"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 then-nine planets [Pluto is now a 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.
- 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.
- 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.