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Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills is a children's series produced by DiC Entertainment that ran for 40 episodes on the USA Network. Despite not being animated, it was part of USA's "Cartoon Express" block for a while, as noted in press releases from the time. TTAFFBH is one of several shows that were cranked out to get a piece of the pie when Power Rangers made it big. It is notable for being one of only two not adapted from a preexisting tokusatsu show.note 

Emperor Gorganus wants to take over Earth because it's the nexus of a network of portals that would make universal domination a lot easier for him. To stop Gorganus's monsters from taking over the planet, a blobby alien named Nimbar assembles four teenagers and gives them the power to transform into giant superheroes named after constellations to fight off the aliens. Whenever evil's afoot, the Galactic Sentinels' celestial tattoos flash to alert them.


The Galactic Sentinels are composed of:

  • Laurie Foster (Leslie Danon) – The Leader. Intelligent, beautiful, and very organized, if somewhat bossy at times. As Scorpio, she has light green armor. Her weapon is a slim bladed sword.
  • Gordon Henley (Richard Nason) – A spoiled preppy whose mother is the mayor of Beverly Hills. He starts off arrogant but warms up to the others over time. He becomes Taurus, donning a black outfit. He wields a staff as his weapon.
  • Drew Vincent (K. Jill Sorgen) – A grungy tomboy who works at the coffee shop owned by her aunt that the teens regularly hang out in. She becomes Centaur, wearing a purple outfit. She uses a battle axe as her weapon.
  • Swinton Sawyer (Rugg Williams) – The Black and Nerdy member of the group who is also the friendliest. He wears a yellow suit and holds the power of Apollo. His weapon is a small unnamed double-bladed weapon.

Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills provides examples of:

