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Storm Hawks Fan 3rd Season is a fanfiction written by 123leyang321. It's a continuation of the original cartoon as a third season in episodic format.

It also has a playlist with some companion videos on Youtube and a DeviantART group where you can find all kinds of information about the story, the OCs, polls, and even concept art.The story flows just like actually watching an episode, and the character development is cranked up. It also addresses points left undeveloped in the cartoon and even fixes some plot holes. There's a lot of Rule of Cool and Rule of Funny.


Tropes in Storm Hawks Fan 3rd Season:

Since the story is still ongoing, the list doesn't contain all the tropes that will be involved in it yet.

  • A Boy and His X: Henny and Orion, her dragon, are basically this.
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  • Accidental Pervert: subverted. When Aerrow and Piper first meet, they fall and she ends up landing on top of him, then he pushes both to the side, causing him to be the one on top. She thinks for a second that he is a pervert, but realizes he only did that to prevent both from being crushed by falling debris. Besides, he never did anything improper, not even unintentionally.
  • Accidental Pun: Sinjin commits one when he says he is "dead serious" about something. He is a ghost.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: the first time Sinjin appears, he startles Aerrow so much he literally jumps away from him. Sinjin then asks why he's so scared and says "he looks like he has seen a ghost", to which Aerrow just blinks wondering if that "insult" was supposed to be a joke since Sinjin is, in fact, a ghost.
  • After-Action Patch-Up: Piper heals Aerrow shortly after he gets brutally defeated by the Dark Ace. And during that time, everyone takes a moment to think of their situation and how they should deal with it.
  • All There in the Manual: the concept art and video folders on the fanfic group on Deviant ART. It showed concepts of ideas for future episodes, character development and even an entire scene that hadn't appeared in the story as of the time its artwork was uploaded there.
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    • Strangely enough, we only know that the tiny gun and sword in Captain Jake's belt are actually functional through his OC profile, since they haven't been used or mentioned as functional in the story itself (at least, not yet).
    • The same goes for a few abilities of certain OCs and even a little bit of background info about them that hasn't been shown in the story (again, at least, not yet).
    • One OC that hasn't appeared at all yet already has a profile. It actually was the case for quite a few of the OCs, but since their debut episodes already happened, this one is the only one left with a profile but not an episode yet (at least for now).
    • The yellow eyed Night Crawler has a profile that even somewhat spoils what he might develop into.
    • As of October 2018, the author actually included instructions to teach how one is meant to read the story for readers that don't receive e-mails of every single new chapter or new readers to know that she updates the story with 4 chapters at once, so they don't get confused due to reading only the last chapter after an update.
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  • Armor-Piercing Question: when Piper asks Aerrow if "he's truly living or just surviving".
  • Artifact of Death: the Decay Crystals have the power to kill anyone, and an unprepared user can be affected by them so they'll literally decay and die, but not instantly. Apparently, a prepared user has to trade away a couple years of life to use it, so it is also Power at a Price.
  • Power of Doom: the Binding. Just like Piper was shown her evil version by Cyclonis in the original cartoon, the story has been hinting that maybe what Aerrow did to heal her didn't fully fix that issue with her feeling "something dark". Some characters mention there is some kind of darkness inside her, and she also acted a little strange in a certain moment one episode.
  • A Lesson in Defeat: Aerrow humbles down a lot after being brutally defeated and almost putting the squadron in grave danger, to the point he decides to keep a scar on his face he earned in his fight against the Dark Ace as a reminder of his failure.
  • Aside Comment: Kaya once looks at "the audience" and comments how she's evil when harshly training the guys.
  • Aura Vision: Kaya has that ability, and she teaches it to Piper and even Radarr (though his is more like "Aura Smell").
  • Back from the Dead: Captain Jake died but somehow came back from the dead. The Dark Ace gets resurrected by Cyclonis.
  • Bad Cop/Worse Cop: Stork and Aerrow, respectively, in the episode they have to interrogate Domiwick.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Sinjin doesn't use weapons to fight.
  • Bear Hug: Junko pulls everyone into one of these twice.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: played humorously when the Storm Hawks get stranded on a wasteland that can grant wishes and accidentally end up wishing for weather changes without knowing.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Aerrow shows two in a single episode, the one about how he, Radarr, Finn and Piper met.
