"Wings of silver, nerves of steel... Silverrrhawwwwks!"
SilverHawks is ThunderCatsIN SPACE! (not entirely, but darned close). A Rankin/BassAnimated Series from 1986 that shares most of its producers, creative teamsnote including Pacific Animation Corporation and their threeuncreditedsubcontractors and Voice Actors with its predecessor.The SilverHawks, the "partly metal, partly real" space law-enforcement for the Limbo Galaxy (which wasn't much bigger than a solar system) oppose The Mob, run by the evil Mon*Star. The show wasn't as bad as you might have thought (with a few exceptions), despite its total lack of astronomy, physics, or really any sort of science. However the character designs are interesting, the characters themselves are engaging, and most of the stories are fun.Now has a character page, currently under construction.
SilverHawks provides examples of the following tropes:
And Knowing Is Half the Battle: A subversion. While it does occur at the end of each episode, it's neither a "moral of the story", nor a "public service announcement". Instead, it's a short astronomy lesson, mostly about the solar system and its nine planets (the show was produced before Pluto's demotion to dwarf planet) presented within the context of Bluegrass training the Copper Kidd as a pilot.
Of course it says something that this was one of the least ridiculous things about the way the cartoon treated how space works.
Cool Starship: The Maraj. Aesthetically pleasing design, it also contains compartments to launch each of the SilverHawks from, and the main cockpit can detach into a fighter-like mode while the rest of the craft goes invisible.
Leit Motif: All over the place (a big-band "sleazy" number for the casino and bar, a noir-esque piano piece for Stargazer and scenes within his office, Theme Music Power-Up for when the Silverhawks move into action, etc).
Male Gaze: Steelheart gets quite the pan up on her body in the opening credits.
Never Recycle Your Schemes: Played with in the episode "Magnetic Attraction"; when Commander Stargazer gives Steel Will a polarity reverser to deal with the bad guys' gimmick of the episode, Will asks how he had one handy. Stargazer replies it's not the first time they've tried it, it's just the first time since the SilverHawks were around.
Nice Hat: Bluegrass' cowboy hat. The gold armor plating that covers half of Stargazer's head (complete with telescopic left-eye implant) also qualifies.
Rogues Gallery: Mon*Star and his mob fill this role for the SilverHawks, fittingly enough. The specific members of Mon*Star's mob are Yes-Man, Hardware, Melodia, Windhammer, Molec-U-lar, Mumbo Jumbo, Poker-Face, Buzz-Saw and Timestopper. Other villains include Zero the Memory-thief (who worked occasionally with Mon*Star's mob), the Rhino, the Cyclops, the Space Bandit and the Bounty Hunter.
Well, okay, for starters, in this show, space has air. And also a "down." A few harmless insectoid workers get thrown off a ship in one episode and this is as close to an on-screen death as we usually get.
Not only it has "down," but down apparently means Earth. One episode had the good guys in peril of falling all the way down to Earth and going splat (since people got cyborged so they could survive the long journey from there, it would probably take a while).
There's a hero (Bluegrass) and a villain (Melodia) who both use sound-powered weapons.
Weird Sun: The Artificial Sun, a titanic flashlight at the edge of the sector.
You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Implied in the pilot, where Mon*Star begs the guards to release him. They state they remember what happened to the last guy who fell for that.