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Lion-O is a prince, made Lord of the ThunderCats due to the murder of his father, Claudus. In contrast to the '80s series,
Lion-O is introduced as a brash, idealistic teenager.
Tropes associated with Lion-O:
- 24-Hour Armor: Always wears his cuirass
- Adaptive Armor: When Lion-O obtains the Spirit Stone and places it in his claw gauntlet, it extends to cover his full arm.
- Adorkable: He was always a little awkward, but it hasn't been noticeable since the Trials, and then in "Recipe for Disaster" it goes back up to eleven as he tries to court Pumyra.
- Aesop Amnesia: It seems like every other episode is Lion-O learning the same lesson about listening to his teammates and not doing his own thing without their input.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Popular opinion in Thundera is Lion-O is a Cloudcuckoolander for his obsession with technology, a Category Traitor for his Lizard advocacy, a Cultural Rebel and a thoroughly Inadequate Inheritor when compared to his brother.
- Always Save the Girl: With a choice between saving Pumyraa and the Sword of Plunn-Darr, he picks Pumyra. He even flat out tells Mumm-Ra (and Pumyra) and abandoning her isn't even an option.
- In "Recipe for Disaster" the first time Mumm-Ra attacks in his Sycorax form his initial reaction is to grab her and get to safety before counter-attacking. Later in the episode he saves her again when she's cornered.
- Always Second Best: Though Lion-O is painfully aware of this already, his brother Tygra sees fit to loudly and explicitly inform Lion-O of this in front of a huge arena of people before roundly defeating him in a public sporting event.
Tygra: "When it comes to everything except the crown, you're always going to be second place."
- Amazon Chaser: First Cheetara, who's easily his rival in combat. This also applies to Pumyra, who fits the trope a little closer as a Hot-Blooded ex-gladiator who's handed his tail to him before with extreme prejudice (though this is because he flat-out refused to fight her).
- Ancestral Weapon: The Sword of Omens, passed down from his father, is "the sword that built the ThunderCats' empire".
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Of course Lion-O's destined to master his Ancestral Weapon, a sword that Only the Chosen May Wield with accompanying Psychic Powers. His mane is a paler shade of its Power Crystal, his eyes, a paler shade of its cross-guard.
- He also bears an uncanny resemblance to Leo, the original wielder of the Sword of Omens.
- Audience Surrogate: The most frequent viewpoint character.
- Back from the Dead: After the trials two-parter.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Acquits himself very well against all but the leader of a gang of Alley Cats while otherwise unarmed, but puts in a poorer showing while competing against his brother in the games.
- Later puts in a much better showing against a rat slaver in "The Curse of Ratilla," and hammers Ratar-O himself with an impressive right hook in the same episode
- Battle Cry: "Thunder... THUNDER... THUNDERCATS, HOOOOOOO!!!"
- Black Sheep/White Sheep: Either way, Lion-O doesn't fit in with the royal family. He's simultaneously a Cloudcuckoolander techie in a family of Proud Warrior Race Guys and the Wide-Eyed Idealist in a family of Animal Jingoist Fantastic Racists.
- Bodyguard Crush/Hot for Preacher: Lion-O has an obvious crush on Cheetara, his Church Militant Praetorian Guard. He gets over it, eventually.
- Bully Hunter: Gradually becomes this, as he goes from incidentally fighting bullies in his hometown to actively asserting that predatory antagonists, like the Duelist, need to be taken down a peg.
- Catch Phrase/This Is Gonna Suck/Unusual Euphemism: "Whiskers," Lion-O's signature Once per Episode phrase, quite possibly the least threatening curse ever.
- Category Traitor: Lion-O's defense of the stockaded Lizard slaves and attempt at Shaming the Mob harassing them backfires spectacularly, stirring up the Powderkeg Crowd into demanding a full blown Public Execution and turning their Torches and Pitchforks on him, calling him "Lizard lover" and threatening to put him in the stocks themselves. Yes, everyone hates their crown prince and future king.
- Came Back Strong: After returning from death in "The Trials of Lion-O". He actually scares Mumm-Ra!
- The Chains of Commanding: Lion-O feels doubtful and insecure in his leadership from time to time, once wondering aloud "Maybe the sword chose wrong."
- Character Development: Shortsighted and prone to alternately Hot-Blooded and well-meant impulsive decisions, Lion-O gradually learns through several missteps how to take a longer view and think before he acts. This is lampshaded when, atypically, he realizes a tactical error mere seconds after he's made it, firing a grapple at an angry Giant Flyer:
Lion-O: *as he realizes he'll be dragged skyward* Maybe this is a bad ide-AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
- He later demonstrates long-term planning skills and more abstract thought while searching for the hidden Spirit Stone.
- From "The Trials of Lion-O: Part 2" on he is far more mature and even-tempered, and makes better use of his tools and abilities.
- In "Recipe for Disaster", he takes a much different approach with courting Pumyra than he did Cheetara (actively trying to talk to her about their relationship and feelings) and tries to make his affections known rather than just assuming she feels the same way.
- Chekhov's Skill: Lion-O's much-ridiculed intense study of technology finally pays off when he figures out the user interface of a Black Box that he later uses to blow up a war mech
- A Child Shall Lead Them: Lion-O is still young, and very green in his kingship.
- The Chosen One: During a Rite of Passage, the Sword of Omens granted Lion-O a vision of the future, choosing him as the next king.
- Cloudcuckoolander: His reputation among the Thunderians prior to Thundera's fall. Grune lampshades it, saying he "still [has] his head in the clouds." while Tygra has harsher words:
Tygra: That's your problem. You look at Lizards and see victims. You look at junk and see mythical tech.
- Collector of the Strange: Actively seeks out Lost Technology, even if he has to turn to a Friend in the Black Market to get it.
- Cool Sword: The Sword of Omens, naturally.
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: Not that Lion-O feels much like gloating, since confirmation of Lost Technology's existence comes at a price, when the Lizards use it to destroy his kingdom. He even gets redeemed for his defense of the Lizards when one of them repays the favor. and slips him the key to his cell.
- Cultural Rebel: Who needs to learn about how Cats Are Superior or Might Makes Right when there are machines to tinker with? And it actually seems wrong that those Alley Cats are beating up that poor Dog...
- Custom Uniform: Justified as he's the king, but he's basically wearing the same uniform as the Thunderian soldiers seen in the pilot.
- Deadpan Snarker: He can get pretty snarky and often matches Tygra wit-for-wit. Most of his lines in "Legacy" are wry observations on the situation.
- Determinator: Lion-O doesn't give up easily, which has both gotten him into trouble, and out of it.
- Did Not Get the Girl/Hopeless Suitor: He's been very unlucky in his romantic pursuits.
- He falls for Cheetara but loses her to Tygra. Made worse by the fact she had apparently chosen Tygra years ago. So he was never in the running.
- And just when the episode "Recipe for Disaster," looks to finally avert this with Pumyra. Nnnnnnnnope. Turns out she's a traitor to her own kind and betrays him.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Lion-O holds his father while he dies. And his friend Emrick, in the palms of his hands.
- Disney Villain Death: Inverted, as he's a hero who suffers this fate, and is revived later on.
- Making this eventually become a straight example of a Disney Death in the long run.
- Don't Call Me Sir: After saving Pumyra's life in the mines, he asks her to call him "Lion-O" and not "Your Majesty." She's a special case though and he will tolerate being called "Your Majesty" by other cats.
- The Emperor/The Good King: King of Thundera, and Lord of the ThunderCats, for what it's worth...
