only open his eyes when making particularly trenchant points or being very emotionally engaged.
  • Fatal Flaw: His Hubris regarding his swordsmithing skill, assuming he made a sword so magnificent that it could surely beat even a master swordsman, regardless of the skill of its wielder.
  • The Gunfighter Wannabe: Became a Scrap Heap Hero out of his failure.
  • Hidden Depths: Guess why his entry has so many spoilers; he's much more than just a drifter.
  • Homage: To Hattori Hanzo, particularly Kill Bill's swordsmith. As to the fact that he's a rabbit, well...
  • Koan: "Willows are weak, but they bind other wood."
  • Leaning on the Furniture: Slouches, slumps or sprawls whenever there's a structure in his immediate vicinity.
  • Limited Wardrobe: In his case, deconstructed. He's been wearing the same set of clothes for a long time, and it shows in their tattered, patched condition. He's been wearing them ever since his defeat at the hands of the Duelist.
  • Meaningful Name: He literally drifts on wind currents as easily as a leaf. His real name, Hattanzo, is a contraction of Hattori Hanzo.
  • Meek Townsman: "This is a Swordsmans' town, stranger, and they duel for keeps. Leave, before it's too late. Or don't, I don't care."
  • Messy Hair: His dark brown hair is long, unkempt and full of bits of straw.
  • Not Quite Flight: A marvelously absurd power to float on currents of wind, the catch being that he does seem to snag himself on tall fences rather frequently.
  • Oral Fixation: Constantly chews a willow reed.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: He's much shorter than Lion-O and The Duelist and he proceeds to kick the latter's ass when he tries to stab the former in the back.
  • Retired Badass: Was once "the greatest swordmaker of all time," but hasn't made a sword since his defeat by the Duelist.
  • Righteous Rabbit: Yes, he's very eccentric, but he's definitely one of the good guys.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Amazing, since he manages to kick ass without kicking any ass.
  • Scrap Heap Hero: A failed swordsman, but that doesn't stop him from blocking the Duelist's last knife attack with a willow reed.
  • The Slacker: "There is such a thing as trying too hard, which is why I prefer not trying at all."
  • Stepford Smiler: If his apathy isn't enough of a cue, his oft-present grin hides a deep depression at the loss of his masterwork, his finest sword, to the Duelist.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: "I don't care," and many variations thereof, a de facto Catch Phrase. Over time, the Implausible Deniability of the statement steadily increases to the point where it becomes obvious it's a lie.
  • The Trope Without a Title: He says he's "just a drifter, I suppose".
  • Trickster Mentor: He's so good at it that Lion-O didn't even get what he was trying to teach him until he's practically already lost the duel. He even gave Lion-O a sword that he knew would break, just to drive the point home.
  • Ultimate Blacksmith: Hattanzo himself, maker of the Duelist's best trophy, the Sword of Hattanzo.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Downplayed. When telling a story, the Drifter conceals his identity as the protagonist, and his real name in the descriptor of his sword. Lion-O realizes the former, but not the latter, and the Drifter never directly acknowledges the story's implications.
  • Waif-Fu A rare Gender Inverted example. Willow reeds kick ass.

    Ro-Bear Bill

Ro-Bear Bill is a member of the Berbil race, a group of small robotic bears.

Tropes associated with Ro-Bear Bill


A leader of the highly forgetful monks of the Elephant Village.

Tropes associated with Anet

Voiced by: Jim Meskimen

Aburn is one of a group of Forgetful Jones mystic-monk Elephants who develops a friendship with Wilykit.

Tropes associated with Aburn

    Zigg, Snips and Gami, the Wood Forgers

Three Supernatural Martial Artists who staff a school of Paper Mastery and serve as protectors of the Forest of Magi Oar.

