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"He's got the courage to master it, the Eon Kid." note 

Iron Kid (known as Eon Kid in English-speaking countries) is a South Korean-Spanish CGI animated television series. It's set in an After the End Far East world, where a boy named Marty finds an Ancestral Weapon, the Fist of Eon, which adheres to is arm and grants him the power of becoming the Iron Kid. Along a diverse array of companions, he will face the forces of the evil General in a war for the fate of the world.

Iron Kid provides examples of:

  • After the End: The world of the series, in which the Robot War (and probably some wars more before that one) has devastated society.
  • Ambiguously Human: It's never clear whether CDF footsoldiers are androids or armored men.
  • Badass Longcoat: Steeljaw Jack wears one, which gives him the look of an old-fashioned noir detective.
  • Badass Normal: Master Yang can kick some ass despite being a diminutive old man, even against super-powered androids. Also Orange Mama is an old lady you would not want to mess with.
  • Bash Brothers: Most of the main cast has to fight back-to-back with someone in several occasions.
  • BFG: Sgt. Camo uses a pair of bazookas to try to take down the Gigantor.
  • Big Bad: Initially Khan starts as the baddie of the show, later becoming The Dragon to the General, but it obvious that Chen is the one who pulls the strings.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Magnum has "Tempest Giga Cannon", Gaff "Dragon's Sword", Shadow "Shadow Cyclone" and Iron Kid "Comet Punch", among others.
  • Cool Big Sis: While they aren't related (given how one of them is human and the other is a robot), CDF spy Violet acts as a tutor and surrogate sister for Ally.
  • Dance Battler: Shadow's hand-to-hand fighting style resembles Capoeira with some breakdance moves thrown in.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Cloud fights with a kanabo.
  • Child Soldiers: Conversed by Gibson, which muses war is not for little children.
  • Collapsible Helmet: Violeta encases her face in a collapsible mask when fighting, presumably in order to protect her delicate facial components.
  • Combat Tentacles: Shadow's main weapons are black chain-like tentacles that extend from his back. They are pretty much multi-purpose.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Zig-zagged with the Four Invincible Lords. Shadow is able to succesfully fend them off as a team capitalizing on his agility and the environment, but later he and Magnum get their asses kicked thoroughly by only one of them when they try to take him down.
  • Cool Shades: Gibson's eyes are never seen due to his perennial shades.
  • Cool Sword/Katanas Are Just Better: Gaff's dragon sword. It can cut through robot shells with ease, can be used to perform awesome spinning techniques, and last but not least, looks badass.
  • Da Chief: The leader of the paramilitary law enforcement CDF organization, Chief Gibson, is a stern, gravelly-vocied man with Cool Shades and a white shirt.
  • Dub Name Change:
    • "Iron Kid" to "Eon Kid".
    • Master Yang to Master Zhang.
    • In the Spanish dub, Steeljaw Jack is changed to Jack Acero (literally, "Jack Steele". Unrelated to that other Steele, by the way.).
  • The Dreaded: The sole name of the General is enough to bring echoes of the Robot War and the menace it posed.
  • Energy Weapon: Wind uses two energy whips able to cut through objects.
  • Facial Markings: Camo has red stripes going down under his eyes.
  • Familial Foe: In his first attempt at world domination, the General was defeated by Marty's ancestor Eon. In the generations since, his followers have been killing Eon's descendants so that they can't face the general with Eon's Ancestral Weapon. Marty, the last known surviving descendant, gets his hands on that weapon and uses it to face the General upon his return.
  • Fragile Speedster: Shadow is tremendously agile, but his armor and frame are light, and thus his defense is solely based around dodging. Same with Black Beauty, who is a ninja robot.
  • Godzilla Threshold: The CDF'S decision to deploy Shadow to protect Marty in his way to the snow temple is a desperate move in many ways: not only because he has proved to be mentally unstable and could turn against them in any moment, but also because the mission is not even in Shadow's actual field of expertise - he specializes in black ops and covert operations, yet the task he is entrusted with takes place in open field. He is only deployed because, with Magnum engaged in another mission, Shadow is the most powerful fighter they have left.
  • Great Off Screen War: The war where Marty's ancestor fought the General is constantly mentioned even before the General's return becomes more likely. Society is still struggling to recover from it during the main series and many robots combatants from both sides are still around.
  • Highly-Visible Ninja:
