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Buzz Lightyear of Star Command was a 2000-2001 animated television show from Disney television animation, based on the space character Buzz Lightyear from the movie Toy Story. The Buzz in this show is not a toy, but an actual Space Ranger - remember how Toy Story alluded to a Show Within a Show that pre-dated the toy line? ("The world's greatest superhero, now the world's greatest toy!") This show is what that show might have looked like.

The story chronicles the adventures of Buzz Lightyear (Patrick Warburton), an agent of the galactic peacekeeping force Star Command, who frequently battles the Evil Emperor Zurg (Wayne Knight) and other threats to the galaxy. Buzz is accompanied in his missions by his partners on Team Lightyear: Mira Nova (Nicole Sullivan), the butt-kicking princess of Tangea; Booster (Stephen Furst), the trademark big lovable lug, and XR (Larry Miller/Neil Flynn), the wisecracking fast-talking Robot Buddy.


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  • The Ace: Fop Doppler. When Mira is desperately trying to get out of their arranged marriage, she challenges him to complete Space Ranger training; guess who now holds the record for fastest completion of Space Ranger training ever? This guy can take out a room full of opponents handily, barely looking at them and never losing his cool or his style.
    • Buzz too.
  • Action Girl: Mira, Savy SL-2. Several other female Rangers are seen in the background.
  • Actor Allusion: Brad Garrett voiced Torque, a bounty hunter who rode in a spacecraft shaped like a motorcycle and after a while could clone himself at will. Those were traits also shared by The Main Man himself, Lobo -- who also happened to be voiced by Brad Garrett in his DCAU appearances.
  • Adorkable: Buzz when he's in Sympathy Mode.
  • Adult Child: Booster.
  • A Father to His Men: Commander Nebula, even to XR and XL who decide he is dad based on approving their construction. Buzz is also this to his team.
  • Affably Evil: Every villain (bar Evil Buzz Lightyear) has moments of this, but Zurg most often. This is subverted with the Grubs who aren't actually evil and are similar to the LGMs...the main difference being that they don't have the guts to stand up to Zurg like they do.
  • Air Vent Passageway: Both lampshaded and subverted.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us / Storming the Castle: NOS-4-A2 is really good at this, pulling it on both Star Command and Planet Z.
  • Alternate Universe: Buzz Lightyear is evil and has taken over all power, Zurg is ineffectual and all other characters are Darker and Edgier due to their traumatic experiences.
    • He's not ineffectual, he makes great burgers
  • Always Second Best: Ty Parsec.
  • Amazing Freaking Grace: On bagpipes. Played by XR. No, seriously.
  • Amazon Brigade: The Valkyran Raiders.
  • An Aesop: In the G-Rated Drug episode mentioned below, when she turns to her father for help, the conversation is a remarkably serious discussion of her problem, including the revelation that her father did much the same in his own youth.

 "How did you stop wanting to phase through energy?"

"You don't."

  "Suspect: Torque, wanted in all 50 sectors for terrorism, smuggling, arson and unpaid parking tickets"

    • In 'The Planet Destroyer,' Zurg cheerfully informs the council of the Galactic Alliance of what life will be like after they follow his only demand of complete surrender, the last of which causes the entire council to gasp in shock:

  "As citizens of my empire, you will all be fitted with the latest in subservient fashion. Brain control modules will make you all mindless drones in the service of my evil. Your 167 hour work week will consist of grueling labor in lunchbox-sized cubicles that allow zero privacy. Oh! And no dental benefits.