Tropes associated with the Wood Forgers

  • Arch-Enemy: To Viragor.
  • Art Initiates Life: Gami's paper beasts animate, move and employ Breath Weapons. Zigg can paint a vessel with his brush to capture and contain evil spirits, or paint a miniature animation of Viragor. Snips can create self-propelling pinwheels, snowflake blizzards and people-sized cages.
  • Breath Weapon: Gami twice folds a giant animate paper dragon, which alternately breathes a powerful wind or purple bursts of fire.
  • In Harmony with Nature: They use their wood forging to defend the forest against Viragor, employing a paper mill to produce their supplies. Which they do by unsustainable clear-cutting with no replanting, provoking the ire of Viragor.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: One of Zigg's attacks is basically the paper version of this.
  • Paper Master: Zigg favors calligraphy, Gami folded animals, and Snips papercraft.
  • Paper Talisman: Used by Zigg, complete with Magical Incantation "Begone, evil spirits..."
  • Protectorate: The Forest of Magi Oar.
  • Punny Name: Zigg is from "zig-zag" Gami from "origami" and Snips from the action of a scissors
  • The Voiceless: Snips and Gami do not speak, allowing Zigg to do all the talking.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Zigg explains that their processing of the magic wood into paper serves both the forest and people in need of the rescue his martial artists provide.

Voiced by: Hector Elizondo

A monstrous bird who inhabits the Forest of Magi Oar and antagonizes those who travel and live within it.

Tropes associated with Viragor:

  • Arch-Enemy: To the Wood Forgers.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: While he looks very intimidating, he isn't nearly as mean as he looks. He even apologizes to Cheetara by replacing the staff he broke when he tried to eat her..
  • Expy: In the Princess Mononoke - like plot of "The Forest of Magi Oar", he's closest to Moro. His warming to Lion-O also reflects this.
  • Giant Flyer
  • Good Is Not Nice: Has no compunction about threatening the lives of those he sees as invaders, or inflicting massive amounts of property damage on an inhabited building. He also takes a shot at eating Cheetara, just missing her but breaking her staff in the process.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Played with. He's certainly big enough to eat people, and has a good try at eating Cheetara, but his eating people without provocation seems to be another Wood Forger lie.
    Lion-O: You're going to eat me, aren't you?
    Viragor: I'm thinking about it. He doesn't, instead telling his story to Lion-O.
  • In Harmony with Nature: Very much resents perceived invasion of and damage to "his" forest.
  • Nature Spirit/Protectorate: Stubbornly wages war on the Wood Forgers and demands they leave the Forest.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: He is very confrontational at first, but mellows out quickly enough.


Leader of the banished Tiger Tribe, and Tygra's biological father.

Tropes associated with Javan

Voiced by: Jim Cummings

A member of the Tiger Clan's council.

Tropes associated with Caspin:

    Queen of Thundera
Voiced by: Juliet Landau

The wife of Claudus, and the mother of Tygra and Lion-O.

Tropes associated with the Queen of Thundera:

  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: She's quite petite when compared to Claudus, who looks enormous when standing by her side. Her delicate build and petite stature may have contributed to her complications and death in childbirth.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: She and Claudus were struggling to conceive a child before Tygra came along, but were eventually able to have Lion-O by the time Tygra was a few years old. Unfortunately, she died in the process.
  • No Name Given: Has no known name aside from "The Queen". Word of God is her name was going to be "Leona".
  • Proper Lady: She's gentle, incorruptible and pure. She sacrifices herself for her son Lion-O. She is devoted and loyal, and her good will and charity is what leads Tygra into eventually becoming a Thundercat. However, more important than anything else... is her gentle smile.

    The Wily Family

Wilykit and Wilykat's mother, father, sister and brother.

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Voiced by: Fred Tatasciore

A former slave and gladiator dog who fought alongside Panthro in the Pit. He rose through the ranks and became the boss of the arena.

Tropes associated with Dobo:

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Ended up in charge of the gladitorial games he was once an asskicking champion in, and it's strongly implied that he overthrew the previous management.
  • Bad Ass: Just look at the guy.
  • Friends All Along: with Panthro
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Panthro. It ultimately turns out better than it did with Grune.
  • Large and in Charge: Gladiator boss and easily one of the tallest characters in the series, towering over the already-massive Panthro.
  • Meaningful Name: Dobo. Doberman. Get the picture?
  • Noble Bigot: Despite thinking ill of Panthro for presumably abandoning him to the arena, and thinking that cats in general have no honor, he nonetheless greets Panthro as a friend and lets the ThunderCats stay in his city. Later, when Pumyra refuses to finish off Lion-O even when threatened with death, he even agrees to release Pumyra from the arena.
  • Rags to Riches: Started out as a lowly gladiator fighting in the arena. By the time the ThunderCats meet him, he's the man in charge of the whole spectacle!

