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Mumm-Ra was the ancient foe of the ThunderCats, long ago defeated. Resurfacing, Mumm-Ra masterminded Thundera's downfall to obtain the Eye of Thundera, the jewel within the Sword of Omens' hilt.

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Voiced by: Clancy Brown

Grune is one of Claudus' trusted generals, sent with Panthro to find the Book of Omens. However, motivated by his ambition for power, Grune allied himself with the Lizards and Mumm-Ra.

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The brutish leader of the Lizards, Slithe is slightly lacking in sophistication, but he's very intuitive and cunning. He's also a very cruel and vindictive leader.

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A Jackalman and one of Mumm-Ra's two new generals. He is the new version of Jackalman from the original series.

Tropes associated with Kaynar:

  • Adaptation Name Change: From Jackalman to Kaynar
  • Adaptational Badass: He even looks dangerous!
  • Ax-Crazy: While in prison, Kaynar has to be strapped to a gurney and heavily restrained just to be moved to solitary confinement, which he earned after killing eleven inmates. He's pretty sanguine about his punishment:
    Kaynar: At least I'll have the voices in my head to talk to.
    • He wasn't even intereted in Sliithe freeing him till he was told he could 'play' with some cats.
  • Blade on a Stick: His Weapon of Choice is a spear/halberd.
  • Blood Knight/Sadist: He loves fighting and killing people.
  • The Brute: Shares this role with Addicus.
  • Eats Babies: Gives some thought to eating one of the kittens.
  • Evil Redhead: Orange fur, but still creepy as hell.
  • Giggling Villain: He's constantly laughing to himself.
  • Laughably Evil: Comes with being completely insane.
    "You're like a toy that never breaks! *Lets out a deranged cackle* I love it!"
  • Psycho for Hire: Emphasis on the "psycho" part. Even Addicus seems to think so, if Lion-O's gambit against him in "Birth of the Blades" is any indication:
    Addicus: "You're crazier than Kaynar!"
  • The Nose Knows : The first time he fights Tygra, the Thundercat turns invisible for a stealth attack but Kaynar defeats him because he can still smell him.
  • Serial Killer: He's killed many without remorse.
  • Shipped in Shackles: In his first appearance in "New Alliances".
  • Slasher Smile: The above image provides a good example.


A Monkey and one of Mumm-Ra's two new generals. He is the new version of Monkian from the original series.

Tropes associated with Addicus:

  • Adaptation Name Change: From Monkian to Addicus
  • Adaptational Badass: Bigger, smarter, and badder than his 80's counterpart.
  • Blood Knight: His savagery is specifically why Mumm-Ra wanted to recruit him in the first place.
  • The Brute: Shares this role with Kaynar.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Not as massive as Grune's and lacking the lightning projectiles, but Addicus does swing around a mean-looking double-headed mace.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Through he may be a psychopath, even he's not very fond of Kaynar.
  • Face Death with Dignity: In his debut, he's about to be executed by members of the Bird Nation for his crimes. Hanging upside-down over a deep gorge with seemingly no way out, his only response is to sneer at his executioners and tell them: "You'd better hope that this fall is enough to kill me!"
  • I'm a Humanitarian: He seems to have an appetite for members of other sentient races. Starting with his avian would-be executioners and going from there.
  • Killer Gorilla : Considering his general looks and lacking a tail, he's more an ape than a monkey. The 'killer' part is very detailed in the below and above tropes.
  • Psycho for Hire: Not quite as crazy as Kaynar, but he's still not exactly sane.
  • Serial Killer: He was about to be executed for such crimes before Slithe intervened.
  • Verbal Tic: As of "The Trials of Lion-O" he can be heard making monkey grunts similar to his 80's counterpart. It serves as a bit of a Continuity Nod for fans of the original series.

    Ancient Spirits of Evil
Voiced by: Jim Cummings ("Native Son"), Kevin Michael Richardson ("Birth of the Blades")

Evil beings who were once worshipped, and give Mumm-Ra his mystic dark power.

