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Mumm-Ra was the ancient foe of the ThunderCats, long ago defeated. Resurfacing, Mumm-Ra masterminded Thundera's downfall to obtain the Eye of Thundera, the jewel within the Sword of Omens' hilt.
Tropes associated with Mumm-Ra:
- Adaptational Badass: The original's sedentary Mummy playing Orcus on His Throne isn't in evidence here. Squishy Wizard he may be, but Mumm-Ra makes his debut with an impressive act of regicide, followed up with the slaughter of Claudus' Praetorian Guard, all without breaking a sweat or breaking out the One-Winged Angel.
- Adaptive Armor: Using Power Crystals as Amplifier Artifacts, his Gauntlet can transform into a set of custom skeletal armor.
- Agony Beam: In his One-Winged Angel form, he employs this on Lion-O with intent to kill.
- Archenemy: To the ThunderCats.
- Bat out of Hell/Winged Humanoid: In his One-Winged Angel form
- Because Destiny Says So: His response to Leo trying to talk him out of destroying the Plundaar solar system, even though Leo points out that he could a destroy a star that wouldn't wipe any inhabited planets.
- Bad Boss: He doesn't show any regard for the lives of his underlings. In flashbacks he was shown have a strict rule by fear policy with his army with only the Tiger clan, stated to be his favored soldiers, were loyal to him. The cats he treated with some respect, and everyone else he kept in check with explosives attached to them. He still considers the lizards to be nothing more than cannon fodder, and when faced with issue of desertions, he brings in Atticus and Kaynar.
- Big Bad: Of the series, much as he was in the original.
- Breath Weapon: In his One-Winged Angel form, Mumm-Ra can breathe hot pink Pure Energy energy blasts.
- Broken Pedestal: Mumm-Ra became this for his tactician Leo in the backstory when he destroyed a solar system populated by billions to forge the Sword of Plundaar. This was what convinced Leo that Mumm-Ra had to stopped.
- By the Power of Grayskull!/Transformation Name Announcement: (Villain variant) "Ancient Spirits of Evil, transform this decayed form into Mumm-Ra, the THE EVERRRR-LIIIVIIIIING!!!" triggers Mumm-Ra's Transformation Sequence into his secondary One-Winged Angel form.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Invoked in a very literal sense, as Mumm-Ra must call upon "Ancient Spirits of Evil" to grant him access to his One-Winged Angel Form.
- Commanding Coolness: Pre-Götterdämmerung, Mumm-Ra was the Commander of a Space Navy that took the Eye of Thundera as Plunder, and counted ThunderCats among his underlings.
- Cool Sword/Double Weapon: His Sword of Plun-Darr
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: even after getting his Infinity+1 Sword back, he avoids getting lax about keeping active track of the ThunderCats. Three words: Sixth Ranger Traitor.
- Dark Is Evil: Though Mumm-Ra himself is colored grey, his tank and any weaponry or armor he uses are black, and chased with Tron Lines.
- Though, for some bizarre reason, he does refer to his sword in light terms, such as "lighting the way" (literally, as it does light the way for him to find it).
- Demonic Possession: When summoning the dragon in the Necromancer entry below, he infuses the creature with his soul in order to control it.
- The Dreaded: Even as an artifact of history, his reputation precedes him. His first spoken line, wherein he refers to himself completely without irony as being "[a thing] of your worst nightmares," suggests he is perfectly happy to exploit this.
- Even Evil Has Standards: When describing Addicus and Kanar to Slithe, he says the two have committed crimes even he wouldn't do.
- Evil Brit: On an alien planet, no less.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Thinks nothing of Leo and Panthera's shock that he would wipe out billions of lives in a galaxy just to create a sword. He mocks Lion-O for trying to save Pumyra rather than try to escape with the Sword of Plun-Darr:
Mumm-Ra: "Generations pass, and still your species is weakened by emotion!"
- Evil Is Hammy: THEEE EVERRRR-LIIIIIIIIIVIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIING!
- Evil Old Folks: Not only is he Really 700 Years Old, he looks it.
