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An AllCGICartoon from MainframeEntertainment, makers of ''ReBoot''. ''Shadow Raiders'' (1998-1999) tells the story of a quartet of planets divided by war for generations as they band together to defend from [[PlanetEater The Beast.]] Princess Tekla, not just the [[LastOfHisKind last survivor of her kind]] but of her ''solar system'', flees her doomed world to warn the people of [[SingleBiomePlanet planets]] Fire, Bone, Rock and Ice about the coming threat. Graveheart of planet Rock, King Cryos of Ice and Princess Tekla [[PursuedProtagonist fight off her pursuers]] and band together. From there, the story chronicles the struggles to form an [[TheAlliance Alliance]] against the Beast; battling prejudice, hatred, and suicidal pigheadedness, and that is just ''[[RagTagBunchOfMisfits among each other!]]''

The main cast includes:
* '''Graveheart''' -- ''"[[WorkingClassHero I'm just a miner.]]"'' Not just a [[TheHero big hero]], but also TheHeart who keeps the warring temperaments of the Alliance to working together. Surprisingly humble, open, and level headed.
* '''Princess Tekla''' -- The [[SmartGuy brain]] of the group, she is sensitive and somewhat [[MyGreatestFailure haunted by the death of her planet]]. She is a [[ChromeChampion silver]] RobotGirl who is somewhat naive about [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter who to trust]], though she gets better about it.
* '''King Cryos''' -- TheStoic king of Ice, the personification of ReasonableAuthorityFigure. Also an incredibly OverprotectiveDad to Lady Zera.
* '''Jade''' -- TheLancer to Graveheart, she is a proud warrior to Graveheart's humble miner. Distrustful and somewhat disdainful of others, she considers her first loyalty to be to Lord Mantle, Rock's ruler, and not the Alliance as a whole.
* '''Prince Pyrus''' -- ''"[[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem I'm the Prince, I get to do what I want]]"'' HotBlooded child prince of Fire, he chafed under the role of leader but was often assertive and responsible. Despite his quote, he was not so much a brat as unchained by "tradition", especially when it was xenophobic. His [[PowerOfTrust trust]] in Femur was one of the things that helped the latter be somewhat less contemptible.
* '''Femur''' -- The TokenEvilTeammate, a greedy, slimy, cowardly, sexist, lecherous, [[TheMagnificent vainglorious]] lizard who was not above selling out the Alliance. Would alternate being [[DumbassHasAPoint unexpectedly]] [[WisdomFromTheGutter wise]] and [[TooDumbToLive suicidally dumb]].
* '''Lady Zera''' -- The spitfire TagalongKid, and haughty princess of planet Ice.
* '''Zuma''' -- A late addition, a psychic woolly being who is wise and contemplative.

With the enemy there are only three characters, which are technically (if not actually) part of [[EldritchAbomination The Beast Planet]], a single organism.
* '''General Blokk''' -- Short tempered and violent. Prefers to deal with problems via brute force.
* '''General Lampray'''-- Manipulative and scheming. Takes a more subtle approach favouring deception and subterfuge.
* '''General Voyd'''-- TheVoiceless. Casts the tiebreaking vote when Blokk and Lampray can't agree on a course of action.

Remarkable for having a [[SeasonFluidity solid continuity between episodes]] and a lot of CharacterDevelopment. Though it follows most animated show conventions regarding onscreen violence (no one is seen to die, those killed go up in a burst of light without any blood) it started becoming increasingly dark in its second season, with the destruction of several planets. There was going to be a third season, that was going to give some of the Beast background, but the show ended up cancelled.

There is now a [[Characters/ShadowRaiders character sheet]] under construction.

There is a DOS game based on the toy line: 'War Planets: Age of Chaos'
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!!This show provides examples of:

* AbdicateTheThrone: King Cryos does this at one point after becoming worried that he is letting personal priorities interfere with his duty. [[spoiler: His successor later abdicates in favour of returning the throne to Cryos.]]
* AChildShallLeadThem: Prince Pyrus, the youngest of all the world leaders, is the most willing to abandon the ancient feuds and pointless hatreds that have divided the cluster for generations.