  • The Ace: Laurie fits this roll being the Cheerleading Captain, a Straight A Student, her skills in running school events and she's also the leader of the Galactic Sentinels.
  • Alliterative Name: Two of them in the series. Swinton Sawyer and Nicole Nash.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Laurie when she is transformed into Scorpio.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Between Drew and Rick at the end of "The Universal Hitchhiker".
  • Brilliant, but Lazy:
    • Gordon has shown multiple times that he can be quite clever, with "How Time Flies" showing he can be as smart a Swinton if he wants to, though he's rather laid back and usually bribes others to do his work for him.
    • Drew fits this role to an extent where she shows to be smart when she puts her mind to it and even takes control in Laurie's absence. However, "The Impostor" shows that she tends to borrow notes from other students rather than make her own.
  • The Cameo: Zsa Zsa Gabor, running for mayor in a episode.
  • The Casanova: Gordon is often seen hitting on the female students and attempting to score dates with them throughout the series, though mostly towards Laurie.
  • Cassandra Truth: When Drew's aunt Nicole confronts her about her constant disappearances, Drew reveals her secret. Her aunt takes her to a psychiatrist to help with her "delusions."
  • Cherry Tapping: Knightron does this to Isolus in "The Spy".
  • Christmas Episode "It's a Gorganus Life". This is ironically also the final episode.
  • Climate Change: In "Ozone O-Mio", Slaygar eats the ozone layer, causing the world to become unbearably hot.
  • Combining Mecha: When their tame chop socky isn't enough to get rid of a monster, the Galactic Sentinels can combine into Knightron, a robotic space knight of overwhelming power. Thing is, his power is "finite", and only to be used as a last resort, which doesn't stop them from forming him even when they're winning.
  • Disappeared Dad: It's implied that Gordon doesn't have a father when he bonds with Swinton's dad and starts doing things with him without Swinton, much to the latter's jealousy.
  • A Dog Ate My Homework: A monster, actually.
  • Earth Is the Center of the Universe: Gorganus wants to conquer it to be able to use a portal network to conquer the universe and states he won't destroy it because the portal network would be destroyed as well.
  • Evil Sorcerer: The Sorcerer.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: The Galactic Sentinels use what appear to be melee weapons, but their only function is to shoot lasers.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Drew's name fits this perfectly well with it generally being a boy's name.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Nimbar. He cares little for the Galactic Sentinels' personal lives and chides them whenever their mundane conflicts risk interfering with the mission. Professor X he is not, but he's also not wrong about saving the world being more important than their teen drama.
  • Head Bob: Of course. Gorganus is especially notable.
  • Hidden Depths: In "Take Two Galactic Sentinels and Call Nimbar in the Morning", it's revealed Drew is really good at biology. She mentions it was her favorite subject last semester.
  • I Just Want to Be You: The Impostor focuses on Laurie becoming fixated on trying to be like Drew after she lands a role as her in a soap opera. It even caused problems on the battlefield where she tries to fight as Centaur instead of Scorpio then steals her weapon when that fails which drives Drew mad.
  • An Ice Person: Isolus.
  • Iconic Outfit: Gordon is very fond of neckties and always wears one with his day-to-day clothes. Even in "Switch", the episode where he switches bodies with Laurie, he wears one as her.
  • It Came from Beverly Hills: As the title suggests, the series is set in Beverly Hills.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Drew's Masculine Girl to Swinton's Feminine Boy.
  • Meganekko: Drew is this when she swaps bodies with Swinton.
  • Monster of the Week: Averted. There are about nine or ten monsters that Gorganus sends out again and again depending on which one is best suited for his plan. This was most likely due to the show's shoestring budget. "Emperor for a Day" lampshades this.
  • Never Say "Die": Averted within the first minute of "In The Beginning", where Gorganus sends a goon to 40 years of a "living death" in a mine after failing to kill Nimbar.
  • Nice Hat: Drew's beret she wears in a couple of episodes.
  • Noodle Incident: In "Trust", a freak electrical occurrence causes all of the lockers to pop open at school. Drew's diary falls out and the team reads an entry which explains exactly why she doesn't talk about her parents.note  The purpose of this is for Drew to be alienated enough to not join the group in their next fight, but the contents of the entry are never expounded upon.
  • Not So Different: "Commitments" focuses on Gordon and Drew in this way.
  • Power Tattoo: Used by Nimbar to alert the Galactic Sentinels.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Unlike in Power Rangers, the Galactic Sentinels don't really like each other at first. This changes when they officially become friends in the episode "Winner Takes All". Their pretending not to be friends when questioned about it is lampshaded in "The Psychiatrist".
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Two of the monsters have a reptile theme (a snake and a dragon).
  • Right Out of My Clothes: In a dream sequence in "A Nightmare on Rodeo Drive," Gordon uses his mind to instantly strip Laurie down to her underwear.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Swinton is the Sensitive guy to Gordon's Manly Man.
  • Sixth Ranger: Orion temporary joins the team.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Isolus is Gorganus's only female monster.
  • Stellar Name: The Galactic Sentinels all use constellations for their names.
  • Sufficiently Advanced Aliens: According to "Nightmare on Rodeo Drive," at least, the Sorcerer's powers are actually highly advanced science.
  • Supreme Chef: Laurie is revealed to be a very good baker in "The Quitter".
  • Teenage Mutant Samurai Wombats: Without context, the series sounds like a parody with a random Word Salad Title.
  • There Are No Therapists: Averted. In the two-parter "The Psychiatrist", Drew's aunt Nicole calls in a shrink because she believes Drew has Complusive Lying Syndrome.
  • Title Drop: The title is only mentioned at the end of "In the Beginning...." as a joke.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Drew's Tomboy to Laurie's Girly Girl.
  • Totally Radical: Some of it, like Drew constantly describing things, including getting her tattoo, as "hinky".
  • Two First Names: Drew Vincent as both Drew and Vincent are general first names given to males.
  • Western Zodiac: Combined with Four-Temperament Ensemble and some artistic license. The Galactic Sentinels take the guardian constellations Aquarius (called Apollo), Sagittarius (called Centaur), Scorpio, and Taurus. Weirdly, in "The Universal Hitchhiker", the episode where they're helped by a Sentinel from another planet, he and his teammates all had Earthly constellations for their hero forms too.
  • Will Not Tell a Lie: The villain Ninjabot won't lie, as part of his code of honor. While he's vowed his loyalty to Gorganus, he can still make a deal with the Galactic Sentinels to get rid of Gorganus and steal his throne.
  • Your Size May Vary: It's implied the Galactic Sentinels are Kaiju size when transformed, as the places where they fight are either big cities or desert canyons where they tower over the trees. That said, in one episode, one of the Sentinels gets kidnapped and taken to Gorganus' lair, and the two of them are the same size.


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