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Western Animation / Roswell Conspiracies: Aliens, Myths and Legends

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Roswell Conspiracies: Aliens, Myths and Legends (1999-2000) was an animated show from the BKN line-up, not to be confused with the other show about Roswell. Consists of many diverse myths being debunked as alien activity, sort of like The X-Files.

The main character is Nick Logan, a Bounty Hunter who finds one of his marks is a little more than meets the eye. Soon after, he receives a contract to track down another, a Banshee named Sh'lainn Blaze. The two wind up saving each other's life and begin working together to figure out who's trying to kill them, only to wind up working for said organization, Nick so he can find out what happened to his father, Sh'lainn because she's been exiled from her clan and has no where else to go. It eventually builds up with a slow Myth Arc involving alien invaders, Werewolves, Vampires, Banshee and other aliens all coming to a head by the 40th episode.


Show provides examples of:

  • Alien Fair Folk: Vampires, werewolves, Banshees, Sirens, Yeti and other fantasy creatures are in fact aliens that have arrived to Earth many years ago and have moulded legends.
  • Aliens of London: The Banshees all have some sort of Irish accent. In the pilot it's mentioned that they first settled (on Earth) in the British Isles, so presumably they settled in Ireland. Well, considering where the legend comes from...
  • The Alliance: The organization Nick Logan finds himself working for has this name. However it is a case of In Name Only and is actually a Government Conspiracy. It May have started off as The Alliance for real but has since grown into a powerful paramilitary organization that keeps control of the various aliens who are living on earth. It is seemingly independent of the government or any other oversight.
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  • All Myths Are True: and they're all aliens. Sasquatch & Yeti, Werewolves, Banshee, Talos, Norse Mythology, etc.
  • A Load of Bull: The Minotauri, Canmort and Charon.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Nema, later revealed to be Egyptian.
  • Ancient Astronauts: Prometheus, among others, was actually a Tribune... the single Tribune. Set, who is mentioned, is revealed to have been a Vampire in addition.
  • Ant Assault: One episode has the Alliance dealing with hybrid ants that have begun attacking a small town. Turns out the ants are so large and aggressive because they've been crossed with Shadoen DNA.
  • Anyone Can Die: Numerous characters bite the dust, including main characters.
  • AREA 51: Mentioned a few times and one episode involves a supremely destructive robot that was buried there. Another had them trying to infiltrate it. The Alliance also stages UFO sightings there.
  • Atlantis: The first to fight, and drive off, the Shadoens.
  • Badass Longcoat: Logan
    • He even spends an episode with Fitz fighting over who gets to wear it.
  • Badass Native: Jefferson Trueblood.
  • Bad "Bad Acting"/Obfuscating Stupidity: Fitz, whenever he appears before the press, offers a half-assed explanation of the current event along with some Suspiciously Specific Denial so the public will suspect the government is doing something like DNA experiments on prisoners, transporting chemical weaponry, etc.
  • Bad Boss: General James Rinaker. He's almost killed our heroes on several occasions, and declares almost everybody an enemy at least once. We eventually find out why.
  • Bald of Evil: The Vampire Ruthen.
  • Battle Couple: Nick and Sh'lainn have become one by the the end of the series.
  • Beard of Evil: The Vampire Davos.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Occasionally played with by Nick and Sh'lainn, but they get through it fairly quick. By episode 14 they've had their first kiss and by the second half of the series they've had declarations of love.
  • Benevolent Monsters: Ti-Yet, a Yeti whose tribe settled in the Himalayas. Although initially antagonistic he is a being of honor who is only seeking to defend his people who have been safeguarding a Doomsday Device from those who might abuse it. He eventually becomes friends with Nick Logan and an agent for the Alliance.
  • Berserk Button: Vampires to Banshees
  • Beta Couple: Fitz and Nema.
  • Big Bad: In-between several recurring villains, Monsters of the Week, and personal drama, Roswell Conspiracies: Aliens, Myths and Legends plays with the concept of a Hidden Villain antagonist for the majority of the series in the form of an enigmatic traitor in the Alliance's ranks that drives much of the most important conflicts of the plot. Towards the end of the series, the Big Bad is revealed as none other than General Rinaker, or rather a Shadoen agent named Wraith taking his place, who — being behind both the disappearance of Nick's father, the corruption of the Alliance, and the various acts of sabotage — essentially sets up and drives the series' Myth Arc.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: The fireant-Shadoen hybrids cooked up by The Mole, Rinaker.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: The Yeti and Saquatch are two aliens races that used to be enslaved by the Lycanthrope.