- Fangs Are Evil
- Fantastic Racism: Somewhat subtle, but when in pursuit of the Sword of Plundarr, he informs Slithe that it's a job "too important to leave in the hands of animals." It's a bit more obvious in the flashback. He "praises" Leo in a way that shows contempt for the Cats as a whole and treats the Lizards as expendable cannon fodder.
- Faux Affably Evil: He seems to enjoy putting on more refined airs that simply emphasize his brutal nature. It's especially noticeable in "Birth Of the Blades"
Pumyra: Run! Don't let him get the Sword of Omens too!
: (zaps her)
Quiet, my dear. We're talking.
- Humanoid Abomination: Peculiarly, Mumm-Ra resembles nothing so much as an inexplicably red-eyed, fanged, snub-nosed, grey human in Mummy wrappings. However, his One-Winged Angel form explains the snub nose and makes his species explicit: He's a leaf-nosed (Vampire) bat.
- The artists get bonus points for just having his Mummy form move in a subtly WRONG way.
- Hypocrite: In "Birth of the Blades", he goes on and on about emotion being a weakness, but he becomes downright furious when Lion-O taunts him with his resemblance to Leo, the one who defeated the ancient sorcerer long ago.
- In the Hood: Mumm-Ra always wears a long, trailing, tattered red cloak with the hood concealing much of his face. At least until he transforms...
- Kamehame Hadoken: Quite capably uses a variation of this in the premiere to kill most of the Clerics in a single blow.
- Large And In Charge: In his One-Winged Angel form, he towers over the Cats.
- Living Relic/Time Abyss: Mumm-Ra has been around for a very long time. He predates the colonization of Third Earth.
- The Magnificent: The EVER-LIVING!
- The Man Behind the Curtain: Subverted. The Dreaded ancient enemy of the ThunderCats is a small, stooped, old, emaciated... red-eyed Evil Sorcerer and Humanoid Abomination. His physical frailty only serves to make him more disturbing. And then he transforms, and the ThunderCats get their tails handed to them.
- Master of Illusion/Master of Disguise: We first see him use it to disguise himself as Panthro.
- Meaningful Name/Multiethnic Name/Punny Name: Derived from the English word "mummy," and Ra the ancient Egyptian sun god.
- Might Makes Right: What Mumm-Ra believes in.
- Mind Rape: The interrogation variety is one of Mumm-Ra's specialties, Though Jaga screams, he doesn't yield the information Mumm-Ra seeks..
- Miniature Senior Citizen/Mister Big: In his Shapeshifter Default Form, Mumm-Ra is quite short and stooped, but no less intimidating.
- Mobile Menace: Gets around in a tank, the Storm Charger, when it suits him.
- Mummy: With all the standard trappings, and some decidedly nonstandard, like a techno-pyramid.
- Necromancer: Uses the ashes of an ancient dragon monster to return it to life in "Recipe for Disaster." He also revived Pumyra to act as his agent.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Mumm-Ra is a *deep breath* mummy/lich vampire bat alien from space. Who lives in a pyramid spaceship and rides around in a tank that's a coffin. Amazing, no?
- Later, in "Recipe for Disaster," he uses the ashes of the long-dead Dragon of Sycorax to summon the monster... as part of a ritual to take over its body and use it to fight the ThunderCats.
- Non-Human Undead/Our Liches Are Different: His concept also borrows heavily from Lich iconography. Most don't have awesome tanks, though.
- Omnicidal Maniac: He destroyed an entire galaxy, with three planets populated by billions of people, to create the material that would become the Sword of Plun-Darr and its gauntlet.
- One-Winged Angel: Appropriately enough, has wings. Gets a massive upgrade when he incorporates the Tech Stone into the Gauntlet of Plun-Darr.
- Outside-Context Villain: Became this over the centuries as memory of him faded away into legend and superstition.
- Ravens and Crows: Mumm-Ra's desperation form, which he uses to flee after coming too close to defeat at the hands of the ThunderCats, and for stealth purposes.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Played absolutely straight, even literally, as his first appearance is his eyes, seen in a vision sent by the Sword of Omens.