- Establishing Character Moment: Lion-O is introduced sneaking cloaked and hooded into the worst part of Thundera's slums, only to catch the eye of a gang of "Alley Cat" muggers who've just finished beating a hapless Dog. He manages to fight most off but has to be bailed out by Cheetara, to whom he reveals his reasons for being there: to find rare and obscure pieces of "technology," which everyone else believes to be a myth.
- Every Device Is A Swiss Army Knife: Lion-O's Claw Gauntlet does quadruple duty as scabbard, gauntlet, grappling hook, and buckler.
- Adding the various power stones can upgrade it into armor.
- Everyone Can See It: Towards Pumyra, except for Pumyra.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: For Cheetara, which is too bad considering she chooses Tygra instead.
- Face Palm: Lion-O from Tygra's actions when the latter accidentally drank a love potion.
- Fatal Flaw: Pride and overestimation of his skills gets him into trouble, he also struggles with self-doubt.
- It's actually discussed in "The Trials of Lion-O." The whole prologue of the episode was Lion-O trying to prove to everyone that he's right and everyone should follow him. It leads to his Disney Death. During the actual trials, Lion-O fails to defeat Trial!Tygra, who mentions that deep down, Lion-O didn't believe that he'd be a worthy ruler.
- Father, I Don't Want To Fight: ...Lizards my people have spent generations oppressing and enslaving.
- Failure Knight
- Fiery Redhead
- Friend or Idol Decision: In "Birth of the Blades," Lion-O is faced with a Sadistic Choice: Save Pumyra from falling to her death, or grab the Sword of Plun-Darr before Mumm-Ra can? He chooses to save Pumyra, earning her gratitude and Undying Loyalty.
- Genius Ditz: Initially showed traces of this.
- Genre Blindness: Lion-O sees a vision in the magic Sword of Omens, and Cannot Spit It Out, preferring to lie and claim he was distracted by two passing girls, since he assumes his father will think him a Cloudcuckoolander if he speaks up. Justified since Lion-O is selectively Culture Blind, neglecting his royal duties in favor of collecting and studying Lost Technology, a ridiculous hobby in a Magical Kingdom.
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: The Claw Gauntlet can fire the four fingers as anchors to surfaces.
- Greater Need Than Mine: Lion-O will help others at great personal cost, this is what earns him Pumyra's Undying Loyalty in "Birth of the Blades" as he continues to fight for her even after she loses the Sword of Plundarr.
- Grew a Spine: Though a Cultural Rebel, Lion-O was reluctant to share his radicalism with anyone but Snarf, and exploits his image as a Cloudcuckoolander to avoid disclosing a vision he saw in the Sword of Omens. But after hearing that "Sight is useless without action," from Jaga, he makes a Sudden Principled Stand, faces down an Angry Mob and convinces his father to pardon two Lizard prisoners.
- Guile Hero: Not an outright straight example, but part of Lion-O's character development is learning to be more like one, rather than trying to be an action hero warrior like Tygra. Of particular note is how he solves his trials, and then later defeats Mumm-Ra's generals, three very strong, vicious, and dangerous characters, by tricking them into getting trapped in a holding cell, all by himself, without the Sword of Omens, and without even using the Spirit Stone.
- The Heart: Arguably to all of Thundera. Lion-O immediately steps up to defend anyone, regardless if they're seen as enemies or not, proclaiming, "No one deserves to be treated like that."
- He will also help anyone in need and expect nothing in return, it earns a lot of friends.
- The Hero
- Heroic Sacrifice: One of his personality traits and what earns him a second chance at life in "Trials Part 2"
- It's what also changes Pumyra's opinion of him in "The Pit," he would rather die than hurt her or any of his subjects.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: The word "crazy" keeps popping up in discussions about what Thunderians think of Lion-O, to the point that he automatically anticipates this opinion from Cheetara.
- Pumyra (and apparently the rest of the refugees) believe he abandoned them after the fall of Thundera.
- Averted later on, in some cases...firstly from Pumyra herself after Lion-O proves he's worthy of the mantle of leadership, and also from an elderly cat-slave that Lion-O freed from rat slavers, who claims that he never lost faith that the Lord of the ThunderCats would save them.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: The Sword of Omens is his Weapon of Choice.
- Heroic Spirit
- He's Back: "The Trials of Lion-O: Part 2"
- Honor Before Reason/Too Dumb to Live: Lion-O suffers a fit of this while grieving for his father and his friend Emrick, invoking a recently-learned Aesop about living life fully to justify acting on his culture's (and inferentially, his father's) motto that "ThunderCats never retreat." This leads him to impulsively charge into a battle so one-sided his entire group would have died were it not for a Deus ex Machina. Inverted when the Elephant Village gets taken hostage and opts for a stealth approach considering the hostage situation. Firmly averted after his Trials where he thinks before he acts and will sometimes allow things he doesn't like to happen if it means the success of the greater mission.
- Hot-Blooded: The destruction of Thundera and murder of his father has a negative effect on Lion-O's control of his emotions, naturally. As the series progresses he pretty much grows out of it.
- How Do I Shot Web?: Up until "Sight Beyond Sight" he has great difficulty using the titular ability. After learning to view "the big picture," as per instruction from various gurus, he gains perspective, and becomes more able to use the Sword of Omens' Psychic Powers.
- Humble Hero: This works both for and against him, as his humility gives him great compassion, but also undermines his confidence when he needs it most.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Spoken word-for-word in "The Pit" when trying to turn Pumyra.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Zig-Zagged, in "New Alliances" he tells Tygra and Cheetara that he knows about their relationship and he's happy for the both of them, but privately chews Cheetara out for (unintentionally) leading him on.
- Iconic Item: The Sword of Omens
- Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance: While Lion-O is very right about the existence of Lost Technology, he initially dreamily romanticizes it, not realizing its potential as a Forgotten Superweapon until witnessing the destruction first-hand. It's also quite jarring to his Noble Bigot sensibilities when a Lizard informs him His Species Doth Protest Too Much.
- In the Hood: Lion-O travels The City Narrows of Thundera in a dark blue cloak.
- Inadequate Inheritor: Pretty much everyone agrees that Tygra would be a better king than Lion-O. He doesn't even get much praise from his father until right before his death.
- Indy Ploy: He's getting very good at thinking on his feet and he pulls off a series of these in "Birth of the Blades."
- Instant Expert: Despite only tinkering and playing with mostly broken and non-functional trinkets, Lion-O is remarkably quick to pick up the workings of technology, and has no trouble at all sailing two hi-tech airships.
- Jerkass: For all of one episode due to his rage and hate blinding him to everything else. He gets better at the end.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: After "Between Brothers" through the end of "The Trials of Lion-O" due to not getting the girl, though he felt he had every right to be angry...
- By "The Trials of Lion-O" and onward, he seems to have gotten better.
- Kid Hero: At seventeen, he's the youngest of his fellow nobles. Panthro dryly lampshades their lack of "adult supervision" before his arrival.
- Kid Samurai/Young Gun: In the Cattle Punk/Wutai Swordsmans' Town, Lion-O is swiftly pegged as this by the Drifter, who warns him off, and the Duelist, who exploits Lion-O's naiveté for all it's worth, goading him into a Showdown at High Noon.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Or... whatever his pet Snarf is. Anyway, he loves him.
- King Incognito: Lion-O has a habit of walking the slums disguised as a peasant.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Oh so much, his outfit even seems to be based on a medieval knight's jousting armor.
- Even more so during moments when Pumyra shows obvious attraction to him for displaying these kinds of feats.
- Last of His Kind: Lion-O is the last of the Lions, the Cats who constitute Thundera's royal bloodline.
- The Leader: Of his ThunderCats, much to Tygra's chagrin and Panthro's irritation (though Panthro does warm up, as does Tygra to some extent).