      • The first time was when Grimsley said he'd pay a visit to his family's tombs once he became a Cyclonian.
      • The other time was when Finn called him a traitor for seemingly trading him away as a friend.
    • Radarr also remained with his about being called a pet.
    • And Stork still swears to bring his wrath upon anyone who ever messes with the Condor.
  • Black Comedy Burst: Sinjin makes a couple jokes about death of all things, something the characters don't really talk about much in the story, or at all in the original show. This and a couple other developments are the very small maturity leaps the story has over the original show.
  • Blade Brake: Aerrow and Captain Jake do that when they're falling off a cliff.
  • Break the Badass: when the Dark Ace gets revived and Sinjin comments that he is a lot stronger now, Aerrow seems legitimately afraid.
  • Break the Cutie: Aerrow, Piper and Finn, but mostly Aerrow, in the episode about how they met.
  • Call-Back:
    • They use Junko's six hour long recording of himself sleeping as a torture method while interrogating Domiwick. They also bring back the beard berries in the same episode.
    • They use Radarr's fur again to fight off the Night Crawlers.
  • Call-Forward:
    • The episode about how Aerrow, Radarr, Finn and Piper met shows Stork finding the Condor, Junko becoming a Cyclonian and also Aerrow commenting about how he's going to just push Finn next time he hesitates to make a jump (something he does in the cartoon itself).
      • In the same episode, Aerrow actually has a vision about his meeting with Piper and about himself becoming a sky knight. And Finn, after having come into terms with Aerrow and Piper's closer friendship, thinks he'll find himself a best friend one day (said best friend would be Junko in the future).
      • Also, in the same episode, the chapter when the boys and Radarr meet Piper is titled "Meeting the One", which is a reference to the words of the guardian later in the canon episode "Origins" calling Piper "the one".
  • Came Back Strong: the Dark Ace gets resurrected by Cyclonis and his soul is bound to a vessel made of melted crystals because his body had blown up. Turns out that made him incredibly strong. It might also turn into Came Back Wrong since he is acting a little off.
  • Campfire Character Exploration: just replace the campfire with broken crystal shards and the scene when Piper tells Aerrow about the invasion in her home terra is this.
    • In the same episode, Aerrow, Piper, Finn and Radarr get some development around an actual campfire.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The 6 necklaces that can answer any question once that were given to the Storm Hawks (so far they haven't been mentioned again ever since they were introduced, so they're clearly being saved for later).
    • The Reignition Stones. The first time one was introduced, it was as just a crystal that served to balance the energies of the kingdoms. Turns out they're key items that are necessary to rebuilding the Helix Crystal, the most powerful crystal there is.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: the yellow eyed Night Crawler. He's a very skilled and competent soldier currently under Cyclonis's command who was introduced as just your ordinary King Mook, but since his OC profile named him as "the Exiled", it's safe to assume he'll eventually join the heroes, like Gundstaff did.
  • Child Prodigy: subverted, because even though Kaya looks like a child, she's actually hundreds of years old.
  • Climbing the Cliffs of Insanity: played for laughs, since Aerrow and Piper had to climb a mountain blindly due to thinking it was a test, when, in the end, there was an elevator to take them to the top they could have used all along.
  • Combat Hand Fan: Detective Fire has a pair of crystal fans.
  • Continuity Nod: there are plenty. The story references canon events a lot and even develops some of them further.
  • Covered in Mud: Finn when he falls into a neck deep mud puddle. Also Piper, Stork, Radarr and Orion when they were almost drowned in the swamp by hostile native creatures.
  • Crash-Into Hello: Aerrow and Piper's first meeting, in a way. They meet on top of a tree trunk bridge that breaks in half, so they fall and land on top of one another, then Piper asks him to move and Aerrow backs off instantly.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Stork and Cyclonis.
  • Dash Attack: Aerrow learns the signature sky knight move used by Lightning Strike, which is essentially this.
  • Death Glare: Aerrow gives one to Grimsley and to Domiwick.
  • Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: Piper is invited by Kyx to talk with him for a moment. Turns out he's pretty much a deadly walking black hole that could have killed her in a second, but in no moment he ever attempted to harm her. They actually become friends by the end of their conversation.