- Sadistic Choice: When he fights Lion-O in the Mountain of Plun-Darr to retrieve the sword of the same name, he threatens Pumyra by throwing her into a chasm, forcing Lion-O to choose: Grab the Sword of Plun-Darr before Mumm-Ra can, or rescue his fellow cat?
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Complete with creepy Compelling Voice and a commanding "Release me!"
- Shapeshifter Default Form: A slight-framed Humanoid Abomination in Mummy-wrappings and a large cloak.
- Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Mumm-Ra's Adaptive Armor has a skeletal motif
- Sorcerous Overlord: An Evil Sorceror and an Evil Overlord
- Squishy Wizard: Only in his Shapeshifter Default Form. Beware when he busts out his By the Power of Grayskull!.
- Sufficiently Advanced Alien/Wizards from Outer Space: Otherworldly magic powers have to come from somewhere...
- Take Over the World: But of course!
- Tank Goodness: His Storm Charger made of the face of his sarcophagus
- Tentacle Rope/Variable-Length Chain: He can use his bandages to ensnare an opponent and lift them clear off of the ground.
- Transformation Name Announcement: "Ancient Spirits of Evil... transform this decayed form, into Mumm-Ra... THE EVERRRR-LIIIVIIIIING"
- Transformation Sequence: Mumm-Ra's Ever-living transformation sequence, triggered by his By the Power of Grayskull!, is seen rather infrequently.
- Vader Breath: Is exceptionally wheezy, especially when he first wakes up.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Has a Shapeshifter Default Form, a One-Winged Angel form, general Master of Disguise/Master of Illusion powers, and a desperation form for quick escapes.
- Weakened by the Light: In "Omens Part 2", sunlight interrupts him as he begins of his Transformation Sequence and singes him a bit before he staggers back indoors.
- In "Journey to the Tower of Omens" Mumm-Ra is forced to flee after Jaga's Heroic Sacrifice via a powerful light spell, and Mumm-Ra was already in his true form when it happened.
- Later, in "Birth of the Blades," Mumm-Ra gets his hands on the Sword of Plundarr after Lion-O chooses to save Pumyra, at the cost of giving Mumm-Ra the chance to grab the sword. Just as he's about to press his advantage, cracks in the walls of the cave they were fighting in start allowing sunlight through. Seeing this, Mumm-Ra decides to retreat for the time being.
- Weapon of Choice: The Sword of Plun-Darr, as witnessed in "Legacy." And, as the Evil Counterpart to the Sword of Omens, it, too, can shrink down to fit inside his own Gauntlet. Oh, and it can extend from a single-bladed sword to a double-bladed one. Unlike the Sword of Omens, the Sword of Plun-Darr has considerable power even without a Warstone in its hilt.
- Would Hurt a Child: "Do you think I would hesitate to destroy two kittens?"
- You Are a Credit to Your Race: Seems to have had this opinion of Leo, and the cats in general, back when they served him prior to the crash-landing on Third Earth. He was even willing to give them a planet of their own to live on once he'd conquered the universe... supervised by him, of course.
- Your Size May Vary: The size of his One-Winged Angel is very inconsistent. Compared Lion-O, it's usually a few feet taller than him, but in one point during his fight with Leo in "Legacy" (who was the same size as Lion-O) he's only a head taller, and in "Birth of the Blades", we have a scene where Leo only comes up to his waist.
Grune is one of Claudus' trusted generals, sent with Panthro to find the Book of Omens. However, motivated by his ambition for power, Grune allied himself with the Lizards and Mumm-Ra.
Tropes associated with Grune:
- Twenty-Four-Hour Armor: The only time he takes off his armor is to swap it for a new set.
- Arch-Enemy: To Panthro.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: While not a Bishōnen like the series' protagonists, he's certainly more handsome in this version.
- Affably Evil: Until his Face-Heel Turn, his long friendship with Panthro isn't an act in the slightest, and his offer that We Can Rule Together is perfectly sincere. He also appears to genuinely enjoy Tygra's company and admire him for their common traits, even enthusiastically training him in swordfighting as a boy.