- Leeroy Jenkins: Unlike many here, a genuine flaw of the Hot-Blooded young Lion-O, which Panthro has very little patience for.
- Likes Older Women: His crush on Cheetara showed this. Too bad she chose Tygra instead.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Despite being the prince, so far Lion-O's childhood looks like it may have been a pretty lonely one.
- Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: First with Cheetara, and then with Pumyra.
- Love Makes You Dumb: All throughout the Sword of Plundarr arc he had been doing perfectly fine with Pumyra simply by speaking his mind and being there for her, but in "Recipe for Disaster" when he attempts to openly court her he stumbles over his words, gives her poisonous flowers, tries to slip her a love potion, and generally makes a mess of things between them. Averted through the rest of the episode as he still manages to keep a clear head in battle and his desire to protect Pumyra allows to him to pull off an attack that actually hurts a supposedly nigh-invulnerable Mumm-Ra. It continues to be averted spectacularly in "What Lies Above: Part 1" where he goes along with her when she comes up with a decent plan, but when she decides on a truly terrible one he calls her on it and tries to stop her (which is easier said than done) proving that no matter how much he cares about her he cannot be manipulated by her into violating his morals.
- Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: Lion-O's Claw Gauntlet serves as a buckler, in a pinch.
- A Man Is Always Eager: He has no problem using his ancestor's relationship with fellow rebellion leader Panthera to score a makeout session right before Mumm-Ra's ship crashes in his vision of the past
Lion-O: I am so dead... But at least I have a girlfriend!
- Subverted later with Pumyra, when she starts flirting with him he just looks confused and vaguely disturbed, probably because he has been burned in the past, but also because she tried to kill him only a few hours earlier.
- Then played straight again when he starts trying to court Pumyra, with his initial attempts proving...awkward.
- Magical Incantation
- Missing Mom: Lion-O's mother is nowhere to be seen. This is because of her Death by Childbirth, as revealed in "Native Son".
- Multiethnic Name: The "-O" suffix seems to be a reference to the "ō" in Japanese names and titles meaning "king."
- Must Make Amends: He puts up with so much from Pumyra because he feels personally responsible for her suffering (and that of the other refugees). That, and he likes her.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: After listening to a Lizard explain how the Cats' oppression gives him few options in life, Lion-O is much less enthusiastic about his culture's endorsement of Might Makes Right or Fantastic Racism.
- Named Weapons: The Sword of Omens
- Nice Guy: You could count the number of beings in the series who are half as decent as him one hand.
- Noble Bigot: Begins as a Fantastic Racist, shooing Produce Pelting kids away from the stockades, but presuming the Lizards therein are otherwise entirely deserving of punishment... until they proceed to argue the point.
- Noble Fugitive: Breaking out of dungeons, running to MacGuffins, away from the Lizards.
- Noble Male, Roguish Male: The Noble Male to Tygra's Roguish Male.
- Nobody Calls Me Chicken: Appeals to courage or implications of cowardice are a sore point with Lion-O, culturally and personally, especially if his conduct is compared to his father. After his trials this is pretty much gone and he is much harder to provoke and manipulate.
- Occult Blue Eyes: Blue-green eyes, a family trait he shares with his father, and part of the Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance that marks him as able to use the Sword of Omens' "Sight Beyond Sight".
- Power Makes Your Voice Deep: Lion-O's voice gets deeper whenever he uses the Sword of Omens and shouts "ThunderCats, ho!"
- The Power of Love: His affection for Pumyra and his desire to protect her end up allowing him to shoot blue lightning from the Sword of Omens for the first time.
- A Protagonist Shall Lead Them: "For it was written that he would be born of fire, a king to lead his people to victory against ancient spirits of evil."
- Rebel Prince: Reconstructed. It's made patently obvious early on that Lion-O really doesn't want to be king, but cannot pass it to anyone else as he was chosen by the Sword of Omens. It is the act of rebelling against his princely responsibilities that has put Lion-O in touch with the common slum-dwellers and Specific minorities, and connected him with Lost Technology, making him Thundera's Wise Prince.
- Redemption Equals Life: Played with after Lion-O recognizes his faults and desires to save his friends even though he would be stuck in Limbo for all eternity, but is instead revived due to the selflessness of his actions.
- Red-Headed Hero
- Reluctant Ruler: Initially Lion-O didn't want to be king and felt like he was being pushed into a life meant for someone else. Later he comes to accept his position and the responsibility that comes with it.
- Requisite Royal Regalia: Lion-O wears a much less elaborate version of the cuirass and belt-mounted cabochon sported by his father.
- The Resenter: Inverted. Lion-O is the hero of the narrative, but not of Thundera's people. They adore Tygra, and think of him as their ideal leader, while Lion-O is The Wrongful Heir to the Throne. Lion-O loathes this state of affairs.
(in Sarcasm Mode
): You're just so perfect, aren't you, Tygra?
Tygra: Why, thank you, Lion-O!
- Retractable Weapon: The Sword of Omens retracts to dagger length for stowing inside it's scabbard, Lion-O's Claw Gauntlet. It extends fully when Lion-O performs his Magical Incantation.
- Revenge Before Reason: Hits this hard in "Ramlak Rising", choosing to disobey Jaga's demand that he find the Book of Omens in favor of hunting down Mumm-Ra, though his encounter with the similarly motivated Captain Tunar causes him to rethink his priorities.
- Right Makes Might: Lion-O is less adept at combat than many other warriors, including the other adult ThunderCats. However, he's able to wield the full power of the Sword of Omens and the Spirit Stone because of his good heart, which makes Lion-O powerful.
- Royal Blood: Lion-O is a Lion, which automatically confers the right to rule.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Initially deconstructed, as Lion-O's hobbies, opinions and jaunts to the slums are seen as evidence that he's The Wrongful Heir to the Throne. Lion-O's Lizard advocacy even causes Claudus to label him an Unwitting Instigator of Doom when the Lizards invade, denying him the chance to join Claudus and Tygra on the battlefield. Then Lion-O takes matters into his own hands.
- Seer: As The Chosen One, only Lion-O can use the Sword of Omens' "Sight Beyond Sight" to see visions of the future, hidden or far off objects, or metaphysical locations.
- Serial Romeo: Driven by poor self-esteem and a love-starved heart, Lion-O repeatedly seeks romantic connections with women he barely knows, and misreads their intent.
- Mistakes Cheetara's support and encouragement for romantic interest.
- Mistakes Pumyra's homicidal rage for "passion and strength."
- Shonen Hair: To be expected, as this reboot takes a nod from anime.
- Skilled, but Naive/Unskilled, but Strong: Lion-O's weakness in technique with the Sword of Omens is that he prefers a straightforward, purely offensive barrage that relies on momentum and power, very effective in a large battlefield melee, but useless when opponents have guile and space enough to maneuver. The Drifter notes this, and instructs him in defensive evasion. This improves his technique greatly, but later episodes show that he can still be overpowered by opponents who are just plain physically stronger than him. Post-Trials he is far more formidable and successful in blending the two.
- Small Steps Hero: Multiple times. This is one of the major themes of the series, and Lion-O seems to be aware that in the long run, when it comes to seeing the big picture, all these small good deeds will help him succeed against Mumm-Ra.
- Socially-Awkward Hero: Lion-o can fight the forces of Mumm-ra, but yet is unable to try and chat with Pumyra, as shown in "Recipe for Disaster". Notably he was perfectly able to speak honestly with her before he realized he liked her, see Love Makes You Dumb above.
- Stalker with a Crush: Played straight for laughs with questionable usage of love potion in "Recipe for Disaster."