  • Dragon Rider: Henny rides a dragon like creature called Orion.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: the boys act like that when Piper changes into a new uniform and hairstyle after everyone ages a little bit.
  • Evil Sorceress: Cyclonis. She is literally called a "Crystal Witch" after she used The Dark Arts to resurrect the Dark Ace.
  • Faceless Eye: when the Storm Hawks get lost in a swamp, they encounter some floating eyeballs that are very territorial and use nerby plants and mud to form bodies in order to attack anyone who dares enter their territory.
  • False Start: at one point, Piper was about to say something to Aerrow (which could have been something to do with either love or friendship, more likely friendship) but the whole moment gets interrupted by an invasion of Night Crawlers.
  • Fangirl: played for laughs. Kaya, a very powerful and famous warrior trainer in the Far Side and also Arygyn's niece, actually fangirls over Piper.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: since there are polls for this, we can probe the most popular couples are Aerrow and Piper, and Dark Ace and Cyclonis. While there is Ship Tease for Aerrow and Piper, there also is some teasing towards other conflicting pairings, like Finn/Stork/Dark Ace/OCs and Piper, and Cyclonis/OCs and Aerrow (though this second one has only one canon character as an option because, other than Piper and Cyclonis, the OCs are the only females Aerrow can currently interact with; and the author so far thinks homosexual subtext might have been avoided in the cartoon back when it was still airing, so, to keep the tone as similar to the original show, they're avoiding it as well, though they did comment they were wondering if they should shape the story according to nowadays' better acceptance or keep it as it is). As for Dark Ace and Cyclonis, while recently there has been a huge step to make it even possible, with the revival of the Dark Ace, there doesn't seem to be any indication of them having affection for one another. On the contrary, their relatioship seems relatively strained and the Dark Ace seems to be distant from Cyclonis.
  • Finger Wag: Kaya does this in Aerrow's face once.
  • Flaunting Your Fleets: Cyclonis once uses an enormous fleet to move around the vessel she intends to use to resurrect the Dark Ace.
  • Flying Seafood Special: a giant flying manta ray appears in one episode.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Cyclonis's main plan has been foreshadowed a few times, and her plan to bring the Dark Ace back had also been hinted at ever since the first episode while it finally happened in the 9th episode.
    • Piper's inner darkness (due to using the Binding) is being hinted at as surfacing.
    • Aerrow's dream in the prison mine possibly shows an event from the future, according to the extra video.
    • Kaya and Sinjin at some point talk about how Aerrow might have to face a tough decision to, just like Sinjin, take the life of an enemy.
  • Friend vs Friend: Aerrow with Finn and Piper when they all first meet. Finn complains Aerrow is choosing Piper over him as a friend. In the end, Finn accepts that Aerrow and Piper have become best friends and he'll find his own best friend another time.
  • From Bad to Worse:
    • Right after Aerrow is captured during the invasion in his home terra, he's taken to a cell in a prison mine that's under maintenance. When he thinks things could have been worse, his only bed breaks and falls on the wet floor, soaking the mattress. Complete with him commenting to himself about how saying things can't get worse will cause them to become worse.
    • Piper's background is this. First she has a fight with her parents over them not accepting her dreams to become a Crystal Mage. Hours later her terra is invaded and everyone, except her, is killed.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Stork has come up with quite a few new inventions for the Condor.
  • Game Changer: the revival of the Dark Ace clearly prompted the heroes to take things more seriously when facing Cyclonis.
  • Gaussian Girl: the way the boys were all awestruck when they saw Piper with new clothes, she might as well have been this in their minds. If not affected by Crush Filter of all things!
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: there are quite a few instances in the story
    • When the Storm Hawks are in a reunion with all the leaders of the factions of a terra full of outlaws, one of the female leaders suggests the boys come "have fun" with them.
    • After Aerrow and Piper switch bodies, a mentor says they need to know each other better so they can switch back, causing Aerrow to ask if he meant it that way and Piper immediately yells at him to not dare to do anything with her body.
  • Girl of My Dreams: while, technically, Aerrow had a vision of Piper first, he still had dreams and even daydreams about her before he met her in person. So far they are still friends, but if the pairing poll is any indicator, they're heading for a Relationship Upgrade.