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    Khamai, Kask, and Sauro

Three elite lizard commandos who tracked Lion-O and his group into the brambles. They answer directly to General Slithe.

Tropes associated with Khamai, Kask, and Sauro:

  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Kask has a shield, but seems to prefer using martial arts to take down his prey.
  • Invisibility Cloak: Being based on a chameleon, Khamai can turn invisible much like Tygra can.
  • The Nose Knows: Sauro is able to catch the scent of the Cats' trail
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: They don't lose sight of any of their targets.
  • Shout-Out: The three of them together with Slithe are similar to the band of Mutants from the original series.

    The Driller
Voiced by: Matthew Mercer

The Driller is a giant automaton tasked by Mumm-Ra to work in the Thundrilium mines. He is able to transform into a double ended drill and can bore through almost any surface.

Tropes associated with The Driller:

  • Adaptational Badass: He is much more menacing and threatening than the relatively simplistic version from the original.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: After Lion-O defeats him in "Old Friends", the mine around the ThunderCats begins to collapse from the damage he'd caused.
  • Mechanical Monster: He's a malevolent machine.
  • This Is a Drill: Yes he is.
  • Transforming Mecha: He even looks like a Decepticon. His transformation isn't exactly complex though.
  • Use Your Head: at the climax of the fight, he uses the drill on his head to try and kill Lion-O. Never mind that he had two perfectly-large drills on his ARMS to engage in the clash with...

    The Duelist
Voiced by: Miguel Ferrer

The best swordsman in the land, the Duelist challenges those whose weapons he admires to duels, so he can claim their swords as trophies.

Tropes associated with The Duelist

Voiced by: Jon Polito

A merchant slaver and trafficker who captures Ro-Bear Bill's family. He captures and sells all sorts of things, from Berbils to large cats. Making him the ultimate scumbag.

Tropes associated with the Conquedor

Voiced by: Carlo Rota

Tyrannical ruler of the Rats in Mount Plun-Darr and the descendant of Ratilla. He enslaved the cats, forcing them to work in the mines and search for the Sword of Plun-Darr.

Tropes associated with Ratar-O:

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The leader of the rats proves to be a rather capable fighter when Lion-O faces him, with the two of them being rather evenly matched.
  • Badass Mustache: Has styled his whiskers into a rather refined-looking mustache, akin to what you'd find in an imperial Chinese court.
  • Bad Boss: His treatment of his direct subordinate certainly won't be winning him any prizes for "Boss of the Year." It comes back to bite him big-time when said subordinate decides to side with Lion-O by throwing him his sword and gauntlet.
  • Dual Wielding: Ratar-O's Weapons Of Choice are his twin Rat Eye Daggers, which are able to shoot energy bolts when crossed together to charge their power.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Acts refined and sophisticated, but is as brutal as any other villain. Which leads right into him being a...
  • Fat Bastard: He's an overweight slave driver who constantly insults and mistreats Mordax.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He's a villain and a tyrant, make no mistake. But considering what we knew of Thundera's Fantastic Racism towards the lizards, his claim that the cats didn't want to share similar power with other races (hence why they sent Jaga to reclaim the Sword of Plun-Darr from Ratilla) may have more weight to it than we know...
  • Kick the Dog: When two cat slaves overpower his underling and try to make a run for it, he chases them into a dead end, taunts them for their failure, and unleashes a single blast of energy from his crossed daggers. Then he walks away with a wicked chuckle. We don't actually see the aftermath, but it's pretty clear what just happened.
  • Knife Nut: Those twin daggers of his are rather large and ornate to be simple knives, but they come close enough.
  • Large and in Charge: Assuming that paunch isn't just padding from the armor, Ratar-O has a belly on him. He's noticeably taller than his men. And he's the big cheese. Yeah, this applies.
  • Mythology Gag: His design is very close to how he looked in the original series, but closer inspection shows that he actually looks more like the original Ratilla, at least in terms of costume design.
  • Oh, Crap!: Gets one of these when Lion-O gets his sword and gauntlet back, courtesy of The Dog Bites Back.
    • And another one when Lion-O's gauntlet generates an energy field to harness the blast from his Rat Eye Daggers, allowing Lion-O to reflect that power right back at him.
  • Shadow Archetype: Like Lion-O, he's the leader of his people, has claim to an ancestral weapon (the Sword of Plun-Darr to Lion-O's Sword of Omens), and wields an enchanted blade (his Rat's Eye Daggers). However, where Lion-O is a noble leader who respects his team as friends, Ratar-O is a harsh tyrant who berates his servants (Mordax, in particular) for so much as speaking out of turn.
  • Tennis Boss: Worth mentioning, as the way Lion-O ultimately defeats him is by using his gauntlet to block and absorb the energy from Ratar-O's twin energy daggers...and throw it right back in his face.
  • Third Eye: Not literally, but his helmet does have a third eye motif.
  • You Dirty Rat!: He's an unscrupulous rat man.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Claims that his motivation for all his cruel deeds—enslaving the cats and having them mine a dangerous cave for the Sword of Plun-Darr—was that he can lead his people to glory, no longer living off the scraps of the cats or any of the other races. Except, as Lion-O himself puts it, his people "are just slaves on the other side of the whip," which Ratar-O doesn't deny.
  • Wicked Cultured: As mentioned under Faux Affably Evil, he generally acts like quite the cultured nobleman.


