Western Animation / Flash Gordon (1996)

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Flash Gordon was a 1996 animated TV series loosely based on the comic strip of the same name. In this version, Flash and Dale are teenagers with a fondness for skateboarding — or in this case hoverboarding — who accidentally get trapped on the planet Mongo thanks to their bumbling scientist friend, Dr. Zarkov. There they are thrown headlong into a rebellion against the reptilian dictator, Emperor Ming. But they aren't alone in their fight; they have help from some of the natives including the gallant hawk man, Prince Talon, and the fierce yet honour-driven lionid, Princess Thundar.

The people behind this series also did Phantom 2040, which depicted Flash Gordon's King Features stablemate The Phantom (or rather, his descendant) as a teenager with a flying motorcycle.


Tropes:

  • Action Figure File Card: They consisted of the heroes and villains describing each other.
  • Alien Invasion: As with previous versions, Ming the Merciless is trying to invade Earth. This is mentioned directly in the first and last episodes.
  • Amazon Brigade: With "Prince Thun" being rewritten in this version as "Princess Thundar", her people, the Lionidsnote  are also portrayed this way.
  • Appease the Volcano God: There were no gods involved, but Dale and Dr. Zarkov were almost thrown into a volcano by some crazy cave people.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Flash, Dale and Princess Thundar wear crop tops all the time.
  • Brain Washed: Dr. Zarkov suffered this at the hands of Sulpha; the entire team was almost wiped out because of this.
  • Cat Girl: Thundar, due to her being a lionid.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Dr. Zarkov tends to be this when he's not repeatedly saying that they're all doomed.
  • Gender Flip: In this version, Flash's ally Prince Thun of the Lion People became Princess Thundar of the Lionids.
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: Princess Aura in this version, although here, she's more of a "turquoise skinned space babe".
  • Hoverboard: Flash, Dale, and even Dr. Zarkov use these to get around Mongo (when they're not using starblazersnote ), coming naturally to Flash and Dale, since it's just like using a skateboard on Earth
  • Shout-Out: Flash's real name in this version is Alex, who was probably named after Alex Raymond (the creator of the original comic strip).

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