  • Bounty Hunter: Nick, of course, but also the Minotauri.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: At one point, Roswell's resident conspiracy theorist is taking notes on a shadow without a source, then notices a camera. "What'choo lookin' at!?"
  • The Brute: Korlan to Hanek's Big Bad
  • Cat Folk: The species that Agazza belonged to, which was overrun and taken over by the Vodun.
  • Character Tic: Rinaker constantly toying with a set of keys.
    • Shows up again in his Shadoen form as he clicks his pincers together in a similar manner.
  • Chekhov's Armoury: In the final set of episodes many characters and items are brought back to repel the Shadoen invasion.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The EMP bomb the Yeti stole from the Lycanthropes and then hid is just what was needed to utterly destroy the Shadoen fleet.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Athos, son of Ruk.
  • The Chessmaster: In the end, it is revealed that "Rinaker" is actually a Shadoen agent whose mission was to manipulate the Alliance into suppressing the various alien races on Earth, and to keep the aliens from uniting together, fearful that if they did so they would be a threat. His plan worked for decades, but in the 11th hour the aliens did unite and work with the humans to fight back against the Shadoen invasion.
    • Also, "Rinaker" was able to successfully manipulate the commander of the Shadoen fleet into going to the White House to demand surrender, telling him humans would be incapable of resistance. The U.S. military didn't surrender and instead destroyed the commander's vessel, leaving Rinaker in control of the entire Shadoen fleet.
  • Chupacabra: Actually a Vampire named Dvorak, who became deformed and driven nearly insane after biting something that didn't agree with him. That something was General Rinaker. Ever since, he's lived in the rainforest, biting livestock and scaring the locals.
  • Circle of Standing Stones: Such stones often indicate a Banshee outpost which they use as teleportation hubs.
  • The Conspiracy: Actually faked to throw people off the scent of what was really going on, though that probably just makes it a conspiracy hidden inside another conspiracy. Subverted in that the ones running it are the good guys... most of the time.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: The crazy guy in Roswell. Really Obfuscating Stupidity. He's a former Alliance operative and then 'cause he's actually a Shadoen assassin.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Hanek, the Vampire head of Intracom.
    • And Verhooven, his rival, also a Vampire.
  • Crop Circles: They are actually made by the Alliance as part of their misdirection ops.
  • Dead All Along: Rinaker. A Shadoen killed him and took his form.
  • Deadpan Snarker: All the characters have their moments, but special mention goes to Fitz, with Nema not far behind.
  • Defector from Decadence: Tanner
  • Detonation Moon: The Grand Finale opens with a shot of the Shadoan fleet blowing up the moon and uses the Eiffel Tower Effect several times over to demonstrate in minute detail exactly how much destruction blowing up the moon actually causes. The whole thing is soon revealed to be a simulation, though they still plan on blowing up the moon.
  • Disappeared Dad: Subverted. Nick's father is actually a substitute the Alliance installed to keep an eye on Nick. A nice guy who actually gives Nick a lot of support when he decides to find his real father.
  • Divide and Conquer: The Shadoens realized that if the alien races on earth ever started working with humans and each other, it would be much harder to take over. One of their own was sent to infiltrate the Alliance and ensure that such unity was never achieved until too late.
  • Doomsday Device: The EMP bomb.
    • Also the entire Shadoen fleet.
  • The Dragon: Chief Trueblood to Rinaker due to My General Right or Wrong.
    • Agaza to Baron Samedi.
    • Dorn to Hanek
  • Dragon Ascendant: Rinaker himself.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Sh'lainn. She hates technology to begin with, and therefore doesn't know how to drive. Needless to say, Nick gets rather annoyed when she tries to drive his car.
  • Enemy Mine: After Sh'lainn finds out Vampires were the ones who abducted Queen Mab, she and the Banshees join forces with the Alliance to save Queen Mab and the Banshee Tree of Lights.
    • And the Alliance later allies with Hanek to hunt down Valra
  • Enemy Civil War: Turns out that Shadoen high command really doesn't like Rinaker, but put up with him because they didn't really have any better choices. They still keep a Shadoen spy on Earth to keep tabs on him, and said spy had no problem trying to blow up the Alliance base with Rinaker in it. In the show's final arc, when Rinaker returns to the fleet, he clearly doesn't get along with the fleet commander, and Rinaker is quite satisfied when he tricks the commander into getting nuked by the U.S.
  • Evil, Inc.: Intracom
  • Evil Genius: Valra.
    • Also The Mole in the Alliance, Rinaker himself.
  • Evil Overlord: Hanek
  • Evil Redhead: Valra, again
  • Expy: Jerich, Our Protector, is one of Superman, including having a "kryptonite" of his own and some "bathed by sunlight" scenes.