  • Gone Horribly Right: before the Atmos became the way it is, it was actually a Pangaea Earth like world. But then, some guy that already controlled a good portion of the huge continent decided to wage war to conquer the rest, so he created the Helix Crystal - the most powerful crystal ever - and activated it to scare people into submission. It sorta worked, but turns out it tore the land apart, shaping the Atmos as we know it, and it also caused his downfall because it destroyed his territory and eventually his opposers captured him.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Aerrow's injury on his left eye that later becomes a scar he chooses to keep.
  • Go Through Me: invoked, but not used. Aerrow says this one word by word when he makes a promise, but he never really got to stand between an enemy and an ally like that yet.
  • Great Escape: Aerrow, Finn and Radarr escaping from the prison mine.
  • Hand Wave: averted. When the Storm Hawks get to the Astral Training Grounds, a place with high gravity and fast time flow, Piper comments that it doesn't make sense since time should flow slower the higher the gravity. Sinjin then agrees and actually explains that it's due to an anomaly caused by the Helix Crystal's intense power warping reality, making the laws of physics not work properly in that place.
  • Healing Hands: Piper is slowly becoming a healer/fixer with the nil crystal. Somewhat subverted in the sense it's the crystal that does the job, not her actual hands. But it's always her using it.
  • Heavily Armored Mook: the orange eyed Night Crawlers. Unlike the purple and red eyed ones, they actually manage to beat the heck out of the heroes.
  • Held Gaze: Aerrow and Piper share one the first time they meet.
  • Helium Speech: when Kaya and Stork give Radarr a collar that can translate what he says for the day, his voice sounds like that.
  • Hitchhiker Heroes: in this story's canon, Aerrow is joined by Radarr, Finn and Piper respectively. It's subverted in the sense that Aerrow hasn't really started his journey to become a Sky Knight until the guardians actually provide him with the items to retrieve the Condor, but he was shown a vision of Piper, and himself becoming a Sky Knight, so he was aware of the quest, in a way.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: the show itself wouldn't have it for being an audiovisual medium, but this story always has a convention for naming its chapters, which is: Episode (ep number): (ep title), Part (part number): (part title). However, the titles themselves avert the trope, since they always have to do with something happening in the episode but don't follow any kind of pattern (like the titles in the original cartoon). Some of the titles are even Fridge Brilliance.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: in a non-romantic subtext, Aerrow is aware that Domiwick escaped them the last time around because he incapacitated Piper, so the moment they capture him again, he leaves that one warning to him, not about Piper per se, but about doing anything that could hurt anyone on the team under his watch.
  • I Have My Ways: Finn tells Piper "a magician never reveals his secrets" when she asks him how he convinced the Murk Raiders to join the Storm Hawks in the fight against Cyclonis.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: when Arygyn appears, he says it's himself "on the feather" (he is shapeshifted as a bird at the time) and laughs at his own joke, while the others remain silent.
  • Informed Attribute: the Astral Training Grounds were said to be able to show visions of the past and the future, but it hasn't been demonstrated in the episode the Storm Hawks went there (at least, for now, it's unknown if it could be mentioned later or if they might even go there a second time).
  • Instant Expert:
    • When Aerrow learns the Sky Knight move Lightning Strike used, he does so very quickly. The same goes for Finn and Aerrow learning how to have faster reaction times, Stork becoming a tech expert and Radarr learning to become an aura sniffer.
    • Averted in the episode everyone goes train in the Astral Training Grounds. While they technically learn all they need in one episode, in-universe it takes years for them.
  • It Was a Gift: Piper's necklace, which's a combination of a memory crystal she inherited from her family and Aerrow turning its destroyed shards into a memento she could wear.
  • I Work Alone: Detective Fire, though she's not beyond accepting help.
  • I Would Say If I Could Say: Sinjin when he says that "his lips, if he still had any, were sealed".
  • King Mook: the yellow eyed Night Crawler.
  • Knife Outline: Stork gets one by blasts from a giant security auto turret. Cue him commenting the turret's aim needed calibrating and Piper saying it was a good thing Finn didn't get to do that this time.