* ActionGirl: Jade. Emphasis on the "action."
* TheAhnold: Blokk sounds like Creator/ScottMcNeil doing a bad Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger impersonation. Probably because he is.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: For some reason (possibly Precursor involvement), everyone, including aliens from different solar systems, all speak the same language.
* AllCGICartoon
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: The original Trendmasters toyline started as a sort of middle school age counterpart to ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''.
* ApeShallNeverKillApe: One of the reasons Jade, as an offworlder, is immediately suspected in the murder-mystery seventh episode. "We of Fire never kill our own!"
* ApocalypseHow: The Beast Planet is a {{Planet Eater}}, and its combination of ability to travel between galaxies and actively seeking out "prey" could bump it to a Class X-2 threat.
* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: Moving a planet any distance from its sun would cause catastrophic climate and gravitational changes; moving too far away would reduce them to icy, barren husks. None of the planets seem worse for wear when [[spoiler: the planets flee the solar system,]] though. We do see some sort of atmosphere shield activate before the world engines engage, so there's probably that as a HandWave. There's also the fact that day and night is a byproduct of planetary rotation relative to the closest sun, but somehow even after fleeing the solar system the three planets still have perceivable night and days.
* TheAssimilator: The Beast absorbs and learns from everything it devours, and can even make copies of the originals. However, made of null matter, the fake worlds are ''extremely unstable'' and any evil intention on its part to use them as a weapon [[MadeOfExplodium is liable to literally explode in its face]].
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: In the final episode of the second season, [[spoiler: Jade passes the leadership trial and becomes the new monarch of Planet Rock.]]
* BarBrawl: When the girls have a [[GirlsNightOutEpisode night out]], they have ''fun''...
* TheBaroness: General Lampray.
* BattleCouple: OfficialCouple Graveheart and Jade definitely qualify.
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: Tekla vs. Lampray.
* TheBattlestar: The ''Aurora'', Cryos', and later, the Alliance's flagship.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Graveheart. Usually the compassionate and mild-mannered leader of the Alliance, but keep in mind that this is also the same man who [[spoiler: snapped like a twig and took out most of Fire's aerial fleet ''by himself'' after his brother was killed right in front of him.]]
* {{BFG}}: The Sonic Cannons, which are industrial mining equipment.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The Prison Planet is used to teleport the Beast Planet and strand it in some far off section of the galaxy, Graveheart kills Blokk, and the planets are finally at peace. But the Beast itself is still active and is still preying upon other worlds. The last seconds of the final episode show the Beast preparing to devour Planet Reptizar....]]
* BlindObedience: Lord Mantle seems to believe everyone should act this way towards him.
* BloodlessCarnage: The amount of killing happening on screen is surprising for a kid's show, but there are no gibs or blood. Usually when someone is killed it's in a big flash of light after getting blasted by one of the many EnergyWeapons being used by both the heroes and the villains. This is due to largely being handwaved by the Beast Drone's null-matter composition; anything they come into contact with is instantly disintergrated, while they themselves disappear into a puff of light when their containment fields are destroyed, collapsing the null-matter onto itself. If you look closely at internal Alliance combat (especially in flashbacks and in the first episode) all fatalities are due to environment deaths, with guns rarely causing actual wounds.
* BookEnds: "Planet X: On Doomsday".
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Of all the characters the audience could be addressed by, it ''would'' be Femur.
* BreakTheHaughty: The clip show episode reveals that part of the reason why Graveheart is so humble is because his kid brother died in a raid on Planet Fire that Graveheart was leading.
* BreatherEpisode: "Period of Adjustment". [[spoiler: The remaining planets are able to keep ahead of the Beast Planet due to the world engines so they are out of danger for the moment. The focus of the episode is on the Alliance's food shortage problem, and Femur's inept efforts to get himself back into the Alliance's good graces.]]
* BritishAccents: Seems to be the default for the Ice People.
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: [[spoiler:''Every'' attempt to destroy the Beast Planet is one of these.]]
* TheBrute: General Blokk. Thick as one too, [[LetsGetDangerous most of the time]].
* CainAndAbel: Femur and Sternum.
* CatchPhrase: Graveheart's "I'm just a miner."
