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* EvilerThanThou: Ming the Merciless to ''[[spoiler: [[UpToEleven Adolf Hitler]]]]''.

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* EvilerThanThou: Ming the Merciless to ''[[spoiler: ''[[spoiler:UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, [[UpToEleven Adolf Hitler]]]]''.of all people]]]]''.


* CoolGate: How Ming sends his troops.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Dr. Zarkov has one.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The miniseries is an alternate retelling of the original comic strip / tv serial movies, but made even darker by having it take place simultaneously with World War II, and tying its storyline to it.

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* CoolGate: How Ming sends his troops.
troops through portals to Earth.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Dr. Zarkov has one.one involving childhood bullies and Stalin's purges.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The miniseries is an alternate retelling of the original comic strip / tv TV serial movies, but made even darker by having it take place simultaneously with World War II, and tying its storyline to it.



* {{Greed}}: According to the author, Ming represents this.

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* {{Greed}}: According to the author, Ming represents this.insatiable greed itself.



* StartOfDarkness: Ming gets his own miniseries, telling his backstory. Turns out he's pretty much been an evil jerk all his life.

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* StartOfDarkness: Ming gets his own miniseries, ''Merciless: The Rise of Ming'', telling his backstory. Turns out he's pretty much been an evil jerk all his life.

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* AlternateHistory: World War

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* AlternateHistory: World WarWar II.


* CoolGate

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* CoolGateCoolGate: How Ming sends his troops.


* AlternateHistory

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* AlternateHistoryAlternateHistory: World War



* DarkerAndEdgier

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* DarkerAndEdgierDarkerAndEdgier: The miniseries is an alternate retelling of the original comic strip / tv serial movies, but made even darker by having it take place simultaneously with World War II, and tying its storyline to it.



* ThoseWackyNazis

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* ThoseWackyNazisThoseWackyNazis: They are featured as secondary antagonists in the subplot focusing World War II on Earth, while the main plot focus on Mongo.


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* WeDidntStartTheFuhrer: [[spoiler: Turns out that the Nazis were backed by Emperor Ming and Adolf Hitler was supposed to take over the world and rule in his name]].


''Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist'' is a ComicBook adaptation of the ComicStrip/FlashGordon franchise. Set before WorldWarTwo at the time the comics were originally written and taking elements from most of the various versions of Flash out there, it's a tribute to all iterations of Flash Gordon while employing new twists and turns.

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''Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist'' is a ComicBook adaptation of the ComicStrip/FlashGordon franchise. Set before WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII at the time the comics were originally written and taking elements from most of the various versions of Flash out there, it's a tribute to all iterations of Flash Gordon while employing new twists and turns.



* {{Multiverse}}: In this version, Mongo is at the "center of the known universes" and Ming uses [[CoolGate Cool Gates]] to attacks worlds in other dimensions.

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* {{Multiverse}}: TheMultiverse: In this version, Mongo is at the "center of the known universes" and Ming uses [[CoolGate Cool Gates]] to attacks worlds in other dimensions.



* WorldWarTwo: Set shortly before it, but contains the principal countries involved and the general political climate.


* CanonImmigrant: Klytus, Ming's assistant from the [[Film/FlashGordon movie]], is a major character.

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* CanonImmigrant: Klytus, Ming's assistant from the [[Film/FlashGordon [[Film/FlashGordon1980 movie]], is a major character.


* ShoutOut: To ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth,'' when [[MandrakeTheMagician Mandrake]] and ThePhantom each get a one-panel cameo showing them helping defend Earth from Ming.

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* ShoutOut: To ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth,'' when [[MandrakeTheMagician Mandrake]] ComicStrip/MandrakeTheMagician and ThePhantom ComicStrip/ThePhantom each get a one-panel cameo showing them helping defend Earth from Ming.


* ShoutOut: To ''DefendersOfTheEarth,'' when [[MandrakeTheMagician Mandrake]] and ThePhantom each get a one-panel cameo showing them helping defend Earth from Ming.

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* ShoutOut: To ''DefendersOfTheEarth,'' ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth,'' when [[MandrakeTheMagician Mandrake]] and ThePhantom each get a one-panel cameo showing them helping defend Earth from Ming.


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* WorldWarTwo: Set shortly before it, but contains the principal countries involved and the general political climate.

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* WorldWarTwo: Set shortly before it, but contains the principal countries involved and the general political climate.climate.
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* EvilerThanThou: Ming the Merciless to ''[[spoiler: Adolf Hitler]]''.

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* EvilerThanThou: Ming the Merciless to ''[[spoiler: [[UpToEleven Adolf Hitler]]''.Hitler]]]]''.


The year is 1934, a time of two-fisted swashbuckling, of fearsome threats and wild adventure-and of ever-growing threats on the horizon.

Three valiant humans -- Flash Gordon, Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov -- are plucked from the Earth, traveling to the distant planet Mongo. Their exploits are legendary, battling the machinations and terror schemes of the dreaded emperor Ming, the All-Seeing Ruler of Mongo. But they did not fight alone...



* AlienInvasion: Ironically, while every version of ''Flash'' starts with Ming trying to invade Earth, this is one of the few versions where he succeeds in getting troops and equipment here and physically attacking.

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* AlienInvasion: Ironically, while every version of ''Flash'' ''Flash Gordon'' starts with Ming trying to invade Earth, this is one of the few versions where he succeeds in getting troops and equipment here and physically attacking.



* {{Cliffhanger}}: While the original main plot has been resolved by the end of the series, it still ends on a big new cliffhanger.

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* {{Cliffhanger}}: While the original main plot has been resolved by the end of the series, it still ends on a big new cliffhanger.


* AlexRoss: Ross painted all the covers. They're gorgeous.


* TokenEvilteammate: Near the end of the series, the heroes are reluctantly prepared to recruit [[spoiler: Klytus]] into their ranks, because he does know how everything is run on Mongo. Ming [[EvilLaugh laughs]] when he learns this, and silently compliments him on having manipulated them.

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* TokenEvilteammate: TokenEvilTeammate: Near the end of the series, the heroes are reluctantly prepared to recruit [[spoiler: Klytus]] into their ranks, because he does know how everything is run on Mongo. Ming [[EvilLaugh laughs]] when he learns this, and silently compliments him on having manipulated them.

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