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An animated miniseries by World Events Productions from 1989.

Young warrior Vytor and his friend Targill engage in a contest to see which of them will become their primitive village's champion. During the contest Vytor is attacked by a heavily armed robot who ultimately chases him into a secret room where a holographic woman tells him he's destined to become the Starfire Champion and stop warlord Myzor, "king of war". Myzor planned to use the awesome power of the Orb of Saturn to conquer the galaxy before its Starfire Ring was stolen by Vytor's father, and thus making a target of Vytor in order to get the ring back. Vytor is aided by Skyla, princess of a highly advanced civilization in, well, the sky. His primary weapon is the Starfire Shield which besides providing an impregnable defense can also act as a glider and houses the Trimerang, a giant mind-controlled shuriken.

Despite being a fairly promising adventure show, Vytor was shelved after only a few episodes were produced. It made use of somewhat extravagant animation and failed to find support from toy companies, and likely it would've been too hard to offset costs to keep making it. The finished episodes were originally aired as a one-week special event, later finding their way onto DVD.

Vytor the Tropefire Champion:

  • Always Second Best: Targill to Vytor. Unlike most cases, he manages to take it with good grace and remains a loyal friend.
  • Amplifier Artifact: The Starfire Ring to Myzor's Saturn Orb.
  • Brains and Brawn: Vytor isn't really dumb, but he is from a primitive tribe, and he does tend to be a lot more physical in dealing with the show's malcontents. Skyla on the other hand usually lets her devices do the work for her.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "Starfire, take flight!"
  • Chosen One: Vytor.
  • Cut Short: Only five episodes were ever made.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Myzor genuinely loves his daughter Pyra and tries to shield her from his ambitions.
  • Evil Minions: The Mutoids are Myzor's henchmen.
  • Floating Continent: Skyla's home of Aerion is a huge floating city situated high in the sky. Myzor had been unable to find it thanks to it constantly moving around the skies of the planet.
  • Hover Bike: Skyla owns a hover bike called, Windchaser. Which is piloted by a sophisticated A.I. system. Though Skyla can deactivate the A.I. and fly the vehicle manually whenever she wants.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Vytor's tribe relies on a special tree to provide them not only what they need to survive but also to remind them of their desire for peace. When Vytor accidentally kills it, it hasn't been gone for a day before his people started arming themselves for war. It's so bad nobody even seems to be asking "who with?" unless they really were building catapults and sharpening spears to use on each other in plain view of their neighbors, which is kind of indicated when Vytor breaks up a fight between two of them.
  • I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: The Shadow Realm, a dimension of no return where Myzor has a habit of sending his most troublesome enemies.
  • Leotard of Power: Skyla's outfit.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: An explicit power of Vytor's Starfire Shield, being able to negate most attacks dealt against its bearer.
  • Meaningful Name: Greedy king Myzor. Skyla, whose people live in the clouds. Wise chief Eldor.
  • Lost Orphaned Royalty: Vytor suddenly learns that he is the son of a king when he meets Princess Skyla of Aerion.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Maybe they were planning to get to it later, but it's a little strange that the show never really set Vytor and Skyla up like they had any interest in each other.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Princess Skyla's Leotard of Power is predominantly pink in color, with some pale purple trimming.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: King Altair of Aerion. He's a levelheaded and charismatic leader who is not afraid to fight on the front lines. He quickly manages to repair Aerion's weather control system and help push back Myzor's invading forces.
  • Too Hungry to Be Polite: Humorously, when Vytor is invited to a meal on Aerion. Vytor, proving he grew up poor and uneducated, shows no knowledge of table manners. Even going so far as to start eating the decorative plants, instead of the bland food cubes. Which naturally, disgusts the nobles.