* CampGay: Pelvis
* TheCavalry: During [[spoiler:the battle against Remora:]]
--> '''Jade''': This is Commander Jade of Planet Rock. By Lord Mantle's decree, I commit the battle moons to the service of the Alliance!
* CosmicHorrorStory: Take a look at the impending doom and monstrous PlanetEater, then try to dispute this.
* ClipShow: The episode Graveheart has a crisis in his leadership role.
* DaddysGirl: Zera. So much so that her dad abdicates the throne because he realises that she will always come first, even over his duty.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The Prison Planet arc. Though the series was already fairly dark and edgy by 90's Saturday morning standards, the arc was considerably much grittier than the episodes that preceded it.
* DataCrystal
* DebutQueue: One character per episode for the first five or so.
* DepravedBisexual: Jewelia spends most of her screentime hitting on Graveheart (and arguably Cryos) in the creepiest manner she can, and then does it to Jade when they finally duke it out in "The Long Road Home":
--> '''Jewelia''': Oh, you play ''rough''. And here I thought you weren't my type...
* EasilyForgiven: Femur, and depending on your viewpoint, [[spoiler: Jade and Tekla]].
* EldritchAbomination: The unstoppable Beast Planet and its demonic extensions. It does not spread madness, but no matter what happens, '''nothing can harm it.'''
* EtTuBrute: Jade gets mixed up in a particularly cruel case of betrayal, when the group's survival depends on a reluctant king. [[spoiler:She ends up giving a valuable tool to the power hungry King of Rock to ensure his co-operation. Her position as his Captain of the Guard does not help, and when she chooses loyalty to her king, she ends up betraying her friends]]
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Vizier of Planet Fire. Also, NoNameGiven, he's never called anything but the Vizier.
* EvilChancellor: Subverted with the Vizier. Despite displaying outright contempt for the other members of the alliance, he admits that he does respect them. Played straight later on when [[spoiler: an evil duplicate of him turns up.]]
* FacelessMasses:
** Just about every soldier in the four planets, and ''they were the good guys!''. Taken to its literal extreme by the Beast Planet, whose soldiers are actually called drones and are literally nothing but mindless extensions of the Beast Planet itself, and their models literally lack faces.
** Each of the planets have some funny exceptions; we regularly see the faces of Planet Fire and Rock's inhabitants, soldiers and civilians. Most of which are fairly unique. We also see some of the faces of the inhabitants of Planet Ice, but funny enough they all resemble their king down to a tee (even his successor). Planet Bone's inhabitants never show their face, likely due to the suits they wear being required to keep their (flimsy) loyalty to their king.
* FantasticRacism: All of the races hate all of the other races, mainly due to the history of mutual raiding. The people of Fire and Ice go so far as to (falsely) believe that physical contact between their species is fatal. This really causes trouble in the series, particularly when [[spoiler: the people of Fire lose their planet and must emigrate to the moons of Rock.]]
* FantasticSlurs: "Rockhound" is the traditional slur for the people of Rock, Fire people are often called "hotheads" and "lavaheads", and Ice people have been referred to as "ice fleas" and "insects". Femur has been referred to several times as "Toad", but no one else from his planet is ever called this (and he does indeed look like a toad, especially compared to his brother).
* FantasyCounterpartCulture:
** Ice: Britain, obviously. The people speak with BritishAccents and typically display the [[BritishStuffiness somewhat "cold" demeanor stereotypical of Britons]].
** Fire: Has a distinct ArabianNightsDays vibe, complete with Grand Vizier.
** Bone: Italy, specifically Renaissance Italy in the time of the Borgias, what with its political system encouraging back-stabbing. Also has food items called cannolis and the main Bone character talks with an Italian-American accent.
** Rock: Harder to pin down, but its thriving mining industry, arid climate and petulant, xenophobic warlord ruler give it the feel of a post-colonial African dictatorship. It helps that most of the Rock people aside from Graveheart are voiced by black actors.
** Tek: Japan, natch.
* FemmeFatale: Lamprey is one made of AntiMatter. It don't get much more fatal than that. Appropriate, since her voice actress appears to be channeling Natasha Fatale from ''RockyAndBullwinkle''.