- Ambition Is Evil: Grune's motivation for his Face-Heel Turn, underscored repeatedly during Panthro's Flashbacks.
: No, I'm planning on becoming king
- Ascended Extra: Was a minor, though popular, villain in the original series, only appearing in a couple episodes. This version is Mumm-Ra's right-hand man.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He may run from fights he can't win, but the ones he has won include killing a giant spider many times his size.
- Badass Beard/Beard of Evil: An expansive version.
- Bearer of Bad News: With a headshake, and melancholic praise for his skill in battle, Grune informs Claudus of Panthro's death and hands over Panthro's nunchucks.
- Brown Eyes
- The Captain: As with Panthro, a Downplayed element of his backstory, seen as a stepping stone on his way to becoming a general.
- Carry a Big Stick: A big freaking mace note that turns into a big freaking Lightning Gun. Had a more traditional round-headed mace before his Face-Heel Turn.
- Cavalry Betrayal: During The Siege of Thundera, Grune shows up to fire a Flare Gun that seems to bring the Humongous Mecha fleet to a halt, only to perform an Insignia Rip-Off Ritual and an Evil Costume Switch while debuting his nasty new weapon.
- Changing Clothes Is a Free Action: Even given his Flung Clothing, it takes entirely too little time for him to change into his more elaborate togs.
- Les Collaborateurs: Formed an alliance with Mumm-Ra and the Lizards to orchestrate Thundera's fall.
- Deal with the Devil: Frustrated in his ambitions of rulership, Grune frees Mumm-Ra in exchange for the promise of power, agreeing to engineer Thundera's sacking and serve as The Dragon until Mumm-Ra gets ahold of the Eye of Thundera. He is, however, quick to recognize possible opportunities to betray Mumm-Ra.
- Devil in Plain Sight: He dropped anvil-sized hints to Panthro for years upon years that he had designs on the throne. But for some reason, it didn't register until the moment they met Mumm-Ra.
- The Dragon
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Part of his Glory Seeker behavior. He prefers large shows of courage instead of working under the radar, and hopes to become General of Thundera's troops. He's initially very unhappy with being given the quest to find the Book of Omens, and in a moment of paranoia, blurts out to Panthro that not only is it a Snipe Hunt, but a Uriah Gambit to get Grune out of the kingdom.
- Evil Costume Switch: By way of revealing his alliance with the Lizards, Grune changes into a dark suit of armor.
- Evil Former Friend: To both Claudus and Panthro.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Comes with being voiced by Clancy Brown.
- Face-Heel Turn
- Fangs Are Evil: Because his single, massive sabertooth is neither little nor cute.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: It does look pretty cool though.
- Flung Clothing: Grune casts aside his armor in this way.
- Four-Star Badass: Once "Thundera's greatest general"
- Genre Savvy: As a Thunderian General, Grune understands very well how to play a role as a means to an end, persistently seeking ways to get and stay in Thundera's halls of power and the public eye. As The Dragon, when he sets a trap for the ThunderCats, he calls out as he makes his escape, "Until next time, Panthro!" wisely assuming that since Panthro somehow survived his first brush with death, he'd do so again.
- Glory Seeker: Calculatingly so, as glory is a means to acquire power.
- God Emperor: Grune seeks to exploit the Cargo Cult of the Book of Omens this way
Panthro: Look at them, they're already hailing us as heroes.
Grune: If we come back with the Book of Omens, we'll be hailed as gods.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: In "Between Brothers", Panthro reveals the reason he's only got one fang: in the past they were confronted by a legendary giant spider, and Grune ripped his tooth out so he could stab it in the eye. Damn.
- Heroic Build: As Panthro notes, he's a cat "who pulls his weight."
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Panthro, in Flashbacks. Likes him enough that even after his Face-Heel Turn he readily makes the offer that We Can Rule Together.
- Hyperspace Mace: In flashback. Grune's mace appears out of nowhere in time for him to fight Panthro
- I Did What I Had to Do: As explained by Panthro, his personal philosophy is "To defeat an enemy, any sacrifice is worth it." Bites him in the ass when Panthro turns the philosophy to justify sacrificing his own arms in order to throw Grune into a collapsing Astral Plane.