  • Lampshade Hanging: when Finn complains about always getting his skimmer destroyed and landing crotch first on someone else's ride (which would eventually become implausible, since he's not particularly the most dangerous target out of the team members). He even says that's "one more thing to mark as done on his list of 'to do' things on the Far Side".
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Piper (probed from the pairing poll with tons of pairings for Piper voted there). The author even wrote one episode focused on the guys trying to win Piper over to throw a ship teasing bone to the voters when the poll was announced as closed.
  • Leit Motif: according to the OCs profiles, there's a song that represents each main OC. One could only imagine those would play as their theme songs if the story were an audiovisual medium.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: what Aerrow and Piper decide to do about the whole deal of their bodies switching.
  • Lightning Bruiser: averted with Aerrow after his training with Kaya, since he's fast and strong, but can't really handle that much damage. Played straight with the Dark Ace.
  • Living Lie Detector: Kaya and Detective Fire.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Kaya is this at times.
  • Long Last Look: Piper stares at her destroyed home terra one last time before leaving.
  • Luminescent Blush: Piper had one of these when a brainwashed Aerrow proposed to her.
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Sins, a merb scientist, more specialized in anatomy, that pretty much Frankensteined himself and helped Cyclonis build a machine to resurrect the Dark Ace. He brought some drama and a slightly darker tone to the story, so he's also a Knight of Cerebus, so far.
  • Martial Pacifist: Sinjin, but it's justified due to him actually loving fighting but not doing it because of his self-punishment.
  • Meaningful Name: some of the story's OCs had their names specifically chosen because of their meaning.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: besides Radarr, there are also the Fenisces (mix of fox and fish), the Pteroeagles (mix of eagle and pterodactile), the lion and scorpion mix. The Xeedwoxes might as well be this, since they seem like a mix of dragon and fish.
  • Mood Whiplash: the "origins" episode manages to put fluff and humor on a story about war, tragedy and child slavery. It is awesome.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: in Mr. X's base, all of his subordinates do everything while cloaked, even the simplest tasks like grapping a cup of coffee or fixing yourself in front of a mirror. Cue Finn thinking that's the coolest thing ever.
  • Never Be Hurt Again: Piper acted like that when she first met Aerrow, Finn and Radarr. But with enough encouragement from them, she ended up opening up and getting truly attached to them.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Dr. Sins must have murdered a lot of people in order to keep his Frankenstein monster body alive for hundreds of years.
    • The fate of anyone who ever crossed Kyx, as demonstrated by what happened to the Night Crawlers that defied him.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Aerrow gets severely punished in the prison mine because he defended himself (and others) from a bully prisoner.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • How exactly Finn convinced the Murk Raiders to join them in the war against Cyclonia?
    • The specifics regarding Captain Jake's death and how he came back are left untold.
    • The huge fight in which Sinjin had to kill someone is never really described.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain:
    • After suffering a huge Villain Decay in the original cartoon, the Dark Ace gets resurrected and actually defeats the Storm Hawks with ease.
    • Dr. Sins seemed like your average evil scientist, but he actually knows combat and easily rendered an entire squadron of Night Crawlers defenseless.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Piper and Radarr have one of this when he accidentally crashes into her and causes her to pour an entire flask of a powerful yeast on a cake while it's baking. Cue the next scene bringing the guys to find them right outside of a kitchen completely filled with the cake.
    • The whole squadron has this moment when the Dark Ace is revived stronger than ever and charges to attack them.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Kyx said his real name was too long and hard to pronounce, so he gave Piper his nickname instead, which's how everyone addresses him.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: somewhat subverted, since Orion is referred to as a "winged Xeedwox" and not a dragon. Orion would be closer to what we'd call a water dragon, since he has tail fins, his wings and ears have fin like membranes and he doesn't breathe fire, instead letting out extremely intense bursts of light usually used defensively. His membranes can harden and be used like sharp blades offensively, though.
  • Outside-Context Problem:
    • When Kyx used his powers against the Night Crawlers, there was no way they could have avoided their doom, because Kyx is a one of a kind entity they had never heard of with abilities that were completely unknown to them.
    • The revived Dark Ace. The Storm Hawks had no idea of how to deal with him, because no one had ever heard of someone being brought back to life inside a crystal vessel.
  • Paper Fan of Doom: Kaya used one to slap Aerrow's head once.