* FiveManBand
** TheHero: Graveheart
** TheLancer: Cryos/Jade
** TheSmartGuy: Tekla
** TheBigGuy: Jade
** TokenEvilTeammate: Femur
* FlingALightIntoTheFuture: Princess Tekla left her doomed world in order to warn others to prepare for the coming of the Beast.
* FunetikAksent: Both of the Beast 'generals' who can speak, with thick Russian or Eastern European accents.
* GentlemanSnarker: Cryos.
* GetItOverWith
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: A number of Femur's lines. There's one scene in episode 8 where he seems to be telling Pyrus about this time he ended up in a threesome.
* GirlsNightOutEpisode: In ''Girl's Night Out'', the girls (And Pelvis, for whatever ''that'' means) head out to a bar and have ''[[BarBrawl fun...]]''
* HeadInTheSandManagement: Lord Mantle of Planet Rock seems determined to blithely ignore anything that contradicts his view of Planet Rock as the ultimate power in the system. Show him a video of the Beast Planet effortlessly shrugging off a ''much'' bigger WaveMotionGun than his Battle Moons have? He insists that Battle Moons can handle it and so Planet Rock doesn't need the Alliance and can stand on its own.
* InterspeciesRomance: Femur has a real thing for women who are not from his planet. He hits on Lamprey in his introductory episode (until she reveals her true nature as his enemy), and then flirts with the "reactivated" Tekla up until it is revealed she is being possessed by Lamprey. His steadiest "crush" is Jade, blunt-spoken warrior-woman of Rock, whom he flirts with through the entire series. His brother also seems attracted to her when they meet in the final episodes, and there seems to be something between Graveheart and Tekla throughout the series. And then there is [[PuppyLove Pyrus and Zera]], despite the complications of a fire/ice romance...
* [[ImNotAHeroIm I'm Not A Hero. I'm just a miner.]]
* ImplacableMan: Er, Implacable ''Planet''. The Beast Planet shrugs off ''everything'' in the series, including being hit ''with another planet!''
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: The accuracy of the Beast Drones drops measurably when firing at heroes when compared to firing at the {{RedShirt}}s. Unlike your typical kids cartoon though, ''a lot'' of those get atomized onscreen.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: The heroes have an amazing knack for hitting the tiny containment unit of the Beast Drones when not using the heavy sonic cannons.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Two examples in Girls' Night Out; Graveheart was refused entrance into the Moon Over Mayhem bar because they do not serve miners, while later Zera informs the room that Pelvis has Left the Building. Both times Graveheart lampshades the puns (with a side glance towards the audience too no less).
* JerkAss: Lord Mantle of Planet Rock. Absurdly stubborn and arrogant, he is the only ruler who refuses to see that the Alliance serves the best interests of all planets, and only joins the Alliance at the last moment because he sees himself as having a chance to take control of it. In the last episodes of the second season, he demands to be placed in charge of the Alliance when Graveheart is presumed lost on the Prison Planet, and eventually uses a stolen Command Data Crystal to paralyse Alliance ships in the face of attacking Beast Drones, resulting in multiple deaths before he finally gets his way. It's telling that basically ''nobody'' in the Alliance likes him; Graveheart is too polite to show it, and Jade is motivated by her loyalty, but none of the non-Rock characters make much effort to hide how little they think of Mantle. Even ''Femur'' is considered by the main characters to be more tolerable than Mantle is.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Arguably Femur, almost certainly Sternum and Jade.
* TheJuggernaut:
** While the heroes destroy the Beast Drones by truckloads, the Beast itself [[spoiler: shrugs off all attempt to stop it, including ramming a planet into it, detonating a planet turned into a bomb inside it, and teleporting it to unknown parts of the universe. The last one only forces it to shift targets.]]
** By extension, Blokk is terrifying when it comes to close-quarter fighting. [[spoiler: Despite never needing to fight hand-to-hand before, due to his null-matter body, when he faced off against Mantle he absolutely floored the Rock King. Because the generals lack containment units, he also shrugs off all of the concussion blasts the Quarriors under Feldsbar threw at him without breaking stride. He only dies after Graveheart slams the force field generator into his stomach, destabilizing the null-matter.]]