- Still The Leader: Initially did not take Panthro's assertive Bald Black Leader Guy role well, despite being out of his depth during their shared mission. In a fit of pique, Lion-O pulled a Leeroy Jenkins that required Panthro's intervention, but Lion-O soon earned his respect and deference when he proved an effective wielder of the Sword of Omens. He also has to deal with Tygra (and later Pumyra) constantly questioning and criticizing his decisions, even after he starts making decent ones.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: Doubles as That Came Out Wrong.
Pumyra: "Aren't we supposed to be collecting firewood?"
Lion-O: "... Oh! Yeah! I, uh, heheh... I didn't just walk you out here to get you alone... ahahah... ahem..."
- And later he attempts to give her a flower:
Pumyra: Is that supposed to be for me?
Lion-O: This? No! Yes... I-I just thought it smelled nice...
- Later still when she has an allergic reaction to the same flower:
Lion-O: Lemme take a look I'm sure it's just— (sees her swelled face and wheezes)!
It's fine, you can barely
- Surrogate Soliloquy: Lion-O makes a habit of using his Empathy Pet Snarf as a sounding-board for his thoughts.
- Sword Beam: Lion-O can use the Sword of Omens to unleash surges of electricity; more often, however, this takes the form of a power scarlet energy beam fired from the Eye of Thundera set in the hilt.
- Took a Level in Badass: The point of the Trials, not only to test his skills, but to force him to confront things about himself he doesn't like and hold him back.
- Undying Loyalty: To his friends and his people. This is what actually allows him to go back to the living world after he dies.
- The Unfavourite: His father much prefers his adoptive older brother Tygra.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Lion-O gets accused of this when the Lizards invade, with Claudus convinced that the Lizard invasion was accelerated by a show of weakness when they pardoned the Lizard scavengers. He's sidelined, forbidden to join Tygra and Claudus on the battlefield.
- Warrior Prince: Even before his kingship, could hold his own as a Bare-Fisted Monk.
- What Measure Is a Non-Badass?: Lion-O's character can be seen as a deconstruction of this. He is disliked in universe (and even out of universe by some fans) for being weaker than Tygra, but at the same time the show demonstrates that valuing strength has caused a lot of problems, and Lion-O's values of kindess nd mercy are what will ultimately help save the world. On top of that, a big part of Lion-O's character development is him learning to stop trying to be a badass and to value his cunning, clarity, and leadership over his strength and power when solving problems or facing enemies.
- Whole Costume Reference: To the original, with some tweaks.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist
- The Wise Prince: In stark contrast to his 80's Idiot Hero counterpart, Lion-O is very much a "bigger picture" kind of guy and rather than destroying his enemies would rather convert them to his side. However he does have his moments due to inexperience. This is more pronounced after his trials where he is more mature and level-headed, and sticks to his principles like glue.
- Would Hit a Girl: He decked a female catfolk mugger right in the face without a blink in the slums. In Thundera, strength matters above all else.
- Subverted in his fight with Pumyra, but had nothing to do with her being a girl, he won't fight another cat pure and simple.
- The Wrongful Heir to the Throne: So universally held is this opinion that Lion-O gets to hear from both Grune and Tygra how good a king Tygra would be, with Tygra outright claiming (only as a joke, of course) that he'd be better than Lion-O. It's so blatant even his father comes to his defense. He even worries about this himself, once pondering "Maybe the sword chose wrong..."
- Lion-O's subconscious belief that this is true is so strong that he (supposedly) fails the Spirit Stone's trials in "The Trials of Lion-O".
- You Are Worth Hell: In "The Trials of Lion-O", he failed against Tygra and so would die. To go save his comrades, he offers up his soul to be given until sun rise to save them knowing his soul would be doomed to live in Limbo for all time.
- In "The Pit" he takes a brutal beating from Pumyra and refuses to fight back to prove that he would never hurt her or any of his people.
- Youngest Child Wins: Despite being the younger, it is Lion-O who is first in line for the throne, because he is of the Lion bloodline, and because he was chosen by the Sword of Omens.
- Zombie Advocate: Lion-O defends Lizards from a Vigilante Execution by an Angry Mob, which is seen as absurd by both the mob and his father.
- He does it again when he spares the rat Mordax from being killed by Pumyra.
Tygra is the adoptive brother of Lion-O and has an active Sibling Rivalry
against him, since he's often more skilled and resents his younger sibling's position as crown prince. He can be cocky and arrogant at times, and flirtatious as well.
Tropes associated with Tygra:
- 24-Hour Armor: Acquires a set after the siege of Thundera.
- Ace Pilot: Despite zero training and experience he's able to effortlessly pilot two different airships in "What Lies Above Part 1" saying "It just feels natural."
- Adorkable: When he was younger, as revealed through a flashback to when he met Cheetara. He certainly wasn't as much of The Charmer as he is now.
- Aloof Big Brother: At his worst, Tygra expresses utter disdain for his brother's idealism and dabblings in Lost Technology. He softened on the latter when said technology was revealed to be real.
- Always Second Best: Tygra tries to be Always Someone Better because of a deep Inferiority Superiority Complex, and an abiding suspicion that as a mere Spare To The Throne, he will forever lose to Lion-O, a motivation underscored when Tygra bitterly rants about how Lion-O's taken away both his chance to wear the crown, and, he suspects, his chance to romance Cheetara, the Love Interest of their Sibling Triangle.
- Always Someone Better: Tygra actively invokes this whenever able, out of a need to feel superior due to his resentment at being out of the chain of succession. He loves to show up his younger brother, and makes a point of "jokingly" telling his father with Lion-O in earshot, "I just would have been a better [king]."
- Tygra in "What Lies Above, Part 1." -"Shut your beak and fly."
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Is quite capable unarmed, soundly defeating his brother in Thundera's games.
- Berserk Button: He doesn't suffer racism towards Cats very well, but has no trouble talking dirt about other animals.
- Big Brother Instinct: Despite all this, when Lion-O is in real trouble, Tygra supports and fights with him. He makes this clear in the first episode. "You'd better be really sure you want to do this, because I've got his back."
- Big Brother Mentor: During shared reminiscences of their father Claudus, Tygra drops his usual resentful critiques when Lion-O expresses genuine insecurities at leading, telling him to believe in himself. This moment of bonding is brief, and Tygra's back to needling him a short while later.
- Blue Blood
- Broken Ace: Tygra is better than Lion-O. At everything. He's older, more skilled at fighting, more knowlegeable in military tactics, more popular with their people, father's favorite, and The Dutiful Son, but to his great resentment, his flaky Cloudcuckoolander kid brother gets to be The Chosen One and the king by dint of Royal Blood alone, and even gets attention from Cheetara, whom Tygra has pined for from afar.
- Brown Eyes: Prone to winking.
- Butt Monkey: After the Trials force Lion-O's Character Development to stick Tygra takes over whenever a character needs to be abused.
- The Charmer: Tygra, who openly flirts with one of the clerics (actually Cheetara), during Lion-O's Rite of Passage, to Lion-O's shock.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Cheetara.
- The Chosen One: The reason why the Ancient Spirits of Evil chose him as a sacrifice is because he will be a thorn in their side.
- Compassionate Critic: Towards his brother Lion-O, frequently criticizing his many deficiencies and failure to conform to Thunderian culture and their father's expectations.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Determinator: drove the Thundertank up the vertical side of a mountain to rescue his teammates despite Lion-O's and Cheetara's skepticism — and without Panthro's permission!
- The Dutiful Son: And he knows it.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: His love for Cheetara is returned to him when she chooses to be with him.
- First Guy Wins: Cheetara chooses him, thus ending the Love Triangle.
- Green-Eyed Monster: It's pretty obvious that he's extremely jealous of both his brother's position as leader, and Cheetara's apparent romantic interest in him.
