Western Animation / Wildfire

Wildfire was a 1986 cartoon by Hanna-Barbera, airing on CBS.

Wildfire, a magical talking horse, escaped with the infant Princess Sara from the magical land of Dar-Shan and took her to Montana. When she was 13, he came back for her and they attempted to save Dar-Shan from the evil Diabolyn and her Spectres. Sara herself had no magical abilities and usually succeeded by her wits and with the sometimes dubious assistance of a sorcerer, his apprentice and an orphaned colt.

Tropes include:

  • Absurdly High-Stakes Game: A man waged his whole fortune in an attempt to double it. He lost.
  • Cool Horse
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In the real world, Sarah's adoptive father, John Cavanaugh, is an ordinary, somewhat prosaic human, to whom Sarah sometimes has trouble explaining her strange absences and who can't remember their past life in Dar-Shan, where he was her real father, the handsome prince of the prior generation's fairy tale. However, in one episode when Sara gets into such trouble that she can't be rescued any other way, Wildfire temporarily abates the amnesia to bring her father back to save her—at which point it is revealed just why he was such a hero.
  • Doorstop Baby: Wildfire left Sara at John Cavanaugh's doorstep. Never seen by those who missed the intro, however.
  • Downer Beginning
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Princess Sara.
  • Evil Aunt: Diabolyn.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Sara has them.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Averted with Queen Sarana; played straight with Diabolyn.
  • Gold Digger: When the people of Dar-Shan hailed Waddler as their new king, Diabolyn tried to marry him to become queen.
  • Gold Makes Everything Shiny: Diabolyn tried to win over the people of Dar Shan by wearing a dress made of golden fabric. It failed when Princess Sara revealed where the gold came from.
  • Lonely at the Top: In "The Name is the Game", the first person who won the game became such a powerful sorcerer that he has no friends because everyone is either jealous of his power or afraid of him.
  • Magical Land
  • Manipulative Bastard: For a petty creature whose main (if not only) goal is making people unhappy and has no use for the gains from the people who fail to learn his name, that troll has shades of this trope. For example, one of his adversaries was a wizard who took in the bet to gain more power. The wizard won but became Lonely at the Top.
  • Missing Mom: Sara's mother died within one year of marriage because of a curse cast by Diabolyn. Sara and her father left Dar Shan so the curse wouldn't reach them.
  • Muggle Best Friend: Ellen is from Earth, but knows about Sara being the princess of a Magical Land.
  • Muggle Foster Parents: John Cavanaugh was this to Princess Sara until it was revealed that he's her real father, but had this knowledge erased from his memory.
  • Our Centaurs Are Different: Sometimes you see centaurs...but in this show you get one where the top half is some kind of cat abomination. Sometimes the monster-of-week designers at Hanna-Barbera went nuts; this is one of those instances.
  • Shout-Out: The Highwayman is an Expy of Robin Hood. Also, one episode featured a troll challenging people to figure out his name.
  • Somewhere, an Equestrian Is Crying: Look at Wildfire's many rearing poses. Or his anatomy in general.
  • Sore Loser: The troll hates it when somebody wins his name game.
  • Stable Time Loop: In episode 5, it's revealed that time-traveling Sara was a key component in allowing her parents' marriage and her subsequent existence to occur.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Diabolyn tried to be this to persuade the Pixie Painters to paint a portrait of her.