  • Art Shift: At least part of the intro is animated by Pixar, to drive home the Show Within a Show aspect of the series.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Booster.
  • Ascended Fridge Horror: At the end of "Wirewolf", NOS-4-A2 discovers a fragment of the radioactive moon that Buzz's team had destroyed earlier, leaving the audience to wonder what he's planning to do with it. In "Revenge Of The Monsters", we find out.
  • Asteroid Thicket: In three episodes - "Tag Team," "Downloaded," and "Super Nova".
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Even with a pegleg, Commander Nebula can still kick ass with the best of them (helps that said pegleg doubles as an ion cannon), and Evil Emperor Zurg can usually curbstomp anyone aside from Buzz himself.
  • Awesome McCoolname: Mira Nova. Rocket Crocket. Warp Darkmatter.
    • Utterly subverted with Booster's full name: Booster Sinclair MUNCHAPPER.
  • Badass Bookworm: Professor Triffid is fairly competent fighter but only when augmented by his Organic Technology space suit.
  • Badass Beard: The evil Buzz Lightyear.
  • Badass Longcoat: Buzz in "Conspiracy" - he even wears a fedora briefly.
  • Badass Princess: Mira again.
  • Beard of Evil: Evil Buzz from the Alternate Universe.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Buzz and Ozma.
  • Beta Test Baddie: XL.
  • Between My Legs: In "42", two Valkyran Raiders between Mira's legs.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Booster.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Zurg come off as incredibly goofy at times, but the series does show that he's capable of causing immense destruction and cruelty.
  • Big Bad: Zurg
  • Big Damn Heroes: The climax of the direct-to-video movie
  • Big No: Booster's reaction to being told by Petra that they can be Just Friends.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Mira and Booster have some odd organic quirks sometimes.
    • Booster manages to break out of Mind Control by virtue of his brain not being entirely in his head. Try not to think too hard about it.
      • Though given his status as a Big Eater, you might say he's always thinking with his stomach.
    • "Devolutionaries": The episode shows Booster evolved from ankylosaurs and Mira from some kind of blue slime. Perhaps they regressed because they were exposed for too long...
  • The Blind Leading the Blind: In the pilot, when the Uni-Mind is out of commission, the LGMs are next to useless; nonetheless, in spite of being disoriented and slightly retarded in this unfamiliar state of extreme individuality, they soldier on trying to repair XR, which results in his distinctive personality.
  • Blondes Are Evil: Subverted with Fop Doppler; played straight with an android body.
  • Boisterous Booster
  • Blowing a Raspberry: XR, once.
  • Boldly Coming: XR, on Mira, Sally, or whatever Green-Skinned Space Babe is nearby.
  • Brain In a Jar: Zurg's brainpods.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: XR delves into this.
    • The entire plot of an episode when Zurg clones the team, only to find out that clones take time to grow, thus he fields a team of evil adolescents.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': And how!
    • Averted on at least one occasion. XR accidentally mentions a poker game he's going to later, Buzz calls him out on illegal gambling, XR quickly backpedals and tries to make it out as a sting operation, Buzz rolls his eyes knowingly and lets it slide. Besides another one-off joke about it a little later, it's never mentioned again.
  • Cape Snag: Entirely averted. Zurg's cape seems to be for purely dramatic and sometimes Large Ham purposes only.
  • The Captain: Buzz.
  • Captain Space, Defender of Earth!: Buzz is a straightforward example.
  • Cardboard Prison: Lampshaded: One episode has XL and XR switching bodies, with XR ending up going to prison with XL's body. When he flips through XL's list of weapons to try and break out, he finds the following:

 XR: Laser beam... acid spray... "Break out of prison"? No WONDER he keeps escaping!

  • Card-Carrying Villain: Zurg. His schemes tend to be rather enormous in scale...a notable exception is "Return To Karn" in which he only targets one person...though that person in question happens to be the president.
  • Casting Gag: Epoch & Era of the Chlorm are voiced by the late Jonathan Harris & Billy Mumy, who both previously worked together on Lost in Space.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: So much so with so many characters that one must wonder if these people really do ever get scared. And then you remember Booster's and XR's various coward moments.
  • Catch Phrase: Buzz's ever-popular "To infinity, AND BEYOND!"
  • Celibate Hero: Buzz, but only nominally.
  • Character Development: For a series so heavy on Status Quo Is God, the character development of King Nova is impressive. With each chronological appearance, his attitude towards off-worlders, Star Command, and Mira's career choice softens more and more. See Shout-Out.
  • Chew Out Fake Out: When Booster’s father catches his son along with his childhood friend playing space rangers in the irrigation tunnels, he reminds them what he said about playing in the irrigation tunnels...without him!
  • The Chew Toy: XR.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Warp and Nos-4-A2.
  • Completely Missing the Point: In the pilot, Buzz & Warp are investigating an asteroid, and Buzz immediately makes a remark about how he "knows" Zurg is behind whatever they may find there.