* JumpedAtTheCall: King Cryos. "You can count on Ice to be the first to stand at your side."
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: The Beast. The very last shot of the series is the Beast eating another planet, unimpeded and unopposed. This is justified because The Beast is indestructible.]]
** [[spoiler: [[DoomedByCanon Adverted, only because it ends on a cliffhanger]]. Princess Tekla has memories ripped from Lampray with how to effectively cripple and end the Beast's threat for good, [[LaserGuidedAmnesia she just can't recall them]].]]
* KillSat: Planet Rock's Battle Moons. Emphasis on Satellite.
* KnightInSourArmor: Jade. Buried underneath the cynicism and hair-trigger temper is a honorable woman who genuinely wants to protect people.
* {{Kuudere}}: Jade is a Type 2. Her "dere" side comes out most frequently around Graveheart, but as the series progresses we see her gradually warming up to other Alliance members as well.
* LampshadeHanging: Apparently, Graveheart's "I'm just a miner'' annoys Jade even more than the audience. Femur has been known to do this as well.
* LanternJawOfJustice: Sternum has the most epic chin in the show. And due to the anatomy of his species (which has four tentacles drooping down from their chins) he instead has ''3 clefts'' due to his "tentacles" being incredibly stubby and rigid.
* [[LastOfHisKind Last of Her Kind]]: Princess Tekla, the sole survivor of Planet Tek (well, not counting Vox).
* LeftStuckAfterAttack: In the series finale, [[spoiler:Graveheart finishes Blokk by shoving his powerglove into his abdomen, nearly resulting in unintentional TakingYouWithMe when Blokk falls off the ledge. Graveheart manages to hold them both with his other hand long enough to slip out the powerglove, letting Blokk fly]].
* MarketBasedTitle: It was called "Shadow Raiders" in Canada because Canadian kid's TV shows can not have the word "war" in the title.
* MauveShirt: Captain Feldspar, a Quarrior of Planet Rock, shows up numerous times throughout the series. [[spoiler: He survives all the way to the final episode of the second season, where he is killed by Blokk.]]
* MerchandiseDriven: Based on ''"War Planets"'', a toy line of planetoids with various gadgets that popped out.
* MightyGlacier: The Beast Planet is this on a planetary scale. It has some extremely powerful weaponry and every attempt to destroy it is ineffective; its lack of speed is the only reason it hasn't been able to wipe out the protagonists, and is also the reason for its drone army. [[spoiler: If it wasn't for the drones' acts of sabotage or luring the heroes into battle, the Beast would have no chance of ever catching up to the other worlds once they figured out how to use their world engines.]]
* MilitaryCoup: Femur comes perilously close to this after he [[spoiler: orders his fleet to flee the battle of Remora.]] Pelvis makes it clear that the military's patience with him is nearing its breaking point.
--> '''Pelvis''': "They feel dishonoured, your voluminousness... and you do know what ''that'' means."
--> '''Guard''': *''Cracks his knuckles threateningly''*
* MomentKiller: Femur's bad timing almost gets him throttled by Jade.
* {{Mooks}}: The Beast Planet can field a seemingly endless supply of drone soldiers. In stark contrast to the Beast Planet itself, the drones drop like flies [[ImprobableAimingSkills when the heroes shoot the small containment units]] that keep their null matter bodies together. Also, Planet Rock's Battle Moons can rip through the Beast's largest ships like they were made of paper, though they can't harm the Beast Planet.
* MoralGuardians: Well, ''kind'' of. ''Girls' Night Out'' was not shown in the U.K. by Sky, supposedly due to strobe lighting, but attention has been drawn to the fact that ''GNO'' saw a lot of sexual innuendo and featured the female characters trashing a bar in a brawl. The problem is that a lot of later events do not make sense if you have not watched a key scene in this episode.
* MoralMyopia: Alluded to in the pilot. The Cluster's warring factions are more than willing to steal each other's natural resources in the name of survival while getting morally outraged when their own planets are invaded for their natural resources. Graveheart and Cryos both [[HypocrisyNod acknowledge this hypocrisy]], leading to the formation of the Alliance.
