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The young hero Jonny Quest returns in The '80s for this second series (or season, if you are so inclined). In differentiating the two this is often called The New Adventures of Jonny Quest.

This second Jonny Quest series was syndicated in 1986-87 as part of the second season of The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera, with two new characters: Jessie Bradshaw, whose father was a colleague of Dr. Quest, and Hard Rock, a man made of living stone.

This incarnation was noted for being more of the time and being a bit more kid friendly than the previous incarnation. This isn't to say it doesn't contain plenty of adventure too, just in a different tone.

The New Tropes of Jonny Quest:

  • Action Girl: While we only see a little of her and a little of it, Jessie Bradshaw.
  • Adventure Series: This trope clearly didn't change.
  • Airborne Aircraft Carrier: Dragna's airship, the Dreadnought. His Mooks deploy from it encapsulated in electrically-charged glowing spheres.
  • Ambiguously Human: Maximilian Dragna in "Warlord of the Sky." He has a very grotesque, almost reptilian appearance, with More Teeth than the Osmond Family, sagging face folds, no visible nose, solid green eyes with large lashes and a full head and beard of snow white hair. Dr. Quest recognizes him, though, so he is a known figure. Possibly he is human but merely deformed or mutated in some way.
  • Animal Assassin: Maybe not all the way in the assassin part, but the Reptilian is set out on missions like this.
  • Artistic License – Paleontology: Vikong being frozen alive certainly counts.
  • Aside Glance: Multiple episodes, usually by Bandit.
  • The Atoner: Trudge, for having helped the plant monster, however unwillingly. He helps the Quests kill the thing.
  • Badass Family: Dr. Quest and son, and let's not forget Hadji. Do bodyguard Race and his daughter count as family?
  • Being Watched: Dr. Zin is still a master of this trope.
  • Body Horror: Mr. Trudge in "Creeping Unknown", who has leafy, branchlike hands as a result of the evil plant monster's experiments on him. The scene where he takes his Conspicuous Gloves off to reveal them is one of the show's (sadly few) very effective creep-out moments.
  • Broad Strokes: Once again like in an episode of the original series a red-head girl arrives with an interest in Jonny. This time it's Jessie Bradshaw who is introduced. Here she is much more Action Girl than the previous Denise Lor was as the Damsel in Distress.
  • Chased by Angry Natives: Still happens with a pygmy tribe in "Forty Fathoms Into Yesterday".
  • Conspicuous Gloves: Mr. Trudge, the botanist the Quests befriend in the Louisiana bayou, wears black leather gloves despite the climate (when the animators bother to color them in, anyway). It's eventually revealed that an evil plant monster has been using him as its human minion and test subject, and he has creepy plant person hands.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Race and Hadji.
  • Defeat Means Friendship:
    • Skyborg. He renounces his criminal ways and turns himself in to the authorities, and even takes his old name back.
    • Technically Jessie Bradsaw in a minor example.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Dr. Zin. Along with other smaller examples.
  • Disappeared Dad: It is Dr Zin kidnapping Jessie's father that gets her involved with the quests.
  • Dramatic Chase Opening: It is still a Jonny Quest Show.
  • Eat the Camera: First act of "The Monolith Man."
  • Episode Title Card: And this time, there's a copyright reference and writer credit. (The episodes from the original series that got this particular card had neither.)
  • Fish Person: The Reptilian. Despite supposedly being part dinosaur, he resembles a moray eel more than anything. In fact, he could pass as an Expy of the monster that featured in the 60's series episode "The Sea Haunt".
  • For the Evulz: Seems to be the raison d'etre for some of the villains.
  • For Science!: A more benign example would be Dr. Quest himself, who always puts himself and his family in danger to investigate the strange, the odd, and the incredible.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: The titular creature in "Creeping Unknown".
  • He's a Friend: How the Quests sometimes have to introduce Hard Rock.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Mr. Trudge in "Creeping Unknown". He was really Good All Along and just being forced to help the plant creature.
  • The Igor: Dr. Phorbus' assistant Simon in "Peril of the Reptilian." He's a creepy Giggling Villain and his default stance is standing slightly bent over, grinning evilly while steepling his fingers.
  • It Can Think: The plant monster in "Creeping Unknown." Initially it seems as if it's just a mindless walking mass of living squicky plant matter... but then it's revealed it has genius-level intellect, making it one of the Quests' most dangerous enemies in any incarnation of the show. Or at least it would be if it didn't have such a Weaksauce Weakness.