- Happily Adopted/Spare To The Throne: Tygra is an adopted member of the royal family, and the beneficiary of Claudus' Parental Favoritism. This development grew out of the original series' assertion that if anything should happen to Lion-O, Tygra would be next in line as ruler.
- Honor Before Reason: "ThunderCats never retreat!" Tygra complains when Lion-O orders him to do so. Later Lion-O takes the criticism to heart, getting them all into trouble.
- Hot for Preacher: Tygra openly flirted with a Cleric in Full Body Disguise. She turned out to be Cheetara, on whom he has a longstanding crush.
- Hypocritical Humor: May not have been intentional by the creators, but for someone whose refused to admit technology existed, having a blaster as a weapon is kind of funny.
- Idiot Ball: Dribbles with it through the whole episode of "The Trials of Lion-O Part 2" to help force Lion-O's Character Development.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: He's a superb shot for having never seen anything like a gun before in his life. Justified, since laser guns have no recoil, it's a matter of point-and-shoot.
- Instant Expert: After proclaiming technology a myth his entire life, he used a pistol for the first time during the invasion and now relies on it more than his whip.
- Not to mention inexplicably being capable of outpiloting Vultaire in them fancy jets.
- Insufferable Genius
- Interspecies Adoption: A tiger raised by lions.
- Invisibility Cloak: Tygra can become temporarily invisible with the aid of his whip.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Tygra loves to rub it in Lion-O's face that he's better then him "when it comes to everything except the crown," but his Big Brother Instinct comes through in the clutch, and he plainly states "I've got his back." to an Angry Mob Lion-O has challenged to Go Through Me.
- The "gold" part is what allows Tygra to win Cheetara's heart at the end.
- Jerkass: Was the jealous type to Lion-O concerning Cheetara, which then escalated in "Between Brothers" when fighting Lion-O in a jealous rage while ranting about how he supposedly "took everything from him".
- In "Recipe for Disaster", Panthro told the others that Lion-O and Pumyra were out gathering firewood, then Tygra casually says that "Lion-O's just setting himself up to be shot down, again", in a tone that almost seems like he's bragging he got Cheetara and that Lion-O shouldn't bother with trying to find love anymore. Granted, he does turn out to be right.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Despite his brash behavior, a lot of the time he is accurate about Lion-O's flaws at times.
- The Lancer: Argumentative, snarky second to Lion-O's leader.
- Last of His Kind: As of "Native Son", he's the last of the Tiger clan.
- Love Hurts: The look on his face when Cheetara kisses Lion-O on the cheek for luck. However, this later leads to...
- Love Redeems: And fulfills a prophecy of betrayal a few hours later, go figure.
- Made of Iron: Survives myriad encounters that ought to be fatal including a plane crash in "What Lies Above, Part 2", and having his soul ripped from his body in "The Soul Sever" with hardly a scratch.
- Missing Mom: Twice, since his birth mother died with the of members of the Tiger Clan, and in "Native Son" his adoptive mother died giving birth to Lion-O.
- Moses in the Bullrushes: He ended up in Thundera in a hot air balloon.
- Multicolored Hair: White, orange brown and black striped.
- Noble Bigot: He's internalized his culture's Fantastic Racism, since he is fairly dismissive of a Lizard prisoner's Screw You, Elves! speech and sees little problem with the Lizards being lynched. Still, given the choice, he's willing to help his brother defend them. He's also readily amenable to taking on the Thunderkittens, who are of a lesser caste than he is.
- Noble Fugitive: Like his brother, escaped the captivity of the Lizards.
- Noble Male, Roguish Male: The Roguish Male to Lion-O's Noble Male.
- Now or Never Kiss: In "The Curse of Ratilla," Charmer Tygra makes sure to spend his presumed last moments in the arms of Cheetara.
- Out-of-Character Moment: Done very hilariously in "Recipe for Disaster" when he accidentally drinks a love potion, and LOOKED AT LION-O FIRST. Tygra began to act all giddy and happy, and commenting on how Lion-O is, and I quote: "...the bestest little brother a big brother ever had!" much to Lion-O's embarrassment. Lion-O actually meant for the love potion to be used on Pumyra.
- Parental Abandonment: See Moses in the Bullrushes, Missing Mom and Tiger Sacrifice
- Power of Love: cynical Tygra faces this lesson repeatedly. His capacity for this allows him to break and survive more than one curse. Lampshaded with sweeping orchestral music in "The Curse of Ratilla."
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: To an extreme, when you read about his Pride.
- Pride: The recurring flaw in his clan's line. Tygra's ability to be humble and forgive his father for all his actions saves both himself and his clan's souls.
- Ray Gun
- The Resenter: The driving force behind his Sibling Rivalry with his brother is his resentment of Lion-O's right of succession by bloodline. Adding fuel to the fire is their Sibling Triangle with Cheetara.
- Tygra gets over it after Lion-O dies (he gets better) and he briefly becomes king. He's grief-stricken and regretful of his past resentment. When Lion-O returns Tygra immediately proclaims his Undying Loyalty to him.
- The Rival: Quite naturally plays this role to his brother in the course of their Sibling Rivalry, until throwing in with him when Lion-O faces down an Angry Mob, at which point he becomes a particularly testy Lancer.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Can win sporting competitions, hold back Angry Mobs with his whip, and battle evil with the best of them.
- Sarcastic Devotee: Often snarkily questions Lion-O's leadership.
- Snark Knight: Tygra's cynicism and perfectionism get in the way of hatching an effective plan to liberate the Sword of Omens from Mumm-Ra in "The Trials of Lion-O Part 2."
- Stalker with a Crush: Downplayed. As a boy, he developed a habit of watching a young Cheetara from afar, too shy to strike up a conversation.
- Tall, Dark and Snarky: When not under the influence of love potion
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Tygra spends 13 episodes watching how his younger brother steals his thunder (although to be fair, he gave as good as he got), his right to the throne and even the woman he has loved since he was a little boy. To twist the knife on the injury, Tygra cannot get himself to get rid of Lion-O, even if he gets two perfect chances to do it and continues supporting him out of loyalty and brotherly love. Cheetara ends up chosing HIM instead of Lion-O. In fact, Cheetara had already chosen Tygra several years before Lion-O appeared, but never had the chance to confess that to him.
- Tiger Sacrifice: His clan was plagued by a deadly, incurable disease. When his father asked the Ancient Spirits for help, Tygra was the price because of his destiny to become a Thundercat and fight them. His father could not kill him and sent Tygra away like Moses in the Bullrushes.
- Tragic Keepsake: His birth father's whip.
- The Unchosen One: He was passed over in favor of Lion-O as heir to the throne. Part of this is because despite being the elder he's adopted and thus not of the royal bloodline, but also because the Sword of Omens itself chose Lion-O, and he can't understand why.
- Undying Loyalty: To Lion-O as of "The Trials of Lion-O" part 2.
- Unexpected Successor: After Lion-O dies in "Trials of Lion-o", Tygra is hastily made the leader to beat Mumm-ra and his armies. Despite all his bragging that he'd make a better king than Lion-O, Tygra finds himself unable to lead the other ThunderCats efficiently because of their situation and that he couldn't handle the pressure. He soon began to wonder how Lion-O was able to take on the roles of leader on a daily basis despite the situations.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: He's still a Jerk with a Heart of Gold as an adult however.
- Warrior Prince: Is chosen over his brother to join his father on the battlefield during the siege of Thundera.
- Whip And Gun
- Whip It Good: Tygra's Weapon of Choice.