* MoralityPet: Pyrus seems to be something of this to Femur, as the otherwise amoral and treacherous ruler of Bone has a definite soft spot for the young prince of Fire. In a more literal fashion, the seedling of Planet Jungle that Femur is charged with tending could be seen this way.
* MuggingTheMonster: When Jade is walking the streets of Fire, one of the inhabitants bumps into her and tries to shove her down while screaming that she should get off "his" planet. Jade, in turn, knocks ''him'' down and explains that the only thing that is keeping her from killing him is Graveheart's hope for a planetary alliance.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Ice people can apparently sprout a second pair of arms from their backs.
* NanoMachines: The Ice Planet has them, they are used both to freeze enemies and heal allies.
* NeverAcceptedInHisHometown: Graveheart. [[spoiler:Until the series final, that is.]]
* NeverSayDie: Averted. "J'Accuse," seems devoted to doing nothing ''but'' saying variations on the words murder, kill, and the titular die as often as possible. Fitting, considering it is about a murder case.
* NoFlowInCGI: Hilariously justified in the case of the inhabitants of Rock; their "hair" is just crystaline growths from their bodies, making them rigid (except for Mantle's facial "hair"). Something similar happens with King Cryos and Zera, where they have a white protrusion growing from their heads, although it is unknown if this is actually hair or just a crest of some sort. Averted with Fire and Bone; inhabitants of Fire have literal fiery heads, while the people of Bone have head fins that do indeed flap around.
* NoSympathy: Empathy is not Jade's strong point.
* OfficialCouple: Graveheart and Jade, second season.
* OneSteveLimit: The planetary monarchs all have different titles: King Cryos, Prince Pyrus, Lord Mantel, and Emperor Femur.
* OrganicTechnology: Planet Bone's ships and other things. Technically more "Cyborg Technology"- organic tech as a base, but supplemented with actual machines, like Femur's (ill-fitting) {{Powered Armour}}.
* PapaWolf: King Cryos to his daughter, Zira. "Blood Is Thicker" deconstructs this attitude: Blokk deliberately exploits Cryos' love for his daughter by kidnapping her and simultaneously sending a large force of Beast drones to attack the Ice Palace. Cryos chooses family over duty and goes to rescue Zira, but at the end decides to abdicate the throne because he felt that abandoning his people for what he saw as a selfish reason was dishonorable (though this ends up being temporary).
* PetTheDog: Femur with the last remaining growth of Planet Jungle.
* PlanarShockwave: Shows up in "Embers of the Past". [[spoiler: When the fake Planet Fire's core of null matter is destroyed, it causes a huge shockwave that wipes out the Beast armada, but the heroes are able to get out of its path as they are further away.]]
* PlanetEater: The Beast
* PlanetOfHats
* {{Planetville}}: Amazingly averted with planet Sand. When the Sun People representative encountered the Alliance representatives, the guy assumed the new people were from some other province instead of being aliens.
* {{Precursors}}: The builders of the world engines. They seem to have been on ''every'' planet encountered by the main characters, and they might even have been more advanced than we believe with the teleportation engines of the prison planet, but who and what they are is still a mystery. Presumably the third season would have dealt with them, as it was intended to deal with the origin of the Beast, but now we will never know.
* ProductionThrowback:
** The show reuses catch phrases from the other Mainframe produced shows: [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars "By the Matrix..."]] and [[{{Reboot}} "Stay Frosty"]].
** Pyrus is first introduced in "Born in Fire" practicing with a [[SimpleStaff staff]]. His routine and the final pose he strikes are the same movements of the Codemaster in the ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' episode "High Code."
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: While the Bones respect treacherous ambition and Femur himself is something of a coward, the people of Bone love a good fight and consider it quite dishonorable to flee one. What prompts Femur to try and patch things up with the Alliance is the fact that his own people started trying to kill him for fleeing the fight against the Beast Planet.
* PowerOfTrust: What ultimately helps the Alliance to stand up to the Beast, rather than being devoured one by one, as was the case in Tekla's system.
* PursuedProtagonist: Princess Tekla
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Miners, soldiers, royalty and refugees that do not like, trust or cooperate with each other.