  • Parental Abandonment: Aerrow, Piper and Finn lost their parents to the war.
  • Parting Words Regret: Piper greatly regrets having argued with her parents and not being able to bid farewell in the day they were killed during the invasion in her home.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Cyclonis when she blew up a gigantic dome shield in the top of a mountain that destroyed all her Night Crawlers' gear and sent them plummeting from the sky in the process.
  • Pinky Swear: Kaya makes Aerrow make a pinky swear so he'd never change his personality.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Aerrow and Piper, so far. If the pairing poll really gets taken into account, it could become Just Friends later as there might be a Relationship Upgrade.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: according to one discussion in the author's journal, the aging that happened in episode 61 was done for quite a few reasons, among them a way to make certain age gap pairings not creepy anymore (for the fans of those pairings, of course) and also to allow the use of slightly more mature plot points that wouldn't work as well for the characters with the age they were.
  • Posthumous Character: Sinjin, Kaya's mother, Aerrow's, Piper's and Finn's parents, the guardians killed in the storm. Captain Jake and the Dark Ace subvert this as they died but came back.
  • Prison Episode: the episode about how Aerrow, Radarr, Finn and Piper met features the prison mine the boys grew up in.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: justified when the Storm Hawks make bad comments about the Murk Raiders but not about the Bladed Gunners, when both are pirate groups. They got to witness the good side of the Bladed Gunners guys, but not of the Murk Raiders.
  • Psychic Link: Aerrow and Piper, and Henny and Orion. Aerrow and Piper might even be Mindlink Mates.
  • Psychological Torment Zone: the Astral Training Grounds is implied to have the ability to be this, but it wasn't shown.
  • Race Against the Clock: basically, the Storm Hawks need to rally the forces of all the kingdoms in the Far Side and fight Cyclonis before she can figure out a way to recreate the Helix Crystal.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Kaya looks like a 9 year old girl, but she is actually centuries old. Arygyn and all the guardians also count, since they look like normal adults but are also hundreds of years old.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Mr. Softy.
  • Rule of Cool: rides and flies on it just like the original show. Aerrow performs crazy stunts, Piper's crystal powers are awesome, Finn, Junko, Stork and Radarr have their moments too.
  • Rule of Funny: there's humor spread by the whole story.
  • Running Gag: the story brings back the gag of Finn getting his skimmer destroyed and landing crotch first on someone else's skyride.
  • Schizo Tech: the Morast Reign is a tribal province with access to crystals and they use them in rather advanced ways that make it seem like they are technologically advanced.
  • Shapeshifting: Kaya and Arygyn.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Piper after she gets new clothes and a new hairdo. Finn even comments he sometimes forgot she was a girl.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: subverted as Aerrow says this one word by word before being interrupted by Sinjin, who tells him he meant "girlfriend" as in "female friend".
  • Shipper on Deck: Kaya is apparently this towards Aerrow and Piper, to the point she sometimes teases them about that openly. Finn might have been this a little bit as well when Aerrow and Piper first met.
  • Ship Tease: everyone has a little bit of this, but Aerrow and Piper have a few more moments than the others, just like in the original cartoon.
  • Shirtless Scene: Aerrow has two, one for a flashback after he comes back alive from the lake in Aquanos, and another when he gets injured in the prison mine.
  • Shout-Out: the story references quite a few other works too, just like the original cartoon.
  • Shown Their Work: besides keeping all the characters surprisingly in character, even the most tertiary canon characters, the author really does her research on the topics she talks about in the episodes. A few examples are:
    • How gravitational time dilation works.
    • How surface tension functions.
    • How evolution works for the same species living in completely different parts of the world, which will cause them to become vastly different subspecies.
    • It discusses how a crystal that can teleport the user needs to bend time as well as space in order to instantly send the user to a different location and how this ability would give it the capability of allowing the user to time travel as well (since it already bends time and space anyway).
    • The pteroeagles hate the heat because they are hot blooded with the same thick skin of reptiles, which would allow them to easily store heat inside their bodies, so that's why they prefer cold climates.
  • Sky Pirate: the Bladed Gunners.
  • Smash Cut: there is one of those when Kaya is about to tell Aerrow of the special training she prepared for him.