  • Extranormal Prison: The Alliance has a prison facility for all the various alien they've arrested, many of whom have special abilities.
  • Eye Beams: The Shadoen.
  • Faceless Mooks: Most of the S.T.A.R. Team
  • Fake Defector: Lobo.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death:
    • The show specializes in all sorts of nasty (for the age group) deaths, but the worst likely has to go to Trueblood, who's viciously torn apart by Shadoen Rinaker. We're just spared the details of the actual carnage through a Gory Discretion Shot, but we get Trueblood's howling, agonized death scream in place of it and his knife, still covered in his adversary's blood, falling to the ground in the next shot.
    • There's also Lord Hanek's final scheme, which entails the use of Banshees as living batteries to power his teleporters. This has the side effect of tortuously expending their energy and reducing them to screaming, crone-like husks — we see one of the Banshees Hanek uses reduced to this state after having suffered hours of torture as a battery before finally collapsing into dust.
  • Fanservice:
    • Though we never get any actual nudity, we do get a very nice shot of Sh'lainn Blaze the Banshee from behind wearing very thin pants and that nightgown we sometimes see her in. When she discards her long skirt, underneath having a miniskirt and showing her shirt is the Bare Your Midriff type. Finally, there's the outfit when she was temporarily The Leader of the the Banshee.
    • Nema, when she dresses as Vampire bait.
  • Fiery Redhead: Prof. Marina Petrovic.
  • Fantastic Racism: Between the races. Banshees and Vampires cannot stand each other and the Lycanthrope keep Yeti slaves. Even the closely related Yeti and Sasquatch don't get along. This hatred between the races is exploited by the Shadoen. The different races get over it by the end to save Earth.
  • Foreshadowing: Quite a bit of it.
    • The AED Unit's target: Rinaker.
    • The Tribune surveillance satellite recorded a ship landing a year before the Roswell conspiracy began.
    • Prior to the Fireant-Shadoen hybrids infestation of a small town, Rinaker is not present. Later in the episode he shows up in the town, just after the hybrids interrupt their attack and flee. And conveniently, he has gene-scrambling ammo that can kill them.
    • The communicator in Sh'lainn's quarters mysteriously malfunctions so she hears about a Minotauri attack, prompting her to flee the Alliance base.
    • 25 years ago, a man disguised as Walter Logan, whom Chupacabra refers to as "Logan-Not-Walter-Logan", bombs an Conduit safehouse and frames the Alliance. Chupacabra was originally a Vampire named Dvorak who bit "Logan-Not-Walter-Logan" and got transformed by his blood. Later in the same episode, Rinaker is seen rubbing the back of his neck.
    • Sh'lainn sees visions of an alien fleet capable of destroying planets in "Countdown." Just before The Mole attacks her.
    • Rinaker's eagerness to attack the Conduit safehouse with lethal force.
    • The conspiracy theorist in Roswell who is actually a Shadoen infiltrator, saying he knows how Rinaker mind works.
    • Rinaker knowing what a Shadoen was.
    • "There's more betrayal, Nick Logan... Omega Level."
    • After Rinaker finds out the Alliance were framed by the Vampires for the abduction of Queen Mab he decides to attack the Banshee nevertheless.
    • The human skeleton in Area 51: Rinaker's.
    • Atlantis fought and drove off an unknown enemy.
  • General Ripper: Mentioned above.
  • Genius Bruiser: Ti-Yet
  • Genre Savvy: Nick Logan. Nema and Fitz as part of their Detail jobs.
  • Gentle Giant: Ti-Yet. Chauf.
  • Grand Finale: A huge one, involving a major alien fleet, the Moon being attacked, all the show's heroes and villains coming together, and the finale of a big Myth Arc.
  • Gray-and-Gray Morality: While many of the aliens are a danger to humans, the Alliance, under Rinaker, hunts down and locks up virtually any alien, threat or no.
  • Heavyworlder: The Aesir are from a planet with heavy gravity, making them nearly indestructable.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Fitz and Nema
  • Human Aliens: Banshees, Lycanthropes, and Vampires.
  • Human Popsicle: Turns out Walter Logan has been one since the 70s.
  • Hero Insurance: Nick has a tendency to blow things up and cause a lot of damage. He gets away with it because the Alliance is an undercover organization. They have a team dedicated specifically to keeping the cover-up going, either making up stories or arranging someone else to take the blame.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: A good amount in the Grand Finale:
    Trueblood: Today is a good day to die. YAAAAAHHHH!
    Jerich, Our Protector: If I fall, I gladly give my life… for the protection… OF EAAAAARTH!!!
