[[caption-width-right:280:"Wings of silver, nerves of steel... Silverrrhawwwwks!" [[note]]Back row, left to right: Bluegrass (in cowboy hat), Steelwill, Steelheart, Quicksilver. Foreground: The Copper Kid[[/note]]]]

''[=SilverHawks=]'' is sort of a mashup of ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats1985'' (InSpace) and ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman''. It's a [[Creator/RankinBassProductions Rankin/Bass]] AnimatedSeries from [[TheEighties 1986]] that shares most of its producers, creative teams[[note]]including Pacific Animation Corporation and their [[Creator/HanhoHeungUp four]] [[Creator/AnimeR uncredited]] [[Creator/{{AIC}} sub]][[Creator/WangFilmProductions contractors]][[/note]] and VoiceActors 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 realistic 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 [[Characters/SilverHawks character page]], currently under construction.

!!''[=SilverHawks=]'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: A subversion. While it does occur at the end of each episode, it's neither a "[[AnAesop 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 [[PlutoIsExpendable Pluto's demotion to dwarf planet]]) presented within the context of Bluegrass training the Copper Kidd as a pilot.
* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: When the "Limbo Galaxy" is introduced in the pilot episode, the main characters supposedly have to be converted to cyborgs because it's the only way they can survive such a long trip. The distance is then stated as two light years, which is half of the distance from Earth's sun to the closest neighboring star. If it were truly another galaxy, then it would be more like THREE MILLION light years. And three million light years is considered a very close neighbor in real-world intergalactic terms.
* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: While all of the original main heroes, except Copper Kidd, have military ranks these seem to have little bearing on their actual positions. Bluegrass, a colonel (presumably Air Force), technically holds the highest comparative rank out of everyone but is clearly below Commander Stargazer and (Lieutenant) Quicksilver on the team.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: 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 has it a "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.
* BadGuyBar: The Sinistar Saloon. [[FrothyMugsOfWater 100% alcohol-free]].
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Yeah, it's by the people who did ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats1985'', alright.
** Of course it says something that this was one of the ''least'' ridiculous things about the way the cartoon treated how space works. The creators at least ''tried'' to make it believable by having the characters pull a visor over their faces anytime they have to actually fly around outside their Cool Starship; they still had an arm exposed to the sub-zero temperatures and vacuum of space.
* CardboardPrison: The Silverhawks are pretty good at getting the Mob sent to jail. Now if only the jail was just as good as keeping hold of the Mob...
* CoolStarship: 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 Figure}}s: The action figure line included Quicksilver, Steelwill and Bluegrass in "ultrasonic suits" as well as their regular outfits.
* EpisodeTitleCard: Yet another element the series has in common with ''Thundercats''.
* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: Mon*Star's mode of transportation and battle mount is the Sky-Runner, a five-tentacled space squid clad in armor.
* ExpositoryThemeTune: ¨Partly metal, partly real..."
* {{Expy}}: The BigBad is a gravelly voiced villain who has his own transformation phrase and can transform into a much more powerful form. [[WesternAnimation/ThunderCats1985 Hmm, on what show was there also a character like that?]]
* FilmNoir: Although the series was entirely in color there's trace elements of noir here and there, like Stargazer's old school office, or Mon*Star being basically a mob kingpin with his own gang. Later addition Condor was explicitly a detective in the film noir style, with somewhat obsolete tech and a [[TwoFistedTales two-fisted attitude]] to make up for it. (At least, as much of a two-fisted attitude that you could get away with in a 1980s cartoon.)
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Seymour and Zeek.
* HollywoodCyborg: The [=SilverHawks=].
* HumansAreWarriors: One episode featured a plan to move in and take over organized crime on earth. However, since "Those UsefulNotes/{{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 ColonyDrop. Human gangsters are so terrifying that even Mon*star is terrified of trying to fight them face to face.
* InstrumentOfMurder: Bluegrass's guitar and Melodia's keytar.
* {{Leitmotif}}: 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, ThemeMusicPowerUp for when the Silverhawks move into action, etc).
* MaleGaze: Steelheart gets quite the pan up on her body in the opening credits.
* MemoryJar: Recurring villain Zero the Memory Thief stores the memories he's drained on tapes worn on his chest.
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* MethuselahSyndrome: People apparently measure their lifespans in the ''millennia''.
** Considering that their civilization has FasterThanLightTravel and {{cyborg}}s that breathe in space, [[FridgeBrilliance it actually makes sense]] to have that kind of longevity. With that kind of biotech, a century's lifespan would be ridiculously small.
* MildlyMilitary: Despite the military ranks most of the characters possess, they behave more as a team of peers. They also observe very little military protocol.
* MirrorMoralityMachine: In "Switch", there's a gas that temporarily switches people's moralities. The [=SilverHawks=] become robbers and the mob captures them. Once Mon*Star and his mob are back to normal, they moan over the fact they returned the stolen money and then they try to take advantage of the fact most [=SilverHawks=] are in prison.
