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The Galaxy Trio was the middle segment to Birdman (1967) made by Hanna-Barbera in the 1960s superhero cycle.

The Galaxy Trio, stars of the backup segment, consisted of Vapor Man, who could turn his body into any kind of gas; Meteor Man, who could enlarge his fists or any other part of his body, and Gravity Girl, who could make people and objects seem lighter or heavier. Together, they fight crime and patrol space in their cruiser, Condor One, maintaining order working for their superior, the Chief of the Galactic Patrol law enforcement agency.

Tropes in The Galaxy Trio:

  • Action Girl: Unusual for a 1960s superhero cartoon, Gravity Girl was a full-fledged member of the team who was just as powerful and competent as her male teammates.
  • Artistic License – Military: In several episodes, members of the title group and radio officers at Intergalactic Headquarters use "Over and out" to end communications.
  • Aside Glance: At the end of the episode "The Eye of Time", Meteor Man looked into the camera and winked at the audience.
  • Comic-Book Adaptation: Several Galaxy Trio stories were published as part of the Toonami themed issues of Cartoon Network Presents. They also appear in Future Quest where they are killed off-screen in the beginning.
  • Cool Air Ship: Condor One.
  • Deflector Shields: The Galaxy Trio's starship, Condor One, has "defense shields" that can be raised to stop incoming attacks.
  • Distress Call: Occurs at the beginning of many episodes, such as "TITAN, the Titanium Man" and "Gralik of Gravitas".
  • Escape Pod: Episode "Galaxy Trio and the Sleeping Planet". At the end of the episode the space pirate Krag escapes his ship in a smaller ship.
  • "Everybody Laughs" Ending: At the end of the episode "The Demon Raiders", Meteor Man and Vapor Man say that by the time the villain gets out of prison they will both have long white beards. Gravity Girl says that she might have grey hair, but not a beard. All three of them have a laugh at her joke (such as it is).
  • Evil Counterpart: Vapor Man runs into evil aliens from his own home planet.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: Meteor Man's Sizeshifter powers grant him Super-Strength and make him the best at melee combat. Gravity Girl can control gravity and make her the ranged fighter. And finally, Vapor Man's ability to turn into vapor makes him the most evasive of the trio.
  • Gravity Is Purple: Gravity Girl is a costume example. Her outfit is almost entirely purple and violet, but her gravity rays are white (most of the time, at least).
  • Gravity Master:
    • Gravity Girl is from the planet Gravitas and has control over gravity as a racial superpower.
    • In "Gralik of Gravitas", the villain Gravitas develops a gravity ray that can either tremendously increase gravitational force on an object or apply Anti-Gravity to it.
  • Horn Attack: In the episode "The Eye of Time", when the title heroes go back to 1st century Scandinavia, a Viking wearing a horned helmet charges head-first at Meteor Man.
  • Human Aliens: Most of the races in Galaxy Trio.
  • Human Hammer-Throw: Episode "The Rock Men". Meteor Man grabs one of the Rock Men by the ankle, whirls him around his head and throws him at the villain.
  • Knockout Gas: Episode "The Duplitrons". Meteor Man is taken out twice by sleep gas: once while he's flying in a rocket pod, and the second time after he wakes up in the Duplitrons' base.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang!: Episode "Invasion of the Sporoids". Our heroes arrive at a planet where an outpost has just been destroyed and an observer almost killed by a gigantic monster. Gravity Girl suggests that they spread out and search the area. As a result the monster ambushes her and traps her inside a transparent membrane.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Episode "Cavemen of Primevia". Criminals from Vapor Man's home world enslave a planet, boasting of their great powers. Vapor Man scornfully notes that they are about average before defeating them with ease.
  • Put Their Heads Together: Episode "Versus the Moltens of Meteorus". While Meteor Man is fighting the Moltens, he picks up two of them and slams their heads together, knocking them out.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Gravity Girl is the princess of her home planet, but chooses to explore the galaxy as a superhero and leave the ruling to the rest of her family.
  • Semantic Super Power: Vapor Man can do pretty much anything by making a gas, like freeze vapor, acid vapor, etc.
  • Sizeshifter: Meteor Man.
  • Something Person: Vapor Man and Gravity Girl. Subverted with Meteor Man, whose powers had nothing to do with meteors.
  • Super Hero Origin: Both Vapor Man and Gravity Girl have powers that are common for their species.
  • Super Smoke: Vapor Man.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: The Galaxy Trio often use a Star Trek–style transporter called a "Lazon Cube" to beam down to planets from their starship, Condor One.
  • Three Shorts: Traditionally the middle segment between two Birdman (1967) shorts.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: The Trio as an action show isn't a prime example but they are companions and in different episodes find themselves with one of the guys under an evil influence and have to fight.