 Warp: What plot? You think Zurg is behind every kitten stuck up a tree!

Buzz: The fiend! Why can't he leave kitty-cats out of his nefarious schemes?

 Buzz: Yes Gravitina, you may conquer worlds, but you must learn that you cannot bend the will of men. Gravitina, you're a very, very ... evil lady, but somewhere out there there's a guy who thinks being evil and having a great big head are just about the best two things a girl can have!

Gravitina: Really?

Buzz: Sure! And when they let him out of that tiny little room they've got him locked up in, he'll move the heavens to find you, because that's what love is. In the meantime, you keep that pretty little nose of yours clean.

    • In a later episode, she seems have gotten the best of both worlds by getting into a relationship with Evil Buzz Lightyear (though she hints she still prefers the original Buzz).
  • Death World: Welcome to the planet Karn! Watch your step.
  • Debut Queue
  • Defictionalization: The show itself.
  • Demoted to Extra: The rookies of Team Lightyear in "War and Peace and War," the ostensible finale for the series. Each rookie gets only a handful of lines - the story focuses on Buzz and his crusade to learn the truth.
  • Desk Jockey: Commander Nebula repeatedly and loudly states that he hates the fact that his rank forces him off the front lines and into paperwork. He's often shown fleeing his own semi-intelligent desk just to avoid more tedious form-filing.
  • Determinator: Quite a few of these, but perhaps most notably in the pilot, "Nos-4-A2," and "Wirewolf":
    • In the pilot, it takes Buzz's capture and the revelation of Warp's true nature to convince him that he needs a partner... "or two... or three."
    • In "Nos-4-A2," XR overcomes his "brainwashing" when Booster shows him the work order signed by Commander Nebula that gave XR life.
    • In "Wirewolf," Buzz's apology to Ty Parsec gets past Ty's werewolf nature and reaches his heart - Ty soon returns to his human self.
  • Detonation Moon: In "Wirewolf"
  • Diabolical Mastermind/Evil Genius: Zurg purports to be this. To be fair, he's not always far from the mark.
  • Did You Just Harness Natron?
  • Disney Villain Death: Evil Buzz Lightyear. However, the last seconds of the episode show him escaping, implying that he might have survived.
  • Ditto Aliens: The Little Green Men. Lampshaded once where an LGM called Mira Booster, and when corrected, said "Whatever. You all look the same."
  • Do Androids Dream?: XR does. He even talks in his sleep.
  • Do-Anything Robot: XR.
  • Do They Know It's Christmas Time?
  • The Dragon: Warp to Zurg. A lot of the other villains answered to Zurg, but Warp did so the most frequently.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: Oh, Zurg just loves being evil!
  • Elemental Punch: Plasma Boy uses an electrically charged punch on Booster after a really ugly argument with him
  • The Empire: Zurg Empire... which seems to consist entirely of Planet Z and the occasional Moon Base.
  • Enemy Mine: Buzz and Zurg team up in one episode to fight aliens who plan to conquer the entire galaxy including Zurg's home.
    • Buzz and Warp teamed up once to find out who planted tracking devices in them while they were still in the academy.
    • Buzz and XR team up with XL after XL realizes that Nos-4-A2 is bound to eat him sooner or later once he's finished with his evil plans. However, XL ends up undergoing a Heel-Face Turn and becomes a member of Star Command after he assists in saving the galaxy.
  • Enfant Terrible: The Clone Rangers.
  • Eureka Moment: The one time Zurg and Buzz speak in sync, complete with a sudden flash of lightning.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: "What? An Evil Emperor can't have a mother?!"
    • Let's not forget the infamous Nana Zurg.
    • Zurg's not the only villain who loves his mommy. XR finds this out about Varg the hard way.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Zurg considers kidnapping politicians to be below him.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Mira
  • Evil Counterpart: XL and Warp Darkmatter to XR and Buzz, respectively. Emperor Zurg can also be seen as an evil counterpart to Commander Nebula.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Zurg and XL both have their moments.
  • Evil Is Not Well Lit: Then again, what else do you expect when the walls are purple?
  • Evil Overlord: Zurg
    • Who has read some of the Evil Overlord List but still could use a refresher from time to time.
  • Evil Pays Better: Warp Darkmatter's prime motivation.
  • Evil Poacher: Rentwhistle Swack. He ends up capturing Booster when he pays Karn a visit. Booster in question resembles a wild animal so his fellow poachers are willing to pay him large amounts of money to hunt him.
  • Evil Tower of Ominousness: Zurg's palace.
  • Evil Twin: Both in the usual sense (ie. an alternate universe counterpart), and from a set of clones created by Zurg.
  • Face Heel Turn: Warp Darkmatter. In the pilot, he appears to make a Heroic Sacrifice to save Buzz, then reveals this when he returns. However, it turns out he's been secretly working for Zurg as The Mole since the "academy days" (one episode shows it in a flashback), and faking his death was just his way of switching to "full-time".
  • Face Palm: Buzz and XR.
  • Faked Rip Van Winkle
  • Family-Unfriendly Violence: Nos-4-A2 in some scenes and Ty's transformation into Wirewolf.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: The HYPER DEATH RAY!, apparently provides something 20% worse than death.
    • Also Zurg's intention for Buzz in The Adventure Begins:

 "I'm not going to kill you. Nooo. No, I have a much more delicious idea. I'm going to take the galaxy's greatest hero and turn him into me."

  • Faux Affably Evil: Guzelian appears to be affable at first (masquerading as a superior being to persuade everyone in the galaxy to make peace with each other) but it turns out to be a trick in order to get both Capitol Planet and Planet Z to lower their defenses.
  • Fearless Fool: Buzz and Mira. Booster and XR are more on the wimpy side, much as they profess to be warriors.
  • The Federation: The Galactic Alliance
  • Four Man Band:
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: The three rookies all fit this. Booster (fighter) is absurdly strong and tough, Mira (mage) has found many uses for her ghosting powers, and XR (thief) uses a wide variety of unpredictable tools.
  • Flying Car: A lot of these, most noticeably Buzz's car from his Academy days.
  • Foreshadowing: The Galactic President's assistant from Return To Karn insists on Mira being the president's bodyguard instead of Buzz, and attempts to contact Star Command for assistance in escaping Karn, despite the high risk of it attracting Zurg's attention. It turns out that he's actually a spy for Zurg and that he believed that having Mira be the president's bodyguard instead of Buzz would make her an easier target.
  • For the Evulz: See Drunk on the Dark Side.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: XR's.
  • Fur Against Fang: Recycled with ROBOTS!
  • Future Slang
  • Galactic Conqueror: Zurg's purpose in life. He actually did take over the galaxy a few times, but the protagonists make sure it never lasts.
  • Galaxy of Ham
  • G-Rated Drug: Mira can ghost through energy which, in true comic book fashion, gives her extreme powers... but leaves her extremely addicted for the next "power-up".
  • Gentle Giant: Booster
  • Genre Savvy/Dangerously Genre Savvy: Zurg seems to have taken some notes from the Evil Overlord List and displays this more often than not. When building a new base, he insists on "no airducts big enough for hero-sized people to crawl through" and on constructing an incinerator as opposed to an escapable trash compactor. There are also times where he sensibly refuses to brag about the details of his evil plans to Buzz. (Not that Buzz still doesn't figure things out with the bare minimum of information.)
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • In the pilot, XR is reading Victoria's Circuits and seems rather annoyed by the fact that Booster keeps distracting him; the magazine reappears multiple times throughout the series.
    • When Mira jokingly suggests a bite mark left by NOS-4-A2 could actually be a "robot hicky". Heh.
    • "But, as we say on Rhizome, bloom where the sun shines." "I got another idea, Triffid, why don't you stow it where the sun--" "BUZZ!"
    • "Care to make it a threesome?"
      • Let's not forget when XR is woken up and says "I didn't know she was under warranty!"
    • "Let's kick some asteroid."
    • Zurg, yelling at his minions while he's stuck in a power coupling: "Don't just stand there! Hoist! Hoist! Lift and separate!"
    • Booster helps XR prep for his psychiatric testing, with an Inkblot Test:

 Booster: Ok, What do you see?

