"Somewhere out in space live the Herculoids:
Zok, the laser-ray dragon, Igoo the giant rock ape,
Tundro the Tremendous, Gloop and Gleep the formless, fearless wonders!
With Zandor their leader, and his wife Tara and
son Dorno, they team up to protect their planet from sinister invaders!
All brave, all strong, all heroes!
They're the Herculoids!"-Opening NarrationThis 1960s Animated Series from Hanna-Barbera 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 and tail.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 Damsel in Distress.
- 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.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: The title aliens of "Mutoids" were shapeshifters who had evil looking red eyes and fangs, but disguised themselves to look more human to outsiders. When we see one revert back to "monstrous" it's meant to be our first tip-off that they're evil, and Zandor even states that he was only fooled due to their altered appearance.
- 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.
- Damsel in Distress: Tara.
- Deadly Disc: Zandor's shield.
- Deployable Cover: "The Time Creatures" and "Invasion of the Electroid Men''.
- Disintegrator Ray: Many villains had these.
- 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.
- Intelligible Unintelligible: None of the animal Herculoids spoke in anything but stock shrieks, growls, and warbles, but the humans among them understood them just fine.
- 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
- Plant Mooks: When a glowing meteor lands on their home world, the Herculoids find themselves battling common, harmless flora suddenly gone monstrous, aggressive and hostile.
- 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".
- 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 to 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
- Glad He's on Our Side: Dorno says, "I'm glad you're on our side," to Tundro in "The Lost Dorgyte".
- It's Quiet... Too Quiet: Zandor in "Mission of the Amatons" and "The Island of the Gravites".
- Leave Him to Me/Seize Them!: The king of "The Mole Men", referring to Zandor.
- We Meet Again: Mekkano in "Mekkano, the Machine Master"
- We Will Meet Again: Sta-Lak says, "I will be back!" at the end of "Return of Sta-Lak''.
- 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" had one in the villagers' cave system.
- Tree Buchet: Igoo to Dorno in "The Raiders".
- Two Shorts: The 1960s show had two shorts per episode, both with the Herculoids.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: The title creatures in "The Mutoids". And of course, Gloop and Gleep.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Zandor and Dorno.