- Would Hit a Girl: Has no problem with attacking Pumyra to protect Lion-O in "What Lies Above" part two.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Takes out a Lizard mook in "Into the Astral Plane" by sneaking up behind him and then suplexing him.
Panthro is one of Claudus' most loyal soldiers. He was sent with his friend Grune to find the Book of Omens. However, their attempted search resulted with Mumm-Ra's release from imprisonment.
Though he questioned Lion-O's ability to lead, Panthro eventually accepted him as the new king.
Tropes associated with Panthro:
Cheetara is one of Jaga's Clerics. As a Cleric, she's gifted with Super Speed
. She wields a staff in battle, but is also adept at fighting unarmed.
Tropes associated with Cheetara:
- Action Girl
- Badass: Even more than Lion-O and Tygra.
- Bare Your Midriff: Thank-you!
- Boobs of Steel: Being one of the adult females in the group. Able to dispatch tall mechs, mooks, and magic curses in a single bound. Praetorian Guard for Lion-O.
- The Champion: Sticks up for Lion-O for ill (defending his brash tactics) and for good (demanding that others be patient and have faith in his potential)
- The Chick: Reconstructed with depth. A Lightning Bruiser Praetorian Guard, Cheetara also plays the role of "spiritual female peacekeeper" straight as both an actual priest and the group's conflict mediator. Though much of this consists of championing Lion-O, she also occasionally sides with Tygra, once joining him in trying to talk Lion-O down from a vengeful rage, and in another instance, explaining to Lion-O why Tygra is The Resenter.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Tygra.
- Church Militant: A member of Jaga's Clerics - the Guardians of the Crown.
- Cool Big Sis: to Lion-O and the Thunderkittens, without the snark.
- Custom Uniform of Sexy: Wears... less than her fellow cats. Justified as her light gear is compatible with her super speed.
- The Empath: Cheetara is able to discern presence and the mood of spirits inhabiting the forest of Magi Oar.
- Forgot About Her Powers: Cheetara has a tendency to not use her Super Speed or Magic Staff's powers, which could allow her to instantly win most fights.
- Good Shepherd: A cleric who often serves as Lion-O's counselor
- The Heart: Motherly and kind, never losing her cool or compassion.
- I Didnt Mean to Turn You On: Throughout the first 13 episodes, she unintentionally sends the wrong signals to Lion-O, which both he and Tygra interprets as Cheetara having feelings for him.
- Idiot Hair: Averted, she has a bit of a cowlick but is otherwise intelligent, save for her Forgot About Her Powers moments.
- It Has Been an Honor: A warrior and loyalist to the crown, Cheetara would gladly give her life in battle. She faces death with grace and dignity.
- Facing death in battle in "Song of the Petalars" Cheetara says: "My service to the Crown has been a cherished privilege."
- Cheetara chooses to share a Now or Never Kiss with Tygra rather than run from death in "The Curse of Ratilla."
- King Incognito: Or rather Praetorian Guard Incognito. In a reversal of Lion-O's circumstances, all she need do is remove her Cleric's uniform to dutifully shadow the wandering Lion-O without his knowing.
- Lady of War
- Last of Her Kind: The Sole Survivor of her order.
- Lightning Bruiser: She's a better fighter than both Tygra and Lion-O, with the bonus of Super Speed.
- Loved I Not Honor More: She loves Tygra, but for the first thirteen episodes she did not act on her feelings instead preforming her duties as a Cleric to be Lion-O's adviser, guard, and loyal supporter. Unfortunately this leads to Lion-O thinking she has a Bodyguard Crush on him.
- Love Makes You Dumb: After declaring her love for Tygra, Cheetara is informed by Lion-O that "everything" in their relationship had now changed, and she is relegated to the sidelines in the quest for the stones. Cheetara then shifts her role as cleric to the other royal brother, and acts as a cleric providing protection and support for Tygra.
- Subverted in "The Curse of Ratilla," where she uses the power of her magic to help Lion-O break Jaga's curse on the Sword of Plun-Darr, and her affection for Tygra helps her survive the mission. She might still have been too distracted by her flirting with Tygra to consider the consequences of her actions, for instance, to think through whether liberating the sword was a good idea or not.
- Love or King Decision: She had to make a choice between helping Lion-O fight against Slithe and Addicus while Kanar held Tygra hostage and ready to kill him or surrender, which means they would all likely die. She picks Tygra and throws down her weapon.
- Magic Knight: According to her character page on the official website, Jaga's training has made her just as adept at magic as she is at combat.
- Magic Staff: Her new weapon, courtesy of Viragor. Couple this with the above trope and she is bound to be an even more amazing combatant.
- Master of the Mixed Message: Towards Lion-O, fueling his crush. which Lion-O calls her out on. AND she continues doing it after she gets with Tygra.
- Memento MacGuffin: The flower she got from Tygra when she was just a little girl and still carries around. The flower is actually plot and character important, however, as it is revealed that Tygra's act of kindness (without mentioning the nutritive value of the flower's petals) allowed Cheetara to endure her test of patience and ultimately become the woman she is now. And of course, this is what made Cheetara choose Tygra over Lion-O from the beginning.
- Mr. Exposition: When Jaga's unavailable, Cheetara explains things to her fellow ThunderCats.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her model sheets show that her top does zip up all the way to her neck, she just doesn't bother to do it. You baaaaad kitty.
- Mysterious Protector: To Lion-O, quietly shadowing him as he sneaks off to Thundera's slums, stepping in only when he's headlocked by one more mugger than he can handle, and popping up again when he needs help against an Angry Mob.
- Next Tier Power-Up: After her staff gets broken, she receives a replacement made from the wood of a magical forest.
- Oblivious to Love: If she knows about either of the brothers' feelings, (or their active conflict) she ain't saying. In Episode 13, it's revealed that she returns Tygra's feelings, but never had the chance to tell him until now.
- Parental Abandonment: One of the reasons she became a Cleric is because she had no family to turn to.
- Plucky Girl
- Protectorate: Lion-O, naturally.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Averted, Cheetara is established good from the start, despite her eye color.
- Retractable Weapon: Cheetara's Simple Staff retracts for easy storage.
- Sexy Mentor: Lion-O's mind tends to be... elsewhere when Cheetara is providing guidance.
- Sexy Priest: Tygra even tips her a wink when she's sporting her vestments, a Full Body Disguise that leaves only her eyes visible. Justified because Tygra probably knew it was Cheetara based solely on her eyes.
- She's Got Legs
- Simple Staff: Her weapon, along with her fellow Clerics.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: This is the reason she chose to be with Tygra.
- Statuesque Stunner: Consistently shown to be taller than Lion-O and Tygra, and until Panthro joined she was the tallest member of the Pride.
- Super Reflexes: Part of her Super Speed. Cheetara uses it to get through a room of whirling blades in a Temple of Doom.
- Super Speed: And apparently, without the handicap of the original Cheetara. Prone to Forgot About His Powers though.
- Team Mom: Yeah, still, but downplayed. More like Cool Big Sis.
- Zig-zagged in "Survival of the Fittest." When left with the kids, she makes them hunt for their own food, and threatens them with sleeping outside in the cold should they come home empty-handed.
- Undying Loyalty: She was the first Thundercat to have complete faith in Lion-O. It shows when her eyes glow when Lion-O calls "THUNDERCATS HOOOO!" in "Journey to the Tower of Omens".
- Weapon of Choice: Her Cleric's Simple Staff. Lampshaded when it gets broken: "I loved that staff!" Later gets a Magic Staff.
- What The Hell Heroine? : Lion-O delivers one to her in "New Alliances" for (albeit unintentionally) leading him on.
- Wrecked Weapon: Loses her Cleric's staff when it breaks in the jaws of Viragor.