XR: I don't see- ooh, a very limber sirenian snake dancer.

(Booster shows another sheet)

XR: two very limber sirenian snake dancers!

(last sheet)

XR: MIRA! Where did you learn to snake dance?

    • And let's not forget the episode "Gravitina" -- it is MADE of this trope.
  • Good Thing You Can Be Repaired: XR... though actually, the first time he got destroyed (in the movie) is when he got switched from a near-perfect Space Ranger (miniature copy of Buzz) to his annoying, lovable, nowhere-near-perfect self.
    • This trope was XR's intended purpose, though; the LGMs say his name stands for "eXperimental Ranger" because they all this stuff they do that's crazy dangerous to test on real people is no problem, because if something goes wrong, XR can be repaired. Commander Nebula expands the acronym as "eXpendable Ranger" because he doesn't much care for the notion of automated Space Rangering.
  • Gravitina Is a Harsh Mistress:

 Buzz: "I don't think she wanted to kill me."

XR: "No, she wanted to date you. But with her, it's pretty much the same thing."

  • Green Aesop: Just about any episode located on Rhizome or involving Doctor Triffid.
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: Mira and Gravitina are both blue, but the idea is the same.
    • In all fairness, Gravitina was always more of an aquamarine...
    • Played straight with the college-age, hip Petra Hammerhold.
    • Also played straight with three extras: a serving girl on Warp’s moon who pops up in two other places, Keno Kentrix’s girlfriend, and Buzz’s blind date in a flashback.
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: Whenever Buzz and Zurg go at it.
  • Hate Sink: Norbert Klerm, the thoroughly unpleasant technocrat with a nasally voice who arranges a fight between Buzz and Zurg.
  • Heel Face Turn: XL after his team-up with NOS-4-A2.
  • Hero-Killer: Natron from Ancient Evil proves himself to be one of the most deadly adversaries that Buzz has faced with his friends.
    • Evil Buzz Lightyear actually succeeded in destroying his home dimension.
    • Nos-4-A2 actually succeeds in turning Star Command (as well as Mira and Booster, though not Buzz and XR) into savage wirewolves. Though he isn't a hero (far from it, in fact), he also succeeds in defeating Zurg easily as well.
  • Hive Mind: The LGMs are a rare heroic example.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The way Zurg tends to get his due, especially in the climax of "Lost in Time".
  • I Like Those Odds: (Buzz) "Fast. Risky. I like it."
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: NOS-4-A2"You could have at least used an adapter."
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Gravitina has a crush on Buzz.
    • Also present in NOS-4-A2's name. Spell it out phonetically, what do you get? Nosferatu - and considering NOS-4-A2 is designed to look like a certain blood-sucking Transylvanian pest...
  • Inkblot Test: Used several times. Buzz thinks every blot looks like Zurg. Except for a picture of Mira. Who, he muses, helps him fight Zurg.
  • Insistent Terminology:
    • Professor Lapton Professor Von Maaaaadmaaan!
    • XL: It's a CENTRIFUGATOR!
    • Zurgatronic VS Zurgariffic. Although Zurg does like the sound of "Zurgariffic"...
    • And let's not forget the Hydro-Trandibulator. Making up words is a perk that comes with the Evil Emperor business, after all.
  • Intangible Man: Mira.
    • The entirety of Tangean Overworlder race has this power. They don't even bother installing doors anywhere.
  • Interspecies Romance: Romac and Mira.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: XR again.
  • Ironic Echo
  • James Bondage: Ty Parsec, much to his annoyance.
  • Karma Houdini: Evil Buzz Lightyear apparently is quite the successful villain in his dimension.
  • Kick Chick: Mira.
  • Kidnapped Scientist: The LGM called "Independent Thinker."
