OK! I’ll admit I’m an 80’s animation lover. Who can argue that one of the most enjoyable animations of that time was Thundercats. I remember seeing this show for the first time and being mesmerized by the music, style & impressive cat like humanoid characters. The leader Lion-O first as a young lad along with his comrades Tygra, Cheetara, Panthro, his mentor Jaga, Wily Kit, Wily Kat & his furry little buddy snarf flees to safety in a damaged ship from their doomed home planet of Thundera. Jaga the wise who is the elder expresses to Lion-O his true destiny to become leader and the wielder of the great sword of Omens. The ship is too damaged and they must escape in space capsules to reach third earth. During the trip it was advised by Jaga that Lion-O will age. Reaching third earth Lion-O tries to embrace his destiny but missing those years growing up attributed to some immaturity and self-doubt. Lion-O proves overtime to be more than capable, with his commanding presence and warrior ability. The shows electric highlight was of course his battle cry as he says “Thunder, Thunder, Thundercats Ho-o-o-o-o-o” to summon the others whenever trouble . The Sword of Omens aka Eye of Thundera along with claw sheild gave character Lion-O such a cool swag. Whether he asks the sword “To give him sight beyond sight” which allows him to see far distances or use it to battle the Evil Mumm-Ra the ever living once transferred from his decayed form. One of my favorite episodes hands down was the Anointment Trials episode in which to become the true leader Lion-O must face and beat all of his comrades in a series of challenges one by one without any help. This iconic episode marked a huge turning point for Lion-O. Lion-O was voiced by Larry Kenny in the 1980’s TV show and later voiced by Will Freidle in the reimagining version in 2011. Lion-O is the epitome of taking his rightful place by demonstrating not only being the accomplished leader as Lord of the Thundercats, Kicking Mumm-Ra butt and having such cool weapons but by also protecting and bringing together the inhabitants of third earth.
Here is a cool moment by voice actor Larry Kenny at Retrocon! Video by Vixen Varsity!