    • Despite being a ninja, Scar is huge, bulky and armored in green, and uses two giant axes to ravage his way through the battlefield. It can be argued that he doesn't need as much stealth as a conventional ninja, of course.
    • Averted with Black Beauty, who is slender and armored in black as it would be expected.
  • An Ice Person: Eiger can produce ice and frozen winds from his body.
  • Informed Ability: Shadow is mentioned to have 108 weapons in his body. He shows many, but definitely not as many.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Magnum. Heavy armor, heavy guns and great speed; although he is not as nimble as Shadow, he is probably faster in lineal movement thanks to his shoulder thrusters, and his firepower is such that he can trip over a Gigantor single-handedly.
  • Light Is Not Good: Played straight with Shadow, but only in the Back Story. He started out as a dangerous robot criminal with a white paint job, only to become a heroic white-painted robot after being reprogramed.
  • Men of Sherwood: A few short scenes and mentions in the later episodes reveal that the Ambiguously Human CDF defense troopers are in a running battle against the gigantors and are bravely and efficiently delaying them without taking losses (although Chief Gibson doubts this will last unless Marty intervenes).
  • Mighty Glacier: Tremo in his robot form is slow and heavy, but he is incredibly strong, and tough enough to stop the mighty Centaurs.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: Master Yang is even shorter than Marty.
  • Motor Mouth: Buttons is quite chatty. The theme song describes him by saying he talks "all day long."
  • Noble Demon: Khan hates the Gigantors, as he fought them in the past and knows the kind of dangerous superweapons they are, and also has a sense of honor and disapproves underhanded warfare methods, unlike Chen and the very General.
  • Nuke 'em: The CDF tris this against the Gigantor using the White Eagles, but it fails.
  • Older Is Better: Pre-War robots like The General and his forces are ridiculously powerful compared to almost all the new generation ones. If weren't by Marty and his ancient Fist, the CDF would have the struggle hopelessly lost.
  • Old Retainer: Gaff has served Marty's family for 130 years, although he's less prim and decrepit than most examples of the trope due to being a robot bodyguard.
  • One-Man Army: Shadow massacred twenty units sent to hunt him down; only Magnum's personal intervention could got him captured.
  • Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure: Happens a few times in the show.
    • The first time is in the second episode when Ally walks away slowly back to the Iron Tower with Marty feeling concerned. They later reconcile.
    • The next time is when after Marty finishes training, he and Gaff get into an argument about saving Ally before Master Zhang lets him go to the Iron Tower to save her.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Marty delivers one to the General during the final battle about how he is destroying everyone’s lives.
  • The Quiet One: Shadow doesn't talk very much.
  • Recruiting the Criminal: Shadow is a former delinquent reprogrammed by the CDF. They actually might have built him in first place, but it is never stated.
  • Sinister Shades: Dr. Chen wears red goggles, although he is shown without them in a CDF archive image.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Straight. Violeta is the only female in the Five-Man Band, and Wind is the only one in the Four Invincible Lords.
  • Split Personality: Shadow is reprogrammed to serve the CDF, but he keeps some remnants from his former mind and sometimes forgets which side he is on. This makes him The Corruptible to the The General's psychic powers.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Magnum openly distrusts Shadow, and the latter dislikes him in return, but they are forced to work together.
    Magnum: He almost finishes you, mate.
    Shadow: I have not asked you for help.
    Magnum: [sternly] Shadow, we both are on the same side now.
    Shadow: Indeed... And it is the losing side.
  • This Is a Drill: Tremo and his squad have drills as their main weapons, and can use them to cave his way through the terrain.
  • Undying Loyalty: Khan to the General, until he realize his goal will cause many casualties, forcing him to side with the heroes. As he's being tortured by the General for betraying him, Khan pleads for his master not to go through with his conquest.
  • Walking Armory: Shadow has 108 weapons built into his robot body.
  • White Mask of Doom: Shadow has one, which is technically his face, and is noted by Buttons as "alien-looking".
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Inevitable in a martial arts themed cartoon. During their fight, Rain gives Shadow a perfect picture spinning side slam to pin him to the ground. He also throws him away with a chokeslam.

Alternative Title(s): Eon Kid