  • Killed Off for Real: NOS-4-A2 is put offline several times throughout the series, but his last appearance saw him Impaled with Extreme Prejudice, then screaming and exploding.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Buzz Lightyear
  • Large Ham: Zurg. A good example would be the fact the way he describes his Hyper Death Ray HYPER DEATH RAY!
    • The weapon itself is a Large Ham. Every time it's mentioned, there's evil music.
    • The suave NOS-4-A2 also fits the bill. As Buzz puts it, "Leave it to Zurg to create a villain even more arrogant than himself!"
  • Latex Space Suit: Especially on Mira Nova.
  • Light Is Good: The climatic fight between Zurg and Buzz in the pilot. The enormous light in the backdrop is actually Zurg's emblem, but Buzz uses it to defend himself.
    • Almost exaggerated in this scene, actually, as Zurg appears as a towering, menacing black silhouette, and Buzz, when he turns to face the light, becomes purely white, despite the fact that the light is actually yellow.
  • Literal Cliff Hanger: Buzz, twice in the series.
  • Little Green Men: The LGMs. The people of the planet Rozwell are a play on this trope, as they look the part but act just like 1950's Americans.
  • Living Legend: Captain Buzz Lightyear, as legendary to his own universe as Captain Kirk and Anakin Skywalker are to their universes.
  • A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far Far Away
  • Love Hurts: The look on Mira's face when she realizes that she can't be with Romac as long as he's working for Zurg.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Gravitina
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Hilariously subverted, and an homage to Toy Story 2.
  • Machine Monotone: XR, until Agent Z blows him up and the LGMs put him back together without the aid of the Unimind.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Bonnie Lapton, daughter of Professor Von Madman.
  • Mass Hypnosis: Zurg's mind control ray (from The Adventure Begins) is, technically, an example of this.
  • Manly Tears: A few times, most noticeably in "The Crawling Flesh."
  • Married to the Job: Buzz's first love is, and always will be, to Star Command and the battle against evil.
  • Mecha-Mooks: Hornets, Beetles, and other insect-themed members of Zurg's army.
  • Meaningful Name: NOS-4-A2, energy sucking villain. If you don't get it, it's Leetspeak for Nosferatu.
    • Lampshaded with Warp Darkmatter, when he chews Buzz out for not realizing he was a mole. "My name's DARKMATTER. Who's surprised here?"
  • Missing Episode: When the series was rerun on Disney Channel, "Inside Job," "Conspiracy" and "Super Nova" were left off the schedule. (The first two dealt with terrorism assassination plots and the third dealt with a substance abuse.)
  • Missing Mom: Then again, Mira is techically a Disney Princess. What did you expect?
  • Modest Royalty: Mira Nova. She hates being singled out as royalty.
  • Monster Mash: A robotic variant in one episode, which featured a team-up between NOS-4-A2, the Wirewolf, and XL (the Frankenstein's Monster equivalent).
  • Mr. Vice Guy: XR seems to go out of his way to find new applications of his various personality flaws.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Gravitina. Well, except for her forehead and source of power
  • My Name Is Not Durwood: Despite his habit of transforming into one, Plasma Boy hates being called Plasma Monster.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Tangean culture's tendency for stuffy arrogance and contempt for off-worlders is a source of great frustration and embarrassment for the rebellious Mira.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In the pilot, the LGMs use "The Claw" to bring the Unimind.
    • Also in the Christmas episode, there's a girl who resembles Jessie from Toy Story 2.
      • From the same episode:

 Buzz: Okay, so you're the real Santa Claus?

Santa: You're mocking me, aren't you?

 Grub:...But if I don't get my vacation request form in by 5pm, I'll miss my brother's bachelor party next week!

Zurg: UGH! Which copy is mine, yellow or pink?