    Walter, Nick's Foster Dad: Rinaker, I got your Roswell Conspiracy right here!
    Ruck: My ten year lifespan… is nearly complete. I welcome an honourable end!
  • Humongous Mecha: The Cyclopses.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The Oni
  • Improvised Weapon: "Available weapons, son, available weapons!"
  • Interspecies Romance: Nick and Sh'lainn.
  • Knight Templar: General Rinaker
    • Queen Mab as well
  • Made of Explodium: Every car, when damaged, will explode, with enough force to break through a fortified bunker entrance.
  • Magical Girlfriend: Sh'lainn
  • The Magic Versus Technology War: The Banshees use nature magic while the Vampires are pro-technology, and there is a blood feud between the two races going back centuries.
  • Magical Native American: Averted by Jefferson... until he plays it straight by becoming the leader of his tribe and doing a Spirit Walk thing.
  • The Mole: There's one in the Alliance and he's one stept ahead of Nick. Pretty much the entire cast (save for Ti-Yet due to his size) is suspect. Turns out its General Rinaker
  • Mysterious Informant: Kraker. Nick's contact who has access to seemingly unlimited amounts of information.
  • Mystical White Hair: Sh'lainn's hair's snow white and she has all the powers other Banshees have. Some other Banshees also fit this trope, with the rest having slight tints.
  • Myth Arc: It starts off with Nick trying to find out what happened to his father but before long, hints of something beyond the alliance begin to appear. It eventually culminates with the Shadoen invasion of Earth.
  • Nature Spirit: The Banshee certainly fit the bill.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Agaza is technically a zombie cyborg alien parasite furry.
  • Number Two: Smith-Heisen to Rinaker
  • Our Banshees Are Louder: Banshees are an all female race of aliens with the ability to fly and shoot energy blasts. They also have the ability to tell when a person is in danger of being killed.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Instead of being associated with bats, Vampires are far more snake-like, having a long tail instead of legs and having a long neck. Their human appearance is actually accomplished via a sophisticated hologram, and being exposed to sunlight causes the Vampires to burst into flames.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Lycanthropes in are actually aliens who look like humanoid wolf creatures. They poses the ability to shape-shift back and forth between their true form and a human appearance.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: The Vodun are actually slug-like creatures who inhabit dead corpses. Their leader has been trying to help them become Puppeteer Parasites to living bodies, but hasn't been successful.
  • Out of Focus: Kraker stops showing up after a point, eventually becoming unused.
  • Phrase Catcher: Every time our heroes discover that General Rinaker has endangered their lives for the sake of the mission, they all say a sarcastic "Thank you, General Rinaker!"
    • Gets something of an Ironic Echo in the series finale when Nick says this in a sincere tone with Trueblood's name in place of Rinaker's, as the former had hidden the EMP device before his death so Rinaker couldn't get it.
  • Plasma Cannon: Plasma weapons are standard to the Alliance. Not only "family-friendly", but many things Nick fights are Immune to Bullets anyway.
  • Play-Along Prisoner: Ruk uses this once to get into the Alliance's maximum-security prison to kidnap Ti-Yet.
    • Trueblood after turning against Rinaker does this so he can get into the Alliance headquarters and break Sh'lainn out of there.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: The Lycanthropes.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: The Vodun are parasites that can only control corpses. They have been trying to upgrade to living bodies for years. When they do find technology that allows them to inhabit living hosts they find that this leads to a Battle in the Center of the Mind between parasite and host that usually leaves both parties permanently brain-dead.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Sh'lainn is older than she looks, though she won't tell Nick how old.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Ms. Smith-Heisen.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Fitz is Red, Nema is blue.
  • Refuge in Audacity: How the Alliance manages some of their cover ups. They don't deny what happened to a witness, but instead give them an even more ludicrous cover story that manages to discredit them when they try to tell others.
  • Rental Car Abuse: In the second half of the pilot, after Sh'lainn is taken to the Alliance base, Nick rents the biggest sport utility available, insured to the hilt. He then proceeds to drive it straight into the Alliance's fortified front door. The resulting explosion blows it open.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Vampires in this series are based on snakes rather than bats.
  • The Rival: Agent Ling to Logan
  • Roswell That Ends Well: The Roswell incident was staged and the witnesses were plants to spread the rumors that the government then had to coverup. This focused the country's attention on the conspiracy while members of the military who were involved could form The Alliance.
  • Running Gag: Sh'lainn's predicting Nick's impending doom. Eventually gets to the point, due to them getting closer, where she can tell when he's in danger a continent away. Lampshaded in one episode where Rinaker mentions that she's predicted Nick's death a number of times with him surviving.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Hanek in human disguise.