Voiced by: Madeleine Hall (Wilykit) and Eamon Pirruccello (Wilykat)
The Thunderkittens Wilykit and Wilykat start out as homeless pickpockets and beggars living in the slums. After the destruction of Thundera leaves them with nowhere else to go, they elect to tag along with Lion-O's party, for better or for worse.
Tropes associated with the Thunderkittens:
- The Artful Dodger: Though they both dream of wealth and comfort, they're generally remarkably good at surviving Thundera's slums with a cheerful outlook and an arsenal of tricks.
- Badass Adorable: Amongst their feats, the Thunderkittens have outwitted a Giant by dosing themselves with a fruit that induces Caffeine Bullet Time and leading him straight into carefully laid tripwire.
- Bare Your Midriff: Wilykit. Since her age is in the single digits, the usual Fanservice is (hopefully) averted.
- Beware the Nice Ones: They are kind, cheerful, intelligent children who are not to be underestimated.
- Case in point, they charge at Mumm-ra. While he's in his Ever-Living form. And he had just curb-stomped Panthro. While it unquestioningly would have ended with them as a pair of greasy smears on the walls had Mumm-ra stuck around, their willingness to stand up to him is impressive.
- Big Eater: They can eat a LOT.
- Bizarre Instrument: Wilykit's flute is a white ring-shaped device. You may now buy one (unofficially), and yes, it plays.
- Brother-Sister Team
- Cat Smile: Other than Snarf they're the only ones who do it.
- Cheerful Children: They're remarkably optimistic, despite having grown up in the slums of The Empire.
- Cute Kitten/Deliberately Cute Child: They purposely invoke this to convince Lion-O to take them along, Cat Smile, Faux Paw and cute meowing included. In general, they overplay their cuteness to manipulate others.
- Delinquent Hair: Wilykit's purple Skunk Stripe
- Ears as Hair: By Word of God, most of what was previously believed to be their hair is, in fact, their ears. Yes, this means that Wilykit ties hers back◊.
- Fantastic Caste System: Word of God states there are two types of cat-people in Thundera, those who don't have tails and those who do. Those who don't are Thundera's elite, those who do are consigned to poverty. The Thunderkittens, having tails, are introduced as Artful Dodgers in Thundera's slums.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Wilykit's outfit lacks a sleeve, and both twins wear only one...
- Fingerless Glove
- Five-Finger Discount: How the twins survive in the slums.
- Friend to All Living Things: They refuse to hunt down living creatures, and they make friends with citizens of different species. This becomes a Chekhov's Skill when they manage to unite members of all the different races together against Mumm-Ra in the final episode.
- Genre Savvy:
- Grappling-Hook Pistol/Razor Floss/Variable-Length Chain: Wilykat has a primative version of a grappling hook pistol in his flink, a thin cord with a small grapple on the end, attached to a reel.
- Greater Need Than Ours: They ran away from home so that their mother could focus on taking care of their younger siblings.
- Hover Board: The kittens are eventually given a pair by the Ro-Bear Berbils.
- Idiot Ball: Normally Wise Beyond Their Years, Genre Savvy Kit ruins the ThunderCats' ambush to save the Elephants by yelling at the bad guys to leave them alone.
- Idiot Hair: Wilykat has a high-standing forelock
- Infant Immortality: They start the series by being two of the few survivors of Thundera, right after an emergency shelter was destroyed, killing everyone inside.
- Kid-Appeal Character: A combination of types 1 and 3, Clowns and Ankle-biters. As Artful Dodgers, teasing, trickery, pranks and theft are their forms of attack.
- Little Miss Con Artist: Wilykit, in her role as a Street Musician.
- Lovable Rogue: Though skilled thieves who have little problem with nicking whatever they need to survive, they have standards. They prefer to target jerks to start with, and don't want to hurt anyone or anything who hasn't tried to harm them or others.
- "Survival of the Fittest" provides backstory on this. After their father died, leaving their mother to support them and their younger siblings by herself, they ran away from home to reduce the number of mouths to feed (and also to try to find enough riches for them all to live comfortably). This story is juxtaposed against their unwillingness to kill a family of non-sapient animals for food, even protecting said creatures from a giant predator.
- Magical Flautist: Posing as an innocuous Street Musician, Wilykit uses her flute music to put people into a trance while her brother steals from them.
- Modesty Shorts: Kit wears what are essentially bloomers under her skirt.
- Multicolored Hair: Wilykat's is white and light brown with a dark brown high forelock. Wilykit's is red with a purple Skunk Stripe.
- Mythology Gag/Whole Costume Reference: Dressed in beggars' rags, the Thunderkittens must steal new clothes from some pillaging Lizards, which are modeled after their original series' outfits.
- Non-Identical Twins: Avoid being Half-Identical Twins purely through their different coloring and slightly different builds.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: They're well aware that the Fish Man cook was stuffing them to later kill and cook them, they were just playing dumb to get a good meal out of it before making their escape.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Share this role with Snarf.
- Power of Trust: Wilykit in "Trials of Lion-o". She never stopped believing that Lion-o would eventually rescue them despite she and the others witnessing his death, which made the others give up on that idea. Hell, she beat out Cheetara in that regard.
- The Runaway: a particular case in that the two kittens had a loving family. They left their home because their mother hadn't enough food for everyone, which included two other unnamed siblings, after the father's death.
- Running on All Fours: They sometimes do this; their tails clearly provide balance.
- The Roper: Wilykat flags down marks to pitch his sister's music to.
- Self Made Orphans: They ran away from home so that their mother could focus on taking care of their younger siblings.
- Sticky Fingers: They may usually be Genre Savvy, but when they see gold in a Temple of Doom, they just can't help themselves.
- Street Musician/Wandering Minstrel: Outside of her con-artistry, Wilykit is perfectly adept at playing her flute recreationally, amusing herself in Thundera's ruins and "playing off" the Petalars as they bid the ThunderCats a happy goodbye.
- Street Urchins: Rudely referred to as such by a Lowerclass Lout they promptly rob blind. In their less savvy days, they did indeed fit the description.
- Tagalong Kid: Both of them.
- Theme Twin Naming: Of the one-letter difference variety.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: Wilykit, to go along with her tomboyish voice.
- Treasure Map: The twins are looking for a map to El Dara, a city full of treasure.
- Trickster Twins: Experienced shysters both.
- Undying Loyalty: Kit is extremely loyal to Lion-o to the point of refusing to believe he was truly gone.
- You Leave Him Alone!: Wilykit - "No one touches my friend!"
- Weapon of Choice: Wilykit has her flute, Wilykat his flink
- Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: When sugar-high. It makes them look positively manic.
Voiced by: Pamela Adlon
A refugee forced to fight as a gladiator in a city of dogs. She is initially very hostile towards Lion-O. but is slowly warming up to him. As a member of the team, Pumyra specializes in ranged combat with her wrist-mounted crossbow, and is quite agile.
Tropes associated with Pumyra:
Snarf is Lion-O's loyal pet and, unlike his previous incarnation, does not speak. note
Tropes associated with Snarf:
- Amplified Animal Aptitude: Clearly comprehends speech, enough to become frightened when an enemy proposes that Lion-O Duel to the Death.
- Badly Battered Babysitter: The two-minute short "Snarf: Butterfly Blues" sees Snarf frantically protecting an infant Lion-O from danger as he obliviously chases a butterfly.
- Butt Monkey: The more things change the more they stay the same.
- Casting Gag: Snarf has transformed from the original's Talking Animal Non-Human Sidekick with a Verbal Tic to a Team Pet who can only Pokémon Speak. His voice actress is Satomi Koorogi, who voiced Togepi and Pichu in the anime of Pokémon.