* MsFanservice: Steelheart is an attractive female member of the Silverhawks who usually wears a very form-fitting armor and other outfits that highlight her very muscular yet voluptuous body, strong toned muscles, toned broad shoulders, large breasts, and long muscular legs.
* NeverRecycleYourSchemes: Played with in the episode "Magnetic Attraction"; when Commander Stargazer gives Steel Will a [[ReversePolarity 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.
* NiceHat: Bluegrass' cowboy hat. The gold armor plating that covers half of Stargazer's head (complete with telescopic left-eye implant) also qualifies.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Condor's voice is an imitation of Creator/HumphreyBogart.
* PhlebotinumBattery: A villainous example. In one episode, Mon*Star is captured and jailed, and Hardware pretends to be captured in order to smuggle in a box full of the Moonstar's energy.
* {{Planetville}}: Paired with PlanetOfHats and ItsASmallWorldAfterAll. Most of the planets in the "galaxy" of Limbo are extremely small (little more than asteroids) and characters casually come and go from the exact locations on a given planet that they need to get to. Most planets also have single overriding theme.
* PreppyName: Comic book character Percunius Wadsworth Wellington the 62nd
* RoguesGallery: 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.
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: Read the above note on ArtisticLicenseAstronomy. Furthermore, the Silverhawks are also supposedly assigned to patrol ''a whole galaxy'', and all of the action happens on what, at most, seems to be a single solar system (and how long it takes to get from one planet to another depends strictly on TravellingAtTheSpeedOfPlot).
** The most absurd example is in one of the later episodes where Commander Stargazer's been fitted with a time bomb. He thinks he's about to blow up, but Moonstryker cheerfully reminds him there's an hour difference between "Earth time" and "Limbo time" and they're still in the clear. The idea that there'd only be one time zone for a whole planet, let alone a whole ''galaxy,'' boggles the mind.
* ShoutOut:
** In ''Film/{{Big}}'', Creator/TomHanks is seen wearing ''[=SilverHawks=]'' underoos.
** ''Anime/{{Megazone 23}} Part II'' features a ''[=SilverHawks=]'' pinball game. This is also a MythologyGag since Creator/{{AIC}} worked on both series.
* SixthRanger: The original [=SilverHawks=] got four new teammates (Hotwing, Flashback, Condor and Moonstryker) midway through the series.
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* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Occurs on both sides with Steelheart (good guys) and Melodia (bad guys).
* SomewhereAnOrnithologistIsCrying: Very weirdly averted. Tallyhawk not only ''looks'' like a classic Red-tailed Hawk, he ''calls'' like one and often ''acts'' like one, too, albeit one with a wired-in controller.
* SpacePolice: The premise of the show.
* SuperheroesInSpace: They were a team of cyborg superheroes protecting the Limbo Galaxy from the villainous Mon*Star.
* SurferDude: Moon Stryker.
* TeamPet:
** Tallyhawk, Quicksilver's cyborg hawk. The rest of the team got their own Fighting Hawks later on: Sideman (Bluegrass), Rayzor (Steelheart), Stronghold (Steelwill) and Mayday (the Copper Kid).
** Sky Shadow, for Mon*Star and the mob.
** The first wave of the toy line had a robotic bird sidekick for every member of both the Silverhawks and Mon*Star's Mob, but only a few of them made it into the show. In addition to the ones mentioned above, Flashback had Backlash, Hotwing had Gyro, Stargazer had Sly-Bird, Condor had Jet Stream, Moonstryker had Tail-Spin, Buzz-Saw had Shredator, Mumbo-Jumbo had Airshock, and Mo-Lec-U-Lar had Volt-ure.
* TeamTitle: The team's name is the Silverhawks.
* TheTeaser: Each episode opened with clips from that day's story, accompanied by a {{narrator}} giving a brief plot synopsis.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Seymour and Zeek.
* TransformationSequence: Combined with ByThePowerOfGreyskull and AddedAlliterativeAppeal. Different in that the bad guy does it.
-->[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxR3jUNQLgg "Moonstar of Limbo... give me the might... the muscle... the menace... of ''MON*STAR!!''"]]
** Subverted in the episode "No More Mr. Nice Guy", where Yes-Man entered the transformation chamber with Mon*Star. Visually, he got all the same camera angles and dramatic poses that Mon*Star got, but he didn't actually physically change. (Seen in the above video link, starting at about 8:30) Then double-subverted when it was shown that he underwent a ''mental'' change.
* VillainExclusivityClause: Mon*Star as the BigBad in every episode.
* WeirdSun: The Artificial Sun, a titanic flashlight at the edge of the sector.
* WildCard: Seymour. While he'd make runs for the Silverhawks in his taxi, usually for payment, he'd also provide taxi service for the mob. Above all, he's more concerned with [[OnlyInItForTheMoney making a living]] and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere saving his own hide]] rather than taking sides between the two factions.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: 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.