  • Punctuated for Emphasis:
  • Punny Name: NOS-4-A2
  • Puny Humans: Mira's father, the king of Tangea, holds humans in contempt referring to them as monkeys and considers his species to be above them. It is ironic however that in one episode where Buzz's team, save for XR, were reverted back to a more primitive form, Buzz morphed into a half ape, while Mira became a giant amoeba.
    • The Chlorm are even worse, calling all other sapient species "lesser beings", which Mira really hates.
      • Not to mention they view all other sapient species as wild animals: keeping them in zoos, using them for product testing, etc.
  • Puppy Dog Eyes: Mira, as rendered by one animation house.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: NOS-4-A2, along with anyone under his control, and Zurg.
    • Plus the side-effect of being blasted by the Zurgatronic Ray. The mind-controlled Rangers are particularly creepy.
  • Red Herring: The A.F.D., the only piece of machinery that XR has but his evil "brother" XL doesn't. When XL rips it off inside XR, it leaves an empty hole where you usually would have a heart. Can you guess what the A.F.D. is? It's an Air Freshening Device.
  • Refusing Paradise: Buzz is the only good guy who refuses to go along with the Heed in "War and Peace and War." Needless to say, he was right to do so.
  • Retcon: XR's first meeting with Buzz in "First Missions".
    • Though it could happen in the pilot, after Buzz brought him back to be repaired and before the ranger meeting.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: XR, in spirit, anyway. Even the LGMsrecognize this: "You're almost human. So many character flaws!"
  • Rival Turned Evil: Warp Darkmatter, Buzz's old academy chum. Of course, he was The Mole from day one, Buzz just didn't know that . . .
    • Ty Parsec's introduction works a bit this way, too: Ty places a distress call, and then when Buzz shows up to help, Ty gets immensely annoyed. They used to be friends or classmates or something, but since the early days it's always been Buzz who takes the spotlight, and Ty is sick of it. When Ty gets bitten by NOS-4-A2 and starts transforming into the Wirewolf, you might expect it to come to a bad end... but it turns out Ty is a little more honorable than the tropes would lead you to believe, and even in later episodes he's still a hero, not a villain.
  • Rogues Gallery: Let's see, there's Zurg, Warp, NOS-4-A2, Gravitina, Torque, XL, Evil Buzz, the Chlorm, the Gargantians, the Raenoks and that Klerm guy... I'd say we have a pretty sizable gallery here.
  • Royal Guards Are Useless: The Tangean Royal Guards really are.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Mira and Fop Doppler (eventually); the rest of the Tangean Royal Court makes it seem like they're the only ones.
  • Sapient Cetaceans: The Bathyosians.
  • Say My Name: Always humorously by Zurg.

 "LIGHTYEAR!"