- The Confidant: Lion-O freely expresses insecurities to Snarf that he won't to his family. Snarf does his best to lend an ear.
- Demoted to Extra: Plays a much smaller role in this series. Sometimes halfway through the episode you find yourself remembering he's still in this version and wondering where he is.
- Empathy Pet/Loyal Animal Companion: For Lion-O, who uses him as sounding board for his issues, and frequently for the Thunderkittens. If "Snarf: Butterflies Blues" is any indication, Snarf has been by Lion-O's side since the prince was a baby.
- Evil-Detecting Dog: Snarf knows well before Lion-O that the Duelist is bad news. He also freaks out over a crow cawing at them at the entrance to the Swordsmans' town. What did Mumm-Ra turn into?
- Green Eyes: Yellow green, fully Animal Eyes, in contrast to Cats' visible white sclera
- Grew a Spine: Snarf seemed to be nothing but a Lovable Coward, unlike his original series counterpart who was annoying but helpful.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Snarf is a domestic cat crossed with one very specific, bat-eared feline dragon.
- Nearly Normal Animal: Level 2, Mostly Normal. Has covered his eyes in terror, razzed himself in a mirror, and (poorly) mimicked Lion-O's fighting style with a stick. Has also gasped and shaken his head vigorously, mouth shut, while making a "noonoo" noise on hearing that Lion-o is to Duel to the Death.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: His 2011 redesign is this. Fans are already demanding plushies.
- Pokémon Speak: He often utters "Snarf" in between animal noises, as a Mythology Gag to the original's Verbal Tic.
- Shout-Out: As with the original, his design is a Super-Deformed tribute to Rankin/Bass' version of Smaug. Paradoxically, the resemblance is greater now◊, with Snarf's feline features increased.
- Screams Like a Little Girl
- Team Pet
- The Unintelligible: He does not speak, but Lion-O appears to understand him just fine. By Word of God, this dynamic is a Shout-Out to Chewbacca and Han Solo, or R2-D2 and Luke of Star Wars.
- Verbal Tic Name: "Snaaaarrrrf!"
Head of Thundera's Cleric warriors before sacrificing himself to ensure Lion-O and his group escape.
Tropes associated with Jaga:
Voiced by: Larry Kenney
Lion-O's father and adoptive father to Tygra; he is murdered during The Siege
Tropes associated with Claudus:
- 24-Hour Armor: Part of his Requisite Royal Regalia
- Almost Dead Guy: Has just enough time to say his last words.
- Ancestral Weapon: His Sword of Omens
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Wields an Ancestral Weapon that Only the Chosen May Wield, and has a mane and eyes that match its own coloring.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Can easily mow down multiple Lizards in a single swing.
- Badass Beard
- Badass Cape: Black and billowy, particularly during sword fights.
- Badass Mustache
- Big Good/The Good King: For a given value of good; his people love him because he keeps them safe and makes the kingdom prosper but everyone else hates him because he secures the above two for the cats at their expense.
- Cool Chair: Has a high-backed golden throne with cat's head armrests and royal blue cushions, which Mumm-Ra later sees fit to commandeer.
- Cool Sword: The Sword Of Omens
- Death by Origin Story: Is assassinated by Mumm-Ra during The Siege, shaping Lion-O's personal drive to defeat Mumm-Ra.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Affects this attitude during his son Lion-O's Rite of Passage, testing his swordsmanship skills while bellowing an oral history of their people.
- The Emperor: King of Thundera.
- Era-Specific Personality: His '80s incarnation wasn't anywhere near as much of a Knight Templar and had a far less rocky relationship with his son (though it was implied that they weren't able to spend as much time together as Lion-O would have liked).
- Et Tu, Brute?: Poor Claudus gets this twice. First his most trusted general helps his enemies destroy his city. Then he's stabbed In the Back, after rescuing his other trusted general Panthro from capture. As soon as Lion-O asks "You, a traitor too, Panthro?!" the second betrayal is subverted, and Panthro is revealed as Mumm-Ra in disguise.
- Every Device Is A Swiss Army Knife: His Claw Gauntlet does triple duty as scabbard, gauntlet and buckler.
- Famous Last Words: "No matter what happens, you've made me proud today."
- Fantastic Racism: Harbors a great deal of this towards 'lesser species' like the Lizards.
- Fantasy-Forbidding Father: To Lion-O, over his Cloudcuckoolander hobbies and peculiar ideas about Lizards being persecuted.
- Fiery Red Head
- Follow in My Footsteps: Claudus is the stern father to Lion-O who can't understand why his youngest son is so different from his older adoptive brother Tygra and himself.
- Genre Blindness: We've got a classic fantasy society and a plucky not really grown up prince. All standard fantasy openers at this point demand the death of the king.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: His neat, horizontal scar across the bridge of his nose
- Heroes Prefer Swords: "It was the Sword of Omens that defeated Mumm-Ra! That built our empire!"
- Heroic Build: Arms like tree trunks, this one.
- King of Beasts
- Knight Templar: To the hilt. He finds the idea of protecting stockaded Lizards from being lynched rather incredible.
- Large and in Charge: He dwarfs everyone under his command.
- Good Is Not Nice: Shining City. Bright Castle. The Good King. Noble Bigot. Knight Templar.
- Mythology Gag/Whole Costume Reference: Out-of-universe, it's not so much that Lion-O's outfit resembles his as his outfit resembles Lion-O's... for obvious reasons.
- Noble Bigot: A Lizard lynching builds solidarity, but he'll humor his kid and pardon some prisoners just this once.
- Occult Blue Eyes: Blue-green eyes, like, his son, part of his Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance.
- Parental Favoritism: Favors The Dutiful Son, Lion-O's adoptive brother Tygra, even asking him "Why couldn't [Lion-O] be more like you?"
- The Patriarch: An old-fashioned, fairly inflexible father figure.
- Protectorate: Thundera and the Cats, at the expense of other Animals.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: A very old-school Thunderian who prefers rule by the sword to engendering mutual understanding with other species. Needless to say, this backfires horribly.
- Punny Name: Claudus rules with "a just heart and razor claw," and has a name one letter away from Claudius, which is easy foreshadowing.
- Red-Headed Hero
- Remake Cameo: Lion-O's father Claudus is voiced by Larry Kenney, the original series' Lion-O.
- Requisite Royal Regalia: Claudus sports a small gold wreath-style diadem as a crown, huge, elaborate pauldrons, a Badass Cape, full cuirass and a large belt-mounted cabochon.
- Retractable Weapon: The Sword of Omens retracts to dagger length for stowing inside it's scabbard, Claudus' Claw Gauntlet.
- Royal Blood
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: A terror on the battlefield.
- Sacrificial Lion: Does not survive The Siege.
- Shoulders of Doom: The most intimidating aspect of his relatively understated Requisite Royal Regalia, a set of huge, black and silver dual-layered pauldrons that match his Badass Cape.
- So Proud of You: His last words, directed at Lion-O.
- Troubled Sympathetic Bigot: Never understands the wrongheadedness of his views, but genuinely wants his unfavorite son Lion-O to be a good king, and wrestles with the idea that his son has rebelled against his culture of Fantastic Racism while having Grew a Spine just as Claudus had hoped. This dissonance leads him to agree to pardon two Lizards that Lion-O has defended from an Angry Mob.
- Viking Funeral: Claudus has a funeral pyre below the ruins of his monument.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: All he does, he does in the name of protecting his people.
- Why Couldn't You Be Different?: "Why couldn't [Lion-O] be more like you, Tygra?"
A general of Thundera's army. Despite being blind, Lynx-O stands guard at the watch tower and uses his heightened senses to detect any danger that approaches the kingdom.
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