* RammingAlwaysWorks: [[spoiler:Vizier rams the ''entire'' Planet Fire into the Beast. Subverted, as it doesn't work]].
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Vizier, to a degree. While never being evil or doing anything overtly bad, he had maintained a hostile and suspicious attitude towards the alliance as a whole and its leaders in particular. After secretly watching them try and fail to save Planet Fire from the coming Beast and witnessing their distress upon realizing the hopelessness, he opts to remain on Planet Fire for its final moments while informing Pyrus that he had been wrong.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: The reptilian representatives of the Alliance are treacherous, cowardly, disgusting, and contribute half the TokenEvilTeammate quota. Their entire ruling class promotes backstabbing as a way of life. They even get a pretty vicious TakeThat, as the final victim of the the Beast is Planet Reptizar.
** Though that being said, Bone's warriors at least are established as having a sense of honor; Femur's retreat from the battle of Remora causes a great deal of discontent within the ranks, enough so that they attempt to depose of Femur in the hopes of a more 'honorable' ruler taking his place.
* TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised: Following a [[MentalFusion mind meld gone disastrously wrong]], Princess Tekla pulls information from Lampray as to how to cripple the Beast Planet, ''[[DeaderThanDead once and for all]]''. Unfortunately, creators ''Mainframe Entertainment'' had this rather horrible habit of [[AuthorExistenceFailure abruptly ending good series on cliffhangers]].
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Of the main cast, the vast majority are royals, and to their credit they actually pull more than their weight. Unfortunately, this means that any away missions puts a significant portion of the Alliance leadership at risk. Justified in that ''most'' of the away missions are Alliance business, or specifically about keeping the Alliance together, or involve the Alliance war council, or...
* RubberForeheadAliens: Averted for the most part. The inhabitants of Planet Rock are the only ones who look even remotely like humans and even they look very different from humans, being made of rock and all. However Sternum has some very distinctly human traits, despite everyone else of his species being a cartoonish Lizardman. Princess Tekla also looks like a chrome human woman, but from what little we've seen of her father's troops (which all look very robotic), her family might be the exception.
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: A lot. Distances, sizes, planetary population numbers and everything else are more akin to neighbouring countries than planets...and pretty small countries at that.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: When the battle for Remora Planet goes awry, Femur orders his forces to retreat. Both his allies and his own forces are furious with him for.
* SenselessSacrifice: [[spoiler: [[RammingAlwaysWorks Planet Fire]], [[SelfDestructMechanism Planet Jungle]], and the [[TransportersAndTeleporters Prison Planet]].]]
* SerkisFolk
* SingleBiomePlanet: Each of the planets are defined by a single geographical type (Usually whatever their name is): Ice - ice, Rock - rocks, Fire - volcanoes, Bone - swamps, Jungle- jungles, Sand - sand. This is one of the few [[JustifiedTrope justified]] examples, as virtually all of the planets seen are artificial.
* ShoutOut: There are a number of scenes in the first season that heavily mirror sequences from {{Star Wars}}.
** When Femur's Sternum warriors blast the beast drones escourting a captured Pyrus, one of them [[Film/TheTerminator gives him a thumbs-up as he sinks back into the ooze]]
** A subtle one from Tekla, the collapsible compartment in her leg holds a small gun, not unlike [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Franchise/Robocop Robocop]].
** The ships of Planet Fire are mini-versions of [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Slave_I Boba Fett's ship.]]
** "Ladies and gentlemen, [[ElvisPresley Pelvis has left the building!]]"
* ShowAccuracyToyAccuracy: There is very little in this cartoon that looks like stuff from the toyline it was based on, apart from some of the vehicles, including the aliens. The Ice people, for instance, were mantis-like rather than humanoid and the Bone people were basically green Giger Aliens with guns. What's strange is that some toy designs got used for completely different things. The Planet Rock toy became one of Rock's moons and Tek was used as the basis for Vox.
* TheSpook: The Beast. Neither the characters nor the audience ever learn it's origin or motivations. It simply ''exists'' and nothing can stop it.
* StartOfDarkness: [[WhatCouldHaveBeen We were ''supposed'' to get one]] for the Beast in the planned third season but the [[TooGoodToLast show got cut short]]. There's an implication that the mysterious Precursors were somehow involved with it (or at least knew more about it).