- I Fight for the Strongest Side: Inverted. Grune gives this as his baseline motivation, but the reality is rather more complex.
- Insignia Rip-Off Ritual: Grune reveals his Cavalry Betrayal and begins his Evil Costume Switch this way.
- Jerkass: Betrayed his friend, betrayed his king, betrayed his people, will only fight battles where he's guaranteed to win...the list goes on.
- Let no Crisis Go to Waste: Grune's M.O. as a soldier. There's a war on? Enlist so he can put his skills to use. He sees his King overrun by Lizards? Rig a catapult to kill them al-well, not the King- so he can become a Captain thanks to his timely demonstration of valor. Huge battle? Keep count of his kills so he can make General.
- Life or Limb Decision: The story of Grune's tooth can be considered one.
- Morph Weapon: A huge kanabo, which slowly telescopes, and charges up before serving as a BFG Lightning Gun.
- Mythology Gag/Whole Costume Reference: Before putting on his battle armor, he's wearing a tweaked version of his outfit from the original series.
- Never Found the Body: In "Between Brothers", he gets sucked into the collapsing Astral Plane along with Panthro's arms; time will tell whether he's Killed Off for Real or not.
- Odd Name Out: Along with Claudus, breaks the standard A Dog Named Dog convention for Thundercat names.
- The Paragon Always Rebels: Deconstructed with Grune, who understands the surest way to succeed at rebellion is to become a paragon.
- Red Right Hand: His single fang, a clear deformity that gives him a decidedly sinister appearance despite his Adaptational Attractiveness.
- Smug Snake: Much like his original incarnation.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Unlike his 80's counterpart, he isn't a ghost in this series.
- The Starscream: Began plotting to kill Mumm-Ra...just before Grune himself suffered an unfortunate mishap involving a demensional gateway.
- Turncoat: Defected to Mumm-Ra as soon as he was promised power.
- The Usurper: Initially planned to use his status as Paragon and later discoverer of the Book of Omens to become this, apparently including Panthro in his plans.
- In "Between Brothers," It's revealed that he's willing to usurp Mumm-Ra's position of authority, as well.
The brutish leader of the Lizards, Slithe is slightly lacking in sophistication, but he's very intuitive and cunning. He's also a very cruel and vindictive leader.
Tropes associated with Slithe:
A Jackalman and one of Mumm-Ra's two new generals. He is the new version of Jackalman from the original series.
Tropes associated with Kaynar:
- Adaptation Name Change: From Jackalman to Kaynar
- Adaptational Badass: He even looks dangerous!
- Ax-Crazy: While in prison, Kaynar has to be strapped to a gurney and heavily restrained just to be moved to solitary confinement, which he earned after killing eleven inmates. He's pretty sanguine about his punishment:
Kaynar: At least I'll have the voices in my head to talk to.
- He wasn't even intereted in Sliithe freeing him till he was told he could 'play' with some cats.
- Blade on a Stick: His Weapon of Choice is a spear/halberd.
- Blood Knight
- Eats Babies: Gives some thought to eating one of the kittens.
- Evil Redhead: Orange fur, but still creepy as hell.
- Giggling Villain
- Laughably Evil:
"You're like a toy that never breaks! *Lets out a deranged cackle* I love it!"
- Psycho for Hire: Emphasis on the "psycho" part. Even Addicus seems to think so, if Lion-O's gambit against him in "Birth of the Blades" is any indication:
Addicus: "You're crazier than Kaynar!"
- The Nose Knows : The first time he fights Tygra, the Thundercat turns invisible for a stealth attack but Kaynar defeats him because he can still smell him.
- Serial Killer
- Shipped in Shackles: In his first appearance in "New Alliances".
- Slasher Smile: The above image provides a good example.
A Monkey and one of Mumm-Ra's two new generals. He is the new version of Monkian from the original series.