  • Shout-Out: The first episode features a fairly long one to the The Blues Brothers.
  • The Smart Guy: Prof. Antonio Alascano. He designed the transforming Alliance vehicles and even modified Nick's car.
  • Spider-Sense: Sh'lainn, being a Banshee, can tell when a person is in mortal peril and how long they have until they are potentially killed. As she spends a lot of time with Nick, someone who regularly puts himself in mortal peril, Sh'lainn's "death sense" goes off regularly, acting as a warning to Nick, letting him know how long he has left if he doesn't take action to save his life.
  • Spy Catsuit: Sh'lainn in "The Conduit"
  • Spy Satellites: An alien one has been watching the earth since the year before the Alliance was founded.
  • The Starscream: Valra to Hanek.
  • Storyboarding the Apocalypse: The Shadoan fleet simulates what will happen if they blow up the moon. It's not pretty.
  • Supernormal Bindings:
    • Lycanthropes when they transform, can easily break bonds meant for humans, so their cuffs must be much stronger.
    • Banshee restraints cover their hands completely, so they can't fire their heat beams.
  • The Syndicate: Vampire families are organized like this. Special mention goes to Intracom, Hanek's front.
  • Take Care Of The Pup: A dying Kara, Ruk's mate, entrusts Nick with the care of Athos, their son.
  • Technophobia: The Banshees are a tribe of aliens that arrived on Earth and settled in the wilds of Ireland. Their society is close to the earth and nature, which makes them distrustful to downright homicidal when machines are involved. Sh'lainn is the only known exception, having a more progressive attitude toward technology (she was in favor of steam engines), but even she is frequently hear exclaiming, "I hate technology, I hate it!"
  • Temporarily a Villain: This happens to Sh'lainn three times:
    • Once when she suffers from an affliction called "the iron death," which causes a Banshee to go insane, and transform all the machinery around her, into a techno organic mesh, after staying away from nature for too long.
    • Again when she's named Queen of the Banshees, and leads them in a war against the Alliance.
    • In another episode she's nicked by Valra, who uses her blood to turn them both, into Vampire/Banshee hybrids. She resists when she's asked to drain Nick dry, giving The Alliance time to turn up, knock them out, and reverse the process.
  • Those Two Girls: Shateera and Sheenta of the Banshee.
  • Those Two Guys: The Detail Team, Nema and Fitz. Responsible for passing off alien activities as accidents, mishaps, or acts of Congress.
  • Timm Style
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Nick in "The Conduit," and S'hlainn after being crowned Queen of the Banshee.
  • True Sight: Logan inherited this ability from his father, which allows him to see through the disguises of Lycanthropes, Vampires, and other races. He can also sense the Vodun inside their host.
  • Underground Railroad: The Conduit.
  • The Voice: Nick's friend Kraker only exists as a voice on the other end of his phone. We never get a good look at him.
  • Voice with an Internet Connection: Nick frequently calls his friend Kraker on his cell phone, who uses his computer skills to get Nick information he needs for his job as a bounty hunter. In one episode Nick goes missing and Sh'lainn teams up with Kraker to find him.
  • Walking Spoiler: The traitor in the Alliance, whose identity serves as one of the main mysteries of the show's Myth Arc alongside what happened to Walter Logan. It's Rinaker — and, in an even bigger twist, he's actually a Shadoen.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Most of the main alien antagonists are shown to be this, mainly wanting to defend their people from whatever threats they see. The only real exceptions are the Aesiri, who are just Ax-Crazy psychopaths who want to kill everything in sight, and Hanek, who's much more self-serving than every other Vampire lord (including his own successor). It takes the threat of annihilation from the Shadoen armada to actually get them to work together.
  • Wham Line:
    • In Episode 37, where we discover a rather shocking reveal:
    Lt. Crowe: Right now, I have something vital to show you: a human skeleton. The flesh had been absorbed from the bones by an unknown lifeform, but this is who it was originally.
    Walter: It's Rinaker!
    Lt. Crowe: Bingo. And he's been dead since 1946.
    • The last line of episode 39 definitely sets the stakes for the climax:
    Wraith/Rinaker: Target their moon...and blow it out of the sky.
  • Wham Shot: Near the end of the series, in "Conspiracy Revealed," Sh'lainn connects her own mind to Nick's to unlock a hidden memory of his and finally reveal the person who took Nick's father. It's Rinaker.
  • With Due Respect: Nick and General Rinaker. Every frick'n episode.
  • Yakuza: Led by the Oni.
  • You Are Our Queen Now: Sh'lainn after, Mab is abducted by the Vampires.


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