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Western Animation / Flash Gordon (1996)

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Flash Gordon was a 1996 animated TV series loosely based on the comic strip of the same name. In this version, Flash and Dale are teenagers with a fondness for skateboarding — or in this case hoverboarding — who accidentally get trapped on the planet Mongo thanks to their bumbling scientist friend, Dr. Zarkov. There they are thrown headlong into a rebellion against the reptilian dictator, Emperor Ming. But they aren't alone in their fight; they have help from some of the natives including the gallant hawk man, Prince Talon, and the fierce yet honour-driven lionid, Princess Thundar.

The people behind this series also did Phantom 2040, which depicted Flash Gordon's King Features stablemate The Phantom (or rather, his descendant) as a teenager with a flying motorcycle.



  • Action Figure File Card: They consisted of the heroes and villains describing each other.
  • Adaptation Name Change: "Flash" is merely the title character's nickname in this version, not his first name, which was changed to "Alex" in honor of his creator Alex Raymond.
  • Adaptational Dye-Job: The traditionally black-haired Zarkov is portrayed with red hair.
  • Alien Invasion: As with previous versions, Ming the Merciless is trying to invade Earth. This is mentioned directly in the first and last episodes.
  • Amazon Brigade: With "Prince Thun" being rewritten in this version as "Princess Thundar", her people, the Lionidsnote  are also portrayed this way.
  • Appease the Volcano God: There were no gods involved, but Dale and Dr. Zarkov were almost thrown into a volcano by some crazy cave people.
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  • Bare Your Midriff: Flash, Dale and Princess Thundar wear crop tops all the time.
  • Brainwashed: Dr. Zarkov suffered this at the hands of Sulpha; the entire team was almost wiped out because of this.
  • Cat Girl: Thundar, due to her being a lionid.
  • Enemy Mine: "Enemy Ming" has Flash, Ming, and Aura all be forced to work together after they all end up stranded on one of Mondo's moons together.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Dr. Zarkov tends to be this when he's not repeatedly saying that they're all doomed.
  • Decomposite Character: While Vultan does appear as a character, his role as Flash's ally is transferred to his son Talon, a new character.
  • Gender Flip: In this version, Flash's ally Prince Thun of the Lion People became Princess Thundar of the Lionids.
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: Princess Aura in this version, although here, she's more of a "turquoise skinned space babe".
  • Hoverboard: Flash, Dale, and even Dr. Zarkov use these to get around Mongo (when they're not using starblazersnote ), coming naturally to Flash and Dale, since it's just like using a skateboard on Earth
  • Human Aliens: While most of the inhabitants of Mondo appear to be Beast Men, there are also completely human-looking residents like Katie.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • When we first meet Flash, he's playing a space simulation arcade game called "X-9". Named after Secret Agent X-9, a comic strip drawn by Flash Gordon creator Alex Raymond.
    • The dyna-crystals appear to be a reference to the Dynak-X computer in Defenders of the Earth and its crystal core.
  • One-Gender Race: Male lionids are mysteriously absent
  • Our Wormholes Are Different: Travel between Earth's solar system and Mongo's is by an Unrealistic Black Hole.
  • Power Crystal: Dyna-crystals are Mongo's main power source.
  • Protagonist Title: Flash is the protagonist, and the show is named after him.
  • Shout-Out: "Vandals from the Void" has a likely unintentional one to Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog when Flash defeats Ming yet again:
    "I hate that Earthling!"
  • Tuckerization: As noted under "Adaptation Name Change", this Flash's first name is now Alex after creator Alex Raymond.