was a short-lived Saturday Morning Cartoon
made by Landmark Entertainment Group and broadcast by CBS
The story is set on the planet Lumimaire, with the Lightstar Crystal
as the center of the series. Baron Dark tried to steal it, but he could obtain only half of the Crystal, empowering him with the ability to turn people into
the eponymous Skeleton Warriors, while Prince Lightstar, the one who was guarding the crystal, obtained the other half. Then, a battle ensued, in which each side tried to obtain the other's half while guarding its own
. Lightstar isn't alone, since his siblings, Joshua (who was closer with Baron Dark until
their Karmic Transformation
) and Jennifer, and their uncle Ursak formed the Legion of Light. Their half of the crystal gave them many powers, such as energy channelizing (Lightstar), flight (Jennifer/Talyn) and shadow-travelling (Joshua/Grimskull).
Video games for Sony PlayStation
and Sega Saturn
were released, as was a toyline
. A Kickstarter campaign
for a revival of the line was successful.
Examples of tropes used in this series:
- After the End
- Antagonist Title: The eponymous Skeleton Warriors are the bad guys.
- Anti-Hero: Grimskull.
- Attack Its Weak Point: The Skeleton Warriors have 'Heart Stones' inside their rib cages that, if destroyed or removed would turn them back into human beings.
- The Atoner: Grimskull, again.
- Badass Beard: Ursak.
- Badass Biker: Skeletons riding bikes, yeah.
- Badass Family: Two brothers, their sister and their uncle.
- Black Sheep: Grimskull.
- Bloodless Carnage: People get turned into skeletons rather then being killed. If the skeletons are knocked apart, the bones fly back into place.
- Capture the Flag
- Cool Pet: Stalker, Grimskull's wolf
- Crazy-Prepared: Especially true about Ursak's basement. Subverted: Ursak doesn't have the 'crazy' part at all. In one episode, it showed that he helped build a machine that let him see the future. After seeing the rise of the Skeleton Warriors, he starting preparing and waiting for the day that he knew would come, just not when exactly.
- Dark Is Evil:
- His name's Baron Dark, he turns people in evil skeletons, and all of them enjoy the night far more then the day.
- Averted with Grimskull. Dark clothing and a shadow walker, but he's loyal to his family.
- Decapitated Army: Discussed. When a Skeleton Warrior is changed back into a human, Baron Dark can just "reskeletonize" them, but what happens if Baron Dark himself gets changed back?
- Dem Bones: You can reverse the effect of being a Skeleton Warrior by removing the ruby in the back of the chest.
- Distressed Damsel: Talyn
- Easily Forgiven: The only thing that's between Grimskull and being an enemy of the Legion of Light is that... they're brothers.
- Everything's Deader with Zombies: Or, better yet, with the eponymous Skeleton Warriors.
- Five-Bad Band:
- Gang of Hats: The Skeleton Warriors, of course!
- Heel-Face Turn: Grimskull was with Baron Dark before their Karmic Transformation.
- Hopeless War: Until the weakness of the Skeleton Warriors is discovered, the good guys are essentially fighting one. How do you win a war against an enemy that can't be killed?
- Immortal Life Is Cheap
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Baron Dark cannot turn those who are essentially good into Skeleton Warriors, Though they don't have to literally be pure and saintly, Just more good than bad.
- Averted when he gains the other half of the crystal, and the power to turn anyone regardless of morality into his warriors instantly.
- Invincible Hero: Grimskull.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: As of early 2012, there is a DVD release of the complete series called, oddly enough, "Skeleton Warriors: The Complete Series"
- La Résistance: The Legion of Light.
- Light is Good
- Meaningful Name: EVERYWHERE!!!
- Talyn can fly.
- Lightstar holds the resistance's half of the crystal and shoots lightbeams.
- Grimskull's face looks like a mummy's, and he is grim because his betrayal in the first episode led to the current situation.
- Uncle "Guardian", who looks out for his brother's children.
- Baron Dark -loves the literal dark, and symbolic of the darkness he's brought to the land.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Baron Dark.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Played with - Baron Dark turns humans that defect to him into skeleton warriors, even if they would be more useful staying The Mole. It is perfectly in character for him, though: He's not only the sole infector of The Virus (making everyone "joined in the darkness"), but the conversion is shown to make the victim far more loyal to him. A rabid dog becomes obedient, traitors and mercenaries who were Only in It for the Money instantly settle for doing his bidding only For the Evulz. Magically-enforced loyalty is probably the safest way to deal with someone who has a track record of betrayal.
- Prince Charming: Lightstar.
- Pulling Themselves Together: The Skeleton Warriors
- Shadow Walker: Grimskull uses shadows to teleport wherever he wants.
- Shoulders of Doom: Baron Dark
- Sickly Green Glow: The skycycle engines and weapon blasts of the skeleton warriors.
- Spiritual Successor: To He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, more or less.
- The Necrocracy: Type I, Led by Baron Dark.
- The Virus: Though, you must have some bit of dark in your soul in order to become a Skeleton Warrior.
- Tony Jay: "These are the tales of the Skeleton Warriors!"
- Too Dumb to Live: Dagger
- Warrior Prince: Lightstar.
- We Have Reserves: Baron Dark, because of the skeleton warriors Pulling Themselves Together
- Welcome Back, Traitor: The Legion of Light toward Grimskull, no less.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?/What Measure Is a Mook?: Skeletons are shot without hesitation. Immortal Life Is Cheap though. And they'd just bring their victims to Baron Dark for recruitment.
- What Measure Is a Non-Super?: The only use the skeletons see in those that are too good at heart to be converted is as expendable slaves.