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ThunderCats (2011) provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Panthera Awesome: Lions and tigers and plenty of other big cats, oh my!
  • Parental Favoritism: Played with:
    • To Tygra, Lion-O is the favorite, due being a less able warrior, immature and irresponsible, yet getting every advantage due to bloodlines.
    • However, in Lion-O's eyes, Tygra is the favorite, being seen better than him at pretty much everything and more like the heir Claudus truly wanted.
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  • Pendulum War: Battles between Cats and Lizards are usually shown with the odds heavily weighted in favor of one side, only for the tide to turn dramatically in favor of the other.
  • Perfect Pacifist People: Deconstructed with the Ro-Bear Berbils. A race of Cute Machines programmed as builders and helpers, their villagers are regularly abducted and enslaved by The Conquedor due to their inability to fight back. Panthro must train them to build a village defense system.
  • Pig Man: Encountered in the Swordsmans' Town, one a miserable failure at a sword contest, the other a crony of the Duelist.
  • Please Spare Him, My Liege!: Reconstructed when Lion-O doesn't so much plead for as demand the release of two stockaded Lizard prisoners whose lynching was narrowly avoided by Claudus' timely arrival. Though skeptical, Claudus takes Lion-O's Sudden Principled Stand as an illustration of Lion-O's leadership, and pardons the Lizards.(Besides, he still has plenty in the dungeons.)
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  • Plot Tailored to the Party: Features in "Journey to the Tower of Omens". To whit, Snarf discovers the entrance to the dungeon by trying to eat some fruit from a tree. Getting past the first trap requires the Thunderkittens' lockpicking skills, the second, Cheetara's super-speed and extendable staff. Panthro's Super Drowning Skills in a water trap leads him to find a way out and save the others, Lion-O is able to use Sight Beyond Sight to find a switch in a cliffside, which Tygra activates by hitting with his whip, thus opening the way to the Tower.
  • Plunder:
    • The Lizards loot Thundera, and the Thunderkittens, in turn, help themselves to their takings to acquire new clothes.
    • Captain Tygus procures the Warstone for his Commander as spoils of war.
  • Pointy Ears: The Cats, many of whom have ear placement and shape that is more Elfin than purely animal.
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  • Politically Incorrect Villain: The Cats of Thundera. Alley Cats like beating and mugging hapless Dogs, and festival goers like yelling at beggar children and tormenting and lynching stockaded Lizards.
  • Portal Cut: Panthro loses both arms when the portal to the Astral Plane collapses while he's holding Grune on the other side.
  • Powderkeg Crowd: At a festival, one of these merrily harasses and physically threatens a pair of stockaded Lizards, until Lion-O attempts to shame them out of doing so. Things go rapidly downhill from there.
  • The Power of Love: Explored from several angles in "The Curse of Ratilla."
  • The Power of Friendship: How loyal the Cats are to Lion-O influences if their eyes flash when he calls them. Only Cheetara's glow so far.
  • Power of Trust: Lion-O wins over Viragor in "Forest of Magi Oar" by trusting in the Sword of Omen's judgement and tosses away his weapons as Viragor charges him.
  • Power Trio: Lion-O, Tygra, and Cheetara are the base trio of the Five-Man Band.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child:
    • The Sword of Plun-Darr and its gauntlet were forged by the blood of a star which had three planets filled with billions of people.
    • In a surprising twist, The Sword of Omens had this origin too, as the remnants of the material from that star.
  • Praetorian Guard: Jaga's Clerics are referred to as the Guardians of the Crown.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: The two-part "The Trials of Lion-O" adapts the original series' five-episode Anointment Trials arc, where Lion-O earns the right to lead the ThunderCats by defeating each of them at what they're best at. Since the reboot's twenty-four episode order and Stern Chase plot don't allow for the other Cats to challenge him, Lion-O's trials are incorporated as Spirit Stone-induced Adventures in Comaland where he's challenged by spirits in the forms of his friends, for the right to come Back from the Dead.