  • Karma Houdini: While Deprave's plot to trigger a war to wipe out two countries was thwarted, she and her crony Moog (Who survived his fall from a flight of stairs) escape before they can get any repercussions.
  • LEGO Genetics: "Peril of the Reptilian" uses this trope to explain how its hybrid creatures are made.
  • Lightning Gun: In addition to being able to electrocute people by touching them, Dragna's henchmen in "Warlord of the Sky" are also armed with modified rifles that fire electrical bolts.
  • Mad Scientist: Once again we've got plenty.
  • Missing Mom: Jonny's and Hadji's moms don't appear.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: The dinosaurs in "Peril of the Reptilian," most memorably the Tyrannosaurus with Pteranodon wings. The Reptilian himself is said to be part human, part dinosaur, but he isn't as blatant as Phorbus' other creations, looking like your standard anthropomorphic lizard man.
  • Mystical India: Hadji could perform snake charming with his flute, had the fakir style powers of self-levitation and hypnosis.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot:
    • Zartan's henchman Scorpio in "The Monolith Man". He's an overweight guy with a bandaged, mummy-like face and a mechanical arm that shoots lasers.
    • The hang-glinding evil pygmies in "Forty Fathoms Into Yesterday".
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Bandit is the Quests' Team Pet dog. He gets Jonny into trouble as often as he gets him out of trouble. Later Hard Rock joins too.
  • Prehensile Tail: The Reptilian in "Peril of the Reptilian" has a really big, powerful tail which he can use to smash things or grab people.
  • Protagonist Title: The show is named for one of the main characters, Jonny Quest and these are his New Adventures.
  • Shock and Awe: Dragna's Mooks in "Warlord of the Sky." They are infused with static electricity allowing them to electrocute opponents by touch.
  • Silicon-Based Life: Not quite. Hard Rock, the man of living stone, was an ancient human whose body had been changed by radiation into solid carbon.
  • Sissy Villain: Zartan, insofar as he is extremely vain, overly concerned about his physical appearance, and dresses very flamboyantly.
  • Sky Pirate: Maximilian Dragna in "Warlord of the Sky." He's basically an Expy of Jules Verne's Robur, specifically the more explicitly villainous version of him in Master of the World.
  • Stable Time Loop: The Quest team accidentally takes part in one in "Forty Fathoms Into Yesterday". They end up being a cause for the sinking of the submarine they originally started out to investigate.
  • Tail Slap: Done several times by the Reptilian in "Peril of the Reptilian," most hilariously to a desk lamp.
  • Team Pet: Bandit regularly provides comic relief, as well as getting the team into trouble (and out again) and going for help.
  • That Man Is Dead: Race Bannon's old friend test pilot Jud Harmon in "Scourge of Skyborg" was nearly killed in an accident he blames Race for. "Certain foreign powers" rebuild him into an evil cyborg. He renounces his original human name of Harmon and takes the name Skyborg.
  • Trap Door: Used by Dr. Zin against his erstwhile ally, the "foreign" (i.e. Soviet) general, in "Deadly Junket."
  • Two-Faced: Two examples:
    • Zartan in "The Monolith Man." The right side of his face has been turned to stone due to his experiments with crystals giving off an unknown form of radiation. It's symbolic of how deep down he is cold and hard as stone, a vain man who cares only for himself as he drives his mining crews to dig for more and more of the crystals so he can study them in an effort to undo the damage to his face, despite the danger the unstable crystals pose.
    • Jud Harmon in "The Scourge of Skyborg." When he's rebuilt into the villain Skyborg, almost the entire left half of his body is robotic, including most of his face, possibly symbolic of how there's still some of Harmon left under all that inhuman metal — even though he insists That Man Is Dead.
  • Underwear of Power: The Reptilian wears nothing but a pair of black briefs. May double as Walking Swimsuit Scene (certainly a Walking Shirtless Scene).
  • Weakened by the Light: The plant monster in "Creeping Unknown." It's killed using Jonny's tanning lamp, which causes it to shrivel up and melt. Simple exposure to ordinary sunshine causes the thing to start shriveling up, meaning it can only go out at night or during overcast days.
  • Win Your Freedom: The pygmy tribe in "Forty Fathoms Into Yesterday" invoke this to have Hadji fight their champion. Hadji wins but the whole thing turns out to have been a distraction to keep the Quest crew in one place for the main villain to capture them.