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
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.
Now has a character page
, currently under construction.
SilverHawks provides examples of the following tropes:
- Action-Hogging Opening
- 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.
- Bad-Guy Bar: The Sinistar Saloon. 100% alcohol-free.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: Yeah, it's by the people who did ThunderCats, alright.
- Of course it says something that this was one of the least ridiculous things about the way the cartoon treated how space works.
- Cardboard Prison: The Silverhawks are pretty good at getting the Mob sent to jail, now if only the Mob was just as good as getting out of jail.
- 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.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: The silverhawks may be all cool being partly metal and partly real and can fly in space and shoot lasers. Monstar's Mob's tech is greatly more diverse and even quite effective in stalling the Silverhawks.
- Environment Specific Action Figures: The action figure line included Quicksilver, Steelwill and Bluegrass in "ultrasonic suits" as well as their regular outfits.
- Episode Title Card
- Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: Mon*Star's mode of transportation and battle mount is the Sky-Runner, a five-tentacled space squid clad in armor.
- Expository Theme Tune
- Expy:The Big Bad is a gravelly voiced villain who has his own transformation phrase and can transform into a much more powerful form. Hmm, on what show was there also a character like that?
- Film Noir: Althought the series was entirely in color there's trace elements of noir here and there, like Stargazer's old school office and Mon*Star is basically a mob kingpin with his own gang.
- Five-Man Band
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Seymour and Zeek.
- 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.
- 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.