  • Sniff Sniff Nom: while exploring a cave with Aerrow, Junko accidentally gets his hand completely covered in the goo from the walls. He says it is sticky, sniffs it and says it stinks, and then he eats it and says it "tastes good, though".
  • Sole Survivor: Piper when her home terra was invaded. It's unknown whether Finn is the sole survivor of the invasion on his terra or not.
  • Spirit Advisor: Sinjin to Aerrow.
  • Squishy Wizard: averted with Piper, played straight with Cyclonis, just like in the cartoon.
  • Stealth Pun:
    • The title of the fourth part of the third episode, "Hacker Hunt", first seems to refer to the Storm Hawks hunting down the hacker (the yellow eyed Night Crawler), but it also refers to the hacker (Stork) hunting down the virus that infected the kingdom.
    • The episode "The Comeback" at first seems to refer to the Dark Ace coming back from the dead, but turns out it also refers to the comeback made by the Storm Hawks after their humiliating defeat.
    • In the origins episode, the title of the fourth part, "Storms of Life", refers to both the literal storms in the episode and the tense moments between Aerrow, Piper, Finn and Radarr.
  • Story Arc: this time, the story has actual continuity, and there's a clear sequence of events. In the Sliding Scale of Continuity, it's at Level 4: Arc-Based Episodic.
  • Stylish Protection Gear: Piper's new outfit, because Arygyn wanted her to have a better style of clothes.
  • Sword Fight: Aerrow and Captain Jake have one.
  • Take My Hand:
    • While Aerrow says this one word by word when he and Piper need to climb a mountain blindly, this isn't a situation when one is about to fall to their death and is being stubborn about it.
    • Played straight. In the episode they first meet, Piper hesitates to let go of her crystal to hold Aerrow's hand when she's pushed off a terra during a storm.
  • Take Over the World: Cyclonis's main plan still involves this.
  • Team Pet: with Radarr becoming more and more useful everytime and the guys actually taking in a cute little caterpillar as their mascot, Mr. Softy has become this, officially.
  • Tearful Smile: Piper on two occasions
    • After she lets out frustrated tears over Aerrow always being reckless and putting his life in danger, once he promises he'd always come back, she smiles like this.
    • She does that when Aerrow gives her the necklace he had made for her from the shards of her memory crystal. It turns into Tears of Joy right after.
  • Technicolor Eyes: just like Tritonn and other members of his species, Henny and other warmyans have black colored sclera in their eyes.
  • Technologically Advanced Foe: apparently, even within the races of the Far Side, the Night Crawlers hold some kind of resources advantage.
  • Tempting Fate: when everyone is separated after the Condor got attacked by a giant monster, Piper ponders that staying where she was could mean she'd never be found, since there was a very low chance the others would look at that very place. Just a second later, Radarr finds her.
  • That Came Out Wrong: when Aerrow and Piper switch bodies, Aerrow says she can trust him with her body, then immediately says the trope word by word.
  • That's No Moon!: at first, the Storm Hawks mistake a giant worm as part of the terrain.
  • The Faceless: Kyx doesn't have an actual face, only floating glowing eyes.
  • The Glomp: Aerrow gets a triple one by Piper, Radarr and Kaya once. He's also hugged by Piper after he gives her the necklace she always wears.
  • The Juggernaut: the revived Dark Ace when he comes back as a Flying Brick Made of Indestructium.
  • The Law of Power Proportionate to Effort: Sinjin is pretty much a living version of this trope. All of his fighting abilities were acquired through a lot of physical effort. In fact, one particular ability required him to train until death to master it. And he apparently teaches that technique to Aerrow.
  • The Lost Woods: the swamp the Storm Hawks get lost in is this. And the wasteland that turned into a huge lush jungle might as well count as this now.
  • The Power of Friendship/Love: taken to a whole new level with Aerrow and Piper (and ambiguous enough so it could be either one of those tropes). Turns out the "perfect attunement" is actually some kind of special spiritual kind of connection between the two and they need to master 4 links of the mind, body, heart and soul that can give them a few special and unique abilities.
  • The Quest: this story has the heroes set on a journey with a very visible objective: stop Cyclonis once and for all.
  • The Sky Is an Ocean: in one of the episodes, the Storm Hawks ride a ship that looks like a caravel and they also windsurf.