* [[spoiler: SuddenDownerEnding: "Ragnarok" ends happily with the Alliance celebrating the destruction of Remora and the Beast forces decimated, with Blokk and Lamprey being taken off by Voyd to receive some [[LaserGuidedKarma punishment]] for their failure from the Beast... Except than the Beast itself arrives and ''destroys an entire moon with a single small laser blast''. The episode ends with the entire Alliance having a MassOhCrap as they realize how screwed they are.]]
* TakingYouWithMe:
** When [[spoiler:Planet Fire's World Engines fail]], and it falls so far behind the rest of the Cluster that it will be inevitably devoured by the Beast, [[spoiler:the Grand Vizier orders it evacuated. Then he deliberately turns it around and ''rams'' the Beast with Planet Fire]].
** The self-destruct of [[spoiler:Planet Jungle]], since its World Engines were inoperative and it was going to be eaten anyway.
** [[spoiler:Neither work.]]
** [[spoiler: A literal version happened with the Prison Planet, which had a Teleport Engine rather than a conventional one allowing it to beam across the universe at will. Sternum allowed it to teleport away just as the Beast Planet made contact, making sure that the Beast Planet will never find the cluster ever again.]]
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: The four founding planets of the Alliance have been enemies for as long as any of them can remember. It's only the threat of the Beast that gives them the motivation to end hostilities.
* TheEvilPrince: Femur had a brother whose throne he usurped and sent to the Prison Planet. Although he was Femur's exact opposite when we meet him (refined, noble, tall, and muscular), flashbacks indicate that he was having Femur disposed of but Femur managed to turn the tables.
* TouchOfDeath: The minions of the Beast Planet are made of null matter, which will instantly disintegrate any organic being that touches it.
-->'''Blokk (to Lord Mantle):''' One touch is all it's going to take!
** The episode ''Girls' Night Out'' has a whole plot and all kinds of character development, but much more importantly, introduces the anti-anti-matter device, allowing Jade to deliver a fist-to-face beatdown of several minions.
* TokenEvilTeammate: It's a tossup between Emperor Femur and Lord Mantle. Femur is cowardly, conniving and obnoxious, but is generally helpful towards the Alliance. Mantle, on the other hand, is disdainful, needlessly antagonistic, belligerent, and ultimately tries to seize control of the Alliance, murdering multiple soldiers in the process.
* TheStarscream: Pelvis, Femur's slightly smarter but equally cowardly EvilChancellor. Constantly trying to invoke...
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: This is the official credo of Planet Bone, enshrined in a children's rhyme. ''"You snag the throne, you rule on Bone, the guy that dies is food for flies."''
** Although it's also heavily implied that the Bone military sometimes exercises... let's call it ''veto power'' over someone being on the throne. Generally you need to do something so colossally bad that it unites everyone on the planet against you.
* {{Tsundere}}: Zera, who's pretty fiery for an ice maiden.
* TwistEnding: A really dark one, by the standards of a children's show. See BookEnds above.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The show never clarified [[spoiler: what happened to the Battle Moons and, more importantly, the remains of Planet Fire civilization after the assault on the Beast Planet in Death of a King.]]
* UndyingLoyalty: Both Cryos and Pyrus inspire this level of loyalty in their people.
* UnstoppableRage: Graveheart had an experience of this when his little brother was killed on planet Fire.
* TheVoiceless: General Voyd, who often acts as a tiebreaker between Generals Blokk and Lampray. Possibly the direct representation of the Beast's judgement.
* WaveMotionGun: In the episode where Tekla and Graveheart try to persuade Lord Mantle to join their alliance, Vox plays a recording of the last stand of planet Water from Tekla's home solar system. The inhabitants of Planet Water turned their entire world into a wave motion gun to try and destroy the Beast. The result was less than impressive.
* WorkingClassHero: As Graveheart often reminds us, [[CatchPhrase he is just a miner]], but he is a very capable leader. This instance of this trope is not used to cast any disparagement on upper-class or educated people, though, as royalty like Prince Pyrus and King Cryos are shown to be just as heroic.
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