Rataro's underling, who must constantly suffer his abuse.

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Voiced by: Michael McKean prefect of Avista and its avian inhabitants. Pretty much this show's version of Vultureman from the original series.

  • Adaptational Badass: Unlike his '80s counterpart, he has wings so he can fly on his own.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Not to the same extent as Addicus or Kaynar, but here it's Vultaire instead of just Vultureman.
  • Anti-Villain: Ostensibly a Type III or even a Type IV. Sure, he's an arrogant twit and antagonistic to the ThunderCats, but they pretty much stormed into his city and intended to steal a powerstone that is vital for Avista's survival. He's not even shown to be tyrannical (as one would assume from his social position), and has shown moral disdain towards the cats' past tyranny against other species.
    • The "Anti" part goes away when he joins Mumm-Ra out of fear and the temptation of power.
  • Dirty Coward: He joins Mumm-Ra and abandons his people just so that he can save his own hide.
  • Fantastic Racism: Towards the cats, since the birds, much like pratically everyone else, sees them as tyrants and barbarians.
  • Feathered Fiend: He's a bird man and a bad guy.
  • Hypocrite: Calls the ThunderCats out for their Fantastic Racism against the other animal clans... but it's pretty clear that he has a lesser opinion of anyone who isn't of the Bird people, himself. And then he betrays his own race to Mumm-Ra.
  • Jerkass: And how.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Thanks for proving him right about cats being violent berserkers, Pumyra.
  • Meaningful Name: His name sounds similar to the political philosopher Voltaire, and like the philosopher is an intelligent man who disapproves of infringing on rights of others, as shown by his dislike for the Cats using the War Stone to keep weaker species in-line.
  • The Quisling: He is the only Bird to accept Mumm-Ra's offer.
  • Sacred Hospitality: Despite barely hiding his Fantastic Racism, he was a fairly decent patron until the ThunderCats demanded the techstone.
  • Smug Snake: Arrogant and haughty to an insufferable degree.
  • Sore Loser: Accepts Tygra's challenge to a flying race for the Tech stone with the War and Spirit stones on the line. When Tygra wins, he declares the wager null and void, and has the ThunderCats placed under house arrest. In fairness, he wasn't really in a position to give the tech stone away, though that just emphasises his arrogance in accepting the wager in the first place.
  • Winged Humanoid: Emphasis on "winged".


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