Tropes associated with Addicus:
- Adaptation Name Change: From Monkian to Addicus
- Adaptational Badass: Bigger, smarter, and badder than his 80's counterpart.
- Blood Knight: His savagery is specifically why Mumm-Ra wanted to recruit him in the first place.
- Carry a Big Stick: Not as massive as Grune's and lacking the lightning projectiles, but Addicus does swing around a mean-looking double-headed mace.
- Face Death with Dignity: In his debut, he's about to be executed by members of the Bird Nation for his crimes. Hanging upside-down over a deep gorge with seemingly no way out, his only response is to sneer at his executioners and tell them: "You'd better hope that this fall is enough to kill me!"
- I'm a Humanitarian: He seems to have an appetite for members of other sentient races. Starting with his avian would-be executioners and going from there.
- Of course, from what we see later of the birds, they may qualify as Jerkass Victims.
- Maniac Monkeys: See the below tropes.
- Killer Gorilla : Considering his general looks and lacking a tail, he's more an ape than a monkey. The 'killer' part is very detailed in the below and above tropes.
- Psycho for Hire: Not quite as crazy as Kaynar, but he's still not exactly sane.
- Serial Killer: He was about to be executed for such crimes before Slithe intervened.
- Verbal Tic: As of "The Trials of Lion-O" he can be heard making monkey grunts similar to his 80's counterpart. It serves as a bit of a Continuity Nod for fans of the original series.
Ancient Spirits of Evil
Evil beings who were once worshipped, and give Mumm-Ra his mystic dark power.
Tropes Associated with the Ancient Spirits of Evil:
Khamai, Kask, and Sauro
Three elite lizard commandos who tracked Lion-O and his group into the brambles. They answer directly to General Slithe.
Tropes associated with Khamai, Kask, and Sauro:
The Driller is a giant automaton tasked by Mumm-Ra to work in the Thundrilium mines. He is able to transform into a double ended drill and can bore through almost any surface.
Tropes associated with The Driller:
- Adaptational Badass: He is much more menacing and threatening than the relatively simplistic version from the original.
- Load-Bearing Boss: After Lion-O defeats him in "Old Friends", the mine around the ThunderCats begins to collapse from the damage he'd caused.
- Mechanical Monster
- This Is a Drill: Yes he is.
- Transforming Mecha: He even looks like a Decepticon. His transformation isn't exactly complex though.
- Use Your Head: at the climax of the fight, he uses the drill on his head to try and kill Lion-O. Never mind that he had two perfectly-large drills on his ARMS to engage in the clash with...
The best swordsman in the land, the Duelist challenges those whose weapons he admires to duels, so he can claim their swords as trophies.
Tropes associated with The Duelist
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Light purple skin.
- Badass Longcoat: Sports an extremely elaborate caped military tailcoat.
- Badass Mustache: It's a long, thin handlebar.
- Break the Haughty: He's an arrogant, condescending master swordsman who's robbed several skilled swordsmen of their prize blades including, for a time, Lion-O's Sword of Omens. When Lion-O bests him during their rematch , his attempts to get even only result in further humiliation at the hands of Hattanzo/the Drifter.
- Collector of the Strange: Likes unique swords, especially when wielded by inexperienced users. Care to make a wager?
- Cool Swords: Yes...exactly, they're what he has, and what he wants.
- Dual Wielding: Favors a Sinister Scimitar and a Royal Rapier.
- Evil Sounds Deep: It's Miguel Ferrer. You can't get much deeper.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: At night, his already red eyes glow.
- Hustling The Mark: A variant. At no point does he feign incompetence around his marks. Instead, he capitalizes on their naiveté of his Master Swordsman status to goad them into dueling him out of misplaced pride in their own skills. Oh, and he also neglects to mention that when you put your sword up against his "best blade," he'll have one in his other hand. Presto, one more sword for his portable shield rack.
- Master Swordsman: It's all in the name.
- Named Weapons: Likely has plenty, but the only one given is the Sword of Hattanzo. And the Sword of Omens (for a few hours).
- Pointed Ears
- Professional Gambler: Winner takes all. And he always wins.
