Western Animation: SilverHawks

"Wings of silver, nerves of steel... Silverrrhawwwwks!"

SilverHawks is ThunderCats IN SPACE! (not entirely, but darned close). A Rankin/Bass Animated Series from 1986 that shares most of its producers, creative teamsnote  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.

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SilverHawks provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Hollywood Cyborg: The SilverHawks.
  • Humans Are Warriors: One episode featured a plan to move in and take over organized crime on earth. However, since "Those Chicago boys are pretty tough", Mon*Star and his gang weren't willing to just try to land and take over. Instead, they attempted a Colony Drop. Human gangsters are so terrifying that even Mon*star is terrified of trying to fight them face to face.
  • Instrument of Murder: Bluegrass's guitar and Melodia's keytar.
  • 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.
  • Merchandise-Driven
  • Methuselah Syndrome: People apparently measure their lifespans in the millennia.
  • Mirror Morality Machine
  • 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.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Condor's voice is an imitation of Humphrey Bogart.
  • 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.
  • Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: Where to begin!?
  • Sixth Ranger: The original SilverHawks got four new teammates (Hotwing, Flashback, Condor and Moonstryker) midway through the series.
  • 65-Episode Cartoon
  • The Smurfette Principle: Occurs on both sides with Steelheart (good guys) and Melodia (bad guys).
  • Space Police: The premise of the show.
  • Surfer Dude: Moon Stryker.
  • Team Pet: Tallyhawk, Quicksilver's cyborg hawk.
  • Team Title
  • The Teaser: Each episode opened with clips from that day's story, accompanied by a narrator giving a brief plot synopsis.
  • Those Two Guys: Seymour and Zeek.
  • Transformation Sequence: Combined with By the Power of Grayskull! and Added Alliterative Appeal. Different in that the bad guy does it.
    "Moonstar of Limbo... give me the might... the muscle... the menace... of MON*STAR!!"
  • Artistic License - Physics: Again, where to begin?!
    • 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.