Voiced by: Fred Tatasciore

A pickpocket raccoon gifted with kleptovoyance, the ability to know the right thing to steal, even if he isn't sure how it will be useful.

Tropes associated with Tookit:

  • The Artful Dodger
  • Bag of Holding: His Forever Bag, the inside of which is located on the Astral Plane.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He is a charming sweet guy who gives street urchins food and safe haven, in exchange for them stealing money and jewels for him. And after they steal enough, they cannot return to the streets as they are wanted for all the crimes Tookit made them do.
  • Engineered Public Confession: When facing down the Thunderkittens and his rebelling minions, he blurts out how he made the kittens and others steal for him, with the guard dog standing right behind him.
  • Expy: A charming thief with a preternatural sense of thieving opportunities, and whose tools include a staff with a hook on one end? Apparently, Sly Cooper has family on Third Earth.
    • Episode 22 also makes him into somewhat of an expy of Fagin.
  • The Fagin: Tookit recruits children to steal for him.
  • It May Help You on Your Quest/You Will Know What to Do: His kleptovoyance in a nutshell, leading him to steal seemingly worthless trinkets that soon after prove beneficial to him in some way.
    • He incorrectly believes this applies to people too, believing that his frequent run-ins with the Thunderkittens are a sign that they will help him pull off the biggest heist in his life. Instead, they free the urchins he trapped in a life of crime by siccing a guard on him and stealing his Forever Bag. The only thing his kleptovoyance lead him to steal in this episode was a hairpin that allows him to break out of his cell at the end.
  • Loveable Rogue
  • Pocket Dimension: The Foreverbag, used by Tookit to stash all of his riches by channeling the Astral Plane. How much room is in there? Well, for one thing the walls are out of sight...
  • Punny Name: "Took it", referring to his thieving nature.
  • Rascally Raccoon
  • Sticky Fingers

    Albo, Jenyo, and Gusto

Three children that Tookit has recruited into a life of crime and trained to be master thieves. They have become wanted criminals and are unable to return to an honest life.

Tropes associated with Albo, Jenyo, and Gusto:

    Ponzi and Lucy

A traveling potion salesman and his faithful giants caterpillar. He sells a cure-all elixir, but its side effects often cause patrons to eventually drive him out of town.
  • Meaningful Name: Ponzi. As in, "Ponzi scheme".
  • Shipper on Deck: He helps Lion-O try to get Pumyra's affections.
  • Snake Oil Salesman
  • Spanner in the Works: To Mumm-Ra in "Recipe for Disaster". His "transform into an unstoppable demonic dragon" plan would have gone off without a hitch if it weren't for this hapless potion salesman. Even Ponzi's surprised his elixir and his pet caterpillar turned out to be useful in the end.

Voiced by: Corey Burton

A Dog who is Lion-O's friend and deals in technology.

    The Soul Sever
Voiced by: Jeffrey Combs

An ancient, mad scientist cyborg bent on saving the souls of his deceased wife and children by giving them robotic bodies.
  • Anti-Villain: He genuinely thinks being transferred into an immortal robotic body is a good thing, and only wants to save his family.
  • Deal with the Devil: His deal with the Necro Mechers to keep his family alive, resulted in him becoming the mechanical monstrosity he is now.
  • Mad Scientist
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction to his attempt to transfer Tygra into a new body results in a gigantic rampaging monster.
  • Tears from a Stone: At the end of the episode, he weeps upon seeing his family's souls depart into the sky. It's a sign that he's regained a small measure of his humanity, but at the cost of any hope he had left.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: He destroyed the Necro Mechers when they refused to help him find a way to transfer souls into mechanical bodies.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He just wanted to resurrect his family and make a better world, and ultimately was left with nothing but his own grief.