- Punny Name: He's a duelist, who's a dualist.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Red irises on deep maroon sclera.
- Royal Rapier: His right-hand sword, to go along with his Swashbuckler aesthetic.
- Rubber Forehead Alien: A rare creature on a planet of Humanoid Aliens and Petting Zoo People.
- Samurai Cowboy: A gunslinger with swords, in Swashbuckler togs just to further confound classification.
- Sinister Scimitar: His left-hand sword, the famous Sword of Hattanzo.
- Smug Snake: A master at his art, who assumes he's unbeatable. When Lion-O beasts him, he quickly resorts to an attempt at foul play. Luckily, Hattanzo/the Drifer will have none of that.
- Spell My Name with a "The": Really, Lion-O should have known he was bad news.
- Swashbuckler: A walking refugee of the genre incongruously traipsing around a Cattle Punk/Wutai and challenging victims to a classic Showdown at High Noon.
- Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty: Averted for the most part; while he tends to goad more arrogant fighters into matches, he relies on pure swordplay. Until Lion-O beats him in their rematch, when he tries to pull a dagger on the young king when his back is turned.
- Villainous Cheekbones: Very high and narrow.
- Villainous Widow's Peak
- Walking Armory: He carries all of the swords he took from his opponents on his back.
A merchant slaver and trafficker who captures Ro-Bear Bill's family. He captures and sells all sorts of things, from Berbils to large cats
. Making him the ultimate scumbag
Tropes associated with the Conquedor
Tyrannical ruler of the Rats in Mount Plun-Darr and the descendant of Ratilla. He enslaved the cats, forcing them to work in the mines and search for the Sword of Plun-Darr.
Tropes associated with Ratar-O:
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The leader of the rats proves to be a rather capable fighter when Lion-O faces him, with the two of them being rather evenly matched.
- Badass Mustache: Has styled his whiskers into a rather refined-looking mustache, akin to what you'd find in an imperial Chinese court.
- Bad Boss: His treatment of his direct subordinate certainly won't be winning him any prizes for "Boss of the Year." It comes back to bite him big-time when said subordinate decides to side with Lion-O by throwing him his sword and gauntlet.
- Dual Wielding: Ratar-O's Weapons Of Choice are his twin Rat Eye Daggers, which are able to shoot energy bolts when crossed together to charge their power.
- Faux Affably Evil: Acts refined and sophisticated, but is as brutal as any other villain. Which leads right into him being a...
- Fat Bastard
- Jerkass Has a Point: He's a villain and a tyrant, make no mistake. But considering what we knew of Thundera's Fantastic Racism towards the lizards, his claim that the cats didn't want to share similar power with other races (hence why they sent Jaga to reclaim the Sword of Plun-Darr from Ratilla) may have more weight to it than we know...
- Kick the Dog: When two cat slaves overpower his underling and try to make a run for it, he chases them into a dead end, taunts them for their failure, and unleashes a single blast of energy from his crossed daggers. Then he walks away with a wicked chuckle. We don't actually see the aftermath, but it's pretty clear what just happened.
- Knife Nut: Those twin daggers of his are rather large and ornate to be simple knives, but they come close enough.
- Large And In Charge: Assuming that paunch isn't just padding from the armor, Ratar-O has a belly on him. He's noticeably taller than his men. And he's the big cheese. Yeah, this applies.
- Mythology Gag: His design is very close to how he looked in the original series, but closer inspection shows that he actually looks more like the original Ratilla, at least in terms of costume design.
- Oh Crap: Gets one of these when Lion-O gets his sword and gauntlet back, courtesy of The Dog Bites Back.
- And another one when Lion-O's gauntlet generates an energy field to harness the blast from his Rat Eye Daggers, allowing Lion-O to reflect that power right back at him.
- Shadow Archetype: Like Lion-O, he's the leader of his people, has claim to an ancestral weapon (the Sword of Plun-Darr to Lion-O's Sword of Omens), and wields an enchanted blade (his Rat's Eye Daggers). However, where Lion-O is a noble leader who respects his team as friends, Ratar-O is a harsh tyrant who berates his servants (Mordax, in particular) for so much as speaking out of turn.
