This 1960s Animated Series
was unlike its contemporary, Space Ghost
, in that it was set on Amzotnote
, a primitive planet protected by King Zandornote
. Zandor's wife, Tara, and their son, Dorno, were the only other known human inhabitants. For some reason, aliens kept trying to conquer an isolated, largely uninhabited jungle world full of monsters. Go figure.
When trouble arose, Zandor commanded a small army of exotic beasts: Gloop and Gleep, a pair of gelatinous shape-shifters
; Igoo, an ape
with rocklike skin
; Tundro, a rhino-triceratops-like creature that could shoot burning rocks from its horn, and Zok, a flying dragon
capable of firing laser beams from its eyes
In the early 1980s, the Herculoids joined Space Ghost in the Animated Anthology
series Space Stars
This show provides examples of:
- Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The Japanese dub has this.
- Action Mom: Tara, very rarely. Most of the time she was a Distressed Damsel.
- Badass Family
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: Zandor and Zok in "Sarko the Arkman".
- Big Red Button: "Malak and the Metal Apes" has one, used to activate a Self-Destruct Mechanism.
- The Blank: The title villains in "Attack of the Faceless People".
- By the Lights of Their Eyes: The eyes of the monsters of the Stone Forest in "The Lost Dorgyte".
- Crossover: They appeared in the Space Ghost cartoon "The Molten Monsters of Moltar", part 4 of the six-part "Council of Doom" serial.
- Deadly Disc: Zandor's shield.
- Deployable Cover: "The Time Creatures" and "Invasion of the Electroid Men''.
- Disintegrator Ray: Many villains had these.
- Distressed Damsel: Tara
- Diving Save: Dorno to Gleep in "Swamp Monster".
- Dressing as the Enemy: "The Crystalites" and "Ruler of the Reptons".
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Igoo, and the flying monkeys in "The Beaked People".
- Evil Laugh: Most of the villains.
- Exotic Weapon Supremacy: The heroes had slingshots loaded with Tundro's explosive rocks.
- Eye Beams: Zok's Frickin' Laser Beams eyes.
- Fastball Special: Gloop changes to a giant slingshot to throw Igoo, and also throws Gleep once.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Zok, one of "The Gladiators of Kyanite" and the "Laser Lancers".
- Giant Enemy Crab: One of the microscopic monsters in the "Tiny World of Terror".
- Giant Flyer: Zok the dragon.
- Hammered into the Ground: In a non-comedic example, "The Crystalloids" had Igoo the rock ape pounding a Crystalloid into the ground with a club.
- Hand Signals: Igoo and Zandor in "The Raiders".
- Harmless Freezing: Igoo in "Mekkor".
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Gorvak, the leader of "The Android People."
- Horn Attack: Tundro's signature attack, especially of the shooting variety.
- Hostage Situation: Tara and Dorno, occasionally.
- Hypno Trinket: "Ruler of the Reptons". The Reptons use a crown to Mind Control Tara.
- Improvised Parachute: Multiple examples, all involving Gloop and Gleep.
- Incredible Shrinking Man: Happens to the protagonists in "Tiny World of Terror".
- Instant Sedation: Used by "Sarko the Arkman" on Zandor.
- Invincible Hero: Every member of the cast except for Tara and Dorno.
- I Surrender, Suckers: The Mutoid leader Mutak in "The Mutoids".
- Jet Pack: Used by enemies in "Queen Skorra" and "The Pirates"
- The Last Straw: Zandor uses this against the gold-stealing "The Raider Apes".
- Mugged for Disguise: Several Crystalite guards in "The Crystalites".
- Our Dragons Are Different: Zok
- Planetary Romance
- Precision-Guided Boomerang: Zandor's shield.
- Put Their Heads Together: "Invasion of the Electrode Men" and "Ruler of the Reptons".
- Red Alert: In "Prisoner of the Bubblemen" after Zandor and Tara escape.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The title characters in "The Mutoids" and "The Crystaloids".
- Red-Headed Hero: Zandor
- Reverse Polarity: In "Revenge of the Pirates", Zok does this with his eye beams.
- Rock Beats Laser: Several enemies of the Herculoids have far more advenced tech, but lose tho them either way.
- Rubber Man: Gloop and Gleep
- Self-Destruct Mechanism: "Malak and the Metal Apes". Standard feature in the Metal Apes (robots).
- Shrink Ray: Used on the protagonists in "Tiny World of Terror".
- Skintone Sclerae
- Stock Phrases
- Taken for Granite: Subverted when a medusa-type villain tried to do this to Igoo, who already was granite.
- Throwing Your Shield Always Works: Zandor in multiple episodes.
- Timmy in a Well: All of the animal members, but especially Gloop and Gleep.
- Trap Door: "Sarko the Arkman" and "The Antidote".
- Treasure Room: "The Raider Apes". In the villager's cave system.
- Tree Buchet: Igoo to Dorno in "The Raiders".
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: The title creatures in "The Mutoids".
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Zandor and Dorno.