    • Once in reverse when Buzz was ANGRY.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money: Norbert Q. Klerm, The Corrupt Corporate Executive of CompuKlerm.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them: Subverted by Buzz. He's written half the rules in the official manual, but is also a stickler for the existing ones (esepcially the "backup" rule as seen in the pilot).
  • Scully Syndrome: Buzz again. He often accuses Zurg of being behind every possible misdeed and/or theorizes overly complicated evil plots - sometimes making him look obsessed. However, it is subverted, as Buzz is almost always proven right when he does this.
    • One episode is built around this idea, with Buzz claiming what looks like a pen is a key part of Zurg's latest plan. He comes across as so obsessed and on edge, that the others force him to take some downtime. In actuality, the "pen" is the trigger for Zurg's HYPER DEATH RAY.
    • It also helps that Zurg is responsible for most of the recurring villains.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Natron the First in "Ancient Evil".
  • Sesquipedalian Smith: Reccurring villain Rentwhistle Swack.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Bonnie Lapton in "Eye of the Tempest", Buzz hadn't seen her since she "was this big".
  • She's Got Legs: Dr. Ozma Furbanna, making all three males in Team Lightyear gape at her when her armor comes off.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Becky, Booster's friend from Rozwell, appears to be an expy of of Webby from DuckTales. It helps that they have the same voice too.
    • In one episode, Zurg's attempt to clone the heroes results in kid-chibi duplicates with a bad attitude. Naming Buzz's duplicate Zzub, Zzub then sarcastically retorts that all he did was take the hero's name and spell it backwards. The episode in question was written by Greg Weisman and was a reference to the Thailog storylines in Gargoyles.
    • It’s a tentative connection, but, considering all the show’s throwback’s to Star Trek, could there be another such throwback in King Nova, Mira, and the Tangean Royals? Consider:
      • King Nova had disapproved of the notion of Mira’s joining Star Command. In Star Trek the Original Series episode “Journey to Babel,” Ambassador Sarek makes it painfully clear that he disapproves of Spock’s membership in Starfleet.
      • Just like Sarek, King Nova's attitude towards his child's career choice develops and softens over time, to the point where, in the last time Nova gets a speaking role in the series, the tone of the scene is not unlike Spock's brief conversation with his father at the end of Star Trek IV the Voyage Home.
      • Mira, like Spock, is different from the rest of her race (though emphatically not half-human, as Spock is), and she did join Star Command against her father's wishes, just like a certain half-Vulcan. Furthermore, she can sometimes play The Spock to Buzz's Kirk, though she can just as often be The McCoy, as well.
      • The Tangean Royals as a race have pointed ears... and telepathic abilities...
    • Again, pure conjecture, but is it just possible that the Grubs wear red for a reason?
  • Sidekick Glass Ceiling: if Mira, Booster or XR out-anything Buzz, you can be sure it won't last beyond the end of the episode.
  • Single Biome Planet: Jo-Ad is a Farm Planet, Captial Planet, Planet Z, and Tradeworld are all City Planets, Bathyos is an Ocean Planet...
  • Sissy Villain: Um, Zurg. Just look at the man's reaction to bunzel bees.
    • Oh, yeah, and let's not forget Warp's shriek when Mira drops a hornet on him.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Way on the idealistic side. *coughcough* Star Trek, anybody?
  • Slobs Versus Snobs: Tangean Royals VS. Tangean Grounders.
  • Sneeze of Doom: Inverted.
  • Space Police: Star Command.
  • Something They Would Never Say: How Buzz and Mira figure out that NOS-4-A2 is in control of Star Command.
  • Squick: A fair amount of it, including jelly-like parasites and the two-people-in-one-gooey-blob creature Buzz and Mira become in "The Crawling Flesh," which totally squicks the Rangers out.
  • Star-Killing: "Star Smasher".
  • The Starscream: NOS-4-A2 actually takes over Planet Z from his creator Zurg.
  • Stealth in Space: Star Command's cloaking technology is so effective that a person inside a cloaked ship can't see any bit of it.
  • Sufficiently Advanced Aliens: The Chlorm.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Zurg's general attitude towards his staff, even though he never says it in so many words... "That is, if the freak show known as my staff can do ONE. THING. RIIIGHT!"
  • Take a Third Option: A big part of Buzz's modus operandi.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky: Warp. Hard.

 Buzz: How do I safely remove this thing... from my neck?

Warp: If you're referring to your head, I completely understand your desire to exchange it for a new one.

  • Talking to Himself: Patrick Warburton does it in half the episodes, as he voices Buzz and the LGMs!
    • Diedrich Bader also does it in "Ancient Evil," when he plays Natron the First and Natron's victim, a veeery unlucky Warp Darkmatter.
  • Techno Babble: Most notably Mira in the climax of "Opposites Attract" - and XR, a robot, has no idea what she's saying.
  • Teleporter Accident: A big part of "Rookie of the Year," in which Mira, Booster, and XR get merged into a three-headed body. At the end of the show, the LGMsare still trying to fix them.
  • Tin Man: Initially, XR was one of these, on account of a robot. However, after the LGMs repaired him while not under the influence of the Uni-Mind, he ended up developing a ton of emotions.
  • The Red Planet: Planet Z, of course!
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: The HYPER DEATH RAY of course. Lampshaded by Commander Nebula.

 Nebula: How's that different to a normal death ray?

LGM: More death.

Notes

  1. and this even mentioned in Toy Story