- Tennis Boss: Worth mentioning, as the way Lion-O ultimately defeats him is by using his gauntlet to block and absorb the energy from Ratar-O's twin energy daggers...and throw it right back in his face.
- Third Eye: Not literally, but his helmet does have a third eye motif.
- You Dirty Rat
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Claims that his motivation for all his cruel deeds—enslaving the cats and having them mine a dangerous cave for the Sword of Plun-Darr—was that he can lead his people to glory, no longer living off the scraps of the cats or any of the other races. Except, as Lion-O himself puts it, his people "are just slaves on the other side of the whip," which Ratar-O doesn't deny.
- Wicked Cultured: As mentioned under Faux Affably Evil, he generally acts like quite the cultured nobleman.
Rataro's underling, who must constantly suffer his abuse.
Tropes associated with Mordax:
- The Dog Bites Back: See Screw This, I'm Outta Here. He also kicked Lion-O's sword and gauntlet back to him, thereby ensuring that Lion-O would have a fighting chance against his abusive master.
- Evil Old Folks: Something of an aversion, as he claims he was Just Following Orders to whip a cat-slave when Pumyra attacks him. In a much more clear aversion, he performs a Screw This, I'm Outta Here on Ratar-o and throws Lion-O his sword and gauntlet.
- Eyepatch of Power: Averted somewhat; he's never shown to be a very capable fighter.
- Giggling Villain: Averted, his only menacing snicker really comes when he turns on his boss by throwing Lion-O his weapons.
- Just Following Orders: He pulls this excuse when Pumyra attacks him for whipping one of the cat-slaves. She doesn't take it well.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: Smaller than just about everyone, making it easier for Ratar-O to abuse him. And for Pumyra as well, when she catches him whipping an enslaved cat.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here: He abandons Ratar-O after suffering under his abuse and being shown mercy by Lion-O.
- Sinister Scythe / Whip It Good: His weapon is a hybrid sickle and whip, similar to the Japanese Kusarigama.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Lion-O just saved him from a wrathful Pumyra. His idea of gratitude? Pull a scythe on Lion-O, forcing him, Pumyra, and Panthro to surrender. Ultimately averted, as he ends up turning against Ratar-O because Lion-O showed him more mercy (and therefore, kindness) than the leader of his own kind ever did.
The prefect of Avista and its avian inhabittants. Pretty much this show's version of Vultureman from the original series.
- Anti-Villain: Ostensibly a Type III or even a Type IV. Sure, he's an arrogant twit and antagonistic to the ThunderCats, but they pretty much stormed into his city and intended to steal a powerstone that is vital for Avista's survival. He's not even shown to be tyrannical (as one would assume from his social position), and has shown moral disdain towards the cats' past tyranny against other species.
- The "Anti" part goes away when he joins Mumm-Ra out of fear and the temptation of power.
- Fantastic Racism: Towards the cats, since the birds, much like pratically everyone else, sees them as tyrants and barbarians.
- Feathered Fiend
- Hypocrite: Calls the ThunderCats out for their Fantastic Racism against the other animal clans... but it's pretty clear that he has a lesser opinion of anyone who isn't of the Bird people, himself.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Thanks for proving him right, Pumyra.
- Meaningful Name: His name sounds similar to the political philosopher Voltaire, and like the philosopher is an intelligent man who disapproves of infringing on rights of others, as shown by his dislike for the Cats using the War Stone to keep weaker species in-line.
- The Quisling: He is the only Bird to accept Mumm-ra's offer.
- Sacred Hospitality: Despite barely hiding his Fantastic Racism, he was a fairly decent patron until the ThunderCats demanded the techstone.
- Sore Loser: Accepts Tygra's challenge to a flying race for the Tech stone with the War and Spirit stones on the line. When Tygra wins, he declares the wager null and void, and has the ThunderCats placed under house arrest. In fairness, he wasn't really in a position to give the tech stone away, though that just emphasises his arrogance in accepting the wager in the first place.
- Winged Humanoid: Emphasis on "winged".