  • Produce Pelting:
    • In "Omens Part 1" Some boys do this to stockaded Lizards, only for Lion-O to shoo them away.
    • In "Song of the Petalars" the Thunderkittens do this to defeat Khamai's Invisibility Cloak.
  • The Promised Land: The Garden is the ancestral home of the Petalars, which they've been separated from for generations, ever since a great wind blew them into the Briar Woods. They travel in search of The Cliff of Winds, a location in the woods that will mark the way back to the Garden.
  • Prophecies Are Always Right: So far, Jaga's allusions to to prophecy in the Book of Omens have been correct. It's misremembering the past that gives the Cats trouble.
  • Prophecy Twist: Ahmet warns Lion-O that he will feel betrayed by his brother as the evening bell tolls. In the Astral Plane, Tygra almost but not quite betrays Lion-O, seemingly proving the vision wrong. Then, just as the evening bell tolls... Lion-O catches Tygra kissing Cheetara.
  • Protective Pressure: A tremendous amount is released when Grune forces open a door to Mumm-Ra's suspended animation chamber.
  • Proud Warrior Race: The Cats... much too proud.
    • Particular emphasis goes to the Tiger Clan, who refused to ask anyone for help curing a plague. As a result, everyone died, and only a deal with demons made it possible for them to "Live"... but at the cost of turning into monsters every night, and technically being locked in a state between life and death.
  • Psychic Powers: The Sword of Omens grants its user the power of "Sight Beyond Sight," both general clairvoyance and precognition.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
  • Punctuated Pounding: "These bears *clang* are not *clang* your property!" (Cuts Conqedor's weapon in half)
    • Claudus continues his lecture while sparring with Lion-O.
  • Puppy Love: Invoked in-universe with Tygra's quasi-courtship of Cheetara when they first meet as children.
  • Put Down Your Gun and Step Away: In "Into the Astral Plane", Grune orders the ThunderCats to drop their weapons, or his troops will open fire on their Elephant hostages.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Leo's rebellion against his Commander freed the enslaved Animals, but at the cost of the loss of their homes and great loss of life as their ship crashes into Third Earth.
    • Referenced as exact words in "What Lies Above: Part 2" by Mumm-Ra: Lion-O, the other cats, and all his allies have defeated him, Panthro manages to land the falling city mostly safely, and Lion-O has seen how many he has helped and how this inspires hope that all the races of Third Earth can finally unite to stop Mumm-Ra...but he escapes with the Tech Stone, and Pumyra is revealed as a traitor and goes off with him.
  • The Quest: Find MacGuffins to facilitate Big Bad Mumm-Ra's defeat.
  • The Quisling: Pumyra is happy to sell out her entire race just to get petty revenge against Lion-O for letting her die without even knowing it.
  • Ragnarök Proofing: If Lost Technology is so lost, why does it look so brand spanking new?
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Discussed. Panthro views the ThunderCats as being this, and wonders how they got as far as they did without him.
  • Rain of Arrows: The Cats employ this tactic during The siege of Thundera.
  • Rape, Pillage, and Burn: Mercifully confined to the latter two, this being a children's show, the Lizards are shown sacking Thundera's smouldering ruins.
  • Rapid Aging: Inverted: The Petalars have incredibly brief lifespans compared to the Cats, only living for about a day before they wither away, but Cheetara points out that this is relative. To a Petalar, that day is an incredibly rich, full lifetime.
  • Rat Men: Among the many animal races are sapient rats and mice.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • The Cats lack of technology proves to be their downfall as when the Lizards invade Thundera using laser weapons, tanks, and rockets, and as the cats live in Medieval Stasis armed with swords, shields and arrows, which leads to the entire kingdom to be slaughtered.
    • A later episode has Lion-O trying to purchase supplies with Thunderian currency, only for the owner to turn him away. As he points out, without a kingdom to back them up, those coins are worthless.
  • Rearrange the Song: Though lyricless and heavily truncated, what remains of the Thunder Cats theme (including its Fanfare and Epic Riff) has been given a dramatic Orchestral Version, with an Ethereal Choir voicing.


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