  • The Walls Are Closing In: the Storm Hawks at one point get stuck in a sealed room in which the walls start closing.
  • The Worf Effect: played with both ways, as Sinjin is shown to be able to easily defeat Aerrow and hold off the ridiculously empowered revived Dark Ace even with the limitations to his energy, then later, Aerrow is the one able to beat Sinjin, who we got to know was an absolute master of martial arts.
  • Third Time's the Charm: Aerrow says this one word for word when is tries 3 times to carve the shards of Piper's destroyed memory crystal into a necklace. He succeeds the third time.
  • Time Dilation: time in the Far Side flows faster than in the Atmos.
  • Took a Level in Badass: pretty much everyone at some point. The Night Crawlers become even more upgraded, Cyclonis is more dangerous than ever, the Storm Hawks train to keep up with her, and even the Dark Ace comes back from the dead like some indestructible killing machine.
  • Too Much Information:
  • Torment by Annoyance: one of the torture methods they try on Domiwick.
  • Torture for Fun and Information: subverted since the torture backfires on Stork, as he's just as hurt by it as Domiwick.
  • Training from Hell: after a rather humiliating defeat, the Storm Hawks go through some intense training in order to be able to keep up with Cyclonis. Aerrow's training is specially hard.
  • Transformation Is a Free Action: averted. While not a transformation sequence per se, the revival of the Dark Ace was a moment the heroes attempted to prevent but failed. Cyclonis destroyed her dome shield, and during the sheer shock she caused on the heroes, she activated her machine. The Storm Hawks then quickly retaliate and are about to wreck the machine when lightning strikes it just in time and knocks them away, successfully reviving the Dark Ace.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: Aerrow, Piper and Finn, subverted. In the "origins" episode, while Aerrow and Finn fight because of Piper, they don't fight over her. So it's not a love triangle. The trope obviously gets averted when Junko and Stork join them.
  • Unwanted Harem: Piper thought the guys were overbearing when they constantly tried to court her while under the effects of a "love potion" type of crystal.
  • Voice of the Legion: Cyclonis speaks in this voice at the very beginning of the story.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: the revived Dark Ace.
  • Watch Out for That Tree!: after Aerrow, Finn and Radarr escape the prison mine (thanks to Aerrow doing his usual crazy awesome flying stunts), Aerrow gets distracted and their skyride ends up crashing against a tree. Cue Finn commenting Aerrow's a great pilot but his landing skills suck.
  • Wham Episode: in episode 60, the Storm Hawks capture and interrogate Domiwick, but then get completely outmatched by the army of Night Crawlers that invades the Condor to get him and a crystal that can put her plan in motion back. Also, in episode 61, following the resurrection of the Dark Ace, the heroes are completely owned in the fight and need to step up their game because now they tasted how Cyclonis is getting really serious.
  • What Does This Button Do?: Arygyn says this one word by word and also does it to distract and annoy some Night Crawlers.
  • When She Smiles: Piper in the episode she meets the guys is introvert, reserved and serious. The very few times she smiled were very heartwarming for them and definitely showed she was becoming the Piper everyone knows and loves.
  • Whip It Good: Dr. Sins main weapons are whips.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: the episode about how Aerrow, Radarr, Finn and Piper met.
  • With a Friend and a Stranger: Aerrow and Finn knew each other for a few years before they met Piper. The same could be said about Aerrow and Radarr when Finn first joined them.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: the phenomenon that makes time in the Far Side flow faster than in the Atmos is actually much stronger than it seems and had to be contained inside a special dome they use as training grounds.
  • You Can't Thwart Stage One: twice in a row the Storm Hawks managed to save two kingdoms from being destroyed by the Night Crawlers, but the enemies still got away with what they had come for: stealing the Reignition Stone. In the third episode, the Storm Hawks stop the theft of the Reignition Stone, but the villain still manages to irreparably damage the kingdom he had invaded. And this was all within the episode's arc. So far there is still no telling how far Cyclonis will go in her main plan. One of her more important side plans already worked to perfection.
  • You Just Had to Say It: when the Storm Hawks are walking in a dark corridor full of traps, they end up complaining about Stork constantly ranting about their doom, because every time he mentioned a bad outcome for them, he triggered traps.
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